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

* CASE CLOSED, the novel by Lew Weinstein … more plausible than the story told by the FBI?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 20, 2014

It wasn't Ivins

THE REAL CASE … The FBI has never told the true story of the anthrax attacks or its own investigation. The FBI assertion that Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator does not stand up. Every element of the FBI case has been thoroughly demolished on this blog. The real perpetrators are still out there.

MY NOVEL … CASE CLOSED presents one possible (fictional) sequence of events to explain the FBI’s failure. It begins with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) initiating an investigation into the FBI’s failure to solve the case. Blending history and fiction, the DIA trail uncovers the involvement of the White House, the role of the Iraq war, and the real perpetrators. Says one well-placed source in the Intelligence Community … This story, unfortunately, is “all too plausible.”

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CASE CLOSED

* purchase CASE CLOSED at amazon

$4.99 kindle … $8.96 paperback

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autho photo - FB

Here is a YouTube interview I did several years ago regarding the FBI’s failed case against Bruce Ivins and the need for the American people to know the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zI69unuq6A

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What readers say

about CASE CLOSED …

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  • Case Closed is a fast-paced thriller.

  • The writing is sparse, driven by a plausible plot that allows the reader to think through the crime/mystery along with the protagonist.

  • a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating read.

  • CASE CLOSED is excellent, great page-turner. I was impressed with how deftly Weinstein moved between fact and fiction.

  • I think (fear?) that this novel tells the real story of the 2001 anthrax attacks.

  • This book serves as an example of one of the great uses of fiction: using the power of imagination to make a point, build a case through the power of story, when the writer can’t access the facts (here the facts are hidden in the back rooms of power).

  • CASE CLOSED opened my mind.

  • Case Closed leaves you with the thought that perhaps someone else could really have been accountable for this horrendous crime.

  • My biggest problem with CASE CLOSED is it is too believable. I would not be at all surprised if Lewis Weinstein’s fictionalized novel about the FBI’s anthrax investigation turned out to be more truth than fiction.

  • the CASE is far from CLOSED.

  • This is not just a good book, but an important one.

  • Weinstein knew there were demons embedded in the FBI’s story, and they haunted him. For weeks he could not rest until he’d put pen to paper. This novel is the result.

  • Case Closed provides a solid background of the 2001 anthrax case which could not have been attained through the news media. It was concise and informative and offered credibility to the events which in my opinion could have very likely occurred.

  • Fiction?? Maybe?? But I don’t think so!! More likely an excellent interpretation of what may have really happened.

  • The FBI’s mishandling of the anthrax attacks investigation is just another example of the way the past administration “managed” events to fit their agenda.

  • Lew is a great investigative writer.

  • The book is compelling, once you start you cannot put it down … and the end is … Well you will have to read it to find out.

  • Case Closed reads fast and well. It could have happened just the way the author said. Full of intrigue mixed in with almost current events. The real people are just behind the fictional ones.

  • The author states loud and clear that this book is fiction … but the investigation of the Anthrax attacks makes one stop and really think about it.

  • Weinstein raises some very interesting and disturbing theories. If it was not meant to make one think about the real situation, the book would still be a great read.

  • It is suspenseful and a real page turnerPlease tell me it’s not true!

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12 Responses to “* CASE CLOSED, the novel by Lew Weinstein … more plausible than the story told by the FBI?”

  1. DXer said

    There now about 50 civil depositions (or lengthy excerpts) uploaded at the USAMRIID Electronic Room. There will be another large group of depositions uploaded from Stevens vs. US shortly and then perhaps in a month or so another large group from Hatfill v. US (many of the Hatfill depositions were only lengthy excerpts)

    Thanks again to USAMRIID and Lew for working to get us all “on the same page.”

    Recently uploaded deposiitions include the Deposition of Reynolds M. Salerno, PhD (head of Sandia team that inspected USAMRIID) in 2002.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Deposition/145-FOI-12817%20(Getman)%20Deposition%20of%20Dr.%20Salerno%20Redacted%20for%20Release.pdf

    and Colonel Elliott who led the Inspector General team in November 2001 in its inspection of USAMRIID.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Deposition/Elliott%20Deposition%20Redacted%20for%20Release.pdf

    Links not uploaded due to technical difficulties include the full civil deposition Jeffrey Adamovicz, Stephen Little, Patricia Worsham, Russell Byrne and Gerard Andrews.

    Jeffrey Adamovicz civil deposition …
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/zjfsakuuo69uede/Dr.Adamoviczdeposition.pdf

    Gerard Andrews deposition (uploaded in 3 parts) …
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vodc2ua1qx8hmxt/Andrews%20deposition%201.pdf
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1w5cdrk3k9y2b8/Andrews%20deposition%202.pdf
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ntlpkl7980miqao/Andrews%20deposition%203.pdf

    Stephen Little civil deposition …
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7s6uzlzwca6htcs/LittleDeposition.pdf

    Patricia Worsham civil deposition …
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ab59qq13ebhkxfr/Worshamdepo.pdf

    Russell Byrne civil deposition …
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ysg0u6h80lrsq26/Byrne%20deposition.pdf

    I am looking to obtain these emails in an unannotated pdf format small enough to send USAMRIID by email. If DOJ Civil FOIA were to email clean pdf files of those depos to USAMRIID FOIA it would overcome my technical difficulties. (I haven’t want to ask DOJ Civil FOIA by contacting them directly because I don’t want to distract them from processing the pending request; they tend to answer all pending requests in a consolidated response and so responses are quicker if a requestor paces the requests).

    I have requests at Army IG and Army CID pending and will forward any documents received to USAMRIID FOIA.

    Sandia is also subject to FOIA. IMO, an opinion by a blogger or poster is relatively valueless — underlying documents are the currency of the realm in advance of the GAO report expected this summer.

    The civil depositions of Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott have not yet been uploaded.

    From the USAMRIID website:

    Contents of: Deposition

    145-FOI-12774 (Getman) Deposition of Alnora O. Robinson_Redacted.pdf (94 KB) — Posted: 04/16/2014
    145-FOI-12774 (Getman) Deposition of Larry Lynn_Redacted.pdf (149 KB) — Posted: 04/16/2014
    145-FOI-12817 (Getman) Deposition of Dr. Salerno Redacted for Release.pdf (351 KB) — Posted: 04/15/2014
    EdwardJEitzencivildepo.pdf (227 KB) — Posted: 04/16/2014
    Elliott Deposition Redacted for Release.pdf (186 KB) — Posted: 04/15/2014
    Friedlander Deposition Errata Sheet_Redacted.pdf (140 KB) — Posted: 04/15/2014
    Friedlander Deposition_Redacted.pdf (79 KB) — Posted: 04/16/2014
    Friend Deposition_Redacted.pdf (143 KB) — Posted: 04/16/2014
    Jahrling Depo redacted 1-29-2014.pdf (134 KB) — Posted: 04/16/2014
    Welkos Deposition _Redacted.pdf (119 KB) — Posted: 04/15/2014
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 1 Testimony of Dwight Adams, John Ashcroft, Timothy Beres, Gary Boyd (SAIC), Tom Carey
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 2 Testimony of Edward Cogswell, Barbara Comstock, Mark Corallo, Deborah Daniels, Darrell Darnell,
    Arthur Eberhart, James Fitzgerald
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 3 Testimony of Bradley Garrett, Stephen Guillot, Van Harp, Steven Hatfill
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 4 Testimony of Tracy Henke, Roscoe Howard, Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Kenneth Kohl
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 5 Testimony of Michael Kortan, Nicholas Kristof, Richard Lambert, Allan Lengel
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 6 Testimony of Tony Loci, Robert Mueller, Peter Mueller, Virginia Patrick, Channing Phillips, James Reynolds
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 7 Testimony of Brian Ross, Robert Roth, Daniel Seikaly
    Amerithrax depositions … Vol 8 Testimony of Bryan Sierra, James Stewart, Rex Stockham, Vic Walter, Debra Weierman

    Brought to you courtesy of our world traveling host and sponsor:

    Case Closed: Why the FBI failed to solve the anthrax case
    http://www.amazon.com/Case-Closed-Lewis-M-Weinstein/dp/1595943188/ref%3Dntt_at_ep_dpi_1

  2. DXer said

    U.S. intelligence chief bars unauthorized contacts with reporters on all intel-related matters

    BY JONATHAN S. LANDAY MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
    April 21, 2014

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/21/225055/us-intelligence-chief-bars-unauthorized.html

    Employees of U.S. intelligence agencies have been barred from discussing without authorization any intelligence-related matter – even if it isn’t classified – with journalists, under a new directive issued by Director of National Security James Clapper.

    Intelligence agency employees who violate the policy could suffer career-ending losses of their security clearances or out-right termination, and those who disclose classified information could face criminal prosecution, according to the directive signed by Clapper on March 20.

    Under the order, only the director or deputy head of an intelligence agency, public affairs officials and those authorized by a public affairs official may have contact with journalists on intelligence-related matters.

    The order, which was made public on Monday by Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of
    American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, is sweeping in its definition of intelligence-related matters.

    “The directive is limited to contact with the media about intelligence related-information,
    including intelligence sources, methods, activities and judgments,” says the order, which doesn’t distinguish between classified and unclassified matters.
    It also includes a sweeping definition of who is a journalist, which it asserts is “any person . . . engaged in the collection, production, or dissemination to the public of information in any form related to topics of national security.”

    The order represents the latest move by the Obama administration to stifle leaks. It bolsters another administration initiative, called the Insider Threat Program, which requires federal employees to report co-workers who show any of a broad variety of “high risk” behaviors that could indicate that they could be sources of unauthorized releases of classified or unclassified material.
    President Barack Obama launched the Insider Threat Program in October 2011 after Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from a classified computer network and sent them to WikiLeaks, the anti-government secrecy group.

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    “Ultimately, it (the new directive) is going to be self-defeating because it’s going to undermine the credibility of the news emanating from the intelligence community,” said Aftergood. “Whether because of deception or error or whatever it might be, the authorized official view is not always the right one and it is usually incomplete.”

    From exaggerated and bogus information on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to Clapper’s own misleading statement on the collection of Americans’ private communications data, the U.S. intelligence community already has a substantial record of issuing inaccurate or abbreviated information to the public.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/21/225055/us-intelligence-chief-bars-unauthorized.html#storylink=cpy

    Comment:

    I cannot tell a lie. I didn’t do a single one of these graphics. Someone sent from the IC did (but any mistakes are my own)

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

  3. DXer said

    There are about 50 civil depositions available now uiploaded to the USAMRIID Electronic Reading Room.

    Some of the most important are still coming. Thanks so much to USAMRIID for working to get people on the same page.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/index.cfm?pageid=foia_reading_room.overview#

  4. DXer said

    if it is warm and sunny again out tomorrow, this is a 2014 book I want to read.

    Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring Hardcover
    by Peter Duffy (Author)

    The never-before-told tale of the German-American who spearheaded a covert mission to infiltrate New York’s Nazi underground in the days leading up to World War II—the most successful counterespionage operation in US history.

    From the time Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933, German spies were active in New York. In 1937, a German national living in Queens stole the blueprints for the country’s most precious secret, the Norden Bombsight, delivering them to the German military two years before World War II started in Europe and four years before the US joined the fight. When the FBI uncovered a ring of Nazi spies in the city, President Franklin Roosevelt formally declared J. Edgar Hoover as America’s spymaster with responsibility for overseeing all investigations. As war began in Europe in 1939, a naturalized German-American was recruited by the Nazis to set up a radio transmitter and collect messages from spies active in the city to send back to Nazi spymasters in Hamburg. This German-American, William G. Sebold, approached the FBI and became the first double agent in the Bureau’s history, the center of a sixteen-month investigation that led to the arrest of a colorful cast of thirty-three enemy agents, among them a South African adventurer with an exotic accent and a monocle and a Jewish femme fatale, Lilly Stein, who escaped Nazi Vienna by offering to seduce US military men into whispering secrets into her ear.

    A riveting, meticulously researched, and fast-moving story, Double Agent details the largest and most important espionage bust in American history.

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

  5. DXer said

    Another book for summer reading relates to the ongoing Abu Hamza trial. The nonfiction book of the star witness is called KIDNAPPED IN YEMEN.*

    I am going to be receiving a copy of the novel AMERITHRAX (2014) by a friend of the blog, French bacteriologist friend, John N. Turner.

    */ Revealed: The female tech CEO who brought down Al Qaeda ‘hate cleric’ Abu Hamza after bravely recording his terror plot confession after confronting him over her own kidnap

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608931/Star-witness-hate-preacher-Abu-Hamzas-trial-recorded-clerics-confession-organizing-Yemen-terror-plot.html

    Quin described the terrifying hostage situation, and her quest to bring the person responsible to justice, in her book ‘Kidnapped in Yemen’.

    • DXer said

      A Harvard MBA living in Rochester, NY at the time she decided to vacation in Yemen, in her book Quin describes the 1998 embassy bombing. She says no one claimed responsiblity but investigators’ suspicions quickly settled on Egyptian Isamic Jihad, led by Dr. Zawahiri who was associated with Osama Bin Laden. She explained that EIJ had warned that EIJ was going to retaliate in a language Americans woululd understand for the role the US had played in extraditing three jihad members out of Albania and back to Cairo.

      She knew Afghanistan not to be a good place for women’s rights. The author in 1995 worked to promote women’s rights at a convention in Seneca Falls, NY, not far from me.

      She explains that after the 1998 embassy bombings, Clinton bombed “a Sudanese factory believed to be doing double duty as a chemical weapons plant.”

      One of those members, EIJ military commander, Mabruk, also explained that Zawahiri would retaliate using anthrax as a weapon.

      In February 1999, a threat was received that anthrax would be used if all Americans did not leave Yemen by February 27, 1999.

      Dr. Zawahiri was in communication with an EIJ cell in Yemen. He complained bitterly that they had bought a new fax (copy machine) when the old one worked perfectly fine. Quin, recently appointed to head a Xerox business unit for color copiers, probably could have gotten the Yemen EIJ cell a good deal if she had known of Dr. Ayman’s concerns.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Living not far from Quin in Upstate NY, about the same time as her book, I was describing the role played by a procurement agent from Yemen who was helping Yazid Sufaat equip the lab in Kandahar. The graduate microbiology student was based in Karachi and was rendered on a ptich black runway.

      http://www.indymedia.be/index.html%3Fq=node%252F8004.html

      Anthrax: Details of Possible US Biodefense Insider Connection
      Ross Getman19 maart 2007 – 21:09

      The civil rights suit by US scientist Dr. Steve Hatfill in a Virginia federal district court hit a road bump today as individual government defendants were dismissed insofar as they were sued in their individual capacity. But along with Khalid Mohammed’s confession about supervising a cell to weaponize anthrax for use against the US this week, the court’s dismissal provides a reminder that there is still no answer to the mystery of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings in the US. There may be lots of reason that the United States government finds itself in an awkward situation both in the pending civil rights litigation and the anthrax investigation generally.

      It was 1 a.m. in the morning on October 23, 2001. Parts of the airport runway were pitch black. Masked Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (“ISI”) agents in a rented white Toyota sedan sped up with a shackled and blindfolded man. In the empty corner of the Karachi airport, a soldier with his face covered filmed the transfer of Jamil Qasim Saeed Mohammed, age 27. Two weeks earlier a postal worker had died in the US from exposure to mailed anthrax. Authorities were rounding up the usual suspects — using a Gulfstream V jet registered to people in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. who existed only on paper. Mohammed had first come to Karachi in 1993 from Yemen’s capital city, Sana’a, and had recently been studying microbiology at the University of Karachi.

      After the September 11 attacks, Pakistani intelligence agents started checking on Arab university students in the area. Mohammed’s teachers told investigators that they had not seen him on campus since late August. Agents staked out his apartment in Karachi and nabbed him upon his return. Mohammed was wanted in connection with the bombing of the USS Cole. In 1996, Pakistani authorities officials had arrested Mohammed in connection with the November 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad. That attack was financed by the Canadian islamist and charity worker, Khadr and his charity Mercy International, a charity funded by Osama Bin Laden’s late brother-in-law Khalifa and founded by Saudi dissident Sheik Al-Hawali. Ayman Zawahiri, speaking for the military wing of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, known as the Vanguards of Conquest, claimed responsibility for the bombing. Mohammed was released without being charged. Mohammed re-enrolled at university in 1999. He was one of at least two microbiologist lab technicians who were rendered by the CIA. Saeed Mohammed was not particularly expert — and spent most of his time in Karachi procuring equipment. Washington announced Saeed had been rendered, but senior Pakistani officials continued to deny that the transfer had taken place.

      The scene would repeat itself at a different airport two months later with the rendition of Ahmed Agiza, former head of the Vanguards of Conquest before Zawahiri. Swedish officials prepared an expulsion order at 4 p.m. on December 18. Agiza, a 39-year old physician, was picked up on the street by 6 p.m. and he was in the air by 10 p.m. In a small room at the airport, six-hooded figures took Agiza and another prisoner and changed them into dark red overalls. The men cut off his clothes, without having to remove his handcuffs and leg irons. They inserted a suppository containing a sedative while putting on diapers. Then they hung him, blindfolded and hooded, in a harness in the plane. Dr. Agiza had been convicted in his absence in 1999, together with 106 others, by a military court in Cairo for membership in the Vanguards of Conquest (“Talal al-Fateh”). The crew of the plane did not use the term “extraordinary rendition” — they just referred to the process as “snatches.” The Egyptian government had promised not to torture the suspects, but Agiza claims that they applied electric shocks through electrodes fastened to sensitive parts of his body — to his genitals, nipples, tongue, ear lobes, and underarms.

      These renditions were just two of the opening volleys in what would prove to be a 5 year effort to find the parties responsible for the letters containing anthrax sent to US Senators and media outlets. The anthrax was mailed shortly after the planes attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. In 1999, captured leaders of Zawahiri’s Vanguards of Conquest had said that Ayman was going to use weaponized anthrax against US targets in retaliation for the rendering of EIJ leaders and supporters to places like Cairo and Amman. The letter to the Senator Leahy, author of the “Leahy Law” that permitted continued appropriations to security units under “extraordinary circumstances”, read: “We have this anthrax. You die now. Are you afraid?”

      The tactic of lethal letters was not merely the modus operandi of the militant islamists inspired by Ayman Zawahiri, it was their signature. The islamists sent letter bombs in late December 1996 from Alexandria, Egypt to newspaper offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. and people in symbolic positions. Musical Christmas cards apparently postmarked in Alexandria, Egypt on December 21, 1996, (which is Laylat al-Qadr, literally the Night of Decree or Night of Measures), contained improvised explosive devices. The letters were sent in connection with the earlier bombing of the World Trade Center and the imprisonment of the blind sheik, Sheik Abdel Rahman. The former leader of the Egyptian Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (“Islamic Group”), Abdel-Rahman was also a spiritual leader of Al Qaeda. The letter bombs were sent in connection with the treatment of the Egyptian islamists imprisoned for the earlier attack on the WTC and a related plot. The purpose of the letter bombs — which resulted in minimal casualty — was to send a message. (There initially was an outstanding $2 million reward — under the rewards for justice program, the reward now is up to $5 million.) There was no claim of responsibility. There was no explanation. Once one had been received, the next ten, mailed on two separate dates, were easily collected. Sound familiar? Two bombs were also sent to Leavenworth, where a key WTC 1993 defendant was imprisoned, addressed to “Parole Officer.” (The position does not exist). The FBI suspected the Vanguards of Conquest, a mysterious group led by Egyptian Islamic Jihad head Ayman Zawahiri. The group can be thought of as either the military wing of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad or perhaps just EIJ by another name. It is sometimes known as the New Jihad.

    • DXer said

      Here is a memo Dr. Ayman Zawahiri wrote to the leader of the EIJ cell in Yemen in February 1999 at the time of the threat to use anthrax. The author Quin discussed the difficulties the frustrations of corporate life with the egos and the jockeying. Imagine the frustrations and bickering that dominated Dr. Zawahiri’s cash-strapped EIJ before his financial angel Obama pulled his fat from the fire.

      TO: Ezzat (real name unknown)
      FROM: Ayman al-Zawahiri
      FOLDER: Outgoing Mail—To Yemen
      DATE: February 11, 1999

      Noble brother Ezzat …

      Following are my comments on the summary accounting I received:

      … With all due respect, this is not an accounting. It’s a summary accounting. For example, you didn’t write any dates, and many of the items are vague.

      The analysis of the summary shows the following:

      1- You received a total of $22,301. Of course, you didn’t mention the period over which this sum was received. Our activities only benefited from a negligible portion of the money. This means that you received and distributed the money as you please …

      2- Salaries amounted to $10,085—45 percent of the money. I had told you in my fax … that we’ve been receiving only half salaries for five months. What is your reaction or response to this?

      3- Loans amounted to $2,190. Why did you give out loans? Didn’t I give clear orders to Muhammad Saleh to … refer any loan requests to me? We have already had long discussions on this topic …

      4- Why have guesthouse expenses amounted to $1,573 when only Yunis is there, and he can be accommodated without the need for a guesthouse?

      5- Why did you buy a new fax for $470? Where are the two old faxes? Did you get permission before buying a new fax under such circumstances?

      6- Please explain the cell-phone invoice amounting to $756 (2,800 riyals) when you have mentioned communication expenses of $300.

      7- Why are you renovating the computer? Have I been informed of this?

      8- General expenses you mentioned amounted to $235. Can you explain what you mean? …

      Source: “Inside Al-Qaeda’s Hard drive: Budget squabbles, baby pictures, office rivalries — and the path to 9/11”
      http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2004/09/inside-al-qaeda-s-hard-drive/303428/

    • DXer said

      I mention the February 1999 letter in Yemen again in this 2006 piece.

      Abu Hamza, what was your relationship with Ayman Zawahiri and the EIJ members in the London cell?

      Mailed Anthrax Was A Warning from Al Qaeda

      Ross E. Getman, Esq. – 10/4/2006
      http://www.globalpolitician.com/default.asp?22203-terror-qaida

      A February 1999 a letter signed by “Army of Suicidals Group 66, Bin Laden Militant Wing,” threatened anthrax attacks against Westerners if they stayed in Yemen beyond a 11-day ultimatum ending February 27, 1999. Investigators considered a possible connection to the attempted extradition to Yemen of the London-based Egyptian islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

    • DXer said

      Years ago I provided a citation regarding the February 1999 threat in Yemen to use anthrax if the foreigners did not leave. The citation would have been a foreign language article translated by the publicly available CIA data FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service). But I’m still on the hunt for the original article. In this link the citation fn. 36 is not included.

      February 7, 2003 rev.

      (Cited authorities are linked below in the “References”)
      http://nyc.indymedia.org/media/text/al_qaeda__.txt

    • DXer said

      Attash, the fellow who would stay in the Kuala Lumpur anthrax lab head, Yazid Sufaat, was in Yemen in early 1999. By 1999, you may recall, Sufaat was already trying to line up assets for Al Qaeda’s anthrax program and was interviewing a microbiologist in Indonesia. Spring 1999 was when Dr. Zawahiri first started briefing his boss, the former Cairo police sergeant Atef who was AQ’s military commander on use of anthrax as a weapon. Spring 1999 was when Zawahiri recruited Rauf Ahmad (Abdur Rauf).

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=asummer99yemendeal

      “In early 1999, al-Qaeda operative Khallad bin Attash is sent to Yemen to help al-Qaeda leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri obtain explosives to bomb a ship, and also to get a US visa so he can travel to the US to take part in an operation there. Three 9/11 hijackers get a US visa around this time (see April 3-7, 1999), but bin Attash has more trouble, apparently because he is Yemeni and the others are Saudi. While there, bin Attash is arrested by Yemeni authorities. Bin Laden finds out about the arrest and is concerned that bin Attash might reveal the ship bombing and US operations while under interrogation. Bin Laden contacts a Yemeni official and makes a deal, offering not to attack Yemen if the Yemeni government does not confront him and releases bin Attash in the summer of 1999. Both sides agree to the deal and bin Attash returns to Afghanistan without revealing either plot. [9/11 COMMISSION, 7/24/2004, PP. 155-156] There is other evidence Yemeni officials will help al-Nashiri, as his ship attack plot eventually targets the USS Cole while stationed in Yemen (see April 2000 and After October 12, 2000).”

    • DXer said

      Airstrike in Yemen targets suspected Al Qaeda training camps
      A number of fighters were killed Sunday in a remote mountain region in southern Yemen in the second strike targeting Al Qaeda since Saturday, government officials said. Their statement did not identify who was behind the attack, but the U.S. regularly carries out drone strikes in Yemen against the local Al Qaeda branch. Those killed included foreigners and suspected leading figures in Al Qaeda, said an unnamed official.
      THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:44 PM

      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/airstrike-yemen-targets-suspected-al-qaeda-training-camps-article-1.1763170#ixzz2zWBQDE2H

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