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Top al Qaeda operative caught in Pakistan

Break out the sodium penathol and jumper cables, we caught a big fish today boys!

The Pakistani police will wire his nuts up like an Christmas tree and he will sing away, spitting broken teeth along the way..

You will know when this happening because you the dept of homeland security will begin to issue new threat alerts about looking out for scuba diving terrorists or whatever.
Top al Qaeda operative caught in Pakistan
U.S.: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed planned 9/11 attacks
Saturday, March 1, 2003 Posted: 8:35 PM EST (0135 GMT)



ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- The man believed to be the key planner of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 -- and several al Qaeda attacks in the past five years -- was among three terrorism suspects arrested in a CIA-led operation early Saturday in a house outside the Pakistani capital.

The arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is the single most important in the war on terror since September 11, said a law enforcement official close to the investigation.

He was arrested along with a Pakistani political leader, Ahmed Abdul Qadoos, and a man of Middle Eastern origin, Pakistani government officials said.

Mohammed was no longer in Pakistan as of late Saturday, the officials said. It was not known where Mohammed was or who had custody of him.

The law enforcement official said the operation was "ongoing" but that it was unclear whether specific intelligence led to the arrest or whether Mohammed was captured as part of a broader operation.

Mohammed was almost picked up last week in Quetta, Pakistan, 400 miles away from the Islamabad suburb where he was captured. Officials in Quetta picked up one suspected al Qaeda operative, but Mohammed escaped, according to highly placed Pakistan officials. Using the captured suspect, officials tracked Mohammed to the house in the middle class suburb of Rawalpindi, nine miles southeast of Islamabad.

A leader of Pakistan's largest religious political party, Jamaat Islami, lives in the house where Mohammed was captured. The group has not taken a formal stance on al Qaeda, but it has condemned the U.S. presence in Pakistan.

$25 million reward
The White House commended the arrests, calling Mohammed one of Osama bin Laden's "most senior and significant lieutenants, [and] a key al Qaeda planner and the mastermind of the September 11th attacks."

The U.S. State Department had offered up to $25 million for information leading to Mohammed's arrest.

Notified Saturday at 7 a.m. that Mohammed had been captured, President George Bush said, "that's fantastic."

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Mohammed was central to al Qaeda's ability to plan and carry out operations.

"You cannot overstate the importance of this," Fleischer said. "It is a good day, a big day."

Fleischer said the capture sends two messages: One, to the families of September 11 victims, that the mastermind of the terrorist attacks has been caught; and two, to al Qaeda: "It's only a matter of time before we get you."

There are no plans at this point to bring Mohammed to the United States, U.S. government officials said.

They confirmed that Mohammed is no longer in Pakistan and is being taken to an undisclosed location.

Mohammed's al Qaeda roots run deep and wide. One senior government official characterized the breadth of Mohammed's involvement by describing him as the Forrest Gump of al Qaeda, in reference to the book and movie character who appeared in critical moments in recent U.S. history.

U.S.: Interrogation comes first
Mohammed was indicted in 1996 in the Southern District of New York for his alleged role in a Philippines-based plot to blow up 12 U.S.-bound commercial airliners within 48 hours. The indictment has no immediate legal bearing, U.S. government officials said; the priority is to interrogate him.



Mohammed has been linked to the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, Richard Reid's foiled 2001 attempt to blow up an airliner with a shoe bomb, and most recently, the bombings at the El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, that killed 19 last year.

The synagogue bombings were the first successful al Qaeda attacks outside Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four airlines and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing more than 3,000 people.

In September, Yosri Fouda, a reporter for the Arabic-language Al-Jazeera television network, said he interviewed Mohammed while making a documentary for the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Fouda said Mohammed introduced himself as the head of the al Qaeda military committee. He told Fouda, complete with details, that he attended the meeting during which the decision was made to strike at America inside America.

U.S. and coalition intelligence confirmed Mohammed's presence at the meeting.

Mohammed was indicted in 1996 for his alleged role in the airliner plot led by his nephew, Ramzi Yousef. Mohammed's indictment and federal arrest warrant, unsealed after Yousef's sentencing in 1998, provide details of the plot and how Mohammed allegedly operated within al Qaeda.

Yousef rented an apartment in Manila, according to the indictment. Yousef and Mohammed, who used the name Salem Ali, lived there mixing chemicals for explosives. They also had "modified timing devices," according to the indictments.

The airliner plot, nicknamed "Bojinka," which roughly translates to "explosion" in Serbo-Croatian, was uncovered in January 1995 when Mohammed's apartment caught fire.

Authorities searching Yousef's laptop computer found detailed plans to blow up the airliners -- including flight numbers, schedules and bomb-making formulas.

Also in the computer were a communication signed by "Khalid Shaikh" and a letter, apparently related, that threatened to attack American targets "in response to the financial, political and military assistance given to the Jewish state in the occupied land of Palestine by the American government."

The letter, apparently written by Mohammed and his associates, also threatened to assassinate the president of the Philippines, attack aircraft, or even launch a biochemical attack if one of their co-conspirators was not released from custody.

Yousef was caught in Pakistan in February 1995. Mohammed was indicted on seven counts of terror conspiracy for his role in the plot.

Alleged al Qaeda planner
U.S. and Canadian intelligence documents based on the interrogation of Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, an al Qaeda operative who reported to Mohammed, show the level of detail and planning involved in an al Qaeda attack.

Mohammed sent Jabarah from Pakistan to southeast Asia on September 10, 2001, the day before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to the documents.

Jabarah was to lay the groundwork for suicide truck bombing runs on U.S. and British embassies in Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines on September 11, 2002.

The plan was foiled after a terrorist cell in Singapore was broken up. Jabarah was arrested in March and is in U.S. custody.

The Pentagon lauded the news of Mohammed's arrest in Pakistan.

"The government of Pakistan continues to be supportive in its effort to stop terrorists around the world, and we hope that continues," spokesman Sgt. Maj. Lewis Matson said. "The U.S. took a big hit a year and a half ago on September 11. We certainly haven't forgotten that at U.S. Central Command. We're glad a lot of other people recognize that too."

Fleischer said Mohammed's arrest had nothing to do with the lowering of the nation's threat level from orange to yellow Thursday. The information about the arrest came after the Homeland Security Department made the decision to lower it, he said.

Mohammed was born in Kuwait either March 1, 1964 or April 14, 1965. He carries a Pakistani passport.

-- CNN correspondents Maria Ressa, Mike Boettcher, Ash-Har Quraishi, Kelli Arena and Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report.

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jn

How do you like your al Qaeda mountain oysters cooked?

Medium well, or well done?

How about French Roast!!!


So a Spoiled Brat Rich boy, educated in the US, and turned terrorist in the name of of Islam, has now been caught.

With his background just the threat of wiring him up will make him sing like a bird. But they will do it anyway just to be consistant.

The CIA will be taking notes, and the Eygptians or Pakistanis or whereever they shuttle these guys to, will be deciding the correct Amps, and Watts, and how long to leave the switch thrown.

Awesome 01.Mar.2003 21:54

Fisherman

Awesome news to hear. Thanks!

Where Was He Captured, Again? 02.Mar.2003 02:08

Varro

Was he captured in Iraq?
NO. He was captured in Pakistan, our supposed friend.

Kinda blows the Bushit out of the water, doesn't it?

wonder how many we'll catch in iraq? 02.Mar.2003 07:37

rrc

yeah, it guess we will have to wait and see how many of this rats have crawled into Iraq of the past decade.

I guess they can slither into iran or syria when the shit hits the fan.

al-Qaeda and 9.11 Inquiry Chiefs connected 02.Mar.2003 13:48

Michel Chossudovsky

 http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0212/S00150.htm

9/11 Inquiry Chair Tied To Osama's Brother In Law
Sunday, 29 December 2002, 4:18 pm
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New Chairman Of 9/11 Commission
Had Business Ties With Osama's Brother In Law
Now you would think that being a business partner of the brother in law and alleged financier of "Enemy No. 1" would be considered a bona fide "conflict of interest", particularly when your mandate --as part of the 9/11 Commission's work-- is to investigate "Enemy No. 1".

by Michel Chossudovsky
globalresearch.ca
From:  http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO212A.html
27 december 2002


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Unknown to most, UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden's Al Qaeda.

According to a 1998 Senate testimony of former CIA director James Woolsey, powerful financier Khalid bin Mahfouz' younger sister is married to Osama bin Laden,. (US Senate, Senate Judiciary Committee, Federal News Service, 3 Sept. 1998, See also Wayne Madsen, Questionable Ties, In These Times,12 Nov. 2001 )

Bin Mahfouz is suspected to have funnelled millions of dollars to the Al Qaeda network.(See Tom Flocco, Scoop.co.nz 28 Aug. 2002)

Now, "by sheer coincidence", former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, the man chosen by President Bush to lead the 9/11 commission also has business ties with bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi.

Thomas Kean is a director (and shareholder) of Amerada Hess Corporation , which is involved in the Hess-Delta joint venture with Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia (owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans). Delta-Hess "was established in 1998 for the development and exploration of oil fields in the Caspian region...In Azerbaijan Delta Hess is involved in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli PSA (2.72%) and the Garabaghli-Kursangi PSA (20%). It is also an equity holder in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline":

"An air of mystery hangs over Delta- Hess, which... is registered in the Cayman Islands. Hess is in no hurry to reveal the terms of the alliance, which it says are subject to confidentiality clauses. 'There's no reason why this should be public information,' a Hess spokesman says."
-(Energy Compass, 15 Nov. 2002)

Coincidentally, the former Governor of New Jersey is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, together with another prominent member of the board of directors of Amerada Hess, former Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady:

In other words, Delta Oil Ltd. of Saudi Arabia --which is a partner in the Hess-Delta Alliance--is in part controlled by Khalid bin Mafhouz, Osama's brother in law.

And former Governor Thomas Kean not only sits on the board of directors of a company which has business dealings with Khalid bin Mahfouz, he also heads the 9/11 Commission, which has a mandate to investigate Khalid's brother in law, Osama bin Laden.

Dr. Kissinger had a conflict of interest and resigned! The vice chairman of the Commission, former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, resigned for the same reason. (See Xymphora, 19 Dec 2002 )

Now you would think that being a business partner of the brother in law and alleged financier of "Enemy No. 1" would also be considered a bona fide "conflict of interest", particularly when your mandate --as part of the 9/11 Commission's work-- is to investigate "Enemy No. 1".

And the corporate media applauds. Without acknowledging his Saudi business connections, Thomas Kean is heralded as "a man of extraordinary integrity, decency and intellect." In the words of the Baltimore Sun: "he lacks obvious conflicts of interest" (26 Dec.2002). To which I respond: "how more obvious can you get"!

It is also worth mentioning that Thomas Kean also sits as co-chairman of the Homeland Security Project (HSP) under the auspices of the Century Foundation. In this capacity, Kean has played a key role in the draft recommendations of the Century Foundation, which laid the groundwork of the Office of Homeland Security legislation.

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The Saudi Connection

Thomas Kean, described as a "moderate Republican" is not alone in this Saudi business relationship.

Extensively documented, other prominent members of the Republican party including the Bush family have had business dealings with the bin Laden family. (See George W. Bush Financial Scams: CRG selection of articles)

Moreover, it would appear that Delta officials (involved in the UNOCAL trans-Afghan pipeline consortium) played a key role in negotiations with the Taliban. In turn, Enron, the infamous energy giant — whose former CEO, Ken Lay, had close connections to the Bush family — had been contracted in a cozy relationship to undertake feasibility studies for the Unocal-Delta consortium. Enron Corporation had also been entrusted --in liaison with Delta-- with pipeline negotiations with the Taliban government.

Carefully documented by Wayne Madsen, George W. Bush also had dealings with Osama's brother in law Khalid bin Mafhouz, when he was in the Texas oil business. Both George W. Bush and Khalid bin-Mahfouz were implicated in the Bank of Commerce International (BCCI) scandal:

"Other links between Bush and Mahfouz can be found through investments in the Carlyle Group, an American investment firm managed by a board on which former president George Bush himself sat. The younger [George W.] Bush personally held shares in one of the components of the Carlyle group, the Caterair company, between 1990-94. And Carlyle today ranks as a leading contributor to Bush's electoral campaign. On Carlyle's advisory board is found the name of Sami Baarma, director of the Pakistani financial establishment Prime Commercial Bank that is based in Lahore and owned by Mahfouz.
- (See Maggie Mulvihill, Jonathan Wells and Jack Meyers: Slick deals; the White House connection; Saudi 'agents' close Bush Friends,Boston Herald, 11 December 2001).

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In the wake of 9/11

In the wake of 9/11, Khalid bin Mahfouz (Osama's brother in law) was carefully exempted from the Treasury investigations (another "sheer coincidence") which led to the freezing of the financial assets of some 150 Saudi businesses, charities and individuals:

"The US Treasury has frozen the assets of 150 Saudi individuals, companies and charities suspected of financing terrorism. It has named Blessed Relief, a Saudi "charity" as a front organisation providing funds to Osama bin Laden. "Saudi businessmen have been transferring millions of dollars to Bin Laden through Blessed Relief," the agency said.

One rich Saudi patriarch under suspicion is Khaled bin Mahfouz, owner of the National Commercial Bank, banker to the Saudi royal family, US and British authorities have also investigated Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, another billionaire Saudi, for possible financial ties to Bin Laden. Al -Amoudi, who oversees a vast network of companies involved in construction, mining, banking and oil, has also denied any involvement with Bin Laden. His Washington lawyers said he "was unalterably opposed to terrorism and had no knowledge of any money transfers by Saudi businesses to Bin Laden.

Both Al-Amoudi and Bin Mahfouz have been left untouched by the US Treasury Department. The case against them, let alone against the government itself, is unproven. But the post-September 11 spotlight on Saudi Arabia has brought into sharp focus the fundamental question facing the country's rulers."
- (Scotland on Sunday, 11 August 2002)

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The 9/11 Victims Families Law Suit

According to one press report, Thomas Kean --in contrast to Dr. Henry Kissinger-- was selected to head the 9/11 Commission because he was "close to the families of the 9/11 victims, an important credential to the White House, which was coming under increasing criticism from those families" (Scripps Howard News Service, 17 December 2002)

Yet in a cruel irony, the $1 trillion lawsuit filed last August by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks , lists two of Thomas Kean's business partners in the Hess-Delta joint-venture, among the accused: Khalid Bin Mahfouz (Osama's brother in law), and Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi. Both individuals have been tagged in the lawsuit as alleged "financiers" of Al Qaeda. Now, how will Thomas Kean deal with that in the context of the 9/11 Commission?

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Mystery Surrounding the 1998 Embassy Bombings

Former CIA director James Woolsey's testimony confirms that the Sudan pharmaceutical company bombed in 1998 on the orders of President Clinton was owned by Salah Idris, a business associate and protegé of Khalid bin Mahfouz, The bombing was in retribution for the alleged Al Qaeda African Embassy bombings.

The Mahfouz conglomerate, which owns the largest bank in Saudi Arabia, the National Commercial Bank, was preparing to pump money into the trans-Afghan pipeline deal. (For further details, see Michel Chossudovsky, 2002, Chapter VI) Delta-Hess was also set up in 1998 to explore and develop oil and gas resources in the Caspian Sea basin.

Now why would the Clinton administration order the bombing of a factory which was controlled by a business crony of Unocal Corporation and Amerada-Hess?

© Copyright Michel Chossudovsky CRG 2002. For fair use only/ pour usage équitable seulement .

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al-Qaeda and 9.11 Inquiry Chiefs connected
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