Tuesday, August 12, 2008

An Interesting Visitor

As mentioned by LGF and Hot Air, this may be something, or it may be nothing:
Adding to the intrigue is that the dead man, Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, 29, appears to be from outside the U.S. No passport was found on Dirie, who is believed to have entered the country from Canada.

A large container of a white powdery substance was found in the man's room on the fourth floor of The Burnsley hotel at 10th and Grant.
He was from Ottawa, Canada but it'll be interesting to see if there were any Pakistani connections. A cyanide plot was busted in Sindh, Pakistan in January of this year where the perps admitted they were going to put it in the water during the Shiite festival of Ashura.

At the same time ABC News is reporting tonight that al Qaeda's "Mata Hari", Aafia Siddiqui, a relative of Baluchi native KSM, had a "treasure trove" of contact info seized on her thumb drive. Ironically, the article also said this:
Interest in Siddique is in itself not new. On May 26th, 2004 she became the first woman wanted by the federal government in connection with Al Qaeda when then Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller asked the public's help in finding her and six men suspected of links to Al Qaeda. At that same time they warned, in advance of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, that Al Qaeda was preparing to "hit the United States hard" that summer.
She had her bail hearing postponed yesterday, which featured lots of supporters who claim she's being railroaded for some reason. But if she really knows Adnan El Shukrijumah, she's the real deal. Called by John Ashcroft "the next Mohammed Atta" at one point, he's rumored to have lived in Canada in the past, among other places.

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