Iraq News, FEBRUARY 22, 1999

By Laurie Mylroie

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   The Gov't charged on the basis of secret evidence--not revealed to 
the accused or his lawyers--that a Palestinian was involved with a World 
Trade Center bomber and should be deported as a threat to national 
  The judge determined that I qualified as an expert witness, as I have 
done a great deal of work on the WTC bombing, and I testified that there 
was no credible evidence that Hany Khaireldin had anything to do with 
the WTC bombing; knew any of those convicted for it; or represented a 
threat to national security, as the NYT, Feb 18, reported.
   Indeed, this case represents just one more, perhaps inevitable, 
consequence of the Clinton administration's mishandling of terrorism, 
starting with the two 1993 NYC bombing conspiracies--the Feb 26 WTC 
bombing and a subsequent plot, actually an FBI undercover operation, to 
bomb the UN; New York's Federal building; and two tunnels.  
  In dealing with the conspiracies, the Clinton administration separated 
the national security question of state sponsorship/involvement from the 
criminal question of the guilt or innocence of the individuals involved. 
It dealt slyly with the issue of state sponsorship/involvement, while it 
dealt very publicly with the criminal question, in trials [see "Iraq 
News," Jan 27].  And that gave rise to the notion that there was a new 
kind of terrorism, carried out by individuals, or "loose networks." 
   And that has led to a dangerous confusion.  Among other things, the 
Gov't, or some part of it, seems not to have a good understanding of the 
likely source of terrorist threats.  It spent its time and resources 
pursuing the man whom I assisted, a person without political or 
religious passions, but with an extremely vindictive ex-wife, while it 
has left at large, in the US, an Iraqi-American, who actually was 
associated with the WTC bombers.  Moreover, the Iraqi-American has a 
Ph.D. in microbiology--alarming, if one thinks about a possible Iraqi BW 
terrorist attack.     
   Also, there are two people with US pilots licenses associated with 
WTC bombing mastermind, Ramzi Yousef.  The most lethal way to carry out 
a BW terrorist attack would be for an airplane, flying upwind and 
perpendicular to the wind, to release a BW cloud that would blow over a 
city.  This might be of special concern, given that Baghdad retains its 
entire BW stockpile, even as it regularly issues angry threats regarding 
various aspects of the system of post-Gulf war constraints, the latest 
focusing on the no-fly zones.  
  And if the Clinton administration had dealt properly with the 
terrorism that occurred on its watch, starting with the WTC bombing, we 
would understand that the likely sources of such a terrible threat--the 
BW terrorist threat--are small in number, basically states hostile to 
the US, and not every Tom, Dick, and Harry with an angry chip on his 
shoulder.  But we believe the latter and are therefore vulnerable. There 
is no deterrence before an attack, because almost anyone is thought 
capable of carrying it out, and little prospect of pinning it on the 
true author afterwards.      
   And there is a lesson.  There is neither justice for the individual, 
nor security for the community, unless authority tells the truth and 
acts upon it.  Unfortunately, a large part of the American public seems 
not to understand that. 

New York Times, Metro Section
February 18, 1999
Judge Gives Hope to Man held for Deportation
By Ronald Smothers
Newark -- An immigration court judge closed testimony Wednesday in what 
he called the "unusual and difficult" deportation case of a Palestinian 
man who has been linked by secret evidence to terrorist organizations 
and the World Trade Center bombing, and said he would now consider a 
request that the man be released on bail.
   The judge, Daniel Meisner, gave new hope to the man, Hany Kiareldeen, 
31, who has been detained for nearly a year. Judge Meisner denied three 
earlier bail motions.
   An authority on terrorism challenged the secret evidence of the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation in testimony on Tuesday, saying the 
accusations contradicted the Federal Government's own case against the 
   Kiareldeen's lawyers, Houeida Saad and Regis Fernandez, said today 
that Judge Meisner's invitation to seek bail was an encouraging sign 
that their evidence was beginning to undermine the Immigration and 
Naturalization Service's case.
   The authority, Laurie Mylroie, is the co-author of the 1991 best 
seller "Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf" and was an analyst 
and consultant on the bombing case for ABC and Newsweek.
   In declassified summaries of still-secret evidence against 
Kiareldeen, informers say he was a member of an unnamed terrorist 
organization, Ms. Mylroie said. This contradicts the Government's theory 
in the World Trade Center case -- that the 1993 bombing was the work of 
"independent radical terrorists" unconnected with organized groups, she 
   The summaries, prepared for Kiareldeen's lawyers by the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation, also say he met with Nidal A. Ayyad, one of the 
convicted co-conspirators in the bombing, a week before the bombing.
   Ms. Mylroie said she had analyzed transcripts from the bombing trials 
and examined the telephone logs of the co-conspirators, and Kiareldeen's 
telephone number and name did not appear in any of those logs.
   Throughout the hearings, Kiareldeen and his lawyers have maintained 
that his former wife, Amal Mohamed, was the source of the terrorism 
   Efforts to get Ms. Mohamed on the stand to testify last fall ended 
abruptly when she acknowledged talking to F.B.I. agents but refused to 
give details of those talks, saying she feared for her life. Since then, 
the I.N.S. and the United States Attorney for New Jersey have blocked 
efforts to compel her testimony.
   Ms. Mylroie said Kiareldeen did not fit the profile of the near- 
ascetic terrorist obsessed with Mideastern politics.
   This contention was echoed by friends of Kiareldeen, who testified on 
Tuesday that he was like many young American men.
   "He was not political or religious, and he went to go-go bars and 
liked to drink and dance," said Mansour Saqfelhait, one of the friends.