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The terror plots “thwarted” by the NSA


Posted on June 20, 2013 by creeping

via NSA Director Says ‘Over 50′ Potential Terrorist Attacks Thwarted by Controversial Surveillance – ABC News.

The director of the National Security Administration today told Congress that more than 50 potential terrorist attacks have been thwarted by two controversial programs tracking more than a billion phone calls and vast swaths of Internet data each day.

The attacks on would-be targets such as the New York Stock Exchange were prevented by caching telephone metadata and Internet information, including from millions of Americans since Sept. 11, 2001, Gen. Keith Alexander said during a hearing at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Alexander said the full list of thwarted attacks will be provided to members of the House Intelligence committee Wednesday, but the intelligence community has decided to release only two of those events publicly.

“If we give all those out, we give all the secrets of how we’re tracking down the terrorists as a community,” Alexander said. “And we can’t do that.”

But he and other intelligence officials have pointed specifically to the case of Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-born man who pleaded guilty in 2012 to plotting a terror attack against the New York City subway system. He is awaiting sentencing.

FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce testified today that “In the fall of 2009, NSA, using 702 authority [granted to intercept communication], intercepted an email from a terrorist located in Pakistan. That individual was talking with the individual located inside the United States talking about perfecting a recipe for explosives.

“Through legal process, that individual was identified as Najibullah Zazi. He was located in Denver, Colorado. The FBI followed him to New York City. Later, we executed search warrants with the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and NYPD and found bomb- making components and backpacks. Zazi later confessed to a plot to bomb the New York subway system with backpacks,” Joyce said.

The FBI’s Joyce also said the NSA was able to provide the FBI with a previously unknown telephone number of Adis Medunjanin [who was convicted along with Zazi], which helped disrupt “the first core al Qaida plot since 9/11, directed from Pakistan.”

In today’s newest revelation, he also said the NSA monitored a known extremist in Yemen, who was in contact with an individual in the United States, Khalid Ouazzan, which led to detection of “a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.”

Joyce also cited the case of David Headley, a U.S. citizen living in Chicago later convicted for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which more than 160 people died. Joyce said the NSA, through 702 coverage of an al Qaida-affiliated terrorist, found that Headley was working on a plot to bomb a Danish newspaper office that had published cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad.

Let’s take a look at the cases cited by looking at previous Creeping Sharia posts:

Najibullah Zazi – did the NSA really find this guy?

If not for his chemistry failure, the FBI likely wouldn’t have known Zazi’s name until after the New York City attack.

Even more disturbing, the New York Post called Zazi’s home phone and warned him that the bureau was coming—the media was giving a suspected suicide bomber a heads-up.

Two years later, as the nation somberly marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with yet another vague terror threat against New York City, Zazi has disappeared from public view. Although his guilty plea suggested he would face life in prison, Zazi’s first scheduled sentencing date—June 25, 2010—came and went with no word or sign of him. It was rescheduled several times over the following year, but to date Zazi hasn’t made a subsequent court appearance. The FBI and the Justice Department both declined to comment on Zazi’s whereabouts. He was moved long ago from the detention facility in Brooklyn to an undisclosed location. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has no public record of him.

Adis Medunjanin – were they monitoring jihadi-aged Muslim men traveling to Pakistan?

Medunjanin traveled to the same terror camp with Zazi in 2008, a law enforcement source confirmed.

Khalid Ouazzan – did NSA find him or did his fraudulent loan applications trip him up?

Federal officials in Kansas City aren’t saying how they know Ouazzani, 32, got $23,500 into the hands of al-Qaida. Nor will they account for the remainder of roughly $300,000 he is accused of wiring to four Middle East banks in 2007 and 2008, citing national security concerns.

Though there might have been indications that Ouazzani was up to no good – especially when he was using false information to get large home-equity and business loans – there are plenty of reasons why he went unnoticed for so long by law enforcement…

U.S. Attorney Phillips said at the press conference there was no evidence that Ouazzani presented any imminent threat or harm to the community.

David Headley

One of Headley’s cousins, Farid Gilani of Philadelphia, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he spoke to Headley over the phone about a month ago. “He was supposed to come visit me, but he never came,” Farid Gilani said. “He said ‘I am going back home to Pakistan.’ ”

Farid Gilani, as well as law enforcement authorities who prosecuted Headley for heroin smuggling in the 1990s, both described his striking eyes: one blue and one brownish-green.

In 1997, Headley was charged in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., with importing heroin into the United States. He was charged under his original name, Daood Saleem Gilani.

Headley was living in New York at the time, records show. He was traveling to Pakistan and bringing heroin back, a law enforcement source said.

Headley was sentenced to a 15-month prison term, records show.

Headley had family members in Pakistan. In 1999, during his parole, the judge allowed him to travel to Pakistan, court records show.

So Headley was already known to federal law enforcement and was believed to be a DEA informant and a CIA asset, The American Behind India’s 9/11—And How U.S. Botched Chances to Stop Him:

In the United States, stubborn questions persist about the case’s star witness, David Coleman Headley, a confessed Lashkar operative and ISI spy. The Pakistani-American’s testimony at a trial in Chicago this year revealed the ISI’s role in the Mumbai attacks and a plot against Denmark. It was the strongest public evidence to date of ISI complicity in terrorism.

But the trial shed little light on Headley’s past as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informant and the failure of U.S. agencies to pursue repeated warnings over seven years that could have stopped his lethal odyssey sooner — and perhaps prevented the Mumbai attack.

U.S. officials say Headley simply slipped through the cracks. If that is true, his story is a trail of bureaucratic dysfunction. But if his ties to the U.S. government were more extensive than disclosed — as widely believed in India — an operative may have gone rogue with tragic results. Both scenarios reveal the kind of breakdowns that the government has spent billions to correct since the Sept. 11 attacks.

During an interview in Delhi, former Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai asserted that U.S. authorities know more about Headley than they have publicly stated. Several senior Indian security officials said they believe that U.S. warnings provided to India before the Mumbai attacks came partly from knowledge of Headley’s activities. They believe he remained a U.S. operative.

“David Coleman Headley, in my opinion, was a double agent,” said Pillai, who served in the top security post until this past summer. “He was working for both the U.S. and for Lashkar and the ISI.”

The CIA, FBI and DEA deny such allegations.

More from ABC, NSA Claim of Thwarted NYSE Plot Contradicted by Court Documents:

Court documents and FBI field reports reviewed by ABC News undercut and contradict the dramatic testimony from senior counter-terrorism officials that the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs thwarted an attack by al Qaeda on the New York Stock Exchange.

FBI deputy director, Sean Joyce, provided Congress with a different version of events Tuesday as he cited the stock exchange plot as one of more than 50 “terror events” that had been disrupted with the help of the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.

“We went up on the electronic surveillance and identified his co-conspirators and this was the plot that was in the very initial stages of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,” Joyce testified.

Asked whether it was a “serious plot” by one member of Congress, Joyce said, “I think the jury considered it serious since they were all convicted.”

In fact, ABC News found there was no jury trial of any of the three alleged plotters. None of them were charged with planning an attack on Wall Street. Rather, all three pleaded guilty to charges including providing financial and material support to al Qaeda.

Tell us again why the NSA needs to illegally spy on all Americans and did they really have anything to do with stopping these Muslims? No government agency did anything to stop them from entering and leaving and re-entering the U.S. Wouldn’t that be the first line of defense?

Posted 20 Jun 13 by Creeping Sharia

[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. This is good news, however; I find it a little convenient again that the federal government had their hand in the American citizen’s lives and something happens to authenticate the government’s reason for getting involved (every time it has been against the Constitution or against the law, but for the government’s pushing and forcing totalitarianship, Shari’a Law type {i.e. the BP oil rig failure in the Gulf, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Barack Hussein Obama’s birth certificate, the Boston Marathon bombing, and now the stealing of hundreds of thousands of cell phone account, credit card and bank account information to keep track of potential “terrorist” when the war on terror is “over” according to Obama}, seems all very fishy to me again…because, sad to say, we cannot trust our government. We can almost trust our enemies more than we can our own government.]

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