As President Barack Obama is setting his sights on annihilating ISIS in the Middle East, the ISIS “laptop of terror, ” whose contents have been obtained by U.S. reporters, reveal the terrorist group’s plans to launch weapons of mass destruction.
The contents, copied by Foreign Policy from a laptop discovered by Syrian rebel fighters in January, show that ISIS is considering attacks on “soft targets, ” closed areas like stadiums or shopping malls.
The information on the laptop suggests its owner is a Tunisian national named Muhammed S. who joined ISIS in Syria. He studied chemistry and physics at two universities in Tunisia, and he was planning to put all that education to use:
According to FP, the laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on weaponizing the bubonic plague.
The document argues that “the advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge. When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours.”
The laptop also includes a 26-page fatwa by Saudi jihadi cleric Nasir al-Fahd, currently in Saudi prison, on whether or not Allah approves of using weapons of mass destruction: “If Muslims cannot defeat the unbelievers in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction, even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth.”
Increase this man’s Prozac…
One video clip on the laptop shows former American Nazi Kurt Saxon explaining how to prepare the deadly toxin ricin from castor beans. Saxon declares: “Now you really have some lethal stuff here!”
In the folder “explosives, ” the owner had gathered 206 documents, one of which describes how to make the plastic explosive Semtex. Other documents in the same folder describes making other explosives.
There are also 51 U.S. Army publications dealing with sniper training and psychological operations.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has declared it found no evidence of specific threats by ISIS to America. We can only hope that they know different but won’t share.
I-hls.com, a website dealing with Israel’s homeland security issues, suggests terrorist groups routinely distribute training manuals and handbooks to members, together with ideological material. It notes that the al-Qaeda handbook contains both the group’s ideology and goals and practical advice for members eager to do some damage.