News you may have missed #567

Thuraya satellite telephone

Thuraya phone

►►Libya bans unauthorized cell phone use. The government of Libya warned Thursday that any of its citizens found using a Thuraya satellite phone without a permit will be treated as spies for NATO, and may face the death penalty. The reason, according to an official statement, is that “spies [of] NATO use the Thuraya telephones to give crusaders the coordinates of some locations to be bombed, which has caused the deaths of a large number of civilians”. Thuraya is a popular satellite phone provider based in the United Arab Emirates, with over a quarter of a million subscribers in the Middle East and Africa.
►►Uzbekistan jails senior mining scientist for spying. A court in Uzbekistan has convicted Said Ashurov, who worked as chief metallurgist for British mining company Oxus Gold, to 12 years in prison on charges of industrial espionage. Ashurov was arrested in March as he tried to cross the border into Tajikistan. A lawyer for the mining company described Ashurov’s case as a fabrication and said that the Uzbek government was using him as a pawn in their battle to take control of the Amantaytau Goldfields project, which is developing “some of the world’s most promising gold fields”.
►►Ex-White House official claims CIA tried to recruit 9/11 hijackers. Richard Clarke, who served in two US administrations as a White House counterterrorism adviser, says he now suspects the CIA hid its knowledge that two of the September 11 hijackers had entered the United States because the agency had tried unsuccessfully to recruit them as informants. But he told The Washington Post that his theory is not based on any evidence.

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4 Responses to News you may have missed #567

  1. I only wish we were running ops that aggressive pre 9/11. We would have stopped the attack before it ever happened.

  2. tunde says:

    i find it difficult to believe that the CIA tried to recruit two 9/11 hijackers and the hijackers decided to remain in situ to complete the mission, jepordising the entire enterprise. In any case, which part of the CIA ? The CTC, NCD or whom ? Also, from my reading, though not professional experience, it seems bizarre that the NCD would attempt this without informing the FBI. Unless of course Cofer Black was doing this with the aid of a friendly agency (eg the Saudis) such as the Khost base attack and Jordanian GID recruitment.

  3. intelNews says:

    It is always possible that the two future hijackers were indeed recruited and then acted as double agents, thus frustrating the CIA/FBI’s counterterrorist efforts (as in the case of the Islamic Brotherhood’s Ali Mohamed in the 1990s). But I do agree with you, that such explanations become increasingly more complicated and thus increasingly unlikely. [JF]

  4. I think the sad truth is that pre 9/11 the Clinton White House had no stomach for counterterrorist ops. These are the guys who responded to the near sinking of the Cole by doing exactly…nothing.

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