Evan F. Kohlmann
Senior Investigator & Private Consultant, Global Terror Alert, Washington, D.C.
Evan Kohlmann is an International Terrorism Consultant who has spent a decade tracking Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. In the course of his research, he has amassed one of the largest databases in the world of terrorist communiques and multimedia. He currently works as a senior investigator on behalf of the Nine Eleven Finding Answers (NEFA) Foundation and has served at various times as a private consultant in terrorism matters for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Scotland Yard's SO-15 Counter Terrorism Command, and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET). Mr. Kohlmann holds a degree in International Politics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of ForeigN Service (Georgetown University), and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also the recipient of a certificate in Islamic studies from the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) at Georgetown University. Mr. Kohlmann has been a frequent expert guest on nationally televised news programs and is featured as an exclusive on-air terrorism analyst for NBC News. He is also a regular contributor to The Counterterrorism Blog, "the first multi-expert blog dedicated solely to counterterrorism issues." Mr. Kohlmann has served as an approved expert witness in various federal terrorism trials–including court testimony in twelve cases.
Mr. Kohlmann will discuss ANATOMY OF A MODERN HOMEGROWN TERROR CELL: AABID KHAN ET AL.
In August 2008, a British jury presiding over the criminal trial of Aabid Hussain Khan at the Blackfriars Crown Court in London returned a conviction, resulting in a 12-year prison sentence for Mr. Khan. According to Karen Jones, the reviewing lawyer in the case from the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service, "The evidence showed Khan was a committed and active supporter of Al-Qaida ideology… He preyed on vulnerable young people and turned them into recruits to his cause, using internet chat to lure them in then incite them to fight. He arranged their Pakistan for terrorism training, and talked about a 'worldwide battle.'" During an online chat session with co-conspirators, Khan boasted of his desire "to take out" as many people as possible, even innocent civilians: "attacks are permissable through out this world, so the world a battlefield in my vision, everything, almost, is a target… so if you can find a big target and take it out, say like a military base in uk, then alhamdulillaah." In another similar conversation, Khan confessed, "you don't know how much fury I have towards these american dogs." Khan was remarkably forthright in laying out his larger plan: "what I want to do is cause trouble for kuffar [infidels] by hit and runs[,] everywhere[,] cause fear and panic in their countries[,] make them nervous so they make mistakes” inshaallaah commando training. I was all ready[sic] reported to the airport and police by my parents” [but it is] too late, the terrorists have brainwashed us.” When Khan insisted to another prospective cell member “our duty is to cause damage to the kuffar [infidels] in each and every place possible”, the recruit joked that Khan might not be patient enough to actually reach his chosen target: “the way u talk it seems like ur planning out a fidayee [suicide commando] attack on the plane lol." Grinning, Khan responded, "if it does not come to that, then we wont inshaallaah."