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Top Security Headlines from National Terror Alert Response Center 9/3/2007

Courtesy of NTARC Newsletter

National Terror Alert Response Center


This Week's Top Headlines

Below, is a summary of stories appearing at National Terror


Goose Creek Terror Suspect - A Family In Despair

The Tampa Tribune attempts to tug at the heart-strings of it’s readers with this story that focuses on the family of one of the Goose Creek terror suspects. The real story however; is that the case against these two continues to build. That’s a story worth covering. Youssef Megahed’s reaction was shock, and then despair, his family said. Sitting in solitary confinement, he’s terrified of the warnings FBI agents have given him and his family – that he’ll be held interminably in a military prison like Guantanamo Bay. Mohamed, 24, fears he will be imprisoned longer than his father will be alive.


New Jersey FBI Director Warns Of Homegrown Terror Threat

New Jersey’s new FBI director warned Friday the homegrown terror threat is an ongoing concern and that his agents are currently tracking numerous extremists in the tri-state area who are potential security threats. “There are individuals that we are very concerned about that are engaged in activities that are criminal and potentially threaten the homeland,” said Weysan Dun, Newark’s FBI Director. “We are very aggressively working to monitor these individuals to develop the intelligence and certainly when we can develop a prosecutable case to take effective law enforcement action.”


Report - Pentagon Plans For Three Day Blitz On Iran

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.


Toronto Canada - Letter Bomb Mystery Deepens - Suspect Arrested

Adel Mohamed Arnaout, suspected of sending three of the letter bombs under arrest.

A gutted red bungalow known by neighbors as the “Bombay Bunker” was the focus of an intensive police search overnight by bomb squad investigators probing a string of attempted letter bombings here and in Guelph.

Police, who have one man under arrest, are investigating the manufacture of at least six explosive devices – three sent to unwitting recipients here and in Guelph

The discovery of the bombs in the car led to a day of high drama in a city unused to bomb threats. Officers, unable to safely disassemble the devices, decided to explode them on the remote Leslie St. Spit, and shut down the Don Valley Parkway’s southbound lanes.


Terror Comes To Mexico

Officials say more than 10,000 people were evacuated from Mexico’s Torre Mayor, Latin America’s tallest tower, after a bomb scare involving a suspicious vehicle parked in front.

Police were tipped off by an anonymous caller who said an explosive was inside a lot.


Britain - Terror Plot To Poison Water Supplies Revealed

A terrorist threat to poison water supplies led to a big security alert at reservoirs and treatment works across Britain, it was claimed yesterday.

Water companies were allegedly ordered last summer to increase their security to prevent contamination of the supply. A publicity blackout was enforced to avoid causing panic.

Details emerged this week when Northumbrian Water executives gave evidence to an employment tribunal in Newcastle upon Tyne. They cited the emergency as a reason for dismissing an employee who had not responded adequately to an intruder alarm at works near Wooler in September. Michael Baker, the company’s network control leader, said: “What made this incident far more serious was the heightened security alert over an undisclosed and direct threat to contaminate water supplies.


FBI Needs More Time In JFK Terror Plot Case

Federal prosecutors said Friday it will take about two or three months for them to review classified documents and decide whether they believe the documents can be disclosed in the case of Kennedy Airport terror suspect Russell DeFreitas.

After a hearing in Brooklyn federal court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshall Miller said that he told Judge Dora Irizarry that his office is reviewing materials under the provisions of a special law governing use of classified materials in criminal trials. It would be up to Irizarry to eventually decide how any such documents should be disclosed in the case, he said.

Under the Classified Information Procedures Act, courts control the disclosure of sensitive materials for use in criminal cases and may order that summaries of the documents be used instead or that defendants not disclose the materials.


Goose Creek Suspects Indicted - One Facing Terrorism Charge

Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida who were arrested in South Carolina have been indicted on federal charges by a grand jury in Tampa for carrying explosives across states lines without permits.

One of the men also is charged with teaching the other how to use the material for violent reasons.

Twenty-four-year-old Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed faces terrorism charges for teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives. In an official release from the Department of Justice, they said Mohamed “taught and demonstrated the making and use of an explosive and destructive device, with the intent that such information be used for an activity that constitutes a federal crime of violence.”


Goose Creek Suspect Has Terror Past in Egypt

Two Egyptian students enrolled at the University of South Florida have been indicted for carrying explosive materials across states lines. One of the defendants also is charged with teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons.

Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 24, an engineering graduate student and teaching assistant at the Tampa-based university, faces terrorism charges for teaching and demonstrating how to use the explosives.


Website Based In Minnesota Posts How To Join al Qaeda Info

On August 26, Islamist websites hosted in Minnesota posted an item titled “How to Join Al-Qaeda.” Among other items the website teaches how to join al-Qaeda, form a jihad cell, and select a western target. It is not clear when the item was written; it was produced by the website Al-Thabitoun ‘Ala Al-’Ahd, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda in Egypt and is currently inactive.

The item calls on every Muslim to regard jihad as a personal duty and to take initiative to establish a jihad cell without waiting for recognition from Al-Qaeda. It goes on to elaborate on how to form and run the cell, how to raise funds, and how to select a target, “for example, assassinating the American ambassador,” which, it states, “takes no more than a gun and a bullet.”

The following are excerpts from the item:

“You feel that you want to carry a weapon, fight, and kill the occupiers, and that it is our duty to call for jihad as much as to call for prayer… All that is required is a firm personal decision to fulfill this obligation, and participation in jihad and the resistance…


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