Skip to comments.FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]
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."
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
“Federal Agents Raid Goat Meat Plant
Authorities Confirm Raid, No One Taken Into Custody”
KINSMAN, Ill. (CBS)
SNIPPET: “George Jackson III is an attorney hired by one of the plant operators, Dr. Syed Hamid. Jackson and Dr. Hamid spoke briefly while on their way to a meeting with the federal prosecutor Monday.
Jackson says it’s too early to say why there was such a huge show of force at the plant.”
SNIPPET: “Jackson said federal agents confiscated the company’s computers, effectively shutting down the business. Dr. Hamid chose not to weigh in Monday.
“I don’t want to comment at this point,” Dr. Hamid said.
Sources tell CBS 2 there are only six employees at the plant. An FBI spokesman would not confirm that but does say that no one has been charged. “
/mark for info
Thank you happinesswithoutpeace.
It’s a bit sketchy still, but I’ll update as info becomes available.
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and this article:
Published: 10/21/09, 11:36 AM / Last Update: 10/21/09, 12:41 PM
“100 Armed Feds Raid Muslim Meatpacking House”
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
SNIPPET: “Several officers pulled their guns as agents surrounded an unidentified man in Middle Eastern garb. The plant processes and packs goat meat in accordance with Muslim dietary laws. A Muslim prayer room in the plant also was raided.”
SNIPPET: “Illinois records show that the president of the plant is Tahawar Rana, who also owns another company that sells Halal food, prepared according to Muslim dietary laws. He also is listed as the director of the Canadian-based Macro Traders firm, an export and import agency.”
Thanks for adding that link Vel.
Thanks to piasa for the ping to these posts.
OCTOBER 18, 2009 Sunday 8 am : (KINSMAN, IL : RAID ON ISLAMIC SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN GRUNDY COUNTY-—See CHICAGO CELL) At 8 a.m. Sunday the population of Kinsman, Ill., stood at 109. An hour later it nearly doubled, as upwards of 100 federal agents and police swooped in on the tiny, rural community. And no one seems to know why. The law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, immigration officials and state police, surrounded an Islamic meat plant in Kinsman, cordoning off the area and briefly detaining the plant’s handful of employees. The FBI isn’t saying much, and the county sheriff is mum too, leaving Kinsman’s residents mystified. The bust, in a town that has no local police force, involved dozens of vehicles, a pair of snipers and a helicopter flying overhead, witnesses said but it ended without even a single arrest.... (Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...-————Massive FBI Raid on Islamic Slaughterhouse Mystifies Tiny Illinois Town FoxNews.com ^ | 10/22/09 | Joseph Abrams Posted on 10/22/2009 1:02:40 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
* The name of the plant in the Grundy County town of Kinsman, IL is “First World Management”
* The owner’s residence which was also raided is in Chicago in the 6000 block of North Campbell Avenue.
* At least two other Chicago locations were also raided.
23 posted on October 22, 2009 3:03:17 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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* The owner is Dr. Sayed Hamid
24 posted on October 22, 2009 3:08:45 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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This may not be his complete name. Theres another guy with a similar name who has a Telecommunications company in Chicago...
25 posted on October 22, 2009 3:15:53 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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“2nd Chicago man tied to terror plot
Man taken into custody at O’Hare was allegedly to meet with people linked to terrorist organizations”
By Hal Dardick and Jeff Coen
October 27, 2009
SNIPPET: “The FBI this month arrested a second Chicago man allegedly involved in an international terrorist plot with Western European targets, the Tribune has learned.
The man was taken into custody Oct. 3 before he boarded a flight at O’Hare International Airport to Philadelphia, the first stop on a trip to Pakistan, where he planned to meet people with known ties to terrorist organizations that have carried out fatal attacks that resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens, a source said. He has not been charged.”
SNIPPET: “The owner of the plant, Tahawar Hussain Rana, also of Chicago, was arrested at his North Side home the same day as the raid on First World Management Services in Kinsman, northwest of Dwight. Agents seized records from the plant, as well as a related North Side business also raided the same day, said the source, who is familiar with the investigation.
Rana financially supported the man involved in the terrorist plot, as well as the man’s family, the source said. The man was on Rana’s payroll but did little if any legitimate work, the source said.”
October 27, 2009
Note: The following text is a quote:
Two Chicago Men Charged in Connection with Alleged Roles in Foreign Terror Plot That Focused on Targets in Denmark
CHICAGOTwo Chicago men have been arrested on federal charges for their alleged roles in conspiracies to provide material support and/or to commit terrorist acts against overseas targets, including facilities and employees of a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005, federal law enforcement officials announced today. There was no imminent danger in the Chicago area, officials said, adding that the charges are unrelated to recent terror plot arrests in Boston, New York, Colorado, Texas and central Illinois.
The defendants charged in separate criminal complaints unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago are David Coleman Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, also known as Tahawar Rana, announced 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 complaints remained under seal temporarily after the defendants arrests, with court approval, so as not to compromise further investigative activity.
Headley, a U.S. citizen who changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006 and resides primarily in Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 3, 2009, by the Chicago FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) at OHare International Airport before boarding a flight to Philadelphia, intending to travel on to Pakistan. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the United States and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to that overseas terrorism conspiracy.
Rana, a native of Pakistan and citizen of Canada who also primarily resides in Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 18, 2009, at his home by federal agents. Rana is the owner of several businesses, including First World Immigration Services, which has offices on Devon Avenue in Chicago, as well as in New York and Toronto. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorism conspiracy that involved Headley and at least three other specific individuals in Pakistan.
Both men have been held in federal custody since each was arrested. If convicted, Headley faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for conspiracy to murder or maim persons abroad, while Headley and Rana each face a maximum of 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism.
On Oct. 18, 2009, JTTF agents executed search warrants in connection with the investigation at four locations: Headleys and Ranas residences on the north side of Chicago, Ranas immigration business in Chicago, and a farm he owns in Kinsman, Ill., approximately 80 miles southwest of Chicago, which is used to provide halal meat for Muslim customers, as well as a grocery store in Chicago.
According to both complaints, since at least late 2008 until Oct. 3, 2009, as part of the conspiracy to murder and maim persons abroad, Headley allegedly identified and conducted surveillance of potential targets of a terrorist attack in Denmark on two separate trips to Denmark in January and July 2009, and reported and attempted to report on his efforts to other conspirators in Pakistan. As part of the conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism, Rana allegedly helped arrange Headleys travels overseas and conceal their true nature and purpose to surveil potential terror targets overseas, and discussed potential targets for attack with Headley.
Headley allegedly reported and attempted to report on his overseas surveillance to other conspirators, according to the affidavits, including:
Ilyas Kashmiri, identified as the operational chief of the Azad Kashmir section of Harakat-ul Jihad Islami (HUJI), a Pakistani-based terrorist organization with links to al Qaeda. Kashmiri, who is presently believed to be in Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) region in northwestern Pakistan, issued a statement this month that he was alive and working with al Qaeda;
Individual A (who is identified as Individual A in the Headley affidavit and as Individual B in the Rana affidavit), who is associated with Kashmiri, as well as with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), another Pakistani-based terrorist organization;
an individual identified as Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A (LeT Member A), who has substantial influence and responsibility within the organization and whose identity is known to the government.
The public should be reassured that there was no imminent danger in the Chicago area. However, law enforcement has the duty to be vigilant to guard against not just those who would carry out attacks here on our soil but those who plot on our soil to help carry out violent attacks overseas. I wish 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.
The criminal complaints unsealed today have exposed a serious plot against overseas targets by two Chicago-based men working with Pakistani-based terrorist organizations. Information developed during this investigation was shared with our foreign partners as we worked together to mitigate these threats.This case is a reminder that the threat posed by international terrorist organizations is global in nature and requires constant vigilance at home and abroad, said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
This investigation demonstrates the well-established relationships that we have with our law enforcement partners, both foreign and domestic. We work closely with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies in the United States, as well as with our overseas partners, to identify and disrupt threats here and abroad, said Mr. Grant.
According to the affidavits in both cases, Headley at times has claimed to be a consultant with or representative of Ranas business, First World Immigration Services, but appears to perform little if any actual work for the business. In addition, Headleys apartment in Chicago is leased to an individual who is deceased. Despite his apparent lack of financial resources and substantial employment, Headley has traveled extensively since the second half of 2008, including multiple trips to Pakistan and various countries in Europe. Postings to an internet group for graduates of a military school in the Pakistani town of Hasan Abdal (a group that refers to itself as abdalians), reflect that both Rana and Headley have participated in the group and referred to their attendance at that school.
The Denmark Project
Beginning in late 2008, Headley corresponded extensively with Individual A and LeT Member A regarding what they referred to in coded communications as the Mickey Mouse Project, mmp, and the northern project, according to the affidavit. The Mickey Mouse Project allegedly involved planning for one or more attacks at facilities and employees of Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper that in 2005 published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, to which many Muslims took great offense. In October 2008, Headley allegedly posted a message to the abdalians internet discussion group stating that I feel disposed towards violence for the offending parties, referring to the Danish cartoonists and others who he identified as making fun of Islam.
Using coded language, Rana, Headley, Individual A and LeT Member A allegedly have referred to this plot, as well as discussions of other targets, as investments, projects, business, and action, and have described their hopes for success both in terms of receiving religious awards, as well as getting rich, richer, and making profit. Between August 2008 and Dec. 7, 2008, Headley sent multiple email messages from internet addresses located in Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan, the charges allege. On Dec. 7, 2008, just before traveling from Pakistan to the United States that same day, Headley alleged used one of multiple email accounts to store a detailed list of items for himself, which he titled Mickey Mouse. Included on the list (contained in the affidavits) were the following items:
Route Design (train, bus, air)
Cross (Cover Authenticator)
Ad? (Lost Luggage) (Business) (Entry?)
Kings Square (French Embassy)
Counter surveillance (magic eye)
In January 2009, Headley traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Rana allegedly arranged portions of his travel. During the trip, Headley allegedly visited two different offices of the Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen and Arhus, Denmark. The Copenhagen office is located in Kings Square near the French Embassy. Headley falsely told Jyllands-Posten employees that he was visiting on behalf of First World Immigration Services, which he said was considering opening offices in Denmark and might be interested in advertising the business in the newspaper. While in Denmark, Headley instructed Rana to be alert for an email from a Jyllands-Posten sales representative, and to ask First Worlds Toronto and New York offices to remember me, in case a newspaper representative called. According to the complaints, Rana corresponded from Chicago with a representative of the Jyllands-Posten by email in which he pretended to be Headley.
After visiting Denmark, Headley traveled to Pakistan to meet with Individual A. During this visit, Headley traveled with Individual A to Pakistans FATA region and met with Kashmiri. Before returning to Chicago in June 2009, Headley sent his will to Rana and Rana responded by sending a coded message establishing a new email account, the complaint alleges.
In July and August 2009, Headley exchanged a series of emails with LeT Member A, including an exchange in which Headley asked if the Denmark project was on hold, and whether a visit to India that LeT Member A had asked him to undertake was for the purpose of surveilling targets for a new terrorist attack. These emails reflect that LeT Member A was placing a higher priority on using Headley to assist in planning a new attack in India than on completing the planned attack in Denmark. After this time, Headley and Individual A allegedly continued focusing on the plan with Kashmiri to attack the newspaper, rather than working with LeT, the complaint alleges.
In late July 2009, Headley traveled again to Copenhagen and to other locations in Europe, and Rana again arranged portions of his travel. When Headley returned to the United States, he falsely told border inspectors that he was traveling on business as a representative of First World Immigration, although his luggage contained no papers or other documents relating to First World.
After returning to Chicago in August 2009, Headley allegedly used coded language to repeatedly inquire if Individual A had been in touch with Kashmiri regarding planning for the attack, and expressing concern that Individual As communications with Kashmiri had been cut off. In early September 2009, Headley and Rana took a lengthy car ride during which they discussed the activities of the other individuals, including past terrorist acts, and Headley discussed with Rana five actions involving targets that expressly included Denmark. In conversations with Rana and Individual A in August and September 2009, Headley indicated that if the doctor (alleged to be a reference to Kashmiri) and his people were unable to assist, then Headley would perform the planned operation himself.
In September 2009, after initial press reports indicated that Kashmiri had been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, Headley and Individual A allegedly had a series of coded conversations in which they discussed the reports of Kashmiris death and what it meant for the projects they were planning. Individual A sought to reassure and encourage Headley, telling him, among other things, that [t]his is business sir; these types of things happen. On Sept. 20, 2009, Headley allegedly told a family member words to the effect that he had spoken to Rana and they agreed that business must go on.
In a Sept. 21, 2009, telephone conversation, Individual A indicated to Headley that Kashmiri was alive and doing well. In a subsequent conversation on Sept. 30, 2009, Individual A again assured Headley that Kashmiri, whom he referred to as Pir Sahib, was absolutely all right and had not gotten married, which was code for being killed. Headley asked Individual A if it was possible to now have a meeting with Kashmiri and Individual A responded that Kashmiri just today, was asking about you (Headley).
According to the affidavit, Headley stated in conversations last month that he intended to travel to Pakistan in early October to meet with Individual A and Kashmiri, and he was arrested on Oct. 3 as he prepared to board a flight from Chicago to Philadelphia, intending to travel on to Pakistan. During a search of Headleys luggage, a memory stick was recovered that contained approximately 10 short videos of Copenhagen, including video focused on the Jyllands-Posten building in Kings Square taken both during the day and night, as well as a nearby Danish military barracks and the exterior and interior of Copenhagens central train station, consistent with the checklist he stored which mentioned route design. In addition, Headley had an airline reservation, allegedly made by Rana, to fly from Atlanta to Copenhagen on Oct. 29, 2009.
The investigation is continuing and 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 Security.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Collins and Vicki Peters from 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 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.
ON THE INTERNET:
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In Grundy County? Wow.
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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
ON THE INTERNET:
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ON THE INTERNET:
October 27, 2009
“Mohammad Cartoon Plot Arrests in Chicago Linked to Immigration Company [UPDATED, BUMPED — al Qaeda Connection!]”
Noting aka here.
“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
NEW DELHI: W
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]”
CNN IBN ^ | Wed, Nov 26, 2008
Posted on November 26, 2008 9:39:53 AM PST by Indian_Fighter_Kite
Keep us updated...
This thread link goes with post no. 35:
“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.”
This entry was posted on November 9, 2009, 7:54 am at 7:54 am
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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)
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“Intel team returns home after US snub”
CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA, TNN 11 November 2009, 01:16am IST
SNIPPET: “WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: In a show of miscommunication if not outright discord between Washington and New Delhi, an Indian intelligence team returned home on Tuesday after being denied access to question two Pakistani expatriates accused of plotting terrorist attacks in India.”
SNIPPET: “The FBI was allowed to question Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the jihadi squad that killed 172 people, for nine hours last December. Subsequently, an FBI agent also testified in the trial court via videolink.
It appears that the Indian team was not accorded the same courtesies, attesting to a long history of spotty cooperation going back to the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993. Asked why the Indian intel team was rushed to the US without first ascertaining if there will be full access, sources said events were moving very fast and New Delhi did not want to waste any time in getting people in place to get as much information as possible.
But Washington had legal issues in terms of proving access to the accused, something which the FBI liaison at the US Embassy in New Delhi does not appear to have foreseen.”
“FBI gets 60 days to file charges against India terror plotters”
SNIPPET: “Chicago court’s chief Judge James F. Holderman has extended till next Jan 1, the period of filing indictment against the accused duo, David Coleman Headley, a Pakistan-born American national, and his Pakistan-born Canadian associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana.
FBI agents arrested Headley Oct 18 from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Philadelphia, and subsequently arrested Tahawwur Hussain Rana, whose former name was Daood Gilani. The two intended to travel to Pakistan, apparently to firm up their latest terror designs.
The court has also put off further hearing on Rana’s bail plea by a week after the FBI sought a rescheduling of the hearing and filed additional papers with the court, disclosing inflammatory videos of Al Qaeda, containing speeches by Osama bin-Laden and others, that had been recovered from Rana’s Chicago residence.
At the request of counsel, the hearing on Rana’s case before Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan is re-scheduled from Tuesday to Nov 19, a Justice Department official said.
The FBI vigorously opposed the bail plea of Rana arguing that he was “innocent” and had been “duped” by Headley, his schoolmate in Pakistan.”
Govt Warns Citizens Against Terror Attacks In Five Major Cities [INDIA]
INDIA-SERVER.com ^ | Last Updated: 2009-11-12T08:55:48+05:30 | n/a
Posted on November 11, 2009 8:31:00 PM PST by Cindy
SNIPPET: “The Centre has warned the citizens against possible terror attacks in five cities of India, which are expected to take place around the first anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks.
“The Intelligence Bureau has received some inputs from state governments that terrorists were trying to infiltrate through the Indian west coast and target vital installations in the country, revealed a Home Ministry official to a news channel.
The state governments have been given the orders for boosting the security in and around railway stations, airports as well as other significant places.”
SNIPPET: “This Home Ministry alert is based on the inputs available from FBI, which they obtained while interrogating David Headley. It is supported by Indian intelligence agencies inputs.
Reports have mentioned that Headley was in Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Agra and Ahmedabad between 2006 and 2009 and hence the alerts are mainly for these cities.”
(Excerpt) Read more at india-server.com ...
12 November 2009
“RANA AND HEADLEY: SMART, BUT NOT WISE”
SNIPPET: “The following comes from the first criminal complaint filed by the USA against Rana. Individual A is Headley.
30. Since the beginning of 2008, Individual A and RANA have communicated through the use of multiple email accounts. As discussed throughout this affidavit, Individual A, RANA, Individual B and Lashkar-e-Taiba Member A have frequently used coded language and changed their methods of communications in order to conceal the nature and content of their communications. For example, on or about March 4, 2009, after acknowledging receipt of an email from Individual A, RANA sent a response with the following pertinent content:
One of my brothers in Brigadier Movadat Hussain Rana and the other is Sibte Hassan Rana monie. They are in Rawalpindi. I really admire emails making it instant half mulaquat especially yahoo as it seems superior to hotmail. Talk to you later.
(Emphasis supplied.) Records reveal that the email account mov.monie@yahoo was created on or about March 6, 2009, at a particular internet protocol address, the user of which was located at the Chicago business address of First World Immigration. That same day, Individual A accessed the mov.monie@yahoo account from an internet protocol address in the United Arab Emirates, and sent an email from mov.monie@yahoo to RANA at his personal email address, asking RANA to contact Individual B.
31. Further, on or about August 28, 2009, in a recorded telephone conversation between Individual A and Individual B, Individual A spoke in coded language to describe a new account that Individual A had created for their continued communications. More specifically, after informing Individual B that he had formed an account on the same system, Individual A instructed him to write his colleagues name and his younger brothers name and write the names without spaces and write 1 with it. On or about August 25, 2009, Individual A created such an account with a name blending two first names.
32. On or about October 3, 2009, as Individual A was preparing to travel to Pakistan, Individual A spoke to RANA in a conversation that was recorded. Individual A asked RANA to create an email account using the Gmail service with the user name liaqatbin11. Individual A instructed RANA to change the email account name after using it two or three times, and gave him directions for changing the name. Individual A stated that the liaqatbin portion of the name would remain, but that the number 11 would change, and that to determine the second number, RANA should start by multiplying by two and subtracting two. Individual A explained that the number used to multiply 11 would increase by one with each new account. Individual A provided an example, and RANA worked the math out loud for determining several numbers.”
Paper no. 3500
“Extracts From FBI Affidavit Regarding Headley’s Contacts With Individual A & Let Member A: International Terrorism Monitor — Paper No. 575”
By B. Raman
SNIPPET: “Given below are extracts from the affidavit filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US in the district court of the Northern district of Illinois on October 11, 2009, justifying its decision to arrest David Coleman Headley, originally known as Dawood Gilani till 2006. These extracts relate to the three Pakistan-based ring leaders of the conspiracy to carry out terrorist strikes in Denmark and India.
2. As already reported, while the FBI identifies one of the ring leaders by name as Ilyas Kashmiri of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) and gives his detailed background, it refrains from identifying the two other ring leaders, who are merely referred to as Individual A and Lashkar-e-Toiba member A. However, a perusal of the extracts given below would show that the FBI must be aware of their identities. Why is it coy about identifying them? Has it at least told the Indian agencies about their identities? Has it asked the Government of Pakistan to arrest them and hand them over to the FBI for further interrogation? If not, why not?
3. A perusal of the extracts indicates the following:
(a). Headley had two channels of communications in Pakistan—— with Individual A and LET member A.
(b). He had no direct contact with Ilyas Kashmiri. All his communications with him were through Individual A.
(c). Individual A was arrested by the Pakistani authorities in connection with the investigation of the November 2008 murder of Maj-Gen. Amir Faisal Alvi, formerly of the Special Services Group (SSG), who was the brother of Lady Naipaul, wife of writer Sir V.S.Naipaul. But he was subsequently released. He was close to Maj. Haroon Ashiq, the principal accused in the murder, who reportedly confessed that he and other accomplices murdered Alvi on the instructions of Ilyas Kashmiri. Why did they murder Alvi? Did he play any role in the SGG’s commando action in the Lal Masjid of Islamabad in July,2007?Are all of them, including Individual A, former officers of the SSG, as Ilyas was? If so, did these ex-SSG officers train the LET team that attacked Mumbai on 26/11? These questions need the attention of the Indian investigators.”
Paper no. 3496
“FBI Affidavit Against Headley: References to India International Terrorism Monitor - Paper No. 574”
By B. Raman
Note: Posted here as a notation and for archival purposes.
‘Lashkar-e-Taiba is a member of al Qaeda’
LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - Threat Matrix - blog ^ | November 13, 2009 2:29 PM | Bill Roggio
Posted on November 13, 2009 3:45:03 PM PST by Cindy
Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a former French investigative magistrate who specialized on al Qaeda and investigated the terror group in Pakistan, has more damning information on al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the groups’ ties to each other and the Pakistani state. From Reuters:
In an interview, Bruguiere said he was convinced Lashkar-e-Taiba, first set up to fight India in its part of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, had become part of an international network tied to al Qaeda.
‘Lashkar-e-Taiba is no longer a Pakistani movement with only a Kashmir political or military agenda. Lashkar-e-Taiba is a member of al Qaeda. Lashkar-e-Taiba has decided to expand violence worldwide,’ he told Reuters.
Bruguiere goes on to explain that shoe-bomber Richard Reid and three other Westerns were trained in a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp by Pakistani soldiers who doubled as members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The training camp was supported by the Pakistani Army. “Military supplies were dropped by army helicopters,” Reuters reported.
Here is some background on the Lashkar-e-Taiba and al Qaeda given to me by US intelligence officials last year:
(Excerpt) Read more at longwarjournal.org ...
“Pakistani generals linked to US terror suspects”
By BILL ROGGIO
November 13, 2009 11:27 PM
12 November 2009
“RANA AND HEADLEY: SMART, BUT NOT WISE”
“Headley may be missing clue to 26/11 puzzle
November 13, 2009 18:44 IST
Tags: David Headley, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, Mumbai, Pakistan Army, United Arab Emirates”
SNIPPET: “Investigations showed that during his first visit to Mumbai in the year 2007, he stayed at the Taj Mahal hotel [ Images ] for nearly 10 days. As per investigations, Headley checked into room number 1809 in the Taj Mahal hotel and stayed there between April 20 and 30 2007.
The IB says that this information is being verified and would prove crucial to the 26/11 probe. He is accused of having guided the Mumbai attackers. He could have drawn out a detailed blue print of the hotel during his stay over there and then guided the attackers who went about their job easily”
SNIPPET: “Another interesting detail that has cropped up during Headley’s interrogation is that he shared direct links with the Pakistan Army [ Images ] through his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana, whose two brothers are Brigadiers.
Sources in both the IB and investigating agencies told rediff.com say they managed to track down Headley’s Pakistan army link through the transcripts of his email.”
“Headley at the Taj, Rana across India’”
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Express news service
Tags : National Investigation Agency, David Coleman Headley, Tahawwur Hussain Rana
Posted: Saturday , Nov 14, 2009 at 0927 hrs
SNIPPET: “With the National Investigation Agency registering a case, officials have begun a sprawling investigation into rail, air and phone records to track the trail in India of US national David Coleman Headley and his Canadian associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana, the two men arrested by the FBI last month for allegedly plotting terror strikes.
While preliminary investigations are expected to go on for at least six weeks, sources said there is evidence to show that Headley checked in at least twice in Mumbais Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Towers more than a year before it was targeted by the Lashkars attackers on 26/11.
And that once in 2008 Rana came to India using this name when he travelled extensively across the country from top to bottom on the map and visited several places in the North, South and West.
Headley is believed to have accompanied Rana on some of these trips. Investigators are exploring the possibility of them using these trips as recce missions, sources said, and their links, if any, to the 26/11 attacks.”
SNIPPET: “Said Mukesh Bhatt: He (Rahul) just happened to bump into this character in a gym just like anybody can bump into anybody and there is nothing beyond that at all.
Meanwhile, a real estate agent, Sunny Singh, presented himself to the media today claiming that Headley approached him as recently as just over a month ago looking to rent an apartment in Bandra. He came with a woman called Anna whom he introduced as his wife. He told me he had come with a reference from another woman named Marina, Singh claimed. He was willing to pay around Rs 50,000 and a deal was nearly final but things did not work out when he refused to give his visa documents and a letter from his employer.”
HEADLEY MAPPED ALL ‘26/11 TARGETS’ -U.S. Suspect Posed as Jew: Police
TELEGRAPH INDIA.com ^ | November 14, 2009 | SAMYABRATA RAY GOSWAMI
Posted on November 15, 2009 3:16:49 PM PST by Cindy
SNIPPET: “Mumbai, Nov. 14: David Coleman Headley personally visited every target site of the 26/11 terror strikes last year, carrying out a recce on behalf of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a police source said today.
Posing as a Jew, he even visited Nariman House, the Jewish Chabad centre, in July 2008.
The Mumbai police today carried out raids in Bandra, its adjoining suburb Khar and BPO hub Goregaon in search of Headleys local acquaintances and contacts.
He (Headley) mapped the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, Taj and Trident hotels and Nariman House. We are interrogating (filmmaker Mahesh Bhatts son) Rahul to find out when he went to Leopold Café. That he did is certain when he did that is what we need to know, a top officer said.
Headley had visited the Mumbai home of Rahul, who contacted police after learning of the terror suspects arrest by Americas Federal Burau of Investigation (FBI) last month.
SNIPPET: “The source said Headley, a Pakistani-born US national, and his associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana stayed in Hotel Outram, a seedy motel in Mumbais Fort area, for about a fortnight in July 2008.
Born Daood Gilani, Headley, who changed his name and passport in 2006, posed as a Jewish American during his Mumbai stay. A source close to Rahul too confirmed that Headley had claimed to be a Jew.
It is a mystery how he got into that building (Nariman House) just posing as a Jew. We are probing if he had anybody helping him locally. The FBI seized a book called How to Pray Like a Jew from him at the time of his arrest in Chicago. He had prepared himself thoroughly to pose as a Jew, the officer said.
This morning, the police detained two tourist guides near the Gateway of India for questioning. It is suspected they may have aided Headley or other 26/11 plotters.
The lead for this came from the FBI, the officer acknowledged. We now know most details about Headleys recce of the terror targets, but there is a bit of a problem in case of Trident hotel as much of its past records were destroyed in the 26/11 attack. But we are getting there and will soon have the information.”
SNIPPET: “Between 2006 and 2009, Headley ran a firm called Immigration Law Centre out of Tardeo AC Market in south Mumbai with the help of a local Parsi woman. Late last night, officials of the federal National Investigating Agency, which has now joined the probe with Mumbai police, visited Headleys immigration firm.
A lot of facts have emerged from the interrogation of his co-worker/partner at the firm. She has been very co-operative. We now know Headley rarely used mobile phones and computers; but he did have a Tata Indicom landline number that he used while operating this immigration business. His mobile number is also with us and is leading us to some of his local contacts/acquaintances, the source said.
Officially, Headleys job was to facilitate US and Canadian visas for semi-skilled and unskilled workers. The investigators are trying to find out whether he had any contacts in local consulates.”
"Born Daood Gilani, Headley, who changed his name and passport in 2006, posed as a Jewish American during his Mumbai stay. A source close to Rahul too confirmed that Headley had claimed to be a Jew.
It is a mystery how he got into that building (Nariman House) just posing as a Jew. We are probing if he had anybody helping him locally. The FBI seized a book called How to Pray Like a Jew from him at the time of his arrest in Chicago. He had prepared himself thoroughly to pose as a Jew, the officer said."