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January 18, 2006

HarryTho 1/18 Natalee Holloway Commentary

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Despite scouring the news and blogs for new information, it appears that the promising leads and excitement generated yesterday have dwindled down to a trickle. The search of the sand dune has been postponed without any developments, other than usual media-generated bogus reports of a bloody sneaker. The off-island scurry of yesterday afternoon, now is being portrayed to have been a routine exercise in order to exchange information from the Caribbean central FBI Attache Office.

Whether the new story is factual or damage control, designed to plug yesterday's leaks, I have no idea. The media clash between the Aruban Attorney General and the press has likewise gone silent.

The Amigoe Newspaper confirmed that the sand dune search was re-search of a lead collected early in the investigation.

ARUBA - A search for the body of Natalee Holloway started again in the California-dunes near the lighthouse yesterday morning at sunrise. A big group of policemen search the area for almost the entire morning, but nothing was found.

The Public Prosecutor (OM) didn't want to say what the reason was for the search, seven months after the disappearance of Holloway. "The search was done based on information from the investigation." Just part of the area was searched before; now they searched the entire area. The policemen used sticks with an iron ends to prick the sand, hoping in vain to stumble across something.

A Birmingham, AL media source is announcing that the National Sheriff's Association will join the search for Natalee Holloway and has volunteered to assist the Aruba authorities in any way that they can.

nbc13.com - News - National Sheriff's Association Joins Holloway Investigation
More than 3,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States are volunteering to help find Natalee Holloway.

One of the largest law enforcement groups in the U.S., the National Sheriff's Association, has decided to join the investigation into Holloway's disappearance eight months ago. The association is sending the Aruban government an official letter.

"We would like to see transparency in that investigation and also reach out to offer resources that local law enforcement agencies might have," said Ted Sexton, president of the National Sheriff's Association.

The association can pool the resources of more than 3,000 departments. Sexton said that its members have a collection of some of the best technology in the world. The association is offering to Aruba soil-penetrating sonar, expert dive teams and deep water equipment.

"We want to bring those crimes to a finalized settlement, whether it be a criminal case or whatever it may be," Sexton said.

Next, the Expatica Newspaper reveals that the senior Dutch military commander, though supporting the 1,200-troop deployment to Afghanistan, criticizes the US-led coalition.

Expatica's Dutch news in English: Dutch commander criticises US military in Afghanistan

The commander-in-chief of the Dutch Armed Forces has suggested the performance of the US military has had little or no effect in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan.

"The actions of the Americans have had little or no effect. The Taliban was dealt with - and that was very necessary - but the country is no more stable as a result," General Dick Berlijn told 'Elsevier' magazine.

The general's remarks are surprising as he has backed calls for the Netherlands to take part in the 6,000-strong Nato-led mission to Uruzgan.

Dutch MPs began laying the ground work on Tuesday to begin a proper debate on contributing 1,200 soldiers. Some of the
parliamentarians want to access to intelligence reports on the situation in Uruzgan.

Despite the general's remarks, it looks positive that the Dutch troops will deploy to Afghanistan.

From a factual standpoint, this is the news for the day. There has been some unsubstantiated rumors circulating from activity in the Natalee Holloway case in Miami, FL; however, I will refrain from announcing them until they can be verified.

Bon Dia Newspaper (page 2) seems to be explaining why Paulus van der Sloot decided to become a lawyer with Antonio Carlo's law firm. The article presents a kind of a biography of Paulu's education and past work. The first page of the paper contains a picture of Paulus in formal lawyer attire. Page 11 contains many pictures of Paulus. ceremony.

On page 10 of the Bon Dia, the opposition to the motion brought to obtain information (DFI decision on Dr. Phil Show bogus tapes) from the Public Affairs Minister by Antonia Carlo is explained. Essentially, the Public Affairs Minister claims that by granting Antonio Carlo's request he would be divulging too much information. Apparently, he has some support from an entity referred to as a Research Commissar.

I will post more news or inputs as they become available.

With Aloha,

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Posted by Richard at January 18, 2006 9:02 PM



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