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Postal Worker's Letter Tied To Slaying of Afghan Leader
Washington Post ^ | 5/13/02 | Steve Fainaru and Brooke A. Masters

Posted on 05/12/2002 10:46:28 PM PDT by LarryLied

Edited on 09/03/2002 4:50:29 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

NEW YORK -- Authorities believe a U.S. postal employee in custody here helped draft a letter of introduction that may have been used by two men who posed as journalists to assassinate a leading opposition figure in Afghanistan last fall, according to a U.S. official familiar with the case.


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TOPICS: Anthrax Scare; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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Post worker Ahmed Abdel Sattar may be implicated in the Sept. 9 slaying of Northern Alliance Gen. Ahmed Shah Massoud. The government has described Sattar as a ""communications center" for the blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman who is serving a life sentence for plotting attacks on the WTC and other NYC landmarks.
1 posted on 05/12/2002 10:46:28 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: seamole;Islamic_Violence
That is chilling!

To find all articles tagged or indexed using Islamic_Violence

Click here: Islamic_Violence

5 posted on 05/13/2002 1:15:03 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: LarryLied
Authorities believe the case of Sattar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who came here from Egypt in 1982, provides a window on the domestic activity of global terror networks and a way to understand the relationships between Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization and other extremist groups such as Abdel-Rahman's Gama'a al-Islamiyya, or the Islamic Group.

He has been in the US since 1982!

6 posted on 05/13/2002 1:17:58 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: aristeides
FYI
7 posted on 05/13/2002 3:55:35 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: Travis McGee;Alamo-Girl
FYI
8 posted on 05/13/2002 3:57:36 AM PDT by piasa
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To: LarryLied; anthrax_scare_list; bvw
Until 1997, Sattar had government clearance as a paralegal to visit Abdel-Rahman in federal prisons. Even as the government was tapping his phone, Sattar, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, was drawing a $40,000 salary for a job with the main post office on Staten Island that included picking up priority mail from secure areas of John F. Kennedy International Airport. That job ended when he was abruptly transferred to a desk job at a remote branch on Staten Island after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sattar had the same job at the Staten Island post office that the first postal worker to come down with anthrax had at the Brentwood postal facility in D.C. The D.C. guy transferred mail between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Brentwood facility.

9 posted on 05/13/2002 7:37:47 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Thanks for the added info. Seems to be a big story which has not gotten much play elsewhere. It is Page One at the WP. Imagine we'll see more as the day progresses.
10 posted on 05/13/2002 8:14:23 AM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
Thanks for the info, LL.
11 posted on 05/13/2002 10:26:15 AM PDT by bvw
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To: LarryLied
Good catch. ty
12 posted on 05/13/2002 10:58:18 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy;weikel
This guy takes the phrase "going postal" to a whole new level.
13 posted on 05/13/2002 2:30:54 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: LarryLied
bump for more discussion
14 posted on 05/26/2002 2:34:34 AM PDT by piasa
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To: Alamo-Girl; Cindy

1995 : (NY : SHEIKH OMAR ABDEL RAHMAN IS CONVICTED OF PLOTTING TO BLOW UP THE WTC IN 1993; HE WOULD LATER DIRECT THE MURDER PLOT FROM HIS PRISON CELL -WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF HIS LEFTWING LAWYER, US POSTAL WORKER AHMED ABDEL SATTAR, AND EGYPTIAN YASSIR SIRRI - WHICH ASSASSINATED NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEADER AHMED SHAH MASSOUD ON SEPT 9, 2001, JUST DAYS BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK OF 9/11) -- "U.S. man's letter links to Afghan killing," Middle East Times, 2002, http://www.metimes.com/2K2/issue2002-20/eg/us_mans_letter.htm (* My note: So much for the 'criminal justice method of dealing with terrorists...)

1997 : (LUXOR, EGYPT MASSACRE OF TOURISTS & EGYPTIAN SECURITY GUARDS ) -- "U.S. man's letter links to Afghan killing," Middle East Times, 2002, http://www.metimes.com/2K2/issue2002-20/eg/us_mans_letter.htm

1999 : (GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 1997 MASSACRE IN LUXOR, EGYPT ASKS AHMED ABDEL SATTAR) According to Sattar's indictment, an Islamic group leader asked him to help expand the group's presence in the United States three years ago. The group has taken responsibility for the 1997 massacre at Luxor, Egypt in which 58 tourists and four Egyptian security guards were hacked and shot to death. -- "U.S. man's letter links to Afghan killing," Middle East Times, 2002, http://www.metimes.com/2K2/issue2002-20/eg/us_mans_letter.htm

2001summer : (EGYPTIAN-BORN US POSTAL WORKER AHMED ABDEL SATTAR'S CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS 'LETTER OF INTRODUCTION 'TO AFGHAN NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEADER AHMED SHAH MASSOUD IS WIRETAPPED; SATTAR ACTS AS IMPRISONED SHEIKH OMAR ABDEL RAHMAN'S 'COMMUNICATIONS CENTER') But a conversation in the summer of 2001 about the letter surfaced during a wiretap involving Sattar, who [would later be] charged with serving as a communications center for an Egyptian terrorist group allegedly directed by Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from his U.S. prison cell, the Post reported [later]. Abdel-Rahman was convicted in 1995 of plotting to blow up New York landmarks, including the World Trade Center. -- "U.S. man's letter links to Afghan killing," Middle East Times, 2002, http://www.metimes.com/2K2/issue2002-20/eg/us_mans_letter.htm

SEPTEMBER 9, 2001 : (AFGHANISTAN : NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEADER AHMED SHAH MASSOUD IS ASSASSINATED BY AL QAEDA OPERATIVES BEARING A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION PARTIALLY DRAFTED BY EGYPTIAN-BORN US POSTAL WORKER AHMED ABDEL SATTAR AND EGYPTIAN YASSIR SIRRI) Massoud's murder, which took place on 9 September 2001. ...U.S. authorities [would come to] believe that Massoud was killed as a pre-emptive strike in advance of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that killed more than 3,000 people two days later, the [NY Post] newspaper [later] said. -- "U.S. man's letter links to Afghan killing," Middle East Times, 2002, http://www.metimes.com/2K2/issue2002-20/eg/us_mans_letter.htm

MAY 13, 2002 : (WASHINGTON POST REPORTS : 'LETTER OF INTRODUCTION' PARTIALLY DRAFTED BY US POSTAL WORKER AHMED ABDEL SATTAR MAY BE LINKED TO THE ASSASSINATION AFGHAN NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEADER AHMED SHAH MASSOUD IN 2001; ANOTHER OF THE LETTER'S AUTHORS, AN EGYPTIAN NAMED YASSIR SIRRI, HAS BEEN CHARGED BY BRITAIN WITH CONSPIRING TO KILL MASSOUD) U.S. officials believe that a letter partially drafted by a U.S. postal worker now in custody may have had a role in the death of an Afghan resistance leader, The Washington Post reported on May 13. U.S. authorities believe that Ahmed Abdel Sattar, 42, helped write a letter of introduction for two men who posed as journalists to kill General Ahmed Shah Massoud in northern Afghanistan last fall, the Post said.
Sattar, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen, has not been charged in Massoud's murder, which took place on 9 September 2001. But a conversation in the summer of 2001 about the letter surfaced during a wiretap involving Sattar, who is charged with serving as a communications center for an Egyptian terrorist group allegedly directed by Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from his U.S. prison cell, the Post reported.
Another Egyptian man who allegedly helped draft the letter, Yassir Sirri, has been charged by Britain with conspiring to kill Massoud. ...Sattar, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Post office, earned $40,000 per year working at the main post office in Staten Island, New York. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to Sattar's indictment, an Islamic group leader asked him to help expand the group's presence in the United States three years ago. The group has taken responsibility for the 1997 massacre at Luxor, Egypt in which 58 tourists and four Egyptian security guards were hacked and shot to death. -- "U.S. man's letter links to Afghan killing," Middle East Times, 2002, http://www.metimes.com/2K2/issue2002-20/eg/us_mans_letter.htm


15 posted on 08/11/2004 12:37:46 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Shermy

Sattar had the same job at the Staten Island post office that the first postal worker to come down with anthrax had at the Brentwood postal facility in D.C. The D.C. guy transferred mail between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Brentwood facility.


9 posted on 05/13/2002 7:37:47 AM PDT by aristeides


16 posted on 08/11/2004 12:44:03 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa

THANK YOU Piasa.


17 posted on 08/11/2004 4:20:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: piasa

Thanks for the information!


18 posted on 08/11/2004 6:57:53 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Calpernia; Fedora; livius; AmishDude

Lynne Stewart's associate Sattar...


19 posted on 02/18/2005 11:28:51 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Until recently, he was a peaceful, moderate muslim.


20 posted on 02/18/2005 11:32:19 PM PST by philetus (What goes around comes around)
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To: piasa

December 09, 2004
New York man admits he called for killing Jews
Lynne Stewart trial/Ahmed Abdel Sattar update:
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/004243.php


21 posted on 02/18/2005 11:35:10 PM PST by dennisw (Seeing as how this is a 44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world .........)
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To: dennisw

thanks


22 posted on 02/19/2005 1:17:16 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa; Calpernia; Peach; prairiebreeze; windchime
Thanks! That also brings Ramsey Clark and some others of interest into the picture:

Who Is Behind Lynne Stewart?

It was Ramsey Clark who urged Lynne Stewart to become the blind sheik's defense attorney. Clark's two previous choices, Center for Constitutional Rights attorneys and noted defenders of criminals and terrorists — including the Palestinian assassin of Meyer Kahane — William Kuntsler and Ron Kuby, had recused themselves.

On the CCR's links to the Vietnam antiwar movement and Soviet terrorist network in the 1960s-1970s, see my comments at:

Soros Funded Stewart Defense , Post 49


23 posted on 02/19/2005 12:08:12 PM PST by Fedora
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To: genefromjersey

Thread and piasa's post

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/682473/posts?page=15#15


24 posted on 02/19/2005 2:24:10 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

ping


25 posted on 02/19/2005 2:26:37 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

A possibility,but I think he would have needed a backup.


26 posted on 02/19/2005 3:47:16 PM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 02/19/2005 7:49:07 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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