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

* Although scholars of the hadiths and moral philosophers sharply dispute his interpretation, Yemeni Sheikh Anwar Awlaki sought to justify the use of chemical and biological weapons against innocents.

Posted by DXer on May 16, 2012


Imam Anwar al-Awlaki



58 Responses to “* Although scholars of the hadiths and moral philosophers sharply dispute his interpretation, Yemeni Sheikh Anwar Awlaki sought to justify the use of chemical and biological weapons against innocents.”

  1. DXer said

    Hardball Tactics in an Era of Threats

    The agents reached an alarming conclusion: “Timimi is an Islamist supporter of Bin Laden” who was leading a group “training for jihad,” the agent wrote in the affidavit. The FBI even came to speculate that Timimi, a doctoral candidate pursuing cancer gene research, might have been involved in the anthrax attacks.

    FBI incompetence let Anwar al Awlaki slip away, say retired investigators
    Pamela K. Browne
    Sun, October 24, 2021,

  2. DXer said

    These morons are going to suffer eternal damnation under their own belief system.

    “Top intel official confirms ISIS made, used chemical weapons”, Published February 09, 2016

    “He did not elaborate on where and when the chemical attacks occurred, though there has been mounting evidence the terror group was experimenting with chemical weapons.

    “[The Syrian government] has used chemicals against the opposition on multiple occasions since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention. ISIL has also used toxic chemicals in Iraq and Syria, including the blister agent Sulfur mustard,” Clapper said.

    He said this marks the first time an extremist group has produced and used a “chemical warfare agent in an attack since Aum Shinrikyo used sarin in Japan in 1995,” referring to the Tokyo subway terror attack that year.

    Fox News previously reported on ISIS’ potential experimentation with chemical weapons. Photos taken by the Kurds in northern Iraq last summer and reviewed by Fox News showed burns and blistering on skin following exposure to “odorless, colorless” agents absorbed through the clothing. A doctor who was in northern Iraq last year said he treated Kurdish fighters whom ISIS used as “lab rats for WMD,” adding that the variety of burns and illnesses suggested that “mustard gas, precursors, as well as neurotoxic acids” were being tested.

    Evidence has also indicated that Damascus has been using chemical weapons against the Syrian opposition and civilians, despite an agreement to reduce its stockpile two years ago.”

  3. DXer said

    Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
    Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 15, 2015
    by Scott Shane (Author)

    There are blurbs from very big-name terrorism authors Wright, Bergen and Meyer. The manuscript has been fact-checked by the publisher’s new shop.

    Ali Al-Timimi was travelling abroad with Anwar Awlaki in both July and August 2001 — in Canada and England. Along with a Syracuse doctor. Al-TImimi’s first defense counsel’s suggestion that he didn’t know his fellow Falls Church imam was not correct.

    Ali Al-Timimi’s brief is due the first week in July. After inevitable extensions in briefing, the government’s response will be filed in time for the publication of Scott’s book.

    FBI Special Agent Wade Ammerman let Awlaki meet with Al-TImimi in Fall 2002 because they had the meeting covered electronically. And the FBI suspected Ali Al-Timimi of involvement in the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    I’m disappointed that the military has not helped catch two dangerous escaped convicts in Upstate New York. If the suggestion is that the State Troopers have comparable aerial surveillance technology, that would greatly surprise me. US military involvement would be cost-justified based on the money spent daily on the hunt. Perhaps there were policy concerns that overrode the technological advantages.

    Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri: The Infiltration of US Biodefense

  4. DXer said

    Toronto Star
    Kenya mall attack enters day 3 with gunfire, explosions as al …
    CBS News-4 hours ago
    Somalia’s al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack specifically … and development department” aimed at producing chemical weapons.

    Comment: The lesson learned in connection with Luxor, a 1997 massacre of tourists in Egypt, was that it was a public relations debacle. The attack set the Egyptian Islamic Group back on its heels — causing it to lose public favor. In the case of al-Shabab and this report about research relating to chemical weapons, one of the three defendants said to have known something about the research was a bus driver. Another was a child care worker. What was the background of the third man? I believe he was a Swede.

  5. DXer said

    Powerful poison Ricin found in letter sent to U.S. senator,0,1891376.story

    “The bottom line is the process we have in place worked,” Sen.Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said as she emerged from the briefing.

    She suggested that the sender was known to authorities. “Evidently this person, this person, who is a suspect, writes to a lot of members,” she said.

    Terrance W. Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms, said in a letter to Senate staffers that the envelope was not “outwardly suspicious.”

    He said it had no return address and was postmarked from Memphis, Tenn.

    “While we have no indication that there are other suspect mailings, it is imperative to follow all mail handling protocols,” Gainer’s letter said.

  6. DXer said

    Beware the drones of March: FBI seeks quadrocopter that buzzed airliner
    Cheap, small, and hard to trace, microdrones pose threat to bigger aircraft.

    The Parrot AR Drone, controllable by mobile devices based on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, is also in that price range. Though while that drone could operate at 1,750 feet, it would need modification to be controlled from the ground at that altitude.


    Even with modification of the programming controls (it uses Open Source programming), I can’t imagine my Parrot AR Drone operating at that height due to wind. I approached a local programming firm to modify the programming but it was in the nature of bells and whistles consistent with the FCC 300 height restriction for hobbyists.

    In DC, there is no flying within 15 miles of the mall. I don’t envy the FAA the difficult decision-making they face relating to drones.

  7. DXer said

    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Saturday said a letter in the latest issue of al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine is an example of “how dangerous terrorists remain even behind bars.”

    The letter is attributed to “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted of planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

    “From his US prison cell and through his attorney, Rahman ordered the 1997 Luxor Massacre of Western tourists in Egypt, which killed 62, and the Islamic religious ruling the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden relied upon to ‘justify’ the 9/11 attacks,” King said in a statement. “Similarly, this latest claimed letter from Rahman calls for “revenge … in the most severest [sic] and violent of manners!”

    King: ‘Blind Sheikh’s’ letter shows ongoing danger
    By Kyle Balluck – 03/02/13
    Read more:

    In the letter purporting to be from the Blind Sheik, he complains of being stripped searched upon visits. As I mentioned, a 1998 embassy bomber blinded and caused severe brain damage in a correction officer by stabbing him with a sharpened comb. Such measures are part of maintaining security.

    He also — and this has been a complaint for at least a decade — complains that the prison officials don’t timely cut his fingernails. Don’t many men simply do this by tearing them? And you don’t need to be able to see to do that.

    Is this letter in fact of recent vintage or it over 10 years old? The complaint about fingernails was made by him long ago — over a decade ago.

    On the issue of whether he was rightfully convicted of the 1995 plot to blow up NYC landmarks — not addressed in the letter — that would require turning, for example, to that court proceeding and the tapes that his bodyguard, who was working undercover for the FBI.

    The FBI seems to do a good job with undercovers and they don’t often get a chance to take credit given the nature of such operations.

  8. DXer said

    On this question of murdering innocents, lets consider the issue as it relates to the murder of Anwar Awlaki.

    Here is an essay arguing that the standards described by Brennan were not met.

    Assassination Rationales Then & Now – And How Awlaki Didn’t Meet Any of the Criteria
    by Jesselyn Radack on February 05, 2013

    But under these facts described by the fellow actually working undercover and interacting with Awlaki, isn’t the essay based on entirely flawed factual premises?

    The Double Agent Who Infiltrated Al Qaeda
    by Orla Borg, Carsten Ellegaard Christensen, Morten Pihl Feb 10, 2013

    One can certainly argue against the use of drones — and argue that the standards are inappropriate at a moral level.

    But isn’t it mistaken to argue that the standards were not met in the case of Mr. Awlaki?

  9. DXer said

    “He wanted to attack the big shopping centers in the West … by using biological weapons. But I said that I didn’t want to take part in killing civilians—I could only agree to attacking military targets,” Storm says. “Of course I wouldn’t have helped him carry out any kind of terrorist actions. But I had to let him think that I was on his side.”

    The Double Agent Who Infiltrated Al Qaeda
    Feb 10, 2013

    • DXer said

      “On the last USB flash drive that I received from Anwar, he asked me to find out what the West had been writing about him and his plans to carry out a ricin attack,” Storm recalls. “He also asked me to find a transportable fridge where he could store elements to be used in biological weapons. He asked me to bring it the next time I visited Yemen.”

      I don’t know the date of this last couriered message offhand, but this is what the New York Times was reporting in August 2011. Awlaki’s request for a portable refrigerator is interesting. The article notes the difficulty of the hot dry climate.

      Qaeda Trying to Harness Toxin for Bombs, U.S. Officials Fear

      Yemeni soldiers sought Qaeda militants last year. Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch is said to be seeking castor beans for making ricin.
      Published: August 12, 2011

      WASHINGTON — American counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the most dangerous regional arm of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States.

      For more than a year, according to classified intelligence reports, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has been making efforts to acquire large quantities of castor beans, which are required to produce ricin, a white, powdery toxin that is so deadly that just a speck can kill if it is inhaled or reaches the bloodstream.

      Intelligence officials say they have collected evidence that Qaeda operatives are trying to move castor beans and processing agents to a hideaway in Shabwa Province, in one of Yemen’s rugged tribal areas controlled by insurgents. The officials say the evidence points to efforts to secretly concoct batches of the poison, pack them around small explosives, and then try to explode them in contained spaces, like a shopping mall, an airport or a subway station.

      President Obama and his top national security aides were first briefed on the threat last year and have received periodic updates since then, top aides said. Senior American officials say there is no indication that a ricin attack is imminent, and some experts say the Qaeda affiliate is still struggling with how to deploy ricin as an effective weapon.

      These officials also note that ricin’s utility as a weapon is limited because the substance loses its potency in dry, sunny conditions, and unlike many nerve agents, it is not easily absorbed through the skin. Yemen is a hot, dry country, posing an additional challenge to militants trying to produce ricin there.

      But senior American officials say they are tracking the possibility of a threat very closely, given the Yemeni affiliate’s proven ability to devise plots, including some thwarted only at the last minute: a bomb sewn into the underwear of a Nigerian man aboard a commercial jetliner to Detroit in December 2009, and printer cartridges packed with powerful explosives in cargo bound for Chicago 10 months later.

      “The potential threat of weapons of mass destruction, likely in a simpler form than what people might imagine but still a form that would have a significant psychological impact, from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, is very, very real,” Michael E. Leiter, who retired recently as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said at a security conference last month. “It’s not hard to develop ricin.”

      A range of administration officials have stated that the threat of a major attack from Al Qaeda’s main leadership in Pakistan has waned after Osama bin Laden’s death in May, on top of the Central Intelligence Agency’s increasing drone assaults on Qaeda targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas over the past three years.

      But the continuing concern over a ricin plot underscores the menace that regional Qaeda affiliates, especially Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, now pose to the United States and American interests overseas.

      “That line of threat has never abated,” said a senior American official, who referred to the terrorist group by its initials. “That’s been taken seriously by this government. What we know about A.Q.A.P. is that they do what they say.”

      Al Qaeda’s arm in Yemen has openly discussed deploying ricin and other deadly poisons against the United States. “Brothers with less experience in the fields of microbiology or chemistry, as long as they possess basic scientific knowledge, would be able to develop other poisons such as ricin or cyanide,” the organization posted to its online English-language journal, Inspire, last fall, in an article titled “Tips for Our Brothers in the United States of America.”

      Senior administration officials say ricin is among the threats focused on by a secret government task force created after the printer-cartridge plot. The task force is working closely with Saudi intelligence officials and the remnants of Yemen’s intelligence agencies, and it is using information gleaned from the shipboard interrogation of a Somali terrorist leader with ties to the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda, who was captured by Navy Seal commandos in April.

      The intelligence reports indicating ricin plots by Al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate were first uncovered during reporting for a book, “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.” It will be published next week by Times Books, an imprint of Henry Holt & Company.

      American officials now say that Al Qaeda’s most direct threat to the United States comes from the Yemeni affiliate. These officials have also expressed growing alarm at the way the affiliate is capitalizing on the virtual collapse of Yemen’s government to widen its area of control inside the country, and is strengthening its operational ties to the Shabab, the Islamic militancy in Somalia, to exploit the chaos in both countries.

      “It continues to demonstrate its growing ambitions and strong desire to carry out attacks outside its region,” Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, said in a speech last month, referring to Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch.

      The affiliate has also become a magnet for terrorists fleeing the increasing pressure from drone strikes in Pakistan, and is recruiting specialists in bomb-making and other skills. “These guys have got some notoriety,” said a senior United States official who follows Al Qaeda and its affiliates closely. “They have a natural, charismatic attraction value for people who want to be jihadists and plot against the West.”

      “A.Q.A.P.’s senior leaders are a lot like an organization that’s largely a brain that exists on its own and has to recruit its arms and legs to actually execute things,” the official continued.

      Largely because of the Americans in the Yemeni affiliate’s top leadership, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric born in New Mexico who is in hiding in Yemen, American counterterrorism and intelligence officials fear the affiliate’s innovative agility. “The fastest-learning enemy we have is A.Q.A.P.,” said the senior United States official.

      In recent months, as the Yemeni government has become nearly paralyzed, the Obama administration has stepped up pressure on the Qaeda affiliate there. It has escalated a campaign of airstrikes carried out by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command with the C.I.A.’s help. The C.I.A. is building a base in the region to serve as a hub for future operations in Yemen.

      The Pentagon’s air campaign in Yemen was renewed in May after a nearly yearlong hiatus; since then the military has carried out at least four airstrikes in the country.

      The ricin plots believed to be emanating from Yemen are the latest example of terrorists’ desire to obtain and deploy unconventional weapons in attacks. In 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo cult released sarin nerve gas on underground trains in Tokyo, killing 12 people and injuring more than 5,000, and nearly paralyzing one of the world’s leading economies for weeks.

      In 2003, British and French operatives broke up suspected Qaeda cells that possessed components and manuals for making ricin bombs and maps of the London subway system.

      A ricin-dispersing bomb detonated in a major subway system or in a mall or at a major airport would not result in mass destruction on the scale of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, counterterrorism specialists said. But it could inflict disproportionate psychological terror on big-city transportation systems. “Is it going to kill many people? No,” said Mr. Leiter, the former counterterrorism official. “Is it going to be a big news story and is it going to scare some people? Yes.”

      Months after the initial ricin intelligence reports surfaced last year, Saudi intelligence officials revealed a twist to the ricin plot: Qaeda operatives were trying to place the toxin in bottles of perfume, especially a popular local fragrance made of the resin of agarwood, and send those bottles as gifts to assassinate government officials and law enforcement and military officers. There is no indication that Al Qaeda ever succeeded with this approach, intelligence officials said.

  10. DXer said

    In praising 911, Al Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaith argued in June 2002 that there was justification for killing 4 million civilians with biological weapons. See also his October 2001 video.

    For Turkey to not extradite him would be very wrong. Abu Ghaith had foreknowledge of 911 and was part of the active operations in promising that the storm of planes would continue. Indeed, his promise that Americans would feel fire at their feet may indicate foreknowledge of the plot involving Maryland resident Majid Khan.

    If Abu Ghaith wants to increase his prospects of being returned to Iran, he should tell everything he knows so as to diminish the usefulness of his extradition to the US.

    Today’s news:

    “Washington has asked to interrogate Ghaith and take him to the United States under an agreement on the extradition of criminals. However, it has not been allowed to do so, with Ankara digging in its heels and asking for some papers. What irks the Americans most is the prospect of Ghaith being deported to Iran or another country of his choice instead of being handed over to them. Tough bargaining over Ghaith is currently under way between Washington and Ankara.”

    Read more:

  11. DXer said

    Here is some very good reporting by Mohammed Al-Shafey about Abu Ghaith, the senior Al Qaeda official captured this week in Turkey and then released 6 hours later. The fellow mentioned in London reportedly was #5 in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and so has an insider’s perspective. I have no idea why we give money to countries that provide safe harbor to those who have actively participated in a conspiracy known to have killed 3,000 US civilians — and who not long after 911 claimed the right to kill millions. While the story unfolds, it seems that Mr. Al-Shafey is a good source for continuing insights. If the US cannot arrange for accommodation of Abu Ghaith in a US prison, then I don’t see how it can be said that the US has been effective in its campaign to defeat Al Qaeda. He reportedly was headed to Saudi Arabia and so should be picked up there.

    Abu Ghaith Split from Al-Qaeda in March 2012
    By Mohammed Al-Shafey | AAA – 22 hours ago.. .
    Abu Ghaith Split from Al-Qaeda in March 2012

    London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Islamists in London have revealed that Suleiman Abu Ghaith—former Al-Qaeda spokesman and husband of Osama Bin Laden’s daughter— split from the terrorist organization in March 2012, during his stay in Tehran under the auspices of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Multiple sources also disclosed that US intelligence agencies began pursuing Abu Ghaith after identifying his voice through intercepted telephone calls with relatives and his wife in Kuwait. Meanwhile, those close to Abu Ghaith said that he had received assurances that the issue with his citizenship in Kuwait would be resolved before he entered Turkish territory.

    Turkish sources reported yesterday that Abu Ghaith, also known as Abu Youssef, remains under the custody of the Turkish security services. Yasser al-Siri, director of the London-based Islamic Observatory, a human rights organization concerned with news of Islamists around the world, said that Abu Ghaith’s name was removed from the UN wanted list in August 2011. He called on the Kuwaiti authorities to intervene rapidly and restore his citizenship, of which he was stripped in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks. Siri revealed that a Turkish court has acquitted him and refused to hand him over to the US authorities, because “he hadn’t committed any offence other than entering Turkish territory with a forged Saudi passport, in order to obtain political refugee status and then move on to Saudi Arabia to meet with his wife, Fatima Bin Laden.”

    Suleiman Jassim Abu Ghaith was born in Kuwait in 1956 and worked as a professor of Fiqh and Sharia law, as well as a preacher in the mosques of Kuwait, prior to joining the ranks of Al-Qaeda. He is well known for his opposition to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990. In Kuwait, Abu Ghaith was close to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the coordinator of the 9/11 attacks who is currently facing trial in Guantanamo bay.

    In 1994 he travelled to Bosnia to fight the Serbs, staying there for two months before returning to Kuwait. Yet his travels to Bosnia and Afghanistan continued, prompting the Kuwaiti Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to dismiss him from his role as a mosque preacher. Abu Ghaith later settled with his wife and six children in Afghanistan. Following the 9/11 attacks, Abu Ghaith appeared in a video as spokesman for Al-Qaeda, launching fiery statements threatening similar attacks, and prompting the government of Kuwait to revoke his citizenship. After the fall of the Taliban regime and the defeat of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the Abu Ghaith family, together with members of the Bin Laden family and several leaders of Al-Qaeda, travelled to Iran, which has hosted them over the past years.

    The Turkish security forces managed to arrest Suleiman Abu Gaith after the Turkish intelligence services received intelligence information from the CIA with regards to Abu Ghaith’s arrival in Turkey. The Turkish intelligence services located the address of a hotel in the اankaya district of the capital Ankara and arrested him. Turkish sources said, “After investigations were held with Suleiman Abu Gaith in the counter-terrorism branch of the Ankara security department, he was released by the court because he had committed no crime or terrorist act in Turkey. He merely entered Turkey from Iran with a forged Saudi passport in order to obtain political refugee status and then move on to Saudi Arabia to meet with his wife”.

    The US put in a request for Abu Ghaith to be extradited for interrogation, within the framework of America’s fight against terrorism and members of Al-Qaeda, but Ankara has refused to do so on the basis of Turkish law, which stipulates that foreign nationals entering with a forged passport must be deported back to the country they came from, in the absence of any proof of their involvement in terrorist operations in Turkey.

    Finally, Asharq Al-Awsat learned that Abu Ghaith had already requested to return to Kuwait, but local authorities did not respond. As he needs a passport in order to return, he was forced to use forged documents in order to escape his house arrest in Iran and head to Turkey, where he was subsequently arrested. Islamic Observatory director Siri told Asharq Al-Awsat that Abu Ghaith has not hurt or killed anyone; he was merely a spokesman for Al-Qaeda who travelled with his family to the neighboring Gulf States when he worked as a preacher in Kuwait. He pointed out that he currently suffers from poor health.

  12. DXer said

    To understand the importance of the capture this week in Turkey — and then release 6 hours later — of Abu Ghaith, you need to understand the chronology of events relating to WAFA and procurement of equipment involving Dr. Batarfi, Yazid Sufaat and Abu Ghaith, who headed WAFA. Yazid Sufaat is available to be interviewed on Abu Ghaith.

    By way of background on Abu Ghaith’s role, among the correspondence written by Rauf Ahmad seized in Afghanistan, there are handwritten notes about the plan to use NGOs, technical institutes and medical labs as cover for aspects of the work, and training requirements for the various personnel at the lab in Afghanistan. Two Pakistani nuclear scientists founded Ummah Tameer-e-Nau in June 2000. “Reconstruction of the Muslim Ummah,” or “UTN,” an Islamabad-based organization whose stated purpose was to conduct relief and development work in Afghanistan. UTN built a flour mill in Kandahar and purchased land in the Kandahar region. UTN business cards from the organization carry the motto “Build to Help, Help to Build.” After the fall of the Taliban, coalition forces and the media began to search UTN facilities in Kabul. It was in November that it was reported by The Economist that the “House of Anthrax” had been found. Documents found by journalists in November 2001 at a villa in Kabul occupied by UTN suggested brainstorming seminars on anthrax had been held to include diagrams suggestive of a plan to use a helium-filled balloon to disperse anthrax across a wide area. The nondescript two-story villa occupied by the Pakistani aid group was in a quiet residential neighborhood of Kabul where a number of international charities were located. One downloaded document had the picture of former Secretary Cohen holding up a 5 pound bag of sugar. There were details about the U.S. military’s vaccination program downloaded from a Defense Department site on the Internet and other Defense Department documents relating to anthrax. There were 10 copies each of most of the documents. On the floor, there was what appeared to be a disassembled rocket alongside a helium canister, as well as two bags of powder. A detailed diagram scrawled in black felt tip pen on a white board shows what appears to be a balloon rising at various trajectories, alongside a fighter jet that is apparently shooting at the balloon. Beside the jet are the words, “You are dead, bang.”

    There were also pictures of ground missiles linked by lines to the balloon. Mathematical calculations indicated the height at which the balloon would fly, the distance from which it would be shot down and the area over which its contents would be dispersed. Beside one of the balloons is the word “polystyrene” and beside another the word “cyanide.” Loose sheets of paper containing scribbles of missiles and balloons were strewn around the house, indicating those attending the seminar had been taking notes and doing calculations. Although people can reasonably disagree on the conclusion to be drawn of the drawing on the white board showing aerial dispersal of anthrax by balloon, the drawings should be understood in the context of Ayman’s research and reading on the subject. One email from Ayman to Atef lists Peace or Pestilence as one of the books he had read. (The author argued that said science should combat disease, not find devious ways to spread it. That book included a description of the Japanese research on anthrax leading up to WW II and the US concern that anthrax was being dispersed by balloons being sent to the US on high hot air currents. Unit 731 experimented extensively with anthrax bombs and hot-air balloons filled with the deadly disease. In late 1944, aerosol scientists at Ft. Detrick (then known as Camp Detrick) were alarmed when news of some large balloons, as large as 150 feet around, had been sighted silently floating over populated areas. Within a few months, over 250 balloons had been discovered in nine western states. The balloons are known only to have been armed with an incendiary device and killed and injured only a very few people.

    A senior CNN producer who visited many UTN and Al Qaeda houses in Afghanistan, found the documents linking UTN to Jaish e Muhammad, the Army of the Prophet Mohammad, the Pakistani militant group that had been listed as a terrorist organization by the US on October 12, 2001. Other documents linked UTN to the Pakistan-based Saudi charity WAFA Humanitarian Organization and Al Rashid Trust, two other non-governmental organizations with ties to al-Qaeda that were designated on September 23, 2001 as supporters of terrorism. The New York Times reported on the search of the home by US personnel. A group of men armed with pistols, reportedly Americans, wearing gas masks, rubber gloves and boots, then came to remove powdered chemicals. The men had instructed the guards posted by National Alliance to not go in the home because the chemicals could be dangerous. The room that had been littered with papers was empty and had been swept or vacuumed by the Americans. Even after the second group visited the home, and cleaned it, several bags of chemicals were still strewn in the yard. Two small plastic bags each appeared to hold two to three pounds of brown powder. On the outside of one appeared the name “Mahlobjan” and the number 436. A second bag had the numbers 999 — or 666 — along with a crescent moon, the symbol of Islam. The New York Times reported that there was also a small seal stamped on the corner of the bag, with an eagle in its center. The worker at a charity next door, “Save the Children,” said that Mehmood had been a quiet neighbor and it was impossible to tell whether the men visiting the house were aid workers or not.

    The manager of the Kabul WAFA office explained that Abu Ghaith was the founder of WAFA before the Combat Review Status Tribunal. Shortly before September 11, he helped Abu Ghaith to leave Afghanistan. and his family leave for Karachi, Pakistan. He had known Abu Ghaith from Kuwait. Before 9/11, he had been in Kandahar working with WAFA. He was paid $200 a month but had been willing to work for free as a volunteer. After a month, however, he got a new supervisor he did not like. He would get upset when medical supplies came and it was broken or crooked. He complained about the expensive long distance calls young people would make, but his supervisor disagreed with his complaints. When the supervisor rifled through his and his wife’s things, he had reached his limit. His supervisor, in any event, said he only wanted people from Mecca working for him and kicked him out on about August 1, 2001. After bringing his family to Pakistan, he returned to Kabul where he met Abu Ghaith. He spent 16 days in what has been described as a “safe house” in Kabul while waiting to go safely back to Pakistan. “I am not a combat fighting animal. It is just a charity organization. What is my mistake? Why are you mentioning Al Qaida and fighting when I worked for a charity organization?” He says he did not know Abu Ghaith was an Al Qaeda spokesman until after 9/11. The Tribunal found his statements to be self-serving and unpersuasive. Abu Ghaith, as Al Qaeda’s spokesman at the time, later claimed that Al Qaeda had the right to use their military, nuclear, and biological equipment to kill hundreds of thousands of people.” In short, although the unclassified evidence relating to the unlawful combatants associated with WAFA in Afghanistan tended not to be rocket scientists, Al Qaeda’s practice of using charities as cover was well-established.

    • DXer said

      On behalf of Al Qaeda, Abu Ghaith said in early October 2001:

      “Finally, I direct my words to the American secretary of state, who doubted our last statement and who belittled what we said about the thousands of Muslims ready for their death and that the storm of planes will not end. I say to him and others in the American administration who know that when al-Qaida promises, it delivers, God willing.

      I say to him, those who are waiting for the future will find it soon. The storms will not stop. The storms of planes will not stop until you drag your defeated tails from Afghanistan, not until you raise your hands from the Jews in Palestine, not until you lift the embargo on the Iraqi people, not until you leave the Arabian peninsula, not until you stop supporting the Hindus against the Muslims in Kashmir.

      We say to Muslims in America and Britain – to children and to those who resent this American policy – we advise them not to ride planes and not to live in high buildings”

      • DXer said

        There is a video confirming Abu Ghaith’s complicity in the conspiracy to kill the civilians on 911.

        History Commons (with hyperlinks):

        A conversation between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda spokesman Suliman abu Ghaith, and Khaled al-Harbi, a veteran of al-Qaeda’s jihad in Bosnia, is videotaped. A portion of the taped conversation is later said to be found by the US and will be used as evidence of bin Laden’s involvement in 9/11. [Unknown, 2001; Guardian, 12/13/2001; Kohlmann, 2004, pp. 28-9] According to a translation released by the Pentagon, the man said to be bin Laden says: “[W]e calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower. We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all… (inaudible)… due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is what we had hoped for.” He continues: “We had notification since the previous Thursday that the event would take place that day. We had finished our work that day and had the radio on. It was 5:30 p.m. our time.… Immediately, we heard the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We turned the radio station to the news from Washington.… At the end of the newscast, they reported that a plane just hit the World Trade Center.… After a little while, they announced that another plane had hit the World Trade Center. The brothers who heard the news were overjoyed by it.” [US Department of Defense, 12/13/2001 ] The release of the tape, which is said to be found by US intelligence officers in Jalalabad, will be a major news story, and the tape will be taken by the media as proof of bin Laden’s responsibility for 9/11. President Bush will comment, “For those who see this tape, they’ll realize that not only is he guilty of incredible murder, he has no conscience and no soul, that he represents the worst of civilization.” British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will add, “By boasting about his involvement in the evil attacks, bin Laden confirms his guilt.” [BBC, 12/14/2001; Fox News, 12/14/2001; CNN, 12/16/2001]

        • DXer said

          More from History Commons:

          June 22, 2002: Al-Qaeda Spokesperson Says Bin Laden and Other Top Leaders Are Still Alive

          Al-Qaeda spokesperson Suliman Abu Ghaith allegedly claims that al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, plus Taliban leader Mullah Omar, are alive and well. “I want to assure Muslims that Sheik Osama bin Laden… is in good and prosperous health and all what is being rumored about his illness and injury in Tora Bora has no truth,” he says. He adds that al-Qaeda is ready to attack new targets, and says it is responsible for a recent bombing of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia (see April 11, 2002).

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    Abu Ghaith rendered the June 2002 opinion in which he said Al Qaeda was religiously justified in killing 4 million civilians, including women and children, with anthrax. He was at key anthrax planning meetings, to include the meeting Al-Balucchi attended with Atef, Saif Adel, Bin Laden and Zawahiri. He now has been captured. (Apparently his claim of having been reformed may have been insincere).

    Turkish special forces capture top Al Qaida leader, Bin Laden’s son-in-law
    Special to

    ANKARA — Turkey, in cooperation with the United States, has captured
    a senior member of Al Qaida.

    Turkish and Islamist sources said Suleiman Abu Gheith was captured by
    special forces in Ankara on Feb. 1. They said Abu Gheith, identified as the
    son-in-law of the late Al Qaida founder Osama bin Laden, entered Turkey on a
    forged Saudi Arabian passport.

    Suleiman Abu Gheith is the husband of Fatima bin Laden, who currently lives in Saudi Arabia. Abu Gheith is a Kuwaiti national who had his citizenship revoked.
    “Turkish authorities arrested the Kuwait national Suleiman Jassim Abu Gheith,” the Islamic Observatory said.
    For nearly a decade, Abu Gheith was said to have been based in Iran. The sources said Abu Gheith, who married bin Laden’s daughter, Fatima, served as spokesman of Al Qaida.
    “Turkish security forces were able to arrest Suleiman Abu Gheith,
    son-in-law of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, after Turkish authorities received intelligence from the CIA regarding his arrival in Turkey,” the British-based Observatory said.
    The sources said Abu Gheith, transferred to Turkey’s General Security
    Directorate, has asked Ankara for asylum while the United States sought to interrogate the Al Qaida leader. They said Abu Gheith had intended to leave Turkey for Saudi Arabia to be reunited with his wife.
    In 2001, Kuwait stripped Abu Gheith of his nationality in wake of Al
    Qaida’s suicide air strikes in the United States. More than a decade later,
    the United Nations removed Abu Gheith’s name from the so-called terror watch

    In another development, at least two people were killed when a suicide
    bomber blew himself up outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey. Later, a leftist
    group, Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front, claimed responsibility for
    the Feb. 1 attack.

    “This attack will not affect Turkish-American relations, and we still
    see you as a friend,” U.S. ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardione, said.

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      Bush, Lawmakers Want Bin Laden, Anthrax Killer

      Published June 24, 2002

      Following new reports that the elusive Sept. 11 mastermind is alive, well and ready to carry out more terror operations, Washington has made it clear that bin Laden’s next hiding hole should be a body bag — and soon.


      American leaders see getting bin Laden as critical, even though no one thinks his death would stop Al Qaeda or more terrorism. There had been hope that the Saudi terrorist had been killed in U.S. bombing in Afghanistan or of kidney disease.

      Over the weekend, bin Laden spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith said the Al Qaeda leader and most top lieutenants are plotting more terror for the U.S.

      Read more:,2933,56043,00.html#ixzz2Jw3bihBI

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      `Quiet’ teacher is al-Qaida spokesman

      KUWAIT — Until last year, the man who has emerged as Osama bin Laden’s spokesman in videotaped threats to rain terror on Americans was a high school religion teacher working in his native Kuwait.

      Sulaiman Abu Ghaith left Kuwait at the end of the 2000 school year for Afghanistan, according to Walid Tabtabai, a Kuwaiti lawmaker and acquaintance of Abu Ghaith.

      “(He) is a quiet person whom you wouldn’t expect to become a leader, but he is very enthusiastic about Muslim causes,” Tabtabai said.

      On Tuesday, Abu Ghaith, believed to be in his mid-30s, appeared on the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera to deliver a message on behalf of bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. He praised the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States and warned there would be more.

      “The Americans must know that the stormof airplanes will not stop, God willing, and there are thousands of young people who are as keen about death as Americans are about life,” Abu Ghaith said Tuesday.

      He called on every Muslim to join the fight against the United States, saying that “jihad is a duty.”

      It was the second time Abu Ghaith had appeared in a videotaped address since the bombings. On the day of the attacks, he appeared in another videotape together with bin Laden — the suspected mastermind of the attacks in New York and Washington, which left more than 5,500 people dead or missing.

      Bin Laden, a Saudi dissident, has called for U.S. troops to leave Saudi Arabia, home of Islam’s holiest shrines. The troops have been stationed there since the 1991 Persian Gulf War when they liberated neighboring Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation.


      Copyright Copley Press, Inc. Oct 11, 2001

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      Sulaiman Abu Ghaith left Kuwait at the end of the 2000 school year for Afghanistan, according to Walid Tabtabai, a Kuwaiti lawmaker and acquaintance of Abu Ghaith.

      On Tuesday, Abu Ghaith, believed to be in his mid-30s, appeared on the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera to deliver a message on behalf of bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. He praised the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States and warned there would be more.

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      `Quiet’ teacher is al-Qaida spokesman

      KUWAIT — Until last year, the man who has emerged as Osama bin Laden’s spokesman in videotaped threats to rain terror on Americans was a high school religion teacher working in his native Kuwait.

      Sulaiman Abu Ghaith left Kuwait at the end of the 2000 school year for Afghanistan, according to Walid Tabtabai, a Kuwaiti lawmaker and acquaintance of Abu Ghaith.

      “(He) is a quiet person whom you wouldn’t expect to become a leader, but he is very enthusiastic about Muslim causes,” Tabtabai said.

      On Tuesday, Abu Ghaith, believed to be in his mid-30s, appeared on the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera to deliver a message on behalf of bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. He praised the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States and warned there would be more.

      “The Americans must know that the stormof airplanes will not stop, God willing, and there are thousands of young people who are as keen about death as Americans are about life,” Abu Ghaith said Tuesday.

      He called on every Muslim to join the fight against the United States, saying that “jihad is a duty.”

      It was the second time Abu Ghaith had appeared in a videotaped address since the bombings. On the day of the attacks, he appeared in another videotape together with bin Laden — the suspected mastermind of the attacks in New York and Washington, which left more than 5,500 people dead or missing.

      Bin Laden, a Saudi dissident, has called for U.S. troops to leave Saudi Arabia, home of Islam’s holiest shrines. The troops have been stationed there since the 1991 Persian Gulf War when they liberated neighboring Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation.


      Copyright Copley Press, Inc. Oct 11, 2001

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      Turkey detains, frees Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith
      No extradition

      KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: The Turkish security forces briefly detained and released after interrogation Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith in Ankara, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.

      The arrest came following a tip-off from US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The details of the interrogation were not given.

      The former spokesman of the terror network reportedly escaped Afghanistan following the Sept 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Center and allegedly settled in a camp in Iran.

      The US intelligence learned that he entered Turkey on a false passport and informed the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT) about his location.

      He was detained at a hotel in Cankaya district of Ankara, Hurryiet Daily News reported, quoting the Daily Milliyet.

      The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat quoted a source close to Abu Ghaith’s family as saying he intended to seek political asylum in Turkey. The man is the husband of Fatima Bin Laden. Abu Ghaith is a Kuwaiti national who had his citizenship revoked.

      The arrest of Abu Ghaith came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the US embassy in Ankara killing a Turkish security guard and wounding three other people.

      Kuwait’s Minister of Interior was quoted as saying Kuwait has no interest in the man and has not asked for his extradition since his citizenship has been revoked.

      The minister also said Kuwait will not pursue the case of the man.

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    The Fallout from the Air Raid on Syria: Why Israel is Concerned

    By Aaron J. Klein and Karl VickFeb. 01, 2013

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    Israeli warplanes struck several targets inside Syria overnight Tuesday, including a biological weapons research center that was reportedly flattened out of concern that it might fall into the hands of Islamist extremists fighting to topple the government of Syrian president Bashar Assad, Western intelligence officials tell TIME.

    In other words, it may be easier to attack the problem from the other side — simply destroy the weapons you’re afraid they’ll get their hands on. Among the buildings leveled at the military complex at Jamarya, outside Damascus, were warehouses stocked with equipment necessary for the deployment of chemical and biological weapons, relatively complicated systems typically manned by specially trained forces. The lab facilities dedicated to biological warfare were of special concern, given both the damage that can be done by even small amounts of biological agents, and the interest expressed in such weapons by Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. No specific armed force was identified as threatening the compound. Intelligence officials said the concern was unconventional weapons “dripping” into control of extremists in the relative chaos of the rebel side.

    One Western intelligence official told TIME the U.S. military was poised to carry out similar airstrikes around Aleppo if rebels threaten to take sites associated with weapons of mass destruction in that region.

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  15. DXer said

    If pundits would speak to those who knew Awlaki personally, they would learn that privately he was always a hard-ass — to include dating to before 911. For example, his roommate at Hajj that Spring, Hal, a lawyer from San Francisco, could explain the difference between what Anwar said privately and what he said for public consumption.

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    Pak needs contingency plan to deal with chemical-biological weapon threats

    South Asian News Agency (SANA) ⋅ October 19, 2012 ⋅



    Another participant explained the Islamic viewpoint on the issue mentioning that among the explicit directives given by the Prophet Muhammad to the commanders of various military expeditions he sent was not to poison wells and water reservoirs.

  17. DXer said

    Conflict of interest issues are not uncommon and transparency and disclosure of interests will serve the public interest well.

    When Tommy Thompson flacked for a client, posing as ‘former health secretary’

    August 16, 2012

    Just after the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Tommy Thompson — now the GOP Senate nominee in Wisconsin — went on an ABC News web-based show to discuss counterterrorism. The video, which I mentioned in my column today, is above.

    You’ll see how he says we’re not prepared for another anthrax attack because we don’t have second-generation vaccines. Then twice, unprompted, he mentions one maker of a new anthrax vaccine — PharmAthene. “I think they’re doing an excellent job,” he says of PharmAthene at one point.

    But Thompson, listed and introduced by ABC as “former health secretary” and “the Secretary of HHS at the time” of the Anthrax attack, never discloses that PharmAthene was his client, paying him to help the company get a federal contract.

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    “Our findings support the US government’s plan to provide antibiotic prophylaxis and vaccination for all exposed people within 48 hours of the recognition of a large-scale anthrax attack. Future policies should consider expanding critical care capacity to allow for the rescue of more victims.”

    Biosecur Bioterror. 2012 Jul 30.

    Cost-Effectiveness Comparison of Response Strategies to a Large-Scale Anthrax Attack on the Chicago Metropolitan Area: Impact of Timing and Surge Capacity.

    Kyriacou DN, Dobrez D, Parada JP, Steinberg JM, Kahn A, Bennett CL, Schmitt BP.

    Demetrios N. Kyriacou, MD, PhD, is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Preventive Medicine; Justin M. Steinberg, MBA, is Research Assistant, Department of Emergency Medicine; Adam Kahn, BS, is Research Assistant, Division of Hematology/Oncology; and Charles L. Bennett, MD, PhD, is Professor of SCCP Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Columbia, South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Debra Dobrez, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. Brian P. Schmitt, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine, Hines VA Medical Center, Hines, Illinois, and the Department of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago , Maywood, Illinois.


    Rapid public health response to a large-scale anthrax attack would reduce overall morbidity and mortality. However, there is uncertainty about the optimal cost-effective response strategy based on timing of intervention, public health resources, and critical care facilities. We conducted a decision analytic study to compare response strategies to a theoretical large-scale anthrax attack on the Chicago metropolitan area beginning either Day 2 or Day 5 after the attack. These strategies correspond to the policy options set forth by the Anthrax Modeling Working Group for population-wide responses to a large-scale anthrax attack: (1) postattack antibiotic prophylaxis, (2) postattack antibiotic prophylaxis and vaccination, (3) preattack vaccination with postattack antibiotic prophylaxis, and (4) preattack vaccination with postattack antibiotic prophylaxis and vaccination. Outcomes were measured in costs, lives saved, quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs). We estimated that postattack antibiotic prophylaxis of all 1,390,000 anthrax-exposed people beginning on Day 2 after attack would result in 205,835 infected victims, 35,049 fulminant victims, and 28,612 deaths. Only 6,437 (18.5%) of the fulminant victims could be saved with the existing critical care facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area. Mortality would increase to 69,136 if the response strategy began on Day 5. Including postattack vaccination with antibiotic prophylaxis of all exposed people reduces mortality and is cost-effective for both Day 2 (ICER=$182/QALY) and Day 5 (ICER=$1,088/QALY) response strategies. Increasing ICU bed availability significantly reduces mortality for all response strategies. We conclude that postattack antibiotic prophylaxis and vaccination of all exposed people is the optimal cost-effective response strategy for a large-scale anthrax attack. Our findings support the US government’s plan to provide antibiotic prophylaxis and vaccination for all exposed people within 48 hours of the recognition of a large-scale anthrax attack. Future policies should consider expanding critical care capacity to allow for the rescue of more victims.

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    I cannot access this story.

    MediaFile | Analysis & Opinion |

    Aug 3, 2012 07:00 EDT … Rebels preparing to smuggle Ghaddafi’s chemical weapons into Syria via Turkey … The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has now acquired chemical weapons from Libya, Reuter’s Khaled Oweis reports from Amman. It was previously thought that Ghaddafi’s weapons had been dismantled, however usage …

    IMO, there would be grave consequences directed against anyone associated with the use of chemical or biological weapons.

    International support would turn against them regardless of past support. They would be prosecuted for war crimes.

  20. DXer said

    Next Phase of Study to Collect Data on Airborne Contaminant Behavior to Begin July 29

    Start Date: 7/31/2012


    As I recall, Dr. Ayman vetoed a cyanide gas attack using a device in a subway card because he wanted something bigger.

    It is such a stupid strategy to think that such an attack would further his cause. Instead, both sides have learned that the murder of innocents just causes a backlash.

    • DXer said

      Similar testing was done in Washington, D.C. in 2007 and 2008 because it has one of the newer transit systems in the country. New York City also had similar testing done in 2005.

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        What do captured documents suggest about targeting?

        Would Dr. Ayman ever target Wyoming? (I don’t know but it seems that OBL, for example, might have discussed it in his voluminous seized correspondence only some of which has been released).

        The email that Awlaki sent in 2010 seemed to someone working in the airline industry seemed pretty pathetic. He suggested anything that even might cause nuisance delays in airline flights.

        The jihadists have strayed far from Mohammed Zawahiri’s point about the power of a good idea.

        Killing merely leads to more killing.

        County seeks help with anthrax exercise

        Posted: Friday, Aug 3rd, 2012
        BY: Kim West, Uinta County Emergency Management Coordinator

        VANSTON — Each year, in late summer or early fall, the first responders of Uinta County join forces to practice their response to a possible incident of terrorism.

        When confronted with the question of “What will the terrorists think of next?”, no one can say for sure. We hold meetings, meet our partners face to face, plan for each hazard in our area, and then we practice what we have planned to see if it will work as we hope it will.

        We strive not to be meeting partners for the first time during a true incident, but while we practice, so there is time to make adjustments. So, our exercises reflect a worst-case scenario, and we practice for what we truly hope will never happen. Into each exercise goes a lot of time and planning, and each agency participating truly has a stake in the end result. The end result is, of course, to be prepared to handle whatever is dealt to us, in service to the people of the county.

        Sept. 11, 2001, stands out as a day that forever changed the way Americans view terrorism and terrorist activities. Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn wrote after the tragedy that “the terrorists who carried out the attacks of 9/11 showed there is no limit to the number of innocent lives they are willing to take. Their capacity for killing was restricted only by the power of their weapons.”

        As our nation worked to recover from the attacks, this statement proved to be prophetic, as cases of anthrax exposure began to appear around the country. There is still some mystery about the anthrax attacks that took place in 2001.

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    The FBI says Awlaki was not operational in 2002.

    In contrast, Al-TImimi’s defense counsel said that at the time the warrant was dropped he was meeting with Al-Timimi about recruiting young men to jihad.

    Ft. Hood Shooter Should Have Been Interviewed, FBI Official Says, ABC

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    Agroterrorism Hits Home As FBI Protects What We Eat And Drink Forbes, July 20, 2012

    Comment: I’ve never read the koran or hadiths (or any religious work), but I believe Princeton expert Bernard Lewis (see September 2001 article) has explained that food and drink is in a special category under the hadiths. No virgins would be waiting with nonalcoholic wine. One way to protect against the threat is to have principled scholars explain that to the numbnut would-be poisoners.

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    Al-Qaeda could get Syria’s chemical weapons, Jordan King warns
    Thursday, 19 July 2012

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    Judicial Watch last month sued the United States for not producing under FOIA the memo justifying the killing of Anwar Awlaki. The justification of his killing includes anthrax — and is inconsistent with DOJ’s position in Amerithrax.

    The USG reasons that Mr. Awlaki had no right to live but that he has a right to privacy.

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      The Honorable Robert S. Mueller III
      The Federal Bureau of Investigation
      935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20535-0001

      Dear Director Mueller:

      I write today regarding the independent review of the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the November 5, 2009, attack on Fort Hood, Texas. It is my understanding that the final report of the review team, led by Judge William Webster, will be submitted to you today.

      According to news reports, Judge Webster will submit a 150-page report, containing findings and 18 formal recommendations for necessary reforms in a range of areas within the Bureau. As you know, the report is expected to provide a critical, objective assessment of the role the Bureau played both before this terrible attack and during its aftermath. It will also shed light on what remedial measures the Bureau has taken since then to foreclose the possibility of future attacks of this nature.

      This report is a matter of tremendous public importance, and I call on you to release an unclassified version of it as soon as possible. In doing so, I urge you to personally ensure that the contents of the report are not unnecessarily classified to shield their public release, because such action would come directly at the expense of transparency and accountability. The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident. The American people and specifically the Fort Hood community in Texas have the right to know.

      The federal government has a fundamental duty to our men and women in uniform to safeguard them against avoidable harm. We must protect the protectors whenever and wherever we are able, especially at home on United States soil. Our government failed the brave Americans who were killed and wounded at Fort Hood that day. The devastation inflicted on them was preventable, and we must make it a high priority to ascertain exactly where the system broke down and ensure it does not happen again.

      Thank you for your prompt attention to my request.


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    Ali, speaking of ricin, Daneil Klaidman’s book says that Harold Koh reviewed intelligence reports at State that related plans to poison Western water and food supplies with botulinim tox, as well as attack Americans with ricin and cyanide.

    Book review: Daniel Klaidman’s ‘Kill or Capture’ and David Sanger’s ‘Confront and Conceal’

    Another of Obama’s key advisers, a liberal lawyer at the State Department named Harold Koh, was a little queasier about the whole killing enterprise. Koh was skeptical of the counterterrorism community’s conclusions about Awlaki, so he went to study the intelligence reports on the radical cleric for himself in a “crappy little room” in the State Department reserved for reading classified material.

    “If Awlaki wasn’t going to be able to defend himself in a court of law, then perhaps Koh could at least ensure that the government’s case against him was legitimate,” Klaidman writes. Koh spent five hours poring over stacks of intelligence. “There were plans to poison Western water and food supplies with botulinum tox, as well as attack Americans with ricin and cyanide,” Klaidman writes. “Koh was shaken when he left the room. Awlaki was not just evil, he was satanic.”

    There was a reported February 2002 plot in which cyanide reportedly was going to be used to poison workers at the US embassy in Italy — involving localized water distribution.

    If there turns out to be a God or a Santa, Anwar is going to be on the naughty list for sure.

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    Taliban Terror or Mass Hysteria: Who Is Poisoning Afghanistan’s Girls?
    A recent spate of incidents where dozens of girls have been forced from school, feeling sick, has set Afghanistan in a tizzy over what the source of the mysterious maladies may be.
    By AMY FRIEDMAN | July 6, 2012

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    Comment: Who was the Egyptian in the library in Ohio in 2001 researching anthrax who told the librarian he was an expert in parasites that could not be detected in water? He was associated with the cell working at the chicken farm.

    Why was Jaballah, the biology teacher, re-arrested in August 2001? Who was the wealthy man that the CIA personally briefed on the anthrax threat?

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      Was Jaballah The Egyptian Scientist In The Library Researching Anthrax?

      The Canadian government alleged that on the day of the 1998 bombing of the African embassies, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad military commander Mabruk had called Canadian Jaballah from Baku, Azerbaijan and told him to call the London cell members. Mabruk asked Jaballah to tell them they could reach him in the home of Shehata, who was in charge of Special Operations for Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Shehata was Jaballah’s brother-in-law and had been Jaballah’s lawyer in the 1980s in connection with problems with the government. (Shehata was Montasser al-Zayat’s law partner). Jaballah allegedly had been in regular contact with Mabruk, Shehata and the London cell members who faxed responsibility for the 1998 embassy bombings in which over 200 people died. Shehata’s former law partner, Montasser al-Zayat, and military commander Mabruk announced in March 1999 that Ayman Zawahiri was going to use anthrax against US targets in retaliation for the rendering of senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders. Jaballah’s colleague Mahjoub was #2 in Zawahiri’s Vanguards of Conquest. When Mahjoub’s bail hearing was announced in January 2001, one of Zawahiri’s minions threatened to use anthrax if bail was denied. This was the subject of a February 2001 Presidential Daily Brief from the CIA to President Bush. Bail was denied on October 5, 2001. The potent anthrax was mailed to the US Senators the next day.

      The government alleges that at one point Jaballah reported to Mabruk that he had recruited individuals who had been members of the Muslim Brotherhood and emphasized that they had been tested and could be trusted.

      The government now publicly alleges that Jaballah was regularly in touch with Ayman Zawahiri by telephone. Zawahiri was head of Al Qaeda’s program to weaponize anthrax for use against US targets. The Globe and Mail, quoting allegations made public earlier this week, infers that “The new charges indicate CSIS targeted Mr. Jaballah almost as soon as he arrived in Canada [in 1996]. They make specific references to 1990s-era phone calls, and even include remarks about the suspect’s tone of voice. The documents cite code words Mr. Jaballah is alleged to have used or heard in his phone calls.”

      Was Mahmoud Jaballah the Egyptian scientist in the library in Ohio in June 2001 researching anthrax in water? The mailed anthrax was sent to the United Senators the day after bail was denied by the Canadians of his colleague, Mahmoud Mahjoub, who now is revealed to have been the #2 man in the Vanguards of Conquest under Cairo Medical alum Agiza.

      Stateside, in Ohio, there was the long-forgotten case of a mysterious Egyptian in the Summer of 2001 associated with the members of an alleged terror cell. The young men worked at a local chicken slaughterhouse and are more commonly known as the “Detroit cell.” In June 2001, they had an angry conversation about the detention of the Egyptian blind sheik Abdel-Rahman. Sometime before 9/11, an older Egyptian man with one of these young men made repeated attempts to obtain maps of the water supply system of Canton, Ohio. At the library, he studied books dealing with disease spread to human by animals such as anthrax. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that after 9/11, a librarian in Canton alerted authorities who called in the FBI. The man had visited the library as many as a half dozen times and asked for detailed maps of Canton’s water system and books concerning microbiology and animal borne diseases. Among the things the man sought were maps of waterlines running under Interstate 77 to Canton’s Mercy Medical Center. The librarian described the man as 50ish, with a slight paunch, and balding. Jaballah reports that he graduated from the University of Zagazig’s Faculty of Biology.

      Was the scientist in Ohio in June 2001 ever identified and questioned? According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the man told the librarian that he worked at Case Farms. After 9/11, Case Farms was investigated in connection with allowing illegal immigrants to work without proper identification. The Egyptian reportedly had lived with the young men in Canton for a time in the past year or so, according to the librarian. (Their names were Hanna and Koubriti). The FBI has never confirmed the story. Case Farms doesn’t confirm the story. The librarians won’t confirm the story. A reporter who went to the library in person at my request was shown the door. What news, if any, came out of the trial of members of the Detroit terror cell? Portions of the proceeding were sealed. During the same period, two of the men on trial reportedly had enrolled in a four-week truck-driving course.

      The “Detroit defendants” were arrested when the week after 9/11 authorities kicked down the door of the apartment that had the name Nabil al-Marabh on the mailbox. Knowing of his connection to Al Qaeda, the FBI had gone looking for him after 9/11. His lawyer handling a fender bender involving al-Marabh’s taxicab in Boston had a forwarding address for him. In considering how many Egyptians trained in biology taxi driver Nabil Al-Marabh knew, he knew Mahmoud Jaballah. Mahmoud Jaballah was a biology teacher and co-founder, with al-Marabh’s uncle, of an elementary school on the edge of Little Beirut in Toronto. After coming to Canada in 1996, Jaballah would contact Ayman regularly on Ayman’s Inmarsat satellite phone.

      Jaballah reports that he graduated at the University of Zagazig from what he described as “the Faculty of Biology.” A January 2008 decision addressed the conditions of Jaballah’s detention (such as whether his son could bring a wireless laptop home, why his apartment had DSL service etc.).

      Jaballah was rearrested in August 2001 even though an earlier security certificate was quashed. Why was he rearrested? Were authorities upset had gone off the radar for a matter of weeks? CSIS alleges Jaballah knew Mahmoud Mahjoub who the CSIS now for the first time alleges was #2 in the Vanguards of Conquest. CSIS alleges that Jaballah was in regular contact with both the Vanguards/Egyptian Islamic Jihad head of military operations and the head of special operations — with the latter being both his brother-in-law and lawyer. CSIS alleges that he has had contact for years with Hassan Farhat and Ali Hussein, whom they say were part of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Hassan Farhat was with the Ansar al-Islam. Hassan Farhat was a senior member of Ansar Al Islam, formed in 2001, and was arrested by Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq. Farhat was the Imam of the Salaheddin Mosque in Toronto, which was affiliated with the school founded by Jaballah, from 1997 to 2002. Farhat also lived in Montreal for a time where Jaballah visited him. For an organization that emphasizes cell security, Jaballah was well-connected. Did Hassan Farhat know Montrealer Jdey, who had part of the 911 plot until he pulled back for unknown reasons (that did not include cold feet)?

      After Jaballah’ s second arrest, Nabil al-Marabh’ s uncle, Ahmed Shehab, took over as principal at Jaballah’ s school. Shehab and Jaballah had shared control of the school with Jaballah as its co-founders. Was Jaballah the scientist researching anthrax in Canton, Ohio from May to July 2001? The man told the librarian that he had worked at a laboratory in Egypt where he had learned to detect pathogens otherwise not detectable. He said he wanted to help the United States detect pathogens. (The librarian said that his english was so poor, she would expect him to be asking about a green card; but she finally got the word “pathogens” out of him). Jaballah was 40 rather than 50ish. But he otherwise fit the description and from his picture looks older than his age.

      Aly Hindy, president of the affiliated Salaheddin Islamic Center, imam of its mosque and a civil engineer in Toronto, described the school to the Wall Street Journal in December 2001. “We had to take our children out” of the public-school system, which teaches about “homosexuality” and allows undue “mixing between boys and girls.” The Wall Street Journal article explains: “Mr. Jaballah helped organize the curriculum at Salaheddin during the summer of 2000 and taught Arabic for a few months. “He wanted to be principal. I told him no,” Mr. Hindy says, because his English wasn’t good enough.”

      As likely explained in the still-classified February 2001 Presidential Daily Brief (”PDB”), a threat to use anthrax was mailed to the Canadian immigration minister in late January 2001 if bail was denied. The mailed anthrax was sent to the United Senators the day after a judge denied bail to Jaballah’s colleague, Mahmoud Mahjoub, who now is revealed have once been the #2 man in Vanguards of Conquest.

  27. DXer said

    27/06/2012 – Dozens Of Afghan Policemen Reportedly Poisoned

    Category: Other Central Asian News
    Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
    Written by RFE/RL
    KABUL, June 27 (RFE/RL) – Officials said more than 40 police officers have been poisoned in a police academy in southern Afghanistan.

    • DXer said

      Helmand’s provincial government spokesman Dawood Ahmadi said the officers felt headaches and began vomiting after having breakfast in Lashkargah police academy on June 25.

      He said they were taken to a military hospital where one of the officers was in critical condition, while the others were recovering.

      Ahmadi said an investigation was underway to determine the cause.

      The incident is considered the latest in similar incidents in northern and southeastern Afghan provinces where school girls were the main victims of poisoning.

  28. DXer said

    Afghan officials say Taliban poisoned schoolgirls
    By HEIDI VOGT, Associated Press – Jun 6, 2012–QbjNg8iDrA?docId=b6a94c91e1134a55817eea63ffb85b18

    Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied any involvement in the poisonings.
    “The poisoning of innocent children is against Islamic law. The mujahedeen are not involved in the poisoning of schoolchildren. It is a crime,” Mujahid said in an email.
    Government officials had previously said it was unclear what caused the series of outbreaks of illness at girls’ schools in the province starting about three weeks ago. In at least one case, doctors in the capital city of Taluqan attributed complaints of illness by 125 students to mass hysteria.
    But cases continued to mount and seven alleged school poisonings have now been reported in six schools in the province, said Mustafa Rasouli, a spokesman for the provincial government.
    He said the insurgents confessed to bribing teachers, school workers and even students to sneak toxic chemicals onto school grounds, Rasouli said.
    In two cases, female students were paid 50,000 Afghanis (almost $1,000) to contaminate water tanks at their schools with a toxic powder, Mashal said.
    In other instances, conspirators sprayed a sweet-smelling yellow liquid around the grounds of the school, he said.
    Officials did not identify any of the toxic substances allegedly used.

  29. DXer said

    CMAJ. 2012 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print]
    Vaccinating children against anthrax.
    Woodward C.

  30. DXer said

    Fear in the classrooms: is the Taliban poisoning Afghanistan’s schoolgirls?

    Hundreds in hospital – but are terror attacks on schools to blame, or mass hysteria?

    Hundreds of Afghan schoolchildren have been admitted to hospital in the past six weeks after falling victim to what appears to be six separate major poison attacks. Three alleged attacks have occurred in northern Takhar province in the past week alone, affecting more than 300 girls.

    Some government and police officials have blamed the poison attacks on the Taliban, whose hostility to girls’ education during its hardline rule in the 1990s is well documented. Others have blamed the “enemies of Afghanistan” and hinted at the involvement of Pakistan and Iran.

    Tests by the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) and government, however, have not found any toxic substances. One international expert has said the scares have all the hallmarks of mass hysteria.

    In the most recent attack, on Tuesday, 170 girls in Takhar’s provincial capital, Taloqan, were taken to hospital after falling ill and losing consciousness. Pupils blamed poisonous gas, claiming to have sniffed a noxious odour on entering their classroom at Ahan Dara Girls’ High School. Students at Bibi Haji school also blamed toxic gas for poisoning them in two separate attacks on 23 May and 27 May. Girls at another school in Takhar became ill in April and said the drinking water in their well had been deliberately contaminated.

    More than 200 boys at a school in eastern Khost province also fell sick in mid-May as well as 100 girls in northern Balkh province said on 9 May. Their school said its well had been poisoned.

    Symptoms have included vomiting, nausea and fainting. In all cases, most pupils who were admitted to hospital were released on the same day and no long-term damage was done.

    On each occasion, the local authorities sent blood samples from poisoned students for tests and launched an investigation into the circumstances.

    Gul Agha Ahmadi, a media adviser at the Ministry of Education in Kabul, told The Independent that officials were awaiting test results from the most recent poison scares but that results from tests done after the incidents in April and early May had failed to show the presence of harmful substances.

    Isaf tests into the Khost incident also showed no harmful substances present. The “initial laboratory test of multiple air, water and material samples were negative for any organic compounds such as poisons or other toxic material,” an Isaf spokesman said. “Further tests continue, but at this point it is unlikely that any foreign substance caused the reported symptoms.”

    Mr Ahmadi said mass hysteria could not be ruled out, because Afghan people live in constant fear of insurgent attacks and could easily imagine terrorists poisoning their drinking water.

    Robert Bartholomew, a prominent sociologist, also told the AFP news agency that the poisoning scare had “the tell-tale signs” of mass hysteria.

    He said, “the preponderance of schoolgirls; the absence of a toxic agent; transient, benign symptoms; rapid onset and recovery; plausible rumours; the presence of a strange odour; and anxiety generated from a wartime backdrop” all pointed to mass hysteria. As a result of having been at war for more than 30 years, half the Afghan population suffers from psychological problems, according to Bashir Ahmad Sarwari, the head of the government’s mental health department.

    Not everyone is buying the mass hysteria theory. Lotfullah Mashal, a National Directorate of Intelligence spokesman, said closing schools was part of the Taliban’s spring offensive.

    But the Islamic group vehemently denied involvement. “If found in any part of the country, those doing such activities would be given punishment according to sharia,” it said.

    As many as 550 schools affecting 300,000 pupils have been shut down in 11 provinces where the Taliban has a robust presence, the Ministry of Education said. The insurgents threaten schools partly because they do not support the government curriculum.

  31. DXer said

    Toxic gas poisons 116 Afghan students
    Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:57AM

    At least 116 more school students, mostly girls, have been poisoned in northern Afghanistan, Afghan media report.

    The incident took place in early Saturday morning at the Hazrat Imam Zada Yahya high school in the Sar-e-Pul province.

    The girls at the school showed symptoms of exposure to toxic gas, including headache and nausea.

    Several cases of Afghan schoolgirls’ poisoning with toxic gas have been reported over the past two months.

    This comes despite the detention of nearly 10 suspects by Afghan security forces in connection with the incidents in the northern Afghanistan province of Takhar. Investigations are underway.

    President Hamid Karzai has blamed the enemies of Afghanistan for the instances of poisoning.

  32. DXer said

    Requirement Under Laws Of Jihad Of Warning Before Use of Biochemical Weapons

    “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors… ,” says the Koran (2:190). Post office employee and blind sheik spokesman Abdel Sattar has explained that Mustafa Hamza, who took over from Taha as Islamic Group leader after the Luxor debacle in which in 58 tourists were murdered, was asked how can you explain killing tourists. Mustafa Hamza answered in every moment and action, the group starts off by consulting with the righteous Olama. No action is initiated without fatwas from our trusted Olama — meaning scholars in the plural. In other words, before carrying out an operation, they get a fatwa. He confirmed that fatwas are important because they are authoritative statements by religious leaders declaring what is and is not Islamically permissible. Sattar had a copy of the book written by former Islamic Group leader Taha justifying the attacks that had been committed, to include Luxor. The book had been uploaded at the website maintained by London-based Vanguards of Conquest publicist Al-Sirri.

    The Koran and hadiths provide extensive guidance on the honorable conduct of warfare. One of the leading non-muslim expert on the subject was Princeton’s Bernard Lewis. For years, Princeton University Middle Eastern history Professor Emeritus Bernard Lewis’ writing on the clash between islam and the west would be translated by the Muslim brotherhood and handed out as pamphlets outside of mosques. After the 1998 “Crusaders” statement by Bin Laden and Zawahiri, Lewis wrote a Foreign Affairs article “License to Kill, Usama Bin Ladin’s Declaration of Jihad.” “Obviously, the West must defend itself by whatever means will be effective. But in devising strategies to fight the terrorists, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.”

    In a September 27, 2001 Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal, the 87 year-old historian explained the use of biochemical weapons by Al Qaeda: “the laws of jihad categorically preclude wanton and indiscriminate slaughter. The warriors in the holy war are urged not to harm noncombatants, women and children, ‘unless they attack you first.’ Even such questions as missile and chemical warfare are addressed, the first in relation to mangonels and catapults, the other to the use of poison-tipped arrows and poisoning enemy water supplies. Here the jurists differ– some permit, some restrict, some forbid these forms of warfare. A point on which they insist is the need for a clear declaration of war before beginning hostilities, and for proper warning before resuming hostilities after a truce. As Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman once said in the context of criticizing Sadat’s peace with Israel: “Believers govern according to God’s laws and do not change or replace a single letter or word of them.”

    In an essay “Islam and Terrorism,” Bilal Philips, a key religious mentor of GMU microbiology grad Ali Al-Timimi, explained the principles of islamic jurisprudence of islamic warfare:

    “Islam opposes any form of indiscriminate violence. The Quran states: “Anyone who has killed another except in retaliation, it is as if he has killed the whole of humankind.” [Quran Surah #32 Verse #5] There are strict rules regulating how war may be conducted. Prophet Muhammad forbade the killing of women, children, and old people and the destruction of Churches and Synagogues or farms. Of course, if women, children or the elderly bear arms they may be killed in self-defense.”

    As Ali Al Timimi once explained: “Modern warfare did not exist during those times when they wrote those classical books of fiqh.” The old principles therefore must be relied upon to guide the issue in new times.

    Spokesman al-Kuwaiti was giving a plain warning in the Fall 2001 threat letter — not disclosed until 2006 — that the green light had been given for US -bio attack (1) from folks that were US-based, (2) above suspicion, and (3) with access to US and UK government and intelligence information. “The Truth about the New Crusade: A Ruling on the Killing of Women and Children of the Non-Believers,” Ramzi bin al-Shibh, argues that “the sanctity of women, children, and the elderly is not absolute” and concludes that “in killing Americans who are ordinarily off limits, Muslims should not exceed four million noncombatants, or render more than ten million of them homeless.” Spokesman Abu Ghaith used the same figure in June 2002 in arguing in favor of the moral right to use biological or chemical weapons.

    A book commemorating the September 11 “raid” was published by Majallat al-Ansar and consisted of four essays. It addresses the importance that any attack comply with the laws of Sharia. “Some people see fit to raise the issue of Islamic principles of warfare. They claim that the raid does not observe those principles and that Sharia errors occurred. Some ‘modern’ legal scholars see the raid as a violation of the Sharia.” The book continued: “Everyone knows that the groups in the traditionalist mujahid movement are more committed than anyone else to Sharia in their actions. After all, their actions can cost them their dearest possession after their faith — their souls.” While purporting not to want to get entangled in a discussion of the legal technicalities, the author then addressed at length why the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon was justified under the laws of sharia.

    Vince Cannistraro, a former chief of CIA counter-terrorist operations, discussed the requirement of warning under the laws of jihad on NPR in connection with the Al Qaeda audiotape by Bin Laden that aired shortly before the November 2004 election. In the case of anthrax, Ayman Zawahiri likely considers that the warning required under the laws of jihad has been given.

    Zawahiri is the grandson of the well-known “Pious Ambassador,” who was President of Cairo University. Dr. Zawahiri — along with Anwar Awlaki –reserved himself a spot in a bad place by reason of his botched analysis of the hadiths and teachings of Mohammed governing warfare (no women, children, noncombatants etc.) The same principles prohibit attacking livestock, crops or wells. Judging by the interpretive texts, it would seem that Al Qaeda and the anthrax mailer have violated the Quran and hadiths by killing noncombatant women and children, and even the aged. It cannot be persuasively argued that those noncombatant women and children and the aged attacked the jihadists first. An infant visiting ABC was infected by the anthrax.

    Before the military tribunal, KSM says the koran forbids killing children. He noted that warfare is guided by the koran and hadiths.

    he head of Egyptian Islamic Group, the Cairo Medical alum who approved of Sadat’s assassination and was released after a quarter-century in prison, said of 9/11:

    “The killing of businessmen is forbidden by Islamic law and the World Trade Center was all businessmen. The killing of women and children and old people is forbidden by Islamic law and many of those were killed in the building.”
    Thus, the harshest judgment may await true believers in another world.

  33. DXer said

    June 22, 2012

    Recommendations are nearing completion to aid U.S. authorities in determining the order in which potential victims of an aerosolized anthrax attack receive vaccinations, an advisory body for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday (see GSN, April 20).

    The CDC Immunization Practices Advisory Committee would provide the finished recommendations to U.S. government personnel following an Aug. 20 gathering of participating entities, Raymond Strikas, with the health agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

    The official cited three levels of priority post-attack vaccine recipients: emergency personnel and individuals subjected to the bacteria immediately upon its dispersal; people who could become infected indirectly; and residents as well as others in transit in adjacent regions.

    Preparation of the guidelines has been under way for roughly 10 months, and the panel is still seeking responses to the draft plans, Strikas said.

    Several million individuals could receive immunity against anthrax through U.S. vaccine holdings following a potential extremist strike involving the bacteria. A number of newer, experimental vaccinations might prove effective through a smaller number of dosages and at less expense (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy release, June 21).

    Comment: It seems that a lot of people, upon an aerosol attack, would simply want to move from the targeted locale. Immediately. For example, renters might just throw their most valuable, readily transported items and start driving to a relative’s home without a second thought. Anyone with a summer home. Anyone with a loved one elsewhere. Etc. Indeed, if there were a major dispersal of anthrax aerially, how many people would continue to want to live in that city? “Sheltering” is what authorities might advise. But do public health officials have in mind practical advice to those who suddenly take flight? So as to minimize inadvertent distribution on vehicles, clothing etc? For example, would a car wash help? A change of clothes? There was a major snow storm in DC last year, as I recall, that led to a horrendous situation on the highway.

    The people responsible surely would be damned under whatever moral code they choose to follow — to include the selective and reckless reliance on hadiths by Sheikh Awlaki above. But is there a plan by which there would be a rounding up of those responsible? (For example, Yazid). Toward that end, it would be a cause for concern if suddenly those on the periphery of but possibly privy to Al Qaeda’s anthrax planning took flight. By way of example, in advance of the 9/11 attack, instructions went out that all travel be completed by 9/10. Aafia left the country on 9/18, as I recall offhand.

  34. DXer said

    Biosecur Bioterror. 2012 Jun 7. [Epub ahead of print]
    Transport of Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki from an Outdoor Release into Buildings: Pathways of Infiltration and a Rapid Method to Identify Contaminated Buildings.
    Van Cuyk S, Deshpande A, Hollander A, Franco DO, Teclemariam NP, Layshock JA, Ticknor LO, Brown MJ, Omberg KM.
    Sheila Van Cuyk, PhD, Alina Deshpande, PhD, and Michael J. Brown, PhD, are Technical Staff Members, and Kristin M. Omberg, PhD, is Deputy Division Leader, Decision Applications Division; Lawrence O. Ticknor, MS, is a Technical Staff Member, CCS-6; Attelia Hollander, BS, is a Research Technologist, Bioscience Division; and Julie A. Layshock, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Researcher; all at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico. David O. Franco, MEng, is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Systems Research and Analysis; and Nerayo P. Teclemariam, PhD, is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Systems Modeling & Software Engineering; both at Sandia National Laboratories , Livermore, California.
    Understanding the fate and transport of biological agents into buildings will be critical to recovery and restoration efforts after a biological attack in an urban area. As part of the Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD), experiments were conducted in Fairfax County, VA, to study whether a biological agent can be expected to infiltrate into buildings following a wide-area release. Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki is a common organic pesticide that has been sprayed in Fairfax County for a number of years to control the gypsy moth. Because the bacterium shares many physical and biological properties with Bacillus anthracis, the results from these studies can be extrapolated to a bioterrorist release. In 2009, samples were collected from inside buildings located immediately adjacent to a spray block. A combined probabilistic and targeted sampling strategy and modeling were conducted to provide insight into likely methods of infiltration. Both the simulations and the experimental results indicate sampling entryways and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filters are reasonable methods for “ruling in” a building as contaminated. Following a biological attack, this method is likely to provide significant savings in time and labor compared to more rigorous, statistically based characterization. However, this method should never be used to “rule out,” or clear, a building.

  35. DXer said

    Al Qaeda group contemplated poisoning food in U.S., officials say
    December 21, 2010|By Mike M. Ahlers and Brian Todd, CNN


    Anwar Awlaki is mistaken. Poisoning food would violate the hadiths. It is ironic that in seeking to vindicate their religious beliefs people would lose their souls under the black letter of their own belief system.

    Testing I had done at a local lab showed illegal limits of arsenic in a bottled water sold at fancy restaurants. The company (and Walmart) refused to recall it. The large firm NYC lawyer said that additional testing would be against his company’s interest and so he declined to do testing that would corroborate my several tests.

    So it would be best if the jihadists choose on their own to act more morally.

  36. DXer said

    Those tents at the NATO summit were decontamination areas in case of a biological agent.

    With NATO in town, hospitals brace for bioterrorism
    May 17, 2012

    By Brigid Sweeney

    While many downtown office workers worry about commuting headaches during the NATO summit, two Chicago hospital systems are prepared for far worse possibilities.

    The University of Chicago Medical Center and the Cook County Health and Hospitals System will both have decontamination areas set up outside their buildings to treat victims of potential bioterrorist attacks, in addition to general medical tents.

    “What we have heard from some of the other host cities is that you’ll get a number of patients who are referred to as the ‘walking well’ who think they’ve been contaminated but haven’t,” said Krista Curell, the vice president of risk management at University of Chicago Medical Center.

    Regardless of whether the threat is real, any patient who claims to have been exposed to biological agents will be treated in the hospital’s decontamination tent or trailer before they are allowed to enter the emergency room, Ms. Curell said. The area will be staffed by a so-called Code Orange team of medical professionals who have been trained in emergency-response procedures.

    Cook County Hospitals spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said extra medical and decontamination tents will also be set up outside John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital on the West Side, and the same protocol will be followed before admitting patients to the emergency room.

    The tents will resemble the medical tents set up during the Chicago marathon, and despite the ominous sound of “decontamination areas,” the medical staff expects to mostly treat minor symptoms such as heat exhaustion, dehydration and bumps and bruises, Ms. Kollias said.

    She said the hospital was not disclosing the cost of the tents or the number of medical staff involved, but said the emergency-response procedures were “not unprecedented.”

    Both hospital systems will have extra doctors on call inside the hospitals, as well.

    The University of Chicago will establish a command center at 7 a.m. on Saturday that will be staffed around the clock through 7 a.m. Tuesday, with four extra attending physicians in the adult and pediatric emergency departments. More doctors will also be on call throughout the weekend.

    The Cook County Health and Hospital System is the host hospital system during the summit, which means it will assume “first responder” duties in the event of an emergency, Ms. Kollias said. Though Mercy Hospital & Medical Center is closer to McCormick Place, Cook County’s Stroger Hospital is the closest hospital with a level 1 trauma center, which provides the highest level of surgical care.

    “A number of our medical staff has extensive experience in emergency situations,” Ms. Kollias said. “Some of our trauma surgeons were in New York on 9/11.”

    Beyond preparing to provide emergency care, the hospitals also must deal with traffic snarls as a result of road closures during the summit. ***

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  37. DXer said

    When Anwar Awlaki and Ali Al-TImimi spoke in Canada in August 2001, what did they say about the Canadian detainees?

    The February 2001 PDB From The CIA To President Bush: The Late January 2001 Threat To Use Mailed Anthrax In Retaliation For The Detention Of Senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad/ Vanguards of Conquest Leader Mahjoub

    In late January 2001, the Immigration Minister in Canada and the Justice Minister received an anthrax threat in the form of anthrax hoax letters. The letters were sent upon the announcement of bail hearing for a detained Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader Mohammad Mahjoub. Mahjoub had managed Bin Laden’s farm in Sudan. Minister Caplan had signed the security certificate authorizing Mahjoub’s detention. After arriving in Canada in 1996, Mahjoub continued to be in contact with high level militants, including his former supervisor, reputed to be Bin Laden’s chief procurer of weapons of mass destruction. In February 2001, the CIA briefed the President in a Presidential Daily Brief (“PDB”) on “Bin Laden’s Interest in Biological and Radiological Weapons” in a still-classified briefing memorandum. Like the PDB on Bin Laden’s threat to use planes to free the blind sheik, the February 2001 PDB illustrated Richard Clarke’s suggestion that most intelligence is open source. The PDB likely will be found to address the detention of Mohammad Mahjoub, his status in the Vanguards of Conquest/ Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and threats of revenge relating to the conviction and sentencing of senior militant Egyptians. There was little about Ayman’s plan to use anthrax against US targets in retaliation for rendering of EIJ leaders that was not available to anyone paying attention.

    CIA Director Tenet testified that by 9/11, seventy senior Egyptian militants had been rendered. In April 1999, even Ayman Zawahiri’s brother Muhammad was rendered to Cairo from Yemen. The documents show that Ayman’s anthrax planning moved forward in earnest that month.

    On October 5, 2001, Mahjoub’s bail was denied. Someone then rushed to carry out the earlier threat. They mailed a finely powdered anthrax to the two United States Senators they deemed most responsible for the rendition of Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders and appropriations to Egypt and Israel. President Obama and the House Intelligence Committee now needs to ask for the CIA’s February 2001 PDB to President Bush on the planned use of anthrax in retaliation of rendering and detention of IG and EIJ leaders. Amerithrax would be seen with entirely new eyes.

  38. DXer said

    Is Al-Qaida Dropping Clues About Planned Attacks?
    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    By Dina Temple-Raston

    Officials are now looking back to see if al-Qaida’s arm in Yemen might have left some clues about plots against the U.S. If there is one thing that has been consistent about al-Qaida, it has been its constant taunting of the West — and the hints of future operations it provides in its videos and publications.

    Bin Laden’s Clues

    The most famous example involved Osama bin Laden.

    In a 1998 interview with ABC News, he explained why he was waging a holy war against the United States. He was sitting in front of a map of East Africa — but it became clear only later that he was sending a message.

    “That interview preceded the attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa later that year,” says Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism research fellow at the New America Foundation. “What bin Laden was attempting to do was establish the notion that he was in control, and that when those attacks occurred he could point back and say look, ‘I knew what was going on, and we had a big master plan from the very beginning.’ ”

    Al-Qaida’s arm in Yemen, AQAP, has ripped a page out of bin Laden’s playbook and has hinted at its plans as well. In the fall of 2010, in an issue of Inspire magazine, the group’s online publication, there was a photograph of the Chicago skyline, with no caption.

    A month later, AQAP tried to send to package bombs to synagogues in Chicago. The plot — like the one earlier this month — was foiled by someone inside the group.

    “Of course there is always the danger in work and research like this of reading too much into too little. But there have been some tantalizing clues with regard to what AQAP itself puts out,” says Gregory Johnson, a Yemen expert at Princeton University.

    Of course, all this taunting from al-Qaida can backfire. In the Inspire bomb-making essay, the writer boasts that the group’s chief of operations, Fahd al-Quso, had been able to dodge American drones easily.

    The essay said that al-Quso often went out in daylight and even conducted an interview with an Arab reporter not far from where a drone had struck in the past. That’s how unafraid al-Quso was of the drone program, the magazine said.

    Al-Quso was killed a couple of weeks ago in a drone strike. The targeting information is thought to have come from a British agent who had penetrated the group.

  39. DXer said

    Panel debates bioterrorism protection for children By The Associated Press • Saturday, May 19, 2012

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