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Iraq conspired with Bin Laden to produce WMDs...according to Richard Clarke
Washington Post

Posted on 03/22/2004 10:37:25 PM PST by Jim_Curtis

Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at El Shifa or what happened to it. But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to El Shifa's current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts and the National Islamic Front in Sudan.

TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedaandiraq; binladen; iraq; pantsonfire; richardclarke; sadda; wmd
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To: Jim_Curtis
All this information everyone is digging up points to a ton of information that Clarke knew about and the Clinton adminstration did nothing more than lob a few missles. I'm baffled as to why AQ and other terrorists did not attack us during his watch. The only thing that pops into my mind is Marc Rich, BCCI, Riaty (sp), etc and their global connections. Somehow all this is interconnected.
41 posted on 03/22/2004 11:18:22 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: stylin19a

And Vince Cannistraro left CIA in 1991.
42 posted on 03/22/2004 11:21:57 PM PST by stylin19a (Is it vietnam yet ?)
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To: Diogenesis
"Did not know that Drudge was "conservative"."

I don't know what his actual politics are... but he has been known to shatter the liberal media from time to time.
43 posted on 03/22/2004 11:22:43 PM PST by Betaille ("Show them no mercy, for none shall be shown to you")
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To: Paleo Conservative
I think they call it a 'nuanced answer' these days.
44 posted on 03/22/2004 11:30:47 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Betaille
I raked thru the WASHINGTON POST ARCHIVES....You can purchase the entire article for $2.95.......!,+1999&author=Vernon+Loeb&desc=Embassy+Attacks+Thwarted,+U.S.+Says%3b+Official+Cites+Gains+Against+Bin+Laden%3b+Clinton+Seek+$10+Billion+to+Fight+Terrorism
45 posted on 03/22/2004 11:37:01 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Republic Rocker,+1999&author=Vernon+Loeb&desc=Embassy+Attacks+Thwarted,+U.S.+Says%3b+Official+Cites+Gains+Against+Bin+Laden%3b+Clinton+Seek+$10Billion+to+Fight+Terrorism

46 posted on 03/22/2004 11:44:18 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Indy Pendance
"Somehow all this is interconnected."

Now you're sounding like me! Dig further and you might not like what you see. That's why there is all that blacked out and redacted material in the Saudi report. Way too many names, places and events. It's less about national security than egg on the face. Unless it is in the context of lynching all the elite, politicians, CIA, terrorists, money launders and arms dealers. Then it's about their security.

47 posted on 03/22/2004 11:46:21 PM PST by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: Republic Rocker
Soory but I keep messin it up! The top link is correct except replace the pbarchiver with pqarchiver...just change the b and q!
48 posted on 03/22/2004 11:46:47 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: GeronL
The liberal media is going to have a cow now.

This bovine birth will last 3 weeks max, then it will be on to another "Bush bashing" drama with hopes by the lib's that the next one will finally stick.

49 posted on 03/22/2004 11:49:05 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: Jim_Curtis
This guy's a real fountain of information.

But let's not let trifling details like this get in the way of dog-piling on the President.
50 posted on 03/22/2004 11:49:30 PM PST by Imal (Apparently, the handicapped exemption for terrorist leaders has been revoked.)
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To: Texasforever
51 posted on 03/22/2004 11:51:41 PM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Republic Rocker
Redstone is behind all this destruction to's traditions and values.....

On the bright side, they do make the coolest laser carbines.

52 posted on 03/22/2004 11:53:05 PM PST by Imal (Pure capitalism is as unattainable as pure communism, but remains a far better ideal to pursue.)
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To: Jim_Curtis 10/26/00 Paul Craig Roberts "……. The attack on the Cole showed a "great deal of sophistication," declared Richard Clarke, a top U.S. security official with the grand title of "National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism." On "60 Minutes" last Sunday, Clarke said that the rubber dinghy attack was so sophisticated that the United States is absolved of any suspicion of intelligence failure. ……..
53 posted on 03/23/2004 12:13:32 AM PST by Future Useless Eater
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To: Indy Pendance
Why America Slept : The Failure to Prevent 9/11
by Gerald L. Posner (Author)

In the end, the central question that remained was what did American intelligence and law enforcement know and what did they ignore? What mistakes were made along the way on the ground by police, FBI and CIA, and in Washington and state capitals by policy makers? While hunting for those answers, there were unexpected discoveries about some American allies, and what they might have known, and not told anyone, before 9/11. The result is a far more infuriating book than originally expected. The failure to have prevented 9/11 was a systematic one. It is not just that investigators failed to get a lucky break early on, nor is it really even dependent on a series of blunders in the immediate run-up to the attack. The seeds for failure were sown repeatedly in almost twenty years of fumbled investigations and misplaced priorities. After a while, the revelations of ineptitude presented in this book no longer cause surprise, but only anger.
—from Why America Slept

About the Author
Gerald Posner, a former Wall Street lawyer, is an award-winning author of eight books on subjects ranging from Nazi war criminals, to assassinations, to the careers of politicians. A regular panelist on the History Channel’s HistoryCENTER, he has also written for many national publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Miami and New York City with his wife, the author Trisha Posner.

Book Description
The story of the years leading up to 9/11 is the story of what might have been, and also serves as a call to the defense of America’s future. Since 9/11, one important question has persisted: What was really going on behind the scenes with intelligence services and government leaders during the time preceding the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks?

After an eighteen-month investigation that uncovered explosive new evidence through interviews and in classified documents, Gerald Posner reveals much previously undisclosed information:

• the identity of two countries that might have had foreknowledge that a terrorist attack was scheduled for September 11 on U.S. soil
• a startling account of the interrogation of a leading al Qaeda captive
• facts about a series of deaths that point to an ongoing conspiracy by some governments to hide the extent of their earlier relationships with al Qaeda
• how the U.S. government missed several chances to kill or capture bin Laden
• evidence that German intelligence may have protected an informant who was involved with many of the 9/11 plotters
• how the CIA tracked—and then lost—two of the hijackers when they entered the United States more than twenty months before the attacks
• the devastating consequences of the crippling rivalry between the CIA and FBI as the United States moved unwittingly toward 9/11

In a dramatic narrative, Why America Slept exposes the frequent mistakes made by law enforcement and government agencies, and demonstrates how the failures to prevent 9/11 were tragically not an exception but typical. Along the way, by delving into terror financing, the links between far-flung terror organizations, and how the United States responded over the years to other attacks, Posner also makes a damning case that 9/11 could have been prevented.

Why America Slept lays to rest two years of conjecture about what led up to the worst terror attacks in America’s history. This breakthrough book presents an infuriating review of how incompetence and misplaced priorities made America an easy target for terrorists.


Posner has conceded that he was "infuriated" by some of his discoveries and "disgusted" in particular by President Clinton's failure to neutralize the threat posed by the al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. Posner provides details of opportunities to capture bin Laden, opportunities that he says Clinton either ignored or rejected. Moreover, he says, Clinton declined offers by both Sudan and Qatar to arrest bin Laden and deliver him to the United States. Perhaps for purposes of comic relief, Posner also quotes Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, as saying that as early as 1996 the administration was "trying to get bin Laden with everything we had."

In this carnival of boneheadedness and floundering incompetence, Posner recounts one outrage after another. Among the worst, in terms of consequences, was the unwillingness of the FBI and CIA to cooperate and share information. Each had information of vital importance to the other, but the rules of their long-standing rivalry prohibited mature behavior. An FBI agent who asked the CIA for information about Zacarias Moussaoui received an official reprimand for doing so. Moussaoui was one of those aviation students who wanted to learn how to steer large airliners but had no interest in learning how to take off or land. The FBI agent was Coleen Rowley, one of the very few figures in this bleak history who behaved intelligently and honorably.


"Why America Slept" is excellent and vital reporting of the isolated, but mutually contributing failures of management, policy, regulation, politics, will, and luck that culminated in the awful tragedy of 9/11. It is concisely told in a clean style with energy to spare. Posner starts the book with a seemingly minor event (the murder of Emir Shalabi) that turns out to have major implications in the power shift among the participants in the extreme elements in the Islamist war against the West.

We also get interesting information about the events around the trial of the Blind Sheikh Omar Rahman, the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the '93 bombing of the World Trade Center, the embassy bombings, the attack on the Cole, the lessons the terrorists took from our cutting and running from Somalia, and so many more of the preliminary incidents and battles in the War on Terror. More sad than the events themselves is our collective delusion at the time that these were isolated incidents (such as the shooting on the Empire State Building Observation Deck). The author reports these events clearly and with just enough intelligent analysis and insight to show us how all these flow into the same river of violence without ever letting the narrative getting bogged down.

54 posted on 03/23/2004 12:25:02 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Jim_Curtis
In the aftermath of the attack on the USS Cole, the CBS program 60 Minutes [october 2000] aired an interview with Clinton's "terrorism czar" Richard Clarke, who was responsible for counter-terrorism at the National Security Council. He said the U.S. was trying to determine who staged that attack, and he suggested it may have been committed by Osama bin Laden. He also warned that terrorists have infiltrated the U.S. and that it was just a matter of time before American territory was the site of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack. He took correspondent Lesley Stahl on a visit to one of eight secret pharmaceutical stockpiles the U.S. maintains in case of a terrorist attack.
Journalist Kenneth R. Timmerman not only noted evidence of an Iranian link to the Khobar Towers bombing but suggested an Iranian link to the destruction of TWA Flight 800. He reported, "On three separate occasions before TWA flight 800 went down off the Long Island coast in July 1996, the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration received explicit warnings that Iran was planning an attack against a U.S. airliner 'originating in Athens, Greece.' TWA 800 arrived in New York from Athens, before being refueled for its fight to Paris on July 17. Timmerman went on to note that U.S. Navy Commander William Donaldson had issued a report on the TWA crash pointing to a foreign terrorist attack. Donaldson spoke at our 1999 conference on this matter.

Instead, of course, the so-called "independent" or renegade terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was blamed by the Clinton Administration for the attacks. This was convenient for an administration that tried to avoid confronting state sponsors of terrorism, including Iran, Iraq and Libya.

55 posted on 03/23/2004 12:31:07 AM PST by Future Useless Eater
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To: FL_engineer
quick note to dubya..kick all the clintonistas out of the admin.!
56 posted on 03/23/2004 12:35:04 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Jim_Curtis
Did Clarke mention that roundup, the common weed killer, would have provided the same test results as the "powdered VX-like substance"?

57 posted on 03/23/2004 12:35:14 AM PST by DB ()
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To: kcvl
A decade before 9/11, the worldwide surge in Islamic fundamentalism and its virulent hatred of the West was largely unrecognized in America. We did not notice when some of the most prominent radicals moved to this country and set up operations just across the river from the World Trade Center. Those early militants, ignored in their new chosen homeland, would become the role models and inspiration for some of the World Trade Center and Pentagon hijackers in 2001.


It is a neighborhood where Arabs are not timid about embracing political sentiments that often seem continents removed from nearby Manhattan. Many of the local businesses have long displayed prominent anti-Israeli, pro-intifada signs and banners. Even in the immediate wake of 9/11, a flyer posted outside al-Qaraween’s Islamic bookstore, next to a mosque, declared, “Allah is great-may justice come to the infidels.” At the nearby Fertile Crescent, a Middle Eastern market, pictures of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon were stamped over with the crosshairs of a sniper’s rifle scope.

A small convenience store had a half dozen posters plastered on the wall behind the counter. They were grainy black-and-white blowups of young men, all holding weapons, wearing kaffiyehs wrapped around their heads and covering their faces like Bedouins in a sandstorm. All that was visible were the intense stares of angry young Arab militants that Americans have now come to know too well. Arabic writing was scrawled on the posters. They were tributes to suicide bombers. Each of the men on the wall had blown himself apart in a terror attack against Israel. When asked about the posters and why they were on display, only miles from where thousands of Americans and foreigners lay dead from a suicide mission, the clerk pretended he did not speak English. More questions were answered only with grunts and dismissive waves.

Further down the block, at the sixty-five-year-old Damascus Bread and Pastry, Arab men have been eating and arguing politics for decades. The showcases are packed with displays of sticky dates, nut-filled pastries, and an amazing assortment of pita bread, some of which is put to good use right outside by a falafel vendor. Inside the tiny room, dense with thick and heady smoke from hours of chain-smoking, Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians, and Lebanese sit, packed elbow to elbow, discussing the terror attacks. Many have lived through years of crises, including four Arab-Israeli wars, the arrests of local Hamas bomb makers, the nearby murder ten years earlier of radical Jewish activist Rabbi Meir Kahane, the Gulf War, and the now legendary neighborhood tales of the first World Trade Center bombers who lived and worshiped along these very streets.

Five young men at the counter, cradling cell phones and packs of cigarettes, were not as reticent as the others to talk to a stranger. Yes, the World Trade Center attack was terrible. But America must have known how hated it was, and that such a strike was surely coming. One slammed the Formica counter so hard with the palm of his hand that his demitasse of mudlike coffee flipped over. How could America support the terror state of Israel, he asked, and then cry foul when the underpowered struck back?


But it was here that Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind extremist Egyptian cleric now serving a life sentence for seditious conspiracy for the “day of terror” plot intended to blow up New York City landmarks, tunnels, and bridges, preached his violent rhetoric.2 Rahman had immigrated to the United States in 1990 and inexplicably cleared Customs although he was on a domestic terrorist watch list.

Virtual solitary confinement in a federal prison hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, evidently did little to temper his hatred. In 1998, from his cell, he smuggled out a fatwa, a religious order, urging his followers to “cut all links with the United States. Destroy them thoroughly and erase them from the face of the earth. Ruin their economies, set their companies on fire, turn their conspiracies to powder and dust. Sink their ships, bring their planes down. Slay them in air, on land, on water. And with the command of Allah, kill them wherever you find them. Catch them and put them in prison. Lie in wait for them and kill these infidels. They will surely get great oppression from you. God will make you the means of wreaking a terrible revenge upon them, of degrading them. He will support you against them.” That fatwa has become part of the curriculum in more than thirty thousand Islamic religious schools in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Yemen.

At the other end of the block, just a few hundred yards from the mosque, is a simple red-brick house at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Foster. One cannot tell from the outside that until 1997 it was the headquarters of Kahane Chai, the militant Jewish group. That was the same year the State Department branded it a terrorist organization. Kahane Chai was devoted to the teachings of Rabbi Meir Kahane, gunned down in Manhattan by an Arab immigrant in 1990. The rabbi preached a strident racism that attracted adherents in local Jewish neighborhoods. Among them was a young doctor, Baruch Goldstein, the former Brooklyn resident who in 1994 slaughtered twenty-nine Muslims while they prayed in a West Bank mosque.

But on this day, with the sun setting in less than an hour, the interest is in the remnants of the Alkifah Refugee Center, Sheikh Rahman’s old preaching grounds. The center used to be nestled behind one of the ordinary-looking storefronts along Atlantic Avenue. Its stated purpose was to raise money so local Muslims could join the fight against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Federal officials say the now shuttered center was a gathering place for Islamic terrorists, the first American base for Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network. The center was where key personal relationships were forged between men of different nationalities who shared bin Laden’s extreme interpretation of Islam.

In the mid-1980s, the Alkifah Center was a neighborhood hub on Atlantic Avenue. It started out as a single desk in the al-Farooq mosque around 1986 and then moved into a grungy second-floor apartment in a building a few doors away at 566 Atlantic Avenue, above what is now a perfume factory. That tiny space had barely enough room for a desk, a few chairs, a phone, and a fax machine. Although many in the neighborhood recall that the Alkifah Center ran on a shoestring, documents submitted in U.S. court cases revealed that tens of thousands of dollars flowed through its bank accounts during its heyday of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The center’s director was Emir Mustafa Shalabi, a young Egyptian immigrant with a shock of red hair. Shalabi was infused with the same religious fervor for the Afghan cause that roused many young Muslims who regarded it as a holy war to liberate an Islamic country from communist domination. Neighbors began calling Alkifah the “jihad office.”* Shalabi invited Sergeant Ali Mohamed, a former Egyptian army officer and U.S. Army Green Beret, to the center’s basement offices under the al-Farooq mosque. Armed with official U.S. Army videotapes and military documents marked “Top Secret,” Mohamed conducted a series of weekend “training” classes and a two-week-long intensive seminar. Almost all the volunteers were Arab immigrants. They bought $600 one-way fares as a sign they were willing to give their lives for Islam.

At those training classes were such future terrorists as El-Sayyid A. Nosair, the Egyptian immigrant later charged with killing Rabbi Kahane; Mohammed Salameh and Clement Rodney Hampton-El, convicted in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993; and Mahmud Abouhalima, Sheikh Rahman’s part-time driver, found guilty of conspiracy in the 1998 East African embassy bombings that killed fifty-nine and wounded more than five thousand. Sergeant Mohamed himself would eventually plead guilty to conspiring to bomb the East African embassies.


The turning point for the Alkifah Refugee Center came in 1990 when Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman arrived in Brooklyn. An almost legendary cleric whose extreme rhetoric had incited the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, Rahman had been to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and was a friend of the wealthy Saudi mujahedeen leader, Osama bin Laden. As word of Rahman’s interest in the center spread in the Muslim community, hard-core fundamentalists flocked to it.

Emir Shalabi, who was the American representative of the Afghan Services Bureau, a recruiting organization cofounded by bin Laden, had sponsored Rahman’s entry into the country.3* Shalabi took the blind sheikh into his house, gave him a part-time driver, helped him move to an apartment in Bay Ridge, and even paid for his food and telephone bill. He also made the sheikh an integral part of his Afghanistan campaign. And when the al-Farooq needed a new imam, the fifty-two-year-old Sheikh Rahman, with the support of Shalabi, was selected, and started delivering the fiery sermons that condemned anti-Islamic practices and tyrannical foreign governments. Before long he denounced other mosque members, including some Yemenis who sold pork, beer, and pornographic magazines in local grocery stores.
58 posted on 03/23/2004 12:36:01 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Jim_Curtis
But with his retirement, Clarke's career accomplishments should be noted.

In 1986, as a State Department bureaucrat with pull, he came up with a plan to battle terrorism and subvert Muammar Qaddafi by having SR-71s produce sonic booms over Libya. This was to be accompanied by rafts washing onto the sands of Tripoli, the aim of which was to create the illusion of a coming attack. When this nonsense was revealed, it created embarrassment for the Reagan administration and was buried.

In 1998, according to the New Republic, Clarke "played a key role in the Clinton administration's misguided retaliation for the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which targeted bin Laden's terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan." The pharmaceutical factory was, apparently, just a pharmaceutical factory, and we now know how impressed bin Laden was by cruise missiles that miss.

Trying his hand in cyberspace, Clarke's most lasting contribution is probably the new corporate exemption in the Freedom of Information Act. Originally designed to immunize companies against the theoretical malicious use of FOIA by competitors, journalists and other so-called miscreants interested in ferreting out cyber-vulnerabilities, it was suggested well before the war on terror as a measure that would increase corporate cooperation with Uncle Sam. Clarke labored and lobbied diligently from the NSC for this amendment to existing law, law which he frequently referred to as an "impediment" to information sharing.

While the exemption would inexplicably not pass during the Clinton administration, Clarke and other like-minded souls kept pushing for it. Finally, the national nervous breakdown that resulted from the collapse of the World Trade Center reframed the exemption as a grand idea, and it was embraced by legislators, who even expanded it to give a get-out-of-FOIA-free card to all of corporate America, not just those involved with the cyber-infrastructure. It passed into law as part of the legislation forming the Department of Homeland Security.

However, as with many allegedly bright ideas originally pushed by Richard Clarke, it came with thorns no one had anticipated.

In a January 17 confirmation hearing for Clarke's boss, Tom Ridge, Senator Carl Levin protested that the exemption's language needed to be clarified. "We are denying the public unclassified information in the current law which should not be denied to the public," he said as reported in the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News.

"That means that you could get information that, for instance, a company is leaking material into a river that you could not turn over to the EPA," Levin continued. "If that company was the source of the information, you could not even turn it over to another agency."

"It certainly wasn't the intent, I'm sure, of those who advocated the Freedom of Information Act exemption to give wrongdoers protection or to protect illegal activity," replied Ridge while adding he would work to remedy the problem.

Thanks for everything, Mr. Clarke.

59 posted on 03/23/2004 12:40:08 AM PST by Future Useless Eater
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To: rrrod
Muslims, at the Al Farouq mosque in Brooklyn, allegedly paid over $20 million to finance the 1993 WTC and September 11 Attacks. Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization benefited from the the Al Farooq mosques stateside connection, according to witnesses in federal terrorism trials. If this is true, our Brooklyn Muslim neighbors financed the mass killing of 3000 innocent Americans.


Mohammed Al Hasan Al-Moayad, left, and Mohammed Mohsen Yahya Zayed, both Yemeni natives, were arrested on Jan. 10, 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany, based on complaints issued in Brooklyn. (Handouts) March 4, 2003


Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. The most famous of those affiliated with the mosque is Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who preached at the mosque until mosque trustees barred him from preaching in 1991 because of his incendiary speeches.

Jamal al-Fadl. A Sudanese national, al-Fadl helped found al-Qaida. He testified at the 2001 embassy bombings trial that he came to the Al-Farooq mosque in the late 1980s as a student, and there met Mustafa Shalabi, an Egyptian electrician.


Asked by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald at the trial what other activities he participated in at Al-Farooq, al-Fadl replied, “Recruit Muslims to join the group, tell them about the group, tell them come help the group.” Al-Fadl testified that Alkifah operated under an international umbrella organization called “Mektab al Khidmat” or “the services.” As the fight against the Soviets was winding down, al-Fadl traveled to Afghanistan at Shalabi’s urging, to fight with the mujahedeen. There, he met and befriended a young Saudi man who had already gained prominence in the training camps — Osama bin Laden.

About 1989, al-Fadl said, bin Laden decided to begin his own group founded on similar principles as Khidmat — dedicated not to battle the Soviets, but to violently oppose non-Islamic governments.

Al-Fadl testified he was the third person to swear an oath of allegiance to the group and eventually became one of bin Laden’s closest aides. In 1993, he said he attempted to buy uranium for a nuclear weapon that bin Laden was attempting to build.

Three years later, he said, he broke with the group and began cooperating with the U.S. government after stealing about $100,000 from bin Laden’s group. Al-Fadl pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges; prosecutors sealed his sentence, citing national security concerns.

Ali Mohamed. Mohamed was a young Egyptian army officer who found his way to the Al-Farooq mosque in the late 1980s. According to documents and a witness at the 1995 trial of Sheik Rahman, Shalabi invited Mohamed — who joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and was discharged in 1989 — to provide military training in Alkifah’s office, then located in the mosque’s basement.

Three young Muslim men who attended Mohamed’s classes on map reading, wartime survival, strategy and weaponry later earned their own distinction in terrorist annals.

El Sayyid Nosair Mahmud Abouhalima and Mohammad Salameh, were convicted in the 1993 trade center bombing. Nosair, Salameh and Abouhalima are all serving life prison terms.

In late 2000, Mohamed resurfaced in federal court in Manhattan, admitting he served as a key intelligence officer in al-Qaida and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad for 20 years. Mohamed pleaded guilty to a host of crimes, including conspiring to murder U.S. citizens and destroy U.S. buildings and property around the world.

Mohamed further admitted he photographed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, for bin Laden and that bin Laden personally selected the spot where a truck bomber should conduct his suicide attack. The outcome of Mohamed’s case or sentence is sealed.

Wadih el Hage. A nationalized citizen born in Lebanon, el Hage came to the United States to attend college in Louisiana. He too found his way to Brooklyn, the mosque and Alkifah in the early 1990s, where he befriended Abouhalima.

El Hage’s arrival in New York also marked a strange chapter in Alkifah’s history. Days after el Hage’s arrival, Shalabi was found slain in his ransacked Seagate apartment, stabbed 40 times and shot behind the ear.

The March 1, 1991, killing has never been solved, but at a 1998 pre-trial hearing for the embassy bombing case, prosecutor Fitzgerald told a federal magistrate that a dispute arose over whom would control Alkifah and where its funding would go.

Fitzgerald said el Hage had admitted to investigators that he came to New York to replace Shalabi. He also said el Hage had admitted that he attempted to obtain firearms for Abouhalima.


Ghazi Abu Maizer. Just before dawn on July 31, 1997, Abdel Rahman Mosabbah, a young Arab man, flagged down a police officer near the Atlantic Avenue train station in Brooklyn and told the cop that his roommate, Ghazi Abu Maizer, was intent on conducting a suicide bombing of the station during rush hour.

In a predawn raid, police found Maizer, a Palestinian, with a fully-rigged pipe bomb filled with nails, an unfinished bomb and a letter protesting U.S. support for Israel. The letter demanded the release of Ramzi Yousef, convicted as the mastermind of the 1993 trade center bombing, and promised to “burn the Jews” if demands were not met.

An FBI agent testified at Abu Maizer’s 1998 trial that although Maizer had only been in Brooklyn for a few months, he had worshiped at the Al-Farooq mosque. Abu Maizer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
60 posted on 03/23/2004 12:43:21 AM PST by kcvl
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