Loose Lips Sink Ships
Vol: 6 Issue: 26 Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Until Senator Orrin Hatch warned him, US agents were able to keep close tabs on Osama by tracking his sattelite phone. For example, intelligence officials know that Osama called his operatives in the UK at least 260 times between 1996 and 1998.
The intelligence information we were able to obtain was enormous. Agents were able to locate a wide range of addresses including suspected terrorists, al-Qaeda sympathizers, companies and public phone boxes. More than 200 were made to the London home and mobile phone of on al-Qaeda principal, Khalid al Fawwaz.
Al Fawwaz had the satellite phone number listed in his address book under the name Atef – bin Laden’s military commander. He was the head of an alleged al-Qaeda front group in London called the Advice and Reformation Committee.
Thanks to Osama’s phone bill, Al Fawwaz is in a British jail awaiting extradition in connection with the African embassy bombings.
But Senator Orrin Hatch walked out of a classified briefing on September 15, 2001, and told the press [and bin-Laden] that not only did the US have bin-Laden’s phone wired, we even knew his phone number .
Osama immediately stopped using his satellite phone, instantly vanishing from American radar.
The White House was furious with Hatch and immediately clamped a lid on who among the Congress would be privy to classified war news.
The Congress continues to rage about being kept out of the loop in defense and intelligence matters. The damage caused by one careless remark by a Senator wanting to enhance his own reputation is incalculable. It may have prolonged the war and ended any chance of pinpointing and dealing with bin-Laden in the first days of the war.
In any case, Afghani military officials spotted Osama bin-Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri, two of the three most wanted men in the world, within the past eight days.
The Christian Science Monitor interviewed one of three informers who reported to Kamal Khan Zadran – the military commander and deputy governor of Khost Province – that Zawahiri was seen four days ago, riding on horseback with a group of about 25 men toward the Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan. Zadran says that he also received a report that bin Laden was seen in the area of Khost about eight days ago and that he may be hiding in a mountainous village called Mir Chapar, southeast of Khost city close to the Pakistani border.
The reports of Zawahiri’s presence in the area are bolstered by several interviews conducted independently by the Monitor last week with Afghan villagers east of Shah-e Kot. That was the operational area of Operation Anaconda.
There Is No Security
Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Touting a new report entitled, Security Gap: A Hard look at the Soft Spots in Our Civilian Nuclear Reactor Security [catchy title], Markey summed up the situation in a single sentence. There is no security.
The report found that security exercises at nuclear reactor sites are inadequate and sites that conduct the exercises fail them half of the time.
The report also found that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission waited six months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington before beefing up security at nuclear reactors and that the agency has “historically failed” to alter security regulations and has “yet to begin a permanent revision of security regulations.”
The situation is no more secure in the nation s chemical industry, where mock terrorist raids staged by US Special Forces routinely penetrate security.
The threat is substantial: an accident at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal in December 1984 released a deadly cloud of gas that killed more than 8,000 people within 48 hours. An additional 50,000 people were still suffering from illnesses related to the gas years later. Ten to 15 people die each month from illnesses related to the accident, even now, according to Indian officials.
Osama bin-Laden appears to be alive and well, as unconventional intelligence sources and analysis of conventional sources have suggested all along. The United States continues to warn of an unspecified threat to US targets. At each step along the way, US security efforts have demonstrated gaping holes; at airports, nuclear and chemical facilities, refineries and other high value targets.
The true situation in the Middle East is summed up by two headlines appearing in two different newspapers today. One said, Israel To Let Arafat Travel where another said Israel Won t Let Arafat Travel. Chaos and confusion reign supreme.
Arab nations continue to line up against the west over the question of Jerusalem, the Palestinians and Israeli aggression as weapons flow into the combat zone from Islamic Iran.
China is supplying nuclear and missile technology to Islamic Pakistan, indirectly drawing China through Pakistan s Islamic connections into the Middle East.
The United States war on terror means America will continue to conduct military operations in foreign countries, with or without their cooperation. Not a good security arrangement even in the most stable of times.
Russia s war against Chechnya draws Russia into the conflict, except in Russia s case, on purely political, rather than ideological grounds. Should conditions make it advantageous, Moscow would have no moral dilemma in switching sides.
The Spring of 2002 finds the world poised on the brink of global war, involving virtually every major power on earth except Europe, who sits on the periphery, looking for ways to use the global situation to advance its own hegemonic ambitions.
Remove Israel from the equation and the terrorists have no credible cause. Terrorists would be exposed for the political rebels, anarchists and gangsters that they really are. Popular support would vanish.
Arab nations would have no axe to grind with the West. We d be customers in a peaceful and stable Middle East.
Russia and China would lose any excuse to intervene in the Middle East, stopping military expansion plans dead in their tracks.
The Bible s outline of future history, including the last days and the Tribulation period would be a fascinating story, but of no relevance to reality. Either the Bible would not be true, or we would not be living in the last days.
But Israel does exist. The Bible s outline of history, irrelevant without a Jewish state in the Middle East, is a parallel to present day geopolitical reality. Because these are the days to which Jesus referred when He said, And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28