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  • Startling implications of a Jihadi letter

    11/09/2007 11:03:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 379+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 09, 2007 | Ray Robison
    New light is being shed on the 2001 anthrax attacks in a fascinating open letter to Ayman al Zawahiri of al Qaeda, written by a jihadi living in London. Numan Bin Uthman, a former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, provides yet more evidence that the global Islamic jihad movement is losing its resolve.  But the letter contains a startling admission. Uthman tells us of a conversation he had with al Qaeda leaders before the 9/11 attacks in which he urged them not to use WMD. From AKI News: Uthman also said that he had taken part in...
  • Picture emerges of teen suicide pilot (Alexander Felos and the Tampa teen suicide pilot)

    04/05/2005 9:15:39 AM PDT · by alwaysaskingquestions · 20 replies · 1,819+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 8, 2002 | Curtis Krueger, Katherine Gazella, Ed Quico
    Picture Emerges of Teen Suicide Pilot CHARLES BISHOP: To some, he was a smart, humorous student, which makes his suicide flight all the more incomprehensible. By CURTIS KRUEGER, KATHERINE GAZELLA and ED QUIOCO © St. Petersburg Times published January 8, 2002 ----------- Charles Bishop was a teacher's dream. He read Shakespeare in class, pulled together a middle school literary magazine and enjoyed a good game of flag football. Friends and family members who knew him best described Charles as a patriot. The teen who flew an airplane into the Bank of America building, carrying a note sympathizing with Osama bin...
  • Crash Pilot's Osama Note

    01/06/2002 5:45:11 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 83 replies · 322+ views
    The lone 15-year-old pilot who stole a small private plane and crashed it into a high-rise office block in Tampa, Florida, left a note expressing sympathy to Osama bin Laden. Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder said the note was found on the body of Charles Bishop, who was the only person killed in Saturday's incident. "I would characterize it as a suicide note," Holder said.. He said Bishop's note clearly stated that he had acted alone without any help from anyone else. "Troubled Young Man" But Holder said that in the note Bishop expressed sympathy for bin Laden, the Saudi-born ...
  • Teen Pilot Kept to Himself

    01/05/2002 11:39:27 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 30 replies · 4+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 1/6/02 | Pat Leisner
    Teen Pilot Kept to Himself By PAT LEISNER Associated Press Writer January 6, 2002, 12:10 AM EST PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The high school freshman who stole a small airplane and crashed it into a high-rise building Saturday was a quiet boy who kept to himself and bartered for his flight lessons by cleaning airplanes. Flight school officials said Charles J. Bishop, 15, was well versed in the operations at National Aviation Academy, where he had been taking lessons since March 2001. Bishop was presumed dead in the crash, authorities said Saturday night. He was a year shy of being ...
  • Kamikaze Small Plane Pilot Hits Tampa's Tallest Building

    01/05/2002 11:00:54 PM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 66 replies · 719+ views
    A fifteen-year-old student pilot apparently trying to recreate the 9/11 kamikaze attack on the World Trade Center slammed a stolen Cessna 172 private airplane Saturday into Tampa, Florida's Bank of America building, the city's tallest structure. Charles J. Bishop, a 15-year-old flight student from Great Britain, stole the small aircraft from Albert Whitted Municipal Airport in nearby St. Petersburg at about 5 p.m., law enforcement sources said. Bishop was killed as the Cessna carrying 56 gallons of fuel slammed into the Bank of America tower, leaving the tail section of the plane dangling precariously from its side. The fuel did ...
  • Police release Charles Bishop suicide note (15 yr old Tampa plane suicide, Osama sympathizer)

    02/06/2002 10:05:38 AM PST · by Registered · 196 replies · 1,664+ views
    ap yahoo news ^ | 02.06.02 | AP
      1-5-01 Kid didn't know it was '02 yet. I have prepared this statement in regards to the act I am about to commit. First of all, Osama bin Laden is absolutely justified in the terror he has caused on 9-11. He has brought a mighty nation to its knees! God blesses him and the others who helped make September 11th happen. The U.S. will have to face the consequences for its horrific actions against the Palestinian people and (illegible, could be Iraq?) by its allegiance with the monstrous Israelis who want nothing short of world domination! You will ...
  • In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally

    06/30/2004 12:27:40 PM PDT · by optik_b · 19 replies · 210+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2004 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    In F.B.I., Innocent Detainee Found Unlikely Ally By NINA BERNSTEIN t took no more than a week for James P. Wynne, a veteran F.B.I. investigator, to confirm the harmless truth that only now, more than two years later, he is ready to talk about. The small foreign man he helped arrest for videotaping outside an office building in Queens on Oct. 25, 2001, was no terrorist. He was a Buddhist from Nepal planning to return there after five years of odd jobs at places like a Queens pizzeria and a Manhattan flower shop. He was taping New York street scenes...
  • More Afghan captives head for Cuba

    01/14/2002 1:59:26 AM PST · by Ada Coddington · 5 replies · 166+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/14/02 | unknown
    More Afghan captives head for Cuba Security at the base has been massively beefed up Another 30 Taleban and al-Qaeda prisoners have left Afghanistan by plane for Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, it is reported. The prisoners, who were shackled and had white caps covering their faces, boarded a C-17 transport plane at trhe US base in Kandahar, the Associated Press reports. Each prisoner was flanked by two US soldiers as they walked across the tarmac to the aircraft. Most lights at the US base were switched off and security was tight. The first group of 20 detainees arrived in Guantanamo ...
  • Sowell: Rights? Taliban Has No Stinkin' Rights

    01/25/2002 3:41:39 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 39 replies · 2+ views
    www.townhall.com | Jan. 24, 2002 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    Most people have to deal with the reality that confronts them. They start with that reality and try to do the best they can within its limitations and within their own limitations. But there are large and growing numbers of people -- especially among the intelligentsia -- whose starting point is some abstraction that they wish to apply to reality. For example, even in the face of a worldwide terrorist organization that has declared open warfare on every American man, woman and child, those whose starting point is abstraction focus on the "civil rights" of terrorists. No one in World ...
  • Human wrongs: Violations abound at Guantanamo Bay (Spewing BARF Alert)

    01/23/2002 6:51:10 AM PST · by NorCoGOP · 22 replies · 78+ views
    Michigan Daily (U Mich) ^ | 1/22/02 | Staff Editorial
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Since the United States leased land in Guantanamo Bay from Cuba in 1903, the government has used this site for incarcerating prisoners of war. Guantanamo Bay, officially still Cuban, is not subject to U.S. law, rendering activities there largely free from public scrutiny. Today it is the temporary home of 140 imprisoned Taliban and al-Qaeda combatants captured in Afghanistan. Despite the crimes of which these prisoners are accused, the United States has a responsibility under international law to respect certain standards of imprisonment. The International Committee of the Red Cross and other human rights organizations currently ...
  • Guantanamo Winter It all depends on what your meaning of barbarism is.

    01/24/2002 5:52:19 AM PST · by LavaDog · 10 replies · 144+ views
    NRO ^ | January 23, 2002
    Now that the fighting in Afghanistan is largely over, the sophisticated have emerged, blinking into the new sunlight to explain — again — why America is bad. As is usually the case with such storms, the America-bashing wind blows in from the East, picking up speed in Western Europe before it reaches our shores. But, not surprisingly, there are plenty of people watching Europe and nodding their heads like Weather Channel addicts. I had to read about them while I was writing about this absurd controversy over our treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo yesterday. I don't want to spoil ...
  • Harsh conditions await Taleban, al-Qaeda prisoners

    01/10/2002 1:16:28 PM PST · by GeneD · 29 replies · 186+ views
    Taleban and al-Qaeda prisoners now being sent from Afghanistan to an American naval base in Cuba will face harsh conditions of detention. Not all of them may be sent to the detention centre at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There have been reports that they were to be sedated during the long flight to Cuba aboard US military cargo planes. The aircraft carrying the prisoners may also be escorted by jet fighters at least some of the way. Prisoners are to be chained to their seats and may be hooded during the trip. They will also be ...
  • Guantanamo Detainees Said Plotting

    01/27/2002 6:40:10 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 32 replies · 1+ views
    AP through Yahoo.com ^ | Sun Jan 27, 9:08 AM ET | Tony Winton
    Guantanamo Detainees Said Plotting Sun Jan 27, 9:08 AM ET By TONY WINTON, Associated Press Writer GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Military guards at a detention camp at Guantanamo Bay say they have noticed a command structure emerging among the terrorist suspects being held there, camp leaders said Saturday. The leaders seem to surface during prayer sessions. Photos AP Photo Slideshows AP Photo Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Of the evolving leadership structure, Brig. Gen. Mike Lehnert said, "We have indications that many have received training, and that they are observing actions such as security procedures." Lehnert, a ...
  • In Cuba, Al-Qaeda gets lesson in women's rights

    01/22/2002 5:06:54 AM PST · by Grig · 27 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | Stewart Bell
    The National Post's Stewart Bell reported from Afghanistan during the U.S. bombing of al-Qaeda and Taliban forces. Yesterday he was the only Canadian among a group of foreign reporters granted access to the U.S. detention site at Guantanamo Bay. His report: The Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners held at the U.S. military base here on Cuba's southern coast are being guarded partly by female Military Police officers, a shocking role reversal for Afghan fighters unaccustomed to taking orders from women. During the Taliban's five years in power, women were banned from showing their faces, working or going to school. They were ...
  • U.N.'s Robinson: Cuba Detainees Are Prisoners Of War

    01/16/2002 8:55:32 AM PST · by RCW2001 · 63 replies · 3+ views
    U.N.'s Robinson: Cuba Detainees Are Prisoners of War Jan. 16 GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson said Wednesday the 50 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters being held at a U.S. Navy base in Cuba were prisoners of war and entitled to the protection of international law. Robinson said most legal experts disagreed with Washington's view that the fighters were "illegal combatants" and therefore not protected by the Geneva Conventions on prisoners rights. "The situation is complex (but) ... the overwhelming view of legal opinion is that they were combatants in an international armed conflict," the United Nations ...
  • Welcome To Camp X-Ray - Reasons Why The US DOES NOT Make Them P.O.W.'s [GOOD READ]

    01/23/2002 1:15:44 PM PST · by 11th Earl of Mar · 9 replies · 184+ views
    Time.com ^ | 1/23/02
    Nation Welcome to Camp X-Ray When is a war prisoner not a POW? When the U.S. brings Afghan detainees to Guantanamo Bay BY MICHAEL ELLIOTT It's not going to be a country club," said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week, describing the new military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and nobody ever expected it would be. The 110 al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners admitted to "Gitmo" by the end of last week are, said Rumsfeld, "the hardest of the hard core," men who had killed "dozens and dozens of people." But though it may lack tennis courts and a putting ...
  • First Night in Cuba 'peaceful' for War Detainees

    01/12/2002 8:52:46 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 9 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | January 12, 2002 Posted: 11:37 AM EST (1637 GMT)
    <p>GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (CNN) -- Twenty Afghan war detainees spent a "calm and peaceful" first night in a temporary detention center -- 6-by-8 chain-link cells on the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the head of security for the detention center said Saturday.</p>
  • Fears for Detainees Mount

    01/14/2002 12:46:56 AM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Paul Kelso and agencies
    War in Afghanistan More captured fighters flown to Cuba amid US indifference to concern about their status The US pressed ahead yesterday with its controversial policy of flying al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners from Afghanistan to a US naval compound at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Another 30 detainees boarded a transport plane bound for the island last night. Guarded by American troops with attack dogs, the men, shackled and wearing taped-over ski goggles, shuffled in the darkness into a C-17 plane at Kandahar airport. They wore surgical masks over their mouths and noses, because some had tested positive for tuberculosis, a military ...
  • Seven to die for US centre attack

    04/27/2005 9:28:58 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 655+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK | BBC
    A court in India has sentenced to death seven men convicted of attacking the American cultural centre in Calcutta in January 2002. Those convicted include Aftab Ahmed Ansari, who the judge said had planned the attack in which five policemen were killed and nearly 20 others injured. Two other men were acquitted for lack of evidence. The attack heightened tensions in South Asia, coming just weeks after a bloody raid on India's parliament. India accused Pakistan of having a link to both attacks which was strongly denied by Islamabad. Although India still supports the death penalty it is rarely carried...
  • Malaysian police arrest 13 linked to Moussaoui

    01/04/2002 8:07:35 AM PST · by KQQL · 12 replies · 348+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo ^ | 1/4/2002 | Reuters
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has arrested 13 suspected members of an Islamic militant group with links to Zacarias Moussaoui, the Frenchman on trial for the September 11 attacks on the United States, Bernama news agency said on Friday. The suspects, belonging to a wing of a group the authorities call Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM), had connections with Moussaoui when he was in Malaysia between September 4 and 15 and again on October 5 in 2000, the state-run news agency quoted Inspector-General of Police Norian Mai as saying. "They were arrested because they are believed to be carrying out activities ...
  • Shady Iraq oil deals: The ANC connection

    02/22/2004 4:11:12 AM PST · by Ironfocus · 19 replies · 717+ views
    SA Sunday Times
    Top brass flew to Baghdad with publicity-shy empowerment businessman Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Jessica Bezuidenhout and Andre Jurgens Two of the ANC's most powerful officials travelled to Iraq with a controversial Johannesburg businessman just weeks before he landed a R1.2-billion state oil deal. Sandi Majali is one of about 270 people around the world who have been named in an alleged sanctions-busting scam involving oil from former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime. The names appeared in Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organisation documents found after the fall of Saddam. Majali, 41, who heads the media-shy empowerment company Imvume Resources, has for the...
  • AMERICA IS GETTING READY TO ATTACK IRAQ

    01/22/2002 9:47:31 AM PST · by Magician · 17 replies · 26+ views
    Pravda ^ | 1-21-2 | SERGEY BORISOV
    The USA is getting ready to make Iraq the second target after Afghanistan during the process of the global anti-terrorist operation. Experts say, the Americans will attack Iraq not earlier, than around the middle or the end of February. Debka, the news services, informed that the American pursuit planes and the bombing planes will be dispatched in Kuwait, in Sinai and in the Israeli Negeva. The command of the Third US Army, with Paul Mikolashek at the head, has moved from Fort McPherson to Kuwait. Israel is becoming one of the main supporting points during the attack on Iraq, ...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Detention transformed (Muslim) doctor into man of peace - Saudi carries no bitterness home

    05/25/2002 6:47:10 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 23 replies · 984+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 25, 2002 | By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News
    Detention transformed doctor into man of peace Saudi carries no bitterness home as he ends San Antonio stay 05/25/2002 By DAVID McLEMORE / The Dallas Morning News SAN ANTONIO - Dr. Al-Badr Al-Hazmi sits easily on the carpeted floor of the mosque. He speaks with a soft intensity, the words spilling out as he describes the day his life was turned upside down. Stony-faced FBI agents whisked him from his San Antonio home a day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He was flown to New York and secreted in a detention cell for nearly two weeks. Like hundreds...
  • Trial and record of the accused Hicks (Australian held at Guantanamo Bay)

    08/05/2005 8:58:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 440+ views
    The Australian ^ | 6th August 2005 | David Nason and others
    TRUTH in the David Hicks affair remains as elusive as ever after fresh allegations this week from inside the US military that the Guantanamo Bay commissions are so seriously flawed that a fair trial is impossible. The most damaging blows yet to the commissions -- still supported by the Howard Government -- came from three US Air Force prosecutors involved in the trials who have quit the investigation in protest. One, John Carr, said the process appeared to have been rigged and that the first four cases -- including Hicks -- had been been "handpicked" and would not be acquitted....
  • Terrorist Blamed His Failure on Bush

    02/10/2006 4:59:54 AM PST · by Terrence DoGood · 53 replies · 2,488+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Homegrown terrorist Jeffrey Leon Battle considered America the “land of the kaffirs,” or unbelievers, and the American people “pigs.” He once lamented to an acquaintance—who happened to be a government informant—that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks did not sufficiently damage the U.S. economy. “This is the land of the enemy,” he said of his own country in a May 8, 2002, conversation secretly recorded by the government. He explained to a friend how his “burning desire” to become an Islamic martyr had inspired his aborted quest to join forces with al Qaeda in Afghanistan, where he could kill American...