Skip to comments.CIA: Aum (Japanese "Sarin" Terror Cult) Poses US Cyberterror Threat
Posted on 10/29/2002 8:12:14 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
"CIA Says Aum Poses Cyberterror Threat"
Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 17:30 JST (Kyodo News) WASHINGTON Japan's Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) cult, responsible for a 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway and other heinous crimes, has the potential to mount a cyberterrorist attack on the United States, according to a recently released CIA report.
It says Aum, which renamed itself Aleph in January 2000 "is the terrorist group that places the highest level of importance on developing cyber skills" and "identifies itself as a cyber cult and derives millions of dollars a year from computer retailing."
Members of the doomsday cult have been found guilty of crimes including the Tokyo subway gassing of March 20, 1995 in which 12 people died and thousands were injured.
The declassified CIA document was submitted to a special Senate committee in April to discuss threats to U.S. national security.
The report also addresses the al Qaeda terrorist network's sources of funding from a global network of individuals and charities and its ability to conduct cyberattacks on infrastructure that depend on electronic or computer systems.
The document shows how the U.S. was still in the dark in April regarding North Korea's secret nuclear weapons program as it cited other issues such as the country continues to harbor terrorists linked to a 1970 hijacking of a Japan Airlines plane that was forced to the North.
North Korea's suspected nuclear weapons program surfaced two weeks ago after Washington revealed that Pyongyang has admitted that it has maintained a secret program to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons development in violation of a 1994 bilateral nuclear accord between the North and the U.S.
The document, written in April, also stated that "the possibility that state collapse in North Korea could lead to reunification" of the Korean Peninsula could not be excluded. (Kyodo News)
Aum Terror Cult Leader Shoko Asahara and his sarin subway victims:
Aum's Famous Tokyo Subway Attack, Never Forget:
I guess we didnt learn much from Pearl Harbor about always watching Japan since its usually 'boring'....Thanks for the reports and keep up the good work. Some of us ARE interested, beleive it or not....
One thing I find really interesting is the prospect that both Aum and al-Qaeda may have been influenced by Asimov's Foundation series in some way. I believe the link between Foundation and Aum is reasonably well documented, while that between "al-Qaeda" ("The Foundation" in Arabic?) is more speculative.
They are already on the US terrorist list. The pitiful Japanese government tried to apply the so-called strengthened "haboho" or "sedition laws", but their liberal courts threw it out several years back. All residents can do is observe them from a distance, take notes, and try to chase them out from apartment complex to apartment complex.
Accordingly, except for the top tier of the leadership from the sarin gas attack days that are/were in prison, a new generation and level of leaders took their place. All under the eyes of the Japanese LEOs.
Well, Dr. Frank-san, we will sadly be hearing more from this group, Aleph (Aum Shinrikyo) IMHO, but because it has to do with Japan, not many people in the United States or West will have interest until something dramatic and serious, unfortunately, has happened.
They already scoped out Disneyland in California as well as US military bases in Japan as potential sites for their attacks, but were thwarted. They have financial power, technical (computer, telecom, biological, chemical) prowess, international savvy and reach, and a total armageddon world viewpoint that dicatates it is their manifest destiny to destroy everything.
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