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Likely Mastermind Of Tower Attacks
Insight ^ | Dec. 7, 2001 | Kenneth R. Timmerman

Posted on 12/12/2001 11:47:54 AM PST by Plummz

He has blown up U.S. embassies and car-bombed a U.S. military barracks. He has hijacked U.S. commercial airliners and murdered Americans. He has kidnapped and tortured a top CIA officer and vowed through terror to drive the United States from his country. Do you know who he is?

If you guessed Osama bin Laden, you're wrong. The correct answer is Imad Fayez Mugniyeh (pronounced MOOG-NEE-YEH), a Lebanese Shiite long considered one of the world's most ruthless and elusive killers. The CIA has been tracking him since 1984 when he masterminded the kidnapping in Beirut of CIA station chief William Buckley, apparently on orders from Iran. Now evidence is beginning to mount that Mugniyeh has deep ties to bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network and may have been directly involved in planning the Sept. 11 attacks.

"We know Mugniyeh has a relationship to bin Laden. We know that," one U.S. official tells Insight. "Did he have a role in planning the outrages of September 11? We can't rule it out. Hezbollah is part of bin Laden's International Islamic Front for Jihad on the Jews and Crusaders, and Mugniyeh is the head of Hezbollah's special-operations branch."

Twice the United States spotted Mugniyeh on international flights and sought to have him arrested. In 1986, he was leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport after several days of secret negotiations with the French government. Although the CIA provided a copy of the passport he was using, the French declined to stop him. Nine years later, he was flying back to Beirut from Khartoum after a meeting with bin Laden in the Sudan. The United States arranged for his Middle East Airways plane to make an unscheduled stopover in Jedda, Saudi Arabia, but the Saudi authorities refused to force him to leave the plane. Neither the French nor the Saudis wanted him on their hands.

"Imad Mugniyeh is one of the most demonic of the militant Islamic leaders," says Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia. "He appears to serve as a bridge between the 1980s, when the violence was primarily Shiite, and today, when it is primarily Sunni."

Mugniyeh and his Iranian backers are Shiite Muslims; bin Laden and his followers are Sunnis. Most terrorism analysts and Islamic scholars insist that the two Muslim sects are on less-friendly terms than Catholics and Protestants in Belfast. But when it comes to terrorism, they are dead wrong.

The eldest of four children, Mugniyeh was born in the village of Tir Dibba in the mountains above the Lebanese coastal city of Tyre on July 12, 1962. His father, Sheik Muhammad Jawad Mugniyeh, was praised as "one of Shia Lebanon's best jurists" by American Islamic scholar Fouad Ajami.

As a high-school dropout, Mugniyeh was recruited by Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction and later joined the elite Force 17, Arafat's personal security service. Once the Palestinians were kicked out of Lebanon in 1983, Mugniyeh and his two brothers, Fuad and Jihad, joined a new organization set up by Iran called Hezbollah (Party of God). Its goal was to drive the Western powers out of Lebanon.

Imad Mugniyeh became Hezbollah's star recruit, reporting directly to Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-Pour, Iran's ambassador to Syria. His terrorist pedigree began with a bang when he organized the April 18, 1983, bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut that killed 63 people, including Robert Ames, the CIA's top Middle East operations officer, and many of his best agents.

In October 1983, Mugniyeh was back at work. This time, with Iranian and Syrian help, he plotted the twin suicide truck-bomb attacks in Beirut that took the lives of 242 U.S. Marines and 58 French troops.

For many years Mugniyeh's personal involvement in those early bombings remained obscure. It wasn't until he kidnapped the new CIA station chief to Beirut, William Buckley, in April 1984 that the U.S. intelligence community began to get a fix on him.

David Jacobsen was one of a dozen Americans and Frenchmen kidnapped in Beirut in the 1980s by Mugniyeh and his pro-Iranian militiamen. At one point he shared a cell with Buckley at an undisclosed location and remembers his ordeal well. "I was chained to the floor; I was blindfolded. The person at my feet, I later learned, was Terry Anderson, and the person at the head was Bill Buckley."

Mugniyeh's guards tried to keep them from speaking to one another. "One of the chilling moments for me and for Terry Anderson was to hear Bill Buckley cough," says Jacobsen. "He was very, very sick. He was delirious. I heard him say, 'I don't know what happened to my body; it was so strong 30 days ago.'"

The CIA now believes that Buckley was tortured to death by Mugniyeh personally, who extracted whatever secrets he could and then murdered him. Buckley was honored by CIA director William H. Webster at a posthumous ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 13, 1988, and a star in his honor was carved into the wall of CIA headquarters — the 51st.

Mugniyeh burst onto the international scene with the brash June 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 from Greece to Beirut, where he held 39 Americans hostage for 17 days. Wearing a ski mask, Mugniyeh prowled the aisles of the aircraft looking for U.S. military personnel and discovered U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem. He tortured and shot Stethem, then dumped his body out on the runway in full view of international TV cameras. Later, the FBI was able to identify Mugniyeh's fingerprints in the rear lavatory of the aircraft and indicted him for Stethem's murder.

Mugniyeh also murdered for personal reasons, including the release of a family member. The man who initiated him in the art of bomb-making was his brother-in-law, Mustapha Badr-el-Din, whose crippled legs prevented him from joining a Beirut militia. Badr-el-Din plied his trade by designing the bombs used in a series of devastating attacks against Kuwait. He was arrested and sentenced to death for his crimes by the Kuwaiti government.

In April 1988, Mugniyeh orchestrated the hijacking of a Kuwait Airlines flight to Bangkok. On board were three members of the Kuwaiti royal family. In exchange for their freedom, Mugniyeh demanded the release of his brother-in-law and 16 other Shiite prisoners in Kuwait, known collectively as the "Ad-Dawaa 17."

The plane made a three-day stopover in the eastern Iranian city of Mashad, where some sources believe Mugniyeh personally boarded the aircraft and brought on additional hijackers and weapons. Next, they flew to Cyprus, where two Kuwaiti passengers were murdered and dumped onto the runway in a stunning replay of the TWA hijacking three years earlier. They ended up in Algiers, where negotiators from the Iranian and Algerian governments, as well as Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization, arranged safe passage for all the hijackers.

Intelligence officials believe Mugniyeh is seeking personal vengeance on the United States and Israel for the deaths of his brothers, which explains in part his willingness to lend his expertise to operations organized by other groups. Mugniyeh's brothers were killed in retaliatory attacks in Lebanon believed to have been carried out by Israeli and U.S. operatives.

"Bin Laden is a schoolboy in comparison with Mugniyeh," an Israeli-intelligence officer told Jane's Foreign Report recently. "The guy is a genius, someone who refined the art of terrorism to its utmost level. We studied him and reached the conclusion that he is a clinical psychopath motivated by uncontrollable psychological reasons, which we have given up trying to understand. The killing of his two brothers by the Americans only inflamed his strong motivation."

His brother, Jihad Mugniyeh, died in 1985 when a car bomb intended for Hezbollah leader Sheik Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah killed 75 people outside Fadlallah's home in Beirut. Hezbollah blamed the CIA for the attack. His other brother, Fuad Mugniyeh, died in December 1994 when another car bomb exploded near the mosque where Fadlallah preached his weekly sermon, directly outside of a shop owned by Fuad. The car-bomb attack reportedly was ordered by Israel in reprisal for the bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires earlier that year which killed 86.

In the 1990s Mugniyeh shifted focus from Lebanon and the Persian Gulf to launch a series of dramatic international operations. On March 17, 1992, a Hezbollah strike team leveled the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 persons and wounding 242. Hezbollah said the attack was intended to avenge the killing of Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sheik Abbas Musawi, whose convoy was obliterated by Israeli helicopter gunships in South Lebanon one month earlier.

Next was the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) community-center bombing in July 1994. Investigating Judge Juan Jose Galeano told Insight recently, "There was lots of Iranian diplomatic activity just before the attack which remains unexplained. They all got out before the bomb went off."

U.S. and Israeli intelligence sources believe Mugniyeh was involved in the planning of the AMIA attack and may have parachuted into Argentina on an Iranian service passport at the last minute to activate sleeper networks and handle logistics for the bomb. "Hezbollah claimed responsibility for that attack," a State Department counterterrorism analyst tells Insight, "and Mugniyeh heads the terror wing of that organization."


Media Credit: Charles Hazard/Insight

Mugniyeh has pledged to drive the United States out of the Arab world using terror as his tool.

Army reserve Brig. Gen. Shimon Shapira, previously a senior military-intelligence officer who tracked Mugniyeh's career, told Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman: "This man isn't working alone. All his power comes from his reliance on the Iranian intelligence service. None of his operations could have been executed without their infrastructure. This infrastructure is very wide, ranging from embassies [and] commerce delegations to all other Iranian state activities. No one is overstating Mugniyeh's work because it represents the whole of Hezbollah."

In 1996, Mugniyeh wanted to hit another commercial airliner, this time from El Al. The name on the expertly forged British passport used by Mugniyeh's operative was Andrew Jonathan Neumann. El Al's much-vaunted security failed to notice anything suspicious about him or to detect the kilogram of military-grade RDX explosive he was carrying when he entered Israel in April 1996 on a Swissair flight from Zurich.

Neumann wasn't British. He was a Lebanese Shiite named Hussein Mohammad Mikdad. Luckily for his intended victims, he failed Bomb-making 101. While mixing his deadly brew in an East Jerusalem hotel room, Mikdad blew off his lower body. From his hospital bed he said he had been trained in Iran to become "a heroic human flying bomb," detonating the explosive while traveling on an El Al flight departing from Tel Aviv. "The operation was a special gift" to Israel from Imad Mugniyeh, he said.

Before Sept. 11, the Israelis were picking up numerous signs that Mugniyeh was planning new operations aimed at Israel and the United States. A top Israeli military-intelligence official, Maj. Gen. Amos Malka, went on Israeli television in June to warn that "bin Laden has tried, will try to reach us and may even reach us here in Israel." He described recent attempts by bin Laden to establish terrorist cells in Gaza and the West Bank and said bin Laden's group was "planning an attack on U.S. and Israeli interests within the next few weeks." Mugniyeh was believed to be involved in several of these infiltration attempts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fingered bin Laden, Mugniyeh and Iran for helping to train Chechen rebels who fight against the Russian government. Speaking in Germany just 10 days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Putin said he had given specific information to the United States on Arab fighters in Chechnya whom Mugniyeh had trained. "As a rule, activities of terrorists are very coordinated," he said. "For example, on one Arab mercenary in Chechnya we found instructions for flying a Boeing."

Jane's reported in October that for the last two years Iraqi intelligence officers were shuttling between Baghdad and Afghanistan, meeting with bin Laden, Mugniyeh and bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Top U.S. officials were briefed on these ties on Oct. 26, Insight reported ("Iran Cosponsors Al-Qaeda Terrorism," Dec. 3).

Bin Laden first met Mugniyeh in 1993, according to his former chief of security, Ali Mohammad. In a plea agreement entered on Oct. 20, 2000, in the Southern District of New York for his involvement in the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa, Mohammad acknowledges that he "arranged security" for the meeting that took place while bin Laden was living in the Sudan. Mohammad said Mugniyeh's Hezbollah group "provided explosives training for al-Qaeda and al-Jihad," the two groups most closely tied to bin Laden. "Iran supplied Egyptian Jihad with weapons. Iran also used Hezbollah to supply explosives that were disguised to look like rocks."

An earlier affidavit by FBI Agent Daniel Coleman, based on information provided former members of al-Qaeda, reported that bin Laden personally exhorted his followers to "put aside [their] differences with Shiite Muslim terrorist organizations, including the government of Iran and its affiliated terrorist group Hezbollah, to cooperate against the perceived common enemy, the United States and its allies."

Mugniyeh and Iran go way back, and their close association disturbs some analysts at the U.S. State Department, which is trying to rehabilitate the regime of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. "There is no evidence that Mugniyeh was one of the planners of the Sept. 11 attacks," a State Department official tells Insight. "In fact, there is evidence to the contrary."

Separating Mugniyeh from bin Laden, Iran and Saddam Hussein's Iraq — with whom bin Laden has formed increasingly close ties during the last six years — has become an important goal for the professional diplomats, who are seeking to limit the U.S. war on terrorism to a renegade Saudi and his band of merry men holed up in Afghanistan. But, for FBI investigators and U.S. intelligence analysts, the evidence is piling up of a consortium of groups and states that defy commonly accepted boundaries. "Call it a terrorism clearinghouse," one government analyst tells Insight.

Kenneth R. Timmerman is a senior writer for Insight magazine.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; mastermind; mugniyah; mugniyeh; terrorwar; timmerman; wtc
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1 posted on 12/12/2001 11:47:54 AM PST by Plummz
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To: *TerrOrWar; aristeides; OKCSubmariner; BlueDogDemo; Black Jade; Wallaby
ping
2 posted on 12/12/2001 11:48:31 AM PST by Plummz
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To: Plummz

3 posted on 12/12/2001 12:03:23 PM PST by geaux
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To: Plummz; Fred Mertz
Plummz: Much thanks for posting the article and the ping!

Outstanding article. Timmerman is excellent.

This is a very, very important sentence from the article:

Jane's reported in October that for the last two years Iraqi intelligence officers were shuttling between Baghdad and Afghanistan, meeting with bin Laden, Mugniyeh and bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Top U.S. officials were briefed on these ties on Oct. 26, Insight reported ("Iran Cosponsors Al-Qaeda Terrorism," Dec. 3).

4 posted on 12/12/2001 12:12:12 PM PST by OKCSubmariner
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To: Plummz
Note to all the FR anti-jihad Joes who love to whoop it up on every 'DOD Bombs This Or That Mountain in Ashcanistan' thread. THIS (above post) is what we are up against. Can you immagine any possible greater motivation than what the CIA must have to get this guy?! And he's still out there. If we get OBL it will be mostly luck. AND it won't matter. There's an almost endless supply of his ilk.

It is time for the West to admit that the only way to get the terroists is to use THEIR tactics. We must have asassination squads and pay huge bounties to whomever is capable of getting these guys. The killing must be wholesale, non-stop, and world wide.

5 posted on 12/12/2001 12:20:22 PM PST by mercy
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To: Plummz
"Twice the United States spotted Mugniyeh on international flights and sought to have him arrested."

Arrest is too civilized. Put a price on his head. Dead or alive.

6 posted on 12/12/2001 12:24:06 PM PST by NetValue
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To: Plummz
I'm gonna bump the bejeepers out of this thread. It is a HUGE reality check for we here at FR. It's a lot of fun to play armchair general, cheer on the wonderful troops, and generally enjoy our just deserved revenge while reading all the threads regarding our successes in Ashcanistan. But here we have a brutally informative post hilighting JUST how dangerous the enemy is. Just because the towelyban rag tag psuedo army went down like a two dollar hooker in this first round .... has NOTHING to do with what we are really up against. The REAL terrorists are going to hit us again. HARD. We need to steel ourselves for the certain cataclysm to come.
7 posted on 12/12/2001 12:29:20 PM PST by mercy
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To: Hugin; A Navy Vet; EggsAckley; First_Salute; Renegade; amundsen; Loopy; america76; Shermy...
Gotta see this. Must Read.
8 posted on 12/12/2001 12:35:34 PM PST by mercy
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To: dead; New Zealander; StoneColdGOP; Piquaboy; Sedition
FYI
9 posted on 12/12/2001 12:41:34 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: mercy
The action in Afganistan is important and had to be done. This killer is just another in a long list of killers who need killing. Going after him is a good idea and will not be delayed by the necessary military action in Afganistan.

Attempts to belittle Bin Laden's significance to world terrorism merely indicates some anti-Bush agenda on your part for some reason. Otherwise I see no reason for the either/or assertion. As though there would be no assistance to one by the other. It is good to attack the terror network where it is most exposed and most blatant. It is an excellent demonstration of what Mad Mo's murderous minions can expect now that there is a real president in the White House.

10 posted on 12/12/2001 12:45:48 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit
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To: Plummz
I was starting to wonder who had their hand shoved up OBL's butt far enough to make OBL's lips move. Question answered. Now who is pulling this monster's strings?
11 posted on 12/12/2001 12:54:38 PM PST by DeckTheHallsHolly
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To: Plummz
Excellent post. Thank you. Zawahiri and Mugniyah have got to be top priority:


12 posted on 12/12/2001 1:30:39 PM PST by CIApilot
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To: shaggy eel
The FRENCH had this guy and did nothing????!!!!!
13 posted on 12/12/2001 1:44:05 PM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: mercy
"Operation Global Phoenix" is what we need, using Christians In Action, Delta, SEALs, and contract mercenaries.

Put a bounty on the heads of these terrorists, and kill them whenever and wherever we can catch them.

14 posted on 12/12/2001 2:21:38 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Plummz; OLDWORD
And the French, "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" as Jonah Goldberg calls them, have said they will not turn this pond scum over to the United States unless we guarantee that we will not impose the death penalty on him. How quickly they forget that twice we imposed the death penalty on thousands of Germans, and suffered the death penalty for thousands of Americans, to save their scrwny necks from the jackboots.

Here's how I suggest we deal with the French position in this matter: Tell them they can keep him as long as they care to, and can suffer the terrorist consequences of his buddies trying to spring him from a frog prison. And tell them we reserve the right to go find him wherever and however we can, when they cut him loose.

Included in that right we claim for ourselves is the right to take him to the nearest American terriroty -- perhaps the honored ground on the Normandy coast where row on row of crosses honor the Americans who are buried there -- give him a quick trial, and a proper execution -- and leave the French the body to dispose of as they choose.

Congressman Billybob

15 posted on 12/12/2001 2:27:30 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: justshutupandtakeit
It is good to attack the terror network where it is most exposed and most blatant. It is an excellent demonstration of what Mad Mo's murderous minions can expect now that there is a real president in the White House.

Bingo. And every time a terrorist domino falls (Somalia, Iraq), the Arab street loses its awe of these killers.

Recruiting dries up as well, because there just aren't that many human beings who want to die in a losing cause.

Big ole bombs coming out of big ole bombers scare the hell out of the most "fearsome" fighters.

16 posted on 12/12/2001 2:33:22 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: Plummz
bump
17 posted on 12/12/2001 2:37:49 PM PST by snippy_about_it
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To: Plummz
It may be that Iran, rather than Iraq, should be next on the list. It looks like their people would be very supportive.
18 posted on 12/12/2001 2:42:38 PM PST by thucydides
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To: StoneColdGOP
,,, does that surprise you about the French doing nothing? It doesn't surprise me at all.
19 posted on 12/12/2001 2:43:25 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: Plummz
This is the third big prize. The priorities are al-Zawahiri, Mugniyeh, Atef, bin Laden and Omelet Omar.

The CIA, which now can essentially do anything it wants, should throw the kitchen sink at Mugniyeh after what he has done to them.

20 posted on 12/12/2001 2:51:35 PM PST by Fulbright
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To: Plummz
bump!
21 posted on 12/12/2001 2:54:29 PM PST by VOA
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To: Congressman Billybob
And the French, "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" as Jonah Goldberg calls them

That's originally a line from one Homer J. Simpson.

22 posted on 12/12/2001 2:55:36 PM PST by Plummz
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To: Plummz
Good post - bmp.
23 posted on 12/12/2001 2:59:07 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: mercy
"We must have asassination squads and pay huge bounties to whomever is capable of getting these guys. The killing must be wholesale, non-stop, and world wide."

Yup. You are 100% correct.

24 posted on 12/12/2001 3:00:26 PM PST by blam
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To: StoneColdGOP
The FRENCH had this guy and did nothing????!!!!!
I do believe that is what I heard when this gent was profiled as part of a
Sixty Minutes II episode maybe a month or two ago.

Note the following passage:
David Jacobsen was one of a dozen Americans and Frenchmen kidnapped in Beirut in the 1980s by Mugniyeh and his pro-Iranian militiamen.

Jacobsen appeared on the segment and the CBS interviewer asked him what he'd do if he
met this terrorist again.
Now bear in mind, that IIRC, Jacobsen was a school/university administrator,
sort of an academic type.

I was shocked...but also educated...when Jacobsen calmly but forcefully said:
"I would dis-embowel him with my own hands".

Dubya, Rumsfeld, and Co. are right when they say this war is going to go on
for years. This is the kind of evil power we are up against.
25 posted on 12/12/2001 3:03:33 PM PST by VOA
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To: justshutupandtakeit
You misunderstand. I'm 1000% behind the Ashcanistan campaign. I simply think this piece is highly instructive as regards how difficult it is to nail these bastards and how good they are at what they do.
26 posted on 12/12/2001 3:04:09 PM PST by mercy
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To: Plummz
Didn't Groundskeeper Willie say that first?
27 posted on 12/12/2001 3:04:57 PM PST by Skywalk
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To: Travis McGee
ZACTLY!!!
28 posted on 12/12/2001 3:05:08 PM PST by mercy
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To: StoneColdGOP
The FRENCH had this guy and did nothing????!!!!!

And this would surprise you...why?

(See related thread where French are DEMANDING? that we don't execute terrorist in custody.)

29 posted on 12/12/2001 3:06:25 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Plummz
Luckily for his intended victims, he failed Bomb-making 101. While mixing his deadly
brew in an East Jerusalem hotel room, Mikdad blew off his lower body.


HE BLOWED UP!
HE BLOWED UP REAL GOOD!


Sorry I don't have the John Candy + Joe Flaherty photo from Second City TV for this.
Wonder if this peckerwood had time to say "Oops".
I don't wish violence on folks, but this is choice!
30 posted on 12/12/2001 3:10:54 PM PST by VOA
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To: Plummz
Yep, I know the line comes from Homer. But Jonah has made it a mantra and put it on the map. It is true that quotes tend to migrate. Most people think "Why don't you come up and see me sometime" is a Mae West quote. Originally it was said not BY her but TO her, by W.C. Fields, in the closing scene of My Little Chickadee,

Billybob

31 posted on 12/12/2001 3:12:04 PM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
You tell 'em, sweetie.
32 posted on 12/12/2001 3:20:16 PM PST by MaeWest
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To: Plummz
Bin Laden first met Mugniyeh in 1993, according to his former chief of security, Ali Mohammad. In a plea agreement entered on Oct. 20, 2000, in the Southern District of New York for his involvement in the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa, Mohammad acknowledges that he "arranged security" for the meeting that took place while bin Laden was living in the Sudan. Mohammad said Mugniyeh's Hezbollah group "provided explosives training for al-Qaeda and al-Jihad," the two groups most closely tied to bin Laden. "Iran supplied Egyptian Jihad with weapons. Iran also used Hezbollah to supply explosives that were disguised to look like rocks."

An earlier affidavit by FBI Agent Daniel Coleman, based on information provided former members of al-Qaeda, reported that bin Laden personally exhorted his followers to "put aside [their] differences with Shiite Muslim terrorist organizations, including the government of Iran and its affiliated terrorist group Hezbollah, to cooperate against the perceived common enemy, the United States and its allies."

Mugniyeh and Iran go way back, and their close association disturbs some analysts at the U.S. State Department, which is trying to rehabilitate the regime of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. "There is no evidence that Mugniyeh was one of the planners of the Sept. 11 attacks," a State Department official tells Insight. "In fact, there is evidence to the contrary."




Hmmmmmm....
33 posted on 12/12/2001 3:29:33 PM PST by Benighted
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To: mercy
Its the state sponsorship that allows scum like him to operate, and the Iranians aren't long for this world.They are ripe to be overthrown, and without funding, safe passage and a steady stream of armaments to train with, they are going to be cornered rats.Lets get the DEA Intelligence folks to snoop him out;they would have better ground intelligence than the CIA, and probably have more nasties on the payroll to get the dirt on him.He may seem like a genius, but his world has changed since 9/11, and he has few friends left.
34 posted on 12/12/2001 3:29:39 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: Plummz
BUMP
35 posted on 12/12/2001 3:42:06 PM PST by Centurion2000
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To: Plummz
Great article and post.

Bump

36 posted on 12/12/2001 3:43:03 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: mercy
This guy is as demonic as they come. Chilling article!
37 posted on 12/12/2001 3:53:52 PM PST by dennisw
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To: habs4ever
Its the state sponsorship that allows scum like him to operate, and the Iranians aren't long for this world.They are ripe to be overthrown, and without funding, safe passage and a steady stream of armaments to train wit

Go read Bodansky's book on Bin Laden.
Bodansky lays it on Iran, not Iraq. He says Iran is the real national enabler of Al Qaeda  Islamic terrorism

38 posted on 12/12/2001 3:59:03 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Plummz
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39 posted on 12/12/2001 4:04:24 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: N8VTXNinWV
Gosh billy! I don't know how some people have been able to get back to "normal" so quickly...especially when snakes like these are roaming about seeking whom they may devour.
(big chill just went down my spine)
40 posted on 12/12/2001 4:12:51 PM PST by shezza
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To: Congressman Billybob
But Jonah has made it a mantra and put it on the map.

Hmm. I don't read Goldberg's African invasion plans, and I doubt more people do than those who watch The Simpsons. but whatever.

41 posted on 12/12/2001 4:32:58 PM PST by Plummz
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To: Plummz
I can't quite remember, was William Buckley the American Colonel attached to the UN observer force who was kidnapped around this time or was that an altogether different kidnapping? I remember the pictures on TV of Buckley or this other man in his UN uniform. At the time no CIA connection was reported.

If Buckley is the same guy I'm thinking of I wonder how many other UN/CIA agents we have in the field? I also wonder how many other nations employ secret police personell in UN operations.

42 posted on 12/12/2001 5:42:34 PM PST by america76
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To: Skywalk
You know, I believe you're correct. mea culpa.
43 posted on 12/12/2001 6:17:22 PM PST by Plummz
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To: Plummz
Excellent! Of course, that Dell Computer pitchboy has stolen Burnsie's classic line. Now all the Simpsons-challenged people out there will be steepling their fingers and saying "egg-salent!" because they saw that Dell geek say it.

*shakes head in disgust*

44 posted on 12/12/2001 6:19:22 PM PST by Skywalk
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45 posted on 12/12/2001 6:30:51 PM PST by VaBthang4
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To: america76
Yes, it was Buckley, another patriot who suffered in the same period of time as Stethem and Higgins.

May we never forget.

LT.Col. William F. Buckley served with the 320th Special Forces Detachment which became the 11th Special Forces Group. He was employed by the CIA from 1955 to 1957 and again from 1965 as Lebanon station chief until his untimely death.

Kidnapped in Beirut: March 16, 1984 by Islamic Jihad terrorists.

Held in Iran: November 25, 1986. Many CIA operatives worldwide died as Zawahiri extracted information from Buckley.

Body Recovered: December 27, 1991. The decomposed body of CIA officer William Buckley was dumped in southern Beirut early Friday, nearly eight years after being kidnapped and tortured by pro-Iranian extremists.

Remembered as Heroes: December 30, 1991. Two men (Buckley and Higgins) who met wretched deaths at the hands of Lebanese captors arrived home in flag-draped coffins and were honored as "American heroes" by leaders. ''Today the nation gathers into its arms two of its bravest sons . . . patriot-warriors who died trying to bring peace to a ravaged land."

46 posted on 12/12/2001 7:00:48 PM PST by CIApilot
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To: mercy
This is what we are starting right now. It is a bad time to be a terrorist, or country that harbors terrorists. Any government in the middle east including Iran, Iraq and Syria can be disposed within twelve months, take notice. After we clearly identified the problem, it now won't take much to solve, The CIA is back in business, and the gloves are off, with full military back-up if needed. They signed their own death warrant.
47 posted on 12/12/2001 7:15:11 PM PST by veryconernedamerican
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To: CIApilot
Heck of a way to go. That's why I believe you shoot it out and take your chances. Especially when you are dealing with animals like this. He was probably under orders not to. Shame, the cost of such mistakes.
48 posted on 12/12/2001 8:45:03 PM PST by america76
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To: america76
Bump... for an excellent article.
49 posted on 12/12/2001 9:04:15 PM PST by Truth Speaker
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To: sinkspur
I have been loving the headlines lately.

AL QUERDA HEADING FOR CAVES then after a day or so of bombing ALL QUERDA FLEEING CAVES.

50 posted on 12/13/2001 7:36:54 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit
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