Terrorism has not been ruled out. By Joey Bunch and Kieran Nicholson The Denver Post
Related Aug 14:
Funeral today for man found in hotel with cyanide
August 15th 2008, Terror Probe in Case of Somali-Born Man Found Dead of Cyanide Poisoning in Denver Hotel ....FBI terrorism experts are investigating whether the death of Somali-born Canadian citizen, Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, whose body was found Monday in a Denver hotel room with about a pound of extremely toxic sodium cyanide — is connected to the upcoming Democratic National Convention."I don't see how anybody could do anything but look into the possibility that this is a potential terrorist attack," Dr. Andrew Ternay told CBS 4 News in Denver.
ALSO SEE, SAME PLOT SAME TOWN DIFFERENT DATE; DENVER Feds Arrest Al Qaeda Suspects With Plans to Poison Water Supplies Tuesday, July 30, 2002 By Carl Cameron. Federal officials have arrested two Al Qaeda terror suspects in the U.S. with documents in their possession about how to poison the country's water supplies, Fox News has learned. The first case involves James Ujaama, 36, who surrendered to the FBI last week in Denver. Sources say they found documents about water poisoning among several other terrorism-related documents in his Denver residence.
A Minnesota-based legal advocacy center for Somalis is assembling a troubling, curious background of a man found dead at Denver's Burnsley luxury hotel Monday near a pound of deadly cyanide. A pound of (cyanide) salts mixed with acids could make a significant amount of gas and could affect hundreds of people. "He was psychotic; he was on medication," said Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, which has talked to dozens of people who knew Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, a 29-year-old Canadian citizen and former Somali refugee.
Also see; Saleman Abdirahman Dirie Found Dead with 1 lb. of Cyanide, possible links to Somali al-Shabaab terror group that vowed revenge against US for killing one of it's leaders in May with a missile fired from Tampa Florida.
Dirie's journey to the U.S. and his stay in an expensive hotel does not fit the profile of his humble, somewhat reclusive life, Jamal said Thursday. "People who knew him are shocked," Jamal said. "He was unemployed; he had no money. Whoever gave him the money for that hotel (room at $200 per night) may have also given him the cyanide. "We need to find that person." Members of the community were trying to reach him but he wasn't answering his phone. Dirie had been dead for six days when he was found Monday 8/11/08, Jamal said. (6 days dead and at least 1 day check in at room 408 of the Burnsley Hotel, so at least $1,400.00 on the hotel bill charged to the credit card on file, no credit card-no registration-no room)
The Burnsley Hotel is distinguished from other Denver Colorado hotels by 80 spacious, private suites, starting at $199.00 per night. Done in a rich, English-style decor, each suite is designed luxuriously to accommodate all of your needs - business as well as pleasure. Distinctive amenities at this downtown Denver hotel include:
Spacious 700 square-foot suites
Free high speed internet access
Free covered parking
Complimentary local shuttle service
Complimentary guest computer with printer
Close to Colorado Convention Center and all Denver cultural venues
Federal and local investigators were back at the Burnsley All-Suite Hotel at 1000 Grant St. to further investigate room 408, where he died, said FBI Special Agent Kathy Wright. "I want to emphasize that the hotel is open for business as usual," she said. "Our concern was with one room and one room only, and we've completed out investigation there." The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting Denver police with the investigation
Jamal said Dirie was not particularly religious and was not active in Somali groups as an adult. Dirie was buried Thursday at Hampden Cemetery after a service at the Colorado Muslim Society's Abu Baker mosque.
Mohamad Altaba of the society said about 150 people attended, including many sympathetic Muslims who traditionally attend funerals for other Muslims. He said he met Dirie's brothers and cousins but wasn't sure how many family members attended. "The place of burial in the Islamic faith is where the person died," he said. "But we leave that decision to the family, and the family chose to have him buried here."
On Wednesday, authorities confirmed that a pound of granular powder found in Dirie's room at the Burnsley All Suite Hotel is sodium cyanide, a deadly poison that can be legally purchased and Thursday, the Denver coroner's office said Dirie died of cyanide poisoning, but the manner of his death has not been determined.
The investigation into Dirie's death is being handled by the Denver Police Department, with help from the FBI. Authorities have said Dirie's death appears to be an isolated incident unrelated to the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey was asked about the case during his visit to Denver on Thursday. He said terrorism has not been ruled out. "We can't rule it out until the investigation is over," the nation's top prosecutor said.
Jamal denounced news reports that have mentioned Dirie's death in the context of terrorism. "That perception is out there," he said. "Al-Qaeda is very active in our country, and we cannot deny that some members of our community may be members of that community."
Invoking the context of terrorism causes people who may have information to remain silent in fear of terrorist groups, he said. Family members in Canada have told Jamal and reporters that Dirie left Ottawa on Aug. 7, first traveling to Montreal in a rental car. There, it appears he took a bus to Denver, Jamal said.
He had told family members he was traveling to Denver for a vacation (with no money, unemployed and renting cars, taking cross country bus trips and avoiding airline scrutiny and renting an expensive hotel rooms for multiple days with at least $1,400.00 on the hotel bill, someone was bankrolling this "Operation").
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Alshababa (Aka African alqadia) Are cowards How hide themselves among women and children.The Defanders of Freedom and Democracy Somali Federal Government Soldiers and Neighborly Allies of Ethiopia are Brave Heartly Fighting in frontline to capture or kill Alshabab Cowarads.
Bill Warner, Private Investigator