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Report: Bin Laden Aide at U.S. Base in Indian Ocean
Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Sun Jul 14,12:50 PM ET

Posted on 07/14/2002 7:39:28 PM PDT by B-bone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of Osama bin Laden's top deputies, Abu Zubaydah, is being held at a U.S. naval facility on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, Time magazine reported on Sunday.

Zubaydah is the highest-ranking al Qaeda member known to have been taken into U.S. custody during Washington's war against terrorism triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that killed about 3,000 people.

U.S. officials, who have been interrogating him for months, have steadfastly refused to disclose where he was being held.

Before his arrest in Pakistan in April, Zubaydah, a 30-year-old Pakistani, was thought to be the new chief of operations of Islamic extremist bin Laden's al Qaeda network, organizing remnants of the organization to carry out further attacks against the United States.

In April, FBI Director Robert Mueller told reporters his capture had helped to prevent another attack.

Time, citing a source familiar with U.S. anti-terror operations, said Zubaydah was recently transferred from a U.S. Navy ship to the American base in Diego Garcia.

The magazine said U.S. officials declined to discuss Zubaydah's location.

Pakistani authorities captured Zubaydah during targeted raids in the towns of Faisalabad, Multan and Lahore.

U.S. authorities have been interrogating him since his capture and have issued a series of warnings about possible al Qaeda threats against U.S. interests as a result of the information gained.

The information has led to a string of alerts about possible threats to the Statue of Liberty, apartment buildings, banks in the northeastern states, supermarkets and shopping malls.

Washington has vowed to bring bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders to justice for allegedly masterminding last year's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. So far many of them, including bin Laden, have eluded capture.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abu; binladen; diegogarcia; zubaydah
Just got back in town and couldn't find this posted.

Not that this comes as any surprise to Freepers.

1 posted on 07/14/2002 7:39:28 PM PDT by B-bone
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To: B-bone
Just got back in town too and posted this on another thread: "Personally I believe Bin Ladin is ALIVE but in custody on an Island away from courts, lawyers and judges." Hmmmm, now he has company.
2 posted on 07/14/2002 7:48:47 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Bringbackthedraft
"an Island away from courts, lawyers and judges"

Sounds like Paradise to me!
3 posted on 07/14/2002 7:53:44 PM PDT by APBaer
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To: B-bone
I did not read this very closely at first and thought the headline said Bin Laden was there....then I read the story and realized it was "Bin Laden Aide."

Darn.
4 posted on 07/14/2002 7:57:01 PM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: APBaer
"an Island away from courts, lawyers and judges"

Sounds like Paradise to me!

I'll take a one-way ticket, please.

5 posted on 07/14/2002 8:29:27 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: B-bone
Interesting. I didn't think that Diego Garcia even had a brig. Maybe they put the guy in one of the seahuts down by the beach - where's he going to go?
6 posted on 07/14/2002 8:31:56 PM PDT by strela
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Interesting. I didn't think that Diego Garcia even had a brig.

There's a B-52 base there... I'm sure a brig can be easily made from other facilities there.
7 posted on 07/14/2002 8:38:18 PM PDT by ricer1
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To: ricer1
Yup - they starting flying Buffs out of there after I transferred. It wouldn't take much to construct some sort of penal facility there.
8 posted on 07/14/2002 8:40:37 PM PDT by strela
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To: strela
Crowley... I should know where that's at, but I can't place it...
9 posted on 07/14/2002 8:44:30 PM PDT by ricer1
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To: ricer1
Its about 10 mi. south of Ft. Worth. Everybody gets it confused with the Crowley over in Louisiana.

About 5000 people in town, a bedroom community for Ft. Worth. We got our first McDonalds only 2 years ago.

10 posted on 07/14/2002 8:47:37 PM PDT by strela
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To: strela
Oh... ok. I think WBAP mentioned it on a rare occassion regarding weather forecasts. I just couldn't remember.

Wow... your 1st Macs!! Yeah, that's a good reference to gauge a town's size and prominence, huh?

Greenville just dedicated a big bronze statue to Audie Murphy (he grew up near here). I need to take a picture of it and do a thread about him. I guess that's Greenville's only claim to fame.
11 posted on 07/14/2002 8:59:29 PM PDT by ricer1
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To: APBaer
"Sounds like Paradise to me!"

LOL

12 posted on 07/14/2002 9:06:33 PM PDT by brat
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To: B-bone
How's the weather in Diego?

I hope bin Laden is in the bottom of a missile silo with the steel door slammed shut (Xfiles style) slowly going insane.

13 posted on 07/14/2002 10:16:00 PM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: B-bone

GOTCHYA !


14 posted on 07/14/2002 10:23:15 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: B-bone
Washington has vowed to bring bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders to justice for allegedly masterminding last year's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Reuters is still writing from the far Left of nihilism on this. Too bad we can't put the Reuters staff on a little island for awhile and probe their journalistic "neutrality." There's nothing "alleged" about Bin Laden's masterminding.
15 posted on 07/14/2002 10:23:39 PM PDT by Vinomori
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To: B-bone
well, if Bin Laden were captured, it might not serve the big picture to allow it to be known.
16 posted on 07/15/2002 7:24:33 AM PDT by galt-jw
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To: strela
Interesting. I didn't think that Diego Garcia even had a brig.

I'm sure they have a septic tank.

17 posted on 07/15/2002 9:28:49 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: B-bone
Report: Bin Laden Aide at U.S. Base in Indian Ocean

All your base are belong to us!

18 posted on 07/15/2002 11:16:20 AM PDT by NeoCaveman
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To: dubyaismypresident
This wiener can continue economic losses to this nation every time he conjures up a future attack to his interrogators, falsely, out of sheer meanness.

I say call in the Japanese with a fresh supply of bamboo chutes.
19 posted on 07/15/2002 12:36:04 PM PDT by mikhailovich
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To: galt-jw
well, if Bin Laden were captured, it might not serve the big picture to allow it to be known.

Just who is this "big picture" and why are we serving them?

20 posted on 07/15/2002 12:39:40 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: B-bone
I would've thought they'd wanna bring Zubaydah to GITMO as quickly as possible in order to completely demoralize the grip of Arab hillbillies we got shackled(up) down there.

Guess not...

Time for O'Reilly's special...I'm out.

21 posted on 07/15/2002 4:53:33 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: B-bone
I shall send them one gross of D batteries. That's the kind cattle prods use, isn't it?
22 posted on 07/15/2002 4:58:52 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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