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* from DXer … Ayman’s use of “school” in May 2001 in explaining merger with Al Qaeda

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23 Responses to “* from DXer … Ayman’s use of “school” in May 2001 in explaining merger with Al Qaeda”

  1. DXer said

    In this case involving the young man who left for Egypt in February 2007 who was urging to his friend that they commit domestic terrorism in the name of AQUSA, Para. 15 of the Complaint alleges that Wilson and the UCE [Undercover FBI employee] agreed to use code words when discussing their travel plans, specifically that they would use the code words “Nevada,” “San Francisco,” and San Diego.” Wilson and Abukhdair, here, however, already used the word “study” when referring to “it” [jihad]. In Amerithrax, correspondence intercepted in June 2001 confirmed that Ayman Zawahiri used school to refer to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. This was widely known by reason of a letter sent to EIJ supporters explaining the merger with Al Qaeda. (Perhaps it was on the CIA’s FBIS public database — I don’t recall offhand the news article that I learned of the word of the code). (I once uploaded a chronological organized bibliography of all sources)

    Syracuse native pleads guilty to planning violent jihad, hoping to form al-Qaeda branch in U.S.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/syracuse_native_pleads_guilty_to_planning_violent_jihad_hoping_to_form_al-qaeda.html#incart_river_default

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  2. DXer said

    To get a feel for the compartmentalization (or not) of knowledge within the Task Force, the GAO should identify the person who came up with the theory that Dr. Ivins used “school” because of a news article in an old copy of a periodical his wife got relating to some school. The GAO should then ask that person whether he knew that Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, the guy making plans to attack the US using anthrax to retaliate for the rendering of senior EIJ leaders, used “school” as code to refer to EIJ in a May 2001 letter to his long-time followers who knew him from Cairo years ago.

  3. DXer said

    I have argued that the documentary evidence establishes that code was used by the 911 hijackers and also the anthrax letters. With the letters mailed to the senators in charge of appropriations, Greendale School was used to refer to Egyptian Islamic Jihad. EIJ’s focus was on the rendering of senior EIJ leaders.

    In recent mailbombs designed to take down airliners, symbolic names were also used as code.

    Chicago’s FBI chief: al-Qaida still ‘obsessed with airplanes’
    BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter September 19, 2011 8:02PM
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    Updated: September 20, 2011 4:41AM

    Chicago’s FBI chief on Monday said that 10 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks on America, al-Qaida is still “obsessed with airplanes.”

    FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Rob Grant disclosed for the first time that Chicago investigators are handling an international terror probe into who planted mail bombs on overseas flights bound for Chicago last year.

    “They were never intended to reach their destination,” Grant said of the foiled mail bomb plot.

    “The person who built that bomb still remains at liberty, somewhere in Yemen,” Grant said during an appearance before the Niagara Foundation in Chicago. “He has been hunted for a long time, but he is a very, very skilled bomb-maker.”

    In October 2010, explosives hidden in printer cartridges were pulled off of airplanes in England and the United Arab Emirates after intelligence officials were tipped off that the packages were on board.

    The packages, sent from Yemen, were addressed to former Chicago area synagogues bearing the names of historical figures as a way to “stick it in their eyes” if the blown up remnants were found, Grant said. President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser has called the devices “very sophisticated,” and officials believe the Yemeni faction of al-Qaida is behind the plot.

    It was foiled after information came in from a “foreign intelligence source, a human,” who warned that there were bombs on the two planes, Grant said.

    Both planes were grounded immediately, he said.

    But the incident caused a scare at the time that spread worldwide and caused subsequent searches of cargo planes and some passenger flights in East Coast airports. A woman accused of mailing the packages was later arrested but authorities warned the ring leaders were still at large.

    Last year, investigators said they found links between the Chicago-bound devices and the explosive intended for use by the so-called “underwear bomber” in Detroit.

    “Al-Qaida has been obsessed with airplanes, they continue to be obsessed with airplanes,” Grant said. “They want to use airplanes to kill people. … It continues to be a desire on their part to bring a plane down.”

    Their interest in planes is partly economic, he said.

    The effort to blow up both planes last year cost about $5,000.

    “They watch the world respond,” he said. “They spent a few thousand, and then we spend millions.”

  4. DXer said

    One of the typos in Ms. Garrett’s book relates to the name of the school. It’s GREENDALE, not GLENDALE.

    Saif Adel was appointed the head of the GREEN TEAM by ATEF according to a seized memo.

    So this is very important.

  5. DXer said

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13683880

    A “treasure trove” of more than 60,000 19th Century books is being made available by the British Library in a new iPad application.

    For those who like codes, and who do not resort to claiming an “n” is double-lined when it isn’t… (see the theory developed by the FBI agent named by DW)

    consider that the NSA computer that attempted to crack the Beale Cipher (relating to the 19th Century treasure) did not have the benefit of these 60,000 19th Century books.

    For any purpose, this is a tremendous resource and why you should hug a librarian today. (oh, go ahead, hug an FBI agent today too; no one is saying that solving such a crime would be easy).

    On the subject of Al Qaeda codes, they found long strings of numbers among the Bin Laden’s materials recently and are looking to understand their meaning. Al Qaeda typically used a code where 2 was 8, 3 was 7, 4 was 6. You can think of it as +/- from “5”. KSM used the code in communicating with biochem operatives in the United States (such as Al-Marri). The FBI’s Godel code hinges on an “N” that there is no evidence that has been disclosed that it in fact was even double-lined.

  6. DXer said

    Here is a new book on steganography.

    http://www.amazon.com/Disappearing-Cryptography-Third-Steganography-Watermarking/dp/0123744792/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1306365101&sr=1-3

    I uploaded the book on the 23rd with up to 20 additional messages.

    The FBI missed the very basic code used in the anthrax letters. For example, it was known that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” to refer to the EIJ, to take a simple example.

    The jihadis even explained the “green birds” code in a FAQ.

    If they make such a fundamental error in intelligence analysis, it is not surprising that no government analyst found a single hidden message in

    New York State Wildflowers.
    http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2202989

    The message was plainly worded for anyone to see.

    • DXer said

      The subtilis expert WS repeatedly calling the Kensington Ave #4 apartment associated with KSM’s nephew the month leading up to WTC 1993 reportedly lived in Piscataway in 2001. Piscataway is about 6 miles from North Brunswick, where the Al Qaeda website explaining what the “green birds” symbolized was mirrored. It’s about 3 miles from the mailbox. Did the subtilis expert know the webmaster who preached in Brooklyn and New Jersey mosques and was widely known and respected? Suspecting code was used on the website, the CIA left the azzam.com website for up to a year to see who he visited. Did the subtilis expert visit? Did he post?

  7. DXer said

    memri today –

    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/5256.htm

    Al-Qaeda in Coded Messages

    Reflecting the obvious security concerns of his senior partner, bin Laden, al-Zawahiri wrote in May 3, 2001, or four months before the 9/11 attacks, a message signed by Dr. Nur “President of the Administration Council” about which Council, if it indeed existed, there is no knowledge. The message which included many coded words was addressed to abu Muhammad al-Masri, suspected of being a leader of one of the key cells of al-Jihad al-Islami which reported directly to al-Zawahiri. There was a reference to Omar Brothers Company (the Taliban movement under Mullah Omar); the profitable commerce (jihad for the sake of Allah); the market (armed action); the village (Egypt); the school (Al-Qaeda); the suffering from monopolies by international corporations (the pursuit of the members of al-Jihad al-Islami by the U.S. and other nations following the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania) and the foreign investors (Americans and Jews) against whom the International Front for the Fighting of Jews and Crusaders was established. The message also referred to Al-Sa’aayida] which left the market (al-Jama’ah al-Islamaiyya [the Islamic Group}, another Egyptian terrorist group which had abandoned the armed struggle in Egypt and eventually denounced terror; and Abdullah’s Contracting Company (Al-Qaeda, headed by bin Laden) The message also talks about Omar’s Brothers Company having opened the market for trade, meaning that it had provided training camps for the mujahideen [holly worriers] in all Islamic countries. It referred to “foreign investors,” meaning Americans that “it was necessary to strike them and kill them.”

    The message refers to the results of the dialogue with “Abdullah Contracting Company,” (Al-Qaeda) and the merging of the two companies to create “Qa’idat al-Jihad”[the official name of Al-Qaeda] which is one way of avoiding what he termed as the bottleneck, meaning the limited scope of action for his movement, the Islamic Jihad, within the confines of Egypt. It refers to “shifting the trade activities”, meaning the armed action to multinational corporations and the joint profit, meaning the attack on international targets abroad, one of the objectives of Al-Qaeda. Al-Zawahiri urged his interlocutor for a quick response after 8:00 p.m., using the fax code of a neighboring country, meaning Pakistan, because of the difficulty of reaching Afghanistan. The response, al-Zawahiri instructed, should carry this notation on top:” for the attention of Mansoor” which was another of al-Zawahiri’s pseudonyms. Because of its significance, the English version of message is provided below almost in its entirety:

    Dear brothers. I hope you are well and may Allah bring us together…I yearn very much to see you…. Let me summarize our situation as we try to return to our previous principal activity [terrorism]. The most important step was the opening of the school [Al-Qaeda] whose doors were opened before the professors [mujahideen] for a profitable trade [jihad for the sake of Allah]…As you know, the situation down in the “village” [Egypt] has become bad for the merchants and Allah has opened before us the door of mercy by establishing Omar Brothers Company [bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda] which opened the market for trade [training camps], and provided them the opportunity to rearrange their papers. May Allah reward them with his generosity. The benefits of trade here is bringing together the merchants [mujahideen] under one roof thereby contributing to their familiarity [with each other] and to cooperation, and particularly between us and Abdullah Contracting Company [another pseudonym for Al-Qaeda]. The result of this effort was the merging of the two companies [Islamic Jihad and bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda] and the ability to confront the foreign investors…to unify trade [jihad] in our entire region. Our colleagues see an excellent opportunity to advance the sales [jihad] in general and in the village [Egypt], in particular. They are determined to make this enterprise successful and hope to see it as a means of emerging from the neck of the bottle which suffocated us and shifting the trade to multi-national corporations, and joint profit. We are negotiating the details and both sides are optimistic. …We welcome those who wish to take part in our training programs but due to limited resources we ask that [the participants] share the cost of travel and consider it as a debt to be [repaid] when we are better off…. I reiterate our welcome of any idea that would bring back to the market, particularly the local market, [the ability] to compete with foreign investors.

    (signed) Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Nur

    Al-Zawahiri’s many appeals to his former group to disassociate itself from the decision to disengage from violence and terrorism in this regard appeared to have fallen on deaf ears. There is no record in the confiscated computer of any response to al-Zawahiri’s various appeals.

  8. DXer said

    Below is an article from over a decade ago, in 2000. “Bin Laden remains top adversary,” New Mexican, July 3, 2000 At the time of this article, Ayman’s infiltrating scientist Rauf had been attending the same dangerous pathogens conference with Bruce Ivins and his USAMRIID and Porton Down colleagues. The year before, Ayman had written memos to Atef about recruiting the specialists they needed.

    It was in this context — and after Dr. Ayman’s announcement he was going to use anthrax against the US — that Ali Al-Timimi (an “anthrax weapons suspect” to borrow his defense counsel’s phrase) was allowed to share a suite with Ames researchers that included the former deputy USAMRIID Commander and leading anthrax bioweaponeer.

    The former deputy USAMRIID Commander was in charge of biothreat threat assessment for the DTRA/DIA and served as a Battelle consultant.

    Amerithrax represents the greatest counterintelligence failure in United States history.

    What’s the biodefense industry’s response? Build labs abroad in countries filled with millions of jihadist supporters of Ayman and Bin Laden.

    “Over the past six months,
    according to world press
    accounts, Osama bin Laden
    has suffered kidney failure,
    bone marrow disease, liver
    ailments, cancer and depression
    — when he wasn’t playing
    soccer, raising Arabian horses
    or sneaking into Albania.
    But U.S. counterterrorist
    officials believe the exiled
    Saudi millionaire is still alive
    and well and plotting in
    Afghanistan.

    Nearly two years after bin
    Laden allegedly orchestrated
    the bombing of two U.S.
    embassies in East Africa,
    killing 224 people, terrorism
    experts inside and outside the
    federal government say he
    remains America’s number
    one terrorist adversary,
    despite fissures within his network
    and the arrest of many
    of his operatives.

    U.S. intelligence agencies
    have enormous resources concentrated
    on bin Laden, from
    satellites in the heavens to
    doctors at CIA headquarters
    who have watched videotapes
    of interviews and concluded
    that he can walk without difficulty
    and does not need his
    cane.

    A special operations unit
    within the CIA’s Counterterrorist
    Center has focused on
    bin Laden’s. network — known
    as al Qaeda , “the Base” in
    Arabic — for at least five
    years, and the agency’s analysts
    have identified two of his
    Egyptian allies, Ayman
    Zawahiri and Muhammed
    Atef, as likely successors if he
    were to disappear.”

  9. DXer said

    August 15, 2008 302 interview statement:

    “On August 13, 2008, _______________ violinist, … was interviewed regarding ______ interpretation of handwritten markings on a violin music sheet seized on July 12, 2008, from BRUCE EDWARDS IVINS. .. ______________ provided the following information:

    In reference to the music sheet: “Detached Stroke with Double-Stops” from the book “Shirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, The techniques of Bowing, volume 932, Casorti; _____________…

    … The letters “T” and “A” were likely a teacher’s tool, instructing the student to play the note with the strings together (“T”) or open (“A”). In this instance, the “A” was for the student to play each note separately then together, for tuning purposes. The “A” and the “T” would not stand on their own without the music..”

  10. DXer said

    This important article by Stewart Bell discusses the close working relationship between Khadr, leader of the Canadian cell, and Bin Laden, Zawahiri and KSM — as well as the plan to use sleeper cells.

    Sins of the Father: ‘Ahmed Khadr was very close to bin Laden’ Oct. 15, 201
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Sins+Father+Ahmed+Khadr+very+close+Laden/3679846/story.html

  11. DXer said

    4/21/2008 Confidential Human Source (CHS) Reporting Document

    “After a FOX News internet news story entitled “FBI Focusing on ‘About Four’ Suspects in 2001 Anthrax Attacks” was posted on 03/08/2008, several employees of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) began to discuss the article and the ongoing AMERITHRAX investigation. CHS advised that, after reading the article, many USAMRIID employees came to the conclusion that __________ a scientist formerly employed at USAMRIID, was one of the unnamed individuals discussed in the article.”

  12. DXer said

    2/06/2008 302 interview statement

    “______________ recalled the unauthorized environmental sampling incident which IVINS had been involved in. __________ was of the opinion that IVINS simply and innocently believed that some contamination had occurred as a result of USAMRIID’s efforts to handle and analyze the anthrax-laced letter powder and therefore IVINS took it upon himself, as a safety precaution, to conduct environmental sampling on his own. ________ opined that the contamination most likely occurred as a result of some of the anthrax powder leaking out of the baggie containing the anthrax-laced letters, subsequently transferring virulent anthrax powder to the outside of the baggie.”

  13. DXer said

    2/6/2008 302 interview statement

    “______________ was not aware of any significant concerns that IVINS may have had or voiced regarding the notion that anthrax research and/or specifically rPA research was going away prior to the September 11, 2001 time frame. ______ re-iterated that IVIN’s funding in the period of time precedig the anthrax-laced letter mailngs of 2001 was stable and IVINS should not have been concerned.”

  14. DXer said

    January 26, 2008 302 interview statement

    “____________ indicated that there were a few USAMRIID researchers who were famous for working frequent and long late night hours in the laboratories. ____identified [BRUCE IVINS and two others] as three researchers who fell into that category.”

  15. DXer said

    279A-WF-222936-USAMRIID -1783 demonstrates the FBI’s/Washington Field Office’s incompetence in assessing access to virulent Ames from Flask 1029 and constitutes a major mistake in the investigation.

    It states:

    “The following investigation was conducted by Special Agent _________ of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 17, 2007.

    As previously reported ______________________________ was a visiting scientist at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland _________________________ (279A-WF-222936, Serial 1129). In addition, it has been previously reported that the research derived from this visit was published in a reputable scientific journal (279A-WF-222936-USAMRIID, Serial 1101).

    It should be noted that examination of that publication indicated the Ames strain Bacillus anthracis stores used by __________ et al were produced via the same method that USAMRIID scientists BRUCE IVINS et al had previously published in a 1995 article….

    This would strongly indicate that the Ames strain Bacillus anthracis spores used by _______ were derived from spores produced at USAMRIID and were not RMR 1029 derived spores. It should also be noted that the first draw on RMR 1029 wasn’t until September 17, 1998 (279A-WF-USAMRIID, Serial 1716).”

  16. DXer said

    January 9, 2008 302 interview

    “__________noted IVINS was excluded from certain ”projects,” meaning USAMRIID research that directly supported the U.S. Intelligence Community.”

    Question: Dr. Ivins had written his superior in 2006 to express concern that some of his stock might be missing due to uses that did not involve him.

    His superior told him to shut up and that everything was under control. Was that the same person who in November 2007 ordered his colleagues not to speak with him?

  17. DXer said

    12/12/2007 302 interview statement

    “it was not uncommon for IVINS to be working many late night hours at USAMRIID in the hot suites. __________ indicated that IVINS and others were very busy conducting research which pertained to being able to manage the threat posed to American soldiers not yet vaccinated against certain biological agents, such as anthrax.”

  18. DXer said

    12/14/2007 302 interview statement:

    “___________ indicated that management at USAMRIID has always known IVINS suffers from depression…. ____________ confirmed that IVINS works a lot of hour at USAMRIID, including frequent late night hours.”

    US Attorney Taylor’s argument that Ivins did not continue to work late night hours in the B3 was especially clueless and misleading given that in 2002, a two-person rule was instituted.

    After the country was attacked on 9/11, he worked extra hours in Fall 2001 with his colleague as part of “Operation Noble Eagle” (as thousands in the USG did).”

  19. DXer said

    11/9/2007 302 interview statement

    “It is ____________opinion that most likely the anthrax mailer is an individual who is associated with a foreign country and is not a U.S. citizen or homegrown terrorist. _____ could not think of anyone at USAMRIID who would have been involved in the anthrax mailings. ______ opined that BRUCE IVINS and ___________ both have eccentric personalities but that they are benign and would not intentionally hurt anyone.”

  20. DXer said

    In addition to grossly mischaracterizing numerous emails, the DOJ summary simply fails to discuss at all numerous relevant emails that contradict the emails and comments the DOJ attorney mischaracterizes:

    For example, in an email dated March 24, 2007, Dr. Ivins wrote a confidante:

    “IVINS stated that he didn’t have it in him to be a killer or terrorist, and he would never knowingly play any part in anything that dealt with killing or terrorism. He was also bothered by the possibility that something they made or purified or gave to somebody else, either inside or outside of USAMRIID, could have wound up in the wrong hands.”

  21. DXer said

    On January 22, 2007, Dr. Ivins wrote an email:

    “Now the Postal Service people are all over RIID. … It’s very emotionally draining, (…), to know that people think that I could or would be a killer/terrorist. I didn’t mail the spores and didn’t bioweaponize them and I hope that nobody took a strain or some spores that led directly or indirectly to the anthrax mailings.”

    It has taken USAMRIID 1 1/2 years to produce a couple years of emails and it is being equally slow in producing the 7 years of remaining emails. (It is a simple matter to print them and take a magic marker to the proper names).

    If USAMRIID is so inefficient in handling such a simple request, why should this country feel confidence that we have a competent biodefense in addressing more difficult challenges presented by a determined adversary that wants to kill us? Why should Congress think that the government law enforcement and intelligence function is capable of sharing information when it takes months, even years, to process a simple stack of paper? USAMRIID/ USAMEDD has dramatically shown that it is NOT capable of sharing information efficiently.

  22. DXer said

    An August 2008 Washington Field Office memo states:

    “the species of the non-anthracis bacillus contaminant was incorrectly identified by multiple laboratories, however, upon thorough characterization and genetic sequencing, the contaminant was identified to be a strain of Bacillus subtilis.
    This is a significant factor for the search operations.”

    Question: Why is that whenever Dr. Ivins made a mistake it was evidence of a cover-up and whenever multiple laboratories consulting with the FBI made a mistake it was just a mistake on an important issue?

    I thought FBI Director Mueller said no mistakes were made?

    The August 2008 Field Office memo states:

    “In November of 2006, upon consent provided by USAMRIID Command, strains of Bacillus subtilis, were collected from Dr. Ivins’s stock collection. All of the collected samples compared negatively to the Bacillus subtilis contaminant isolated from the Post and Brokaw envelopes.”

    As another example of a mistake, US Attorney Jeff Taylor falsely claimed that the federal eagle stamp was uniquely sold at Dr. Ivins post office (the one serving Ft. Detrick) when actually it was sold throughout Maryland and Virginia. That false claim then ran as an AP headline. Yet we correctly understand it as simply a mistaken understanding on the US Attorney’s part (which would inform anyone’s conclusion).

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