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

* What did Omar Al-Hadrami, the facilitator in charge of operations in Lahore, tell Dr. Batarfi, about the individuals suspected of the US anthrax mailings?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 25, 2011

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15 Responses to “* What did Omar Al-Hadrami, the facilitator in charge of operations in Lahore, tell Dr. Batarfi, about the individuals suspected of the US anthrax mailings?”

  1. DXer said

    “Information linking Tariq to anthrax and biological weapons was found on a calendar belonging to Arif Qasmani, a Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT) …

    DXer said
    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 am
    Did I mention that LeT recruiter Ali Al-Timimi shared a suite with top DARPA-funded Ames anthrax researchers? And that the work was done at Southern Research Institute in Frederick? And that Former Colleague #2 — who the FBI relies upon in developing its Ivins Theory — went to head the BL-3 lab there?

    http://www.terroracts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=101:lashkar-e-taiba-in-america-&catid=37:news&Itemid=18

    LET is a powerful fundamentalist militia financed by the Pakistani government in its fight with India over Kashmir. The group has a close relationship with al Qaeda; prominent Guantánamo captive Abu Zubayda, a top al Qaeda operative, was arrested in a LET safehouse in Pakistan in 2002. The group is committed to terror in the West as well as in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Indeed LET is present wherever Pakistani radicals are found, and was involved in the 2006 plot at Heathrow airport that changed airline policies on passengers carrying liquids.

    Two years before the Heathrow affair, LET veteran Dhiren Barot, a Hindu convert to Islam who graduated to al Qaeda, was arrested in Britain and charged with planning a variety of chemical and radioactive attacks on financial offices in the United States, which he had surveilled extensively. Barot, heading a network of Kashmiri radical recruits, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the UK. LET’s other exploits outside the Indian subcontinent included the training of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, currently serving a life sentence in the U.S.

    But one of the most notable setbacks suffered by LET involved the so-called “Virginia paintball jihad” case. Notwithstanding the light-hearted nickname bestowed on the conspiracy by media, the “paintball jihad” was much more than a weekend diversion involving a paramilitary sport.

    Comment:

    Dhiren Barot cased the NYC targets with Adnan El-Shukrijumah. Dhiren had pretended to be a student at an Upstate New York college (though he was a no-show). I have ventured that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the mailer of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. I believe they stayed with Dhiren’s relatives in New Jersey while casing the targets — maybe even with Al-Marri. ( You may recall that Al-Marri’s computer was shipped to someone in Washington.)

    Breaking it down:

    (1) Adnan El-Shukrijumah called his mom from KSM’s house where vaccinated Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech Sufaat also lived. Upon 911, Adnan called his mom and said he was coming to the US. She protested he would be arrested but he insisted.

    (2) Sufaat and his assistants were working with virulent anthax at Kandahar associated with the findings with Ames anthrax even after their efforts to decontaminate the lab, see KSM interrogation report leaked by Wikileaks. see also especially the withheld findings from 2002 and 2003 rather than than the findings from 2004 and 2005 that were provided the NAS.

    (3) Sufaat does not deny responsibility for the mailings in email and IM exchanges with me. Instead, he invokes “the Fifth.” He says the CIA is not going to hear it from his mouth.

    (4) I judge the handwriting on the letters to be the handwriting of Mohammed Atta. see DOJ handwriting report that has not been produced pursuant to FOIA request.

    (5) In terms of assembling the proof, we have this cryptic reference to “Tariq” on the calendar of Arif Qasmani, associated with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

    I’ve pointed out that a “Tarek” provided virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins as part of a DARPA-funded experiment. Tarek also researched his decontamination agent at Dugway where they made a dried powder. Tarek had friends recruited by Ayman Zawahiri while they were all at Cairo Medical. (His pal from medical school is CAIR-St. Louis.) One of the friends recruited by Ayman Zawahiri is a friend of mine — when I last spoke to him, he said his brother, the CAIR-St. Louis fellow, no longer was talking to him because of his cooperation with intelligence agencies and law enforcement).

    But it still needs to be involved whether the “Tariq” instead is this NYC pharmacist by that first name who owned a branch so near Lenox Hill where Kathy Nguyen died. We also need to learn who Al-Marri had his computer shipped to Washington. (Was it Al-Timimi? I don’t know.) Al-Marri, as I recall, cased the NYC and DC targets with Al-Hindi and El-Shukrijumah. Al-Marri’s handler was Al-Hawsawi, the fellow with the anthrax spraydrying documents on them. He was being helped on the 911 hijacker logistics by the fellow, Al-Balucchi, who tasked his new wife, Aafia Siddiqui with researching anthrax weapons for 6 months in Karachi. Al-Hawsawi and Al-Balucchi are going to trial this next year but you will never hear the good stuff — it is being addressed in closed session where not even the name of the motion is disclosed.

    I think a key is to bear down on this report that Dr. Batarfi had heard on the grapevine information about the identity of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer, although the comment made in open court was hard to decipher.

    (6) Meanwhile, Defense counsel Stanley Cohen represented Royer in the Virginia Paintball case. Given the Blind Sheik figures so importantly, Attorney Cohen and Lynne Stewart have always been at the periphery of the story.)

    We may be on the eve of a decision on a motion involving Anwar Awlaki and Ali Al-Timimi in the Virginia Paintball case involving why FBI Agent Wade Ammerman wanted the Fall 2002 meeting with Ali Al-Timimi to go forward. I once described a phone call on September 11, 2002 that I had with an FBI agent which suggested to me that something super secret was going on. (No one ever tells me anything, leaving me to have to guess). Then within a few months 100 agents swooped down here the very minute Al Al-Timimi’s townhouse was raided. So I’ve remained curious whether Attorney Cohen’s indictment here was more than coincidence. Stanley, for his part, says the indictment was to gain leverage over him because of his representation of terror defendants. (People reasonably can disagree whether that is a good thing or bad thing).

    But we are not going to learn anything from the defense counsel Cohen, despite his indictment. He is too ideologically committed and, judging from his comments, hates what he calls “snitches.” See his comment Attorney Cohen made in his defense of the doctor, Hassan Faraj, working at Lenox Hill; his client co-authored in JAMA about Kathy Nguyen’s fatal infection. Faraj had been helping jihadis get to camp rather than tending to his medical education. Faraj in 1999 had lived next to Al-Timimi in Falls Church when he supposedly was abroad getting his medical education. Small world, ain’t it? Stanley’s client just made up the story of his medical education out of whole cloth. Faraj was as far as one gets from being a truth-teller. IMO, “Truth-telling” is just part of Stanley’s misleading and highly lucrative PR/schtick. Attorney Cohen purports to exalt truth-telling but I think is constrained in his professional role — and so he isn’t actually a truth-teller. Indeed, his clients like “Dr. Faraj” are big-time liars. Stanley is professionally obligated to obfuscate the truth as it relates to any of his various clients — to the extent they are not inclined to tell the truth.

    But are we going to learn anything from his client “Abu Ghayth”? (Or Mr. Sulaiman as he prefers to be called in court?) Was Abu Ghayth a truth-teller before his lawyers made him seem like a crybaby who couldn’t pee straight? Didn’t Abu Ghayth already cooperate with the CIA at the hotel and then the FBI on the plane ride home? Bin Laden’s son-in-law Abu Ghaith is the fellow who said that Al Qaeda could kill 4 million, including 1 million, using WMD. Doesn’t Abu Ghaith know that Al Qaeda was responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings? Hasn’t he already spilled the beans?

    Abu Ghayth is not going to go free and so what is the point of going down in history as a lying crybaby who needed a nap on the plane ride home?

    While public observers try to play catch up and we try to noodle and put together the bits and pieces, I think a possible key is to figure out what Dr. Ayman Batarfi has said on the subject about the identity of the anthrax mailer. Dr. Batarfi helped my Facebook Friend Yazid Sufaat arrange for the purchase of some additional equipment for his anthrax lab. He mentioned “Taher Butt Kasmeri” in connection with the identity of the anthrax mailer before it went to classified session.

    In open court session, I believe he said that Omar Al-Hadrami , one of the two main facilitators in Pakistan, had said that Tahar Butt Kashmeri was the mailer of the anthrax letters or knew who was.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/what-did-omar-al-hadrami-the-facilitator-in-charge-of-operations-in-lahore-tell-dr-batarfi-about-the-individuals-suspected-of-the-us-anthrax-mailings/

    But who was Taher Butt Kashmeri. Was it Al-Hindi? Or was he the NYC pharmacist “Tariq”, the Let supporter who was a NYC pharmacist and may be the one mentioned on the calendar?
    Or was he Al-Marri? I don’t know.

    But either way, does it affect the suggestion of Adnan El-Shukrijumah as the mailer? Isn’t Adnan still a fine candidate for mailer?

    Who does Dr. Batarfi think is responsible for the anthrax mailings? I have earlier said that Dr. Batarfi was released in 2009 and was available for an interview. But instead wasn’t he really just transferred to Yemen under a secret agreement?

    Dr. Ayman Batarfi in open session (unclassified) had previously offered to help the CIA but chafed at the idea that he would a “spy.”

    Was Dr. Batarfi sent back to infiltrate Al Qaeda? Or is he in prison. If he is in prison, has Al Qaeda succeeded in breaking him out? (Al Qaeda regularly stages jail breaks in Yemen — some successful, some not). As an orthopedic surgeon with nothing (beyond fixing broken wrists years earlier) to offer Al Qaeda, it seems he would not be able to infiltrate Al Qaeda in Yemen because his discussion about helping was in open court session and has been publicly available for years.

    If Dr. Batarfi is right that the identity of the anthrax mailer was on the Al Qaeda grapevine, doesn’t the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” seem even stupider? The top FBI WMD guy, Vahid Majidi, claimed that all of Atta’s associates in Florida had been interviewed and excluded. If Vahid did not know that the FBI in fact had not been able to interview Adnan El-Shukrijumah, isn’t that a very serious red flag that the FBI’s analysis in Amerithrax — based as it was on process of elimination — was seriously botched?

    Heck, Dr. Majidi and US Attorney Taylor expressly premised theory in early August 2008 on the genetically matching strain only having been stored in Building 1425 (rather than also Building 1412). To the contrary, an FBI interrogation report plainly showed that it had been stored in Building 1412 — to include in the lab of the FBI’s own anthrax expert at USAMRIID Dr. Ezzell, who had made a dried powder out of the Ames supplied by Ivins out of RMR 1029 for DARPA. So the premise of the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” was always convenient, self-serving crock and should have been known to be so. Meanwhile, the FBI had neglected to tell us that its expert had made a dried powder out of the Ames from RMR 1029 — at the same time the FBI did not admit that the Ames was stored in its expert’s suite in 1412. Moreover, its expert did not submit a sample of that Ames to the repository.

    Given Adnan El-Shukrijumah is now head of Al Qaeda’s anthrax operations, anyone with stock holdings may want to encourage the FBI to get their analysis of the anthrax mailings right.

    A theory based on the process of elimination is not viable if there were another 100-200 you mistakenly thought eliminated based on a lack of access to the genetically matching Ames. Now that doesn’t mean access occurred in Building 1412, it just means the theory has a seriously flawed logical premise.

    Besides, Dr. Heine submitted undiluted Ames from 1412 and it tested negative for the 4 morphs. The FBI’s genetic analysis apparently was never what it was touted to be. Indeed, it was the assistant to the FBI’s anthrax expert — who helped make a dried powder out of the genetically matching Ames from RMR 1029 — who didn’t didn’t submit a sample to the repository. (Ironically, she was the one who noticed the morphs). So the FBI should not even have dared to base its theory partly on elaborate rationalizations about Ivins guilt relating to the submission of samples. It was the lab of the FBI’s anthrax expert who threw Ivins’ sample out. That lab that had made a dried powder out of Ames from RMR 1029. If there was anything hinky about the submission of samples, it only served to be exculpatory of Dr. Ivins.

    At the end of the day, access to the genetically matching could have been made elsewhere. In fact, Battelle had the genetically matching Ames — and it was Battelle that ran Dugway. The fact that there were cameras at Battelle, for example, in no way precludes access.

    The Amerithrax investigation was rife with conflict of interest. There were a variety of different acute conflicts of interest — each more outrageous than the last. For example, the lead scientist making these inferences was the collection scientist who failed to prevent Ali Al-Timimi’s unfettered access to the largest repository in the world at ATCC. ATCC shared space with the GMU DARPA-funded Ames researchers.

    Moreover, Ali Al-Timimi’s pro bono defense counsel was the daughter of the lead Amerithrax prosecutor.

    Oh, and did I mention that it was the FBI’s anthrax scientist who made a dried powder out of the Ames from RMR 1029, failed to submit a sample of the Ames stored in 1412, and then threw out Ivins’ submitted sample. (Ivins submitted sample had 4 morphs).

    FBI Director Mueller’s attempt to straighten things out through compartmentalization ended up just making things worse. Now his good friend Mr. Comey is Director. Vahid Majidi has said in writing in his September 2013 book that he is confident that his former supervisor, Mr. Comey will cover his back. He then publicized the book to his Linked-In FBI and DOJ colleagues. Rule No 101 in cover-ups: Always operate behind-the-scenes and never make a public prediction that your former boss, who now is FBI Director, has got your back. It may be true but it puts Mr. Comey in an awkward position.
    Rather than the CYA that has always characterized life inside the beltway, could we please have compliance with FOIA so that we can avoid a mass attack using anthrax threatened by Stanley Cohen’s client, Abu Ghayth?

    Where indeed are all the truth-tellers when you need them?

    Amerithrax represents the greatest failure in counterintelligence in the history of the United States — bigger than 911 because it is an ongoing and there is a continuing threat of a mass attack that could destroy the United States.

    Failure is not an option.

    Moreover, given Ali Al-Timimi shared a suite with the leading DARPA researchers, the problem has not been a lack of access to the Ames anthrax, it was the variety of opportunities to access that strain.

    Al-Timimi’s sharing the suite with the leading Ames anthrax researchers proves the claim — and it was made by Abu Ghaith wasn’t it — that Al Qaeda had infiltrated US government.

    Stanley Cohen, this is your client’s handwriting, isn’t it?

    Stanley, when is the truth-telling you keep talking about going to start?

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      As to this question “Where in the world is Dr. Ayman Batarfi,” Jay Solomon, on October 5, 2010, published “Yemen to Hold Six Returned Detainees Indefinitely: White House Says It Is Comfortable With Security Pact, but Some Lawmakers Want Guantanamo Transfers Halted”. Wall Street Journal.

      He wrote: “Six Yemeni nationals repatriated last month from Guantanamo Bay will remain in the Sana’a government’s custody indefinitely as part of a deal reached between the Obama administration and Yemen, U.S. officials said.”

      Thomas Josceyln, on May 13, 2011 wrote in The Weekly Standard “John Brennan Is Still Wrong on Gitmo Detainee.”

      He wrote:

      “In justifying the transfer, John Brennan claimed that President Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force “thoroughly reviewed all information available” on Batarfi and found no ties to al Qaeda’s anthrax program. Four memos prepared at Guantanamo and Batarfi’s own indicate otherwise.”

      There is no ready confirmation that Dr. Batarfi is still in Yemen custody, is there? An operative Elbaneh, from Buffalo, was in again, out again of Yemen prisons. Sometimes he would walk out the courtroom and sometimes he would bust out of jail.

      But there is no reason to think that Dr. Batarfi would have made a good spy in Yemen going after Awlaki, is there? Wasn’t his main skill at fuzzing the timeline and details of his meetings relating to procurement of Yazid Sufaat’s equipment?

      Now on the other hand, with regard to Yazid Sufaat’s startingly early release in late 2008 — and if he travelled to Pakistan immediately upon his release as reported in a local Pakistani paper — Yazid would have made a really good spy in tracking down Adnan El-Shukrijumah. As I recall it was someone from the CTC that sent me the Pakistan article given that I’ve gotten so lazy following the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (“FBIS”).

      Under that (speculative) theory, it would make sense that when Yazid didn’t produce they threw him back in jail. (It otherwise it is crazy that he was allowed to travel, if the local Pakistan report is true that he did).

      Didn’t the same thing happen with Aafia Siddiqui? Isn’t that why she is so mum about the missing years?

    • DXer said

      Today’s news:

      Man ‘Used Facebook To Contact Al Qaeda’
      A Californian man is facing 15 years in prison after he admitted to offering to help al Qaeda with weapons training.
      http://news.sky.com/story/1187647/man-used-facebook-to-contact-al-qaeda

      A man who used Facebook to connect with al Qaeda operatives has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge in a US court.

      Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen admitted that he tried to help al Qaeda by offering to provide weapons training to the terror group.

      The 24-year-old entered the guilty plea before US District Court Judge John F. Walter. Nguyen faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

      Nguyen was caught by an undercover FBI agent posing as a recruiter for al Qaeda. He was arrested by federal agents in October.

      Comment:

      Wait. You mean it’s wrong to contact Al Qaeda through Facebook?

      The CIA and FBI has an active spying program trying to infiltrate Al Qaeda. All the attention has been focused on the typical angry young man. It seems that the more interesting untold story is the story of the spies who have been sent to infiltrate Dr. Zawahiri’s anthrax program. Then (my guess is) when they don’t produce results they inevitably do something that is indictable. For example, Aafia picked up an AK-47 that had been propped up against the wall when she was noticed outside a USG facility with some cyanide in her pocket.

      After Yazid Sufaat reportedly travelling to Pakistan and then engaging in a press blitz in which he praised Bin Laden and thumbed his nose at the CIA, Yazid had tea with some angry young men headed off to Syria, etc. He was indicted for his poor choice in dining companions.

      As another example, it’s been suggested by FoxNews and defense counsel that “911 imam” Anwar Awlaki was a spy.

      But is everyone so sure that it wasn’t Ali Al-Timimi who was a spy? Why would the lead DIA threat assessment person (Ames anthrax researcher Charles Bailey) — who long had an office at USAMRIID after serving as acting Commander — have allowed someone known to be hardcore (or so Ken Alibek tells me) to share a suite with him — unless DIA thought Ali was spying for them?
      I mean otherwise that is really boneheaded.

      Aren’t there some more “If it is Wednesday, he must be a Triple Agent” stories still to be told? The CIA, according to defense counsel, was in Jordan pre-911 asking Bassem Khafagi, the head of an Ann Arbor charity, about Al-TImimi’s connections to Al Qaeda.

      While I may get animated about conflicts of interest and withholding of documents under FOIA, I’m much more interested in the spy stories that haven’t yet been told.

      It’s hard to make a movie about Mr. Sobonya’s flagrant disregard of FOIA.

    • DXer said

      http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB126256699830014265

      Yemen to Hold Six Returned Detainees Indefinitely
      White House Says It Is Comfortable With Security Pact, but Some Lawmakers Want Guantanamo Transfers Halted

      By JAY SOLOMON
      Updated Jan. 5, 2010

      U.S. counterterrorism officials say some of Al Qaeda in Yemen’s top operatives are former Guantanamo Bay detainees who were released in recent years.

      Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s deputy commander, Said al-Shihri, was repatriated to Saudi Arabia in 2007 to take part in a government-run rehabilitation program, according to these officials. The group’s chief cleric, Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish, also was repatriated by the Bush administration to Saudi Arabia before crossing the border into Yemen.

      A number of U.S. lawmakers who received classified briefings on the six Yemenis released last month said they urged the White House not to repatriate the men due to fears they could also join al Qaeda.

      One of those released, Ayman Batarfi, is a Yemeni doctor who told Pentagon interrogators that he had twice met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and endured the U.S. military assault on the Tora Bora mountains in late 2001, according to Pentagon documents. Mr. Batarfi also said he had assisted a Malaysian microbiologist, Yazid Sufaat, in seeking to purchase equipment for a medical facility in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. officials have subsequently accused Mr. Sufaat of seeking to produce anthrax and other biological weapons on behalf of al Qaeda. Mr. Sufaat was arrested in Malaysia, but never charged there.

      Mr. Batarfi and the five other Yemenis released last month all denied ties to al Qaeda or the Taliban and pledged not to pick up arms against the U.S., according to Pentagon documents. But a growing number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers are saying that the national-security risks posed by repatriating more Yemenis has grown too great given the high rate of recidivism among Guantanamo Bay detainees.

      “When you look at the bios and the case histories of the men returned last month, you’ll see they’re very dangerous people,” said Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), who received a classified briefing on these detainees’ files.

      Yemen foils al-Qaeda prison break
      Security forces take control over hundreds of al-Qaeda inmates who attempted to escape Sanaa prison after mutiny.
      Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 14:39
      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/10/yemen-foils-al-qaeda-prison-break-20131023141220827342.html

      The mutiny broke out on Tuesday afternoon when “almost 300 al-Qaeda prisoners, armed with knives and iron bars, attacked prison guards, injuring some of them,” the official said on Wednesday, adding that an interrogation officer was among those wounded.

      The prisoners, who smashed the doors of their cells and broke down the prison’s first security barrier, seized weapons and took some guards hostage.

      Using the weapons, they clashed with guards manning the second security barrier, who returned fire and managed to “foil the group’s attempt to flee,” the official said.

      Nasser al-Wuhayshi, chief of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – seen by the United States as the network’s deadliest franchise – vowed in August to release imprisoned members of his network.

      Wuhayshi himself escaped from the same Sanaa prison with 22 other members of AQAP in February 2006 and was named as the group’s leader a year later.

      The AQAP detainees escaped through a 44-metre tunnel between their cell and a nearby mosque they dug with tools.

      AQAP has taken advantage of the weakening of the central government in Sanaa since a popular uprising that toppled President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.

      Comment: The FBI’s conclusions in Amerithrax, it would seem, directly contributed to Dr. Batarfi’s release.

    • DXer said

      WASHINGTON : Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to “Zero Dark Thirty” scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. … CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said the CIA has since “overhauled its procedures for interaction with the entertainment industry after an extensive internal review.” He said the agency now maintains “a centralized record-keeping system for entertainment industry requests and, earlier this year, issued detailed guidance on contact with the industry and support for entertainment-related projects,” to make sure classified material is protected.

      Comment:

      I’m impressed with movies. Moviemaking is an endeavor where you can watch the movie and know whether it worked or not (putting aside the financial result). It seems that the intelligence and law enforcement fields are more difficult to judge. The NYT story on Benghazi is a recent example.

      For example, how does the former FBI Director Mueller know that a course he charted was best suited to prevent the next 9/11 — or more importantly, whether it worked given that there’s always tomorrow.

      In the case of a speech to CIA employees, Director Panetta would have been focused on morale building. When the White House declined to reopen Amerithrax, the reason given was that they didn’t want to undermine confidence in the FBI (which relates to morale building).

      Balancing the instability in the world against the number of trials and hearings moving forward — or people in jail — it remains difficult to tally the box office regarding the CIA’s and FBI’s counterterrorism. But it is easy to see that there have been a lot of successes. People can reasonably disagree whether one approach versus another has unduly compromised a free society or pissed people off, increasing the prospect of religious violence. The use of drones are an example.

      As difficult as it is, it’s really important to focus on the bottom-line and not get caught up in the melodrama or the soap operas that develop from fault-finding in a free and open society.

      We all make mistakes. For example, I don’t think it was Omar Hadrami who told Batarfi about the identity of the anthrax mailer, it was Hadrami, the Lahore AQ operations director, who told the Karachi AQ operations director, who told Batarfi.

      But I nominate Hadrami as the scriptwriter for the final scenes. Dr. Batarfi can consult on the script along with Yazid Sufaat. Perhaps the script could be routed through the CIA’s new procedure for making movies.

      Yazid has told me that he has a book in him if Allah is willing. These AQ folks need to think more creatively in getting their message out. Otherwise, Yazid’s previous marketing effort will go down in history as a big fail.

      Leon Panetta revealed bin Laden secrets
      December 12, 2013THE NATION MONITORING
      http://www.nation.com.pk/international/12-Dec-2013/leon-panetta-revealed-bin-laden-secrets

  2. DXer said

    It apparently was Omar Al-Hadrami , one of the two main facilitators in Pakistan, who said that Tahar Butt Kashmeri was the mailer of the anthrax letters or knew who was.

  3. DXer said

    The documents dating from April 1999 show that Ayman Zawahiri’s plan was to recruit a specialist. Who else did Ayman Zawahiri succeed in recruiting?

  4. DXer said

    This document seized in Afghanistan pointed to infiltration n of US biodefense. To what was the author referring?

    • DXer said

      This Zawahiri correspondence with infiltrating scientist was part of parallel compartmentalized cell operation. Who else did Ayman attempt to recruit (besides the schoolmate and close friend of Bruce Ivins’ co-worker)?

  5. DXer said

    Ali Mohammed, the head of intelligence for Egyptian Islamic Jihad who had a document on his computer seized by the FBI that outlined principles of cell security that would be followed, trained Dahab, a Cairo medical drop-out, to make deadly letters. Who does Ali think is responsible?

  6. Old Atlantic said

    It would be interesting if there is some finding or statement, not published, that the DOJ/FBI closing of the anthrax case based on Ivins doing it applies only internally to those departments and not the rest of the government.

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