Omar Saeed Sheikh
||Times of India
revealed that Omar Saeed was acting under the direct orders of the
head of Pakistani intelligence and not Osama bin Laden. That in
itself could perhaps have been explained away, as it was widely
acknowledged that Islamic elements in the ISI were sympathetic to
the Taliban and their al-Qaida guests. Yet tracing the "smoking
gun" money trail to General Ahmad created an entirely new
smoking gun that led straight back to Washington,
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (sometimes known as Umar Sheikh, Sheikh
Omar, Sheik Syed, or by the alias "Mustafa Muhammad
Ahmad") (b. December 23, 1973) is a British-born militant of
Pakistani descent with alleged links to various Islamic-based
organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammed, Al-Qaeda,
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Taliban.
He was arrested and served time in prison for the 1994 abduction
of several British nationals in India, an act which he acknowledges,
he was released from captivity in 1999 and provided safe passage
into Pakistan, apparently with the support of Pakistan and the
Taliban (the hijackers were Pakistanis) in an Indian Airlines plane
hijacking. He is most well-known for his alleged role in the 2002
kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Sheikh Omar Saeed was arrested by Pakistani police on February 12,
2002, in Lahore, in conjunction with the Pearl kidnapping, and
was sentenced to death on July 15, 2002 for killing Pearl. His
judicial appeal has not yet been heard. The delay has been alleged
to be due to his reported links with Pakistan's Inter-Services
the Times of India revealed that Omar Saeed was acting
under the direct orders of the head of Pakistani intelligence
and not Osama bin Laden. That in itself could perhaps have
been explained away, as it was widely acknowledged that
Islamic elements in the ISI were sympathetic to the Taliban
and their al-Qaida guests. Yet tracing the "smoking
gun" money trail to General Ahmad created an entirely new
smoking gun that led straight back to Washington, D.C. - for
General Ahmad had already been reported as having breakfast in
the nation's capital with Senator Bob Graham and
Representative Porter Goss on the morning of September 11
(Both Graham and Goss would go on to co-chair the joint
Senate-House 9/11 inquiry). In fact, as early as September 9 -
two days before 9/11, for those who didn't notice - Karachi
News had weighed in with the following observation:
"ISI Chief Lt-Gen [Mahmud Ahmad's] week-long presence
in Washington has triggered speculation about the agenda of
his mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security
Council... What added interest to his visit is the history of
such visits. Last time Ziauddin Butt, [General Ahmad's]
predecessor, was here during Nawaz Sharif's government, the
domestic politics turned topsy-turvy within days. That this is
not the first visit by [General Ahmad] in the last three
months shows the urgency of the ongoing parleys."
If ever there was a paper trail leading to the
9/11conspirators, these articles provided the print-smeared
paving. Taken together, they would conjure up the following
plausible scenario: Omar Saeed, acting under the direction of
General Ahmad and the ISI, had provided money and
"training" (as reported in the Telegraph) to the
hijackers while "false-flagging" himself to the
hijackers as an operative of al-Qaida. The General, on the
other hand, may have represented himself to Omar Saeed as
acting exclusively under ISI authority, when in fact he was
acting under the direction of his American-Anglo handlers.
With Omar Saeed seeding the "legend" of a bona fide
money trail leading back to bin Laden, the stage would then be
set for Omar Saeed to take the fall as the main patsy
providing the smoking gun of al-Qaida complicity for 9/11. Yet
at some point, this carefully enacted "legend" began
to unravel once Indian intelligence was able to establish (or
just mischievously leaked) Saeed's link with General Ahmad,
forcing a reluctant FBI - or, alternatively, a cooperative
element in the FBI outside of the hermetically
compartmentalized loop - to go along and confirm the findings.
Former Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, in his book In the
Line of Fire stated that Sheikh was originally recruited by British
intelligence agency, MI6, while studying at the London School of
Economics. He alleges Omar Sheikh was sent to the Balkans by MI6 to
engage in jihadi operations. Musharraf later went on to state,
"At some point, he probably became a rogue or double
His complicity in the execution and the reasons behind it are in
dispute. At his initial court appearance, he stated, "I
don't want to defend this case. I did this... Right or wrong, I had
my reasons. I think that our country shouldn't be catering to
America's needs.", but he subsequently appealed his
conviction and is awaiting further progress while in prison.
Sheikh's lawyer has stated he will base his client's appeal on the
recent admission of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed that he is the killer of
Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Kidnapping of American and British
nationals, 1994 3 Hijacking and Release from prison 4 Media
descriptions 5 Alleged connection to 9/11 6 Pearl kidnapping 7 Osama
bin Laden rumors 8 See also 9 References 10 External links
 Early life In his youth he attended Forest School,
Walthamstow, an independent school in North-East London, whose
alumni include English cricket captain Nasser Hussain and Peter
Greenaway, the filmmaker. Between the ages of 14 and 16 he attended
school in Pakistan, where his family had relocated, before returning
to the United Kingdom to continue at Forest School. He told
school friends that he had been in Pakistan learning about jihad,
but was not believed. He was a fine chess-player and won a junior
London championship. Later, he attended the London School of
Economics, where he studied Applied Mathematics and Economics. At
the LSE, he came under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists and
was instrumental in recruiting students to the cause around London.
 Kidnapping of American and British nationals, 1994 He
served five years in prison in New Delhi in the 1990s in connection
with the 1994 abduction of three British travellers, Myles Croston,
28, Paul Rideout, 26 and Rhys Partridge, 27, and one American, Béla
 Hijacking and Release from prison In 1999, Indian Airlines
Flight 814 was hijacked from Nepal. Its hijackers demanded his
release along with Maulana Masood Azhar and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar,who
were leaders of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, to Pakistan. The plane
landed in Kandahar and Taliban militia surrounded the plane,
pre-empting any Indian commando operation. After negotiations
between the Indian government and the hijackers, the hostages were
freed eight days after the hijacking occurred, although a passenger
by the name of Rupin Katyal was stabbed to death by one of the
hijackers. Omar Sheikh along with the two other prisoners were
released in exchange for the hostages.
 Media descriptions The Times describes Saeed Sheikh as
"no ordinary terrorist but a man who has connections that reach
high into Pakistan's military and intelligence elite and into the
innermost circles of Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda
organization." According to ABC, Sheikh began working for
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in 1993. By 1994 he was
operating training camps in Afghanistan and had earned the title of
bin Laden's "special son."
Madsen Report January 9, 2008 -- Leaders' interviews
throw more doubt on official 9/11 story
Recent interviews given by former Italian President
Francesco Cossiga to the Italian newspaper Corriere della
Serra and the late former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto to David Frost, respectively, have thrown more doubt on
the official 9/11 story and have shown the spate of Osama Bin
Laden videotapes released since December 2001 to be fakes.
In November 2007, Cossiga said that 9/11 was an
"inside job" carried out by elements of the CIA and
Mossad. Furthermore, Cossiga said that one of the more recent
Bin Laden videotapes, which threatened former right-wing
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, was a fake produced
at Berlusconi's Mediasat TV studios in Milan. Cossiga said the
tape fraud was discovered by intelligence officials in the
Palazzo Chigi, the headquarters for Italian
In an interview with David Frost, aired by Al Jazeera's
English service on November 2, 2007, Bhutto revealed that Bin
Laden had been murdered by Omar Sheikh (Omar
Saeed Sheikh), a British-born ethnic Pakistani who
has not only been linked to high Pakistani intelligence and
military circles, including the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)
agency, but also to such terrorist groups as Jaish-e-Mohammed,
Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin, and "Al Qaeda."
Pakistani General Pervez Musharraf wrote in his book,
"In the Line of Fire," that Sheikh was recruited by
Britain's MI-6 and sent to work with Muslim recruits hired by
Western intelligence in the 1990s to work with Bosnian
guerrillas fighting the government of Yugoslav President
Slobodon Milosevic. WMR has previously reported that Bin Laden
and his units based in Darounta, Afghanistan were under the
effective control of MI-6 and the CIA until 1995. This was
confirmed in a French intelligence report obtained by WMR.
Sheikh was charged in the 2002 kidnapping
and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
and was sentenced to death after an in camera trial. He is
awaiting an appeal of his conviction in a Pakistani jail.
Sheikh was also involved in the kidnapping of British and
American tourists in Kashmir. Sheikh was released by Indian
authorities from prison after hijackers of an Indian Airlines
plane demanded the release of Sheikh and other
Harkat-ul-Mijaheddin members in Indian jails for terrorist
The neocon media tried to explain away Bhutto's statement
by claiming that she meant to say "Daniel Pearl" was
murdered, not Osama Bin Laden. However, it was reported in
Time magazine on October 12, 2006, that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
(KSM), a renditioned prisoner of United States intelligence,
claimed responsibility for Pearl's murder. The United States
said it would try KSM with Pearl's murder. Even Musharraf
confirmed in his book that it was KSM who murdered Pearl. Time
reported that under interrogation that KSM confessed to
Pearl's murder. Time also reported that Omar Sheikh said he
was opposed to Pearl's murder, but according to Bhutto, not to
In May 2002, the Washington Post quotes an unnamed Pakistani as
saying that the ISI paid Sheikh's legal fees during his 1994 trial
in India on charges of kidnap. However, this claim has not been
confirmed by any other source.
US authorities have also named Saeed Sheikh as a key figure in
the funding of the 9/11 attacks. 
 Alleged connection to 9/11 On October 6, 2001, a
senior-level U.S. government official told CNN that U.S.
investigators had discovered Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (Sheik Syed),
using the alias "Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad" had sent about
$100,000 from the United Arab Emirates to Mohammed Atta.
"Investigators said Atta then distributed the funds to
conspirators in Florida in the weeks before the deadliest acts of
terrorism on U.S. soil that destroyed the World Trade Center,
heavily damaged the Pentagon and left thousands dead. In addition,
sources have said Atta sent thousands of dollars -- believed to be
excess funds from the operation -- back to Saeed in the United Arab
Emirates in the days before September 11. CNN later confirmed this.
The 9/11 Commission's Final Report states that the source of the
funds "remains unknown."
More than a month after the money transfer was discovered, the
head of ISI, General Mahmud Ahmed resigned from his position. It was
reported that the FBI was investigating the possibility that Gen.
Ahmed ordered Saeed Sheikh to send the $100,000 to Atta ; there
were also claims that Indian intelligence had already produced proof
for the Pakistani administration that this was so.
The Wall Street Journal was one of the only Western news
organizations to follow up on the story, citing the Times of India:
"US authorities sought General Mahmud Ahmed's removal after
confirming the fact that $100,000 was wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed
Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of General
Mahmud." Another Indian newspaper, the Daily Excelsior,
quoting FBI sources, reported that the "FBI’s examination of
the hard disk of the cellphone company Omar Sheikh had subscribed to
led to the discovery of the "link" between him and the
deposed chief of the Pakistani ISI, Mahmud Ahmed. And as the FBI
investigators delved deep, sensational reports surfaced with regard
to the transfer of 100,000 dollars to Mohammed Atta, one of the
kamikaze pilots who flew his Boeing into the World Trade Center.
General Mahmud Ahmed, the FBI investigators found, fully knew about
the transfer of money to Atta." Wikipedia
Review Depending on where or when you have
read his name, he is known as Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, or Umar
Sheikh, or Syed Sheikh(if you write for CNN). For simplicity's
sake, we will refer to him as Omar Saeed, a Pakistani-born
former student of the London School of Economics who grew up
in the suburbs of Great Britain. Under the
alias of Mustafa Mohammed Ahmad, he was reported to have wired
$100,000 to a bank account in Florida belonging to 9/11
hijacker Mohamed Atta.
"U.S. investigators believe they have found the
'smoking gun' linking Osama bin Laden to the September 11
terror attacks," wrote Julian Borger and John Hooper of
The Guardian on October 1, 2001. That very same day, a terror
group based in Pakistan, the Jaish-e-Mohammed, claimed
responsibility for a suicide attack against the provincial
legislature in Kashmir, leaving 38 dead - and Pakistan on the
brink of war with India.
continued: The Pittsburgh Tribune notes that there
"are many in Musharraf's government who believe that Saeed
Sheikh's power comes not from the ISI, but from his connections with
our own CIA."
Sheikh rose to prominence with the 2002 killing of Wall Street
Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who at the time was in Pakistan
investigating connections between the ISI and Islamic militant
groups. In Pakistan, Sheikh was sentenced to death for killing
Pearl, however his complicity in the execution and the reasons
behind it are in dispute.
In an opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal, Tunku
Varadarajan has claimed that “It is a fact that General Mahmud
Ahmed, then head of the ISI, wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta before
9/11 through an intermediary."
 Pearl kidnapping Sheikh Omar Saeed was arrested by
Pakistani police on February 12, 2002, in Lahore, in conjunction
with the Pearl kidnapping, He told the Pakistani court, however,
that he had surrendered to the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency a
 Osama bin Laden rumors In an interview given to David
Frost in November 2007, Benazir Bhutto states that Osama bin Laden
was killed by Omar Sheikh. Omar Chatriwala, a journalist for Al
Jazeera English, claims that he chose not to pursue the story at the
time because it was an apparent slip of the tongue. A month
before Frost interview, in Oct 2007, Bhutto stated in an interview
that she would cooperate with the American military in targeting
Osama bin Laden.
 See also Omar Ahmed Khadr
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History 2006-2008, Sept 8, 2008, Robert "Bob"
Upshur Woodward, assistant managing editor, Washington Post,
investigative reporter, ... Carl Bernstein, search terms: uncover
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Moorer, met Mark Felt, FBI Assistant Director, deepthroat, inside
source on Watergate, book 'The Secret Man', DNC convention,
1972, wrote All the President's Men, Redford Hoffman movie, Ben
Bradlee, editor, reporting on 'Nixon dirty tricks, Woodward
interviewed Bush 43 four times, books: Bush at War, Plan of
Attack, State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, with Dan Balz,
Camp David, Worldwide Attack Matrix, too close to Bush, Kerry,
involvement in Plame scandal: deposition to Fitzpatrick, told him
senior administration official leaked Plame identity to him in June
2003, November 2005 article revealed his special knowledge, casual,
offhand by Armitage, part of confidential conversation of a
'source', asked Libby questions about Armitage, interview on CNN
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exaggerations, fabrications in books: John Dean and Ed Gray: Felt
not the only deepthroat, also Donald Santarelli. Brad DeLong: in Maestro
and The Agenda, The Choice, Clinton Whitewater
inconsistencies, abandon critical inquiry to maintain access to
high-profile actors, for glory, stenographer to the rich and
powerful, At the Eye of the Storm, see Maureen Dowd, and The
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book, The Commanders ...Powell opposed Operation Desert
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he did not reveal that William Casey knew of arms sales to the
Contras until after the investigations, and see Martin Dardis ...
Watergate burglars, and Committee to Re-elect the President, ...and
accused of fabricating deathbead interview with Casey, ... Reagan
called him a liar, for whatever that's worth, and other books: Wired,
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presidential campaign, Hadley encouraged participation, interviews
with Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gates, ... publisher: Simon & Schuster,
Amazon, Alice Mayhew, and see CBS, Viacom, 496 pages, 900,000, red,
white, blue, gold cover, administration infighting, will be best
seller, he'll be on 60 minutes, Sept 7, How does Woodward,
Miller, Cheney, Libby fit with declassifying classified information
to hype the war?.. Woodward was leaked Plame info in June 03, but
sat on it for years, ... John Bolton, Marc Grossman are the neo-con
links to Turkey, and Plame / Edmonds working on uncovering WMD
proliferation, black market activities of Bushco.
Seymour Hersh, on Chain of Command
NYTimes "We now have two major accounts of the road
to war in Iraq, Hersh's ''Chain of Command'' and Bob Woodward's
''Plan of Attack.'' Hersh is the anti-Woodward. Woodward is official
scribe to the inner sanctum, and his access -- to Bush, Cheney,
Rumsfeld and Powell -- gives his account real authority, but at a
price. In Woodward's world, everything is what the principals say it
is. In Hersh's world, by contrast, nothing the policy elites say is
true actually is.
|Sibel Edmonds, the FBI whistle-blower who
has been gagged for years by the Bush administration over intercepts
she translated while at the bureau, was willing to go to prison to
get her story told. She spent years trying to get her day in court,
but the State Secrets gag against her prohibited her from telling
her story even to a FISA judge. After years of trying to fight her
way to through the maze of the US court system, Sibel Edmonds
finally decided to tell her story no matter the consequences and
offered to do so to any interested US media outlets.
Today, part of that story runs, but not in the United States,
where not a single corporate outlet was willing to displease the
White House and give Edmonds a platform. The Sunday Times Online,
however, proved up to the task - somewhat. Here are the snips from
Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets.
Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator
for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted
conversations while based at the agency's Washington field office.
She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an
Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the
9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey.
Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted
the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in
sensitive military and nuclear institutions.
Among the hours of covert tape recordings, she says she heard
evidence that one well-known senior official in the US State
Department was being paid by Turkish agents in Washington who were
selling the information on to black market buyers, including
The name of the official - who has held a series of top
government posts - is known to The Sunday Times. He strongly denies
However, Edmonds said: "He was aiding foreign operatives
against US interests by passing them highly classified information,
not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in
exchange for money, position and political objectives."
Let me help the Times here. The person against whom these
allegations are being made is Marc Grossman. The Times could have
published the name and also provided the denial from Grossman's
camp. I find it incredibly disturbing that they would not name the
"She claims that the FBI was also gathering evidence against
senior Pentagon officials - including household names - who were
aiding foreign agents.
"If you made public all the information that the FBI have on
this case, you will see very high-level people going through
criminal trials," she said.
Her story shows just how much the West was infiltrated by foreign
states seeking nuclear secrets. It illustrates how western
government officials turned a blind eye to, or were even helping,
countries such as Pakistan acquire bomb technology."
Those senior DOD officials who are not mentioned in the Times
article, all but one are no longer in government. They are alleged
to be Doug Feith, Richard Perle, among others. There is also one
person who is part of these allegations, still serving in a high
level position at the DOD. His last name begins with an E.
I have tried getting someone in broadcast and print media to run
this story. My sources did not include Edmonds, but because of the
sensitive nature of the information, I was concerned that she would
go to jail anyway, unless I proved she was not a source - which
would require me to reveal my sources.
I thought if I approached a big enough news outlet, the pressure
generated by the public response would spare Edmonds jail time and I
would not be pressured to reveal sources - something I would not
have done anyway. Even a former high ranking CIA officer offered to
byline the article with me if that would help sell a
broadcaster/publication on running the story. No one was interested.
That the Times ran these allegations (she is under a state
secrets gag folks, so it is not like she is gagged for lying) is
encouraging. But that they omitted all names from the allegations is
unethical. The point of a free press is not to protect the powerful
against the weak, but to protect the public from the powerful. The
Times was willing to stick a toe in, but was not willing to risk
upsetting a foreign government (This is, after all, a British
There are more names, including members of Congress and people
serving in the FBI. This is what happens when basic government
services as well as the most sensitive government functions are
outsourced to the global marketplace.
Back to the Times article, which toward the end illustrates that
someone in the editorial offices located a backbone, even if
"She has given evidence to closed sessions of Congress and
the 9/11 commission, but many of the key points of her testimony
have remained secret. She has now decided to divulge some of that
information after becoming disillusioned with the US authorities'
failure to act.
One of Edmonds's main roles in the FBI was to translate thousands
of hours of conversations by Turkish diplomatic and political
targets that had been covertly recorded by the agency.
The Turks and Israelis had planted "moles" in military
and academic institutions which handled nuclear technology. Edmonds
says there were several transactions of nuclear material every
month, with the Pakistanis being among the eventual buyers.
"The network appeared to be obtaining information from every
nuclear agency in the United States," she said.
They were helped, she says, by the high-ranking State Department
official who provided some of their moles - mainly PhD students -
with security clearance to work in sensitive nuclear research
facilities. These included the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory in New
Mexico, which is responsible for the security of the US nuclear
In one conversation Edmonds heard the official arranging to pick
up a $15,000 cash bribe. The package was to be dropped off at an
agreed location by someone in the Turkish diplomatic community who
was working for the network.
Let me again offer help to the good folks at the Times. The
person in question is a Turkish military official who at that time
also happened to sit on the board of a particular defense
"The Turks, she says, often acted as a conduit for the
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's spy agency, because
they were less likely to attract suspicion. Venues such as the
American Turkish Council in Washington were used to drop off the
cash, which was picked up by the official.
Edmonds said: "I heard at least three transactions like this
over a period of 2˝ years. There are almost certainly more."
The Pakistani operation was led by General Mahmoud Ahmad, then
the ISI chief."
Now, who is General Mahmoud Ahmad?
"Intelligence analysts say that members of the ISI were
close to Al-Qaeda before and after 9/11. Indeed, Ahmad was accused
of sanctioning a $100,000 wire payment to Mohammed Atta, one of the
9/11 hijackers, immediately before the attacks."
You can see why Edmonds had to be silenced for "diplomatic
reasons." As though diplomatic (read: business) relationships
are more important than national security. Let me give you one more
snip from this incredible article (minus the censorship):
"Khan was close to Ahmad and the ISI. While running
Pakistan's nuclear programme, he became a millionaire by selling
atomic secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea. He also used a
network of companies in America and Britain to obtain components for
a nuclear programme.
Khan caused an alert among western intelligence agencies when his
aides met Osama Bin Laden. "We were aware of contact between A
Q Khan's people and Al-Qaeda," a former CIA officer said last
week. "There was absolute panic when we initially discovered
this, but it kind of panned out in the end."
It is likely that the nuclear secrets stolen from the United
States would have been sold to a number of rogue states by Khan.
Edmonds was later to see the scope of the Pakistani connections
when it was revealed that one of her fellow translators at the FBI
was the daughter of a Pakistani embassy official who worked for
Ahmad. The translator was given top secret clearance despite
protests from FBI investigators.
Edmonds says packages containing nuclear secrets were delivered
by Turkish operatives, using their cover as members of the
diplomatic and military community, to contacts at the Pakistani
embassy in Washington.
Following 9/11, a number of the foreign operatives were taken in
for questioning by the FBI on suspicion that they knew about or
somehow aided the attacks.
Edmonds said the State Department official once again proved
useful. "A primary target would call the official and point to
names on the list and say, 'We need to get them out of the US
because we can't afford for them to spill the beans'," she
said. "The official said that he would 'take care of it'."
Read the whole thing. I urge you to print it, email it, share it
with everyone you know. Edmonds has said enough now that she may
very likely go to prison, but she is a true patriot and she must
have our support, in the media and also in the public sphere.