Thursday, May 05, 2011

First Fruits of Neptune's Spear Treasure Trove of Intelligence

ABC News just announced that
A new bulletin issued tonight by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and obtained by ABC News describes the terror organization's chilling desire to derail a train.

"As of February 2010, al-Qa'ida was allegedly contemplating conducting an operation against trains at an unspecified location in the United States on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001," the document reads, using an alternate spelling for bin Laden's terror group. "As one option, al-Qa'ida was looking into trying to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off the track at either a valley or a bridge."

"You can't guard hundreds of miles of track," said ABC News consultant and former White House counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke. "And if they can get to one location that is not well guarded and put explosives on it or do something to cause the train to derail that's a lot easier than going after an aircraft."

ABC also noted that all three women at the home were Osama's wives, so bin Laden as a trigamist beat out Obama's dad as a bigamist. The one dead wife might have been the one he pushed at the SEALs as a human shield. Typical Arab male hyena.
UPDATE:Deputy Minister Mansur Al-Turki
said in a statement Wednesday that Khaled Hathal Abdullah al-Atifi al-Qahtani contacted the security authorities from an undisclosed country and expressed his wish to come home," the Associated Press reports.
"Al-Qahtani was reunited with his family and his surrender will be taken into consideration while looking into his case, Al-Turki said."

The Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman did not indicate when Khaled al-Qahtani gave himself up, but many members of the group's Yemeni wing, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have recently fled from Yemen, the AP writes.
As the US Embassy Political Officer, I used to see Al-Turki every time I went to Riyadh back in the late '70s when the Embassy was still in Jidda. He is the most reliable Saudi I met and never BS'd me like the others in the Ministries did.

The unrest in Yemen means that the very "effective" AQAP base may be in jeopardy of a raid by SEAL team six or Delta Force. Or just a lot of danger because of the uncertain circumstances---my guess is that bribes paid to officials now in danger of losing their jobs may mean forging a whole new set of relationships.

My guess is Al-Qahtani read the handwriting on the wall when he heard bin Laden's computers and discs and thumb-drives were all picked up by the SEALs. Expect a lot more Al-Q operatives to turn themselves over to the MinInt in Saudi because Prince Nayif, the IntMin, is a huge Salafist and will pardon them quickly.

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