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FBI Finds No Specific Terror Threat to Olympics

Tuesday, 12 February 2002 12:00 AM

But the fact that the Games are continuing was a factor in releasing the information to the public.

The intelligence that led to the alert was gleaned from FBI and other operations in Afghanistan, and from interrogation of captured al-Qaeda terrorists held in detention at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Officials stressed that the threat information was not yet supported by independent evidence.

"It's specific enough for us to have issued the warning," the FBI's Steven Berry said. "But, and I can't emphasize this enough, it's still uncorroborated."

Berry said the alert was of indefinite duration and worldwide, applying in the United States and overseas.

The FBI identified a 23-year-old Yemeni terrorism suspect, Fawaz Yahya Al-Rabeei, and 16 others as possible participants in the new threat.

People overseas with information on the participants "should report the information to the U.S. Embassy," Berry said. "Those in the United States should call their local FBI office directly."

Does the information specifically target the Olympics or any other U.S. asset?

"No, not specifically," Berry said. "But they're a major event going on now. That was another motivation to release this information."

Secret Service Special Agent Brian Marr echoed Berry's comments.

The Olympics have been designated a "national special security event" by presidential directive. Security at such events is coordinated by the Secret Service.

"Again, there is no specific information with a direct threat toward the Olympics, that we are aware of," Marr said.

"But we put our security plan in place to take in the worst-case possible scenario. We've done everything that is humanly and technologically possible. We have a very good plan in place . ... Of course we'll adjust accordingly" to the latest information.

Besides Al-Rabeei, the FBI Web site page contains the pictures of Issam Ahmad Dibwan Al-Makhlafi, born in 1977, Yemeni; Ahmad Al-Akhader Nasser Albidani, 1977, Yemeni; Alyan Muhammad Ali Al-Wa'eli, 1970, Yemeni; Bashir Ali Nasser Al-harari, 1970, Yemeni; Bassam Abdullah Bin Bushar Al-Nahdi, 1976, Yemeni; Abdulaziz Muhammad Saleh Bin Otash, 1975, Yemeni; Mustafa Abdulkader Aabed Al-Ansari, age unknown, Saudi; Omar Ahmad Omar Al-Hubishi, 1969, Yemeni; Ammar Abadah Nasser Ali-Wa'eli, 1977, Yemeni; Shuhour Abdullah Mukbil Al-Sabri, 1976, Yemeni; Samir Abduh Sa'id Al-Maktawi, 1968, Yemeni, and Abdulrab Muhammad Muhammad Ali Al-Sahfi, age unknown, Yemeni.

Pictures were not available for Abu Nasr Al-Tunisi, age unknown, possibly Tunisian; Abu Mu'az Al-Jeddawi, age unknown, possibly Saudi; Riyadh Shikawi Aka Shakawi, age unknown, Yemeni, and Amin Saad Muhammad Al-Zumari, 1968, Yemeni.

Though the FBI has released the names, it has not yet officially linked the men to al-Qaeda, the shadowy terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden.

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