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Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 06-26-2009

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Congress buries 26/11 truth</b>
Balbir Punj
The ruling Congress claims credit for introducing the Right To Information Act and transparency in governance. It also claims to be close to the set of jholahwallahs who clamour for the protection of ‘human rights’, never mind all those people whom terrorists and ‘revolutionaries’ kill and maim.

<b>Surprisingly, the same jholahwallahs are silent after the Congress-led Government of Maharashtra decided to suppress the RD Pradhan Committee report on the 26/11 fidayeen attack on Mumbai. The reason given for not releasing the report is that its contents could ‘jeopardise’ national security</b>.

The Government’s claim has been rubbished by the author of the report, Mr RD Pradhan, a former Governor and Union Home Secretary. Another member of the committee headed by him was Mr V Balachandran, who worked with R&AW. Both of them should know what national security means. <b>Mr Pradhan himself told a television channel that his report has been written in a way to keep out any national security secrets. Thus, the State Government’s argument that the report will compromise national security has no basis whatsoever</b>.

The Pradhan Committee report, or whatever is known of it, exposes the lack of leadership and command in the police. To side-step any demand after publication of the report, the State Government has already shown the door to the Mumbai Police chief. We do not know what the committee has said about the performance of the Government itself. Was the Chief Minister in command and in touch with the ground situation as the horrific events were unfolding? We know that both then Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and his deputy RR Patil had initially dismissed the fidayeen attack as a ‘minor incident’.

<b>The Union Government says that the Pradhan Committee report has endorsed that there was a great deal of intelligence input on the possibility of an attack. But the truth is that the Congress-led UPA Government had failed to grasp the enormity of the terrorist strike. The Pradhan Committee has revealed a lot of desultory responses, some bravado and individual courage on the part of police officers. Surely, it must have exposed mistakes at the political level — the reason why the Congress and NCP do not want the report to be published. </b>

Even as the State Government seeks to withhold the report from the people, it is amusing to note that the well-heeled men and women who had gathered between November 26 and 30 at the Gateway of India with candles and placards have gone back to their cushy lives. They had railed against politicians after the attack. But their silence today is both indicative of support for the Congress and inability to sustain a struggle against Government apathy.

Before we go into the political aspect of it, the committee’s revelation about the obsolete weapons that police have to make do with, their unpreparedness despite advance intimation, the lack of a command-and-control structure, etc, exposes the state of governance in Maharashtra under the Congress-NCP regime.

More importantly, the Government’s refusal to publish the Pradhan Committee report is a confirmation of the culture that the Congress follows. It is a culture of secrecy as event after event in the last 60 years prove. Have we forgotten the suppression of the Henderson-Brooks report on the 1962 debacle on our Himalayan border?

This report was kept under wraps for decades even after the Chinese aggression and our incompetent response to it became a part of history. Over 5,000 Indian soldiers perished, many because of the severe cold they had to face without even a blanket to cover themselves and the obsolete weapons given to them. The fatalities would not have been so high but for the incompetent command both at the political level and in the Army — the man promoted to be the commander was a favourite of then Defence Minister VK Krishna Menon, a crypto-Communist who would not believe that China would attack India.

Then there is the report of the parliamentary committee on the infamous Pondicherry licence scandal involving former Congress Union Minister LN Mishra. Despite the Opposition’s unanimous demand in the Lok Sabha to let the MPs see the report, the Government, headed by Mrs Indira Gandhi, refused to relent. Soon after this LN Mishra died in an accident; curiously, his brother, Mr Jagannath Mishra, was made the Bihar Chief Minister. The inquiry committee report on the liquor licence scandal was never released.

There are numerous such scandals whose facts remain suppressed. There is the Bofors scandal which saw the then Congress Government raising all sorts of objections against any parliamentary inquiry. Ultimately when a parliamentary inquiry was ordered, the demand for an Opposition leader to head the inquiry committee was not met. The Shankaranand Committee that inquired into the scandal expectedly whitewashed it.

It is true that the Congress-led UPA implemented the RTI Act and any citizen can now get access to most Government files. But despite this claimed commitment to openness the State Government in Maharashtra has sought refuge behind the veil of national security. It remains to be seen whether the Central Information Commission will allow citizens access to the Pradhan Committee report.

<b>It is possible that the report is being kept a secret because making it public could affect the Congress’s prospects in the coming Maharashtra Assembly election</b>. If this is true, then it’s a sad comment on the Congress and its allies, not least because it holds up its claimed transparency in governance to ridicule. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Attack in Mumbai -2 - ramana - 06-27-2009

Mahatma Gandhi tackled situations like this by holding his own public hearings with a committee constituted of eminent individuals. And since it was a private committee its report could be released.

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Husky - 07-04-2009
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Terror in Mumbai: must-watch documentary from UK's channel4</b>
jul 3rd, 2009

puts a whole different flavor on this event, doesn't it? the incompetence on the indian side, as well as the cold-blooded precision of the invaders are both remarkable.

channel 4, i take it, is not related to the BBC?

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From: Shahryar
Must watch documentary from the Dispatches series from UK's Channel4:

Posted by nizhal yoddha at 7/03/2009 09:06:00 AM 1 comments <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> Shahryar said...

    The documentary also highlights the great job Indian TV did in keeping the Paki controllers well-informed.

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Attack in Mumbai -2 - ramana - 07-05-2009

Is it possible to have a Hindi or Urdu voice over and upload to You tube for wider dissemination?

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Husky - 07-12-2009

Well Ramana, maybe you want to translate this into Hindi or oordoo. It is Dawn's Irfan Husain's article on what the Channel 4 doco showed.
<b>Original at:</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Friday, July 10, 2009
<b>irfan husain of dawn (pak) after seeing the channel 4 video (dispatches) of the mumbai invasion</b>
jul 10th, 2009

this man has far more decency than the mavens of the UPA, who have now completely forgotten mumbai 11/26.

same with all the mohammedans demanding special concessions for themselves. this massacre was done by mohammedans, for mohammedans, and it is only the twisted logic of mohammedan 'martyrdom' that could have produced these cold-blooded killers and their handlers. these are not human beings, they are devils.

<b>          The Mumbai massacre revisited

                    By Irfan Husain</b>

All too often, natural disasters and human atrocities make only a fleeting impression. We watch fascinated and horrified as TV anchors give us their impressions in breathless, doom-laden voices, while images of death and disaster roll across our screens. But soon, one particular crisis is overtaken by another, and relentlessly, the news cycle moves on to cover another trouble-spot, often thousands of miles away.

It is not until one sees and hears the survivors that the magnitude of a disaster really sinks in. This is what I experienced while watching Channel 4's programme on its Dispatches series. Called Terror in Mumbai, the documentary retraces the steps of the terrorists as they first landed in Mumbai by boat, and then made their way across the city, spreading mayhem over a period of 60 hours.

We were shown clips from CCTV cameras that had captured the killing spree in grainy but graphic detail. Casually, almost nonchalantly, the killers shot everybody who moved. At the VT railway station, where 52 innocent people died, they massacred a family, and a young boy who survived later recounted who had died: "My father. My mother. My aunt. My uncle. Their two sons. What had we done to them? So many dead. What had they done to the terrorists?" What indeed?

When I wrote a couple of columns after the  atrocity last year, expressing my sympathy for the victims and condemning the killers and those behind them in Pakistan, I got a flood of angry emails, demanding to know the proof that linked the terrorists to Pakistan. Our government was in similar denial for weeks. And although it has grudgingly accepted that the controllers and planners of the attack were based in Pakistan, and has even arrested some members of the Laskar-e-Tayyaba that has now morphed into the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, very little progress has been made on punishing those responsible.

The most chilling part of the Channel 4 documentary was the constant voice contact between the terrorists and their handlers. Talking on cell phones, the controllers urged on their pawns in Punjabi and Urdu, interspersed with the odd English words and phrases. They certainly did not sound like graduates of a madressa. Rather, they were professionals doing a job, instructing the young terrorists to kill as many people as possible; urging them to move from one target to another; reminding them of their tasks; and repeating that above all, they must not allow themselves to be captured.

Soon after his arrest, Ajmal Kasab was questioned by the police, and admitted that he had been sent by the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. Asked why and how he had joined the group, he said his father had 'sold' him to the Lashkar. When asked to elaborate, Kasab replied that his father had explained that the money would lift the family out of poverty, and it would pay for his sisters' weddings. How many more young men are being sold to terror outfits across Pakistan?

One Turkish couple, spared because of their faith, recount how the bodies of massacred guests at the Trident Oberoi piled up around them, and how slippery it was to walk over the pools of blood that had gathered. A neighbour of the rabbi and his wife who were murdered at the Jewish Centre describe how one by one, the couple said 'shoot me' to the killers, and were duly shot. After the terrorists had left, the two-year old son of the murdered couple is filmed in a heart-breaking sequence, walking around in the room, clearly confused.

After Kasab had been captured, the controllers realized what would happen if he spilled the beans. They ask two of the killers to take a hostage and get her to call the authorities with a demand to free Kasab in exchange for her life. After an hour or so, when there is no response from the government, they are told to finish off the hostage ('Khatam kardo').

All through the atrocity, the handlers – obviously watching the drama on TV – keep urging their foot-soldiers on, encouraging them by descriptions of what they are seeing on TV. "The whole world is watching your deeds… Remember this is a fight between the believers and the non-believers… If you speak to the authorities, tell them this is only the trailer and the real film is yet to come…"

And when the terrorists are clearly exhausted, the controllers urge them on: "Throw some grenades, my brother, there's no harm in throwing a few grenades. How hard can it be to throw a grenade? Just pull the pin and throw it. For your mission to end successfully, you must be killed. God is waiting for you in heaven."

After each such exhortation, the young terrorist at the receiving end says "Inshallah". At the start of the programme, the handler asks the landing party if they have eliminated the captain of the hijacked boat, and if so, how? "Zibah kar diya", is the chilling response. (Literally: "We have slit his throat"; but there is a ritualistic connotation to 'zibah' that does not translate well into English.)

This repeated use of Islamic phrases and responses underlines the extent to which the faith has been cynically used to spread violence. While Muslims argue that that Islam does not condone this kind of terrorism against unarmed, innocent civilians, most do not condemn it in clear, unequivocal terms. After agreeing that such acts are un-Islamic, there is all too often a lingering 'Yes, but…' hanging in the air.
(Un-islamic? How so? It is a regular pattern of islam. No use being in self-denial. Irfan Husain is obviously witnessing a struggle between his Hindu conscience and the islam enforced on him. He should listen to his Hindu conscience and leave islamism and come back to his Ancestral Spiritual Home, to freedom.)

It is this ambiguity that has given terror groups in Pakistan and elsewhere the space and legitimacy they need to operate. Now that Pakistanis have seen the true face of terrorism in Swat, and have begun to support the government in its drive to rid us of this cancer, the lesson needs to be reinforced. One way would be to dub the Channel 4 documentary and show it extensively on various TV channels in Pakistan. We need to hear ordinary people who survived or lost close relatives, and see their pain. We need to see the horrors inflicted in the name of Islam.

Above all, we need to share the agony of our neighbours.

Posted by nizhal yoddha at 7/10/2009 08:42:00 PM 2 comments <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Attack in Mumbai -2 - ramana - 07-13-2009

Husky Did I ask you to translate into Urdu? If you can help do so. Thanks, ramana

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Husky - 07-13-2009

Ramana, from your post I thought that you might know Hindi and oordoo but that you found the *narration* part the difficult aspect of your youtube idea and that that's why you were seeking help.

So figured the article might help you since it goes over parts of the same video (plus it has the TSP's Admission factor): it's easier to translate the sentences of an article than it is to make a voice-over for a video which would involve summarising/translating <i>+</i> narrating <i>+</i> setting to time.

Don't know Hindi. Goes without saying I wouldn't know oordoo.

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Husky - 07-17-2009
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>"piss process": 11/26 invasion by pak terrorists forgiven by manmohan singh</b>
jul 16th, 2009

utterly shameful capitulation by manmohan singh to pakistan's gilani. undoubtedly the pakis are ROTFL.

i saw a video of the two. manmohan singh shaking gilani's hand with both of his, in the fashion of someone greeting a much-loved friend. this, when gilani is the voice of a terrorist state and its rogue army.

then manmohan singh sat (like a flunky) on the edge of his seat while gilani relaxed comfortably in his.

this is the PM of one of an incipient great power dealing with the puppet PM of a failed, terrorist state? next he'll be declaring "india loves you, [insert name of favorite mohammedan strongman here]"

the body language gives it away: manmohan singh is a servant.

much like jawaharlal was never able to see himself as better than white people, manmohan singh can only think of himself as a retainer and flunky of the americans and of the mohammedans. this cannot be for the paltry world bank pension: there must be mucho dinaro in his swiss bank account, thanks to the yanks and to the saudis. no wonder he doesn't want to go in that direction.

indians didn't elect this guy or the italians. they 'won' through massive fraud. and they have the esteemed navin chawla to stonewall all investigations of the fraud.

2009 is the tipping point: the year that india has gone over the edge into irrelevance. there are no historical parallels, not even romans falling to the barbarian goths, vandals etc. this is the first large state that has decided to voluntarily fall apart. by 2025, there will be no india, only 'mughalistan', 'christiststan1', 'christiststan2' and 'maostan', these being the territories formerly known as north india, south india, northeast india, and central india.

Posted by nizhal yoddha at 7/16/2009 08:28:00 PM 0 comments <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->All a grand setup of course. Making it look "voluntary", i.e. secular, for the christo archive - which took a lot of social engineering for 'manufacturing consent' locally (media, history whitewashing, etcetera), cheating and silent genocide of the Natural Traditionalists, of course.
Even the decline and fall of the Roman Empire was for long wrongly imagined to have been a 'secular' event, until historian Ed Gibbons wrote on how it was actually christianism that had murdered Rome. One <i>could</i> simply have asked any Roman traditionalist who could have told them it was christianism that was to blame. But then, the Romans were kinda dead already.

A good summary of the christo archive and its effects (what's dubbed 'history'), and why to take the stealth assassin christianism seriously:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"To the victor belong the spoils--and the history....a historical reconstruction is still largely dependent on what has survived, or more precisely on what the victors have permitted to survive and what their successors have gone on to edit and collect.
-- The Excellent Empire - The Fall of Rome and the Triumph of the Church, by Jaroslav Pelikan<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 07-19-2009

<b>The men behind 26/11</b>

Wilson John with Vishwas Kumar

In the backdrop to the resolve shown by India this week not to brook further nonsense from Pakistan, Saturday Special presents excerpts from a new book on 26/11 which names names

The plan to attack Mumbai was first conceived on the third floor of the ISI headquarters at Zero Point in Islamabad, almost hidden from the bustle of the crowded Aabpara business centre. The head of the ISI directorate sits on the third floor, overseeing a shadowy empire of spies and jihadis which today poses a greater threat to global security than the al-Qaida.

Operations like the Mumbai attack of late November 2008 (26/11) are never discussed in official meetings. Such meetings remain unlisted and no minutes are kept. Nor are they planned in a day. Only a handful of officers decide the details, over a period of time, going back and forth over details and more details.

The head of the ISI, its Director General, is a Lt General who oversees three Deputy Director Generals heading Political, External I and External II Divisions. The DDGs are Major Generals and share the responsibility of leading six to eight Sections-Joint Intelligence Bureau, Joint Intelligence North, Joint Counter-Intelligence Bureau, Joint Signals Intelligence Bureau, Joint Intelligence Miscellaneous, Joint Intelligence Technical, Joint Intelligence X and Special Operations Wing.

A highly classified operation like Mumbai could not have been shared among more than four people would have known about the plan besides the Chief of Army Staff, who at the time of the planning was President General Pervez Musharraf. The DG ISI was Lt General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. Among General Kayani’s close confidants were four Major Generals — Sikander Afzal, Asif Akhtar, Muhammad Mustafa and Tahir Mahmood — all of who played major roles behind 26/11.

Akhtar headed ISI’s Operations Wing which handled terrorist groups operating in Kashmir and other parts of India. Afzal was the Deputy Director General External and headed all sections which dealt with terrorist groups and India. One of his close confidants was Brigadier Riazullah Khan Chibb, one of the key masterminds of the Mumbai attack.

Mustafa was in charge of the Evaluation wing and Tahir Mahmood was General Officer Commanding. Special Services Group (SSG), which sometimes acted as the armed wing of the intelligence agency. Tahir Mahmood, as the Brigade commander of Brigade 62 at Skardu, had launched terrorists from LeT and other Army supported groups across Indian territory to camouflage the movement of regular troops.

A lot of homework had been done before the Generals laid out the plan. Generally, no serving officer is given control of terrorist operations as the discovery of such links run the risk of attracting sanctions from international donors. Terrorist operations are always left to the ‘irregulars’. These are retired officers who are reemployed on contracts for specific missions for the Army which can be easily denied. They operate out of private offices in different locations in Pakistan, have access to weapons and equipment and are paid through slush funds maintained by the ISI.

These shadow cells work within a hierarchy with clearly defined tasks -—the Generals who remain part of the network after their retirement, such as Lt General Hamid Gul, keep a distance from soiling their hands and work more as advisors and defenders. Gul, for instance, leads the ISI’s ‘psyops’ while former chiefs like Assad Durrani and Ehsan ul Haq project themselves as the ‘liberal’ face of the organisation. While Gul remains the sole expert for TV channels, Durrani and others make their way easily through cocktail and seminar circuits in world capitals. The ‘dirty jobs’ are left to the Brigadiers.

Three Brigadiers who played a key role are Riazullah Khan Chibb, Ijaz Shah and Haji. Though names of other Brigadiers and other retired officers have time and again emerged during various investigations — Major Wajahatullah and Colonel Kayani —there are fewer details in open source about their past and present activities. There are, however, some details about Shah and Chibb, largely thanks to the emails which
former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto wrote before her assassination in 2007. Both Shah and Chibb had retired from ISI a few years ago and have vast experience in running and handling terrorist groups targeting India. They are also confidants of Musharraf.

Now, the non-State actors: it was a motley crowd of committed trainers, cartographers, communications experts and ideologues who worked on the front end of the mission.

The principal trainers were Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (alias Abu Wahed Irshad Ahmad); Muzammil (aka Yousuf aka Abu Gurera aka Abu Mohammad); Faheem Ahmad Ansari (alias Abu Jarar). Apart from them, Azzam Cheema, better known as ‘Babaji’, taught recruits how to spot vital installations on the map and uses satellite phones to keep in touch. Another Abu Qahafa, an expert commando trainer who joined the group in 2006, was the chief instructor for the Mumbai attackers. A confidante of Muzammil, he is an expert commando trainer and led the select recruits through the toughest training schedule at LeT’s Maskar Aksa camp. Abu al Qama, an old hand at training new recruits, and was in charge of LeT’s training camp, Ibn-e-Tamia, PoK, which received the Indian recruits across the Kashmir border.

The ideologue behind the operation was Abdur Rahman Makki, who is actually the LeT’s supremo Hafiz Saeed’s cousin and brother-in- law. He is second only to Saeed in the hierarchy and is known as a firebrand proponent of suicide missions, having penned a highly popular book called Tehrik-e-Islam ke fidayeen dastay (Islam’s suicide squads).

Another relative of Saeed, Ibrahim (aka Ali), a computer expert and fund distributor, put together the assault team. He recruited Faheem Ahmed Ansari (aka Abu Jarar), who trained under Muzammil, and was briefed extensively about the targets subsequently and selected for the attack in November 2008. Ansari was made to go through Google Map and other maps to pinpoint targets like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Taj Hotel. Ansari drew maps for Muzammil and was later tasked to extensively videotape and photograph the locations after he returned to India. Abu Hamza (aka Ramzan aka Aamir) was one of the trainers at Baitul Mujahideen. Hamza and had a role in previous terror strikes in India like the ISI (Bangalore) attack of 2004. His inputs about making entry, traveling and then exiting the target areas were critical to the success of the Mumbai attack.

While Lakhvi and Abu Qahaf remained in touch with the terrorists from Karachi, it was Muzammil who was coordinating the attack pattern from Lahore, most probably from an ISI Forward Detachment Lahore at 7, Lawrence Road, Lahore. Muzammil’s satellite phone conversations with the Mumbai attackers after they had set sail from Karachi was intercepted by the US electronic and communication intelligence service, NSA (National Security Agency) and passed on to the Indian intelligence agencies on November 18, 2008, six days before the attack took place.

Zarar Shah (aka Abdul Wajid), LeT’s communications expert and urban combat trainer, confessed later of his involvement and said he had stayed with the attackers in Karachi for a few weeks to train them in urban combat skills. US agencies had intercepted his telephone calls to the attackers at the Taj Mahal Palace and tower. Shah, the intercepts showed, was directing the attackers almost minute-to-minute.

<i>-- This is an excerpt from Investigating the Mumbai Conspiracy, Wilson John and Vishwas Kumar, Pentagon Press, New Delhi, 2009</i>

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 07-21-2009

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Pak’s admission made Kasab ‘confess’ guilt</b>
Pioneer News Service | Mumbai
It was Pakistan’s admission — made in its supplementary chargesheet filed in trial court at Rawalpindi during the weekend —<b> that prompted Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab to “confess” his guilt in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, on Monday. Thus went a conversation between Judge ML Tahilyani and Kasab: </b>

Judge: “Aaj achanak aapne kyun confess kiya? Jab pehle charges frame hue tab kyun nahi kiya? (Why have you suddenly confessed? Why did you not confess when charges were framed?)”

Kasab: “Pehle Pakistan ne yeh nahi mana tha ki main unka hoon. Aaj maan liya hai. Isiliye main bayan de raha hoon. (Initially, Pak did not accept me. Now that they have, so I am confessing)”

Judge: “Aapko kaise pata chala ki Pakistan ne maan liya hai? (How do you know that Pakistan has admitted (to your being a Pakistani national?)”

Kasab: “Mujhe pata chala ki Pak ne kaha ki Kasab yahan ka hai. (I came to know that Pak said Kasab is from there)”

Judge: “Kya tum kisi tarah ke dabaav main ho ye bayaan dene ke liye? (Are you under some pressure to confess?)”

Kasab: “Nahi. (No)” <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 07-25-2009

<b>Must watch </b>-
Channel 4 <b>- Dispatches (June 2009) - Terror in Mumbai</b>

Don't miss watching coward Mumbai Police.
There were couple of brave Police man, but they were in minority.

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 07-28-2009

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>New Mumbai dossier reveals Pak willingness’</b>
LAHORE: A dossier on the Mumbai attacks, given by Islamabad to New Delhi may convince India that it is dealing with a reformed neighbour and that there is a need to change the rules of engagement. A report in Hindustan Times assessed that Pakistan unequivocally admitted in the 36-page document that the attacks were “planned, funded and facilitated” in its territory by activists of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. The dossier said the investigators “unanimously agreed that substantial incriminating evidence was available on the record directly connecting the accused with the commission of the offence”, according to the newspaper. Pakistan had initially denied its citizens had carried out the attacks or that they were planned on its soil. It had even denied Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving 26/11 terrorist, was a Pakistani. daily times monitor<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-08-2009

[url=""]Chicago Man Charged in Mumbai Attack[/url]
Quote:CHICAGO (Dec. 7) - A Chicago man accused of planning an armed attack on a Danish newspaper was charged Monday with conducting surveillance on potential targets in the Indian city of Mumbai before terrorist attacks there in 2008 that killed 166 people.

David Coleman Headley was charged with 12 counts, including six counts of conspiracy to bomb public places in India, to murder and maim individuals in India and Denmark and other offenses. He could be sentenced to death if convicted on the charges involving the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Headley's attorney John T. Theis said he would "continue to look at this and see what the evidence is," but declined to comment further.

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-09-2009

[url=""] As Mumbai carnage unfolded, Headley planned next strike [/url]

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-17-2009

[url=",0,894933.story"]Bail denied for man accused of aiding in terrorist conspiracy[/url]

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-17-2009,0,5519027.story

LA-lashkar timeline

Josh Meyer, Tribune Newspapers

December 13, 2009

Chicagoan David Coleman Headley spent as much as a year total in visits to India, living a life of luxury, according to interviews and U.S. court documents. Allegations include:

2005: Headley agrees to become an operative of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and to travel to India to conduct surveillance. He had trained in 2001 with the group.

February 2006: Changes his name from Daood Gilani in order to "present himself in India as an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani."

June 2006: Obtains permission from Tahawwur Hussain Rana to open a satellite office of Rana's Immigration consulting business in India.

September 2006, February 2007, September 2007: Each time, visits India for several weeks, and then travels to Pakistan.

April 2008: Visits India for several weeks and, at Lashkar's behest, makes a surveillance video of his boat ride through the Mumbai harbor. Authorities later say that video was used by the 10 Lashkar gunmen to identify the best landing sites after traveling by boat from Pakistan.

July 2008: Visits India for several weeks, and then Pakistan.

October 2008: Apparently comes to the attention of the FBI after posting inflammatory messages on a Yahoo discussion group.

February 2009 (approximately): Travels to Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where former Pakistani Army Maj. Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed takes him to meet a senior Lashkar official. Before returning to Chicago in June, Headley sends his will to Rana.

Oct. 3
: Arrested as he prepares to board a flight in Chicago with Pakistan as his ultimate destination, according to intercepted conversations in which he said he planned to meet with the senior Lashkar leader.

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-17-2009

[url=""]WiKi on Daood Gilani[/url]

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-17-2009

[url=""]American suspect in Mumbai attack was DEA informant[/url]

Quote:"Infidels. He would use words like that," she said. "When he would see an Indian person in the street, he used to spit, spit in the street to make a point

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Kevat - 12-17-2009

I dont understand why an American ends up following a violent path against India for no reason...

Attack in Mumbai -2 - Guest - 12-17-2009

[url=""]Mumbai suspect is US double agent, India claims[/url]

An American man charged with plotting the attacks on Mumbai was a double agent for both the United States and al-Qaeda terror group Lashkar e Taiba, Indian officials have claimed.

Quote:David Headley, a Pakistan-born American national arrested in Chicago in October, is alleged to have carried out reconnaissance missions in the run-up to the Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed.

[color="#FF0000"]He is also believed to have been present in the terrorists' "control room" in Pakistan where their handlers directed the killing spree over an open telephone line[/color].

According to Indian officials, Headley travelled to India again in March this year, with the knowledge of American agencies who did not inform their Indian counterparts. During the trip, [color="#FF0000"]Headley is alleged to have collected intelligence for future terrorist attacks on civilian and military targets, including India's National Defence College.

Indian officials are desperate to question Headley but have been frustrated by American refusals to grant them access. A team of Indian investigators travelled to Washington shortly after Headley was arrested in October but soon returned after their American counterparts told them they would not be able to meet him.[/color]

They want to question him about the Mumbai attacks involved Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency in any way and the role of Indian extremists in providing logistical support.

American officials say that under US law they cannot force any person in their custody to give evidence to foreign agencies. But Indian intelligence officers have questioned why Washington is not doing more to help their own inquiry and suggested Headley's connections with American intelligence agencies is behind the reluctance.

Headley, who was born Daood Syed Gilani and schooled in Pakistan before moving to Philadelphia with his American mother in 1977, was convicted of smuggling heroin into the United States in 1998. He served only 15 months in jail after agreeing to become an informant for the Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA). He changed his name to David Headley in 2006.

According to Indian officials he continued to serve as a DEA informant until shortly before his arrest in October. Indian intelligence sources believe Headley may have been recruited to work for the CIA which, along with the FBI, shared intelligence with the DEA and other government agencies after the creation of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre in 2004.

B. Raman, a former senior official in India's intelligence agency, said: "He was working for Lashkar e Taiba, taking photographs and video recordings of the [Mumbai] hotels and harbour. And he was an agent for the DEA on drugs, so in that sense he was a double agent.

"Indian officials are very keen to question him about his network, but we can't because we might find out about any connections with the CIA or ISI. They don't want that to happen. The Americans say 'you ask us what you want us to find out and we'll share the information',"
he added.