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

* update from GAO … 9/15/14 … report “sometime this fall” … NOTE: fall ends Dec 20, 2014 … two weeks until the end of fall … will GAO deliver?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 6, 2014

I’m told by GAO the report will be issued the week of Dec 15

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GAO, FBI, Ivins

emails to/from Chuck Young,

Managing Director, Public Affairs, 

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Lew to Chuck … Any update now that summer is over? … Any comment on why it has taken so long? My guess is that the FBI has been fighting you every step of the way … LEW

Chuck to Lew … Sometime this fall and no, we wouldn’t comment on the report or information access issues until after it is released. Thanks, Chuck

 

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196 Responses to “* update from GAO … 9/15/14 … report “sometime this fall” … NOTE: fall ends Dec 20, 2014 … two weeks until the end of fall … will GAO deliver?”

  1. DXer said

    In MICROBIAL FORENSICS AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY SCIENCE AND STRATEGY (2014), Michael P. Garvey, Jr. explains:

    “One can imagine that intelligence operations, which may utilize the collection of samples by assets, rely on secondary collection sites, or take prolonged periods of time to transport make this process more difficult. Microbial forensic attribution will only be plausible, if the evidence can be obtained in a reasonable manner and preserved for future testing. Otherwise, the results of sample analyses may be questioned. For example, one may not be able to determine whether a sample that tested negative is truly negative or was badly degraded during collection and transport. In the Amerithrax investigation, the FBI report discusses OCONUS samples that had inconsistent results for the presence of B. anthracis and possibly even indications of the presence of the Ames strain. However, these results were ultimately discarded by the FBI due to the inconsistencies in the various testing results, sampling procedures, and methodology used by the FBI and IC. As this case never reached trial and the details of this intelligence based collection is mostly classified, it cannot be fully addressed.” (pp. 219-220)

    Is Dr. Garvey correct? Is it true “it cannot be fully addressed?”

    • DXer said

      Dr. Garvey, in his important treatment of these issues, recommends:

      “Information integration – knowledge sharing Recommendation: Promote the acceptance and knowledge sharing of microbial forensics by limiting unnecessary classification of scientific material that lacks any direct operational intelligence. Considering the importance of national security, one cannot argue the need to classify operational information related to suspected biothreat sites, assets that are assisting in collecting information and/or samples, active intelligence operations, sensitive investigations and other operational activities that could place our national security interests in jeopardy. However, these issues have little relevance when it comes to the scientific methods of microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology that are employed to exploit intelligence or evidence once it is collected. In the days following the death of Osama bin Laden, the U.S. government reported that a positive identification had been made with DNA analysis. While details of the mission may have been classified, the scientific methodology by which one analyzes human DNA for identification purposes was not. In the same manner, the scientific details of microbial forensics should not be limited.” (p. 231)

      Al Qaeda lab director Yazid Sufaat in Facebook posts and chat with me does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. (He pleads the Fifth Amendment).

      In the occasions I contacted him, Al Qaeda anthrax scientist Rauf Ahmad wouldn’t provide answers unless I paid him money.

      As for the USG not able to share information about their very, inexcusably late arrival at Al Qaeda’s anthrax labs, the usual redactions suffice to protect information that should remain exempt from disclosure.

      The withholding beyond that is all about CYA. Like Senator Leahy has said, when the government screws up, they just mark it SECRET.

      Don’t let any photographer in Afghanistan to have died in vain.

    • DXer said

      Where in Dr. Garvey’s “Timeline of Scientific Events in the Anthrax Mailings Investigation,” does he state the
      date that bottle of “anthrax spore concentrate” harvested by Al Qaeda anthrax scientist harvested in April 2001 was
      retrieved for testing?

      The issue needs to be addressed:

      “Since the anthrax attacks of 2001, the world has seen an increase in violence by both state
      and non-state actors. Although there has not been another large scale biological attack,
      the threat has not diminished. All subsequent intelligence threat reports still identify the
      high risk of a biological attack, as well as, the importance of a robust microbial forensic response.” (p. 242)

  2. DXer said

    The most recent discussion of aspects of the microbiological aspects of Amerithrax comes from the learned forensics-schooled Michael Garvey, who was a former Scientist / Manager of the Central Intelligence Agency (August 2003 – January 2011) (7 years 6 months) and before that, a Forensic DNA Examiner / Supervisor (June 1997 – August 2003 (6 years 3 months)

    • DXer said

      Michael Garvey explains that the word “microbial forensic” encompasses the analysis of interdicted materials. That point relates to identification of the strain pictured below and the strains given Rauf Ahmad by an unidentified scientist. Dr. Garvey, was this bottle of anthrax spore concentrate harvested in April 2001 by Rauf Ahmad tested by the FBI or CIA? What strain was it? Or did someone screw up by not seizing it after Kathy Gannon and her photographer came across it? What was the delay in arriving at the lab? Why is there an emphasis on swabbing a decontaminated lab years later rather than tracking down the large bottle of anthrax spore concentrate pictured by interviewing the lab scientists that Kathy interviewed? And why 13 years later hasn’t the information been made public?

      Dr. Garvey writes:

      “However, this study must evaluate the fact that, in a broader sense, microbial forensics is often taken outside of the legal context associated with the term “forensic” and encompasses the analysis of interdicted materials, samples provided by foreign partners, or samples acquired by other means, that are collected for intelligence purposes rather than being connected with the investigation of a particular incident where a biological agent was used. In some cases, the aim is to find evidence that biological agents are being developed, and possibly are intended for use.”

    • DXer said

      At page 5:

      “To date, technical microbial forensics is largely untested in U.S. courtrooms or in international fora. The roles of microbial forensics in criminal prosecutions, in intelligence conclusions, and in policy decisions are for the most part ill-defined. For example, a list of WMD terrorism cases provided on an FBI-sponsored website does not cite any examples of technical forensic analysis providing critical evidence leading to indictment or conviction110. The most prominent biological terrorism case to date, the anthrax letters incident, will close without a trial of the declared suspect.”

    • DXer said

      “In the few cases where technical analysis of biological or chemical evidence was proffered to back US policy decisions, strong technical criticism from US experts was encountered, offsetting any weight such evidence might have had internationally. In light of these facts, coupled with the relative rarity of major biological terrorism events, finding solid examples of cases that have fully utilized a microbial forensics approach is challenging. However, one can still examine some recent examples under the optic of a microbial forensic approach and consider whether justice, intelligence, and/or the world community would have been better served if a microbial forensics capability would have been developed or implemented sooner.” (pp. 5-6)

      Comment:

      Conversely, some may think the microbial forensics was a huge waste of money — when all that was needed was relevant evidence needed to be seized and preserved, and information needed to be shared.

    • DXer said

      At page 8:

      “Technology & Applications to Microbial Forensics
      What questions can Microbial Forensics actually answer, in principle?
      A sound decision concerning the attribution of a biological incident relies on integrating all of the relevant information about an incident into a consistent and defensible narrative about the acquisition, production, and dissemination of the agent. This information will include traditional forensic evidence as well as other evidence gathered by law enforcement investigators and by intelligence community analysts and operatives. Each step in the narrative can be considered a hypothesis that is supported to some degree by the available evidence. Seen in this light, a microbial forensic analysis method can be regarded as a test of a particular hypothesis. The scientific inferences that can be made from microbial forensics alone must be carefully separated from provisory inferences that also depend on other kinds of information. Only the narrow scientific conclusions and their interpretation can be validated by scientific means, and it is important to control the expectations of non-technical consumers of scientific evidence by not overstating the inferences that can be drawn from it.”

      Comment: For example, how did the strain of anthrax spore concentrate made by Pakistani government scientist Rauf Ahmad — pictured in the bottle below — get lost amidst talk of swabbing a lab years later after decontamination? Who is playing hide-the-ball here? The Taliban? Al-Qaeda? ISI? FBI? CIA? Who knows the strain of anthrax in the bottle but is not telling?

      And if you don’t know why do you think you know jack shit about Amerithrax?

    • DXer said

      At page 69:

      “To date, technical microbial forensics is largely untested in U.S. courtrooms or in international fora. For example, a list of WMD terrorism cases provided on an FBI- sponsored website does not cite any examples of technical forensic analysis providing critical evidence leading to indictment or conviction110. The most prominent biological terrorism case to date, the anthrax letters incident, will close without a trial of the declared suspect. In the open (unclassified) world at least, microbial forensics can point to no major successes that could provide public confidence. In the few cases where technical analysis of biological or chemical evidence was proffered to back US policy decisions, strong technical criticism from US experts was encountered, offsetting any weight such evidence might have had internationally. In light of these facts, coupled with the relative rarity of major biological terrorism events, finding solid examples of cases that have fully utilized a microbial forensics approach is challenging.”

    • DXer said

      Page 70:

      “If there is any preliminary conclusion to be drawn from the existing case histories, it is that microbial forensic collection and analysis is not very effective when it is conducted as an ad-hoc activity, by non-specialists, using improvised methods and on-the-fly attempts at validation, without prior review by a knowledgeable community.”

    • DXer said

      At page 94-95:

      “Based on national security, information related to the location and nature of the collections has been withheld. Additionally, information related to the analytical assays utilized by the IC is also classified. Therefore, there is no information regarding the sensitivity, specificity or reproducibility of these assays or the labs that performed them to help explain the inconsistent results. The reporting suggests that B. anthracis consistent with Ames strain was identified from this location. However, without full disclosure of the scientific data, one cannot ascertain whether these results are reliable.”

      No one wants to admit that an intrepid reporter and accompanying photographer took a picture of the anthrax spore concentrate harvested by Rauf Ahmad in April 2001 and that the CIA didn’t procure it. Like Senator Leahy said, when the government screws up, they just mark it classified.

    • DXer said

      On Table 8, judging “Forensic Science Measures of Success,” forensics expert Michael Garvey concludes “Concordance across platforms for the comparison of results”, “Quality assurance and quality control standards” and “Robust and reliable databases each “Fails to meet expectations.” He similarly concludes that “Transparency and defensibility at trial as “Inconsistent or fails to meet expectations.” (p. 211)

    • DXer said

      On Table 9, “Microbial Forensics Criteria – Measures of Success,” Dr. Garvey concludes that the R&D standards and “Information integration – databases” both fail to meet expectations. (p. 212)

      Does “Collection – evidence” meet minimal expectations, as he suggests, if an AP photographer was able to take a photo of the anthrax spore concentrate harvested by Rauf Ahmad in April 2001 but then no one working for the USG timely seized it before it was removed?

      • DXer said

        In his very learned PhD thesis, Dr. Garvey writes:

        “Even in the Amerithrax investigation, the FBI conducted searches on an OCONUS site, multiple times with no way of controlling the site in between visits and a limited ability to fully exploit the area.” (p. 219)

        But this overlooks the more important issue of decontamination PRIOR to their arrival — and the removal of samples (to include the “anthrax spore concentrate” created by Rauf Ahmad in April 2001).

        It also overlooks the removal and destruction of machinery at the Kandahar lab that Rauf Ahmad set up in May 2001 (though a centrifuge and dryer was still there).

    • DXer said

      At page 212:

      “Whether caused by the diversity of the law enforcement, intelligence and counterproliferation missions or by the vast number of agencies developing their own approach, microbial forensics has made little progress towards establishing itself as a fully standardized forensic sub-specialty, since the 2001 Amerithrax investigation.”

  3. DXer said

    Michael P. Garvey, Jr. has written a 2014 PhD thesis.

    For approximately fourteen years after obtaining his Masger of Science in Forensic Science, the author Michael P. Garvey, Jr. was employed with the federal government in various scientific and managerial roles.

    In 2011, he returned home to Philadelphia to serve as the Director of Forensic Science for the Philadelphia Police Department.

    (Prior to all that, he worked as forensic investigator for the DC Medical Examiner.)

    I encourage you to read his discussion of selected aspects of the microbiological forensics in Amerithrax.

    It is clear to me that this bottle of “anthrax spore concentrate” was removed before the scientists arrived.

    Which sort of puts the science I’ve excerpted below in some context.

    CIA and FBI Knew Rauf Ahmad harvested “anthrax spore concentrate” for Al Qaeda for experiment on guinea pigs on “7-4-001″ – handwriting on anthrax spore concentrate is same as handwriting of Rauf Ahmad in correspondence planning anthrax lab with Ayman Zawahiri

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 26, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/cia-and-fbi-knew-rauf-ahmad-harvested-anthrax-spore-concentrate-for-al-qaeda-for-experiment-on-guinea-pigs-on-7-4-001-handwriting-on-anthrax-spore-concentrate-is-same-as-handwriting-of-rau/

  4. DXer said

    A Gregory Koblentz directed PhD thesis at GMU titled “Microbial Forensics and U.S. National Security Science and Strategy, 2014 concludes
    :
    “If an incident involving a biological weapon were to occur within the United States or
    against U.S. assets overseas, there would be great pressure on law enforcement and
    intelligence agencies to identify those responsible, and accurately assess the probability
    of additional attacks. Although the microbial forensic technologies are abundant, one
    may question whether microbial forensics remains a nascent field or has developed into a
    reliable forensic discipline.

    Through case studies, a review of the U.S. national strategy on microbial forensics, and a
    “lessons-learned” analysis of traditional forensic DNA Analysis, it is concluded that
    microbial forensics, despite significant technological advances over the last decade, has
    failed to mature as a forensic discipline. Lacking national standards, and often stymied
    by the divergent nature of law enforcement and intelligence, the U.S. has made little
    progress towards a comprehensive microbial forensics strategy since the 2001 anthrax
    attacks.

    Therefore, it is recommended that the U.S. take an integrated approach to its disparate
    microbial forensics disciplines and establish a true national capability built upon a
    comprehensive National Commission on Microbial Forensics, created to coordinate and
    apply scientific advances towards the ultimate goal of forensic attribution of microbial
    threat agents. Through a system based in scientific integrity, a comprehensive program
    of training, validation standards, quality assurance and quality control, research &
    development strategies, a consolidated federal lab system, national databases, and
    statistical approaches must be developed in an unclassified forum to allow all aspects of
    microbial forensics to grow into a respected and reliable forensic discipline , capable of
    providing scientific solutions to the challenges of the law enforcement, intelligence and
    Counterproliferation missions. Conversely, unless and until the courts, policy makers or
    public demand that sound science and quality conclusions drive microbial forensics, then
    we should expect nothing more than the status quo; and should prepare for future ad hoc
    processes like those utilized during the Amerithrax investigation, or the lack of any
    scientific intelligence associated with the “Curveball” intelligence fiasco.

    • DXer said

      The Gregory Koblentz directed 2014 thesis at page 77 states:

      “Shortly after the investigation began and B. anthracis had been identified, the FBI lab
      concluded that the B. anthracis spores had been coated with a mixture of tin and silicon.
      It was initially concluded that this chemical coating was an intentional manipulation of
      the spores to allow for them to be better aerosolized and inhaled. This apparent
      “weaponization” of the samples caused several U.S. policy makers and FBI investigators
      to question the possibility of a state sponsored or state-assisted attack. In fact, Secretary
      of State Colin Powell used this feature of the investigation, before the United Nations
      Security Council in February 2002, to make unfounded links between an alleged Iraq
      bioweapons program and the anthrax letters. Based on conflicting reporting from three
      laboratories (Sandia National Laboratory, the FBI Laboratory, and the Armed Forces
      Institute of Pathology), the concentrations of the “coating” were never confirmed. The
      FBI eventually concluded that the silicon was not an additive for the purpose of
      weaponizing aerosolized spores.”

    • DXer said

      The Gregory Koblentz directed 2014 GMU PhD thesis states:

      “While finding no evidence that silicon had been added to the mailed anthrax, the National Academy of
      Science panel, tasked with reviewing the Amerithrax investigation noted that the FBI had
      provided “no compelling explanation” for conflicts in silicon test results between the
      Sandia National Laboratories and its own lab. Further, it stated that it “cannot rule out
      the intentional addition of a silicon-based substance … in a failed attempt to enhance
      dispersion” of the New York Post powder. This conflicting interpretation of the silicon
      data remains an area for future research and investigation.”

    • DXer said

      At page 87, the author of the 2014 GMU PhD thesis explains:

      “Flask RMR-1029, identified by the FBI as the “parent material” for
      the anthrax in the attack letters, was not the immediate source of spores used in the
      letters. As noted by the FBI, one or more derivative growth steps would have been
      required to produce the anthrax in the attack letters. Therefore, a level of appropriate
      caution must be utilized in any source attribution claims.”

    • DXer said

      Page 89 of the Koblentz-directed PhD thesis states:

      “Working with the US Intelligence Community (IC), the FBI explored another potential
      connection to Al Qaeda. The FBI reports multiple collection missions by the FBI and/or
      IC to exploit an undisclosed overseas location, which was identified based on intelligence
      concerning Al Qaeda’s potential interest in anthrax and information of a production
      facility. The alleged Al Qaeda anthrax site was searched multiple times with swabs,
      swipes, and other samples being collected. In each instance, no viable B. anthracis was
      recovered that could be cultured in a US laboratory. However, there were strong
      indicators of the presence of anthracis at this location. In the first collection mission,
      samples were found to be positive for the presence of Bacillus anthracis based on
      molecular signatures. No further typing was conducted on these samples. During the
      second collection, additional samples were collected from target areas identified in the
      initial collection. The results of the analyses from the second collection yielded the
      presence of Bacillus anthracis and indications of the Ames strain. However, these results
      were complicated by the fact that not all replicates yielded consistent results.”

    • DXer said

      At page 93 of the thesis:

      “The FBIR was limited in the fact that donor labs self-reported the data on what they provided and even in the samples that were sent.”

    • DXer said

      Page 95 of the 2014 GMU PhD Thesis:

      “The reporting suggests that B. anthracis consistent with Ames strain was identified from this location. However, without full disclosure of the scientific data, one cannot ascertain whether these results are reliable. If reliable, did these results
      indicate the presence of Ames strain in an Al Qaeda lab from a laboratory transfer or is there an isolate of B. anthracis that is located in the undisclosed region of the world that developed similar markers to the Ames strain through parallel evolution.”

    • DXer said

      Page 95-96:

      “this investigation also pointed to areas of improvement for the microbial forensic field. It establishes the importance of
      collaborative relationships between investigators and scientists. Finally, it reminds us of the limitations of current microbial forensic techniques to fully attribute the source of a sample or that of an attack. As a community, we must learn from this investigation and prepare for the next event.”

    • DXer said

      Forensic expert speaks on ‘Forensic Science in Major Cities’
      September 17, 2013

      A free public lecture, “Forensic Science in Major Cities: An Evolutionary (or is it a Revolutionary?) Approach,” will be given by Michael Garvey, the director of the Office of Forensic Science at the Philadelphia Police Department. This event is the third of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State’s 2013 Forensic Science Lecture Series. The lecture is free and will be held on from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, in 117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus.

      In his lecture, Garvey will detail his account of the evolution of forensic science within major metropolitan cities. In addition to being the director of the Office of Forensic Science at the Philadelphia Police Department, Garvey is a panel member for both the National Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and for the Convicted Offender DNA Databasing Laboratories. In addition, he is a subcommittee member of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods’s Quality Assurance program and a chairperson of the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Forensic Science Committee.

      In 1996, Garvey joined the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. where he investigated all unnatural or undetermined deaths that occurred with the District of Columbia. In 1997, he joined the FBI in Washington, D.C., where he performed examinations of DNA and bodily fluids. In 1998, he was promoted to the position of supervisory forensic biologist and he spent the next five years assisting local, state, federal and international agencies in criminal matters through DNA-typing analyses. Garvey also provided expert-witness testimony in court proceedings, supervised a team of qualified biologists, and deployed with FBI Evidence Response Teams for complex crime-scene investigations. In 2003, Garvey joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served in several high-ranking positions.

      In 2011, Garvey was selected as the Philadelphia Police Department’s director of the Office of Forensic Science. In this position, he manages scientific and technology issues for the department, and he oversees the Forensic Science Center, providing direct support to law-enforcement operations involving homeland security, intelligence gathering, and counter-terrorism activities.

      Garvey received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He received a master’s degree in forensic science from George Washington University and a doctoral degree in microbial forensics from George Mason University.

    • DXer said

      At page 62:

      “With the exception of human DNA analyses, many traditional forensic science disciplines have come under intense criticism recently for a lack of adherence to scientific standards of validation101. Therefore, microbial forensics, whether for criminal prosecutions or intelligence, must not be permitted to grow without a sound basis in scientific integrity.

      At a fundamental level, the standard-of-proof issue is the same – critical decisions must rest on firm factual and inferential foundations, and we clearly want national security decisions made with at least as good a foundation as criminal prosecutions. In fact, it might be argued that the foundation for some decisions should be better, since the consequences are weightier. “

    • DXer said

      At page 89:

      “It has been well documented that the three 9/11 sites were very difficult to process, and even more difficult to identify all of the human remains recovered from each site. The crash site in Somerset, PA from United Airlines Flight 93, while horrific, was more suitable for the identification of human remains. The flight manifest provided an accurate count of the number of individuals, and listed each by name. Based on this and extensive DNA comparisons to family members and indirect references (personal items of the deceased), authorities were able to distinguish the remains of victims (passengers and crew) from those of the four terrorists. This differentiation allowed the FBI to have USAMRIID and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) collect and analyze samples from each of the four terrorist remains for the presence of B. anthracis. In all of the analyses, only one assay provided a positive result for anthracis …”

    • DXer said

      At page 92:

      “Early in the investigation, there were no established protocols. There was confusion on which labs should analyze the samples and what was the best course of analysis. The FBI lab lacked a dedicated unit to serve as a scientific focal point on these types of investigations. With the formation of the Chemical and Biological Sciences Unit in 2002, the FBI created a unit to fill this void and coordinate the scientific development of microbial forensic procedures, serve as a liaison to investigations related to chemical or biological threats, and coordinate the analyses of any investigative samples. The CBSU later was reorganized into the CBRNSU, the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Sciences Unit to handle the full scope of WMD related investigations. In the years since its formation and after the Amerithrax investigation, the CBRNSU continues to prepare for the next biological investigation.”

    • DXer said

      At page 92-93:

      “the final assays used to evaluate the 4 genotypic markers were limited in scope, lacked data to allow for any interpretation of abundance or the ratio of morphotype to wild type, and yielded a substantial number of inconclusive results. One assay was disregarded in the final analysis due to the lack of reproducibility and inconclusive results. Normally, a weak assay would be discarded in development and not after being used on evidence

      samples. The limited information on limits of detection, sensitivity, specificity, abundance ratios, and adequate population studies do not undermine the data that was presented by the FBI. However, it does raise questions of the ability of these techniques to reach the level of attribution.”

    • DXer said

      Page 93-94:

      “This collection was not a traditional population database. It was not a random sampling of the B. anthracis population that could provide data on the variability of the organism in terms of geographic distribution or genetic mutations. Rather, it was a targeted collection of Ames isolates to serve as a comparative database for future attribution events. While there is nothing wrong with the establishment of this comparative database, one must be cautious of its use to establish a statistical representation of the rarity of the evidentiary morphotypes. The FBIR was limited in the fact

      that donor labs self-reported the data on what they provided and even in the samples that were sent. The historical origins of isolates may lack provenance and a full explanation of their linkages to other samples in the dataset.”

  5. DXer said

    On March 7, 2003, CIA Headquarters sent information on Jaffar al-Tayyar to the CIA’s DETENTION SITE BLUE, where KSM was located, for use in the interrogation of KSM.2040 The documents included the following: • a “targeting study” on Jaffar al-Tayyar completed by the CIA in January 2003;2041 • a letter from KSM to bin al-Shibh referencing “Jafar the Pilot” and indicating that “Jafar” “ought to prepare himself’ to smuggle himself from Mexico into an unspecified country; • a letter from Jaffar al-Tayyar to Ramzi bin al-Shibh asking for clarification of KSM’ s letter; and • additional background and reporting information on Jaffar al-Tayyar

    • DXer said

      “An email exchange the afternoon of March 18, 2003, between CIA personnel expressed the views of interrogators and officers at CIA Headquarters with regard to KSM and Jaffar al-Tayyar. The e-mail from KSM debriefer ________ stated:

      “we finally gotten [KSM] to admit that al-Tayyar is meant for a plan in the US, but I’m still not sure he’s feting up to what Jafar’s role//plan really is.”

      The CIA response to the report explained that debriefers — for all that KSM was telling him — was trying to protect Jaffar al-Tayyar. A bodyguard of lies protected precious truths.

  6. DXer said

    Lew’s wife bakes a mean cookie when she is not going head to head with prosecutors in court in matters of national importance. She should give Lew a big hug for all his patient efforts.

    For example, Lew uploaded page 68 of Lab Notebook 4010 years ago, describing the creation of Flask 1029 on October 22, 1997.

    Getting people on the same page requires both people willing to read and correct their mistakes — and people willing to go through the laborious process of uploading documents to facilitate them coming to understand.

    If they are still persisting that Flask 1029 was created in September 1998, who cares — they have no credibility because they are lazy and don’t read the contemporary evidence made available to them by the people working to keep this country safe.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/page-68-of-lab-notebook-4010/

  7. DXer said

    RMR-1029 was registered as #7737 in Building 1412. USAMRIID should produce the “Anthrax Inventory” provided as an enclosure to its subpoena response without further delay. Five people were murdered.

    Is it really going to be USAMRIID’s position that it threw out the document that may show the locations where the original source of the so-called “murder weapon” was stored?

    Like it threw out the documents showing the disposition of the 98 vials of Ames grown from Flask 1029 pursuant to the DARPA project? Or the records showing which unidentified DARPA contractors were provided virulent Ames, as required under the contract?

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/usamriid-provides-this-response-about-the-lack-of-documentation-associated-with-the-missing-98-vials-of-ames-anthrax-from-flask-1029-under-the-darpa-funded-jhu-apl-project-under-which-usamriid-was/

    The Documentary Evidence Indicates That Flask 1029 Was Stored In Building 1412 In 1998-2000, Not In Building 1425 As The Prosecutors Claimed In Spinning The Theory That Bruce Ivins Was The Anthrax Processor And Mailer
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 29, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/the-documentary-evidence-indicates-that-flask-1029-was-stored-in-building-1412-in-1998-2000-not-in-building-1425-as-the-prosecutors-claimed-in-spinning-the-theory-that-bruce-ivins-was-the-anthrax-p/

  8. DXer said

    I have not heard from the wonderful USMRMC FOIA person about the continued delay in producing the “Anthrax Inventory” provided the FBI in February 2002 response to subpoena. It has been weeks now since the request. It had been a two week tasking — and it is just a single document to find and pull. I hope they find and produce it given the forthcoming GAO report. A prerequisite to accountability and transparency is the preservation of documents. The failure to preserve such a document constitutes what is called “spoliation.”

    An inventory would show the location of other samples throughout Building 1412 and 1425 — it would be broader than just the records relating to Flask 1029 created in October 1997.

    Dr. Bruce Ivins RMR-1029 inventory records, from 1997 to 2003, pursuant to a FOIA request
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 26, 2009
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/dr-bruce-ivins-rmr-1029-inventory-records-pursuant-to-an-foia-request/

    Here is the expanded log showing additional known withdrawals from Flask 1029 — which was created in October 1997.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 20, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/the-fbi-should-produce-all-the-documents-relating-to-the-aerosolization-studies-cited-on-this-expanded-log-done-by-the-fbi-reflecting-the-use-of-ames-from-flask-1029-2/

    Where is the contemporaneous documentary evidence confirming that the seventh batch from Dugway in late 1997 not put into RMR 1029 was in fact autoclaved?
    Posted on April 6, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/where-is-the-contemporaneous-documentary-evidence-confirming-that-the-seventh-batch-from-dugway-in-late-1997-not-put-into-rmr-1029-was-in-fact-autoclaved/

  9. DXer said

    The undercover who did my graphics on Amerithrax once told me that the key to being a good undercover was to not care what people think of you. But as it was, I thought the world of him — team building through mountain climbing, sledding and the like was a lot of fun. I am still annoyed at the first undercover who (IMO) cost me millions of dollars in an unrelated matter involving benzene in soft drinks promoted to a captive audience of children internationally, the forced resignation of the US FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, childhood obesity, and much more. I sometimes talk Section 1983 civil liability mainly just to vent my displeasure while trying to understand things from the FBI’s point of view. (For example, today I am posting links of numerous podcasts in which the FBI gives its point of view on different related topics.

    But the only thing worse than an FBI confused in its analysis is an FBI going out and having an effect in the lives of real people — acting on the botched analysis. It gets even worse when the FBI people encroach on constitutional rights or violate statutory standards and cause actual harm in the lives of “civilians.”

    That’s why it is so important that the FBI now get Amerithrax right. Let it at least have been worth the wreckage the FBI left in its wake while responding to a difficult and challenging crime.

    You capsize my canoe with your big boat, you can be sure I’ll catch up to you at the marina and share the story. (So be sure to turn around and make the recovery).

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

    Undercover – I

    03/28/2008
    Play Local/Download

    Mr. Schiff: The FBI has used the undercover technique for a long time. Special Agent Dan DeSimone of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division has worked undercover…

    Mr. DeSimone: “It’s really about taking on a new identity. It’s about staying true to who you are but becoming a new person whether it’s an international art thief or an international money launderer.”

    Mr. Schiff: DeSimone says undercover work goes back to the late 60s and early 70s…

    Mr. DeSimone: “Agents from three Northeastern field offices decided that they needed something different; something pro-active to be able to gather intelligence and evidence of crimes.”

    Mr. Schiff: DeSimone says there have been some well known FBI investigations that went undercover…

    Mr. DeSimone: “Probably the most notable, which is ABSCAM, an undercover case against politicians. Then the Donnie Brasco case which was an undercover case targeting La Cosa Nostra members.”

    Mr Schiff: Learn more about undercover operations at http://www.fbi.gov. I’m Neal Schiff of the Bureau and that’s what’s happening at the “FBI, This Week.”

    Undercover – II
    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/undercover-ii.mp3/view

    04/04/2008
    Play Local/Download

    Mr. Schiff: Undercover operations are a way for the FBI to try and catch criminals and spies…

    Mr. DeSimone: “Usually it works where the undercover befriends or ingratiates himself or herself with a person or a group of people.”

    Mr. Schiff: Dan DeSimone, an FBI Special Agent…

    Mr. DeSimone: “We establish a relationship; we get on the inside; we get to know the people we are investigating. And ultimately that relationship allows us to collect intelligence or evidence, oftentimes, evidence of a crime.”

    Mr. Schiff: It’s not easy …

    Mr. DeSimone: “Very difficult. Very stressful. And sometimes very dangerous.”

    Mr. Schiff: DeSimone says there’s constant contact and counseling is available…

    Mr. DeSimone: “We want to make sure that the undercover agent, who’s portraying himself or herself as something or someone else, never loses sight of who they are and who they really work for.”

    Freedom of Information Act – II

    05/21/2010
    Play Local/Download
    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/freedom-of-information-act-ii.mp3/view

    Mr. Miller: “There are national security considerations, and individual’s privacy considerations, and of course, we would never want to compromise an ongoing investigation.”

  10. DXer said

    Counterproliferation Center

    09/02/2011
    Play Local/Download

    Mollie Halpern: Terrorists and criminals continue to try to get their hands on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials. As the threat of weapons of mass destruction evolves, the FBI is launching a new Counterproliferation Center.

    Vahid Majidi: The way that our adversaries are going after this is becoming more and more sophisticated. So, as a country, we have to develop a more and more sophisticated approach to prevent proliferation of our technology.

    Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and you’re listening to FBI, This Week. The Counterproliferation Center combines the expertise of the special agents, analysts, and professional support from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Counterintelligence Division, and the Directorate of Intelligence. Assistant Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Vahid Majidi…

    Majidi: So they look at material, technology, know-how that is involved in WMD programs, and they’re able to identify potential adversaries who are attempting to acquire this information from the United States illegally.

    Evolution of the FBI

    09/09/2011
    Play Local/Download
    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/evolution-of-the-fbi/view

    Mollie Halpern: The FBI has become more of an intelligence-driven, threat-focused agency over the past decade.

    Tom Harrington: Since 9/11, the equation changed for us. Our focus today really is on prevention and being ahead of the threat whenever possible.

    Mollie Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week. To strengthen the FBI’s ability to disrupt terrorist threats and identify crime trends, the Bureau adopted lessons from the corporate world. FBI Associate Deputy Director Tom Harrington…

    Harrington: So in today’s FBI, we have a very specific business model that holds us accountable to protecting the communities that we serve.

    Halpern: This includes realigning our limited resources, improving technology, developing our leaders, and fostering partnerships.

    Harrington: In the coming years, we’ll certainly be focused on trying to refine our business processes and improve our performance.

    Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Fifth Anniversary
    07/29/2011
    Play Local/Download

    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/wmd_072911.mp3/view

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

  11. DXer said

    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/white-powder-letters.mp3/view

    White Powder Letters

    06/22/2012
    Play Local/Download

    Mollie Halpern: The FBI is taking proactive measures to prevent, identify, and solve white powder letter crimes.

    Robert Miranda: We in the FBI are looking to leverage technology to do a better job for us in identifying the perpetrators of these crimes.

    Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week. Since 2006, the FBI has responded to more than 1,600 white powder letter incidents and opened 500 cases as a result. This comes more than a decade after the anthrax attacks which left five people dead. Assistant Section Chief in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Robert Miranda…

    Miranda: It’s a very widespread problem, and the response costs a ton of money. And people don’t realize that there is an effect on local communities.

    Halpern: Although the majority of white powder letters are determined to be hoaxes, they are still serious federal crimes.

    Miranda: They are felonies, and in many instances there’s also state and local crimes that have occurred as well.

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

  12. DXer said

    Will the FBI be allowed access to any seized documents and Adnan’s electronic devices?

    In a move demonstrating the FBI’s valuable role of protecting national security, Director James Comey has created a separate Intelligence Branch.
    Intelligence Branch

    Aug 15th, 2014
    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/intelligence-branch.mp3/view

    Background:

    2002 “USG Analyssts Review Recovered Documents” from FBI website –

    https://web.archive.org/web/20020811052046/http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/afghanistan/afghanistan.htm

    United States Government Analysts
    Review Recovered Documents
    “Military action and law enforcement and intelligence activities in Afghanistan continue to uncover documents and information about Al-Qaeda. This information comes to the United States for further processing and analysis by the combined expertise of several agencies. The results are then disseminated and acted upon,” according to Dale L. Watson, FBI Executive Assistant Director.

    “The information arrives in evidence boxes. These boxes contain a multitude of items including, videotapes, maps, notebooks and other documents. Analysts electronically scan the documents for ready translation and analysis. Ultimately, the digitized form of the information is returned electronically for continuing comparison to newly acquired documents and information,” Watson said.

    Preventing Agroterrorism

    09/12/2014
    http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/thisweek/preventing-agroterrorism.mp3/view

    The FBI’s top priority is protecting the United States from a terrorist attack—that includes preventing, detecting, and investigating intentional contamination of the U.S. food supply.

    Comment: It would violate the hadiths to contaminate an enemy’s food supply.

    • DXer said

      Wayback in 2004….

      https://web.archive.org/web/20040510190759/http://www.fbi.gov/page2/april04/043004threat.htm

      THE TERRORIST THREAT INTEGRATION CENTER
      One Year Later

      04/30/04

      Pictured are the TTIC logo and, at the May 1, 2003, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Center, Richard Haver, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; J. Cofer Black, Ambassador at Large, Office of Coordination for Counter Terrorism, State Department; FBI Director Robert Mueller; DCI George Tenet; and Gordon England, Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary.
      On May 1, 2003, the Terrorist Threat Integration Center was established for a very clear purpose: to centralize the universe of threats aimed at America, analyze them on the spot, every day, and produce an evolving big picture of threats that are instantly actionable.

      How does it work? The concept is simple–like a war room you see in old films: Analysts from every agency in the U.S. Intelligence Community receive a steady stream of threat information developed by their agency agents and sources–and they continuously fit those pieces into the ongoing picture…question them…validate them…analyze their implications…demand fresh information from the appropriate agency wherever they see gaps…and produce sequential “fused” snapshots of threats that can be–and are–converted into alerts and actions.

      They send daily reports to the President and senior policymakers and share them across agencies responsible for the protection of the country. They make terrorist threat information and finished analyses available 24/7 at TTIC Online to some 2,600 specialists at every major federal agency and department involved in counterterrorism activities.

      Where exactly does the threat information come from? From everywhere in the world–because it is aggressively gathered from intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, diplomatic, and military sources everywhere in the world, then immediately entered into agency information systems and databases and picked up by TTIC analysts. Eyes and ears in Omaha that report to the FBI, say, an embassy bomb plot in Africa can–and do–match with eyes and ears in remote corners of the globe that report the same plot to CIA, diplomatic, and military intelligence officers.

      What’s the FBI’s role in this joint venture? The same as our colleagues there from CIA, the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other agencies: to provide credible information from the U.S. law enforcement community and from our law enforcement colleagues overseas; to produce focused analysis on specific terrorist issues; and to fuse it with our partners into pure intelligence that will prevent terrorist attacks and protect American people and interests.

      On the occasion of TTIC’s one-year anniversary, we’d like to quote TTIC Director John Brennan on this crafting of a new national terrorism analysis and information sharing framework, which he correctly calls “a revolutionary concept”: “TTIC represents a new way of optimizing the U.S. Government’s knowledge and formidable capabilities in the fight against terrorism…that allows us to gain a comprehensive understanding of terrorist threats to U.S. interests at home and abroad and, most importantly, to provide this information and related analysis to those responsible for detecting, disrupting, deterring, and defending against terrorist attacks.”

      This particular war room is designed precisely to prevent attacks.

  13. DXer said

    Richard Joltes is to Oak Island what GAO will be to Amerithrax.

    History, Hoax, and Hype
    The Oak Island Legend
    http://www.criticalenquiry.org/oakisland/

  14. DXer said

    GAO,

    Consider this email that was culled from Dr. Ivins’ emails.

    It was produced only when I separately asked for all loose papers from Ivins’ office and reveals what Ivins was doing at 9:57 PM on the night of September 26, 2001.

    Yet it had not been among the emails when they were produced electronically.

    http://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Batch35/20010912_batch35(redacted).pdf

    Of course, Ivins could have deleted some of his emails.

    But I know that each batch of emails was vetted and subject to culling by a large committee at DOJ and FBI.

    John P. would send them out and then the people on the list would take weeks to review each batch to see what they wanted withheld.

    JAG, for example, as I recall pulled 300 emails because they were jokes and social chitchat — later restoring them to production when I complained.

    DOJ/FBI only restored this email after I specifically withheld from production. There are many others still being withheld but your assistance is needed to pry them from DOJ/FBI.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/doj-for-4-years-withheld-this-email-message-0438-written-by-bruce-ivins-on-the-date-of-alleged-mailing-of-deadly-anthrax-gao-should-obtain-a-full-set-of-emails-from-doj-including-those-that-doj/

    By obtaining the emails in the format where they are sequentially numbered (like the one above), you will be able to see which emails were deleted.

    DOJ didn’t even preserve the full depositions from Hatfill.

  15. DXer said

    Prosecutors in Maryland, Virginia reviewing cases amid investigation into FBI agent
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/prosecutors-in-maryland-virginia-reviewing-cases-amid-investigation-into-fbi-agent/2014/11/06/e227d954-65b3-11e4-bb14-4cfea1e742d5_story.html

    By Peter Hermann November 6 at 11:54 AM
    An FBI agent accused of tampering with drug and gun evidence, forcing authorities in the District to drop charges against more than two dozen defendants, “is devastated by what has occurred here” and wants to cooperate with investigators, his attorney said Thursday.

    The attorney, Robert C. Bonsib, called some of the accusations “grossly overblown” but said his client “intends to fully cooperate with investigators and will assist both the FBI and other authorities that are involved with this matter.” He said the 33-year-old agent, Matthew Lowry, wants “to help bring this matter to a fast conclusion.”

    Authorities have not detailed the allegations against Lowry but said he has been suspended. The Justice Department’s inspector general is conducting a misconduct investigation.

    Comment:

    Gibbs Rule No. 41: Don’t get high on seized evidence near the Navy Yard. That’s Gibbs country.

  16. DXer said

    Below is some of “science” that the FBI relied upon in accusing Dr. Hatfill for a half decade. Why is it acceptable for the FBI toss it into the dumpster in back, out of sight, when it proves inconvenient to its next theory? The bloodhounds did NOT alert to Dr. Ivins. So why wasn’t that deployment sheet disclosed — it tended to be EXCULPATORY of Dr. Ivins.

    Instead, the bloodhounds alerted to the scientist that Dr. Ivins wrote about the missings virulent Ames — the scientist the former Zawahiri thanked for her technical assistance in working with the virulent Ames supplied by Bruce Ivins. The DOJ shredded that scientist’s civil deposition. The FBI has acted in a highly selective manner in picking and choosing which science to sanitize and then spin.

    How do you confuse an AUSA detetermined to close the case — that she is reporting on directly to the FBI Director and is under tremendous pressure to solve?

    You throw two shovels down and say “take your pick.”

    Then you reprimand her for going to interview the jihadi in jail — on the grounds that a “deal had been cut.”

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

    Title: Analysis of the Uniqueness and Persistence of Human Scent
    Author(s): Allison M. Curran; Scott I. Rabin; Kenneth G. Furton
    Date Published: April 2005

    Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Quantico, VA 22135
    Sale Source: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Laboratory Branch
    Quantico, VA 22135

    Annotation: This research examined the use of solid phase microextraction gas chromatography-mass spectrometry as a method for extracting, separating, and identifying the volatile components of human scent, along with the persistence of human scent in a controlled environment.
    Abstract: The method described was found to be an effective and reliable means for extracting, separating, and analyzing human odor. It showed that human scent is a combination of various compounds that differ in ratio from person to person, along with some compounds that are unique to certain people. The preliminary studies show that the compound ratio patterns produced in a person’s scent are reproducible over time. Although there was some variation in odor in the same person, the ratio pattern was still distinguishable among people, with significantly greater variation in the ratios of components observed among people tested than that found for one person. In addition to the ratio of common chemicals, the presence of different compounds varied among subjects. There was a relatively long persistence of the human-scent compounds in a controlled environment, with measurable amounts still present nearly 3 months after being deposited on sterile gauze. Two unrelated, 24-year-old males were evaluated in this study. They were required to use fragrance-free soap and to discontinue using deodorants, lotions, and perfumes for 48 hours before sampling, so as to minimize the influence to these odors. There was no attempt to control the diet of the two subjects. Each subject exercised outdoors for 1 hour wearing a tank top in order to eliminate compounds in clothing. Each subject then sampled himself, using a sterile gauze pad to wipe the armpit area, collecting his sweat. Samples were stored in 10 ml vials at room temperature for 24 hours before extraction was conducted by means of solid phase microextraction. 7 tables and 31 references

  17. DXer said

    Now the FBI scientists who signed off on the use of bloodhounds may have thought that even though the method would not be admissible in Court, that it could result in leads. The problem with that approach is that the reason it would not be admissible in Court is that the method as applied to this case was unreliable — thereby resulting in FALSE leads and derailing the investigation. In any event, when it didn’t support an Ivins Theory, the method was just overlooked and tossed aside.

    The FBI did not disclose the fact that the bloodhounds did NOT alert to Dr. Ivins — just like they didn’t disclose the other evidence and documents about the other methods that tended to be exculpatory of Dr. Ivins. There was a form about the bloodhounds being deployed as to Dr. Ivins and not alerting. See Rex Stockham deposition including the pages spoliated and not preserved by the DOJ. That document should have been released by the FBI — and should now be disclosed and released in connection with the GAO’s forthcoming report on the methods used by the FBI.

    See generally

    Bloodhounds & Baloney
    http://leerburg.com/bloodhounds.htm

    Specialized Use of Human Scent in Criminal Investigations
    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/lab/forensic-science-communications/fsc/july2004/index.htm/research/2004_03_research03.htm

    Scents and Sense-Ability
    Sat, 04/01/2006
    http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2006/04/scents-and-sense-ability

    Bloodhounds were deployed against USAMRIID Aerobiology (Building 1412) Personnel; over 100 locations were to be checked by bloodhounds for matching human scent taken from the original anthrax tainted letters and envelopes.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 26, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/bloodhounds-were-deployed-against-usamriid-aerobiology-building-1412-personnel-over-100-locations-were-to-be-checked-by-bloodhounds-for-matching-human-scent-taken-from-the-original-anthrax-tainte/

    For those who believe in Tinkerbelle (one of the dogs used) , while most jurisdictions allow bloodhound evidence, courts generally have reservations about the possibility of inaccuracy of the evidence (when dogs, in fact, have alerted to a particular individual). The dog cannot be cross-examined. There is always the possibility that the dog may make a mistake. Accordingly, there are strict foundational requirements. The notion that such evidence is of slight probative value or must be viewed with caution stems at least in part from fear that a jury will be in awe of the animal’s apparent powers and will give the evidence too much weight (as the ABC and Newsweek reports amply illustrated). Putting aside for a moment use of the scent transfer device, five specific requirements are commonly required to establish an adequate foundation for dog-tracking evidence: (1) the handler was qualified to use the dog; (2) the dog was adequately trained; (3) the dog has been found reliable; (4) the dog was placed on the track where the guilty party had been; and (5) the trail was not stale or contaminated. Attorney Glasberg, in an email, expressed pleasure over an article by Shane that discussed the limitations of bloodhound evidence on bloodhounds. But Shane’s reporting has always been good even when pursuing the evidence underlying a Hatfill Theory.

    A bloodhound provided with the deceased tennis shoes might very reliably lead authorities to the deceased’s body in the woods. What would have been used for the scent pack here is the human scent, if any, on the letter on which the perpetrator rested his hand in writing the letter. Tennis shoes are far more likely to carry a scent than a piece of paper on which the perp rested his hand (while possibly using gloves) to write a 28-word letter. Just ask my wife. The dogs would not have been clued to the biological agent as biological agents such as anthrax tend not to have a distinctive scent.

    Here, there would be no such log because the use of the dog would not have been the subject of pre-911 testing and training showing the dog performed reliably under similar circumstances. At a minimum, the “trail” would have been contaminated by the irradiation and anthrax, and would have grown stale by the passage of time. The FDA concluded that irradiation can produce small changes in the taste, smell, and sometimes texture of foods and that consumers should be informed of this. Jurors should too. Remember that scene from “Miracle on 34th Street” where the official finding of the agency of the United States’ government was deemed binding on the prosecution? Imagine Attorney Connolly or Grannis calling FDA scientists who found irradiation caused changes in smell, no doubt amplified by the much keener sense of a bloodhound.

    The United States Post Office explains in a FAQ that “the materials in the mail are heated and may become chemically altered. Paper dries out and may become dusty, discolored, and brittle.” Some postal workers and federal agency staff have reported symptoms such as eye, nose, throat and skin irritation, headache, nausea and occasional nosebleeds. What does the USPS do under these circumstances? Their solution includes “[u]sing hypoallergenic deodorizers to eliminate any smells.” “Testing each batch of aired-out mail to ensure no detectable amoungs of gas exist before delivery.” Alas, Tinkerbelle’s lengthy pre-911 log shows that perfume does not confuse her, but likely is silent on this question of irradiated paper. The prosecution witness who might testify that a bloodhound’s sense of smell is 200 times as powerful as a human’s sense of smell would merely be helping the defense argument. No amount of log keeping or experiments after the fact would serve to permit admissibility under the court precedent. The bloodhound evidence was always a bogus and hugely prejudical diversion since the first sensational Newsweek story leaked by Daniel Seikaly, head of the Criminal Division of the District of Columbia United States Attorneys Office.

    In any event, the mailer would have worn gloves and only briefly handled the letter. More broadly, there is an article that collects cases from 40 or so states and nothing approaching the delays has ever been found admissible. In a city landscape, the time period is much more restrictive. The Leahy letter, written by the perp sometime prior to the October 9, 2001 postmark, was not discovered until mid-November, and as of November 19, 2001 a protocol was still being developed for its opening. Thus, the 40 day period that had been passed by the (likely glove-wearing) perp already would have resulted in a stale trail.

    There is a separate additional issue of use of the “scent transfer unit” here. A “scent transfer unit” such as used here looks like a Dustbuster, modified with a small frame at the end to secure a piece of gauze over its intake opening. The user attaches a piece of sterile gauze to the unit, activates the unit, and holds it against the item from which the scent is to be taken (such as where the person sat the night before). Depending on the jurisdiction, the scent transfer unit, which is a new technology, may be subject to the rule regarding new scientific methodology. Under that rule, the proponent of such evidence must establish the new scientific principle or technique is sufficiently established to have gained general acceptance in the particular field in which it belongs under the circumstances of the case. Here, there is no such general acceptance as explained by Scott Shane in an article in the Baltimore Sun relying on experts in the Maryland area. The purpose of the requirement is to avoid factfinders from being misled by the `aura of infallibility’ that may surround unproved scientific methods. This would constitute a possible third independent grounds for excluding the evidence. Absent a training log showing the dog performed reliably under similar circumstances, given the time period that had passed, and in light of the use of the scent transfer unit, there is nothing the FBI or trainers would be able to do to save the admissibility of the bloodhound evidence because it will be found by a court to be unreliable. The trainers reportedly tested their dogs on irradiated paper — presumably before actually doing the search but after being asked to do so. That would not pass muster that past training be substantiated by a training log.

    Absent a pre-911 training log showing the dog performed reliably under similar circumstances, given the time period that had passed, and in light of the use of the scent transfer unit, there is nothing the FBI or trainers would be able to do to save the admissibility of the bloodhound evidence because it will be found by a court to be unreliable.

    Both of the major police bloodhound associations howl against the reliability of the Scent Transfer Unit used by the three blood handlers. One of the dog handlers, Dennis Slavin, is an urban planner and reserve officer with the South Pasadena Police Department. One of the other dog handlers is a civilian who runs his own bloodhound business. Shane, in his very impressive Baltimore Sun article, explained that an FBI agent, Rex Stockham, examining the technology for the FBI lab says: “It’s going to be criticized. I’m critical of it myself.” The President of the Bloodhound Association, who is critical of the technology used by these handlers, had testified 21 times, and likely will have testified 22 if the FBI attempts to rely on the evidence in a prosecution. Shane notes that a federal jury awarded $1.7 million last year to a man wrongly accused of rape after police identified him in part based on the use of Slavin’s bloodhound, TinkerBelle. Shane’s article gives the further example of their use in the sniper investigation, where “given the scent taken from spent shell casings, followed two false trails in Montgomery County. One led to a house, for which a search warrant was obtained and which turned out not be relevant. The other led to a dog-grooming parlor, the officer said.” Phew. It’s no wonder Lucy responded to Hatfill. He is a ladies’ man, after all.

    The New York Times also had an excellent article in December 2002 surveying the field that noted the case where dogs falsely indicated the presence of explosives in the cars of three medical students bound for Miami. The country watched the drama unfold on television as the men were held and authorities closed a major highway across Florida. No trace of explosives was found. When dog handlers are excited, dogs can overreact and give a false positive. “Dogs want rewards and so they will false alerts to get them. Dogs lie. We know they do,” an expert told the Times. One of ‘TinkerBelle’s most incredible talents,”her homepage touts, is her ability to find the person responsible for loading a gun using scent from an expended bullet casing.” Indeed, she finds the “smoking gun.” Most of all, the page notes, she too is a people person.

    With the investigation going to the dogs, nearly 100 law enforcement officers gathered to watch some of their colleagues jump in a lake near where Dr. Hatfill lived, and in late January 2003, the FBI continued searching the forest in Frederick. Locals were amused that some of the ponds had been dry earlier that year. While they may seem to enjoy their dinners at Georgetown, FBI agents and surveillance specialists do not have an easy job. The public demands that they exhaustively pursue all leads, but then there is an uproar if they cross some unpredictable line and step on — or run over someone’s toe. They did just that in Hatfill’s case and he got ticketed for putting his foot under the car’s tire.

    In any event, the bloodhounds did NOT alert to Ivins but the investigators just ignored that. Instead, they alerted to his chief accuser — whose deposition they shredded.

    The investigators who came up with the Ivins Theory are just as resistant to correcting their course as the investigators who came up with the Hatfill Theory. Both were barking up the wrong tree. Neither group of investigators wanted to be in the doghouse.

  18. DXer said

    By the failure to do a comparison of Atta’s handwriting with the Fall 2001 anthrax letters, the FBI abandoned sound scientific method and investigative practice. If a comparison of Atta’s handwriting was done but not produced, the FBI has violated FOIA. Relatedly, the FBI has violated FOIA by not producing the last page of Atta’s will in which the word R O O M was printed alongside a picture of a cadaceus, the symbol of medicine. The FBI should also produce the comparison of El-Shukrijumah’s and Jdey’s handwriting. Exemplars of Jdey’s handwriting are subject to the current FOIA litigation being briefed in federal court.

    The List Of Comparisons Done By FBI’s Handwriting Analyst Who Found Ivins Probably DId Not Write The Anthrax Letters Is 22 Pages Long; The FBI Advises DXer That No Comparison Of Mohammed Atta’s Handwriting Is Among The Many Dozens Listed That Were Provided The Amerithrax Task Force
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/the-list-of-comparisons-done-by-fbis-handwriting-analyst-who-found-ivins-probably-did-not-write-the-anthrax-letters-is-22-pages-long-the-fbi-advises-dxer-that-no-comparison-of-mohammed-attas-h/

    The USG Has Denied FOIA Requests For Atta’s Handwriting Since The Fall 2001 Anthrax Mailings On Grounds It Could Interfere With Enforcement Proceedings
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 1, 2013
    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/

    Here is another handwriting sample of Bruce Ivins — this one discussing the planned visit by the former Zawahiri associate being supplied virulent Ames in early May 1998
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 7, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/here-is-another-handwriting-sample-of-bruce-ivins-this-one-discussing-the-planned-visit-by-the-former-zawahiri-associate-being-supplied-virulent-ames-in-early-may-1998/

  19. DXer said

    The genetically distinctive subtilis found in the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings was NOT found in Dr. Bruce Ivins’ lab.

    By the failure to sample all suspect labs for subtilis, the FBI abandoned sound scientific method and investigative practice. The FBI scientists chose to overlook inconvenient science that did not support an Ivins Theory. The FBI has not disclosed how many labs were tested for subtilis to include whether the Kandahar lab was tested for the genetically distinctive subtilis.

    Subtilis Contaminant in Anthrax Mailed Fall 2001: Unclassified/For Official Use Only
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 5, 2011

    The DOJ and FBI Should Produce To GAO All Forensic Analyses and Documents Relating to Swabbing And Testing For What Is Now Known As Bacillus subtilis subsp. inaquorosum subsp. nov.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 19, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-doj-and-fbi-should-produce-to-gao-all-forensic-analyses-and-documents-relating-to-swabbing-and-testing-for-what-is-now-known-as-bacillus-subtilis-subsp-inaquorosum-subsp-nov/

    a recent article by Greg Gordon raises the potentially critical importance of b. subtilis contaminant found in the Brokaw and New York Post anthrax letters … not connected to Dr. Ivins … and substantially ignored by the FBI
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/greg-gordon-raises-importance-of-b-subtilis-contaminant-in-the-brokaw-and-new-york-post-anthrax-letters-not-connected-to-dr-ivins-substantially-ignored-by-the-fbi/

    Simon Reeve in THE NEW JACKALS: RAMZI YOUSEF, OSAMA BIN LADEN AND THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM explained the connection between Ramzi Yousef and the apartment on Kensington Avenue called frequently in February 1993 by the subtilis expert.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 4, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/simon-reeve-in-the-new-jackals-ramzi-yousef-osama-bin-laden-and-the-future-of-terrorism-explained-the-connection-between-ramzi-yousef-and-the-apartment-on-kensington-avenue-called-frequently-in/

  20. DXer said

    The science proves that the anthrax was NOT taken directly from Flask 1029. Yet proponents of an Ivins Theory uses the phrase “murder weapon” when Flask 1029 is no more the murder weapon than Dr. Heine’s samples from Building 1412 (as Dr. Heine explains so well). Proponents of an Ivins Theory attempted to use hetoric and spin to substitute for the peer reviewed science.

    “Absence of Meglumine and Diatrizoate” in Scientific Approaches Used To Investigate The Anthrax Letters (February 2010)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 10, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/absence-of-meglumine-and-diatrizoate-in-scientific-approaches-used-to-investigate-the-anthrax-letters-february-2010/

    J Forensic Sci. 2012 Jul;57(4):923-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02128.x. Epub 2012 Apr 26.
    Trace detection of meglumine and diatrizoate from Bacillus spore samples using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry.
    Swider C1, Maguire K, Rickenbach M, Montgomery M, Ducote MJ, Marhefka CA.
    Author information

    Abstract
    Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, letters containing Bacillus anthracis were distributed through the United States postal system killing five people. A complex forensic investigation commenced to identify the perpetrator of these mailings. A novel liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry protocol for the qualitative detection of trace levels of meglumine and diatrizoate in dried spore preparations of B. anthracis was developed. Meglumine and diatrizoate are components of radiographic imaging products that have been used to purify bacterial spores. Two separate chromatographic assays using multiple mass spectrometric analyses were developed for the detection of meglumine and diatrizoate. The assays achieved limits of detection for meglumine and diatrizoate of 1.00 and 10.0 ng/mL, respectively. Bacillus cereus T strain spores were effectively used as a surrogate for B. anthracis spores during method development and validation. This protocol was successfully applied to limited evidentiary B. anthracis spore material, providing probative information to the investigators.
    2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Published 2012. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the U.S.A.

    FBI Study Raises More Questions in Bruce Ivins Anthrax Case
    MAY 29, 2012

    An article published last week by the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) describes how a recent study adds more questions to the controversial investigation of USAMRIID scientist Dr. Bruce Ivins as the perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax mailing attacks in the United States.

    The initial FBI investigation linked spores found in the anthrax mailings to material contained in a flask labeled “RMR-1029” that was under Dr. Ivins’ control. Lab records later determined that the RMR-1029 material had been purified using a product containing two specific ingredients: meglumine and diatrizoate.

    To determine if spore material from the letters also contained these ingredients, researchers from the CBRN Sciences Unit of the FBI developed novel methods to detect trace elements of meglumine and diatrizoate in dried anthrax spores.

    Investigators confirmed the presence of the ingredients in the USAMRIID flask. However, utilizing the same methods they found no evidence of the ingredients in the spore samples from the letters used in the attacks.

    The research study titled “Trace Detection of Meglumine and Diatrizoate from Bacillus Spore Samples Using Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry” was published last month in the Journal of Forensic Scientists.

    – See more at: http://globalbiodefense.com/2012/05/29/fbi-study-raises-more-questions-in-bruce-ivins-anthrax-case/#sthash.pSRzauLT.dpuf

  21. DXer said

    The relative ease Shurkrijumah may have had because of his “U.S. Status,” his looks, and his fluency in English, was increased due to his skill at creating fake travel documents. Jaffar al-Tayyar taught others “to falsify documents by substituting photographs, erasing entry/exit stamps, and removing visas.”

    Adnan worked out of the media center in Kandahar which was a center for 911 planning and AQ’s anthrax planning.

    http://dspace.wrlc.org/doc/get/2041/85662/03053_060901display.pdf

    “Analyst Note: Padilla and al-Tayyar were known to work out of the media center in Kandahar. … Al-Tayyar is Adnan al-Shukrijummah who is currently at large.”

    I first ventured the connection between the media center and the anthrax mailings well over a decade ago.

    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.

    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. It was Hawsawi who was Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s roommate in Karachi in February – April 2002 after Shukrijumah returned from travel to the United States.

    Did Former Special Agent Scott Decker in his manuscript address the anthrax processing documents along with the semen stained panties in in USAMRIID scientist Bruce Ivins’ trash? Which is more probative of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings? Agent Decker, after impressive academic training, started his career working on armored car robberies in Boston — perhaps my favorite subject right after treasure hunts. (Treasure hunts are like the planning of legal armored car robberies for law-abiding citizens).

    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 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. It would make perfect sense that the computer is actually al-Hawsawi’s as KSM claims. The fact that the anthrax spray drying documents were on that computer, however, and that Al-Hawsawi had worked for As Sahab in Kandahar in 2000, serves to suggest that the undated documents predated 9/11, particularly given that extremely virulent anthrax reportedly was later found in Kandahar. At the same time, it suggests that Al-Hawsawi has personal knowledge relevant to anthrax. Al-Hawsawi 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.

    Hawsawi worked as a financial manager for Bin Laden when he was in Sudan near Khartoum. He was associated with Egyptian Islamic Jihad shura leader 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 FBI needed to prioritize any lead involving individuals who knew Mahjoub; but in accusing Ivins, it appears that they failed to do so. Now the former FBI agents seem determined to argue their conclusions into retirement and second careers. In doing so, they should at least address the substantive issues so that people can “get on the same page.” CSI poses about methods that were not at all probative of anything much will not cut it. For example, the “four morphs” analysis merely narrowed the field of 700 known to have access to “up to 377” who had access — and that was just at USAMRIID. Instead, they should also address the traditional methods and not just the dogs that barked up the wrong tree or chased tail.

    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 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.

    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. (This past week it was reported that Moussaoui has offered to testify about the names of organizations and individuals who helped fund 911.) 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 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 him 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. The indictment of Zacarias Moussaoui named al-Hawsawi as an unindicted co-conspirator. Moussaoui unsuccessfully tried to call KSM and Hawsawi as witnessses. 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.

    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.” Atta went to pick Qahtani up at the Orlando airport but immigration officials turned Qahtani away. 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., 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 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.

    Sufaat has been interviewed on French television about his friend Zacarias Moussaoui.

    “Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech Yazid Sufaat discusses Zacarias Moussaoui in this 2011 French language television interview”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 28, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-tech-yazid-sufaat-discusses-zacarias-moussaoui-in-this-2001-french-language-television-interview/

    Another reason not to underestimate Hawsawi’s 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. 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. 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. xxx 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.)

    Al-Marri is due to get out of prison this next January. Now Al-Marri’s book is one I especially want to read. By sharing perspectives and documentary evidence, we can all work to get on the same page — which is what solving difficult mysteries is all about.

    Meanwhile, Hawsawi and KSM face trial still. Our justice system is truly broken.

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

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi897975833/

    • DXer said

      The FBI’s Hazmat WMD unit had the likes of John Ezzell who could advise on whether Al Qaeda had the necessary equipment to make a dried aerosol out of anthrax. Hopefully, Scott Decker, formerly of the FBI’s hazmat unit, will now address the equipment that Al Qaeda procured and the equipment at the Kandahar lab — to include both the equipment there, the equipment attempted to be destroyed and the equipment known to have been removed.

      One fellow helping Yazid Sufaat procure equipment from Karachi was a PhD student in microbiology named Saeed Mohammed. A DIA (later CIA CTC) analyst in 2002 told me that Saaed Mohammed was thought mainly to be involved only in procurement. Saaed was rendered early on.

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

      After an October 2001 bombing raid at a Qaeda camp in Darunta, Afghanistan US forces found 100+ printed, typed, handwritten pages of documents that shed light on Al Qaeda’s early anthrax planning. The Defense Intelligence Agency provided me the documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents confirmed that it was Zawahiri’s plan to use established specialists and the cover of universities and charities as cover for weaponizing anthrax. From early on, the evidence suggested that charity is as charity does. 90 of the 100 pages are the photocopies of journal articles and the disease handbook excerpts. It was not clear whether or they had yet acquired virulent anthrax or weaponized it, but it was clear that the planning was well along. When Vice President Cheney was briefed on the documents in late 2001, he immediately called a meeting of 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 Qaeda.” At one point, security personnel thought that the home belonging to Elizabeth Cheney, his daughter had been hit by an anthrax attack. Elizabeth had to call her nanny to get her to take the kids to be tested for exposure. A June 1999 memo from Ayman to military commander Atef said that “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 Qaeda was responsible for the anthrax mailings in the Fall of 2001, the FBI and CIA had reason to know based on the growing documentary evidence available by mid-December 2001, that Al Qaeda operatives were likely associated with non-governmental organizations and working under the cover and talent in universities.

      After the September 11 attacks, Pakistani intelligence agents had started checking on Arab university students in the area. Mohammed’s teachers told investigators that they had not seen him on campus since late August. Agents staked out his apartment in Karachi and nabbed him upon his return. Mohammed was wanted in connection with the bombing of the USS Cole. In 1996, Pakistani authorities officials had arrested Mohammed in connection with the November 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad. Ayman Zawahiri, speaking for the military wing of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, known as the Vanguards of Conquest, claimed responsibility for that embassy bombing. Mohammed was released without being charged for the embassy bombing. Mohammed re-enrolled at university in 1999. He was one of at least two lab technicians who were rendered by the CIA in 2001. I’ was told that Saeed Mohammed was not particularly expert — and spent most of his time in Karachi procuring equipment. Finding the scientist responsible for the mailed anthrax in the Fall 2001 would take a bit longer.

      It was not until seven years later that we even learned that MIT-graduate Aafia Siddiqui — post-9/11 — worked at Karachi Institute of Technology as a lab technician after being tasked to research germ warfare. She worked there even though the FBI had announced up to a $5 million reward for her capture. Dr. L. Thomas Kucharski, psychiatrist for the defendant, explained in his affidavit filed July 2, 2009 that a man known as “Abu Lubaba” had tasked her to research germ weapons. When Aafia Siddiqui was captured, her thumb drive had e-mail correspondence referencing US-based cells and prior attacks. There were even document on how to weaponize ebola. Sometimes rather than being truly invisible or on the “dark side,” an enemy is merely hiding in plain sight — or hidden by inappropriate redactions or highly classified, compartmentalized, operations intended to avoid embarrassment to decision-makers or to further personal agendas. Most intelligence is “open source.” Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

      The way to get people “on the same page” is to literally get them on the same page. In Amerithrax, however, DOJ did not preserve the full depositions from US v. Hatfill — in violation of DOJ rules requiring that the sworn civil depositions be kept (deeming them part of the agency record of the litigation).

      Playing hide-the-ball is wrong regardless of your view of who is responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. That is true whether it is due to CYA instincts or sloppy record-keeping or just institutionalized spoliation of documents. The senior litigators who did not preserve the civil depositions they conducted relating to the biggest criminal investigation in history have long known of the pending GAO probe.

      The former head of the NYC FBI Field Office Borelli has said early on that it was decided that Amerithrax would go the way of secret prisons rather than prosecution.

      Amerithrax: In February 2002, the FBI Failed To Take Custody of Al Qaeda Anthrax Scientists Rauf Ahmad and Yazid Sufaat
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 14, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/amerithrax-in-february-2002-the-fbi-failed-to-take-custody-of-al-qaeda-anthrax-scientists-rauf-ahmad-and-yazid-sufaat/

      GAO Should Obtain A Copy Of Rauf Ahmad’s Signed Written Statement Voluntarily Provided FBI Agent Borelli
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 14, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/gao-should-obtain-a-copy-of-rauf-ahmads-signed-written-statement-voluntarily-provided-fbi-agent-borelli/

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

    • DXer said

      We should compare what author Scott Decker has written about Yazid Sufaat’s work with virulent anthrax in Kandahar — while he and his two assistants were vaccinated — and compare it to what Yazid Sufaat and his assistant now says. (I believe his other assistant was killed). We should also consider what Dr. Decker says about the CIA and FBI interrogation of Rauf Ahmad at the ISI safe house in the spring of 2002 over tea and cookies.

      Amerithrax: In February 2002, the FBI Failed To Take Custody of Al Qaeda Anthrax Scientists Rauf Ahmad and Yazid Sufaat
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 14, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/amerithrax-in-february-2002-the-fbi-failed-to-take-custody-of-al-qaeda-anthrax-scientists-rauf-ahmad-and-yazid-sufaat/

      Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat’s former assistant indicted in Israel for holding biological weapons
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 5, 2014
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-director-yazid-sufaats-former-assistant-indicted-in-israel-for-holding-biological-weapons/

      Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech says he had been part of Malaysian Armed Forces biological weapons program
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 23, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-tech-says-he-had-been-part-of-malaysian-armed-forces-biological-weapons-program/

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

      George Tenet in his May 2007 In the Center of the Storm says: “Al-Qa’ida spared no effort in its attempt to obtain biological weapons. In 1999, al-Zawahiri recruited Pakistani national Rauf Ahmad, to set up a small lab in Khandahar, Afghanistan, to house the biological weapons effort. In December 2001, a sharp WMD analyst at CIA found the initial lead on which we would pull and, ultimately, unravel the al-Qa’ida anthrax networks. We were able to identify Rauf Ahmad from letters he had written to Ayman al-Zawahiri. … We located Rauf Ahmad’s lab in Afghanistan. We identified the building in Khandahar where Sufaat claimed he isolated anthrax. We mounted operations that resulted in the arrests and detentions of anthrax operatives in several countries.”

      Delivering the James Smart Lecture, entitled “Global Terrorism: are we meeting the challenge?” at the headquarters of the City of London Police, Ms. Manningham-Buller, the head of MI5, said: “Western security services have uncovered networks of individuals, sympathetic to the aims of al-Qa’ida, that blend into society, individuals who live normal, routine lives until called upon for specific tasks by another part of the network.” She concluded: “The threats of chemical, biological and radiological and suicide attacks require new responses and the Government alone will not achieve all of it; industry and even the public must take greater responsibility for their own security.”

      Milton Leitenberg wrote in a chapter on evolving threats in Wenger and Wollenmann’s 2007 Bioterrorism: Confronting A Complex Threat: “The first significant and meaningful information on what Al-Qaida may at some point have hoped to achieve in the area of bioweapons appeared on a single page in the journal SCIENCE in mid-December 2003, and then in declassified documents that were obtained in the last week of March 2004. … Appended to the single page in SCIENCE via the internet address was a list of thirty-two items: eleven books and twenty-one professional journal papers nearly all dating from the 1950s and 1960s dealing with pathogens or bioweapons.” He explained: “They were found in Al Qaida training camp near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in December 2001. Half of the books dealt with historic or general aspects of bioweapons and would be of little practical use in an effort to produce bioweapons agents. However, at least some of the journal papers and the remaining half of the books might have been useful in such an effort. They were found only a few kilometers from the site near the Kandahar airport that contained the rudimentary equipment also procured by Al-Qaida.”Most important of all, the documents indicated that “al-Qaida’s BW initiative included recruitment of individuals with PhD-level expertise who supported planning and acquisition efforts by their familiarity with the scientific community.” Mr. Leitenberg concludes: “If it should turn out, as is currently assumed, that the Amerithrax perpetrator came from within the US government’s own biodefense program, with access to strains, laboratories, people and knowledge, then all previous conceptions about the significance of the events would be substantially altered.” He observes that “Al-Qaeda has actively recruited educated college graduates and … specifically sought individuals with particular knowledge and training. … Such recruiting patterns do not automatically translate into either an interest or capability in bioweapons, but they would be a key advantage should the interests of such a group turn in that direction, as Al-Zawahiri’s [1999] memorandum quoted above suggests they may.”

      In 1999, a scientist from Porton Down had reported to sfam members on a conference in Taos, New Mexico in August that included a talk by Tim Read, (TIGR, Rockville, USA) and concerned the whole genome sequencing of the Bacillus anthracis Ames strain. The Ames strain may have been a mystery to many after the Fall 2001 mailings, but not to motivated Society for Applied Microbiology (“SFAM”) members, one of whom was part of Ayman Zawahiri’s “Project Zabadi.” As described by Dr. Peter Turnbull’s Conference report for SFAM on “the First European Dangerous Pathogens Conference” (held in Winchester), at the September 1999 conference, the lecture theater only averaged about 75 at peak times by his head count. There had been a problem of defining “dangerous pathogen” and a “disappointing representation from important institutions in the world of hazard levels 3 and 4 organisms.” Papers included a summary of plague in Madagascar and another on the outbreak management of hemorrhagic fevers. Dr Paul Keim of Northern Arizona University presented a paper on multilocus VNTR typing, for example, of Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis. There were more than the usual no-show presenters and fill-in speakers. In his report, Dr. Turnbull looked forward to a second, fully international conference in 2000 focused on the ever increasing problems surrounding hazard levels 3 and 4 organisms and aimed at international agreement on the related issues. University of Maryland researcher Milton Leitenberg reports that the conferences described in the correspondence had been in July and September 1999.

      The Sunday at the start of the Organization of the Dangerous Pathogens meeting in September 2000, which the SFAM director confirmed to me that Rauf Ahmad also attended, was gloomy. Planning had proved even more difficult than the International Conference on anthrax also held at the University of Plymouth, in September 1998. The overseas delegates included a sizable contingent from Russia. The organizers needed to address many thorny issues regarding who could attend. One of the scientists in attendance was Rauf Ahmad. The Washington Post reports: “The tall, thin and bespectacled scientist held a doctorate in microbiology but specialized in food production, according to U.S. officials familiar with the case.” Les Baillie the head of the biodefense technologies group at Porton Down ran the scientific program. Many of the delegates took an evening cruise round Plymouth harbor. The cold kept most from staying out on the deck. Later attendees visited the National Marine Aquarium — with a reception in view of a large tankful of sharks. Addresses include presentations on plagues of antiquity, showing how dangerous infectious diseases had a profound that they changed the course of history. Titles include “Magna pestilencia – Black Breath, Black Rats, Black Death”, “From Flanders to Glanders,” as well as talks on influenza, typhoid and cholera. The conference was co-sponsored by DERA, the UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.

      Les Baillie of Porton Down gave a presentation titled, “Bacillus anthracis: a bug with attitude!” He argued that anthrax was a likely pathogen to be used by terrorists. As described at the time by Phil Hanna of University of Michigan Medical School on the SFAM webpage, Baillie “presented a comprehensive overview of this model pathogen, describing its unique biology and specialized molecular mechanisms for pathogenesis and high virulence. He went on to describe modern approaches to exploit new bioinformatics for the development of potential medical counter measures to this deadly pathogen.” Bioinformatics was the field that Ali Al-Timimi, who had a security clearance for some government work and who had done work for the Navy, would enter by 2000 at George Mason University in Virginia. Despite the cold and the sharks, amidst all the camaraderie and bonhomie no one suspected that despite the best efforts, a predator was on board — on a coldly calculated mission to obtain a pathogenic anthrax strain. The conference organizer Peter Turnbull had received funding from the British defense ministry but not from public health authorities, who thought anthrax too obscure to warrant the funding. By 2001, sponsorship of the conference was assumed by USAMRIID. USAMRIID scientist Bruce Ivins had started planning the conference held in Annapolis, Maryland in June 2001 three years earlier, immediately upon his return from the September 1998 conference.

      According to the Pakistan press, a scientist named Rauf Ahmad was picked up in December 2001 by the CIA in Karachi. The most recent of the correspondence reportedly dates back to the summer and fall of 1999. Even if Rauf Ahmad cooperated with the CIA, he apparently could only confirm the depth of Zawahiri’s interest in weaponizing anthrax and provided no “smoking gun” concerning the identity of those responsible for the anthrax mailings in the Fall 2001. His only connection with SFAM was a member of the society — he was not an employee. The Pakistan ISI, according to theWashington Post article in October 2006, stopped cooperating in regard to Rauf Ahmad in 2003.

      I have uploaded scanned copies of some 1999 documents seized in Afghanistan by US forces describing the author’s visit to the special confidential room at the BL-3 facility where 1000s 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 Qaeda’s anthrax lab; and the need for vaccination and containment. He explained that the lab director noted that he would have to take a short training course at the BL-3 lab for handling dangerous pathogens. Rauf Ahmad noted that his employer’s offer of pay during a 12-month post-doc sabbatical was wholly inadequate and was looking to Ayman to make up the difference. After an unacceptably low pay for the first 8 months, there would be no pay for last 4 months and there would be a service break. He had noted that he only had a limited time to avail himself of the post-doc sabbatical. I also have uploaded a handwritten copy of earlier correspondence from before the lab visit described in the typed memo. The Defense Intelligence Agency provided the documents to me, along with 100+ pages more, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). 90 of the 100 pages are the photocopies of journal articles and disease handbook excerpts.

      The Post, in an exclusive groundbreaking investigative report, recounts that the FBI’s New York office took the lead U.S. role — and its agents worked closely with the CIA and bureau officials in Pakistan in interrogating Rauf. Though not formally charged with any crimes, Rauf agreed to questioning. While the US media focused on the spectacle of bloodhounds alerting to Dr. Steve Hatfill and the draining of Maryland ponds, this former Al Qaeda anthrax operative provided useful leads. But problems began when the U.S. officials sought to pursue criminal charges, including possible indictment and prosecution in the United States. In earlier cases, such as the othopedic surgeon Dr. Amer Aziz who treated Bin Laden in the Fall of 2001, the Pakistani government angered the Pakistani public when it sought to prosecute professionals for alleged ties to al-Qaeda. In the case of Amer Aziz, hundreds of doctors, engineers and lawyers took to the streets to demand his release. In 2003, the Pakistanis shut off U.S. access to Rauf. By then, I had noticed the reporting of his arrest in a press article about the raid of a compound of doctors named Khawaja and published it on my website. According to Pakistani officials, there was not enough evidence showing that he actually succeeded in providing al-Qaeda with something useful. Since then, the Post reports, Rauf has been allowed to return to his normal life. Attempts by the Post to contact Rauf in Lahore were unsuccessful. Initially the government agency had said an interview would be possible but then backpedaled.

      “He was detained for questioning, and later the courts determined there was not sufficient evidence to continue detaining him,” Pakistan’s information minister told the Post. “If there was evidence that proved his role beyond a shadow of a doubt, we would have acted on it. But that kind of evidence was not available.” Yazid Sufaat got the job handling things at the lab instead of Rauf Ahmad. More importantly, Zawahiri, if keeping with his past experience, would have kept things strictly compartmentalized — leaving the Amerithrax Task Force much to do.

    • DXer said

      George Tenet in his May 2007 In the Center of the Storm says Sufaat was “the self-described ‘CEO’ of al-Qai’da’s anthrax program.” Tenet reports that “Sufaat had impeccable extremist credentials” and “[i]n 2000 he had been introduced to Ayman al-Zawahiri personally, by Hambali, as the man who was capable of leading al-Qai’da’s biological weapons program.”

      Participants at a key meeting in Kuala Lumpur in January 2000 included Hambali, Yazid Sufaat, two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almidhar, Cole planner Attash aka Khallad, and others. Tawfiq Bin Attash was a long time Bin Laden operative. The Yemeni first went to Afghanistan in 1989. He came to lead Bin Laden’s bodyguards and was an intermediary between Bin Laden and those who carried out the bombing of the Cole in October 2000. Attash also had been a key planner in the 1998 embassy bombings, serving as the link between the Nairobi cell and Bin Laden and Atef. Khalid Almhidhar, one of the 9/11 hijackers, was from Saudi Arabia but was a Yemeni national. Almhidhar was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the indictment against Zacarias Moussaoui. Al-Hindi, who along with Adnan El-Shukrijumah would later case the NYC land DC andmarks, had gone to Kuala Lumpur with Khallad. While not at the meeting with the hijackers, Al-Hindi met Hambali shortly after that meeting.

      Zacarias Moussaoui was alleged, at least initially, to have received his money from Yazid Sufaat, under the cover of a company managed by his wife named Infocus Tech. A legitimate company, the company has eight employees and virtually no connection to the US. The company was an importer of US computer software and hardware. After authorities found a letter signed by Yazid Sufaat purporting to authorize Zacarias Moussaoui as its marketing representative, authorities went looking for Sufaat. But by then, he had left for Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to his wife, he went to Pakistan in June 2001 because he wanted to do his doctorate in pathology at the University of Karachi. Dursina had attended Sacramento State with Sufaat. It was her mother who encouraged Yazid’s religious studies. According to his wife, Sejarhtul Dursina, “He had planned to set up a medical support unit in Afghanistan, near Kandahar.” Kandahar is where Al Qaeda established its anthrax lab and where extremely virulent anthrax reportedly was found at a home identified by Hambali after his capture.

      Sufaat graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1987. He received a bachelors degree in biological sciences, concentrating on clinical laboratory technology, with a minor in chemistry. Sac State biological sciences professor Robert Metcalf taught Sufaat a food microbiology class in the spring of 1986. The first lesson in class was to teach students how German physician Robert Koch proved that anthrax was caused by a specific bacterium. “All of my students know how to isolate anthrax in soil samples,” Metcalf told the Chicago Tribune. “Anthrax was the first organism we talked about.” Sufaat joined the Malaysian army, where he was a lab technician assigned to a medical brigade. After five years, he left the service with the rank of captain and worked for a civilian laboratory. In August 1993, he set up his own company, Green Laboratory Medicine. The 9/11 Commission Report notes that Sufaat started work on the al Qaeda biological weapons program after he participated in JI’s December 2000 church bombings. In December 2001, Sufaat was arrested upon returning from Afghanistan to Malaysia.

      Malaysian officials, at the time, long sought to minimize Sufaat’s role. Sufaat merely was a foot soldier who provided housing and false identification letters and helped obtain explosives. “I would put it this way: If Hambali [Al Qaeda’s point man in Southeast Asia] was the travel agent, Sufaat was the guy at the airport holding up the sign.” Sufaat admits to having purchased 4 tons of ammonium nitrate to build a truck bomb for the Singapore cell. The 9/11 Commission Report indicates Zacarias Moussaoui was also involved in arranging the purchase — one plan was to load the explosives on a cargo plane. The ammonium nitrate eventually was found buried throughout the grounds of a plantation. The ammonium nitrate actually had never been part of a plan by KSM — Moussaoui, eager to be involved in an attack in the region, lied to Sufaat and told him it was. When Hambali found out, he was furious and flew to Pakistan to demand (unsuccessfully) that Moussaoui be recalled. The Malaysian officials report that they believe that Sufaat had no knowledge of what the hijackers who stayed at his condominium or Zacarias were planning. That is consistent with the principles of cell security ordinarily followed — also evasion in interrogation. At a minimum, however, the established facts relevant to the Amerithrax investigation show that in the Summer and Fall of 2001 an Al Qaeda supporter who had assisted in the 9-11 operation — and who was a lab technician working with anthrax — was in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Was he the fellow perceived as Filipino who the journalist met in Afghanistan in the Fall of 2001 bragging about his ability to manipulate anthrax? According to Sufaat’s attorney, Sufaat gave two FBI agents no fresh evidence during a 30-minute interrogation finally conducted in November 2002 (where they mainly wanted to know how he knew Zacarias). The U.S. has asked for his extradition in connection with hosting of the two 9/11 hijackers, but Malaysia refused. President Bush reported that US officials did not fully appreciate Sufaat’s role in Al Qaeda’s anthrax program until after KSM’s capture in March 2003.

      As described in US News, a former reporter from the Kabul Times actually may have met a Filipino carrying papers from Zawahiri and bragging about his ability to manipulate anthrax. The man may have been Hambali’s lieutenant, Muklis Yunos, who had been Hambali’s right-hand man and was in charge of special operations for the Philippine Moro Islamic Liberation Front (“MILF”). British reporter Philip Smucker explained that the Afghan reporter working with him spoke fluent Arabic and made regular undercover trips into Afghanistan from Pakistan. He had visited three functioning al Qaeda camps at grave risk to his life. Smucker explains that his colleague had landed in a Kabul hotel with a Filipino scientist who had a signed letter from al Qaeda’s number two, Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri, authorizing him to help the network develop biological weapons. The man at the hotel had described his own efforts to develop an “anthrax bomb.” Filipino Muklis Yunos was an explosives expert who had participated with Yazid Sufaat in the December 2000 church bombings. Upon his arrest in May 2003, Philippine intelligence said he had received anthrax training in Afghanistan. Perhaps he was who the journalist encountered.

    • DXer said

      In November 2007, FBI Director Mueller gave a speech in which he warned against the need to guard against spies at universities, who for example, may have access to pre-patent, pre-classification biochemistry information. “Al Qaeda is tremendously patient and thinks nothing about taking years to infiltrate persons in and finding the right personnel and opportunity to undertake an attack. And we cannot become complacent, because you look around the world, and whether it’s London or Madrid or Bali or recently Casablanca or Algiers, attacks are taking place.” Amerithrax was Exhibit A in support of his point.

      An article in George Mason University Gazette, in “CAS Holds Terrorism Briefing on Capitol Hill,” dated October 16, 2001 stated: “On Friday, October 12, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosted a legislative briefing on terrorism, bioterrorism, and extremist movements on Capitol Hill. The briefing provided legislators and their staffs with comprehensive background information on Islam, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, bioterrorism, and information security. Ken Alibek, affiliate faculty member at George Mason and president of Advanced Biosytems Inc., addressed chemical and biological warfare issues. Alibek served as first deputy chief of defense of the civilian branch of the Soviet Union’s offensive biological weapons program.” The briefing of Senators and Congressman had about 100 people present including a lot of media.

      Alibek’s suitemate at George Mason University, Ali Al-Timimi, was knowledgeable about Islam, the Taliban and information security. Indeed, he was actively recruiting for the Taliban and was communicating with Bin Laden’s sheik and the so-called fellow Falls Church “911 imam” at the time. Al-Timimi was the main speak for an Ann Arbor charity IANA. In 2000, IANA radio ran an item “CIA to Monitor Foreign Students.” The item as published on the IANA website read: “American anti-terrorism policies are ‘seriously deficient according to the US National Commission on Terrorism, a body created by Congress after the bombing of 2 US
      embassies in East Africa.'”

      Infiltrator Ali Mohamed was the “Teflon terrorist.” Ali Mohammed, an EIJ member who was associated with the unit that killed Sadat, had an alibi for the Sadat assassination. He was at an officer exchange program studying at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina., Green Beret and Delta Force officers trained there. After he was forced out of the Egyptian Army for his radical beliefs, he went to work at Egyptair. As a security advisor, where he learned how to hijack airliners. He then joined the CIA and the US Army. He was a supply sergeant at the US Army’s Fort Bragg. He lectured Green Beret and Delta Forces on the middle east. He stole high resolution maps from the map shack and brought them to Zawahirii in Afghanistan. In 1989, Ali Mohamed traveled from Fort Bragg to train men that would later commit WTC 1993. When Ali Mohammed traveled to Brooklyn, he stayed with Islamic Group and Abdel-Rahman’s bodyguard Nosair, the man who would assassinate Rabbi Kahane in 1990. Ali Mohammed trained Cairo medical school dropout Dahab to send lethal letters. He and Dahab travelled to Afghanistan to report that they had recruited 10 American sleepers.

      WTC 1993 prosecutor Andrew McCarthy concludes that “in small compass, [Ali Mohammed] is the story of American intelligence and radical islam in the eighties and nineties: the left hand oblivious not only to the right but to its own fingers … while jihadists played the system from within, with impunity, scheming to kill us all.” He emphasizes: “There is no way to sugar coat it: Ali Mohamed is a window on breathtaking government incompetence.” He writes: ”I raised holy hell … that I strongly suspected Mohamed was a terrorist, that the FBI should be investigating him rather than allowing him to infiltrate as a source … Because, you know what they say “IMAGINE THE LIABILITY.”

      After Nosair’s arrest, the FBI did not bother to translate or study the dozens of boxes of materials seized from Nosair’s home. The documents included maps and cables from the Joint Chiefs stolen by Ali Mohammed. In 1991, when Bin Laden wanted to move from Afghanistan to Sudan, Ali Mohammed served as his head of security and trained his bodyguards. Along with a former medical student, Khalid Dahab, Ali Mohamed recruited ten Americans for “sleeper cells.” After the 1998 embassy bombings, when FBI agents secretly swarmed his California residence, they found a document “Cocktail” detailing how cell members should operate.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/the-head-of-intelligence-for-egyptian-islamic-jihad-had-a-document-on-his-computer-seized-by-the-fbi-that-outlined-principles-of-cell-security-that-would-be-followed/

      Even Al Qaeda central would not know the identity of members and different cells would not know each other’s identity. It was Ali Mohamed who was the source for the December 4, 1998 PDB to President Clinton explaining that the brother of Sadat’s assassin, Islambouli, was planning attacks on the US. In November 2001, did the Quantico profilers and FBI scientist Scott Decker know of this egregious history of infiltration and harm flowing from treating the Nosair case as a “lone wolf” rather than an international conspiracy? One man’s “lone wolf” experiencing howling loneliness is another man’s Salafist operating under strict principles of cell security and “need-to-know.” In his powerpoints on the subject, former Agent Decker treats psychology as if it were a science. Instead, if anything, his approach should have been informed by the document review associated with intelligence analysis.

      A former FBI agent in the New York office who asked not to be identified, told author Peter Lance: “Understand what this means. You have an Al Qaeda spy who’s now a U.S. citizen, on active duty in the U.S. Army, and he brings along a video paid for by the U.S. government to train Green Beret officers and he’s using it to help train Islamic terrrorists so they can turn their guns on us. By now the Afghan war is over.” Steve Emerson once said of the former US Army Sergeant who was Ayman Zawahiri’s head of intelligence: “Ali Mohamed is one of the most frightening examples of the infiltration of terrorists into the infrastructure of the United States. Like a [character in a] John Le Carre thriller, he played the role of a triple agent and nearly got away with it.” Those officials who sought to minimize the security breach would have to explain away the classified maps of Afghanistan he stole from the map shack, and the classified cables and manuals found in such places as the home of Nosair, the assassin of Rabbi Kehane. Not even Ali Mohammed, however, could boast the letter of commendation from the White House once given Ali Al-Timimi, previous work for White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, or a high security clearance. Ali Mohammed did not even have a security clearance but was merely a supply sergeant at the base where Special Operations was located. ‘Dr. Ali Al-Timimi’s Support Committee’ in an email to supporters dated April 5, 2005 explained: “This is a summary of the court proceedings that took place yesterday April 4th 2005. We will send a summary everyday inshallah. *** “In his opening statement, Defense attorney Edward B. MacMahon Jr. said that Al-Timimi was born and raised in Washington DC. He has a degree in Biology and he is also a computer scientist, and a mathematician. He worked for Andrew Card, who’s now the White House chief of staff, at the Transportation Department in the early 1990s.”

      There was an elephant in the rooom no one talked about. A colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life plus 70 years in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to ATCC facilities, as well as facilities of the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense at George Mason University then run by Dr. Alibek and Dr. Bailey. The bionformatics grad student once had a high security clearance for mathematical support work for the Navy. I spoke to William Livingstone, one of the officers of ExecutiveAction, in advance of the group’s release of the monograph they wrote for Pharmathene titled “Spores: The Threat of a Catastrophic Anthrax Attack on America.” I asked him, “How much more obvious does a case of infiltration have to be — does he need to be sitting on Dr. Ken Alibek’s lap?”

      Many commentators have long held strong and divergent opinions of what has been published in the media about Amerithrax, what they knew and their political views. But it turns out that they apparently have just been seeing the elephant in the living room from a different angle. Actually, they’ve just been in a position to see the elephant’s rump from outside the living room door. One US law professor, Francis Boyle, who has represented islamists abroad, first publicized the theory that a US biodefense insider was responsible. Now the banner has been picked up by Graeme MacQueen and activist Barry Kissin. Boyle has served as legal advisor to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and as counsel for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Separately the theory was adopted by professor Barbara Rosenberg. Professor Boyle and Rosenberg were not so far from the truth — just incorrect as to motive. We need to stop seeing such important issues through political lenses that lead to knee-jerk reactions rather than careful factual analysis. For example, the lawyer advocating for islamist clients, Professor Boyle, tells me that he assumes that the correspondence between Ayman Zawahiri and Rauf Ahmad provided me by the Defense Intelligence Agency under FOIA were forgeries. That is a baseless supposition and total irresponsible crock. If that were true, Ayman Zawahiri who appears on television more often than Wolf Blitzer would ridicule the United States government for the fraud. Instead, the documentary shows that Zawahiri’s plan was to infiltrate the US and UK biodefense establishment, and the evidence shows that is exactly what he did.

      In a June 2005 interview in a Swiss (German language) weekly news magazine, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Ken Alibek addresses the anthrax mailings:

      A. “What if I told you Swiss scientists are paid by Al Qaeda? You could believe it or not. It has become somewhat fashionable to disparage Russian scientists. Americans, Iraqis, or whoever could just as well be involved with Al Qaeda. Why doesn’t anyone speculate about that?”

      Q. “But could one of your students build a biological weapon in the garage?”

      A. “Let me reply philosophically: Two hundred years ago, it was unthinkable to believe that people would be using mobile telephones, wasn’t it? Everything changes. Our knowledge grows, and technology develops incredibly quickly. These days even high-school kids can breed recombinant microbial strains. I am not saying that a student is in a position to build a biological weapon all by himself. But the knowledge needed to do it is certainly there.”

      No one who responded to my inquiries ever knew Al-Timimi to ever have been involved in any biodefense project. For example, former Russian bioweaponeer Sergei Popov did not know of any such work by Al-Timimi. Anna Popova had only seen him in the hall on a very rare occasion. Dr. Alibek thought of him as a “numbers guy” rather than a hands-on type. Given that the FBI knows what Al-Timimi had for dinner on September 16, 2001 and lunch on September 17, it is very likely that the past years have involved a continued search for the mailer and/or processor. His attorney emphasizes that while they searched for materials related to a planned biological attack when they searched his townhouse in late February 2003, they came up empty.

      DOD official Peter Leitner, who also taught at GMU, supervised a 2007 PhD thesis by a graduate student that explores biosecurity issues at GMU. The PhD biodefense thesis on the vulnerability of the program to infiltration explains:

      “As a student in the biodefense program, the author is aware that students without background checks are permitted to work on grants, specifically Department of Defense, that has been awarded to NCBD under the Department of Molecular and Microbiology at GMU. Students are also permitted to do research separately from work in the lab for their studies. Work and studies are separate, but related by the lab. Thus, student access, research and activities go unchecked and unmonitored. Students have access to critical information and technology.”

      The author explains:

      “A principal investigator (PI) may hire a student based on a one on one interview, post doctoral or masters interest, technical abilities, publications, previous work and lab experience, whether student qualifications match the principal interrogators current research, whether there is a space, and if the timing is right. There is no formal screening process or background check that the author is aware of for teaching or research assistantships.”

      Other students took a “red cell” approach that have corroborated the findings of the thesis. The thesis points to a pretty big iceberg indeed. Proliferation leads to great risk of infiltration. LSU researcher Martin Hugh-Jones explained: “There were no more than ten labs in the nation working with the organism, and now it’s about 310—and they all want virulent strains. In the old days virtually everyone was paid by Department of Defense to do their research because that’s the only place where money came from because the organism wasn’t thought to be of economic importance. Now that it’s a bioterrorist threat and money’s available for research, experts have come out of the walls. The whole damn thing is bizarre.”A 2004 Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services report: “Serious weaknesses compromised the security of select agents at the universities under review. Physical security of select agents at all 11 universities left select agents vulnerable to theft or loss, thus elevating the risk of public exposure.”

  22. DXer said

    Here is an excerpt from Chapter 13 from “Attribution: Investigating Anthrax – An Evolution of Forensics.” Author Scott Decker notes that the book is “creative nonfiction”.

    (Nonfiction is said to be “creative” when the idea is to jazz it up and make it more exciting.)

    “Reynolds would begin his meeting with the FBI by describing genetic tests that had been developed in the past two years. The new techniques went by novel and creative names: TaqMan, Molecular Beacon, PNA-clamping, Snapshot. All relied on the double-stranded structure of a helical DNA molecule and its ability to melt apart, become single strands when the temperature was raised, and then to rejoin—forming exactly as before, each building block of adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine pairing with its former partner when the heat removed. Changing the salt concentration of the liquid surrounding the DNA molecule invoked a similar effect and could be used in combination with temperature to fine-tune the melting and re-annealing.”

    ©2014 by R. Scott Decker (a Supervisory Agent on the FBI’s “science squad” in the Amerithrax investigation)

    No one can dispute that US Attorney Taylor and the FBI was highly creative when on August 8, 2008 the FBI claimed the Amerithrax case had been solved and that Bruce Ivins used the lyophilizer. But it was a creative fiction — not nonfiction.

    Who authored the script for the fictional story told about the lyophilizer on August 8, 2008? Who jazzed up US Attorney Taylor’s script in helping him try to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?

    The lyophilizer in Building 1425 was in Suite B5, not Suite B3 where Dr. Ivins was on the nights in question (where he was doing the study with the 52 rabbits)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 11, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/the-lyophilizer-in-building-1425-was-in-suite-b5-not-suite-b3-where-dr-ivins-was-on-the-nights-in-question-where-he-was-doing-the-study-with-the-52-rabbits/

    In early 2003, Dr. Ivins explained that the lyophilizer was NEVER out of B5; he explained that he used to make MPL PA vaccine; how could the FBI and US Attorney Taylor have been so confused to suggest that the lyophilizer was in B3 given its large size?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 13, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/in-early-2003-dr-ivins-explained-that-the-lyophilizer-was-never-out-of-b5-he-explained-that-he-used-to-make-mpl-pa-vaccine-how-could-the-fbi-and-us-attorney-taylor-have-been-so-confused-to-sugge/

    How could Dr. Bruce Ivins have moved the large and heavy lyophilizer (3 shelf Freeze Unitop) HL600 from the B5 into the B3? Would even a single one of the prosecutors or investigators be able to do it?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 12, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/how-could-dr-bruce-ivins-have-moved-the-large-and-heavy-lyophilizer-3-shelf-freeze-unitop-hl600-from-the-b5-into-the-b3-would-even-a-single-one-of-the-prosecutors-or-investigators-be-able-to-do/

    Given the lyophilizer was B5 and not the B3 hot suite, all of the electronic records showing Dr. Ivins’ time in B3 working with the animals serves as an alibi rather than evidence of guilt
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 1, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/given-the-lyophilizer-was-b5-and-not-the-b3-hot-suite-all-of-the-electronic-records-showing-dr-ivins-time-in-b3-working-with-the-animals-serves-as-an-alibi-rather-than-evidence-of-guilt/

  23. DXer said

    From a Powerpoint talk that former FBI Special Agent Scott Decker presented at the University of Texas and George Mason this past year, we can see that the in 2002, there were two squads: AMX-1 and AMX-2. Then in 2003, there were three squads, AMX-1, AMX-2 & AMX-3 Squads.
    Special Agent Decker’s role was Supervisory Special Agent, AMX-2 aka, “Science Squad.”

    Under Non-Traditional Forensic Initiatives, he lists

    “1) Printing Defects on Pre-Stamped Envelopes

    2) Human Scent Dogs

    3) Carbon-14 Dating of Spores

    4) Psychological Assessment of Mental Health Records and Email messages

    5) Anthrax Bacteria DNA “Fingerprinting”

    6) Biology of Cultured Anthrax Bacteria — Growth Morphology

    http://www.biologicsecure.com/presentation.html

    As background on the use of the bloodhounds, see

    “Bloodhounds May Have Found Anthrax Suspect,” October 22, 2002
    http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=130053

    “FBI’s use of bloodhounds in anthrax probe disputed,” Baltimore Sun, October 29, 2002.
    http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/bioter/fbisuseofbloodhounds.html

    I think the use of the bloodhounds was highly regrettable and constituted unvalidated science on these facts.

    But putting that aside, did the bloodhounds alert to Dr. Bruce Ivins or not? No. They alerted to Patricia Fellows, his assistant, whose civil deposiition from Stevens v. US, the DOJ shredded. The DOJ civil attorneys then failed to preserve copies of any of the other civil depositions from Hatfill v. United States. That constitutes spoliation of evidence. DOJ guidance instructs that civil depositions are part of the litigation record that must be preserved.

    Meanwhile, at the same time DOJ plays hide the ball and James Kovakas in a telephone conversation cites FBI “equities” in doing so, the former FBI personnel have rushed to write books to put a spin on the science they relied upon.

    Instead, DOJ and the FBI should have preserved the documents and then produced them under FOIA as required by federal law.

    That would have been equitable.

  24. DXer said

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/10/15/decades-later-seeking-shed-light-cia-conduct-congressional-inquiry-jfk-assassination/dUf8qawsBQWfM2kxm7w7DM/story.html

    Answers sought on CIA role in ‘78 JFK probe
    Investigators say files could prove interference
    By Bryan Bender | GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 15, 2014
    The Boston Globe

    KATE MELTON FOR THE GLOBE

    Eddie Lopez was the investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

    WASHINGTON — It was nearly four decades ago that Eddie Lopez was hired by a congressional committee to reinvestigate the 1963 murder of President John F. Kennedy, a role that had him digging through top secret documents at the CIA.

    In the end, the House Select Committee on Assassinations reported in 1978 that it believed the assassination was probably the result of a conspiracy, although it couldn’t prove that, and its conclusions are disputed by many researchers.

    But now Lopez is seeking answers to a lingering question: Could still-classified records reveal, as he and some of his fellow investigators have long alleged, that the CIA interfered with the congressional investigation and placed the committee staff under surveillance?

    While Lopez’s latest effort to uncover new information may seem quixotic, given the seemingly endless spate of JFK conspiracy theories, it has taken on new meaning in the wake of revelations that the CIA earlier this year spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee in an unrelated case.

    CIA employees hacked into the computers of Senate staffers reviewing the agency’s counterterrorism tactics. When the allegations were corroborated, the CIA apologized and vowed to take disciplinary actions.

    While this year’s controversy has no direct relation to the Kennedy inquiry, it has raised new questions about how far the CIA has undermined congressional oversight, including the investigation into Kennedy’s murder in Dallas.

    “It was time to fight one last time to ascertain what happened to JFK and to our investigation into his assassination,” Lopez, who is now the chief counsel for a school district in Rochester, N.Y., said in an interview. He is joined in the effort by two other former investigators, researcher Dan Hardway and G. Robert Blakey, the panel’s staff director.

    Lopez, 58, charges that the CIA actively stymied the probe and monitored the committee staff members as they pursued leads about the events leading up to the assassination.

    Lopez and his two colleagues are asking the CIA to release “operational files you have regarding operations aimed at, targeting, related to, or referring to” the House panel they worked for, along with records about the “surveillance of any and all members of the staff.”

    Their attorney, James Lesar of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, in Silver Spring, Md., asserts they have a right to any CIA files about themselves under provisions of the CIA Information Act of 1984 and the Privacy Act of 1974, which could “shed light on the confused investigatory aftermath of the assassination.”

    Blakey, who is now a professor at the University of Notre Dame, said he is anxious to know what the CIA was up to. “I was at Danny’s home and it looked like there were surveillance vans,” he recalled. “I would like to know what they had.”

    The CIA declined to comment directly on the case, but said in a statement it intends “to treat these inquiries as we would any others, in full accordance with the respective laws and regulations.”

    Some observers said the CIA has a long history of blocking congressional oversight of its activities.

    “I think there is a pattern,” said John Prados, a senior fellow at the National Security Archive at George Washington University and author of “The Family Jewels: The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power.”

    He cited two congressional investigations in the mid-1970s of the agency’s assassination plots against foreign leaders and the arms-for-hostages operation known as the Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s. In those cases, Prados and other historians allege, the CIA withheld information, spread false stories, or did not make available all witnesses.

    Lopez, Blakey, and Hardway contend they were rebuffed during their investigation when they asked about a CIA-backed group of Cuban exiles who had been seeking to overthrow Castro that had widely publicized ties to alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. They were informed that such a case officer did not exist for the so-called Revolutionary Student Directorate — also known by its Spanish-language acronym DRE . Their suspicions grew when they learned from a lawsuit in the late 1990s that one of the agency’s chief liaisons to the assassination panel, the late George Joannides, was operating “under cover” and it was Joannides, a career intelligence operative, who helped manage the Cuban group before the assassination.

    ”He, the [DRE] case agent, denied that there was a case agent and they could not find the DRE file,” Blakey said of Joannides in an interview. “He was an inhibitor, not a facilitator, which is what he was supposed to be.”

    Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter whose lawsuit against the CIA shook loose some of the revelations about Joannides’ true identity and covert background, maintains that a host of files about the mysterious officer remain secret.

    “Was there a mission to deceive [the panel]?” asks Morley, who runs the independent research organization JFKfacts.org.

    The former House investigators believe so but now want the CIA to fully come clean.

    Said Hardway: “I hope to learn some more parts to the puzzle that the agency has kept hidden.”

    Comment I once worked for an employer where my sense was that the country of Panama was being run from the 6th floor. Every day, I walked from the metro past this parked van that each morning would have new beer bottles set outside. One day I walked up and stood up on my tiptoes and wrote “CIA” in the dust. The next day the word was wiped clean.

    Congress, did the FBI or CIA exercise influence over the long-delayed GAO inquiry through appointments and reassignments at the outset? (I have no idea but understood there was quite a lot of shuffling of personnel.)

  25. DXer said

    The Pentagon’s “Operation Dark Winter”: June 2001 Bioterror Exercise Foreshadowed 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-pentagons-operation-dark-winter-june-2001-bioterror-exercise-foreshadowed-911-and-anthrax-attacks/5407575

    Comment:

    Although I disagree with the blogger (and author Graeme’s conclusion) — and their gross bias they demonstrate in simply overlooking of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program — I think it is very interesting to see scripted news clips used in the June 2001 “Dark Winter” exercise.

    Kudos to whoever obtained them. (Offhand, I don’t know how they were obtained but I’m guessing that perhaps they were obtained under FOIA). It would be interesting to see as many documents from “Dark Winter” as possible. Mr. Woolsey’s involvement is an interesting thread to pull, for example. (As an attorney, he later lobbied for an anthrax pharma company). I am also curious about a fuller list of participants. (I always try to follow the money because of its important role in motivating human behavior).

    The Dark Winter exercise demonstrates the importance of GAO’s forthcoming report.

    It’s almost as if Graeme (the book author) does not think it is proper for the US to run tabletop exercises and drills preparing — for example, for an outbreak of a deadly disease — even though Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s intention had been expressly announced.

    Or that Al Qaeda’s intentions were not known and thus a tabletop warranted.

    Ayman Zawahiri, Anwar Awlaki, Anthrax, and Amerithrax: The Infiltration Of US Biodefense
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 12, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/ayman-zawahiri-anwar-awlaki-anthrax-and-amerithrax-the-infiltration-of-us-biodefense/

    Or that there was not a realistic concern that Al Qaeda would get help from Saddam. (In 2001, Dr. Ayman sent four senior EIJ operatives to northern Iraq to bring together an amalgamation of four groups to form Ansar Al-Islam). The top CIA Zawahiri analyst, Scheuer, no friend of the Bush Administration, says it is 100% certain that Al Qaeda was experimenting with anthrax.

    The argument by Graeme, who worked at the religious studies academic at McMasters, implodes when you look at the actual documentary evidence. One sees that the reliance on the Dark Winter materials, without much more, is cotton candy spin that dissolves in the mouth — in the face of looking at the more relevant documents establishing Dr. Ayman’s to intent to use anthrax as a weapon.

    But having said that, I think “Dark Winter” is definitely worth learning more about — along with other DIA and CIA biodefense projects in 2000 and 2001 leading up to the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    I think we have much more to learn from such posts of the contemporaneous documents from 2001 and I encourage the effort’s of this blogger “Washington” or whoever is seeking to obtain contemporaneous documents from 2001.

    Relatedly, I think the President’s February 2001 CIA briefing about Bin Laden’s interest in biological weapons should be declassifed.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/dxer-if-we-knew-what-president-bush-knew-in-february-2001-amerithrax-would-be-seen-with-entirely-different-eyes/

    Separately, I like BHR — often associated with “The Hatfill Theory” — very much. We just have very different view of how the Amerithrax dots connect. She has said to me in effect “who knows, maybe we’ll end up meeting up at the same place.”

    If it had become known that the Administration had allowed this infiltration — the Bush Administration would never have won a second term
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 31, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/if-it-had-become-known-that-the-administration-had-allowed-this-infiltration-the-bush-administration-would-never-have-won-a-second-term/

    I’ll try to follow the same money trail with my nose to the ground like a truffle-hunting pig rooting for arguments.

    But I can talk about theories such as the FBI’s Hatfill Theory all day and explain why it is mistaken under the true crime facts.

    In contrast, these bloggers and theorists do not even begin to address the documents underlying an Al Qaeda theory. They just avoid the subject. (For example, the article saying WH told FBI to blame it on AQ is a classic example; for all blogger Washington knows Seikaly was the reporter’s source).

    Besides, why wouldn’t the WH think Al Qaeda was responsible? It had been announced that Dr. Ayman was going to use anthrax to retaliate for the rendering of the Blind Sheik and other EIJ leaders.

    Have you ever seen Graeme, BHR, Washington or others with similar theories discuss Shurkrijumah, Sufaat, the details of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program and infiltration, and KSM’s house in Kandahar? They would choke on their cotton candy spin.

    Once you approach the facts from Kandahar, then you quickly meet up at the (once-partly CIA supported) Blind Sheik Services organization in Brooklyn. You find Adnan El-Shukrijumah, the son of a Saudi missionary who worked as the Brooklyn imam and translator for Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman.

    He then was a close associate of lead hijacker Atta in Florida — a fact the FBI neglected to share with the Joint Inquiry and 911 Commission. Shukrijumah had cased the NYC and DC targets in 2001.

    You also find Saudi head of intelligence Prince Bandar on the porch of the White House on 9/13/2001 and Bush’s ranchhouse in August 2002.

    It’s not at all clear where the opposing theories might meet up. And if they are right and I’m wrong — I wish them the best. I just want the dots connected and the person(s) responsible brought to justice.

    One overlap in the theories is already clear however: a failure to connect the dots contributed to the invasion of Iraq. And the invasion of Iraq is viewed by many as a grave misstep — and led to the mess the world is in now. GAO’s input is sorely needed.

    There needs to be much greater transparency and accountability as to the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    • DXer said

      http://bioprepwatch.com/news/darpa-adds-biological-sciences-to-public-web-portal/339229/

      DARPA adds biological sciences to public web portal
      September 3, 2014 10:00 AM By Paul Tinder

      The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced on Friday that it expanded its research listings on the DARPA Open Catalog to include materials from its Biological Technologies Office(BTO) and Defense Sciences Office (DSO).

      The DARPA Open Catalog, a six-month-old public web portal, organizes and shares the results of DARPA research. The portal seeks to complement other open-government initiatives and respond to research-related queries from the research and development community.

      “The launch of the Open Catalog has been quite successful, both in terms of quickly sharing a lot of material and getting enthusiastic buy-in from key DARPA audiences,” Chris White, a program manager for DARPA, said. “DARPA’s investments in a multitude of scientific fields over the past 50 years have helped define our high-technology world, and by sharing results through our Open Catalog, we hope to accelerate continued breakthroughs in key technical areas.”….

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

    • DXer said

      I haven’t found the bio documents in the Open Catalog yet.

      http://www.darpa.mil/opencatalog/

      The Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Freedom of Information is responsible for all DARPA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

      FOIA requests may be submitted in writing to the Office of Freedom of Information or electronically.

      Directions on how to submit an electronic FOIA request are available online, along with additional information on the Office of Freedom of Information’s FOIA program, athttp://www.dod.gov/pubs/foi/.

    • DXer said

      Graeme’s book is discussed in a column by Iranian TV. I find Dr. Paul Craig Roberts’ reliance on the fact Bin Laden initially denied the 911 attacks foolish. But this article does weigh in favor, for example, of releasing the “28 pages” removed from the Joint Inquiry report.

      9/11, anthrax attacks, and beyond
      http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/14/382278/911-anthrax-attacks-and-beyond/

      The anthrax attacks of October 2001 have been forgotten, but Professor Graeme MacQueen in The 2001 Anthrax Deception(Clarity Press, 2014) shows that the anthrax attacks played an essential role in setting the stage for the government’s acquisition of unaccountable police state power. Two Democratic Senate committee chairmen, Thomas Daschle and Patrick Leahy, were disturbed by the Bush regime’s overreach for carte blanche power, and were in a position to block the coming police state legislation and the ability of the executive branch alone to take America to war.

      Both senators received anthrax letters, as did major news organizations. The TV network news anchors, such as Dan Rather, who compared the collapse of WTC skyscrapers to buildings brought down by controlled demolition, had not yet been fired by Republicans on framed-up charges.

      Initially, the anthrax letters, which caused the deaths of some USPS employees, were seen as the second stage of the 9/11 attack. Fear multiplied. The senators and media shut up. Then it was discovered that the anthrax was a unique kind produced only by a US government military facility.

      The response to this monkey wrench thrown into the government’s propaganda, was the FBI’s frame-up of a dead man, Bruce Edwards Ivins, who had been employed in the military lab that produced the anthrax and was driven to suicide by the false charges. The dead man’s colleagues did not believe one word of the government’s false story, and nothing in the dead man’s past indicated any motive or instability that would have led him to such a deed.

      Initially, the US government tried to frame up Steven Jay Hatfill, but despite the best efforts of the New York Times and Nicholas Kristof the attempt to frame Hatfill failed. Hatfill received $5 million from the US government for the false accusation that ruined his life. So the corrupt US government moved on to Ivins.

      Ivins was dead and couldn’t defend himself, but his colleagues did.

      The entire episode stinks to high heaven. Justice is something that exists outside the borders of the United States. Never expect to find justice within the United States.

      Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books
      are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

  26. DXer said

    In a “60 Minutes” interview, FBI Director Comey says “You cannot trust people in power.”

    At the same time, we see the former WMD head saying that he is confident Director Comey, his former supervisor, has his back. The implication is that Amerithrax will remain closed notwithstanding that the science is not what it was claimed to be at the August 2008 press conferences — and exculpatory forensic evidence was suppressed and relevant documents were withheld.

    In Amerithrax, WMD head Majidi in his e-book, marketed to his former FBI colleagues via linked-in, says he is confident that his former supervisor, James Comey (who now is FBI Director). has his back.

    Loyalty is a good thing in that it builds a esprti de corp. I can appreciate FBI Director Mueller, for example, not giving polygraphs because it would have undermined morale. Moreover, the rules relating talking to reporters may have been unclear and the science of polygraphs not validated. Polygraphs might have just distracted the investigation further.

    And I also certainly understand that in the rush of events it was easy for investigators to think an Ivins Theory was the solution of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    By way of example, the Hatfill Theory also seemed reasonable. In the rush of events, it took time to marshal and master the documetns.

    I’m not interested in having anyone get in touble — I’m just interested in having the course corrected so that people realizes that the case is in fact unsolved. The richness of life is that we make missteps and then move forward.

    So when the FBI Director says that “You cannot trust people in power” I see that just as effective PR given his failure to personally order the reopening of Amerithrax. It represents a loyalty to both Majidi and to FBI Director Mueller — with the result of a lack of straight-shooting that goes to heart of a key national security issue. It never is too late to be right — until it is.

    FBI DIrector Comey’s PR is part of the problem and not part of the solution unless and until the FBI starts playing straight on Amerithrax.

    As the most recent example, for the DOJ’s part, not preserving the civil depositions in US v. Hatfill illustrates that the DOJ and FBI is not acting in good faith or in furtherance of justice and transparency in Amerithrax. James Kovakas at DOJ Civil FOIA should have personally picked up the phone and found the civil depositions.

    NYT article about “60 Minutes” interview tonight –

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/fbi-director-james-comey-americans-question-government-article-1.1970821

    FBI director James Comey says Americans should question the government, cell phones should be searchable

    FBI director James Comey told CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ that if a judge decided information on someone’s cell phone was critical to a criminal case or security issue, the government should be able to get ahold of it.
    BY GINGER ADAMS OTIS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, October 11, 201

    “You cannot trust people in power,” he added.

    Comey’s full interview will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

  27. DXer said

    Garrett: Five myths about Ebola
    Updated October 10, 2014 3:22 PM
    By LAURIE GARRETT, Special To The Washington Post.

    http://www.newsday.com/opinion/five-myths-about-ebola-laurie-garrett-1.9489635

    Laurie Garrett in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: Reporting on Biosecurity from America to Zaire (January / February 2012) (subscription required) … Ms. Garrett Calls For Thorough Investigation Of Attacks Comparable to The 9/11 Commission Report
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 16, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/laurie-garrett-in-bulletin-of-atomic-scientists-reporting-on-biosecurity-from-america-to-zaire-january-february-2002-subscription-required/

    Laurie Garrett: FBI did not fully pursue evidence that might link the attacks to al-Qaida
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/laurie-garrett-fbi-did-not-fully-pursue-evidence-that-might-link-the-attacks-to-al-qaida/

    excerpts from an NPR interview (8/26/11) of Laurie Garrett … the FBI completely botched the anthrax investigation … there’s so much evidence that al-Qaeda was behind the anthrax mailings … bin Laden’s Tora Bora cave twice tested positive for the same Ames anthrax strain as was found in the letters.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 27, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/excerpts-from-an-npr-interview-of-laurie-garrett-the-fbi-completely-botched-the-investigation/

    Comment: What is Laurie Garrett’s sourcing on the claim that it was Tora Bora cave (rather than the Kandahar lab) that tested positive twice for the Ames strain of anthrax?

    (It had always been Dr. Ayman’s plan to move the lab every 3 months — painting the walls so that they could be wiped down with insecticide (to remove traces of the anthrax) upon moving.

  28. DXer said

    http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Law-Beat-G-man-Don-t-trust-rulers-in-power-5792427.php

    Law Beat: G-man: Don’t trust rulers in power
    ROBERT GAVIN, LAW BEAT
    Published 9:02 pm, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Guess who doesn’t trust the government?

    The director of the FBI.

    James B. Comey, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said as much last Tuesday while visiting his agency’s Albany field office on McCarty Avenue.

    “I believe the American people should be deeply skeptical of government power — I am,” Comey said. “I think the founders of this country were. They divided the power among three branches because you can’t trust people in power. You just can’t.”

    Comey’s words came in response to a question about measures the government has taken since 9/11, such as warrantless wiretapping, which have prompted many Americans to feel their freedoms have been encroached upon.

    “I love those questions,” Comey said. “You can’t trust people in power, so you want to know, how are they constrained? How is interest set against interest? I love those conversations because the FBI is constrained in all kinds of ways that you would want us to be. My life is chock full of federal judges and oversight by Congress and inspectors general. That’s the way it should be.”

    Comment: The more you know about the context of AUSA Lieber’s decision-making in that office in 2008 the more you realize that the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” is mistaken. There are no secrets.

  29. DXer said

    In 2004, in a well-written essay “The “Official” Operative Clique For The Next 9/11?”, someone was taking my focus on El-Shukrijumah and turning it inside out. The author seems to make me out to be part of the grand conspiracy that (in his mind, falsely) attributed 911 to Al Qaeda and set up El-Shukrijumah and his associates as the patsy for any future anthrax or other WMD attack.

    At least this fellow addressed the operatives. God forbid that author Graeme should address the unresolved allegation that Adnan El-Shukrijumah visited McMasters, where Graeme taught for decades. The modern crop (like Graeme, with an assist from political activist Barry) doesn’t dare even discuss Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat lest his argument implodes.

    I don’t know what these political outliers read but they don’t seem to have read the Detainee Assessment excerpts about Ayman Zawahiri’s anthrax program. If they did, it would bring them to focus on the need that the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry be disclosed — and they would understand the relevance of the 28 pages to the true crime whodunnit of Amerithrax. Rather than making a (wildly anti-US) political argument, these folks should spend their time examining the contemporary documentary evidence.

    I love the author’s writing style in “The ‘Official’ Operative Clique” — but he should apply that same lucid writing to analysis of the documentary evidence.

    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 Lew Weinstein on June 6, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/

    [ His mom says he was calling from Trinidad although a detainee had said he saw him at KSM’s house, where Yazid Sufaat also stayed, on about 9/13 ]

    In February 2003, the FBI announced that “Jafar the Pilot” (aka Adnan El-Shukrijumah) had entered the country sometime after September 1, 2001
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 26, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/in-february-2003-the-fbi-announced-that-jafar-the-pilot-aka-adnan-el-shukrijumah-had-entered-the-country-sometime-after-september-1-2001/

    Al Hawsawi, who had the anthrax processing documents scanned on his laptop, was closely affiliated with Adnan El-Shukrijumah
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/al-hawsawi-who-had-the-anthrax-processing-documents-scanned-on-his-laptop-was-closely-affiliated-with-adnan-el-shukrijumah/

    One of the men who set up Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax lab in Kandahar in May 2001 acknowledged association with Jaffar al-Tayyar aka (Adnan al-Shukrijumah) but apparently the interrogator was confused by the multiple aliases
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/one-of-the-men-who-set-up-yazid-sufaats-anthrax-lab-in-kandahar-in-may-2001-acknowledged-association-with-jaffar-al-tayyar-aka-adnan-al-shukrijumah-but-apparently-the-interrogator-was-confused/

    Here is the essay:

    The “Official” Operative Clique For The Next 9/11?
    By Chaim Kupferberg
    Global Research, August 20, 2004

    I’m sure many of you out there are noticing a unified narrative taking shape in advance of the next expected attack. In calibrated drips and dollops, the mainstream media, in partnership with the 9/11 panel, are laying the evidentiary trail pointing to the next “Atta” and his insular cell, which apparently already seems to be “in place” stateside.

    Having no access at all to any insider reports, one can almost foretell the Official Legend that will follow in the wake of this clique’s first big explosion into the public consciousness – just by reading the mainstream news.

    Certainly, three of these major operatives – Adnan Shukrijumah, Abderrouf Jdey, and Aafia Siddiqui – are already being linked together. But Shukrijumah and Jdey are the ones to watch, for they are being intimately seeded into the Padilla/dirty bomb and Ahmed Ressam/Canadian clique/West Coast threads of 9/11.

    Recently, Shukrijumah was mentioned as the guy likely doing surveillance of the New York buildings in the latest terror alert. But that was supposed to be old information. Yet Shukrijumah has been showing up all over the radar in the past year alongside Jdey and Siddiqui.

    When Abu Musab Zarqawi was publicly unveiled by Colin Powell before the UN in February 2003, he had yet to make his very public splash as the next Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. But in the opening months of 2004 – as I surmised back in October 2003 – Zarqawi would lay his own foundation in the public mind (particularly by way of the Daniel Pearl-like Berg killing) as the guy tagged to head up the next “big one.”

    If the Ressam-connected Canadian clique is involved, the likely target is the U.S. West Coast. I suspect this is the case due to three items: the bulletin last May that alerted the public to Shukrijumah, Jdey, Siddiqui, Gahdan, el-Maati, and others; a reported sighting the next day of Shukrijumah and Jdey at a Denny’s in Colorado (they stated that they were “from Iran” and were en route to the West Coast from New York); the release, two weeks later, of the official 9/11 staff report that now placed Jdey (in cahoots with Moussaoui) as an original member of an aborted 9/11 “second wave” attack on the West Coast; and a reported sighting of Shukrijumah at a nuclear research facility in Ontario (while el-Maati had previously been reported casing nuclear facilities near Ottawa).

    Ressam’s Canadian clique was part of the “botched” West Coast millennial operations. No doubt, Canadian operatives like el-Maati are part of this clique. It also seems that – in light of the flurry of strange articles coming out of Canada – that the Syrians are being set up to be the next proxy/patsies, particularly in regards to their “handling” of the el-Maati brothers and their unfortunate cohorts. What are the Syrians doing? Apparently, they seem to be “extracting” confessions out of some Canadian Muslims – or, unwittingly, playing their part to set up the legends for el-Maati et al. in Canada.

    Shukrijumah (aka “the next Atta”) apparently seems to be threaded into the 1993 bomb plots by way of his father’s connection to Clement Hampton-El. But more strangely, it seems that Shukrijumah will make his way into the Oklahoma City Bomb thread by way of his Florida connection with “dirty bomb” guy Jose Padilla. To shore up the Oklahoma thread, we also have the Zarqawi/Moussaoui/ Nick Berg connection.

    But let’s step back and take a stab at guessing at what is happening here. The new legends will be used to strengthen the foundations of the old ones. In parallel to the official account, however, the existing counter-legends will also be beefed up. In short, the narratives are getting all too muddled with the growing interlinking chains. The growing complexity of these new interlinking legends will operate to turn off a good portion of those who might be seriously interested in examining the truth behind 9/11.

    And what of the rest of us? Will we be locked in a never-ending cycle of polarized argument – with each of us picking his favorite conspiracy thread? How many of us will look at Shukrijumah and see the fingerprints of Iran? How many of us will look at the Canadian clique and sense the hand of Syria behind it all? And if they find that the next operation was pulled off with forged New Zealand passports, how many of us will dig up the newspaper account of the Mossad/ New Zealand passport scandal and go “Aha! Once again the Israelis!”

    And what about the anthrax thread? In recent months, a writer by the name of Ross Getman has been posting accounts that read like excerpts from a future Official 9/11 Sequel Report. Going by Getman’s writings, it would appear that a possible Boston connection would involve anthrax by way of Aafia Siddiqui’s connection to Brandeis University and its anthrax facility. Also note that a first sighting of Shukrijumah and Jdey a year ago occurred in Maine, where they were spotted driving with a Massachusetts license plate.

    So, to sum up: Shukrijumah seems to be part of a “dirty bomb” or radiological thread, while Siddiqui seems to be part of an anthrax thread. Perhaps the Shukrijumah/Jdey/Siddiqui clique is planning a bi-coastal attack involving radiological materials (or perhaps an attack on a nuclear facility) and a simultaneous attack involving anthrax. Shukrijumah has been marketed as an “Atta-level” pilot.

    Whatever the case, a definite evidentiary trail seems to be clearly laid so as to give the impression of the dots connecting up. Shukrijumah was also spotted recently in the Honduras, but I wouldn’t give that one much credence. The Denny’s item seems the most likely to be resurrected post-facto as an example of institutional incompetence and blindess. Perhaps the Honduras item was meant to give the impression that Shukrijumah was not yet in the U.S.

    According Getman’s writings, al-Qaeda bigwig Ayman al-Zawahiri attaches significant symbolic value to the dates of September 17 and October 6 (or possibly October 7, as it is the date of entry into Afghanistan). September 17 is the date for the anthrax thread, as well as the signing of the Camp David Accords (i.e. the catalyst for Zawahiri’s original “crusade”). October 6 is the date of the Sadat assassination (which has symbolic value, as many of the Egyptian operatives involved with the 1993 bomb plots were born out of the Sadat “op” – and then subsequently run as CIA assets in Afghanistan.) So I regard these dates as “danger” dates. But somehow, I find myself wondering if the Official Legend would have far more credibility if any follow-up attack occurred under Kerry’s watch. In other words, maybe all this “pre-election attack” speculation by the government is similar to the “millennial attack” warnings that lulled us into complacency when they didn’t materialize.

    In the aftermath of this next one, there will be those who will point to new instances of incompetence and blindness – who will say that the dots couldn’t be connected. Hopefully, perhaps none of the above will ever come to pass. Perhaps Shukrijumah, Jdey, and Siddiqui will never make their “historical” mark – and we’ve all been treated to nothing more than a cunningly orchestrated campaign of fear-mongering by the government.

    Whatever the case, it seems that a very clear narrative – with accompanying threads – is being built up for potential use. In the event this particular chapter of the narrative ever goes “operational” … well, at least you’ll all know that the mainstream media had put the dots in place beforehand.

  30. DXer said

    A September 25, 2014 letter from some members of Congress to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel expresses strong support for the 28 pages from the “Joint Inquiry.”

    http://www.browardbulldog.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Letter-to-ISCAP-from-Members-of-Congress.pdf

    Given that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the son of a Saudi missionary who testified as a defense witness in connection with the WTC 1993-related prosecution, these 28 pages are useful historical context in understanding Amerithrax and the movements of Nawaf and Al-Hazmi.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/amerithrax-hazmi-and-mihdhar-timeline/

    In Southern California, the two men were helped by alleged intelligence operative Osama Basnan.

    “Mystery men link Saudi intelligence to Sept 11 hijackers,” The Guardian, November 24, 2002

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/nov/25/alqaida.saudiarabia

    “However, Newsweek magazine reported yesterday that there was more evidence linking Mr Basnan to Riyadh, saying he visited Houston in April just as Crown Prince Abdullah passed through with a large government entourage. The magazine quoted sources as saying Mr Basnan met “a high Saudi prince who has responsibilities for intelligence matters”.

    ***

    “The leaks about Mr al-Bayoumi and Mr Basnan are a symptom of rivalry in Washington. Congress is preparing a report into the September 11 investigation criticising the administration for failing to pursue leads that point to the Saudi establishment. The FBI is also frustrated that its inquiry into the Saudi role was stymied for political reasons.”

    The signers have all reviewed the materials and conclude that the pages are not property classified at this time. The signers believe that declassification of the 28 pages would enhance, not harm, U.S. national security interests.”

    The signers believe that declassification would advance national security by contributing to the national debate over, in part, the lingering mystery of whether the perpetrators received support from persons linked to foreign governments.

    The members of Congress express their confidence that the panel “will agree that the time has come to declassify the 28 pages in question.” The members of Congress who signed the letter include Thomas Massie, Walter Jones, Paul Broun, Ted Yoho, Mark Sanford, Howard Coble, Steve Stockman and Michael Grimm.

    • DXer said

      Relatedly, Dietrich Snell oversaw deletion pages on the subject of the main text of the 911 Commission. Material was relegated to the footnotes.

      From author Peter Lance’s website:

      “Dietrich Snell, was the former prosecutor of [WTC 1993 plotter] Ramzi Yousef, whose very office had failed to act on the evidence from the Philippines National Police that Yousef was tied to the planes operation.” …

      see
      The newly released Senior Executive Brief, dated 7 August 2001 reports that Bin Laden wanted to follow example of WTC 1993 bomber Ramzi Yousef (associated with subtilis expert)
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 27, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/the-newly-released-senior-executive-brief-dated-7-august-2001-reports-that-bin-laden-wanted-to-follow-example-of-wtc-1993-bomber-ramzi-yousef-associated-with-subtilis-expert/comment-page-1/#comment-35363

      The address/phone number associated with the WTC 1993 bomber Ramzi Yousef was frequently called by subtilis expert Walied Samarrai in February 1993 (up to the time and hour of the first arrests). See WTC 1993 trial, Exhibit 818. That address is separately associated with Dr. Samarrai, a subtilis expert, in this Intellius Report. Did the subtilis expert know WTC 1993 bomber Ramzi Yousef? Who does Walied Samarrai think is responsible for the anthrax mailings? Is it correct that in 2001 Professor Samarrai lived at one of the two addresses about 20 miles from the mailbox in Princeton?
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 7, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/the-addressphone-number-associated-with-the-wtc-1993-bomber-ramzi-yousef-was-frequently-called-by-subtilis-expert-walied-samarrai-in-february-1993-up-to-the-time-and-hour-of-the-first-arrests/

      Former Amerithrax investigator Bradley Garrett, who took the lead on the Hatfill searches, rode on the plane with KSM’s nephew, WTC bomber Ramzi Yousef, upon his rendering to the US. How did Agent Garrett exclude the subtilis expert living 20 miles from the mailbox who frequently called and was called by the number associated with Abdul Yasin and Ramzi Yousef in February 1993? On the mistaken grounds that Dr. Ayman Zawahiri did not have access to virulent anthrax?
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 22, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/former-amerithrax-investigator-bradley-garrett-who-took-the-lead-on-the-hatfill-searches-rode-on-the-plane-with-ksms-nephew-wtc-bomber-ramzi-yousef-upon-his-rendering-to-the-us-how-did-agen/

      Ramzi Yousef was KSM’s nephew. A draft letter found on a laptop threatened use of biochemical weapons if the Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman was not released.

      Attorney Snell prosecuted Ramzi Yousef in connection with the Bojinka plot.

      http://information.iran911case.com/Exhibit_5.pdf

      Peter Lance writes:

      “As I saw it, Dietrich Snell should have been a witness before the 9/11 Commission, subpoenaed to testify under oath in open session. Instead he was hired as its senior counsel, and given the job of determining “the origin of the plot”—the most important question facing the 9/11 Commission. After all, f they couldn’t tell when the plot commenced, they couldn’t rightfully hold U.S. intelligence agencies responsible for not stopping it. But it soon became clear that the commissioners, and investigators like Snell, had little interest in assessing blame. Almost half of the commission’s staff was made up of alumni from the very agencies that failed to stop the attacks. In short, the foxes had been hired to guard the chicken coop.”

      While crediting everyone’s good faith in the editing of the 911 Commission report, perhaps if the material had remained elevated, people would have appreciated that the son of the Brooklyn imam who served as the Blind Sheik’s translator, was a prime candidate for being the anthrax mailer — particularly given that he was Mohammed Atta’s close associate and was known to have returned to the US from KSM’s house where Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat was staying.

      From History Commons:

      “June 2004: Zelikow, 9/11 Commission Team Leader [Dietrich Snell] Delete Passages about Apparent Saudi Support for Hijackers from Main Text of Final Report
      In a late-night editing session, 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow and Dieter Snell, head of the Commission team investigating the 9/11 plot, delete sections of the 9/11 Commission Report linking two of the hijackers, Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, to suspected Saudi government operatives.
      Evidence of Saudi Link – The sections were drafted by two of Snell’s team members, Mike Jacobson and Raj De, and deal with Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi who had helped the two hijackers (see January 15-February 2000); Fahad al-Thumairy, another of their associates (see June 9, 2000); cash transfers from the wife of the Saudi ambassador in Washington to an associate of al-Bayoumi (see December 4, 1999); and a taxi driver who said he had seen the two hijackers in Los Angeles (see 2002).
      Disagreement – However, Snell, a former prosecutor, is opposed to these sections, as he thinks the hijackers’ links to Saudi intelligence are not 100 percent proven, so it is better to leave them out. Jacobson is notified of the editing session just before midnight; he calls De and they both go into the Commission’s offices to discuss the material. Snell says that the final report should not contain allegations that cannot be backed up conclusively, but Jacobson and De say demanding this level of proof would exonerate the guilty.
      Saudi Ties Moved to Endnotes – Zelikow appears sympathetic to Jacobson and De, and had also entertained suspicions of the Saudis at one point. However, he apparently sees his role at this late stage as that of a mediator and allows Snell to delete the sections from the main body of the report, although Jacobson and De are then permitted to write endnotes covering them. [SHENON, 2008, PP. 398-399]Material unfavorable to Pakistan is also omitted from the report (see July 22, 2004).”

      Attorney Snell is a partner in the Litigation Department at Proskauer. I once worked at Proskauer at the Colgate-Palmolive building in New York. Litigation partners at large law firms have been known to advise that when you want to know what the other party wants the judge to overlook — the issues that the other litigant can’t handle — look to the footnotes of their brief.

      We should understand that compartmentalization of information and CYA instincts often will lead to a failure in counterintelligence analysis — even as we credit everyone’s good faith (as I do).

      Adnan El-Shukrijumah at last report was the head of Al Qaeda’s external operations for North America and is planning an attack on New York City.

      It’s time to write the history — and to connect the dots in connection with the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    • DXer said

      The evidence in the Bojinka prosecution included a letter that threatened to “launch a biochemical attack if one of their co-conspirators was not released from custody.” Not only were the anthrax letters part of the modus operandi of the 911 planners, it could be understood as a signature.

      Khalid Shaikh Mohammed: life of terror
      Tuesday, September 23, 2003
      http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/south/03/02/mohammed.biog/

      “Authorities searching Yousef’s laptop computer found detailed plans to blow up the airliners — including flight numbers and schedules and bomb-making formulas.

      Also in the computer was a communication signed by “Khalid Shaikh” and a letter that threatened to attack American targets “in response to the financial, political and military assistance given to the Jewish state in the occupied land of Palestine by the American government.”

      The letter, apparently written by Mohammed and his associates, also threatened to assassinate the president of the Philippines, attack aircraft, or even launch a biochemical attack if one of their co-conspirators was not released from custody.”

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

  31. DXer said

    Various people have written recently to ask for an overview of my theory of Amerithrax in text rather than graphic form.

    But first, here is the 4-page summary in graphic form.

    Ayman Zawahiri, Anwar Awlaki, Anthrax, and Amerithrax: The Infiltration Of US Biodefense
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 12, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/ayman-zawahiri-anwar-awlaki-anthrax-and-amerithrax-the-infiltration-of-us-biodefense/

    Here are some of the individual full-sized graphics:

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

    One DIA (then CTC) analyst has said that an intelligence analysis has to be capable of being summarized in no more than two pages for the purpose of briefing top decision-makers. In contrast, my approach in commenting on Lew’s blog, however, has been to pick up puzzle pieces from the floor and wish the GAO good luck in trying to put them together. I have sought to support each issue with a particular uploaded document, so that the factual support is found in the uploaded documents. The GAO has the advantage of being able to request documents from the FBI — and obtain unredacted copies of documents previously disclosed. The GAO can get questions answered.

    I did once self-publish a several hundred page analysis “Vanguards of Conquest.” The now unpublished analysis addressed the means, motive, modus operandi and opportunity of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. Vanguards of Conquest was the name of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad outside of Egypt which I have argued was responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. (Zawahiri merged his group into Al Qaeda in 1998 without consulting the shura). Since first emailing a lengthy (unsolicited) memo to the CIA in December 2001, I’ve always felt that to understand the mailings, you needed to understand the historical context and motive going back to WTC 1993, Brooklyn, the Blind Sheik Services Organization, and even the assassination of Sadat by Islambouli. At this point, anyone who does not know that Al Qaeda had the means, motive, modus operandi and opportunity just isn’t paying attention — or has a uniquely personal agenda. It may seem that I’m working for free but I like to think of myself as working for the $25 million offered for information that avoids the next 9/11.

    In debunking an Ivins Theory in the face of bureaucratic inertia, the devil lies in the detail — in the documentary evidence. Unlike documentary evidence, news reports are not probative. But the news coverage provides an overview of the matter.

    I will post about four randomly selected sample links for each of the following subjects:

    1. Ivins Theory
    2. Al Qaeda Theory
    3. Dr. Ayman Zawahiri’s Anthrax Program
    4. Afghanistan Lab(s)
    5. Yazid Sufaat
    6. The ongoing and future Al Qaeda anthrax threat
    7. Al Qaeda – some historical context
    8. Ongoing GAO review
    9. Hatfill Theory
    10. Access to Genetically Matching Ames
    12. Lax Security
    13. Hijackers/ lesion and cropdusting inquiries
    14. Al-Timimi at DARPA funded Center For Biodefense
    15. Silica and tin
    16. FBI’s profile
    17. Lyophilizer
    18. Forensics – Miscellaneous

  32. DXer said

    “Law Review: City firm keeps making case against Saudis and 9/11”
    http://articles.philly.com/2014-10-02/news/54522621_1_saudi-arabia-9-11-attacks-grand-mosque

    “Maybe the most important unanswered question is: Will the U.S. and Saudi governments ever fill in the blanks?”

    Hazmi and Mihdhar Timeline
    http://amerithrax.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/anthrax-and-al-qaeda-the-big-picture-125-2-draft-beta/screen-shot-2012-12-05-at-9-09-45-am/

  33. DXer said

    In connection with the GAO’s ongoing review of the science relied upon in the Amerithrax investigation, the search of the Maryland ponds was one of the most dramatic episodes.

    The father of the pro bono attorney representing “anthrax weapons suspect” Ali Al-Timimi had been supervising the Amerithrax investigation during the derailment of the investigation in the early years.

    Consider what Attorney Seikaly told the press — without even pausing to consider whether the leaks were appropriate. Consider whether, as a matter of science, what was being told the press was true. For example, were wrapped vials in fact found?

    Ask yourself further: Isn’t it outrageous that the DOJ Civil says it did not preserve the depositions that lay bare the reasons for the derailment of the Amerithrax investigation?

    Indeed, wouldn’t Daniel Seilaly have the lead role in deciding how to handle “911 imam” Anwar Awlaki, the fellow coordinating with Ali Al-Timimi?

    The head of the Amerithrax prosecution Daniel Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment about leaking the hyped Hatfill stories that derailed the Amerithrax investigation for 7 years. His daughter later came to represent “anthrax weapons suspect” (to borrow defense counsel’s phrase) Ali Al-Timimi pro bono. GAO: Was an apparent conflict of interest avoided on the grounds that her representation began after her father left DOJ? Or was there a continuing appearance of a conflict of interest?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 3, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/the-head-of-the-amerithrax-prosecution-daniel-seikaly-pled-the-fifth-amendment-about-leaking-the-hyped-hatfill-stories-that-derailed-the-amerithrax-investigation-for-7-years-his-daughter-later-ca/

    Who does former lead Amerithrax prosecutor Daniel Seikaly and his daughter, Ali Al-Timimi’s former defense counsel, think is responsible for the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 22, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/who-does-former-prosecutor-daniel-seikaly-and-his-daughter-ali-al-timimis-former-defense-counsel-think-is-responsible-for-the-anthrax-mailings-of-fall-2001/

    floor plan of suite at GMU’s Discovery Hall in 2001 with Ali Al-Timimi and leading anthrax scientists
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 7, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/floor-plan-of-suite-at-gmus-discovery-hall-in-2001-with-ali-al-timimi-and-leading-anthrax-scientists/

    Catherine Herridge’s NEXT WAVE: Anwar Awlaki, Ali Al-Timimi and why FBI Agent Wade Ammerman wanted to allow Anwar Awlaki to meet with Ali Al-Timimi in October 2002
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 21, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/catherine-herridges-next-wave-anwar-awlaki-ali-al-timimi-and-why-fbi-agent-wade-ammerman-wanted-to-allow-anwar-awlaki-to-meet-with-ali-al-timimi-in-october-2002/

    Source citations to Seikaly leaks:

    Agents discovered in pond vials and gloves wrapped in plastic. See Lengel Dep. at 95:1- 96:1; see also id. at 346:21-347:6, 349:4-12.

    Anthrax tests on pond materials were continuing after conflicting results. See Lengel Dep. at 95:1- 96:1; see also id. at 346:21-347:6, 349:4-12.

    Hatfill told an acquaintance that anthrax could be made in the woods and evidence tossed in a lake. See Klaidman Dep. at 107:19-108:16; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Pond search also found vials wrapped in plastic. See Lengel Dep. at 72:19- 73:7; see also id. at 346:21-347:6, 349:4-12.

    Lab tests of soil taken from pond showed no signs of anthrax. See Lengel Dep. at 72:14- 73:7; see also id. at 346:21-347:6, 349:4-12.

    Pond search occurred because Hatfill once said he might dispose of contaminated materials in pond. See Klaidman Dep. 102:15-103:7, 104:16-21, 107:7-10, 107:19-108:16; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Initial test of box found in pond tested positive for anthrax, but subsequent tests were negative. See Klaidman Dep. at 109:1-22; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Pond search found a clear box with holes to accommodate gloves. See Lengel Dep. at 72:14- 73:7; see also id. at 346:21-347:6, 349:4-12.

    Hatfill used Cipro. See Klaidman Dep. at 91:17-92:12; see also Deposition of Daniel Klaidman (Dec. 12, 2007) (“Klaidman Dep. II”) at 10:13-19, 11:5-20 (confirming that Mr. Seikaly was “Source DOJ4”).

    Bloodhounds were used in the anthrax investigation. See Klaidman Dep. at 45:11-21; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Details about how dogs were used and their reaction to Hatfill. See Klaidman Dep. at 51:12-16, 52:18-53:5, 59:8-17, 62:1-63:4; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Dogs were quietly brought to various locations. See Klaidman Dep. at 61:13-15, 62:1-63:4; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Dogs immediately became agitated at Hatfill’s apartment. See Klaidman Dep. at 66:22-67:11, 68:1-6; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    One of the dogs “excitedly bounded right up to Hatfill”. See Klaidman Dep. at 80:8-81:10; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Dogs picked up scent at restaurant where Hatfill had eaten the previous day and at Hatfill’s girlfriend’s apartment. See Klaidman Dep. at 69:9-17; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Pond search was tied to Hatfill and triggered by “hypothetical statement Hatfill had made about anthrax. See Klaidman Dep. at 72:1-10; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    Hatfill “continues to be a key focus of the probe.” See Lengel Dep. at 133:6- 143:16; see also id. at 346:21-347:6, 349:4-12.

    FBI focus on Hatfill due in part to his admitted use of Cipro. See Klaidman Dep. at 91:17-92:21; see also Klaidman Dep. II at 10:13-19, 11:5-20.

    —–

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
    Benjamin Franklin

    • DXer said

      As another example, DOJ Civil, by letter, reports that DOJ Civil did not preserve the deposition of Edward Cogswell. The deposition was conducted November 16, 2007. He was represented by Attorney Freeborne.

      Mr. Cogswell served as a public affairs specialist. to my eye, his “so-called leaks” were far less substantive than Attorney Seikaly’s.

      I am missing many of the pages from the copy of the deposition available to me to upload (to incldue pages 2-17, 24-27, 34-48, 57-83, 157-163, 180–233, 348 to the end of his deposition.)

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/amerithrax-depositions-vol-2.pdf

      The “public interest” favors that the DOJ Civil look harder for Mr. Cogswell’s deposition and provide it.

      The following so-called alleged “leaks” are attributed to Mr. Cogswell, whose job was press relations.

      FBI was unimpressed with Hatfill’s denials. See Ross Dep. at 137:19- 138:13.

      Investigators had a growing case of circumstantial evidence against Hatfill. See Ross Dep. at 140:20- 141:14.

      Hatfill was FBI’s main focus. See Ross Dep. at 148:2- 12; see also id. at 305:17- 306:12.

      FBI had “too many questions” about Hatfill to back off. See Ross Dep. at 170:12- 15; see also id. at 305:17- 306:12.

      Plaintiff was the “one and only” suspect. See Ross Dep. at 257:14- 258:5; see also id. at 305:17-306:12.

      FBI’s case against Hatfill was circumstantial but still “potentially significant”. See Ross Dep. at 185:2- 16; see also id. at 305:17- 306:12.

      Fort Detrick search was a “last-ditch effort” by FBI to get evidence regarding Hatfill. See Ross Dep. at 187:12- 188:3; see also id. at 305:17-306:12.

      By mid-2004, FBI had set itself an internal deadline of October 1, 2004, to make a case against Hatfill that would stand up in Court. See Ross Dep. at 187:12- 188:3, 191:1-18, 310:10- 312:11, 319:2-323:5

      Investigators were aware of a Greendale Elementary School near where Hatfill lived in Africa and were interested in the lead. See Ross Dep. at 109:11- 110:11, 110:14-111:8.

    • DXer said

      The DOJ Civil says it did not preserve the sworn deposition of James Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler who in early October 2001 contributed to what I’ll call the “lone nut” profile. That profile figured very importantly, in my estimation, in setting things off on the wrong course. I’ve never seen any indication that Agent Fitzgerald even know that Dr. Zawahiri’s intention to use anthrax had been publicly announced when he helped develop the FBI’s profile. The deposition was conducted on October 7, 2005. I do not have pages 2-8, 13-101, 106-157, 164 to the end.

      Handwriting, linguistics, profiling — these were all methods relied upon by the FBI in Amerithrax. DOJ Civil should have preserved this deposition — and should go back and try harder to find it. The forthcoming report by GAO is focused on government operations in the course of this Amerithrax investigation.

      “Q Do you agree or disagree with the last sentence of that paragraph, “Never have I encountered such reluctance to examine potential critical documents””

      A I have a level of agreement that” (p. 159)

      ________

      Q And then in the next column two-thirds of the way down [Professor Foster] writes, “As for Hatfill.” Do you see where that is?

      A Yes.

      Q “It was the FBI’s best team of trained bloodhounds, not an offender profile nor my text analysis, that finally persuaded the Amerithrax Task Force in July 2002 to associate Hatfill with the anthrax letters and put him under 24-hour surveillance.” (p. 160)

    • DXer said

      The US DOJ Civil, by failing to preserve (and now produce under FOIA) the civil depositions in Hatfill v. US, is doing exactly what the lead Amerithrax investigator Lambert cautioned against.

      In an April 11, 2008 motion for summary judgment, he and his colleagues explained the dangers of not sharing information:

      “See Lambert Deposition Tran., Ex. 54, at 206: 5-11 (The FBI Director “actually directed that we take measures in terms of the dissemination and the flow of information among agents on the three squads to basically compartmentalize the various facts of the investigation that were occurring. id. at 351:21 – 352:4 (“I was opposed to this and offered my opinion that such compartmentalization within the Amerithrax task force would inhibit our ability to ‘connect the dots’ in a case of this magnitude.”) Indeed, in the words of the lead investigator:

      Well, if you look at the timing of this and the fact that it occurs on the heels of 9/11, and that the findings of both the 9/11 Commission and the Joint Inquiry Commission are that the FBI and the intelligence community failed to connect the dots, I was very concerned about compartmentalizing information and there being all the pieces that fit together to solve this case, but because of the compartmentalization and because the failure to integrate the flow of information, that would never be realized. And, in light of 9/11, I felt very strongly about that point. I expressed my opinion to the Director. He said, “I still want you to compartmentalize the case,” and that’s exactly what I did.
      Id. at 353:10 – 354:5.”

      JEFFREY M. SMITH was on the brief with Elizabeth Shapiro and Paul Freeborne. Perhaps he knows where the civil depositions are.

  34. DXer said

    The issue of production of these depositions being withheld by DOJ Civil FOIA is pretty straightforward. It all relates to the adequacy of the search by Elizabeth J. Shapiro, Paul Freeborne and the other counsel who had the depositions. Elizabeth J. Shapiro was the DOJ lawyer who so skillfully represented Attorney General Ashcroft and FBI Director Mueller in the Hatfill v. US litigation. According to DOJ Civil FOIA James Kovakas, she did not preserve the civil depositions and (excerpt for four of the depositions) the requested civil depositions in the Hatfill litigation are nowhere to be found at DOJ Civil.

    Elizabeth J. Shapiro (“Betsy”) has been given awards for avoiding the production of documents under FOIA. There perhaps is no one known or distinguished at the Department as more skilled at preventing the disclosure of documents.

    The balancing of disclosure and withholding due to national security concerns, however, requires complicated balancing. Lawyers tend not to be ideally suited at striking balances.
    Unfortunately, in this instance, the same compartmentalization of information and withholding of information that led to 911 is actively encouraged here by the DOJ.

    Rule No. 1 in inappropriate document withholding is: Don’t withhold documents a third party already has.

    If Betsy and Paul Freeborne were to reach to the computer copies of the depositions presumably in the bowels of DOJ Civil, then James Kovakas or someone he supervises could redact them under FOIPA. Redactions pursuant to (b)(6) and (b)(7), if any are deemed necessary, could be made on the pages I haven’t uploaded. (The most junior attorney on the briefs and the paralegal did the closest work on the case are the ones most likely to be able to put their hands on the missing depositions.) (Personally, if Betsy defended the Attorney General of the United States and FBI Director at deposition and does not have access to a copy, I’ll be very surprised).

    The true expertise under FOIA lies in knowing when disclosure should be made and complying with the statute. The goal is compliance with the statute, as amended — not in withholding. Withholding the depositions, under all these facts, however, is just another misstep related to the Amerithrax investigation. Failing to share information is what led to the greatest failure in counterintelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

    As another example, FBI Tampa should have told the “Joint Inquiry” and 911 Commission about the Sarasota investigation involving Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who I argue to be the mailer of the Fall 2001 anthrax letters. He met with my former Facebook Friend Yazid Sufaat before travelling to the US in September 2001. They both stayed with KSM in Kandahar in September 2001. In written exchanges, Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat does not deny to me Al Qaeda’s responsibility for the anthrax mailings.

    Now I appreciate that there is the counterargument that the entire Hatfill litigation — and derailing of the investigation — was due to IMPROPER sharing. I, more than anyone, realizes that the issue is both sensitive and complicated. Here, the depositions are sought to explain how the investigation was derailed — such as Bob Roth’s shutting out AUSA Cathleen Corkin (and visa versa).

    The FOIA requirement that the depositions be produced is pretty straightforward. The issue relates to the adequacy of the search. I am venturing that the search was inadequate and that there should be a re-do led by Attorneys Shapiro and Freeborne.

    In a telephone conversation this week, DOJ Civil FOIA James Kovakas questioned whether the depositions had even been conducted — which of course is nonsense. He then didn’t want to talk about the details. Even if FBI tried to corral all documents so that the FBI could control the flow of information (which is in fact what happened), the purge of civil depositions from DOJ Civil computers was not in fact successful and it now is well past time to give them up and retrieve them from the computers and files where duplicate copies sit waiting
    At the end of the day, there are no secrets.

    At the end of the day, the Department of Justice stands first and foremost for the rule of law — not CYA. These DOJ Civil attorneys are either part of the solution or part of the problem.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    Justice Department’s Civil Division Honors Top Lawyers | Main Justice
    http://www.mainjustice.com/…/justice-departments-civil-division-honors-top- lawyers/‎
    Dec 7, 2012 … Elizabeth J. Shapiro, an expert on FOIA litigation, came away with the year’s top award.

    “But at the ceremony, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Shapiro went home with the year’s top honor, the Stanley D. Rose Memorial Award, for making an “outstanding contribution of of long-term impact,” to the division. She’s an information expert, having a number of cases related to the “explosion in [Freedom of Information Act] itigation has overlapped with her tenure,” as they related to questions of national security, the award states. For more than 20 years she has served as a lawyer in the division’s Federal Programs Branch and for the past decade has headed the Government Information Area.

    In her capacity, she has advised officials in the executive branch on how to handle questions of information disclosure. She has recently worked on headline-grabbing information cases, including the disclosure of WIkiLeaks documents, access to the White House visitor logs, requests to release photographs from the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and requests for President Richard Nixon’s grand jury testimony. In the past year, she handled a FOIA challege related to the use of drones to target suspected terrorists abroad.”

    9 – Electronic Frontier Foundation
    https://www.eff.org/…/CALEA_DOJ_Answer.pdf‎
    ELIZABETH J. SHAPIRO. Deputy Branch Director, Federal Programs Branch … civil action and its FOIA requests to Defendants, to which no response is required …

    Docket for the Hatfill vs Ashcroft lawsuit

    Defendant U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE represented by Alan Stuart Modlinger (See above for address) ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED. Elizabeth J. Shapiro

    • DXer said

      Approximately 40% of Attorney Shapiro’s filed court cases have involved FOIA. For example, she’s handled cases involving Judicial Watch, Freedom Watch Inc., Holy Land Foundation, Al Barak Investment, ACLU, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.

      Given that Attorney Shapiro is the award-winning expert on FOIA, let’s turn to her court filings to see what she deems to constitute an adequate search — and to get a sense whether she thinks that throwing out a sworn deposition is what is contemplated by the FOIA statute. Let’s examine her court filings to see whether she thinks civil depositions are agency records within the meaning of the statute that need to be preserved.

      http://www.justice.gov/archive/transition/protect.htm

    • DXer said

      Secrecy News
      CIA Asks to Destroy Email of Non-Senior Agency Officials
      Posted on Oct.01, 2014 in CIA, Secrecy by Steven Aftergood

      The Central Intelligence Agency has asked for authority to destroy email messages sent by non-senior officials of the Agency. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has tentatively approved the proposal.

      In an August 18 appraisal of the CIA request, Meredith Scheiber of NARA wrote that any permanently valuable material in the emails would almost certainly be captured in other permanent CIA records.

      “It is unlikely that permanent records will be found in these email accounts that is not filed in other appropriate files appraised as permanent,” the appraisal said.

      “There are multiple records systems to capture the actions and decisions of employees and multiple internal controls in place in the event an employee was engaged in malicious activities.”

      Any “remaining email not captured in other recordkeeping systems is routine or administrative in nature; transitory; or personal in nature.”

      The NARA appraisal of the CIA proposal noted in passing that “The Agency’s current email policy is to print and file” rather than to save permanently valuable email in softcopy format.

      “The average career of an Agency employee is 22 years,” the NARA appraisal also observed.

      The CIA proposal for email disposal authority and the accompanying NARA appraisal were announced for public comment in the Federal Register on September 17.

      Comment: Did the Department of Justice ever get approval to destroy the sworn statements taken before a court reporter of the United States Attorney General and FBI DIrector on the conduct of the Amerithrax investigation?

  35. DXer said

    DOJ Civil FOIA Kovakas tells me that DOJ had no duty to preserve the sworn civil deposition of Attorney General Ashcroft and FBI DIrector Mueller in the largest criminal investigation (outside of 911) in history. Isn’t Attorney Kovakas mistaken?

    http://www.justice.gov/archive/transition/protect.htm

    Former FBI Director Mueller appeared and testified under oath on March 30, 2006. He was represented at deposition by distinguished senior DOJ Civil Attorney Elizabeth Shapiro.

    He tended to be briefed on the investigation — in which he took an intense interest — each Friday.

    Pages of his deposition (that are not available by reason of having not been filed in court) include but is not limited to 2-6, 10, 19-32, 48-51, 71-76, 83-88, 107-120, 125-129 136-end.

    The FBI Director’s civil deposition should be produced by DOJ without further delay or withholding.

    GAO should obtain the full deposition and have it released by DOJ Civil and/or FBI pursuant to FOIA.

    I have uploaded those pages currently publicly available here:

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/amerithrax-depositions-vol-6.pdf

    • DXer said

      DOJ Civil reports that it did not preserve the sworn testimony of the leading AUSA who saw Amerithrax through from the Hatfill Theory to the Ivins Theory. AUSA Kenneth Kohl was deposed on January 27, 2006. Mr. Modlinger represented Ken Kohl at deposition.

      Missing pages from the copy available to me here include pages 2-14, 47-53, 60-64, 70-95, 110-146, 162-182, 191-206, , 232-234, 247-260, 273-279, 283 to end. DOJ Civil should attempt a more thorough search.

      Depositions are an agency record that a DOJ litigator is supposed to preserve. http://www.justice.gov/archive/transition/protect.htm

  36. DXer said

    Lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert was deposed on August 3, 2005. He was represented at deposition by Elizabeth Shapiro, who saw the matter through to its settlement in mid-2008 when the DOJ agreed to pay Hatfill $5.8 million.

    Q Would — so that suggests some great interest on the part of the Director in this investigation?

    A Very intense interest. (p. 24)

    Agent Lambert briefed FBI Director Mueller on Fridays, subject to the DIrector’s schedule.

    DOJ Civil FOIA’s James Kovakas — apparently overlooking the guidance I’ve cited that indicates that the sworn depositions should have been preserved — advises me that DOJ had no duty to preserve the depositions. The depositions included the depositions of the US Attorney, the FBI Director and others.

    The pages not available to us from the Lambert deposition (by reason of not having been filed in court) include but are not limited to pages 2-23, 27-30, 32-33, 47-61, 67, 179-191, 227-261, 269-274, 284-296, 303-325, 358- end)

    After an appeal and defense to a suit under FOIA (to include affidavits not only from Attorneys Shapiro, Freeborne and Modlinger, but others who had copies of the depositions on their computers), it may turn out that FBI instructed agencies to batten down the hatches. The FBI may have instructed to send all documents not anchored to the deck back to the FBI . It may turn out that the FBI wanted to control the release of information.

    In technical legal parlance, that is playing hide-the-ball. The acronym is “CYA.”

    The FBI did the same thing with critical lab notebooks at USAMRIID — lab notebooks are still being withheld and are unavailable for production by USAMRIID.

    One difference is that USAMRIID FOIA fought to get those notebooks back — while DOJ FOIA Civil’s James offered me bus fare in going on a multi-year trip to visit Dave Hardy at the FBI and submit a new request.

    Mr. Hardy supervises 200 employees. Individuals like James Kovakas and Dave Hardy are named in their role of heads of the operation they supervise and the point-of-contact. In reality, many people are needed to staff the FOIA functions and only David and James get credit for alleged wrongful withholding.

    On the ground, it is the people in the substantive line positions — to include the lawyers and their paralegals — that have to actually pull the documents from the bowels of the beast.

    Attorney Paul Freeborne, when I asked by email to confirm that he in fact still had access to the depositions, hasn’t yet responded.

    DOJ Civil FOIA at the same time referred the four depositions it did preserve to the FBI due to the “equities” (his word) being at FBI. I telephoned James, who is extremely well-versed and well-spoken, and I asked that upon the referral FBI be ask if they had the other notebooks. He said no.

    I could start a request anew, he suggested. It wouldn’t piggyback on the request made a half year ago to DOJ Civil. (In an earlier conversation, when he was helping me with the Stevens v. US depositions, he previously has acknowledged the much longer queue at the FBI and the associated delays).

    Given the many requests he handles, James may have forgotten my experience of being denied the civil depos in Stevens v. US by USAMRIID because DOJ Civil was the originating agency, not the defendant USAMRIID. (This was true even though the JAG attorney was the one who defended and had copies of the depositions).

    This is similar to the game of “keep away” fourth graders play with a hat.

    GAO is the agency that needs to send the kids to the principal’s office and reminds them of the rules. GAO should obtain the depositions and then have the DOJ, as the originating agency, release them under FOIA.

    GAO will have better luck in piercing the BS claim that these lawyers don’t have copies of the depos. They were using them in electronic form (and numerous of the individual attorneys had duplicates on their computer).
    testified:

    “The only case I’m aware of that would have been larger in is cope and complexity would have been the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

    Unfortunately, these attorneys are so good at what they do that when they stonewall and play hide-the-ball with your hat, you will never get it back. There will neither transparency nor accountability.

    Their taunts appear only between the lines of the boilerplate letters they send that at the end of the day say nothing more than “the anthrax smelling bloodhound ate my homework.”

    Amerithrax was not botched due to the game of hide-the-ball without a lot of run-arounds by a lot of participants.

    It was compartmentalization of information and a failure to share that led to the greatest counterintelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    When I pointed that out, James said that was a matter of speculation. (If he picked up the phone and encouraged Elizabeth Shapiro and Paul Freeborne to reach to the computer with the depositions, it wouldn’t be).

  37. DXer said

    Daniel S. Seikaly was deposed on October 10, 2007.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/amerithrax-depositions-vol-7.pdf

    He moved to the U.S. Attorney’s office from the CIA in [September] 2001. pp. 25-26.

    Once he came back to Justice from the CIA in September 2001, he did not have any trials.

    “Q And had you worked with Mr. Kohl back when you were in the transnational section?” (p. 35)

    The transnational section had him involved in extradition — such as when the FBI sent the Lear Jet with darkened windows for KSM in Qatar.

    Pages 36-40 are not included in the court-filed excerpt I obtained.

    So we don’t know whether Ken Kohl worked for Attorney Seikaly while in the transnational section.

    Other missing pages include 2-24, 45-47, 53-73.

    He asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege on numerous occasions.

    See, e.g., 74. (“I’m going to assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.”)

    For example, across many pages of the deposition he used in connection with giving information to Daniel Klaidman and the use of the anthrax smelling bloodhounds. see pp. 74-98.

    He also, for example, pleads the Fifth Amendment numerous times regarding leaks to Alan Lengel of the Washington Post. Remember when Alan based on a single source (according to Marilyn T.) reported about the trace of anthrax found on the rope?

    It’s almost that Attorney Seikaly’s leaks about the science were intended to fixate the FBI on Hatfill rather than the client, Ali Al-Timimi, that his daughter then came to represent for free — “anthrax weapons suspect” (to borrow his defense counsel’s phrase) Ali Al-Timimi.

    Did being born in Haifa in 1948 — and his sister-in-law saying that to be born in Palestine is to be a political activist — bias Attorney Seikaly into favoring former CIA clandestine service Vince Cannistraro’s lone nut/ sexual dysfunction profile?

    DOJ Civil FOIA James Kovakas says DOJ didn’t preserve this sworn statement. when this senior prosecutor overseeing Amerithrax pled the Fifth Amendment numerous times.

    Failing to preserve this sworn civil deposition, however, would violate DOJ rules I’ve linked.

    http://www.justice.gov/archive/transition/protect.htm

    Where is the accountability again? Where is the transparency?

    Is DOJ Civil FOIA’s James Kovakas saying that as an institution DOJ does in fact follow these rules that seem to require that sworn depositions taken in litigation the Civil Division conducts be preserved?

    Attorney Freeborne was there on behalf of the government: “Judge Walton has ordered us to recognize that bloodhounds ostensibly used for law enforcement purposes were used in that investigation.”

    Now DOJ FOIA Civil James Kovakas, if he likes, can imply that Mr. Freeborne failed to preserve a sworn copy of this sworn deposition.

    But in defending a FOIA lawsuit, Mr. Freeborne is going to have to swear an affidavit to that effect. He threw it out? Why? The CD was taking up too much room?

    DOJ regulations required that he keep it — and because I credit his good faith I’m assuming he did. IMO DOJ FOIA just has to do a better job at tracking it down. (It’s okay — sometimes I let my wife help me find a clean pair of socks).

    Mr. Freeborne’s copy was in electronic form. I haven’t heard back from him yet as to whether he can help DOJ Civil FOIA lay their hands on it.

    I believe it was Eric Dubelier who sat for the deposition defending Attorney Seikaly. (Offhand, I don’t know where I came to think Plato Cacheris did).

    If DOJ’s administration FOIA does not ensure accountability and transparency, that we need GAO to step up to the plate.

    At page 116,

    Q Mr. Seikaly, are you familiar with the acronym SCIF?

    A Yes.

    Q What does it stand for?

    A Special compartment information facility.

    Then the next two pages (pp. 117-118) where the issue is discussed we don’t have.

    And the withholding is not based on an exemption under the FOIA statute — it is based on a claim that “the dog ate my homework.”

    DOJ stands for the rule of law and DOJ Civil FOIA needs to do better on this issue of finding the civil depositions from Hatfill v. United States.

  38. DXer said

    The DOJ Civil Division has failed to produce the deposition in which the lead prosecutor pled the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination dozens of times. (I only have some excerpts filed in court).

    The DOJ FOIA Supervisory Attorney mistakenly argues that Civil had no duty to preserve the deposition.

    I think he’s mistaken. But more importantly, what does GAO think?

    Who does former lead Amerithrax prosecutor Daniel Seikaly and his daughter, Ali Al-Timimi’s former defense counsel, think is responsible for the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001?
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 22, 2011

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/who-does-former-prosecutor-daniel-seikaly-and-his-daughter-ali-al-timimis-former-defense-counsel-think-is-responsible-for-the-anthrax-mailings-of-fall-2001/

  39. DXer said

    GAO,

    By FOIA, I requested from the Stephen Hatfill v. United States case, copies of the depositions of Stephen Hatfill, Robert Mueller, Kenneth Kohl, Dwight Adams, John Ashcroft, Gary Boyd, Tom Carey, Edward Cogswell, James Fitzgerald, Robert Roth, and Daniel Seikaly.

    The DOJ says that they cannot find the depositions.

    There may be a mystery as to who sent the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings, but this illustrates well that the DOJ/FBI is able to drop the balls and lose track of information — even many hundreds of pages of sworn on-point testimony about the Amerithrax investigation.

    As to the four depositions they did find, James Kovakas says he declines to produce them and has referred them to the FBI.

    James M. Kovakas, Senior Supervisory FOIA Counsel is expert, hard-working and highly experienced. I would think that in your review you would greatly benefit from having the full depositions.

    If you don’t already have them, perhaps Attorney Kovakas could encourage his colleagues to try harder at tracking them down for you.

    • DXer said

      In the civil deposition that DOJ Civil FOIA has failed to produce of Bob Roth, Co-Case Agent Bob Roth was represented by Attorney Freeborne testified about shutting out from the investigation the counterterrorism AUSA pursuing an Al Qaeda theory (pp. 288-289)

      A “There was a lady early on in the investigation who kind of — she wanted to go do her own thing and she wanted briefings and it took us a little while to figure out that she was just doing that so she could go run off and kind of do a side investigation and after that we kind of cut her off.

      Q Who was that lady?

      A. [C]athleen Corkin.

      Q She’s the Deputy Chief of the Terrorism and Violent Crime Unit?

      A I couldn’t tell you where she was at the time.

      Q Is it fair to say you viewed her as a distraction?

      A Yes, a problem.

      Q In what fashion?

      A She was conducting a parallel investigation without coordinating with us. It was — that was early on that’s October-November-December of ’01.

      Q. How did that get resolved?

      A I don’t know if she lost interest. She just kind of disappeared. She went someplace else or something — —

      Then the next 3 pages are omitted.

      Cathleen M. Corken is the distinguished former deputy chief of counterterrorism at the Justice Department who worked on the Richard Reid shoe bomber case.

      “Cathleen Corken has served in the Department of Justice for more than 20 years, specializing in terrorism-related cases. She was Deputy Chief of the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice for four years, during which she assisted in the successful prosecution of Richard Reid, the so-called “Shoe Bomber,” and numerous other cases involving terrorism-related charges. Since 2004, she has been an Assistant United States Attorney in Eastern District of Michigan. She previously worked for the United States Department of State.”

      http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/news/2012/2012_10_18_staffawards2012.html

      She famously prosecuted the underwear bomber, for example, and is an AUSA in Detroit.

      http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/0906/090611detroit.htm

      Al Qaeda anthrax lab director was a good friend of Zacarias Moussaoui and noted that Zacarias wanted to fly the big planes like the hijackers — but Yazid didn’t have the same confidence that he was up to it.

      Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech Yazid Sufaat discusses Zacarias Moussaoui in this 2011 French language television interview
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 28, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-tech-yazid-sufaat-discusses-zacarias-moussaoui-in-this-2001-french-language-television-interview/

      For his part, Zacarias Moussaoui claimed he and Richard Reid were slated to fly a Fifth plane into the White House.

      http://articles.baltimoresun.com/keyword/zacarias-moussaoui

      “I was supposed to pilot a plane to hit the White House’
      By RICHARD A. SERRANO and RICHARD A. SERRANO,LOS ANGELES TIMES |March 28, 2006
      ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Taking the stand over his lawyers’ protests, al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui declared yesterday that he and Richard Reid, later arrested as the so-called “shoe bomber,” were to hijack a fifth airliner on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. But Moussaoui’s bombastic testimony – doubted by intelligence officials – was immediately contradicted by the words of captured Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who said in an interrogation read aloud in court that Moussaoui was too “problematic” and unreliable to join the 19 hijackers on their suicide missions.

      If GAO wants to understand whether co-case lagent Bob Roth was clued in to El-Shukrijumah, then it is important that GAO understand that Bob Roth and his colleagues shut Cathleen Corken off.

      WIth the continued withholding of documents and information — such as FBI Tampa’s failure to tell the Joint Inquiry and 911 about Atta and Adnan El-Shukrijumah — Amerithrax was doomed from the start.

      Amerithrax was destined to follow anthrax smelling bloodhounds and rummage through garbage for stained panties.

      It is outrageous that DOJ Civil FOIA now thinks it is okay to play hide-the-ball with the civil depositions. Those depositions were paid for with taxpayer money — and taxpayers paid the $5.8 million to Hatfill.

      The least DOJ Civil could do is have Attorney Freeborne do a more thorough job in looking for the civiil depositions. More than one of his colleagues has them on their computer.

      I only have excerpts from the Roth deposition — same with all of them.

      Missing pages of the sworn deposition that DOJ Civil has failed to produce include but is not limited to 2-11, 18-23, 37-38, 45-53, 73-76, 107-112, 117-118, 123-126, 133-151, 168-172, 180-181, 226-230, 245-253, 257-265, 270-271, 290-293. 298-318, 321 – end)

      Agent Robert Roth, who seems a straight-shooting Booth (from BONES) type of FBI Agent, was on bank robbery squad and happened to be sitting out in the squad area when the complaint came in so it was his ticket at that point.

      Agent Roth remembers who came up with the term “person of interest.” He says John Kerr did one day as they were sitting around thinking that the word “suspects” was too harsh a term. (p. 58)
      He disagrees with the suggestion that Hatfill “had not risen to the level of suspect.” (p. 61)

      Part of assessing the science used was to see how it was used to rationalize whoever was the current suspect.

      Co-lead case agent Roth discusses the use of polygraphs, part of the science used by the FBI in forming its conclusions about Amerithrax:

      “Q Yes, so I’m saying before August, 1, 2002, did he ever refuse to talk to you?

      A In that January, February, early March time frame after the polygraph he didn’t want to talk to use after that polygraph. (p. 66)

      ***

      Q Was it in your mind that Dr. Hatfill had refused to cooperate after the June 25 search?

      A He had. He had failed to keep a promise that he had been making since January of ’02.

      Q Which is what?

      A To finish taking that polygraph. (p. 207)

      ***

      The co-lead discusses the anthrax smelling blood hounds.

      Q The first, second, and fourth paragraphs of this on page 1 go into some detail about the use of bloodhounds. Is that the case?

      A Mm-hmm.

      Q Was it appropriate in any way for any law enforcement official to disclose information about bloodhounds?

      A Not in my mind.

      A Not in my mind.

      Q I mean, it’s pretty egregious.
      (p. 233-234)

      The FBI never found out who tipped off the media about the bloodhounds — just like they never found out who tipped KSM off in Qatar. So perhaps they never had occasion to consider whether it was the same person.

      • DXer said

        The AUSA shut out of the Amerithrax Task Force briefings by Agent Roth and his colleagues, Cathleen Corkin, later prosecuted this underwear bomber case involving Awlaki. Agent Roth’s full deposition is needed to learn more about the exclusion from Amerithrax briefings of the AUSA from the terrorism and violence section.

        Awlaki Trained Suspected Christmas Jet Bomber How to Detonate Underwear, Document Reveals
        Published October 04, 2011
        http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/04/al-awlaki-trained-suspected-christmas-day-jet-bomber-how-to-detonate-underwear/

        The strike also hit a vehicle with other suspected Al Qaeda members inside, killing Samir Khan, another American Muslim militant and the co-editor of an English-language Al Qaeda web magazine called “Inspire.”

        Khan admitted he was also behind the October 2010 cargo printer bomb plot, according to the federal bulletin issued after the strike.

        The bulletin also warned that the killing led to a spike in traffic on Jihadist websites, raising concerns about retaliatory attacks.

        “AQAP (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) external operations to date have focused on the aviation subsector, and the group has also revealed its interest — highlighted in two issued of Inspire magazine – in carrying out an attack against the United States using unconventional means, such as chemical or biological agents,” the bulletin reads.

    • DXer said

      Elizabeth Shapiro represented Debra Weierman, the press spokesman for the DC Field Office. At pp. 396-401 Debra testifies about the FBI’s hoax investigation and the Brian Report that Dr. Hatfill was in London on the very day that the hoax was sent to Senator Daschle on November 15, 2001.
      (FWIW, Adnan El-Shukrijumah travelled from Trinidad via London in 2001. The GAO should ask to see the hoax letter sent from London to Daschle in any event).

      Q Were you the person with the FBI who told ABC News that it’s very confident that it has found the person responsible for the anthrax murders?

      A. No.

      Q Did you know who was?

      A. No.

      Q What is your view of the FBI telling ABC News it’s confident that it has found the anthrax killer.

      A If they did tell ABC it would be quite inappropriate. (p. 417)

      Vince Cannistraro, former head of CIA’s clandestine operations when it was using the Blind Sheik’s Services Organization in Brooklyn in the 1980s was an ABC News consultant.
      He and two colleagues were helping lead co-case agent Bob Roth in Amerithrax and set up a lone nut / sexual dysfunction website, offering to use it as a honey trap to collect IPs.

      In 2002, the “anthraxhunt.com” website was an “FBI sting” that sought to provoke a reaction from the perpetrator. Did it work?
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 16, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/in-2002-the-anthraxhunt-com-website-was-an-fbi-sting-that-sought-to-provoke-a-reaction-from-the-perpetrator-did-it-work/

      https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.anthraxhunt.com

      “If you are the Anthrax Killer and have a guilty conscience, now is the time to surrender.
      Or if you know who the Anthrax Killer is, or have verifiable leads and evidence,

      please send them to this e-mail address.”

      https://web.archive.org/web/20040202231409/http://www.anthraxhunt.com/

      But it just served to anchor that bullshit profile.

      Vince worked as an ABC consultant. Maybe he has insights who was giving ABC the stuff for its sensational reports. For all I know, maybe the CIA attorney Seikaly who transferred in September 2001 to the DC US Attorneys Office — whose daughter came to represent anthrax suspect Ali Al-Timimi for free — was not the source. Attorney Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination the dozens of times — we don’t know the precise number because of the pages being withheld. Plato Cacheris, the criminal defense lawyer who defended the lead Amerithrax prosecutor at the civil deposition, is quite famous. At the very least, he has just about the coolest name in DC.

      As a point of history, lead prosecutor Seikaly was the fellow who wrote the lengthy CIA IG report getting the CIA former director in trouble for taking some maps from Afghanistan home on a laptop. Separately, as I recall, Attorney Seikaly was in charge of extradition for the DOJ when the Lear Jet was sent to pick up KSM in Qatar but someone tipped off KSM.

      At the time, KSM was in a cell with Islambouli planning attacks on the US. in 1995 Islamboul and Zawahiri visited Brooklyn mosque where Adnan El-Shukrijumah was. We know this from the 1999 court testimony of Dahab, the fellow who informally set up the Services Organization the year before it was formally registered. Dahab says he was taught to make booby-trapped letters by EIJ intelligence head Ali Mohammed. Bob Roth may not have known about this given how persuasive he thought it was that the bloodhounds liked Dr. Hatfill. In the deposition DOJ Civil has failed to produce, Agent Roth he had shut out counterterrorism AUSA Cathleen Corkin from the investigation because she didn’t share with him while running what he understood to be a parallel counterterrorism investigation.

      Adnan El-Shukrijumah was Atta’s buddy but the FBI Tampa did not tell the Joint Inquiry or the 911 Commission. Did they at least tell Bob Roth on the Amerithrax Task Force so Bob (if he was fixed on a BS profile) could consider whether maybe Adnan had sexual issues and tended to be a loner? (Heck, I doubt being head of Al Qaeda’s external operations for attacking North America has helped Adnan with his love life any.

      First Bob Roth shut out counterterrorism AUSA Cathleen Corkin from the investigation and then Bob Roth instead turned to a consultant for Saudi Arabia/Prince Bandar and his colleagues for his insights — and became convinced Hatfill was guilty because some dogs could purportedly smell anthrax on him.

      Amerithrax represents the greatest counterintelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

      It begins with the compartmentalization of information that prevented the dots from being connected.

      It ended with BS science being used to rationalize the guilt of the recent poor chap who fit the BS profile.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      p.s. DOJ Civil FOIA has deferred this Debra Weierman deposition (for which I only have excerpts) to the FBI because that is where the “equities” lie.

      That’s ironic — because i couldn’t get the civil depositions in the Stevens litigation from the Army attorney who defended the depositions. Instead, I was forced to turn to DOJ Civil because DOJ Civil was the originating agency.

      It seems like DOJ Civil FOIA bends the supporting principles to fit the result that they want — just like the Task Force did in Amerithrax with the scientific principles.

      For example, the FBI falsely claimed that the Flask 1029 was not stored in Building 1412 to eliminate a couple hundred people with access.

      Then the FBI falsely claimed that the lyophilizer was available to be used by Ivins those nights he provably was in the lab to work with the 52 rabbits.

      DOJ Civil FOIA:

      If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Elizabeth Shapiro represented Debra Weierman, the press spokesman for the DC Field Office. At pp. 396-401 Debra testifies about the FBI’s hoax investigation and the Brian Report that Dr. Hatfill was in London on the very day that the hoax was sent to Senator Daschle on November 15, 2001.
      (FWIW, Adnan El-Shukrijumah travelled from Trinidad via London in 2001. The GAO should ask to see the hoax letter sent from London to Daschle in any event).

      Q Were you the person with the FBI who told ABC News that it’s very confident that it has found the person responsible for the anthrax murders?

      A. No.

      Q Did you know who was?

      A. No.

      Q What is your view of the FBI telling ABC News it’s confident that it has found the anthrax killer.

      A If they did tell ABC it would be quite inappropriate. (p. 417)

      Vince Cannistraro, former head of CIA’s clandestine operations when it was using the Blind Sheik’s Services Organization in Brooklyn in the 1980s was an ABC News consultant.
      He and two colleagues were helping lead co-case agent Bob Roth in Amerithrax and set up a lone nut / sexual dysfunction website, offering to use it as a honey trap to collect IPs.

      In 2002, the “anthraxhunt.com” website was an “FBI sting” that sought to provoke a reaction from the perpetrator. Did it work?
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 16, 2011

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/in-2002-the-anthraxhunt-com-website-was-an-fbi-sting-that-sought-to-provoke-a-reaction-from-the-perpetrator-did-it-work/

      https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.anthraxhunt.com

      “If you are the Anthrax Killer and have a guilty conscience, now is the time to surrender.
      Or if you know who the Anthrax Killer is, or have verifiable leads and evidence,

      please send them to this e-mail address.”

      https://web.archive.org/web/20040202231409/http://www.anthraxhunt.com/

      But it just served to anchor that bullshit profile.

      Vince worked as an ABC consultant. Maybe he has insights who was giving ABC the stuff for its sensational reports. For all I know, maybe the CIA attorney Seikaly who transferred in September 2001 to the DC US Attorneys Office — whose daughter came to represent anthrax suspect Ali Al-Timimi for free — was not the source. Attorney Seikaly pled the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination the dozens of times — we don’t know the precise number because of the pages being withheld. Plato Cacheris, the criminal defense lawyer who defended the lead Amerithrax prosecutor at the civil deposition, is quite famous. At the very least, he has just about the coolest name in DC.

      As a point of history, lead prosecutor Seikaly was the fellow who wrote the lengthy CIA IG report getting the CIA former director in trouble for taking some maps from Afghanistan home on a laptop. Separately, as I recall, Attorney Seikaly was in charge of extradition for the DOJ when the Lear Jet was sent to pick up KSM in Qatar but someone tipped off KSM.

      At the time, KSM was in a cell with Islambouli planning attacks on the US. in 1995 Islamboul and Zawahiri visited Brooklyn mosque where Adnan El-Shukrijumah was. We know this from the 1999 court testimony of Dahab, the fellow who informally set up the Services Organization the year before it was formally registered. Dahab says he was taught to make booby-trapped letters by EIJ intelligence head Ali Mohammed. Bob Roth may not have known about this given how persuasive he thought it was that the bloodhounds liked Dr. Hatfill. In the deposition DOJ Civil has failed to produce, Agent Roth he had shut out counterterrorism AUSA Cathleen Corkin from the investigation because she didn’t share with him while running what he understood to be a parallel counterterrorism investigation.

      Adnan El-Shukrijumah was Atta’s buddy but the FBI Tampa did not tell the Joint Inquiry or the 911 Commission. Did they at least tell Bob Roth on the Amerithrax Task Force so Bob (if he was fixed on a BS profile) could consider whether maybe Adnan had sexual issues and tended to be a loner? (Heck, I doubt being head of Al Qaeda’s external operations for attacking North America has helped Adnan with his love life any.

      First Bob Roth shut out counterterrorism AUSA Cathleen Corkin from the investigation and then Bob Roth instead turned to a consultant for Saudi Arabia/Prince Bandar and his colleagues for his insights — and became convinced Hatfill was guilty because some dogs could purportedly smell anthrax on him.

      Amerithrax represents the greatest counterintelligence analysis in the history of the United States.

      It begins with the compartmentalization of information that prevented the dots from being connected.

      It ended with BS science being used to rationalize the guilt of the recent poor chap who fit the BS profile.

      p.s. DOJ Civil FOIA has deferred this Debra Weierman deposition (for which I only have excerpts) to the FBI because that is where the “equities” lie.

      That’s ironic — because i couldn’t get the civil depositions in the Stevens litigation from the Army attorney who defended the depositions. Instead, I was forced to turn to DOJ Civil because DOJ Civil was the originating agency.

      It seems like DOJ Civil FOIA bends the supporting principles to fit the result that they want — just like the Task Force did in Amerithrax with the scientific principles.

      For example, the FBI falsely claimed that the Flask 1029 was not stored in Building 1412 to eliminate a couple hundred people with access.

      Then the FBI falsely claimed that the lyophilizer was available to be used by Ivins those nights he provably was in the lab to work with the 52 rabbits.

      DOJ Civil FOIA:

      If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

  40. DXer said

    Ayman Zawahiri, Anwar Awlaki, Anthrax, and Amerithrax: The Infiltration Of US Biodefense
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 12, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/ayman-zawahiri-anwar-awlaki-anthrax-and-amerithrax-the-infiltration-of-us-biodefense/

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

    The Intersect computer was designed to avoid the effects of compartmentalization — where the NSA, CIA and FBI drop the ball in a counterintelligence analysis because of the failure to share information.

  41. DXer said

    The only peer-reviewed article uploaded by the FBI under FOIA describes the DARPA research for which Dr. Ivins, Dr. Fellows and Dr. Linscott were among those who provided helpful suggestions in the performance of the initial anthrax studies
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 14, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/the-only-peer-reviewed-article-uploaded-by-the-fbi-under-foia-describes-the-darpa-research-for-which-dr-ivins-dr-fellows-and-dr-linscott-were-among-those-who-provided-helpful-suggestions-in-the/

    FBI is still withholding from the public and GAO the notebook pages relating to the research involving the virulent Ames spores provided in 1998 to the DARPA researchers studying this decontamination agent described in this August 2012 patent; Flask 1029 distributions to researchers doing work at USAMRIID were not recorded on the Flask 1029 inventory where it was done at USAMRIID.
    Posted on September 5, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/fbi-is-still-withholding-from-the-public-and-gao-the-notebook-pages-relating-to-the-research-involving-the-virulent-ames-spores-provided-in-1998-to-the-darpa-researchers-researching-this-decontamina/

    A ’98 Vulnerability Assessment of Ft. Detrick Assessed The Threat By PETA and ALF to be higher than the Egyptian Islamic Jihad; senior EIJ leaders had not yet publicly announced Zawahiri’s intention to use anthrax as a weapon against the US
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 13, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/a-98-vulnerability-assessment-of-ft-detrick-assessed-the-threat-by-peta-and-alf-to-be-higher-than-the-egyptian-islamic-jihad-senior-eij-leaders-had-not-yet-publicly-announced-zawahiris-intent/

    USAMRIID reports it cannot locate records relating to work by foreign Egyptian national with virulent Ames alongside Dr. Ivins in the BL-3 suite; friends of the scientist were recruited by Dr. ZAWAHIRI who planned to attack US with anthrax.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 29, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/usamriid-reports-it-cannot-locate-records-relating-to-work-by-foreign-egyptian-national-with-virulent-ames-alongside-dr-ivins-in-the-bl-3-suite-friends-of-the-scientist-were-recruited-by-dr-zawah/

  42. DXer said

    from DXer … the lifelong friends of Dr. Tarek Hamouda, supplied virulent Ames by Bruce Ivins, actively denounce their former medical school associate Ayman Zawahiri as a fanatic – one serving as President of CAIR-St. Louis and the other as author of INSIDE JIHAD.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 7, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-lifelong-friends-of-dr-tarek-hamouda-supplied-virulent-ames-by-bruce-ivins-actively-denounce-their-former-medical-school-associate-ayman-zawahiri-as-a-fanatic-one-serving-as-president-of-ca/

    Newly released Ivins emails show that no record was kept of transfers to former Zawahiri associate because it was done at USAMRIID
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 25, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/newly-released-ivins-emails-show-that-no-record-was-kept-of-transfers-to-former-zawahiri-associate-because-it-was-done-at-usamriid/

    The scientist who made the large amount of virulent Ames that is missing, who was thanked by the former Zawahiri associate for providing technical assistance re the Ames, is the person who could explain about the rabbits ; but she’s not talking.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 9, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/the-scientist-who-made-the-large-amount-of-virulent-ames-that-is-missing-who-was-thanked-by-the-former-zawahiri-associate-for-providing-technical-assistance-re-the-ames-is-the-person-who-could-exp/

    Here is another handwriting sample of Bruce Ivins — this one discussing the planned visit by the former Zawahiri associate being supplied virulent Ames in early May 1998
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 7, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/here-is-another-handwriting-sample-of-bruce-ivins-this-one-discussing-the-planned-visit-by-the-former-zawahiri-associate-being-supplied-virulent-ames-in-early-may-1998/

  43. DXer said

    from DXer … documents related to interactions between Dr. Bruce Ivins and University of Michigan researchers
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 1, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/from-dxer-documents-related-to-university-of-michigan/

    links? Dr. Bruce Ivins … University of Michigan researcher … Ayman Zawahiri
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 16, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/links-dr-bruce-ivins-university-of-michigan-researcher-ayman-zawahiri/

    The work with virulent Ames was done under Biolevel-3 and the University of Michigan researchers working with Dr. Ivins, Fellows and Linscott were required to receive anthrax and plague vaccinations in advance of the BL-3 work.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 14, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/the-work-with-virulent-ames-was-done-under-biolevel-3-and-the-university-of-michigan-researchers-working-with-dr-ivins-fellows-and-linscott-were-required-to-receive-anthrax-and-plague-vaccinations/

    The University of Michigan researchers indicated that they looked forward to future research with Dr. Ivins and his laboratory staff (Dr. Fellows and Dr. Linscott)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 14, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/the-university-of-michigan-researchers-indicated-that-they-looked-forward-to-future-research-with-dr-ivins-and-his-laboratory-staff-dr-fellows-and-dr-linscott/

  44. DXer said

    It Constitutes Investigative Incompetence For The FBI Not To Have Searched Keycard Access Records For the Zawahiri Associate Until February 2005 (Even Assuming University of Michigan and Ivins Withheld Subpoenaed Documents)
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 11, 2012
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/it-constitutes-investigative-incompetence-for-the-fbi-not-to-have-searched-keycard-access-records-for-the-zawahiri-associate-until-february-2005-even-assuming-university-of-michigan-and-ivins-withh/

    Dr. Ivins in February 2005 told the FBI that Michigan researchers Hayes and Hamouda were “at each others throats”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 14, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/dr-ivins-in-february-2005-told-the-fbi-that-michigan-researchers-hayes-and-hamouda-were-at-each-others-throats/

    I called the Michigan lab tech who worked with Ivins and Fellows and Linscott and he said “You don’t want to know.”

    But I do. I contacted Dr. Hamouda by email to ask what Egyptian Islamic Jihad or Egyptian Islamic Group members he knew (from either Sudan or his 10 years in Cairo after graduating Cairo Medical) but he didn’t respond.

    December 23 USAMRIID FOIA Response: There was no key card access system in May 1998 that recorded access to the B3 with Ivins by the former Zawahiri associate supplied with Ames.
    Posted on December 23, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/december-23-usamriid-foia-response-there-was-no-key-card-access-system-in-may-1998-that-recorded-access-to-the-b3-with-ivins-by-the-former-zawahiri-associate-supplied-with-ames/

    Dr. Mara Linscott told the FBI that she needed to see her lab notebooks to refresh her recollection of details, but that checking on the animals would take approximately two hours and was usually a one-person job; the FBI provided the one publication on which she worked involving the former Zawahiri associate but she notes that USAMRIID was a military institution and thus not all of the projects would be published.
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 27, 2011
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/dr-mara-linscott-told-the-fbi-that-she-needed-to-see-her-lab-notebooks-to-refresh-her-recollection-of-details-but-that-checking-on-the-animals-would-take-approximately-two-hours-and-was-usually-a/

  45. DXer said

    The argument that Ayman Zawahiri would choose to use a natural strain from Afghanistan rather than a laboratory strain is very uninformed. It is contradicted by the documentary evidence that goes to the efforts that Ayman went dating to 1999 to obtain the desired laboratory strain. There is no excuse for overlooking the on-point documentary evidence as to whether Zawahiri would choose to use a natural or laboratory strain. People are entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts.

    For example, on this issue, a typed memo reporting on a lab visit, which included tour of a BioLevel 3 facility, where there were 1000s of pathogenic samples. The memo mentioned the pending paperwork relating to export of the pathogens. The documents were provided to me by the Defense Intelligence Agency (“DIA”) under the Freedom of Information Act. Earlier correspondence between Rauf Ahmad and Dr. Zawahiri from before the lab visit described in the typed memo. The handwritten letter was reporting on a different, earlier visit, where the anthrax had been nonpathogenic. There are additional 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.

    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/

    THEN I WENT TO __________ TO MEET WITH DR. ______IN CHARGE OF ______IN ORDER TO SEE THE FATE OF OUR DEMAND OF CULTURES. I VISITED ALONG WITH HIM ALL THE UNITS OF _______INCLUDING THE SPECIAL CONFIDENTIAL ROOM IN WHICH THOUSANDS OF CULTURES ARE PLACED. HE ALSO SHOWED ME THE HIGHLY ADVANCED LEVEL-3 PATHOGEN LABORATORY. HE ALSO SHOED THE REVALENT DCUMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OF OUR CULTURES. THE ____ HAVE CONTRACTED THE ___ REGARDING THE EXPORT LICENSE AND THEY HAVE INFORMED THEM THAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH EXTERNAL CHECKS.

    DR. ______ ALSO POINTED OUT THAT I MUST HAVE A SHORT TRAINING IN HIS LEVEL-3 LABORATORY DEAILING WITH ALL TYPES OF PATHOGENS.

    • DXer said

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1389433/FBI-anthrax-attack-team-to-question-Porton-Down-scientists.html

      FBI anthrax attack team to question Porton Down scientists
      By Rajeev Syal
      12:01AM GMT 31 Mar 2002

      FBI agents tracing the source of deadly anthrax attacks in America want to question scientists at Porton Down, the British defence establishment over fears that the spores may have been smuggled out of a British laboratory.
      They have established that the Ministry of Defence’s centre in Wiltshire has experimented on the Ames strain of anthrax – identical to that sent to American journalists and politicians. Agents in Washington will request a list of scientists who have had access to the samples of anthrax used in MoD laboratories over the past 15 years. The British Government is currently developing a new vaccine against the disease.
      FBI officials confirmed that they would approach British scientists while tracing the anthrax strain. A spokesman said that officers are aware that the strain was kept in Britain and are covering all possible outlets.
      Sue Ellison, the spokesman for Porton Down, confirmed last night that the authorities were aware of FBI inquiries and would help when approached. “We keep a full list of where the anthrax samples are sent, and would give these details to the relevant authorities. In the UK, we work closely with our American partners and we will continue to do so.”

      ***

      Four American citizens died after more than 20 parcels and letters were found to contain a fine, white powder that was a refined form of the deadly bacteria. Scientists and law enforcement agents have established that anthrax sent in some letters was the Ames strain of the virus – originally used by the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), in Ford Detrick, Maryland.
      Bulk quantities of the Ames strain were sent to Porton Down in the mid-1980s because British scientists wanted to develop vaccines against the disease.

      ***’

      A spokesman for USAMRIID confirmed that the Ames strain was sent to Ministry of Defence scientists in the 1980s. “We have provided a list of places where we sent the disease to the appropriate authorities,” she said.

  46. DXer said

    In October or November 2001, Al Qaeda’s spokesman Abu Ghaith wrote a letter to the US Administration with the message that they would use their biological weapons if the US did not stop their financial and military support for Israel and the Muslim regimes.

    A letter from Abu ‘Abullah Al-Kuwaiti outlined the next attack against the Americans and issued a statement to the Americans to let them know of their fighters’ readiness to kill hundreds of thousands with their nuclear and biological arsenal.

    Abu Gha’ith, Bin Laden’s spokesman, was from Kuwait and made a similar threat in a videotape released June 2002. The letter has been declassified and cleared for release by West Point Combatting Terrorism Center in 2006.

    “Your Brother Abu ‘Abdullah Al-Kuwaiti;

    1- Announcing publicly the next attack.
    2- Announcing publicly that we gave some groups the green light to move.
    3- The groups that are present in America and Europe are above suspicion.
    4- We obtain our intelligence information from your government and intelligence agencies.*
    5- The statement/letter should be directed to the American people.
    A- 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.

    If the American people are ready to die as we are ready to die, then our combat groups along with our military, nuclear, and biological equipment will kill hundreds of thousands of people we don’t wish to fight.

    from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … document seized in Afghanistan

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-document-seized-in-afghanistan/

    Abu Ghaith has now been sentenced to life in prison.

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

    • DXer said

      Abu Ghaith defense counsel Stanley Cohen is due to be formally sentenced himself on October 21. The docket — which I am unable to access on PACER today — is said to contain a recent series of sealed letters to the court.

      More details on tax scheme by anti-Israel attorney Stanley Cohen

      http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/more-details-on-tax-scheme-by-anti-israel-attorney-stanley-cohen/
      Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, September 12, 2014

      “One wonders, is there something going on whereby Cohen’s sentence will be shortened? Is he cooperating with the feds now?
      Has he agreed to dine with a Zionist instead of serving 18 months?”

      Comment:

      I seriously doubt Attorney Cohen is cooperating. For example, when he was representing the jihad supporting doctor who authored in JAMA about Nguyen’s infection, he had angry words about snitches.

      • DXer said

        The government’s sentencing memo In Attorney Cohen’s matter says that the parties have agreed that he will be sentenced by the federal court district judge in Syracuse, NY — in the Northern District of New York rather than Southern District.

        The memo mentions that he has agreed to satisfy substantial tax obligations — perhaps the sealed letters simply relate to giving him the extra month or two to arrange to satisfy some or all of the past tax obligation … in support of a request of a lesser sentence.

        Or perhaps he needed to slip the sentencing date to allow him to appear at Abu Ghaith’s sentencing.

        As the former counsel for the Blind Sheik, Attorney Cohen certainly had a unique historical perspective.

  47. DXer said

    Did the FBI not pursue the lead relating to Adnan El-Shukrijumah as anthrax mailer because it had failed to pursue him in connection with the investigation earlier that year?

    On March 13, 2001, Mandhai told an undercover agent: “Brother, why don’t you come with us to Adnan…Probably he, he will join with us.”

    In 1999, Adnan organized garage sales and car washes to raise money for Muslim refugees of the war in Bosnia. ”I remember him telling me once that he felt like those people were his family too,” said Adnan’s mother Zurah Abdu Ahmed, who is originally from Yemen.
    At the time, his family said, neither they nor Adnan were aware that the charity they supported — Global Relief Fund — was allegedly involved in funding terrorist organizations.
    About the same time, the family befriended a man named Imran Farooq Mandhai — who later would become the genesis of the FBI’s suspicions about Adnan.

    Mandhai was ensnared in a federal terrorism investigation in early 2001 in which discussions of his plots were recorded by undercover agents. It is in these recordings that Adnan’s name first became known to federal authorities.

    On March 13, 2001, Mandhai told an undercover agent: “Brother, why don’t you come with us to Adnan…Probably he, he will join with us.”

    ***

    After 9/11, it became clear the son was under suspicion. The family said the first time they met with FBI agents was in the weeks following Sept. 11. It was the first in a half-dozen visits from agents looking for information.During the first FBI visit, the family said, Adnan had not been in touch.

    After Sept. 11, federal sources said Mandhai was given a lie-detector test in which he was asked whether he knew any of the suspected terrorists involved in the attacks.The polygraph indicated he was lying when he said no, sources said. Confronted with the deception, Mandhai told authorities that he was thinking of Adnan, sources said.

    The federal search for El’Shukri-jumah went worldwide following the March 1 arrest in Pakistan of Khalid Shaik Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and a top al Qaeda commander. And, the head of the FBI’s Miami office called a news conference to say El Shukri-jumah “has been identified by senior members of the al Qaeda organization as a very, very, very serious threat.”

    ***

    Adnan’s father, Gul Shir, stayed in the Kingdom for 27 years before moving to the United States with his family in 1986 after receiving American citizenship, the spokesman said.
    Gul Shir is originally from Guyana. “I worked in Trinidad as an Islamic preacher for six years before moving to New York in 1986 and then to Florida,” he said.

    “Terrorist or Much Ado About Nothing,” Carribean Voice, April 2003, Caribbean Voice,
    http://caribvoice.org/Features/terrorist.html

    • DXer said

      “At the time, his family said, neither they nor Adnan were aware that the charity they supported — Global Relief Fund — was allegedly involved in funding terrorist organizations.
      About the same time, the family befriended a man named Imran Farooq Mandhai — who later would become the genesis of the FBI’s suspicions about Adnan.”

      Comment:

      Rabih Haddad, founder of the Global Relief Foundation, taught as a volunteer at the school in Ann Arbor, Michigan twice a week.

      After learning about Global Relief Foundation fundraiser Adnan El-Shukrijumah from KSM upon his capture, in March 2003, the FBI questioned people in Ann Arbor, MI and asked them if they knew of any conspiracies against the United States.

      Homam Albaroudi, co-founded the Islamic Association of North America in 1993, reports he was among those the FBI sought to question. He had been a member of the Ann Arbor Muslim Community Association (“MCA”) since 1999. He served on its board for 3 years. He organized the Free Rabih Haddad Committee in December 2001 for the Global Relief founder. He sought to garner support for Mr. Haddad in connection with the closed proceedings relating to his immigration status.

      Bassem Khafagi, the Chairman who had been questioned about Ali Al-Timimi before 9/11 lived in Ann Arbor. The MCA held numerous rallies and fundraisers supporting Rabih Haddad in connection the closed proceedings on his immigration status. The ACLU reports that after the FBI raided IANA’s offices in February 2003 and Al-Timimi’s residence in Northern Virginia.

      According to Ali Al-Timimi’s lawyer, Bassem Khafagi was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest.” Given that, according to his counsel, Al-Timimi was an “anthrax weapons suspect,” it appears that much of the investigation of former and present charity officials related to that suspicion about IANA’s celebrated speaker Al-Timimi.

      The Muslim Community Association (“MCA”) runs the Michigan Islamic Academy which is right across from the University of Michigan North Campus where Global Relief Foundation founder Rabih Haddad taught. In 2001, Dr. Albaroudi was head of its PTO. As the American Civil LIberties Union explained in a suit against the United States Department of Justice in 2003, approximately 1000 people attend services at the mosque each Friday. MCA employs about 20 people and has about 700 registered, dues-paying members. Approximately 200 students were enrolled at the Michigan Islamic Academy which offered classes from pre-K through 11th grade. In addition to the standard academic curriculum used in state public schools, the ACLU explained, the school offers classes in Arabic language, Quranic recitation and Islamic Studies. The mission of the school is to provide students with the basic knowledge require to preserve their basic Islamic heritage, religion and cultural identity.

      The documents relating to the anthrax program show that Zawahiri planned to use the cover of charities and universities in developing anthrax as a weapon.

      On August 20, 2001, Saleh Hussayen, who would soon be appointed minister of the Saudi government and put in charge of its two holy mosques, arrived in the United States to meet with some of this country’s most influential fundamentalist Sunni Muslim leaders. He met with officials of the Global Relief Foundation. He also met with IANA representatives in Ann Arbor, Michigan according to court testimony by an FBI agent in the unsuccessful prosecution in Idaho of his nephew Sami Hussayen. IANA promoted the views of Bin Laden’s sheiks. On the night before September 11, Hussayen stayed at a Herndon, Virginia hotel where three of the Saudi hijackers stayed.

      As a Detroit Free Press headline explained in 2004, “Unproven weapons claim led to Islamic charity raid in [mid-December] ‘01.” Global Relief Founder (”GRF”) co-founder Rabih Haddad was associated with Bin Laden’s Makhtab al-Khidamat, which was headed by Mohammed Islambouli in Peshawar.The government froze the assets of GRF on December 14, 2001, saying it was a financial conduit to terrorists. No warrant had been obtained before the FBI arrived at Global Relief’s headquarters in Bridgeview, Illinois. The search was done pursuant to a provision in FISA that permitted a warrantless search when the Attorney General declares that an emergency situation. The 911’s Terrorist Financing Monograph notes that GRF’s newsletter, “Al-Thilal” (“The Shadow”) openly advocated a militant interpretation of Islam and armed jihad. The 911 Commission reports that the FBI suspected the Executive Director of being affiliated with the blind sheik’s Egyptian Islamic Group. The 911 Commission explains: “In early 2000, Chicago informed Detroit that GRF’s executive director, Chehade, had been calling two Michigan residents. One of these subjects was considered GRF’s spiritual leader and the other, Rabih Haddad, was a major GRF fund-raiser.” Its Chairman, Ann Arbor, Michigan community leader Rabih Haddad was arrested in mid-December 2001 for overstaying his visa. Haddad taught twice a week at an Ann Arbor school and was an assistant to the leader at Ann Arbor’s mosque. He was an imam there. Rabih Haddad was an effective fundraiser for the mosques in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and for the Ann Arbor chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). His students have testified that he stated unequivocally that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were not the acts of true Muslims.

      Congressman John Conyers, Jr, of Michigan joined several newspapers in suing to force the government to open the hearings. Mr. Conyers argued that Rabih Haddad was being unfairly targeted as a Muslim cleric. After a visit by Congressman Conyers in March 2002, Mr. Haddad was removed from solitary confinement and placed with the general prison population.” Haddad was allowed to make phone calls and for the first time watch television. Mr. Haddad’s lawyer, Ashraf Nubani, of Northern Virginia, said at the time “The government never established, other than smoke screen and innuendo, that he was linked to terrorism.” Attorney Nubani said that his client travelled mostly to Pakistani as part of his relief efforts. Haddad refused to testify before a grand jury unless granted full immunity. As part of DARPA-funded research, Dr. Bruce Ivins of USAMRIID supplied virulent Ames to Ann Arbor researchers whose office by September 2001 was 2 minutes –1 mile — from the mosque where Mr. Haddad was an imam. Although the evidence is “secret,” most intelligence is open source.

      The New York Times reported at the time that “Prosecutors said they were keeping some evidence secret to protect terrorism investigations.” It was Haddad’s lawyer who arranged the pro bono representation for the Virginia Paintball defendants, including Al-Timimi. Mohammed Islambouli was head of a cell with KSM planning the attacks on the United States. Mohammed Islambouli led the faction of the Egyptian Islamic Group that joined Al Qaeda. KSM came to spearhead the attack using anthrax on the United States. It was his assistant, al-Hawsawi, who had the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop. Al-Hawsawi was a close affiliate of GRF fundraiser Adnan El-Shukrijumah, who was helping Atta in Florida and had cased NYC and DC targets in Spring 2001. Al-Hawsawi was working with Al-Baluchi to get the 911 hijackers into the country. Al-Baluchi would marry MIT-graduate Aafia Siddiqui. 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. She had been tasked by “Abu Lubaba” to study germ warfar and advise on a bioweapons lab in Karachi — assessing whether after Sufaat’s capture in December 2001, Sufaat’s assistant was up to snuff. Historically, Aafia Siddiqui is associated with Ann Arbor addresses near the mosque where her brother and sister-in-law, an MD, lived.

      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. (BIF head Arnaout, a Syrian, was at the meeting at which Al Qaeda was founded.) 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.) As University of Maryland researcher Milton Leitenberg has pointed out, “[u]nfortunately, ten years of widely broadcast public discussion has provided such groups, at least on a general level, with suggestions as to what paths to follow.” The FBI had a better relationship with the CIA in the investigation of BIF than with GRF. 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 charities 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. 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. He didn’t want to be interviewed on tape. ‘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 says various protest groups have been scouting for anthrax for years.

      In January 2003, the Chairman of Ann Arbor-based Islamic Assembly of North America, which promoted the views of Bin Laden’s sheiks, was arrested for bouncing a $6,000 check. Dr. Bassem Khafagi operated International Media Group out of his home. Before 911, according to the counsel for Falls Church scientist Ali Al-Timimi, Ann Arbor resident Khafagi was asked about Al-Timimi “purportedly at the behest of American intelligence. [redacted ] He was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest. He was later interviewed by the FBI about Dr. Al-Timimi. Clearly, such early investigations go directly to the allegations of Dr. Al-Timimi’s connections to terrorists and Bin Laden — [redacted]” IANA had a spin-off or dba about 1 mile from me in Syracuse, New York that I would pass each day. After the son of blind sheik Abdel-Rahman was captured in mid-February 2003, 100 agents came here to Syracuse and simultaneously interviewed 150 supporters who had given money to the IANA dba or spin-off called “Help The Needy” (HTN). HTN sought donations for the needy in Iraq. The raid was part of OPERATION IMMINENT HORIZON. They moved simultaneously the day and minute they searched Al-Timimi’s townhouse. Khafagi was a good friend of microbiologist Ali Al-Timimi and his personal papers were later found in Al-Timimi’s residence.

      In September 2006, federal agents investigating the Muslim charity Life for Relief and Development seized more than $134,000 in cash from the Ann Arbor home of Mujahid Al-Fayadh, a board member and founder of the organization. Dr. Mujahid Al-Fayadh has a Ph. D. in the field of Food Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Al-Fayadh also maintains a B.Sc. and M. Sc. in Dairy and Food Technology. He was the imam and project manager of the Hidaya Muslim Community Association in Ann Arbor. The association operated the Michigan Islamic Academy at Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor where the Global Relief Foundation founder taught twice a week. One mile down the road at Plymouth Park was the company whose researchers Bruce Ivins had supplied Ames strain years ago for DARPA-funded biodefense research. The company was called NanoBio.

      Dr. Tarek Hamouda at NanoBio thanked Louisiana State University researchers for making space available for the research. The LSU had provided four characterized strains while Bruce Ivins had provided virulent Ames. “I decided in 1993 or ‘94 that if there was a terrorist attack using anthrax we had to be able to fingerprint it to tell where it came from, sort of like the casing on a bullet,” Dr. Hugh-Jones said. After the anthrax mailings, “We’ve had subpoenas left, right and center. We were inspected twice by the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hugh-Jones told a reporter. “The FBI is frequently calling in. We’re cooperating closely.” “It very quickly became clear that we have good control over it, and it didn’t come from here,” Martin Hugh-Jones said. “We handle a lot of deadly items very frequently as a matter of routine.” The Ann Arbor researchers in December 1999 went to Dugway, a military installation in the remote Utah desert to demonstrate the effectiveness of their biocidal cream on an aerosolized anthrax surrogate. In late August 2001, NanoBio moved in to its new offices from less impressive digs in the basement of a bank. Bruce Ivins had supplied its University of Michigan researchers Ames strain a couple years earlier for DARPA-funded biodefense research.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      • DXer said

        Ann Arbor-based charity IANA had as its lead writer the Cairo-based Kamal Habib, the founder of Ayman Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad. An IANA journal in Arabic focused on tactics that might be used to free Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman, Attorney Stanley Cohen’s client.

        Kamal Habib had had spent 10 years in jail for the assassination of Anwar Sadat. In the late 1970s, the cell run by the young doctor Zawahiri joined with three other groups to become Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) under Habib’s leadership. After a visit in 2000, Gamal Sultan said Pittsburgh was known as the “American Kandahar,” given its rolling hills. In Egypt he formed the Islah (“Reform”) party with Gamal Sultan. While contributing to Al Manar al Jadeed, the Ann Arbor-based IANA’s quarterly journal, the pair sought the blind sheik’s endorsement of their political party venture in March 1999. They were not seeking the official participation of organizations like the Egyptian Islamic Jihad or the Egyptian Islamic Group. They were just hoping the groups would not oppose it. The pair wanted members of the movement to be free to join in peaceful partisan activity. They were not deterred when the blind sheik responded that the project was pointless, at the same he withdrew his support for the cease-fire initiative that had been backed by the imprisoned leaders of the Egyptian Islamic Group.

        Ann Arbor-based charity IANA had as its lead speaker Ali Al-Timimi.

        Al-Timimi’s defense attorney explained in a court filing that unsealed in April 2008 that Ali “was a participant in dozens of international overseas calls to individuals known to have been under suspicion of Al-Qaeda ties like Al-Hawali” and “was described during his trial by FBI agent John Wyman as having ‘extensive ties’ with the ‘broader al-Qaeda network.” Al-Timimi was on an advisory board member of Assirat al-Mustaqueem (”The Straight Path”), an international Arabic language magazine. Assirat, produced in Pittsburgh beginning in 1991, was the creation of a group of North American muslims, many of whom were senior members of IANA. Its Advisory Committee included Bassem Khafagi and Ali Al-Timimi. As Al-Timimi’s counsel explained in a court filing unsealed in April 2008:

        “[IANA head] Bassem Khafagi was questioned about Dr. Al-Timimi before 9-11 in Jordan, purportedly at the behest of American intelligence. [redacted passage ] He was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest. He was later interviewed by the FBI about Dr. Al-Timimi. Clearly, such early investigations go directly to the allegations of Dr. Al-Timimi’s connections to terrorists and Bin Laden.”

        Two staff members who wrote for Assirat then joined IANA’s staff when it folded in 2000. They had been members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and were activists in the movement. One of the former EIJ members, Gamal Sultan, was the editor of the quarterly IANA magazine in 2002. Mr. Sultan’s brother Mahmoud wrote for Assirat also. The most prominent writer was the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Kamal Habib. He led the Egyptian Islamic Jihad at the time of Anwar Sadat’s assassination when young doctor Zawahiri’s cell merged with a few other cells to form the EIJ. Two writers for Assirat in Pittsburgh had once shared a Portland, Oregon address with Al Qaeda member Wadih El-Hage. Wadih al Hage was Ali Mohammed’s friend and served as Bin Laden’s “personal secretary.”

        In early April 2001, Nawaf Alhazmi and Hani Hanjour rented an apartment in Falls Church, Virginia, for about a month, with the assistance of a man they met at the mosque. Nawaf Al-Hazmi had been at the January 2000 meeting at Yazid Sufaat’s Malaysian condominium in January 2000. Hijackers Nawaf and Hani Hanjour, a fellow pilot who was his friend from Saudi Arabia, attended sermons at the Dar al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, where Al-Timimi was located until he established the nearby center. The FBI reports that at an imam named Awlawki who had recently also moved from San Diego had closed door meetings with hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar in 2000 while all three of them were living in San Diego. Police later found the phone number of the Falls Church mosque when they searched the apartment of 9/11 planner Ramzi bin al-Shibh in Germany. In his 2007 book, Center of the Storm, George Tenet noted that Ramzi bin al-Shibh had a CBRN role.

        Yusuf Wells, who was a fundraiser for the Benevolence International Foundation, visited Northern Virginia over the April 14-15, 2001 weekend. The previous month he had been at Iowa State University on a similar visit. On April 15, 2001, he was brought to a paintball game. In the second season, they had become more secretive after an inquiry by an FBI Special Agent was made in 2000 of one of the members about the games. Part of BIF fundraiser Wells’ job involved writing reports about his fund raising trips. In his April 15, 2001 report he writes:

        “I was taken on a trip to the woods where a group of twenty brothers get together to play Paintball. It is a very secret and elite group and as I understand it, it is an honor to be invited to come. The brothers are fully geared up in camouflage fatigues, facemasks, and state of the art paintball weaponry. They call it ‘training’ and are very serious about it. I knew at least 4 or 5 of them were ex US military, the rest varied.

        Most all of them young men between the ages of 17-35. I was asked by the amir of the group to give a talk after Thuhr prayer. I spoke about seeing the conditions of Muslims overseas while with BIF, and how the fire of Islam is still very much alive in the hearts of the people even in the midst of extreme oppression. I also stressed the idea of being balanced. That we should not just be jihadis and perfect our fighting skills, but we should also work to perfect our character and strengthen our knowledge of Islam. I also said that Muslims are not just book reading cowards either, and that they should be commended for forming such a group.

        Many were confused as to why I had been ‘trusted’ to join the group so quickly, but were comforted after my brief talk. Some offered to help me get presentations on their respective localities.”

        A man named Kwon recalled driving Al-Timimi home from the mosque Sept. 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks. He said Al-Timimi and another scholar argued, with Al-Timimi characterizing the attacks as a punishment of America from God. “He told me to gather some brothers, to have a contingency plan in case there were mass hostilities toward Muslims in America.” Kwon said Al-Timimi told the group that the effort to spread Islam in the United States was over and that the only other options open to them were to repent, leave the U.S. and join the mujahadeen —e preparing to defend Afghanistan against the coming U.S. invasion.

        After 9/11, although a dinner that night was cancelled in light of the events of the day, Al-Timimi sought “to organize a plan in case of anti-Muslim backlash and to get the brothers together.” The group got together on September 16. Al-Timimi when he came in told the group to turn of their phones, unplug the answering machine, and pull down the curtains. Al-Timimi told the group that Mullah Omar had called upon Muslims to defend Afghanistan. Al-Timimi read parts of the al-Uqla fatwa to the group and gave the fatwa to Khan with the instructions to burn it after he read it. Al Timimi said the duty to engage in jihad is “fard ayn” — an individual duty of all Muslims. Over a lunch with two of the group on September 19, Al-Timimi told them not to carry anything suspicious and if they were stopped on the way to Pakistan to ask for their mother and cry like a baby. He told them to carry a magazine. The next day the pair left for Pakistan. The group from the September 16 meeting met again in early October, and a number left for Pakistan immediately after that meeting.

        Al-Timimi’s lawyer explains that Al-Timimi was in telephone contact with Al-Hawali on September 16, 2001 and September 19, 2001:

        “The conversation with Al-Hawali on September 19, 2001 was central to the indictment and raised at trial. Al-Timimi called Dr. Hawali after the dinner with Kwon on September 16, 2001 and just two hours before he met with Kwon and Hassan for the last time on September 19, 2001.”

        Al-Timimi was urging the young men go defend the Taliban against the imminent US invasion. A recent open letter to Ayman Zawahiri from a senior Libyan jihadist, Bin-Uthman, now living in London, confirms that Ayman Zawahiri and Atef, at a several day meeting in Kandahar in the Summer of 2000, viewed WMD as a deterrent to the invasion of Afghanistan.

        Kwon, who had just become a U.S. citizen in August 2001, went to the mountain training camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba. The U.S. placed on its terrorist list in December 2001. Kwon practiced with a semi-automatic weapons and learned to fire a grenade launcher, but he was not able to join the Taliban. The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan closed as U.S. forces took control of Afghanistan shortly before Kwon completed his training. His trainers suggested that he instead go back to the United States and gather information for the holy warriors. Kwon told jurors at al-Timimi’s trial how he first heard Al-Timimi speak in 1997 at an Islamic Assembly of North America conference in Chicago and then found that Al-Timimi lectured locally near his home in Northern Virginia. “Russian Hell” — a jihad video that featured bloody clips of a Chechen Muslim rebel leader executing a Russian prisoner of war — was a favorite among the videos that the group exchanged and discussed. “They (the videos) motivated us. It was like they gave us inspiration,” Kwon told the jurors.

        In 2001, Al-Timimi kept the personal papers of IANA President Khafagi at his home for safekeeping. His taped audio lecturers were among the most popular at the charity Islamic Assembly of North America in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He knew its President, Khafagi, both through work with CAIR and IANA. The same nondescript office building at 360 S. Washington St. in Falls Church where Timimi used to lecture at Dar al Arqam housed the Muslim World League.

        Al Timimi was close to his former teacher Safar al Hawali, the dissident Saudi sheik whose writings hail what he calls the inevitable downfall of the West. (Under pressure from authorities after 9/11, Al Hawali has played a public role in mediating between Saudi militants and the government.) Al-Timimi sought to represent and explain the views of radical sheik Al-Hawali in a letter he sent to members of Congress on the first anniversary of the mailing to the US Senators Daschle and Leahy. The Hawali October 6, 2002 letter drafted by Al-Timimi was hand delivered to every member of the US Congress just before their vote authorizing the use of force against Iraq, warning of the disastrous consequences that would follow an invasion of Iraq. Dr. Timimi’s defense committee explained on their website:

        “Because Dr. Al-Timimi felt that he did not have enough stature to send a letter in his name on behalf of Muslims, he contacted Dr. Al-Hawali among others to send the letter. Dr. Al-Hawali agreed and sent a revised version which Dr. Al-Timimi then edited and had hand delivered to every member of Congress.”

        In addition to the lucidly written October 6, 2002 letter, drafted by Al-Timimi, Hawali had sent a lengthy October 15, 2001 “Open Letter” to President Bush in which he had rejoiced in the 9/11 attacks. One Al-Hawali lecture, sought to be introduced in the prosecution of the IANA webmaster, applauded the killing of Jews and called for more killing, praised suicide bombings, and said of Israel that it’s time to “fight and expel this hated country that consists of those unclean, defiled, the cursed.”

        Bin Laden referred to Sheik al-Hawali in his 1996 Declaration of War on America. Prior to the 1998 embassy bombings, Ayman’s London cell sent letters to three different media outlets in Europe claiming responsibility for the bombings and referring to Hawali’s imprisonment. In two of the letters, the conditions laid out as to how the violence would stop were (1) release of Sheik al-Hawali (who along with another had been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in 1994) and (2) the release of blind sheik Abdel Rahman (who had been imprisoned in connection with WTC 1993). Hawali was released in 1999 after he agreed to stop advocating against the Saudi regime.

  48. DXer said

    The anthrax letters used large paper, such as standard in Europe but not in US.

    MSNBC: anthrax letters written on European-type paper
    MSNBC | 12/11/01

    Dan Abrams of MSNBC reported that the photo-copier paper used for the anthrax-containing letters to Tom Brokaw and the New York Post was of a size almost never used in this country. He said that it is more typical of paper used in European copy machines.

    “The first four pages of both documents [Atta’s instructions to the hijackers, handwritten in Arabic] are handwritten on large paper”

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/attack/2001/09/28/guide.htm

    What does the forensic comparison of the composition of the paper reveal? None of the comparisons of the paper composition used by Ivins was a match — and there were hundreds of pages taken from his home and office.

    • DXer said

      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.
      Source: Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2001.

      The Anthrax Probe Ranges Far and Wide As Investigators Scour Tips, Trash for Leads

      By MARK SCHOOFS, GARY FIELDS and MAUREEN TKACIK, Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
      http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/bioter/anthraxprobefarandwide.html

  49. DXer said

    Far too many people don’t read relevant materials and thus are reaching conclusions based on 2002 newspaper articles.

    The later WMD Commission years later headed by former US Senator Bob Graham summarized: “The Intelligence Community concluded that at the time of the commencement of the war in Afghanistan, al-Qa’ida’s biological weapons program was both more advanced and more sophisticated than analysts had previously assessed.”

    http://fas.org/irp/offdocs/wmd_chapter3.pdf

  50. DXer said

    Assuming a review of other exemplars confirms that it is Atta’s handwriting (and not Adnan, who was assisting him at the immigration office on his visits), note that among the other exemplars that the FBI can provide GAO is a postcard sent to USINS TSC (Immigration and Naturalization Services), in which Atta, listed as the sender of the postcard, put a horizontal line across the top and bottom line on the “I” in USINS and MESQUITE and he put a cap on the number 1s in the zipcode 851182 and 75185-1182.

    http://www.911myths.com/images/8/86/Team5_Box51_Hijacker-Primary-Docs_AA11-ChronologySaudiVisaApps.pdf

    • DXer said

      The poisonous letter is the title of one section on poisons:

      “Write a letter to the victim mentioning very exciting and very interesting news,” it reads. “Wipe the envelope from the inside with silicone sealant,” it goes on, “so it would not kill the mailman.”

      http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0111/15/ltm.01.html

      What do Al Qaeda manuals advise regarding cell security? Do they recommend that the person preparing the poisonous letter be different than the one delivering it?

      That the person doing the casing be different than the one preparing the lethal letter?

      Separately, if the message of the letters is that the souls of the hijackers will go to heaven upon the wings of green birds, is it surprising that Atta would be the one to write the letter?

      Was the North Brunswick computer person Mazen Mokhtar who mirrored Al Qaeda’s website azzam.com (which explained the symbolism of the “green birds”) in contact with subtilis expert Walied Samarrai in 2001?
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 8, 2011
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/was-the-north-brunswick-computer-person-mazen-mokhtar-who-mirrored-al-qaedas-website-azzam-com-which-explained-the-symbolism-of-the-green-birds-in-contact-with-subtilis-expert-walied-samarra/

      Consider the last page of his document found in the hijackers’ luggage that is being withheld.

      The pages were instructions to hijackers. The drawing of the picture is of a caduceus with the word ROOM written vertically.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caduceus

      The FBI should produce the letter to GAO given the printed letter R O O M. Why is that page exempt from production under FOIA on the grounds of law enforcement exemption?

      In Hijacker’s Bags, a Call to Planning, Prayer and Death
      By: Bob Woodward
      Washington Post Staff Writer
      September 28, 2001; Page A01
      http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6606

      “Everybody hates death, fears death,” according to a translation of highlights of the document obtained by The Washington Post. “But only those, the believers who know the life after death and the reward after death, would be the ones who will be seeking death.” …

      A recurring theme is the promise of eternal life.

      “Keep a very open mind, keep a very open heart of what you are to face,” the document says. “You will be entering paradise. You will be entering the happiest life, everlasting life.”

      ***

      The author doodled on the paper, drawing a small, arrowhead-like sword. Two circles entwine the shaft, which also has serpentine swirls drawn onto it. The doodle also resembles a key.

      The word “ROOM” is written vertically in large double-block letters at the end.

  51. DXer said

    To summarize for all those lost souls who think either Tara O’Toole or a First Grader was involved for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings,
    Adnan El-Shukrijumah was living with KSM when he called his mom from Kandahar upon 9/11 to say he was coming to the US (over her protests).

    KSM was the 911 plotter. KSM’s assistant Hawsawi had the anthrax spraydrying documents on them.

    (Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat stayed with KSM too.)

    Kandahar was where Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab was — the one that Dr. Relman explains in SCIENCE tested positive for the DNA for the Ames strain of anthrax. It had been up and running since May 2001, with Yazid Sufaat’s initial work with two assistants done at Omar Hospital. In written correspondence with Yazid Sufaat, he does not deny responsibility for the anthrax mailings. I hope to someday see a book by him also — he says, Allah willing. (In the meantime he faces certain terrorism charges but I sense that his legal defense is optimistic of his prospects).

    (Hawsawi and KSM were also in contact with chem operative Al-Marri who entered the country on September 10, 2001; I look forward to Al-Marri’s book after his release in January 2015).

    Adnan had stayed in New Jersey earlier in 2001 while casing the targets in NYC and DC with Dhiren Barot and one other individual. They stayed with Dhiren Barot’s relatives in New Jersey.

    Upon going back abroad, Adnan stayed with Hawsawi in Karachi from Feb 2002 – April 2002. Hawsawi, again, the fellow with the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      As with the Al Hayat letter bombs sent to symbolic targets in DC and NYC, there were two waves.

      http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2706&dat=19970114&id=x_5JAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BR4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=1004,246508

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

      Ayman Zawahiri sent deadly letters to newspapers in DC and New York City, as well as to people in symbolic positions. There were two waves of letters. He never claimed responsibility. It related in part to retaliation for detention of the blind sheikh and others responsible for the 1993 WTC attack — and the “lies” he perceived being told by the media. It was January 1997.

      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.”

      (In the past, I believed he was referring to the Egyptian Islamic Group but maybe he was referring to Al Qaeda).

      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.” Vince Cannistraro at the time said that the color and smell of the bombs suggests semtex was used.

      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. Anthrax mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the son of a Brooklyn imam who sometimes translated for the Blind Sheik’s translator. Father and son then moved to Florida; Adnan El-Shukrijumah, I believe, first travelled to Afghanistan in 1995; Ayman Zawahiri and Islambouli (who was in a planning cell with KSM) travelled to Brooklyn in 1995.

      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 elsewhere. The Al Qaeda anthrax lab director was captured in December 2001. Anthrax mailing suspect Adnan El-Shukrijumah had additional missions that required travel in North and South America. He was the “next Atta.” He now is the head of Al Qaeda external operations. This is not the time to suffer fools gladly or let the Administration and FBI withhold documents where the withholding is against the public interest favoring public accountability.

    • DXer said

      1. El-Shukrijumah, after casing targets in March 2001 or so, he travelled to Afghanistan via Trinidad and London, arriving in Afghanistan by June 2001.

      CNN, 2010

      “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.”

      2. While casing targets in New York, he stayed with Barot’s aunt in New Jersey.

      British Terror Plotter Gets Life In Prison – CBS News

      Sep 10, 2009 – Prosecutor Says Dhiren Barot Was Caught Just In Time, Before Attacks … visiting an aunt in New Jersey on both occasions, Lawson said.

      Barot made two reconnaissance trips to the United States in August 2000 and March 2001 — visiting an aunt in New Jersey on both occasions, Lawson said.

      A 1-hour, 20-minute New York reconnaissance film was later discovered in London spliced into a video tape copy of “Die Hard With A Vengeance.”

      Lawson said the camcorder footage of buildings on New York’s Broad Street and Wall Street was shot in 2001, when Barot also took two helicopter trips across Manhattan.

      Prosecutors said Barot’s U.S. targets included the World Bank headquarters and the International Monetary Fund, both in Washington, the Citigroup buildings in New York and the Prudential building in Newark, New Jersey.

      http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2006/Man-to-Be-Sentenced-in-British-Bomb-Plot/id-2cf8766625abdc9c9f974dc466638fdd

      3 In 2001, the pair stayed with Barot’s aunt in New Jersey before driving a rental car to Washington to case targets.

      MAN TO BE SENTENCED IN BRITISH BOMB PLOT
      DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press
      Nov. 6, 2006 12:34 PM ET

      Investigators confiscated Barot’s notes that showed he gained extensive training in the use of weapons, chemicals and bomb design. In 1998, he traveled to Malaysia and the Philippines in 1999, where he attended the Jamaah al-Islamiya terror training camp, Lawson said.

      In August 2000 and March 2001, Barot went on two reconnaissance trips to the United States, Lawson said.

      Plans outlining details of the U.S. attacks, including reconnaissance videos filmed in August 2001, were found on a computer after Barot’s arrest in August 2004, prosecutors said.

      Discovery of his purported plot against U.S. targets that included the World Bank headquarters in Washington, Citigroup headquarters in New York and the Prudential building in Newark, N.J., led President Bush to raise the U.S. terrorism threat level.

      Barot and an alleged accomplice arrived in New York in 2000 and told immigration officers they were tourists, giving an address of a hotel in the city, according to Lawson, who said the pair stayed with Barot’s aunt in New Jersey before driving a rental car to Washington.

      On a second trip with another alleged conspirator [El-Shukrijumah] in March 2001, Barot told his aunt he was planning to visit California and meet a group of girls. Instead, Barot went to Washington and also took a helicopter trip across Manhattan.

      It was this 2001 trip to Manhattan when prosecutors said the video of the World Trade Center was shot.

    • DXer said

      The FBI determined casing the helicopters seemed for use of a biochemical weapon. Dhiren was in the country pretending to go to a community college in Upstate New York, Mohawk Valley Community College Along with his aunt, I’ve previously suggested that Dhiren Bharot (Barot) stayed in New Jersey with Dhiren’s cousin Meeta and her husband. They could describe Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s visit in 2001.

      Former FBI Agent Don Borelli, who questioned Zawahiri’s infiltrating scientist Abdur Rauf (Rauf Ahmad) over tea and cookies at an ISI safehouse in February 2002, has noted this week that the NYC’s demographics unit had not been useful in ferreting out Zazi. By February 2002, Adnan El-Shukrijumah was holed up in a Karachi apartment, hiding with Al-Hawsawi, KSM’s assistant with the anthrax drying documents on his laptop. Zawahiri had never trusted Rauf Ahmad because his motivation was money whereas Yazid Sufaat’s motivation was ideological. So Rauf Ahmad was unlikely to lead Agent Borelli to Adnan El-Shukrijumah. Although Agent Borelli had expected a prosecution, he says the investigation went the way of secret prisons instead. It just recently has been revealed that one of Sufaat’s vaccinated assistants was secretly detained — it just has recently been revealed that the assistant is being held by Israel. These secret detentions have done much to obscure analysis.

      Catching the bad guys is very much a matter of starting with a bad guy such as Ayman Zawahiri and working backwards, figuring out who knew who. Putting a microchip in their butt or in the battery of their satellite phone works too.

      But closing a case when it is your own witness (Bruce Ivins’ first counselor, Judith) who thinks an alien is controlling her through a microchip is not a fruitful approach.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

      • DXer said

        “He is learnt to have stayed for two months with his cousin Meeta (Sudhaben’s daughter) and her husband in New Jersey— who had no clue to his activities.”

        Gujarat roots: Britain’s terror king is Indian import – Hindustan Times
        http://www.hindustantimes.com/news-feed/nm19/gujarat-roots-britain-s-terror-king-is-indian-import/article1-170745.aspx

        Nov 8, 2006 … And the operative was India-born Dhiren Barot, a Gujarat native, …

        In 1999, he authored a tome, The Army of Madinah in Kashmir, under the name Abu Esa Al Hindi — narrating his experiences and describing ways to kill Indian soldiers. Abu Musa Al Hindi became one of his several aliases. In the late 1990s and early 2000, he served as an Al-Qaeda agent and in 2000, he visited the United States on a student visa. He was sent to the United States several times between 2000 and 2001 by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the 9/11 masterminds, to scope out targets. He is learnt to have stayed for two months with his cousin Meeta (Sudhaben’s daughter) and her husband in New Jersey— who had no clue to his activities. Sources said when Meeta’s father visited her after post 9/11, the US police grilled him as Barot’s cover had blown by then. –

    • DXer said

      El-Shukrijumah wrote Atta’s name in large capital letters in helping him with his visa at the Miami immigration District Office. In the anthrax letters, the letters A-T-T-A were double-lined.

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/why-did-fbi-agent-darin-steele-think-that-the-t-in-next-was-double-lined-in-concocting-his-interpretation-of-a-code/

      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/

      The USG Has Denied FOIA Requests For Atta’s Handwriting Since The Fall 2001 Anthrax Mailings On Grounds It Could Interfere With Enforcement Proceedings
      Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 1, 2013
      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/

      9/11 and Terrorist Travel Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
      http://www.9-11commission.gov/staff_statements/911_TerrTrav_Monograph.pdf

      Atta’s walk-in inspection at the Miami Immigration District Office

      On May 2, 2001, Atta and two companions stood in a long line at the Miami District Immigration Office. INS district offices adjudicate all types of immigration benefits inspections, including naturalization interviews, applications for permanent residency based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, and deferred inspections for students lacking the proper paperwork upon entry. But Atta had something else in mind. He wanted his companion, who was likely Jarrah, to obtain the same eight-month length of stay that he had (wrongfully) received in January.114

      By late morning, Atta finally made it to the inspection desk. An inspector from Miami International Airport was getting ready to take a break for lunch at about 11:30 A.M. when three men approached her at the counter. This inspector had worked primary and secondary inspections at airports, as well as of ship crews, since 1988 in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, because she had never before worked at this district office, she recalled the encounter with Atta vividly.115

      One of Atta’s companions, proficient in English, spoke first. He told the inspector, “My friends have a question about their I-94 arrival records.” When she asked, “Do you need to see immigration?” he said no. The inspector then instructed him to go sit down and that she would help him with his friends, and he complied. She told them that the person needing help should write his name on the sign-in sheet. In large capital letters, he wrote, “ATTA.”116

      114 The companion who first spoke to the inspector, she recalled “was a great looking kid,” which she also mentioned to a colleague. When the FBI’s Most Wanted photo of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah appeared on the inspectors’ bulletin board after September 11, and after the FBI interviewed her, the inspector says she told her supervisor at the port that she was “75 percent sure” that she could identify the man who was with Atta as Shukrijumah. In checking Shukrijumah’s immigration status, she learned that he was a legal resident and had worked in south Florida. Information about the September 11 plot has not to date associated Shukrijumah with the plot. However, Shukrijumah is considered a well-connected al Qaeda operative, otherwise known as “Jafar the Pilot” and he is still wanted by the FBI. Shukrijumah’s father is a well known imam in South Florida, having testified on behalf of Sheik Rahman during his trial for the conspiracy to destroy New York landmarks in June 1993.

      115 See immigration inspector of Mohamed Atta on May 2 interview (Mar. 25, 2004).

      116 Ibid.

    • DXer said

      Note that it was Adnan El-Shukrijumah helping Atta with his paperwork on May 2, 2001 — and for example signed in A-T-T-A in all capital letters.

      Handwriting is part of the science relied upon by the FBI in its Amerithrax investigation.

      It is imperative that GAO obtain as many exemplars as possible of Atta’s and El-Shukrijumah’s handwriting and obtain the FBI’s comparison of the handwriting to the Fall 2001 anthrax letters.

      In the anthrax letters, the letters A-T-T-A were double-lined.

      “On May 2, 2001, Atta and two companions stood in a long line at the Miami District Immigration Office. INS district offices adjudicate all types of immigration benefits inspections, including naturalization interviews, applications for permanent residency based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, and deferred inspections for students lacking the proper paperwork upon entry. But Atta had something else in mind. He wanted his companion, who was likely Jarrah, to obtain the same eight-month length of stay that he had (wrongfully) received in January.114

      By late morning, Atta finally made it to the inspection desk. An inspector from Miami International Airport was getting ready to take a break for lunch at about 11:30 A.M. when three men approached her at the counter. This inspector had worked primary and secondary inspections at airports, as well as of ship crews, since 1988 in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, because she had never before worked at this district office, she recalled the encounter with Atta vividly.115

      One of Atta’s companions, proficient in English, spoke first. He told the inspector, “My friends have a question about their I-94 arrival records.” When she asked, “Do you need to see immigration?” he said no. The inspector then instructed him to go sit down and that she would help him with his friends, and he complied. She told them that the person needing help should write his name on the sign-in sheet. In large capital letters, he wrote, “ATTA.”116 ”

      This revised I-94 shows in the red-ink stamp the result of it being shortened from 8 months to 6 months. It was issued on May 2, 2001.

      See also Travel Monograph, p. 186 for I-94
      http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/staff_statements/911_TerrTrav_Monograph.pdf

      “Mohamed Atta’s revised immigration arrival record (I-94) created on May 2, 2001 at the Miami INS district office. Atta had gone to the office seeking a length of stay equal to the 8-months he received for a colleague—possibly Ziad Jarrah. Tourists were not normally granted a length of stay of more than 6 months. The INS officer in Miami refused to grant 8 months to Jarrah and instead rolled-back Atta’s length of stay to the standard six months, until July 9, 2001. He departed the United States on July 7 and returned on July 19, at which time he was granted another 6-month length of stay.”

    • DXer said

      Attorney Abdel-Bary — who now wants to plead guilty to his involvement in the 1998 embassy bombings — knows Adnan El-Shukrijumah from his days in Brooklyn helping with the defense of the Blind Sheik’s bodyguard Nosair, the assassin of radical rabbi Kehane.

      Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden – Google Books Result
      books.google.com/books?isbn=0743234952
      Peter L. Bergen – ‎2002 – Political Science
      Among them is Abdel Abdel-Bary, a lawyer who represented Jihad in Egypt and …Abdel-Bary also helped in the defense of El Sayyid Nosair — a key member of …

      What can Abel-Bary tell the FBI about Adnan El-Shukrijumah?

      When Adnan El-Shukrijumah was not fighting in Bosnia, visiting Saudi Arabia, before moving to Miramar Florida in 1996, he was in Brooklyn with his father Gulshair, who was a translator for Blind Sheikh Abdel-Rahman at al-Farouq mosque.

      Since December 2001, I have argued that the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer was connected to the detention of the Blind Sheikh Abdel-Rahman and Brooklyn, NY. Just a few months before, a short, asthmatic young man named Adnan had called his mom from KSM’s house, in Kandahar. Kandahar was where Yazid Sufaat had his anthrax lab; Yazid had assured KSM that there was no risk in working with the virulent anthrax because he and his assistants had been vaccinated. When Adnan called his mom, she urged him not to come because he would be arrested for 911. She protested but he was insistent.

      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, 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. It was Abdel-Bary, pleading guilty to the 1998 embassy bombings this week, who helped with Nosair’s defense. In an audio overlay, Mohammed was heard saying “avenge your sheik” and “go to the spilling of blood.” Who does Abdel-Bary think is responsible for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

      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. The United States government kept secret that it had detained El-Shukrijumah’s associate, Jdey, at the same time as Moussaoui — but released him.

      And now Adnan El-Shukrijumah remains in the wind, posing a serious threat to the United States. As the 911 Commission found, compartmentalization of information very often leads to a failure of analysis such as resulted in 9/11.

      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.

      I submit that the same compartmentalization and failure to connect the dots has led to Amerithrax not being solved.

      • DXer said

        Reuters is reporting that Abdel Bary’s son , aka “John the Beatle,” is suspected to be the ISIS terrorist who beheaded James Foley.

        Failing to solve and prosecute crimes — to include failing to arrange for extradition — can lead to unfortunate real-world consequences. It can even turn the tide of history, leading to yet another unnecessary war. If you want to work for peace, work for justice. Connect the dots rather than merely to your emotions and predispositions — or submitting to your supervisor’s or some Saudi Prince’s whims.

        http://nypost.com/2014/09/19/dad-of-john-the-beatle-admits-to-98-embassy-bomb-plot-with-osama/

        Dad of ‘John the Beatle’ suspect admits Osama terror plot
        By Rich CalderSeptember 19, 2014

        Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary (left), aka “John the Beatle,” is suspected to be the ISIS terrorist who beheaded James Foley.
        Reuters

        The father of the British rapper suspected of beheading American journalist James Foley admitted Friday to conspiring with Osama bin Laden in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa that left 224 people dead, including 12 Americans.
        Adel Abdel Bary — the father of suspected ISIS terrorist Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, also known as “John the Beatle” — copped a guilty plea in Manhattan federal court to charges of making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans.

        “I agreed with others … to kill American citizens anywhere in the world — either civilian or military,” the elder Bary told Judge Lewis Kaplan while shaking his head, sobbing and wiping his eyes with tissues.

        The suspected terrorist is the son of Adel Abdel Bary, who used to make terrorism plots with Osama bin Laden.

        When asked afterward if the 54-year-old Bary’s decision to plead guilty has anything to do with “his son’s situation” — or if he’s spoken about his son’s alleged terror acts — Bary’s lawyer, Andrew Patel, declined comment.

        The younger Bary, 23, fled his million-dollar home in London last year, reportedly to wage jihad in Syria, and recently tweeted a picture of himself holding a severed head.

  52. DXer said

    After KSM’s capture (which authorities claim occurred on March 1, 2003), we learned that Adnan El-Shukrijumah HAD in fact come to the US.

    After 911, FBI officials say he was living in Miami under the alias Jaafaral al-Tayyar. In March 2003, NBC reported that Mohammed Atta’s associate “El Shukrijumah has used at least a half-dozen aliases, including Jaafaral al-Tayyar, the name he was living under in Miami, the officials said.”

    The FBI should disclose all that is known about Atta’s whereabouts in 2001. We know he called his mother on or about 9/11/2001 or 9/13/2001 (the reports vary between the two dates) and told her he was coming to the US. We know at the time he was living with KSM, who also for 6 days lived with Yazid Sufaat. Yazid described his work with virulent anthrax and had earlier briefed Zawahiri and Hambali over the course of a week. In written correspondence with me, Yazid Sufaat does not deny involvement with the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings. He pleads the Fifth. He now is back in jail.

    In Amerithrax, the FBI has said that it could exclude everyone else who might possibly have mailed the anthrax. Well, the GAO has been tasked by Congress to check its work. The FBI kept the documents about El-Shukrijumah from the “Joint Inquiry” and the “911 Commission” but should now give them to the GAO, so that Congress might 13 years later fulfill its oversight function.

    The FBI should disclose all the historic documents (-2003) relating to El-Shukrijumah and what is known of his travels in 2001.

    After the anthrax mailings, Adnan El-Shukrijumah then lived with Al-Hawsawi in Karachi in the Spring of 2002. (I need to get you sourcing on the issue). Al-Hawsawi was KSM’s assistant who had the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop.

    “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.”

    Fri Mar 21, 2003 10:35 pm

    FBI ISSUES BULLETIN

    The FBI on Thursday asked police, the public and authorities around

    the world to be on the lookout for El Shukrijumah.
    “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,” said a bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies around the
    world.
    Law enforcement officials who spoke with NBC News described El
    Shukrijumah as a suspected al-Qaida operative with pilot training and said
    he may be in the United States and planning a “major attack.”
    One official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity,
    said authorities fear the man could be “another Mohammed Atta.”
    Word of the search for El Shukrijumah came as U.S. authorities were
    on a heightened alert for possible terrorist attacks tied to the beginning
    of the war in Iraq.

    KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN U.S.

    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.
    Federal agents on Thursday raided a home where the suspect was last
    known to have lived and interviewed his brother, Nabil …

    The law enforcement bulletin described El Shukrijumah as 27, about
    5-foot-4 and 132 pounds or heavier and said he may or may not have a beard.
    Although born in Saudi Arabia, El Shukrijumah carries a Guyana
    passport and could attempt to enter the United States with a Saudi, Canadian
    or Trinidad passport as well, the FBI says. The officials said it was not
    immediately known how he had entered the country.
    El Shukrijumah has used at least a half-dozen aliases, including
    Jaafaral al-Tayyar, the name he was living under in Miami, the officials
    said. He also speaks English fluently, they said.
    The FBI alert did not specify the nature of the threats El
    Shukrijumah, nicknamed “Jaafaral the Pilot,” may pose to U.S. interests.
    But the officials who spoke with NBC News 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, 2001, attacks.

    One FBI official, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of
    anonymity, said El Shukrijumah only recently came to the agency’s attention,
    but the official did not say how.”

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      Hawsawi — who had the anthrax spraydrying documents on his laptop, wants his trial severed from the trial of KSM and the others. He is closely associated with anthrax letters mailing suspect Jafar al Tayar ( aka Adnan El-Shukrijumah).

      “Detainee [Hawsawi] 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.

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

      Note that while in Karachi, Adnan was busy preparing a different WMD attack.

      In the Spring of 2002, while living with Al-Hawsawi in Karachi, 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.

      “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.

      • DXer said

        Note that Ayman Zawahiri reported to Atef on the anthrax program. In the summer of 2001, Atef initially had tasked Padilla to be trained by Shukrijumah in explosives.

        This press conference the official explains that Shukrijumah and Padilla didn’t get along — Binyam as I recall his name, was brought in.

        Tuesday, June 1, 2004 Posted: 1815 GMT (0215 HKT)
        http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/06/01/comey.padilla.transcript/

        Two months later, in June of 2001, Padilla returned to Afghanistan and sought out Mohammed Atef. He met with Atef at a safe house that was reserved for the instructors and the leaders of al Qaeda. According to Padilla, about a month later, his mentor Atef asked him a question. He asked his American disciple if he was willing to undertake a mission to blow up apartment buildings in the United States using natural gas. Padilla told him he would do it.

        Atef then sent Padilla to a training site near the Kandahar airport, where Padilla would train under the watchful eye of an al Qaeda explosives expert and be trained with the man who was to be his partner in this mission to destroy apartment buildings, another al Qaeda operative. When Padilla saw this other operative, he recognized him immediately because he had known him from Florida.

        Padilla and the other operative trained under the guidance of this explosives expert and learned about switches and circuits and timers. They learned how to seal an apartment to trap the natural gas and to prepare an explosion using that gas that would have maximum yield and destroy an apartment building.

        I told you that Padilla recognized this other al Qaeda operative who was to be his partner, recognized him immediately. You will, too. Because that other operative was Adnan Shukrijumah, also known as Jafar or Jafar the pilot, a man that the attorney general and the FBI director told this country about last week; one of the seven we want so badly to find.

        Padilla and Jafar, though, could not get along. That personality conflict led them to abandon this operation, although only temporarily, after Padilla reported to Atef that he didn’t think he could work with Jafar and he couldn’t work this operation alone.

        As I continue with Padilla’s story, let me note, as the attorney general and Director Mueller did last week, that Jafar took another path and remains out there somewhere and is extraordinarily dangerous: an explosives expert who is also an experienced commercial pilot.

      • DXer said

        Al-Marri was a operative researching chemical weapons connected to both Al-Hawsawi and KSM who entered the US on September 10, 2001.

        http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ali-al-marri-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-provide-material-support-al-qaeda

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/comment-page-1/#comment-26088

        Al-Marri will be out in January 2015 and can write a book to tell about his relationship with Al-Hawsawi and KSM etc.

        http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=ali_saleh_kahlah_al-mari

        His computer, after his research, was sent to someone in Washington. He can identify that person.

        I think a book by Al-Marri would be fascinating.

        *What did Omar Al-Hadrami, the facilitator in charge of operations in Lahore, tell Dr. Batarfi, about the individuals suspected of the US anthrax mailings?
        Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 25, 2011
        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/what-did-omar-al-hadrami-the-facilitator-in-charge-of-operations-in-lahore-tell-dr-batarfi-about-the-individuals-suspected-of-the-us-anthrax-mailings/

        Apr 25, 2011 … I have ventured that Adnan El-Shukrijumah was the mailer of the Fall … Al-Marri, as I recall, cased the NYC and DC targets with Al-Hindi and …

        The strange saga of Jose Padilla: Judge adds four years
        Yahoo News‎ – Sep 9, 2014

        Unlike Padilla, there is direct evidence that Mr. Marri was involved with Al Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

        At Mr. Mohammed’s direction, Marri came to the US and set to work identifying potential terror targets. There is also evidence that Marri was in contact with Mustafa al-Hawsawi, an alleged moneyman in the 9/11 attacks.

        Marri was held for six years in military detention and interrogated. At one point during the harshest treatment, he smeared the inside walls of his cell with his own excrement.

        Unlike Padilla, Marri eventually entered a plea agreement with the US government and was promised no more than a 15-year sentence. The judge, taking into consideration Marri’s treatment in the brig, cut the sentence to eight years.

        The government did not appeal that reduction. As a result, Marri is expected to walk out of prison on Jan. 18, 2015 – in four months.

    • DXer said

      Graeme MacQueen in his recent wildly misconceived “2001 Anthrax Deception” 2014 book does not address Al Qaeda’s anthrax program or the Al Qaeda operatives who reportedly visited McMaster University. Graeme was in the religious studies at McMaster for 30 years.

      The former top CIA analyst, in a Harvard report says that Abderraouf Jdey was also at MacMaster University in Canada. He says Jdey was detained at the same time as Moussaoui but released. He notes Jdey had biology books.

      Given Graeme is located there and has decades of personal contacts there among religious-minded people, perhaps he could research and share all the information available about Jdey’s and Shukrijumah’s time at McMaster. (I don’t purport to know anything about what they did there or who they met and knew). Even with pending Court litigation being briefed this month on summary judgment, I have been able to obtain any corroboration of this startling report by the top CIA WMD analyst about Jdey. See Dillon v. FBI. (the docket notes that an extension has been granted for filing of plaintiff’s response to the motion for summary judgment) Nor was I ever able to make sense of the poorly sourced, contradictory and debunked articles about McMasters.

      All the press reports about Shukrijumah at McMaster too are mud — and so Graeme is the one who could dig in. That is, if he is really interested in the truth and isn’t weren’t just a political propagrandist denying that Bin Laden and his recruits were responsible for 9/11.

      As for production of the withheld documents from the “Joint Inquiry” and “911 Commission”, by all means, they should be released. Indeed, as Bob Graham says, “Follow the money”, ask hard questions, and get explanations. And after the 28 pages, let’s start with the release of the interviews of President Clinton and Bush, focusing on the relationship with Prince Bandar.

      But the documents point to El-Shukrijumah, not Tara O’Toole.

      Anyone purporting to want to promote nonviolence needs to have a modicum of common sense in knowing who the documentary evidence demonstrates has a willingness to murder innocents, whether with planes or anthrax.

      Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass destruction threat: hype or reality?
      By rolf Mowatt-larssen Foreword by Graham Allison
      http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/al-qaeda-wmd-threat.pdf

      SUMMER 2001

      Some casing-related activity and contacts allegedly take place between Mohammed Atta, organizer and leader of the September 11th attacks, and WMD-associated figures, including Adnan Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda member named by the FBI as a “future facilitator” for attacks against the U.S. by al Qaeda. According to the FBI, Shukrijumah, aka Jaffar al-Tayyar (“the pilot”), cased targets in New York City for possible attacks; he has been associated with al Qaeda’s interest in a nuclear weapon and/or “dirty bomb” plot.32

      Note: A person fitting Atta’s description sought to apply for a loan in Florida to purchase a crop duster, but was refused.33 This information prompted the FBI to approach all crop duster companies in the US, in an effort to identify any possible links to terrorists.34

      SUMMER 2001

      Detention of Abderraouf Yousef Jdey, a biology major with possible interest in biological and nuclear weapons,35 who traveled with Zacharias Moussaoui from Canada into the United States. Moussaoui is detained with crop duster manuals in his possession;36 Jdey had biology textbooks.37 Earlier, they attended McMaster University in Canada, along with Adnan Shukrijumah.38

      Note: There has been unconfirmed speculation that they were slated to be part of a “second wave” of attacks post-9/11.39 Their whereabouts are unknown.

  53. DXer said

    In 2009, an FBI undercover informant explained to ABC News that he was upset that he didn’t undertake to thwart Atta and El-Shukrijumah when he saw them together at a mosque outside of Miami. (That involved the plant involving some angry young men and a power plant). Note the FBI’s response: That the matter was thoroughly reviewed by the Joint Inquiry and the 911 Commission as part of the Congressional oversight. Yet the head of the Congressional “Joint Inquiry” Bob Graham and the Co-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission Kean and Hamilton say they were never told of the Sarasota investigation — which involved both Atta and El-Shukrijumah. Thus, the FBI’s PR office’s response missed the mark. Congressional oversight was not possible because the documents were not disclosed. We need less PR spin from the FBI officials spinning conclusions and more disclosure.

    Hindsight is 20/20. In the power plant investigation, it is not surprising that the FBI supervisor steered the informant away from El-Shukrijumah. The talkative angry loud young man and his closest friends were a more attractive investigative target than Adnan, who was coolly hanging back, being understandably wary of federal undercovers at the mosque amidst the gathered angry young men one particular night. But rather than being for the purpose of enabling 20/20 hindsight, the purpose in disclosing the documents about El-Shukrijumah is that it might permit the solution of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

    I know one fellow’s whose entire argument for a decade was that a First Grader wrote the letters! And that the hijackers were “dead, dead, dead” and had no US-based accomplices.

    He reasons that there is no evidence, he says, that Adnan El-Shukrijumah got on a plane after he told his mom on 9/11 or 9/13 that he was coming to the US. Thus, the fellow reasons that we should presume that he didn’t.

    That’s like the guy from McMasters who makes the same stupid argument — claiming that the there is no evidence the hijackers got on the plane. Adnan El-Shukrijumah, according to the top CIA analysis now at Harvard, was at McMasters, Did Graeme know him and his friends? Graeme was at McMasters for 30 years and a member of the religious studies department. Adnan’s gig was selling Islamic books. Otherwise I don’t how to explain his failure to discuss Rauf Ahmad, Yazid Sufaat, the lab at Kandahar, etc.

    Not only did the hijackers have an accomplice in Florida but he lived in the same residence — KSM’s residence — at the Kandahar residence where anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat lived, Both Adnan and Atta were in the area of St. Petersburg that was of such interest to Graeme in his wholly misconceived book..

    Someone should ask Graeme if he knew Adnan from McMasters.

    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/fbis-undercover-informant-asaad-is-frustrated-that-he-and-fbi-missed-opportunity-to-thwart-mohammed-atta-and-anthrax-letter-suspect-adnan-el-shukrijumah-al-qaedas-current-head-of-external-opera/

  54. DXer said

    In connection with the Sarasota documents the FBI is withholding, the FBI has not produced the documents evidencing that it learned in 2002 that Adnan El-Shukrijumah had re-entered the country after 9/11.

    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 Lew Weinstein on June 6, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/

    • DXer said

      Al Qaeda anthrax lab technician tells DXer that he realizes that by addressing these issues he may “jack myself up” but says that the “plan is on the way” — what does he mean when he says the “plan is on the way”?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 1, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-technician-tells-dxer-by-chat-that-he-realizes-that-by-addressing-these-issues-he-may-jack-myself-up-but-says-that-the-plan-is-on-the-way-what-does-he-mean-when-he-s/

      What did Al Qaeda anthrax lab head Yazid Sufaat discuss at the meeting in Kandahar with Adnan El-Shukrijumah and KSM before Adnan set off to return to the United States shortly after 9/11?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 7, 2013
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/what-did-al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-head-yazid-sufaat-discuss-at-the-meeting-in-kandahar-with-adnan-el-shukrijumah-and-ksm-before-adnan-set-off-to-return-to-the-united-states-shortly-after-911/

      Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech says he had been part of Malaysian Armed Forces biological weapons program

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 23, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/al-qaeda-anthrax-lab-tech-says-he-had-been-part-of-malaysian-armed-forces-biological-weapons-program/

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

    • DXer said

      CNN: President Obama reportedly promised to release the pages in the “Joint Inquiry” report addressing involvement of some Saudi employees in providing assistance to the hijackers. The pages should now be released without further delay.

      http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2014/09/08/lead-dnt-tapper-28-pages-9-11.cnn&cid=C13888a07&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fsearch%3Ftbm%3Dvid%26hl%3Djv-US%26source%3Dhp%26q%3D%252228%2Bpages%2522%26btnG%3DGoogle%2BNggoleki%26gbv%3D2

      • DXer said

        http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=islamic_assembly_of_north_america

        September 10, 2001: Three 9/11 Hijackers Stay at Same Hotel as Senior Saudi Official

        Three hijackers, Hani Hanjour, Khalid Almihdhar, and Nawaf Alhazmi, check into the same hotel as a prominent Saudi government official, Saleh Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen. [WASHINGTON POST, 10/2/2003] Hussayen originally stayed at a different nearby hotel, but moved to this hotel on the same day the hijackers checked in. [TRENTO AND TRENTO, 2006, PP. 45] Investigators have not found any evidence that the hijackers met with Hussayen, and stress it could be a coincidence. [DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/10/2003] However, one prosecutor working on a related case will assert, “I continue to believe it can’t be a coincidence.” [WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/2/2003] An FBI agent will later say that Hussayen “may have had some connection to the attacks and is likely to have met with those funding the hijackers if not the hijackers themselves.” [TRENTO AND TRENTO, 2006, PP. 45]Hussayen is interviewed by the FBI shortly after 9/11, but according to testimony from an FBI agent, the interview is cut short when Hussayen “feign[s] a seizure, prompting the agents to take him to a hospital, where the attending physicians [find] nothing wrong with him.” The agent recommends that Hussayen “should not be allowed to leave until a follow-up interview could occur.” [WASHINGTON POST, 10/2/2003] The agent returns to the hotel the next day, but finds Hussayen unhelpful. After she leaves, Hussayen calls the Saudi embassy, which contacts the FBI. Another, less aggressive agent is sent to talk to Hussayen and finds no additional information, so the FBI says he can leave the US. The first agent does not want him to go without answering her questions, but, according to authors Joe and Susan Trento, “Because of pressure from [Saudi ambassador to the US] Prince Bandar on the Bush administration… the agent’s superiors overruled her.” The superiors are not named. [TRENTO AND TRENTO, 2006, PP. 45] For most of the 1990s, Hussayen was director of the SAAR Foundation, a Saudi charity that is being investigated for terrorism ties and will be raided in early 2002 (see March 20, 2002). A few months after 9/11 he is named a minister of the Saudi government and put in charge of its two holy mosques. Hussayen had arrived in the US in late August 2001 planning to visit some Saudi-sponsored charities. Many of the charities on his itinerary, including the Global Relief Foundation, Muslim World League, IIRO (International Islamic Relief Organization), IANA (Islamic Assembly of North America), and World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), have since been shut down or investigated for alleged ties to Islamic militant groups. [WASHINGTON POST, 10/2/2003] His nephew, Sami Omar Hussayen, will be indicted in early 2004 for using his computer expertise to assist militant groups, and will be charged with administering a website associated with IANA, an organization which expressly advocated suicide attacks and using airliners as weapons in the months before 9/11. Investigators also will claim the nephew was in contact with important al-Qaeda figures. [WASHINGTON POST, 10/2/2003; SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/10/2004] The nephew will be acquitted later in 2004 of the terrorism-related charges. The defense will not dispute that he posted messages advocating suicide bombings, but will argue that he had the Constitutional right to do so. The jury will deadlock on most of the counts.[WASHINGTON POST, 6/11/2004] IANA apparently will remain under investigation, as well as the flow of money from the uncle to nephew. [DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/10/2003]The uncle is not charged with any crime. [WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/2/2003]

      • DXer said

        As 911 “Joint Inquiry” Chairman Bob Graham urges in advocating for release of the 28 excised pages, if we don’t learn from history, we may be bound to repeat it. He is urging that we follow the money from Prince Bandar to Bayoumi, who arranged things for Nawaf Al-Hazmi and Mihdhar.

        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/amerithrax-hazmi-and-mihdhar-timeline/.

        Once disclosed, Prince Bandar can explain that things were just made to look bad. But withholding the documents just makes things look worse. As Prince Bandar noted in 2003, you can’t argue against the implications of blank pages.

        As an example of learning from history, note that KSM’s Bojinka planning involved “a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters in Virginia.”

        Who is ‘Boogie’?
        By Francisco Tuyay | Sep. 19, 2014 at 12:01am
        http://manilastandardtoday.com/2014/09/19/who-is-boogie-/

        “But his vital role in the uncovering of the famous Bojinka plot of 1995 and the discovery of the Rajah Solaiman Islamic Movement has cemented his growing reputation as a counter-terrorism expert.

        The Bojinka plot was a large-scale three-phase terror attack hatched by Ramzi Yousef, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abdul Hakim Murad in the early 1990s.

        It involved a plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II, an air bombing of 11 airliners flying from Asia to the United States and a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters in Virginia.

        The plot was backed by Osama bin Laden and Hambali and was funded by Laden’s brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa and Wali Khan Amin Shah, an Afghan who laundered the money through his girlfriend and other women in Manila.

        Before the plot was discovered, Yousef detonated test bombs in a mall and theater, injuring scores of people, as well as Philippine Airlines Flight 434, killing one person and nearly causing enough damage to result in the destruction of the aircraft.

        But Bojinka was accidentally discovered after a chemical fire drew police attention to the hotel where Ramzi Yousef was staying and their plans were found in their computers.

        Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were able to escape, but Murad was captured and it was Mendoza who interrogated him which eventually led to Yousef’s arrest in Pakistan after 21 days.”

      • DXer said

        Daily News (New York)

        July 8, 2010 Thursday
        SPORTS FINAL EDITION

        ‘VERY BUSY’ TERROR THUG NIGHTMARE FOR G-MEN

        BYLINE: BY JAMES GORDON MEEK and LARRY McSHANE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS With Lisa Lucas in Miami

        SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 10

        LENGTH: 286 words

        HE’S AMONG the FBI’s most wanted, with a $5 million bounty on his head and ties to four terror plots targeting New York.

        Adnan Shukrijumah, a slight and asthmatic former Brooklynite, is still bedeviling U.S. authorities seven years after they first sought his arrest.

        The shadowy 34-year-old is considered among Al Qaeda’s best and brightest, a naturalized U.S. citizen responsible now for coordinating attacks on America, officials say. His profile is higher than ever after CIA drone strikes killed veteran Al Qaeda operatives Saleh al-Somali and Rashid Rauf, a U.S. counterterrorism official said.

        “Shukrijumah clearly has his fingers in many operations,” the senior official told the Daily News. “He is a very busy guy now.”

        He was earlier linked to the 9/11 attacks, to a plot to blow up Kennedy Airport and to a Pakistani neuroscientist arrested with notes on potential U.S. targets.

        His gray-haired mother, speaking with The News at her South Florida home, said her son didn’t hate the United States or its people.

        “He hates the way the world is corrupting human nature,” said Zuhrah Ahmed, 49, a mother of six. “Maybe he was chosen by God to make people realize that Islam is a better way of life.”

        Shukrijumah’s mother said she hasn’t heard from him in years. U.S. officials suspect he’s hiding in northwest Pakistan.

        His New York ties go back decades. His father was once a Muslim missionary assigned to the Al Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn, where worshipers were connected to two terror plots.

        His dad also served as translator for blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

        A Daily News editorial described Shukrijumah last week as the “embodiment of evil.”

      • DXer said

        National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post) (Canada)

        August 16, 2005 Tuesday
        Toronto Edition

        Gaps found in border database: Dangerous individuals not red-flagged

        BYLINE: Adrian Humphreys, National Post

        SECTION: CANADA; Pg. A4

        Five suspected terrorists with links to Canada — including three facing $5US-million bounties and another wanted in the bombing of the World Trade Center — are not flagged as wanted or dangerous in the computer system used by front-line officers at Canada’s borders.

        Also not listed as being dangerous in the border database are about half of the people on a government list of wanted war criminals, many on the RCMP’s Most Wanted list and the top offenders wanted by the Ontario Provincial Police’s Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement squad, the National Post has learned.

        Recent checks of dozens of wanted men — described as “some of the worst of the worst” — on the Primary Automated Lookout System (PALS) computer database used by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at land border crossings failed to identify them as possibly armed and considered dangerous, sources say.

        That leaves officers blind to the danger they may face and unprepared to respond appropriately should the wanted individuals attempt to flee into the country, critics say.

        The checks were done on dozens of men on the PALS database this summer. Included in the search were five men wanted by the FBI in relation to terrorism investigations, including:

        – Abderraouf Jdey, a Canadian citizen who lived in Montreal and faces a $5US-million reward from the U.S. government for his arrest. The U.S. government says Mr. Jdey trained with the 9/11 hijackers and appeared in a “martyrdom video” found in an al-Qaeda base in 2001;

        – Faker Ben Abdelazziz Boussora, another Canadian citizen facing a $5US-million bounty, is sought for possible terrorist activity within the United States. Authorities are concerned he may attempt to return to Canada to plan a terrorist attack;

        – Amer el-Maati, a third Canadian citizen, is wanted by terrorism investigators. A licensed pilot and suspected al-Qaeda member, he is accused of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into a U.S. building, according to the FBI;

        – Adnan El Shukrijumah, also with a posted $5US-million reward for his arrest, is wanted for possible terrorist threats and, according to the FBI, may be travelling on a Canadian passport.

        – Abdul Rahman Yasin, an Iraqi, is accused of helping to build the truck bomb used in the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 that preceded the 9/11 attacks.

        When Messrs. El-Maati, El Shukrijumah and Yasin were run on PALS they came back only as being subject to a simple immigration inquiry — with no indication of terrorism concerns or warnings of possible danger, a source said.

      • DXer said

        Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia)

        March 22, 2003 Saturday

        FBI warns cities of dirty-bomb suspect

        BYLINE: Shannon McCaffrey, John J. Lumpkin

        THE FBI has issued a worldwide alert for a suspected Al-Qaeda operative who law enforcement officials believe could be plotting a dirty bomb attack on Americans.
        Adnan el Shukrijumah, 27, is a Saudi national who last lived in a south Florida suburb before disappearing.

        One senior law enforcement official said el Shukrijumah was connected to Jose Padilla, an American being held in a military brig in South Carolina for allegedly trying to acquire and use a dirty bomb — an explosive laced with radioactive material.

        Using one of his six aliases, el Shukrijumah also had enrolled in an unidentified flight school, but authorities were unsure whether he attended, a federal law enforcement official said.

        Before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, 15 of the 19 suicide terrorists received training at US flight schools.

        El Shukrijumah is known to carry a passport from Guyana but also could have passports from Saudi Arabia, Canada or Trinidad, officials said.

        The FBI said if el Shukrijumah was involved with Al-Qaeda, he would pose a serious threat to US citizens and interests worldwide.

        His whereabouts are unknown.

        El Shukrijumah came to the attention of the FBI after the recent arrest in Pakistan of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the top Al-Qaeda planner now being questioned at an undisclosed location.

    • DXer said

    • DXer said

      Amerithrax: Hazmi and Mihdhar Timeline

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 30, 2012
      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/amerithrax-hazmi-and-mihdhar-timeline/

    • DXer said

      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

      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

      The Weekend Australian

      October 16, 2004 Saturday NSW Country Edition

      Mexico al-Qa’ida ‘back door’ to US

      BYLINE: Robert Lusetich

      Terrorists may have found a new American blind spot, reports Robert Lusetich
      INTELLIGENCE reports that 25 Chechen terrorism suspects have illegally entered the US from Mexico have refocused attention on a porous border from which many believe the next major attack on Americans could come.

      Despite the $US9 billion ($12.326 billion) budget, and assurances from President George W. Bush that border security is tighter than it has ever been, public figures of all political stripes in the border states say the danger of al-Qa’ida infiltrating the US from Mexico has never been higher.
      ***

      “This is a very sensitive time. People on both sides have reasons not to want to talk about it. For Republicans, they don’t want to upset the apple cart for Bush, while for Democrats, they know this whole issue of the border is very sensitive within the Hispanic community.”

      The FBI and CIA, however, are apparently very interested, especially after intelligence reported that a key lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, Adnan El Shukrijumah, was seen in Honduras and northern Mexico in recent months.

    • DXer said

      The Herald (Glasgow)

      September 29, 2004

      Al Qaeda agent smuggles people into United States

      BYLINE: Ian Bruce Defence Correspondent

      SECTION: Pg. 12

      AN al Qaeda agent who helped plan the September 11 attacks has met leaders of a Salvadorean crime syndicate which controls the smuggling of illegal immigrants across the Mexican border into the US, according to intelligence sources.

      The CIA fears Adnan el Shukrijumah, 29, a Yemeni with a £ 3m bounty on his head, is negotiating a deal to infiltrate terrorist network members into American cities to stage attacks in the run-up to the presidential elections in November.

      El Shukrijumah was identified during surveillance of a meeting of Mara Salvatrucha gang leaders in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, where security forces are on alert for al Qaeda operations against British, Spanish and US embassies.

      Mara Salvatrucha, whose first name is taken after a breed of soldier-ants, runs a base in Matamoros, Mexico, just south of the Texas state line, and controls street gangs in Los Angeles, Washington and New York.

      The al Qaeda agent is known to have crossed into Honduras illegally from Nicaragua this summer to meet the gang.

      El Shukijumah was identified in 2001 and from interrogation of captives at Guantanamo Bay as a key “fixer” who had a hand in the preparations for the hijacking of the aircraft used on September 11.

      At that time, he lived in Florida and had a pilot’s licence. He was named in May as one of seven al Qaeda suspects wanted in connection with new plots for attacks in the US.

      In 2003, he escaped from Canada after authorities there claimed he was seeking radioactive material for a “dirty bomb”.

    • DXer said

      Sarasota Herald Tribune (Florida)

      April 1, 2014 Tuesday

      Judge orders renewed search for Saudi Sarasota documents

      BYLINE: MICHAEL POLLICK

      FBI: Agency sought to dismiss lawsuit seeking information over 9/11 ties

      A federal judge Monday denied the FBI’s request to dismiss a Freedom of Information lawsuit pertaining to a Saudi family that lived in Sarasota and left just before the 9/11 terror attacks.

      Instead, U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch granted a motion by Fort Lauderdale’s Broward Bulldog, the news organization that started the lawsuit, to get the federal agency to do a better search.

      In mid-March, Zloch allowed the Herald-Tribune and the Miami Herald to intervene in the case by filing their own “friend-of-the-court” brief saying how a further search for documents surrounding this Florida event, which may be tied to 9/11, would be in the public’s interest.

      Judge Zloch “is not letting them get away with what they wanted to do, which was to dismiss the case, without looking for the documents that we had sought,” said Thomas Julin, Broward Bulldog’s attorney.
      ***

      Agents linked together phone calls with the Prestancia residents dating back more than a year “and found they lined up with the known suspects,” the Bulldog has reported.

      The phone links were not only to Atta and his fellow pilots but to 11 other terrorist suspects, the Bulldog reported. One was Adnan Shukrijumah, still on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for an attempted attack on New York’s subway system.

      “The real question is whether they found out too much, that they found there was a Saudi network existing in Sarasota,” said Julin, the Bulldog’s attorney, “and that it was pulled out by the Saudi government before the attacks on the United States.”

    • DXer said

      The Washington Post

      March 21, 2003 Friday
      Final Edition

      FBI on Global Hunt for Saudi Al Qaeda Suspect

      BYLINE: Dan Eggen and Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post Staff Writers

      SECTION: A SECTION; Pg. A07

      The FBI launched a global manhunt yesterday for a suspected Saudi al Qaeda member who is feared to be planning terrorist attacks, even as federal agents fanned out across the country as part of a wartime plan to interview Iraqi nationals and arrest those in violation of immigration laws.

      The FBI called Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 27, an “imminent threat to U.S. citizens and interests” who is “suspected of planning terrorist activities.” A senior law enforcement official described him as a possible terrorism organizer in the style of Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But authorities said they have no details on what kind of plot he might be involved in.

      An alias used by El Shukrijumah “kept coming up in numerous places,” including interrogations of captured al Qaeda lieutenant Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an official said. El Shukrijumah is believed to have a connection, as yet unclear, to Jose Padilla, the American al Qaeda suspect held on charges he was plotting to explode a radiological bomb in the United States.

      U.S. authorities also recovered a document that links the same alias to the Oklahoma flight school where Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person in the United States charged as a conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, studied aviation, an official said. There is no evidence that El Shukrijumah received pilot training in the United States, the official said.

      ***

      El Shukrijumah may be traveling on passports from Guyana, Trinidad, Canada or Saudi Arabia, the FBI said. He last entered the United States before the terrorist attacks in New York and on the Pentagon and left later that year, a law enforcement official said. An official said that although authorities do not know where he is, there are indications he is in Morocco. But authorities fear he may have reentered the United States illegally.

      The El Shukrijumah family moved to Miramar, a suburb north of Miami, in 1995, according to Neville and Una Khan, who live in the same neighborhood and have known the family since the 1960s. The Khans said that El Shukrijumah’s father is a prominent Muslim leader in this suburb north of Miami and is the head of a prayer center, Masjid al Hijrah, next door to the family home. That home was searched yesterday by FBI agents.

      Una Khan described Adnan El Shukrijumah as a devout student of the Koran who worked with children at the prayer center. He tended to be modern in his thinking, she said. “He never indicated in any way that he was extremist. . . . This is such a shock; this is something I don’t understand. I can’t believe it.”

      The Khans say they have not seen El Shukrijumah for several years. They believe he is doing Islamic missionary work, though they don’t know where. He was also earning money by selling Islamic books, they said.

      Several officials said the FBI decided to issue a public alert because of El Shukrijumah’s tentative connections to Padilla and Moussaoui, the apparent references to him in terrorism-related documents and interrogations, and because they were unable to find him. One of El Shukrijumah’s recent addresses was a house in Pembroke Pines, Fla., where Padilla attended a mosque.

      The public plea for information came after weeks of investigation that centered on an alias of El Shukrijumah that the FBI had attached to another man, a law enforcement official said. The bureau yesterday rescinded a February alert issued under that man’s name, Mohammed Sher Mohammed Khan. That earlier search was one factor that led to the elevation of the U.S. threat level last month.

      “El Shukrijumah is possibly involved with al Qaeda terrorist activities and, if true, poses a serious threat to U.S. citizens and interests worldwide,” the FBI said in a news release yesterday.

    • DXer said

      http://pibillwarner.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/info-on-terrorist-and-used-car-dealer-adnan-g-el-shukrijumah-in-florida-new-york-and-trinidad/

      “Adnan is thought to have gotten back into the USA on several occasions…”

    • DXer said

      FromDePauw.edu
      Government Openness Lacking, Needed: Lee Hamilton ’52

      August 23, 2014

      “Secrecy and a widespread failure to share information both within government and with the American people remain major barriers to the effective operation of representative democracy,” writes veteran statesman Lee H. Hamilton in a newspaper opinion column.

      “One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks,” writes Hamilton, who served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and, after retirement from Congress, was vice chair of the 9/11 Commission. “Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that al-Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command, or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information … So, it’s worrisome that today it seems harder than ever to know what our government is doing, and not just when it comes to national security. Secrecy and a widespread failure to share information both within government and with the American people remain major barriers to the effective operation of representative democracy.”

      The Democrat opines, “This unwillingness to be open often arises for the wrong reasons. In many cases, officials claim they’re trying to prevent harm to the national security, but actually want to avoid embarrassing themselves or to sidestep the checks and balances created by our Constitution. So, secretiveness infiltrates government culture.”

      In Hamilton’s view, “Failing to share information makes us weaker. It enfeebles congressional oversight, which is one of the cornerstones of representative democracy and which, when aggressively carried out by fully informed legislators, can strengthen policy-making. It makes it far more difficult to maintain our system of checks and balances. It exacerbates mistrust between branches of government and between the government and the American people. And it chips away at the foundation of our system, which rests on a public that is well-informed about what government is doing and why. Without that information, we are poorer in our ability to exercise discriminating judgment on the conduct of policy and of politicians, and we lose our advantage over authoritarian societies: the spread of knowledge to people searching for a solution to our society’s challenges and problems.

      “In short, on most issues, we’re better off if the American people know what’s going on. Full disclosure doesn’t produce good government by itself, but it makes it more likely.”

    • DXer said

      About the time the FBI was discovering the first bag of semen-stained panties that Bruce Ivins had put out to the garbage, I was explaining how Hawsawi’s laptop could be understood as a key to solving the Amerithrax mystery. Adnan El-Shukrijumah had joined up with Hawsawi in Karachi for the February 2002- April 2002 period. There is every reason to think Hawsawi had the laptop at the time.

      http://baddbrothers.blogspot.com/2007/11/hawsawi-and-laptop-as-possible-hub-for.html

  55. DXer said

    Handwritten notes by Rauf provided to me by the DIA under FOIA confirm the plan indicated by a memo from Zawahiri to Al Qaeda military leader Atef. Zawahiri planned to recruit specialists and to use charities and universities as cover for their anthrax program that he codenamed “Zabadi” or “Curdled Milk.”

    On August 20, 2001, Saleh Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen, who would soon be appointed minister of the Saudi government and put in charge of its two holy mosques, arrived in the United States to meet with some of this country’s most influential fundamentalist Sunni Muslim leaders. He met with officials of the Global Relief Foundation. He also met with IANA representatives in Ann Arbor, Michigan according to court testimony by an FBI agent in the unsuccessful prosecution in Idaho of his nephew Sami Hussayen. IANA promoted the views of Bin Laden’s sheiks. On the night before September 11, Hussayen stayed at a Herndon, Virginia hotel where three of the Saudi hijackers stayed. The Administration is withholding “28 pages” from the “Joint Inquiry” on the subject, according to the man who authored the pages, former US Senator Bob Graham. Graham had been the head of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.

    After an October 2001 bombing raid at a Qaeda camp in Darunta, Afghanistan US forces found 100+ printed, typed, handwritten pages of documents that shed light on Al Qaeda’s early anthrax planning. The Defense Intelligence Agency provided me the documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents confirmed that it was Zawahiri’s plan to use established specialists and the cover of universities and charities as cover for weaponizing anthrax. From early on, the evidence suggested that charity is as charity does. 90 of the 100 pages are the photocopies of journal articles and the disease handbook excerpts. It was not clear whether or they had yet acquired virulent anthrax or weaponized it, but it was clear that the planning was well along. When Vice President Cheney was briefed on the documents in late 2001, he immediately called a meeting of 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 Qaeda.” At one point, security personnel thought that the home belonging to Elizabeth Cheney, his daughter had been hit by an anthrax attack. Elizabeth had to call her nanny to get her to take the kids to be tested for exposure. A June 1999 memo from Ayman to military commander Atef said that “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 Qaeda was responsible for the anthrax mailings in the Fall of 2001, the FBI and CIA had reason to know based on the growing documentary evidence available by mid-December 2001, that Al Qaeda operatives were likely associated with non-governmental organizations and working under the cover and talent in universities.

    The government froze the assets of the Global Relief Foundation (GRF”) on December 14, 2001, saying it was a financial conduit to terrorists. No warrant had been obtained before the FBI arrived at Global Relief’s headquarters in Bridgeview, Illinois. The search was done pursuant to a provision in FISA that permitted a warrantless search when the Attorney General declares that an emergency situation. The 911’s Terrorist Financing Monograph notes that GRF’s newsletter, “Al-Thilal” (“The Shadow”) openly advocated a militant interpretation of Islam and armed jihad. The 911 Commission reports that the FBI suspected the Executive Director of being affiliated with the blind sheik’s Egyptian Islamic Group. The 911 Commission explains: “In early 2000, Chicago informed Detroit that GRF’s executive director, Chehade, had been calling two Michigan residents. One of these subjects was considered GRF’s spiritual leader and the other, Rabih Haddad, was a major GRF fund-raiser.” Its Chairman, Ann Arbor, Michigan community leader Rabih Haddad was arrested in mid-December 2001 for overstaying his visa. Haddad taught twice a week at an Ann Arbor school and was an assistant to the leader at Ann Arbor’s mosque. He was an imam there. Rabih Haddad was an effective fundraiser for the mosques in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and for the Ann Arbor chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). His students have testified that he stated unequivocally that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were not the acts of true Muslims. Congressman John Conyers, Jr, of Michigan joined several newspapers in suing to force the government to open the hearings. Mr. Conyers argued that he was being unfairly targeted as a Muslim cleric. After a visit by Congressman Conyers in March 2002, Mr. Haddad was removed from solitary confinement and placed with the general prison population.” Haddad was allowed to make phone calls and for the first time watch television. Mr. Haddad’s lawyer, Ashraf Nubani, of Northern Virginia, said at the time “The government never established, other than smoke screen and innuendo, that he was linked to terrorism.” Attorney Nubani said that his client travelled mostly to Pakistani as part of his relief efforts. Haddad refused to testify before a grand jury unless granted full immunity. As part of DARPA-funded research, Dr. Bruce Ivins of USAMRIID supplied virulent Ames to Ann Arbor researchers whose office by September 2001 was 2 minutes –1 mile — from the mosque where Mr. Haddad was an imam. Although the evidence is “secret,” most intelligence is open source.

    The New York Times reported at the time that “Prosecutors said they were keeping some evidence secret to protect terrorism investigations.” It was Haddad’s lawyer who arranged the pro bono representation for the Virginia Paintball defendants, including Al-Timimi. As a Detroit Free Press headline explained in 2004, “Unproven weapons claim led to Islamic charity raid in [mid-December] ‘01.” Global Relief Founder (”GRF”) cofounder Rabih Haddad was associated with Bin Laden’s Makhtab al-Khidamat, which was headed by Mohammed Islambouli in Peshawar. Mohammed Islambouli was head of a cell with KSM planning the attacks on the United States. Mohammed Islambouli led the faction of the Egyptian Islamic Group that joined Al Qaeda. KSM came to spearhead the attack using anthrax on the United States. It was his 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. 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. Aafia Siddiqui is associated with Ann Arbor addresses near the mosque where her brother and sister-in-law, an MD, lived.

    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. (BIF head Arnaout, a Syrian, was at the meeting at which Al Qaeda was founded.) 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.” (The article quoted famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek who was at George Mason University in Falls Church, Virginia.) As University of Maryland researcher Milton Leitenberg has pointed out, “[u]nfortunately, ten years of widely broadcast public discussion has provided such groups, at least on a general level, with suggestions as to what paths to follow.”

    The FBI had a better relationship with the CIA in the investigation of BIF than with GRF. 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 charities 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. 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. He didn’t want to be interviewed on tape. ‘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 says various protest groups have been scouting for anthrax for years.

    In January 2003, the Chairman of Ann Arbor-based Islamic Assembly of North America, which promoted the views of Bin Laden’s sheiks, was arrested for bouncing a $6,000 check. Dr. Bassem Khafagi operated International Media Group out of his home. Before 911, according to the counsel for Falls Church scientist Ali Al-Timimi, Ann Arbor resident Khafagi was asked about Al-Timimi “purportedly at the behest of American intelligence. [redacted ] He was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest. He was later interviewed by the FBI about Dr. Al-Timimi. Clearly, such early investigations go directly to the allegations of Dr. Al-Timimi’s connections to terrorists and Bin Laden — [redacted]” Khafagi was a good friend of microbiologist Ali Al-Timimi and his personal papers were later found in Al-Timimi’s residence.

    In September 2006, federal agents investigating the Muslim charity Life for Relief and Development seized more than $134,000 in cash from the Ann Arbor home of Mujahid Al-Fayadh, a board member and founder of the organization. Dr. Mujahid Al-Fayadh has a Ph. D. in the field of Food Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Al-Fayadh also maintains a B.Sc. and M. Sc. in Dairy and Food Technology. He was the imam and project manager of the Hidaya Muslim Community Association in Ann Arbor. The association operated the Michigan Islamic Academy at Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor where the Global Relief Foundation founder taught twice a week. One mile down the road at Plymouth Park was the company whose researchers Bruce Ivins had supplied Ames strain years ago for DARPA-funded biodefense research with a microbiologist working at USAMRIID working under the direct supervision of Bruce Ivins. The company was called NanoBio.

    Dr. Tarek Hamouda at NanoBio thanked Louisiana State University researchers for making space available for the research. The LSU had provided four characterized strains while Bruce Ivins had provided virulent Ames for the research done by a microbiologist at USAMRIID under Dr. Ivins direct supervision. “I decided in 1993 or ‘94 that if there was a terrorist attack using anthrax we had to be able to fingerprint it to tell where it came from, sort of like the casing on a bullet,” Dr. Hugh-Jones said. After the anthrax mailings, “We’ve had subpoenas left, right and center. We were inspected twice by the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hugh-Jones told a reporter. “The FBI is frequently calling in. We’re cooperating closely.” “It very quickly became clear that we have good control over it, and it didn’t come from here,” Martin Hugh-Jones said. “We handle a lot of deadly items very frequently as a matter of routine.” Dr. Hugh-Jones has told Lew that he has no idea where the research using Ames was done and that only USAMRIID-Ames via Porton Down was supplied by LSU pursuant to the subpoena. Dr. Baker at University of Michigan separately notes that no virulent Ames was University of Michigan, as that would have been illegal he says. (Anthrax was a BL-2 pathogen at the time in its liquid form, rather than BL-3).

    In late August 2001, NanoBio had moved in to its new offices from less impressive digs in the basement of a bank. Bruce Ivins had supplied its University Of Michigan researchers Ames strain a couple years earlier for DARPA-funded biodefense research. The Ann Arbor researchers in December 1999 went to Dugway, a military installation in the remote Utah desert to demonstrate the effectiveness of their biocidal cream on an aerosolized anthrax surrogate.

    Where are the notes by Bruce ivins, Pat Fellows and Mara Linscott in connection with the NanoBio research done at USAMRIID?

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

  56. DXer said

    from DXer … infiltration of U.S. Biodefense? … Co-inventors of the patent using silica in the culture medium and their Salafist-Jihadi colleague
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 20, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/from-dxer-infiltration-of-u-s-biodefense-floor-plan-of-george-mason-university-discovery-hall-in-2001/#comments

    In a filing unsealed in United States v. Al-Timimi, Dr. Ali Al-Timimi’s lawyer, Professor and MSNBC commentator Jonathan Turley, explained that his client “was considered an anthrax weapons suspect.” Al-Timimi was a computational biologist who came to have an office 15 feet from the leading anthrax scientist and the former deputy commander of USAMRIID. A motion filed in early August 2008 seeking to unseal additional information in federal district court was denied. The ongoing proceedings are highly classified

    Dr. Al-Timimi’s counsel summarizes

    “we know Dr. Al-Timimi:* was interviewed in 1994 by the FBI and Secret Service regarding his ties to the perpetrators of the first World Trade Center bombing;
    * was referenced in the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (“Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US”) as one of seventy individuals regarding whom the FBI is conducting full field investigations on a national basis;
    * was described to his brother by the FBI within days of the 9-11 attacks as an immediate suspect in the Al Qaeda conspiracy;
    * was contacted by the FBI only nine days after 9-11 and asked about the attacks and its perpetrators;
    *was considered an anthrax weapons suspect;
    [redacted]
    * was described during his trial by FBI agent John Wyman as having “extensive ties” with the “broader al-Qaeda network”;
    * was described in the indictment and superseding indictment as being associated with terrorists seeking harm to the United States;
    * was a participant in dozens of international overseas calls to individuals known to have been under suspicion of Al-Qaeda ties like Al-Hawali; and

    * was associated with the long investigation of the Virginia Jihad Group.
    ***
    The conversation with [Bin Laden’s sheik] Al-Hawali on September 19, 2001 was central to the indictment and raised at trial. ***
    [911 imam] Anwar Al-Aulaqi goes directly to Dr. Al-Timimi’s state of mind and his role in the alleged conspiracy. The 9-11 Report indicates that Special Agent Ammerman interviewed Al-Aulaqi just before or shortly after his October 2002 visit to Dr. Al-Timimi’s home to discuss the attacks and his efforts to reach out to the U.S. government.

    [IANA head] Bassem Khafagi was questioned about Dr. Al-Timimi before 9-11 in Jordan, purportedly at the behest of American intelligence. [redacted ] He was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest. He was later interviewed by the FBI about Dr. Al-Timimi. Clearly, such early investigations go directly to the allegations of Dr. Al-Timimi’s connections to terrorists and Bin Laden [redacted]”

    The letter attached as an exhibit notes that in March 2002 Al-Timimi spoke with Al-Hawali about assisting Moussaoui in his defense. Al-Hawali was Bin Laden’s sheik who was the subject of OBL’s “Declaration of War.” Moussaoui was the operative sent by Bin Laden reportedly to be part of a “second wave” who had been inquiring about crop dusters. The filing and the letter exhibit each copy defense co-counsel, the daughter of the lead prosecutor in Amerithrax. That prosecutor pled the Fifth Amendment concerning all the leaks hyping a “POI” of the other Amerithrax squad, Dr. Steve Hatfill. His daughter withdrew as Al-Timimi’s pro bono counsel on February 27, 2009.

    ‘Dr. Ali Al-Timimi’s Support Committee’ in an email to supporters dated April 5, 2005 explained: “This is a summary of the court proceedings that took place yesterday April 4th 2005. We will send a summary everyday inshallah. *** “In his opening statement, Defense attorney Edward B. MacMahon Jr. said that Al-Timimi was born and raised in Washington DC. He has a degree in Biology and he is also a computer scientist, and a mathematician. He worked for Andrew Card, who’s now the White House chief of staff, at the Transportation Department in the early 1990s.”

    Bruce Ivins had supplied the virulent Ames strain of anthrax to Ann Arbor researchers. One of the researchers, Dr. Hamouda, obtained his PhD in microbiology from Cairo Medical in 1994. He and his wife came to the United States to settle that year. By 1998, he was working on a DARPA-funded project involving nanoemulsions and a biocidal cream. In December 1999, he and two colleagues travelled to a remote military installation in Utah, Dugway, to test its effectiveness in killing aerosolized anthrax surrogates. An April 2001 report describing testing at Dugway concluded that the best performing decontamination agents were from University of Michigan, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL).

    The FBI and CIA may have been concerned that Ali Al-Timimi had a security clearance for work for the Navy in the late 1990s. The defense webpage reported he had once served as the assistant for the White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. (Mr. Card had been Secretary of Transportation in 1992-1993; from 1993 to 1998, Mr. Card later was President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.) As time off from his university studies permitted, Ali was an active speaker with the Ann Arbor-based charity Islamic Assembly of North America.

    A laptop evidencing Al Qaeda’s intent on weaponizing anthrax was seized in Baku in July 1998. Two months later, Dr. Ken Alibek, then Program Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute, testified before the Joint Economic Committee on the subject of “Terrorist and Intelligence Operations: Potential Impact on the U.S. Economy” about the proliferation of know-how. Dr. Alibek noted that “[t]here are numerous ways in which Russia’s biological weapons expertise can be proliferated to other countries.” Indeed. Sometimes such proliferation is funded by DARPA and any student who wanted to apply to work in the building could submit an application. One applicant accepted was this Salafist preacher seeing signs of the coming day of judgment and the inevitable clash of civilizations. He had been mentored by the sheik named in Bin Laden’s declaration of war in 1996. In 1999, Al-Timimi had a high security clearance for work for the Navy. His father worked at the Iraqi embassy.

    Dr. Alibek testified before the House Armed Services Committee Oversight Panel on Terrorism again in May 2000 about the issue of proliferation of biological weapons. He explained: “Terrorists interested in biological weapons are on the level of state-sponsored terrorist organizations such as that of Osama bin Laden; on the level of large, independent organizations such as Aum Shinrikyo; or on the level of individuals acting alone or in concert with small radical organizations.”

    Dr. Alibek in 2003 told me he knew Ali was a hardliner. More recently he described Ali as a fanatic. Dr. Alibek explained to the Congressional Committee in May 2000: “When most people think of proliferation, they imagine weapons export. In the case of biological weapons, they picture international smuggling either of ready-made weapons material, or at least of cultures of pathogenic microorganisms. However, this area of proliferation is of the least concern. Even without such assistance, a determined organization could obtain virulent strains of microorganisms from their natural reservoirs (such as soil or animals), from culture libraries that provide such organisms for research purposes, or by stealing cultures from legitimate laboratories.” American Type Culture Collection, the largest microbiologist depository in the world, co-sponsored Ali’s bioinformatics program. Dr. Alibek explained: “The proliferation issue is particularly complex for biological weapons. In many cases, the same equipment and knowledge that can be used to produce biological weapons can also be used to produce legitimate biotechnological products.”

    By 2001, Al-Timimi was allowed access to the most diverse microbiological repository in the world and allowed to work alongside staff at the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense. The Center for Biodefense personnel were working under the largest biodefense award in history. Delta (avirulent) Ames was supplied by NIH. Raymond H. Cypess, president of the germ bank, said of the Ames strain, “We never had it,’ and we can say that on several levels of analysis.” ATCC refuses to confirm to me whether its patent repository, as distinguished from its online category, had Ames, but we can assume government scientists would have ensured that the patent repository was considered at the same time as the online catalog and, to the best of their ability, excluded as a source of the Ames.

    Al-Timimi had supervised Cairo-based militants writing for the Pittsburgh-based Assirat and then for IANA. One of them, Kamal Habib, was the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and a friend of Ayman Zawahiri. The Cairo-based writers Kamal Habib and Gamal Sultan approached the blind sheik Abdel Rahman about starting a political party in early 1999. On March 1 and 2, 1999, Lynne Stewart and translator Yousry visited Abdel Rahman in prison in Rochester, Minnesota and relayed the proposal. On March 6, 1999, the first press reports about anthrax appeared quoting the blind sheik’s Cairo lawyer, Montasser al-Zayat, and detainees in a massive trial al-Zayat was defending. He explained that Ayman likely was going to use anthrax against US targets to retaliate against the rendering and detention of the Egyptian militants.

    • DXer said

      An article in George Mason University Gazette, in “CAS Holds Terrorism Briefing on Capitol Hill,” dated October 16, 2001 stated:

      “On Friday, October 12, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosted a legislative briefing on terrorism, bioterrorism, and extremist movements on Capitol Hill. The briefing provided legislators and their staffs with comprehensive background information on Islam, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, bioterrorism, and information security.

      Ken Alibek, affiliate faculty member at George Mason and president of Advanced Biosytems Inc., addressed chemical and biological warfare issues. Alibek served as first deputy chief of defense of the civilian branch of the Soviet Union’s offensive biological weapons program.”

      Ali Al-Timimi was knowledgeable about Islam, the Taliban and information security. Indeed, he was actively recruiting for the Taliban and was communicating with Bin Laden’s sheik and the so-called fellow Falls Church “911 imam” at the time.

      In 2000, IANA radio ran an item “CIA to Monitor Foreign Students.” The item as published on the IANA website read: “American anti-terrorism policies are ‘seriously deficient according to the US National Commission on Terrorism, a body created by Congress after the bombing of 2 US embassies in East Africa.’”

      In November 2007, FBI Director Mueller gave a speech in which he warned against the need to guard against spies at universities, who for example, may have access to pre-patent, pre-classification biochemistry information.

      “Al Qaeda is tremendously patient and thinks nothing about taking years to infiltrate persons in and finding the right personnel and opportunity to undertake an attack. And we cannot become complacent, because you look around the world, and whether it’s London or Madrid or Bali or recently Casablanca or Algiers, attacks are taking place.”

      Infiltrator Ali Mohamed was the “Teflon terrorist.” Ali Mohammed, an EIJ member who was associated with the unit that killed Sadat, had an alibi for the Sadat assassination. He was at an officer exchange program studying at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina., Green Beret and Delta Force officers trained there. After he was forced out of the Egyptian Army for his radical beliefs, he went to work at Egyptair. As a security advisor, where he learned how to hijack airliners. He then joined the CIA and the US Army. He was a supply sergeant at the US Army’s Fort Bragg. He lectured Green Beret and Delta Forces on the middle east. He stole high resolution maps from the map shack and brought them to Zawahirii in Afghanistan. In 1989, Ali Mohamed traveled from Fort Bragg to train men that would later commit WTC 1993. When Ali Mohammed traveled to Brooklyn, he stayed with Islamic Group and Abdel-Rahman’s bodyguard Nosair, the man who would assassinate Rabbi Kahane in 1990.

      WTC 1993 prosecutor Andrew McCarthy concludes that “in small compass, [Ali Mohammed] is the story of American intelligence and radical islam in the eighties and nineties: the left hand oblivious not only to the right but to its own fingers … while jihadists played the system from within, with impunity, scheming to kill us all.” He emphasizes: “There is no way to sugar coat it: Ali Mohamed is a window on breathtaking government incompetence.” He writes: ”I raised holy hell … that I strongly suspected Mohamed was a terrorist, that the FBI should be investigating him rather than allowing him to infiltrate as a source … Because, you know what they say “IMAGINE THE LIABILITY.”

      In 1991, when Bin Laden wanted to move from Afghanistan to Sudan, Ali Mohammed served as his head of security and trained his bodyguards. Along with a former medical student, Khalid Dahab, Ali Mohamed recruited ten Americans for “sleeper cells.” After the 1998 embassy bombings, when FBI agents secretly swarmed his California residence, they found a document “Cocktail” detailing how cell members should operate. Even Al Qaeda central would not know the identity of members and different cells would not know each other’s identity. It was Ali Mohamed who was the source for the December 4, 1998 PDB to President Clinton explaining that the brother of Sadat’s assassin, Islambouli, was planning attacks on the US. In November 2001, did the Quantico profilers know of this egregious history of infiltration and harm flowing from treating the Nosair case as a “lone wolf” rather than an international conspiracy? One man’s “lone wolf” experiencing howling loneliness is another man’s Salafist operating under strict principles of cell security and “need-to-know.”

      A former FBI agent in the New York office who asked not to be identified, told author Peter Lance: “Understand what this means. You have an Al Qaeda spy who’s now a U.S. citizen, on active duty in the U.S. Army, and he brings along a video paid for by the U.S. government to train Green Beret officers and he’s using it to help train Islamic terrorists so they can turn their guns on us. By now the Afghan war is over.”

      Steve Emerson once said of the former US Army Sergeant who was Ayman Zawahiri’s head of intelligence: “Ali Mohamed is one of the most frightening examples of the infiltration of terrorists into the infrastructure of the United States. Like a [character in a] John Le Carre thriller, he played the role of a triple agent and nearly got away with it.” Those officials who sought to minimize the security breach would have to explain away the classified maps of Afghanistan he stole from the map shack, and the classified cables and manuals found in such places as the home of Nosair, the assassin of Rabbi Kehane.

      Not even Ali Mohammed, however, could boast the letter of commendation from the White House once given Ali Al-Timimi, previous work for White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, or a high security clearance. Ali Mohammed did not even have a security clearance but was merely a supply sergeant at the base where Special Operations was located. ‘Dr. Ali Al-Timimi’s Support Committee’ in an email to supporters dated April 5, 2005 explained: “This is a summary of the court proceedings that took place yesterday April 4th 2005. We will send a summary everyday inshallah. *** “In his opening statement, Defense attorney Edward B. MacMahon Jr. said that Al-Timimi was born and raised in Washington DC. He has a degree in Biology and he is also a computer scientist, and a mathematician. He worked for Andrew Card, who’s now the White House chief of staff, at the Transportation Department in the early 1990s.”

      There was an elephant in the rooom no one wants to talk about. The documentary evidence shows that a colleague of famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID Deputy Commander Charles Bailey, a prolific Ames strain researcher, has been convicted of sedition and sentenced to life plus 70 years in prison. He worked in a program co-sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection and had access to ATCC facilities, as well as facilities of the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense at George Mason University then run by Dr. Alibek and Dr. Bailey. The bionformatics grad student once had a high security clearance for mathematical support work for the Navy.

      Many commentators have long held strong and divergent opinions of what has been published in the media about Amerithrax, what they knew and their political views. But it turns out that they apparently have just been seeing the elephant in the living room from a different angle. Actually, they’ve just been in a position to see the elephant’s rump from outside the living room door. One US law professor, Francis Boyle, who has represented islamists abroad, first publicized the theory that a US biodefense insider was responsible. He has served as legal advisor to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and as counsel for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Separately the theory was adopted by professor Barbara Rosenberg. But Professor Boyle and Rosenberg and now author Graeme MacQueen were not entirely off in the weeds — just incorrect as to motive, and thus incorrect as to appears to have been involved in the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings (such as Al Qaeda lab director Yazid Sufaat and infiltrating scientist Rauf Ahmad). The documentary shows that Zawahiri’s plan was to infiltrate the US and UK biodefense establishment, and the evidence shows that is exactly what he did.

      In a June 2005 interview in a Swiss (German language) weekly news magazine, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Ken Alibek addresses the anthrax mailings:

      A. “What if I told you Swiss scientists are paid by Al Qaeda? You could believe it or not. It has become somewhat fashionable to disparage Russian scientists. Americans, Iraqis, or whoever could just as well be involved with Al Qaeda. Why doesn’t anyone speculate about that?”
      Q. “But could one of your students build a biological weapon in the garage?”
      A. “Let me reply philosophically: Two hundred years ago, it was unthinkable to believe that people would be using mobile telephones, wasn’t it? Everything changes. Our knowledge grows, and technology develops incredibly quickly. … I am not saying that a student is in a position to build a biological weapon all by himself. But the knowledge needed to do it is certainly there.”

      DOD official Peter Leitner, who also taught at GMU, supervised a 2007 PhD thesis by a graduate student that explores biosecurity issues at GMU. The PhD biodefense thesis on the vulnerability of the program to infiltration explains:
      “As a student in the biodefense program, the author is aware that students without background checks are permitted to work on grants, specifically Department of Defense, that has been awarded to NCBD under the Department of Molecular and Microbiology at GMU. Students are also permitted to do research separately from work in the lab for their studies. Work and studies are separate, but related by the lab. Thus, student access, research and activities go unchecked and unmonitored. Students have access to critical information and technology.”

      The author explains:

      “A principal investigator (PI) may hire a student based on a one on one interview, post doctoral or masters interest, technical abilities, publications, previous work and lab experience, whether student qualifications match the principal interrogators current research, whether there is a space, and if the timing is right. There is no formal screening process or background check that the author is aware of for teaching or research assistantships.”

      Other students took a “red cell” approach that have corroborated the findings of the thesis. Proliferation leads to great risk of infiltration.

      LSU researcher Martin Hugh-Jones explained: “There were no more than ten labs in the nation working with the organism, and now it’s about 310—and they all want virulent strains. In the old days virtually everyone was paid by Department of Defense to do their research because that’s the only place where money came from because the organism wasn’t thought to be of economic importance. Now that it’s a bioterrorist threat and money’s available for research, experts have come out of the walls. The whole damn thing is bizarre.”A 2004 Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services report: “Serious weaknesses compromised the security of select agents at the universities under review. Physical security of select agents at all 11 universities left select agents vulnerable to theft or loss, thus elevating the risk of public exposure.”

      Dr. Leitner in a letter to the Fairfax County Police Department wrote:

      “Now we see that Sergeant Rasool was the subject of a several-year long investigation – in fact, he was under investigation at the time he lodged his complaints against us — and was recently convicted of a very serious security breach involving misusing FBI databases to assist another person under FBI investigation for Federal terrorism charges.” Rasool had sought to stop the training work being done by Dr. Leitner, who taught biosecurity work at George Mason University’s Center for Biodefense.

      The Administration should declassify the “28 pages” being withheld from “Joint Inquiry” report, according to the author of the 28 pages, former Senator Bob Graham. The pages relate to a US-based network involving Saudi funding and charities. Those 28 pages may bear very directly on the correct analysis of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

      http://www.amerithrax.wordpresss.com

  57. DXer said

    Ross Getman’s slide presentation at the Nov 29 anthrax letters seminar

    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 5, 2010
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/seminarpresentation-2.pdf

  58. DXer said

    Former Senator Says Huge Breakthrough Is Coming With Classified 9/11 Information
    Aug. 1, 2014
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/01/former-senator-says-huge-breakthrough-is-coming-with-classified-911-information/

    • DXer said

      It’s Time to Declassify Those 28 Pages

      Seeking the American government’s analysis of the 9/11 attacks, most people look to the 9/11 Commission Report. There is, however, another report that merits equal attention: the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

      President George W. Bush censored 28 pages of this report—an entire section said to describe the involvement of specific foreign governments in the attacks. After reading it, Congressman Thomas Massie described the experience as “disturbing” and said, “I had to stop every two or three pages and rearrange my perception of history…it’s that fundamental.”

      In the interest of achieving justice for victims and preventing future attacks, knowledge of foreign government involvement in 9/11 must be shared with the American people…and with the world.
      28Pages.org was launched in July 2014 to help build awareness of this classified material and to bolster the growing, bipartisan movement to pressure Congress and the President to finally disclose it. Use 28Pages.org to study the issue, follow efforts to declassify the 28 pages and learn how you can help pressure the government to do the right thing.

      http://28pages.org/

    • DXer said

      Some historical contest:

      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2001/09/21/saudis.htm

      Saudis offer support, but that could change

      By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY

      WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister promised President Bush on Thursday to do “everything that is in our capacity” to support the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism. But following through on that pledge won’t be so simple: U.S. retaliation could rattle an already difficult relationship with the world’s largest oil producer. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of many of the suspects in the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil, and its ruling monarchy faces opposition from ultra-fundamentalist Muslims.

      The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Bandar bin Sultan, viewed photo lineups of possible suspects last week at the request of U.S. investigators, says Vince Cannistraro, a former head of counterterrorism for the CIA. “They’re under great pressure to cooperate,” Cannistraro says. …

      ***

      More than a dozen of the 19 men who hijacked four U.S. airliners, destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon are believed to be Saudi nationals. So are many of those detained since the attacks for questioning.

      Cannistraro says the apparent preponderance of Saudis among the hijackers underlines the importance of the attacks to Osama bin Laden, the exiled Saudi millionaire believed to be the mastermind.

      Bin Laden apparently wanted fellow Saudis to carry out his most audacious mission, Cannistraro says.

      Chas Freeman, a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, says the ruling family will be “reasonably supportive (of retaliation), providing we can demonstrate that we are reasonably sure of the facts.”

      Intelligence sharing with the United States may be hampered by the Saudi government’s recent dismissal of its longtime intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal. He helped organize an Arab volunteer force, in part bankrolled by bin Laden, that fought Soviet control of Afghanistan in the 1980s and formed the basis of bin Laden’s terrorist network. …

      The Saudi record of intelligence-sharing with the United States has been spotty since the 1991 Gulf War. They would not let the FBI talk to suspects in a 1995 bombing that killed five Americans in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The suspects were convicted and executed. The government also made it difficult for the FBI to interview suspects in a 1996 bombing that killed 19 U.S. airmen. More than a dozen remain in Saudi jails.

      Saudi Arabia stripped bin Laden of his citizenship in 1994, but wealthy Saudis still support him through a network of charitable fronts. “The Saudi government has not been able to stop the mosque collections for causes it doesn’t support,” Freeman says.

      It is one of only three countries — along with Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates — that recognize Afghanistan’s Taliban regime, which harbors bin Laden. The Taliban practices a version of Islam only slightly more strict than in Saudi Arabia, where women are limited in where they can go, work and study.

      What largely binds the United States and Saudi Arabia is oil. Saudi Arabia has one quarter of the world’s known oil reserves and provides 17% of U.S. crude oil imports. Protecting the kingdom is a top U.S. priority.

      “It’s an ambivalent relationship … inexorably bound by many interests,” says David Long, a Saudi expert.

      • DXer said

        Vince Cannistraro volunteered to help out with Amerithrax and steer things in the right direction.

        The anthraxhunt website set up by Mark Smith was set up at the suggestion of former CIA Vince Cannistraro. (according to the website archived version linked). The FBI sting operation was encouraged by lead investigator Bob Roth who desperately wanted to close the case, according to the washington post article “The Pursuit of Steve Hatfill.” It was intended to prompt a reaction by characterizing the writer as sexually dysfunctional, bi-polar, paranoid etc. Vince and Mark and the lead investigator Bob Roth can tell us what reaction they wanted to prompt. They can also tell us who the other colleague was involved in setting up the website.

        The other website Mark Smith set up gave an email to send tips. It was called handtomind.org and asked for verifiable leads to be forwarded. I never noticed that website. But, in any event, I never knew any bi-polar, sexually dysfunctional, paranoid types to tell the CIA about; only folks, for example, coordinating with Anwar Awlaki, childhood friends of Dr. Ayman, folks associated with the charity funded by some Saudis who helped finance 9/11, El-Shukrijumah (the son of the Saudi employee and missionary who translated for Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman), that sort of thing.

        But the FBI had no interest in Mr. Awlaki, for example, and released him in 2002 so he could visit Ali Al-Timimi, the fellow sharing the suite with the leading DARPA-funded Ames researchers. Adnan El-Shukrijumah was already in the wind.

        http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20040520000227/http://www.handtomind.com/

        Mark and Vince and Bob deserve a lot of credit — if it turns out that they were right in the profile. Dr. Ivins fit the graphologist’s opinion to a tee — and that is without even knowing what color paranormal aura he gave off!

        Now I don’t know how Don Foster, the other “handwriting expert” consulted in July 2002 by the FBI, got all the attention… just because he pointed to Dr. Hatfill.

        …when all the while this Amerithrax/CIA backed Mark Smith was pointing to a profile that fit Dr. Ivins to a tee!

        Dr. Ivins committed suicide only after the FBI swabbed him for DNA to test the semen on the panties
        Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 14, 2011
        https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/dr-ivins-committed-suicide-only-after-the-fbi-swabbed-him-for-dna-to-test-the-semen-on-the-panties/

        For the details of his analysis,

        “New Anthrax Terrorist Profile Released

        On 9/11 foreign terrorists struck the United States of America. Over the next several weeks, we were struck again, this time by a domestic terrorist who is still at large, and may strike again.

        You can help to take this threat of terrorism out of our daily lives.

        This killer has waged psychological and biological terrorism on us using our own postal service, with just a few letters. Now lets use psychological profiling and analysis to take the war to him.

        This NEW detailed profile is based on the handwriting analysis of the anthrax killer, done by Mr. Mark Smith, at the request of Vince Cannistraro, former CIA Director of Counter Terrorism, and verified as accurate by Law Enforcement Officials currently working on the case.

        Mr. Mark Smith is a 35 year veteran and autority on handwriting analysis. The methods used to compile this new profile on the Anthrax Killer is revealed in his new ebook “Hand to Mind” – How to Analyze Anyone’s Handwriting … even the Anthrax Killers:

        Click Book
        How to Analyze Anyone’s Handwriting
        …. even the Anthrax Killer’s.”

        HandToMind.com

        Mr. Smith is most known for his live on-the-air handwriting analysis of Oprah Winfrey, during which he revealed her “childhood abuse issues” eight years prior to her public admission.

        It is a certainty that many of us, at one time or another, have come in contact with this man, through work, school or even possibly in the military.

        Please review the Anthrax letter handwriting samples and handwriting analysis on this web site then consider:

        Have you seen this handwriting anywhere before?

        Does our profile sound like someone you know?
        ***

        A person’s handwriting speaks volumes if you know what to look for. Even an expert can only disguise a limited number of things by deception in their writing.

        It is more important now, than ever, to arm yourself with knowledge and help prevent this from happening again. There is no emergency warning system, of any color, for this kind of terrorist threat.

        What is more terror provoking than the possibility of having a lethal weapon delivered right to your mailbox? Learn what to look for on envelopes before you open them.

        Remember that two of the people that died, the medical worker, and the elderly lady in Connecticut had no seeming connection to the other cases, and no link has yet been found. It can happen again.

        If you need a greater incentive than simply helping to find this killer, the FBI is offering 2.5 million dollars for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who sent these letters.

        Don’t assume that your information is unimportant. The FBI has asked that you report your information even if you think it might be unimportant or that someone else may have already reported what you know.

        You may know the anthrax killer, and be able to bring this murderer to justice. Your call may be the one that provides them with the one piece of information they need to solve this case.”

      • DXer said

        Chasing Islambouli’s Ghost: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

        When dealing with Ayman Zawahiri, it never pays to underestimate the importance to him in the 1990s of the terrorist infrastructure in Brooklyn. 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 anthrax as a weapon against United States targets. Therefore, it is important to understand who Islambouli knew and consider his historical connection to the al-Farook mosque in Brooklyn, New York.

        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. But given the FBI and CIA’s suppression of information relating to the role that Brooklyn and fund-raising charities had in Al Qaeda — as illustrated by the withholding of 28 key pages in the “Joint Inquiry” led by US Senator Bob Graham — intelligence analysis was seriously hampered.

      • DXer said

        The Supporters of Blind Sheik Abdel-Rahman

        Bin Laden’s 1996 Declaration of War focused not only on dissident Saudi sheik al-Hawali’s imprisonment, but also invoked the detention of the Egyptian sheik Abdel-Rahman, the so-called “the blind sheik.” Three years earlier, on July 4, 1993, United States Postal employee Ahmed Abdel Sattar had spoken to the press about Abdel Rahman’s arrest and said “we haven’t decided the time or place, but our Muslim community will demonstrate its outrage at the arrest of the Sheik.”

        In the indictment of the Staten Island Post Office employee who worshipped in Brooklyn, the United States government alleged that following his arrest, Abdel Rahman, in a message to his followers recorded while he was in prison, urged: “Oh Muslims! Oh Muslims! It is a duty upon all the Muslims around the world to free the Sheikh, and to rescue him from his jail.” Referring to the United States, he 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.” His list is a pretty concise summary of the terrorist actions taken over the next decade.

        The tactic of lethal letters delivered by the US Post Office — although not mentioned in this list by Abdel-Rahman — was not merely the modus operandi of the militant islamists inspired by Abdel-Rahman, it was their signature. The islamists sent letter bombs in late December 1996 from Alexandria, Egypt to newspaper offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. and people in symbolic positions. Musical Christmas cards apparently postmarked in Alexandria, Egypt on December 21, 1996 contained improvised explosive devices. The bombs were mailed on the Night of Decree or Night of Measures. It is known as the Night of Qadr. The letters were sent in connection with the earlier bombing of the World Trade Center and the imprisonment of the blind sheik.

        The former leader of the Egyptian Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (”Islamic Group”), Abdel-Rahman was also a spiritual leader of Al Qaeda. There initially was an outstanding $2 million reward. Under the rewards for justice program, the reward now is up to $5 million. There was no claim of responsibility. There was no explanation. Once one had been received, the next ten, mailed on two separate dates, were easily collected. Sound familiar? Two bombs were also sent to Leavenworth, where a key WTC 1993 defendant was imprisoned, addressed to “Parole Officer.” (The position does not exist).

        The FBI suspected the Vanguards of Conquest, led by Egyptian Islamic Jihad head Ayman Zawahiri. The group can be thought of as either the military wing of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad or perhaps just EIJ by another name. It is sometimes known as the New Jihad. Yassir Al-Sirri was the Egyptian Islamic Jihad/ Vanguards of Conquest publicist and worked out of his London-based home while on the public dole.

        The blind sheik Abdel Rahman simultaneously was the spiritual leader of Al Qaeda, Egyptian Islamic Group and Egyptian Islamic Jihad/Vanguards of Conquest. The next month, on February 12, 1997, the Islamic Group, for its part, issued a statement: “The Islamic Group declares all American interests legitimate targets to its “jihad until the release of all prisoners, on top of whom is Abdel Rahman.” Abdel-Rahman’s friend, Ayman Zawahiri, was head of Al Qaeda’s biochemical program. The blind sheik’s son, Mohammed, was on Al Qaeda’s three- member WMD committee.

        Jemaah Islamiah (”JI”) in Indonesia also was committed to Abdel-Rahman’s release. JI-member Yazid Sufaat was a member of Al Qaeda. The US-trained Malaysian biochemist Yazid Sufaat met with 9/11 plotters and two hijackers in January 2000. JI has ties with the Moro Front. Sufaat used his company called Green Laboratory Medicine to buy items useful to Al Qaeda. 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 signed “Yazid Sufaat, Managing Director.” Sufaat had given Moussaoui an e-mail greenlab@usa.net that was accessed by authorities on September 19, 2001. The cropdusters were to be part of a “second wave.” Al Qaeda’s regional operative, Hambali, was at the key January 2000 meeting and supervised Sufaat. Khalid Mohammed’s involvement dates back to Bojinka, as did Hambali’s. The money for Bojinka, a plot to simultaneously bomb airliners and to assassinate the Pope, went from Bin Laden’s brother-in-law Khalifa to the Abu Sayyaf Group, Al Qaeda’s primary Philippine affiliate, and then on to the cell that included KSM.

        Al-Kifah in Brooklyn had long since become the headquarters of Abdel-Rahman’s supporters in the US. After the anthrax mailings, the Amerithrax investigation naturally considered whether the solution to the mystery had its roots in Brooklyn. Abdel-Rahman was the spiritual leader of both Egyptian Islamic Group and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. He was close to Ayman Zawahiri, known to be head of Al Qaeda’s anthrax weaponization project. FISA warrants issued immediately after 9/11 but did not prove fruitful. At Fitzgerald’s urging, a criminal investigation of the two charities, Benevolence International Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, was opened in October 2001. The 9/11 Commission Report notes that in December 2001, “[t]hese plans were dramatically accelerated when CIA analysts, drawing on intelligence gathered in an unrelated FBI investigation, expressed concerns that GRF could be involved in a plot to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction (WMD).”

        On December 14, 2001, the FBI raided the charity offices of the two charities. BIF and GRF offices were raided in Illinois — a BIF office in Newark, New Jersey also was searched. The GRF Founder Rabih Haddad was the imam at the Muslim Community Association and volunteer at Michigan Islamic Academy not far from Ames research Tarek Hamouda, the former Zawahiri associate. Germs author and New York Times journalist Judy Miller (or her colleague) called the GRF office in Illinois the night before the search. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was furious. He had been the AUSA who handled the prosecution of Bin Laden earlier that year in the case involving the 1998 embassy bombings. Authorities had planned on waiting and watching to see how the US charity personnel responded to a search of offices abroad. Their hand was forced when GRF officials in Illinois began shredding documents.

        At a White House press conference on December 17, 2001, Ari Fleischer said: “There is nothing that has been final that has been concluded. But the evidence is increasingly looking like it was a domestic source. But, again, this remains something that is not final, nor totally conclusive yet. I can just report to you the information that I’ve heard. I can’t give you the scientific reasons behind it. But you can assume that they’re based on investigative and scientific means.” He emphasized: “There’s a big difference between the source of it and who sent it, because the two do not have to be tied.”

      • DXer said

        Codename “Swift Knight”: Bin Laden’s Plan With Ibn Khattab To Use Charities And Infiltrators In Creating Biological Weapons

        The surest indication that the Administration credited the claims concerning Al Qaeda’s intention to anthrax as a weapon is that Vice President Cheney and his staff allegedly knew to take Cipro on 9/11. That was a full week before the first anthrax letter was mailed. An unclassified CIA report in January 2003 vaguely summarized the information available from open sources: “A senior Bin Ladin associated on trial in Egypt in 1999 claimed his group had chemical and biological weapons. Documents and equipment recovered from al-Qa’ida facilities in Afghanistan show that Bin Ladin has a more sophisticated biological weapons research program than previously discovered.

        Tenet in his May 2007 In the Center of the Storm wrote:

        “As we researched the information we were slowly gathering from myriad sources, we unlocked a disturbing secret: the group’s interest in WMD was not new. They had been searching for these weapons long before we had been looking for them. As far we know, al-Qa-ida’s fascination with chemical weapons goes back to the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in March 1995 by a group of religious fanatics called the Aum Shinrikyo. Twelve people died in that attack, but had the dispersal devices worked as planned, the death toll would have been higher. Al-Qai’da leaders were impressed and saw the attack as a model for achieving their own ambitions.”

        In Khartoum, Sudan, bin Laden sought to bring together Agiza’s Vanguards of Conquest faction and Saif Adel’s EIJ faction — both of which had splintered off from Zawahiri’s leadership. The Vanguards of Conquest initially had been set up by Ahmed Hussain Agiza, a physician graduated from Cairo Medical School, and split off from Zawahiri. Agiza had a falling out with Zawahiri in 1993 over the arrest of 800 Vanguards members in Egypt. By 1995, Zawahiri was serving as the group’s spokesman in connection with the attempted assassination of President Mubarak in Ethiopia. In 1997, the US State Department named Zawahiri as leader of the Vanguards of Conquest group. (Agiza was extradited from Sweden in December 2001). EIJ has maintained the goal of seizing power in Egypt since the coup planned by Jihad in 1981 despite the Egyptian government’s success in cracking down on the group. At the same time of their developing interest in anthrax, the pro-Bin Laden elements diversified the targets. Al Qaeda would no longer limit its tactics to the blowing up of installations. It launched joint action with other groups and organizations, both local groups and others operating outside their countries.

        Formerly the head of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Zawahiri assumed the #2 position after Bin Laden upon a merger of some of Islamic Jihad into Al Qaeda. The Vanguards of Conquest called creation of the front “a step forward and in the right direction,” but urged Bin Laden to “expand its membership to include other tendencies on the scene.. [and] all colors of the fundamentalist movement wishing to join such alliance in the Arab and Islamic worlds.” Upon the merger in 1998, the most senior planners in Al Qaeda relating to tactics and biological weapons were Egyptian Islamic Jihad, to include Ayman Zawahiri, Mohammed Atef, and Midhat Mursi aka Abu Khabab. Zawahiri was always the real “brains” behind Al Qaeda, not Bin Laden. (This week some reports even suggest that Dr. Ayman had sidelined Bin Laden in recent years while others suggest he has continued to have hands-on role in plotting.

        Egyptian Abu Yasir — known as Taha –the blind sheik’s successor as leader of the Islamic Group, also was a senior member of Al Qaeda. Taha signed the 1998 statement declaring war on the United States along with Bin Laden and Zawahiri. Taha (now imprisoned in Egypt) had not conferred with the Egyptian Islamic Group shura council. Moreover, Zawahiri apparently had not obtained the approval of EIJ’s shura council to their great consternation. While the US government views Al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad as having merged in 1998, they have essentially been the same organization, with the merger having occurred some years earlier.

        In a statement in February 1998, the Vanguards of Conquest said that Muslims should unite against the “real enemies of Islam,’ the United States and Israel. “The time has come to coordinate..to stop our knee-jerk reactions and killing those who are not the enemy..we have to think strategically,” the group said. Under one view, EIJ by this time was Vanguards of Conquest by another name — with Zawahiri its leader and spokesperson. The Egyptian government claimed that Yasser al- Sirri managed and financed the group Vanguards of Conquest, also known as the New Jihad, from his London home while on the public dole. Zawahiri’s wrath against the United States sharpened in 1998 upon the extradition to Egypt of the islamic jihad members from Albania. The trial of the 107 defendants in the “Albanian returnees” in 1999 was the biggest trial of militant islamists since the assassination of Sadat. Zawahiri was sentenced to death in absentia, as was his brother, Muhammad. Muhammad was responsible for Jihad’s military wing and was a member of its shura council. Muhammad Zawahiri was in charge of contacts with EIJ leaders inside Egypt and traveled with Ayman.

        A 1998 Defense Intelligence Agency document produced to Judicial Watch four years ago confirms Bin Laden’s plans to penetrate US biodefense. It describes OBL’s biological aspirations in association with the late Arab Chechen fighter Ibn Khattab. The means by which a worldwide caliphate was to be established was by terror, “latent penetration,” and control over nuclear and biological weapons. After 9/11, Ibn Khattab was killed by a poison letter.

        The typed document was derived from handwritten documents obtained through a classified intelligence project with the unclassified nickname “Swift Knight.” According to the report, the documents were written during the first two weeks of October 1998. The document stated in part:

        THE NEW PROGRAM INCLUDES TOPICS IN– “DIVERSIONS” WITH THE HELP OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, INCLUDING BACTERIOLOGICAL, AND INCENDIARY MIXTURES

        A reference to the murder of Khattab by poison letter is described in a page omitted from a Detainee Assessment. Some things are just too scary for you to know to include the funding that Ibn Khattab was poised to receive under the cover of a major charity.

      • DXer said

        What the Amerithrax Task Force Knew And When

        Eric Lichtblau writes in BUSH’S LAW: The Remaking of American Justice (2008):

        “Over the past two and a half years, a team of NSA technicians, analysts, and translators working round-the-clock out of cubicles at an open office the size of a small newsroom at Fort Meade had eavesdropped without warrant on the phone calls and e-mails of several thousand people in the United States suspected of ties to terrorists. An Islamic charity in Oregon had apparently been monitored. So had a woman in Baltimore [Fowzia Siddiqui]whose sister [Aafia] was suspected of being an al Qaeda ‘facilitator, an imam [Aref] at a mosque in Albany with suspected ties to militants in Iraq, and a truck driver in Cleveland [Faris] who talked of taking a blow torch to the Brooklyn Bridge.”

        In United States v. Ali Al-Timimi, attorneys have wrangled about the government’s failure to produce law enforcement interviews of Al-Timimi after WTC 1993 and after 9/11 — as well as failure to produce NSA intercepts from 2002. Al-Timimi’s original attorney was the first to tell us in 2003 that the FBI raided Ali’s townhouse on February 26, 2003 because they feared he was part of a planned WMD attack. Al-Timimi’s townhouse was raided two weeks after the blind sheik’s son, Mohammed Abdel-Rahman — a member of Al Qaeda’s 3-member WMD committee — was captured in Quetta, Pakistan. Al-Timimi’s attorney, Edward McMahon, in the Moussaoui case, stipulated to a timeline of events in 2001 related to what the US knew about a planned attack. Over this same period the United States government was failing to disrupt the coming attacks, microbiologist Al-Timimi was publicly lecturing on the signs of the coming day of judgment. In both July and August 2001, in Toronto and then London, Al-Timimi was lecturing on the end of times alongside the man known as the “911 imam.” “911 imam”, Awlaqi, was a fellow Falls Church iman who counseled key hijackers first in San Diego and then in Falls Church. Before that, in 1993 and twice in 1996, the man joining Al-Timimi at the podium was none other than Mohammed Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheik’s son. Mohammed Abdel-Rahman would serve on Al Qaeda’s WMD committee and recruit scientists. Al-Timimi was granted a high security clearance and allowed to work alongside top anthrax bioweaponeers at the same time law enforcement and intelligence memos were flying fast and furious about Al Qaeda’s interest in biological weapons and the planned attack known to relate, in part, to the detention of blind sheik Abdel-Rahman.

        Although the timeline by Al-Timimi’s defense attorney begins on February 6, 2001, I have added some notes from the first week in February 2001 that set the stage. In February 2001, the CIA briefed the President in a Presidential Daily Brief (”PDB”) on “Bin Laden’s Interest in Biological and Radiological Weapons” in a still-classified briefing memorandum. Like the PDB on Bin Laden’s threat to use planes to free the blind sheik, the February 2001 PDB would illustrate the wisdom that most intelligence is open source. There was little about Ayman’ s plan to use anthrax against US targets in retaliation for rendering of EIJ leaders that was not available to anyone paying attention. The blind sheik’s attorney in Cairo had announced that Zawahiri likely would use weaponized anthrax to protest the detention of senior Egyptian militants. The previous military commander of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, then on trial, had made the same claim, along with yet another EIJ shura member. In September 1999, a London cleric even had a dialogue with Bin Laden, in open letters read at mosques in Pakistan and London, in which the cleric called for a holy biowar against the United States and Bin Laden responded.

        The timing of the specific PDB on Al Qaeda’s biological weapons in early February 2001, however, was due to anthrax threat letters sent in late January 2001 to the Immigration Minister in Canada and the Justice Minister. 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 January 18, 2001 that an Egyptian Islamic Jihad Shura member, Mahjoub, would have a January 30 bail hearing. 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 in Sudan, al-Duri, an Iraqi reputed to be Bin Laden’s chief procurer or weapons of mass destruction. Beginning on February 6, 2001, another former colleague of al-Duri in Sudan, Jamal Ahmad Al-Fadl, began his testimony in the Southern District of New York in United States v. Bin Laden about his own early efforts on Bin Laden’s behalf to obtain WMD. Then Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was the prosecutor. (The United States has been required to produce 900 pages of transcripts of video conferences between FBI agents and al-Fadl.) Al Duri, while living in Tucson, Arizona, was acquainted with Wadi al Hage. Wadi al Hage was another witness cooperating with authorities in connection with the prosecution of Bin Laden in Spring 2001 relating to the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Africa.

        On February 6, 2001, a Senior Executive Intelligence Brief (”SEIB”) indicated a heightened threat of Sunni extremist terrorist attacks against United States facilities, personnel, and other interests. (A SEIB, once called the National Intelligence Daily, is a CIA-produced intelligence summary similar to the President’s Daily Brief; it must be returned to the CIA within 5 days.

        In March and April 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency disseminated a series of reports warning that Abu Zubaydah was planning an operation in the near future.

        On April 13, 2001, the FBI sent an all-office message summarizing the intelligence reporting to date on the Sunni extremist threat.

        On April 20, 2001, a Senior Executive Intelligence Brief indicated that that Osama Bin Laden was planning multiple operations.

        On May 3, 2001, a SEIB indicated Bin Laden’s “public profile may presage attack.”

        On May 23, 2001, a SEIB reported a possible hostage plot against Americans abroad to force the release of prisoners, including Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who was serving a life sentence for this role in the 1993 plot to blow up landmarks in New York City. (The anthrax letters followed the pattern of letter bombs mailed in late 1996 to NYC and DC newspaper offices, along with people in symbolic positions associated with the detention with Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and the WTC bombers. That is, the modus operandi of the anthrax letters was not just the modus operandi of The Friends of Abdel-Rahman, it was their signature).

        On May 26, 2001, a SEIB indicated that Bin Laden’s plans were advancing.

        In June 2001, over the course of a week, Yazid Sufaat briefed Ayman Zawahiri and Hambali on his efforts at cultivating anthrax).

        On June 19, 2001, a CIA report passed along biographical information on several terrorists mentioned, in commenting on Khalid Mohammed, that he was recruiting people to travel to the United States to meet with colleagues already there so that they might conduct terrorist attacks on Bin Laden’s behalf. (An early December 1998 PDB to the same effect to President Clinton — declassified and included in the 911 Commission Report — reported that the aircraft and attacks were being planned by the brother of Sadat’s assassin, Mohammed Islambouli. Islambouli was in a cell with Khalid Mohammed (”KSM”), who by December had come to lead the cell planning anthrax attacks in the United States.

        On June 21, 2001, after a press report from a journalist reporting from Bin Laden’s entourage, United States embassies raised the force protection condition for United States troops in six countries to the highest possible level, Delta. The embassy in Yemen was closed. (In February 1999, militants had threatened to attack with anthrax if Americans did not promptly leave the country; the militants were thought to be connected to Abu Hamza in London; Ayman Zawahiri was in contact with a cell in Yemen).

        The unclassified portion of “Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update” for June 22, 2001 under “Newly Reported Threats and Incidents” (recently uploaded to intelwire.com) states:

        “State notified all embassies and the national security community of a terrorist threat warning on 6/22/01. ‘The State Department has been made aware of the following uncorroborated threat information indicating a possible near term strike against U.S. interests (NFI). Usama Bin Laden reportedly intends to strike against U.S. interests within the next two days according to the information held by an Arab in Kabul, Afghanistan on 6/21/01. The Arab in Kabul was sure that the strike, whose location he did not disclose, would generate an American response. The DOD European also put out a similar warning to all military commands.”

        On June 22, 2001, the CIA notified all its station chiefs around the world about intelligence suggesting a possible al Qaeda suicide attack on a United States target over the next the few days. The same day, the State Department notified all embassies of the terrorist threat and updated its worldwide public warning.

        On June 23, 2001, the title of a SEIB warned, “Bin Laden Attacks May be Imminent.”

        On June 25, 2001, a SEIB titled Bin Laden and Associated Making Near-Term Threats reported that multiple attacks were being planned by Bin Laden and his associates over the coming days, including a ’severe blow’ against United States and Israeli “interests,” during the next two weeks. (Senator Leahy is in charge of the subcommittee that oversees appropriations to Egypt and Israel).

        Also, on June 25, 2001, an Arabic television station reported Bin Laden’s pleasure with al Qaeda leaders who were saying that the next few weeks “will witness important surprises” and that the United States and Israeli interests will be targeted. At the end of June 2001, an Qaeda intelligence report warned that something “very, very, very, very” big was about to happen, and most of Bin Laden’s network was reportedly anticipating the attack.

        In late June 2001, a CIA terrorist threat advisory indicated a high probability of near-term “spectacular” terrorist attacks resulting in numerous casualties.

        On June 30, 2001, a SEIB titled “Bin Laden Planning High-Profile Attacks,” repeated that Bin Laden operatives expected near-term attacks to have dramatic consequences of catastrophic proportions. The SEIB contained an article titled “Bin Laden Threats Are Real.”

        The intelligence reporting at the end of June consistently described the upcoming attacks as occurring on a calamitous level, indicating that they would cause the world to be in turmoil and that they would consist possibly of multiple — but not necessarily simultaneous — attacks.

        Threat reports surged in June and July 2001.

        On July 2, 2001, a SEIB indicated that the planning for Usama Bin Laden’s attacks continue, despite delays.

        Also on July 2, 2001, the FBI issued a National Law Enforcement Telecommunications (”NLETS”) message concerning potential anti-United States attacks. The message summarized the information regarding the threats from Bin Laden and warned that there was an increased volume of threat reporting. The message indicated a potential for attacks against United Statets targets abroad from groups “aligned or sympathetic to Usama Bin Laden.” The message further stated, “The FBI has no information indicating a credible threat of terrorist attack in the United States.” The message asked recipient to “exercise extreme vigilance” and “report suspicious activities” to the FBI. (Later that summer, when a flying school instructor reported Zacarias Moussaoui and it was known he was associated with Bin Laden’s colleague Ibn Khattab, who intelligence showed was related to Bin Laden’s CBRN aspirations, FBI HQ denied the request that a FISA warrant be sought for his laptop.)

        On July 5, 2001, the CIA briefed the Attorney General on the al Qaeda threat, warning that a significant attack was imminent. In addition, the Attorney General was told by the CIA that preparations for multiple attacks were in late stages or already complete and that little warning could be expected. The briefing addressed only threats outside United States.

        On July 13, 2001, a SEIB indicated that Bin Laden’s plans had been delayed, maybe for as long as two months, but not abandoned.

        On July 19, 2001, one of the items mentioned by the Acting FBI Director in a conference call with his special agents in charge, was the need, in light of increased threat reporting, to have evidence response teams ready to move at a moment’s notice, in case of an attack. The Acting Director did not task FBI field offices to try to determine whether any plots were being considered within the United States or to take any action to disrupt any such plots.

        On July 25, 2001, a SEIB stated that one Bin Laden operation was delayed, but that others were ongoing.

        On August 1, 2001, the FBI issued an advisory that in light of the increased volume of threat reporting and the upcoming anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa (which occurred on August 7, 1998), increased attention should be paid to security planning. The advisory noted that while most of the reporting indicated that the potential for attacks were on U.S. interests abroad, the possibility of an attack in the United States could not be discounted.

        On August 3, 2001, the CIA issued an advisory concluding that the threat of impending al Qaeda attacks would likely continue indefinitely. The advisory suggested that al Qaeda was lying in wait and searching for gaps in security before moving forward with the planned attacks.

        An article in the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (”PDB”) titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S” was the 36th PDB item in 2001 relating to Bin Laden or al Qaeda and the first devoted to the possibility of an attack in the United States. The PDB again mentioned the detention of the blind sheik Abdel-Rahman as motivating the attack.

        On August 7, 2001, a SEIB indicated that Osama Bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States.

        On August 23, 2001, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet received a briefing on Zacarias Moussaoui, titled “islamic Extremist Learns to Fly.” (Both Zacarias Moussaoui and Mohammed Atta had made cropduster inquiries during the summer).

        On August 24, 2001, a foreign intelligence service reported that Abu Zubaydah was considering mounting terrorist attacks in the United States to Attack Targets in the United States.

        The Stipulation ended just before the most interesting pre-911 data point.

        A report titled “Risk Assessment of Anthrax Threat Letters” issued on September 10, 2001. It was a study of the mailed anthrax threat in January 2001. In contrast to a 1998 study by William Patrick that had been requested by Dr. Hatfill’s employer SAIC, the Canadian study found considerable exposure to those in the room resulted when such a letter was opened. Bacillus globigii spores (in dry powder form) had been donated by the US Department of Defense (Dugway Proving Ground, Utah). “The letter was prepared by putting BG spores in the center of a sheet of paper, folding it over into thirds, placing the folded sheet into the envelope and sealing using the adhesive present on the envelope. The envelope was then shaken to mimic the handling and tumbling that would occur during its passage through the postal system.” The aerosol, produced by opening the BG spore containing envelope, was not confined to the area of the desk but spread throughout the chamber. Values were almost as high at the opposite end of the chamber, shortly after opening the envelopes. 99% of the particles collected were in the 2.5 to 10 mm size range. The report explained: “In addition, the aerosol would quickly spread throughout the room so that other workers, depending on their exact locations and the directional air flow within the office, would likely inhale lethal doses. Envelopes with the open corners not specifically sealed could also pose a threat to individuals in the mail handling system.” The authors of the study emailed the study to the head of the CDC’s investigation of the anthrax mailings but he did not open or read the email. The lead CDC investigator explained: “It is certainly relevant data, but I don’t think it would have altered the decisions that we made.” In the week after 9/11, only an estimated 16 individuals in the United States knew of the report). Question: Was Ali-Al-Timimi one of the 16 who knew of the Canadian report on the danger of anthrax aerosols from mailed anthrax? Was the Canadian report faxed to the Alibek/Bailey/Timimi fax number or sent to his mail drop?

        On October 5, 2001, bail was denied for Egyptian Islamic Jihad shura member Mahjoub. The anthrax mailer then rushed to mail the potent anthrax to the author of “Leahy Law” — that allows continued appropriations to security units in the event of “extraordinary circumstances.” The postmark was Tuesday, October 9, but Monday was a holiday, leaving the possibility the anthrax was mailed as early as October 6.

        In March 2003, the FBI questioned people in Ann Arbor, MI and asked them if they knew of any conspiracies against the United States. Homam Albaroudi, co-founded the Islamic Association of North America in 1993, reports he was among those the FBI sought to question. He had been a member of the Ann Arbor Muslim Community Association (“MCA”) since 1999. He served on its board for 3 years. He organized the Free Rabih Haddad Committee in December 2001 and sought to garner support for Mr. Haddad in connection with the closed proceedings relating to his immigration status. The Muslim Community Association (“MCA”) runs the Michigan Islamic Academy which is right across from the University of Michigan North Campus.

        USAMRIID scientist Bruce Ivins supplied former Zawahiri associate Tarek Hamouda, whose laboratory was right near the University of Michigan campus and near the Michigan Islamic Academy, virulent Ames for a DARPA-funded project. The work was done at Ft. Detrick under the direct supervision of Bruce Ivins. FBI anthrax expert John Ezzell tells me that he had previously made dry powdered anthrax at Ft. Detrick for DARPA and according to Ivins, it was the closest match to the attack anthrax.

        In 2001, Dr. Albaroudi was head of its PTO. As the American Civil Liberties Union explained in a suit against the United States Department of Justice in 2003, approximately 1000 people attend services at the mosque each Friday. MCA employs about 20 people and has about 700 registered, dues-paying members. Approximately 200 students were enrolled at the Michigan Islamic Academy which offered classes from pre-K through 11th grade. In addition to the standard academic curriculum used in state public schools, the ACLU explained, the school offers classes in Arabic language, Quranic recitation and Islamic Studies. The mission of the school is to provide students with the basic knowledge require to preserve their basic Islamic heritage, religion and cultural identity. Rabih Haddad, founder of the Global Relief Foundation, taught as a volunteer at the school twice a week. Bassem Khafagi, the Chairman who had been questioned about Ali Al-Timimi before 9/11 lived in Ann Arbor. The MCA held numerous rallies and fundraisers supporting Rabih Haddad in connection the closed proceedings on his immigration status. The ACLU has noted that Dr. Albaroudi stepped down from the IANA becaue of personal differences with other IANA leaders. The ACLU reports that after the FBI raided IANA’s offices in February 2003 and Al-Timimi’s residence in Northern Virginia, the FBI sought to question him notwithstanding he no longer was associated with IANA.

        The ACLU explains:

        “The FBI contacted Mr. Albaroudi again in or about March 2003. On this occasion, the FBI agents who contacted him said they had not singled him out but rather were interviewing many people in the area to find out whether anyone had learned of any conspiracies against the United States Mr. Albaroudi explained to the FBI that he would have contacted them of his own accord if he had learned of any conspiracies against the United States. The FBI then asked Mr. Albaroudi about another co-founder of IANA [Bassem Khafagi], who had recently been arrested for an overdraft check and then detained on immigration charges. The FBI did not pursue efforts to speak with Mr. Albaroudi after he informed them he did not feel comfortable speaking without an attorney present.”

        According to Ali Al-Timimi’s lawyer, Bassem Khafagi was specifically asked about Dr. Al-Timimi’s connection to Bin Laden prior to Dr. Al-Timimi’s arrest.” Given that, according to his counsel, Al-Timimi was an “anthrax weapons suspect,” it appears that much of the investigation of former and present charity officials related to that suspicion about IANA’s celebrated speaker Al-Timimi. Whatever the US knew– and was keeping from the American public — it appears they wanted to know more. Al-Timimi had been the former assistant to the White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. GMU and DARPA had negligently allowed the infiltration at the program sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) housed in the same building as the DARPA-funded Center for Biodefense.

        US DOJ: Inside the beltway, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. It’s never too late to get it right.

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    • DXer said

      From 2007 commentary on Amerithrax emphasizing that charity is as charity does:

      ” “It likely was a happy coincidence for Ayman, then, that an active supporter of the Taliban — and associate of Bin Laden’s spiritual advisor, dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali — was a graduate student in the same building where famed Russian bioweapon Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey worked at George Mason University’s Discovery Hall in a biodefense program funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”). In 2000 and 2001, Timimi was a graduate student in computational sciences. His field was bioinformatics. Al-Timimi tended to travel to give speeches on interpretation of the koran only during semester breaks. He spoke in very moderate, measured tones in the UK, Canada, and Australia — once even in China — against feminism, about the unfavorable treatment of islam in the secular media, about judgment day and the correct interpretation of the koran and hadiths, and the destruction of the Buddha statutes by the Taliban. Locally, he spoke regularly at the Falls Church center that also housed offices of the charity, the Muslim World League. Timimi was associated with the charity Islamic Assembly of North America (“IANA”), based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His speeches are widely distributed on the internet and focus on religious rather than political issues.

      After a bombing raid at a Qaeda camp in Darunta, Afghanistan US forces found 100+ pages of typed and handwritten pages of documents that shed light on Al Qaeda’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 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 Qaeda.” 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 Qaeda was responsible for the anthrax mailings in the Fall of 2001, the FBI and CIA knew based on the growing documentary evidence available by December, that Al Qaeda 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.”

      Anthrax: Details of Possible US Biodefense Insider Connection
      Ross Getman19 maart 2007
      http://www.indymedia.be/index.html%3Fq=node%252F8004.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Zawahiri was head of Al Qaeda’s biochemical program. Ayman named it Zabadi or “Curdled Milk.” The CIA has known of Zawahiri’s plans to use anthrax since July 1998, when the CIA seized a disc from Ayman Zawahiri’s right-hand, Ahmed Mabruk during his arrest outside a restaurant by the CIA in Baku, Azerbaijan. Mabruk, at the time, was the head of Jihad’s military operations. Mabruk was handed over to Egyptian authorities. Mabruk was a close associate and had been his former cellmate in Dagestan in 1996. Mabruk would be at Ayman’s side while Ayman would fall to his knees during trial and weep and invoke Allah. Their captors reportedly did not know the true identity of the prisoners. The CIA refused to give the FBI Mabruk’s laptop. 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. The FBI finally got the files after O’Neill persuaded President Clinton to personally appeal to the president of Azerbaijan for the computer files. FBI Special Agent Dan Coleman would later describe the laptop as the “Rosetta Stone of Al Qaeda.” O’Neill died on 9/11 in his role as head of World Trade Center security. He died with the knowledge that Ayman Zawahiri planned to attack US targets with anthrax — and that Zawahiri does not make a threat that he does not intend to try to keep.

      Mabruk claimed that Zawahiri intended to use anthrax against US targets. At the time, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (“DTRA”) set up a program at Lawrence Livermore to combat the Bin Laden anthrax threat. The CIA also snatched Egyptian Al-Najjar, another senior Al Qaeda member (a shura or policy-making council member no less) who had been working for the Egyptian intelligence services. Al-Najjar confirmed Ayman’s intent to use weaponized anthrax against US targets in connection with the detention of militant islamists in a sworn lengthy confession. Even Zawahiri’s friend, Cairo lawyer al-Zayat, who was the blind sheik’s attorney, in March 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. An islamist who had been a close associate of Zawahiri later would explain 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.

      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 the late 1990s, 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 February 1999 letter signed by “Army of Suicidals Group 66, Bin Laden Militant Wing” threatened anthrax attacks against Westerners if they stayed in Yemen beyond a 11-day ultimatum ending February 27, 1999. Investigators considered a possible connection to the attempted extradition to Yemen of the London-based Egyptian Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

      Emails in the Spring of 1999 from Zawahiri to Egyptian Mohammed Atef, Al Qaeda’s military commander, and former Cairo police sergeant, 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 Bin Laden unit counter terrorism chief Michael Scheuer said.

      It likely was a happy coincidence for Ayman, then, that an active supporter of the Taliban — and associate of Bin Laden’s spiritual advisor, dissident Saudi Sheik al-Hawali — was a graduate student in the same building where famed Russian bioweapon Ken Alibek and former USAMRIID head Charles Bailey worked at George Mason University’s Discovery Hall in a biodefense program funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”). In 2000 and 2001, Timimi was a graduate student in computational sciences. His field was bioinformatics. Al-Timimi tended to travel to give speeches on interpretation of the koran only during semester breaks. He spoke in very moderate, measured tones in the UK, Canada, and Australia — once even in China — against feminism, about the unfavorable treatment of islam in the secular media, about judgment day and the correct interpretation of the koran and hadiths, and the destruction of the Buddha statutes by the Taliban. Locally, he spoke regularly at the Falls Church center that also housed offices of the charity, the Muslim World League. Timimi was associated with the charity Islamic Assembly of North America (“IANA”), based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His speeches are widely distributed on the internet and focus on religious rather than political issues.

      After a bombing raid at a Qaeda camp in Darunta, Afghanistan US forces found 100+ pages of typed and handwritten pages of documents that shed light on Al Qaeda’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 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 Qaeda.” 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 Qaeda was responsible for the anthrax mailings in the Fall of 2001, the FBI and CIA knew based on the growing documentary evidence available by December, that Al Qaeda 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 detail his efforts to obtain a pathogenic strain of anthrax. He 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 documents seized in Afghanistan by US forces by Rauf describe the author’s visit to the special confidential room at the BL-3 facility where 1000s 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 Qaeda’s anthrax lab; a conference on dangerous pathogens cosponsored by UK’s Porton Down and Society for Applied Microbiology he attended, and the need for vaccination and containment. Rauf 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. Malaysian Yazid Sufaat, who told his wife he was working for a Taliban medical brigade, got the job instead of Rauf.

      I have uploaded a scanned copy of a typed memo reporting on a lab visit, which included tour of a BioLevel 3 facility, where there were 1000s of pathogenic samples. The memo mentioned the pending paperwork relating to export of the pathogens. The documents were provided to me by the Defense Intelligence Agency (“DIA”) under the Freedom of Information Act. I also have uploaded a copy of earlier correspondence between Dr. Rauf and Dr. Zawahiri from before the lab visit described in the typed memo. The handwritten letter was reporting on a different, earlier visit, where the anthrax had been nonpathogenic. Finally, on the same linked page, 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.

      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. 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 signed “Yazid Sufaat, Managing Director.” Sufaat had given Moussaoui an e-mail greenlab@usa.net that was accessed by authorities shortly after 9/11. The crop dusters were to be part of a “second wave.” Al Qaeda’s regional operative, Hambali, was at the key January 2000 meeting and supervised Sufaat. Khalid Mohammed’s involvement dates back to Bojinka, as did Hambali’s. The money for Bojinka, a plot to simultaneously bomb airliners and to assassinate the Pope, went from Bin Laden’s brother-in-law Khalifa to the Abu Sayyaf Group, Al Qaeda’s primary Philippine affiliate, and then on to the cell that included KSM.

      When 9/11 hijacker Saeed Al-Ghamdi videotaped his will in 2000, he praised Saudi Sheik Al-Hawali. Telephone records for Mounir el-Mottasedeq, a Moroccan convicted in Germany of helping Mohammed Atta and other members of the “Hamburg cell” that planned 9/11 show that, in the months prior to the attacks, he made repeated calls to Al-Hawali’s Riyadh offices.

      In late January 2001, the Immigration Minister in Canada and 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 January 18, 2001 that an Egyptian Islamic Jihad Shura member, Mahmoud Mahjoub, would have a January 30 bail hearing. The court dismissed a motion directed to the constitutionality of his detention on January 23. 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 or weapons of mass destruction. In the early 1990s, al-Duri lived in Phoenix and then in the late 1990s lived in British Columbia. In the intervening years, he had worked for Bin Laden’s businesses in Sudan and had been involved in an attempt to buy uranium for Bin Laden.

      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 would illustrate the wisdom that most intelligence is open source. There was little about Ayman’ s plan to use anthrax against US targets in retaliation for rendering of EIJ leaders that was not available to anyone paying attention.

      On March 14, 2001, former USAMRIID head and Ames researcher Charles L. Bailey and famed Russian bioweaponeer Ken Alibek filed a patent application for a process to treat cell culture with hydrophobic silicon dioxide so as to permit greater concentration upon drying. Dr. Bailey was in Room 156B of GMU’s Discovery Hall. at the Center for Biodefense. Ali Al-Timimi, an associate of radical Saudi sheik al-Hawali, considered to be Bin Laden’s spiritual mentor, was a graduate student who worked in the same building.

      The website of the Islamic Assembly of North America (“IANA”) contained “Provision of Suicide Operations,” dated June 19, 2001, that stated: “The mujahid [or warrior] must kill himself if he knows this will lead to killing a great number of the enemies … or demolishing a center vital to the enemy or its military forces. … In this new era, this can be accomplished with the modern means of bombing or bringing down an airplane on an important location that will cause the enemy great losses.” On August 26, 2001, IANA’s websitewww.islamway.com published a propaganda statement that encouraged individuals to join arms against the West titled “An Invitation to Jihad,” stating that “t]he mujahid brothers will accept you with open arms and within a period of two weeks you will be given commando training and will be sent to the frontline.” Whatever the debate on whether nonconventional weapons were forbidden (haram), some of the sheiks whose fatwas were appearing on the IANA website were likely to take a more permissive view.

      A week after 9/11, someone mailed some newspapers letters containing anthrax and a message urging the destruction of the US and Israel. Then, on or about October 6, 2001, someone sent very fine powderized anthrax to US Senators Leahy and Daschle with a similar message. An infant visiting ABC was one of the first affected, which should have been haram in anyone’s book. Five people died.

      One of the first things FBI Special Agent Jack Cloonan from the FBI’s New York Office did after the anthrax mailings was to fly down to Sudan with CIA agents and meet with al-Duri, Mahjoub’s former supervisor at Bin Laden’s farm in Sudan. After 9/11, FBI agents questioned Ali Al-Timimi, a microbiology graduate student in a program jointly run by George Mason University and the American Type Culture Collection (“ATCC”). An undercover operation was run at the Falls Church islamic center.

      By spring of 2002, Ali Al-Timimi was on GMU staff and paid $70,000 a year. At sometime in 2002, officials learned of communications between Al-Timimi and Bin Laden’s spiritual adviser, radical Saudi sheik al-Hawali.

      In March 2002, a crude biological weapons site was found. U.S. forces discovered a site near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar that appeared to be an Al Qaeda biological weapons lab under construction. Zawahiri’s plan, evidenced in the documents found previous in the Fall, was to move the location of the lab every 3 months.

      In August 2002, Afghan police found a store of chemicals in a house in Kabul formerly occupied by a Saudi non-governmental organization, the WAFA Humanitarian Organization. Local media reports called it a terrorist laboratory. “Some containers and documents have been found by the police authorities,” a spokesman for international peacekeepers said. One local report said that the discovery included 36 types of chemicals, explosive materials, fuses, laboratory equipment and some “terroristic guide books.” It said the laboratory was found in a residence in the diplomatic area of Kabul in a building that had been used by an Arab national who headed the group prior to 9/11. WAFA was a militant supporter of the Taliban. Documents found in WAFA’s offices in Afghanistan revealed that the charity was intimately involved in assassination plots against U.S. citizens as well as the distribution of “how to” manuals on chemical and biological warfare. U.S. officials have described WAFA as a key component of Bin Laden’s organization.

      In 2002, a man Singh tried to purchase over the internet a wireless video module and a control module for use in an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”). He chose an airborne video system with a camera and transmitter able to transmit video images from a UAV back to a receiver from as far as 15 miles away. The video camera could be used in military reconnaissance and in helping aim artillery and other weaponry across enemy lines. Singh placed his order from England, but the company was unable to confirm Singh’s overseas credit card. Two young men from Northern Virginia, among the group later known as the “Virginia Paintball Defendants,” Chapman and Khan, assisted him in completing the purchases. In the summer of 2002, Singh visited Virginia, staying first with one of them and then with another. Ali Timimi was unindicted co-conspirator number 1 in the Virginia Paintball Case, and was only later identified by Prosecutors (and then separately indicted). As the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals later explained, the pair “attended the Dar al Arqam Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia where Ali Timimi, a primary lecturer, spoke of the necessity to engage in violent jihad against the enemies of Islam and the “end of time” battle between Muslims and non-Muslims.”

      Ali Al-Timimi drafted a letter from dissident Saudi sheik Hawali dated October 6, 2002 and had it hand delivered it to every member of the US Congress just before their vote authorizing the use of force against Iraq. The letter was from al-Hawali (not Timimi), and warned of the disastrous consequences that would follow an invasion of Iraq. Dr. Timimi’s defense committee explained on their website:
      “Prior to the Iraq war authorization vote, Dr. Al-Timimi drafted a letter to the US Congress cautioning the disasterous consequences that would follow a pre-emptive strike. Because Dr. Al-Timimi felt that he did not have enough stature to send a letter in his name on behalf of Muslims, he contacted Dr. Al-Hawali among others to send the letter. Dr. Al-Hawali agreed and sent a revised version which Dr. Al-Timimi then edited and had hand delivered to every member of Congress.”

      Rm 154A in George Mason’s Discovery Hall (down from Dr. Bailley in Rm 156B) would be Victor Morozov’s room number when he first assumed Timimi’s phone number in 2004 (and before he moved to the newly constructed, adjacent Bull Run Hall). Morozov was the co-inventor with Dr. Bailey of the related cell culture process under which the silica was removed from the spore surface — but with the silicon still detectable by an EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis) by reason of having been absorbed in the spore coat. (Compare 2003 and 2004 GMU Directories at Wayback Machine at archive.org)

      Later that year, the head of the wing of the Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (Egyptian Islamic Group) summarized the Amerithrax investigation, dedicating the treatise on American intelligence and law enforcement to: “To the pious and the hidden who are not known when they come and who are not missed when they disappear — To those whom their God will answer when they pray to Him. To all the eyes that are vigilant late at night to bring victory to this religion.” It was publicized by a former EIJ member who had been detained in London in 1999 and then released, and now was an oft-quoted expert on Zawahiri and his followers.

      In mid-February 2003, Abdel Rahman’s son, who was on the WMD committed with Egyptian Midhat Mursi, was captured in Quetta, Pakistan. That month, a chemistry professor tasked with working on biological and chemical weapons met with Uzair Paracha and others at an ice cream parlor. 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 would later say that MIT-graduate Aafia Siddiqui was prepared to participate in an anthrax attack if asked. In the Spring of 2003, Aafia Siddiqui married Amar al-Baluchi, who had been a key lieutenant for KSM during the 9/11 planes operation.

      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 fax with famed Russian bioweaponeer 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-based charity. The Washington Post later summarized: “The agents reached an alarming conclusion: ‘Timimi is an Islamist supporter of Bin Laden’ who was leading a group ‘training for jihad,’ the agent wrote in the affidavit. The FBI even came to speculate that Timimi, a doctoral candidate pursuing cancer gene research, might have been involved in the anthrax attacks.”

      A walk-in to the CIA then led to the dramatic capture of Khalid Mohammed, Al Qaeda’s #3, on March 23, 2003. 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 Bin Laden are Rahman’s friends. The imprisoned WTC 1993 plotter Yousef was KSM’s nephew. Indeed, KSM claims to have been responsible for the planning of WTC 1993. The leaders in charge of Al Qaeda’s anthrax production program thus had a close connection to those imprisoned in connection with the earlier bombing of the World Trade Center. WTC 1993 mastermind Ramzi Yousef had been the mentor of the new husband of MIT-graduate Aafia Siddiqui.

      In March 2003, 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. 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. Mohammed told his interrogators that Moussaoui was not going to be part of 9/11 but was to be part of a “second wave.” 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 once told the judge at his trial in a filing that he wants “anthrax for Jew sympathizer only.”

      Microbiologist Abdul Qadoos Khan was charged along with his son, Ahmed, for allegedly harboring KSM. 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, and 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 (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 Shaikh Mohammed. He had been captured the previous month in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

      The attorney for White House staffer Scooter Libby would reveal that Libby in July 2003 was preoccupied with many national security issues, including the possibility al-Qaida had brought anthrax into the United States. He met more than once with Germs author Judy Miller in DC. Libby’s attorney read about these threats from a court-approved summary of classified information in arguing that Libby had honestly forgotten what he told reporters about Valerie Plame being a CIA operative. (When Libby’s attorneys announced that Libby in fact was not going to testify, the Judge excluded any testimony about terrorist matters in July 2003 that Libby may have addressed.)

      Anthrax lab coordinator Hambali was arrested in August 2003 in the quiet city of Ayuttullah, Thailand, which is about half way between Bangkok and Chang Mai. 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 Qaeda had the extremely virulent anthrax before 9/11. Sufaat’s two principal assistants — and Egyptian and a Sudanese man — were also captured 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 — i.e., treated under this process so as to permit greater concentration — was found at a house in Kandahar pointed out by Hambali. Prior to that, the “Hatfill theory” had been an alternative hypothesis pursued by one of the squads within Amerithrax.

      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 explained that the investigation as “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 Dr. 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 Dr. Hatfill had reported. By late 2003, all conspicuous surveillance had ended, according 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 mid-December 2003, two brothers, Michael Ray and James Stubbs, were arrested in a Manila suburb where they were fundraising for a charity that supported the militant islamists and allegedly in contact with militant brothers. Michael Ray, an American, 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. His brother, James, Jr., also known as Jamil Daud Mujahid. James reportedly was monitored saying that he had been a classmate of bin Laden and had named his son Osama. James once was a policeman in California and a teacher in Missouri. James allegedly met with members of Abu Sayyef and Moro Islamic Liberation Front while in the Philippines doing charity fundraising. The brothers had been under surveillance at the time of their arrest. James Stubbs, according to some reports, had recently left a job as a teacher in California to study Arabic in Sudan. Other reports suggested that his recent work instead involved training dogs. Authorities allege that the brothers in May 2003 had met with several charity groups suspected of being al-Qaida fronts, founded by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law Khalifa.

      In mid-April 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 May 2004, Palestinian Marwan Jabour was arrested by authorities in Lahore, Pakistan. “He was in touch with top Al Qaeda operational figures and was strongly linked to Al Qaeda chemical and biological efforts and had provided some funding for an Al Qaeda [biological weapons lab,” one anonymous counterintelligence official was quoted in the press as saying. After dinner with a Professor at Lahore University, some men on the street approached him and asked him about his friend, before forcing him into a car. The men also arrested the Professor and another friend who had joined them for dinner. The men took him to the local station of the Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (“ISI”) When finally released two years later, he gave a rare glimpse into the conditions in which detainees have been secretly held. He first was held for a month at a secret detention facility operated by the U.S. and Pakistan, as described in detail in the report “Ghost Prisoner: Two Years in Secret CIA Detention.” He was flown to a CIA secret prison, that he believes was in Afghanistan, before finally being flown to Jordan last summer, transferred to Israel and eventually released in the Gaza Strip. He admits having trained in Afghanistan in 1998 and then fighting with the Taliban. He acknowledges helping some Al Qaeda figures escape to Pakistan in 2003. Jabour denies any ties to terrorism. He says the mujahideen he helped relocate to Pakistan in 2003, because of his familiarity with the area and his fluency in Urdu, were “unaffiliated” and had not sworn an oath of loyalty to Al Qaeda.

      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.

      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 4 but could not rule out that it was obtained overseas. Thus, not only was it likely that an Al Qaeda 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 US government. Although sometimes reports referred to its “ubiquitous” distribution, the major revelation on the subject came in 2005 when pursuant to two treaties, samples of anthrax was evaluated from Georgia and Azerbaijan and it was determined that former Republics of Russia also had Ames. Just as former bioweaponeer Ken Alibek had said in 2001, Russia had obtained Ames years earlier through a spy at Ft. Detrick.

      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-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.” One technician was named Barq. Another was named Wahdan.

      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 June 2005, President of Pakistan Gen. Pervez Musharraf told CNN in a filmed interview: “These people were involved in the .. production of anthrax.”

      After a small plane accidentally entered restricted airspace near the White House and Capitol in 2005, the danger passed quickly, but not before bringing back frightening memories for Senator Patrick Leahy.

      “Having been one of the two Senators they tried to kill with the anthrax letter– yes, I do react to that. But here I’m far more concerned about all of the other people, because whatever the threat was they thought it was enough to threaten everybody here. And there are thousands of good men and women who work on the hill, plus the tourists, the visitors and we want to keep them safe.”

      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 the opening argument of the Uzair Paracha trial in November 2005, the Assistant United States Attorney claimed that MIT graduate Aafia Siddiqui was willing to help with an anthrax attack. Any evidence supporting the dramatic statement was later excluded from evidence on the grounds that it would be unduly prejudicial.

      That month, Interpol head Ronald Noble urged: “Al Qaeda’s global network, its proven capabilities, its deadly history, its desire to do the unthinkable and the evidence collected about its bio-terrorist ambitions, ominously portend a clear and present danger of the highest order.” Henry Crumpton, the U.S. State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator agreed: “The threat is real. But what really concerns me is weapons of mass destruction,” Crumpton said, pointing to this evidence U.S. officials said they found in Afghanistan that al-Qaeda was working on anthrax weapons. From 1999 to 2001, Crumpton was deputy chief of operations for the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center. He led the CIA’s counterterrorism campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2002.

      The CIA 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 early 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 retired from the CIA who 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.

      A key question is how they acquired the anthrax strain — the “Ames strain” first isolated by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab in 1980. The US 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, it is known to have been at about a score of labs and over the years an estimated 1,000 people may have had access.

      Al Qaeda’s anthrax production plans on Khalid Mohammed’s computer, according to an unnamed source relied upon by the Washington Post, 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. (According to the technical representative for Bucchi, a static charge is unavoidable with their mini-spraydryer). 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.) The sophistication and effectiveness of the product perhaps lay not in just its concentration, but in its crumbliness and how it floated right out of the envelope. The “trillion spore” issue was an aspect of the mistaken theory that state sponsorship was necessarily indicated. 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.

      An FBI Lab scientist on composition of powders from the Hazardous Materials Response Unit published the comment in 2006: “Individuals familiar with the composition of the powders in the letters have indicated that they were were comprised simply of spores purified to different extents. However, a widely circulated misconception is that the spores were produced using additives and sophisticated engineering supposedly akin to military weapon production. The issue is usually the basis for implying that the powders were inordinately dangerous compared to spores alone. The persistent credence given to this impression fosters erroneous preconceptions, which may misguide research and preparedness efforts and generally detract from the magnitude of hazards posed by simple spore preparations.”

      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 Pakisan 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….”

      In March 2007, Khalid Mohammed 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.”

      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 that were US-based, (2) above suspicion, and (3) with 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. 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.

      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).

      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. 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 mailer probably is announcing that the anthrax is from 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. The “4th grade” in the return address “4th Grade, Greendale School, is American slang for “sergeant” — the rank of the head of Al Qaeda’s military commander Mohammed Atef, who along with Zawahiri had overseen Project Zabadi, Al Qaeda’s biochemical program.

      The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) unit in the Department of Justice has traditionally been known as the “Dark Side.” Everything coming from Khalid Mohammed’s laptop, for example, as Agent Van Harp, the former (now retired) Amerithrax head, once explained, is classified. To understand the matter, journalists would have to have the cooperation of someone coming over from the Dark Side — which would be a felony. The FBI and CIA counterterrorism analysts working on the Dark Side in trying to avoid the next 9/11 are not even allowed to tell their spouses about their work. Based, however, only on the “open source” material readily available through databases such as “google news” and the CIA’s “Foreign Broadcast Internet Service (“FBIS”), it appears that the solution to the Amerithrax case does not likely lie at the intersection of Bin Laden and Saddam streets among those cubicles at Langley with desktop PCs. Instead, it lies with the Zawahiri Task Force at Langley which hopefully has an intersection of Ayman Avenue and Rahman Road. If not, we might be looking at a different crossroads altogether. …

    • DXer said

      And former Congressman Hamilton on C-SPAN coverage of the 9/11 Commission Report 10th Anniversary on July 22, 2014 — “I am embarrassed that they are not declassified. We emphasized throughout transparency. And I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public — all of them, everything. And then when I learned that a number of the documents were classified and even redacted, I was surprised and disappointed. I want those documents declassified. I am embarrassed to be associated with a work product that is secret.”

  59. DXer said

    What the FBI is hiding, for example, is that Adnan El-Shukrijumah is known to have come back into the country.

    The Senator who says the FBI is hiding key information was head of the Congressional “Joint Inquiry” relating to 911.

    He was head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    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 on June 6, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/dxer-adnan-el-shukrijumah-is-the-anthrax-mailer-on-9132001-he-phoned-from-ksms-house-to-tell-his-mom-he-was-coming-to-the-us/

    Adnan was the son of a Saudi missionary.

    10 Investigates allegations of FBI 9/11 coverup
    WTSP 10 News‎ – 3 days ago
    … calling for the reopening of the 9/11 investigation and it is being led by one of Florida’s most influential leaders: former Senator Bob Graham.

    Former senator: Government, FBI hiding full 9/11 story FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV

    FBI lawsuit the latest chapter in Suncoast 9/11 connections WWSB ABC 7

    Ex-Senator: FBI covered up 9/11 investigation
    WTSP 10 News‎ – 4 days ago
    … calling for the reopening of the 9/11 investigation and it is being led by one of Florida’s most influential leaders: former Senator Bob Graham.

    • DXer said

      Lawrence Wright quotes someone who refers to the “shock and awe” that would be caused by the 28 pages.

      I am in shock and awe — and delighted — by Lawrence Wright’s contributions to the New Yorker.

      Another one that comes to mind was his September 15, 2002 piece on Dr. Ayman Zawahiri.

      His work embodies why journalism is important.

      SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
      The Twenty-Eight Pages
      BY LAWRENCE WRIGHT
      http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/twenty-eight-pages

    • DXer said

      http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26511322/2014/09/11/former-senator-government-hiding-full-911-story

      TAMPA (FOX 13) –
      Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham co-chaired the 9/11 investigation in Congress. He claims we still don’t know the full story behind the September 11th attacks because our own government is covering it up.

      While President Obama just called on Saudi Arabia to help us fight the ISIS terrorists (and while Secretary of State John Kerry is currently rallying support from Arab diplomats in Saudi Arabia), Graham claims the Saudi government is already sponsoring the terrorists.

      “They essentially are the creator of ISIS and the primary source of its financial support today,” Graham said. “Saudi Arabia feels they can do almost anything and nothing is going to happen (to them) because they’re being protected, covered up by the U.S. government.”

      Graham helped write classified documents that he says reveal Al Qaeda had help launching the September 11th attacks. He claims there is evidence of a terror-support network in the United States, that supported Al Qaeda, and may still be in place for ISIS today.

      Presidents Bush and Obama have both refused to release 28 pages of those classified records. Though Graham cannot reveal the specific contents, he accuses the Saudi government of working against us behind the scenes, and he accuses the U.S. government of keeping it a secret (possibly to protect our oil interests or alliance with the Saudi Arabia).

      “For 13 years, that information has been denied to the American people,” said Graham. “The pot is going to break soon.”

      He says only a few members of congress have seen the information.

      “Without exception, when they have put down the 28 pages, their reaction has been, ‘Oh God, I can’t believe this has really happened!”

      We’ve also learned the Tampa FBI office received a message in 2002, stating that a person of interest in the terrorist investigation had re-entered the country. So had others on the FBI’s radar, and that may just be scratching the surface. The FBI once said it had no documents relating to the investigation in the Tampa Bay area, but that appears to have changed.

      “Now the FBI has given to a judge, under lock and key, 80,000 pages of information about what went on in Sarasota and adjacent areas,” Graham said. “It has allowed an organization that supported the hijackers to possibly remain in place because it’s not been disclosed and been made available for the next attack against the United States.”

      A Florida judge could order the release of those 80,000 pages of FBI records. There is also a resolution in Congress to declassify the 28 pages that Graham helped write.

      Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by the families of September 11th victims could reveal much more.

    • DXer said

      Some background:

      A Mystery Man Who Keeps the FBI Up at Night
      Officials hunting virtually full time for a Florida computer technician see him as the ultimate `sleeper agent’ in the post-9/11 world.
      September 03, 2006|Josh Meyer | Times Staff Writer

      http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep/03/world/fg-manhunt3

      ***

      Father a Missionary

      Many Al Qaeda devotees came to the cause of militant Islam as young men; Shukrijumah grew up in it.

      His father, Sheik Gulshair el Shukrijumah, was a Muslim missionary from Guyana who worked for the government of Saudi Arabia.

      In the early 1990s, Sheik Gulshair was assigned to the Al Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn, some of whose congregants were soon linked to two Islamist terrorist plots: the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and an unsuccessful conspiracy to blow up the United Nations, Holland Tunnel and other landmarks.

      Sheik Gulshair came to the FBI’s attention because of translation work he did for a blind cleric named Omar Abdel Rahman, who was implicated in the first World Trade Center bombing. Abdel Rahman, head of an Egyptian terrorist organization linked to Al Qaeda, was sentenced to life in prison for his lead role in the plot to bomb the tunnel and other New York City landmarks.

      Sheik Gulshair, who denied any affiliation with terrorists, retired from service to the Saudi government in 1995 and moved his wife and six children to Miramar, southwest of Fort Lauderdale, where he had been given a small stipend to run the Masid al Hijra Mosque.

      By the late 1990s, some of his followers had attracted the attention of the FBI’s counterterrorism squad in Miami. One of them was his eldest son, Adnan.

      Adnan was born in June 1975 in either Saudi Arabia or Guyana. After the family moved to Florida, he attended Broward Community College, where he excelled in chemistry and biology, as well as computers, according to the FBI. …

      When Shukrijumah reemerged in the FBI’s consciousness in March 2003, Pasquale “Pat” D’Amuro, then the FBI’s senior counter-terrorism official and a veteran Al Qaeda tracker, felt an acute sense of dread.

      “We thought he was a grave danger to the security of the United States,” D’Amuro recalled recently. “We thought he could be anywhere.”

      In the months before Sept. 11, he had traveled widely through the United States and Canada, scouting potential terrorist targets, say FBI officials, who believe he spent about a week each in New York, Washington, Chicago and Montreal. …

      Tracking Down Leads

      In their hunt for Shukrijumah, the FBI dispatched teams of agents to Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Yemen, where he had relatives. Agents also tracked leads through Europe, Asia and South America.

      One of those leads took them to Charlieville, Trinidad, where a Muslim cleric had called federal agents to say Shukrijumah was traveling to and from the island and “had company.”

    • DXer said

      At the same time I started pointing to Yazid Sufaat upon his capture in February 2002 — I was arguing against what author Graeme MacQueen calls “The Double Perpetrator” hypothesis — where Iraq was instrumental in assisting Al Qaeda as to its anthrax capability. I summarized:

      “The bottom-line was that Al Qaeda did not necessarily need Iraq to commit this crime. It was more prudent to limit the conclusion to Al Qaeda’s involvement through infiltration of US and UK biodefense absent additional evidence.”

      I previously have explained that a Bloomberg article reported:

      “Former Vice President Dick Cheney disavowed intelligence he once cited to suggest that then-Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein collaborated with al-Qaeda to stage the Sept. 11 attacks.

      Cheney said today that information by the Central Intelligence Agency of collaboration between Iraq and al-Qaeda on Sept. 11 ‘turned out not to be true.’ Still, Cheney said a longstanding relationship existed between Hussein and terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, that justified the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      ‘I thought it was strong at the time and I still feel so today,’ Cheney said at a National Press Club lunch in Washington. ‘There was a relationship between al-Qaeda and Iraq that stretched back 10 years. That’s not something I made up.’ …

      On whether Hussein helped al-Qaeda carry out the 2001 terrorist attacks, Cheney said, ‘I do not believe, and I have never seen any evidence, that he was involved in 9/11.’ ”

      The Bloomberg article continued:

      “Several months after the Sept. 11 attacks, Cheney said it was ‘pretty well” confirmed that Mohamed Atta, one of the leaders of the attack, had met with a senior Iraqi intelligence official in Prague in April 2000, according to a Washington Post account. [Editor’s note: At the meeting, there was a sensational claim that a witness saw a hand-off of a vial]. Cheney later said the meeting’s existence couldn’t be proven, the Post said.”

      Let’s review the history of how the claim of Atta, Prague and the alleged Iraq connection was debunked.

      According to some reports encouraged by Vice-President Cheney’s aide “Scooter” Libby Atta met in Prague with an Iraqi case handler and obtained the anthrax from Iraq then. The reported transfer of a vial of anthrax, however, was totally unproven. The origin of the story seems to have been based simply on speculation of what might have occurred (at a meeting never established to have occurred). For his part, al-Ani denies meeting with Atta. In a statement submitted for the record to the Armed Services Committee and released in July 2004, the CIA concluded that there was an “absence of any credible evidence” that a meeting occurred in 2001 between Atta and Iraqi intelligence in Prague. A declassified portions of classified June 21, 2002 CIA report, “Iraq and al-Qa’ida: Interpreting a Murky Relationship” states: “Reporting is contradictory on hijacker’s Mohammad Atta’s alleged trip to Prague and meeting with an Iraqi intelligence officer, and we have not verified his travels. A declassified portion of “CTC Iraqi Support for Terrorism” dated January 29, 2003 similarly concludes “the most reliable reporting to date casts doubt on this possibility.”

      In contrast to what most of the senior Czech officials have said, the Prague Post quoted the director general of the Czech foreign intelligence service UZSI (Office of Foreign Relations and Information), Frantisek Bublan, denying the much-touted meeting. He also then may (or perhaps not) have been joined by the Czech President. But never let it be said the White House has been consistent on the issue either. Apparently the report was based on a waiter’s recollection of customers several months earlier. Even the Czech intelligence officials who supported the report only cited a 70 percent probability that it was Atta. The bottom-line was that Al Qaeda did not necessarily need Iraq to commit this crime. It was more prudent to limit the conclusion to Al Qaeda’s involvement through infiltration of US and UK biodefense absent additional evidence. Even if there was a meeting, maybe it related just to taking action against Radio Free Europe.

      Some hawks advising the Administration, both in the government and in private business (to include Richard Perle and James Woolsey), argued that there was powerful evidence showing Iraq is giving biological and chemical weapons and training to Al Qaeda. Rumsfeld, whose comments of course could not be taken lightly, described the evidence as “bulletproof.” CIA intelligence assessments such as the declassified portions of classified June 21, 2002 CIA report, “Iraq and al-Qa’ida: Interpreting a Murky Relationship” noted the involvement of Iraqi nationals in al-Qa’ida CBRN efforts, but concluded “we cannot determine, which, if any, of these Iraqi national Baghdad directed.” There were, indeed, some reports by defectors concerning Al Qaeda’s coordination with Saddam on biological and chemical weapons but those reports all depended on the reliability and detail of those reports by defectors. We now knew, for example, that the son of a Chalabi aide made up info about mobile biolabs. Similarly, someone else forged documents relating to uranium. Shouldn’t there be criminal prosecutions? A truth commission (perhaps with grants of immunity) as urged by Leahy? Classified CIA and DIA reported to the White House expressly questioned and doubted the reliability of what senior Al Qaeda Al-Liby was saying under the Administration’s enhanced interrogation” — who Secretary of State Powell would later expressly rely upon in his speech before the UN in which he held up a vial of anthrax.

      The briefs made by President Bush and Tony Blair lacked a “smoking gun” in this regard. The information released by Powell similarly contained no “smoking gun” on the question of an Iraq/ Al Qaeda connection. It seems to have turned out that there was merely a tolerance of Al Qaeda and Ansar al-Islam by the Iraqi regime. The nature of any cooperation between Al Qaeda and Iraq has remained an open (at least disputed) question though criticism of the Administration’s distortion of intelligence has grown sharply and then was reflected by voters’ choice at the ballot box. As in the game Monopoly, sometimes practical alliances can be formed for tactical purposes against a common enemy. A detailed argument relating to the connections between Iraq and Al Qaeda could always be found online in the trillion dollar complaint against Iraq filed by the law firm Kreindler & Kreindler in connection with 9/11. There also was a lengthy Spring 2003 article by PhD microbiologist Dany Shoham who had been with the Israeli military intelligence and now is at an Israeli university.

      As United States District Judge Harold Baer noted, and as Director Tenet has acknowledged, some of the early high-level contacts between Al Qaeda and Iraq related to a non-aggression pact. Judge Baer, upon the default of all the opposing parties and their failure to defend the lawsuit brought by the law firm Kreindler & Kreindler, found that CIA Director Woolsey and Laurie Mylroie had not presented any facts supporting their position, but that a jury could find in their favor by crediting their opinion. He described the evidence relied upon as consisting of layers of hearsay and therefore inadmissible.

      Mylroie’s theory, however, required that Khalid Mohammed was an Iraqi intelligence agent — along with his nephew Ramzi Yousef. She even posited that Murad, a participant in the Bojinka operation, was necessarily an Iraqi agent. If her argument had been correct, however, it was odd, then, that Murad did not disclose the fact in “tactical interrogation” (i.e., torture) by Philippine authorities and that his statement to US officials recounted the names and location and details of his many family members. It was odder still that KSM did not disclose the fact in his months of interrogation. WTC 1993 plotter Ramzi Yousef also failed to admit the fact — even in the course of extensive operations by the FBI involving a mafiosa defendant who had a nearby cell. In June 2004, yet another nephew of KSM was captured. No clear evidence emerged even after Iraq was invaded.

      When a mid-level of aide of Jordanian poison expert Zarqawi captured in Iraq was a member of Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad, that sort of development pointed to Al Qaeda’s presence in Iraq — not a connection with the regime.

      Dr. Richard Spertzel, the former UN inspector in Iraq, for years argued that the product here was well within Iraq’s capability. UNSCOM determined that the Iraqi weapons program produced dried anthrax as well as the more primitive wet form. Dr. Spertzel argued: “Iraq certainly knows how to produce 100 percent pure spores. That is a technique that they developed .. which is capable of giving them the kind of concentrations that we are seeing in the Daschle letter.”

      Given that at the time we knew where Saddam lived, and he was a survivalist, he would have wanted to maintain deniability in the event he had assisted in the anthrax mailing. A terrorist state sponsor would have wanted to use a strain that was not associated with it. Thus, Iraq as a source of the Ames was entirely possible and needed to be explored as a hypothesis. It’s just that it was not indicated by any of the evidence. Two top Iraqi scientists, codenamed Charlie and Alpha, helped the coalition to learn more about Iraq’s anthrax program according to Dr. David Kay, head of the Iraq survey group in charge of the hunt for WMD, said. He has said that the Iraqis had made surprising innovations in the milling and drying processes needed to weaponize anthrax. But no forensic or documentary evidence ever pointed to Iraq, rather than Al Qaeda’s planned infiltration of US and UK biodefense as behind the anthrax mailings.

      In February 2003, in a much anticipated presentation about Iraq and its weapons, Secretary of State Colin Powell reported that a senior al Qaeda operative in custody has said that a terrorist operative was sent to Iraq several times between 1997 and 2000 for help in acquiring biological and chemical weapons. He was sent after Bin Laden determined that Al Qaeda labs were not sophisticated enough. In a document found on his computer, Zawahiri had indicated that experts would have to be recruited, particularly using universities as a cover, because using unsophisticated talent had not proved successful. Accordingly, based on what Ayman had written, the FBI should be giving priority to connections with researchers at universities and NGOs. That document was obtained by a WSJ reporter upon buying Zawahiri’s old computer from a used computer dealer after his own computer broke. It had been looted by someone who jumped over the wall after bombing. Vice President Cheney was briefed on related papers relating to Zawahiri’s plan to use anthrax against US targets in mid-December 2001 upon a CIA analyst’s discovery of the documents shipped from Afghanistan. So as of mid-December 2001, Vice-President Cheney knew that Al Qaeda was planning to use universities and charities to develop the expertise needed to aerosolize anthrax for use against US targets. He further separately knew from the February 2001 PDB from the CIA to President Bush that Al Qaeda’s motivation was the rendering and mistreatment of senior Egyptian detainees. Unfortunately, he had already arranged for his lawyers to give him the greenlight to torture those detainees.

      There’s every reason to think Zawahiri succeeded in recruiting the necessary expertise — just no compelling reason to think he obtained the expertise from Iraq. The papers found at headquarters of the Mukhabarat, Iraq’s feared secret police, show that an entourage from Al Qaeda group was sent to the Iraqi capital in March 1998 from Sudan. The talks are thought to have ended badly for Iraq. According to some reports, Bin Laden rejected the suggestion of an alliance — preferring to pursue his own concept of jihad. According to other information, it was Saddam who wanted to distance himself from Al Qaeda. He reportedly never responded to an Al Qaeda request that it be allowed to establish training camps. He viewed Al Qaeda as a threat to his regime.

      Ramadan, former Iraqi Vice-President who hosted Ayman in Baghdad in 1998, was arrested by Kurdish forces. Saddam, of course, was also captured. And so there came to be quite a lot of information available about the Al Qaeda-Iraq contacts so as to clarify outstanding issues.

      Some have pointed to reports that a leader, the late Abu Musab Zarqawi, thought to be involved in the planned ricin attacks, was a clear link between Al Qaeda and Iraq. Zarqawi reportedly was at the safe house in Afghanistan where traces of ricin and other poisons were found. According to an article that appeared in the conservative National Review, Iraq’s embassy in Islamabad hosted some Iraqi biochemical scientists, who trained Zarqawi and his lab technicians under the cover of the Taliban embassy. No further details, however, ever emerged or were corroborated and the speculation arose that Al-LIbi had merely misled US interrogators after his capture in December 2001. He recanted his claims in 2004.

      There were reports of an Al Qaeda facility in northern Iraq where there was testing of chemical and biological weapons (such as ricin) on barnyard animals and a human. The area, however, was in an area not controlled by Saddam Hussein. Al Qaeda had sent four of its senior leaders, including Abu Yasir (Taha), the former head of the Egyptian Islamic Group, to northern Iraq. Taha, 51, with a degree in commerce from Assiut University, served a five-year sentence for terrorist activities. Following his release, he left the country and settled in Afghanistan. He is credited with planning the massacre of tourists in Luxor in 1997.

      Taha and his colleagues formed a fighting group of 600 men — known as Ansar al-Islam — out of an amalgamation of existing groups. ABCNEWS reported that there is evidence the terrorists tested ricin in water, as a powder and as an aerosol. (Some experts dispute that ricin can effectively be used as an aerosol or water contaminant.) The militants used it to kill donkeys and chickens, and at one point, allegedly exposed a man to the toxin in an Iraqi market and followed him home and watched him die several days later. In a television interview in January 2006, Michael Scheuer said he was 100% sure that in 2002, Ansar al-Islam was also experimenting with anthrax.

      The senior Al Qaeda leader (and successor to the blind sheik) Abu Yasir, (Taha) before being extradited to Egypt, had lived in a suburb of the capital of Iran. Under the Administration’s logic, does that mean there was also state sponsorship by Iran?

      The “bomb Iraq” crowd relied on only wisps of hearsay evidence and glimmers of ambiguous facts. In other contexts, the evidence was fabricated (such as related to the purchase of enriched uranium from Niger or the mobile bio labs). No hijacker was shown to have trained at Salman Pak, alleged to be a terrorist training facility (where a 747 was located), rather than a counterterrorist training facility.

      On the other hand, while Bin Laden declared Saddam’s party apostate and infidel, he urged that there was a religious duty to cooperate with a secular ruler if it furthers jihad. The Iraqi intelligence chief Hijazi, who according to the Iraqi National Congress allegedly once met with Osama in Afghanistan. In August 2003, former Iraqi Vice-President Ramadan, who met Zawahiri in 1998, was also captured. Saddam seemed to enjoy the debate with interrogators and at trial was defiant towards the court.

      Polls (and perhaps the regime change that occurred in the United States upon the Presidential election also) show that most Americans think that the invasion of Iraq has led to an increase in the likelihood of terrorism rather than a decrease. Like his recent OpEd in the Washington Post, Richard Clarke’s book, Against All Enemies, presented powerful support for the view, from an insider’s perspective. He was not merely “in the loop” — he as much as anyone was or at least always should have been the loop had they heeded his urgent requests for a meeting of the Principals. The same applies to the threatened use of biological weapons.

      A lawsuit by former FBI counterterrorism official, John O’Neill, filed in August 2003 alleged connections between Al Qaeda and Iraq, based in part on statements by Iraqi defectors, information from Iraq and al-Qaeda prisoners, and documents uncovered in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Complaint alleged that Iraqi intelligence provided al-Qaeda with training in document forgery and chemical and biological weapons in a series of contacts that spiked in 1996, and again after 1998. The Complaint, In re Estate of John P. O’Neill, Sr. et al. v. Republic of Iraq et al, D.D.C. 8/20/03 ^ alleges that -Zawahiri met with Iraqi intelligence in 1992 and 1998, and that contact between Iraq and al-Qaeda increased in 1998, when Al Qaeda bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa. According to a report by the Department of Defense to the Senate Intelligence committee, in the early 1990s, the main intermediary between Al Qaeda and Iraq was Sudanese strongman Hassan al-Turabi, a leader of the Al Qaeda-affiliated National Islamic Front.

      But relying on the far more reliable evidence provided by Ayman Zawahiri’s computer, we see that Zawahiri wrote EIJ/AQ military commander a memo in the Spring of 1999 saying that they only got the idea for biological weapons when US officials kept telling them how easy it was. More importantly, in his correspondence with a Pakistan scientist named Rauf Ahmad, we see that his longstanding efforts to recruit specialists to develop anthrax as a weapon were just bearing fruit. The Defense Intelligence Agency gave me his correspondence and yet, notwithstanding that he is a very approachable fellow and has resumed his former life, reporters have not succeeded in interviewing him. I once uploaded the resume he gave me — with notably omitted his work for Ayman. He stopped email contact with me when I prematurely mentioned that I had copies of his correspondence with Zawahiri.

      A memo by Undersecretary of Defense Feith was even more dramatic. Not credited by the CIA or Richard Clarke, the memo did not represent an analysis of the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda, as much as a laundry list of possible data points, many of which were not confirmed.

      The 9/11 Commission, in contrast, concluded that Atta did not visit Prague in April 2001. On April 4, 2001, there is a picture of him at a Virginia ATM. On April 6, 9, and 10, 2001, there were calls made to his cell phone from within Florida to Florida. Then on April 11, 2001 he is known to have been in Florida. Moreover, “Newsweek has also learned that Czech investigators and U.S. intelligence have now obtained corroborated evidence which they believe shows that the Iraqi spy who allegedly met Atta was away from Prague on that day.”

      When seeking to resolve such issues, people need to put politics aside and pull together to get conclusive objective proof, one way or the other. Like authors Coen and Nadler said in their book, “This is not a Republican issue. It is not a Democratic issue. It is not even an American issue. It is a global issue.”

      Unfortunately, author Graeme MacQueen did not put politics aside. Some people are still in a 2002 political mode — rather than a connect the dots through documentary evidence mode.

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