The 2011 counterterrorism calendar, working for you
Thursday, January 20, 2011; 8:29 PM
The holidays are over, but there'll be many other celebrations where you'll be looking for that special something for someone who's got everything.
Look no more! Yes, it's the National Counterterrorism Center's excellent 2011 weekly planner.
The calendar pages on the right are where you'll find major - and maybe some less-than-major - moments in the battle against terrorism.
For example, Jan. 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the remaining 52 hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
On Jan. 21, 2003 (or, we learn, 15 Safar in the Arabic calendar), in Kuwait, "a gunman ambushes a vehicle near Camp Doha, killing one U.S. contractor and wounding another."
The pages on the left have insights, safety tips, drawings and, for those looking for a fine retirement package, helpful wanted posters with reward information. A tip that helps nail Osama bin Laden can get you up to $25 million from the Rewards for Justice Program (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ditto for his pal Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Okay, those are two elusive targets. But there are others at the $5 million level whom you might be able to spot lurking about. There's Hussein al-Umari, wanted in a 1982 airplane bombing. He's about 74 years old, so how fast could he be? Our calendar says he hangs out, armed when he leaves home, in Lebanon, which isn't a very big country.
And there's our longtime favorite Faker Ben Abdelaziz Boussora, a Canadian, distressingly still at large. He's got "prominently protruding ears and is believed to have a serious pituitary gland illness." Plus, judging from his picture, he needs major orthodontic work on the uppers. He's pretty easy to spot, and he's worth $5 million.
New this year are three old-timers from the old Abu Nidal gang, wanted in a 1986 plane hijacking on the ground in Karachi, Pakistan. One of them is 55 years old. Each of the oldsters can get you $5 million.
Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen hanging out in Yemen who is believed to have orchestrated the failed Christmas 2009 underwear bombing of a Detroit-bound jet, also makes his first appearance on the calendar.
Another newbie is Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Pakistani Taliban. He's going to be a bit tougher to nab in South Waziristan or wherever. The calendar says he's got a "full beard and mustache." (That's not all that helpful in that region. )
The calendar - about 40,000 have been printed - is generally given out as a counterterrorism resource guide for law enforcement and intelligence officials and folks in the anti-terror biz, especially for those working in the field. That's why there are a number of pages on ways to spot and deal with biological and chemical attacks, "suspicious financial activity indicators," or people using false passports.