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

* Senate Torture Report: KSM wrote bin al-Shibh a letter referencing “Jafar the Pilot” and indicating that “Jafar” “ought to prepare himself” to smuggle himself from Mexico ; the letter was seized in September 2002

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2014

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14 Responses to “* Senate Torture Report: KSM wrote bin al-Shibh a letter referencing “Jafar the Pilot” and indicating that “Jafar” “ought to prepare himself” to smuggle himself from Mexico ; the letter was seized in September 2002”

  1. DXer said

    A horrifying look into the mind of 9/11’s mastermind, in his own words, By Marc A. Thiessen November 28 at 11:13 AM

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-horrifying-look-into-the-mind-of-911s-mastermind-in-his-own-words/2016/11/28/bf5827a8-b575-11e6-b8df-600bd9d38a02_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.5e056fff8b30

  2. DXer said

    The former CIA WMD head from 2001-2004 has explained that among the documents taken upon KSM’s capture on or about March 2003 at the bacteriologist’s home was a drawing of an arrow from Afghanistan to the United States in connection with a reference to El-Shukrimjumah.

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

    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-get-terrorists-talk-12270

  3. DXer said

    Judicial Watch this week states that Shukrijumah “piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.”

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/12/al-qaeda-terrorist-wanted-fbi-crossed-back-forth-u-s-mexico/

    Al Qaeda Terrorist Wanted by FBI Crossed Back and Forth Into U.S. From Mexico

    DECEMBER 08, 2014
    An Al Qaeda terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list for years crossed back and forth into the United States from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas and piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.

  4. DXer said

    On this issue whether he was trained as a pilot or not, I think a fair summary is that in March 2003, the FBI stated that it had no information that Shukrijumah had taken flight training in the US. But that by 2010, prosecutors were explaining that they believed that Shukrijumah took flight training at around the same time as the hijackers.

    FBI Hunts ‘Al Qaeda Field Commander’ – ABC News
    abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=90755
    The FBI issued a “be on the lookout” alert for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, asking all law enforcement … He is believed to have trained at a flight school in Florida.

    Link between wanted Saudi man and ‘dirty bomb’ suspect? – CNN.com
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/03/21/fbi.terror.search/‎
    Mar 22, 2003 … The FBI has no information that Shukrijumahis a pilot or ever took flight training in the United States.

    FBI hunts Padilla `partner’ – Chicago Tribune
    articles.chicagotribune.com/…/0303210244_1_adnan-g-el-shukrijumah-dirty -bomb-plot-jose-padilla‎
    Mar 21, 2003 … … Officials said late Thursday that reports he had flight training are likely untrue.

    Al Qaeda Leader Charged in Subway Bomb Plot – WNYC
    http://www.wnyc.org/…/87931-al-qaeda-leader-charged-in-subway-bomb-plot/‎
    Jul 7, 2010 … Undated FBI handout photo of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah (Photo by FBI via …Prosecutors say Shukrijumah received flight training at around the …

  5. DXer said

    Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s mom, who said he called her on or about 9/11 to tell her he was coming to the United States, said he was a “good boy” and just wanted to wake up the United States — to cause alarm.

    Indeed, as I have often pointed out over the years, the Al Qaeda manual has a chapter on “Poisonous Letters” that instructs the mailer to take care not to kill the mailman.

    CNN.com – Transcripts
    edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0111/15/ltm.01.html
    Nov 15, 2001 … Target: Terrorism: Look at Al Qaeda’s Dreadful Recipe Book … and was given three chapters of the manual, in order to prove it’s existence. … The poisonous letteris the title of one section no poison inks. … “Wipe the envelope from the inside with silicone sealant,” it goes on, “so it would not kill the mailman.

    • DXer said

      In contrast to his mom’s view of him as a good boy, CIA analysts viewed him as a very baaaaad boy judging by the way KSM seemed to be protecting him.

      It was the extremely virulent Ames strain of anthrax that the mailer used. The strain killed elderly Ottilie Lundgren.

      “Additionally, the Ames strain is highly virulent in humans (36) and is most likely to be the basis of any weaponized strain (37, 38).”

      “Pathology and pathophysiology of inhalational anthrax in a guinea pig model.”

      Savransky V, Sanford DC, Syar E, Austin JL, Tordoff KP, Anderson MS, Stark GV, Barnewall RE, Briscoe CM, Lemiale-Biérinx L, Park S, Ionin B, Skiadopoulos MH.

      Infect Immun. 2013 Apr;81(4):1152-63. doi: 10.1128/IAI.01289-12. Epub 2013 Jan 28

      As indicated by the email I uploaded recently from Bruce Ivins, the Ames strain was used for the DARPA project precisely because a 1996 study had indicated that it was so virulent.

      Then a formal study was done by Battelle in 2001 — which was uploaded in two parts — comparing Ames to two weaponized strains. (Confidence intervals had not previously been sufficient for the conclusions as to virulence.) The Battelle study is in the USAMRMC Reading Room in two parts.

    • DXer said

      Bruce Ivins and Arthur Friedlander fielded claims by a New Yorker journalist about the particular virulence of the Ames strain.

      The study that prompted Ivins to know of Ames special virulence was done by Steve Little and Greg Knudson.

      https://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/content/foia_reading_room/Email%20Attachments/%284%29%20email%20attachments%20Nov%207,%202001.pdf

      “Regarding the discovery of the virulence of the Ames strain (isolate, as you will), you tell me that it was the work of Little and Knudson that recognized the particular virulence of the Ames strain. I’m guessing that their work was done at/in association with USAMRIID? And, what was the context of their study (looking for a virulent strain to use in vaccine challenges, etc)?

      *********************************************************************

      Yes, it was done at USAMRIID. They were doing studies with strains of B. anthracis at USAMRIID in an attempt to determine if any strains/isolates, in the guinea pig model, would overcome vaccination with the human vaccine.”

      Note: The usual redactions have been turned off for your convenience.

    • DXer said

      Militant with suspected ties to Sarasota Saudi family is killed
      By Michael Pollick

      By Michael Pollick
      Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
      http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20141210/article/141219983?p=6&tc=pg

      Abdulaziz al-Hijji knew El Shukrijumah and some of the terrorists who were in training at Venice Airport, according to a former friend who provided the information to an FBI agent and a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detective in 2004.

      The informant, a Sarasota cellphone store owner named Wissam Hammoud, made the claim while awaiting trial in the Hillsborough County jail on federal charges. He is now serving a 21-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty in August 2005 to charges he plotted to kill a federal agent and a confidential informant.

      Through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hammoud arranged to be interviewed by Sarasota sheriff’s detective Michael Otis and FBI agent Leo Martinez, who worked then in the agency’s Fort Myers field office, according to a 2004 file by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

      Hammoud also told investigators that he often exercised with Abdulaziz al-Hijji at the Shapes Fitness center near Prestancia, and that the two played soccer together on property surrounding a Sarasota mosque.

      Al-Hijji brought a friend to the games who Hammoud claimed to investigators was El Shukrijumah.

      Hammoud told investigators that he also helped Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji by clearing the Prestancia residence after they left Sarasota, putting their belongings in storage. He said he was asked to sell one of al-Hijji’s vehicles, a Volkswagen Beetle, and send the couple the proceeds.

      Comment:

      Dr. Vahid Majidi’s claim in his e-book that the FBI had identified, interviewed and excluded all of Atta’s known acquaintances is not true. He should correct it. The FBi was never able to locate Shukrijumah so as to be able to interview him. To leave such mistakes uncorrected under all the circumstances is not right. Indeed, Shukrijumah, judging by the documents produced to date, is known to have returned to the United States in September 2001.

      During 2001 and 2002, the CIA reports that it did not have information on Shukrijumah. See CIA’s response to Senate Torture Report.

      One possible source of information as to what the FBI learned, and when it learned it, might be FBI Special Agent Leo Martinez. Also the undercover in the prosecution cited by the Senate Torture Report.

      The reason the contemporaneous documents are sought — and should be produced now that El-Shukrijumah was killed in the shoot-out — is precisely to rely on the most reliable evidence — and not the spin of senior officials.

    • DXer said

      Here is a meaty article with new information offered about Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s whereabouts in recent years.

      From Florida to al Qaida: Militant spent last years at Iran-Pakistan-Afghan border
      BY TOM HUSSAIN
      McClatchy Foreign StaffDecember 10, 2014

      Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/12/10/249650/from-florida-to-al-qaida-militant.html#storylink=cpy

  6. DXer said

    There’s a document in the Sarasota FOIA suit which I believe says it is known El-Shukrijumah travelled to the US in September 2001. I have uploaded it.

    Al Qaida figure’s death complicates Sarasota-linked 911 probe,” Miami-Dade County, 12/09/2014
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article4395183.html

    The “probe” relates to a lawsuit under FOIA. Shukrijumah’s death eliminates the (b)(6) exemption for privacy. On whatever document his name appears, his name, IMO, should now appear unredacted.

    I would argue that it also eliminates the justification for any national security or law enforcement exemption under FOIA.

    • DXer said

      In Sarasota investigation, who was the person associated with the hijackers’ flight school who was discovered to have re-entered the country after 9/11?

      Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 21, 2014

      https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/in-sarasota-investigation-who-was-the-person-associated-with-the-hijackers-flight-school-who-was-discovered-to-have-re-entered-the-country-after-911/

    • DXer said

      In her foreword to the Senate Torture Report, Senator Feinstein has said they will continue working on declassification of more of 6, 000 + pages — but did not want to hold up release of the 600 page Executive Summary. One document that should be released is the letter from KSM to Ramzi bin Al-Shibh instructing Ramzi to have Jafar the Pilot prepare for travel.

    • DXer said

      Padilla is the one who first identified Adnan El-Shukrijumah.

      Padilla worshipped with Adnan El-Shukrijumah at the mosque across from “Franklin Park.”

      Franklin Park [though in NJ] was listed as the return address on the letters to Senator Leahy and Senator Daschle. On the return address, Greendale School purported to be in Franklin Park.

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

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

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

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

      A federal undercover agent repeats that he saw Atta and El-Shukrijumah together at mosque.

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

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

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