Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's leading television and newspaper reporters, and an internationally acclaimed journalist, has interviewed countless political VIPs all over the globe -- Pakistan’s President Musharraf and former Prime Minister Bhutto, Afghanistan’s President Karzai, as well as Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and Richard Armitage, among numerous others.
His most noteworthy interview was with Osama bin Laden, in November of 2001. He is the last known journalist to have interviewed bin Laden, and he is currently putting the finishing touches on a bin Laden biography, to be released later this year.
This man is not a flash-in-the-pan would-be journalist who is looking for his fifteen minutes of fame. Anything but.
Mir’s prophetic reports of last year, generally rebuffed by most in the mainstream media, regarding the resurgence of the Taliban with support from Iran and Russia, have generally panned out in recent months.
Mir appeared on the Glenn Beck show today and spoke about the political and military situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorist threats to America and Europe and the probability of coming al-Qaeda attacks.
Earlier this month, Mir interviewed Abu Dawood, one of the newly appointed commanders of the al-Qaeda ‘insurgents’ in Afghanistan. The interview took place on the outskirts of Kabul, at a time when Mir was traveling as an embedded reporter with British troops.
According to Mir, final preparations are being made for another (‘larger than 9/11’) attack on the U. S.
He warned that, during the interview, he was told the following:
Muslims living in the United States are being warned by high al-Qaeda operatives to leave the U.S.
The next major terrorist attack on American soil will be commandeered by Adnan el Shukrijumah, who already has a $5 million FBI reward (click on link) on his head.
El Shukrijumah is a Saudi national, but has spent most of his life in the U.S. His parents live in Florida.
The FBI believes that el Shukrijumah has been trained extensively in al-Qaeda camps, as a terrorist organizer and field commander, to lead and plan a terrorist assault in the same way that Mohammed Atta was brought up through the ranks before he operationally organized and led the 9/11 hijackings.
El Shukrijumah was last seen in southern Florida area in the spring of 2003. The FBI does not know his whereabouts today.
The al-Qaeda ‘soldiers’ (many of whom have adopted Christian or Jewish names) who will launch this attack are located in cities throughout America, preparing, training, and awaiting orders from high al-Qaeda operatives.
Al-Qaeda and the Taliban will initiate a major strike against American and British forces in Afghanistan during Ramadan (September 24th through October 24th).
Below are the answers to just two of the questions Mir posed to Dawood. I am excerpting them here because I believe them to be the answers that most require our attention and analysis:
I met Adnan [el Shukrijumah] in early 2004, in Khost. He came to Khost from the North Waziristan … He is very well known in al-Qaeda. He is an American and a friend of Muhammad Atta, who led 9/11 attacks five years ago … He is very brave and intelligent. Bush is aware that brother Adnan has smuggled deadly materials inside America from the Mexican border. Bush is silent about him, because he doesn't want to panic his people ...
... Americans will not win this war, which they have started against Muslims. Americans are the biggest supporters of the biggest terrorist in the world, which is Israel. You have witnessed the brutality of the Israelis in the recent 34-day war against Lebanese civilians. 9/11 was a revenge of Palestinian children, killed by the US-made weapons, supplied to Israel. The next attack on America would be a revenge of Lebanese children killed by US-made cluster bombs. Bush and Blair are the Crusaders, and Muslim leaders, like Musharraf and [Afghani President Hamid] Karzai are their collaborators. We will teach a lesson to all of them ...
... We have a different plan for the next attack. You will see. Americans will hardly find out any Muslim names, after the next attack. Most of our brothers are living in Western countries, with Jewish and Christian names, with passports of Western countries. This time, someone with the name of Muhammad Atta will not attack inside America, it would be some David, Richard or Peter.
I believe that Mir is reporting Dawood’s words as they were spoken. The question is, can we believe Dawood? Al-Qaeda generally does not forecast its atrocities. But if this interview is evidence that their leadership is changing its tack, American vigilance, preparedness and deterrence were never more imperative. And politically correct anti-terrorist policies were never more potentially deadly.