Father-son team planned bioattacks on U.S., Wikileaks reveals

Documents recently released by WikiLeaks have revealed that a Guantanamo detainee conspired to plot several bioterrorist attacks on U.S. soil in 2001.  

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Saifullah Paracha allegedly planned a series of follow-up terrorist attacks, including the acquisition and use of biological weapons, according to the WikiLeaks documents, TwinCities.com reports.

The documents, which were obtained last year by WikiLeaks and provided by another source to the New York Times, state that Paracha, a former New York travel agent, worked closely with senior al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to TwinCities.com.

Other terrorist plots allegedly conceived between Mohammed and Paracha included nuclear attacks, plans for a new wave of aircraft attacks on the West Coast, filling an apartment with leaked natural gas and detonating it and blowing up gas stations.

According to his Guantanamo assessment, Paracha had “provided useful information concerning senior al-Qaida members” but “attempted to deceive and misinform intelligence and law enforcement personnel about his activities," TwinCities.com reports.

Paracha’s son, Uzair, is also linked to al-Qaida. He was convicted in 2005 of material support for terrorism and is now serving a 30 year sentence in federal prison.

Arrested in Bangkok in July 2003, Paracha never acted upon the reported plots described in his dossier.