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bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Convicted of Conspiracy to Kill Americans

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, the son-in-law of Usama bin Laden, and a senior member of al Qaeda, was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan on three counts, including conspiracy to kill Americans.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement: “This verdict is a major milestone in the government’s unrelenting efforts to pursue justice against those involved with the September 11 attacks. I can imagine no more fitting outcome, and no stronger message to those who would harm our nation and its people: that no amount of distance or time can weaken America’s resolve to pursue, capture, and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

“I want to especially note that this verdict has proven that proceedings such as these can safely occur in the city I am proud to call home, as in other locations across our great nation. It was appropriate that this defendant, who publicly rejoiced over the attacks on the World Trade Center, faced trial in the shadow of where those buildings once stood.

“We never doubted the ability of our Article III court system to administer justice swiftly in this case, as it has in hundreds of other cases involving terrorism defendants. It would be a good thing for the country if this case has the result of putting that political debate to rest. This outcome vindicates the government’s approach to securing convictions against not only this particular defendant, but also other senior leaders of al Qaeda.

Police and FBI Tracked bin Laden’s Son-in-Law For About 10 Years

By Mark Hosenball
Reuters

WASHINGTON – U.S. investigators tracked Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, for about 10 years before he was detained in Jordan and brought by the FBI to New York City in the past few days, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation said.

An FBI agent and a New York police detective together spent more than a decade investigating Abu Ghaith, not only for his role as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington but for activities they believed he was involved in before 2001, said one official.

On Friday, Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes connected to the September 11 attacks.

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Column: Al Qaeda Bent on Revenge: Watch Out for Assassinations

James Cavanaugh was an ATF agent and supervisor for 33 years before retiring in 2010.

James Cavanaugh/atf photo

By James Cavanaugh
For ticklethwire.com

Dingdong the witch is dead.

Yet the Al Qeada organization remains active and no doubt bent on revenge to show the world it is viable and deadly.

Law-enforcement leaders now have a special challenge: To learn the lessons of history that can help formulate a forward-looking strategy. Don’t count al Qaeda out. Like a wounded cobra, it still may be able to strike out and kill, with the wound only fueling its determination.

Yes, we all remember the attacks on 9/11, and the attacks on the trains of London, Madrid and Moscow. Yes, these were deadly and theatrical attacks we will never forget.

But Al Qaeda has another long-standing tactic of death rarely talked about in law-enforcement command circles: A long history of assassinating leaders. We must be conscious of this and respond if we want to stay ahead of the curve.

One of the seminal events of the modern terrorist era was the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the hands of the Muslim brotherhood.

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FBI Tells Police Officials No Immediate Threats Following bin Laden Killing

Chief Charles Ramsey/dept. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the nation’s largest police organizations said they were briefed by the FBI after the killing of Osama bin Laden and told there appeared to be no immediate threats or active terrorist plots, USA Today reported.

The paper reported that the briefing came after federal officials were warned to be on guard for any acts of retaliation.

USA Today reported that Philly Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, president of the Major City Chiefs Association, said the FBI provided the briefing last week. Other organizations in attendance included the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs Association.

Meanwhile, various media organizations reported that materials seized at the bin Laden compound showed that he was encouraging attacks on smaller cities in the U.S.

Bin Laden Plotted to Derail U.S. Train to Commemorate 9/11, AP Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The sentimental guy that he was, Osama bin Laden wanted to commemorate the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a plot to derail a U.S. train, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that materials seized during the raid at the Pakistan compound showed bin Laden was scheming since last year.

“One idea outlined in handwritten notes was to tamper with an unspecified U.S. rail track so that a train would fall off the track at a valley or a bridge,” AP reported.

“Counterterrorism officials said they believe the plot was only in the initial planning stages, and there is no recent intelligence about any active plan for such an attack,” AP wrote.

Raid Materials Show bin Laden Still Had a Hand in Strategy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Materials seized during the raid in Pakistan over the weekend may provide insights into  al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden — and then some.

USA Today reports that some materials seized during the Pakistan raid suggests bin Laden still had a hand in providing strategic guidance terrorists. The paper cited an unnamed government source.

“The official, who declined to be identified because the person is not authorized to speak publicly, said the material contained on about five computers, 100 remote electronic storage devices, such as flash drives, and 10 hard drives is one of the ‘most significant in the history of the war on terror’.”

The paper reported that an initial review of materials “has produced some potential threat information.”

FBI Warns: Beware of Malicious Software Claiming to Show Osama bin Laden Photos or Videos se

Osama bin Laden

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden may be gone, but a computer virus associated with the al Qaeda leader is making the rounds.

The FBI on Tuesday warned “computer users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden’s recent death.”

“This content could be a virus that could damage your computer,” the FBI said. “This malicious software, or ‘malware,’ can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members. These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.”

The Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning not to open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages.

“Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software,” the FBI said.

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