9/11 a Prequel? Next Attack on America in Works (Part II)

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD September 14, 2012

Part I : Eleven Years after 9/11, the Threat Remains: The Leading Al Qaeda Operative Remains at Large

Think 9/11 was a thing of the past?

Think that you're safe and secure.

Think again.

Meet Adnan el-Shukrijumah.

He's a chameleon.

 Adnan el-Shukrijumah possesses an uncanny ability to blend into a crowd, to alter his looks, and to assume a multitude of identities. Few things about him indicate his Islamic orientation. He is often clean-shaven and rarely wears a long shirt (shalwat kameez) or chews a toothpick. He has been known to have a beer (like an average American Joe), to smoke a Marlboro, and to carry rosary beads in his pocket. He has posed as an Italian-American, a Mexican-American, a Canadian, a Saudi, a Jamaican, an Arab, and a Latino from Trinidad. He stands somewhere between 5'4" and 5'6"; weighs 140 pounds; and suffers from sacute asthma. He has black hair, dark brown eyes, an olive complexion, a mole on one cheek and a very prominent Mediterranean proboscis. A key distinguishing feature is a scar on the left side of his face below and forward of his earlobe.

Adnan is fluent in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic. He is a trained pilot and a computer whiz. But, his central area of interest, training and expertise is nuclear engineering.


Adnan gives proof to the adage that a rotten apple never falls far from a diseased tree. His father Gulshair was born in Guyana, where his grandfather Mohammad Jumah ran a general store. One of eleven children, Gulshair developed an interest in Arabic and began working as a tailor. At the age of 32, he moved to Cairo, where he studied at the radical al-Azbar University, and then Medina, where he enrolled at al-Madina al Manawarah (The Islamic University of Medina) and became stepped in the fanatical writings of Ibn Taymiyah and Sayyid Qutb.

In Saudi Arabia, Gulshair taught at several madrassahs, and, at the age of 42, met and married Mareed Zubrah Abu Akmed. Mareed, having just celebrated her 14th birthday was barely pubescent. Two years later, on August 4, 1975, Mareed gave birth to their first child Adnan. Three more children would be born to the couple before the family moved to Trinidad, where Gulshair received a monthly stipend of $1,500 from the Saudi government to spread the radical doctrine of Wahhabism. [i]


In 1986, Gulshair moved to Brooklyn where he became the imam of the newly created Majid Nur a-Islam mosque on 21 Church Street. Here he preached death to the West and recruited young blacks from New York's mean streets. Members of his congregation came to include Abdul Rasheed and Clement Rodney Hampton-El, who were convicted in 1996 of plotting to blow up the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, and the United Nations building.

In 1990, Gulshair established close ties with blind sheikh Omar Abel Rahman, who was serving as imam of the Farouq Mosque at 554 Atlantic Avenue, several blocks from Majid Nur a-Islam. On the second floor of the Farouq Mosque, al Qaeda had opened an office under the name of the al-Kifah Refugee Center. It became one of Gulshair's favorite haunts. When Rahman was taken into custody as the alleged architect of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Gulshair served as the blind sheikh's translator and chief character witness. He also served as a character witness for Clement Rodney Hampton-El, whom he defended by stating that the defendant had fought in Afghanistan to "help his brothers, the Muslims" and that Hampton-El "was prepared to give his life for that, and that does not mean he was involved in any acts of terror...[ii]


While Gulshair was developing ties with radical black Muslims in Brooklyn, Adnan was living with his maternal grandparents in Saudi Arabia. He completed his elementary and secondary school training in Medina and, like his father, taught at local madrassahs. By 1991, he had attracted the attention of the mujahadeen, newly returned to Saudi Arabia from Afghanistan, received training in guerilla warfare at an al-Qaeda camp in Khost, and assumed the bayat - - the oath of allegiance to Osama bin Laden. 

Adnan was sent to Yemen where his paternal grandfather had been born. He was given a code-name (Mohammed Sher Khan) and received training in special operations, including flight lessons. Eventually, Adnan became so adept at aviation that he earned the nickname "Jafar al-Tayar" ("Jafar the Pilot").


 In 1995, Adnan, now a full-fledged jihadi, rejoined his family in Brooklyn as a new missionary to the land of the free and the home of the brave, with a monthly stipend - - similar to that received by his father - - from the Saudi government. The reunited Shukrijumah clan now set out for sunny Florida, where Gulshair became the imam of the Masjid al-Hyrah Mosque in Miramar. Gulshair also came to serve as the spiritual leader of the Boca Raton Islamic Center (BRIC), where he established a close friendship with BRIC imam Dr. Ibrahim Dremali.[iii]

Dremali, a professor of geology at Broward Community College, shared Gulshair's militant fundamentalism. The two attended a rally where Israeli flags were burned and slogans, such as "With jihad we'll claim our land, Zionist blood will wet the sand," were shouted.  On this occasion, Dremali advised the crowd "not to be sad for those who were martyred and to not be afraid to die for what they believe in" - - a clear reference to suicide bombers.[iv]

In Florida, Adnan received legal permanent residency status - - a "green card," which permitted him to acquire a federal passport. He never became a naturalized American citizen. In the course of the next five years, Adnan would obtain additional passports from Canada, Trinidad, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.

During this time, Adnan taught Arabic at his father's mosque and became engaged in raising funds the Global Relief Fund (GRF), a front for terrorist organizations. GRF, according to the Treasury Department, was responsible for funding the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He enrolled as an engineering/computer science major at Broward Community College, where Ibrahim Dremali served as his academic advisor. Adnan also made several trips to Saudi Arabia where he met with his al Qaeda mentors Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and terror financier Ramzi Binalshibh.[v]

Spreading the fire of jihad, Adnan attended services at the Masjid al-Iman mosque in Fort Lauderdale, where he became acquainted with a host of wannabe terrorists, including Jose Padilla, who planned to detonate a radiological bomb in midtown Manhattan; Imran Mandhai, who was convicted of attempting to blow up nuclear power plants in southern Florida; Moessa Shuyeb Jokham, who was arrested for plotting terrorist attacks against Jewish community centers and businesses; and Hakki Akksoy, who was jailed for ten years when a cache of deadly explosives was found in his home.[vi]


By 2000, Adnan had formed a fast friendship with two new Muslim arrivals to southern Florida - - Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, who began to attend Gulshair's mosque. Adnan made arrangements for Atta and Shehhi to receive flight training at Hoffman Aviation in Venice. This site was ideal. 80% of the students at Hoffman were foreign nationals - - many from the Middle East. It was a facility that served Yeslam bin Laden, Osama's brother, and his employees. It was also a place where Atta and Shehhi could obtain student visas to prolong their stay in the US. The two 9/11 ops registered on July 3, 2000.

Following the training at Hoffman, Adnan accompanied Atta and Shehhi to the Airman Flight School in Norman, Oklahoma, where Atta and Shehhi signed up for advanced training on commercial jet airliners. [vii] In Norman, Adnan bunked up with Shehhi at the apartment of Majahid Abdul Quaadir Menepta. Menepta (Melvin Lattimore), an African-American convert to Islam. Menepta, who was finishing his studies in biochemistry at The University of Oklahoma, was a member of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a terrorist agency with ties to al-Qaeda that had established paramilitary training compounds in rural areas throughout the United States.  Also living in Menepta's apartment was Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th terrorist" of 9/11. During this time, Adnan appears to have met and befriended Wael Rabeh and Muhanned Debeh, two students from The University of Oklahoma with ties to an al-Qaeda cell in Toronto.

On January 10, 2001, Adnan was seen in the company of Atta and Ziad Jarrah, yet another 9/11 operative, at the Miami District Immigration Office, where Atta and Jarrah applied for visa extensions. [viii] On May 2, 2001, he accompanied Atta to the Lake Lauderdale office of the Florida Department of Highway Safety, where Atta produced his Egyptian passport and an I-94 immigration form, took a driving test, and received his license.


Six months later, he traveled to a Pakistan for advanced training in explosives under Muhammed Atef, the co-founder of al-Qaeda who was killed in Afghanistan during the first wave of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the training camp on the outskirts of Kandahar, Adnan met Jose Padilla, his friend from Florida. But the two quickly got on each other's nerves, and Padilla was forced to admit that he couldn't work with Adnan on a mission.[ix]


In Pakistan, Shukrijumah became singled out by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to spearhead the next great attack on America - a nuclear attack that would take place simultaneously in seven U.S. cities (New York, Boston, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.), leaving millions dead and the richest and most powerful nation on earth in ashes.[x]

To prepare for this mission, a team of al-Qaeda operatives reportedly were sent by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to McMaster University in order to gain knowledge of nuclear technology and to obtain access to the reactor. Along with Adnan, the team purportedly consisted of Anas al Liby, an engineer from Libya and member of the al-Qaeda high command; Jaber A. Elbaneh, a Yemeni national and naturalized American citizen who worked closely with the Lackawanna Six domestic cell near Buffalo, New York; and Amer el Matti, a Canadian national and licensed pilot. Another visitor to the campus, according to several sources, was Abderraouf Jdey from the Montreal cell.

 At McMaster, Adnan purportedly kept to himself, made few new friends or acquaintances, kept strictly to his studies, and left the facility at the same time as his colleagues.[xi]

He also managed to obtain employment at the reactor - - allegedly as a guide.[xii] Adnan's "normal' behavior on the Hamilton campus, a source said, gave him entry to places where dangerous materials were stored without raising undue suspicion. Bit by bit, the al-Qaeda operative allegedly managed to pilfer approximately 180 pounds of nuclear material from the university - - enough to build several radiological bombs.[xiii]

According to Israeli sources, Shukrijumah was under surveillance by Canadian officials in early October 2003, when he suddenly stopped attending classes and failed to show up for work. His disappearance aroused no concern, the sources say, until a few days later when the nuclear material was reported missing.[xiv]

Jayne Johnson, a spokesperson for McMaster University, declined to comment on the reports of Shukrijumah and the other al-Qaeda agents at the school. Other McMaster officials denied that any al Qaeda agents were on campus and that any nuclear or radiological material was missing from the campus. But Adnan's stay at the Canadian school has been verified by Rolf Mowatt Larssen of Harvard University's Belfer Center.[xv] It was allegedly was facilitated by Dremali, his mentor at Broward Community College. Dremali had formed associations with fellow Egyptian engineers at McMaster and reportedly retained an affiliation with a clandestine club in Ontario that had been formed, in part, to assist newly arrived Arabs in the acculturation process. {The connection between Adnan and Dremali remains to be fully investigated by the FBI. In 2005, Dremali left his teaching position at Broward to become the imam of a mosque in Des Moines, Iowa. He allegedly also left his wife Lamyaa who now resides at in Colombia, Kentucky).

In an interview pertinent to this report, Hamid Mir confirmed that he had received verification that Anas al-Liby was at McMaster and that Liby had been instrumental in the removal of radiological/nuclear material from the reactor. Mir further testified that nuclear weapons and materials had been forward deployed by al-Qaeda to the United States.[xvi] Despite Mir's stature among journalist as the only reporter to interview Osama bin Laden in the wake of 9/11, federal officials have neglected to seek out the bases of his claims.

Where is Adnan hiding?

Is he really capable of launching a devastating attack on American soil?

Stay tuned. Part three of Adnan's story will appear on this site tomorrow.

[i] Charles Strouse, "Muslim McCarthyism," Miami New Times, April 3, 2003.

[ii] Joe Kaufman mad Beila Rabinowitz, "Father Knows Terrorism Best," Front Page Magazine, October 27, 2003, http://www.frontpagemag.com.

[iii]Kaufman and Rabinowitz.

[iv] Ibid.

[v] A Really Bad Guy," ABC News - Primetime, March 20, 2004.

[vi] Daniel Eggen and Manuel Roig-Franzia, "FBI on Global Hunt for Al Qaeda Suspect," Washington Post, March 21, 2003.

[vii] "9/11 Terrorist Travel," Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States," August 21, 2004.

[viii] Josh Meyer, "Five Years Later: A Mystery Man Who Keeps the FBI Awake at Night," Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2006.

[ix] Transcript of News Conference with Deputy Attorney General James Comey on Jose Padilla," CNN, June 1, 2004.

[x] James Gordon Meek, "Officials Fear Al-Qaeda Nuclear Attack," New York Daily News, March 14, 2003.

[xi] "One-Man ‘Dirty Bomb' Cell Sought in US and Canada," Debka file, Issue 132, November 7, 2003, http://www.debka-net-weekly.com/issue.pl? username=iunmber-132

[xii] Ibid.

[xiii] Ibid.

[xiv] Ibid. See also Bill Gertz, "Al Qaeda Pursued A Dirty Nuke," Washington Times, October 16, 2003, http://www.washtimes.com/national/20031016-110337-4698r.htm

[xv] Rolf Mowatt Larssen, "Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction: Hype or Reality," Harvard University, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, January 2010, http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/al-qaeda-wmd-threat.pdf

[xvi] Mir's interview with Williams at the November 2006 America's Truth Forum symposium was taped by Private Investigator Laurice Tatum and Israeli journalist Michael Rash.

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams is the author of Crescent Moon Rising: The Islamic Transformation of America, The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.

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