August 13, 2008

Note to al Qaeda: By the Time You Look Up, It Will Already be Too Late UPDATE: Domestic Terror Plot Link?

Thanks to all those who e-mailed me this. A lot of people are focusing on the fact that Aafia Siddiqui had maps of New York City, chemical compounds, guides on how to make WMD, and a Ph.D. in a related field. All very interesting, yes. But making WMD is much harder than most imagine and without some kind of delivery device to get said weapons from Kandahar to NYC, all kind of moot.

And the notion that she or her friends could pull off an attack on Plum Island a la the Nelson DeMille novel? Laughable.

The most important aspect to her arrest is the electronic trail she left linking her to al Qaeda operatives and leaders. I'm guessing her arrest probably had something to do with this, hence the title to this post.

The Blotter has the scoop:

That haul of information has led multiple government sources to describe Siddique, a 36 year-old MIT graduate, as a potential "treasure trove" of information on terrorist supporters, sympathizers or 'sleepers' in the United States and overseas.

"She is the most significant capture in five years," said former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who said she lives up to her reputation as an alleged terrorist 'Mata Hari.' ...

"This is a major haul, a major capture for the FBI," said Kiriakou. "To find someone who has such rich information, computer hard drives, e-mails, that is really a major capture." ...

When nabbed by a team of Afghanistan National Police officers on July 17th, she also had in her possession a one gigabyte digital media storage device - a thumb drive - whose contents included a large trail of emails that authorities are now poring over, sources said. Those e-mails, a source involved in the investigation said, are between "what she described as 'units' and what we would call 'cells'."

Very interesting.

Oh, and a note to our paranoid Muslim friends:

Pakistani officials present at the hearing said they had "no information" on the allegations that Siddique had been secretly held prisoner and "no information" to offer on the allegations that their government may have assisted in that capture.
Jay has a video up of the Islamist reaction to Siddiqui's arrest that I've been warning about for days now.

UPDATE: WTF? Ed speculates that maybe Siddiqui's thumb drive might have had something to do with Saleman Abdirahman Dirie. I think his cautionary maybe it's just a coincidence is much more likely. But I'm glad he linked it because otherwise I wouldn't have heard about this:

Less than two weeks before the Democratic National Convention a man has been found dead in a Denver hotel room with a container of what authorities initially suspect to be the deadly poison cyanide.

Adding to the intrigue is that the dead man, Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, 29, appears to be from outside the U.S. No passport was found on Dirie, who is believed to have entered the country from Canada.

A large container of a white powdery substance was found in the man’s room on the fourth floor of The Burnsley hotel at 10th and Grant.

Domestic terrorism?? Since I'm obviously late to the game here, any one with any info on Dirie should e-mail me.

UPDATE II: Wow. Dirie apparently left a comment at a blog which indicates he was a jihad supporter. Thanks to Ace.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:23 PM | Comments |