April 28, 2011

American Mumbai Plotter Had Network of Supporters for MoToons Murder Plot

We've known for some time that American David Headley not only helped carry out surveillance in preparation for the India's worst modern case of terrorism, the Mumbai massacre, but that he also was preparing an attack against Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper -- the paper that published the infamous Mohammad cartoons setting off a worldwide firestorm.

But in an indictment against one of Headley's co-conspirators, a Pakistani born Canadian citizen named Tahawwur Rana living in Chicago, we now learn that an al Qaeda linked extremist introduced Headley to an extensive support network in Europe:

It is alleged that [Ilyas] Kashmiri provided Headley with the telephone numbers of several contacts in Europe, who were willing to provide him with money, weapons and manpower to carry out a terrorist attack against Jyllands-Posten. The other European countries were not named in the indictment.

However, according to the indictment, when Headley made his second visit to Denmark in July and August 2009 to plan the Jyllands-Posten attack, he also visited his European supporters....

The indictment alleges that Tahawwur Rana collected the money that paid for David Headley’s trip to Denmark and the other European countries and that the money was also supposed to pay for the planned terrorist attack in Copenhagen.

The indictment does not name those that gave money in support of Headley's plot. Given that Rana's money laundering front company operated from New York and Chicago, one can only speculate that the network of financial supporters included people here in the US.

I only hope that they weren't well connected members of CAIR, in which case the Administration might decline to prosecute.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:45 AM | Comments |