By JEREMY REYNALDS, Ph.D.
December 1, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An Islamic terror group known as the Indian Mujahideen, which tookresponsibility for bombings in Delhi in September, warned two months agothat its next target would be Mumbai.
The almost 60-hour siege in Mumbai left nearly 200 people dead.
The Delhi bombings were a series of five synchronized bomb blasts thatkilled at least 30 and injured over 100.
A terrifying e-mail now posted on a password protected al-Qaeda related website and sent to Indian media two months ago read in part, "Let the IndianMujahideen warn all the people of Mumbai that whatever deadly attacksMumbaikars will face in future, their responsibility would lie with theMumbai ATS (the Anti-Terrorist Squad) and their guardians."
The diatribe continued, "The entire Mumbai ... ATS has failed to take heedfrom our previous warnings, and is deliberately committed to mess with us.You should know that your acts are not at all left unnoticed; rather we areclosely keeping an eye on you and just waiting for the proper time toexecute your bloodshed."
Predicting even more violence ahead, the writer of the e-mail said,"Remember it is not at all difficult for us to attack you in states likePunjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc. And bythe Grace of Allah there is no shortage of explosives or lack ofmanpower, and we are extremely capable to shed your blood anywhere anytime."
Fundamentalist Islamics who logged in to the secret al-Qaeda web site werethrilled about the Mumbai chaos and bloodshed.
Postings of delight quickly appeared on the site.
One radical wrote, "They turned the city into a big trap ... (Allah willing)we will see the same in western cities; it was only a training."
Someone else wrote how happy he was to finally find people who are reallyIndian fighters. "It''s a big development," he said.
Another writer commented, "I'm happy to see emerging new Jihadi groups, andespecially in India."
Possibly the most troubling comment read, "No matter who did it, I praiseand welcome these events. I hope the attackers will not limit themselves toUS and UK citizens and filthy Hindus, but kill as (many) non-Muslims aspossible."
As a result of the attacks, India's highest-ranking security official HomeMinister Shivraj Patil, responsible for public safety and internal security,resigned on Sunday. He took responsibility for the failure of the country'sintelligence services and military to prevent the devastation in Mumbai.
Terrorism researcher Glen Jenvey, who is regularly called on by Britain'snational media for information regarding terrorism attacks, wondered whetherthe problem with intelligence in India is similar to what he has encounteredin England.
He said that while there is an obvious need for good intelligence services,there is a problem. In an e-mail interview, Jenvey said, "Many ...intelligence services ... have a culture of 'Not Invented Here Syndrome'(NIH), where intelligence gathered outside their own ranks is either ignoredor dismissed."
Jenvey said that vital information is often discounted by low level officersworking in police stations across the country.
He said, "This vital intelligence is not passed up the ranks to seniorpolice officers and then to the security services, because it came from thepublic. The more eyes and ears the intelligence services have, the betterinformed they are."
Jenvey said he has had disturbing dealings with the British anti-terrorismsquad over the years, and after last week's terror attacks is worried aboutwhat is next.
He said that a number of factors as well as "slack intelligence gathering,leaves London open for a Mumbai style attack with headlines in the papersweeks later disclosing the police were warned but never acted."
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