Friday, July 16, 2004

Islamist Websites and Their Hosts Part I: Islamist Terror Organizations



The post September 11 war on terrorism has increased Islamist organizations' dependence on the Internet, making it a vital means of communication and indoctrination for both Islamist organizations and for the infrastructure of Al-Qa'ida supporters. As a result of Islamist websites often being tracked and in some cases hacked, or shut down by their Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the Islamist organizations have also become increasingly dependent on chat rooms and message boards for communication.

The following list of 25 Islamist websites and message forums, the first in a series of reports, includes website affiliations, IP addresses, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and information about their registrants.(1) The entries are categorized by ISP location.
The IP addresses and hosts included in the list were valid as of July 16, 2004.(2)
United States Affiliation: News website of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.Registered by: "Samail" in Beirut, Lebanon IP address: VONOC in Englewood, Colorado, United States, and in Loveland, Colorado, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: VONOC in Englewood, Colorado, United States, and in Loveland, Colorado, United States: IP- and IP- Affiliation: Pro-Al-Qa'ida website.Registered by: "None" in Dammam, Saudi ArabiaIP address: Verio Inc. in Englewood, Colorado, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Verio Inc. in Englewood, Colorado, United States: IP- and IP- Affiliation: Message forum used by Al-Qa'ida supporters.Registered by: fares.netIP address: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United States: IP-, and IP-; NetTransactions LLC in Holmdel, New Jersey, United States, and CEF in Hazlet, New Jersey, United States: IP-; 1-800-Hosting Inc. in Dallas, Texas, United States: IP- Affiliation: Message forums used by Al-Qa'ida supporters. Registered by: Al-Sakifah in Malami, MalaysiaIP address: Hurricane Electric in Freemont, California, United States, and Powersurge Technologies Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Hurricane Electric in Freemont, California, United States, and Powersurge Technologies Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States: IP- Affiliation: Website of the Army of Ansar Al-Sunnah; Known supporters of Al-Qa'ida.Registered by: Details unavailableIP address: Abovenet Communications in New York, United States, and About Web Services in Orem, Utah, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: UUNET Technologies in Ashburn, Virginia, United States, and North Sky Inc. in Orem, Utah, United States: Abovenet Communications in New York, United States: IP-; and About Web Services in Orem, Utah, United States: IP- Affiliation: Message forums used by Al-Qa'ida supporters.Registered by: Al-Ansar Net in London, United KingdomIP address: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: in San Antonio, Texas, United States: IP- Affiliation: Website of the Chechen Information Center.Registered by: Chechannet in Miksan, VanuatuIP address: C I Host in Bedford, Texas, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: C I Host in Bedford, Texas, United States: IP- Affiliation: Pro-Al-Qa'ida website.Registered by: Details unavailable. IP address: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United States Domain/Nameserver provider: Affiliation: Pro-Al-Qa'ida website. Publishes Al-Qa'ida's Al-Battar Training Camp magazine.Registered by: Details unavailable.IP address: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Affiliation: Official website of Hamas. Registered by: "Cravis" in Sofia, Bulgaria IP address: Hurricane Electric in Fremont, California, United States, and Powersurge Technologies Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States Domain/Nameserver provider: Affiliation: Pro-Hizbullah weekly magazine.Registered by: An Individual in Beirut, Lebanon IP address: Alabanza Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland, United States Domain/Nameserver provider: Alabanza Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland, United IP- and IP- Affiliation: Website of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, military wing of Fatah.Registered by: "Aboqosai" in Gaza, PalestineIP address: Hurricane Electric in Freemont, California, United States, and Powersurge Technologies Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Hurricane Electric in Freemont, California, United States, and Powersurge Technologies Inc., in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States: IP- and IP- (6) Affiliation: Website of Hizbullah TV station Al-Manar.Registered by: ITX in Beirut, Lebanon IP address: DataPipe in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States, and ITX Sarl in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States Domain/Nameserver provider: Internap Network Services in Atlanta, Georgia, United States; and eNom in Redmond, Washington State, United States: IP- (7) Affiliation: Pro-Hizbullah website.Registered by: Hadeelnet in Beirut, Lebanon IP address: ISP: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas, United States; Zone Edit in New York, United States: IP-; and Qwest Communications in Denver, Colorado, United States, and Ezzi.Net in Great River, New York, United States: IP- Affiliation: Website of Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Registered by: in Beirut, Lebanon IP address: ServePath LLC. in San Francisco, California, United States. Domain/Nameserver provider: Inc. in New York, United States: IP- Affiliation: Pro-Al-Qa'ida website.Registered by: An Individual through agent at Fasthosts Internet Ltd. in the United KingdomIP address: Affinity Internet Inc. in Ft. Lauderdal, Florida, California, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Affinity Internet Inc. in Ft. Lauderdal, Florida, California, United States: IP- and IP- (8) Affiliation: Message forums used by Al-Qa'ida supporters.Registered by: "Qalaah Qalaah" in Abu Dhabi, Arab EmiratesIP address: Everyone's Internet Inc. in Houston, Texas, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Everyone's Internet in Houston, Texas, United IP- Affiliation: Website of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary General Dr. Abdallah Ramadhan Shalah.Registered by: "Abrar" in Beirut, Lebanon. IP address: Level 3 Communications Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Level 3 Communications Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado, United States: IP- and IP- Affiliation: Website of Al-Quds Brigades, military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.Registered by: "Abrar" in Beirut, Lebanon IP address: Level 3 Communications Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado, United StatesDomain/Nameserver provider: Level 3 Communications Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado, United States: IP- and IP-
Canada Affiliation: Website of Izz Al-din Al-Qassam, military wing of Hamas.Registered by: "Ezzedeen" in Amman, JordanIP address: RackForce Hosting in Kelowna, Canada. Domain/Nameserver provider: RackForce Hosting in Kelowna, Canada:, IP- and IP-
United Kingdom Affiliation: Website of Hizb al-Tahrir.Registered by: Al-Khilafa Publications in London, Great BritainIP address: UK2-Net in London, Great BritainDomain/Nameserver provider: Net Access Corporation in Parsippany, New Jersey, United States: IP-

Hong Kong (9) Affiliation: Website of Sheikh Abu Hamza and Supporters of Shareeah. Registered by: 357Hosting in Niewvegein, Utrecht, NetherlandsIP address: ISP: Hostrino in Kowloon Bay, Hong KongDomain/Nameserver provider: Internap Network Services in Atlanta, Georgia, United States; and eNom in Redmond, Washington State, United States: IP-
Russia Affiliation: Hamas children's magazine.Registered by: "Nizar Al-Hussein" in Beirut, LebanonIP address: ISP: Corbina Telecom in Moscow, RussiaDomain/Nameserver provider: RUNNet, Russian Federal University Network in Moscow, Russia: IP-; and Corbina Telecom in Moscow, Russia: IP-

United Arab Emirates (10) Affiliation: Pro-Hamas website. Registered by: Palestine Information Center in Beirut, Lebanon. IP address: ISP: Emirates Internet in Dubai, Arab EmiratesDomain/Nameserver provider: Emirates Internet in Dubai, Arab Emirates: IP-
Iran Affiliation: Pro-Palestinian Islamic Jihad website. Registered by: An individual in Faiha, Kuwait.IP address: Telecommunication Company of Iran in Teheran, IranDomain/Nameserver provider: Telecommunication Company of Iran in Teheran, Iran: IP-
*Marie-Hélène Boccara is a research fellow of MEMRI and director of MEMRI's Scandinavian Department.

Endnotes:(1) Names of individuals who register a website are kept in MEMRI archives. (2) Sources: ,, , , , (3) Detail provided by, but this nameserver is inactive.(4) Detail provided by, but this nameserver is inactive.(5) Detail provided by, but this nameserver is inactive.(6) has the same content and the same IP address as (7) appears to be alternating daily between two ISPs. The other IP address used is ISP: RackForce Hosting Inc. in Kelowna, Canada. has the same content, but is registered by “Cyberia s.a.l” in Herndon, Virginia, United States. IP address: ISP: Serve Path Inc. in San Francisco, California, United States. Domain/Nameserver provider: VeriSign Infrastructure and Operations in Dulles, Virginia, United States: IP- (8) are the same as is the original address of with the same content but a different IP address: ISP: Verio Inc. in Englewood, Colorado, United States.(10) has the same content, and is registered by Palestine Information Center in Beirut, Lebanon, but its IP address is: and ISP: Colocall Ltd. in Kiev, Ukraine. Domain/Nameserver provider: Colocall Ltd. in Kiev, Ukraine: IP- and IP-


Time For A Wake Up Call--What Are you going to Do?

William's Note: Seeing that Congress killed CAPSII yesterday when Secretary Ridge had spoken earlier in the week that Al Qaida planned to use airplanes again--drove home to me one inescapable conclusion--we are reaching a time when we, the citizenry may be forced to protect ourselves. Political correctness and special interest groups are more interested in ideology than your safety. With the growing stories of loose nukes and other WMD acquisition, we need to use every means possible to get the word out and become vigilant.

By William Webb

"…We have the right to kill four million Americans-two million of them children-and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons." Suleiman Abu Gheith, former Kuwaiti schoolteacher, mosque imam, and Al-Qaida member

It is time to read, listen, and most importantly of all, understand:

You are the target of radical, Muslim extremists who are funded by wealthy patrons and governments across the globe. As a CIA report stated, these extremists are dedicated to carrying out "mass-casualty operations" against you and other civilians of Western countries.

"Mass casualty" serving as a politically correct synonym for mass murder.

A number of Islamic web sites and Al Jazeera television carried a sermon in February 2003 purportedly from "Sheik" Osama bin Laden during the Feast of the Sacrifice, the most important holiday in the Muslim year. The speech exhorts Muslims to murder. "It [the Islamic nation] should toughen itself and prepare itself for real life, a life of killing and war, of shooting and hand-to-hand combat…. You should know that seeking to kill Americans and Jews everywhere in the world is one of the greatest duties [for Muslims], and the good deed most preferred by Allah, the Exalted."

In a September 2003 interview with a White House staff homeland security person, they told me that the administration fears a chemical or biological strike is an "extreme probability." They said the war on terror would continue to be the administrations top priority. "It is not time to grow complacent. It is not time to forget the lesson of September 11."

As the horror of the mass murders fades, many find it easy to dismiss bin Laden and Al-Qaida as a small group of fanatics, an aberration that will be defeated or fade away.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Al-Qaida is just a part of the movement. The world is witnessing a global jihad and "Islamic awakening" that is gaining momentum throughout the Muslim world.

Wealthy patrons and governments worldwide finance and support it. Muslims are joining this war daily by the thousands. Contrary to the pronouncements of spokespeople and pundits in our government, media and academia, it is a war between two very different civilizations: One stands for a government that requires the separation of church and state. One believes the church should be the state.

As Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci writes, "the clash between us and them is not a military clash. Oh, no. It is a cultural one, a religious one. And our military victories do not solve the offensive of Islamic terrorism. They exacerbate it. They multiply it.

"The worst is still to come."

When you understand that the initial plan of 9/11 "was to crash the hijacked jets into nuclear power plants," you can begin to understand the war in which you are now a participant. Muslim extremists are waging a war to kill you and as many members of Western democracies as they possibly can.

They are waging the war directly as Al-Qaida does, carrying out murder and mayhem worldwide. More importantly, they are waging a "Fifth Column" or "Trojan horse" insurgency that uses the freedom-loving cultures of countries like the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Spain, Australia, and others to spread hatred and intolerance under the guise of freedom of speech and religious expression.

Several operational blueprints exist-one, a manual for terrorists captured in a raid by English police on a Manchester apartment building-that outlines the means by which Muslim terrorists may infiltrate Western societies. Besides the terrorizing and killing, there is a highly sophisticated propaganda effort aimed at legal, educational, and media institutions. The terrorists hide behind your basic civil rights, freedoms of expression, and freedom of religion.

The manual clearly states, "the confrontation that we are calling for with the apostate regimes does not know Socratic debates, Platonic ideals, nor Aristolean diplomacy. But it knows the dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing and destruction, and the diplomacy of the machine gun.

"Islamic governments have never and will never be established through peaceful solutions and cooperative councils. They are established as they always have been by pen and gun, by word and bullet, by tongue and teeth." On a subsequent page the manual's author writes, "an Islamic government will never be established except by the bomb and the rifle. Islam does not coincide or make a truce with unbelief, but rather confronts it."

This confrontation frequently involves violence, intimidation, and often murder of people who dare stand up to either the terror or insurgency. Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl was murdered for his investigative work. Author and Wahhabism expert Stephen Schwartz and investigative reporter Steven Emerson have both received death threats and intimidation from Muslims at speaking events.

A Muslim hit team actually dispatched on Emerson after an airing of his 1994 PBS documentary, "Jihad In America." He still follows security precautions most people in Western democracies can't comprehend.

If you are one of those who can't comprehend or accept the danger you face, read chapter four to understand how terrorists plan to assassinate people who disagree with them and call for an assault against thinkers, journalists and activists who oppose them.

At the very least, you can expect to be savaged by Muslim organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, who view any opposition to Muslim terrorism as "Islamophobic attacks" and "an on-going right-wing campaign to demonize Muslims and Islam."

So, not only can you expect to be labeled an Islamophobe, racist, Muslim-hater, tool of the Jews, crusader, and a sower of religious disunity, but you can expect Nazi-like intimidation under the guise of freedom of religion for exercising your guaranteed rights.

People in the West must decide whether their fundamental principles concerning government, culture, and civilization are worth preserving. More importantly, citizens of those and other free countries must decide the delicate balance between living safely and the clash of counterintelligence and counterterrorism operational necessities. Basic ideas about privacy, freedoms of religion and expression, and the role of government in identifying, tracking, and stopping terrorists must be evaluated. We must find a way to remain both safe and free.

This threat is not going to go away in your lifetime. The threat is not going to go away because you are too busy to challenge it. Complacency is not an option whether in dealing with the outright terror or with the religious insurgency.

Muslim terrorists are using the freedoms of Western societies to wage a guerrilla-like insurgency with the ultimate goal of the destruction of those societies and the establishment of Al-Kilafah, an Islamic world state. They are also planning on you becoming a Muslim either by choice or by force and submitting to sharia, where the laws of Allah would replace the Constitution. However, Americans are not the only targets. If you are a Jew or Christian, Buddhist or a Hindu, or follow any religion other than Islam living anywhere in the world, you are a target as well. You are a member of dar al Harb, the domain of disbelief. You are harbi, an infidel.

Even being a Muslim is not good enough to keep you off the target list. You have to adhere to an extremely narrow and strict faith and accept the jihadists' interpretations of Islam.

One of those beliefs is that Muslims cannot befriend non-Muslims.

According to one Saudi author, Muslims negate their faith by "befriending the unbelievers, through loving and cooperating with them while knowing they are unbelievers, makes those who are their friends the same as them."

Muslims are told that "the unbelievers, idolaters, and others like them must be hated and despised…we must stay away from them and create barriers between us and them."

These type of "thought bombs," contained in books paid for by a foundation controlled by Saudi King Fahd's father-in-law, and distributed in the United States by the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences (IIASA) are just as, if not more dangerous than, a suicide bomber on a bus in New York or Washington.

These thought bombs are part of both psychological operations outlined directly within the Al-Qaida training manual and elements of systematic, state-supported attacks on non-Islamic governments and religions.

They are the theories that precede the actions.

As Egyptian journalist Dr. Muhammad Abbas, wrote in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Sha'ab following September 11, "The genius of what happened is in its successful transformation from theory to practice. If people are willing to sacrifice their lives, how can America defend itself from these human bombs who at any given moment, anywhere, can cause a truck and a train to collide, set a gas station alight, and set off chemical, biological, and even atomic bombs?"

The theory is martyrdom. The theory is jihad. The theory is a world dominated by Islam.

Again, contrary to all statements from our government, we are in a war that is fully supported, funded, and carried out by members of one specific religion.

No, the Mormons have not provided their bicycle-riding missionaries with Ricin or bioweapons. Neither have the Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalians, Buddhists, Hindus, or the Assembly of God, Seventh Day Adventists, Baptists, Methodists, or Churches of Christ started nuclear or biological weapons programs.

According to the Al-Qaida handbook, "The member of the Organization must be Muslim. How can an unbeliever, someone from a revealed religion (Christian, Jew), a secular person, a communist, etc, protect Islam and Muslims and defend their goals and secrets when he does not believe in that religion [Islam]?"

These are Muslim extremists. They have declared war on the dar al Harb, which includes most of the civilized world.

As Sami Amin Al-Arian, former University of South Florida professor who, along with Ramadan Shallah, another USF professor, ran Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) from his offices in Tampa, told an audience in Cleveland, "continue to damn America, continue to damn Israel, and continue to damn the allies of America and Israel until death."

Mr. Al-Arian also told the same group that, "Going to the Holy Land is not a matter of going for a visit or tourism; rather, it is a matter of going for jihad."

Ayatullah Morteza Mutahhari discusses this need and legitimacy for jihad in a book that is one of many publications sponsored by theIranian government during the annual Daheh-ye Fajr, "Ten-Day Dawn Celebrations," commemorating the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

According to Mutahhari, "Islam is a religion that sees it as its duty and commitment to form an Islamic state. Islam came to reform society and to form a nation and government. Its mandate is the reform of the whole world. Such a religion cannot be indifferent. It cannot be without a law of jihad. In the same way, its government cannot be without an army. While the scope of Christianity is extremely limited, that of Islam is extremely wide. While Christianity does not cross the frontiers of advice, Islam is a religion, which covers all the activities of human life. It has laws, which govern the society, economic laws, and political laws. It came to organize a state, to organize a government. Once this done, how can it remain without an army? How can it be without a law of jihad?"

While the meaning and uses of jihad are debated and disagreed upon within Islam, the meaning of jihad is "war" for those jihadists and states dedicated to the destruction of the West. This war can come from the sword or word, but don't be deceived: You are the target of a war that is being fought now, on your soil.

None other than Ayatollah Khomeini warned: "The governments of the world should know that Islam cannot be defeated. Islam will be victorious in all the countries of the world, and Islam and the teachings of the Koran will prevail all over the world."

Many Americans mocked Khomeini then, yet President Jimmy Carter's emasculated response to Khomeini's successor's abduction of 52 Americans for 444 days is today held as an example of American weakness throughout the Muslim world.

The jihadists believe Allah is on their side, and they plan to wage war until they are victorious against the decadent and cowardly West.


More Islamist Chatter

Homeland Security Net

William's Note: Here's some more un-edited chatter from Islamist web sites. Now, I will be the first to tell you this could be a bunch of "people wishing," but with the long trail of shoddy nuclear weapons security in the old Soviet Union, Pakistan, and the nutcase in North Korea--prudence would seem to require a close look

The latest Al Qaida threat is towards the end of the article

The Next Hit On America -

What They Have Said On The Arabic Forums

Posted 1-30-2004

A danger threatens the world

Does become suitable to us that we dream of the lost peace under the biological war signsThe injustice in our world today has made a destructive terror .

An economic biological war he started its intensity increasing between some of the countries these days .After the anthrax, the foot-and-mouth disease, Sars disease, the exported mad cow, the birds Inflwenza, obscure diseases and what after?

The escape to the space he the solution has some and the escape to the sky he the safest has the another some .Then does he realize the rational who the politicians that the ship that carries us all, was about to the drowning ? or rational politicians did not remain in this afflicted world ? ( or what its state was so ) .

And finally and is not other the world as long as missing the justice then its citizens should not dream of the peace .

And peace be upon you ....................


Who prevents the migrating birds?

Some of the countries started tolling the tocsin and mobilized the armies for the fight of these diseases that can kill millions of the human being as said by one of the officials . As for our Arab world then its armies busy with the chase of the Muslim young man and as if the matter do not concern it .

Then this Europe have closed its borders in the face of the imported birds despite that the migrating birds are from the planter winter of Europe to the warm regions that will return to Europe after the end of the winter there . But this time she may become carrying with it or laden with some destructive diseases .And with it the limits or the dams at it will not benefit no with the blame of the oppressor except himself .


The generous a brother is Badi' Al-ZamanPeace be upon you and the thankfulness of what was presented from a subject that expresses as such coming dangers threaten the human race ... The one that persisted and was used to a truth on the war giving of the peace ( and she a word became consuming ) by the wall middle because of the greeds that allow that this ignorant unfair gets it ... So that he comes a silent faint danger imitating in these diseases and the epidemics and the seeking refuge are by Allah ... And that for it the ability after Allah in a harvest the millions from the human being without free and single she is shot from rifle mouth or a gun ...And under the struggle of the human race with the sons of its skin ... Does this element realize these dangers ... A mother he hits with it the wall middle as the consumed word ( the peace ) !!! And she was truthful when she wondered on the presence of rational politicians in the world ...

An abundant is my greeting of your noble person a brother is Badi' Al-Zaman ...


We assumed a murderous coming hit of the crusaders but what expect that she is their reaction

The In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most MercifulWill they collapse and stop their campaign against the Arab and Islamic countries and a Ytqfoa about the support of Israel ..

Will they carry out the answer of a criminal action with the use of weapons and atomic bombs against the one(s) who blew and tramped from the Muslims .. And regardless of the governments attitude the customer for them ....

The rule will not leave to them the field with the control of the answer of the action but she who will impose on them the handling wayBut there ready spare hits may be to be ready to behaviours not rationality is from the American administration ...

We hope that we hear your opinions

- - - - - - - - - - - - the signing - - - - - - - - - - - -A glory be to oh Allah ! and with your praise I testify to no god except you I seek forgiveness you and repent to you


If there a hit was to America .... And this expected .......

Then she will be an overwhelming hit ... A destructive ...To America any chance does not maintain for the answer

Then the necklace will disperse on America then she will become busy by her state and will turn over

The situation is in Afghanistan and Iraq

God knows best


A brother the dinar,

No the doubt that Allah is capable on the erasure of America from the presence in less than twinkling of an eye with his saying be then is,

And through the consideration of the cosmic ways we see that your expectation is difficult that he was not impossible,

Then how he can the besieged Al-Qaeda men everywhere and by their modest abilities very ( until September events she was not by a miracle ) that they remove a continent who on the presence and drop her with single hit .

The generous a brother,

Our religion orders us the meditation and the mind works what he does not oppose a definitive matter from the sharia . Then I employ your mind and thought about what she wrote and will see that you exaggerated a lot .

And Allah keeps you


And is there a crime the crusaders was not committing her against the Muslims and what might them that they do more than the one who carried out his action then in patience and Shatila the envious crusading west carried out the cutting of the abdomens of the pregnant women and carried out slain babies the slaughter of the ewes, then does he wait the two crosses that we carry out the defence for souls until they commit their crimes or that the fact is that the delinquency of the cross slave was not stop for one day\


A brother is economic ...Allah rewarded you a good

Do she can that she denies that al Qaeda network have inserted nuclear weapons to

America ..Then all he knows that in the Russian republics nuclear weapons

A many have disappeared and she is an expression about bags and have watched some of her pictures

* do she can that she denies that there cooperating with the rule are Americans

Muslims they work in nuclear sensitive places or arsenals

* do can to denies to is there experts belonging to the rule they make

In the computer systems they carry out the sabotage of the systems in the atomic reactors

Also he declared al Qaeda network by that he responsible about the stop of the electricity in America

And London

And there many probabilities we fail in her restriction here

And an acceptance my greetings

Yesterday 23 : 09


And with the same logic I answer you a brother is a dinar,

Then America has atomic bombs by hundreds and these are a matter not doubtful in him and certain and the atomic bombs at the Al-Qaeda a hypothetical .The destructive Alqdratha of the American bombs she is not compared with the portable Russian atomic bombs by the bags .In the sky of Afghanistan by their aeroplanes that can the Americans tour by each freedom carried the nuclear weapon with severe explosion and the aircraft carriers she tours around Afghanistan and can that she is hit any site wanted after Allah will, with button pressure .And as for the computer systems and the possibility of her sabotage and the misuse by her then a matter a mentioned, and a brother generous there protection systems of the sensitive places on above the levels from the complexity and the difficulty of the penetration . Then there a complete knowledge he knows that by the networks protection science and America universities possesses the better minds in the world in this specialization and possesses the better companies of the electronic safety in the world .

With simplicity, then you are the generous a brother Hoolt from the abilities of the rule and reduced the abilities of America in an exaggerated way him very,

And no doubt at me that you did that as a matter of the love and the care and the hope but what so O Saad exports the camels .

Changing the facts do not change her but makes her confrontation impossible and makes the loss an inevitable matter .

And who a Llk said that the rule and America will join in a war until says have

America is bombs and an except .......Then we put suppositions then if she was possible

And she is possible she will grind America ...America Flatghrnk then a hit as a hit

September or stronger America will collapse because America is economy country and you

I saw how some of the company collapsed, and other companies dismissed thousands from

Her employees because of the hits of September, and how much was the loss of the American economy

Because of the disconnection of the electricity about New York period three hours

Then a brother is that the weakest houses are the spiderweb in spite of his accuracy and the present art in him


The reaction signs he what delays al Qaeda network from the execution of the expected hit God willing and the one that God willing a destroyer will be will paralysing the Americans corners where they become as the paralytic man who do not can that he does a thing !!


What is in him a distant thing on an Alalog ...........?

The genie a graduation at any time becomes possible ...........?


Subject: This is the final Urgent letter to the American Administration from Al-Qaida

This is the final Urgent letter to the American Administration fromAl-Qaida

In the name of God the almighty

This will be our final letter and again It is insane avoidingreading the following words with out having a clear, wise and fastdecision.

As soon as possible because time is a critical element in the comingattack and is more important than any time in human history.

We can tell you that the wire has been led up and it's in its finalstages and nothing will stop it but God and the wisdom of the Arabrules and the non Arab rules, we can tell you that we are peoplefrom you and with in you, planning with you and have knowledge ofall your planes.

We warn you that time is running fast so fast that it's gettingharder to turn out the led fire in the wire.

And the out come of the attack will be unbelievable and unexpectedto you.

Upon that any wrong move the administration takes in directing itspolicy will lead you to the (cave of darkness)

And that's the name of the coming operation that will stop the (9)and their people and destroy them forever, although we apologizefrom now to the human race from the hardship that will affect themas an aftermath to the attack, but it is a less hardship for us thanto see continents slaved, we apologize in advance to the Americanpeople and to the European community's but you have stud hand inhand with your governments and left the Jews take control of therest of the world.

The childish playing with earth is not a simple thing, we know thatand we plane things very carefully more careful than you could everimagine and also assessed the deaths expected and their numbers thathumanity can take.

You know that order number (8) has been issued, but you don't knowthat we know, and now we tell you and now you know.

And this order is the last life line and the only chance to dropcold water on the led wire, so let it be that your answer to us befast and with actions from the highest levels in the Americanadministration, and know that we will be all open ears to you and wewill be up to date with your answer once you have decided to takethe right decision from your side.

We know that you didn't go on doing to the world what your doingwith out a long and well study, but we tell you that you don't havemuch time with us and we wont accept any further thinking or moretime, you have started this war not us!

We highly request that the final decision that will come out comesfrom highly respected people in the administration due to the highboiling point that has reached now and the possibility of stoppingthis wheel is still on and is not impossible and you know what wemean.

Upon the following facts mentioned, you know our demands well, butwe will put them down again so that the world will forgive us forwhat will happen soon due to your arrogance and childish acts ofdictatorship and your love of being under the Jewish rule beingslaved under them under all kinds of names.

We here by say, our demands are real and what we ask for is ours,and we wont pull back on the real Christians or Jews, they will findus to be a nation that has believed in God and our religion Islamwhich is the last religion will haven them all under its wings andwill give them more than what they have got from any other religionalthough we don't believe that any other religion beside the threereligions is right.

Our demands,

1. The complete and right away stop of your (masked) invasionof our Islamic lands in any part of the world east or west.

2. Taking out the (illegal immigrants that came back to theland of Palestine) which you have records of all of them in yourarchives.

3. The return of all the Muslim money stolen in (Gold) not inany kind of money note. As we have mentioned to you before.

4. The returning of the old borders known to you and we presson the northern borders.

5. The release of all our prisoners in your jails whom you knowand we know only.

6. The dismantle of the so called (United Nations and itscouncil) in an international decision.

7. We share with you the importance of water and oil and weshare the idea of it staying as it is but the pricing of oil is leftto us and we promise you to make it available at a reasonable pricefor poor and for rich nations.

8. we here by advise you to take fast decisions to stop ordernumber (8), it's the thin line between us and you, and you have toanswer us as soon as possible, as we told you before the glass ofcold water is with in your hands and the wire is in front of you inits final stage to destroying what you have built for years insecret but God has made us be your stopping mountain that appearedupon you, the daylight nightmare that will stand against you, and weknow that the smartest in you wont be able to discover how to dropthe glass of cold water on our wire with out our help, but you willbe forced even if you don't want to. We have given you the solution,so either you are with us or against us, that's your way of thinkingisn't it!

But we know that you are not with us but you will beforced to be (and we have warned). It is not in our morals to attackyou with such a big attack with out a warning, we wont do what youdid to us times and times before under the rule of the devilish treethat was planted by (whom you know) feeding it and giving it waterwith your blessings as you enslaved your self's and your peopleunder their rule.

All you have to do now is to stand up for once a real stand for yourown good and the good of your nation and people that will beattacked by total destruction (cave of darkness), and history willre-write that your punishment was a combined punishment of all thenations that came before you and walked your same path. And you willthen cry like women in your underground caves.

And it will be fair enough for you to see that for us knowing thatyou will run away hiding in your underground caves, we will give youa prior few minutes notice before our blessed attack so that youwill be able to watch your destruction with your own satellite as wewould be by then have passed the sky's of the seventh sky to heavenand your nation to the fires of hell, and what and end for lettingyou govern them and move them to the direction of hell and what adirection!

Praise to God almighty.

Islamic Jihad Brigade(Black Death Squad)8th Squad (Squad of order 8)



Thursday, July 15, 2004

WMD CHatter From Islamist Sites

from HomelandSecurityNet

WMD Threats From Islamist Sites

William's note: Here's "raw" intelligence data from Jill St Claire's site. These are several WMD threat posts--Both Al Hayat and Hareetz have written articles about the increased chatter in Islamist and Islamic chat rooms  ... it is long and disjointed ... and could be crackpots ... still, some of this marries with threats and capabilities
The Al-Qaeda threatens with the doing of an attack ' he shocks the scientist ' against the United States The Islam thinker : the Al-Qaeda Organization threatened with the doing of an attack ' he shocks the scientist ' against the United States .And the threat came in a meeting that took place with Abu Salma Hijazi one of organization leaders, and the meeting took place in a predominant the doubt in Al-Faloga city at a distance of 50 kilometres in the west of Baghdad, as she was informed the newspaper of I Bi Si ' ' the Spanish . And according to what the newspaper mentioned said Hijazi it ' the preparation for a terrific hitting takes place in the utmost of the boldness . And the unbelievers will suffer in this destructive hitting according to our calculations, more than is 100.000 of the losses in the souls ', as he pointed that the execution of the attack will take place through a Ramadan the current, the one that except the affability of days remained of it, saying ' I believe that the attack its execution will take place through the present month, that attack that will shock the scientist ', but it did not announce more details . And Hijazi confirmed also that the Al-Qaeda Network was still strong and effective in spite of the detentions with wide range to the many from its fighters in different world countries . And it's worth mentioning that the United States have carried the Al-Qaeda Organization, that Osama Ben Ladin leads, the responsibility of attacks of 11 September 2001 the one that resulted in 3000 casualties .. The source : -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The nuclear warfare is !!The hitting scenario coming to the base God willing Yes it is the sole solution for the destruction of the crusaders and if we drank the bitterness of the war he kept off it and the nuclear warfare from the destination of my consideration is kinds a many from it the Alzrbat of the chemical and the bacterial one . And so that we imagine now the scenario of some Alzrbat that may establish in Hubal the age and the time idol . What if they sickened one of young man are one of their high buildings and he carries by its hand its packs a French perfume Shahira its workshops contains the anthrax item to the air ¿¿ The drizzle will spread certainly in the areas of the intended city certainly that will not discover the cautious authorities of security in the United States not to a passage except ¿¿¿ After it is too late ¿ ¿ ¿ he will start the injured with the flow to the country hospitals an Aladmi without managing their aid !!! And the spokesman will declare by the house in the name of so the White House accusation eggs of the base with this attack . And after a short time the newscaster Sidhr passes so that he declares that the spokesman is by the Al-Qaeda poison the His Eminence Sheikh / Suleiman Abu Ghaith its officials the Al-Qaeda about the attack . And its His Eminence confirms that the operations this time will not stop till that America declares its defeat and recognizes its withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq and Palestine and the Arabs island . Definitely an Alalog will refuse this in apparent matter and to I name them in the end that will yield to the sparing of their families 's blood He may say some of the languid and with them some of the sympathizers an also ¿¿ America at it I arm it an advanced to the purpose she will revenge in moments We say yes We will die or for the sublimity of believers that not the order such of you we die by its nobles and have cured the grudge good than the death with as camel under the shoes of the crusade foreigner Number scenario ( ) The famous American television declares ( ( a cnn ) ) about a huge explosion in one of biggest American cities and starts the transmission ãä ãæÞÚ the explosion and no still the Americans officials that they declare that the attack was by a polluted bomb and a remoteness observed it for its share that starts so ÔÚÇÚ in the spread and for its share a remoteness for its share increases number of the casualties in the rise and the injuries start in the increase and an Alalog rushes for the escape from the cities that insulted from it the Islamic world and America sends its forces to the revenge toward the dryness of the American blood the cold Alkhnziri an origin He escaped you ¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ !!!!! A hitting it a new shakes them and brings out them from the initiative range ¿ Britain is exposed to an attack from the self kind and their bases in the Arabian Peninsula are exposed to the attacks of the jihad current at the same time so that she is the massacre and the forces of Taliban and mujahid march in Iraq for the dismissal of the invaders and dropping the governments the customer Then will an Imrikaa manage the handling in like so cases A scenario ( ) And he is the severest terror expectations to Zion sons and their allies An atomic bomb that the rule cultivated for example that says a proverb in the evil capital heart is Washington Tkhilo with me how the world state be the dimension of these hitting that America from its stage and its dispersal will go to pieces a small By Allah on you the you wish with me that And who knows This all or at least some of it may happen in a day from the days And the meant is in the narrator abdomen Books it and its imagination / a revolutionary is Allah sword Yes and Allah we wish it Grilling an Almkhthlin concerned that prepare their matters from now and their defence for Hubal the age and its tails from the rulers Abu Osama Alimani REPLY The In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you it God bless you a brother ..Your governor is a new plan One of one of New York skyscrapers Almaghdin climbs and sprays a stronger item from the anthrax .. About what other carry out the explosion of a nuclear bag near the White House in Washington ... About what another carries out the explosion of another bag the nuclear one of America establishments canteens in another city .. And another carries out the explosion of a dirty bomb in Las Vegas .. Meanwhile the explosion of a nuclear bag takes place near the British Parliament and the explosion of Qtha bomb in one of Britain cities .. And she rushes one of jihad groups by explosion operations in Japan .. And another in China About what he carries out the Chechens mujahid by their role in Russia ... And an end .. The two students penetrate through suddenly Iran borders a march towards Iraq and the Arabs island They imagined does the world wake up from the terror of this shrine except and the mujahid all over the world they have transmitted their control ... Definitely no government in America and Britain because it its explosion took place For you my greetings Al-Zubair Alazdi 's father A forum the mujahid With Ben Laden 's directions * * * * * * * * * we continue that trained Manhattan So that we force I am banished America * * * * * * * * and cut its disgraceful evil I O Bush a terrorist * * * * * * * * * * * the triumph iron and the eyetoothö I gathered the day my friends * * * * * * * * * so that we remove your dark night REPLY The In the name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you it A brother is Saif Al-Dawla .. I do not know the reason of this look .. A simple question only ..Who he is expected that Japan declares its surrender in front of America ¿¿ And who was expecting that America withdraws from Somalia ¿¿ And who was expecting that America withdraws from Lebanon ¿¿ And who was expecting that Soviet Union withdraws from Afghanistan and that he ends after a short period ¿¿ And another is from the questions ¿¿¿ Do she know the common connection therefore all .. It is after the will of Allah the power .. We now live in animals society .. On the jungle law .. The survival is for the fittest ..And he changed the powers that do not remain now There we see how became we .. More honourable Europe animals a bestowal at them .. But look at Al Qaeda Network for example .. All of the superpowers are the readiness for this category of thousand consideration .. Look at the mujahid in Chechnya .. Russia fears them despite its liar statements .. Look at the mujahid in Kashmir .. He informed me one of the Indians and he does that with us plenty of the soldiers refuse the departure for Kashmir front fearing of the mujahid .. And another is from the a lot examples .. A brother we and Allah do not dream if the mujahid applied these plans America and another stopped .. Says America that the death of million American does not frighten .. He does not concern .. But in the end they will fear when they see that the mujahid bestowed in their promises and their threats .. Do she know that plenty of the Americans did not fear Manhattan battles ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Because we cultivated in them this the result of our fear which happened ... But an imagination if that Almdahrat and the celebrations prevailed the areas of the Arab and Islamic countries the Americans acquainted its time that all are with the fighting ... But unfortunately that the bubble that the mujahid removed who on America .. We returned we and put it again .. So that America is the strongest power in the world .. How he is understood that we fear America and do not fear Allah ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ An acceptance my greetings Al-Zubair Alazdi 's father A forum the mujahid


Terror in the skies again?

William's Note:  Stupid is as Stupid Does--On the Day DHS kills CAPSII, the airline passenger profiling system--this appears in 
Womens Wall Street Journal

 Terror in the Skies, Again?

By Annie Jacobsen
Note from the E-ditors: You are about to read an account of what happened during a domestic flight that one of our writers, Annie Jacobsen, took from Detroit to Los Angeles. The WWS Editorial Team debated long and hard about how to handle this information and ultimately we decided it was something that should be shared. What does it have to do with finances? Nothing, and everything. Here is Annie's story. 
On June 29, 2004, at 12:28 p.m., I flew on Northwest Airlines flight #327 from Detroit to Los Angeles with my husband and our young son.  Also on our flight were 14 Middle Eastern men between the ages of approximately 20 and 50 years old.  What I experienced during that flight has caused me to question whether the United States of America can realistically uphold the civil liberties of every individual, even non-citizens, and protect its citizens from terrorist threats.
On that Tuesday, our journey began uneventfully. Starting out that morning in Providence, Rhode Island, we went through security screening, flew to Detroit, and passed the time waiting for our connecting flight to Los Angeles by shopping at the airport stores and eating lunch at an airport diner. With no second security check required in Detroit we headed to our gate and waited for the pre-boarding announcement. Standing near us, also waiting to pre-board, was a group of six Middle Eastern men. They were carrying blue passports with Arabic writing. Two men wore tracksuits with Arabic writing across the back. Two carried musical instrument cases - thin, flat, 18" long. One wore a yellow T-shirt and held a McDonald's bag. And the sixth man had a bad leg -- he wore an orthopedic shoe and limped.  When the pre-boarding announcement was made, we handed our tickets to the Northwest Airlines agent, and walked down the jetway with the group of men directly behind us.
My four-year-old son was determined to wheel his carry-on bag himself, so I turned to the men behind me and said, "You go ahead, this could be awhile." "No, you go ahead," one of the men replied. He smiled pleasantly and extended his arm for me to pass. He was young, maybe late 20's and had a goatee.   I thanked him and we boarded the plan.
Once on the plane, we took our seats in coach (seats 17A, 17B and 17C). The man with the yellow shirt and the McDonald's bag sat across the aisle from us (in seat 17E). The pleasant man with the goatee sat a few rows back and across the aisle from us (in seat 21E).  The rest of the men were seated throughout the plane, and several made their way to the back.  
As we sat waiting for the plane to finish boarding, we noticed another large group of Middle Eastern men boarding.  The first man wore a dark suit and sunglasses. He sat in first class in seat 1A, the seat second-closet to the cockpit door.  The other seven men walked into the coach cabin.  As "aware" Americans, my husband and I exchanged glances, and then continued to get comfortable.  I noticed some of the other passengers paying attention to the situation as well.  As boarding continued, we watched as, one by one, most of the Middle Eastern men made eye contact with each other.  They continued to look at each other and nod, as if they were all in agreement about something. I could tell that my husband was beginning to feel "anxious."
The take-off was uneventful.  But once we were in the air and the seatbelt sign was turned off, the unusual activity began. The man in the yellow T-shirt got out of his seat and went to the lavatory at the front of coach -- taking his full McDonald's bag with him.  When he came out of the lavatory he still had the McDonald's bag, but it was now almost empty. He walked down the aisle to the back of the plane, still holding the bag.  When he passed two of the men sitting mid-cabin, he gave a thumbs-up sign.  When he returned to his seat, he no longer had the McDonald's bag.
Then another man from the group stood up and took something from his carry-on in the overhead bin. It was about a foot long and was rolled in cloth.  He headed toward the back of the cabin with the object.  Five minutes later, several more of the Middle Eastern men began using the forward lavatory consecutively. In the back, several of the men stood up and used the back lavatory consecutively as well.
For the next hour, the men congregated in groups of two and three at the back of the plane for varying periods of time. Meanwhile, in the first class cabin, just a foot or so from the cockpit door, the man with the dark suit - still wearing sunglasses - was also standing.  Not one of the flight crew members suggested that any of these men take their seats.
Watching all of this, my husband was now beyond "anxious."  I decided to try to reassure my husband (and maybe myself) by walking to the back bathroom.  I knew the goateed-man I had exchanged friendly words with as we boarded the plane was seated only a few rows back, so  I thought I would say hello to the man to get some reassurance that everything was fine. As I stood up and turned around, I glanced in his direction and we made eye contact.  I threw out my friendliest "remember-me-we-had-a-nice-exchange-just-a-short-time-ago" smile. The man did not  smile back. His face did not move. In fact, the cold, defiant look he gave me sent shivers down my spine.
When I returned to my seat I was unable to assure my husband that all was well. My husband immediately walked to the first class section to talk with the flight attendant.  "I might be overreacting, but I've been watching some really suspicious things..."  Before he could finish his statement, the flight attendant pulled him into the galley. In a quiet voice she explained that they were all concerned about what was going on. The captain was aware. The flight attendants were passing notes to each other. She said that there were people on board "higher up than you and me watching the men." My husband returned to his seat and relayed this information to me. He was feeling slightly better. I was feeling much worse. We were now two hours into a four-in-a-half hour flight.
Approximately 10 minutes later, that same flight attendant came by with the drinks cart. She leaned over and quietly told my husband there were federal air marshals sitting all around us. She asked him not to tell anyone and explained that she could be in trouble for giving out that information. She then continued serving drinks.
About 20 minutes later the same flight attendant returned. Leaning over and whispering, she asked my husband to write a description of the yellow-shirted man sitting across from us. She explained it would look too suspicious if she wrote the information. She asked my husband to slip the note to her when he was done. 
After seeing 14 Middle Eastern men board separately (six together, eight individually) and then act as a group, watching their unusual glances, observing their bizarre bathroom activities, watching them congregate in small groups, knowing that the flight attendants and the pilots were seriously concerned, and now knowing that federal air marshals were on board, I was officially terrified.. Before I'm labeled a racial profiler or -- worse yet -- a racist, let me add this. A month ago I traveled to India to research a magazine article I was writing. My husband and I flew on a jumbo jet carrying more than 300 Hindu and Muslim men and women on board.  We traveled throughout the country and stayed in a Muslim village 10 miles outside Pakistan. I never once felt fearful. I never once felt unsafe. I never once had the feeling that anyone wanted to hurt me.  This time was different.
Finally, the captain announced that the plane was cleared for landing. It had been four hours since we left Detroit. The fasten seat belt light came on and I could see downtown Los Angeles. The flight attendants made one final sweep of the cabin and strapped themselves in for landing. I began to relax. Home was in sight.
Suddenly, seven of the men stood up -- in unison -- and walked to the front and back lavatories. One by one, they went into the two lavatories, each spending about four minutes inside. Right in front of us, two men stood up against the emergency exit door, waiting for the lavatory to become available. The men spoke in Arabic among themselves and to the man in the yellow shirt sitting nearby. One of the men took his camera into the lavatory. Another took his cell phone. Again, no one approached the men. Not one of the flight attendants asked them to sit down.  I watched as the man in the yellow shirt, still in his seat, reached inside his shirt and pulled out a small red book. He read a few pages, then put the book back inside his shirt.  He pulled the book out again, read a page or two more, and put it back.  He continued to do this several more times.
I looked around to see if any other passengers were watching. I immediately spotted a distraught couple seated two rows back. The woman was crying into the man's shoulder.  He was holding her hand.  I heard him say to her, "You've got to calm down." Behind them sat the once pleasant-smiling, goatee-wearing man.  
I grabbed my son, I held my husband's hand and, despite the fact that I am not a particularly religious person, I prayed. The last man came out of the bathroom, and as he passed  the man in the yellow shirt he ran his forefinger across his neck and mouthed the word "No." 
The plane landed. My husband and I gathered our bags and quickly, very quickly, walked up the jetway. As we exited the jetway and entered the airport, we saw many, many men in dark suits.  A few yards further out into the terminal, LAPD agents ran past us, heading for the gate.  I have since learned that the representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Federal Air Marshals (FAM), and the Transportation Security Association (TSA) met our plane as it landed.  Several men -- who I presume were the federal air marshals on board -- hurried off the plane and directed the 14 men over to the side.
Knowing what we knew, and seeing what we'd seen, my husband and I decided to talk to the authorities. For several hours my husband and I were interrogated by the FBI. We gave sworn statement after sworn statement.  We wrote down every detail of our account. The interrogators seemed especially interested in the McDonald's bag, so we repeated in detail what we knew about the McDonald's bag. A law enforcement official stood near us, holding 14 Syrian passports in his hand. We answered more questions. And finally we went home. 
Home Sweet Home The next day, I began searching online for news about the incident.  There was nothing.  I asked a friend who is a local news correspondent if there were any arrests at LAX that day.  There weren't.  I called Northwest Airlines' customer service. They said write a letter.  I wrote a letter, then followed up with a call to their public relations department.  They said they were aware of the situation (sorry that happened!) but legally they have 30 days to reply.
I shared my story with a few colleagues. One mentioned she'd been on a flight with a group of foreign men who were acting strangely -- they turned out to be diamond traders.  Another had heard a story on National Public Radio (NPR) shortly after 9/11 about a group of Arab musicians who were having a hard time traveling on airplanes throughout the U.S. and couldn't get seats together.  I took note of these two stories and continued my research. Here are excerpts from an article written by Jason Burke, Chief Reporter, and published in The Observer (a British newspaper based in London) on February 8, 2004:

Terrorist bid to build bombs in mid-flight: Intelligence reveals dry runs of new threat to blow up airliners
"Islamic militants have conducted dry runs of a devastating new style of bombing on aircraft flying to Europe, intelligence sources believe.
The tactics, which aim to evade aviation security systems by placing only components of explosive devices on passenger jets, allowing militants to assemble them in the air, have been tried out on planes flying between the Middle East, North Africa and Western Europe, security sources say.
...The... Transportation Security Administration issued an urgent memo detailing new threats to aviation and warning that terrorists in teams of five might be planning suicide missions to hijack commercial airliners, possibly using common items...such as cameras, modified as weapons.
...Components of IEDs [improvised explosive devices]can be smuggled on to an aircraft, concealed in either clothing or personal carry-on items... and assembled on board. In many cases of suspicious passenger activity, incidents have taken place in the aircraft's forward lavatory."
So here's my question: Since the FBI issued a warning to the airline industry to be wary of groups of five men on a plane who might be trying to build bombs in the bathroom, shouldn't a group of  14 Middle Eastern men be screened before boarding a flight? 
Apparently not. Due to our rules against discrimination, it can't be done. During the 9/11 hearings last April, 9/11 Commissioner John Lehman stated that " was the policy (before 9/11) and I believe remains the policy today to fine airlines if they have more than two young Arab males in secondary questioning because that's discriminatory." 
So even if Northwest Airlines searched two of the men on board my Northwest flight, they couldn't search the other 12 because they would have already filled a government-imposed quota.
I continued my research by reading an article entitled Arab Hijackers Now Eligible For Pre-Boarding from Ann Coulter ( 

"On September 21, as the remains of thousands of Americans lay smoldering at Ground Zero, [Secretary of Transportation Norman] Mineta fired off a letter to all U.S. airlines forbidding them from implementing the one security measure that could have prevented 9/11: subjecting Middle Eastern passengers to an added degree of pre-flight scrutiny. He sternly reminded the airlines that it was illegal to discriminate against passengers based on their race, color, national or ethnic origin or religion." 
Coulter also writes that a few months later, at Mr. Mineta's behest, the Department of Transportation (DOT) filed complaints against United Airlines and American Airlines (who, combined, had lost 8 pilots, 25 flight attendants and 213 passengers on 9/11 - not counting the 19 Arab hijackers).  In November 2003, United Airlines settled their case with the DOT for $1.5 million. In March 2004, American Airlines settled their case with the DOT for $1.5 million. The DOT also charged Continental Airlines with discriminating against passengers who appeared to be Arab, Middle Eastern or Muslim. Continental Airlines settled their complaint with the DOT in April of 2004 for $.5 million.   From what I witnessed, Northwest Airlines doesn't have to worry about Norman Mineta filing a complaint against them for discriminatory, secondary screening of Arab men. No one checked the passports of the Syrian men. No one inspected the contents of the two instrument cases or the McDonald's bag. And no one checked the limping man's orthopedic shoe. In fact, according to the TSA regulations, passengers wearing an orthopedic shoe won't be asked to take it off.  As their site states, "Advise the screener if you're wearing orthopedic shoes...screeners should not be asking you to remove your orthopedic shoes at any time during the screening process. "  (Click here to read the TSA website policy on orthopedic shoes and other medical devices.)
I placed a call to the TSA and talked to Joe Dove, a Customer Service Supervisor. I told him how we'd eaten with metal utensils moments in an airport diner before boarding the flight and how no one checked our luggage or the instrument cases being carried by the Middle Eastern men. Dove's response was, "Restaurants in secured areas -- that's an ongoing problem. We get that complaint often. TSA gets that complaint all the time and they haven't worked that out with the FAA. They're aware of it. You've got a good question. There may not be a reasonable answer at this time, I'm not going to BS you."
At the Detroit airport no one checked our IDs. No one checked the folds in my newspaper or the content's of my son's backpack.  No one asked us what we'd done during our layover, if we bought anything, or if anyone gave us anything while we were in the airport. We were asked all of these questions (and many others ) three weeks earlier when we'd traveled in Europe -- where passengers with airport layovers are rigorously questioned and screened before boarding any and every flight. In Detroit no one checked who we were or what we carried on board a 757 jet liner bound for American's largest metropolis.
Two days after my experience on Northwest Airlines flight #327 came this notice from SBS TV, The World News, July 1, 2004: 

"The U.S. Transportation and Security Administration has issued a new directive which demands pilots make a pre-flight announcement banning passengers from congregating in aisles and outside the plane's toilets. The directive also orders flight attendants to check the toilets every two hours for suspicious packages."
Through a series of events, The Washington Post heard about my story. I talked briefly about my experience with a representative from the newspaper. Within a few hours I received a call from Dave Adams, the Federal Air Marshal Services (FAM) Head of Public Affairs. Adams told me what he knew: 
There were 14 Syrians on NWA flight #327. They were questioned at length by FAM, the FBI and the TSA upon landing in Los Angeles. The 14 Syrians had been hired as musicians to play at a casino in the desert. Adams said they were "scrubbed." None had arrest records (in America, I presume), none showed up on the FBI's "no fly" list or the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List. The men checked out and they were let go. According to Adams, the 14 men traveled on Northwest Airlines flight #327 using one-way tickets. Two days later they were scheduled to fly back on jetBlue from Long Beach, California to New York -- also using one-way tickets.
I asked Adams why, based on the FBI's credible information that terrorists may try to assemble bombs on planes, the air marshals or the flight attendants didn't do anything about the bizarre behavior and frequent trips to the lavatory.  "Our FAM agents have to have an event to arrest somebody. Our agents aren't going to deploy until there is an actual event," Adams explained. He said he could not speak for the policies of Northwest Airlines.
So the question is... Do I think these men were musicians? I'll let you decide. But I wonder, if 19 terrorists can learn to fly airplanes into buildings, couldn't 14 terrorists learn to play instruments?
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Countdown To The Next Strike Within America--Mass Destruction By Other Means

This is part 5 of 5

By William Webb

Mass Destruction By Other Means

While the evidence that Muslim extremists plan to use WMDs against the West is overwhelming, there are other operations planned that could result in similarly massive destruction and hundreds of thousands of casualties. These operations have been planned, attempted or thwarted before and should come as no surprise when one or more is actually carried out. As bin Laden said in an interview on Al Jazeera, “They never understand until they are hit on the head.” To understand the likely type of operation planned, you need to listen to bin Laden: “America is a great power possessed of tremendous military might and a wide-ranging economy, but all this is built upon an unstable foundation that can be targeted, with special attention to its obvious weak spots. If it is hit in one hundredth of those spots, God willing, it will stumble, wither away and relinquish world leadership.”

Bin Laden is using asymmetrical warfare to conduct strategic acts of terror. The pundits and critics who think the aim was just to terrorize or destroy have completely missed the point. While the attacks themselves were horrible and caused mass destruction, it was the damage to the economy that Al-Qaida sought.

While many believe we will see suicide bombings, shootings, and other low-level forms of terror from “friends of Al-Qaida,” the big multinational terrorist groups will focus on events designed to strike at our economy and government.

Their goal is the destruction of your way of life.

Bin Laden chose the 9/11 targets personally. He understood the criticality of the airline industry and the ripple effect it would have on other parts of the economy. He understood the economic impact of taking down the twin towers.

With the pressure the war on terror has put on Al-Qaida and other terror groups, you can expect the next attack on the United States to be both large-scale and deadly. It will be designed to have serious economic consequences as well as kill many more people than on 9/11. Of the non-WMD scenarios, the two most likely are an attack against a nuclear generating facility or a chemical complex.

As stated earlier, crashing an airliner into a nuclear power plant was one the initial plans for 9/11. As KSM told Yosri Fouda, “We first thought of striking a couple of nuclear facilities but decided against it for fear it would go out of control—It was eventually decided to leave out nuclear targets—for now

There is growing evidence that later may be upon us. President Bush said in a speech in his January 2002 State of the Union that “diagrams of American nuclear power plants” have been found among the items left by terrorists in Afghanistan.

On January 31, 2002 Bill Gertz broke a story in the Washington Times and reported: “U.S. intelligence agencies have issued an internal alert that Islamic terrorists are planning another spectacular attack to rival those carried out on September 11.

“The detailed warning was issued within the past two weeks in a classified report that said one target was a U.S. nuclear power plant or one of the Energy Department’s nuclear facilities.”

Unfortunately it appears that the actual security from either a ground or air assault against United States nuclear power plants is lacking. Representatives Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and John Dingell (D-MI) issued a GAO report in September 2003 that found serious weaknesses in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) oversight of security at civilian nuclear reactors.

“It is stunning that the NRC still isn’t assuring the safety of the millions of Americans who live near the 104 licensed nuclear reactors two years after the attacks of September 11,” Markey said. “The “GAO has documented a disturbing pattern of lax NRC oversight and attention to security at these sensitive facilities that are at the very top of Al-Qaida’s list for future attacks.”

Among the findings of this report, two years after 9/11, and after a growing body of evidence suggests the high priority and likelihood of an attack against a civilian reactor, were that NRC routinely minimized the significance of security problems by classifying them as “non-cited violations.”

And what is a non-cited violation? The report told of guards sleeping on duty, failing to escort visitors in sensitive areas, failing to properly search people who had set off detection equipment, and falsifying official logs of security checks.

Even more disturbing were the findings concerning the force-on-force exercises of how well a nuclear plant might defend against a real-life threat. Apparently 52 of 55 sites that ran the exercises used up to 80 percent more guards than are typically present at the sites. The sites used mock terrorist who are not trained in terrorist techniques, such as other security guards and staff members. They also used unrealistic weapons such as rubber guns during the simulations.

These shortcomings could come as no surprise. There have been countless warnings in the media, before congressional committees, and in hundreds of articles since 9/11.

David Orrik, director of the NRC’s Operational Safeguards Response Evaluation program, told the Los Angeles Times “from 1991 to 2000, anti-terrorist exercises showed ‘a potential vulnerability’ at nearly 50 percent of the 68 plants tested. In simulated sabotage exercises, government employees or contractors attempt to breach plant security and get close to the reactor core. Severe damage to a core could allow the release of enough radiation to endanger the public.”

After much argument within the media, the NRC also had to admit that most of the reactors in the United States were not built to withstand the crash of a Boeing 757 or 767 into the reactor dome or supporting infrastructure. And what could you expect if terrorists succeed in attacking a nuclear reactor?

According to Daniel Hirsch writing in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, “A typical nuclear power plant contains within its core about 1,000 times the long-lived radioactivity released by the Hiroshima bomb. The spent fuel pools at nuclear power plants typically contain some multiple of that—several Chernobyls’ worth.”

This amount of radioactivity essentially makes every nuclear reactor a colossal dirty bomb that has the potential to contaminate an enormous area with a radioactive cloud. Hirsch quoted an earlier study in which the “NRC estimated years ago that a meltdown at one of the San Onofre reactors in Southern California could produce 130,000 ‘prompt’ fatalities, 300,000 latent cancers, and 600,000 genetic defects. Analyses for other reactors performed by Sandia National Laboratories for the NRC estimated damages up to $314 billion in 1980 dollars (the equivalent of about $700 billion today).”

How much danger do you face? An Al Akhbar editorial states: “America thinks it is distant from this danger, but it would seem that it has forgotten—or pretends it has forgotten—September 11, 2001, which exposed its weakness! It is not out of reach of anyone!” This certainly appears true when comes to the vulnerability of our nuclear facilities.

Unfortunately, it may be true should terrorists strike a chemical plant within the United States. Following 9/11, there were hundreds of stories about the vulnerabilities of various chemical plants within the United States. Many of them gave specific vulnerabilities and could be used by terrorists in planning and conducting attacks against the facilities mentioned. I tend to agree with Senator Tom Daschle who said, “I worry about our chemical facilities and what could happen were an attack to be launched against one of our toxic chemical storage facilities. There are so many points of vulnerability—that would be number one.”

The Charlotte Observer asks “Who’s really prepared for a chemical terrorist attack on U.S. soil? Just about nobody, apparently.”

Numerous studies have estimated that up to 2 million people could be killed, depending on the location of the plant.

As former Senator Gary Hart said, “the 15,000 facilities around the country that produce, use, or store significant quantities of toxic chemicals present attractive targets for terrorists. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 100 of these plants, especially those near urban areas could endanger a million or more Americans if attacked. In 2001, the Armys surgeon general reportedly ranked this health risk second only to a widespread biological attack. Earlier this year, the National Infrastructure Protection Center warned that Al-Qaida might target chemical facilities in the United States as part of its terror campaign. And Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has said that the administration is concerned that terrorists could turn a chemical facility “into a weapon.”

Despite that recognition, President Bush supports legislation that urges only voluntary security measures on the part of chemical companies, without any government oversight whatsoever

The idea of turning something like a nuclear power plant or chemical facility into a weapon is already being considered by terrorists. How safe do you want to be? How much danger do you really face?

From the immediate terrorist threat, hopefully and regrettably, you have come to realize that you and your loved ones will remain a target for years to come. While it is true that if you live in the mountains of North Carolina or a farm in Ohio, or anywhere in small-town or rural America, the chances of being killed or injured are remote, the coming attacks will affect your way of life. The attacks will be aimed to cause maximum economic and political damage.

Al-Qaida and other religiously inspired terrorist groups have declared war on you and everything you represent.

An Al Jazeera guest said, “the relations between America and us differ from the relations between us and all the other peoples or nations. These are relations between two [very] different nations: One is a nation that was chosen by Allah, who tested it and purified it with disasters so that it will atone for its sins. Allah is using that nation in order to wave the banner of truth and justice on the face of the earth. This is our nation. There is also a tyrannous and evil nation that Allah is manipulating, unbeknownst to it, until it reaches the end to which it is sentenced—the same end that was the lot of all the nations of heresy, tyranny, and aggression.”

It is this belief of Muslim terrorists that they are somehow acting out the will of the Divine, that guarantees the war will continue and that more horror is to come for the West.


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

100,000 dead--WMDs--The coming strike on America--Part 4

William's Note: Sources have told me that the intelligence briefings given to select members of congress talk about plans for 100,000-plus casualties, WMD use (although analysts fail to use the N-word), and a general plan of horrors that the average American can't comprehend. This is part four of a series of six.

As many have written in the past, it is time for all Americans to become vigilant. The cells are already here. We need people looking. The un-classified version given to the media is in the articles section of

Countdown to the next big strike in America--Part 4

Weapons of Mass Destruction-Chemical and Biological Weapons

by William Webb

Interrogation of captured Al-Qaida leaders and examination of evidence from safe houses in Afghanistan and other places around the globe has prompted Western governments to place chemical and biological terrorism at the top of the probability matrix for the next big terrorist strike against the West.

The possibilities for types and uses of chemical or biological attacks alone could fill an entire book. In a pre-9/11 study, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists “several categories of chemical agents as presenting enough of a threat to require active public health planning. These include nerve agents, such as tabun (ethyl N, N-dimethylphosphoramidocyanidate), Sarin (isopropyl methylphosphanofluoridate), soman (pinacolyl methyl phosphonofluoridate), GF (cyclohexylmethylphosphonofluoridate), and VX (o-ethyl-[S]-[2-isopropylaminoethyl]-methylphosphonothiolate).

“They include blood agents such as hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen chloride; and blister agents such as lewisite (an aliphatic arsenic compound, 2-chlorovinyldichloroarsine), nitrogen and sulfur mustards, and phosgene oxime. And, they include pulmonary agents like phosgene, chlorine, and vinyl chloride; and incapacitating agents like BZ (3-quinuclidinyl benzilate);

“Other agents on the CDC’s list are more commercial in character. They include heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury; and volatile toxins like benzene, chloroform, and trihalomethanes. Other agents include explosive nitro compounds and oxidizers, such as ammonium nitrate combined with fuel oil. They include pulmonary agents like phosgene, chlorine, and vinyl chloride; persistent and nonpersistent pesticides; and dioxins, furans, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). They include flammable industrial gases and liquids like gasoline, propane; and poison industrial gases, liquids, and solids, like the cyanides, and nitriles. Finally, they include corrosive industrial acids and bases like nitric and sulfuric acid. ”

It is a veritable witches brew of deadly possibilities. The world has already witnessed a preview with sarin gas attacks in a residential neighborhood in Matsumoto, Japan in June 1994 that killed seven people and injured 500, and again in a Japanese subway in March 1995, which killed 12 and injured more than 1,000. The group responsible for the atrocities, Aum Shinrikyo, bought the formula for sarin from a Russian and successfully manufactured and tested it in a lab in Western Australia.

Not to be forgotten are the results of Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against the Iranians during their protracted war and their use once again, against Iraqi Kurd civilians.

Chemical weapons are available from numerous pro-Islamic regimes including Syria, Iran, former Iraqis supporters of Sad am Hussein who are still on the run and active in the resistance, Sudan, Libya, Pakistan, and remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

According to Western intelligence and public sources, a chapter of Al-Qaida’s voluminous 5,000-page Encyclopedia of Jihad is devoted to the manufacturing and production of chemical and biological weapons.

According to CNN correspondent Mike Boettcher, “The information in them, according to former Special Operations people who have seen them, is very good and very detailed …The manual on chemical and biological warfare did come as a surprise. It was not known that they had put together a volume that was a repository of their knowledge of chemical and biological weapons. It should be pointed out that the chem-bio manual instructs operatives in the manufacture of agents that can be easily put together in the field with ingredients readily available.”

That Al-Qaida already had plans to use chemical weapons in Europe is a fact. In November 2002, British MI5 agents arrested three Muslims in a plot to use cyanide gas in an attack on the London subway.

While one of the deputy prime ministers denied the story reported by The Sunday Times and others, several other people were arrested in neighboring countries in apparently connected plots. Other plots were uncovered involving cyanide in Paris and Rome. In Rome, four Moroccan Muslim extremists were arrested with 8.8 lbs of a cyanide compound and maps of the city’s reservoir and entrances to the U.S. embassy.

There have been chemical threats in United States the as well. Both the Washington, D.C. and New York subway systems received credible threats, one that was part of the reason of a raised alert level earlier in 2003.

As an element of the investigation of a suspected Al-Qaida training camp in Bly, Oregon, federal agents arrested Semi Osman, a Lebanese national and Imam, or prayer leader, at a now-defunct fundamentalist mosque in Seattle. Osman had ties to radical Sheik Abu Hamza al-Masri, one of Al-Qaida’s leading recruiters in London and the person believed to be behind the Oregon training camp.

Among the many items confiscated when Osman was arrested were “additional firearms, military field manuals, papers by Abu Hamza, instructions on poisoning water supplies, a visa application to Yemen and various other items associated with Islamic radicalism.”

Captured Al-Qaida operatives have spoken of plans and training for using chemicals to poison water supplies and to pump poison gases through the intake vents of large buildings.

Pentagon officials concluded that lab equipment confiscated by U.S. forces in Afghanistan probably indicated that Al-Qaida had acquired everything it needed for a very limited production of both chemical and biological agents. Of course the most chilling reminder of Al-Qaida’s desire to use chemical weapons are the infamous puppy tapes carried on CNN in August of 2002. The captured tapes show dogs being gassed by what intelligence experts believed to be hydrogen cyanide or a crude nerve agent.

Ahmad Rassam, the terrorist who pled guilty to plotting to bomb the Los Angeles Airport, LAX, during the time of millennium celebrations said in court that he also had witnessed the gassing of a dog with cyanide while in training in Afghanistan.

Like dirty bombs, chemical weapons can be constructed and delivered quite easily depending on the agent. The fact that Al-Qaida and other groups have easy access to the weapons and have already gained religious justification to use them places chemical weapons very high on the threat pyramid.

Of even greater concern, are biological weapons. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who along with President Bill Clinton started the Hart-Rudman Commission whose reports read like prophecy today, wrote in The American Enterprise “the greatest threat to the human race over the next 30 to 50 years is an engineered infectious biological weapon.”

Fortunately, terrorists do not seem to have acquired either the expertise or the biological agents—yet—for a catastrophic strike, but their ability to cause terror and death with biological weapons must not be underestimated. The main problem with bio weapons is similar to that of chemical weapons.

There are many sources of expertise and weapons from countries sympathetic to Muslim and anti-Western causes. These include the usual suspects: Iran, Syria, former members of the former Iraqi regime, North Korea, Sudan, Libya, and former Muslim members of Russia’s enormous bio-weapons programs.

Investigations into the activities of the 19 hijackers of 9/11 revealed that Mohamed Atta, Zacarias Moussaoui, and others actively researched and sought information and materials on acquiring, operating, and flying crop dusters to spread chemical or biological agents.

America experienced bio-war on a small scale with the mail anthrax attack in September and October 2001. The attack killed five people and caused many more to be ill. The perpetrators hadn’t been caught as of fall 2003.

Although the perpetrators remain a mystery, the attacks are significant because as Stephen Younger, director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said Al-Qaida’s main interest in biological weapons seems to be focused on anthrax. Western societies can expect further attempts too use anthrax as a weapon.

Liberating forces in Afghanistan found a biological weapons lab that was apparently built to produce anthrax, but the rout of the Taliban prevented weapons to be made in that particular lab.

Other sources suggested that five of the 19 labs discovered throughout Afghanistan did test positive for anthrax. More importantly, a “well-placed,” U.S. intelligence source said that evidence was found indicating one or more former Russian scientist were helping Al-Qaida to weaponize anthrax.

Other documents seized in Afghanistan showed Al-Qaida conducting research on botulism toxins that had a capacity of killing at least 2,000 people at a time. The DEBKA FILE, an online newsletter that purportedly receives Israeli intelligence input, reported that Iraqi military instructors trained between 150-250 Al-Qaida members in the use of chemical and biological weapons and possibly in the handling of nuclear devices. The training took place in northern Iraq.

None of these instances should come as a surprise. Al-Qaida’s chemical and biological aspirations have been well-documented as far back as the early 1990s. The trial of “the returnees from Albania,” a group of jihadists on trial in Egypt, should have given somebody cause for concern. The lawyer for several of the defendants, Muntasir al-Zayyat, said during the trial in 1999 that bin Laden had chemical and biological weapons and planned to use them against the United States. One of the defendants, Ahmad Salama Mabruk, stated that Al-Qaida had purchased chemical weapons from “European states and the former Soviet Union during a two-year period prior to 1998.”

Other defendants were more specific. They testified that Al-Qaida received ebola virus and salmonella from former Muslim-sympathetic republics of the former Soviet Union, anthrax from East Asia, and botulinum toxin from the Czech Republic.

This time period, between 1996-1998 was about the time that memos found by a British reporter in 2001 were written. The memos, believed to be files of Ayman al-Zawahiri, outlined both his chemical and biological program, codenamed “curdled milk.” He was assisted by Midhat al-Mursi, a chemical engineer. The files outlined several projects including one to increase absorption of pesticides. They also outlined the results of test on dogs and rabbits.

Two men currently run Al-Qaida’s biological and chemical programs: Abu Musaab al Zarqawi and Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah. Al Zarqawi is a Jordanian-Palestinian who fled an Al Ansar camp in Iraq during the start of the 2003 war with Iraq. Intelligence sources say he received extensive training in terror techniques at Iraq’s Salman Pak special weapons facility.

Bill Gertz reported for the Washington Times in June 2003 that Al Zarqawi had fled to Iran and was being protected by the Iranian government. Intelligence sources say that Al Zarqawi established the base in Bayara in the Kurdish northern Iraq that was decimated by an allied air strike during the war. He allegedly supervised the relocation of almost 200 Al-Qaida fugitives from Afghanistan to southern Lebanon. His movements between Baghdad, Bayara, Damascus, and Beirut before the war are what helped prompt both President Bush and Secretary of State Powell’s statements concerning the connection between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaida. He is also believed to be responsible for the killing of Laurence Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah is on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists for his part in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The Israelis also want him, because while it is known that Mohammed Fazul actually led the bombing against the Mombasa Palace hotel, and the attempted shoot-down with a shoulder-launched missile of an Arkia airliner with 270 people aboard, Abdullah was the mastermind.

Intelligence sources believe while al Zarqawi continues to wreak havoc in Iraq, Abdullah has been tasked to perform another large-scale strike within the United States.


Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Blog Crash--Have Patience

We had a blog crash that has screwed up the comments/typestyle etc.... we'll keep posting and get re-linked over the next few days

Countdown to the next big strike in America--Part 3

Weapons of Mass Destruction—Dirty Bombs

by William Webb

A dirty bomb is made from a conventional, high explosive core surrounded by a container packed with radioactive material such as Cesium-137, Cobalt 60, or Americium. The resulting explosion would not be a nuclear reaction, but would spread radioactive debris over a wide area. It is almost certain that terrorists will use a dirty bomb in future strikes.

While even the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission seems to downplay the consequences of a dirty bomb stating on its web site, “A dirty bomb is in no way similar to a nuclear weapon. The presumed purpose of its use would be therefore not as a Weapon of Mass Destruction but rather as a Weapon of Mass Disruption,” the consequences could be very disruptive indeed.

Al-Qaida operations chief Abu Zubaydah has claimed to interrogators that not only did the terrorist group know how to build a dirty bomb but the group may have already positioned one within the United States.

While the deaths caused by a dirty bomb would vary according to the type and quantity of radioactive waste used, the economic consequences of the clean-up or evacuation of the contaminated area could be astronomical. Dr. Steven Koonin of the California Institute of Technology told a CBS news reporter that a strong enough cloud spread over a mile would make the area completely uninhabitable.

Dr. Henry Kelly of the Federation of American Scientists assessed dirty bomb scenarios in both Manhattan and Washington, D.C. stating that a bomb set off in lower Manhattan would spread more than 300 blocks up to Central Park. Depending on the radiation used, demolition might be necessary. Kelly estimates the damages to be more than $2 trillion. In the Washington scenario, “A likely target might be somewhere along Pennsylvania Avenue, with the White House at one end and the Capitol at the other. For maximum impact, experts say, the bomb would be placed in the middle. A bomb set off at the corner of 10th Street and Pennsylvania could contaminate the FBI headquarters, the Justice Department, and possibly the Commerce and Treasury Departments—depending on the weather that day.

The FBI has already thwarted one dirty bomb plot within the United States since 9/11. Jose Padilla, aka Abdullah al Muhajir, an American citizen, Latino gang member, and convert to Islam, sits in a brig in Charleston, South Carolina charged with conspiring to launch a “dirty bomb” attack within the U.S. According to an Associated Press report quoting a memo from Michael Mobbs of the DOJ, Padilla “approached senior Al-Qaida lieutenant Abu Zubaydah with a proposal to conduct terrorist attacks within the United States. “Zubaydah, who is now in the custody of the U.S. military, directed Padilla to travel to Pakistan for training in wiring explosives from Al-Qaida operatives. There, Padilla researched how to construct a dirty bomb. Mobbs writes in the memo that Padilla met with Al-Qaida officials twice. In 2002, he and Al-Qaida officials discussed the possibility of blowing up gas stations or hotels in a series of coordinated attacks on the United States,” the memo states.

While neither as dramatic or destructive as a true nuclear explosion, the dirty bomb poses a greater probability of being used simply due to ease of construction and the availability of nuclear waste. An excellent PBS NOVA special aired in February 2002 featured Dr. Abel Gonzalez, head of Radiation Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency based in Austria, who told of when his group was called to investigate the radiation poisoning of two Georgian woodcutters in December 2001.

Upon investigation, Dr. Gonzalez found the men had slept beside two warm, metal canisters. According to PBS, “Radiation detectors indicated that the cylinders contained concentrated strontium-90, which emits beta radiation. Beta radiation is a spray of fast-moving electrons that can pass through thin layers of material, including skin. When beta particles interact with matter, they generate an intense heat. Strontium-90 metal has been known to spontaneously ignite.

“The metal cylinders were hot enough to melt snow. And small wonder, because each one contained a substantial percentage of all the strontium spewed out across Europe during the Chernobyl accident.” Upon further investigation, Dr. Gonzalez found that the Russians had built thousands of nuclear generators that could power lighthouse and navigational aids for airplanes and ships. The radiothermal generators, or RTGs, fueled by pure strontium-90 whose 800-degree heat was used to generate the electricity, are strewn over the entire country.

The sobering truth to this one reported incident is that there are literally millions of unprotected sources of radioactive material in the world today. Charles Ferguson of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates there are more than 2 million radioactive sources in the United States of which 200,000 actually present a “high security risk.”

Captured documents in Afghanistan and interrogations of Al-Qaida prisoners seem to reaffirm the creation of a dirty bomb as a very high priority. A Sunday Times of London article by Adam Nathan and David Leppard tells of a meeting between Bulgarian businessman Ivan Ivanov and bin Laden in April of 2001 to discuss setting up an environmental company to buy nuclear waste. A Pakistani chemical engineer who wanted to buy nuclear fuel rods from the Kozlodui reactor in Bulgaria also approached Ivanov.

In June 2002, United Press International reported that the Russia Federal Security Service thwarted an Al-Qaida attempt to acquire 11 lbs of radioactive thallium from devices used on decommissioned Russian submarines.

While certainly not as catastrophic as a nuclear blast, the probability of a dirty bomb used against innocent civilians in a Western city is almost a certainty.


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