Al Qaeda’s “Next Day Delivery” Plot – Is It A Diversion?

by Sean Osborne, Associate Director

“All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers are legitimate targets for the mujahedeen wherever they can reach them.” – Al Qaeda in Iraq

Update 01 NOV 2010: Al Qaeda behind Baghdad church hostage-taking Excerpts: “Fifty-two hostages and police officers were killed on Sunday when security forces raided a Baghdad church to free more than 100 Iraqi Catholics held by al Qaeda-linked gunmen, a deputy interior minister said… (the) Gunmen took hostages at the Our Lady of Salvation Church, one of Baghdad’s largest, during Sunday mass and demanded the release of al Qaeda prisoners in Iraq and Egypt.”

Also, Bill Roggio’s Long War Journal reports that Al Qaeda in Iraq also threatened to carry out attacks against Christian churches across the globe.

“Afterwards, various attacks will be launched against them inside and outside this country, in which their lands will be destroyed, their strength will be undermined, and they will be afflicted by the humiliation that God ordained for them.”

The seriousness of this threat was mirrored by the Israeli-American Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) of the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR) which issued an upgraded “severe” threat warning worldwide to “Christian organizations with special awareness for the Vatican and Catholic facilities.”

30 October 2010: Based upon additional recent OSINT information, I believe there is reason to assess that the current AQAP plot emanating from Yemen in the form of explosive devices distributed worldwide via FedEx/UPS commercial delivery systems might be a diversion from the primary Al Qaeda/Taliban planned attack.

Some of these packages are reported to be inert dummies or dry runs, others are real bombs, albeit physically small, lightweight or incapable of doing significant damage.

Small, geographically diverse strikes such as these do not make for a bigger than 9/11 plot, and most certainly do nothing in the way of retaliation for the hundreds of pummeling Predator drone assaults the United States is inflicting in northwest Pakistan, or through US/NATO surge operations on the ground in Afghanistan. If this is the best that Al Qaeda can do, then they must be on the ropes nearing a TKO.

In fact, while garnering big headlines and lots of corporate media air time, these “Next Day Delivery” attacks appear designed to inflict less carnage and damage than either last year’s attempted Christmas Day Airborne Underwear plot or the Times Square plot, and doesn’t strike incapacitating fear in the hearts of us alleged infidels.

I am currently assessing that Al Qaeda’s primary attack might well be for the execution of multiple, well-coordinated, near-simultaneous, geographically diverse suicide missions similar to what occurred in the 2008 Mumbai massacre… but with a very significant twist.

Instead of multiple Mumbai-style rampaging terror teams executing the cold-blooded gunning down of innocents in various places around the United States or Europe, the unfortunate innocents captured in these terror operations might first be held as hostages. AQAP would then issue its primary demand for the United States to release jihadist leaders such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed who is detained in Gitmo, or that other high profile Islamic jihadists be released, such as the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman being held at Butner FCI, North Carolina.

Summary executions of the Western hostages would commence immediately thereafter given the anticipated Western government responses involving Special Operations Forces and Counter-Terrorist SWAT/Hostage Rescue operations.

Target: Jewish centers & synagogues

29 October 2010: Consistent with our warning in June that Muslim terrorists were plotting attacks against Jewish centers and synagogues in the U.S., authorities intercepted cargo flights originating in Yemen and commercial flights with suspicious cargo containing explosive packages on their way to Chicago via New York.  Based on information obtained during the last 24 hours, “several” flights and airports are involved and are being (or have been) subjected to inspection and investigation.  According to sources close to the Northeast Intelligence Network confirmed that explosives have indeed been found in at least one cargo shipment. Intelligence officials have identified the Islamic terrorist group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as the operational group behind this explosives plot.

U.S. Intelligence official: “Serious breach of internal security” at 1 – 2 overseas airports.

Additional information will be forthcoming. For updated reports, tune in to The Roth Show today from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

Western Jihad, Anwar al Awlaki & “the Saudi Factor”

By Douglas J. Hagmann

As a direct result of our outreach to “moderate Muslims” and shameful pandering to Saudi interests, the “field commander” of the Saudi cell that slammed an aircraft into the Pentagon attended a luncheon there just months after the attack.

21 October 2010: As Americans, we were promised by President Bush that everyone responsible for the wholesale murder of nearly 3000 of our family members on September 11, 2001 and those harboring or aiding them would be brought to justice. Sadly, that promise was only partially true under the Bush administration, and demonstrably untrue under the current Obama administration. It is currently hindered by an unprecedented level of conflicts of interests within the Holder justice department.

Although the ongoing injustice for acts of Islamic terrorism waged against Americans pre-dates the Obama administration, the most egregious examples of pandering to Islamic terrorists have certainly occurred under his watch. The massacre at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Malik Hassan, the thwarted Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S. airline, and the failed bombing in Times Square are just a few of the higher profile incidents where the motives rooted in Islam were unquestionably clear yet not publicly acknowledged.

A look at the larger picture, however, reveals a more insidious problem of influence and infiltration that extends much deeper into U.S. politics and is not limited to any one political party or administration. That is the problem of Saudi influence and infiltration, or “the Saudi factor,” which has adversely affected U.S. counter-terrorism investigations for at least the last quarter century and the last five administrations. Their financial influence and fifth-column infiltration has successfully affected the media, government policies, and most absurdly, frustrated countless counter-terrorism investigators, field agents and derailed investigations.

Perhaps the clearest example of the “Saudi factor” disrupting counter-terrorism agents in the field is current al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki (a/k/a Anwar Nasser Abdulla Aulaqi). He is presently recruiting men and women in the U.S. and Canada to Islamic jihad from a base of operation believed located in Yemen, and is the poster child of Saudi influence and infiltration at the highest levels of the United States government.

Yesterday, Catherine Herridge of Fox News revealed that that a Pentagon official invited al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki to a luncheon of military brass at the Pentagon in the wake of 9/11. A heavily redacted “302,” or FBI interview form, was posted by Fox News that provided just enough information to confirm that the al Qaeda terrorist did indeed infiltrate our military headquarters – by invitation. The 302 notes that al Awlaki was “vetted” prior to the invitation and no problems concerning his background were found.

That’s odd, considering that Anwar al-Awlaki was on the radar screens of counterterrorism investigators since at least the mid-1990′s and had numerous run-ins with the law going back to his college days. Counterterrorism investigators found that al Awlaki was also involved, through an associate, with “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, the Muslim terrorist involved in the New York City landmark bomb plot and whose followers were convicted of the 1993 bombing attack of the World Trade Center.

For those who are unaware of his history, Anwar Al Awlaki was born in New Mexico on April 21, 1971 to a Yemeni diplomat who was assigned in the U.S. at that time. Both of his parents were in the U.S. attending New Mexico State University as graduate students.

He received an engineering degree from Colorado State University, compliments, in part, to about $60,000 in scholarship money he fraudulently received from a U.S. government taxpayer funded program. He lied on his application for a US Agency for International Development grant.  In 1990, he lied on his social security application and college documents, stating that he was an international student born in Sana’a, Yemen. He then obtained a Master’s degree in Education from San Diego State University. He also attended George Washington University for a PhD in Human Resource Development on a scholarship provided by the Ministry of Education in Yemen, and received religious training from a France based Islamic correspondence program on Sharia and Islamic jurisprudence.

From 1996 through 2000, Anwar al Awlaki was the Iman at the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami mosque in San Diego. While in San Diego, al-Awlaki was also twice arrested for soliciting prostitutes -once in August 1996 and again in April 1997.

If the Saudi funded “Rabat” mosque rings a familiar bell, it should, as it is where two of the 9/11 terrorists of an exclusively Saudi cell , Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar “worshipped.” In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, counter-terrorism investigators identified Anwar al Awlaki as a person of interest based on his private and frequent meetings with al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar at the mosque after Friday prayers.

Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar were two terrorists of the exclusive Saudi cell that attacked the Pentagon, the very location where al Awlaki dined with top military officials. al Awlaki  was also associated with a third 9/11 Muslim terrorist during his time at the Saudi-funded Dar-al-Hijrah Mosque and Islamic Center. The telephone number to that mosque was found by investigators in an apartment in the Hamburg, Germany apartment of Ramzi BINALSHIBH, a close associate of Mohammed ATTA and a planner of the 9/11 attacks.

On September 17, 2001, just six days after the 9/11 attacks and four days after former President Bush met with Saudi Prince Bandar on the Truman Balcony at the White House, federal authorities met with and interviewed al Awlaki, eventually releasing him.

Meanwhile, al Awlaki was the subject of a terror-finance investigation of the now defunct SAAR  Group, which was funded by the Saudis. It is relevant to note here that an official of the SAAR Group, Jamal Barzinji, a prominent donor and supporter of Barack Obama, signed the deed for the Dar al-Hijrah mosque where al Awlaki was the Imam. And speaking of taxpayer’s money, it was recently reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that the U.S. Census Bureau has been paying Dar al-Hijrah about $23,000 per month since November 2008 to rent space in one of its buildings. Also, the U.S. State Department has used the mosque in promotional videos about America’s Muslim community, and sent students from its Foreign Service Institute to Dar al-Hijrah.

Although al Awlaki is of Yemeni descent, it is important to examine and understand the Saudi influence, connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Islamic infiltration of all levels of U.S. government.

While the statute of limitations had passed for the misrepresentations made by al Awlaki in 1990, investigators found that he applied for a U.S. passport in Denver several years later. Considering his potential value as a source under interrogation for terrorism plots and terror finance related cases, investigators sought and successfully obtained a felony arrest warrant in 2002 based on the passport fraud. Investigators detained al Awlaki at JFK Airport in New York on October 10, 2002 upon his arrival in the U.S. on Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 35 from Riyadh. When questioned, he gave investigators his address as 3159 Row Street, Falls Church, Virginia, which is the address of the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center.

David M. Gaouette

Believing that they were about to take al Awlaki into custody on the felony arrest warrant, investigators were surprised and angered to learn that the arrest warrant was cancelled by David M. Gaouette,  the interim U.S. Attorney for Colorado at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver the day before al Awlaki was scheduled to arrive in New York. This, despite the fact that al Awlaki was on a terror watch list and that Gaouette was fully briefed on Awlaki’s terror ties.  Gaouette has since  been appointed to his present post as the U.S. Attorney in Denver by Attorney General Eric Holder.

Pursuant to instructions from Washington, investigators were forced to let al Awlaki go and apologize to him and his family for the detention. A Saudi representative then escorted al Awlaki and his family to their connecting flight to Washington where he reportedly worked for the Saudi Embassy in addition to having residual ties to the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center.

After a brief stay in the U.S., Anwar al Awlaki was permitted to leave the U.S. without interference. Interestingly, investigators of the 9/11 Commission attempted to locate and interview Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen, but reported that they could not find him.

Al Awlaki surfaced again as the inspiration behind Fort Hood killer Nidal Malik Hassan, the guidance counselor to the attempted Christmas Day airline bomber, the thwarted Times Square bomber, and two “alleged” would-be New Jersey Muslim terrorists arrested in June. Thanks to Saudi influence and shameful pandering to Muslim interests by our leaders in Washington, Anwar al Awlaki remains free in Yemen, acting as a terrorist recruiter soliciting attacks against the citizens of the United States.

Muslim terrorists targetting Western passenger aircraft

17 October 2010: Islamic terrorists are seeking to smuggle SEMTEX, a plastic explosive containing the compounds RDX and PETN, onto Western airlines, according to Arabic language forum discussions posted yesterday.  Based on the data recovered by Archangel, a deep cover operative who has successfully infiltrated such forums, Muslim terrorists are both providing and seeking methods of smuggling the plastic explosive onto commercial aircraft.

Perhaps serving as a dual purpose between motivation and instruction, the terrorists linked to a 19 second video illustrating the dramatic effects of 200 grams of the substance on a Boeing 747 aircraft.  And of course, the Islamic god Allah will be pleased with any such successes, at least according to the participants of this particular forum.

The information has been turned over to the proper federal law enforcement authorities.

Above: Example of explosive assembly posted on Islamic terrorist website(s).

Second edition of Islamic terrorist magazine released

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

11 October 2010: The second installment of Inspire, the magazine published by the Muslim terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) has just been released. It’s 74 pages are as disturbing and alarming as the first edition, which we reviewed and made available on 16 July 2010. Among many other things, the magazine urges all Muslims to wage personal jihad against infidels in the U.S., Canada and all non-Muslim countries. “Open fire on lunch-hour crowds in Washington, D.C.,” and use pickup trucks “as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but [to] mow down the enemies of Allah.”

The group behind the publication, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP), is also reported to be behind the failed Christmas Day airline bombing attempt.

The purpose of the magazine is to appeal directly to the Muslims in the West, “inspiring” and directing them to conduct warfare on Westerners. The magazine references the actions of Nidal Malik HASAN, the U.S. Army major charged with the premeditated murder of 13 and attempted murder of 32 others at Fort hood last year.

The publication also features an article by Samir KHAN, 24, formerly of North Carolina, who writes that he is a proud traitor to the U.S. His writings appear to represent the feelings of many younger Muslims living in the U.S. and the West. He writes, in part:

“I am a traitor to America because my religion requires me to be one. “We pledge to wage jihad for the rest of our lives until either we implant Islam all over the world or meet our Lord as bearers of Islam.”

[Emphasis added by the Northeast Intelligence Network]

KHAN is also suspected as being more than a contributor to this magazine. While in Charlotte, KHAN operated an Islamic terrorist website that promoted the same views as Inspire. Shown here being confronted by Moly Grantham of Charlotte’s WJZY TV, KHAN denied helping al Qaeda or promoting Islamic terrorism. Shortly after the confrontation, KHAN left the U.S. to Yemen, where he is believed to be currently living.

As reported by the Northeast Intelligence Network since shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks, Islamic jihad is coming to the streets of the U.S. “Lone wolf” style attacks, “active shooter” scenarios, and urban warfare is being promoted by this publication and Arabic language websites. This magazine and other such web sites encourage “good Muslims” to launch attacks in the U.S. and throughout the West. One such method of attack, according to this edition of Inspire, is to use a common vehicle to run over as many people as possible, targeting crowded pedestrian areas:
The idea is to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah. You would need a 4WD pickup truck. The stronger the better. You would then need to weld on steel blades on the front end of the truck. These could be a set of butcher blades or thick sheets of steel. They do not need to be extra sharp because with the speed of the truck at the time of impact, even a blunter edge would slice through bone very easily. You may raise the level of the blades as high as the headlights. That would make the blades strike your targets at the torso level or higher.

Pick your location and timing carefully. Go for the most crowed [sic] locations. Narrower spots are also better because it gives less chance for the people to run away. Avoid locations where other vehicles may intercept you. To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle in order to maximize your inertia and be able to strike as many people as possible in your first run. Keep in mind that as soon as people realize what you are up to, they would scatter and run in every direction looking for cover. They would look for areas where the vehicle cannot reach them. Therefore, it is important to study your path of operation beforehand. The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles. In fact if you can get through to “pedestrian only” locations that exist in some downtown (city center) areas, that would be fabulous. There are some places that are closed down for vehicles at certain times due to the swarms of people.

If you have access to firearms, carry them with you so that you may use them to finish off your work if your vehicle gets grounded during the attack. After such an attack, we believe it would be very difficult to get away safely and without being recognized. Hence, it should be considered a martyrdom operation. It’s a one-way road. You keep on fighting until you achieve martyrdom. You start out your day in this world, and by the end of it, you are with Allah.

This idea could be implemented in countries like Israel, the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland and other countries where the government and public sentiment is in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq or countries that had a prominent role in the defamation of Muhammad. In such countries we may strike at the public at large. As long as they target our noncombatants, we will target theirs.

This is one of many ways to implement this idea. You may modify it and add or subtract to it according to what is suitable for your particular conditions. If Allah guides your heart to such a great operation please leave behind a note. Tell the world why you did it.

Credit: Intelligence acquisition by Archangel