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Canadian admits to role in hunt for "White Meat" [A glimpse into underworld of radical Islam]
National Post | January 18, 2003 | Stewart Bell

Posted on 02/14/2003 9:22:01 PM PST by Wallaby

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Canadian admits to role in hunt for 'White Meat': Confessions to the FBI

Stewart Bell
National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post)
News; Exclusive; Pg. A1
January 18, 2003 Saturday National Edition


After finishing high school in Ontario, Mohammed Mansour Jabarah became an al-Qaeda terrorist. Now detained in the U.S., the 21-year-old is revealing his secrets: He met with the architects of the World Trade Center and Bali bombings, convinced Osama bin Laden of his worth as an operative and planned several attacks of his own.


The code word for Americans was "White Meat," from pigs, the consumption of which is deemed un-Islamic.
   In an interrogation room in New York last summer, FBI agents extracted a valuable secret from their young Canadian prisoner, Mohammed Mansour Jabarah: the code words used by al-Qaeda terrorist cells in Southeast Asia.

   "Market" is code for Malaysia, "Soup" means Singapore and "Hotel" means Philippines, he told the agents. A "Book" is a passport and Indonesia is referred to as "Terminal." And then there was the code word for Americans: "White Meat."

   Mr. Jabarah knew this, he confessed to the FBI, because after finishing high school in St. Catharines, Ont., he had spent more than six months as a trusted al-Qaeda operative, the National Post can reveal for the first time.

   His confession, detailed in a classified FBI report obtained by the Post, describes how he was involved in planning explosions at Western embassies, businesses and tourist resorts. Among those he admitted to conspiring with was the notorious Hambali, the man behind last fall's massive bombing in Bali, Indonesia.

   Less than three years ago, Mr. Jabarah was a straight-arrow student at a Catholic high school who wanted to be a doctor, worshipped at the local mosque and did volunteer work picking up litter from roads in Niagara. Today, he is a 21-year-old detainee at a U.S. military base, trying to rescue his life by revealing to FBI agents the secrets he learned as a terrorist.

   Mr. Jabarah's descent into the underworld of radical Islam, where Americans are dehumanized even in code ("White Meat" comes from pigs, the consumption of which is deemed un-Islamic), is all the more troubling considering he spent his teenage years in Canada, the country that gave him refuge, citizenship and an education.

   "The boy was a gentleman," recalled Hussein Hamdani, a family friend and official at the Islamic Society of St. Catharines. "He was working here in the mosque, nice polite boy.... I'm damned sure they got the wrong man."

   An investigation by the Post, however, based on classified intelligence documents and interviews, has found that Mr. Jabarah long ago admitted to being an al-Qaeda agent recruited to organize attacks in Southeast Asia.

   So highly prized was Mr. Jabarah that the al-Qaeda leadership went to great pains to ensure he would not get caught. Hambali, Southeast Asia's leading al-Qaeda operative, once told the Canadian: "It will be a very big hit for us if you're arrested."

   - - -

   The Jabarah family -- mother, father and four sons -- moved to Canada from Kuwait in 1994, three years after Allied troops liberated the country from Saddam Hussein of Iraq, who had invaded and plundered his oil-rich neighbour.

   "After the Gulf War, it was really scary in the Gulf area and I wanted to have a good life and a good education for my sons and a new home," Mansour Jabarah, his father, a businessman in the financial industry, said in an interview.

   They moved into a two-storey home with a porch on a quiet street in St. Catharines. The father served as vice-president of the local Islamic society. Mohammed helped out around the mosque, and participated in its volunteer programs.

   At Holy Cross Secondary School, Mr. Jabarah did not stand out as a radical, although he was serious about his Islamic faith. "He was a religious boy. He didn't drink, he didn't have girlfriends," his father said. In his high school yearbook photo, he sports a thin moustache and does not smile.

   Shortly after graduation in June, 2000, he flew to Kuwait City to enrol at university, but his father said he had trouble gaining admission and was also discouraged because the school did not offer Islamic studies courses in English.

   He went instead to Pakistan.

   The al-Qaeda faithful who roam Pakistan's religious schools in search of fresh recruits saw Mr. Jabarah as a prized asset. His fluent English and Canadian passport made him a valued potential operative. He could travel freely without raising suspicion. He was also young and unworldly. "He grew up in Canada, he never went to any Asian countries before," his father said.

   The recruiting tactics used by radical Islamic groups such as al-Qaeda harness the force of religion to incite Muslim youths to violence. Psychologists hired by the government of Singapore to study 31 captured members of Jemaah Islamiyah found the recruits had been singled out in religious classes and gradually indoctrinated over an 18-month period.

   Those selected to participate in terrorist attacks were unassertive, unquestioning and harboured feelings of guilt and loneliness. Gradually the recruits were led to believe the Muslim faith was under attack and a holy war against the West was a religious duty. They were promised martyrdom if they died for the cause. To complete their indoctrination, they were given code names.

   Mr. Jabarah was code-named Sammy. He excelled in weapons training at al-Qaeda camps in eastern Afghanistan and made such an impression that, in July, 2001, he convinced Osama bin Laden he could be an effective international operative, according to Professor Rohan Gunaratna, a terrorism expert in Singapore and the author of Inside al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror.

   The Canadian, then 19, travelled to Karachi in August, 2001, to meet Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the architect of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, who gave Mr. Jabarah a critical assignment. He was to organize truck bombings at the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Manila.

   It was to be a joint operation, with al-Qaeda supplying the suicide bombers and the money. Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional Islamic group that wants to establish a Muslim state in Southeast Asia, was to procure the explosives and draw up the plans.

   "Jabarah advised that he was in charge of the financing for the operation," according to the FBI report, dated Aug. 21, 2002, and titled "Information Derived from Mohammed Mansour Jabarah." Mr. Mohammad gave him US $10,000 to get started.


The Canadian, then 19, travelled to meet Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the architect of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, who gave Mr. Jabarah a critical assignment: organize truck bombings at the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Manila.
   For two weeks, Mr. Jabarah underwent intensive training at a house in Karachi, learning techniques for operating in urban environments, said Prof. Gunaratna, who has extensively investigated the cell. "The training emphasized operation security, measures and counter-measures to be adhered to by al-Qaeda operatives during travel, living in a city, interaction with others."

   Eventually, Mr. Jabarah was introduced to Hambali (an alias for Riduan Isamuddin), an al-Qaeda member who serves as operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah. The meeting took place at the Karachi apartment of one of Hambali's four wives. He instructed Mr. Jabarah to contact his two point men in Malaysia -- Mahmoud (an alias for Faiz Bafana) and Saad (an alias for Fathur Rahman Al Ghozi).

   "Make sure you leave before Tuesday," Mr. Mohammad cautioned Mr. Jabarah, according to the FBI. The Tuesday he was referring to was Sept. 11. Mr. Jabarah left Pakistan for Hong Kong on Sept. 10. He was staying at a Hong Kong hotel when hijacked planes brought down the World Trade Center.

   After three days in Hong Kong, Mr. Jabarah flew to the first stop in his jihad mission, Kuala Lumpur. He met a man code-named Azzam, as well as Mahmoud, a bomb-making expert who had learned his tradecraft at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. Mahmoud told Mr. Jabarah to speak to Saad, who was then training with Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in the Philippine mountains.

   "Jabarah told Mahmoud that he needed to go to the Philippines and Mahmoud said he would get in touch with Saad, as he is the person who could obtain any of the needed explosives," the FBI report said.

   Mr. Jabarah and his associate, Ahmed Sahagi, a would-be suicide bomber, flew to the Philippine city of Makati and checked in at the Horizon Hotel. A few days later, Saad e-mailed his Manila phone number to Mr. Jabarah and they made plans to meet.

   "When Saad arrived at the hotel, Saad informed Jabarah he only had 300 kilograms of TNT and he needed additional time and money. Saad informed Jabarah he wanted four tons of explosives," the FBI report said.

   There was another complication. Saad thought the U.S. embassy in Manila was not a good target because it was set back too far from the road. They scouted the U.S. and Israeli embassies together and Saad decided to return to Malaysia to discuss the plot with Mahmoud.

   They met again in Kuala Lumpur to talk about targets, and decided the embassies in the Philippines were no good. They wanted to try somewhere else. Mahmoud advised Mr. Jabarah to go to Singapore to record videotapes of potential targets there.

   At a parking lot at Singapore's Marina South, Mr. Jabarah held a meeting with local terrorist operatives and asked for their suggestions about targets. In addition to the American and Israeli embassies, they identified the Australian and British high commissions as well as several commercial buildings that housed American companies.

   Using a Sony video camera, Mr. Jabarah posed as a tourist to film sites such as the American Club and American International Assurance. The videos were labelled "Visiting Sightseeing Singapore." They were then transferred on to CD-ROMs for distribution up the chain of command.

   Mr. Jabarah rented an apartment in Kuala Lumpur in November, 2001, but he was running out of money and asked his boss in Pakistan, Mr. Mohammad, for more. A few days later, an al-Qaeda agent named Youssef handed him a bunch of envelopes. Inside were wads of US$100 bills, tied with elastic bands -- US $30,000 in total.

   Because TNT was difficult to obtain in the region, the cell decided to use ammonium nitrate. The operation was to use six trucks. Each would carry three tonnes of ammonium nitrate (by comparison, the truck bomb used in Oklahoma City in 1995 contained two to three tonnes of the explosive).

   "Sammy would bring his people down to Singapore to rig the bombs at the secured warehouse," said a Jan. 7, 2003, report on the plot prepared by the government of Singapore. "The trucks would then be driven and parked at designated points near the targets. The local cell members would then leave the country as unknown suicide bombers arrived. These suicide bombers (believed to be Arabs) would be brought down to Singapore just a day before the planned attack."

   In early December, 2001, the Jemaah Islamiyah chief Hambali told Mr. Jabarah to cancel the Singapore plot and move the target back to Manila. The advantage of attacking in Manila, Hambali said, was that the explosives were already in the Philippines and would not have to be shipped to Singapore. The attack could therefore be done sooner -- and al-Qaeda wanted it done quickly. If the embassies proved too difficult to attack, they would find other targets in the Philippines, Hambali said.

   By then, however, videos and notes about the Singapore plot had been found in the ruins of an al-Qaeda safehouse in Afghanistan bombed by American warplanes. Police moved in to break up the cell. On Dec. 9, 2001, Singapore's Internal Security Department made the first in a series of arrests. Within a week they had arrested 13 Jemaah Islamiyah members.

   But "Sammy" got away.

   - - -

   Mr. Jabarah was in Malaysia in December when an e-mail landed in the inbox of his Yahoo account. It was from Azzam. The title was "Problem." Mahmoud, Mr. Jabarah's point man who knew everything about the plot, had been arrested in Singapore, it said. Mr. Jabarah left for southern Thailand.

   At a hotel in Bangkok, Mr. Jabarah met with Hambali, who advised him to get out of the region before he was caught. He was too valuable to al-Qaeda to end up behind bars, Hambali said. But Hambali was furious the Singapore plot had failed, and he began discussing attacks elsewhere.

   "The last contact Jabarah had with Hambali was in mid-January, 2002, in Thailand," the FBI report said. "During this time Hambali discussed carrying out attacks with his group. His plan was to conduct small bombings in bars, cafes or nightclubs frequented by Westerners in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia."

   He tried to take a bus to Myanmar but could not get a visa. He went to Chiang Mai, Thailand, and flew to Bangkok and Dubai. Using his e-mail address, honda_civic12@yahoo.com, Mr. Jabarah contacted Hambali and Khalid Sheik Mohammad -- the 9/11 mastermind who had sent him on his mission.

   Mr. Jabarah sent them a copy of an article from a Canadian newspaper that linked him to the bombing plot in Singapore. He said he had to run and needed money. He wanted to go to Saudi Arabia but could not get a visa, so he went to neighbouring Oman, where, according to the FBI, he was helping "al-Qaeda operatives travelling through Oman to Yemen" when he was arrested in March, 2002.

   According to Canadian officials, the Omani government did not know what to do with Mr. Jabarah. It did not want to hand him to the Americans, fearing Omanis would be angered that their government had delivered a fellow Muslim into U.S. custody.

   They decided to give him instead to the Canadians. He was after all a Canadian citizen, and if Canada were to send him to the United States, it would not be Oman's doing. Canadian Security Intelligence Service agents brought Mr. Jabarah back to Canada in late April, 2002.

   Mr. Jabarah was a big catch for the intelligence service. "To an intelligence officer, this is like having the ideal terror consultant sharing your living room with you," said David Harris, a former CSIS agent. "Jabarah's words could launch major actions. In our life-and-death footrace with terror, names, dates and places can add up to fresh leads and these can mean outstripping the enemy."

   Canadian intelligence agents interviewed Mr. Jabarah for about a week and passed their findings to the Americans. The information he provided "vastly improved the knowledge of al-Qaeda," Prof. Gunaratna said. "As a result of this investigation, the Canadians will be able to move forward in better understanding and responding to the al-Qaeda network."


Each would carry three tonnes of ammonium nitrate (the truck bomb used in Oklahoma City in 1995 contained two to three tonnes of the explosive).
   Mr. Jabarah had such remarkable inside knowledge about al-Qaeda and its key players in Southeast Asia that he knew the Americans would want to speak to him in person. At his request, Canadian officials arranged to transfer him to the United States last May.

   After news of Mr. Jabarah's case was first publicized in Canada in July, a Toronto newspaper claimed there was no evidence against him and that the only reason Canadians were not outraged by his treatment was that he was Muslim, "not a Jones or a Bouchard." The Canadian Arab Federation and Canadian Civil Liberties Association held a news conference to demand a government probe.

   Instead of facilitating his transfer to the U.S., Canada should have "been advising him not to go to the United States where he will get lost in the hellhole of secret detentions, secret evidence and secret hearings," said Raja Khouri, the Arab federation president.

   But documents obtained by the National Post under the Access to Information Act support Ottawa's claims that he wanted to go to the United States. According to the documents: "Jabarah voluntarily came to Canada and then voluntarily went to the United States."

   Officials say he knew he had two choices: Keep quiet and face criminal charges for terrorism, extradition and possibly a lengthy prison term, or he could co-operate. According to authorities, he chose to talk. One of most dangerous terrorists to emerge from Canada became one of its most valuable contributions to the war on terrorism.

   - - -

   The inside account that Mr. Jabarah supplied was distributed to police and intelligence services in August, 2002, and some responded by heightening security at their embassies. It was not enough, however, to prevent the worst act of terrorism since Sept. 11.

   In Thailand, Hambali had ordered his deputy, Muklas, to plan attacks at places where Western tourists were known to hang out, including nightclubs in Indonesia, Prof. Gunaratna said.

   "Ironically, before the Bali tragedy, the U.S. intelligence community communicated this specific threat to Southeast Asian security and intelligence services in August, 2002. However, the Southeast Asian services failed to develop the contact or ground intelligence essential to detect and disrupt a terrorist attack."

   Two Canadians, Mervin Popadynec, an oil industry engineer from Wynyrd, Sask., and Rick Gleason, a financial advisor from Vancouver, were vacationing on the Indonesian island paradise of Bali when Hambali's men struck on Oct. 12.

   The bombers parked a minivan packed with explosives on the narrow street outside the Sari Club, a nightclub in the city of Kuta that was filled with Western tourists. Flames roared through the club and the building collapsed, killing almost 200.

   Mr. Popadynec was killed instantly. Mr. Gleason died later from burns that scorched nearly half his body. A friend recalled him as an adventurous traveller and outdoorsman with a "refined sense of humour." But to the terrorists, they were no more than "White Meat."

   - - -

   The FBI appears to have completed its interrogation of Mr. Jabarah, but his fate remains uncertain. He celebrated his 21st birthday in detention in December, reportedly at a military base beneath Brooklyn's Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

   Some officials speculate his New York lawyer, David Wikstrom, has been negotiating a plea bargain with the U.S. Justice Department, but his father said he knew nothing about that. Mr. Wikstrom declined to comment.

   The father insisted his son had no advance knowledge of any terrorist plots and called the claims lies. "No, this is false information, 100%, because Mohammed's situation, he doesn't know this kind of information," he said from Kuwait City.

   "And in the meantime his wish is now to go back home to Canada to continue his education as a doctor," he said.

   "He's an excellent boy."

   In the FBI's account of its interrogations, Mr. Jabarah spoke about the bombing plots with cold detachment, sounding like a university student tackling an exam problem.

   When he was asked about the bombing plot in Singapore, he said it "would not have been difficult," according to the FBI report. "This embassy is very close to the street and did not have many barriers to prevent the attack," he told the agents.

   Asked about the plot to bomb the U.S. embassy in Manila, he added that "a plane would be needed to attack this building because the security was very tough."

   No mention was made of the lives that would have been lost.

   JABARAH TIMELINE:

   1 June, 2000 Graduates from Holy Cross High School in St. Catharines, Ont. Goes to Kuwait, then Pakistan.

   JULY, 2001 Recruited by al-Qaeda because of his "clean" Canadian passport, fluent English and performance in training.

   2 August, 2001 In Karachi, meets senior al-Qaeda leaders Khalid Sheik Mohammad, architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, and Hambali, operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah. Mr. Mohammad gives him US$10,000 and instructs him to organize bombings at the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Manila. "Make sure you leave before Tuesday [Sept. 11]," Mr. Mohammad warns.

   3 SEPTEMBER 10, 2001 Flies to Hong Kong to get visas.

   4 SEPTEMBER 13, 2001 Three days later, flies to Kuala Lumpur, meets al-Qaeda bomb expert Faiz Bafana, alias Mahmoud, to discuss the bomb plot.

   5 SEPTEMBER, 2001 Goes to Makati, Philippines, to meet Fathur Rahman Al Ghozi, alias Saad, who tells Mr. Jabarah he needs more time, money and explosives. They discuss switching the operation to Singapore.

   6 OCTOBER 16, 2001 Arrives in Singapore to scout targets, using a Sony video camera. The plot takes shape. Mr. Jabarah intends to pack six trucks with ammonium nitrate. Arab suicide bombers are to arrive to drive them to the targets, which include the U.S. and Israeli embassies, British and Australian high commissions and American businesses.

   DECEMBER 9, 2001 Singapore's Internal Security Department arrests members of Mr. Jabarah's cell. Among those caught is Faiz Bafana. Mr. Jabarah receives e-mail titled "Problem."

   7 DECEMBER, 2001 Travels to Bangkok and meets with Hambali, who tells him to leave. "It will be a very big hit for us if you're arrested."

   8 JANUARY, 2002 Meets for the last time with Hambali and discusses a plot to bomb sites frequented by Western tourists in Indonesia. Goes to Dubai, stays at a hotel and contacts his al-Qaeda boss Mr. Mohammad to tell him he has to run.

   9 MARCH, 2002 Goes to Oman, gets arrested.

   10 APRIL, 2002 Canadian intelligence agents bring him back to Canada. He wants to go to the United States so he can make a deal.

   11 MAY, 2002 CSIS facilitates his transfer to New York.

   AUGUST 21, 2002 The FBI issues a confidential intelligence report to its allies based on Mr. Jabarah's confession. Several Western countries put their embassies in Southeast Asia on alert.

   12 OCTOBER, 12, 2002 Jemaah Islamiyah detonates truck bombs at a Bali nightclub packed with Western tourists, killing almost 200, including two Canadians. Authorities say Hambali was behind the blast.

GRAPHIC: Map: Jabarah Timeline: (See print copy for complete map.); List: Jabarah Timeline: (Online); Color Photo: (Mohammed Mansour) Jabarah; Black & White Photo: CANADIAN MOHAMMED MANSOUR JABARAH CONSPIRED WITH: Fathur Rahman Al Ghozi, above, who is suspected of plotting to blow up Western embassies,...; Black & White Photo: ...Hambali (an alias for Riduan Isamuddin) the man behind last fall's bombing in Bali,...; Black & White Photo: ...and Khalid Sheik Mohammad the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks.; Black & White Photo: An FBI report shows some of the code words Jabarah revealed to agents.; Black & White Photo: Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, who went to high school in St. Catharines, Ont., has emerged as a trusted al-Qaeda operative.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; khalidsheik; mohammad

1 posted on 02/14/2003 9:22:01 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: The Great Satan; honway; Fred Mertz; aristeides; Travis McGee; Badabing Badaboom; Sabertooth; ...
bump
2 posted on 02/14/2003 9:25:46 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Askel5; Uncle Bill
Wallaby bump.
3 posted on 02/14/2003 9:28:41 PM PST by nunya bidness (Your ad here!)
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To: Wallaby
Canada -- hmmmmmm.....


LINKS OF INTEREST:

***An interesting discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a WCBS880.com article: "TWO DETAINED AT BORDER; AUTHORITIES TEST FOR EXPLOSIVES" (February 14, 2003)

***NATIONAL POST.com ( A Part of Canada.com: "OTTAWA SUSPECTS AL-QAEDA PLOTTING MURDERS" (February 14, 2003)

***An Interesting Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a NY DAILY NEWS.com article by James Gordon Meek: "REPORT: IRAQI SPIES IN U.S." (NYDAILYNEWS.com ARTICLE SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON - Iraq sent spies from Canada to New York and Washington this month to snoop and stir up anti-war demonstrations, according to a government report obtained by the Daily News.") (January 30, 2002)

***FBI.gov: MOST WANTED TERRORISTS: "IMAD FAYEZ MUGNIYAH" aka "Hajj" (WANTED POSTER SNIPPETS: "Mugniyah is the alleged head of the security apparatus for the terrorist organization, Lebanese Hizballah."..."The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension and/or conviction of Imad Fayez Mugniyah."..."SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS")

stepping back in time...JANES.com: "WHO DID IT? FOREIGN REPORT PRESENTS AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Israel's military intelligence service, Aman, suspects that Iraq is the state that sponsored the suicide attacks on the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington. Directing the mission, Aman officers believe, were two of the world's foremost terrorist masterminds: the Lebanese Imad Mughniyeh, head of the special overseas operations for Hizbullah, and the Egyptian Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, senior member of Al-Qaeda and possible successor of the ailing Osama Bin Laden. The two men have not been seen for some time. Mughniyeh is probably the world's most wanted outlaw. Unconfirmed reports in Beirut say he has undergone plastic surgery and is unrecognisable. Zawahiri is thought to be based in Egypt. He could be Bin Laden's chief representative outside Afghanistan. The Iraqis, who for several years paid smaller groups to do their dirty work, were quick to discover the advantages of Al-Qaeda. The Israeli sources claim that for the past two years Iraqi intelligence officers were shuttling between Baghdad and Afghanistan, meeting with Ayman Al Zawahiri. According to the sources, one of the Iraqi intelligence officers, Salah Suleiman, was captured last October by the Pakistanis near the border with Afghanistan. The Iraqis are also reported to have established strong ties with Imad Mughniyeh.") (September 19, 2001)

PAK TODAY.com - PAKISTAN TODAY: "THE FRANCHISING OF HEZBOLLAH" by Avi Davis (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Western intelligence has now revealed a high level of cooperation between Bin Laden and Imad Muganiyeh, the Hezbullah terrorist who masterminded some of Hezbollah's most spectacular atrocities and kidnappings in Lebanon. Reports have Muganiyeh first meeting with Bin Laden as early as 1995 and those meetings have continued. More than this, since al-Qaida fled Afghanistan at the end of last year, the Sunday Telegraph reports, between 80 and 100 al- Qaida fighters were provided with false passports by Hezbollah before being relocated to southern Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The same report acknowledges that Hezbollah, working hand in hand with al-Qaida, has set up cells in the Far East - including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. It is well known that Hezbollah has operated in Gaza and the West Bank for years, but the recent revelation by the Shin Bet in Israel that al- Qaida has now also joined them there, is chilling evidence of a level of cooperation previously unsuspected. Such news comes as a dire warning to American, Israeli and Jewish communities throughout the world.") (122702) -- Note: This column content has expired. A new column has replaced this url.

ALBAWABA.com: "IS HIZBULLAH INVISIBLE LEADER INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES IN CANADA?" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In the United States, authorities believe that perhaps one of the world's most wanted men is behind the Canadian organization, which has raised funds, falsified documents and purchased military equipment for Hizbullah. In Washington, officials currently suspect that the agents sent to Canada to gather support for the Hizbullah work for Mugniyah, a top-level Hizbullah leader and the suspected mastermind of numerous attacks worldwide.") (120102)

NATIONAL POST.com: "LEADING TERROR SUSPECT TIED TO CANADIAN CELL Imad Mugniyah: Academic Fears Operations Could Be Launched 'In and From' Canada" by Stewart Bell (111202) --- UPDATE: This url has expired.

***WorldNetDaily.com: "ARABIC DIARY FOUND NEAR BORDER" (ARTICLE NOTE: The "border" is the Arizona border.) (February 13, 2003)

4 posted on 02/14/2003 9:30:26 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Wallaby
After they're done with him, don't kill him. Let me do it.
5 posted on 02/14/2003 9:31:02 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
bttt

VERY chilling.
6 posted on 02/14/2003 9:45:45 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (See Grampa Dave's Tag Line)
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To: Wallaby; rubbertramp; jedediah smith; honway; The Great Satan; ntrulock; OKCSubmariner; ...
The Canadian, then 19, travelled to Karachi in August, 2001, to meet Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the architect of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, who gave Mr. Jabarah a critical assignment.

Walls, thanks for the article. I'm going to have to read it again to absorb all the details.

7 posted on 02/14/2003 9:53:56 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Brad's Gramma
VERY chilling.

'Twas for dramatic effect. It worked, didn't it?

8 posted on 02/14/2003 9:56:03 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Wallaby
then there was the code word for Americans: "White Meat."

In a related note, Al-Qaeda operatives who have been monitoring US radio transmissions are attempting to decrypt American transmissions which refer to "Little Charred Bits of Smoking Pig."

9 posted on 02/14/2003 9:57:34 PM PST by fourdeuce82d
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
The article or your wanting to kill him?

I'm all for the latter.
10 posted on 02/14/2003 9:57:49 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (See Grampa Dave's Tag Line)
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To: Brad's Gramma
The article or your wanting to kill him?

Thought for a minute you were getting squeemish on us. Should have known better. Keep the powder dry, Gramma, the fightin's commin'.

11 posted on 02/14/2003 10:00:51 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: Wallaby
utter horror...
12 posted on 02/14/2003 10:02:53 PM PST by Tamzee (There are 10 types of people... those who read binary, and those who don't.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Naaaaaa......not squeemish. Realistic, from time to time, but no squeemies.

I ALMOST posted, originally, that you'd have to stand in line behind me, but I thought that wasn't very lady-like. Har!
13 posted on 02/14/2003 10:03:51 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (See Grampa Dave's Tag Line)
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To: Brad's Gramma
These worthless delinquent losers have yet to realize what many -- and far greater foes -- have learned in the past. Cross us and you are dead meat. Their lesson comes soon enough.

PS: I'm sure you're a lady. I'll take my oath on it. :O)

14 posted on 02/14/2003 10:09:39 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: glock rocks; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; Pete-R-Bilt
ping, a damn big ping!

If we don't have reason to suspect every Muslim after reading this, tell me why.

15 posted on 02/14/2003 10:16:29 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: Brad's Gramma
And we're supposed to trust this young savage and turn him loose? Not even with a chip implanted deep in his hide so we'd know his every move. Sounds like he turns his allegiance on a dime. Milk him dry of information then have him meet with a terrible accident...like the kind he plans for his victims.
16 posted on 02/14/2003 10:17:58 PM PST by holyscroller (Why are Liberal female media types always ugly to boot?)
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To: Wallaby
Everyone should see the change of scenery as you drive up I-5 towards Vancouver. On the Washington side you see mainly farms and forest - along with the "duty free" shopping areas that accompany all borders. Towards the border, the Canadian side is visible prior to entering Canada. This area is dominated by large, ornate mosques. They're everywhere. Once you cross the border and get up to Vancouver, the mosques once again dominate the outlying skyline - it's almost surreal.

We've got lots of the enemy's forces just north of the border. Count on it.
17 posted on 02/14/2003 10:19:51 PM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: holyscroller
I was hoping as I was reading it, that we would NOT let him off...no matter HOW polite of a young man he is.

Polite. Yeah, right.

18 posted on 02/14/2003 10:20:37 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (See Grampa Dave's Tag Line)
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To: Fred Mertz; aristeides; thinden; honway; piasa; Wallaby
The Jabarah family -- mother, father and four sons -- moved to Canada from Kuwait in 1994, three years after Allied troops liberated the country from Saddam Hussein of Iraq, who had invaded and plundered his oil-rich neighbour.

Anyone else bothered by this? Do we know that this family is really Kuwaiti? How many records did Hussein's men "adjust" (besides the one used for the '93 WTC)?

19 posted on 02/14/2003 10:24:53 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: B4Ranch
Agree........Agree 100% !

Stay Safe !

20 posted on 02/14/2003 10:35:51 PM PST by Squantos (RKBA the original version of Homeland Security .....the one proven method that works !)
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To: Wallaby
I doubt there's any connection -- but it's interesting.

St. Catharines, Ontario is just over the border, about 20 miles up the road from Lackawanna, hmmmm.

21 posted on 02/14/2003 10:46:46 PM PST by BfloGuy (The past is like a different country, they do things different there.)
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To: Wallaby
WOW!!!

BTTT!

22 posted on 02/14/2003 10:57:34 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (I heart "New" Europe.)
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To: B4Ranch
We may have to handle the situation with Proposition 223.
23 posted on 02/14/2003 11:30:38 PM PST by Travis McGee (---------- "UNamericans" put the U.N. before America!)
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To: Wallaby
Mr. Jabarah's descent into the underworld of radical Islam, where Americans are dehumanized even in code ("White Meat" comes from pigs, the consumption of which is deemed un-Islamic), is all the more troubling considering he spent his teenage years in Canada, the country that gave him refuge, citizenship and an education.

Next time you hear someone tossing around the term 'racist', refer to the above paragraph as a basis for comparison to true racism.

After news of Mr. Jabarah's case was first publicized in Canada in July, a Toronto newspaper claimed there was no evidence against him and that the only reason Canadians were not outraged by his treatment was that he was Muslim, "not a Jones or a Bouchard." The Canadian Arab Federation and Canadian Civil Liberties Association held a news conference to demand a government probe. Instead of facilitating his transfer to the U.S., Canada should have "been advising him not to go to the United States where he will get lost in the hellhole of secret detentions, secret evidence and secret hearings," said Raja Khouri, the Arab federation president.

The facilitators of the trojan horse of Islamic terrorism in Canada. CAIR and the AMC are their US counterparts. Along with elements of the media and braindead politically correct liberals, these organizations, in conjunction with your friendly neighborhood mosques, are raising money for, providing cover for, running PR campaigns for, carrying out psyops for, and running legal interference for terrorists, as well as providing the recruiting grounds for these monsters whose only goal is to kill 'white meat'.

24 posted on 02/14/2003 11:44:36 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Wallaby
"He's an excellent boy."

By who's standards?

25 posted on 02/14/2003 11:49:23 PM PST by FreeCanuckistan
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To: 11B3
You are very correct about those mosques dominating the skyline. Some proudly call it........diversity.(gag)
26 posted on 02/14/2003 11:54:33 PM PST by FreeCanuckistan
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To: Brad's Gramma
This story really scares me...it also brings to mind the 3 "polite" medical students who closed down Alligator Alley for hours last year - sure hope the FBI has been monitoring them.
27 posted on 02/15/2003 12:27:22 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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To: Lion's Cub
The Iraqis cleaned out the records pretty well from what I understand; such an opportunity is almost worth invading Kuwait for in the first place. Once you gain the records of people everything you do is in their name & their country gets the blame; if you can hide your nation's fingerprints on terrorist acts, what's to stop you from carrying out a terrorist act of massive proportions in the mother of all asymetric wars?

Why take hundreds of Kuwaiti nationals prisoner and never return them? If they are threats to Iraq, why not kill them on the spot instead of abducting them and taking them all the way to Baghdad? What purpose would that serve? It must serve some purpose.

28 posted on 02/15/2003 2:23:20 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: B4Ranch
damn straight, B4.
29 posted on 02/15/2003 5:28:42 AM PST by glock rocks (look, i said i'm sorry i shot you in the forehead. now, get over it. sheesh.)
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To: piasa
Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion.

World Trade Center bomb suspect 'stole' Swansea student's identity
Anna Pukas and Nick Rufford
Sunday Times
June 11, 1995, Sunday


RAMZI AHMED YOUSEF, accused of masterminding the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and other terrorist outrages, ''stole'' the identity of a fellow student while studying in Wales, write Anna Pukas and Nick Rufford.

Special Branch detectives working with the FBI believe Yousef adopted the identidy of Abdul Basit Mahmoud Kareem, a Kuwaiti studying electronic engineering at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education. They have questioned staff there about the two men. Kareem, who attended the institute between 1987 and 1989, is thought to have been killed by Iraqi police during an incursion into Kuwait prior to the 1990 invasion. Yousef subsequently added Kareem's name to the aliases he used to evade capture.

Yousef, 27, was finally arrested in Pakistan last February two years after the World Trade Center bombing killed six people and extradited to the United States, where he faces trial in the autumn. A pre-trial hearing is set for Wednesday.

Dubbed ''the new Jackal'', he is also implicated in a plot to assassinate the Pope during his January visit to the Philippines and a scheme to blow up American airliners departing from Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila.

The Swansea connection appears to have been confirmed by Yousef. In a statement to the FBI, he allegedly said he was born in Kuwait of Pakistani parents and went to Swansea to study electronic engineering, graduating in 1989.

Although some former undergraduates and residents have claimed to remember seeing a man resembling him around the campus, university authorities found no trace of him in their records, either under the name Yousef or any permutation of four known aliases.


It is thought that after his death Iraqi police kept his passport, which subsequently fell into Yousef's hands. When Yousef boarded a plane from New York to Pakistan hours after the World Trade Center explosion, he was travelling under the name Abdul Basit, two of Kareem's first names.
Attention switched to the Swansea institute after a raid by Filipino police on an apartment block in Manila. Yousef's fingerprints were discovered alongside big quantities of explosives, a fragmentation bomb complete with timer and detonator, and several instruction manuals. These included a photocopied chemistry textbook with passages on the manufacture of explosives highlighted; police sources said the book came from the Swansea institute library.

The institute confirmed that a student registered as Abdul Basit Mahmoud Kareem completed a two-year HND in electronic engineering in 1989, which included a course in micro-electronics. However, none of the staff was able to identify him positively as either Kareem or Yousef from photographs produced by Special Branch officers.

Hywel Rees, the vice-principal of the institute, said: ''The student we had could in many ways fit the profile of the person now in New York. But while he was with us he was a completely normal student, neither outstanding nor dull, who caused no concern at all.''

The real Kareem paid his own Pounds 4,000-a-year tuition fees and lived in a bedsit in the Uplands area of Swansea, a district with a large student population. The institute recalls he was registered as a Kuwaiti resident, although his birthplace was Iraq, and that he returned to Kuwait after his HND.

It is thought that after his death Iraqi police kept his passport, which subsequently fell into Yousef's hands. When Yousef boarded a plane from New York to Pakistan hours after the World Trade Center explosion, he was travelling under the name Abdul Basit, two of Kareem's first names.

Yousef is known to be a master of disguise, despite the fact that he has distinctive disfigurements: two deformed little fingers and one blind eye. Four photographs discovered in the Manila apartment show him looking completely different in each.


30 posted on 02/15/2003 6:35:02 AM PST by Wallaby
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To: Wallaby
Hang him.
31 posted on 02/15/2003 6:39:52 AM PST by tet68 (Jeremiah 51:24 ..."..Before your eyes I will repay Babylon for all the wrong they have done in Zion")
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To: Wallaby
Internment bump
32 posted on 02/15/2003 7:22:21 AM PST by Freebird Forever
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To: Wallaby
It is thought that after his death Iraqi police kept his passport, which subsequently fell into Yousef's hands.

Fell ?

33 posted on 02/15/2003 8:29:55 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: Travis McGee; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt
I was thinking something more along the lines of starting a National Prop Belt .50 to take care of this.
34 posted on 02/15/2003 8:40:26 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch; Grampa Dave

For many of our traitors, only the Mussolini treatment will do.

35 posted on 02/15/2003 8:53:58 AM PST by Travis McGee (----->SUPPORT PROPOSITION 223 {Disposition of Islamists and traitors.}<-----)
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To: Wallaby
More incredible stuff. Please remember to add me to your ping list.

Thanks to Travis McGee, I was pinged.
36 posted on 02/15/2003 9:10:43 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Travis McGee
Here is what the Islamofacists in the Middle East will be looking like as they hang around like Mussolini did in this picture:


37 posted on 02/15/2003 9:23:25 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Grampa Dave
I look forward to seeing Saddam in that posture, next to Tariq Aziz.
38 posted on 02/15/2003 9:46:32 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
I will probably be happier to see Aziz assume the Mussolini associates position post WWII than Saddam. Aziz gets under my skin worse than Saddam.
39 posted on 02/15/2003 9:59:08 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Grampa Dave
OK-- I just started up a ping list and you're on it.
40 posted on 02/15/2003 12:58:36 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Grampa Dave
ISLAMOFASCISTS - The alternative fuel source whose day has come!
41 posted on 02/15/2003 1:03:40 PM PST by MarineDad
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To: Wallaby
Thank you!
42 posted on 02/15/2003 4:16:58 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: MarineDad
Sounds good, lets add to the fuel mixture, Watermelon Green Jihadists and DemonicRats in heat for their cash cow, Soddomite.
43 posted on 02/15/2003 4:18:17 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Wallaby
A super bright red flag should be raised whenever a young Muslim man appears as a tourist with no visible means of support, regardless of whether he carries a camcorder, takes touristy pictures and is polite.

We need to profile this type of smug and self righteous thug regardless of what civil libertarians say.

44 posted on 02/16/2003 5:25:18 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Brad's Gramma
I was hoping as I was reading it, that we would NOT let him off...no matter HOW polite of a young man he is.

Polite. Yeah, right.

There is a psychopathic detachment within this culture. They can be polite yet utterly ruthless; merciless yet self justified while following the orders of their mullahs.

We should never (as I am sure you are not) be fooled by the "politeness" of our enemies.

20th century history is full of "polite" fasciasts.

45 posted on 02/16/2003 5:31:56 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: nunya bidness
Thanks for the flag.

Weird how someone so extremely dedicated and vital ... of dubious origin, serious demeanor, further groomed by Illumined Islam into a critical part of the death Machine ... wouldn't have 1/2 the moxie of even one of the expendables wasted on 9/11.

I guess the way he predicted a bombing and there was a bombing cinches him as a thoroughly legit traitor, though.

Mr. Jabarah's descent into the underworld of radical Islam, where Americans are dehumanized even in code

Why can't they just be upfront about it, like we are with our "vegetables" and "clumps of tissue"?

46 posted on 02/16/2003 5:19:45 PM PST by Askel5
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