Aangarifan Reports - November 21, 2009
FBI officials have alleged that an American called David Coleman Headley was involved in the 26/11 hotel attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
David headley's mother is an American called Serril Headley. (David Coleman Headley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Serril was a well known night spot owner in Philadelphia.
Serril got custody of David in 1977.
In 1997 David headley was jailed for 15 months for heroin smuggling. (David Coleman Headley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Later he went to Pakistan to conduct undercover surveillance operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Around this time he may have been taken over by the CIA?
David Headley is suspected of traveling to India to scout locations for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
He reportedly posed as a Jew to scout the Nariman House synagogue.
He made multiple visits to India before and after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
David Headley was born Daood Gilani.
His father was a prominent Pakistani diplomat.
David Headley is accused of reporting to Ilyas Kashmiri, a former Pakistani military officer associated with Al Qaeda (the CIA) (David Coleman Headley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
According to the New York Times:
David Headley was born in Washington.
David Headley, at the age of 17, went to live with his American mother, a former socialite who ran a bar.
Today, David Headley's wife and children live in Chicago.
Mumbai - Indian Newspaper: American Suspect Eyed In Chabad House Attack, Might Be A CIA Double Agent
Voz Iz Neias
November 26, 2009
During his interactions in India, Headley frequently introduced himself as a CIA agent. [...]
A recent profile in the New York Times said that in 1998, Headley (then known as Daood Gilani) was convicted of conspiring to smuggle heroin into US from Pakistan. ``Court records show that after his arrest, he provided so much information about his own involvement with drug trafficking which stretched back more than a decade and about his Pakistani suppliers that he was sentenced to less than two years in jail and later went to Pakistan to conduct undercover surveillance operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)," the NYT report said.
This suggests that Headley had a deal with authorities in the US who allowed him to get away with mild punishment in exchange for a promise of cooperation.
To many here, that also implies that he was a known entity to the counter-terror and drug enforcement authorities in the US. After 9/11, the walls between these agencies had come down because of the links between drugs and terrorism, particularly in the context of Pakistan-Afghanistan where there is a huge overlap between the functions of the DEA and CIA. Surprisingly, the FBI affidavit against Headley doesn't mention his tryst with the DEA.
Headley, by his own confession, joined Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2006 and received training in one of the terror camps run by the jihadi outfit.
... US agencies were perhaps aware that last year, Headley was in India to recce [sic] targets for a Lashkar attack that it had originally planned for September -- as confirmed by Ajbal Kasab in his testimony -- and which was finally carried out on 26/11. Rather, they also suspect that Headley might have been the source of information that helped Americans warn of the attack planned for September last year.
In their warning, which was passed on to Maharashtra government by Intelligence Bureau, the Americans had said that prominent installations in Mumbai were on the jihadis' target. As a matter of fact, the FBI alert made a specific mention of Taj and other hotels -- Marriott, Land's End and Sea Rock.
Suspicions are getting stronger as Americans delay giving Indian investigators access to Headley.
... during interactions on the issue, FBI has been unusually cagey about discussing Headley in detail ...