posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 02:13 AM
US officials are saying that Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan had ties to a plot to "carry an attack intended to disrupt the fall elections," and his arrest
is "helping them them unravel a threat to carry out an attack this year inside the United States" the article states. It is not clear whether the
people behind the surveillance of the financial institutions and those plotting to disrupt the elections this fall are part of the same group.
U.S. Says Man Had Ties to Plot to
It is not clear whether Mr. Khan represents the second channel of intelligence that officials have alluded to in recent days that, they say,
convinced them that the reconnaissance of financial institutions was related to current threats.
On Saturday, American authorities said they were close to identifying the main figures who conducted reconnaissance of the financial centers. Armed
with multiple leads stemming from arrests in Britain and Pakistan, and aided by a wealth of information from forensic studies of computers seized in
Pakistan, the authorities have begun a large-scale investigation.
Increasingly, however, the authorities suspect that the Qaeda figures believed to have been involved in the surveillance were active members of the
terrorist network. They say the clandestine manner in which they operated suggested that they wanted to carry out attacks inside the United
States.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Babar Ahmed is among those suspects arrested in Britain at the request of the United States. Ahmed had obtained classified information of the Navy
aircraft carrier Constellation. The information included the formation used by the carrier and its support vessels. US officials had found in the
investigation that a sailor aboard a destroyer that was part of the Constellation battle group, the Benfold, had an email which was sympathetic with
Al Qaeda. "The enlistee expressed anti-American sentiment and offered praise for the Mujahedeen, the attack of the U.S.S. Cole" and for those "who
have brought honor" to the movement "in the lands of Jihad Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, etc."
U.S. Opens Effort to Disrupt Plots by Terror Group
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