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  • FBI: Terror Suspect Plotted Fuel Attack

    06/03/2004 4:38:00 PM PDT · by Allan · 6 replies · 363+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 3, 2004 | John Solomon
    FBI: Terror suspect plotted fuel attackAl-Marabh planned to blow up tunnelJail informant reported `martyr' bid JOHN SOLOMONASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - Nabil al-Marabh, who ran a print shop with his uncle in Toronto, plotted to steal a fuel tanker truck and blow it up in one of the heavily travelled tunnels between New Jersey and Manhattan, FBI documents allege. Al-Marabh, 36, was arrested Sept. 19, 2001, in Chicago in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. His arrest prompted an RCMP raid of his uncle's copy shop on Charles St. in Toronto. The U.S. deported him...
  • Ex-Kerry aide charged with outing Gitmo CIA operatives

    01/25/2012 5:35:03 PM PST · by Boston Blackie · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 25, 2012 | O’Ryan Johnson and Dave Wedge
    A former staffer for Bay State Sen. John F. Kerry has been charged with leaking the names of CIA operatives, including one who was involved in the interrogation of terror suspects held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and Kerry’s office.
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agency’s most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • AL-Qaida Operative Nailed: Syrian Had Inside Knowledge of 9/11 and London Bombings

    08/24/2005 7:17:10 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 13 replies · 1,901+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | Holger Stark
    Two weeks ago, Turkish police arrested an Islamist with ties to many upper tier al-Qaida members. The man not only tried to get asylum in Germany, but claims to have known about the London bombings beforehand and to have helped the 9/11 pilots. The Turkish interrogators in Istanbul's high-security prison wanted to be polite; they wanted to show respect for Islam. They offered their prisoner, an Islamist named Luai Sakra, 31, a chance to pray during a pause in questioning. They'd done the same thing with earlier suspects. The move was supposed to establish trust. But this prisoner reacted a...
  • DOJ charges ex-CIA officer with leaking classified information

    01/23/2012 11:40:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/12 | Jeremy Herb
    A former CIA officer was charged Monday with illegally leaking the identity of a covert officer and other classified information to journalists. John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and author who defended waterboarding, was charged by the Department of Justice with one count of illegally disclosing a covert officer’s identity and two counts of violating the Espionage Act for illegally leaking classified national defense information. He was also charged with making false statements for allegedly trying to trick the CIA’s Publications Review Board to let him use information in his 2010 book, The Reluctant Spy. The investigation led by U.S....
  • US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites (Left Gearing Up for "War Crimes" Trials)

    03/31/2009 3:56:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies · 695+ views
    New York Review of Books ^ | April 9, 2009 | Mark Danner
    ....With the help of the American trauma surgeon, Abu Zubaydah's captors nursed him back to health. He was moved at least twice, first, reportedly, to Thailand; then, he believes, to Afghanistan, probably Bagram. In a safe house in Thailand the interrogation began: "I woke up, naked, strapped to a bed, in a very white room. The room measured approximately [13 feet by 13 feet]. The room had three solid walls, with the fourth wall consisting of metal bars separating it from a larger room. I am not sure how long I remained in the bed. After some time, I think...
  • Red-hot torture

    09/16/2006 1:08:58 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 1,533+ views ^ | Saturday, September 16, 2006 | By Bill O'Reilly
    Thanks to the New York Times, we now know the dreaded torture methods the sadistic CIA used on captured Al Qaeda big shots shortly after the 9/11 attack. I warn you: Reading this column any further will subject you to unvarnished brutality. According to a front-page article in the Times on Sunday, Sept. 10, Pakistani authorities captured Abu Zubaydah, Al Qaeda's personnel director, a few months after the terror attack five years ago. Zubaydah, wounded in the confrontation, was turned over to American authorities and whisked away to Bangkok, Thailand, where FBI interrogators began questioning him. According to unnamed sources...
  • AP Exclusive: CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

    08/10/2010 8:15:58 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 23 replies · 5+ views
    AP ^ | 8-9-10 | AP
    Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then were whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned. The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA "black sites" for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts. Had they remained at the Guantanamo Bay prison for just three more months, they would have been afforded those...
  • BBC: Spy lifts lid on al-Qaeda

    11/16/2006 6:13:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 1,707+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 16 November 2006, 21:01 GMT | Gordon Corera BBC security correspondent
    It is rare to get an insider's perspective on the emergence of al-Qaeda. It is also rare to get a glimpse of the world of spies and agents. To provide both is incredibly unusual. Omar Nasiri - not his real name but one chosen to protect his identity - says he spent seven years working as an agent for European intelligence services and as an al-Qaeda operative, part of the time in the UK. He provides a unique insight into how al-Qaeda was far more organised, coherent and determined in the 1990s than was appreciated at the time. Jihad militants...
  • Source: Aide told Pelosi waterboarding had been used

    05/12/2009 9:50:04 PM PDT · by freespirited · 37 replies · 1,653+ views
    CNN ^ | 05/12/09 | Deirdre Walsh
    A source close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now confirms that Pelosi was told in February 2003 by her intelligence aide, Michael Sheehy, that waterboarding was actually used on CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah. ... This appears to contradict Pelosi's account that she was never told waterboarding actually happened, only that the administration was considering using it.... Some Republicans have called for Pelosi to testify at congressional hearings. The number two House Democrat -- Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland -- said Tuesday, "I think the facts need to get out" regarding what members of Congress had been told about harsh interrogations....
  • Punching Holes Through The Left’s Talking Points On The Zubaydah Interrogation

    04/26/2009 3:18:03 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 377+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-26-09 | Curt
    Lots of good posts lately from the authors about the interrogation of Zubaydah, the latest being Word's post on the book The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler. To add a few more cents Tom Maguire at Just One Minute has noticed an interesting discrepancy in the tall tale coming from Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, in which he says: It is inaccurate, however, to say that Abu Zubaydah had been uncooperative. Along with another F.B.I. agent, and with several C.I.A. officers present, I questioned him from March to June 2002,...
  • Divisions Arose on Rough Tactics for Qaeda Figure

    04/21/2009 9:23:43 AM PDT · by steve-b · 7 replies · 370+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/17/09 | Scott Shane
    The first use of waterboarding and other rough treatment against a prisoner from Al Qaeda was ordered by senior Central Intelligence Agency officials despite the belief of interrogators that the prisoner had already told them all he knew, according to former intelligence officials and a footnote in a newly released legal memorandum. The escalation to especially brutal interrogation tactics against the prisoner, Abu Zubaydah, including confining him in boxes and slamming him against the wall, was ordered by officials at C.I.A. headquarters based on a highly inflated assessment of his importance, interviews and a review of newly released documents show....
  • Memo: 9/11 Mastermind Was Waterboarded 183 Times

    04/19/2009 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 68 replies · 1,658+ views ^ | 04/20/09 | uncredited
    WASHINGTON -- CIA interrogators waterboarded an Al Qaeda prisoner 183 times, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memo, and another prisoner 83 times, the New York Times reported on Monday. Quoting the CIA inspector general in a 2004 investigation, the memo from May 30, 2005 says interrogators used the waterboard at least 83 times during August 2002 against Abu Zubaydah, a high-ranking member of Al Qaeda and close associate of Usama bin Laden, the Times said. In March 2003, the controlled method of simulated drowning was used on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001...
  • Bush Approved Use of Insects in al-Qaeda Interrogations

    04/16/2009 6:16:59 PM PDT · by frankjr · 86 replies · 2,526+ views
    TIME ^ | 4/16/09 | MICHAEL SCHERER
    The Bush Administration approved the use of "insects placed in a confinement box" during the interrogation of top Al Qaeda official Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2002 document that President Obama declassified for release Thursday. The legal memorandum for the CIA, prepared by Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, reviewed 10 enhanced techniques for interrogating Zubaydah, and determined that none of them constituted torture under U.S. criminal law. The techniques were: attention grasp, walling (hitting a detainee against a flexible wall), facial hold, facial slap, cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation, insects placed in a confinement box, and waterboarding.(View...
  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Waterboarded 183 Times One Month (admitted ringmaster of 9/11 attacks)

    04/19/2009 3:29:29 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 102 replies · 4,731+ views
    Poligazette ^ | 4/19/09 | By: Michael van der Galien
    According to the May 30, 2005 Bradbury memo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002. On page 37 of the OLC memo, in a passage discussing the differences between SERE techniques and the torture used with detainees, the memo explains: The CIA used the waterboard “at least 83 times during August 2002″ in the interrogation of Zubaydah. IG Report at 90, and 183 times during March 2003 in the interrogation of KSM, see id. at 91. Note, the information comes from the CIA IG report which, in...
  • Exclusive: Harkat knew al-Qaeda lieutenant, files say (Canada)

    03/10/2009 4:42:14 PM PDT · by fanfan · 9 replies · 326+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | March 10, 2009 | Andrew Duffy
    OTTAWA — Terror suspect Mohamed Harkat admitted in a March 1997 conversation that he knew al-Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah personally and did not fear being contacted by him at home, according to new court documents. A summary of that conversation — between Harkat and an unidentified Ottawa man — has been filed with the Federal Court. Prepared by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the summary is one of 13 added to the public record in the security certificate case. It’s not clear whether the summaries are based on wiretaps, obtained under authority of the CSIS Act, or on informants’ accounts...
  • In defense of waterboarding

    12/31/2007 1:59:29 PM PST · by Libertarianize the GOP · 110 replies · 490+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Dec. 23, 2007 | Mark Bowden
    The Point | In defense of waterboarding By Mark Bowden No one should be prosecuted for waterboarding Abu Zubaydah. > Several investigations are under way to find out who ordered the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes, apparently an effort to cover up evidence of torture. Leaving aside for a moment the wisdom of destroying the tapes, I'd like to take a look at what was allegedly done to Zubaydah, and why. > When captured in Pakistan in 2002, Zubaydah was one of the world's most notorious terrorists. The 31-year-old Saudi had compiled in his young life 37 different aliases and...
  • Bush Administration Urges Judge Not to Inquire About Destruction of CIA Tapes

    12/15/2007 9:53:34 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 115+ views
    Bush Administration Urges Judge Not to Inquire About Destruction of CIA Tapes December 15, 2007 WASHINGTON — The Bush administration told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged the court not to look into the tapes' destruction. In court documents filed Friday night, government lawyers told U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy that demanding information about the tapes would interfere with current investigations by Congress and the Justice Department. It was the first time the government had addressed the issue of the videotapes in court. Kennedy ordered the administration...
  • Byron York: When waterboarding works

    12/13/2007 5:57:32 PM PST · by Jean S · 9 replies · 307+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/07 | Byron York
    About a year ago, I had dinner with a man who played a key role in the U.S. war on terror. The talk turned to allegations of torture. He said that our policy should be that we do not torture. And we should adhere to that policy. Unless, that is, a truly special situation comes up and we decide that we have to violate that policy in an extremely narrow set of circumstances. Then, we explain what we did — by that, I think he meant the executive branch would be open with members of Congress — and move on....
  • Media Misfire on CIA Interrogation Tape Destruction?

    12/08/2007 11:58:12 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies · 65+ views ^ | December 8, 2007 | Jason Aslinger
    Media Misfire on CIA Interrogation Tape Destruction? By Jason Aslinger | December 8, 2007 - 13:49 ET The media have gone into full frenzy mode the last two days over some destroyed CIA interrogation tapes. And are you really surprised? The story has all the ingredients that the mainstream media just can't resist: 1) waterboarding, 2) allegations of cover up and obstruction of justice, 3) and the opportunity to ask "what did they know and when did they know it?"The story centers around the 2002 CIA interrogations of two al Qaida operatives, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In the wake of...
  • A Question About Those Destroyed CIA Tapes

    12/07/2007 9:27:58 AM PST · by Callahan · 34 replies · 220+ views
    The prevailing assumption is that the tapes were destroyed to conceal harsh CIA interrogation methods. Gerald Posner suggests another possible explanation: Re the breaking news that the CIA destroyed the videotapes of interrogations with 2 terror suspects, you might have seen that the tapes of the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah were destroyed. You might also recall that in my 2003 NYT bestseller (reached #2), Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11, my last chapter was titled, "The Interrogation." Based on two active US intelligence sources, I was the first to disclose Zubaydah's interrogation. To date, I am the only...
  • U.S. Charges Man Who Shipped Comms Equipment to Afghanistan

    06/25/2004 4:43:47 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 24 replies · 594+ views
    AP ^ | 6-25-04 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Lebanese man who says he attended an al-Qaida training camp was charged Friday with lying to federal authorities about shipments of communications equipment seized by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi, 41, was charged in a U.S. District Court in Minnesota, one of several places he's lived in the United States. A federal judge in New York, where Elzahabi has been held since his arrest in May, held a hearing for Elzahabi and ordered him transferred to Minneapolis to face two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. A criminal complaint by FBI...
  • CIA tortured top al Qaeda terror detainee at secret location: NYT (made him listen to rock music)

    09/10/2006 4:47:14 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 128 replies · 2,514+ views
    Jurist ^ | Sept. 10, 2006 | Natalie Hrubos
    CIA operatives taking over the interrogation of captured top al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah [BBC News backgrounder] from FBI agents in 2002 had him stripped, exposed to extreme cold and subjected to loud rock music in an effort to extract sensitive information, the New York Times reported Sunday.
  • 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...
  • Guantanamo Inmates Despair of Ever Leaving

    03/05/2006 8:00:20 PM PST · by NewLand · 71 replies · 1,205+ views
    AP ^ | March 5, 2006 | MIRANDA LEITSINGER
    Guantanamo Inmates Despair of Ever Leaving Sunday, March 5, 2006 9:13 PM EST The Associated Press By MIRANDA LEITSINGER GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Ahamed Abdul Aziz has been in the Guantanamo Bay prison for more than three years and, by his account, has been interrogated 50 times without being charged with any crime. He waits with anguish for freedom but fears it will never come. "We are in a grave here," he told his lawyers, echoing the despair felt by many of the roughly 490 prisoners held as suspected terrorists at the U.S. naval base in eastern...
  • The New York Times Must Be Stopped

    12/28/2005 5:57:17 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 4 replies · 247+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/28/05 | Purple Mountains
    I think the time may have come to close down the New York Times, lock the buildings and throw the publisher and the senior editors in prison for the duration of the war on terror, which future generations will call World War III. This is what you do when Congress has authorized the President to go to war, which it did on October 2, 2002 (Public Law 107-40), and an American organization commits acts of treason that endanger the lives of its citizens and its soldiers. By now, every Muslim terrorist around the world, having read of the disclosures in...
  • Connecting the Dots(NYT is nailed...again!)

    12/26/2005 9:04:58 AM PST · by kellynla · 53 replies · 2,306+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2005 | Jack O'Neill
    As one of the hundreds of thousands who has proudly worked for the National Security Agency either directly or as a subcontractor, I believe the New York Times missed the real story under its Dec. 16 headline "Bush lets U.S. spy on callers without courts." Here is why. The New York Times concedes the story starts with the CIA capture of top al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in March 2002. With Zubaydah's capture came a treasure trove of eavesdropping intelligence sources -- e-mail addresses, cell phone numbers, and personal phone directories. These are prime intelligence sources that may...
  • Pouting Spooks Leak to ABC News

    12/05/2005 7:24:38 PM PST · by Venator · 29 replies · 633+ views
    Never Yet Melted ^ | December 5, 2005 | JDZ
    ABC News is reporting that Current and former CIA officers speaking to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality say the United States scrambled to get all the suspects off European soil before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived there today. The officers say 11 top al Qaeda suspects have now been moved to a new CIA facility in the North African desert. The disgrunted intelligence officers even disclosed an actual list of 12 high-value targets allegedly held by the CIA, and ABC is reporting it : Abu Zubaydah: Held first in Thailand then Poland Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi: Held in...
  • 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...
  • Alleged Canadian al-Qaeda 'Sleeper' Agent Set to Testify

    10/25/2004 5:51:29 PM PDT · by NorthOf45 · 3 replies · 509+ views
    CBC ^ | October 25, 2004 | CBC Staff
    Alleged Canadian al-Qaeda 'sleeper' agent set to testify October 25, 2004 OTTAWA - A man accused of being a member of al-Qaeda appeared in an Ottawa federal court Monday to fight deportation to Algeria, where he fears he may be killed. Canadian authorities arrested Mohammed Harkat nearly two years ago on a national security certificate, which allows Ottawa to deport non-Canadian citizens considered a security risk. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says Abu Zubaydah, a senior al-Qaeda member now in custody, told American authorities he helped train Harkat in Afghanistan. CSIS thinks Harkat was sent to Canada as a "sleeper"...
  • New Generation of Leaders Is Emerging for Al Qaeda

    08/10/2004 3:20:37 PM PDT · by OESY · 12 replies · 694+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2004 | DAVID JOHNSTON and DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 - A new portrait of Al Qaeda's inner workings is emerging from the cache of information seized last month in Pakistan, as investigators begin to identify a new generation of operatives who appear to be filling the vacuum created when leaders were killed or captured, senior intelligence officials said Monday. Using computer records, e-mail addresses and documents seized after the arrest of Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan last month in Pakistan, intelligence analysts say they are finding that Al Qaeda's upper ranks are being filled by lower-ranking members and more recent recruits. "They're a little bit of both,''...
  • Intelligence sure bin Laden had bio weapons: Newsweek

    11/17/2002 5:54:38 PM PST · by Angelus Errare · 7 replies · 349+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 11/18/02 | N/A
    Intelligence sure bin Laden had bio weapons: Newsweek Posted: 7:51 AM (Manila Time) | Nov. 18, 2002 Agence France-Presse NEW YORK -- Senior US intelligence officials are "100 percent certain" Osama bin Laden had biological and chemical agents before the US invasion of Afghanistan, Newsweek magazine reported Sunday. Detained al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects held at a US base in Cuba said bin Laden is a "multiple plotter," according to a US official who spoke to Newsweek about tales to explode a so-called "dirty bomb" to spew radioactive material over an area of the United States. Officials have been paying special...
  • Book: Saudis knew of 9/11 plot

    09/01/2003 5:22:11 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 206+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | September 1, 2003 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - A top Al Qaeda leader in U.S. custody has detailed ties among Osama Bin Laden, Pakistani officials and members of the Saudi royal family, charging that some of them knew about the 9/11 plot in advance, according to a new book. At one point, the captured operative, Abu Zubaydah, told his interrogators to call a Saudi prince who could get him off the hook, the book says. The explosive revelations in Gerald Posner's new book, "Why America Slept," outline how U.S. agents missed numerous chances to unravel Al Qaeda's deadly plans to attack the U.S. Posner contends that...
  • Captured al-Qaeda leader reveals bin Laden ties to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia .

    08/31/2003 8:31:49 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 23 replies · 285+ views
    AFP via Yahoo. ^ | Aug 31, 2003 | Not Specified
    NEW YORK (AFP) - A top aide to Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) told CIA (news - web sites) agents in a drug-induced confession about secret connections between the al-Qaeda leader and top officials in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, according to a new book. Excerpts from the book published in Time magazine reveal that Abu Zubaydah, captured last year in Pakistan, told US interrogators that longtime Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz had secretly agreed to pay bin Laden as long as al-Qaeda refrained from promoting its political aims in the kingdom. He also said...
  • Confessions of a Terrorist (al-Qaeda leader's explosive allegations)

    08/31/2003 11:14:47 AM PDT · by veronica · 36 replies · 2,383+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | September 8 issue | JOHANNA MCGEARY
    Author Gerald Posner claims an al-Qaeda leader made explosive allegations while under interrogation By March 2002, the terrorist called Abu Zubaydah was one of the most wanted men on earth. A leading member of Osama bin Laden's brain trust, he is thought to have been in operational control of al-Qaeda's millennium bomb plots as well as the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in October 2000. After the spectacular success of the airliner assaults on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, he continued to devise terrorist plans. Seventeen months ago, the U.S. finally grabbed Zubaydah in Pakistan and has kept him...

    08/31/2003 4:32:07 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 388+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/31/03 | ERIC LENKOWITZ
    <p>August 31, 2003 -- Saudi Arabian and Pakistani government officials armed and funded the al Qaeda terrorist network for a decade leading up to 9/11, according to a new book that reveals confessions made by Osama bin Laden's operations chief.</p>
  • Canada Reveals (al Qaeda) 'Sleeper Cell' Contacts (With American A.Q. Cells)

    12/24/2002 8:56:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, December 25, 2002 | Dana Priest and DeNeen L. Brown
    Al Qaeda "sleeper cells" in Canada and the United States have communicated with each other as recently as this month, probably to plan terrorist attacks in the United States, Canadian intelligence experts said yesterday. The disclosure came in the wake of the arrest last week of a pizza delivery man in Ottawa who is suspected of being associated with the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden. Canadian authorities decided to arrest Mohamed Harkat, 34, shortly after he made calls to suspected al Qaeda members in the United States, said Reid Morden, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, who...
  • 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...
  • Major score for anti-terror war

    03/02/2003 6:23:05 PM PST · by Dubya · 6 replies · 211+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 03, 2003 | Faye Bowers and Scott Baldauf
    The capture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed could significantly impact Al Qaeda operations. WASHINGTON AND KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Unlike Osama bin Laden, he's not a household name - at least not until now. But no individual's capture could have wider implications for America's war on terrorism than that of Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Apprehended in Pakistan this weekend and now facing interrogation in US custody overseas, Mohammed is considered to be Al Qaeda's foremost operational leader, with unrivaled knowledge of the organization's plans and personnel. The news of Mohammed's capture could help on several fronts, from the manhunt for bin Laden to...
  • 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...
  • Bin Laden Terror Wave 2

    10/28/2002 2:11:14 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 27 replies · 302+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Oct. 29, 2002 | Marc Erikson
    Reports - or call it hopeful assumptions - of his demise were exaggerated. Osama bin Laden is alive and proving it. The attack on the French supertanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen on October 6, the Bali bombing on October 12, and the Moscow theater hostage drama show all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda coordination, optimization of the organization's remaining capabilities, and characteristic striving for symbolic impact. Add to that Israeli intelligence sources' claims that bin Laden, his operations chief Ayman Zawahiri, and several hundred hardcore followers since the end of September are back and safe in bin Laden's ancestral...
  • U.S. tracked top al Qaeda planner's visit to Baghdad

    10/03/2002 11:18:30 PM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 1,012+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/04/02 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>A "top 20" al Qaeda planner was in Baghdad several months ago, giving further credence to the Bush administration's assertion of linkage between Saddam Hussein's regime and Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization.</p> <p>U.S. intelligence agencies have verified reports that Abu Musab Zarqawi met with people in Baghdad in the summer after fleeing Afghanistan when the United States began strikes to dislodge the ruling Taliban and kill al Qaeda members.</p>
  • Rep: Weldon: 'Dirty Nuke' Already Inside U.S., Experts Assume

    04/23/2002 7:20:56 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 39 replies · 547+ views
    NewsMax ^ | April 23, 2002 | Staff
    Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said Tuesday he believes that Osama bin Laden not only has the capacity to produce a "dirty nuke" radiation bomb, but that national security experts are operating on the assumption that he's already smuggled one inside the U.S. "We are taking every possible precaution, both from the intelligence standpoint and the physical protection standpoint," Weldon told Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes." "The question is: is it here? I don't know that answer," said Weldon, who serves as Military Procurement Subcommittee Chairman and sits on the House Armed Services Committee. "But I think we have to...
  • Padilla not cooperating with U.S.

    06/12/2002 11:12:38 AM PDT · by Jean S · 35 replies · 410+ views
    UPI ^ | 6/12/02 | Michael Kirkland
    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Jose Padilla, the man accused of plotting with senior al Qaida terrorists to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" in an American city, has not been cooperating with U.S. investigators, senior law enforcement officials told United Press International Wednesday. In fact, he's been anything but. "He wouldn't even admit he had been in Afghanistan," one official said. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, on a trip to help lower the temperature in the dispute between India and Pakistan, said earlier that the United States didn't necessarily want to prosecute the suspect, just find out "what he knows."...
  • U.S. Says Dirty Bomb Suspect Plotted Other Attacks

    06/11/2002 9:34:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 294+ views
    Reuters | 6/11/02 | Deborah Charles
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American accused of plotting a radioactive "dirty bomb" attack on the United States met repeatedly with top al Qaeda leaders after Sept. 11 to discuss a range of attack options including blowing up hotels and gas stations, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.The officials said Abdullah al Muhajir, a New York native born as Jose Padilla, traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan several times after the Sept. 11 attacks on America to meet senior al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah for talks on plans for other types of attacks.Muhajir first met Zubaydah, a member of Osama bin Laden's...
  • The great Disappearing Act(British intel agencies protect top Al-Qaeda terrorist)

    08/13/2002 2:52:34 PM PDT · by It'salmosttolate · 7 replies · 222+ views ^ | 11 Aug 2002 | Jason Burke
    In the latest of his online terrorist dispatches, The Observer's Chief reporter reveals another embarrasing failure for the security services.The Americans believe that Abu Al-Haili helped to arrange OBL escape from Tora Bora.So why did security services allow him to slip through the net in Tooting, South London. According to well-placed sources within the Islamist community in the UK Abu Zubair al-Haili - who the Americans believe helped Osama bin Laden escape the American assault on Afghanistan - was living in the UK until shortly before the September 11th attacks.
  • 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...
  • Bin Laden plans fresh terror for September

    07/06/2002 5:20:39 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 133 replies · 412+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 07/07/2002 | Jason Burke and Martin Bright
    Terrorists are planning a series of spectacular attacks on American, British and Israeli targets to coincide with the anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Centre on 11 September last year. Intelligence agencies in the UK, southern Asia and the Middle East are detecting an increased volume of communications between suspected al-Qaeda cells as the organisation, led by the fugitive Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden, accelerates efforts to pull off a major operation in the days around the anniversary of the New York and Washington attacks. According to sources in Pakistan, al-Qaeda activists there have been given a three-month...
  • Al-Qaida nuke bomb threat alleged

    04/22/2002 7:22:04 PM PDT · by knak · 139 replies · 676+ views
    msnbc ^ | 4/22/02
    NBC: Terror network seeks material to explode bomb in U.S. WASHINGTON, April 22 — A captured key strategist for the al-Qaida network told interrogators Monday that al-Qaida was working to obtain fissionable material for radiation bombs to be exploded in the United States, NBC News has learned. U.S. officials could not confirm the assertions of the strategist, Abu Zubaydah, but said they were taking him at his word. SOURCES TOLD NBC News that Zubaydah, believed to be one of the top lieutenants of Osama bin Laden, believed to be the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United...
  • US ships Al Qaeda suspects to Arab states: Egypt, Syria, and Jordan may extract information faster

    07/25/2002 5:29:03 PM PDT · by aculeus · 13 replies · 472+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 26, 2002 | Faye Bowers and Philip Smucker
    WASHINGTON AND CAIRO - In the war on terror, the US is careful to show how fairly it's treating the hundreds of orange-suited Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters locked behind the razor-wire of the US base at Guantanamo, Cuba. But what the US isn't trumpeting is a quiet practice of shipping key Al Qaeda suspects to the Middle East for interrogation. One reason for this new approach, US officials privately say, is that in some cases these militants' home countries have a better understanding of Islamist groups, their contacts, customs, and language. But there's another reason, say US sources. These...