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The Wall Street Journal | June 28, 1993 | By Laurie Mylroie

Posted on 09/16/2001 1:33:46 AM PDT by Uncle Bill

Saddam's Fingerprints on N.Y. Bombings

The Wall Street Journal
By Laurie Mylroie
June 28, 1993

Military retaliation from Baghdad was the main administration concern following Saturday's strike on Iraq. Yet U.S. officials should start thinking seriously about the question of retaliation through terror. It is quite possible, for example, that there was a connection between Saddam and recent attempts to blow up Manhattan. It is quite possible that New York's terror is Saddam's revenge.

Speculation about the responsibility for last week's bombing plot and the earlier World Trade Center bombing has focused on Iran, Sudan, and the fundamentalist Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. Much energy has been spent linking the terror to Islamic fundamentalism. Yet Saddam, a secular tyrant, is also suspect.

Information already in the public domain allows us to make this case. Start with the fact that the most important person in the Trade Center bombing is an Iraqi, Ramzi Ahmad Yusuf. Known in New York as Rashid, Mr. Yusuf has 11 aliases. The U.S. press has reported that he left Iraq in early 1992, transiting Jordan to Pakistan. He entered New York in early September on Pakistan Airways. Mr. Yusuf, traveling on his Iraqi passport, passed through immigration by requesting asylum. The FBI claims the plot began in August, while Mr. Yusuf was abroad.

Ordering Chemicals

Mr. Yusuf soon became the roomate of Mohammed Salameh, the naive Palestinian who repeatedly returned to the van rental agency for his deposit. Passionate, but not bright, Mr. Salameh would appear a ready dupe to an intelligence operative. In trial documents, an Iraqi-American, Musaab Yassin, has stated that he had known Mr. Salameh two years. Mr. Yassin moved into Mr. Salameh's apartment in September 1992, and Mr. Salameh moved out. Mr. Yassin's younger brother, Abboud, lived with him. An Arab who knows Musaab Yassin, like Mr. Yusuf, came to the U.S. in the fall of 1992, seeking medical treatment.

In late November, Mr. Yusuf allegedly ordered chemicals for the bomb and Mr. Salameh rented a locker to store them. The plot was underway. In early February, Mr. Salameh notified his landlord that he and Mr. Yusuf would leave at month's end. On Feb. 26 the World Trade Center was bombed. Messrs. Salameh and Yusuf vacated their apartment two days later.

Mr. Salameh was arrested March 4. Musaab Yassin returned home that day to find the FBI searching his apartment, while Abboud had been taken for questioning. Abboud Yassin told the FBI that he taught Mr. Salameh to drive the van that carried the bomb, that he accompanied Mr. Salameh to an apartment later identified as the bomb's testing ground; and Abboud Yassin's information helped lead the FBI to the locker where the chemicals had been stored. The U.S. press reports that Abboud Yassin then returned to Iraq, as did Mr. Yusuf. The New York Times reported that Arabs who knew Mr. Salameh and the second Palestinian arrested, Nidal Ayyad, said that the two had "close ties with two Iraqis, one of whom they say was named Rashid, but both of whom have since disappeared."

This information, although sketchy, indicates Iraqi activity. If Mr. Yusuf, the key figure, had worked for Iran, Tehran would not have let him return to Iraq. Given the totalitarian nature of the Iraqi regime, even Abboud Yassin's return to Iraq is significant. An innocent man would, arguably, have chosen to stay in the U.S.- he would have a better chance of a fair hearing in a U.S. court than before an Iraqi intelligence officer. If Abboud Yassin was involved in the bombing- but was not acting under Baghdad's instruction- then it was even more imprudent for him to return to Iraq. Mr. Yusuf and Abboud Yassin could have gone to Afghanistan, where they would not have exposed themselves to the potentially fatal suspicions of Baghdad's intelligence agencies.

That two men involved came from Iraq and returned there is reason enough to consider an Iraqi role in the World Trade Center bombing. What other possible evidence is there? It has been reported that the bombing suspects received money from abroad: up to $100,000 from Germany, Iran, and "another Middle Eastern Country." That country is probably Jordan, shielded by U.S. authorities who continue protecting Amman for the sake of the "peace process." Without knowing how much money came from each country, though, it is hard to exclude Iraq. Last but not least, it is worth noting that the February bombing occurred on the second anniversary of Kuwait's liberation.

What about last week's arrests? The FBI arrested five Sudanese and three others as it broke up a second bombing plot. The conspirators' first target was the United Nations' headquarters. Other targets were added, including FBI headquarters in New York. Additionally, four assassinations were planned, including that of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and U.N. secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Like the Trade Center bombing, much of this operation was amateurish. The conspiracy instigator, Siddiq Ibrahim Ali, had a plan to get a car into the FBI building, but it was amateurish (he proposed shooting the guards). Professional terrorists divide their organizations into small cells, each devoted to specific tasks. These planners used a large group in which every participant was known to the others, so that the entire plot could quickly unravel once one member was caught. Yet, like the World Trade Center bombing, this was audacious. Had it suceeded, thousands could have died.

It's important to note that both the Trade Center bombing and the later plot represent something new- at least in the West. Saddam however commits that kind of carnage on a daily basis.

Two of the nations thought to be behind the second plot are not ideal suspects. Khartoum is suspected, because Sudanese played a big role in the plot. With Iran, Sudanese has been involved in a violent campaign to overthrow secular governments in North Africa, including Mr. Boutros-Ghali's own government in Cairo. But Khartoum has not sponsored terrorism against U.S. targets. That it should suddenly support potentially the most devastating anti-American attack ever makes little sense. A separate question though is whether Sudanese diplomats could be bought. This is possible, since Khartoum is broke, and months behind in paying its diplomats.

Iranian sponsorship of the plot is also unlikely. Iran has no big quarrel with the U.N.- it benefits from the U.N.'s disarmament of Iraq. The U.N. is not the obvious target for Muslim extremists. Their quarrel is with the U.S. They could have easily chosen an American target. Explaining why fundamentalists would bomb the U.N. is possible, but the explanation is strained- that they see the U.N. as a U.S. surrogate; that their violence is caused by anger at many issues involving the U.N., including Bosnia, Somalia and the Palestinians. The Trade Center suspects issued a set of demands that the U.S. stop aiding Israel and stop interfering in the internal affairs of Middle Eastern countries.

Saddam by contrast has every reason to attack the U.N. Saddam also hates Egypt's Mubarak and wants him dead, no less than he wanted George Bush dead. Baghdad Radio threatened Mr. Bush personally during the Gulf War and Mubarak as well, "Does he (Mubarak) think that the crime he committed against the people of Iraq will go unpunished?...Prepare yourself for it and shiver at the thought."

More To Come

Attention has focused on the Iranian-Sudanese relationship. But Baghdad could as easily recruit Sudanese as Tehran.

For Saddam, Iraqi sponsorship would be vengeance with a twist. Baghdad wants Washington to blame Iran for the terror striking America's shores. If it doesn't and fundamentalists are caught, that too is fine, because it promotes a hysteria about Islamic fundamentalism and Iran which, Saddam calculates, would eventually benefit Iraq. If Saddam is behind the attacks, more will surely follow.

The focus of the New York investigations should shift to the question of state sponsorship. If considerable evidence points to Saddam, then President Clinton must fulfill his Saturday pledge: "We will combat terrorism. We will deter aggression. We will protect our people."
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NOTE: The FBI and the Mad Bombers

Ramzi Yusef, architect of first World Trade Center bombing, carried plans for airliner suicide crashes

Saddam Hussein's Iraq & Osama Bin Laden linked to USS Cole bomb attack

London Report: Bin Laden May Hit NYSE - OCTOBER 5, 1999




TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1993wtcbombing; andrewmccarthy; danielpipes; iraqalqaeda; lauriemylroie; mylroie; nro; stevenhayes
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"To carry out that purpose, our fundamental aim in foreign policy must be to ensure our own survival and to protect those others who share our values. Under no circumstances should we have any illusions about the intentions of those who are enemies of freedom. Our Communist adversaries have little regard for human rights because they have little interest in human freedom. The ruling elites of those countries wish only one thing: to preserve their privileges and to eliminate the nagging reminder that others have done and are doing better under freedom."
1 posted on 09/16/2001 1:33:46 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
2 posted on 09/16/2001 2:02:05 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan


OSAMA bin Laden - Financial Activities

3 posted on 09/16/2001 3:16:12 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: OKCSubmariner, Askel5
4 posted on 09/16/2001 3:17:22 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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5 posted on 09/16/2001 3:20:49 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Suspected for years, but rarely pursued
6 posted on 09/16/2001 3:34:18 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Askel5
Tough to swallow: Soft drink sales boost bin Laden's wealth

U.S. stock indexes may plunge as much as 10 percent when trading opens Monday

7 posted on 09/16/2001 4:13:49 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: sheltonmac, george w. bush, mercuria, arator, gcvl, lurker, 2sheep, cato, coop, halfirish
8 posted on 09/16/2001 4:21:42 AM PDT by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Investigation ties attack to '93 bombing
9 posted on 09/16/2001 4:29:17 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Some good work here in assembling all this.

I think concerns about a chemical attack on the U.S. are valid, possibly from a group entirely different from the WTC attackers. They would probably wait until we take military action. I would expect a West Coast target. Probably in downtown L.A. or at L.A.X. terminal.
10 posted on 09/16/2001 5:15:25 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: Manny Festo
Some great links and info here. I knew you'd want them.
11 posted on 09/16/2001 5:16:40 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Osama bin Laden - Playing the terrorism card

Korean Air 747 - Jumbo jet blown out of sky? - Details of crash in England kept secret from public
"Intelligence sources confirmed to WorldNetDaily that a terrorist bomb is the most likely cause of the crash, and Osama bin Laden's forces are the key suspects"

Flying the deadly skies

Iran's hidden U.S. cash stash

12 posted on 09/16/2001 5:52:45 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Terrorist's brother at banquet with Prince Charles

February 2001, 2001

The Prince of Wales has dined at a Saudi Arabian banquet attended by the brother of the world's most wanted terrorist.

Bakar Bin Laden is the younger brother of Osama Bin Laden, head of an Islamic extremist group blamed for devastating attacks against the United States.

But there is no suggestion that Bakar Bin Laden has been in any way involved in any of his brother's activities.

Charles, on a three-day visit to the kingdom, was a guest of honour at a lavish ceremonial banquet held on Friday night at the Al-Faisaliah Centre in the capital Riyadh.

He sat alongside the host, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the deputy ruler of Saudi Arabia, which Charles is visiting to open an exhibition of his paintings.

Several tables away was Bakar Bin Laden, who owns a construction empire in Saudi Arabia and is a prominent businessman.

The US accuses Osama Bin Laden of ordering the bombing of its embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in August 1998 - attacks which killed 224 people.

Charles had previously been introduced to Bakar Bin Laden, when the exhibition of his paintings first opened in London in June last year. A source who was at the event, in Whitehall, said: "Prince Charles and Prince Khalid were standing there greeting guests when Bin Laden's turn came.

"Prince Khalid said to him: 'This is Mr Bin Laden' and Charles's eyebrows shot up. He said: 'Not THE Bin Laden?'

"Prince Khalid said, 'No, no it is his brother', and Prince Charles turned to him and shook his hand.

"Then in a bit of mischief, Prince Charles asked Bin Laden: 'What is your brother up to these days?'

"I have no idea what his answer was," the source said.

13 posted on 09/16/2001 6:17:49 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Bin Laden Call on "All Muslims" to 'Comply with God's order to kill the Americans'

Bin Laden targeted G.I.s in Gulf



14 posted on 09/16/2001 7:21:53 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Nuclear Blast Mapper
15 posted on 09/16/2001 7:39:10 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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16 posted on 09/16/2001 8:11:34 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Thanks Uncle Bill. BTTT.
17 posted on 09/16/2001 8:17:53 AM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: Golden Eagle
CHAPTER ONE: The Terror Trail - Osama bin Laden
18 posted on 09/16/2001 1:16:23 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: OKCSubmariner, BlueDogDemo

20 posted on 09/18/2001 1:23:38 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Nice postin', Tex!
21 posted on 09/18/2001 1:31:18 AM PDT by vox1138
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To: Uncle Bill
Thanks Uncle Bill for all the good you do for everyone and our country.
22 posted on 09/18/2001 1:58:17 AM PDT by OKCSubmariner
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To: OKCSubmariner, Inspector Harry Callahan
Thanks, God bless Pat.

Enemies and "Assets"
FBI Foreknowledge

"Yousef(Afghan terrorist Ramzi Yousef) was convicted on September 8, 1996 of plotting a 48-hour campaign of bombings against American commercial flights over the Pacific Ocean. The campaign would have targeted a total of 12 jetliners and as many as 4,000 passengers. Yousef is also accused of carrying out the December 11, 1994 bombing of a Philippine jetliner that killed a Japanese passenger, as well as plotting to assassinate Pope John Paul II. Yousef met Abouhalima in Afghanistan in 1988, and it was Abouhalima who brought the Afghan terrorist to the United States in September 1992 on behalf of Sheik Omar's network.

Shortly after Yousef's arrival, the FBI subpoenaed two dozen of Sheik Omar's followers and questioned them about the sheik, Nosair, and Abouhalima. However, no arrests were made, no grand jury investigation was launched, and the FBI chose to downgrade its scrutiny of Omar's network -- just as plans were being finalized for the Trade Center bombing. This curious decision is even more peculiar in light of the fact that the FBI had obtained intelligence on the network's capabilities and intentions from Emad A. Salem, a former Egyptian Army officer and FBI informant who served as Omar's security guard.

Salem's relationship with the FBI was turbulent, and there were suggestions of impropriety in his personal contacts with FBI handler Nancy Floyd. However, he had repeatedly warned the FBI that Nosair was running a terrorist ring out of his prison cell, and he had supplied detailed descriptions of the Sheik Omar network's plans. But the FBI was doubtful of Salem's reliability and severed its contacts with him seven months before the bombing.

In the aftermath of the Trade Center bombing, the FBI renewed its association with Salem, paying him a reported $1 million to infiltrate Sheik Omar's group once again. Salem secretly recorded many of his conversations with law enforcement agents, including exchanges in which it was revealed that the FBI had detailed prior knowledge of the Trade Center bomb plot. According to Salem, the FBI had planned to sabotage the Trade Center bomb by replacing the explosive components with an inert powder. The October 28, 1993 New York Times reported that in one conversation Salem recalled assurances from an FBI supervisor that the agency's plan called for "building the bomb with a phony powder and grabbing the people who [were] involved in [the plot]." However, the supervisor, in Salem's words, "messed it up."

Salem recalled that when he expressed a desire to lodge a protest with FBI headquarters, he was told by special agent John Anticev that "the New York people [wouldn't] like the things out of the New York office to go to Washington, DC." Unappeased, Salem rebuked Anticev: "... you saw this bomb went off and you ... know that we could avoid that.... You get paid, guys, to prevent problems like this from happening."

Perhaps the most remarkable illustration of the depth of the FBI's knowledge of the Sheik Omar network came after the World Trade Center bombing, when the Bureau employed Salem's services as an informant once again. As the Wall Street Journal reported, from March to June 1993 Salem "helped organize the 'battle plan' that the government alleged included plots to bomb the United Nations and FBI buildings in New York, and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels beneath the Hudson River. Working with a charismatic Sudanese man named Siddig Ali, a follower of Sheik Omar, Mr. Salem recruited seven local Muslims to scout targets, plan tactics and obtain chemicals and electrical parts for bombs...." By the time the FBI closed in on the plotters on June 23rd, it had literally hours of videotapes documenting the conspiracy in intimate detail -- including footage of conspirators mixing fertilizer and diesel fuel to build a bomb.

Predictably, defense attorneys for Sheik Omar and his followers insisted that Salem's actions amounted to entrapment. While the court rejected this defense, the FBI's proficiency at using Salem to assemble a radical Muslim terrorist cell is unsettling, to say the least. Clearly, Salem knew his way around the sheik's network, and was well-versed in the techniques of terrorism; just as clearly, the FBI knew how to make use of Salem's abilities. It is difficult to believe that the FBI was incapable of cracking down preemptively on the sheik's followers before the Trade Center bombing."
[End of Partial Transcript]

23 posted on 09/18/2001 2:12:50 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Millions of shares sold before disaster

Diving Into The Kosovo Quagmire
"The chief beneficiary of U.S. military intervention, the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), is a terrorist criminal syndicate, Maoist in its ideological bent, hard-wired into the international heroin trade, and tightly allied with Osama bin Laden. Additionally, American servicemen deployed in Kosovo would serve under the operational command of foreign military officers. In brief, the mission would advance the cause of international narco-terrorism, help entrench the European network of the world’s most notorious Islamic terrorist, and accelerate the erosion of U.S. sovereignty.

..."There’s no doubt that bin Laden’s people have been in Kosovo helping to arm, equip, and train the KLA," Works declared. "Bin Laden’s the monster du jour, and here we are coming to the aid of his allies in the Balkans. There is a monster being created here, but in important ways it’s a monster of our own making. Hardly a day goes by without a terrorism alert at some U.S. embassy that has been targeted by bin Laden’s people, and the Administration’s policy in Kosovo is to help bin Laden, through the KLA, extend his reach in Europe. It almost seems as if the Clinton Administration’s policy is to guarantee more terrorism."

24 posted on 09/18/2001 3:03:38 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Holy buckets!! Bookmarked!!!
25 posted on 09/18/2001 3:17:21 AM PDT by johniegrad
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Who profited from bombing? - New evidence of short-selling of stocks prior to attack
26 posted on 09/18/2001 3:47:19 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Thanks for stringing this stuff together...
27 posted on 09/18/2001 3:57:20 AM PDT by piasa
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To: OKCSubmariner, BlueDogDemo
Taqwa - Panama investigating company allegedly linked to bin Laden

Do either of you have any information on a company named:

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Phone: 432 2149649, Fax: 432 2168117
Contact: Murat bas Head

The Directory of Muslim Businesses

28 posted on 09/18/2001 1:08:59 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Bin Laden 'share gains' probe
"Bin Laden is thought to have indulged in stock market speculation in the past.

According to reports in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, he used a Milan brokerage to invest in European markets.

The name of the broker has not been released, the newspaper added.

It said that European authorities were investigating possible financial links to Bin Laden in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Monte Carlo and Cyprus, where Bin Laden's organisation is reported to have had a base, with a company, offices and staff.

Italy's stock market authority, Consob, said it was investigating suspicious share movements on the day of the attack, as well as the previous day."

Bin Laden link to European arrests
"MILAN, Italy -- The "nerve centre" of an armed Islamic group intent on carrying out attacks across Europe has been uncovered, Italian police have said."

Bin Laden associate arrested in Spain - June 22, 2001
"Mohammed Bensakhria, 34, an Algerian, was apprehended around midday on Friday as he left a telephone calling center in Alicante in southeast Spain, the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a prepared release."

Bin Laden Tries to Buy Weapons
"MADRID, Spain (UPI) – A Syrian businessman said Monday that he turned down an offer by Saudi dissident and suspected international terrorist Osama bin Laden to purchase weapons on his behalf, and informed the Spanish authorities about the request.

...The newspaper said the arms deal was set to be covered by financial investments in a gold mine in Argentina. It quoted al-Kassar's assistant as saying that the company representing bin Laden was the British "Imperial Consultdad" company, which owns a bank in the Caribbean nation of Grenada."

Germans probe suspicious stock sales
The German agency's statement came amid market rumors that Osama bin Laden may have tried to profit from stock trading ahead of last week's attacks. Published reports have said European and U.S. investigators were checking movements in stock of three big European reinsurance companies — Germany's Munich Re, Switzerland's Swiss Re and AXA of France."

29 posted on 09/18/2001 3:10:18 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: OKCSubmariner, BlueDogDemo, Inspector Harry Callahan, Senator Pardek
Just curious, how long will Americans put up with the FBI? The CIA? How long will Americans support Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, their administration and Janet Reno?

U.S. Warned In 1995 Of Plot To Hijack Planes, Attack Buildings

By Maria Ressa
CNN Correspondent
September 18, 2001

MANILA, Philippines (CNN) -- The FBI was warned six years ago of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings, Philippine investigators told CNN.

Philippine authorities learned of the plot after a small fire in a Manila apartment, which turned out to be the hideout of Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Yousef escaped at the time, but agents caught his right-hand man, Abdul Hakim Murad, who told them a chilling tale.

"Murad narrated to us about a plan by the Ramzi cell in the continental U.S. to hijack a commercial plane and ram it into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and also the Pentagon," said Rodolfo Mendoza, a Philippine intelligence investigator.

Philippine investigators also found evidence targeting commercial towers in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

They said they passed that information on to the FBI in 1995, but it's not clear what was done with it.

One week ago, two hijacked commercial jets slammed into the World Trade Center, collapsing the towers. Another jet hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Authorities believe that fourth jet may have been headed for the Capitol or the White House. Thousands were killed in the attacks.

On Monday, FBI Director Robert Mueller insisted the agency had "no warning signs" of last week's attacks.

Yousef and Murad both have ties to Osama bin Laden, the man President Bush has labeled the "prime suspect" in Tuesday's attacks.

Authorities also found on a computer in the Manila apartment details of a separate plot to bomb 11 U.S. airliners on overseas flights.

Yousef once listed his occupation as "international terrorist" on an ID card, and he has long been considered a disciple of bin Laden.

Murad was a pilot who admitted he had been trained in Afghanistan as well as the United States. Bin Laden, a Saudi native, lives in Afghanistan.

"(Murad) was principally recruited by Yousef's group and bin Laden's group to undertake a suicide mission," said Avelino Razon, superintendent for the Philippine National Police.

Yousef was eventually caught in Pakistan and brought to New York for trial. He was sentenced to life in prison. Murad is also serving a life sentence.
[End of Transcript]

30 posted on 09/18/2001 5:36:53 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
"The BCCI was trying to buy hidden control of American banks to build its global empire and also to wield influence for its Arab patrons."

Sad bump.

31 posted on 09/18/2001 6:26:40 PM PDT by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Meese: Intelligence Report Could Doom Saddam Hussein

Sept. 18, 2001

Former Attorney General Ed Meese said late Tuesday that an intelligence report linking Twin Tower terror pilot Mohammed Atta to Iraqi intelligence may mean that a U.S. military response to last week's attacks could include the elimination of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Meese made the startling prediction in an interview on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

HANNITY: If this turns out to be true and we connect this to Iraq and we connect this to Saddam Hussein, do we have to have a policy that it's time for him to go specifically?

MEESE: Well, I think once we're in a war, as we are now, and once we find that a nation has contributed to our enemy -- to the terrorists, those supporting the terrorists -- if our leaders are morally certain of that, then I think that everything we would do in a war is proper, is legal and is reasonable.

So I think then going after (Hussein), certainly going after his headquarters, going after his military establishment and if in the course of that we have to hit him, I think that's very appropriate. (End of Excerpt)

Hours before Meese made his comments, CBS News reported that an intelligence report obtained by U.S. officials shows terror-pilot Atta met with the chief of Iraqi intelligence in Europe earlier this year.
[End of Transcript]

Nuke em'

32 posted on 09/18/2001 11:00:17 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hijacker met with Iraqi official - Bill Gertz

Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey Sees Iraqi Fingerprints

The Iraqi Connection

The Iraq Connection, Blood Baath

33 posted on 09/18/2001 11:28:04 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: OKCSubmariner
Chinese view mission-critical computer code Report: FAA's air traffic control systems open to 'malicious attack'
"There are reports that the House National Security Committee discussed the GAO report in closed session on Wednesday. According to one congressional staffer, the FAA air traffic control system has previously been penetrated by the Chinese military.

"The Chinese signals intelligence base in Cuba has already messed with FAA air traffic control around New York during a test last year," stated the source. "This whole situation is very troubling. The key is that these Chinese nationals were given access to 'mission-critical' parts of the FAA system. They know exactly where and how to bring it all down. If the Chinese army does take control of the U.S. air traffic control system, then planes will fall from the sky."

34 posted on 09/18/2001 11:36:31 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Bin Laden and Hussein playing cards in Saddam's bunker.

Russian Satellite Image of Central Baghdad

Saddam has made two atomic bombs, says Iraqi defector

35 posted on 09/18/2001 11:53:00 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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U.S. to press Saudis to end financial links to bin Laden

Swiss banks deny handling bin Laden funds


36 posted on 09/19/2001 2:08:58 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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"Even if Osama bin Laden is killed or captured, the war on terrorism will go forward with several of his top henchmen on the hit list, administration officials said yesterday."

37 posted on 09/19/2001 2:39:11 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Following the money
"Avoiding the paper trail

But however clever a money laundering scheme might be, the aim is always the same: disguising the paper trail of transactions from dirty money to clean.

Usually this happens through layers of "shell companies" - firms which exist only on paper, perhaps with directors whose sole responsibility is to be a front man with a sinecure - anonymous bank accounts, bearer shares, over-or under-invoicing on general trade deals and a range of other techniques.

But what if you could avoid the paper trail altogether?

That could prove to be the real difficulty in tracing money back to those responsible for the US attacks - especially if Bin Laden really is behind them.

The secret lies in an alternative banking system hundreds of years old, known in India as hawala and in Pakistan - and Afghanistan and the Middle East - as hundi.

According to Prof Barry Rider, director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London and an expert on financial crime, the trust-based hundi system is entirely normal, and prevalent wherever there is a South Asian or Middle Eastern diaspora.

"Say I'm working in the UK and want to sent money back to a village in Pakistan," he said. "I could get a bank transfer, but that's going to be at the official exchange rate. And what good will it do my family in a village with no bank?"

Instead, he says, you find the hundi broker - often a local small businessman - give him the money, and after a short time his contacts back home will deliver the money, at the black market rate, in local currency and minus a handling fee, to your relatives.

No paper trail, no fuss. And no money ever crosses a border - discrepancies in the two-way flow are settled up at the end of the month, or perhaps every half year.


Which makes it perfect for drug traffickers, for example - Afghan drug smugglers have used Pakistani hundi brokers for years.

More recently, the Chinese "chop" system - where no money changes hands at all, and instead "tokens" (often now passwords sent by email) are used as the equivalent of letters of credit for gold or diamonds deposited with trusted third parties - has been used by the Afghan drug and arms trade.

And many observers believe the chances are such a widespread, impenetrable system is certain to be used by the likes of Bin Laden.

"No intelligence organisation - except the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in India, perhaps - has ever effectively cracked the system," says Prof Rider.

"You could count the number of successful penetrations on the fingers of one hand."

38 posted on 09/19/2001 10:40:48 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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39 posted on 09/20/2001 12:32:57 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan, Askel5
Coincidences and capitalist terrorists
"A report in the Houston Chronicle June 4, 1992, said federal officials were investigating the activities of a Houston businessman accused of illegally representing Saudi interests in the U.S. The U.S. businessman was James R. Bath. Among the Saudi interests were those of Saudi Sheik Salem M. bin Laden.

Who is Bath? A past investor in companies controlled by (are you sitting down?) … George W. Bush.

Back in 1992, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network – known as FinCEN – and the FBI were reviewing accusations that entrepreneur Bath guided money to Houston from Saudi investors who wanted to influence U.S. policy under the Reagan and Bush administrations – that's the first Bush administration, of course.

The federal review reportedly stemmed in part from court documents obtained through litigation by Bill White, a former real estate business associate of Bath. White contends the documents indicate that the Saudis were using Bath and their huge financial resources to influence U.S. policy. Such representation by Bath would require that he be registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. In general, people required by law to be registered are those who represent a foreign entity seeking to influence governmental action or policy. An Annapolis graduate and former Navy fighter pilot, White, 46, claimed that Bath and the judicial system, under the veil of national security, have blackballed him professionally and financially because he has refused to keep quiet about what he regards as a conspiracy to secretly funnel Saudi dollars to the United States.

In sworn depositions, according to the Chronicle story, Bath said he represented four prominent Saudis as a trustee (one of whom was Saudi Sheik Salem M. bin Laden) and that he would use his name on their investments. In return, he said, he would receive a 5 percent interest in their deals. Tax documents and personal financial records show that Bath personally had a 5 percent interest in Arbusto '79 Ltd., and Arbusto '80 Ltd., limited partnerships controlled by George W. Bush, who now finds himself directing a war against terrorism and the No. 1 enemy of Osama bin Laden, of the same Saudi family.

Arbusto actually means "bush" in Spanish. Bath invested $50,000 in the limited partnerships, according to the documents. There is no available evidence to show whether the money came from Saudi interests.

But the financial links between the bin Laden family and Bush family get even more curious.

According to a 1976 trust agreement, drawn shortly after George Bush senior was appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Sheik bin Laden appointed Bath as his business representative in Houston. Bin Laden, along with his brothers, owns Bin Laden Brothers Construction, one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East. According to White, Bath told him that he had assisted the CIA in a liaison role with Saudi Arabia since 1976.

Do these "coincidences" bother you as much as they bother me?

What does all this mean? I don't know. But I sure am eager to learn who short-sold stocks earlier this month. Think we'll ever find out?"

What's Up In Jakarta?

Bin Laden has reserve cells on Spanish coast, daily says

Looking Behind The Bushes
"PBS FRONTLINE: [From a French source] The Saudi authorities' decision to issue an arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden on 16 May 1993 does not threaten to affect the relationship between the bin Ladens and the royal family. Osama, one of Mohammed's youngest son, has been known for years for his fundamentalist activities . . . King Fahd's two closest friends were: Prince Mohammed Ben Abdullah (son of Abdul Aziz' youngest brother), who died in the early '80s and whose brother, Khaled Ben Abdullah (an associate of Suleiman Olayan), still has free access to the king; and Salem bin Laden, who died in 1988 . . . Like his father in 1968, Salem died in a 1988 air Texas. He was flying a BAC 1-11 which had been bought in July 1977 by Prince Mohammed Ben Fahd. The plane's flight plans had long been at the center of a number of investigations. According to one of the plane's American pilots, it had been used in October 1980 during secret Paris meetings between US and Iranian emissaries. Nothing was ever proven, but Salem bin Laden's accidental death revived some speculation that he might have been "eliminated" as an embarrassing witness. In fact, an inquiry was held to determine the exact circumstances of the accident. The conclusions were never divulged . . . There was also a political aspect to Salem bin Laden's financial activities . . . Salem bin Laden played a role in the US operations in the Middle East and Central America during the '80s. On his death in 1968, Sheik Mohammed left behind not only an industrial and financial estate but also a progeny made up of no less than 54 sons and daughters, the fruit of a number of marriages . . . Upon Sheik Salem's death, the leadership of the group passed to his eldest son, Bakr, along with thirteen other brothers who make up the board of the bin Laden group. The most important of these are Hassan,Yeslam and Yehia. Most of these brothers have different mothers and different nationalities as well. Each has his own set of affinities, thus contributing to the group's international scope. Bakr and Yehia are seen as representatives of the "Syrian group"; Yeslam, of the "Lebanese group". There is also a "Jordanian group." Abdul Aziz, one of the youngest brothers, represents the "Egyptian group" and is also manager of the bin Laden group's Egyptian branch, which employs over 40,000 people. Osama bin Laden is, incidentally, the only brother with a Saudi mother."

40 posted on 09/20/2001 1:43:49 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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41 posted on 09/20/2001 2:55:41 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill ... bttt

You mean that little podunk island we couldn't touch even as we sent thousands upon thousands to their deaths in Viet Nam?

42 posted on 09/20/2001 7:21:50 AM PDT by Askel5
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WTC BOMBING: Tracing Money Trail Is Hard As Operatives Pay With Cash
"Attempts to throttle Mr. bin Laden's finances by scouring bank records and monitoring international transfers may miss their target. Mr. bin Laden's al Qaeda group, which U.S. authorities believe was responsible for last week's attacks, has in the past often moved money by hiding $100 bills in suitcases or shuffling funds through an informal and almost entirely unregulated system of remittances, not by issuing transfer orders to big banks. He and other Islamic militants have been doing this since the 1980s, when, with arms provided in part by the U.S., they fought to drive Soviet troops from Afghanistan.

Mr. bin Laden's group hasn't entirely skirted conventional channels. He or his close associates have had accounts in London, Vienna, Dubai, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and several other locations, according to a former financial aide. Nor does the basic infrastructure of his organization -- training camps stocked with weapons -- come cheap.

Before moving in 1996 to Afghanistan, where he is believed to be now, Mr. bin Laden ran his operation from Sudan and splashed out $430,000 to buy chunks of land, the first of many investments there, according to testimony in the African bombings trial in New York federal court. He sent the money to a bank in Khartoum. He spent a further $230,000 to buy a used American C-130 cargo carrier. (It later crashed into a sand dune.)"

43 posted on 09/20/2001 6:19:49 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Hijacker met with Iraqi official - By Bill Gertz
44 posted on 09/20/2001 11:58:46 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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CIA Now Focusing on Iraq Connection

Bomber met Iraqi chief of intelligence

U.S. intelligence investigating Iraqi connection

Focus on Bin Laden's Secret Swiss Accounts


Crime/Corruption News
Source: NYPOST
Published: September 20, 2001 Author: BRIAN BLOMQUIST
Posted on 09/20/2001 23:54:02 PDT by truther


U.S. investigators are working on getting access to secret Swiss bank accounts, as well as other shielded accounts, in their search for Osama bin Laden's terror money, sources said yesterday.

Investigators say the money search could be crucial to learning key details about bin Laden's terror network.

Investigators also are trying to determine if bin Laden made a fortune off last week's terror bombings by playing the market to profit from the selling of aircraft and insurance stocks.

Tracking the money from those transactions could help investigators identify bin Laden's accomplices, sources said.

Sources said investigators want to look at accounts held by banks in Gibraltar and the Isle of Man, along with accounts in other countries.

Experts say foreign governments will be under tremendous pressure from the United States to open up the books.

Isle of Man


Investing Off-shore in the Isle Of Man

Isle of Man's Banks

Index of Gibraltar Banks

Gibraltar Banks

Abbey National Treasury International Limited
PO Box 824
237 Main Street

2-8 Main Street

Banco Atlantico (Gibraltar) Limited
Eurolife Building
1 Corral Road
PO Box 561, PMB 6314

Banco Central Hispano Americano S.A.
Suite 14, Abco Arcade
30/38 Main Street

Barclays Bank Offshore Financial Services (Gibraltar)
PO Box 187
Regal House
3 Queensway

Barclays Bank PLC
Regal House
3 Queensway

BBV Privanza International (Gibraltar) Limited
260/262 Main Street

Credit Agricole Indosuez
206/210 Main Street

Credit Suisse (Gibraltar) Limited
PO Box 556
First Floor
Neptune House
Marina Bay

Hispano Commerzbank (Gibraltar) Limited
Suite 14
Don House
30/38 Main Street

Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited
76 Main Street
PO Box 143

Lloyds TSB Bank PLC
323 Main Street

NatWest Offshore Limited
NatWest House
57 Line Wall Road
P O Box 707

Newcastle Bank (Gibraltar) Limited
Hadfield House
Library Street

Newcastle Building Society
Regal House

Norwich & Peterbourgh Building Society
198/200 Main Street

SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Gibraltar) Limited
PO Box 375
Hambro House
32 Line Wall Road

SG Hambros Bank & Trust Limited
Hambro House
Line Wall Road
PO Box 400

The Gibraltar Private Bank Limited
Suite 921 Europort
P.O. Box 407

The Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) Limited
1 Corral Road

Turicum Private Bank Limited
Turicum House
PO Box 619
315 Main Street

Banks in Gibraltar

Investing Off-shore in Gibraltar
"Non-residents are taxable on their income received in Gibraltar, but not if it is channelled through a trust or an exempt or a qualifying company. Also bank interest is exempt from tax."

Financial Action Task Force on Money-Laundering - (Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey)
"Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey have in place a system for reporting suspicious transactions. Where the underlying criminal conduct is drug trafficking or terrorism, the obligation to report is a direct one."

Soros, Rothschild, and Evil Incarnate (Marc Rich's connections)

A STORY ABOUT THE WAR IN CROATIA (Marc Rich /Eagleburger/Kissinger/Snowcroft)
"Marc Rich is wanted in the U.S. to serve decades behind the bars on indictments for tax evasion, fraud, racketeering and trading with the enemy. Marc Rich traded with Iran during the hostage crisis, and with Iraq during the Desert Storm operation. Marc Rich, also, traded with South Africa, despite of U.N. embargo. His case is one of the largest tax-evasion cases in U.S. history."

45 posted on 09/21/2001 12:59:03 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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A six-year struggle to uncover Osama bin Laden's financial network failed because American officials did not skillfully use the legal tools they had, did not realize they needed stronger weapons and faced resistance at home and abroad
46 posted on 09/21/2001 1:16:26 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Saudis see their kingdom as scapegoat in terror attacks investigations


Bin Laden's Network in Philippines Still Intact: Police

The secret FBI files on the suicide bomber who changed his mind

Terrorist hunt turns to London futures market

47 posted on 09/21/2001 2:01:27 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: OKCSubmariner
I've been hearing how awake and serious Americans are now. Really? Who will be in charge of America's Cipro storage. Jocelyn Elders?

48 posted on 10/25/2001 5:58:12 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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Safire: Advance the Story
"For years, U.S. officials kept mum about the duplicity of Saudi Arabia in financing anti-U.S. incitement while professing to be a U.S. ally. But because The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, the oldest investigative reporter alive, held his ear trumpet to our ultra-secret Big Ear, we now have telephone intercepts between Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, and his father, the defense minister. The Saudis never have been on our side in the war on terror — which our leaders have long known but most Americans did not.

What about a connection between Osama bin Laden and Iraq's Saddam Hussein? Because the Scowcroft set at the National Security Council is still in denial about its blunder a decade ago that permitted Saddam to stay in power, the C.I.A. professes to see no collaboration in Baghdad."

Whatever Happened to Iraqgate? Was it swept under the rug because of the CIA - - or Hillary?

The Family That Preys Together

Bush, Bahrain crown prince swap pledges of support

US 'risks making Ben Laden a hero' in Bahrain

49 posted on 10/25/2001 7:27:38 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: OKCSubmariner
Fox News Transcript
"HUME: Senator Graham, there's a whole school of thought that's developed with some strong advocates that says this has got to be Iraq, that this — that not only might Iraq have had some hand in what happened on September 11 atrocities, but that this anthrax scare has the fingerprints of Iraq.

What is your assessment as intelligence chairman of the potential role of Iraq in any of this?

GRAHAM: First, I'd like to say something about my friend and colleague, Bill Frist. As the only medical doctor in the Senate, he has played a very significant role in helping to explain, to educate and to keep down the level of anxiety of both on Capitol Hill and, through his web site, to the whole nation. And I think he deserves a great commendation for his personal service during this time.

As it relates to Iraq, yes, there's been a great deal of speculation about what has Iraq's role been both in the attacks of September 11 and subsequent events. While we are putting a great deal of intelligence effort on trying to make a determination, not only for this immediate instance but because this is not just a war against bin Laden, this is a war against global terrorism, and we know that Iraq has played a role in the past in supporting other groups of global terrorists, Iraq will continue to be in our crosshairs. But at this point we don't have the basis upon which to pull the trigger.

SNOW: You say in the crosshairs and that you don't think we have the basis to pull the trigger. You mean over anthrax or period?

GRAHAM: Period. That we — there is not yet a...

SNOW: We don't think Iraq is involved in the international terror network?

GRAHAM: Oh, yes, we think Iraq is involved in the international terror network. Whether they were involved in the acts of terrorism from September 11 forward, we don't have the kind of compelling evidence that we've had against bin Laden and the Taliban.

SNOW: A lot of people argue that in a time of war you don't need precise legal standards. If somebody's hostile to you, that ought to be enough.

GRAHAM: Well, the standard that we're really using now is the standard of what it's going to take to hold this coalition together. It's very important that we keep all of the nations, particularly the Muslim nations that are now supporting us, engaged. And one of the keys to doing that is convincing evidence that we're going after a target that clearly is the culprit.

HUME: Well, Senator, doesn't that raise the prospect, or at least the concern, that the coalition becomes the objective, not the war on terrorism?

GRAHAM: They are very closely intertwined, because a successful pursuit of this peculiar type of war, which is not going to involve sending in 100,000 ground troops or thousands of tanks, but rather a very delicate combination of economic, political, diplomatic, covert action as well as military operations in order to achieve this goal, will require the sustained cooperation of a number of nations and particularly Muslim nations."

Philadelphia Union Crowd Chants "NUKE 'EM!"

50 posted on 10/25/2001 8:56:07 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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