Forty-fifth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2002 11:46:09 +0100)

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Al Qaeda training manual

The Al Qaeda Training Manual was located by the Manchester (England) Metropolitan Police during a search of an Al Qaeda member's home. The manual was found in a computer file described as "the military series" related to the "Declaration of Jihad." The manual was translated into English and was introduced last year at the embassy bombing trial in New York. The U.S. Department of Justice is only providing a selected text from the manual because it does not want to aid in educating terrorists or encourage further acts of terrorism. The manual itself is not interesting for the radio hobbyist. I think however that part of the Communications chapter is nice to read. I skipped the face-to-face and paper communication part and only included the introduction and phone and wireless parts.

Introduction

It is well known that in undercover operations, communication is the mainstay of the movement for rapid accomplishment. However, it is a double-edged sword: It can be to our advantage if we use it well and it can be a knife dug into our back if we do not consider and take the necessary security measures.

Communication Means

The Military Organization in any Islamic group can, with its modest capabilities, use the following means:

Communication may be within the county, state,or even the country, in which case it is called local communication. When it extends expanded between countries, it is then called international communication.

Secret Communication is Limited to the Following Types:
Common, standby, alarm;

Method of Communication Among Members of the Organization

[*] Cell or cluster methods should be adopted by the Organization. It should be composed of many cells whose members do not know one another, so that if a cell member is caught the other cells would not be affected, and work would proceed normally.

First Means: The Telephone

Because of significant technological advances, security measures for monitoring the telephone and broadcasting equipment have increased. Monitoring may be done by installing a secondary line or wireless broadcasting device on a telephone that relays the calls to a remote location. That is why the Organization takes security measures among its members who use this means of communication (the telephone).

Fifth Means: Facsimile and Wireless

Considering its modest capabilities and the pursuit by the security apparatus of its members and forces, the Islamic Military Organization cannot obtain these devices. In case the Organization is able to obtain them, firm security measures should be taken to secure communication between the members in the country and the command outside. These measures are:

http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/trainingmanual.htm


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