Ashcroft Warns of New Terrorist Threats
Attorney General John Ashcroft speaking on the terrorist threat in the US.
It was the news that every American expected, but no one wanted to hear - the terrorists are planning another attack on US soil, and it could happen at any time. The announcement came in May 2003 from Attorney General Ashcroft and FBI Director Mueller. They revealed that al Qaeda believes that it is 90 percent of the way to completing plans for a large scale attack on the United States. According to Ashcroft, the railway bombing in Madrid has strengthened the resolve of the terrorists, causing them to try and hit the US in summer 2004.
Ashcroft and Mueller could not say when or where an attack might take place, but significant events are occuring over the next few months, including the upcoming Republican convention in New York. With the arrest of a possible terrorist in Columbus, Ohio in May who planned, according to authorities, to bomb a shopping mall - it may not be a major event that the terrorists targets. So-called "soft targets", malls, supermarkets, apartment buildings are also at risk.
Ashcroft's List -- One Down Six To Go
Seven Suspected Terrorists -- One Down; Six To Go
Adnan el-Shukrijumah may be a leader of a future terroist attack, according to the Attorney General.
In May 2004 the Attorney General asked all Americans to be on the lookout for seven people who the government believes have connections to terrorism. Most were known to America's Most Wanted viewers in the past, as the show has featured fugitive terror suspects before - but this was the first time that the Justice Department has put all these faces together and asked for the public's help.
On July 25, 2004 US authorities announced they had captured Ahmed "Foopie" Ghailani in Pakistan.
The remaining six range from the most hardened accused terrorist - one was indicted in the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 - to alleged passive participants - like the US citizen believed to have worked as a translator for other terrorists. They are from all over the world, from Comoros to Kuwait, Pakistan to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia to right here in the United States. Each poses his (or her, there is one woman in the group) threat to the United States. Only two are charged with a crime, but all are wanted for questioning by the US Government.
And while it is most likely that all are overseas somewhere, according to Attorney General Ashcroft, it is the duty of each American to keep an alert eye out for any of these fugitives.
This is Adam Gadahn
, a US citizen who may now be in Pakistan.
is alleged to have bought body armor and night vision goggles for unknown reasons.
Identification belonging to »Amer el Maati
was found in a terrorist camp in Afghanistan.
Captured July 25, 2004, Ahmed Ghailani
charged in the embassy bombings.
is charged with participating in the bombings of two US embassies in Africa.
made out a suicide video proclaiming himself a martyr.
may have trained with "dirty bombs"