Archive for August, 2005

A Summary and Analysis of the July 2005 Terrorist Attacks

By Randy Taylor, Senior Analyst & Electronics Surveillance Specialist

22 August 2005: “What was formerly referred to as al Qaeda, ‘The Base,’ has now mushroomed into an ideology and a worldwide movement encompassing multiple radical Islamic groups, franchise groups all driven by Islamic doctrine of domination throughout the world.”

CHRONOLOGY:

July 7, 2005: Terrorists set off four explosive devices scattered throughout London transit systems resulting in 52 conformed deaths and injuring over 700 people. Bombers were suicide bombers willing to die for their “cause,” which they did.

July 21, 2005: Terrorists deployed four explosive devices around London, once again at various points in London’s transit systems. The devices, however, did not detonate. A fifth explosive device was found later in a rucksack abandoned in bushes at Little Wormwood Scrubs two days after the failed attacks. The terrorist bombers were caught on film, failed to detonate their packages and obviously were not willing to die for their cause.

July 23, 2005: Terrorists attack targets in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheik through use of explosives, deployed in mostly by vehicles with a total of five confirmed explosions. The attacks result in 88 confirmed dead and over 200 people injured. Once again, the terrorists were willing to die for their “cause.

Responsibility and claims for the attacks

July 7th attacks: Almost immediately a written statement is placed on a well known and well visited jihad terrorist forum claiming responsibility for the attacks. The following day, a film is put out over the internet in which responsibility for the attacks is directly assigned to al Qaeda. The film is based on some scenes captured through the use of a cell phone camera during the attacks; where the photos have logo branding by a website specializing in death and gore, the branding was done the previous day. There are additional photos of the carnage and throughout the film, statements by al Qaeda (or one of their offspring) are read aloud in Arabic, and many written Arabic statements by al Qaeda appear toward the end of the film. In addition, later on the 8th just before midnight EST, there is an additional film produced and distributed by Global Islamic Media Front showing a couple of still photos from the attack along with the typical terrorist rhetoric indicating a relationship to the attack.

The attack was successful and bore all the hallmarks of a well organized and well executed attack with good logistical support and planning. Overall, the attack bore all the trademarks of a well executed terrorist attack by the designed and financed by the leaders of al Qaeda.

July 21st attacks: Once again, a written statement in Arabic is released on a terrorist jihad website claiming credit for the attempted and failed attacks, although the authenticity of the claim is in question. The key factor in the aftermath of this attack is there is no film by any group publicly released claiming responsibility or even referencing the attack in a verifiable manner.

The attack itself was poorly directed, poorly planned and poorly executed which is not a trademark of an attack planned directly by al Qaeda leaders; when compared to the previous attack on July 7th, it does not bear the same modus operandi as the July 7th attacks except for the explosives being placed at various transit points within London. The primary point of interest is that the terrorist were not willing to die and they entirely failed in their mission.

July 23 attacks: Again, a statement is released on a terrorist website from a group claiming to be the al Qaeda Organization in the Levant and Egypt and they claim responsibility for the attacks in Egypt. A film is released within 48 hours on the internet only vaguely claiming any responsibility for the bombings in Egypt. However, the film is in exactly the same type of format as the first film that covered the July 7th London bombings, and was much more specific regarding the claim of responsibility.

The attack was extremely successful, well executed and bore the professional hallmarks of an operation orchestrated and executed by the upper echelon of al Qaeda leadership.

Summary Analysis

The attacks on the 7th of July in London and the attacks on the 23rd of July in Egypt were most likely planned and executed by the leaders of al Qaeda or management operating under their specific direction. The attacks in London on the 21st of July were not designed or executed by the same well-organized people.

When you set aside all the evidence such as types of explosives, origins of the perpetrators (which is essentially insignificant compared to the methods of operation), we are left with two key factors that allow us to see the differences in one of the three events. The July 21st bombers failed to detonate their explosives

The July 21st bombers were not willing to die.

The July 21st bombers were most likely known to the July 7th bombers simply by association through a mosque. The second group most likely admired what their predecessors had done on the 7th and seized an opportunity to do the same on the 21st but didn’t have the knowledge, financing, expertise, nor did they have the dedication to execute a successful operation. They were terrorist “wanna-be’s” that actually embarrassed the al Qaeda “cause.” The leaders of al Qaeda are most likely displeased by the July 21st bomber’s actions and are probably very upset with them since their massive failure that day led to multiple arrests and huge successes by law enforcement in shutting down bomb producing locations.

The failure has probably interrupted the preparations of future attacks and has given authorities a goldmine of information that will help disrupt the general operation of the terrorist organization. Yet another clue suggesting disassociation is the film by Ayman al Zawahiri that was broadcast on al Jazeera earlier this month. That film was most likely produced very shortly after the 7th yet long before the 21st since there is no mention of the death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. If the failed attack of the 21st was to be part of an attack designed by the leaders of al Qaeda, Zawahiri’s message would have been filmed prior to the 21st (which it most likely was) and it would have been released prior to the 21st, to give al Zawahiri’s warnings of additional attacks on the UK credibility.

In reality, the leaders of al Qaeda most likely had no idea that a rogue franchise cell was going into action on the 21st of July.

In reality, however, all three attacks were al Qaeda in nature. It is important for people to realize and accept that al Qaeda is no longer simply a group of terrorists residing in Afghanistan who hate the United States and her allies. What was formerly referred to as al Qaeda, “The Base,” has now mushroomed into an ideology and a worldwide movement encompassing multiple radical Islamic groups, franchise groups all driven by Islamic doctrine of domination throughout the world. In this aspect, they are all al Qaeda operations. The original concept of al Qaeda has flourished and grown in a way that Osama bin Laden could only have dreamed about at the inception of the original Jihad against the west.

Osama bin Laden was successful in creating a terrorist entity that transformed into a world wide movement whose sole purpose is the perpetuation of global Islamic domination that will never lack in followers to carry out their deadly mission.

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7 Years Today: The 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

“Operation Infinite Reach” Did Not Reach Far Enough

7 August 2005: Seven years ago today mark the anniversary of the bombings of the Embasies of the United States in the East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of people were killed, including a dozen Americans, and both embassies were heavily damaged and had to be rebuilt. Although the attacks were intended in part to kill employees of the United States government, and indeed killed several U.S. diplomats, most of the victims were African civilians. In the Nairobi attacks, 32 Kenyans and twelve Americans were killed; at the Tanzanian Embassy, eight employees were killed. The remainder of the dead were wither embassy visitors, people walking by or those living in nearby buildings.

At 10:45 local time (3:45 AM EDT), vehicle bombs parked adjacent to the embassies were detonated simultaneously. The majority of the casualties occurred in Nairobi because it was located in a busy downtown area; at that location, 213 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured. As the Dar es Salaam embassy was located further from central downtown, this attack killed at least 12 and wounded 85.

The attacks had all of the hallmarks and were linked to al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. In fact, these bombings resulted in giving bin Laden widespread international attention and further resulted in the FBI placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. He was indicted on November 4, 1998 for his role in masterminding the bombings. In addition to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing of 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, the 1996 Khobar Towers attacks in Saudi Arabia, and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, the Embassy Bombings are one of the most significant Islamic terrorist attacks that preceded the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

The response of the Clinton Administration to the bombings was quite restrained despite the track record of Islamic attacks against the U.S. and her interests. In response to the bombings, then U.S. President Bill Clinton ordered “Operation Infinite Reach,” which was a series of cruise missile strikes on terrorist targets in Sudan and Afghanistan on August 20, 1998, essentially doing nothing to fight Islamic terrorism.

Investigations into the embassy bombings were conducted by the FBI and Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities. A list of suspects was drawn up and several men were charged for their involvement in the bombings. Interestingly, Saddam Hussein’s official press in Iraq praised Osama Bin Laden as “an Arab and Islamic hero.” Richard Clarke, a top Clinton administration counterterrorism official, asserted that Hussein had offered bin Laden asylum after the embassy bombings.

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Insidious Terrorist Tactic: Using “Pregnant” Women to Hide Explosives

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Islamic Terrorists to Exploit PC Weaknesses

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16 August 2005: By their very nature, Islamic terrorists are sick and inhumane, having twisted religious ideologies that cause them to stop at nothing to exploit the weaknesses of our security forces. Currently, we are seeing the terrorists teach new methods and tactics to accomplish their objectives of causing mass casualties.

One of the more insidious methods is to utilize a willing female to feign late-stage pregnancy and place explosives into the empty womb cavity as shown in these images. The message is clear: to exploit political correctness in the U.S. and elsewhere to bypass normal security with little notice (who would dare question the authenticity of a pregnancy?) and inflict the most causalities possible.

Report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

Images obtained by Northeast Intelligence Network Electronic Surveillance Specialist Randy Taylor

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The Case of Osama Awadallah - Defendant to Face Trial in November

Investigative Report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

  • Defendant possessed box cutters, Videotape of Martyrs, bin Laden Photographs
    Defendant knew three of the suspected hijackers
    Defendant Lied to Grand Jury
    Defendant and others “celebrated” anticipated attack on September 10, 2001

5 August 2005: On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin rejected arguments that the retrial of a Jordanian accused of lying about whether he knew one of the September 11 hijackers should be moved because jurors in New York were biased. Lawyers for Osama Awadallah, 26, had argued for a change of venue when it emerged after his first trial that several jurors “were tearfully discussing their September 11 recollections” during the deliberation process. At that time, a holdout juror forced a mistrial.The federal judge ruled that jurors in New York had a more ethnically diverse background than in other parts of the United States, adding that careful jury selection could discern bias. She further stated that “the effects of September 11 were felt nationwide, and there is no reason to believe that jurors in a different jurisdiction would lack an emotional response with prejudicial effects.”

Awadallah is charged with lying during grand jury investigations in the weeks after the attacks when he denied knowing Khalid al-Midhar, one of the five men who hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. The ruling clears the way for AWADALLAH to face a new trial in November.

BACKGROUND: The Strange Case of Osama AWADALLAH

The Strange Case of Osama Awadallah & the Failure of the U.S. Justice System

Man With Prior Knowledge Of 9/11 Hijackers, Attacks, Could Be Set Free for Second Time Next Week by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in NY

Defendant possessed box cutters, Videotape of Martyrs, bin Laden Photographs
Defendant knew three of the suspected hijackers
Defendant Lied to Grand Jury
Defendant and others “celebrated” anticipated attack on September 10, 2001

26 May 2005: On 31 October, 2001, Osama AWADALLAH, 21, a Jordanian student at Grossmont College in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, was indicted on 2 counts for violations of 18 USC § 1623, false declarations before a grand jury. AWADALLAH knew three of the suspected hijackers who spent much of last year living in that area — Nawaf al-Hazmi, Hani Hanjour and Khalid al-Midhar, according to authorities.

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During the course of the investigation into the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a vehicle registered to hijacker Nawaf Al-Hazmi was found in a parking lot at Dulles Airport. A search of that vehicle found documents relating to another 9/11 terrorist hijacker, Khalid Al-Mindhar, and a piece of paper with the name “OSAMA” and an apparent telephone number of 589-5316. Further investigation revealed that this was the defendant’s suburban San Diego, (El Cajon ) California telephone number. FBI agents opened and conducted an investigation of Awadallah, and a search of his car found evidence that he had relationships with two 9/11 hijackers Al-Hazmi and Al-Mindhar, finding references to both written in a college exam booklet. Also according to prosecutors, Awadallah rented a room in the same house as Alhazmi, and was also seen with Alhazmi and al-Midhar at a Texaco gas station in La Mesa where he worked.

Further, it is apparent that Awadallah had prior knowledge of he 9/11 attacks and celebrated the attacks beforehand. As noted on page 250 of the 9/11 Commission Report: “Finally, according to an uncorroborated witness account, early on the morning of September 10, [2001] Abdullah, Osama Awadallah, Omar Bakarbashat, and others behaved suspiciously at the gas station. According to the witness, after the group met, Awadallah said “it is finally going to happen” as the others celebrated by giving each other high fives.”

Awadallah was arrested under a material witness warrant on 23 September 2001 along with Yazeed Al-Salmi of Saudi Arabia and Mohdar Abdallah of Yemen. All three were taken to New York to testify before the grand jury to obtain information about their involvement and association with the two hijackers.

In testimony before a grand jury on 10 and 15 October 2004, he denied knowing al-Midhar even after prosecutors confronted him with a copy of his own journal in which he mentioned al-Midhar. While testifying before the grand jury, however, Awadallah denied any involvement with Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar. He further stated that he had not written the names Nawaf and Khalid that had been found in his college exam booklet. Contrary to his testimony, investigation determined and confirmed that Awadallah did in fact know Kahlid and had written statements in his exam booklet with regard to Al-Hazmi and Al-Mihdhar. Awadallah pleaded not guilty to both charges and was released on $500,000 bail. As the case progressed, Awadallah, through his attorney, filed a motion to dismiss the indictment alleging that (1) he had been denied due process by the government; (2) the government interfered with his right to counsel, and (3) the evidence submitted to the grand jury had been in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of Optional Protocol on Disputes. The Court found that Awadallah had been unlawfully detained and ordered his grand jury testimony suppressed. As a result, the indictment against him dismissed in 2002.

Charges Re-Filed

Upon appeal in 2003, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the charges against Awadallah, noting that the Jordanian student failed to come forward to say he had known two of the September 11, 2001 hijackers.

Now, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin is once again considering throwing out perjury charges related to his alleged advance knowledge of the September 11, 2001 attacks. This time, the judge is considering tossing out the charges because was handcuffed while he testified to a grand jury about his associations with two of the terrorist hijackers.

The District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin scheduled a special Memorial Day hearing to decide whether a jury will begin hearing the case against Osama Awadallah on Tuesday. Defense lawyers argued this week that the case should be dismissed to be consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that found it unconstitutional to force capital murder defendants to appear before juries in shackles during a trial’s penalty phase.

Although different venues, Awadallah lawyer Elizabeth Fink told the judge that the grand jury should be viewed the same as a trial jury because jurors saw Awadallah handcuffed and were told he was dangerous as they decided whether to indict him.

“It’s a serious issue,” the judge said, indicating there would be no trial if she rules in their favor.

In 2002, the judge harshly criticized investigators and tossed out perjury charges against Awadallah, stating that the government’s jailing of witnesses for a grand jury probe of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was “unconstitutional.” Now, it appears that Awadallah will walk again.

Scheindlin, Shira A.

Born 1946 in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service: U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York;

Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 28, 1994, to a seat vacated by Louis J. Freeh; Confirmed by the Senate on September 28, 1994, and received commission on September 29, 1994.

Education:

University of Michigan, B.A., 1967
Columbia University, M.A., 1969
Cornell Law School, J.D., 1975

Professional Career: Private practice, New York City, 1975-1976
Law clerk, Hon. Charles Brieant, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1976-1977
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of New York, 1977-1981
General counsel, New York City Department of Investigation, 1981-1982
U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1982-1986
Adjunct professor, Brooklyn Law School, 1983-1994
Private practice, Short Hills, New Jersey, 1986-90
Private practice, New York City, 1990-1994

Race or Ethnicity: White

Gender: Female

Source: http://air.fjc.gov/servlet/tGetInfo?jid=2112

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