From CNN, :
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Court documents have revealed alleged communications between a British citizen and Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, an al Qaeda computer expert arrested in Pakistan in July.
The newly released indictment alleges that Babar Ahmad communicated with Naeem Noor Khan, an al Qaeda expert arrested in Pakistan in July.
Until U.S. officials leaked the arrest of Khan to reporters, Pakistan had been using him to track down al Qaeda operatives around the world, Pakistan intelligence sources said in early August.
In background briefings with journalists, unnamed U.S. government officials said it was the capture of Khan that provided the information that led Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to announce a higher terror alert level.
Ahmad, 30, is accused of using U.S.-based Web sites to raise money for terrorists, including Chechen leader Shamil Basayev, who has claimed responsibility for the Beslan school massacre in Russia.
The indictment also charges Ahmad with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists, including helping to ship gas masks to the Taliban; providing material support to terrorists; conspiracy to kill, kidnap or injure people in a foreign country; and money laundering….
The document states authorities found what appears to be a 1960s or 1970s tourist brochure for the Empire State Building during a search of Ahmad’s residence. That brochure includes details about the building, including its ventilation system. It also features aerial shots of the building from north, east, south and west, and a map.…
Authorities also found a floppy disc that detailed movements in 2001 of a U.S. Navy battle group in the Strait of Hormuz, and discusses its vulnerability to terrorist attack, according to the affidavit. “Weakness: They have nothing to stop a small craft with RPG etc, except their SEALs’ stinger missiles.”
Ahmad allegedly exchanged e-mails with a U.S. Navy enlistee aboard the USS Benfold at about the same time.
One e-mail from the sailor allegedly voices enmity toward the “American enemies” and expresses support for those who attacked the USS Cole, calling them “men who have brought honor this week to the ummah in the lands of Jihad Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya.”
Ahmad allegedly replied, telling the sailor to “keep up the psychological warfare.”
The indictment accuses Ahmad of maintaining several Web sites, including azzam.com, which posted messages saying “the best way of helping Jihad and the Mujahadeen is by actually going to the lands of Jihad and physically fighting.
“The first and most important thing that Muslims can do in the West is to donate money,” the Web sites state, according to the document.
It also allegedly directs readers to obtain firearms training and, where permissible, obtain an assault rifle. “Military training is an Islamic obligation, not an option.”
The Web sites, according to the indictment, provided instruction for the surreptitious transfer of funds to the Chechen Mujahadeen and the Taliban, and instructions for travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight with these groups….
In a letter published in September in the British newspaper The Guardian, Ahmad wrote, “I can’t comment on the case as my lawyers are dealing with it, but I am optimistic.”
“I can’t believe that the government can extradite a British citizen to the land that invented Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and Bagram, for his human rights to be abused for “crimes” allegedly committed in Britain.”
I can see that he himself is keeping up the psychological warfare. I can’t believe that a coreligionist of those who perpetrated 9/11, Fallujah, and Beslan — and one who probably approved of all three — would dare to engage in that kind of moral equivalence.