Archive for January, 2004

Computer bomb intercepted en route to Tel Aviv

26 January 2004: Hidden inside a computer screen, explosives that were to be used for a suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv were retrieved by Israeli security forces operating along the Green Line, near the Israeli settlement of Elkana.

Acting on intelligence information received from a Palestinian terrorist captured last week in Nablus, Israeli security forces operating near Kafr A-Zawiya on Sunday retrieved the bag rigged with explosives, hidden inside a computer screen.

Ahmed Ibrahim Ashker,18, a Tanzim fugitive arrested by security forces on January 21, was to have perpetrated the attack which was planned by head of the Fatah Tanzim in the Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, Hisham Abu Hamdan, 22.

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Security guard Robert House claims FBI is accusing him of lying after he was shot.

26 January 2004: Law enforcement officers have ruled out terrorism as a motive in the shooting of a guard at a Freeport chemical plant over the weekend. Monday, that security guard talked from his hospital.

The indisputable fact in the story is that security guard Robert House was shot late Friday night. He says the bullet came from a man who was taking pictures of a chemical plant. Now House says the FBI is accusing him of fabricating the entire incident.

The shooting happened not far from the Port of Freeport on a gravel road near the BASF Chemical plant. A man was reportedly sitting in a truck without license plates. Contract security guard Robert House approached him.

“I radioed to my dispatch to say the gentleman was taking pictures of the lights,” recalled House.

Then House says he saw a gun aimed by a man he describes as having a foreign accent.

He said, “Trying to tell him, ‘No, no! Don’t shoot me’ when he shot me.”

It was a shoulder wound. While recovering at a Lake Jackson hospital House says he spoke with an FBI agent and agreed to a polygraph test.

But then House claims the agent told him “the test was telling him that I shot myself. And I told him no, I didn’t. And he said he could it in my eyes, that I was crying out for some type of help.”

This weekend, the FBI’s Houston spokesman Bob Doguim said, “We’ve got more and more reason not to believe this is terrorist related or any terrorist concerns.”

As for Robert House’s allegations, on Monday the same spokesman told Eyewitness News, “We already said what we had to say. We don’t have the luxury of playing this out in public.”

So now Robert House has a lawyer — and he says he also has a fear.

“Actually scared whoever this person was might come back, and on top of that I have the FBI telling me I shot myself,” said House.

House has referred all specific questions to his attorney. However, as of air time for this story, the attorney has yet to return our calls.

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Knowing the Enemy and Knowing Ourselves

21 January 2004: al-Qaeda (“The Base”) is a terrorist group, or umbrella organization, whose real name is Islamic World Front against Crusaders and Jews, which is composed of many different islamic (note the small “i” ) terror groups (such as Egyptian Jihad, al-Fuqra, Jemaat Islamiya just to name a couple) and even disparate groups of individual cells or groups of individuals (such as Jose Padilla or the Lackawanna Six).

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Advisory: Air Travel

Air travelers are advised to remain vigilant even after boarding an aircraft and urged to notify flight personnel of unusual interaction between seemingly unrelated passengers.

7 January 2004: Information obtained exclusively by the Northeast Intelligence Network provided additional insight into the terrorists’ operational plans involving at least one and perhaps more of the recently grounded flights. According to these sources, the following method of operation is “continuing” and will likely result in additional international flights being grounded.

It is already well known that women are being used as “mules” to smuggle explosive material onto airplanes. The other undisclosed aspect of these plans, according to information confirmed by intelligence officials, is that each woman is “accompanied” by 1-2 other people onto a targeted aircraft. The other passengers do not appear to have any connection to the female passenger whatsoever and even carry passports from other countries. These covert associates carry other electronic items that alone, appear harmless (such as a personal CD player, for example) but are actually intended to be used as components for the explosive device. These items are checked and pass through security as they are operational.

Once aboard the aircraft, there is “quiet” interaction between operatives to pass all of the necessary bomb-making components to the delegated operative who assembles the device in the bathroom of the aircraft. At that point, they have “successfully” breached the intense security and have a workable and deadly explosive device that has been assembled at 30,000 feet.

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