Single Issue 066

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Published 25 December 2009



    There is a most disturbing and highly secret report being poured over by intelligence analysts around the world... al-Qaida has embarked upon a terror programme that involves operatives having explosives sewn into their bodies - the resultant scar tissue made to look like any post-operation mark. We dont mind delivering this news, because the public are entitled to know. This menacing move is to defeat security measures at airports around the world and create havoc and fear in the skies. Three months ago an intel report from the CIA warned that the terror groups bombers were in training with their handlers to ingest explosives, but the new memo is by far more alarming. Eye Spy has since learned the bombs are designed in such a fashion they can be detonated by cell phones.

    Al-Qaida and its followers are now resorting to methods never seen or confronted before by counter-terrorist organisations. Moves are afoot to address this hitherto unknown scenario.

    Perhaps equally alarming are the actions and screams of civil liberty groups and human rights activists who have voiced concern over the new millimeter wave scanners that are being installed in many airports. That they can see private parts and are intrusive are just some of the comments being made. What absolute nonsense and naivety. It seems to me that some folks seem oblivious to the chilling plots currently being hatched by al-Qaida against all air travellers, regardless of their race, religion, colour or creed. These are dangerous times and the authorities must do everything possible to protect ALL passengers. And if a 15-second scan is required, then so be it. If persons dont want to do this... then can I suggest a boat or shanks pony.

    In the last few months al-Qaida operations against the free world have increased. Its operatives killed six CIA staffers in Afghanistan in a ruse drawn from the training book of the Agency itself. They have launched Mumbai-type attacks in several cities; attempted to bring down an airliner over Detroit, while a terror supporter from within the ranks of the US Army itself shot dead 14 base personnel at Fort Hood. There are dozens more instances of active terror cells and lone operatives launching attacks, including an assassination attempt in Denmark, the blowing up of a train in America, and the crashing of an airliner on London, New York or Washington DC.

    Worryingly, are the contents of three UK intelligences files that have been circulating around Whitehall for the last few weeks. One notes that the Ministry of Defence and its armed forces may soon be fighting a new kind of war... an unconventional war that may in part be played out on the streets of Britain. The second concerns a genuine fear that a chemical or biological attack will take place sooner rather than later. And thirdly, that the threat of terrorism in the UK at least, is not being properly addressed or at the very least, is not understood by some government ministers.

    And while all of this goes on, there are some who argue airport scanners that can see all the bumps and lumps should not be used. Astonishing.

    In this edition of Eye Spy we take a look at recent terrorist events associated with air travel, and the efforts currently on-going to protect travellers. Theres also our usual serving of espionage, intelligence and associated stories.

    Mark Birdsall - Editor



    Eye Spy has learned that several intelligence service heads, including the D/CIA, secretly met in London to discuss the circumstances that allowed a suspected terrorist operative to fly to America and almost bring down a packed airliner carrying nearly 300 passengers over the city of Detroit. Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who until recently studied mechanical engineering at the University College London (UCL), was almost the perfect operative - and once again showed how the terror group has fashioned a system to beat even the best security in Europe and America.

    The plot, though hatched in Yemen, Africa, sadly reveals how London has become central to al-Qaidas recruiting and planning arm, despite initial Foreign Office messages to the contrary. Here, al-Qaida has fashioned an underworld to recruit and hide, and then send its operatives to locations across the globe. Abdulmutallab undoubtedly met his al-Qaida contact man in the UK, probably a loose associate of US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the crazed terrorist sympathiser who gunned down 14 army base personnel at Fort Hood in November 2009.

    Abdulmutallab was trained along with 20 other people in Yemen to carry explosives on their person and bring down aircraft. It is our understanding the terrorist was told to detonate his bomb as the airliner made its final approach to Detroit International. NSA listeners using the Services powerful intercept system - ECHELON, had picked up chatter weeks earlier stating - will be like lighting up a Christmas tree on Christmas Day. And though the data was passed to the relevant security services, it could not be linked to Abdulmutallab in Yemen. More relevant intelligence picked up by the US Intelligence Community is published in Eye Spys story.

    As for al-Qaidas Yemen-based planners, they easily circumnavigated poor security and intelligence measures designed to stop suspected terrorists boarding flights to the West - this by selecting a route to the USA designed to bypass US watchers. Some of Abdulmutallabs fellow terror cell students fled after elements of the CIAs Trans Sahara unit targeted a training camp only to turn up in India. Here, that countrys intelligence service - RAW, exposed another fiendish airline plot. This forced MI5 and the FBI to act. Eye Spy reveals just what al-Qaida had planned.

    The background on this case, Abdulmutallabs liaisons in London and elsewhere, plus the inside story of the Detroit and Indian plots. And how the US and UK intelligence services research mechanism failed to spot the fabulously rich baby-faced bomber.


    Terror group is receiving guidance from a menacing new teacher

    When CIA agents searched one abandoned al-Qaida camp following bin-Ladens quick exit from Afghanistan in late 2001, they discovered all the trappings of a macabre human and animal research and experimental test laboratory. However, they also found many documents which clearly showed whoever was there, had a good deal of experience in engineering, medicine and explosives. In short, they were professionals.

    EXTRACT: ...MI5 and the FBI knew that Abdulmutallab was not the first al-Qaida operative to use the syringe IED. The terror group had trained its operatives to use this detonation method in the failed July 2007 London plot and....



    David Coleman Headley, a US national linked to a terror plot to attack the Danish newspaper responsible for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, has also been implicated in the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) attack on the city of Mumbai in November 2008, that left 173 people dead. Since his arrest on 3 October 2009, in the USA, a number of sources have claimed Headley has a US intelligence background... Eye Spy investigates.



    The circumstances surrounding the death of Ministry of Defence contract scientist - Dr David Kelly, famously remembered as the man who originally found Saddams deadly anthrax stockpiles following the first Gulf War, remains a topic for debate and gross opportunism, and sadly, the odd foolhardy hoaxer. However, there are several eminent professionals who still believe not all has been revealed about his sudden death.

    Kelly provided Andrew Gilligan, then a journalist with the BBC, with a deep insight into the governments claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and that it was capable of launching an attack on the West in just 45 minutes. Kelly said the dossier which held the findings, was both inaccurate and dramatic in nature, and should not be considered 100 per cent bona fide. These words were spoken at a secret meeting in the Charing Cross Hotel, London, and soon appeared in the wider media: the phrase sexed up WMD dossier was being spoken during every news bulletin.

    After immense pressure from the government and his employer, Dr Kelly killed himself in woodland near his home in Oxford. Thats the official version, but now there is real pressure to look again at the evidence and if the book is reopened, some researchers believe there will be lots of awkward questions to answer...



    Following the latest attempt to cause mass casualties by way of an aeroplane bomb, Americas security services have introduced new counter-measures that have been mooted for years, stalled only by the concerns of a few misguided civil liberty groups more interested with human rights and personal privacy rather than passenger safety. One piece of technology is the millimeter wave scanner that provides far greater detail than conventional x-ray machines. This alone, however, might not have prevented al-Qaida bomber Abdulmutallab from passing through Schiphol Airport unnoticed.

    The UKs chief security man - Lord West, said he wants to see more sniffer dogs at airport check-ins. The dogs would have been alerted to Abdulmutallab by way of the explosives he was carrying, said Lord West. Its unlikely x-ray machines would have picked him out. As for delays caused by additional security checks, including going through the see all millimeter wave scanner, most passengers were concerned only in safety. Eye Spy looks at the technology being introduced at airports.



    Eye Spy examines the challenges facing the intelligence and security world in respect of air passenger safety as it battles with an ever more cunning and dangerous opponent. But what are the countermeasures currently deployed by the worlds most secure airline - El Al?

    EXTRACT: Whats not widely known is that al-Qaida has set about recruiting people who will swallow tubes of explosives, or insert them into body orifices and then board the aircraft... There is even a CIA report suggesting bombs are being implanted into peoples bodies by surgeons to avoid detection. Once airborne the bombs are keyed in such a manner that they can be detonated using a cell phone. The CIA has also learned of another proposed detonation method that involves drinking a substance, but for security reasons cant be divulged here.

    Most regulations surrounding the carrying of cell phones in hand luggage have long since been dropped and passengers are allowed to take such devices on board, indeed many airlines even allow their use. Its the same with plasticated bottled fluids. These are facts that the public are entitled to know - but there is more...



    Before an announcement from Germany, that incidentally should concern about 80% of the worlds cell phone users, few people had ever heard of Karsten Nohl. Hes a German computer expert who just happens to be very good at cracking the algorithm used to encrypt calls using GSM-based technology (amongst other things). In January 2010, Nohl declared he had broken a code that was regarded by most security experts as untouchable. Using a batch of joined-up computers, a few friends (some would call them hackers) and a little patience, Nohls team quietly number crunched billions of numbers and combinations - the secret codes which protect most cell phones. And then suddenly the data made sense. Before a host of interested parties could voice their objections, Nohl uploaded his research on to the Internet - much to the delight of the hacking world.

    Eye Spy looks at the implications of Nohls work and also provides a revealing insight into just how easy it is to bug a cell phone and listen in... and now it can be done for about 1,500 and from anywhere in the world... we reveal how!



    A senior Pentagon intelligence official has criticised the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies over their policy in Afghanistan and says agencies simply want to take out al-Qaida and the Taliban...



    Security was breached at a front-line US military and intelligence base in eastern Afghanistan by the Taliban and al-Qaida in a deadly attack which left six CIA employees, including three senior officers, dead. A GID (Jordanian Intelligence) officer named as Captain Ali bin Zaid, who was a member of the countrys royal family, also perished. Several other personnel were slightly injured in a carefully planned operation that took al-Qaida planners months to prepare, and one which has raised many questions about the Agencys use of third party agents.

    Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, was both a doctor and al-Qaida operative who came from the same village as the notorious Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the deceased head of al-Qaida in Iraq. Al-Balawi was captured by Jordanian forces in 2009, and had agreed to help both the CIA, and Jordans intelligence service - GID in the heart of Afghanistan. His dangerous role was stage-managed and enabled him to first make contact with the Taliban and then infiltrate its and al-Qaidas hierarchy. Indeed, Al-Balawi, 36, had been in Afghanistan for several months mixing with hardened terrorists, visiting villages and identifying targets for the CIA. Controlled by Zaid, his Jordanian handler, Langley believed he was providing excellent intelligence to the CIA.

    But it was all a ruse, and besides the biggest loss of CIA agents since the 1980s, Langley is now analysing a great deal of information given to them by Al-Balawi which is almost certainly disinformation.

    Eye Spy examines in detail how some of the Agencys most experienced field officers were seemingly duped...



    Unnamed CIA man from the first dedicated Agency unit created to find Osama bin-Laden - code-named Alec Station - killed as he considered the possibility he may be closing in on al-Qaidas long-time deputy - Ayman al-Zawahiri

    EXTRACT: Retired CIA staffers say Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawis actions in outflanking the CIA at Forward Operations Base Chapman (FOBC), were carefully managed by al-Qaidas planners.

    Other Langley officials have quietly admitted that several key intelligence procedures were not followed - the primary one being never meet with an informant or agent at a base or field station. Taliban and al-Qaida spies are everywhere in Afghanistan - even entering and working on our own bases, said Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Shaffer, a trained intelligence officer with threads to the CIA and DIA. Al-Balawis coming and goings would have been reported upon by these spies. This was countered by CIA Director Leon Panetta who said the situation in this part of the world was very different to those where such rules apply. In the barren landscape outside Khost, things such as safe houses - a staple of traditional espionage - are not easily found, said Panetta. This was not a question of trusting a potential intelligence asset, even one who had provided information that we could verify independently. It is never that simple, and no one ignored the hazards.

    Eye Spy provides a deep insight into the promise that lured CIA officers straight into a trap...


    Mike Finn takes a serious and objective look at mind control and manipulation in the intelligence game..

    Finn looks at the way in which certain chemicals and drugs can and have been used to control a persons mind, and how others can effect those making important decisions.

    EXTRACT: I remember as a police officer in the 1960s, attempting to rescue a girl on a window ledge, who saw everyone who approached her as a giant spider. Apart from the disturbing trips themselves, there is the knock-on effect of potential danger or death during the negative side of these altered states of consciousness. The use of drugs and chemicals in mind control experiments is an undeniable fact, various nations have and are exploring many avenues of viability. I will try to present a simplistic overview of the use of drugs and chemicals in mind manipulation.

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