Since inception in January 2002, the Seeking Information list also serves this purpose, but with the big difference from the two earlier lists being that the suspected terrorists on this third list need not be fugitives indicted by grand juries in the United States District Courts. Such lower level guidelines now allow for a much quicker response time by the FBI to deliver the early known information, often very limited, out to the public as quickly as possible. As the name of this list implies, the FBI's intent is to acquire any critical information from the public, as soon as possible, about the suspected terrorists, in order to prevent any future attacks which may be in the current planning stages.
All three of the major wanted lists now appear on the FBI web site along with several other types of wanted lists as well. All such FBI lists are grouped together under the heading "Wanted by the FBI."
In addition to these Justice Department fugitive programs, an even earlier method of terrorist tracking was created by the United States Department of State, in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. This DoS effort is known as the "Rewards for Justice Program," which began in 1984, and originally paid monetary rewards of up to $5 million for information countering terrorism.
After 9/11, in 2001, the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list was created, as a companion list to the extant FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program, and to the State Department's Rewards for Justice Program.
In response, on January 17, 2002 the FBI released to the public the first Most Wanted Terrorists Seeking Information list (now known as the FBI's "Seeking Information - War on Terrorism" list), in order to profile the five wanted terrorists about whom very little was known, but who were suspected of plotting additional terrorist attacks in martyrdom operations. (see current version displaying photos of five terrorists on the remaining martyrdom videos FBI list, as of June 2006) The videos were shown by the FBI without sound, to guard against the possibility that the messages contained signals for other terrorists.
Ashcroft called upon people worldwide to help "identify, locate and incapacitate terrorists who are suspected of planning additional attacks against innocent civilians." "These men could be anywhere in the world," he said. Ashcroft added that an analysis of the audio suggested "the men may be trained and prepared to commit future suicide terrorist acts."
On that day, Ramzi Binalshibh was one of the only four known names among the five. Ashcroft said not much was known about any of them except Binalshibh. The other initial known three are still featured in compiled video clips on the FBI site, in order of appearance, Muhammad Sa'id Ali Hasan, Abd al-Rahim, and Khalid Ibn Muhammad Al-Juhani. The fifth wanted terrorist was identified a week later as Abderraouf Jdey, alias: Al Rauf Bin Al Habib Bin Yousef Al-Jiddi.
The initial five terrorists on videos from the Atef rubble profiled on the list were:
|Ramzi Binalshibh||U.S. prisoner September 14, 2002, at an undisclosed location; removed from FBI list by October 17, 2002 ; transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as of September 6, 2006|
|Abd al-Rahim||archived to FBI "Martyrdom Messages/video" page February 2, 2003; see also Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri|
|Muhammad Sa'id Ali Hasan||archived to FBI "Martyrdom Messages/video" page February 2, 2003|
|Khalid Ibn Muhammad Al-Juhani||archived to FBI "Martyrdom Messages/video" page February 2, 2003|
Added to the list on January 25, 2002 was:
|Faker Ben Abdelazziz Boussora|
The six names identified in the Yemen plot on February 11, 2002, but removed from the list on February 14, 2002 as already in Yemen custody were:
|Issam Ahmad Dibwan al-Makhlafi||removed from FBI wanted list February 14, 2002|
|Ahmad al-Akhader Nasser Albidani||removed from FBI wanted list February 14, 2002|
|Bashir Ali Nasser al-Sharari||removed from FBI wanted list February 14, 2002|
|Abdulaziz Muhammad Saleh bin Otash||removed from FBI wanted list February 14, 2002|
|Shuhour Abdullah Mukbil al-Sabri||removed from FBI wanted list February 14, 2002|
|Riyadh Shikawi||removed from FBI wanted list February 14, 2002|
The eleven names who were still being sought on February 14, 2002 in relation to the planned February 12, 2002 Yemen plot were:
|Fawaz Yahya al-Rabeei||leader of the Yemen cell; archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003; Yemen prisoner in 2004, sentenced to death; escaped from Yemen prison in San'a February 3, 2006|
|Alyan Muhammad Ali al-Wa'eli||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Bassam Abdullah bin Bushar al-Nahdi||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Mustafa Abdulkader Aabed al-Ansari||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Omar Ahmad Omar al-Hubishi||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Ammar Abadah Nasser al-Wa'eli||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Samir Abduh Sa'id al-Maktawi||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Abdulrab Muhammad Muhammad Ali al-Sayfi||archived to FBI "February 2002, Seeking Information Alert" page February 2, 2003|
|Abu Nasr al-Tunisi||removed from FBI wanted list by March 21, 2002|
|Abu Mu'az al-Jeddawi||removed from FBI wanted list by March 21, 2002|
|Amin Saad Muhammad al-Zumari||removed from FBI wanted list by March 21, 2002|
By March 21, 2002 three of those remaining eleven suspects (Tunisi, Jeddawi, and Zumari) had also been removed from the FBI list, leaving only eight wanted suspects from the Yemen plot still at large. Along with the earlier six suspects on the list, they brought the total count outstanding for the list to fourteen at that time.
The February 12, 2002 attack never occurred, but a series of plots and attacks followed later that year in Yemen, including the suicide bombing of the Limburg, a French oil tanker, for which al-Rabeei and others were later convicted. As of 2006, all the individuals of the February 12, 2002 Yemen plot have since been removed from the FBI's current main wanted page and from the official count for the Seeking Information - War on Terrorism list. But the FBI continues to list eight of those listed terrorists with photos on the linked archived page for the "February 2002 Seeking Information Alert."
Along with the re-arrangement, the FBI also continued to add new fugitive names to the list, including one member of The Portland Seven terror cell.
|Habis Abdulla Al Saoub||killed in Pakistan October 2003, removed from the list June 24, 2004|
|Jaber A. Elbaneh||moved to FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list February 23, 2006|
|Jamal Mohammad Ahmad Ali Al-Badawi||removed from FBI list October 10, 2004 ; escaped with 22 others from a Yemeni jail on February 3, 2006 ; moved to FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list February 23, 2006|
|Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Al-Quso||removed from the FBI list October 10, 2004|
|Dr. Mohammed Khan||located by June 2003, removed from list before 2006|
|Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah|
|Zubayr Al-Rimi||removed from the list before 2006|
|Karim El Mejjati||removed from the list before 2006|
|Adam Yahiye Gadahn||moved to FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list October 11, 2006|
Not appearing on any of the FBI "wanted" lists, but also believed to be among the Yemen escapees, was al-Qaeda's Yemeni number two, Abu Assem al-Ahdal.
With this one addition below, as of February 23, 2006 the total count on the outstanding Seeking Information list stood at eight.
|Abdullah Al-Rimi||removed from FBI wanted list before September 2006|
Saleh Nabhan was wanted for questioning for attacks in Kenya in 2002. Noordin Top is allegedly a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah group which was involved in bombings in Indonesia between 2002 and 2004. With these three additions, as of February 24, 2006 the total count on the outstanding Seeking Information list stood at ten.
|Abu Musab al-Zarqawi||killed June 7, 2006 in Iraq; removed from list October 12, 2006|
|Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan|
|Noordin Mohammad Top|
As of September 2006, al-Rimi had been removed, but al-Zarqawi still remained listed, but as deceased, with the total profile list count then outstanding at nine.
As of October 11, 2006, with the move of Gadahn to the Most Wanted Terrorists list, the total Seeking Information profile list count stood at eight, including the deceased al-Zarqawi.
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