Name-Recognition Tool Used in Hunt for Al Qaeda Suspect
Language Analysis Systems, of Herndon, Va., offers a hand in the hunt for suspected al Qaeda associate Adnan G. El Shukrijumah.To help police, banks and other business institutions search their databases as they try to track down suspected al Qaeda associate Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a maker of smart name-recognition software is giving away a collection of over 500 linguistic name and alias variations. The FBI said on Thursday that El Shukrijumah is possibly involved with al Qaeda terrorist activities and may pose a threat to U.S. security. Language Analysis Systems, in Herndon, Va., responded by making public on its site about 40 of the most common name variations that may be in use by El Shukrijumah, including variations of the aliases identified by the FBI. The company also will give away a more extensive list to certain agencies. John Hermansen, CEO and founder of LAS, said that examples of organizations that have a demonstrated need are police departments or joint terrorism task forces. Other organizations or individuals would be deluged by the number of possible name variations, he said.
According to LAS, its Arabic name experts believe that the aliases providedamong them, "Abu Arif" and "Jafar Al-Tayar"could mean one of a few things. The first could translate to "father of Arif" or could be a nickname for a knowledgeable person. The word "Tayar" could be a nickname for "pilot," which would make the second alias translate into "Jafar the pilot."