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May 2011: "WASHINGTON — The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups."

January 1111: 'Six months earlier, the CIA's Counterterrorism Center had picked up chatter in al-Qaeda channels about an "American Hiroshima." The CIA knew that Osama bin Laden's fascination with nuclear weapons went back at least to 1993, when he attempted to buy highly enriched uranium of South African origin. Al-Qaeda operatives were alleged to have negotiated with Chechen separatists in Russia to buy a nuclear warhead, which the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed to have acquired from Russian arsenals. The CIA's special task force on al-Qaeda had noted the terrorist group's emphasis on thorough planning, intensive training, and repetition of successful tactics. The task force highlighted al-Qaeda's preference for symbolic targets and spectacular attacks.'

June 2008: 'A previously undisclosed CIA report written in the summer of 2002 questioned the "credibility" and "truthfulness" of an Al Qaeda detainee who became a key source for the Bush administration's claims about links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. The statements of the detainee--a captured terrorist operative named Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi--were the principal basis for President Bush's contention in a major pre-Iraq War speech that Saddam's regime had "trained Al Qaeda members in bombmaking and poisons and deadly gases." The speech was delivered in Cincinnati on Oct. 7, 2002, just as Congress was taking up the White House-backed resolution authorizing the president to invade Iraq.'

June 2005: Just one in nine individuals on the list had an alleged connection to the al Qaeda terrorist network and only 14 people convicted of terrorism-related crimes -- including Faris and convicted Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui -- have clear links to the group. Many more cases involve Colombian drug cartels, supporters of the Palestinian cause, Rwandan war criminals or others with no apparent ties to al Qaeda or its leader, Osama bin Laden.

September 2001: Saudi-born leader of militant Islamic group currently based in Afghanistan. Virulently anti-USA and anti-Israel, believed responsible for many terrorist bombings against the USA.

September 2001: "a few cell-phone threats from Osama bin Laden had prompted President Bush to withdraw the F.B.I. from Yemen, a U.S. Marine contingent from Jordan and the U.S. Fifth Fleet from its home base in the Persian Gulf. This U.S. retreat was noticed all over the region, but it did not merit a headline in any major U.S. paper. That must have encouraged the terrorists."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of Al Qaeda Organization Oct 29, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Ayman Al-Zawahiri Person Oct 29, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Salim Ahmed Hamdan Person May 12, 2008
Cooperation (past or present) Mullah Muhammad Omar Person Apr 1, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Jan 24, 2012 In Address, Obama Makes Pitch for Economic Fairness

QUOTE: President Obama pledged on Tuesday night to use government power to balance the scale between America’s rich and the rest of the public, trying to present an election-year choice between continued leadership toward an economy “built to last” and what he called irresponsible policies of the past that caused an economic collapse.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2011 Pakistan Spies on Its Diaspora, Spreading Fear

QUOTE: compared with countries like China and Russia...the ISI’s operations here are less extensive and less sophisticated... Even so, officials and scholars say the ISI campaign extends to issuing both tacit and overt threats against those who speak critically about the military.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2011 U.S.: Catching bin Laden justifies CIA vaccination ruse (The Chart)

QUOTE: A senior U.S. official on Thursday acknowledged CIA involvement in a vaccination campaign in Pakistan, but said it was a legitimate piece of the strategy for catching Osama bin Laden....the aid group Doctors Without Borders issued a statement calling the CIA’s involvement, “a dangerous abuse of medical care.”

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan

QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2011 Judging Detainees’ Risk, Often With Flawed Evidence

QUOTE: The documents reveal that the analysts sometimes ignored serious flaws in the evidence… They include detainees’ admissions without acknowledging other government documents that show the statements were later withdrawn, often attributed to abusive treatment or torture.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2009 ACLU Says Government Used False Confessions

QUOTE: The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday accused the Obama administration of using statements elicited through torture to justify the confinement of a detainee...

Washington Post
Nov 10, 2008 Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda

QUOTE: The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere....Bush administration officials have shown a determination to operate under an expansive definition of self-defense that provides a legal rationale for strikes on militant targets in sovereign nations without those countries’ consent.

New York Times
Nov 01, 2008 Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism An attack on one of the great cities of the world is almost inevitable. But with better detection technologies, a new international alliance could st

QUOTE: Given current policies and practices, a nuclear terrorist attack that devastates one of the great cities of the world is inevitable. In my judgment, if governments do no more and no less than they are doing today, the odds of such an event within a decade are more than 50 percent.

Technology Review
Jun 25, 2008 U.S. Funding to Pakistan Plagued With Problems, GAO Report Says

QUOTE: The Bush administration has paid Pakistan more than $2 billion without adequate proof that the Pakistani government used the funds for their intended purpose of supporting U.S. counterterrorism efforts, congressional auditors reported yesterday. Their report concluded that more than a third of U.S. funds provided Pakistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were subject to accounting problems, including duplication and possible fraud.

Washington Post
Jun 18, 2008 Candidates Clash on Terrorism: In Sharp Exchange, Each Side Calls Other's Position a Risk

QUOTE: In a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters, McCain advisers criticized Obama as "naive" and "delusional" in his approach to the handling of terrorism suspects after he expressed support for last week's Supreme Court decision granting detainees the right to seek habeas corpus hearings. Obama fired back, saying the Republicans who had led failed efforts to capture Osama bin Laden lacked the standing to criticize him on the issue.

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2008 Spies, Lies and the White House: Buried in a Senate report, new revelations about pre-war deception

QUOTE: A previously undisclosed CIA report written in the summer of 2002 questioned the "credibility" and "truthfulness" of an Al Qaeda detainee who became a key source for the Bush administration's claims about links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

Jun 04, 2008 Five Detainees Charged in Sept. 11 Attacks to Be Arraigned

QUOTE: More than 6 1/2 years after devastating suicide attacks against the United States launched the Bush administration's fight against global terrorism, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, plot is scheduled to appear in a Guantanamo Bay courtroom tomorrow morning.

Washington Post
Jul 19, 2007 Without a plot, is Padilla guilty? Prosecutors say they don't have to link the US citizen to a specific terror plan.

QUOTE: [Although] government lawyers argue that a series of shady phone calls and a few documents are enough to establish the existence of a terror conspiracy .... [defense lawyers] voice similar complaints that the government has presented no evidence linking their clients to a specific murder conspiracy.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 13, 2007 Bush Distorts Qaeda Links, Critics Assert

QUOTE: [President Bush's] references to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, and his assertions that it is the same group that attacked the United States in 2001, have greatly oversimplified the nature of the insurgency in Iraq and its relationship with the Qaeda leadership.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2007 Defense Objects as Padilla Jury Sees Video

QUOTE: Presenting the tape to jurors is "unduly inflammatory and has nothing to do with the charges against these men," Marshall Louis, Jayyousi's attorney, said in court. But prosecutors said the interview...shed light on their allegiance to al-Qaeda.

Washington Post
May 31, 2007 ACLU Sues San Jose Firm; CIA ‘Rendition’ Role Alleged

QUOTE: A San Jose subsidiary of Boeing Co. was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of providing crucial technical support for CIA flights in which captives were taken to foreign countries and tortured. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of three men who remain in prison.

San Francisco Chronicle
Apr 22, 2007 In Iraq, All Terribly Familiar

QUOTE: Last weekend ... I completed my fifth trip to Iraq, and I am frustrated and worried. We are still risking the lives of our troops without giving them a realistic policy worthy of their sacrifices. To me, as a Vietnam veteran, that feels terribly familiar.

Washington Post
Mar 18, 2007 When Terrorists Become 'Warriors'

QUOTE: Not a single Sept. 11 planner has been held accountable for his crimes, but they can all crow that America sees them as they see themselves: as soldiers, not criminals.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2006 Muslim scholars write the pope - and everyone else

QUOTE: Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from 20 countries sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI urging mutual tolerance and respect over the weekend, and 500 prominent Muslims signed a religious ruling rejecting violence against civilians on Tuesday. Neither got much publicity. But when Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issues his latest bloodcurdling threat it dominates the airwaves.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 13, 2006 History by miniseries: Too fast, too loose? ABC's 'Path to 9/11' ignited a furor over political meddling – and how it will play in an election season.

QUOTE: The controversy over "Path" boiled over even before its première Sunday. Several officials in the Clinton administration publicly complained that the dramatization distorted their actions to track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christian Science Monitor

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