CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* from Sheik Al-Bakri’s call for holy biowar … using biological weapons is permissible

Posted by DXer on March 18, 2010

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17 Responses to “* from Sheik Al-Bakri’s call for holy biowar … using biological weapons is permissible”

  1. DXer said

    Is EIJ London cell member Abdel Bary now willing to cooperate about the activities of the London cell?

    Al-Qaida spokesman admits [1998] embassy plot [bombings in which something like 228 were killed]
    September 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2014/09/20/Al-Qaeda-Spokesman-Admits-Embassy-Plot-as-Judge-Questions-Deal/stories/201409200105

    Comment:

    Zawahiri likely was surprised that the plainly worded message of the letters accompanying the anthrax was not deemed clear. Perhaps the talking heads would not have been so quick to infer an opposite meaning if no message had been expressed using words at all. Perhaps the if the sender had relied only on what KSM describes as the language of war — the death delivered by the letters — the pundits would not have been so misdirected. But why was Al Qaeda evasive on the question of responsibility for the anthrax mailings, dismissing the issue with a snicker, and claiming that Al Qaeda did not know anything about anthrax?
    (That is, besides the fact that El-Shukrijumah was a loyal son and brother and did not want to get them in hot water. The FBI Agents came a half dozen times to the home to ask for El-Shukrijumah, always to be told that he had left the country.)

    Bin Laden denied responsibility for 9/11 until it was beyond reasonable dispute. On September 16, 2001, he said: “The US is pointing the finger at me but I categorically state that I have not done this. I am residing in Afghanistan. I have taken an oath of allegiance (to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar) which does not allow me to do such things from Afghanistan.” Before that, Ayman had denied the 1998 embassy bombings too. On August 20, 1998, coincidentally on the day of strikes on camps in Afghanistan and Sudan, Ayman al-Zawahiri contacted The News, a Pakistani English-language daily, and said on behalf of Bin Laden that “Bin Laden calls on Moslem Ummah to continue Jihad against Jews and Americans to liberate their holy places. In the meanwhile, he denies any involvement in the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombings.” To Ayman, “war is deception.”

    If Graeme MacQueen author of a wholly misconceived book “2001 Anthrax Deception” were truly against violence, he would be against false denials by those who perpetrate mass murder, from whatever quarter. People who imagine themselves “truth-tellers” cannot lie for one side.

    The US Senators targeted in the anthrax mailings, however, have another connection pertinent to the Egyptian militants including Abdel-Bary, who now admits his role in the 1998 embassy bombings. The United States and other countries exchange evidence for counterterrorism cases under the legal framework of a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (”MLAT”). Egypt is signatory of such a treaty that was ratified by the United States Senate in late 2000. For example, when the Fall 2001 rendition of Vanguards of Conquest leader Agizah was criticized, the US explained that it was relying on the MLAT. In the prosecution of Post Office worker Ahmed Abdel Sattar, Sattar’s attorney Michael Tigar, at trial in December 2004 explained: “Now, that might be classified, it’s true, but we have now found out and our research has just revealed that on, that the State Department has reported that it intends to use and relies on the mutual legal assistance treaty between the United States and Egypt signed May 3, 1998, in Cairo, and finally ratified by the United States Senate on October 18th, 2000. The State Department issued a press report about this treaty on November 29th, 2001 and I have a copy here.” He explained that “Article IV of the treaty provides that requests under the treaty can be made orally as well as under the formal written procedures required by the treaty, that those requests can include requests for testimony, documents, and even for the transfer to the United States if the treaty conditions are met.

    Vanguards of Conquest spokesman Al-Sirri in London was a co-defendant in the case against post office worker Sattar. In the late 1990s Sattar and he often spoke in conversations intercepted by the FBI. Al-Sirri’s fellow EIJ cell members in London were subject to process under those treaties at the time of the anthrax mailings. Abdel-Bary, an attorney, was subject to a 10 year extradition effort.

    Those London cell members — including Abdel-Bary who wants now to plead guilty, had faxed the claim of responsibility which stated the motive for the 1998 embassy bombings. A group calling itself the “Islamic Army for the Liberation of the Holy Places” took credit for the bombings listing as among their demands “the release of the Muslims detained in the United State[s] first and foremost Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the spiritual guide of the Gama’a Islamiya) who is jailed in the United States.” As reason for the bombings, in addition to the rendition recent EIJ members to Cairo and the detention of Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, the faxes pointed to the detention of dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali . Al-Hawali was the mentor of GMU microbiology student Al-Timimi who spoke in London in August 2001 alongside 911 Imam Awlaki (also from Falls Church) and unindicted WTC 1993 conspirator Bilal Philips. Al-Timimi was in contact with Saudi sheik Al-Hawali in 2002 and arranged to hand deliver a message to all members of Congress he had drafted in al-Hawali’s name on the first anniversary of the anthrax mailings to Senator Leahy and Daschle. Working for the Saudi government, Bilal Philips recruited soldiers to jihad. He was good friends with Adnan El-Shukrijumah father, the Brooklyn imam who translated for Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. (Bilal Philips explained his fondness for Adnan’s fat on the webpage I have linked.)

    But it seems that whether Abdel-Bary is cooperating should bear on whether the District Court accepts his plea.

    Al-Qaida spokesman admits embassy plot
    September 20, 2014 12:00 AM

    By Patricia Hurtado and Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg News
    NEW YORK — A former al-Qaida spokesman tearfully described being part of a global plot to attack U.S. citizens, including the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Africa, as he tried to plead guilty Friday in a Manhattan courtroom.

    Adel Abdel Bary wept as he said that while working in the London for al-Qaida, he had personally sent out claims of responsibility for the embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 224 people. He also said he sent out faxes on behalf of Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, threatening more attacks.

    U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan declined to accept his plea, however, saying he was concerned that Mr. Abdel Bary, charged with hundreds of counts of murder, may be getting off with a sentence that could come to only 15 years. The deal allows him to plead guilty to three counts, with a maximum 25-year-term, and cuts as much as a decade from his sentence for time served in Britain fighting extradition.

    Mr. Abel Bary agreed to admit to conspiring to make threats, making threats and willfully conspiring to attack U.S. nationals. His head bowed and wiping tears from his eyes, he told the judge that he sent messages between the media, Bin Laden and Mr. Zawahiri, and that he agreed “to kill Americans citizens anywhere in the world.”

    “This man is a defendant on a couple of hundred counts, many which carry life imprisonment,” Judge Kaplan said. “A good number require mandatory life imprisonment. The government is asking me to accept this guilty plea, which caps his exposure to 15 years. You can well appreciate why I have questions in my mind,” the judge said, declining to accept the plea.

    Of the 224 killed, 12 U.S. citizens were among the dead after two bombs detonated almost simultaneously outside the embassies Aug. 7, 1998. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Buckley said at the hearing Friday that the government agreed to the deal in part because Mr. Abdel Bary wasn’t “alleged to have himself engaged in any overt act which resulted in those murders.”

    Defense lawyer Andrew Patel told the judge that the plea agreement reflects his client’s role in the global terror plot. “The indictment does not necessarily reflect what Mr. Abdel Bary is, and what he did,” Mr. Patel said. The deal “reflects the unique facts of this case and circumstances, and of the defendant. I would ask your honor to accept this. I believe this is a just resolution.”

    Judge Kaplan declined Mr. Patel’s request, instead telling the lawyers to explain in court filings why the deal should be accepted. The government said it would submit its filing within a week. “The person who needs to be convinced is me,” the judge said.

    Mr. Abdel Bary was brought to the United States for prosecution in 2012, accused of obtaining fake travel documents for co-conspirators in the attacks. He had been scheduled to go on trial with two other men Nov. 3.

    Five other men, including bin Laden’s private secretary and a top spiritual leader, were convicted at separate trials in 2001 and 2010 in New York on charges tied to the embassy attacks. They were sentenced to life in prison.

    Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement following the hearing that Mr. Abdel Bary “admitted his guilt and, subject to the further information requested by the judge, awaits the sentence to be imposed by an American civilian court.”

    • DXer said

      Abdel-Bary claimed to be a lawyer for Nosair.FN 1/ Andrew Patel , Abdel-Bary’s assigned lawyer, official represented Nosair as counsel of record for Nosair.FN 2 (Attorney Patel also represented Shukrijumah’s colleague Jose Padilla.)

      So both Abdel-Bary and Andrew Patel likely have insights into the Blind Sheik’s colleagues in Brooklyn, including Adnan El-Shukrijumah and EIJ intelligence head Ali Mohammed, in the early 1990s. FN3

      They also would have insights into Dahab, who ran the Blind Sheik Services office and was taught by Ali Mohammed to mail lethal letters.

      If we don’t learn from history, we are bound to repeat it.

      Now Attorney Patel, of course, is bound by his duty of confidentiality and his obligation to zealously represent his client.

      Attorney Abdel-Bary, in his role of defendant, is not restrained in sharing everything he knows about Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s, Al Qaeda’s current head of North America operations.

      If Attorney Abdel-Bary wants favorable disposition as to the sentence for the conspiracy that resulted in the murder of 224 people, then the question is:

      has he fully cooperated and shared what he knows?

      Abdel-Bary spoke to Zawahiri on the satellite phone.

      Khalid Al-Fawwaz, the London operative who faces trial in November 2014, was on the satellite phone dozens of time.

      FN 1/
      JAILED SHEIK’S AIDE EYED IN AFRICA EMBASSY BLASTS
      BY GREG B. SMITH NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 13, 1999, 12:00 AM
      http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/jailed-sheik-aide-eyed-africa-embassy-blasts-article-1.848098

      An aide to jailed Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman conspired in the plot to blow up two U.S. embassies in East Africa last summer, prosecutors charged yesterday. Adel Mohammed Abdul Almagid Abdul Bary, an Egyptian who authorities say plotted to smuggle money for the blind sheik, and an alleged cohort, Ibrahim Hussein Abdelhadi Eidarous, were arrested in London on Sunday. In a complaint unsealed yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court, prosecutors outlined Bary’s connections to Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted in 1995 of plotting to blow up New York landmarks. Bary also claimed to be a lawyer for El Sayed A Nosair, the man jailed in the assassination of radical Jewish leader Meir Kahane in 1990. Bary and Eidarous were being held in London for extradition to New York. …

      A day after the bombings, authorities say, three letters were faxed to news organizations claiming responsibility for the attacks. Scotland Yard investigators later found the letters in a London flat leased by Bary. The fingerprints of Bary and Eidarous were on the letters, the complaint alleges. The letters claiming the East African attacks were allegedly faxed from a machine at a post office down the street from Bary’s London home. An informant who was close to Abdel-Rahman recalled a 1992 phone conversation in which the sheik talked with someone believed to be Bary, the complaint states. The two men discussed “the best method to smuggle money to persons in Egypt who were affiliated with the Islamic Group, a terrorist organization with which Abdel-Rahman was affiliated,” court papers charge. The informant told the FBI that Bary was ordered to provide false passports to Islamic Group members, and aid members who assassinated a police official and his son in Egypt.

      FN 2/ Andrew Patel’s representation is mentionein Lynne Stewart’s trial.
      http://www.lynnestewart.org/transcripts/102804.txhttp
      Q. Ms. Stewart, this is a continuation of the July 13, 2001
      4 prison visit. And I wanted to ask you, there is a discussion
      5 here of someone named Nosair. Who is Mr. Nosair?
      6 A. He was a codefendant in the 1995 case. He had been
      7 acquitted in New York State Court of the murder of Meir Kahana,
      8 but that count was brought into the federal case as part of a
      9 separate conspiracy, and he was convicted of it in federal
      10 court, murder of Meir Kahana.
      11 Q. Looking at this transcript, this is page 3. And Mr. Yousry
      12 says: Patel is his lawyer or is it Roger Stans? Who is being
      13 referred to there? Do you have that page, page 3?
      14 A. This is Nosair. He was represented by — Andrew Patel was
      15 one lawyer and Roger should be Stavis.
      16 Q. Lynne Stewart says: The point here is is Nosair having all
      17 these interviews. Um-hum, says Mr. Yousry. He’s allowed to
      18 talk to the press totally freely and put all of this out. You
      19 know.

      FN 3/
      Army says sergeant who admitted aiding terrorists was not privy to US secrets
      HDN | 10/25/2000
      http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/army-says-sergeant-who-admitted-aiding-terrorists-was-not-privy-to-us-secrets.aspx?pageID=438&n=army-says-sergeant-who-admitted-aiding-terrorists-was-not-privy-to-us-secrets-2000-10-25
      Lawyers for El Sayyid Nosair introduced evidence about Mohamed at the trial after a training exercise videotape featuring Mohamed was found in Nosair’s apartment after Nosair was charged in the 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane.
      The lawyers tried to show that Mohamed’s effort to provide training to those who were later accused of plotting to blow up New York landmarks was proof that the defendants were actually fighting a war outside the United States with the help of the U.S. government.
      “Our whole defense was that they were fighting America’s war,” Andrew Patel, one of Nosair’s lawyers at the trial, said on Monday.
      Lawyers at the Nosair trial alleged that Mohamed provided military documents and videos that helped militant Muslims identify Soviet weapons to aid their quest to drive the former Soviet Union out of Afghanistan.
      Patel said that he had wanted to call Mohamed as a witness but could not locate him.
      Mohamed said on Friday that the FBI found him in late 1994, when he was in Nairobi, and asked to speak to him about the pending trial of Abdel-Rahman, Nosair and others.
      “I flew back to the United States, spoke to the FBI, but didn’t disclose everything that I knew,” Mohamed said.
      Later, he said, he obtained a copy of the co-conspirator list for the Abdel-Rahman trial and forwarded it to Kenya with the expectation that it would be forwarded to bin Laden.
      Abdel-Rahman and Nosair were both convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to life in prison.

  2. DXer said

    Abu Hamza: London-based scholar giving opinion on what is legally permissible during daytime. Strip club manager at night.

    Muslim extremist hate-preacher on trial in New York tells court he once managed a strip club to ‘make money and enjoy myself’

    • Mustafa Kamel Mustafa faces 11 terror-related charges for alleged crimes that pre-date 9/11
    • Authorities say Mustafa had been in the planning stages of setting up a terrorist training camp in Oregon prior to his 2004 arrest in London
    • If convicted, Mustafa faces a sentence of life in prison

    By AFP and DAILY MAIL REPORTER

    PUBLISHED: 22:05 EST, 7 May 2014 | UPDATED: 03:36 EST, 8 May 2014

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2623007/Muslim-extremist-hate-preacher-trial-New-York-tells-court-managed-strip-club-make-money-enjoy-myself.html

  3. DXer said

    Anthrax: A Possible Case History, Emerging Infectious Diseases, July-August 1999
    Thomas V. Inglesby
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

    Click to access 10458965.pdf

    “No group can be identified as the perpetrator, though FBI continues one of the largest investigations in its history.”

    • DXer said

      A 2013 anthrax case study:

      The Threat of Domestic Bioterrorism: Fact or Fiction, by Stacy Langston. 2013.

      http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1315&context=jss&sei-redir=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fscholar.google.com%2Fscholar%3Fstart%3D10%26q%3DFBI%2Band%2Banthrax%2Band%2B2013%26hl%3Den%26as_sdt%3D0%2C33#search=%22FBI%20anthrax%202013%2

      ***

      Social media sites are flooded with comments from all over the U.S. criticizing the FBI for leaving out information regarding the letters that were sent to the media stations. The forums state that the FBI is trying to cover up that they did not “catch” the correct perpetrator during the 2001 anthrax letters. An immense distrust spread across the Internet in regards to the FBI. The protocol that was originally called into question during the investigation is being brought forth once again. Comments were being left stating that it took the FBI seven years to accuse and attempt to bring to trial the suspect, but he was never convicted due to his untimely death.

      Another press conference was held to refute the claims that the letters were mailed by the same individual as in 2001. FBI experts explained that the letters have a similar style to the original
      anthrax letters mailed out; however, there were no anthrax spores inside the letters, and the letters contents differ from those originally mailed in 2001. The level of sophistication in regards to the code that was believed to be in the letters from 2001 were lacking in the letters that were sent to the news stations. FBI experts believed the letters to be a hoax but were investigating the matter and believed the two incidents were somehow connected. The goals of the attacks differed from those in 2001.

      [ https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/155b.jpg ]

      ***

      Results from LRN showed that the anthrax spores from hospitals and the entertainment venue were from the B. anthracis Ames strain. There appeared to be no nanoparticle silica or bentonite around the capsules. There were contaminants mixed in with the spores and may be the reason the death count is not as high as expected for the amount of persons who were potentially exposed during the concert.

      Social media networks were being populated with comments on individuals not wanting to take the antibiotics that were being distributed. Distrust ran wild from comments posted on the social media sites. Rumors of the attack being conducted by the same individual as the 2001 attacks were still being discussed. A fear of hospitals started, and there were comments being posted that the antibiotics were contaminated with anthrax spores. Rumors were being spread on the Internet that hospitals initially attacked started with contamination of antibiotics. Public distrust of the government grew out of control. There was also criticism of why the BioWatch sensors did not pick up on the biological agent when it had been activated for tularemia in previous years.

      In the aftermath of the event, the FBI continued to investigate to determine the individuals responsible for the attacks. So far they had identified two of the nurses who were implicated in the attacks. These two nurses had died from inhalation anthrax. The CNAs who were reported to have been the individuals to release anthrax in an aerosol form, in the hospital, have yet to be identified. The FBI had determined that the entertainment venue security was infiltrated by a member of the domestic terrorist group, and that was how they were able to move freely inside the building and setup the timed bombs (Black Cats) that released anthrax from their containers.

      Public distrust for government agencies increased due to the nature of the letters and fear perpetrated through social media. The reported deaths in each city after four days were 123 in Austin, 11,786 in Houston, and 89 in San Antonio, a total of 11, 998. The amount did not reflect surrounding areas such as College Station, Huntsville, and Corpus Christi where individuals might have traveled to see the two day event at the entertainment venue. Distribution of antibiotics continued, and persons in the area of Houston have now become fearful of hospitals.

      The incident ended and no other letters were received, and no other releases of anthrax were reported.
      A public survey was given some months after the incident in Houston. Public distrust of government agencies had increased. More than half of those surveyed have no faith in the BioWatch sensor system and believe governments spending in those programs are useless. The survey also uncovered that at least 2,000 persons who died due to anthrax did not seek medical attention for fear of hospitals and interacting with government agencies.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  4. DXer said

    U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest denied the motion to dismiss indictment brought against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, known as Abu Hamza al-Masry.

    When the mosque where Abu Hamza al-Masri was raided years ago, a hazmat suit was found. What was that for?

    At about the time of the hostage taking, in February 1999 there was a threat to use anthrax if all Americans did not leave Yemen by the end of February. It was thought to relate to the attempt to extradite Abu Hamza. At the time, in addition to the telephone contact that Abu Hamza reportedly had with the hostages takers, Dr. Zawahiri was in touch with an EIJ cell there. (You may recall the email by Dr. Ayman complaining that the cell bought a new fax when the old one would have served).

    What do documents show about this London call for holy biowar and Bin Laden’s response? What was Bin Laden’s response?

    Last Update: Saturday, 31 August 2013 KSA 01:46 – GMT 22:46
    U.S. judge won’t dismiss Abu Hamza’s terrorism case
    Saturday, 31 August 2013

    Associated Press, New York
    A federal judge on Friday refused to toss out terrorism charges facing an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain and said she’ll decide during a trial next year whether government references to al-Qaeda being led by Osama bin Laden more than a decade ago and other statements are inflammatory.

    U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest left intact the 11-count indictment brought against Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, known as Abu Hamza al-Masry, as she ruled on pretrial motions.

    Mustafa faces trial in March on charges filed in Manhattan after his arrest in England in 2004. He was extradited to the United States last year. His lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss charges including conspiracy to take hostages, hostage-taking and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

    Prosecutors say Mustafa conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helped to abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998.

    Defense attorney Joshua Dratel said he was disappointed that motions were denied but had not fully read the opinion.

    The judge, in declining to dismiss the indictment, said the deciding issue was whether the crimes were calculated to harm American citizens and interests, not whether the defendant was in the U.S., participated in communications into or out of the U.S. or transacted business in the U.S.

    She said the facts in the indictment were “plainly sufficient” to support the charges even if Mustafa had no expectation that he would be prosecuted in the United States.

    She said Mustafa was on notice that his actions could harm U.S. people and interests because al-Qaeda had made statements that it wanted to harm the U.S.

    Defense arguments that an allegation in the indictment that Mustafa was on the telephone and advising hostage takers during their criminal acts was insufficient to identify his participation in a crime “is simply wrong,” she wrote.

    “Even so,” she added, “defendant is alleged to have done more: to have equipped the hostage takers with a means of communication – which, for hostage taking to achieve its purposes can be a critical tool – and have purchased additional minutes so that the hostage takers could succeed in their criminal activities.”

    The judge also said the allegations about setting up a holy war, or jihad, training camp in Bly, Oregon, were sufficient.

    The indictment said Mustafa and a co-defendant in October 1999 discussed setting up the training camp and a co-conspirator told Mustafa he was stockpiling weapons and ammunition in the United States.

    The judge said the amount of evidence gathered before the trial was voluminous.

    “At the end of the day, there are only a few events really at issue,” she said.

    She said complaints that the indictment contained inflammatory language, including that al-Qaeda was led by bin Laden, could be handled at trial on a case-by-case basis, though she noted that the language had been permitted at past terrorism trials.

    • DXer said

      The Finsbury mosque where the hazmat suit was found was where Yazid Sufaat’s buddy, Zacarias Moussaoui, worshipped.

      “Reda Husseine, an Algerian journalist once paid by French and British security services to infiltrate the mosque, … said: “In 1999 and 2000, there were discussions about chemical, biological and even a possible attack with a ‘dirty bomb’ (a crudely constructed device containing uranium). I told British authorities about that. They dismissed it as rubbish.”

      “The mosque has been used by Abu Hamza, a radical Muslim cleric, to preach holy war against the West. Its visitors have included two would-be suicide bombers. One was Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber”, who tried to blow up a plane using plastic explosives in his shoe in December 2001. A second was Zacarias Moussaoui, the man the FBI claims was to be the 20th hijacker on September 11.”

      We don’t need an undercover operative to convince us use of biological weapons was being discussed — it was actually reported in the press at the time. Written statements seeking holy biowarfare and Bin Laden’s response were read at several of the mosques.

      Whose fingerprints were on the hazmat suit?

      What does Abu Hamza think of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program and its connection (or not) to the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

      Abu Hamza in the past has not been known to mince words. Has any reporter been able to obtain an interview?

      His trial is scheduled for next March.

      Chemical war suits in London mosque
      The Sunday Times ^ | January 26, 2003 | Hala Jaber and David Leppard
      Posted on January 25, 2003 at 6:55:04 PM EST by MadIvan

      DETECTIVES investigating a plot by Islamic terrorists to carry out a chemical weapons attack in Britain have found chemical warfare protection suits at a mosque in north London.

      The NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) suits were discovered during a raid by 150 police officers on the Finsbury Park mosque last Monday. Informed sources said the discovery confirmed growing fears by police and MI5 that a chemical attack is being planned by supporters of Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda movement in Britain.

      Police announced after the raid they had seized a small arsenal of weapons including a stun gun, an imitation firearm and a CS gas canister.

      But discovery of the NBC suits has been kept a closely guarded secret known only to a handful of senior officers. Ministers are acutely aware that any suggestion that the mosque may have been involved with chemical weapons could inflame racial tensions. Seven men — six north Africans and one eastern European — were arrested during the raid. Last night two were still being held under the terrorism act.

      It is not known how many suits were found at the mosque or their purpose. However, police say there has so far been no evidence found of chemicals or anything that would pose an immediate threat to the public.

      The suits are being analysed to see if there are any traces of ricin or other chemicals on them. Scientists at the defence science and technology laboratories at Porton Down are thought to have been consulted.

      Police emphasised that the operation was not against the mosque itself or those who regularly attend it to pray.

      Reda Husseine, an Algerian journalist once paid by French and British security services to infiltrate the mosque, said he had heard conversations by militants there about the possible use of chemical weapons. He said: “In 1999 and 2000, there were discussions about chemical, biological and even a possible attack with a ‘dirty bomb’ (a crudely constructed device containing uranium). I told British authorities about that. They dismissed it as rubbish.”

      The mosque has been used by Abu Hamza, a radical Muslim cleric, to preach holy war against the West. Its visitors have included two would-be suicide bombers. One was Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber”, who tried to blow up a plane using plastic explosives in his shoe in December 2001. A second was Zacarias Moussaoui, the man the FBI claims was to be the 20th hijacker on September 11.

      Scotland Yard has said the search of the mosque last week was linked to a raid earlier this month on a flat in Wood Green, north London, where ricin is believed to have been made. Four north Africans have been charged with being concerned in the development or production of chemical weapons.

      Police mounted the operations after receiving information on New Year’s Day of a threatened chemical attack in Britain. Officers fear there may be chemical “factories” operating elsewhere in Britain.

      Last month a chemical warfare suit was seized after French police arrested four suspects in a Paris suburb. Sources say that raid has helped investigators in Britain begin to unravel a new terrorist network.

      A typical NBC suit consists of hooded overalls, protective boots and inner and outer gloves. A cloth outer suit impregnated with carbon and a respirator are designed to protect users from chemical, biological or nuclear fallout.

      Scotland Yard said it was “not prepared to discuss” the investigation.

    • DXer said

      NYC prosecutors are cooking with gas after the years of delay caused by Britain’s highly inefficient extradition system.

      Next up: London EIJ cell member Abdel-Bary, an Egyptian lawyer, in contact with a key Canadian EIJ cell member.

      The evidence against the London cell members, as I recall the UK opinions relating to extradition, relates to their publication of a claim of responsibility for the 1998 embassy bombings. It was found in the trunk of one of their cars. As I recall, it was faxed before the bombing.

      As I recall, other defendants were on trial in NYC in Spring 2001– the US sought the extradition of Abdel-Bary and other London colleagues for all these years.

      The key data point for profiling the anthrax mailings in the Fall 2001 was to know that the Blind Sheik’s lawyer, Montasser Al-Zayat, said that Dr. Ayman was going to use anthrax to retaliate for the rendering of senior EIJ officials.

      Now entering stage right, we have attorney Abdel-Bary.

      Attorney Abdel-Bary, who do you think was responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

      The guy who stole a sorority book 25 years ago who liked looking at pictures of attractive co-eds? The guy who edited Wikipedia?

      Or did Dr. Ayman carry out his threat to retaliate for the extradition and rendering of you and your colleagues?

      By TOM HAYS
      Associated Press
      Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
      NEW YORK An Egyptian lawyer’s statements under questioning by British authorities about the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa will be allowed as evidence at a U.S. trial that could include a co-defendant who was captured this month in Libya, a judge ruled Wednesday.

      U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected arguments that alleged al-Qaida operative Adel Abdel Bary was under duress when British detectives interrogated him at a London police station in September 1998. Kaplan also is considering a request to put Abdel Bary on trial with Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli and brought to the New York to face terrorism charges in the embassy bombing case.

      Abdel Bary and another defendant, Khaled al-Fawwaz, were extradited from Great Britain to New York last year. Prosecutors allege Abdel Bary coordinated communications among al-Qaida and spread word of Osama bin Laden’s fatwahs.

      Lawyers for Abdel Bary had argued that unspecified statements should be kept out the case because he was questioned against his will and never read the U.S. Miranda warning about his right to remain silent.

      In a decision filed in federal court in Manhattan, Kaplan found that the questioning wasn’t the result of a joint operation with U.S. authorities, so Miranda didn’t apply. He also noted that Abdel had a lawyer in the room, was told he didn’t have to answer and should have understood his rights better than most people because he had practiced law in Egypt.

      Abdel Bary “is a well-educated and intelligent individual,” Kaplan wrote. The judge added: “The conditions of Mr. Abdel Bary’s interrogation were acceptable and not coercive.”

      The motion to suppress the statements also claimed that the U.S. indictment had infringed on Abdel Bary’s religious freedoms by calling him a follower of an extremist version of Islam. The government, it said, “does not have the right to decide what forms of religion are ‘normal’ and ‘extreme'” — an argument that the judge called unpersuasive.

      An attorney for Abdel Bary declined to comment Wednesday.

      Abdel Bary, al-Fawwaz and al-Libi, also known as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, all have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in the twin 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. A trial is not expected until late next year.

      The prosecution in the United States is in keeping with a disputed policy of bringing suspected al-Qaida sympathizers and operatives to civilian courts rather than military tribunals. Several Republicans in Congress had demanded that al-Libi be sent to Guantanamo for indefinite interrogation.

      New York juries have convicted five others in the embassy attacks.

      Associated Press writer Larry Neumeister contributed to this report.

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    • DXer said

      Yet another senior recently extradited official London cell member, Khalid al-Fawwaz, was in very frequent telephone contact with BIn Laden. He is associated with a cell phone and linked to a St. Louis operative. Someone like Mark Hosenball should write a book on the 1998 embassy bombings — based on the 2013/2014 cases moving forward.

      Former bin Laden associate facing U.S. charges seeks UK spy evidence

      Terror suspects Khalid al-Fawwaz (2nd L) and Adel Abdul Bary (3rd L) are seen in this courtroom sketch during a court appearance in Manhattan Federal Court in New York October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
      By Mark Hosenball and Karen Freifeld

      WASHINGTON/NEW YORK | Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:20pm EDT
      (Reuters) – A former London-based associate of Osama bin Laden facing U.S. terrorism charges has asked a judge for authorization to seek testimony from an officer of Britain’s internal spy agency, MI5, which his lawyers claim might prove his innocence.

      Lawyers for Khalid Al Fawwaz filed papers in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday seeking a court order requiring testimony from a MI5 officer with whom Fawwaz claims he was in regular contact with during four years he lived in London in the 1990s.

      Fawwaz was extradited from Britain to New York a year ago to face U.S. conspiracy charges related to the deadly 1998 al Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He argues that testimony from the MI5 officer would confirm that Fawwaz was a legitimate Saudi dissident who did not engage in terrorist plotting with bin Laden.

      Fawwaz’s lawyers also claim that, during the course of his contacts with MI5, Fawwaz was warned by the agency about a purported plot which “United States authorities” had hatched to assassinate him and other Saudi dissidents. An MI5 officer allegedly told Fawwaz the plot was going to be financed by the Saudi Arabian government and that “Moroccan agents” had been engaged as hit-men, the lawyers allege.

      They offered no documentation publicly of such a plot.

      Fawwaz says that between 1994 and 1998 he headed the London office of the Advice and Reformation Committee, a dissident group which was pursuing peaceful reform of the Saudi government.

      He says that while he and bin Laden, the al Qaeda chief killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011, were the only two publicly identified members of the organization, it had many other members who remained anonymous due to their fear of Saudi retaliation.

      U.S. authorities alleged that Fawwaz, who issued a series of communiques with bin Laden between 1994 and 1996, and his committee were acting as fronts for al Qaeda, citing as supporting evidence the fact that Fawwaz took security measures to shield his communications, court documents claim.

      However, in their court filing, Fawwaz’ lawyers say that shortly after he first arrived in Britain in 1994, Fawwaz was approached by MI5. Subsequently, over the next four years, Fawwaz claims he regularly met with MI5 contacts for up to three hours at a time.

      Fawwaz claims that after informing him of the alleged US-Saudi plot to kill him, MI5 offered him bodyguards and improved home security. He claims that after bin Laden issued a message in 1996 declaring “war” on the United States, Fawwaz insisted to his MI5 contacts that he, personally, did not support or advocate violence, and only sought peaceful reform.

      Fawwaz says he told MI5 that bin Laden’s declaration of war conflicted with his personal views and his committee’s policies to seek peaceful reform in Saudi Arabia.

      Neither Fawwaz’s U.S. lawyers, U.S. prosecutors nor a British government representative had any comment on the latest court filing.

      In August, Fawwaz’s lawyers received authorization from Judge Lewis Kaplan to request that British authorities turn over documents outlining Fawwaz’s contacts with MI5, as well as records of any electronic surveillance the agency conducted on Fawwaz’ home or telephones.

      Judge Kaplan initially denied a request by Fawwaz to issue an order requiring testimony from a specific MI5 officer who the defendant claims to have dealt with. In Thursday’s court filing, Fawwaz’s lawyers renewed this request.

      His lawyers said that at one point during lengthy extradition proceedings which Fawwaz contested in British courts, an MI5 official appeared in court with a “substantial file.” But the file was never turned over to defense lawyers after lawyers for MI5 said that Fawwaz’ alleged principal MI5 contact was out of the country. That is the same MI5 officer from whom Fawwaz has now asked the U.S. court to order testimony.

      (Reporting By Mark Hosenball in Washington and Karen Freifeld in New York. Editing by Warren Strobel and Andrew Hay)

      • DXer said

        Who does Khalid al-Fawwaz, on trial in New York City, think was responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

        Early 1994-September 23, 1998: Bin Laden’s London Representative Helps Al-Qaeda Cells Despite Being Heavily Monitored

        Khalid al-Fawwaz moves to London and becomes bin Laden’s de facto press secretary there. Al-Fawwaz, a Saudi, had fought with bin Laden in Afghanistan and lived with him in Sudan. [REEVE, 1999, PP. 180, 192]

        He headed the al-Qaeda cell in Kenya for about a year until early 1994 when he was arrested there. He went to London shortly after bribing his way out of Kenyan custody. [DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/19/2001; FINANCIAL TIMES, 11/29/2001]

        He opens a London office of the Advice and Reformation Committee (ARC), a bin Laden front. [REEVE, 1999, PP. 180, 192]

        Authors Sean O’Neill and Daniel McGrory will later call this bin Laden’s “European headquarters.” [O’NEILL AND MCGRORY, 2006, PP. 110]

        Al-Fawwaz also allegedly opens an account at Barclays Bank. US officials believe he uses the account to channel funds to al-Qaeda operatives around the world. He will be heavily monitored by Western intelligence agencies for most of this time. [REEVE, 1999, PP. 180, 192]

        For instance, the NSA will record bin Laden phoning him over 200 times from 1996 to 1998 (see November 1996-Late August 1998).

        Bin Laden also frequently calls al-Fawwaz’s work phone, and Ibrahim Eidarous and Adel Abdel Bary, who work with al-Fawwaz at the London ARC office. [SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002]

        He works directly with some al-Qaeda cells during this time. For instance, a letter found on Wadih El-Hage’s computer in a late 1997 raid (see August 21, 1997) will repeatedly mention al-Fawwaz by his real first name. One part of the letter says that al-Fawwaz “asked me also to write periodically about the entire situation of the [al-Qaeda Nairobi] cell and the whole group here in east Africa.” [REEVE, 1999, PP. 180, 192]

        Al-Fawwaz publishes a total of 17 fatwas issued by bin Laden between 1996 and 1998 and also arranges media interviews with him (see August 1996 and February 22, 1998). [DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/19/2001; O’NEILL AND MCGRORY, 2006, PP. 111] But al-Fawwaz, along with Eidarous and Abdel Bary, will not be arrested until shortly after the 1998 African embassy bombings (see 10:35-10:39 a.m., August 7, 1998 and September 23, 1998-July 12, 1999).

      • DXer said

        November 1996-Late August 1998: US Tracks Bin Laden’s Satellite Phone CallsEdit event

        During this period, Osama bin Laden uses a satellite phone to direct al-Qaeda’s operations. The phone—a Compact M satellite phone, about the size of a laptop computer—was purchased by a student in Virginia named Ziyad Khaleel for $7,500 using the credit card of a British man named Saad al-Fagih. After purchasing the phone, Khaleel sent it to Khalid al-Fawwaz, al-Qaeda’s unofficial press secretary in London (see Early 1994-September 23, 1998).

        Al-Fawwaz then shipped it to bin Laden in Afghanistan. [CNN, 4/16/2001]

        It appears US intelligence actually tracks the purchase as it occurs (see November 1996-Late December 1999), probably because an older model satellite phone bin Laden has is already being monitored (see Early 1990s).

        Bin Laden’s phone (873682505331) is believed to be used by other top al-Qaeda leaders as well, including Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mohammad Atef.

        Al-Fawwaz also buys satellite phones for other top al-Qaeda leaders around the same time. Though the calls made on these phones are encrypted, the NSA is able to intercept and decrypt them. As one US official will put it in early 2001, “codes were broken.” [UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL, 2/13/2001; NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002]

        The Los Angeles Times will report that the monitoring of these phones “produced tens of thousands of pages of transcripts over two years.” [LOS ANGELES TIMES, 10/14/2001]

        Bin Laden’s satellite phone replaces an older model he used in Sudan that apparently was also monitored by the NSA (see Early 1990s). Billing records for his new phone are eventually released to the media in early 2002. Newsweek will note, “A country-by-country analysis of the bills provided US authorities with a virtual road map to important al-Qaeda cells around the world.” [SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002]

        The countries called are: bullet Britain (238 or 260). Twenty-seven different phone numbers are called in Britain. Accounts differ on the exact number of calls. Khalid al-Fawwaz, who helps publish statements by bin Laden, receives 143 of the calls, including the very first one bin Laden makes with this phone. Apparently most of the remaining calls are made to pay phones near him or to his associates. He also frequently calls Ibrahim Eidarous, who works with al-Fawwaz and lives near him. [CNN, 4/16/2001; NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002; SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002; O’NEILL AND MCGRORY, 2006, PP. 111]

        Yemen (221). Dozens of calls go to an al-Qaeda communications hub in Sana’a, Yemen, which is run by the father-in-law of 9/11 hijacker Khalid Almihdhar (see Late August 1998). [NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002; LOS ANGELES TIMES, 9/1/2002; BAMFORD, 2008, PP. 8]

        Sudan (131). Bin Laden lived in Sudan until 1996 (see May 18, 1996), and some important al-Qaeda operatives remained there after he left (see February 5, 1998). [SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002]

        Iran (106). Newsweek will later report: “US officials had little explanation for the calls to Iran. A Bush administration official said that US intelligence has believed for years that hard-line anti-American factions inside Iran helped bin Laden’s organization operate an ‘underground railroad’ smuggling Islamic militants to al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan.” [NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002; SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002]

        Azerbaijan (67). An important al-Qaeda operative appears to be based in Baku, Azerbaijan. [WASHINGTON POST, 5/2/2001] This is most likely Ahmad Salama Mabruk, who is very close to al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri and is said to be the head of the al-Qaeda cell there. He kidnapped by the CIA in Baku in late August 1998 (see Late August 1998).
        bullet Kenya (at least 56). In the embassy bombings trial, prosecutors introduce evidence showing 16 calls are made on this phone to some of the embassy bombers in Kenya (see 10:35-10:39 a.m., August 7, 1998), apparently all before a raid in August 1997 (see August 21, 1997). The defense introduces evidence showing at least 40 more calls are made after that time (see Late 1996-August 1998). [CNN, 4/16/2001]

        Pakistan (59).

        Saudi Arabia (57).

        A ship in the Indian Ocean (13).

        The US (6).

        Italy (6).

        Malaysia (4).

        Senegal (2). [SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002]

        Egypt (unknown). Newsweek reports that calls are made to Egypt but doesn’t say how many. [NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002]
        bullet Iraq (0).

        Press reports note that the records indicate zero calls were made to Iraq. [NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002; SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON), 3/24/2002]

        1,100 total calls are made on this phone. Adding up the above numbers means that the destination of over 100 calls is still unaccounted for. [NEWSWEEK, 2/18/2002] The use of this phone stops two months after the August 1998 embassy bombings in Africa. However, it appears bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders continue to use other satellite phones occasionally after this time. Shortly after 9/11, James Bamford, an expert authority on the agency, says “About a year or so ago the NSA lost all track of him.… He may still use [satellite phones] occasionally to talk about something mundane, but he discovered that the transmitters can be used for honing.” [CNN, 9/21/2001]

      • DXer said

        Catherine Herridge:

        The FBI began investigating Anwar Awlaki after he was contacted by Ziyad Khaleel. Ziyad stayed lived at the home of the man who drove Anwar Awlaki to the meeting with anthrax weapons suspect Ali Al-Timimi. Ziyad Khaleel bought the satellite phone that Bin Laden was using to plan the 1998 embassy bombings.

        From Wikipedia:

        Ziyad Khaleel, also known as Khalil Ziyad, Ziyad Sadaqa, and Ziyad Abdulrahman, was a Palestinian-American al-Qaeda member, based in the United States, primarily in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Missouri. He had been identified as a “procurement agent” for Osama bin Laden,[1][2][3] arranging the purchase and delivery of “computers, satellite telephones, and covert surveillance equipment” for the leadership of al-Qaeda,[4]as well as administering a number of radical Islamic websites as webmaster, including the website of the terrorist group Hamas.[5][6][7] Among the cities in which he resided at various times were Denver, Detroit, Columbia and Orlando.
        In 1991, while living in Denver, he was vice president of the Denver Islamic Society.[8] By 1994 he was residing in Detroit and his name and address were reflected in ledgers taken from the Al Kifah Refugee Center, a financial and strategic arm of al-Qaeda.[7]
        Upon moving to Columbia, Missouri, he was known as Ziyad Khaleel, but began using the surname Sadaqa as early as 1996. That year he was a fundraiser and one of eight regional directors of the Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA), which the government later determined was a front for al-Qaeda and Hamas.[9]

        Late in 1996 he bought a $7,500 INMARSAT satellite telephone at the instruction of senior al-Qaeda lieutenant Khaled al-Fawwaz.[7][10] He delivered the satellite telephone and a battery pack to bin Laden in Afghanistan in May 1998.[11][12] Bin Laden used the phone to place phone calls around the world, directing al-Qaeda’s operations and orchestrating the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.[9] The billing information from the number reflects calls to every country in which al-Qaeda is now known to have had cells.[13]

        In 1998 and 1999, Khaleel lived in an apartment in the eastern part of Florida’s Orange County, near Orlando.[14][15]
        The FBI investigated Anwar al-Awlaki, later linked to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter, and the Christmas Day 2009 bomber, beginning in June 1999 through March 2000, after it learned he had been contacted by Khaleel.[16][17]
        On December 29, 1999, as he arrived in the Jordanian capital of Amman, local authorities arrested him on charges of being a procurement agent for bin Laden, but he was later released.[7][18] In 2000 Khaleel lived in Manchester, Missouri, and attended Columbia College in St. Louis.[19]

        Khaleel is now believed to be dead.[20][21]

  5. DXer said

    The Observer

    September 7, 2003

    Fury at Muslim talks in memory of 9/11 hijackers

    BYLINE: by Jason Burke, Chief Reporter

    SECTION: Observer News Pages, Pg. 2

    LENGTH: 461 words

    AN EXTREMIST British Islamic group which has been linked to suicide bombings
    overseas is to hold a conference in London on 11 September dedicated to ‘The
    Magnificent Nineteen’ – the hijackers who killed more than 3,000 people in the
    US nearly two years ago.

    ***
    Omar Bakri Mohammed, the north London-based self-styled ’emir’ of
    al-Muhajiroun, denied that the meeting was a celebration of 11 September. ‘It is
    an exploration of the causes of the event,’ he said.

    ***
    American authorities have also asked their British counterparts for
    information about a cleric called Anwar Aulaqi, who the FBI alleges is linked to
    the 11 September hijackers.

    Comment: Bakri was the fellow who made the call to Osama Bin Laden for a holy biowar.

  6. DXer said

    Anwar Aulaqi, the fellow coordinating with Ali Al-Timimi, who shared a suite with the leading anthrax scientist and former deputy USAMRIID Commander,

    Nothing to see here, AUSA’s Ken and Rachel. Unlike with Bruce Ivins, there is no compelling evidence that Aulaqi thought the Yankees were winning too many games.

    U.S.-born Al Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki calls for American Muslims to wage jihad against homeland

    By Ethan Sacks
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Thursday, March 18th 2010, 10:47 AM

    Iman Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, but harbors hatred for the country of his birth, inspiring several home grown terrorists.

    The American-born Muslim cleric who may have inspired the gunman in the Fort Hood massacre has a message for other American Muslims: turn against your country.

    In a 12-minute audio message obtained by CNN, Anwar Al-Awlaki of Yemen calls his former country “evil” and praised Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who has been charged with gunning down 13 people in Fort Hood last year.

    “To the Muslims in America, I have this to say: How can your conscience allow you to live in peaceful co-existence with a nation that is responsible for the tyranny and crimes committed against your own brother and sisters?” Al-Awlaki says in the message, according to CNN.

    Al-Awlaki has emerged as a major figure in Al Qaeda’s attempts to recruit American insurgents through Internet sermons. The FBI had questioned him about his role as “spiritual adviser” to Sept. 11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hamzi and Hani Hanjour at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., before he fled to Yemen.

    A New Jersey man, Sharif Mobley, arrested last week in Yemen after killing a guard in a hospital made a pilgrimage to that country to meet and train with Al-Awlaki, CNN reported.

    “With the American invasion of Iraq and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the U.S. and being a Muslim, and I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself, just as it is binding on every other Muslim,” Al-Awlaki says in the recording aired by CNN.

  7. DXer said

    “Testing our tolerance,” The Evening Standard (London, England)

    September 7, 1999

    OMAR Bakri Muhammad is a Muslim cleric who preaches holy war. He has now addressed an open letter to the terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, suspected of involvement in the bombings of American Embassies and the murder of their personnel, which includes a call for the use of biological weapons against America and her allies. The fact that Bakri is a former citizen of Saudi Arabia who lives in Britain means that he is advocating chemical warfare and terror against the country which has granted him asylum. The point is not lost on members of the Muslim community who have deplored his actions, which they see as damaging the reputation of Muslims in Britain.

    There is no doubt that that …

  8. DXer said

    Deconstructing the Chem-Bio Threat
    TESTIMONY FOR THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

    By Amy Sands, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    Center for Nonproliferation Studies
    Monterey Institute of International Studies

    Before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    March 19, 2002, 10:15 a.m.
    Room 415, Dirksen Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C.

    “In fact, if the motivation of an organization is to infuse terror, then use of CBW even on a small scale, might be seen as furthering their cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, an Islamic cleric with ties to Islamic Jihad (and Hamas), advocated the use of biological weapons against “western” forces, saying “if any Muslims are under occupation by a western force, they can use any weapon to survive and that includes biological weapons.” , citing, “Refugee Calls for Biological Weapons Against the West,” Metro (London), 6 September 1999.”

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