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India Had Intelligence in Mid September of Hotel Attack, Sea Entry of Terrorists

December 2, 2008

As the investigation into the intelligence failures that preceded the Mumbai attacks proceeds, there is evidence that even quite specific information that was gathered was either not properly analysed or not acted on.
 
The Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency, had provided several intercepts from signals intelligence over the last three months. These suggested that a terror  strike on a Mumbai hotel was imminent. But they were largely ignored.

By Vir Sanghvi
Hindustan Times

On September 18, R&AW computers intercepted a satellite phone conversation between a known Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) asset and an unknown person. The LeT asset said that an operation to target a hotel at the Gateway of India in Mumbai was being planned and that the sea route would be used.

On September 24, R&AW’s computer recorded another satellite phone conversation. This time, the LeT asset identified the hotels that were being considered for the attack by name. They were the Taj, the Marriott, the Land’s End and the Sea Rock. A possible attack on the Juhu airfield (used by a flying club) was also discussed.


All these hotels have one thing in common: they are easily accessible from the sea. The Taj is on the Apollo Bunder waterfront,  the Marriott is on Juhu sea face and the Land’s End and the Sea Rock are both on the sea-facing tip of Bandra. This should have been enough to let police know that: 1) Hotels were the target. 2) The attackers would use the sea route.

On November 19, R&AW listeners picked up another unexplained satellite phone conversation. A voice said, “We will reach Bombay between nine and eleven.” R&AW trackers identified the exact coordinates of the call and discovered that it came from the sea near Mumbai, 40 km west of Jhol.
 
This was clear evidence — at the very least — of an attempt being made to enter Mumbai illegally by people armed with advanced satellite phones.

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U.S. Warned India Twice About Terror From The Sea

United States intelligence agencies had warned India “twice” about a potential maritime attack on Mumbai at least a month before audacious terror strikes that has left about 200 people dead and scores injured, media reports said.

“The United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before last week’s massacre in the country’s financial capital,” the CNN quoted a US counter-terrorism official as saying.

The American network quoted the official as saying that the warning was issued not once but “twice”.

A second government source told ABCnews.Com that specific locations, including the Taj Hotel, were listed in the US warning.

“US intelligence indicated that a group might enter the country by water and launch an attack on Mumbai, said the official, who refused to be identified due to the ongoing investigation into the attacks and the sensitivity of the information,” the CNN added.

“Indian security forces have confirmed to CNN that not only did US officials warn them of a water-borne attack in Mumbai — they were told twice. The area entered a higher state of alert for a week, including tightened security measures at hotels, but those efforts were eventually reduced, Indian officials said,” the network, which repeatedly broadcast the story last evening, maintained.

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Mumbai: India’s Security From The Sea a Mix of Neglect, Apathy, Ineptitude

December 1, 2008

A lot is being said about the intelligence failure of central agencies and the Navy that led to the attack on Mumbai but a review made by the Centre recently on the status of patrolling of its maritime zones across eight coastal states revealed a sordid saga of neglect and apathy.

The Times of India

A report submitted by the Comptroller and Auditor General to the government in October said that a central scheme to procure 26 patrol boats at a cost of Rs 25 crore for patrolling of exclusive fishing zones in the first 12 miles of the coastline of eight states was largely unfruitful.

The boats were “either not constructed or were lying idle and not being used for the intended purpose” while authorities even failed to carry out mid-course correction, it pointed out.

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Mumbai: Times of India Suggests Massive Government Redirection

November 30, 2008
The day after the July 2006 serial train blasts in Mumbai killed almost 200 people, The Times of India struck a dissenting note. Even as the world —most conveniently our politicians — waxed eloquent about the city’s never-say-die spirit and its famed ability to bounce back, we chose to carry pictures across our front page of grieving parents, children, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and friends, and asked: How Much More Can We Take? Who’s In Charge Here?

Editorial
The Times of India
November 30, 2008

Since then, there have been serial blasts across the length and breadth of the country — from Delhi to Bangalore, Jaipur to Hyderabad, Ahmedabad to Guwahati — killing hundreds and maiming many more. The post-terror response has become depressingly predictable. Each time, the home minister commends the people for their resilience and promises the strongest possible measures to ensure there is no repetition. Each time, we are assured that a federal agency to tackle terror will be set up. Then, the minister and his colleagues across the political spectrum return to the business of either doing nothing or doing more harm than good.

Over the last three years, this newspaper has written enough to fill a thick book on the giant loopholes in our internal security systems and examined what needs be done to protect, as best as possible, the public from acts of terror. But nothing has changed. Innocent blood continues to be shed—at railway stations, marketplaces, hospitals and hotels. Terrorism, darkly enough, has become a way of life.

On Wednesday night, when Mumbai’s heart was ripped out of its body yet again, the editors of this paper took a conscious decision to desist from criticizing anyone (except to say that the lessons of the past have not been learnt and that a professional infrastructure to counter terror is still to be put in place). Hundreds were still being held hostage, and saving them took precedence over everything else.

But today, as heaps of bodies lie in morgues in a charred or decomposed state, and loved ones huddle outside to receive them one last time, it is time to ask our politicians: Are you going to go back to playing politics with our lives? Or are you going to do something worthwhile with yours? How many deaths will it take till you know that too many people have died?

Related:
Mumbai Terror Strike: India’s Government to Fall?

Mumbai: India’s Home Secretary Resigns, Government Imperiled

November 30, 2008

On November 29, Peace and Freedom predicted a change in government in India as a result of the Mumbai massacre. Political analysist inside india said the weakended government of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could probably not gracefully accept the criticism bound to come after the Mumbai attacks.  Now the first political “victim” of the Mumbai terrorism is out…

Mumbai Terror Strike: India’s Government to Fall?

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By Nagendar Sharma
Hindustan Times

Under fire from within his party and ruling allies for his inept handling of the security situation in the country, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil resigned on Sunday, owning the moral responsibility for terror attacks in Mumbai.

Shivraj Patil
Home minister Shivraj Patil gestures as he addresses mediapersons after a cabinet meeting with Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. (AFP Photo)

Patil has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh, highly placed government sources said. The resignation is likely to be accepted and more resignations of top officials responsible for country’s security and intelligence gathering cannot be ruled out, they said.

Patil’s resignation has also put a question mark on the continuation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is also under intense party pressure to step down.

Prime Minister Singh was reportedly unhappy with Patil’s performance in the wake of repeated terror attacks in different parts of the country.

Beleagured Patil faced severe criticism at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday night, and party president Sonia Gandhi’s disapproval of his handling of the ministry sealed his fate, it is learnt.

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General: Al-Qaida making new cells in US

July 25, 2007

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A top U.S. military commander said Tuesday he believes there are al-Qaida cells in the United States — or people working to create them — and the military needs to triple its response teams to counter a growing threat of attack.

Air Force Gen. Victor “Gene” Renuart, who heads U.S. Northern Command, said that as the terrorism threat within the nation’s boundaries has increased officials have strengthened intelligence sharing, particularly in an effort to shore up security at ports.

“I believe there are cells in the United States…

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