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Old 16-01-2012, 09:43 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Travel advice unchanged despite terror warning for Bangkok

January 16, 2012 - 9:46AM

Australia has not altered its travel warnings for Thailand in response to warnings by US authorities about the increased chances of terrorist attacks in Bangkok.

The United States on Friday warned of a terrorist threat against tourists "in the near future" in the Thai capital.

This followed an announcement by Thai authorities that they had detained a Lebanese man with suspected links to the Hezbollah militant group.

"Foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future," the US embassy in Bangkok says in an emergency message posted on its website.

"US citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok."

A Thai senior intelligence officer who did not want to be named said that Israel had warned the kingdom last month of a possible threat.

The suspect was detained on Thursday while the other man had already fled the country, he said.

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung sasid by telephone that the detained suspect was being questioned by the Thai authorities.

"We already have one suspect in custody for interrogation at a government building in Bangkok. He is a Hezbollah from Lebanon," he said.

"I want to assure people that there is nothing to worry about. The police will take care of the situation and everything will be under control."

A spokeswoman for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said its travel advice for Thailand already advises Australians to "exercise a high degree of caution" because of the threat of terrorist attack.

This applied particularly in the provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla, where tourists were advised not to travel.

She said the overall level of travel advice for Thailand had not changed as a result of the US warning.

"We encourage all Australians in Thailand to read and subscribe to the travel advice and to register their details though on smartraveller.gov.au," she said.

The warning is another blow to Thailand's tourist-friendly image, which was badly dented last year by devastating flooding across much of the country, as well as rounds of rival political protests in recent years.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters that authorities in the kingdom had the current situation under control.

"I would like to tell our people and tourists that there is nothing to worry about," she said.
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Tourism sector intensifies security measures : National News Bureau of Thailand

Tourism sector intensifies security measures

BANGKOK, 16 January 2012 (NNT) - After the US and other embassies in Thailand have issued terror alerts, several tourism-related agencies have intensified their security measures to prevent unexpected events.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Surapon Sawetseranee revealed that after twelve embassies had issued warnings their citizens over possible terrorist attacks in Thailand, the TAT has ordered all of its offices across the country to follow up on the news and check on the effects of the warnings on tourist activities.

The TAT has not issued any travel warning to tourists, but is waiting for clear information from the security authorities.

Meanwhile, Suvarnabhumi International Airport has increased its security level from level 2 to 3 and added more security checkpoints as well as security personnel.

The Tourist Police Division has been cooperating with metropolitan police and the Crime Suppression Division, in adding more security officials around Khao San road as well as many entertainment venues frequented by foreigners.

The atmosphere at Khao San road remains lively; however, some vendors have admitted the warnings from the embassies have affected rvelers’ sentiment. Vendors and shopkeepers have been vigilant on the tourists’ behaviors.
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Thai-ASEAN News Network - NSC Chief Denies Connection between Arrested Hezbollah Members And Southern Insurgents



NSC Chief Denies Connection between Arrested Hezbollah Members And Southern Insurgents

UPDATE : 16 January 2012

The National Security Council secretary-general denies links between the recent arrest of members belonging to a Lebanese militant group and Thailand's southern insurgency, while ordering immigration checkpoint officials to step up their watch on travelers.

National Police Chief Police General Wichien Pojphosri, with his role as the National Security Council, or NSC, Secretary-General, said the recent arrest of two Lebanese nationals, who are members of the Hezbollah Muslim militant group in Lebanon are not connected with the insurgents in the three southern border provinces of Thailand.


The arrest was a cooperation between Thailand, the United States, and Israel.

Wichien noted that the Hezbollah group plays a part in a conflict between Iran and Israel and the two arrested members only used Thailand as a temporary stop as immigration regulations are not very strict here.

He added there is no justification to prosecute them on terrorism and there is also a time limit for holding the foreign suspects.

However, the two could be held accountable for falsifying some of their documents.

The NSC Secretary-General said his agency will step up cooperation with all sides, as well as screening at immigration checkpoints nationwide.

He also acknowledged the need for a better and more advanced inspection system in the future.
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Thailand’s Chabad taking terror threat seriously

By GIL SHEFLER
01/16/2012 06:17

Jewish Association of Thailand's Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor says he's in close contact with authorities regarding safety measures.

Chabad rabbis in Thailand on Sunday said they were taking safety precautions after reports emerged that a terror cell was planning to attack Israeli and Jewish targets in the country.

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor of the Jewish Association of Thailand said he was in close contact with the authorities and they had taken measures to ensure the safety of his family and guests.

“The Thai authorities are taking this very seriously and so are we,” said Kantor. “We are in close contact with them.”

On Friday, Thai authorities announced they had apprehended a Lebanese citizen on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.

Another man believed to have been his accomplice is still at large.

Emissaries of the hassidic community’s global Jewish outreach network have been targeted by terrorists in the past. In 2008, Islamist gunmen attacked the Chabad House in Mumbai murdering Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife, Rivka, and four guests. The tragedy has led to increased security at Chabad Houses around the world, including Thailand.

But in Phuket, an island located 700 kilometers southwest of Bangkok whose name is synonymous with golden beaches and turquoise shores, security fears in the distant capital seemed a world away. An Israeli who answered the phone at the local Chabad House said Jewish vacationers did not seem particularly worried about the terrorist threat.

“We received the notification over Shabbat but other than that nothing here is particularly unusual,” said Shlomi, who refused to give his surname. “I think people are making too much of it back in Israel.”
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Thai agents seize explosives meant for terror

Grubby factory said to contain urea, other materials linked by officials to Hezbollah suspects

Patrick WinnJanuary 15, 2012 23:09


This photo, first released by BangkokBizNews.com, reveals a Thai police sketch of a Lebanese man suspected of plotting bomb attacks against tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. (BangkokBizNews/Screengrab)

Thai police, acting in part on Israeli intelligence, have raided a factory outside Bangkok containing explosives potentially meant for Hezbollah-linked terror attacks, according to Thai press reports.

Roughly 200 Thai cops descended on a factory in Samut Sakhon, a industrialized coastal province west of Bangkok, and discovered explosive materials "ready to use for Bangkok terror," reports Thailand's largest newspaper Thai Rath.

Among the items seized, Thai Rath reports, was a cache of urea, a nitrogen-rich fertilizer favored by bomb makers. According to the Thai Post and other outlets, the materials belong to Lebanese terrorists.

The U.S. embassy shocked Bangkok last with a warning that a Hezbollah-linked bomb spree was imminent in Bangkok, a favored tourist haunt of Americans and Israelis fresh out of mandatory military training.

So far, one suspect has been detained, another is loose in Thailand (see the police sketch above) and, according to the Thai Post, several others may be involved as well. (For the record, Hezbollah denies all involvement.)

Seemingly panicked that Thailand's tourism industry will suffer, Thai officials, including Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, have tried to assure tourists that all is well.

That such a large trove of bomb materials is confiscated (391 boxes, according to one outlet) is somewhat comforting.

But, as of Monday, the U.S. terror warning stands, even as Thai officials offer soothing assurances of order and safety. Depending on the source, accounts of the plot very wildly with one outlet declaring cops insist the Hezbollah attack is "called off."

UPDATE: Conflicting reports from Thai journalists suggest the explosives could be meant for targets outside Thailand. This is based on Thai police accounts of an interrogation with a man captured in the building where explosives were found.

A Bangkok Business News journalist (@sutthirak_kttv) reports via Twitter (in Thai): "366 kilograms of explosive material seized - criminal claims it's been prepared to send outside the country" Other Thai-language reports repeat the same claim.

This claim, of course, remains highly uncertain, particularly considering Thai authorities' incentive to comfort the public -- or a suspect in custody's incentive to save his skin.




Thai police find bomb-making materials bear Bangkok - Monsters and Critics


Thai police find bomb-making materials bear Bangkok

Jan 16, 2012, 4:29 GMT

Bangkok - Thai police on Monday found 400 boxes of bomb-making materials urea and ammonium nitrate in a shophouse believed to be linked to a plot to carry out terrorist attacks.

The materials were found packed in electric fan boxes in a building 35 kilometres south-east of Bangkok days after the US embassy warned of possible attacks tourist sites in the capital.

Police were alerted to the cache by a Swedish-Lebanese man arrested Friday on suspicion of being a member of the Hezbollah militant group.

Attis Hussein, wearing a hood to protect his identity, guided more than 100 police to the shophouse in Samut Sakhon town Monday morning.

'The suspect told us the bomb-making materials were not for terrorist attacks in Thailand, but were intended to be smuggled out of the country,' national police chief Priewpan Damapong said.

It was not clear whether Hussein faces charges in Thailand or will be deported, Bangkok police commissioner Lieutenant-General Vinai Thongsong said.

Thai officials over the weekend downplayed the possibility of a successful bomb attack in Bangkok.

'We believe we can take care of it,' Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Sunday.

'The situation is totally under control. The terrorist group has left,' Defence Minister General Yuttisak Sasiprapa said.

Despite the high-level assurances, the US embassy in Bangkok had not lifted its travel warning on Monday.

'At this point our warning remains in effect,' spokesman Walter Braunohler said. 'The emergency measures that were released on Friday are very much still in effect.'

Ten other embassies including Australia, Canada, Germany and Israel also issued travel warnings.
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Grubby factory said to contain urea, other materials linked by officials to Hezbollah suspects

Patrick WinnJanuary 15, 2012 23:09


This photo, first released by BangkokBizNews.com, reveals a Thai police sketch of a Lebanese man suspected of plotting bomb attacks against tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. (BangkokBizNews/Screengrab)

Thai police, acting in part on Israeli intelligence, have raided a factory outside Bangkok containing explosives potentially meant for Hezbollah-linked terror attacks, according to Thai press reports.

Roughly 200 Thai cops descended on a factory in Samut Sakhon, a industrialized coastal province west of Bangkok, and discovered explosive materials "ready to use for Bangkok terror," reports Thailand's largest newspaper Thai Rath.

Among the items seized, Thai Rath reports, was a cache of urea, a nitrogen-rich fertilizer favored by bomb makers. According to the Thai Post and other outlets, the materials belong to Lebanese terrorists.

The U.S. embassy shocked Bangkok last with a warning that a Hezbollah-linked bomb spree was imminent in Bangkok, a favored tourist haunt of Americans and Israelis fresh out of mandatory military training.

So far, one suspect has been detained, another is loose in Thailand (see the police sketch above) and, according to the Thai Post, several others may be involved as well. (For the record, Hezbollah denies all involvement.)

Seemingly panicked that Thailand's tourism industry will suffer, Thai officials, including Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, have tried to assure tourists that all is well.

That such a large trove of bomb materials is confiscated (391 boxes, according to one outlet) is somewhat comforting.

But, as of Monday, the U.S. terror warning stands, even as Thai officials offer soothing assurances of order and safety. Depending on the source, accounts of the plot very wildly with one outlet declaring cops insist the Hezbollah attack is "called off."

UPDATE: Conflicting reports from Thai journalists suggest the explosives could be meant for targets outside Thailand. This is based on Thai police accounts of an interrogation with a man captured in the building where explosives were found.

A Bangkok Business News journalist (@sutthirak_kttv) reports via Twitter (in Thai): "366 kilograms of explosive material seized - criminal claims it's been prepared to send outside the country" Other Thai-language reports repeat the same claim.

This claim, of course, remains highly uncertain, particularly considering Thai authorities' incentive to comfort the public -- or a suspect in custody's incentive to save his skin.


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Thai police find bomb-making materials bear Bangkok - Monsters and Critics


Thai police find bomb-making materials bear Bangkok

Jan 16, 2012, 4:29 GMT

Bangkok - Thai police on Monday found 400 boxes of bomb-making materials urea and ammonium nitrate in a shophouse believed to be linked to a plot to carry out terrorist attacks.

The materials were found packed in electric fan boxes in a building 35 kilometres south-east of Bangkok days after the US embassy warned of possible attacks tourist sites in the capital.

Police were alerted to the cache by a Swedish-Lebanese man arrested Friday on suspicion of being a member of the Hezbollah militant group.

Attis Hussein, wearing a hood to protect his identity, guided more than 100 police to the shophouse in Samut Sakhon town Monday morning.

'The suspect told us the bomb-making materials were not for terrorist attacks in Thailand, but were intended to be smuggled out of the country,' national police chief Priewpan Damapong said.

It was not clear whether Hussein faces charges in Thailand or will be deported, Bangkok police commissioner Lieutenant-General Vinai Thongsong said.

Thai officials over the weekend downplayed the possibility of a successful bomb attack in Bangkok.

'We believe we can take care of it,' Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Sunday.

'The situation is totally under control. The terrorist group has left,' Defence Minister General Yuttisak Sasiprapa said.

Despite the high-level assurances, the US embassy in Bangkok had not lifted its travel warning on Monday.

'At this point our warning remains in effect,' spokesman Walter Braunohler said. 'The emergency measures that were released on Friday are very much still in effect.'

Ten other embassies including Australia, Canada, Germany and Israel also issued travel warnings.
Of course anyone who suggests the American Government had anything to do with putting that stuff there must automatically be a wacko.
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depends on its ability to protect itself against the duplicitous acts of its enemies, mainly terrorist inclined organisations supported covertly by hardline muslim states.

the world needs countries like america and israel, to keep delinquent countries, and we all know which countries they are, in order. delinquents respond better to a punch in the mouth than to reasoned argument.

you cant make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, so stop being so precious and kissing the delinquents arse, because if the delinquent gets too much power, it wont be thanking you for your liberal soft hearted support.

iran and its brothers in hezbolla and those that support them, wherever they may be found, need a good kicking.

it would be good to see an iranian uprising, save the yids and the yanks from having to do the job that the whole world wants done but is too scared to do.
Tax, you do make some good posts, but this is not one of them... It's just cliches and propaganda. Zero intelligent comment. Zero truths.

Just look at the US involvement in Iran, through the Shar to now, then reread what you wrote and try to consider how somebody can write the utterly inaccurate BS that you have just posted...
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Seems to me that the terrorist threat is increasing.

Just driving 4km home this evening I was approached by no less than 3 all in black, no lights on suiside motorcyclists charging right at me on the wrong side of the road and had two terrorists try to get me by driving though red lights at high speed; If I were not wise enough to treat those green lights with utter distrust.... they would have got me for sure. And yes one of them was driving a fortuner.
Because you do not have big money big SUV. Fortuner is a nice car too. I drive black SUV and hardly ever get stopped by police. Last time I paid 200 bath was 2009 on expressway from BKK to pattaya. And that was deserved for speeding. Think of Thai police charges as a tax.
I've developed a joking habit of saying "hello death" when I see something like that happen and "goodbye death missed me again" when they go by. My last visitor from the USA came to understand it in about a day.

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It's just cliches and propaganda. Zero intelligent comment. Zero truths.

Just look at the US involvement in Iran, through the Shar to now, then reread what you wrote and try to consider how somebody can write the utterly inaccurate BS that you have just posted...
i'm a westerner, i am very suspicious of islam, not so much the religion, thats for them to follow or not as their conscience dictates, but the politics of islam.

i wouldnt trust it for one nano second to deliver on any promise or treaty or pronouncement. i neither trust nor like its proponents, its motives, its methods, in fact i would like to see everything about it destroyed, the earth rid of it. it is an evil, and ultimately it seeks to destroy the west, whose values i consider more worthy, despite the crisis of confidence it now finds itself in.

given islams long history of terrorism against those it sees as its enemies, and that seems to be everybody who doesnt see their point of view, and the increase of radical islam thought over the past 25 years, i would be more than happy to see iranian power destroyed, because the more powerful iran is, the more of a threat to the west it becomes. israel has done its homework, and however much you may dislike its methods, it is usually right.

my loyalties lie with the west, not with a middle eastern religious state that in many ways still lives in the stone age.

for all their faults, when it comes to ideology, i'll go with the usa and israel rather than iran and others like them.
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^ change the word 'Islam' to 'Christianity' or 'Judaism' and it reads just as well, in some parts better...

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for all their faults, when it comes to ideology, i'll go with the usa and israel rather than iran and others like them.
The problem is that it's not an ideology of your own thinking, it's a systematically manipulated set of cultural propaganda that you've fallen for; it makes some folks rich and powerful aswellas killing your friends and familly. These folks are the same folk that fuk you over in your own country and have been doing so for a very long time... You don't have to make it so easy for them.

Let's list the evil folk for you (over the last 100 years):

Germans and Japanese.
Russians and Communists.
Chinese and Communists.
Muslims.
The list goes on and you'll keep hating and killing if you don't see through the lies...
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urea, a nitrogen-rich fertilizer favored by bomb makers.
Given the rich history of cluelessness by thai journalism we cannot really assume that they have any idea of what they are talking about. but I have some comments about this.

Its ammonium nitrate that bomb makers like, its widely used as the base to quarry blasting explosives and has been resoncible for most if not all of the biggest non nuclear peace time non-intentinal blasts.

Urea is widely used as a fertiliser, component for some power extinguishers, in brewing and for making things cold in the absence of ice or refrigeration. One thing it is not is a component for an explosive.

It can be made into one by nitrating it with nitric acid, a rather dangerous reaction. But the same could be said of cotton, paper and a lot of other stuff too.

I have never seen ammonium nitrate being sold retail in thailand as anything other than a reagent at a lab supply company; I am sure that the our resident gentleman farmers us can tell us if its available available to farmers. If it is I would be interested in knowing what form its in. fine powder or large chunky crystals or spheres.

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200 police officers raided a shop house in Samut Sakorn Province. They reportedly found bomb components believed to belong a suspect arrested late last week related to several terror warnings issued by the United States and 13 other countries. INN is reporting that police confiscated 391 boxes of bomb components.
well, it seems as if the lebo hezbo has finally been made to give some info, lets hope the thai police extinguished a few cigarettes on the more sensitive parts of his body in order to get that information out of this scumbag who was happily preparing to kill, burn and maim innocent people.
Shame he was released without charge for admitting to his involvement in a terrorist attack.
What a load of b*llocks!
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Bangkok Post : Security at two airports raised

Security at two airports raised Airports of Thailand (AoT) raised the level of security at Suvarnabhumi and Chiang Mai international airports on Monday following reports of the terrorist threat in Bangkok.

Security had been increased from level two to level three at the two airports, while security at four other international airports -- Don Mueang, Phuket, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai – remained at level two, AoT president Aniruth Thanomkulabutr said.

More security staff would be deployed while checks on passengers, airport areas and luggage would be conducted more frequently and strictly.

The increased security measures were in line with the situation, Mr Aniruth said, adding that there were four security threat levels.

The AoT also asked airline operators to set up their own security committee whose main role was to provide effective communication channels among airlines in the event of a terrorist incident.




Security beefed up after bomb ingredients found - The Nation

Security beefed up after bomb ingredients found

January 16, 2012 4:10 pm

The government is in the control of the situation concerning the terror threat so people should not panic, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday.

Security authorities have been assigned to keep a close watch on the situation to ensure the safety of the public.

The premier was speaking after police raided a building in Samut Sakhon province and confiscated bombmaking ingredients including fertilisers and liquid ammonium nitrate.

The raid was made after terror suspect, Hussein Atris, of SwedishLebanese origin was arrested at a Bangkok airport.
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Old 16-01-2012, 03:29 PM   #140 (permalink)
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^ So, everything is under control...there's nothing to worry about....

But....

Security is being raised.....

Ummmm. Errrrrr. What?
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Old 16-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #141 (permalink)
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There are 4 options:

No increase in security and say the situation isn't under control.
No increase in security and say the situation is under control.
Increase security and say the situation isn't under control.
Increase security and say the situation is under control.

If there is a genuine threat, the last looks like the best to me. Of course, whether or not there is a genuine threat and, if so, how serious it is remains to be seen.
 
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16 January 2012 Last updated at 09:27 GMT

Thai police find large cache of bomb-making materials


Thai police have detained a suspect with alleged links to Hezbollah.
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Police in Thailand say they have found a large supply of materials for making bombs, following the detention of a suspect with alleged links to Hezbollah.
The suspect led police to a building containing more than 300 boxes of fertiliser and ammonium nitrate.
The raid follows the terror alert issued by the US and Israel warning citizens to avoid tourist sites.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that the situation was under control.
The suspect, who was detained last week, is said to be a Lebanese man with a Swedish passport.
Police say the man has links to Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based Shia Islamist movement backed by Syria and Iran that the US considers to be a terrorist organisation.
A second suspect is also believed to have left Thailand.
A police spokesman told local media that the chemicals were going to be shipped out of Thailand for use in an unspecified third country.
The US embassy still has not lifted the warning it issued on Friday stating that Americans should "exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather".
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Police said Saturday the suspect had admitted during interrogation that a group was planning an attack in Thailand, but that the plot had been called off.
Oh well, crisis over then.

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^^^ the ships had a design fault. The missiles were not even 'armed' (I believe that the French ddn't sell them the whole package), the velocity and heat (partially due to the high aluminium (if I remember correctly, I'm sure somebody else on here will actually know...) content of the ship design) was enough to cause the massive damage and deaths.

The actually strikes were also due to awful failures on the ship groups defence systems, multiple failures and errors by captains that moved their ship in front of another and blocking the radar that was seconds from locking onto and shooting the missiles down...

Very brave sailors and magnificent work by the army, but some awful leadership at all levels, all the way up to Thatcher who deliberately started the war for her own political gain. All thoroughly documented, and a perfect example of the British government fuking over its citizens and armed forces...
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Thai-ASEAN News Network - Thailand, a Terrorist Haven?

Thailand, a Terrorist Haven?

UPDATE : 16 January 2012

Twelve countries have issued travel warnings to their citizens against traveling to Thailand due to an intelligence report that a terrorist group is planning an attack in Bangkok. This has alarmed the public and severely damaged Thailand's image. The government's affirmation that the situation is under control has even failed to calm the public.



Among the 12 countries which have issued the travel warnings is the United States. The Foreign Ministry is looking to ask the U.S. ambassador and diplomats from other countries as to why they have decided to make the public announcements which have serious implications on Thailand's economy and tourism industry.

This has clearly demonstrated the government's inability to safeguard national security. Apparently, the U.S. has passed on the intelligence report received from Israel to the Thai government weeks ago. Despite this, the Thai authorities had failed to act and a a result, the U.S. has to publicly issue the warning which in turn embarrassed the Thai authorities.

At the same time, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung have been reiterating that the situation is under control and that the security authorities have been informed of the possible plot for quite some time. This has led to the arrest of a Swedish-Lebanese man, suspected of being a member of Hezbollah, a Muslim militant group. They have also vowed that no terrorist attack will take place on Thai soil.

Despite this, some people cannot help but wonder what would happen if there was no warning from the international community or whether the Thai security authorities actually knew about the terror plot. It has been reported that Thailand is a terrorist haven because it is very easy to travel through the country.

At the same time, a U.S. intelligence report has indicated that Thailand is a money-laundering center for a Hezbollah-controlled drug cartel, an operation that is estimated to be worth billions of U.S dollars.

A suspected Hezbollah member has been apprehended and confessed that the group was planning an attack in Thailand. At any rate, it is believed that there are more than the two known group members in Thailand. This is worrisome because the exact number of the group members and their ability to carry out an attack is unknown.

The Thai government must not be complacent, it must remain vigilant at all times and prepare accordingly. It must not allow Thailand to continue to be or be seen as a terrorist haven anymore.

Taken from Editorial Section, Naew Na Newspaper, Page 3, January 16, 2012
Translated and Rewritten by Kongkrai Maksrivorawan
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Report from Al Jazeera...video report at the link.....

Bangkok rebuffs terrorism warnings - Asia-pacific - Al Jazeera English

Bangkok rebuffs terrorism warnings

Thailand insist its tourist-friendly capital is safe despite the discovery of a cache of bomb-making materials.

The US embassy in Bangkok released an urgent message on Friday, warning of a possible terrorist attack in the Thai capital.

Soon after, the Thai government announced it had detained a suspect a day earlier and revealed they knew about the threat last month, but chose not to reveal anything to the public to avoid causing panic.

The government insists Bangkok is safe but a number of countries remain sceptical, keeping travel warnings in place.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.
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^^ I'm not sure what this has got to do with Hezbollah bombs in Bangkok (or even the lovely Malvinas) but just for the record, France has a larger nuclear arsenal than both the UK and China.
Are you the French LB on soi 3?

UK and China could f*** you in the a** and US would give assistance later on.

Yes definitely the french have big numbers but they do not work.

It is not malvinas, it is falklands. By democratic choice. If you choose to use argentine name you will be on the "list".
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Bangkok Post : PM asks US to revoke terror alert

PM asks US to revoke terror alert Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged the United States to revoke its terrorism warning immediately after the arrest of a suspected Hezbollah member linked to sabotage attempts in Bangkok.


Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (Photo AFP)

Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said on Monday Ms Yingluck made the call when she invited him to report on the alert situation after Washington warned of terrorist threats in Bangkok.

He quoted Ms Yingluck as saying the warning, if prolonged, will damage the country.

Gen Yutthasak said the issue had been discussed at a one-hour meeting between Gen Nipat Thonglek, director of the Defence Ministry's Policy and Planning Office, and Col Edward Swanda, chief of JUSMAGTHAI, the US Security Assistance Organisation in Thailand, and the US military attache on Monday afternoon.

The meeting discussed three main issues involving US embassy procedures in issuing security advisories to American citizens - the terrorist threat; coordination between the US embassy and the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and future procedures for effective communication between Thai and US authorities in the event of a terrorist attack.

Col Swanda will report on the meeting to US ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney, while Gen Yutthasak has discussed it with Ms Yingluck, Defence spokesman Col Thanathip Sawangsaeng said.
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She is beautiful and clever. But I do not know how to take this new US ambassador to Thailand.
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