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9-11 Investigators Never Learned About FBI, CIA al-Qaida Mole.

al-Qaida operatives in Bosnia killed an FBI mole who met with Osama bin Laden and provided intelligence on al-Qaida after suspecting he was with the CIA, but the man’s death came several years before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks and the FBI did not report the informant’s existence to investigators.

The dead informant, was a Los Angeles-based “driver and confidante” of “Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the cleric in prison for masterminding the first attempt on the World Trade Center in 1993, NBC News reported Thursday.

Because the mole died at least six years before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congressional investigators or the 9/11 Commission never learned about the Sudanese man.

NBC reported the news of the mole’s death one day after it reported the man’s existence, saying the informant had been been recruited by the FBI years ago and had even met with bin Laden a full eight years prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.

The mole revealed a great deal of information to the FBI, including revealing a plan that helped stop a bin Laden plan to destroy a Masonic lodge in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, according to courtroom testimony by Ed Curran, who was the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s L.A. office then.

Sources told NBC the informant was recruited in 1993 after learning he was a known associate of the Blind Sheikh, who had been an FBI target since 1990 when follower El Sayyid Nosair, shot and killed radical Rabbi Meir Kahane in a Manhattan hotel.

The Sheikh moved to Los Angeles, where the future mole lived and became his driver.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service tipped off the FBI about the driver, and the federal agency learned that he was on a terrorism watch list. INS tried to deport him, and his status as a potential terrorist made it difficult to move him. Jordan took him and put him jail for three months, and eventually, the driver ended up in Yemen, where the FBI recruited him.

The first World Trade Center attack also occurred at about time, when a truck filled with explosives detonated in an underground garage on Feb. 26, 1993.

FBI agent Bassem Youssef, the bureau’s highest-ranking Arabic speaker, approached the informant as a friend, saying he could reunite the man with his family in California.After several meetings with Youssef and other agents, he agreed to provide information and started talking about al Qaeda.

The man also provided about a dozen U.S. and Canadian passports, with the original photos being replaced with those of al-Qaida operatives.

The driver also met with bin Laden, who one Justice Department official said “was not that hard to get to” because he was not yet famous.

After the Blind Sheikh was arrested in 1993, the informant continued working with the FBI, but in 1994, a woman working for the CIA was able to convince him to work with the CIA.

The CIA sent him to Bosnia in 1994 or 1995, but the FBI didn’t know its informant was working for the other agency or why he disappeared.

Youssef started asking al-Qaida sources what had happened to the man, and learned that operatives in Bosnia killed him because they suspected he was working for the CIA.

The mole’s existence was actually first revealed in 2010, when Youssef sued the FBI, claiming discrimination and accusing the agency of passing him over for promotion.

Former FBI agent Ed Curran, in testimony during the discrimination trial, revealed Youssef developed the mole, reported The Washington Times during the trial.

“It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al-Qaida, directly involved,” Curran testified, noting the mole was “tight, close” with al-Qaida leadership.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald


Ex-CIA Analyst: Snowden Journalist Could Have Blood on Hands.

The journalist who holds a cache of documents stolen by National Security Agency secrets leaker Edward Snowden not only disrupts U.S. intelligence but must ultimately take responsibility for any deadly consequences of the leaked information, former CIA analyst and LIGNET contributor Lisa Ruth said Tuesday.

“There is an absolute direct correlation between leaks and problems on the ground,” Ruth said in an exclusive interview with John Bachman on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

Former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald should have “months ago” considered withholding the NSA information in light of killings in 2010 of Afghan tribal leaders after the release of military documents by WikiLeaks, she said.

“I understand journalists believe part of their view is to give information, that’s what they’re trying to do,” she said. “With WikiLeaks, when this information first came out, we know that there were Afghan tribal leaders who were beheaded and killed. These were our sources.”

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She said the WikiLeaks release was responsible for “not only disrupting our intelligence sources, but that journalist, in my opinion, is carrying the weight of those deaths on his shoulders, and at some point there is an ethical decision, what’s right.

“Obviously we can’t decide that for [Greenwald], but I agree that there is a point where the damage they are doing is far greater than any benefit,” she said.

Ruth said the intelligence community thinks it’s “absurd” that the public is debating the issue of how the government conducts drone strikes overseas, particularly how the military and CIA often rely on data from the NSA’s electronic spy program for targeted drone strikes and killings.

“I just can’t get my head around why we’re all debating this,” she said. “We don’t throw out for a referendum, ‘OK, folks, should we go after this guy or not?’ This is a government decision.”

According to a report from a news website launched by Greenwald, NSA documents confirm the agency “played a key supporting role” in the drone strike in September 2011 that killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, as well as another American, Samir Khan, in Yemen.

“I have to say that it is horrifying to me that we are talking about this,” she said. “I have to go out and say the fact that this is in the press is completely absurd to the intelligence community — the fact that we’re debating drone strikes.”

She said classified information is paramount “if you’re going to carry out operations.”

“Until yesterday, most Americans didn’t know there was a guy in Pakistan, American citizen, who’s with al-Qaida,” she said. “Did it make them feel more safe to know we’re considering attacking him with a drone? Probably not.

“If you look at overall, it’s about trust in your government, really, trust, and right now perhaps that’s not at its highest peak, and I don’t know how you get that back but in terms of intelligence. I don’t’ believe that’s something that needs to be aired,” she said.

She said the reason the CIA “holds . . . the controls to the drone strikes” is that it can “move quickly.”

“Going through military bureaucracy, as you know, takes time,” she said. “The reason they put it in the hands of the CIA was to get things done quickly . . . So, now we’re in a situation where we’re talking about this American, and again, all over the press, all over the news, and whether NSA information is going to be used. From a CIA officer standpoint, that’s only one piece we would use . . . you need a lot of other pieces of information to target in.”

Ruth noted the United States is not getting the “human intelligence” it used to, partly “because of the drones” and partly because of “the way intelligence is done, and cutbacks.”

“The idea that, oh, we can put a bug somewhere or we can use a listening device. That’s not really accurate,” she said.

“Without human intelligence in many cases we’re operating blind, and keep in mind, if I’m hearing something perhaps from a cellphone or other places, I have no way of knowing how accurate that is . . . as a human, I can sit across from you, I’m evaluating you, I’m spotting, I’m assessing, I’m making these decisions, and it usually provides more targeted information, in conjunction with NSA information, of course.”

Ruth said she hopes debate on the issue spurs change for the good.

“From my perspective and some of my contacts at the intelligence community, the hope is to get back on track . . . and that these kinds of debates can really highlight the importance of human intelligence and why we need that, and particularly with a terrorist threat,” she said.

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By Cathy Burke

Mike Rogers: Administration ‘Red Tape’ Leaving Terrorists on Battlefields.

Image: Mike Rogers: Administration 'Red Tape' Leaving Terrorists on BattlefieldsPakistanis in Lahore protest against U.S. drone attacks.

By Elliot Jager


There has been a moratorium on the use of drones in the U.S. counter terror campaign in Pakistan, the Washington Post reports. 

The suspension was put in place at the request of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is attempting to negotiate with the country’s Taliban groups. 

“That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no,” a U.S. official told the Post. 

But counterterror attacks against al-Qaida targets in Pakistan, if any present themselves, have not been suspended. The use of drone strikes in counterterrorism elsewhere, including Yemen, is also unaffected. 

Meanwhile, an unnamed senior Obama administration source also told the Post that press reports about a change in policy were wrong.

Still, there have been no drone strikes since December. In November, a strike killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. The Pakistani government at the time said the hit derailed peace talks that had been scheduled to begin.

Separately, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, took exception during an open hearing to changes made by President Barack Obama in 2013 that narrowed the criteria regarding when drones may be used. 

Now, only al-Qaida operatives who present an imminent danger to Americans can be targeted, and only when there is a “near certainty” a strike would not bring about civilian casualties.

Rogers said that “individuals who would have been previously removed from the battlefield by U.S. counterterrorism operations for attacking or plotting to attack against U.S. interests remain free because of self-imposed red tape.”

He was referring to al-Qaida’s presence in Yemen, Syria and Africa. The chairman did not comment on the purported Pakistan moratorium. Rogers said the new guidelines “are an utter and complete failure, and they leave Americans’ lives at risk,” the Post reported.

Testifying at the House Intelligence Committee hearing James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, said he did not agree that the new guidelines on drone use put the country at increased peril. He said the danger comes from the transformation of the al-Qaida threat, “its diffusion, its globalization and its franchising,” the Post reported.

Also at the hearing, California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff called on the intelligence community to release aggregate data annually specifying the number of terrorists the United States had killed as well as how many civilians might have died as a result of the strikes.

In a related development, the latest effort at peace talks between Islamabad and the Pakistani Taliban was delayed on Tuesday because two members of a Taliban delegation refused to take part.

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2013 Marked a Comeback for al-Qaida.

Image: 2013 Marked a Comeback for al-QaidaAl-Qaida claimed responsibility for a Dec. 5 attack on the Yemeni defense ministry that killed 52 people, saying the complex hosted U.S. personnel behind drone strikes against its militants.

By Lisa Barron

As controversy continues to swirl around the New York Times’ report claiming al-Qaida was not behind the Benghazi attacks, there is plenty of evidence to suggest the terrorist organization and its affiliates were responsible for some of the deadliest violence of 2013.

The resurgence of the group founded by Osama bin Laden was so pronounced that the Obama administration stepped back from its assertions that his death spelled the end of it, saying instead that only the core leadership in Pakistan had been contained, reports Politico Magazine

The year started with a jihadist retaliation for France’s military intervention in northern Mali, an operation that led to the death of at least 39 foreign hostages at Algeria’s In Amenas gas complex, notes the publication.

The following day, Jan. 17, a series of explosions on buses in predominantly Shiite areas of Iraq killed 19 people and injured more than 100.

Al-Qaida in Iraq has in fact accelerated the pace of its attacks since the pullout of U.S. troops at the end of 2011, culminating in a surge of violence in mid-2013 that has led to roughly 800 civilian deaths a month, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

At the same time, the group has spread into neighboring Syria, where it calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, fighting against both the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and other opposition factions, according to the council.

And a report published this month by the International Center for the Study of Radicalism indicates there are up to 11,000 foreign fighters from 74 nations involved in the Syrian conflict.

“The concern is that the al-Qaida networks of the future are being created in this jihadist melting pot,” Paul Cruickshank, a terrorism analyst who has specialized in studying al-Qaida, told CNN.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, headquartered in Yemen, is thriving as well, reports the network, which said it has learned about recent intercepts of messages between senior operatives in that country.

“There are multiple indications that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is plotting attacks both within Yemen, against U.S. and Western structures, and overseas,” Seth Jones, an analyst at Rand Corp., told CNN.

The al-Qaida faction in Somalia, al-Shabab, also had a prolific year, most notably carrying out a bloody assault in September on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall that killed 67 and injured at least 175.

Al-Qaida’s future capabilities have been helped in part by a series of jailbreaks in three different countries, the most significant one taking place on July 21 at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison that freed about 500 jihadist prisoners, reports Politico magazine.

A week later, prison riots and an outside attack freed more than 1,100 inmates from Benghazi’s Kuafiya prison, while some 250 prisoners escaped during a jailbreak in Pakistan on July 30.

As for the implications for Americans, the leaders of both the House and Senate intelligence panels maintained earlier this month that the country is not as safe as it was a year ago.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Nation,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said, “I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up.

“The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are more groups than ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.”

Asked whether he thought so as well, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, said, “Oh, I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons.”

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US Accuses Two of Aiding Terrorism.

The Treasury Department has identified two prominent Middle Eastern men as “specially designated global terrorists,” accusing them of funneling millions in financial support to various jihadist organizations, including al-Qaida.

According to The Washington Post, both men have served as advisers to government-backed foundations in Qatar and have held high-profile positions with international human rights groups.

But the financial assets of Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nu’aymi, 59, and Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad  al-Humayqani, 41, have been frozen, and American citizens and companies are prohibited from doing business with them.

Nu’aymi is a Qatar University professor and a founding member of a prominent charity named for a member of the country’s ruling family. He has a reputation as an international activist and serves as president of Alkarama, a Geneva-based human rights organization that works closely with the United Nations and major international activist groups to advocate greater rights for Muslims, The Post reported Sunday.

But according to U.S. officials, Nu’aymi has provided money and material support and for more than 10 years and has acted as a conduit for communications to al-Qaida and its affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen, the Post also noted. Nu’aymi is considered among the most prominent Qatar-based supporters of Iraqi Sunni extremists.

Humayqani played a key role in the AQAP (Al-Qaida Arabian Peninsula). He helped organize a 2012 AQAP attack on a Yemeni Republican Guard base in al-Bayda’ Governorate, Yemen that killed seven using improvised explosive devices hidden in vehicles. He is also accused of recruiting terrorists to AQAP who were involved in a plot to assassinate Yemeni officials, according to the Treasury.

Any assets the men have under U.S. jurisdiction are now frozen and Americans are generally prohibited from doing business with them, the Treasury release stated.

“Their alleged dual roles — promoting humanitarian causes and civil rights while simultaneously supporting extremist groups — reflect a growing challenge for counterterrorism officials attempting to monitor the torrents of cash flowing to Islamist rebel groups in Syria,” current and former U.S. officials told the Post.

There has been a surge in private support for Islamist extremists in Syria, particularly in Qatar and Kuwait, according to U.S. officials, who say the terrorists are frequently turning to social media to solicit donations.

Nu’aymi took to Twitter to rebut the allegations, saying he was being singled out in retaliation for his criticism of American policies, such as drone strikes in Yemen and U.S. support for the recent overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected government, the Post noted.

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By Melissa Clyne

Sheik Gumi Reacts Says Iyabo Obasanjo As ‘Victim Of Westernization’.

Sheik Ahmad Gumi
By SaharaReporters, New York

Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi said today that Iyabo Obasanjo, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo first child who wrote a scathing letter against him on Tuesday, is a victim of Westernization.

The respected cleric made the observation in a social media post, in which he described it as “apolitical, irreligious and un-African,” noting that the letter had exposed the Obasanjo family feud.

“The letter became a distraction from a previous one written by her father addressing very important national issues,” Gumi wrote.  “Obasanjo is not a saint, neither is she one nor most Nigerians are.
But what is worth noting is that, at a crucial time when the nation is gripped by official criminality of bloodshed, financial misappropriation, and moral decadence she now sees the opportunity to blast her father.”

He expressed the view that the letter also shows Iyabo lacks proper religious upbringing.

“This is the segment that stirred my attention. I don’t think any person with proper religious upbringing will ever do that to his parent. I once heard in the CNN a British girl calling her Yemeni father an evil man because he took her sister back to Yemen to marry.  Evidently afraid for his daughter the moral decadence of the Western society. Iyabo is a victim of westernization. One thus wonders what the Western life does to humanity.”

The cleric argued that respecting one’s parents is among the Jewish ten commandments which was also endorsed by Jesus, “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother” Mark:10:19: and in Matthew 15:4: “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.”

Obama Drone Strike Murders 15 Innocent Civilians At Wedding Party (VIDEO).

Do you recall what Obama said last year about the drone strikes he orders in Pakistan and in Yemen? If you don’t, then perhaps its a good time to remind you. He is a cold-blooded killer who orders drone strikes on non-military or terrorist targets.

He will soon order them on civilians in America.

The president’s specific words: I’m “really good at killing people,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write in “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” The Daily Mail reported. They get their claim from a Washington Post report that buries the statement as a brief anecdote in an article, in which the president is described as speaking to aides about the drone program and then making the claim.

From Reuters: Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was “mistaken” for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday. The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.



“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” one security official said.

click-here-to-read-the-rest-of-this-story-on-before-its-news-from-now-the-end-begins-nteb-geoffrey-griderFive more people were injured, the officials said. The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the militant network. Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report in August that U.S. missile strikes, including armed drone attacks, have killed dozens of civilians in Yemen. source – reuters.

by NTEB News Desk

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