US embassy cable - 98STATE156972

EXECUTIVE ORDER AMENDMENT: USAMA BIN LADIN

Identifier: 98STATE156972
Wikileaks: View 98STATE156972 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Secretary of State
Created: 1998-08-26 20:18:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PTER ASEC
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O 262018Z AUG 98
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS IMMEDIATE
SPECIAL EMBASSY PROGRAM IMMEDIATE
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UNCLAS STATE 156972 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PTER, ASEC 
SUBJECT: EXECUTIVE ORDER AMENDMENT: USAMA BIN LADIN 
 
1.   (U) POSTS MAY DRAW FROM THE FOLLOWING POINTS IN 
BRIEFING HOST COUNTRY INTERLOCUTORS AND RESPONDING TO 
INQUIRIES CONCERNING THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO AMEND 
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12947 TO INCLUDE USAMA BIN LADIN AND HIS 
KEY ASSOCIATES. 
 
2.   (U) BEGIN POINTS: 
 
--   ON AUGUST 20,  1998, PRESIDENT CLINTON AMENDED EXECUTIVE 
ORDER NUMBER 12947 TO ADD USAMA BIN LADIN AND THE "ISLAMIC 
ARMY", AS WELL AS TWO KEY BIN LADIN ASSOCIATES, ABU HAFS 
AL-MASRI AND RAFA'I AHMAD TAHA MOUSA,    TO THE LIST OF 
TERRORISTS SUBJECT TO THE PROHIBITIONS CONTAINED IN THAT 
EXECUTIVE ORDER.    THESE PROHIBITIONS INCLUDE THE BLOCKING 
OF ALL PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN THE PROPERTY OF THE 
TERRORISTS,  THE PROHIBITION OF ANY TRANSACTION OR DEALING 
BY UNITED STATES PERSONS OR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES IN 
PROPERTY OR INTERESTS IN PROPERTY OF THE TERRORISTS, AND 
THE PROHIBITION OF ANY TRANSACTION BY ANY UNITED STATES 
PERSONS OR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES THAT EVADES OR AVOIDS, 
OR HAS THE PURPOSE OF EVADING OR AVOIDING, ANY OF THE 
PROHIBITIONS SET FORTH IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. 
 
--   THE PRESIDENT FIRST ISSUED THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON 
JANUARY 23,  1995, TO COUNTER THE THREAT POSED BY GRAVE ACTS 
OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY FOREIGN TERRORISTS SEEKING TO 
DISRUPT THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS.   SUCH TERRORIST 
ACTIVITIES POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE 
UNITED STATES. 
 
--   USAMA BIN LADIN AND HIS ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATES 
HAVE REPEATEDLY CALLED UPON THEIR SUPPORTERS TO PERFORM 
ACTS OF VIOLENCE.   BIN LADIN HAS DECLARED THAT KILLING 
AMERICANS AND THEIR ALLIES "IS AN INDIVIDUAL DUTY FOR EVERY 
MUSLIM IN ORDER TO LIBERATE THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE AND THE HOLY 
MOSQUE." 
 
--   WE BELIEVE IT IS ESSENTIAL TO THWART THE ABILITY OF 
USAMA BIN LADIN AND HIS ASSOCIATES TO FINANCE AND CARRY OUT 
TERRORISM.     BIN LADIN DIRECTS A NETWORK THAT ORGANIZES, 
FUNDS, AND INSPIRES A WIDE RANGE OF ISLAMIC EXTREMIST 
GROUPS WHICH PERPETRATE ACTS OF TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD. 
THE BIN LADIN NETWORK IS MULTI-NATIONAL AND HAS ESTABLISHED 
A WORLDWIDE PRESENCE.   SENIOR FIGURES IN THE NETWORK ARE 
ALSO SENIOR LEADERS IN OTHER ISLAMIC TERRORIST NETWORKS, 
INCLUDING THOSE DESIGNATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AS 
FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS,  SUCH AS THE EGYPTIAN AL- 
GAMA'AT AL-ISLAMIYYA AND THE EGYPTIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD. 
 
--   WE HAVE CONVINCING INTELLIGENCE THAT BIN LADIN'S 
NETWORK, WORKING WITH OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS, WAS BEHIND 
THE HEINOUS ATTACKS OF AUGUST 7 AGAINST THE U.S. EMBASSIES 
IN NAIROBI, KENYA AND DAR ES SALAAM,  TANZANIA. ELEMENTS OF 
BIN LADIN'S NETWORK WERE ALSO INVOLVED LAST WEEK IN A PLOT 
TO ATTACK OTHER U.S. EMBASSIES. 
 
--  THESE LATEST ATROCITIES IN AFRICA ARE NOT THE FIRST 
OCCASION IN WHICH MEMBERS OF BIN LADIN'S NETWORK HAVE 
CARRIED OUT ACTS OF TERRORISM AGAINST AMERICA AND ITS 
FRIENDS. 
 
--   THE BIN LADIN NETWORK SUPPORTS TERRORISTS IN 
AFGHANISTAN, BOSNIA, CHECHNYA, TAJIKISTAN,  SOMALIA, YEMEN, 
AND NOW KOSOVO.   IT ALSO TRAINS MEMBERS OF TERRORIST 
NETWORKS FROM SUCH DIVERSE COUNTRIES AS THE PHILIPPINES, 
ALGERIA AND ERITREA.   ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE RELIABLE 
EVIDENCE THAT THE BIN LADIN NETWORK HAS BEEN ACTIVELY 
SEEKING TO ACQUIRE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION,  INCLUDING 
CHEMICAL WEAPONS. 
 
--   WE ENCOURAGE OTHER GOVERNMENTS TO UNDERTAKE SIMILAR 
EFFORTS TO DISRUPT THE ACTIVITIES AND FINANCIAL DEALINGS OF 
BIN LADIN AND HIS ASSOCIATES. 
 
 
MINIMIZE CONSIDERED 
 
 
ALBRIGHT 

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