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    NEW YORK (AP) - An al-Qaida operative conducting surveillance on
    U.S. soil in 2000 favored using a limousine packed with explosives
    or a hijacked oil tanker truck to attack financial institutions in
    Manhattan and New Jersey, police officials said Thursday.
    "The most obvious technique to utilize, that comes to mind ...
    would be a limousine in the VIP underground car park," the
    operative, Dhiren Barot, wrote in a memo about the Prudential
    Building in Newark, N.J.
    Barot also suggested that "arson may be the best choice" and
    advised "ramming trucks (oil tankers, etc.) straight through the
    glass front entrance into the lobby area."
    Hijacking a truck "will probably be much easier here in New
    Jersey than in New York since there is less security and no tunnels
    to pass through," added Barot, who spied on one location while
    sitting at a nearby Starbucks.
    The memo was quoted during a New York Police Department briefing
    on terror threats for private security officials from Wall Street
    firms and other businesses. The memo and briefing shed more light
    on the designs of Barot, a 34-year-old British convert to Islam who
    was sentenced to life in prison in Britain last week after pleading
    guilty to conspiring to commit mass murder.
    Prosecutors in Britain said Barot shelved the plan to attack the
    U.S. financial industry targets after Sept. 11, 2001, and instead
    focused on using limousines loaded with gas, napalm and nails to
    attack landmark London hotels and railway stations.
    The proposals for the strikes in Britain and for those against
    the Prudential Building, the International Monetary Fund in
    Washington and the New York Stock Exchange and the Citigroup
    headquarters in New York were sent to al-Qaida leadership like
    "corporate reports going to head office," a British judge said.
    Investigators said they uncovered some of the evidence stored on
    computers seized at the home of an al-Qaida computer expert in
    Pakistan in July 2004, prompting the NYPD to heighten security
    around the city.
    During his recognizance mission in the summer of 2000, Barot
    became fixated on the black sedans regularly used by corporate
    executives, according to an NYPD analyst citing the computer
    evidence.
    Barot noticed the chauffeured cars were given easier access to
    parking in and around corporate offices, a security lapse that
    enhanced the potential for a car bomb.
    The operative "picked up on that - preferential treatment given
    to the black cars of the corporate officers," an NYPD analyst,
    Peter Patton, told the private security officials.
    Barot shot video and took extensive notes while patiently
    assessing the buildings, the analyst said.
    "He sat in a Starbucks for days just looking at one target,"
    he said. "He was just looking at his target, trying to figure out
    the best time to conduct an attack that would result in the most
    casualties."
    In one instance, he noted, "The guards are a combination of
    male and female. The uniform is that of blazer, white shirt and
    trousers. They all carry wireless radios. Impersonating one would
    not be difficult, but it would be very hard to fool the other
    guards."
    Patton said Barot considered trying to rent office space in one
    of the buildings to ensure easy access. His notes show he also was
    drawn to targets with vast expanses of glass - a legacy of the
    al-Qaida attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa.
    "One of the lessons learned after the 1998 embassy bombings was
    that 80 percent of the casualties were caused by flying glass,"
    Patton said.
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