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In Memoriam: Peter Boyle

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 12:01 AM

Actor Peter Boyle has died. He was 71.

Audiences may remember Boyle as Frankenstein's Monster in Young Frankenstein, and, more recently, as the father in the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond.

A judge in Pakistan has tossed out charges of terrorism against Rashid Rauf, a British citizen whom prosecutors claimed was a major figure in a plot to smuggle liquid explosives onto trans-Atlantic flights.

British officials have claimed that American investigators pushed for quicker arrests, while the British authorities wanted to wait for more conclusive evidence.

The Pakistani judge stated that none of the charges against Rauf fell under the purview of the antiterrorism court. Rauf does not face charges pertaining to the airline plot in Britain, but may face extradition as a suspect in the murder of his uncle.

There are no heroes in the fight against terrorism. Victory will be achieved through thorough, careful investigation and adherence to the law.

From the Department of Fear comes a warning against threats by terrorist groups and other nations against U.S. commercial and military satellites.

Undersecretary of State Robert G. Joseph also affirmed America's new policy as to use-of-force against hostile nations or terror groups that might seek to attack American satellites or ground installations.

"A number of countries are exploring and acquiring capabilities to counter, attack, and defeat U.S. space systems," Joseph warned.

Like who? China? France? Russia? North Korea? Al Qaeda?

And how? Destroying a satellite either requires orbital launch capability; a facility able to zorch (or burn out) satellite receivers/transmitters � like a high-powered antenna or laser; or to render the satellite ineffective by destroying ground control.

Name the countries, please. I'm especially interested in any terrorist groups that might seek to interfere with my satellite TV and XM Radio.

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