This is from my mate Fabio:
Weddings are good for networking, terrorists told
Manual being distributed across Indonesia shows how to form terror cells
Thursday • September 14, 2006
A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small, independent terrorist cells, a new report claims.
The 82-page book, whose author is unknown, has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to Tempo, a weekly current affairs magazine.
The claim comes as senior Indonesian officials, including police chief Sutanto, are trying to reassure the public that the chances of a new terrorist bombing have been substantially reduced, compared to previous years.
The period between September and November has become known as "bombing season" in Indonesia. Terrorist leader Mohammad Cholily, sentenced in Bali last week to 18 years' jail for his involvement in the attacks there last year, told investigators that bombmaker Azahari Husin had instructed him "there must be a bombing every year".
Azahari, however, lasted only a few weeks beyond that statement, as he was killed in a shootout with police in East Java in November.
However, his renegade partner Noordin Mohammed Top remains at large and could still be influencing potential bombers — although the Tempo investigation reveals that, with the help of the manual, new cells could be operating without any reference to Top.
The guide contains detailed instructions on seeking funding, recruiting members and dividing tasks among members. It also showcases training methods and rules for selecting meeting places.
According to Tempo, which said that it had seen a copy of the manual, the guide is divided into several chapters, the first filled with religious quotations and ideological reasons aimed at justifying why jihad, or holy war, is allowed in Indonesia.
The manual also instructs terrorist leaders how to select new members, stressing that it was important to screen potential candidates' past history, especially during the period from 12 to 18 years, which are considered formative years.
With regards to fundraising, the manual suggests that members start business enterprises and take part in community life in order to solicit donations. Weddings are considered one of the best occasions for networking.
Jakarta police spokesman Paulus Purwoko said the book would be the subject of an investigation but that "we need to know more about its distribution". He added that guidebooks of this sort had been in circulation since the first Bali bombings in October 2002.
The manual also suggests that recruits be trained in stages, according to their abilities. The first test for a militant is to work as a document courier. If successful, the militant could be allowed to send documents via a courier, it said. Simulated police raids and arrests are part of the training it proposed.
Specialised skills should be identified, according to the manual. In particular demand were skills related to Islamic preaching, intelligence and security, and computers and the Internet. Those with a technical or an engineering background, it added, should be trained in bomb making.