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  • Threat Matrix: December 2007

    12/01/2007 8:47:13 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,428 replies · 7,285+ views
    Calculating the Risks in Pakistan A small group of U.S. military experts and intelligence officials convened in Washington for a classified war game last year, exploring strategies for securing Pakistan's nuclear arsenal if the country's political institutions and military safeguards began to fall apart. The secret exercise — conducted without official sponsorship from any government agency, apparently due to the sensitivity of its subject — was one of several such games the U.S. government has conducted in recent years examining various options and scenarios for Pakistan's nuclear weapons: How many troops might be required for a military intervention in...
  • Is Terrorism Behind Mysterious Crop-Duster Crashes in Philippines?

    12/21/2007 4:14:34 PM PST · by Dog · 33 replies · 313+ views
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | Dec 21 2007 | Annie Jacobsen
    Five crop-duster planes have crashed on the terror-plagued island of Mindanao in a short period of time. Annie Jacobsen says that while it may feel like Mindanao is half a world away, the island’s plantations are linked to the international food supply chain. Is it time to start worrying about what’s being sprayed on your bananas? Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers by Annie Jacobsen There have been five crop-duster plane crashes on the terrorist-plagued island of Mindanao in the Philippines in a 90-day period. The most recent incident happened on December 6. Three of the five crashes occurred on...
  • Dr. Germ Analyzes Aircraft BW Attack Requirements In 2002

    07/07/2006 12:01:49 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 13 replies · 753+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 7-07-06 | Captain
    For those who continue to reject evidence of Saddam Hussein's pursuit of WMD programs, the document released yesterday by the FMSO DocEx project makes it a much more difficult proposition. Document CMPC-2003-004346 reveals that Dr. Rehab Rasheed Taha, otherwise known as Dr. Germ, prepared an analysis in 2002 of how to spread biological weapons material using an aircraft as the medium, and how far they had advanced on the application:
  • TSA Raises Alert Over Stolen Crop-Duster

    11/15/2004 6:17:32 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 1 replies · 323+ views
    The Transportation Security Administration issued an advisory on Friday that a Piper PA 25 Pawnee crop-dusting aircraft was stolen from Ejido Queretaro, near Mexicali, Mexico, on Nov. 1. "Although there is currently no indication that this has any connection to terrorist activity," the TSA said, "the theft is cause for concern. Past information indicates that members of al-Qa'ida may have planned -- or may still be planning -- to disperse biological or chemical agents from cropdusting aircraft." The stolen aircraft is registered in Mexico and bears the tail number XBCYP. If you see the aircraft, the TSA says you should...
  • Al-Qaeda May Use Mexico to Smuggle Nukes

    11/14/2004 2:29:23 PM PST · by garjog · 21 replies · 1,160+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, Nov. 15, 2004
    Law officers on both sides of the borders are on edge as Mexico is named as the preferred al-Qaeda route to launch a WMD attack on the American homeland, according to a report in Time Magazine. Two weeks ago a crop-duster aircraft was stolen south of San Diego by three men from southern Mexico who assaulted a watchman and then flew off in a southerly direction. The still missing plane can be used to disperse toxic substances and is just one episode that has captured the attention of officials. Sharif al-Masri, an Egyptian who was captured in late August near...
  • TSA Raises Alert Over Stolen Crop-Duster

    11/09/2004 5:40:23 PM PST · by kupia_kummi · 6 replies · 626+ views
    AVweb ^ | November 8, 2004 | Mary Grady
    The Transportation Security Administration issued an advisory on Friday that a Piper PA 25 Pawnee crop-dusting aircraft was stolen from Ejido Queretaro, near Mexicali, Mexico, on Nov. 1. "Although there is currently no indication that this has any connection to terrorist activity," the TSA said, "the theft is cause for concern. Past information indicates that members of al-Qa'ida may have planned -- or may still be planning -- to disperse biological or chemical agents from cropdusting aircraft." The stolen aircraft is registered in Mexico and bears the tail number XBCYP. If you see the aircraft, the TSA says you should...
  • Crop Duster Stolen

    11/09/2004 2:35:36 AM PST · by Whataday · 31 replies · 1,520+ views
    TSA
    The Transportation Security Administration has issued an advisory that a Piper PA 25 Pawnee crop-dusting aircraft (similar in appearance to the aircraft shown above) was stolen from Ejido Queretaro, near Mexicali, Mexico, on November 1st, 2004. "Although there is currently no indication that this has any connection to terrorist activity," the TSA said, "the theft is cause for concern. Past information indicates that members of al-Qaeda may have planned -- or may still be planning -- to disperse biological or chemical agents from cropdusting aircraft." The stolen aircraft is registered in Mexico and bears the tail number XBCYP. If...
  • Hijackers' Interest in Crop Dusters Still Puzzles Terrorism Investigators

    11/19/2001 11:02:42 AM PST · by mombonn · 43 replies · 1,788+ views
    WSJ | November 19, 2001 | By JOHN J. FIALKA, TOM HAMBURGER and GARY FIELDS
    Hijackers' Interest in Crop Dusters Still Puzzles Terrorism Investigators By JOHN J. FIALKA, TOM HAMBURGER and GARY FIELDS Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WASHINGTON -- Seven months before he crashed an airliner into the World Trade Center, Mohamed Atta was asking crop dusters in Florida an odd question about their planes: How far can they fly? Such aircraft normally aren't flown long distances. But this summer, a Middle Eastern man who gave his name as "Sam" hung around crop-dusting firms in Saskatchewan, Canada, for days -- and asked the same question. And sometime before he was arrested ...
  • Moussaoui Arrest Might Have Halted 9/11 Attack -Panel

    07/22/2004 6:53:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 458+ views
    My Way News ^ | 7/22/04 | Deborah Charles/Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top al Qaeda planners of the Sept. 11 hijackings might have canceled the attack had they known that Zacarias Moussaoui -- chosen by Osama bin Laden as one of the pilots -- had been arrested, the commission investigating the attacks said on Thursday. The commission said news of Moussaoui's Aug. 16, 2001, arrest did not reach bin Laden and top al Qaeda planners like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before Sept. 11. "According to (attack coordinator Ramzi bin al-Shaibah), had bin Laden and KSM learned prior to 9/11 that Moussaoui had been detained, they might have canceled the operation,"...
  • FBI Overlooks Foreign Sources of Anthrax

    12/23/2001 8:09:20 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 34 replies · 304+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 12/24/2001 | EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN
    <p>The government seems hell-bent in its effort to limit the suspects in the anthrax mystery to a domestic loner. First, the FBI's behavioral analysis came up with the profile of a lone wolf based on its "exacting handwriting and linguistic analysis" of one letter that contained 18 words and another that contained 27 words. It suggested that the writer of these two letters was a single disgruntled American, not connected to the jihadist terrorists of Sept. 11 (even though the letter used the plural pronoun "we" and began with an underlined "9-11").</p>
  • TIME Exclusive: Cropduster Manual Discovered in Suspected Terrorist Hideout

    09/22/2001 3:08:14 PM PDT · by Reagan Man · 345 replies · 2,388+ views
    Time.com ^ | September.22,2001 | MASSIMO CALABRESI AND SALLY DONNELLY
    Sources tell TIME that U.S. officials suspect that bin Laden conspirators may have been planning to disperse biological or chemical agents from cropdusting planes Saturday, Sep. 22, 2001 New York -- U.S. law enforcement officials have found a manual on the operation of cropdusting equipment while searching suspected terrorist hideouts, government sources tell TIME magazine in an issue out on Monday, Sept. 24th. The discovery has added to concerns among government counterterrorism experts that the bin Laden conspirators may have been planning — or may still be planning —to disperse biological or chemical agents from a cropdusting plane normally used ...
  • FBI checking crop-dusting planes and pilots, still worried about possible terror use

    04/22/2004 12:28:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 1,058+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-04 | CURT ANDERSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI has questioned more than 3,000 pilots and aircraft owners, most of them in the past year, amid persistent concerns that terrorists might use crop-dusting planes to mount a biological or chemical attack, newly released documents show. The interviews have not produced any arrests, according to a senior law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity, but have resulted in terrorism investigations that are still under way. The effort, outlined in documents submitted to the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, is more extensive than previously disclosed and underscores how seriously the threat is viewed...
  • Army Announces the Sixth Series of Weather Radar Tests March 17 to 23 (using cropduster)

    03/15/2004 3:36:40 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 105+ views
    Army Announces the Sixth Series of Weather Radar Tests March 17 to 23 3/15/2004 5:01:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: City Desk Contact: Cynthia O. Smith of the U.S. Army, 703-697-5344 WASHINGTON, March 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The United States Army, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will commence the sixth in a series of tests designed to provide data for the development of an early warning system for chemical and biological events. The tests will be conducted in the Canadian River Valley March 17 - 23. During...
  • GUANTANAMO BRITON 'PLANNED ANTHRAX ATTACK TO KILL BLAIR'

    11/30/2003 5:09:06 PM PST · by TrebleRebel · 38 replies · 456+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | 12/1/2003 | Jane Merrick
    A BRITISH terror suspect held by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay has confessed to plotting to kill Tony Blair in an anthrax strike on the Commons, it was claimed last night. Moazzam Begg, one of nine Britons detained at Camp Delta in Cuba, has agreed to plead guilty over an elaborate Al Qaeda plot as part of the deal returning him to the UK, his lawyer said. The 36-year- old father- of-three has allegedly confessed to planning to fly an unmanned plane from Suffolk to London and drop the bacteria over Westminster. The confession would be in exchange for a...
  • New Theory Emerges About '20th Hijacker' Identity

    11/05/2003 9:01:00 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 7 replies · 109+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 11-05-03
    <p>WASHINGTON — The FBI is working on a theory that a previously unmentioned man was meant to be the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Fox News has confirmed.</p> <p>"We are fairly confident we know who No. 20 is," a top law-enforcement official told USA Today, which first reported the story.</p>
  • Al Qaeda, Anthrax And Ayman: Means, Motive, Modus Operandi and Opportunity

    10/24/2003 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 16 replies · 762+ views
    AnthraxAndAlQaeda.com ^ | 10-22-2003 | Ross E. Getman
    In early June 2003, a Central Intelligence Agency ("CIA") report concluded that the reason for Mohammed Atta's and Zacarias Moussaoui's inquiries into cropdusters was for the contemplated use in dispersing biological agents such as anthrax. An early September 2003 Newsweek article included a rumor by a Taliban source that at a meeting in April 2003 Bin Laden was planning an "unbelievable" biological attack, the plans for which had suffered a setback upon the arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed ("KSM") the previous month in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.    Many people have argued that a US-based Al Qaeda operative is behind the earlier Fall...
  • A Second Attack Planned - French Authorities: Moussaoui Plotted Another Series of Attacks

    09/05/2002 5:19:24 PM PDT · by RCW2001 · 17 replies · 282+ views
    A Second Attack Planned French Authorities: Moussaoui Plotted Another Series of Attacks By Brian Ross and David Scott Sept. 5— Zacharias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, was part of a second wave of suicide hijackings planned for early 2002 in Europe and the United States, French intelligence authorities told ABCNEWS, and they say the U.S. Justice Department is making a mistake in identifying him as the so-called 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 attacks. <! -- begin print page / send page box --> Moussaoui is the only person charged by the United States government as an...
  • Moussaoui Alludes to Post-911 Attack Plan

    05/13/2003 7:04:15 PM PDT · by Shermy · 25 replies · 504+ views
    AP ^ | May 13, 2003
    WASHINGTON - Zacarias Moussaoui, the only defendant U.S. prosecutors have charged with complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks, contends he was not part of that day's hijackings but was preparing for a later operation outside the United States, court papers revealed Tuesday. In a separate development in the case, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va. ordered that the public and news media be admitted to portions of a June 3 court session to consider whether Moussaoui can interview an al-Qaida member also held as a prisoner. The government had argued the hearing should be closed because classified information would...
  • Moussaoui says he was planning for post-Sept. 11 operation

    05/14/2003 5:53:36 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Mpls (red)Star tribune ^ | 5/14/03 | Greg Gordon
    <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jailed Al-Qaida member Zacarias Moussaoui says he was part of a planned second-wave terrorist attack outside the United States after Sept. 11 2001, lawyers assisting him said in declassified documents made public Tuesday. The disclosure in papers unsealed by a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., is the most detailed acknowledgment by Moussaoui that he was preparing to participate in an attack when he was detained in the Twin Cities on Aug. 16, 2001. He was taken into custody after arousing suspicious while learning to fly a jumbo jetliner at an Eagan flight school.</p>
  • U.S. asks Moussaoui case dismissal

    09/25/2003 4:35:06 PM PDT · by Malsua · 61 replies · 314+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 25 — The government has asked a judge to dismiss all charges against terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui, according to a motion released Thursday. Prosecutors said they made the extraordinary request to hasten an appeal challenging the defendant’s right to question al-Qaida prisoners.
  • Government slightly alters indictment against alleged Sept. 11 conspirator

    06/20/2002 9:07:03 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 11 replies · 556+ views
    The Associated Press | 6/20/02 10:52 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States obtained a slightly altered indictment against accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, updating information on financial transactions that the government contends helped fund the terrorist attacks. An allegation in the original indictment that Moussaoui and alleged hijacker leader Mohammed Atta looked into how to use planes for crop-dusting also was removed. The new indictment, issued Wednesday, adds that suspected hijacker Fayez Ahmed used a credit card in Florida to obtain $4,900 from an account that Moussaoui has been linked to, according to the government. The new indictment also adds Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to...
  • What You Think You Know About Sept. 11 … … but don't

    09/10/2003 4:15:54 PM PDT · by swaimh · 8 replies · 296+ views
    Slate Commentary, MSNBC.com ^ | 10 September, 2003 | David Plotz
    The Saudi government paid off al-Qaida in exchange for immunity from terror attacks. Saudi princes knew in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of the Saudi officials who assisted al-Qaida all died mysteriously soon thereafter. The revelations in Gerald Posner's new book Why America Slept are an astonishing reminder of just how much we still don't know about Sept. 11 and its planning. But there is also plenty that we think we know but don't. I'm not talking about shoddy conspiracy theories (that Jews were warned not to show up for work at the World Trade Center, for example)...
  • Cropduster Terrorism

    07/21/2003 8:16:06 PM PDT · by Orion78 · 20 replies · 385+ views
    Technology Review Online ^ | March 11, 2002 | By Richard A. Muller
    What terrorist weapon is more destructive than TNT and more available than nukes? It's gasoline. By Richard A. Muller Technology for Presidents from Technology Review Online March 11, 2002 Before murdering thousands at the World Trade Center, Mohammad Atta made repeated trips to rural airports, trying to learn everything he could about crop dusters. Why? Most people think he was interested in spreading chemical or biological terror over a major city. But there is no evidence that al Qaeda had stores of such materials. Searches in Afghanistan turned up no major chemical or biological facilities—nor is there evidence the group...
  • FBI investigates attempt to buy crop duster at Beverly [MA] Airport

    02/13/2003 4:15:31 PM PST · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 61 replies · 966+ views
    The Salem News On-Line Edition ^ | Thursday, February 13, 2003 | By MARC FORTIER & JILL HARMACINSKI
    BEVERLY -- Two men tried to buy a crop-dusting airplane at Beverly Airport Tuesday night and when questioned, jumped into a pickup truck and left the area, prompting a tight-lipped anti-terrorism investigation by state police and the FBI. State police confirmed they are investigating an incident that occurred at the airport at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, but wouldn't provide further details. Airport sources said the men, who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, went to Aviators of New England, a flight school at the airport on LP Henderson Road, and asked the owner if they could buy a crop-duster. "They...
  • Forrest Service Planes Possible Potential Use By Terrorists

    08/28/2002 1:14:47 AM PDT · by airedale · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Washington Monthly (Tilting at Windmills Column) ^ | July/August 2002 | Charles Peters
    <> Forest Service tanker planes are used to drop flame-retardant chemicals on forest fires. They are often left unattended at remote airfields. They would seem to offer a tempting target for terrorists who could use them to spread harmful chemical or biological agents. But, when the Forest Service was warned of this danger after September 11, according to Philip Shenon of The New York Times, it decided that the risk of its tanker planes being used by terrorists "was not even worth examining closely." If that doesn't curl your hair, consider that the Energy Department's Inspector General reported a couple...
  • 9/11 Suspect Moussaoui Checked University of Minnesota's Crop-Dusting Program (Cropduster Alert)

    08/09/2002 3:21:15 PM PDT · by Shermy · 5 replies · 791+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | August 9, 2002 | Doug Peters
    Barely two weeks before his arrest outside an Eagan hotel, Zacarias Moussaoui inquired about the University of Minnesota's crop-dusting program, a move suggesting the terror suspect might have considered staying in the state for a year or more. Moussaoui e-mailed the university's Crookston, Minn., campus on July 31, 2001, seeking information on a "short course you offer to become a crop duster (6 month, 1 years max.)" Moussaoui made a fleeting reference to the e-mail in a court filing late last month in Alexandria, Va., where he is awaiting trial on six federal charges, including conspiracy to commit air piracy...
  • USDA official: Atta tried to get [federal] loan to buy airplane [to fill with a chemical tank]

    06/08/2002 2:28:29 PM PDT · by summer · 27 replies · 463+ views
    AP ^ | June 8, 2002 | AP
    USDA official: Atta tried to get loan to buy airplane Saturday, June 8, 2002 Associated Press MIAMI - Terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta tried to get a $650,000 federal loan to build an airplane that could be used as a crop duster, according to a U.S. official who said she met Atta about 17 months before the Sept. 11 attacks. Johnell Bryant, a loan officer at a U.S. Department of Agriculture office in Florida City, said Atta visited her in early 2000, just before he and other members of his group began taking flying lessons. Atta is believed to have been...
  • Face to Face With a Terrorist - Worker Recalls Atta Seeking Funds Before 9/11 (Cropduster!)

    06/06/2002 4:38:33 PM PDT · by Shermy · 70 replies · 2,679+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 6, 2002
    June 6 — For more than an hour, a government loan officer was face to face with the man she now knows was the ringleader of the Sept. 11 hijackers, and he asked her for a $650,000 federal loan that apparently would have financed an attack on the United States with a modified crop-duster, the officer told ABCNEWS. In an interview with Brian Ross, Johnelle Bryant, a loan officer in Florida for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recalled how Mohamed Atta sat across from her with his "very scary" black eyes, and then railed against her when the loan was...
  • Army tests have Keys in uproar

    04/24/2002 8:44:43 AM PDT · by survivalforum.com · 10 replies · 325+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 04/21/02 | JENNIFER BABSON
    Posted on Sun, Apr. 21, 2002 BY JENNIFER BABSON jbabson@herald.com BOCA CHICA KEY - They worry about allergies and immune system difficulties and ailments yet to be diagnosed. A few bolted for points north; others shuttered windows and stayed inside. Word that the U.S. Army was conducting biological and chemical detection tests off Key West last week -- using a crop duster to spray what it says are benign substances over a small swath of the Gulf -- set alarm bells ringing for some on this island chain. ''Monday I had my house closed up all day and the air...