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

* The Interrogating FBI Agent Bob Bukowski Thought It Suspicious That That Alrababah “Ran Into” Hijackers After His Meeting with 911 Imam Aulaqi And That He Stayed With Hijackers In Bridgeport, CT Hotel When He Had Apartment Nearby

Posted by DXer on February 4, 2012





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  1. DXer said

    Exclusive: Syrian with ties to 9/11 hijackers still in US, virtually immune from deportation
    By Pamela Browne, Catherine Herridge
    Published March 24, 2013

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  2. More on Balkan Arab Afghan trials….

    Title: Bin-Ladin Men Reportedly Possess Biological Weapons

    Document Number: FBIS-NES-1999-0306
    Document Type: Daily Report
    Document Title: FBIS Translated Text
    Document Region: Near East/South Asia, East Europe
    Document Date: 06 Mar 1999
    Division: Arab Africa, East Europe, Balkan States
    Subdivision: Egypt, Czech Republic, Albania
    Sourceline: JN0603113799 London Al-Sharq al-Awsat (Internet Version) in Arabic
    6 Mar 99
    AFS Number: JN0603113799
    Citysource: London Al-Sharq al-Awsat (Internet Version)
    Language: Arabic
    Subslug: Report by Khalid Sharaf-al-Din in Cairo

    [FBIS Translated Text] Confessions by defendants in the “Albanian Arabs”
    case, which is being considered by the Egyptian Supreme Military Court at
    Hykstap Base, northern Cairo, have revealed that elements loyal to
    Bin-Ladin have obtained germ and biological weapons by post in return for
    a small sum. Factories in the former [Soviet bloc] eastern countries are
    supplying to whoever wants them viruses causing deadly diseases, such as
    Ebola and Salmonella, without verifying the identity of the importer.
    Thus, a member of the organization has managed to obtain an offer for the
    supply of samples of anthrax and other poisons from a factory in one of
    the East Asian countries. The germs have been made available at a price
    equivalent to $3,695 plus freight charges. At another point in the
    investigation, the defendants pointed out that a laboratory in the Czech
    Republic agreed to supply samples of the deadly gas, Potolinium
    [transliterated as published], for a sum equivalent to $7,500 per sample.
    The laboratory did not inquire about the purposes for using the deadly

    Egyptian security agencies have conducted investigations into the case of the
    “returnees from Albania” over the past four months and compiled a
    20,000-page report, parts of which have been examined by Al-Sharq
    al-Awsat. The defendants made full confessions about the nature of their
    activities against the Egyptian regime, such as acts of violence in Egypt
    and plans to destabilize the state. The confessions of the defendants
    revealed many surprises about the full role being played by the leaders
    of fundamentalist groups abroad.

    The first defendant in the “Albanian Arabs” case, Ahmad Ibrahim
    al-Najjar, revealed in his confession, which covers 143 pages of the
    report on the investigations conducted by the higher state public
    prosecution before referring the whole case to the military justice, that
    Ayman al-Zawahiri was declared leader by members of Jihad group abroad
    several years ago; also, that ‘Abbud al-Zummar, former leader of the
    group and founder of the Jihad Organization, who is currently serving a
    life sentence for the assassination of the late Egyptian President Anwar
    al-Sadat, is no longer the actual leader of the organization and does not
    have any organizational authority.

    This information explains the conflicting positions of the imprisoned
    group leaders and the absconding leaders abroad on the initiative to stop
    acts of violence, which was announced by the imprisoned leaders and
    rejected by the absconding ones. Al-Najjar says Jihad’s organizational
    structure has become very complex since many leaders now live abroad, and
    those who live in Egypt are careful to not expose themselves to danger.

    • DXer said

      The first thing the CIA should have done is to give a copy of the 143 page confession by Al-Najjar to the FBI.

      This announcement that Dr. Ayman planned on using anthrax against US targets to retaliate against US targets was critical to understand and was missed by the US media.

      In addition to Al-Najjar, a shura member cooperating with Egyptian security in Yemen, Al-Mabruk said the same thing. He was the EIJ military commander and had been imprisoned with Ayman for a number of months not long before he was captured in Azeibejan. While they said this publicly in Spring 1999, the CIA had known it from the laptop they seized from Mabruk.

      Moreover, the blind sheik’s lawyer, Montasser Al-Zayat, in the Spring of 1999, said the same thing. And he speaks very forthrightly. I have encouraged BBC to interview him. It would be a great interview if Attorney Al-Zayat were willing to open up. The mailer very likely knows Montasser. The contemporaries from the pre-Sadat assassination days pretty much all know each other.

      The anthrax mailings were all about retaliation for the rendering of senior EIJ leaders (to include the Blind Sheik).

  3. As long as Pakistan and anthrax are back in the news….


    There was one more name on the list: General Hamid Gul, the former ISI director and UTN’s honorary patron. But to appease the military, Gul was not pulled in, although intelligence showed he had regularly met Mullah Omar and had rendezvoused with Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood in Kabul in August 2001, when the scientist was due to meet Osama bin Laden.31
    The US’s private fears of a nuclear-terrorist plot, with Pakistan at its epicenter, heightened when the US-backed forces of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance marched into Kabul on 13 November 2001, putting the Taliban to flight. Western intelligence agencies and journalists discovered a trove of information on al-Qaeda’s nuclear ambitions from offices previously used as Taliban ministries and safe houses. Most had been located in Kabul’s upmarket Wazir Arkvar Khan neighborhood, where the Taliban had been in such a hurry to leave, surprised by the speed and force of the US-inspired invasion, that they had got no further than stuffing incriminating paperwork into black plastic garbage bags, which had been abandoned in situ. As soldiers and journalists combed the rubbish, they discovered that here had been a virtual campus, a terrorist university, much of it hiding behind official fronts, like a Saudi-financed orphanage that doubled as an al-Qaeda explosives training department, where among the children’s books and ID documents were trip wires, explosives, grenades, a rocket and bomb-maker’s manuals.32 {{Gotta love our Wahhabis allies, eh?}}
    The CIA headed for the headquarters of Mahmood’s UTN, a house in central Kabul, where they recovered hundreds of documents, some of which showed that UTN had been helping in Afghanistan with road building, erecting flour mills and distributing educational materials, as Mahmood had claimed. But others clearly suggested that al-Qaeda had “an appetite for WMD” which was being fed by UTN.33 There was a drawing of a crude device for delivering anthrax, boxes of gas masks and containers of chemicals. In a second-floor workshop was a disassembled rocket beside a cylinder labelled “helium.” Someone had been planning to float a balloon loaded with anthrax over a city. In another building were multiple copies of a document, Biologic Warfare: An Imminent Danger, which accused the US government of planning to conduct experiments on the international Muslim community using anthrax. There were also documents linking UTN to the Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, formed by Harkat-ul-Ansar chief Maulana Masood Azhar upon his release from an Indian jail in 1999 (when he was thought also to have entered the pay of the ISI). Also among the debris were found homemade stickers celebrating the bombing of the USS Cole. UTN, alQaeda and Pakistan’s militant groups, backed by Musharraf, were inextricably linked.34
    CIA and ISI interrogators returned to scientists Mahmood and Majeed and, confronted by the documentation, they admitted to having had long and detailed discussions about nuclear, chemical and biological weapons with al-Qaeda officials. One ISI interrogator characterized the men as “very motivated” and “extremist in their views.”35 President Bush announced the proscription of UTN as a terrorist organization, with the assets of its members, Mahmood, Majeed and Sheikh Mohammed Tufail, frozen.36 But he looked no further into the games being played by the ISI or Musharraf.
    However, Pakistan still refused to act against Mahmood and Majeed, preferring instead to underplay the mounting evidence that they had assisted al-Qaeda in its goal of going nuclear. “For that kind of operation you need dozens and dozens of people and millions of dollars,” said one senior member of PAEC, rolled out by Musharraf. “That sort of technology transfer takes fifty to sixty years. The chance that [two scientists] gave the Taliban nuclear arms is zero— less than zero.”37 But it was not the Taliban they were aiding, but al-Qaeda, and it was not looking to implement an A. Q. Khan–style state-of-the-art uranium enrichment program. All it wanted was a bomb, or some fissile material strapped to high explosives, to contaminate a city.38 Later, Mahmood claimed that he had collapsed and been rushed to hospital during his interrogations and that he had only failed lie-detector tests because he was an old man with high blood pressure, suffering from extreme stress. Musharraf, concerned at what Mahmood or Majeed might reveal about Pakistan’s secret nuclear activities, refused to put either man on trial—or to question A. Q. Khan.
    By the end of 2001, Bush’s goal of capturing Osama bin Laden “dead or alive” had got nowhere and more than a thousand al-Qaeda fighters were holed up in the cave complexes of the Tora Bora mountains on Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan. Soon, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the virulently anti-American mujahideen leader and Hamid Gul’s man in Afghanistan, would arrive to lead them to freedom in Pakistan.39 However, the hunt for WMDs had only just begun.

    29 David Sanger, James Risen and Douglas Frantz, “Nuclear Experts in Pakistan May Have Links to Al Qaeda,” New York Times, 9 December 2001.
    30 Ibid.
    31 See Albright and Higgins. For more on Gul’s activities after he was dismissed from the ISI by Benazir Bhutto, see B. Raman, “Looming Jihadi Anarchy in Pakistan,” International Terrorism Monitor, Paper No. 212, 30 March 2007.
    32 Mike Boettcher, “Live from Afghanistan—Was Al Qaeda Working on a Superbomb?” CNN, 24 January 2002.
    33 This quote is from Donald Rumsfeld and is cited in Allison, p. 25.
    34 Boettcher.
    Washington Post, 12 December 2001.
    36 US State Department, “Bush Blocks Assets to Two More Terrorist Groups,” 20 December 2001, .
    37 Mercury News, 28 October 2001.
    38 Another article quoted a Pakistani military spokesman as saying that it was “inconceivable that a nuclear scientist would travel to Afghanistan without getting clearance from Pakistani officials.” Daniel Pearl and Steve Levine, “Pakistan Has Ties to Group It Vowed to Curb: Military State’s Elite Is Linked to Activities of Nuclear Scientist,” Wall Street Journal, 24 December 2001. Another Pakistani official told a Washington-based reporter that he had received instructions in the mid-1990s that in all contacts with American officials he should deny that Pakistan was developing nuclear weapons. “It’s just one of those things you can’t be absolutely straightforward about,” he said. John Burns, New York Times, 1 November 2001.

  4. DXer said

    Amerithrax represents the greatest failure in intelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

    Eric Holder is the Attorney General and Robert Mueller is the FBI DIrector. The buck stops with them.

    If the course is not corrected and the case is not reopened, this will be their legacy.

    If Mr. Holder rues politics, wait until he sees the politics that goes on after the next 9/11.

  5. DXer said

    Congressional Investigators Want 9/11 Suspects Questioned About Awlaki
    By Catherine Herridge
    Published October 27, 2011

    House Homeland Security Committee investigators want the 9/11 suspects questioned about the American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his possible role in the murder of nearly 3,000 Americans, Fox News has learned.
    Three letters sent Tuesday and obtained by Fox News show the committee’s investigation into the cleric, who was killed in a CIA-led operation in Yemen on Sept. 30, has broadened since his death.

    In the first letter, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote to Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which is responsible for directing interrogations of detainees in military custody at Guantanamo, including the self-described architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

    King asked the agency to question detainees involved in plotting 9/11 about the possible roles of Eyad al-Rababah of Jordan, Daoud Chehazeh of Syria and Awlaki in the terror attack.

    “I understand that these detainees have not been interrogated in several years, and certainly not since Awlaki’s role within Al Qaeda became widely acknowledged in 2009,” King wrote.
    Al-Rababah and Chehazeh were first profiled by the Fox News Specials Unit in “Secrets of 9/11,” which aired in May. The investigation outlined the domestic support network that allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers to move around the U.S. with ease.

    It also presented new and compelling evidence that Awlaki was an overlooked player in the Sept. 11 plot who slipped through the FBI’s grasp after the attack.

    Al-Rababah and Chehazeh, who had direct contact with al-Awlaki at his mosque in suburban Washington D.C., helped the hijackers settle in Virginia and eventually drove them to Paterson, New Jersey — the hijackers’ final stop before the attacks.

    FBI Special Agent Bob Bukowski, who led the Pent-Bomb investigation team in Paterson, New Jersey told Fox News that Rababah’s story did not add up in the days immediately after the attack.

    Rababah “found out we were looking for him,” he said. “There’s no doubt when he got tipped off, he was in Connecticut at the time. He walked into the Connecticut office of the FBI and said ‘oh, by the way, I just happened to meet the hijackers.’ But we knew that wasn’t true.”

    In the second letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the committee asked for help obtaining sworn testimony from al Rababah, who was deported from the U.S. to Jordan after 9/11.

    Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, told the Fox News that his investigators had wanted to question the Jordanian because they too were suspicious of his possible role in the attack, but the Justice Department denied them access.

    In a third letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the committee asked that Chehazeh, also implicated in al-Awlaki’s Virginia support network, not be deported “without first questioning Chehazah — under oath — about what role, Awlaki and their associate Eyad al-Rababah played in the 9/11 attacks.”

    According to investigators and declassified documents, Chehazeh told the Jordanian to go to al-Awlaki and look for work. After the meeting at al-Awlaki’s Virginia mosque, Rabahah hooked up with two of the 9/11 hijackers.

    In the three letters, the House Homeland Security Committee cites new evidence, including the fact that Chehazeh and Rabahah were aware of pilot Hani Hanjour’s flight training. Hanjour was the pilot on United Flight 77, which slammed into the Pentagon.
    And that the men were also aware of where and how Hanjour, along with fellow hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi, bought their tickets for the attacks at a “New Jersey library compute facility,” and the men’s facilitation of the hijackers’ movements inside the United States.

    While the House Homeland Security Committee asked the FBI to provide documents and access to agents when the investigation began in May, as recently as the first week of October, Fox News was told that not a single document had been provided by the bureau.

    During a hearing October 6, FBI Director Robert Mueller said he would look into the matter and a spokesman said the Justice Department and FBI “continue to work on responses to Rep King’s letter and FBI officials have been in discussions with Rep. King’s staff.”

    As part of its ongoing investigation of the cleric, the Fox News Special “The American Terrorist,” first broadcast in May 2010, showed that al-Awlaki was held in federal custody Oct. 10, 2002 at JFK International Airport because of an outstanding State Department warrant for passport fraud.

    Customs documents show that an FBI agent, Wade Ammerman, ordered the cleric’s release even though the State Department warrant was still active. Al-Awlaki then appears in a high profile FBI investigation involving the same FBI agent Ammerman. The FBI has not made the agent available for questioning nor has the agency publicly explained why the cleric was allowed to slip through its grasp one year after the attacks.

    Though al-Awlaki was killed nearly a month ago, King says the congressional investigation remained a priority.

    “The Committee on Homeland Security is committed to determining what role these men, and any other at-large Awlaki associates, may have played in the worst mass murder in U.S. history,” he wrote in the letter.

    Fox News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge’s bestselling book “The Next Wave: On the Hunt for al Qaeda’s American Recruits” was published by Crown on June 21st. It draws on her reporting for Fox News into al-Awlaki and his new generation of recruits — al Qaeda 2.0. It is the first book to full investigate al-Awlaki’s American life, his connections to the hijackers, and how the cleric double crossed the FBI after Sept. 11.

    Read more:

    • DXer said

      Retired FBI agent Bob Bukowski and former Pentbomb Investigator Jimmy Bush want to see Chehazeh fully questioned under oath, which to date has not been done.

      Exclusive: Investigators Seek to Determine Daoud Chehazeh’s Connection to 9/11 Attacks; Watch as He’s Questioned by Fox News Channel Producer
      by Fox News Reporting Posted in: 9/11, Anwar al-Awlaki,Catherine Herridge, Daoud Chehazeh, Fox News Reporting,Gitmo

      Last week, Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge reportedthat House Homeland Security Committee investigators want to question Gitmo detainees involved in plotting 9/11 about the possible roles of Eyad al-Rababah of Jordan, Daoud Chehazeh of Syria and American-born Anwar al-Awlaki in the terror attack.
      Fox News Channel questioned Daoud Chehazeh in May 2011 for Fox News Reporting: Secrets of 9/11. In this Insider exclusive, Fox News Producer Steven Tierney recounts his interaction with Chehazeh.

      It was about 6a ET on a cool morning last spring when associate producer Christina Diaz and I, along with a Fox News camera crew, pulled up in front of an auto parts store in the working class, blue-collar town of Paterson, NJ. We were trying to find a man named Daoud Chehazeh, a Syrian who has been linked to two of the 9/11 hijackers as well as to American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki.

      After months of investigation, our team had a possible address for Chehazeh. We found out he lived on a busy Paterson street, above a small auto parts store. We didn’t have his phone number, so we couldn’t request a meeting. We parked our truck and waited. We didn’t even know if he was home. But we had brought him a gift – a box of baklava – a sticky sweet Greek pastry we thought might make the morning “ambush” a little more palatable for Chehazeh.

      When Chehazeh finally did emerge shortly after 8a ET, we rushed up to him and immediately began our questioning. “How did you know Anwar Awlaki?” “Don’t you think it’s strange that you knew two of the 9/11 hijackers?” At first he seemed shocked that a camera crew would be waiting for him as he left for work. But he quickly regained his composure and began to slowly answer our questions, claiming that he had no idea of the hijackers’ plot and was only trying to help them situate themselves in this country. He claimed to have no knowledge of Awlaki’s terror plots and said he only traveled down to the mosque in Virginia because he was seeking work.

      Chehazeh soon begged off, claiming he had to get to work. We gave him the baklava, which seemed to make him happy. He said he would offer some to his buddies at work. As he smiled and climbed into his old Toyota, we wondered just how much he really knew about the 9/11 plots.

      Retired FBI agent Bob Bukowski and former Pentbomb Investigator Jimmy Bush want to see Chehazeh fully questioned under oath, which to date has not been done.

      Watch the clip below from “Fox News Reporting: Secrets of 9/11” for this confrontation on the streets of New Jersey.

      • DXer said

        When Nawaf and Hanjour opened up the mailbox at Mailboxes Etc., they listed a business. In FBI chronologies, it variously is listed as CAF and CAP. The email contact listed on one chronology as and then revised on a different chronology to be Thus, the inference is that it may have been difficult to read and transcribe the MBE form. Is there an original online? Where 279 S. Union Ave? Did Al-Nawaf use a real address? Was there a front business or a business associated with one of their associates? Westside Grill is 275 Ave. And across the Preakness/Union intersection, is Union Wireless at 281 Union. But I don’t see a 279 Instead, was the address something different? Was the handwriting of that digit in the address hard to transcribe and mistakenly transcribed as a “9”? For example, Nooch’s Supply is 271 Union Ave. an autoparts place. Do the employees of Nooch or Westside Grill know of any FBI inquiries dating to 2001? FoxNews interviewed Daoud Chehazeh at an auto parts store on a busy street in Paterson. Where was that?
        In this video, the auto supply store where Fox conducted the interview looks similar but different.

        Did al-Hazmi use a 2001 business address for Daoud Chehazeh or the other helpmate when he opened up the Mailboxes Post Office in June 2001?

        Where was the particulate mixer ordered by Syed Athar Abbas who had the front business in Fort Lee moved to after it was ordered in July 2001? Who were the colleagues seen at the location that he refused to talk about?

      • DXer said

        Mr. Abbas’s fraud began after Al-Hazmi settled on Paterson as their base of operations. Nawaf opened a Post Office box in Fort Lee the month Mr. Abbas allegedly began his fraud in raising $100,000 in funds for the equipment — in connection with which he won’t name his associates or the use to which the equipment was put.

        Writing in the Weekly Standard on July 17, Tell revealed that a Pakistani named Syed Athar Abbas had agreed to plead guilty to check-kiting charges. “Abbas,” it appears, “from on or about June 7, 2001, through on or about …

        See also: but NAWAF AL-HAZMI provided ID for it when opened on 06/26/2001

        What business did Al-Hazmi list on Union Ave. — down the street from where the 6 hijackers were staying in the one bedroom apartment. Was it a real business? Was the equipment taken there after being delivered to down the block where Al-Hazmi and Atta booked the 911 flight?

        The various FBI chronologies list it the Hazmi business various as CAP or CAF. But can we see a copy of the MBE form so that GAO can determine whether what it said was CARDS? That was the name of the front company used by Syed Athar Abbas.

        When Al-Hazmi opened up the Fort Lee post office box, did he list the front company associated with Syed Athar Abbas? Was he one of Syed’s colleagues that he is afraid to name?

        Many years ago I previously suggested that it may be the firm Mixun Solutions in Karachi associated with a Syed Athar Abbas.

  6. DXer said

    James Bamford in

    The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on …


    “Seven hours later they pulled into Rababah’s new hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he got them registered at the nearby Fairfield Motor Inn and took them on a brief tour of Paterson, about ninety minutes away, and to dinner there at a Chinese restaurant. After returning them to the hotel, Rababah, said good-bye and left Hazmi and his crew to make their decision.”

    Note: The interrogating FBI agent says that instead Rababah stayed at the hotel with them even though he had a nearby apartment.

    Four Hijackers Stayed at CT Motel
    1010 WINS News ^ | 3/6/02
    Posted on March 6, 2002 8:01:58 AM EST by areafiftyone

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Four of the Sept. 11 hijackers stayed at the Fairfield Motor Inn six months before the terrorist attacks and met with a Bridgeport man now charged with providing false identification to at least 50 illegal aliens, the Connecticut Post reported.

    The four hijackers who stayed at the motel were Hani S.H. Hanjour, Nawaf Alhazmi, Ahmed Alghamdi and Majed M. GH. Moqed, all of whom died in the attacks, the newspaper reported in Wednesday’s editions, citing sources it did not identify.

    During their four-day stay in Fairfield, the men reportedly met with Eyad M. Alrababah, 29, a Jordanian national who lived in Bridgeport. Alrababah was arrested Dec. 7, accused of producing and helping others obtain false identification documents in violation of federal law.

    Federal authorities do not allege directly that Alrababah provided documents to the terrorists. Instead, they say he was part of a growing enterprise that obtained bogus Virginia drivers’ licenses for illegal Arab aliens.

    Alrababah told the FBI he met with the four hijackers in both Connecticut and Virginia. However, he denied knowing at the time that they were terrorists planning to hijack airplanes.


    Joe Macy, owner of the Fairfield Motor Inn, said Tuesday he couldn’t comment because of the ongoing investigation. He said the FBI had been at the motel and had collected “a lot of information.”

    From Sept. 30 until his arrest in December, Alrababah was held in detention in New Haven by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Alrababah had been in the United States on a five-year visa that expired Feb. 11.

    Alrababah’s lawyer, Frank Salvato, did not return telephone calls Monday and Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case. The FBI in Connecticut and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Glasser, who heads the state’s anti-terrorist task force, declined comment on the investigation.

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