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

* DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US

Posted by DXer on June 6, 2014

Screen shot 2013-05-24 at 6.36.00 AM

Advertisements

245 Responses to “* DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US”

  1. DXer said

    Both the FBI and investigator reporter Steve Kurkjian (in his new book MASTER THIEVES) have reported that Robert F. Guarente held some of the paintings for the members of the Carmello Merlino crew that committed the heist. As a start, I would bring a warrant, ground penetrating radar, and a backhoe to Bobby Guarente’s old farmhouse in Madison, Maine. The FBI searched the property in 2009 but did not have ground penetrating radar or a backhoe.

    http://photos.syracuse.com/yourphotos/2013/03/isabella_gardner_art_heist.html

    As Steve Kurkjian reports in his Pulitzer-worthy new book, Jeanine Guarente (Bobby’s daughter), Elene Guarente (Bobby’s wife) and Earle Berghman (Bobby’s best friend) tried to return the paintings for the reward in 2004/2005 after Mr. Guarente passed away in January 2004. They contacted Board member Hiatt through an attorney Bernard Grossberg. Hiatt reportedly did not tell the museum security director (who assumed his position in 2005) because paint chips tested negative. But now the FBI has concluded that Bobby Guarente DID in fact have the paintings. When Kurkjian interviewed Mr. Berghman early last Spring — both by telephone and in person — Mr. Berghman inexplicably had not yet been interviewed by the FBI or museum’s security director Tony Amore.

    Bobby Guarente trusted his daughter. But Jeanine was only 14 or 15 at the time of the theft and so would not in any way be responsible for a theft committed by her father’s friends. Return of the paintings will provide a college fund for the grandchildren of all involved.

    Reporters should now interview Attorney Grossberg, Hiatt, Jeanine, Elene and Earle Berghman for the full background. It is time for today’s reporters to demonstrate that the golden age of investigative reporting is not lost to history along with these art pieces.

    • DXer said

      Tony’s strategy announced in today’s press:

      “Talking to everyone we can talk to.”

      Tony should have interviewed Earle a couple years ago when I gave him Earle’s name instead of discouraging me from doing so — on the grounds that I was making Elene nervous.

      http://wgbhnews.org/post/gardner-museum-security-director-well-get-paintings-back

    • DXer said

      I think of Mr. Kurkjian’s candidate Bobby Donati as a driver of a second car rather than one of the robbers subject of the composites.

      I think Bobby Donati looked like Tom Hulce’s character in Animal House. I like him for participating — based on what Vincent Ferrara says — but I like him as a driver of a second car rather than one of the uniformed robbers.

      Here is Tom Hulce on the left.

      Now compare Tom Hulce to Bobby Donati.

      History channel had an excellent write-up.

      Did one of the robbers have a fondness for chocolate?

      History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later
      http://www.history.com/news/historys-biggest-art-heist-remains-unsolved-25-years-later

      History

      Strangely, the robbers had left untouched the museum’s most valuable painting, Titian’s “The Rape of Europa,” but an unwound coat hanger found near the candy machine suggested that they also pilfered chocolate bars.

      • DXer said

        Meet the Suspects

        Robert A. “Bobby” Donati
        Saturday, March 29, 2008
        By:

        Tom Mashberg
        He was a “flim-flam artist” with ties to the Mafia and a criminal record that stretched back to 1958. But it wasn’t until he allegedly boasted about his involvement in the $300 million Isabella Stewart Gardner heist, that Robert A. “Bobby” Donati wound up dead.

        What does his brother Richard think?

        http://masscases.com/cases/sjc/354/354mass337.html

      • DXer said

        Bobby’s brother Richard (“Dicky”) died in 1989, of a drug overdose. Family members think Myles lied when he reported that Robert had been on the score in Maine in the 70s, that it was Richard (who was smarter than Robert).

    • DXer said

      25 Years Later, a Renewed Campaign to Solve Boston’s Greatest Art Heist
      In a city still reeling from the Marathon bombings, questions of what’s been lost resonate.

      • ANTHONY FLINT
      • Mar 18, 2015

      http://www.citylab.com/crime/2015/03/25-years-later-a-renewed-campaign-to-solve-bostons-greatest-art-heist/388132/

      “In his recently published book Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, author Stephen Kurkjian suggests the crime may have been choreographed as a bargaining chip to free a mob lieutenant from jail. Kurkjian is as dogged as an investigative reporter as they come—full disclosure, we were colleagues years ago at the Globe—but even he doesn’t care if every aspect of the mystery is solved, as long as the paintings are returned.”

      ***

      The investigation to date has revealed an underworld of toughs and gangsters that are straight out of movies like The Departed or The Town. The thieves executed the operation with the cold professionalism of a well-planned bank robbery, maintained a code of silence, and got away with it.

      Comment:

      My favorite Isabella Gardner theory is my theory is that the bad guys like GoodFellas, and the bad guys like The Godfather. If I were the FBI, I would use that tidbit as a divining rod — or stud finder — in locating the paintings.

      My original theory was that Joe Murray bought a key painting or more in 1992 when state authorities turned down Marty Leppo’s suggestion that the paintings could be exchanged for dropping the cocaine distribution charges against Carmello Merlino. (Marty was representing Guarente, a Merlino crew member, in Maine on a gun charge in 1991).

      I refined the theory to include the speculation that Joe Murray, part of a local lake association, may have hid the paintings in the walls of a razed and rebuilt cabin on the lake’s Pine Island at a boys camp. Volunteers from the lake association did the work, which was done right at the time Joe would have needed a place to hide and store the paintings.

      The cabin was named after the nightclub in GoodFellas. Joe was known to hide loot at his nearby summer home — for example, he had a lot of silver bars down in his basement.

      Joe Murray had told a former FBI Agent who was working for him that he could lay his hands on the Gardner paintings. (As I recall, Joe was interested in getting his brother out of trouble).

      But Joe died with the secret — being shot by a .357 magnum in his summer home in late 1992. He made the mistake of bringing a kitchen knife to a gunfight.

      One difficulty with the theory is that the FBI says it has a sighting of a major painting in 2003. On the other hand, I’m told Bobby Donati — under Mr. Kurkjian’s theory — blew $200,000 he was paid at a racetrack/casino in Florida.

      Okay, well where did the money come from then? If Mr. Kurkjian’s suggestion to me is correct, who paid the money? Joe Murray, was so near Bobby Guarente in Maine — and in the same business (albeit wholesale rather than retail). He would make a fine candidate. Joe Murray was highly liquid and had lots of cash at his disposal. This was the theory suggested by William Youngworth in 2004 to Brian Ross.

      Disclaimer: I correspond often with Mr. Kurkjian, often starting before dawn. But I only get substantive responses to factual questions on occasion.

      I first became a fan some years ago when I heard he had already pursued the Murray lead in Maine. I rushed to forward him the FBI’s 302s from the Merlino armed robbery sting in an attempt to prove my usefulness.

      A very capable, confidence-inspiring federal undercover did my graphics in Amerithrax.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      I tried to interest him in Isabella Gardner matter. But he baled at the last minute on a planned trip to Maine so we were a man or two short. (I wouldn’t know where to borrow equipment that could see through walls).

    • DXer said

      http://gangsterreport.com/mafia-art-heist-mystery-part-1/

      “On September 24, 1991, Donati’s badly-beaten body was found hogtied in the trunk of his car. Massachusetts State Police reports indicate that certain groups in the state’s law enforcement community believed Bobby D’s murder was carried out by East Boston mafia henchman Mark Rossetti, a future New England mob capo who would be outed as a Confidential Informant for the FBI.

      “Informant B3467MSPOCU tells Officer redacted name that Rossetti slit Donati’s throat,” it said in one particular MSP file.

      Rossetti’s uncle, Boston wiseguy Robert (Bobby Boost) Guarente, was about to get in on the action.”

      Comment:

      Maybe this is motive enough for the FBI to shy away from a Donati theory. Maybe focusing on a nephew of Bobby Guarente just raises the sore subject of bad acts committed by some of its informants. (I tend to agree that the FBI is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t).

      But does a nephew of Bobby Guarente hold the key to the solution of the location of the Gardner paintings?

      http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/08/12/reputed_mob_boss_rossetti_is_called_fbi_informant/

      “State Police recorded more than 40 conversations between Rossetti and his FBI handler in the spring of 2010, through a wiretap on Rossetti’s FBI-issued phone, according to the court documents. In the conversations, they discussed other Mafia figures and the possible role of Rossetti’s cousin in the 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as Rossetti’s debt collections. According to the documents, it was during these conversations that State Police discovered Rossetti was an FBI informant.”

      ***

      When working with informants, the bureau is required to follow clear guidelines that restrict what the informant may do.

      ***

      “The Department of Justice rules require us to report criminal wrongdoing by any of our sources,’’ he said. “The FBI followed those guidelines.’’

      • DXer said

        1. Thieves Pose As Cops, Steal 12 Priceless Paintings – Chicago Tribune
        articles.chicagotribune.com/…/9001230057_1_biggest-art-heist-art-theft-… •

        Mar 19, 1990 – FBI agent Paul Cavanagh said, “This is one of those thefts where people actually spent some time researching and took specific things. The job was a …

        2. FBI agents arrested two top members of New England’s organized crime families Monday morning as part of a three-state dragnet targeting 21 mob suspects on a total of 113 criminal counts.

        Paul Cavanaugh, a spokesman for the FBI’s field office in Boston, said alleged mob figures in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut were being arrested on unsealed indictments alleging a variety of crimes, including murder, racketeering, kidnapping, drug trafficking, gambling, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation.At least six people were already under arrest Monday

        http://www.deseretnews.com/article/93541/FBI-AGENTS-ARREST-2-MOB-SUSPECTS.html?pg=all

        The connection to the mob indictments was always front and center.

        John Connolly (the FBI Agent who went to jail in connnection with his handling of Whitey Bulger) was Paul Cavanaugh’s superior.

        Vincent Ferrara had been locked up since late 1989. (Kurkjian says Ferrara reports that Donati did the heist to help free him.)

    • DXer said

      http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/1998/03/biggest-art-heist-us-history

      The above article by Gangster Report — which I think is otherwise extremely good — credits Houghton as involved in the robbery. Due to his size, I certainly don’t buy him as one of the robbers in the uniforms I think the FBI would want to be wary of the opportunistic desire to weave a story pinning all blame on a dead guy — preferably one such as Houghton who reportedly died of natural causes or at least was not among those killed by a close associate. Thus, I am always wary whenever I sense a Leppo/Connor spin being fronted by others. Marty, as a legal strategy, would favor pinning the crime on someone other than his close associates and clients. Tell me that Marty was at the Globe party, and I worry what residue and spin he left behind.

      “David Houghton turned out to be an even better lead. In the late 1950s, in the Boston suburbs of Malden and Melrose, he was one of the “Elvis Bandits,” a gang of cat burglars with DA haircuts who were arrested in connection with a hundred or so break-ins. By the mid-60s, Houghton was a loyal Connor follower, working as an antiques dealer, mechanic, occasional fence, and roadie for Connor’s rock band, Myles and the Wild Ones.

      When Connor was last jailed, in 1989, for transporting stolen property across state lines, Houghton took custody of many of his friend’s belongings. These effects, scattered across Massachusetts, included many steamer trunks filled with valuable antiques and artifacts, in particular Oriental swords and sheaths collected by Connor over 30 years.

      “Myles’s stuff,” as the eclectic hodgepodge became known, filled a 40-foot-long box trailer, and was a chore to manage. In March 1992, Houghton, who at 52 was planning to marry and had moved to rural Auburn, Massachusetts, arranged to have Myles’s stuff transferred to a new custodian, approved by Connor. Not long after that, Houghton, who weighed 350 pounds, died from coronary-artery disease.

      Houghton, Connor would later say, was the man who organized the Gardner break-in and hid the loot, with Bobby Donati as his inside man. The new custodian he entrusted with Myles’s stuff was William Youngworth.”

    • DXer said

      Art that’s everlasting — unless it’s stolen
      By Nicole GelinasMarch 22, 2015

      “Just as some people are now dead, some people are alive who weren’t then — and they may know something interesting about their now-dead relatives, friends and lovers.”‘

      http://nypost.com/2015/03/22/art-thats-everlasting-unless-its-stolen/

      The best friend of the fellow who was holding some of the paintings for Bobby Guarente was staying very near the first Chinese restaurant I ever ate at in the 1970s.

      The fellow, a nice and approachable guy, had no involvement in the theft, storage of the paintings etc. and so would be entitled to the reward, as would his children and grandchildren. I left an informal note using the back of the menu from my favorite Chinese restaurant — which now has been at that location for almost 40 years. I emphasized that the reward would provide — in addition to the usual Jaguar for all — for college for the next generation. They don’t need to have or know the location of any of the paintings — they just need to provide the museum information that leads to the paintings.

      But I never heard back. If the sticking point is that the “Concert” and Rembrandt’s only seascape are both destroyed or unavailable — for example lost in the flood under Bobby Gentile’s back shed in CT — I still think the museum would be very generous upon the return of even minor pieces and has said they would pay the reward on a pro rata basis.

      • DXer said

        errata –

        “The best friend of the fellow who was holding some of the paintings for Bobby Guarente was staying very near the first Chinese restaurant I ever ate at in the 1970s.”

        I misspoke. What I meant to explain was…

        Bobby Guarente was holding the paintings for members of the Merlino crew. Mr. Guarente’s friend — Mr. Berghman — who came to stay in my hometown, had nothing to do with either the theft or storage of the paintings. For example, he reports that he first learned of Bobby’s close relationship with David Turner when they stopped at a Barnes and Noble and Bobby picked up a copy of Michael Blanding’s brilliant article on the sting in Carmello Merlino’s garage. So like Jeanine Guarente, there is no obstacle to his recovery. Nor, for that matter, is there an obstacle to Elene’s recovery. Elene was the late Bobby Guarente’s wife. She once has described Mr. Berghman as her soul mate. She certainly was not responsible for what friends of her husband did. As Mr. Kurkjian has emphasized, Vincent Ferrara gives the thumbs up for return of any and all pieces. He has turned a new leaf and is charting a new course moving forward. No one should sweat getting in trouble — though of course it always makes sense to keep your nose clean. The FBI seldom passes the opportunity to gain leverage absent voluntary cooperation.

  2. DXer said

    Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices
    POSTED 9:53 PM, MARCH 11, 2015, BY CHRIS HALSNE,
    http://kdvr.com/2015/03/11/mysterious-spy-cameras-collecting-data-at-post-offices/

    Comment: It would make total sense that this was being done pursuant to a warrant. It’s pretty impressive technology that license plates can be read so easily. The future is here.

    In the event there wasn’t a warrant, the issue still might be a little complicated. USPS regulations permit a mail cover, for example, on a lesser showing than probable cause. For example, the Postal Inspectors, I believe, can record all the incoming and outgoing addresses on a very low threshold.

    Although I’m not an expert, I believe a half moon tear points to use of an inserted optical scanner to actually read your mail.

    It has been years since I’ve been concerned about privacy although I certainly admire the work of privacy advocates.

    As I’ve gotten older, I would rank an invasion of privacy right up there with someone being paid to look at my zoo photos.

  3. DXer said

    How to Get Terrorists to Talk
    A former CIA interrogator on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of interrogation.
    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
    February 18, 2015

    I ran the CIA’s operations to counter al-Qaeda’s efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from 2001-2004.

    ***

    With this in mind, I dispatched an officer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the terrorist organization and their WMD programs. Her instructions were to duel wits with KSM, to question him methodically, flash hints of what we know, and patiently point out inconsistencies in his responses. We had another advantage to introduce into the debriefings. KSM was captured in an al-Qaeda safe house. KSM was arrested during a raid the home of a Pakistani biologist, Abdul Quddos Khan.

    Pakistani intelligence also seized several computers with incriminating information concerning WMD during the KSM capture operation, including a document attributed to senior al- Qaeda operative Adnan Shukrijumah. The document with the heading “The Martyr Jaffar al-Tayyar” featured a map with an arrow from Afghanistan pointing to the continental United States. This was concerning, because the FBI had reports suggesting that Shukrijumah may have had contact with al- Qaeda operative Mohammed Atta in the US, prior to 9/11.

    ***

    For example, we ultimately found the crude laboratory in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where Pakistani biologist Rauf Ahmed stashed equipment he had ordered to Ayman Zawahiri’s specifications. We went to the hospital laboratory in Kandahar where Malaysian “Anthrax CEO” Yazid Sufaat claimed to have isolated a virulent form of bacillus anthracis. There, a joint FBI-CIA-military team collected forensic samples and evidence of biological weapons-related activity, precisely as Sufaat had claimed under interrogation by Malaysian authorities.

    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a senior fellow with Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He served as a CIA intelligence officer for 23 years, where he headed the WMD department and counterterrorism center among other positions. He served also as director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy.

  4. DXer said

    Wasn’t Adnan El-Shukrijumah involved in planning this earnest young man’s wedding and bachelor’s party?

    Reputed al-Qaida operative to represent himself at U.S. trial
    By Tom Hays, The Associated Press
    http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/crime/2015/02/16/reputed-al-qaida-operative-to-represent-himself-at-us-trial/23525013/

    He also denied allegations that he used code words to conceal messages about the terror plots. In one, he talked about having a “party” in Manchester in April 2009 — what British counterterrorism officials said was the proposed time for the attack.

    “My reference to holding a huge party and trying to include as many as possible was referring to the intended wedding,” he said.

  5. DXer said

    “The al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr, who is based in Syria, returned to Twitter yesterday after a month and half absence. He praised al Qaeda’s “martyrs,” including Adnan al Shukrijumah, a senior al Qaeda operative who was reportedly killed in Pakistan earlier this month.

    Shukrijumah had been part of al Qaeda’s external operations wing, which plans attacks in the West, for more than a decade. In particular, Shukrijumah was tasked with plotting against targets in North America. He has been tied to a number of plots, including a thwarted terrorist attack against New York City subways in 2009. [See LWJ report, Al Qaeda sleeper agent tied to 2009 NYC subway plot.]

    A photo posted on Nasr’s Twitter feed shows a picture of Shukrijumah from the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program. [The photo can be seen above on the left. ]”

    Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/12/senior_al_qaeda_lead_13.php#ixzz3NTBPmn6n

  6. DXer said

    In addition to the $150,000 offered for the solving of the Texas anthrax hoax mailings, there is a $5 million reward for the Al Hayat letter bombs.

    I’ve suggested the Al Hayat letter bomb were sent by supporters of the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman The letters were coincident with his appeal of his conviction in connection with the 1995 bombing conspiracy involving NYC landmarks. The media targets in NYC and DC (and London), and the people in symbolic positions relating to the detention of the Blind Sheik and WTC 1993 bombers.

    Was Adnan El-Shukrijumah involved in the Al Hayat bombings? For its part, Egyptian security denies (despite the stamp and postmark) that the letter bombs had been mailed from Alexandria, Egypt.

    Given that the same targeting was involved in the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, was the pious son of the Blind Sheik’s Brooklyn translator behind the bombings?. Ali Mohammed had trained Dahab in lethal letters — and Dahab had set up the Brooklyn services organization in Brooklyn.

    https://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture/screen-shot-2012-12-05-at-6-13-49-am/

    • DXer said

      I’ve long argued that the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer — as well as the Al Hayat letter bombs — was a supporter of the Blind Sheik. I’ve urged that in profiling the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, it was important to understood that a tree grew in Brooklyn.

      Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the son of the Blind Sheik’s translator. He was training in the late 1990s in Afghan camps and returning to the United States.

      Was he involved in the Al Hayat letter bombs — like I’ve suggested he was the mailer of the Fall 2001 anthrax letters?

      Ayman’s Overlooked Attack: the Al Hayat Letter Bombs (2005)

      http://archive.redstate.com/story/2005/8/4/182231/3611

      By Ross

      He does the same thing four years later — in September and October 2001 — and no one mentions the earlier bombings. A memo seized in the 1995 arrest proposed flying an explosive laden plane into CIA headquarters. Anyone reading the Washington Post in the mid-1990s read about the plan to fly a plane into CIA headquarters over their morning coffee. It’s important that as a country we learn from our mistakes and not pay short shrift to the evidence on the issue of modus operandi relating to Zawahiri’s planned use of anthrax.

      This was not the first time the Egyptian islamists sent letter bombs to newspaper offices in connection with an attack on the World Trade Center. NPR set the scene. It was January 2, 1997, at 9:15 a.m. at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. The employee of the Saudi-owned newspaper Al Hayat began to open a letter. It was a Christmas card — the kind that plays a musical tune. It was white envelope, five and a half inches by six and a half inches, with a computer-generated address label attached. It had foreign postage and a post mark — a post mark in Alexandria, Egypt. It looked suspiciously bulky, so he set it down and called the police. Minutes later they found a similar envelope. These were the first two of four letter bombs that would arrive at Al Hayat during the day.” A fifth letter bomb addressed to the paper was intercepted at a nearby post office. They all looked the same. Two similar letter bombs addressed to the “parole officer” (a position that does not exist) arrived at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth. It was evident how some Grinch had spent the holidays in Alexandria, Egypt.

      On January 7 Col Muhammad Makkawi (aka Saif Adel) purporting to be speaking for the Egyptian Vanguards of Islamic Conquest denied responsibility for sending the letter bombs. He said: “Those are messages of admonishment. There is no flirtation between us and the Americans in order for us to send them such alarming messages in such a manner.” Makkawi said that “the Vanguards of Conquest “are heavyweight and would not embark on such childish actions.”

      US press and political commentaries had hinted at the Vanguards of Conquest organization’s involvement. In his statement to `Al-Hayat, Makkawi expressed surprise at the accusations against the Vanguards of Conquest in connection with the mailing. He said: “I am surprised that we in particular, and not other parties, should be accused of such an operation.”

      (He was referring to the Egyptian Islamic Group).

      But then someone else credited with being the Vanguards official spokesman denounced Makkawi’s authority to speak for the group, referring to the January 5th statement it had made denying responsibility. This other claimed spokesman said “We welcome any Muslim who wants to join us, and if Makkawi wants to [join us], he will be welcomed to the Vanguards march, but through the organizational channels. But if words are not coupled with actions, we tell him: Fear God, and you can use a different name other than the Vanguards to speak on its behalf.”

      Egyptian Saif Adel (Makawwi), thought to be in Iran, was involved in military planning. Adel was a colonel in the Egyptian Army’s Special Forces before joining Al Qaeda. He helped plan the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Africa. He was also a planner in the attack on the USS Cole and has served as the liaison officer between Hezbollah and Al Qaeda. There was part of a long-running disagreement with Saif Adel (Makawwi) and Ayman, however. As Attorney Al-Zayyat has said, Makkawi had many times claimed responsibility for operations that were carried out inside Egypt, but when the perpetrators were arrested, it would be al-Zawahiri’s name whose name they shout loyalty to from the docks. Some would even say they did not know a person named Makkawi.

      The FBI would not speculate as to who sent the letters or why. But this was your classic “duck that walks like a duck” situation. As NPR reported at the time, “analysts say that letter bombs are rarely sent in batches, and when they are it’s generally prompted by politics, not personal animus.” Al Hayat was a well respected and moderate newspaper. It was friendly to moderate Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt — just as, say NBC and CBS. That, without more, was accurately discerned by observers at the time as sufficient to make the newspaper outlet a target of the militant islamists. The newspaper, its editor explained, does not avoid criticizing militant islamists. Jihan Khazen, Al Hayat Editor-in-Chief explained: “We’ve been opposed to all extremists in the Arab world, especially the fundamentalists.”

      Mohammed Salameh, a central defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sent to Leavenworth in 1994. The other three Egyptian extremists convicted in the bombing were sent to prisons in California, Indiana and Colorado. Like the blind sheik, Abdel Rahman, Salameh had complained of his conditions and asked to be avenged. The Blind Sheik was particularly irked that the prison officials did not cut his fingernails.

      Rahman was convicted in 1995 of seditious conspiracy, bombing conspiracy, soliciting an attack on an U.S. military installation, and soliciting the murder of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His followers were indicted for plotting to bomb bridges, tunnels and landmarks in New York for which Rahman allegedly had given his blessings. The mailing of deadly letters in connection with an earlier attack on the World Trade Center, was not merely the modus operandi of militant islamists, it was the group’s signature — it’s their calling card. Khaled Abu el-Dahab, a naturalised American, from Silicon Valley in a confession detailed in a state security document from Egypt’s defense ministry dated October 28, 1998, explained that he was trained to make booby-trapped letters to send to important people, as well as asked to enroll in American aviation schools to learn how to fly gliders and helicopters. He was a friend Ali Mohammed, a former special forces officer in the Egyptian army and former US Army Sergeant.

      After the Al Hayat letter bombs to newspapers in DC and NYC and people in symbolic positions, in January 1997, both the Blind Sheikh and his paralegal, Sattar, were quoted in separate articles in Al Hayat (in Arabic) denying that they or their supporters were responsible. The Blind Sheikh commented that al Hayat was fair and balanced in its coverage and his supporters would have no reason to “hit” them. Sattar noted that the bombs were mailed on December 20, one day before the brief in support of the blind sheik on appeal. He questioned whether someone (like the FBI) was trying to undermine the appeal’s prospects. For its part, al Hayat reporters, editor and owner were not expressing an opinion — though the owner did lay out various possibilities (e.g., Iraq, Iran etc.).

      The owner of the paper had commanded Saudi forces during the Persian Gulf War, when Bin Laden was so upset about American troops on the Arabian peninsula. Moreover, al Hayat had recently opened up a Bureau in Jerusalem, giving it a dateline of Jerusalem rather than al Quds, which some thought blasphemous. But none of the possibilities would plausibly explain why the letter bomb was sent to Leavensworth where three of the WTC 1993 defendants were imprisoned, including Ramzi Yousef’s lieutenant who had asked that his mistreatment be avenged. (That was the person who returned to Ryder to reclaim his deposit after blowing up the truck at WTC). Egyptian security officials claimed that said that the paper from outside of Egypt, the stamps were not available in Egypt, and that the postmark was not Alexandria as reported. The common sense answer, however, is that it was someone who was upset that KSM’s and Ramzi Yousef’s associates had been imprisoned, to include, most notably, the blind sheik. Whoever is responsible for the anthrax mailings, it is a very good bet that they are upset the blind sheik is detained. That should be at the center of any classified profile of the crime.

      In the al Hayat letter bombings, Ayman allowed the finger to be pointed at Libya. In the Amerithrax letters, he allowed the finger to be pointed to the United States.

  7. DXer said

    The Senate Torture Report cites the early March 2003 memo “RATHER PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS” regarding KSM’s deception and protection of Al-Tayyar:

    RATHER PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS … Ammar al-Baluchi’s Comments on Jaffar al-Tayyar–If Ammar is Correct, then KSM Appears to Have a Focused Us on Jaffar in a Extended Dec~Scheme–and His Deception Capabilities are Not Broken Down; date: 07/21/03, at 11:24 AM. See also CIA-(072303Z NOV 02) and “Khalid Shaykh Muhammad’s Threat Reporting -Precious Truths, Surr~ a Bodyguard of Lies.” IlCT ~2003.

    The CIA opposition explains that KSM’s deceptions about Jaffar Al-Tayyar elevated Al-Tayyar in importance and made them want to focus on Al-Tayyar even more.

    The Senate Report further explains:

    An officer from CIA Headquarters responded, “I agree … KSM is yanking our chain about Jafar … really trying hard to throw us off course … suggesting whatever Jafar really is up to must be baaaad [sic].” The officer noted that “[a]nother big hole is Jafar’s true name,” and relayed that KSM’s use of “another Abu name … Abu Arif … doesn’t get us far.”2056 When KSM was confronted with the reporting he had provided on Jaffar al-Tayyar, KSM claimed that he had been forced to lie about al-Tayyar because of the pressure he was under from his CIA interrogators, who had been subjecting KSM to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques since his rendition to CIA custody.

  8. DXer said

    The CIA disputes the Senate Torture Report’s reliance on KSM’s inconsistencies about Jafar al-Tayyar. The CIA emphasizes that it concluded that KSM was trying to protect al-Tayyar — causing the CIA to view Jaffar al-Tayyar as even more important to Al Qaeda operations.

    The CIA explained:

    “KSM’s inconsistencies did not lead CIA officers to discount al-Tayyar’s importance. The cited cable, when taken in context says, “We believe this [deception] could indicate that KSM is trying to protect al-Tayyar, and we intend to focus more strongly on [al-Tayyar].,,228 Our focus on al-Tayyar over the years-particularly when coupled with detainee reporting and documents seized at Bin Ladin’s compound in Abbottabad-has helped us better understand his important role in al-Qa’ida’s terror operations and his involvement in several unrealized plots.22”

    • DXer said

      The CIA further reasons about discrepancies in reports about Shukrijumah:

      “Discrepancies between KSM and other detainee accounts of al-Tayyar, who is one of al- Qa’ida’s most security-conscious and reclusive operatives,233 were to be expected from detainees with varying degrees of access to him. Furthermore, the Study’s basis for this criticism consists of two personal emails, a single detainee report, and an NCTC product from its “Red Team,” which is charged with providing analysis that is contrary to widely held analytic positions. Terrorism analysts are trained to question their judgments and to openly express disagreement, especially when there is conflicting information. However, there has always been a strong interest in al-Tayyar, and there is consensus that he has become a leading figure in al-Qa’ida’s external operations.”

      You may recall that after 9/11, Tenet wanted Red Teams to view facts from an entirely different zipcode.

  9. DXer said

    The Senate Torture Report states that Padilla, not KSM, could identify al-Tayyar’s true name “and that it was Jose Padilla in military custody and being questioned by the FBI who provided al-Tayyar’s true name as Adnan el-Shukrijumah.”

  10. DXer said

    “The CIA made repeated claims that the use of the CIA’ s enhanced interrogation techniques resulted in “key intelligence” from Abu Zubaydah and KSM on an operative named Jaffar al-Tayyar,2013 later identified as Adnan el-Shukrijumah.2014 These CIA representations frequently asserted that information obtained from KSM after the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques resulted in an FBI investigation that prompted al-Tayyar to flee the United States. These representations were inaccurate. KSM was captured on March 1, 2003. Jaffar departed the United States in May 2001.20”

    One can immediately see that is relevant if Adnan El-Shukrijumah came back to the United States after September 1, 2001 as reported. The chronology is a bit more complicated than the Senate staffers may appreciate.

    By Feb.- April 2002, El-Shukrijumah was in fact back in Karachi with Al-Hawsawi, who had the anthrax spray drying documents on him. So the March 2003- interrogation of KSM would not have prompted to leave the US as to at least that visit. And of course it didn’t in 2001 — indeed, we know Shukrijumah was living at KSM’s house on or about 9/11. But it was Abu Zubaydah who first came up with Shukrijumah’s name “Jaffar Al-Tayyar” — he did not know Shukrijumah’s name. He may have only know the alias on the fake travel documents — for which the BOLO was issued.

    So to test the CIA’s suggestion that the enhanced interrogation caused Adnan to return, one perhaps would look to the date that BOLO for Jaffar Al-Tayyar — the short asthmatic of uncertain nationality and age.

  11. DXer said

    Opinions
    Waterboarding’s role in identifying a terrorist [Adnan El-Shukrijumah]

    By Marc A. Thiessen December 8 at 11:27 AM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/marc-thiessen-waterboardings-role-in-identifying-a-terrorist/2014/12/08/40bc2578-7ee2-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html

    * Thiesen’s COURTING DISASTER (2010): It Was Al-Balucchi (Who Consulted With Aafia About Anthrax Lab) Who Sent Maryland’s Majid Khan To Thailand In 2002 With the $50,000

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 15, 2012

    You can read Marc A. Thiesen’s Opinion in the Washington Post today and judge it against the case study on the subject in the torture release expected to be released today by the Senate — and decide for yourself who has the better of the argument.

  12. DXer said

    “The intelligence had been working on the whereabouts and movements of Shukrijumah for about five to six years,” a senior Pakistani security official told AFP.

    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/middle-east/2014/12/07/423491/Pakistan-kills.htm

  13. DXer said

    Adnan El Shukrijumah Is Not a Saudi Citizen

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia continues to correct the issue regarding the nationality of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, who was reportedly killed this weekend by the Pakistani Army. Mr. El Shukrijumah was wanted by U.S. authorities on terrorism charges.

    In March 2003, the Ministry of Interior announced that Mr. El Shukrijumah was not, and never has been, a Saudi citizen, as has been incorrectly reported.

    His father, Gulshai El Shukrijumah, worked in Saudi Arabia for 27 years as an expatriate employee until 1986 when the family moved to the United States. He also did not have Saudi citizenship.

  14. DXer said

    The Pakistan Army reports that Adnan El-Shukrijumah has been killed.

    The Florida district court judge deciding whether to produce the documents relating to Adnan El-Shukrijumah should take note that now an exemption for privacy is not reason to withhold the documents.

    Nor, if his death is confirmed by the US and the manhunt is over, a national security exemption seems inapplicable.

    Top Al Qaeda Commander Adnan el Shukrijumah Killed: Pakistan Army

    By Mushtaq Yusufzai

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/top-al-qaeda-commander-adnan-el-shukrijumah-killed-pakistan-army-n262916

    Adnan el Shukrijumah, who was indicted in July 2010 for his alleged role in planned terror attacks in the U.S. and Britain, was killed along with two others in a pre-dawn raid, the military told NBC News.

    Shukrijumah, 39, was in charge of al Qaida’s global operations – a position once held by Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – and was on the FBI’s “most wanted” list with a $5 million reward for his capture.

    He studied at a community college in Florida but when the FBI showed up to arrest him as a material witness to a terrorism case in 2003, he already had left the country. In 2004, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft called Shukrijumah a “clear and present danger” to the United States.

    Prosecutors said Shukrijumah had recruited three men in 2008 to receive training in Pakistan for the subway attack. The three traveled to Pakistan to avenge the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan but were persuaded by al Qaeda operatives to return to the United States for a suicide-bombing mission against a major target such as the New York Stock Exchange, Times Square or Grand Central Terminal. Eventually, the men settled on a plot to blow themselves up at rush hour, according to testimony in federal court.

    A senior Pakistan military official, who asked not to be identified, said Shukrijumah’s killing, in Shinwarsak, South Waziristan, was a “huge loss” to the terror network.

    Local residents in Shinwarsak and its adjoining villages said a large of number of Pakistani troops had encircled the area early Saturday and told villagers to stay home till further orders.

    “The entire area was kept under curfew and all schools remained close today. Besides the ground forces, two helicopter gunships took part in the offensive and pounded suspected hideouts of the militants,” said local tribesman, Dildar Wazir on phone.

    Villagers also said they military ambulances taking injured soldiers from the scene to the nearby Pakistan army camp after the offensive was over.

    Wajahat S. Khan of NBC News, and The Associated Press, contributed to this report.

    First published December 6th 2014, 3:36 am

    • DXer said

      Nothing like a billion dollars to help get ‘er done. But did the $1 billion a little cooperation in the accountability and transparency department? We already know that war makes people a lot of money.

      6 December 2014 Last updated at 06:01 ET
      Al-Qaeda chief Adnan el Shukrijumah ‘killed in Pakistan’

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30358538

      t comes days after Pakistani army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif returned from a week-long visit of the US, the first by an army chief in four years. On Thursday, the US Congress extended a $1b operational support to Pakistani army despite recent tensions and mistrust.

      The killing also puts the spotlight back on the Western half of South Waziristan, the first militant sanctuary in Pakistan where al-Qaeda and Taliban groups fleeing American bombing in October 2001 took shelter. Shukrijuma’s killing in an army raid in this region shows that it is now being used as a hideout by militants fleeing the military offensive in North Waziristan.

      Local militant groups still control territory here, and are still considered largely friendly to the army, but now there may be more persistent questions over this relationship.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-30358259

      6 December 2014 Last updated at 06:49 ET
      Profile: Adnan el Shukrijumah

      The US offered $5m for the capture of Shukrijumah
      According to the FBI, Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah took over as the chief of al-Qaeda’s “external operations council” in 2010 – a post once held by the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

      Having lived for more than 15 years in the US, he became the first leader intimately familiar with American society to have been placed in charge of planning attacks for the group outside Afghanistan

  15. DXer said

    To Shukrijumah’s mom: You keep saying Adnan is a “good boy” but what good boy targets Oprah Winfrey?

    Answers Sought in Alleged 2009 Plot Targeting Oprah Winfrey
    Monday, 01 Dec 2014
    By Sandy Fitzgerald

    Two men who had allegedly planned to target Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago and the then-Sears Tower in 2009 were recently arrested for unrelated charges, reports Judicial Watch.

    The FBI and the Department of Justice has not returned calls about the alleged bombing plot, reports the advocacy group, which says Winfrey was targeted because of her wealth and popularity, and the tower, which has since been renamed Willis Tower, because of its landmark status.

    Judicial Watch said its sources requested to remain anonymous not only because of their fear of terror groups, but because they were concerned about reprisals from federal law enforcement agents who improperly managed the terrorism case.

    **

    There are several others who were allegedly involved in the Chicago terror attack plan, Judicial Watch reports, including: “Omar,” a taxi driver in his late 50s to early 60s, who had interest in a used car dealership and a gas station in El Paso; and two men on the FBI’s “most wanted” list, Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah, along with other conspirators.

    According to sources, the plot involved the use of a U-Haul trailer and step van that were bought at an El Paso auction and packed with bombs containing the explosive C-4 and Tannerite, an explosive that can be detonated by a firearms cartridge.

    The explosives were obtained from Fort Bliss in El Paso, and the Tannerite came in from Mexico, officials say.

    Federal law enforcement and Illinois police stopped the bombers before they got to Chicago, Judicial Watch reports, and after, two other failed bomb plots were foiled for Chicago and Tampa.

    And while the FBI took credit for stopping those plans, it has never released the information about the Oprah plot in Chicago, reports Judicial Watch, or explained why two of the alleged plotters are in county jails and facing lower charges.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/Oprah-Winfrey-Sears-Towers-Judicial-Watch-plot/2014/12/01/id/610300/#ixzz3Kgh46lWb

    Comment: Willis Towers, eh?

    • DXer said

      Note that Judical Watch reports an alias for Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah — Javier Robles,

      Oprah Targeted in Foiled Terror Bomb Plot
      DECEMBER 01, 2014
      http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/12/oprah-targeted-foiled-terror-bomb-plot/

      Two of the FBI’s “most wanted” terrorists: Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah (a/k/a: “Javier Robles”); and,
      • Other, unidentified conspirators.

    • DXer said

      Now if Oprah interviewed Adnan’s mom, I would tune in.

      Florida Terror Mom: My Son a ‘Good Boy’; ‘A Force for Good’

      Sept. 10, 2010
      By VIC WALTER and BRIAN ROSS
      http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/terror-mom-son-good-boy-force-good/story?id=11601852

      “Is okay for anybody to do something to wake up a nation or a person when they see them go wrong,” Zurah Adbu Ahmed told ABC News.

      “The intention is to alarm America …”

      In the interview, she says her son went to community college and was upset with the way women dressed.

      She says, though, that the US was behind 9/11, not Al Qaeda.

      The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Immoral — and stupid. A product of his poor upbringing by his mom.

      Zurah Adbu Ahmed should be ashamed of her son — under his belief system, he will burn in eternal hell for killing innocents.

  16. DXer said

    I have no way of knowing whether to credit this report that Shukrijumah was at a meeting in Texas in the 2010/201 and then again in March 2004.FN/

    The sourcing is merely “according to Judicial Watches sources.”

    But I find the pairing of Shukrijumah with Jaber Elbaneh very interesting.

    FN/
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/10/el-paso-nexus-narco-terror-ring/

    “During the 2010/2011 timeframe, Karakrah and Huerta met with two of the FBI’s “most wanted” terrorists: Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah (a/k/a: “Javier Robles”). The meetings took place in a private home in Anthony, NM. The four men discussed the movement of drugs, money and people.

    The plots were further planned by fellow conspirators at a “mosque” on Redd Road in El Paso, as well as two other “mosques” in the city.

    Karakrah, Huerta, Elbaneh and el Shukrijumah all met again in Anthony, NM in March 2014 according to Judicial Watch sources.”

    • DXer said

      Let’s consider this report, of unknown reliability, that Jabel Elbaneh was in Texas in March 2014 with Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

      Jaber A. El-Baneh. a 45-year-old Yemeni known as Jubair, el-Baneh emigrated to New York where he settled for a time in Buffalo. He was viewed as the mastermind of the Lackawanna Six plot in 2003, having financed and recruited other members. A senior Obama administration official once said that el-Baneh has risen to a leadership position in the Yemen-based Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). I see that today the FBI is offering $10 million rewards for various AQAP leaders.

      “I do see, more and more, el-Baneh being a real concern,” said the official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. “He has longtime connections, including to Egyptian extremist elements. And he does seem to be more engaged in trying to support attacks.”

      Before 911, Elbaneh met Osama Bin Laden. One of the men asks bin Laden about a rumor that something big is about to happen. Bin Laden responds: “They’re threatening us. And we’re threatening them. But there are brothers willing to carry their souls in their hands.” [TEMPLE-RASTON, 2007, PP. 107-108] A couple of weeks later, the seven Lackawanna men and Derwish begin training at the Al Farooq training camp near Kandahar. One day, bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri came to their camp and bin Laden gave a speech in Arabic to the hundreds of trainees there. The crowd was told the speech is being videotaped. In his 20-minute speech, he discussed the merger between al-Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. At the end, he calls on the gathering to pray for the 40 operatives who are en route for a very important mission.

      At one point, Jaber Elbaneh was being sought in connection with the case involving the young men from Buffalo. He had travelled to Afghanistan with them. There was up to a $5 million dollar reward for his capture before he was located and detained in Yemen. Agents Edward Needham and David Britten, of the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Western New York, believe Elbaneh may have returned briefly to Lackawanna. In June 2001, he had sold property he owned at 20-24 Wilkesbarre Ave., Jaber Elbaneh to Ahmed Umar for $15,000. The week before 9/11 (ending September 7, 2001), Jaber Elbaneh sold the property he co-owned a 28 Wilkesbarre Ave to a relative for $20,000.

      One by one, all the members of the group except for Jaber Elbaneh had dropped out and gone home before their basic training course is done. They will later be known as the “Lackawanna Six.” But none of the six tell any US authorities what they learned when they get back to the US before 9/11. Some of the six, such as Taher and Alwan, will later say that on the morning of 9/11 they realize the attack they are watching on television is what bin Laden was talking about when he discussed the 40 men on a suicide mission. [TEMPLE-RASTON, 2007, PP. 136-138]

      Are Agent Needham and Britten correct that Elbaneh returned to the United States? How did Dr. Majidi — in connection with Amerithrax — exclude Jabeneh as the mailer?

      GAO: What are the specific dates of Elbaneh’s travel from Afghanistan and his travel to the United States. Anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat knew him. He was coming from Kandahar where the Al Qaeda anthrax lab was located. What was his job at Sorrento Cheese?

    • DXer said

      While I have no way of knowing whether to credit the reported presence at a meeting in March 2014 in Texas of Shukrijumah and Elbaneh, here are some links relating to Elbaneh. By my count, Elbaneh has turned himself in twice and escaped from jail at least once.

      Jaber Elbaneh
      http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists/jaber-a.-elbaneh

      The 5 Accused American Terrorists the U.S. Will Pay $21M to Catch

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/09/u-s-offers-21m-for-5-accused-american-terrorists/

      Jaber A. Elbaneh: $5 Million

      Jaber Elbaneh was born in Yemen but hold dual citizenship with the U.S. He lived in New York and the FBI’s Wanted poster for him says that he worked for a time as a salesman and a taxi driver.

      He also allegedly provided material support to al Qaeda and was indicted in absentia as early as 2003. He was reported to have been associated with the Lackawanna Six, a group of terrorists arrested in 2002 after returning to the U.S. from an Afghan terror training camp, but Elbaneh did not return to the U.S. with the others and instead went to Yemen.

      Elbaneh, who The New York Times reported briefly worked in a cheese factory in the U.S., has been in and out of prison in Yemen but the country repeatedly refused to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges.

  17. DXer said

    http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-3-draft-beta/screen-shot-2012-12-05-at-12-40-37-pm/

  18. DXer said

    “Franklin Park”

    Franklin Park was listed as the return address on the letters to Senator Leahy and Senator Daschle. On the return address, Greendale School purported to be in Franklin Park. El-Shukrijumah worshipped at the mosque with Padilla.

    The mosque was at 2542 Franklin Park Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. The address of the county park, Franklin Park, is across the street. 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

    “Franklin Park” refers both to the locality and a county park across from the mosque.

    http://www.broward.org/Parks/FranklinPark/Pages/Default.aspx

    El-Shukrijumah stayed at KSM’s house. El-Shukrijumah was a close affiliate of Hawsawi who had the anthrax processing documents on his laptop, and he was an associate of a man who helped set up Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax lab in Kandahar in May 2001. While in Pakistan, Padilla had reported to KSM, the al Qaeda’s No. 3 leader who had anthrax production documents on his laptop when he was arrested.

    Adham Hassoun worshipped there too. A Padilla acquaintance, Adham Hassoun, was detained in June 2002 in Sunrise by federal agents. His home had been searched in November 2001 but authorities laid back, not arresting him and hoping surveillance would lead to insights. Hassoun once served as distributor of a magazine published in Australia advocating Muslim holy war and was associated with one or more charities accused by the Bush administration of funding terrorists. Padilla reportedly had contacted Hassoun from overseas and was apparently en route to meet Hassoun when he was arrested. Investigators monitored the communication between Padilla and Hassoun and arrested Hassoun after he was called by a reporter from Miami about his acquaintanceship with Padilla. State records indicate that he was the Florida registered agent of the Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation. The leader of the mosque across from Franklin Park was Awad, the Florida representative of Holy Land Foundation.

    Hassoun had established Benevolence International Foundation in Plantation, Florida in 1992. In 1993, the headquarters was moved to Chicago area. A man named Mohammed Loay Bayazid was its president in 1993 and 1994. Bayazid was arrested while visiting Northern California in December 1994 along with Osama Bin Laden’s brother-in-law. Bayazid, according to authorities, had been looking to purchase enriched uranium for Bin Laden. On his driver’s license, his listed address was BIF headquarters. Thus, things had quickly come full circle for BIF to once again be involved in an investigation relating to Al Qaeda’s attempt to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

    In late 2002, it was announced that authorities were urgently seeking a Florida pilot El Shukrijumah, who worshipped at this same Fort Lauderdale mosque across from Franklin Park and had possible ties to Adham Hassoun. A federal undercover agent repeats that he saw Atta and El-Shukrijumah together at a mosque. El Shukrijumah is said to be at the level of Mohammed Atta and is thought to have been associated with Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained biologist. Aafia Siddiqui reportedly also has a yet-undisclosed connection to Adham Hassoun.

    Remember: Given that using the same address helped the second recipient receiving the letter to identify it and avoid opening it, the mailer would have no reason to use the same address unless he was communicating something to insiders and wanted to draw attention to it.

    El-Shukrijumah may have been announcing by the address who the sender was — speaking in a code as he taught his colleagues (like Binyam) plotting with Padilla to do.

    • DXer said

      Here is an example of an article giving the address of the Franklin Park mosque. (El-Shukrijumah worshipped at more than one mosque).

      Ex-mosque leader says suspect (Padilla) wasn’t radical in Broward
      Miami Herald ^ | 6/17/02 | WANDA J. DeMARZO
      Posted on June 18, 2002 3:39:13 PM EDT by browardchad

      The former leader of the Fort Lauderdale mosque where Jose Padilla worshiped said Sunday that the terrorism suspect’s transformation to extremism probably came after he left South Florida for Egypt.

      Raed Awad, who served as imam of Masjid Al-Iman from 1994 to 2000, said Padilla was eager to learn more about Islam and had won a scholarship to Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

      ”There are programs at universities in Egypt where converts can go and study about Islam and learn Arabic,” Awad said. “The plane ticket to fly over there is only a couple of hundred dollars. I myself have studied in Egypt.”

      Awad, himself under federal scrutiny, said he doesn’t believe Padilla turned radical at Masjid Al-Iman, where he worshiped from 1992 until he left for Egypt in 1998.

      ***

      The mosque, 2542 Franklin Park Dr., near the Swap Shop, opened about 20 years ago. About 250 to 300 people pray at Friday services.

      Its current leader, Rafiq Mahdi, said the mosque does not harbor extremist views. …

      Another man who worshiped there at the same time as Padilla, Adham Hassoun, was arrested Wednesday for overstaying his visa, a federal source said.

      Federal sources describe the men as friends.

      Hassoun, a Sunrise computer programmer, once worked for a magazine that advocates holy war and helped launch a Chicago-area charity accused by the Bush administration of funding terrorists.

      Awad said Hassoun, 40, a strong Palestinian sympathizer, spoke at the Fort Lauderdale mosque on occasion.

    • DXer said

      On this google maps you can see the labeled park across from the mosque on Franklin Drive. (In listed addresses, the street is variously called Franklin Park Drive or Franklin Drive).

      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&t=h&hl=en&msa=0&ll=26.135526,-80.175653&spn=0.002263,0.003433&z=18&msid=115476787705781839111.00045d14e18d57f559715

      Below is is an example of an article and various other sources noting that Hassoun and Padilla and anthrax letter mailing suspect El-Shukrijumah worshipped at the same mosque in Fort Lauderdale on Franklin Drive across from the county park called Franklin Park.

      The census designation, unsurprisingly, is Franklin Park — which has about 200+ families in it.

      http://www.mapquest.com/#b0df3e01ce48dc843c11fc2a

      This first article appeared before El-Shukrijumah was being publicly discussed. Articles discussing El-Shukrijumah also worshipped there began appearing in March 2003.

      I have ventured Shukrijumah was communicating in code. Given that Shukrijumah was the anthrax-connected operative aiming to kill, the fact that he worshipped at Franklin Park mosque with the other operatives strongly supports this use of Franklin Park as code.

      FN 1
      DAN COLLINSCBS

      June 27, 2002

      Al Qaeda Network Operating In U.S.

      U.S. officials have collected intelligence that appears to confirm what they have feared most since 9/11 — that al Qaeda is still active in the United States. Officials tell CBS News that accused American al Qaeda member Jose Padilla was apparently expecting help from such a network when he returned here last month on a target scouting mission.

      U.S. officials tell CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart that Padilla had contacted a Florida man from overseas before leaving on his mission and was apparently en route to meet him when he was arrested.

      Federal investigators monitored the communication between Padilla and Palestinian Adham Hassoun of Sunrise, Fla. They arrested Hassoun earlier this month following months of surveillance.

      Hassoun is now being held on an immigration charge at an INS facility and is considered a flight risk. U.S. officials describe him as an “important link” not only to the Padilla investigation, but possibly to a suspected U.S.-based al Qaeda network awaiting orders for future attacks.

      Sources said domestic intelligence intercepts have now convinced officials that such a network of al Qaeda fundraisers and operatives exists in the United States.

      A number of people are under surveillance. None is believed to have had a supporting role in the 9/11 attacks. Some may have been slated to assist Zacarias Moussaoui – the so-called “20th Hijacker” – who senior officials now believe, in fact, was not scheduled to be part of the Sept. 11 attacks after all, but was to have carried out a separate, unknown mission.

      Officials also said there is no known connection between Hassoun, a 13-year U.S. resident who lives with his family, and the 9/11 hijackers. Hassoun attended the same mosque as Padilla, a former gang member who converted to Islam while living in South Florida. Hassoun is also well known in the Muslim neighborhoods of South Florida for his financial and vocal support of extremist Islamic groups, although friends said today such actions were a political statement only.

      “I would consider him that he’s against violence, but he has a strong tongue, you know, he has a strong tongue!” said Sofian Abdelaziz, with the American Muslim Association of North America.

      The FBI did not want to pick Hassoun up, preferring instead to continue their surveillance and see where it would lead them. Sources said the bureau’s hand was forced when agents monitored a phone call from a Miami newspaper reporter to Hassoun seeking information about the Padilla case and feared that their subject might flee.

      By March 2003, however, it was known that El-Shukrijumah worshipped at the same Franklin Park

      FBI sees terror; family sees good son Ex-resident of Miramar being sought in terror case
      The Miami Herald ^ | 03/31/2003 | BY DAVID KIDWELL AND LARRY LEBOWITZ (Natalie McNeal contributed)

      The family moved to Miramar in 1996 and bought a modest retirement home. In 1996 and 1997, Adnan studied computer engineering at Broward Community College. His father soon became Imam at a mosque next door to his house and often taught at other mosques. One of the mosques he and Adnan frequented was Masjid Al-Iman in Fort Lauderdale.

      There, Adnan met Jose Padilla — now being held as an ”enemy combatant” for his alleged plot to explode a radioactive bomb in the United States.

      FN 3
      Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated … – Google Books Result
      books.google.com/books?isbn=141850842X
      Paul Sperry – ‎2005 – Political Science
      As a preacher there, Gulshair el- Shukrijumah personally counseled al-Qaida … through 2003.23 El-Shukrijumah and Padilla also patronized Masjid al-Iman, …

      El-Shukrijumah and Padilla also patronized Masjid al-Iman, …

      FN4
      http://en.wikipedia.org.advanc.io/wiki/José_Padilla_(prisoner)

      While living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Padilla attended the Masjid Al-Iman mosque, as did Adham Amin Hassoun, “for most of the 1990s and [they] were reportedly friends.”

    • DXer said

      Franklin Park is the name of the neighborhood where anthrax letters mailing suspect El-Shukrijumah worshipped with the other operatives.

      Masjid Al-Iman Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33311 – YP.com
      http://www.yellowpages.com/…/masjid-al-iman-4839765‎

      Get reviews, hours, directions, coupons and more for Masjid Al-Iman at 2542 Franklin Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL. … Neighborhood: Franklin Park; Other Link:.

      Masjid Al-Iman. 2542 NW Franklin Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. NR/5.0 . No reviews. – . Click here to submit a photo for Masjid Al-Iman. The basics …
      Masjid Al-Iman – Fort Lauderdale FL 33311 | 954-581-6295
      http://www.merchantcircle.com/…/Masjid.Al-Iman.954-581-6295‎
      About Masjid Al-Iman. Masjid Al-Iman is located at 2542 Franklin Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL. This location is in the Franklin Park neighborhood. This business …

      Masjid Al-Iman in Fort Lauderdale, FL – Information and Directions
      http://www.citysearch.com/profile/2570069/fort…fl/masjid_al_iman.html
      Masjid Al-Iman in Fort Lauderdale, FL. … directions, and reviews on Masjid Al- Iman and other Churches in Fort Lauderdale, FL. … Neighborhoods: Franklin Park.

    • DXer said

      Authorities knew that Hassoun, Padilla and Shukrijumah spoke in code from the many tens of thousands of telephone conversations intercepted since 1995. The wiretap had begun after contact between Adham Hassoun and Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman./

      South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale)
      Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune News Service

      June 7, 2007 Thursday

      FBI agent testifies of `code words’ used by Padilla

      BYLINE: By Vanessa Blum, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

      DATELINE: FORT LAUDERDALE

      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ A Palestinian computer programmer living in Sunrise, Fla., used code words like “tourism” and “football” to secretly discuss his support for radical Islamic groups fighting overseas, an FBI agent testified Thursday in the Miami trial of Jose Padilla and two other men.

      Special Agent John Kavanaugh said Adham Amin Hassoun, 45, and other associates adopted the code because they believed correctly that the federal government was eavesdropping on their phone calls.

      On a 1996 call played for the jury, a Lebanese man told Hassoun’s wife he had been interrogated by federal agents. “Sensitive matters” should not be discussed over the phone “not even in code, tourism and such,” the man said.

      “We know the lines are always monitored,” Hassoun’s wife replied. “He doesn’t care. He talks anyway.”

      Padilla, Hassoun, and Kifah Wael Jayyousi are charged with taking part in a conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas. Prosecutors say the men belonged to a South Florida terror cell that sent money, supplies and recruits to Islamic extremists fighting in regions like Bosnia and Chechnya.

      Defense lawyers claim their clients acted legally to aid oppressed Muslims in those areas.

      Most of the phone calls, which form the backbone of the government’s case, are in Arabic and have been translated into English for the trial. For example, “football” and “tourism” were used in place of the word “jihad.”

      Kavanaugh took the stand amid a heated debate over how far he could go in interpreting the calls for jurors. Defense lawyers said prosecutors wanted Kavanaugh to put the government’s “spin” on exchanges instead of letting the jurors analyze them.

      In a ruling that frustrated prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said Kavanaugh could discuss the so-called code words and other obscure references in the exchanges but could not provide his opinion of their overall meaning.

      Cooke said Kavanaugh, who does not speak Arabic and is testifying in court for the first time, did not have the experience to be considered an expert on Islamic concepts or Arabic communication.

      “No offense to Agent Kavanaugh, but he is using this case and his experience in this case to opine on this case,” she said.

      The federal government tapped the home and work phones of Hassoun and Jayyousi for several years beginning in about 1994.

      On one call, Hassoun advised a member of his Sunrise mosque about the Muslim obligation to help those in need.

      “When playing of football is active, nothing precedes it,” Hassoun said. “Even if the hungry are dying.”

    • DXer said

      There is a 2011 Eleventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals decision on the use of code words among the supporters of Blind Sheik Abdel Rahman who worshipped at the mosque at the Franklin Park neighborhood visited by Adnan El-Shukrimah. (Although some may find the details confusing, this mosque was different than the one where Adnan’s father was imam and where El-Shukrijumah taught — the one next to his family’s home. There is ample support in the documentary evidence of the use of code words — both expert testimony and from the transcripts of wiretapped conversations spanning years.

      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, Cross-Appellant, versus KIFAH WAEL JAYYOUSI, a.k.a. Abu Mohamed, ADHAM AMIN HASSOUN, Defendants-Appellants, JOSE PADILLA, a.k.a. Ibrahim, a.k.a. Abu Abdullah Al Mujahir, a.k.a. Abu Abu Abdullah the Puerto Rican, Defendant-Appellant, Cross-Appellee.

      No. 08-10494

      UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
      657 F.3d 1085; 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 19215; 86 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 745; 23 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. C 399

      September 19, 2011, Decided

      OVERVIEW: The court held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in allowing an FBI agent to testify regarding his interpretation of the defendants’ use of code words in the intercepts because the Government satisfied the criteria under Fed. R. Evid. 701. The district court did not plainly err in allowing an expert witness to testify regarding the use of code words by violent radical groups because he had specialized knowledge as to Islamist radicals, his testimony related to trial evidence, it helped the jury understand the unique use of certain words in the intercepted calls, and it countered defendants’ claim that these words did not have violent connotations.
      ***

      CORE TERMS: sentence, conversation, jihad, interview, terrorism, sentencing, guideline, code words, custody, terrorist, phone, criminal history, lay opinion, opinion testimony, recidivism, bin, mujahideen, interrogation, confinement, training, recruit, law enforcement officer, training camp, intercepted, conspiracy, telephone, offender, violent, travel, convicted

      For Jose Padilla, Appellant: Timothy Cone, Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender’s Office, MIAMI, FL.

      For Adham Amin Hassoun, Appellant: Kenneth M. Swartz, Appeals Court Appointed, MIAMI, FL; William W. Swor, Appointed by District Court, Law Office of William W. Swor, DETROIT, MI; Marshall Dore Louis, Appointed by District Court, Sinclair, Louis, Heath, Nussbaum, MIAMI, FL; Michael T. Caruso, Federal Public Defender, MIAMI, FL; Lawrence D. Rosenberg, Appointed by District Court, WASHINGTON, DC; Paul M. Rashkind, Federal Public Defender, Assistant Federal Public Defender, MIAMI, FL; Matthew S. Hellman, Appointed by District Court, WASHINGTON, DC.

      For United States of America, Appellee: Lisa T. Rubio, MIAMI, FL; , MIAMI, FL; John Charlton Shipley, Jr., United States Attorney’s Office SD/FL, MIAMI, FL; Anne R. Schultz, U.S. Attorney’s Office, MIAMI, FL; Dan Hartenstine, WASHINGTON, DC.

      JUDGES: Before DUBINA, Chief Judge, BARKETT and PRYOR, [**2] Circuit Judges. BARKETT, Circuit Judge, concurring in part, and dissenting in part.

      OPINION BY: DUBINA

      OPINION

      [*1091] DUBINA, Chief Judge:

      I. BACKGROUND

      A federal grand jury in the Southern

      II. ISSUES

      1. Whether the district court properly admitted the testimony of FBI Agent John Kavanaugh.

      2. Whether there is sufficient evidence to support Padilla’s convictions on all counts and Jayyousi’s conviction on Count 3, the substantive material support offense.

      3. Whether the district court properly admitted the expert [**5] testimony of Dr. Rohan Gunaratna.

      ***

      III. TRIAL EVIDENCE

      The government’s theory at trial was that the [**6] defendants formed a support cell linked to radical Islamists worldwide and conspired to send money, recruits and equipment overseas to groups that the defendants knew used violence in their efforts to establish Islamic states. The government posited that the defendants’ efforts supported an international network of radical Islamists, including al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups such as Maktab al-Khidamat (“MAK”), the precursor to al-Qaeda founded by Palestinian Abdullah Azzam, and The Islamic Group of Egypt founded by an Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh”). The government claimed that each defendant performed an important, but different, role in this support cell. To support its theory, the government presented [*1093] evidence of intercepted telephone calls among defendants, faxes from support groups to defendants, checks and receipts showing financial transactions by defendants, and an al-Qaeda “mujahideen identification form” that the government contended Padilla completed in July 2000, in order to attend a jihad training camp.

      The defendants’ primary defense was their lack of intent to support a violent form of jihad. They contended that they provided only humanitarian [**7] aid to oppressed Muslims and did not knowingly participate in a conspiracy to provide material support or resources for terrorist organizations that engaged in murder, kidnapping, or maiming in their efforts to establish Islamic states.

      The government began its presentation of evidence with Jennifer Keenan, an FBI special agent, who was a legal attache in Yemen and Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2001. During this time, United States personnel obtained evidence such as photographs, letters, documents, passports, videotapes, and a blue binder from Kandahar, Afghanistan. The FBI reviewed them for any imminent threat information. The FBI examined the binder for latent fingerprints, but did not translate any of the documents in the binder. [Doc. 1061, p. 9-54.] Tom Langston, a CIA officer, worked in Afghanistan collecting intelligence in support of military operations. He testified that an individual brought him the blue binder, telling Langston that he discovered it in an office that was formerly used by Arabs. This individual was affiliated with a tribal network that was cooperating with the United States against the Taliban. [Id. at 58, 67.]
      ***

      The government then presented evidence from FBI language specialists and agents identifying numerous exhibits containing translated summaries of intercepted phone calls. One language specialist testified that he reviewed verbatim transcripts of the calls and made verbatim translations. [Doc. 1099, p. 61.] When he drafted the summaries, he listened to the calls while he read the translations to ensure a proper and accurate summary. [Id. at 80.] FBI Agent Kent Hukill testified [*1094] that Hassoun was the subject of an intelligence investigation that Hukill, along with other agents, began in May 2002. [Doc. 1110, p. 77.] The agents reviewed the audio summaries and identified the other defendants as part of the investigation. [Id. at 90-91.] Agent Hukill interviewed Hassoun [**10] numerous times and identified his voice on the recordings. [Id. at 106.] He testified that the agents used verbatim transcripts of the pertinent call summaries, which numbered 700 out of 150,000 total calls. [Id. at 124.] He acknowledged that Padilla’s voice was identified on only seven of the calls. [Id. at 162.]
      ***
      The government also presented the testimony of two individuals who met some of the defendants at a mosque. Herbert Atwell testified that he attended a mosque in South Florida where he met Hassoun and Padilla. [Doc. 1114, p. 6-48.] Atwell stated that Hassoun would invite people in the mosque to be mujahideen fighters, but that Hassoun was not recruiting people to be terrorist fighters. [Id. at 25.] Atwell understood that the mujahideen fight in wars for the cause of Islam. [Id. at 43.] Jeremy Collins testified that he met Jayyousi at a mosque in California, and after becoming friends with Jayyousi, learned that he was publishing a newsletter, “The Islam Report.” [Id. at 49.] Collins stated that Jayyousi was particularly concerned about the Blind Sheikh, who was convicted of conspiring to blow up the World Trade Center, and solicited funds for his defense. [Id. at 64.]
      ***
      A. FBI Agent John Kavanaugh’s testimony

      Over the defendants’ objections, the government presented the lay opinion testimony of FBI Agent John Kavanaugh, who began working on the present case in May 2002. [Doc. 1116, 1117, 1118, 1119, 1123, 1120, 1121, 1140, 1141, 1393.] Agent Kavanaugh reviewed the telephone intercepts, [**14] the summaries for the intercepts, financial records, interview summations, faxes, and other documents pertaining to the case. Based on the present investigation and his participation in over 20 terrorist-related cases, he remarked that the people who were involved in terrorism-related cases used code words in their communications. [Doc. 1116, p. 90-91.] In reviewing the intercepted calls in this case, Agent Kavanaugh noticed the use of code words such as “football” and “soccer” for jihad; “tourism” for jihad; “tourist” for mujahideen; “sneakers” for support; “going on the picnic” for travel to jihad; “married” for martyrdom; “trade” for jihad; “open up a market” for opening a group in support of jihad; open up a “branch” for starting a jihad support group; “the first area” for Afghanistan; “school over there to teach football” for a place to train in jihad; “students” for Taliban; “iron” for weapon; “joint venture” for a group of mujahideen; “full sponsorship” for income for room and board (at training camp); and “open the door” for opportunity to go to jihad. [Doc. 1116, p. 91, 141, 161; Doc. 1117, p. 21-61, 100, 105; Doc. 1118, p. 20-126.] Agent Kavanaugh stated that he knew the [**15] speakers were using code words because on some occasions they said they were, and at other times he could detect the speakers were using code words by the context of the conversations. [Doc. 1116, p. 90-91.] The agent mentioned that the FBI did summarize a few of the satellite calls, but they were not produced in full transcript form. [Doc. 1121, p. 19.] He testified that the satellite phones were purchased through the AWR organization.

      Agent Kavanaugh testified that the defendants were also secretive in their communications. The speakers on the intercepted calls mentioned that they were not to discuss any “relief” matters over the phone [Id. at 99.]; that they knew the lines were always monitored [Id. at 105.]; and that they did not like to “name names or areas” during phone conversations. [Doc. 1141, p. 131-33.] Jayyousi mentioned in one of the intercepted calls that “all these calls are recorded.” [Doc. 1141, p. 146.]

      Agent Kavanaugh stated that it was not unusual for these individuals to use nicknames in their intercepted communications. In one call, Youssef referred to Hassoun by his nickname, Abu Sayyaf. [Doc. 1118, p. 20, 28-29.] In a call between [*1096] Hassoun and Youssef, Hassoun [**16] stated that they were sending the “Spanish Brother”—Padilla—to Kosovo, where Youssef was participating with Kosovar Muslims in a fight with the Serbian government. [Doc. 1118, p. 33-35.] In another call between Hassoun, Youssef, and an unidentified male, they referred to Padilla as “the Puerto Rican” because of his Puerto Rican descent. [Doc. 1118, p. 81.] Defendants also referred to Padilla by other names, such as “Ibrahim” and “Ukasha.” [Doc. 1116, p. 167; Doc. 1117, p. 33; Doc. 1118, p. 35, 37, 81-82; Doc. 1119, p. 33; Doc. 1123, p. 85.]

      Agent Kavanaugh testified about Hassoun, Youssef, and Padilla’s plans for Padilla to travel to Kosovo. [Doc. 1118, Gov’t Ex. 107TR.] They discussed Padilla’s visit with the Blind Sheikh. [Doc. 1116, p. 167.] In a call between Hassoun and Youssef, Youssef mentioned his “partner,” Padilla, in their discussions about travel arrangements to Afghanistan. [Doc. 1117, p. 31-33 (Youssef mentions to Hassoun that Ibrahim will be in agreement to join Youssef).] In another call between Hassoun, Padilla, and others, Padilla stated that an individual needed discipline and obedience to participate in a jihad. [Doc. 1117, p. 105; Gov’t Ex. 81TR.]

      The agent also mentioned [**17] several intercepted calls discussing Padilla’s travel to Egypt. While Youssef was in Egypt, Hassoun discussed with another individual who attended the South Florida mosque that he was getting together some money for Padilla to travel to Egypt. [Doc. 1118, p. 75-76.] Several months later Padilla traveled to Egypt, where he and Hassoun discussed Padilla’s finances. [Id. at 95-125.] In October 1998, Hassoun conversed with Youssef, who was in Egypt, and an unidentified male, and in response to Hassoun’s inquiry about the Puerto Rican, Youssef responded that Padilla was happy; he was next to him in the building. [Id. at 80-81; Gov’t Ex. 110TR.] During this October call, Hassoun and Youssef discussed finances, particularly Padilla’s monthly expenses. [Id. at 83.] During this same call, Hassoun referenced other people traveling from the United States to Egypt because they “have established the groundwork through Ibrahim.” [Id. at 84.]

      ***

      Agent Kavanaugh testified that the defendants referenced other terrorist groups and leaders in their conversations. [Doc. 1116.] Hassoun mentioned Sheikh Abu Azzam, leader of MAK. [Id. at 145.] In one call, Youssef mentioned to Jayyousi that he and Padilla wanted to visit the Blind Sheikh (Islamic Group of Egypt). [Doc. 1116, p. 167.] Hassoun and Youssef discussed Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Fayez (“Mohammad Chehade”), the leader of the Global Relief Foundation. [Doc. 1118, p. 20.]
      ***
      Agent Kavanaugh interpreted a call between Hassoun, Kassem Daher, and another individual, in which Hassoun stated that “they [were] playing football in Somalia” and they needed to send “sneakers” over there. [Doc. 1117, p. 102-03 (stating that Hassoun meant jihad and support for jihad).] In a lengthy call in August 1998, Youssef called Hassoun from Egypt to inform Hassoun that the “joint venture” they had formed resulted in the loss of 70. [Doc. 1118, p. 58.] Hassoun responded [**21] that “70 got married completely.” [Id.] Youssef then talked about the various groups he encountered in Kosovo and told Hassoun that they thought of joining brothers in another town, but by the time they wanted to join the “club,” it was being shelled heavily by the enemy. [Id. at 64.] Hassoun asked Youssef if they had “balls and clothes and everything, sports equipment?” [Id. at 65.] Agent Kavanaugh opined that these words indicated weaponry. [Id.]

      ***
      Defendants elicited from Agent Kavanaugh the fact that Padilla was involved in very few phone calls; that Padilla did not use code words in his conversations [Doc. 1121, p. 58-172…

      B. Dr. Rohan Gunaratna’s testimony

      The government also presented historical background information about conflict zones and key figures in the violent Islamic movement through the testimony of Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Asia. Dr. Gunaratna testified about the characteristics of the support cells upon which the violent Islamic movement relies. [Doc. 1393, p. 114-184; Doc. 1137; Doc. 1138; Doc. 1139; Doc. 1136, Doc. 1394; Doc. 1157; Doc. 1158.] Dr. Gunaratna had studied the fields of terrorism and political religious violence for about twenty-five years and had been a teaching fellow at the U.S. Military Academy and at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at the Egyptian Center for Counter Terrorism Studies. He testified that the International Center manages one of the largest terrorism databases in the world, and it creates counter-terrorism research centers in conflict zones such as Kabul, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He explained that the International Center works with a number of governments and countries [**24] around the world to create environments that hinder terrorist support.

      Dr. Gunaratna testified that he had a special focus on Islamic organizations from 1993 to 1996, particularly organizations advocating jihad. He authored ten books, one entitled “Inside Al-Qaeda,” and he had been an expert witness in terrorism cases for both the prosecution and the defense. While conducting his research into al-Qaeda, he interviewed members of Islamist radical groups, spoke to academicians, and traveled to countries where radical Islamist violence occurred, such as Pakistan and Iraq. The district court admitted him as an expert in the area of al-Qaeda and its associated groups and in the area of international terrorism. [Doc. 1393, p. 134.]

      Dr. Gunaratna provided background information on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, a Saudi who moved to Pakistan and founded al-Qaeda, an organization committed to establishing Islamic …

      Dr. Gunaratna testified that al-Qaeda established and managed the Advice and Reformation Committee to distribute propaganda. This committee had an office in the United Kingdom, and Khalid al-Fawwaz served as the leader. Dr. Gunaratna acknowledged that Jayyousi received a fax from this committee, informing Jayyousi that al-Fawwaz had been appointed as bin Laden’s representative to operate in that region. He acknowledged that this publication, which Jayyousi received via fax, was sent to a specific group of people. [Id. at 158-63.] He stated that al-Qaeda [**26] had relationships with other radical Islamist groups outside of Afghanistan, and it provided support for these like-minded groups. [Id. at 169-70.]

      [Note: Khalid al-Fawwaz goes on trial in November 2014 in connection with the 1998 embassy bombings; he made many dozens of phone calls to Bin Laden using the satellite phone.]

      Dr. Gunaratna also provided information regarding the support cells that provide assistance to terrorist and militant organizations. He stated that the support cells provide funds, transportation, safe houses, communications, training, and recruitment. He explained that these cells operate through “front” organizations, such as community, religious, humanitarian, and educational charities. [Id. at 173-80.] He also testified that in his research, he learned that members of these support cells and groups use code words and double talk in their communications by substituting key words likely to draw suspicion with more common verbiage. [Id. at 181.]

      In reviewing the telephone intercepts in this case, Dr. Gunaratna opined that the defendants used code words in some of their communications. When they used the word “tourism,” that meant armed jihad; the word “football and/or soccer” meant fighting or combat; the phrase “to be married” referred to going to paradise or martyrdom; the phrase “first area” meant Pakistan or Afghanistan; the word “screws” [**27] meant bullets; the word “eggplant” meant a rocket propelled grenade launcher; and other words denoting fruits and vegetables were used as codes for arms. [Doc. 1137, p. 11-15.] He noted that many of these words were in other transcripts that he reviewed between radical Islamist groups and their supporters. [Id. at 12.] His interpretation of the code words’ meanings was similar to Agent Kavanaugh’s testimony, except that Dr. Gunaratna opined that when the defendants used the word jihad, they meant the violent or armed jihad, whereas the agent did not specify if the word jihad meant violent or peaceful jihad.

      Dr. Gunaratna testified that during a phone call, Hassoun referenced bin Laden by his nickname, “Abu Abdallah,” which was known only by his supporters. [Id. at 27.] In a later call, Jayyousi mentioned bin Laden’s mentor, Sheikh Salman, and mentioned a CNN interview with bin Laden that showed the radical Islamic violence in Somalia during that time period. Both Hassoun and Jayyousi discussed a statement or “fatwa” (a religious opinion usually issued by established religious leaders but also issued by radical leaders) that threatened America. Dr. Gunaratna opined that this fatwa the [**28] defendants discussed was “very likely” the same fatwa issued by bin Laden in August 1996. [Id. at 52-53.] In that same call, Jayyousi mentioned Armed Islamic Group, which was one of the most violent groups and wanted to establish an Islamic state in [*1100] Algeria. [Id. at 58.] In commenting on a statement by Hassoun that MAK can deal with “these people” by “the sword,” Dr. Gunaratna testified that “these people” meant the people in the White House, and by “the sword” was a term commonly used by the MAK leader and radical Islamists. [Id. at 72.]
      ***
      Dr. Gunaratna described the conflict in the Muslim area of Kosovo, Yugoslavia that occurred in the 1990s. [Id. at 143.] Foreign mujahideen assisted in this conflict, later establishing a presence in bordering Albania. Al-Qaeda provided financial and other support to these fighters in Kosovo. The Kosovar people opposed these fighters because the people perceived them as too violent. Dr. Gunaratna commented on a call in which Youssef informed Hassoun that he was in Albania, which was the launching pad for the Arab mujahideen to enter Kosovo. [Id. at 149.]

      Dr. Gunaratna testified that al-Qaeda’s most significant number of training camps was in [**30] Afghanistan, and their purpose was to train people to participate in violence. [Doc. 1139, p. 7.] “Al-Qaeda’s premier facility for providing training in the 1990’s was the al-Frooq camp” near Kandahar. [Id. at 10.] He commented on the secrecy of the training camps and the necessity of having an individual recommend you for training, especially for American Muslims. He stated that al-Qaeda kept records on the people who attended the training camps, and the attendees had to complete a mujahideen application form. He noted that a number of these forms were discovered from various Arab safe houses and training camps. [Id. at 19-30.] He testified that a new recruit could not provide his real name on the identification form. [Id. at 31.]

      The government questioned Dr. Gunaratna regarding other intercepted calls he reviewed. In one call, Hassoun identified himself with the Abu Muhjin group, and he discussed al-Ittihad al-Islami. Dr. Gunaratna stated that both of these groups are radical Islamic groups. [Doc. 1158, p. 145.] He also commented on several calls involving Jayyousi. In one call, Jayyousi referred to funds for preparations and referred to the “first area”—code for Afghanistan. [Id. at 146-47.] [**31] In another call, Jayyousi spoke to the Blind Sheikh and referred to Chechnya, saying that the government was an Islamic government, “but it is full of heresy.” Dr. Gunaratna noted that this statement was consistent with the view of establishing an Islamic state in Chechnya. [Id. at 168.] Jayyousi also referred to bin Laden in another call and discussed a fundraiser to collect money [*1101] to send to Afghanistan. Jayyousi clarified that the brother of whom he spoke was Arab, not Afghani, which Dr. Gunaratna testified was an important distinction because the terrorist groups wanted to support primarily the Arab mujahideen. [Id. at 177-79.]

      On cross-examination, defendants attacked Dr. Gunaratna’s credibility and his qualifications as an expert. [Doc. 1139, p. 71; Doc. 1136; Doc. 1394; Doc. 1157.] They did elicit from Dr. Gunaratna that he had not listed AWR and Save Bosnia Now as cover organizations for jihad terrorist groups; however, he did list the Islamic Group of Egypt as one. [Doc. 1157, p. 96.] He acknowledged that in the intercepted calls he reviewed involving Jayyousi, he discerned no code talk. [Id. at 113.]

      The government presented several other witnesses in its case-in-chief. A Department [**32] of Defense employee testified that he performed a personnel search on Padilla and discovered that Padilla did not serve in the military. [Doc. 1159, p. 21.] FBI Agent Russell Fincher testified that he interviewed Padilla at the Chicago O’Hare airport in 2002. [Id. at 90-101.] Fincher stated that Padilla acknowledged some of his travels, but was evasive regarding his overseas travel. Joyce Kandalaft, a contract linguist with the FBI, identified several documents: two checks from Hassoun to the Canadian Islamic Association, one in the amount of $8,000 for “tourism” and another in the amount of $3,000 for “tourism” and “tourists”; a check from Hassoun to AWR in the amount of $5,000 “for the brothers”; a check from Hassoun to Jayyousi for $600; several checks from Hassoun to Global Relief, one in the amount of $5,000 for “Kosovo,” one in the amount of $600 for “Kosovo support,” one with “Chechen tourism and media” and a Koranic verse on it, and one in the amount of $2,000 for “Afghan Relief.” [Doc. 1160, p. 7, Gov’t Ex. 600H-R.] The government also presented a portion of a CNN videotape of an interview with Osama bin Laden. [Doc. 1137, p. 32.]

      C. Defense case

      The defendants presented an [**33] expert in English/Arabic interpretation and translation to challenge the government’s evidence regarding the defendants’ use of code words. [Doc. 1200.] He testified that many of the alleged code words had other, more innocuous meanings than indicated by the government witnesses. He stated that a mujahid is someone who fights for a cause, either religious or political, or it can mean a person who provides a service for the infirm or for refugees. [Id. at 71, 97.] However, he acknowledged that most of the government’s translations were correct. [Id. at 127-28.]

    • DXer said

      A 2005 indictment discussed the use of code by the Florida cell member who worshipped at the Masjid Al-Iman with other Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman in Fort Lauderdale. The mosque was in the Franklin Park neighborhood across the street from Franklin Park (a county park) on the street variously known as Franklin Drive or Franklin Park Drive. Franklin Park (see above) was part of the fake return address on the letters to the US Senators in early October 2001.

      U.S. charges long-detained citizen

      Jose Padilla, the so-called “Dirty Bomber” whose case was to reach the Supreme Court, now faces civilian charges.

      By DAVID ADAMS
      Published November 23, 2005

      Padilla was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in May 2002 on suspicion that he collaborated with the Pakistani arm of al-Qaida in a plan to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States.

      However, the indictment does not mention that allegation. Instead it accuses Padilla and four other men of a U.S.-based conspiracy to “kidnap, murder and maim” people overseas for the purpose of creating “a pure Islamic state governed by strict Islamic law.” The indictment alleges the men were followers of convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

      The others indicted are Adham Amin Hassoun, a Lebanese-born Palestinian who lived in Broward County; Mohammed Hesham Youssef, an Egyptian who also lived in Broward County; Kifah Wael Jayyousi, a Jordanian national and U.S. citizen; and Kassem Daher, a Lebanese citizen with Canadian residency status.

      “All of these defendants are alleged members of a violent terrorist support cell that operated in the United States and Canada,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said. ..

      Jayyousi was arrested early this year at Detroit Metro Airport re-entering the country from Qatar. He was “chief of facilities” for Washington, D.C., schools from 1999-2001 and before that worked in the Detroit school system. …

      Hassoun, a Palestinian computer programmer who moved to Florida in 1989, was arrested by Joint Terrorism Task Force agents on June 12, 2002. He was held on an immigration charge that he overstayed a decade-old student visa.

      Prosecutors identified him from the start as an associate of Padilla at the Masjid Al-Iman mosque in Fort Lauderdale. His alleged terror connections bear a similarity to the pending Tampa case of Sami Al-Arian, centering on his links to funding for Islamic charities.

      EXCERPTS FROM THE INDICTMENT
      In the 31-page indictment filed Tuesday against Jose Padilla and four other men accused of conspiring to murder, kidnap and maim people outside the United States, federal officials detail numerous “coded” conversations between the five men over eight years.

      While it remains unclear what the men were referring to, the indictment says the code was used to “disguise their true identities and activities.”

      A selection:

      In May 1996, Adham Hassoun asked someone in Lebanon if he “had a way “to get something over to the soccer team in Chechnya or Bosnia.’ ”

      That same year, Hassoun discussed with Kassem Daher “the ones who want to go out and smell the air.”

      Hassoun told Daher in 1997: “Because they are playing football in Somalia . . . it’s heating up a lot, so we’re sending . . . uh . . . uniforms . . . and . . . uh . . . sneakers for football over there.”

      Mohammed Hesham Youssef, who was in Egypt, told Hassoun in April 1997 he “planned to join a group of possibly 10 others who were going “to smell fresh air and eat cheese.’ ”

      Other conversations referred to the need to “go on a picnic” in Egypt, to “buy zucchini” in Lebanon, and assisting “tourism” in Kosovo.

    • DXer said

      In later plots led by El-Shukrijumah, code continued to be used — to include “marriage is ready”.

      http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/4399312-95/zazi-qaida-york-ahmedzay

      Using code words, he then frantically emailed one of his al-Qaida handlers to get the exact formula for building homemade bombs to go with detonators.

      ‘The marriage is ready,’ Zazi wrote – code words signaling that he and two of his radicalized former high school classmates from Queens were ready to die as martyrs.

      ***

      Zazi recounted how, after leaving their Queens neighborhood for Pakistan in 2008, the three Muslim men met a top al-Qaida operative they knew only as Hamad. Authorities say Hamad was Adnan Shukrijumah, a Saudi listed on an FBI website as a fugitive who plotted attacks for al-Qaida worldwide.

      Hamad told the three that they were best suited for an operation on U.S. soil. He also mulled over potential targets with them, including the New York Stock Exchange, Times Square and an unspecified Walmart store, Zazi said.

      The men ended up picking the subway because ‘it’s the heart of everything in New York City,’ Zazi said yesterday.

      Customer Reviews: Amerithrax: The Hunt for the Anthrax Killer
      http://www.amazon.ca/product-reviews/0425197468
      Graysmith correctly concludes that the Jennifer Lopez letter [referring to the Jennifer Lopez immiinent wedding ] which was opened at AMI on September 19 2001 is the “Holy Grail” of the entire case. The AMI staff …

      See also

      In his coded message to Ramzi Binalshibh written in German, in August 2001, Atta used codename “Jenny” and discussed attack involving four schools.
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 7, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/in-his-coded-message-to-ramzi-binalshibh-written-in-german-in-august-2001-atta-used-codename-jenny-and-discussed-attack-involving-four-schools/

    • DXer said

      In the Spring of 2002, while living with Al-Hawsawi in Karachi, KSM’s assistant with the anthrax spraying documents, Adnan El-Shukrijumah trained Padilla’s colleague in code to be used. Shukrijumah and Padilla knew each other at the mosque in the Franklin Park neigbhorhood at the mosque across from the county park, Franklin Park.

      “KU-10024 [KSM] and his nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, aka (Abd al-Aziz Ali), ISN US9PK-010018DP (PK- 10018), instructed both US-10008 and detainee on the methods to execute this operation. Detainee was to return to the UK where he would obtain valid travel documents before traveling to the US to meet US-10008. Following their meetings with KU-10024, Jaffar al-Tayyar taught detainee and US-10008 to falsify documents by substituting photographs, erasing entry/exit stamps, and removing visas.17 Al-Qaida operative and 11 September coordinator Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, ISN US9YM-010013DP (YM-10013), taught them how to encode a telephone number before passing it to another individual. The co-conspirators then surrendered their passports to PK-10018, who forged a Pakistani visa and departure authorization. For the last week of March 2002, detainee and US-10008 spent time creating email addresses on the internet for communication while abroad.”

      17 Analyst Note: This is believed to be the same Jaffar al-Tayyar, aka (Adnan el-Shurijumah), who has ties to the dirty bomb plot and numerous ties with senior al-Qaida leadership.

      The numbers code used by KSM and El-Shukrijumah involved subtracting and adding from “5” — so 2 becomes 8, and 9 becomes 1 etc. We learned the numbers code due to the arrest of AQ chem operative Al-Marri, who was working with KSM and Al-Hawsawi and entered the country on September 10, 2001.

    • DXer said

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-4-draft-beta/screen-shot-2012-12-06-at-11-42-46-am/

    • DXer said

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-3-draft-beta/screen-shot-2012-12-05-at-12-46-35-pm/

    • DXer said

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-2-draft-beta/38479z/

    • DXer said

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-3-draft-beta/screen-shot-2012-12-05-at-12-49-04-pm/

    • DXer said

      http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-2-draft-beta/38480b/

  19. DXer said

    People who think Adnan could not have entered the United States once the planes started flyling again after 9/11 are uninformed. Al-Hindi reportedly had nine passports — with as many of seven of them being replacements under his true identity.

    BIN LADEN‘S GENERAL WAS GIVEN NINE BRITISH PASSPORTS
    The Daily Mail, 21/03/2007
    http://www.pressmon.com/cgi-bin/press_view.cgi?id=534437

    Reporting a passport lost, as Adnan El-Shukrijumah did in May 2001, is a common way to get another. But detainee assessments confirm that Adnan was skilled at faking travel documents — to include “erasing entry/ exit stamps, and removing visas. ” He trained others — for example, Padilla’s colleague Binyam — on the subject.

    In May 2001, Shukrijumah used a Guyana passport to enter Trinidad and Tobago. He arrived May 17, 2001 on a flight from Guyana. He had spent a couple weeks with his relatives, to include his cousin Marzab Juman. Marzab knew his cousin by the name Adnan Juman. Adnan El Shukrijumah could travel on a Guyana passport because his father was born there.

    “As far as we know, he lost the passport somewhere between the airport when he came here around 2000 and the hotel at which he stayed,” his relative in Guyana said.

    AP reported “He left Guyana on an emergency travel document, she said. It was the first time the Guyana family had seen him in at least 20 years, and he told them he was headed for Trinidad.”

    In March 2003, the FBI said that he may be using passports from Guyana, Saudi Arabia, Canada or Trinidad.

    In contrast, Qahtani, the hijacker who couldn’t get in the country in August —

    1) couldn’t speak English;

    2) could not tell the inspector who was waiting for him at the airport (it was Atta);

    3) had no return ticket, even though he stated he was traveling on a visitor’s visa for a six-day visit;

    4) had an amount of money deemed insufficient to provide for living expenses during his stay and purchase a return ticket; (on this I think perhaps INS isn’t appreciating what budget travelers are able to accomplish);

    5) refused to provide his U.S. contact’s name and telephone number to the INS inspector; and

    6) and was not cooperative with the INS inspector.

    The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda’s Leader
    By Peter L. Bergen

    http://books.google.com/books?id=_5bmzlNx1iAC&pg=PA415&lpg=PA415&dq=Qahtani+%22speak+English%22&source=bl&ots=srNs66Xitw&sig=l1LykENKMiwlAEUeu8PMO8iB7OU&hl=jv&sa=X&ei=jNMgVJ7rN–QsQSfioKoAg&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Qahtani%20%22speak%20English%22&f=false

    Qahtani, by the way, I think was a cousin of biochem operative Al-Marri, who came into the country on September 10, 2001.

    Because of reported sightings of Adnan El-Shukrijumah in Guyana some years later, the FBI tried set a trap for Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/archives/08/06/breaking-news-adnan-el-shukrijumah-new-head-of-al-qaeda-operations-–-fbi-tells-associated-press/

    “It is believed that it was Shukrijumah’s reported presence in Guyana that propelled US authorities to send informant Steven Francis to Guyana in an attempt to lure the elusive terrorist into the trap of plotting to blow up the JFK airport in New York.
    Reports are that while he was in Guyana, Shukrijmumah was once safe and secure under the protection of Swiss House Cambio boss Farouk Razac, who died in May 2007 under mysterious circumstances at his home.
    According to reports Shukrijumah was spotted at the Swiss House Cambio by several witnesses, including self-proclaimed death squad informant George Bacchus. Bacchus himself was gunned down in 2006 following his many public statements about the existence and operation of a death squad.
    And it was at the cambio he also allegedly became acquainted with Abdul Nur who recently pleaded guilty to plotting to attack the JFK airport. Nur ran errands for Razac and Kadir. Kadir was convicted last week in the JFK plot case.
    The assumption by federal authorities that they might have lured Shukrijumah out of hiding was wrong as he failed to appear at any of the planning sessions in Trinidad and Guyana, and the federal officials were left only with a hefty bill.”

    Guyana looks like a cool place to do some budget traveling. But I’m a sucker for travel footage with no narration that is set to relaxing music.

    There’s a $5 million reward for some local somewhere to call the FBI upon seeing “Adnan Juman.”

  20. DXer said

    http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB410/docs/UBLdocument3.pdf

    The so-called 19th hijacker — who failed to get into the US in August 2001 — identified El-Shukrijumah as at KSM’s house on approximately September 13, 2001:

    Detainee stated he visited KU-10024’s [KSM’s] house approximately 13 September 2001, during which he saw suspected “dirty-bomb” plotters Jose Padilla, ISN US0US-010008DP (US-10008); and Adnan al-Shukrijumma aka (Jafar al-Tayyar). citing IIR6034094403,IIR6034084403

    At page 2, the Detainee Assessment had stated:

    Detainee is associated with other key al-Qaida members including senior operations planners Khalid Shaykh Muhammad, aka (KSM), aka (Mukhtar), ISN US9KU-010024DP (KU-10024); Walid Muhammad Salih Bin Attash, aka (Silver), ISN US9YM-010014DP (YM-10014); senior al-Qaida financial manager Mustafa Ahmad al- Hawsawi, ISN US9SA-010011DP (SA-10011); and military operations supreme commander Muhammad Salah al-Din Abd al-Halim Zaydan, aka (Sayf al-Adl).

    Qahtani’s Detainee Assessment further states:

    On 4 August 2001, detainee traveled to the US for this mission.36 [KSM]identified detainee as an intended hijacker for the 11 September 2001 attacks, and another detained senior al-Qaida member noted detainee understood the mission to be a suicide operation.37 (Analyst Note: The US based al-Qaida commander of the 11 September 2001 attacks, Muhammad Atta, was reportedly at the Orlando Airport at the time of detainee’s arrival and is suspected to be detainee’s intended contact within the US.38)

  21. DXer said

    Look at this version of what would seem to be the same Jun 9, 2008 Detainee Assessment document as I’ve previously uploaded.

    Compare

    http://www.therenditionproject.org.uk/pdf/PDF%20432%20%5BJTF-GTMO%20Detainee%20Assessment,%20Abu%20Rahman%20(9%20June%202008)%5D.pdf

    with

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/abdul-rabbani-abu-rahman-was-the-other-fellow-who-ksm-tasked-to-move-the-crates-with-biological-equipment-for-al-qaedas-anthrax-program/

    Notice that the following paragraph appears in one but not the other.

    “Removed detainee’s association with Jaffar al-Tayyar, aka (Adnan al-Shukrijumah), due to misidentification with Muhammad Essagh Sher Muhammad Khan, aka (Jafar al- Tayyar Bermel), ISN US9PK-000429DP (PK-429)”

    I am still trying to figure out the reason for the discrepancy.

    But suffice it to say that the identification of Adnan El-Shukrijumah by this fellow who set up Yazid Sufaat’s lab in May 2001 has been removed. Moreover, there is an SCI Supplement.

    Does GAO have anthrax to the SCI Supplement and to the interrogation report in which the man who set up Yazid Sufaat’s lab identified Jaaffar AL-Tayyar?

    S E C R E T / / NOFORN / / 20330609

    • DXer said

      FBI casts dragnet for Mohammed Sher Mohammad Khan

      12:00AM / Friday, June 06, 2003

      The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in determining the whereabouts of the following individual: Mohammed Sher Mohammad Khan, Alias: Muhammad Shir Muhammad Khan; Mohammed Essagh; Ja’Far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar; Ali Abdul Qadir; Abdul Qadir Date of Birth: November 11, 1966; Place of Birth: Swat, Pakistan Height: 5’3″ to 5’7″ Weight: 132 pounds Hair: Black Eyes: Black The above individual, whose name and date of birth may be fictitious, is believed to have entered the United States illegally after September 1, 2001. Khan is an English speaker and sometimes has a beard. He is also asthmatic. Although the FBI has no specific information that this individual is connected to any potential terrorist activities, based upon information developed in the course of on-going investigations, the FBI would like to locate and question this person. The FBI has been working with Homeland Security Agencies (U.S. Customs, INS, TSA) to locate this individual. The above information has also been disseminated to the appropriate law enforcement agencies around the United States and throughout the world. More information can be found on the FBI’s website: http://www.fbi.gov. Anyone with any information pertaining to this individual is asked to contact their nearest FBI office.

      Comment:

      Mohammed Sher Mohammad Khan was being identified as Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

      Both names were associated with the same alias.

      Mohammed Sher Mohammad Khan, like Adnan, was said to be 5’3 to 5’7″. Weight 132 pounds. He had black hair.

      The FBI indicated that his name and birth date may be fictitious.

      “Khan” was an English speaker and sometimes has a beard. (Like Shukrijumah).

      He is also asthmatic.

      The FBI did venture one more thing about Mohammed Sher Mohammad Khan.

      This Jafar the Pilot was “believed to have entered the United illegally after September 1, 2001.”

      Again: the man with the same name and description of Adnan El-Shukrijumah was believed to have entered the United States after September 1, 2001.

      Was Mohammed Sher Mohammad Khan just another alias being used by Adnan El-Shukrijumah?

      I am still sorting through the issue.

  22. DXer said

    The Washington Post reported that: “In spring 2001, El’Shukri-Jumah rebuffed FBI attempts to recruit him as an informant, according to a law-enforcement source.”

    From bookish boy to focus of intensive manhunt
    By Manuel Roig-Franzia and Dan Eggen
    The Washington Post, April 16, 2003

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20030416&slug=adnan16

    Investigators also have uncovered an al-Qaida-linked document that connects Ja’far’s name to Norman, Okla., where accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui received flight training. There is, however, no evidence that El’Shukri-Jumah attended flight school in the United States.

    Worldwide alert issued

    The identification by Mohammed, along with the other evidence, prompted the FBI to issue the unusually urgent worldwide alert for El’Shukri-Jumah on March 20. …

    The FBI alert for El’Shukri-Jumah was issued at least two years after the agency became aware of him, when he was identified as a suspected bit player in a separate terrorism case.

    The plot’s leader, Imran Mandhai, is serving an 11-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy after his arrest on charges of planning a “jihad cell” of as many as 30 men that would target electrical substations, an armory, Jewish institutions and Mount Rushmore.

    In spring 2001, El’Shukri-Jumah rebuffed FBI attempts to recruit him as an informant, according to a law-enforcement source. His parents say he left the country not long afterward, in May 2001, and the FBI believes he hasn’t been back since. El’Shukri-Jumah’s family said he went to the Caribbean to sell Muslim goods.

  23. DXer said

    http://editorials.voa.gov/section/rewards-for-fugitives/3304.html

  24. DXer said

    In this interview, Jim Madden head of the Tampa offices that the FBI is looking for the piece that is going to put the puzzle together. He says post-911 the big issue was that they didn’t connect the dots.

    The first step in putting together a difficult puzzle is to flip the pieces over on the board so you can get the picture.

    The DOJ Failed To Disclose That Jdey Was Detained At Same Time As Moussaoui, With BIology Textbooks, And Then Released

  25. DXer said

    Graeme MacQueen writes:

    “Who planned and carried out the anthrax attacks? In struggling with this question we should not rush too quickly to the discussion of individuals—Hatfill, Ivins, and the like— persons proposed by the FBI as lone-wolf perpetrators. A more useful approach is to sketch the possibilities in general terms and try to establish the actual historical movement of the investigation among them. Which possibilities were popular at particular moments? What arguments and evidence were offered in favor of them? By what path did the FBI arrive at its current preferred solution? Only when this overview is complete will we be ready to examine the FBI’s ultimate choice of Dr. Bruce Ivins as “the anthrax killer.”

    The main perpetrator hypotheses can be arranged in four quadrants.

    Quadrant 1: Foreign individual

    Quadrant 2: Foreign group

    Quadrant 3: Domestic individual

    Quadrant 4: Domestic group

    These four quadrants do not exhaust the possibilities, of course, because it is possible to imagine perpetrators from one quadrant working in association with perpetrators from another. We will return to this possibility at the end of this book. (p. 66)

    The hypothesis of the domestic group received minor attention as the attacks began (we can find, for example, occasional references to the possibility that a neo-Nazi group was the perpetrator2) but after the FBI made its choice of the lone wolf, the domestic group became the suppressed possibility. Formally, the FBI kept this possibility alive,3 but the Bureau worked hard to emphasize the search for an individual. One of the aims of the present book is to revitalize this suppressed hypothesis. (p. 66)

    In his book, Graeme MacQueen by page 66 has not discussed the FBI’s profiling or how the “lone nut” profile came about.

    Did the agents and analysts in the basement of Quantico who came up with the FBI’s profile have relevant training or input from analysts expert in Al Qaeda? Assuming they did, did an investigative bias creep into their approach to the anthrax mailings that should instead have been informed by a strategic understanding of Zawahiri’s Vanguards of Conquest and its modus operandi? Did the profilers know of the al Hayat letter bombs (related to the imprisonment of the blind sheik) and KSM’s threat to use biochemical weapons in retaliation for the detention of the blind sheik and other militant islamists? The suspected anthrax mailer Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the son of the Saudi missionary and government employee who was the translator of the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. The Blind Sheik’s lawyer, Montasser Al-Zayat had announced Bin Laden’s plan to use anthrax. Did the profilers know of the role of Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin, in working with KSM in planning the attacks on the United States? Just as with 9/11, the correct understanding of the anthrax mailings begins with a trail that leads back to Malaysia, Khalid Mohammed, Hambali, Yazid Sufaat, Rauf Ahmad, Zacarias Moussaoui, various charities, the Albanian returnees trial, Bojinka, and even the assassination of Anwar Sadat. As George Santayana said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    Quoted in a June 2002 Wall Street Journal column titled “The “lone wolf” theory is evidence of the Bureau’s ineptitude,” FBI Special Agent Rowley — who had urged that a warrant be obtained to access Moussaoui’s laptop — was highly critical of the FBI in “chalking this all up to the ’20-20 hindsight is perfect’ problem.” The Minneapolis agents who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui before September 11 had quickly identified him as a terrorist threat and identified the legal grounds on which he has since been indicted. Agents in Phoenix had sounded an alarm about suspicious Arabs taking flight training. So she argues that “this is not a case of everyone in the FBI failing to appreciate the potential consequences.”

    An FBI Special Agent in the Minneapolis, MN Field Office, Harry Samit unsuccessfully appealed to his superiors for a FISA warrant that would permit him to view the contents of Moussaoui’s computer in the weeks leading up to 9/11. He wrote an August 18, 2001 email: “What does everyone think of calling in the NSDA Behavioral Assessment quacks? They probably have a psyche profile for an Islamic Martyr and could tell us if our 747 guys fit.”

    Samit’s memo had explained that Moussaoui was connected to a radical fundamentalist group in Chechnya, whose leader Ibn Khattab had ties to Bin Laden. “For this reason, it is imperative that his effects be searched in order to gather intelligence relating to these connections and to any plans for terrorist attacks against the United States or United States Persons to which he may be a party.” He wrote: “I am so desperate to get into his computer, I’ll take anything.” A colleague emailed Samit: “ thanks for the update. Very sorry that this matter was handled the way it was, but you fought the good fight. God Help us all if the next terrorist incident involves the same type of plane. take care Cathy.”

    The emails were dated September 10, 2001.

    Authors John Schwartz and Minnesota University Professor Michael Osterholm in a book Living Terror published in December 2000 explain that bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and William Patrick each believed “he was working to match a threat from a resourceful and brilliant enemy. I keep that in mind when people ask me how anyone could do such a terrible thing: how anyone could contemplating creating chances that you could kill so many. The answer makes me terribly uncomfortable — it could be anyone, even the nicest guy you ever met.”

    The FBI’s stock profile concerning a biological agent was a lone, unstable individual. In October 2001, the profilers pretty much just reached into the filing cabinet. One Special Agent involved in profiling such incidents explained in a conference, at which Dr. Steve Hatfill was also a presenter: “The closest I’ve ever come to biological-chemical issues is when the toilet on the 37th floor gets backed up *** It isn’t the Middle Eastern people. It isn’t white supremacists. It is the lone individual, lone unstable individual. That statistically, from the cases that we have, is the biggest threat right now.”

    FBI Special Agent Fitzgerald, who had some early involvement in Amerithrax in issuing the “profile,” years earlier had special responsibility for scrutinizing the language of the manifesto in UNABOM. In late September 2001, his colleague from UNABOM, Kathleen Puckett turned in her study of “lone wolves” to include Kaczynski and others. Dr. Puckett sees “howling loneliness” as the key characteristic of a “lone wolf.” Before turning to work on domestic terror cases of the 1990s, her counterintelligence work typically involved Soviet spies. She would go and kibbitz the local agents on what she perceived as the personality of the subject. She retired on September 30, 2001 and handed in her study on lone wolves on her way out the door. By October, her colleague Fitzgerald was turning in a “lone wolf” profile for his assignment in Amerithrax. Judging from his comments to the media, he was one of those who was swayed based on the fact that Daschle and Leahy were Democrats.

    Hunting the American Terrorist (2007), by History Publishing is dedicated in part to the victims of the anthrax mailings. Dr. Terry Turchie and Dr. Kathleen Purkett appear to agree with the Special Agent Fitzgerald’s profile from October 2001. (Fitzgerald was their former team member) They write:
    “Then, right on the heels of 9/11, another wave of attacks paralyzed the east cost of the United States. During the week of September 18, 2001, five letters containing micronized anthrax were mailed to addresses between New York and Florida. They targeted journalists, U.S. Senators, and news magazines. As in the case of Kaczynski and Rudolph cases, the envelopes had fictional return addresses.

    Notes accompanying the mailings were supposedly from Islamic fundamentalists, and almost everyone in the government and the media quickly cast blame in that direction.
    For those of us who were involved in the domestic terror campaigns of the 1990s, however, the anthrax mailings had all the earmarks of a lone wolf.”

    One person’s lonely lone wolf is another man’s US-based dedicated islamist operating under strict principles of cell security. It seems that the FBI was making the same mistake it made in the case of the assassination of Rabbi Kahane 10 years earlier by the blind sheik’s bodyguard Nosair.

    Inexplicably, the FBI profilers did not seem to have been persuaded after 9/11 by the open source intelligence that Zawahiri had obtained anthrax for the purpose of using it as a weapon against US targets. (That intelligence, to include the public statements, is totally ignored by Graeme Macqueen, Meryl Nass, Barry Kissin and Frances Boyle). If intelligence analysis is an art, criminal profiling is drawing with crayons. A “profile” in connection to a person’s facial features might refer to what they look like in the dark. But, here, war had been declared — even Graeme Macqueen seems unaware of the 1996 declaration of war by Bin Laden. A weapon had been used by the enemy it had previously said it would use that specific weapon. Intelligence analysis, not profiling, was what was needed. The profilers apparently did not take to heart or learn the lesson of the al Hayat letter bombs in December 1996.

    James R. Fitzgerald, head of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, told an interviewer: “The attacker appears to be an opportunist [who] took advantage [of the terrorist attacks].” He continued “The rhetoric [in the letters] is made to sound like what a nonterrorist thinks a terrorist sounds like. The perpetrator was probably a right-winger with an ax to grind. It’s no secret that they [the intended recipients] are Democrats. People, including the Unabomber, have used representational targets for years.” Alluding to the mistaken notion that security guard Richard Jewell was responsible for the Olympic Park bombing, Vincent Cannistraro, formerly of the CIA, explained of the profile that the FBI are “intellectually convinced they’re on the right track, but they don’t want to come up with a janitor theory that’s wrong again.” The vague profile was fine but Agent Fitzgerald’s expanded comments to the press about the profile missed the mark. FBI profiler Fitzgerald can be forgiven his early miscalculations. Such a profile likely was useful in supporting warrants in the US in connection with a variety of leads that prudently needed to be pursued. The forensics, without more, tended to point to a “domestic” source.

    The official published profile was very vague and spoke of a nonconfrontational loner carrying a grudge. Malcolm Gladwell, author of the acclaimed Blink, in his New Yorker article concludes that criminal profiling is no different than a parlor trick known by astrologers for years.

    Victims and targets were highly skeptical of the FBI’s profile. David Pecker, the AMI publisher commented:
    “I don’t believe in coincidences. I still think it was tied to al-Qaida. I don’t believe it was domestic.”

    The emphasis in the press reports has always, however, been on the suggestion that the mailer likely is “domestic” rather than foreign — a lone, male scientist who works in a lab. The profile was issued shortly after the White House meeting where it was agreed that Al Qaeda was the likely culprit, but that the theory and the possibility of a state sponsor would not be discussed. Vice President Cheney was not at all impressed by the FBI’s profile and went on television to express his skepticism. Although the FBI profile was widely criticized by experts and in editorials in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and other newspapers and magazines, it was more flexible than its critics imagined. The Amerithrax profile of a loner with a grudge permits a variety of motivations. The FBI uses the word “domestic” to include Americans sympathetic with an extremist islamic cause.

    Outside pundits covered the entire range. Jason Pate, of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, said of the numerous private anthrax theories that have arisen:
    “We all have our pet theories. But none seems to fit the facts exactly. Dr. Rosenberg thinks it’s a disgruntled worker conspiracy. Drs. O’Toole and Inglesby think it’s Sept. 11 accomplices. I think it’s some right-wing extremists. But maybe it’s a disgruntled right-wing extremist scientist accomplice.”

    An interesting article in MIT Technology Review in March/April 2006 is based on interviews with Sergei Popov (an expert at GMU who had worked as a Russian bioweaponeer), University of Maryland researcher Milton Leitenberg, Harvard’s Matthew Meselson, Rutger’s Richard Ebright and others:

    “There are now more than 300 U.S. institutions with access to live bioweapons agents and 16,500 individuals approved to handle them,” Ebright told me. While all of those people have undergone some form of background check — to verify, for instance, that they aren’t named on a terrorist watch list and aren’t illegal aliens — it’s also true, Ebright noted, that ‘Mohammed Atta would have passed those tests without difficulty.“

    ***

    ‘That’s the most significant concern,’ Ebright agreed. ‘If al-Qaeda wished to carry out a bioweapons attack in the U.S., their simplest means of acquiring access to the materials and the knowledge would be to send individuals to train within programs involved in biodefense research.’ Ebright paused. ‘And today, every university and corporate press office is trumpeting its success in securing research funding as part of this biodefense expansion, describing exactly what’s available and where.’”

    The analytical problem is that researchers tend only to focus on their narrow field. An analyst focused on Al Qaeda may not know anything about US biodefense programs. An analyst knowledgeable about US biodefense programs may not know anything about Egyptian Islamic Jihad. To knowledgeably address the issue of infiltration and the use of universities and charities as cover — which the documentary evidence shows Zawahiri planned to do and did in his anthrax weaponization program — requires a willingness to become knowledgeable and investigate the different substantive areas.

    Brian Levin, a domestic terrorism expert at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, once reasoned that “the people committing these acts are foreign-based or have foreign sympathies. It would seem to me to be improbable that a domestic extremist would be able to put together such an attack in such a short period.” Was there something forensically about the anthrax that the FBI was not disclosing relating to the detection of silicon dioxide (silica) that in addition to the strain used, pointed to someone with access to US biodefense information? Was the FBI truly fixated on U.S. scientist Steve Hatfill? Or was the FBI — and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence led by Bob Graham — appropriately addressing strategic analysis, training and staffing.

    Did the agents and analysts in the basement of Quantico who came up with the FBI’s profile have relevant training or input from analysts expert in Al Qaeda? Assuming they did, did an investigative bias creep into their approach to the anthrax mailings that should instead have been informed by a strategic understanding of Zawahiri’s Vanguards of Conquest and its modus operandi? Did the profilers know of the al Hayat letter bombs (related to the imprisonment of the blind sheik) and KSM’s threat to use biochemical weapons in retaliation for the detention of the blind sheik and other militant islamists? Did the profilers know of the role of Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin, in working with KSM in planning the attacks on the United States? Just as with 9/11, the correct understanding of the anthrax mailings begins with a trail that leads back to Malaysia, Khalid Mohammed, Hambali, Yazid Sufaat, Rauf Ahmad, Zacarias Moussaoui, various charities, the Albanian returnees trial, Bojinka, and even the assassination of Anwar Sadat. As George Santayana said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    In its March 31, 2005 Report to the President, the Commission on Intelligence Capabilities said: “competing analysis is of no use, even counterproductive, if there is no attempt at constructive dialogue and collaboration.”

    It was not until about that month — in 2005 — that the FBI even obtained the documents that Bruce Ivins relating to the research done alongside him by the former Zawahiri associate.
    Garbage in, garbage out. The profile was garbage.

    The FBI’s failure of intelligence began in the basement of Quantico in October 2001 when “profilers” issued their general profile — evidencing no awareness of what was known about Ayman Zawahiri’s plan to use anthrax against US targets using the cover of charities and universities in infiltrating US biodefense.

    It is precisely because the United States had been attacked — and even though Graeme does not think so, it was an “act of war” — that CIA intelligence analysts should have led the discussion of the profile of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings rather than FBI profilers.

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

    • DXer said

      The FBI is withholding documents and information relating to the report that Adnan El-Shukrijumah re-entered the United States after 9/11. Adnan had various passports and aliases.

      For background on the involvement of some Saudi government religious officials that those who have read it say will “shock and awe” you, support Bob Graham’s efforts to have the 28 pages from the “Joint Inquiry” released.

      Mrs. Clinton — who I thought was so well-spoken and masterful at her talk at Colgate some months ago — in my opinion, is not a going to be a winning candidate if she does not join in supporting the release of the information. The American people are tired of politicians who keep secrets from them relating to information that should inform their decisions. Whether hawk or dove or moderate, we don’t like being misled into an avoidable and counterproductive war.

      Senator Bob Graham, after his daughter’s campaign is behind him, should announce a run to be President of the United States. He was the only Senator — according to one account I read — who voted against the Iraq War.

      President Obama should direct the release of the 28 pages without further delay.

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

  26. DXer said

    The Sarasota residence is where El-Shukrijumah met with Mohammed Atta.

    Graham: FBI’s public statements are in conflict with still secret records of Sarasota 9/11 probe
    FEBRUARY 20, 2012 AT 6:00 AM

    By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
    http://www.browardbulldog.org/2012/02/graham-fbis-public-statements-are-in-conflict-with-still-secret-records-of-sarasota-911-probe/

    ***
    GRAHAM ASKS FOR HELP

    Last September, FBI spokesmen also disputed Graham’s assertion that Congress was never told about the Sarasota investigation.

    That prompted Graham to ask the FBI for assistance in locating in the National Archives the Sarasota-related files that were allegedly turned over to Congress. Instead, after what Graham said were two months in which the FBI was “either unwilling or unable” to help find the records, the Bureau suddenly turned over two documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which Graham once headed and where he still has access. It is those documents that Graham has said are inconsistent with the FBI denials.

    Graham shared this development with the Obama White House, which responded by setting up a meeting between Graham and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce. Joyce told Graham he “didn’t want to talk” about the Sarasota episode. Graham was assured, however, that he would shortly be shown material that supported the FBI’s denials, and a further meeting was arranged with an FBI aide.

    In December, Graham said, the scheduled meeting was abruptly canceled and he was told he would be allowed no further access to FBI information about Sarasota.

    Graham said the Joint Inquiry was not the only national investigative body kept in the dark about Sarasota. He said the co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, Republican Thomas Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton, have told him they also were unaware of it.

    Kean, a former New Jersey governor, told Graham the Commission would have “worked it hard,” because the hypothesis that the hijackers completed the planning alone was “implausible.”

    Kean did not return several phone messages seeking comment. But Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman, confirmed this month that he learned nothing about the Sarasota matter while serving as vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission.

  27. DXer said

    FBI lawsuit the latest chapter in Suncoast 9/11 connections
    http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/local/fbi-lawsuit-the-latest-chapter-in-suncoast-connections/article_dbad56da-39c6-11e4-97e7-0017a43b2370.html

    The Sarasota Herald Tribune jumped on board that lawsuit. “The longer I have worked on this story, the more intriguing it has become to me. What is it that they are protecting? It’s a very intriguing question,” says reporter Michael Pollick.

    Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham continues to ask questions, even going as far as asking President Obama to reopen the investigation. “My interest is in national security. If in fact there was a network that facilitated the hijackers of 9/11, what would lead us to believe that network is not still in place and available to be used for a future attack against the U.S.?”

    And in the future – perhaps the not so distant future — we could know even more about this mysterious family. That’s because a federal judge in Ft. Lauderdale is reviewing some 80,000 pages of classified documents relating to this investigation. That judge will rule if the documents should be made public.

    According to Broward Bulldog editor Dan Christensen, the judge could rule at anytime.

    Comment: Documents relating to El-Shukrijumah’s association with Atta are among the documents being withheld.

    • DXer said

      Some background –

      TAMPA (FOX 13) –
      The FBI has released chilling new details of its investigation of the September 11th attacks that lead to Tampa Bay.

      The FBI released the records to the Broward Bulldog, an investigative news site in South Florida that had filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain more information from the FBI.

      http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/25939027/fbi-documents-detail-more-911-ties-to-Tampa-bay

      The newly released records reveal a bizarre incident in Manatee County. FBI documents state on October 31, 2001, a man who had a visa from Tunisia was disposing of items into a dumpster behind a storage facility in Bradenton.

      The document states “closer examination revealed that the items discarded in the dumpster included a self-printed manual on terrorism and jihad, a map of the inside of an unnamed airport, a rudimentary last will and testament, a weight-to-fuel ratio calculation for a Cessna 172 aircraft, flight training information from the Flight Training Center in Venice, Florida, and printed maps of Publix shopping centers in Tampa Bay.”

      A spokesman for Publix told FOX 13 the company is always concerned about the welfare of its associates and customers, and that Publix is just learning about this information as we are.

      A spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff confirmed the dumpster incident did occur, but he could find no record of it in the Manatee Sheriff’s Office. He said Manatee County referred this case to the FBI, and the FBI would not discuss it (citing ongoing litigation over the release of records).

      The newly-released documents also show the Tampa FBI office received a message that a person of interest in the September 11th terrorist investigation had re-entered the country. But names and other details have been censored in the documents.

      Comment:

      Who did the FBI learn had re-entered the country? Was it Atta’s associate, Adnan El-Shukrijumah? He is the fellow who was living with KSM on 911 in Kandahar, where Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Sufaat stayed also. Adnan is under indictment for planning attacks on New York City. He has been said to be an extenal head of Al Qaeda operations.

  28. DXer said

    The former head of the FBI Senate Intelligence Committtee and 911 Commission thinks it is “stunning” that the FBI has withheld the documents relating to Sarasota (the Saudi family, Atta, El-Shukrijumah etc.) The FBI , according to Graham, never gave the Commission the documents about the Sarasota investigation. “‘No’ has now become 80,000 pages [still being withheld].” He says the reason for the cover-up relates to the 28 pages excised from the 911 Commission Report relating to support of some Saudis in the attack. He says he is not the Lone Ranger on this. He says the people who know the most about this are the ones who have the most difficulty sleeping.

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

    http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/investigations/2014/03/13/2056000/

  29. DXer said

    Where in the world is jihad pilot?

    Posted: Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:16 pm
    By Michelle Malkin

    Black caliphate flags flap in the open air. Islamic head-choppers wreak bloody havoc around the world. Nearly a dozen commercial airliners disappear in Libya. And America’s immigration and entrance systems remain in shambles.
    Now is a good time to ask a question I first posed 10 summers ago: Where is Adnan Shukrijumah? A decade later, the question is still unanswered. The FBI has yet to track down this homicidal plotter. Have you forgotten?

    Saudi-born Shukrijumah, billed as the “next Mohammed Atta,” has been a fugitive since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His father, Gulshair, was a Wahabi cleric funded by the Saudi government. The elder Shukrijumah headed mosques in New York and Miami, consorted with Israel-bashing black Muslim agitators, and also served as one-time interpreter for convicted 1993 World Trade Center mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman (the Blind Sheik). The radical Muslim apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

    The younger Shukrijumah has been tied to al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and reportedly met convicted Muslim convert “dirty bomb” plotter Jose Padilla overseas. Gitmo detainee and jihad overlord Khalid Sheikh Mohammed identified Shukrijumah as a fledgling new cell leader. He allegedly trained under alleged terror financier Ramzi bin al-Shibh.

    In September 2003, the feds put a $5 million bounty on Shukrijumah’s head. The FBI “Most Wanted Terrorists” bulletin warns he is “armed and dangerous.” Aliases: “Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah, Abu Arif, Ja’far al-Tayar, Jaffar al-Tayyar, Jafar Tayar, Jaafar al-Tayyar, Hamad.” The translation of Ja’far al-Tayar, Jaffar al-Tayyar, Jafar Tayar and Jaafar al-Tayyar? “Jafar the Pilot.”

    One of these aliases linked the enigmatic man to the same Oklahoma flight school attended by convicted “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui. Shukrijumah reportedly undertook flight training in the late 1990s or early 2000 in Florida and secured a flying license for light aircrafts. He is rumored to have acquired bomb-making expertise, as well. Somehow and somewhere along the way, Shukrijumah obtained a legal U.S. green card.

    Among the nightmare activities Shukrijumah has reportedly coordinated, according to the FBI:

    “Conspiracy to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction; Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Receiving Military-Type Training From a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Conspiracy to Commit an Act of Terrorism Transcending National Boundaries; Attempt to Commit an Act of Terrorism Transcending National Boundaries; Use of Destructive Device.”

    In 2007, Shukrijumah’s name surfaced in wiretaps related to a busted New York City subway bombing plot. (Colorado jihadist Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to the “martyrdom operation” in 2010.)

    In 2010, Shukrijumah was indicted in the Eastern District of New York for his alleged role in a terrorist plot to attack targets in the United States and the United Kingdom. According to the charges, senior al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan oversaw the conspiracy and a larger scheme by al-Qaida in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the United States.

    Law enforcement sources have placed Shukrijumah on the southern border, in Guyana, at a Trinidad jihadi compound, and at a meeting of Latin American gangs. Shukrijumah reportedly joined high-level jihad planners in Pakistan’s outlaw Waziristan province in 2004, which experts likened to the pivotal planning session in Kuala Lumpur that preceded the 9/11 attacks. “This was a meeting of a bunch of cold-blooded killers who are very skilled at what they do and have an intense desire to inflict an awful lot of pain and suffering on America,” a source told Time magazine at the time.

    “He speaks English and has the ability to fit in and look innocuous,” an FBI agent noted. “He could certainly come back here, and nobody would know it.” The magazine added that “U.S. authorities have put his name on domestic and international watch lists but fear he will travel to Mexico or Canada on phony documents and then sneak across the border into the U.S.”

    Bin Laden may be dead. But jihad lives. …

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

  30. DXer said

    Will the US District Court order anything illuminating from the Florida documents relating to Adnan El-Shukrijumah? Some of the key documents are 13 years-old.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/micro_stories.pl?ACCT=617800&TICK=NEWS&STORY=/www/story/12-09-2001/0001630088&EDATE=Dec+9,+2001

    A U.S.-Based Al Qaeda ‘Sleeper Cell’ Was Poised to Launch a Post-Sept. 11 Attack on a Major Washington Target; Would-Be Terrorists Went Underground or Fled U.S.

    Evidence Indicates Al Qaeda Had Russian Help Developing Anthrax;
    Al-Zawahiri Believed Involved in Bin Laden’s Biological Weapons Program

    NEW YORK, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ — A U.S.-based cell of the Al Qaeda terror network nearly launched an attack on a major target in Washington, D.C. after September 11, Newsweek has learned. Intelligence sources say a Qaeda “sleeper cell” in the U.S. was poised to launch the attack — perhaps against the Capitol Building. The sources believe that the FBI, in its sweep against visa violators and other illegals of Mideast backgrounds, picked up members of a “support cell” tasked with providing logistics help to the people actually carrying out the mission. Intelligence sources say the would-be terrorists then went underground or fled the country. Investigators have not yet been able to identify the plotters from among the hundreds of people caught in the FBI dragnet; they’re not even sure they are still in custody, according to a Newsweek Special Report in the December 17 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, December 10), written by Senior Writer Jeffrey Bartholet and reported by Newsweek Correspondents in Afghanistan, Washington and the Middle East.

    The war in Afghanistan has produced a hodgepodge of disturbing intelligence that investigators are still trying to sift and analyze. Perhaps the most alarming evidence gathered so far concerns Al Qaeda efforts to develop biological weapons. According to intelligence sources, U.S. operatives in Afghanistan have collected information that one or more Russian scientists were working inside Afghanistan with Al Qaeda operatives. One well-placed source tells Newsweek that evidence from the scene indicates that the renegade Russians were helping Al Qaeda to develop anthrax, and that spores of the deadly disease may actually have been stockpiled by the terrorist group. While intelligence sources say they believe any such stockpiles were destroyed in U.S. bombing raids, it is not known how much, if any, of the anthrax ever made it out of Afghanistan.

    • DXer said

      While we await news of documents produced from among the 27 boxes the FBI was directed to turn over to a judge, does the Broward Bulldog have any exemplars of El-Shurkijumah or Atta’s handwriting?

  31. DXer said

    Hawsawi — who wants his trial severed from the trial of KSM and the others — is closely associated with Jafar al Tayar ( aka Adnan El-Shukrijumah).

    “Detainee identified a photo of Adnan el-Shukri Jumah as resembling Tayar when detainee last saw him in April 2002. Detainee and Tayar had also shared two Karachi safe houses from February until April 2002.”

    Given that Hawsawi was the roommate of Adnan El-Shukrijumah from February until April 2002, he likely knows something about Adnan Shukrijumah’s travel to the United States in Fall 2001 immediately after 9/11, when he left from KSM’s house where anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat also stayed.

    Hawsawi delivered supplies to Zawahiri in October 2001 — Zawahiri was in the mountains. Then Hawsawi in October 2001 returned to Kandahar to stand guard at a compound. (That was where the anthrax lab was).

    Hawsawi does not sit with KSM and the others in the courtroom. Given the anthrax spraydrying documents were found on his laptop when he was captured at the home of the bacteriologist, he likely has keen insights into Al Qaeda’s anthrax program.

    Source:

    http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/10011-mustafa-ahmed-al-hawsawi

    • DXer said

      KSM also had long known Adnan El-Shukrijumah. Adnan was already a jihadist in 1995 — KSM met him when Adnan travelled to Bosnia in 1995. He then met him again in 1997.

      http://wikileaks.org/gitmo/pdf/ym/pk9ym-001457dp.pdf:

      “Detainee was a senior al-Qaida facilitator who personally recruited bodyguards for UBL [Usama Bin Laden] and became UBL’s confidant. Detainee swore bayat to UBL….

      Detainee knows Adnan el-Shukrijummah, aka (Jaffar al-Tayyar), a suspected al-Qaida operative. Detainee stated he initially met Shukrijummah in Bosnia in 1995, and then saw him in Saudi Arabia in 1997 during a pilgrimage.

    • DXer said

      Qahtani, the “20th hijacker” who flew to Orlando on or about August 4, 2001 but was not allowed in — and Atta had gone to the airport — saw El-Shukrijumah at KSM’s house on approximately September 13, 2001.

      The media center, known as “Clouds”, appears to have been located in Kandahar at KSM’s guesthouse.

      “Detainee stated he visited KU-10024’s house approximately 13 September 2001, during which he saw suspected “dirty-bomb” plotters Jose Padilla, ISN US0US-010008DP (US-10008); and Adnan al-Shukrijumma aka (Jafar al-Tayyar).26”

      http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB410/docs/UBLdocument3.pdf

      see also

      “Detainee also admitted seeing al-Qaida operatives US-10008, Jafar al- Tayar, convicted suicide terrorist Richard Reid, and Martin Mubanga, US9UK- 010007DP (UK-10007, transferred). Detainee stated he saw US-10008 with Jafar al- Tayar each time detainee visited the KU-10024’s guesthouse. (Analyst Note: US- 10008 is a suspected dirty-bomb plotter targeting locations in the US. US-10008 was convicted on terrorism conspiracy charges. Detainee saw US-10008 and others working on computers at KU-10024’s house and the media center operated by KU- 10024. KU-10024’s guesthouse may have served as the al-Qaida media center in Kandahar. Reid attempted to explode a shoe-bomb during a transatlantic flight in December 2001.)56”

      “Detainee is also associated with al-Qaida members who received explosives training from senior al-Qaida explosives expert Midhat Mursi al-Sayyid Umar, aka (Abu Khabab al-Masri). (Analyst Note: Detainee has reported on these individuals but may have other information relating to the training and use of explosives, as well as other explosives-trained individuals at large. Abu Khabab al-Masri was reportedly killed on 28 July 2008.)58”

    • DXer said

      Note that Hawsawi, in September 2001, Hawsawi had left UAE where he had been helping with getting the hijackers into the US and he met up Ramzi Bin-Al-Shibh, the 911 plotter, in Karachi. Hawsawi then travelled to the guesthouse in Kandahar where the Media Committee was based. Thus, depending on the date that Hawsawi arrived at the guesthouse where the Media Center was based (KSM’s house), he would have direct and personal knowledge whether Adnan El-Shukrijumah was still there and on what date.

      Like Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, Hawsawi was a co-conspirator of Zacarias Moussaoui.

      SOURCE:

      SECRET//NOFORN/I2O3II2O8

    • DXer said

      GAO:

      Whose fingerprints were on Hawsawi’s laptop with the anthrax spraydrying documents? When were the anthrax spraydrying documents scanned?

      Hawsawi And Laptop As Possible Hub for Anthrax Planning
      November 18th, 2007 by Ross E. Getman
      http://baddbrothers.blogspot.com/2007/11/hawsawi-and-laptop-as-possible-hub-for.html

    • DXer said

      I believe this letter was on Dr. Zawahiri’s laptop, not Hawsawi’s.

      Abdur Rauf’s “I have successfully achieved” letter to Ayman al-Zawahiri
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 4, 2009
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/abdur-raufs-i-have-successfully-achieved-letter-to-ayman-al-zawahiri-what-justification-is-there-for-not-removing-the-redactions/

    • DXer said

      Discussion between Ayman Zawahiri and Rauf Ahmad included the cell principles to be followed — the information was not to be shared with a third person.

      from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … Zawahiri’s Correspondence With Infiltrating Scientist Was Part of Parallel Compartmentalized Cell Operation
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2010
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-zawahiris-correspondence-with-infiltrating-scientist-was-part-of-parallel-compartmentalized-cell-operation/

    • DXer said

      Hawsawi was out of the country for the five months prior to September 11, 2001 (in UAE). Thus, he would not have been present for the experiments with biological weapons prior to 9/11.

      See

      1. In the indictment announced today of KSM, Al-Hawsawi and the others, the indictment mentions experiments in the use of biological weapons. What experiments in the use of bioweapons were conducted?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 4, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/in-the-indictment-announced-today-of-ksm-al-hawsawi-and-the-others-the-indictment-mentions-experiments-in-the-use-of-biological-weapons-what-experiments-in-the-use-of-bioweapons-were-conducted/

      2. capture of Mustafa Hawsawi and laptop with anthrax spray drying documents
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 18, 2010
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/capture-of-mustafa-hawsawi-and-laptop-with-anthrax-spray-drying-documents/

      3. Atta’s Wire Transfer Of Funds On 9/8/2001 — A Time The FBI Reports He Was Filmed Copying At A Laurel, MD KINKOS — Was To KSMs Assistant Mustafa Ahmad (Hawsawi) Whose Laptop, When Seized, Contained Scanned Notes Detailing Drying Liquid Slurry Of Anthrax To Create Dried Powder Suitable For Dispersal

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 25, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/attas-wire-transfer-of-funds-on-982001-a-time-the-fbi-reports-he-was-filmed-copying-at-a-laurel-md-kinkos-was-to-ksms-assistant-mustafa-ahmad-hawsawi-whose-laptop-when-seized-contain/

    • DXer said

      In terms of additional potential witnesses who might have been at the media center base in Kandahar in mid-September 2001 — so as to know when El-Shukrijumah left for the states and where he went — consider the high-level courier who was used to track down Bin Laden. His name was Sheikh Abu Ahmed al-Kuwait. He had been one of bin Laden’s security guards.

      “Al-Kuwaiti was well known with Al Qaeda as a senior facilitator, courier, and subordinate of Mohammed. When Hambali and his wife left Kandahar for Karachi in November 2001, they stayed at Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti’s guest for two weeks.”

      It took the CIA until 2004 to realize Al-Kuwaiti was a courier for Bin Laden and another two to locate him in Pakistan. Then it took two more years to follow him to Bin Laden.

      KSM was asked repeatedly about Al-Kuwaite but reportedly gave the CIA nothing.

      The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11… Terry McDermott, Josh Meyer
      http://books.google.com/books?id=YFsGj7iRPb4C&pg=PT204&lpg=PT204&dq=Qandahar+guesthouse++KSM&source=bl&ots=tYfYsTtC7O&sig=sMmJ9NhFaC81Nzf5bns7avj2IMQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=peydU5-2L4KpyASKpILwCQ&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Qandahar%20guesthouse%20%20KSM&f=false

      Hambali was Yazid Sufaat’s superior and working with Sufaat in regard to the anthrax program. Sufaat met up with Hambali in Karachi after 9/11. Did Yazid Sufaat also stay with Abu Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti in Karachi after 9/11?

    • DXer said

      It seems that fingerprints on documents taken from documents seized in Afghanistan would be a fruitful source of information for any agency revisiting Al Qaeda’s anthrax program.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/dxer-documents-in-the-possession-of-ayman-zawahiri-and-his-associates-illustrate-the-dangers-of-scientific-openness/

      Relatedly, the fingerprints on the drawing from Al Qaeda anthrax training seminar stated “You are dead, bang.” The mailed anthrax letter – “You die now” could be ascertained and compared to Adnan El-Shukrijumah, Att’a, Yazid Sufaat’, Muklis Yunos etc.

      GAO, as part of a review that includes the forensics should ask for a copy of the handwriting from Afghanistan stating “Your days are limited! Bang” and disclose whose fingerprints were found on it.

      In the house of anthrax

      Chilling evidence in the ruins of Kabul
      Nov 22nd 2001 | kabul
      http://www.economist.com/node/876941

      AMERICAN officials increasingly believe the anthrax attacks since September 11th were not carried out by people connected to al-Qaeda, but may have been the work of a lone American madman. To avert future attacks, though, perhaps they should look harder.

      An upstairs room of the house had been used as a workshop. What appeared to be a Russian rocket had been disassembled, and a canister labelled “helium” had been left on the worktop. On the floor were multiple copies of documents about anthrax downloaded from the Internet, and details about the American army’s vaccination plans for its troops. The number of copies suggests that seminars were also taking place there.

      One of the downloaded documents featured a small picture of the former American defence secretary, William Cohen, holding a five-pound bag of sugar. It noted that he was doing this “to show the amount of the biological weapon anthrax that could destroy half the population of Washington, DC.”

      On the floor was a small bag of white powder, which this correspondent decided not to inspect. It may have contained nothing more deadly than icing sugar, but that could be useful for experiments in how to scatter powder containing anthrax spores from a great height over a city, or to show students how to do this. The living room contained two boxes of gas masks and filters.

      On a desk was a cassette box labelled “Jihad”, with the name of Osama bin Laden hand-written along the spine. Most chilling of all, however, were the mass of calculations and drawings in felt pen that filled up a white board of the sort used in classrooms. There were several designs for a long thin balloon, something like a weather balloon, with lines and arrows indicating a suggested height of 10km (33,000 feet). There was also a sketch of a jet fighter flying towards the balloon alongside the words: “Your days are limited! Bang.” This, like the documents, was written in English.

      Since UTN was run by one of Pakistan’s top scientists, a man with close links to the Taliban and, it is said, close ideological affinities with Mr bin Laden, the circumstantial evidence points to only one conclusion. Whoever fled this house when the Taliban fell was working on a plan to build a helium-powered balloon bomb carrying anthrax. Whether it was detonated with a timer or shot down by a fighter, the result would have been the same: the showering of deadly airborne anthrax spores over an area as wide as half of New York city or Washington, DC.

    • DXer said

      GAO, Whose fingerprints are on the label written on the label of antthrax spore concentrate harvested in July 2001?

      Before his recent arrest, Yazid Sufaat declined to tell DXer the strain of the “anthrax spore concentrate” harvested July 4, 2001
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 29, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/before-his-recent-arrest-yazid-sufaat-declined-to-tell-dxer-the-strain-of-the-anthrax-spore-concentrate-harvested-july-4-2001/comment-page-1/

      Background:

      Prize prisoners betray al-Qa’eda secrets
      In the grim cells of Kabul’s secret police HQ, the new regime’s most valued prisoners hold the key to the hugely destructive capability of al-Qae’da and its host. Julian West gained exclusive permission to see them
      By Julian West
      12:01AM GMT 02 Dec 2001
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/1364130/Prize-prisoners-betray-al-Qaeda-secrets.html

      “It has also, intriguingly, found several British Airways ticket stubs for travel to Britain from Pakistan. The range of nationalities indicates what intelligence agencies had known only in theory: al-Qa’eda’s extraordinary international reach.
      In the days since Kabul fell, the organisation’s secrets, once tightly guarded by the Taliban, have been tumbling from an extraordinary array of hidden anthrax laboratories, safe houses, bomb factories and weapons caches across Afghanistan.”

      “Although much of the information has yet to be analysed, it is clear that the extent of al-Qa’eda’s operations, and the power and protection it was offered by its former hosts, were vast.
      It is also apparent that bin Laden’s men and the Taliban were investigating, if not making, weapons capable of massive devastation and that Afghanistan had become the base for a wide range of groups, often operating under the cover of aid organisations or Islamic charities, united by their hatred of the West.”

      “Perhaps the strangest was the charity run by two retired Pakistani nuclear scientists, Sultan Bashir-ud-Din Mehmood and Abdul Majid, who were rearrested by Pakistani authorities last week on suspicion of helping bin Laden to develop weapons containing anthrax.

      The men had run their operations from an innocuous-looking two-storey villa in Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul’s most desirable residential district.
      Inside the living room, which contained al-Qa’eda pamphlets, was a board showing diagrams of a helium balloon and various calculations. Beside one of the balloons was a crude sketch of an F-16 fighter aircraft and the words: “Your days are limited. Bang!!”

      In an indication that the scientists almost certainly intended the balloon to carry anthrax or another deadly chemical, which would be released when it was shot down, printouts of articles entitled “Biological Warfare – An Imminent Danger, Anthrax: the Threat, and Chemical Nightmares” were strewn across the floor.

      A cylinder of helium on a work table, an emptied rocket-propelled grenade cylinder and the sawn-off base of a larger rocket suggested that the men had already begun their experiments. Elsewhere in the house, there was a box of gas masks and filters, discarded clothing and a cache of mortar rounds.

      The men are also believed to have been linked to the Taliban’s ministry of agriculture which had been developing anthrax spores. Officially, the Taliban’s anthrax laboratory developed vaccines for cattle using wild anthrax bacteria in a process identical to that used to develop spores for germ warfare.”

      “B-52 bombs had devastated many of the surrounding buildings, although the laboratory itself remained intact. Inside were bottles marked “anthrax”, which had been developed from strains originally imported from India, Iran and Turkey.”

      “There are fears, however, that the staff, more than half of whose 45 members have disappeared, may have been engaged in more deadly work. ”

      _______________

      Relatedly, whose fingerprints are on the letter seized in Kabul making the short anthrax threat similar to the terse wording of the Fall 2001 anthrax letters?

      A mountain of evidence — along with terrorist curios — falls into investigators’ hands
      Print
      January 14, 2002
      http://napavalleyregister.com/news/a-mountain-of-evidence-along-with-terrorist-curios-falls-into/article_7f289bad-cfc1-5053-a2a3-2583ed50f193.html

      Information in some discovered documents has led to arrests, thwarted attacks and a “peeling back of the onion of al-Qaida,” says one intelligence expert.

      At a makeshift laboratory in Kabul, there were smelly liquids and charred papers covered with chemical formulas; in Minnesota, a computer disk about crop dusting.

      ***

      An issue of Chemical Weekly addressed to a public library in Kansas City, Mo., was discovered at an al-Qaida camp.

      ***

      During raids and arrests around the world, U.S.-led forces and law enforcement officers have collected gas masks, homemade videos — some famously starring Osama bin Laden — and American military reports on immunizing soldiers against anthrax.

      On a board inside a house in Kabul, someone sketched a plane with the caption: “Your days are limited. Bang.”

      The materials have been shipped back to the Washington area for translation and sharing among the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the FBI, said Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA counterterrorism chief.

      “They’ve found evidence in documents of culpability for specific terrorist operations that have taken place in the past,” he said, declining to be more specific. “They have found names of people in terrorist cells abroad who are in place to conduct another operation.”

      ***

      An interrogation of a detainee might stall, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, but information in a laptop or an address book in a house in Kabul might advance the case.

      ***

      Documents relating to deadly chemicals and bacteria have been discovered inside houses abandoned by al-Qaida after the Taliban fled Kabul on Nov. 13.

      ***

      More often it was papers, not people that were left to be found.

      “They were on the run,” said former CIA terrorism analyst Stan Bedlington. “They had to travel light.”

      Further Comment:

      Vince Cannistraro, former top CIA operative (blind sheik Abdel-Rahman’s defense sought to call him), was a paid consultant for the Saudis. He in 2002 was busy volunteering in Amerithrax and setting up a website in Amerithrax that profiled a lone unstable guy with sexual problems along with a colleague or two. The IPs were collected.

      Let’s put aside the profiling long enough to rely on things more reliable such as whose fingerprints were on the documents.

      Let’s put aside the profiling and lucrative consultancies long enough to consider whether under FOIA and criminal discovery rules the government should stop withholding documents relating to Anwar Awlaki, Adnan El-Shukrijumah and Ali Al-Timimi.

      Here the fingerprints of written materials about anthrax seized in Afghanistan provide a wealth of information about who was associated with the anthrax program in Afghanistan — and it has not yet been tapped into by GAO due to FBI’s failure to produce relevant documents.

      What is better, more direct evidence relating to the FBI’s assessment of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program? And relatedly its closing of Amerithrax given the lack of evidence against Bruce Ivins?

      For example, were Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s fingerprints found on the documents seized from the anthrax seminar(s) or not?

    • DXer said

      Shukrijumah tended to use all CAPS — and would center them.

      Amerithrax: GAO And Reporters Should Obtain Handwriting Exemplars Of Atta’s Associate El-Shukrijumah, Al Qaeda’s Head of External Operations, Who Promoted His Father’s Language Course

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 15, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/amerithrax-gao-and-reporters-should-obtain-handwriting-exemplars-of-attas-associate-el-shukrijumah-al-qaedas-head-of-external-operations-who-promoted-the-esl-language-course/

      Compare that to writing of anthrax letters.

      Anthrax Attacks After 9/11: Was FBI’s Suspect Really to Blame?

      Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/anthrax-attacks-after-911-was-fbis-suspect-really-to-blame.html#ixzz34nl4GGpz
      http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/anthrax-attacks-after-911-was-fbis-suspect-really-to-blame.html

      And compare to the handwriting of Adnan’s associate, Mohammed Atta.
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/gao-should-obtain-a-copy-of-the-fbis-handwriting-analysis-comparing-the-letters-to-attas/

      Only 4% of men are as short as Adnan. It’s surprising he has not picked up transiting customs so that he can be asked about September and October 2001.

    • DXer said

      GAO, note that the document “Renovation of Facilities and Increased Anthrax Vaccine Production of the Michigan Biological Products Institute,” was an original and not printed from the internet.

      It’s author was SAIC, a private contractor. Coincidentally, the FBI took an interest in a brief report on mailed anthrax by SAIC that William Patrick had requested of Steve Hatfill. (I still expect to upload the full civil depositions from that matter).

      Note the graphic — a photo of the board in Kabul with the sketch of a jet exploding in flight and words “Your days are limited, bang!”

      A word scribbled on a drawing with four balloons, though, reportedly was cyanide.

      The New York Times

      November 28, 2001 Wednesday
      Late Edition – Final

      A NATION CHALLENGED: BIOLOGICAL TERROR;
      2 Pakistanis Linked to Papers on Anthrax Weapons

      BYLINE: By DOUGLAS FRANTZ with DAVID ROHDE

      SECTION: Section B; Column 1; Foreign Desk; Pg. 1

      LENGTH: 1450 words

      DATELINE: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 27

      Pakistan said today that it had detained two retired nuclear scientists after the recent discovery in offices they had used in Afghanistan of documents describing ways to use anthrax as a weapon and other suspicious material.

      The scientists, Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Chaudry Abdul Majeed, were first questioned in October after American intelligence officers expressed concern about trips the two had made to the Afghan capital, Kabul. They were interrogated about their ties to the Taliban.

      After he retired from Pakistan’s Atomic Energy Agency in 1998, Mr. Mahmood founded a private relief organization, Ummah Tameer-e-Nau, in Afghanistan.

      Documents from the organization’s Kabul offices examined by The New York Times over the past several days describe the history of anthrax and a Pentagon program to immunize all members of the United States military against anthrax attacks.

      Also found were a box of gas masks, a diagram showing a plane shooting down a weather balloon and promotional material from militant Islamic groups. These findings were first reported last week in the British daily The Evening Standard.

      Plans for building a balloon and what appeared to be a rocket were found on a piece of paper along with empty steel tubes and parts of a rocket-propelled grenade. A container of helium sat on a work bench.

      The diagrams of the balloons seem to show a possible method for slowly dispersing some type of biological or chemical agent from the air. Words scribbled in the diagram appear to say “cyanide.”

      One diagram found in the Kabul offices shows four balloons flying together in tandem with a box around them. The box appears to show how the agent would be dispersed across a wide area.

      The house, like others in the Afghan capital apparently used by Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network, Al Qaeda, seems to have been hastily abandoned when the Taliban fled Kabul two weeks ago. It is not clear who may have been in the house since then, or whether the littered papers and rough sketches may have been left by someone else.

      Referring to the scientists, Maj. Gen. Rashid Qureshi, the top Pakistani military spokesman, said today in Islamabad, “Both of them are under detention.” He declined to elaborate, but officials said the new detentions related to the discoveries in Kabul.

      The first arrest of the scientists, last month, was linked to American suspicions that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons technology could have found its way into the hands of Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda or the Taliban.

      An American intelligence official said today that the first interrogation of the two Pakistani scientists led to an assessment that Mr. Mahmood and Mr. Majeed did not know enough to help build a nuclear weapon. “These two guys were nuclear scientists who didn’t know how to build one themselves,” the official said. “If you had to have guys go bad, these are the guys you’d want — they didn’t know much.”

      Neither of the scientists has been charged with any wrongdoing. Their families have said that they are innocent and that their interest in Afghanistan was humanitarian. The families have written to government officials protesting their interrogation and earlier detention.

      They had been released after the initial questioning in October, but remained under loose house arrest. The new detentions indicate that concern about their activities in Afghanistan have intensified.

      Mr. Mahmood and Mr. Majeed worked for the relief organization, whose official purpose was to upgrade roads, build flour mills and carry out other projects to assist Afghanistan. Both spent a considerable amount of time in Afghanistan.

      General Qureshi, the military spokesman, said of their new detention: “When we have completed the investigation, I’m sure the details will be coming out.”

      The diagrams in the Kabul offices of the relief organization were detailed. One had an arrow pointing to a balloon and the word “wireless” written next to it, suggesting that some type of communications device might be used as a trigger. Other diagrams had the word “SAM-7” and “Stinger” written near the balloon, suggesting that the two types of anti-aircraft missiles could be fired at the balloon to get it to release it contents.

      Nearly all of the information found about anthrax in the house came from the United States military. The copies of the military paper describing the anthrax immunization program and expansion of anthrax vaccine production in Michigan were all from original documents, not documents downloaded from the Internet.

      Someone had written a half dozen stars across the top of the Michigan study, suggesting that it was thought valuable.

      Whoever was conducting the research also effectively mined United States military Web sites for information. Copies of a printout of the first page of a military Web site devoted to better informing Persian Gulf war veterans with related illnesses were found in the house.

      The site offers highly detailed descriptions of how anthrax can be used as a weapon and spread through artillery shells, airplanes and trucks. It lists what size of anthrax dose kills people who have been immunized, and refers readers to more detailed academic studies on anthrax.

      The house used by Mr. Mahmood’s organization, one of three adjacent structures occupied by Pakistani scientists in the Wasi Akbar Khan section of Kabul, the city’s wealthy diplomatic corner, it is an unremarkable two-story cinderblock home.

      Books and toys suggest that children recently lived there. A young girl’s second-grade English workbook lay on the living room floor, surrounded by mounds of abandoned clothing. There was no hint of the effort under way in the workroom upstairs.

      Mr. Mahmood was a director general of nuclear power plants for the Atomic Energy Agency and Mr. Majeed was once director of uranium-enrichment laboratories. Pakistani officials said earlier that neither man was affiliated with its nuclear weapons program. President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan repeated the denial in a television interview on Monday.

      But Pakistani newspapers have reported that Mr. Mahmood was involved in developing the atomic bombs that Pakistan tested in its western desert in May 1998. Western intelligence agencies estimate that Pakistan has about 20 nuclear weapons.

      Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, a team of American law enforcement and intelligence officials raised the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in discussions in Islamabad with Pakistani officials.

      The papers and blackboard drawings found in a Kabul house appear to describe the Taliban’s notions for dispersing biological and possibly chemical agents by balloons and other methods. Those concepts are backed up by rudimentary calculations and information from Department of Defense Web sites and at least one report prepared for the United States military on anthrax vaccines.

      The report, prepared by Science Applications International Corporation, a private research firm, was not classified, said Zuraidah Hashim, a spokeswoman for the firm, in Frederick, Md. It was titled “Renovation of Facilities and Increased Anthrax Vaccine Production at the Michigan Biologic Products Institute.”

      “This report was not a how-to manual of any kind,” Ms. Hashim said. “It was not a report that gave instruction of how to produce anthrax or anthrax vaccine.” Instead, she called it “an evaluation report” on the institute’s vaccine program.

      The papers also contained copies of Web pages with information on anthrax. An Internet search on phrases on the pages quickly led to Defense Department and other sites with relatively detailed information on anthrax and biological weaponry.

      One page correctly explains the difference between cutaneous, gastrointestinal and inhalation anthrax and shows a photograph of a former defense secretary, William S. Cohen, at a news conference holding a five-pound bag of sugar, which the caption indicates is the amount of anthrax needed to destroy half the population of Washington.

      The drawings on a wallboard are more difficult to interpret, but they appear, in part, to illustrate the dispersal of an agent by balloons. Why the Taliban may have considered that concept is unknown, but terror experts said it was far from ideal.

      For one thing, said Dr. Ashok Gadgil, a biological terror expert and senior staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, agents released outdoors would be so widely dispersed as to be useless in many circumstances. Pinpoint release of the agents over, say, a city, would be difficult with a balloon.

      “It’s a very poor way to release something that you hope to release at a particular urban site,” Dr. Gadgil said. “It doesn’t sound like a very good game plan.”

      URL: http://www.nytimes.com

      GRAPHIC: Photo: On a board in a house in Kabul used by two Pakistani scientists, a sketch of a jet exploding in flight with the note, “Your days are limited! BANG.” (Robert Nickelsberg for The New York Times)(pg. B5)

  32. DXer said

    The CIA in 2009 suggested the State Department that Shukrijumah was traveling on a Saudi diplomatic passport. The State Department wouldn’t ask Saudi Arabia because they thought the intelligence wasn’t good enough.

    Prince Bandar, was Shukrijumah ever travelling on a Saudi diplomatic passport? If so, was it fake or real?

  33. DXer said

    “Suspicious neighbors summoned authorities starting the day of the attacks. Sources have said that agents later found evidence that 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta, several other hijackers and former Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah had visited the al-Hijji home. Shukrijumah is now believed to be an al-Qaeda leader and is wanted by the FBI.”

    Given I think El-Shukrijumah is the mailer of the Fall 2001 anthrax letters, I applaud the Fort Lauderdale federal judge and the media requestor/s for these 23 boxes of documents.

    We can also thank the hard-working FBI FOIA people manning the scanners. Even though the powers-that-be and legal beagles had reached a different balancing of interests under FOIPA (and reasonable people can disagree under this complicated statute), the DOJ Criminal will deserve credit if they put things in good order and making the material available and searchable to the public. Once they are put on a CD requestors will be able to obtain a copy of the CD.

    In light of its massive workload, FBI Criminal FOIA should find a way of prioritizing requests. For example, the long pending request for a copy of the handwriting opinion comparing Atta’s handwriting with the anthrax letters should have been filled within a week. Dave Hardy’s workload is so great that he is making poor calls on expedition request relating to simple FOIA reqests on matters of keen public interest.

    GAO Should Obtain A Copy Of The FBI’s Handwriting Analysis Comparing The Letters To Atta’s

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 22, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/gao-should-obtain-a-copy-of-the-fbis-handwriting-analysis-comparing-the-letters-to-attas/comment-page-1/

    Judge gives FBI more time in Sarasota 9/11 case

    BY DAN CHRISTENSEN AND ANTHONY SUMMERS
    BROWARDBULLDOG.ORG

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/18/4067576/judge-gives-fbi-more-time-in-sarasota.html

    A Fort Lauderdale federal judge on Friday gave the FBI another week to produce tens of thousands of pages from its massive 9/11 investigation for his inspection, but forcefully denied the government requests that he water down his own previous order requiring disclosure.

    Hours after the order was filed, a government lawyer filed court papers saying the Justice Department had delivered “27 pages of classified material” to the court for the judge’s private inspection.

    The legal developments are among a flurry of recent activity in the Freedom of Information case that was filed by BrowardBulldog.org in 2012. The suit seeks records from a once-secret FBI investigation into apparent pre-9/11 terrorist activity in Sarasota.

    “What’s important here is that the Justice Department was seeking wholesale reconsideration of the prior order, and the judge instead issued a stern rejection of the idea that he undo what he had previously ordered,” said the Bulldog’s Miami attorney, Thomas Julin.

    The investigation focused on a Saudi family with ties to Saudi Arabia’s royal family with apparent connections to some of the 9/11 hijackers and another terrorist figure who once lived in Broward. The investigation began after Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his wife, Anoud, abruptly moved out of their upscale home in a gated Sarasota community about two weeks before the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, leaving behind cars, furniture, clothing and food in the kitchen.

    Suspicious neighbors summoned authorities starting the day of the attacks. Sources have said that agents later found evidence that 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta, several other hijackers and former Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah had visited the al-Hijji home. Shukrijumah is now believed to be an al-Qaeda leader and is wanted by the FBI.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement records obtained by BrowardBulldog.org show that the FBI continued to investigate al-Hijji until at least 2004. Yet the agency never disclosed the existence of the Sarasota probe to either Congress’ Joint Inquiry into 9/11 or the subsequent 9/11 Commission, according to former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry.

    ***

    On Thursday, Miami Assistant U.S. Attorney Dexter Lee filed a motion seeking a two-week delay — until May 2 — to turn over what he estimates is 92,000 pages of 9/11 records from the FBI’s Tampa field office.

    ***
    Lee also told Zloch the FBI was scanning each of those pages, which fill 23 boxes and include some records labeled “secret,” and asked for permission “to deliver the Tampa [9/11] sub file to the court in a searchable CD format, in lieu of photocopies.”

    The judge, however, signaled that he won’t tolerate much delay. He granted just a one-week extension of his deadline and told the government it must produce both the photocopies and the digitized version of the records in searchable format. He gave the FBI until May 2 to turn over the digitized records.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/18/4067576/judge-gives-fbi-more-time-in-sarasota.html#storylink=cpy

  34. DXer said

    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/sen-patrick-leahy-d-vt-if-you-screw-up-in-government-just-mark-it-top-secret/

    Here is a recent article discussing Adnan El-Shukrijumah and the national security exemption under FOIA relating to Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    Perhaps the FBI doesn’t want Adnan to know that they are trying to capture him.

    Sarasota 9/11 terrorist connection mystery continues
    BY DAN CHRISTENSEN AND ANTHONY SUMMERS
    April 1, 2014

    http://www.bradenton.com/2014/04/01/5078683/sarasota-911-terrorist-connection.html

    Agents searched gatehouse logbooks and license plate snapshots and found evidence vehicles used by the hijackers, including ringleader Mohamed Atta, had visited the home, according to a counterterrorism agent who spoke on condition of anonymity. A sophisticated analysis of incoming and outgoing phone calls to the home also established links to Atta and other terrorists, including Adman Shukrijumah, the agent said.

    Shukrijumah, a former Miramar resident, is on the FBI’s “most wanted” list and the State Department is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.

    The FBI publicly acknowledged its investigation but said it had found nothing connecting the Hijjis to 9/11.

    Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who chaired a congresisonal joint inquiry into the attacks, has said the FBI never informed Congress or the subsequent 9/11 Commission about its Sarasota investigation.

    The story has taken several twists since news of the investigation first broke.

    In February 2012, Florida Department of Law Enforcement documents obtained using state public records law showed in April 2004, Wissam Hammoud, a now-imprisoned “international terrorist associate” then under arrest in Hillsborough County, told the FBI that Hijji considered Osama bin Laden a “hero” and may have known some of the hijackers who trained at a flight school in Venice, about 10 miles from the Hijji residence. Hammoud also told the FBI that Hijji introduced him to Shukrijumah at a soccer game at a local mosque prior to 9/11. Hammoud confirmed making those statements in an interview.

    ***

    Last June, the Justice Department moved to end the lawsuit, citing national security. A senior FBI official told the judge disclosure of certain classified information about the Sarasota Saudis “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.”

    The FBI did not explain how an investigation it previously said had no connection between those Saudis and the 9/11 attacks involved information so secret that its disclosure “could be expected to cause serious damage to national security.”

  35. DXer said

    Abdullah the Syrian — not El-Shukrijumah — is the fellow who was subject to the debate to kill an American citizen.

    El-Shukrijumah — although a permanent resident — never became a citizen and so the same review apparently is not necessary.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/world/asia/us-militant-hidden-spurs-drone-debate.html?_r=0

    U.S. Militant, Hidden, Spurs Drone Debate
    By MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITTFEB. February 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON — He is known as Abdullah al-Shami, an Arabic name meaning Abdullah the Syrian. But his nom de guerre masks a reality: He was born in the United States, and the United States is now deciding whether to kill him.

    Mr. Shami, a militant who American officials say is living in the barren mountains of northwestern Pakistan, is at the center of a debate inside the government over whether President Obama should once again take the extraordinary step of authorizing the killing of an American citizen overseas.

    The F.B.I. investigated Mr. Shami and determined that he had been born in the United States, but that he had left as a young child and had not maintained any ties to the country. In the years since then, Mr. Shami worked his way up the ranks of Al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Pakistan, his ascent aided by his marriage to the daughter of a top Qaeda leader. Last year, he appears to have risen to become one of Al Qaeda’s top planners for operations outside Pakistan, including plots against American troops in Afghanistan.

  36. DXer said

    Who is the American Al Qaeda Facing A U.S. Drone?

    BY F. BRINLEY BRUTON AND ROBERT WINDREM
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/who-american-al-qaeda-facing-u-s-drone-n30281

    The American al Qaeda member who the Obama administration is considering killing through a drone strike is likely a bombmaker with little public profile who has been linked to the deaths of fellow citizens in Afghanistan, experts say.

    A former U.S. security official told NBC News that the suspect is based in lawless western Pakistan, where missiles fired by American drones have slain dozens of suspected al Qaeda members since 2004.

    According to one current and another former U.S. intelligence official, the potential target is considered a member of “al Qaeda Central,” the core organization led by Osama bin Laden’s successor Ayman al Zawahiri.

    Officials told The Associated Press earlier this week that the White House was weighing a drone strike aimed at a U.S. citizen plotting attacks on Americans abroad using improvised explosives devices.

    “I can’t comment on who this individual is, but as an American, who would [know] a lot more about his country, which would make him very dangerous,” said Talata Masood, a retired lieutenant general in the Pakistan army.

    The consensus among security experts is that the target has likely not appeared in a known al Qaeda propaganda video, popped up on Twitter espousing global jihad or seen his photograph on the on the CIA’s most-wanted list.

    “I’m inclined to think that it is someone we haven’t heard a lot about before.”

    J.M. Berger, the author of “Jihad Joe,” a book on American extremists, tends to agree.

    “I’m inclined to think that it is someone we haven’t heard a lot about before,” he said.

    “As soon as I saw the headline my immediate guess was it was Gadahn,” said Sharad Joshi, an terrorism expert at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., and an associate fellow at London-based think tank Chatham House. “Then some analysts saw information indicating that [Gadahn] is more P.R. and the person they are targeting is more an operative and not a public face of al Qaeda.

    Adnan Shukrijumah, another al Qaeda member who grew up in the United States, was also ruled out as the target because the individual referred to by the White House has yet to be indicted, in line with the United States’ drone strike policy. Both Shukrijumah and Gadahn have already been formally accused and indicted. ***

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Comment: J.M. Berger is one of my favorite experts.

    • DXer said

      In the article above, commentators may be relying on some unnamed Pentagon official that in an earlier article said the target being debated had not been indicted. (Not debated as such — the DOJ reportedly is just dragging its feet). Of course, misstatements are a common occurrence and so IMO the issue remains up in the air.

      Note that in this earlier ABC report, the US considers Shukrijumah a “U.S. person” — which tracks the professor’s testimony to the judiciary about permanent residents.

      As for Upstate New Yorker Jaber Elbaneh, I don’t know if he is still in Yemen. Even if he was in jail in Yemen, it often was a short-lived condition given the recurrent jail breaks there.

      The 5 Accused American Terrorists the U.S. Will Pay $21M to Catch
      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/09/u-s-offers-21m-for-5-accused-american-terrorists/

  37. DXer said

    The New York Times is not alone in referring to Shukrijumah as a naturalized citizen.

    Arrest of Va. man spotlights al-Qaeda’s new American recruiters
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/31/AR2010073102680.html

    Qaeda Leader Indicted in New York Subway Plot
    By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Published: July 7, 2010

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/08/nyregion/08terror.html?_r=0

    These are just some of the points of interest on the trail — or, to be more precise, the rumored trail — of an American citizen who spent part of his youth in Brooklyn, went to college in Florida and has long been on theFederal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted list, a senior Qaeda operative who over the last seven years has been portrayed as part wraith, part James Bond, and large-scale bogeyman.

    On Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn formally named that citizen,Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah, in an official case, charging him with crimes that the authorities say were all too real: the bomb plot last summer to attack three New York City subway lines and what they said was a related plot, one that British authorities said included a plan to blow up a shopping center in Manchester, England.

    If the concern is as much public reaction as due process, might they go through the process for El-Shukrijumah even though I believe he is merely a permanent resident rather than a naturalized citizen?

    The Differences Between Permanent Residence and Citizenship
    http://www.reichimmigration.com/node/252

  38. DXer said

    U.S. mulls drone strike on American al Qaeda suspect in Pakistan
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-mulls-drone-strike-on-america-al-qaeda-suspect-in-pakistan/

    CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that U.S. government officials are trying to decide whether they can legally launch a strike against the American citizen — who officials confirm is in Pakistan — effectively executing him without a trial.

    Comment:

    Given that CBS is now reporting that the American suspect is in Pakistan, I’ll adjust the odds I’m giving to 75% Adnan El-Shukrijumah, 10% Gadahn and 15% someone I don’t know about. Although I don’t know much at all about Omam Hammami, associated with Somalia, I have no reason to think he is in Pakistan. So right or not, I’ve dropped Hammami from the running altogether. I just don’t picture Gadhan being competent with IEDs or operational in planning attacks — or as having past attacks on Americans under his belt.

    I don’t have an opinion on the policy or due process question. I am just interested in the whodunnit of the Fall 2001 anthrax attacks.

    I do credit the view of senior FBI officials, though, that they are often damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

    I wish all the decision-makers from the various agencies good luck in making the best possible decision. (I haven’t had a chance to read Alberto Gonzalez’ law review article but think it is worth reading).

    With respect to the process due Dr. Bruce Ivins, I recommend that Amerithrax not remain officially closed.

    The lesson we have learned of late is that the United States government does not have control over the information that gets disclosed — or, sadly, the course of future attacks.

    I just watched “reign over me” last night. So certainly the government decisionmakers have a grave responsibility.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      The anti-drone protesters here were sentenced this week after a month long trial.

      Hancock Air Base anti-drone protesters sentenced
      By Ellen Abbott
      http://wrvo.org/post/hancock-air-base-anti-drone-protesters-sentenced

    • DXer said

      Alberto Gonzalez is interviewed by CNN today on the issue.

      Targeting Americans with drones OK, says ex-Bush attorney general
      Posted on: 11:11 am, February 11, 2014, by CNN Wire
      http://wtvr.com/2014/02/11/drones-targeting-americans/

      (CNN) — The Obama administration would be justified using drones to kill American terrorists abroad and at home, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told CNN on Tuesday.
      “They’ve been very, very effective in the war on terror,” the former George W. Bush appointee told CNN’s “New Day.” “It’s a wonderful technology.”
      Two key decisions would be involved — whether to put an American on a kill list and whether to execute on the kill order, said Gonzales, who is now in private practice with a law firm in Nashville. “As to the second, I think the President has the authority — as the commander in chief — once you identify where an ‘enemy combatant’ is, to take action, to take him out on the battlefield like you would any other enemy.”
      Due process would be a concern only in designating someone as an “enemy combatant,” he said. Once that decision has been made, “then the commander in chief should be able to execute on that order at the moment of his choosing, because you never know when you might locate that individual — you might only have minutes, you might only have hours.”
      But the administration has reportedly taken months to decide whether to target someone, a pace that might wind up working against it, Gonzales said. “I think the courts are going to ask, if they finally take up this issue, you have months to make this determination, why isn’t there more due process given to the individual, to the American citizen?”
      Gonzales’ comments came a day after a senior U.S. official told CNN the Obama administration was in high-level discussions about staging an operation to kill a U.S. citizen involved with al Qaeda and suspected of plotting attacks against the United States. …

      “What I would worry about is that the courts have seemed to indicate that, when you’re talking about the rights of American citizens, there are certain due process considerations that have to be taken into account before you designate someone as an enemy combatant,” Gonzales said.

      I would have advised the President that Al-Awlaki is an enemy combatant and, Mr. President, you do have the authority to take him out in a drone strike, but I would also caution that, given recent Supreme Court decisions, I’m not sure there are five votes on the court that would agree with that assessment.” …

      “It’s very likely that we’re going to confront more terrorists here in this country; it’s very likely they are going to be American citizens. And if, in fact, this is an effective technology, why wouldn’t you use this technology to eliminate this threat?”

      Until allegations in classified documents can be assessed in court, she said, the question of whether they amount to real evidence remains unanswered.

      Shamsi called the U.S. actions “one of the most extreme and dangerous forms of authority that the executive branch can claim — the power to kill people based on vague and shifting legal standards, secret evidence and no judicial review even after the fact.”

      In 2010, a federal judge in Washington noted the government would need permission from a federal court to wiretap al-Awlaki, but that no such court process existed in order to kill him.
      Rejecting an effort by al-Awlaki’s father to block his son’s possible extrajudicial killing, U.S. District Judge John Bates called it “somewhat unsettling” that a president could — for national security reasons — make a unilateral decision to kill a U.S. citizen overseas and the decision would be “judicially unreviewable.”

      “When a U.S. citizen goes abroad to wage war against America and is actively plotting to kill U.S. citizens, and when neither the United States nor our partners are in a position to capture him before he carries out a plot, his citizenship should no more serve as a shield than a sniper shooting down on an innocent crowd should be protected from a SWAT team,” Obama said. …

      “I would have detained and prosecuted Awlaki if we captured him before he carried out a plot, but we couldn’t,” Obama continued. “And as President, I would have been derelict in my duty had I not authorized the strike that took him out.”

    • DXer said

      Is El-Shukrijumah still in the training camp in North Waziristan, in the mountainous regiion of Northeastern Pakistan that borders Afghanistan?

      US drones hover over Waziristan as committee meets Taliban Shura
      February 09, 2014
      http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-137219-US-drones-hover-over-Waziristan-as-committee-meets-Taliban-Shura

    • DXer said

      Based on the refined geographic location provided now by NBC News, Evan Kohmann now is putting his money on one of these folks. When I go to the harness racing, I bet on the names of the horses.

      So don’t mind me if I continue to speculate that it is Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who perhaps now is in “a tribal region of western Pakistan.”

      U.S. Al Qaeda Suspect Facing Drone Strike Is in Pakistan: Source
      BY JIM MIKLASZEWSKI, ALEXANDER SMITH AND ROBERT WINDREM
      http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-al-qaeda-suspect-facing-drone-strike-pakistan-source-n27071

      Speaking to NBC News on Tuesday, the officials would not give any details of the target but said it was in a tribal region of western Pakistan. …

      According to NBC counter terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann, there is one terrorist group with two American militants in Pakistan who fit the description.

      Kohlmann said two Americans, Saifullah al-Amriki and Abu Ibrahim al-Amriki, have appeared in propaganda videos for the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a terrorist group affiliated with al Qaeda. The names are nom de guerres — “al-Amriki” means “the American” — and the duo’s real names are unknown, he said.

      IJU was behind a failed attempt to attack Germany’s Frankfurt Airport and Ramstein Airbase in 2007 and has repeatedly attempted to target Americans outside Pakistan and Afghanistan. The group has recruited and used Westerners in their attacks. Two of three alleged terrorists arrested in the foiled Frankfurt plot were Germans while the other was Turkish.

    • DXer said

      U.S. Looks to Target American With Drone
      Unidentified American Is Believed to be Associated With al Qaeda

      http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304104504579375443531873238?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304104504579375443531873238.html

      Since those changes, officials said, there have been multiple reviews of potential operations involving the targeting of Americans. A number of the Americans have provided support to al Qaeda but didn’t directly participate in attacks, the officials said. They are being monitored and could be subjected to a more formal review. …

      A senior U.S. official said a strike wasn’t imminent and that there is time for a review. “There has been no purposeful delay,” the official said.

      The senior official said while some in the Central Intelligence Agency or the military’s Joint Special Operations Command may be frustrated by the additional reviews, they are reasonable steps for evaluating evidence against possible targets.

      “The administration believes if you find an American who has gone against his country there should be an extra step of review, not just by the military or intelligence agencies, but by the Justice Department,” the senior official said.


      The military can only conduct strikes in countries where the government assents. The Justice Department has for months been reviewing whether the individual can be targeted.

      “This has been going on for a long time,” the former official said. “Nothing is happening because of this policy.”

    • DXer said

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/11/opinion/bergen-target-american-with-drones/

      “According to a senior U.S. administration official, Gadahn is not the subject of the ongoing high-level discussions about whether a new name should be added to the kill list.”

      Comment:

      With CNN sourcing a U.S. administration official saying that Gadahn, and Evan K.’s a terrorism expert who the DOJ uses in court cases, I’ll take the 10% I attributed to Gadahn and allocate it to the percentage of people I don’t know about — namely, the two Amriki Evan Kohlman has mentioned (and there may be a third Amriki that fits that billing).

      So that makes the odds I’m giving as 75% Adnan El-Shukrijumah and 25% some Amriki that isn’t on my radar (such as those pointed out by terrorism expert EK).

    • DXer said

      Here is one of EK’s candidates in a 2009 photo. We’ll call him the “bald guy.” I would think any bald drone target would want to wear a hat to avoid being identified.

      http://www.longwarjournal.org/photos/2009/09/us_born_terrorist_abu_ibrahim.php

      Little is known about Abu Ibrahim Amriki, a US-born terrorist who was seen in this propaganda video released by a group calling itself the “German Taliban Mujahideen,” which is based in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Amriki appears to be a leader or a popular figure; he is seen raising an AK-47 assault rifle while standing on the back of a truck, apparently addressing a crowd. The German Taliban Mujahideen is actually the Islamic Jihad Group, an offshoot of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

      Bill Roggio points out, as I noted a couple days ago when we first set down this path, that Adnan El-Shukrijumah, is a citizen of Guyana. (Although he lived in the US for 15 years, his father says he skipped out on his meeting).

      But that possibly may be overthinking. If the New York Times in a leading article, called him an American citizen, might the same process be used? Is the public going to jump to make the same distinction based on the missed meeting?

      Bill Roggio persuasively credits EK’s candidates:

      “Two other Americans known to operate in Pakistan are far less famous than Gadahn. They are Sayfullah al Amriki and Abu Ibrahim al Amriki. Pakistani officials told the Press Trust of India in 2010 that both were on the US’ target list.
      Both Sayfullah and Abu Ibrahim fit the bill as military operatives for jihadist groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan, US intelligence officials have told The Long War Journal over the years.”

      Thus, it would seem that Evan K’s candidates are very solid and that I am substantially underestimating the odds. I accept that. Odds perhaps should be reversed — at 25%/75%.

      But, hey, this is the casino we are in. If you want fair odds, stick to a home game or handicapping the Oscars.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      In support, or the EK BR view — and against my Shukrijumah bet — note that the DOJ white paper only addresses “U.S. citizen” — a phrase it easily uses over two dozen times.

      Thus, there is lots to support the view that it would be one of the Amrikis — not El-Shukrijumah.

      That is all to say, they don’t need the DOJ to sign off on targeting him with a drone.

      http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf

      • DXer said

        Factoid: The American they want to kill with a drone has proficiency with IEDs.
        El-Shukrijumah is known for his bomb-making abilities.

        UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Appellee, — v. — ABDUL KADIR, ABDEL NUR, RUSSELL DEFREITAS a/k/a MOHAMMED, Defendants-Appellants, KAREEM IBRAHIM a/k/a AMIR KAREEM, Defendant., 718 F.3d 115 (2d Cir. March 11, 2013)

    • DXer said

      In a last ditch effort to support my odds, however, notice that this learned scholar in 2013 is talking about “U.S. persons” (to include permanent residents).

      http://www.brookings.edu/research/testimony/2013/02/27-drones-terrorism-chesney
      Testimony | February 27, 2013

      Drones and the War on Terror: When Can the United States Target Alleged American Terrorists Overseas?
      By: Robert M. Chesney

      Editor’s Note:

      On February 27, 2013, Robert Chesney testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary on the topic of drones and the war or terror.

      Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today.

      In the pages that follow, I consider whether there is a useful—and constitutional—role that the judiciary might play in connection with the use of lethal force against U.S. persons overseas for counterterrorism purposes. I conclude that there is, though that role is a narrow one requiring very careful calibration. Before explaining that conclusion, however, I wish to make two threshold points.

      First, this conversation should focus on the use of lethal force against U.S. persons (i.e., citizens and lawful permanent residents) without respect to the weapons or weapons platform that might be involved.

    • DXer said

      The law professor, at University of Texas School of Law, writes me on this issue:

      “As a general proposition, that constitutional implications should be comparable whether we are talking about a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, I think.”

      Although not a scholar like the professor — and even though I haven’t looked at the case law — I agree with his sense.

      So I’m not taking my bet they are talking about Shukrijumah off the table.

    • DXer said

      Target an American with drones?
      By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
      updated 5:35 PM EST, Tue February 11, 2014
      http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/11/opinion/bergen-target-american-with-drones/

      There has been speculation but no confirmation about who the individual might be. At least a couple of other American citizens or permanent residents are known to play important roles in al Qaeda today.

      Comment: Peter Bergen on CNN uses the broader reference to “American citizens or permanent residents.”

    • DXer said

      Does a public debate about targeted killing merely foster terrorism by making people mad at the US and thus more easily recruited?

      I don’t know.

      But it seems that sometimes a PR effort intended to engender hostility toward a target of killing just causes a response in reaction.

      Yemeni ‘global terrorist’ says he has counterterrorism advice for Washington. Feb. 16,
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/yemeni-global-terrorist-says-he-hascounterterrorism-advice-for-washington/2014/02/15/c689f72a-8e51-11e3-878e-d76656564a01_story.html

      But I think we can all agree: Stop the killing of innocents.

      Advertisement:

      Stop DEC’s Plan To Eradicate Wild Mute Swans
      by NORTH COUNTRY GAZETTE on FEBRUARY 16, 2014
      http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2014/02/16/dec_swans/

      Nassau SPCA Campaigns Against Mute Swan Eradication
      PRESS RELEASES
      http://www.longisland.com/news/02-16-14/nassau-spca-mute-swan-eradication.html

  39. DXer said

    Here is the Brian Ross report from yesterday morning. Brian Ross does not go so far as to say El-Shukrijumah is the individual that they are targeting by a drone. But the two issues are definitely discussed together.

    US: Don’t Fly Caribbean Airlines From Guyana Today After ‘Unconfirmed Threat’
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/02/us-dont-fly-caribbean-airlines-from-guyana-today-after-unconfirmed-threat/

    Americans in Guyana should avoid Caribbean Airlines for the next couple days after the U.S. learned of an “unconfirmed threat” relating to the airline, the U.S. State Department said today.
    “Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy advises all U.S. citizens in Guyana traveling on Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to the United States from Monday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 12, 2014, to make alternate travel arrangements,” read a note posted on the website for the U.S. Embassy in Guyana.

  40. DXer said

    The learned New York Times refers to Adnan El-Shukrijumah as an American citizen. Is he the one that the Administration, according to news reports today, that the Administration wants to target with a drone? It would be hard to find a better candidate if it is true he is the head of Al Qaeda’s external operations. For the argument that he is responsible for killing 5 Americans, see

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    As for some evidence he is plotting additional attacks, see

    Qaeda Leader Indicted in New York Subway Plot
    By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Published: July 7, 2010

    These are just some of the points of interest on the trail — or, to be more precise, the rumored trail — of an American citizen who spent part of his youth in Brooklyn, went to college in Florida and has long been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted list, a senior Qaeda operative who over the last seven years has been portrayed as part wraith, part James Bond, and large-scale bogeyman.

    On Wednesday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn formally named that citizen, Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah, in an official case, charging him with crimes that the authorities say were all too real:

    • DXer said

      Moreover, Phil Warner, a licensed private investigator who has focused on Adnan El-Shukrijumah, refers to him as an American citizen.*/ And so while I am not clear on the sourcing, I credit that Shukrijumah is an American citizen. I had suggested Hammami as a possibility — but I think he is a member of Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda aligned group rather than (I think) Al Qaeda itself. But, okay, let’s consider the hypothesis they want to drop a missile on El-Shukrijumah’s head, who I argue is the anthrax mailer. An unnamed Pentagon has said the attack conducted by the bad guy only killed a small number of Americans. What attack was that? Did some bad guy kill some soldiers in Afghanistan? Of course, it could be Gadahn, the former heavy metal fellow who has been an Al Qaeda spokesman. But the media reports are discounting him as a strong candidate on the grounds that he is not known to be operational. In contrast, El-Shukrijumah could be expected to be behind the next 9/11. Sometimes failure is not an option.

      */
      http://pibillwarner.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/wanted-al-qaeda-fugitives-ferid-imam-and-adnan-el-shukrijumah-continue-to-plan-and-recruit-for-attack-on-new-york-city-subway-system/

    • DXer said

      As for the American citizen that may be targeted by a drone, and my suggestion it is Adnan El-Shukrijumah, in today’s media accounts I see a reference to the possibility of the Pentagon raising the issue of using a drone in Libya.

      I don’t follow things closely enough to know of a really bad guy, an American citizen, in Libya but we’ll have to wait to see how the story turns out.

      This fellow charged this week for starting a fire in a nighblub has both U.S. and Libyan passports. But I don’t know his associations.

      The fire was quickly put out by a US Army staff sergeant and an Air Force member.

      Man charged with arson in Seattle nightclub fire
      The Associated Press February 5, 2014

      SEATTLE — A 30-year-old Bellevue man accused of starting a fire at a crowded Seattle nightclub during a New Year’s Eve celebration was charged Wednesday with first-degree arson.

      Musab Musmari was held on $1 million bail. King County prosecutors said the man was on his way to the airport to use a recently purchased one-way ticket to Turkey when he was arrested last Saturday.

      About 750 people were celebrating New Year’s Eve in the nightclub Neighbours when an arsonist poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and set it ablaze. A U.S. Army staff sergeant and an Air Force member quickly put out the fire before it spread. The club’s sprinkler system activated, and no one was hurt.

      It was unclear whether Musmari was represented by a lawyer. His arraignment is set for Feb. 19.

      Fire investigators found a one-gallon plastic container of gasoline at the top of the stairs, according to court records.

      Callers identified Musmari from surveillance video that had been released to the public, police said in court documents.

      In the video, a man is seen carrying an object that is large and heavy enough to contain a one-gallon gas can shortly before midnight, according to the probable cause statement. He is seen walking toward the east stairway carrying an object, and the fire is seen in that stairway about 12 to 15 minutes later. The man is spotted on the main floor leaving the nightclub.

      Police found U.S. and Libyan passports on Musmari, who is a U.S. citizen, the court record shows. He has been ordered to surrender the passports.

      Less than 24 hours after a witness first told Musmari about news media coverage of the fire, and observed that the suspect image resembled Musmari, the man contacted a travel agent to buy the one-way airline ticket to Turkey, a deputy prosecutor said in court papers.

      Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/02/05/3459305/man-charged-with-arson-in-seattle.html#storylink=cpy

    • DXer said

      UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, -against- RUSSELL DEFREITAS, also known as “Mohammed,” KAREEM IBRAHIM, also known as “Amir Kareem” and “Winston Kingston,” ABDUL KADIR, also known as “Aubrey Michael Seaforth,” AND ABDEL NUR, also known as “Compton Eversley,”, Defendants.
      UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9052
      January 31, 2011

      “The government further intends to question Mr. Levitt on Adnan Shukrijumah, “an al Qaeda operative of Guyanese nationality” with a “reputation in the Caribbean region as an influential terrorist operative . . . .” (Id. at 2.) “

  41. DXer said

    U.S. weighs lethal strike against American citizen
    By Greg Miller, Monday, February 10

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-weighs-lethal-strike-against-american-citizen/2014/02/10/24bc47ac-9268-11e3-b46a-5a3d0d2130da_story.html

    Do they want to kill, the Shabab fellow, Omar Hammami — the young man is an American citizen from Alabama?

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah, according to his father, the Blind Sheik’s transator while in Brooklyn, skipped out of his interview to become a U.S. citizen.

    I believe he lived in the US for 15 Years.

    Adnan Shukrijumah, New Al Qaeda Leader, Lived In U.S. For 15 Years
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/adnan-shukrijumah-…‎

    Would they still engage in the same sort of deliberation if Adnan were targeted by a drone based on his 15 years residency?

    • DXer said

      That network adds that the official “declined to disclose any specific information about the target or the country the suspect []resides in.”

      The Post writes that “U.S. officials have not revealed the identify of the alleged operative, or the country where he is believed to be located, citing concern that disclosing those details would send him deeper into hiding and prevent a possible drone strike.”

      The AP says it “has agreed to the government’s request to withhold the name of the country where the suspected terrorist is believed to be because officials said publishing it could interrupt ongoing counterterror operations.”

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/10/274707917/u-s-citizen-may-be-targeted-with-drone-strike-reports

      Comment:

      I think most any Al Qaeda member that is a US citizen who has committed and is planning attacks is already very aware of drones likely are targeting him.

      And the process, it seems, now involves the public in a number of countries getting upset.

    • DXer said

      Back in April 2013, Spencer Ackerman, who interviewed Hammami on twitter, suggested that Hammami might be the next one to be targeted by a drone. (I guess Shabbaab merged with Al Qaeda and so the description seems to fit today’s news reports. So I’ll give odds of 40% Shukrijumah, 40% Hammami, 10% Gadahn, and 10% someone I can’t think of offhand.

      http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/280454-next-american-be-killed-us-drone-attack/

    • DXer said

      Hammami wrote an autobiography last year or so where he explained that he had the sense that the FBI kept sending crackheads to talk to him at the flea market where he worked about jihad — an experience he says borne out by the experience of some of his former associates after he left. (As I recall last year a fellow from here whose friend had been Hammami’s former roommate was convicted by the testimony of an undercover).

      Hammami discussed drones in Somalia in one Q and A. After false reports in September 2013 or so that he had been killed, I vaguely understand that he released a video saying he was quitting both Al-Shabaab and Al Qaeda. Is that an accurate summary? (I have no idea because I don’t follow things beyond the scope of Amerithrax). But if in fact Hammami has retired from jihad in the past few months, that would tip the odds of the fellow that the USG wants to kill with a drone in Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s favor. I’ll give odds now of 60% Adnan, 20% Hammami, 10% Gadahn and 10% someone we have never heard of.

  42. DXer said

    One issue in need of transparency is the handwriting comparison of Mohammed Atta to the Fall 2001 anthrax letters. The FBI expert, in the opinion the FBI has failed to produce over the years, found that the handwriting of Mohammed Atta was consistent — whereas the FBI expert concluded that Bruce Ivins probably did not write the letters.

    The USG Has Denied FOIA Requests For Atta’s Handwriting Since The Fall 2001 Anthrax Mailings On Grounds It Could Interfere With Enforcement Proceedings

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/the-usg-has-denied-foia-requests-for-attas-handwriting-since-the-fall-2001-anthrax-mailings-on-grounds-it-could-interfere-with-enforcement-proceedings/
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 1, 2013

    In the formal handwriting examination conducted in the Amerithrax investigation, it was concluded that “Bruce E. Ivins probably did not write the writings appearing on the ‘anthrax’ envelopes and letters.” The Assistant US Attorney did not disclose that fact in the Amerithrax Investigative Summary.

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 13, 2013
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/in-the-formal-handwriting-examination-conducted-in-the-amerithrax-investigation-it-was-concluded-that-bruce-e-ivins-probably-did-not-write-the-writings-appearing-on-the-anthrax-envelopes-and/

    Amerithrax: GAO And Reporters Should Obtain Handwriting Exemplars Of Atta’s Associate El-Shukrijumah, Al Qaeda’s Head of External Operations, Who Promoted His Father’s Language Course

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 15, 2013
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/amerithrax-gao-and-reporters-should-obtain-handwriting-exemplars-of-attas-associate-el-shukrijumah-al-qaedas-head-of-external-operations-who-promoted-the-esl-language-course/

    GAO Should Obtain A Copy Of The FBI’s Handwriting Analysis Comparing The Letters To Atta’s

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 22, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/gao-should-obtain-a-copy-of-the-fbis-handwriting-analysis-comparing-the-letters-to-attas/

  43. DXer said

    KSM Gave Up Info Identifying Key Al Qaeda Sleeper Agent
    3:40 PM, SEP 3, 2009 • BY THOMAS JOSCELYN

    On March 20, 2003, the FBI released a “Be on the Lookout” alert for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah (aka Jafar al Tayyar, or Jafar “the Pilot”). In the days that followed, press outlets reported some of the details on el Shukrijumah’s suspicious career. El Shukrijumah had lived in the U.S. for years, and attended a mosque in Florida where he mixed with radicals. At some point, El Shukrijumah traveled to Afghanistan where he allegedly received training in al Qaeda’s camps and was groomed by senior al Qaeda leaders for future missions. Indeed, FBI and U.S. intelligence officials told the press that El Shukrijumah then came back to the U.S. with a particularly lethal purpose: to coordinate terrorist attacks on American soil after September 11, 2001.

    Just days after the FBI’s alert was issued, CBS News (Most Wanted: The Next Atta?) and U.S. News & World Report (A Hunt for ‘The Pilot’) published particularly interesting accounts of how El Shukrijumah was identified. The press outlets found that the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who had been captured just weeks earlier, played an instrumental role.

    And the release of the Inspector General’s Report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program and two other CIA analytical documents last week confirms these accounts in important ways.

    The story of the intelligence that led to the FBI’s alert is as follows.

    n May 2002, U.S. authorities began asking al Qaeda detainees an urgent question. According to U.S. News, the officials wanted to know: “Whom…would al Qaeda pick to lead the next big attack against U.S. targets?” Abu Zubaydah, who was captured in the early hours of March 28, 2002, pointed the finger at an al Qaeda-trained terrorist who Zubaydah knew by the nom de guerre Jafar al Tayyar. Other detainees fingered Jafar as well, but Zubaydah was the first.

    According to a June 3, 2005 CIA analysis (“Detainee Reporting Pivotal for the War Against Al Qaeda”), Jafar al Tayyar “first came to the FBI’s attention when Abu Zubaydah named him as one of the most likely individuals to be used by al Qaeda for operations in the United States or Europe.” (A documentpreviously released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence contained the same detail about Zubaydah’s role.)

    “Several detainees identified a man who looked like El Shukrijumah,” U.S. News reported, but it was the wrong suspect. It wasn’t until KSM was captured on March 1, 2003, and then interrogated, that investigators got a real break. Here is how U.S. News reported it:

    Two weeks ago [in early March 2003], the search turned up a new name–and a new photograph. But investigators still were not sure. The crucial moment didn’t come until Khalid Shaikh Mohammad corroborated the investigators’ hunch. El Shukrijumah, he said after being shown a photograph, was Jafar the Pilot. The FBI issued its “be on the lookout” warning for El Shukrijumah.

    Interestingly, the CIA’s newly released July 13, 2004, analysis of KSM’s importance as a source (“Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Preeminent Source on Al Qaeda”) includes this corroborating nugget:

    KSM has also spoken at length about operative Jafar al Tayyar, admitting that al Qaeda had tasked al Tayyar to case specific targets in New York City in 2001.

    Another supporting detail may be redacted in the CIA’s June 3, 2005, analysis. As mentioned above, that analysis says that Zubaydah first identified Jafar by his nom de guerre. But another al Qaeda detainee (or detainees) “provided additional details” that were “key to uncovering Jafar’s true name.” That detainee is almost certainly KSM.

  44. DXer said

    http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=23080#.Up8TB80VdkI

    WEB SPECIAL: FBI fears Shukrijumah’s dirty bomb capability

    A Saudi man being sought by the FBI because he may be planning terrorist attacks has been linked to Jose Padilla, an American citizen charged with plotting to detonate a radiological “dirty bomb” in the United States, The Associated Press reports.

    The FBI asked law enforcement and the public to be on the lookout for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 27, who officials said has received flight training and possesses a Florida driver’s license.

    “El Shukrijumah is possibly involved with al-Qaida terrorist activities and, if true, poses a serious threat to U.S. citizens and interests worldwide,” the FBI said in a statement. What is a ‘dirty bomb’? Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge has issued a series of information bulletins describing possible terrorist activity through a new Web site located at http://www.ready.gov.

    Land Line will share the information with readers in the following weeks. Today’s installment explains the basics of a dirty bomb.

    A radiation threat or dirty bomb is the use of common explosives to spread radioactive materials over a targeted area. It is not a nuclear blast. The force of the explosion and radioactive contamination will be more localized.

    While the blast will be immediately obvious, the presence of radiation will not be clearly defined until trained personnel with specialized equipment are on the scene. As with any radiation, you want to try to limit exposure.

    What to do if there’s a radiation threat

    To limit the amount of radiation you are exposed to, think about shielding, distance and time.

    • Shielding: If you have a thick shield between yourself and the radioactive materials, more of the radiation will be absorbed, and you will be exposed to less.
    • Distance: The farther away you are away from the blast and the fallout, the lower your exposure.
    • Time: Minimizing time spent exposed will also reduce your risk.

    As with any emergency, local authorities may not be able to immediately provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and information as it becomes available.

    For more general information, see the “Are you Ready?” section of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site, at http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/.

  45. DXer said

    Truck carrying nuclear waste stolen in Mexico, IAEA says
    December 4, 2013 – 9:38PM

    Thieves in Mexico have stolen a truck containing potentially “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday.

    The truck was transporting a cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage centre when it was stolen in Tepojaco near Mexico City, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

    “At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged,” it said.

    The IAEA said it was informed about the December 2 theft by Mexico’s CNSNS nuclear security authority.

    “The Mexican authorities are currently conducting a search for the source and have issued a press release to alert the public,” the IAEA said in a statement.

    The material could not be used in a conventional nuclear weapon but could in theory be put in a so-called “dirty bomb” — an explosive device spreading the radioactive material over a wide area.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/truck-carrying-nuclear-waste-stolen-in-mexico-iaea-says-20131204-hv4df.html#ixzz2mVG2IOGv

    Comment:

    El-Shukrijumah was part of the flurry of reported sightings at McMasters University and the disputed, conflicting and sometimes contradicted overbroad claims. I have always kept a narrow focus (avoided the subject of a dirty bomb) even when it related to the brainstorming Padilla and his colleague were doing about a “dirty bomb.” Those charges, as I recall, were dropped. But I certainly can understand the FBI’s and Attorney General Ashcroft’s sense of urgency. (Even if Padilla was better suited to serving tacos, he in fact had been doing relevant computer research).

    I thought Attorney General Ashcroft’s talk at SU at the time about the balancing that was necessary between national security and civil liberties — to an unsympathetic student audience — was masterful. (I had been inclined not to be impressed but was totally persuaded.)

    So I look at this type of report with great alarm. El-Shukrijumah’s mom and siblings should be ashamed of Adnan.

    It’s time to play defense before going on to crush the threat represented by Jafar the Pilot aka Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    SU’s First Goal Against Big Red
    http://photos.syracuse.com/1819/gallery/photo_contest_-_red/index.html#/1

    SU’s Second Goal Against Big Red Tonight
    http://photos.syracuse.com/1819/gallery/photo_contest_-_red/index.html#/0

    Although Dr. Dillon could not make the game last night, Big Red won handily 5-2.

    • DXer said

      2010 – AP – Curt Anderson

      Adnan Shukrijumah, New Al Qaeda Leader, Lived In U.S. For 15 Years
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/adnan-shukrijumah-new-al_n_673164.html‎

      Aug 6, 2010 – Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by …citizen once suspected of plotting to set off a radioactive “dirty bomb” and …

      Comment:

      To get to the Panama Canal, I suppose the driver would have to take the truck through El Salvador and Nicaragua.

      It will be interesting to see the motive for the theft. For example, you could imagine some narco trafficker stealing a truck to use as blackmail in connection with the indictment yesterday of some former corrupt Governor who is still at large.

      Or someone thinking he was stealing the truck without realizing what it contained.

      Was there a transponder on the truck?

      If it turns out to be related to terrorism, I would give everyone at the US embassy in Mexico City the day off.

      http://nypost.com/2013/12/04/mexican-truck-with-potential-dirty-bomb-material-stolen/

      More than 100 incidents of thefts and other unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive material are reported to the IAEA annually, the UN agency said earlier this year.

  46. DXer said

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah was closely connected with Al Qaeda/ 911 operatives Al-Hawsawi and KSM, both of whom are associated with Al Qaeda’s anthrax planning through the documentary evidence. El-Shukrijumah was also closely connected to Mohammed Atta. There is a $5 million reward for his capture. In 2010, he was indicted in connection with a NYC subway plot.

    By way of background, Hambali introduced Al Qaeda anthrax lab technician Yazid Sufaat to Zawahiri at Al Qaeda’s Media House. (see above) Yazid in Facebook email and chat does not deny to me Al Qaeda’s responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. Instead, he pleads the Fifth Amendment. Nor does he deny that he was working with virulent Ames. Yazid had assured KSM that he and his assistants were safe because they had been vaccinated. After our exchanges, Yazid was arrested for terrorism in connection with his conversations with some young men leaving for Syria. His next hearing is scheduled for May 17, 2013.

    Al-Hawsawi had worked there at the Media House before working to help the 911 hijackers into the US — he was KSM’s assistant. Al-Hawsawi’s laptop had the anthrax spraydrying documents on it. The night Atta was copying and cutting at KINKOS and Maryland (see film that has not been disclosed by the FBI), Atta returned unused funds to Al-Hawsawi. (see record of wire transfer) After fleeing to Pakistan, Adnan El-Shukrijumah and lived in Karachi safehouses wih Al-Hawsawi. (see Al-Hawsawi interrogation report)

    According to Al-Hawsawi, American Adnan El-Shukrijumah aka “Jafar The Pilot” lived with Al-Hawsawi in safe houses in Karachi from February 2002- April 2002. See detention report that is uploaded.

    The anthrax letters are in a handwriting consistent with Atta’s handwriting — at least that is what the FBI handwriting opinion still be withheld concluded. I have uploaded the exemplar and handwriting comparison.

    El-Shukrijumah was seen with Atta by an INS employee 2001. (see 911 Commission Report). Atta prayed at the mosque where El-Shukrijumah, which was next to his house and where his father Gulshair led prayers. Gulshair had been at the Brooklyln mosque where he translated for Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. El-Shukrijumah used to raise funds for Global Relief Foundation which was involved in Al Qaeda’s WMD aspirations. An FBI undercover informant says he was told to stay away from El-Shurkijumah in 2001 because it was thought that El-Shukrijumah was suspicious of him — and instead the informant, interviewed in 2009 by ABCNews — was directed to concentrate on the 19-year-old who seemed like an easier target. That young man then too grew suspicious and said he wanted to withdraw from the suggested plan to target electrical substations. The prosecutors initially declined to prosecute because he had been entrapped by an earlier freelance undercover. But then the prosecution proceeded in May 2002. That young man says he saw El-Shukrijumah, who attended the same mosque, as late as July 2001.

    KSM says he directed El-Shukrijumah to case targets in NYC, Washington, DC. and throughout the US in 2001.

    In the Spring of 2002, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, was living with Al-Hawsawi in Karachi. Al-Hawsawi had the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop. The process would take 30 days. Al-Hawsawi was captured in the home of bacteriologist Qadus Khan. About the same time, Ali Al-Timimi’s townhouse was raided and 100 agents came here to simultaneously interview 150 people.

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah is thought to have been giving advice to Muhammad Binyam who was going to assist Jose Padilla. (El-Shukrijumah knew Padilla from Florida.) Binyam’s detention report mentions Jaffar Al-Tayar which was El-Shukrijumah’s alias.

    “KU-10024 [KSM] and his nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, aka (Abd al-Aziz Ali), ISN US9PK-010018DP (PK- 10018), instructed both US-10008 and detainee on the methods to execute this operation. Detainee was to return to the UK where he would obtain valid travel documents before traveling to the US to meet US-10008. Following their meetings with KU-10024, Jaffar al-Tayyar taught detainee and US-10008 to falsify documents by substituting photographs, erasing entry/exit stamps, and removing visas.17 Al-Qaida operative and 11 September coordinator Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, ISN US9YM-010013DP (YM-10013), taught them how to encode a telephone number before passing it to another individual. The co-conspirators then surrendered their passports to PK-10018, who forged a Pakistani visa and departure authorization. For the last week of March 2002, detainee and US-10008 spent time creating email addresses on the internet for communication while abroad. On 4 April 2002, PK- 10018 gave them a total of $16,000 US. Later, they met again with KU-10024, YM-10013, and Abd al-Rahim Moulana Gulam Rabbani, ISN US9PK-001460DP (PK-1460), at which
    time KU-10024 provided US-10008 with an additional $5,000 US and they exchanged email

    17 Analyst Note: This is believed to be the same Jaffar al-Tayyar, aka (Adnan el-Shurijumah), who has ties to the dirty bomb plot and numerous ties with senior al-Qaida leadership. Additionally, al-Tayyar had previous ties with US-10008 in Florida; however, detainee has denied recognizing Jaffar. Detainee’s non-recognition can be found in: 001458 FM40 27-OCT-2004. For additional information linking detainee and US-10008 with Jaffar al-Tayyar, reference: IIR 7 718 0116 03, TD-314/09403-04.

    see
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/hambali-recommendation-for-continued-detention-excerpt/

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      El-Shukrijumah had trained with Padilla, the former Taco Bell fast food worker, in connection with a plot to blow up apartment buildings by renting a bunch of apartments and leaving the gas on. But the pair did not get along.and El-Shukrijumah was replaced.

      Binyam Mohamed alleged he was secretly flown from Pakistan to Morocco and tortured before being moved to Afghanistan and on to Guantanamo Bay where he then was released to Great Britain.

      It is unknown whether Binyam Mohamed was a fan of Penny Lane.

    • DXer said

      Al-Sharqawi, according to Dr. Batarfi (who had helped Yazid Sufaat with procurement of equipment), was privy to “knowledge of the individuals suspected of being responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, and al-Hadrami provided information about the attacks to detainee [Sharqawi].”

      S E C R E T / / NOFORN / / 20330707

      Al Sharqawi , who had a close relationship with OBL, knew a 911 planner and 11 of the hijackers. He also knew Adnan El-Shurkirjumah from Bosnia and from Afghanistan beginning in August 2001.

      “Detainee had associations with multiple senior al-Qaida members and Islamic extremists including individuals involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks. Detainee was responsible for facilitating the movement of funds and personnel in support of al_Qaeida’s tgerrorist network.”

      Al Sharqawi attended meetings between OBL and Saif Al-Adel. He had “ties to numerous high-level al-Qaida members and operational personnel, including individuals involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks.”

      “(S//NF) Detainee was acquainted with a planner and 11 of the suicide operatives involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks.
      (S//NF) Detainee met Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, ISN US9YM-010013DP, (YM- 10013), a planner in the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States, in Kabul after the attacks.24
      (S//REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR) Detainee photo-identified 11 of the hijackers involved in the 11 September 2001 attack. Detainee provided varying amounts of information on each individual. ”

      “Detainee stated he was a good friend of one of the hijackers, and saw three others daily at UBL’s media center near Kandahar.

      o (C//REL TO USA, GCTF) According to Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi, ISN US9YM-000627DP (YM-627), detainee was one of two main al-Qaida facilitators in Pakistan, the other being Omar al-Hadrami. Al-Hadrami was in charge of operations in Lahore, while detainee ran operations in Karachi. (Analyst Note: Al-Hadrami was in charge of facilitation operations in Lahore, PK. Al-Hadrami also had knowledge of the individuals suspected of being responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States, and al-Hadrami provided information about the attacks to detainee.30)

      ***

      o (S//NF) Detainee knows Adnan el-Shukrijummah, aka (Jaffar al-Tayyar), a suspected al-Qaida operative. Detainee stated he initially met Shukrijummah in Bosnia in 1995, and then saw him in Saudi Arabia in 1997 during a pilgrimage. Detainee later met Shukrijummah in Pakistan or Afghanistan between August 2001 and January 2002. The FBI suspects that Adnan el-Shukrijummah was trained to operate as a terrorist organizer and field commander on the same level as the 11 September 2001 terrorist Muhammad Atta.45

      http://wikileaks.org/gitmo/pdf/ym/pk9ym-001457dp.pdf

      SECRET // NO FORN: GAO should obtain the document embodying what Al-Hadrami, in charge of operations in Lahore, told Sharqawi, in charge of operations in Karachi, about the individuals suspected of being responsible for the 2001 anthrax in the United States. (IIR 6 034 0040 07)
      Posted on May 30, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/secret-no-forn-gao-should-obtain-the-document-embodying-what-al-hadrami-in-charge-of-operations-in-lahore-told-sharqawi-in-charge-of-operations-in-karachi-about-the-individuals-suspected-of/

      Did Al-Hadrami provide Sharqawi the information about the anthrax attacks including the “individuals suspected of being responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks?” (They reportedly were the two main facilitators in Pakistan). If Al-Hadrami (in charge of operations in Lahore) did tell Sharqawi the identity of the “individuals suspected of being responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks” in the US, what did he say?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 8, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/did-al-hadrami-provide-sharqawi-the-information-about-the-anthrax-attacks-including-the-individuals-suspected-of-being-responsible-for-the-2001-anthrax-attacks-they-reportedly-were-the-two-main/

    • DXer said

      Al Qaeda operative Majid Khan also knew Shukrijumah, having “met Tayyar at the Baba Afridi’s guesthouse in Karachi.” KSM wanted to use Shukrijumah as part of the attack on US gas stations. He also was working on a plan to poison reservoirs but had not settled on the contaminant.

      His interrogation report states:

      ” Upon meeting KU-10024 in Pakistan in early in 2003, detainee volunteered his services to KU-10024.”

      KU-10024’s vetting of the detainee consisted of two parts: a pseudo-suicide assassination attempt against Pakistani President Musharraf, and delivery of al-Qaida financing to senior al-Qaida and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) operative Riduan Bin Isomuddin, aka (Hambali), ISN US9ID-010019DP (ID-

      ***

      KU-10024 intended to use detainee as an al-Qaida operative to conduct attacks against the US infrastructure within the continental US, and tasked detainee to research and then orchestrate attacks on gas stations and water reservoirs.

      ****
      (S//NF) Detainee stated KU-10024 wanted to use Jaffar al-Tayyar,32 Zuhayb, and two to three unknown African-American Muslim converts who were training in Afghanistan to conduct the attacks against the gas stations. Detainee claimed KU- 10024 was interested in using individuals with US status to assist with this operation, but would not necessarily use detainee to conduct the attack.33

      (S//NF) KU-10024 tasked detainee to conduct research to support unspecified poisons attacks against US water reservoirs.35

      ○ (S//NF) KU-10024 discussed plans to target the infrastructure of the US. KU- 10024 stated he wanted to target water reservoirs and water treatment plants in the US. KU-10024 had not worked out the details of this plan and admitted determining the appropriate contaminant would require further research.

      http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2011/04/27/20/us9pk-010020dp.source.prod_affiliate.91.pdf

    • DXer said

      Here is Muhammad Binyam’s interrogation report which discusses Jaffar Al-Tayyar, although I have to allow for the possibility that it reflects the confusion as to Jaffar Al-Tayyar’s identity in 2002.

      This account has GZ-10016 (Abu Zubaydah) suggesting a cyanide attack in the US.

      What do you think is in the SCI supplement?

      wikileaks.org/gitmo/pdf/et/us9et-001458dp.pdf‎

      Dec 26, 2008 – S E C R E T / / NOFORN / / 20331226. DEPARTMENT OF …. Jaffar al-Tayyar who was in charge of the Algerian Camp …

      Even if released with rehabilitation, close supervision, and means to successfully reintegrate into his society as a law-abiding citizen, it is assessed detainee would probably seek out prior associates and reengage in extremist activities at home and abroad. Since transfer to JTF-GTMO, detainee has expressed his intentions of participating in hostilities against the US and its citizens if released and in one instance physically assaulted an interrogator. Additionally, detainee has been uncooperative with intelligence collection efforts since November 2004.

      ***

      Detainee, who expressed a desire to become a martyr, received extensive terrorist training in Afghanistan (AF) at camps associated with al-Qaida and North African extremists, and traveled to Afghanistan for combat. [ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS DETAINEE IS AVAILABLE IN AN SCI SUPPLEMENT.]

      ***

      Prior History: In 1992, detainee traveled to Maryland and New Jersey with his father to visit siblings. …

      ***

      Detainee traveled to Islamabad, PK where he spoke with a Pakistani named Muhammad who informed detainee to meet him in Peshawar, PK. Muhammad worked for Jaffar al-Tayyar who was in charge of the Algerian Camp near Jalalabad, AF. Muhammad took detainee to the Algerian Guesthouse in Jalalabad where he met Jaffar and Muhib.

      (S//NF) Training and Activities: Jaffar instructed detainee to attend training at the al- Qaida sponsored al-Faruq Camp near Kandahar, AF.

      ***

      [At one point GZ-10016] discussed a “cyanide to attack nightclubs in the US with detainee [Binyam] and US-10008’s [Padilla] assistance.”

      “GZ-10016 [Zubaydah] informed detainee he was better suited for “foreign operations” and was to conduct attacks on foreign ground (the US) instead of returning to Afghanistan. After the training, detainee was sent to Karachi, PK to meet with KU-10024 [KSM}.”

      “GZ-10016 (Abu Zubaydah) discussed detainee’s plan with KU-10024 [KSM] and sent detainee and US- 10008 [Padilla] to Karachi, PK to allow them to discuss the dirty bomb mission with KU-10024. In March 2002, detainee departed Faisalabad with US-10008. They traveled to Karachi where they met Sayf al-Adil and KU-10024 who stated the bomb plot was too complex and al- Qaida was looking for short-term operations that would put pressure on the US government to curtail military operations in Afghanistan and release the prisoners from JTF-GTMO.”

      **

      “KU-10024 and his nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi, aka (Abd al-Aziz Ali), ISN US9PK-010018DP (PK- 10018), instructed both US-10008 and detainee on the methods to execute this operation. Detainee was to return to the UK where he would obtain valid travel documents before traveling to the US to meet US-10008. Following their meetings with KU-10024, Jaffar al- Tayyar taught detainee and US-10008 to falsify documents by substituting photographs, erasing entry/exit stamps, and removing visas.17 Al-Qaida operative and 11 September coordinator Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, ISN US9YM-010013DP (YM-10013), taught them how to encode a telephone number before passing it to another individual.”

      [Note from DXer: I believe the code involved adding or substracting from “5”; so “2” becomes “8”, “1” becomes “9”.]

      Footnote in document:

      “Additionally, al-Tayyar had previous ties with US-10008 [Padilla] in Florida; however, detainee has denied recognizing Jaffar. Detainee’s non-recognition can be found in: 001458 FM40 27-OCT-2004. For additional information linking detainee and US-10008 with Jaffar al-Tayyar, reference: IIR 7 718 0116 03, TD-314/09403-04.”

      ***

      (S//NF) Detainee [Binyam] and US-10008 [Padilla] also mentioned a plan to disburse poisonous cyanide gas throughout a building by introducing the gas into the air conditioning system. GZ-10016 [Zubaydah] instructed the two to present this plan to KU-10024 and Sayf al- Adil when they met in Kabul.39

    • DXer said

      We were reminded recently of the cyanide in connection with the report of the secret imprisonment of Yazid Sufaat’s assistant, Samer Al-Barq.

      http://bbcwatch.org/tag/jordan/

      A report from Channel 10 includes some details from al-Barak’s questioning. [translation: BBC Watch]

      “Al-Barak was born in Kuwait and in his youth travelled to Pakistan in order to study biology. From there he continued to Afghanistan and there, according to the version he gave to investigators, was trained in biological warfare. “I practiced the manufacture of explosives and poisons, such as cyanide and nerve gas”, he recalled.

      During the questioning he told them about an experiment he carried out on a dog, which he put into a crate into which he introduced nerve gas which he had made. “The dog died within minutes”, he recounted coldly. “I discussed with friends the possibility that we would return to the [West] Bank and carry out terror attacks against Israel.”

      The terror activist also told of his recruitment to Al Qaeda by the organisation’s leader, Ayman a-Zawahiri. “I met him in Afghanistan and he said I must be in touch with him and learn about anthrax”, he said to the investigators. According to him, a-Zawahiri “spoke of the possibility that a suicide bomber would spread the poison using a sprayer in a public place”.

      AL QAEDA’S DOGGED IN CYANIDE PLOTTING
      BY ALISON GENDAR , IN NEW , YORK JAMES , GORDON MEEK AND IN WASHINGTON / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

      TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006, 12:00 AM

      http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/al-qaeda-dogged-cyanide-plotting-article-1.646554

      AL QAEDA HAS HAD a persistent interest in using cyanide as a weapon – plotting to unleash it in subway cars, swimming pools and nightclubs – but so far its only cyanide victims have been dogs. The latest evidence of Al Qaeda’s fascination with cyanide came in November 2005 when an Eritrean terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay was charged with helping Jose Padilla, an American citizen accused of plotting terror attacks inside the U.S. Besides supposedly helping with a radioactive dirty bomb, the suspect, Binyam Ahmed Muhammad, also discussed with Padilla and Al Qaeda operations chief Abu Zubaydah “spraying people with cyanide in nightclubs,” U.
      ***
      But American anti-terror experts have been worried about cyanide attacks ever since convicted terrorist Ahmed Ressam said at his 2001 trial that he saw dogs killed with cyanide gas at an Afghanistan training camp. When the White House learned of the 2003 cyanide plot on the subways, “We took it very seriously,” a former presidential adviser said yesterday. “The modeling ultimately showed it wouldn’t kill many people in a realistic setting. But it would be really scary,” the former aide told the Daily News. But some intelligence on Al Qaeda’s plans with cyanide – or its ability to pull off a cyanide attack – has been sketchy. In February 2003, a CIA report obtained by The News said 15 Al Qaeda operatives were in the U.
      S. to “place sodium cyanide in large swimming pools.
      ***
      Dr. Lewis Nelson, a medical toxicologist at New York University School of Medicine, said the threat in early 2003 prompted city hospitals to stock up on cyanide antidote. Cyanide is appealing to terrorists because it’s easy to come by. But making it into a weapon capable of killing hundreds, if not thousands, has proved elusive. Still, terrorists could build devices that pump high levels of gas or aerosolized mist into a confined area, such as a subway car, and, under optimal conditions, a 12-ounce soda can of cyanide could kill 5,000 people, Nelson said.

    • DXer said

      Here is another fellow who knew Adnan El-Shukrijumah in Afghanistan.

      Interrogation reports of the people in Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s circle of acquaintances confirm that assassination was one of AQ’s tactics.

      That also was evidence from the history of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Egypt — and Egyptians head Al Qaeda’s anthrax planning.

      During the 2001/2002 period, KSM viewed poisons and pathogens as (1) deterring invasion of Afghanistan and (2) pressure to release prisoners.

      http://www.therenditionproject.org.uk/pdf/PDF%20431%20%5BJTF-GTMO%20Detainee%20Assessment,%20Hassan%20bin%20Attash%20(25%20June%202008)%5D.pdf

      (S//NF) SA-768 stated detainee and Salim Ahmad Salim Hamdan, ISN US9YM-000149DP (YM-149), told him “the future tactics of al-Qaida and the Taliban included mass casualties using explosives and kidnappings so the families of the Westerners can suffer, assassination of Western workers in the Middle East, and indoctrination, using the Koran and the Hadith to entice younger mujahideen and females to carry out suicide attacks.”45

      ○ (C//REL TO USA, GCTF) SA-230 reported detainee and his brothers traveled with multiple senior level al-Qaida members to include Ayman al-Zawahiri.79 ○ (S//NF) YM-10014 reported detainee knew Jaffar al-Tayyar, aka (Adnan al- Shukrijumah). Jaffar al-Tayyar translated English to Arabic during detainee’s explosives course under Dr. Muhammad Ahmad.80

    • DXer said

      I’ve discussed how after casing the New York City and Washington, D.C. targets and after the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, El-Shukrijumah stayed with Al-Hawsawi in the early spring of 2002.

      Al-Hawsawi in 2001 was in contact and handling US-based biochem operative Al-Marri.

      I previously wrote “Hawsawi And Laptop As Possible Hub for Anthrax Planning” that I now find here:

      http://baddbrothers.blogspot.com/2007/11/hawsawi-and-laptop-as-possible-hub-for.html

      MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007

      Hawsawi And Laptop As Possible Hub for Anthrax Planning

      November 18th, 2007 by Ross E. Getman

      On March 23, 2003, the Washington Post reported on documents allegedly discovered at the Abdul Qadoos Khan residence — on a seized laptop — relating to biochemical weapons. The documents indicated that Al Qaeda leaders may already have manufactured some of them. The documents at the Qadoos home reveal that Al Qaeda had a feasible production plan for anthrax. Confronted with scanned handwritten notes on the computer, Mohammed reportedly began to talk about Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program. KSM, however, denies that it was his computer — he says it was the computer of Mustafa Hawsawi, who was captured at the home the same day. In 2001, before departing for the UAE, Al-Hawsawi had worked in the Al Qaeda media center As-Sahab (Clouds) in Kandahar. (The letter containing the first anthrax went to the American Media in Florida had blue and pink clouds on it.)

      Hawsawi worked under KSM who in turn worked for Zawahiri. Al-Hawsawi was a facilitator for the 9/11 attacks and its paymaster, working from the United Arab Emirates, sending thousands to Bin Al-Shibh in the summer of 2001. After 9/11, he returned to Afghanistan where he met separately with Bin Laden, Zawahiri and spokesman Abu Ghaith. KSM worked closely with al-Hawsawi and it would make perfect sense that the computer is actually al-Hawsawi’s. The fact that the anthrax spray drying documents were on that computer, however, and that he had worked under for Al Sahab in Kandahar in 2000, serves to suggest that the undated documents predated 9/11, particularly given that extremely virulent anthrax was later found in Kandahar. At the same time, it suggests that Al-Hawsawi has personal knowledge relevant to anthrax.

      Hawsawi worked as a financial manager for Bin Laden when he was in Sudan. He was associated with Mahjoub, who was Bin Laden’s farm manager in Sudan. Mahjoub was the subject of the anthrax threat in January 2001 in Canada, upon announcement of his bail hearing. The day after Mahjoub’s bail was denied on October 5, 2001, the potent stuff was sent to US Senators Daschle and Leahy.

      The Washington Post explained that “What the documents and debriefings show, the first official said, is that “KSM was involved in anthrax production, and [knew] quite a bit about it.” Al Qaeda had recruited competent scientists, including a Pakistani microbiologist who the officials declined to name. “The documents describe specific timelines for producing biochemical weapons and include a bar graph depicting the parallel processes that must take place between Days 1 and 31 of manufacture. Included are inventories of equipment and indications of readiness to grow seed stocks of pathogen in nutrient baths and then dry the resulting liquid slurry into a form suitable for aerosol dispersal.” The Washington Post story notes that U.S. officials said the evidence does not indicate whether al Qaeda completed manufacture. The documents are undated and unsigned and cryptic about essential details.

      The unclassified memo below lists some of the contents of the computer that had the anthrax spraydrying docs.

      In addition to establishing him as paymaster for the hijackers, Al-Hawsawi’s computer disks reportedly also included lists of contributors worldwide, to include bank account numbers and names of organizations that have helped finance terror attacks. In press accounts, one unnamed government official confirmed that the information has yielded the identities of about a dozen suspected terrorists in the US. Thus, when former CIA Director Tenet says the anthrax planning was done in parallel in 9/11 and compartmentalization was done at the highest levels of Al Qaeda, Hawsawi’s laptop may be a graphic illustration.

      In his substituted testimony in the Moussaoui case, Al-Hawsawi says he became part of Al Qaeda’s media committee in Afghanistan in about July 2000, and KSM joined the committee in February 2001. Hawsawi lived at the media office. For about 4-5 months in 2000, Hawsawi worked as a secretary on al Qaeda’s media committee. Hawsawi’s role “was to copy compact discs and reprint articles for the brothers at the guesthouse in Qandahar. After 2000, Hawsawi worked at the direction of Sheikh Mohammed, transferring funds, and procuring goods.”

      The first time that Hawsawi was asked to be come involved in operational activities was about March 2001, when he took his second trip to the UAE. Although Sheikh Mohammed did not use the word ‘operation,’ Sheikh Mohammed told Hawsawi that he would be purchasing items, receiving and possibly sending money, and possibly meeting individuals whom Hawsawi would contact or who would contact him. Sheikh Mohammed also told Hawsawi that his stay would be lengthy, so he should rent an apartment. Sheikh Mohammed said Hawsawi did not need cover because he was carrying a Saudi passport, and it was a common practice for a Saudi to rent an apartment in the UAE. In approximately August 2001, Hawsawi, with Sheikh Mohammed’s blessing, decided to take an English course.

      Sheik Mohammed told Hawsawi that he would be in contact with individuals called ‘Abd Al-Rahman (Muhammad Atta) and the “Doctor” (Nawaf al-Hazmi). Atta called Hawsawi four times while in the US. Hawsawi says he was never in contact with Hani or Nawaf while in the US. On September 9, Ramzi bin Shibh told the date of the planned operation and urged that he return to Pakistan. He flew out on 9/11 and after a night in Karachi, flew on to Quetta.

      Hawsawi stated repeatedly that he never conducted any activity of any type with or on behalf of Moussaoui and had no knowledge of who made Moussaoui’s travel arrangements. Documents, however, reportedly show that al-Hawsawi worked with the Dublin cell to finance Moussaoui’s international travel. Hamid Aich was an EIJ operative there who once had lived with Ressam, the so-called millennium bomber, in Canada.

      The indictment of Zacarias Moussaoui named al-Hawsawi as an unindicted co-conspirator. Moussaou had tried to call KSM and Hawsawi as witnessses. That indictment reported that al-Hawsawi was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 5, 1968. Hawsawi had left Kandahar for Dubai by late June 2001. The Zacarias indictment alleges that on September 11, 2001, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi then left the UAE for Pakistan.

      Hawsawi has said that it was Qahtani who was to have been “the 20th hijacker” rather than Moussaoui. Qahtani, Hawsawi said, had trained extensively to be one of the “muscle hijackers.” Of Moussaoui, al-Hawsawi said he had seen Moussaoui at an al-Qaeda guesthouse in Kandahar, Afghanistan, sometime in the first half of 2001, but was not introduced to him and had not conducted any operations with him. At Moussaoui’s trial, the government pointed to FAA intelligence reports from the late 1990s and 2000 that noted that a hijacked airliner could be flown into a building or national landmark in the U.S., but viewed that scenario “as an option of last resort” given the motive of the attack was to free blind sheik Abdel Rahman. Flying a plane into a building would afford little time to negotiate.

      Zacarias Moussaou reportedly was in Karachi with anthrax lab tech Yazid Sufaat on February 3, 2001 when they bought air tickets through a local travel agency for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They reportedly left on a flight for KL on February 8, 2001. Moussaoui began at the Norman, Oklahoma flight school on February 26, 2001. KSM says that Moussaoui’s inquiries about cropdusters may have related to Hambali and Sufaat’s work with anthrax.

      Another reason not to underestimate Hawsawi’s possible role in an anthrax operation is his contact with al-Marri. Al-Marri, who entered the country on September 10, 2001, was researching chemicals in connection with a “second wave.” Al-Marri was also drafting emails to KSM. Although al-Marri denies being in contact with Hawsawi, phone records show otherwise. Email evidence also confirms messages drafted by al-Marri to KSM. The fascinating and groundbreaking article … by Susan Schmidt of the Washington Post on al-Marri notes that al-Marri picked up $13,000 in cash from al-Hawsawi. Al-Marri made the mistake of opening the briefcase containing the money in bundles and peeling off a few hundred dollars to pay his bail after being stopped on a traffic charge a couple days after 9/11.

      References to al-Hawsawi turned up in the Dublin, Ireland, office of a Saudi-backed charity suspected of having links to bin Laden upon a raid after 9/11 by Irish authorities. The fact that Hawsawi was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as of late June 2001 — and this connection to the Dublin charity — may both be relevant in threading the anthrax needle.

      UNCLASSIFIED
      Department of Defense
      Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
      08 February 2007

      To: Personal Representative
      From: OIC, CSRT (8 Feb 07)
      Subject: Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal – Al Hawsawi, Mustafa Ahmed

      1. Under the provisions of the Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum, dated 14 July 2006, Implementation of Combatant Status Review Tribunal Proceduresfor Enemy Combatants Detained at US. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a Tribunal has been appointed to determine if the detainee is an enemy combatant.

      2. An enemy combatant has been defined as “an individual who was part of or supporting the Taliban or al Qaida forces, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. This includes any person who committed a belligerent act or has directly supported hostilities in aid of enemy armed forces.”

      3. The following facts support the determination that the detainee is an enemy combatant.

      a. On the morning of 11 September 200 1, four airliners traveling over the United States were hijacked. The flights hijacked were: American Airlines Flight 11, [[w:United Airlines Flight 175|United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93. At approximately 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, resulting in the collapse of the tower at approximately 10:25 a.m. At approximately 9:05 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, resulting in the collapse of the tower at approximately 955 a.m. At approximately 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the southwest side of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. At approximately 10:03 aim., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Stoney Creek Township, Pennsylvania. These crashes and subsequent damage to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon resulted in the deaths of 2,972 persons in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

      b. According to United Arab Emirates General Postal Authority records, the detainee opended a Post Office Box, number 19738, in Sharjah United Arab Emirates on 24 June 2001. He opened the Post Office Box under the name Mustafa Ahmed Al-Hawsawi, date of birth5 August 1968. He listed his home address as 103 Shaikh Sultan Bin Saqer Street, Al-Butheena, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He listed his mobile phone as 050-5209905.

      c. Recovered Western Union receipts show that on 8 September 2001, “9/11 hijacker” Mohamed Atta sent 2,860 United States dollars from Western Union, Safeway Store, 14100 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, Maryland. The funds were received by the detainee at the Wall Street Exchange, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 9 September 2001.

      d. Recovered Western Union receipts show that on 8 September 2001, “9/11 hijacker” Waleed Al-Shehri sent 5,000 United States dollars from Western Union, Food Giant Store, 1009 Fairlawn St., Laurel Maryland. The funds were received by the detainee at the Wall Street Exchange, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on 10 September 2001.

      e. Recovered Western Union receipts show that on 9 September 2001, “9/11 hijacker” Waleed Al-Shehri sent 5,000 United States dollars from Western Union TravelEx #7201, Currency Booth Room 2250, Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts. The funds were received by the detainee at the Al-Ansari Exchange, Sharjah United Arab Emirates on 11 September 2001.

      f. Recovered Western Union receipts show that on on 9 September 2001, “9/11 hijacker” Marwan Al-Shehhi sent 5,000 United States dollars from Western Union Greyhound Bus Terminal #0406, 700 Atlantic Ave, Boston Massachusetts. The funds were received by the detainee at the Al-Ansari Exchange, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on 11 September 2001.

      g. “9/11 hijacker” Mohammed Atta (Atta) sent the detainee a package with Fayez Banihammad’s Automated Teller Machine card and checkbook. One check was endorsed but not filled in, and split from the checkbook. The Federal Express receipt for this package was recovered from a trash receptacle located at a hotel utilized by Atta. The receipt indicated that the package was sent to the detainee’s Post Office box in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

      h. On 11 September 2001, the detainee flew from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Karachi, Pakistan via Pakistan International Airlines flight 212, according to United Arab Emirates immigration records.

      i. A handwritten 19 page telephone and address book was found in a laptop computer case associated with the detainee. The address book contained contact information of numerous al Qaida operatives. The document was discovered where a senior al Qaida operative was captured.

      j. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained al Qaida expense reports from February 2002 to April 2002.

      k. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained detailed information for the families of al Qaida operatives.

      l. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained detailed family information of 22 Yememi al Qaida operatives along with the the status of the operatives.

      m. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained al Qaida expenditure data from 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002.

      n. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained a list of al Qaida members who were killed or wounded.

      o. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained al Qaida family allowance information from November 2002 to October 2003.

      p. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained detailed al Qaida expense reports from January 2002 to December 2002.

      q. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained detailed al Qaida United States dollars fund serial account information from 1 January 2002 to 15 May 2002.

      r. A laptop computer hard-drive associated with the detainee contained detailed al Qaida expense information through various incoming and outgoing rupee, Euro, riyal and dirham fund transactions for the period of 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002.

      4. The detainee has the opportunity to contest his designation as an enemy combatant. The Tribunal will endeavor to arrange for the presence of any reasonably available witnesses or evidence that the detainee desires to call or introduce to prove that he is not an enemy combatant and that is deemed relevant to that issue. The Tribunal President will determine the reasonable availability and relevance of evidence or witnesses.

    • DXer said

      El-Shukrijumah, Al-Hindi and Al-Marri cased New York City targets in 2001.

      In a declassified 16-page document filed in April 2006, the government described Peoria, Illinois resident Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri as an important Al Qaeda operative. Investigators eventually concluded he was the most important in the United States. The government say he met Osama bin Laden and was chosen by Khalid Sheik Mohammed to help other operatives conduct attacks, hack into computers, or deliver poisons. President Bush said the intelligence community believes that among Marri’s potential targets were “water reservoirs, the New York Stock Exchange and United States military academies.” KSM thought that the fact he was a father of five would help in blend in better than a single man. He reportedly trained at an Al Qaeda camp for up to 19 months during the years 1996 to 1998. Allegations included the grandiose goal that Al Marri was to seek to hack into the US banking system, and “to wipe out balances and otherwise wreak havoc with banking records in order to damage the U.S. economy.” KSM and Bin Laden planned for Al-Marri to be a “point of contact for al Qaeda operatives arriving in the United States.” KSM had met with Ali’s brother, Jarallah al-Marri, in late summer 2001 and told him of Ali’s U.S. activities. U.S. authorities officials allege that Al-Marri went to the United Arab Emirates in August 2001 to get more than $13,000 in cash from al-Hawsawi. It was Al-Hawsawi’s laptop that had the anthrax spraydrying documents on it.

      Al-Marri’s training included instruction in the use of toxins and poison at the Darunta camp near Jalalabad. Al-Marri had been calling numbers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, according to a filed complaint. Government sources say he was calling senior al-Qaeda operatives. He travelled to New York City about the same time as El-Shukrijumah and Dhiren Barot (Al-Hindi) were casing financial institutions and casing NYC tourist helicopters. An oath was found on his computer: “Neither the United States nor anyone living in it will dream of security/safety before we live it in Palestine and before the infidel armies leave the land of Mohammed,” and that God should “protect” and “guard” Usama Bin Laden.” Agents discovered that Al-Marri had created five e-mail accounts on September. 22, 2001 using a computer at Western Illinois University. There was as identical draft message in three of the accounts dated September 22, 2001 addressed to an account associated with KSM.

      The draft stated:

      “I hope every thing is ok with you and your family. I have started school ok. It is hard but I had to take 9 hours to meet the school standard. Me and my family are ok. I want to here [sic] from you soon can you contact me by email or on 701-879-6040

      P.S.

      I have tried to contact you at your uncle ottowa but I could not get in.”

      Area code 701 is in North Dakota. Analysts determined that the number was a coded version of Al-Marri’s cellular number. Material is redacted that would reveal the code but it can be deduced. The area code in Macomb and Peoria, Illinois is 309. The simple code is 2 above 5 becomes 2 below 5. We can infer Al-Marri’s cellular number was 309-231-4060.

      Although his parents were Saudi, Al-Marri’s family had moved to Doha, Qatar. He was 17 when he came to the United States. He first studied computer science at a Spoon River College in Macomb, Illinois. The intensive english program at Western Illinois University attracted a lot of Middle Eastern students to the rural setting. He and his brother transferred to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. His brother later would be detained in Guantanamo, after being captured in Afghanistan. The Washington Post reports that acquaintances remembered Ali as a “skinny, long-haired partygoer with a sense of humor.” He graduated in 1991 with a business degree and returned to Doha, Qatar. He told FBI agents he was in the US from 1983-1991. Back in Doha, he worked at the Qatar Islamic Bank and at the government audit bureau. Doha, Qatar was where future anthrax planners KSM and Mohammed Islambouli were given safe haven by the Qatar religious minister. In early 1996, in the midst of political turmoil involving Sheik al-Thani, who had ousted his father favored by fundamentalists, Al-Marri left for Afghanistan. In a court filing, Pentagon’s top counterterrorism official explained he went to train at a Bin Laden camp. KSM, too, had followed a similar path — first going to school in rural United States and then going to Doha, Qatar in the mid-1990s. By the mid-1990s, Mohammed had been involved in the planning of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as well as Operation Bojinka in the Philippines. KSM worked in Doha for the government. He worked for the department that oversaw water works, where he may have learned something about poisoning a reservoir or localized water infrastructure.

      Reporter Susan Schmidt, writing for the Washington Post, noted: “Mohammed and a group of militants found refuge on the outskirts of Doha, on a farm owned by the religious minister, according to the Sept. 11 commission. In 1996, as the FBI was closing in, Mohammed slipped out of the country for Afghanistan.” Rudolph Guiliani’s security firm advised the Qatar government on security matters and denies having tipped the government leader who then shared the information. Al-Marri returned to Doha with the views of a hardened extremist. A former Qatari government official told The Washington Post that Al-Marri came home with CDs of al-Qaeda training lectures and propaganda — as well as a phony California driver’s license. The continuing investigation of a 1996 coup attempt directed at the reformist son who had usurped control from his father cost some of Al-Marri’s relatives their government jobs. His family returned to the Saudi desert. But although his wife and young children went to the Saudi desert, Al-Marri had other plans. Schmidt reports that in May 2000, he flew to Chicago from Dahmam, Saudi Arabia, using a fake passport and the name Abdullakareem A. Almuslam.

      Al-Marri spent two months in Chicago. In July 2000, he then checked into Macomb, the farm town where he had first studied years earlier. He checked into the inexpensive Time Out Motel. Rm. 209 became the official address of the fictitious AAA Carpets that would receive money from the stolen credit cards. On August 17, 2000, he booked a flight to New York City. He called the imam of the Macomb mosque, a Saudi graduate student named Khalid al-Jaloud and asked for a ride to the Peoria airport. Jaloud told the Washington Post that he did not know the man and did not know where he was going. He nonetheless reportedly was glad to oblige. Dhiren Barot (Al-Hindi), who was pretending to be enrolled at the Mohawk Valley Community College in Upstate New York, was Al Qaeda’s chief operative in Great Britain. The Post investigative feature notes that Dhiren Barot was indicted in 2005 for casing the stock exchange and other financial targets. Journalist Susan Schmidt points out he had flown in from London the day before. Barot was arrested in Britain in 2004. He confessed to what the judge in the case called a plot of “colossal and unprecedented scale” to blow up London subway cars, detonate radioactive “dirty bombs” and use limousines packed with gas cylinders to destroy luxury hotels.

      Al-Marri returned to Chicago for a few days and then returned to Saudi Arabia. The Macomb Imam told the Post, “He asked me to put a computer in my house,” I did not want to. He said he wanted to store stuff until he could bring his family back.” Jaloud continued: “A few weeks or a month or two later he started calling, wanting me to send it to Pakistan. He told me he is there.” He called two or three times and argued.” Jaloud said the request worried him. Finally, someone called and asked him to ship the computer to Washington. Jaloud reports that he did so at his own expense. Al-Marri re-entered the country on September 10, 2001, arriving in New York. He and his wife and kids made their way to their new hometown after an overnight stay in Chicago. Two days after 9/11, Al-Marri’s 6-year-old son was standing on the backseat. KSM’s idea that he would blend in even in rural Illinois because of 5 children had backfired. An officer stopped him. A check of his license turned up a 10-year-old warrant on a DWI charge. The Post explains that “groomed and polite,” he explained to the police officer he was back to study for his master’s degree in computer science. He was being taken to the station for booking when they stopped to drop the young boy off at the family’s room at the Time Out motel. Al-Marri makes the incredible mistake of opening a briefcase to pull out three hundred dollar bills from the bundles in a briefcase. “The briefcase was filled with bundles of hundreds.” The money was from the $13,000 Al-Hawsawi had given him in United Arab Emirates in August 2001.

      That fall he travelled from Peoria to Macomb and pressed to be admitted to Western Illinois University’s intensive English program even though his English was fine. In applying, he would not provide a home address or sign the application. “He was a very pugnacious individual,” the administrator told the Post. He was calling students. A number of people reported him as acting suspicious in the heightened sensibilities after 9/11. One student from whom he sought help was the local mosque imam, graduate student Jaloud. Jaloud curiously reports that he did not remember him as the fellow he had taken to the airport 90 minutes away in the summer of 2000, or the fellow he had argued about shipping the computer, or the fellow who had then put him to the expense of shipping the computer to Washington. (Jaloud reports when questioned in 2005, he told the Saudis that he did not remember the address in Washington where he sent the computer.) Schmidt reports that although rural, the Islamic Center of Macomb “had come to the attention of intelligence and law enforcement agencies.” Before Marri could relocate to Macomb, the FBI’s Springfield office was advised by headquarters that an active phone number in their area was linked to the 9/11 plotters. A fedex mail receipt left at Dulles International had led them to a phone number associated with Hawsawi. The FBI learned that some calls to that number were made from cellphones and pay phones at odd hours of the night from Central Illnois by someone using prepaid phone cards. A call made on November 4 traced to Chicago matched Al-Marri’s visit there and a call on November 7 was made from his home phone. An intelligence official told the Washington Post journalist that when Mohammed Atef was killed in November 2001, “we found out there was a huge al-Qaeda interest in chemical and biological weapons. That prompted “a very energetic effort to identify people doing chem-bio.” The day after falsely denying he had called the number associated with al-Hawsawi, he was arrested and sent to New York in connection with a terrorism investigation there.

      In December 2002, prosecutors expanded the charges against Al-Marri adding that he lied to the FBI when denied using pay phones in Chicago and Central Illinois to dial the number of KSM’s assistant, al-Hawsawi. Al-Marri had called the telephone number that Atta gave to Federal Express as the UAE telephone number as the point of contact for the recipient. Again, it was Al-Hawsawi’s laptop that had the anthrax spraydrying documents on it. Al-Hawsawi had received left-over funds from the hijackers shortly before 9/11. Al-Marri called al-Hawsawi’s number using a call card at a phone in Peoria on September 23, 2001, about a week after the first anthrax mailing. On October 14, about a week after the second anthrax mailing, he called al-Hawsawi’s number again. Three weeks after that, he allegedly tried to call two more times — this time from payphones in Chicago, including a payphone at a transient hotel on North Lincoln Avenue. He also called and spoke to someone in Houston who has not yet been publicly identified.

      Al-Marri was separately charged with lying to agents about the trip he made to the U.S. in the summer of 2000. During that visit, he opened up three bank accounts for a fictitious business, AAA Carpets, at three different banks in Macomb, in southern Illinois. The accounts received funds from bogus credit card purchases. He was charged with using a stolen social security number in establishing the accounts. Al-Marri was working toward a master’s degree in computer information systems at Bradley when he was arrested in December 2001. He rarely attended classes and was failing.

      The government’s indictment alleged:

      “Computer audio files containing Arabic lectures by Usama bin Laden and his associates, concerning, among other things, the importance of jihad and martyrdom and the merits of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The lectures instructed, among other things, that Muslim scholars should organize opposition to Jewish and Christian control of “Palestine,” Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia; that ordinary Muslims should train in Bin Laden’s camps in Afghanistan by entering through Pakistan; and that clerics who claim that Islam is a religion of peace should be disregarded.”

      President Bush designated him an “enemy combatant, after KSM was captured in the Spring of 2003 and identified Al Marri was one of the “second wave” plotters and facilitators whose name he revealed. Al-Marri’s research interest in one of the ingredients that would be used in attack using a “mobtakker” device on New York subways heightened interest in him further still. Authorities were especially concerned that Ayman Zawahiri had vetoed the idea pitched by Al Qaeda’s head in Saudi Arabia because Ayman had something bigger planned. The Post article quotes an intelligence official: “Since al-Marri was already in custody by then he couldn’t have been an active participant, but who he was in contact with might have led to the people who were involved in the plot.” One question that arises is: after al-Marri cased New York City targets, where in Washington did he have Jaloud ship the computer? Did the Washington Post mean Washington, D.C. or the State of Washington?

      The Post article concludes by noting that despite the half decade of al-Marri’s custody, Al-Marri’s attorneys had never spoken to him about the specifics of the government’s claims. “We haven’t drilled down on those allegations. There’s no reason to. He’s not really charged with anything. He said he is innocent, he’s not a sleeper agent — at that point we left it at that.” On June 11, 2007, in al-Marri v. Wright, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the Military Commissions Act does not override al-Marri’s constitutional rights to challenge his accusers. The Court held ruled that al-Marri must be released from military detention and either freed or placed in US civilian detention where the federal government would have to charge him with crimes. In February 2009, shortly before the Supreme Court would ahve decided the question, the United States brought a general indictment against Al-Marri. Al-Marri’s attorneys have requested an extension of time so that they can become familiar with the facts bearing on the plea bargain he entered April 30, 2009. The lengthy investigative piece by Susan Schmidt of the Washington Post in July 2007 added intriguing detail to the declassified 16-page affidavit that detailed facts underlying the charges. Al-Marri trained under Egyptian Midhat Mursi. Mursi (aka Abu Khabab) was a chemical engineer who graduated from Alexandria University. The Washington Post investigative feature mentions in passing that the Islamic Assembly of North America (”IANA”) contributed $10,000 to the Macomb, Illinois mosque with which Al-Marri was associated, according to documents filed in federal district court in a 2003 terrorism case. The Post reported that the documents show that several members of the Macomb mosque’s board had dealings with the group. When Mohammed Atef was killed in mid-November 2001, a review of his computer showed that Atef and Marri had “shared contacts.” Atef, was of course, was who Ayman was updating on his plans to weaponize anthrax. Former CIA director Tenet has said that the anthrax planning was compartmentalized at the highest levels of Al Qaeda. A speaker at the conference in DC moderated by Lew, with an undisclosed employer, also spoke about highly compartmentalized the anthrax program was in comparison to the chem program.

      In August 2007, an Egyptian doctor in Macomb who served the local university students with families testified during a hearing that he had been flagged as a suspected terrorist. He testifed that during a 2003 trip to Egypt he was detained at the airport and questioned. He had graduated from Cairo Medical School in 1986. Might this explain the reference to suspicion of terrorism in the passage in Schmidt’s article that is disputed? The pediatrician, much beloved in the community by his patients, would treat the university students with families at no charge. The local Macomb doctor raised a claim of “selective prosecution” in connection with the State prosecuting him alleging fraud in connection with billing. At a preliminary hearing, a nurse practitioner indicated that Dr. Dabash had asked her in 2001 to fill in for him while he was away, out of the country. When Crim asked whether there would be a physician to “cover” for Dabash, Dabash said not. Crim refused to work without cover, noting that she wasn’t allowed to work unsupervised. Dr. Dabash then arranged for another physician to supervise Crim’s work. The biller for Dabash, who worked for him from January 2004 until after the charges were brought, told investigators that Dabash wanted nurse visits to be billed at the more expensive doctor visit rate, but that she refused to do that. He entered into a plea announced in September 2007 under which he agreed to repay $65,000. He subsequently has announced that he was leaving the community. A webpage by supporters reports that’ the Department of Homeland Security did an exhaustive investigation of the doctor’s business and personal life. The page explains: “After hundreds of hours, thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars spent, and the use of the full resources of the federal government, their finding: absolutely no evidence that Dr. Khaled Dabash was ever involved in, motivated by, or even politically or culturally aligned with the type of person who would even possbly fit a profile of a terrorist.”

      On December 12, 2001, at the request of the Joint Task Force in New York who had discovered Al-Marri’s calls to KSM’s assistant al-Hawsawi, Al-Marri was arrested. It was not until nearly a half decade later that a 16-page affidavit detailed the reasons he was being detained.

      What can Al-Marri tell us about Yazid Sufaat, Samer Al Barq, Hud Al-Sudani, and Adnan El-Shukrijumah? Who does he think is responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings? What has he told his cell mates?

  47. DXer said

    September 13-14, 2001: Men Arrested at New York Airports, but Soon Released after No Connections Found to 9/11 Attacks

    “Barry Mawn.[Source: Associated Press]
    On September 13, New York authorities take into custody ten people of Middle Eastern descent at JFK International and La Guardia Airports, reportedly fearing they intend to hijack aircraft and commit another suicidal terrorist attack on a US target. This leads to all three major New York-area airports—JFK, La Guardia, and Newark—being abruptly shut down, just hours after they reopened for the first time since the 9/11 attacks took place…

    The mistakes in the reporting were quickly corrected and men released. The airports were reopened again on September 14, 2001:

    “Men Released, No Connections Found to 9/11 Attacks – However, the following morning the FBI announces that none of the detainees had any connection to the 9/11 attacks, and all but one of them have been released. Barry Mawn, the head of the New York FBI office, says: “The reporting that has been going on all night, I can definitively tell you, is inaccurate.… [W]e did talk to approximately a dozen individuals. We have only one individual left who is still being questioned by the task force. All other ten have been released.” [CNN, 9/14/2001; PBS, 9/14/2001] Justice Department spokeswoman Mindy Tucker says that no knives, box cutters, guns, or other weapons were found on the individuals. [WASHINGTON POST, 9/15/2001] After talking to the directors of the FBI and CIA, Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) tells CNN that the detained men had “no connection whatsoever to what happened at the World Trade towers or the Pentagon, or this organizational network.” He explains: “One guy, an actual pilot, got on the plane, coincidentally had his brother’s identification as well. His brother happened to live in the apartment complex that was one in Boston where some of [the alleged hijackers] had actually been.” Biden adds: “Ten other people were going to a Boeing conference. They had stickers on their bags.… The folks at the airport thought, hey, wait a minute, are they impersonating crew? And they weren’t.” Biden says the one man who has not yet been released “was a screwball who was acting out, you know, acting out and saying and demanding.… Making problems, and they arrested him.” By 11:20 a.m. on September 14, the three New York-area airports are reopened. [ASSOCIATED PRESS, 9/14/2001; CNN, 9/14/2001]”

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah had cased targets in New York City and Washington, D.C., at KSM’s request. He had announced his intention to his mother immediately after 911. The first round of anthrax letters to targets in New York City and Washington D.C. were mailed a week later.

    Letters to newspapers in New York and DC was the modus operandi of the supporters of the Blind Sheik in connection with the Al Hayat letter bombs for which there is a $5 million reward. Dahab, from Alexandria, who had been taught by EIJ head of intelligence Ali Mohammed to make lethal letters, looks good for the Al Hayat letter bombs.

    This son of the translator of the Blind Sheik, coming from the residence where Sufaat stayed reporting on his work with virulent anthrax to KSM, looks good for Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    Coincident with the capture of KSM, 100 agents came here to Syracuse and simultaneously interviewed 150 people. Adnan’s buddy, Al-Hindi, had used being a student at an upstate community college for his student visa. Ali Al-Timimi, who shared a suite with the leading DARPA-funded Ames anthrax scientists, was lead speaker for the charity spin-off here. The charity was based in Ann Arbor and its publication in Arabic discussed tactics that might be useful in freeing Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman.

    A wonderful federal undercover did my graphics. I guess someone thought I was too wordy and pictures would help. (see 2000 guidelines for CIA analysts)

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Adnan had the means, motive, modus operandi and opportunity. My one-time Facebook Friend Yazid Sufaat does not deny to me that Adnan was the mailer. Nor does he deny that he and Samer Al-Barq and Hud al-Sudani were working with virulent Ames. They had told KSM there was nothing to worry about because they were vaccinated. The suggestion by folks like the learned, hardworking and earnest Milton L. that Yazid was not working with virulent Ames (see his 2005 treatise) is mistaken. The claim is contradicted by both the forensic findings discussed by Relman, the report by the top Army fellow in March 2002, the reporting by Suskind, and the interrogation report of KSM that was leaked.

    It is really wrong to use the cover of classification for national security reasons as old-fashioned CYA because of the suicide of some troubled, fragile USAMRIID scientist.

    AUSA Lieber got in trouble, I’m told, because she (IMO to her great credit) went to visit a jihadi in jail with whom “a deal had been cut.” That is not reason to mistakenly close the case on the cotton candy “Ivins Theory.”

  48. DXer said

    Adnan el Shukrijumah
    Updated July 9, 2008
    http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/108

    a.k.a Mohammed Essagh, Abu Arif, Ja’far Al-Tayer, Jaffar Al-Tayyar, Jafar Tayar, Jaafar Al-Tayyar, “The South American”

    Adnan Shukrijumah, an asthmatic computer engineer from Miramar, Florida, has been described by the FBI as”…a grave danger to the security of the United States.” Born in June 1975 in either Saudi Arabia or Guyana, Shukrijumah is believed to be one of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s hand picked recruits, raised in the West, fluent in English and easily able to move around without unwanted attention.

    Shukrijumah’s Guyanese father, Sheikh Gulshair, who passed away in 2004, worked in Guyana for a time as a missionary for the government of Saudi Arabia. In the early 1990s, Sheikh Gulshair took a job with the Al Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn where some congregants were linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the subsequent foiled plot to blow up New York City landmarks. Gulshair denied any connection to the plotters. In 1995, he moved his family to Miramar, Florida where his son, Adnan, attended Broward Community College.

    According to the FBI, in addition to computers, Shukrijumah excelled at biology and chemistry. It appears that Adnan became radicalized sometime in the late 1990s by some men in South Florida who captured his interest with books and videos about various jihads abroad. Since that time, Shukrijumah’s name has surfaced frequently in connection to terrorist plots. Shukrijumah first became known to authorities during a 2001 investigation of another Florida man, Imran Mandhai. Mandhai was one of two Florida students convicted of conspiring to bomb electric stations, a National Guard armory, Jewish businesses, and Mt. Rushmore. Shukrijumah’s name was mentioned during discussions recorded by undercover agents during the time Mandhai was plotting. Shukrijumah’s father says his son knew Mandhai, but the two were not close. Shukrijumah stayed away from the plotters, having correctly assumed that the authorities were monitoring them.

    In 2002, Shukrijumah again came to the attention of U.S. authorities. When intelligence officials started questioning detainees at Gunatanamo about still unknown al Qaeda operatives who might carry out attacks, several of the men gave the same answer – Jaffar al-Tayyar, or Jaffar the Pilot, which was one of Shukrijumah’s aliases. It wasn’t until after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s capture in 2003 that the feds were able to be sure when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed identified a photo of Adnan Shukrijumah as Jaffar the Pilot. In March 2003, the FBI issues an all points bulletin for Shukrijumah who, at that point, had disappeared almost two years earlier. He is believed to have passports from various countries including Canada, Saudi Arabia, Guyana and Trinidad where he visited in 2001 with “company,” according to witnesses.

    Shukrijumah’s father, said that Adnan left the United States for Trinidad (by way of Panama) about five months before the 9/11 attacks. Adnan, who had lived in Trinindad as a small child, was a permanent resident alien of the U.S., a status he has since lost since being out of the United States for more the six months. It is unclear what he was doing in Trinidad and much about Shukrijumah remains a hazy mystery. In late 1999, he started traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan. While there, it is believed that he trained in an Al Qaeda training camp (according to the FBI, his sponsor into the camp was a Pakistani believed to be a Lashkar-e-Taiba and al Qaeda member). In March 2004, Shukrijumah was seen at an Al Qaeda summit in Waziristan. One attendee at the 2004 meetin had footage of potential targets in Washington, DC and New York, including the New York financial district, the World Bank and the IMF.

    Comment:

    I used to go to World Bank Christmas parties with a dear friend who worked there. Its employees were very interesting given the widely varying countries and backgrounds. It is unfortunate that Adnan — who reached the height of his career at the yard sales he used to hold to raise funds for Bosnia — was not shut down a long time ago.

    But for Vahid Majidi to say that the FBI interviewed all of Atta’s associates and was able to rule them out is simply not true. El-Shukrijumah had already left the US prior to 911. Then immediately after 9/11, he announced his intention to his mother to come to the US. His travel to the US was not detected by authorities. (He had numerous passports). Planes began flying again before the first anthrax mailing.

    When did international flights first start arriving in the New York area?

    Closings and cancellations following the September 11 attacks
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closings_and_cancellations_following_the_September_11_attacks

    “Civilian air traffic was allowed to resume on September 13, 2001…”

    • DXer said

      A Hunt for `The Pilot’
      The FBI says he’s an `imminent threat.’ But where is he?

      By Chitra Ragavan
      Posted 3/30/03
      http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/030407/7terror.htm

      The global advisory issued by the FBI in late March gave no hint of the many twists and turns that led the bureau to Adnan Gulshair El Shukrijumah. But there was no doubting the urgency of the plea for help. Senior FBI officials tell U.S. News that they believe El Shukrijumah, 27, is a “grave danger” to the United States. As a result, the officials say, the FBI, the CIA, and several foreign intelligence services have begun a worldwide search for the elusive young man who once resided in South Florida and is known to carry multiple passports. “We are very worried,” says a U.S. official. “Wherever he is in the world, we think he might be a key al Qaeda operative targeting U.S. interests.”

      On March 19, intelligence and law enforcement officials conclusively identified El Shukrijumah–described by one counterterrorism specialist as possibly the next Mohamed Atta, the lead 9/11 hijacker. Top-tier al Qaeda detainees, including the alleged key planner of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, helped make the identification, government officials say. “We can’t possibly overstate,” a U.S. intelligence official said, “the value that Khalid Shaikh Mohammad has been to us.”

      The story of the hunt for El Shukrijumah is a tale of cryptic tips, false leads, and wasted time and effort. But it also offers a rare glimpse into the twilight world of terrorists that law enforcement officials must penetrate in order to prevent another major attack on America.

      The story starts in 2001. El Shukrijumah appeared as a blip on the FBI’s intelligence radar screen in March of that year, after special agents in Miami used an informant to penetrate a local mosque. The agents were interested in a man named Imran Mandhai, who frequented the mosque. The informant recorded Mandhai repeatedly vowing to create a jihad cell, consisting of 25 or 30 men, including El Shukrijumah. … “It was no secret that [El Shukrijumah] was pretty radical,” says a federal law enforcement source, “and that Mandhai thought he would be interested in what they were doing.”

      But El Shukrijumah was suspicious. He declined to join the jihad plans, correctly surmising that the feds were on to Mandhai. But they were more worried about keeping tabs on Mandhai and his coconspirator, Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, than they were about El Shukrijumah. During this period, family members say, El Shukrijumah was attending Broward Community College and working as a freelance computer technician. The only thing the feds had on El Shukrijumah, sources say, was a lie on his green-card application regarding a prior arrest. So his name went into a file, and that was that.

      After September 11, the FBI intensified its pursuit of Mandhai and Jokhan. They were indicted in the spring of 2002. Mandhai was convicted of conspiracy to destroy U.S. property; Jokhan testified against him. Both are now serving multiyear sentences. The FBI agents had not forgotten about El Shukrijumah, however. Agents visited his family’s home in a Fort Lauderdale suburb six times, but he was never there. Family members say he had left home in May 2001 for Trinidad, where his father once worked for the Saudi Arabian government. According to a federal law enforcement source, Mandhai told the feds he saw El Shukrijumah as late as July 2001.

      Either way, he was nowhere to be found. Then, last May, U.S. intelligence and military officials began posing an urgent question to al Qaeda detainees who were being interrogated at foreign prisons and secret CIA and military facilities abroad. Whom, the officials asked, would al Qaeda pick to lead the next big attack against U.S. targets? Intelligence sources tell U.S. News that several of the detainees provided the same answer: “Jaffar Al-Tayyar.” That’s an al Qaeda nom de guerre. It translates roughly to “Jaffar the Pilot.” The detainees said they had met “the Pilot” during al Qaeda training exercises in Afghanistan. Intelligence officers scrambled, showing the detainees photos of hundreds of suspected al Qaeda operatives. Several detainees identified a man who looked like El Shukrijumah. It wasn’t–but it would take months before the FBI and CIA teams realized it. “We were pursuing a lead,” says one official, “that in the end turned out to be a dead end. We found out we were after the wrong person.”

      Family affair. The hunt for El Shukrijumah didn’t end, however. Given the detainees’ information about Jaffar the Pilot, it only intensified. And slowly, strands of information began to filter into the FBI, the CIA, and other foreign intelligence agencies. They pointed in a new direction, allowing investigators to narrow the search. Two weeks ago, the search turned up a new name–and a new photograph. But investigators still were not sure. The crucial moment didn’t come until Khalid Shaikh Mohammad corroborated the investigators’ hunch. El Shukrijumah, he said after being shown a photograph, was Jaffar the Pilot. The FBI issued its “be on the lookout” warning for El Shukrijumah.

      The bureau’s counterterrorism specialists say they now see him in a dangerous new light but still have many questions. They want to know more about ties he may have to other convicted or alleged terrorists, including Padilla, the accused enemy combatant who used to live near Fort Lauderdale, not far from El Shukrijumah’s family home. Padilla was arrested last May, about the same time investigators started asking detainees about other alleged al Qaeda operatives. Authorities are also curious about El Shukrijumah’s possible ties to Adham Amin Hassoun, a fellow mosquegoer who has been held under extreme secrecy in legal limbo on immigration violations at a federal detention facility near Miami since last June. An immigration judge found that Hassoun had plotted to commit an assassination, provided material support to terrorist groups, and was a member of an Islamic fundamentalist group whose leader, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, was convicted of plotting to bomb key New York landmarks. The judge said Hassoun also tried to recruit Egyptian “jihad fighter” Mohammed Yousseff, a friend of Padilla’s, and that Hassoun had ties to charitable groups with alleged links to terrorist groups like Hamas. Hassoun says he is innocent.

      The bureau’s counterterrorism specialists say they now see him in a dangerous new light but still have many questions. They want to know more about ties he may have to other convicted or alleged terrorists, including Padilla, the accused enemy combatant who used to live near Fort Lauderdale, not far from El Shukrijumah’s family home. Padilla was arrested last May, about the same time investigators started asking detainees about other alleged al Qaeda operatives. Authorities are also curious about El Shukrijumah’s possible ties to Adham Amin Hassoun, a fellow mosquegoer who has been held under extreme secrecy in legal limbo on immigration violations at a federal detention facility near Miami since last June. An immigration judge found that Hassoun had plotted to commit an assassination, provided material support to terrorist groups, and was a member of an Islamic fundamentalist group whose leader, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, was convicted of plotting to bomb key New York landmarks. The judge said Hassoun also tried to recruit Egyptian “jihad fighter” Mohammed Yousseff, a friend of Padilla’s, and that Hassoun had ties to charitable groups with alleged links to terrorist groups like Hamas. Hassoun says he is innocent.

    • DXer said

      What does Mr. Hassoun say? Did he know Adnan El-Shukrijumah? Adham Hassoun and Kassem Daher used “school” as code. “Is there a school over there to teach football?” Hassoun asked, using what the FBI says is code for jihad.

      Canadian businessman Daher is an associate of EIJ member Jaballah, who was detained in Canada and had maintained regular contact with Ayman by satellite telephone after coming to Canada in 1996.

    • DXer said

      Sarasota Saudi Family Had Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah over to 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack.

      http://cheatersflorida.wordpress.com/category/adnan-el-shukrijumah/

      According to lawsuit filed by the Broward Bulldog online newspaper and Dan Christensen against the DOJ and the FBI in US District Court, Southern District of Florida, Sarasota Saudi Family members had Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah over to 4224 Escondito Circle Sarasota Fl Prior to the 9/11 suicide jetliner attack.

      http://www.browardbulldog.org/2013/08/fbi-resists-thorough-search-of-vast-911-files-in-tampa-for-records-about-sarasota-saudis/

  49. DXer said

    News accounts vary on whether he called on 9/11 or a couple days later. In this CNN report, the call was 9/11.

    While casing targets for KSM prior to 9/11, he reportedly travelled by train.

    From dishwasher to al Qaeda leadership: Who is Adnan Shukrijumah?
    From Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt, CNN
    August 6, 2010 8:12 a.m. EDT
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/08/06/terror.qaeda.leader/

    “It’s like any other business. He would be equated with being the chief of operations,” says Brian LeBlanc, a special agent for the FBI.
    As the alleged director of al Qaeda’s overseas operations, investigators believe he is “extremely dangerous,” LeBlanc says.
    “He may not be someone who’s going to come into the United States to conduct the attack, but what makes him more dangerous is he’s out there plotting the attacks and recruiting people to actively do that,” LeBlanc says.
    The breakthrough came when LeBlanc, an FBI counter-terrorism agent, linked Shukrijumah to the thwarted New York subway suicide mission last fall — the biggest post-9/11 terror investigation.
    Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay admitted they planned to blow themselves up using homemade bombs.

    But Shukrijumah’s mother — who did not wish to be named in order to protect her privacy — says authorities are using her son as a scapegoat.Prosecutors say it was Shukrijumah who called the shots — probably from somewhere along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
    “[Shukrijumah] was the one that convinced … them to come back to the United States and conduct the attack here,” LeBlanc says.
    “That is not my son. My son is not a violent person. He is very kind, generous,” she says.
    Shukrijumah — the eldest son of a Saudi Imam — came to America as a young child.
    They settled in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached at a mosque. They lived at a nearby house before moving to Florida in the mid-’90s.
    His father, who is now dead, opened a small mosque near Fort Lauderdale.
    Meanwhile, Shukrijumah worked at odd jobs, including selling used cars. His family says it’s how he paid for courses, including computers and chemistry, at a small college in South Florida. He even took classes to improve his English.
    A few years later, when the FBI said they wanted to find him, Shukrijumah’s English professor remembered videotaping him in class and turned over the tape to the FBI. That proved crucial six years later.
    On a hunch, LeBlanc asked agents in New York to show that video of Shukrijumah to would-be bomber Zazi.
    “From that video, he was able to make an identification,” LeBlanc says.
    The FBI says it now has a more detailed profile of Shukrijumah in part, from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
    Just before 9/11, the FBI says Shukrijumah crossed the U.S. by train. Later, he scoped out the Panama Canal as a target.
    He went to Trinidad, London and — by June 2001 — Afghanistan.
    On 9/11, his mother says he called home for the last time.
    “He called me and he said, ‘Did you hear what happened with so and so and so?’ He said, ‘They’re putting it on the Muslims. I said, ‘yes.'”
    She says she told him not to come home.
    “And he was arguing with me. He said, ‘No, I didn’t do nothing. I will come, don’t worry about this,'” she recalls.
    After that, she says, she never heard from him again.

  50. DXer said

    Authorities hoped to snag El-Shukrijumah in connection with the JFK bomb plot. In that plot, a retired baggage handler approached an informant in Trinidad.

    What do authorities think El-Shukrijumah intended to do immediately after 9/11 when he called his mom to say he was coming to the United States?

    Feds Hoped to Snag Bin Laden Nuke Expert in JFK Bomb Plot
    Published June 04, 2007FoxNews.com
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/06/04/feds-hoped-to-snag-bin-laden-nuke-expert-in-jfk-bomb-plot/

  51. DXer said

    Tom Lee’s claim relating to Bin Laden and the $25 million reward points to the importance of documentary evidence — which the press needs to aggressively press for before belaboring the issue. For example, he has undertaken to publicize his submission of videos to FBI Director Comey — he therefore should release them to the public. With the exception of the McClatchy/Frontline/ProPublica journalists — and Frederick News-Post, shouldn’t everyone place a greater emphasis on obtaining and uploading the contemporaneous documents?

    In reviewing the range of opinion on Amerithrax below, it is interesting to consider which place an appropriate emphasis on contemporary documents. Senior USAMRIID personnel should help things by encouraging John Peterson of USMRC (he is in Texas) to produce the Animal Protocol B01-11 even upon the absence of Sandra at Ft. Detrick. She is off on scheduled leave for the next couple weeks. Organizations should make provision for getting important business done when people are off. Disclosure of the pertinent contemporaneous documents relating to the analysis in Amerithrax is important. Sandra, who has been consistently wonderful and efficient, had reached out to RIID before she left. John is also wonderful but was swimming with anchors tied to his feet prior to February 2010 when all disclosure needed to be done by approval of a large committee of people at DOJ/FBI.

    When the pertinent documents are not avaialable, taxpayer dollars are not being well-spent. $100 million has been spent on Amerithrax, by Dr. Majidi’s estimate — and yet that protocol has not seen the light of day in the 5 years since Bruce Ivins’ suicide.

    Shouldn’t all the opinion-makers place a greater emphasis on the sharing of contemporaneous documents?

    A

    ADAMOVICZ, JEFFREY

    says “he feels morally obligated to continue to pursue the case.”

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/jeffrey-adamovicz-and-gerry-andrews-the-people-who-knew-dr-ivins-and-his-lab-capabilities-better-than-anyone-else-make-powerful-arguments-that-the-fbi-has-not-made-its-case-and-adamowicz-says/

    Former USAMRIID Bacteriology Chief Adamovicz Deposition Excerpt – Disagrees With Government’s Characterization of Bruce Ivins As Sole Custodian Given Originally Stored In Different Building
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/former-usamriid-bacteriology-chief-adamovicz-deposition-excerpt-disagrees-with-governments-characterization-of-bruce-ivins-as-sole-custodian-given-originally-stored-in-different-building/

    ANDREWS, GERARD

    Excerpt from Plaintiff’s filing in Amerithrax civil suit explaining why Dr. Ivins is not perpetrator: Dr. Andrews deposition
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/excerpt-from-plaintiffs-filing-in-amerithrax-civil-suit-explaining-why-dr-ivins-is-not-perpetrator-dr-andrews-deposition/

    ASSAAD, AYAD

    “Ivins Theory” part of a “vicious plot.”

    B

    BATTERSBY, LUANN

    Former colleague Luann Battersby says Ivins was weird, but “not any weirder than a typical scientist.… He was not the weirdest by far I worked with down there.” She says that he was not a “strong person.… I would say he was milquetoast.… The fact that he was a terrorist doesn’t really square with my opinion with who he was.… I’m amazed at all this. I assume there’s evidence and that it’s true, but I certainly never would have suspected him.” She says she is unsure if he had the technical skills to commit the crime. [EVENING SUN, August 10, 2008]

    BYRNE, WILLIAM

    Excerpt from Plaintiff’s filing in Amerithrax civil suit explaining why Dr. Ivins is not perpetrator: Dr. Byrne’s deposition
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/excerpt-from-plaintiffs-filing-in-amerithrax-civil-suit-explaining-why-dr-ivins-is-not-perpetrator-dr-byrnes-deposition/

    C

    COLE, LEONARD

    Rutgers professor and Amerithrax expert Dr. Leonard Cole … there remain important gaps in the FBI’s evidence against Dr. Bruce Ivins
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/rutgers-professor-and-amerithrax-expert-dr-leonard-coles-“there-remain-important-gaps-in-the-evidence-”/

    CONNELL, NANCY

    NAS Panel Member Nancy D. Connell in new treatise: Amerithrax May Never Be Solved
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/nas-panel-member-nancy-d-connell-in-new-treatise-amerithrax-may-never-be-solved/

    COVERT, NORMAN

    Derailing Justice Again
    Norman M. Covert (former USAMRIID public affairs officer)
    http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=3637

    D

    DILLON, KEN

    Ken Dillon asks … Who Was the Real Anthrax Mailer? … the key people in the anthrax mailings were not Bruce Ivins or Steven Hatfill … instead, they appear to have been Ali al-Timimi and Abderraouf Jdey.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/ken-dillon-asks-…-who-was-the-real-anthrax-mailer-the-key-people-in-the-anthrax-mailings-were-not-bruce-ivins-or-steven-hatfill-his-predecessor-as-the-fbis-target-instead-they-app/

    E

    EPSTEIN, EDWARD

    OPINION
    January 24, 2010, 7:33 p.m. ET
    The Anthrax Attacks Remain Unsolved, by Edward Jay Epstein
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704541004575011421223515284.html

    EZEPCHUK, YURIL

    The Bioterrorist Attacks on America, by Yuril V. Ezepchuk (Director of Biological Sciences, University of Colorado) … hypothesis: the hijacker Ahmed Alhaznawi had been infected with the skin form of anthrax

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 4, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/the-bioterrorist-attacks-on-america-by-yuril-v-ezepchuk-director-of-biological-sciences-university-of-colorado/

    F

    FRANZ, DAVID

    “The scientific community seems to be concerned that the FBI is going to blow smoke at us.” Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2008

    G

    GARRETT, LAURA

    Laurie Garrett … the FRONTLINE program has convinced me that Dr. Bruce Ivins is innocent of the 2001 anthrax mailings
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 13, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/laurie-garrett-the-frontline-program-has-convinced-me-that-dr-bruce-ivins-is-innocent-of-the-2001-anthrax-mailings/

    Excerpts from “I Heard The Sirens Scream” by by Pulitzer Prize winning author Laurie Garrett
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/excerpts-from-i-heard-the-sirens-scream-by-by-pulitzer-prize-winning-author-laurie-garrett/

    GAST, ALICE

    Dr. Alice Gast, the head of the NAS panel that reviewed the FBI’s scientific work in the anthrax investigation, says … the paper points out connections that deserve further consideration … the potential value of chemical signatures has not been fully explored … she urges a full review of classified government research on anthrax, which her panel never saw
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/tag/dr-alice-gast/

    GRASSLEY, U.S. SENATOR

    U.S. Senator Grassley … “There are no more excuses for avoiding an independent review and assessment of how the FBI handled its investigation in the anthrax case.”
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/u-s-senator-grassley-there-are-no-more-excuses-for-avoiding-an-independent-review-and-assessment-of-how-the-fbi-handled-its-investigation-in-the-anthrax-case-”/

    Senator Grassley asks the FBI to explain why it retracted a Justice Department filing (in the Stevens case) that Dr. Bruce Ivins lacked access in his lab to the “specialized equipment” needed to dry wet anthrax spores into airborne powder
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/senator-grassley-asks-fbi-to-explain-why-it-suppressed-a-justice-department-filing-in-the-stevens-case-that-dr-bruce-ivins-lacked-access-in-his-lab-to-the-specialized-equipment-needed-to-dry/

    In a Sept 23, 2011 letter to Senator Grassley, the DOJ says that Dr. Ivins made the dried powder in B5 using the lyophilizer even though the DOJ has proved he was in B3 tending to the rabbits, not B5 (the BL-2 lab), at the time the DOJ alleges he made the dried powder. THAT is the contradiction.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/in-a-sept-23-2011-letter-to-senator-grassley-the-doj-says-that-dr-ivins-made-the-dried-powder-in-b5-using-the-lyophilizer-even-though-the-doj-has-proved-he-was-in-b3-tending-to-the-rabbits-not-b/

    H

    HEINE, HENRY

    Army microbiologist Dr. Henry Heine, until now forbidden to speak, says … Ivins is absolutely not the anthrax attacker … it was impossible that the deadly spores had been produced undetected in Dr. Ivins’s laboratory, as the F.B.I. asserts … whoever did this is still running around out there
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 23, 2010

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/army-microbiologist-dr-henry-heine-until-now-forbidden-to-speak-says-ivins-is-absolutely-not-the-anthrax-attacker-it-was-impossible-that-the-deadly-spores-had-been-produced-undetected-in-dr/

    Dr. Henry Heine, former colleague of Dr. Bruce Ivins, freed of the gag order, interviewed on his last day at USAMRIID

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 7, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/dr-henry-heine-former-colleague-of-dr-bruce-ivins-freed-of-the-gag-order-interviewed-on-his-last-day-at-usamriid/

    HOLT, RUSH

    Congressman Rush Holt: The FBI repeatedly bungled the anthrax investigation … I have introduced legislation that would create a special committee to investigate the anthrax attacks

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/congressman-rush-holt-the-fbi-repeatedly-bungled-the-anthrax-investigation-without-any-direct-physical-evidence-tying-dr-bruce-ivins-to-the-attack-the-fbi-declared-in-august-2008-that-iv/

    HUGH-JONES, MARTIN

    International anthrax expert Dr. Hugh Martin-Jones challenges the government to test his team’s hypothesis in a lab instead of with “lawyer talk” … “I hope [the findings] will add to the pressure that the investigation be actively reopened.”
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/international-anthrax-expert-dr-hugh-martin-jones-challenges-the-government-to-test-his-teams-hypothesis-in-a-lab-instead-of-with-lawyer-talk/

    I

    IVINS, DIANE

    On the day of his death, she wrote him a private note assuring him that she knew he had nothing to do with the anthrax mailings.

    J

    JACOBSEN, STUART

    an article by Drs. Hugh-Jones, Rosenberg & Jacobsen highlights key unanswered questions in the FBI anthrax investigation … such as where and how were the anthrax spores in the attack letters prepared?
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/new-article-highlights-key-unanswered-questions-in-the-fbi-anthrax-investigation/

    K

    KAHN, LAURA H.

    The unsolved anthrax murder mystery
    BY LAURA H. KAHN | 23 MARCH 2011
    http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/columnists/laura-h-kahn/the-unsolved-anthrax-murder-mystery

    KEIM, PAUL

    PR’s John Dankowsky interviews Stephen Engleberg, Paul Keim and David Relman … KEIM: there’s no scientific test that can prove that it came from Fort Detrick, Maryland.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/nprs-john-dankowsky-interviews-stephen-engleberg-paul-keim-and-david-relman-relman-the-evidence-linking-the-anthrax-material-in-the-letters-to-the-material-in-the-flask-in-bruce-ivins-lab/

    KINCAID, CLIFF

    Obama Obstructs Oversight of FBI in Anthrax Case
    By Cliff Kincaid
    http://www.worldviewweekend.com:81/worldview-times/print.php?&ArticleID=5964

    KISSIN, BARRY

    Frederick News-Post columnist Barry Kissin – the lynching of Bruce Ivins
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/barry-kissin-the-lynching-of-bruce-ivins/

    L

    LEAHY, PATRICK

    “Tellingly, it was a target of the 2001 anthrax letters – Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont – who told Mueller at a 2008 hearing that he seriously doubted the findings of the FBI’s long and complicated anthrax investigation.”
    “FBI’s longtime director faces criticism of bureau again,” Apr 27, 2013
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/27/us-usa-security-mueller-idUSBRE93Q04D20130427

    LIGGETT, CLAIRE FRASER-

    FBI genetics expert Claire Fraser-Liggett … I think that the (FBI’s use of the) evidence on science probably was misleading … I have no way to know whether or not Bruce Ivins was really the perpetrator
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 13, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/fbi-genetics-expert-claire-fraser-liggett-this-is-not-an-airtight-case-by-any-means/

    Claire Fraser-Liggett: the genetic analysis of the spores in Ivins’ flask does not indicate Ivins is guilty
    Posted on May 20, 2009
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/clair-fraser-liggett-the-genetic-analysis-of-the-spores-in-ivins-flask-do-not-indicate-ivins-is-guilty/

    LITTLE, STEPHEN

    Deposition Excerpt of USAMRIID Scientist Stephen Little: Bruce Ivins would not have had skill, equipment, or ability to decontaminate equipment
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/deposition-excerpt-of-usamriid-scientist-stephen-little-bruce-ivins-would-not-have-had-skill-equipment-or-ability-to-decontaminate-equipment/

    M

    MARKON, JERRY

    Justice Dept. takes on itself in probe of 2001 anthrax attacks
    By Jerry Markon,January 27, 2012
    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-01-27/politics/35441863_1_bruce-e-ivins-anthrax-killer-anthrax-attacks

    N

    NADLER, CONGRESSMAN

    Nadler Renews Call for Independent Investigation of Anthrax Attacks
    Mar 4, 2010
    https://nadler.house.gov/press-release/nadler-renews-call-independent-investigation-anthrax-attacks

    NADLER, ERIC

    THE FANTASY WORLDS OF BRUCE IVINS AND THE FBI (video)
    Posted On: March 5, 2010
    http://www.anthraxwar.com/1/?p=538

    NASS, MERYL

    NPR

    NPR: FBI Faulted For Overstating Science In Anthrax Case
    http://www.npr.org/2011/02/15/133775495/fbi-faulted-for-overstating-science-in-anthrax-case

    O

    OLBERMAN, KEITH
    Excerpt on anthrax mailings from Keith Olbermann’s PITCHFORKS AND TORCHES
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/excerpt-on-anthrax-mailings-from-keith-olbermanns-pitchforks-and-torches/

    P

    PENCE, MIKE

    Congressman Mike Pence & Pulitzer prize winning science writer Laurie Garrett agree on Anthrax Mailings.. Pence: “I don’t know who sent it” — I am afraid we may have missed the off-ramp to the truth.” … Garrett: “I get outraged because the FBI completely botched the investigation on the anthrax.”
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/congressman-mike-pence-pulitzer-prize-winning-science-writer-laurie-garrett-agree-on-anthrax-mailings-pence-i-dont-know-who-sent-it-i-am-afraid-we-may-have-missed-the-off-ramp-to-t/

    POSNER, GERALD

    Keith Olbermann interviews investigative reporter Gerald Posner … the FBI anthrax case is severely flawed
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/keith-olbermann-interviews-investigative-reporter-gerald-posner-the-fbi-anthrax-case-is-sverely-flawed/

    R

    RELMAN, DAVID

    In Have We “Met the Enemy”?, Science 3 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6068 pp. 540-541, Dr. David Relman, who had been vice-chairman of the NAS Committee, explains:
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/in-have-we-met-the-enemy-science-3-february-2012-vol-335-no-6068-pp-540-541-dr-david-relman-who-had-been-vice-chairman-of-the-nas-committee-explains/

    an interview with David Relman, vice chair of the NAS review committee, reveals clearly that the science cannot prove that Dr. Bruce Ivins is the sole perpetrator or even involved … and, by the way, it seems Al Qaeda had Ames anthrax
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/an-interview-with-david-relman-vice-chair-of-the-nas-review-committee-reveals-clearly-how-that-the-fbi-botched-the-scientific-investigation-of-the-2001-anthrax-attacks-and-that-the-science-cannot/

    ROSENBERG, BARBARA

    S

    SCHACHTLER, NOAH

    Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy? | Wired Magazine
    http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/ff_anthrax_fbi/

    SPERTZEL, RICHARD

    Richard Spertzel in WSJ: Bruce Ivins Wasn’t the Anthrax Culprit
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/bruce-ivins-wasnt-the-anthrax-culprit/

    STEVENS, MAUREEN

    Widow Of Anthrax Victim Doubts FBI’s Conclusion
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2011/05/19/widow-of-anthrax-victim-doubts-fbis-conclusion/

    T

    TUCKER, JONATHAN

    Bioweapons expert Jonathan Tucker noted in his 2010 NATO briefing that skeptics had pointed out numerous holes in the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” (and see 2013 book)
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/bioweapons-expert-jonathan-tucker-noted-in-his-2010-nato-briefing-noted-that-skeptics-had-pointed-out-numerous-holes-in-the-fbis-ivins-theory-and-see-2013-book/

    U

    ULRICH, MELANIE

    Melanie Ulrich: “Ex-colleague [assistant] questions government’s case against anthrax suspect”
    August 08, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
    http://articles.herald-mail.com/2008-08-08/news/25159866_1_bruce-ivins-anthrax-samples-powdered-anthrax

    W

    WELKOS, SUSAN

    USAMRIID Scientist Susan Welkos deposition excerpt : No data suggesting Dr. Ivins is guilty
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/usamriid-scientist-susan-welkos-deposition-excerpt-no-data-suggesting-dr-ivins-is-guilty/

    WORSHAM, PATRICIA

    Deposition Excerpt of Patricia Worsham in Stevens v. United States: Product Could Not Have Been Made At USAMRIID With Equipment She Has Seen At USAMRIID
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/deposition-excerpt-of-patricia-worsham-in-stevens-v-united-states-product-could-not-have-been-made-at-usamriid-with-equipment-she-has-seen-at-usamriid/

    Y

    YAMKOVENKO, STEPHANIE

    Stephanie Yamkovenko of Frederick Gorilla summarizes elements of the FBI’s non-existent case against Dr. Ivins
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/stephanie-yamkovenko-summarizes-elements-of-the-fbis-non-existent-case-against-dr-ivins/

    Z

    ZELICOFF, ALAN

    Dr. Alan Zelicoff, the head of Saint Louis University’s Institute in Biosecurity, has serious doubts about the government’s official explanation of Amerithrax
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/dr-alan-zelicoff-the-head-of-saint-louis-universitys-institute-in-biosecurity-has-serious-doubts-about-the-governments-official-explanation-of-amerithrax/

    Reply

    • DXer said

    October 21, 2013 at 9:44 am
    There is widespread media agreement with Rep. Holt’s views, to include repeated editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Post, Frederick News-Post, Hartford Courant, and Palm Peach Post.

    1. New York Times

    New York Times … the FBI’s anthrax case against Dr. Ivins is not convincing … an independent assessment is needed

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 28, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/new-york-times-fbis-anthrax-case-against-dr-ivins-is-not-convincing-independent-assessment-is-needed/

    a NYT editorial, showing no confidence in the FBI’s unraveling case against Dr. Bruce Ivins, calls for an independent review of the FBI’s anthrax investigation to assure that the culprits are not still at large … LMW: it is long past time to hold Director Mueller accountable for the FBI’s investigative failures and for the FBI’s purposeful withholding of documents that are required to be released by FOIA

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 18, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/the-nyt-calls-for-an-independent-review-of-the-fbis-anthrax-investigation-lmw-it-is-long-past-time-to-hold-director-mueller-accountable-for-the-fbis-investigative-failures-and-for-the-fbi/

    2. Washington Post

    Washington Post editorial (10/21/11) calls for independent review of FBI investigation of Dr. Bruce Ivins in 2001 anthrax attacks … LMW: it is long past time to hold FBI Director Mueller accountable for the pathetically botched Amerithrax investigation

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 22, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/washington-post-editorial-102111-calls-for-independent-review-of-fbi-investigation-of-dr-bruce-ivins-in-2001-anthrax-attacks-lmw-it-is-long-past-time-to-hold-fbi-director-mueller-accountab/

    3.

    Washington Post editorial calls for Congressional commission to probe all evidence in the anthrax case

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 18, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/washington-post-editorial-calls-for-congressional-commission-to-probe-all-evidence-in-the-anthrax-case/

    4. New York Post

    NY Post editorial: a group of eminent scientists have found that the FBI’s Amerithrax conclusions may be shockingly wrong … (the FBI) clearly can’t be trusted to judge cases that reflect badly on its own conduct

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 24, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/ny-post-editorial-a-group-of-eminent-scientists-have-found-that-the-fbi’s-amerithrax-conclusions-may-be-shockingly-wrong-the-fbi-clearly-can’t-be-trusted-to-judge-cases-that-r/

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/frederick-news-post-editorial-calls-for-creation-of-congressman-rush-holts-anthrax-investigation-commission/

    5. Hartford Courant

    Hartford Courant: Anthrax Attacks Still A Mystery After 10 Years … LMW: is it possible FBI Director Mueller, an intelligent man for sure, doesn’t know the FBI has failed to make a convincing evidence-based case against Dr. Ivins? … and what does it mean if he does know but won’t admit it?

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 4, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/anthrax-attacks-still-a-mystery-after-10-years/

    6. Palm Beach Post

    Rep. Rush Holt is still trying to use the powers of government to review the FBI’s flawed investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks.

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 27, 2013

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/rep-rush-holt-is-still-trying-to-use-the-powers-of-government-to-review-the-fbis-flawed-investigation-of-the-2001-anthrax-attacks/
    October 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    7. NATURE

    Editorial
    Nature 454, 917 (21 August 2008) | doi:10.1038/454917a; Published online 20 August 2008
    Case not closed
    The FBI says it has evidence showing that Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks — but with his death, this will not be tested in court. A full enquiry into the case is needed if justice is to be done.
    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v454/n7207/full/454917a.html

    8. BALTIMORE SUN-FRONTLINE

    Baltimore Sun/Frontline … if Ivins was not the person who sent the anthrax, then that killer is still on the loose … and we are left with an FBI that not only failed to solve such a huge case, but overstated and maybe lied about what it did accomplish.
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/baltimore-sunfrontline-if-ivins-was-not-the-person-who-sent-the-anthrax-then-that-killer-is-still-on-the-loose-and-we-are-left-with-an-fbi-that-not-only-failed-to-solve-such-a-huge-case-but/

    9. TIMES OF TRENTON

    Editorial: Decade after anthrax mail attacks, questions still remain
    Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 6:55 AM
    By Times of Trenton Editorial Board
    http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2011/10/editorial_decade_after_anthrax.html

    10. DAILY PRINCETONIAN

    New leads in anthrax case
    By DAILY PRINCETONIAN STAFF
    Published: Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
    http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2011/10/12/29020/

  52. DXer said

    It was after I read Lance WIlliam’s brilliant late November 2001 article that I contacted the USG via the CIA in 2001.

    Lance William’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle raised the question:

    Who did Brooklynite Dahab, trained by EIJ chief of intelligence Ali Mohammed to send lethal letters, tell Bin Laden that he and Ali Mohammed had recruited when they went to Afghanistan to report on their recruitment efforts?

    Although best known for having lived in Silicon Valley, Dahab for a time had been head of the Blind Sheik’s Services Organization in Brooklyn.

    Didn’t he recruit Adnan El-Shukrijumah? El-Shukirjumah was that “angry young man” that statistical studies show is more prone to recruitment.

    Lance Williams. Bin Laden’s Bay Area recruiter Khalid Abu-al-Dahab signed up American Muslims to be terrorists, San Francisco Chronicle, November 21, 2001.
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bin-Laden-s-Bay-Area-recruiter-Khalid-2852208.php

    In his confession, Dahab said he and another admitted terrorist from Silicon Valley, former U.S. Army Sgt. Ali Mohamed, had traveled to Afghanistan in the mid-1990s to report to bin Laden on their success in recruiting Americans.

    Recruiting terrorists with U.S. passports was a top priority, bin Laden said. …

    Dahab’s confession supports the view of many terrorism experts that al Qaeda has “sleeper” operatives on station in the United States for future terrorist attacks.

    Khaled Duran, an author and terrorism expert who has written about the Silicon Valley cell, said it was “perfectly credible” that Dahab and Mohamed had recruited other Americans into the terrorist cell.

    “These people are like missionaries,” he said. “If you want to make a revolution, you need revolutionaries, and to get them you have to preach, to spread the gospel, so to speak.”

    The recruits would be expected to “fade into the woodwork” until the organization needed them, he said.

    The confession also sheds new light on Dahab, whom bin Laden biographer Yossef Bodansky has called a “high-quality” al Qaeda agent, one of the “senior jihadist operatives in the United States” during the 1990s.

    His story, obtained from accounts of Egyptian court proceedings and interviews with people who knew him, is entwined with that of Mohamed, a former Egyptian military officer and aide to bin Laden who recruited Dahab into al Qaeda, brought him to America and became his handler

    FROM A WEALTHY FAMILY

    People who met Dahab in California say he is handsome and outgoing and speaks excellent English. He said he was from a wealthy Alexandria family: his father was an airline pilot, his mother was a physician, and he also planned a career in medicine.

    But Dahab told acquaintances he had been radicalized by a tragedy that happened when he was a schoolboy: his father, he claimed, had been among 108 people killed in the 1973 crash of a Cairo-bound Libyan Arab Airlines plane that was shot down by Israeli fighter jets when it strayed over the Sinai Peninsula, which at the time was occupied by Israel.

    He claimed that his father’s death — and Egypt’s failure to avenge it — had turned him against the Egyptian government and against Israel and the United States, as well. He said he was drawn toward Islamic Jihad, a radical movement that had assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981 in an effort to remake Egypt into a fundamentalist Muslim state. …

    In 1995, using a fake passport and identity documents, they smuggled Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is bin Laden’s chief deputy and a suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and a long list of other crimes, into the United States from Afghanistan for a covert fund-raising tour in which the terrorist raised as much as $500,000. Part of the money financed the bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Pakistan, Dahab said.

    LEARNED TO MAKE LETTER BOMBS
    Meanwhile, Dahab said Mohamed gave him military training and taught him how to make letter bombs.

    Dahab said he had also worked as an al Qaeda communications specialist, aiding terrorists inside Egypt by patching through their calls to other operatives in Afghanistan and the Sudan. This helped the terrorists plan operations while avoiding electronic surveillance by Egyptian security forces who routinely wiretapped calls between Egypt and countries that harbored jihad terrorists.

    Also in the 1990s, Dahab said, he and Mohamed were told to begin recruiting U.S. citizens of Middle Eastern heritage. …

    Dahab told Egyptian authorities he and Mohamed had found 10 recruits, all of them naturalized U.S. citizens who had been born in the Middle East. The account of the confession did not name the recruits or provide other details about them. But Dahab’s story was consistent with information in U.S. court records about bin Laden’s recruitment of American citizens and al Qaeda’s use of forged U.S. passports.

    In last year’s trial of terrorists implicated in the 1998 bombings of embassies in East Africa, prosecutors in New York said al Qaeda for years had sought to maintain cells and terrorist personnel in the United States.

    2. see also

    Susan Sachs and John Kifnera A Nation Challenged: Bin Laden’s Lieutenant; Egyptian Raised Terror Funds in U.S. in 1990’s, New York Times, October 23, 2001.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/10/23/world/nation-challenged-bin-laden-s-lieutenant-egyptian-raised-terror-funds-us-1990-s.html?pagewanted=1

    CAIRO, Oct. 22— In 1995, when American intelligence officials were just beginning to pay attention to Osama bin Laden’s international terrorist network, one of its top commanders slipped into the United States and embarked on a coast-to-coast fund-raising tour and bought satellite communications equipment with the help of Arab-American operatives.

    During his visit, the commander, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, collected thousands of dollars from people who were told that their donations would go to Afghan refugees, according to documents from a little-publicized Egyptian terrorism trial in 1999. The documents were provided by a lawyer for one of the trial’s defendants.

    The court records also depict Dr. Zawahiri, an Egyptian leader of the Muslim extremist group that assassinated President Anwar el-Sadat in 1981, as the tactical chief of the network and Mr. bin Laden as its paymaster.

    That distinction has become all the more interesting since Sept. 11. Mr. bin Laden has been identified by the Bush administration as the mastermind and sponsor of terrorist attacks including those against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Dr. Zawahiri, a Cairo-trained physician whom Egypt has sentenced in absentia to death for his role in assassination plots against government officials, has been portrayed as Mr. bin Laden’s lieutenant.

    But Egyptian experts on terrorism said Dr. Zawahiri had been far more important than the rank would suggest.

    Back in California, near Santa Clara, Mr. Abu el-Dahab said, he operated as a communications link for far-flung Jihad operatives who could not call one another directly. People in Egypt, for instance, would call him and he would patch their call through to Jihad leaders in Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan or Pakistan. (For much of the 1990’s, Egypt cut direct phone links to those countries in an effort to stymie terrorism.)

    In 1995, according to Mr. Abu el-Dahab’s statement, he arranged for Dr. Zawahiri to visit a mosque in Santa Clara and solicit money during the visit to the United States. Before his arrival, he said, Dr. Zawahiri called four times to ask about the prices of satellite phones.

    Comment: People who argued in 2001 that assassination and lethal weapons was not the modus operandi of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad needed to read more. Indeed, they naively emphasized Bin Laden and Al Qaeda rather than realizing the importance of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri and Egyptian Islamic Jihad to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program and planning. They were oblivious of the importance of Dahab’s and Ali Mohammed’s operations here in the U.S. in Brooklyn. They still are.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Bin Laden had Dahab come to Afghanistan to train others on how to use gliders in an attack.

      Associated Press International
      February 10, 1999; Wednesday 08:59 Eastern Time

      Egyptian authorities: Militants planned to release leader in glider attack

      CAIRO, Egypt

      Egyptian militants planned to use gliders to mount an attack on a prison in a bid to free their imprisoned leaders, defense ministry officials said Wednesday, but the operation was never carried out.
      The officials said that Khaled el-Sayyed Ali Mohammed, better known as Khaled Abu el-Dahab, told Egyptian authorities that in 1990 the Islamic militant group Jihad asked him to train others to carry out the attack.

      Abu el-Dahab is one of 107 alleged Jihad members being tried for to trying to topple the secular government of President Hosni Mubarak and plotting to carry out attacks on officials and police. Sixty-three of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

      Abu el-Dahab, who holds a U.S. passport, had learned how to fly a glider in San Francisco in the 1980s, said the ministry officials, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
      By 1990, he was training Egyptians in gliding techniques in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

      Jihad leaders there asked him to prepare a plan to carry out a sabotage attack by gliders on the Torah prison that would allow the group’s leaders to flee, the official said.

      The militants aboard the gliders would toss grenades and shoot machine-guns into the prison grounds in order to cover their leaders’ escape.

      Abu el-Dahab did not say whether or not he prepared the plan, the officials said. He returned to the United States the same year.

      Many Muslim militants are serving prison sentences in the prison in the southern Cairo suburb of Torah.

      Abu el-Dahab, who is married to an American, arrived in Egypt in July for a stay with his parents in Alexandria. He was arrested on Oct. 29 while trying to go back to the United States.

      Jihad, or holy war, was responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

      Its leader, Ayman el-Zawahri, is allegedly a close aide of Osama bin Laden the Saudi millionaire blamed for the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania last year. El-Zawahri is believed to be living in Afghanistan.

      Abu el-Dahab revealed that el-Zawahri visited the United States in 1995 to collect money for his group.

      Jihad and the larger insurgent force, the Islamic Group, have been fighting since 1992 to replace the government with strict Islamic rule. More than 1,200 people have died in the insurgency, mostly militants and policemen.

    • DXer said

      Press reporting has yet to delve into Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s years in Brooklyn with his Dad.

      Daily News (New York)

      August 7, 2010 Saturday
      SPORTS FINAL EDITION

      MADE IN U.S.A. TERROR OSAMA DEPUTY’S DAD WAS B’KLYN IMAM, RAISED IN FLA.

      BYLINE: BY SEAN ALFANO and CORKY SIEMASZKO DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS With John Marzulli

      SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 9

      LENGTH: 501 words

      A HOMEGROWN terrorist who plotted several attacks on New York City has been tapped by Osama Bin Laden to be his new No. 2, the feds revealed yesterday.

      Adnan Shukrijumah, whose dad was a Brooklyn imam and who was reared in a Miami suburb, will take his orders directly from Bin Laden.

      ” ‘He’s making operational decisions’ is the best way to put it,” Brian LeBlanc, the FBI’s lead investigator into Shukrijumah, told The Associated Press.

      “He’s looking at attacking the U.S. and other Western countries. Basically through attrition, he has become his old boss.”

      Shukrijumah, 34, replaces Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

      What makes Shukrijumah especially dangerous is that he lived in the U.S. for 15 years and knows how America works, LeBlanc said.

      “He knows how to get a driver’s license,” he said. “He knows how to get a passport.”

      Shukrijumah is also a master manipulator. He was pulling the strings of Najibullah Zazi and the other New York-based terrorists involved in a failed plot to bomb the subways.

      “It was basically Adnan who convinced them to come back to the United States and do this attack,” LeBlanc said. “His ability to manipulate someone like that and direct that, I think it speaks volumes.”

      One of the accused subway plotters, Adis Medunjanin, pleaded not guilty yesterday to a new charge of trying to ram another car on the Whitestone Expressway in January while shrieking to a 911 operator, “We love death!”

      Shukrijumah’s dad was a Muslim missionary, born and raised in Guyana, who was assigned to the Al Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn.

      The father, who died in 2004, also served as translator for blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

      Now his son is on the FBI’s most wanted list, with a $5 million bounty on his head, believed to be hiding out in northwestern Pakistan.

      His mom told the Daily News last month he didn’t hate the U.S. or Americans but said she hadn’t heard from him in years.

      “He hates the way the world is corrupting human nature,” Zuhrah Ahmed, 49, said at her home in Miramar, Fla. “Maybe he was chosen by God to make people realize that Islam is a better way of life?”

      Slight, asthmatic and one of five kids, the Saudi-born Shukrijumah was studying chemistry and computer science at a local community college in the 1990s when he chose to become a terrorist.

      He was angry over attacks against Muslims in Chechnya and Bosnia, the FBI says. He reportedly moved first to Trinidad, and just before the Sept. 11 attacks he made it to an Al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.

      There, Shukrijumah met another American-raised jihadist, Jose Padilla, and began his rise to the top of the terror network by scrubbing pots in the camp kitchen.

      By 2004, Shukrijumah was on American radar and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft dubbed him a “clear and present danger.”

      Shukrijumah is also a suspect in terror plots against Norway and the United Kingdom and is believed to have hatched a plan to bomb the Panama Canal.

    • DXer said

      Agence France Presse — English

      March 20, 2003 Thursday
      FBI searches for alleged al-Qaeda operative who may be in US
      SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, General News
      DATELINE: WASHINGTON, March 20

      The FBI is actively searching for an alleged al-Qaeda member, a trained pilot who might be in the United States and who could pose an immediate threat to the country, the FBI said Thursday.

      The suspect, identified as Adnan G. al-Shukrijumah, 27, is wanted “in connection with possible threats against the United States”, said FBI spokeswoman Susan Dryden.

      The FBI does not know where he is but believes he may be involved in terrorist activities linked to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.
      If that is correct, the suspect “poses a serious threat to US citizens and interests worldwide,” said Dryden.

      She said al-Shukrijumah was also known as Jaafar al-Tayyar, which translates as Jaafar the pilot.

      The MSNBC television network said the suspect was a trained airline pilot who might be in the United States.

      “The information is accurate,” Dryden said of the television report.

      The FBI says al-Shukrijumah was born in Saudi Arabia, has a Guyana passport, but may also travel with a Saudi, Canadian or Trinidad passport.

      He weighs 70 kilos (154 pounds) and measures 1.75 meters (5 feet eight inches) and is described as Mediterranean-looking, with black hair and eyes.

    • DXer said

      It was foolish for Vahid Majidi to say that the FBI had interviewed all of Atta’s associates. Shurkrijumah had been seen with Atta. See 911 Commission Report. The FBI in fact could not locate Adnan to interview him. That this former FBI WMD guy would make such a basic mistake about Al Qaeda’s WMD guy is not a good thing. It is a mistake that needs to be overcome by the GAO.

      National Public Radio (NPR)

      October 11, 2010 Monday

      SHOW: Morning Edition 11:00 PM EST NPR

      Al-Qaida Mastermind Rose Using American Hustle

      LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

      This week, we’re looking at Americans who’ve allegedly left this country who join the ranks of al-Qaida or its affiliate groups. Today, it’s an American who’s believed to be a terrorist mastermind. Adnan Shukrijumah may be the highest-ranking American in al-Qaida actually responsible for terrorist operations. He grew up in Trinidad. He’s lived in Florida. He seems to have easily moved across U.S. borders.

      NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston traveled to Florida to trace his story.

      DINA TEMPLE-RASTON: It’s lunchtime, and Broward College President David Armstrong tells me about the school’s most infamous student.

      Mr. DAVID ARMSTRONG (President, Broward College): Well, Shukrijumah was a student here approximately 12 to 14 years ago. He was majoring in chemistry, and he was a good student.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: He registered under the name of Jumah El-Chukri, and until a couple of months ago, few had put together that Jumah El-Chukri, the chemistry major, and Adnan Shukrijumah, the al-Qaida operative, were one in the same.

      Mr. ARMSTRONG: I’ve been three years. Did this come up before, Rivka? I actually don’t know.

      Ms. RIVKA SPIRO (Broward College): I thought it was actually an urban myth.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Rivka Spiro handles media for the college.

      Ms. SPIRO: When I first got here, it was like, you know, people would tell me about the college. And one of my colleagues said, well, here’s another thing you should know: We have, in our past, a student who is alleged to be a terrorist. Just so you know.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Urban myth met reality when a Broward professor stumbled on a videotape from an old class.

      Mr. ADNAN SHUKRIJUMAH (al-Qaida Operative): There are some way – wrong things you can in jumping a cable, but I’m going to start by showing you the right way of jump-starting a car.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: That’s Shukrijumah in 1997, teaching classmates how to jump- start a car.

      Mr. SHUKRIJUMAH: First thing, you keep your car running, which is this. With a hot battery, you keep your car running, and don’t shut it off.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: The video emerged as a crucial piece of evidence in a plot to bomb transportation targets around New York City. As it turns out, the suspect in the case, a long-time American resident named Najibullah Zazi, said he’d been sent to the U.S. to launch an attack by an American al-Qaida operative. Zazi didn’t know the operative’s name. The FBI showed the videotape of the student explaining how to jump-start a car. Zazi recognized Shukrijumah.

      Mr. JOSEPH BILLY (Former Assistant Director, Terrorism Division, FBI): I’m Joseph Billy, Jr., former assistant director of the terrorism division, FBI headquarters, Washington, D.C.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Joe Billy was one of the people responsible for tracking Shukrijumah. And he says Shukrijumah understands the importance of choosing terrorists who know their targets.

      Mr. BILLY: His philosophy has been, even years ago, to select and use operatives who come from the area that they hopefully intend to launch attacks against. And I think his strategies now are being employed more so than they have been in years past.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Shukrijumah himself is an embodiment of that strategy: a naturalized American looking to attack his adopted home. He was born in Saudi Arabia in 1975. His father is from Guyana, and his mother from Yemen. He speaks nearly perfect English. He has a U.S. social security card and a Florida driver’s license. In short hair, he looks Hispanic. With a beard, he could pass for a Saudi or South Asian.

      Today, among intelligence officials, he’s known as the Elvis of al-Qaida. That’s because, like Elvis, there have been sightings of him all over the world. And it seems law enforcement always gets there after he’s left the building.

      Joe Billy had to follow-up on those sightings, including rumors that Shukrijumah has been in the United States.

      Mr. BILLY: I don’t believe he’s been here. So – and if he has been here, then he has been successful at eluding and continuing to elude.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Shukrijumah’s mother is easier to find. She still lives in the same one-story house she shared with Adnan in Miramar, Florida. She’s a tiny woman – less than five-feet tall – and she declined to go on tape. She said everyone has already made up their mind about her son, anyway.

      He’s the eldest of six kids. His father, who ran a mosque in Brooklyn in the 1990s, was the interpreter for the man known as the Blind Sheik, who was convicted of planning the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. Officials say that connection was just a coincidence. Mrs. Shukrijumah says her son is no terrorist. He’s too sickly. He has asthma. She says she hasn’t heard from him in years.

      Unidentified Group: (Chanting in foreign language)

      TEMPLE-RASTON: About three miles from the Shukrijumah home in Florida, there’s an Islamic center. It’s run by Sheikh Shafayat Mohammed. Children are at the mosque learning their prayers.

      Unidentified Group: (Chanting in foreign language)

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Mohammed is a heavy-set man from Trinidad. He hired Adnan Shukrijumah’s father as a religious instructor, and Adnan was allowed to lead prayers.

      Mr. SHAFAYAT MOHAMMED (Islamic Teacher): He was really a nice, well-mannered boy. I must admit that 199 percent. He was really liked by everybody.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Adnan had a sense of humor, a certain charisma. Mohammed said Adnan wasn’t radical or even remotely anti-American. In fact, it was just the opposite.

      Mr. MOHAMMED: You could see that there was in him that desire to enjoy cars, to enjoy the American dream and the American life. So, at one point in time, maybe a couple of years or whatever after he came, you could’ve seen him getting into the American dream life.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: That’s about the time in 1996 that Shukrijumah signed up for classes at Broward and started selling used cars and learning how to fix computers. He did whatever he could to hustle new jobs and make money. And then one day…

      Mr. MOHAMMED: Adnan did disappear.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Friends and relatives say he went to Afghanistan. That would have been in the fall of 1998 or early 1999. When he came back, Shafayat Mohammed says Adnan was different.

      Mr. MOHAMMED: He got little more stern and little more firm and little more hard in his practices and his beliefs.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Intelligence officials say Shukrijumah had been to an al-Qaida camp, where, because of his asthma, he had to wash dishes and do menial work. Then, in much the same way he hustled jobs in Florida, he worked his way up. He learned to handle AK-47s. He studied topography and surveillance and explosives. Because he had several passports, he could travel easily.

      Mohammed remembers after Shukrijumah returned to Florida, he would disappear for weeks at a time. Officials say the trips were scouting missions for al- Qaida.

      Mr. MOHAMMED: Before 9-11, he disappeared totally, and I think that was about May month. The last we saw him around here was around May of 2001.

      TEMPLE-RASTON: Since then, officials say there were sightings of him everywhere: Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Germany. Now all Shukrijumah leaves in his wake are terrorism plots. Officials say he was behind the 2004 plot to attack financial targets in New York and New Jersey, and then he resurfaced in last year’s subway plot. He’s been indicted, and there’s a $5 million bounty on his head.

      Officials believe he still has one goal: to launch a successful attack against a country where he once lived.

      Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News.

    • DXer said

      Dahab’s confessions were made In the same trial with the confessions about Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s plan to use anthrax against US targets to retaliate for the rendering of EIJ leaders.

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

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      FAS Note: The following article is the first of a series. The subsequent articles may be found here, here, and here.
      ——————————————————————————–

      Title: Islamic Jihad ‘Confessions’ Described

      Document Number: FBIS-NES-1999-0309
      Document Type: Daily Report
      Document Title: FBIS Translated Text
      Document Region: Near East/South Asia
      Document Date: 06 Mar 1999
      Sourceline: MM0903100499 London Al-Sharq al-Awsat in Arabic 6 Mar 99 p 5
      AFS Number: MM0903100499
      Citysource: London Al-Sharq al-Awsat
      Language: Arabic

      Subslug: First of three reports by Khalid Sharaf-al-Din from Cairo: “Surprises in the Trial of the Largest International Fundamentalist Organization in Egypt. Abu-al-Dahab: My Mission Was To Attack the Turah Prison After Dropping a Bomb from a Glider”

      [FBIS Translated Text] In the second-biggest trial of fundamentalist
      organizations in Egypt, since the Jihad Organization trial of 1981 that
      followed the assassination of late Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, the
      leading defendants being tried by the Higher Military Court at Haekstep
      base north of Cairo gave new information about an international
      organization whose policies were in accord with what has been attributed
      to Bin-Ladin, especially in the matter of attacking US interests around
      the world, particularly US embassies in the Middle East, Africa, and
      Southeast Asia.

      The Egyptian security services have continued their investigations in
      the Returnees from Albania case throughout the past four months. More
      than 20,000 pages of investigation report contain the defendants’
      detailed confessions to the nature of their anti-regime activities,
      violent acts inside Egypt, and plans to threaten the state’s stability.
      The defendants’ confessions brought many surprises and details about the
      violent groups’ role, the extent of their activities abroad, and the
      political ambitions they were pursuing through their banned activities.
      Al-Sharq al-Awsat has read the investigation papers.
      The first thread in this case came with the arrest of defendant Ahmad
      Ibrahim al-Najjar in Albania, where he had fled after being sentenced to
      death in the Khan al-Khalili case in 1994 [date as published]. Once
      al-Najjar was captured, members of the organization began to fall one
      after another. He revealed the names of a large number of his partners
      and gave detailed information about the support he got from the Islamic
      Jihad Organization’s leaders, foremost among them Ayman al-Zawahiri,
      ‘Adil ‘Abd-al-Majid, and Tharwat Salah Shihatah, who lives in Britain.
      Al-Najjar, who was sentenced to death in absentia in 1997 [date as published] in the case of the attempt to blow up Khan al-Khalili in central Cairo, said: The confrontation with the United States is a challenge that
      concerns not only Ayman al-Zawahiri or Usamah Bin-Ladin but the entire
      Islamic nation.

      Al-Najjar is among the 12 defendants accused of membership in the Jihad
      Organization who were extradited from Albania to Egypt last July. Another
      defendant extradited from Bulgaria to Egypt is also being tried before
      the court, whose sentences cannot be appealed.
      Forty-three defendants are on trial in person and 64 are being tried in
      absentia, among them Jihad leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (48 years old). He is regarded as the right-hand man of Usamah Bin-Ladin, who is accused by the United States of planning the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam explosions.
      Thirty-nine of the defendants were arrested before and four others were
      detained recently, but no announcement about this was made.
      In his confessions al-Najjar propounded this fundamentalist group’s
      view of US moves in the Balkans. He believes that “though the United
      States supports Bosnia’s Muslims, it does not want to see jihad exist in
      Europe because it fears that the presence of Islamic forces in the
      Balkans would repeat what happened in Afghanistan.”

      Nonconventional Weapons [subhead]

      The most controversial point in the confessions of the defendants from
      the Albanian fundamentalist group was the confirmation that pro-Bin-Ladin
      elements had obtained germ and biological weapons by post at a cheap
      price. Factories in the former Eastern Europe supply viruses that cause
      fatal diseases, such as E-Coli and Salmonella, without checking the
      identities of the purchasers. The important thing for them is payment of
      the invoice in advance. One of the organization’s members secure an offer
      to supply samples of anthrax gas [as published] and other toxic gases
      from a factory in a Southeast Asian country. The germs were offered at a
      price of $3,685, including shipping costs. A laboratory in Indonesia
      exported serums to the Islamic Moro Front, which has close ties with
      pro-Bin-Ladin groups and with Arab Afghans and Balkans [as published]. It
      is believed that the Moro Front has large quantities of toxic gases.
      In another part of the investigation the defendants said that a
      laboratory in the Czech Republic had agreed to provide samples of the
      lethal butolinum germ at $7,500 a sample. The laboratory did not query
      the purpose for which this lethal substance would be used. The security
      services’ report on this point said that it is possible to use a
      microscopic quantity of these viruses [as published] to kill hundreds of
      people by inhaling it or eating contaminated food.
      The security services monitored contacts that elements abroad made with
      members inside the country to urge them to carry out new operations
      against police officers with the aim of undermining security. The
      security authorities exerted great efforts to monitor these elements and
      succeeded in getting back 12 leading members from Albania, another group from Arab and African countries, in addition to defendants seized in the [Nile] Delta area as they were preparing to carry out new operations,
      specially the al-Minufiyah group. The latter included ‘Amr ‘Ali, Sayyid
      Jum’ah, Majid Muhammad Mulukhiyah, Muhammad ‘Abd-al-Mu’min Yusri, ‘Ali ‘Abd-al-Raziq Abu-Shanab, Sa’id Muhammad ‘Abd-al-Ghaffar, and Muhammad ‘Abd-al-Mun’im, in addition to Ahmad Sayyid Ibrahim al-Najjar, who was sentenced to death in the Khan al-Khalili case. Among the arrested defendants were Jad Abu-Sari’ al-Qannas, Samir al-‘Attar, Sabri Ibrahim al-‘Attar, Mahmud al-Sayyid ‘Abd-al-Dayim, Muhammad Husayn, Ashraf ‘Ali Isma’il, Samir ‘Abd-al-Mun’im, Hasan Muhammad Hasan, ‘Abdallah Muhammad
      al-Bakri, Sayyid Muhammad ‘Ali Mansur, Muhammad Muhammad Shalgham, ‘Imad
      Ahmad Hasanayn, ‘Awad Hasan Mutawalli, Na’im ‘Abd-al-Na’im, Hisham
      Abazah, and ‘Ali al-‘Arif.
      The investigations conducted by the security services and the Higher
      State Security Prosecution Office with the defendants revealed a number
      of new changes in the Islamic groups’ ways of action and therefore the
      means of confronting and monitoring them. The defendants’ confessions
      showed that the organizations adopted new mechanisms, most noticeably the
      following:
      They expanded the scope of their targets. They stopped limiting them to
      Egyptian and Arab figures and installations and included the interests of
      the major powers, specially US and French interests, because of their
      involvement, according to the defendants, in the pursuit of the
      organization’s members inside and outside their territories. According to
      defendant Sa’id Salamah’s confessions, targeting these countries’
      interests was bound to have a massive media value, and this would confirm
      the organization’s capabilities, which some quarters had begun to doubt.
      They diversified the targets and did not limit them to the blowing up of
      installations. This change included the kidnapping of figures and
      hostages “so as to bargain with the ruling regimes and security services
      for the release of the detained members of the Islamic Group [IG] or
      other pro-loyal groups, as defendant Ahmad Ibrahim al-Najjar said in his
      confessions.

      They launched joint action with other groups and organizations, both
      local groups and others operating outside their countries. They sought to
      reduce the ideological and jurisprudential differences between the
      various groups that were active in armed action. The defendants’
      confessions revealed that coordination was indeed made between the main
      groups of Jihad, the Vanguards of Conquest, the IG, and the groups that
      split from it. Meanwhile, this new action was carried out under the
      umbrella of what was called the Army for the Liberation of Islamic Holy
      Places, which is reportedly led by Usamah Bin-Ladin, who has become the
      highest organizational term of reference for all the jihad groups.
      They refrained from targeting countries and areas that constituted safe
      havens for these groups and where it was easy to move.

      A Bomb From a Glider [subhead]

      On the other hand, Egyptian judicial sources said that recently
      arrested elements from the Jihad Organization involved in the case
      intended to carry out an airborne landing operation to spring some of the
      organization’s leaders in Turah Prison south of Cairo. They said that one
      of these elements, Khalid Abu-al-Dahab, who has both Egyptian and US
      citizenship, confessed to the investigators interrogating the defendants
      in the Albanian Arabs’ case. He said that the organization’s leaders
      residing in Afghanistan had given him the task of planning an attack on
      the Turah Prison to facilitate the escape of a number of IG leaders. No
      date was set or preparations made for the plan, which involved dropping
      explosives from an Adeltap [name as transliterated] glider to cause an
      explosion in the prison. The aim was to create panic so that the glider
      could then land near the cells where the Islamic Jihad members were
      detained and release them. Most of the fundamentalist elements are kept
      in this complex, which comprises five blocks where prisoners are held in
      heavily guarded cells and is known as the al-‘Aqrab Prison. Abu-al-Dahab
      added that he learned how to fly this type of glider at a civil flying
      school in San Francisco and had then gone to Afghanistan in the early
      1990s where he trained three Jihad members to use it. He stressed that he
      left Egypt for the United States in 1986 and joined the Albanian Arabs a
      year later.

      Al-Najjar’s Confessions [subhead]

      The confessions of the first defendant in the Albanian Arabs’ case,
      Ahmad Ibrahim al-Najjar, filled 143 pages that detailed the
      investigations conducted by the Higher State Security Prosecution Office
      before the whole case was referred to the military judiciary. He said
      that he belonged to the second generation of the Jihad and IG alliance,
      which was launched at the time by ‘Abbud al-Zummar, Najih Ibrahim, and
      Muhammad ‘Abd-al-Salam Faraj with the blessing of Shaykh ‘Umar
      ‘Abd-al-Rahman. This alliance assassinated President al-Sadat in 1981
      during the military parade that was held to commemorate Egypt’s
      celebrations of the October victory. He added that the military court
      sentenced him at that time to three years in prison and that he had been
      released at the end of 1984. Al-Najjar had not ceased his banned
      organizational activities from the day he was released to this day.
      Following his release, he revived the Jihad Organization in 1988 by
      recruiting some members in the Nahiya [as transliterated] area in
      al-Jizah governorate. But the Egyptian security services arrested his
      group, which was then known as “Islamic Punishment” [al-Qasas al-Islami].
      Al-Najjar tried to form another group after his release in order to carry
      out armed operations and overthrow the regime. But he decided to flee
      from Egypt for good after the security services discovered his extremist
      group, which was planning to damage Egypt’s economy by blowing up the
      tourist quarter of Khan al-Khalili in the Holy al-Azhar area.
      Al-Najjar went on to confess that he succeeded in entering Yemeni’s
      territories, where he lived in Sanaa for a short time during which he was
      in contact with defendant Yusuf al-Jindi, the second man in the Khan
      al-Khalili case, who remained in hiding before the Egyptian security
      services arrested him. Al-Jindi lived in the Kirdasah [as transliterated]
      area, west of Cairo. Contacts between al-Najjar and al-Jindi continued
      throughout the former’s stay in Sanaa until al-Jindi was discovered and
      referred to the military court, which sentenced him to life imprisonment
      with hard labor in Case No. 60 for the year 1994 — military crimes.
      During the trial, al-Najjar was deeply fearful that al-Jindi would reveal
      his whereabouts and his role in the region and hence prompt the Egyptian
      Government to ask the Yemeni authorities to extradite him. He decided to
      flee from Sanaa to a European country and seek political asylum, as other
      leaders of the organization had done in the past.

      Escape From Yemen [subhead]

      A preliminary reading of the policy followed by the Egyptian security
      services to capture and chase this organization’s members clearly shows
      that these services pursued a new policy of pursuing the organization’s
      members outside Egypt’s borders. They put into action mechanisms for the
      extradition and exchange of criminals with most countries, including even
      Ecuador and Uruguay. The latter recently extradited to Egypt Muhammad
      ‘Abd-al-‘Al, one of the IG leaders who was one of the perpetrators of the
      attack on foreign tourists at the Hatshaput Temple in Luxor last year.
      Going back to al-Najjar’s confessions, he said: I knew that the Yemeni
      Government had started full security cooperation with the Egyptian
      authorities. I therefore decided to flee from Yemen to somewhere in East
      Europe or Latin America. At that time I thought that one of the Jihad
      leaders who has been a fugitive for a long time would help me do so. I
      contacted brother ‘Adil ‘Abd-al-Majid, who had political asylum in
      Britain and was living in London. It is known that ‘Adil manages a press
      office called the Office for the Defense of the Egyptian People, which he
      uses to attack the Egyptian Government in anti-regime publications and
      pamphlets. When I told ‘Adil about the situation, he helped by sending me
      $1,500 so that I could leave Yemen. I did succeed in doing so by using
      forged travel documents and arrived in Albania [he said]. On his arrival
      there, a new stage in organizational activity began to revive the Jihad
      Organization, which had received heavy blows from the Egyptian

      Government every time its leadership tried to revive it. According to al-Najjar’s recorded confessions in the investigation file, he worked as a teacher of Arabic and religion after his arrival in Albania in a school belonging to an Islamic charity. He succeeded in gaining the confidence of the society’s Muslim officials within few months and they let him manage the society as a whole. During that period, he renewed contacts with the
      organization’s leaders in London and with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the
      organization’s leader abroad. Contacts with ‘Adil ‘Abd-al-Majid and
      Tharwat Salah Shihatah were easy. He added: Telephone calls to
      al-Zawahiri were very difficult and were held through an internet site.
      The matter became even more complicated after al-Zawahiri’s whereabouts in Geneva, Switzerland, were discovered and he decided to escape to another destination which was unknown even to al-Najjar. He said that the organization’s leaders have not abandoned their ideas and are still working to establish a highly organized and well financed and planned armed group to achieve their objectives of seizing power in Egypt. He believes that they have maintained this objective since the coup planned by Jihad in 1981 and despite the Egyptian Government’s success in hitting the organization and liquidating [as published] it.
      Al-Najjar stressed in his confessions that al-Zawahiri was installed as leader by the Jihad members abroad several years ago and that ‘Abbud al-Zummar, the former leader now carrying out a life sentence in the assassination
      of President al-Sadat’s case, is not the actual leader any more and has
      no organizational authority.
      This information explains the conflict between the organization’s leaders
      in prison and the fugitive leaders abroad over the initiatives to stop
      acts of violence which were announced by the imprisoned leaders and
      rejected by those abroad. Al-Najjar said: The Jihad’s organizational
      structure now is very complicated because a large number of its leaders
      are living abroad, and those living in Egypt are keen not to endanger
      themselves. He added that he did not know all the members or the nature
      of their tasks but knew that Tharwat Shihatah, the lawyer who fled to
      London, was in charge of security inside the organization and his
      responsibilities included protecting members, information, and documents,
      and dealing with attempts to infiltrate it. This is apparently the
      organization’s intelligence service, which is in charge of protecting the
      organization and purging it. ‘Adil ‘Abd-al-Majid, who also fled to
      London, is in charge of the social committee that takes care of members
      inside and outside Egypt and provides the necessary funds for members
      when they flee from Egypt or when they need funds for specific purposes
      inside the country.

  53. DXer said

    Adnan El Shukrijumah received his SSN 109-84-0648 in NY State in 1995, he would have been 20 years old. He would have been about 18 at the time of WTC 1993.

    Adnan was in Brooklyn with his father, a translator for Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, who was a Brooklyn imam for five years or so.

    Did Adnan know Odeh, currently on trial for cigarette smuggling? As I recall. the Blind Sheik’s paralegal Abdel Sattar had invested $10,000 in his baby formula business, according to WTC 1993 trial testimony.

    Odeh has been charged with recruiting to have witnesses killed on a phone call from Rikers. I find that odd. Aren’t outgoing calls routinely monitored and/or taped with notice given to inmates?

    Cigarette smuggling suspects charged in murder plot – USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/17/…for…/3004063/‎
    Oct 17, 2013 – Police said evidence of the murder plots came during routine monitoringof Ramadan’s telephone calls from inside Rikers Island jail, where he’s …

    It seems that so many arrests are made when an undercover hit man is approached. Either people must get away with murder a lot or else there is a substantial chance any hit man approached is an undercover.

    Cigarettes kill several hundred thousand a year in the U.S. It is incongruous (to me) that so much law enforcement is directed to defend against terrorism when the easiest way to save lives would be to work to reduce marketing cigarettes to young people.

    El-Shukrijumah would have succeeded in killing far more Americans if he had gone into marketing of cigarettes than in plotting to blow up a subway car.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/cigarette-smuggling-suspects-charged-plotting-kill-witnesses-article-1.1488579

    • DXer said

      Harman: Who’s out there trying to do us harm?
      http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/17/whos-out-there-trying-to-do-us-harm/

      1. Al Qaeda Central, based in Pakistan, is shielded by armed extremist groups there, including the Taliban and Lashkar e Taiba. While most of the organization’s members have been killed, its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is actively encouraging attacks on the West rather than organizing them directly. He is being advised by American citizen Adam Gadahn, who has unique insight into what messages appeal to the youth of America. Adnan el Shukrijumah, a Saudi who grew up in the United States, is also on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, and remains at large. He is allegedly responsible for al Qaeda North America operations. Shukrijumah allegedly helped orchestrate an attempted attack on New York’s JFK airport in 2007 and the New York Subway plot in 2009.

      It is unclear whether AQ Central will take the opportunity to rebuild and expand its organization after 2014 when NATO forces leave Afghanistan, but we must prepare for the possibility that America might once again face a significant threat from the lawless areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      Comment:

      Adnan’s brother, Nabil, was also in NYC and about the same age.

      Nabil likely would know who Adnan knew among the Ali Mohammed crowd. Ali Mohammed was the chief of EIJ intelligence and had infiltrated the US Army. He did the recon with Anas Al-Libi leading up to the 1998 embassy bombings. Ali Mohammed would visit Brooklyn where the man he taught how to send lethal letters, Dahab, a Cairo Medical dropout, ran the Blind Sheik’s Services Organization. Ali Mohammed taught the 1993 WTC bombers at the Calverton shooting range.

      The correct analysis to Amerithrax was always closely connected to WTC 1993.

      Vahid Majidi’s failure to swab all suspect labs for the genetically distinctive subtilis, which contaminated the Fall 2001 mailings of anthrax, was foolish given that $100 million was spent on other things that were not productive.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  54. DXer said

    Jeffrey Bartholet, “Terrorist Sleeper Cells: A U.S.-Based Al Qaeda ‘Sleeper Cell’ Was Poised to Launch a Post-Sept. 11 Attack on a Major Washington Target; Would-Be Terrorists Went Underground or Fled U.S. Evidence Indicates Al Qaeda Had Russian Help Developing Anthrax; Al-Zawahiri Believed Involved in Bin Laden’s Biological Weapons Program.” Newsweek, December 9, 2001.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-us-based-al-qaeda-sleeper-cell-was-poised-to-launch-a-post-sept-11-attack-on-a-major-washington-target-would-be-terrorists-went-underground-or-fled-us-74535997.html

  55. DXer said

    Vahid Majidi, former head of FBI WMD, writes:

    “The FBI did investigate and interview everyone that had come into contact with the hijackers and this did not result in identification of an accomplice mailer.”

    To the contrary, the FBI did NOT interview Adnan El-Shukrijumah. Shukrijumah is now Al Qaeda’s head of external operations. This is a very serious mistake for Vahid to make.

    He should correct his text and not market his book until the corrections are made. I appreciate that the FBI does not endorse his book but one nonetheless should correct one’s material mistakes.

  56. DXer said

    Vahid Majidi writes:

    “The responsibility of the raw intelligence interpretation resides with the intelligence analysts. Analysts are also humans which are capable of arriving at correct or incorrect conclusions based on the quality of the raw intelligence. Once the information is collected, the “raw information” is distributed among the IC components, and intelligence analysts start to work on the finished products.”

    In the case of my theory that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the mailer, the key data point I found persuasive was learning that Adnan called on 9/13 from KSM’s house announcing an intention to travel.

    He was Atta’s colleague in Florida. For Vahid to suggest that the FBI interviewed him and ruled him out is total crock. Adnan had already taken off.

    I recalled hearing, rightly or wrongly, from a CIA, DIA contractor type of a meeting between Shukrijumah and KSM and Sufaat.

    (Separately, we have learned that Sufaat lived for a period that fall with KSM and so I find it creditable).

    But I didn’t not ask Sufaat specifically about any meeting — and even if I had he would have politely declined to say.

  57. DXer said

    Dr. Majidi’s answer?

    “The FBI did investigate and interviewed everyone that had come into contact with the hijackers and this inquiry did not result in identification of an accomplice mailer.”

    Ha! No the FBI didn’t. The most notable accomplice and known associate of Mohammed Atta was Adnan El-Shukrijumah. He had already left Florida before the FBI could interview him.

    “… this inquiry did not result in identification of an accomplice mailer.”

    Hey, Dr. Majidi, are you still working on why Adnan El-Shukrijumah called his ma on 9/13/2001 and said he was coming back to the US? He called from KSM’s house. I think maybe there should be a do-over on this issue of the hijacker’s accomplice. It was Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who is now head of Al Qaeda’s external operations.

    If the United States ever is attacked with anthrax and El-Shukrijumah is involved, it will be Vahid Majidi’s responsibility as illustrated by the bonehead argument he makes quoted above.

    • DXer said

      Nor did the FBI interview 911 operative and known Atta associate, Jdey. He was already in the wind.

      It’s really easy, Vahid. You simply say: the FBI was not able to interview operatives Shukrijumah and Jdey because they took off. There is a $5 million reward. If the FBi ever captures them, they will be sure to ask them whether they were the anthrax mailer.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  58. DXer said

    Dr. Majidi writes:

    “What about the detractors that did not know Bruce Ivins? I find these groups to be most interesting as some are outstanding members of the community including law makers and research scientists.”

    Majidi writes:

    “I have done a significant research on numerous websites dedicated to discrediting the findings of the Amerithrax case. They often rely on a singular point out of context and build an incorrect storyline based on an erroneous assumption.”

    The graphics on my website were done by a federal undercover. Methinks sometimes maybe the righthand doesn’t know what the lefthand is doing.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Okay, Vahid. So let’s considerthe merits of my theory that Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer.

    But first, as to an Ivins Theory, I should say that if you have studied this website — Lew’s blog where I have documents uploaded — you should have addressed the rabbit documents. I’ll keep looking — and will read the footnotes — to see if you do.

    Is Adnan’s call to his mom on or about 9/13/2001 saying he was coming to the US out of context? Have I built an incorrect storyline based on an erroneous assumption relating to a asthmatic young man called and told his momma? I’m open to being informed. What do you know about Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s whereabouts on the dates of mailing. What about Jdey? Admit it. You don’t know anything and had no basis for excluding either of them based on their location.

    And as for Yazid Sufaat, heck, Vahid, I was Facebook Friend. I’ve got a crush on his daughter. I think I know him a little better than you do. When he tells me he could do magic and was a member of Malaysian biological weapons program, I wonder why you don’t even address the issue. He’s given filmed interviews on the subject. You instead cited the 911 Commission which cited a 12/2001 interrogation report when he was still lying. (And he continued lying to a significant extent).

    Can you at least acknowledge this public information that the man told his mom he was coming to the US — and he called from KSM’s house? Then we can discuss what type of mission he might have been on.

    We also can consider whether I am right that he met with Yazid Sufaat and KSM. My source is DIA, CIA, and contractor. Am I wrong? It won’t be the first time. Thurman Arnold used to say that some of the things I most vividly remember never really happened.

    • DXer said

      A blogger named Glen Greenwald also famously disagreed with your conclusions. Did Snowden give Mr. Greenwald any NSA documents relating to anthrax? We can disagree with Mr. Greenwald’s on the merits of an issue or on the issue of leaking classified information, but I don’t think anyone can doubt that he has been hugely influential.

  59. DXer said

    Does Vahid Majidi know why Adnan El-Shukrijumah headed off to the US the week after 9/11?

  60. DXer said

    Miami-Herald has joined the FOIA suit brought by the Broward Bulldog.

    Graham: Still no records on 9/11 probe
    MiamiHerald.com-Sep 25, 2013
    … additional links between the residence and other hijackers and terrorist suspects, including Adnan Shukrijumah, a former Miramar resident …
    Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch reportedly replaces commanders

    PanARMENIAN.Net-Sep 23, 2013
    Adnan el Shukrijumah is said, to have taken over as chief of al-Qaeda’s “external operations council” in August 2010. Having lived for more …

  61. DXer said

    Lawsuit asks FBI to release Sarasota 9/11 documents

    Prestancia’s 4224 Escondito Circle, located in a south Sarasota gated community. Investigators believe a Saudi family living there in 2001 had possible connections to hijacker pilots from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    STAFF PHOTO / ELAINE LITHERLAND
    By Michael Pollick
    Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 3:45 p.m.

    Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks that included three hijacker pilots trained in Venice, the terrorists’ alleged interaction with a high-echelon Saudi family that lived in Sarasota remains shrouded in secrecy.

    But Sunshine law and Freedom of Information Act requests filed by an independent South Florida news organization have chipped away at the FBI’s position that information related to the family remain secret.

    Depending on how a federal judge in Broward County rules, the FBI could, theoretically, be compelled to reveal documents and field notes in the case.

    Broward Bulldog editor Dan Christensen and former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham say the documents could shed light on how the locally trained terrorists were managed and supported.

    Graham, former Florida governor and a co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, a Congressional body that investigated the attacks, believes the FBI has covered up Saudi support of the terrorists.

    Graham also chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee during and after 9/11. He has chimed in on the ongoing federal lawsuit by the Broward Bulldog against the FBI and the Department of Justice, filing a 15-page declaration of the facts as he knows them.

    The former senator wants more disclosure about what happened in Sarasota because he feels it may add to a bigger, largely censored subject: Who financed and supported the 9/11 terror attacks?

    “It is a big onion, which is being slowly peeled,” Graham told the Herald-Tribune. “We are continuing with all the means that are still available to us to get this material into the hands of the public.”

    “And the FBI is aggressively resisting the release of any additional documents,” he said. “The question is, why are they doing this? What interest does the FBI have in denying the existence of its own documents?”

    “Beyond that, they have thrown a blanket of national security over virtually everything, and why are they doing that for an event that occurred, soon to be, 12 years ago?”

    ***
    Al-Hijji brought a friend to the games who Hammoud claimed was Adnan El Shukrijumah, a man who was federally indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a terrorist plot to attack New York City’s subway system. The FBI is currently offering a $5 million reward for information leading to El Shukrijumah’s capture, and he is listed by the FBI as being one of the “most wanted terrorists.”

    The plot, uncovered in September 2009, was directed by senior Al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, and El Shukrijumah is thought to have been part of the group’s external operations hierarchy, according to an FBI-issued “Wanted” poster.

    In an interview with the London Telegraph in February 2012, al-Hijji emphatically denied any connection to hijackers, stating that he loved America.

    Al-Hijji acknowledged knowing Hammoud, but said the name “Shukrajumah” did not ring a bell.

  62. DXer said

    Somalia: The Five Accused American Terrorists the U.S. Will Pay $21 Million to Catch
    12 SEPTEMBER 2013
    http://ALLAFRICA.COM/STORIES/201309130194.HTML?PAGE=2

    Adnan G. El Shukrijumah: $5 Million

    Adnan El Shukrijumah, an asthmatic native of Saudi Arabia but considered a U.S. person by the government after living in America for years, is accused of playing a role in a plot to attack the New York City’s subway system in 2009.

    U.S. authorities believe the plot was hatched by senior al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan and El Shukrijumah is “thought to have served as one of the leaders of al Qaeda’s external operations program,” according to the FBI.

    Jaber A. Elbaneh: $5 Million

    Jaber Elbaneh was born in Yemen but hold dual citizenship with the U.S. He lived in New York and the FBI’s Wanted poster for him says that he worked for a time as a salesman and a taxi driver.

    He also allegedly provided material support to al Qaeda and was indicted in absentia as early as 2003. He was reported to have been associated with the Lackawanna Six, a group of terrorists arrested in 2002 after returning to the U.S. from an Afghan terror training camp, but Elbaneh did not return to the U.S. with the others and instead went to Yemen.

    Elbaneh, who The New York Times reported briefly worked in a cheese factory in the U.S., has been in and out of prison in Yemen but the country repeatedly refused to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges.

    Update:

    One of the 5 men listed in the September 12 article, Hammani, is now dead.

    Omar Hammami Dead: American Jihadi Killed In Somalia, Reports …
    Huffington Post-14 hours ago
    MOGADISHU, Somalia — An American who became one of Somalia’s most visible Islamic rebels and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist …

    Comment:

    Now who is a better candidate for anthrax mailer? Shukrijumah? Jdey? Mohammed Junaid Babar from Queens? What about Elbaneh? Can any of them be excluded? Although I have cast my vote for Shukrijumah and Dr. Dillon has cast his vote for Jdey, they all seem like fine candidates, each interesting for different reasons — connections to different players.

    Elbaneh, as I recall, was connected to Khallad Attash, Bin Laden’s bodyguard who attended the January 2000 planning meeting. Also Derwish. He did not need to be present at the real estate closing on September 17, 2001 on his Buffalo home.

    Jdey was part of KSM’s “second wave” and disappeared from Montreal about the time of the mailng. Is he in Turkey with his homely friend? Did he know El-Shukrijumah?

    Elzahabi (a fellow in Minneapolis that I found very interesting) was coming from Ibn Khattab (Arab Chechen leader) in mid-August 2001 when he inexplicably beelined for Minneapolis and had not started his school bus job yet. He filled out the application on September 11, 2001. (Ibn Khattab, who also was connected to Moussaoui, was killed by a poison letter in 2002.) Elzahabi’s trial, was greatly delayed and — as I recall before my coffee this morning — was held incommunicado while awaiting deportation..

    Babar knew the folks in London , such as the one-eyed sheik Abu Hamza who now has finally been brought to the US for prosecution. Babar had arrived from Queens to Lahore by October 30, 2001. He later met Ayman’s chief aide al-Hadi. But the feds may even offer him witness protection and a new identity, and so they perhaps can exclude him based on his outbound flight. (He was the fellow from Queens filmed in Lahore on October 30 talking about killing Americans and noting that his mom had barely escaped from the 9th floor of the WTC, but hey, business is business.)

    Did Babar know Zazi and Shukrijumah?

    Which of these folks be excluded based on their known whereabouts on or about September 18, 2001 and about October 6-9, 2001?

    There was a wealth of Al Qaeda operatives going to and fro.

    The FBI kept quiet about Mohammed Junaid Babar meeting with al-Hadi, Zawahiri’s chief aide, for a very long while — just as they kept mum about Shukrijumah’s connection to Zazi. (I believe Zawahiri’s aide, Al-Hadi, was captured late last year and now is in Guantanamo).

    But returning to the article about some outstanding multi-million bounties, why precisely is there a $5 million reward offered for Elbaneh? From Buffalo, NY, you may remember his association with the Lackawanna defendants and escape from prison.

    • DXer said

      In 2010, attorney James Grable was appointed to represent Elbaneh in connection with the Buffalo indictment.

      Yemen holds Lackawanna 6 figure;
      U.S. seeks Elbaneh’s return here to face terror training charges

      BYLINE: By Dan Herbeck – NEWS STAFF REPORTER

      SECTION: NEWS; FOCUS: TERRORISM; Pg. A1

      Jaber A. Elbaneh, who allegedly helped recruit the Lackawanna Six and is described by the FBI as one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, is once again in custody in his home country of Yemen, The Buffalo News learned Wednesday.

      Federal prosecutors and FBI agents want him returned to Buffalo to face criminal charges in the Lackawanna Six case that have been pending against him since 2002. They charge that he was part of the group of Lackawanna men who trained at an al-Qaida terrorist camp in Afghanistan.

      But because Yemen has no extradition agreement with the United States, authorities said that there is no way of knowing whether Elbaneh, 43, will ever return to face the charges.

      Yemeni authorities have had Elbaneh in custody several times in the past seven years, but Yemen’s government has refused requests from the U.S. government to extradite him.

      “We are aware that he is in custody in Yemen and that he has asked for an attorney to represent him on the charges we filed against him,” U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter said Wednesday afternoon.

      “We do want to prosecute him [in Buffalo], but as you know, there is no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Yemen.”

      Mehltretter and other law enforcement officials declined to discuss how, when or why Elbaneh recently landed in the custody of Yemeni officials. A spokesman at Yemen’s embassy in Washington did not respond to telephone or e-mail messages from The News.

      A Buffalo attorney, James W. Grable Jr., confirmed that he has been assigned by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to represent Elbaneh.

      “I really can’t tell you anything else because I haven’t had a chance yet to talk with [Elbaneh] or his family,” Grable said.

    • DXer said

      Mohammed Junaid Babar from Queens, who decided to leave the week after 9/11, was involved in various bad acts. Arrested in 2004, he was released in 2008 for time serve after his cooperation with the government.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Junaid_Babar

  63. DXer said

    Who did Moussaoui call from jail?

  64. DXer said

    Spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/black-budget-summary-details-us-spy-networks-successes-failures-and-objectives/2013/08/29/7e57bb78-10ab-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story_1.html

    “The summary describes cutting-edge technologies, agent recruiting and ongoing operations. The Post is withholding some information after consultation with U.S. officials who expressed concerns about the risk to intelligence sources and methods. Sensitive details are so pervasive in the documents that The Post is publishing only summary tables and charts online.

    “The United States has made a considerable investment in the Intelligence Community since the terror attacks of 9/11, a time which includes wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction technology, and asymmetric threats in such areas as cyber-warfare,” Director of National IntelligenceJames R. Clapper Jr. wrote in response to inquiries from The Post.

    “Our budgets are classified as they could provide insight for foreign intelligence services to discern our top national priorities, capabilities and sources and methods that allow us to obtain information to counter threats,” he said.

    Among the notable revelations in the budget summary:

    Spending by the CIA has surged past that of every other spy agency, with $14.7 billion in requested funding for 2013. The figure vastly exceeds outside estimates and is nearly 50 percent above that of the National Security Agency, which conducts eavesdropping op”

    Stupid question:

    Under the current scheme, can the CIA operate within the US? We have heard from the former head of the division that (contrary to public understanding) the CIA has offices throughout the United States. For example, people returning from overseas are debriefed.

    But with previous misconceptions being shown to be wrong, I have to ask:

    is it true that the CIA is not “operational” within the US?

    By way of example, consider Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s breach of operational security in calling his mom (while he was living with KSM) on or about 9/13/2001 to tell her he was coming to the US. (And perhaps he had similar communications with a younger sister and brother; if so, that remains classified). Could the CIA put an agent in his mom’s hairdresser — to hear her talk about her week over time? His sister, I believe, works as a home aide. Could her next assignment be a kindly, elderly former operations officer who befriends her and gains her confidence?

    In the case of biodefense counterintelligence operations, the CIA contracts with Battelle. Is that thought to avoid the violation of the statutory framework?

    In Amerithrax, it would have posed an absurd conflict of interest for Battelle to conduct operations in a matter in which a key source of Ames was Battelle itself. (In 1999, both Alibek and Bailey, who came to share a suite with Ali Al-Timimi, were Battelle contractors in connection with aerosol studies). Given I don’t credit “a Battelle Theory” — and instead think Ayman Zawahiri, Yazid Sufaat and Adnan El-Shukrijumah & Co are morally and legally responsible — I haven’t paused too long over the conflict of interest issues relating to Battelle (or the CIA). But I did note with interest the Alibek/Bailey patent to concentrate anthrax with silica filed in Spring 1999 and do note the experience and biography of the co-applicaants for an international patent used to market the know-how abroad.

    That CIA contract with Battelle for counterintelligence analysis relating to biodefense (out of Charlotte, as I recall) seems not to be widely understood.

    In any event, if Ayman Zawahiri is responsible for the anthrax letters, you have to give him his props as a strategist for hoisting the US on its own petard. He and Yazid deemed the hadiths to command use the weapon of your enemy. But using anthrax from US biodefense program also served Al Qaeda’s tactical and strategic interests.

    It’s precisely because of Zawahiri’s trickiness in matters of strategy that the attribution relating to sarin in Syria should be vetted very carefully. About the time I was interviewing Yazid Sufaat, the former Al Qaeda anthrax lab director, he was meeting (unbeknownst to me) with jihadists en route to Syria and was talking about wanting something that hit harder and faster than anthrax. So I would start by asking Yazid what agent(s) he was thinking about.

    If the US is relying on intercepts, transcripts should be provided showing the response of the artillery unit officers. It is to be expected — under any scenario — that there would be panicked calls asking what’s going on. The devil is in the details.

    I think Obama is great. If anyone is going to be able to master the material and make a wise decision (that takes into account the country’s bankruptcy and desire to avoid wars), he’s up to the job.

    Closer to home, someone with a high clearance in a library cafe at Manlius this summer was commenting to me that it was unlawful to identify publicly an undercover agent. But without turning to the law, I believe that law only covers agents for the CIA (not FBI) — and applies abroad. It has been always been assumed that it would be unlawful to conduct operations within the US.

    Moreover,as I pointed out to the fellow at the library, I imagine that a violation of constitutional standards in the Bill of Rights would trump such a statute every time and subject an agency to an action for damages under Section 1983. He argued that in any event there wouldn’t be damages and I suggested that punitive damages were available for violation of a known constitutional standard.

    Another fellow at Casenovia public library last week commented to a librarian that he was glad that the library did not keep records (as he understands things) given he was requesting a book about Tiananmen Square). (In their naivete on such matters, the librarians think that a library computer effectively wipes its content after each user). I commented that the only reason I switched to the MidYork System was to keep some young FBI agent (they get younger and younger) from discovering the secret to Oak Island treasure or god forbid, where in the 9-mile swamp the Loomis Gang gold is hid. The local townspeople widely agree there is no gold but the snakes in the swamp I’ve met aren’t talking.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  65. DXer said

    Here is a Homeland Security News article today (August 14, 2013)

    Twelve years after the fall 2001 anthrax attacks, and six years after the 2007 FBI’s determination that Bruce Ivins, a top government anthrax researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), was the perpetrator of the attacks (Ivins died in 2008 of apparent suicide), lawmakers and USAMRIID scientists insist that the FBI’s conclusions are not supported by scientific evidence – indeed, that some basic scientific facts make the Bureau’s conclusions untenable.

    Bruce Ivins was FBI’s only suspect prior to and following his 2008 suicide. After years of requests from lawmakers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has opened an investigation into the scientific methods used by the FBI to determine that researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of a 2001 series of anthrax attacks that killed five and injured seventeen.

    Ivins, a top government anthrax researcher at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) since 1980, had been interviewed throughout the FBI investigation. He died in 2008 in an apparent suicide by acetominaphen overdose, as the FBI and Department of Justice were preparing to charge him in the attacks.

    According to the Frederick News-Post, U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-New Jersey), whose district was the mailing point for the anthrax-laden letters, has been requesting the GAO to investigate the scientific methodology used by the FBI in concluding, since 2007, that Ivins was the perpetrator.

    Bolstering the efforts of Holt and other lawmakers is a 2011 report from a National Research Council (NRC) committee which determined that the conclusions reached by the FBI were not supported by science. At USAMRIID, three of Ivins’s coworkers raised issues that were never addressed by the FBI investigation.

    Henry Heine, a friend of Ivins, said that USAMRIID did not have the equipment necessary to dry the number of spores that were sent. Heine’s estimate was that it would have taken Ivins months to grow the volume of anthrax spores that was mailed.
    Heine pointed out that nearly thirty gallons of anthrax culture would be needed to produce the spores that were mailed, and USAMRIID did not have a fermenter that could handle such a large quantity. Additionally, the only fermenter the center did have was out of order at the time.

    According to a separate Frederick News-Post report, Gerard Andrews and Jeffrey Adamovicz, both of whom served as Ivins’s supervisors, pointed out that there are several other problems with the FBI’s methodology, some of which involve ignoring crucial evidence.

    Both pointed out that the FBI ignored the presence of silicone and tin in the samples gathered from the mailings, but not found in the samples provided by Ivins’s lab. This means that the anthrax samples may have been genetically similar, but not chemically similar.

    Another bacteria, Bacillus subtilis, was not found in the Ivins-provided flask, but was found in the mailings to media outlets.

    “Additionally, it was a genetically unique strain that was not worked on at USAMRIID, let alone Ivins’ lab,” said Andrews. He added that “that forensic marker is critical to exonerating USAMRIID and Bruce Ivins.”

    Patrick Eddington, a senior policy advisor to Holt, said, “There needs to be an exhaustive explanation of how the FBI handles cases like this.” Pointing to several other Bureau blunders, Eddington added that the FBI is “still out of their depth when it comes to dealing with cases with this kind of science.”

    For its part, the FBI has said that it relied on the totality of it investigation, not just on the science, that lead it to conclude Bruce Ivins’s culpability in the anthrax mailings.

    • DXer said

      The totality of its investigation? Let’s consider the totality.

      They relied on a counselor, Judith McLean, who since has written a book explaining that she was controlled by an alien who implanted a microchip in her butt and that she was being pursued by murderous astral entities attached to her clients in her new part-time counseling gig.

      They withheld all the documents relating to Bruce Ivins’ work with killing the 52 rabbits which explained why he was in the lab those nights and weekends.

      They concocted a specious code based on the unsupported claim that the “T” in NEXT was doublelined.

      They withheld for a couple years — and never mentioned — the formal conclusion by the head of the USPIS lab that Bruce E. Ivins probably did not write the anthrax letters or envelopes.

      They withheld for a half decade the formal conclusion by the head of the USPIS lab comparing the handwriting to Atta’s handwriting.

      They falsely claimed that the stamp was uniquely sold in Dr. Ivins post office when in fact — even crediting the print defect analysis — that it was sold throughout Virginia and Maryland.

      At the early August 2008 press conference, they falsely claimed that Dr. Ivins could have used the lyopilizer to dry the anthrax even though knew the lyophilizer was not in the B3 where Dr. Ivins where Ivins was.
      .
      The lead prosecutor was the father of the defense lawyer who represented “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Al-Timimi for free. The White House Chief of Sfaff Andrew Card had written a recommendation for Al-TImimi to get him his position as an insider in the same hallway as the Biodefense Center and Hadron folks led by former Russian bioweaponeer / Ames anthrax researcher Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey. Alibek and Bailey had invented a patent to concentrate anthrax using silica in Spring 2001. They shared a suite with Ali Al-Timimi.

      Amerithrax represents one of the greatest intelligence failures in the history of the United States.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  66. DXer said

    I hope his family’s meeting with Yazid this week found him well — that he is being well-treated in prison. Soraya’s humanity, sweetness and quiet courage is evident from her posts. Hopefully there is a way through these difficult times that unites Yazid with his family consistent with the protection of innocents and the fair administration of law.

    Yazid may not realize that others at Guantanamo and elsewhere have already cooperated on the same subject. Those reports are classified.

    • Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur8 Aug
    @yasminzaini i dnt knw, i hope he’s doing well. It must be harder for him since he’s alone. I pray he is doing really really well ):

    • Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur8 Aug
    @terakzmn it’s a sad eid for us this year. It’s hard to pretend that we are okay with this, hard to maintain the positive attitude

    • Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur8 Aug
    @terakzmn we’ll be meeting him tmrw but we can only talk for 15 mins )’;

    • Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur8 Aug
    I pray father is doing well. I pray father is mentally and physically strong.

    • Soraya Yazid ‏@sorayaanur8 Aug
    Everything seems happier and funnier if you get to share things with someone special.

  67. DXer said

    In polling, “Do you still believe Bruce Ivins was responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks?” the results (rounding) are 60% no, 20% no, and 20% not sure.

    http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/news_regular_features/daily_poll/poll_71ab3fa6-f70d-11e2-84e7-001a4bcf6878.html

  68. DXer said

    Al-Qaeda tries to soften image with ice cream
    July 25

    BEIRUT — The jovial tug o’ war and children’s ice-cream-eating contest wouldn’t look out of place at any town fair. But the family festivities in the battle-scarred Syrian city of Aleppo had a surprising organizer: al-Qaeda….

    Comment: This is a shameless and transparent PR tactic.

    If you agree — and want to promote good feelings for animals, children and the Family Farm — vote for “Rebecca and Kobe” in this ice cream photo contest at the NSA General’s favorite ice cream parlor.

    If you disagree — vote for “Copacabana” — reflecting the decadent and immoral excesses of the increasingly isolated monied, ice cream loving elite in Brazil.

    Voting will take just 2 seconds and 1 click. No email or registration required. You just scroll down until you see the list of photo titles and then click next to the name of your candidate.

    http://www.syracuse.com/photo-contests/index.ssf/2013/07/photo_contest_vote_for_you_scream_ice_cream.html

    I’ll leave it to the FBI to demand your password from your provider after they identify your IP.

    Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords
    CNET (blog)-by Declan McCullagh-17 hours ago

    Everyone should change their password today to something like memorable like: IvotedforRebeccaandKobebecauseIbelieveintheFamilyFarm!

  69. DXer said

    The federal court judge has denied bin Laden son-in-law request for an order restraining NSA surveillance. The blind sheik’s attorney Stanley Cohen, who represents Abu Ghaith, made the request.

    What does Abu Ghaith know about Shukrijumah’s mission on or about September 13, 2001 — when he left KSM’s residence for the United States on a mission? What does Attorney Stanley Cohen know? What does NSA know?

    Under the logic of Judge Kaplan’s decision, the NSA would not share with the Amerithrax prosecutors and investigators and thus would have kept them in the dark as to facts definitively showing Dr. Ivins to be innocent. I was engaged to an NSA analyst for about 7 years and don’t know anyone of higher integrity and forthright character. But these issues require complicated and difficult balancing. Under the rule of law, if it turns out that the Second Circuit disagrees with Judge Kaplan, it will reflect only that a panel of three judges has reached a different balance on this issue of the chilling of the attorney client privilege. Maybe the Second Circuit would hold on appeal that the court addressing the national security issue needed to make an exception for all communications involving attorney-client privilege. The fact pattern is especially bad for the raising of the issue given defense counsel is himself under indictment here in Syracuse.

    On such an important issue, it would have been preferable that the issue arose in a different context. Abu Ghaith clearly was Al Qaeda’s spokesman at the request of Osama Bin Laden, who had just murdered 3000 innocents. (Abu Ghaith argued in 2002 that 4 million could be murdered using aerosolized anthrax.) Perhaps Glen Greenwald in a future story could give examples of the widespread wiretapping of lawyers and law firms that Snowden says has occurred. For example, if Glen were to describe the wiretapping of Arnold & Porter (relating to the handling of the Perseus deal) we could count the days before A&P brought a suit for $200 million in punitive damages. Glen is avoiding making disclosures that he fears might disrupt an ongoing investigation. But if he doesn’t find a way to give particularized details on the wiretapping of lawyers then no progress will be made on the issue from a civil liberties perspective. News stories are great but the rubber hits the road at the level of court precedent resulting from cases involving good facts. US v. Abu Ghaith is not a good test case for the issue.

    Unless he cooperates even more fully than he has already, Abu Ghaith is going to jail for the rest of his life. No balancing of issues required.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Judge denies bin Laden son-in-law request for restraining order

    By Bernard Vaughan

    NEW YORK | Mon Jul 8, 2013 10:13pm BST

    (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday declined to temporarily block U.S. government agencies from conducting special surveillance on lawyers representing Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, which those lawyers view as illegal spying.

    Even if the agencies monitor the communications of lawyers for Suleiman Abu Ghaith, “there isn’t a shred of evidence” that prosecutors are privy to that information and using it to Abu Ghaith’s disadvantage, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said at a hearing.

    “There’s just no reason to think that this occurred or that it will occur,” Kaplan said.

    Abu Ghaith is one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face U.S. criminal charges for crimes related to the September 11, 2001 attacks. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to kill Americans, and faces a January 2014 trial.

    The defendant’s lawyers had sought a temporary restraining order following recent revelations of the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass collection of raw data on email, telephone and internet traffic of U.S. citizens and residents.

    Abu Ghaith’s lawyers referenced a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden directing Verizon Communications Inc to produce “telephony metadata.”

    But Kaplan said that if this order is genuine, then it appeared it had been “authorized by a duly constituted court.”

    Snowden provided documents to the British newspaper The Guardian about Prism, an NSA program tracking phone traffic within the United States and between the United States and foreign countries. He is believed to be in a Moscow airport as he seeks a country to provide him asylum.

    “We’re here today because of a whistleblower,” Stanley Cohen, a lawyer for Abu Ghaith, said at the hearing.

    Cohen argued that potential witnesses in the case could be scared to cooperate because of the surveillance programs.

    But Kaplan said that failed to show that Abu Ghaith’s defence has been irreparably harmed.

    “Suppose it is going on, and the prosecution team doesn’t know anything about it, what’s the harm to your client?” Kaplan asked in a sometimes heated debate.

    Federal prosecutor John Cronan denied that the case against Abu Ghaith has been tainted by any surveillance program.

    “Let me be perfectly clear, the prosecution team had absolutely no exposure” to communications among Abu Ghaith’s lawyers, he said.

    • DXer said

      Chasing Islambouli’s Ghost: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

      The blind sheik’s attorney, Stanley Cohen, has now been indicted and alleged to have evaded federal taxes on $3 million earned for the tax years 200[5]-2010. “Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law and other terrorism suspects hit with more tax evasion charges,” (“The government alleged that Cohen was paid at least $500,000 in fees each of those years but hid the money by having clients pay in cash or telling them to wire payments directly to American Express to pay his card bills. …. The indictment said Cohen stored cash payments in a safety deposit box instead of putting them into a bank account and deposited legal fees into his personal accounts.”)
      http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/A_U.S.%20news/US-news-PDFs/cohen-indictment.pdf
      (The report refers to tax years 2005-2010 as the years for which no 1040 was filed.)

      Attorney Cohen has said that the federal interest in him is due to the fact that he has represented terror defendants.
      http://nypost.com/2013/12/18/terrorist-repping-lawyer-indicted-over-3m-in-income

      “Stanley Cohen was charged in a Manhattan federal court indictment with wire fraud and failing to file income taxes for 2005 to 2010 and faces up to 20 years in prison. He currently has similar tax changes pending in federal court in Syracuse.
      Cohen could not be reached for comment but has previously claimed the feds are on a “witch hunt” to get him.

      “This is the culmination of at least five years of harassing me, of seeking to silence me,” he told The Associated Press last year after being busted on the federal tax charges in Syracuse.
      Cohen represented Stewart, who was convicted in 2005 of letting one of her clients, blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, communicate with a man who relayed messages to senior members of an Egyptian-based terrorist organization.”

      I think the lesson learned is that if you represent terror defendants, be sure not to go a half decade in submitting your 1040 while taking in several million dollars. Heck, it wouldn’t hurt to compliment the prosecutor’s tie occasionally.

      I expect that his defense will include that the payments received were donations to pay for his legal defense to federal harassment . Given his representation of well-heeled cigarette smugglers and drug dealers, it will be interesting to see how such a defense flies. It seems a bit circular and there may be more basic problems with such a defense under the tax laws. I expect a federal court judge will now worry that he shouldn’t be allowed to travel abroad and will ask him to turn in his passport. I believe previously he had successfully argued that he needed to travel abroad to develop his defense of clients such as the Al Qaeda spokesman. Given the seriousness of the indictment, I think he might best withdraw from representing Abu Ghaith. Abu Ghaith had argued that given he needed to pee with his handcuffs on in the bathroom toilet, he missed the bowl and his escort made him wipe it up. Someone else can raise those weighty issues now.

      Abu Ghaith issued a fatwa in June 2002 arguing that Al Qaeda could kill 4 million civilians, including 1 million children, using anthrax. Abu Ghaith is on internationally broadcast tapes sitting alongside Bin Laden and Zawahiri talking about a storm of airplanes after 9/11. So I’ve never been a fan.

      To be sure, though, Attorney Cohen has represented terror defendants and zealously so. Now we know that it paid well. He rose to the greatest fame initially in his association with Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman. There was another very important case involving extradition of a Hamas or something fellow in Virginia but I’m not well-schooled in international politics. Stanley, OTOH, even breaks bread with the top dog in Iran.

      When dealing with Ayman Zawahiri, it never pays to underestimate the importance to him in the 1990s of the terrorist infrastructure in Brooklyn and Attorney Cohen has always represented a possible foot in the door of understanding those days and Ayman Zawahiri’s recruitment efforts. In the late 1990s, Steve Emerson traced the development of the “Mekhtab Al-Khidemat Al-Mujahideen,” or the “Office of Services of the Mujahideen,” from its formation in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the early 1980′s to the Al Kifah Refugee Centers which spread throughout the United States and internationally. Zawahiri visited Brooklyn’s al Farouk mosque, which was part of Khidmat Services in Peshawar and was used to funnel jihadists and funds to Afghanistan. The blind sheik’s lawyer, Montasser al-Zayat, visited in 1990. Islambouli was head of the office in Peshawar. In a 1990 documentary by SBS-TV “Cutting Edge” series entry called “Sword of Islam,” Islambouli said: “Islam grows on the severed limbs and blood of martyrs. Islam will be back, and take over the world.”

      The CIA’s December 4, 1998 PDB to President Clinton explained that Mohammed Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin, was planning an attack using aircraft and other means on the United States. After Bojinka, which can be thought of as the origin for the 911 planning, Islambouli had been in a cell with KSM in planning the attacks. KSM came to be head of the cell planning to use weaponized anthrax on the United States. Therefore, it is important to understand who Islambouli knew and consider his historical connection to the al-Farook mosque in Brooklyn, New York. I have long ventured that Adnan El-Shukrijumah, the Atta associate who was the son of the Blind Sheik’s translator there, was the anthrax mailer. Upon 9/11, Adnan called from KSM’s house, where Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech also lived, to tell his mother that he was coming to the United States.

      Now the surest way to know who Islambouli knew would be to go back to the late 1970s leading up to Sadat’s assassination and study membership in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad cells at the universities. But the story also can fruitfully be picked up a decade later in the context of Islambouli’s ongoing connection to al-Farook. The Al-Kifah Refugee Center had found its home in the early 1990s at the Al-Farooq mosque on Atlantic Avenue. Some of the men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing worshipped at the mosque, as did the blind sheik’s bodyguard El-Sayyed Nosair, who killed the radical Israeli Rabbi Meir Kahane.

      The Brooklyn office of Makhtab Khidmat al-Mujahiden was staffed by Egyptian Islamic Jihad operative Khaled Dahab, a used car salesman from Santa Clara. Dahab handled the logistics for terrorists out of his home. He patched through calls for Egyptian Islamic Jihad members and transferred money. Ayman called Dahab periodically — once to price telephone surveillance equipment. Dahab at last report was in jail in Egypt. Dahab had been recruited by Ali Mohammed, the former US Army sergeant who was Bin Laden’s chief of security during the move from Afghanistan to Sudan. Ali Mohammed helped conduct the surveillance leading much later to the embassy bombings. He trained Dahab on how to make letter bombs.

      When Ali Mohammed would visit Brooklyn, he would stay with a fellow Egyptian Nosair, who assassinated Meir Kahane. Nosair had been one of the men practicing with the men at the Calverton shooting range in Long Island under Mohammed’s instruction (along with some of the WTC 1993 bombers).

      In 1992, Mohammed Islambouli, was in regular fax contact from his Peshawar Mujahedeen Office in Peshawar, Pakistan and the Brooklyn Al-Kifah office. One 1992 memo from Islambouli’s Peshawar office read: “The military wing of the Jihad seals its news with success everywhere. However, the matter is the hands of the leadership to form the Islamic government to manage the country.”

      Sheik Abdel-Rahman would lecture regularly at al-Farook. He would visit Islambouli in Pakistan from Brooklyn in 1989 and during the early 1990s. It was not until April 1993, upon a crackdown on the foreign fighters, that Islambouli and Zawahiri had to move their operations into Afghanistan. Islambouli moved a scant 100 miles. Before disappearing into Afghanistan, Islambouli told the press the group would continue its holy war against the Egyptian government. In 1993, after he had to leave Peshawar, Islambouli lived at the Samarkhiel Guest House in Jalabad, a town in eastern Afghanistan three hours by road from the Pakistan border. In April 1993, a fax to Western news media threatened American interests if anything happened to Abdel-Rahman. At the time, Egyptian Islamic Group had about 200 members in Jalabad.

      Even back then, moreover, there was a connection between Brooklyn and the Moro National Liberation Front in the Philippines. For example, a 1992 memo read:

      “We urge you to support them and to support them and to contribute to their developments, programs and projects in order that they may do their part in accomplishing our jihad and mission of raising the World of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and the Message of our Prophet Muhammad (saw) to the Highest.” Another memo from the Moro National Liberation Front read: “THIS IS TO CERTIFY that according to the records of this office, that Mr. Abdul Zindani had shown his sincerity, loyalty, and devotion to his work and noble project as Chairman of:

      AL-KIFAH REFUGEE CENTER OF AMERICA

      P.O. Box – 294, Brooklyn NY -11217

      Telephone No. 718-797-9207

      We urge you to help all kinds of support needed to all concern Islamic movements, specially our Muslim Mujahidin around the Globe including those in Bosnia Herzegovinia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Kurdisn, Burma, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Lebanon, India, Trinidad, Somalia and Bangsamoro in Southern Philippines.”

      By 1995, Nosair was in prison and a defendant in a trial for sedition along with the Blind Sheik. The father of Adnan El-Shukrijumah (“Jafar the Pilot”) once translated for the Blind Sheik and was a character witness for Clement Rodney Hampton one of the defendants in the 1995 sedition trial. Jafar’s father was Bilal Philip’s mentor. Bilal Philips in turn was Al-Timimi’s mentor (and he continued to be in contact with him). Hampton-El testified that Philips was the head of “Project Bosnia.” He explained that Philips funneled money from Saudi Arabia to pay for noncombatant support services for the mujahideen in Bosnia. Project Bosnia also recruited combatants and men for paramilitary training. Numerous cities would come to have subsidiary Al Kifah offices. Aafia Siddiqui would be associated with the one in Boston, which after WTC 1993 was renamed Care International. The Care head was MIT MSA Imam Suheil Laher. He worked with Aafia in fundraising.

      In 2003, prosecutors alleged in a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court that a Yemeni cleric raised millions, some of it through Al-Farooq mosque, that was then funneled to al-Qaida terrorists. Prosecutors alleged that Sheik Mohammed Al Hasan Al-Moayad used the mosque to raise money for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network in 1999. He allegedly told an FBI informant that he supplied al-Qaida with more than $20 million, recruits and weapons in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks. The government sought to extradite Al-Moayad and his assistant. The complaint said much of the money came from contributors in the United States, including the Al-Farooq mosque.

      If the federal investigative interest over the years has been any indication, it appears that authorities perceived that a tree grew in Brooklyn.

    • DXer said

      In todays news, it is being reported that there is an amended indictment stating additional charges against Abu Ghaith, Al Qaeda’s spokesman from the 911 era.

      Here is the original indictment of Abu Ghaith.

      http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/abughaithindictment.pdf

      “The superseding indictment filed with the US District Court in Manhattan on Friday alleges that Abu Ghaith also provided material support and resources to terrorists and conspired to do so.

      The indictment details a 2002 speech in which Abu Ghaith, who once served as a spokesman for al-Qaeda, allegedly praised the 9/11 attacks in the United States and warned that more strikes were coming.

      “We were also granted victory when the world saw with its very own eyes what the mujahidin did for the sake of God the Almighty in New York and Washington,” Abu Ghaith allegedly said.

      Kuwaiti-born Abu Ghaith also spoke of planning to target American and Jewish interests “inside and abroad,” threatening to launch attacks on the US “at a time, place, and a method of our choosing,” according to court documents.

      Stanley Cohen, a lawyer for Abu Ghaith, declined to comment on Friday, saying he had yet to review the indictment.”

      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/12/bin-laden-son-law-faces-new-charges-20131220235417148757.html

      Comment:

      In light of Attorney Cohen’s indictment in Manhattan that was just announced, I expect that he may recuse himself from representing Abu Ghaith. The federal judge might understandably be concerned that to allow the continued representation potentially would be to imbed legal error into the case. Prior to that, Attorney Cohen had successfully argued that Abu Ghaith’s choice of counsel should be the priority.

    • DXer said

      Given Abu Ghaith’s argument that Al Qaeda had a moral right to kill 4 million civilians with anthrax, including 1 million children, perhaps after his pee break and nap he could be asked about Dr. Zawahiri’s anthrax program.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      To the moral-minded, that was a highly offensive point of view for Abu Ghaith to express in 2002 — even more disturbing than his 2001 statement given it was the first to publicly introduce WMD (beyond hijacked airplanes). Defense now perhaps will ask for postponement of the scheduled February 2014 trial based on the indictment of defense counsel and the updated charges. But the charge against defense counsel was of Abu Ghaith’s own doing. Similarly, the 2002 statement was always known to him and in the mix. And so while it of course will be for the counsel and court to figure out, it simply doesn’t seem that the new charges will materially change the scope or proof at trial.

  70. DXer said

    July 5, 2013, 12:38 AM

    The Jihadi “We Told You So” Moment
    http://blogs.wsj.com/middleeast/2013/07/05/the-jihadi-we-told-you-so-moment/

    Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam

    Although the proposal in the Spring 1999 by IANA writers Kamal Habib and Gamal Sultan to channel their activities into nonviolent activities was rejected by the blind sheik, they were not deterred. “There is something new that is trying to storm and overcome old, traditional ideas and play a political and social role in society, ‘ Kamal Habib told author Anthony Shadid in 1999. Shadid is the author of the 2002 Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam. Violence, Habib explained to the author, was understandable where Sadat had left no room for participation it did not sanction. Sadat had visited and made peace with Israel. The month before Sadat was gunned down Sadat had ordered the arrest of 1500 people. Over twenty years, the lesson learned by these sons of the Movement was that violence had not led to power. The “attacks hurt not only the not only the Islamic movement but also Islam itself as da’wa and as a religion.” In prison, their goal in interpreting the koran turned to deciding “what to take, what to leave, what to build on and what to add to.”

    Former militants, in particular, were responding to the public revulsion over the 1997 murder of 58 tourists at Luxor. Kamal Habib and Gamal Sultan sought to form the Reform Party while the lawyers al Zayat and Mamdouh Ismail sought to form the Islamic Party. “We have been through a violent clash between the state and members of the Islamist groups and saw the negative consequences of this violence. We have learned from bitter experience that we must reorder our priorities.” Shariah would be the law of the land — but it would be brought about by democratic, nonviolent means.

    The Cairo-based Kamal Habib wrote for the “The Straight Path” (Assirat) out of Pittsburgh and then for IANA’s quarterly journal. Kamal Habib was Ayman’s friend. Habib had founded the Egyptian Islamic Jihad by bringing together several cells, including Ayman’s cell which by then had as many as 40 members. One of the members of the advisory board of Assirat was Ali Al-Timimi. Al-Timimi was a colleague of famed Russian anthrax head Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID Deputy Commander and Acting Commander Charles Bailey, a prolific anthrax researcher (judging by the publications bearing his name as a co-author) who worked with the Ames anthrax strain.

    IANA’s quarterly publication, Al Manar al-Jadeed (in Arabic) was written by EIJ and IG founders and other deep thinkers of the movement during the 1998-2001 period. Its pages in Arabic chronicled a running dialogue on this question of the role of violence. (Two of the three main contributors were IG and EIJ founders respectively). The editor, Gamal Sultan, was behind the proposal in 1999 to renounce violence involving an attempt to form the Reform Party. Sultan viewed his effort as a pragmatic recognition that the militants had been so infiltrated by the intelligence services that it wasn’t practical to engage in violence. But, more broadly, it was in recognition of the fact that violence had not worked. Others took a different approach. They just tightened their application of the principles of cell security.

    The US-based charity IANA, as the result of the Cairo-based talent that they had writing for their main journal, was in the middle of the issue of conditions of the blind sheiks’ detention and a public debate by former members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad as to whether the violent means favored by jihadists could be channeled into nonviolent means. In January 1999, Gamal Sultan and Kamal Habib wrote the blind sheik, through his paralegal Sattar, seeking a fatwa agreeing to participation in a political party by Movement members. In addition to key supporter Kamal Habib, Gamal Sultan’s main partner in seeking to found the Reform Party was Salah Hashem, founder of the Egyptian Islamic Group and a chief proponent of the cease-fire initiative.

    In March 1999, upon the visit by attorney Lynne Stewart, the blind sheik indicated that he thought the effort pointless and rejected the idea of a political party. At the same time he withdrew support for the cease-fire initiated by the imprisoned Islamic Group members in 1997. In his opening argument in the prosecution of US postal employee Sattar, the federal prosecutor explained: “What was Abdel Rahman’s view on an Islamic Group political party? He flatly rejected the idea. In other words, we will prove to you that Abdel Rahman from prison and while subject to the SAMs, with the assistance of these defendants, directed the Islamic Group to remain outside the law, to remain a terrorist organization.”

    The co-founder of the other proposed party, Cairo lawyer Montasser Al-Zayat, deferred to the blind sheik’s pronouncement. Al-Zayat later explained that any political participation, let alone in parliamentary elections, was sinful. Al Zayat then promptly announced in March 1999 that Ayman likely was going to use weaponized anthrax against US targets to retaliate against the rendering of EIJ leaders. Abdel-Rahman’s Cairo lawyer, Montasser al-Zayat, announced the intention to use anthrax in the press on March 6, 1999.

    Zawahiri in April 1999 pressed the current Islamic Group leader Taha for news and the implications and details of the ceasefire initiative and the proposal to establish a political party. Taha had been maintaining contact with the blind sheik’s paralegal Sattar, as had Cairo attorney Al-Zayat and Islamic Group military commander Mustafa Hamza. In public and in private teleconference calls set up by US Post Office employee Sattar, Cairo lawyer Al-Zayat played “good cop” to the “bad cop” played by IG leader Taha in faraway Afghanistan.

    In a letter to Taha, Ayman discussed the party sought to be cofounded in 1999 by IANA editor Gamal Sultan and IANA writer Kamal Habib.

    Zawahiri in his letter to the Islamic Group head Taha wrote:

    “I also want to ask you about your personal stance on this issue. Abu Khalid (Mohammed Islambouli, brother of President Sadat’s killer) tells me he has resigned because he doesn’t want to face the consequences of this latest initiative. I am also informed, by Abu Hazim (the current leader of Islamic Jihad’s Shura Council) that the outcome of this proposal will hinge on solving the disagreements between our brothers in jail on how to run Islamic Jihad. He also told me this declaration sought to calm matters so our imprisoned brothers do not contradict those outside and complicated matters further. In effect, they have continued to issue announcements while you remain silent. This is why I am interested in finding out your position on this matter.”

    There were close parallels between the debate raging among Ayman and the EIJ shura members in secret emails dating to 1998 and 1999 and the content of IANA’s Cairo-based quarterly publication Al Manar al Jadeed (in Arabic). Leading lights in the Movement contributed to the dialogue that extended from 1998 through 2000. The publication Al Manar al-Jadeed was funded by the Ann Arbor-based IANA which in turn got most of its funding from sources in Saudi Arabia. Al-Timimi was IANA’s most celebrated speaker and the colleague of two of the world’s leading anthrax researchers.

    Al-Timimi had been on the advisory board of the related publication Assirat for which IANA writers Sultan and Habib were the leading writers. Al-Timimi thus was close to the intellectual and tactical debates raging in 1999 about cease-fire declared in Egypt, nonviolence and democracy, the release of the blind sheik and other detainees, and the “near” vs. “Far” enemy issue. He was similarly close to the announcement of the intent to use anthrax to retaliate for the rendition of the blind sheik and other detainees.

    When the FBI searched Al-Timimi’s townhouse, they found Khafagi’s personal papers. Some pretty weighty and focused tactical matters involving Egyptian politics were discussed in the Arabic-language Al Manar al Jadeed — to include the role of violence and whether democracy could be a vehicle for imposing shariah.

    IANA’s webmaster Sami al-Hussayen once pleaded by email that Al-Manar Jadeed was out of control, printing what they wanted and then sending IANA the bill, while risking getting IANA officials in trouble (which then, in fact, happened). For example, IANA websites published a fatwa in June 2001 saying it was a duty to kill as many as possible, such as by flying a plane into a building. IANA websites prominently distributed the views of Sheik al-Hawali who was working closely with both Sami and with GMU computational biologist Ali Al-Timimi.

    In late March 2007, al-Zayat’s co-founder of the Islamic Party, Mamdouh Ismail, was arrested. The Egyptian government alleged Ismail was the conduit between Ayman Zawahiri and jihadists in Yemen, Iraq and Egypt. The alleged intermediary between Zawahiri and Mamdouh Ismail was the Al Qaeda’s spymaster, Al-Hakayma, who had written the 2002 treatise on intelligence. That treatise included a description of the Amerithrax investigation and was dedicated to those who are up at late night working to bring victory to Islam. Mamdouh Ismail was the attorney who volunteered to represent the expert in functionalized polymers.

    Ironically, although Zabadi was Ayman’s program, the anthrax letters — in showing some restraint — represented a compromise between his desire to attack the “Far Enemy” and the wishes of the many who opposed him and thought that EIJ should remain focused on Egypt and should avoid the targeting of civilians. The anthrax letters confirmed abandonment of the cease-fire while escalation in the media just as blind sheik Abdel-Rahman had urged. The anthrax letters followed the same modus operandi as the al Hayat letters to newspapers in DC and NYC and people in symbolic positions relating to detention of the WTC plotters. Thus, the one thing that seems clear is that the anthrax mailer and processor likely are supporters of the blind sheik. While they know and respect Zawahiri, they may view Zawahiri as a murderous fanatic and view democracy as a viable vehicle for imposition of shariah. Perhaps among the 300,000 telephone calls intercepted with blind sheik supporters in Florida or the 85,000 conversations involving Sattar in New York, the authorities already have taped phone calls made with the anthrax plotters.

    Maybe the NSA already had record of Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s call to his mother promptly after 911 telling her, over her objections, that he was coming to the US.

  71. DXer said

    Anthrax attack could cripple Seattle’s real estate market
    By AUBREY COHEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
    Updated 11:44 am, Thursday, June 20, 2013

    http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Anthrax-attack-could-cripple-Seattle-s-real-4612364.php

    Comment: And yet the FBI’s David Hardy feels there is no reason to expedite the FOIA request for the handwriting comparison analysis.

  72. DXer said

    The FBI has written to deny my request that it provide the handwriting comparison from the anthrax attacks on an expedited basis. (The documents should have been disclosed in 2008.)

    The statutory circumstances requiring expedition:

    “An urgency to inform the public about an actual or alleged federal government activity, if made by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information.”

    and

    “A matter of widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exists possible questions about the government’s integrity which affects public confidence.”

    The FBI’s David Hardy, Section Chief, Record/Information, writes:

    “You have not provided enough information concerning the statutory requirements permitting expedition: therefore, your request is denied.”

    The FBI is mistaken. The statutory standards warranting expedition were met.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  73. DXer said

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/secret-history-nsa-contractors/story?id=19366914&singlePage=true#.UbcFSs1cr5N

    A 2010 Washington Post report found “close to 30 percent of the workforce in the intelligence agencies is contractors.”

    Some 5 million people hold a government security clearance, according to a 2012 report by the Director of National Intelligence. About 1.4 million people have top-secret clearance, and half of those are the employees of private businesses.

    Some 480,000 contractors held top-secret credentials as of last year, and 2,000 companies supply contractors to the intelligence agencies.

    Among the largest of those companies is Booz Allen Hamilton, a privately owned consulting company located in Virginia.

    The company has deep roots and many connections to the intelligence community.

    The current director of national intelligence James Clapper is a former Booz Allen executive. The company’s current vice chairman Mike McConnell, was the DNI in the George W Bush administration.

    According to the Washington Post, as of 2010, the company contracted more than 23,000 people to the government to do intelligence work at 23 agencies in 15 areas of expertise including technological intelligence, intelligence analysis, and counter intelligence.

    The company is estimated to be worth $5 billion annually.

    Comment:

    Hint: It’s no secret that the FBI was mistaken in its “Ivins Theory.” This was discernable from “open source” information.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  74. DXer said

    In regard to the controversy over the NSA’s Top Secret PRISM program, the former head of Amerithrax, Michael Mason, became the current chief of security of Verizon.

    Former Agent Mason has spoken very eloquently on the balancing of civil liberties and countering terrorist threats. So although it is hard to judge someone from some press clippings, my vote would be to have confidence in the good faith and judgment of this former FBI Agent from Syracuse. He has the endorsement of none other than Kathleen Rumpf, a determined defender of civil liberties and prisoner rights.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/07/verizon-security-chief-used-to-be-high-level-official-at-fbi/#ixzz2VehG3Ebr

    The current chief of security of Verizon, a company embroiled in controversy over the recent revelation of a secret government domestic spy program, is a former high level official in the FBI.

    Michael Mason, Verizon’s chief security officer, began working with the company in 2008. When he left the bureau, he was in charge of the bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.

    The branch — whose responsibilities range from investigating financial crime to “computer-based criminal threats against the U.S.” — was described in his hiring announcement in 2007 as the “largest” in the FBI.

  75. DXer said

    In my December 2001 lengthy memo to the CIA, as a member of the public, I wrote that the key to solving Amerithrax was to focus on who Ayman Zawahiri visited when he came to the United States. Although there is conflicting information on the dates, he went to the Brooklyn mosque, Al-Farouq, where Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s was an imam and translator for the Blind Sheik.

    The Looming Tower, Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, p. 409 (2002)

    • DXer said

      There is also disagreement whether Zawahiri made one trip or two. If he came in late 1994 or 1995, Adnan would have been an angry 19 or 20 year-old It would have been shortly before the family moved to Miramar, Florida.

  76. DXer said

    The FBI would periodically publicize the $5 million BOLO issued for anthrax letter suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah noting that he may be part of an effort to use anthrax to contaminate food or water or aerosolizing an agent in an enclosed space

    FBI seeks 4 suspected of terrorist activities
    Friday, September 5, 2003
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/09/05/fbi.bolo/

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The FBI has sent an alert to law enforcement agencies across the country for them to be on the lookout for four men who, according to intelligence information, “are involved in terrorist activities and may pose a threat to U.S. citizens and interests in the United States and abroad.”

    The FBI has previously put out alerts for two of the men — Adnan El Shukrijumah and Abderraouf Jdey. Officials previously have said that information on El Shukrijumah was garnered from interrogations with Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who U.S. officials believe organized the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

    The advisory includes a laundry list of possible attack scenarios, saying al Qaeda may be researching how to disseminate diseases and toxins by contaminating water and food, or aerosolizing an agent in an enclosed space.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/05/26/terror.threat.transcript/

    Transcript: Ashcroft, Mueller news conference
    Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Posted: 8:19 PM EDT (0019 GMT)

    American-born suspect


    Adnan Shukrijumah, as has been mentioned by the attorney general, is a trained operative who poses an operational threat to the United States.
    As was pointed out, he’s English-speaking, spent 15 years in the United States, left the United States when he was led to believe that we were interested in his activities. He was born in Saudi Arabia and carries a Guyanese passport.

    First, we ask for your cooperation as we launch a nationwide series of interviews to gather information and intelligence on these potential threats and on these individuals.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hk2mj8uXrd830DC0bebHp1lzdJXg
    Rising Al-Qaeda leader spent youth in US: report
    (AFP) – Aug 6, 2010
    WASHINGTON — A man believed to be a rising leader in the Al-Qaeda network spent much of his childhood in New York and south Florida, US investigators told CNN Friday.
    Adnan Shukrijumah has been linked to a thwarted plot to detonate bombs aboard the New York subway system and is thought to have once scoped out the Panama Canal as a target, an FBI agent told the US news network.
    “He would be equated with being chief of operations,” FBI special agent Brian LeBlanc told the US news network, adding that investigators believe Shukrijumah is “extremely dangerous.”

    Shukrijumah came to America as a young child, living in the New York borough of Brooklyn, before moving with his family to Florida in the 1990s, FBI investigators said.
    As an adult, he worked odd jobs and took classes at a local college, including an English course with a professor who remembered his former student when FBI agents came knocking years later.
    The teacher was able to turn over video he had taken of students in class, providing agents with material they could show to Zazi, who promptly identified Shukrijumah.
    “(Shukrijumah) was the one that convinced… them to come back to the United States and conduct the attack here,” LeBlanc said.
    Investigators now believe he arrived in Afghanistan by June 2001, and called his mother shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
    His mother, who declined to be identified, told CNN they argued about whether it was safe for him to return to the United States after the attacks, and she has not heard from him since

  77. DXer said

    A court of appeals decision disclosed today upholding life sentences explains that in 2006, a confidential informant was part of an operation involving a proposed plot to blow up gas lines at JFK where one of the “conspirators” wanted a fellow to “connect them with Adnan Shukrijumah.”

    So it’s not like the FBI has not been trying hard to locate and catch Adnan. There was a time there were large full-time Task Force in Miami — and one agent describing how he had closely studied his life from birth to the present. That agent should have been brought up from Miami and made part of the Amerithrax Task Force.

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/06/06/Terrorist.pdf

    In 2006, Steven 6 Francis, a confidential informant for the FBI, met with Defreitas 7 and was later recruited into the conspiracy. Francis wore a 8 recording device during many of his interactions with the 9 conspirators, and the recordings of these conversations provided
    10 much of the evidence at trial.
    ***
    The government 18 presented evidence that Nur was brought into the conspiracy at 19 least in part to help them arrange a meeting with Yasin Abu Bakr, 20 the leader of a militant Islamic group called Jamaat Al Muslimeen 21 (“JAM”) located in Trinidad. The conspirators wanted Abu Bakr to 22 connect them with Adnan Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda operative known for his bomb making abilities….

    In February 2007, Defreitas and Francis met Kadir in Guyana. 2 Kadir expressed interest in the plot and urged Francis and Defreitas to refer to the attack using code words to avoid 4 detection.

  78. DXer said

    In mid-October 2001, Dr. Martin Hugh-Jones of Louisiana State University told an NPR reporter that an insider could have taken some anthrax from a lab. ” ‘If I were to guess,’ he says, ‘it was probably some summer intern talking to a friend in a local bar. The friend said, “Could you get me some?”‘ Hugh-Jones noted that various groups had been scouting for anthrax for years.

    Anthrax letters suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah was living with KSM on or about 9/13 when he called his mom to tell her he was coming to the US over her objections He then lived with KSM’s assistant after the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. It was KSM’s assistant, al-Hawsawi, who had the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop. Al-Hawsawi was working with Al-Baluchi to get the 911 hijackers into the country. Al-Baluchi would marry MIT-graduate Aafia Siddiqui who told her defense psychiatrist that she had been tasked to study germ weapons under a fatwa. In an earlier prosecution, an Assistant United States Attorney asserted in passing in open court, without naming her, that Aafia was willing to participate in an anthrax attack if asked. The defense psychiatrist reports that Aafia told him that she had been tasked by “Abu Lubaba” to study germ warfare. Aafia Siddiqui is associated with Ann Arbor addresses near the mosque where her brother and sister-in-law, an MD, lived.

    Both Aafia and Adnan supported Makthab al-Khidamat , associated with the al-Farouq mosque in Brooklyn. It was known as the Blind Sheik’s Services Organization. Global Relief Foundation (“GRF”) and Benevolence International Foundation (”BIF”) attorneys in unison explained that the US had supported Makthab al-Khidamat in Afghanistan in the 1980s and Bosnia in the 1990s. Adnan fought in Bosnia in 1995. Investigation of the two charities was well underway prior to 9/11, although plagued by lengthy unnecessary delays emanating from headquarters. The 9/11 Commission Report notes that on April 21, 1999, upon weekly dumpster diving, FBI “agents had recovered from BIF’s trash a newspaper article on bioterrorism, in which someone had highlighted sections relating to the United States’ lack of preparedness for a biological attack.” (Many articles that year quoted famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek who was at George Mason University in Falls Church, Virginia.) The FBI had a better relationship with the CIA in the investigation of BIF than with GRF, the group for which Adnan El-Shukrijumah was holding garage sales and car washes. The 9/11 Commission noted that “[t]he Chicago agents believed the CIA wanted to shield certain information from the FBI because of fears of revealing sources and methods in any potential criminal litigation in the United States.” Chicago agents benefited from the New York Office files on the two ch
    arities but the New York FBI office personnel were overwhelmed and working their own leads. The Illinois-based investigations remained an intelligence gathering exercise with no thought given to a criminal prosecution to disrupt the financing of Al Qaeda until after 9/11.

  79. DXer said

    Handwritten notes and files on a laptop seized from Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s former roommate Al-Hawsawi included a feasible anthrax production plan using a spray dryer and addressed the recruitment of necessary expertise. KSM explained that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was part of a second wave. He said that Moussaoui’s inquiries about crop dusters may have been related to the anthrax work being done by US-trained biochemist and Al Qaeda operative, Malaysian Yazid Sufaat. Zacarias Moussaoui once told the judge at his trial in a filing that he wants “anthrax for Jew sympathizer only.” Anthrax weapons suspect Al-Timimi and Bin Laden’s sheik al-Hawali spoke by telephone about how they might help in connection with Moussaoui’s defense.

    There are a lot of operatives who have been questioned by non-US authorities who have provided information about Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    For example, in early March 2003, a man named Saud Memon, who was in the textiles business, was captured in South Africa. He had fled there after Daniel Pearl was killed on his property. Memon reportedly gave information on Al Qaeda’s anthrax work that he allegedly was helping to finance. After four years in detention at an undisclosed location, he was left in front of his home in Karachi on April 28, 2007 in very poor health. He died a couple weeks later. The cause of death was reported to be meningitis and tuberculosis. Memon’s lawyer said he had been in the custody of Pakistani intelligence officials.

    Bacteriologist Abdul Qadoos Khan was charged along with his son, Ahmed, for harboring the fugitives. As of March 28, 2003, he was in a hospital for a cardiac problem and had been granted “pre-arrest bail.”

    A man named Muklis Yunos, who reportedly received training on use of anthrax as a biological weapon in Afghanistan according to Philippine intelligence reports, was arrested on May 25, 2003. He reportedly cooperated with authorities over a bucket of spicy Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yunos had been Hambali’s right-hand man and was in charge of special operations of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (”MILF”).

    In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency (”CIA”) report publicly concluded that the reason for Mohammed Atta’s and Zacarias Moussaoui’s inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. It had long been known Osama Bin Laden was interested in using cropdusters to disperse biological agents. I have uploaded a filmed interview of Yazid Sufaat discussing his friend Zacarias Moussaoui’s and Zacarias’ determination to learn to fly.

  80. DXer said

    Adnan El-Shurkijumah was at Brooklyn’s al-Farouq and the Blind Sheik Services Organization there that was run by Dahab, a Cairo Medical School dropout trained to recruit US operatives and make booby trapped letters. Adnan’s father was imam there at al-Farouq and the blind sheik’s translator.

    Purporting to speak for the Vanguards of Conquest, Saif Adel specifically denied the letters to NYC and DC newspapers and people in symbolic positions sent in connection with detention of the blind sheik. But then he was roundly rebuked by the London-based spokesman for the Vanguards of Conquest, Al-Sirri, who denied responsibility for the letters on behalf of the Vanguards and said Saif Adel was not authorized to speak for the group unless he went through formal channels.

    The same sort of counterintuitive theory (a bioevangelist theory) — with or without being dressed up by panties — was raised in connection with the earlier letter bombing of newspapers to DC and New York City and people in symbolic positions. (Al Hayat letter bombs for which there is up to a $5 million reward under the rewards for justice program) But that time it was US Post Office worker Ahmed Abdel Sattar who noted that the bombs were mailed on December 20, 1996 one day before the brief in support of the blind sheik on appeal. He questioned whether someone (like the FBI) was trying to undermine the appeal’s prospects. This time, Mr. Sattar did not need any help making the argument with respect to the anthrax letters — numerous people with agendas rushed to do it for him.

    NPR set the scene. It was January 2, 1997, at 9:15 a.m. at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. The employee of the Saudi-owned newspaper Al Hayat began to open a letter. It was a Christmas card — the kind that plays a musical tune. It was white envelope, five and a half inches by six and a half inches, with a computer-generated address label attached. It had foreign postage and a post mark — a post mark in Alexandria, Egypt. It looked suspiciously bulky, so he set it down and called the police. Minutes later they found a similar envelope. These were the first two of four letter bombs that would arrive at Al Hayat during the day.” A fifth letter bomb addressed to the paper was intercepted at a nearby post office. They all looked the same. Two similar letter bombs addressed to the “parole officer” (a position that does not exist) arrived at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth. It seemed evident how some Grinch had spent the holidays in Alexandria, Egypt.

    Egyptian Saif Adel (Makawwi) was involved in military planning. Adel was a colonel in the Egyptian Army’s Special Forces before joining Al Qaeda. He helped plan the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Africa. He was also a planner in the attack on the USS Cole and has served as the liaison officer between Hezbollah and Al Qaeda. Adel assisted Atef, who had overall responsibility for Al Qaeda’s operations. There was part of a long-running disagreement with Saif Adel (Makawwi) and Ayman, however. As Attorney Al-Zayyat has said, Makkawi had many times claimed responsibility for operations that were carried out inside Egypt but when the perpetrators were arrested, it would be al-Zawahiri’s name whose name they shout loyalty to from the docks. Some would even say they did not know a person named Makkawi. After the letter al-Hayat letter bombs were sent in January 1997, Saif Adel (Makawwi) gave a statement denying responsibility on behalf of the Vanguards of Conquest. He got admonished by the unnamed but official spokesman for the Vanguards organization (Al-Sirri) — chastising him as not being authorized to speak for the organization (or even being a member).

    On January 7, 1997 Col Muhammad Makkawi purporting to be speaking for the Egyptian Vanguards of Islamic Conquest denied responsibility for sending the letter bombs. He said: “Those are messages of admonishment. There is no flirtation between us and the Americans in order for us to send them such alarming messages in such a manner.” Makkawi said that “the Vanguards of Conquest “are heavyweight and would not embark on such childish actions.” US press and political commentaries had hinted at the Vanguards of Conquest organization’s involvement in these attempts. In his statement to `Al-Hayat, Makkawi added “I am surprised that we in particular, and not other parties, should be accused of such an operation.” (He would have been referring to the Egyptian Islamic Group).

    But then Al-Sirri, the close associate of the Blind Sheik assistant from Brooklyn Abdel-Sattar, credited with being the Vanguards official spokesman, denounced Makkawi’s authority to speak for the group, referring to the January 5th statement it had made denying responsibility. This other claimed spokesman said “We welcome any Muslim who wants to join us, and if Makkawi wants to [join us], he will be welcomed to the Vanguards march, but through the organizational channels. But if words are not coupled with actions, we tell him: Fear God, and you can use a different name other than the Vanguards to speak on its behalf.” The spokesman for the Vanguards of Conquest was Al-Sirri, who US Post Office worker Sattar would have upload a fatwa to kill jews that he wrote with the Islamic Group head Taha in September 2000. Sattar issued under Sheik’s Abdel-Rahman’s name, without him even knowing of it until after the fact.

    The FBI would not speculate as to who sent the letters or why. But this was your classic “duck that walks like a duck” situation. As NPR reported at the time, “analysts say that letter bombs are rarely sent in batches, and when they are it’s generally prompted by politics, not personal animus.” Al Hayat was a well respected and moderate newspaper. It was friendly to moderate Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt — just as, say NBC and CBS. That, without more, was accurately discerned by observers at the time as sufficient to make the newspaper outlet a target of the militant islamists. The newspaper, its editor explained, does not avoid criticizing militant islamists. The Al Hayat Editor-in-Chief explained: “We’ve been opposed to all extremists in the Arab world, especially the fundamentalists.” Mohammed Salameh, a central defendant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sent to Leavenworth in 1994. The other three Egyptian extremists convicted in the bombing were sent to prisons in California, Indiana and Colorado. Like the blind sheik, Abdel Rahman, Salameh had complained of his conditions and asked to be avenged. The Blind Sheik was particularly irked that the prison officials did not cut his fingernails.

    Rahman was convicted in 1995 of seditious conspiracy, bombing conspiracy, soliciting an attack on an U.S. military installation, and soliciting the murder of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His followers were indicted for plotting to bomb bridges, tunnels and landmarks in New York for which Rahman allegedly had given his blessings. The mailing of deadly letters in connection with an earlier attack on the World Trade Center, was not merely the modus operandi of militant islamists, it was the group’s signature — it’s their calling card. Khaled Abu el-Dahab, a naturalised American, from Silicon Valley in a confession detailed in a state security document from Egypt’s defense ministry dated October 28, 1998, explained that he was trained to make booby-trapped letters to send to important people, as well as asked to enroll in American aviation schools to learn how to fly gliders and helicopters. He was a friend of Ali Mohammed, a former special forces officer in the Egyptian army and former US Army Sergeant. He ran the Blind Sheik’s Services Organization in Brooklyn. Islamic Group member Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin, headed the organization in Peshawar.

    After the Al Hayat letter bombs to newspapers in DC and NYC and people in symbolic positions, in January 1997, both the Blind Sheikh and his paralegal, Sattar, were quoted in separate articles in Al Hayat (in Arabic) denying that they or their supporters were responsible. The Blind Sheikh commented that al Hayat was fair and balanced in its coverage and his supporters would have no reason to “hit” them. Sattar noted that the bombs were mailed on December 20, one day before the brief in support of the blind sheik on appeal. He questioned whether someone (like the FBI) was trying to undermine the appeal’s prospects. For its part, al Hayat reporters, editor and owner were not expressing an opinion — though the owner did lay out various possibilities (e.g., Iraq, Iran etc.). The owner of the paper had commanded Saudi forces during the Persian Gulf War, when Bin Laden was so upset about American troops on the Arabian peninsula. Moreover, al Hayat had recently opened up a Bureau in Jerusalem, giving it a dateline of Jerusalem rather than al Quds, which some thought blasphemous. But none of the possibilities would plausibly explain why the letter bomb was sent to Leavensworth where three of the WTC 1993 defendants were imprisoned, including Ramzi Yousef’s lieutenant who had asked that his mistreatment be avenged. (That was the criminal genius who returned to Ryder to reclaim his deposit after blowing up the truck at WTC). Egyptian security officials claimed that said that the letters were sent from outside of Egypt, the stamps were not available in Egypt, and that the postmark was not Alexandria as reported. Whatever the place of mailing, the sender likely was someone who was upset that KSM’s and Ramzi Yousef’s associates had been imprisoned, to include, most notably, the blind sheik. Whoever is responsible for the anthrax mailings, it is a very good bet that they are upset the blind sheik is detained. That should be at the center of any classified profile of the crime.

    On December 31, 1996 Mohammed Youssef was in Egypt — having gone to Egypt months before. The al Hayat letter bombs related to the detention and alleged mistreatment of the blind sheikh and the WTC bombers were sent 10 days earlier — on the Day of Measures. In 2006, he was named as co-defendant with Hassoun, Daher, Padilla and Jayyousi. Youssef was born in Alexandria. Do authorities suspect the “Florida cell” of being involved in the al Hayat letter bombs? Kifah Jayyousi’s “Islam Report” over the years — distributed by Adham Hassoun in Florida and Kassem Daher in Canada — expressed outrage at detention/extradition due to terrorism law and also what he perceived as attacks on his religion by some newspapers. His headlines on the internet groups blazed “Just In! First Muslim Victim of New Terrorism Law!: US Agents Arrest Paralegal Of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman Without Charge Prepares To Hand Him To Egyptian Regime,” soc.religion.islam, dated April 27, 1996 and “Islam Report (Newspaper Attacks Our Religion! Act Now!,” soc.religion.islam, Apr. 16, 1996

    In connection with the January 1997 letter bombs, Ayman got the know-how to send sophisticated electronic letter bombs from Iraqi intelligence according to one item from the highly controversial Feith memo. In the al Hayat letter bombings, Ayman allowed the finger to be pointed at Libya. In the Amerithrax letters, he allowed the finger to be pointed to a United States biodefense insider. Tenet in his May 2007 book included Saif Adel as among “al-Qa’da’s leadership to the group’s highly compartmentalized chemical, biological, and nuclear networks.”

    In September 2006, in a Sahab Media production called “Knowledge is for acting,” there is a clip in which Al Quds editor Atwan refers to his visit with OBL in 1996 (see his 2006 book The Secret History of al Qaeda) and he says that Bin Laden was planning to attack America “and America prisons in particular.” That was an apparent reference to the Al Hayat letter bombs sent to newspapers and prisons in January 1997. There were recurrent references to Abdel-Rahman in the tape.

    Given that the EIJ/Vanguards of Conquest people (such as Al-Sirri and Zawahiri) are working with the Egyptian Islamic Group leaders (such as Taha and Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin), it seems that Amerithrax can be thought of as a joint operation. After the merger between Al Qaeda and EIJ, and the joining of Al Qaeda by some of the Islamic Group leaders, the group responsible can be thought of as by the code name Zawahiri used — the Greendale School. He used “school” in May 2001 correspondence announcing to his followers the course he had embarked upon. Saif Adel had led the “Green Team” to Somalia organized by Atef.

  81. DXer said

    The blind sheik should have been at the center of the FBI’s thinking from the very start — and the son of the Blind Sheik’s translator was known by the FBI to be a close associate of lead hijacker Mohammed Atta should have been off the charts as a red hot lead as early as late September 2001 and early October 2001.

    The extradition of Egyptian islamists has been one motive for Zawahiri’s crimes over the past quarter-century. In 1993, Abdel Sattar was 33. The US Post Office employee was a member of the board at Abu Bakr mosque in Brooklyn. He was already a close associate of Abdel-Rahman. In talking to a Washington Post reporter, he took a zigzag ride to a place chosen at random at the last minute. He explained that bad things likely would happen if the blind sheik was not released. In December 1994, Algerian Islamic militants seized control of an Air France jetliner in Algiers in an unsuccessful bid to crash it into Eiffel Tower on Christmas Day. The hijackers demanded the release of the blind sheik.

    The United States State Department, on its webpage, explains that the Egyptian Islamic Jihad “[h]as threatened to retaliate against the United States for its incarceration of Shaykh Umar Abd al-Rahman and, more recently, for the arrests of its members in Albania, Azerbaijan,
    and the United Kingdom.” As one informant would later testify, Al Qaeda leadership, then in Khartoum, Sudan, found the blind sheikh’s arrest “very sad and.. very bad.” They concluded they had “to do something.. They talk about what we have to do against America.”

    Blind sheik Abdel-Rahman spoke to Mary Anne Weaver, author of the seminal A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam in the mid-1990s. Abdel-Rahman first went to Peshawar in 1985. He left from Peshawar for a trip into Afghanistan after being released after three years in an Egyptian prison after Sadat’s assassination. He settled into the back seat of the U.S.-supplied camouflaged truck shortly after prayers, helped into a flak jacket by his friend, Afghan resistance leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Hekmatyar was receiving half of the CIA’s financial support even though he was one of the most anti-US leaders in the resistance against Soviet occupation. Mary Anne Weaver wrote in The Atlantic Monthly in 1996: “They had much in common: both were exceedingly charismatic religious populists; both had committed their lives to jihad, or Islamic holy war; both were fiery orators. They were both given to elliptical, colorful turns of phrase, and their shared message was clear: the imperative to overthrow a secular government — whether in Afghanistan or Egypt — and establish an Islamic state.” Weaver recounts that joining them in the truck was Mohammed Islambouli, the brother of Sadat’s assassin. The 60 CIA and special forces officers in Peshawar considered Abdel-Rahman an asset. In preaching jihad, Abdel-Rahman travelled to Islamic centers in Germany, England, Turkey, and the United States.

    Weaver explained that Sheikh Omar’s closest friend in Peshawar was Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, a highly respected Palestinian. He was killed by a car bomb in 1989. Azzam established the Service Office, which he led until November of 1989, which like its sister office at the Alkifah Refugee Center, on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, recruited Arab volunteers. Islambouli headed the office after Azzam’s death. Mohammed Islambouli had been a student of Sheikh Omar’s at the Upper Egyptian University of Asyut. WTC 1993 prosecutor McCarthy explained in a 2008 book: “In Peshawar, both in 1985 and several times thereafter, Abdel Rahman would enjoy the august company of his former student Mohammed Shawky al-Islambouli, a fixture there. A rising jihadist star in his own right, Shawky’s prominence owed much to his mythogenic brother…”

    By the time Weaver wrote her article for the Atlantic Monthly, Mohammed Islambouli had joined a cell with KSM in planning the aircraft and other attacks on the US and was with him in Doha, Qatar.

    In December 1995, the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad was attacked by a devastating car bomb following threats from militant Egyptian Islamist groups who demanded that the government of Pakistan stop extraditing their members who had stayed in Peshawar when the war came to an end. The groups also demanded that the United States release Sheikh Abdel-Rahman who had been imprisoned in connection with a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.

    In a booklet written by al Zawahiri, distributed among his colleagues in Pakistan and Afghanistan, al Zawahiri discussed the reasons that led to Egyptian Islamic Jihad to blow up the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad. He criticized all branches of the Egyptian government from the Minister of Information, to the army and police forces, the justice system, the public prosecutor’s office, and the religious scholars. But his harshest criticism was directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was responsible for pursuing jihad members abroad and kidnapping and extraditing them. In September 2000, in an interview with an Arabic-language television station, Usama Bin Laden called for a “jihad” to release the “brothers” in jail “everywhere.” In the book he wrote at the time of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, he explained that the reason for the attack on the Egyptian embassy in Pakistan in 1995 was because Egypt had been extraditing fundamentalists from Pakistan. When surveillance of the US embassy showed that it was perhaps too difficult a target, the Egyptian embassy was targeted as a symbol. Zawahiri wrote in the Fall 2001 that : “It left the embassy ruined as an eloquent and clear message.”

    An FBI 302 memo dated December 30, 1996 relating to intelligence gathered from the jailed WTC 1993 plotter Ramzi Yousef reflected the same warning of a hijack-of-an-aircraft-to-free-the-blind sheik plot.

    Bin Laden’s 1996 declaration of war on the United States complained of the arrests of Sheik al-Hawali and another colleague. In an interview, Bin Laden conducted with CNN’s Peter Arnett in 1997, Bin Laden told Arnett: “When the Saudi government transgressed in oppressing all voices of the scholars and the voices of those who call for Islam. I found myself forced, especially after the government prevented Sheikh Safar Al-Hawali and some other scholars, to carry out a small part of my duty of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong.” The views of these two sheiks were promoted by the US-based charity, Islamic Assembly of North America (“IANA”).

    In a public relations debacle for the islamists, on or about November 17, 1997, six terrorists shot and stabbed a group of tourists visiting an archaeological site in Luxor, Egypt. Fifty-eight tourists were killed along with four Egyptians. The terrorists left leaflets explaining their support for the Islamic Group and calling for the blind sheik’s release. The torso of one was slit and a leaflet inserted: “No to tourists in Egypt.” It was signed “Omar Abdul Rahman’s Squadron of Havoc and Destruction — the Gama’a al-Islamiya, the Islamic Group.” Intelligence concluded that Bin Laden had financed the operation and that Luxor was ordered by Egyptian Islamic Group military commander Mustafa Hamza.

    Dale Watts, Chief of the FBI’s International Terrorism Section, explained in a 1998 Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee: “There is an indication that the November 1997 attack on foreign tourists in Luxor, Egypt, was apparently an example of this type of interwoven violence.
    The ambush appears to have been carried out in an attempt to pressure the United States into releasing Sheik Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in federal prison for his part in planning attacks against the president of Egypt and several sites in New York City. ”

    In 1998, the blind sheik issued a fatwa directing that Americans be killed to avenge his imprisonment. During the trial relating to bombing the U.S. embassies in Africa, one witness testified that Abdel Rahman smuggled a flier from prison calling on Muslims to avenge indignities he sustained as a prisoner. “Oh people, oh men of Allah, rise up from your deep slumber. .. Rise up and see justice done,” the sheik wrote in a letter smuggled out of prison.

    Zawahiri gave the same motivation for the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa. In 1998, the “Information Office of the Jihad Group in Egypt” issued a statement — a copy of which was received by Al-Hayat — entitled “About the extradition of three of our brothers.” It said that “the US government, in coordination with the Egyptian government, arrested three of our brothers in some East European states.” The statement said: “The accusation leveled at our three brothers was participation in a group declaring jihad against the United States and Israel and their trade, and cooperation with the mujahidin in Kosovo outside US influence.” It continued: “We are interested in briefly telling the Americans that their message has been received and that the response, which we hope they will read carefully, is being [prepared], because we — with God’s help — will write it in the language that they understand.”

    Three days later, 220 people at the embassies, mostly Africans, were killed. Zawahiri deemed many were working on intelligence matters against islamists in the region. In response to a retaliatory cruise missile strike after the embassy bombings, Zawahiri told a Pakistan journalist by satellite phone that “The war has only just begun.” The phone had been bought by a charity worker in Columbia, Missouri who later lived with the father of the leader of the Virginia Paintball defendants Royer.

    In the Spring and Fall of 1999, the Blind Sheik’s assistant, Post Office employe Sattar, was in telephone communication with Deputy Military Commander Mustafa Hamza, the blind sheik’s successor Taha, Yassir al-Sirri, and al-Zayat. They spoke on conference calls about the blind sheikh’s withdrawal of his support for the cease fire. Although suspecting his phone was wiretapped, Sattar continued to talk vaguely in code about these issues with these people, all of whom were closely connected to al-Zawahiri. This was the period Zawahiri moved forward his anthrax planning and there was a public dialogue between Bin Laden and a London cleric’s call for a holy biowar.

    On September 21, 2000, an Arabic television station, Al Jazeera, televised an interview with Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Zawahiri, and Islamic leader Abu Yasser (of the Islamic Group and Al Qaeda), and Mohammed Abdel Rahman (the blind sheik’s son), during which they pledged jihad to free Abdel Rahman. They urged that his followers avenge the “insult” paid him by his imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder. Bin Laden vowed “to work with all our power to free our brother, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, and all our prisoners in America, Egypt, and Riyadh. Bin Laden told his followers to remember Nosair, the man who assassinated Rabbi Kahane. In an audio overlay, Mohammed was heard saying “avenge your sheik” and “go to the spilling of blood.”

    When Abdel-Rahman visited Peshawar in the late 1980s and early 1990s Abdel-Rahman stayed in a large house outside of Peshawar with Mohammed Islambouli and Zawahiri. Al-Timimi would speak alongside Abdel-Rahman’s son at IANA conferences in 1993 and 1996. Alarm bells should have gone off when Al-Timimi in the late 1990s first started walking down the hallways with famed Russian bioweaponeer and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey. There is no indication that they did.

    Zawahiri wrote in Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet published at the time of the second anthrax mailing that he agreed with the supporter of the “blind sheik” who said: “the Egyptian Government is guilty of a major shortcoming by not intervening to safeguard the shaykh, guarantee his humanitarian rights inside the US jail, and find a solution to his case because, in the final count, he is an Egyptian national, a Muslim scholar, and a professor at Al-Azhar university. Finally he is a blind and sick old man. His continued detention and the inhuman way in which he is treated will continue to be a source of tension on all levels.

    The ruling shura (council) of Egyptian Islamic Jihad in the mid-1990s had 14 members, including three in London. Two of those three, Adel Abdel Bari and Ibrahim Eidarous, at the time of the anthrax mailings, were the ones who had announced that the 1998 embassy bombings were in retaliation for the detention of the blind sheik and Sheik al-Hawali. They were in Belmarsh prison fighting extradition to the United States for alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Ahmed and Mohammed Abdel-Rahman, two of the Egyptian sheikh’s 13 children, were named as co-conspirators in the September 11 attacks.

    In late May 2000, Post Office employee Sattar had telephone conversations with Islamic Group leaders in which he explained that Abdel Rahman (1) did not object to a return to “work” (terrorist operations); (2) agreed that the IG should escalate the issues in the media; (3) advised the IG to avoid division within the IG’s leadership; and (4) instructed the IG to hint at military operation even if the group was not ready for military action.

    On October 4, 2000, US Postal employee Sattar called the Vanguards of Conquest publicist in London, Al-Sirri, and read to him a fatwa to be issued under Abdel Rahman’s name entitled, “Fatwah the Killing of Israelis Everywhere,” which Al-Sirri agreed to distribute. The next day, the fatwa appeared on a web-site operated by Al-Sirri.

    On or about November 21, 2000, Al Jazeera featured a meeting of Bin Laden, Zawahiri and Taha under a banner that read “Convention to Support Honorable Omar Abdel Rahman. The three pleaded “jihad to free Abdel Rahman from incarceration in the United States. Mohammed Abdel Rahman, the blind sheik’s son, was heard urging others to “avenge your Sheikh” and “go to the spilling of blood.” But the blind sheik’s plight was also of concern to alleged Al Qaeda operatives in the US.

    Members of an alleged Detroit, Michigan terror cell had an angry conversation in June 2001 about Abdel Rahman’s imprisonment.

    Similarly, the Government’s Indictment of the Buffalo defendants explained that one of the reasons motivating the terrorists actions was that “al Qaeda opposed the United States Government because of the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of persons belonging to Al Qaeda or its affiliated terrorist groups or those with whom it worked.”

    IANA writer Kamal Habib, the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, was in charge of the “National Campaign to Release Detainees.” It perhaps was inevitable that IANA would be caught in the crossfire just as was Abdel-Rahman’s attorney Lynne Stewart.

    As a source, the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in the U.S.” mentions “a senior EIJ member” living in California. The reference is to former US sergeant Ali Mohammed, Ayman Zawahiri’s head of intelligence. The references in the PDB to the threat of aircraft hijacking in an attempt to free blind sheik Abdel-Rahman were perhaps underscored a month later when, the week before 9/11, the Taliban government offered to exchange eight Christian missionaries in exchange for Sheik Abdel-Rahman. Whether
    viewed as blackmail or retaliation, the detention of the blind sheikh and numerous other detainees in custody prior to 9/11 figured as an important part of the motive for all the terrorist attacks by the Salafist-Jihadis for years leading up to the anthrax mailings.

    In April 2005, Moussaoui confessed to a plot to fly a 747 into the White House if the United States government refused to free the blind sheikh. Bin Laden had considered hijacking a plane in an attempt to flee the blind sheikh but determined it was impractical.

    In the Amerithrax Third Squad’s testing of the theory that a supporter of the Salafist-Jihadis mailed the anthrax, concern for detention of blind sheik Abdel-Rahman should have been a major factor.

    Given that they knew that the son of the blind sheik’s translator was a close associate of Mohammed Atta and had called his mom from KSM’s house on or about September 13, 2001 to insist — over her objections — that he was coming to the US, the FBI should have connected the dots.

    Amerithrax represents the greatest counterintelligence analysis failure in the history of United States — because the unresolved anthrax threat is ongoing.

    It is time for the new FBI Director when he takes charge to ensure that the Department of Justice stands for justice and not CYA.

  82. DXer said

    It was after Hambali was captured in August 2003, that extremely virulent anthrax was found in a house in Kandahar. After being shipped to Jordan, where he was harshly questioned, Hambali eventually began providing information about Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program. He told interrogators that the terror network had what author Ron Suskind describes as an “extremely virulent” strain of anthrax before the September 11 attacks. In the autumn of 2003, Suskind claims, U.S. forces in Afghanistan found a sample of the virulent anthrax at a house in Kandahar. Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Suskind writes: “One disclosure was particularly alarming: al Qaeda had, in fact produced high-grade anthrax.

    Hambali, during interrogation, revealed its whereabouts in Afghanistan. The CIA soon descended on a house in Kandahar and discovered a small, extremely potent sample of the biological agent.”

    Suskind wrote:

    “Ever since the tense anthrax meeting with Cheney and Rice in December 2001, CIA and FBI had been focused on determining whether al Qaeda was involved in the anthrax letter attacks in 2001 and whether they could produce a lethal version that could be weaponized. The answer to the first was no; to the second, ‘probably not.’ Though the CIA had found remnants of a biological weapons facility — and blueprints for attempted production of anthrax — isolating a strain of virulent anthrax and reproducing it was viewed as beyond al Qaeda’s capabilities.”

    Suskind continued:

    “No more. The anthrax found in Kandahar was extremely virulent. What’s more, it was produced, according to the intelligence, in the months before 9/11. And it could be easily reproduced to create a quantity that could be readily weaponized.”

    “Alarm bells rang in Washington. Al Qaeda, indeed, had the capabilities to produce a weapon of massive destructiveness, a weapon that would create widespread fear.

    Based on the additional information being provided in 2003, authorities also captured two mid to low level technicians — an Egyptian and a Sudanese. President Bush has explained that these mid-to low level technicians were part of a Southeastern Asian based cell that was
    developing an anthrax attack on the United States.

    In Fall of 2006, President Bush explained:

    “KSM also provided vital information on al Qaeda’s efforts to obtain biological weapons. During questioning, KSM admitted that he had met three individuals involved in al Qaeda’s
    efforts to produce anthrax, a deadly biological agent — and he identified one of the individuals as Yazid. KSM apparently believed we already had this information, because Yazid had been captured and taken into foreign custody before KSM’s arrest. In fact we did not know about Yazid’s role in al Qaeda’s anthrax program. Information from Yazid then helped lead to the capture of his two principal assistants in the anthrax program.”

  83. DXer said

    The fact that Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s father had been the blind sheik’s translator was always a key factor tying him to Al Qaeda’s anthrax program. For example, the blind sheik’s son played a key role in recruiting WMD operatives.

    Authorities closed in on KSM in early spring 2003. When arrested, US citizen and NYC resident Uzair Paracha said he had met in February 2003 a chemistry professor who was supposed to help Al Qaeda with biological and chemical weapons. It was a big break, therefore, when the son of the imprisoned blind sheik, Abdel Rahman, was captured in Quetta, Pakistan in mid-February 2003. Mohammed Abdel-Rahman from Afghanistan spoke alongside Ali Al-Timimi at IANA conferences in 1993 and 1996. The blind sheik’s son Mohammed Abdel-Rahman had recently had been in contact with Khalid Mohammed, Al Qaeda’s #3. Anthrax spray drying documents were found, both on a computer and in hard copy. Two weeks after Mohammed’s capture, authorities raided microbiologist Ali Al-Timimi’s townhouse in Alexandria, VA, and searched the residence of a couple of PhD level drying experts in Idaho and Upstate NY, along with various others associated with IANA.

    In June 2003, a UN report explained that Al-Qaeda has a “WMD Committee,” which according to the report, “is known to have approached a number of Muslim scientists to assist the terrorist network with the creation and procurement of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.” Mohammed Abdel Rahman, a member of the 3-member WMD committee, knew Ali Al-Timimi. Ali Al-Timimi conducted a summer camp at a park in Frederick, Maryland over the years. The kids liked the outdoors and ponds. Ironically, the FBI searched the park’s ponds more than once claiming that Dr. Hatfill had once suggested that someone could weaponize anthrax and discard the equipment in a pond.

    • DXer said

      The timing of KSM’s capture is in dispute. The official version is March 1, 2003. The unofficial version t — based on a police officer involved in the raid and the family of the bacteriologist whose home was raided — is prior to that and at a different location. The reason for the false official narrative, suggested by the police officer, is that authorities wanted to get a jump on accomplices. In any event, the 100 agents came here and simultaneously interviewed 150 people on February 26, 2003 — whether it was before or after KSM’s capture depends on which version of the timing of KSM’s capture you credit.

    • DXer said

      After the anthrax mailings, Adnan El-Shukrijumah returned to Karachi Pakistan where he lived with KSM’s assistant, who had the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop.

      The documents indicated that Al Qaeda leaders may already have manufactured some of them. The documents at the Qadoos home reveal that Al Qaeda had a feasible production plan for anthrax. Confronted with scanned handwritten notes on the computer, Mohammed reportedly began to talk about Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program. KSM, however, denies that it was his computer. He says it was the computer of his assistant, Mustafa Hawsawi, who was captured at the home the same day. In 2001, before departing for the UAE, Al-Hawsawi had worked in the Al Qaeda media center Al Sahab (Clouds) in Kandahar. The letter containing the first anthrax went to the American Media in Florida had blue and pink clouds on it.

      Hawsawi worked under KSM who in turn worked for Zawahiri. Al-Hawsawi was a facilitator for the 9/11 attacks and its paymaster, working from the United Arab Emirates. He sent thousands of dollars to Bin Al-Shibh the summer of 2001. After 9/11, he returned to Afghanistan where he met separately with Bin Laden, Zawahiri and spokesman Abu Ghaith. KSM worked closely with al-Hawsawi. Adnan El-Shukrijumah met with both KSM and Sufaat before 911. He called his mom on or about 9/13 and insisted — over her objections he would be arrested — that he was coming to the US.

      The fact that the anthrax spray drying documents were on that computer, however, and that Al-Hawsawi had worked for Al Sahab in Kandahar in 2000, indicates that the undated documents predated 9/11, particularly given that extremely virulent anthrax was later found in Kandahar. Al-Hawawi in turn worked with Aafia Siddiqui’s husband-to-be, KSM’s nephew Al-Baluchi, in the UAE in the summer of 2001. The two provided logistical support for the hijackers and to El-Shukrijumah.

      Hawsawi worked as a financial manager for Bin Laden when he was in Sudan. Egyptian Islamic Jihad shura leader Mahjoub was Bin Laden’s farm manager in Sudan. Mahjoub was the subject of the anthrax threat in January 2001 in Canada, upon announcement of his bail hearing. The day after Mahjoub’s bail was denied on October 5, 2001, the potent stuff was sent to US Senators Daschle and Leahy.

      The Washington Post explained that “What the documents and debriefings show, the first official said, is that “KSM was involved in anthrax production, and [knew] quite a bit about it.” Barton Gellman in the Post explained that Al Qaeda had recruited competent scientists, including a Pakistani microbiologist who the officials declined to name. “The documents describe specific timelines for producing biochemical weapons and include a bar graph depicting the parallel processes that must take place between Days 1 and 31 of manufacture. Included are inventories of equipment and indications of readiness to grow seed stocks of pathogen in nutrient baths and then dry the resulting liquid slurry into a form suitable for aerosol dispersal.” The documents are undated and unsigned and cryptic about essential details.

      In addition to establishing him as paymaster for the hijackers, Al-Hawsawi’s computer disks reportedly also included lists of contributors worldwide, to include bank account numbers and names of organizations that have helped finance terror attacks. In press accounts, one unnamed government official confirmed that the information has yielded the identities of about a dozen suspected terrorists in the US. In his substituted testimony in the Moussaoui case, Al-Hawsawi says he became part of Al Qaeda’s media committee in Afghanistan in about July 2000. Hawsawi lived at the media office. For about 4-5 months in 2000, Hawsawi worked as a secretary on al Qaeda’s media committee. Hawsawi’s role “was to copy compact discs and reprint articles for the brothers at the guesthouse in Qandahar. After 2000, Hawsawi worked at the direction of Sheikh Mohammed, transferring funds, and procuring goods.” KSM joined the committee in February 2001.

      The first time that Hawsawi was asked to become involved in operational activities was about March 2001, when he took his second trip to the UAE. Although Sheikh Mohammed did not use the word “operation,” Sheikh Mohammed told Hawsawi that he would be purchasing items, receiving and possibly sending money, and possibly meeting individuals whom Hawsawi would contact or who would contact him.

      Khalid Sheik Mohammed told Hawsawi that Hawsawi would be in contact with individuals called ‘Abd Al-Rahman (Muhammad Atta) and the “Doctor” (Nawaf al-Hazmi). Atta called 2000 that noted that a hijacked airliner could be flown into a building or national landmark in the U.S. Such an attack was viewed “as an option of last resort” given the motive of the attack was to free blind sheik Abdel Rahman. Flying a plane into a building would afford little time to negotiate.

      Zacarias Moussaou was in Karachi with anthrax lab tech Yazid Sufaat on February 3, 2001 when they bought air tickets through a local travel agency for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They left on a flight for KL on February 8, 2001. Moussaoui began at the Norman, Oklahoma flight school on February 26, 2001 where Adnan El-Shukrijumah roomed with Menepta. Mr. Menepta bailed Moussaoui’s colleague, Al-Attas out. His credit card was used to buy chemicals for WTC 1993 bombing. KSM says that Moussaoui’s inquiries about cropdusters may have related to Hambali and Sufaat’s work with anthrax.

      Another reason not to overlook Hawsawi’s role in an anthrax operation — in addition to the spraydrying documents on his laptop and close association with anthrax letters suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah — is his contact with al-Marri. Al-Marri, who entered the country on September 10, 2001, was researching chemicals in connection with a “second wave.” Al-Marri was also drafting emails to KSM. Although al-Marri denies being in contact with Hawsawi, phone records show otherwise. E-mail evidence also confirms messages drafted by al-Marri to KSM. An article by Susan Schmidt in the Washington Post on al-Marri notes that al-Marri picked up $13,000 in cash from al-Hawsawi.

  84. DXer said

    Former Senator Graham has explained that classified documents contradict the FBI’s investigation in Florida. Relatedly, newly Florida Department of Law Enforcement documents state than an informant, Wissam Hammoud, says that al-Hilji once introduced him to Adnan El Shukrijumah.

    Now given that the FBI says it did not know who El-Shukrijumah was until KSM was captured in March 2003, the FBI’s position is consistent with the family not being known to be connected to the hijackers. The FBI hadn’t yet figured out who was working with the hijackers.

    Adnan was not a hijacker as such — he later was understood as the “next Atta.” Given the FBI says (falsely) it did not even know who Atta was until March 2003, then the significance of his connection to the al-Hilji family should be revisited. Of course, if the FBI didn’t even figure out who he was — even though numerous detainees were describing him — fat chance they could ever discover he was a prime candidate for anthrax mailer (even better than Jdey).

    Relatedly, the GAO should consider that El-Shukrijumah, according to the report in the 911 Commission report, was with Atta and a colleague at the immigration office in January 2001 when Atta submitted his paperwork.

    Might El-Shukrijumah have filled in Atta’s paperwork? Are we sure that the writing is Atta’s handwriting rather than El-Shukrijumah? (More exemplars would clarify this).

    Last month I called a private detective from Florida closely following El-Shukrijumah. He does not know of handwriting exemplars for this Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who I have ventured as a great prospect for anthrax mailer.

    A key piece of proof relating to an Adnan as mailer hypothesis is KSM’s instruction to El-Shukrijumah to get ready to travel. See secret detainee assessment that is uploaded.

    El-Shukrijumah, like my sometimes Facebook Friend anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, was living with KSM in Kandahar. At some point, KSM instructed El-Shukrijumah to get ready to travel. KSM was startled when he was told the instruction still existed — protocol was to destroy such evidence. And KSM is not an easy guy to fluster — and so this planned trip might have been important.

    Qahtani, the intended 20th hijacker, places Adnan at KSM’s house at September 13, 2001. See secret detainee assessment report. Adnan was very experienced at faking necessary travel documents and had a number of legitimate passports — meanwhile, as the FBI is quick to emphasize, the FBI did not know El-Shukrijumah was an Al Qaeda operative, moving footloose and fancy free in Florida. The FBI was too busy helping the Administration avoid any embarrassment to Prince Bandar. I’ve known of Prince Bandar since the days he paid for the 100 combat helicopters to Saddam, complete with quick release mechanism for pesticides. Prince Bandar met at a Benihana restaurant and planned it with Sarkis Soghanalian. There is a tape and transcript. And so trust me that a lot happens behind the scenes that you don’t read about in the newspaper.

    It is quite ridiculous that the FBI is being allowed to hide documents relating to Shukrijumah — all for political reasons.

    El-Shukrijumah is now the head of Al Qaeda’s external operations.

    At the nuts-and-bolts level, the GAO should also obtain the FBI’s handwriting comparison for Atta, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, Jdey and Bruce Ivins.

    An FBI agent once told me that the FBI thinks that printing such letters can be very useful — even probative.

    Okay, if that is the FBI’s view of handwriting forensics, well, then let’s see the handwriting comparison. We know that Bruce Ivins’ handwriting looks nothing like the handwriting in the Fall 2001 letters.

    Let’s turn to this evidence rather than hearing tall tales from former counselors channeled through the USG’s consulting psychiatrists — like Bruce Ivins’ first counselor — who thought she was controlled by an alien who had put a microchip in her buttt.

    http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/13/10656262-classified-documents-contradict-fbi-on-post-911-probe-of-saudis-ex-senator-says?lite

    • DXer said

      FBI informant says Sarasota Saudi praised bin Laden; knew Broward Qaeda suspect

      http://www.browardbulldog.org/2012/02/fbi-informant-says-sarasota-saudi-praised-bin-laden-knew-ex-broward-qaeda-suspect/

      By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
      2/18/2012

      A Saudi man who triggered an FBI investigation after he and his family abruptly exited their Sarasota area home and left the country two weeks before 9/11 considered Osama bin Laden a hero and may have known some of the hijackers, an informant told the FBI in 2004.

      The informant also told authorities that Abdulazziz al-Hijji once introduced him to Adnan El Shukrijumah the former Miramar resident and suspected al Qaeda leader who today has a $5 million bounty on his head.

      The FBI and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Wissam Taysir Hammoud at the Hillsborough County Jail on April 7, 2004. Broward Bulldog obtained Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports about the interview and the investigation using the state’s public records law.

      Hammoud, 46, who once owned a cell phone business in Sarasota, is serving 21 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2005 in federal court in Tampa to weapons violations and attempting to kill a federal agent and a witness in an earlier case against him. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons classifies him as an International Terrorist Associate, court records show.

      Hammoud reaffirmed his previous statements about al-Hijji to the FBI in recent interviews.

      ***
      Al-Hijji denied having abandoned his home in haste, explaining: No, no, no. Absolutely not true. We were trying to secure the [Aramco] job. It was a good opportunity.” He said his wife and children followed him out to Saudi Arabia a few weeks after he left Sarasota.

      An alarmed neighbor contacted the FBI. When several weeks passed without action, Prestanica resident and administrator Larry Berberich alerted local law enforcement. Authorities, including the FBI, moved in.

      The investigation led to a stunning development, according to Berberich and a counterterrorism officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

      The car registration numbers of vehicles that had passed through the Prestancia community’s North Gate in the months before 9/11, coupled with the identification documents shown by incoming drivers on request, showed that Mohamed Atta and several of his fellow hijackers“ and another Saudi terror suspect still at large had visited 4224 Escondito Circle on multiple occasions, the source said.

      The others included Marwan al-Shehhi, who plowed a United Airlines jet into the World Trade Centerâ’s South Tower, Ziad Jarrah, who crashed another United jet into a Pennsylvania field and Walid al-Shehri, who flew with Atta on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center. Also identified as having visited: Saudi-born fugitive Adnan Shukrijumah.


      Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who co-chaired Congress’s bipartisan Joint Inquiry into the 2001 terrorist attacks, called news of the Sarasota investigation the most important development on the background to the 9/11 plot in years. He added that Congress should have been told about it.

      Soon after the story broke, however, the FBI poured cold water on it. It acknowledged that there had been an investigation, but said it found no connection to the 9/11 plot. It declined to explain.

      The FBI reiterated that position in a letter this month denying a Freedom of Information Act request for records of its investigation.


      DETAILS FROM FDLE REPORT
      The FDLE reports buttress key elements of the story, while providing new details:

      Hammoud, who said he met al-Hijji through relatives, said the two men worked out together at Shapes Fitness in Sarasota and played soccer at the local Islamic Society. He told the FBI Al-Hijji was ery well schooled in Islam and that Osama bin Laden was a hero of al-Hijji.  He added that Al-Hijji showed him a website containing information about bin Laden, and spoke of going to Afghanistan and becoming a freedom fighter. Al-Hijji also tried to recruit him, Hammoud said.

      According to Hammoud, al-Hijji also talked of taking flight training in Venice.  He said he believed “al-Hijji had known some of the terrorists from the September 11, 2001 attacks” who were students at an airport there.

      Hammoud said al-Hijji entertained Saudis at his residence at parties that he himself did not stay for because unlike al-Hijji as he remembered him he did not drink or smoke cannabis.  One Saudi Hammoud identified as an al-Hijji friend he brought to a soccer game at the Sarasota mosque in 2000 or 2001 was Shukrijumah.

      ***

      For his part, Hammoud has named several FBI agents that he claims to have dealt with while attempting to assist the government in its fight against terrorism. One was Miami Special Agent Kevin Griffin

      Hammoud’s current attorney, Detroit’s Sanford Schulman, said FBI agents have met with Hammoud on multiple occasions.

      There have been about 10 different agents, and that’s just the ones that I’ve been involved with. They were not two minute meetings either, said Schulman, who did not attend but was notified of the meetings.

  85. DXer said

    Graham: FBI hindered Congress’s 9/11 inquiry, withheld reports about Sarasota Saudis

    BY DAN CHRISTENSEN AND ANTHONY SUMMERS
    BROWARDBULLDOG.ORG

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/05/3434487/graham-fbi-hindered-congresss.html#storylink=cpy

    Comment:

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah was at this address with Atta according to the FBI informant and the security person at the gated community.

    But the 911 Commission did not learn of it because a top person at DOJ intervened and prevented the 911 Commission from learning about the Sarasota investigation.

    Amerithrax represents the greatest failure in counterintelligence analysis in the history of the United States. There is an ongoing IC investigation into who is responsible for screwing up the investigation.

    It’s like a game of musical chairs. If you continue to withhold documents in 2013, you will be the fall guy for what happened in 2002 even though it did not involve you.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  86. DXer said

    Ed is by far Dr. Ivins’ most true believing accuser. Web poster Ed mistakenly argued throughout the investigation that the 911 hijackers had no accomplice — and that instead a First Grader wrote the anthrax letters.

    Ed has explained that teachers teaching elementary children media literacy use him as a case study.

    Bruce Ivins’s first counselor, Judith, once believed that the FACTS showed that an alien visited her each night in 2000 to give her instructions. She thought murderous astral entities were attached to the clients in her part-time counseling gig. She met with Bruce several times one month in 2000. Her annotations of the file were central to the report by the FBI’s forensic consulting scientist GS in support of the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” and the book by author DW. No one bothered to read her book for sale at Amazon describing the alien.

    Ed thinks that the FACT show a First Grader wrote the letters.

    To simplify, and save Ed 10 years of regularly posting, the accomplice of the hijackers always existed. The First Grader never existed. The alien never existed.

    Ed implores readers to discuss the First Grader who was manipulated by the evil man to do something horrible.

    On the other hand, I implore the FBI to extradite the Al Qaeda anthrax head to the United States and to capture Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    Ed’s argument throughout the pendency of the investigation is here:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20110915013528/http://www.anthraxinvestigation.com/AlQaeda.html

    Throughout the decade (until last year) he mistakenly argued that the FBI was not talking about — and thus did not know about — an accomplice of the hijackers.

    He wrote:

    “And most convincing of all: Americans were in Afghanistan pounding the crap out of al Qaeda, yet there were no more anthrax attacks.”

    If he had read on the subject, he would have known that Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab was destroyed in early October 2001 and its lab head Yazid Sufaat captured as he tried to escape home to Kuala Lumpur. Instead of reading and learning the facts, he just went with his belief a First Grader wrote the letters. He argued that a First Grader somewhere was secretly helping a man in Wisconsin in a conspiracy with a man in New Jersey.

    Everyone in the world reading on the matter knew that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was a known accomplice of the hijackers except Ed. It was the subject of massive publicity. The FBI knew about El-Shukrijumah even BEFORE 9/11. Adnan was repeatedly pointed out to Ed. El-Shukrijumah was subject of repeated massively publicized BOLOs and $5 million reward offers.

    Yet Ed’s argument was as follows:

    “What was most puzzling about that The New York Times article was this sentence: “If the hijackers did have anthrax, they would probably have needed an accomplice to mail the tainted letters, bioterrorism experts knowledgeable about the case said.”

    “They would probably have needed an accomplice”?! If you have been DEAD for a week and your body is splattered all over the countryside, is it just a “probability” that you need help to mail some letters? And is it still just a “probability” that you’d also need help a month later to mail a second batch of letters!?

    All the “new” evidence that al Qaeda was behind the anthrax attacks pertained to people who died on September 11th! But to those in Camp Jingo, the fact that those terrorists were all dead is merely “proof” that there must have been an unidentified accomplice.

    Of all the complaints that people have had about the FBI since September 11, one I’ve never heard is that the FBI has been lax in tracking down everyone associated with the 9-11 terrorists. We know all the terrorists names – even the one who failed to show up for his flight. We know where they lived, where they visited, where they went to flight school, who rented them their apartments, where they had drinks, what they drank, how they paid their bills, who they talked with, where they had arguments, where they went for medical help. We’ve seen photographs of every one of them, plus video tapes of them going through airports. Nearly two thousand people are reportedly still behind bars because of their possible associations to the 9-11 terrorists. But in all this we have seen absolutely nothing of this supposed “accomplice” from the anthrax attacks.

    So, what do we know about this “accomplice” other than that he has apparently never been seen in any photograph and that he has never been associated with the dead al Qaeda members?”

    It was not possible to discuss Adnan El-Shukrijumah because he didn’t inform himself — and still doesn’t. He refused to discuss the Al Qaeda operatives coordinating with the hijackers and Al Qaeda anthrax planners and scientists.

    He insisted the FACTS — he would emphasize the word if it related to his interest in a First Grader — that a man in Central New Jersey had recruited a First Grader to write the letters and got the anthrax from a man in Wisconsin. The man from WIsconsin, for his part (and I interviewed him) thought anthrax was a virus rather than a bacteria. The FBI Director in December 2001 emphasized that the theory involving the man in Wisconsin was “baloney” but Ed insisted the FBI Director was lying.

    Ed dismissed an Al Qaeda theory because he argued the hijackers had no accomplice. Ed wrote:

    “Here is the “new evidence” as reported in The New York Times article:

    1. In June of 2001, two men visited the emergency room of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. One of them was Ahmed Alhaznawi [who had just come from Kandahar where Sufaat’s anthrax lab was located and], who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. Dr. Christos Tsonas treated Alhaznawi for an ugly, dark lesion on his leg.
    2. After September 11, when federal investigators found the medicine among the Alhaznawi’s possessions, Dr. Tsonas was question (in October, after anthrax became a hot subject in the news, particularly in Florida). Dr. Tsonas reviewed the case and decided that the lesion “was consistent with cutaneous anthrax.”
    3. According to The New York Times, experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies recently sent a memorandum to government officials in which they concluded that the diagnosis of cutaneous anthrax was “the most probable and coherent interpretation of the data available.” The memorandum added, “Such a conclusion of course raises the possibility that the hijackers were handling anthrax and were the perpetrators of the anthrax letter attacks.”

    Unfortunately, Johns Hopkins fails to explain exactly how that “possibility” accounts for dead people being “the perpetrators of the anthrax letter attacks.”
    Did some member of Camp Jingo at Johns Hopkins simply fail to check his dates? Or was he or she totally out of touch with virtually every aspect of the anthrax mailing case?
    The New York Times seemed to be aware of the situation, since they alluded to the dates in a vaguely worded paragraph in the middle of their article:
    “If the hijackers did have anthrax, they would probably have needed an accomplice to mail the tainted letters, bioterrorism experts knowledgeable about the case said. The four recovered anthrax letters were postmarked on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 in Trenton.” …
    Why not just say, All those September 11 guys were DEAD at the time of the anthrax mailings! It couldn’t have been them!”

    For years, the media has been discussing Adnan, his association with the hijackers in Florida, and the manhunt for him. His existence was a FACT. He was not someone imagined to exist like some nonexistent First Grader Ed is fixated upon.

    A True Believer, when Adnan is mentioned Ed would merely assume his conclusion: “The FBI’s search for Adnan El-Shukrijumah had nothing to do with the anthrax attacks. My web site is only about the anthrax attacks of 2001…”

    If you suggested his First Grader did not exist, he would respond:

    “Prove it.” He would argue “The FACT say that a first grader wrote the anthrax documents.”

    Bruce Ivins’ thought a counselor had implanted a microchip in her butt and her controlled her butt. Ed thinks that the mailer would needlessly involve a First Grader.

    Throughout the pendency of the investigation, Ed argued:

    “8. The anthrax mailer most likely lives and works in Central New Jersey and has not been arrested because the FBI has not yet obtained sufficient evidence to make an arrest. [This fits El-Shukrijumah if he stayed with Al-Hindi and his sister Meehta while casing NYC helicopters]
    ..

    10. The anthrax mailer probably had no direct connection to any source of the Ames strain of anthrax and probably never worked for any government lab. [This fits El-Shukrijumah ]

    11. The person who removed the Ames anthrax from the lab where it was being used for medical research is almost certainly not the same person who refined and mailed the anthrax.” [This fits El-Shukrijumah ]

    And most importantly he always has argued that the “FACTS” (his capitalization) established a First Grader the letters.

    Elementary and middle school classes being taught media literacy everywhere, understand this: The Al Qaeda anthrax threat is way too important to suffer fools gladly.

    Ed was wrong on almost all aspects of Amerithrax. For example, even when David WIllman interviewed the investigators and they explained the fixation on Steve Hatfill as a suspect, Ed argued that the FBI did not really suspect Hatfill.

    Instead, he argued that they really secretly suspected the fellow in Wisconsin who he thought was conspiring with a fellow in New Jersey who he thought had recruited a First Grader. He reasoned that the FBI Director was lying when he had said in late December 2001 that the theory was “baloney.”

    Ed is what he calls a True Believer. That’s his schtick. For 10 years, instead of addressing the accomplice known to be helping the hijackers and then living with anthrax planners KSM and Al-Hawsawi, who called his mom on or about 9/13 and told her he was coming tot he US, he remains fixated on what some bad man might make some young boy do.

    No one believes him. Not a single real person — not even a single young boy — believes him.

  87. DXer said

    Abu Ghaith, the Al Qaeda spokesman who faces trial in New York City and is represented by Attorney Stanley Cohen, wrote in 2010 on this issue of shame that should be felt upon killing innocents:

    “There is no shame in examining our mistakes and fixing them. Indeed, this is the correct thing to do. But the shame of all shame is to see our mistakes and bury them.”

    Abu Ghaith said allegiance should only be given to “those whose honesty, integrity and capacity are trustworthy”. Giving it to someone who does not deserve it is “treason” and those who give it will “share the responsibility for every mistake made by those it is given to or for any disaster that occurs on their account”.

    http://magharebia.com/en_GB/articles/awi/features/2010/12/22/feature-03
    2010-12-22

    Former al-Qaeda spokesman criticises ‘culture of killing’ and ‘monopoly of jihad’
    Analysis by Rajeh Said in London for Al-Shorfa.com – 22/12/10

    In his first public stance since he disappeared after the war against terrorism began against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001, former al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith criticised his organisation’s leaders without identifying them by name.

    In a book titled “Twenty Guidelines on the Path of Jihad”, Abu Ghaith affirmed his rejection of jihadist work as “the project of one individual using the blood of others to act out what seems correct to him”.

    Jassem Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, also known as “Abu Youssef”, is of Kuwaiti origin. The Kuwaiti government stripped him of citizenship in 2001, after he moved to Afghanistan and appeared alongside al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as a spokesman for the organisation.

    The book was published on the website of an Egyptian Islamist known as Mustafa Hamid, author of the “Mutarid” book series and a veteran “Arab mujahid” in Afghanistan. Hamid is a known critic of bin Laden.

    Abu Ghaith’s book contains 20 pieces of “advice” about “jihad work”, but it never addresses al-Qaeda by name, despite the fact that its author was the organisation’s spokesman in 2001. Abu Ghaith also does not mention bin Laden by name nor any other leader of the organisation. But much of the “advice” seems directed toward the leaders of al-Qaeda specifically, in addition to leaders of other groups that describe their work as “jihadist”.

    In his book, Abu Ghaith writes, “Jihad, as I have said repeatedly, is a mission of the Umma (Islamic nation) and should not be hijacked or monopolised. Those who think that jihad means carrying arms and fighting the enemy are mistaken. This would mean that the culture of killing and destruction is what drives us, not a culture of life and building.”

    Abu Ghaith said that it was a mistake to believe that jihadists should not be concerned with building the state and its institutions, spreading science and knowledge, and “securing a better life for all who live with Islam and in the Islamic state”.

    He added that jihadists should be concerned with “drawing the real picture of jihad and bearing arms for justice and not injustice, building and not destruction, security and not fear, compassion and not punishment, consensus and not division.”

    Although Abu Ghaith did not specify who is “hijacking” or “monopolising” jihad, his words could be interpreted as applying to al-Qaeda, which is criticised for carrying out actions that limit the meaning of jihad to carrying weapons, offering nothing but destruction.

    Addressing the “mujahids”, Abu Ghaith said taking up arms is an act based on responsibility that should make fighters “fear God in shedding people’s blood, and not spill blood except for rightful reasons”.

    Critics also accuse al-Qaeda of going overboard in shedding blood, even though the organisation denies this.

    The former al-Qaeda spokesman wrote, “Today we need to stop the chaos of putting the statements of humans ahead of the words of God and the words of [the prophet Muhammad].” He added, “There is no shame in examining our mistakes and fixing them. Indeed, this is the correct thing to do. But the shame of all shame is to see our mistakes and bury them.”

    Abu Ghaith said allegiance should only be given to “those whose honesty, integrity and capacity are trustworthy”. Giving it to someone who does not deserve it is “treason” and those who give it will “share the responsibility for every mistake made by those it is given to or for any disaster that occurs on their account”.

    Here too, Abu Ghaith does not specify the identity of the leader who could lead others to “disaster” if accorded allegiance by the masses. However, observers believe it is likely he was referring to bin Laden or his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    Al-Hayat’s Pakistan-based reporter Jamal Ismail described Abu Ghaith’s book as a “rejection” of bin Laden’s jihad, citing the author’s line about jihad not being the “project of one person”. Ismail said the book sets a “precedent that al-Qaeda and affiliated extremist groups have not seen before”.

    Abu Hafs the Mauritanian

    Abu Ghaith’s book includes an introduction by Mahfouz Ould al-Walid (Abu Hafs the Mauritanian), the former head of al-Qaeda’s Sharia Committee who was among those who fled Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime.

    Ould al-Walid is believed to be one who outwardly rejected the September 11th attacks before they occurred. His position caused a public dispute between him and al-Zawahiri.

    Abu Hafs introduced the book as one in a series of “educational” books about jihad to “set the path straight and guide the actions” of jihadists.

    If proven that Abu Ghaith, through his “Twenty Guidelines”, intended to direct criticism against al-Qaeda’s leaders, he will be the latest “jihadist” figure to publicly criticise bin Laden and the leaders close to him, foremost among them Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    One of the most prominent critics is Sayed Imam al-Sharif (Dr. Fadl), described as the “jihadists’ theoretician”, who sharply criticised al-Qaeda’s actions in several studies published while he was in prison in Egypt.

    The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group leadership also directed implicit criticisms toward al-Qaeda in a large study published last year.

    • DXer said

      The blind sheik’s attorney in the US now represents Abu Ghaith, Al Qaeda’s spokesman.

      Abu Ghaith in an interview published in July 2002 said “”Al-Qaeda will organize more attacks against American and Jewish targets, inside and outside American territory, at the moment we choose, at the place we choose and with the methods we want.”

      What does Abu Ghaith say about the murder of the elderly Ottilie Lundgren who took pleasure in visiting her hair dresser?

      Mr. Abu Ghaith is quoted as saying that al-Qaeda “functions according to a rigorous, secret logic.”

      What logic could ever justify the murder of an innocent such as Ottilie Lundgren?

      Abu Ghaith’s very soul — under his belief system — depends on him acknowledging Al Qaeda’s missteps under the Quran and hadiths.

      Abu Ghaith’s statement that honesty and integrity must be shown in addressing past mistakes calls out for him to address these issues without the lying bullshit commonly heard by criminal defendants.

      Al Qaeda took those missteps in 2001 and 2002 while under Abu Ghaith’s moral direction.

      Ottawa Citizen

      July 10, 2002 Wednesday Final Edition

      Al-Qaeda ‘thriving, planning attacks’: Campaign against group ‘a Hollywood
      script,’ spokesman says

      SOURCE: The Associated Press

      SECTION: News; Pg. A8

      LENGTH: 366 words

      DATELINE: ALGIERS

      ALGIERS — In an interview published yesterday, the spokesman for al-Qaeda said
      the terrorist organization led by Osama bin Laden was thriving and planning new
      attacks on Americans. He called the U.S. campaign to dismantle the group a
      “Hollywood script.”

      “Al-Qaeda still maintains its military, security, economic and informational
      structures,” Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was quoted as saying in the Algerian daily El
      Youm.

      There was no way to verify the authenticity of the quotes. But U.S. officials
      said two weeks ago that a recent audio recording by Mr. Abu Ghaith appeared to
      be legitimate.

      Government analysts had matched the sound of his voice to previous recordings.
      In that message, released as an audio file on Islamic Web sites, Mr. Abu Ghaith
      said Mr. bin Laden and his chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were still alive.

      The U.S., leading the war on terrorism in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks,
      has said it doesn’t know whether Mr. bin Laden is alive or dead.

      The editor in chief of El Youm, an Arabic language daily, said the interview it
      published was conducted Sunday via two intermediaries. Editor H’Mida Ayachi said
      El Youm formulated questions that were faxed to an intermediary. A second
      intermediary actually asked the questions.

      He would not say where the interview took place.

      Mr. Abu Ghaith is quoted as saying that al-Qaeda “functions according to a
      rigorous, secret logic” and that it cannot be knocked out. “Al-Qaeda will
      organize more attacks against American and Jewish targets, inside and outside
      American territory, at the moment we choose, at the place we choose and with the
      methods we want,” he is quoted as saying.

    • DXer said

      As indicated in the article above, the US has an audiotape of this interview of this July 2002 interview by Abu Ghaith. Three key items of evidence against Abu Ghaith therefore will be the October 2001 statement, the June 2002 statement and this July 2002 statement.

      While the evidence of his participation the conspiracy to murder American is beyond reasonable dispute, Abu Ghaith has a more important fight on his hands that not even Attorney Cohen can help him with.

      Abu Ghaith’s place in paradise requires that he renounce the reckless departure of the hadiths reflected by the murder of Otillie Lundgren and Kathy Nguyen and the other victims.

      The Sun

      July 10, 2002

      BIN SUICIDE ALERT TO US

      LENGTH: 113 words

      OSAMA bin Laden’s terror network yesterday warned America to “fasten its
      seatbelts” for a new wave of suicide strikes.

      Al-Qa’ida dubbed the war on terror a “Hollywood script” and insisted it was
      ready to attack the US and its allies “from where they will not expect”.

      Spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith said: “Our networks are assessing and
      monitoring US targets. We will strike in a period of time which is not long.

      “Our suicide militants are impatient to carry out attacks against US and
      Jewish targets inside America and abroad.”

      The threat, made in Algerian paper El Youm, follows repeated US intelligence
      warnings of an imminent al-Qa’ida atrocity.

    • DXer said

      The tape by Abu Ghaith was delivered by the Al-Sahab Institution for Media Production which was the entity for which KSM and al-Hawsawi worked.
      Al-Hawsawi is the fellow who had the laptop with the anthrax spraydrying documents and who lived with Adnan El-Shukrijumah in the Spring of 2002 in Karachi.
      As-Sahab, as explained by KSM, translates to “Clouds.” Saifallah Paracha’s offered his tv studies for filming of Bin Laden media messages. Paracha
      says that the Lahore operative told the Karachi operative the names of the pair suspected of accomplishing the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

      Associated Press Worldstream

      July 9, 2002 Tuesday

      Al-Qaida spokesmen say terror group is thriving, planning new attacks against
      America

      BYLINE: BASSEM MROUE; Associated Press Writer

      DATELINE: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

      Two al-Qaida spokesmen have released separate interviews in which they say Osama
      bin Laden’s terrorist group is thriving and planning new attacks and
      assassinations.

      “Al-Qaida will organize more attacks inside American territory and outside, at
      the moment we choose, at the place we choose and with the objectives that we
      want,” al-Qaida’s chief spokesman, Kuwaiti-born Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was quoted
      by the Algerian daily El Youm on Tuesday as saying.

      In another purported al-Qaida statement, a Saudi-owned satellite television
      broadcast audio taped comments by an al-Qaida spokesman, described as Abu Laith
      from Libya, saying the terror group is “preparing for a coming period … of
      guerrilla war”

      “We have started changing the war to attacks and assassinations, and we have
      succeeded in that with God’s help,” Abu Laith said without elaborating in the
      interview, excerpts of which were broadcast by the Middle East Broadcast Corp
      during its midnight news bulletin.

      ***

      MBC Television said it received the Abu Laith tape from Al-Sahab Institution for
      Media Production, a group credited with earlier al-Qaida statements that
      appeared on Web sites and with the so-called farewell video of Ahmed Ibrahim A.
      Alhaznawi, a Sept. 11 hijacker.

      MBC executives and employees were not immediately available for comment. It was
      unclear where or when the tape was made or how it was delivered to the station.

      U.S. officials said two weeks ago that a recent audio recording by Abu Ghaith
      appeared to be legitimate. Government analysts matched the sound of his voice to
      previous recordings. In that message, released as an audio file on Islamic Web
      sites, Abu Ghaith said bin Laden and his deputy were still alive.

    • DXer said

      It was widely reported in July 2003 that in addition to Abu Ghaith, Iran was holding Ayman Zawahiri and Al Qaeda’s military commander Saif Adel.

      Abu Ghaith can confirm that or not. Al Qaeda’s anthrax program was Ayman Zawahiri’s highly comparmentalized operation — even more elite and secret than its chemical program.

      Agence France Presse — English

      July 28, 2003 Monday

      Iran is “completing files” on al-Qaeda members it holds
      DATELINE: TEHRAN, July 28

      Iran on Monday said that it is “completing the files” on the members of the
      terror network al-Qaeda it is holding before deciding on their fate.

      “We are studying and completing their files then we will make a decision”,
      foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in a press conference, adding:
      “As long as their files have not been completed, we can not say anything more.”

      Tehran admitted for the first time on Wednesday that it was holding “prominent”
      elements of Osama bin Laden’s terror network, but did not identify them.

      It said it would either extradite them to their country of origin, expel them to
      where they had come from or prosecute them in Iran.

      Among those held in Iran, according to diplomats and the Arab press, are
      al-Qaeda’s Egyptian-born number two and number three Ayman al-Zawahiri and Saif
      al-Adel, spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, and one of bin Laden’s sons, Saad.

      Diplomats say part of the reason for Tehran’s reticence has been the fact that
      many of the detainees have been stripped of their nationalities by Arab
      governments, complicating the Islamic regime’s efforts to negotiate their
      handover.

      They said Iran has been engaged in negotiations with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and
      Egypt over the fate of the detainees, but talks with Egypt are complex due to
      the absence of diplomatic ties.

      Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA)

      July 28, 2003, Monday

      Iran holds Al Qaeda’s top leaders

      BYLINE: By Faye Bowers Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

      DATELINE: WASHINGTON

      HIGHLIGHT: Tehran’s custody of bin Laden’s son and others is a blow to the
      terrorist organization.

      The Tehran government is holding several top-level Al Qaeda operatives that,
      experts say, could lead to the biggest breakthrough in curtailing the
      organization since the fall of Afghanistan.

      Though the Iranians haven’t mentioned any names, intelligence officials and
      press reports indicate they’ve captured Saad bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son,
      who has assumed a leadership role; Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the Al Qaeda spokesman;
      and Saif al-Adel, the latest No. 3 who is believed to be in charge of military
      operations.

      Even more significant, according to one Western intelligence official, Tehran is
      also holding Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is known as an Islamic
      fundamentalist intellectual and eloquent speaker for the organization. While
      some US intelligence sources have expressed doubt that Iran really has Dr.
      Zawahiri, the European official says Tehran “absolutely” has him.

    • DXer said

      Al Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaith, who now faces trial in New York City, was persistent in 2002 in arguing murderous attacks. As a fourth item of evidence against him is his December audio and written 2002 statement.

      The government can authenticate statements through voice analysis of the audio statements.

      False denials would just destroy the public’s view of Abu Ghaith’s integrity and be very boring.

      Calgary Herald (Alberta, Canada)

      December 9, 2002 Monday Final Edition

      Terrorists threaten U.S., Israel

      SOURCE: Calgary Herald

      SECTION: News; Pg. A4

      DATELINE: JERUSALEM

      Al-Qaeda threatened Sunday “faster, harder strikes” against America and Israel
      “on land, air and sea.”

      The threat to the two countries came on an Islamic Web site in a statement
      attributed to Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the terrorist network’s one-time spokesman.

      “The Jewish Crusader coalition will not be safe anywhere from the fighters’
      attacks,” the statement said.

      “We will hit the most vital centres and we will strike against its strategic
      operations with all possible means.”

      The statement coincided with the broadcasting of an audio message attributed to
      Abu Ghaith, in which he said al-Qaeda was behind twin attacks on Israeli targets
      in Kenya on Nov. 28, and warned of more attacks to come.

    • DXer said

      Abu Ghaith, the Al Qaeda spokesman who faces trail in New York City, said Al Qaeda did not usually claim responsibility. The argument by some regarding the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings that relied on Al Qaeda’s failure to claim responsibility was very uninformed. People need to read more. People who don’t take time to educate themselves should sit on their hands instead of putting their foot in their mouth.

      DAILY MAIL (London)

      December 9, 2002

      Al Qaeda ‘to target tourists in Prague’ AL

      SECTION: Pg. 19

      LENGTH: 388 words

      Qaeda plans to attack tourist sites in Prague, it was claimed yesterday.

      The Czech Republic capital is a popular destination for British and other
      Western holidaymakers.

      Israeli intelligence officers said they had received information from several
      sources that Osama bin Laden’s terronetwork is targeting Israeli tourists.

      ‘A specific warning was received recently about plans to attack Jews and
      Israelis in Prague,’ said a spokesman.

      ***

      The tape-recorded statement, attributed to spokesman Suliman Abu Ghaith, who is
      thought to be on the run with Bin Laden, was broadcast on the Al-jazeera
      satellite TV channel.

      ***

      ‘The Jewish coalition will not be safe anywhere from the fighters’ attacks,’ it
      said.

      ***

      ‘We will chase the enemy with terrifying weapons.’ Ghaith said Al Qaeda did not
      usually claim responsibility for attacks, but would do so ‘according to relevant
      circumstances’.

    • DXer said

      The written version of Abu Ghaith’s June 2002 statement warning of up to four million Americans, including one million children, through the use of chemical and biological weapons” was on al.neda.com .

      ARENA: Good evening, Anderson. Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith promises
      on that audiotape that Osama bin Laden will “soon appear on television screens,”
      and in a warning about future terrorist attacks, he tells Americans to “fasten
      their safety belts.”

      Now Abu Ghaith has previously warned of the deaths of up to four million
      Americans, including one million children, through the use of chemical and
      biological weapons.

      Now these statements and others from al Qaeda have been appearing on a Web site,
      http://www.alneda.com (ph). Now the frequency of the statements coming from al Qaeda
      in recent weeks is causing some concern among terrorism investigators.

      The written version of Abu Ghaith’s December 2012 statement was on jehadonline.org website.

      The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia)

      December 9, 2002, Monday

      Al-Qaeda ‘prepares’ – BALI BOMBING

      THE al-Qaeda network has threatened more attacks on Israeli and US targets as it
      claimed responsibility for last month’s Kenya attacks that killed 13 people.

      “The two Mombasa attacks are the work of al-Qaeda,” group spokesman Sulaiman Abu
      Ghaith said in a recording on the jehadonline.org website.

      He called on al-Qaeda fighters to “prepare”.

    • DXer said

      Evan Kohlmann has given his take why it was appropriate to try Abu Ghaith in a federal court rather than before a military commission.

      Look, there`s two rationales for sending someone to Guantanamo Bay.
      Number one, that the evidence that has been collected against them has bee
      collected in such a way that it cannot be presented in civilian court. This
      individual has been charged with conspiring to kill Americans. He went on
      television multiple times and openly proclaimed his desire to kill Americans,
      his interest and active efforts to kill Americans with al Qaeda.

      So as far as that goes, I don`t think you need a secret agent to come in and
      testify to that. He said so on TV.

      The second rationale would be that he is so dangerous that he cannot be held
      safely here in New York. This guy is not the Birdman of Alcatraz. He is an old
      fat guy. He was so old and fat to begin with that he couldn`t join bin Laden and
      Zawahiri in Pakistan. He had to flee to Iran. That was in 2002.

      When they picked him up in Turkey, supposedly they picked him up staying at a
      luxury hotel. This is not somebody who is going to break out of prison. This is
      not somebody who poses a violent threat to others. He conspired to kill
      Americans. He was a danger to this country. He deserves his day in court. But
      this is absolutely no reason to put someone like this in Gitmo. It`s just
      overwhelming a system that we`re already trying to shut down.

      Peter Bergen does also:

      This is a sound decision for several reasons:

      First, the Obama administration’s stated goal is to close Guantanamo, not to add
      prisoners there.

      Second, the conviction rate since 9/11 in these kinds of terrorism cases is 100%
      in New York courts when it comes to allegations of any kind of involvement in al
      Qaeda or its allied organizations.

      The New America Foundation maintains a database of all the jihadist terrorism
      cases in the U.S. since 9/11. Of the 39 cases in New York State since 9/11, 20
      defendants pleaded guilty and 15 were convicted, while four await trial.

      By contrast, the military commission system in Guantanamo is largely untested.
      The operational commander of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was arrested in
      Pakistan a decade ago but still has yet to face trial in Guantanamo. It’s quite
      possible that the process may take many more years before his trial even begins.

      Indeed, of the 779 prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo, only six have
      been convicted according to a recently released study by the Congressional
      Research Service, which performs research on behalf of members of Congress.

      In other words, while courts in New York have convicted alleged terrorists at a
      100% rate, less than 1% have been successfully tried at Guantanamo.

      In addition, the few convictions in Guantanamo have in some cases been
      overturned; for instance, that of Salim Hamden, who was bin Laden’s driver.

      In other cases, the sentences handed down have been very short compared with
      those in civilian trials of alleged terrorists in the U.S.

      • DXer said

        The point that a federal district court is an appropriate venue in the sense that his own taped and videotaped words, supplemented by voice analysis, warrant a finding of guilt.

        Indeed, Miranda becomes irrelevant in proving him part of conspiracy to murder as alleged.

        But Abu Ghaith threatened mass attack with chemical or biological weapons simply cannot go unexplored.

        GAO should find a way of accessing what Abu Ghaith has said.

        Dismissing him as a blowhard fails to take into account the critical role a propagandist plays in a terror campaign. It certainly doesn’t do justice for the several thousand murdered victims.

        HIGHLIGHT: AIDE: Ghaith; TANKS A LOT: Search mission is no secret thanks to the
        satellite; HAUL OF FAME: Pictures of this truck were beamed over the globe

        OSAMA bin Laden’s chief aide warned yesterday that al-Qaeda will kill four
        million more Americans.

        Suleiman Abu Ghaith said the terrorist network planned to attack the US with
        chemical or biological weapons. September 11 was “only a start”.

        Ghaith, one of Bin Laden’s closest friends and allies, said on an Islamic
        website: “We have the right to kill 4million Americans – 2million of them
        children – and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of
        thousands.

        “Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological
        weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the
        Muslims because of the Americans’ chemical and biological weapons.”

        Ghaith, who taught Islamic studies in Kuwait until last June, has often appeared
        on Qatar’s al-Jazeera satellite channel.

    • DXer said

      The SITUATION ROOM described Abu Ghaith in the federal courtroom.

      CANDIOTTI (voice-over): Suleiman Abu Ghaith entered the courtroom looking and
      acting much differently than the al Qaeda spokesman so often seen next to his
      father-in-law, Osama bin Laden.

      In New York federal court, he looked older, balding, his dark beard now gray.
      Gone was the fiery rhetoric. He quietly said yes when asked whether he
      understood the charges and left it to his lawyer to enter his plea, not guilty.

      But behind the scenes, Abu Ghaith is talking to investigators, prosecutors
      dropping a bombshell, revealing he made a 22-page statement after his arrest,
      possibly powerful evidence.

      JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST: Prosecutors always want statements
      from a defendant, so the fact that he gave such an extensive one has the
      potential to be extremely incriminating at a trial.

      CANDIOTTI: What did he tell investigators? They aren’t saying. He was arrested
      overseas February 28 and flown to the U.S. from Jordan March 1, a full week
      before his arraignment. Abu Ghaith has mostly been under house arrest since 2002
      and experts as you know likely not actively involved in al Qaeda operations.

      Bin Laden himself bragged on tape the 9/11 plans were so secretive, Abu Ghaith
      didn’t even know about them.

      Peter Bergen points to the fact that Abu Ghaith, according to a tape of Bin Laden, did not know of the 911 operation in advance. How does that matter? His claims of responsibility for the different atrocities proves his guilty of the charge without more.

      PETER BERGEN, CNN TERRORISM ANALYST: He points to Abu Ghaith, his spokesman, and
      says, we didn’t clue him in. So, surely a defense lawyer will be using that in
      the future case.

      • DXer said

        The New York Times
        March 9, 2013

        In Courtroom Near Ground Zero, Bin Laden Relative Pleads Not Guilty

        One person with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Abu Ghaith’s
        arrest and his statements to F.B.I. agents and New York police detectives from
        the Joint Terrorist Task Force said Mr. Abu Ghaith was disappointed but not
        surprised when he was arrested. When Mr. Abu Ghaith spoke at length with
        investigators, before and after requesting a lawyer, he was consistently
        pleasant and respectful, the person said.

        The person would not characterize the statements’ nature or value but said that
        whenever agents and detectives had a chance to talk to someone like Mr. Abu
        Ghaith, it was useful.

      • DXer said

        The New York Post

        March 9, 2013 Saturday

        Osama kin’s evil silence

        One source said the bearded, balding terror mouthpiece essentially confirmed
        what the feds already knew about his connection to bin Laden and the late
        evil-doer’s network, while another source described his statement as “just the
        basics.”

        If he had revealed “a whole cache of stuff,” Abu Ghaith would still be
        undergoing questioning and his indictment for allegedly conspiring to murder
        Americans would have remained sealed, one source said.

        The indictment – revealed after Congressional lawmakers learned about it
        Thursday – alleges that Abu Ghaith “urged individuals at a guest house in
        Kandahar, Afghanistan, to swear an oath of allegiance” to bin Laden in May 2001.

        It also says he agreed to assist bin Laden in advance of Sept. 11, and gave a
        speech afterward warning that “the storms shall not stop, especially the
        Airplanes Storm,” and advising Muslims, children and enemies of America “not to
        board any aircraft and not to live in high rises.”

        Yesterday, listening though earphones to an Arabic-language interpreter, he told
        Judge Lewis Kaplan that he wanted to be addressed as “Mr. Suleiman,” and gave a
        series of one-word answers to routine questions during his arraignment.

        He said “yes” when asked if he understood his rights and “no” when asked if he
        could afford to hire lawyers on his own.

        Public defender Philip Weinstein entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf and
        didn’t oppose a prosecution request to have him held without bail.

        Cronan said Abu Ghaith’s trial would likely last about three weeks, and Kaplan
        said he would set a date for it at the defendant’s next court appearance on
        April 8.

  88. DXer said

    A lot has been written about Adnan El-Shukrijumah, picking up the story in 2001. But there’s been very little fleshing out the story of his time in Brooklyn during the 1991-1995 period (when he wasn’t in Saudi Arabia, Bosnia etc.)

    A Hunt for the Pilot, ” US News, U.S.News & World Report, April 7, 2003.

    http://chitraragavan.com/usnews/terror_2.pdf

  89. DXer said

    In 1995, Aafia, Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s associate, was working with the Blind Sheik’s Brooklyn group — through its branch in Boston. In 1993, after WTC 1993, it had simply been renamed. She was supporting fighting in Bosnia and Adnan was actually over in Bosnia fighting, as was KSM.

    That year on the internet Aafia wrote:

    “Pakistani govt. has officially joined the gang of our typical contemporary govts. of Muslim countries. I mean Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and the likes of them… Here’s what I read in this Friday’s issue of the “Muslim News,” something that was confirmed a few days earlier by some articles in local papers like The Boston Globe and the New York Times etc: “BENAZIR ASKS FOR THE WEST’S HELP AGAINST ‘EXTREMISM’. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s prime minister, called on the west to help eradicate religious opposition. She said that Pakistan is a “moderate” Islamic country and it is the first defense line against “terrorism,” and hence needs international support. She added that the arrest of Ramzi Yousef and giving him to the United States is a simple proof. [Ramzi Yousef was the mentor and cousin of al-Baluchi, Aafia’s future husband]. She added that Pressler’s amendment deprived Pakistan from U.S. aid and helped strengthen ‘religious violence.’”

    The Salafi-Jihadi operatives like Aafia were upset that appropriations were being tied to the rendering of their jihadi associates.

    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy would not support Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey because Mukasey hasn’t taken a firm enough stand against torture. Leahy said: “No American should need a classified briefing to determine whether waterboarding is torture.” Judge Mukasey was in a difficult spot through no fault of his own. So it really is quite ironic that Judge Mukasey was getting Amerithrax wrong and Senator Leahy did not comprehend why he was targeted. Senator Leahy is one of my favorite Senators. Leahy was targeted in Fall 2001 precisely because of this issue of rendering and treatment of prisoners, and the folks connected to the WTC 1993 prosecution overseen by Judge Mukasey were responsible.

    Senator Leahy similarly had repeatedly criticized Gonzales for allowing waterboarding. Separately, Patrick Leahy there was a time when Senator Leahy was very dissatisfied with the briefing the former US Attorney General Gonzales had promised to give him on why he had been sent mailed FBI Director Mueller came to be very responsive, answering any questions the Senator had. The Senator nonetheless famously and angrily declared on film that he didn’t for a minute believe the FBI’s “Ivins Theory.”

    After the assassination of Anwar Sadat, Cairo attorney Montasser al-Zayat first met blind sheik Abdel-Rahman after Montasser had been tortured for 12 hours. He was near a mental breakdown. Abdel-Rahman came over to where he was huddled in a corner of a cell, bent over and whispered: “Rely on God; don’t be defeated.” Mohammed had spoken the words in the Koran. Al- Zayat would become one of Sheik Omar’s most trusted legal advisers and a lawyer on the defense team of El Sayyid Nosair. Nosair was the Egyptian who served as Abdel-Rahman’s bodyguard and was tried in New York in 1990 for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane. In March 1999, attorney al-Zayat was representing defendants in a massive prosecution of jihadists in Cairo. He told the press that Ayman Zawahiri would use weaponized anthrax against US targets because of the continued extradition pressure and torture faced by Egyptian Islamic Jihad members. Two senior EIJ leaders then on trial were saying the same thing to the press and in confessions. Immediately upon the attack with planes on the World Trade Center towers, Adnan El-Shurkijumah, the son of the Brooklyn blind sheik translator called his mom to tell her he was coming to the US — he insisted over his mom’s protests that he would be arrested for 911. The FBI already had an undercover in Adnan’s mosque who knew of his association with Atta. But the FBI could not locate Adnan.

    US Postal employee Sattar, who had been the blind sheik’s spokesman after his 1993 arrest, in a 1999 Frontline interview spoke of the role of appropriations and torture in fueling the islamist rage:

    “this is the same old story happening again, and again, and again. American government don’t get it. … The American government [is] deceiving the American people. They’re not telling them what’s really going on. You can kill Osama bin Laden today or tomorrow. You can arrest him and put him on trial in New York or in Washington.”
    “Tomorrow you will get somebody else, his name probably will be different, Abdullah, or Muhammad. … It’s not going to end. Until you, take a hard, and a good look at your policies in the Islamic world and the Muslim world, as long as you’re supporting dictators like Mubarak as long as you are giving aid to regimes that [are worse] to their people than Saddam Hussein, things will get ugly, and you cannot control the emotion of people when you are tortured in Egyptian prison by an American trained Egyptian officer. He is torturing you, and he is bragging that he was in the United States getting his training, when the equipment that he is using is American made.”

    The founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad Kamal Habib (who wrote for the quarterly magazine of the US charity Islamic Assembly of North America) told scholar Fawaz Gerges:

    “The prison years also radicalized al-shabab [young men] and set them on another violent journey. The torture left deep physical and psychological scars on jihadists and fueled their thirst for vengeance. Look at my hands — still spotted with the scars from cigarette burns nineteen years later. For days on end we were brutalized — our faces bloodied, our bodies broken with electrical shocks and other devices. The torturers aimed at breaking our souls and brainwashing us. They wanted to humiliate us and force us to betray the closest members of our cells.

    I spent sleepless nights listening to the screams of young men echoing from torture chambers. A degrading, dehumanizing experience. I cannot convey to you the rage felt by al-shabab who were tortured after Sadat’s assassination.”
    While Kamal Habib wrote for the jihad-supporting Assirat, Al-Timimi was on the Board of Advisers.

    In a videotape that circulated in the summer of 2001, Zawahiri said “In Egypt they put a lot of people in jails — some sentenced to be hanged. And in the Egyptian jails, there is a lot of killing and torture. All this happens under the supervision of America. America has a CIA station as well as an FBI office and a huge embassy in Egypt, and it closely follows what happens in that country. Therefore, America is responsible for everything that happens.”

    An August 29, 2001 opinion column on Islamway, the second most read site for english speaking muslims, illustrates that the role of “Leahy Law” was known by educated islamists:

    “There is an intolerable contradiction between America’s professed policy of opposition to state-sponsored terrorism, exemplified by the Leahy Law, and the U.S. Congress’ continuing sponsorship of Israeli violence against Palestinians.” The article cited “References: CIFP 2001. “Limitations on Assistance to Security Forces: ‘The Leahy Law’” 4/9/01 (Washington, DC: Center for International Foreign Policy) Center for International Foreign Policy Accessed 8/28/01.Hocksteader, Lee 2001.
    The next day, in the same publication, there was an article describing the 21-page document released in Ottawa on August 29, 2001, in which the CSIS claimed that Canadian detainee Jaballah had contacts with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader Shehata and sought to deport Jaballah. Shehata was in charge of EIJ’s Civilian Branch and in charge of “special operations.”The nominal President of the Syracuse-based Help the Needy IANA spin-off was moderator of islamway for women. It would be seven more years — not until February 2008 — before the Canadian government for the first time revealed that after coming to Canada in 1996, Jaballah would contact Ayman regularly on Ayman’s Inmarsat satellite phone.

    “They [Senators Daschle and Leahy] represent something to him,” says James Fitzgerald of the FBI Academy’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. “Whatever agenda he’s operating under, these people meant something to him.” To more fully appreciate why Leahy — a human rights advocate and liberal democrat — might have been targeted as a symbol, it is important to know that Senator Leahy has been the head of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, the panel in charge of aid to Egypt and Israel. In addition to the Senate majority leader, anthrax was mailed to the position symbolic of the 50 billion in appropriations that has been given to Israel since 1947 (and the equally substantial $2 billion annually in aid that has been keeping Mubarak in power in Egypt and the militant islamists out of power).

    Within a couple weeks after September 11, a report in the Washington Post and then throughout the muslim world explained that the President sought a waiver that would allow military assistance to once-shunned nations. The militant islamists who had already been reeling from the extradition of 70 “brothers”, would now be facing much more of the same. President Bush asked Congress for authority to waive all existing restrictions on U.S. military assistance and exports for the next five years to any country where the aid would help the fight against international terrorism. The waiver would include those nations who were currently unable to receive U.S. military aid because of their sponsorship of terrorism (such as Syria and Iran) or because of their nuclear weapons programs (such as Pakistan).

    In late September 2001, the Washington Post quoted Leahy: “We all want to be helpful, and I will listen to what they have in mind.” The article noted that he was chairman of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee, which were considering the legislation. “But we also want to be convinced that what is being proposed is sound, measured and necessary and not merely impulsive,” said Leahy. “Moral leadership in defense of democracy and human rights is vital to what we stand for in the world. Acts of terrorism are violations of human rights. Now is the time to show what sets us apart from those who attack us,” he said.

    The options being considered in response to the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington included potential cooperation with virtually every Middle Eastern and South and Central Asian nation near Afghanistan. “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” would be the only test for foreign aid. The “Leahy Law” plays a key role in the secret “rendering” of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (Al Qaeda) operatives to countries like Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Algeria where they are allegedly tortured. Richard Clarke, counterterrorism czar during the Clinton Administration, has quoted Vice-President Gore saying: “Of course it’s a violation of international law, that’s why it’s a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.” Although humanitarian in its intent, the Leahy Law permits continued appropriations to military and security units who conduct torture in the event of “extraordinary circumstances.”

    In an interview broadcast on al-Jazeera television on October 7, 2001 (October 6 in the US) — about when the second letter saying “Death to America’” and “Death to Israel” was mailed — Ayman Zawahiri echoed a familiar refrain sounded by Bin Laden: “O people of the U.S., can you ask yourselves a question: Why all this enmity for the United States and Israel? *** Your government supports the corrupt governments in our countries.”

    A month after 9/11, late at night, a charter flight from Cairo touched down at the Baku airport. An Egyptian, arrested by the Azerbaijan authorities on suspicions of having played a part in the September 11 attack, was brought on board. His name was kept secret. That same night the plane set off in the opposite direction. Much of the Amerithrax story has happened at night with no witnesses, with the rendering of University of Karachi microbiology student Saeed Mohammed merely one example. Saeed Mohammed had been a microbiology student at the University of Karachi and was helping Yazid Sufaat arrange for the procurement of equipment from Karachi. AL Qaeda’s anthrax lab director, Yazid Sufaat, who does not deny Al Qaeda’s responsibility in Facebook chat with me, has recently been arrested for terrorism and faces life imprisonment.

    Throughout 2001, the Egyptian islamists were wracked by extraditions and renditions. CIA Director Tenet once publicly testified that there had been 70 renditions prior to 9/11. At the same time a Canadian judge was finding that Mahmoud Mahjoub was a member of the Vanguards of Conquest and would be denied bail, Bosnian authorities announced on October 6, 2001 they had handed over three Egyptians to Cairo who had been arrested in July. In Uruguay, a court authorized the extradition to Egypt of a man wanted in Egypt for his alleged role in the 1997 Luxor attack. Ahmed Agiza, the leader of the Vanguards of Conquest (which can be viewed as an offshoot of Jihad), was handed over by Sweden in December 2001.

    One islamist, a Hamas supporter, summarized why the anthrax was sent in an ode “To Anthrax” on November 1, 2001: “O, anthrax, despite, your wretchedness, you have sewn horror in the heart of the lady of arrogance, of tyranny, of boastfulness!” In an interview that appeared in the Pakistani paper, Dawn, on November 10, 2001, Bin Laden explained that “The American Congress endorses all government measures, and this proves that [all of] America is responsible for the atrocities perpetrated against Muslims.”

    At a December 2002 conference held by “Accuracy in Media,” former State Department analyst Kenneth Dillon noted that Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), the key component of al Qaeda under Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, head of al Qaeda’s biowarfare program, likely targeted Senator Leahy because of his role as head of a panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee that had developed the so-called “Leahy Law” in 1998. Dillon explained, “According to the wording of the Leahy Law, the U.S. Government was authorized to ‘render’ suspected foreign nationals to the government of a foreign country, even when there was a possibility that they would be tortured, in ‘exceptional circumstances.’ When the Leahy Law was applied to send EIJ members captured in the Balkans back to Egypt, Zawahiri fiercely denounced the United States. So Leahy was a high-priority target.”

    That aid goes to the core of Al Qaeda’s complaint against the United States. (The portion going to Egypt and Israel constituted, by far, the largest portion of US foreign aid, and most of that is for military and security purposes.) Pakistan is a grudging ally in the “war against terrorism” largely due to the US Aid it now receives in exchange for that cooperation. The press in Pakistan newspapers regularly reported on protests arguing that FBI’s reported 12 agents in Pakistan in 2002 were an affront to its sovereignty. There was a tall man, an Urdu-speaking man, and a woman — all chain-smokers — who along with their colleagues were doing very important work in an unsupportive, even hostile, environment. The US agents — whether CIA or FBI or US Army — caused quite a stir in Pakistan along with the Pakistani security and intelligence officials who accompanied them. In mid-March 2003, Washington waived sanctions imposed in 1999 paving the way for release in economic aid to Pakistan. Billions more would be sent to Egypt, Israel and other countries involved in the “war against terrorism.”

    The commentators who suggest that Al Qaeda would have had no motivation to send weaponized anthrax to Senators Daschle and Leahy as symbolic targets — because they are liberal — are mistaken. The main goal of Dr. Zawahiri was to topple President Mubarak. He viewed the US aid as the chief obstacle and was indifferent to this country’s labels of conservative and liberal.

    Zawahiri likely was surprised that the plainly worded message of the letters accompanying the anthrax was not deemed clear. Perhaps the talking heads would not have been so quick to infer an opposite meaning if no message had been expressed using words at all. Perhaps the public the sender had relied only on what KSM describes as the language of war — the death delivered by the letters — the pundits would not have been so misdirected. But why was Al Qaeda evasive on the question of responsibility for the anthrax mailings, dismissing the issue with a snicker, and falsely claiming that Al Qaeda did not know anything about anthrax? Simple. Bin Laden denied responsibility for 9/11 until it was beyond reasonable dispute. On September 16, 2001, he said: “The US is pointing the finger at me but I categorically state that I have not done this. I am residing in Afghanistan. I have taken an oath of allegiance (to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar) which does not allow me to do such things from Afghanistan.” Before that, Ayman had denied the 1998 embassy bombings too. On August 20, 1998, coincidentally on the day of strikes on camps in Afghanistan and Sudan, Ayman al-Zawahiri contacted The News, a Pakistani English-language daily, and said on behalf of Bin Laden that “Bin Laden calls on Moslem Ummah to continue Jihad against Jews and Americans to liberate their holy places. In the meanwhile, he denies any involvement in the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombings.” To Ayman, “war is deception.”

    The targeted Senators have another connection pertinent to the Egyptian militants. The United States and other countries exchange evidence for counterterrorism cases under the legal framework of a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (”MLAT”). Egypt is signatory of such a treaty that was ratified by the United States Senate in late 2000. For example, when the Fall 2001 rendition of Vanguards of Conquest leader Agizah was criticized, the US explained that it was relying on the MLAT. In the prosecution of Post Office worker Ahmed Abdel Sattar, the MLAT was described. Sattar’s attorney Michael Tigar, at trial in December 2004 explained: “Now, that might be classified, it’s true, but we have now found out and our research has just revealed that on, that the State Department has reported that it intends to use and relies on the mutual legal assistance treaty between the United States and Egypt signed May 3, 1998, in Cairo, and finally ratified by the United States Senate on October 18th, 2000. The State Department issued a press report about this treaty on November 29th, 2001 and I have a copy here.” He explained that “Article IV of the treaty provides that requests under the treaty can be made orally as well as under the formal written procedures required by the treaty, that those requests can include requests for testimony, documents, and even for the transfer to the United States if the treaty conditions are met.”

    Vanguards of Conquest spokesman Al-Sirri was a co-defendant in the case against post office worker Sattar. In the late 1990s Sattar and he often spoke in conversations intercepted by the FBI. Al-Sirri’s fellow EIJ cell members in London were subject to process under those treaties at the time of the anthrax mailings. Those London cell members had been responsible for the faxing of the claim of responsibility which stated the motive for the 1998 embassy bombings. A group calling itself the “Islamic Army for the Liberation of the Holy Places” took credit for the bombings listing as among their demands “the release of the Muslims detained in the United State[s] first and foremost Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the spiritual guide of the Gama’a Islamiya) who is jailed in the United States.” As reason for the bombings, in addition to the rendition recent EIJ members to Cairo and the detention of Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, the faxes pointed to the detention of dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali . Al-Hawali was the mentor of GMU microbiology student Al-Timimi who spoke in London in August 2001 alongside 911 Imam Awlaki (also from Falls Church) and unindicted WTC 1993 conspirator Bilal Philips. Al-Timimi was in contact with Saudi sheik Al-Hawali in 2002 and arranged to hand deliver a message to all members of Congress he had drafted in al-Hawali’s name on the first anniversary of the anthrax mailings to Senator Leahy and Daschle.

    Michael Scheuer the former chief, Bin Laden Unit, eruditely defended the extraordinary rendition program he had launched at the request of President Clinton and his advisors before Congress in April 2007. There’s always been a huge irony in Michael Scheuer’s emphasis on how OBL is attacking the US for its policies without publicly acknowledging the importance of the rendition policy is to those planning the attacks. For the purpose of true crime analysis, it’s not rendition as a policy or human rights issue — or even a tactical issue — that is the question presented. It is walking in the shoes of your adversary (as expert Scheuer first taught us to do in his wonderful 2002 book). The key is seeing things in terms of what motivates them to act. Sometimes it’s the only way to catch the bad guys — so that you then have the luxury of deciding how well you are going to treat them. Sometimes it pays to sit down over ribs at Dinosaur’s barbecue.

    The Amerithrax Task Force imagines that Ft. Detrick anthrax researcher Bruce Ivins targeted Leahy and Daschle because they were Catholics who voted pro-choice in opposition to the beliefs of the Catholic Church. The affidavit regarding Dr. Ivins further explains:

    “On September 26, 2001, in an email to a friend, Dr. Ivins writes: “The news media has been saying that some members of Congress and members of the ACLU oppose many of the Justice Department proposals for combating terrorism, saying that they are unconstitutional and infringe too much on civil liberties. Many people don’t know it but th eofficial ACLU position to oppose all metal detectors in airports and schools and other public buildings. It’s interesting that we may now be living in a time when our biggest threat to civil liberties and freedom doesn’t come from the government but from enemies of the government. Osama Bin Laden has just decreed death to all Jews and all Americans, but I guess that doesn’t mean a lot to the ACLU. Maybe I should move to Canada…”

    Amerithrax represents the greatest failure in counterintelligence analysis in the history of the United States. It is WTC 1993 and 911 all over again.

    Failure is not an option.

    • DXer said

      Al-Qaida terror plot to use remote control helicopters foiled
      By David Blair, The Daily Telegraph June 2, 2013

      Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Qaida+plot+spread+chemical+agents+remote+control+helicopters/8468775/story.html#ixzz2V9KrVCl4

      Al-Qaida planned to strike targets in Iraq, Europe and North America with chemical weapons, according to the Baghdad government.

      Five men have been arrested in Iraq and three makeshift laboratories, allegedly designed to produce sarin and mustard gas, have been uncovered.

      Model helicopters, flown by remote control, were also discovered.

      The authorities said that they would have been used to distribute chemical agents.

      State television showed four hooded men in jump suits sitting alongside the haul of laboratory equipment and poisons.

      Al-Qaeda’s organisation in Iraq, which styles itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”, is becoming steadily more effective, carrying out frequent attacks on the Shia majority and government targets.

      More than 1,000 Iraqis died in a surge in violence last month – the highest total since 2008.

      Al-Qaeda in Iraq remains the only branch of the terrorist network ever to have used chemical weapons, detonating 16 chlorine bombs in 2006/07. However, the gas released by these crude devices failed to kill anyone.

      Mohammed al-Askari, a spokesman for Iraq’s defence ministry, said the latest alleged plot had wide ambitions.

      “There are some confessions about organised cells to smuggle chemicals outside Iraq in order to target Europe and North America,” he said. “We are working with intelligence services inside and outside Iraq.”

      The Iraqi government’s claims have not been independently verified.

      The country was famously found to have no chemical weapons in the aftermath of the Anglo-American invasion in 2003.

      How al-Qaeda would have obtained the materials to make these devices inside Iraq is unclear.

      Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Qaida+plot+spread+chemical+agents+remote+control+helicopters/8468775/story.html#ixzz2V9L4x9Z3

      Comment:

      Under the hadiths governing the belief system of these people, they will lose their souls. People need to read more — especially if their very soul depends on it.

      Adnan El-Shukrijumah is thought to have been an associate of Al-Hindi, who with two colleagues studied NYC helicopters. Al-Hindi stayed with family members who might in an interview be able to include that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was in the NYC area as the same time as Adnan.

      Note Mazen Mokhtar, the fellow from New Brunswick, who mirrored the Al Qaeda website, seems to have different writing than used in the Fall 2001 anthrax letters. Here is his handwriting on a blackboard.

      But he too might know some of the cast of characters and be a useful source on Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s travels for KSM in 2001.

      The fellow teaching innovation at Newhouse has asked if I want to fly his quadcopter this summer. I bought a drone to keep up with him but he’s already upgraded.

      August 9, 2004 : Tourist Copters in NYC a Terror Target (NY Times)

      Some intelligence officials believe that Mr. Shukrijumah is a close associate of Abu Issa al-Hindi, a suspected operative of Al Qaeda who was one of the men arrested last week in Britain and who was believed to have traveled to the United States at the direction of senior terrorist leaders to supervise and take part in the surveillance of the financial institutions.

      There are no charges in the United States against Mr. Shukrijumah, but officials said investigators had been seeking him since shortly after the Sept. 11 terror attacks because he is believed to have taken flight training and is fluent in English. …

      An article in The Washington Post on Sunday said that Mazen Mokhtar, from New Brunswick, N.J., was under investigation because of suspected ties to Babar Ahmad, a computer specialist who was among the men arrested in London last week. Citing an affidavit released Friday by the United States attorney’s office in Connecticut, the report said Mr. Mokhtar operated a Web site identical to one used by Mr. Ahmad to solicit money for terrorist groups.

      Reached at his home on Sunday, Mr. Mokhtar said, “I am not interested in giving any interview, at least until I better understand what is going on.”

  90. DXer said

    It was the interview of Post Office employee Abdel Sattar that greatly interviewed my understanding after reading the announcement by Blind Sheik’s lawyer Montasser Al-Zayat that Ayman Zawahiri planned on using anthrax to retaliate for the imprisonment of the blind sheik.

    The evidence at trial showed that Post Office employee Abdel Sattar was actively encouraged killing — notwithstanding his interview with PBS in which as PR he argued that killing innocents was wrong.

    Although I don’t see the quote or interview I am thinking of offhand — — he said there would be terrorism not by him, but by others one step removed.

    Thus, in the Fall of 2001, the son of the earlier blind sheik translator, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, was a prime candidate for mailer even before the FBI was told he was seen with Mohammed Atta.

    In 1995, Adnan El-Shukrijumah had fought in Bosnia with KSM. The family moved to Florida in the upheaval associated with the Blind Sheik’s arrest. The 300,000 intercepts of Adham Hassoun’s telephone would have confirmed that El-Shukrijumah had fought in Bosnia.

    Much of my analysis was borrowed from a hockey loving FBI counterintelligence agent who was very concerned after 911 that the ball would be dropped and sought to help connect some dots.

    Not being encumbered by restrictions on what I could say, I thought I would try to do library research and help put some of the puzzle pieces together.

    Once the FBI studied their records about Adnan — from their own operative working undercover in his mosque — the dots were there to connect. I wrote a lengthy memo to the CIA in December 2001 that even focused on the connections of the anthrax operation to Brooklyn and Norman, Oklahoma. (In Norman, Adnan under an alias reportedly lived with Menepta who drove to Minnesota to bail out Moussaoui’s colleague Al-Attas; Menepta, whose credit card was used to buy the WTC 1993 chemicals, had lunch with Moussaoui regularly). Thus, the connection WTC 1993, the Blind Sheik, and Al Qaeda’s anthrax program was not at all difficult to see — given the in-your-face announcement by Blind Sheik lawyer Montasser Al-Zayat. Lawyers truly do have big mouths. Zawahiri’s close confidantes Mabruk and al-Najjar said the same thing.

    The announcement by the Blind Sheik’s lawyer that Zawahiri was going to use anthrax incredibly went unreported in US media. US reporters could inform their reporting if they use the wonderful publicly available, CIA database called Foreign Broadcast Information Service (now available through DIALOG) which has translations of foreign press. The key articles were in Egyptian papers in connection with the trial of the Albanian Returnees.

    Mabruk was the Egyptian military commander who, as I recall, on tapes of telephone conversations with Post Office employee Abdel Sattar had been urging the need for another Luxor. He had been imprisoned in some place like Dagestan for 6 months with Zawahiri and so knew his plans well.

    Al-Najjar, was an EIJ shura member who had been secretly cooperating against Dr. Zawahiri with Egyptian security services in Yemen.

    As the FBI found in running an informant leading up to WTC 1993, it is some times difficult to sort out who is Egyptian Security operative and who is a violent supporter of the blind sheik. Things sometimes become clear only years later in hindsight — for example, when a man after meeting with Al Qaeda anthrax lab directory Yazid Sufaat calls his momma from KSM’s house to the US on some unspecified mission right after 911.

    Fast forward to May 2013, earlier this month, there was a multi-million dollar bust involving untaxed cigarettes. The fellow arrested was connected to the Blind Sheik who financed an earlier business involving baby infant formula that involved Post Office Sattar.

    Blind terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman’s pal among 16 in cigarette-smuggling ring
    A Palestinian smuggling ring that includes a supporter of convicted terrorists made millions selling tax-free cigarettes in the city and upstate, the Daily News has learned.
    BY GREG B. SMITH / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013, 1:07 AM

    Tne defendant is Youssef Odeh, 52, of Staten Island, a vocal supporter of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik now serving a life sentence for his role in a foiled 1993 plot to blow up New York landmarks.

    “Odeh is also close to Ahmed Sattar, the sheik’s interpreter, who is serving time for his role in smuggling Abdel-Rahman’s “messages of hate” out of prison.
    Since 2004, law enforcement has warned that groups smuggling cigarettes from Southern states like North Carolina and Virginia, where they are cheaper, to sell them tax-free up north have funneled millions of dollars in profits to terrorist groups.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/s-s-youssef-odeh-supporter-omar-abdel-rahman-article-1.1345420#ixzz2V3Q2axsV

    US Blind Sheik Attorney Stanley L. Cohen famously involved in representing defendants accused with the smuggling untaxed cigarettes. Does he have a connection to the recent multi-million dollar bust of a blind sheik formula involving smuggling of untaxed cigarettes? Abdel-Sattar was the Blind Sheik’s paralegal. Thus, as I understand things, Attorney Cohen’s paralegal and client were investors in Odeh’s business. Did Attorney Cohen represent Odeh? (I don’t know yet).

    In a sealed motion (at least partially redacted), the three lawyers from North Carolina who had been representing blind sheik’s lawyer Stanley Cohen have withdrawn. Why did they withdraw? Did it relate to the mid-May 2013 arrest?

    Government officials have said that there may be additional charges stemming from an ongoing investigation in New York City. Might it perchance involving this smuggling operation by the vocal supporter of Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman?

    Earlier this year, [Odeh] said he had sold 15,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes worth about $780,000 to three customers alone. Odeh also had a business selling baby formula. And one of his investors in the 1990s was Omar Abdel Rahman, the Blind Sheikh convicted in the plot to bomb a number of New York City landmarks,” Kelly said.

    “Odeh also had personal and financial ties to Ahmed Abdel Sattar, who served as spokesman for the Blind Sheikh during the 1995 landmarks trial, and who had conveyed the Sheikh’s messages to his followers in Egypt and Afghanistan.

    “According to transcripts of his own 2004 trial, Sattar stated that he invested $10,000 of the Blind Sheikh’s money in Odeh’s baby formula business and was in phone contact with Odeh.

    Whoever hasn’t cooperated as to the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings by the time the music stop gets to spend the rest of his life in prison.

    There’s a new sheriff in Town.

    • DXer said

      In early 2011, Attorney Cohen got a century knocked off the sentence of the North Carolina man accused of supporting terrorism through proceeds from cigarette smuggling. Not a shabby result.

      Century knocked off man’s terror-support sentence
      By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press 9:23 A.M.JAN. 27, 2011
      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/Jan/27/century-knocked-off-mans-terror-support-sentence/all/

      In May 2012 Attorney Stanley Cohen was arguing on behalf of the North Carolina for a further reduction.

      http://bigstory.ap.org/content/appeals-court-hears-nc-terror-support-appeal
      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/terrorists-money-regional-cigarette-smugglers-ray-kelly-article-1.1346120#ixzz2V3bXoWYv

      Are these arrests why his three lawyers from Charlotte, North Carolina withdrew this past month?

      Attorney Stanley Cohen represented Mousa Abu Marzouk in connection with the 1997 deportation. Has he ever represented Mohamad Self, another Brooklyn fellow who was arrested?

      Whoever does not cooperate and tell all they know about the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings will likely spend the rest of their life in prison. Those mailings killed innocents like Ottilie Lundgren. There simply is no moral justification.

      Let’s start by telling all you know about anthrax operative Adnan El-Shukijumah and Brooklyn pharmacist Najmut Tariq.

      You would only be telling authorities what they already have long since known.

    • DXer said

      Now that I’ve had my morning coffee, I see that the withdrawal of the three counsel from North Carolina actually dates to October 2012. There were numerous letters from Attorney Cohen and extensions of time, but ultimately this past week he notified the court that Terrence Kelly, formerly of the US Attorney’s Office, would be unable to make an appearance on his behalf. Attorney Cohen wrote:

      “Several days ago I forwarded a request to the Court asking for a brief continuance, as I had reached an agreement in principle for Terrence Kelly, Esq., to file a notice of appearance. Two days ago I forwarded to Mr. Kelly a draft retainer agreement, and a retainer. Early this morning I heard from Mr. Kelly that he believes that there is the appearance of a conflict, in that he may have been involved in a case while in the U.S. Attorney’s Office that may play some role with regard to my case.

      Under those circumstances, Mr. K indicated he was compelled to err on the side of caution, and could not represent me in this matter. I have since reached out to several attorneys with whom I had been involved in discussions in the NDNY, and whose participation I elected to forego in the light of hiring Mr. Kelly. ”

      Given that the Manhattan prosecutors have intimated that there might be additional charges brought against Attorney Cohen, I don’t what prior case involving Terrence Kelly might “play some role with regard to my case.” Might it have involved cigarette case involving Odeh where the cigarettes were sold in Albany area?

      The ring allegedly moved 20,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes a week, depriving New York state of some $80 million in annual tax revenue, to sites that included grocery stores in Albany and Schenectady counties.

      Investigators broke up the enterprise following a year-long probe by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force and New York City police.

      “We know that some members of this group have ties to some very dangerous people,” Schneiderman told reporters. He said the enterprise made tens of millions of dollars, only a fraction of which has been recovered.

      Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/16-facing-state-charges-in-cigarette-smuggling-4522684.php#ixzz2V4EskKxa

      I ask because it is always a matter of divining the tea leaves and guesswork as to whether the DOJ and FBI truly understand Amerithrax — and the importance the Blind Sheik played in motivating the mailings.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Given the brio Attorney Cohen shows in representing his clients, I doubt he would ever cooperate against one of his former clients — even if he did know anything about the anthrax mailings (which seems doubtful). In April 2013, the U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch refuted the suggestion that Attorney Cohen was ratting out a kingpin in a drug cartel worth reputed to be worth almost $1 billion. The U.S. Attorney says:

      “Mr. Cohen is not a government witness and has never been an informant for the government.”

      I have pointed out that the blind sheik lawyer from Cairo is the one who first said Dr. Zawahiri was going to use anthrax to retaliate for the imprisonment of senior Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders, to include the Blind Sheik. So this morning I looked up who had represented Nosair given it had been said that Bin Laden had paid some of the legal defense costs. Attorney Montasser Al-Zayat (who announced the plan to use the anthrax) came here to the US to help with the defense. William Kunstler got the acquittal on the murder charge in connection with the assassination of radical right-wing rabbit Kahane. (Nosair then eventually was sent to prison for life for sedition). Ron Kuby, who worked with Kunstler, said that there was never a check from Bin Laden as such (merely friends and family). Attorney Kuby says they barely made expenses. Two co-counsel named along with Mr. Kunstler were new to me. And so while Mr. Kunstler was the mentor of Stanley Cohen, he does not seem to have ever represented Nosair. Attorney Cohen did represent a Board member of Global Relief Foundation (the charity with WMD aspirations) who alleged to be associated with Nosair. But Attorney Cohen got a very favorable result in that case involving the imam who had moved to Portland.

      Attorney Cohen on his webpage says he has been investigated by the FBI for the past 5 — if not 10 — years. But as to whether investigative interest relates to terrorism or big money smuggling schemes is anyone’s guess. The trial of the mafia kingpin who says Attorney Cohen wrongly fingered him starts tomorrow.

      Montreal playboy Jimmy Cournoyer accused of being kingpin in drug cartel worth almost $1 billion: Flashy fall guy or drug kingpin? These are the duelling portraits a jury will see when 33-year-old Quebecer Jimmy Cournoyer goes on trial on charges of running a smuggling ring with links to the highest ranks of the Mafia and the Hells Angels.

      http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/04/12/montreal_playboy_jimmy_cournoyer_accused_of_being_kingpin_in_drug_cartel_worth_almost_1_billion.html

      The list of Cournoyer’s co-conspirators includes other alleged and convicted drug traffickers, bikers, enforcers and numerous residents of Cornwall’s Akwesasne native reserve — the alleged embarkation point for the drug shipments.
      Cournoyer’s attorney, Gerald McMahon, said more than a dozen of the names on the list point to the real culprits in the smuggling operation, a point he will try to make to a jury when the trial begins on June 3.
      Chief among those responsible is New York attorney Stanley Cohen, whom Cournoyer has claimed in pre-trial hearings is giving evidence to the authorities in order to protect himself and his clients on Mohawk territory from prosecution.
      Cohen worked closely with the Mohawk Warriors during the Oka Crisis and has represented a number of accused Mohawk drug traffickers over the years. He is primarily known in the United States as the lawyer of choice for accused terrorists and for Hamas.
      “This is like the fifth different person that the (U.S.) government claims is the head of this consortium. Whenever Stanley Cohen decides to knife somebody, he’s the new head of the consortium,” McMahon said in an interview.
      “It’s a moving target. Jimmy Cournoyer is not the head of any consortium. He’s not involved in any marijuana trafficking and he’s simply a target of opportunity for Stanley Cohen.”
      Prosecutors have repeatedly denied that Cohen is at the heart of the criminal charges.
      “Mr. Cohen is not a government witness and has never been an informant for the government,” U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch wrote in a letter to McMahon last month.

      I do think the intercepts of Abdel-Sattar, Hassoun and others in the network could be a gold mine with regard to leading anthrax letters suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

    • DXer said

      The former WTC 1993 prosecutor says that Nosair is not going anywhere.

      An early terrorist in U.S. condemns today’s jihad
      El Sayyid A. Nosair, imprisoned for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane and the first World Trade Center bombing, reaches out to a reporter to say he wants peace — and his freedom.
      BY RICHARD A. SERRANO
      May 16, 2013
      http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/columnone/la-na-first-terrorist-20130516-dto,0,6545418.htmlstory

      But the Warden is recommending Attorney Stewart be released on compassionate grounds over worsening cancer — and that makes sense to me.

      There is a radical difference between Nosair and Lynne Stewart. He acted with murderous intent and wanted to kill thousands. Attorney Stewart just made a big mistake.

      I wish Attorney Stewart and Attorney Cohen would sit down and lend their expertise to interpreting events dating to 1995 — as to when Adnan and Gulshair El-Shukrimah were still at Farouq.

      And even two years earlier when subtilis expert Walied Samarrai was calling his friend at the number for Ramzi Youseff.

      If radical politics involves an indifference to the murder of innocents, then they are poor advocates for their politics.

      Mr. Cohen’s argument in October 2001 that Bin Laden was not responsible for 911 was very uninformed.

      Jailed Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Seeks Compassionate Release over Worsening Cancer
      Democracy Now-May 14, 2013
      http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/14/jailed_civil_rights_attorney_lynne_stewart

      Support is growing for imprisoned attorney Lynne Stewart to be released early from prison due to her worsening health. Stewart’s prison warden has recommended to the Justice Department that she be released to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The 73-year-old imprisoned grandmother is fighting stage IV cancer that has metastasized, spreading to her lymph nodes, shoulder, bones and lungs.

  91. DXer said

    Who was the prosecutor who handled this case involving Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman’s former translator and faces the challenge of bringing the son of a different Blind Sheik translator for justice for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

    His name is James B. Comey. He is going to be the next FBI Director.

    SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT ADDS NEW CHARGES AGAINST AHMED ABDEL SATTAR, LYNNE STEWART, AND MOHAMMED YOUSRY

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General John Ashcroft and U.S. Attorney James B. Comey of the Southern District of New York announced today that a federal grand jury in Manhattan has returned a superseding indictment adding new charges against Ahmed Abdel Sattar, defense attorney Lynne Stewart, and translator Mohammed Yousry. The new charges, like those originally brought against the defendants in April 2002, are based on their dealings with the imprisoned Sheik Omar Ahmad Ali Abdel Rahman, an influential and high-ranking member of terrorist organizations based in Egypt and elsewhere, who is serving a sentence of life in prison in the United States for conspiring to wage a war of urban terrorism against the United States.

    “The government’s decision to bring additional charges against the defendants in this case is justified by the evidence we obtained during our investigation, and reflects the seriousness of the conduct allegedly engaged in by the defendants,” Ashcroft said. “The Department of Justice remains committed to identifying, investigating and prosecuting those who are alleged to have aided our terrorist enemies by providing their support and resources to terrorist causes.”

    “I commend the outstanding work of James Comey, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his office, Pasquale J. D’Amuro, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the FBI, and all the members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, particularly the NYPD, for their work on this case and their continued efforts to protect America from terrorism.”

    The new charges include a count against Sattar for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country. The new charges also include allegations that Stewart and Yousry conspired to provide and conceal, and did provide and conceal, material support to terrorist activity, by making the imprisoned Abdel Rahman available as personnel to carry out the conspiracy to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country, and by concealing Abdel Rahman’s service as personnel preparing for and carrying out such a conspiracy. Stewart and Yousry did this by, among other things, passing and messages between Abdel Rahman and his co-conspirators (including Sattar), and by actively concealing that they were doing so.

    In the original indictment unsealed on April 9, 2002, Stewart, Sattar and Yousry (and a fourth co-defendant, Yasser Al-Sirri, who is in England) were charged with, among other things, conspiring to provide, and providing, material support and resources to the Egypt-based terrorist organization known as the “Islamic Group,” including by, among other things, passing and disseminating messages regarding Islamic Group activities to and from Abdel Rahman.

    On July 22, 2003, United States District Judge John G. Koeltl dismissed the material-support charges against Stewart, Sattar and Yousry, based on the Court’s finding that the statute under which the charges were brought, Section 2339B of Title 18 of the United States Code, was unconstitutionally vague as applied to the defendants’ conduct. Following the dismissal of those charges, all three defendants remained charged with conspiring to defraud the United States in its administration of the Special Administrative Measures (“SAMs”) imposed upon Abdel Rahman, which limited his access to the mail, the media, the telephone and visitors, in order to protect “persons against the risk of death or serious bodily injury” that might otherwise result.

    Sattar also remained charged with soliciting crimes of violence in connection with his efforts to persuade others to engage in violent terrorist operations worldwide. Stewart also remained charged with making false statements to the Department of Justice in connection with her submission in May 2000 of an affirmation to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, in which she falsely stated that she would comply with the SAMs, only communicate with Abdel Rahman concerning legal matters, and not use meetings or phone calls with him to pass messages between him and third parties, including the media.

    The superseding indictment charges that, “[a]fter Abdel Rahman’s arrest, a coalition of terrorists, supporters, and followers, including leaders and associates of the Islamic Group, al Qaeda, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines, threatened and committed acts of terrorism directed at obtaining the release of Abdel Rahman from prison.”

    According to the superseding indictment, after his arrest, Abdel Rahman himself “urged his followers to wage jihad to obtain his release from custody. For instance, in a message to his followers recorded while he was in prison,… Abdel Rahman stated that ‘… It is a duty upon all the Muslims around the world to come to free the Sheikh, and to rescue him from his jail.’ Referring to the United States, Abdel Rahman implored, ‘Muslims everywhere, dismember their nation, tear them apart, ruin their economy, provoke their corporations, destroy their embassies, attack their interests, sink their ships, and shoot down their planes, kill them on land, at sea, and in the air. Kill them wherever you find them.’”

    The New Charge Against Sattar

    The superseding indictment charges that Sattar, with Abdel Rahman and others, was a member of a conspiracy to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country. The superseding indictment describes a series of acts committed by Sattar, Abdel Rahman, and their co-conspirators around the world. For example, in October 2000, according to the superseding indictment, Sattar and others wrote and published on the Internet a fatwah entitled “Fatwah Mandating the Killing of Israelis Everywhere,” under Abdel Rahman’s name, which called on “brother scholars everywhere in the Muslim world to do their part and issue a unanimous fatwah that urges the Muslim nation to fight the Jews and to kill them wherever they are,” and stated that “the Muslim nation” should “fight the Jews by all possible means of Jihad, either by killing them as individuals or by targeting their interests, and the interests of those who support them, as much as they can.”

    A further example is Sattar’s participation in communicating Abdel Rahman’s withdrawal of support for a cease-fire to which Abdel Rahman’s terrorist followers were adhering in Egypt. The superseding indictment alleges that, in 1999 and 2000, Sattar told leaders of the Islamic Group that Abdel Rahman had issued a statement calling for an end to the cease-fire.

    The New Charges Against Stewart and Yousry

    The superseding indictment charges Stewart and Yousry with conspiring to provide material support to the conspiracy to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country, and with conspiring to conceal and disguise Abdel Rahman’s service as personnel to prepare for and carry out that conspiracy. In addition to the conspiracy count, Stewart and Yousry are also charged with the substantive offense of providing and concealing material support to the conspiracy to kill and kidnap. The superseding indictment describes a series of acts committed by Stewart and Yousry. For example, according to the superseding indictment, during a May 2000 prison visit to Abdel Rahman by Stewart and Yousry, Yousry read communications to Abdel Rahman from Sattar and from terrorist followers of Abdel Rahman while Stewart actively concealed that fact from the prison guards. The superseding Indictment alleges that, “[a]t one point, Stewart and Yousry explicitly discussed the fact that the guards were patrolling close to the prison conference room and might notice that Stewart was not involved in the conversation between Yousry and Abdel Rahman. To conceal the fact that Stewart was not participating in the meeting, among other things, Stewart instructed Yousry to make it look as if Stewart were communicating with Abdel Rahman and Yousry were merely translating, by having Yousry look periodically at Stewart and Abdel Rahman in turn, even though Yousry was in fact reading. Stewart also pretended to be participating in the conversation with Abdel Rahman by making extraneous comments such as ‘chocolate’ and ‘heart attack.’ Stewart contemporaneously observed to Yousry that she could ‘get an award for’ her acts of concealment, and Yousry agreed that Stewart should ‘get an award in acting.’”

    The superseding indictment further charges that, during this May 2000 prison visit, “Abdel Rahman dictated letters to Yousry indicating that he did not support the cease-fire and calling for the Islamic Group to re-evaluate the cease-fire, while Stewart again actively concealed the conversation between Yousry and Abdel Rahman from the prison guards. Among other things, Stewart periodically interrupted the dictation with extraneous comments, and stated explicitly that she would do so from time to time in order to keep the guards from realizing that she was not participating in the conversation.”

    Also during the May 2000 prison visit, the superseding indictment alleges that Yousry told Abdel Rahman and Stewart about kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines and “Abu Sayyaf’s demand to free Abdel Rahman, to which Stewart replied, ‘Good for them.’”

    The superseding indictment further alleges that, in June 2000, Stewart “released a statement to the press that quoted Abdel Rahman as stating that he ‘is withdrawing his support for the cease-fire that currently exists.’” Another example involves Stewart and Yousry’s alleged conduct during a July 2001 prison visit to Abdel Rahman. The superseding indictment charges that, during the July 2001 prison visit, “Yousry told Abdel Rahman that Sattar had been informed that the U.S.S. Cole was bombed on Abdel Rahman’s behalf and that Sattar was asked to convey to the United States government that more terrorist acts would follow if the United States government did not free Abdel Rahman. While Yousry was informing Abdel Rahman about this scheme, Stewart actively concealed the conversation between Yousry and Abdel Rahman from the prison guards by, among other things, shaking a water jar and tapping on the table while stating that she was ‘just doing covering noise.’”

    The conspiracy to defraud charges against all three defendants in the superseding indictment rest on the same conduct underlying the charges that Sattar conspired to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country and that Stewart and Yousry provided and concealed material support to that conspiracy. The charge that Sattar solicited crimes of violence rests on the same conduct underlying the charge that Sattar conspired to kill and kidnap persons in a foreign country.

    U.S. Attorney James B. Comey noted that although the new material-support charges in the superseding indictment, like the material-support charges that were dismissed from the original indictment, are based on Stewart’s and Yousry’s dealings with Abdel Rahman, the new charges rest on a different legal foundation than the original charges. The new charges are based on Section 2339A of Title 18 of the United States Code, whereas the original charges were based on Section 2339B. Section 2339A makes it a crime to provide or conceal “material support or resources”… “knowing or intending that they are to be used in preparation for, or in carrying out” a specified terrorist crime, “or in preparation for, or in carrying out, the concealment or an escape from the commission of any such” crime. The original material-support charges alleged that the defendants provided “communications equipment,” and provided themselves and each other as “personnel” to the Islamic Group, which had been designated by the United States Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization. The new material support charges allege that Stewart and Yousry “provided” and “concealed” Abdel Rahman as “personnel” to a conspiracy to kill and kidnap people outside the United States. Thus, Comey said, the new charges do not raise the same concerns that prompted the Court’s July 22, 2003 opinion.

    The United States asked the grand jury to return the superseding Indictment adding these new charges against Sattar, Stewart and Yousry after a careful review of the Court’s July 22, 2003, ruling and a further reexamination of the evidence gathered against all three defendants in light of that ruling. In the view of the United States, these new charges appropriately and adequately reflect the gravity of all three defendants’ conduct and address the legal concerns articulated by the Court in its July 22, 2003, ruling, Comey said.

    If convicted of the charges, Sattar faces maximum jail sentences ranging from five years to life imprisonment on the counts on which he is charged, and Stewart and Yousry face maximum jail sentences ranging from five years to 15 years on the counts on which they are charged.

    The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

  92. DXer said

    Here is an essay from RedState from 2006.
    http://archive.redstate.com/blogs/ross/2006/sep/23/anthrax_and_al_qaeda_fantasy_and_fact

    Anthrax and Al Qaeda: Fantasy and Fact
    By Ross

    ***

    3. Fantasy: The hijackers were dead and so Al Qaeda could not be responsible because if others were responsible the FBI would be talking about them.

    Fact: Adnan Shukrijumah, Jdey, Elzahabi, Elbaneh, Aafia Siddiqui and al-Marabh and others are just a few of the operatives who supported Al Qaeda and who were in the US.

    4. Fantasy: The fact that the hijacker with the black leg lesion was dead proves his black lesion was not related to anthrax.

    Fact: In June 2001, hijacker Ahmed Alhaznawi told a doctor that he had gotten a gash associated with blackened lesion — such as occurs with cutaneous anthrax — in Afghanistan after bumping into a suitcase. He had come from the Darunta camp where Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program at Kandahar was located and where virulent anthrax was found.

    5. Fantasy: No virulent anthrax was found in Afghanistan.
    Fact: After Hambali was captured, he identified the location of a house where highly virulent anthrax was found.

    6. Fantasy: Militant Islamists would not use letters as their modus operandi.
    Fact: In response to the anthrax hoax letters in Canada back in late January, a study was done on the effectiveness of use of mailed anthrax as a delivery system. The result, which was published in September 2001, was that the simulant made at the US Army facility at Dugway had quickly dispersed throughout the room. The biodefense preparations were in response to a mailed threat to use anthrax by islamists. The anthrax mailings followed the pattern of letters they sent in January 1997 to newspaper branches in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as symbolic targets. The letter bombs were sent in connection with the detention of the blind sheik Abdel Rahman and those responsible for the earlier World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The use of lethal letters to newspapers in DC and NYC was not merely their modus operandi, it was the signature of Ayman Zawahiri’s group, Vanguards of Conquest, a military faction of the Egyptian Islamic Group or the EIJ by another name.

    7, Fantasy: Al Qaeda would not have given a warning in the letter that the envelope contained anthrax and that the recipient should take antibiotics.

    Fact: Princeton islamist scholar Bernard Lewis has explained that while islamists may disagree about whether killing innocents is sanctioned by the laws of jihad, extremists like Zawahiri agree that notice must be given before biochemical weapons are used. “The Prophet’s guidance,” says Michael Scheuer, an al-Qaeda analyst retired from the CIA who once headed its Bin Laden unit, “was always, Before you attack someone, warn them very clearly…”

    8. Fantasy: Shortly after the mailings, Al Qaeda denied responsibility for the anthrax letters, and there was no claim of responsibility.

    Fact: Bin Laden and Zawahiri also initially denied involvement for the 1998 embassy bombings and initially denied responsibility of 9/11. Sometime not long after the invasion of Afghanistan in Fall 2001, an Al Qaeda spokesman al-Kuwaiti claimed in a letter intended for the American public (but not released until 2006) that US-based operatives who had gained access to US government and intelligence information had been green-lighted for a biological attack. The spokesman claimed that the operatives were “above suspicion.”

    9. Fantasy: The fact that there had not been another anthrax attack shows that Al Qaeda was not responsible.

    Fact: Numerous participants in Al Qaeda’s anthrax program have been captured or killed to include Atef, KSM, Hambali, Sufaat, Muklis Yunos and others, to include an Egyptian and a Sudanese anthrax lab technician after KSM’s arrest. In November 2001, Atef was killed in an airstrike near Kabul by an armed drone craft called a Predator. There have also been numerous arrests of US-based supporters with technical skills. Al Qaeda’s patience over the course of years is a hallmark of its planning.

    10. Fantasy: Anthrax is hard to disperse aerially and so the threat is not great.

    Fact: A few grams cost $6 billion. The threat is great.

    Documents found by journalists in November 2001 at a villa in Kabul occupied by the Islamabad-based Ummah Tameer e Nau (“UTN”) suggested a brainstorming seminar 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 shabby, 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. The president of the charity on whose premises the evidence was found was one of Pakistan’s leading nuclear scientists, Mahmood. 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. 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. Other documents indicated that Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN) was linked to the Pakistan militant group, Jaish e Muhammad, the Army of the Prophet Mohammad and the Pakistan-based Saudi charity WAFA Humanitarian Organization.

    One KSM plot, that included Majid Khan, involved the poisoning of reservoirs. Recent studies have shown that anthrax is resistant to chlorine.

    11. Fantasy: Al Qaeda and it supporters did not have the talent to process anthrax for use as a weapon because they lived in primitive conditions; moreover, US government and intelligence information about biological weapons is tightly controlled and cave-dwelling militants from Afghanistan could not gain access.

    Fact: On March 31, 2005, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, in its “Report to the President of the United States,” concluded “al-Qai’da’s biological program was further along, particularly with regard to Agent X [anthrax], than pre-War intelligence indicated. The program was extensive, well-organized , and operated for two years before September 11, but intelligence insights into the program were limited. The program involved several sites around Afghanistan. Two of these sites contained commercial equipment and were operated by individuals with special training.”

    Years before 2001, Zawahiri already had a scientist attending conferences on anthrax as a weapon sponsored by the UK biodefense establishment at Porton Down. The documentary evidence establishes that Zawahiri planned to use NGO’s and universities as a cover for his program and indeed academics often had access to equipment and research. One PhD who was in the same George Mason University microbiology department as famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek was sentenced to life imprisonment. Even Battelle shared library and research facilities with students and faculty at Washington State University.
    In February 2003, a chemistry professor tasked with working on biological and chemical weapons met with Uzair Paracha. The plan was to smuggle a chemical into New York City using a large shipping container controlled by Paracha’s father. In connection with that prosecution, the Assistant United States Attorney said that MIT-graduate Aafia Siddiqui was pepared to participate in an anthrax attack if asked. (In the Spring of 2003, Aafia Siddiqui married Amar al-Baluchi, who had ben a key lieutenant for KSM during the 9/11 planes operation.) Scientist Abdur Rauf and bacteriologist Abdul Qadoos Khan are just two examples of the scientists helping Al Qaeda. Many PhDs in the US also support the mlitant islamists, including some who had access to US government and intelligence information.

    In mid-December 2003, two brothers were arrested in a Manila suburb where they were fundraising for a charity that supported the militant islamists. One of the brothers, an American who was not islamic, had been a HVAC technician at Lawrence Livermore near San Francisco — until March 2000 — where the Defense Threat Reduction Agency had launched a program to combat the Bin Laden anthrax threat in 1998.

    12. Fantasy: Al Qaeda prefers truck bombs and will not use anthrax.

    Fact: In May 2004, Patrick Hughes, Lieutenant General (Retired), Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis, Homeland Security Department testified before the 9/11 Commission. He explained that interrogations and other evidence revealed that Al Qaeda wanted to strike the US with a nonconventional weapon, most notably anthrax. In a statement issued June 16, 2004, the 9/11 Commission Staff concluded that “Al Qaeda had an ambitious biological weapons program and was making advances in its ability to produce anthrax prior to September 11. According to Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, al Qaeda’s ability to conduct an anthrax attack is one of the most immediate threats the United States is likely to face.”

    13. Fantasy: The dangerous materials that an Al Qaeda spokesperson told interviewer Hamid Mir were smuggled over the Mexican border to be used in an attack led by Adnan Shukrijumah were indicated to be radiological.

    Fact: The dangerous materials were not specified. If the story is credited, they very well could be radiological. But on August 9, 2004, it was announced that in the Spring of 2001, a man named El-Shukrijumah, also known as Jafar the Pilot, who was part of a “second wave,” had been casing New York City helicopters. Photographs from a seized computer disc included the controls and the locks on the door between the passengers and pilot. In a bulletin, the FBI noted that the surveillance might relate to a plot to disperse a chemical or biological weapon.

    14. Fantasy: The FBI suspects someone who is not a supporter of the militant islamists
    Fact: In a press conference in October 2005, Director Mueller said that the FBI was pursuing all domestic and international leads. He said “remember Oklahoma City. Remember 9/11.” He declined to say if they had a suspect. That year, FBI agents reportedly had visited Asia, Africa and Afghanistan in the course of the Amerithrax investigation.

    15. Fantasy: Liberals Daschle and Leahy would not have been targeted by Al Qaeda

    Fact: Zawahiri likely targeted Senators Daschle and Leahy to receive anthrax letters, in addition to various media outlets, because of the appropriations made pursuant to the “Leahy Law” to military and security forces. Al Qaeda members and sympathizers feel that the FBI’s involvement in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines undermines their prospects of establishing a worldwlde Caliphate. The Fall 2001 letter from Al Qaeda spokesman, Kuwaiti Abu Ghaith, directed to the American public — but which was not released until 2006 — claimed that the green light had been given for US -bio attack (1) to folks that were US-based, (2) above suspicion, and (3) had access to US government and intelligence information. He explained: “There is no animosity between us. You involved yourselves in this battle. The war is between us and the Jews. You interfered in our countries and influenced our governments to strike against the Moslems.”

    Senator Leahy was Chairman of both the Judiciary Committee overseeing the FBI and Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of foreign aid to these countries. In late September 2001, it was announced that the President was seeking a blanket waiver that would lift all restrictions on aid to military and security units in connection with pursuing the militant islamists. This extradition and imprisonment of Al Qaeda leaders, along with US support for Israel and the Mubarak government in Egypt, remains foremost in the mind of Dr. Zawahiri. At the height of the development of his biological weapons program, his brother was extradited pursuant to a death sentence in the “Albanian returnees” case.

  93. DXer said

    2001 Anthrax Mystery Points to Al-Qaeda
    I summarized the evidence in 2007 in an article for Newsmax.

    Ross E. Getman
    Thursday, June 7, 2007

    NewsMax

    The anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001 have faded from the media spotlight. The FBI appears to have pursued all possible leads, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee in January that FBI Director Mueller was committed to seeing it to “some kind of conclusion in the relatively near future.”

    But an analysis of the anthrax mailings suggests that U.S.-based supporters of one of Osama bin Laden’s closest advisers, Ayman al-Zawahiri, were responsible.

    Al-Zawahiri was head of al-Qaida’s biochemical program. He called it Zabadi or “curdled milk.” The Central Intelligence Agency has known of al-Zawahiri’s plans to use anthrax since July 1998, when the CIA seized a disc from the Egyptian Islamic Jihad military commander during his arrest by the CIA in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The CIA refused to give the FBI the laptop that al-Zawahiri used. The FBI’s bin Laden expert, John O’Neill, head of the FBI’s New York office, tried to get around this by sending an agent to Azerbaijan to get copies of the computer files from the Azerbaijan government, who also had the files.

    The FBI finally got the files after O’Neill persuaded President Clinton to personally appeal to the president of Azerbaijan. O’Neill, who was head of the World Trade Center security, died in the 9/11 attacks. He died with the knowledge that al-Zawahiri planned to attack U.S. targets with anthrax — and that al-Zawahiri does not make idle threats.

    At the time, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) set up a program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California to combat the bin Laden anthrax threat.

    The CIA also snatched a talkative member of the EIJ shura or policy-making council. His confession runs 140 pages. He confirmed al-Zawahiri’s intent to use anthrax against U.S. targets in connection with the detention of militant Islamists. Yet another friend of al-Zawahiri, this one a Cairo lawyer who was the blind sheik’s attorney in March 1999, said that bin Laden and al-Zawahiri were likely to resort to the biological and chemical agents they possessed given the extradition pressure senior al-Qaida leaders faced.

    Al-Zawahiri and his associates were seeking to recreate Muhammad’s taking of Mecca through violent attacks on Egyptian leaders. By the late 1990s, al-Zawahiri had determined that the Egyptian Islamic Jihad should focus on its struggle against the United States and hold off on further attacks against the Egyptian regime.

    Means

    E-mails in the Spring of 1999 from al-Zawahiri to Egyptian Mohammed Atef, al-Qaida’s military commander, and former Cairo police sergeant, indicate that al-Zawahiri was a close student of the the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) anthrax program. He believed that the Quran instructed that a jihadist should use the weapons used by the crusader. “What we know is that he’s always said it was a religious obligation to have the same weapons as their enemies,” former CIA bin Laden unit counter-terrorism chief Michael Scheuer said.

    In March 2003, handwritten notes and files on a laptop seized upon the capture of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, al-Qaida’s No. 3 man, included a feasible anthrax production plan using a spray dryer and addressed the recruitment of necessary expertise.

    KSM told his interrogators that Zacarias Moussaoui was not going to be part of 9/11 but was to be part of a “second wave.” Khalid explained that Moussaoui’s inquiries about crop-dusters may have been related to the anthrax work being done by U.S.-trained biochemist and al-Qaida operative, Yazid Sufaat.

    Microbiologist Abdul Qadoos Khan was charged along with his son, Ahmed, for harboring the fugitives. As of March 28, 2003, he was in a hospital for a cardiac problem and had been granted “pre-arrest bail.”

    In early June 2003, a CIA report publicly concluded that the reason for Atta’s and Moussaoui’s inquiries into crop-dusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. It had long been known that bin Laden was interested in using crop-dusters to disperse biological agents (since the testimony of millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam).

    An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 bin Laden was planning an “unbelievable” biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid.

    Anthrax lab coordinator Hambali was arrested in August 2003 in the quiet city of Ayuttullah, in Thailand. He was sent to Jordan. In Autumn 2003, extremely virulent anthrax was found at a house in Kandahar — after regional operative Hambali was harshly interrogated.

    Al-Qaida had the extremely virulent anthrax before 9/11. Sufaat’s two principal assistants were also captured in 2003 and are in custody. They had been assisting Sufaat prior to 9/11. The FBI dropped the continuous conspicuous surveillance of Dr. Steve Hatfill in early Fall 2003, after extremely virulent anthrax that they knew could be readily weaponized was found at the house in Kandahar. Prior to that, the “Hatfill theory” had been an alternative hypothesis pursued by one of the squads within Amerithrax.

    In January 2007, Muhammad Hanif, a spokesman for the Taliban, spoke quietly to the camera. Taliban leader Mullah Omar, he said, was living in Quetta under the protection of the Pakistan ISI. In a press conference, the governor of the province on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan reported that they had found packets of powdered anthrax in his home upon his arrest.

    As reported by Afghan Islamic Press news agency and translated by BBC Worldwide Monitoring, the governor said: “A biological substance, anthrax, was also seized from those arrested. They planned to send the substance in envelopes addressed to government officials . . .” The governor’s claim has not yet been confirmed.

    In March 2007, Khalid confessed before a military tribunal that “I was directly in charge, after the death of Sheikh Abu Hafs [Atef] of managing and following up on the cell for the production of biological weapons, such as anthrax and others, and following up on dirty-bomb operations on American soil.”

    A key question is how al-Zawahiri acquired the anthrax strain — the “Ames strain” first isolated by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab in 1980. The U.S. Army recipe from the 1950s was not used, and obtaining the unprocessed Ames strain of anthrax does not warrant the weight given it by some press accounts. Although coveted as the “gold standard” in vaccine research, the “Ames strain” is known to have been at about a score of labs and over the years an estimated 1,000 people may have had access.

    Opportunity

    After a bombing raid at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan U.S. forces found over 100 typed and handwritten pages of documents that shed light on al-Qaida’s early anthrax planning.

    It was not clear whether or not they had yet acquired virulent anthrax or weaponized it, but it was clear that the planning was well along. When Cheney was briefed on the documents in late 2001, he immediately called a meeting of the FBI and CIA. “I’ll be very blunt,” the vice president started. “There is no priority of this government more important than finding out if there is a link between what’s happened here and what we’ve found over there with al-Qaida.”

    A June 1999 memo from Ayman to military commander Atef said that “said the program should seek cover and talent in educational institutions, which it said were ‘more beneficial to us and allow easy access to specialists, which will greatly benefit us in the first stage, God willing.’”

    Thus, in determining whether al-Qaida was responsible for the anthrax mailings in 2001, the FBI and CIA knew, based on the growing documentary evidence available by December, that al-Qaida operatives were likely associated with non-governmental organizations and working under the cover of universities. From early on, the CIA and FBI knew that charity is as charity does.

    Among the supporters of these militant Islamists were people who blended into society and were available to act when another part of the network requested it. Two letters — one typed and an earlier handwritten one — written by a microbiologist named Rauf Ahmad detail his efforts to obtain a pathogenic strain of anthrax. The Defense Intelligence Agency, in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, gave me a copy of a typed memo reporting on a lab visit, which included tour of a BioLevel 3 facility.

    The progress report to al-Zawahiri began ominously: “I successfully achieved the targets.” The memo mentioned the pending paperwork relating to export of the pathogens. A handwritten letter was reporting on a different, earlier visit, where the anthrax had been nonpathogenic.

    There are handwritten notes about the plan to use non-governmental-organizations (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.

    Ahmad attended conferences on anthrax and dangerous pathogens such as one in September 2000 at the University of Plymouth cosponsored by DERA, the UK Defense Evaluation, and Research Agency.

    A handwritten letter from 1999 is written on the letterhead of the oldest microbiology society in Great Britain. The 1999 Ahmad documents seized in Afghanistan by U.S. forces describe Ahmad’s visit to the special confidential room at the BL-3 facility where thousands of pathogenic cultures were kept; his consultation with other scientists on some of technical problems associated with weaponizing anthrax; the bioreactor and laminar flows to be used in al-Qaida’s anthrax lab; a conference on dangerous pathogens cosponsored by the U.K.’s Porton Down and Society for Applied Microbiology he attended, and the need for vaccination and containment.

    Ahmad had arranged to take a lengthy post-doc leave from his employer and was grousing that what the employer would be paying during that 12-month period was inadequate. Yazid Sufaat, who told his wife he was working for a Taliban medical brigade, got the job instead of Ahmad.

    In late February 2003, authorities searched the townhouse of Ali al-Timimi, a graduate student and employee in bioinformatics at George Mason University who shared a department fax with famed Russian bioweapons expert Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head and anthrax researcher Charles Bailey.

    Al-Timimi was a celebrated speaker and religious scholar associated with the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA), an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based charity. The Washington Post later summarized: “The agents reached an alarming conclusion: ‘al-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 al-Timimi, a doctoral candidate pursuing cancer gene research, might have been involved in the anthrax attacks.”

    In October 2002, al-Timimi drafted a letter from dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali threatening disastrous consequences if the U.S. invaded Iraq and had it hand-delivered to all members of Congress. Al-Hawali was one of two dissident Saudi sheiks who inspired bin Laden and remained in contact with him.

    Al-Timimi was thought of by colleagues as a “numbers guy” rather than having hands-on drying expertise, and was not known to have worked on any biodefense projects. There is every reason to think the FBI concluded that al-Timimi was neither the processor nor the mailer, given that the government never charged him with the anthrax crimes. And the FBI would know: The FBI knows what he had for dinner on Sept. 16, 2001, just two days before the first mailing.

    Brian Williams reports that investigators have told NBC that the water used to make the spores came from the northeastern United States based on an analysis of isotope ratios. That finding likely has served to focus the FBI’s investigation.

    Modus Operandi

    Just because al-Qaida likes its truck bombs and the like to be effective does not mean they do not see the value in a deadly missive. As Brian Jenkins once said, “terrorism is theater.” A sender purporting to be Islamist sent cyanide in both early 2002 and early 2003 in New Zealand and ingredients of nerve gas in Belgium in 2003. There’s even a chapter titled “Poisonous Letter” in the al-Qaida manual.

    Princeton Islamist scholar Bernard Lewis has explained that while Islamists may disagree about whether killing innocents is sanctioned by the laws of jihad, extremists like al-Zawahiri agree that notice must be given before biochemical weapons are used. “The Prophet’s guidance,” says Michael Scheuer, an al-Qaida analyst retired from the CIA who once headed its bin Laden unit, “was always, ‘Before you attack someone, warn them very clearly.’”

    The tactic of lethal letters was not merely the modus operandi of the militant Islamists inspired by al-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 Dec. 21, 1996 (which is Laylat al-Qadr, literally the “Night of Decree”) 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 Abdel Rahman. The former leader of the Egyptian Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (“Islamic Group”), Abdel-Rahman was also a spiritual leader of al-Qaida. The FBI suspected 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 casualties — apparently was to send a message. There was no claim of responsibility. There was no explanation. Once one had been received, the next 10, mailed on two separate dates, were easily collected. Sound familiar?

    Two bombs were also sent to Leavenworth, where a key World Trade Center 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 al-Zawahiri. The group can be thought of as either the military wing of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad or perhaps just EIJ.

    The anthrax that infected the first victim, Bob Stevens, was contained in a letter to AMI, the publisher of tabloids — in a goofy love letter to Jennifer Lopez enclosing a Star of David and proposing marriage. A report, by the Center for Disease Control, of interviews with AMI employees (as well as detailed interviews by author Leonard Cole) supports the conclusion that there were not one, but two, such mailings containing anthrax. (The letters were to different AMI publications — one to the National Enquirer and another to The Sun.)

    The “Federal Eagle” stamp used in the anthrax mailings was a blue-green. It was widely published among the militant Islamists that martyrs go to paradise “in the hearts of green birds.” In the very interview in which they admitted 9/11 and described the codes used for the four plane targets, the masterminds admitted to the Jenny code, the code for representing the date 9/11, and used the symbolism of the “Green Birds.”

    Osama bin Laden later invoked the symbolism in his video “The 19 Martyrs.” A FAQ on the Azzam Publications Web site explained that “In the Hearts of Green Birds” refers to what is inside.

    The mailer’s use of “Greendale School” as the return address for the letters to the senators is also revealing. A May 2001 letter that al-Zawahiri sent to Egyptian Islamic Jihad members abroad establish that he used “school” as a code word for the Egyptian militant Islamists.

    Green symbolizes Islam and was the Prophet Muhammad’s color. By Greendale School, the anthrax perp likely was being cute, just as Yazid Sufaat was being cute in naming his lab Green Laboratory Medicine. “Dale” means “river valley.” Greendale likely refers to green river valley — i.e., Cairo’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad or the Islamic Group.

    The mailer probably is announcing that the anthrax is from either Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Egyptian Islamic Group or Jihad-al Qaida, which is actually the full name of the group after the merger of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida. At the Darunta complex where jihadis trained, recruits would wear green uniforms, except for Friday when they were washed. In a Hadith the messenger of Allah explains that the souls of the martyrs are in the hearts of green birds that fly wherever they please in the Paradise.

    The “4th grade” in the return address “4th Grade, Greendale School,” is American slang for “sergeant” — the rank of the head of al-Qaida’s military commander Mohammed Atef, who along with al-Zawahiri had overseen Project Zabadi, al-Qaida’s biochemical program.

    The business-size sheet of stationery containing the anthrax to the National Enquirer was decorated with pink and blue clouds around the edges. In admitting that he had taken over supervising the development of anthrax for use against the U.S. upon Atef’s death (in November 2001), Khalid Sheikh Mohammed separately noted that “I was the Media Operations Director for Al-Sahab or ‘The Clouds,’ under Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri.”

    Motive

    As to the reason Sens. Daschle and Leahy would have been targeted — they are commonly simplistically viewed as “liberals.” Al-Zawahiri likely targeted Sens. Daschle and Leahy to receive anthrax letters, in addition to various media outlets, because of the appropriations made pursuant to the “Leahy Law” to military and security forces. That money has prevented the militant Islamists from achieving their goals.

    Al-Qaida members and sympathizers feel that the FBI’s involvement in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines undermines their prospects of establishing a worldwide Caliphate. The fall 2001 letter from al-Qaida spokesman al-Kuwaiti, directed to the American public — but which was not released until 2006 — claimed that the green light had been given for a U.S. bio attack (1) from people who were U.S. based, (2) above suspicion, and (3) with access to U.S. government and intelligence information.

    He explained: “There is no animosity between us. You involved yourselves in this battle. The war is between us and the Jews. You interfered in our countries and influenced our governments to strike against the Moslems.”

    Sen. Leahy was chairman of both the Judiciary Committee overseeing the FBI and Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of foreign aid to these countries. In late September 2001, it was announced that the president was seeking a blanket waiver that would lift all restrictions on aid to military and security units in connection with pursuing the militant Islamists.

    This extradition and imprisonment of al-Qaida leaders, along with U.S. support for Israel and the Mubarak government in Egypt, remains foremost in the mind of al- Zawahiri. At the height of the development of his biological weapons program, his brother was extradited pursuant to a death sentence in the “Albanian returnees” case.

    It’s hard to keep up with the stories about billion dollar appropriations, debt forgiveness, and loan guarantees to countries like Egypt and Israel and now even Pakistan. Those appropriations pale in comparison to the many tens of billions in appropriations relating to the invasion of Iraq.

    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 who had managed bin Laden’s farm in Sudan. Canada announced on Jan. 18, 2001, that an Egyptian Islamic Jihad Shura member, Mahmoud Mahjoub, would have a Jan. 30 bail hearing.

    Soon after, someone sent an anthrax threat letter to the minister of Citizenship and Immigration. 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, al-Duri, an Iraqi 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 Bulletin (“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 likely would illustrate the wisdom that most intelligence is open source.

    The FBI’s Investigation

    In connection with defending a civil rights claim by former USAMRIID scientist Steve Hatfill, the FBI described the anthrax probe as “unprecedented in the FBI’s 95-year history.” Agents had spent 231,000 hours up to that date.

    The head of the investigation said that the investigation was “active and ongoing” and said agents’ time was divided between checking into individuals who might be connected to the attacks and a scientific effort to determine how the spores themselves were made using “cutting-edge forensic techniques and analysis.”

    The court papers did not indicate that Hatfill was still among those being investigated. Hatfill was labeled a “person of interest” in the probe in August 2002 by Attorney General John Ashcroft in responding to press inquiries for the reason for searches and surveillance that Hatfill had reported.

    By late 2003, all conspicuous surveillance had ended, according to two unnamed federal law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The head of the investigation cautioned that Hatfill’s lawsuit could force the FBI to divulge its “interest in specific individuals,” who could flee the country, destroy evidence, intimidate witnesses, or concoct alibis.

    In a statement issued June 16, 2004, the 9/11 Commission staff concluded that “al-Qaida had an ambitious biological weapons program and was making advances in its ability to produce anthrax prior to Sept. 11. According to Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, al-Qaida’s ability to conduct an anthrax attack is one of the most immediate threats the United States is likely to face.”

    Authorities had received information, for example, from at least one detainee at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that there was an anthrax storage facility in the Kabul area. Amerithrax Agents checked the Kabul area in May 2004 but came up empty. Then in November 2004, on further information, agents had spent several weeks unsuccessfully searching an area in the Kandahar mountains, several hundred miles outside of Kabul. In 2005, an internal report was prepared summarizing the status of the investigation.

    On March 31, 2005, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, in its “Report to the President of the United States,” concluded “al-Qaida’s biological program was further along, particularly with regard to Agent X [anthrax], than pre-War intelligence indicated.

    The program was extensive, well-organized, and operated for two years before Sept. 11, but intelligence insights into the program were limited. The program involved several sites around Afghanistan. Two of these sites contained commercial equipment and were operated by individuals with special training.”

    MSNBC, relying on an unnamed FBI spokesperson, reported that the FBI has narrowed the pool of labs known to have had the US Army anthrax strain known as the “Ames strain” that was a match from 16 to four but could not rule out that it was obtained overseas. Thus, not only was it likely that an al-Qaida perpetrator was associated with an NGO and university, but there had to have been access to a virulent anthrax strain that was only in a score or so of known labs, most of which were affiliated in some way with the U.S. government.

    In a court filing dated May 20, 2005, an attorney for the United States Department of Justice wrote: “The investigation into the anthrax attacks is one of the largest and most complex investigations in law enforcement history. To bring those responsible to justice, the investigation remains intensely active.”

    In a press conference in October 2005, Director Mueller said that the FBI was pursuing all domestic and international leads. He said, “Remember Oklahoma City. Remember 9/11.” He declined to say if they had a suspect. That year, FBI agents visited Asia, Africa and Afghanistan in the course of the Amerithrax investigation.

    In his recent book, former CIA Director George Tenet noted: “The most startling revelation from this intelligence success story was that the anthrax program had been developed in parallel to 9/11 planning.”

    The FBI’s profile includes a U.S.-based supporter of the militant Islamists. Attorney General Ashcroft once explained that an “either-or” approach is not useful. The media has tended to overlook the fact that when the FBI uses the word “domestic” the word includes a U.S.-based, highly-educated supporter of the militant Islamists.

    Whatever your political persuasion, and whatever disagreements about individual issues relating to due process and civil liberties, the FBI and CIA deserve our support on this issue. The country, after all, is facing this threat together.

    First, the nature of such an investigation is that we lack sufficient information to second-guess (or even know) what the FBI agents and Postal Inspectors on the Amerithrax Task Force are doing. Media reports are a poor approximation of reality because of the lack of good sources. Indeed, there has been compartmentalization and divergent views even within the Task Force. After the leaks regarding Hatfill, Mueller instituted “stovepiping” even within the Task Force so as to minimize the risk of further leaks.

    Second, hindsight is 20/20.

    Third, now that the leaks relating to Hatfill seem to have long since been plugged, it is not likely we could do better in striking the appropriate balance between due process and national security.

    Based only on the “open source” material readily available through databases such as “Google News” and the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), it appears that the solution to the Amerithrax case lies at the intersection of Ayman Avenue and Rahman Road. If the FBI does not succeed in its investigation, we might be looking at a different crossroads altogether.

  94. DXer said

    I have been publicly explaining the importance of Adnan El-Shukrijumah to the solution of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings for over a decade.

    Anthrax and the Vanguards of Conquest 3/13/2005
    http://www.globalpolitician.com/print.asp?id=422

    By Ross E. Getman, Esq.

    This past month, Interpol, the NYPD and FBI have warned of a possible anthrax attack. These warnings have become very familiar. In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) report publicly disclosed that the reason for Mohammed Atta’s and Zacarias Moussaoui’s inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 Bin Laden was planning an “unbelievable” biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (“KSM”). He had been captured the previous month in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In November 2003, a report by a UN Panel of experts concluded that Al Qaeda is determined to use chemical and biological weapons and is restrained only by technical difficulties.

    In a statement issued June 16, 2004, the 9/11 Commission Staff concluded that “Al Qaeda had an ambitious biological weapons program and was making advances in its ability to produce anthrax prior to September 11. According to Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, al Qaeda’s ability to conduct an anthrax attack is one of the most immediate threats the United States is likely to face.” On August 9, 2004, it was announced that in the Spring of 2001, a man named El-Shukrijumah, also known as Jafar the Pilot, who was part of a “second wave,” had been casing New York City helicopters. Photographs from a seized computer disc included the controls and the locks on the door between the passengers and pilot. In a bulletin, the FBI noted that the surveillance might relate to a plot to disperse a chemical or biological weapon.

    The CIA reportedly has been quietly building a case that the anthrax mailings were an international plot. This is old news. It’s just no longer bureaucratically impolite to openly contest the FBI’s (former) theory about a lone, American scientist. Many people have argued that a US-based Al Qaeda operative is behind the earlier Fall 2001 anthrax mailings in the US, and that the mailings served as a threat and warning. Princeton islamist scholar Bernard Lewis has explained that while islamists may disagree about whether killing innocents is sanctioned by the laws of jihad, extremists like Zawahiri agree that notice must be given before biochemical weapons are used. “The Prophet’s guidance,” says Michael Scheuer, an al-Qaeda analyst who recently retired from the CIA and once headed its Bin Laden unit, “was always, Before you attack someone, warn them very clearly…” The anthrax mailings followed the pattern of letters they sent in January 1997 to newspaper branches in Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as symbolic targets. The letter bombs were sent in connection with the detention of the blind sheik Abdel Rahman and those responsible for the earlier World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

    Handwritten notes and files on a laptop seized upon the capture of KSM, Al Qaeda’s #3, included a feasible anthrax production plan using a spray dryer and addressed the recruitment of necessary expertise. What your morning paper did not tell you, however, was that the CIA seized a similar disc from Ayman Zawahiri’s right-hand, Ahmed Salama Mabruk, 5 years earlier. The computer disk was confiscated from him during his arrest by the CIA in Azerbaijan and handed over to the Egyptian authorities. Mabruk, at the time, was the head of Jihad’s military operations. There is a risk that observers underestimate the time that Al Qaeda has had to make progress in such recruitment and research and development.

    Some may still think that even in the final stages of the 9/11 plot, Zacarias Moussaoui was going to fly a 5th plane into the Capitol or White House. Others argue that he was to be part of a second wave of airliners directed to targets on the West Coast. There is an e-mail by Moussaoui, however, dated July 31, 2001 indicating that he sought to take a crop dusting course that was to last up to 6 months. In March 2003, Mohammed reportedly said that Moussaoui was not going to be part of 9/11 but was to be part of a “second wave.” Although Ramzi Binalshibh provided him $14,000 in July, accused September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui told his trial judge that he had an al Qaeda mission that would have come after the terrorist attacks. KSM explained that Moussaoui’s inquiries about crop dusters may have been related to the anthrax work being done by US-trained biochemist and Al Qaeda operative, Malaysian Yazid Sufaat. Zacarias Moussaoui, never the sharpest tool in the shed and thought by his superiors to be unreliable, has told the judge at his trial in a filing that he wants “anthrax for Jew sympathizer only.” Al Qaeda’s regional operative, Hambali, who was at a key January 2000 meeting and supervised Sufaat, has been captured. Hambali reportedly is cooperating to some degree. KSM and Hambali sent al-Hindi (al-Britani), along with Jafar the Pilot, to case NYC targets for a second wave. It was as part of that surveillance in early 2001 that Jafar the Pilot studied tourist helicopters in the NYC area.

    Sufaat, according to both KSM and Hambali, did not have the virulent US Army Ames strain that would be used. That would require someone who had access to the strain. But if experience is any guide, nothing would stand in the way of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s decade-long quest to weaponize and use anthrax against US targets that was described by one confidante to an Egyptian newspaper reporter. The islamist had been released from Egyptian prison and had known Zawahiri well for many years. Emails from Zawahiri to Atef in the Spring of 1999 indicate that Ayman was a close student of the USAMRIID anthrax program. He believed that the koran instructed that a jihadist should use the weapons used by the crusader. “What we know is that he’s always said it was a religious obligation to have the same weapons as their enemies,” former CIA OBL unit counter terrorism chief Michael Scheuer has said. The Wall Street Journal reported that a computer used by Zawahiri contains a June 1999 memo that “said the program should seek cover and talent in educational institutions, which it said were ‘more beneficial to us and allow easy access to specialists, which will greatly benefit us in the first stage, God willing.’ ”

    Zawahiri was associated with a faction of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad known as the Vanguards of Conquest. Zawahiri and the Vanguards of Conquest were seeking to recreate Mohammed’s taking of mecca by a small band through violent attacks on Egyptian leaders. By 1998, Zawahiri had determined that the Egyptian Islamic Jihad should focus on its struggle against the United States and hold off on further attacks against the Egyptian regime.

    A key question is how they acquired the anthrax strain first isolated by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab in 1980. According to senior counter terrorism officials, both here and abroad, among the supporters of these militant islamists were people who blended into society and were available to act when another part of the network requested it.

    A few days before Christmas 2003, after a renewed audiotape threat by Zawahiri of attacks, to include in the US homeland, the threat level was raised to orange or “high.” After the alert condition had long since returned to yellow, Zawahiri in late February issued another audiotape. He urged the President that brigades and brigades would be coming under the banner of jihad carrying death and seeking paradise. Zawahiri said that the US should expect another 9/11 on US soil. According to some reports, Zawahiri is thought by intelligence to be somewhere near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. At one time, some thought he had been spotted in Iran. Wherever he is, authorities need to focus on the traceable connection between him and those he or Atef recruited.

    In October 2001, did the FBI profilers know of the draft message Khalid Mohammed had on the seized laptop (from 1995) that was signed “Khalid Sheik Bojinka”? The letter threatened to use biochemical weapons if the blind sheik was not released. (Khalid Mohammed’s involvement dates back to Bojinka, as does Hambali’s). Use of biochemical weapons as blackmail and threatened retaliation for such detentions was an alternative scenario in the Bojinka planning.

    In May 2004, Patrick Hughes, Lieutenant General (Retired), Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis, Homeland Security Department testified before the 9/11 Commission. He explained that interrogations and other evidence revealed that Al Qaeda wanted to strike the US with a nonconventional weapon, most notably anthrax. The same week, the WTC head testified that while they had not received any briefing on the use of planes, they had taken steps to prepare for an attack using anthrax based on intelligence that had been received.

    Al Qaeda has had anthrax, the raw seed product in its unweaponized form, since at least 1997, when it was purchased by Bin Laden through the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (“Moro Front” or “MILF”). Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s #2, is head of Al Qaeda’s biochemical program. The CIA has known of Zawahiri’s plans to use anthrax for a half decade. The confidante and right-hand man of Dr. Ayman Zawahiri admitted that Zawahiri succeeded in obtaining anthrax and intended to use it against US targets. Another senior Al Qaeda member (a shura or policy-making council member no less) was working for the Egyptian intelligence services and he confirmed the report in a sworn lengthy confession. Even Zawahiri’s attorney in 1999 said that Bin Laden and Zawahiri were likely to resort to the biological and chemical agents they possessed given the extradition pressure senior Al Qaeda leaders faced. A recently released islamist who had been a close associate of Zawahiri said that Zawahiri spent a decade and had made 15 separate attempts to recruit the necessary expertise to weaponize anthrax in Russia and the Middle East. The US Army recipe was not used, and obtaining the unprocessed Ames strain of anthrax used does not warrant the weight given it by some press accounts. There was lax control over the distribution of the Ames strain that was used, especially in light of the fact that transfers were not even required to be recorded prior to 1997. Significantly, the individual who isolated it nearly a quarter century ago (now retired), upon being contacted, does not even report that he necessarily sent the only copy of the strain to Ft. Detrick. Senator Patrick Leahy at a Congressional hearing in the Spring of 2002 noted that the FBI had collected the Ames strain from 20 sources. In Fall 2004, MSNBC, relying on an unnamed FBI spokesperson, reports that the FBI has narrowed the pool of labs known to have had Ames that was a match from 16 to 4 but cannot rule out that it was made overseas.

    Al Qaeda’s anthrax production plans on Khalid Mohammed’s computer did not evidence knowledge of advanced techniques in the most efficient biological weapons. At least according to the public comments by bioweaponeer experts William Patrick and Kenneth Alibek, under the optimal method, there is no electrostatic charge. In the case of the anthrax used in the mailings, there was an electrostatic charge. Although there was a dominance of single spores and a trillion spore concentration, there were clumps as large as 40 – 100 microns. (Spores must be no bigger than 5 microns to be inhalable.) Many point to the trillion spore concentration as extraordinary. It is far simpler, however, to achieve a trillion spore concentration in the production of a few grams than in industrial processing typical of a state sponsored lab. The “trillion spore” issue was at the heart of a lot of mistaken theories of the matter concluding that state sponsorship was necessarily indicated. The reported finding at Dugway undermines the argument of both the “bomb Iraq” crowd and the liberals focused on Dr. Steve Hatfill who object to US biodefense research because they view it as being useful for offensive purposes.

    USDA employee Johnelle Bryant first told us, in sensational detail, of Atta’s inquiries about purchasing and retrofitting a cropduster. Khalid Mohammed then told interrogators that Zacarias Moussaoui’s inquiries about crop dusting may have related to Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax manufacturing plans. Although the details of the documents on Mohammed’s computer may (or may not) point to possible difficulties in aerial dispersal, they are fully consistent with the product used in the anthrax mailings. Al Qaeda had both the means and opportunity.

    US-trained Malaysian biochemist Yazid Sufaat met with 9/11 plotters and two hijackers in January 2000. Sufaat was a member of Al Qaeda and a member of Jemaah Islamiah (“JI”). JI has ties with the Moro Front. Sufaat used his company called Green Laboratory Medicine to buy items useful to Al Qaeda. (Green symbolizes “Islam” and Prophet Mohammed’s holy war). Zacarias Moussaoui, who had a crop dusting manual when he was arrested, stayed at Sufaat’s condominium in 2000 when he was trying to arrange for flight lessons in Malaysia. Yazid Sufaat provided Moussaoui with a letter indicating that he was a marketing representative for Infocus Technologies and allegedly provided him $35,000. The crop dusters were to be part of a “second wave.”

    After 9/11, Yazid Sufaat traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan to work for the Taliban Medical Brigade and to continue his work with anthrax. As described in US News, a former reporter from the Kabul Times actually may have met Sufaat, without realizing it, while traveling near Kabul in October 2001, perceiving him as Filipino. The fellow was carrying papers from Zawahiri and bragging about his ability to manipulate anthrax. Sufaat was arrested in December 2001 upon his return to Malaysia. Newsweek reported that a “second wave” involving biological attacks had been thwarted upon the arrest of Al Qaeda members who had been intended to provide logistical support.

    Various doctors, both foreign and American, are associated with Al Qaeda leaders or operatives, to include the doctors Abdul Qadoos Khan, a bacteriologist from Rawalpindi and Aafia Siddiqui, PhD, from Karachi. Microbiologist Abdul Qadoos Khan was charged along with his son, Ahmed, for harboring the fugitives. As of March 28, 2003, he was in a hospital for a cardiac problem and had been granted “pre-arrest bail.” Yet all you read about at the time was the arrest of the son Ahmed Abdul Qadoos, who receives a stipend from the UN for being officially low-IQ due to lead poisoning.

    There still is a very hot pursuit of the “Atta-level” Floridian, Adnan El Shukrijumah, who Siddiqui is thought to have known and been assisting. His nickname is “Jafar the Pilot.” A senior DOJ official reports that Adnan has experience as a commercial pilot. He is said by one FBI agent to be “very, very, very” dangerous. He allegedly was at one or more meetings in the Summer of 2001 in Pakistan at which KSM and Sufaat were present. He may have been seen in Hamilton, Canada — along with Egyptian al-Maati, who apparently also has received pilot training. The United States truly no longer has time for faulty analysis or politically-based preconceptions. In early June 2003, a CIA report concluded that the reason for Atta’s and Zacarias Moussaoui’s inquiries into cropdusters was in fact for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. It has long been known Osama Bin Laden was interested in using cropdusters to disperse biological agents (since the testimony of millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam).

    The hijacker Ahmed Alhaznawi appears to have contracted cutaneous anthrax in Afghanistan. It is reasonable to credit his statement that he got the lesion after bumping into a suitcase he was carrying at a camp in Afghanistan. The lesion is further evidence of Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program at Kandahar.

    The media coverage has been seriously confused on the issue of motive and the reason Senators Daschle and Leahy would have been targeted — tending to simplistically view them as liberals.” Zawahiri likely targeted Senators Daschle and Leahy to receive anthrax letters, in addition to various media outlets, because of the appropriations made pursuant to the “Leahy Law” to military and security forces. That money has prevented the militant islamists from achieving their goals. Al Qaeda members and sympathizers feel that the FBI’s involvement in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines interferes with the sovereignty of those countries.

    In late September 2001, it was announced that the President was seeking a blanket waiver that would lift all restrictions on aid to military and security units in connection with pursuing the militant islamists. This extradition and imprisonment of Al Qaeda leaders, along with US support for Israel and the Mubarak government in Egypt, remains foremost in the mind of Dr. Zawahiri. At the height of the development of his biological weapons program, his brother was extradited pursuant to a death sentence in the “Albanian returnees” case (now he faces retrial). It’s hard to keep up with the stories about billion dollar appropriations, debt forgiveness, and loan guarantees to countries like Egypt and Israel and now even Pakistan. Those appropriations pale in comparison to the many tens of billions in appropriations relating to the invasion of Iraq. Al Qaeda had a motive in mind.

    In his Fall 2001 book titled Knights under the Banner of the Prophet, Zawahiri argued that the secular press was telling “lies” about the militant islamists — to include the suggestion that the militant islamists were somehow the creation of the United States in connection with expelling the Russians from Afghanistan. Zawahiri argued instead that they have been active since the assassination of Anwar Sadat in Egypt because of the Camp David Accord and the resulting peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The anthrax letters were sent on the date of the Camp David Accord and then the date Anwar Sadat was assassinated as if to underscore the point to anyone paying attention. Most of the “talking heads” on television, however, knew only that Daschle and Leahy were liberal democrats and did not know anything of Al Qaeda beyond what they read in the US newspapers. The FBI’s profile includes a US-based supporter of the militant islamists. Attorney General Ashcroft explained that an “either-or” approach is not useful. The media has tended to overlook the fact that when the FBI uses the word “domestic” the word includes a US-based, highly-educated supporter of the militant islamists.

    There is an emerging consensus that anthrax was contained in a letter to AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer – in a goofy love letter to Jennifer Lopez enclosing a Star of David and proposing marriage. A report by the Center for Disease Control of interviews with AMI employees (as well as detailed interviews by author Leonard Cole) supports the conclusion that there were not one, but two, such mailings containing anthrax. (The letters were to different AMI publications – one to the National Enquirer and another to The Sun). (News assistant Bobby Bender recalls the letter containing the items to have been addressed to The Sun.)

    This tactic of letters is not merely the modus operandi of these militant islamists inspired by Zawahiri, it is their signature. The islamists sent letter bombs in January 1997 to newspaper offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.. They 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”), he 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).

    Abdel Rahman’s son was captured in Quetta, Pakistan in mid-February 2003. That arrest in turn led to the dramatic capture of Khalid Mohammed, Al Qaeda’s #3. Mohammed allegedly was hiding in the home of the Pakistani bacteriologist Dr. Abdul Qadoos Khan. Along with Zawahiri, Abdel Rahman and his two sons have had considerable influence over Bin Laden. He reportedly treated them like sons. Although while in jail in the early 1980s, Zawahiri caused considerable tension by challenging the blind sheik’s ability to lead a coalition of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Egyptian Islamic Group, Zawahiri and OBL are Rahman’s friends. The imprisoned WTC 1993 plotter Yousef was KSM’s nephew. Thus, the leaders in charge of Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program had a close connection to those imprisoned in connection with the earlier bombing of the World Trade Center. According to the controversial “Feith memo,” which summarized purported intelligence showing an Iraqi/Al Qaeda connection, Osama Bin Laden had asked Iraqi intelligence for technical assistance in sending letter bombs a half year before the Al Hayat letters were sent.

    Just because Al Qaeda likes its truck bombs and the like to be effective does not mean they do not see the value in a deadly missive. As Brian Jenkins once said, “terrorism is theater.” A sender purporting to be islamist sent cyanide in both early 2002 and early 2003 in New Zealand and ingredients of nerve gas in Belgium in 2003. There’s even a chapter titled “Poisonous Letter” in the Al Qaeda manual.

    The “Federal Eagle” stamp used in the anthrax mailings was a blue-green. It was widely published among the militant islamists that martyrs go to paradise “in the hearts of green birds.” In the very interview in which they admitted 9/11, and described the codes used for the four targets for the planes, the masterminds admitted to the Jenny code, the code for representing the date 9/11, and used the symbolism of the “Green Birds.” Osama Bin Laden later invoked the symbolism in his video “The 19 Martyrs.” A FAQ on the Azzam Publications website explained that “In the Hearts of Green Birds” refers to what is inside.

    The mailer’s use of “Greendale School” as the return address for the letters to the Senators is also revealing. A May 2001 letter that Zawahiri sent to Egyptian Islamic Jihad members abroad establish that Zawahiri used “school” as a code word for the Egyptian militant islamists in his correspondence. Green symbolizes Islam and was the Prophet Mohammed’s color. By Greendale School, the anthrax perp was being cute, just as Yazid Sufaat was being cute in naming his lab Green Laboratory Medicine. “Dale” means “river valley.” Greendale likely refers to green river valley — i.e., Cairo’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad or the Islamic Group. The sender probably is announcing that he is of either Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Egyptian Islamic Group or Jihad-al Qaeda, which is actually the full name of the group after the merger of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda. At the Darunta complex where jihadis trained, recruits would wear green uniforms, except for Friday when they were washed. In a Hadith the Messenger of Allah explains that the souls of the martyrs are in the hearts of green birds that fly wherever they please in the Paradise.

    As to opportunity, though seldom reported, there is a wealth of “open source” information about possible Al Qaeda or Egyptian Islamic Jihad or Egyptian Islamic Group in the United States and Canada. The public information mostly relates to those suspected sleepers who have been detained or who are at large and are being sought. Zawahiri’s mission in the United States in 1995 was to do spadework for terrorism, not fundraising for charitable causes. He traveled under an alias and was accompanied by a former US Army sergeant named Ali Mohammed. What mosques exactly did they visit and who did they meet?

    • DXer said

      Court papers reportedly indicate thatin the Spring of 2001, El-Shukrijumah was known by the FBI to be radical. He was one of a half dozen who was a meeting after prayers who was pitched a plot by a young man Mandhal. The meeting was being monitored by FBI surveillance teams but El-Shukrijumah reportedly did not say anything incriminating to the undercover or within earshot of the undercover surveillance teams.

      Posted 6/15/2003

      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-06-15-florida-usat_x.htm

      Pursuit of al-Qaeda keeps coming back to Fla.
      By Richard Willing, USA TODAY

      El Shukrijumah soon became known among young male mosque-goers as a radical. Mandhai told “Mohammed,” the FBI informant, that El Shukrijumah was among 25 to 30 potential mujahedin who could be trained for future bin Laden assignments in South Florida. Investigators believe that Mandhai’s plans were wishful thinking and that Mandhai had no actual ties to al-Qaeda.

      But Mandhai worked hard to assemble what he hoped would become an al-Qaeda cell. El Shukrijumah was one of about a half-dozen young Muslims who assembled at a mosque in Miramar after evening prayers one night in mid-April 2001 to hear a recruiting pitch from Mandhai and Jokhan, according to federal court papers.

      But El Shukrijumah never joined Mandhai’s plot, or even said anything mildly incriminating within earshot of the informant or undercover surveillance teams, court records suggest. El Shukrijumah disappeared around May 2001, about the time the FBI pulled “Mohammed” out of the mosques and told Mandhai and Jokhan they were under investigation.

      An investigator on the case believes that El Shukrijumah sensed what Mandhai did not: that “Mohammed” was an FBI informant.

      Investigators now say that intelligence gathered this year has led them to believe that El Shukrijumah traveled overseas within the past seven years for pilot training under al-Qaeda’s guidance. He is known in the terrorism network as “Jaffar the Pilot,” al-Qaeda prisoners have told U.S. authorities.

      Investigators believe that while he was overseas, El Shukrijumah met Padilla, a Muslim convert and al-Qaeda follower who had lived in South Florida in the mid-1990s.

      El Shukrijumah returned to South Florida by 2000. Padilla tried to re-enter the USA in June 2002 and was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

      For investigators seeking to understand more about al-Qaeda, El Shukrijumah’s movements are a puzzle.

    • DXer said

      McClatchy quotes the former senior CIA analyst Michael Scheuer saying “he’d “seen nothing to make me doubt” reports that Shukrijumah had used Mexican migrant smugglers and perhaps drug traffickers to sneak into the United States more than once since 9/11.”

      10 years after 9/11, suspected al Qaida figure still eludes FBI

      Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/11/123260/10-years-after-911-suspected-al.html#storylink=cpy

      In March 2001, FBI agents deployed an informant to infiltrate the mosque because they were targeting Mandhai. The informant recorded Mandhai vowing to establish a jihad cell that would target electric substations, Jewish institutions and a National Guard armory. Mandhai tried to recruit Shukrijumah, but he resisted and declined to join, according to the recordings.

      The feds kept their focus on Mandhai and his co-conspirator, Shueyb Mossa Jokhan. After 9/11, the FBI and federal prosecutors ramped up their investigation and eventually indicted the pair in spring 2002. Mandhai was convicted of conspiracy to destroy electrical stations and other targets; Jokhan testified against him.

      Former U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman, who prosecuted the case along with current Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Schlesinger, said it was the country’s first successful terrorism-related prosecution after 9/11.

      Sloman said he thought it was more than sheer coincidence that Shukrijumah was in Broward at the time the likes of Mohamed Atta and other terrorists were in south Florida.

      “It’s pretty scary,” he said. “Not even Carl Hiaasen could make this stuff up,” referring to the satirical Florida novelist.

      Last year, Miami-based FBI counter-terrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told the Associated Press that Shukrijumah and two other alleged al Qaida leaders were part of an “external operations council” that designed and approved terrorism plots and recruits. But his two counterparts were killed in U.S. drone attacks, leaving Shukrijumah as the de facto chief and successor to his former boss, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, LeBlanc said.

      “He’s making operational decisions is the best way to put it,” LeBlanc told the AP. “He’s looking at attacking the U.S. and other Western countries. Basically through attrition, he has become his old boss.”

      For all the allegations against Shukrijumah, he’s been officially accused only once, on charges that he plotted suicide bomb attacks on the New York subway system in 2009. Two Afghan migrants pleaded guilty in the plot last year and cooperated with prosecutors. A third man is awaiting trial.

      The federal indictment, unsealed last year, placed Shukrijumah in Pakistan, where planning for the subway attacks allegedly took place in 2008.

      As for Shukrijumah’s whereabouts, they’re anyone’s guess. …

      Around that same time, the FBI and the Justice Department issued an alert for the Mexican border that Shukrijumah could try to enter the United States through Arizona or Texas.

      Scheuer, the former CIA analyst, said he’d “seen nothing to make me doubt” reports that Shukrijumah had used Mexican migrant smugglers and perhaps drug traffickers to sneak into the United States more than once since 9/11.

      (Chardy and Tamayo report for El Nuevo Herald, Weaver for The Miami Herald. Siobhan Morrissey of The Herald contributed to this article.)

      Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/11/123260/10-years-after-911-suspected-al.html#storylink=cpy

  95. DXer said

    In March 2003, the FBI announced that it was known that El-Shukrijumah come to the United States After 9/11

    03-20-2003, 12:45 PM
    http://www.msnbc.com/news/888153.asp?0cm=c10

    FBI hunts al-Qaida suspect in U.S.
    Man who lived in Miami said to be planning a ‘major attack’

    WASHINGTON, March 20 — The FBI was hunting Thursday for a suspected al-Qaida operative with pilot training who may be in the United States and planning a “major attack,” senior counterterrorism officials told NBC News. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said authorities fear the man could be “another Mohammed Atta.”

    The officials sent out a nationwide bulletin to police urging them to be on the lookout for Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah, who recently was using the alias Jaafaral al-Tayyar. The bulletin said word of his plans was based on information obtained from recently captured al-Qaida operatives.

    “The United States has information indicating he may be involved in al-Qaida and may pose an imminent threat to U.S. interests at home or overseas,” the bulletin said.

    The officials who spoke with NBC News said el-Shukrijumah was known to have been in the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, living for a time in Miami. His whereabouts now are not known.

    The officials said they had no specific information about what el-Shukrijuman, nicknamed “Jaafaral the Pilot,” may be planning, but they said his pilot training raises the possibility that he might be planning an airborne attack similar to that carried out by Atta, the ringleader of the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.

  96. DXer said

    December 11, 2001
    The Anthrax Probe Ranges Far and Wide As Investigators Scour Tips, Quotes & Research Trash for Leads

    By MARK SCHOOFS, GARY FIELDS
    and MAUREEN TKACIK
    Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    ***

    The Envelopes and Letters

    The best clues are hard to trace: the anthrax powder itself, four handwritten envelopes and four letters, all photocopies of originals authorities don’t have.

    The letters to Sen. Tom Daschle, NBC anchor Tom Brokaw and the New York Post have already been examined, and they didn’t contain the sender’s fingerprints or DNA.

    One clue was contained in the missive to the New York Post: The letter, which read in part, “Death to America,” wasn’t printed on a paper size normally found in the U.S., says an FBI official familiar with the matter. An FBI spokesman declined to elaborate. Erich Speckin, who runs a private forensic laboratory in Okemos, Mich., says the height-to-width ratio was approximately 1.41 to 1, according to a photo released by the FBI. He says that ratio is common for business letters in Europe and elsewhere but rare in the U.S. That could suggest that the mailer is from another country or has traveled outside the U.S. Law-enforcement officials say they have gleaned few other useful clues from the first three letters. They were able to discover the brand of tape the mailer used to close the envelope, but it was a common one used by millions of people. They won’t reveal the brand. The ink used to address the envelopes was also common. And the envelopes themselves were pre-stamped versions issued by the Postal Service in January of this year, but they are sold at post-office counters and vending machines around the country. Some are also bought in bulk by companies. There is no way to tell where the perpetrator obtained those used to deliver anthrax.

    ***

    The Bureau is also considering unorthodox approaches submitted by other agencies. Mitchell Cohen, director of the division of bacterial and mycotic diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that the CDC has a method to detect traces of bacteria besides anthrax in the powder. Conceivably, he says, that could provide clues about where the anthrax was produced or mailed from, especially if investigators found a bacterial species or strain that was prevalent only in some regions of the world.

    ***

    Labs and Pesticides

    Whoever created the weapon had to have access to the Ames strain of anthrax. And because the Ames strain is quite rare in nature, according to Paul Keim, a professor at Northern Arizona University who is an expert on anthrax strains, that means the mailer almost certainly obtained it from a laboratory.

    Martin Hugh-Jones, an anthrax expert at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, said the FBI returned to his lab in mid-November for a two-and-a-half-hour interview asking him for the “name, rank and serial number” of everyone who had visited the facility in the last five years. Previously, the FBI had subpoenaed records going back a few months.

    [ http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com ]

    But military bioweapons experts have used BT and similar nonlethal bacilli as a stand-in for anthrax when ironing out production and manufacturing. David Franz, who runs the Chemical and Biological Defense Division of the Southern Research Institute and who headed three United Nations inspections in Iraq, believes the Iraqis used BT as dummy anthrax. …

    Dr. Franz, who stresses he isn’t pointing the finger at Iraq because “anyone could have made this,” speculates that the anthrax mailer could be “someone who is a good technician who worked with BT or other species that don’t cause disease.” He says the mailer could have “just worked and worked until he got it right, and then switched to anthracis.”

    An executive at one of the nation’s largest BT insecticide producers, who asked that neither he nor his company be named, says, “We’re working with the FBI.” An executive from a much smaller company located not far from Trenton, who also asked for anonymity, says the FBI monitored an equipment auction the company held recently.

    [bacillus subtilis was found. GAO: What was the geographic location of the subtilis? It was known to be from the United States. What swabbing for subtilis strains did they do in Kandahar? How does it compare? ]

    Army Scientists

    FBI officials say that a military connection is merely one avenue the Bureau is following. The FBI has subpoenaed a list of everyone at the U.S. Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md., who had access to anthrax, according to a senior employee, who said he had been questioned by law-enforcement agents. “There are people who left here under less-than-the-best circumstances who are being investigated — where did they go and what are they doing?”

    This person stressed that other military labs had access to anthrax, including Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, which he describes a particularly bleak and isolated place. “They work with anthrax there, and they have one hell of a turnover. It’s 17 miles of just open desert from the main gate to the main lab,” he said. Having to work there could fill employees with anger and resentment. “It’s like going to a penitentiary,” he said.

    The Americans who probably know the most about making biological weapons are aging researchers who worked on the military’s offensive germ-warfare program. Before it was ended by President Richard Nixon in 1969, that program produced powdered anthrax.

    Interviews with more than half a dozen former American bioweapons experts, including senior people from that program, reveal that none of them have yet been interviewed by the FBI.

    “I don’t want to appear arrogant,” says William Patrick III, who used to be a high-level researcher in the biological-weapons program at Ft. Detrick, but “I don’t think anyone knows more about anthrax powder in this country.” Mr. Patrick, who now works as a consultant and says he would charge the government for his advice, says he attended one advisory meeting with the FBI but hasn’t been asked for suggestions on how to test the Leahy letter.

    FBI spokesman Mike Kortan says agents have talked to some of the people in this group, and adds: “The investigative strategy is based in part on consultation with top experts, and any suggestion that a group of key individuals has been overlooked is simply not true.”

    — Antonio Regalado and Jerry Markon contributed to this article.

    [Al-Timimi’s thesis shared a suited with the leading DARPA-funded Ames researchers Ken Alibek and Charles Bailey. Ali Al-Timimi walked the same halls with William Patrick at GMU where the Hadron DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense was located. (Dr. Patrick was thanked by Alibek’s assistant, Dr. Crockett, in her thesis about the Al Qaeda anthrax threat and Amerithrax; Dr. Crockett was next door to Al-Timimi. ]

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      AFTERMATH OF TERROR
      FBI’s New Approach in Its Search For Anthrax Mailer Focuses on Labs

      By MARK SCHOOFS and GARY FIELDS
      Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

      ***

      Investigators acknowledge their approach may not work. Access to anthrax was “absolutely so lax,” as one senior FBI agent puts it, that even if the lab is identified, it may not be possible to discover where the terror strain was sent or who had access to it. At Dugway Proving Ground, a large military facility in Utah currently under investigation, a former scientist said security was slipshod. “Somebody could have walked out of a hot area with a couple of spores in a briefcase or lunch pail,” he said. Officials at Dugway declined to comment.

      Biological thievery can be a problem no matter how tight the security. Chemical or nuclear stockpiles can be accurately inventoried. But biological agents grow, so a thief could steal a few spores of anthrax and they would never be recorded as missing. The terrorist could then use those stolen spores to grow huge colonies of the bacterium.

      — Antonio Regalado contributed to this article.AFTERMATH OF TERROR
      FBI’s New Approach in Its Search For Anthrax Mailer Focuses on Labs

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      KSM tasked El-Shukrijumah in 2001 with casing targets. According to experienced national security journalist Josh M. of the LA Times, Adnan spent a week in New York, D.C. and Montreal in 2001. On the issue of motive and the reason Senators Daschle and Leahy would have been targeted — they are commonly simplistically viewed as “liberals.” Zawahiri likely targeted Senators Daschle and Leahy to receive anthrax letters, in addition to various media outlets, because of the appropriations made pursuant to the “Leahy Law” to military and security forces. That money has prevented the militant islamists from achieving their goals. Al Qaeda members and sympathizers feel that the FBI’s involvement in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines undermines their prospects of establishing a worldwide Caliphate. The Fall 2001 letter from Al Qaeda spokesman al- Kuwaiti, directed to the American public — but which was not released until 2006 — claimed that the green light had been given for a US bio attack (1) from folks who were US-based, (2) above suspicion, and (3) who had access to US and UK government and intelligence information. He explained: “There is no animosity between us. You involved yourselves in this battle. The war is between us and the Jews. You interfered in our countries and influenced our governments to strike against the Moslems.”

      Senator Leahy was Chairman of both the Judiciary Committee overseeing the FBI and Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of foreign aid to these countries. In late September 2001, it was announced that the President was seeking a blanket waiver that would lift all restrictions on aid to military and security units in connection with pursuing the militant islamists. This extradition and imprisonment of Al Qaeda leaders, along with US support for Israel and the Mubarak government in Egypt, remained foremost in the mind of Dr. Zawahiri and men like Islamic Group leaders Mohammed Islambouli and KSM. At the height of the development of his biological weapons program, Zawahiri’s brother was extradited pursuant to a death sentence in the “Albanian returnees” case. It’s hard to keep up with the stories about billion dollar appropriations, debt forgiveness, and loan guarantees to countries like Egypt and Israel and now even Pakistan.

      Those appropriations pale in comparison to the many tens of billions in appropriations relating to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Qaeda had a motive in mind.

      Zawahiri likely was surprised that the plainly worded message of the letters accompanying the anthrax was not deemed clear. Perhaps the talking heads would not have been so quick to infer an opposite meaning if no message had been expressed using words at all. Perhaps the public the sender had relied only on what KSM describes as the language of war — the death delivered by the letters — the pundits would not have been so misdirected. But why was Al Qaeda evasive on the question of responsibility for the anthrax mailings, dismissing the issue with a snicker, and falsely claiming that Al Qaeda did not know anything about anthrax? Simple. Bin Laden denied responsibility for 9/11 until it was beyond reasonable dispute. On September 16, 2001, he said: “The US is pointing the finger at me but I categorically state that I have not done this. I am residing in Afghanistan. I have taken an oath of allegiance (to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar) which does not allow me to do such things from Afghanistan.” Before that, Ayman had denied the 1998 embassy bombings too. On August 20, 1998, coincidentally on the day of strikes on camps in Afghanistan and Sudan, Ayman al-Zawahiri contacted The News, a Pakistani English-language daily, and said on behalf of Bin Laden that “Bin Laden calls on Moslem Ummah to continue Jihad against Jews and Americans to liberate their holy places. In the meanwhile, he denies any involvement in the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombings.” To Ayman, “war is deception.”

      The targeted Senators have another connection pertinent to the Egyptian militants. The United States and other countries exchange evidence for counterterrorism cases under the legal framework of a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (”MLAT”). Egypt is signatory of such a treaty that was ratified by the United States Senate in late 2000. For example, when the Fall 2001 rendition of Vanguards of Conquest leader Agizah was criticized, the US explained that it was relying on the MLAT. In the prosecution of Blind Sheik Abdell Rahman’s assistant, Post Office worker Ahmed Abdel Sattar, the MLAT was described. Sattar’s attorney Michael Tigar, at trial in December 2004 explained: “Now, that might be classified, it’s true, but we have now found out and our research has just revealed that on, that the State Department has reported that it intends to use and relies on the mutual legal assistance treaty between the United States and Egypt signed May 3, 1998, in Cairo, and finally ratified by the United States Senate on October 18th, 2000. The State Department issued a press report about this treaty on November 29th, 2001 and I have a copy here.” He explained that “Article IV of the treaty provides that requests under the treaty can be made orally as well as under the formal written procedures required by the treaty, that those requests can include requests for testimony, documents, and even for the transfer to the United States if the treaty conditions are met.”

      Vanguards of Conquest spokesman Al-Sirri was a co-defendant in the case against post office worker Sattar. In the late 1990s Sattar and he often spoke in conversations intercepted by the FBI. Al-Sirri’s fellow EIJ cell members in London were subject to process under those treaties at the time of the anthrax mailings. Those London cell members had been responsible for the faxing of the claim of responsibility which stated the motive for the 1998 embassy bombings. A group calling itself the “Islamic Army for the Liberation of the Holy Places” took credit for the bombings listing as among their demands “the release of the Muslims detained in the United State[s] first and foremost Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the spiritual guide of the Gama’a Islamiya) who is jailed in the United States.” As reason for the bombings, in addition to the rendition recent EIJ members to Cairo and the detention of Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, the faxes pointed to the detention of dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali . Al-Hawali was the mentor of GMU microbiology student Al-Timimi who spoke in London in August 2001 alongside 911 Imam Awlaki (also from Falls Church) and unindicted WTC 1993 conspirator Bilal Philips the fellow posting on the website Adnan maintained for his father Gulshair. Al-Timimi was in contact with Saudi sheik Al-Hawali in 2002 and arranged to hand deliver a message to all members of Congress he had drafted in al-Hawali’s name on the first anniversary of the anthrax mailings to Senator Leahy and Daschle.

      The FBI interviewed Al-Timimi within a week of 9/11. He stayed around. But El-Shukrijumah had taken off and was in Kandahar where Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax lab was located. In email and chat with me, Sufaat does not Al Qaeda’s responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

      But the “first and foremost Omar Abdel Rahman” and the Saudi connection to Bin Laden’s Saudi sheik al-Hawali should have caused the FBI to give top priority to tracing El-Shukrijumah’s travels, especially given that numerous witnesses, including the FBI undercover interviewed by Brian Ross, placed him with Mohammed Atta.

      Michael Scheuer the former chief, Bin Laden Unit, eruditely defended the extraordinary rendition program he had launched at the request of President Clinton and his advisors before Congress in April 2007. There’s always been a huge irony in Michael Scheuer’s emphasis on how OBL is attacking the US for its policies without publicly acknowledging the importance of the rendition policy is to those planning the attacks. For the purpose of true crime analysis, it’s not rendition as a policy or human rights issue — or even a tactical issue — that is the question presented. It is walking in the shoes of your adversary (as expert Scheuer first so brilliantly taught us to do in his wonderful 2002 book). The key is seeing things in terms of what motivates them to act. Sometimes it’s the only way to catch the bad guys .

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      A prolific poster named Ed, a retiree in Wisconsin, argues regularly that a First Grader wrote the anthrax letters. He did not take care to inform himself about the FBI’s manhunt for Adnan El-Shukrijumah — and still studiously avoids the facts relating to the issue (Very uncivil and adopting ad hominem labels rather than analysis of the facts relating to El-Shukrijumah was the mailer, he would not address the facts when over the course of years it would be pointed out). Instead, his argument was that because the FBI did not talk about its hunt for an unidentified accomplice, such an accomplice must not exist.

      Instead, Ed imagined a First Grader — who does not exist — to have written the anthrax letters.

      Ed wrote and maintained for many years:

      Of all the complaints that people have had about the FBI since September 11, one I’ve never heard is that the FBI has been lax in tracking down everyone associated with the 9-11 terrorists. …

      But in all this we have seen absolutely nothing of this supposed “accomplice” from the anthrax attacks.

      So, what do we know about this “accomplice” other than that he has apparently never been seen in any photograph and that he has never been associated with the dead al Qaeda members? [This was not true; see 911 Commission Report discussing the eyewitness identification of Adnan El-Shukrijuman, who was seen at immigration with lead hijacker Mohammed Atta.]

      And, of course, as America retaliated for the 9-11 attacks, fellow al Qaeda members were being wiped out all across the globe, yet the peace-loving al Qaeda “white sheep” member apparently couldn’t bring himself to again use the anthrax weapon he had used twice previously.

      [As Yazid can explain, his lab in Kandahar was destroyed by bombing and then he was captured and served 8 years; this was public knowledge but you will look in vain for a discussion of the destruction of Yazid’s lab, his description of his work with virulent anthrax, or his capture in late 2001].

      Ed writes:

      “Here is the “new evidence” as reported in The New York Times article:

      1. In June of 2001, two men visited the emergency room of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. One of them was Ahmed Alhaznawi, who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. Dr. Christos Tsonas treated Alhaznawi for an ugly, dark lesion on his leg.

      2. After September 11, when federal investigators found the medicine among the Alhaznawi’s possessions, Dr. Tsonas was question (in October, after anthrax became a hot subject in the news, particularly in Florida). Dr. Tsonas reviewed the case and decided that the lesion “was consistent with cutaneous anthrax.”

      3. According to The New York Times, experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies recently sent a memorandum to government officials in which they concluded that the diagnosis of cutaneous anthrax was “the most probable and coherent interpretation of the data available.” The memorandum added, “Such a conclusion of course raises the possibility that the hijackers were handling anthrax and were the perpetrators of the anthrax letter attacks.”

      Unfortunately, Johns Hopkins fails to explain exactly how that “possibility” accounts for dead people being “the perpetrators of the anthrax letter attacks.”

      Did some member of Camp Jingo at Johns Hopkins simply fail to check his dates? [The author of the memo, Tara O’Toole, is now head of biodefense for Homeland Security]. Or was he or she totally out of touch with virtually every aspect of the anthrax mailing case?

      The New York Times seemed to be aware of the situation, since they alluded to the dates in a vaguely worded paragraph in the middle of their article:

      “If the hijackers did have anthrax, they would probably have needed an accomplice to mail the tainted letters, bioterrorism experts knowledgeable about the case said. The four recovered anthrax letters were postmarked on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 in Trenton. It is also possible, experts added, that if the hijackers had come into contact with anthrax, it was entirely separate from the supply used by the letter sender.