Tuesday, August 01, 2006

FBI sees terror camps in Pakistan

Will the US add Pakistan to its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism ?

India's Government is a Dhimmi Government. The majority of Indians are Dhimmis, after living under Islamic Shariah Law for 800 years from the 11th Century to the 19th Century AD.

There is no hope of these Dhimmis being able to fight Islamic terror.

Will the US save whatever is remaining of India's 5000 year old Hindu Buddhist Sikh and Jain Civilization from going down the same drain into which the cultures of ancient Zoroastrian Persia, Christian Lebanon, ancient Buddhist Central Asia, ancient Buddhist Afghanistan, and ancient Hindu Pakistan and Hindu Bangladesh were flushed down ?

Rediff reports on the terror camps spotted by US satellites in Pakistan. The existence of these camps have been repeatedly denied by Pakistan, which has engaged in State-sponsored terrorism against India for over three decades now.

FBI pictures spot terror camps in Pakistan

Sridhar Krishnaswami in Washington | August 01, 2006 18:02 IST
Last Updated: August 01, 2006 18:19 IST

Pakistan's claims that it does not have terrorist training camps in its territory is being strongly contested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has told a US court that satellite pictures pointed towards such a camp.

In the trial of 23-year-old Pakistani American Hamid Hayat, who has been accused of terrorism-related charges, Defence Intelligence Agency's expert Eric Benn has stated that there was about 70 per cent 'probability' that the satellite images pointed to a terrorist training camp in near Balakot in northeast Pakistan.

Much to Pakistan's embarrassment, Benn told the district court in California that although he did not detect any formal weapons training, including firing ranges, targets, rocket launchers or explosives testing, it did not mean they were not taking place. The structures and trail in the remote terrain fit the signature of terrorist training, as opposed to regular training of Pakistani armed forces, he said.

Hamid's sentencing has been postponed by the court by four months to November and his father Umer Hayat, who at one time was charged with lying to federal authorities, is being re-tried after the first round ended in a hung jury, according to media reports.

The allegation against Hamid has been that from California's area of Lodi, which has a small Pakistani immigrant community, the 23-year-old went to Pakistan to attend religious school and training for terrorism with the intent of returning to the US to commit violent acts.

The reports said Hamid, who was to be sentenced on July 14, is facing charges of terrorism and jihad, which can give him a jail term of as many as 39 years.

Federal prosecutors want to nail their suspect -- and indirectly Pakistan -- in the terror training camp case while the defence has argued that Hamid never attended any terror facility but only made up the story to satisfy FBI agents who grilled him in June last year.

The FBI rolled out its DIA's imagery expert Benn, who on the basis of satellite photos of areas, initially argued that there was perhaps a 50 per cent 'possibility' of a terrorist training camp in northeast Pakistan. But after viewing Hamid's confession to the FBI, the defence analyst concluded that there was as much of a 70 per cent 'probability' that the satellite images pointed to a militant training camp.

Hamid's jury was shown satellite images taken between 2001 and 2004 of a Pakistani national forest, which was on a mountainous terrain and about 10 km from Balakot. The defence intelligence analyst apparently also identified a 3 km trail linked to the main road and dotted with several structures that seemed to reflect a guard house, barracks with a tin roof and perhaps some mud houses as well, the reports said.

Hamid's initial confession was that he underwent training at a camp in Balakot with Benn stressing that the youth's descriptions of the layout were 'consistent' with the physical things he observed in the satellite images and which brought about the 60 to 70 per cent certainty of the images depicting a terrorist training camp. But later, Hamid also confessed that he was at camps in Kashmir and in the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden was believed to have taken refuge at one time.

Pakistan has been attracting notoriety with regard to terrorism-related charges with federal authorities arresting persons known to have connections with terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, which is seen in many quarters as nothing more than an extension of the al-Qaeda.


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