Some of the Islamic Terrorists’ plotted mass murder
OLYMPICS 2000 BOMB
Saturday, 26 August, 2000, 05:37 GMT 06:37 UK Olympic ‘bomb plot’ foiled
Police accidentally uncovered the threat to the Olympics
New Zealand police have uncovered a possible plot to blow up a nuclear reactor in Sydney during next month’s Olympic Games.
The reactor is in Sydney’s suburbs
Australian police have been informed and the two forces are working together on the case involving a group of Afghan refugees who had suspicious material in their possession. The group was reportedly linked with Afghanistan-based terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Detective superintendent Bill Bishop, New Zealand’s National Crime manager, said: “That material included a map of Sydney highlighting a nuclear reactor and highlighting entrance and exit routes.”
In Sydney, a New South Wales police spokesman said they had been briefed by New Zealand on the potential threat to the Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor in the city’s outer suburbs.
Sydney has a population of about 4.5 million which could swell by another million people during the games… The bomb plot was reportedly linked to Osama bid Laden … http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/896660.stm
CYANIDE THREAT: Tapes reveal poison plan
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John Follain and Nicholas Rufford
SECRETLY recorded tapes have revealed plans by followers of Osama Bin Laden for a chemical weapon attack in Europe using a poisonous invisible gas that security sources say was cyanide.
A gang of terrorists active in Britain, Germany and Italy plotted to use tins of tomatoes to transport “a liquid that suffocates people”. The plan was foiled after a Libyan at the centre of the plot was arrested in Munich on Wednesday.
The evidence is the first that Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda organisation was preparing to use weapons of mass destruction. The tapes were made by Italian anti-terrorist police, who bugged an apartment outside Milan that the gang thought was a safe house. The suspects discussed getting 10 litres of the poison, enough to kill thousands if released indoors.
One theory is that the group planned to spread the poison in an American government building in London or Rome. A witness who trained in one of Bin Laden’s camps said he was instructed how to put cyanide in a building’s ventilation system.
The tins of tomatoes could have been used to transport cyanide crystals before they were dissolved into a liquid, which could then be dispersed through the ventilation ducts. If large quantities were available, the vapour produced could kill many occupants of a building within 10 minutes.
The transcripts are part of evidence compiled by Stefano Dambruoso, an Italian prosecutor, against five suspected members of the Salafist Group for Faith and Combat, a militant offshoot of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), backed by Bin Laden. The five are in custody in Milan. At least two had links to Britain.
Last Friday the US Treasury named the Islamic Cultural Institute in Milan, to which cell members were linked, as “the most important base of Al-Qaeda in Europe”. It said the institute was used by Bin Laden’s organisation “as a station from which weapons, men and money travel the whole world”.
The clandestine recordings were made in March and April, when gang members were becoming impatient to receive instructions from Bin Laden and to be told the target. They also reveal claims that female followers of Bin Laden were being trained as potential suicide attackers.
The most chilling conversations took place between Ben Heni Mohamed Lased, a 32-year-old Libyan arrested in Munich last week, and Essid Sami Ben Khemais, 31, a Tunisian, believed to be the leader of the Italian cell, who was arrested in Milan in April. Khemais is believed to have met Mohammed Atta, one of the 19 hijackers behind the American attacks.
Khemais and Lased spent a week in an apartment near Milan to plan terrorist atrocities, unaware it was bugged. Lased is heard trying to teach Khemais to conceal a bomb in a personal cassette player, to which Khemais responds by asking about chemical weapons: “I’d like to learn how to use the medicine, I’d like to see what effect it has when someone breathes it in. The Libyan has the formula; he’s a chemistry professor.”
Another activist said: “What’s going on – you are putting down your guns and taking up industrial products?” Lased replied: “There’s a liquid which is extremely efficient because it suffocates people. Do you want to try it?” The other man said: “Yes, why not. A few barrels.”
In another conversation, Khemais urges Lased to get in touch with “the sheikh”, believed to be Bin Laden, about recruiting attackers.
“Talk to the sheikh. I need two people who I have already got in mind, the Libyan and the Kurd from London. What I need is not an army but two people who have got a brain, training and nothing to lose or to gain. They spread the gas and say goodbye. I only need a barrel of 10 litres and a few documents. God is with us.”
On the evening of March 9, Lased confided: “Believe me, the sheikh is planning something. He has an objective and he wants to realise it, just like he has achieved all his desires. It’s not a little thing.”
Predicting the success of Bin Laden’s terror campaign, Lased said: “God loves us because Europe is now in our hands. Now we are emigrant fighters, that’s the task we’ve got to carry out with honour. We have to be like snakes. We have to fight and then hide.”
Lased also explains how to reach Bin Laden’s training camps by obtaining a visa from Iran’s London embassy, ostensibly for visiting Mecca. “In Iran there is an organisation which helps mujaheddin brothers to cross the border. There’s total collaboration with the Iranians,” he said.
Khemais talked about trips to Afghanistan during which he saw Bin Laden’s weapons, including captured US cruise missiles launched against the camps in 1998 but which failed to explode.
“The Americans are probably convinced that bombing the sheikh’s training camps was a victory, but the truth is it was a defeat. Most of the weapons didn’t even explode and they have enriched the sheikh’s arsenal,” he claimed. http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/cyanide.htm
DIRTY BOMB (2001)
Research on terrorism: trends, achievements & failures – series on political violence, by Andrew Silke, Routledge, 2004 Adam Nathan and David Leppard, ‘Al-Qaeda’s Men Held Secret Meetings to Build “dirty bomb”‘, Sunday ‘limes, 14 October 2001, p. A5. Nick Fielding, Joe Laurier, Gareth Walsh, ‘Bin Laden “almost had uranium bomb”‘, Sunday Times, 3 March 2002 http://books.google.com/books?id=rSpfNJQ4CbAC&pg=PA89
BIN LADEN’S NUCLEAR PLOT: Al-Qaeda’s men held secret meetings to build ‘dirty bomb’
Adam Nathan and David Leppard
EVIDENCE has emerged of a plan by Osama Bin Laden to manufacture a “dirty bomb” that could spray nuclear material over highly populated areas.
British intelligence services are investigating claims by a Bulgarian businessman that he was approached earlier this year by a middleman for Bin Laden seeking to obtain highly radioactive material.
The pair discussed setting up an environmental company as a front to buy nuclear waste that could be combined with conventional explosives to create a “dirty bomb”.
It is believed to be at least the fourth attempt by Bin Laden to obtain nuclear material. The Saudi terrorist has publicly vowed to gain weapons of mass destruction.
The latest approach was made in April after Ivan Ivanov, a Bulgarian businessman with long-standing ties to a Middle Eastern contracting firm, was invited to Pakistan.
On his arrival in Peshawar, Ivanov, a former Bulgarian intelligence officer, said it became clear his hosts were enthusiastic supporters of Bin Laden. They apparently saw his political links in eastern Europe as a “useful asset”.
Speaking in a cafe on the outskirts of Sofia last week, Ivanov recalled how the men took him to see Bin Laden, who was speaking at a religious festival on April 10 on the outskirts of Peshawar.
At the time Bin Laden was wanted for his alleged involvement in the bombing in 1998 of two American embassies in Africa, in which more than 200 people had been killed. Yet Ivanov claimed uniformed Pakistani soldiers armed with M-16 machine guns had provided security.
A day later, Ivanov said he was taken on a rough mountainous bus ride along Pakistan’s remote border with China. There he was led to a secret location, where he was introduced to Bin Laden as “our partner from Europe”.
When Ivanov discreetly checked his Magellan 310 global positioning system, it showed the meeting had actually taken place in China. Western intelligence sources described the meeting near the Pakistani border as “credible”.
Ivanov then travelled with his new business associates to a large villa in Rawalpindi. The next day he was approached by a Pakistani scientist who described himself as chemical engineer.
The scientist, who was highly educated and spoke almost fluent English, said he was interested in obtaining spent nuclear fuel rods from the Kozlodui nuclear electricity plant in Bulgaria.
“He wanted a legitimate way of buying nuclear waste from the power plant,” said Ivanov. “He was ready to give me money in advance to find local companies to help him to export this material.”
Ivanov was offered $200,000 (£137,000) to help set up an environmental firm to buy nuclear waste, and asked if he would run the company. He declined the offer and, on his return home, informed officials in Bulgaria of the meeting.
British authorities in Pakistan later discovered the 49-year-old scientist had been issued with two six-month visas to visit Britain in the last two years. They are now investigating his links with the Bin Laden network.
Although his trips to Britain remain a mystery, intelligence officials believe the scientist may have met sympathisers at British universities or tried to set up front companies similar to the one planned in Bulgaria.
Ivanov’s account of the Bin Laden plot has been backed by Velizar Shalamanov, the former Bulgarian deputy defence minister, who last week said Ivanov had worked for the government.
A British diplomatic source in Pakistan said: “This appears to be a sophisticated plot using a scientist and a credible front company, and that is a concern.”
Although British intelligence believes Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network may have some crude chemical weapons such as cyanide, there is no evidence to suggest he has obtained any nuclear material.
In September 1998 Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, alleged to be a high-level aide to Bin Laden, was arrested in Germany after trying to buy low- grade nuclear reactor fuel.
Jamal al-Fadl, a former Bin Laden aide, told the FBI he had witnessed Al-Qaeda members trying to buy enriched uranium in the mid-1990s, according to court documents. He also claimed to have been to Sudan, where an associate of an army officer tried to sell him uranium for £1m.
Bin Laden has never made any secret of his interest in acquiring nuclear weapons. In an interview in January 1999, he said: “It would be a sin for Muslims not to try to possess the weapons that would prevent the infidels from inflicting harm on Muslims.”
Additional reporting: Matthew Brunwasser, Sofia
Copyright 2001 Times Newspapers Ltd. http://www.remoteviewing.com/remote-viewing-projects/special-reports/poor-mans-nuke/poormansnuke.pdf
TOXIC PLANS (2003)
Exclusive: Toxic Shock: The Very Real Threat of Bio-Chemical Terror (Part 2) Adrian Morgan
Author: Adrian Morgan
Date Published: 2007-03-20
…On January 3, 2003, when police went to arrest Bourgass from his apartment above a chemist’s shop at 352 High Road, Wood Green, north London, castor oil beans, processing equipment (a grinder, mortar and pestle, a bottle of acetone, funnel, thermometers and scales) and photocopied recipes for ricin production were found.
Bourgass had fled to an apartment in Crumpsall Lane, Manchester. When on January 14 police tried to enter this apartment, Bourgass stabbed Detective Constable Stephen Oake eight times as he tried to escape. The detective died from his wounds. Bourgass was convicted in June 2004 and given a life sentence for DC Oake’s murder. In April 2005, Bourgass was found guilty of “conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by using poisons and explosives” and he was sentenced to 17 years’ jail.
Bourgass had frequently slept at Abu Hamza’s mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, where he photocopied his chemical recipes. He had used the mosque as his mailing address. Following Bourgass’ arrest, the mosque was raided on January 20, 2003. Hidden behind ceiling panels were found false passports, CS gas canisters and, ominously, chemical warfare protection suits and a gas mask.
Bourgass had intended to use the ricin which he was developing to attack the busy Heathrow Express rail link, placing ricin on hand rails and in lavatories on the trains. During his 2005 trial, chemical experts confirmed that his production methods – using a solvent to break down fats and oils in the castor oil beans, filtering the substance and evaporating to form a powder – would have been effective. An expert from Porton Down chemical research center recreated the method and tested it on mice. http://www.fsmarchives.org/article.php?id=817543
CNS Reports Ricin Found in London: An al-Qa`ida Connection? http://cns.miis.edu/reports/ricin.htm
From The Times March 21, 2003
Ricin traces found in Paris station
From Adam Sage in Paris Recommend? FEARS grew that terrorists could be planning a poison attack in Europe after the French Interior Ministry said last night that traces of ricin had been found at a mainline railway station in Paris. Officials said that police had found the poison in flasks discovered in a locker by staff at the Gare de Lyon in eastern Paris.
On Monday the police had found two flasks containing a white powder, which tests revealed to be a “highly toxic” mixture containing ricin. They also discovered two other flasks and a bottle containing unidentified liquids.
The discovery will increase fears that a pan-European Islamic network is preparing chemical attacks. It comes two months after police found traces of the chemical in a flat in North London.
There is particular concern that Islamic extremists could try to strike during the first days of the attack on Iraq.
Although France has opposed the war, the authorities in Paris are worried that it could nevertheless be chosen as a target by Islamic groups.
The French Government reinforced its anti-terrorist measures yesterday, drafting in at least 400 additional soldiers to protect main cities.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the Interior Minister, put in place a police unit to co-ordinate the fight against terrorism. He also ordered that all high-speed trains be checked for suspicious packages.
France is known to be a home for Islamic militants who established terrorist networks in and around its cities in the 1990s. Although effective police action has prevented Islamic terrorist attacks there in recent years, French-based groups are thought to be providing support to those abroad, including in Britain.
Two days ago, for instance, French police arrested two suspected terrorists in connection with an inquiry into a so-called Chechen network. The arrests came after police raids in two Parisian suburbs, La Courneuve and Romainville, in December when nine suspects were detained.
At the time, the Interior Ministry said there was evidence to suggest that the group from La Courneuve and Romainville was planning a poison gas attack, as well as a conventional attack on Russian interests in Paris.
Although the police gave few details last night of the discovery at the station in Paris, there will be concern that it could have been planned for use in Britain.
In January, seven suspects, mostly of Algerian origin, were arrested in a flat in Wood Green, North London, where police discovered ricin traces in what appeared to be a chemical laboratory. After the raid, Tony Blair said it was inevitable that terrorists would try to attack Britain at some point.
In Manchester, a police officer was killed during a second operation in connection with the ricin inquiry.
French police will also be studying the possibility that terrorists could be planning attacks on targets in France.
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the French Prime Minister, said yesterday: “The terrorist threat is present. France is targeted like all Western countries. Our country must be governed with calm and determination.”
Ricin is one of the deadliest naturally occurring poisons (Mark Henderson writes). It is four times more toxic than cobra venom and, when injected, can kill with a dose as small as one microgram per kilogram of bodyweight. Bioterrorism experts believe, however, that it is most likely to be used to poison food or water supplies. The toxin is among the most readily available to terrorists. It comes from the seeds of the castor bean plant, Ricinus communis, which is grown all over the world to make castor oil. About a million tonnes of castor oil is produced every year, and the mash left behind as waste can contain as much as 5 per cent ricin by weight. Although the toxic waste is normally rendered harmless by immersion in boiling water, the poison can be extracted using a simple chemical process.
As well as being easy to make in large amounts, ricin is highly stable, making it easy to store and transport. It works as a cytotoxin, or cell poison, with a single molecule capable of killing a cell.
Within three hours the victim will experience abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, followed by severe dehydration, reduced blood pressure and collapse of the liver, kidneys and lungs.
Death usually occurs within three to five days. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article1121649.ece
Ricin Found in Paris; Anti-U.S. Plot? Ricin, Cyanide Found in Paris; U.S. Facilities May Have Been Targets
By Brian Ross March 20, 2003 Vials of the deadly poisons ricin and cyanide were found in a Paris train station locker, French authorities said today. Officials told ABCNEWS they believe the material was apparently to be used in attacks on U.S. targets in Europe.
Two vials of the toxin ricin were found in a self-check storage locker at the Gare de Lyon railway station on Monday. The locker also contained two bottles of a black powder, believed to be iron perchloride, used for explosives, and a small bottle of cyanide, French intelligence sources said.
Officials believe terrorists intended to attack U.S. targets in France or Italy, sources told ABCNEWS. The discovery may have disrupted a major attack, they said.
A ‘Match’ to Poisons Linked to Al Qaeda
Chemical analysis showed the ricin found in Paris “matched” traces of ricin that British anti-terrorist police found during a raid on a London apartment in January, sources said.
One of the seven suspects arrested during the London raid was found to have attended an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.
The London ricin was linked to a Kurdish extremist group in northern Iraq called Ansar al-Islam, known to have ties to al Qaeda.
French authorities had been watching the locker where the ricin was found, as part of a long-term anti-terror investigation, sources told ABCNEWS. They had hoped to arrest an agent when he or she came to retrieve the toxins. When no one arrived, they finally opened the locker.
Ricin is extremely dangerous, but not considered an effective tool for mass killing. It is classified as a Class B bioterrorism agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The poison, which is made from castor beans, is deadlier than cyanide and is most deadly when injected directly into a victim.
If inhaled, it can cause acute lung injury and progressive respiratory failure; if ingested, it can lead rapidly to gastrointestinal hemorrhage, severe dehydration and death within three days.
The other materials found in the Paris locker may indicate a plan to spread the poisons into the air by setting off an explosive charge. http://tvnz.co.nz/content/176960
DIRTY BOMB TO KILL THOUSANDS – US / UK
Terrorist jailed for life for conspiracy to murder in the UK and US
A British man who planned to blow up UK and American targets killing hundreds, if not thousands of people, was jailed for life today with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 40 years.
Dhiren Barot proposed a series of co-ordinated attacks in the UK, including detonating a dirty bomb, launching an attack on a train and packing three limousines with gas cylinders and explosives before setting them off in underground car parks.
The 34-year-old, a close associate or member of Al Qaeda, was arrested by the Met’s Anti-Terrorist Branch in what became at the time, the largest counter terrorist investigation ever launched in the UK. The investigation also involved officers from Special Branch.
Barot also made plans to cause lethal explosions at American financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange and Washington’s World Bank.
His aim was to kill as many innocent civilians as possible.
Mr Justice Butterfield told Barot: “You are a determined and dedicated terrorist. You are a highly intelligent and extremely dangerous man. You trained for years in Pakistan in order to wreak death and destruction on the western world.”
Barot had previously admitted conspiracy to murder at a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court in October.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, said:
“By his own admission Barot wanted to commit mass murder on both sides of the Atlantic. He was the leader of the plot. If he had succeeded, hundreds if not thousands could have died.
“His plans to set off a dirty bomb in this country could have caused widespread fear, panic and disruption.
“Barot was a determined and experienced terrorist. He went to terrorist training camps in 1995, long before 9/11, or the invasions of Afghanistan or Iraq. He is not someone who has recently been attracted to the terrorist cause.
“He is a full-time terrorist. His training showed through. He used anti-surveillance, coded messages and secret meetings, but he could not evade capture. He was stopped before he could attack the British and American people. As always, our concern for public safety was paramount.
“I cannot praise highly enough everyone who has been involved in this case for their tireless and skilful work in bringing Barot to justice. His arrest and conviction will be seen as a landmark in the fight against terrorism in the UK.
“For well over two years we have been unable to show the British public the reality of the threat they faced from this man. Now they can see for themselves the full horror of his plans.”
Barot carried out extensive research and planning for the attacks, including reconnaissance visits to America, via the internet and visiting public and specialist libraries.
He wrote detailed documents for attacks in both countries, which were found on computer hard drives following his arrest in August 2004. Handwritten notes referring to chemical mixtures were also recovered.
In a written plan titled the Gas Limos Project, which was recovered from a laptop during a counter terrorist operation in Gujurat, Barot wrote about the chaos and pandemonium a bomb exploding on a tube train travelling under the Thames could cause.
He wrote: . . . imagine the chaos that would be caused if a powerful explosion were to rip through here and actually rupture the river itself. This would cause pandemonium, what with the explosions, flooding, drowning, etc that would occur/result.
Other elements of the ‘Gas Limos Project’ were recovered in the UK following his arrest in August 2004. It had been completed in the aftermath of the Madrid bombings and proposed a series of co-ordinated attacks to be launched in this country.
Various methods of attack, including packing limousines with explosives and driving them into underground car parks, arson and aeroplanes flown into buildings, were considered in it.
The Gas Limos Project also made reference to David Copeland, who carried out three attacks in London in 1999; Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh and Ramzi Yusef, the 1993 World Trade Center bomber. This clearly demonstrates that Barot had studied and been influenced by the work of other terrorists.
Detailed plans including organisation structures and business histories of some of Barot’s American targets – Citigroup, Prudential, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the New York Stock Exhange – were among other documents found on computers.
The plans also included details of structural surveys, escape routes and security measures and how close emergency services such as fire departments and hospitals were to each building.
The intention, clearly set out in the documents, was to collapse the buildings causing massive loss of life. Plans and research was still being worked on as late as July 2004.
A reconnaissance video filmed in New York and focusing on security measures at Manhattan buildings was also recovered after Barot’s arrest.
The investigation, codenamed Operation Rhyme, set new standards for the scale and complexity of the evidence. Nearly 300 computers and around 1,800 items of discs, cds and removable storage were seized and examined, and 4,000 garages and lock ups visited.
The case also involved a wide range of investigative methods, including forensic linguistics to prove the authorship of documents; facial mapping; computer forensics and handwriting analysis. http://cms.met.police.uk/news/convictions/terrorism/terrorist_jailed_for_life_for_conspiracy_to_murder_in_the_uk_and_us
Muslim was planning dirty bomb attack in UK
By Duncan Gardham Published: 12:02AM BST 13 Oct 2006
Dhiren Barot pleaded guilty A British Muslim yesterday admitted plotting a series of co-ordinated terrorist attacks in this country including one involving a radioactive “dirty bomb”.
Dhiren Barot, from Kingsbury, north London, also pleaded guilty to planning attacks against the IMF, World Bank and financial institutions in New York, Washington and Newark.
…Edmund Lawson, QC, told Woolwich Crown Court, south London: “These plans to carry out explosions at those premises with no warning were basically designed to kill as many innocent people as possible.”
Barot described a car bomb plot called the “Gas Limos Project” as “the main cornerstone of a series of planned attacks” in Britain.
The court heard that Barot had asked for his plans to be outlined as part of his guilty plea.
“The principal planned attack involved packing three limousines with gas cylinders, explosives and the like and detonating them in underground car parks,” Mr Lawson said.
Barot was said to have three other projects, including one that he called the “Radiation (Dirty Bomb) Project”.
He had wanted the attacks to be launched in a “synchronised, concurrent and back-to-back” way with the main Gas Limos Project.
But the court heard he believed that the Radiation Project deserved to be an independent plot in its own right and would cause a number of further “collateral” objectives such as “injury, fear, terror and chaos”.
Expert evidence suggested the Radiation Project, which was aimed at terrorising 500 people, would have been unlikely to kill but would cause “considerable fear, panic and social disruption”.
Barot is said to have made notes of his plans in a Paperchase notebook and to have made a video of targets in New York. The projects, titled “Rough Presentation” and “Final Presentation” were saved on a computer.
Seven other men also face charges of conspiracy to murder. They deny the charges.
The prosecution has accepted that there is no evidence to contradict the defence assertion that no funding had been received and no bomb-making equipment or vehicles had been purchased.
Barot, 34, yesterday became the first Muslim accused of plotting explosions in this country to plead guilty. He was arrested in August 2004.
A short man, with a neatly clipped beard, he stood up and answered clearly “I plead guilty” when the charge of conspiracy to murder was put to him yesterday.
He spent much of the hearing tapping notes into a laptop computer.
Quietly spoken and smartly dressed, Barot is not the usual image of a terrorist. He was born a Hindu and brought up in a north London suburb by middle-class parents.
Family friends have told The Daily Telegraph how Barot’s father, a banker from Nairobi, fled the worsening situation for Asians in Kenya in 1973, when Dhiren was two.
Manu Barot and his wife Bhartia arrived in Britain with Dhiren and his older sister and moved into a neat 1930s semi-detached home in a cul–de-sac in Kingsbury.
While Manu had been a successful professional in Kenya, in Britain his qualifications were worthless and he was forced to turn to factory work while his wife worked in a Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Dhiren and his sister, three years his senior, attended a successful local high school and worked hard. She went on to university and became a teacher.
Dhiren was less academic but was known for his interest in fashion and music.
He planned to become a travel agent after leaving school and to work in hotel management and travel the world.
In fact, he became increasingly interested in Islam and converted when he was 20, prompting a rift with his father, who by then was suffering from a heart condition.
Barot travelled to Pakistani-controlled Kashmir to “investigate the duty of jihad”.
He trained with one of the groups fighting Indian troops in the region and said later that he had “witnessed a side of Islam which cannot be found in classrooms”.
BBC NEWS | UK | Muslim convert who plotted terror – Muslim convert who plotted terror
Barot attended terrorism training camps Dhiren Barot was raised a Hindu in the UK before he converted to Islam. Woolwich Crown Court heard that Barot, 34, from Kingsbury in north-west London, who admitted conspiracy to murder last month, planned to detonate a dirty bomb and launch an attack on London’s Tube.
Edmund Lawson QC, prosecuting, told the court that Barot was born in India in December 1971, and was brought to the UK by his parents the following year.
He attained GCSEs at school in Kingsbury and after leaving in 1988 obtained a City and Guilds in tourism.
His only sustained time in work was as an airline ticket clerk in Piccadilly, central London, from 1991 to 1995, and he later put in for a transfer to Heathrow but his application was turned down, Mr Lawson said.
Then, in September 1995, he told his employers he was going on a “long overseas trip”.
Mr Lawson said investigations revealed he went for a long training session at a terrorist camp in Pakistan.
He inferred Barot was being financially supported somehow, as he did not seek social security benefits at any time.
BAROT TERROR CASE Planned radioactive “dirty” bomb Proposed using petrol tanker for explosion Planned train attacks, including Heathrow Express and Tube under Thames…
Bomb plotter jailed for life Other jobs he appears to have had were as a night porter at luxury apartment blocks in London and he may have also worked for a company called Phone City, Mr Lawson added.
The QC said Barot appeared to have no fixed address in the UK, and he moved frequently from one house to another.
That would have been consistent with anti-surveillance activities, Mr Lawson said.
He said Barot wrote a book published in 1999 called The Army Of Madinah under the name Esa al-Hindi, in which it said Barot converted to Islam at the age of 20.
Mr Lawson told how Barot also had a history of “losing” his passports, and said that several times his documents were reported missing before others were applied for.
Barot received extensive terror training in the use of weapons and explosives, first going to Pakistan for terrorist purposes in October 1995.
He went to the disputed territory of Kashmir and then to a mountainous area called Kotti for many months.
Detailed notes which he made while there in a notebook were later recovered by police in a garage.
The notebook referred to Kalashnikov and AK47 weapons, grenades, various chemicals including sulphuric acid, poisons, a bomb containing TNT and sulphuric acid, and the preparation of nitro-glycerine.
It also featured Molotov cocktails and napalm bombs, and a section on “how to blow up a bridge”.
Parts of the notebook depicting a “basic design for a phosphorous bomb” were shown on TV screens in court.
There were also details on the effects and manufacture of poisons including cyanide and ricin.
Mr Lawson said it featured poison recipes including one for botulinum toxin, “the most toxic substance known to man”.
After Barot was given a life sentence, Peter Clarke, the head of the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Terrorist branch, said there was a “wealth of evidence” he was a “very important figure” within al-Qaeda.
He told the BBC “We believe that early in 2004, he presented his plans to al-Qaeda leadership with the intention of getting the permission and the resources to mount attacks in the United Kingdom.”
The minimum 40-year tariff means Barot will be almost 75 by the time he is released from prison. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6121084.stm
LIQUID BOMB TO KILL THOUSANDS
Agent infiltrated terror cell, U.S. says Air travel in chaos after plot to bomb airliners exposed
Friday, August 11, 2006
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Terrorists were in the “final stages” of a plot to simultaneously blow up as many as 10 jets leaving Britain for the U.S., sending the planes and thousands of passengers into the Atlantic Ocean, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said … http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html
British Muslims ‘planned to kill thousands by bringing down SEVEN transatlantic airliners in one go with liquid bombs’By CHARLOTTE GILL and SAM GREENHILL Last updated at 13:30 04 April 2008
A gang of British Muslims planned to blow up seven planes within hours in the biggest terrorist atrocity since 9/11, a court heard yesterday. Two thousand passengers would have died in the plot by eight fanatics working “in the name of Islam”, the jury was told. It could have involved up to 18 suicide bombers. And they were almost ready to strike. The jets they targeted would all have been bound from Heathrow to cities in the U.S. and Canada, it was claimed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-555465/British-Muslims-planned-kill-thousands-bringing-SEVEN-transatlantic-airliners-liquid-bombs.html
Muslim men plotted to down 7 planes Associated Press
Last Updated: 5:41 PM, September 7, 2009
LONDON — Three British Muslims were convicted Monday of plotting to murder thousands by downing at least seven trans-Atlantic airliners in simultaneous attacks designed by al-Qaida to be the deadliest terrorist strike since Sept. 11, 2001.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, Assad Sarwar, 29, and Tanvir Hussain, 28 were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court in London of leading a plan to detonate bombs on aircraft bound for the United States and Canada, using liquid explosives hidden in soda bottles.
Four other men were acquitted of conspiring to bomb airliners, but admitted lesser charges — and in one case conspiracy to murder. An eighth man was cleared completely.
Tanvir Hussain, 28, was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court, London on 07 September 2009 of conspiring to activate bombs disguised as drinks. Hussain was one of three men to have been found guilty of plotting to kill thousands of people by blowing up planes from London to North America with home-made liquid bombs. The men’s arrests in 2006 led to new airport restrictions on liquids and brought chaos to travellers. The case brought sweeping new restrictions for air passengers, including limits on the amount of liquids and gels they can take carry on board. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/item_8Me0bP3w1l5QKZuMU1rqNJ
Islamic extremist guilty of liquid bomb plot… Three British-born Islamic fanatics planned to use liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks to blow at least seven flights out of the sky. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210876/Islamic-extremist-guilty-liquid-bomb-plot-blow-transatlantic-jets.html
ITALIAN CATHEDRAL ATTACK ON CHRISTMAS
Italy: Plot to blow up Milan Cathedral Islam in Europe December 4 2008
Ilhami is not the first ‘peace activist’ to plan terror attacks. Two Moroccans arrested in Italy yesterday wanted to blow up the Milan Cathedral on Christmas.
They hoped an attack during the busy holiday would cost dozens of lives. This according to tapped phone calls, reports La Repubblica.
The two belonged to an Islamic terror cell which had been followed by the Italian police already for months. “The plot was discovered yet before the suspects could get explosives,” says the Italian minister of Internal Affairs, Roberto Maroni, in response.
Rachid Ilhami (31) and Abdelkader Ghafir (43) were arrested in Giussano, a city 25km away from Milan. The detectives gathered from tapped phone calls and confiscated computer files that the two also prepared attacks on a supermarket and a police bureau. They are arrested on suspicion of terrorism and eventual cooperation with al-Qaeda.
Ilhami had been living since he was ten in Italy. He is married and has two children. He worked as a blacksmith and in his free time worked in a center for peace activities, in the area of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s villa, according to Corriere della Sera. http://europenews.dk/en/node/16911
Terror plot to blow up Eiffel Tower uncoveredBy IAN SPARKS Last updated at 22:26 11 January 2008
The plot to blow up the Eiffel Tower was uncovered through intercepted phone calls A plot by Islamic terrorists to blow up the Eiffel Tower has been uncovered. A scrambled short-wave radio conversation exposing the planned attack on the world’s most visited monument was picked up by Portuguese air traffic controllers and passed on to French spy chiefs. The 1,060ft high tower has more than six million visitors a year – an average of more than 16,000 a day. A successful strike on the 7,500 ton iron tower, which was looked down on Paris since 1889, would be a French 9/11 and could cost thousands of lives. The threat was uncovered in a “vague and muffled” radio conversation picked up by air traffic controllers in Lisbon on Thursday.
It comes after a spate of other threats made in recent days on the websites linked to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terror network, calling for the “brothers of Islam to strike Paris”. A police source close to France’s DST intelligance agency said last night: “It was a muffled conversation in Arabic that was passed on to us as a matter of course, but our analysts clearly identified the threat. “The sheer number of visitors going up the tower every day means a bomb blowing up there could cause the most massive loss of life. We’ve been at our red security alert for several months.” The source added: “Security at the tower was already tight, but is now being stepped up.” Paris’s socialist mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, has been given extra security protection after an Islamist website used by Al Qaeda members listed him as a target. Mr Delanoe – one of France’s few openly gay politicians – was stabbed in an anti-gay attack in 2002. In January 2005, French intelligence officers arrested three French-born Algerians suspected of plotting to blow up the Eiffel Tower. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-507760/Terror-plot-blow-Eiffel-Tower-uncovered.html
CHINA – OLYMPICS (POISON, EXPLOSIVES) PLOT
China says 35 arrested in Olympics bomb plot – CNN.com – 10 Apr 2008 … Islamic terrorists planned to attack Beijing, Shanghai and other Chinese locations with poisonous gas and explosives to sabotage the Summer … http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/04/10/olympic.plot/index.html
NYC TRANSPORTATION, STOCKPILING-WEAPONS
Official: Terror Plot Suspect Admits al Qaeda Ties, May Plead Guilty
Three-Day FBI Interrogation Said to Reveal Denver Man Had Received Explosives Training
FBI Arrests Three Men in Terror Plot that Targeted New York
Documents Allege NYPD Informant Went Bad, Tipped Off Subjects to Surveillance
By BRIAN ROSS, RICHARD ESPOSITO and CLAYTON SANDELL
Sept. 20, 2009
The FBI arrested three men overnight on charges they lied to federal agents during an investigation of a terror plot against New York City that authorities say was “the real deal.”
Authorities arrest three suspects in connection to an alleged terror plot.
Agents in Denver arrested Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year old airport shuttle driver, who authorities say appears to be the ringleader of the alleged plot. Also charged with lying to the FBI was Zazi’s father, Mohammed Zazi.
In New York, the FBI arrested the leader of a Queens mosque, Ahmad Afzali, who authorities allege had been a New York police department informant but “went bad” and tipped off Zazi, his father and others to the investigation.
Afzali’s alleged double cross compromised the case and led the FBI to move in on the suspects much earlier than they had wanted and led to extreme tensions between the Denver office of the FBI and the NYPD. One law enforcement official said the NYPD had been specifically asked not to reveal the investigation to its informants, but went ahead anyway.
In affidavits filed in connection with the arrests, agents say they discovered nine pages of handwritten notes in Zazi’s computer with details on how to make a homemade bomb.
According to the affidavit, Zazi initially denied knowing anything about the notes when he was shown them by the FBI during a three day interrogation.
Later, Zazi admitted the notes were his and that he attended an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan and received instructions on weapons and explosives.
Law enforcement and intelligence officials say the case began in 2008 when the CIA twice picked up on Zazi’s presence in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a place often used by al Qaeda to arrange meetings with foreigners.
Zazi maintained publicly that he had no ties to al Qaeda and had gone to Peshawar only to visit his wife.
According to the FBI affidavits, Zazi went to Peshawar in Aug. 2008 and again in Jan. 2009.
Law enforcement officials told ABCNews.com that electronic intercepts revealed Zazi had sent text messages suggesting, in code, the plot was nearing the attack stage. “The wedding cake is ready,” Zazi allegedly wrote.
The three men are scheduled to appear in court Monday morning on the charges, which authorities say are designed to keep them in custody while more serious charges are considered.
The Hunt for a Hidden Bomb Factory
Have authorities really shut down an alleged New York terror plot?
Days after local police and federal agents busted up an alleged terror plot targeting public transportation in the New York area, law enforcement and counterterrorism officials still aren’t sure if they have captured all of the suspects who might have been in on the plan. Contacted by NEWSWEEK, some officials say they believe U.S. agencies “successfully disrupted” the plot with the arrests last weekend of two men in Denver and one in Queens, New York. But other officials say that more suspects are being sought, and that urgent efforts are continuing to locate what investigators fear could be a bomb factory or an explosives stockpile.
AGAINST SYNAGOGUES & US PLANES
FBI foils terror plot
WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — The FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies have foiled a would-be terror plot to blow up synagogues and shoot down U.S. military aircraft. The case was striking not only because of the efficiency of the FBI but also because the alleged plotters — three Americans and one Haitian — were jailhouse converts to Islam, the New York Daily News reported.
The four men were arrested after allegedly planting bombs outside two synagogues. They had also bought what they thought was a Stinger missile. All of the ordnance came from undercover law enforcement agents and was fake.
James Cromitie, also known as “Abdul Rahman,” David Williams, also known as “Daoud” and “DL,” Onta Williams, also known as “Hamza,” and Laguerre Payen, also known as “Amin” and “Almondo,” now face charges “arising from a plot to detonate explosives near a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, and to shoot military planes located at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York, with Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles,” the FBI said in a statement.
However, “In their efforts to obtain weapons, the defendants dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, and the FBI and other agencies … (made sure they only received) an inactive missile and inert explosives,” the statement said.
The charges were filed in a criminal complaint in White Plains federal court. They “include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles,” the FBI said.
Security analysts have long expressed their concern that extreme Islamist activists have been active in U.S. prisons seeking to convert inmates they could use to carry out terror attacks within the United States. Such converts would in effect serve as “Trojan horses.” They would be recruited within the country and would not have to go through the rigorous systems of border security, monitoring and surveillance that foreign nationals visiting the United States have had to undergo since the al-Qaida terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, killed around 3,000 Americans.
The FBI and other U.S. security agencies have often been criticized for carrying out such “sting” operations. Critics allege that the conspiracies revealed could not have been developed as seriously if it were not for the encouragement that undercover agents and informers controlled by the law enforcement agencies had given the plotters.
However, defenders of such tactics reply that they do indeed work, and that no terrorist attacks have been carried out in the past seven and half years on U.S. soil precisely because these operations have been so effective in attracting would-be terrorists who would certainly have found their arms in other ways.
The same day the arrest of the four men was announced, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech on national security at the National Archives in Washington, reaffirming his determination to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
As part of Obama’s new policy on operating through established legal and constitutional channels to seek the conviction of terror suspects, the Justice Department announced that Gitmo detainee Ahmed Ghailani, suspected of having a role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, will face trial in a federal court in New York. That would be the first civilian court case for a “high-value detainee” from Guantanamo Bay.
Obama’s Gitmo plan has drawn harsh words — and votes — from the Democrat-controlled 111th Congress, which has refused Obama’s request for $80 million to close the prison — at least until details of what will happen with the prisoners there are released.
It didn’t help that FBI Director Robert Mueller told a House of Representatives committee that moving detainees to the United States could create security issues and increase the chance of an attack on U.S. soil.
Equally concerning for the White House is the criticism it has received when the administration has taken a position, such as the reversal on the release of alleged torture photos, that appears more in line with the Bush administration than Obama supporters like or that candidate Obama espoused a few short months ago.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave a very different speech, also on national security, at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington Thursday. Cheney was outspoken in defending the widely criticized practice of “waterboarding” some terror suspects to get crucial information out of them and has been roundly critical of Obama’s move on this issue.
Cheney’s partisan and controversial — but clear and uncompromising — speech and the arrests of the four terror suspects in New York state all highlighted the pitfalls and complexities Obama has to navigate in reforming the U.S. legal system while continuing to defend the American people from the very real threat of terrorist conspiracies designed to kill and maim them. The debate will continue.
CHRISTMAS UNDERWEAR PLOT
Investigators: Northwest Bomb Plot Planned by al Qaeda in Yemen Officials Say Bomb Materials Sewn Into Suspect’s Underwear by Top Terror Bomb Maker
111 comments By RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS Dec. 26, 2009
The plot to blow up an American passenger jet over Detroit was organized and launched by al Qaeda leaders in Yemen who apparently sewed bomb materials into the suspect’s underwear before sending him on his mission, federal authorities tell ABC News.
Northwest Airlines flight 253 is shown on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport… Northwest Airlines flight 253 is shown on the runway after arriving at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Friday. A passenger aboard the plane set off an explosive device, causing a commotion and some minor injuries, a Delta official said. Northwest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta. (J.P. Karas/AP Photo) Investigators say the suspect had more than 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military. The so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, had only about 50 grams kin his failed attempt in 2001 to blow up a U.S.-bound jet. Yesterday’s bomb failed because the detonator may have been too small or was not in “proper contact” with the explosive material, investigators told ABC News.
Investigators say the suspect, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian student whose birthday was last Tuesday, has provided detailed information about his recruitment and training for what was supposed to be a Christmas Day suicide attack. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-yemen-planned-northwest-flight-253-bomb-plot/story?id=9426085
Chicago taxi driver charged with aiding terrorist
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:39pm EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago taxi driver was arrested on Friday and accused of sending money to a Pakistani militant with al Qaeda ties and of planning to bomb a U.S. sports stadium, authorities said.
Raja Khan, a U.S. citizen since 1988, told an undercover government agent he had met Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani Islamic militant accused in a separate case of plotting to attack a Danish newspaper, according to court documents.
…Khan discussed with another unidentified man a plan to … They say he was planning to blow-up some stadium somewhere that …Khan discussed with another unidentified man a plan to attack a stadium in the United States with remote controlled bombs, an idea that may have been Khan’s alone…
in March, Khan and an associate appeared to discuss bombing a stadium in the United States in August, according to the complaint. Khan said that bags with remote controlled bombs could be placed in various locations, and then “boom, boom, boom, boom,” federal officials said.
Khan and an associate, identified as “Individual B,” allegedly had a discussion during which they appeared to talk about attacking a stadium in the United States in “August.” Among other things, Khan described that bags containing remote controlled bombs could be placed in several different locations, and then “boom, boom, boom, boom.” Khan further said that he would ask “Lala” [Kashmiri] to teach him how to conduct such an attack
According to the criminal complaint, Khan also discussed a possible bomb attack on an unspecified U.S. stadium this summer. Speaking with a man identified only as Individual B, Khan allegedly said bags containing remote-controlled bombs could be placed in the stadium and then, “boom, boom, boom, boom,” prosecutors said.
BRITON IS DUPED INTO CARRYING TERROR CASH
The money was intercepted
Sunday March 28,2010
By David Jarvis A PLOT by Al Qaeda to blow up a sports stadium was foiled when a British-based courier was arrested.
The man was held in Chicago as he prepared to board a flight for England carrying cash to buy explosives.
The money, ultimately bound for Pakistan, was intercepted after an elaborate sting by FBI agents who had penetrated the terror cell. Last week taxi driver Raja Lahrasib Khan, 56, a naturalised US citizen of Pakistani origin, was charged with financing terror.
Chicago cab driver accused of helping terrorists
Chicago cab driver Raja Lahrasib Khan, a naturalized US Citizen, … say Khan planned to send money overseas and provide help in bombing a US stadium.
Pakistan Taliban conspired in plot to blow up car in Times Square … 7 May 2010 … American officials say there is growing evidence that the Pakistan Taliban played a role in the failed plot to bomb Times Square at the … http://www.allnewsabout.com/europe/05/07/pakistan-taliban-conspired-in-plot-to-blow-up-car-in-times-square-us-officials-believe/
2 May 2010 … Pakistan Arrests Six Over Times Square Bomb Plot … Bomb Could Have Killed Hundreds – Police sources tell Fox 5 News that the bomb found in an SUV in Times Square was large enough to kill several hundred people and cause a lot of damage to ground level stores in a two-to-three block area. http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/manhattan/bomb-could-have-killed-hundreds
Al-Qaeda number two plotting World Cup terrorist attack -
17 May 2010
… Osama bin Laden’s closest al-Qaeda lieutenant has been plotting a terrorist attack on the World Cup, Iraqi police said.
updated 5:16 p.m. ET May 26, 2010 A Jordanian man now admits he tried to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper in September with a truck bomb he believed “would explode and cause extensive damage,” according to court documents.
Hosam Smadi, 19, has agreed to plead guilty in federal court on Friday. He was arrested in September in an elaborate undercover FBI investigation.
Smadi, a Jordanian citizen living in Italy, Texas, plotted to bomb Fountain Place, a 60-story office building on Ross Avenue, the FBI said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37345627/ns/local_news-dallasfort_worth_tx/
Italy Expelled Moroccans On Suspicion of Pope Plot May 14, 2010 by national Reuters reports two Moroccan students deported from Italy last month were suspected of plotting to assassinate Pope Benedict, an Interior Ministry source said on Friday.
Mohamed Hlal, 26, and Ahmed Errahmouni, 22, students at the University for Foreigners in the central Italian city of Perugia, had been under surveillance by anti-terrorist police for months before they were expelled on April 29.
“During their inquiry, investigators found evidence suggesting the two (suspects) were plotting an attack on the pope,” said the source.
An interior ministry statement issued at the time of their deportation said they were being expelled under prevention of terrorism laws.
Six other foreign students, suspected of contacts with militant Islamic groups, are still under investigation. http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2010/05/14/italy-expelled-moroccans-on-suspicion-of-pope-plot/
Terror suspect held over ricin plot can make asylum claim By JAMES SLACK Last updated at 00:56 15 May 2007
Mouloud Sihali was acquitted of charges in the Ricin plot trial in April 2005 A terror suspect accused of a plot to commit mass murder with the poison ricin was last night freed to claim asylum. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-454774/Terror-suspect-held-ricin-plot-make-asylum-claim.html