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Fri Mar 8, 2013, 10:37 PM

Bin Laden son-in-law could yield info on al-Qaida

Source: AP-Excite

By LARA JAKES and TOM HAYS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the charismatic al-Qaida spokesman, fundraiser and son-in-law to Osama bin Laden, is likely to have a vast trove of knowledge about the terror network's central command but not much useful information about current threats or plots, intelligence officials and other experts say.

Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiring to kill Americans in propaganda videos that warned of further assaults against the United States as devastating as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Believed to be more of a strategic player in bin Laden's inner circle than an operational plotter, Abu Ghaith would be the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to stand trial on U.S. soil since 9/11. Intelligence officials say he may be able to shed new light on al-Qaida's inner workings - concerning al-Qaida's murky dealings in Iran over the past decade, for example - but probably will have few details about specific or imminent ongoing threats.

He gave U.S. officials a 22-page statement after his Feb. 28 arrest in Jordan, according to prosecutors. They would not describe the statement.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20130309/DA4T9SPO0.html





This image made available by Al-Jazeera shows Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesman. Abu Ghaith has been captured by the United States, officials said Thursday, March 7, 2013, in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the fight against al-Qaida. (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera)

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Reply Bin Laden son-in-law could yield info on al-Qaida (Original post)
Omaha Steve Mar 2013 OP
Iliyah Mar 2013 #1
rabid_byter Mar 2013 #2
Rosa Luxemburg Mar 2013 #11
Alamuti Lotus Mar 2013 #3
Kolesar Mar 2013 #7
randome Mar 2013 #19
wet_to_activate Mar 2013 #4
Kolesar Mar 2013 #8
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2013 #20
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 #5
biskitheadbob Mar 2013 #6
Kolesar Mar 2013 #9
Jerry442 Mar 2013 #10
dembotoz Mar 2013 #12
Enrique Mar 2013 #13
grahamhgreen Mar 2013 #14
davidpdx Mar 2013 #15
leveymg Mar 2013 #16
They_Live Mar 2013 #18
leveymg Mar 2013 #21
randome Mar 2013 #17

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 10:51 PM

1. And the GOP are fighting with the O Administration

about trial in NY. Patriots, who cares about America?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 12:18 AM

2. yield info ..only if we torture him enough that he starts making stuff up.

 

al-Qaida is totally BS. al-Qaida was the name of a data base file of Afgan war fighters we trained when the Soviets were in Afghanistan.. it later was used for Arab mercenaries we used for Black Ops programs and murders. al-Qaida was our baby, we started it. the whole Iraq war was a farce, it was a constant Psy-Ops terror program against Iraq, run by Psychopaths in the Bu$h43 to destabilize the middle east and it was essentially genocide.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/al-qaeda-the-database-2/24738

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Response to rabid_byter (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:30 AM

11. Cheney's men

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 01:13 AM

3. I don't see how useful he would be, except if he was enticed to make shit up

 

He has been under arrest in Iran since he was seized while trying to pass through there towards the friendly Gulf dictatorships in 2002, and Iran considers his organization and its allies to be a criminal gang and ideological enemy. That feeling is very much mutual; there were brief flirtations to the contrary in the mid 1990s, but any prospects ended when relations between Iran and the Taliban nearly erupted into open warfare in 1999 (back when the US gov't and its allies still warmly received the Taliban as a counter to other influences). So, the only useful information he might have is what he could make up about the vast plots and wholly imagined collaboration between Iran and its sworn enemy. And in this ever-increasingly ridiculous environment, I wouldn't be surprised if precisely that came out of this, but I digress.

It is funny to read the headlines about the United States "capturing" him. Iran seems to have dumped the chump off into hostile territory precisely in order to be captured, but the US gov't is just so desperate to take credit for it apparently as if it was some daunting achievement.

According to the meager reports on movements, he turned up in Turkey not too long ago, and was captured in the police state of Jordan. How'd he get there? Did he stay with the al-Qai'dah fan club running wild in Syria first? Allegedly his plans after Jordan were to then travel to Kuwait--another reactionary dictatorship--and set up shop there. Given the very alert police states that exist in the Gulf at the moment, that sounds so utterly improbable! I want to read his travel diaries from the last couple months, it would probably be fascinating given current events.

He can't have too much information on current operations or the present cast of characters--most of his old gang are dead or are being shuffled around obscure CIA torture centers around the world. The al-Qai'dah "franchise" operations in Syria, Yemen, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and Somalia have little if anything to do with the "base" he used to call home.

There's only two scenarios that make sense at this moment. Iran dumped him off into hostile territory precisely to be captured, which is a rare goodwill gesture these days--makes me wonder what they were offered in return. Or he was intended for use by the Gulf dictatorships to inflame the terrorist insurrection in Syria, but the puppetmaster in chief decided he would be more useful as propaganda on the home front. A lot of fluff and drool either way, enjoy the show trial and hope somebody breaks their arm patting themselves on the back over this.

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 07:57 AM

7. dumped the chump

Good point about the al-Qai'dah "franchise" operations . I had no idea he was a man without a country.

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 01:39 PM

19. Is it the U.S. claiming they captured him or the headline writers?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 02:33 AM

4. Ask Him Where Mullah Omar Is Hiding Out...

 

Mullah Omar ("old one eye"--his right eye doesn't function properly, if at all) is the spiritual leader of the Taliban.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Omar


Omar reputedly is or was married to one of Osama bin Laden's daughters.
http://www.historyinanhour.com/2012/03/10/osama-bin-laden

It was even thought that Mullah Omar had taken Bin Laden's eldest daughter as a wife, and that Bin Laden may even have taken one of Mullah Omar's daughters as a fourth wife.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13501233


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Response to wet_to_activate (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 08:00 AM

8. Welcome to our forum!

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Response to wet_to_activate (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 01:43 PM

20. No need to ask. Omar is in Quetta waiting for the ferenghi to depart.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 04:56 AM

5. central command ?

Its been mentioned before its not in their nature to have such a thing - its an idealogical group.

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Response to biskitheadbob (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 08:01 AM

9. Welcome to our forum!

to you too

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 09:27 AM

10. Sounds to me like a marriage made in Heaven.

He probably doesn't know the truth.

Interrogation under torture doesn't elicit the truth.

His interrogators don't want to hear the truth anyway.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:39 AM

12. i remember the pride i used to have in this country when i was under the illusion that we treated

supposed bad guys to a level of rights that were higher than other countries.

i cringed at the origninal post as i thought of the hell this guy is going to go thru.

people is this country could never figure out why other parts of the world hated us so much.

we really are quite stupid

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 01:46 PM

13. two years after Osama was killed

and they're trying to tell us that getting his son-in-law is a big deal.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 05:12 PM

14. I wonder if he knows his business associates? Oh wait! It's George W Bush!

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 07:05 AM

15. Sending him to live with W. might be worse than prison

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 11:28 AM

16. Imagine what Osama might have had to tell? Funny, nobody asked that at AP . . .

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Response to leveymg (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 01:23 PM

18. Yup.

I keep thinking about that too. Wouldn't he have had the most info of all? Good thing he's probably dead and stuff now. Stinky ol' bad guy.

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Response to They_Live (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 02:02 PM

21. Very stinky. Reason enough to cap him.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2013, 11:47 AM

17. Maybe he could yield some info on how 'Al-Qaida' is properly spelled.

I've seen it so many different ways, I can't keep track!

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