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Your terrorist private eye kit
U.S. News ^ | 01/02/03 | Washington Whispers by Paul Bedard

Posted on 01/02/2003 8:37:13 AM PST by Jean S

Keeping track of terrorists has become a big deal since 9/11. In fact, so many lists of bad guys have sprouted up that even terrorism experts can't keep tabs on them all. Consider: The FBI just issued a new request for info on five Arab looking men but put it on a list different from its Most Wanted Terrorist list. To keep tabs on the bad guys Whispers has drawn up a list of terror links.

The most complete roster is the Treasury Department's SDGT–the Specially Designated Global Terrorist list–issued by presidential executive order two weeks after 9/11 and continually updated. This list now includes 220 individuals and organizations whose assets are to be seized, ranging from bin Laden himself to more obscure outfits like the Al-Hamati Sweets Bakeries in Yemen. Check it out at

Another addition since 9/11 is the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, at On the list are 21 accused terrorists, including much of al Qaeda's top leadership. Only one suspect–Osama bin Laden–makes it onto the Bureau's older, more famous top ten list, at Then there's the new list of the five guys the FBI is seeking:

The granddaddy of the terror lists is the State Department's Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, which is updated annually. Here you'll find 35 groups of evil doers, including such lesser-known lights as the Philippine Communist Party and the now-largely extinct Abu Nidal Organization. Find it at If you need more info, State's annual Patterns of Global Terrorism gives a comprehensive overview and chronology of international terrorists, at

Then there's the State Department's TEL–Terrorist Exclusion List–designed to keep bad guys out of the country. This directory, apparently derived from the lists above, features 48 groups and is at

If you're keen on doing a little bounty hunting, there are big rewards for tracking down those who threaten our way of life. The State Department is offering up to $25 million for information about key terrorists–check it out at While you're at it, you can test your observation skills and see how good of a witness you might be.

Finally, the Treasury Department is dangling up to $5 million for folks who help "stop the flow of blood money" by informing on terrorist financing. This one's at
. Happy hunting.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events

1 posted on 01/02/2003 8:37:13 AM PST by Jean S
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To: Miss Marple
Some great tools...
2 posted on 01/02/2003 8:48:44 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog; hchutch
Thanks, Dog! Bookmarking this for help later. is the info on bounty-hunting!

3 posted on 01/02/2003 10:09:54 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple; Poohbah; JohnHuang2; mhking; MeeknMing; Congressman Billybob; Grampa Dave; section9; ..
FYI - there was also a $1 billion reward placed on bin Laden by some West Coast businessmen - dead or alive - after 9/11. Beadrd reported on that - it's the 9/17/01 report about halfway down.

The item in question started with this: "It was bound to happen: A group of Los Angeles telecom millionaires is setting up a "bounty fund" to raise $1 billion or more to "wipe out" the terrorists and harboring governments responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania."

You know, it's an exhibit as to why the best folks ar ein the private sector. The payout for bin Laden and the creeps repsonsible for 9/11 from the private-sector "bounty fund" is FORTY TIMES the reward offered by the government.

Of course, one might be inclined to call this a hit contract, but I would HATE to be the U.S. Attorney who got that case. I seriously wonder if a jury would convict for the bounty fund...
4 posted on 01/02/2003 10:23:23 AM PST by hchutch
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5 posted on 01/02/2003 10:51:07 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: hchutch

Like Miss Marple, I have bookmarked this great resource!
6 posted on 01/02/2003 11:57:04 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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