THE GOLDEN RIVER
Updates: 09/28/2017 Pakistan terrorist groups assoc. w/ Pearl’s murder;  09/16/2017 Randall Bennett in ABC, State dot gov;  09/09/2017; 08/29/2017 Colin Powell; articles -Slate, Most Corrupt; Digital/Reel;; 08/27/2017 Time article; Reuters-Saif al Adel; Daniel Pearl Foundation; Foreign Policy dot come-USA funding Pakistan; Dawn - Omar attempted suicide; 08/26/2017; 08/25/2017-page started DANNY PEARL See also: notes 2017-21 8/25-26/2017 on Danny Pearl murder Brief list of links      Links (More info)      Introduction     Books      Films     Links          Other Names          Pakistani Terrorism   Names Involved     ISI  Other     LEJ     Nmrps* *The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty Introduction Daniel Pearl was a journalist who disappeared in Pakistan because of a kidnapping shortly after the 9/11 event.  He was probably killed within a week of his capture through a brutal cutting of the veins in the neck; a decapitation belatedly was filmed.  Signs are that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a senior Al Qaeda leader (KSM) was both the mastermind of 9/11 and Pearl’s killer.  A variety of issues come up around both 9/11 and Pearl, including those involving Interrogations of suspects, CIA assets, convoluted loyalties and assistance from Muslims in the Middle East and more. Excerpt from CPJ (see below in Links): https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Pearl, 38, went missing on January 23 in the port city of Karachi, Pakistan, and was last seen on his way to an interview at the Village Restaurant, downtown near the Metropole Hotel. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pearl had been reporting on Richard Reid, a suspected terrorist who allegedly tried to blow up an airplane during a transatlantic flight with a bomb in his shoe. Four days after his disappearance, a group calling itself "The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty" sent an e-mail to several U.S.- and Pakistan-based news organizations claiming responsibility for kidnapping Pearl and accusing him of being an American spy. The e-mail also contained four photographs of the journalist, including one in which he is held at gunpoint and another in which he is holding a copy of the January 24 issue of Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. The e-mail contained a series of demands, including the repatriation of Pakistani detainees held by the U.S. Army in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The sender or senders, who used a Hotmail e-mail account under the name "Kidnapperguy," said Pearl was "at present being kept in very inhuman circumstances quite similar infact [sic] to the way that Pakistanis and nationals of other sovereign countries are being kept in Cuba by the American Army." https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Excerpt from ABC (see below in Links) http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3306274&page=1 On the day he was kidnapped, Pearl was pursuing an interview with Sheikh Gilani, a Pakistani man he had been told was tied to the shoe bomber Richard Reid, a hot story at the time. An investigation after Pearl's murder revealed that Gilani was used as bait by Sheikh Omar, a man who went by the name of Bashir, to lure Pearl into the kidnapping. "Sheikh Gilani, as it turned out, had no idea his name was even being used," [Randall] Bennett said in the interview.  "You have to remember that Sheikh Omar was a professional at this. This is what he did for a living. He tricked people. He was a terrorist who prided himself on his ability over a particular period of time to bring somebody into a level of trust and confidence where he could carry out his act and that appears to be the case," Bennett added.  Before attending the interview Pearl consulted with various officials and experts, including Bennett [Bennett, who interrogated Pearl's kidnapper, Omar, on several occasions, said in the videos that the man never showed any remorse for his actions] to determine whether it was safe to meet with Gilani.  According to Bennett, Pearl left their meeting agreeing that it would be best to meet Gilani only in a public place. A later investigation revealed that as Pearl waited for the interviewee at a restaurant he received a phone call on his cell phone and left, never to be seen in person again. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3306274&page=1 Excerpt: https://www.washingtonian.com/projects/KSM/ Like so many of our peers, we had each put down roots in Pakistan to report on America’s so-called war on terror. I was on book leave from the Journal, finishing a memoir. Danny, the newspaper’s South Asia bureau chief, and his wife, Mariane, were living in Islamabad. They’d come to see me for a few days so Danny could do an interview for a story about Richard Reid, the Englishman who had packed his shoes with explosives and tried to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami three days before Christmas 2001. https://www.washingtonian.com/projects/KSM/ BOOKS A Mighty Heart: The Inside Story of the Al Qaeda Kidnapping of Danny Pearl (2004) Mariane Pearl and Sarah Crichton At Home in the World  (2002) Daniel Pearl and Helene Cooper I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl Ruth Pearl (Editor), Judea Pearl (Editor) A Mighty Heart Michael Winterbottom Who Killed Daniel Pearl (2003) Bernard Henri Levy The Truth Left Behind The Pearl Project https://www.icij.org/sites/icij/files/thepearlproject.pdf Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed:  Chapter 9 The Daniel Pearl Murder By Richard Minite War, Media, and Propaganda: A Global Perspective  pp. 118+ with info on and by Asra Nomani, as well as other material on Pearl edited by Yahya R. Kamalipour, Nancy Snow The Best Adventure and Survival Stories 2003 edited by Nate Hardcastle  p. 216+ by Robert Sam Anson Films The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl, HBO, 2006  [doumentary] This film is mentioned here: http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1545441,00.html Brave Heart (2007) [reenactment] LINKS See also BRIEF LINKS - brief list of links (Danny Pearl) ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3306274&page=1 AEI dot org: The Abu Zubaydah myths won’t die.  By Marc A. Thiessen (08/24/2016) http://www.aei.org/publication/the-abu-zubaydah-myths-wont-die/ BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35560485 The Atlantic: Inside the Mission to Catch Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. By Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer  (04/02/2012) How the FBI, CIA, and Pakistani intelligence worked together -- or didn't -- in the global hunt for the mastermind behind September 11, 2001. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/inside-the-mission-to-catch-khalid-sheikh- mohammed/255319/ CBS: Pearl Murder, 9/11 - Same Guy? By Joel Roberts (01/22/2003) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pearl-murder-9-11-same-guy/ Excerpt: However, three senior Pakistani officials involved in the Pearl case said Tuesday they could not confirm suspicions that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was Pearl's killer.  "Many newspapers have been reporting it. We do not have evidence or credible information," said an official with the Pakistani intelligence service, who spoke on condition of anonymity.  A senior Interior Ministry official said that Pakistani investigators had questioned Mohammed about the Pearl case after he was captured in March 2003, but Mohammed never acknowledged any role in Pearl's killing while he was in Pakistani custody. The official also spoke on the condition of anonymity.  A deputy inspector general of police in Karachi, Fayyaz Leghari, who was in charge of the investigation into Pearl's death at the time, also said he was not aware of Mohammed's involvement. "None of the characters who were questioned by us ever mentioned the name of Khalid," he said. "His name never came up." https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pearl-murder-9-11-same-guy/ CNN: Photos of hands backed up Pearl slaying confession, report finds. By the CNN Wire Staff (01/20/2011) http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/01/20/pakistan.daniel.pearl.execution/index.html  Excerpt:   Federal agents have backed up al Qaeda captive Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession in the killing of journalist Daniel Pearl by using photographs of the veins in his hands, according to a new report released Thursday.  Mohammed confessed to beheading Pearl after his 2003 arrest in Pakistan. But the U.S. admission that he had been subjected to "waterboarding" -- a practice historically treated as torture -- while in CIA custody cast doubt on the reliability of his confession, according to a lengthy investigation of the Pearl case by the Center for Public Integrity http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/01/20/pakistan.daniel.pearl.execution/index.html  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Fast Facts (12/22/2016) http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/03/world/meast/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-fast-facts/index.html CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists): Daniel Pearl https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Daniel Pearl Foundation http://www dot danielpearl dot org/ http://www dot danielpearl dot org/home/media/daniel-pearl-articles/ Dawn: Daniel Pearl murder convict attempts suicide in Pakistan By AFP (02/15/2014) https://www dot dawn dot com/news/1087231 Excerpt:  In January 2011, a report released by the Pearl project at Georgetown University following an investigation into his death made chilling revelations when it claimed that the wrong men were convicted for Pearl's murder. The investigation, led by Pearl's friend and former Wall Street Journal colleague Asra Nomani and a Georgetown University professor, claimed the reporter was murdered by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged brains behind the September 11 2001 attacks, not Omar Sheikh. https://www dot dawn dot com/news/1087231 FDD https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/01/new_investigation_in.php Digital: Overview http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/trial/reel_new/films/list/0_57_6 Extensive (excellent) bibliography http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/trial/reel_new/films/list/0_57_6#comment1 Foreign Policy:   How America Is Funding Corruption in Pakistan. By Azeem Ibrahim (08/11/2009) Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. http://foreignpolicy.com/2009/08/11/how-america-is-funding-corruption-in-pakistan/ Excerpt: [Note from The Golden River: mostly discusses post-9/11 American funding of Pakistan, but there are pre-9/11 implications] But today, as the Obama administration re-examines the deal, there is devastating evidence that the billions spent in Pakistan have yielded little in return. For the last eight years, U.S. taxpayers’ money has funded hardly any bona fide counterterrorism successes, but quite a bit of corruption in the Pakistani Army and intelligence services. The money has enriched individuals at the expense of the proper functioning of the country’s institutions. It has provided habitual kleptocrats with further incentives to skim off the top. Despite the U.S. goal of encouraging democratization, assistance to Pakistan has actually weakened the country’s civilian government. And perhaps worst of all, it has hindered Pakistan’s ability to fight terrorists….And until 2006, the U.S. Embassy staff in Pakistan was not required to follow up on how the Pakistani military actually spent U.S. funds. The problem was compounded when the Pakistani Army insisted that the Federally Administered Tribal Areas — where much of the money was to be spent — were too dangerous to visit, making sustained oversight there impossible. Finally, the U.S. Department of Defense refused to release detailed figures on Pakistan military aid until 2009, making public scrutiny impossible….Rehman and Hayee were old acquaintances; they had collaborated on a 1998 attack against Iranian engineers, according to the police report. After checking out the compound, Rehman told Hayee to meet him after the sunset prayer called maghrib at Snoopy Ice Cream. The two militants ate ice cream as they waited for their co-conspirators to arrive. "A red car arrived, most probably an Alto, in which there were two people and the other was the driver who was recognizable but don’t know the name," Hayee said in the police report. "He had a long beard, they got ice cream and left. We also left after them." Police suspect that Pearl was also in the red car that showed up outside the Snoopy Ice Cream parlor.  From another suspect’s police report, the Pearl Project established that soon after arriving at the compound, Rehman told his underlings, "The guest is coming. Get ready." Rehman took two Russian-made TT-30 semiautomatic pistols from a side compartment of his Hero Honda C-70 motorcycle, giving one to a guard and keeping the other. He turned to one of the men, Fazal Karim, a low-level militant with five daughters, and told him to watch the gate and open it as soon as a car arrived.  "Soon after that, the journalist’s car came in," Hayee is reported to have said in his police report. http://foreignpolicy.com/2009/08/11/how-america-is-funding-corruption-in-pakistan/ Snoopy Ice Cream Parlor and the real story of Pearls kidnapping. By Asra Q. Nomani, Kira Zalan and Barbara Feinman Todd (03/26/2013) http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/03/26/snoopy-ice-cream-parlour-and-the-real-story-of-daniel-pearls-kidnapping/ Excerpt:  In "The Truth Left Behind," a report published in early 2011 by the Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigative reporting project at Georgetown University, we found that 27 men were allegedly involved in Pearl’s kidnapping and murder; of them only four were convicted, while others were killed in extrajudicial shootings or held in detention, and 14 remained free. Among them: Hayee. In a detail that Pearl would have appreciated, Hayee’s trail leads back to a secret meeting with militants involved in the kidnapping at a popular Karachi hangout: Snoopy Ice Cream Parlour. http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/03/26/snoopy-ice-cream-parlour-and-the-real-story-of-daniel-pearls-kidnapping/ The Guardian: Who really killed Daniel Pearl?   By Tariq Ali in Lahore 5 April 2002 The US is ignoring evidence of links with Pakistan's secret service. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2002/apr/05/pressandpublishing.pakistan Huffington Post: Qari Abdul Hai Arrest Murder Daniel Pearl (03/19/2013) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/qari-abdul-hai-arrest-murder-daniel-pearl_n_2905511.html ICIJ: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists The Pearl Project https://www.icij.org/sites/icij/files/thepearlproject.pdf The Intercept:  Fourteen Years after first CIA Torture Session A Rare Glimpse of Abu Zubaydah. By Margo Williams (08/23/2016) https://theintercept.com/2016/08/23/fourteen-years-after-first-cia-torture-session-a-rare-glimpse-of-abu-zubaydah/ NBC:  Daniel Pearl Murder Case Suspect Freed in Pakistan. (10/24/2014) https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/daniel-pearl-murder-case-suspect-freed-pakistan-n233106 A suspect in the murder of Daniel Pearl, the American journalist kidnapped and executed in Pakistan in 2002, was released for lack of evidence by a Pakistani Anti Terrorist Court in the southern city of Hyderabad on Friday. Qari Hashim, 50, was being held in Hyderabad Central Jail for Pearl’s murder. He was arrested in 2007 by Pakistani authorities. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/daniel-pearl-murder-case-suspect-freed-pakistan-n233106 Former FBI Investigator on Daniel Pearl. By Robert Windrem and Richard Greenberg (06/22/2007) http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19370130/ns/nbc_nightly_news_with_brian_williams/t/former-fbi-investigator-daniel- pearl/#.WbhvZrpFztQ New York Times:  A Widow, But Spare The Pity; Resisting Pressure to Sentimentalize Over Daniel Pearl. By Julie Salamon (10/06/2003) http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/06/books/widow-but-spare-pity-resisting-pressure-sentimentalize-over-daniel- pearl.html?mcubz=3 Excerpt:  Ms. Pearl was far more upset with CBS's decision to broadcast portions of a propaganda videotape of Mr. Pearl (though not the part that showed his execution), even after she begged Andrew Hayward, president of CBS News, not to do so. ''They did exactly what the terrorists wanted,'' Ms. Pearl said. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/06/books/widow-but-spare-pity-resisting-pressure-sentimentalize-over-daniel- pearl.html?mcubz=3 New Yorker: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the C.I.A. By Dexter Filkins (12/31/2014) http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-cia How did Abu Zubaydah lose his eye.  By Dexter Filkins (06/09/2015) https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-did-abu-zubaydah-lose-his-eye PRI: (Public Radio): Family of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded Pakistan, welcomes arrest suspect. By Freya Petersen (03/19/2013) https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-03-19/family-wsj-journalist-daniel-pearl-beheaded-pakistan-welcomes-arrest-suspect The Real News: John Kirikiao in Pakistan around time and connected to issues related to Pearl’s death http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13789 Reuters:  Study ties new al Qaeda chief to murder of journalist Pearl http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-alqaeda-pearl-idUSTRE74M27020110523 Excerpt: ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian militant recently appointed interim leader of al Qaeda operations, has been linked to the killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, U.S. investigators said in a report. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-alqaeda-pearl-idUSTRE74M27020110523 Salon: By Asra Q. Nomani Who really killed Danny Pearl? (10/22/2003) U.S officials now say the killer is the mastermind behind 9/11. But, says the reporter Pearl was staying with, certain American allies need to be investigated as well. http://www.salon.com/2003/10/22/pearl_3/ Excerpt:   I had traveled to Pakistan for Salon, to cover the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and was happy to host the Pearls when Danny came to Karachi to interview a local Muslim cleric who was said to have ties to alleged “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid. He was pursuing other investigative threads, as well. When he didn’t return from the interview on Jan. 23, 2002, Mariane and I alerted U.S. officials and his Wall Street Journal editors, from the desk where Danny had left his laptop. http://www.salon.com/2003/10/22/pearl_3/ SATP: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/terroristoutfits/lej.htm Excerpt: On Pearl:  Rahman was himself later arrested from his hideout in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Karachi. Rahman [a senior member of the LeJ, Qari Ataur Rahman alias Naeem Bukhari] is allegedly involved in the abduction-cum-murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl. It is, however, not clear if Lahori has passed on the mantle to any one else, or continues to head the outfit while being in detention.  On Pakistan and vicinity:  Lahori, according to reports of July 2, 2002 quoting senior police officials, was involved in 38 cases of sectarian killings in Sindh. These included the killing of Ehtishamuddin Haider, brother of Federal Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider, Pakistan State Oil Managing Director Shoukat Raza Mirza. Besides, he was also involved in the massacre at Imambargah Mehmoodabad and in the murder of Iranian cadets in Rawalpindi. Lahori reportedly confessed during interrogation that he was involved in 30 cases of sectarian killings in Punjab, including those of 24 persons who were attending a Majlis in Mominpura. Also he revealed that his group had planned to kill Interior Minister Moinuddin Hiader, but due to tight security measures, murdered his brother instead. Consequent to the death of Riaz Basra, Lahori was acting as LeJ chief and he himself reportedly monitored and perpetrated sectarian killings in Karachi where he was residing for the last one and a half years. Slate:  Khartoum Revisited, Part 2.By Timothy Noah (03/31/2004) The only new evidence on Clinton's Sudan bombing weakens the case for it. (see excerpt below under Khartoum) http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2004/03/khartoum_revisited_part_2.html State dot gov: Randall Bennett https://2001-2009.state.gov/m/ds/rls/25163.htm Telegraph: Daniel Pearl 'refused to be sedated before his throat was cut'. By Massoud Ansari in Karachi (05/09/2004) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/1461368/Daniel-Pearl-refused-to-be-sedated-before-his- throat-was-cut.html Excerpt:  Horrifying new details of how Daniel Pearl, the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter, met his death have emerged from the interrogation of new suspects by Pakistani police.  Pearl, who was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002, knew for several hours that he was about to be killed, but resisted repeated attempts to sedate him, police now believe.  He was fully aware of what was happening when the Arab extremists who took control during his final days cut his throat, according to information gleaned from Pakistani militants now in police custody.  Shocking video film of Pearl's murder, seen around the world via the internet, was in fact a partial reconstruction of what had happened a few moments earlier, officers have been told. The camera operator made a mistake and missed the moment of his death, which his murderers then re-enacted, before decapitating the reporter. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/1461368/Daniel-Pearl-refused-to-be-sedated-before-his- throat-was-cut.html Wife's plea for life of kidnapped American.  By David Blair (02/01/2002) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1383471/Wifes-plea-for-life-of-kidnapped-American.html Excerpt:  ….An email sent on Wednesday gave warning that Mr Pearl would be executed within 24 hours and an earlier message said that he was being held in "very inhuman circumstances", in retaliation for the treatment accorded to America's prisoners in Camp X-Ray….Maj-Gen Rashid Qureshi, a spokesman for the Pakistani army, said: "There is an establishment of an Indian linkage into this kidnapping. "It's very, very unfortunate. I cannot go into details but we are investigating." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1383471/Wifes-plea-for-life-of-kidnapped-American.html Time: Fingering Danny Pearl's Killer. By Timothy J. Burger and Adam Zagorin (10/12/2006) http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1545441,00.html Excerpt:  More recently, a new book by Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, In the Line of Fire, speculates that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was "the man who may have actually killed Pearl or at least participated in his butchery." According to Musharraf, "When we later arrested and interrogated him, he admitted his participation." A new HBO documentary, The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl, leaves the question unresolved; it focuses on the intersecting lives of Pearl and Sheik, the man convicted of the crime, but also cites unnamed U.S. and Pakistani officials who blame Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for the murder….Ahmad Omar Saed Sheik, who was questioned intensively after his capture and conviction in Pakistan, insisted to his interrogators that he was personally opposed to beheading victims, and felt bad about what happened to Pearl. But he also stated that it was sometimes the only way for terrorists to prove — in videos released to the outside world — that a person was, in fact, dead…Today, Pearl's widow, Marriane Pearl, is raising the couple's son, Adam, who was born four and a half months after his father's death. A non-profit foundation set up by the Pearl family in Daniel Pearl's name promotes interfaith dialogue and attempts to combat the mind-set that led to his murder. http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1545441,00.html UPI http://www.upi.com/Feature-Retracing-Daniel-Pearls-steps/67561076962813/ Wall Street Journal:  Reporter Daniel Pearl Is Dead, Killed by His Captors in Pakistan. By “Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter” (02/24/2002) Investigators Have Videotape Confirming The Murder of Journal Correspondent https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1014311357552611480 Washingtonian: Danny Pearl’s Final Story. By Asra K. Nomani (no date seems visible) https://www.washingtonian.com/projects/KSM/ Washington Post:  In Pakistan, ex-spy Khalid Khawaja's killing is surrounded by mystery. By Karin Brulliard (05/03/2010) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/02/AR2010050202801_2.html Excerpt:  Usama Khawaja, the ex-spy's son, simply said it was "surely a conspiracy." Beyond that, he was stumped. "My father," he said, "had many secrets in his chest.  Khawaja, a onetime squadron leader in Pakistan's air force who claimed ties to Osama bin Laden, was long a go-between for militants and military. Recently, he became a legal adviser to five Virginia men accused of terrorism in Pakistan; in a March interview, he said they had been framed by the U.S. government.   Still, many Pakistani militants loathed Khawaja for his role during a 2007 military siege of an Islamabad mosque, during which he allegedly set up a radical cleric's arrest by convincing him to try to escape while disguised in a burqa.  But that same cleric, Abdul Aziz, said the prayer at the funeral on Sunday, and then said in an interview that Khawaja was "a person who always fought for his religion." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/02/AR2010050202801_2.html Related issue - later killing of James Foley https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/08/20/from-daniel-pearl-to-james-foley-the-modern-tactic- of-islamist-beheadings/?utm_term=.9cca96521d16 WSWS: Daniel Pearl’s tragic death in A Mighty Heart.By Hiram Lee  26 July 2007 https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2007/07/migh-j26.html NAMES Those possibly or actually involved in or associated with Pearl’s death; simultaneous 9/11 links might be associated with all or part Al-Adel, Saif Reuters:  Study ties new al Qaeda chief to murder of journalist Pearl http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-alqaeda-pearl-idUSTRE74M27020110523 Excerpt: ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian militant recently appointed interim leader of al Qaeda operations, has been linked to the killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, U.S. investigators said in a report….“KSM told the FBI that he was pulled into the kidnapping by a high-level leader in al Qaeda circles, an Egyptian named Saif al-Adel, who told him to make the kidnapping an al Qaeda operation,” said the investigators in their report which was published in January. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-alqaeda-pearl-idUSTRE74M27020110523 Adil - and Shaikh Adil https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Hai or Hayee, Qari Abdul - Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorist group http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/qari-abdul-hai-arrest-murder-daniel-pearl_n_2905511.html Hashim, Qari Hashim suspect freed https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/daniel-pearl-murder-case-suspect-freed-pakistan-n233106 Karim, Fazal http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/03/26/snoopy-ice-cream-parlour-and-the-real-story-of-daniel-pearls-kidnapping/ https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Excerpt from CPJ: Police were reportedly led to the shallow grave by Fazal Karim, a member of the banned militant Sunni Muslim group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi….Karim later identified one of the Yemenis among those arrested in a September 11, 2002, raid in Karachi, during which U.S. and Pakistani authorities detained several suspected al-Qaeda members, including Ramzi Binalshibh, allegedly a senior al-Qaeda leader who has claimed a central role in coordinating the September 11 attacks.The Washington Post reported that Karim and Bukhari "have told police that the man who slit Pearl's throat was Khalid Sheik Mohammed," whom U.S. intelligence officials have identified as the current head of al- Qaeda's military operations. https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Khawaja, Khalid Washington Post:  In Pakistan, ex-spy Khalid Khawaja's killing is surrounded by mystery. By Karin Brulliard (05/03/2010) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/02/AR2010050202801_2.html KSM: See Mohammed Mohammed, Khalid Sheikh (KSM) The Atlantic: Inside the Mission to Catch Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. By Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer  (04/02/2012) How the FBI, CIA, and Pakistani intelligence worked together -- or didn't -- in the global hunt for the mastermind behind September 11, 2001. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/inside-the-mission-to-catch-khalid-sheikh- mohammed/255319/ http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/03/world/meast/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-fast-facts/index.html Huffington Post: Inside Story How CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn’t. By Kate Sheppard (12/09/2014) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/mohammed-cia-torture_n_6295994.html The New Yorker: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the C.I.A. By Dexter Filkins (12/31/2014) http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-cia Fahad Naseem https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Excerpt:  In April, Saeed and three accomplices--Salman Saqib, Fahad Naseem, and Shaikh Adil--were charged with Pearl's kidnapping and murder before Pakistan's special anti-terrorism court. The trial, initially convened at Karachi's Central Jail and later moved to a heavily guarded prison in Hyderabad due to security concerns, was closed to journalists and the public. https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Rehman, Attaur http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/03/26/snoopy-ice-cream-parlour-and-the-real-story-of-daniel-pearls-kidnapping/ Salman Saqib, https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Saeed, Ahmed Omar (Sheikh) https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php On February 12, before Pearl's murder was discovered, Pakistani police announced the arrest of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, whom they identified as the prime suspect behind the journalist's kidnapping.  On March 14, a U.S. grand jury indicted Saeed, charging him with hostage-taking and conspiracy to commit hostage-taking resulting in Pearl's murder. U.S. prosecutors also unsealed a secret indictment filed against Saeed in November 2001 accusing him of participating in the 1994 kidnapping of U.S. tourist Bela Nuss in India. Pakistan refused to extradite Saeed, possibly to avoid damaging disclosures of links between the country's intelligence agencies and militant Islamist groups that the United States wants to see eliminated. https://cpj.org/killed/2002/daniel-pearl.php Zubaydah, Abu Note:  Although Zubaydah does not seem to have been involved directly in Pearl’s kidnapping and murder, he is part of a group of people in Pakistan in 2002 around that time, so his story is intertwined with the various issues associated with 9/11, Pearl, other kidnappings, abuses and bombings around that time in Pakistan and beyond, hijacking, ransom demands, CIA and other agent involvement, CIA prison torture and more. The Intercept:  Fourteen Years after first CIA Torture Session A Rare Glimpse of Abu Zubaydah. By Margo Williams (08/23/2016) https://theintercept.com/2016/08/23/fourteen-years-after-first-cia-torture-session-a-rare-glimpse-of-abu-zubaydah/ AEI dot org: The Abu Zubaydah myths won’t die.  By Marc A. Thiessen (08/24/2016) http://www.aei.org/publication/the-abu-zubaydah-myths-wont-die/ Excerpt:  MYTH 1:  ZUBAYDAH WAS WATERBOARDED 83 TIMES. The Washington Post and the New York Times once again repeated the debunked myth that Zubaydah was “waterboarded 83 times.”  They don’t seem to want to take his word for it that this is not the case.  When Zubaydah was interviewed by the International Red Cross after his arrival at Guantanamo Bay, he told them waterboarding “was applied during five sessions of ill-treatment that took place during an approximately one-week intense period of interrogation.”  He further told the IRC that “during each session, apart from one, the suffocation technique was applied once or twice; on one occasion it was applied three times.”  So according to Zubaydah’s own account, that is between 8 and 13 times — not 83. http://www.aei.org/publication/the-abu-zubaydah-myths-wont-die/ New Yorker: How did Abu Zubaydah lose his eye.  By Dexter Filkins (06/09/2015) https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-did-abu-zubaydah-lose-his-eye OTHER NAMES Involved Around Pearl’s Situation Colin Powell  - Over Pearl, Chemical Weapons as case for war against Iraq Over Pearl http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1383471/Wifes-plea-for-life-of-kidnapped-American.html Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, has ruled out making any concessions. During a visit to Jordan, he said: "The demands that the kidnappers have placed are not demands that we can meet or deal with." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1383471/Wifes-plea-for-life-of-kidnapped-American.html Over chemical weapons (for reason to to war with Iraq (Danny had written material possibly exposing there were no chemical weapons) http://mostcorrupt.com/Appointees-Powell.htm Excerpt:  No one will ever really know what Powell was thinking as he went against his own better judgment and made the administration's trumped up case for war to the United Nations on February 5, 2003. Powell warned that the mobile weapons labs described by since-discredited informant "Curveball" could kill thousands of people, offering as evidence a drawing of a truck… His conflicted work done, Powell retired immediately after the 2004 election. http://mostcorrupt.com/Appointees-Powell.htm Randall Bennett US consolate regional security officer in Pakistan at time of Pearl’s death State dot gov: Bennett honored   https://2001-2009.state.gov/m/ds/rls/25163.htm [extracted 09/15/2017] ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3306274&page=1 Excerpt:  Bennett was the regional security officer in Pakistan when Pearl disappeared. As the head of the State Department's bureau of Diplomatic Security in the country, Bennett, who just returned weeks ago from a one-year tour as an RSO in Iraq, was one of the central figures in the desperate two-week search for the missing American. His character, played by actor Will Patton, was featured prominently in the film. Excerpt: Randall Bennett, one of the last people to see Pearl alive, was recently interviewed for a series of short videos posted on YouTube by the U.S. State Department.  Bennett was the regional security officer in Pakistan when Pearl disappeared. As the head of the State Department's bureau of Diplomatic Security in the country, Bennett, who just returned weeks ago from a one-year tour as an RSO in Iraq, was one of the central figures in the desperate two-week search for the missing American. His character, played by actor Will Patton, was featured prominently in the film.  In the short clips, Bennett, appearing much more relaxed and polished than he's portrayed in the movie, describes how he first heard about and reacted to the news of Pearl's kidnapping. He details the efforts he and his team undertook, along with their Pakistani colleagues, to find the missing reporter and hunt down the network of people that orchestrated his capture. The movie, based on a book written by Marianne Pearl, matches Bennett's account in the interview.  On the day he was kidnapped, Pearl was pursuing an interview with Sheikh Gilani, a Pakistani man he had been told was tied to the shoe bomber Richard Reid, a hot story at the time. An investigation after Pearl's murder revealed that Gilani was used as bait by Sheikh Omar, a man who went by the name of Bashir, to lure Pearl into the kidnapping. "Sheikh Gilani, as it turned out, had no idea his name was even being used," Bennett said in the interview.  "You have to remember that Sheikh Omar was a professional at this. This is what he did for a living. He tricked people. He was a terrorist who prided himself on his ability over a particular period of time to bring somebody into a level of trust and confidence where he could carry out his act and that appears to be the case," Bennett added.  Before attending the interview Pearl consulted with various officials and experts, including Bennett, to determine whether it was safe to meet with Gilani. According to Bennett, Pearl left their meeting agreeing that it would be best to meet Gilani only in a public place. A later investigation revealed that as Pearl waited for the interviewee at a restaurant he received a phone call on his cell phone and left, never to be seen in person again.  In the video clips Bennett reveals that he had considered sending an undercover surveillance team to accompany Pearl to the interview in case anything bad should happen. Ultimately Bennett decided not to do so because these services are reserved for high-ranking U.S. officials. "It wouldn't have been appropriate and the decision was made not to do it, not to use U.S. government resources for private interests," he said in the interview. Though Bennett never met Pearl before their meeting the day he disappeared, he said the two quickly became friends. "In the hour interview, we just sort of hit it off," Bennett said. "He had a really great smile, a good personality, good character, a good-hearted guy who was trying to do what was right. And so we liked each other and we had made plans to get together after." http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3306274&page=1 Related Issues Indian Airlines Flight 814 In 1999, India freed him in exchange for passengers on hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/03/26/snoopy-ice-cream-parlour-and-the-real-story-of-daniel-pearls-kidnapping/ Khartoum - President Clinton's 1998 attack on a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2004/03/khartoum_revisited_part_2.html Excerpt:  Why did the CIA end up being fixated on Al-Shifa? The best guess Chatterbox has seen is set forth in an October 1998 piece by the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Pearl suggested that a man named Mubarak Fadl Al Mahdi put the word out that Al-Shifa was mixed up with chemical weapons in order to hurt the plant's owner, Salah Idris, who was a political enemy of Mahdi's. Mahdi admitted to Pearl that he'd made it his business to collect information about the plant after Idris bought it. Pearl further reported that after the bombing, Mahdi issued a communiqué that said Al-Shifa had harbored "Iraqi scientists and technicians" and that most pharmaceutical plants in Sudan weren't "manned by foreign experts." (Mahdi denied having said anything about this before the bombing, and U.S. intelligence officials denied that they'd relied on anyone with a motive to hurt Idris.) http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2004/03/khartoum_revisited_part_2.html Torture by Interrogators over Pearl’s death and kidnapping New Yorker: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the C.I.A. By Dexter Filkins (12/31/2014) http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-cia Excerpt: The details of Mohammed’s interrogation, described in the report issued earlier this month by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, make for grim, even sickening reading….Instead, the medical officer said, he was worried that Mohammed had been filled with so much water that there was a danger that the electrolytes in his blood had become dangerously diluted; the officer requested that C.I.A. interrogators use salted water during the waterboarding sessions. http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-cia PAKISTAN Pakistan Corruption, incl. ISI, US Corruption in Pakistan, Other Issues like US funding of Pakistan, Some UK material, like corrupt embassies, old bombings against US embassy, etc. Other http://foreignpolicy.com/2009/08/11/how-america-is-funding-corruption-in-pakistan/ http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/wikileaks-cable-pakistan-corruption-holbrooke/ http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/05/sesame-street-pakistan-loses-20-million-in-u-s-funding/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWRxznqOqIQ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10479486/Imran-Khans-party-outs-CIA-chief-in-Pakistan.html http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13789 http://nation.com.pk/editorials/05-May-2015/corruption-at-the-consulate https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/16/the-double-game http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15332-2004Nov26.html https://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0603/p07s01-wosc.html Pakistan Terrorist Groups   Pakistan ISI ISI https://www.theguardian.com/media/2002/apr/05/pressandpublishing.pakistan Are these acts of terrorism actually carried out by hardline groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Harkatul Ansar, which often claim them? Probably, but these groups are only a shell. Turn them upside down and the rational kernel is revealed in the form of Pakistan's major intelligence agency - the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), whose manipulation of them has long been clear.Those sections of the ISI who patronised and funded these organisations were livid at "the betrayal of the Taliban". Being forced to unravel the only victory they had ever scored - the Taliban takeover in Kabul - created enormous tensions inside the army. Unless this background is appreciated, the terrorism shaking the country today is inexplicable. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2002/apr/05/pressandpublishing.pakistan LEJ
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