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* Mother Jones: Does an Al Qaeda anthrax operative own four pharmacies in New York City?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 9, 2011

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 David Corn writes for Mother Jones (5/9/11) …

  • Does an Al Qaeda anthrax operative own four pharmacies in New York City?
  • That frightening possibility is raised in one of the 700-plus Guantanamo detainee assessments released recently by WikiLeaks and other sources.
  • Recently, a blogger sent me an email pointing out that one of these assessments contains a particularly chilling section. It says that a detainee captured by the CIA in 2003 possessed a diary that contained contact information for a “possible al-Qaida anthrax operative” who then was living in New York City and who owned several pharmacies there.
  • The intelligence referenced in the detainee report could be legit—or iffy.
  • But, if true, an Al Qaeda op who runs drug stores in an American city could pose a serious national security threat.
  • An online search of his name turns up at least four pharmacies in the New York area for which he is listed as an owner.
  • this much of the detainee report was confirmed: the man currently does own at least four pharmacies in New York City.
  • Mother Jones contacted the FBI in Washington and New York and asked for information regarding this suspect. Each office said that the FBI would not comment on information in a leaked document.
  • With the document now in the open—and on the Internet—the public has a right to know whether this potentially dangerous matter has been resolved. (And, if turns out the intel is faulty, the Pakistani businessman deserves to have his name cleared.)
  • The critical issue is not the leak, but the nightmarish possibility of an anthrax operative on the loose.

David Corn is Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief. Read the entire article at … http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/al-qaeda-anthrax-operative-new-york-pharmacies

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* Marwan Hadid worked at Omar Hospital assisting Yazid Sufaat. Hadid was a hematology technician. In May 2001, Yazid Sufaat reportedly was attempting to cultivate anthrax there. Who does Marwan Hadid think is responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 9, 2011

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* In The Second Front, Kenneth J. Conboy explains that Yazid Sufaat took over a room in Omar Hospital (near Kandahar) while waiting in May 2001 for the equipment he had amassed to reach Kandahar.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 9, 2011

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