Thursday, January 19, 2006

Al-Qaeda Encourages Jihadists To Fuck Up The Alaska Pipeline

Not all that surprising considering how easy it is to damage the pipeline. Remember Daniel Carson Lewis, the guy who caused the loss of 285,600 gallons of oil in 2001 simply by driving up on an ATV and shooting the pipeline? And he was drunk at the time too.

Here's more from the Anchorage Daily News:

A recent posting on a Web site purportedly affiliated with al-Qaida urges attacks against the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and Valdez tanker dock, calling on jihadists to either shower the pipe with bullets or hide and detonate explosives along its length.

...The 10-page posting includes numerous links to Web sites providing maps and other basic information about the pipeline.

Attacking oil and gas targets in the United States and other countries is key to bringing down the economy of the "American devils," the author writes, saying the message was posted in response to calls from Osama bin Laden and his top al-Qaida deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri.

The Arabic posting was discovered and translated in late December by the SITE Institute, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization that tracks international terrorists.

...Spokesmen for the FBI and other law enforcement and security agencies said Tuesday they were aware of the posting, but none would say whether it had prompted any extra security measures in Alaska.

...The posting suggests mujahedeen hit pipelines and other oil and gas assets in the United States, as well as in Iraq and the Caspian Sea region, as a way to hurt the U.S. economy and to gain payback for the war in Iraq.

"The bloody trash tore our children and dishonored us," it says. "This is our time to teach them a lesson in how to deal with Muslims."

It singles out the Alaska pipeline as a particularly valuable, and vulnerable, target for terror.

...The author of the Web posting suggests attackers hit the pipeline with "piercing bullets," or better yet, place explosives alongside it, especially in rural and wooded places to slow response and create fires.

...Last month, federal pipeline regulators ordered Alyeska to develop new spill cleanup drills with "terrorist attack scenarios" in mind.

Of course, let Al-Qaeda focus on the pipeline all they want if it'll divert even a small portion of their resources from 9/11-style attacks. We can always get more money, but lives once lost are gone forever.


The SITE Institute -'The Search for International Terrorist Entities'

Wikipedia on the Alaska Pipeline.

Wikipedia on Al-Qaeda.


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