Skip to comments.NY Times: Qaeda Letters Are Said to Show Pre-9/11 Anthrax Plans! [5/21/2005]
Posted on 05/21/2005 12:52:15 AM PDT by Southack
WASHINGTON, May 20 -Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan began to assemble the equipment necessary to build a rudimentary biological weapons laboratory before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, letters released by the Defense Department show.
The letters are among the documents recovered in late 2001 after the invasion of Afghanistan that United States intelligence officials have frequently cited as evidence that Al Qaeda was working to develop biological weapons.
The letters...detail a visit by an unnamed Qaeda scientist to a laboratory at an unspecified location where he was shown "a special confidential room" with thousands of samples of biological substances. ...
The letter specifies a training program for the staff, lasting six to eight months for senior workers and two to four months for technicians. ... describes a biological weapons program that "was extensive, well organized and operated two years before the Sept. 11." ....
"They were moving to try to get the right stuff," said D. A. Henderson, an expert on biological weapons ... ...Dr. Milton Leitenberg...said many of people who were involved in the effort had been arrested or, in one case, killed. ...
The writer of the two letters is widely believed to be Abdur Rauf, a Pakistani microbiologist who is known to have attended a conference before 2001 sponsored by the Society for Applied Microbiology, said a biological weapons researcher who insisted on anonymity because of his work investigating Al Qaeda.
One letter was written on a notepad from the Society for Applied Microbiology, a prominent British organization of microbiologists.
All the names on the letters are blacked out ...
At the same camp where the letters were found, officials recovered articles from medical journals that detailed an approach to isolating, culturing and producing bacteria, including anthrax. ..."
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
So much for a disgruntled American being behind the anthrax attacks...
Hmmm, who was President then and what was his main focus at the time??
who was President then and what was his main focus at the time??
--> Don't matter who was president, because remember, Libs conveniently forget history or rewrite it, and
according to Libs (Let's all say it together): IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! /SARC
|Al-Qaeda employs a number of Muslim scientists of various nationalities, principally Egypt, to assist them in the creation and procurement of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons.|
|Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar aka Abu Khabab||Emir of the WMD Committee||At Large||Unknown|
|Assadalah Abdul Rahman||Chief of WMD procurement||At Large||Unknown|
|Abu Bashir al-Yemeni||Unknown||At Large||Unknown|
|Aafia Siddiqui||Female member of Ghaliani's crew with biological training||At large||Pakistan|
|Mohammed Amjad Khan||Member of Ghaliani's crew with biological training||At large||Pakistan|
|Abdel Karim al-Hadouti||Making chemical weapons-tied to GSPC||Apprehended||In Custody-Belgium|
|Nizar Trabelsi||Making chemical weapons-tied to GSPC||Apprehended||In Custody-Belgium|
|Fauzi el Hadouti||Making chemical weapons-tied to GSPC||Apprehended-Out on bail||Belgium|
|Mohamed Salem||Making chemical weapons-tied to GSPC||Apprehended-Out on bail||Belgium|
WOW! I'd like to read the whole article, but I refuse to sign up with the NYT.
I wonder if this front page news? /sarcasm
They run stuff like this on Saturday, so they can claim the paper is "balanced". Now they can concentrate on Koran flushings and prisoner abuse for the rest of the week.
I don't think I have to say that I'm being sarcastic :)
If I remember rightly, his focus was video pirating?
CIA directed in 1995 to seek Video Pirates
So there really were violent terrorists in Iraq before the war, imagine that. Old news to anyone but a barking moonbat.
BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 19 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah revealed Thursday that Iraq's former Baath regime had refused to deport Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blamed for ongoing terrorism in Iraq.NYTimes lied -- Imagine that.
Speaking in an interview with Saudi daily al-Hayat, Abdullah said Zarqawi, a Jordanian, is well entrenched in Iraq and that "he and terrorists like him thrive in such places where security and stability are non-existent."
Abdullah said Jordan was the first target for Zarqawi before he found safe haven in Iraq.
"Since Zarqawi entered Iraq before the fall of the former regime we have been trying to have him deported back to Jordan for trial, but our efforts were in vain," Abdullah added.
Zarqawi, the purported leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, is accused of terrorist bombings targeting U.S.-led multinational troops and Iraqi forces as well as civilians.
"WOW! I'd like to read the whole article, but I refuse to sign up with the NYT. "
That's what www.bugmenot.com is for, FRiend ;)
"The invasion of Iraq was a profound diversion from the battle against our greatest enemy -- al Qaeda," Kerry said.
"The president's misjudgment, miscalculation and mismanagement . . . all make the war on terror harder to win. George Bush made Saddam Hussein the priority. I would have made Osama bin Laden the priority."
Out on bail?!
Well I'll be darned..
Amazing, isn't it? If you look through the entire list on the scorecard you'll see that we have terrorists in this country out on bail as well.
I know. Sigh. I don't know about Belgium's legal system, but why can't we in the US make bail so high for these guys that they'd never be able to make it?
I've got another question, how do we know all the guys who are in custody in Syria are really in custody in Syria? Or are we just hopin' real hard?
This is all crap. The anthrax was spread by a renegade biologist who used to work for the Army and deranged rednecks in Alabama. CNN said so. /Sheeple-speak off
Ah - somehow this is really weird, and I mean this sincerely.
Is this story actually being DEVELOPED by the NYSlimes, or is this just restating a press release of the Pentagon. Somehow, I don't think they are going to change their ways.
I'm so very skeptical about anything coming from the FRAUDcasters and Old Media now -
"They run stuff like this on Saturday, so they can claim the paper is "balanced"..."
Ah - yes ... that 'splains this story. I suspect it was also NOT above the fold on page #1?
That's what I love about this site. You get to the bottom of things. Do you have a link for that?
Atta and crew all croaked and it was a: "A no captives scenario". I'm inclined to think the same of the Anthrax attacks. Anyone who handled the stuff is dead...except the brain who initiated it. "Martyr Syndrome".
But then again, I think of the young sniper. He left his FLORIDA ??? school on the same day that the first anthrax victim was announced and no one saw him for two weeks. I still think he may have been the one who dropped the anthrax into the mail boxes. The older sniper had had his anthrax shots in the Military and I believe I remember that he bit**** about it.
There's a shocker. And, as usual, with any REAL news it will be swept under the rug because it doesn't fit the hypothesis of the disgruntled-biologist/right-wing/white-supremecist.
First thing that comes to mind is the rash of deaths of world renown microbiologists about 10 years ago leading up to 2001. Anybody remember a good summary thread about those incidents?
Anthrax is one of those weapons that there is a vaccine for and can therefore be handled easily at all points in any attack. That attack sure cost us a lot of money despite its ineffective "kill rate". (please don't take that as "only a few died...so no big deal". That would be like saying, "Only a few died when the Towers were bombed during the Clinton Administration"...so no big deal....Which is exactly the course Clinton took.
I believe this is very old news. I believe there were even drawings of a weather balloon to carry the stuff. "Didn't we find some weather balloon stuff in Iraq?? at one point??
The FBI well get right on it as soon as they finish draining the rest of the swamps in Maryland.
What's the FBI?
Link to Ross Getman's site:
Taking it one step further, what was the only country in the world other than the US or Russia which had the capability to produce military-grade anthrax?
Your post is not clear what it's trying to say.
"Don't matter who was president,"
I think it DOES matter who is president.
I'm sure these animals wouldn't dare attack us while under the leadership of a strong and determined president like Reagan or Bush.
"WOW! I'd like to read the whole article, but I refuse to sign up with the NYT."
So do I. I wouldn't dare sign up with a leftist newspaper.
But those who already subscribe to it should post the entire piece. It's difficult to make a comment w/o the full story. I also would not give the leftist media a "hit" by clicking for the entire article.
**This can't be true. Everyone knows that the attacks were planned and carried out by operatives for the Bush Administration as an excuse to begin his imperialist agenda of conquering Middle Eastern countries and plundering their oil.**
Oh please! too many paranoids in these threads saying it's Bush's fault. It is not Bush's fault and what you said above is not true.
Thanks for that link....never knew about it.
"Didn't we find some weather balloon stuff in Iraq?? at one point??"
We found lots of drones
"Unfortunately," it says, "I did not find the required culture of b. anthrax, i.e. pathogenic. However, I have started correspondence with [name blacked out] for the supply of the culture."
Who blanked the name out? Now that is interesting
backhoe ~~~ do you have such a list among your various goodies?