Convicted American terrorist Iyman Faris was telephoned by Islamic extremists from Canada, as well as France, Belgium and Turkey, according to previously secret CIA intelligence information released Tuesday.
Faris, a truck driver from Columbus, Ohio, was convicted in 2003 of plotting to cut the cables that support the Brooklyn Bridge and sentenced to a 20-year prison term.
The new information on Faris was included in a lengthy report by Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee.
According to a CIA file contained in the report, Faris’s telephone callers included Ahmed Ressam, dubbed the “millennium bomber,” who’s now serving a 37-year prison sentence.
Ressam was convicted of plotting to blow up the Los Angeles airport around the turn of the millennium.
The newly released Senate report states: “The CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program and the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques played no role in the identification and capture of Iyman Faris.”
CIA records indicate Faris was known to U.S. intelligence before the Sept. 11 attacks, the report said.
Faris, who also used the name Mohammad Rauf, was born in Pakistan and became an American citizen in 1999.
His trial heard that he was a low-level member of a terror network, providing cash, cellphones and sleeping bags to Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan in 2000, where he met with Osama bin Laden.
His trial also heard he provided information about possible American targets to Al Qaeda and eventually concluded that cutting the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge was unlikely to succeed.