Good gag, but looking at it enlarged it appears to be "pentagon or
w-house?" Although my approach to deciphering this has been pretty
lighthearted (and an adventure in how much investigating you can do
with nothing more than Google!), mulling the implications of Dr.
Haider being a real terrorist is more than a little disturbing. Among
the stories I've come across searching on his other alias (Abu Doha)
it appears he was initially arrested in London in Feb 2001 and then
mysteriously released before being re-arrested again in July on his
way to Saudi Arabia.
There's also some other bits and pieces related to the note that I
just came across: some of the letters and numbers under "DOCKS FLA."
may refer to weaponry. "VIRS M16 - M234 RAG" seem likely related to a
The M234 goes on the end of an M16, RAG stands for a "Ring Airfoil
Grenade" which can apparently either contain a high explosive, or, in
its riot control version, be used as a "kinetic energy projectile
intended to inflict pain w/ minimal possibility for serious injury"
VIRS...I guess it could be "Verbally Initiated Release System" as used
in personnel or equipment drops (referred to in the very spooky
"Special Forces Operations Manual" at
Perhaps notably, this is recommended when "It is tactically
impractical to mark the DZ (drop zone)" as explained on p31 of this
Having scared myself enough for one evening, these are some of the
other articles related to Doha aka Haider (some only available thanks
to Google's prodigous cache):
Another of the London detainees was Abu Doha, who authorities believe
is a key figure in the North African jihad network. In court testimony
last week, Ressam named Doha as one of his contacts in the LAX bomb
A senior American official said, without amplification, that Ressam
has told investigators he received "instruction" from Doha while
preparing his foiled attack on the Los Angeles airport.
British authorities have since released Doha, a move that puzzles some
European officials. The crown prosecutor's office discontinued Doha's
case, a procedure that permits its reopening if new information is
developed. The office declined comment on the matter.
Seized from the Doha's flat were 200 propaganda videocassettes about
the jihad in Chechnya, 100 black berets, a telescopic rifle sight and
blank Italian, French and Spanish passports, according to an inventory
prepared by Scotland Yard.
British authorities also confiscated a credit card duplicating
machine, laminating equipment, 20 credit cards, a series of passport
photos depicting Doha in various guises and a large amount of cash in
British pounds and Spanish pesetas.
The SISDE document speaks of a meeting at the Finsbury Park mosque on
June 29, 2001, attended by Abu Hamza; a man known as Mustafa Melki,
who has links to Abu Doha, a key Al-Qaida figure recently arrested in
London; and a certain Omar. During the meeting, "Abu Hamza proposed an
ambitious but unlikely plot, which involved attacks carried out by
planes," but the document dismissed the plan as potentially
"unsuccessful" because of its complexity. The Italian document
concluded. "The belief that Osama bin Laden is plotting an attack is
spreading among the radical Islamic groups."
More details on the Italian investigation:
Of potential interest to mafia buffs:
They also gave evidence of frequent travels by members of the groups.
Mr. Ben Khemais, for instance, traveled to Spain, where he met with
other radicals. In August, the German police clandestinely searched
the apartment in Munich of Lased Ben Heni, a 31-year-old Libyan who
claimed to have trained at an Al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. The police
discovered used train tickets to Palermo in Sicily. The purpose of the
trip remains obscure.
...The phone intercepts also reveal contacts with London, notably to
Abu Doha, the pseudonym of a 36-year- old Algerian named Rachid
Kefflous who was arrested there in February and awaits extradition to
the United States on terrorism charges.