Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Former FBI Official Says Trip Wires Are Foiling Terrorist Plots

Ronald Kessler, the veteran journalist and author of several books on the CIA, the Secret Service and the FBI, including his latest, The Secrets of the FBI, offers an interview with former assitant FBI director Dr. Vahid Majidi (seen in the above FBI photo) in his column.

Trip wires developed by the FBI to warn of threats are rolling up terrorist plots and saving lives, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the former assistant FBI director in charge of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.

To devise trip wires, the FBI in effect reverse-engineered a terrorist operation. It looked at a potential terrorist incident and then worked backwards to pinpoint all the elements a terrorist might require to achieve his goal. The FBI then had a roadmap of possible clues to an impending plot.

As an example, the FBI asked companies or laboratories that supply certain chemicals or biological materials to report any suspicious purchases to the FBI or police.

Trip wires led to the arrest of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20-year-old college student from Saudi Arabia who allegedly was planning to blow up the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. In another case, a nursery notified the FBI of large purchases of castor plants. The FBI found that the purchaser was planning to make ricin from castor beans and send it to a judge.

You can read the rest of the column via the below link:

You can also read my interview with Ronald Kessler about his book The Secrets of the FBI that appeared in Counterterrorism magazine via the below link:   

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