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Mass Murder At 30,000 Feet: Islamic Extremists Guilty Of Airline Bomb Plot
London Times ^ | September 07, 2009

Posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:41 AM PDT by Steelfish

September 7, 2009

Mass murder at 30,000 feet: Islamic extremists guilty of airline bomb plot

Philippe Naughton

Three British Muslims were found guilty today of conspiracy to murder thousands of passengers and crew in an unprecedented airline bomb plot that could have proved as deadly as the 9/11 attacks.

After a retrial at Woolwich Crown Court, jurors found the ringleader, Abdulla Ahmed, and two other men, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain, guilty of plotting to use liquid bombs to blow up airliners en route from Heathrow to the United States.

Another defendant, Umar Islam, was found guilty of a more general charge of conspiracy to murder because jurors could not decide whether he knew of the specific targets in the plot three years ago.

Three other men, Arafat Khan, Ibrahim Savant and Waheed Zaman, were found not guilty of conspiracy to blow up aircraft but could face a retrial on the more general conspiracy to murder charge because jurors could not reach a verdict.

It has been three years since what was previously known as the airport 'experience' became the definition of a travel nightmare

PICTURES: Liquid bomb plot

The eighth defendant, Muslim convert Donald Stewart-Whyte, was found not guilty on the terrorism charges but had pleaded guilty to a firearms offence.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
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1 posted on 09/07/2009 10:23:41 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Everything I ever needed to know about militant “Islam,” I learned on 9/11.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 10:25:32 AM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Steelfish

“Islamic Extremists Guilty Of Airline Bomb Plot”

Kudos to the London Times for properly identifying who they are - and in the headlines no less.

The NY Slimes would have reprted it as “Three British Citizens...”


4 posted on 09/07/2009 10:28:18 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Steelfish

I wonder how many weeks they will get in jail in UK.


5 posted on 09/07/2009 10:30:50 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: aquila48
“Islamic Extremists Guilty Of Airline Bomb Plot” Kudos to the London Times for properly identifying who they are - and in the headlines no less. The NY Slimes would have reprted it as “Three British Citizens...”

Yes just when you think the British Press has rolled over they come up with a accurate and brave report.

This Video is what the kids in school should be viewing and not Obama's speech. I wonder how much press this story will get in the US.
6 posted on 09/07/2009 10:33:33 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: F15Eagle

Oh, my, that’s it in a nutshell. Our new foreign policy.


7 posted on 09/07/2009 12:44:08 PM PDT by holly go-rightly
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To: F15Eagle

Absolutely F15! Nearly every Euro country - including UK (as we just saw) - eventually capitulates to some realistic or perceived threat/incentive and releases these “terrorists” far before their terms.
Everyone should see Europe ASAP before it truly descends into Sharia Eurabia!


9 posted on 09/07/2009 1:46:12 PM PDT by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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ADDITIONAL LINKS:

Suspect photos:
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44998000/jpg/_44998799_40f0b57f-1da2-41c9-89f5-9b3719cef9f4.jpg

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8242238.stm

Page last updated at 22:14 GMT, Monday, 7 September 2009 23:14 UK

“Three guilty of airline bomb plot”

Three men have been found guilty of plotting to kill thousands of people by blowing up planes flying from London to America with home-made liquid bombs.

A Woolwich Crown Court jury convicted Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, Tanvir Hussain, 28, and Assad Sarwar, 29, of conspiring to activate bombs disguised as drinks.

Four other men were found not guilty of involvement in the suicide bomb plot.

The arrests in August 2006 caused chaos to international aviation and prompted the current restrictions on liquids.

The jury heard that at the time of his arrest, plot ringleader Ahmed Ali had identified seven US and Canada-bound flights to blow up over the Atlantic within a two-and-a-half-hour period.

They were flights from London’s Heathrow airport to San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal. Had the planes taken to the air with bombers on board, there would have been little chance of saving them.”


10 posted on 09/07/2009 3:21:27 PM PDT by Cindy
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Previously...


BBC NEWS: "AIRLINE PLOT ACCUSED 'HAD CODES'" (Updated May 1, 2008, 22:23 UK)

THE AVIATION NATION.com - blog: "U.K. PLANES PLOT RINGLEADER VISITED SAUDI ARABIA" (SNIPPET: "Abdulla Ahmed Ali had also applied for a passport for his baby whom he was considering taking on the suicide mission for use as a decoy.") (April 24, 2008)

THE AVIATION NATION.com - blog: "PLANES PLOT LEADER CHECKED FLIGHT TIMETABLES WHILE UNDER SURVEILLANCE" (April 22, 2008)

BBC NEWS: "SUSPECT 'CHECKED AIR TIMETABLES'" (Updated April 21, 2008, 17:39)

CNN.com: "TERROR SUSPECT THREATENED WEST WITH DESTRUCTION" (Updated April 14, 2008, 15:46 GMT)

HOT AIR.com - blog: "U.S. INTEL: AQ MASTERMIND OF LONDON BOMBINGS, BRITISH AIRLINE PLOT DEAD" (April 8, 2008)

WESTERN RESISTANCE.com - blog (FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS): "UK: ISLAMIST AIR TERROR PLOT - THE STORY SO FAR..." by Adrian Morgan (April 7, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (DAILY MAIL.co.uk): "JIHADIST IN JET BOMB PLOT POSED AS HONEYMOONER ON FALSE PASSPORT" (April 7, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "UK JIHADIST HOPED TO STRIKE NUCLEAR PLANTS" (April 5, 2008)

WESTERN RESISTANCE.com - blog: "UK: TRIAL OF MUSLIMS FOR AIR TERROR MASS MURDER PLOT" (April 4, 2008)

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): London - "JET PLOT JIHADISTS MADE 'MARTYRDOM' VIDEOS: 'We will take our revenge and anger, ripping amongst your people and scattering the people ... decorating the streets'" (April 4, 2008)

Link

COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "NEFA 'TARGET AMERICA' REPORT ON THE TRANSATLANTIC LIQUID BOMB PLOT" (April 3, 2008, 4:40 pm)

NEFA FOUNDATION.org - Report # 15 in a NEFA series, 'Target America': "A NEFA ANALYSIS OF BOJINKA II" (April 2008) (pdf)

JIHAD WATCH.org (DAILY MAIL.co.uk): "BRITISH MUSLIMS 'PLANNED TO KILL THOUSANDS BY BOMBING SEVEN TRANSATLANTIC AIRLINERS IN ONE GO'" (April 3, 2008)

LittleGreenFootballs.com (AP via Yahoo): "THREE MORE CHARGED IN JETLINER BOMB PLOT" (August 29, 2006)

DANIEL PIPES.org (NEW YORK SUN): "PIGGYBACKING ON TERROR IN BRITAIN" by Daniel Pipes (August 29, 2006)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (BLOOMBERG, AUGUST 24, 2006): "U.K. REGULATOR FREEZES CHARITY FUNDS IN TERROR PROBE" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The charity was set up by the father of a suspect arrested in Pakistan over an alleged plot to use liquid explosives to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners, the Times newspaper reported Aug. 19.") (August 26, 2006)

JAMESTOWN.org - Terrorism Focus: "LONDON PLOT DRAWS ATTENTION TO POTENTIAL FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBERS" by Farhana Ali (August 22, 2006)

CPS.gov.uk - Press Release: "CPS AUTHORISES CHARGES IN ALLEGED AIRCRAFT TERROR PLOT" (August 21, 2006)

CMS.MET.POLICE.uk - News Release: "TERRORISM CHARGES Eleven people have today been charged in relation to the alleged terror plot"

News.BBC.co.uk: "TERROR POLICE FIND 'MARTYR TAPES'" (Last updated August 19, 2006)

COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "REHMAN, RAUF, SUSPECTED LONDON AIRLINE PLOTTERS CAPTURED, AND THE PAKISTANI CONNECTION" by Bill Roggio (August 17, 2006)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com (AP): London - "BRITAIN WARNS CITIZENS TERRORISM THREATS PERSIST" (August 14, 2006)

ABC NEWS - blog - THE BLOTTER: "BRITISH CHARITY RUN BY ALLEGED RINGLEADER'S FAMILY" (August 14, 2006)

WorldNetDaily.com: London - "HUNT FOR CHEMISTRY STUDENT IN BRITISH MASS-TERROR PLOT MI5 security services seeks al-Qaida recruit with expertise in creating liquid explosives" by Gordon Thomas (August 13, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (AFP): New Delhi - "BRITISH BOMB PLOT SUSPECT SUSPENDED BY INDIA'S JET AIRLINES IN WAKE OF ARREST, PREVIOUSLY WORKED FOR GLOBAL SECURITY CORPORATION" (August 13, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH): "BABY BOTTLE 'USED AS BOMB'" (August 13, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "PAKISTAN CAPTURES 17 MORE SUSPECTS, SOME BRITISH NATIONALS, IN AIRLINE BOMB PLOT" (August 12, 2006)

CNN.com: "TERROR PLOT: INTERNET CAFES RAIDED" (August 12, 2006)

INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "TALKING POINTS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The internet is the home front of the global jihad.") (June 19, 2006)

LittleGreenFootballs.com (Dailytimes.com.pk): "'QUAKE MONEY' USED FOR UK PLOT" (August 12, 2006)

News.BBC.co.uk: "FULL TEXT: MUSLIM GROUPS' LETTER" (Last updated August 12, 2006)

FOX NEWS.com: London - "BROTHERS EMERGE AS KEY SUSPECTS IN U.K. TERROR PLOT" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A senior Pakistani security official said the arrest of Rashid Rauf, a British citizen, was followed within days by a telephone call from someone in Pakistan urging the British plotters to execute their plan, "This telephone call intercept in Karachi and the arrest of Rashid Rauf helped a lot to foil the terror plan," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said Friday that Rauf was a "key person" in the investigation. His brother, Tayib Rauf, 22, was among the suspects arrested in Britain; police refused to comment on news reports that another brother was also detained.") (August 12, 2006)
WASHINGTON TIMES.com (AP): "BRITISH PROBE EYES BROTHERS, AL QAEDA LINK" by Paul Haven, AP (August 13, 2006)

COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: "MATIUR REHMAN, THE LONDON AIRLINE PLOT AND THE ROAD FROM PAKISTAN AND TALIBANISTAN" by Bill Roggio (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "As the evidence of the Pakistani connection mounts, reports indicate Pakistani terrorist and al-Qaeda member Matiur Rehman is one of the prime suspects in the London Airline Plot.") (August 12, 2006)

SAAG.org - Search Term "REHMAN"

Google News - Search Term: "Matiur Rehman"

SAAG.org - Search Term: "MATIUR REHMAN"

TERROR TRACKER.co.uk: "BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW DIMENSION OF TERROR" -by Neil Doyle (August 11, 2006)

DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "NORTHCOM WAS ON GUARD AGAINST PLOT TO BOMB PLANES, GENERAL SAYS" by Steven Donald Smith (August 11, 2006)

DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "BUSH: TERROR PLOT TO BOMB PLANES REMINDER U.S. AT WAR" by Steven Donald Smith (August 10, 2006)

ABC NEWS - blog - The Blotter: "THE MAN WHO IS PLANNING THE NEXT ATTACK ON AMERICA" -Alexis Debat Reports (August 9, 2006)

KLTV.com: "EXCLUSIVE: NEW FACE OF TERROR" (August 9, 2006)

ABCnews.go.com/WNT: "EXCLUSIVE: NEW AL QAEDA LEADER PLANNING ATTACK AGAINST U.S." (March 2, 2006)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com: London - "TERROR ROUNDUP WIDENS" by Al Webb (August 12, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (DailyMail.co.uk): "BRITISH JIHAD SUSPECT TABLIGHI JAMAAT MEMBER" (August 11, 2006)

"www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1676188/posts?page=1037#1037"

BBC NEWS: "US HUNT FOR UK TERROR PLOT LINKS" (Last updated August 11, 2006)

ABC NEWS - The Blotter - blog: "FBI INVESTIGATES AMERICAN CONNECTION TO LONDON TERROR PLOT" (August 11, 2006)

HOT AIR.com - VENT with Michelle Malkin - Blog: "THE RETURN OF TERROR IN THE SKIES" (August 11, 2006)

FOX NEWS.com: London - "UK AGENT INFILTRATED SUSPECTED TERROR CELL THAT PLOTTED TO BLOW UP 10 JETLINERS" (August 11, 2006)

News.BBC.co.uk: "ASSETS OF 'PLANE PLOTTERS' FROZEN" (Last updated August 11, 2006)

News.BBC.co.uk: "'AIR PLOT' SUSPECTS: NAMES RELEASED" (Last updated August 11, 2006)

News.BBC.co.uk: "TWO BRITONS IN PAKISTAN ARRESTS" (Last updated August 11, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (TimesOnline.co.uk): "BRITISH JIHADISTS 'HAD CONVERTED TO DEVOUT FORM OF ISLAM'" (August 11, 2006)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com (GUARDIAN): "'It was really strange'" (August 10, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (CNN): "HEATHROW AIRPORT EMPLOYEE WITH ALL-AREA ACCESS PASS AMONG SUSPECTED JIHADISTS ARRESTED" (August 10, 2006)

SAAG.org - Paper no. 1907: "OPERATION BOJINKA-2006: THE TRAIL TO PAKISTAN - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR: Paper no. 101" by B. Raman(August 11, 2006)

SAAG.org Paper no. 1906: "OPERATION BOJINKA--2006? - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR: Paper no. 100" by B. Raman (August 10, 2006)

DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICA FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "BUSH: TERROR PLOT TO BOMB PLANES REMINDER U.S. AT WAR" by Steven Donald Smith (August 10, 2006)

DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "U.S. REMAINS ON GUARD IN RESPONSE TO TERROR THREAT" by Jim Garamone (August 10, 2006)

CNS NEWS.com: "U.S.-BOUND FLIGHTS TARGETED IN FOILED BOMB PLOT" by Patrick Goodenough (August 10, 2006)

TRAVEL.STATE.GOV - U.S. Department of State: "Public Announcement" (August 10, 2006)

TSA.gov: "Statement By Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announcing A Change To The Nation's Threat Level For The Aviation Sector" (August 10, 2006)

Google - News - Search: Various Key Words

11 posted on 09/07/2009 3:22:06 PM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 10:

"They were flights from London’s Heathrow airport to San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal. Had the planes taken to the air with bombers on board, there would have been little chance of saving them.”

12 posted on 09/07/2009 3:29:16 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thanks for all the info.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 3:29:56 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

You’re most welcome Kim.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 3:32:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Squantos; Jet Jaguar; backhoe; piasa; Oorang; Velveeta

Thanks to a special emailer for pointing to this article.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6818794.ece

“Airline bomb plot: mosque has been recruiting ground for 20 years
Sean O’Neill, Crime and Security Editor

SNIPPET: “The mosque frequented by key members of the airline plot terror cell has been a recruiting ground for Islamist extremists for more than 20 years, The Times can reveal.

The Queen’s Road mosque in Walthamstow, East London, was a regular place of worship and meeting place for central figures from the group.

Abdullah Ahmed Ali, the cell leader, prayed there and met with his associates including Waheed Zaman, who lived opposite.

The mosque is currently under the control of Tablighi Jamaat, an ultraorthodox Islamic sect which preaches that Muslims should replicate the life of Muhammad and tells them it is their duty to travel the world converting non-believers to the one true faith.”


15 posted on 09/07/2009 3:35:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/tablighijamaat/index


16 posted on 09/07/2009 3:36:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Note: The article in post no. 15 is dated September 7, 2009.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 3:43:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

thank you for posting this information.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 7:36:57 PM PDT by holly go-rightly
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To: truthguy

Well, unfortunately I was right...

Take a look at this: (LA Slimes instead of the NY variety)

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-britain-verdict8-2009sep08,0,1253463.story


19 posted on 09/07/2009 7:41:24 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: aquila48

What can I say. When you are right, you are right. But you are not alone. I have noticed this trend myself within the MSM. I wonder if they realize we are on to them.


20 posted on 09/07/2009 11:33:23 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2335895/posts

Ringleader of Airline Plot Dreamed of Jihad Since His Teens
Guardian ^ | Vikram Dodd and Jo Adetunji
Posted on September 9, 2009 5:03:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Like other Britons convicted of plotting violence in the name of al-Qaida, there was little to mark Abdulla Ahmed Ali as a potential terrorist.

The UK-based ringleader of the airlines plot had led a life of little note until his conviction for planning to explode bombs on seven transatlantic planes, in Britain’s biggest terrorist conspiracy.

Ali was born in Newham, east London, in 1980 and a year later his parents returned to their native Pakistan before returning to Britain in 1987. He was the fourth of eight children born to parents who had aspirations for their offspring. All bar one brother made it to university.

One of Ali’s brothers works as a probation officer; another has worked for London Underground.

He went to school in Walthamstow, where he met two of his fellow accused, Arafat Khan and Ibrahim Savant, neither of whom were convicted. One source said of Ali that his peers described him as well- read and some thought him charismatic.

He would boast in his martyrdom video of dreaming of giving his life to jihad since the age of 16. While at school he came into contact with the Islamic missionary group, Tablighi Jamaat, which he described in court as “boy scouts in a religious environment”. The group denies encouraging extremism and stresses it is purely peaceful. Ali gained a place at City University, London, where he graduated with a degree in computer systems engineering in September 2002. He struggled to hold down a job and had a couple of part time jobs.

He began working for the Islamic Medical Association charity with his older brother, Dawood, and Ibrahim Savant. In late 2002 Ali travelled to Pakistan, he said, to help refugees fleeing the US attack on the Taliban at refugee camps on the Afghan border.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


21 posted on 09/09/2009 5:09:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christian.councillor.calls.for.action.against.megamosque.group/24166.htm

“Christian councillor calls for action against ‘mega-mosque’ group”

SNIPPET: “A Christian councillor is calling on an east London council to take action against the Islamic group planning to build a ‘mega-mosque’ close to the site of the 2012 Olympics.”

by Jenna Lyle
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 14:04 (BST)

SNIPPET: “Tablighi Jamaat has come under the close observation of intelligence services in recent years over suspected links to terrorism, despite the group’s insistence that it does not preach violence.

This week it emerged that the leader of the airline plot terrorist cell regularly attended a Tablighi Jamaat-controlled mosque in Walthamstow, northeast London.

“This looks like unacceptable favouritism by the Labour-run council towards this hostile and irresponsible group,” said Mr Craig. “This is unacceptable, especially in the light of Tablighi Jamaat’s clear links to other unlawful activities like Islamic terrorism.”

Mr Craig has submitted a question for consideration at Newham Council’s meeting on Monday in which he asks whether the Mayor will take enforcement action against Tablighi Jamaat “in order to demonstrate that the Council expects all organisations and residents in the borough to act within and respect the law”. “


22 posted on 09/15/2009 5:43:39 AM PDT by Cindy
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