Monday, August 04, 2008

SAME OLD RUBBISH: US government sources peddle slain al Qaeda duffer as bio and chemical weapons specialist; anything to keep the old myths propped up

Lost amid the news of our own special psychopath at Fort Detrick, US government sources were still singing the tune about an al Qaeda duffer who tried to make chemical and biological weapons between the dirt piles of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"In a blow to al Qaeda in Pakistan, the terrorist group confirmed Sunday that one of its top weapons researchers, Abu Khabab al-Masri, was killed, apparently in a U.S. missile strike," reported the Wall Street Journal.

For about a year US government sources have tried to peddle stories about Khabal al-Masri's talent for chemical and biological weapons. Anyone who has actually followed what Islamic terrorists have NOT been able to do with such weapons, despite a great deal of wishful thinking, must marvel at the efforts expended to prop up the distortions and myths.

"A chemist by training, Mr. Masri started in al Qaeda as a bomb maker but branched out into the development of biological and chemical weapons after the terror group settled in Afghanistan in the 1990s," continued the Journal. "There he was entrusted with part of al Qaeda's so-called yogurt project to develop weapons of mass destruction, and operated a training camp in the village of Derunta. He tried unsuccessfully to develop an anthrax weapon and, with Dr. Zawahri, tried to develop poisons that could kill more quickly by mixing them with chemicals that caused them to be absorbed into the skin more rapidly."

"It isn't clear how much of the research bore results, though U.S. authorities said Mr. Masri did gas some dogs at the Derunta training camp."

"U.S. authorities said he provided hundreds of mujahedeen with hands-on training in the use of poisons and explosives and distributed training manuals showing how to make chemical and biological weapons."

That would be the Mujahideen Poisons Handbook, about which must has already been said here, here and here.

In other words, duffer Khabab al-Masri's best p.r. men for the WMD business remain sources within the US government, or advisers to it. He had no expertise. That's a big zero.

Yet it remains important to glean some sort of trophy from his dispatch by Predator missile. It does no good to tell of a more prosaic al Qaeda clown, whose name no one can remember longer than the time it takes to read the story, burned up in a strike inside Pakistan.

"Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism specialist and professor at Georgetown University in Washington, noted that one of Mr. Masri's students was Kamal Bourgass, who was convicted in 2005 of trying to spread poisons on streets in the U.K.," continued the newspaper.

You don't say!

Kamel Bourgass' jewelry tin of death and mass destruction. Quite the evidence of chemical and biological weapons training. Lord, please save us from the 'experts' of Georgetown University.

Khabab al Masriflogged as chem boogeyman earlier this year.

Wall Street Journal articlehere.


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