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  • Two more arrests as FBI investigates 'bomb plot' (2000)

    05/03/2013 4:33:55 PM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Jan 4, 2000 | Julian Borger
    Two more people have been arrested in Seattle and New York, FBI officials said yesterday, as investigators tried to break up a suspected terrorist network they believe was plotting a bomb attack against a US target .... Graham Fuller, a specialist on Islamic extremism and a former CIA analyst, said: "I'm a little sceptical about the possibility that the GIA is now targeting us because it would have been accompanied by some kind of rhetoric. Therefore I would speculate that these guys are working on their own or hired by someone else." And Mr Fuller argued that Mr Ressam's Afghan...
  • 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...
  • French Judge Says Turkish Charity Behind Gaza Flotilla Had Terror Ties

    06/02/2010 6:51:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 983+ views
    Fox ^ | June 02, 2010
    The Turkish Islamic charity behind a flotilla of aid ships that was raided by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza had ties to terrorism networks, including a 1999 al-Qaida plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, France's former top anti-terrorism judge said Wednesday. The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, had "clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and Jihad," former investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
  • Court: Sentence for millennium plotter too lenient

    02/02/2010 6:43:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies · 280+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/2/10 | AP
    A federal appeals court said Tuesday a 22-year prison sentence was too lenient for an al-Qaida-trained terrorist convicted of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Day 2000. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Ahmed Ressam deserved a much longer prison term because he had reneged on a deal to cooperate with terrorism investigators around the world. U.S. prosecutors said Ressam's change-of-heart after two years of cooperation compromised at least two terrorist cases in the U.S., resulting in charges being dropped. The appeals court also took the rare step of...
  • 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 · 1,313 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...
  • Supreme Court takes case of man in LA airport terror plot

    12/07/2007 12:44:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 217+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider reinstating part of the conviction of the man who planned to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, case the government says will greatly affect terrorism prosecutions. Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian national, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2005 after being convicted on nine counts for plotting to bomb the airport around Jan. 1, 2000. Customs agents in Port Angeles caught him with explosives in the trunk of his rental car when he drove off a ferry from British Columbia in December 1999. The ensuing scare prompted the cancellation of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 40 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • (LA) Airport bomb plotter is imprisoned for 22 years (Algerian terrorist)

    07/27/2005 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 7 replies · 458+ views
    FT ^ | 7-27-05 | Tomas Alex Tizon and Alicia Wittmeyer
    The Algerian terrorist who plotted to blow up Los Angeles International Airport at the height of New Year celebrations five years ago was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday. Defence lawyers had asked for 12½ years for Ahmed Ressam, 38, while prosecutors wanted 35 years. Mr Ressam, who had briefly co-operated with authorities in tracking down other terrorists, said nothing in court, but Thomas Hillier, a federal public defender, said his client had given John Coughenour, a US district judge, a note prior to the sentencing. The note, according to Mr Hillier, said: “I am sorry for what...
  • ‘Millennium bomber’ sentenced to 22 years

    07/27/2005 3:13:11 PM PDT · by Jefferson2000 · 21 replies · 470+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 7-27-05
    SEATTLE - The man convicted of plotting to blow up the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison. Ahmed Ressam got a lighter sentence than prosecutors had requested, reflecting his cooperation in telling international investigators about the workings of terror camps in Afghanistan. In sentencing Ressam, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour said he hoped to balance U.S. resolve to punish potential terrorist acts with Ressam’s cooperation. Coughenour also said he hoped to send a message that the U.S. court system works in terrorism cases. “We did not need to...
  • Sentencing Expected For Ahmed Ressam

    07/26/2005 7:07:44 PM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 9 replies · 321+ views
    KIRO TV Seattle ^ | 7-26-05 | The Associated Press
    SEATTLE -- Security will be high Wednesday for the sentencing of Ahmed Ressam at the federal courthouse in Seattle, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported. Ressam was convicted four years ago of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium.
  • French Claim Prisoner is Full of bin Laden Info

    02/15/2005 7:31:07 PM PST · by Calpernia · 39 replies · 1,165+ views
    AFP via Yahoo, Singapore ^ | Monday February 11, 12:39 AM | NY Transfer News Collective
    Algerian radical spills beans on bin Laden "terror network" An Algerian Islamic radical arrested in France has proved a goldmine for investigators probing Osama bin Laden's militant network in Europe in the wake of the September 11 attacks, magistrates told AFP. French investigators now believe that after key testimonies from a handful of well placed members of bin Laden's al-Qaeda network the exiled Saudi extremist's secret organisation in Europe is unravelling fast. Since his arrest in Paris last Monday 27-year-old Yacine Aknouche has revealed his links with several al-Qaeda suspects including "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged "20th...
  • Bin Laden bedazzled Saddam with jewel - $60 million Pearl of Allah 'evidence of al-Qaida link'

    10/28/2004 10:27:53 PM PDT · by HereComesTheGOP · 115 replies · 9,128+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 29, 2004 1 a.m. EST | Aaron Klein
    Osama bin Laden tried to purchase the world's largest pearl, the Pearl of Allah, as a gift to Saddam Hussein "to unite the Arab cultures," and Hussein was prepared to accept, according to the pearl's owner. Victor Barbish, who owns sixty-six percent of the pearl on behalf of his daughter, told WorldNetDaily he received an offer in 1999 from individuals who said they were "from bin Laden's group" to purchase the pearl for $60 million to give to Hussein as an overture of unity between al-Qaida and the Iraqi government.
  • The secret war against al-Qaeda

    02/10/2004 10:44:12 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 376+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Februari 10 2004 | Peter Taylor
    Intelligence agencies have had some success in tracking suspected al-Qaeda operatives. But the organisation is changing to continue its fight against the West. The West has never encountered an enemy like al-Qaeda before. The problem for the world's intelligence agencies is that it is not a unified organisation with an identifiable structure, like the IRA, but an amalgam of groups around the world whose members embrace Osama bin Laden's ideology of global jihad, or holy war. These Jihadi warriors share the belief that they have an obligation to fight the oppressors of their Muslim brothers, from Palestinians in the Middle...
  • Levin: Declassify The Other Gorelick Memo

    04/16/2004 9:17:43 AM PDT · by kattracks · 141 replies · 456+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 4/16/04 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    The next shoe to drop in the Gorelick-gate scandal may be a still-classified report on the Millennium bomb plot that faults Gorelick's "wall" of separation between prosecutors and intelligence gatherers for nearly blowing the Millennium Bomb Plot probe. Writing in National Review Online, Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin notes that the Commission is sitting on a damaging post-Millennium-Plot report that chronicles the impact of Gorelick's terrorist-friendly directive, which Attorney General John Ashcroft alluded to on during his Wednesday testimony. Dubbed the Millennium After Action Review by the Clinton National Security Council, Ashcroft said the report chronicles how al...
  • Freeh Notes Clinton's Failure on al-Qaida

    04/12/2004 10:02:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 47 replies · 352+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 4/12/04 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    In a commentary today in the Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Louis Freeh refers - indirectly, of course - to Bill Clinton's failure to deal with terrorism. He writes: Al Qaeda was at war with the U.S. even before Sept. 11, 2001. In August 1998, it attacked our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In December 1999, one of al Qaeda's soldiers, Ahmed Ressam, entered the U.S. to bomb Los Angeles airport. In October 2000, al Qaeda attacked the USS Cole in the port of Aden. The question before the 9/11 Commission is why our political leadership declared war back...
  • Condi Debunks Myth of Clinton Millennium Plot Success

    04/08/2004 10:13:22 AM PDT · by kattracks · 32 replies · 378+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 4/08/04 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice told the 9/11 Commission Thursday morning that it was an alert Customs agent - and not the Clinton adminsitration "shaking the trees" for intelligence on al Qaeda - who deserves credit for foiling the December 1999 al Qaeda plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport. "It's questionable to me . . . that somehow shaking the trees was what broke up the Millennium [Plot]," Rice told the 9/11 probers, referring to claims by Clinton terrorism czar Richard Clarke that White House alerts had the nation's security apparatus on the lookout for trouble. In fact, said...
  • U.S. Officials Fear Socks Represent New Way to Smuggle Bombs Aboard Planes

    12/05/2003 4:14:37 PM PST · by freeperfromnj · 59 replies · 297+ views
    ABC News ^ | ABCNEWS Investigative Unit
    A New Tactic? Dec. 5— Authorities in the United Kingdom are examining a pair of blue socks, which they believe contain key components of an improved explosive device that could be used in future terrorist airline hijackings, intelligence sources told ABCNEWS. Intelligence officials believe the socks were designed to be filled with explosives and tethered and worn around a potential bomber's neck, a source told ABCNEWS. With the explosives concealed in this fashion, a bomber could gain access to an aircraft and assemble the improvised device once on board. The socks were seized during the Nov. 20 arrest of Sajid...
  • Canadian man called key in Iraq terror cell: Iraq terror cell links Al Qaeda, Saddam

    02/26/2003 9:05:58 AM PST · by Wallaby · 24 replies · 1,352+ views
    Toronto Star | February 26, 2003 | Sandro Contenta
    <p>Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion.</p> <p>A former Canadian resident is a key commander and ideologue with Ansar al-Islam, a group the United States considers to be the terrorist link between Al Qaeda and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, says a captured Ansar member.</p> <p>Ali and another Ansar prisoner interviewed by the Star, 20-year-old Didar Khaled Khedr, said two former Iraqi intelligence agents are among Ansar's leaders - Abu Zurbeh and Abu Wahil.</p>
  • Alleged terrorist missing after being deported

    03/04/2003 2:30:14 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Canada Press ^ | March 4, 2003 | BRIAN DALY
    MONTREAL (CP) - The family of accused terrorist collaborator Mourad Ikhlef said Monday they fear for his life after he went missing following his deportation to Algeria. Ikhlef, who was flown to Algiers from Montreal on Friday, had claimed he might be killed if he were sent back to his North African homeland. An official with the federal Immigration Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Ikhlef's deportation on Monday, adding the department didn't know his whereabouts. "I don't know what the situation is," said the official. "I'm not even going to speculate why he hasn't shown." Ikhlef's brother,...
  • 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...
  • Terrorist plans targeting Washington monuments discovered in Afghanistan

    01/30/2002 3:41:41 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 135 replies · 495+ views
    King5.com ^ | 1/30/02 | NBC News
    SEATTLE - NBC News is reporting that the Space Needle in Seattle - a high-profile landmark in America's Pacific Northwest - was apparently a target for al-Qaida terrorists. U.S. officials tell NBC News evidence found in Afghanistan uncovered plans to attack the high-profile Space Needle along with other monuments in Washington State, including massive hydroelectric dams, like the Grand Coulee. According to the NBC News report, plans were also found that targeted the Los Angeles International Airport for a second time. An earlier plot to bomb the airport was foiled two years ago when convicted terrorist Ahmed Ressam was arrested ...
  • French Suspect Moussaoui in Post-9/11 Plot

    07/28/2002 3:37:43 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 254+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7/25/02 | RAYMOND BONNER and DOUGLAS FRANTZ
    ARIS, July 25 — French intelligence officials say that Zacarias Moussaoui, the only man charged with crimes related to the Sept. 11 terror attacks, traveled to Afghanistan several times in the late 1990's to attend terrorist training camps and meet with Al Qaeda officials in Kandahar and Jalalabad.The French officials said they suspected, as do some American investigators, that Mr. Moussaoui, a French citizen arrested on visa violations last August, was not meant to take part in the hijackings on Sept. 11. Instead, they said they believed Al Qaeda leaders planned to use him in a follow-up attack, perhaps...
  • Terrorists set sights on Seattle, FBI says

    06/28/2002 12:11:44 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 18 replies · 790+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | June 29,2002 | SAM SKOLNIK
    Seattle and King County have been disproportionately targeted by Islamic terrorists for possible attack, according to the local FBI chief, who also warns that there are an undisclosed number of people in the region "willing and able" to help international terrorists.Charles Mandigo, special agent in charge of the Seattle FBI office, told King County Council members in a closed-door briefing Wednesday that the region is seen by terrorists as an "easy target," caused by the reality of chronic understaffing among local police agencies.Mandigo made his statement before a homeland security hearing that was abruptly closed to the public. His presentation...
  • The Terrorist Within, Part 4: Sneaking in

    07/27/2002 5:23:01 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 4 replies · 322+ views
    The Provo Daily Herald, via The Seattle Times and AP ^ | 7/28/2002 | Hal Bernton, Mike Carter, David Heath and James Neff
    Introduction and Part One Part Two Part Three PARIS, Feb. 20, 1994 -- My name is Tahar Medjadi. I was born in France. My birthday is Dec. 25, 1970. Details Ahmed Ressam had committed to memory. Details he undoubtedly reviewed as he waited nervously in line, counterfeit passport in hand, at Charles de Gaulle Airport. That first month in Marseille, September 1992, had passed all too quickly. When his visa expired, his desire to stay in France did not. Ressam became an illegal immigrant. Without proper papers, he drifted to Corsica, a French island that has long absorbed expatriate North...
  • The Terrorist Within - The story behind one man's holy war against America

    06/24/2002 12:14:10 AM PDT · by ppaul · 8 replies · 388+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/24/02 | Hal Bernton, Mike Carter, David Heath and James Neff
    This is the tale of how a footloose, unfocused Algerian boy, son of a war hero, evolved into a terrorist. How he planned an attack against Americans on the eve of the new millennium. How he nearly got away with it. And how, since Sept. 11, he has been one of the U.S. government’s best resources in the war on terror. Algerian Ahmed Ressam was captured on Dec. 14, 1999, in Port Angeles, Wash., on his way to detonate a bomb at the Los Angeles International Airport.THE MAIN CHARACTERS Several people in this story are key to understanding the roots...