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

* In written correspondence with the Case Closed blog, the Sacramento State graduate and former Malaysian Army Captain Yazid Sufaat has invoked the “Fifth Amendment” and declined to disclose the b. anthracis strain he was using.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2015

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32 Responses to “* In written correspondence with the Case Closed blog, the Sacramento State graduate and former Malaysian Army Captain Yazid Sufaat has invoked the “Fifth Amendment” and declined to disclose the b. anthracis strain he was using.”

  1. DXer said

    Aimen Dean book extract: how al-Qaeda tried to build a poison-gas bomb

    Aimen Dean
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/aimen-dean-book-extract-how-al-qaeda-tried-to-build-a-poison-gas-bomb-fmk0fnc0g

    “With disturbing relish, Abu Nassim placed a rabbit in a glass aquarium by the lakeside and started piping in the hydrogen cyanide. White fumes started to fill the aquarium, and within seconds the poor creature started furiously licking its lips. Its breathing quickened and it started scratching furiously at the side of the tank before losing muscle control, rolling onto its back and convulsing. Finally, it was dead. The whole process had lasted a minute.

    Subsequently, Abu Kabab’s team would use the same aquarium for tests on dogs. And it was filled with much more than hydrogen cyanide as the experiments evolved. We tested chlorine and then cyanogen chloride. Then came phosphine, a toxic gas based on rat poison and phosgene….”

    Comment:

    My friend, James Vandevelde, was authorized by the CIA CTC at the seminar pictured below to explain that Al Qaeda’s anthrax program was more tightly compartmentalized and controlled than Abu Khabab’s chemical program. (See his filmed presentation).

    Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax program was kept more secret and was more tightly held. At least it apparently not been penetrated by the MI6 spy that had penetrated Abu Kabab’s chemical program.

    Nonetheless, I imagine that even jihadists share gossip over meals and volleyball. What are Aimen Dean’s thoughts on Yazid Sufaat’s anthrax work?

    Geographically, which was located where?

    Below, at the conference, I question the former key scientist in the FBI’s haz mat unit who was the only one known to have made a dried powder out of Ames anthrax from Bruce Ivins’ Flask 1029.

    Being a good Marine, it is time Robert Mueller run toward justice — and leave no man on the field.

  2. DXer said

    Would President Trump plead the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination?

    Trump doesn’t have to comply with Mueller subpoena
    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/05/07/giuliani-trump-doesnt-have-to-comply-with-mueller-subpoena-shan-wu-nr.cnn

  3. DXer said

    Ezra Cohen-Watnick:

    The difficult thing is to decide what’s important and what’s not. Let me save you some time. Amerithrax was totally botched. That is your starting point.

    R. Scott Decker is an FBI Agent who in a book last year explained that he did not collect samples from abroad for a full two years after the anthrax mailings.

    It was known that Ayman Zawahiri had sent an infiltrating scientist to Porton Down conferences — and other European conferences — for a couple years at Zawahiri’s request. He wrote Zawahiri to say that the targets had been achieved. DIA gave me the declassified correspondence pursuant to FOIA. (See JB Petro).

    The Blind Sheik’s lawyer had announced that Dr. Ayman was going to use anthrax against US targets to retaliate for the rendering of the Blind Sheik and senior EIJ jihadists. (see CIA’s FBIS)

    Rauf Ahmad, according to DIA, would come annually to Great Britain. DIA’s James Vandevelde — later of the CTC — could provide some background.

    Your mission — if you decide to accept it — is come to understand who was responsible for Decker’s failure to collect any samples abroad for two years — while Amerithrax, the largest whodunnit in history, was botched.

    Why did Mueller and Comey allow it while allowing the FBI to become fixated on Hatfill?

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

  4. DXer said

    WW3 fears: Britain makes anthrax vaccine available amid chemical attack preparations

    THOUSANDS of anthrax vaccines are to be made available after Britain joined four European nations in allowing a US drug to be made commercially available.

    By Marco Giannangeli
    PUBLISHED: 08:07, Sun, Apr 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 22:24, Sun, Apr 15, 2018
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/946274/ww3-anthrax-fears-vaccine-chemical-weapons-britain-gavin-williamson

    The decision, weeks after the Salisbury poisonings, comes as the UK continues to list anthrax as the number one biological threat in terms of a terror attack. Last month Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that soldiers “at the highest readiness” would be provided with the anthrax vaccine “providing them with vital protection”.

    A report by the European Commission has warned that chemical and biological stockpiles in Syria, which have also been used by the Islamic State over the past five years, could make their way over to Europe.

    “Incidents have shown Daesh’s (Islamic State’s) interest in innovating and developing biological and radiological weapons,” it stated. EU warnings in 2015 said that members “must prepare for the possibility of a chemical or biological attack on their territory” emphasising the “particular risk that terrorists might use sarin, ricin or anthrax”.

    More than 150 cases of trafficking radiological, biological and nuclear materials are reported each year to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Britain has a small vaccine stockpile controlled by Porton Biopharma, a company linked to Porton Down and Public Health England.

  5. DXer said

    Britain’s Novichok Chaos Brings Back Memories of Anthrax Attacks

    • By Peter Isackson
    • • April 6, 2018
    https://www.fairobserver.com/region/north_america/novichok-sergei-skripal-poisoning-britain-anthrax-attacks-us-news-41521/

    “Those are the known facts. Two questions remain, Whodunnit and why?

    Here is Gabriel Schoenfeld writing in The Los Angeles Time in August 2008: “Whether Ivins is conclusively shown to be the perpetrator, or whether he was an innocent man hounded by intrusive surveillance and public humiliation into suicide, questions about the FBI’s performance are piling up. The bureau’s horrific track record before 9/11, and its single-minded focus on Hatfill after the anthrax attacks, raises the suspicion that, in the dramatic events of last week, we are glimpsing yet another monumental screw-up, one fully worthy of the FBI’s inglorious recent past.”

    Since no one has published anything resembling a reasonable account of motives of whichever scientist at Fort Detrick may have prepared the anthrax, readers will draw their own conclusions.”

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

  6. DXer said

    From where was the cyanide mailed in December 2001? And from where were the later letters mailed that referenced the cyanide?

    Details of a cyanide threat against Tiger Woods and the 2001 New Zealand Open revealed
    30 Mar, 2018 12:07pm
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12023296

    A scientist working for the New Zealand police revealed that the substance in the sugar packet had tested positive for lab-grade potassium cyanide.

    Starnes said that the author of the threatening letter outlined a view that New Zealand’s security for the tournament was relaxed, and said that Woods represented US suppression and the exploitation of the Islamic people of Southeast Asia.

    The author also claimed to be “an enemy of America, the Great Satan, as well as the Israeli regime and claimed allegiance to Islamic Jihad”, Starnes said.

    “This letter’s ramblings included the opinion that America had not learned its lesson from 9/11 and he basically accused America’s foreign policy of suppressing the weak.”

    Starnes said that the specific mention of a desire to orchestrate suicide attacks and violence against both Tiger Woods and New Zealand citizens resulted in major security concerns for both the New Zealand and United States government.

    The government then asked the US Embassy not to go public about the threat letter.

    “From a law enforcement perspective, I completely understood the importance of holding the information close so as not to telegraph or compromise their investigation and security plans to the letter’s author,” Starnes said.

    New Zealand police tightened security at the golf open at Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, and warned the public to be vigilant against food and drink tampering, but were not more specific.

    Other letters referencing a cyanide attack were sent to the New Zealand Herald in the same year.

  7. DXer said

    Super Bowl anti-terrorism documents left on plane
    Posted 7:35 am, February 5, 2018, by CNN Wire
    http://wtkr.com/2018/02/05/super-bowl-anti-terrorism-documents-left-on-plane/

    There has been a drumbeat of criticism surrounding the BioWatch program since its inception in 2003.

    Multiple government reports issued over the course of more than a decade have raised questions about its cost and effectiveness.

    “Since 2003, approximately $1 billion has been spent on this program,” according to a 2013 memo by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s oversight subcommittee. “After more than a decade of operation, DHS still lacks crucial data demonstrating the effectiveness of the current technology.”

    The report also noted differences of opinion within the government about the program.

    “Several statements by DHS about the performance of the BioWatch program are disputed by other government scientists or contradicted by information obtained in this investigation,” the document said.

    A 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office struck a similar tone when it said “considerable uncertainty” exists about the types and sizes of biological attacks the system could detect. The report states that because DHS did not develop “performance requirements” for the program, the agency could not make informed decisions about how to upgrade it.

    An agency official noted in an email to CNN that “Biodetection is one aspect of a layered approach to biodefense,” and that “DHS continues to develop requirements and field enhancements to our national biodefense.”

  8. DXer said

    R. Scott Decker writes at page 23 of “Recounting the Anthrax Attacks”

    “they drafted subpoenas for the laboratories on the CDC list. Once issued, the orders would ask: Which scientists used Ames in research, where and when they had gotten it, had they shared with with anybody, and if so, with whom? But foremost, in the back of everyone’s mind, and in discussions between Director Mueller, the attorney general, and White House staff: Had the Ames strain found its way overseas? To Iraq weapons scientists, or into crude al-Qaeda laboratories?”

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

  9. DXer said

    The December 16, 2004 AMX Weekly Report explained that Ames strain of anthrax was detected at Afghanistan’s anthrax lab:

    “Analysis of samples collected OCONUS, for the presence of Bacillus anthracis

    An OCONUS mission was conducted by FBI personnel from the WFO, HMRU, and partners from other intelligence agencies in May 2004. Numerous samples were taken from several sites including buildings, wells, and buried latrines. The samples were transported CONUS and were accessioned and processed by the BFAC. Three samples tested positive for the presence of Bacillus anthracis by PCR.

    Further strain typing results from these samples revealed that these samples contain DNA from the Ames strain of Bacillus anthracis, consistent with the evidence.”

    • DXer said

      It turns out that both FBI and CIA testing detected the Ames in Afghanistan

      The March 25, 2005 AMX Weekly Science Update explained:

      “Separately obtained samples from the same OCONUS location by another US Government agency were strain-typed at Northern Arizona University. These samples were obtained prior to the May, 2004 sampling mission. These results are consistent with the earlier strain typing results described above.”

  10. DXer said

    In news reports today, Mike Rogers, former Congressman from Michigan, is being considered to be FBI Director.

    Congressman: Intelligence gathering first step in stopping bioterror

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 @ 2:34pm by Nick Rees
    Prophylactic measures to fight biothreats are important, Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said, but intelligence gathering is the most important method of stopping a bioterror event.

    Rogers, a permanent select member of the Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, spoke last week at a NATO Parliamentary Assembly hosted by Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.

    “Any defense vaccines that we have are second tier,” Rogers said. “It’s an important second tier and it needs to exist, but the first tier is intelligence.

    “The best way that we can stop a bioterror attack is to know what the threat is. We don’t have that knowledge without great intelligence.

    “There are biothreats out there. Most of them we know about, some we do not. We know where some of them are in development, some we do not.”

    Rogers said that intelligence is needed to not only know where an attack will take place but by what means the attack will happen.

    “We don’t want to buy 5,00 vials of X if they’re working on Y as a threat,” Rogers said. That doesn’t help anybody.

    “This is equally as important as a missile defense conversation because it’s easier to locate a missile and a missile system and a radiological element than it is a biosubstance that could kill equally, if not more, of our population.

    “For sheer chaos and panic, imagine a bioagent going off anywhere in the world. It would shake the confidence of not only that population but of the world population.”

    Rogers said that intelligence will also aid in stopping threats by catching them in the developmental stages of planning rather than once the threat is made real.

    “I can’t stress that enough,” Rogers said. “In the international community, we’ve improved our intelligence relationships, which lets us know what to order and what we need to prepare ourselves. That’s hopefully how we know to intercept a problem before it becomes a real problem.”

    Rogers said that the United States must work to not only better prepare itself and broaden its intelligence interests but also to work with intentional partners in broadening their intelligence.

    “It’s going to take leadership in all of our elements of government to make it happen,” Rogers said. “It’s the reality of the world we live in today.”

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

  11. DXer said

    Former DIA head Flynn was the fellow who, upon leaving the DIA, suggested that an attack by Al Qaeda using anthrax was a huge, underestimated threat.

    And Chris Ruddy — the Newsmax managing editor meeting with Trump who wanted Flynn ousted — was the fellow who arranged with me to have an essay on the Al Qaeda anthrax threat appear in that publication.

    So while I am not political — and have both liberals and conservatives in my extended family — I have to say that it has been interesting to see the shifts in fortune and changes in personnel over the past few months.

    Personally, I would like to see Amerithrax reopened. People are not yet on the same page in Amerithrax and the FBI’s controversial Ivins Theory has not yet been adequately vetted due to the documents being wrongfully withheld.

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

  12. DXer said

    I have written Jackson Landers, who wrote the piece in the Smithsonian today. He has written a book about eating invasive species and writes freelance for The Smithsonian.

    “Hi!

    I realize in the context of your article, [the phrase “cave in Afghanistan”] was just hyperbole.

    But wanted to pass on some facts about Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab (which moved from Kabul to Kandahar) so the phrase does not mislead anyone.

    Al Qaeda’s anthrax lab was never in a cave.

    In May, it was in Omar Hospital in the pathology lab.

    Then with the arrival of a lot of equipment obtained from Pakistan, it was moved to Kandahar.

    It was not in a cave.

    Garvey, PhD, now head of forensics for Philadelphia PPD — who did the testing of the strain detected in Afghanistan while he worked for the CIA — says the anthrax detected was the Ames strain. He has said this in a published paper online.

    (When I sent Yazid Sufaat a picture of the anthrax spore concentrate that was cultivated in the Afghanistan vaccine lab, he refused to identify the strain). The Taliban controlled the lab, as was explained early on in an Economist article.

    Richard Lambert, former head of Amerithrax, has publicly said that the FBI is withholding a staggering amount of information exculpatory of Bruce Ivins.
    He has sued as a whistleblower in federal district court.

    I obtained from DIA the plans for Al Qaeda anthrax lab. It was very sophisticated. Abdul Rauf refused to cooperate with me unless I paid him money. (The CIA interviewed him in a Pakistan intelligence safe house where they were served tea and cookies by Rauf Ahmad’s servant).

    The head FBI scientist, in any event, has publicly said at the official presentation that no sophisticated equipment was needed. The anthrax could have been air-dried. Indeed, it turns out Ivins did not even have a lyophilizer available to him.

    Tom Ridge says the anthrax was tested by Al Qaeda on animals.

    I have interviewed the Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat and he does not deny Al Qaeda’s responsibility for the anthrax mailings.

    Sufaat met with Adnan El-Shukrijumah at KSM’s house at the time (9/11) that Adnan called his Mom in Florida to tell her he was coming back to the US.

    These things — and evidence from KSM and Hambali on the issue — are being suppressed by the FBI. See public statements by former lead Amerithrax investigator.

    p.s. I see you have written a book about eating invasive species. That seems a wonderful idea. Note, however, that the mute swan has been in New York since the 19th Century. Trumpeter swans first began breeding in the wild in New York State, OTOH, in the 1990s (according to the NYS DEC). A couple of juveniles escaped from Robert Congel’s game preserve upstate. So please don’t encourage anyone to eat my mute swan Ernie. ; 0)

    Mute swans actually eat LESS than trumpeter swans.”

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  14. DXer said

    Kenya says arrests key member of militant group plotting attacks

    Source: Reuters – Tue, 3 May 2016 17:55 GMT

    Author: Reuters
    http://news.trust.org/item/20160503175759-kopt0
    In a statement, Kenyan police said Muhammed Abdi Ali was arrested on Friday as a suspected member of an east African militant group with links to Islamic State, which has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria and inspired offshoot groups elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa.

    Ali worked as a medical intern at a hospital in eastern Kenya before his arrest and also studied at a university in neighbouring Uganda, the police statement said.

    “Ali has been engaged in the active radicalisation, recruitment of university students and other Kenyan youth into terrorism networks,” it said.

    His militant group was also planning “large-scale attacks akin to” the Westgate Mall, the statement said, and Ali’s network included medical experts who were plotting a biological attack in Kenya using anthrax.

  15. DXer said

    US Biological Quarantine: A Look at the Legal Framework

    KT Rooney – Journal of Legislation, 2016 – scholarship.law.nd.edu
    http://scholarship.law.nd.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1649&context=jleg

  16. DXer said

    Managing Emerging Health Security Threats Since 9/11: The Role of Intelligence

    Patrick F. Walsh
    pages 341-367

    Publishing models and article dates explained
    • Published online: 28 Jan 2016
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08850607.2016.1121048

  17. DXer said

    Just as the Malaysian Government has acted corruptly in concealing Yazid Sufaat’s role in the Al Qaeda anthrax program, the government officials have acted corruptly on a breathtaking level. Both the Prime Minister and the Attorney General he appointed should resign in order to avoid being prosecuted.

    Before there can be peace, there needs to be justice.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-30/swiss-probe-of-malaysia-fund-finds-possible-misuse-of-4-billion

    Swiss Probe of Malaysia Fund Sees $4 Billion Possible Misuse
    Shamim Adam
    January 30, 2016

    The Swiss Attorney-General’s office said in a statement Friday that during an investigation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd., four cases involving allegations of criminal conduct and occurring between 2009 and 2013 have so far come to light. It has been ascertained a small amount of funds were transferred to Swiss accounts of former Malaysian public officials, according to the statement. The Swiss authority is seeking help from the Malaysian attorney general to determine whether funds were misappropriated.
    “The monies believed to have been misappropriated would have been earmarked for investment in economic and social development projects in Malaysia,” the Swiss authority said in the statement. “To date, however, the Malaysian companies concerned have made no comment on the losses they are believed to have incurred. The object of the request for mutual assistance is therefore to advise the companies and the Malaysian government of the results of the Swiss criminal proceedings, with the aim of finding out whether losses on this scale have been sustained.”
    Multiples Probes

    1MDB, whose advisory board is headed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, has been the subject of overlapping investigations in Malaysia, as well as overseas jurisdictionsincluding Singapore and Hong Kong amid allegations of financial irregularities.

    ***

    While an initial Malaysian auditor general’s report in July on 1MDB didn’t reveal any suspicious activity, the nation’s central bank had made requests for the attorney general to initiate criminal proceedings against the debt-ridden company. The Malaysian attorney general’s office dismissed the central bank’s requests, which alleged that 1MDB breached the Exchange Control Act.

    o Wrongdoing

    Separately, the attorney general closed the door on a graft investigation into Najib this month, clearing him of wrongdoing over a “personal contribution” of $681 million from Saudi Arabia’s royal family, and funds from a company linked to 1MDB that appeared in his personal bank accounts. Under Malaysia’s federal constitution, the decision to initiate criminal prosecution lies solely with the attorney general.

    Najib has maintained the funds were not used for private benefit, with $620 million later returned to the Saudi donors, although there hasn’t been a clear explanation as to what the rest was spent on or where that money is now. Both the premier and 1MDB have consistently denied any wrongdoing.

    • DXer said

      No time limit for criminal prosecution, say lawyers on Najib’s cases
      The Malaysian Insider-7 hours ago

      Another example, he said was former Internal Security Act detainee Yazid Sufaat and cafeteria worker, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim, who had their …

      Amer said there were instances where the Attorney-General’s Chambers initially decided to take no further of action but subsequently decided to charge the suspect on grounds there was new evidence. Another example, he said was former Internal Security Act detainee Yazid Sufaat and cafeteria worker, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim, who had their earlier charges dropped by A-G due to the emergence of fresh evidence. “A prosecution witness during cross examination by the defence disapproved the accusations that the two were promoting terrorism and were not members of a terrorist group. “The defence then wrote to the A-G who dropped the charges. Similarly, the A-G could frame charges if there are new developments,” he added. On Wednesday, Yazid, 52, and Hilmi, 36, were each jailed seven years for withholding information on terrorism activities in 2012 after they pleaded guilty to an alternative charge. Amer said the MACC in Najib’s case had a duty to continue investigations if they found new leads that strengthened their case. Since there was no time bar on criminal prosecution, the law also did not prevent a new public prosecutor to review the investigation papers, so long as the accused and relevant witnesses were available. –

      See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/no-time-limit-for-criminal-prosecution-say-lawyers-on-najibs-cases#sthash.9akzfnw1.dpuf

  18. DXer said

    Yazid Sufaat jailed for seven years

    Pure Wan Omar
    hmetro.com.my

    Kuala Lumpur: The High Court here today sentenced to seven years in prison for former Internal Security Act (ISA), Yazid Sufaat and Muhammad Hilmi Hasim cafeteria aide on charges of refusing to provide information about terrorism.

    Comment:

    To keep you on track for an October 2017 released hoped for by Soraya, let’s go back to this question of the strain of b.anthracis you were using.

    Please confirm for the record what strain it was.

    Thanks.

    p.s. I’ve asked your wife to get you a motorcycle — so you can blow past the recent years of detention.

    p.s.s. Tell Soraya to never retweet Bilal again. That’s foolish.

  19. DXer said

    Ex-army captain gets seven years jail term after pleading to lesser terrorism info omission charge
    BY AIZYL AZLEE

    JANUARY 27, 2016

    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/ex-army-captain-gets-seven-years-jail-term-after-pleading-to-lesser-terrori

    The prosecution later withdrew the two original charges after the two men agreed to accept the alternative charge.

    High Court judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin sentenced the duo to carry out the maximum penalty from February 7, 2013 when they were detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

    “We have always maintained our innocence. The original charges against us are baseless and the use of Sosma was an abuse of process. There is no evidence against us. We do not promote the commission of terrorist acts nor are we members of Tanzim al-Qaeda,” Yazid said in a statement.

    Lawyer New Sin Yew who acted for Yazid said the defence had called on the prosecution to drop the charges following a cross examination of the latter’s star witness that had provided evidence of Yazid and Hilmi’s innocence of the initial charges.

    “The evidence was exculpatory of the accused persons and thereafter the defence made a representation that the charges be dropped,” New told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

    Yazid, a former army captain, was initially accused of knowingly encouraging terrorist acts with the intention to promote an ideological purpose that is intended to threaten the public in Syria, while his cafeteria assistant was charged with abetment.

    Yazid had been released from a seven-year ISA detention on November 28, 2008.

  20. DXer said

    Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Director from 2003-2005, says that Al Qaeda was doing experiments on anthrax in animals.
    What is his sourcing? Al Qaeda anthrax lab Yazid Sufaat, in a written interview I conducted with him, declined to tell me the strain he and his assistants were using. And he refused to tell me what Abu Khabab (Midhat Morsi) was using in his experiments on animals — rabbits, I believe — in August 2001. (He complimented that question though). The famously filmed dog experiment involved something else. What does Yazid Sufaat’s vaccinated lab assistant — secretly detained in Israel for years — say? Why should another dollar be spent on biodefense if the USG cannot — 15 years later –identify the anthrax strain being used by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan? The money is being misspent all right. Shut down all biodefense labs until the USG stops playing hide-the-ball about AQ’s anthrax program — to include both the strain Yazid Sufaat was using and the identity of the second lab that infiltrating scientist Rauf Ahmad visited on his mission to acquire virulent anthrax. Transparency and accountability has been just a PR slogan for the DOD on these two issues.

  21. DXer said

    Rough, very possibly mistaken, translation of a report on the 19th trial in Yazid Sufaat’s trial today:

    Kuala LUMPUR-the High Court today was told there are no police reports made against ex-prisoners Internal Security Act (ISA), Yazid Sufaat during recording usrah taken secretly by protected witnesses between July to October 2012. Inspector Shafez Adil Ahmad, from the Special Branch in Bukit Aman however denued that Yazid did not commit any offence during that period. ‘ I do not agree with the proposed advocate (Yazid didn’t do any offence), ‘ he said during cross-examination by a lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad in the trial case of Yazid, 51, and cafeteria Assistant, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim, 35, allegedly involved in promoting terrorism. The 19th prosecution witness that said, he does not agree with the proposed Amer Hamzah that police reports made against Yazid on 23 October 2012 is an action he thought up later. [I think: Ahmad Shafez agreed that every time the recorder was used.]

    He also agreed that the transcript on 7, 14 and 21 July that is removed from the recorder shows no information stating the discussion happening on that date. Meanwhile, during re-examination by the Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Ishak Yusuf, Ahmad Shafez said he will make prior intelligence by collecting all the information before referred to superiors. Yazid faced two charges of terrorism with the intention of encouraging threatened civilians in Syria and became a member of the Group Tanzim Al Qaeda Malaysia while Muhammad Hilmi allegedly colluding with it. They allegedly do such acts in a house in Taman Bukit Ampang, Lorong Mutiara 2, Lembah Jaya, Ampang, here. The trial before Judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin continues tomorrow. -Bernama

    Original source:

    KUALA LUMPUR – Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini diberitahu tiada laporan polis dibuat terhadap bekas tahanan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), Yazid Sufaat sepanjang rakaman usrah diambil secara rahsia oleh saksi terlindung antara Julai hingga Oktober 2012.

    Inspektor Ahmad Shafez Adil dari Cawangan Khas Bukit Aman bagaimanapun menafikan bahawa Yazid tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan dalam tempoh itu.

    “Saya tidak setuju dengan cadangan peguam bela (Yazid tidak lakukan apa-apa kesalahan),” katanya ketika pemeriksaan balas oleh peguam Amer Hamzah Arshad dalam perbicaraan kes Yazid, 51, dan pembantu kafetaria, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim, 35, yang didakwa terbabit dalam aktiviti menggalakkan keganasan.

    Saksi pendakwaan ke-19 itu berkata, beliau juga tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan Amer Hamzah bahawa laporan polis yang dibuat terhadap Yazid pada 23 Oktober 2012 adalah suatu tindakan yang difikirkan kemudian.

    Berhubung alat perakam audio yang digunakan, Ahmad Shafez bersetuju bahawa setiap kali rakaman baharu dibuat, beliau akan memadam rakaman terdahulu selepas memuat naik ke dalam komputer riba miliknya.

    Beliau juga bersetuju bahawa transkrip usrah pada 7, 14 dan 21 Julai yang dikeluarkan daripada alat perakam itu menunjukkan tidak ada sebarang maklumat yang menyatakan perbincangan berlaku pada tarikh tersebut.

    Sementara itu, semasa pemeriksaan semula oleh Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Mohd Ishak Yusuf, Ahmad Shafez berkata, beliau akan membuat risikan terlebih dahulu dengan mengumpul segala maklumat sebelum dirujuk kepada pegawai atasan.

    Yazid berdepan dua pertuduhan menggalakkan keganasan dengan niat mengugut orang awam di Syria dan menjadi anggota kumpulan Tanzim Al Qaeda Malaysia manakala Muhammad Hilmi didakwa bersubahat dengannya.

    Mereka didakwa melakukan perbuatan itu di sebuah rumah di Taman Bukit Ampang, Lorong Mutiara 2, Lembah Jaya, Ampang, di sini.

    Perbicaraan di hadapan Hakim Datuk Mohd Azman Husin bersambung esok. – Bernama

  22. DXer said

    Very rough translation of news from court yesterday in Yazid Sufaat’s trial:

    Yazid claims the Parliament ‘ seize ‘ the right of God August 26, 2015 1:11 pm KUALA LUMPUR 25 August – Some recordings organised by former prisoner usrah Internal Security Act (ISA), Yazid Sufaat played at the High Court here today among them claim that individuals who invite to democracy are the taghut (extreme and extremely wicked). In the recording the Parliament and usrah body perunda ngan also allegedly had seized the right of God in making rulings and laws. In fact, those who uphold the man-made law also considered as ‘ Satan that invites other man to worship (to other creatures) besides Allah ‘. Such statements are part of the contents of 12 recordings recorded in session usrah hidden by one of the participants of the ceremony which also protected prosecution witnesses (Zenvo).

    Such statements are part of the contents of 12 recordings recorded in session usrah hidden by one of the participants of the ceremony which also protected prosecution witnesses (Zenvo). A few more recordings will be played tomorrow in order to ensure its authenticity before each recording involved including transkripnya admitted as part of the prosecution evidence in the trial against Yazid and the cafeteria Assistant, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim each face two charges involve violence.

    Comment:

    This is pretty tame stuff so far — the argument that democracy is un-islamic has been made for years by some. For example, two new political parties in Egypt in 1999 were chastised by the Blind Sheikh. The Blind Sheikh was approached in the US prison and asked if it was okay for the islamists to seek democractic reform — that is, to operate through the existing reform in implementing a shariah state in Egypt. The Blind Sheikh said no.

    As I recall, Montasser Al-Zayat, one of the organizers of the new party, relented to the Blind Sheik’s view — with the explanation that following the majority rule might put you in conflict with God’s law.

    But in a free society, expression of this view cannot, without more, justify being imprisoned — at least not consistent with the FIrst Amendment as interpreted in the US by the Supreme Court over the years.

    I’ve made plain my view that Yazid Sufaat was behind the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings and is a serious security threat. In correspondence with me, he does not deny it and instead pled the Fifth Amendment.

    But if I’m wrong — as is the FBI’s position — then I haven’t yet seen justification for his imprisonment.

    Let him go on Oprah and debate Trump about whether churches and mosques are a serious waste of valuable real estate.

    Let him appear on stage and asked by a reporter what strain of anthrax he and Barq and the other fellow were using.

    Original source:

    Yazid dakwa parlimen ‘rampas’ hak Allah

    26 Ogos 2015 1:11 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR 25 Ogos – Beberapa rakaman usrah diadakan oleh bekas tahanan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), Yazid Sufaat yang dimainkan di Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini antaranya mendakwa bahawa individu yang mengajak kepada demokrasi adalah orang yang taghut (melampau dan amat zalim).

    Di dalam rakaman usrah tersebut, Parlimen dan badan perunda ngan juga didakwa telah merampas hak Allah dalam membuat hukum serta undang-undang.

    Malah, mereka yang menegakkan undang-undang buatan manusia juga dianggap sebagai ‘syaitan yang mengajak manusia lain untuk beribadat (kepada makhluk lain) selain Allah’.

    Kenyataan-kenyataan tersebut merupakan sebahagian daripada isi kandungan 12 rakaman sesi usrah yang dirakam secara tersembunyi oleh salah seorang peserta majlis tersebut yang juga saksi terlindung pendakwaan (ST1).

    Beberapa lagi rakaman akan dimainkan esok bagi memastikan kesahihannya sebelum kesemua rakaman terbabit termasuk transkripnya diterima masuk sebagai sebahagian bukti pendakwaan di dalam perbicaraan kes terhadap Yazid dan pembantu kafeteria, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim yang masing-masing menghadapi dua pertuduhan membabitkan keganasan.

    http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/mahkamah/yazid-dakwa-parlimen-8216-rampas-8217-hak-allah-1.128523

    Beberapa lagi rakaman akan dimainkan esok bagi memastikan kesahihannya sebelum kesemua rakaman terbabit termasuk transkripnya diterima masuk sebagai sebahagian bukti pendakwaan di dalam perbicaraan kes terhadap Yazid dan pembantu kafeteria, Muhammad Hilmi Hasim yang masing-masing menghadapi dua pertuduhan membabitkan keganasan.

  23. DXer said

    New leader named for Buffalo FBI office

    2 hours ago(

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An FBI agent with experience investigating Internet and international terrorism has been chosen to lead the agency’s Buffalo office.

    FBI Director James Comey announced the appointment of Adam Cohen as special agent in charge of the upstate New York office on Thursday.

    Cohen most recently served as the section chief for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section, managing investigations of terrorists’ use of the Internet.

    He began his FBI career in the New York City field office in 1997.

    Cohen will report to Buffalo in early October.

    http://poststar.com/news/state-and-regional/new-leader-named-for-buffalo-fbi-office/article_8b992edb-4e56-56b2-ad29-85f2de6a3d5e.html

    Comment: What is the status of Yazid Sufaat’s trial?

  24. DXer said

    Updated: Tuesday April 14, 2015 MYT 9:04:48 PM
    Defence in Yazid terrorism trial wants journalist removed as witness

    BY QISHIN TARIQ

    http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/04/14/Court-Yazid-Journalist/

  25. DXer said

    Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat says he was in fact successful in developing some bugs but then his laboratory was destroyed in bombing. He viewed anthrax, however, as mainly useful for sabotage, not killing. He prefers a bug that kills more quickly and reliably. Yazid Sufaat says that before taking the lead of Al Qaeda’s anthrax program he had been part of a secret Malaysian Armed Forces biological weapons program.

    Source:

    Al Qaeda anthrax lab tech says he had been part of Malaysian Armed Forces biological weapons program
    http://www.freemalaysiakini2.com

    “A biological warfare programme

    Among the longest-serving ISA detainees in history, Yazid, currently under travel, asset and arms deals sanctions imposed by the United Nations, believes his incarceration has to do with his “expertise”.

    Trained as a biochemist on a government scholarship in the United States, this top student of the Royal Military College who retired as a captain with the army was part of a biological warfare programme under the Defence Ministry.

    Osama Laden, Yazid was hesitant to reveal details about the government’s “secret” programme which was later scrapped, describing it “a long story”.

    “When they (the police) first took me in, I didn’t tell them (about the government programme). I didn’t want them to know, didn’t want the liability to fall on the government, to pass the buck to someone else.

    “Finally, they managed to get a report from their ‘friend’ and they wanted me to clear things up. I didn’t want to clarify (anything), so they took my wife in,” said the father of four.

    His wife, Sejahratul Dursina @ Chomel Mohamed, was held under ISA for two months and after this was placed under a movement restriction order for six years.

    “If you want to be released from ISA, just follow what they say and admit to all the charges… I refused to do so and they kept me for seven years… because I don’t want to sing (Negara-ku).

    “I don’t want to sing. Why should I (when) the country had betrayed me?” Yazid asked.

    ***

    The other two individuals linked to 9/11 who stayed in the Sungai Long condominium were Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi – two of five hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77, which slammed into the Pentagon.

    The duo, according to the United Nations, had stayed at Yazid’s condominium in January 2000 to attend what the UN termed an “al-Qaeda conference” in Kuala Lumpur.

    “I was not there. At that time I was in Pakistan and Afghanistan, building a hospital there,” Yazid said.

    Next to the hospital, he said, was a laboratory where he is accused of developing biological weapons – an accusation not levelled at him during his detention under the ISA, but earning him the moniker “Anthrax CEO”.

    Favourite bugs

    CBS News reported that US intelligence doubts that Yazid developed the anthrax strain, while a leaked Guantanamo Bay document posted on Wikileaks noted that a Yemeni detainee said Yazid had “poor lab techniques”.

    But Yazid said that he was in fact “successful” in developing some “bugs”, but the laboratory was destroyed when the Northern Alliance forces bombed Kandahar.

    “I can still find (anthrax) if I want to, but what for? It has no commercial value. Anthrax is only good for sabotaging, it cannot kill.

    “It’s not my favourite bug, anyway. I’d rather use bacteria or virus yang betul-betul(really) hit you and give you one or two hours before you die.”

    • DXer said

      Michael P. Garvery, formerly FBI and CIA and forensic scientist on Amerithrax, said of the Amerithrax investigation: “While the FBI would perform extensive investigations on each consultant in order to verify his/her suitability to assist the investigation and rule them out as a subject of the investigation, this unique aspect of the investigation could be correlated to a forensic examiner, who is suspected of a sexual assault, being consulted on and examining the sexual assault evidence in the same case.”
      I would have you choose the scales used rather than limit you.

      Dr. Garvey is now head of forensics for the CIty of Philadelphia.

      Excerpts from Dr. Garvey’s PhD thesis:

      -“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.”

      -“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. More importantly, these results show the importance of fully understanding the limitations of an assay in order to better explain its results.”

      -“While the FBI would perform extensive investigations on each consultant in order to verify his/her suitability to assist the investigation and rule them out as a subject of the investigation, this unique aspect of the investigation could be correlated to a forensic examiner, who is suspected of a sexual assault, being consulted on and examining the sexual assault evidence in the same case.” (p. 79)

      Source:

      “Microbial Forensics and U.S. National Security: Science and Strategy”
      Garvey, Michael
      Date: 2014-08
      http://digilib.gmu.edu/dspace/handle/1920/8957

  26. DXer said

    CIA pushback: Senate Torture Report selectively omits that CIA learned “important information about al-Qa’ida’s anthrax plotting and the role of Yazid Sufaat”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 11, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/cia-pushback-senate-torture-report-selectively-omits-that-cia-learned-important-information-about-al-qaidas-anthrax-plotting-and-the-role-of-yazid-sufaat/

    Senate Torture Report: Yazid Sufaat’s assistant Al-Barq alternately would say “I made the anthrax” or “I lied”
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/senate-torture-report-yazid-sufaats-assistant-al-barq-alternately-would-say-i-made-the-anthrax-or-i-lied/

    If Yazid Sufaat and his assistants had not been working with virulent anthrax at the Kandahar lab, there would have been no reason for them to have been vaccinated
    Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 22, 2014
    https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/if-yazid-sufaat-and-his-assistants-had-not-been-working-with-virulent-anthrax-at-the-kandahar-lab-there-would-have-been-no-reason-for-them-to-have-been-vaccinated/

    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/

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