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Posted on 10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT by Cindy
SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe"
SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago.
Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
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“FBI busts LeT plot to use American for attacks in India, Denmark”
Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN 28 October 2009, 01:01am IST
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October 27, 2009
“Mohammad Cartoon Plot Arrests in Chicago Linked to Immigration Company [UPDATED, BUMPED — al Qaeda Connection!]”
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“Breaking: 2 men arrested in Chicago on terror charges.”
(October 27, 2009, 9:26 am)
SNIPPET: “WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports the US Attorney’s office in Chicago alleges that 49 year old David Coleman Headley, an American citizen who changed his name from Daood Gilani, and 48 year old Tahawar Rana, a Canadian citizen who lives in Chicago, were involved in a plot to support or carry out terror attacks.”
“More about Tahawwur Husain Rana: The Mickey Mouse Project.”
(October 28, 2009)
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“IB, RAW to probe into US Lashkar operative’s ‘Rahul’ connection”
Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN 30 October 2009, 01:05am IST
SNIPPET: “WASHINGTON: Several references to a ‘’Rahul’’ made by Pakistani-American terror suspect Dave Headley aka Daaud Gilani in e-mail exchanges with
his Pakistani handlers in course of planning an attack in India has raised alarms in the security establishment about the intended target.
An Indian team comprising officials from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) will travel to the United States next week to question Headley, after an affidavit filed by the FBI showed up references to ‘’Rahul.’’ US authorities have also sought cooperation from India to understand the full extent of the plot that involves Headley and his handlers in Pakistan.
In an affidavit filed in a Chicago court, the FBI refers to a July 8, 2009, e-mail in which Headley tells a man referred to as Lashkar-e-Taiba member A that ‘’I think when we get a chance we should re-visit our last location again and say hi to Rahul.’’”
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“Top Pak diplomat knew US Lashkar operatives: FBI”
PTI 30 October 2009, 01:02pm IST
SNIPPET: “WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Consul General in Chicago personally knew both David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, nabbed by the FBI for planning to carry out a major terror attack in India at the behest of LeT, the US authorities have claimed.
The FBI in its revised chargesheet filed before a Chicago court said the Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago personally knows both Rana and Headley alias ‘Daood Gilani’, as all three of them are from the same high school.
According to the website of the Pakistan Embassy here, Dr Aman Rashid is the Consul General in Chicago.
“On or about September 25, 2009, Rana spoke by telephone with the Consul General at the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago in an effort to obtain a five-year visa for Headley to travel to Pakistan. It is clear from the email traffic unrelated to terrorist plotting that the Consul General knows Rana and Headley personally as all three attended the same high school,” the FBI claimed.
However, the affidavit, does not say anything if the Consul General was aware or had any inclination of the terrorist connection of Rana and Headley.
Rana (48) and Headley (49) are not only residents of Chicago, but were product of the same military school.”
SNIPPET: “The chargesheet also indicates that LeT was planning to use Headley for a major terrorist attack in India.”
SNIPPET: “While it does not mention to which high schools the three were students, the FBI told the court that postings to a Yahoo group of graduates of a military school located in the Pakistani town of Hasan Abdal (a group that refers to itself as ‘abdalians’) reflected that both Headley and Rana have participated in the group and referred to their attendance at that school.”
OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "HEADLEY & RANA - FROM CHICAGO TO COPENHAGEN WITH LOVE" (SNIPPET: "My read of the complaints is that Headley was involved in ongoing efforts to support Pakistan-based terrorist outfits, primarily by travelling to prospective sites of future targets and conducting surveillance. I suspect that there is more to Rana providing support to Headley than just the fact that they both attended the same military academy.") (October 30, 2009)
“Transnational Terror: Lashkar-e-Taibas Chicago Plot”
By Animesh Roul
(November 6, 2009)
SNIPPET: “Three names have been doing the rounds in India these days: Maulana Ilyas Kashmiri, David Coleman Headley (a.k.a Dauod Geelani) and Tahawur Hussein Rana; one hard core veteran Jehadi and two motivated would be terrorists. They are in the news for plotting major assaults in India. Among them, Ilyas Kashmiri who was rumored to be dead early this year, in fact survived three drone attacks in Pakistans Waziristan region, belongs to the Al Qaeda- Harkat-Ul- Jihad- Al-Islami (HuJI) lineage and heads the Qaedas deadly 311 brigade. He still carries a head money of US $ 600,000 dollars. His name resurfaced when a report was published in the Asia Times last month. The semi-biographical report titled, Al-Qaeda’s guerrilla chief lays out strategy was written by Syed Saleem Shahzad of Pakistan who interviewed Ilyas Kashmiri about his future terror plans at his den and on his invitation.
In early September 2009, Pakistani officials and Western intelligence agencies believed that Ilyas Kashmir, Al Qaeda/HuJI operations chief in Pakistan and another close aide of Bin Laden, a Uzbek terrorist commander identified as Nazimuddin Zalalov (a.ka. Yahyo) have been killed in missile attacks in Turrikhel area of North Waziristan.
The other two names, Headly and Rana came as a bit of surprise to many in India and in the US. But their plan made one thing clear about the intention and capability of terrorist outfits (like LeT, Al Qaeda and JeM) that have transnational reach and global Jihadi agenda. These two men are part of a Lashkar-e-Taiba plot to attack major landmarks in India and Denmark. The US investigating agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have so far neutralized what is now dubbed as LeTs Chicago Terror Plot. Headley was arrested early in October 2009 by the Joint Terrorism Task Force at Chicagos OHare International Airport. He was reportedly planning to travel to Pakistan in near future to meet Ilyas Kashmiri and other terrorist leaders. His accomplice and co plotter Rana was arrested from Chicago later in that month.”
“Headley was in India on recce”
Vishwa Mohan, TNN 8 November 2009, 05:12am IST
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SNIPPET: “Significantly, it suggests that Headley might have visited Mumbai or a city closer to it for a recce, more than once. The email Headley sent to Lashkar leaders seeking clarity on his assignment suggest this: The visit to Rahuls place, for checking out real estate property like before or something different and if so tell me what you can please. Also is it exactly in the same Rahuls city or a different one? Headley asks the Lashkar terrorist who was drawing the plan to attack India on July 10.
Rahul has been identified as a prominent film actor who was on Lashkar hit list, who lives in Mumbai like all other members of the Bollywood fraternity. The 46-page document also suggests that the capitals National Defence College was included among targets for Headleys terror mission.
The reply that Headley received the same day suggests that the original, rather the main, target was supposed to be a city close to Mumbai. There are some investment plans with me, not exactly at Rahuls city but near that. Rest we can decide when we meet according to your ease, wrote the Pakistan-based Lashkar leader.
Investment is, quite clearly, a code for an attack. The terrorists had identified five targets, including the Defence College, which was suggested by Headley himself.
Analysis of the FBI affidavit suggests that the US-based Lashkar operative was present in Pakistan from August to December in 2008, and that he left on December 7 10 days after terrorists surveyed Mumbai. His location during the period was traced to Karachi and Lahore.”
"Investment is, quite clearly, a code for an attack."
November 8, 2009
“India briefed on Headley case: U.S.”
“Inflammatory videos found in house of another accused
The videos seized contained speeches by Osama bin Laden and other terrorists
Man who bombed the Danish embassy in Islamabad was featured in a video”
SNIPPET: “Fresh bail plea
On Friday, Rana submitted a fresh bail application. He argued that an attack on a newspaper would not qualify as promoting a crime of terrorism. He has proposed $1 million in security for his release, including the home in which he and his family live in Chicago, and the homes of his relatives and friends. The prosecutors argued that by definition alone, his acts met the criteria of terrorism.
Rana was recorded discussing with his school-time friend and American national Headley an attack on the National Defence College in Delhi, an attack directed at the conduct of the Indian government, Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said. He urged the judge not to enlarge Rana on bail, as this would increase the risk of his fleeing the country.
Responding to Ranas argument that an attack on the Danish newspaper would not constitute terrorism enhancement, the prosecutors said: The circumstances of the plot to attack Jyllands Posten, or its cartoonist and editor, make clear that the conspirators and Rana viewed the Copenhagen attack as a response to a provocation by Denmark. PTI”
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“Headley ran visa agency in Tardeo before 26/11”
Josy Joseph / DNASunday, November 8, 2009 2:38 IST
SNIPPET: “New Delhi: The two terror suspects arrested in the US for plotting to strike targets in Denmark and India spent significant time in Mumbai before the 26/11 attacks, authoritative sources have told DNA. While one of them operated a visa agency in Mumbai for almost two years until the latter part of 2008, the other suspect spent 10 days in the city just days before the terror strike last November.”
SNIPPET: “According to available information, David Coleman Headley, the Pakistan-born US citizen and one of the two arrested, ran a visa facilitation agency in Mumbai between November 2006, and July 2008. The firm, named Immigrant Law Centre, was run from AC Market, Tardeo in Mumbai.
Officially, the firm was helping unskilled and semi-skilled people to get visas for the US and Canada.”
“Breaking : SHOOTOUTS IN MUMBAI [A lot of people killed and injured]”
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“Right now I am having kittens”
By Leah Farrall, Australia
SNIPPET: “Okay this article is about David Headleys possible involvement with the Mumbai attacks, which is fascinating enough in itself. However, I am having kittens for another reason. When I saw his charge sheet and the mentions of senior LeT operatives known to the US, I straight away had a very good idea about who they were talking about because I lived and breathed LeT in my former work. The Willy Brigitte/ Faheem Lodhi case we had here blew open the doors on the LeTs international network. Then there was the Virginia paintball crew and several jobs in the UK, all of which (including the Brigitte job) tied into each other via the same few LeT quartermasters and their controller, Sajid Mir and his superiors who head the LeTs external/international wing.”
SNIPPET: “Oh two things. For those who go searching there are two Sajid Mirs who show up, one is Professor Sajid Mir the Amir of Markaz Jamiat Ahlehadith in Pakistan, this is *not* LeT Sajid Mir.
Second, LeT recycles aliases too, so if you are searching and come across the name Muzamil Bhat for example, that gets recycled. And then, to add to the fun, it also gets confused in some reporting with Muzamil Bhai, which means Brother Muzamil.”
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November 9, 2009
“U.S. jihadists stretches through Mumbai to Lahore”
“Men could be linked to covert transcontinental network led by Lashkar commander
Headley, police investigators say, visited Mumbai at least five times”
“Headley succeeded in obtaining a long-term business visa”
SNIPPET: “NEW DELHI: Less than a week before 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives executed at least 173 people in Mumbai last November, David Coleman Headley checked out of a nondescript guest house near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and caught a flight home.
His friends in the U.S., more likely than not, would have complimented him on his fortunate escape.
Now, there is mounting suspicion among the Mumbai Police investigators that Headley may have helped facilitate the Mumbai massacre by carrying out pre-attack reconnaissance in the city.
Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigations charged Headley born Dawood Gilani in Pakistan and his associate Tahawwur Husain Rana, with plotting terrorist attacks in Denmark and India. Headley, Mumbai Police investigators say, visited Mumbai at least five times between 2006 and 2009, claiming to work for the Immigration Law Centre a concern run from Mumbais Tardeo area.
Mumbai Police investigators suspect the concern may have been used to secure passports and visas for Lashkar recruits to travel to Pakistan through west Asia. Because of his apparently western name, Headley had succeeded in obtaining a long-term business visa and faced no scrutiny from authorities.
Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian national, also visited New Delhi and Mumbai in April, 2009 possibly, investigators suspect, to liaise with operatives of a still-active Lashkar cell.
Transcontinental Network prosecutors in the U. S. have so far refused to publicly identify the Lashkar commanders who handled Headley and Rana.
But a credible Washington, D.C., based source familiar with the LeT has told The Hindu that one of two men held by authorities in Pakistan in connection with the arrests, at the FBIs request, is Sajid Mir a Lahore-based commander responsible for handling the jihadist organisations networks in Europe and the U.S.”
SNIPPET: “Fidayeen assault-squad
Indias intelligence services have long suspected Mir put together key elements of the Mumbai attack plan, like making payments for the voice-over-internet accounts used to communicate with the fidayeen assault-squad through Barcelona-based Lashkar covert operative Javed Iqbal.
Pakistani authorities have charged Sheikhupura resident Abdul Wajid with organising these transactions for the Lashkar under the code-name Zarar Shah. However, Pakistan has refused to allow the FBI access to Wajid, raising suspicions that he may in fact be a relatively low-level operative.”
SNIPPET: “Other key Pakistan-based participants in the Mumbai attacks, like military commander Muzammil Bhat and the still-unidentified Abu al-Qama, are yet to be held.
It seems probable Mirs U.S.-Europe networks had at least something to do with funding Headleys operations. Documents filed by the FBI in a Chicago court show that although Headley claimed to represent an immigration firm, he had no ostensible source of income. None the less, he travelled abroad extensively.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE.com: "U.S. CITES AL-QAIDA DVDs IN PRESSING FOR SUSPECT'S DETAINMENT Chicago man allegedly plotted to attack Danish newspaper, target in India" by Jeff Coen (SNIPPET: "A federal judge could decide on Nov. 19 whether to release Rana, owner of a Chicago immigration business and a Grundy County meat processing plant, on bond pending trial.") (November 10, 2009)