Awlaki Assisted UK Plane Bomb Plotter
by FSM: GLOBAL ISLAMISM WATCH, THE EDITOR, VIN IENCO
March 1, 2011
Introducing Vin’s Notes
Today, Family Security Matters is pleased to announce a new Contributing Editor, Vin Ienco. He already has a following on Facebook, where he compiles a weekly digest of Islamist activities around the world.
He has given us permission to reproduce his collection, which we are going to regularly present here. The first of these can be downloaded here (in pdf format).
The downloadable file runs to 16 pages and covers Islamist events taking place in USA, Israel, England, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Congo, Somalia. Mali, Sudan.
Also included in his digest are links to videos and clickable links to the news sources where the original articles can be found.
We guarantee that this new series will be invaluable to any researchers of Islamism and also to anyone with an interest in changing cultural trends around the globe.
From Vin’s introduction:
My two cents:
A few days ago, Gadhafi’s son Seif, held a press conference at the Rixos al Nasr hotel in Tripoli. When he heard the news of the thousands of victims from the country’s uprising, Seif said, "Soon you will discover that what you have heard about Libya is only a joke. A big joke, here we laugh about the news speaking of hundreds or thousands of victims, bombings in Tripoli, Bengasi, Zawiya or any other place."
This has been consistent with the vitriolic rhetoric we hear from his father recently in his chilling ‘rivers of blood’ speech and more recently when Muammar said, "Those who don't love me do not deserve to live, it will be hell for them". No matter where you look you will see the leaders of the world outspoken in their condemnation of the actions of the Gadhafi family. From Clinton to Putin to Sarkozy and way beyond, the message is the same.
The saying, ‘success has many fathers, though failure is a bastard’, has proven all the more relevant in Libya.
In January 2003, a secret ballot was held resulting in Libya being elected chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, despite opposition from the United States. Libya was backed by 33 members, with 3 countries voting against and 17 members abstaining. Human rights groups have been very vocal about Libya assuming the chairmanship.
The 33 member nations that backed the ascension of Libya to this position have NO excuse as Libya has more than three decades of recorded human rights abuses.
This is yet another nail in the coffin of condemnation of the laughing stock that is both the UN and UNHCR.
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Vin Ienco is a commentator and analyst on the effects of Global Islamism and a vocal opponent of Sharia Law.
GLOBAL: Snakes on a Plane? No, They Work At the Terminal…
Planes have long been the targets of jihadi terrorists. In the 1970s, planes were targets of hijackers such as Leila Khaled, who had political ambitions and were (for the most part) less intent upon killing everyone on board. However, long before 9/11, the worst case of plane terrorism, there were also plots to attack civilian airports.
On December 27, 1985, members of the Abu Nidal Organization, an offshoot of Fatah, staged gun attacks upon the El Al ticket counters at Rome and Vienna airports. The Palestinian terrorists were high on amphetamines and killed at least 18 people. 120 were wounded. On August 26, 1992, the Houari Boumediene Airport in Algeria was subjected to a bomb attack that killed nine and wounded 124 people. This attack was said to be the work of the political group called the Islamic Salvation Front, though individuals from this group went on to form the GIA, which later became the GSPC and is now known as Al Qaeda in the Maghreb.
On December 14, 1999, an Algerian called Ahmed Ressam (who had links to the GSPC) was arrested in Washington State, after crossing over from Canada. In his car he had explosives. Ressam was convicted and jailed for life in April 2001. He had plotted with at least two other people (Abdelmajid Dahoumane and Mokhtar Haouri) to carry out an attack upon Los Angeles’ LAX airport on New Year’s Eve – the so-called “Millennium Bomb Plot.”
Recently, we have seen the attack upon Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on January 24 this year. After the Russian airport attack, which was carried out by Magomed Yevloyev, a young man from Ingushetia, Reuters gave a brief list of attacks upon airports. When the Domodedovo attack took place, senior staff at Domodedovo were fired for having poor security. At the same airport on August 24, 2004, two Muslim terrorists purchased illegal tickets from staff and then boarded two separate planes. One of these flights was bound for Volgograd and the other was bound for Sochi. Shortly after take-off, both individuals blew themselves up and ninety people died.
The problems of airport security in the age of terrorism were highlighted in the case of the Lockerbie/Pan Am Flight 103 attack, which took place on Wednesday, December 21, 1988. 243 passengers and 16 crew were killed in an on-board bomb explosion, and 11 people died on the ground as a result of plummeting wreckage. Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was convicted, even though Libya’s former justice minister is now claiming that Colonel Gadaffi himself ordered the attack. The bomb appears to have been placed on the plane under Megrahi’s supervision when it was at Malta, prior to flying on to London’s Heathrow airport.
Yesterday, a 31-year old computer expert called Rajib Karim was found guilty of four counts of terrorism. Karim (pictured above) worked for British Airways as a software engineer. He was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court in London, and will be sentenced in April. One of the counts involved plotting to blow up a plane.
Karim was of Bangladeshi origin and worked for British Airways in Newcastle, in the north of England. He had moved to Newcastle in 2006. A total of 300 messages were found on his computer hard drive which were then presented as evidence. Embedded within encryption codes, his messages brought him into communication with terrorist groups in other countries, most notably with Anwar al-Awlaki, the terrorist leader who was born in New Mexico and was formerly the imam at the notorious Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. Awlaki is now in Yemen from where his family traditionally exported honey, and he is a leading figure in the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) network. Awlaki gave clear instructions to Karim in connection with the plot to blow up the plane and to commit other acts of sabotage.
A jury found Karim guilty of conspiring with Awlaki to blow up an airplane. Police also suspect he was passing on strategic information to other terrorists. In 2002, Karim had been in Bangladesh where he became involved in extremism. Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said of Karim:
“He is ... an Islamic extremist, with close association to, if not membership of Jamaat ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, an organisation committed to the establishment of Islamic rule in Bangladesh, responsible for terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, and with links to al-Qaida. The defendant ... believes terrorism, including murder of civilians, is permissible to establish, as he views it, a true Islamic state. [He] was anxious himself to carry out such an attack and determined to seek martyrdom.”
Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB had been involved in terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, sharing its activities with another group called JMJB (Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh – or “Vigilant Muslim Citizens Group”) which engaged in vigilantism and torturing villagers. On one occasion JMJB activists used a microphone to broadcast screams of a victim to members of his village as he was tortured to death.
All of the leaders of the ruling council of the JMB had at one stage or another been involved with the Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, which was a partner in the previous coalition government in Bangladesh, a government riddled with corruption. Bangla Bhai was head of JMJB but was also a leader of JMB. On August 17 2005, a bombing campaign by JMB, demanding introduction of Sharia law, was carried out in 63 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts. More than 450 IEDs were set off, injuring more than a hundred people and killing two people, a child and an old man.
After Ramadan in 2005, the group JMB turned to suicide attacks at courthouses and against judges. Abdur Rahman, the head of JMB had a younger brother called Ataur Rahman Sunny(pictured above) who was arrested on December 14, 2005. He said funds for JMB terror attacks came from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Sudan and some other Middle Eastern countries and also some Islamic NGOs. One of these NGOs appears to be the Kuwait-based Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, which is designated by the USA as a terrorist organization. Khaleda Zia, the former prime minister of Bangladesh gave money to the RIHS to ostensibly build mosques, even after news came that RIHS-funded mosques in Satkira had been used to plot JMB’s terror attacks.
After the hangings, JMB appeared to be defeated, but within two years, the group had started to reestablish itself in cells in various rural locations Bangladesh. The conviction of Rajjid Karim suggests that JMB had been kept going by its activists who were based in countries such as Britain.
Faisal Mostafa was another British-based man who had apparent links with the JMB terrorist group. After a cache of weapons was found at an orphanage and madrassa in Bhola Island in Bangladesh in March 2009, the British charity that set up the madrassa, called the Green Crescent, came under suspicion. The cache was found after a JMB man was arrested. The arrested individual named Faisal Mostafa, the British director of the charity. Mostafa was arrested in Bangladesh and confessed to having met Abdur Rahman (head of the JMB) on several occasions, and admitted owning guns found at the madrassa.
Mostafa had earlier been taken to court in Britain on two occasions, accused on terrorism charges. On one occasion, his associate was jailed for 20 years in 2002 for plotting bomb attacks using HMTD, while Mostafa was acquitted. In 1996, Mostafa had been among three men placed on trial for conspiracy to cause explosions. The men were cleared of conspiracy, but Mostafa had then been jailed for four years for “illegal possession of a pistol with intent to endanger life.”
This man was bizarrely allowed to run a charity, despite his previous jail sentence. Even though he admitted being linked to JMB and also knowing JMB’s current leader Saidur Rahman, and he admitted ownership of a weapons cache stored at one of his charity’s buildings, Mostafa was allowed to leave Bangladesh. He was assisted to return to Britain by the British High Commission in June last year.
Rajib Karim, convicted yesterday, had apparently blended in well with his work colleagues and did not arouse any suspicion. He engaged in five-a-side soccer games with his workmates, but he had been radicalized long before he started work at the British Airways facility in Newcastle.
His brother Tehzeeb who was then living in Pakistan wrote to him by email, and told him:
“I hope you don't have any doubt that all the citizens around you are Muhaaribeen [fighters or combatants] and that our covenant [promise of non-aggression] with them is broken and invalid from numerous sides.”
Rajib Karim replied:
“No, none whatsoever. And the more I am mixing with them, the more my conviction is getting stronger Walhamd [by Allah]."
His brother Tehzeeb was also a follower of JMB. The pair had apparently thought about jihadism after being involved in online forums. They came from a family in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, that was not short of money. Both had been privately educated. Karim came to live in Britain at the end of 2006 because his wife came from Newcastle.
Airports, which employ large numbers of staff, are always potentially vulnerable to terrorist attack. The airports are easier to attack. In June 2007, two men tried to dive a burning Cherokee jeep into the entrance of Glasgow Airport in Scotland, at a time when families were ready to go on holiday and the airport had a high number of civilians.
In April 2007, five men were convicted in Britain of plotting large scale explosions, using ammonium nitrate. One of these individuals, Jawad Akbar, had formerly been a baggage handler at Gatwick Airport.
The JFK Plot
In June 2007, a plot was uncovered which involved men of Guyanese descent. These men intended to use incendiary devices to set off a massive fuel explosion and fire at New York’s JFK airport. What is surprising is that none of these men were young. The mastermind of the plot was Russell Defreitas, who was in his sixties when he devised the plan to “punish America” for its foreign policy against Muslims.
The other plotters were Abdul Nur (pictured at the time of his arrest) and Abdul Kadir. A fourth man, Kareem Ibrahim, has health problems and has not had his hearing because he is deemed too ill to stand trial.
On Thursday, February 17 2011, Russell Defreitas – now aged 67 - was given a life sentence for the plot. He had worked in the airport as a cargo handler. Abdul Kadir was given a life sentence in December for his part in the plot, and Abdul Nur was sentenced to 15 years’ jail on February 14, 2011.
Nur is the uncle of WBA welterweight boxer Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis. Kareem Ibrahim was imam at a Shi'a mosque in Canefarm, Tacarigua, Trinidad. Abdul Kadir also worked at JFK. Like Ibrahim, he was also a Shi’a (Nur and Defreitas were Sunni Muslims). Kadir converted to Islam in 1974. For a short time he had been a member of parliament in Guyana, being elected in 2001 and representing the socialist People's National Congress Reform party. From 1994 until his resignation two years later, Kadir had been the elected mayor of Linden in Guyana. Kadir was a friend of Kareem Ibrahim since the two men had studied Islamic theology in Iran.
Defreitas – with the assistance of Abdul Kadir – had been trying to solicit funds from the group Jamaat al Muslimeen which is based primarily in Trinidad. On July 27, 1990 this group had led a coup in Trinidad, in which the parliament building was surrounded and the TV station was invaded. 20 people died in the coup. More recently, in the three years before their arrests, members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen group had been involved in acts of terrorism and murder, and one member (David Millard aka “Buffy”) had killed Guyana’s Agriculture Minister Satyadeow Sawh and members of his family on April 22, 2006.The leader of Jamaat al Muslimeen, Yasin Abu Bakr, is a former policeman who has incited attacks against Muslims who did not pay zakat tax, and he condones violent attacks against people of Indian origin, because they “own all the land.”
The TSA in America has gained notoriety for searching inappropriate passengers, including children, with no attempt at profiling. It is easy to assume passengers are going to be likely terrorists, but one should never forget that numerous people are employed at airports. The case of Russell Defreitas and his associates, and also this latest incident in Britain, should remind people that some of the people who work for airlines and airports could also be planning for jihad...