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Al Qaeda Chief KSM Wanted Gadahn to to Blow Up Fuel Stations Near Baltimore
Newsweek ^ | June 7, 2004 issues | Newsweek

Posted on 05/30/2004 4:08:18 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Full Title (didn't fit in thread title):

NEWSWEEK: Al Qaeda Chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Wanted American Terror Suspect Gadahn to Join Plot to Blow Up Fuel Stations Near Baltimore

Captured Chief Says the Islam Convert Not Eager to Participate in 'Martydom' Operations, But Was Willing to Help

NEW YORK, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Captured Al Qaeda chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammed -- "KSM" to his interrogators -- wanted American-born terror suspect Adam Yahiye Gadahn to join a plot to blow up fuel stations outside Baltimore, according to a May 2003 classified FBI document obtained by Newsweek. Gadahn, one of the seven terror suspects displayed by Attorney General John Ashcroft last week, had a pregnant Muslim wife at the time and was not eager to participate in "martydom" (suicide) operations, KSM reported, but he was willing to help out. He says he had last seen Gadahn, who had taken the name Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki, in Karachi in October 2002, Newsweek reports in the current issue.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Maryland; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abusuhaybalamriki; adamgadahn; alamriki; americantaliban; amriki; baltimore; gadahn; johnlindh; johnwalker; johnwalkerlindh; khalid; ksm; lindh; mohammed; sheik; sulayman; waker
Well, I guess our home grown terrorist wants to kill us, but is not eager to get those 72 virgins.
1 posted on 05/30/2004 4:08:18 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

Why Baltimore? (Unless maybe because it's close to DC?)


2 posted on 05/30/2004 4:12:28 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

"Why Baltimore?"

Good question.

I am wondering what other attacks they are planning. AQ like multiple simultaneous attacks.


3 posted on 05/30/2004 4:15:06 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion

it tells me they have other cell members around Baltimore - one person cannot pull this off, he needs others.


4 posted on 05/30/2004 4:17:52 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: livius
Why Baltimore?

Diversion? Blocking an escape route from DC?

5 posted on 05/30/2004 4:18:50 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole
Remember the snipers? Did they hide in mosques?

There is a pipeline.

6 posted on 05/30/2004 4:21:34 PM PDT by Diogenesis (We do what we are meant to do)
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To: Diogenesis

hide in mosques? why did they have to hide, chief moose was telling everyone to look for a white van.


7 posted on 05/30/2004 4:23:44 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: oceanview


Good point.

Another interesting piece of info from the article:

"According to Qari Saheb, a former driver for Taliban leader Mullah Omar, interviewed in January 2002 by Newsweek, Gadahn befriended another American-John Walker Lindh, later known by the media as the "American Taliban" after his capture in the Afghan war. Gadahn had offered to help Walker find a Muslim wife-his own wife's sister. Lindh was interested, but told Gadahn that he would marry only when he returned from the front lines. He wound up in an American prison."


8 posted on 05/30/2004 4:28:24 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion

Oh, and it wouldn't really be newsweek if the despicable magazine wouldn't add to their news report:

"But just because the administration may have been playing politics to shift attention from its own failings does not mean the terror warnings are
unwarranted."


9 posted on 05/30/2004 4:29:56 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: Diogenesis

I don't think anyone has reported that the snipers DID hide in mosques. The Home Depot was only a few blocks from a large mosque, but don't underestimate the incompetance of the investigation's leadership.

The snipers were terrorists, but from all appearances they were freelancing.

It would be worth it to really research any possible connections between Muhammad/Malvo and al qaeda.


10 posted on 05/30/2004 4:30:44 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

Well, I consider it quite a coincidence that both snipers just happened to be Muslims.


11 posted on 05/30/2004 4:33:59 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion

Remind me again, why does Newsweek have access to "classified FBI documents"?


12 posted on 05/30/2004 4:37:13 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: True Capitalist

Newsweek is clearly part of the enemy among us.

The press release about their article I posted actually contained some fact and they just added that snide remark about politics, but their actual article is nothing but a vicious hit piece, accusing Bush of playing politics with the security of the nation.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5092800/site/newsweek/

"With the president's poll numbers dropping, the Bush administration is surely eager to divert media and public attention from Iraq to the terrorist threat. Instead of the images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, the White House would prefer that voters see the faces of terrorists who aim to kill them."


13 posted on 05/30/2004 4:41:34 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion
I don't they were targeting your local Chevron station. Baltimore has a harbor and presumably large fuel storage facilities. I suspect they were going after a large LNG/LP or fuel storage facility.

Considerable disruption would result if a central LNG tank were put out of action during winter months.

14 posted on 05/30/2004 4:42:09 PM PDT by fso301
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To: FairOpinion
More Factually:

Newsweek is "surely eager" to capitalize on the public's attention on the terrorist threat to sell magazines ...but they don't let that get in the way of their higher goal of getting Bush voted out of office.

15 posted on 05/30/2004 4:53:45 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: MediaMole; FairOpinion
Diversion? Blocking an escape route from DC?

Any of the things you have suggested are possible. AQ likes to do spectacular things, and I can't imagine that they really think an attack on gas stations in Baltimore alone would be spectacular.

Of course, those two freelance Muslims nuts who terrorized that area (Mohammed and Malvo) and killed so many people were effective, and it wasn't spectacular. Still, I think if this guy has the AQ "brand name," the attack would have been part of something more dramatic and against one of their earlier missed or incomplete targets (Pentagon, White House, etc.).

16 posted on 05/30/2004 4:55:26 PM PDT by livius
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To: FairOpinion
according to a May 2003 classified FBI document obtained by Newsweek

Perhaps I'm just plain dumb (wouldn't be the first time I've heard it - I have a couple of kids ;) ), but I don't get this. If the document is still classifid (and they don't say it isn't) isn't it a crime to print its details? Isn't it a crime to just have it? Why do the media continually get away with this?

17 posted on 05/30/2004 5:00:37 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: FairOpinion

The two parts of the "article" that you reference in 2 of your posts are unbelieveable, aren't they? Time is guilty of editorializing to the max; such sentences do not belong in a "news" piece. They belong in the column of a liberal or in a liberal editorial.


18 posted on 05/30/2004 5:19:13 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: FairOpinion
Oops, I mean to write NewsweAk instead of Time. Yeesh, that's even worse: EditorialWeek it should be called.
19 posted on 05/30/2004 5:20:44 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: FairOpinion

I'm guessing our boy is probably worm pie, actually. You don't hit the big leagues and then back out. He has too much info to be drawing breath.


20 posted on 05/30/2004 5:21:48 PM PDT by olde north church (compensation is a female canine)
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To: livius
Why Baltimore?

Maybe they were playing the old "Baltimore, Baltimore who gets the apple core? Y O U

No apparent strategic value?

21 posted on 05/30/2004 5:40:02 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

NewsWEAK, you got that right!


22 posted on 05/30/2004 5:44:03 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: Ciexyz

bttt


23 posted on 05/31/2004 12:42:28 AM PDT by malia (BUSH/CHENEY '04 NEVER FORGET!)
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To: FairOpinion; piasa; backhoe; All
"www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/newmuslims/yahiye.html": "BECOMING MUSLIM" by Yahiye Adam Gadahn"

FBI.gov - Seeking Information: "ADAM YAHIYE GADAHN" ("Aliases: "Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams, Adam Pearlman, Yayah") (View Poster. Read More...)

24 posted on 05/31/2004 1:00:03 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: FairOpinion

He has lived here long enough to know there aren't 72 virgins left, so the seed of doubt begans to spread in the muslem world.


25 posted on 05/31/2004 5:51:02 AM PDT by U S Army EOD (John Kerry, the mother of all flip floppers.)
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