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

* What does Najmut Tariq say about suggestion that his name on a document links to him the anthrax vaccine and biological weapons. Was his pharmaceutical business simply where Al Qaeda hoped to purchase items such as Cipro?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2011

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4 Responses to “* What does Najmut Tariq say about suggestion that his name on a document links to him the anthrax vaccine and biological weapons. Was his pharmaceutical business simply where Al Qaeda hoped to purchase items such as Cipro?”

  1. DXer said

    “Keeping close track of expenses is part of al-Qaida’s DNA, say multiple experts, including FBI agents who were assigned to track the terror group in the years just after its founding.”

    Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dollar-0.60-for-cake-al-qaida-records-every-expense/1/332832.html

    The $5,000 expenditure in August 2001, according to Dr. Batarfi, was routed through the WAFA branch in Karachi to avoid cash brought by Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat being confiscated at the border. What do the documents show about the organizational approval in WAFA?

    Dr. Batarfi, as chief medical officer, instructed Qasim (Saeed Mohammed) to arrange the purchase. But he in turn was subordinate in the organization to superiors who approved submitted expenditures

    The equipment included a centrifuge and autoclave.

    http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/627-ayman-saeed-abdullah-batarfi/documents/2/pages/3316#21

    “It was [a] centrifuge, anti placenta for blood groupings; it was [an] autoclave for blood spacement. It was very simple equipment. He said it was approximately $5000.”
    Later, during that same ARB session, the following allegation was read:
    “The Detainee told another al Wafa volunteer to purchase four to five thousand United States Dollars worth of medical equipment for the Malaysian microbiologist.”
    Again, Batarfi responded:
    “…I told the Malaysian microbiologist, if you want to purchase the $5000 worth of items for the lab it is better to purchase it through al Wafa and you give the money to Afghanistan to me and then send it to Pakistan because it is unsafe.”

    This was in addition to all the crates moved from Omar Hospital to Kandahar in May 2001.

    Did Abu Ghayth (the USG’s preferred spelling) — or Mr. Sulaiman as he likes to be called now — officially have to sign off on the expenditure?

    Dr. Batarfi has helped authorities with regard to Abu Ghayth’s role. Even though Dr. Batarfi is not available to testify (Attorney Cohen has sought the deposition of Bin Laden’s chauffeur), what do the WAFA accounting documents show?

    Dr. Batarfi has told the CIA that Abu Ghayth met with him before Dr. Batarfi met with Bin Laden.

    And Abu Ghayth has talked extensively with law enforcement authorities.

    “John P. Cronan, one of the prosecutors, told Judge Kaplan that Mr. Abu Ghaith made extensive comments to law enforcement officials after his arrest. He referred to a 22–page document, which was not released publicly, that detailed his statements. Mr. Cronan also referred to audio recordings of statements Mr. Abu Ghaith made to foreign authorities, some of which he said still need to be translated.—”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/nyregion/sulaiman-abu-ghaith-bin-ladens-son-in-law-charged-in-new-york.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    So while I think it is true that the video statements, with more establish Abu Ghayth’s of the stated crimes, I think we should see resolved this issue of the WAFA purchase of this equipment for Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat.

    It is an additional reason that the federal court judge should give serious consideration to defense counsel Cohen’s request for 60 additional days. The USG could have stated the additional charges at the outset and so the 60 day continuance would serve to avoid prejudice.

    It is especially important given that WAFA subordinate has provided information in an unclassified hearing at Guantanamo about who in the Al Qaeda organization knew the identity of the anthrax mailer.

    The report may be by the Pakistani regional commander knew that Al-Hindi knew Adnan El-Shukrijumah. Or maybe the report is something different given that there is ambiguity as to the identity of Tahar Kashmeri Butt.

    Excerpt about Batarfi’s purchase of equipment for anthrax lab …
    caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/…/excerpt-about-batarfis-purc…‎

    Apr 25, 2011 – His name is Tahar Butt Kashmeri and I mentioned it to my interrogators and I discuss it with my AMO last time. I came to know who was behind the anthrax and so it wasn’t the Malaysian guy.”

  2. DXer said

    Aafia’s thumb drive contained email communication with members of a US-based cell. Were her emails with Adnan El-Shukrijumah and Nazmut Tariq?

    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

    Did he know Aafia Siddiqui? Is that the email correspondence from her thumb drive we weren’t allowed to see?

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