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Al Qaeda Tied To NYC Subway Bomb Plot

From an unfazed New York Times:

Man in New York Subway Plot Tied to Senior Qaeda Figure


June 30, 2010

The central figure in a failed suicide plot to bomb three New York City subways lines last year had contact with an elusive and feared senior Qaeda operative who spent his youth in Brooklyn and has eluded American authorities for at least seven years, a counterterrorism official said on Wednesday.

The central figure in the bomb plot, Najibullah Zazi, 24, and two men with whom he attended high school in Queens have been indicted in federal court in Brooklyn on charges they conspired to carry out the attack. Mr. Zazi and one of his co-defendants pleaded guilty to terrorism charges this year and admitted to traveling to tribal areas in Pakistan for weapons and explosives training…

The elusive senior Qaeda figure with whom Mr. Zazi had contact is the Saudi-born Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah, 34, long described by law enforcement officials as a hardened operative who was all the more feared because of his fluency in English and knowledge of New York City…

The State Department offered a reward of up to $5 million several years ago for information leading directly to the capture of Mr. Shukrijumah, but he has managed to avoid capture since the F.B.I. issued an alert for him in 2003.

For the record, Mr. Shukrijumah was living in Florida and attending Broward Community College at the time of this FBI alert. He  had applied for a ‘green card’ for permanent residence in the US, but was denied because he lied on his application about having ever been arrested in the past.

And yet Mr. Shukrijumah still managed to escape the authorities by leaving the country. It’s almost as if we have no control over our borders.

Mr. Shukrijumah was identified as a senior terrorism figure by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed during his intensive interrogation,

Yet another dividend from his ‘waterboarding.’ (Which, you will note, The Times is careful not to mention.)

[A]nd concern about him grew with the discovery that he had received flight training in the United States about the same time as the 9/11 hijackers…

Mr. Shukrijumah’s time in Brooklyn in the late 1980s and early ’90s put him close to the heart of radical Islamic extremism in the United States. His father, Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, reportedly did translation work for Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind cleric [aka ‘The Blind Sheikh’] who was linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The senior Shukrijumah was a pious cleric, an ‘Imam,’ who was graciously allowed to immigrate to our country n the 1980s with his wife and teenage son. In 2001, the holy man attracted the interest of US authorities when the Saudi embassy sent him $19,200.

Mr. Rahman was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for his role in a plot to bomb the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the United Nations and other landmarks in New York.

Mr. Shukrijumah’s father, who died several years ago, testified as a character witness against another defendant in that case, of Clement Rodney Hampton-El, who was also convicted.

Presumably Mr. Shukrijumah testified to save his skin. Still, ponder the implications of this revelation for a minute.

Al Qaeda was about to blow up the New York City subway system in an attack that may have rivaled 9/11. And yet our intelligence agencies didn’t even seem to be aware of their involvement in this plot.

Meanwhile, we are constantly reassured by our media and some authorities that Al Qaeda is no longer any real threat to the United States.

In fact, the mainstream media have largely ignored this story over the last six months. After all, these people are not dangerous ‘domestic terrorists’ like those Tea Party partisans.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Al Qaeda Tied To NYC Subway Bomb Plot”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    Gee, it’s almost like living here didn’t temper his Muslim fanaticism. Maybe we should take it as a hint the next time we allow Islamic people to come here.

    No offense, but I’m starting to dislike New York. Sure, the opera and Broadway shows and busy streets have something to offer – but the 5.00 cereal boxes in Manhattan, taxes upon taxes, illegal marches and terrorist threats, along with the moronic liberalism in droves is enough to keep me away. You’d get more crap from wearing a Palin shirt in New York City than from wearing a burqa, I’d wager.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Ever notice in NYC how many middle eastern men like to wear I (heart) NY. You think it’s some kind of sick code for I’d Love to Blow Up NY.

    Then again, those big red hearts make great targets for our National Guardsmen should all hell break loose. Think I’m kidding? Ask anyone who was at Ground Zero on 9/11 what they’d do if it happens again.

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