Another couple interesting short reads to share with my LumberBuds.
Apparent attempted assassinations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on foreign soil.
During a speech Bush gave at Tbilisi’s Freedom Square in Georgia on May 10, 2005, an assailant threw a live grenade at the president. The would-be assassin, who was later caught, had been among the throng of Georgians who had burst through the perimeter fencing when it was compromised an hour before the event. (Luckily, the grenade fell more than 30 yards away from Bush, outside of its effective range, and it did not explode.) . . . [I]n 1996, President Clinton was in Manila for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, and had on his agenda a visit with a local official. He was running late, in a surly mood, and eager to get going. According to Gormley, just moments before the motorcade was about to move, agents using a special intelligence-gathering capacity—one that remains classified—picked up radio chatter mentioning the words wedding and bridge. Knowing well that wedding was often a code word for a terrorist hit, Merletti changed the route, which happened to include a bridge. Clinton was angry at the decision, which would cause further delay, but he did not override it. When agents arrived at the bridge, they indeed found explosives: had Clinton taken the prescribed route, he very likely would have been killed.
Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2011/02/08/the-assasination-attempts-against-george-w-bush-and-bill-clinton/#ixzz20YCbFDe0
Uzbek Man Gets 15 Years for Obama Threat
(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — A federal judge in Alabama has sentenced a man from Uzbekistan to more than 15 years in prison for plotting to kill President Barack Obama.
U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon imposed the term Friday on Ulugbek Kodirov (OO’-legh-bek KAH’-duh-rahv). He faced up to 30 years in prison.
A defense lawyer argued the 22-year-old Kodirov has accepted responsibility for his actions and is trying to straighten out his life.
Kodirov pleaded guilty in February to plotting to shoot Obama as he campaigned for re-election. Kodirov said he came up with the plan after communicating over the Internet with a man he believed to be a member of an Uzbek Islamic group. Authorities say Kodirov tried to buy a weapon and the potential seller became a government informant.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2119508,00.html#ixzz20YECOxeD
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2119508,00.html#ixzz20YDxUiib
-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain