Eleven Years after 9/11, the Threat Remains: The Leading Al Qaeda Operative Remains at Large (Part I)

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD:

Eleven years after 9/11, al Qaeda has been partially dismantled; Osama bin  Laden is sleeping with fishes, and the war on terror has subsided into a  military shuffle in Afghanistan. The leading experts on counter-terrorism no  longer make nightly appearances on national news programs, and books on militant  Islam no longer line the shelves of Barnes and Noble. But the leading Islamic  terrorist – – a chap named Adnan el Shukrijumah – – remain intent upon  conducting an attack on American soil in the very near future that will  replicate the damage caused by the US bombings of Hiroshima and  Nagasaki.

FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft have  called Adnan el-Shukrijumah “the next Mohammed Atta” – – a nuclear technician  and computer scientist, who represents “a clear and imminent danger to all  Americans.”

Shukrijumah’s face has appeared on the front pages of newspapers and every  televised news outlet throughout the United States and Canada. He has been  labelled the present leader of al Qaeda by the Justice Department. A special  office for information that might lead to his arrest – – replete with a 24 hour  hotline – – had been set up in Miami,  Florida.

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah

Federal investigators continue to comb South and Central America with the  hope of gleaning a scintilla of evidence that might shed light on his  whereabouts. They even established an elaborate sting operation in Guyana,  Trinidad, and New York (the JFK plot) to snag the elusive fugitive – – but the  operation only resulted in the creation of a new terrorist organization south of  the border.

In 2003, the Justice Department placed a $5 million reward for any  information leading to his arrest, and the same bounty for each of his alleged  accomplices: Amer el-Maati, Jaber A. Elbaneh, Anas al-Liby, and Abderraouf  Jdey.

But if you assemble a team of bounty hunters and manage to collar Adnan  el-Shukrijumah and his terrorist cronies, you will be hard-pressed to turn them  over to law enforcement officials, let alone to collect the aggregate $25  million. The U.S. Department of Justice, even after posting rewards, setting up  hotlines, and issuing BOLOs (“Be-on-the-Lookout” alerts) has failed to issue  criminal warrants for their arrest. This means that the bounty hunters would  have to leave Adnan and his friends strapped to lawn chairs in a deserted  warehouse, since members of state and local police departments remain without  authorization to detain or question them, let alone take them into  custody.

This oversight is mind-boggling. Adnan el-Shukrijumah has worked with  Mohammad Atta and the other 9/11 operatives; he has masterminded a plan to  launch a nuclear attack on American soil; he has attended leading al Qaeda  gatherings, including the Waziristan Summit of 2004; he has conspired with Jose  Padilla and others to blow up bridges and infrastructures in New York City; and  the search for his present whereabouts is littered with corpses, including that  of prominent California businessman Farouk Razac. Obtaining the necessary  warrants would constitute the perfunctory matter of submitting a request to a  federal judiciary. But this basic procedural step was not undertaken by the U.S.  Attorney General, the FBI Director, or any other official within the Justice  Department.

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FamilySecurityMatters.org  Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams is the author of The  Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al  Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest  on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and  NPR. Visit his website at http://thelastcrusade.org.