Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

U.S. stymied in al-Qaeda anthrax case

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:20 PM
Original message
U.S. stymied in al-Qaeda anthrax case
Scientist with ties to terrorist group goes free

In December 2001, as the investigation into the U.S. anthrax attacks was gathering steam, coalition soldiers in Afghanistan uncovered what appeared to be an important clue: a trail of documents chronicling an attempt by al-Qaeda to create its own anthrax weapon.

The documents told of a singular mission by a scientist named Abdur Rauf, an obscure, middle-aged Pakistani with alleged al-Qaeda sympathies and an advanced degree in microbiology.


Using his membership in a prestigious scientific organization to gain access, Rauf traveled through Europe on a quest, officials say, to obtain both anthrax spores and the equipment needed to turn them into highly lethal biological weapons. He reported directly to al-Qaeda's No. 2 commander, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and in one document he appeared to signal a breakthrough.

(snip)
Precisely what Rauf achieved may never be known with certainty. That's because U.S. officials remain stymied in their nearly five-year quest to bring charges against a man who they say admitted serving as a top consultant to al-Qaeda on anthrax -- a claim that makes him one of a handful of people linked publicly to the group's effort to wage biological warfare against Western targets.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15490603/
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:46 PM
Response to Original message
1. The article seems like distraction
"No one has turned up any links between his work and the U.S. anthrax attacks, in which spores were mailed in letters to news organizations and U.S. Senate offices."

We still don't know who did the anthrax mailings, but I doubt that it was Al Quada. Why would they only attack Democrats?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:25 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. The anthrax attacks in the US were an inside job
because the trail led right to Ft. Detrick and a big stone wall.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 04:39 AM
Response to Reply #1
3. the u.s. anthrax attacks would not have attacked
one and only one political party -- the article says the ''senate'' -- it was more pointed than ''the senate''.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:53 PM
Response to Reply #3
6. Yep, the article skipped over that fact. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 05:07 AM
Response to Original message
4. Why don't they just ask Jerome Hauer
where the anthrax came from? I bet he knows. He knew on 9-11-01 to tell the WH to start taking Cipro.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
FormerOstrich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:09 AM
Response to Original message
5. hmmm.....intresting...
they just announced recently that the anthrax wasn't weaponized after all. Then they point that out again in this article. Hell, it was so unsophisticated just any old microbiologist could figure it out.

That's why the American Media building, where the tabloid had its office, remains closed and quarantined to date. Yes, indeed, that wasn't highly refined stuff keeping that building shut.

There has been more and more attention to this lately, all with the feel of shaping our opinions into new opinions. I think something is up.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Dec 20th 2014, 09:00 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC