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  • Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: ‘We’re Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex’ (barf)

    01/20/2015 10:04:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 20, 2015 – 02:55 PM | Britta Sandberg
    Mauritanian national Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. […] He was accused of having been acquainted with the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and of having provided them with support and sending them to Afghanistan to receive training. He has also been accused of involvement in the Millennium Plot, the foiled terrorist attack targeting the Los Angeles International Airport. At least that’s the claim made by Ahmed Ressam, the...
  • Terror Plot Foiled: Bin Laden Operative Revealed Targets, Terrorists' Names

    09/26/2001 10:17:25 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 22 replies · 81+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2001
    W A S H I N G T O N, Sept. 26 — An ambitious terrorist plot to attack a host of American interests overseas was foiled by the capture of a key Osama bin Laden operative, sources tell ABCNEWS. Intelligence sources in Europe and the United States say the intended targets included the American embassy in Paris, the U.S. consulate in Marseilles, France, buildings at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium and the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France. The outlines of the plan were known to French and American authorities before Sept. 11, but the attacks were not ...
  • LNG tanker stowaways may have terror tie

    04/29/2004 4:41:52 AM PDT · by bitt · 6 replies · 394+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/29/04 | Jon Chesto
    The government for the first time yesterday said illegal immigrants on Algerian-flagged LNG tankers in Boston ``may have had indirect associations'' with the so-called millennium plot to blow up the Los Angeles airport.
  • O'Reilly Guest Falsely Claimed President Clinton Prevented Millennium Attacks On U.S.

    02/09/2006 8:27:11 PM PST · by infoguy · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 9 February 2006 | Dave Pierre
    Nancy Soderberg, a former Ambassador to the United Nations and Foreign Policy Advisor under the Clinton administration, repeated the often-heard myth that President Clinton prevented Millennium attacks on the United States. Soderberg made the debunked claim as a guest on tonight's episode of The O'Reilly Factor (Thursday, February 9, 2006).Soderberg's claim would refer to the arrest of terrorist Ahmed Ressam at the U.S-Canada border on December 14, 1999. It was later learned that Ressam planned to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on or around New Year's Day 2000. Clinton defenders have often falsely cited this incident as evidence that...
  • LAX bombing plotter's 22-year sentence overturned as too lenient

    03/12/2012 3:05:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 12, 2012 | Carol J. Williams
    A 22-year sentence given an Al Qaeda-trained Algerian terrorist for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium was unreasonably lenient, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in overturning the term. Disputes over the appropriate punishment for Ahmed Ressam have roiled the federal courts for more than a decade, as the young Algerian captured with a trunkload of explosives when he entered the United States initially cooperated with U.S. counterterrorism agents in exposing the inner workings of the global terror network and testifying against other captured militants. But Ressam ceased cooperating with national security agents...
  • U.S. Long Underestimated Qaeda's Scope, Officials Say

    06/08/2002 1:38:38 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 33 replies · 5,277+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 9, 2002 | JUDITH MILLER and DON VAN NATTA Jr.
    ASHINGTON, June 7— A re-examination of years of terrorist plots and attacks around the world, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, suggests that American intelligence agencies profoundly underestimated Al Qaeda's reach and aspirations for more than a decade as it grew from obscurity into a global terrorist threat, lawmakers and investigators said this week.As Congressional investigators look back far beyond the series of signals missed before the Sept. 11 attacks, they are seeking answers to many questions about Al Qaeda that law enforcement and intelligence agencies still cannot answer themselves, officials said.In particular, they said, Congressional investigators are trying...
  • Ressam gets 22 years for millennium bomb plot

    12/03/2008 3:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 3, 2008 | Mike Carter
    Ahmed Ressam was resentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison for conspiring to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport despite telling a judge that he recanted everything he has told the federal government about terrorist activities. Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to send Ressam to prison for life — a sentence Ressam said he would accept now that he had cleared his conscience about his cooperation, which ended in 2003. Prosecutors pointed out that Ressam's defiance has cost two high-profile terrorism prosecutions so far, and that Ressam has actively tried to help the cases...
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • 'Millennium bomber' sentence tossed out by U.S. court (9th Circuit strikes again)

    08/16/2008 9:21:42 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 23 replies · 222+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 16, 2008 | Carol J. Williams
    A federal appeals court Friday threw out the 22-year sentence imposed on Algerian Ahmed Ressam for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium. The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Seattle to recalculate a sentence for his conviction on nine felony counts. It was the second time the appellate court has scrapped Ressam's sentence. The San Francisco-based panel noted that the U.S. Supreme Court reversal of its first decision to vacate the term failed to take into consideration recent federal sentencing guidelines...
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,314 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...
  • Justices rule against man in terrorism case { 9th Circus smacked-down, AGAIN }

    05/19/2008 10:39:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 102+ views
    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Algerian convicted of conspiring to detonate explosives at Los Angeles International Airport during the millenium holiday travel rush. In its 8-1 decision, the court upheld Ahmed Ressam's conviction on an explosives charge, one of nine convictions that resulted in a 22-year prison sentence. At issue was whether Ressam should be convicted of carrying explosives during the commission of another serious crime, in Ressam's case, lying on a U.S. Customs form when he crossed the border in December 1999. Writing for the majority, Justice John Paul Stevens said that "the most natural reading"...
  • Immigration powers used to hold al-Qaeda kingpin in jail

    10/20/2006 1:16:03 AM PDT · by Mrs Ivan · 1 replies · 380+ views
    The Times ^ | October 20, 2006 | Sean O’Neill
    BRITAIN has resorted to detaining as an illegal immigrant a man regarded as one of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous terrorists. Abu Doha, whose various aliases include “The Doctor”, has been in Belmarsh highsecurity jail for almost six years facing extradition to the United States on charges of running a jihad training camp in Afghanistan and plotting to blow up Los Angeles airport. But the US has been forced to drop the case against him after an informer refused to give evidence. A British judge described the extremist network created by Abu Doha as “one of the most significant groups of terrorists...
  • Ressam at times defiant in 2 days of questioning (Religion of Peace update)

    12/19/2002 9:17:32 PM PST · by Abar · 1 replies · 583+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 19, 2002 | Mike Carter
    Ressam at times defiant in 2 days of questioning By Mike Carter Seattle Times staff reporter After more than a year of cooperating with federal prosecutors, Ahmed Ressam has become a sometimes difficult and defiant government witness. Ressam was at times surly and evasive during two days of closed-door questioning this week in Seattle by German lawyers who need his help prosecuting Mounir el-Motassadeq, a Moroccan accused of helping the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers. Ressam, convicted of conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, might be endangering his deal with federal prosecutors to serve as few as 27 years...
  • Militant cleric (Dr. Hook) had links with al-Qa'eda chiefs, says FBI report

    06/24/2003 5:34:16 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 370+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/25/03 | Sean O'Neill
    Abu Hamza, the militant, London-based Muslim cleric, maintained close contact with the leadership of al-Qa'eda during the years when it operated a worldwide terrorist network from Afghanistan, according to FBI files. Documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph state that Hamza, the former imam of Finsbury Park mosque, north London, dealt personally with Abu Zubeidah, Osama bin Laden's director of operations. Zubeidah, a Palestinian who is now in US custody, communicated bin Laden's instructions and messages from his hideout in Afghanistan to al-Qa'eda cells around the world. Hamza had the power to refer recruits to Zubeidah for "leadership training" in Afghan...
  • UN puts Canadian-Sudanese citizen on al-Qaeda sanction list

    08/03/2006 4:39:48 AM PDT · by Republicain · 3 replies · 260+ views
    CBC ^ | 08/02/2006
    The United Nations announced Wednesday it has imposed sanctions on a man with dual Canadian and Sudanese citizenship who allegedly worked with Abu Zubaydah, al-Qaeda's one-time operations chief in Afghanistan. The UN Security Council committee in charge of anti-terrorism sanctions against al-Qaeda and remnants of the Taliban added Abu Sufian Al-Salamabi Muhammed Ahmed Abd Al-Razziq to its sanctions list on July 31. The move follows joint action taken in July by the U.S. State Department and Treasury Department. Abd Al-Razziq was deemed a terror risk, which immediately blocked all assets he has that are reachable by the U.S. government. The...
  • The Chemical Threat to Subways: Dispelling the Clouds

    06/22/2006 8:29:47 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 5 replies · 955+ views
    Stratfor Terrorism Intelligence Report ^ | 06/21/06 19:21:35 | By Fred Burton
    Recent reports outlining what Time magazine has called the "untold story" of a cancelled al Qaeda plot against the New York subway system have excited considerable media hype and public consternation. The account is part of Ron Suskind's new book, The One Percent Doctrine, that was excerpted in the June 26 edition of Time. According to Suskind, al Qaeda developed a "revolutionary new WMD device" that would generate cyanide gas, and these weapons -- which he refers to as "mubtakkar" devices -- were to have been planted on subways by operatives who were in place and preparing to act in...
  • Prosecutors say judge abused discretion in sentencing terrorist (had rebuked Bush administration)

    02/22/2006 10:27:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1,223+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/22/06 | Gene Johnson - ap
    SEATTLE (AP) - The federal judge who sentenced an Algerian terrorist to 22 years in prison for attempting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium wildly abused his discretion, said prosecutors who had sought a much longer sentence. Customs agents in Port Angeles, Wash., caught Ahmed Ressam, 38, with explosives in the trunk of his rental car when he drove off a ferry from British Columbia in December 1999. The scare prompted the cancellation of millennium celebrations at Seattle's Space Needle. At Ressam's sentencing last summer, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour used the opportunity...
  • Prosecutors to appeal Ressam sentence

    08/27/2005 12:42:26 AM PDT · by Don W · 12 replies · 376+ views
    KONP radio's website ^ | August 26, 2005 | KONP radio's website
    Prosecutors to appeal Ressam sentence August 26th, 2005 - 12:29pm (Seattle) -- Federal prosecutors say they will appeal the 22-year prison sentence of Ahmed Ressam, the Algerian national arrested in Port Angeles in 1999 and convicted of plotting to bomb LAX. The sentence handed down last month was significantly lower than the 35 years prosecutors had recommended, but could have been shorter still had Ressam agreed to testify against two of his alleged co-conspirators. In a statement today announcing his plans to appeal, U.S. Attorney John McKay says the standard sentencing range for the crimes Ressam committed is 65 years...
  • Jihadists v. fools on the bench

    08/01/2005 6:33:16 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 6 replies · 520+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2005 | Unknown
    One would hardly know it from the tendentious political speech delivered by federal District Judge John Coughenour Wednesday in sentencing al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ressam to 22 years in prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, but the Ressam case shows what is wrong with a strategy of using the courts as our primary means of fighting terror -- as the Clinton administration did for eight years. The case also serves as an illustration of the potentially catastrophic consequences to Americans that can result from lax border-enforcement, asylum and welfare policies in countries like France and Canada. In...