WASHINGTON – A new U.S. intelligence report obtained by WorldNetDaily describes a plot by “Pakistani
Islamic extremists” to pose as aides to disabled travelers to obtain U.S. visas and carry out terrorist attacks once inside the U.S.
They also plan to conduct attacks in Britain using the same scheme, which is designed to “draw less scrutiny
from law enforcement,” according to the closely held two-page report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The attacks will allegedly take place in April 2004, says the report, which is marked “Law Enforcement
“Pakistani Islamic extremists are allegedly planning to conduct attacks in the U.S. and the United Kingdom
in April 2004,” according to the report’s summary.
From intelligence gathered so far, U.S. intelligence officials believe the Pakistani nationals, all male,
plan to obtain U.S. visas in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
“The operatives will accompany a disabled person and act as the disabled person’s assistants when obtaining
the visa,” the report said, adding that the disabled individual may have prosthetic limbs or be confined to a wheelchair.
The State Department screens foreign applicants for visas. Phone calls to the department were not immediately returned.
The report says that the scheme “fits with current al-Qaida methodology, as al-Qaida has been trying to recruit individuals who would draw less scrutiny from U.S. law enforcement entities.”
Al-Qaida is still active in Pakistan, routinely described by the administration as a “key ally” in the war on terror. U.S. intelligence believes the terror
network’s top leaders, including Osama bin Laden, have taken refuge in the Islamic state’s northern tribal
About two-thirds of all designated terrorist groups in the world have a Pakistani connection, according to
the U.S. Treasury Department.
Bowing to pressure from Islamic groups in America, the Justice Department recently discontinued an antiterrorist
immigration program to monitor Pakistanis and other foreign nationals from some two dozen Muslim nations
visiting the U.S. on visas. They’re no longer required to report to immigration inspection offices while staying in the U.S.
A top Homeland Security official distributed the report about the Pakistani plot to border and immigration agents on Christmas Eve.
“Al-Qaida remains interested in using Pakistanis as potential operatives,” warned Roy Surrett, intelligence director for U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, in a Dec. 24 security update to field operations directors.
“The most recent intelligence suggests that they may be using disabled Pakistani individuals along with an assistant as possible terrorist operatives,” Surrett added.