Rajaa Gulum Abbas
| Rajaa Gulum Abbas |
Pakistani spook and presumed agent provocateur. According to some narratives, was supposed to have foreknowledge of 911.
Rajaa Gulum Abbas is a Pakistani intelligence operative who allegedly was also working for the Taliban.
He was allegedly recorded in a New York meeting in 1999, in what seems to have been a sting operation on several layers, where Abbas according to some stories made several over the top agent provocateur statements on buying nuclear weapons for Osama bin Laden while saying "Americans [are] the enemy,"and, "We would have no problem with blowing up this entire restaurant because it is full of Americans."
According to Randy Glass, a self-proclaimed former conman and arms dealer who became an informant for the FBI, Abbas during this meeting also was supposed to have shown foreknowledge of 911, pointing at the World Trade Center during the meeting while saying "Those towers are coming down."
The UK Daily Mail wrote on September 17, 2001:
Within a few months the sting operation went into even higher gear. Shawkey came to the U.S. to inspect the Stinger missiles which he thought were on sale and Malik told Glass he had a Pakistani associate named Mohammed Abbas who wanted to purchase nuclear materials. Abbas was quickly identified as an ISI agent.
Abbas travelled to the U.S. with two associates. They met Glass at the Tribeca Grill, just 12 blocks from the World Trade Centre.
Over an expensive lunch Abbas said he was associated with Bin Laden and wanted nuclear weapons because he intended to 'kill all Americans'.
He then waved at the street outside, from which the WTC could be seen towering above, and said he would like to see it 'reduced to rubble'.
The Palm Beach Post wrote on October 17, 2002:
Randy Glass, the former Boca Raton con man who rubbed elbows with terrorists as a federal informant, testified Wednesday before congressional investigators looking into the terrorist attacks last year. What Glass has to say centers on his role in the probe that resulted in the West Palm Beach arrests of two men as arms brokers trying to finalize a deal to sell stinger antiaircraft missiles, nuclear components and other high-tech weaponry to terrorists linked in court documents to Osama Bin Laden. The special joint inquiry committee created by the House and Senate intelligence committees to review the events of Sept. 11 also is looking into intelligence communication breakdowns.
In August 2001, just before Glass started to serve a seven-month sentence for a $6 million jewelry scam, he said he reached out to Sen. Bob Graham and U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler. He said he told staffers for both lawmakers that a Pakistani operative working for the Taliban known as R.G. Abbas made three references to imminent plans to attack the World Trade Center during the probe, which ended in June 2001. At one meeting at New York's Tribeca Grill caught on tape, Abbas pointed to the World Trade Center and said, "Those towers are coming down," Glass said. Glass also now says the State Department, in an effort to maintain good diplomatic relations with Pakistan, pulled the plug on the South Florida terrorist probe, believing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf could control the militant terrorist faction of his government.
Glass spent 3-1/2 hours under oath Wednesday. The staffers have spoken to about 500 people with information, said Paul Anderson, spokesman for Graham, the Florida Democrat who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I told them I have specific evidence, and I can document it," Glass said. Court documents detail how Glass worked numerous cases as a confidential informant, including the arms probe that nabbed Diaa Badr Mohsen and Mohammed "Mike" Malik of New Jersey as they showed off weaponry at a Palm Beach International Airport hangar. A federal prosecutor told a judge that Glass had been in contact with agents of the Taliban, the Afghan regime that protected bin Laden. Both Mohsen and Malik pleaded guilty. Mohsen was sentenced to about 2-1/2 years in prison. Malik's sentence remains sealed but a source says he received 30 months.
State Sen. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, was the first to take Glass seriously when he sat down with him shortly after Mohsen and Malik were arrested in June 2001. The lawmaker said he is surprised it has taken so long for Washington to listen to Glass. "Shame on us," Klein said. "Whether Randy Glass is credible or not, he has some information that should be evaluated." Klein said he doesn't recall any talk from Glass about the World Trade Center but does recall specific national security information. He forwarded Glass' information to Graham's office, and followed up on it to make sure it was processed. Glass' reputation as a convicted con artist didn't help and no federal agency would corroborate his story.
Graham acknowledged at news conference in Boca Raton last month that Glass had contact with his office before Sept. 11, 2001, about an attack on the World Trade Center. "I was concerned about that and a dozen other pieces of information which emanated from the summer of 2001," the senator said. Graham later said he was unaware of Glass' information until after the terrorist attacks. Glass did speak to a Tallahassee staffer before the attacks but the impression was that Glass wanted Graham to intercede in his criminal case, Anderson said.
Eric Johnson, Wexler's chief of staff, said Glass contacted the office by phone before the terrorist attacks but there is no record of what happened to that information. Since then, other information provided by Glass has been passed on to the FBI. Glass angrily denies he contacted the lawmakers so they could intercede in his criminal case. He said he wanted only to relay information on plans for an attack in which the World Trade Center had been mentioned. He does say he wanted his prison sentence postponed so he could continue his work. When the attacks occurred, Glass was in federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base. "When it happened I literally fell to my knees and started to cry," Glass said. "The frustration level that I had. Who could I tell?"
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20140329040541/http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a071499abbas
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20140710104802/http://american-buddha.com/911.terrorwarnswtcwpbf.htm
- ↑ quoted in http://www.911myths.com/index.php/Rajaa_Gulum_Abbas
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20140710162820/http://american-buddha.com/911.intellpanelhearsglass.htm