November 14, 2009

Chicago Man Suspected of Helping Plot Mumbai Massacre?

We already knew that Daood Gilani (aka, David Headley) had made "business trips" to Pakistan to meet with at least two terror organizations. We also already knew that his contacts with the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists had discouraged him from pursuing his plot against Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper in favor of targets in India.

What is new here -- or, at least, something that didn't stick out in my mind before -- is that "Headley" made several trips to India, including Mumbai. It gets worse: two of the hotels he stayed at were the main targets in the attack.

Coincidence? Maybe. They are popular hotels catering to Westerners. But given that he went to Coppenhagen multiple times in order to plan attacks -- including one trip in which he actually met with staff in the Jyllands-Posten building -- it wouldn't be a stretch to infer that his trips to Mumbai might also have been for the same purpose.

And if that isn't the inference being made by authorities in India, then why write an entire article on the connection?


The passport shows that Headley visited New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Agra between 2006-2009--trips investigators suspect were recces for terrorist attack conspiracies.

Headley, while visiting Mumbai in March 2006, listed Hotel Trident as a place of residence. He stayed at guesthouse near the CST Railway Terminus and he booked a room at the Taj Hotel. The Trident, the Taj, and the CST terminus were three main targets of terrorists during the November 2008 attacks.

All the more disturbing when you remember that Headley and his co-conspirator Tahawar Rana ran an immigration service. I'm sure the FBI is looking into exactly who the pair helped get into our borders, but it's a reminder that immigration is not just an economic issue but a national security priority.

Thanks to Newbie.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:49 AM | Comments |