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

* Excerpt re anthrax and biological weapon planning: JTF-GTMO Detainee Assessment of Saifullah A. Paracha

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 25, 2011

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29 Responses to “* Excerpt re anthrax and biological weapon planning: JTF-GTMO Detainee Assessment of Saifullah A. Paracha”

  1. DXer said

    Human rights report takes at U.S. terror prosecutions, criticizes FBI tactics
    By Adam Goldman July 21 at
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/human-rights-report-takes-at-us-terror-prosecutions-criticizes-fbi-tactics/2014/07/21/018376ce-0e88-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html

    Uzair (the son) Paracha case:

    “As an example of what it called abusive detention conditions, the group cited the case of Pakistani national Uzair Paracha [son of Saifullah A. Paracha and involved in same plot]. Paracha was held in solitary confinement for nearly two years, before he was convicted in New York in 2006 on charges of material support for terrorism and sentenced to 30 years.

    Paracha had been in contact with top al-Qaeda terrorists, including the nephew of the self-admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

    “You could spend days to weeks without uttering anything significant beyond ‘please cut my lights,’ ‘can I get a legal call/toilet paper/a razor,’ etc., or just thanking them for shutting our light,” he said in a letter to Human Rights Watch.

    Paracha, 34, was later moved to a medium security federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. He is scheduled to be released in 2029.”

    GAO: Is Tariq, the suspected al Qaida anthrax operative residing in New York identified by Saifallah Paracha, the same “Tariq” as associated with a notation for the anthrax vaccine and the same as the businessman in the pharmaceutical industry? Or do these references refer to more than one Tariq.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 31, 2013
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/gao-is-tariq-the-suspected-al-qaida-anthrax-operative-residing-in-new-york-identified-by-saifallah-paracha-the-same-tariq-as-associated-with-a-notation-for-the-anthrax-vaccine-and-the-same/

    Paracha Detainee Assessment: Al-Balucchi (PK-10018) consulted with Aafia Siddiqui “about Pakistan’s biological weapons lab in Karachi”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 26, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/paracha-detainee-assessment-who-consulted-with-aafia-siddiqui-about-pakistans-biological-weapons-lab-in-karachi-who-is-pk-10018/

  2. DXer said

    Was Nazmut Tariq, is NYC pharmacist, said by Paracha to be a US-based anthrax operative, the fellow with the alias Tahar Butt Kashmeri that the two main Pakistan operatives said either was the anthrax mailer or knew the identity of the mailer? Nazmut Tariq had pharmacies that included one in midtown Manhattan not at all far from the hospital where Kathy Nguyen worked. As I recall, she stocked a supply room. Did the hospital where she worked buy its supplies from Nazmut Tariq’s pharmacy? When Adnan El-Shukrijumah visited New York City for a week in 2001, did he visit Nazmut Tariq? Did Kathy Nguyeyn fill her personal prescriptions at one of his pharmacies? What does Nazmut Tariq’s brother say? At last report, the best I recall, he said only that his brother had returned to Pakistan.

  3. DXer said

    “The exchange of information between the Pakistanis and the Americans, between the CIA and everybody else, and between FBI headquarters and the New York JTTF was imperfect in almost every instance, but eventually investigators arrested most of the known suspects — including Saifullah Paracha, whose parter lured him to Thailand at the FBI’s request under the pretense of meeting him to discuss concerns about his son. Faris was flipped by the FBI and spent weeks talking to jihadi associates from a safe house in Virginia while the tape recorders rolled. Khan was whisked off to an undisclosed location by the CIA, only to surface at Guantanamo with KSM and others in 2006, proclaiming his innocence all the way. It wasn’t clear what, exactly, the conspirators had been planning, and who else was out there. SIddiqui had disappeared into Pakistan, and there were indications of others involved in the scheme, but no proof — in part due to the CIA’s reluctance to share information, according to a senior supervisor who oversaw the operation. “We stopped something, but we don’t know what it was,” he said. “And we can’t be entirely sure we got it all.”

    The Hunt For KSM, at 262.

    Comment: What was going to be used to poison the NYC reservoir? That was what Majid Khan had been tasked with researching.

  4. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201158story_8-5-2011_pg5_10

    “Qaim vows to cement Pakistan, China bilateral relations

    By Masroor Afzal Pasha

    KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Pakistan and China have long-standing bilateral relations—and these relations will be cemented with the passage of time.”

  5. DXer said

    On September 19, 2001, an FBI agent asked a federal judge in Colorado for permission to search an e-mail account named “greenlab@usa.net” that Sufaat had given Moussaoui to use. Greendale School was the code used in the letters. “Green Team” was the team led by Saif Adel (Atef appointed him in 1993). School was Dr. Ayman’s code for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Dr. Ayman’s nickname was “The Teacher.” Sufaat named his lab Green Lab. And the green birds symbolically take the martyred souls of the hijackers to heaven. An Al Qaeda website mirrored in New Brunswick explained this. (The person maintaining Al Qaeda’s mirrored website later was indicted on unrelated charges). The CIA kept it running for a year or more looking to get leads based on who visited. Did Walied Samarrai, the subtilis expert regularly calling the Kensington Ave apartment in Jersey Listed listed by KSM’s relative Ramzi Yousef, the 1993 WTC plotter, know the New Brunswick webmaster when he lived in Piscataway in 2001? Piscataway appears to be 3 miles from the mailbox where the anthrax letters were mailed. Did he know pharmacist Najmut Tariq, said in the Detainee Assessments to be connected to the Al Qaeda anthrax program and close to the named JI leader? Who does US pharmacist Najmut Tariq think is behind the anthrax mailings?

    Now that we have available Detainee Assessments summarizing documents relating to the anthrax program, we can consider whether Sufaat’s work may have related to the inquiries about cropdusters as KSM has suggested.

    Expert Kohlmann reports that “The LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] has also displayed persistent efforts at aimed at obtaining remote control drone aircraft, presumably in order to gather reconnaissance on enemy positions. Kohlman quotes a November 2000 Taiba Bulletin that quotes a LeT representative boasting “Lashkar-e-Taiba also made a remote control aeroplane that was caught in Occupied Kashmir. We are developing the modern technology.” Evan Kohlman reports that “one of the best accounts of the jihad in Kashmar is the book Army of Madinah in Kashmir written by “Esa al-Hindi”. He quotes Al-Hindi: “Running … straight into the enemy ranks on a well-worn battlefield is a noble and admirable action, but it needs to be complemented by all other fields of the battle arena for a successful operation… [including] Physical warfare, Drug warfare, Germ warfare, Chemical warfare, [and] Sabotage warfare.’ ”

    Authors Schwartz and University of Minnesota Professor Osterholm explained in December 2000:

    “Dozens of Websites offer information on new and used crop-dusting planes and equipment that can be fitted to almost any plane or even trucks. Most of the equipment can be found on those sites produce a highly controlled mist spray, with nozzles that can set the droplet size precisely.”

    “A quick call to the toll-free number for a state university’s agricultural service (listed, naturally on its Website) revealed that powder dispersal systems, while less popular than wet systems, are still available. One Website even provides a handy guide to the area one would expect to cover using various particle sizes, wet and dry — from thousand micron particles to half-micron particles capable of drifting almost four hundred miles.”

    It was no small irony that by the time the paperback version came out in September 2001 just a few miles away Zacarias Moussaoui had in fact downloaded such materials onto his laptop.

    Attorney General Ashcroft, on October 1, 2001 explained: “I think shortly after the September 11 events, we developed information about crop dusters and noted that there had been an interest expressed in the dispersal of chemical agents by some of the individuals who had relationships with the hijackers and were the hijackers, and we asked those who were associated with the agriculture, chemical industry, and crop dusting to begin to be more careful, to lock their airplanes, to be aware of anyone seeking to adjust the kind of way in which the nozzles would be, which would maybe require a different approach.

    President Bush, at a press conference on October 11, 2001 said:

    “We received knowledge that perhaps an al-Qaeda operative was prepared to use a crop-duster to spray a biological weapon or a chemical weapon on American people, and so we responded. We contacted every crop dust location, airports from which crop-dusters leave. We notified crop-duster manufacturers to a potential threat. We knew full well that in order for a crop-duster to become a weapon of mass destruction would require a retrofitting, and so we talked to machine shops around where crop-dusters are located.”

    Mohammed Atta and Zacarias Moussaoui reportedly made inquiries about cropdusters and a cropdusting manual was found among Moussaoui’s belongings. Ahmad Ressam, an Al Qaeda terrorist caught in the United States, revealed that Bin Laden was personally interested in using low flying aircraft to disperse biological agents. In early June 3, 2003, a CIA report concluded that the reason for Atta’s and Zacarias Moussaoui’s inquiries into cropdusters was in fact for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. Moussaoui, however, confessed only to a plot to fly a 747 into the White House if the United States government refused to free the blind sheikh. On August 13 and 15, 2001, Moussaoui was getting practice on a 747 simulator in Minneapolis and thus the evidence has always remained ambiguous.

    In an interview with ABC News, Johnelle Bryant, a USDA employee, provided this very dramatic account of a meeting with Atta in connection with a loan he wanted for $650,000 to start a cropdusting business. Anthrax likely can be delivered using the nozzle setup that some USDA official says Atta imagined (as explained by Secretary Cohen some years ago). Secretary Cohen’s remarks were found in the Kabul home with papers relating to the aerial delivery of anthrax.

    Some investigators on the team prosecuting Zacarias Moussaoui thought he wasn’t expected to take part in the 9/11 plan as such or fly into the White House as prosecutors would allege in January 2003, but was expected instead to use a cropduster. In an e-mail dated July 31, 2001, after receiving $14,000 from Ramzi Binalshibh, Moussaoui inquired of a Minnesota school concerning a 6 month or year long cropdusting course. Although French intelligence suggests instead that there was a separate hijacking plot (of an international airline) to occur later, in light of the e-mail, use of a cropdusting plane may have been an alternative plan at least as of the end of July 2001. Khalid Mohammed reportedly has told his interrogators that Moussaoui was to be part of a second wave of attacks. He said that Moussaoui’s interest in cropdusters may have related to Yazid Sufaat’s work on anthrax.

    In a coded communication in the summer of 2001, KSM told Ramzi Binalhibh to send the “skirts” to “Sally”, apparently referring to sending funds to Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui may have been considered as a substitute if one of the pilots, who had developed a strained relationship with Atta, dropped out. They were referred to as the “unhappy couple” and it was said that a divorce would be expensive. Was Moussaoui really slated for a “second wave” of similar attacks on California targets that merely involved the same modus operandi? In an email dated July 31, 2001, he was inquiring about a cropdusting course. Was this just a means of avoiding the need for “muscle hijackers?” (After the first “wave”, it likely would be more difficult for such muscle to get into the country.)

    Relatedly, it’s unknown what role Atta’s roommate, pilot Ramzi Binalshibh, would have played if he had succeeded on one of his four attempts to get into the country. Ramzi Binalshibh was Atta’s former roommate in Germany and was captured in Karachi, Pakistan on September 11, 2002. The government deleted the two allegations regarding cropduster inquiries from the indictment of Moussaoui. In his defense he was relying on a July 31, 2001 e-mail seeking to sign up for a cropdusting course that would take 6 months to a year. Moussaoui was attempting to use the e-mail to argue that it demonstrated that he was not part of the 9/11 conspiracy.

    Perhaps the cropdusters related to a chemical or nerve agent. Based on the interrogation of Ramzi Binalshibh, it now appears that the 9/11 planners lost confidence in Moussaoui’s discretion, and intended to use him only as a fallback. Whatever the reason for any inquiries, perhaps they ran out of pilots (due to Zacarias Moussaoui’s arrest and Ramzi Binalshibh’s inability to get into the country). The prosecution team in the Moussaoui case at one point, in January 2003, argued there was to be a fifth plane targeting the White House. Bin Laden wanted the White House to be targeted. Atta thought it would be too difficult. Or perhaps cropdusters will be used in the future. The FBI is currently looking for a diminutive Saudi Arabian, Adnan Shukrijumah, who, at least according to some reports, was trained as a pilot and was last known to have been in Miami in late 2001. The Saudi Arabian from Florida is said to be at the level of Atta. A federal undercover agent has reported that he saw El-Shukrijumah with Atta. (Franklin Park referred to the mosque where El-Shukrijumah worshipped)

    Jdey, also hotly sought by the FBI, was one of two other pilots who for unknown reasons withdrew from the first wave. Jdey therefore is an excellent candidate for mailer given his background in biology and maturity (relative to the other hijackers).

    • DXer said

      By way of some background, as explained by author Peter Lance in Triple Cross, after the 1998 embassy bombings, a ten-member federal team secretly entered the California residence of Ali Mohamed, Zawahiri’s former head of intelligence. They copied Mohamed’s hard drives and removed a series of CD-ROM and floppy disks. A memo titled “Cocktail” appeared to be a draft manual on sleeper cell structure. Ali Mohammed came to Brooklyn and had first trained some of the WTC 1993 bombers in the famous scene at the gun range where they had been under photographed by law enforcement. I believe that Ali Mohammed stayed with Nosair, the blind sheikh bodyguard who then assassinated the radical rabbi Kahane. If the FBI had translated the Arabic materials and seen that Ali was taking classified maps out of the map room at Ft. Bragg (to give to Dr. Zawahiri) then Amerithrax might have had a big leg up in October 2001.

      The file on cell structure read in part:

      “Every member knows how to do everything.
      Every member has a legal job as a cover (Student, worker, trade).
      Safety is the main concern, so the contingency plan is very important. Before working on the target you have (to) specify a rally point to meet in case of separation for any reason.
      The communications between the different groups are conducted through the dead drop only.
      Each group does not know anything about the other group, even Majmouat (the word means “the collected” or “the collection”). Al-qeyada does not know how many group(s) under its leadership. Only the group know each other because the members of one group only working with each other.”

      Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim took on Ali Mohammed’s role. His alias is easier to remember — Abu Jihad al-Masri. Al Masri means the Egyptian. Also known as Al-Hukaymah, he was the author of the description of the Amerithrax investigation in 2002. Born in 1961, Abu Jihad al-Masri joined the Egyptian Islamic Group in 1979. He was arrested in 1981 after Sadat’s assassination. He once was arrested alongside the blind sheik Abdel-Rahman. Hukaymah is reportedly connected to the blind sheikh’s successor Taha, the Islamic Group head who was in close touch in 1999 and 2000 with the NY-based US postal employee Sattar, the blind sheik’s “surrogate.” Al-Hukaymah dedicated the treatise “[t]o the pious and the hidden who are not known when they come and who are not missed when they disappear — To those whom their God will answer when they pray to Him. To all the eyes that are vigilant late at night to bring victory to this religion.”

      The introduction of the 152-page book starts:

      “The Manhattan raid led to a radical change in the perception of American Security. After the northern half of the continent had been isolated from the rest of the world and its threats by two oceans, it now came from inside. The surprise hit the symbols of American power in its economic and security dimensions.”

      Published at al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies website (www.almaqreze.com) by the one-time EIJ shura member al-Sibai, the section on the anthrax investigation appears to have been written in 2002.

      “The Anthrax Scandal:
      Over many months, there was an excited search for the person responsible for the worst biological terror attack on American soil. Six letters sent by mail to Leahy, Daschle, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, The New York Post and the offices of the National Enquirer in Florida, led to the sickening of 18 people and five deaths. The crime was especially scary because anthrax, which is a complex powder that scatters in the atmosphere, had spilled from the envelopes and spread through parts of the mail system and contaminated a Senate building. One year later, the main post office in Washington had not yet opened.
      The FBI is under great pressure to close this case, and the anthrax criminal is supposed to be alive and free. Two members of the Senate have asked to receive regular reports about this investigation from the FBI, and they have become increasingly impatient.”

      After a lengthy discussion of the focus on Hatfill, the author explains,
      “Until the investigators find material evidence that connects a person to the crime, they are forced to speculate about the motives and methods of the criminal. They are still casting a wide net. Law enforcement sources say they have issued hundreds of subpoenas and they are analyzing thousands of documents in search of new evidence.

      The evidence may be small and unseen – sweat or an odor on an envelope – but that is all that they need in order to attract the dogs.”

      Al-Hukaymah pointed to the Aldrich Ames incident and the FBI’s inability to find the perpetrator of the anthrax mailings as evidence that U.S intelligence can be defeated. Aldrich Ames, head of counterintelligence relating to the Russians, had a different rolex for different days of the week. He drove a new jaguar to work. Aldrich told the CIA that his money came from his wife’s foreign inheritance, and the CIA never required meaningful corroboration. So we should not be that surprised when someone known, to borrow Dr. Alibek’s description to me, as an “Islamic hardliner,” is given access to Center for Biodefense and ATCC facilities, to include a program funded by DARPA’s $13 million during the relevant period. Perhaps the focus should not be on more money for biodefense but on doing a better job at maintaining security. Perhaps focus should be on avoiding proliferation of know-how.

      Al-Hukaymah reportedly was Ayman’s connection to Mamdouh Ismail, an Egyptian defense attorney and a former member of “the Jihad group” who since the 1980’s has represented various Egyptians accused of terrorism offenses in Egypt. Mamdouh Ismail represented al-Nashar, the biochemist who was an expert on polymerization and had a key to the 7/7 bomber’s flat. Ismail was one of several hundred rounded up following the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. He served three years. He represented Ayman Zawahiri’s family in connection with the rendition and detention of Ayman’s brother Muhammad in the Spring of 1999. Ismail was arrested on March 29, 2007.

      In 1999, Ismail was refused permission to establish an Islamist political party with the help of fellow lawyer attorney al-Zayat. After the blind sheik said in March 1999 that an attempt through a political party should not be attempted, Al-Zayat and Mamdouh Ismail deferred and Attorney Ismail has publicly objected to a reconciliation between Cairo and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. The two had worked with EIJ shura member al-Sibai before he took refuge in the UK. Mamdouh Ismail then was accused by the Mubarak regime of complicity in an “Egyptian project” of al-Qaeda, taking his orders from Ayman al-Zawahiri via al-Qaeda propaganda chief al-Hukaymah and the UK-based EIJ publicist Hani al-Sibai. Both al-Hukaymah and Al-Sibai denied the charge. Al Sibai considers himself historian of the movement and published his diaries in Al Hayat in 2004. He is at al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies website that published the treatise that included the discussion of Amerithrax.

      Al-Hukaymah (Abu Jihad al-Masri) was apparently killed in a missile strike in late October 2008. Cairo-based IANA writer Kamal Habib says that the man was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad that had assassinated Sadat but was part of a second generation, not part of the first generation responsible for the assassination. Abu Jihad al-Masri was said by US authorities to operate in Iran as the head of media and propaganda for al-Qaeda, and “may also be the Chief of External Operations for al Qaeda”.

      Al-Hukaymah appeared in an August 2006 as-Sahab (al-Qaeda) video to announce the merger of al-Qaeda with part of the Egyptian Islamic Group. Ayman al-Zawahiri introduced him. The video claimed that al-Hukaymah joined al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya in 1979 and was arrested in connection with the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Al Sadat in 1981, and subsequently rearrested several times in various countries. Zawahiri claimed in that video that Muhammad al-Islambouli (brother of assassin Khalid al-Islambouli) had joined al-Qaeda with al-Hukaymah. I have long argued that al-Islambouli should be considered as having a role in anthrax planning given his close relationship with both Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and Khalid Mohammed (KSM).

      In addition to the analysis of the American intelligence community, the next month al-Hukaymah wrote a short piece entitled Towards A New Strategy in Resisting the Occupier that appeared on a jihadist website. Abu Jihad Al-Masri emphasized the need to consider public opinion in planning operations.

      • DXer said

        Mark A. Gabriel, PhD, once taught at Al-Azhar in Egypt. He wrote a very lucid book Journey Into The Mind Of An Islamist Terrorist. He discusses a booklet Zawahiri wrote titled COVERT OPERATIONS which is available online in Arabic. The Nigerian underpants bomber Abdulmutallab wrote his father asking “when is lying allowed to deceive the enemy?”

        If you want to know how Zawahiri views deceit on such issues as battle plans and spying, read his own words online.

        Gabriel explains:

        “Ayman al-Zawahiri leads a busy terrorist organization, and he must solve practical problems. For example, he may want some Al-Qaeda members to blend in and live in the United States. If these men wore full beards and went to ultraconservative mosques to pray, they they would arouse suspicion and get put on a watch list. Instead, al-Zawahiri would want these operatives to go undercover and blend into society. However, these devout Muslims will not go undercover unless they believe they have permission to do so from the teachings of Islam. As a result, al-Zawahiri wrote a booklet titled COVERT OPERATIONS, which goes deep into Islamic teaching and history to describe how deceit can be a tool in Muslim life.”

        The entire book by al-Zawahiri is posted in the Arabic language website for al-Tawheed Jihad (The Pulpit of Monotheism and Jihad). Zawahiri concluded that “hiding one’s faith and being secretive was allowed especially in time of fear from prosecution of the infidels.” Indeed, his student group in Cairo in the 1970s was known as the “shaven beards.” The founder of one of the cells merged with Ayman’s to form the Egyptian Islamic Jihad then wrote for Al-Timimi’s charity IANA.

        Al-Zawahiri discussed two specific ways Muhammad used deceit in battle: (1) keeping battle plans secret, and (2) spying. The author writes: “Al-Zawahiri specifically gave radicals permission not to pray in the mosque or attend Friday sermons if it would compromise their position.” He noted that Al-Zawahiri sealed his argument with a very important quote from Ibn Taymiyyah (who was quoted by Al-Timimi upon his his indictment). Ever the practical man, Muhammad approved lying in three circumstances (1) during war, (2) to reconcile between two feuding parties, and (3) to a spouse in order to please her.

        Ali Al-Timimi’s former fellow Falls Church imam Anwar al-Aulaqi in “44 Ways To Support Jihad” similarly urges that a lot of jihad work by its nature is secret and clandestine in nature. He advises that everything should be on a need-to-know basis (in other words, don’t tell your wife). Secrecy and cell compartmentalization was a key organizing principle of how the anthrax mailings were accomplished.

        “Protecting the mujahideen and preserving their secrets

        We need to guard our tongues. Sometimes you could end up endangering your brothers unwillingly by your words. A Muslim should develop the habit of being able to keep secrets. We have an incident from seerah where a sahabi refused to tell his own wife about a secret mentioned to him by the Messenger of Allah. Sometimes you want to protect the secrets from the closest people to you: your wife, parents, children and brothers, because they might be the most vulnerable. A Muslim should learn to not say more than what needs to be said, to work on a ‘need to know basis’.” “A lot of Jihad work is secret and clandestine by nature. Therefore, brothers and sisters should be very careful with their words. A lot of harm was inflicted on Jihad work because of otherwise good and sincere brothers who had loose tongues.” “The enemies of Allah will try to recruit Muslims to infiltrate Islamic work. They will tell them that we are doing this to protect the Muslims. They may carry along with them scholars who would approve that.”

        Zawahiri was always way more concerned with avoiding infiltration that the scientists involved in US biodefense and seeking government funding.

        • DXer said

          Raymond Zilinskas, who was researching a history of the Soviet bioweapons program, told The Baltimore Sun a couple years ago that “his sources now say that Soviet intelligence routinely obtained details of work at USAMRIID that went beyond the descriptions in scientific journals.” The Sun quoted him saying: “It was clear there was somebody at Fort Detrick” who worked for Soviet intelligence. Alexander Kouzminov, a biophysicist who says he once worked for the KGB, had first made the claim in a book, Biological Espionage: Special Operations of the Soviet and Russian Foreign Intelligence Services in the West. Initially, Dr. Zilinskas had dismissed the memoir because the Russian had made separate fanciful inferences about the US program being offensive and some specific claims unrelated to infiltration of the US program.

          The Sun article explained that then “another former Soviet scientist told the Sun that his lab routinely received dangerous pathogens and other materials from Western labs through a clandestine channel like the one Kouzminov described.” A second unnamed “U.S. arms control specialist” told the Sun he had independent evidence of a Soviet spy at Fort Detrick.”

          The Baltimore Sun, in the 2006 article, also relied on Serguei Popov, who was “a scientist once based in a Soviet bioweapons lab in Obolensk, south of Moscow.” Dr. Popov “said that by the early 1980s his colleagues had obtained at least two strains of anthrax commonly studied in Detrick and affiliated labs. They included the Ames strain, first identified at Detrick in the early 1980s.” Ames was used for testing U.S. military vaccines and was the strain used in the 2001 anthrax letters that killed five people and infected 23 in the U.S. Dr. Popov is now at George Mason University’s National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Disease in Fairfax, Va.

          “If you wanted ’special materials,’ you had to fill out a request,” he said. “And, essentially, those materials were provided. How and by whom, I can’t say.” One colleague, Popov told the Sun, used this “special materials” program to obtain a strain of Yersinia pestis, a plague bacterium being studied in a Western lab. But he didn’t know whether that particular germ came from Ft. Detrick. Former KGB operative and author Kouzminov says the KGB wanted specific items from Western labs — including Detrick — that were closely held and were willing to pay for the privilege. The Soviets also wanted the aerosol powders U.S. scientists developed for testing during vaccine tests.

          Raymond Zilinskas, the bioweapons expert with the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and two colleagues had written a scathing review of Biological Espionage in Nature, a British scientific journal, but he later told The Sun “that his sources now say that Soviet intelligence routinely obtained details of work at USAMRIID that went beyond the descriptions in scientific journals.”

          Expert William C. Patrick III, a retired Ft Detrick bioweapons expert, and famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek agree. Patrick’s suspicions arose when he debriefed defector Alibek in the early 1990s. Alibek emigrated to the U.S. upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Patrick and Alibek both recognized that the Soviet and American programs had moved in a curious lock step during the 1950s and ’60s. “Anything we discovered of any import, they would have discovered and would have in their program in six months,” Patrick told the Sun. After his talks with Alibek ended: “For the next two weeks I tried to think, ‘Who the hell are the spies at Detrick?’”

          Both former Russian bioweaponeers Ken Alibek and Serge Popov worked with Ali Al-Timimi at George Mason University. Dr. Al-Timimi has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life plus 70 years. Popov and Alibek worked at the Center for Biodefense funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (”DARPA”). At one point, Al-Timimi worked not much more than 15 feet from both Dr. Alibek and Dr, Bailey. Dr. Bailey was in charge of threat assessment for the DIA. Did he not know that Ali would preach alongside the Blind Sheik’s son who was later tasked with recruiting US scientists to participate in Dr. Ayman’s anthrax program?

    • DXer said

      Terror Suspect’s Arrest Opens New Inquiries

      By Dana Priest and Susan Schmidt
      Washington Post Staff Writers
      Sunday, August 8, 2004; Page A10

      New York City investigators are attempting to retrace the steps of an al Qaeda suspect who was arrested in England last week and is believed to have been sent by Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to case financial targets in New York in early 2001, according to several law enforcement officials.

      As the ripples from a recent spate of arrests and computer discoveries became apparent yesterday, law enforcement officials and documents disclosed that Eisa Hindi is believed to have been dispatched to New York with two other al Qaeda members whose mission was to take photographs and document security around symbolic financial buildings.

      ***

      Mohammed, who has been in CIA custody in a secret location since his capture in Pakistan last year, also told interrogators he sent al-Britani in late 1999 or early 2000 to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to meet with Riduan Isamuddin, the top al Qaeda figure in Southeast Asia who is better known as Hambali. Hambali is also being held by the CIA.

      The 9/11 commission report said al-Britani offered Hambali addresses of individuals in California and South Africa who al-Britani said could help Hambali.

      Meanwhile, a New Jersey man is under investigation for having helped a British computer specialist, also arrested in London this week, allegedly solicit funds for a terrorist group by creating and operating an exact replica of the British man’s Web site.

      Mazen Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born imam and political activist, operated a Web site identified in an affidavit unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut. The Web site solicited funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujaheddin, according to the affidavit. It is an exact replica of Web sites operated by Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in England on a U.S. extradition warrant this week.

      The affidavit said the New Jersey home of the mirror Web site operator, identified on a Web site as Mokhtar, was searched in the recent past and that copies of Azzam Publications sites, operated by Ahmad, were found on Mokhtar’s computer’s hard drive and files.

      ***

      According to the affidavit, Ahmad “worked in concert” with the New Jersey-based operator of http://www.minna.com, who is identified on the site as Mokhtar. Mokhtar is described in news reports as a U.S. citizen in his mid-thirties and an outspoken advocate of Palestinian causes. There was no answer at a phone listed at Mokhtar’s home Friday or Saturday.

      News accounts of rallies where Mokhtar has spoken have also described him as an imam, or spiritual leader, at the Masjid al-Huda mosque in New Brunswick, N.J. He was scheduled to speak later this month in Pennsylvania at a summer camp run by Young Muslims, at a seminar titled “A Few Good Men.”

      Ahmad is also the cousin of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, who was arrested last month in Pakistan. Khan’s computers carried detailed surveillance of five financial buildings in New York, Newark and Washington and prompted the Department of Homeland Security to elevate the threat alert level to orange.

      • DXer said

        North & South Brunswick, [NJ] Sentinel

        N.B. business owner faces federal tax evasion charges

        2007-04-26 / Front Page

        NEWARK – A North Brunswick man was arrested Tuesday on an indictment charging him with failing to file tax returns and filing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.

        The five-count indictment, returned April 12 under seal, charges Mazen Mokhtar, 38, with two counts of failing to file business tax returns and three counts of filing false personal tax returns. According to the indictment, Mokhtar was the president and sole shareholder of Mindcraft Inc., a computer consulting and technology company, for which he was required to file business tax returns.

        The indictment alleges that for the tax years 2003 and 2004, Mokhtar failed to file Mindcraft’s business tax returns. The indictment additionally alleges that for the tax years 2000, 2002 and 2003, Mokhtar filed fraudulent personal tax returns in that he failed to state the entire amount of income he received from Mindcraft.

        Mokhtar was arrested at his home early that morning by special agents of the FBI and IRS.

        The fraudulent personal tax return violations each carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The charges of failing to file tax returns each carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

        • DXer said

          The indictment was dismissed on September 2008 “in the interests of justice” without prejudice to refile.

      • DXer said

        “News accounts of rallies where Mokhtar has spoken have also described him as an imam, or spiritual leader, at the Masjid al-Huda mosque in New Brunswick, N.J. He was scheduled to speak later this month in Pennsylvania at a summer camp run by Young Muslims, at a seminar titled “A Few Good Men.””

        Imam Mokhtar then can appreciate that Gibbs is an ex-Marine.

        • DXer said

          Imam Mokhtar speaks (at 20 min. in) at this Brooklyn university event “Islam: Life Against Terror.”

          The St. Francis College Muslim Student Association presents, Islam: Life Against Terror, with featured speaker Imam Mazen Mokhtar, a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and a member of the Board of Trustees of MAS.

        • DXer said

          Mokhtar argues that killing in defense against the killing of innocents is not terrorism.

          Does Mokhtar know Najmut Tariq, said in the Detainee Assessments to be connected to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program?

          Does Mokhtar know Walied Samarrai, the subtilis expert who repeatedly called in February 1993 the number listed in January 1993 by WTC 1993 plotter Ramzi Yousef (KSM’s nephew).

          If you look at the archived versions of azzam.com and minna.com, you’ll see that “Green Birds” is explained. It is explained that the Arabic word in some hadith refers to what is inside. And that Green birds are symbolic of the souls of the hijackers going to heaven.

        • DXer said

          The head of Amerithrax prosecution, Daniel Seikaly, was from a family of Palestinian activists. See Wash Po 1982 article quoting his sister-in-law. His beautiful and accomplished daughter represented “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Al-Timimi pro bono. (Ali shared a suite with the top DARPA-funded Ames anthrax researchers).

          Lead prosecutor Daniel Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment in connection with leaking and promoting the hyped “Hatfill Theory.” See deposition.

          Who did Daniel think was responsible for the anthrax mailings? Did he influence or instruct his assistant, AUSA Kenneth Kohl? How did he evaluate the theory that the mirrored New Brunswick Al Qaeda website actually explained the code used in the anthrax letters? Did he have any connection to setting the 2002 website “anthraxhunt.com” profiling the perp as a bi-polar scientist with sexual dysfunction that was suggested by Vince Cannistraro, the CIA ops person and blind sheik counterterrorism expert witness? (Vince has explained that defense counsel subpoenaed him in the 1990s trial).

    • DXer said

      Laurie Garrett writes: in I HEARD THE SIRENS SCREAM: HOW AMERICANS RESPONDED TO 9/11 AND THE ANTHRAX ATTACKS (July 18, 2011, Kindle):

      DAY TEN

      “Federal authorities have by now taken steps that experts in the field think are of dubious value. Quietly, the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration have grounded crop dusting planes, for example, and are searching for evidence that al-Qaeda operatives have or are preparing to use them to spray anthrax spores. Most public health leaders today think that this is tilting at windmills.

      What public health leaders don’t know, but the FBI does, is that in February 2001 Mohammed Atta and fellow conspirator Marwan Al-Shehhi visited South Florida Crop Care in Belle Glade, where they solicited information on everything from fuel consumption to flight range for various types of crop-duster aircraft. Atta then went to a Florida bank seeing a loan to buy such a crop-duster. Atta and Al-Shehhi returned to the Belle Glade flight center two more times seeking further information, including whether the standard pesticide tanks could be removed and larger tanks installed. In July an alert Arizona FBI agent sent a strongly worded memo to Washington headquarters, warning that she believed a group taking crop dusting training in that state might be planning something. (The memo was ignored at the time, but is now resurrected, prompting significant concern in September 2001 within the FBI).”

  6. DXer said

    In Dossier, Portrait of Push for Post-9/11 Attacks
    By SCOTT SHANE and BENJAMIN WEISER
    Published: April 25, 2011
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/world/guantanamo-files-portrait-of-push-for-post-september-11-attacks.html

    • DXer said

      “Informaton linking Tariq to anthrax and biological weapons was found on a calendar belonging to Arif Qasmani, a Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT) member and associate of senior al-Qaida facilitator Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, aka (Abu Zubaydah).”

      Would an unredacted version of Abu Zubaydah documents clarify the nature of this reference to “Tariq.”?

      “The name Tariq also appeared in a document recovered from an al-Qaida safe house in Pakistan along with a notation for the anthrax vaccine.” Another al-Qaida associate identified Tariq as a business in the pharmaceutical industry.”

      What is the document recovered from an al-Qaida safe house in Pakistan along with a notation for the anthrax vaccine?

      • DXer said

        Documents released by the FBI show that a former Zawahiri associated named “Tarek” worked alongside Bruce Ivins in the BL-3 lab.

        Documents produced by the FBI show that he received the anthrax vaccine in advance of coming to USAMRIID to do the research with Bruce.

        Is that a different Tarek than the “Tariq” listed on the document recovered from the al-Qaida safe house in Pakistan?

        Who does Tarek think is responsible for the anthrax mailings? Does he agree that Bruce was the processor and mailer?

      • DXer said

        The unredacted December 2006 “Detainee Assessment” of Abu-Zubaydah does not mention the calendar or the reference to anthrax vaccine or Tariq.

        http://wikileaks.ch/gitmo/prisoner/10016.html

        Is Arif Qasmani, a Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT) member, a detainee at Guantanamo for whom there is a similar detainee assessment that might shed light on the calendar notation to “Tariq” and anthrax vaccine? Had Najmut Tariq ever discussed anthrax vaccine with anyone in Pakistan?

        • DXer said

          A governmental notice advises:

          “Arif Qasmani is the chief coordinator for Lashkar-e Tayyiba’s (LET) dealings with outside organizations and has provided significant support for LET terrorist operations. Qasmani has worked with LET to facilitate terrorist attacks, including the July 2006 train bombing in Mumbai, India, and the February 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing in Panipat, India. Qasmani conducted fundraising activities on behalf of LET in 2005 and utilized money that he received from Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian crime figure and terrorist supporter, to facilitate the July 2006 train bombing in Mumbai, India. Since 2001, Arif Qasmani has also provided financial and other support and services to al Qaida, including facilitating the movement of al Qaida leaders and personnel in and out of Afghanistan, the return of foreign fighters to their respective countries, and the provision of supplies and weapons. In return for Qasmani’s support, al Qaida provided Qasmani with operatives to support the July 2006 train bombing in Mumbai, India, and the February 2007 Samjota Express bombing in Panipat, India. In 2005, Qasmani provided Taliban leaders with a safe haven and a means to smuggle personnel, equipment, and weapons into Afghanistan.”

          “From the notification, three significant points about Qasmani emerge: First, he received money from Dawood Ibrahim for the July 2006 bombings in Mumbai; second, he provided financial and logistics support to Al Qaeda and its leaders; and third, he provided safehaven to the leaders of the Afghan Taliban.”

        • DXer said

          Is it the Nasjmut Tariq associated with this usmedication.com?

          2004-03-17 13:23   Quantum International
            Najjmut Tariq
            tel: 009221-8014466/fax: 8016223
            website: http://www.usmedication.com

  7. DXer said

    Ayman Zawahiri had an extensive recruiting network for his anthrax planning and the announcement of his plans in March 1999, including the blind sheik’s son who spoke alongside Ali Al-Timimi and was on Al Qaeda’s 3-member WMD society. Did the blind sheik’s son recruit Ali Al-Timimi?

    • DXer said

      Shouldn’t the Intelligence Community have known that Ayman Zawahiri used “school” to refer to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad given that Ayman Zawahiri’s letter to his supporters (which was obtained by the CIA)?

      • DXer said

        Isn’t it Ayman Zawahiri who used “school” and not Bruce Ivins who used “school” as code and had reason to do so?

        • DXer said

          While US government focuses on Anwar Al-Aulaqi, why does it continue to overlook Aulaqi’s connection to fellow Falls Church imam, a scientist sharing the suite with the leading bioweapons Ames anthrax researchers with whom defense counsel says Aulaqi was coordinating?

        • DXer said

          Shouldn’t GAO subpoena the records relating to the connection between Ali Al-Timimi and the Ames researchers at the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense? That is where he had unfettered access to the largest microbiological repository in the world where the bacteriology collection scientist was the future head of the Amerithrax science investigation who would guide the NAS review and the production of documents from the FBI to NAS.


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