Skip to comments.Breaking : SHOOTOUTS IN MUMBAI [A lot of people killed and injured]
Posted on 11/26/2008 9:39:53 AM PST by Indian_Fighter_Kite
click here to read article
“Pakistan finally indicts 7 Mumbai plotters”
By BILL ROGGIO
November 25, 2009 8:22 AM
“Charges dropped against Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan’s Teflon Don”
By BILL ROGGIO
October 12, 2009 8:12 AM
Note: Photo included.
“Seven indicted for planning, aiding Mumbai attack”
Wednesday, 25 Nov, 2009
SNIPPET: “RAWALPINDI: Seven men accused of being involved in the Mumbai terrorist attack pleaded not guilty on Wednesday when the trial court formally indicted them for planning and helping the execution of the bloodbath on Nov 26 last year.
Anti-terrorism court judge Malik Mohammad Akram Awan charged Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid alias Zarar Shah, Mazhar Iqbal alias Abu Al-Qama, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum with planning, arranging weapons and providing training to the attackers.
The accused, in the presence of their lawyers, denied the charges and pleaded not guilty. They said they would contest the allegations.
The court adjourned the proceedings till Dec 5 and asked the prosecution to produce their witnesses at the next hearing.
The court decided to take up the case of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist being tried in India, separately under section 540-A of the criminal procedure code after a prosecution lawyer said that Kasab had neither been declared a proclaimed offender nor was the government considering to seek his extradition in the case registered with Federal Investigation Agency. The court did not accept an application moved by defence counsel objecting to the use of uncertified copies of confessional statement of Kasab to prosecute the accused.”
“SEVEN INDICTED FOR PLANNING, AIDING MUMBAI ATTACK”
DAWN.com ^ | November 25, 2009 | n/a
Posted on November 25, 2009 11:37:00 PM PST by Cindy
Note: The following post is a quote:
Jailed militants hoax calls drove India, Pakistan to brink of war
DAWN.COM ^ | Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009 | Azaz Syed
Posted on November 25, 2009 11:20:51 PM PST by cold start
ISLAMABAD: Omar Saeed Sheikh, a detained Pakistani militant, had made hoax calls to President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a bid to heighten Pakistan-India tensions after last years terrorist attacks on Mumbai, investigators have told Dawn.
Omar Saeed Sheikh was the hoax caller. It was he who threatened the civilian and military leaderships of Pakistan over telephone. And he did so from inside Hyderabad jail, investigators said.
The controversy came to light after Dawn broke the story, exactly one year ago, that a hoax caller claiming to be then Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee was making threatening calls to President Zardari.
It was on the night of Nov 26 last year that Saadia Omar, Omar Sheikhs wife, informed him about the carnage in Mumbai. The sources said that the information was passed on to Omar in Hyderabad jail through his mobile phone, which he was secretly using without the knowledge of the administration.
All but one of the attackers who India alleged were Lashkar-i-Taiba terrorists were shot dead by security personnel.
Saadia kept updating Omar about the massacre through the night and small hours of the morning. On the night of Nov 28, when the authorities had regained control over the better part of the city, Omar Saeed, using a UK-registered mobile SIM, made a phone call to Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
He told an operator handling Mr Mukherjees calls that he was the President of Pakistan. Indian officials started verification as part of security precautions and, after some time, the operator informed Omar Saeed (who was posing to be Pakistans president) that the foreign minister would get in touch with him soon. Omar now made a call to President Asif Ali Zardari and then the Chief of Army Staff.
He also made an attempt to talk to the US secretary of state, but security checks barred his way.
The presidency swung into action soon after Mr Zardaris conversation with the adventurous militant.
President Zardari first spoke to Prime Minister Gilani and informed him about the happenings. He also took Interior Minister Rehman Malik into the loop.
In Rawalpindi, Gen Kayani immediately spoke to the chief of the Inter Services Intelligence, Lt- Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.
According to sources, not only President Asif Zardari was taken in by Omars audacity but the COAS was also baffled by his cheekiness.
Gen Kayani, sharing his thoughts with close associates, said he had been bewildered by the callers threatening tone.
But Maj Gen Athar Abbas, the military spokesman, finds the report unbelievable. I am not his (Army chiefs) operator. I dont know who puts calls through to him, but I think this cant be true, said an incredulous Athar Abbas.
Interestingly, when Omar Saeed Sheikh was making these hoax calls, the Lashkar-i-Taiba (LET) chief was also in Karachi, but it is not known whether Omar Saeed was acting under the guidance of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi or on his own.
INVESTIGATIONS: On the other hand, investigators got into the act without wasting time, coming up with their findings within hours.
Their conclusion was that the phone call which came from the Indian external affairs ministry was actually their (Indians) check.
They said the calls to President Zardari and the army chief were made from a Britain-registered SIM.
Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf, in his autobiography, had alleged that Omar Saeed was an agent of MI6, the British intelligence agency.
The very next morning, Nov 29, Hyderabad jail was raided by intelligence agencies and over a dozen SIMs were recovered along with two mobile sets. Majid Siddiqui, the jail superintendent, was suspended.
I dont know much but it is true that some mobile SIMs and mobile sets were recovered from Omar Saeed Sheikh when he was in Hyderabad jail.
I got him transferred to Karachi jail because that is a far better place for such high-profile terrorists, Allauddin Abbasi, DIG Prisons, Hyderabad, told Dawn over phone.
The authorities had a word with Saadia Omar too. She was advised to control herself. The matter was then placed in the files of secret agencies marked as secret.
The Federal Investigation Agency never interrogated Omar Saeed about the Mumbai attacks. Dawns efforts for getting the viewpoint of Tariq Khosa , the FIA chief, drew a blank.
HIGH PROFILE: Omar, currently confined in a high security cell of Karachi Jail, has a long record of militancy, from kidnapping foreigners in Mumbai in 1994 to kidnapping Daniel Pearl in Jan 2002.
Omar Saeed Sheikh was freed by India in Dec 1999 as part of a deal that saw New Delhi agreeing to release a number of militant leaders in exchange for the freedom of hostages on board an India plane hijacked to Kabul.
Soon after his release from Indian captivity, Omar Saeed developed close relations with the LET leadership, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi.
He was invited to a training camp in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, where he spent a couple of days delivering lectures to recruits.
Sources said Lakhwi wanted Omar to join LET and give the organisation an international face.
In Feb 2002, Omar was arrested for the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
“Global Lessons from the Mumbai Terror Attacks”
November 25, 2009
Can you hide under a bed and still attend the university?
ON THE INTERNET:
December 7, 2009
Note: The following text is a quote:
Chicagoan Charged with Conspiracy in 2008 Mumbai Attacks in Addition to Foreign Terror Plot in Denmark
Additional Charges Unsealed Alleging Retired Pakistani Major Conspired in Danish Plot
New federal charges filed today allege that a Chicago man, who was arrested in October for planning terrorist attacks against a Danish newspaper and two of its employees, also conducted extensive surveillance of targets in Mumbai for more than two years preceding the November 2008 terrorist attack on Indias largest city that killed approximately 170 people, including six Americans, and injured hundreds more.
The defendant, David Coleman Headley, a U.S. citizen, earlier this decade allegedly attended terrorism training camps in Pakistan maintained by Lashkar e Tayyiba (Lashkar), and conspired with its members and others in planning and executing the attacks in both Denmark and India, federal law enforcement officials announced today.
Also today, a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Chicago charging Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed (Abdur Rehman), a retired major in the Pakistani military, with conspiracy in planning to attack the Danish newspaper and its employees. Another Chicago man, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan, was arrested in October on federal charges filed in Chicago relating to the Danish terrorism plot.
Through his attorneys, Headley has authorized the Justice Department to disclose that he is cooperating in the ongoing investigation of both the Danish and Indian terror plots. He has remained in federal custody without bond since he was arrested in Chicago on Oct. 3, 2009.
No date has been set yet for his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Headley, 49, was charged in a 12-count criminal information with six counts of conspiracy to bomb public places in India, to murder and maim persons in India and Denmark, to provide material support to foreign terrorist plots, and to provide material support to Lashkar, and six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens in India.
The charges were announced by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI. The U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California and the FBIs offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., are also participating in the case.
This case serves as a reminder that the terrorist threat is global in nature and requires constant vigilance at home and abroad, said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. We continue to share leads developed in this investigation with our foreign and domestic law enforcement partners as we work together on this important matter.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, said: This case illustrates the importance of continued global cooperation to combat terrorism around the world. The FBI continues to strengthen relationships and to foster collaboration with our international partners to best ensure our collective ability to identify and disrupt international terror networks.
This investigation remains active and ongoing. The team of prosecutors and agents will continue to seek charges against the other persons responsible for these attacks. I continue to express my deep appreciation to the FBI agents and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their extremely hard work on this matter, said Mr. Fitzgerald.
Mumbai Terror Attacks
According to the charges, after learning from members of Lashkar in late 2005 that he would be traveling to India to perform surveillance for Lashkar, Headley changed his name from Daood Gilani on Feb. 15, 2006, in Philadelphia, in order to present himself in India as an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani. He later made five extended trips to Mumbai in September 2006, February and September 2007, and April and July 2008 each time taking pictures and making videotapes of various targets, including those attacked in November 2008.
Starting Nov. 26, 2008, and continuing through Nov. 28, 2008, 10 attackers trained by Lashkar carried out multiple assaults with firearms, grenades and improvised explosive devices against multiple targets in Mumbai, including the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, the Leopold Café, the Nariman House and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, each of which Headley allegedly had scouted in advance, killing approximately 170 victims.
The six Americans killed during the three-day siege are identified in the charges as Ben Zion Chroman, Gavriel Holtzberg, Sandeep Jeswani, Alan Scherr, his daughter Naomi Scherr, and Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum.
Lashkar (the Army of the Good) operated in Pakistan for the principal purpose of fighting to separate from India portions of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization on Dec. 26, 2001. Headley allegedly attended Lashkar training camps in Pakistan that began in February and August 2002 and August and December 2003.
After being tasked in late 2005 with gathering surveillance in Mumbai and changing his name in early 2006, the charges allege that Headley traveled to Chicago in June 2006 and advised a person identified in the charges as Individual A of his assignment. Headley obtained Individual As approval to open an office of First World Immigration Services in Mumbai in 2006 as cover for his surveillance activities, the charges allege. Headley allegedly misrepresented his birth name, fathers true name and the purpose of his travel in his visa application.
After each trip that Headley took to India between September 2006 and July 2008, he allegedly returned to Pakistan, met with other co-conspirators and provided them with photographs, videos and oral descriptions of various locations. In March 2008, Headley and his co-conspirators discussed potential landing sites for a team of attackers who would arrive by sea in Mumbai, and he was instructed to take boat trips in and around the Mumbai harbor and take surveillance video, which he did during his visit to India starting in April 2008, the charges allege.
At various times, Headley allegedly conducted surveillance of other locations in Mumbai and elsewhere in India of facilities and locations that were not attacked in November 2008, including the National Defense College in Delhi, India.
Denmark Terror Plot
Regarding the Denmark terror plot, Headley allegedly conspired between October 2008 and Oct. 3, 2009, with Ilyas Kashmiri, as well as a person identified as Individual A, members of Lashkar and others to plan and carry out terrorist attacks, including murder and maiming, against the facilities of the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, and two of its employees, Editor A and Cartoonist A. In 2005, the newspaper published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, to which many Muslims took great offense.
Mirroring the initial charges filed against Headley in October, todays charges allege that he met with co-conspirators while he was in Pakistan in late 2008 and discussed planning for the attack, including extensive surveillance work that he would perform. In late December and early January 2008, after advising Individual A of the planned attack and his intended travel to Denmark to perform surveillance of the newspapers facilities, Headley obtained Individual As approval and assistance to identify himself as a representative of First World and gain access to the newspaper by falsely expressing interest in advertising the business in the newspaper. At the same time, while in Chicago, Headley exchanged emails with co-conspirators to continue planning for the attack and coordinate his travel to Denmark to conduct surveillance. Before departing Chicago, Headley obtained business cards that identified him as a representative of First World, according to the charges.
Headley allegedly traveled in January 2009 from Chicago to Copenhagen, Denmark, to conduct surveillance of the Jyllands Posten newspaper offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark, and videotaped the surrounding areas. From January through May 2009, Headley met with co-conspirators, including Kashmiri, on multiple occasions in Pakistan to review his surveillance and discuss plans for the attack, the charges allege, adding that Headley traveled in August 2009 from Chicago to Copenhagen to conduct additional surveillance and made approximately 13 videos. On Oct. 3, 2009, Headley was arrested at OHare International Airport in Chicago, intending ultimately to travel to Pakistan to meet with, and deliver, the approximately 13 surveillance videos to co-conspirators, including Kashmiri.
The charges identify Kashmiri as an influential leader of Harakat-ul Jihad Islami (HUJI), an organization that trained terrorists and executed attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir under Indian control and other areas. Kashmiri based his operations from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of western Pakistan, and area which served as a haven for terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and the Taliban. Headley allegedly was introduced to Kashmiri as early as February 2009, and understood that Kashmiri was in regular communication with the senior leadership of al Qaeda.
Abdur Rehman complaint
The two-count complaint unsealed against Abdur Rehman, which was filed on Oct. 20, 2009, charges him with conspiracy to murder and maim persons in a foreign country, and providing material support to that foreign terrorism conspiracy. Abdur Rehman allegedly participated in the planning of a terrorist attack in Denmark, coordinated surveillance of the intended targets, and facilitated communications regarding the surveillance and planning with a member of Lashkar and Kashmiri.
Abdur Rehman, who was not named previously but whose alleged participation was described in the initial charges against Headley and Rana, allegedly played the central role in communicating with Headley and facilitating contacts with other co-conspirators in Pakistan, including members of Lashkar. During Headleys trip to Pakistan in January 2009, Abdur Rehman took him to the FATA region of Pakistan to meet with Kashmiri and solicit the participation of Kashmiri and his organization in the planned attack on the Danish newspaper, according to the complaint against Abdur Rehman. A search of Headleys luggage when he was arrested revealed a list of phone numbers, including a Pakistani number that he allegedly had used to contact Abdur Rehman.
The count against Headley charging conspiracy to bomb public places in India that resulted in deaths carries a maximum statutory penalty of life imprisonment or death. All of the other counts against Headley carry a maximum of life imprisonment, except providing material support to the Denmark terror plot, which carries a maximum prison term of 15 years.
The conspiracy to murder or maim persons in a foreign country charge against Abdur Rehman carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, and the count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
The prosecution of Headley and Abdur Rehman is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Collins and Victoria J. Peters from the Northern District of Illinois, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Departments National Security Division. The investigation into the Mumbai attacks is continuing with the active participation of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Los Angeles.
The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain mere allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your thread has been updated.
Thanks to Coldstart for posting this article:
“A Celebration for the Mumbai Attacks Littlest Survivor”
JewishJournal.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | Nathan Jeffay
Posted on November 26, 2009 7:45:09 PM PST by cold start
Chicago man to plead guilty in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks
David Headley had been cooperating with authorities
March 16, 2010
By NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter
SNIPPET: Chicagoan David Headley a key figure in the ongoing investigation into the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India plans to plead guilty this week.
Headley, 49, is scheduled to change his plea Thursday before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber in Chicago, according to court records.
Among the charges facing Headley, an American of Pakistani descent, is conspiracy to bomb public places. That charge carries a possible death sentence.
Chicago man to plead guilty in terror case
Headley helped plan assault that killed 170 in India, prosecutors say
March 17, 2010
BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter
SNIPPET: After cooperating with authorities for months, a key figure in the ongoing investigation into the 2008 deadly terror attacks in Mumbai, India, plans to plead guilty this week in federal court.
Chicagoan David Headley, 49, has reached a plea deal with government officials that will be made public Thursday before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, Headleys lawyer John Theis said Tuesday.
Note: Video included.
Mumbai attacks suspect Headley to plead guilty before US court
PTI, Mar 17, 2010, 09.03am IST
SNIPPET: The Chicago court has set March 18 as date for change of plea hearing for 49-year-old LeT operative, who has been charged with conspiring in the Mumbai terror attack.
...scheduling David Coleman Headley for a change of plea hearing on March 18, 2010, before US District Judge Harry Leinenweber, the court entry read.
Theis said that discussions were going on with the government regarding plea bargaining.
We are working on it and negotiating the plea deal. Yes, I expect this is what is going to happen on March 18, he added.
US DOJ.gov - Justice.gov/opa - Press Release: "CHICAGO RESIDENT DAVID COLEMAN HEADLEY PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN INDIA AND DENMARK TERRORISM CONSPIRACIES Admits Conducting Surveillance for Lashkar e Tayyiba in Planning 2008 Mumbai Attacks" (March 18, 2010)
The following post are a quote:
March 26, 2010
Note: The following text is a quote:
Chicago Man Charged with Providing Material Support to al Qaeda by Attempting to Send Funds Overseas
CHICAGOA Chicago man who claims to be acquainted with an alleged terrorist leader in Pakistan was arrested today on federal charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization for allegedly attempting to provide funds overseas to al Qaeda, federal law enforcement officials announced.
Although the defendant, Raja Lahrasib Khan, a Chicago taxi driver and native of Pakistan who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1988, allegedly discussed attacking a stadium in the United States this summer, there was no imminent domestic danger, officials said.
The investigation leading to Khans arrest is unrelated to a separate investigation that resulted in federal terrorism charges against Chicagoans Tahawwur Hussain Rana and David Coleman Headley in connection with the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and a plot to attack targets in Denmark, the officials added.
Khan, 56, of the citys north side, was charged with two counts of providing material support to terrorism in a criminal complaint that was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago and unsealed today following his arrest, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation is continuing, they said.
Khan was arrested this morning while working in downtown Chicago without incident by the Chicago FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was scheduled to appear at 3:30 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown in Federal Court in Chicago.
While there was no imminent danger in the Chicago area or elsewhere, these charges, once again, affirm that law enforcement must remain constantly vigilant to guard against domestic support of foreign terrorist organizations. I am deeply grateful to the FBI agents and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their extremely hard work on this matter, said Mr. Fitzgerald.
Mr. Grant said: Over the past six months, FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces across the country have disrupted plots, charged and apprehended a number of individuals and secured significant intelligence, which has been of benefit here and to our allies overseas. Notable as most of these successes have been, it also illustrates the reality of the environment we face today, along with the critical responsibility domestic law enforcement agencies and intelligence services have in protecting the public from the violent designs of others. It is a complex threat that we face and we are pleased with the results today, he added.
Todays arrest and charges are the result of an outstanding cooperative law enforcement and intelligence effort and underscore the domestic and international aspects of the terror threat we face, said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
According to a 35-page complaint affidavit, by at least 2008, Khan, who claims to have known Ilyas Kashmiri for approximately 15 years, learned that Kashmiri was working with al Qaeda, and that Kashmiri was purportedly receiving orders from al Qaedas leader, Osama bin Laden. According to Khan, during his meeting or meetings with Kashmiri, among other things, Khan learned that Kashmiri wanted to train operatives to conduct attacks in the United States; Kashmiri showed Khan a video depicting the detonation of an improvised explosive device; and Kashmiri told Khan that he needed money, in any amount, to be able to purchase materials from the black market.
The complaint identifies Kashmiri as the leader in Kashmir of Harakat ul-Jihad-I-Islami (HUJI), a Sunni extremist group located in Pakistan and Kashmir with links to al Qaeda. In a reported interview last October, Kashmiri purportedly said that he had joined forces with al Qaeda. In January 2010, Kashmiri, together with a former Pakistani military officer, Rana, and Headley, were indicted in Chicago for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to murder and maim persons in a planned attack against the facilities and employees of the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, in Denmark, as retribution for the publication of cartoons that depicted the Prophet Mohammed.
The charges against Khan allege that on Nov. 23, 2009, he sent a money transfer of approximately $950 from a currency exchange located on North LaSalle Street in Chicago to Individual A, who was in either Mirpur or Bhimber, in Pakistan. Khan later spoke with Individual A by telephone and instructed him to give Lala 25,000 Pakistani rupees (approximately $300) of the money he had sent. According to the affidavit, Khan told an undercover agent that Lala, which means older brother in Urdu, is a nickname Khan uses to refer to Kashmiri, who he told the agent he had met most recently in 2008 in Miran Shah in northwest Pakistan. Khan also told the agent that Khan believed that his telephones were being monitored, and if Khan or the undercover agent were ever questioned about their discussions regarding Lala, they should claim to have been referring to Khans actual older brother.
Just two weeks ago, on March 11, Khan and an associate, identified as Individual B, allegedly had a discussion during which they appeared to talk about attacking a stadium in the United States in August. Among other things, Khan described that bags containing remote controlled bombs could be placed in several different locations, and then boom, boom, boom, boom. Khan further said that he would ask Lala [Kashmiri] to teach him how to conduct such an attack, the complaint alleges. However, there are no allegations that Khan either knew Kashmiris current whereabouts or had yet discussed his stadium plan with him.
On March 17, after agreeing to personally deliver to Kashmiri any funds that the undercover agent wanted to provide, Khan allegedly accepted $1,000 (ten $100 bills) from the agent. The complaint states that Khan accepted these funds after having had prior conversations with the undercover agent in which: Khan confirmed that Kashmiri was working with al Qaeda; Khan assured that Kashmiri would use the undercover agents funds to purchase weapons and, possibly, other supplies; Khan assured that he had provided Kashmiri with money in the past, including in approximately December 2009; and Khan discussed the possibility of having his son transport the money from the United States to England, where Khan would rendevous with his son, retrieve the money, and deliver it to Kashmiri in Pakistan.
On March 23, government agents at Chicagos OHare International Airport came into contact with Khans son, who was traveling to England. During this contact, agents discovered that Khans son possessed seven of the ten $100 bills that the undercover agent had given to Khan, according to the affidavit.
Each count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the court is required to impose a reasonable sentence under the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Chicago FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, with particular assistance from the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police, and the Department of Homeland Securitys U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Veatch and Steven Dollear, of the Northern District of Illinois, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Departments National Security Division.
The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains mere allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
112 posted on March 27, 2010 9:59:25 PM PDT by Cindy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]
Ranas pre-trial conference tomorrow
Chicago, Mar 28 (PTI)
SNIPPET: Pakistani-Canadian terror suspect Tahawwur Hussain Rana, charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks, is set to appear before a US court here tomorrow for a pre-trial conference during which federal prosecutors would discuss classified information relating to his case
The pre-trial conference scheduled before US Judge Harry Leinenweber in the US District court, Northern District of Illinois will be a partly private meeting and Rana would not be required to be present throughout the hearing.
Rana would appear in court only when he is entitled to be present, US attorney in Chicago Patrick Fitzgerald said.Federal prosecutors would discuss classified information that may be used during the trial of 49-year-old Rana, a Chicago-based businessman.
This would be Ranas first court appearance after co-accused and Pakistani-American LeT operative David Coleman Headley pleaded guilty on March 18 to plotting the Mumbai attacks.
113 posted on March 27, 2010 11:55:39 PM PDT by Cindy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]
“Nanny who saved Jewish rabbi baby in Mumbai terror attack interview”
Video Description - quote:
realityshowsindia44 December 07, 2008 http://www.WorldForPeace.net Interview of the lady who saved the life of the infant of the Jewish rabbi couple in Mumbai terror attack at Nariman House or Chabad house. She recollects her experience and the Indian lady is likely to be awarded Israel’s highest honor for her courage. mumbai terror pakistan karachi kashmir LET Jaish-e-Mohammed Hizbul Mujahideen War on Terror Mumbai terror attacks US Iraq Afghanistan Al Qaeda Pakistan Kashmir terrorism LTTE Somalia violence Zawahari Osama Bin Laden 9/11 Israel Hamas world for peace mumbai terror
News & Politics
Nanny jewish couple nariman house chabad rabbi mumbai terror attacks israel pakistan karachi lashkar-e-toiba LET
Thanks to American in Tokyo for the ping to this thread.
Note: Photos included.
“KASAB Found GUILTY of 26/11 Mumbai Terrorist Massacre (BREAKING!) (Could Get Death Penalty)”
Live Feed: NDTV (New Delhi TV) ^ | 3 May 2010 | AmericanInTokyo
Posted on May 3, 2010 2:22:47 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
“Just breaking now on Indian TV and radio.”
DEATH penalty just announced on 4 counts
automatic appeal occurs next
let’s hope that there’s no foolish, squeamish shrinking from the need to execute this vermin
“Mumbai attacks: Kasab gets the death penalty”
TNN, May 6, 2010, 02.03pm IST
“Judge M L Tahaliyani has awarded the death sentence to Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab. The judge felt Kasabs crime fell under the judicial definition of “rarest of rare” and death by hanging was well deserved.
Kasab was given the death penalty on four counts. The court said there was no chance of Kasab reforming.”
Yep. Death by Hanging. Terrorist Activities. Murder. And Conspiracy Murder. May 6, 2010 Local time
DAWN.com: "JAILED MILITANT'S HOAX CALLS DROVE INDIA, PAKISTAN TO BRINK OF WAR" by Azaz Syed (SNIPPET: "Omar Saeed Sheikh..." SNIPPET: "In Feb 2002, Omar was arrested for the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.") (November 26, 2009)
DAWN.com: Rawalpindi - "SEVEN INDICTED FOR PLANNING, AIDING MUMBAI ATTACK" (SNIPPET: "Anti-terrorism court judge Malik Mohammad Akram Awan charged Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid alias Zarar Shah, Mazhar Iqbal alias Abu Al-Qama, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum with planning, arranging weapons and providing training to the attackers." SNIPPET: "The court decided to take up the case of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving 'terrorist' being tried in India, separately under section 540-A of the criminal procedure code...") (November 25, 2009)
FBI.gov - Congressional Testimony: "DONALD VAN DUYN Chief Intelligence Officer Federal Bureau of Investigation: "STATEMENT BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS" (SNIPPET: ""Good afternoon Chairman Lieberman, Senator Collins, and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to be here today to discuss the FBI's role in investigating terrorist attacks overseas, including our response to the recent tragic attacks in Mumbai, India. I will also describe how we are working with our U.S. intelligence and law enforcement community partners to apply lessons learned from the Mumbai attacks to protect the U.S.Homeland.") (January 8, 2009)
HINDU.com: "MUMBAI TERROR ATTACKS - DOSSIER OF EVIDENCE" (SNIPPET: "This is a scanned copy of the 69-page dossier of material stemming from the ongoing investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26-29, 2008 that was handed over by India to Pakistan on January 5, 2009.")
Blog.WIRED.com: "MUMBAI TERROR GROUP TRAINED AMERICAN JIHADISTS" by Noah Shachtman (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Since 2003, at least five U.S. citizens have been convicted in federal court of conspiring to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba. At least nine more men, considered to be in the same larger circle, have been convicted of firearms violations and other felonies. (A partial list is here.) Several other cases are still making their way through the legal process.") (December 10, 2008, 7:00 am)
NST.com.my: "MUMBAI TERROR: MILITANTS NOT TOLD SUICIDAL NATURE OF MISSION" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Ajmal made another important disclosure: all terrorists were trained in marine warfare." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Ajmal has revealed the names of some of his fellow jihadis -- all Pakistanis -- as Abu Ali, Fahad, Omar, Shoaib, Umer, Abu Akasha, Ismail, Abdul Rahman (Bara) and Abdul Rahman (Chhota).") (November 30, 2008)
MUMBAI MIRROR.com: "'I want to live'" by Rakesh Prakash, Ravikiran Deshmukh and Danish Khan (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "His name is Azam Amir Kasav, he is 21 years old, speaks fluent English, hails from tehsil Gipalpura in Faridkot in Pakistan, and is the only terrorist from this audacious operation to have been captured alive. An ATS spokesperson confirmed that the man captured was indeed the one photographed by us." ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Ammunition, a satellite phone and a layout plan of CST was recovered from him. According to sources, the young terrorist has given the investigators vital leads including how the chief planner of the Mumbai terror plot had come to the city a month ago, took pictures and filmed strategic locations and trained their group and instructed them to "kill till the last breath".") (November 29, 2008)
NOTE The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Indian Government Officials Provided Access to Terror Defendant David Headley
As part of the cooperation and partnership between the United States and India in the fight against international terrorism, Indian law enforcement officials were provided direct access to interview David Coleman Headley, the Justice Department announced today.
Mr. Headley and his counsel agreed to the meetings and Headley answered the Indian investigators questions over the course of seven days of interviews. There were no restrictions on the questions posed by Indian investigators. To protect the confidentiality of the investigations being conducted by both India and the United States, both countries have agreed not to disclose the contents of the interviews.
Headley pleaded guilty on March 18, 2010 in the Northern District of Illinois to 12 federal terrorism charges, admitting that he participated in planning the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, as well as later planning to attack a Danish newspaper.
117 posted on June 11, 2010 3:15:26 AM PDT by Cindy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]
ISI involved in 2008 Mumbai attack
By BILL ROGGIO
June 10, 2010 10:15 PM
SNIPPET: Todays report on the involvement of Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence directorate in the 2008 terror assault on Mumbai wins this months coveted Captain Louis Renault Award. Once the Indians got hold of David Headley for interrogation, it was only a matter of time before that story was printed. Oh, and Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was also involved in the planning and execution of the Mumbai attack.
ISI guided LeT at every step for 26/11
Diwakar & Vishwa Mohan, TNN, Jun 10, 2010, 02.40am IST
Headley spills beans on Indian contacts
SNIPPET: NEW DELHI: Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley has confirmed that Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists carried out the Mumbai attack under the guidance of Pakistans ISI.
Headley, who is being interrogated in the US by a team of NIA officials, has said that the notorious ISI was engaged with the Lashkar commanders responsible for the 26/11 carnage at each and every stage of the plot.
The account of the terrorist, who receed targets for Lashkar terrorists across the country, corroborates Indias stand about the involvement of Pakistani state actors in terrorism, trains the spotlight on LeT-ISI tandem, and explains Pakistans unwillingness to clamp down on the Lashkar leadership.
Headley has mentioned serving officers of Pakistan army Major Sameer Ali, Major Iqbal and Major Haroon as those who collaborated with the Lashkar terrorists. Major Sameer and Major Iqbal figured in the dossier India gave to Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir.
NIAs sessions with Headley tally with what he is learnt to have told the FBI, including the crucial bit about Hafiz Saeed being in the loop through the plot.
Breaking : SHOOTOUTS IN MUMBAI [A lot of people killed and injured]
CNN IBN ^ | Wed, Nov 26, 2008
Posted on November 26, 2008 9:39:53 AM PST by Indian_Fighter_Kite
118 posted on June 11, 2010 3:29:00 AM PDT by Cindy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 117 | View Replies | Report Abuse]
Ilyas Kashmiri - Pakistans Frankenstein
Al Qaeda commander continues to pose a threat to U.S. and South Asian security as Pakistans military and intelligence services look the other way
June 22, 2010
SNIPPET: Top Al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri poses a major threat to U.S. interests both at home and abroad. Described by intelligence agencies as the most effective, dangerous and successful guerrilla leader in the world, Kashmiri heads Al Qaedas military operations wing. He figures prominently in two recent high-profile terrorism indictments issued in Chicago.
But Kashmiri remains free in South Asia and in control of a renowned Al Qaeda terror cell called the 313 Brigade, in large part due to support from rogue elements tied to the Pakistani military and intelligence services.
Interpol issues notice against 2 Pak Army majors in Mumbai attacks case
Times of India ^ | Oct 7, 2010 | Anon
Posted on October 7, 2010 1:02:32 PM PDT by Pharmboy
Interpol notice against 2 Pak Army majors in 26/11 case
NEW DELHI: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has secured an Interpol Red Corner Notice against five accused persons, including two serving Pakistani Army majors, for their alleged role in the Mumbai terror strike of 2008.
The Interpol issued the Red Corner Notice after securing a non-bailable warrant from the court Additional Sessions Judge here.
The warrants were issued on the basis of disclosures made by American national and Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, who was extensively questioned by the NIA officials in June this year.
The Red Corner Notice has been issued against Major Sameer Ali, and Major Iqbal, both serving in the Pakistani Army, Illyas Kashmiri, an LeT terrorist, Sajid Majid and Syed Abdur Rehman Hashim.
The security agencies have already secured Red Corner notice against Lashkers founder Hafeez Sayeed and his close aide Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in connection with the 26/11 attacks that left over 160 people dead.
These people, according to NIA officials, had worked in close coordination with Headly in executing the nefarious plans of the Lashker for carrying out terror strikes in Mumbai.
Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 18, 2010
First Published: 21:33 IST(18/12/2010)
Last Updated: 02:01 IST(19/12/2010)
“US memo, jailed IM man reveal Al Qaedas India links”
SNIPPET: “After the blast, Shahzad was interrogated for more information, which is when he shed light on the Al Qaedas influence on the IM.”
SNIPPET: “Furthermore, former Pakistani army major Abdul Rehman alias Pasha, who joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba after leaving the army, was in regular touch with Amir Raza Khan, Karachi-based top IM operative and Atifs handler.
Pasha was also in touch with David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American who helped the lashkar select targets for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Headley has told Indian investigators he formed a great bond with Pasha and that it was Pasha who took him to meet Kashmiri in Waziristan.”
“Accused in India massacre claims ties to Pakistani secret service”
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 11, 2011 8:43PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Apr. 11, 2011 11:15PM EDT
SNIPPET: “Defendant’s proposed defence is that his alleged illegal acts of providing material support to terrorists at least those related to the Mumbai attacks were done at the behest of the Pakistani government and the ISI, not the Lashkar terrorist organization, reads the decision. He argues that he is entitled to a public-authority defence because he acted under the authority whether actual or apparent of the Pakistani government and the ISI.
Prosecutors also say they caught Mr. Rana and Mr. Headley on tape after the Mumbai attacks, discussing a plot to kill a Danish cartoonist who had lampooned the Prophet Mohammed.”
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT Blog: "TOP U.S. ADMIRAL WARNS OF LASHKAR'S 'EXPANDING REACH'" (SNIPPET: "Willard claimed the United States had evidence of LeT's presence in Europe and the broader Asia-Pacific region. Willard also said the group was active in Canada and the United States. Willard also noted the relationship of the Pakistani government to the LeT was "very sensitive." The LeT is alleged to be a creation of Pakistan's military intelligence service, the ISI, as part of its efforts to use Kashmiri fighters to wage a low-intensity proxy war against rival India. The group has been banned in Pakistan but Indian authorities maintain the ISI continues to have ties to Lashar militants.") (April 13, 2011, 2:20 pm)
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Four Added to Lashkar Prosecution”
by IPT News Apr 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm
SNIPPET: “Prosecutors in Chicago have added four defendants to a case involving planning for the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India that killed 164 people.
The four, Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa, Mazhar Iqbal and a man known only as “Major Iqbal” are charged with conspiracy to murder and maim people in India and with six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens in India.
None of the men added to the case are in custody.
Co-defendant Tahawwur Hussain Rana faces a May 16 trial date. Last year, David Coleman Headley, an American of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty to charges he helped plan the Mumbai attack by scouting the targets for the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and of scouting a proposed follow-up attack on the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Mir also was charged in connection with the Danish plot.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com: "TRIAL WILL PROBE ALLEGED CHICAGO TIES TO MUMBAI ATTACK Businessman charged with helping admitted scout for terrorist group" BY ANNIE SWEENEY (SNIPPET: "Tahawwur Hussain Rana...") (May 5, 2011, 10:21 pm CDT)
“Pak aims to block lawsuit against ISI chief in US court”
May 11, 2011, 05.53pm IST
SNIPPET: “ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is preparing to block a lawsuit in a US court that alleges complicity of its spy chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha in the audacious 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, on the grounds that it will pour “gasoline on the fire” of Indo-Pak relations.”
“Osama bin Laden’s Internet connection”
By THOMAS JOSCELYN
May 12, 2011 7:25 PM
SNIPPET: “Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press have a new piece out explaining how, according to US officials, Osama bin Laden emailed with members of his network.
Holed up in his walled compound in northeast Pakistan with no phone or Internet capabilities, bin Laden would type a message on his computer without an Internet connection, then save it using a thumb-sized flash drive. He then passed the flash drive to a trusted courier, who would head for a distant Internet cafe.
At that location, the courier would plug the memory drive into a computer, copy bin Laden’s message into an email and send it. Reversing the process, the courier would copy any incoming email to the flash drive and return to the compound, where bin Laden would read his messages offline.”
SNIPPET: “Finally, the 100 flash memory drives captured indicate that far from being a mere figurehead or symbol — bin Laden was still operationally active.”
stepping back in time...
“Report: Osama bin Laden ordered Mumbai-style attacks in Europe”
By THOMAS JOSCELYN & BILL ROGGIO
October 1, 2010
SNIPPET: “NPR reported on Thursday that “bin Laden used couriers to send a message to” al Qaeda’s “affiliates and partners.” He wanted them to emulate a “Mumbai-style attack” in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. NPR also reported that US intelligence officials are currently investigating the possibility that the US was a target as well.”
SNIPPET: “The recently foiled plot against Europe demonstrates, yet again, that al Qaeda works in concert with a number of like-minded jihadist organizations based in Pakistan and Afghanistan. [See LWJ report, Al Qaeda is the tip of the jihadist spear.]”
SNIPPET: “According to NPR, Siddiqui was sheltered by the Haqqani Network in Pakistan. The Haqqani Network has longstanding ties to al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network, and the Taliban cooperate in attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. Siraj Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani Network, is a member of al Qaeda’s Shura Majlis.
In Afghanistan, Siddiqui became a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an al Qaeda affiliate that has primarily fought alongside the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The IMU is known as a guerilla-style fighting organization. But in keeping with bin Laden’s vision of folding local organizations into his international jihad, the IMU contributed to this latest plot by accepting Siddiqui into its ranks and possibly doing more.
The plot itself was supposed to be modeled after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET). The LET was originally founded by the Pakistani military and intelligence establishment to fight Indian forces in Kashmir. It currently assists the Taliban and al Qaeda in operations in Afghanistan and has an international presence, including inside the US.
Al Qaeda has long worked closely with the LET.”
SNIPPET: “Speaking to students at Duke University at Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates explained that the US-led coalition’s enemy in Afghanistan “is increasingly an unholy syndicate of terrorist groups working together: al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, the Pakistani Taliban, the Afghan Taliban and groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba.””
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - Threat Matrix - blog: "LASHKAR-E-TAIBA RALLIES FOR BIN LADEN" by Bill Roggio (SNIPPET: "Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba who has been designated by the US and the UN as a terrorist, remains a free man in Pakistan despite openly supporting jihad in both India and Pakistan, and regardless of his group's involvement in the Mumbai attack as well as other terror attacks. Pakistani Army corps commanders, who occupy some of the senior-most positions in the military, openly cavort with Saeed.") (May 15, 2011, 11:02 pm)
“Trial Poses New Challenge to U.S.-Pakistani Relations”
by Abha Shankar
May 17, 2011
“Lashkar-e-Taiba, Mumbai, and the ISI”
BY STEPHEN TANKEL
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 4:47 PM
Witness Ties Pakistan to Mumbai Massacre
By DOUGLAS BELKIN
SNIPPET: CHICAGOThe star witness in a terrorism case that could further strain U.S.-Pakistan relations testified Monday that the Pakistani government helped support a terrorist group that carried out a massacre in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people, including six Americans.
David Headley, a 50-year-old drug dealer turned informant who has pleaded guilty to helping plan the 2008 massacre, said Pakistans intelligence service ISI worked with the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. They coordinated with each other. The ISI provided assistance to Lashkar, Mr. Headley testified quietly. Asked what kind of assistance, he said, Financial and military.
Testimony Details Mumbai, Denmark Plots
by Abha Shankar
May 25, 2011
SNIPPET: CHICAGO The terrorists responsible for the 2008 attack on Mumbai had plans for additional strikes against Indian military targets and against Jews, a former operative testified Tuesday.
David Headleys testimony focused on details in the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people, including six Americans. Headley is a key witness against a Chicago businessman charged with aiding the plot.
Tahawuur Rana allowed his immigration companys Mumbai office to serve as Headleys cover to scout targets for the attacks for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba. Rana knew about the plot and supported it, Headley said. He has testified that members of Pakistans powerful intelligence services, the ISI, also helped plot and finance the attacks.
“Headley provides more details about Mumbai attacks”
By Sebastian Rotella, Published: May 24
SNIPPET: “Headley said his ISI handler, a man known only as Major Iqbal, deployed him on the last of five reconnaissance missions to scout targets that included the Chabad House, a Jewish community center where gunmen later killed three American rabbis.”
“Trial’s First Week Reinforces Pakistani Intelligence Suspicions”
by Abha Shankar
May 27, 2011
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“U.S. Sees Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as Dangerous as al-Qaida”
by IPT News May 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm
SNIPPET: “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told top Indian security officials in New Delhi Friday that the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) is as much of a threat as al-Qaida.
“The LeT is ranked right up there with Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-related groups as a terrorist organization, one that seeks to harm people and take innocent lives,” Napolitano said in a joint press conference with Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram. “In the US perspective, the LeT is an organization of the same ranking as the Al Qaeda-related groups.”
Napolitano’s assertion came in the midst of the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, accused of complicity in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. A key witness in the trial, American-Pakistani David Coleman Headley, who has admitted to involvement in the attacks, has also implicated LeT and the Pakistani Intelligence service (ISI). LeT, however, denies any involvement.”
Jury Deliberates Chicago Businessmans Ties to Mumbai, Denmark Plots
by Abha Shankar
June 8, 2011
SNIPPET: Jury deliberations began Wednesday morning in the case of a Chicago businessman charged with aiding the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist strike. The attacks were carried out by armed militants from the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT).
Tahawwur Ranas immigration company provided cover to American Lashkar operative David Headley to scout targets for the attacks. Prosecutors say this was because he supported the attacks. Rana is charged with supporting the Mumbai plot, along with a plot in Denmark that was not carried out, and with support for the LeT.
Defense attorneys say he was manipulated by Headley, a childhood friend. Headley pleaded guilty in March 2010 and was the prosecutions star witness in the trial. Headley admits making several trips to India to scout targets for the attacks, which killed more than 160 people, including six Americans.
Rana helped Headley in his deadly plans, Assistant U.S. Attorney Victoria Peters told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday. He knows exactly who David Headley is and what David Headley is about and he fully approves.
The trial garnered international attention because much of the testimony and evidence implicated Pakistans Inter Services Intelligence agency in the Mumbai plot. But in closing arguments, attorneys primarily focused on the actions of the defendant and his chief accuser.
Peters pointed to evidence, including e-mails, tape recordings and videotaped admissions, tying Rana to the Mumbai attacks and other plots. Those records show it was not just Headleys word that led to Ranas prosecution.
Background Link no. 1:
Background Link No. 2:
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Chicago Businessman Found Guilty on Two Counts in Terrorism Trial”
SNIPPET: “A federal jury Thursday found a Pakistan-born Chicago businessman guilty on charges of participating in a conspiracy to attack a Danish newspaper and providing material support to the Pakistan-based terror group, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT).
Tahawwur Rana was acquitted on the charge of conspiring to provide material support to the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist strike that killed over 160 people, including six Americans.
The verdict came after two days of jury deliberations following a trial that began May 16.
Prosecutors alleged Rana’s immigration company provided cover to American Lashkar operative David Headley to scout targets for the Mumbai attacks. David Headley pleaded guilty last year to his role in plotting the attacks and was the prosecution’s star witness in the trial.
In his testimony, Headley said Rana knew about the plot and supported it. He also testified that members of Pakistan’s powerful intelligence services, the ISI, also helped plot and finance the attacks.
Headley’s testimony was corroborated by other evidence presented at the trial, including e-mails, tape recordings and videotaped admissions, Assistant U.S. Attorney Victoria Peters said in her closing arguments Tuesday.
Prosecutors also claimed Rana assisted Headley in a plot to attack the offices of the Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten. The newspaper’s 2005 publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad had unleashed a wave of protests across the Muslim world.”
11 hours ago via TweetDeck Favorite Undo Retweet Reply
Retweeted by truthusadotcom
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Chicago Businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana Guilty of Providing Material Support to Terror Group and Supporting Role in Denmark Terrorism Conspiracy
U.S. Attorneys Office
June 09, 2011
CHICAGOA Pakistani native who operated a Chicago-based immigration business was convicted today of participating in conspiracy involving a terrorism plot against a Danish newspaper and providing material support to a terrorist organization based in Pakistan. The defendant, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, was found guilty by a federal jury that deliberated two days following a trial that began May 16 in U.S. District Court. The jury acquitted Rana of conspiracy to provide material support to the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed more than 160 people, including six Americans.
Rana, 50, a Canadian citizen, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorism plot in Denmark and one count of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, Lashkar e Tayyiba (Lashkar.) He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the two counts combined and remains in federal custody without bond. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ordered the defense to file post-trial motions by Aug. 15. No sentencing date was set.
The message should be clear to all those who help terrorists we will bring to justice all those who seek to facilitate violence, said Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Todays verdict demonstrates our commitment to hold accountable not only terrorist operatives, but also those who facilitate their activities. As established at trial, Tahawwur Rana provided valuable cover and support to David Headley, knowing that Headley and others were plotting terror attacks overseas, said Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security. We will not rest in our efforts to identify and bring to justice those who provide support to terrorists.
The effort to combat terrorism and bring justice to the victims is a global effort, requiring the cooperation and collaboration of many countries and many people. We are grateful for our role and that of the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force in bringing some measure of justice, said Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Rana is the second defendant to be convicted among a total of eight co-defendants who have been indicted in this case since late 2009. Co-defendant David Coleman Headley, 50, pleaded guilty in March 2010 to all 12 counts against him, including aiding and abetting the murders of the six American victims. Headley, who is also facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, has cooperated with the Government since he was arrested in October 2009, and testified as a Government witness at Ranas trial.
The six remaining defendants are all believed to be in Pakistan.
Headley testified that he attended training camps in Pakistan operated by Lashkar, a designated foreign terrorist organization, on five separate occasions between 2002 and 2005. In late 2005, Headley received instructions from members of Lashkar to travel to India to conduct surveillance, which he did five times leading up to the Mumbai attacks three years later that killed more than 160 people and wounded hundreds more.
In the early summer of 2006, Headley and two Lashkar members discussed opening an immigration office in Mumbai as a cover for his surveillance activities. Headley testified that he traveled to Chicago and advised Rana, his long-time friend since the time they attended high school together in Pakistan, of his assignment to scout potential targets in India. Headley obtained approval from Rana, who owned First World Immigration Services in Chicago and elsewhere, to open a First World office in Mumbai as cover for his activities. Rana directed an individual associated with First World to prepare documents supporting Headleys cover story of opening a First World office in Mumbai, and advised Headley how to obtain a visa for travel to India, according to Headleys testimony, as well as emails and other documents that corroborated his account.
Starting Nov. 26, 2008, and continuing through Nov. 28, 2008, 10 attackers trained by Lashkar carried out multiple assaults with firearms, grenades and improvised explosive devices against multiple targets in Mumbai, including the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, the Leopold Café, the Chabad House and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, each of which Headley had scouted in advance. The six Americans killed during the three-day siege were Ben Zion Chroman, Gavriel Holtzberg, Sandeep Jeswani, Alan Scherr, his daughter Naomi Scherr, and Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum.
Regarding the Denmark terror plot, Headley admitted that in early November 2008, he met with a Lashkar member in Karachi, Pakistan, and was instructed to conduct surveillance of the Copenhagen and Aarhus offices of the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten in preparation for an attack in retaliation for the newspapers publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
In late 2008 and early 2009, after reviewing with Rana how he had performed surveillance of the targets attacked in Mumbai, Headley testified that he advised Rana of the planned attack on the Danish newspaper and his intended travel to Denmark to conduct surveillance of its facilities. Headley obtained Ranas approval and assistance to identify himself as a representative of First World and gain access to the newspapers offices by falsely expressing interest in placing advertising for First World in the newspaper. Before departing Chicago, Headley and Rana caused business cards to be made that identified Headley as a representative of the Immigration Law Center, the business name of First World, according to the evidence at trial.
The governments evidence also included transcripts of recorded conversations, including those in September 2009, when Headley and Rana spoke about reports that co-defendant Ilyas Kashmiri, an alleged Pakistani terrorist leader, had been killed in a drone attack and the implications of his possible death for the plan to attack the newspaper. In other conversations, Rana told Headley that the attackers involved in the Mumbai attacks should receive Pakistans highest posthumous military honors. In the late summer of 2009, Rana and Headley agreed that funds that had been provided to Rana could be used to fund Headleys work in Denmark, and the trial evidence showed that Rana, pretended to be Headley in sending an email to the Danish newspaper .
The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Collins, Victoria J. Peters and Sarah Streicker, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Departments National Security Division. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are working jointly with their counterparts in Chicago on the broader investigation into the Mumbai attacks. The investigation has been conducted by the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the FBI offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations.
THE TIMES OF INDIA: CHIDAMABRAM REVISES MUMBAI BLASTS DEATH TOLL, SAYS 17 CONFIRMED DEAD IN TERROR STRIKE" (SNIPPET: "The death toll in the terror strike was put at 21 last night with the number of injured pegged at 141." SNIPPET: "Security agencies suspect the use of ammonium nitrate in the blasts. Splinters of nuts and bolts, which were used in the bombs, were found and removed from the injured..." SNIPPET: "...the IEDs were wrapped in cloth bags and tiffin carriers--the signature of the IM. However, no terror email, another IM signature, was sent to any news channel to claim responsibility for the blasts.") (July 14, 2011, 02:35 am IST)
“Judge: Unseal Mumbai terror trial documents”
By Becky Schlikerman
12:26 p.m. CDT, July 19, 2011
SNIPPET: “A federal judge today ordered the release of more than two dozen sealed documents following the conviction last month of a Chicago businessman on charges he aided in a plot to storm a Danish newspaper that had printed cartoons that angered many in the Muslim world.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ordered some 30 court filings made public after the Chicago Tribune intervened to unseal the records.
Tahawwur Rana was convicted of helping a friend since boyhood in the aborted plan to behead staffers at the Copenhagen newspaper.”
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Exclusive: Unsealed Documents From Rana Trial, Headley Interviews, Mumbai Bombing And More
February 18, 2012
Delhi court to try US terrorist Headley, 8 others
SNIPPET: NEW DELHI (AP) - A New Delhi court agreed Saturday to try admitted American terrorist David Headley and eight others for allegedly carrying out the deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, local media reported.
The courts decision allows Indian investigators to seek Headleys extradition from the United States, where he is in prison after admitting to laying the groundwork for the three-day shooting rampage in Indias largest city. However, his plea agreement with U.S. authorities said Headley would not be extradited if he cooperated with investigators.
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org: "REPORT: OSAMA BIN LADEN HELPED PLAN MUMBAI ATTACKS" by Thomas Joscelyn (SNIPPET: "Assuming bin Laden's files show what has been reported, the documents raise new questions about the former al Qaeda master's ties to elements of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishment.") (April 5, 2012) (Read More...)
TELEGRAPH.co.uk: "MUMBAI ATTACK 'MASTERMIND' HAFIZ SAEED LINKED TO OSAMA BIN LADEN A $10m bounty was placed on the head of a Pakistani militant leader after the US obtained evidence he had been in close contact with Osama bin Laden, planning terrorist attacks, according to a former American intelligence official." by Rob Crilly, Rawalpindi and Dean Nelson in New Delhi (April 4, 2012, 3:08 pm BST) (Read More...)
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org: "'We do jihad,' says Lashkar-e-Taiba emir Hafiz Saeed" (SNIPPET: "During a Friday sermon in Lahore, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the emir of the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Taiba who is wanted by the US and protected by Pakistan, called on Muslims to wage jihad against America. Saeed's speech took place the same day a Pakistani intelligence official claimed that Saeed was involved in a de-radicalization program.") (April 7, 2012) (Read More...)