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  • British jihadis in Syria are being recruited for suicide missions...in 'tribute to Osama bin laden'

    08/11/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 10 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 8/10/2015 | David Williams
    Britons fighting for militant groups in Syria are being targeted to smuggle explosives on to Western airliners and become suicide bombers as Al Qaeda plan a spectacular attack over a major city, intelligence officials warn. The Pakistan-based, Iranian-backed Khorasan group linked to Al Qaeda is said to have sent members to 'embed' with affiliated terror groups to identify British, European and United States passport holders who could slip through security and carry a bomb on to a plane.
  • Port Authority, FBI Investigating Bomb Threat Against Flight From Spain At JFK

    12/01/2014 6:23:07 AM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    News ^ | 12-1-2014 | CBS News
    December 1, 2014 NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — European security experts are reportedly trying to thwart an alleged terror plot in the skies as authorities here at home try to determine who was behind a bomb threat against a flight from Spain to New York on Sunday. According to reports, officials in Europe have intelligence suggesting that terrorists have the goal of blowing up five European passenger planes before Christmas in a possible 9/11-style attack.Meanwhile, the Port Authority and the FBI are investigating after a bomb threat was phoned in against an American Airlines flight from Spain on Sunday. Flight 67...
  • Report: Flight to Orlando used as terrorist practice run

    10/10/2013 9:54:21 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 110 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 10/10/2013 | Joe Kelley
    Orlando, Fla. — Terrorists are in the midst of practice runs in preparations for an attack on U.S. airlines. (snip) The pilots say the most recent dry-run occurred on Flight 1880 on September 2. The flight left Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. and headed to Orlando International. Crew members say that shortly after takeoff, a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion......continues
  • EXCLUSIVE: Witnesses in Defense Dept. Report Suggest Cover-Up of 9/11 Findings (report is from 2006)

    10/04/2010 4:52:12 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 94 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/04/10 | Catherine Herridge
    A document obtained and witnesses interviewed by Fox News raise new questions over whether there was an effort by the Defense Department to cover up a pre-9/11 military intelligence program known as "Able Danger." At least five witnesses questioned by the Defense Department's Inspector General told Fox News that their statements were distorted by investigators in the final IG's report -- or it left out key information, backing up assertions that lead hijacker Mohammed Atta was identified a year before 9/11.
  • Osama's Best Friend: The further connections between al Qaeda and Saddam

    10/25/2003 10:00:38 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 4,934+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/03/03 | Stephen F. Hayes
    IN A LITTLE-NOTICED DECISION in a New York courtroom on September 25, 2003, a man described as Osama bin Laden's "best friend" got some good news. U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts ruled that Mahmdouh Mahmud Salim could not be sentenced to life in prison. Salim--who was present at the founding of al Qaeda in 1989 and who was for years one of bin Laden's most trusted confidants--had been captured in Germany in 1998 and extradited to the United States for prosecution related to his role in the grand conspiracy that resulted in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in...
  • The Philippine branch of terror: Al Qaeda is believed to have given initial funding to Abu Sayyaf

    10/26/2001 5:39:24 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 655+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Friday, October 26, 2001 | By Dan Murphy
    MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - There are so many links between the Abu Sayyaf Group of the Philippines, which beheaded an American hostage a few months ago, and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network, that on paper they look like the route map for a Peshawar-based airline. The links run from that high, bleak border city in Pakistan to terrorist dens in Afghanistan and Yemen; to murders and bombings in the Philippines; to the first attack on the World Trade Center; to a foiled attempt to assassinate the pope during a 1995 visit to Manila. A captured Abu Sayyaf guerrilla, ...
  • Plane terror plot might have targeted U.S. cities

    11/02/2006 9:02:25 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies · 587+ views
    Heraldnet.com ^ | 11.02.06
    WASHINGTON - A group of alleged terrorists arrested in London in August planned to blow up airliners over U.S. cities to maximize casualties, rather than over the Atlantic Ocean as many intelligence officials originally thought, according to recent remarks by a senior FBI official. The comments by Mark Mershon, head of the FBI's New York field office, indicate that U.S. and British intelligence officials now think that the airliner plot was aimed at maximizing the potential loss of life and economic impact.
  • Sen. Clinton Blasts Bush's Anti-Terrorism Record

    08/14/2006 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 116 replies · 2,652+ views
    Bush's Anti-Terrorism Record (CBS/AP) SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a possible contender for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008, on Monday criticized the Bush administration for failing to do enough to protect the country from terrorists. Clinton's comments came after authorities in the United Kingdom last week said they thwarted a terror plot involving airplanes bound from Britain to the United States. Conspirators allegedly planned to blow up as many as 10 planes flying from Britain to the United States using liquid explosives, which the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's security equipment cannot detect in carry-on luggage. "We've done...
  • Uncertain Trumpets (Democrats will fail us if given the chance)

    08/12/2006 8:28:04 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 859+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 8-11-06 | Editorial
       Uncertain Trumpets INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 8/11/2006 Leadership: If the foiled airline bomb plot sounded familiar, it should. In 1995, al-Qaida planned the same thing as the Clinton administration slept. Democrats hope to press the snooze button again in November. The 1995 plot was uncovered when Ramzi Yousef, subsequently convicted for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, hastily fled a burning Manila apartment, leaving behind bomb materials and a laptop with disks containing plans for something called Project Bojinka — the Arabic word for "loud explosion." The plot was to blow up 11 American jetliners over the...
  • ANOTHER TRY: Terrorists tested liquid explosives on a jet in 1994 (lots of v interesting info!)

    08/11/2006 7:26:30 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 79 replies · 2,835+ views
    SFC ^ | Aug. 11, 2006 | Simon Reeve,
    Descriptions of the alleged plot uncovered by British authorities have distinct echoes of the so-called Operation Bojinka, an attempt by supporters of al Qaeda in the mid-1990s to simultaneously destroy airliners over the Pacific using liquid explosives. The explosives, which can be hidden in a small bottle, like those used for contact lens solution, are hard to detect, and were originally developed by Yousef, whose uncle, Mohammed, was the chief architect of the 9/11 attacks. In December 1994, Yousef tested his device using a fraction of the explosives planned for the main bombs. Halfway through the short flight, Yousef disappeared...
  • UK plot resembles 1995 al-Qaida plan

    08/11/2006 7:57:55 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 10 replies · 594+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | Aug. 11, 2006 | Not Cited
    The foiled terrorist plot to blow up as many as 10 U.S. airplanes departing the UK using liquid explosives bears striking resemblance to "Operation Bojinka," the failed al-Qaida-financed attack on airliners in 1995 that became a precursor to 9-11, counterterrorism analysts say. Operation Bojinka – a plot to bomb more than a dozen airliners over the Pacific Ocean simultaneously – was developed in Manila by Ramzi Yousef, a planner of the 1993 World Trade Center attack, and 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, according to Philippines authorities. The key to the Bojinka plot was the use of liquid chemical bombs and...
  • Passengers can expect double screening (Sticking it to everyone equally in the name of security)

    08/10/2006 4:27:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 121 replies · 1,734+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06 | Leslie Miller - ap
    WASHINGTON - Beginning Friday, airline passengers will go through double screening to make sure they're not carrying liquids onto planes, the head of the airline industry's largest trade group said. Passengers and their carry-on luggage will be checked not only at the main security checkpoint, but also a second time at the boarding gate. The stepped-up screening in response to a new terrorist threat began Thursday at 25 airports where planes leave for Britain. "It's going to spread across the whole system tomorrow," James May, president of the Air Transport Association, said Thursday. The response to the terrorist threat produced...
  • London Airline Bombing Plot News (updated 4:05 pm ET)

    08/10/2006 1:49:25 PM PDT · by John Lenin · 64 replies · 2,433+ views
    Counterterrorismblog.org ^ | August 10, 2006 | Andrew Cochran
    London Airline Bombing Plot News (updated 4:05 pm ET) By Andrew Cochran ABC News: Three alleged ringleaders have been identified; two recently traveled to Pakistan and later received money wired to them from Pakistan, reportedly to purchase tickets for the suicide bombers. Sources identify the three, now in custody, as Rashid Rauf, Mohammed al-Ghandra, and Ahmed al Khan. Fox News at 3 pm ET:"British authorities are 'urgently' seeking the arrests of up to 10 more suspects in the terrorist plot uncovered early Thursday morning to blow up U.S.-bound flights with liquid explosives carried onto planes via carry-on luggage." Twenty-four main...
  • ABLE DANGER: WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE DON'T KNOW

    08/14/2005 10:38:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies · 4,217+ views
    Junk yard blog ^ | August 12, 2005
    Grab yourself a cup of coffee and head on over to TKS for the best summation of Able Danger as things presently stand. Or stay here and I'll summarize it for you. In very, very brief summation: The 9-11 commission did know about Able Danger; some of its staff were briefed on it twice, and the information got to some but not all of the commissioners What seems increasingly likely, based on the TKS summary and others, is that the commissioners who knew of Able Danger dismissed it because its Mohammed Atta timeline didn't agree with theirs. That in and...
  • Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists)

    03/18/2006 5:58:16 AM PST · by KCRW · 129 replies · 3,699+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group. The...
  • US knew about al Qaeda in 1990s, FBI agent says (BREAKING NEWS!!!)

    03/07/2006 12:21:36 PM PST · by jcb8199 · 102 replies · 2,883+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Today | Deborah Charles
    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - The U.S. government knew by the 1990s how al Qaeda trained suicide operatives but missed capturing the man who masterminded the September 11 attacks about four years before they occurred, an FBI agent said on Tuesday. FBI agent Michael Anticev said in testimony at a sentencing trial for September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui that the U.S. government knew by the mid 1990s that there were several al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and other countries. Operatives at the training camps were taught how to carry out terrorist operations, including suicide missions, and were trained in how...
  • About that L.A. terror plot... (DiChiFi admits "I have no way of knowing whether it did or not," )

    02/11/2006 9:50:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 587+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/11/06 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON - California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a top member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she has no information to support White House claims that its secret wiretapping helped thwart a 2002 Los Angeles terrorist attack. President George W. Bush implied in a speech Thursday that information gleaned from the wiretaps helped foil an al-Qaida plot to crash a commercial jetliner into the US Bank Tower. But after a closed-door briefing, Feinstein said she'd heard nothing to indicate a wiretap played any part in foiling the plot. "I have no way of knowing whether it did or not," Feinstein said....
  • How US stopped Hambali

    02/10/2006 7:04:06 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 39 replies · 879+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 11, 2006 | Natalie O'Brien and Patrick Walters
    How US stopped Hambali Natalie O'Brien and Patrick Walters February 11, 2006 IT should have been no surprise that the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiah and its operations chief Hambali were named by US President George W. Bush as the figures behind a 2002 plot to fly a plane into California's tallest building. JI and Hambali, mastermind of the Bali bombing, were not only intimately connected with al-Qa'ida's chief strategist Khalid Sheik Mohammed in the plan to destroy the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles, they had been in cahoots for years, planning to blow up US airliners and...
  • Officials: Malaysian pulled out of L.A. terror plot after seeing 9/11 carnage

    02/10/2006 9:48:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 804+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 2/10/06 | Sean Yoong - ap
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian recruited by al-Qaeda to pilot a plane in a second wave of Sept. 11-style attacks on the United States pulled out after observing the carnage of the 2001 assaults, Southeast Asian officials said Friday. President Bush on Thursday outlined details of an alleged plot to hijack an airliner and fly it into a skyscraper in Los Angeles. He said cooperation between Washington and several Asian countries helped expose it. The plan never appeared close to the stage where it could be put into execution. Scores of arrests in the aftermath of the Sept. 11,...
  • US told Saudis about Qaeda plane threat pre-9/11

    12/09/2005 9:30:01 AM PST · by blogblogginaway · 30 replies · 1,204+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States told Saudi Arabia more than three years before the September 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden might be targeting civilian airplanes, according to a newly declassified State Department cable. The June 1998 cable, obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act, said the United States had no specific information that al Qaeda was planning such an attack, and did not say it might fly planes into buildings. A copy of the cable, first reported by The New York Times on Friday, was obtained by Reuters. Fifteen of the...