On the London tube attacks, via The Times (UK) (Feb 26th):
The new documents show that MI5, which is responsible for national security, allowed the July 21 suspect to travel to Pakistan after he was detained and interviewed at a British airport. Once in Pakistan he was monitored by SIS, which gathers intelligence overseas.MI5 then conducted what the leaked memo says was “a low-level short-term investigation” into the suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
It stopped monitoring him because it said “the Pakistani authorities assessed that he was doing nothing of significance”.
On attacks planned against Australia, via the Sydney Morning Herald (Feb 27th):
Thomas said bin Attash told him he had $10,000 for anyone who would attempt a terrorist operation, and suggested that he run surveillance on Australian military installations.
It was late 2002. Thomas was hiding in a safe house in Pakistan. He was trying to organise passage back to Australia after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US and the fall of the fundamentalist Islamic Taliban regime in Afghanistan a year earlier.
Minutes before their private talk, bin Attash had announced to several people, Thomas among them, that Australia needed an attack like those in Kenya and Tanzania, where truck bombs exploded near US embassies, killing 224 people, in 1998.In his private meeting with bin Attash, Thomas said, he was told that his passage out of Pakistan had been arranged, and that he would be provided with $US3500.
On the daily attacks in Afghanistan, via the Associated Press (Feb 25th):
President Hamid Karzai has handed intelligence to Pakistan that indicates Mullah Mohammed Omar, supreme leader of the Taleban regime ousted by US-led forces, and key associates are hiding in Pakistan, a senior Afghan official said on Friday.
The intelligence was shared during a visit by Karzai to Islamabad last week, and comes after a wave of suicide attacks that have fueled Afghan suspicions that militants are operating out of Pakistan.
Afghanistan also provided information about the locations of alleged terrorist training camps along the border and in Pakistani cities, said the official, who is familiar with the information shared with Pakistan. He declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.
On the Lodhi, California terror case, via the Associated Press (Feb 24th):
During long conversations at Hayat's home, Khan said, Hayat praised Al Qaeda, expressed support for religious governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan and talked about issues surrounding jihad.
Hayat, 23, is charged with three counts of making false statements to the FBI about attending an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan in 2003 and with providing material support to terrorists.
On the Jamaat ul Fuqra’s terror camps in northeastern U.S., via the World Net Daily (Feb. 17th):
The Pakistani terrorist group Jamaat ul Fuqra is using Islamic schools in the United States as training facilities, confirms a joint investigative report by an intelligence think tank and an independent reporter.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra, or "community of the impoverished," was formed by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani in New York in 1980. Gilani, who refers to himself as "the sixth Sultan Ul Faqr," has stated his objective is to "purify" Islam through violence.
Though primarily based in Lahore, Pakistan, Jamaat ul-Fuqra has operational headquarters in the U.S.
Members have been known to go to Pakistan for paramilitary training, but the investigation found evidence the U.S. encampments offer such training so members don't need to risk traveling abroad amid increased scrutiny following the 9-11 attacks.
U.S. authorities have probed the group for charges ranging from links to al-Qaida to laundering and funneling money into Pakistan for terrorist activities. The organization supports various terrorist groups operating in Pakistan and Kashmir, and Gilani himself is linked directly to Hamas and Hezbollah.
Intelligence sources also suggest a link between Jamaat ul Fuqra and Richard Reid, the infamous "shoe bomber" who attempted to ignite explosives aboard a Paris-to-Miami passenger flight Dec. 22, 2001.
Whew! All this is just during a period of just one week. President Bush has his task cut out during his visit to Pakistan. Before shelling out the usual billion dollar per year aid, he needs to call Pakistani ruler’s duplicitous co-operation in G.O.A.T. a bluff. So far not one major Taliban leader has been arrested - its sympathizers running freely in Pakistan are already wrecking havoc in Afghanistan. Ofcourse, several fake Al-Queda No. 3 keep popping out every month or so. Terrorist operatives trained in Pakistan continue to plan attacks from Australia, to London to the United States. This has to stop. So far Pakistan’s military rulers have been using the “There is no alternative” line arguing that the civilian replacements will most likely be from a Islamist political party. This is a bogus argument since they themselves encourage the very same parties to conduct anti-American and religious fundamentalist rallies. So far no effort has been done to reform the hate-filled public education system or the militant maddrassahs. All this, while using American-donated weapons in the ‘other’ brutal war against Balochi rebels. While we are not holding our breath for a radical change in the official U.S. policy of “He is afterall my SOB” towards Pakistan, the tax-paying American public should be well aware of this.Washington Post's William Arkin has similar thoughts: Bush Visits Bin Laden Country.