September 15, 2006
Al Qaeda Dirty Bomber Spotted in Austin, Texas?
A Jawa Report reader e-mailed us about a possible sighting of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a man wanted by the FBI in connection with a plot to detonate a dirty bomb in the United States. A few days ago we ran a story about reports of an imminent attack by Adnan G. El Shukrijumah (aka, Adnan Al-Shukri Jumaa).
The reader, who some of you have met in the comments section before, also commented about it over at Ace of Spades HQ. Ace has those comments reprinted here. She has spoken with the FBI.
UPDATE: The reader has actually fed us original stories before---that is, like many of you, she is a 'source' we have used in the past. I don't want to say who it is without her permission, but I will say that she is believable in my book. At the very least she did see someone who looked like the suspect.
I cannot verify the veracity of the claims, but here is some of the e-mail she sent to us:
He came to my community looking for a house to rent earlier this year!Thanks, and please do keep us informed! It's better to be overcautious in things such as the possibility of a dirty bomb going off in Texas and be wrong about it, then not reporting such things. You'd feel more than silly if it turned out you were right and did nothing!
He was very nervous and when I asked for an ID, he showed me a Mexican Consular ID! He refused to fill out a visitor's card. I went to make a copy of it and he took it back from me. Took it from my hand. Most apartment complexes require a copy of ID to show an apartment.
I deal with quite a few Hispanics and this guy was NOT hispanic. The skin coloring was wrong, the nose was too big (hispanics have a tendency to have flatter noses and facial structures) and the main thing: this guy spoke PERFECT English!
Almost everyone that I have dealt with that comes in with consular IDs require an interpreter! He followed me to a house (Don't recall what he was driving), I showed him inside the home, but he did not seem interested in the house.
Instead, he walked the perimiter to see how close the neighboring homes were, checked to see if you could hear anything from inside the home from outside in the yard. He refused to come back to the office to get an application, got in his vehicle and left.
Just very odd! It stuck in my mind because it was such a strange encounter. My assistant AND my daughter were in the office when he came in initially. They both recognized the picture, without my prompting (I had them look at it to be certain). (I sent the photo to my assistant late last night, with no other information. She had no idea what it was. First thing she said this morning was: That picture, wasn't that the weird guy that came in early this year?)
I called the FBI today and reported it. They kept going returning to question as to whether I was sure it was a consular ID. I am familiar with them because my company requires a valid STATE ID, the consular ID is not considered valid identification. They concurred that is was most likely the guy they were looking for.
I debated all night with myself as to whether or not to call.
In property management, some of the residents want to treat me like I am their mommy. They come to me with vague complaints or suspicions, whining about how "you (meaning me) should do something".
The first thing I ask is: have you called the authorities? I then tell them: If you have NOT spoken to the authorities about this, DO NOT come to me - I cannot, as manager, report a crime or suspicious activity that I did not witness myself. I am not a law enforcement officer!
THAT helped me decide to call the FBI.
I have to hold myself to the same standards that I expect others to follow! We cannot put our heads in the sand and hope that someone else calls!
When I finally made the call, I was as nervous as a cat trying to cover up crap on concrete!
Will be interesting to see if the FBI contacts me again!
I have to say that I am STILL freaked about this.
Just a couple of years ago, a guy was arrested here in Austin, taking video of the Capitol, Mansfield Dam, University of Texas, etc. (possible targets) that was supposed to have ties to terrorism.
This has absolutely blown my mind!
Will keep you informed...
The probability of it turning out to be Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is low, but the risk associated with that probability is about as high as it goes. Better safe than sorry.
Let's hope it turns out to be just 'some Puerto Rican' (South Park inside joke). But I do know that the e-mailer was serious and that this is not a joke, as Allah thinks it might be.
UPDATE: Geraghty has this analysis up at NRO. I'll remind readers that we have been hearing persistant rumors about Adnan G. El Shukrijumah being in the U.S. since 2003. So, as Jim says, keep your eyes peeled and report anything to the FBI. Better to be safe than sorry