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In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious and Most Merciful, Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds, Master of the Day of Judgment, Whom we worship and Whose aid we seek, we, the Learned Elders of Islam, the Ulama Al-Imama al-Oliya, welcome you to this meeting the purpose of which is to ensure that the Ummah2 adopts the AlSah¶wa Jihadi,3 for God has created man in order to bring His word, His law, to the world to rule the world, to defeat the international strategies on the part of the hateful Crusaders, sneaky Zionists and backstabbing Communists to destroy Islam. The Prophet¶s [Peace Be Upon Him] words are clear - ³I have been commanded to fight against people until they testify that there is no god but Allah.´ The days are pregnant and giving birth to new events with Allah's permission and guidance. Today, Muslims are truly mutashahadah, witnesses to some most extraordinary events, as we live in times when His plans are coming to fruition, frustrating the kuffar¶s4 machinations and schemes. Ours¶ was a faith of warfare from its inception. The Final Messenger taught by example that, to put it simply, the non-believers in the world don¶t know what is good for them and must be forced at the peril of their lives, to take the path of submission to Islam. ³And fight them until there is no more fitnah [disbelief and polytheism] and the religion will all be for Allah alone.´5 To accomplish this we will first remove infidel rulers
. The Islamist term for ³safehouse.´ . The pan-Islamic nation . The Jihadist Awakening to the belief that Jihad is a pillar of Islam. 4 . Kafir or Kuffar (plural) is an Arabic word meaning a person who hides, denies, or covers the truth. In cultural terms, it is a derogatory term used to describe a non-Muslim, a Muslim of a differing sect, or an apostate from Islam. 5 . Holy Qu¶ran Sura 8:39
and replace them with God¶s law; fight the groups who do not accept Islam¶s tenets; establish a caliphate6 and name a caliph; liberate land and prisoners and spread religion.7 Oh fighters for God, the confrontation that we are calling for with the polytheist regimes of the West knows no Socratic debates, Platonic ideals, or Aristotelian diplomacy. But it knows the dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing, destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine-gun. We shall restore Islam to its rightful position, first robbed from us by the kufr8 Crusaders, whose bible says: ³Take my enemies, who would not have me rule over them, bring them here and slay them before me.´9 I declare that there is no god but Allah alone; he has no partners. I also declare that Mohammed [PBUH] is his servant and prophet. Allahu Akbar!10 Brothers, let us turn now to the events we have witnessed in the past half-century and thank Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala11] and His last messenger for these miracles, the primary one being that for decades the United States Government refused to admit that so-called ³international terrorism´ was responsible for attacks within its borders. This a fulfillment of the Prophet¶s [PBUH] words, ³Then fight in God's cause--Thou art held responsibly only for thyself--and rouse the Believers. It may be that God will restrain the fury of the Unbelievers; For God is the strongest in might and in punishment.´ America¶s having gone into a state of denial could only be an act of God because the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, the American branch of a once militant jihadi organization, was formed as far back as 1960 after hundreds of young Muslims came to the U.S. to study, particularly at large universities, such as those in California and Michigan. Some belonged to the Brotherhood in their homelands and wanted to spread its ideology here. Leaders scouted mosques, Islamic classes and Muslim organizations for those with orthodox religious beliefs consistent with Brotherhood views. The leaders then would invite them to join a small prayer group, or usra.12 Brothers initially would not reveal the purpose of the prayer groups, and mureeds13 were asked not to tell anyone about the meetings. If a mureed asked about a particular meeting to which they were not invited during which our plans were discussed, the Imam would respond, "Make it a habit not to meddle in that which does not concern you and focus on fundamentals, including the primary goal of the Brotherhood: setting up the rule of God upon the Earth."14
. A government led by a successor to Mohammed. . The Inevitable Confrontation by Sheik Rahman attributed to the Islamic Group http://www.alwasatparty.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=313 8. Showing Allah ungratefulness, and not believing in Him, and the Muslim religion. 9. Luke 19:27 - The Qu'ran testified to the truth of the Bible. It declared it to be given by God, and it even exhorted Muhammad himself to read it in order to be convinced that the message he received was from God. As time went on, many differences were found between the accounts in the Bible and those in the Koran, not only in historical accounts, but also in cardinal doctrines. There were only two choices left: either to declare that the Qu'ran was wrong and forsake it at the risk of being killed, or declare that the Bible has been changed. 10 . God is Great! 11 . Praised and Exaulted is He 12 . Arabic for "family´ 13 . Followers. 14 . http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-0409190261sep19,1,3910166.story?coll=chi-news-hed
The Muslim Brotherhood and its antecedents existed in America for almost fifty years yet the FBI and CIA denied that so-called terrorist groups were active in the United States. Any Islamic or Islamist events were attributed to lone, unconnected men. Then al-Qaeda (³The Base of God¶s Support´) launched a spectacular Jihad in Afghanistan against the Godless Soviet Communists. During this period when we enjoyed this lonewolf status, we were actually granted immunity from prosecution ± until the al-Qaeda¶s15 Transnational Jihadi Network subsidiary, Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group), damaged the World Trade Center. After that Praise God, thanks to Republican neo-conservative American Politician-Crusaders like Newt Gingrich and William Bennett America¶s law enforcement and intelligence community became so fixated on the War On Drugs al-Qaeda was able to prepare for a war on America with only a few minor problems here and there such as Brother Zacarias Moussaoui. And so, on September 11th al-Qaeda pulled the prayer rug right out from under the United States. We must also thank Clinton Democrats like the Jew United States Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick, who was intent on making sure no exposure of Islamist groups operating within the U.S. interfered with the Oslo Palestinian-Israelian Peace Accords.16 She prepared a 1996 memo that quashed any pro-active investigation of our Brooklyn-Jersey City Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya cell, despite that fact that it had already effectuated the first World Trade Center attack. Had this cell been thoroughly investigated the name of September 11th Shaheed Mohammad Atta might have popped up and our plans might have been thwarted. After all, a team hired by the American Army known as ABLE DANGER made the connection to Atta many years later, but prior to September 11th. Americans who are men, not simpering wimps, should blame both the Republicans and Democrats, not al-Qaeda, for September 11th because we couldn¶t have done it without their stupidity. When Bush the Younger replaced Clinton the Degenerate the situation remained the same. America was arrogant, and walls of arrogance and overconfidence are high and wide. Usama bin Muhammad bin Awad Bin Ladin summed it up: ³After the collapse of the Soviet Union in which the U.S. has no mentionable role, but rather the credit goes to God, Praise and Glory be to Him, and the Mujahideen of Afghanistan, this collapse made the U.S. more haughty and arrogant and it started to look at itself as a Master of this world and established what it calls the New World Order. It wanted to delude people that it can do whatever it wants, but it cannot do this.´ THE LIFE OF SHEIK OMAR ABDEL RAHMAN 1938 to 1970 We shall now pay tribute to His Eminence Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as The Blind Sheik, our undisputed Emir.17 He is the Elder of the Elder¶s, master
. The Base of God¶s Support . Gorelick believed that it might be in our interest to allow a member of a so-called terrorist organization such as Hamas to enter the U.S. in some circumstances. Controversy has especially arisen from time-to-time on whether to waive terrorism inadmissibility for certain Palestinians. International Terrorism: Threats and Responses, Hearings on H.R. 1710, the Comprehensive Antiterrorism th Act of 1995, Before the House Comm. on the Judiciary , 104 Cong. , 1st Sess., 243-244 (1995) (testimony of Jamie S. Gorelick, Deputy Attorney General) 17 . The FBI still could not fathom this. Agent Samit, one of the FBI¶s best, was asked in Spring 2006, Q. Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya, what was the relationship between that group and al- Qaeda?
of all Sunni sheikhs, the Imam of Imams and the greatest Islamist thinker of our time. Omar Abdel Rahman¶s PhD. thesis, now a classic of Islamist literature, was an exegesis of the Qu¶ran in which put forth the thesis with the help of Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala] that Jihad, like Hajj, Faith, Prayer, Fast and Charity is a pillar of the Islamic faith incumbent on every Muslim capable of it. This is the basis of the Islam of the Jihadi. The life of the Sheikh, may he someday be free from his prolonged nightmare in solitary confinement in an American maximum security prison, is so intertwined with the history of modern Islamism, that it is impossible to tell one story without telling the other! The name ³Rahman´ means ³Servant of God´ in Arabic and nothing could be more appropriate. Islamism¶s spiritual leader was born into poverty in the small village of Al-Mansoura, in the Nile Delta of Egypt, on May 3, 1938.18 When he was ten months old he became blind and, like many Egyptian youngsters who lost their sight because of parasites or disease (in the Sheik¶s case, congenital19 diabetes), he was taken to the mosque so that he could become a preacher. His uncle, a devout Muslim, raised him and forced him to rise before the morning prayers at 4:00 a.m., in order that he memorize the Qu¶ran in
A. Like EIJ, or Egyptian Islamic Jihad, el Gamaa also fell under the al-Qaeda umbrella. Q. And Abdel Rahman was a spiritual leader of that group? A. That's correct. Q. What was his relationship with Bin Laden, and did he have a position within al Qaeda? A. Well, I'm not sure if he personally had a position within al-Qaeda, but the group did. 18 . Other reports have him born in the village of al-Jamaliyah, in the province of al-Daqhaliyah, 120 miles from Cairo. 19 . Extensive in-breeding played a part in causing the Sheik to become blind as evidenced in this transcript of a conversation between Yousry, the Sheik¶s translator-operative and Lynne Stewart the Sheik¶s attorney-operative in regard to whether the daughter of the Sheik should marry someone already related to her: ABDEL RAHMAN: [Laughing] I saw the Hadith, ³Marry a stranger, don¶t get weak,´ marry a stranger.... Yousry: [As he writes] Marry a strangerABDEL RAHMAN: Don¶t get weak. Yousry: -don¶t get weak. ABDEL RAHMAN: Meaning, the Prophet advises that we marry strangers, don¶t marry the daughter of your paternal uncle or aunt,your maternal uncle or aunt or the daughter of eh, hah.... Yousry: Right, Sir. ABDEL RAHMAN: So, you marry a stranger, don¶t get weak, in order not weak. Stewart: Ask the Sheikh, how old is his daughter. Yousry: She is asking, Sir, how old is your daughter? ABDEL RAHMAN: She is about eh, about twenty-five. Yousry: About twenty-five. Stewart: Mmm hmm. ABDEL RAHMAN: You see? Yousry: Yes, Sir. ABDEL RAHMAN: The word means, ³so you don¶t get weak.´ Yousry: [Repeating] In order not to get weak. ABDEL RAHMAN: Yeah, because of the heredity factor. If the sense of hearing in a family is fifty per cent... Yousry: Yeah. ABDEL RAHMAN: ...the hearing of the son they will have will be twenty-five cent. Yousry: Exactly, Sir. ABDEL RAHMAN: If the sight is seventy-five percent, the son will be twenty-per cent and so on. Sugar can also be passed through heredity, the son will be diabetic. The Hadith says, ³Marry strangers, don¶t get weak.´ Yousry: [Repeating] Marry strangers, don¶t get weak. It was determined that the marriage should take place as one the Sheik¶s sons who had been given this responsibility had previous arranged and approved it. Dr. Zawahiri the Elder wrote: You are a nation that permits acts of immorality, and you consider them to be pillars of personal freedom. You have continued to sink down this abyss from level to level until incest has spread amongst you, in the face of which neither your sense of honour nor your laws object.
Braille. By age eleven he was a hafiz.20 He did his elementary, preparatory, and secondary education in the nearby town of Damietta at schools associated with Al-Azar University. The Sheik had this to say about his humble origins: ³And here is Omar Abdel Rahman, who was sleeping on a pile of rice straw, on top of a bakery that belonged to one of his relatives, whereas he had no home and no parents, and had nothing on him except the clothing he was wearing. And during his studying he used to take half a dollar from his brother as his weekly expenses and now the United States is spending millions of dollars to imprison him.´ Despite the fact he could neither read nor write in Arabic or English Sheik Rahman studied at Al-Azar University School of Religious Studies21 in Cairo, once Egypt¶s most prestigious Islamic university and the oldest university in the world. He graduated in 1965. During his university education, he became exposed to the ideology of the Muslim Brothers, but he did not join them. The Sheik was sent to preach in the Egyptian town of Fayoum, a small village of about twenty thousand people, on the Nile. In 1967, at age 21, radicalized by the disastrous June 1967 Six Day War with Israel, he returned to Al-Azar to study for an advanced degree. Sheik Rahman was arrested in 1968 and dismissed from Al-Azar in 1969 for his Islamically correct ideas. His Eminence protested, ³The State organizes nightclubs and prepares special police to protect adulterers and prostitutes. Liquor factories are built by the State. Doesn¶t this deny God¶s laws?´ Within weeks of making this statement he was arrested, banned from preaching, his pay cut in half and placed under military house arrest by Gamal Abdel Nasser¶s Interior Ministry. PAN-ARABISM vs. PAN-ISLAMISM Gamal Abdel Nasser, a communist sympathizer, was a dangerous enemy of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islam who wanted the Ummah to unite along ethnic rather than religious lines. He accepted military support from godless Communist Bloc nations and nationalized Egyptian farmlands and banks. The U.S.S.R. provided the money and know-how for the Aswan dam. To repay the loan from the U.S.S.R., Egypt was required to turn over all revenues from the Suez Canal to the U.S.S.R. This is what Ahmed Abdel Sattar, the leader of the Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya cell within the United States from 1994 to 2001, said of Nasser: He imposed socialism on us. Sometimes he imposed some kind of communism, when his relationship was good with the Soviet Union. But these were all foreign ideas. This all imported ideas. This is all wrong, so let¶s just put capitalism in effect.22 Islam is the religion of compassionate capitalism as it is written in the Qu¶ran: ³Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury.´23 Muslim Brotherhood jihadi Abdul
. Someone who has memorized the entire Qur¶an. 21. The Oldest Islamic University that concerns itself with the religious syllabus, which pays special attention to the Quranic sciences and traditions of the prophet, on the one hand, while on the other, the university teaches all the modern scientific fields of science. 22. PBS ³Hunting Bin Laden´ Ahmed Sattar Interview http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/interviews/sattar.html 23 . The Holy Qur'an Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 275
Munim Abdul Rauf attempted to assassinate Nasser in 1954. As a result the Brotherhood was made illegal in Egypt. Following this Rauf and five other Brothers were executed, and four thousand Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested. President Nasser would be exposed to three more assassination attempts before he died of a heart attack on September 28, 1970. RAHMAN: 1970 to 1980 On October 15, 1970 Sheik Rahman advised his followers not to pray for Gamal Abdul Nasser because Nasser was a ³pharaoh´ and ³a kafir and unbeliever.´ This strict, by-the-Qu¶ran line of thought culminated with a fatwa24 the Sheik issued that it was a sin to perform prayers for the dead on the corpse of Gamal Abdel Nasser, since Nasser was headed straight for a Siberian Gulag-style hell. As punishment for his antiCommunist, anti-Nasserite remarks, beginning on October 17, 1970 Rahman spent eight months in Cairo¶s vast 12th Century Citadel Prison, now a museum, where he was detained without charges. The Sheik stated: The secret security police in Egypt arrested me in my apartment in Fayoum after the house was searched and some books and money was taken from the house, they dragged me by force to the fortress prison. In the fortress prison, I stayed for eight months. The security officials of the state - the state security officials were asking me all the day about my activities, about the books I read, and things like that. Which books I read, yes, yes. I would stay in my cell, the door of which was closed for 24 hours a day. I had only two containers, one for drinking and the other for urinating. And I didn¶t have access to the proper food or medicine you see, with my health situation. I was tortured and beaten by beating in the middle of the night. I was not accused of any crime and I was not brought before the justice. Upon his release an even more determined Sheik Rahman returned to school, to earn his doctorate by writing a dissertation the Qur¶an¶s teachings about political violence and whether the scriptures banned Jihad during the holy month of Ramadan. Verse 9:5 commands Muslims not to slay pagans until the sacred months have passed and verse 9:36 tells Muslims to fight pagans during those same months. At the core of his beliefs was the teaching of Ibn Taymiyyah a fourteenth-century scholar who ruled that Muslims have the duty to kill leaders who fail to rule by Islamic law. The Sheik became a teacher in the Al-Minya Academy and later in Asyut University. AL-GAMA¶A AL-ISLAMIYYA (THE ISLAMIC GROUP) In 1972 Sheik Rahman settled in Menya, the southern Egyptian town where he was assigned to preach. On June 22, 1972 Sheik Rahman married his first wife ± Aisha. They had ten children:
. Binding religious edict often formulated in respone to a question.
Abdullah, Fatima, Abdul Rahman, Osama, Hassan, Ammar, Khaled, Ibrahim, Khadija, Asmaa, and Sumaya. The Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya, in the 1970s, was the name of the Islamic fundamentalist intellectual current in Egyptian universities that was not attached to any jihadi organization. Its name was first al-Jama¶a al-Diniyya (The Religious Group) and it was active among university faculties. The religious young people of the time changed the name to Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya. The current began to grow in universities in alSa¶id, particularly in al-Minya and Asyut, calling for change by force. However, a majority opposed such a call, until a number of important figures of the independent AlGama¶a al-Islamiyya became linked in the 1970s to the more radical elements of the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically in 1979. This took place in covert fashion and when some of the Al-Gama¶a alIslamiyya leaders in al-Sa¶id learned of this development, they began to form a special organization for themselves, calling for change through force. They sought to form an organization, prepare cadres for it and train them in weapons. This began to emerge clearly at the beginning of 1981 and during this period the first armed robbery took place, of a gold store belonging to a Copt in Naja¶ Hammadi, to fund the organization. This operation was only revealed during judicial investigations of al-Jihad at the end of 1981, after President Anwar Sadat¶s assassination and the Asyut insurrections.25 DOCTOR AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI & EGYPTIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD The Sheikh was one of the approximately nine men who started the Al-Gama¶a in al-Minya, as they were dissatisfied with most of the Muslim Brotherhood. In his book, AlHisad Al-Murr (The Bitter Harvest) Egyptian Islamic Jihad founder Dr. Ayman AlZawahiri summed up the feeling of many jihadi at this time when he stated that the Muslim Brotherhood was more interested in the ballot than the bullet and that this was in his opinion a violation of Shari¶ah, Islamic Law, as he understood that democracy was a new religion that must be destroyed by war. He accused the Muslim Brotherhood of having sacrificed Allah's ultimate authority by accepting the notion that the people are the ultimate source of authority. He justly condemned the Muslim Brotherhood for renouncing Jihad as a means to establish the Islamic State. Al-Zawahiri characterized the Muslim Brotherhood as kuffar. Their adherence to democracy to achieve their political goals meant giving the legislature rights that belonged to Allah. Thus, he who supported democracy was, by definition, an infidel. "For he who legislates anything for human beings, would establish himself as their god" wrote Al-Zawahiri. He criticized the Muslim Brotherhood for extending bridges of understanding to the authorities that rule them. These bridges became part of a package or a quid pro quo: the rulers allowed the Brotherhood a degree of freedom to spread their beliefs26 and the Brotherhood acknowledged the legitimacy of the regime. For him, those who endorsed this
. http://www.alwasatparty.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=313 . In 2005 the Egyptian government permitted members of the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in the political arena but Mubarak has continued the ban on the Gama¶a al-Islamiyya and Dr. al-Zawahiri¶s Egyptian Islamic Jihad Organization, athough certain surrogate parties have been formed.
philosophy could not be trusted even if they split from the Brotherhood. Their minds were forever polluted and set in stone. Al-Zawahiri drew attention to the enormous financial wealth of the Muslim Brotherhood. This "material prosperity," he argued, is the result of the Brotherhood's leaders who escaped Gamal Abdul Nasser's oppression and took over regional and international banks and businesses.27 Doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri was born June 19, 1951 descendent from a deeprooted wealthy Egyptian family. His grandfather was one the Imams at the Al-Azhar mosque, and his other grandfather from his mother¶s side, Doctor Abdul Wahab Azzam was president of Cairo University then was the ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. His father was doctor Mohammad Rabi¶ al-Zawahiri, a professor at the medical school Ain Shams University, one of the most famous doctors before he died in 1995. Ayman was a member and leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood starting at age fourteen, thanks to his great uncle Mahfuz Azzam, who brought Ayman and his brother Muhammad in the fold. Al-Zawahiri recalled, The purpose of this cell was to establish an Islamic government«Jihad means removing the current government through and changing the current regime to establish an Islamic Government instead. This was to be done through a military coup. We were convinced that civilians and the military should cooperate to achieve this end. Al-Zawahiri graduated from medical school in 1974, then spent three years as a surgeon in the Egyptian Army. During Rahman¶s American deportation hearing he was asked about his affiliation with Egyptian Islamic Jihad: Q. Okay. Now, sir, were you a founder or ever a member of an organization al-Jihad in Egypt? A. No. The-the Egyptian court in the case of 1983 denied that there is an organization called al-Jihad. Q. Sir, please, were you ever yourself a member of the organization or did you found this organization? A. This didn't happen and the Egyptian courts dealt with this question. Q. All right. Are you aware, sir, that you've been named in Country Reports on Human Rights as a former member of the al-Jihad? I'm going to introduce this in evidence, one copy. A. No, I don't. I don¶t know that, but I know that the human rights organization mentioned my name among those who have been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured.
Q. Okay. But you were never a member of this organization, is that what you're saying? A. That's correct. Both Egyptian Islamic Jihad and Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya gave priority to Jihad over the religious social Islamic revolution of the modern Muslim Brotherhood. Both groups gave Islamic religious legitimacy to the duty of maintaining Jihad against Arab secular regimes. According to Sheik Rahman the Qu¶ran should rule Muslim states, and all other forms of rule were a negation of the Qu¶ran and a blasphemous challenge to the laws of God. There could be no compromise between the two systems, the two sorts of societies. Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s different geographical areas were divided into anquds28 that were self-contained. If one bunch were plucked from the vine by the Egyptian secret police, the others would remain intact.29 During Rahman¶s American deportation hearing he was asked: Q. Okay. Did you ever hear of an organization Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya in Egypt? A. No such thing. The Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya is the al-Azar - University of al-Azar. Q. Were you ever a member or a founder of this group, Al-Gama¶a alIslamiyya? Were you ever associated with the organization, sir? A. No. Under Sheik Rahman¶s guidance Al-Gama¶a would gain the reputation as the Islamic group that focused primarily on tourists visiting Egypt. The idea was to cripple Egypt¶s biggest industry, cause economic collapse and replace the Egyptian Government with Islamist rulers. The Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya advocated the closing of Pharaonic tourist sites, places that glorified pagan gods. Dr. Rahman repeatedly warned that foreigners who visited sites like the pyramids may be harmed by the group's militants. The Al-Gama¶a eventually merged with Egyptian Al-Jihad or Holy War Group. SHEIK RAHMAN: SAUDI ARABIA 1977 After receiving his PhD. in Qur¶anic exegesis and Islamic theology in 1977 the Blind Sheikh Rahman was appointed as an instructor in the school of religious studies of the al-Azhar University branch in the province of al-Fayyum, despite his Islamist views. He was also appointed as the Imam of the mosque in the nearby village of Fidmin. He used the mosque pulpit to continue to instigate against the ruling regime. In 1977 sensing that another prison term was imminent Sheikh Rahman went to Saudi Arabia where he taught at a girls¶ school (he was allowed to do so because he was
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blind). In Saudi Arabia he made contact with other Islamists, as well as wealthy Saudis who later provided our movement with money. He traveled throughout the Middle East, and met with other leading Islamist scholars and politicians including the Sorbonneeducated scholar Dr. Hassan Abdullah al-Turabi (left), leader of Sudan¶s National Islamic Front (NIF). During his annual leave, he was always invited to lecture at the camps and panel discussions of the Islamists. These discussion groups were organized under the guise of "student unions" that were under the control of Islamists. The Sheik subsequently returned to Egypt in 1980 where he became a professor at the faculty of Osoul al-Deen (Fundamentals of Islam) at the Asyut branch of Al-Azhar University. After his return, he met with members of the Shura Council30 of the Islamic Group in the town of al-Fayyum who asked him to be their leader because they were determined to have a legitimate point of reference. He declined the offer at first, but then accepted it and submitted to their viewpoint. When the Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya entered into an alliance with an al-Jihad organization (that was then led by engineer Muhammad Abdel Salam Faraj) the two sides accepted Abdel Rahman as leader, emir, and mufti of the alliance that engineered the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat. RAHMAN: 1981 to 1987 The Egyptian Pharaoh Anwar Sadat, against the wishes of his internal security service, thought he could use Sheikh Rahman to enlist Islamic support in his contest against the Egyptian left. Sadat was once a devout Muslim before he capitulated to the West - he had invited El-Banna the Elder, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, to speak at the army camp where he was stationed. Sadat hated the Reds and had been a member of the Green Shirts, a group of young Egyptian Nazis, during World War II. When he was a lieutenant in the Egyptian Army he was tried and imprisoned as an Axis spy.31 Sadat continued to express his admiration for Hitler after the war ended.32 Once in power the American puppet Sadat encouraged King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to finance a crusade against communism and atheism in Egypt. Faisal sent more than $100 million to the Sheik Abdel Halim Mahmoud, the director of Al-Azar University. Mahmoud ordered Sheik Rahman to head the campaign in Upper Egypt and at the University of Asyut. Our ties to Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala] eclipse both wealth and power and in 1981, The Blind Sheik Rahman issued a fatwa sanctioning the assassination of Sadat. The fatwa ordered those chosen to carry out the deed ³not to try to commit suicide after the incident because then they would die as kuffar. Instead they should try to escape and if gunned down by soldiers would die as martyrs.´33 The Sheikh had this to say about Sadat:
. Consultive Council. The Shura Counsel at Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya is not a Board of Directors or a war operations room. It is an advisory board for Sheik Rahman unlike what you have in the West. For you ruling of votes at is by the majority. However, if the Shurah council at Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya, the highest authority in the organization, had a majority of 98 percent on a resolution and it is opposed by Rahman, he has the right to cancel the resolution, because it is only consultative to him and not binding.´ 31 . Arie Stav Nativ November 1995. 32 . Letter to Egyptian Daily Al Mussawar September 18, 1953. 33 . William E. Farrell ³Egypt Reports Plot to Kill Aides at Sadat¶s Funeral.´ New York Times October 31, 1981 page 3, 1
The Islamic laws say that those - that any person who rules against the word of God is an oppressor, a corrupt person. This justifies the rise of the people against such a ruler. Sadat, who didn¶t rule by what God has sent, is an atheist, according to the text of the Qu¶ran. He is unjust and a sinner and we must revolt against him, and he should be eliminated. And if he should not be eliminated, except by killing, then he should be killed. God has ordered us to eliminate this oppressor by saying do not depend on those who are unjust. And so you will be touched by fire. He made it our duty, unless you [wish to] see a flagrant atheism. It is our duty to eliminate him from his position, even if this has to be done by killing him. But regarding that someone who is worse will succeed him; are you listening? We are not charged with knowing the future. Our Brothers cased Sadat's palatial home in Cairo, the home of Coptic leader Pope Shenouda, along with the residences of the National Guard and Security Police commanders, and the Ministry of the Interior. They were all heavily guarded so an alternative assassination plan was put in place: Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya Brother Khalid al-Islambouli (right) was assigned to participate in the October 6, 1981 military parade in commemoration of the 1973 ³victory´ against Israel. He allowed the squad he commanded to go on leave and brought in three Egyptian Islamic Jihad34 members willing to die for Allah. As the truck carrying his crew approached the reviewing stand, it stopped and the Brothers dismounted then jihadi justice was meted out. ³My name is Khalid Islambouli, I have slain Pharaoh, and I do not fear death!´ declared Brother Islambouli. And so, on that historic day, two years after Sadat went to Camp David and signed the peace treaty with Israel, members of Islamic Jihad within the Egyptian military along with Brothers from Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya had executed Anwar Sadat. Brother Mohammed Yousry described the rest of the plan, ³It was devised to emulate the plan that the Egyptian officers carried out in 1952 to topple the king. So they tried to do something similar, even though they claim that the 1952 revolution was a product of a conspiracy with the United States government. They tried to do the same. They basically tried to assassinate the president in charge, take over the media centers, take over some parts of the country basically in the south where the government is not able to represent it, and they failed. They did as part of that attempt, control for a period of time, the province of Asyout. And the government had to bring in heavy artilleries and I think the fight took about four or five days in order for the government to go in, if memory serves me right. Something in excess of a hundred police officers were killed in the fighting that followed I think«´ After this coup attempt failed Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya planned to kill senior government officials at Sadat¶s funeral by detonating a large explosive device after which Sheik Rahman would be installed as the interim leader of the Egyptian Islamic Republic.35
. At this time Egyptian Islamic Jihad was a faction of Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya. . William E. Farrell ³Egypt Reports Plot to Kill Aides at Sadat¶s Funeral.´ New York Times October 31, 1981 page 3, 1
We cut the head off the snake but it still wiggled through the sand. Twenty-four soldiers were accused of carrying out the assassination plot, and four were hanged. Five of Rahman the Elder¶s mureeds were charged with having assassinated Sadat, so in October 1981 Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman faced a murder charge and execution for inciting the God-sanctioned act because the organizers of the assassination confessed to the military tribunal that their leader had issued a fatwa legalizing the murder of alSadat stating that Sadat was "kafir." Sheikh Omar's coy response was, "I did not issue a fatwa permitting the killing of al-Sadat. Does al-Sadat need such a fatwa?" In 1982 Sheik Rahman was put on trial for having met with many of the suspects in the months before the execution. Brother Abud Zurnor testified Rahman had given his approval in principle, but had never known about the actual plan to murder the president. ³Rahman said it was right to shed Sadat's blood, unless he obeys God's law, but as regards the assassination at the October 6th parade, the Sheik's advice was not asked. We had lost touch with him.´ When the Sheik testified he sermonized: ³Manmade laws are complete infidelity. It¶s either Islam or the state of ignorance. It¶s either faith or infidelity. Those who don't rule according to God¶s orders are kuffar, oppressors, wrongdoers.´ Sheikh Omar defended himself before the court for eight hours and he and a second defendant, Sayyid al-Salamuni, a professor at the Faculty of Education, Ein Shams University, out of 24 defendants, were acquitted for lack of evidence. Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri recalled this trial, The prosecutor sent 302 defendants to court. The proceedings of the trial started approximately two years after the assassination of AlMujahideen [Sadat]. The trial was unique and full of surprises. But the most important events in the trial were 1) the delivery by Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman of his famous testimony for three days, and 2) the historic testimony by Shaykh Salah Abu-Isma'il36 (may God have mercy on him). Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman later on published his testimony in a book entitled A Word of Truth. Dr. Rahman reviewed the issues of Shari'ah and Jihad (holy war) in detail, citing the Koran and the Sunnah (sayings and doings of Prophet Muhammad) and the consensus of the nation's religious scholars. He responded to the prosecutor's indictment and the AI-Azhar report that the prosecutor has used. This testimony jeopardized Dr. Rahman's legal position because it contained evidence of his support for Jihad and establishing the Shari'ah. The judge warned him that his words were very dangerous because the words of his lawyers could be retracted but his words could not. However, Dr. Rahman insisted on defending the cause of Islam during the trial even if this led to his conviction. Not only that, he put the judge in the dock, holding him responsible for the injustice which he might mete out on Muslims, warning him of God's wrath and punishment, and urging him to judge in accordance with the Shari'ah. Dr. Rahman's opinion was that this was an opportunity that should not be missed to inform the regime of God's teachings. His testimony was the best defense he could offer to his brothers (co-defendants) - especially as
. The late Shaykh Salah Abu Ismail was elected to the Egyptian parliament circa 1976
the verdict was expected to be the death sentence -- by showing the justness of their cause and their noble intention. Indeed, the judge did not issue any death sentence in that case. He cited extenuating circumstances, such as the defendants' just cause and noble intention. I cannot conclude the talk on Rahman's statements at the trial without mentioning some of them that were strong in their justness and straightforwardness. This put him in a very difficult position because the prosecutor could have used these statements against him and demanded the death sentence for him. But he was the scholar of the mujahideen and the mujahid of the scholars. Rahman said this during the trial: The prosecutor's office has defended the sulh (conciliation) treaty between Egypt and Israel. I will not reply to the prosecutor's office. My reply to the committee formed by the Shaykh of Al-Azhar is enough. I will reply to the great scholar (sarcastically) -- the prosecutor who testified that the treaty is valid on the basis of God's words: "As long as these stand true to you, stand ye to them, but if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace." (Qur¶anic verses) Did the Jews stand true to us? Did they incline towards peace? Is it not we who inclined and stood true? My crime is that I have criticized the state and shown the corruption of the society and its hostility to God's religion. I have stood up everywhere saying the words of truth, which are the very basics of my religion and belief. My religion and conscience prompt me to fight injustice and tyranny, refute misconceptions and doubts, and expose the tyrants, even if this costs me my life and possessions. I am not afraid of prison or execution. I am not happy if I am pardoned or acquitted. I am not sad if I am sentenced to death -- it will be martyrdom for the sake of God. Then I will say: I have won, Oh God of the Kaaba. I am a Muslim who lives and dies for his religion. I cannot remain silent while Islam is being attacked everywhere. Oh President of the Higher State Security Court: I have made my argument and said the truth. You must judge in accordance with the Shari'ah and you must apply the rules of God. If you do not do this, you are an unbeliever, a wrongdoer, and a rebel. After he was acquitted he became a folk hero in Egypt and he became more active moving from one Egyptian province to another sermonizing and instigating. The authorities barred him from leaving his place of residence in al-Fayyum and prevented him from delivering sermons and meeting with his followers. This is because article 201 of the penal code says: No one in a house of worship--even if he is a man of religion and is delivering a religious sermon--can say something that opposes an administrative decision or an existing law or regulation. Anyone who does this faces imprisonment and is fined 500 pounds. If he resists, the fine and 13
imprisonment are doubled. Further, the only people who are not allowed to form trade unions--a right that is guaranteed even to belly dancers in Egypt--are the religious preachers and scholars. When another three hundred and two civilians were accused in a separate case of fomenting ensuing riots in the city of Asyut after the Sadat execution, during which more than 100 policemen were killed, the Sheik was put on trial for a second time. Beginning October 1981 Sheik Rahman was imprisoned and tortured for three years simply as a result of opinions he expressed in a fatwa: ³Police surrounded the house and the people from the state security approached me. They took me from the house of my sister in Jiza to the prison known as Lemantourra. When they arrested me, they didn't inform me [of the charges against me]. In Lemantourra Prison, the receiving prison, I stayed for 15 days. And the war prison after that, five months. I was charged with two cases during my imprisonment. The first case is the fatwa, which means in Arabic, a religious opinion, regarding the murder of Anwar Sadat. The second case was participating in the overthrowing of the existing rule. I was severely tortured. Various torture techniques were used. Whipping on and around the genitals; electric shocks to the genitals until I would faint; hanging me upside down from the ceiling for several hours and simultaneous beatings; releasing starved dogs into the cell so they could bite at me; dipping my unclothed body alternatively in boiling and freezing water till I would faint; tying me unclothed under an extremely bright light that would attract certain kinds of mosquitoes; denying me medicine for my diabetes condition; and burning me with cigarette butts and hot iron bars. The court vindicated me of these charges in both charges in both cases. The charges were dismissed against me.´ Dr. Rahman later sued the Egyptian Government for having tortured him during the period he was in prison while awaiting trial, and he was paid about $10,000 in compensation. In October 1984 Sheik Rahman was freed and preached in Embaba. On October 22, 1984 he took a second wife ± Faten. He had three children with her including Mohammed Omar Abdel Rahman. It would not be long until the Blind Sheik, born into poverty, would meet with his Islamist military counterpart, born into great wealth ± both men united by Islam! USAMA BIN-LADEN & GULBUDDIN HEKMATYAR In 1984 in Peshawar, Pakistan, Usama bin Laden co-founded the Afghan Service Bureau. Also known as MaK (from its Arabic name Maktab al Khidmat lil Mujahadeen al-Arab), this organization established guesthouses and training camps for foreign fighters who wished to overthrow the Communist Government of Afghanistan. It also distributed hundreds of million dollars in Middle Eastern and Western (mainly American and British) aid to those involved in the anti-Soviet effort. MaK worked closely with Pakistan, especially with its Inter-Services Intelligence, the Saudi government and Egyptian governments, and our early Islamist network. But to admit to this now would make us look like collaborators with the Americans. Ayman Zawahiri wrote, ³If the Arab mujahideen are mercenaries of the United States who rebelled against it as it alleges, why is it unable to buy them back now? Are they not counted now with Usama Bin Ladin at their head as the primary threat to US interests? Is not buying them more economical and less costly that the, astronomical budgets that the United States is allotting for 14
security and defense? The Americans in their usual custom of exaggeration and superficiality are trying to sell off illusions to the people and are ignoring the most basic facts. Is it possible that Usama Bin Ladin who, in his lectures in the year 1987, called for boycotting US goods as a form of support for the intifadah in Palestine, a US agent in Afghanistan? I remember that he visited us in those days at the Kuwaiti-funded AI-Hilal Hospital in Peshawar and talked to us about those lectures of his. I remember that I told him: 'As of now, you should change the way in which you are guarded. You should alter you entire security system because your head is now wanted by the Americans and the Jews, not only by the communists and the Russians, because you are hitting the snake on its head. Furthermore, is it possible that the martyr - as we regard him -Abdallah Azzam was a US collaborator when in fact he never stopped inciting young men against the United States and used to back HAMAS with all the resources at his disposal? Is it possible that the jihadist movement in Egypt can be a collaborator movement for the United States when Khalid al-Islambuli and his comrades killed Anwar al-Mujahideen, even before the phenomenon of the Arab mujahideen in Afghanistan emerged? Is it possible that the jihadist movement in Egypt can be a US collaborator movement when in fact it brought up its children, ever since the movement started, to reject Israel and all the agreements of capitulation to it and to consider making peace with Israel as a contravention of Islamic Shari'ah? The United States was taken aback by the fact that its scheme in Afghanistan was spoiled by the "Arab Afghans" and by the Afghan mujahideen themselves who had true hearts. The United States wanted the war to be a war by proxy against the Russians, but, with God's assistance, the Arab mujahideen turned it into a call to revive the neglected religious duty, namely Jihad for the cause of God.37 Despite what would be considered by America to be militant anti-Communism, the Western media ignored bin Laden. The first time he appeared in the press was on March 28, 1993 in a New York Times article entitled ³Muslim Militants Share Afghan Link.´38 The caption under a smiling bin Laden read, ³Yemeni officials contend that Osama Binladen, a wealthy Saudi militant and former Afghan guerilla financed several attacks including two bombs in Aden hotels last year that killed an Australian tourist.´ The next time Usama bin Laden appeared in the Times was on April 10, 1994, after his citizenship was revoked and his bank account frozen.39 The Islamists who carried out the December 1992 attempted bombings against some 100 U.S. servicemen in Aden (billeted there to support U.N. relief operations in Somalia) were trained and financed by bin Ladin.40 The Washington Post¶s first mention of Usama bin Laden was not until August 1996.41 This article quoted a 12-page fatwa received by the al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper in London from Usama bin Laden. The fatwa was called ³a letter´ and Usama bin Laden¶s was described as a behind-the-scenes bankroller of Islamism, ³rather than someone who controls his own group.´
. Laura Mansfield translation from ³In His Own Words.´ . Chris Hedges The New York Times. . Youssef M. Ibrahim ³Saudis Strip Citizenship From Backer of Militants.´ 40 . http://www.usembassy-israel.org.il/publish/press/state/archive/august/sd4_8-15.htm 41 . ³Saudi Dissident Reportedly Calls for War on U.S. Troops.´Associated Press, Washington Post August 31, 1996.
The CIA secretly gave at least $1 billion to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Islamist militia through MaK. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a Pashtun civil engineering graduate of Kabul University and former Marxist who had been imprisoned for ordering the assassination of a Maoist student42 was one of the most vehement opponents of secular regimes - including that of the United States ± and, ironically, it was his group that received the lion¶s share of aid from the United States via Pakistan in the 1980¶s. Saudi Arabia matched America¶s total contributions and gave the Mujahadeen an additional 10 billion American dollars.43 The FBI reported A cooperative witness (CW-3) [Sergeant Ali-Mohamed] has been involved in extensive terrorist activity and has provided false information to investigators in the past. CW-3 has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and entered into a co-operation agreement with the Government and has provided information to the Government, which has been corroborated. CW-3 advised being familiar with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. CW-3 advised meeting with Hekmatyar in 1989 in New York. CW-3 said that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was based out of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar provided land in the territory that Hekmatyar controlled for the training camps of Usama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. According to CW-3, Usama bin Laden paid Gulbuddin Hekmatyar for the right to use Hekmatyar's land.44 Robert Oakley, the then Ambassador to Pakistan had aligned the United States with Hekmatyar.45 Oakley served as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer in Japan from June 1953 until December 1955 then joined the Foreign Service in 1957 and was assigned to Khartoum, Sudan in 1958. Robert Oakley was formerly Ambassador at Large for Counter-Terrorism at the Department of State and is presently on the staff of the National Security Council. He had close ties to the CIA and carried out its strategy.46 The Reagan Administration, with the help of the anti-Communist think tanks known as the Hoover Institute and the Heritage Foundation, formulated the policies Oakley put into practice, and as was the will of Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala], these ³patriotic Christian American´ institutions advocated the indirect transference of funds to Usama bin Laden! Oakley would later claim that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar¶s CIA funding was cut however, the journalist Kurt Lohbeck, who extensively covered the Afghani Mujahedeen scene reported:
. Jason Burke Al-Qaeda Casting A Shadow of Terror Page 63 I.B. Tauris September 2003. . Sleeping with the Devil - Robert Baer Crown Publishers, Yousef M. Ibrahim ³Saudis Try to Curb Money Aiding Islamic Militants´ New York Times May 1, 1993 Page 4, 1. 44 . USDC District of Ilinois Eastern Divison 02Cr892 FBI Affidavit of SA Robert Walker 45 . Colin Miner ³CIA Trained WTC Bombing Suspect.´ New York Post January 24, 1994. 46 . http://www.msstate.edu/chair/radvanyi/2002/bio-oakley.html
I mentioned [to Oakley] the havoc that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was causing. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar had gained a reputation for doing battle against more mujahedeen groups than against the communist Afghan regime. He was virulently anti-American and supported the extremist Pan-Islam movement. I spoke of the concern of numerous other mujahedeen leaders concerning Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's growing power among the refugee population, which was a direct result of American largesse. Oakley assured me that the situation would change« [Later, in 1989] Oakley was asked by a British reporter why the United States was providing so much money and support to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, particularly since Gulbuddin Hekmatyar fingered the U.S. as the number one evil to the Islamic world. Oakley stated unequivocally that American support of Gulbuddin had been stopped completely. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, for his part, was quoted as saying that the Americans could not cut him off from supplies because they had never given him anything in the first place. About a week later, I was awakened around two o'clock in the morning by aircraft flying low over my house. I lived about a half mile from the Peshawar airport, which was closed at night except for an occasional military flight - because there were no radar or other instruments for night landings and takeoffs. Several planes were flying low overhead. I got into my car and drove down the road to the fence at the back of the airport. Through the fence, I could see several large, dark green, military transport aircraft, with engines running, on a tarmac on the military side of the airfield. Pakistanis were unloading large boxes to put into Bedford trucks. Western men in trousers and jackets, some wearing baseball caps, were directing the operation. The planes, clearly visible in the moonlight, had no markings. Conspicuously missing on their tails was the green and white crescent and star of the Pakistan air force. As each plane was unloaded, it taxied to the runway and took off. After about an hour, the convoy of fifty or so Bedford trucks left through a back gate in the fence. I got into my car and followed the convoy. Close to an hour later, the convoy came to a large encampment surrounded by a tall fence. It was the training camp of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. I could clearly see what was being unloaded-rocket launchers, boxes I recognized as the type containing rocket-propelled grenades, 107 mm shells, and thousands of small arms ammunition.47 Sometime in the 1980¶s Sheik Rahman sent two of his own sons to fight in Afghanistan as Taliban mujahedeen. In Persian language the world "talib" means "seeker" which in its common meaning is used for every "student of religion.´ Taliban is the plural of the world Talib. Ahmed Abdel Rahman, (born 1964), ran a key training camp in Afghanistan. His nom de guerre was Seif Allah, which means God's sword. The
. Kurt Lohbeck Holy War Unholy Victory: Eyewitness to the CIA¶s Secret War in Afghanistan Regnery Gateway 1993.
Northern Alliance militia captured him on November 8, 2001 fleeing Kabul. Muhammed Omar Abdel-Rahman (born 1978 also known as ³the Lion of God´) the Sheik¶s younger son was an Afghan mujahedeen and an Al-Qaeda functionary captured in Pakistan on February 14, 2003. In early 1985 the Sheik visited his sons and met with the mujahedeen of Afghanistan including Usama the Elder and Hekmatyar the Elder. The Sheik wept when he heard the sounds of combat that he could not see. WOMEN MUST NOT BE EDUCATED Brother Hekmatyar, who has the great honor of being named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist48 is now providing leadership to former Taliban units and has formed allegiances with Mullah Muhammad Omar of the Taliban and al-Qaeda commanders in a war of attrition against the over-extended United States now being waged in Afghanistan. He has begun a campaign against education of girls49 after Hamid Karzai, with help from Western aid organizations, opened hundreds of girls schools, reversing Taliban policy that outlawed most forms of education for girls and women. Handwritten letters found in Afghanistan near four girls¶ schools that were badly damaged by vandals came from Hekmatyar activists.50 In the Afghani Islamist provinces of Paktika and Zabul, the number of girls going to school has plummeted as Islamists have forced the closure of nearly all schools there.51 In 2006 there were nearly 100 attacks on schools in the first half of the year, a sixfold rise from the same period in 2005 including 11 explosions and 50 school burnings, that have led to the deaths of six children.52 When he attended Kabul University Hekmatyar was greatly admired for his acid attacks on unveiled dissolute women.53 JIHAD INCORPORATED MaK ran the Al-Kifah Refugee Center (also known as the Afghan Bureau, the Service Bureau, the al-Jihad Office, or more accurately, the Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya Recruitment Center) in Brooklyn, New York to raise funds and funnel aid to our mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan. Mustafa Shalabi, an Egyptian who had been recruited into an Egyptian Islamic Jihad - Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya cell by Doctor Ayman Zawahiri,54 was a high-ranking MaK official and the director of the Al-Kifah Refugee Center. Aside from acting as a conduit for CIA aid to the mujahideen the Al-Kifah
. Richard Boucher ³U.S. Designates Gulbuddin Hekmatyar a Terrorist´ US DOS February 19, 2003. http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea/sasia/afghan/text2003/0219tr.htm 49. In Jordan, a group led by Muhammad Ahmad al-Chalabi that staged a rally in support of Usama bin-Laden after the September th 11 attacks has shot at a dormitory of a university where women are enrolled. Al-Chalabi was affiliated with our movement in Jordan, al-Tawhid. None-the-less during the trial of Jordanian-American Raed Hijazi for conspiring to carry out poison gas attacks on American and Israeli targets in the kingdom of Jordan during the year 2000 a military court dismissed charges that Hijazi belonged to al-Qaeda - Ian Fisher ³Broad Manhunt in Jordan Angers and Isolates a Town.´New York Times November 16, 2002 Section A Page 3, 1. The judges found no evidence of any al-Qaeda presence in Jordan. Associated Press Dispatch Aman Jordan January 5, 2003. 50 . Kylie Morris ³Afghan Girls School Defiant´ BBC November 10, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2436923.stm 51 . Nicholas D. Kristof ³A Scary Afghan Road´ New York Times Section A Page 13, 1 November 15, 2003. 52 . http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04E7DF1E3FF936A3575BC0A9609C8B63 53 . Anne E. Brodsky With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan from Back Matter Routledge April 1, 2003. ³As for torturing men, they [the Americans] have used burning chemical acids and drills on their joints. And when they give up on (interrogating) them, they sometimes use the drills on their heads until they die.´ ± Usama Bin Laden January 19, 2006. 48. Zawarhiri¶s confession Case No. 462 of 1981, Higher State Security Court
Refugee Center also recruited young American Muslims who were willing to join the ranks of those United States President Reagan called ³freedom fighting Afghanis [who are] an example to all the world of the invincibility of the ideals we in this country hold most dear, the ideals of freedom and independence.´55 Before making the journey some were sent for paramilitary training at a private camp in Connecticut. Although the Neutrality Act barred United States citizens from staging military expeditions against countries not at war with the United States, President Reagan did not make the same mistake that President Kennedy did when he arrested Cuban exiles under this law, and - at the behest of the CIA - the so-called ³Justice´ Department looked the other way when it came across our activities. It had to ± the Vietnam War fiasco had made it impossible for America to send military advisors to Afghanistan and al-Qaeda was America¶s only hope of overthrowing the Evil Soviet Empire.56 An ³Afghan Media Project´ was set up by the United States Information Agency to train mujahedeen as ³journalists´ in Peshawar but relatively little money was allotted to this effort.57 Mustafa Shalabi became overwhelmed by the American dream and one million dollars in donations went unaccounted for! Many righteous Brothers were unhappy with Shalabi¶s corrupt ways and one of his assistants, Brother Mahmud Abouhalima called Sheik Rahman, who was in Egypt and complained. Abouhalima, who was a member of Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya since his student days in 1980 at Cairo University, made a tape of this telephone call and gave it to Brother El-Sayyid A. Nosair (right). The Sheik said that if Shalabi didn¶t come to his senses, and follow his orders, ³I will take a different stand with him.´58 In late 1986, the CIA paid for Hekmatyar to visit the United States. During the visit, Hekmatyar spent time at the center meeting with Director Mustafa Shalabi. He also met with Brothers Mahmud Abouhalima and El-Sayyid Nosair.
MAHMUD ABOUHALIMA After the Sadat assassination Mahmud Abouhalima, a native Egyptian with red hair and a red beard, immigrated to Germany. Soon thereafter the Egyptian newspaper and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak mouthpiece Al-Ahram published Abouhalima¶s name as one of the Brothers wanted for questioning in connection with the Sadat assassination. As a result of this, during the Brothers¶ 1980 German immigration hearing, Abouhalima falsely confessed to being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but he denied taking part in acts of Islamist violence on behalf of Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya. Abouhalima asked for political asylum, but it was denied, so he married Marianne Weber, a German citizen and convert to Islam, in order to avoid deportation. Later, Mubarak would claim Abouhalima tried unsuccessfully to get political asylum ³as a man who is not wanted in Egypt because he is a Nasserist.´59 Abouhalima entered the
. Proclamation 5034 - Afghanistan Day March 21, 1983 . Post Wire Service ³Report of U.S. casualty denied´ New York Post December 29, 1987 page 22 . ³Boston University: Silber¶s Mullah µJournalism¶ Project´ Worker World December 5, 1986. 58. USA v Rahman USDC SDNY 93CR181 (Trial Transcript) TT 18560 59 . Elaine Sciolino ³Egypt Warned U.S. of Terror´ New York Times April 5, 1993 Page A1, 2.
United States on October 4, 1986, with a German passport and a tourist visa, along with his wife, and became a New York cab driver. After overstaying his American visa by years, he received legal permanent residency on December 1, 1990, by falsely claiming to be an agricultural worker under a 1986 amnesty measure. Mahmoud found a lawyer to affirm that he had worked seven months on a South Carolina farm. His wife would later testify that they had only left New York to visit a friend in Michigan, but the INS never questioned his veracity nor did it conduct a through investigation of his petition. Mahmoud¶s brother, Muhammad, also illicitly received amnesty under the same program. Mohmoud Mohmoud, whose name appeared on the Rahman list of unindicted so-called ³terrorist´ co-conspirators generated by the American Department of Justice, aided Abouhalima in this endeavor. In 1992 Mohmoud would be charged with running an ancillary business from the backroom of his Medina Halal Meat Store in Jersey City, New Jersey, that was facilitating illegal immigrants gaining residency under the SAW (Special Agricultural Workers) program. Mohmoud had farmers falsely document the illegal aliens sworn statements that they had worked for at least 90 days tending and harvesting crops for human consumption. Mohmoud, who charged $2,000 for his services, told his customers the details about the farms upon which they supposedly worked. He took them to the farms to ask the farmers questions. The law required that an Immigration official interview the undocumented alien to make sure that the alien had worked for the 90-day period on the farm as an agricultural laborer. The official would sit down with the alien and go over the application and go over the supporting documents and ask questions. ³Tell me about life on the farm. Tell me about how to grow tomatoes. Tell me about how to harvest corn.´ Once the alien passed the interview, he or she submitted all the supporting documents, and the undocumented alien would become a permanent legal resident of the United States. In 1992 an undercover agent posed as an illegal and Mohmoud was convicted of immigration fraud and sentenced to 34 months in prison.60 EL SAYYED A. NOSAIR El-Sayyid Nosair was born in Port Said, Egypt, on November 16, 1955. When he was fourteen, the Zionists bombed his home during the War of Attrition, forcing his father to move to a suburb of Cairo. Nosair earned a degree in industrial engineering then served in the Egyptian Army Air Defense Corps for thirteen months. It was here that covert members of Gama¶a al-Islamiyya recruited El-Sayyid Nosair. Dr. alZawahiri believed a military coup was the way to establish an Islamic State, Our objective for the first phase was to recruit the biggest possible number of civilians, as well as cooperating with the military people. But the coup is a technical issue that should be planned by one of the military people who will join our cell.
. Federal District Court Newark New Jersey 92CR00025
On July 14, 1981 Nosair traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he married a blue-eyed Irish Catholic convert to Islam, Caren Ann Mills Sweeney, to avoid deportation for having overstayed his visa. Caren invited other female converts to Islam to the Nosair home, where one houseguest accused Brother Nosair of sexually molesting her. He was falsely arrested for sexual harassment but the woman agreed to allow the mosque Elders to try the case and Nosair was acquitted. Nosair explained: ³She gave me compensation which I donated to the mosque. The woman had to apologize or face severe consequences.´ Nosair had also been falsely accused of being a rapist. When the FBI searched his apartment it found: ³Legal papers indicating an arrest for rape in Pennsylvania in 1985´ and legal research notes entitled ³Evidence of Victims Sexual Misconduct.´ In 1986 Nosair lost his job as a diamond cutter due to his proselytizing for Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala] and the Nosair¶s moved to New Jersey where he found a job as an electrician¶s helper, but he was almost electrocuted to death. SHEIK ABDALLAH AZZAM During his 1985 trip to Afghanistan Sheik Rahman was reunited with his Al-Azar University classmate Sheik Abdallah Azzam. Azzam, a Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood leader, was the spiritual mentor of Usama bin Laden during the period when he was active in the Afghan Jihad against the Soviet Union. Bin Laden adopted Azzam¶s ideology with regard to the Jihad, and extended it to encompass the struggle against the kuffar, first and foremost the United States. Azzam was the father of the theory of al-Qa¶idah al-Sulbah61, which formed the doctrinal foundation of bin Laden¶s group al-Qaeda, or ³³The Base of God¶s Support.´ In circa 1982 Azzam cofounded MaK. As MaK¶s principal financier, bin Laden was considered the deputy to Azzam. During 1988 to 1989 Azzam operated throughout the U.S. preaching Daawa62 about Jihad wearing traditional Afghani dress. His sermons included anti-American incitement, calls for assistance in the fighting in Afghanistan, and encouragement of the armed struggle against the Zionist entity. Azzam¶s theology was a sea, his words were jewels, and his thoughts were a light for those who held the smoldering embers. He lived the Jihad experiences of the 20th century in Afghanistan and Palestine, and produced a new theory for saving the Ummah from disgrace, shame, weakness, and submission to others. Bin Laden and Azzam shared MaK¶s pan-Islamic ideology, as opposed to pan-Arab ideology, however Azzam foolishly supported Ahmad Shah Massoud, the now deceased leader of the Northern Alliance, who opposed the Taliban. Bin Laden preferred Hekmatyar, who was both anti-communist and anti-Western.63 Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya
61. The solid base. 62. Daawa - (political) proselytization. 63. In May 1999 the 13-year-old grandson of Sheikh Abdallah Azzam, was kidnapped, apparently by Takfiris. The boy was released and Abu Musa, the activist believed to have abducted him, was found unconscious with bullet wounds. He disappeared from a prison hospital. http://www.rd.dgu.ru/enews18.html
leader Usama Rushdie recalled, ³Even Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the imam of the mujahideen, was criticized by Ayman al-Zawahiri and by his brother. They accused him of being an agent for the Saudis one time and of the Americans another time, among other accusations. I still remember a heated discussion between al-Zawahiri and me when we ran into each other on the street in Peshawar, a couple of days before Azzam was assassinated. Zawahiri criticized the Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya for its good relationship with Azzam, and tried to convince me that Azzam was an agent. When the latter was assassinated along with his two sons, I met al-Zawahiri at the funeral, where he was praising the martyred sheikh. This is exactly what they did with Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman when he was imprisoned!64 In Pakistan, in 1989 a lethal amount of TNT explosive was placed beneath the pulpit from which the Sheik Abdallah Azzam was to deliver his Friday sermon.65 It was such a formidable quantity that if it had exploded, it would have destroyed the mosque, together with everything and everybody in it. Hundreds of Muslims would have been killed, but the bomb did not explode. Some Elder¶s believed that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed¶s (also known as ³Muktar´ or ³the brain´) brother Abed Mohammed was behind this failed assassination attempt. In the spring of 1989 Abed Mohammed was killed by a bomb in Peshawar66 in retaliation for the attempted assassination of Abdullah Azzam. Azzam was later killed with his two sons on November 24,1989 in a car bomb attack in Pakistan. Three bombs planted along the route that Abdullah Azzam regularly traveled to the mosque he preached at detonated as he passed, an attack al-Qaeda attributed to the FBI and CIA but we can now tell you without shame that Usama bin Laden himself was responsible for this act as it was carried out on his orders by Dr. alZawahiri¶s bother Mohammed al-Zawahiri!67 KHALID SHAIKH MOHAMMED Although his family came from the Balochistan, Khalid68 Shaikh Mohammed was born in Kuwait on April 24, 1965, where his parents had moved, drawn by the petroleum boom. The oil wealth remained with a small number of privileged families and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed grew up in poverty. His father, Shaikh Mohammed Ali Doustin Baluchi, who died decades ago, was an Imam at a mosque in the Ahmadi municipality, who was stripped of Kuwaiti citizenship after a row with a wealthy Kuwaiti family. Mohammed¶s mother, Halema, worked cleaning women¶s bodies for burial, a prestigious but low-paying job. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed¶s sister was the mother of World Trade Center mastermind Ramzi Ahmed Yousef. Others in the Baluchi clan heard the call: Mohammed¶s oldest brother, Zahed Shaikh Mohammed, attended Kuwait University in the 1980s and was a leader of the
. Zayyet, Montassair The Road to al-Qaeda p88 65. Jonathan Fighel ³Sheikh Abdullah Bin Laden¶s spiritual mentor´ International Center Terrorism Research September 17, 2001 http://www.ict.org.il/articles/articledet.cfm?articleid=388 66 . Ahmar Mustikhan Albion Monitor March 5, 2003 ³Khaled Shaikh Mohammed's Family Ties.´ http://www.monitor.net/monitor/0303a/alqaedamohammed.html 67 . In Peshawar, Pakistan, Abdulla Yusuf Azzam, a Palestinian intellectual, was assassinated in a car bombing reportedly ordered by Osama bin Laden for suspected CIA ties. San Francisco Chronicle August 19, 1998 p.A16 68 . Arabic for ³Man of eternal life.´
Muslim Brotherhood. Zahed convinced Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to join it. At this time the precursor to Hamas, the Islamic Association of Palestinian Students was formed on campus, and it also had an influence on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who went on to study mechanical engineering at Chowan College, a small Baptist school in North Carolina, along with Abd al-Karim Yousef, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef¶s older brother. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was forced to attend a once-a-week Christian chapel service. He got his degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a small black school located in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the mid-1980¶s Khalid Shaikh Mohammed left America for Afghanistan, to fight the Soviet occupiers, where his brother Zahed was regional director of a Kuwaiti charity called Lajnat al Dawa al-Islamia, the Committee for Islamic Appeal. The charity had over 1,000 agents in Pakistan and spent $4 million a year in the region. Their money came indirectly from the CIA. The two brothers were joined by a third, Abed and became part of the jihadi community that included Sheik Azzam, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and Usama bin Laden, who came and went with his wives and children in his own airplane. Hekmatyar, perhaps the leading member, would become a short-term Prime Minister of Afghanistan as leader of the Hizb-i-Islami Party.69 Because of Azzam¶s immense popularity, Usama bin Laden never revealed his part in Azzam¶s termination and dealt with it by proclaiming: ³And so the CrusaderJewish alliance killed and arrested the symbols of honest scholars and active advocates ± and we sanctify no one but Allah. The Crusader-Jewish alliance had killed the Mujahid Sheikh Abdullah Azzam; and arrested the Mujahid Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in the land where the prophet, peace be upon him, ascended to heaven; and the Mujahid Shaykh Omar Abid-al-Rahman in America.´ DEATH TO COPTIC CHRISTIANS In July 1985 Sheik Rahman was arrested for a third time. The Sheik commented: ³The secret police arrested me. I was held three months. I was never accused officially of any crime. I do not know why I was released.´ Sheik Rahman was discharged from field prison on October 5, 1985. It was on that very day Soliman Khater, an Egyptian army conscript, shot dead seven Israeli tourists in Ras Burka, Sinai, to commemorate the Sheik¶s release. Khater was a sleeper agent and had no apparent connection to us. A few years later Khater, who the Egyptian government said suffered from mental illness,70 was found hanged in his jail cell.71
69. Islamic Party. 70 . The Egyptian Government often casts Islamists as insane - Copts who were present at the churches attacked in Alexandria, Egypt on April 14, 2006 quickly poked holes in the version of events presented by the Interior Ministry and state media, which had the perpetrator, Abd al-Raziq -- described as the ³mentally ill´ and diagnosed with schizophrenia -- following his grim itinerary unaided, using public transportation in Alexandria¶s dense traffic to reach churches miles apart within a span of two hours. Angry Copts protested what they saw as a cover-up, casting doubt on the security services¶ assertion that the attacks had been the work of a lone madman. 71. Esmat Salaheddin ³Militants reconsider truce´ Middle East Times (Reuters). http://www.metimes.com/2K/issue2000-25/eg/militants_reconsider_truce.htm
Sheik Rahman was imprisoned for one month in Awan prison in August or September 1986 for a lecture regarding the question of how the Christian Coptic minority in Egypt should be treated as second class citizens, or Dhimmis: ³I was prevented from delivering my lecture. I was arrested and so were about seventy of the people who came to attend my lecture. The authorities also threw tear gas bombs in the masjid. I was taken to and detained in Quina town prison. During my detention I was questioned like before, deprived of necessary medication and given very little food. After one month I was released.´ After the Sheik was freed from detention the CIA sponsored a two-week trip he made to the United States to attend a 1986 Islamist conference. He returned to the United States in 1987 for an additional two weeks. Between 1986 and 1990 Sheik Rahman made seven applications to enter the United States, all over which were reviewed by CIA Officers under diplomatic cover. The Blind Sheik Rahman was turneddown only once for security reasons, although on two other occasions he was refused entry because he failed to purchase a round-trip ticket or refused to list the name of his sponsor. Two of his visa applications were approved despite the fact he was on the Watch List of 2.7 million foreigners. CIA officers granted the Sheik a visa in Cairo in 1986 and 1987 and in the Sudan in 1990. In 1987 another visa application was approved in Cairo, but the State Department claimed it could not determine if the visa was actually issued. In July 1987 he was turned down for one visa.72 RAHMAN: 1987 to 1989 The year 1987 was a slow one for the Sheik, ³We have found no one who will listen or pay attention to us,´ he said. One rival group in Fayoum, led by Shawki alSheikh declared Sheik Rahman a kafir. Shawki was killed in 1988. In September 1988 Rahman was placed under house arrest until April 1988. After his release the Sheik was rearrested while he was preaching at Masjid al-Rahman in the southern city of Aswan, when security forces encircled the masjid, attacked and entered with automatic rifles drawn and their boots on: The police in Aswan arrested me, because I made a speech in the mosque. It was a religious speech. They arrested about seventy persons. The police take me to Kina Prison. It's a district near Aswan. I was brought before the justice in charge of aggrieved persons, aggrieved because of the detention, and he decided that I should be released. And the Minister of Interior objected to this decision. And the judge again decided to release me. I was detained more than a month.
. Classified Report from the Office of the Inspector General Sherman Funk, USDOS cited by Douglas Jehl, New York Times ³CIA Officers Played Role in Sheik Visas´ July 22, 1993 Funk would eventually determine that there was no CIA involvement, just disorganization ± Doug Jehl, ³Inspector Doubts CIA Role in Sheik¶s US Entry´ New York Times April 28, 1993.
THE BROOKLYN / JERSEY CITY ISLAMIST CELL While the Sheik was being persecuted to death in Egypt things were going smoothly in the United States with little interference from law enforcement. The Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s Brooklyn / Jersey City cell was comprised of the Recruitment / Refugee Center and the Al-Farooq Mosque in Brooklyn and the Masjid al-Salaam, the "mosque of peace," in Jersey City. Despite the fact that there was ample basis for an FBI investigation of the first Islamist cell to operate in New York and New Jersey area in 1988, it took the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center before the FBI took us seriously. True, they took some photos of us training, but that was about it. Even after the 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane by Brother ElSayyid Nosair there was very little ³heat´ on Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s Brooklyn / Jersey City cell. The Justice Department reported: ³Mahmud Abouhalima and other men in the New York City area were then involved in military training activities and were covertly involved in domestic terrorist activity including several conspiracies to murder and attempted murders and bombings which took place in the New York City area from 1988 to 1990. These activities included the attempted murder of Mikhail Gorbachev in New York in December 1988 which was frustrated by a grenade which failed to explode, several surveillances of Rabbi Meyer Kahane in 1988 and 1989, a failed effort to murder President Mubarak of Egypt during a visit to the Waldorf Astoria hotel in 1989, and the planting of pipe bombs at a gay bar in Greenwich Village on April 28, 1990, the Sheraton Hotel where Vice President Dan Qualye was speaking on May 20, 1990 and the Hilton Hotel where then-U.N. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick was speaking on May 23, 1990.´73 GORBACHEV AND MUBARAK PLOTS The attempted murder of foreign leaders is usually a front-page story in the American media, however the attempted assassination of Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1988 and the attempted assassination of Hosni Mubarak in 1989, (from April 1, 1989 to April 4, 1989 Mubarak made an official visit to Washington and a private visit to New York City on April 5, 1989) did not merit even one line or news report anywhere in the media. The FBI covered up the existence of these activities at the request of the CIA since the Agency was supporting our efforts to expel the Soviets from Afghanistan and put an end to the expansion of Communism. While we almost ³got away with murder´ in the U.S., the story was much different in Egypt. In April 1989, Sheik Rahman was placed
73. Affidavit of FBI SA Daniel Coleman September 1998 Daniel J. Coleman changed his mind about his plan to work for the New York Police Department's Intelligence Division after a meeting in December 2005 with several officials, including a Police Department deputy commissioner, David Cohen. At the meeting, the F.B.I. and more particularly, one of its officials, a former boss of Mr. Coleman's was criticized in ways that Mr. Coleman found offensive.
under arrest then put on trial along with 59 other defendants after a rebellion at El Shohada Mosque in Fayoum, where he was preaching during regular Friday prayers. Sheik Rahman was accused of inciting the worshippers to commit sabotage and to demonstrate and attack the police. This so-called riot involved 1,500 men.74 The Sheik: ³The police attacked the house in Fayoum, raided the house in Fayoum. They then raided the mosque after I delivered the Friday prayer speech and they threatened to fire if I don't surrender. As I refused to go out they came in, shot some people and arrested me. I was thrown on the ground and dragged quite some distance to their truck. They took me to Alazab Prison in Fayoum where I was kept locked in a cell that had no light or air. I was held four months. I was charged with arranging a demonstration in the street. And the court also ordered that the charges against me be dismissed. I left Egypt before the judge ordered my release, my dismissal, sorry. Before the judge ordered my dismissal.´ The city where Sheikh Rahman preached, Fayoum, located southwest of Cairo, has one of Egypt¶s largest Coptic Christian communities, and Rahman issued a fatwa that justified the killing of Christians, especially Coptic jewelers and goldsmith¶s whose wealth was to be used to finance Jihad. After this there were several Muslim attacks in Fayoum during which Christian shops were burned down by Sheik Rahman¶s followers. At this time the Egyptian Government, frightened by the rise of Islamists, began a crack down, and Sheik Rahman was one of its victims. In August 1989 the al-Noor newspaper reported: State Emergency Supreme Court announces tomorrow its decision regarding the demand of defense lawyers to set Omar Abdul Rahman and 59 people free. The trial revealed a surprise: One of the defendants is mentally retarded and was passing by El Shohada Mosque at the time of police arrests. One of the most prominent communist lawyers, Ahmed Nabil Al Hilaly, and Nasserist Lawyer, Farid Abdul Kareem shared defense for Dr. Omar. Both lawyers described Dr. Rahman as revered Sheik and honorable scholar. The lawyers asked the court to release Dr. Rahman and the other defendants immediately. The defense lawyers expressed their astonishment about calling those who perform their Friday prayer as unlawful overcrowding demonstrators. This was not the last time the Sheikh would have communists representing him ± his Eminence knew that their hatred of the Egyptian Government eclipsed their hatred of Islamists and though they thought they were using the Sheikh, ultimately the opposite would prove true. The court ruled: Dr. Rahman confirmed that he gave the sermon of Jumma prayer at Majid El Shohada on the day of the incident, and that he followed it with a religious lecture, which is a legal act, and in accordance with the nature of the religion Islam. That does not show any proof as to the accusations
. Alan Cowell ³Egypt Seizes 1,500 In Crackdown on Fundamentalists´ New York Times April 27, 1989 Page A3, 1
against him. Defendants two to six did not confirm that the others crowded and started throwing stones at the police so this doesn¶t necessarily make them perpetrators«for it is possible that the stone throwing was an act of self defense to deter the aggression that befell them from the part of the police force. In addition none of these defendants mentioned that Sheik Rahman was their organizer.75 He was acquitted again but the military governor refused to ratify the court verdict of acquittal based on the powers vested in him by the emergency law. This case was then referred to another court. Sheik Rahman was released on August 10, 1989 but rearrested shortly thereafter. The authorities had found some books inciting people to hate the current Egyptian regime and it was claimed that these books carried Dr. Rahman's signature along with words of support. Among these books was one about the religious legality of allowing ordinary Muslims to use force to change munkkar,76 which would allegedly lead to disorder. In less than a month the Sheik was placed under house arrest. The house arrest in this case started August or September 1988, until April 1989 and from August 1989, until April 1990. I cannot leave the house or get out of the house and no relatives or friends can visit me. If a friend tried to come to my house, he would be arrested and detained. Even those who repair furniture or electricity cannot have access to me. Not even my doctor. It must be by order of the Minister of Interior. Such matters do not go according to written orders. But when I tried to leave the house, then the police would prevent me from doing that by force. My lawyer tried to end it. He submitted, he started a case, a lawsuit at the administrative court, and an order was issued by the Minister of the Interior that nobody should do me any harm, whether inside the country or outside the country. The court issued its verdict, but this verdict was not carried out. The court issued an order by the Minister of Interior that I should be allowed to move freely inside Egypt and outside and during my travel. The Minister of Interior acted against the court order and did not carry the court¶s order. The court said I should not be placed under arrest. They said that about the beginning of 1989, I presented to my lawyer a copy of that document. As far as I remember, it was in February or March 1989. Later, the Egyptian government, finding the verdict unacceptable, because many provincial judges were afraid of reprisals from the followers of the Sheik, would retry and convict him in absentia after his departure to the United States; on April 28, 1994, he was sentenced in absentia to a seven year prison term.
. Translated by Sidig Ali Sidig Quick International Translators 2823 Kennedy Boulevard. Jersey City, NJ . lslamically deniable acts.
The FBI was aware of our activities in America around this time. A document author by the United States Department of Justice stated, From at least the early 1990s until the date of the filing of this Indictment, Gama¶a al-Islamiyya has operated in the United particularly in the New York City metropolitan area. As Gama¶a al-Islamiyya developed, it pursued various objectives in the United States, including the following: the establishment of the United States as a staging ground for violent actions against targets (both persons and structures) located in the United States and abroad; the recruitment and training, including paramilitary training, of new members; and fund-raising for Jihad events in the United States and abroad. A principal objective of Gama¶a al-Islamiyya was to carry out, and conspire to carry out, acts of terrorism including bombings, murders and the taking of hostages against various governments and government officials, including the United States government and its officials.77 In July 1989, on three successive weekends, FBI agents observed and photographed members of our Gama¶a al-Islamiyya Brooklyn / Jersey City cell, including (at different times), Brother El-Sayyid Nosair, Brother Hampton-El, Brother Mahmud Abouhalima, Brother Mohammad Salameh, and Brother Nidal Ayyad, the latter three of whom carried out the World Trade Center bombing,78 shooting weapons, including AK-47's, at a public rifle range on Long Island. At the trial of Rahman the government told the jury: ³Why don¶t we start at the very beginning which is the training, in late 1989 and 1990. There the photographs show the story. If you look at 261B you see Mahmud Abouhalima looking on as Clement Hampton-El fires a rifle at the training range. Looking at 218B you see the people at the training include Mohammad Salameh«Sayyid Nosair«Mikhail Abdur Rahim, the person Hampton-El spoke about in May 1983 when he said he was going to look for someone in Baldwin, Long Island, to get detonators.´79 In February 1990 Rahman¶s followers were responsible for the death of nine Jews and one Egyptian when masked Religious Holy Warriors, firing semi-automatic weapons and hurling hand grenades attacked a bus carrying 31 Jewish tourists 25 miles east of Cairo. Nearly all of the 31 passengers who were not killed were wounded.80 Sheik Rahman has stated: ³There is no greater shame seeing the Israelis roaming freely around Egypt, while the Palestinians are prohibited and their visits restricted.´ In April 1990 the public prosecutor and the Attorney General of Al-Fayoum Providence courts decided to release Dr. Rahman from house arrest. Rahman had negated his advocation of the books he had been charged with possessing and refuted
. USA v Sattar 02cr395 Indictment April 8, 2002 78. USA v. Rahman Docket Nos. 96-1044L, -1045, -1060, -1061, -1062, -1063, - 1064, -1065, -1079, -1080 Salameh, 152 F.3d at 161 http://csmail.law.pace.edu/lawlib/legal/us-legal/judiciary/second-circuit/test3/96-1044.opn.html 79. USA v Rahman TT p18559 80. Jewish Press February 9, 1990.
shown signatures on them as not his. The Egyptian Ministry of the Interior overturned his decision.81 In 1990 Ala Mohieddin, the official spokesman of al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya was gunned down with a silence-equipped pistol in al-Haram. Afterward, al-Gama¶a alIslamiyya released a statement in which it accused the security agencies of killing him, especially after they threatened him to force him to leave Cairo and return to his home town of Suhaj. The statement mentioned that the time for talk had ended and now it was the turn of bullets to do the talking. On October 12, 1990 the Islamic Group arranged the assassination of the Interior Minister Abdel-Halim Moussa, during which the former head of the Egyptian Parliament, Dr. Rifaat El-Mahgoub, was killed, due to a mix-up over motorcades. Moussa had succeeded Zaki Badr82, who had ordered that Ala Mohieddin be assassinated. Badr had a famous saying ³strike in the heart´ which meant the police have the power to open fire and assassinate some of the organizational leaders during the day and in the middle of the street when it is convenient. Zawahiri the Elder explained, The Islamic Group responded to the killing of Alaa Ala Mohieddin by ambushing Interior Minister Abdel Halim Moussa, but God willed that People's Assembly Speaker Rifaat al Mahjoub's motorcade happened to pass by the ambush, and he was killed. Thus, the Islamic Group shifted its policy from long-term call activity to violence by fighting and resisting the government's aggression. In the early 1990¶s another important development took place. A large number of our brothers in the Al Jihad Group were arrested. More than 800 of them were put on iral in what came to be known as the Tala'i Al-Fath cases. The court sentenced to death four of the defendants. The government newspapers were elated about the arrest of 800 members of the Al Jihad Group without a single shot being fired. We decided to enter the battle of confrontation with the government, although our policy has always been to spread out and recruit elements in preparation for the battle of change. Our response to this was to attack the convoy of Interior Minister Hasan al Alfi with a boobytrapped motorcycle. The Minister escaped death, but his arm was broken. A pile of files that he kept next to him saved his life from the shrapnel. This was followed by an attack carried out by the Islamic Group against Information Minister Safwat al Sharif, who survived the ambush. This coincided with the Islamic Group's attack on the Commander of the Central Military Zone in his capacity as the commander who sanctioned all the verdicts issued by military courts. The attack failed because his car was bulletproof.
. Al-Wafd February 18, 1990 or March 18, 1990 as translated by Siddig Ali Sidig. . Zaki Badar was sacked from his post because he was too harsh and inhumane in this torture methods, and many people died under his custody. The Saudi Interior Ministry duly hired him and he helped to organize the various torture methods on the brothers. He was Prince Naif's personal advisor on how to deal with Islamists. Praise be to Allah that he died whilst on a visit to the USA. http://mailgate.supereva.com/soc/soc.culture.pakistan.religion/msg02260.html
This was followed by a period when Islamists and security personnel engaged in tit-for-tat killings on the roads. The most famous of those killed were al-µUtayfi in Jala¶ Street, Tal'at Yasin Hammam in the Qibba Gardens, and some escapees at the wall of the Engineering Faculty at the University of Cairo, and others. Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya killed many police officers, the most famous of them being Major General Ra¶uf Khairat, responsible for ³religious extremists´ at State Security, and Major General Ghabara and Major General al-Shimi and many other State Security officers in al-Fayyum, Asyut, Suhaj and Aswan, as well as policemen, informers, those who worked with the police, and Copts. While the al-Jihad Group was characterized by using explosives and car bombs, the al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s jihadi faction used direct confrontations with automatic weapons. RAHMAN¶S KAHANE FATWA Before these events, in the year 1989, Sheik Rahman had issued a fatwa to kill Rabbi Meir Kahane and El-Sayyid Nosair, of course, was obligated to obey his Imam. The Americans reported, ³In an uncorroborated post-capture claim that may be mere bravado, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has stated that he considered assassinating Rabbi Meir Kahane when Kahane lectured in Greensboro, North Carolina at some point between 1984 and 1986.´83 At the Abu Bakr Mosque Rahman had taught his followers: ³There is an individual Jihad when the Prince orders him, then he goes and does it. This is a single work. As for the assassinations, the assassinations for the sake of rendering Islam triumphant is a legitimate matter.´ Cell member Mohammed Saleh learned this well and was overheard by the FBI saying, I was with the guys once and I was saying, sometimes my Brother, this matter of assassination needs to be thought out. Us as Muslims, if you do not have the willingness to do these deeds, hiring some people is very easy. I mean the best one, one can give him $200 or $300 and he can get the biggest one and without knowing who you are.84 Although the Blind Sheik Omar Rahman resided in Egypt when the Brooklyn / Jersey City Jersey cell was established, El-Sayyid Nosair and Mahmud Abouhalima telephoned him there to discuss various issues including the progress of their military training, tape-recording these conversations for distribution among the Brothers in the United States. El-Sayyid Nosair told Rahman, ³We have organized an encampment, we are concentrating here.´85 They talked about a newspaper that El-Sayyid Nosair was publishing in the United States, among other things. The United States Government showed a passive interest in the Brooklyn-Jersey City cell and recorded this conversation: Nosair: In New Jersey, the mosque board of Directors election is due. It will be held on March 16, . We tried to talk to the Brothers to
. Intelligence report, interrogation of KSM, July 12, 2003 . FBI transcript of conversation between Salah, Siddig and Emad Salem June 4, 1993 found in USDC SDNY USA v. Hampton-El et. al. 93 Cr569. 85. Cited at footnote USA v. Rahman Govt. Ex. 851 at 2-3.
nominate some of the Brothers who are in charge of the office, God willing. Yes, that is necessary, God willing. God willing. ABDEL RAHMAN: They are the most worthy to be elected. Nosair: Do you have any instructions to the Brothers of the Al-Salaam Mosque here? ABDEL RAHMAN: Yes, tell them to fear God and seek his help«the goal of the election and the nomination should be God. So you select the most qualified and the most useful for the Islamic Call. Of course, you have to support the Jihad people, and those who are in charge of it. They are the most deserving. No work will succeed without Jihad in God¶s ways. Jihad should be implemented in its essence as well as in purpose towards this subject. Therefore, the Jihad people are the most worthy of this.86 The mosque must function to further the work of the Islamist cell or Islamist call. The leaders of the mosque must be militants. This was Sheik Rahman¶s message to ElSayyid Nosair, who would become head of the Jihad Organization of the Islamic Group at the Al-Salaam Mosque in Jersey City, New Jersey. In early 1990 El-Sayyid Nosair called up Sheik Rahman in Peshawar, Pakistan, and again asked if he had any instructions for the Brothers of Al-Salaam Mosque? He reported they had organized a weekly jihadi training camp, and he asked ³Are there any orders for us, Sheik?´ El-Sayyid Nosair said that he would call back in a week. When he did he said that the camp went from Friday to Monday and he said there would be very good results. Sheik Rahman, who had returned to Egypt, said he should call more often, at least once a week. The Brothers also discussed the fate of Hosni Mubarak. Speaking in code, Sheik Rahman told Mustafa Shalabi that Rabbi Kahane must be assassinated. The first step was to test Kahane¶s security. El-Sayyid Nosair spoke of these surveillances to a New York Post reporter as if they were friendly meetings: I asked for a meeting with Kahane to tell him that Islam is not a threat to Judaism. I wanted him to understand that we could be friends. One meeting took place after the rabbi spoke in a Brooklyn synagogue in November 1989. I approached his security guards and when they were sure I had no weapons they let me talk with him. We spoke in his car on a little used road between Brooklyn and Nassau County for about an hour. He was happy with a religious discussion. I learned he could put scripture above racism. I did not wish to see the rabbi dead. Mine was a mission of peace, of understanding, not violence, not murder. Mustafa Shalabi had ordered me to meet with Kahane. The second meeting took place in September 1990 at a Nassau County, Long Island, synagogue. Before the rabbi spoke I went to his security people, reintroduced myself and said I
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wished to speak to him. I was told to follow Kahane after the left the synagogue. There were four cars, mine, the rabbis; his security guards followed in two others, one on each side. We drove for a little while then pulled over on a dark abandoned road. The guards helped me out of my car and made sure I had no weapons then brought me to the rabbi. I did most of the talking. Sheik Rahman believes in fighting more than anyone else [but] I do not know if he would have wanted Kahane murdered.87 El-Sayyid Nosair commented on this so-called interview, I did not give any of the statements they wrote. It is impossible that the newspaper came out with such lies statements unless it came from the U.S. Attorney¶s office with the intention of causing harm and danger to me by my own Muslim Community. The U.S. Attorney¶s office also had put lies about me in the media connecting me in terrorism activities in New York. The U.S. Attorney has tried to force other inmates to testify against me, so they can indict me on new charges.88 SHEIK GILANI & JAMAAT-UL-FUQRA Before Sheik Rahman arrived in the United States to preach and ferment Jihad, Sheik Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani, a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] had already initiated our operations in the United States when he arrived at the Islamic Center in New Jersey in 1978. Gilani the Elder had been the spiritual leader of a Sufi Congregation in Afghanistan and introduced his American followers to the practice of zikhar.89 He left after the coup staged by the Communists, then established the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan that fought against the Soviet soldiers and their atheistic puppet government. His party was the smallest of the great seven Afghan parties in Peshawar, and advocated the return of ex-Afghan king Zaher Shah. Gilani was part of the interim Islamic government that was established in Peshawar after the fall of the Communists in 1992. However, he withdrew his support from them, and aligned himself with the thinking of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence Agency. The structure of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency was conceived during the Afghan war. Working closely with the C.I.A, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency established close ties with Islamists in Afghanistan during the 1980s, at the time of the U.S.-backed effort to support the mujahideen forces fighting to oust the Soviet occupation force. Large amounts of money and arms were funneled through the InterServices Intelligence Agency to such notable Learned Elders of Islam as Usama bin Laden90, Sheik Rahman the Elder and Sheik Gilani. The CIA denies having given
. Colin Miner New York Post August 3, 1993 page 1 ³Sheik Blessed Plot.´ Also ³Nosair, I Secretly Met with Kahane.´ . USDC SDNY 92 Civil 8274 (JSM) Letter August 11, 1993. . Rythmic Chanting. Robert Danin Black Pilgrimage to Islam Page 74 - Oxford Press March 2002 90 . In January 2003 Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said that there are no al-Qaeda or Taliban supporters within the ranks of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency. ³Such reports are absolutely wrong and being spread by the people who
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money to these holy men, but does not deny having given money to the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency. To launch operations in Afghanistan, the CIA also gave the concerned Inter-Services Intelligence Agency officials independence to generate funds through any means, because official funds were insufficient to finance a major guerrilla war in Afghanistan. The Inter-Services Intelligence Agency raised funds through opium and arms dealing, not because they wanted to, but because they had to. Sheik Gilani recounted how his organization Jumaat-Ul-Fuqra91 was born: I had planted the flag of Pakistan in Srinagar, Kashmir on August 15th 1947. My back still carries the signs of the lashes I received from the state police for that act. My family (the Gilanis) has a lot of followers in Kashmir. In 1947 Nawab Mamdot had made me commander of the junior National Guard; in 1948, when Kashmir was attacked, I was Air Raid Commander. Later, I met President Ayub Khan. President Ayub had patronized me in establishing the Climbers Club of Pakistan. For fifty years, I trained students from all the colleges of this country, including cadets from the Pakistan Military Academy and cadets from military college, Jehlum, and some of them later were to become Special Services Group Commandos. The governments of Pakistan had requested I mobilize my Islamic university students to project the cause of Kashmir in America through media by holding rallies and informing the public. So the Kashmir-American Friendship Society was formed but the American government did not like its activities.92 In the early 1980¶s the Kashmir-American Friendship Society was transformed into Jamaat-ul-Fuqra and by 1992, Gilani had recruited about 3,000 American inner-city blacks, some recruited in prison, and sent them to an Islamist commando training camp in Sudan. A cadre of such trainees was created, and sent back to the United States to set up Jamaat-ul-Fuqra there - mostly based in Brooklyn with several camps in the rural United States, including a 55-acre property in Deposit, New York, Islamville. Jamaat-ulFuqra¶s targets reflected its Pakistani sponsorship. It has killed Hindus, Hare Krishna members, and Indians.93
want to harm Pakistan¶s close and friendly relations with the United States,´ he added. http://www1.infopak.gov.pk/public/news/news2003/pid2003/pid_february01022003.htm 91. Arabic word for ³poverty.´ 92. Arshad Sharif ³Gillani threatens to sue minister on allegations of links with India´ Dawn: The Internet Edition February 23, 2002. http://www.dawn.com/2002/02/23/top5.htm 93 . On August 31, 1979 a Hare Krishna temple was attacked in San Diego, California. On September 1, 1982 the heretical Islamic Cultural Center of Tempe, Arizona was hit. In July 1983, Jamaat-ul-Fuqra firebombed a Portland, Oregon, hotel owned by the dead Indian cultist Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Stephen Paster of Englewood, Colorado, one of the organizers of Jamaat-ul-Fuqra in the United States, placed three pipe bombs in a room on the fourth floor of the hotel. In October 1984 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh¶s followers poisoned over 700 Americans with salmonella by spiking food at local restaurant buffets in a plot to corner an upcoming local election. On August 8, 1983 in Canton, Michigan, a leader of the Muslim heretical Ahmadiyya sect, Dr. Mozaffar Ahmad, was shot to death. The Ahmadiyya Center of Detroit was set on fire shortly afterward. William Cain, a Jamaat-ul-Fuqra follower from Akron, Ohio was Ahmad¶s executioner. Both he and Jamaat-ul-Fuqra member Calvin Jones were killed in the fire. On June 16, 1984 the Hare Krishna Temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was firebombed. On June 17, 1984 in Seattle, Washington the Integral Yoga Society, a Hindu religious institution, and the Vendanta Society, a Sikh religious institution, were bombed. Stephen Paster was later arrested in connection with the bombing. After searching his car, police found a .12 gauge shotgun and a shopping list of the materials required to build a radio-controlled explosive device. On August 1, 1984 in Denver, Colorado, a Hare Krishna temple was firebombed, causing $150,000 in damage. James Williams and Edward Hinton, two members of the Jamaat-ul-Fuqra sect, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in March 1993 in relation to the incident. On August 1, 1984 in Overland Park, Kansas, Srinivasu Dasari, a Hindu physician, was kidnapped and is presumed dead. On August 1, 1984 in Tacoma, Washington, three East
RASHAD KHALIFA MEETS UL-FUQRA AND HIS NUMBER WAS UP Dr. Rashad Khalifa was a Westernized intellectual who turned the Holy Qu¶ran into a parody of the DaVinci Code. In February 19, 1989 a group of scholars met in Saudi Arabia to discuss the issue of Khalifa. Dr. Khalifa had received a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of California then became a science adviser to Muammar Qaddafi. Khalifa moved back to the United States where he worked as biochemist. He also became a self-appointed ³Imam´ in Tucson, Arizona. He let men and women pray together at his ³mosque.´ The Qur¶anically Correct way94 is to separate the women, if not bar them entirely. Women did not wear traditional Islamic dress. Khalifa was an unpopular figure in Muslim countries after he made false claims that he had discovered a secret mathematical system in the Qu¶ran via computer analysis in the early 1970s that indicated the Qu¶ran was written by man and not by God. The distinguished Islamic Scholars deemed him apostate and issued a fatwa calling for his assassination. On January 30, 1990 Rashad Khalifa was executed. He was stabbed to death in his Masjid before dawn prayer. Jamaat-ul-Fuqra members carried out their duty to purify Islam. Edward Flinton, who admitted writing the plan to murder Khalifa, was arrested at a Muslims of the Americas community in South Carolina. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder but no actual shooter has ever been convicted. The Brooklyn / Jersey City cell also had a hand in this execution. WADIH EL-HAGE Cell member Wadih el-Hage was living in Tucson, Arizona at the time of Khalifa¶s execution. Wadih el-Hage, a naturalized American citizen, was born in Lebanon on July 25, 1960 into a Roman Catholic family, but converted to Islam after arriving in the United States in 1978. He suffered a disability at birth that left his right arm withered and weak. Wadih el-Hage was a founding member of MaK and in 1982 he traveled to Pakistan to help Sheik Azzam with our Jihad against the Soviet puppets and had contact with CIA agents at the American Consulate in Peshawar. When he returned to the United States an Iman arranged his marriage to Muslim convert April Ray. In September 1987, he was driving a Van Tran vehicle that collided with a motorcycle, crippling a young military veteran who was riding on the back of the bike.95 While he was in Tucson, El-Hage lived in a
Indians were shot to death in a suburb of that city. An incident in 1989 introduced Jamaat-ul-Fuqra to federal agents. Police with a search warrant raided a Colorado Springs storage locker registered to a Jamaat-ul-Fuqra member. Inside they found information on a plan that had liberated some $355,000 over several years from the state of Colorado. The locker¶s other contents were ten handguns and silencers, 30 pounds of explosives, and target-practice silhouettes pierced with bullet holes and labeled ³FBI Antiterrorist Team´ and ³Zionist Pig.´ Police also found information on local military installations and electrical power lines, plus attack plans against various targets. ADL Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Briefs http://www.adl.org/extremism/moa/al-fuqra.pdf 94 . In 2001, a survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of more than 1,200 mosques found that 66 percent of them required women to pray behind a partition or in a separate room, up from 52 percent in 1994. 95 . Chris Limberis ³Terrorists in Tiny Town´ http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/2001-09-20/curr2.html
trailer park and was a city janitor and a custodian for the Parks and Recreation department between 1988 and 1989. During a September 24, 1997 Grand Jury session el-Hage was asked about a visitor who came to see him shortly before the elimination of the heretic Khalifa: A. Someone called me and said he is a visitor from New York and is waiting at the mosque and would like to see me. He said his name was Abu something, I can¶t remember. Q. Did this person seem like he was upset with Khalifa? A. Yes, yes, I remember now. I saw him and he said he came to see Khalifa and investigate the things he heard about Khalifa and his teachings. He said he went to pray to the Friday prayer and they wouldn¶t allow him in because he had a long beard and so he just looked from outside and saw men and women sitting together. He wasn¶t angry, just like all the Muslims were saying that this is something that¶s contradicting the teachings of Islam. Q. And that is very un-Islamic to keep a Muslim out of a mosque on Friday, the prayer day, right. A. Right. Q. Did he have a gun? A. I don¶t know. Q. Did he give you a name, a phone number? Did you ever call him after that? Did you ever see him after that? Did he ever call you after that? You never asked him how he got your phone number? [El-Hage replied ³No´ to all these questions.] Q. Did it cross your mind that maybe the guy that came to visit you for lunch who came to check out Khalifa could have been there to kill him? A. Yes. Q. Did you tell the police, the FBI, did you go to you local mosque and tell the Iman of your mosque you may know who could have killed Khalifa? A. No. I was overseas when this happened. In Pakistan. I heard about it on the news. I called Tucson, got the news and someone told me this happened. It is possible it was Mubarak al-Douri. [Al-Douri had lived with Usama bin Laden in the Sudan and was bin Laden's personal physician 35
and principal procurement agent for weapons of mass destruction] I got back after a year. Q. And he was still dead? A. Excuse me. Q. And he was still dead, right, Rashad Khalifa? Did you tell anyone when you got back that you may know someone who could have been involved in the murder? Did it strike you odd someone who went there to kill someone went by your house for lunch? A. I forgot about that visit. I have other things to think of other than someone visiting me to check up on someone else. Q. The guy who came to your house, did you ever hear whether or not he later ever worked for Usama bin Laden? A. No, I never seen him after that or heard anything about him. Q. Did you discuss the fact that Khalifa was killed with the people in Pakistan working at Mektab al Khidemat [MaK]? Were they happy he was dead? A. I might have or we were discussing it with different people. Some were happy he was dead. Q. How did he leave your house? A. I don¶t remember. Either I took him back to the mosque or he left walking. I took him back. Q. When you were in Pakistan you worked for an organization called Al Bunyan al Marsous? A. Yes. [Brother el-Hage was shown what we believe to be a picture of Sergeant Ali A. Mohamed] A. No, that is not him. I remember the face of that guy very well. Q. How does that guy¶s face differ from the guy in Grand Jury Exhibit No. 9?
A. I don¶t know. But it is very close. This guy is the same thing, white with long beard and I think he is Egyptian. He looks like Egyptian but I am not sure if this is him or not. If I see the picture of that person, I am sure I can recognize him. Q. Do you know if Grand Jury Exhibit 9 is or is not the person that came to your home? A. No it is not. Q. The guy who came to your house, did you ever hear whether or not he later ever worked for Usama bin Laden? A. No. I never seen him after that or heard anything about him. Q. In New York, you met Sayyid Nosair, who had gone to jail for murdering a rabbi, correct? A. Yes. Q. And you met Sheik Abdallah Azzam in Peshawar on your various trips and he was murdered in or about 1989, correct? A. Yes. Q. And you were invited to go to the Services Office in New York in the early 1990s to see Mustafa Shalabi, and the day you showed up he was murdered, correct? A. Yes. Q. And you had said that someone left New York to come out to Arizona to have lunch with you to check out Rashad Khalifa, and shortly after Rashad Khalifa was murdered, correct? A. Yes. On February 8, 1999 the Assistant United States Attorney had this to say during a bail hearing before the Jewish Judge Leonard B. Sand: ³El-Hage¶s name first arose in relation to the Khalifa homicide based upon a terrorism investigation being conducted by federal authorities in New York. Source information developed in the New York investigation indicated that an identified person [redacted] was dispatched by the late Mustafa Shalabi to travel from New York to Tucson, Arizona, to surveil Rashad Khalifa for the purpose of later killing him. The source information further indicated that [Redacted] stayed with el-Hage, who was known to be married to an American woman.´
Based upon this lead, the Government questioned el-Hage about the incident in the Grand Jury in 1997. When questioned, el-Hage admitted that a person from New York made contact with him and visited el-Hage at his home, telling el-Hage µhe came to see Rashad Khalifa and investigate things he heard about Khalifa.¶ El-Hage further admited that sometime after that visit, he learned that Khalifa was killed and thought µit was a good thing.¶ Moreover, el-Hage perjured himself in his testimony concerning [redacted]. El-Hage claimed he did not know the person¶s name who visited him (nor did he ask), nor the identity of the person who had sent him and given el-Hage¶s name as a point of contact. Yet, el-Hage described [redacted] consistent with his true appearance: an Egyptian male with a long beard, black hair and glasses. When shown a photograph of [redacted] el-Hage stated that [redacted] was not the person who visited him, though he could not describe how the two differed. El-Hage further testified under oath that he only met Sayyid Nosair one time at a particular office in Brooklyn, New York. It bears note that a search of Nosair¶s work locker at 100 Center Street recovered a pamphlet discussing the January 1990 murder of Rashad Khalifa. The pamphlet was entitled: Who Killed This Believer? [Redacted] The Government does not allege ± and has not alleged ± that el-Hage or even for that matter [redacted] participated in the actual murder of Khalifa. El-Hage makes much of the fact that other persons have been charged in connection with the Khalifa murder. As the Government understands it, the Colorado charges arising out of the search of the Jamaat-ul-Fuqra compound concerned a conspiracy to kill Khalifa, not the actual murder. Whether the surveillance effort by [redacted] was related to the murder conspiracy by the Jamaat-ul-Fuqra sect, which, upon information and belief is headquartered in Pakistan, or the actual murder, for which no one has been charged to the Government¶s knowledge, remains unclear. What is important is that el-Hage thought so little of hosting a person at his house who came from New York to surveil a radical Islamic Imam ± who was then later killed ± to even report such information to authorities. Still worse, el-Hage then lied about the circumstances under oath, falsely denying his association with [redacted] and the extent of his association with Nosair«During this same Grand Jury testimony, el-Hage did not volunteer information to the Government concerning the weapons purchase of Mahmud Abouhalima, as el-Hage now asserts. Rather, source information developed by the New York investigation indicated that Mahmud Abouhalima had obtained weapons for use in New York from elHage in Texas.
El-Hage first indicated he met Abouhalima three times µand we never had any special discussion together.¶ Only after having been warned that he needed to give full and complete answers el-Hage admitted to the Grand Jury that he purchased the weapons but he never delivered the weapons. Instead he testified that he sold them ± but could not remember to whom«96 These assault weapons were to be used against Meir Kahane. WHO WAS ³REDACTED´ What have we been told about redacted? He worked for Usama bin Laden, was dispatched by the late Mustafa Shalabi which means he worked for him too, had some connection to Nosair ± ³el-Hage then lied about the circumstances under oath, falsely denying his association with [redacted] and the extent of his association with Nosair´ and was an Egyptian male with a long beard, black hair and glasses. Kahlid Ibrahim, an Egyptian born Islamic fundamentalist in New Jersey had run a fundraising operation for Osama bin Laden's various organizations since 1989. Ibrahim had become active in MaK while Shalabi was running the show97 and Ibrahim and trained with Nosair and was close to him. Ibrahim was Egyptian, with a long beard, black hair and glasses. The reason he has been redacted was due to his having been trained in reconnaissance by Sergeant Ali-Mohamed, while Ali-Mohamed was working for American intelligence. It was not coincidence that Ali Mohammed came to Brooklyn after the assassination and was entrusted with moving Shalabi's family back to the Middle East and with safekeeping Shalabi's documents that have never surfaced since Shalabi's death. THE FATE OF COLLABORATORS: DR. ISMAIL FARUQI Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani¶s Jamaat-ul-Fuqra existed to eliminate heretics and keep Islam as pure as the desert sand. This was well known. As a result when an impure Muslim named Ismail Faruqi and his wife were slain ul-Fuqra came under suspicion. Sheik Gilani addressed the media about these accusations: ³Muslims are being projected as terrorists whereas they are not. They think the increasing population of Muslims is becoming a threat to America. When the Afghan Jihad came, General Ziaul-Haq encouraged me and at that time the Americans accepted the fact that I hold Jihad conferences in America and in other countries. So I participated in that process. The Jewish Defense League was able to do many things and frame us wrongfully. U.S. authorities tried to involve my university in every incident that had happened on the U.S. soil. A very famous scholar of Islam, Dr. Ismail Faruqi, had been shot dead in 1984 in Pennsylvania and they blamed us, alleging we did not like him. But when the murderer was caught it was revealed that the Jewish Defense League hired the assassin.´
96. El-Hage Bail Hearing. USA v UBL et. al. . Steve Emerson http://www.iacsp.com/itobli3.html
Dr. Ismail Faruqi was born in Jaffa, Palestine and was governor of Galilee and a former mayor of Ramallah before coming to the United States. Faruqi attended Harvard University and received a doctorate from the University of Indiana in 1952. He was the first President and founder of A&M College in Chicago, as well as being the head of Temple University Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Faruqi and his wife Lois, a convert to Islam, were assassinated in on May 27, 1986 when a five foot nine two hundred pound male wearing a black jacket, black pants and wielding a 10-inch survival knife with a compass in its handle broke into the Faruqi home in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and attacked al-Faruqi, his wife, and their pregnant daughter, Anmar al-Zein. Faruqi and his wife died from their wounds and the daughter survived, but required 200 stitches to close her wounds. Two months before the attack one of the Faruqi¶s children had died of an illness in Mexico. Police said that they had no reason to believe the killing was political and believed the family had confronted a burglar. Nothing was missing from the home.98 Why did Jamaat-ul-Fuqra commit this act? Faruqi was a deviationist who tried to bring Jews, Christians and Arabs together. He had received a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship and he studied Christianity and Judaism at McGill University in Canada. We must remember these words of Sheik Rahman: ³Our enemies surrounded us in all countries of the earth when we abandoned Jihad. And we see those who are discouraging and dissuading people from performing Jihad. They are telling them that this is not the time for Jihad because we are not ready. Those discouragers and impeders we must watch out for their tactics and fight them everywhere.´ It was reported that Attorney General Edwin Meese ordered a special FBI task force to take over the Fuqra investigation from the local police however within 48 hours the order was reversed.99 The Jewish fools in the Clinton Administration followed the same path and never declared Jamaat-ul-Fuqra a foreign terrorist organization, because it was afraid to alienate American blacks. Jamaat-ul-Fuqra was included in several recent United States Department of State annual terrorism reports under other terrorist groups. However, because of the group¶s apparent inactivity during 2000, Clinton¶s Jewish-dominated State Department did not include it at all that year. Jamaatul-Fuqra members carried out 13 fire bombings and 17 murders in the United States. Jamaat-ul-Fuqra was not prosecuted under the Rico Act, as so many drug gangs were, because God willed it. The U.S., after the September 11th victory, is investigating the association of Jamaat-ul-Fuqra with Usama bin Laden and al-Qaeda but little action was taken against these Brothers, thank God. The only reprisal against them was the arrest of three suspected Jamaat-ul-Fuqra members on weapons charges in the year 2001, including Vicente Rafael Pierre, a 44-year-old native of Brooklyn and his wife Traci Upshur. Pierre had been arrested for laundering money for ul-Fuqra in 1993 but was sentenced to probation. They were convicted on November 30, 2001 for this offense that had taken place 2½ years ago.100
. Ginny Wiegand, Paul Scicchitana ³Islamic Scholar and Wife are Slain.´The Philadelphia Inquirer May 28, 1986. . Warren Hough ³Alien-Linked Terrorists Suspected in Assassination of Islamic Scholar´ - Spotlight article reprinted in The Black American Vol. 26, No. 23. 100 . Jen McCaffery ³Purchase was illegal for convicted felon´ The Roanoke Times, Virginia December 1, 2001.
WE TEACH THE FAGS A LESSON Returning to the activities of our Brooklyn / Jersey City cell: On April 28, 1990 a homemade pipe bomb exploded in Uncle Charlie¶s, a popular nightclub for perverts located in Manhattan. This event prompted a demonstration by several hundred other abominations. The bomb exploded 2:10 a.m. in a garbage can situated by the back wall of this ³fag´ bar. Our Brothers fashioned the bomb by stuffing M-80 firecrackers in a sixinch pipe and capping both ends. The bomb had no timing device and was placed in a garbage can moments before the blast. Two homos standing near the can received minor cuts on their faces from flying broken glass. Three people suffered minor injures. Although the police said the blast was not bias related Mayor David Dinkins said it was anti-homosexual attack and probably believed that Christian Fundamentalists carried it out. DAN QUALYE & JEANNE KIRKPATRICK On May 20, 1990 smoke bombs and firecrackers were set off in lobby of Sheraton Hotel two hours before Vice President Dan Qualye was to address a Jewish group there. Quayle had not arrived when the incident occurred. A New York City Fire Department spokesman said there was no evidence linking the explosions to Quayle¶s visit. On May 23, 1990 a small crudely made explosive device went off in an empty ballroom of the hotel Hilton while Yeshiva University and the Jewish Reclamation Project were holding dinners there. U.N. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick addressed the Yeshiva University fund-raiser. One device exploded in an empty ballroom at 9:25 p.m. and a second device exploded near 2nd floor escalator. Police Department spokesman Fred Weiner said devices were made of cardboard tubes holding M-80 firecrackers and b.b.¶s. There were no injures or damage and no group claimed responsibility, none-theless, the attack was classified as bias incident. No one was arrested for any of these activities, yet the FBI reported: ³Confidential Source Three (CS-3) is a person who was intimately familiar with various persons involved in Jihad in the New York area in the period from 1988 to 1990 and participated in criminal activity.´101 The Intelligence Community knew exactly what Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s Brooklyn / Jersey City cell was up to but intentionally did nothing. The explanation for our grant of immunity from criminal prosecution can be summed up in one word - COMMUNISM. From its inception the CIA¶s main goal was to destroy the Soviet Union. Sixty-percent of its budget was utilized for this purpose. This was precisely what Gama¶a al-Islamiyya and al-Qaeda were doing at this time with the hot war in Afghanistan. The CIA instructed the FBI not to interfere with us, and the FBI
101. Affidavit of FBI SA Dan Coleman September 1998.
passed this information to the New York City Police Department though the Joint Terrorism Task Force. News of the assassination attempts were not made public by the law enforcement community, who felt our efforts, would never amount to more than a hill of hummus. Another reason al-Qaeda had immunity was because the American government had men like Sergeant Ali-Mohamed working for it training jihadi to fight the Communists in Afghanistan. These same jihadi used their training to carry out actions such as the Rashid Khalifa and JDL Devil Rabbi Meir Kahane assassinations and this blowback would not have looked good on the agents¶ resumes. SERGEANT ALI A. MOHAMED TRIPLE AGENT At the time our Brooklyn / Jersey City cell was first forming, the CIA, under the cover of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sent Sergeant AliMohamed to Jersey City to provide training for Mujahadeen recruits.102 Sergeant Ali-Mohamed¶s life illustrated how the United States betrayed Egypt, its purported ally, because of its obsession with anti-Communism, and how the FBI¶s reticence to investigate a CIA operation allowed us to carry out many devastating actions. Born in Alexandria in 1952, the son of an Egyptian soldier, Ali-Mohamed joined the Egyptian military and became a major in Egypt¶s intelligence service.103 A psychologist and a linguist, he protected Egyptian diplomats overseas, and participated in the U.S. Army¶s Operation Bright Star, a bi-annual military training exercise held in Egypt. OPERATION BRIGHT STAR Zawahiri the Elder described Bright Star: In Bright Star 99, nine countries participated in addition to the United States, Egypt, and observers from 33 countries. A total of 73,000 soldiers, 210 combat aircraft, 55 warships, and the aircraft carrier Kennedy, with its full naval and aircraft complement, took part in those exercises. This exercise was described as the largest military maneuver in the world and, according to the commander of the French forces General Harve, "the most important multinational maneuver in the world.´ The aim of the maneuvers was a practice run in landing invading forces on Egypt's western coast and then marching southeast towards Cairo, namely, the same route followed by Napoleon Bonaparte during his Egyptian campaign. The Egyptian forces are not training at this time to repel a likely attack by the Israeli enemy on the Egyptian border as much as they are training to liberate their capital from a likely seizure by a fundamentalist regime. The Egyptian army sent Ali-Mohamed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for Special Forces training where he received a diploma with a Green Beret insignia on it.
102. Peter Waldman and Frances A. McMorris ³The Other Trial: As Sheik Omar Case Nears End, Neither Side Looks Like a Winner ´Wall Street Journal, September 22, 1995. 103. Judy Aita ³Ali Mohamed: The Defendant Who Did Not Go to Trial´ USDOS International Information Programs May 15, 2001. http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/01051502.htm
Returning home, he served in the Egyptian army for three more years. In 1984, he left to work as a security expert for EgyptAir -- and started to make contact with the CIA. In 1984 Ali-Mohamed was forced out of the Egyptian military because he was discovered to be a secret member of Gama¶a Al-Islamiyya. Ali-Mohamed was apparently placed on the State Department Watch List in 1984 but was still able to get a visa to enter the United States. The CIA ignored the findings of the Egyptian government because it felt Ali-Mohamed would be valuable in its fight against Communism, and in 1985 AliMohamed was given a visa from the American Embassy in Cairo to enter the United States. Ali Mohamed became an American citizen in 1985 after marrying a medical technician he met on a plane trip from Egypt to New York. Recently divorced, Linda Lee Sanchez (born 1943) wed Ali-Mohamed in Reno, Nevada after a six-week courtship. AliMohamed had Linda¶s name listed under the address 720 Harvard.104 There is a Laura Sanchez born 1943 at 1720 Halford Avenue in Santa Clara. After Ali-Mohamed¶s betrayal of America became public, the CIA claimed that it did not trust him back then: ³This individual approached the CIA to offer information. Some time later, we found out he was talking to known terrorists and had identified himself as a CIA agent. We felt him to be untrustworthy, and we put him on the State Department Watch List,´ said an unnamed CIA agent who was trying to save the tarnished reputation of the Agency. The unnamed CIA agent also claimed that he warned other U.S. government agencies about Ali-Mohamed and urged them to detain him. Exactly the opposite was true. In 1986, the CIA established a Counterterrorist Center (CTC) at CIA Headquarters after a task force concluded that U.S. government agencies had not aggressively operated to disrupt terrorist activities. The Counterterrorist Center's stated mission was to preempt, disrupt, and defeat so-called terrorists by implementing a comprehensive counterterrorist operations program to collect intelligence. It was no coincidence that in 1986 the CIA facilitated Ali-Mohamed¶s enlistment as a regular soldier in the U.S. Army at the age of 34, unusually old for a new recruit. His cover was Army Supply Sergeant and lecturer on ³Islamic Culture´ at the U.S. Army¶s Special-Warfare School at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. By 1986, Ali-Mohamed was active in the CIA¶s proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. He was also an active source for the CIA and FBI, who were convinced that he was a double agent working on their behalf. But Ali was smarter than these pagans, and was a triple agent, so the information he gave to the Americans about us was carefully filtered and orchestrated on our behalf. Ali temporarily abandoned his U.S. Army cover in 1989. He told Federal Court Judge Leonard Sand: ³In early 1990s, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri made two visits to the United States, and he came to United States to help raise funds for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. I helped him to do this.´ Al-Zawahiri received important intelligence information from Ali-Mohamed concerning the American¶s degree of penetration of our organization. The Americans mistakenly thought that Ali-Mohamed was spying on Dr. Al-Zawahiri on their behalf, but, as usual, the opposite was true.
DR. AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI In 1981 Dr. Al-Zawahiri was thrown in jail as an accessory in the Sadat assassination due to his connection to Gama¶a al-Islamiyya. He was sentenced to three years for carrying a weapon without a license. There he witnessed his jailers¶ torture to death the founder of the Afghan refugee clinic where he had previously worked. The Egyptian authorities claimed that the man had committed suicide. The legend goes that this was what totally radicalized alZawahiri, however, if al-Zawahiri weren¶t already a radical, he would not have participated in the Sadat execution in the first place. Brother Issam (Essam or Isam) Al-Qamari was another of aI-Zawahiri¶s fellow prisoners, who was at one time an active officer in the Egyptian army waiting for a chance to affect an Islamist military coup, however he left the Army in 1981 after his jihadi tendencies were discovered. Later Dr. Al-Zawahiri would publicly write, ³The Islamic movement's infiltration of the Army will always be countered by purging operations. It is difficult for the Islamic movement to recruit a large number of officers in the Army without getting discovered, in view of the tight security measures within the ranks of the Armed Forces.´ Al-Qamari was a charismatic figure who organized and led Islamist cells within Egypt's Tura Prison and it was during their incarceration and interrogation in 1981-1982, that the idea occurred to them of splitting from the AlGama¶a al-Islamiyyah and forming Egyptian Al-Jihad. Basically Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyyah would shoot infidels; Egyptian Islamic Jihad would blow them up. While al-Zawahiri was in prison, he came face to face with his Emir Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who had also been charged as a conspirator in the assassination of Sadat.105 During this time a struggle took place between the members of the Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyyah and the many splinter jihadi elements in the Tora Prison over whether Sheikh Rahman was capable of leadership of the group despite his blindness. AlQamari¶s voice was the loudest, wholeheartedly opposing Abdel Rahman's leadership on account of his poor eyesight. Al-Zawahiri wanted the Sheikh to resign for the sake of unity. This issue led eventually to the demise of the coalition between the various jihadi groups under the leadership of Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyyah. Al-Qamari was a courageous man who did not fear anyone in his struggle to follow the path of God, even to the extent of rashness. It was the rashness that caused him a lot of problems with his brethren from the Islamist movements in prison, especially regarding the debate over Abdel Rahman's leadership of the newly unified Islamic group.106 In 1991 al-Zawahiri published a book in which he said that a blind person should not be Ameer. In the book he said that in books of Shari'ah there are a number of conditions that have to be met by any great Imam, including having sound senses. Throughout this book he said that Sheikh Rahman, as the Imam of Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya was in violation of Islamic Law. During his trial al-Zawahiri pulled off his shoes and raised his robes to expose the marks of torture while denouncing the torture that took place in the "dirty Egyptian jails,
. http://www.lawrencewright.com/art-zawahiri.html . The Road to al-Qaeda Montasser al-Zayyet
where we suffered the severest inhuman treatment. There they kicked us, they beat us, they whipped us with electric cables they shocked us with electricity! They shocked us with electricity! And they used the wild dogs! And they used the wild dogs! And they hung us over the edges of the doors"² he bent over to demonstrate²"with our hands tied at the back! They arrested the wives, the mothers, the fathers, the sisters, and the sons!" The other defendants chanted, "The army of Muhammad will return, and we will defeat the Jews!" Unable to endure this kind of torture AI-Zawahiri gave depositions and served as a witness implicating Al-Qamari: ³He occasionally visited me in my clinic. I also found a flat for him and gave him money and the seized pistol, along with other weapons including five pistols, two machine guns and a number of bullets, I do not remember how many.´ After he was arrested on October 15, 1981, al-Zawahiri informed the authorities of Al-Qamari's whereabouts. He had taken refuge in a small mosque where he used to pray and meet al-Zawahiri and other members of the group. The police asked me to go this mosque to meet him so that they could arrest him because they were worried that there would be loss of lives. I went with them to the mosque and sat there under their eyes until he arrived and while he was performing the mosque greeting prayers he was arrested. Al-Zawahiri¶s relative, Mahfouz (Mahfuz) Azzam, had a different version of events: On October 21, 1981, after the Menassa (the place of assassinating late President Sadat) event, he was in a car driven by his brother, in his way to the air port, after visiting his aunt he found State Security surrounded him and was arrested. He was able to travel before October 21 if he committed a crime, but he had a relation with Essam al-Qamari and the State Security had a problem with capturing him, so when they wanted to captured him waited until Essam speaks in telephone. They broke into Ayman's house and destroyed walls in order to find any clues, and when he said to them in the telephone: "tell Ayman we will meet after Salat al Maghreb (sunset prayer) in the mosque near Ket-Kat´ - they knew him as Essam al-Qamri. If it were not for that call, all security forces will not catch him because Essam was a professional fighter, and he traveled to Russia.107 Al-Zawahiri has a different version of events: After intensive pursuits, I was arrested. An attack was conducted on the hideout of Essam al-Qamari, at the Cairo neighborhood of Al Jammaliyah,
where an interesting battle took place. This battle occupied an important place in the history of the movement because of the serious facts that it demonstrated about the confrontation between the Islamists and government troops. It also proved the validity of Essam's theory and his farsightedness. This battle took place in the Manshiyat Nasir area in the Al-jammaliyah neighborhood. It is a poor area where poor homes are stacked next to each other, divided by narrow alleys and paths. Essam was hiding in a turner's workshop built by Muhammad Abdal Rahman alSharqawi108, along with Ibrahim Salamah Iskandarani and Nabil Na'im (detained since 1991), to serve as one of our bases. This workshop was in a modest house consisting of a roofless hallway, with two fastened a few centimeters away from the iron door. They had two old short machine guns, two revolvers, and a number of hand grenades in their possession. When the break-in troops tried to storm their way into the gate they were jolted, and they immediately retreated in shock. Essam seized the opportunity and hurled a hand grenade over the door. It landed in the middle of the break-in team, killing or wounding the team members. The battalion officers and soldiers panicked when they heard the screams of the break-in team. There was complete silence in the air. Essam and his companions climbed to the roof of the workshop and started hailing the neighboring rooftops with bullets from their two machine guns, which soon stopped working. But Essam and his companions did not stop. They rained the force with 10 hand grenades, nine of which exploded. The resistance by the force stopped, and here Essam realized that it had been weakened. The brothers emerged from the workshop. They found a soldier in front of them pointing his weapon at them. However, he turned his back on them. Brother Nabil Na'im shot him in the head. Essam asked them to sit still and wait for him to throw a hand grenade then start running in the direction of the grenade. The brothers started running through the cordons of the siege. It was as if they were running amidst dead people and ghosts. They continued to run until they reached the neighboring hills of Al-Muqattam. From a distance, they sat down to watch the badly hurt troops as they gathered their wounded men and moved back to their vehicles. Ibrahim Salamah suggested that this was the best opportunity to attack the battalion with what was left with the brothers in terms of ammunition, but Essam decided it was enough. The brothers continued to walk on the hills of Al-Muqattam. Ibrahim Salamah had a hand grenade in his hand. He had removed the pin from it then returned it again. However, it seemed that the pin shifted out of place when he was running. The brothers stopped for a while near one of the caves.
. Al Sharqawi received a 7-year prison sentenced in connection with Anwar Sadat Al-Mujahideen's case then a 15-year term in the case of Tala'i AlFath. He is still at the Al-Aqrab Prison in Egypt.
Ibrahim Salamah wanted to urinate. He turned around and faced the entrance of the cave. Essam and Nabil sat a few meters away from him with their backs to Ibrahim. The grenade dropped on the floor, causing the pin to shift a little. The brothers heard the capsule exploding. Ibrahim immediately threw himself on the bomb to protect his brothers. The explosion of the bomb, which ripped Ibrahim apart, broke the silence of the night. He took the full power of the explosion. It was an act of destiny that was beyond any expectation. After escaping safely from over a 100man force from the Central Security Forces, Ibrahim met his fate. Isam and Nabil were astonished by the gravity of the surprise. Isam was arrested and put on trial in the Al-Jihad case. The prosecutors, colluding with the intelligence department, did not take him to attend the first session of the trial. They brought him along with Rifa'i Taha (a military official of the Islamic Group) on the second session from their place of detention in Al-Qal'ah Prison. Some say al-Zawahiri as leader of Al-Jihad should have faced martyrdom to protect the organization, as he expected others to do as in the case of an Arab-Afghan fighter and Egyptian Islamic Jihad member named Mohamed Abdel Aleem, better known as ³Abu Khadija´, who was one of the most loyal members of Islamic Jihad. He worked in an orphanage in Peshawar in Pakistan. Although he was only 25 at the time, he was very active. Before joining and working with Zawahiri in Afghanistan, he was a good friend of Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri ('Ali al-Rasheedi) martyred by drowning in Lake Victoria. In Afghanistan, Abu Khadija joined Islamic Jihad and worked directly with Zawahiri himself but he had to leave behind a wife and children. He expressed to Zawahiri his wish to go back to Egypt to see them and try to bring them to Afghanistan. Zawahiri tried to talk him out of traveling for fear that he would be arrested by the Egyptian authorities, but his resolve was firm. The Security Committee made a plan to return him to Egypt on a forged passport with an itinerary that passed through a number of countries before arriving in Egypt, in order to make it difficult for the Egyptian authorities to track him. Despite these measures, as soon as he arrived at the airport, he was arrested by the Egyptian authorities who tortured him terribly until they extracted information about the activities of the group. Abu Khadija told the authorities about the hiding place of Esam Abdel Gayyid, who had infiltrated into Egypt to achieve certain aims. Soon thereafter, Abdel Gayyid was arrested. He is still in prison today. The Egyptian authorities eventually released Abu Khadija, and after lengthy judicial procedure, he received his passport. Abu Khadija insisted on joining his family in Saudi Arabia, where he bumped into Zawahiri in the Holy Mosque. He explained to Zawahiri that what was revealed was done under the pain of torture, and that he did not mean to cause the arrest of Abdel Gayyid. Zawahiri treated him coldly but was forgiven and was assured that since he was under torture he could not be held responsible. Abu Khadija returned to Afghanistan to work for the same orphanage. A few weeks after Abu Khadija¶s arrival, aI-Zawahiri¶s returned to Afghanistan. Abu Khadija then traveled to Islamabad en route to Jeddah to bring his family to Afghanistan. Abu Khadija was hosted by Pakistan's Islamist group 47
Harakat ul-Ansar (aka HUM or Harkat-ul-Mujahideen).109 He then disappeared in Pakistan. Islamic Jihad spread rumors that he died in a car accident, that he had a car that he used for his travels between Islamabad and Peshawar. There was no accident. Members of the Security Committee in Islamic Jihad pretended they wanted to have him meet someone away from where he was hosted by Harakat ul-Ansar. He disappeared soon after this executed on the orders of Doctor aI-Zawahiri.110 Dr. Al-Zawahiri identified his brother Muhammad al-Zawahiri as a member of the same militant cell, according to the transcript of his 1981 Higher State Security Court confession, as reproduced by the jihadi house counsel Egyptian Montassar al-Zayyat (also spelled Zayat) in his The Road to Al-Qaeda: The Story of bin Laden¶s Right-Hand Man.111 AI-Zawahiri¶s cooperation with the authorities along with the CIA¶s desire to destroy Communism perhaps led to his quick exit from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. AlQamari met a heroic death at the hands of the Egyptian security forces while lobbing grenades at them and holding them off until fatally wounded during a jailbreak. The Learned Elder Montassar al-Zayyat visited AI-Zawahiri in the Ibn al-Nefees hospital, where he was working in Jeddah. He looked very sorrowful. The scars left on his body from the indescribable torture he suffered caused him no more pain, but his heart and soul still ached from it. The torture he suffered was not proportionate to his comparatively minor role in the assassination of Sadat and under the pain of torture he gave testimony to the Higher Military Court against other jihadi members from the army. Under these conditions, he admitted that they formed a movement inside the army to topple the regime and institute an Islamic government. From Saudi Arabia it was on to Afghanistan in 1986 where he joined Usama bin Laden in his struggle against the Soviets. In 1987 Ayman al-Zawahiri founded the Peshawar bureau of Egyptian Islamic Jihad and started a monthly magazine called The Conquest. He also started Tanzeem al-Jihad (Jihad Organization) and in 1988 merged it with Islamic Jihad. Ayman al-Zawahiri led the Egyptian Islamic Jihad throughout the 1990s and planned numerous attacks against Egyptian officials. THE INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC FRONT FOR THE JIHAD AGAINST JEWS AND CRUSADERS Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri rejoined bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1997 and signed a May 1998 declaration calling on Muslims to kill Americans and Jews all over the world, to wage Jihad against the US and its interests. Bin Laden formed The International Islamic Front for the Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders - a coalition of Islamist groups which included Al-Gama¶a al-Islamiyya and Al-Jihad as major players. In bin Laden's May religious pronouncement he told American news correspondent John Miller that,
. The HUM changed its name to Harakat ul-Ansar in October 1993 . http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc//awcgate/cpc-pubs/aboul-enein.pdf 111 . The Road to al-Qaeda Montasser al-Zayyet London: Pluto Press, 2004), pp. 36-45
We don't differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians. They are all targets of this fatwa«We also hold them (American government) responsible for its attacks on Islamic symbols, Sheikh Abdel Rahman, who is considered one of the most prominent Islamic scholars who Allah gave the courage to speak the truth. We hear that he is in a bad health condition and he is a man beyond 60 years of age and is blind and America treats him badly. The imprisonment of Sheikh Omar is an attack on the Muslim religion and countries. We hold it completely responsible for the imprisonment of Sheikh Omar and the imprisonment of other Muslims in America. Ali-Mohamed brought Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri into the United States in 1993 without leaving any traces of his entry. Later in 1993 Ali-Mohamed was not as successful and told agents of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that he ³had provided intelligence and counter-intelligence training in Afghanistan to a particular identified individual [Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri]. Ali-Mohamed indicated that he met [Dr. Ayman alZawahiri] in 1988 and last saw him in Afghanistan in 1991. Ali-Mohamed admitted that he had traveled to Vancouver, Canada, in the spring of 1993 to facilitate the entry of [Dr. Ayman Zawahiri] into the United States. [Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri] had been stopped by Canadian customs officials and was found to be in possession of a false passport and the driver¶s license of Ali-Mohamed. Ali-Mohamed further admitted that he and [Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri] had transported Usama bin Laden from Afghanistan to the Sudan in 1991, at which point Ali-Mohamed had left his driver¶s license with [Dr. Ayman alZawahiri]. Ali-Mohamed told the RCMP that he was in the process of applying for a job as an FBI interpreter and did not want this incident to jeopardize the application. (In fact, Ali-Mohamed then had such an application pending though he was never hired as a translator.)´ Some Western analysts believe the man with Ali-Mohamed¶s ID was Ahmed Salama Mabruk Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri¶s right-hand man, however, Mabruk had Canadian citizenship. Ahmed Salama Mabruk, head of military operations for Egyptian Islamic Jihad was jailed for life in April 1999 after trying to buy chemical and biological weapons in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan along with Mohamed Saeed al-Ashri (aka Abu Khaled) and Ahmed Salama Mabruk.112 His laptop computer contained plans to produce anthrax along with many names and addresses of the members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad including those living overseas who were unknown to the Egyptian authorities including jihadi Mohamed Atef. The hard drive listed over 100 targets in the United States, Israel and also in India. This led to the arrest of nearly one hundred members, who were tried in one case entitled, ³The Returnees From Albania.´113 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, A Silicon Valley physician and civic leader told The Chronicle that in 1989 or 1990 he had been introduced to al-Zawahiri and accompanied him to
112. Nato Headquarters, Brussels, December 19, 2001 statement by Serj Sargsyan Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia. http://www.nato.int/docu/speech/2001/s011219u.htm 113 . Al-Zayyat, Montasser The Road to Al-Qaeda p66
local mosques. The civic leader, Dr. Ali Zaki, said he had been duped into assisting al-Zawahiri and had not been told his real name or the true purpose of his fund raising.114 ALI-MOHAMED AND KAHANE¶S ASSASSIN On November 6, 1990, when authorities searched the home of El-Sayyid Nosair after he assassinated the Judaist Rabbi Meir Kahane, they found evidence of a close association between Nosair and Ali-Mohamed that included U.S. Army training manuals, videotaped talks that Ali-Mohamed delivered at the Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, an operational plan for Operation Bright Star, military training schedules, U.S. intelligence estimates of Soviet forces in Afghanistan, a ³Manila folder, unmarked which contains documents, some entitled µThe Eighteenth Airborne of NonCommissioned Officers Navigation, Map Reading, Compass Course, Patrolling¶ and with a typographical map showing the Fort Bragg Military Reservation,´ U.S. Central Command data and intelligence estimates of Soviet force projection in Afghanistan. The FBI also found ³One manila folder with documents, some in Arabic writing.´ These documents included some that originated with the: ³Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.´ Another was from the Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command Air Force Base. A document from the McGill Air Force Base contained a communication at the bottom of which read ³Top Secret for Training otherwise Unclassified.´ Other documents were marked ³Sensitive.´ Appended throughout the documents were the Arabic markings and notations of Ali-Mohamed.115 The FBI also found ³Various documents in Arabic which appear to be Xeroxed copies with diagrams, appear to be some type of bomb making manual.´ (Ali-Mohamed is widely regarded as having written al-Qaeda¶s jihadi handbook detailing how to pick targets and operate in the West without detection). Long before this evidence was unearthed, the CIA and FBI were well aware that Ali-Mohamed often stayed in New Jersey with Nosair, and was closely associated with him. Why? Because the intelligence community had sent Ali-Mohamed there to work with El-Sayyid Nosair! How much simpler an answer can we provide? As a result of this, these training manuals and government documents did not surface during El-Sayyid Nosair¶s 1991 trial (when Nosair was acquitted of killing Kahane) because neither the FBI, the CIA, the New York City District Attorney¶s office nor the defense wanted to make the killing look like it was part of a wider conspiracy. Ali-Mohamed told his handlers that he had given Nosair the documents to gain his trust and help in the struggle in Afghanistan and that he knew nothing about the Kahane conspiracy. American intelligence believed he was working on behalf of American interests, and there would be no violations of United States law within America¶s
. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/10/11/MN119457.DTL 115. Steven Emerson - ³Abdullah Assam: The Man Before Osama Bin Laden´ International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals
borders that would not be reported to the FBI. The Americans thought they had bought Ali-Mohamed¶s loyalty with material wealth so they protected him, and believed that his failure to report his foreknowledge of the Kahane execution was a result of his having no need to know. But you cannot buy our loyalty with expensive homes or cars; our loyalty is to Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala], the supreme ruler of the universe. At El-Sayyid Nosair¶s World Trade Center - Second Kahane assassination trial, where he was accused of being part of a conspiracy, his defense was that he had received training materials from an Egyptian person named ³Ali-Mohamed´ who was known to him as an American agent that was assigned to help and train those who were assisting the Afghani¶s struggle against Russia. When he received these military manuals from Ali-Mohamed, Nosair was under the impression that he (i.e. El-Sayyid Nosair) was cooperating with the American government and following its policy through one of its agents. To prove his point, El-Sayyid Nosair¶s lawyers sent a subpoena to Ali-Mohamed to come and testify. Despite the fact that the subpoena was sent to Ali-Mohamed, mysteriously, Ali-Mohamed never came to testify. ElSayyid Nosair¶s cousin, Brother Ibrahim A. El-Gabrowny explained: Upon arrival to the Manhattan Correctional Center on October 1999, I was put in 9 South Unit in a single cell right beside the cell that was occupied by Ali-Mohamed, which he was there as a suspect in the bombing case of the American Embassy in Nairobi. During the period of being neighbors, I engaged in several conversations with him and asked Ali-Muhamed about the fact that he used to train people for the Afghan struggle against Russia, and whether or not he ever received the subpoena that Nosair¶s lawyer sent to him and if he did receive the subpoena, why did he not come to testify? Ali-Mohamed told me that he used to work for the American army and it¶s true he trained people here and in Afghanistan to assist the struggle against Russia and further added that he had briefly trained El-Sayyid Nosair and provided him with military manuals and instructions as part of the brief training. Ali-Mohamed further added that regarding the subpoena that was sent to him by Nosair¶s lawyer, he actually received it and was prepared to abide with the order and come to testify on Nosair¶s behalf. But before he could come to testify, Mr. Andy McCarthy, the A.U.S.A. came accompanied with an FBI agent and paid him a visit, Ali-Mohamed further added. During the visit Mr. McCarthy told him that he i.e. Mr. McCarthy knew about the subpoena that was sent by Nosair¶s defense lawyer, then Mr. McCarthy advised Ali-Mohamed to ignore the subpoena order and not go to testify on Nosair¶s behalf and that Mr. McCarthy will cover up for him regarding that. The soul and heart of the seditious conspiracy that was alleged by the government against El-Sayyid Nosair and myself and the rest of the 51
defendants was the existence of the one over all Jihad organization and the proofs of its terrorist activities. Ali-Mohamed¶s testimony was crucial to refute a major part of the Government¶s allegation, and that would substantially effect the case for Nosair, myself and the rest of the codefendants. Accordingly, if my claim is true, this will represent a severe Brady violation, since the Government, through its representative, Andy McCarthy acted maliciously to destroy evidence and withhold exculpatory information from the defense that if they were revealed they would substantially effect the jury¶s mind and change the whole outcome of the trial. Prior to his arrest in 1993, El-Gabrowny had been in touch with Usama bin Laden.116 ALI-MOHAMED AND USAMA THE ELDER The FBI was aware of Ali-Mohamed¶s connection to Usama bin Laden in 1990 or earlier: ³In 1990 Confidential Source 3 met an µOmar¶ in a mosque in Santa Clara California ± the town in which Ali-Mohamed resided in 1990. CS-3 described µOmar¶ as someone who received American military experience in bomb making, who served as bin Laden¶s bodyguard and who then lived in California. CS-4 indicates that in 1992, Ali Abdelseoud Mohamed aka µAbu Omar¶ AKA µOmar¶ was training mujahideen in Afghanistan and was also translating training manuals from English into Arabic.´117 This was just one of Al-Mohamed¶s accomplishments. When Rashed Daoud al-µOwhali, a would-be al-Qaeda Shaheed who chickened out at the last minute, was questioned by the FBI he advised ³that the [al-Qaeda] cell is made up of the Administrative Section, the Intelligence Section, the Preparation Section and the Execution Section. The person in charge of the Intelligence Section is the top person in the cell. Upon the selection of the cell¶s target, also called the station, the Intelligence person assigns deputies and case agents to oversee and conduct the variety of tasks needed to complete the cell¶s mission. The training also consisted of methods of recruitment, surveillance, counter surveillance, site surveys and the use of photography to include still photographs and video. Subject further advised that he believes his type of ³cell´ training was at one time taught in the bin Ladin camps by an Egyptian male, who was trained by either the American military or intelligence agency. Subject does not know this Egyptians name but added that he is no longer a part of bin Ladin because he was labeled untrustworthy. Subject believes this person lives in the United States.´118 Al-µOwhali, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, was born in 1977 in Liverpool, England, while his father was enrolled in a Master¶s Degree program there. His family had considerable wealth and prominence. His mother had a profound effect on his strong religious upbringing and he began to read magazine such as Al-Jihad, Al-Muhahidin and Al-Mujahad, many of
116. USDC SDNY 98CR1023 Document #235 page 5 117. Affidavit of FBI SA Daniel Coleman September 1998. 118 . USA v Moussaoui Defendant¶s Exhibit 767
which were published by Azzam Publications, our in-house press. In 1996 Al-µOwhali traveled to Afghanistan to train and make Jihad. It was there that he was exposed to Sheik Rahman¶s fatwas that stated unequivocally, ³that if a ruler used his power to change things in contradiction to Islam, then the ruler had blasphemed and it was your right and duty to kill him.´ In 1993 Ali-Mohamed told Special Agents of the FBI that, Usama bin Laden ran an organization called al-Qaeda and was building an army that may be used to overthrow the Saudi Government. AliMohamed further stated that bin Laden was operating camps in the Sudan and that Ali-Mohamed himself was training people in the Sudan. AliMohamed also advised the FBI that he had provided anti-hijacking and intelligence training in Afghanistan to [al-Zawahiri]. Ali-Mohamed handled Usama¶s security, and after a failed 1994 assassination attempt on bin Laden, trained his bodyguards, and conducted surveillance for him. He also became an FBI and INS informant regarding the illegal entry of Mexicans into the United States, and this provided him with additional immunity for his activities on our behalf.119 At Ali¶s sentencing hearing he stated: ³At about this time, late 1994, I received a call from an FBI agent who wanted to speak to me about the upcoming trial of United States v. Abdel Rahman. I flew back to the United States, spoke to the FBI, but didn¶t disclose everything that I knew. I reported on my meeting with the FBI to Abu Hafs [Muhammed Atef aka Abu Hafs, Abu Hafs El-Masry El-Khabir, Taysir, Sheikh Taysir Abdullah, Abu Khadijh] and was told not to return to Nairobi.´ Abu Hafs Masri is a former Egyptian policeman who was co-founder of the MaK then joined Egyptian Islamic Jihad and went on to become the military commander of alQaeda. His daughter is married to one of Usama bin Laden¶s sons and was widely regarded as Bin Laden¶s successor before he was killed during a United Snakes air strike on Kabul in November 2001. The FBI reported: In December 1994, Ali-Mohamed, who was listed as a defense witness in the then pending trial of Sheik Rahman was interviewed by Special Agent Harlan Bell. Ali-Mohamed then indicated he was then working in Kenya in the scuba diving business and admitted that he made two prior trips to Pakistan; one in 1998 as an observer; the second in 1991 in response to a request by the late Mustafa Shalabi to move Usama bin Laden out of Afghanistan.120 The United States Attorney¶s office reported:
119. Steven Emerson - ³Abdullah Assam: The Man Before Osama Bin Laden´ - International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals http://www.iacsp.com/itobli3.html 120. Affidavit of FBI SA Daniel Coleman September 1998.
On December 9, 1994 Mr. Ali-Mohamed was interviewed by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy and FBI Special Agent Harlan Bell. The prosecutor questioned Mr. Ali-Mohamed about whether he provided certain military manuals to El-Sayyid Nosair and whether he had trained any of the World Trade Center bombing defendants in military skills. Mr. Ali-Mohamed denied furnishing these manuals, but admitted knowing and visiting several purported Islamic militants in the New York metropolitan area. The government¶s questions to Mr. Ali-Mohamed clearly show that the government had information tending to demonstrate that military manuals, traceable to Mr. Ali-Mohamed, were found in possession of Nosair and other World Trade Center bombing defendants. This information could only have originated from a well-placed informant in the New York Islamic militant community [The traitor Jamal Ahmed alFadl? The spy Emad Salem] who may have provided the government with information that led to a search warrant. The nature of this questioning indicates that the government considered Mr. Ali-Mohamed a target for criminal prosecution. But there was no such prosecution: All that transpired was that Ali-Mohamed was added to the Rahman Unindicted Co-Conspirator List in the U.S.A. v. Rahman case. With the help of the Almighty and with the immunity Ali-Mohamed had acquired from acting as an informant for the inexperienced American intelligence community, AliMohamed was able to again leave the United States and train fighters in surveillance techniques and unconventional warfare at al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan while simultaneously serving in the United States Army Reserves. For nine years after he left active duty, until his arrest in 1998, Ali-Mohamed shuttled between California, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Oman, Egypt, Niger, Tanzania on al-Qaeda business. In 1995 Ali-Mohamed sought a security clearance to work as a security guard at a classified area within a facility maintained by a private company that did business on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD). In a January 1995 DOD questionnaire, AliMohamed stated that in the last five years that he traveled to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kenya as part of his import ± export business. Ali-Mohamed did not mention travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan or Somalia. Ali-Mohamed did not even list his overseas employment, later admitting that he did so deliberately because he had been advised that recent overseas employment would disqualify him for consideration. In the same statement he stated that ³My brothers are the only people I have contact with outside the United States´ after discussing his two blood brothers living in Egypt. He further stated that I have never had any contact such as personal meetings, written correspondence, telephonic contact or any other such form of communication with anyone representing a non-US intelligence/security service or group, movement or association that advocates or practices violence against the U.S. government, its citizens or allies. I have never 54
been asked to work for a non-U.S. intelligence-security service or group that advocates or practices violence against the U.S. government, its citizens or allies. I have never worked or volunteered to work for any nonU.S. intelligence security service or group that advocates or practices violence against the U.S. government, its citizens or allies. I have never belonged to a terrorist organization but I have been approached by organizations that could be called terrorist. I would prefer to call these organizations µopposition groups¶ because they were opposing terrorist governments.121 In 1996 bin Laden threatened to wage an Islamic holy war against the United States and its allies if Washington did not remove its troops from the Gulf region. In 1996 a Grand Jury was convened to investigate Gama¶a al-Islamiyya, Al-Qaeda et al and by September 1997 it had determined that Ali-Mohamed had trained the forces that attacked kafir soldiers in Somalia in 1993 and 1994. In June 2006 this training paid off and Somali Islamists defeated the CIA-backed militias taking control of Mogadishu and establishing Shari'ah law. An Italian nun was gunned down in front of a Mogadishu hospital where she had served for years. Leonella Rose Sgorbati, 65, was shot by Islamic gunmen in revenge for Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam.122 The Islamists have been temporarily driven into hiding by surrogate troops from Ethiopia on the orders of Bush but have vowed never to surrender. In October 1997 Assistant United States Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Agent Bell and at least one CIA agent traveled to California to interrogate Ali-Mohamed about his involvement with Usama bin Laden and the various acts of Jihad that were the focus of the Grand Jury investigation. During the interview Ali-Mohamed admitted that he had helped move bin Laden from Pakistan to the Sudan under cover, and had trained bin Laden¶s bodyguards there following an unsuccessful assassination attempt. He advised that the Sudanese intelligence service provided perimeter security for bin Laden but that he had trained the guards who provided the inner security. Ali-Mohamed stated he lived in bin Laden¶s house in Khartoum at the time of such training. He expressed a deep admiration for Mr. bin Laden, familiarity with bin Laden and other purported associates in the United States and abroad, and indicated an unwillingness to co-operate with the government¶s investigation. He also advised that he was in Somalia during the United States intervention overseas and knew that Bin Laden¶s people were responsible for the killing of the United States soldiers in Somalia. Ali-Mohamed further confirmed that in or about 1991 he went to Afghanistan to take bin Laden to Pakistan, then India, then on to Sudan. He stated he did this because he loved bin Laden and believed in him. Ali-Mohamed admitted that he trained people in µwar zones¶ and added that war zones can be anywhere. He indicated that he knew lots of people and was well trusted and could put people together with people that they need. He further stated that he
121. Affidavit of FBI SA Daniel Coleman September 1998. 122 . http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F40E10F638550C7B8DDDA00894DE404482
did not need a fatwa to go against the United States since it was obvious that the U.S. was the enemy.´ Clinton the Degenerate had not gotten the message from the FBI: ³And I think it's very interesting that all the conservative Republicans, who now say I didn't do enough, claimed that I was too obsessed with bin Laden. All of President Bush's neo-cons thought I was too obsessed with bin Laden. They had no meetings on bin Laden for nine months after I left office. All the right-wingers who now say I didn't do enough said I did too much, same people. They were all trying to get me to withdraw from Somalia in 1993 the next day after we were involved in "Black Hawk down," and I refused to do it and stayed six months and had an orderly transfer to the United Nations. OK, now let's look at all the criticisms: Black Hawk down, Somalia. There is not a living soul in the world who thought that Usama bin Laden had anything to do with Black Hawk down or was paying any attention to it or even knew Al Qaeda was a growing concern in October of 1993.123 Ali-Mohamed also admitted he was actively studying computers. This confirmed the government¶s view that he was continuing to work with al-Qaeda and was planning to learn to communicate in unbreakable encryption codes. Agents interrogated AliMohamed about our activities. On August 8, 1998 the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi was carried out. During telephone calls with the FBI after the bombing he advised Agent Harlan Bell that he formerly lived in Kenya where he worked for Usama bin Laden and was shown a file concerning a plan to attack the United States Embassy in Nairobi and that he knew who had carried out the recent bombings but would not provide the names to the FBI. From August 11, 1998 through at least August 25, 1998 agents tapped Ali-Mohamed¶s phone pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Security Act (FISA). The agents then executed warrants and seized the Brother¶s computer and documents. They found documents concerning the planning of our operations and the structuring of al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya into different cells; documents concerning how intelligence agencies operate; documents regarding various explosives, including documents concerning planting of explosives in buildings; documents regarding assassination techniques; documents regarding the firing of various weapons including rocket propelled grenades (RPG); documents concerning a military style training program; documents concerning codes; copies of a document which had been forwarded to Usama bin Laden, i.e. the co-conspirator list from the Rahman trial along with papers ³concerning techniques of surveilling various targets, including military, diplomatic and government targets.´ Now America¶s Surveillance Detection Program utilizes plainclothes security agents to provide surveillance detection measures around U.S. embassies, consulates, and residences of embassy employees. The program is used to identity suspicious activity, such as our member¶s casing embassy facilities or personnel, and includes capabilities intended to resolve all suspicious activity. KHALID ABU-AL-DAHAB THE FBI DID NOT KNOW OUR OPERATIVES FROM ADAM
Khalid Abu-al-Dahab¶s father, an EgyptAir pilot, had been among 108 people killed in the 1973 crash of a Cairo-bound Libyan Arab Airlines plane that was shot down by Israeli fighter jets when it strayed over the Sinai Peninsula, which at the time was occupied by Israel. While a medical student in Alexandria in about 1984 Dahab met Ali-Mohamed, who then was an officer in the Egyptian commando forces and a Gama¶a al-Islamiyya operative planning to immigrate to the United States and was recruited by him. Ali-Mohamed gave him military training and taught him how to make letter bombs and told him that he had worked as an al-Qaeda communications specialist, aiding Brothers inside Egypt by patching through their calls to other operatives in Afghanistan and the Sudan. This helped the Brothers plan operations while avoiding electronic surveillance by Egyptian security forces who routinely wiretapped their calls between Egypt and countries that harbored jihadi. In 1987 Khalid Abu-al-Dahab immigrated to America and became a Silicon Valley car salesman who was known in Santa Clara as Khaled Mohamed and also used the codename Adam. Adam, the son of, was also instructed to get flight training.124 In 1998 it was discovered by Egyptian intelligence that one operative with American citizenship, codenamed Adam, had been planted in the United States and had co-ordinated communications facilitating communication between Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders in Egypt and those in training camps in Afghanistan, dispatched forged documentation and helped to finance Al-Qaeda by transferring funds raised in the Bay Area to Egyptian Islamic Jihad cadres abroad. In August 1998, while Khalid Abu-alDahab was in Egypt, Al-Qaeda mounted attacks on the American embassies in East Africa. In October 1998, the Egyptian military moved to crush Egyptian Islamic Jihad by arresting more than 70 of the organization's leaders. Dahab decided to flee, and on October 28, 1998 booked a flight to the United States. Egyptian security police boarded the plane shortly before takeoff and took him away in handcuffs. Khalid Abu-al-Dahab confessed his involvement with al-Qaeda and was sentenced to 15 years in prison meted out by a military court.125 In October 1998 the American intelligence community obtained information that al-Qaeda was ³trying to establish and operative cell within the United States. The information suggested an effort to recruit U.S. citizen Islamists«´ ³Trying to establish.´ This was an affront to our Brooklyn / Jersey City cell that had been in existence since the late 1980¶s. The FBI got a FISA tap on Ali-Mohamed and overheard him discussing a bombing that was to take place at an Embassy in Africa. This was too much even for his FBI handlers. Ali-Mohamed was subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury on September 10, 1998. He was arrested for perjury and for conspiring with Usama bin Laden to murder United States nationals as he left the Grand Jury room. On September 11, 1998 Ali-Mohamed appeared before U.S. Magistrate Andrew Peck and at the request of Ali-Mohamed and the Government both the complaint and the presentment were sealed. Between October 13, 1998 and April 19, 1999, the Government, with AliMohamed¶s consent, was granted seven additional continuances in the time by which
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Ali-Mohamed was to be indicted. The case caption was changed to United States v. John Doe and all the papers were sealed. After the New York Times complained about all this secrecy, the Government submitted a sealed letter stating that the basis for AliMohamed¶s arrest and the nature of the posture of the case thereafter, would compromise the Government¶s compelling interest in continuing the extremely sensitive investigation. The Government refused to release the submissions in redacted form and asked that the docket sheet itself be sealed and the sealing order sealing the docket sheet be sealed. Judge Peck agreed. The Times then wrote to Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, asking her to unseal the submissions and proceedings. Judge Scheindlin unsealed the docket sheet but kept everything else sealed. The U.S. Attorney, and the federal judges kept the arrest secret for almost a year. Much of the case remains sealed.126 The reason for doing this was not that information might fall into the hands of the enemy ± so-called national security concerns ± because Ali-Mohamed had already told al-Qaeda everything he knew. The reason was to not embarrass the CIA or implicate it in aiding us in our rise to power. Ali-Mohamed pleaded guilty to five federal counts of conspiracy, which included plotting to kill U.S. citizens, destroy U.S. facilities, and murder U.S. soldiers in Somalia and Saudi Arabia. U.S. District Judge Leonard B. Sand first said the agreement guaranteed a minimum of 25 years in prison, but after an objection by defense attorneys, the judge did not specify the length of the potential prison term. His actual sentence, nor the facility he is housed in, has yet to be revealed. The Egyptian government requested the extradition of Ali-Mohamed (who El-Ahram calls Mustafa) after he was sentenced to death in absentia by an Egyptian military tribunal in a case known as "the returnees from Albania."127 Ali-Mohamed was debriefed prior to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. CLEMENT RODNEY HAMPTON-EL Hampton-El, another Brooklyn / Jersey City Cell member, is an unsung hero of Islamism. Hampton-El was originally from New York where he grew up in a family that was affiliated with the Moorish Islamic Temple, the precursor to the Black Muslims. Hampton-El joined the Army where he first began to understand that racism was as American as apple pie: I had encounters with officers who addressed you out of your name, you know, nigger and stuff like that. I said, µHey, you know what¶s happening? This is the Army, I though we are in the same thing?¶ And I think my problems started to develop at that time. So I started seeing whom I can speak to about this. And my efforts directed to the officers at the camp, it was like a joke you know. µI¶ll look into it¶ and µDon¶t waste
126. Joseph Neff and John Sullivan ³Al-Qaeda terrorist duped FBI, Army ´The News & Observer October 21, 2001. http://www.diodon349.com/Attack_on_America/Attack_Stories/know_our_enemy_Ali_Mohamed.htm 127 . http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/1999/426/eg6.htm
my time.¶ So I start writing people here in New York, Senator Keating, Adam Clayton Powell. I wrote the President. I wrote the Inspector General. And people got a little pissed off with that. So I started getting a petition together and getting people to sign this who had experienced the same encounter. It wasn¶t only blacks; it was white people too. Because they say they didn¶t want blacks and whites to hang out, especially in places like Georgia. People were riding in the back of the bus, and in the front of the train to where all the smoke would come back in the window«Finally some guys came into the barracks and they said, µYou know you¶re a dead nigger.¶ I thought they were just saying a lot of crap, you know. I was staying the barracks myself. I was attacked and some people got hurt. And they called for reinforcements and these came out of nowhere. Somebody finally got behind me and hit me in the head. So I woke up in the stockade you know«They told me that they were going to bring a general court martial, dishonorable discharge, that I had tried to kill three people and a lot of garbage«I did like three months then they let me out. After I was removed from the service the first job I got was at Goldwater Memorial Hospital for Chronic Disease. This place consists of polio victims, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and chronic syphilis. Anybody who had a disease that was going to take him away from this world, that¶s what it was all about«So I started working with polio patients, moving them about, counseling them, because when death is approaching someone they go through a lot of changes, and people need somebody to talk to, let them know that this is a phase that everybody is going to go through. Everybody is going to die. I even helped with the dressings. You know, like, when people are bedridden, their body breaks down rapidly, and you clean the people up, you know. Some of them laid up in feces for long periods. And sometimes people become hard when they work on a job for a long time, and maybe their sense of caring diminishes to some degree. So you see this person who needs help and you go help them« Then, I went to Manhattan State, where they had a variety of people who were mentally ill. They had the criminally insane. These were people that they kept there just before they sent them to Matawan [Institute for the Criminally Insane]. And then they had a geriatrics unit there for older people. They had a unit there for people who were not only mentally disturbed but were physically ill. And they had a school there. So I was going though the school to learn how to deal with people who are mentally disturbed, how to deal with their physical illnesses, electro convulsive shock therapy. And the different medications they dealt with and how one would deal with a person who has schizophrenia, because sometimes they would become extremely violent, and to restrain them you would not want to be violent back with them, you would want to restrain them in the best way you could without hurting them and without being hurt. Some 59
people become very rigid when they are fighting, and if you are too forceful with them, then you are loosing focus as to the person, their perspective, you can break the extremities. A guy walks up to you and spits in your face, you don¶t jump on him and beat him up, you know. You might want to, but you shouldn¶t... I became an emergency medical technologist. The Police Commissioner, Patrick Murphy, even gave me a PBA card because there was a couple of cops that got shot up pretty bad, and it was so bad that they did request a physician, and no reflection on physicians but when they run into such trauma, sometimes it shocks them because they are used to dealing with operations etc. The guys arm was like shot off«I took care of business and helped shave his arm without panicking and brought him in, and they were very thankful and so was the Police Department and the Mayor. During the Afghan war, Hampton-El was recruited as a member of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar¶s Islamic Party and made Jihad in Afghanistan. After he was wounded as a combatant in November 1988, Hampton-El returned to the United States in order to recuperate. He wished to return to the battlefield so that he could have another chance at martyrdom and paradise. Hampton-El was well regarded in his Flatbush-Brooklyn neighborhood where he offered medical advice and fought the drug dealers. HamptonEl only opposed black-on-black crime and was connected with a group of AfricanAmerican Muslims known as ³The Forty Thieves,´ who carried out a series of violent post office and bank robberies in 1991 and 1992 from Atlanta, Georgia to New York City.128 Hampton-El attended an ul-Fuqra camp near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to practice combat training and target shooting. The camp was on a farm owed by Abdul Muhaimin (Kelvin Smith), a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer. In 1995 Muhaimin was put on the Rahman Unindicted Co-Conspirator List but it was not until 1999 that he pleaded guilty to three counts of making false statements and one of destroying evidence, and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal custody.129 Hampton-El expressed his intolerance of apostate interpretations of the holy Qu¶ran by participating in a demonstration, which decried the publication of Salman Rushdie¶s Satanic Verses. Even when Hampton-El, who was a member both of Jamaatul-Fuqra and the Brooklyn / Jersey City Islamist cell, was alleged by FBI informant Emad Salem to have been a part of the World Trade Center bombing by assisting in the testing of explosives, the authorities did nothing, and he continued to work with Sheik Rahman on the plan to blow up the bridges and tunnels of New York City. Hampton-El was a mureed of Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani who had recruited him and paid for his travel to Pakistan for training in explosives and weapons. Brother Hampton-El was heavily involved in the first World Trade Center explosion so the Sheik left the United States
128. USA v. Rahman TT 18093 129 . Rhoads & Sinon LLP http://www.rhoadssinon.com/newsandevents/archives/headlines/Sept2002/ESPNMAG_com_The_Good_Son.htm
shortly after the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 for Lahore. Out of sight, out of mind! When asked about his complicity in the WTC-1 Attack Sheik Gilani stated, ³After 1990 I had never gone to the U.S. because for the enemies of Islam, the holy Qu¶ran is a book of terrorist. Islam is a religion of terrorism. Muslims are terrorists. It is a Zionist conspiracy and for that they want computerized ID cards so that they have data on each and every person. I stayed away.¶´ Hampton-El was arrested in June 1993 along with Rahman the Elder. HamptonEl had conspired to do battle, often on the orders of his Eminence: ³Let me just say what me and the Sheik, we haven¶t talked in awhile but there¶s a whole lot we discussed previous, there is a lot that I can¶t blah, blah, blah, unintelligible. I¶m not at liberty to get into this kind of talk. [I can say that we discussed] the Mossad training people to speak Arabic and become Imams.´130 On August 3, 1993 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) arrested ten gun and explosives dealers in New York. The dealers, who were AfricanAmerican Muslims, claimed inspiration from Sheik Rahman, and admitted they had attempted to obtain explosives in the form of pipe bombs from a friend of Hampton-El. One of them reportedly told a BATF undercover agent that with Hampton-El¶s arrest, the group could no longer procure pipe bombs. One of these African-Americans invited Sheldon Wengrovsky, the BATF undercover agent, to listen to one of the Sheik¶s speeches and offered to introduce him to Dr. Rahman. As was the will of Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala], Sheikh Rahman¶s speech was canceled.131 Before Islamists blamed the Jews for the destruction of the World Trade Center Hampton-El had devised the same strategy. He said; ³The best way to be successful, because (unintelligible) so we will make them ready for everything. What would be fantastic is to do it and leave them in a ball of confusion not knowing who did it. Yes, yes. You see, I have done things and left evidence to make them think it was done by kuffar«the drug dealers«I leave something for them to throw them off completely. Have them think somebody else did it. I let them think the Jews did it. You see what you have to do, Brother? Distraction, deception, cool«Deception is the key. It¶s Kufars, (unintelligible) or drug dealers. Got to leave something to let it, to throw them off completely, have them think somebody else did this or make them think Yahood132 did it. You know some er ah, you throw that there in too, you know what I¶m saying? Curse in Hebrew or Yiddish then hang up.´133 During his trial Hampton-El was asked: ³You weren¶t indicating here you wanted to leave them in a ball of confusion to make them think the Jews were responsible for the bombing?´ He responded simply, ³No.´
130. USA v Rahman TT 15751 131 . Joseph B. Treaster ³U.S. Arrests 10 After Weapons Inquiry´ New York Times August 4, 1993 Page A1, 2. 132 . The Jews. 133. USA v. Rahman page 16035 to 16038
Brother Mohammad Salameh was a twenty-six year old Palestinian who descended from a long line of heroes and was a member of the Brooklyn / Jersey City Cell. His maternal grandfather fought in the 1936 Arab revolt against British rule in Palestine, and even as an old man joined the Palestinian Liberation Organization and was jailed by the Zionist dogs. A maternal uncle was arrested in 1968 for fighting against the occupation and served eighteen years in a Zionist prison before he was released and deported, making his way to Baghdad where he became number two in the Western Sector, a unit of the Arab Liberation Front. From 1996 until 2001 Iraq and Iraqi intelligence, created, supplied and operated at least five training camps in order to create an ³Arab Liberation Front´ capable of attacking Israel. These camps trained men from 15 nations in guerrilla warfare, paramilitary activities, rocket warfare, demolition and bombing including the use of mines, grenades, TNT, nitroglycerine and plastic explosives. Hamas appreciated this and opened an office in ³secularist´ Baghdad in 1999. Iraq also hosted conferences attended by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, whose main sponsor was Iran.134 Fuad Shubaki, the finance officer of the PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority, was in close touch with the Arab Liberation Front and received arms and money from Iraq for it, along with $25,000 for the families of those martyrs who have taken the battle to innermost sanctums of occupied Palestine. While in operation, the Arab Liberation Front distributed $35 million from Saddam to the Palestinians.135 Arafat fully backed Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War of 1990.136 Mohammad Salamah lived in Jordan during the Black September massacre of Palestinians then obtained a degree from a Jordanian university in the Shari'ah. He immigrated to America and applied for the same amnesty as Brother Mahmud Abouhalima and was denied residency in the United States. But, because there was no mechanism in place to force people who were denied permanent residency to leave the country, he continued to live and work in the United States illegally. While he was involved with our cell in the United States, Salameh called his uncle in Iraq many times, running up a large phone bill that resulted in his phone service being terminated, however these calls were of a personal nature and bore no relation to the first World Trade Center Event.137
RAHMAN LEAVES EGYPT In April 1990 his Eminence made a legendary escape from house arrest when the Sheik was smuggled past his guards in a washing machine that was being taken out
. Middle East Newsline September 23, 2003. . Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Jerusalem Issue Brief February 6, 2002 ³Arafat's Iraqi Connection.´ http://www.jcpa.org/art/brief1-18.htm 136 . Yassir Arafat in Al-Manara, Lebanon, Saut Falastin Beirut, February 8, 1981. 137. Laurie Mylroie ³The World Trade Center Bomb: Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It Matters´ National Interest, winter, 1995/1996 Mylroie believes that these calls did pertain to the first World Trade Center bombing.
of his home. Had this plan failed there was an alternative one that involved stun guns that had been supplied to our Brothers by Egyptian intelligence agent Abdo Haggag. The Sheik wisely never mentioned his escape nor the fact that he was a fugitive and the Egyptians were pressing for his extradition to the INS: ³The applicant testified that he last departed from Egypt in April 1990, by obtaining a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Although he stated that he was under house arrest at this time, the police allowed him to leave for Saudi Arabia and he was escorted by four cars from his house to the airport.´ The Blind Sheikh Rahman was in Great Britain on May 1, 1990 because on that date he was granted a B-2 Tourist Visa to visit the United States.138 JULY 18, 1990: RAHMAN ESCALATES JIHAD IN AMERICA In May 1990 the Sheik fled Egypt for the Sudan where he stayed for one month. From there he went to Pakistan for one month and then to Afghanistan where he preached the word of God, raised money for the war against the Soviets and enthusiastically endorsed the merger of Gama¶a al-Islamiyya with the International Alliance Against Christian and Jews which came to be known as al-Qaeda. It was on to Saudi Arabia for ten days then back to the Sudan and on to America! Judge Daniel Meisner, who presided over the Sheik¶s immigration hearing wrote: In addition to his testimony regarding his six arrests, the applicant testified regarding his travel outside of Egypt between 1970 and 1991. It appears that since 1970, applicant traveled to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Denmark, London, Sudan and Pakistan for µpilgrimage¶ and to attend conferences. The specific facts regarding applicant's travel outside of Egypt are not clear from testimony or the documents of record. The applicant testified that he last left Egypt in April 1990, by obtaining a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. The applicant's states: µI intended to leave for Saudi Arabia on an omra139 but was not permitted to leave within the time provided for in the visa. Therefore, I went to Sudan and remained there for about one month. From there I went to Pakistan for one month, then to Saudi Arabia for ten days pilgrimiage (sic) and then came to the United States on July 18, 1990.¶ Judge Meisner asked the Sheik why he did not file a request for asylum in Saudi Arabia rather than returning to Egypt, the applicant stated, µSaudi Arabia is more oppressive than Egypt.¶´ The Sheik had omitted his visit to Afghanistan. On July 18, 1990 His Eminence Sheik Rahman immigrated to the United States ³at the invitation of a conference´ then went to London and returned in or about November 1990, then left for a short trip to Denmark in December 1990 after which he returned to the U.S.
. USDC White Plains Rahman v. Reno 93-Civ-4683-CLB page 407. . Pilgrimage.
I came to the United States in the summer of 1990 on a valid visa, to escape my unjustified persecution by the Mubarak government. Having been identified by the government earlier as an Islamic scholar and Sheik who spoke fearlessly about the injustices and corruption in Egypt and who proposed the installation of a government by Islamic law, I was placed on trial for the assassination of Sadat (twice) and also for inciting to riot etc. In all cases I was acquitted completely. Nonetheless, I was subjected to house arrest and vigorous, rigorous disruptions of my daily life, in the name of State, Mubarak¶s Security.140 I came to the United States because I believed that here it was guaranteed that one could speak freely and preach and follow Islam without government interference. How did Sheik Rahman go in and out of America like it was a revolving door when his acquittal in a case of attempting to kill two policemen and inciting violence during a protest outside a mosque in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo had been overturned by the Mubarak regime? How did he enter a Christian country after issuing a fatwa calling for the death of Christians? With the help of Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala], we used America¶s hatred for Soviet Communism as a means of manipulating the CIA and FBI into allowing Islamists to gather in our mosques and safehouses to plan our antiCommunist activities, and drive the Reds from Afghanistan. There came a point where those activities were also aimed at another enemy of Islam, the United States. Once we reached this stage we felt confident enough to bring the Prince of Jihad into the heart of the beast. The CIA believed it was in America¶s long-term interest to protect the Sheik. It knew that al-Qaeda had the dedication and capability to defeat the Soviets, but it did not foresee that the Islamist, largely Pashtun Taliban would replace the Communists by virtue of the fact that they were the single most powerful militia amidst a power vacuum created by years of warfare and were powerful enough to overthrow President Baharuddin Rabbani in 1996. Siddig Ibrahim Ali Siddig spoke of how the leaders of the Taliban were once honored by America: They used to go to the United Nations. Sheik Rahman was present of course so there were special sessions between them and these people, okay? I am telling you they let the Sheik attend but when these people come here and they go to the United Nations, Sheik Burhan Al-Din Rabbani went to Reagan and invited him to convert to Islam, he told him, convert to Islam. If you don¶t become a Muslim you will die like a dog, what did you do? Nothing, I mean they are good people. America used to do for the Brothers. Yes, it is known, normal, ask anybody, why? Because there were certain reasons, America was fighting the Russians. Who messed up Russia and its economy? Who finished Russia? Because the Red Army lost hundreds of thousands in Afghanistan, thousands of fighter
. Military officers and members of the police forces have been appointed to governorships in the troubled regions, execution of Islamists sentenced by special courts was commonplace and in March 2003 the state of emergency was extended for three more years. This despite the fact that the Constitution approved by president Anwar Sadat in 1971 claimed Egypt is an Islamic state.
planes, all of it was done by the Brothers, they use to send them Stinger missiles, the Brothers use to take Stingers Brother. And the most modern weapons, they use to receive them, by the Brothers, got training on them, it is not a secret, it is known. To the CIA, which pumped more than $2 billion into the fourteen-year Afghani resistance effort, Sheik Rahman was invaluable141 for Rahman was one of the main operatives the CIA utilized in its proxy war against the Soviets, although he now must deny any such association. The Sheik had established himself as an important U.S. ally by helping the CIA channel money, weapons, and men to mujahedeen training centers in the U.S. supported countries of Egypt and Pakistan. Peshawar, Pakistan, nearby Afghanistan, became the staging area for tens of thousands of radicals, many of whom went on to form smaller cells around the world, including inside the U.S. and England. The Egyptian security and intelligence services made a major mistake from 1985 to 1987 when, at the behest of the CIA, it allowed several Al-Gama¶a Islamists leaders who had taken part in the 1981 assassination of Sadat, and the attempted coup that followed it, to leave the country. The most prominent were Mustafa Hamza (left) and Muhammad Shawqi Islambouli, whose brother, Khaled, shot President Anwar Sadat dead. Muhammad Shawqi Islambouli, a leader of the Islamic Association at Asyut University had been arrested in an anti-Islamist sweep on September 3, 1981.142 Around the end of 1984 to early 1986 al-Gama'a leaders decided to send some of their leaders who were not fugitives there to gain military experience to help train and organize a military wing in Egypt. Rifa'i Ahmad Taha Musa played a major part in organizing training camps for the movement in Afghanistan and for rebuilding its military wing in Egypt. The following leaders were able to go to Afghanistan between 1987 to 1989: Tala't Fu'ad Qasim, Abdel Akher Hamad, Usama Rushdie and Yaseem Hama. The other leaders divided on a mental and physical level, Tala't and Rushdie to produce al-Mourabeton, Rifa'i Taha, Mustafa Hamza, Adli Yousef and Talaat Hamam military training. Sheik Rahman¶s words also had become an inspiration for thousands of rankand-file Muslim heroes in the crusade for the Holy Afghani Jihad. These men received top-notch para-military training Afghanistan and a chance at eternal bliss. This was why the CIA brought Sheik Rahman into the U.S. via Saudi Arabia, Peshawar, and the Sudan on a tourist visa issued by an undercover CIA agent using diplomatic cover.143 His followers were playing a major role in defeating the Communists. The Sheik received his visa at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, even though his name appeared on the State Department¶s official ³terrorist´ list. The State Department said the CIA officer approved the visa application after being assured incorrectly by a Sudanese employee that Rahman was not on the ³undesirable´ list. However, three days after granting him the visa, the embassy informed the State Department that it had made a grave error. The State Department, however, at the
141. Mary Ann Weaver ³Blowback´ The Atlantic Monthly - May 1996. . Caryle Murphy Passion for Islam Page 62 Scribner October 1, 2002. 143. Douglas Jehl ³CIA Officer Signed Visa For Sheik U.S. Says ´New York Times July 14, 1993 Page B6, 1.
request of the CIA refused to alert the INS, so the INS did not place him on its Watch List of people to be turned back if they attempted to enter the United States. During Sheik Rahman¶s trial in early 1995 the Sheik¶s attorney sent this letter to the State Department of the United States: Dr. Abdel Rahman received a visa to enter the United States in 1990 from the United States consular office in Khartoum, Sudan. Upon information and belief there may have been correspondence surrounding the issuance of this visa. One or more of the aforementioned agencies [the CIA, the State Department] may have contacted the consulate in that regard. To the extent that this correspondence, including but not limited to written, telephonic, cybernating, is exculpatory, it must be produced«[as] media reports have alleged that one of the defendants, Omar Ahmad Ali Abdel Rahman, has close ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, may have assisted the United States during the war in Afghanistan, and may have been permitted to enter the United States with the assistance of State Department employees« The Assistant United States Attorney, knowing that the CIA would never admit to aiding Dr. Rahman agreed to this request: ³Dr. Rahman received a visa to enter the United States in July 1990 from the United States consular office in Khartoum Sudan. Upon information and belief there might have been correspondence surrounding the issuance of this visa between one or more of the aforementioned agencies and intelligence agencies referred to above. In light of this we would ask that you provide any such foreign intelligence information to us, so that we may determine if we are obligated to disclose any of it pursuant to Brady v. Maryland.´ During this trial the question whether Rahman possessed classified material originating with the CIA arose. Rahman¶s lawyer stated: Moore: At a previous conference, I originally indicated to your Honor Dr. Rahman did not have any classified information to raise«Dr. Rahman has now said to me today, and I think he should put it on the record, that he does not intend to raise any classified information. THE COURT: I should point out to him and to you, so that both of you can take some comfort in this, that whatever knowledge he may have of his own activities I don¶t think he can be barred from introducing based on its being classified. Do you [Assistant U.S. Attorney] McCarthy? McCarthy: I do your Honor. Well I think that at the very least if he is the source of the classified information, I don¶t think we can prevent him from testifying at trial« I think the public authority statute has a specific provision in it saying that nothing in the statute should be construed as barring the defendant from testifying at trial. The Classified Information Procedure Act doesn¶t have a similar provision, so I don¶t want to be 66
deemed at this point to have waived any claim he can be barred from testifying as to classified information. During this trial Sheik Rahman pointedly asked: When I entered the United States of America in July 1990, how come you did not arrest me while I am the Prince of Jihad Organization in United States of America from the beginning of the year 1989 and a principal leader in that international Jihad Organization, from the beginning of the year 1980? Yassir Arafat was forbidden from entering America at a time when he was the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. What do you think of me, then? And I am being a principal leader, and I am the Prince of the Jihad Organization in America. Why was it not forbidden? Why was I not forbidden? How did I get the entry visa at a time when I am principal leader in this international organization of Jihad, and I am the Emir of Jihad in America? How did I come to possess the Green Card within two or three months¶ time, and the interview for possessing the green card was done within two or three minutes? And even after the Green Card has been taken away, the FBI agent did not tell me at the airport that the green card is being taken away from you because you are the Emir of the Jihad Organization in America. And the immigration judge even did not tell me that, and he is one of the meanest judges on the surface of this earth. Then how did I enter America? Isn¶t that a weakness in the system? Is it a weakness in the computer system? Or is it a weakness in the minds, or the brains? How could the Prince of the Jihad Organization in America come to enter America and then exit America a number of times without somebody stopping him? Then to Denmark, then to Saudi Arabia, and in every time I return to America. How come I was not stopped from exiting so that I may run away? And how come I was not arrested when I re-entered, so that I may be right at a time when I am a principal leader in an international Jihad Organization? Were the systems in America asleep? Or were they awake? If they were asleep, then they should be fined, and if they were awake and I have committed the crimes and they have not arrested me, they must be stupid, they have no brains. Since nothing like that happened, therefore I am innocent. FBI snitch Emad Salem¶s FBI handler John Michael Anticev tried to dissuade Salem from his belief that Sheik Rahman was a CIA asset: Salem: Dr. Omar Rahman comes to Abu Bakr mosque and, you know, gets his way. The new Imam is a balanced person he is not fundamental. So he said, ³I am the Imam here. My word should be the first and the last. And I want have the authority to say who will come to my mosque and who shouldn't come.´ So, of course, Omar Rahman's people heard that they said ³No.´ Because they know that the minute they will give him this authority, and he wanted [it] on his contract. They heard that, they said no. 67
Because they know that the minute they will sign this contract with him, he will refuse to let Omar Rahman to come. So, they fought each other, and you know the Imam is going to Egypt on April 30th and from there he is going to Hajj in Saudi Arabia. And the people in the mosque were just waiting to see what the final decision would be. But he is not happy about Dr. Rahman's thing. Dr. Rahman's lately getting [giving] the impression that he is cooperating with the CIA. Anticev: Hmm. Salem: Do you think it's true that he have something to do with the CIA? Anticev: No, I am telling you the truth, I have no information regarding that and I really don't think so. Salem: Yeah. Anticev: I really don't think so. I think that was put, on uh, put together by reporters. Salem: No, that's his words. I mean, he said ³We'll how do you think I came with Sudan?´ Anticev: Yeah, but I thought, uh, we said, uh, in the beginning, when he saw that article about the CIA connection, he rejected that. Salem: He rejected that but it seems to be now he's trying to... Anticev: And he wanted to... Salem: ...confront. Anticev: He wanted to show that he had connections to the FBI and the CIA... Salem: The CIA, not the FBI. Anticev: The C, uh, the CIA to confuse the, uh, Mubarak... Salem: Right. Anticev: It's just that he's playing a trick. To show that, uh, he's going along with what the paper's saying. Salem: Right. Could be. Could be.144
. FBI Transcription Source 31-14 [1205-1653 E]
But perhaps the most compelling testimony of Sheik Rahman¶s CIA connection came from Sayyid Nosair who told the New York Post, ³Months before Abdel-Rahman ever set foot in the United States the Brothers were bragging that he would face no immigration obstacles because the Sheik was working with the CIA and the CIA was even financing his activities. It was a CIA officer who approved his visa in the Sudan.´145 After the Sheik was arrested in the United States Al Gomhuriya, a semi-official Egyptian newspaper published a story saying that the Sheik's CIA links had allowed him to repeatedly enter and exit the U.S. unquestioned. By the following day, most major U.S. media had picked up the story for publication. A few days later, Al Gomhuriya editor Mahfouz al-Ansari, in a front-page article, retracted the story.146 The State Department conducted its own investigation into possible CIA assistance to Dr. Rahman in obtaining his visa. On July 2, 1993 the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on international security said, in a closed hearing, that the results of the investigation, which had begun in April, were that Dr. Rahman had received no such assistance from the CIA.147 The Sheik, questioned about the allegations, replied, ³I would not be sitting here in the MCC [Metropolitan Corrections Center, Manhattan] if I worked for the CIA.´ In January 1991 Dr. Rahman was granted a Green Card as an Islamic clergyman, allowing him to live in the United States permanently, even though technically he was in the United States illegally. He began to teach in Jersey City, New Jersey, at the Al-Salaam Mosque. Dr. Rahman¶s primary purpose in coming to America was to set up a U.S. infrastructure, a funding mechanism, and an organizational base for Gama¶a, an undertaking that he had largely accomplished by the time of his arrest in 1993.148 At his appellate immigration hearing Sheik Rahman was asked about his funding mechanism mission: Q. Okay. Now let me ask you this, do you collect money to send back to Egypt for any particular cause or organization? A. This didn't happen. Q. All right. Let me ask you this, sir, did you recently send a total of $140,000 in two checks to your wife in Egypt? A. I tried to defend myself about these charges and the judge said no. JUDGE TO MR. RAHMAN Q. Mr. Rahman, is the answer yes or no?
. Colin Miner ³Sheik Blessed Plot´ New York Post August 3, 1993. . New York Times, ³Egyptian Paper Says It Misquoted Mubarak on Sheik and the CIA,´ May 31, 1993 Page 2, 1. . Douglas Jehl ³Flaws in the U.S. Visa System´ New York Times, July 3, 1993 Page 1, 2. 148. Mary Ann Weaver ³Blowback´ The Atlantic Online May 1996 http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/96may/blowback.htm
A. No. No, I did not send. Can I explain a little more. Q. You just said no. That's enough. Did your wife tell you that she received two checks were confiscated by the Egyptian government? Yes or no, sir? A. No, she didn't inform me because I didn't send anything. Despite the Sheik¶s absence from Egypt out activities were moving right along in 1991 thirty Coptic kuffar were killed there! RAHMAN THE ELDER AND USAMA BIN LADEN Sheik Rahman used a fax machine to command antiCommunist Muslim rebels, moving forces from Pakistan to Afghanistan and dealing with a code-named agent. FBI informant Emad Salem reported this to FBI Special Agent John Anticev: There is an order came from Dr. Rahman to his troops in Pakistan to move them from Pakistan to Afghanistan. I was there when he was given these orders. So I got notes of it and I informed John [FBI Special Agent John Crouthhamel]. I said John please check Dr. Rahman¶s phone numbers bill and see at 9:00 a.m., the date so and so, which is yesterday, there is a phone call, he dialed number to Pakistan. Get this number. There is somebody with an undercover name, what you call it? A code name or something«it has a specific term«whatever. His code name is Abdullah. Anyways he ordered him to move his people from Pakistan to Afghanistan. So he don¶t know the number, I give him the number and of course, he will go and then I told him and afterwards he contacted somebody from Hamas, his name is Agnan (Adnan), Dr. Rahman dialed this number so look at the bills, look at the New Jersey phone bill and get these two numbers and then you can get the address of them ± Agnan ± cause this guy¶s Hamas and these guys in charge of Rahman now. And I made this guy«so I give him that¶s serious information. And Rahman never received his communication through the phone he received it through the fax. He said µWhat¶s the fax number?¶ I give to him the fax number. They even don¶t know before that his guy even have a fax number.149 Faxes played an important part in the communication network of Gama¶a Al Islamiyya. Gamal Fahmy, who was the deputy editor of the now-banned weekly alDustour, was sent to prison for criminal libel after Al-Dustour published a fax from Al Gama¶a Al Islamiyya, reprinted with full-page coverage, including a commentary by Egyptian intellectuals and legal and security experts that carried a death threat against three leading Coptic businessmen in Egypt. According to Fahmy, the Gama¶a accused
. USA v Rahman Misc Files Transcript of Salem - Anticev page 3 and 4. Document in Authors possession.
the Coptic businessmen of ³sabotaging the Egyptian economy and fronting for the CIA.´150 Blessed is Allah who caused the FBI to ignore this most important information that was supplied by Salem. ³Abu Abdullah´ was the code name of Usama bin Laden151 and had the FBI and the CIA tracked him down and put an agent close to him, the United States Government might have been able to later arrest him or assassinate him after they concluded, with good reason, that he was a grave threat to their National Security. It was not until 1997 that the Americans appreciated that Usama bin Laden was a planner not just a financier of our activities.152 In the U.S. Congress¶ September 11th Failure Report it was revealed: ³The CIA never had anyone in position to tell us what was going to happen in advance, or even where bin Laden was going to be in advance [deleted] we never knew where he was going to be in advance, And usually we were only informed about his ± where he was after the fact«And [deleted] where they were able to tell us where they thought he was at the moment, [deleted] the CIA itself recommended against action, because they said their sources were not very good, or not good enough to recommend military action.´ Even the American intelligence failed to appreciate the importance of this Muslim military leader and his followers, in fact it was not until October 8, 1999, by publication in the Federal Register, that the Jew Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright designated al-Qaeda as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. It was in 1996 that the FBI recognized the increased threat to the United States posed by Usama bin Laden and created the Usama bin Laden Unit to handle al-Qaeda-related matters. Michael Scheuer headed the Unit. Scheuer received his law degree from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University. Scheuer holds a B.A., two M.A.'s, and a Ph.D. He is an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, and is a regular contributor to the Jamestown Foundations Terrorism Focus, an organization with accurate information on our activities. He was transferred out of the UBL Unit in 1999 and he resigned from the CIA in 2004. Scheuer published two books blaming others for his failure to kidnap or murder Usama bin Laden. According to CIA, nine Counter Terrorism Center analysts and eight analysts in the Directorate of Intelligence were assigned to Usama bin Laden in 1999.153 In May 2000 His Eminence had this to say about Usama bin Laden: General Usama bin Laden went through hundreds, even thousands of battles. Hah? He was an essential element in the collapse of the Soviet Union...and his reward from America is what you see. My friendship reward was a life sentence. And the reward of the General Usama bin Laden - [Laughs] - hah, it is asking... it is going to pay millions to whoever will get him dead or alive.154
. http://www.ibnkhaldun.org/newsletter/1998/sep/civil.html . USAMA BIN LADEN, INDICTMENT a/k/a "Usamah Bin-Muhammad Bin-Ladin," a/k/a "Shaykh Usamah Bin-Ladin," a/k/a "Mujahid Shaykh," a/k/a "Abu Abdullah" a/k/a "Qa Qa," 152 . http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/911rpt/32404intel.pdf 153 . Report of the Joint Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 ± by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. 154 . http://www.lynnestewart.org/5201.pdf
Usama bin Laden stated: ³Rahman is a Muslim scholar well-known all over the Muslim world. He represents the kind of injustice that is adopted by the U.S. A baseless case was fabricated against him even though he is a blind old man. We ask Allah, The Almighty, to relieve him. The U.S. sentenced him to hundreds of years just to please its caprice and the whims of the Egyptian regime. He is now very badly treated and in no way fit for an old man like him or any Muslim scholar.´
RAHMAN AND HAMAS Sheik Rahman¶s organization was not the only Islamist network operating in America. Hamas had been doing so for many years. Of course the Sheik had a very close association with this Palestinian Islamist group and when the FBI searched the home of Mohamed Nabeel El-Masry, who had been entrusted with Sheik Rahman¶s possessions after the Sheik¶s arrest it found a tape of the Sheik speaking at a Hamas conference. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy, the devil who prosecuted the Sheik, threatened to introduce evidence that linked Rahman to Hamas.155 THE KAHANE EVENT Some kuffar and heretics have said that Sheik Rahman is nothing more than an Islamist Nazi preaching racial and religious hatred. This is false. The Sheik has never been censured or reprimanded by any bona fide Islamic group for his sermons. On the other hand Judaist Rabbi Meir Kahane was expelled from the Zionist entity¶s parliament for racism. Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, was asked: ³Do you consider yourself a racist?´ He answered: ³I am a man of Halacha.156 If you want to call that racism, then I am a racist. But labels are the last refuge of non-thinkers. To me, a racist is someone that says, µI¶m better than you and you can never be as good as me.¶ But an Arab, a goy, can become a Jew and become as good as Meir Kahane. Are we better than the goyim? Yes, we are. Are we sanctified above the Goyim? Yes we are. But Goyim can become Jews.´ Goyim can also convert to Islam and be as good as Sheik Rahman. In fact there are Jewish converts to Islam who have been Brothers in the struggle for Islamic hegemony. On November 5, 1990 Kahane gave a speech at the Marriott East Side Hotel in New York City. The content of his speech on the night of his elimination was a plea to American Jews to emigrate and settle in the Zionist entity. That evening members of our Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s Brooklyn / Jersey City cell assassinated Kahane. Brother Nosair, Brother Bilal Alkaisi, and Brother Mohammad Salameh attended the speech. After the speech, as Kahane stood talking with the crowd, Nosair fired two shots and, Al-humdul-
. William Kleinknecht ³Bomb Suspect¶s Hamas Link Eyed´ New York Daily News November 22, 1994. 156. Jewish law.
allah157 Kahane was hit in the neck. Mahmud Abouhalima waited outside the hotel in a taxicab that was to serve as the getaway car. After shooting Kahane Nosair, whom witnesses observed with a gun in hand, then ran toward the rear door of the room, trailed by one of the onlookers. At the door, a 70-year-old Jew named Irving Franklin sought to impede Nosair¶s flight. Nosair had mercy on the old man and shot Franklin in the leg, and fled the room. Mahmud Abouhalima, was supposed to have driven the getaway car, a taxicab, but parked it in the wrong spot, so the overexcited Nosair jumped in the wrong cab, and when he became aware of what he had done, he put a gun to the driver¶s head then got out. Hampton-El told Egyptian intelligence agent Abdo Haggag that Abouhalima was to be killed for this mistake, until it was found out that it was an honest one. During the trial of Sheik Rahman Hampton-El was asked about his role in the Kahane assassination: Q. Let me direct you attention ahead from 1989 to the day of November 5, 1990, the day Rabbi Meyer Kahane was killed. Do you recall that day? A. The date no, but the day he was killed, yes, I recall. Q. Did you have a discussion whereby you agreed that Muhmud Abouhalima rather than yourself would drive a taxi outside the hotel the night Rabbi Kahane was murdered? Did you ever tell anyone that Muhmud Abouhalima rather than yourself would drive a taxi outside the hotel the night Rabbi Kahane was murdered? A. Absolutely not. Q. You told us the other day that on May 30, 1993, you were discussing with Siddig Ali and Emad Salem how it was that you were supposed to be there the night that Kahane was killed. Do you recall that? A. Yes I do. Q. You are telling us that the only time in your life that you that you ever told anyone you were supposed to be outside the scene of the Kahane homicide was May 30, 1993 when that tape was running? A. To the best of my recollection, yes. Q. You told Siddig Ali and Emad Salem on that occasion that after Kahane was killed Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman told you not to visit Nosair. You told us that? A. I also said that was not true.
157. Praise Be to Allah
Q. But you said it on that tape? A. I did say it.158 Q. You told us on direct examination that the reason you told Emad Salem and Siddig Ali that you were supposed to be outside the scene of the Kahane homicide was that you were trying to impress them; was that your testimony? A. I said Siddig Ali thought the situation was good and he spoke about it many times. So I said, at that time I said it, thinking it would impress them, yes« Q. You told this jury that you jumped out a window breaking a leg to save a suicide victim? You told this jury that you stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan in 1988? And you told this jury that you were invited down to meet the prince in the Saudi Embassy, correct? A. Yes. Q. And the person you were trying to impress on May 30, 1993, Siddig Ali, is a person you told us was screaming and crying in the room, µI can¶t take it anymore¶ on a prior occasion, is that correct? A. That is what I told you.159 After jumping from the wrong taxi, Nosair encountered uniformed postal police officer Carlos Acosta. Acosta tried to draw his weapon and identify himself, but before he could fire, Nosair fired two shots at him. The first of these shots hit Acosta in the chest but was deflected into his shoulder by a bulletproof vest he was wearing, and the second shot just missed Acosta¶s head. Despite being wounded, Acosta returned fire, hitting Nosair in the neck. Nosair would later say that Acosta Had an evil smiling face and had a bad problem with his nerves and should not have been given a gun. Acosta himself was the one who put the bullets in my pocket. Acosta had the same type of gun. [Much was done] to protect Acosta because of the political interest against Arabs and Muslims in America making us look to the people as µoutsiders¶ with a µterrorist¶ title on our foreheads.160 Nosair fell to the ground, dropping his weapon, a .357 caliber magnum revolver, at his side. Acosta recovered the weapon and detained Nosair. The sight on this
158. USA v Rahman TT15915 159. USA v Rahman TT 5924 160 . USDC SDNY 94 Civ 0003
weapon had been filed down so that when Nosair pulled it out it would not become entangled in this jacket. It looked like there was a very strong case against El-Sayyid Nosair who remarked, God the Almighty facilitated his believers to penetrate the lines no matter how strong they are, and the greatest proof of that [is] what happened in New York. God the Almighty enabled His extremely brave people, with His great power, to destroy one of the top infidels. They were preparing him to dominate, to be the Prime Minister some day. They were preparing him despite their assertion that they reject his agenda and that he is a racist.161 While Nosair was at the prison ward of Bellevue Hospital following the shooting, he stated in response to a question from a treating physician that he had no choice but to kill Kahane, and that it was his ³duty.´162 Nosair then made this written statement to the contrary: I didn¶t shot anybody. Someone else was beside me. He had a Yarmulke on his head. When he shot I ran from the room trying to escape because I am only Arab there. I came two times to lecture last year. When I went out of the hotel I took a cab. I asked the driver after that to take me to a police station because they will think I shoot, shooted a gun but I didn¶t have any gun with me. After that they found me then I tried to run. The man with the yarmulke was right behind me. I saw a police officer was hiding in a front door of a building so I run towards him to ask him to help me. The other man was right behind me with a silver gun. When I reached to the policeman the man behind me shot many shots so the policeman started to shoot towards us. When I got shot the man with the yarmulke stood behind me. When I was laying on the ground he put the gun beside me. Before that I was unconscious and he put something in my pocket. The skin grafting on my left hand because of electric shock few years ago. When I was laying down on the ground I saw everybody shouting to me, as I am the killer. I take a chance about why I came to lecture. During the trial of Sheik Rahman in early 1995, in which Nosair was a defendant, Brother Ehteshamul Haque, who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh, attempted to alter the events of that fateful night, to match El-Sayyid Nosair¶s story. Haque had been in the United States fifteen years, had a Green Card and a bachelor¶s degree with honors in statistics. He possessed a Top Secret clearance because he participated in the development of the Patriot missile. He once taught at St. John¶s University but was employed as a yellow cab driver when Kahane was assassinated. A gentleman flagged down the cab over here´ he testified, pointing to a chart of the area in question on the night of the assassination, ³So I pulled over right near the car. Then I observed one gentleman running straight
161. Govt. Ex. 163R2 at 1 162. USA v Rahman TT 9244-46
across diagonally, empty handed, nothing on his hand, another gentleman right behind this man number one, another gentleman chasing him with a gun in his hand [the man with the yarmulke], and there approximately three to five feet there are three other people right behind man number two. Man number one was running toward the post office. He was running particularly for his life, trying to get away from the gunman.´ Q. Was anybody by the post office? A. The postal police officer, a gun in his hand. Q. Did man number one ever get to the sidewalk? A. Yes he did. Then the man number one got shot by the postal police officer. I saw a flash of light going out, and directly hitting man number one which was the unarmed person. Q. Who fired the shot first? A. The postal police officer. Man number two [the man with the yarmulke] fired back. Man number one [Nosair] fell on the ground. The postal police officer, he was also falling to the ground. Q. Is man number one in the courtroom here today? A. He is. [Haque pointed to El-Sayyid Nosair]. The Assistant United States Attorney reminded Brother Haque that this contradicted his earlier statement that he gave to the New York City Police Department. Was this the ³potential obstruction of the indicted case of United States v. Rahman, et al.´ also referred to as ³the potential obstruction of the Rahman case´ in the 1996 Gorelick Memo? The Clinton Justice Department was not focused on Islamism and the Gorelick Memo stated, ³No pro-active investigative efforts or technical coverages are presently contemplated in any of the ongoing criminal investigations, which primarily focus on past criminal conduct.´ But the DOJ was not happy about the Islamists tampering with the American judicial system by getting Haque to perjure himself so this sentence of the Gorelick Memo ended with the words ³with the exception of the obstruction investigation.´ Haque was placed on the Rahman Unindicted CoConspirator List and nothing ever came of the obstruction investigation. Haque was unable to instill reasonable doubt in the jury, but Learned Elders of Islam will always be grateful to him for trying. Had Haque¶s expressed his sympathy to our cause before this and had the United States Government foolishly issued him a security clearance? A SEARCH OF NOSAIR¶S HOME LINKS HIM TO JIHAD
In early 1990 the FBI had a phone intercept of Sheik Abdel Omar Rahman speaking to Brother Sayyid Nosair about ³attacking big buildings, attack[ing] skyscrapers.´ On November 5, 1990 the Bureau found these words, amid photos of New York landmarks, including the World Trade Center, written by Brother Sayyid A. Nosair while executing a search warrant for his home: We must destroy tourist places that they are proud about and their statues and their tall buildings that bring them pride, and the buildings that their leaders meet at. We are as Muslims not to declare any responsibility for these acts. By this the enemies of Allah will be busy in rebuilding their civilization from the start and renewing their morals and we will have the opportunity as Muslims to regain our holy lands from the hands of Allah¶s enemies and traitors who will at that point be very weak mentally after they see what is going on around them (the power they depended on collapsed and suppressed). The FBI also found a book that day entitled, ³Method For Forcing An Entry Into An Airplane,´ the World Trade Center¶s Twin Towers would still be standing?163 Additionally, when the FBI searched the home of Brother Nidal Ayyad on April 6, 1993, after he had helped in the first bombing of the World Trade Center, this was found on his computer: Dear«We are, the Liberation Army, fifth battalion, again. Unfortunately our calculations were not very accurate this time. However we promise you that next time it will be very precise and the World Trade Center will continue to be one of our targets in the U.S. unless our demands have been met. It was as if none of this information was taken seriously at the time. More than a decade after these items were discovered, United States Congressional searches of intelligence community databases for information that might have presaged the September 11th attacks did not produce a single reference to any of these pregnant early warning signals. After the Kahane assassination Nosair¶s car and work lockers were also searched. Among the items seized, other than what I have previously mentioned, was a handwritten notebook, in which Nosair stated that to establish a Muslim state in the Muslim holy lands it would be necessary To break and destroy the morale of the enemies of Allah« And therefore the chance will be available for the Muslims to repossess their sacred lands from the hands of the enemies of God, the traitors and hypocrites who will be in this moment in a very psychological weakness from what
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they see around them and this is because the forces on which they were depending were crushed into pieces and are in tragic collapse.164 There was a document, ³listing the entry and departure of ships in various harbors in the Middle East and other miscellaneous military training material including Airborne Corp, Academy and Land Navigation, Map Reading, Compass Course, Patrolling Diagrams, Diagrams on Bomb Making in Arabic and other assorted writings in Arabic.´ There was a fatwa entitled, Assistance from Allah in Afghanistan however the agents spelled fatwa ³fatiha.´ There was a booklet entitled Mirror of Afghan Jihad and Jihad Magazine. The FBI commented: ³This folder contains what appears to be Islamic religious teachings and some information news reports from Jihad.´ The ignorant FBI agents believed Jihad was a city! Al-Banyan Al-Marsous, an operation of Usama bin Laden, published Jihad Magazine. There was a booklet entitled Arms in Afghanistan. There was one typed document that read at the top ³In the name of Allah the most Gracious, the most Merciful. It read µA communiqué regarding the attempted assassination of Zaki Badr (left), the Interior Minister of Egypt.¶ The document is signed at the bottom µThe Brigade of Martyrs and Muslim Egypt.¶´ It read in part: The martyrs battalion in Muslim Egypt made an attempt at executing God¶s will, Egypt¶s arrogant tribunal. Zaki Bada, who by exercising his inhumanity turned Egypt into a prison and a big concentration camp. The man has killed and tortured and left homeless. He made many mothers grieve when their children died, many women widows, he caused many women to abort, turned many children to orphans. Many peaceful villages were attacked an abused by him. He humiliated many people. Even the unions, establishment judges and the orders were not spared from his arm. Why not when he never heeds any of God¶s laws? He went on spreading his corruption on earth without accountability to conscious or law. Therefore, the martyr¶s battalion declares that this attempt came as an answer after it was legitimatised by religious jurors who cry from all the walks of Egyptian people and its political powers. Take your hand off the Egyptian Muslims. This is an apology and a warning. Unless you listen what happened will happen again.165 Badr was the most hated man in President Hosni Mubarak¶s government because of his hard line against Islamists. He came to power in 1986 immediately after the Interior Ministry¶s own security police had rioted. He had a personal animus against Islamist movements and some 8,000 Egyptian Islamic Jihad activists were imprisoned and tortured under his rule. In December 1989 an attempt was made to assassinate Badr. Gama¶a al-Islamiyya member Gamal Abu Rawash carried out this operation. Rawash was later to be held responsible for the November 1997 massacre of foreign tourists at Luxor,
164. Cited at footnote USA v. Rahman Tr. 3962-63. Also Trial Transcript 19152 165. USA v Rahman TT 3979
Egypt, and was sentenced to death by a military court in Egypt. Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri was similarly accused in the case of the attempt on the life of Badr. In 1991Badr ordered the assassination of Ala Mohieddin a young physician who Sheik Rahman had made a Gama¶a spokesman in 1990. This was what triggered the Rifaat Mahgoub assassination and the long spiral of violence that followed.166 The FBI also found ³One booklet written in part Arabic with some diagrams of engineering sketches, some of the English in the booklet pertaining to bases of fuels in organic substances, essential ingredients of steel, rare earth metals, poisonous reactive gases in the degasification of light allodes. Its cover has writings in Arabic.´ There were several issues of the Pittsburgh Press pertaining to the Sadat assassination along with the address of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington and the U.N. Mission in New York City. The FBI also found a piece of paper which read: ³AlKifah Refugee Center Inc. 2824 Kennedy Boulevard, Suite Number 4, Jersey City, New Jersey.´ A typed letter addressed to the Ad Center North American Islamic Trust, 10900 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana dated September 22, 1983 and signed by Nosair was found. The Islamic Trust is closely connected with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) perhaps the most respectable Muslim group in North America. One book, a hardcover copy entitled By Way of Deception by Victor Ostrovsky was found as was ³One hypodermic (sic) needle and syringe, no trade mark, clear plastic in color, one white nylon yarmulke, and one two and a half inch knife marked µU Ontario Knife.¶´ New York City Assistant District Attorney William Greenbaum told ElSayyid Nosair¶s trial judge, Your Honor, the people's theory is that the defendant was stalking Meir Kahane, and that use of firearms was not his only possible means of murdering his victim. Another possibility was to, under guise of being a follower of Kahane, by virtue of wearing a yarmulke, he could use a syringe to get or get close to his, and use a syringe to inoculate him with something, perhaps even cyanide.167 There was a handwritten ³hit list´ that included a ³photograph from a newspaper clipping of Representative Gary Ackerman Queens, New York, taken by Newsday.´ ACKERMAN AND THE ATTEMPTED EXTRADITION OF SHEIK OBEID Why was Ackerman, a rather obscure Congressman, on the ³hit list?´ The Jew Ackerman had attempted to throw a monkey wrench (an appropriate idiomatic expression as he descended from apes) into some our operations by pressuring the American Government to extradite Sheik Abul Karim Obeid from Israel to the United States. Sheik Obeid, a leader of the Hizb¶allah, had been kidnapped from his home in Lebanon in retaliation for the death of Colonel Richard Higgins. Higgins, United States
. John L. Esposito Islam and Democracy Oxford University Press May 1966. . 100 Center Street, Criminal Court docket 90N-099-424-´Nosir,´ TT, Pages 2910 and 2911
Marine Corps, disappeared on February 17, 1988, while serving as the Chief, Observer Group Lebanon and Senior Military Observer, United States Military Observer Group, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. A newspaper article was found in Nosair¶s home that attributed Obeid¶s attempted extradition to Congressman Ackerman. THE EXTRADITION OF MAHMOUD ATTA Assistant United States Attorney Jacques Semmelman (once the pro-bono attorney for Jonathan Pollard), Chief of Extradition in the United States Department of Justice Murray R. Stein, and Federal Judges Edward Korman, Jack B. Weinstein and another name that was not identified appeared on the ³hit list.´ All of the Jews that were identified were instrumental in extraditing Mahmoud Atta, who was a member of Black September168 to Israel despite the fact that his ³crime´ in the Zionist entity was political. Sabri Khalil al-Banna or as he is better known, Abu Nidal169 was the leader of Black September. On April 12, 1986 Mahmoud Atta ambushed a passenger bus in the Israelioccupied West Bank. Atta (working with another Brother) stopped the bus with a firebomb then opened fire on it with an Uzi, killing the driver and seriously wounding three passengers. Atta was arrested in Venezuela a year later, but because Venezuela had no extradition treaty with Israel, Venezuelan officials deported him for immigration violations to his country of origin, the United States. Atta was arrested by FBI agents upon arrival at Kennedy International Airport and held in prison in the U.S. for more than three years before being extradited to Israel for trial in October 1990. His extradition was controversial because the nature of the extradition treaty in effect required that the accused offense must be of a ³non-political nature,´ and Atta maintained that he had committed political rather than criminal offenses. Christian Magistrate Judge John L. Caden agreed with Atta¶s attorney. Nonetheless, the Jew Jack B. Weinstein and the U.S. Appellate courts, despite cogent arguments by Attorney Ramsey Clark, upheld Israel's extradition request on the grounds that Atta had attacked civilian rather than military targets and had therefore committed regular criminal acts, not political acts aimed at the overthrow of a government. The Jew Judge Korman also ruled that Atta¶s extradition from Venezuela was kosher. In October 1991, an Israeli court found Atta guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment. HOWARD ADELSON MUST DIE Professor Howard Adelson who wrote a column for the Jewish Press was on ElSayyid Nosair¶s ³hit list.´ Nosair¶s attorney explained his clients¶ interest in The Jewish Press: ³He was an avid reader of the Jewish Press before he went to Attica.´ In an intercepted telephone conversation with Sheik Rahman he said: ³Talking about the Jewish migration, Sheik Omar, according to a weekly newspaper called the Jewish Press, a minimum of 1,000 Russian Jews migrate daily from Russia to
. In September 1970 the Jordanian Government killed thousands of Palestinians who threatened to overthrow the monarchy of King Hussein. Black September¶s emergence was a direct result of this as the PLO wished to distance itself from so-called terrorism. 169 . The Father of Struggle
Israel«Meanwhile the heads of our states are like sitting ducks«´170 Adelson was targeted for favorably covering the activities of the Jewish Defense Organization, a group of dangerous Judaists that had organized demonstrations against Sheik Rahman, when his eminence first arrived in America. Our investigator, the American convert to Islam, Brother Abu Jihad171 made a pretense call to Dr. Adelson and was told: All I know about Nosair is that he had my name in his book. The FBI came to me and asked for a meeting with me. They called me while I was lecturing. It was a Friday. Kahane was killed on a Thursday night. They said they had to meet with me immediately. I told them I couldn¶t meet with them immediately as I had a luncheon appointment at Ratners Restaurant. They told me they would meet me there. I said µOkay¶ but I was suspicious. They only gave me a telephone number for them to call me back, and that wasn¶t enough for me to know it was the FBI. The FBI came to Ratners and opened up a notebook and asked: µIs this your name?¶ I looked at the handwritten entry and told them it was. And they said µYou are in great trouble, they want to shoot you.¶ And I said, µI don¶t think they want to shoot me, I don¶t think they would announce it if they were going to execute me.¶ There were four other names in the book, including U.S. Representative Gary Ackerman. All of these men were all given federal protection, because they still worked for the federal government. I was not given any protection because while I was a reserve officer I was not on active duty. They told me I should wear a bulletproof vest. They said, µIf I were you when I go to the university I would wear one. You ought to wear a bulletproof vest if people know where you are.¶ I said µI lecture and my lectures are posted and I have office hours. If people want to find me they can find me easily enough.¶ I asked if they could provide me with bulletproof vest? They said they would not because I was a civilian and I should go out a get my own bulletproof vest. The result was that I wore a bulletproof vest for about a year. Then they called me up and said I didn¶t have to wear it any more. Then, after the World Trade center was bombed, they called me up again and said you better put on your bulletproof vest. About a year later they called me up and said I could take it off. Then I never got another call from them. This was after Rahman was locked up. Former Brooklyn District Attorney Liz Holtzman came over to me and said, µMy, isn¶t Gary Ackerman brave, he was on the list to be shot by Nosair?¶ I said, µNo he isn¶t particularly brave I was on the list.¶ She said nobody ever heard about you being on the list. There was federal judge in the Midwest who had something to do with locking them up on the list. I was the only
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one who was not in government on that list aside from Kahane. They were all given federal protection.172
NYPD AND FBI BLIND THEMSELVES TO A CIA OPERATION The Kahane killing was treated as an everyday homicide rather than a ³terrorist´ political assassination. In retrospect this was so unbelievable that it had to be the work of Allah [subhanahu wa ta¶ala] as no one could have been that willfully stupid. The FBI cited newspaper reports that quoted Chief of Detectives Joseph Borrelli as saying: ³Every indication is that Nosair was a loner. The murder was treated as a homicide at the precinct level. The higher-ups didn't want to take it further. The police department stated that they got the gunman and that was it. We're not equipped to investigate international terrorism.´173 Unnamed police sources pointed out that Sheik Rahman had denounced the Kahane assassination and so, of course, it was obvious he hadn¶t ordered it. On another occasion, however, Sheik Rahman refused to say if he condemned the Kahane killing, ³This is irrelevant, this is police interrogation.´174 The New York City Police Department also cited Islamic leaders who came to Sheik Rahman¶s defense: ³He speaks of nothing but religious matters´ said Puerto Rican convert to Islam Khadijah Abdelmoty, who focused on converting Hispanics to Islam. The NYPD released this statement to the press, ³The FBI, Social Services and the CIA have all been checking to see if Nosair had any links to any anti-Jewish organizations but haven¶t come up with anything yet.´ Edward T. Norris, now the Police Commissioner of Baltimore, Maryland, and then the former New York City Police Department Deputy Commissioner of Operations, was in charge of the Kahane investigation. He said that the detective who searched Nosair¶s home found four file cabinets (47 boxes) of Arabic documents then locked them up in the 17th Precinct at 4:00 a.m. When he returned four hours later the FBI had taken possession of them.175 The Bureau did not immediately translate papers found in Nosair¶s home.176 Later it would claim this was because the New York Field Office had no Arabic translator available. When the FBI finally got around to translating them, the name of al-Qaeda, which had been founded in 1989, was mangled and mistranslated. When the case came to trial Assistant District Attorney Greenberg was denied access to much of the evidence seized by the FBI. Since neither Nosair¶s attorneys, nor the Manhattan District Attorney¶s office wanted to make this into a political trial, there were no motions filed to force the FBI to disclose this evidence. Oliver ³Buck´ Revell177 accused the New York City Police Department of having blundered:
. Tape Recorded conversation with author May 22, 2003. Doctor Adelson died in December 2003, may he rest in peace. 173. Newsday November 9, 1990 also Robert I. Friedman The Village Voice March 30, 1993 ³The CIA and the Sheik -The Agency Coddled Omar Abdel Rahman, Allowing Him to Operate in the U.S. Now This Unholy Alliance Has Blown Up in Our Faces.´ 174 . Alison Mitchell ³Islamic Sheik Says Mubarak Lie and Spies on Americans,´ New York Times April 7, 1993 B5, 1 175. http://www.homelandsecurity.org/journal/articles/displayArticle.asp?article=26 176 . Now the FBI has instituted a rule where every suspected ³terrorist´ communication must be translated within 12 hours. 177. Hart G. W. Lidov, M.D. and PhD. a medical researcher on the faculty of the Harvard School of Medicine whose girlfriend was killed in the Lockerbie airline bombing made the absurd charge that Revell, then the FBI's counter-terrorism chief, failed to share a prior warning of the bombing with the American public, but heeded it personally to get his son off the doomed flight. http://www.dallasobserver.com/issues/2000-07-06/news.html
The New York City Police Department carried out its investigation of the assassination of Meir Kahane with the FBI looking over their shoulder to see if there was anything of interest for the Bureau. I was in charge of Bureau operations at the time and I never received any information that El-Sayyid Nosair, the assassin of Meir Kahane, was connected with any sort of organization that might have a terrorist agenda. But the FBI should have developed this information on its on ± FBI ± Famous But Incompetent. The FBI withheld information from NYPD - when Norris¶ detectives located a shooting range in Naugatuck Connecticut where Nosair had trained they found out the FBI had been there three weeks ago and had not told them about it.178 On August 29, 1989, two months before the Kahane assassination, the FBI had learned that our cell had been using this range for training when several Brothers were stopped by a Connecticut state trooper and were discovered to be in possession of a small arsenal supplied to them by a former Waterbury, Connecticut police officer named Raymond J. Murteza.179 Murteza, an Albanian Muslim whose brother Daniel had fought in the war in Afghanistan, had been training dozens of men from the Sheik Rahman¶s mosque in police combat tactics. During training, Siddig Ali reported to Rahman, and Rahman offered his insights into the training. The FBI knew Nosair was no loner! Nosair helped to plan an armed robbery ± on the night of Meir Kahane¶s assassination a diagram of a planned armored car robbery bearing the fingerprints of Bilal Alkaisi and Mohammed Salameh was entrusted to El-Sayyid Nosair¶s possession. The FBI and NYPD did not want to interfere with a CIA-sponsored operation ± the covert support of Islamists in order to defeat the Communists, the nuclear-equipped enemy who America had been fighting since 1946. The CIA knew precisely what Sheik Rahman and his crew were about but left them alone as it had a higher purpose in mind which Rahman, the Prince of Jihad, could help bring about. ROBERT I. FRIEDMAN Jewish communist journalist Robert I. Friedman who in the past had attacked Kahane, Settlers, Judaists etc. disagreed with this official analysis and reported that El-Sayyid Nosair was part of Gama¶a al-Islamiyya¶s Brooklyn / Jersey City cell. Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi, an Elder of Islam, had this to say: Those of us who have known Robert Friedman¶s work expect from him more meaningful and objective reporting. Regretfully, his personal feelings (prejudices?) got the better of him. Friedman¶s µdiscovery¶ that El-Sayyid
178. Ariel Cohen National Review September 24, 2001 ³Bureaucratic Failure How things went as wrong as they did.´ http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-cohen092401.shtml 179 . Steven Emerson American Jihad Free Press Page 24 February 2003.
Nosair had µlinks to Arab terror groups¶ is based on assertions by socalled, and naturally unnamed, Israeli intelligence sources. Other parts of Friedman¶s investigation are based on whimsical connections or remote theoretical possibilities or impossibilities. For example: Friedman relates the story of a preacher in a mosque Nosair attended occasionally, who was convicted of arms smuggling. Conclusion: Nosair is connected to Arab terror groups! How illogical!180 Dr. Mehdi was an Iraqi immigrant who studied at the University of California at Berkeley in 1948 on a full Iraqi government scholarship. There he received a B.A. in 1952 and stayed on to earn an M.A. and a Ph.D., all in political science, with a specialization in American Constitutional law. Dr. Mehdi was the father of American Arab political activism, and the first to print a newsletter in English condemning the Zionist entity. Dr. Mehdi reported, ³I was under deportation for eight years from 1964 to 1972. Under the pressure of intolerant politicians, including the senators from New York, I was charged with having µengaged in activities contrary to the best interests of the United States.¶´181 MAMDOUH ZAKI ZAKHARY The man Mehdi and Friedman referred to182 was Imam Sultan ElGalwi (also spelled Al-Gawiiy) a cousin of Ibrahim A. El-Gabrowny who was entrapped by U.S. Customs and their agent, Mamdouh Zaki Zakhary (also spelled Zakkary) Girguis, a bearded frail Egyptian Coptic Christian, blind in one eye, who owned an import-export firm in Jersey City. Imam ElGalwi came to the United States from Egypt in 1969 and became an American citizen in 1977. He preached at the Al-Salaam Mosque and was the leader of the Islamists operating out of there. Many secret meetings were held in his mosque office. The PLO and Iran funded El-Galwi and often times he entertained and was visited by officials from Saudi Arabia, the PLO, and Iran. Zakhary told Abu Jihad, I confirmed this information with the INS and U.S. Customs. They knew about him. But they kept their eyes closed. I see by my eyes that some people go to meet him and he has those connections. They go back to his telephone bills from the telephone company to calls to Palestine, Iran. But I cannot tell you my story exactly unless I see you in Egypt. I am very old very sick 53½ years. In June 1985, El-Galwi met Zakhary when he purchased airline tickets from him at Zakhary¶s travel agency. On July 31, 1985, El-Galwi visited him again and asked Zakhary whether he could assist him in procuring arms for Palestinian revolutionaries. Zakhary pretended to be familiar with arms sales in order to determine whether he was
. Mehdi Letter to Village Voice. . Letter to Editor M.T. Mehdi ³Egypt of the West?´ New York Times July 18, 1993. 182 . Robert Friedman ³Behind the Kahane Killing ± Voice Investigation Reveals Links to Arab Terror Groups´ Village Voice November 5, 1991.
serious then met again with him again in August and September 1985 to continue the discussion. On September 19, 1985, Zakhary informed a Customs Service auditor about this and agreed to pose as an arms dealer and to tape record his conversations. In a meeting on November 8, 1985, Zakhary described a supposed liaison with an American soldier who could provide weapons. Four days later, El-Galwi introduced Zakhary to Said Hassan, a representative of the PLO who resided in Saudi Arabia. Hassan told Zakhary that he needed explosives and detonation devices for the ³revolution people´ in the Middle East. Hassan and Zakhary thereafter decided to conduct all further arms discussions through El-Galwi, who agreed to act as an intermediary. In a meeting on November 15, 1985, Zakhary quoted prices to El-Galwi for the requested explosives and detonating devices. El-Galwi agreed to a price of $12,000 for the arms and $13,000 for Zakhary's expenses. When Zakhary complained of financial difficulties, El-Galwi explained that he himself would be receiving no remuneration, stating: ³I am doing this for the sake of God. I am personally not going to gain anything out of it.´ On December 5, 1985, Zakhary brought a sample explosive to the travel agency, and El-Galwi called Saudi Arabia to tell the PLO representative that the explosives were ready for shipment. On December 13, 1985 ElGalwi and Zakhary met with Hassan to discuss prices, and on December 17, 1985 ElGalwi and Zakhary met to discuss procuring helicopters. El-Galwi was arrested the following day. Sultan El-Gawli was convicted of conspiracy to send 150 pounds of C-4 plastic explosives and radio frequency detonating equipment to the West Bank. He was sentenced to 24 months, but served only 18. After testifying against the PLO during a two-week trial in Camden New Jersey in July 1986 Zakhary entered the Witness Protection Program, got married and moved to New Orleans. What happened is a very shame. The Saudi government made connection with American State Department. The State Department contact the FBI and they sell my Witness Protection Program file to the PLO - Islamic terrorists in America - for $150,000. The PLO stole or bought it from Witness Protection. Like they make a deal. There are some connection happen about El-Galwi and at the time the government was arresting him they send diplomatic car from Emirates to pick him up and take him to some other secret place. He have meeting with some people. Some pressure come to me. They stolen my file they sell my file to them. In New Orleans I cry looking to my officer who was supposed to protect me but he forget. I say fuck America! America will protect Zakhary. I was sick. I, without any ID. I can¶t go to hospital. They want to kill me many times. They don¶t want me to go hospital. After he believed the PLO had traced him to New Orleans Zakhary went to Egypt then returned to America in January 1990. ³The people in witness protection very very bad people. Not honest. I leave America. Then I come back again. I am sick physically and mentally.´ He returned to Jersey City, New Jersey and recommenced his career as 85
an informant, using gullible cutouts to gather information, mainly on Ibrahim A. ElGabrowny, who was a cousin of El-Galwi. ³I change my face, my beard. I used the name of Mubarak. That was my nickname for FBI.´ He asked El-Gabrowny, ³Why do you stay here?´ and was told ³I want to earn their dollars so that I can stab them in the back!´ Zakhary spent a year and a half spying on the local Muslim community and the worshippers at the Al-Salaam Mosque, beginning on January 10, 1990 reporting to FBI Agent Kenneth Strange. Zakhary told the FBI that four days before the Brothers caught up with Kahane, ³I saw with my own eyes the Rahman meeting with Nosair at a Lebanese restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. It was 7:00 p.m. They were deep in conversation. I saw them meeting in Jersey City, Kennedy Boulevard. Yes, in Manhattan they went to restaurants. This is long years, now about twelve years. I still under very bad pressure with my government I am honest man but they treat me as a terrorist. How did they let Rahman leave Egypt after he killed Sadat? The Egyptian government is the fairest godfather for supporting terrorism.´ Kevin McCarthy, the AUSA who prosecuted El-Galwi and who, according to Zakhary, recommended him to the FBI, thought that Zakhary had not penetrated the cell, and stated, ³At the same time, I didn't have any indications that there was more stuff going on in the mosque´ yet in 1991 Zakhary said he reported to the FBI that he been informed of a plot to assassinate two United States Senators and destroy the World Trade Center: If they believed me they could have stopped the first attempt to bomb World Trade Center. I told them in 1991 they are going to blow up World Trade Center. They do not believe me. Then I tell them about plan to kill Senator D¶Amato. I told FBI Agent Kenneth Strange. I go headquarters there in Newark. There they put me on lie machine. During the summer I was in car accident. I was under treatment. My wife was in Egypt. I cannot bring her back to America. I have asylum. I was taking medicine for depression. The man who gave me test was not expert, he was just agent. He have to ask me first did you take medicine so so so. I loose many dollars. The money for the insurance for the accident I get nothing. I give them three cases. test.
The FBI terminated Zakhary¶s employment citing his failure to pass a lie detector I hear about Daniel Moynihan from source in 1991 that Rahman wants him killed. They cannot believe me. They say, µIf you have loyalty to America, you don¶t lie to us, you have to tell me about your source.¶ But my source is sacred. My source until now he live in Cyprus. But I cannot say much more information about him. He has a family. I do not like him to get killed.
. Robert Friedman - ³The CIA and the Sheik -The Agency Coddled Omar Abdel Rahman, Allowing Him to Operate in the U.S. Now This Unholy Alliance Has Blown Up in Our Faces´ Village Voice March 30, 1993.
He Christian. He worked against the PLO and against the Arab fundamentalists. He is very good boy. µTell us who this man is where he live, give us this name.¶ I cannot give them. Zakhary ended up being deported: They deport me on June 7, 1991. They deport me because they now say you are out of Witness Protection Program and my residence is finished then they asked me to go out. I had permanent residence as I had political asylum, yet they forced me to go. I was never convicted of a crime but my residency had to be re-approved every six months. They make false charge against me. Sometimes they say I threatened to kill President Ronald Reagan. And they call me to go to Department of State in Washington in January 1991, I went there you know and they arrest me and say you threaten to kill Reagan - some false charge - then they plant a knife with me. I help your government in its unlimited wars against terrorist, but your government after winning the case trial, kicked me out of America, because your government made me scapegoat, for PLO, Muslim fundamentals in U.S.A. I help your government many many times, but after all what I done, I get nothing, just my whole life is completely destroyed. I need hearing for to clear my name. First off all you have know very good that after I made my last visit to Israel in April 1992 I am on blacklist. This fucking government put me blacklist won¶t let me go out of Egypt. I am like in jail. My story was published there April 26, 1992 in Mar¶riv newspaper. This triggered an action by government make me never to leave Egypt, never to go to America, therefore I could not help stop the bombing of the World Trade Center. Without any trial, every three years they renew it automatically till I die. My family they are American citizens. My mother my sister my brother live in New York. My name since May 11, 1992 is on blacklists. I need help to get out of Egypt, to represent my official case before foreign committees before the U.S. Attorney General. Trust the rest of American justice, before it will be too late, so you got help me.184 When I left America in 1991 I went to Lebanon and I sent a letter to Richard Kennan who works in U.S. Customs service in New Jersey. I confirm him two things. Let me remember. The CIA Chief in Beirut, who was kidnapped by the PLO and Islamic Jihad I confirm he dead and another person too. I send him this letter from the Mosque of Erbot (phonetic). I don¶t keep any records because I believe the Egyptian government will make trouble for me. Richard Kennan, a U.S. Customs agent, told the Israelian newspaper Mar¶riv ³Zakhary is an honest man with very good intentions, [he] prevented a mass terror attack on Christmas 1985. Unfortunately, he didn't understand the American system. He
. Tape Recorded interview with Zakhary October 12, 2003.
was confused. I'm very sorry about what happened to him. We tried to get him asylum in the U.S., but his behavior didn't help.´
LEE HARVEY NOSAIR It is more than conceivable that al-Qaeda would have been unable to carry out the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing and many other strikes, possibly even the September 11th Events, if the Kahane assassination had been treated as what the Americans, the greatest terrorists in the world hypocritically term ³an act of international terrorism,´ and not as an isolated case by a lone gunman. Now the FBI has decided to take ³loners´ more seriously and a classified FBI intelligence bulletin issued in February 2003 read: ³Lone extremists represent an ongoing terrorist threat in the United States and may operate independently or on the fringes of established extremist groups, either alone or with one or two accomplices.´ What was amusing was the FBI¶s admission that even lone extremists may have had co-conspirators ± accomplices. Does not that disqualify them from being ³loners?´ Oliver ³Buck´ Revell had to admit Friedman was correct: ³As it turns out later, as we see after the World Trade Center, there was substantial information available that if it had been properly translated, processed, authenticated and analyzed, would have led to a direct association between the assassin of Meir Kahane and the group that conspired and eventually did bomb the World Trade Center, and was conspiring to carry out a number of other heinous acts of terrorism. A proper analysis of the Kahane assassination was not conducted. By-and-large the reason it didn¶t get done was because of the political climate and the fact that FBI agents were loathe to undertake anything that had any appearance of being involved in the political process. That includes religious activity, free speech, etc., that are obviously protected under our Constitution. It had become very difficult to assess how to deal with those issues.´185 The FBI was not ³loathe´ to undertake the task of destroying the highly political Black Panther Party through an operation it termed COINTELPRO. This FBI action caused problems for the Black Panthers with other Black organizations that were escalated and soon Panthers were involved in shootouts with other revolutionaries. Through informants, false documents, false information and playing on human weaknesses, COINTELPRO was able to destroy the Black Panther Party from within and without. The FBI might claim that it could not have fully investigated al-Qaeda because of the Attorney General¶s Guidelines that were first created in 1976 by the Jewish Attorney General Edward Levi. Levi¶s Guidelines prohibited investigations into speech activities where there was no advocacy of violence. The Guidelines specified that investigations should be limited to exposing criminal conduct and should not involve simple monitoring
185. Statement of Oliver ³Buck´ Revell Former Associate Deputy Director for Investigations Federal Bureau of Investigation To the Committee on International Relations, U. S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. October 3, 2001.
of unpopular political views. Investigations could only be brought where ³specific and articulable facts´ indicated criminal activity. But in 1983 Attorney General William French Smith weakened these restrictions on the FBI. Under the Smith Guidelines, a full investigation could be brought where information received pointed to a ³reasonable indication´ of criminal activity. During the 1980s, in an FBI investigation of the Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador, (CISPES), a group that opposed Reagan administration¶s policy in Central America, numerous people came under FBI scrutiny. The investigation was launched in Dallas and expanded nationwide before being shut down in 1986 without any criminal charges. The investigation entailed burglaries, death threats, and infiltrations against the people and organizations allied with CISPES. In El Salvador, political refugees who were caught returning to their homeland for their families were picked up by Salvadoran police or military units, and were often tortured or killed, as a result of information supplied by the FBI. It was an FBI Airtel signed by Oliver Revell that opened the second phase of the CISPES investigation, turning it into a full-blown counter-terrorism effort involving all 59 Field Offices of the FBI.186 In 1989 Attorney General Dick Thornburgh again amended the Guidelines: A domestic security/terrorism investigation may be initiated when the facts or circumstances reasonably indicate that two or more persons are engaged in an enterprise for the purpose of furthering political or social goals wholly or in part through activities that involve force or violence and a violation of the criminal laws of the United States. In determining whether an investigation should be conducted, the FBI shall consider all of the circumstances including: (1) the magnitude of the threatened harm; (2) the likelihood it will occur; (3) the immediacy of the threat and (4) the danger to privacy and free expression posed by an investigation.187 Even before the Kahane assassination our activities met all these criteria. After the Kahane assassination there was some attention focused on our activities, but not much, for Kahane was universally hated, even by his fellow Jews, and only Jewish extremist groups tried to pressure the Justice Department to expand its investigation. Why? Just as Sheikh Rahman and the Islamists are determined to exterminate the Jews, Rabbi Kahane and the Judaists were determined to exterminate Arabs. His plan was similar to that of the National Socialists - the Reich Citizenship Law of 1935 stripped German citizenship from Jews, and Jews lost the right to vote and hold public office; Kahane wanted to make Palestinians living within the Green Line ³non-resident aliens´ who could not vote or hold public office. The National Socialists forbade intermarriage with Jews; Kahane would have forbidden marriage between Jews and Arabs with transgressors to be punished by prison sentences of up to 50 years. In July 2003 the Knesset passed a Nuremberg-like Kahanist law: Now Palestinians who marry
. Ross Gelbspan ³Breakins, Death Threats and the FBI: The Covert War Against the Central America Movement,´ Page 117 South End Press June 1991. 187. The Attorney General's Guidelines on General Crimes, Racketeering Enterprise and Domestic Security/Terrorism Investigations http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/readingroom/generalcrimea.htm
Israelis cannot become Israeli citizens or residents. Kahane wished to set up a system of apartheid in Israel to drive out its indigenous population. Ultimately Kahane advocated expelling Arabs from the Zionist entity - ³transfer´ - something that would have temporarily set back our plans to destroy the Zionist entity. ³In two years time the Arabs will turn on the radio and hear that Kahane has been named Minister of Defense,´ Kahane said. ³Then they will come to me, bow to me, lick my feet, and I will be merciful and allow them to leave. Whoever does not leave will be slaughtered.´188 In June 1987 a poll indicated that 21% of Israelis agreed with most of Kahane¶s views.189 The guerillas of the al-Fatah Revolutionary Council announced that they had taken a decision to bear the defense expenses of the heroic Arab struggler El-Sayyid Nosair.190 Al-Fatah group offered to post bail for Nosair. On November 26, 1990 Egypt¶s President Hosni Mubarak expressed admiration for him, ³I hope that...Israel will meet the same fate,´ and further ordered Egyptian police to provide special security for Nosair¶s family. When Caren Nosair and her three children traveled to Egypt a year after the Kahane Event, they were met at the airport by government officials and driven through Cairo in a motorcade. Caren's chaperone was Ibrahim El-Gabrowny. The November 11, 1990 the Jordan Times reported that the Jordanian Bar Association had set up a committee to defend Nosair. ³Members of the Jordanian Bar Association,´ said the organization¶s president, Walid Abd-al-Hadi, ³will be honored to defend Nosair in court and consider him as a national hero.´ A November broadcast on Saudi Arabia¶s alRiyad contended that Kahane¶s murder was ³a profound act,´ but the ³more important issue´ was that the same fate ³extends to major Israeli leaders.´191 Nosair was charged with Second Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, Second Degree Assault, Unlawful Imprisonment and Criminal Possession of a Weapon ± one count in the Second Degree and two counts in the Third Degree.192 Nosair was freed on $300,000, but it was revoked after demonstrations by the JDL in front of Judge Alvin Schlesinger¶s Upper East Side apartment. MONEY FOR JIHAD: NOSAIR¶S DEFENSE FUND A defense fund was set up for El-Sayyid Nosair, and three hundred thousand dollars poured in from Islamist sources, such as Usama bin Laden, who had been in communication with Ibrahim A. El-Gabrowny for quite some time.193 Nosair would claim that he was indigent when he filed his Notice of Appeal, so that the remainder of the defense fund money could be used by his family and by our Islamist cell for jihadi purposes. In late 1992 Nosair was recorded in Attica speaking angrily about the handling of finances and complaining that his attorney, William Kunstler was attempting to drain the funds.
188. Newsday February 1, 1988. 189. Jewish Press June 12, 1987. 190. Newsday October 8, 1990. 191 . Jewish Press March 1, 1991 ³Mubarak Praises Killer of Kahane.´ 193. USDC SDNY 98CR1023 Document #235 page 5
WILLIAM KUNSTLER William Moses Kunstler was born in New York City, the son of a proctologist, Monroe Bradford Kunstler, and Frances Mandelbaum Kunstler. He grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Kunstler moved to Gay Street in Greenwich Village and defended homosexuals and drug addicted communist Jews like Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. He lived a hippie lifestyle ingesting LSD with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead and was addicted to marijuana, but often followed the Communist Party line. Nonetheless he was one of the first Jews to conclude that the Islamists of the 1990¶s were the most potent enemy of the United States, an imperialist country Kunstler hated with a passion, having witnessed numerous instances of racism during his career as an attorney. Many of his clients were legally lynched by the justice system, such as those involved in the case of the rape of the Central Park jogger, whose convictions were vacated after a prisoner came forward and confessed to the crime, coaxed to do so by Sister Lynne Stewart. Kunstler shared our hatred for Jews, despite the fact he himself was a Jew. Kunstler claimed he knew nothing of the fund or the fund raising activities of ElGabrowny, despite the fact he was its chief beneficiary. At the Rahman trial, at which Kunstler testified as defense witness, El-Gabrowny¶s attorney almost accused Kunstler of false testimony. After discussing the elaborate records El-Gabrowny was keeping for Nosair, El-Gabrowny¶s counsel, Anthony Ricco, stated in summation: ³Mr. Kunstler took the stand and he had amnesia about whether or not he knew there was a fund or not. I submit to you everybody else knew. He said he was the lawyer, he didn¶t know, that¶s between him and whatever.´194 Anthony Ricco, an Afro-American despite his Italian-sounding name, represented U.S. embassy bomber Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, AlQaeda financier Uzair Paracha and others with connections to Usama bin Laden. He also represented Cory Arthur who killed the Jewish crack-head teacher Jonathan Levin, whose father was chairman and CEO of Time Warner. Kunstler was not averse to taking part of the blame for the unaccounted for money as long it was used against America. The Assistant United States Attorney commented: ³The Nosair defense fund was a trove which ultimately raised almost $300,000. As proof at trial will show, it was used in furtherance of Jihad activities, it was administered by El-Gabrowny largely at Nosair¶s direction, no accounting has ever been made of it, and Nosair lied to the judge about it in a state court proceeding. The Kunstler firm has contributed in no small part to the shadiness that surrounds a fund which was intended to be murky because it was available for criminal purposes, and therefore people like the firm¶s clients El-Gabrowny and Nosair had good reason to want its existence, locations and size hidden. The Kunstler firm¶s response was to joke that if the money was raised for bombs but used to pay lawyers, µthis in fact represents the triumph of capitalism in American life and demonstrates the validity of the bedrock
194. USA v Rahman TT 19357-58
conservative belief that the market, rather than the government, is the best source of regulation.¶´ There was one major problem that arose during the trial. Usama bin Laden had visited Sudan in 1984 when Dr. Hassan al-Turabi was adviser to former President Ja'far Numayri. Since then, he came to know all the leadership of the Islamist movement especially that this period witnessed the rise of many Islamic financial and economic institutions in Sudan. In December 1991, at the request of bin Laden, Sudan sent an emissary to New York to monitor the Nosair trial. After a report was relayed to him Usama bin Laden was so pleased with the work of Kunstler that he had this man give him a cash bonus. A court officer saw him hand him this money and told the judge about it. Since newspaper articles had appeared in the New York Times about how the Sudan was a staging ground for our operations, Kunstler was afraid this might affect Nosair¶s sentence. Kunstler was also afraid the report might trigger an Internal Revenue Service investigation. On January 9, 1992 he wrote this letter to Judge Schlesinger:
I have just been informed by Ms. Gilbert that, in a conversation with her, you stated that I had been seen receiving a wad of cash from someone from the Sudan in the courtroom. I was aghast at such a false and slanderous statement coming for you as I have never received any cash in this case from any source whatsoever and no funds from anyone but the clients wife. I would like to know how you obtained this information, as I would like to track it down. If you claim that you saw such a transaction, I would like to know when and where you claim that it took place. If the information was given to you by someone else, I would like to know that person¶s name and the details furnished thereby to you.´ 92
On January 20, 1992 he continued along the same vein in another letter.
Eleanor Hill, the former Pentagon Inspector General and director of the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigated the failure of the American intelligence community to detect the planning for the September 11thEvents reported in October 2002 the FBI learned that one of El-Sayyid Nosair¶s relatives ³traveled to Saudi Arabia to obtain money to pay for Nosair¶s defense. He received funds from a wealthy Saudi Usama bin Ladin [sic].´ Jailhouse snitch Gregory Scarpa Jr. advised the FBI that 1993 World Trade Center bomber Eyad Ismail¶s father Met an attorney who asked him if he is involved in the World Trade Center case. The attorney stated that he wanted to take the World Trade Center case with funding from an unnamed organization. The attorney advised Ismail¶s father that the Feds visited him after his conversation with him and advised him not to get involved with the case.195 In January 1991 one of Nosair¶s attorneys, Michael Warren, offered an insanity defense for Nosair. In July 1991 William Kunstler, withdrew the motion. Kunstler, a Jew, knew that Jewish law forbids autopsy and as a result, Kahane never underwent one. Kunstler tried to get the charges against Nosair dismissed because of this, by suggesting that the court order Kahane¶s body, buried in the Zionist settler state, be exhumed but Judge Alvin Schlesinger refused, citing the fact that Kahane was hit in the neck and the bullet, now just a deformed piece of lead, passed through his body. If anybody could get Nosair off the hook, it was Kunstler. In 1988 Kunstler and Attorney Lynne Stewart convinced a Bronx jury comprised of ten blacks and two Hispanics to
. FBI 302 265A NY 258172 November 26, 1996
acquit Larry Davis of 17 counts of assault and attempted murder on New York City Police officers, however, Davis was convicted of lesser weapons charges.196 Kunstler commented, ³Any black guy that shoots six cops and puts the fear of God in police officers, I think is great.´ The judge in the Larry Davis trial ruled that Kunstler and Stewart had systematically excluded whites from the jury but his ruling was overturned on appeal.197 As a result of this, during another proceeding, court officers beat and kicked Kunstler during a courtroom melee. ³I got a broken rib and all the cartilage in my knee had to be removed. One of the court officer told me, µThis is for Larry Davis.¶´198 Co-incidentally, Larry Davis would attest to the fact that El-Sayyid Nosair should have been granted bail because there was a contract out on his life. Davis wrote: On the evening of December 14, after coming back from Muslim services, I said to Officer Pitts shield #4468 that I say to the officer that the man who is allegedly accused of shooting to death of the man who founded the Jewish Defense League was at the services too. The Officer Pitts stated to me that if I knew anyone who would kill the accused, he knows who can get me the money, moments later I go to thapist of N.I.C. and I say to the thapist, Dr. Secks, the man who accused of killing the founder of the J.D.L. was at the services I attended he also stated to me that if I know anybody who would kill the accused gunman he personal guarenty they would get the two million from his people. I give this statement to turn over to the Muslim attorney. Larry Davis, Adam Abdul Hakeem.199
196. Pete Moses ³Larry Davis Cleared ´New York Post November 21, 1988. 197 . Associated Press, Gannet Westchester Newspapers May 4, 1988 ³Bronx Judge Finds Bias in Davis Jury Selection.´ 198 . Ron Rosenbaum ³The Most Hated Lawyer in America´ Vanity Fair March 1992. 199 . New York State Supreme Court Civil Case 1477-1991
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