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Follow up Of 9/11, al Qaeda Attack Plan Details to Hit Planes .

In News, terrorism, US on April 25, 2012 at 20:19

Chilling to say the least.

US releases audio on 9/11 flight horror

 

By CNN Terrorism Analyst Paul Cruickshank

Within weeks of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Osama bin Laden was planning follow-up operations to bring down airliners in the United States and south-east Asia, according to a convicted al Qaeda operative testifying in a terror trial in New York.

Saajid Badat was speaking via a video deposition from the United Kingdom, where he is serving a jail sentence for his role in plotting to blow up a U.S. bound aircraft in December 2001.

It’s the first time that an al Qaeda operative has provided such detail about plans to bring down airliners in the wake of 9/11.

Badat testified that a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, he met with Abu Hafs al Masri, then bin Laden’s right hand man, in the Jalalabad-Kabul area in Afghanistan.

“Abu Hafs asked me to take an explosive device onboard an airplane, a domestic airline [in the United States] and then detonate it,” Badat testified. He was then called to meet bin Laden himself.

“It was just the two of us in the room and he explained to me his justification for the mission,” said Badat.

“He said that the American economy is like a chain. If you break one link of the chain, the whole economy will be brought down. So after September 11th attacks, this operation will ruin the aviation industry and in turn the whole economy will come down,” he added.

Badat was then told to pick up two explosive shoes from an al Qaeda bomb-maker named Fathi. The explosives, he said, were concealed in the soles.

The idea was for him and Richard Reid, a British operative who came to be known as the “Shoe Bomber,” to blow up different planes simultaneously.

Reid tried to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on December 22, 2001.

Before leaving Afghanistan in late November, Badat said he and Reid met with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

“It was as if he was giving me final orders,” Badat testified.

“He just gave us advice on how to interact with each other, how to contact each other,” he said, adding that the communication between him and Reid was to be via e-mail.

When Badat arrived in the United Kingdom in December he said he got cold feet, fearing going through with the operation and the possible implications for his family. He described how he dismantled the shoe bomb he had brought with him and stored it in his parents’ house.

On December 14, 2001, he e-mailed his Pakistani handler to tell him he was backing out.

Badat now feels he and others were manipulated by al Qaeda’s top leadership.

During his video deposition he stated he was ready to testify against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other top leaders to expose the hollowness of what he called their “bulls**t cause.”

Badat, who joined al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2000, was testifying at the trial in New York of Adis Medunjanin, an American of Bosnian descent charged with involvement in a plot to explode bombs on the subway in September 2009. Though the two never met, Badat met at least one al Qaeda member Medunjanin is alleged to have encountered.

Badat also revealed that he and Reid left Afghanistan for Pakistan with a group of Malaysians militants.

“I learned that they had a group ready to perform a similar hijacking to 9/11,” Badat testified.

According to a 9/11 Commission report, al Qaeda initially planned to hijack a dozen airliners in South East Asia at the same time as in the United States, but bin Laden scrapped the south-east Asian portion of the plan.

The new revelations suggest that al Qaeda’s south-east Asian plan was revived after 9/11.

A senior U.S. counter-terrorism official told CNN al Qaeda planned to hijack aircraft in south-east Asia using militants who had begun training in flight schools in the region, but the plan was never carried through.

The official said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed orchestrated the post 9/11 south-east Asia hijacking plot and was assisted by Walid bin Attash, a Yemeni al Qaeda terrorist also now being held in Guantanamo Bay.

Two Jemaah Islamiya operatives resonsible for the 2002 Bali bombings – Hambali (real name: Riduan Isamuddin) and Ali Ghufron (real name: Huda bin Abdul Haq) – are also suspected of having had a role in the plot, according to the official.

Badat recalled how a few months before the 9/11 attacks, he was instructed to “collect intelligence on various Jewish locations in South Africa to be viewed as potential targets.”

Badat said he researched potential targets on the Internet and put together a report. But despite being tasked to travel to South Africa, he never took the trip.

Days before 9/11, Badat was dispatched to Belgium to meet with Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian then planning a terrorist operation who also met bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Trabelsi was arrested two days after the terrorist attacks on the United States and later admitted to plotting an attack on the Klein Brogel NATO base in Belgium.

He is currently in prison in Belgium and fighting an extradition request to face terrorism charges in the United States.

Badat described meeting several times in Afghanistan with Adnan Shukrijumah, an American al Qaeda operative. At the time he knew the American as “Jaffar.” Shukrijumah, he stated, never had any knowledge of the shoe bombing plot.

U.S. authorities allege that Shukrijumah helped orchestrate the 2009 plot to attack New York subways and met Medunjanin in a camp in South Waziristan in September 2008. They say Shukrijumah has emerged as a senior operational planner for the network and is still believed to be at large in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Badat also shed light on how his motivations for traveling to Afghanistan to fight Jihad in 1999 when he was just 19. He testified that he became involved in a militant circle in London and became friends with a man called Babar Ahmad.

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/25/operative-details-al-qaeda-plans-to-hit-planes-in-wake-of-911/

Inputs from CNN.

Dangerous Terrorist Outfit,Videos-Muslim Brotherhood.Invited to Talks?

In terrorism on July 2, 2011 at 21:10

Yet another terrorist group which has a Political face .

This is being involved in talks in Egypt and other countries where trouble is brewing.

CNN reports (via Robert Spencer):

Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood will apply to become a political party, it announced Tuesday.

The Brotherhood “envisions the establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice, with central Islamic values serving all Egyptians regardless of colour, creed, political trend or religion,” it said in the statement.

Although officially illegal, the Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as one of the most organized groups in Egypt.

http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2011/02/it_begins_egypt.php

Not a good sign.

Along with Gulen movement they form a formidable and lethal force.(read my blog on Gulen movement under ‘terrorism)

Gulen influence in the US.

http://gulencharterschoolsusa.blogspot.com/2010/11/gulen-charter-schools-delaware-beware.html

 

The Society of the Muslim Brothers (Arabic: الإخوان‎ al-ʾIḫwān/Ikhwan/el-ekhwan, IPA: [elʔexˈwæːn], often simply “The Brotherhood” or MB) is the world’s oldestand one of the largest Islamist groups, and is the largest political opposition organisation in many Arab states. It was founded in 1928 in Egypt by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna, and has spread to many other countries. Its slogan is “Islam is the solution”.

The Brotherhood’s stated goal is to instill the Qur’an and Sunnah as the “sole reference point for … ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community … and state”. Since its inception in 1928 the movement has officially opposed violent means to achieve its goals and a number of Western authors have also described it as non-violent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Brotherhood

The MB has has tried to portray itself as moderate and democratic.  But at its core it is anything but. The Brotherhood is a wolf in sheep`s clothing.

Israel National News thanks StandWithUs for helping bring the Muslim Brotherhood to our readers in its own words:
The Muslim Brotherhood logo fits its motto:

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur`an is our law.
Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!”

The Brotherhood`s goal is to turn the world into an Islamist empire. The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, is a revolutionary fundamentalist movement to restore the caliphate and strict shariah (Islamist) law in Muslim lands and, ultimately, the world. Today, it has chapters in 80 countries. “It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.” -Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna

The Brotherhood wants America to fall. It tells followers to be “patient” because America “is heading towards its demise.” The U.S. is an infidel that “does not champion moral and human values and cannot  lead humanity.”-Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi, Sept. 2010

The Brotherhood claims western democracy is “corrupt,””unrealistic” and “false.” -Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef

The Brotherhood calls for jihad against “the Muslim`s real enemies, not only Israel but also the United States. Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded.” -Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi, Sept. 2010

The Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat in 1981 for making peace with the hated “Zionist entity.” It also assassinated Egypt`s prime minister in 1948 and attempted to assassinate President Nasser in 1954.

Hamas is a “wing of the Muslim Brotherhood,”according to the Hamas Charter, Chapter 2. The Charter calls for the murder of Jews, the “obliteration” of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy.

The Brotherhood supports Hezbollah`s war against the Jews. Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef declared he was “prepared to send 10,000 jihad fighters immediately to fight at the side of Hezbollah” during Hezbollah`s war against Israel in 2006.

The Brotherhood glorified Osama bin Laden and mourned his death. Osama is “in all certainty, a mujahid (heroic fighter), and I have no doubt  in his sincerity in resisting the occupation, close to Allah on high.” -Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef, Nov. 2007

The Brotherhood “sanctioned martyrdom operations in Palestine….They do not have bombs, so they turn themselves into bombs. This is a necessity.” -Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Dec. 17, 2010

The Brotherhood advocates violent jihad: The “change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death just as the enemies pursue life,” said Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi in a September 2010 sermon.11 Major terrorists came out of the Muslim Brotherhood, including bin Laden`s deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (mastermind of the 9/11 attacks).

The Brotherhood advocates a deceptive strategy in democracies: appear moderate and use existing institutions to gain power. “The civilizational-jihadist process…is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and `sabotaging` its miserable house…so that it is eliminated and God`s religion is made victorious overall other religions,” reads a US Muslim Brotherhood 1991 document. It believes it can conquer Europe peacefully: “After having been expelled twice, Islam will be victorious and reconquer Europe….I am certain that this time, victory will be won not by the sword but by  preaching and [Islamic] ideology.” -Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, “Fatwa,” 2003

The Brotherhood uses democracy, but once in power it will replace democracy with fundamentalist shariah law because it is the “true democracy.” “The final, absolute message from heaven contains all the values which the secular world claims to have invented….Islam and its values antedated the West by founding true democracy.” -Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef, Nov. 2007

The Brotherhood`s view of women`s rights is to subjugate and segregate women: The ideal society would include “a campaign against ostentation in dress and loose behaviour…segregation of male and female students; private meetings between men and women, unless within the permitted degrees of relationship, to be counted as a crime for which both will be  censured…prohibition of dancing and other such pastimes.” -Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, “Five Tracts”

The Brotherhood supports Female Genital Mutilation: “[the Americans] wage war on Muslim leaders, the traditions of its faith and its ideas. They even wage war against female circumcision, a practice current in 36 countries, which has been prevalent since the time of the Pharaohs.” -Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef, 2007

The Brotherhood will not treat non-Muslim minorities, such as Coptic Christians, as equals. “Allah`s word will reign supreme and the infidels` word will be inferior.” -Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Badi, Sept. 2010

The Brotherhood refuses to commit to continuing the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.  Muslim Brotherhood leaders have said that “as far as the movement is concerned, Israel is a Zionist entity occupying holy Arab and Islamic lands…and we will get rid of it no matter how long it takes.” -Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammed Mahdi Akef, 2005 and 2007

The Brotherhood has anti-Semitic roots. It supported the Nazis, organized mass demonstrations against the Jews with slogans promoting ethnic cleansing like “Down with the Jews!”and “Jews get out of Egypt and Palestine!” in 1936; carried out a violent pogrom against Egypt`s Jews in November 1945; and made sure that Nazi collaborator and Palestinian Mufti al- Husseini was granted asylum in Egypt in 1946.

The Brotherhood remains virulently anti-Semitic.”Today the Jews are not the Israelites praised by Allah, but the descendants of the Israelites who defied His word. Allah was angry with them and turned them into monkeys and pigs….There is no doubt that the battle in which the Muslims overcome the Jews [will come]….In that battle the Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them.” -Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Source :Israel National News.

Osama Death Video Spreads Virus.-Check.

In News, terrorism, videos on May 19, 2011 at 23:37

Do not open unless checked for virus and also get information from WOT checked site.

Scammers are already taking advantage of the news that the US conducted a raid overnight to kill 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, merely hours after the death of the Al Qaeda leader was announced. Just like with previous scams, they are leveraging Facebook with sensational headlines to target ignorant victims……

This version says something along the lines of “SHOCKING NEW video of OSAMA BIN LADENS DEATH!!” or “Exclusive BANNED VDEIO footage of Osama Bin Laden being killed!!!” followed by a link, according to Sophos. Clicking on the link takes you to a Facebook page which urges you to like and share the link with your Facebook friends before you can watch the video.

Like with previous Facebook scams, sharing the link with others just helps spread it further across the social network. Once again, instead of the supposed shocking video you are instead presented with a survey which you are told you must complete before you can go any further. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed. As a reminder, you should also never hand over your mobile phone number as scammers will sign you up for premium rate SMS services.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/scam-warning-shocking-new-video-of-osama-bin-ladens-death/1312

A Phone Call Led to Osama’s Death.

In Pakistan, terrorism, US on May 3, 2011 at 13:40

After 9/11 attacks,  CIA captured al-Qaida’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, he confirmed knowing a Kuwaiti but denied he had anything to do with al-Qaeda.

At Guantanamo  facility the CIA operatives got the hint an important courier with the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti  was close to bin Laden and could be the courier through whom Osama sent out his orders.

In 2004, top al-Qaida operative Hassan Ghul was captured in Iraq. Ghul told the CIA that al-Kuwaiti was a courier, someone crucial to the terrorist organization. In particular, Ghul said, the courier was close to Faraj al-Libi, who replaced Mohammed as al-Qaida’s operational commander.

Ghul  made up a name for the courier and denied knowing al-Kuwaiti, a denial that was so adamant and unbelievable that the CIA took it as confirmation that he and Mohammed were protecting the courier. It only reinforced the idea that al-Kuwaiti was very important to al-Qaida.

It took years of work before the CIA identified the courier’s real name: Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait. When they did identify him, he was nowhere to be found. The CIA’s sources didn’t know where he was hiding. Bin Laden was famously insistent that no phones or computers be used near him, so the eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency kept coming up cold.

Ahmed was identified by detainees as a mid-level operative who helped al-Qaida members and their families find safe havens. But his whereabouts were such a mystery to US intelligence that, according to Guantanamo Bay documents, one detainee said Ahmed was wounded while fleeing US forces during the invasion of Afghanistan and later died in the arms of the detainee.

But in the middle of last year, Ahmed had a telephone conversation with someone being monitored by US intelligence, according to an American official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. Ahmed was located somewhere away from bin Laden’s hideout when he had the discussion, but it was enough to help intelligence officials locate and watch Ahmed.

In August 2010, Ahmed unknowingly led authorities to a compound in the northeast Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where al-Libi had once lived. The walls surrounding the property were as high as 18 feet (5.5 meters) and topped with barbed wire. Intelligence officials had known about the house for years, but they always suspected that bin Laden would be surrounded by heavily armed security guards. Nobody patrolled the compound in Abbottabad.

In fact, nobody came or went. And no telephone or Internet lines ran from the compound. The CIA soon believed that bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, in a hideout especially built to go unnoticed. But since bin Laden never traveled and nobody could get into the compound without passing through two security gates, there was no way to be sure.

Despite that uncertainty, intelligence officials realized this could represent the best chance ever to get to bin Laden. They decided not to share the information with anyone, including staunch counterterrorism allies such as Britain, Canada and Australia.

By mid-February, the officials were convinced a “high-value target” was hiding in the compound. President Barack Obama wanted to take action.

“They were confident and their confidence was growing: ‘This is different. This intelligence case is different. What we see in this compound is different from anything we’ve ever seen before,’” John Brennan, the president’s top counterterrorism adviser, said Monday. “I was confident that we had the basis to take action.”

Added to the suspicion was the house itself which had high fences,no body coming out,trash being disposed off outside, and no telephones.

surveillance was on and that led to eventual killing of Osama.

Reminds me of the Polish aide of Marc Rodin being lured out by SDECE,France to thwart the Assassination attempt on Charles De Gaulle.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/03/phone-call-by-kuwaiti-courier-led-to-bin-laden.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014939822_apusbinladenhuntforbinladen.html?syndication=rss

Intelligence Inputs Behind Osama’s Killing.Well Done,CIA,Mossad.

In terrorism, US on May 2, 2011 at 23:38

From the information available it is clear that not only a thorough and professionalism was involved but Foreign Intelligence net works were used with or with out their knowledge.

It is also highly improbable that Pakistan was off the loop.

Read on..

A trusted courier of Osama bin Laden’s whom American spies had been hunting for years was finally located in a compound 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital, close to one of the hubs of American counterterrorism operations. The property was so secure, so large, that American officials guessed it was built to hide someone far more important than a mere courier.

What followed was eight months of painstaking intelligence work, culminating in a helicopter assault by American military and intelligence operatives that ended in the death of Bin Laden on Sunday and concluded one of history’s most extensive and frustrating manhunts.

For nearly a decade, American military and intelligence forces had chased the specter of Bin Laden throughPakistan and Afghanistan, once coming agonizingly close and losing him in a pitched battle at Tora Bora, in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. As Obama administration officials described it, the real breakthrough came when they finally figured out the name and location of Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, whom the Qaeda chief appeared to rely on to maintain contacts with the outside world.

Detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had given the courier’s pseudonym to American interrogators and said that the man was a protégé of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

It was hardly the spartan cave in the mountains that many had envisioned as Bin Laden’s hiding place. Rather, it was a mansion on the outskirts of the town’s center, set on an imposing hilltop and ringed by 12-foot-high concrete walls topped with barbed wire.

The property was valued at $1 million, but it had neither a telephone nor an Internet connection. Its residents were so concerned about security that they burned their trash rather putting it on the street for collection the way their neighbors did.

American officials believed that the compound, built in 2005, was designed for the specific purpose of hiding Bin Laden.

Months more of intelligence work would follow before American spies felt highly confident that it was indeed Bin Laden and his family who were hiding there — and before President Obama determined that the intelligence was solid enough to begin planning a mission to go after the Qaeda leader.

On March 14, Mr. Obama held the first of what would be five national security meetings in the course of the next six weeks to go over plans for the operation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/world/asia/02reconstruct-capture-osama-bin-laden.html?ref=global-home

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