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

* 10/4/12 WMD Terrorism: An Update on the Recommendations of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (excerpt)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 15, 2012

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3 Responses to “* 10/4/12 WMD Terrorism: An Update on the Recommendations of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (excerpt)”

  1. DXer said

    RAMADHAN RAJAB has an insightful discussion of the anthrax story out of Kenya. He may be among the first to bring the world more concrete, substantiated news.

    Is the threat of a biological terror attack by Isis in Kenya real or mere posturing?

    Jun. 09, 2016, 5:00 am
    By RAMADHAN RAJAB @rrajab

    http://linkis.com/www.the-star.co.ke/n/ROnvd

    Alleged Islamic State leader Mohammed Abdi and his wife Nuseiba Osman alias Umm Farida, were this week charged with planning to unlease an anthrax terror attack in Kenya. This comes weeks after an announcement that the country might be facing eminent threats from Islamic State.

    Researchers and security analysts hold divided opinion over the presence of IS in the country with some dismissing it as a mere posturing by Kenya to remain relevant in the international terrorism spheres. They term Kenya as a country playing the politics of threats inflation to grab world attention and attract funding from donors.

    Others hold a view that the information from government may have some credence and should not be dismissed on face value, however demanding that the information on ISIS presence in the country, be put to serious analytical scrutiny for authentication.

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    Kenya had lost any credibility since the police have been unable to produce any evidence that a biological attack would make any sense to ISIS or any other terrorist organisation.

    He said weaponised anthrax is difficult to formulate, stock pile and deploy to any great immediate effect.

    “Anthrax can produce a particularly virulent flu-like illness which presents five to seven days after exposure but which can be successfully treated with available anti-biotics. The initial impact of an anthrax attack is literally non-existent unless samples of “weaponised anthrax” are recovered at the scene or if someone notices a spike in a certain demographic group seeking medical attention for the “flu,” he explained.

    However according to retired Colonel Benjamin Muema, the ISIS threat should not underplayed or dismissed.

    He said it isn’t peculiar that ISIS will want to team up with al Shabaab and establish its presence in Kenya.

    “If you look at the hierarchy of terror groups, their operations and sometimes ideology for instance of establishing a caliphate they are intertwined and sometimes may collabo to replenish and build solidarity when at threat. So the assertion by government isn’t far fetched,” he said.

    He cast doubts on security agencies’ ability to either detect nor thwart any biological attacks.

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    The source said that even though they might be trying to establish a global presence by establishing foreign cells, its difficult to trace them given that they apply the bamboo stick strategy where cell members don’t know each other and work independently to accomplish a mission as it was the case with the Belgium and France attacks.

    “Maybe they (ISIS) is here but not in a big way like the security agencies want to paint it. But the motivation behind the government alarming statements might be driven by desire to whip public and international community emotions, off-course to attract sympathy and funds,” the source said.

  2. DXer said

    Kenya Airways Staffers Under Investigation For Helping ISIS Suspect

    Staffers of Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways are under investigation for allegedly helping an ISIS suspect secure travel documentation.

    The Daily Nation reported that Nuseibah Mohammed, alias Ummu Fidaa, a medical student police linked to a planned biological terror attack using anthrax, was helped by Kenya Airways staffers to secure much needed travel documents to Kigali Rwanda.

    The help included interference with the airline’s systems and data, it was reported.

    http://newsofafrica.org/180177.html

  3. DXer said

    Former Senator Bob Graham was also Chairman of the “Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism.”

    Weapons of Mass Destruction Defenses
    Witnesses testified about preventing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) attacks. The hearing focused on the Weapons of Mass… read more
    http://www.c-span.org/video/?289062-1/weapons-mass-destruction-defenses&start=4009
    .

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

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