Category Archives: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Smuggling of nuclear materials detected in Republic of Georgia has ominous implications

21 June 2007: There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the possibility of a nuclear attack on American soil, especially in consideration of missing and stolen nuclear material that becomes available on the black market. Most intelligence experts believe that such materials and components – if not devices themselves – have already been smuggled into the U.S.
To underscore the fact that nuclear material intended for weapons use is being smuggled from countries that used to be part of the former Soviet Union, reports yesterday originating from the Republic of Georgia confirm that a vehicle carrying plutonium mixed with beryllium attempted to cross into Georgia from Azerbaijan. Georgian border personnel conducting a routine check of vehicles entering the country from Azerbaijan found one car carrying the nuclear material after detecting a high amount of radiation coming from the vehicle. Because of the inability of Georgian officials to handle the nuclear material, they simply turned the vehicle away, forcing it to go back to Azerbaijan. It is unclear where officials in Azerbaijan were alerted of the traffic stop.

The origin of the nuclear material and other details were not immediately known or reported.

The fact that Beryllium was one of the nuclear components identified is significant, as it is used in the construction of a nuclear bomb. By using Beryllium in nuclear bombs, the amount of enriched Uranium or Plutonium needed is significantly reduced, making the construction of an actual bomb easier. The discovery that one material found during that inspection was Beryllium should not be lost on intelligence officials, as the smuggling of this material is an important indication of nuclear bomb construction most likely by terrorists intending to construct and detonate a nuclear device.

UK: Dirty bomb threat high and rising

17 June 2007: “The threat from dirty bombs is now higher than it was two years ago, and has increased significantly over the last six months,” stated Professor Sandra Bell, a UK defense expert. The threat of terrorists attacking Britain with a radioactive “dirty bomb” has grown rapidly in recent months, stated Ms. Bell following the sentencing of seven al Qaeda operatives in London.

COMPLETE ARTICLE: The Telegraph

Chemical Attack on US Base Near Samarra, Iraq?

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

UPDATED: 15 JANUARY 2007

12 January 2007: Yesterday, the Northeast Intelligence Network became aware of an internet posting by the Salahaldin Al-Ayoubi Brigades, the military wing the terrorist organization known as JAMI [Al Jabha Al-Islamiyya l'il-Muqawama Al-'Iraqiyya] which claims to have attacked a US military installation near Samarra, Iraq with four chemical warfare missiles. That terrorist posting was titled: Shelling US base in Samarra with 4 Chemical missiles.

Based upon publicly accessible data on known Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in Iraq, as well as the historical reports on the levels of intensity of enemy attacks in the specific geographic region, there is a high probability that FOB McKenzie (the former Samarra East-Al Bakr Airbase) could be the location of this attack. Public data identifies FOB McKenzie as the recipient of as many as 21 incoming rocket attacks in a single night. Other possible intended targets could be FOB Brassfield-Mora located 10 km north of Samarra, or Patrol Base Uvanni located within Samarra city.

Analysis of the imagery (to be posted shortly) accompanying the terrorist report, obtained and provided to the Northeast Intelligence Network as a courtesy of Archangel, as well as a review of known chemical weapons, a preliminary assessment is that the black oily liquid seen being hand-poured in the missile warheads could be the chemical weapon and blister agent Lewisite. Iraq is known to have conducted research on lewisite. Lewisite is similar to mustard agent but faster acting and the persistence of this blister agent is reported to be from 24 hours to one week.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense stores of Lewisite were not located in Iraq by weapons inspectors following the 1991 Gulf War.

However, on Friday, April 4, 2003, the 101st Airborne discovered 13 drums of suspected chemical weapons in a bunker at an agricultural facility east of Karbala. The 101st division commander at the time, Brigadier General Benjamin Freakley, told media that the drums initially tested positive for nerve agent. The following Monday, 7 April 2003, two ‘Fox’ nuclear, chemical and biological reconnaissance vehicles, armed with more sophisticated sensors than the Improved Chemical Agent Monitor (ICAM) most likely utilized by the 101st in the initial determination, conducted additional testing and reportedly detected sarin, tabun and lewisite.

Additionally, I have located a graphic contained with the August 2, 1996 final outline for the unclassified CIA “Report on Intelligence Related to Gulf War Illnesses.” This integral document graphic is identified as Gulf War Chemical Weapons (GWCW) and dated 01-7/96. It illustrates that Al-Bakr Airbase was formerly a storage site of undamaged mustard bombs.

http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/cia_report/102496_gwcw01.gif

The purpose of this CIA report was as follows:

“In parallel with the DOD’s Persian Gulf Investigative Team, the CIA’s Office of Weapons, Technology and Proliferation conducted an independent review of intelligence documents to determine whether US troops were exposed to chemical and biological warfare agents during the Gulf war. The CIA’s effort did not seek to duplicate that of DOD; however, CIA analysts drew upon and examined DOD information to clarify intelligence, to obtain leads, and to ensure a thorough and comprehensive intelligence assessment.”

The link to the full document:

http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/cia_report/102496_war.html#14

Anthrax possibilites lack media interest

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs Analyst
sosborne@homelandsecurityus.com

10 June 2006: Last evening a couple of items concerning recent and long-term Islamic terrorist activities suddenly began to coalesce for me, fitting together like two matching pieces of a much larger puzzle.

On Thursday, June 8, 2006 a 24-foot box truck truck was reported stolen from the parking lot of Savol Bleach, 91 Prestige Park Circle, East Hartford, Connecticut. I received the following from an anonymous source:

Specific Vehicle Identification:

VIN# 1HTSDAAN6YH23237
CT Tag# 27585A
Blue letters on side “SAVOL BLEACH”
Glass found at the scene of the theft indicates the drivers-side window was broken out.
Box contents: chlorine.

Shortly thereafter, I received a similarly anonymous Be-On-Look-Out (BOLO) advisory issued by the East Hartford Police Department. The BOLO informed me that the cargo within the box actually consisted of 64 5-gallon drums and a single 165 gallon drum of HYPOCHLORITE SOLUTION. Therefore, what was stolen amounted to 485 gallons of potential terrorist chemical mayhem in the northeastern United States.Allow me to reiterate, the inherent properties of hypochloite solution made it a threat in and of itself in Islamic terrorist possession. Especially in high-density public places. However, the obvious soon became manifest as I fully engaged my “think-like-a-terrorist” mindset, i.e.: How would terrorists effectively deploy such a large amount of this chemical substance?

Sure, they could mix it with some common household cleaners to make deadly chlorine gas. However, while effective deployment to a target-of-opportunity remained a solvable problem, it was a problem never-the-less.

I then began to investigate the other more common uses for hypochlorite solution. I soon discovered, much to my amazement, that hypochlorite solution is recommended by the U.S. CDC to clean the outside of ziplock baggies filled with bacillus anthracis (anthrax) in a laboratory or anthrax-present environment.

Source: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/environmental-sampling-apr2002.asp

I have known and kept fresh in my mind a few fascinating and not widely-known facts concerning a machine capable of producing weaponized anthrax which was published in July 2002 in the Weekly Standard by reporter David Tell. The report details how the $100,000 machine and its Pakistani purchaser, Syed Ather Abbas, disappeared from a false-flag jihadi operation in Ft. Lee, New Jersey during the spring of 2001; several months prior to the terrorist anthrax mailings in the fall of that year via from US Post Offices in Manhattan, NYC and Hamilton, New Jersey.

Source: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/001/470lfsdb.asp?ZoomFont=YES

An excerpt from the above linked article:

“No, what the FBI discovered, instead, was that Syed Athar Abbas was an abruptly vanished fugitive who, using an alias, had recently arranged to pay $100,000 in cash”–roughly the amount he’d stolen from Wells Fargo and Fleet–for the purchase and shipment of a “fine-food particulate mixer,” a “sophisticated machine used commercially” to do various things you wouldn’t expect an outfit called “Computers Dot Com” to do. Like “mix chemicals,” for example.

Oh.

Mr. Parascandola reports that it’s been established Abbas did take possession of this machine at the “Computers Dot Com” offices in Fort Lee last summer, but had the thing “immediately transported elsewhere” before taking off himself for Pakistan. Federal investigators, Parascandola adds, “have not been able to locate the industrial food mixer” in question, which problem continues to be of some “concern.”

All the more so because, despite his guilty plea and promise of restitution to the banks he bilked, Abbas has “refused to cooperate with investigators trying to find out more about his accomplices or the mixer.”

Oh.

The $100,000 particulate mixer Parascandola describes, incidentally, is the exact same technology commonly employed by major food and pharmaceutical manufacturers to process fluid-form organic and inorganic compounds into powder: first to dry those compounds; next to grind the resulting mixture into tiny specks of dust, as small as a single micron in diameter; then to coat those dust specks with a chemical additive, if necessary, to maximize their motility or “floatiness”; and finally to aerate the stuff for end-use packaging. In other words, this is how you’d put Aunt Jemima pancake mix in its box. Or place concentrations of individual anthrax spores into letters addressed to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy.”

Based upon these to seemingly unrelated and time-displaced events, it is my current assessment that there might very well exist a high-volume terrorist anthrax production facility somewhere in the NYC-Boston, MA metropolitan corridor. In combining my long-held knowledge of Syed Athar Abbas’ missing weaponized anthrax production-capable machine with the very recent theft of 485 gallons of hypochlorite solution the obvious becomes inescapable to my mind.

It is conceded that this is just one of the possible terrorist uses for 485 gallons of hypochlorite solution. However, my hunch is that terrorist related production of weaponized anthrax is the primary use of the $100,000 machine and the underlying reason this specific truck was stolen. Sure beats having to purchase large amounts of Clorox and do all the required diluting and chemical mixing yourself, and to keep such islamic jihadi’s anthrax infection free.

UPDATE 25 September 25, 2006: Prompted by an inquiry from a producer for America’s Most Wanted television program, I embarked on a follow-up to this report. In telephone contact with Savol Bleach this afternoon I was informed by a female Savol employee that the truck cited in this report was recovered a few days after its reported theft and that the vehicle contents were intact. The employee added that this was “not very exciting in the end” - Sean Osborne.

Muslims ordered to leave U.S. in advance of next attack

…ACCORDING TO AL QAEDA COMMANDER

“We have a different plan for the next attack. You will see. Americans will hardly find out any Muslim names, after the next attack. Most of our brothers are living in Western countries, with Jewish and Christian names, with passports of Western countries. This time, someone with the name of Muhammad Atta will not attack inside America, it would be some David, Richard or Peter.”Abu Dawood

Exclusive to the Northeast Intelligence Network & CanadaFree Press.com

By Dr. Paul L. Williams & David Dastych

Urgent news from Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan:

* Final preparations have been made for the American Hiroshima, a major attack on the U. S.

* Muslims living in the United States should leave the country without further warning.

* The attack will be commandeered by Adnan el Shukrijumah (“Jaffer Tayyer” or “Jafer the Pilot”), a naturalized American citizen, who was raised in Brooklyn and educated in southern Florida.

* The al Qaeda operatives who will launch this attack are awaiting final orders. They remain in place in cities throughout the country. Many are masquerading as Christians and have adopted Christian names.

* Al Qaeda and the Taliban will also launch a major strike (known as the “Badar offensive” against the coalition forces in Afghanistan during the holy month of Ramadan.

* The American people will be treated to a final audio message from Osama bin Laden which will be aired within the next two weeks.

16 September 2006: The announcements from Abu Dawood were obtained by Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar in the wake of 9/11. Mir earlier reports regarding the resurgence of the Taliban with support from Iran and an unofficial truce between President Pervez Musharraf and al Qaeda have been panned out by the press in recent months.Mr. Mir interviewed Dawood on September 12 at the tomb of Sultan Mehmud Ghaznawi on the outskirts of Kabul. Dawood and the al Qaeda leaders who accompanied him were clean-shaven and dressed as Western reporters. The al Qaeda commandeer had contacted Mir by cell-phone to arrange the meeting. The contents of the encounter are as follows:

Q: How did you have my local mobile number?

A: We watched you on Geo TV walking in the mountains near Kabul with British troops. You were embedded with our enemies. We were sure that you are staying in one of the few hotels or guest houses in Kabul. We were looking for you in Serena and Intercontinental hotels, but then some Taliban friends informed us that they had your phone number and you might visit them in Zabul [an Afghani province]. We got your number from Commander [Muhsen] Khayber. [Khayber was responsible for a homicide bombing in Casablanca that killed 32 people]. Don’t worry about that. We will not make any harm to you. We just want to warn you that you better don’t take any rides in the tanks and humvis of the Western Forces; they are not safe for any journalist in Afghanistan.

Q: Thanks for your concern; can I know your name?

A: Yes my name is Abu Dawood, if you remember, we have already met in Kunar two years ago, but at that time I had a long beard, now I have a small one. You were there in the mountains, close to Asadaabad [a small village in the Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan] and you met some Al Qaeda fighters. I was among them.

Q: OK. I just want to say that I am a journalist, I have to speak to both sides of a conflict, for getting an objective view and that is why I was traveling with the British troops; now I am sitting with you and that is my real job. I have interviewed Osama bin Laden as well as Condoleezza Rice, General Pervez Musharraf and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. I hope you will appreciate my objective approach?

A: You have claimed to be objective, but you and your TV channel have always given much time to the propaganda of our enemies. Anyhow, it was our moral responsibility to warn you that you better try to avoid traveling with the British, American, Canadian, French, Spanish and Italian troops in Afghanistan, we will target all of them, we don’t want that people like you suffer by our attacks, it is not good for you, and at least you should not be killed with the enemies of Islam. I am sure, brother Khayber have informed you that the Taliban will launch a big operation against the Crusader Forces, in the holy month of Ramadan; don’t come to Afghanistan in Ramadan. You will see a lot of fadaee amalyat [“suicide bombings”] in coming days, Kabul will become a graveyard of NATO and ISAF.

Q: Yes Khayber told me about the “Badar operation” in Ramadan. I think you are an Afghani but you are not a Talib, are you a member of Al Qaeda?

A: You are right. But we are with the Taliban, just helping them, fighting under their command. Every Al Qaeda fighter can become a Talib, but every Talib cannot become Al Qaeda.

Q: So where is Sheikh Osama bin Laden?

A: I don’t know exactly, but he is still in command of Al Qaeda, and he is in contact with his Mujaheddin all over the world.

Q: Why there was no new video statement from him, in last two years?

A: Because the CIA can feed his fresh picture to the computers fitted on their Predator planes, and these planes can get him, like Nek Muhammad or Akbar Bugti. But he has released many audio messages this year. Listen to him carefully. Don’t underestimate his warnings. America is playing with the security of Muslims all over the world, now it is our turn again. Our brothers are ready to attack inside America. We will breach their security again. There is no timeframe for our attack inside America; we can do it any time.

Q: What do you mean by another attack in America?

A: Yes a bigger attack than September 11th 2001. Brother Adnan [el Shukrijumah] will lead that attack, Inshallah.

Q:Who is Adnan?

A: He is our old friend. The last time, I met him in early 2004, in Khost. He came to Khost from the North Waziristan. He met his leaders and friends in Khost. He is very well known in Al Qaeda. He is an American and a friend of Muhammad Atta, who led 9/11 attacks five years ago. We call him “Jaffer al Tayyar” [“Jafer the Pilot”]; he is very brave and intelligent. Bush is aware that brother Adnan has smuggled deadly materials inside America from the Mexican border. Bush is silent about him, because he doesn’t want to panic his people. Sheikh Osama bin Laden has completed his cycle of warnings. You know, he is man of his words, he is not a politician; he always does what he says. If he said it many times that Americans will see new attacks, they will definitely see new attacks. He is a real Mujahid. Americans will not win this war, which they have started against Muslims. Americans are the biggest supporters of the biggest terrorist in the world, which is Israel. You have witnessed the brutality of the Israelis in the recent 34-day war against Lebanese civilians. 9/11 was a revenge of Palestinian children, killed by the US-made weapons, supplied to Israel. The next attack on America would be a revenge of Lebanese children killed by US-made cluster bombs. Bush and Blair are the Crusaders, and Muslim leaders, like Musharraf and [Afghani President Hamid] Karzai are their collaborators, we will teach a lesson to all of them. We are also not happy with some religious parties in Pakistan and Egypt, they got votes in the name of Mujaheddin, and then, they collaborated with Musharraf and [Egyptian President] Hosni Mubarak. Now look at all of them, Musharraf and Karzai don’t trust each other, the CIA and ISI don’t trust each other, all the hypocrites and enemies of Mujaheddin are suspecting each other; this help to us is coming from Heavens. Allah is with us.

Q: But if you attack inside America again, then Muslims living in America will face lot of problems, why would you like to create new problems for your brothers and sisters?

A: Muslims should leave America. We cannot stop our attack just because of the American Muslims; they must realize that American forces are killing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq; we have the right to respond back, in the same manner, in the enemy’s homeland. The American Muslims are like a human shield for our enemy; they must leave New York and Washington.

Q: But your fighters are also using the American Muslims as their shield, if there are no Muslims in America, then there would be no Al Qaeda, may be the Americans would feel safer?

A: No, not at all. We have a different plan for the next attack. You will see. Americans will hardly find out any Muslim names, after the next attack. Most of our brothers are living in Western countries, with Jewish and Christian names, with passports of Western countries. This time, someone with the name of Muhammad Atta will not attack inside America, it would be some David, Richard or Peter.

Q: So you will not attack America, until Muslims are there?

A: I am not saying that, I am saying that Muslims must leave America, but we can attack America anytime. Our cycle of warnings has been completed, now we have fresh edicts from some prominent Muslim scholars to destroy our enemy, this is our defending of Jihad; the enemy has entered in our homes and we have the right to enter in their homes, they are killing us, we will kill them.

Nuclear Threat to the US by Terrorists?

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, & Judi McLeod, Founder & Editor, CanadaFreePress
director@homelandsecurityus.com

13 September 2006: According to a recent news report, Osama bin Laden is planning to carry out new, more destructive attacks inside the United States, and there is someone working on this terror plot currently in the US. This is according to Hamid Mir, the famed Pakistani journalist who obtained the only post-9/11 interviews with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. It is also the subject of research and analysis by Dr. Paul Williams, author of Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11. In May, two licensed investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network and investigative journalists from CanadaFreePress had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Williams to discuss various threats - including the nuclear threat to North America. Today, Dr. Williams discussed his research as it applies to today, especially in light of the recent flurry of videos from al Qaeda on the Pat Campbell Show.

]News report: Chertoff “Concerned” over WMD Threat. Chertoff “told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that the gravest threat facing the United States is one involving weapons of mass destruction.”

EXCLUSIVE: The Politics of WMDs In Iraq

Exclusive E-Mail to a Congressman

UPDATE 20 June 2006: Exceprt from the new mainpage of www.davegaubatz.com:

On 14 and 15 June 2006, I met with two DIA Agents and two CIA Agents at the FBI office in Dallas, Tx. The Agents were very professional and we discussed the sites. I was informed by intelligence reports as well as “all” classified intelligence reports submitted from Iraq during the first part of 2003 could not be located. Our intelligence reports were submitted from Iraq through a main server at Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB), near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Once we had launched operations into Iraq in Mar 2003, the Saudi Government (our friends) advised all U.S. Operations at PSAB must be closed. This caused major disruptions with logistics and electronic communications. I advised the DIA and CIA Agents I would assist them in putting together the intelligence I had originally reported in 2003.

On 16 June 2006, I asked Congressman Weldon if he could arrange a “Congressional Hearing” so the American public will know the truth behind the WMD issue, to determine who “dropped the ball” in regards to intelligence dissemination, and to allow the American public to decide if the suspected WMD sites should now be inspected.

On 16 June 2006, I was informed of an interview Congressman Weldon had conducted on 13 June 2003. Congressman Weldon had stated, “the jury is still out” in regards to WMD in Iraq. He further stated he had been made aware of four WMD sites in Iraq that have never been searched by U.S. personnel. He said he had also been briefed by “Iraqis familiar with these sites”. Weldon also stated if no WMD is located at these four sites he believes Russia was involved in moving the WMD to Syria. (Congressman Weldon is referring to the four sites I identified and the meeting I arranged for him involving Iraqi citizens). To read the interview go to www.delcotimes.com. Search this site for “Weldon WMD”. It is located in an article by William Bender, titled “Liberal bloggers riled over Weldon’s WMD comments”. In this article Charles Duelfer again makes a statement, “I tend to doubt that there would be locations which haven’t yet been scavenged or in other ways examined”. Duelfer further said, ” the four sites targeted by Weldon are worth evaluating if it can be done safely”.

The remarks made by Duelfer reflect what Agents like myself faced when we reported suspected sites at the beginning of the war. Does Mr. Duelfer not feel if the sites were already ’scavenged” that it would be in the interest of America to find out what was
scavenged, who scavenged them, where the scavengers took them, and what the scavengers intentions with the WMD are? Mr. Duelfer should have understood inspecting WMD sites in Iraq would be dangerous in wartime. Based on these two statements alone
verify Mr. Duelfer was not qualified to be in charge of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG).

I only want to protect America and more specifically I do not want our children to ever again experience a terrorist attack like September 11th or worse. I will do my part to prevent an attack even if I have to experience ridicule from people who believe WMD was never in Iraq. I have always said we can’t say WMD was not or is not still in Iraq if we haven’t looked at suspected sites that Federal Agents identified.

I will update this website so you will be able to click on links to all of my communications and non classified supporting evidence to and from Congressmen Weldon and Congressman Hoekstra. You will be able to determine what the truth is.

If Saddam Hussein had WMD, and because the four sites were not searched and now Osama Bin Laden and his followers may now have it, we must all be concerned that we may experience another major terrorist attack. If WMD is still or even if there is a very small chance (as Duelfer stated) we need to search the sites for our children’s safety. Below is a photo of me with an Iraqi child at the Children’s Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq. U.S. Military personnel in Iraq are fighting for a cause. The safety of all children throughout the world.

Please email me for any specific questions and I will insure each one will be answered. To obtain more information about my 3 year battle you can “google” my name and there are numerous newspaper, magazine, and television reports on the issue.

Thank you,
Dave Gaubatz

“This has been an issue now for 3-1/2 years and I think you would agree the American people need to know the truth. More so, they deserve the truth….” - Special Agent Paul “Dave” GAUBATZ (RETIRED), Civilian Federal Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs Expert

8 June 2006: The issue of the existence of weapons of mass destruction is one reason why we went to war with Iraq, but needlessly remains a matter of political and international contention. Read the exclusive e-mails of a retired U.S. federal agent to a Congressman, and the response he received. Read how this WMD issue can easily be resolved – if only POLITICS were to be removed from this matter. But above all, read how the American people – and how the world – is being victimized by a needless and convoluted political process – to our ultimate peril, and the peril of our children and grandchildren. The following is an e-mail sent from U.S. Federal Agent Dave GAUBATZ to Congressman Weldon – one of two congressmen with whom he has been in constant contact – and his response to the agent. Following the e-mail is a chronology of events.

A variation of this investigative expose appears on the web site of THE AMERICAN THINKER.  Readers are also urged to read this article.E-MAIL From Special Agent Paul “Dave” GAUBATZ (RETIRED), Civilian Federal Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI):

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2006 08:40:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: dave gaubatz
Subject: From Dave Gaubatz to Congressman Weldon 7 June 2006
To: REDACTED@mail.house.gov
CC: REDACTED@mail.house.gov, REDACTED@mail.house.gov
Congressman Curt Weldon, 7 June 2006

I received a phone call yesterday from one of your staff members (Jim). He was very professional and advised I would be receiving a phone call from the CIA and DIA. I will assist our Government in anyway possible, but long conversations with these agencies by myself should not be needed. If the CIA and DIA were provided all of the information I provided you during the period Mar - May 2006, and in addition the intelligence reports filed by myself and other OSI Agents during the time period Apr - Jul 2003; this should be enough.

The greatest assistance I could now provide would be to take CIA and DIA personnel to the exact locations. Per my reports I did not have the coordinates for one location, but do know its exact location. Many of the original sources would speak with me more freely because of the trust we developed in 2003 (although they lost some trust because we never inspected the suspected WMD sites they identified).

I also do not want this to be a “hide and seek” operation. This has been an issue now for 3.5 years and I think you would agree the American people need to know the truth. More so, they deserve the truth. I would be extremely happy if there is no WMD at the sites, but I do not think this is/was the case. There is a possibility that after 3.5 years, that if WMD was at the locations, some may have been removed. The third scenario is that WMD will still be there.

I have no intention of leaving the media out of this, because that would be leaving the American people out of this. I think it would be beneficial for our nation if you and I met with news organizations together and announced our intentions to work together and inspect the WMD sites. In 2003 I and other Agents put our lives on the line to identify the suspected WMD sites; this time I will put my honor and credibility on the line to go back to Iraq to inspect the sites. If there are no indicators WMD was at the sites, I personally will take the public scrutiny that would result. Then I and other Americans can rest better knowing WMD is not in the hands of terrorists. You are an honorable man and please let me know. I am not an elected politician, but I feel my views on this matter reflect the views of Americans.

Respectfully,

Dave Gaubatz
U.S. Federal Agent (retired)

Note From Dave Gaubatz: On Tuesday, 6 June 2006, I received a polite & professional telephone call from Congressman Curt Weldon’s office and informed that the CIA & DIA would be contacting me. I will assist the agencies in anyway possible, but have to wonder if this is in response to the New York Times contacting Congressman Weldon’s office on 5 June 2006 requesting answers to the WMD issue??”

The e-mail above was sent to Congressman Weldon documenting my response.

3 June, 2006: WMD’s still in Iraq? Well, at least retired Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) agent Paul “Dave” Gaubatz, the Northeast Intelligence Network and other very interested parties feel this is the case.

What we know and accept as truth is that OSI Agent Gaubatz and five other federal agents identified four of Saddam Hussein’s suspected WMD hideaways in the region around Al-Nasiriyah, in the provinces of Dhi Qar and Basrah, Iraq between April and July of 2003.

These sites are highly suspected of containing the biological and chemical weapons the Bush Administration went to great lengths to reveal to the world prior to the commencement of hostilities in Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 19, 2003. We also know as a matter of fact that despite repeated requests, begging and pleading for the past three years – none of these sites have been properly investigated since discovery – NOT ONE. Not by the Iraq Survey Group led by both David Kay and Charles Duelfer nor any team of US DoD investigators. This intolerable situation continues to this very moment despite detailed briefings, extended and repeated contact between Dave Gaubatz and Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), and members of their staff. What we do not know is whether these suspected Bio/Chem Warfare Material Storage Sites have been located and exploited by Islamic terrorists. You the reader must understand this clearly and completely, not only have these sites not be searched – they have been unguarded ever since their discovery a full three years ago. If the Bush Administration is embarrassed by these revelations – then so be it. What we have here is a matter of the utmost national security implications’. With these sites remaining unsecured by American or Coalition forces in Iraq every member of the coalition (our sons and daughters), every citizen of newly democratic Iraq and people around the world, including right here in the homeland USA are at risk.

I can think of no better method of shining a spotlight on this urgent issue than to provide you with the text and a link to Dave Gaubatz media information page on his website. As you read this page I would humbly request you remain seated while consuming its contents. Then read it again, and again. I also beseech Congressman Tom Tancredo become involved in this effort immediately, and all members of the media who read these pages and follow the efforts of the Northeast Intelligence Network to contact Dave Gaubatz, get the word out in your columns and radio programs, inform the American people, and ultimately force our government and elected representatives to get off their butts, ignore petty partisan politics and get this task completed NOW.

http://www.davegaubatz.com/media.html

NOTE: I will address issues and include information only that has been discussed between myself, Congressman Pete Hoekstra (House Intelligence Committee), Congressman Curt Weldon (Armed Services Committee), and their staff during non secure means such as cell phones, unsecured phone lines, emails, and during private meetings with personnel the Congressmen understood did not have clearances (Iraqis). Some of the conferences I and Congressman Weldon had were with other U.S. Agencies and private corporations on non secure lines. It should be noted that no information was provided to any of the Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee or Armed Services Committee at the request of Congressman Weldon and Congressman Hoekstra.

To my knowledge (as told to me by Congressman Weldon) on 4 May 2006, none of the information had been provided to any person
affiliated with DOD. I have the utmost respect for both Congressmen, but feel the intelligence I provided them should have been shared with all members of Congress and the White House. NOTE: I was the only civilian Federal Agent in the area, all others were on active duty.

I will share the details behind the 3 year battle I have had to get suspected WMD sites searched by U.S. personnel. I was sent into
Iraq at the start (2003) of Operation Iraqi Freedom (U.S. Federal Agent, not military). I had specialized in counter-intelligence and was an Arabic linguist. Prior to this I had served 20 years on active duty.

While in Iraq I had identified (with other Federal Agents) 4 sites that were highly suspected of containing biological and/or chemical weapons. The sites were identified by very credible Iraqis who had knowledge and access to the areas. They risked their lives to provide intelligence about the sites and to take U.S. personnel to the locations. The sites would require heavy equipment to exploit the sites. The material was alleged to be buried deep and under water. To this date the sites have not been inspected. Several radio programs and newspapers have written about the above previously; in this article I want to provide more details that will convince the American public the WMD issues I have brought forward have been kept from the American public solely for political purposes.

I first spoke publicly about the WMD sites never being searched only after the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) and the White House announced in late 2004 that the search for WMD was over. I went on the Gary McNamara Radio show (Dallas) in Jan 2005 addressing this issue. Since that time I have been on several radio shows to include the Tony Snow Show, John Batchelor, Darrell Ankarlo (Dallas), and a variety of other radio shows. Fox News live with Eric Shawn, and on the CBN show with Erick Stakelbeck. The NY Sun (Eli Lake) and FrontPage magazine (Jamie Glazov) have also written articles.

To me the entire issue is non political, it is a National Security issue, but during the three years I have found out that every “issue” has political implications and the majority of most media corporations have a political agenda. I simply want the suspected WMD sites in Iraq searched.

Many people have asked me why they were not searched in 2003, (read the NY Sun article by Eli Lake) and continue to ask me why
they are not being searched now. After reading my timeline of events on this issue below you will begin to understand.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

Jan – Jul 2003: Deployed as U.S. Federal Agent first into Saudi Arabia (Arar Air Base) and then Nasiriyah, Iraq (Tallil Air base). Two primary missions: Counter-terrorism and locate WMD. I was assigned as a civilian agent to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). If you research the OSI and interview other Federal Agencies you will find out OSI has the best trained counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism agents among all Federal agencies. FBI agents and other Federal agents do not have the clearances nor training OSI agents have.

Apr – July 2003: I and 5 other Federal agents identified 4 suspected WMD sites in southern Iraq. Made numerous attempts to ISG to get the sites exploited. To date (5 May 2006) this has not happened.

July 2003 – Jan 2005: Stayed in contact with U.S. Government personnel and Iraqis who had reported the original WMD sites.

Jan 2005 – Mar 2006: Went public with information about the suspected WMD sites never being inspected.

Feb 2006: Invited to speak at the 2006 Intelligence Summit. WMD sites discussed extensively.

Feb 2006: Staff member of Congressmen Pete Hoekstra telephoned me several times for details about the WMD sites. Met with staff member Jake Abel in Feb 2006. All details were provided pertaining to my knowledge of the WMD sites. Mr. Abel followed up with more telephone calls and emails. All information was provided to Congressman Hoekstra.

16 Mar 2006: Met with Congressman Curt Weldon at his DC office. Met for approximately one hour. Russ Caso (Chief of Staff) and an aide Michael Schuttloffel were present. All details were provided and I was informed by Congressman Weldon that he and his staff would personally investigate the matter. I was requested to send all of the details to the private residence of Michael Schuttloffel. This was done so the information I provided would not have to go through the Congressional mail channels. I sent the 15 plus pages of information as requested overnight FedEx to Mr. Schuttloffel.

21 Mar – 30 Apr 2006: Received numerous phone calls from Congressman Weldon’s office. We discussed the sites in more detail
and the credibility of the Iraqis who provided the information about the sites. I received the calls via my cell phone. I was also requested by Congressman Weldon to convert USM grids into longitude and latitude. I completed this process and provided all information to Congressman Weldon. Congressman Weldon had my information confirmed pertaining to the locations.

Mid April 2006 – 4 May 2006: Sharon Behn of the Washington Times interviewed me several times via phone and emails pertaining to the WMD sites and information pertaining to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) “loosing” all reports submitted by myself and other Agents assigned to Tallil Air Base Nasiriyah during the time period Apr –Dec 2003. OSI Agents had informed me all electronic files pertaining to every report filed during this time could now not be found. The reports filed electronically by me and other Agents would have also been sent to DOD, ISG, etc… I had requested when I first went public that to confirm the WMD sites had never be inspected, would be to take my reports (and other agents assigned with me) and compare them to sites inspected by ISG.

2 and 3 May 2006: Congressman Weldon contacted me at my office and home several times on 2 and 3 May 2006. Emails were also sent. We discussed the sites in more detail and he asked if I would ccompany him and Congressman Hoekstra to the suspected WMD sites in southern Iraq. I agreed, although I felt it was unsafe for two Congressmen to go to isolated areas in southern Iraq, even if we had military personnel with us. Congressman Weldon advised me we would travel commercial aircraft, and only notify the U.S. military when we arrived in Iraq. Congressman Weldon advised he would then have U.S. forces in Nasiryah go to the sites with us with heavy equipment. Again, I felt uncomfortable due to safety concerns. I would have preferred to go with two or three other agents and no other military convoys.

3 May 2006: I informed Congressman Weldon that an Iraqi who had provided the WMD intelligence on one site in 2003 would now come forward. Congressman Weldon asked me (via email) if I would arrange a private meeting with him on 4 May 2006. I arranged the meeting to be at Congressman Weldon’s DC office. The Chief of Staff (Russ Caso) for Congressman Weldon telephoned me and we discussed via email the arrangements for 3 (three) Iraqis (non U.S. citizens) to meet with Congressman Weldon and Congressman Hoekstra on 4 May 2006, at 10am.

Note: Sharon Behn, Washington Times spoke with the Iraqi (after receiving the approval of his U.S. attorney). Ms. Behn told me the Iraqi informed her that what I had described about the WMD sites was correct and he wanted to assist America.

4 May 2006/1000 hours: Congressman Weldon contacted me at my office (Dallas County Medical Examiner) and asked me to confirm I would lead the team (Congressman Weldon, Hoekstra, Iraqis) to the WMD sites. I agreed to do so. Congressman Weldon then advised he wanted a conference meeting with himself, Congressman Hoekstra, their Chiefs of Staff, and 3 Iraqi citizens. Congressman Weldon said all were present at his office and he wanted to discuss the details of the WMD sites and the trip to Iraq. We had a conference call for about two hours. The 3 Iraqis confirmed my credibility in relation to the WMD sites, and one Iraqi described the WMD site he was aware of in detail. Congressman Hoekstra asked me several questions relating to travel to the sites and both Congressmen asked me to confirm I would go with them. I again agreed to lead the team to the sites. The 3 Iraqis were
asked by Congressman Weldon if they would also go. They said they would do anything to assist America. They advised them and
U.S. Federal Agents had all risked our lives in 2003 to go to the sites and follow up should have been conducted. They informed Congressman Weldon and Hoekstra that no U.S. Government agency had ever debriefed them (aside from myself in 2003) during the last 3 years and were upset the suspected sites had never been searched by the U.S. Congressman Weldon and Hoekstra were upset the Iraqis had never been debriefed. Congressman Weldon and Hoekstra asked me to describe each site in detail again so the 3 Iraqis could provide details about the locations to them since they are from this area.

Congressman Weldon stated he did not want to inform any member of the DOD because he did not trust them. Congressman Hoekstra told him he shouldn’t say that. The Congressmen told me they did not want to inform any member of the Democratic Party because if we get to the sites and they have been exploited by insurgents/terrorists during the last 3 years, it would be very embarrassing to them and President Bush. Congressmen Weldon stated if we go to Iraq and locate the WMD it would help with the upcoming elections.

Note: Congressmen Curt Weldon and Congressmen Pete Hoekstra are very good people, but I had never wanted this to be a political issue. I simply wanted the sites searched.

4 May 2006, approximately 1700 hours: I received a telephone call from one of the Iraqis. He told me he and the other two Iraqis wanted to go with the Congressmen to Iraq, and would do anything to help America, but felt uncomfortable going for personal political reasons. They wanted to speak with their U.S. attorneys this evening. I received another call on this date. The Iraqi told me they had each spoken with their attorneys. The Iraqis and the attorneys agreed they should assist America by going to Iraq and helping locate the sites, but did not want them going for purely political reasons as Congressman Weldon and Hoekstra requested. Their attorneys advised since they are still awaiting U.S. citizenship they need to have sanctioned U.S. Government approval before going back to Iraq. The Iraqis advised the Congressmen wanted them to go to Iraq using private funding and not U.S. Government travel.

Note: During our prior conference call I heard Congressman Weldon inform the Iraqis of this. The Iraqis also advised they had prior plans to speak with the media about this, but were asked by Congressman Weldon’s Chief of Staff not to talk with the media. If the media found out they would know it was more of a trip for political purposes than for official purposes. The Iraqis were also present when Congressman Weldon said he did not want to notify anyone in the U.S. military.

4 May 2006/late evening: I received a call from a reporter (who has requested his/her name not be mentioned, and I will honor the (request). He said Congressman Hoekstra’s staff had called him on 3 May 2006 and were advising him of the WMD investigation and me. The reporter also told me he just received an email (as we were speaking) from the press person of Congressman Hoekstra. The press person told the NY Sun reporter that the [i]Washington Times[/i] article that Sharon Behn was working on was going to be squashed because the WMD issue could be politically embarrassing for the “Administration” (referring to President Bush and the Republican Party). We also discussed the trip Congressmen Weldon, Hoekstra, the Iraqis, and myself were planning on taking to Iraq to visit the sites. The reporter informed me on 23 May 2006 that Congressman Hoekstra’s staff had told him there was no trip to Iraq being planned.

Note: Congressman Weldon, Congressman Hoekstra, the Iraiqs, and myself discussed the Iraq trip on 4 May 2006. The Congressmen’s staff were also present, and in addition Congressman Weldon had called me previously to discuss the trip. The trip was discussed in detail.

4 May 2006/late evening: I was informed by Sharon Behn of the Washington Times that she was not going to publish the article now about the Congressmen’s trip to Iraq. I told her I had received a call from a reporter and had been told the article had been “squashed”. Ms. Behn denied this and said it was because she needed more corroboration about the WMD sites and the trip.

NOTE: Ms. Behn had talked with the Iraqis and had other confirmation the Congressmen had been working with me for 2 months. The article had been “squashed”.

5 May 2006/1000 hours: I received a phone call from Congressman Weldon’s Chief of Staff (Russ Caso). He advised the media had found out about the trip to Iraq. I told him I was aware of this because a NY Sun reporter had telephoned me the night before and said Congressman Hoekstra’s staff had talked with the Washington Times and had the article stopped. He said he was going to check with Hoekstra’s staff. I told Russ Caso I did not feel it was a good idea for the Congressmen to go on a private venture to Iraq. He asked why. I told him everyone would know we were going privately because two Congressmen, three Iraqis, and I would stand out while traveling commercially together. I informed Russ Caso that the search of the WMD sites was a national security issue, and not a media adventure as the Congressmen wanted. Russ Caso and I also discussed the scrutiny the Congressmen and the White House would be under if the WMD sites had already been exploited by insurgents/terrorists. I informed Mr. Caso I just want the sites inspected and do not want to be in the middle of a political battle. Mr. Caso said he would inform Congressman Weldon he should not go to Iraq due to the media being aware. I informed Mr. Caso I felt this was best and the Congressmen should never have been going to the sites in the first place. It was dangerous for all of us with them present. Mr. Caso asked if I would still lead a team to the sites. I agreed I would.

Note: Congressman Weldon, Russ Caso, and I had discussed the following three scenarios if we went to the WMD sites:

#1: The sites would get searched by U.S. personnel and WMD would be there. This would be good for America and the upcoming elections, and would make Congressman Weldon and Hoekstra stand out as having been the ones to locate the WMD.

#2: We would get to the sites and determine they had already been exploited by insurgents. This would make the Republican Party look bad because they had failed to search the sites 3 years ago when I first reported them. If we discovered the sites had been exploited we would downplay the search.

#3: We search the sites and there is no WMD. This would be politically embarrassing for Congressman Weldon and Hoekstra. If this scenario occurred we would also downplay the search.

The above 3 scenario reasoning’s are why the media and the Democratic Party would not be advised of the WMD site intelligence I
had provided.

I have been told by the Congressmen the sites have never been searched to their knowledge, and I know the sites have never been
searched. The Congressmen have conducted their own corroboration of the intelligence information I provided them and this is why they wanted to go to Iraq with me.

Note: Tony Snow (White House Press Secretary) has previously interviewed me about the WMD sites. Is/was there WMD in Iraq at the start of the war? We will never know until we search all the locations identified to ISG during 2003.

We have 4 sites in Iraq that need to be searched. I want the American people to know the truth, whether it be scenario number 1, 2, or 3 above. I am not concerned about being ridiculed if there is no WMD. I was sent to Iraq as a civilian, and at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars (Arabic language school/one year, travel, etc). I was a professional doing my duty. Sites I and other Agents identified should have been searched.

(signed)
Paul “Dave” Gaubatz

I will be providing updates to our readership as provided by Dave Gaubatz immediately upon receipt.

UPDATE: Among the data specifically provided to Congressmen Weldon and Hoekstra is the precise location of the WMD sites to within a resolution of approximately three (3) feet. Two of these WMD sites are within the city limits of al-Nasiriyah, a third is 20 miles south of Nasiriyah in the vicinity of Suk Ash Shuyakh, Dhi Qar province of Iraq, and the fourth near the port of Umm Qasr in Basrah province, Iraq.

UPDATE:

TO: CONGRESSMAN CURT WELDON

FROM: SPECIAL AGENT PAUL “DAVE” GAUBATZ (RETIRED) CIVILIAN FEDERAL AGENT, AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS (AFOSI)

SUBJECT: WMD SITES IN IRAQ THAT WERE NEVER EXPLOITED BY IRAQ SURVEY GROUP (ISG) PERSONNEL

1. Per our meeting on 16 Mar 2006, (1000 hours), I am forwarding the following information for your review.

• An overview of my background
• WMD sites that myself and other Federal Agents identified in southern Iraq that were never exploited by ISG
• Russian intelligence information/activity in Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom
• Iranian intelligence information/activity in Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom
• Al-Qaeda activity…”””””””
• Hezbollah activity…..”””””””
• Individuals who can verify WMD, Russian activity, Iranian activity, Al-Qaeda activity, and Hezbollah activity in Iraq
• Overall assessment

Based on my intelligence gathering the following was substantiated:

1. WMD (chemical/biological) was and still is in Iraq.

2. Suspected WMD sites (4) in Iraq have never been exploited/searched by U.S. personnel.

3. Russians were involved in the transfer of WMD out of Iraq and assisted the Iraqi’s in hiding/moving WMD materials during United Nations Inspections.

4. Iranian Intelligence activities were ongoing in Iraq before and during the war, and Iranians were flooding the southern region of Iraq. Their goal was to thwart the goals of the U.S., and to help establish Shiite political and religious domination in Iraq.

5. Hezbollah was active in Iraq at the start of the war and conducted terrorist operations against U.S. units/personnel.

6. Al-Qaeda had been active in Iraq for many years before the war.

The intelligence activity obtained by myself and other U.S. Agents I worked with and the details of our missions/operations were submitted to the AFOSI Regional Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. They in turn disseminated through all levels of DOD, DOJ, CIA, ISG, etc… during the period April through July 2003.

Paul Dave Gaubatz

Al-Qaeda Cell Planned a Poison-gas Attack on the N.Y. Subway

NY subway
NY subway

18 June 2006:[ Al-Qaeda terrorists came within 45 days of attacking the New York subway system with a lethal gas similar to that used in Nazi death camps… U.S. intelligence got its first inkling of the plot from the contents of a laptop computer belonging to a Bahraini jihadist captured in Saudi Arabia early in 2003. It contained plans for a gas-dispersal system dubbed “the mubtakkar” (Arabic for inventive). Fearing that al-Qaeda’s engineers had achieved the holy grail of terror R&D — a device to effectively distribute hydrogen-cyanide gas, which is deadly when inhaled — the CIA immediately set about building a prototype based on the captured design, which comprised two separate chambers for sodium cyanide and a stable source of hydrogen, such as hydrochloric acid. A seal between the two could be broken by a remote trigger, producing the gas for dispersal.

LINK TO COMPLETE ARTICLE

Terrorist Anthrax Redux?

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs Analyst
sosborne@homelandsecurityus.com

10 June 2006: Last evening a couple of items concerning recent and long-term Islamic terrorist activities suddenly began to coalesce for me, fitting together like two matching pieces of a much larger puzzle.

On Thursday, June 8, 2006 a 24-foot box truck truck was reported stolen from the parking lot of Savol Bleach, 91 Prestige Park Circle, East Hartford, Connecticut. I received the following from an anonymous source:

Specific Vehicle Identification:

VIN# 1HTSDAAN6YH23237
CT Tag# 27585A
Blue letters on side “SAVOL BLEACH”
Glass found at the scene of the theft indicates the drivers-side window was broken out.
Box contents: chlorine.

Shortly thereafter, I received a similarly anonymous Be-On-Look-Out (BOLO) advisory issued by the East Hartford Police Department. The BOLO informed me that the cargo within the box actually consisted of 64 5-gallon drums and a single 165 gallon drum of HYPOCHLORITE SOLUTION. Therefore, what was stolen amounted to 485 gallons of potential terrorist chemical mayhem in the northeastern United States.Allow me to reiterate, the inherent properties of hypochloite solution made it a threat in and of itself in Islamic terrorist possession. Especially in high-density public places. However, the obvious soon became manifest as I fully engaged my “think-like-a-terrorist” mindset, i.e.: How would terrorists effectively deploy such a large amount of this chemical substance?

Sure, they could mix it with some common household cleaners to make deadly chlorine gas. However, while effective deployment to a target-of-opportunity remained a solvable problem, it was a problem never-the-less.

I then began to investigate the other more common uses for hypochlorite solution. I soon discovered, much to my amazement, that hypochlorite solution is recommended by the U.S. CDC to clean the outside of ziplock baggies filled with bacillus anthracis (anthrax) in a laboratory or anthrax-present environment.

Source: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/environmental-sampling-apr2002.asp

I have known and kept fresh in my mind a few fascinating and not widely-known facts concerning a machine capable of producing weaponized anthrax which was published in July 2002 in the Weekly Standard by reporter David Tell. The report details how the $100,000 machine and its Pakistani purchaser, Syed Ather Abbas, disappeared from a false-flag jihadi operation in Ft. Lee, New Jersey during the spring of 2001; several months prior to the terrorist anthrax mailings in the fall of that year via from US Post Offices in Manhattan, NYC and Hamilton, New Jersey.

Source: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/001/470lfsdb.asp?ZoomFont=YES

An excerpt from the above linked article:

“No, what the FBI discovered, instead, was that Syed Athar Abbas was an abruptly vanished fugitive who, using an alias, had recently arranged to pay $100,000 in cash”–roughly the amount he’d stolen from Wells Fargo and Fleet–for the purchase and shipment of a “fine-food particulate mixer,” a “sophisticated machine used commercially” to do various things you wouldn’t expect an outfit called “Computers Dot Com” to do. Like “mix chemicals,” for example.

Oh.

Mr. Parascandola reports that it’s been established Abbas did take possession of this machine at the “Computers Dot Com” offices in Fort Lee last summer, but had the thing “immediately transported elsewhere” before taking off himself for Pakistan. Federal investigators, Parascandola adds, “have not been able to locate the industrial food mixer” in question, which problem continues to be of some “concern.”

All the more so because, despite his guilty plea and promise of restitution to the banks he bilked, Abbas has “refused to cooperate with investigators trying to find out more about his accomplices or the mixer.”

Oh.

The $100,000 particulate mixer Parascandola describes, incidentally, is the exact same technology commonly employed by major food and pharmaceutical manufacturers to process fluid-form organic and inorganic compounds into powder: first to dry those compounds; next to grind the resulting mixture into tiny specks of dust, as small as a single micron in diameter; then to coat those dust specks with a chemical additive, if necessary, to maximize their motility or “floatiness”; and finally to aerate the stuff for end-use packaging. In other words, this is how you’d put Aunt Jemima pancake mix in its box. Or place concentrations of individual anthrax spores into letters addressed to Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy.”

Based upon these to seemingly unrelated and time-displaced events, it is my current assessment that there might very well exist a high-volume terrorist anthrax production facility somewhere in the NYC-Boston, MA metropolitan corridor. In combining my long-held knowledge of Syed Athar Abbas’ missing weaponized anthrax production-capable machine with the very recent theft of 485 gallons of hypochlorite solution the obvious becomes inescapable to my mind.

It is conceded that this is just one of the possible terrorist uses for 485 gallons of hypochlorite solution. However, my hunch is that terrorist related production of weaponized anthrax is the primary use of the $100,000 machine and the underlying reason this specific truck was stolen. Sure beats having to purchase large amounts of Clorox and do all the required diluting and chemical mixing yourself, and to keep such islamic jihadi’s anthrax infection free.

UPDATE 25 September 25, 2006: Prompted by an inquiry from a producer for America’s Most Wanted television program, I embarked on a follow-up to this report. In telephone contact with Savol Bleach this afternoon I was informed by a female Savol employee that the truck cited in this report was recovered a few days after its reported theft and that the vehicle contents were intact. The employee added that this was “not very exciting in the end” - Sean Osborne.

American Hiroshima Revisited

Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs“Nuclear warfare is the solution for destroying America” -Abu Shihab al-Kandahari

23 April 2006: It was just nine short months ago when I created and posted on these pages a fact-based, fictional supposition on the theme of an “American Hiroshima”. In that article my supposition was based upon terrorist utilization of a small, privately-owned Cessna 152 aircraft and its tactical nuclear payload. The aircraft would depart from a small rural airport, buzz along at tree top height to ensure metropolitan air traffic control would miss the radar signature due to its merging with ground clutter in the returning radar signal. In the last minutes of the terrorist flight a pop-up maneuver would place the aircraft a couple thousand feet over Manhattan – virtually recreating the specifics of the US attack on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945 insomuch as the size of the warhead required and the detonation altitude are concerned.

I believed my supposition was as plausible then as I do today.

Enter, once again, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to remind us of this specific threat to the American Homeland.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the Department of Homeland Security, released on Friday, 20 April 2005, the following advisory. I view this advisory as a specific measure in a most welcomed pro-active attempt at preemption of the type of scenario I created as a work of fiction.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Advisory – Security Information for Aircraft Owners/Operators & Airport Managers

April 20, 2006

On April 13, 2006, a message posted in Arabic on a web forum explained how to identify private American jets and urged Muslims to destroy all such aircraft:

“Destroy private American aircraft…We call upon all Muslims to follow and identify private civilian American aircrafts in all airports of the world…It is the duty of Muslims to destroy all types of private American aircrafts that are of the types Gulf Stream and Lear Jet and all small jet aircraft usually used by distinguished (people) and businessmen.”

The message also advised readers how to identify American aircraft and provided the tail number of a private aircraft allegedly used by the CIA.

TSA reminds general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators to review the security measures contained in the TSA Information Publication, Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports (available at
http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1113.xml), and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Airport Watch Program materials (available at www.aopa.org/airportwatch). In addition, general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators are encouraged to consider the following:

•Secure unattended aircraft to prevent unauthorized use.
•Verify the identification of crew and passengers prior to departure.
•Verify that baggage and cargo are known to the persons on board.
•Where identification systems are in place, encourage employees to wear proper identification and challenge persons not wearing proper identification.
•Direct increased vigilance to unknown pilots and/or clients for aircraft rental or charters – as well as unknown service/delivery personnel.
•Be alert/aware of and report persons masquerading as pilots, security personnel, emergency medical technicians, or other personnel using uniforms and/or vehicles as methods to gain access to aviation facilities or aircraft.
•Be alert/aware of and report aircraft with unusual or unauthorized modifications.
•Be alert/aware of and report persons loitering in the vicinity of aircraft or air operations areas – as well as persons loading unusual or unauthorized payload onto aircraft.
•Be alert/aware of and report persons who appear to be under stress or the control of other persons.
•Be alert/aware of and report persons whose identification appears altered or inconsistent.

The theft of any General Aviation aircraft should be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities and the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECUR (866-427-3287). In addition, persons should report any suspicious activity immediately to local law enforcement and the TSA General Aviation Hotline.

My original supposition of 17 July 2005 which was titled with the quote from Abu Shihab al-Kandahari follows.

“Nuclear Warfare is the Solution for Destroying America”

Military Expert & Analyst Advances Theory: How about an American Hiroshima which is a repeat, an eye for an eye of the events of exactly sixty years ago this August 6th and 9th? Is it plausible? I believe so.

Sean Osborne, Military Affairs & Senior Analyst

17 July 2005: The early morning of August 6, 2005 began as any summer-time Saturday does in New York City with school vacations winding down and kids wanting to get the most of the remaining days of summer. An avid Mets fan, 10 year old Trevor Blaylock of Flushing, New York was already pestering his dad about when they were going to begin the short walk to Shea Stadium. The Chicago Cubs were in town and Trevor was very eager to be one of the first 12,000 kids through the gates so he’d get the official New York Mets back-to-school binder.

Meanwhile, in the up-the-Hudson city of Poughkeepsie, nefarious activity was going on at the Dutchess County Airport were an undetected Al Qaeda terrorist cell was making final preparations with their Cessna 152 and its tactical nuclear payload. The chosen plan of attack of the cell was to approach New York City at low altitude, barely tree top level so as you use the natural ground cover to mask the aircraft in the ambiguous radar returns. This course was chosen to further the operational security of this long-planned mass casualty attack against the infidels as General Aviation rules did not preclude their direct approach to the selected target.

It was at 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time, bottom of the first inning, the Mets had retired the Cubbies three up three down, Jose Reyes was at the plate awaiting the first pitch from the towering Carlos Zambrano when there was a blinding flash of blue-white light which illuminated Shea Stadium. Time itself seemed to come to a halt in that very microsecond and just as quickly all hell broke out in New York City. We came to learn later that the terrorists had followed the flight plan exactly, tree top to tree top and down the Hudson River. Upon seeing the George Washington Bridge the pilot suddenly pulled the Cessna 152 into a steep climb to an altitude of 2000 feet. Throttled up to full speed at 98 knots the terrorist made a mad dash for midtown Manhattan and at a position directly over the Empire State Building, with a shout of “allah akhbar” the terrorists detonated their ex-Soviet tactical nuclear weapon. The “American Hiroshima” had occurred exactly as the terrorists had been saying it was going to happen for the past three years.

The image of a broad daylight mushroom cloud over a World Trade Center-less New York skyline was now a reality. That image flashed around the world within seconds, New York was destroyed and four million Americans were dead - including 2 million children just like Trevor Blaylock. Three days later a second bomb was detonated 2000 feet over the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant a mere 45 miles south of Washington DC. The Jihadists had demonstrated the military concept of a “force multiplier” with the selection of this target.

Is this Tom Clancyesque work of fiction that far removed from a potential reality? Myself and a few others think not. The actual targets may be deviant but the concept is exactly what the terrorists of Al Qaeda have been saying for three years.

The Al Qaeda nuclear fatwa issued in December 2002 by Abu Shihab al-Kandahari is quite explicit and revealing. He begins by saying in Islamic Fatwa religious edict, which this article takes as its own title,

“Thus, you are not mistaken in reading this text. This is the only way to kill the greatest possible number of Americans. The Americans have never experienced a threat like this one. During World War II, America used this [nuclear] weapon twice in three days…”

“Al-Qaeda has in its possession bombs which are called “dirty bombs,” and bombs with deadly viruses, which will spread fatal diseases throughout American cities…”

“The coming days will prove that Kaedat el-Jihad [the Al-Qaeda organization] is capable of turning America into a sea of deadly radiation. Yes, we will destroy America and its allies…”

It has long been maintained in private consensus within the intelligence community that Al Qaeda obtained tactical nuclear weapons from the former-Soviet Union sources in central Asia. Al Qaeda number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri is on record saying:

“We sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent, to other Central Asian states, and they negotiated, and we purchased some suitcase [tactical nuclear] bombs.” 9 months after September 11, 2001 and six months prior to the “nuclear fatwa” issued by al-Kandahari, in June of 2002, the former Kuwaiti-born Al Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith, issued the baseline of Al Qaeda’s nuclear plan for America, this is the public genesis of the concept of an “American Hiroshima.” It is a detailed blueprint of their intentions and must be heeded in the literal sense. Here are the key excerpts from Abu Gheith’s three-part “In the Shadow of the Lances:”

“The [premises] on which we base ourselves as an organization, and on which we base our operations and our method of action, are practical and realistic… They are also scientific and [in accordance with] Islamic religious law, and they give us confidence and certainty… In writing them and in [publicly] revealing them, I do not intend to be apologetic for what was done; I lay [these arguments] before you so as to emphasize that we are continuing with our blows against the Americans and the Jews, and with attacking them, both people and installations [so as to stress] that what awaits the Americans will not, Allah willing, be less than what has already happened to them. America must prepare itself; it must go on maximum alert; …because, Allah willing, the blow will come from where they least expect it…”

“The religious arguments on which we base ourselves in our Jihad against the Americans - the explanations that inspire us with confidence in the triumph of our religion, our belief, and our faith - are many, and this is not the place to enumerate them, as they are included in the books of the sages.”

“If by religious law it is permitted to punish a Muslim [for the crime he committed] - it is all the more permitted to punish a Harbi infidel [i.e. he who belongs to Dar Al-Harb 'the domain of disbelief” or “any nation on earth not under Islamic rule”] in the same way he treated the Muslim.”

“We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans - 2 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, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons.”

Based upon these words above and in combination of everything I have heard or seen concerning the terrorist activity of Qaedat-al-Jihad the backbone of my Clancyesque “American Hiroshima” theory was born. There are several directly quoted sentences above I wish to reiterate at this point:

“During World War II, America used this [nuclear] weapon twice in three days…”

“Therefore, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…”

“Al-Qaeda… has in its possession bombs which are called ‘dirty bombs,’ and bombs with deadly viruses, which will spread fatal diseases throughout American cities…”

“we will destroy America and its allies”

So how about an American Hiroshima which is a repeat, an eye for an eye of the events of exactly sixty years ago this August 6th and 9th? Is it plausible? I believe so. I believe it is consistent with the Department of Homeland Security Informational Bulletin released on June 28, 2005 warning to law enforcement and all concerned parties, first responders, et al., for the month of July 2005. I would extend that warning to cover the anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks of August 6/9, 1945. I also think there is no small coincidence with all the recent chatter of talk concerning this topic in the recent past, or the exceptional reaction in Washington DC to an errant, lone Cessna 152 which was three minutes from the White House when intercepted. Nuclear weapons are like hand grenades: “close enough” gets you that celebratory cigar.