by Selwyn Manning - Breaking News
USA investigators have made headway into who they believe is responsible for yesterday's terrorist attacks on the United
States, on New York's World Trade Centre and the US Military's Pentagon. The individuals, the groups, organisations and
nations deemed responsible will certainly face a full retaliatory strike back from the united States Military and
possibly other NATO countries.
Latest reports from the United States Government and investigative sources suggests they are "90%" certain that this act
of war was organised by Osama bin Laden - who currently has refuge in the northern hills of Afghanistan.
US officials say they have evidence that each of the four terrorist teams had among them a certified pilot, some of whom
had flown for Saudi Airlines.
The officials are not clear on whether the pilots are US trained or Saudi Arabia trained or both.
The terrorist commando teams likely had four to five persons. Somemay have crossed the Canadian border into the U.S.
Reports suggest that within the past few months, the FBI were watching two men attached to the Islamic Jihad terror
group, but a botch-uo saw the men get into the US. One media outlet - Time Magazine - reports the two men were on the
American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
Boston, it is believed, has been a central hub for the terrorist group's operation; and US investigators have already
seized alleged associates of a bin Laden cell in Florida. The officials say this group was providing support on the
aviation aspects of the attack.
US Spooks may have been tipped off to the attack in June. Investigators are looking over old reports and believe they
have information that could draw light on those responsible for the attack, although at the time the intelligence was
too vague.At that time, the alert went out to US embassies, especially those in the Middle East and the military moved
to a higher level of alert.
The CIA received what Time Magazine says were vague reports "of some kind of spectacular happenings" by terrorists. For more see: TIME Exclusive: Inside the Plot ...
Osama bin Laden is an Islamic fundamentalist and the son of a Saudi billionaire.
He has been on the USA's FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list since 1999, and the U.S. State Department has offered a $5
million reward for his arrest.
U.S. prosecutors say bin Laden is the leader of al Qaeda(Arabic for "the Base"), a worldwide network of terrorists and is blamed for striking US targets around the world. Such targets include: the
millennium bombing plot, last year's attack on the USS Cole in Yemen and the nearly simultaneous bombings of the U.S.
embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Bin Laden was also thought to be behind a suspected plot organising a large bomb attack on the Sydney Olympic Games in
2000. Australian, US and New Zealand secret service investigators suspected an Afghani-cell was operating from Auckland
City New Zealand. See: the New Zealand Herald's coverage Terrorist Cell in Auckland...
In February this year, secret intelligence agents described how terrorist groups, including bin Laden, were using coded
messages in pornography and sports websites to help agents plot guerrilla attacks.
The Spooks said how encrypted messages on internet bulletin boards have replaced the traditional cloak-and-dagger
methods of dead-letter drops.
IT security experts explained that governments around the world were struggling to control the internet, particularly
the right to monitor e-mail, in an effort to thwart dissident attacks.
Even in New Zealand the Government has a Bill before the House that intends widespread changes to how SIS and other
investigators gather information from individual's email and internet communications. Controversy surrounds the Bill due
to it's invasive abilities into people's private affairs.
Although IT security experts say even if governments were able to get access to the keys to encryption, a message could
still get through by being double-encrypted.
CIA information operations manager John Serabian told a US Government panel in 2000, that groups such as Hizbollah,
Hamas, and bin Laden's were using computerised files, email and encryption to communicate.
"Terrorists already use the internet to communicate, to raise funds, recruit, and gather intelligence," Serabian told
the US government panel.
Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper reported, in April 1999, that Australia's spy agency - the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation
- was investigating claims that bin Laden was trying to recruit members in Melbourne. ASIO and counter-terrorist police
were on alert following sensational allegations which emerged in a court case in which an Iraqi national was accused of
attacking a family for refusing to join bin Laden's extremist Muslim group.
Bin Laden's anger with the United States stems from the 1990 decision by Saudi Arabia to allow the U.S. to stage attacks
on Iraqi forces in Kuwait and Iraq. After the U.S. victory, the U.S. military presence became permanent.