Emails in new book open a window to psyche of terrorist David Headley

In a top-secret prison “somewhere in the US”, serving his sentence till 2039, he is now back to being a devout Muslim, learning the Quran and signing his name as “Daood”. 
David Headley may have escaped the death penalty and extradition to India but a forthcoming book titled The Mind of a Terrorist by Danish journalist Kaare Sorensen — English translation by Penguin — provides a rare insight into Headley’s psyche, his links to Lashkar-e-Toiba and al-Qaeda, and his activities leading up to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.
Sorensen’s narrative draws from over 300 previously unpublished emails and private letters written by Headley, secret audio records and electronic wiretapping transcripts. For instance, it reveals the contents of an email that Headley wrote after 26/11, referring to what Ajmal Kasab could have told Indian interrogators. Kasab was hanged on November 21, 2012, at Pune’s Yerawada jail for his role in the attacks.
“There is no need to ‘sing’ as the song would already be known to the relevant agency. So my prediction is that Pakistan will never turn over anyone to India, and the US — looking at the ‘larger picture’ — will not put too much pressure either. This thing will slowly just go away, till of course Bharat Mata is embarrassed again.”
Sorensen also describes how after 26/11, Headley and Lashkar commander Sajjid Mir held several meetings in the former’s Lahore home and picked the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten as the next target in retaliation for its controversial cartoons. At the time, Headley wrote in an email : “A world wide mechanism needs to be developed in which Justice can be given to all. The worst is yet to come...this fight has just begun.”
The book does not reveal the identities of the recipients of the emails but reveals that 55 days after the Mumbai attacks, Headley was sent to Copenhagen to conduct reconnaissance for the strike.
While Headley identified Mir and Hafiz Sayeed, the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, labelled as a terror organisation by the UN, as his key Pakistani contacts during his video interrogation this February, the book reveals his association with Ilyas Kashmiri, the one-eyed commander of another terror outfit Brigade 313, whom Headley met for the first time in February 2009, in Miranshah in North Waziristan.
By this time, Headley was worried about the Lashkar not being able to pull off the logistics for the Denmark attacks. The author notes: “Kashmiri made it very clear that Headley needn’t wait for his friends from Lashkar if they didn’t have the manpower for an attack on Denmark. Kashmiri would provide the necessary men, funds and weapons if Headley would just deliver a fully prepared plan. The attack on Denmark was a mission for Brigade 313. A mission for al-Qaeda...”
Continue reading



Popular posts from this blog

How a cyber attack hampered Hong Kong protesters

‘Not Hospital, Al-Shifa is Hamas Hideout & HQ in Gaza’: Israel Releases ‘Terrorists’ Confessions’ | Exclusive

Former FARC guerrilla, Colombian cop pose naked together to promote peace deal