Imagine if we had the transcript of the 9/11 hijackers talking to their bosses in another country, WHILE conducting their attacks. That seems to be what the Indian government seems to have in the case of the Mumbai attacks a few weeks ago. As the Long War Journal reports:
"The Pakistan-based handlers of the Mumbai terrorists ordered the murders of civilians over the phone and cheered after hearing the gunfire, according to the dossier of evidence India provided to the Pakistani government.
The documents, obtained by the Indian newspaper The Hindu, provides a cold, calculating, and chilling look at the masterminds behind the late November military-style assault on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. More than 170 people were killed and hundreds wounded during the 60 hour terror spree that shut down the city. The Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terror group allied with al Qaeda and supported by powerful elements within Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency and the military, carried out the attack.
Six Pakistani handlers monitored the news coverage from Mumbai and kept in constant touch with the terrorists holed up in Nariman House and the Taj Mahal and Trident hotels during the three day siege. The handlers are identified as Zarar, Kafa, Wassi, Jundal, Buzurg, and “Major General.”
What's interesting here is that the "Major General" could be the former head of Pakistan's premier intelligence service, the ISI, as the piece explains:
"A senior US military intelligence official familiar with the dossier said that the "Major General" is indeed Hamid Gul, the retired former chief of the ISI. "It's Gul," the official told The Long War Journal. "This is why the US is trying to get him on the UN list of terrorists." In December 2008 the US attempted to get Hamid Gul and other former military and intelligence officials added to the UN list of designated terrorists but has so far been rebuffed."
Also eye-opening are what the handlers communicated to their operatives:
"The Pakistan-based handlers provided real-time intelligence and directed the terrorists to killed specific hostages.
The exchange between Mumbai terrorists Fahadullah and Abdul Rehman operating at the Trident Hotel and their Pakistani handlers provides a terrifying look at the minds of the masterminds behind the attack. The exchange shows they planned and executed the attack for maximum media coverage, ordered the murder of hostages, and cheered after the murders were carried out.
“Brother Abdul. The media is comparing your action to 9/11,” one unidentified handler said. “One senior police official has been killed,” referring to the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad killed in an earlier gunfight.
“We are on the10th/11th floor,” Abdul Rehman responded. “We have five hostages.”
“Everything is being recorded by the media,” the handler identified as Kafa told Rehman. “Inflict the maximum damage. Keep fighting. Don’t be taken alive.”
“Kill all hostages, except the two Muslims,” the other handler told Rehman and Fahadullah. “Keep your phone switched on so that we can hear the gunfire.”
“We have three foreigners, including women,” Fahadullah said. “From Singapore and China.”
“Kill them,” the handler said.
According to the dossier, Abdul Rehman and Fahadullah are recorded ordering all of the hostages except for two Muslims to stand in line. The terrorists then shot and killed the hostages.
The handlers are heard cheering in the background. Kafa then orders the Trident-based terrorists to “find the way to go downstairs.”
In another exchange, also during the early morning of November 27, one of the terrorists operating from the Taj informed his handler that senior Indian political leaders were in the hotel. The handler excitedly orders the terrorist to find them.
“There are three ministers and one secretary of the cabinet in your hotel. We don’t know in which room,” a handler said.
“Oh! That is good news,” a terrorist responded.
“It is the icing on the cake! Find those 3-4 persons and then get whatever you want from India,” the handler said.
“Pray that we find them,” the terrorist responded."