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

* In Amerithrax, did the FBI interview Arif Qasmani about the information on his calendar linking the NYC pharmacy chain owner to anthrax and biological weapons?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 10, 2011

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9 Responses to “* In Amerithrax, did the FBI interview Arif Qasmani about the information on his calendar linking the NYC pharmacy chain owner to anthrax and biological weapons?”

  1. DXer said

    In his new book on the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, Vahid Majidi says “more than likely, the perpetrator(s) came into contact with aerosolized spores in committing the crime, and was probably protected against an anthrax infection by vaccination and/or antibiotics.”

    I presume Vahid Majidi of the documents relating to the NYC pharmacy owner.

  2. DXer said

    How precisely did Arif Qasmani’s calendar link Tariq to anthrax and biological weapons?

  3. DXer said

    The Detainee Assessment of Alamatrafi, the head of WAFA in Afghanistan who ponied up the $5,000 for equipment for Yazid Sufaat, mentions Lashkar-e-Tayyiba office in Lahore. It was the Lahore facilitor Al-Hadrami who reportedly had told Batarfi about the operatives in the US suspected of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    “In approximately July 2001, detainee again met with UBL to discuss al-Qaida and al-Wafa issues. Shortly before 11 September 2001, detainee met with al-Qaida biological and chemical expert Yazid Sufaat and directed him to the al-Wafa office in Pakistan After 11 September 11, 2001, detainee facilitated the movement of al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan. In early-Deember 2001, detainee crossed from Afghanistan into Pakisan with the help of his translator Muhammad Ajmal. Ajmal convinced Pakistan customs officials that detainee was will and needed immediate medical attention. Ajmal took detainee to a NGO called al-Ashkar Tiba in Lahore, PK. Al-Ashkar Tiba, assessed to be the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT), provided detainee with an escort in order to obtain a visa and the necessary paperwork before taking detainee to the airport.”

    • DXer said

      A leading Al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, who became operational chief of Al-Qaeda after the death of Mohammed Atef, was caught in a Lashkar safehouse at Faislabad in Pakistan.

      Schmidt, Susan; Siobhan Gorman (2008-12-04). “Lashkar-e-Taiba Served as Gateway for Western Converts Turning to Jihad”. Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122834970727777709.html?mod=googlenews_wsj. Retrieved 2009-03-27.

      A group of men dubbed the Virginia Jihad Network attended LeT training camps and were convicted in 2006 of conspiring to provide material support to the LeT.

      The leader of the group, Ali al-Timimi, urged the men to attend the LeT camps and to “go abroad to join the mujahideen engaged in violent jihad in Afghanistan.”

      Markon, Jerry (2006-08-26). “Teacher Sentenced for Aiding Terrorists”. Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/25/AR2006082500460.html. Retrieved 5 December 2008.

      Ali Al-Timimi shared a suite with the leading DARPA researchers Ken Alibek and Charles Bailey.

      The FBI anthrax expert made a dried aerosol out of Flask 1029 at the request of DARPA.

      The Department of Justice has withheld documents relating to the dried aerosol project involving its FBI anthrax expert (who worked with the folks at Quantico testing semen stained panties as if it were probative of the anthrax mailings).

      Will the psychiatrists and FBI-connected journalists next opine that OBL’s extensive porn collection is proof of his responsibility for 911?

      There needs to be a Congressional investigation given the anthrax threat posed by Al Qaeda.

      The missteps in Amerithrax implicate very grave national security concerns.

      For example, as Jerry Markon’s article notes, the equipment that Al-Timimi’s assistant helped LeT acquire included unmanned aerial vehicles.

      • DXer said

        Lashkar-e-Taiba is not merely connected to anthrax in Pakistan — the connection to the DARPA-funded anthrax program at GMU’s Center for Biodefense where Ali Al-Timimi shared a suite with the leading DARPA-funded Ames researchers, who were having the virulent work done at Southern Research Institute in Frederick.

        The Southern Research Institute BL-3 Lab came to be headed by Patricia Fellows (aka “Former Colleague #1; Technician #2) who is the one who did not point out to the FBI that the lab notebook she shared with Dr. Ivins establishes that the time Dr. Ivins time in the B3 at USAMRIID on those night was not at all unexplained.

        The head of SRI Voss and its VP Franz (a few doors down from Dr. Burans) at the time decline to say when they first obtained virulent Ames.

        FBI Director Mueller similarly declined to say in open session where else dried powdered anthrax was made (in addition to Dugway and Battelle). The answer appears to be in Frederick, Maryland — at SRI. For the program that had been infiltrated by the LeT recruiter.

        Our government officials have to swallow hard and stop thinking so much about CYA — and start thinking about keeping the country safe by not getting in the way of sound true crime and intelligence analysis.

        Here is the indictment of Ali Al-Timimi that explains his Lashkar-e-Taiba connection.

        1. As used in this Indictment, “jihad” describes a religious obligation of Muslims to struggle or strive for the defense of and advancement of Islam, and “mujahideen” describes warriors engaged in violent jihad.

        2. The Taliban, at all times relevant to this Indictment until early 2002, was the political/military entity headquartered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, that exercised de facto control over the territory of Afghanistan until its defeat in late 2001 and early 2002 by a multi-national coalition that included the United States.

        3. Al-Qaeda, at all times relevant to this Indictment, was an international terrorist group founded by Usama bin Laden and others, dedicated to opposing the United States and many other governments with force and violence. Bin Laden declared a violent jihad against the United States and its citizens, which he carried out through Al-Qaeda and its affiliated organizations. Beginning in or about 1996, bin Laden and others operated Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, and forged close relations with the Taliban.

        4. Lashkar-e-Taiba, also known as “LET,” is the military wing of an organization in Pakistan known as Markaz Dawa Wa’al Irshad, which was founded to organize Pakistani mujahideen participating in the violent jihad against the Russians in Afghanistan. Since the Russians left Afghanistan, the primary – – but not exclusive – – focus of Lashkar-e-Taiba has been on conducting violent jihad against the Government of India. Lashkar-e-Taiba operates training camps for individuals from around the world seeking to be mujahideen, and claims to have trained thousands to fight in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, and the Philippines.

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        10. Defendant ALI AL-TIMIMI, from in or about 2000 to on or about September 11, 2001, was the primary lecturer at the Dar al Arqam Islamic Center, also known as the Center for Islamic Information and Education, an organization in Falls Church, Virginia, that focused on teaching in the English language about Islamic faith, practice, and civilization. Defendant AL- TIMIMI was highly respected by the students at the Dar al Arqam Islamic Center as a scholar who had lectured around the world on topics related to Islam.

        COUNT 1 Conspiracy

        THE GRAND JURY FURTHER CHARGES THAT:

        1. On or about September 16, 2001, at a meeting at the house of Yong Kwon in Fairfax, Virginia, ALI AL-TIMIMI told Kwon, Randall Royer, Masoud Khan, Hammad Abdur-Raheem, Caliph Basha Ibn Abdur-Raheem, Muhammed Aatique, and Khwaja Hasan that the time had come for them to go abroad to join the mujahideen engaged in violent jihad in Afghanistan.

        2. On or about September 16, 2001, at the meeting at Kwon’s house, ALI AL-TIMIMI told his listeners that American troops likely to arrive in Afghanistan would be legitimate targets of the violent jihad in which his listeners had a duty to engage.

        3. On or about September 16, 2001, the individuals gathered at Kwon’s house discussed obtaining military-style training from Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to join the mujahideen expected to engage in violent jihad against American troops in Afghanistan.

        4. On or about September 16, 2001, at the meeting at Kwon’s house, ALI AL-TIMIMI told the gathered individuals considering whether to obtain military-style training from Lashkar- e-Taiba in Pakistan that the organization was on the correct path.

        5. On or about September 16, 2001, at the meeting at Kwon’s house, ALI AL-TIMIMI told the conspirators that what he said at the meeting must be kept secret.

        6. On or about September 17, 2001, ALI AL-TIMIMI advised Yong Kwon and Khwaja Hasan how to reach the Lashkar-e-Taiba camp undetected.
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        14. In or about late September 2001, Muhammed Aatique traveled to a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp near Muzafrabad, Pakistan.

        15. In or about early October 2001, Yong Kwon, Khwaja Hasan, and Masoud Khan traveled to a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp near Muzafrabad, Pakistan.

        16. In or about early October 2001, at Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Masada camp near Muzafrabad, Pakistan, Muhammed Aatique fired an AK-47 rifle and a machine gun.

        17. In or about early October 2001, at Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Ibn Masood camp near Muzafrabad, Pakistan, Muhammed Aatique fired an antiaircraft gun and a rocket-propelled grenade.

        18. On or about October 15, 2001, at a meeting at his house, ALI AL-TIMIMI told Donald Surratt, Hammad Abdur-Raheem, Caliph Abdur-Raheem, Unindicted Conspirator #2, and others that fighting Americans in Afghanistan was a valid violent jihad for Muslims.

        19. On or about October 15, 2001, during the meeting, ALI AL-TIMIMI provided Donald Surratt, Hammad Abdur-Raheem, Caliph Abdur-Raheem, Unindicted Conspirator #2, and others historical examples from Islamic history justifying attacks on civilians.

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        25. On February 1, 2003, ALI AL-TIMIMI provided the following message to his followers:
        This morning, the world heard news about the crash of the space shuttle. There is no doubt that Muslims were overjoyed because of the adversity that befell their greatest enemy. Upon hearing the news, my heart felt certain good omens that I liked to spread to my brothers.
        First: The Name of the Shuttle: “Columbia” is the name of the shuttle, called after the name of “Columbus,” the sailor who discovered the American Continent in 1492 after the fall of
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        Grenada, the last Islamic stronghold in Andalusia. Historians know that, after discovering the two American Continents, the Romans (the Christians of Europe) exploited their wealth in order to be able to control the Islamic World. The Columbia crash made me feel, and God is the only One to know, that this is a strong signal that Western supremacy (especially that of America) that began 500 years ago is coming to a quick end, God Willing, as occurred to the shuttle.
        Second: The Shuttle Crew: The Israeli Ambassador to the UN described the Israeli astronaut as someone carrying all the hopes and ambitions of the Israeli people. And so, God Willing, all these hopes and ambitions were burnt with the crash and the burning of the shuttle and one of its astronauts, the Israeli.
        Third: The Crash Location: As soon as CNN announced the crash of the space shuttle nearby the city of Palestine, in Texas, I said to myself “God is Great”. This way, God Willing, America will fall and disappear (nearby Palestine). The State of Texas is also the state of the foolish, obeyed President Bush the son. And so we hope, God Willing, similar to the crash of the shuttle on his state, his nation would fall upon his head due to his foolish policy.
        Fourth: The President’s Condolences to the American People:
        In the words that President Bush used to console his people, he referred to the Book of Isiah where there is a praise to God’s creation, His stars and planets. I said to myself, Praise the Lord, in this same Book of Isiah there are news about the coming of Prophet Muhammad and a warning of the destruction of the Jews at the end of time. [A citation from the Koran follows].
        And so, there are other signs that would take a long time to recount. For example, every time the Americans believe that they control the whole earth and the skies, and act as they wish, there comes a sign that reminds us that God, Almighty, is greater than his creatures, sitting on His Chair, handling everything, and that His angels act according to His commands. And so, he whoever will try to raise the Jews, who are a nation that God covered with humiliation and deserved God’s wrath, will be afflicted with divine humiliation and wrath as much as he supports them.
        As I mentioned earlier, these are all ideas that came to me when I heard of the accident, and hopes that I wish God would fulfill, and God is the only One to know.

        26. On or about May 8, 2003, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Masoud Khan possessed an AK-47-style rifle, a document entitled “The Terrorist’s Handbook” containing instructions regarding how to manufacture and use explosives and chemicals as weapons, and a fatwa from Usama bin Laden from October 2001, that declared, in part:

        • DXer said

        • DXer said

          Dr. Ayman,

          Please avert your eyes.

          I believe that USB thumb drives have unique serial numbers assigned to them. Windows keeps track on these serial numbers in the Windows registry. There is a utility which will dump out a list of the USB drives that have been plugged into a Windows system along with their serial numbers. Below is a sample output from the program.

          So I am wondering if the DIA or CIA has been going around to Internet cafes where Bin Laden lived to see if any of his USB drives were plugged into any of the local computers. If there is a match, then the investigator could ask to borrow the computer where there is a match to make a copy of the hard drive for forensics analysis.

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 20044318200C80A29EEB&0
          Connection: USB

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 2005173991113D22C571&0
          Connection: USB

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 20052845020F10E03429&0
          Connection: USB

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 20053045130F10E2380C&0
          Connection: USB

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 2006077513113D22C5EC&0
          Connection: USB

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 1942630508103A60&0
          Connection: USB

          Device name: SanDisk Cruzer USB Device
          Serial number: 224273028A9000FA&0
          Connection: USB

  4. DXer said

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/LeT-trying-to-acquire-biological-weapons-with-help-from-Qaida/articleshow/8232717.cms

    LeT trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction with help from Qaida

    Sachin Parashar, TNN | May 11, 2011, 03.35am IST

    Interrogation report of a Pak businessman and Guantanamo Bay detainee, Saifullah Paracha, has revealed that LeT was in touch with a US-based “al-Qaida anthrax operative” as it tried to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

    NEW DELHI: One of LeT’s most important leaders who was indicted by the US treasury department for the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Arif Qasmani, is helping the India-centric terror group acquire biological weapons and anthrax through his al-Qaida links.

    The interrogation report of a Pakistani businessman and Guantanamo Bay detainee, Saifullah Paracha, has revealed that LeT was in touch with a US-based “al-Qaida anthrax operative” as it tried to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

    Qasmani is among the four men whose assets had been frozen by the US for their alleged involvement in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts. The US notification, in fact, had said that Qasmani also facilitated the Samjhauta blast in 2007.

    Paracha, a businessman from Sargodha, revealed to the US authorities in 2008 that LeT’s Qasmani might have been discussing ways to acquire biological weapons and anthrax with a US based pharmacist, Nazmut Tariq, identified also as an al-Qaida operative.

    Sources said the Qasmani referred to in Paracha’s Guantanamo interrogation report is the same Qasmani who facilitated the suburban train blasts in Mumbai. “Information linking Tariq to biological weapons and anthrax was found on a calendar belonging to Arif Qasmani, LeT member and associate of senior al-Qaida facilitator Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, aka Abu Zubaydah,” the report said. The Pune-educated Zubaydah was described by the US as one of the senior-most al-Qaida leaders to have been arrested from Pakistan after 9/11. He was said to have been arrested from a Lashkar safe house in Faisalabad.

    The US treasury department notification specifically mentioned Qasmani’s links with al-Qaida. “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 Samjhauta Express bombing in Panipat, India,” said the notification.

    Paracha’s Guantanamo interrogation report mentions that Tariq’s contact information was recovered from the detainee’s electronic diary. Tariq is identified as a possible al-Qaida anthrax operative based in New York and that his name was also mentioned in a document seized from an al-Qaida safe house in Pakistan along with a notation for anthrax vaccine.

    Paracha told his interrogators that he knew Tariq since 1969 since they came from the same village, Nazimabad, in Pakistan. He also described Tariq as a member of Jamiat Islami who was a pharmacist in the US with stores in New York City and Boston.

    It has been obvious to Indian agencies for some time now that LeT has been trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction. A Harvard University report titled ‘Securing the Bomb 2010’ last year raised this issue along with LeT’s cooperation with al-Qaida.

    “There are at least some indications that Pakistani groups such as LeT may also be interested — a particularly troubling possibility given the deep past connections these groups have had with Pakistani security services, their ongoing cooperation with al-Qaida, and the example of in-depth cooperation on unconventional weapons provided by al-Qaida’s work with Jemaah Islamiyah on anthrax,” it said.

    • DXer said

      Roberto helpful reminds us today of Paracha’s account and of the US based pharmacist Nazmut Tariq. Was Nazmut Tariq 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.

      http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/states/jandk/terrorist_outfits/lashkar_e_toiba_lt2011.htm

      “May 11: One of LeT’s most important leaders who was indicted by the United Sates (US) Treasury Department for the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Arif Qasmani, is trying to acquire biological weapons and anthrax through his al-Qaida links. The interrogation report of a Pakistani businessman and Guantánamo Bay detainee, Saifullah Paracha, has revealed that LeT was in touch with a US-based “al-Qaeda anthrax operative” as it tried to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

      Qasmani is among the four persons whose assets had been frozen by the US for their alleged involvement in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts. The US notification, in fact, had said that Qasmani also facilitated the Samjhauta blast in 2007. Paracha, a businessman from Sargodha, revealed to the US authorities in 2008 that LeT’s Qasmani might have been discussing ways to acquire biological weapons and anthrax with a US based pharmacist, Nazmut Tariq, identified also as an al-Qaeda operative.”

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