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

* Former Al Qaeda Anthrax Lab Director Yazid Sufaat Gets 7 Years For Omitting Information On Terrorist Activities

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 8, 2016

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21 Responses to “* Former Al Qaeda Anthrax Lab Director Yazid Sufaat Gets 7 Years For Omitting Information On Terrorist Activities”

  1. DXer said

    What does this sentence mean?

    “The court heard that the FBI was involved in the investigations and that information available indicates that there was a likelihood of interference with the custody of the suspect while in prison.”FN

    Does it merely mean that the FBI will interview Ms. Mohammed? Did her alleged recruitment extend to the United States? If so, might the United States attempt to extradite her?

    In 1998, Al Qaeda attacked a US embassy in Kenya. So we wish the FBI the best in running down any potential threat to Americans.

    FN
    ISIS suspect in planned anthrax attack charged
    http://www.nation.co.ke/news/ISIS-suspect-charged-in-Nairobi-court/-/1056/3234954/-/ius0jqz/-/index.html

  2. DXer said

    ISIS in deadly mustard gas attack on Syria army: State media

    Published
    48 min ago
    BEIRUT (AFP) – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has mounted a deadly gas attack against Syrian troops at a besieged eastern airbase, state news agency SANA said, the latest report of the extremists’ use of chemical weapons.

    SANA did not say precisely how many soldiers had been killed in the attack on the government-controlled airbase outside the divided eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

    “Daesh (ISIS) terrorists attacked Deir Ezzor military airport with rockets carrying mustard gas, causing some people to suffocate,” it reported late on Monday (April 4).

    http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/isis-in-deadly-mustard-gas-attack-on-syria-army-state-media

  3. DXer said

    FBI Director Mueller was not able to gain the cooperation of the Malaysian authorities in Spring 2002; at the same time, in his defense, Yazid Sufaat was refusing to cooperate with Malaysian interrogators.

    Belgian authorities missed a key chance to gather intelligence on attacks
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/belgian-authorities-missed-a-key-chance-to-gather-intelligence-on-attacks/2016/03/26/97f5d492-f1f0-11e5-a2a3-d4e9697917d1_story.html

    Washington Post – ‎8 minutes ago‎
    BRUSSELS – Belgian authorities announced Saturday that they had charged a man in connection with this week’s suicide bombings who they believe participated in the attacks.

    The announcement of the arrests comes a day after Belgian authorities admitted they missed a chance to press a key terrorism suspect for intelligence in the days before the suicide bombings that struck the capital, acknowledging a significant security lapse that might have allowed his allies to attack unimpeded.

    Even as the men involved in Tuesday’s attacks were racing to strike, fearful that authorities were closing in on them, investigators did not ask the attackers’ jailed ally, Salah Abdeslam, about his knowledge of future plots, Belgian federal prosecutors said Friday.

    The Brussels attacks left 31 people dead, while destroying a subway car and shattering the city’s international airport. Airport authorities announced Saturday that they are preparing for a “partial” reopening — but not before Tuesday, exactly a week after the attackers struck.

    Abdeslam, believed to be the logistics chief of the Islamic State’s November attacks in Paris, was apprehended March 18, apparently spurring one of the Brussels attackers to write that he feared capture by the police. But after Abdeslam’s arrest, investigators concentrated solely on the Paris attacks. Abdeslam was questioned for two hours last Saturday, the day after he was captured in a raid at a Brussels safe house — and then no other discussions were held until after Tuesday’s attacks, when he refused to speak further, prosecutors said.

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  4. DXer said

    ISIS chemical attacks kill a child, injure 600, Iraqi officials say
    Associated Press, March 12, 2016
    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-isis-chemical-attacks-20160312-story.html

  5. DXer said

    Eyewitness account: ISIL steps up chemical weapons attacks on Kurds in Iraq
    Matthew Vickery, Special for USA TODAY6:46 p.m. EST March 10, 2016
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/03/10/eyewitness-account-isil-steps-up-mustard-gas-attacks-kurds-iraq/81579492/

  6. DXer said

    Elizabethkingia bacteria mystery:

    A mysterious infection may have killed 15 people in Wisconsin, and health officials aren’t sure why

    By Mark Berman and Brady Dennis March 10
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/03/10/a-mysterious-infection-may-have-killed-18-people-in-wisconsin-and-health-officials-arent-sure-why/

  7. DXer said

    (CNN)The U.S. military has conducted airstrikes against targets it believes are crucial to ISIS’ chemical weapons program based on information provided by a senior ISIS operative involved in chemical weapons, several U.S. officials told CNN.

    The U.S. captured the operative in Iraq three weeks ago, the first since a team of Special Operations forces recently began operating in northern Iraq. One official called him “the key leader,” but others could not say if he runs the entire chemical weapons program for ISIS.

    The information he provided to interrogators has given the U.S. enough information to begin striking ISIS areas in Iraq associated with the group’s chemical weapons program. One U.S. official said the goal is to locate, target and carry out strikes that will result in the destruction of ISIS’s entire chemical weapons enterprise — mainly mustard agent ISIS produces itself.

    U.S.: ISIS detainee providing information on chemical weapons, March 9, 2016

    By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/09/politics/u-s-isis-detainee-providing-crucial-information-on-chemical-weapons/

  8. DXer said

    ISIS Detainee Tells U.S. of Terror Group’s Chemical Weapons Plans

    by Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube

    A senior defense official tells NBC News that an ISIS official captured by U.S. Special Operations Forces is a chemical weapons specialist and a “key operator” in terrorist and military operations.

    Defense officials identify the detainee as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari, an expert in chemical and biological weapons who formerly worked for Saddam Hussein’s regime. Under interrogation by the U.S. military, al-Afari has reportedly provided valuable information regarding ISIS chemical weapons and operations. The Americans are expected to turn al-Afari over to Kurdish forces by the end of this week.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/isis-detainee-tells-u-s-terror-group-s-chemical-weapons-n535061

  9. DXer said

    UK police preparing for ‘enormous’ potential ISIS attacks, British terror chief says

    By Max Foster and Tim Hume, CNN

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/07/europe/uk-isis-preparing-attacks/index.html

    London (CNN)British police are preparing for “enormous and spectacular” potential attacks on the UK as ISIS moves into its “next natural phase,” Britain’s senior counterterrorism officer said Monday.

    Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, said that in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, ISIS had moved on from a “narrow focus on police and military as symbols of the state, to something much broader.”

    The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK remains severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely.

    • DXer said

      ‘Dark comedy’ imagining plane brought down by ISIS over London to premiere at Wandsworth theatre

      By David Marsh

      March 8 2016

      http://www.swlondoner.co.uk/dark-comedy-imagining-plane-brought-isis-london-premiere-wandsworth-theatre/

      Thought question: Don’t you want to have your investments available to you for intra-day trading –so that any re-allocation of assets (e.g., from stocks to money market) can be made nearly instantaneously? Saving for college or retirement and focusing on this or that incentive seems to pale when compared to the risks inherent in not being able to step out of the market intra-day. Mutual funds and hedge fund advisors, of course, have a self-interest in you keeping your money fully invested — in rationalizing why, even in modern times, you should leave your money in. The argument is along the lines that you would miss the key days surging back. But it seems you should think it through on your own.

      For example, consider if on 9/11, the first plane had hit 1 hour later than it did. Before the second plane hit, you could have stepped out of the market, perhaps for a total cost of $7…. then bought back in at the vastly lower price when the markets re-opened. You owe it to your kids’ education to make sound investment decisions.

      You can be sure that the big money has computer systems that can and will act instantaneously.

  10. DXer said

    http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2016/2/terrorist-plots-getting-down-and-dirty

    Terrorist Plots Getting Down and Dirty

    Heritage.org-Mar 1, 2016
    Iraqi authorities fear it may have fallen into the hands of ISIS. … an ambitious al-Qaeda anthrax program was discovered in December 2001.

  11. DXer said

    TERROR FROM ABOVE

    02.24.16 12:01 AM ET

    Will ISIS Launch a Mass Drone Attack on a Stadium?

    Experts warn that off-the-shelf drones could be used in a spectacular atrocity that would be live-streamed for a propaganda coup.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/24/will-isis-launch-a-mass-drone-attack-on-a-stadium.html

    LONDON — A team of British intelligence analysts has drawn up a chilling scenario in which terrorists launch a swarm of small drones in an attack on a major sporting event like the Super Bowl, unleashing multiple explosive devices on the crowd in the stadium.

    “If we do not act to prevent it, it is only a matter of time,” Chris Abbott, the executive director of a think tank called Open Briefing, told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview.

    Abbott’s group, which calls itself “the first civil society intelligence agency,” includes former military specialists and intelligence agency operatives. They have been tracking the development of drones for several years.

  12. DXer said

    An ISIS 9/11 Attack On America With WMDs In 2016

    National Security: The CIA director confirms that the Islamic State uses chemical weapons days after the director of national intelligence says ISIS is planning attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016. Connect the dots.

    CIA Director John Brennan, in a CBS News “60 Minutes” interview that will air Sunday, said ISIS has “used chemical munitions on the battlefield” and can construct chlorine and mustard gas-releasing weapons.

    Earlier this week, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart told the Senate Armed Services Committee that ISIS will “attempt to direct attacks on the U.S. homeland in 2016,” and that the caliphate is infiltrating the refugees fleeing the ISIS mayhem in Iraq and Syria.

    At the same hearing on Tuesday, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said ISIS operatives are “pretty skilled at phony passports, so they can travel ostensibly as legitimate travelers,” with Syrian passport machines having been commandeered by the terrorist organization.

    ISIS wouldn’t even have to smuggle them in. ABC News recently asked experts such as Michael Allswede of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Inglesby of the Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies at Johns Hopkins University about terrorists making chemical weapons surreptitiously within the U.S.

    “Because they’re relatively easy and inexpensive to manufacture, chemical weapons have long been considered ‘the poor man’s atomic bomb,’ ” they said, and “could be dispersed from a crop-dusting plane, from aerosols, or by distributing the chemical in water supplies.”

    http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/an-isis-911-attack-on-america-with-wmds-in-2016/

    Comment:

    The investor.com’s IBD CANSLIM investing method promotes an elaborate system which concentrates on momentum stocks. People following the system (at least those who I know) tend to sit on the sidelines when the stock market moves sideways. Once a week I sit through several (boring) hours of technical analysis of stock charts presented by a local adherent to the system who is very generous with his time. I find the system as exciting as counting cards at blackjack (as opposed to say, dealers choice that includes high-low seven car stud poker) — and don’t consider the IBD method validated.

    To be fair, the method mainly just goes over my head so I’m not a good person to judge. But I have a much simpler question. In the event of a chemical or biological WMD attack during market hours, what will be the effect? Are authorities prepared to act quickly? If not, wouldn’t it be rational to run to the computer and short an ETF? Would that be unethical?

    I suspect that many employees working at national security agencies invested in defense stocks after 9/11. Is this different? I recently saw a DVD “Stock Shock” involving short sellers who profited by the precipitous decline in Sirius stock in 2009 or so. Although the same retail investors profited from the frenzy marking its rise, they then were very bitter when other people profited from its downward spiral.

    Is the market morally neutral? Or would the brief shorting stocks immediately upon an ISIS or Al Qaeda WMD attack be morally heinous?

    You can be sure there are computer programs set up by the major investment banks to act instantaneously. Is it only the retail investors who stand to get screwed (again)?

    • DXer said

      Is ISIS Capable of Mounting a Nuclear Attack?

      By James Phillips On 2/22/16 at 3:16 PM
      http://www.newsweek.com/isis-capable-mounting-nuclear-attack-429232

      Al Qaeda, which ISIS broke away from, also has long sought nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction. Osama bin Laden declared that acquiring weapons of mass destruction was a “religious duty” in a December 1998 interview with Time Magazine. Al-Qaeda conducted poison gas experiments on dogs in Afghanistan.

      Bin Laden tried to buy uranium for a nuclear device as early as 1993 and Al-Qaeda had an ambitious anthrax program that was discovered in December 2001.

      Today, ISIS is following a similar path.

      In November, U.S. and Iraqi intelligence officials warned that ISIS had established a branch to aggressively develop chemical weapons with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

      Comment: On this question of effect on the stock market, I think a dirty bomb would have a much greater effect on the market than something like chlorine or mustard gas — sarin would be not far behind a dirty bomb and anthrax something in-between. It seems that the markets, in such an event, should immediately be suspended.

      One of the first criminal investigations should be launched should relate to the withholding and the destruction of documents relating to Amerithrax.

  13. DXer said

    These Digital Sleuths Are Sticking It to ISIS and the Kremlin

    Mother Jones-9 minutes ago
    He was among the first to expose the Assad regime’s use of barrel bombs and chemical weapons, and he uncovered a secret arms trail that brought weapons …

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/02/bellingcat-intelligence-analysts-ukraine-russia-isis

    Comment:

    In contrast, I don’t know anything about ISIS/ISIL and would be hard-pressed to locate many countries and cities on a map. But I do enjoy looking at contemporaneous documents in the context of a murder mystery or treasure hunt.

    And after William Pierce died, Dr. Ayman seemed the most important national security threat deserving of a hobbyist’s true crime analysis.

    The trouble with analysts who do it for money, rather than enjoyment, is that they are guided mainly by the bureaucratic considerations relating to the need for a continuing paycheck. I count on making my revenue by successful Oscar prognostication. My good friend was one of the featured reporters in “Spotlight” and I’m still clueless whether “Spotlight” will overtake “Revenant.” I also greatly enjoyed “Big Short” but am as clueless on matters relating to finance and stocks, no matter how much I read.

    It seems a safe conclusion, though, that DC and NYC are going to be attacked. And I don’t need John Brennan’s army of analysts to reach the same conclusion he’s reached.

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

  14. DXer said

    Tomorrow I will look for reliable sourcing on a thwarted planned chemical attack in Morocco. Sulfur fertilizer used in association with a bomb. Some of the articles also refer to biological substances. One mentions tetanus.

    But I don’t see that much is added. Just as a car bomb is pointless and accomplishes nothing — a car bomb with some fertilizer thrown in is also pointless.

    • DXer said

      Islamic State Wants to Use Chemical Weapons Against US …
      Wall Street Journal-Feb 12, 2016
      Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, speaking at an international security conference in Germany, said the Islamic State had …

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-state-wants-to-use-chemical-weapons-against-u-s-intelligence-chief-says-1455302469

      Comment:

      9/11 occurred before the opening bell on Wall St. and the stock exchanges remained closed. What would happen if there was an attack with a neurotoxin during trading hours?
      Would it be immoral to run to the computer and short some 3Xs leveraged ETF? (I don’t know the answer).

      How is it different investing long in a company whose work is related to a proposed solution to the Zika virus?

  15. DXer said

    It’s 15 years since 9/11. Our legal system is broken.

    Statement from Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins

    By Susan Hennessey Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    https://www.lawfareblog.com/statement-military-commissions-chief-prosecutor-mark-martins-0

  16. DXer said

    I don’t understand CIA director’s comment that ISIS “could seek to export the weapons to the West for financial gain.” I most definitely understand financial gain as a sole or dual motive but am not understanding the reference in this context.

    It’s like the 16-year-old who is learning that posting the names of 20,000 FBI agents was a crime that didn’t make much sense in terms of the risk-reward.

    CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons
    http://news.yahoo.com/cia-director-says-group-used-chem-weapons-003949116.html

    The release of the interview excerpts comes two days after similar comments from spy chief James Clapper before a congressional committee.

    ISIS have used chemical weapons and can make their own mustard …
    Daily Mail-1 hour ago
    CIA director John Brennan has warned that ISIS fighters have already … smuggled weapons of mass destruction into Europe, according to a UN report. … ISIS could seek to export the weapons to the West for financial gain.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3443721/ISIS-used-chemical-weapons-make-mustard-gas-chlorine-warns-CIA-director.html

    Senior Intel Official Confirms Islamic State Created, Deployed …
    TheBlaze.com-Feb 9, 2016
    A doctor stationed in northern Iraq said he treated Kurdish fighters last year whom ISIS allegedly used as “lab rats” to test WMD.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/09/ready-senior-intel-official-confirms-islamic-state-created-deployed-chemical-weapons/

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

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