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

* Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahman was the other fellow who KSM tasked to move the crates with biological equipment for Al Qaeda’s anthrax program

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 6, 2011

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4 Responses to “* Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahman was the other fellow who KSM tasked to move the crates with biological equipment for Al Qaeda’s anthrax program”

  1. DXer said

    “His access to Muhammad and other senior al-Qaida members probably positioned PK-1460 to play a support role in al-Qaida operations, including 9/11, Karachi-based attack plotting, and possibly the al-Qaida anthrax program, although we judge that PK-1460 most likely did not have specific insight into al-Qaida operational plans,” the detainee’s unclassified profile states, using his internment serial number.”

    Comment:

    It would make sense that Rabbani just moved the crates to help set up Yazid’s lab in June 2001 and did not know operational plans. Someone with the CTC (upon being cleared to address things publicly) once publicly explained at a conference moderated by Lew (and organized by Ken Dillon) that information relating to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program was much more tightly controlled than its chem program.

    But the same Army addressing this issue of Rabbani’s accounts is the one who cannot be bothered to retrieve the notebook with Bruce Ivins’ notations on the date of mailing and immediately prior. So there is pretty much zero reason to think that the Army is acting on the best information if the FBI’s FOIA processing is any indication.

    The FBI has even withheld the documents showing that the CIA’s Ames strain was detected in Afghanistan.

    Guantanamo Detainee Details Years of Regret

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/07/07/guantanamo-detainee-details-years-of-regret.htm

    By BRITAIN EAKIN

    WASHINGTON (CN) — A Pakistani seeking transfer from Guantanamo Bay has spent 14 years in detention sorry that he took a job working directly for the mastermind of 9/11, the man’s representatives told a review board Thursday.
    Abdul Rahim Ghulam Rabbani called himself an “idiot” and has said he deserved what happened to him, according to the public statement that his attorney of 10 years, Agnieszka Fryszman, read to the board.
    “I have had a lot of time to think about the mistakes I made,” Rabbani told the attorney, according to the statement. “I didn’t know anything about politics until I got myself into trouble. I found myself in a big hole. At the end of the day, I deserve what happened to me. I hope you will forgive me and allow me to turn a new page.”
    The United States says Rabbani ran al-Qaida safe houses in Karachi, Pakistan, where he started as a cook.
    The defense does not dispute this allegation, nor that Rabbani helped Khalid Sheikh Mohammed house and transport the group’s fighters from Afghanistan to Pakistan.
    Despite his admitted involvement with al-Qaida, anonymous personal military representatives for the detainee painted a different picture – one of a man limited by the economic opportunities available to him who sought work from al-Qaida in order to support his family.
    “At the time, he did not fully understand the effects of his actions and prioritized family support, care, and feeding,” one of his female representatives told the Periodic Review Board.
    “Abdul Rahim quickly realized during his time in Guantanamo, though, that al-Qaida is a terrorist organization and that it was wrong to aid their fighters as a housing and transportation facilitator,” she read from the representatives’ public statement.
    “Mr. Rabbani was an indigent Arabic-speaking, off-and-on taxi driver in Karachi when he was hired for a steady, relatively well-paid job – to provide labor for Khalid Sheik Mohammed. He performed tasks as directed and was paid a salary,” she said. “That is a job he certainly regrets taking.”
    Rabbani could be seen on the monitor at the Pentagon, which aired the hearing via closed-circuit from Guantanamo, with a long, dark beard and wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and a white prayer hat.
    Though minimally educated, Rabbani appeared to read the hearing documents sitting in front of him on the rectangular table and occasionally sipped from a plastic bottle of water.
    An avid sports and soccer fan, Rabbani spends his time at Guantanamo watching soccer, reading the Quran and cleaning his cell block.
    Fryszman says Rabbani has “a gentle sense of humor,” and told the board that he is not an extremist – he has taken responsibility for his life and actions.
    “Mr. Rabbani did not act for ideological or hate filled reasons,” she said. “During the entire 10 years we have represented him, he has never expressed to us any anti-American sentiment. He has never expressed to us any anger or intent to harm anyone.”
    Rabbani would like to be reunited with his wife and two teenage sons, preferably in Saudi Arabia where he has family willing to support him, Fryszman said. Additionally, a resettlement program through Reprieve has agreed to help support him in finding work through its Life After Guantanamo Project.
    Rabbani is willing to undergo any rehabilitation programs the U.S. requires and will agree to any necessary security measures, Fryszman said.
    His personal representatives said they believe his desire to live a peaceful life after Guantanamo is genuine.
    “Based on everything we have seen and heard during our meetings, as well as the statements from his family and his private council, we do not believe that Abdul Rahim is a continuing significant threat to the United States,” they said.
    Rabbani was arrested in Pakistan in September 2002, but did not land in Guantanamo until two years later.
    “His access to Muhammad and other senior al-Qaida members probably positioned PK-1460 to play a support role in al-Qaida operations, including 9/11, Karachi-based attack plotting, and possibly the al-Qaida anthrax program, although we judge that PK-1460 most likely did not have specific insight into al-Qaida operational plans,” the detainee’s unclassified profile states, using his internment serial number.
    Reading from the unclassified profile, an anonymous female voice noted that Rabbani “has not admitted to being aware of al-Qaida attack plotting details, either because he really was ignorant of them or because he is attempting to mask his involvement in anything beyond facilitation activities.”

  2. DXer said

    Look at this version of what would seem to be the same 9 June 2008 Detainee Assessment but does not appear in this one.

    http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/1460-abdul-rabbani-abd-al-rahim-abu-rahman

    It states:

    “Removed detainee’s association with Jaffar al-Tayyar, aka (Adnan al-Shukrijumah), due to misidentification with Muhammad Essagh Sher Muhammad Khan, aka (Jafar al- Tayyar Bermel), ISN US9PK-000429DP (PK-429)”

    This same paragraph is on the Wikileaks version.

    I am still trying to figure out the reason for the discrepancy with the one I uploaded. We would want to see ISN US9PK-000429DP (PK-429) to understand the nature of the misidentification.

    But I believe what happened was that interrogators who were confused due to the use of the common name. Detainees were saying “Jaaffar Al-Tayyar” and then the analyst mistakenly was associating the other person because of the common name.

    Does GAO have access to the SCI Supplement and to the interrogation report in which the man who set up Yazid Sufaat’s lab identified Jaaffar Al-Tayyar?

    The statement in interrogation by this insider who helped set up the lab in Kandahar is highly significant.

  3. DXer said

    http://news.syr.edu/coder-and-journalist-dan-schultz-to-present-hacking-journalism-feb-6/

    Coder and Journalist Dan Schultz to Present ‘Hacking Journalism’ Feb. 6
    By Wendy S. Loughlin // Monday, January 28, 2013

    The second installment of the new Digital Edge Journalism seminar series in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will bring to campus Dan Schultz, a Knight-Mozilla Fellow at the Boston Globe. He will discuss “Hacking Journalism” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Follow at #hackj.

    The series is sponsored by Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair of Journalism Innovation Dan Pacheco, who will provide details and insights into the growing “hacker-journalist” movement, in which programmers are applying their skills to news, information and civic media.

    Schultz’s recent projects include Truth Goggles—billed as “a credibility layer for the Internet”—which identifies fact-checked content on the web; and ATTN-SPAN, which tailors C-SPAN content to allow viewers to become better informed about the activities of their representatives in Washington, D.C.

    Schultz graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a degree in information systems and a minor in computer science. He won the Knight News Challenge in 2007, and gained a unique perspective on the state of the information industry and the needs of communities. He has been developing digital community systems for almost a decade, and has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, CMU, Vanguard and Colorquick LLC. He has been trained as a system and interface designer, programmer and project manager. He was previously a research assistant with MIT Media Lab, and currently provides technical assistance for PBS’ Media Shift and IdeaLab blogs.

    His specialties include php, mysql, css, jquery, javascript, xml, apache webserver, xhtml, soap services, agile, actionscript, laser cutting pumpkins, journalism and new media.

    The event, which is co-sponsored by the School of Information Studies, is open to the public. Food will be served. RSVP at hackingjournalism.eventbrite.com.

    Comment:

    I am looking forward to an upcoming seminar on “hacking journalism” — a phrase used here to refer to marshalling information useful in journalism.

    It seems that although much has been done by the various media organizations to make Wikileaks searchable, something could be done to bring together and present the information about the anthrax labs at Kabul, Kandahar and Karachi.

    There is quite of cast of characters but there has never been any comprehensive presentation of what can be gleaned from Wikileaks from anthrax. The recent Johns-Hopkins book doesn’t even touch on any of it — a grievous failure for a book purporting to be arguing how intelligence analysis is best done.

    There is a supremely talented graphic artist working on spider analysis of Amerithrax analysis generally, but that spider is not focused on the material uploaded by Wikileaks.

  4. Dxer said

    KSM, what equipment was moved to Kandahar?

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