Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe ( Full Text)

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe ( Full Text)

Authors: Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley, Bradley R. Larsen , The Open Chemical Physics Journal


A back-scattered electron (BSE) image featured in the newly published paper.

The Open Chemical Physics Journal

Volume 2

ISSN: 1874-4125

Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, DK-2100, Denmark.

April 4, 2009

Abstract: We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Examination of four of these samples, collected from separate sites, is reported in this paper. These red/gray chips show marked similarities in all four samples. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The red material contains grains approximately 100 nm across which are largely iron oxide, while aluminum is contained in tiny plate-like structures. Separation of components using methyl ethyl ketone demonstrated that elemental aluminum is present. The iron oxide and aluminum are intimately mixed in the red material. When ignited in a DSC device the chips exhibit large but narrow exotherms occurring at approximately 430 °C, far below the normal ignition temperature for conventional thermite. Numerous iron-rich spheres are clearly observed in the residue following the ignition of these peculiar red/gray chips. The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

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Adam Gadahn, a.k.a. “Azzam al-Amriki” Rises from the Dead in Somalia, After Allegedly Being Killed by Predator Strike in Wana



American Al Qaeda holds rare news conference in Somalia

Washington, Apr.6 (ANI): Two young Americans who left their homes to join an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia held a rare “press conference” in Southern Somalia on Monday, saying they want to be killed “for the sake of God.”


According to a U.S. law enforcement official and a video posted on a Somali news Web site, at least 20 Somali-American men from the Minneapolis area and elsewhere in the United States have joined the terrorist group al-Shabaab, which has been warring with the moderate Somali government since 2006.

“We came from the U.S. with a good life and a good education, but we came to fight alongside our brothers of al-Shabaab … to be killed for the sake of God,” one man said in the video, as translated by Omar Jamal, the executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

In the video, two men, identifying themselves as Abu-Muslim and Abu Yaxye, say they are “Somali youth” from the United States who are now stationed near the city of Kismayo, more than 300 miles southwest of Mogadishu, according to Jamal.

The men say they are talking to media for the first time so others can learn why they joined al-Shabaab, he said.

A spokesman from the FBI Field Office in Minneapolis, E.K. Wilson, said he is “aware of the video,” which was posted on the Web site He said the video was first brought to his office’s attention early Sunday.

Wilson would not say whether the FBI has identified the men in the video.

It was a “clear appeal to foreign youth, especially in English-speaking countries, to join the jihad in Somalia,” according to the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first provided the video to Fox News.

In the 30-minute video, featuring an anti-American hip-hop score and images of Usama bin Laden, a man dubbed “The American” purportedly leads a group of al-Shabaab militants in an ambush of Ethiopian forces, which oppose an Islamic state and have backed the new Somali government.

A law enforcement official confirmed to FOX News that the man, identified in the video as Abu Mansur al-Amriki, is originally from the United States, but said he has been in Somalia “for some time.”

The official said the man is in his late 20s or early 30s, and left the United States “many” years ago. (ANI)

Police arrest mastermind behind Feb 5 attack

Police arrest mastermind behind Feb 5 attack

The accused is alleged linked with a banned sectarian outfit besides being connected to Baitullah Mehsud. — Reuters

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Police in Dera Ghazi Khan claim to have arrested the alleged mastermind of the February 5 suicide attack on an Imam Bargah in Dera Ghazi Khan in which 27 people were killed and over 50 were injured, DawnNews reported.

The mastermind has been identified as one Qari Ismail.

At a press conference in D G Khan, DIG Police Mubarak Athar said the accused has links with a banned sectarian outfit besides having connections with Baitullah Mehsud. The police have also recovered sensitive documents and videos from his possession.

The DIG said his accomplice Ghulam Mustafa Qaiserani has also been taken into custody, who allegedly provided explosives and suicide jacket to the attacker.

Qari Ismail is also the mastermind behind the suicide blasts in Islamabad and Chakwal, DawnNews quoted Athar as saying earlier.

More Human Wreckage from Afghan Disaster/War

Bodies found in container will be sent to Kabul

By Saleem Shahid

The Afghan Consul General, Daud Mohsani, cries as he sees the bodies of the dead Afghans. - Online photo.

The Afghan government has also started investigating the incident and vows strict action against those found to be involved in human trafficking rings. – Online photo.

QUETTA: The bodies of victims of a human smuggling racket found in a container truck near Quetta on Saturday will be taken to Kabul on Monday by an Afghan cargo plane.

‘A special plane will arrive here from Kabul tomorrow morning for taking the bodies to Afghanistan,’ Afghan Consul General Mohammad Daud Mohsani said on Sunday. The bodies would be transported by road if the plane could not be arranged, he added.

After completing legal formalities, the local administration handed over the bodies of the Afghan nationals to the Edhi Foundation. ‘We will hand over the coffins to the Afghan authorities at Quetta airport,’ Edhi sources said.

Security personnel were deployed at the hospital where survivors were undergoing treatment. ‘Cases have been registered against the survivors under the Foreigners Act and around a dozen of them have been taken into custody,’ sources told Dawn, adding that they would be interrogated in order to trace the elements involved in the human smuggling case in both countries.

A team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrived here from Islamabad to investigate the case.

An investigation team of FIA and other agencies also visited Chaman and met several people. Five suspects are reported to have been detained.

All the illegal immigrants had been stuffed in the container in Chaman, the sources said.

They said four agents — Gul Agha, Wazir Mohammad, Mullah Gul Mohammad and Wali Mohammad — were involved in arranging the container to take the people to Iran.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also ordered an investigation.

The Afghan consul general in Quetta said the Afghans found involved in the inhuman act would be brought to justice and he would also appeal to the Pakistan government to punish those responsible for the tragedy.

He said both countries should work jointly to deal with the elements running the human smuggling racket.

‘As (Afghans) are badly treated at checkpoints, arrested and taken away by the FIA and sent to prison to be sent back after one month, they are compelled to adopt ways which can put their lives at risk. If both the countries agree to provide travel facilities to refugees, such incidents can be reduced,’ the Afghan diplomat said at the Civil Hospital where he had gone to meet the survivors. He thanked the government for providing medical and other facilities to the survivors.

Most survivors were in a state of shock. There area around a dozen teenagers among them. Most of them belong to Kapisa province near Kabul and speak Persian. According to the sources; the smugglers had brought 64 Afghan nationals from Kabul and another 37 from Spin Buldak.

‘They put all of us in the container on Friday afternoon and locked it,’ 20-year-old Shamsur Rehman said in the hospital. When the air-conditioner stopped working, he said, they started screaming but the driver did not listen and he and the other people fell unconscious.

Gul Zameen, who was discharged from the hospital, said he and other people in the container had paid Rs5,000 to Rs10,000 to the Afghan agents who had arranged the truck in Spin Buldak. ‘We are all poor and wanted to find jobs in Quetta and Iran.’

‘We gathered at a hotel in Vesh before starting our journey,’ said Nazar Mohammad.

The FIA and other investigating agencies were conducting raids in Chaman and Quetta for the human smugglers and the truck’s driver and cleaner who had escaped after parking the container at Hazar Gangi stand.

Bury Al-Qaeda ghost

Bury Al-Qaeda ghost

Published: April 5, 2009

Those prophesying that Barack Obama in many ways would be similar to his predecessor were right on the spot if his recent speech on Afghanistan is to guide us. He has incessantly talked about 9/11 and Al-Qaeda as indeed did his predecessor, George Bush and his neocon cabal. Obama’s proposed surge in troops to bolster demoralised NATO forces in Afghanistan shows his determination to eliminate Al-Qaeda and Taliban resistance. Bush invented Al-Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11 and Obama has decided to stick to it with the only difference that he has discarded the use of the term War On Terror. Al-Qaeda is in fact nebulous; it is a philosophy to resist. Had it been an organised body, the US killing machine would have snuffed it out long ago.
Who adhere to this philosophy? Those resisting the presence of foreign forces on their soil are its followers. Call them Al-Qaeda, nationalists, or sons of the soil; it is of little consequence. Millions that follow the philosophy are sure that no such thing as Al-Qaeda exists or it ever existed. They are sure that the Al-Qaeda ghost had no role in 9/11 and destruction of Twin Towers because it was an inside job. The Twin Towers were brought down by design, by demolition, by systematically placing detonating devices weeks before the hijacked planes struck. Collision of planes with the towers and their pancake collapse within the perimeters were two different issues. No outside collision however massive in magnitude could cause the collapse of the concrete towers to heap on to the ground as if they were toys made of pulp and sand.

Were a serious inquiry held immediately after the event and not 441 days later, it would have easily established the causes of the collapse. Barrie Zwicker in his book, Towers of Deception, claims that more than half of the New Yorkers believe 9/11 was an inside job; the White House had prior knowledge of it or was in some way complicit. If Al-Qaeda managed to hijack the planes to crash them against the towers, how did it manage to arrange detonation of the buildings? Bush administration failed to provide a plausible answer to one of the most important allegations. In fact, evidence to the contrary is aplenty. Specifically, how millions of tons of steel bars, to obliterate telltale marks, violating federal laws, were quickly shipped abroad. Chemical analysis of the bars and debris could have provided crucial evidence whether the damage had occurred by detonation or by burning airliners’ fuel as the official theory propounded.
Mainstream US media published stories skewed in favour of the official version, without highlighting views of the detractors, which was a manifestation of its unethical involvement in the cover up of the truth. Had the media probed as deep into 9/11 as it did to dig out Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair it would have surely found the clues to Twin Towers’ destruction.
To claim through corporate media that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the attack on the superpower is an unqualified fraud in history. Is not the similarity between gutting of the Reichstag in Germany before invading Europe and destruction of Twin Towers in the US before invading Afghanistan striking? Many in Europe have called Bush 21st century’s Hitler. Obama would do well to distance himself from that image by reassessing his Afpak strategy.

Wrapping defeat in euphemism, Bush in his last year in office had said: “We are not winning war in Afghanistan.” Obama has inherited Bush’s losing war. Instead of reappraising the past strategy to determine the causes of failure, he has decided to inject more troops. Quite erroneously, he thinks troop surge will help NATO forces to gain control, without realising that it will in fact cause an upsurge in resistance. More exposure of troops will result in more killing on both sides. Troops can never control popular uprising of the people.
Therefore, army action in Fata and Swat has not been able to put down the resistance because it was against, as said earlier, an amorphous body – philosophy of resistance, which the Americans prefer to call Al-Qaeda. No army however well laced succeeds against its own people.
We now face the predicament of US blaming the army and the ISI for colluding with Taliban. Imagine! Same network under Musharraf had handed over terror suspects to US in return for bounty, which he confessed in his book In line of fire. Leaving the country in a horrible mess, he has quietly slipped abroad on a lecturing tour. Who would listen to his pearls of wisdom, one wonders. However, there is only one word to describe the present situation: pathetic.
US war against Taliban and Al-Qaeda has triggered a class war and anti-Americanism. Lower layers of the impoverished people, maltreated by the system, are on one side and a handful in well-greased positions of authority on the other. That’s why the terror attacks are directed against the state authority, which sides with US designs, and not against the common people. Hoi Polloi are by misfortune caught in the crossfire.
The writer is a freelance columnist

Israel to build five artillery munitions plants in Bihar, India

Israel to build five artillery munitions plants in Bihar

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Israel has signed a whopping $240 million agreement with India to build five artillery munitions factories in Bihar over a period of three years. The munitions factories will be built by the Israeli Military Industry (IMI) on the line of its ordnance factory in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon, business daily ‘Globes’ reported. The Israeli defence industry said that the contract was the result of its collaboration with Indian Government’s Ordnance Factories Board (OFB). IMI will be the chief contractor in the deal and will use Israeli and Indian firms as subcontractors. The state-owned Israeli firm reported $660 million in sales last year, 16 per cent more than in 2007. The firm’s CEO Avi Felder said the global economic crisis would change the procurement pattern by the world’s leading militaries, which would switch to upgrading existing weapons platforms on short timetables instead of massive investment in new facilities that would take a long time to develop and deliver.

The real battle

The real battle

Monday, April 06, 2009
Zafar Hilaly

The prime minister never tires of reminding us that in Afghanistan and Swat the struggle that we face is all about “winning the hearts and minds of the people.” But the struggle is really about reclaiming minds and hearts from those claiming to be Muslims but who, for many Muslims, are the very antithesis of what they claim to be. One animal centre in the UK protested that associating animals with these “detestable species of mammals” was unfair.

As to how we should deal with those who subject those who do not share their version of the Sharia to lashes and beheadings, the answer is, take them on and defeat them. Obviously, given the character of the enemy, the fight will be one in which no quarter is asked and none given. Soviet soldiers were skinned alive by Pushtun tribal women when captured. So they carried cyanide pills to commit suicide rather than undergo such a death. In retaliation, the Soviets took no prisoners, killing more than a million Afghans. Noticeably, the Taliban terrorists who attacked the Manawan Police Centre last week blew themselves up rather than face capture.

The Taliban are the 21st century’s Mongols. Their mission too, like that of the 12th century Mongol hordes, is to destroy the culture, faith and way of life of their opponents, and to capture and kill them if they resist. But unlike the Mongols hordes they do not simply traverse the land like a swarm of locusts, instead they stay.

The Taliban are counting on the fact that the peoples of the areas which presently constitute Pakistan will, when it comes to confronting invaders, surrender. The Taliban take heart from the fact, that though battle has not yet been joined in earnest, Pakistan has already surrendered in Swat and FATA.

Extremism is a disease that has invaded the body politic of Pakistan; all echelons of government and the establishment carry visible scars of the infection and in some segments of society, such as the urban lower middle classes and the poor, it has become a contagion. Among the leadership, too, and especially in the military, adherence to the Salafist version of Islam was and is worn as a badge of pride. In past regimes, like that of Zia-ul-Haq, it was an asset in winning promotion. Similarly, recruitment policies under the last two military dictators generally favoured religious types, notwithstanding Musharraf’s sham liberalism.

The nursery of the extremism that has Pakistan in its grip today is some of the 18,000 or so madrasas scattered all over the country. Often funded by foreign Wahhabi charities, these madrasas are the recruiting centres of the Taliban and the several murderous Jaishes that have proliferated. Their political patrons like the JUI have seized every opportunity that incumbency provided to enhance their student intake while jealously shielding their curricula and teaching methods from government supervision and inspection. Such has been the success they have enjoyed, and so close are the links maintained with former madrasa students, that according to one unnamed intelligence source, quoted on a KTN News programme entitled “50 minutes” hosted by Mr Manzoor Shaikh a few days ago, they have as many as 70,000 armed followers in Pakistan’s main population centres, awaiting the call to action.

There is virtually no other countervailing force but the military in Pakistan which can confront them. However, the military, including the intelligence agencies which fathered some of the Jaishes are loath to take them on or cleanse the madrasas of extremists. Even though, it seems, that the realisation is belatedly dawning on the military, at all levels, that their own lives are at stake, and so too Pakistan’s existence.

The question that arises, however, is whether the penny has dropped too late in view of the traction extremism has gained in Pakistan and the disruption such a campaign will now cause and the lack of any certainty of success. The fact that US unpopularity has never been greater, or the religious political parties more opposed to action against the Taliban, or the secular political leadership more discredited, suggests that it is. Besides, the bloodletting, chaos and turmoil that a civil war of this sort will unleash are almost certainly beyond the control of an unpopular and weak government. Indeed, some argue plausibly that it will lead the country to the very pass that we wish to avoid. Perhaps our leaders, like the Shah of Iran, have missed the boat. His much vaunted military, pampered and marvellously equipped as it was, deserted him when it came to the crunch. In East Pakistan too, by the time resolute action was ordered, it was too late; the game, so too speak, was over.

The Taliban and their supporters know this and are banking on it. The truces and agreements they offer to postpone the inevitable confrontation work in their favour. They are biding their time till the situation ripens. The scenario in Pakistan today is like a Greek tragedy: we all know the end but are powerless to prevent it.

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