From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Distributes Message to State and Local Law Enforcement.
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 16:12:19 EDT
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 20:12:19 GMT
FBI Distributes Message to State and Local Law Enforcement.
(EXCERPT) The following information was distributed through NLETS
earlier tonight to state and local law enforcement:
Recent statements, apparently by al-Qaeda leaders, threaten attacks
against US economic interests. An audio message from Usama bin Laden,
(taped on an undetermined date), broadcast, By al-Jazeera on Sunday,
refers to al-Qaeda targeting key sectors of the US economy. Another
senior leader (bin Laden's senior deputy, Ayman al-Zawahir) reiterated
the threat in the closing line of an audio taped interview released
The coordinated release of these statements, coupled with our
knowledge of ongoing plotting by al-Qaeda members and threat
information described by detainees, strengthens previous assessments
that al-Qaeda continues to plan major attacks against US interests.
The statements suggest that an attack may have been approved, while
the specific timing is left to operatives in the field. Our concerns
are heightened by comments from al-Qaeda detainees who are
independently interpreting these taped remarks as a sign of attack. In
1998, al-Qaeda issued a fatwa (religious ruling) calling for attacks
against Americans worldwide, apparently presaging the August 7, 1998
East Africa embassy bombings.
The content of the statements and the context surrounding these
threats reinforces our view that they may signal an attack. One senior
detainee maintains that al- Qaeda would only release such a statement
after approving a specific plan for an attack. At this time, we have
no information on a specific time, date or location of an attack.
Other aspects of the statements reflect what we know of bin Laden and
al-Qaeda strategy. In addition, other recent appeals in extremist
circles, some purporting to be from bin Laden, urge Muslim youth to
strike US forces in Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, and Bahrain. The al-Qaeda
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