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

* Yazid Sufaat was happy with the anthrax work when he stayed with KSM for 6 days in 2001 and when he reported to Dr. Ayman on the results of his research with virulent anthrax in August 2001 with Hambali; in his correspondence with DXer, he seems happy today also (and very much in love).

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 1, 2012

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  1. DXer said

    Here is Joe Lieberman, who President Trump said this afternoon is the frontrunner for the FBI Director job, questioning Tom Inglesby about US preparedness 10 years after the anthrax attacks.

    U.S. Bioterrorism Threats Clip: U.S. Bioterrorism Threats, 2012
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?c678482/clip-us-bioterrorism-threats

  2. DXer said

    President Trump apparently is considering appointing Mike Rogers to be FBI Director.

    Biological and Chemical Threat Preparedness, Former Representative Mike Rogers Former House Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) talked about biological and chemical threat preparedness, response, and…
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?325122-1/blue-ribbon-study-panel-biodefense-response-readiness

  3. DXer said

    Why Is The FBI Reaching Out To Student Bioengineers?

    Written by
    Alexandra Ossola

    November 28, 2016 // 05:00 AM EST
    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/igem-fbi

    “In order to be prepared to respond to an emerging biological threat, no matter if it’s an accidental outbreak or a biological attack, the FBI is working to create a culture of trust and transparency with the biotech community. Palmer discussed this topic last week at the Biofabricate conference for synthetic biology and design in New York City.

    Biological attacks have happened in the past—in 1984, cult members poisoned patrons of 10 salad bars in Oregon with salmonella, sickening more than 750 people; in 2001, anthrax spores mailed to newsrooms and government offices killed five people.”

  4. DXer said

    Australia asked to consider conducting trial of alleged Bali terror mastermind

    November 27, 2016 9:30pm
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/australia-asked-to-consider-conducting-trial-of-alleged-bali-terror-mastermind/news-story/6f8eea1e93888e4d5749b59cef4e09f0

  5. DXer said

    Dems Launch First Strike on Trump’s Top Gun, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

    Donald Trump may see him as the next White House national security adviser. But leading lawmakers are blasting Michael Flynn as an ‘impulsive,’ deeply conflicted choice.
    Shane Harris

    Kimberly Dozier

    11.17.16 10:10 PM ET
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/dems-launch-first-strike-on-trump-s-top-gun-lt-gen-michael-flynn.html

    “Flynn has a long career in military intelligence. Flynn served as the head of intelligence for the military’s elite Joint Special Operations Command, a position that included service in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2004 to 2007. He then moved on to become the U.S. military’s top intelligence officer in Afghanistan, where he won praise for blunt talk and his often-unconventional approach to gathering information.”

    • DXer said

      Michael Flynn reportedly attended intel briefings while paid by foreign interests
      http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/michael-flynn-reportedly-attended-intel-briefings-while-paid-by-foreign-interests/

      National Memo
      18 Nov 2016 at 06:28 ET

      And just last year, Flynn accepted payment from Russia’s state-owned television network to attend a celebration in Moscow. At that party he sat next to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

      What makes Flynn’s lobbying role even more troubling, according to a new report by Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff, was his attendance at classified intelligence briefings with Trump last summer – while advising both the presidential candidate and his foreign clients.

      President Obama’s former ethics adviser Norm Eisen, who also served as ambassador to the Czech Republic, told Yahoo News: “This is profoundly troubling and should be disqualifying,” and predicted that Flynn’s appointment as national security adviser will result in “wholesale resignations of national security professionals, and I believe some have already drafted their resignation letters.”

      ***

      Yahoo News also quoted Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, who called Flynn’s presence at classified briefings when he was representing foreign clients “deeply disturbing.” Brian added, “It’s exactly the kind of foreign entanglements our laws are designed to prevent.”

      Comment:

      It reminds me of the prosecutors who become defense counsel and the FBI agents who become private investigators for drug dealers. Although it is disturbing, it seems that the time to address it would have been at the time of, and advance of, the classified briefing. If it wasn’t okay, he shouldn’t have been given the briefing. (I would hope that they would have required that Flynn update a reporting of his financial conflicts of interest.) In any event, how do existing conflict of interest statutes formally apply? I have no reason to doubt his integrity.

      With respect to his lack of political correctness, I would take note that if you have someone gaining years of experience in combat theaters, being surrounded by soldiers and special forces type– fighting the enemy in life an death situations — they may develop less keen, politically correct sensibilities. These officials might do better if they avoided twitter or at least had a professional vet their posts.

  6. DXer said

    Safer behind bars

    http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/10/30/safer-behind-bars-the-osama-bin-laden-of-southeast-asia-has-been-a-threat-for-the-security-agencies/

    FOR the last 13 years, al-Qaeda’s most powerful leader in South-East Asia, Indonesian Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, has been held in Guantanamo Bay prison, out of public sight but still very much in the minds of militants and security agencies across the region.

    Such is the potent reputation of Hambali, the man known as the Osama bin Laden of South-East Asia, alleged mastermind of Bali’s devastating 2002 bombings that killed 202, Indonesia’s Christmas Eve multi-city church bombings of 2000, and Jakarta Marriott Hotel car bombing of 2003.

    Hambali, 52, has pronounced “he just wants to move on with his life and be peaceful, that he bore no ill feelings towards the United States,” during his plea for freedom before Guantanamo’s Periodic Review Board last August.

    The board rejected his request last Tuesday, saying he continues to be a “significant threat to the security of the United States.”

    ***

    Many of JI’s right hand men were nurtured by Hambali and (Malaysian) Yazid Sufaat,” notes Ayub.

    Yazid is a jailed militant who hosted two of the 9/11 hijackers in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur in 2000.

    Indonesian counter-terrorism officials warn a free Hambali “would be a disaster” for the country.

    “It will be a disaster for Indonesia if Hambali returns as he is very dangerous,” a senior Indonesian security official says.

    “He will become a hero in Indonesia and I expect all radical groups to rally round him.

    “His reputation as a global extremist has earned him greater acknowledgement amongst radicals. He will revive JI,” says the official.

  7. DXer said

    Malaysia wants Guantanamo to reject militant Hambali’s release request
    http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/167475/malaysia-wants-guantanamo-reject-militant-hambalis-release-request

    “This is a matter of national security and great priority should be given to this. These factors should outweigh the release of a jailed man who is capable to train anyone into a radical soldier,” said Nur Jazlan after a working visit to the Home Ministry Complex in Taman Setia Tropika, today. He said although Hambali was from Indonesia, the man had been residing in Malaysia for many years in the past and was involved in recruiting new JI members, including at a former base camp in Ulu Tiram, here.

    No Entry For Hambali
    Tuesday, 23 August 2016 09:45

    “Hambali was caught on Aug 11, 2003, in Ayutthya, Thailand, where he was planning an attack during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok which was attended by world leaders, including then US president George W. Bush.

    He was held in a secret US overseas prison for three years before he was transferred to the prison for high-value detainees in Guantanamo Bay on Sept 4, 2006.”

  8. DXer said

    At Guantanamo, Hambali appeared at a hearing called to determine whether he should remain in detention.

    • DXer said

      • DXer said

        Indonesian prisoner seen for first time since 2003 CIA capture

        Hambali, 52, was captured in Thailand in August 2003 and for the next three years kept in the CIA’s secret overseas prisons, called black sites, before his Sept. 4, 2006 transfer to the U.S. prison in southeast Cuba. Thursday, his image was broadcast from the prison to the Pentagon for the 10-minute unclassified portion of his Periodic Review Board hearing, during which a captive is forbidden to speak.

        He wore horn-rimmed eyeglasses and had a mostly gray beard and showed no expression during the 10 minutes that reporters were allowed to see.

        http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article96439477.html

  9. DXer said

    Kenyan terrorists were planning biological attack

    Winnie Mabel 46 minutes ago

    – One of three most wanted Kenyan terrorists linked to ISIL was captured in Makueni county today

    – Mohammed Abdi Ali and his group were said to be planning a Westgate siege type of attack

    – The two others are still on the run and are said to be planning a biological attack on Kenyan soil using anthrax

    A medical intern working at Wote Hospital in Makueni County was today on Tuesday, May 3 arrested by police for his links to an East African group associated with the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL).

    Mohammed Abdi Ali was among the most wanted criminals alongside two others in the country because they were planning an attack similar to the Westgate attack this past Friday, April 29.

    According to a statement from Joseph Boinnet, the inspector general of police, Ali was arrested before the various attacks could be carried out as his co-conspirators; Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagane went into hiding. The two were also medical interns but at another hospital in Kitale.

    “We believe the interns were planning to unleash a biological attack in Kenya using anthrax. This ISIL network has been facilitating Kenyan youth to secretly leave the country to join them in Libya and Syria. Ali’s terror network spreads as far as coast region, North Rift Valley and Western regions as well as Somalia,” read the statement.

  10. DXer said

    Draft law on biological weapons soon

    April 28, 2016 – 2:01:29 am
    http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/380037/draft-law-on-biological-weapons-soon

    The meeting at the Emiri Diwan was chaired by Prime Minister and Interior Minister

    H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

    Under the provisions of the draft law, any natural or legal person is prohibited from developing, producing, storing, importing, exporting or re-exporting, shipping (transit), or getting in any way or possessing any biological or toxin weapon.

    The draft law defines biological and toxin weapons as microbial, biological or toxin elements used in quantities which cannot be justified by preventive or other protective or peaceful purposes, whatever their origin or method.

    This also included any other weapons, equipment or means of delivery designed to use microbial or biological or toxins elements for hostile purposes or in armed conflicts. The draft law also prohibits retaining biological or toxin weapon for himself or for the account of others and possessing or transferring it directly or indirectly to any place within or outside the country.

    It also bans converting any biological agent or toxins to a biological weapon, building, owning or managing a facility for the production of such weapons or their acquisition or retention of any equipment designed for the production of these weapons or their means of delivery and use, or the use of weapons or any attempted use or release of biological agents or toxins in order to harm living organisms or terrify people.

  11. DXer said

    http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/bm/newsindex.php?id=1192880

    rough translation of excerpt:

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) – A witness told the High Court here on Monday that the former Internal Security Act (ISA), Yazid Sufaat, has struggled experience, military training in Afghanistan and had met with Osama Bin Laden ,

    Muhamad Razin Sharhan Mustafa Kamal, 24, who was detained in Beirut, Lebanon on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaeda, said …

    “During the meeting, he (Yazid) was the experience of jihad … including the mountain and through a variety of very demanding training of military training in Afghanistan.

    ***

    Mohamad Razin, the 25th prosecution witness, also said he heard about Yazid after searching on the Internet and find it on Facebook.

    “My goal is to find Yazid wanted to meet and get to know the experiences of jihad and contacts in Syria,” he said.

    ***

    “I did not inform the parents about the departure to Turkey because they know they will oppose it. However, I admit there told Yazid and he knew my goal to Turkey is to enter Syria for smuggling,” he said.

    Yazid faces two counts of encouraging terrorism with the intention of inciting the people of Syria and became a member of the group Tanzim Al Qaeda Malaysia while Muhammad Hilmi accused of conspiring with him.

    They were charged with committing the offense at a house in Taman Bukit Cheras, Lorong Mutiara 2, Lembah Jaya, Ampang here between August 1, 2012 and February 7, 2013, under Section 130KA Penal Code (Act 574), which carries a life sentence and a fine if convicted.

    The trial before Justice Datuk Mohd Azman Husin continues Tuesday.

    Comment: I found Yazid Sufaat on Facebook also. I would have enjoyed meeting him if it weren’t so far away. Note the close parallel between the case being mounted against Yazid Sufaat and the one mounted against Falls Church imam Ali Al-Timimi.

    Yazid Sufaat’s defense counsel may want to study Professor Turley’s arguments under the First Amendment. I’m more interested in whether it is true (as reported) that Yazid Sufaat went to Pakistan immediately upon his unexpected release from prison.

  12. DXer said

    Malaysia passes tough anti-terror law
    PTI | Apr 7, 2015, 01.45 PM IST
    http://Timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-Of-World/Malaysia-Passes-Tough-Anti-Terror-Law/Articleshow/46835686.Cms

    Comment:

    So what has happened in the legal prosecution of Yazid Sufaat in Malaysia? I haven’t noticed any updating news accounts in a very long while. I am assuming that this new law does not apply to his pending case.

  13. DXer said

    Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senate-report-on-cia-program-details-brutality-dishonesty/2014/12/09/1075c726-7f0e-11e4-9f38-95a187e4c1f7_story.html

    In a briefing for the president’s chief of staff, for instance, the CIA wrote that “during KSM’s interrogation we acquired information that led to the capture of Hambali.” But the Senate found that information from KSM played no role in Hambali’s capture and in fact intelligence leading to his detention came from signals intelligence, a CIA source, and investigations by the Thai authorities

  14. DXer said

    At page 71-72, in his highly political book, “2001 Anthrax Deception”, Graeme Macqueen writes:

    “(iv) Circumstantial evidence, ranging from general to specific, strongly suggested a connection between the al-Qaeda operatives who were alleged to have carried out the 9/11 attacks (the Hijackers) and the anthrax attacks. The main types of evidence fall into four categories:

    (a) Locations The Hijackers had been active both in locations from which anthrax letters were sent and in places where people were exposed to the bacterium (especially in Florida). This was repeatedly noted by the FBI and the media.11
    (b) Crop-duster planes The Hijackers and other Middle Eastern men presumed to be associated with al-Qaeda had a close connection to crop- duster planes, which had been feared prior to 9/11 for their ability to disperse large quantities of biological and chemical weapons. These connections in 2000-2001 seemed firm and well established.12
    (c) Links There were curious apparent connections—some quite direct—between anthrax and the Hijackers. Among these links was one of special importance that appeared to connect Robert Stevens, the first anthrax fatality, closely to several Hijackers, who were also in Florida.
    (d) The letters The text of the letters that accompanied several mailings of deadly spores had obviously been constructed to establish the perpetrators as extremist Muslims connected to the crimes of 9/11. …

    The general public, by October 21, also appears to have accepted the al-Qaeda hypothesis as its top choice: “In a Newsweek poll out yesterday [Oct. 21], 63 percent of those surveyed attributed the anthrax attacks at least in part to bin Laden’s organization.”1

    Of course, the circumstantial evidence was then corroborated by a wealth of direct evidence.

    Indeed, the head of the Al Qaeda lab director does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    Instead, in written correspondence with me, he pled the Fifth.

    The hijacker coming from Kandahar, where Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax lab was located, had a leg lesion consistent with exposure to anthrax.

    DXer … questions about 911 hijacker’s anthrax leg lesion
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 10, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/dxer-questions-about-hijackers-leg-lesion/

    Is the Flight 93 Hijacker discussed in the NAS report (whose remains tested positive for Ames) the same fellow who had the leg lesion Homeland Security biosecurity head Tara O’Toole thought consistent with anthrax?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 18, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/is-the-flight-93-hijacker-discussed-in-the-nas-report-the-same-fellow-who-had-the-leg-lesion-homeland-security-biosecurity-head-tara-otoole-thought-consistent-with-anthrax/

    Atta’s handwriting is consistent with the Fall 2001 anthrax letters. See opinion of FBI handwriting expert being withheld and all other exemplars of Atta’s handwriting that are being withheld — FOIA requests are denied based on a law enforcement exemption.

    The handwriting expert determined that Bruce Ivins probably did NOT write the letters.

    In the formal handwriting examination conducted in the Amerithrax investigation, it was concluded that “Bruce E. Ivins probably did not write the writings appearing on the ‘anthrax’ envelopes and letters.” The Assistant US Attorney did not disclose that fact in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 13, 2013
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/in-the-formal-handwriting-examination-conducted-in-the-amerithrax-investigation-it-was-concluded-that-bruce-e-ivins-probably-did-not-write-the-writings-appearing-on-the-anthrax-envelopes-and/

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  15. DXer said

    At page 44 of the ebook, Graeme MacQueen in his book “2001 Anthrax Deception” writes:

    “That is, people had already become concerned about anthrax before the news about the anthrax attacks became public. Many began taking Ciprofloxacin, the antibiotic favored at the time for anthrax, and there was open discussion of the need for a publicly available anthrax vaccine. By September 26, even though, according to the official story, no one but the perpetrators knew anthrax had been released in the mails, there were open discussions in the press of an “anthrax scare.”

    If there wasn’t talk about anthrax, then that would be pretty lousy reporting, eh?

    The Administration (to include the CIA and Secret Service advising Cipro) knew that Dr. Zawahiri’s confidantes had announced Zawahiri’s intention and active plan to use anthrax against US targets.

    Yazid Sufaat, Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab director in the Summer 2001, in written exchanges with me does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. (He “pleads the Fifth”.)

    Kevin Barrett and Graeme MacQueen, for example, might more usefully interview Montasser Al-Zayat and the other Zawahiri confidantes, including those who have lived for years in Iran, about Zawahiri’s anthrax program from 1999-2001.

    Neocons confess: “We did 9/11-anthrax”, PressTV, September 6, 2014
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/06/377832/neocons-confess-we-did-911anthrax/

    See
    This is the Summer 2001 Briefing That President Bush Received On Bin Laden and Planes But The February 2001 PDB On Bin Laden And Anthrax That President Bush Received From The CIA Is Still Classified
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 13, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/this-is-the-summer-2001-briefing-that-president-bush-received-on-bin-ladens-and-planes-but-the-february-2001-pdb-on-bin-laden-and-anthrax-that-president-bush-received-from-the-cia-is-still-classif/

    DXer … if we knew what President Bush knew in February 2001, Amerithrax would be seen with entirely different eyes
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 2, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/dxer-if-we-knew-what-president-bush-knew-in-february-2001-amerithrax-would-be-seen-with-entirely-different-eyes/

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  16. DXer said

    Under the prison rules, can a reporter gain access to the former Al Qaeda lab director Yazid Sufaat, now in prison, to ask his opinion on the missing 777 ?

    Did the tip of the right wing just fall off? How was it repaired when previously (as I understand the history of the particular aircraft) it was seriously damaged.

  17. 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 is aware that Sufaat explained to KSM that he and his assistants were vaccinated for their work with the virulent anthrax.

  18. DXer said

    New Snowden Leak Reports ‘Groundbreaking’ NSA Crypto-Cracking
    • BY KEVIN POULSEN
    • 08.29.13

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/black-budget/

    Comment:

    I’ve very much enjoyed club activities locally (led by a Newhouse professor) on innovations in journalism (and blogging), which has included a seminar in the use of encryption tools.

    But at the time of the seminar on encryption methods, I found it foolish to trust encryption given the likely wiser choice of having no secrets — or at least avoiding unnecessarily putting secrets in writing. It is not enough to say “Nothing is 100%.” Better to say “Don’t gamble when you can’t afford to lose.” Better to have nothing to hide — never do anything you wouldn’t want your mom, the FBI and your wife to know about.

    For example, I think it would have been very foolish to use encryption in communicating with Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab technician, Yazid Sufaat. It was done using open means of communication — and I often immediately posted the exchange.

    It is especially foolhardy to gain instruction on encryption methods from someone new in town. (The new guy in town should always be assumed to be an undercover ; make the FBI hire local).

    A message is more powerful when it is transparently sourced.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Then when the FBI and CIA fails to connect the dots, it will be easier to retrace steps and see who dropped the ball.

  19. DXer said

    Yazid Sufaat’s wife Chomel went to Sacramento State with him. If she is willing, a journalist should interview her for an update on the matter of her husband’s detention and get her current input. I emailed her but did not hear back.

  20. DXer said

    New York City Police Department and Brookhaven Lab to Conduct Airflow Study In New York City Streets and Subways This Summer
    Project Represents Largest Field Study of its Kind Investigating How Airborne Contaminants Disperse in a Dense, Complex Urban Environment
    April 24, 2013

    The New York City Police Department and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory are scheduled to conduct this July the largest urban airflow study ever to better understand the risks posed by airborne contaminants, including chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) weapons as they are dispersed in the atmosphere and in the City’s subway system. The NYPD will use the data collected during the three days of research to optimize emergency response following an intentional or accidental release of hazardous materials.

    “The NYPD works for the best but plans for the worst when it comes to potentially catastrophic attacks such as ones employing radiological contaminants or weaponized anthrax,” said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, adding that, “This field study with Brookhaven’s outstanding expertise will help prepare and safeguard the city’s population in the event of an actual attack.”

    “Brookhaven Lab is a world leader in the use of tracer gases to study airflow, and we are excited about this opportunity to apply that expertise to enhancing the safety of New York City residents and emergency responders,” said Brookhaven Lab Director Doon Gibbs.

    Both agencies will be working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to test airflow through the subway system.

    “The NYPD, in partnership with the MTA, is responsible for keeping more than 5 million daily subway customers safe and secure. This study will bolster the NYPD’s understanding of contaminant dispersion within the subway system as well as between the subway system and the street, thereby improving its ability to better protect both our customers and the city population at large,” said MTA Acting Chairman Fernando Ferrer. “We are glad they are joining Brookhaven National Laboratory for such an important effort, which will benefit the New York City subway without affecting its regular operations.”

    The Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange (S-SAFE), as the project is formally known, was commissioned by the NYPD and funded through a $3.4 million Department of Homeland Security Transit Security Grant. It is the first of its scale to study airflow in a dense, complex urban environment both below and above-ground. Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, along with additional meteorologists and engineers, will support Brookhaven’s scientists as they track the movement of harmless tracer gases detected by air sampling devices placed in select locations on the street and in the subway system.

    There will be approximately 200 sampling devices deployed during this study. During the study, researchers will disperse low concentrations of harmless gases known as perfluorocarbons at select subway and street-level locations over three, non-consecutive days in July. Weather conditions will determine which days are selected for the tests, and will be announced to the public a day in advance. The research will be conducted during daylight hours in parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and in Manhattan from 59th Street to the Battery.

    Perfluorocarbon tracer gases (PFTs) present no health or environmental hazard. They are non-toxic, inert, odorless, and invisible, and have been used in airflow studies since the 1980s, including a 2005 Urban Dispersion Program (UDP) conducted in Manhattan. PFTs also are used in medical applications including eye surgeries and artificial breathing systems.

    The NYPD and MTA worked closely together on planning and implementation of the study, which will include 21 subway lines and several dozen stations citywide, in addition to the street-level research. The field study is designed to have zero impact on commuting and other public activity. Members of the public may notice clearly marked boxes containing the air sampling equipment secured in subway stations, on street light poles, and hand-carried by researchers.

    In addition to the study in Manhattan in 2005, previous airflow studies were conducted in subway systems in Boston, and Washington, D.C. – but none as extensive as the one planned for New York City in July.

    While the study is focused on the airflow and dispersion of airborne contaminants resulting from the release of a CBR agent, the findings will also enable City agencies to better understand dispersion characteristics of other potential inhalational hazards, such as smoke or fumes from chemical spills. The study is also expected to help police and other agencies decide where to best locate CBR detection equipment. Results from the study will help authorities refine evacuation or other responses in the event of an emergency.

  21. DXer said

    http://www.ibtimes.com/nsa-surveillance-fisa-court-says-justice-department-should-publish-secret-court-document-1310737

    In the latest development of an ongoing legal battle, the Electronic Frontier Foundation finds itself on the frontlines of the battle for transparency on secret spy programs — like the National Security Administration’s PRISM — that collect and monitor the communications of U.S. citizens. Last week, a judge of the super-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled in favor of the EFF, allowing it to pursue a lawsuit aimed at making public a court decision that found Department of Justice surveillance techniques to be unconstitutional.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/06/18/obama-charlie-rose-program-nsa-surveillance/2433549/

    President Obama is defending National Security Agency surveillance programs, and disputing the notion that he is following in the footsteps of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    In a PBS interview with Charlie Rose, Obama said efforts to track terrorists through phone and Internet surveillance have safeguards to prevent abusing the civil liberties of innocent Americans. Obama cited both congressional and judicial oversight.

    When Rose asked, “should this be transparent in some way?,” Obama responded: “It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court.”

    Critics note that this court — created through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — issues rulings in secret.

    Some of those critics also say Obama is continuing programs he criticized when they were operated by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

    Obama told Rose his goal is to prevent terrorism:

    “Some people say, ‘well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney.’ Dick Cheney sometimes says, ‘yeah, you know? He took it all lock, stock, and barrel.’

    “My concern has always been not that we shouldn’t do intelligence gathering to prevent terrorism, but rather are we setting up a system of checks and balances? So, on this telephone program, you’ve got a federal court with independent federal judges overseeing the entire program. And you’ve got Congress overseeing the program, not just the intelligence committee and not just the judiciary committee — but all of Congress had available to it before the last re-authorization exactly how this program works.”

    Obama also said his conservative critics are exhibiting a fair share of hypocrisy:”What amuses me is now folks on the right who are fine when there’s a Republican president — but now, Obama’s coming in with the black helicopters.”

  22. DXer said

    Yazid Sufaat hasn’t been this happy with his anthrax work since KSM’s other guest that Fall, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, called his mom on 9/13 to tell her he was coming to the United States.
    As explained by Josh Meyer in the LA Times, in 2001, El-Shukrijumah had travelled to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Montreal on a mission for KSM casing targets to attack.
    FBI Director Mueller went to Malaysia after his arrest but failed to arrange for his extradition to the United States. Amerithrax is a lot simpler than people realize.

    Maiden SOSMA case collapse highlights post-ISA learning curve
    MAY 22, 2013

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/maiden-sosma-case-collapse-highlights-post-isa-learning-curve

    Speaking with Singapore’s The Straits Times, lawyer Amer Hamzah ― one of the lawyers acting for the three defendants ― concurred with judge’s findings that the Federal Constitution allows Parliament to legislate special laws only to deal with threats against Malaysia.

    Speaking with Singapore’s The Straits Times, lawyer Amer Hamzah ― one of the lawyers acting for the three defendants ― concurred with judge’s findings that the Federal Constitution allows Parliament to legislate special laws only to deal with threats against Malaysia.

    “The power of SOSMA is actually very broad,” said political analyst James Chin, noting that prosecutors may have been haphazard in framing the charge to allow the accused to beat them on a technicality before the trial even began.

    The SOSMA was introduced as part of a larger reforms pledge made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2009. Among others, the reforms included the repeal of the ISA and the introduction of the Peaceful Assembly Act.

    Although replacing the ISA, the SOSMA lost the former’s arbitrary powers to detain an individual indefinitely and without charge.

    Proponents of the ISA believe this reduced power may hamper its ability as a security law to be used against global terrorism, but critics contend that there are already adequate laws to deal with such instances.

    “SOSMA deals with national security, not international security,” said lawyer and former Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan. “But if the police have evidence that someone is building a bomb, there are criminal laws in the Penal Code you can charge him under anyway. It doesn’t matter where the bomb is meant to explode.”

    Experts also believe Malaysia’s intelligence force is well able to work around the new limitation.

    “Malaysia’s security services are immensely competent,” political analyst Joseph Liow, an expert in regional Muslim politics and security issues from Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told The Straits Times.

    “While they may be impeded by the technicalities of the law, I think they will still be able to do their job in terms of monitoring the threat arising from extremist elements in the country.”

  23. DXer said

    Yazid’s sweet daughter is a saposexual. I think I’m in love.

    Seriously, while I wish Yazid would set the history straight about anthrax — for which he already served his time — I wish him well on his motion on Monday.

    I haven’t been able to figure out the difference between a Western country sending money to fighters in Syria and an islamist having tea and discussing religious views with fighters en route to Syria.

  24. DXer said

    To Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Oreo?v=mvIC4u3s35I

  25. DXer said

    Did Jabarah and Yazid Sufaat both stay with KSM at the same time?

  26. DXer said

    Did Malaysia go after Yazid Sufaat because he was the undisclosed source (Yazid?) told this reporter:

    The article ‘Ex-militant: We send new recruits straight to the front lines’ cited a certain “former militant, who had been linked to the al-Qaeda” commenting on the arrests of the Malaysians.

    The article reported, “One of them is believed to have links with a top al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, Jamal al-Badawi, who is accused of the 2000 bombing of United States navy destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.”

    Comment: Did the United States just give up on having Yazid Sufaat extradited to the United States after FBI Director’s Mueller trip there in March 2002 was unsuccessful?

    Is there a reason not to seek extradited now in connection with 911? And a conspiracy to use WMD? If there is a reason not to seek Yazid Sufaat’s extradition, what is it?

    It may be satisfying to make a big fuss about a mensa reject buying some castor beans on bay and putting them in a coffee grinder, but is the US also applying its resources to the threat posed by Al Qaeda’s anthrax planning?

    Yazid was openly rejoicing in a filmed interview on the murder of 3000 innocents. I would hope THAT was motivated his prosecution.

    Police blasted for threatening journo over source

    3:16PM Mar 18, 2013

    National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJ) has slammed the police for threatening a journalist for not revealing her sources.

    According to NUJ president Chin Sung Chew, a journalist from The Star was called up by Bukit Aman yesterday over an article last October on the detentions in Lebanon of two Malaysians suspected of al-Qaeda links.

    She was reportedly threatened with arrest for obstruction for refusing to divulge her sources in connection with the story.

    “It is improper for the police to ask a journalist to reveal his or her sources for questioning,” said Chin in a statement today.

    “It is a journalist’s privilege to uphold the principle of protecting their sources where sources are not revealed, especially in a controversial story, in order to protect their identity.

    “It is akin to protecting witnesses to a crime. It is a long standing rule that journalist stand by.”

    The move is part of the police investigation against former ISA detainee Yazid Sufaat (above), who is facing terrorism charges under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or Sosma.

    ‘Confidentiality a privilege’

    The article ‘Ex-militant: We send new recruits straight to the front lines’ cited a certain “former militant, who had been linked to the al-Qaeda” commenting on the arrests of the Malaysians.

    The article reported, “One of them is believed to have links with a top al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, Jamal al-Badawi, who is accused of the 2000 bombing of United States navy destroyer USS Cole in Yemen.”

    The source, a former Jemaah Islamiah (JI) member, was explaining how the terrorists were no longer trained in the region, but rather at the front lines of terrorist acts.

    Meanwhile Chin (left) said preserving a source’s confidentiality was internationally recognised as a reporter’s privilege.

    “The protection of sources, sometimes also referred to as the confidentiality of sources or as ‘the reporter’s privilege’ in some countries, means no one, including the courts or authorities, can compel a journalist to reveal the identity of an anonymous source for a story,” he said.

    He called on the authorities to stop attempting to extract the identities of the source from The Star’s journalist.

  27. DXer said

    Attorney Fadiah Nadwa Fikri is making points along the lines of my daughter’s teacher this week in teaching the Bill of Rights under the United States Constitution. The teacher was explaining habeas corpus and discussing Guantanamo.

    Fadiah Nadwa Fikri ‏@FadiahNadwa
    Police failed to give reasons for denying access to lawyers.Habes corpus will be filed to challenge legality of Helmi’s detention#SOSMA
    Retweeted by Soraya Yazid

    Fadiah Nadwa Fikri ‏@FadiahNadwa
    Instead of giving access to lawyers & family,police insist on meeting Helmi’s mother to “chit chat”.Lawyers will lodge police report#SOSMA
    Retweeted by Soraya Yazid

    Yazid’s family and friends confirm my point in the post above about him being a loving husband and family man.

    Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur
    For the past 4 years, mama and bapak is inseperable. Now they are separated again. With Allah’s Will, they will be back together again.

    Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur
    I’ve never seen such a loving couple. My mama is the luckiest woman in the whole wide world. She has bapak #FreeYazidSufaat

    Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur
    We had only four quality years with Bapak. I want more.#FreeYazidSufaat

    His daughter, however, recognizes that the wheels of justice grind slowly.

    Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur
    Bapak tak boleh diikat jamin sampai lah kes ni selesai. This case can be delayed and delayed until god knows when.. #FreeYazidSufaat

    I think everyone appreciates Yazid’s sense of humor and affable nature. I certainly do. I was hoping he would play EA Scrabble with me.

    Hurun Ein ‏@huruneinyazid
    missing bapak’s lame jokes #FreeYazidSufaat
    Retweeted by Soraya Yazid

    But Chomel pretends not to know anything about pre-911 or his promotion of violent jihad in Syria. And Yazid was telling stories about the 4 tons of ammonium nitrate (related to the bombing campaign targeting churches), about knowing Nawaf, etc.

    Effective advocacy requires one to work embrace the actual facts and work from there — otherwise a loving and good-humored nature will be dismissed as irrelevant and procedural issues of a legal nature will be overlooked.

    Effective advocacy requires that the defendant is perceived as a truth-teller. Absent clarification of some facts relating to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program, that just isn’t going to happen.

    Imagine how much more effective Attash might have been in standing before the judge in Guantanamo if he had smiled and cracked a joke about how they took away his book written by the former FBI agent.

  28. DXer said

    I realize it may be indelicate to ask given the wrangling over the procedure to follow:

    But in KSM’s legal notes, has it been mentioned what anthrax strain Yazid Sufaat was using?

    Has it been the subject of discussion at privileged attorney-client conferences?

    • DXer said

      Perhaps JTF investigators deemed that classified information was mistakenly let through to Attash. And those documents then were removed. The defense seems to be doing a good job.

      According to an April 2002 news report, Yazid Sufaat admitted to knowing Khallad bin Attash who was being refitted for a prosthetic leg in December 1999 and then moved into Yazid’s condo in early January a few days before the meeting with the 911 planners at the condo — and just a day before key 911 hijacker Nawaf arrived.

      An associate from my former law firm is writing the accounts for Lawfare. I envy him his front row seat on history.

      9/11 Defense Attorneys Say Legal Documents Were “Ransacked”
      February 13, 2013

      … was handed a note indicating that after bin Attash returned from court yesterday, his legal materials had been “ransacked,” and that “several legal documents that had been properly stamped” — meaning cleared by security officials — “were missing.”

      David Nevin, lead counsel for Khalid Shekh Mohammed, and James Harrington, lead counsel for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, then told the judge that their clients had experienced a similar intrusion, but provided no details.

      Earlier in the day, the very subject of inappropriate intrusions into the accused’s legal materials was before the court. Lt. Alexander Homme, a lawyer who had worked for the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) at Guantanamo, took the stand in the morning to discuss how he had screened materials sent to the accused when he worked here in late 2011. Homme had written in a post on the US Navy JAG Force blog that the SJA faced, “immense pressure from multiple directions including those interests of defense bars, JTF Commanders, and political influences.” Among the materials he refused to allow through to bin Attash was the former FBI agent Ali Soufan’s book, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against Al Qaeda, which contains specific references to bin Attash.

      Bormann asked the judge, Army Col. James Pohl, to order Joint Task Force Guantanamo to provide the missing materials in court tomorrow without reviewing it or turning it over to the prosecution. Lead Prosecutor, Brig. Gen. Mark Martins expressed some concerns about reacting to hearsay evidence in the moment, but stated he “wanted to get the facts on it and … do the appropriate thing.”

      The judge ordered an existing classification review team to obtain the missing documents, and, with more solid details about what actually happened in hand, the court will take on the latest controversy tomorrow morning.

      From History Commons (which has hyperlinks to sources):

      “Some attendees of the January 2000 al-Qaeda summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (see January 5-8, 2000), arrive early. Al-Qaeda leader Khallad bin Attash had lost a leg while fighting in Afghanistan in 1997. In early December 1999, he was in Afghanistan with Abu Bara al-Taizi (a.k.a. Zohair Mohammed Said) and others, attending a hijacking training course (see Late 1999 and Early December 1999). Bin Attash and al-Taizi have been selected by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to be hijackers for a planned Asian portion of the 9/11 plot (which will later be cancelled).

      Surgery for Bin Attash’s Leg – Bin Attash goes early to an al-Qaeda summit where hijacking plans will be discussed, in order to have prosthetic surgery for his leg. Al-Taizi goes with him. Malaysian security is said to be lax for Islamist militants, and Malaysia does not require a visa for citizens of many Middle Eastern countries. There is a clinic in Kuala Lumpur called Endolite, and other wounded militants have said they successfully concealed the origins of their combat wounds when receiving treatment there. Bin Attash got a prosthetic leg in Malaysia not long after losing his leg in 1997, but he is coming back to get a better one. He apparently gets the money for the prosthesis from his father, Osama bin Laden, and another al-Qaeda figure.

      Link with Hambali – When bin Attash and al-Taizi arrive in Kuala Lumpur, they contact Hambali, the top al-Qaeda leader in Southeast Asia. Hambali picks them up at the airport and takes them to his home. Then he takes them to the Endolite clinic. Bin Attash and al-Taizi stay at or near the clinic for about 10 to 14 days. Bin Attash then takes about four flights in Southeast Asia to learn about security for the hijacking plan (see December 31, 1999-January 2, 2000), while al-Taizi apparently stays in Kuala Lumpur. According to Hambali’s later Guantanamo prison file, bin Attash and al-Taizi also investigate the security of US aircraft carriers in the region.

      Others Arrive – On January 3, with bin Attash back from his flights, the two of them move to Yazid Sufaat’s condominium where the al-Qaeda summit will be held. Future 9/11 hijacker Nawaf Alhazmi arrives there the next day. 9/11 hijacker Khalid Almihdhar arrives the day after that, and other attendees are arriving as well, allowing the summit to begin (see January 5-8, 2000). [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 158-159; US Department of Defense, 12/6/2006; US Department of Defense, 10/25/2008; US Department of Defense, 10/30/2008] Note that this information is based on prisoner interrogations, which can be highly unreliable. However, it should be noted that the accounts of bin Attash, Hambali, and al-Taizi appear to largely match.”

  29. DXer said

    http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/10019-hambali-riduan-isamuddin-

    Hambali explains the timeline.

    “Detainee [Hambali] stated that he originally discussed starting an anthrax program with Muhammad Atif.

    According to [KSM], detainee [Hambali] told Ayman al-Zawahiri, UBL’s second-in-command, that JI member Yazid Sufaat could assist in a biological weapons program.

    Yazid Sufaat stayed at [KSM’s house]. Sufaat told [KSM] that he was developing anthrax for al-Qaida and was training two students, Abu Bakr al-Filistini and al-Hud al-Sudani.

    Detainee introduced Yazid Sufaat to Zawahiri in 2001 at the al-Qaida Media Committee House in Kandahar. The purpose of the meeting was for Zawahiri to assess Sufaat’s general knowledge of biology and laboratory skills. Muhammad Atif and Ayman al-Zawahiri had met with Sufaat and gave their endorsement to start the program. In late August 2001, detainee, his wife, and Sufaat traveled to Karachi and stayed for two to three weeks. The purpose of the trip was to purchase medical laboratory equipment to equip Sufaat’s laboratory.”

  30. DXer said

  31. DXer said

    Yazid Sufaat has been arrested and charged with inciting terrorist acts that could have involved violence in Syria. Perhaps Chomel, who is his wife and very gracious, can explain the circumstances of any misunderstanding relating to the arrest. Or Yazid’s view of the applicable statute and facts. The AP reports says that he is charged with being mastermind of an effort to recruit militants.

    Al-Qaida-linked Malaysian man, female acquaintance charged with promoting terrorism

    BY SEAN YOONG, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FEBRUARY 8, 2013

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian prosecutors charged an al-Qaida-linked former army captain and a woman Friday with inciting terrorist acts that could have involved violence in Syria.

    Yazid Sufaat, who spent seven years in detention without trial before being freed in 2008, and Halimah Hussein face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

    The charge read in a Magistrate’s Court said that Yazid “encouraged terrorist activities” at a house in a suburb outside Kuala Lumpur sometime between early August and late October, while Halimah abetted him.

    Police arrested Yazid, Halimah and another man Thursday, saying they were the masterminds of an effort to recruit militants. It was not clear whether the third suspect would be charged.

    Prosecution documents offered scant details except that their actions could have threatened public safety in Syria.

    Malaysia’s national news agency, Bernama, late Thursday quoted unidentified sources as saying the suspects tried to recruit young people to be trained for missions that included suicide bombings. Police officials declined Friday to comment.

    The case was being transferred to a higher court that would determine hearing dates and find out whether Yazid and Halimah intended to plead innocent. The two were being held in separate prisons while awaiting trial.

    Yazid was one of Malaysia’s most prominent security detainees in the last decade. A U.S.-trained biochemist and former captain in Malaysia’s army, he was detained without trial in 2001 after being accused of belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant network. He was released seven years later when officials said he no longer posed a threat.

    Malaysia’s Parliament last year abolished a longstanding law allowing indefinite detention without trial following decades of criticism over human rights concerns.

    Yazid was previously arrested when he returned from Afghanistan, where he was suspected of working on a biological and chemical weapons program for al-Qaida.

    He allegedly let several senior al-Qaida operatives, including two eventual hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, use an apartment he owned for meetings in Malaysia in January 2000. Officials have said the Sept. 11 attacks were not discussed there.

    Yazid, now a cafeteria operator, has not spoken publicly about many of the previous accusations against him, but in an interview with news website Malaysiakini last year he said he had met Osama bin Laden before his detention and underwent combat training in Afghanistan.

    Read more:http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Malaysia+police+detain+people+suspicion+recruiting+terrorists/7931268/story.html#ixzz2KL7tKrZZ

    • DXer said

      Yes, I can vouch that Yazid and Chomel are very much in love and that he has been helping at the food court.

      Chomel, privately, I should tell you that it looks like Abu Ghaith, once head of WAFA in Afghanistan, may be cooperating. He’s been detained in Turkey. He had come to question whether Al Qaeda was adhering to the koran and hadiths. There was some equipment that was purchased through WAFA office in Pakistan.

      It would be best for Yazid to cooperate also so he’s not left holding the bag. It’s a matter of framing the anthrax program in the right way.

      But everyone respects a truthteller.

      http://www.nst.com.my/latest/wife-to-stand-firm-behind-yazid-sufaat-1.215263

      Wife to stand firm behind Yazid Sufaat. And I can vouch for Yazid’s reasonable conduct of himself in his daily postings.

      By G.Surach | surach@nst.com.my

      AMPANG: Yazid Sufaat’s wife is going to stand by her man no matter how long it takes.

      She was adamant that he had done nothing wrong since his release from detention under the Internal Security Act in 2008 and has been spending all his time with his family.

      “I do not know what he did before his arrest under the ISA but I do know that he was always with me and our children since,” said Chomel Mohamad, adding that her family are prepared for the long trial ahead.

      She further added that since his release, Yazid had always remained by her side, helping her at their drinks stall in the court cafeteria.

      Commenting on his arrest, the 48-year-old said she and Yazid had returned from the market and was packing cakes at their stall when she spotted the officer that had previously detained her husband in 2001.

      “There were at least 15 plainclothes policemen surrounding the stall, and our assistant (Mohd Hilmi Hasim) was immediately handcuffed.

      “My husband was washing his hands at the sink when the police just grabbed and handcuffed him,” Chomel told reporters outside the Ampang court complex, here, today.

      Chomel said Yazid asked the police repeatedly why he was being arrested but no one answered him.

      When asked her opinion on why her husband was arrested, Chomel said that her husband had mentioned the name “Fikrie” (Mohd Noor Fikrie Abd Kahar).

      Fikrie, 26, was a member of the Malaysian Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), who was shot dead by security forces in the Philippines last December.

      Chomel said police then took Yazid to their home in Taman Bukit Ampang, where they searched the premises for four hours. She was also there, accompanied by lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri.

      “They took away several Islamic books, the Internet modem and laptop,” said the mother of four.

      Meanwhile, Chomel’s stall at the court complex was operating as usual today.

      His son, Zufar Arif, 21, was handling the business with several workers. Zufar, the second of four siblings, said he only knew of his father’s arrest on Thursday afternoon while he was driving back to the city from a public university in Dungun.

      Read more: Wife to stand firm behind Yazid Sufaat – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/wife-to-stand-firm-behind-yazid-sufaat-1.215263#ixzz2KL9OlSib

    • DXer said

      Police use ISA replacement law to arrest duo at workplace
      Malaysia Chronicle-18 hours ago
      Yazid Sufaat , who was released from ISA in 2008 after being detained … But the father of four, sometimes known as “CEO of Anthrax” in …

      Comment: Chomel, in terms of framing, “father of four” is not of much use. The key is present Yazid has a truth-teller much as Abu Ghaith has presented himself in seeking safe haven in Turkey.

      Sufaat, his wife and Hilmi run a cafeteria (just saying the word makes me hungry) at Jalan Duta High Court’s cantee. They were then taken to Yazid’s house in Taman Bukit Ampang.

      Rights lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri was also present during the police raid at Yazid’s home.

      The article reads:

      “Yazid, a US-trained biochemist, was accused by Washington of having links with Al-Qaeda.

      But the father of four, sometimes known as “CEO of Anthrax” in recognition of his alleged bomb-making skills, has made no secret of his admiration of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who he claimed to have met following the September 11 attacks in 2001.”

  32. DXer said

    Yazid,

    Did you know the hijacker al-Haznawi who came from to the US from Kandahar — where you had the anthrax lab in June 2001?

    In the US at the time of the American Revolution in 1776, the revolutionaries did not sit around quoting Ben Franklin’s aphorisms “Common Sense.”

    They spoke truth to power.

    Does a man with a conviction really find it so hard to speak historical truth relating to events in 2001?

    United States: Linking anthrax and al-Qaeda?; Bioterrorism

    The Economist362. 8266 (Mar 30, 2002): 28.

    ON MARCH 23rd, the New York Times revealed that one of the September 11th hijackers could well have had anthrax. Last June, Ahmed al-Haznawi visited a doctor in Florida, Christos Tsonas, about an ugly dark lesion on his leg. Dr Tsonas, who prescribed an antibiotic, later told the FBI that, on reflection, the lesion “was consistent with cutaneous anthrax”.

    This is not the first link between the hijackers and bioterrorism. Last October, a pharmacist in Florida said Mohammed Atta had come looking for treatment for suspicious-looking burns on his hands. But this time there may be more in it. A team from the Johns Hopkins Centre for Civilian Biodefence Stategies, which reviewed al-Haznawi’s case, said Dr Tsonas’s diagnosis was “the most probable and coherent interpretation of the data available.” “Such a conclusion,” the team argued, “raises the possibility that the hijackers were handling anthrax and were the perpetrators of the anthrax letter attacks.” Does it?

    Yes to the first part. American forces recently discovered a half- finished laboratory near Kandahar, which they believe was intended to produce anthrax (though no biological agents were, in fact, found there). Captured documents also show al-Qaeda is trying to produce biological weapons. But what about the second part: that its operatives were responsible for the anthrax letters?

    The letter to Tom Daschle, the leader of the Senate, contained “weaponised” anthrax. Even if al-Qaeda terrorists had been able to produce the organism itself, they would still have needed expert help to turn it into a weapon. The process of weaponisation is technologically advanced. It requires spores to be concentrated into a powder with individual grains smaller than three microns, and then mixed with chemical agents that keep the spores dry and airborne.

    Any number of government laboratories around the world may be working on weaponising anthrax, but the Daschle attack seems to have originated at home. The strain used was American, the Ames strain. Either the attackers had access to an Ames strain that had already been weaponised–in which case they can only have got it from a handful of western military laboratories. Or they had access to the information necessary to weaponise anthrax, in which case the most likely explanation for the use of the Ames strain was that it was close to hand. Either way, the virulent anthrax in Mr Daschle’s letter seems to have come from a domestic source.

    The implication is disturbing. There could be two terrorist anthrax-breeding operations–the half-built affair discovered in Afghanistan, and the one that produced the letter to Mr Daschle, which is presumably run by a disgruntled scientist in an American laboratory. More disturbing is the possibility that the two may be linked. For, if it was an anthrax infection, how did the American- based al-Haznawi get infected in the first place?

    • DXer said

      Yazid, does it amuse that scholars in the US write entire books (see the recent book by Dr. Vogel) about the anthrax weapons threat without so much as listing Dr. Zawahiri in the index? US media did not even cover the announcement in Spring 1999 about Dr. Ayman’s intention to use anthrax to retaliate against the rendering of senior EIJ leaders, to include the blind sheik.

      Indeed, the US media has not even mentioned that you were a member of Malaysian biological weapons program.

      That is the relevant frame and Dr. Vogel has totally missed it.

      While dissing your abilities and treating you as a lowly, incompetent tech, neither Mr. Leitenberg nor Dr. Vogel have ever acknowledged your role in the Malaysian offensive weapons program.

      Here is a GMU thesis on the “director or indirect influence exerted by an Al Qaeda social network actor on future biological weapon mission planning.”*/

      Yazid, if you are too frightened to address the factual issues as they relate to 2013, can’t you at least address things as of 2001 on certain peripheral or background issues?

      For example, as a matter of history, Yazid, didn’t you meet Nawaf al-Hazmi, a key hijacker, in KL who was associated with Anwar Awlaki in the US? Yazid, you say you knew Attash (the Cole planner) who arrived at your condo in early January 2000 for the planning meeting. But that was just the day before Nawaf then arrived at Yazid’s condo in January 2000.

      **/ An analysis of the potential direct or indirect influence exerted by an al Qaeda social network actor on future biological weapon mission planning
      Diss.Baken, Denise N.. George Mason University, 2007. 3284820.

  33. DXer said

    Phone Hacking Tied to Terrorists

    By SOMINI SENGUPTA

    Published: November 26, 2011

    • Four people in the Philippines hacked into the accounts of AT&T business customers in the United States and diverted money to a group that financed terrorist attacks across Asia, according to police officials in the Philippines.

    A statement from the Philippines Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, a law enforcement agency, said three men and one woman had been arrested in raids across the capital, Manila, last week.

    According to the agency, the men were working with a group called Jemaah Islamiyah, a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda and responsible for the 2002 bombings in Bali, which killed 202 people.

    The group has been held responsible for several other terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia, mostly in Indonesia but including the Philippines.

    If the new accusation holds up, it would point to a troubling connection between hackers and terrorist cells.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Saturday that it was working with the police in the Philippines on the investigation into the telephone hacking effort, which apparently began as early as 2009.

    The suspects remotely gained access to the telephone operating systems of an unspecified number of AT&T clients and used them to call telephone numbers that passed on revenues to the suspects.

    AT&T said it reimbursed its customers for the charges. It said in a statement that “its network were neither targeted nor breached by the hackers.”

    The company declined to say how many business customers were affected, nor how much it cost AT&T. The Philippines police agency’s statement said the scheme cost $2 million. It is known as a “remote toll fraud” and singles out telephone accounts that are protected by weak passwords.

    Comment:

    Everyone should go and start using better passwords.

    Shout out to Yazid: Are you a member of Jemaah Islamiyah? What does membership entail?

    • DXer said

      Thais nab FBI hacking suspect

      January 7 2013 at 10:40am
      By SAPA

      .

      File image

      Bangkok – Thai police arrested an Algerian national wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly making millions from cybercrime, officials said Monday.

      Hamza Bendelladj, 24, was arrested late Sunday while attempting to transit through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from Malaysia, Immigration Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Phanu Kerdlabpol said.

      “We were tipped off to his arrival by the FBI, who have been following his case for the past three years,” Phanu said.

      Bendelladj, who graduated in computer sciences in Algeria in 2008, has allegedly hacked private accounts in 217 banks and financial companies worldwide, amassing “huge amounts” in illicit earnings, the police commissioner told a press conference.

      “With just one transaction he could earn 10 to 20 million dollars,” Phanu said. “He’s been travelling the world flying first class and living a life of luxury.”

      A satellite phone and notebook computer were his main tools, Phanu said.

      Thailand will seek to extradite Bendelladj to the US state of Georgia, where a court has issued a warrant for his arrest.

      A smiling Bendelladj, who was present at the press conference, denied claims by the Thai authorities that he was on the FBI’s top-10 most wanted list.

      “I’m not in the top 10, maybe just 20th or 50th,” Bendelladj said with a laugh. “I am not a terrorist.” – Sapa-dpa

  34. DXer said

    Infiltration of US Biodefense
    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Here is a press release by a book author titled INFILTRATION.

    Press Release:

    Infiltration Writer Lee Dodson’s Underground Homeland Terrorism Survey Produces Stunning Results

    Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) December 24, 2012

    Lee Dodson, author of Infiltration, initiated a small, and admittedly unscientific, survey to test the pulse of his potential readership as to their present sense of the condition of emergency preparedness in the event of another terrorist attack. His interest arose from the nature of his book, and what he saw was stunning.

    The resulting responses (996,540+/- .1%) came from three press releases and a variety of twitter posts, and they surprised everyone involved. “The consciousness of my readers on the probability of another large scale attack is quite high-94%, nearly the same number believe there will be great loss of life due to a weapon of mass destruction” Dodson said. “But shocking were the numbers that dealt with governmental honesty and public sense of preparedness, and here’s the big one: there was major concern about knowing what to do in case of attack.”

    “Fully 88% of respondents believed they would have to defend themselves at some point, which kind of puts in question the current 2nd Amendment discussions of the last two weeks, doesn’t it?” the writer asked.

    “Talk about unintended consequences,” Dodson grinned. “I did this survey as an information gleaning and sales tool to sell Infiltration, and it went not just viral, it went ballistic.”

    “My book is about self defense in a rural area, but these respondents were from urban areas as well, and I’ve been told that they feel as threatened by a silent government. The numbers (79%) say they do not believe the government is telling the truth as far as homeland terrorist attack risks go.” Dodson stated. “Just take a look at it for yourself:”

    Today’s view on homeland terror
    Do you expect another major terrorist attack on the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, or any of its territories?
    Yes 94%—-No 6%
    Do you expect there to be great loss of life?
    Yes 92%—-No 8%
    Do you expect a WMD to be used in the attack, i.e. poison gas, biological weapon, nuclear weapon?
    Yes 88%—-No 12%
    Do you expect foreign nationals to carry out an attack?
    Yes 93%—-No 7%
    Do you think sleeper cells are already in the United States?
    Yes 94%—-No 6%
    Do you think you might have to defend yourself from terrorists in this country?
    Yes 88%—-No 12%
    Do you think the U.S. government will be able to defend against a homeland invasion?
    Yes 41%—-No 59%
    Do you believe that the current administration is truthful about terrorism in this country?
    Yes 21%—-No 79%
    Do you think that we as a nation believe that terrorism is over?
    Yes 11%—-No 89%
    Do you know enough about what to do if a terrorist attack strikes near where you live or work?
    Yes 20%—-No 80%

    “The book is not intended as a message. It’s an us-against-them adventure on a very personal basis, but it does tell a story that is very possible…it has to be possible to be a good read. It’s a perfect page turner that can get a new user into a Christmas Kindle, Nook, or e-reader of any kind.” Dodson said. “An empty Kindle is an unused Kindle. A good story makes all the difference.”

    “I never ask anybody “buy” the book. I ask them to read Infiltration. That’s where the interest is. It’s doing well right now, and I expect it to do great as readers start talking about it. Reviews have been better than gratifying.”

    Dodson’s book, Infiltration, is available in all formats from Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, and is now available at Amazon.

    “I’m hearing that Kindle, Nook and other e-readers are top Christmas gifts this year. Might be a good idea to give a pre loaded Infiltration as a first read. Great entertainment. Remember: Never give an empty Kindle or Nook. It needs a story on it to be complete.”

    Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/989466#ixzz2GUM3FMsm

  35. DXer said

    Today Yazid writes:

    “I hate when I’m set on running a yellow light and the person in front of me chickens out.”

    Comment: I wonder if KL has cameras at the traffic lights.

    Terrorist Threats: Measuring the Terms and Approaches

    KA Talib, SSA Yusoff, R Ismail, S Suhor, AA Aziz… – Asian Social …, 2012 – ccsenet.org
    … For example Malaysian Yazid Sufaat was responsible for the Al Qaeda anthrax project in
    Afghanistan. … 8, No. 15; 2012 294 travesty is the invention to the enemies of Islam. … Detentions and
    arrests have been made against suspected JI members since December, 2001. …

    Profiling bioterrorism: present and potential threats

    F Galamas – Comparative Strategy, 2011 – Taylor & Francis
    … For example, Yazid Sufaat was one of the scientists working in alqaeda’s anthrax project who
    received his college degree from a United States university with a major in biological … ”Al-Qaeda:
    Anthrax Found in al-Qaeda Home,” Global Security Newswire, December 10, 2001

    • DXer said

      One friend suggests running the light together and another proposes that a yellow light means to drive faster otherwise you may get hit from behind.

      Earlier in the week Yazid was commenting that banks are mafia and the central bank is the godfather.

      He had separately emphasized that knowledge without action is arrogance.

      I don’t know anything about banking but I do know something about traffic tickets. I would note that sometimes a big lumbering truck ahead of you blocks your view and is the indirect cause of the accident or running the traffic light.

      Here, snow banks are a definite hazard.

      Once an officer laid down rubber in an intersection two cars behind me — having to stop suddenly. He pulled me over and asked him if I knew the rules of the road. I told him yes. I told him I was in the right and therefore had the right of way.

      I told him that furthermore he should not have entered the intersection without seeing that he could clear it.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  36. DXer said

    http://articles.philly.com/2012-12-26/news/36009175_1_lehigh-students-political-violence-terrorists

    Lehigh students get inside terrorist mind by plotting fictional attack on campus

    December 26, 2012|By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer

    Lehigh University professor Chaim Kaufmann wants his students to think like terrorists.

    Even more, he wants them to plan like terrorists, try to understand their motives, and reason through their challenges.

    It’s part of an unusual and engaging assignment in which freshmen in his class on political violence and terrorism are asked to weigh risk and feasibility by spending one class period mapping out a fictional attack – on their own university.

    “We use Lehigh as the target because that’s what students know,” said Kaufmann, 52, an associate professor in international relations at Lehigh, in Bethlehem, Pa.

    To learn best about why terrorism occurs, Kaufmann said, “you’ve got to do the thing that is uncomfortable for most of us to do most of the time . . . put aside our interests and socializations as Americans . . . and get inside the heads of the attackers and try to figure out what they are thinking.”

    “It’s not as simple as ‘they hate us because we let women drive.’ ”

    Over the 75-minute class period, students debated the location, time, weapon of choice, getaway plan, difficulty of getting a terrorist team into the country, and behavioral patterns of the target, among other challenges posed by their professor and each other.

    Their plan ended up being anything but intricate and sophisticated. They first settled on hitting the student-center dining room at lunchtime with a truck bomb. One student pointed out that another delivery truck could be blocking the narrow entrance. They then decided to use a suicide explosive vest.

    “So we do get them thinking hard about how difficult it is to guarantee that something will actually come off,” said Kaufmann, who has taught at Lehigh for 20 years. “So what I hope they’ll get out of that particular exercise is an appreciation of why it is so little has happened. It’s not as easy as all the apocalyptic scenarios talk about.”

    Kaufmann, whose research focuses on international security, ethnic conflict, nuclear weapons proliferation, and U.S. foreign policy, began teaching the course after 9/11 when interest peaked. He has offered it several times over the last decade. The course in the past has drawn more than 100 students, but this semester, for the first time, it is being taught as a freshman seminar, meaning its size is kept small. It draws students from a variety of majors, this semester political science, Spanish, graphic design, business, premed, and international relations.

    Comment:

    The article states that the “students debated the location, time, weapon of choice, getaway plan, difficulty of getting a terrorist team into the country, and behavioral patterns of the target”

    In the case of Amerithrax, the documents show that Al Qaeda military commander Atef and Ayman Zawahiri determined that with respect to anthrax the best strategy was to recruit a specialist. They, for example, recruited a former member of the Malaysian offensive biological weapons program (Yazid Sufaat). They also recruited a scientist (Rauf Ahmad) who then attended conferences sponsored by Porton Down in the UK attended by USAMRIID scientists.

    Another supporter of the Salafist-Jihadi with Al Qaeda connections, for example, applied to work in the department at GMU with leading Ames anthrax researchers funded by DARPA who co-patented the process of growing anthrax in silica.

    As for the getaway plan, that was easy given the total lack of vetting and biosecurity in the country’s biodefense facilities prior to 911.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  37. DXer said

    Yazid Sufaat today is quoting 911 imam Anwar Awlaki again on his Facebook page.

  38. DXer said

    It would be a sad day for journalism if we have to learn about and process and take to heart what is known about Al Qaeda’s anthrax program only through KSM or al-Hawsawi or al-Balucchi via some show trial.

  39. DXer said

    The July 2012 article “Analysis of the Search Warrants of the Amerithrax Investigation states:

    “At the outset of this process, the agencies involved could not have envisioned the missteps and false identifications that contributed to a relatively fruiltess, yet expensive, seven-year investigation.”

    Might the costly mistake represented by the FBI’s “Hatfill Theory” (which reached its height in summer and Fall 2002) been avoided if the FBI had not waited 11 months before interviewing Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat?

    How much money did Malaysia receive in aid relating to counterterrorism in 2002? Malaysia knew that Yazid Sufaat had been part of its bioweapons program by March 2002. Did it tell the US when Director Mueller went to Malaysia on this matter to discuss Sufaat and cooperation in matters relating to Al Qaeda?

    Would it have been easier to get an answer from Yazid on the strain of virulent anthrax he was using than spend millions on a genetic analysis that merely narrowed the field roughly by half? Yazid can be stubborn (and is quick to invoke the Fifth Amendment) but he is quite amiable.

  40. DXer said

    Yazid Sufaat is a very forthright individual. He pleads the FIfth Amendment on particulars of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, but could answer more general questions posed by NYPD Intelligence by a means as simple as Skype or Facebook chat. Although captured in December 2001, the FBI did not interview him until November 2002. By then, Amerithrax had already gone off the tracks.

  41. DXer said

    At this week’s hearings, Judge Pohl will consider a defence request for evidence that is classified as secret, and will weigh whether the courtroom should be closed to the press and public while the issue is debated.

    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBRE86F19W20120716

  42. DXer said

    Jun 05, 2012
    Judge estimates 30K secret spying orders approved yearly

    By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
    Updated 9h 45m ago

    CAPTION
    By Greg Mathieson, Time Life Pictures, via Getty Images
    Federal judges approve about 30,000 secret warrants to spy on people in the USA every year, and the innocent probably will never know they were watched, says a U.S. jurist involved in issuing the orders.

    Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith writes in a new paper, highlighted by Ars Technica, that the 2006 total outstripped the entire output of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court since it was created in 1979, and the number is probably growing.

    The secret orders are authorized by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, known as ECPA. Smith writes that the volume of such cases “is greater than the combined yearly total of all antitrust, employment discrimination, environmental, copyright, patent, trademark and securities cases filed in federal court.”

    The warrants and the court’s proceedings are not open to public scrutiny. A three-judge panel reviews denials of applications for the warrants, but the court is not adversarial or open, and many orders are never unsealed.

    Here are some of Smith’s findings, which will be published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review:

    ***
    Smith calls for “structural changes” in the law to “eliminate unnecessary secrecy,” including an end to “automatic gagging” and sealing orders. He suggests a publicly available “warrant cover sheet” that features basic information about every electronic surveillance order.

    Comment:

    It wouldn’t be so bad except that in those nail-biting online EA Scrabble endgames where you are making a critical misstep, where is Big Brother to flash their lights and say, “No, don’t make that move.”

    It’s one thing for the IC to have the arrogance to think it has located every Egyptian MB radio in the country. It’s another to obtain 30,000 warrants while not even spending $10 to buy the book by the central witness in the most complex case in United States history — where the witness says that year she was controlled by an alien who had implanted a chip in her butt.

    It’s one thing to run a shop as if conflict of interest rules don’t apply — it’s another to withhold contemporaneous documents and expert reports which contradict your formal written conclusions relied upon by Congress.

    The magnitude of the Amerithrax Fail is so large that it calls into legitimacy all the work of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. If this is what they do in plain daylight, one could reason, then they cannot be allowed to operate without at least the greater transparency recommended by Magistrate Judge Steve Smith. (Ironically, the greater transparency of such a cover sheet will merely then be used to justify greater funding).

    • DXer said

      Illustrating Richard Clarke’s point that most intelligence is “open source,” I believe I first identified Rauf in 2002 after a local Pakistan news story upon the raid of the Khawaja compound. (A family of doctors were harboring EIJ leaders and their families.) When I would have email correspondence with Rauf, who was infiltrating Western biodefense for Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, I would report on it. An order under ECPA or FISA might have picked up some nice zoo photos, but this blog is intended to make the information readily available so as to permit sharing across government agencies and overcome the downsides to compartmentalization.

      I first identified Yazid Sufaat in March 2002 and began posting on Sacramento State boards then looking for information.

      The GAO needs to grasp how the father of Ali Al-Timimi’s pro bono lawyer — the head of the Amerithrax prosecution Daniel Seikaly — steered things to Hatfill in the Summer of 2002 to understand the seriousness of the derailment of Amerithrax. It continued in 2003 because FBI Director Mueller naively let it happen in the interest of not undermining morale. Polygraphs (which are ineffective) weren’t necessary. All they needed to do was to ask people about the leaks on-the-record and then any false denials would have been prosecutable. If you look at the FBI emails from the time, you see a gaping chasm — no one ever asked and answered the question.

      Ironically, Attorney Seikaly used Daniel Klaidman for the hyped bloodhound story that served as a key distraction. Mr. Klaidman now has written a riveting book about Obama’s determination to kill Anwar Awlaki. (Mark Miller, who co-authored the piece about the bloodhounds with Mr. Klaidman, literally was switched from a story about Syed Athar Abbas to do the bloodhound story.)

      Anwar Awlaki was coordinating with Ali Al-Timimi, who shared a suite with the leading DARPA-funded Ames anthrax researchers.

      This isn’t rocket science.

      Then years later the earnest and beautiful AUSA Lieber was forbidden by her superior from visiting Ali Al-Timimi in prison. Then she was reprimanded when she went anyway. And this was a time of great personal and professional turmoil in the office.

      But the GAO needs to understand how the botching of Amerithrax in 2002/2003 played itself out again in 2008.

      There would be a whole lot less killing in the world if people took greater care in connecting the dots — reading the material, contacting witnesses, authenticating materials, validating the science, rooting out conflicts of interests. etc. For one, the US wouldn’t have invaded Iraq. The US wouldn’t have had cause to occupy Afghanistan.

      It’s time for murderers to go to jail. It’s time to stop suffering fools gladly.

      Suspect and A Setback In Al-Qaeda Anthrax Case
      By Joby Warrick
      Washington Post Staff Writer
      Tuesday, October 31, 2006

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/30/AR2006103001250.html

      Rauf’s name was first publicly associated with the documents by Ross Getman, a New York lawyer who maintains a Web site devoted to the 2001 anthrax attacks.

      • DXer said

        I do think the FBI has botched this from the beginning, but that is not a reason to establish a commission for every botched investigation. This is a case of major importance with major policy implications that we still don’t understand and still haven’t drawn all the lessons from.” — Rep. Rush Holt

  43. DXer said

    http://www.cctvcambridge.org/HomelandSecurity

    DHS To Test Biological Sensors by Releasing Dead Bacteria on the Red Line
    May 18, 2012

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came to Cambridge Wednesday night to explain to citizens gathered at the Central Square YMCA a plan, currently underway, to test sensors in Red Line stations that would, if they prove effective and are widely deployed, detect a biological terror attack which, they asserted, was a real threat for which our country should be prepared.

    The sensors are already deployed in Harvard, Porter and Davis Square stations, measuring background information in order to develop a baseline. In about a month – official declined to state exactly when – DHS will, during nighttime hours when the T is otherwise closed, release bacteria into subway tunnels, run trains as if it were normal operation, and assess whether the sensors can detect the release. DHS officials, joined by public health officials representing the state, Cambridge, and Somerville, took pains to describe the ways in which this plan has no risks. The bacteria being used – Bacillus subtilis- is found routinely in the environment, will be released only after killed, would be harmless even if alive, and will only be released when no people are in the subway, they said.

    Officials were unable to provide information about the cost of this exercise, and have not followed up with promised information as of posting time. Despite repeated assurances that no Cambridge dollars were being spent on this – it is funded by federal appropriations – Claude-Alix Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge, acknowledged that Cambridge City staff are supporting this work and their salaries are not being reimbursed by the federal government.

    DHS officials were also unable to provide information on the likelihood of a biological threat, nor were they able answer questions about whether these sensors would have been effective to detect any of the “credible threats” disclosed by security officials in the last decade. Instead, they repeatedly cited the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo attack on the Tokyo subway system though they acknowledged under questioning that that attack used nerve gas and thus would not have been detected by these sensors.

    MBTA Police Chief Paul McMillan noted that terrorist attacks are one of the things that “keep [him] up at night.” He acknowledged, in response to a question, that during the extensive public hearings about MBTA services and costs, no citizen raised biological terror attacks as something on which the MBTA should be spending more resources.

    Public health officials carefully explained their involvement in this exercise, noting that if an attack were to occur, they would be expected to respond, thus preparedness was, in their view, a requirement. They also noted that even an incorrect report that a biological attack was underway in the T would cause the system to be closed. These sensors, should they prove to be effective in testing and then be widely deployed, would eliminate the harm that would come from those false positives, they asserted. Those officials repeatedly deflected questions about financial tradeoffs, declining to talk about any other public health threats that were being ignored. As Massachusetts State Epidemiologist Dr. Al DeMaria noted, the funds supporting this testing were appropriated by Congress for this purpose and this purpose only, discussing alternatives was pointless.

    In response to a question, DHS spokesman John Verrico noted that terrorists “win” not only by inflicting casualties but by inciting fear that causes changes in the American way of life. But when asked if a DHS presentation intended to raise fears of an attack and allow the government to act in ways that might not otherwise be acceptable was a sign that the terrorists had won, he said that that did not represent his views.

    Comments on the document and test plan may be submitted to MBTATest@hq.dhs.gov by the close of business on June 15, 2012.

    The a question and answer sheet and environmental assessment, prepared by the DHS, are displayed below.

  44. Dxer said

    Would you agree that in the end the fellow Dr. Ayman had infiltrating the portion down conferences, Rauf Ahmad, did not have the trust that Dr.Ayman placed in you …given your unswerving faithfulness and can-do attitude? In contrast to you, Rauf strikes me in correspondence and email as crassly concerned with his finances.

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