Skip to comments.FBI Warns That Terrorists Could Make Simple, Deadly Chemical Weapon (Siddiqui, Shukrijumah)
Posted on 05/26/2004 9:47:55 AM PDT by Shermy
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is warning police that terrorists could construct a simple but deadly chemical weapon out of materials readily available. "Little or no training is required to assemble and deploy such a device due to its simplicity," the FBI said Wednesday in its weekly intelligence bulletin to about 18,000 law enforcement agencies.
The bulletin provides no details of a specific threat or possible location of an attack. It does say that terrorists could take advantage of building ventilation systems, air intakes or enclosed areas to disperse toxic chemical gas.
Law enforcement officials previously have warned that al-Qaida or other terrorist groups might target subways and targets such as hotels and office buildings rather than heavily guarded government installations.
In addition, material collected in Pakistan after the March 1 capture in that country of senior al-Qaida planner Khalid Shaikh Mohammed provided further proof that operatives experimented with various forms of chemical, radiological and biological weapons, law enforcement officials say.
The FBI bulletin says hydrogen cyanide or chorine gas could be produced by combining liquid and solid materials, possibly using a canister such as a paint can with holes pierced into it. The materials could be combined using either a blasting cap or some kind of delayed switch.
"When combined, this creates the toxic gas that would emerge through the holes," the bulletin says.
Such a device would be most effective in an enclosed space, the bulletin adds, because it would be dispersed too quickly in larger areas or out in the open to kill or injure many people. But police, firefighters and medical personnel could be imperiled when responding to an attack because "the device may reactivate when it is disturbed."
In January, the FBI told police to beware of possible attacks using ricin, a toxic substance derived from the castor bean plant. That warning followed the arrests last year in Britain of 11 North African men on terrorism charges stemming from an alleged attempt to develop a ricin weapon.
The bulletin came as the FBI continues to interview Iraqis living in the United States at the rate of about 1,000 a day, with a goal of reaching 11,000 by the end of this week.
The interviews, focused on those who have recently traveled to Iraq or have ties to the Iraqi military, are intended to discover the identities of any terrorists and spies in the United States and also to find any information that might be helpful to U.S. forces in Iraq.
The bulletin also repeated the FBI's search for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a 27-year-old Saudi-born man who may be an al-Qaida operative. El Shukrijumah left the Miami area in May 2001 for Morocco, according to his family, but law enforcement officials say they do not know his whereabouts.
El Shukrijumah was identified in part by information collected after Mohammed's capture in Pakistan.
In addition, the bulletin asks police to look for Dr. Mohammed Khan, 33, and his estranged wife, 31-year-old Aafia Siddiqui, both of whom the FBI wants to question about possible terrorist ties.
Siddiqui, who has a doctorate in neurological science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, may be in Pakistan, FBI officials say. She lived in Boston while attending MIT and also recently traveled in Maryland.
The bulletin provided no further information about Khan.
Pakistani couple sought in Qaeda hunt http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_27-3-2003_pg7_56
By Khalid Hasan
WASHINGTON: The FBI is seeking a Pakistani couple for its links to a Saudi resident of South Florida with suspected Al Qaeda connections.
The Bureaus Baltimore office said it was looking for Dr Aafia Siddiqui, 31, and her husband Mohammed Khan, 33, about possible terrorist activities.
The couple is suspected of having links with Adnan G El Shukrijumah, 27, who once lived in Miami but has since disappeared. The US agency believes he has links with Al Qaeda.
The FBI is looking for El Shukrijumah after an alias he used turned up in various places, including during the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Dr Siddiqui, a resident of the Boston area, is said to have visited Gaithersburg, Maryland, in December last year or January, but the FBI would not say what significance that visit had and whom she met. The agency believes she may have valuable information.
Dr Siddiqui has a PhD in neurological science and has studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University, Massachusetts, as well as at Houston, Texas. The FBI believes Dr Siddiqui is now in Pakistan. While at MIT, she wrote a paper on the mechanics of setting up a Muslim student organisation. Both she and her husband were office-bearers of the Institute of Islamic Research and Teaching Inc.
In another development, the authorities announced this week that they would be interrogating 11,000 Iraqis living in the US, most of them American citizens. The move was immediately denounced as racial profiling.
Although the FBI has no information indicating this individual is connected to specific terrorist activities, the FBI would like to locate and question this individual.
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is wanted in connection with possible threats against the United States.
The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million dollars for information leading directly to the capture of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah.
Last year's news...today new again!
If they bring their religious war to our soil even once more no muslim will be safe in America.
I'm starting to have doubts whether we have any clue what we're doing.
Adnan has been in the country for what 2 years.
Aafia was rumored to be prisoner in Pakistan.
So what gives?
There were lots of articles about Shuk and his Florida connections, and with Aafia.
This is a never-ending problem, there are millions of Muslims that Hate the U.S and Israel basically all Jews and Christians, there is not one Mulsim nation willing to assist the U.S nor Israel to end Muslim terrorism.
Pray for GOD to intervene so we may know what real PEACE is
The only thing they left out of this article is the formula and an order form. Looks like they really want a chemical attack.
Very fishy. First reported arrested...then this story came out:
KARACHI, April 23, s003
: The mother of Aafia Siddiqui wanted for questioning about possible al-Qaida connections said today her daughter vanished early this month and that her daughter's estranged husband may be behind her disappearance.
Aafia Siddiqui, is wanted by the FBI for questioning about possible contacts with members of Osama Bin Laden 's terror network. The FBI also wants to question her husband, Dr. Amjad Mohammed Khan.
Ismat Siddiqui told The Associated Press that her daughter had been living with her until early April but has been out of touch since setting off to visit a friend and an uncle in Islamabad. "I am concerned for my daughter's safety," Ismat Siddiqui said in a tearful interview. "I don't know where she is."
She said she last saw her daughter as she got into a minicab along with her three children to go to Islamabad. She became concerned after "a stranger came to my house and threatened me." The man rode up on a motorcycle warned her "not to make a fuss" about the disappearance if she cared for her daughter's safety, she said. "Since then I am running from pillar to post to seek the safe recovery of my daughter," she said.
Pakistani government officials tried to calm her fears. They told her to be "patient and not rely on media reports" about her fate, she said. The authorities have denied having Siddiqui in custody.
Ismat Siddiqui said her daughter didn't have any connections with terrorists. "Rest assured, my daughter has nothing to do with al-Qaida or any other organization," she said. She didn't know who might be holding her daughter, but described Khan, the estranged husband, as a controlling and mysterious person who she said might have something to do with it.
Ismat Siddiqui said Khan had abused Aafia and that her daughter was seeking a divorce. Neither Khan nor any member of his family had been in touch since she vanished, she said. (AP/AFP)
I thought her husband was also implicated right after 911, an academic at John Hopkins, but perhaps some other guy.
We will have a toldyouso moment regarding Pakistan and will wish we had dealt with them properly instead of the kid gloves sending money Bull we've done for the past three years.
Enjoy the fruits of our Pakistani "policy".
I'm guessing that "December last year" means December 2002, based on when this was written. And not to get all tin-foil and stuff, but weren't John Muhammad and Lee Malvo tooling around Gaithersburg, Maryland, in December of 2002?
Via google I see US News & Report mention she visited cousins in Gaithersburg
yeah, yeah its always "next time". There should be no next time.
Pantie's should be banned from our country so we can stay focused on preventing these terrorists from killing thousands and keep the focus off of possible inhuman, ungodly, horrific, and traumatic actions by our military and law enforcement.
Just hold Syria responsible. Tell them that Syria will be held responsible for any attack on US soil.
Give them a demonstration by firebombing that spot in the Bekaa Valley where no WMD's exist.
He's also known as "Jafar the Pilot"
I am glad they left the directions out. That is more than a local paper did here in the Boston area a few years ago.
There was a car explosion and the newspaper told how the explosive device was made.
With that knowledge, I could leave the computer right now and using two componentz available in almost every house, make an explosive device within 10 minutes.,,,,,,,,,,
"If they bring their religious war to our soil even once more, no Muslim will be safe in America"
Are you sure about that? The left if bound and determined to let them win. The left is neither equipped or has the stomach to fight terror or Islamofascism. They will roll over before they would fight back. The old days of strong-willed Democrats are gone with FDR, Truman and JFK. The rest are just pu$$ies.
Report on Hub terror: Guerrillas in our midst: Fleet, FBI probe couple
By J.M. Lawrence
Friday, April 9, 2004
Fleet Bank reports obtained by the FBI show an MIT biology graduate and her husband bought high-tech military equipment and may have been plotting terror attacks from their Mission Hill apartment, according to a published report.
Aafia Siddiqui, a 34-year-old Pakistani national and mother of three, has fled Boston and is wanted for questioning by the FBI, Newsweek magazine reports.
``It's an ongoing investigation and we are still trying to locate her,'' said Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz yesterday, adding agents believe she has returned to Pakistan.
The FBI rejected Newsweek's description of Siddiqui, her family and Saudi Arabians living in the 75 Alphonsus St. high-rise apartment building as a possible al-Qaeda ``sleeper cell'' that may have been plotting follow-up attacks to 9/11.
``We don't believe there are cells operating in Massachusetts,'' Marcinkiewicz said, adding agents had thoroughly reviewed Siddiqui's activities.
Newsweek obtained ``suspicious-activity reports'' filed by Fleet Bank with the U.S. Treasury Department showing Siddiqui and her now estranged husband, Dr. Mohammed Amjad Khan, made repeated purchases from stores selling military equipment.
They ordered from Black Hawk Industries in Chesapeake, Va., and Brigade Quartermasters in Georgia - companies whose inventories include parts for AK-47s and specialized combat equipment, including vests designed for bomb disposal.
Khan, a Harvard-trained anesthesiologist, bought body armor, night-vision goggles and military manuals.
Fleet tipped off the government to the couple in October 2001. Federal law prohibits bank officials from discussing such reports publicly.
In the report, Fleet also noted the couple's ``major purchases'' from airlines and hotels and an $8,000 international wire transfer on Dec. 21, 2001, to a major financial institution in Pakistan under U.S. watch as a source of terrorist transactions, the magazine reported.
Two years later, after the capture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, he fingered Siddiqui as an al-Qaeda ``fixer'' who was supposed to help operatives as they entered the United States, according to internal FBI documents cited by Newsweek.
Fleet also spotted suspicious money transfers totaling $20,000 from the Saudi government's armed forces account to a man who lived in the same Boston apartment as Siddiqui. His name is Abdullah Al Reshood and he has been questioned by the FBI, according to a source.
Reshood wrote a $20,000 check to another Saudi, Hatem Al Dhahri, who then wired $17,193 back to an account in Saudi Arabia controlled by Reshood. Al Dhahri lived at the same address as Siddiqui, Fleet noted in its report.
The Newsweek report also highlighted the role of Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C., in the transactions from Saudi Arabia. Riggs never filed any suspicious activity reports with the U.S. Treasury, prompting an investigation.
The Riggs accounts, according to Newsweek, showed a number of checks sent to flight schools and flight school students in the United States.
Riggs also paid out $19,200 from the Saudi embassy to Gulshair al-Shukrijumah, an imam who lives in Florida and once served as an interpreter for ``blind Sheik'' Omar Abdul Rahman, convicted in 1996 of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.
A Saudi Embassy spokesman told Newsweek that the Saudis have cooperated with U.S. officials in their investigation. Senior U.S. law enforcement officials told Newsweek the investigation into the Saudi embassy's accounts is still active.
Large amounts of money flowed back and forth between Mideast financial institutions and U.S. banks - including Fleet Bank - involving MIT graduate Aafia Siddiqui, her estranged husband Dr. Mohammed Amjad Khan, and others, according to a recently published report in Newsweek.
July 10, 2001: Fleet investigators found that $50,000 wired from the Saudi Armed Forces Account at the Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C., was sent to an unnamed student at Clark University in Worcester. The same day $20,000 from the same account was sent to a Saudi national named Abdullah Al Reshood in Boston. Neither man could be located, said Newsweek.
Immediately after receiving the $20,000, Al Reshood wrote a $20,000 check to another Saudi, Hatem Al Dhahri, who five days later wired $17,193 to an account controlled by Al Reshood at the Al Rahji Bank in Saudi Arabia.
Dec. 21, 2001: $8,000 wired by Khan and Siddiqui from a Fleet Bank account to Habib Bank Ltd. in Pakistan, a financial institution that has been scrutinized by U.S. intelligence officials in connection with terrorist money transfers.
Between July 9, 2001, and Aug. 28, 2001: 50 separate $1,000 American Express travelers checks were sent to Saudi employees from the Riggs Bank; seven of the checks were deposited at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Riggs also reported $19,200 in payments from the Saudi Embassy to Gulshair al-Shukrijumah, a Florida-based imam connected to Omar Abdul Rahman, convicted of a 1996 plot to blow up New York City landmarks. Gulshair al-Shukrijumah's son, Adnan al-Shukrijumah, is a suspected al-Qaeda operative being sought by the FBI, said Newsweek.