The FBI has already explicitly ruled this out as a possibility, and here in my office this morning I have no reason to doubt them. However, the fact that there is this claim of credit is interesting in itself: here is an individual or group trying to keep up the “psychological jihad.”
From the SITE Institute, with thanks to DC Watson:
In a message posted on the Internet, a group calling itself “Qaedat al-Jihad in the United States” claims responsibility for the Texas Refinery bombing and states that “This operation took place in spite of the tight security, which is unprecedented in America’s history.”
The communiquÃ©, which has not been corroborated by any other source, also states that the attack was a follow up to a promise made by Abi Hamza “the American” who had declared that “He will turn your streets red, covered with blood.” It seems that the communiquÃ© refers to Abu (abi) Azzam the American, a purported al-Qaeda member who in a videotape broadcasted on October 26, 2004 had threaten to carry out attacks in the United States.
The communiquÃ© also promises that “This announcement will be followed by a detailed and illustrated announcement of this blessed operation in Texas’ main refinery.”
OK. Let’s see it.