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(Reuters) – A stash of how-to manuals for bombs, poisons and airplane hijackings was found in a Pakistan house where Guantanamo prisoner Noor Uthman Muhammed was captured, according to evidence presented on Thursday to a U.S. war crimes tribunal.
Noor, a Sudanese prisoner who goes by his first name, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of conspiring with al Qaeda and providing material support for terrorism.
Military jurors at his sentencing hearing heard evidence on Thursday about the safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan, where Noor was captured in 2002 with accused senior al Qaeda figure Abu Zubaydah.
Noor cooked and kept house for the group of men who had fled paramilitary training camps in Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion. Prosecutors and defense lawyers stipulated that Noor did not know the scope or details of any al Qaeda attacks, but he admitted his actions made him a co-conspirator.
Items seized from the Faisalabad house included a notebook with a diagram of a timing circuit for detonating roadside bombs and manuals for making mustard gas and poisons.
Another manual instructed airplane hijackers to storm and break down the cockpit door, while colleagues turned the first-class cabin into “a holding and killing room” to dispose of the crew.
“The psychological impact of beheading is much deeper than killing by shooting,” the manual advised.
Also seized were a diary and a videotape in which Zubaydah listed Americans, Britons, Christians, Jews, Hindus, apostates and atheists as enemies of Allah who should be killed.
In the video, shown for the first time in a Guantanamo courtroom, Zubaydah says he wholeheartedly supported “the truly magnificent operation at the Trade Center on Manhattan.”
Zubaydah said that after the United States invaded Afghanistan he gathered up militants two by two according to their specialties, in a sort of Noah’s ark operation to move them to a new base of operations in Pakistan.
Noor’s sealed plea agreement calls for him to cooperate in future prosecutions. That is thought to be aimed at least partly at Zubaydah, who is being held as a “high value” prisoner at Guantanamo.
Prosecutors called Zubaydah a terrorist facilitator who funneled recruits to paramilitary training camps then helped send them on their way to carry out attacks, providing forged visas, passports and money.
Noor admitted he gave small-arms training to recruits at the Khaldan paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan, and said he should have realized some would go on to become al Qaeda operatives in the United States.
But, he said, “I have never been a member of the Taliban or al Qaeda. I have never planned or participated in any terrorist attack.” [ID:nN16168827]
Noor’s visibly pregnant U.S. military lawyer read a statement in which Noor described growing up as a poor, uneducated orphan in Port Sudan, where Mecca-bound pilgrims told him he had a duty to help defend fellow Muslims who were being killed in Afghanistan and Bosnia.
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