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The “controversy” surrounding bulk cellular telephone purchases

Posted By Douglas J. Hagmann On August 24, 2006 @ 4:24 am In Domestic Terrorism,Douglas J. Hagmann,Intelligence Analysis,Special Reports | Comments Disabled

“One Picture is worth… a thousand pieces of shrapnel. The controversy over bulk cellular telephone purchases is disingenuous, deceitful and frankly, dishonest, especially during this time of war.” – Doug Hagmann

IED using cellular control

IED using cellular control; photograph was reportedly taken of a military bomb specialist holding a cellular telephone wired to act as a detonator, further illustrated by the on-screen message: “01 Call Missed.”

Special report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

24 August 2006: The recent series of arrests of Middle Eastern men involved in the purchase of prepaid cellular telephones is the apparent subject of debate. There are those who are insulting the sensibilities of the American public by desperately trying to explain the issue as nothing more than young men who are embracing the entrepreneurial American spirit – the very spirit that made this country great – by purchasing large quantities of cell phones and reselling them for a profit. Although there might well be an extremely small percentage of those engaged in that activity, this is NOT what has been and continues to be currently taking place across the country. By the US government’s own admission and based on our extensive collective research and investigation of this matter, cellular telephones that are purchased in bulk are generally used for two primary purposes:

1. The phones and their components are used to construct detonators for improvised explosive devices. One prime example of this can be found in the evidence collected at the scene of the bombings in London.

2. The phones are also used as “throw-aways” for untraceable communication between terrorist operatives.

The most insidious of the two purposes is obviously the first. Ample evidence has been found in Afghanistan and Iraq where the cellular telephones and their components have been used as detonation devices for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In addition to the devices used for detonation of the London bombings, circuitry components were also found in the remains of the backpack worn by would-be Oklahoma University homicide bomber Joel Henry HINRICHS III, as were detailed instructions on his computer.

To be sure, the bulk cell phone purchases made by individuals who are intentionally caught circumventing the checks put in place to keep these situations from taking place happen to be Muslim men fitting a certain profile – in most cases, the same profile of those who killed 3,000 innocent people on September 11, 2001. Some say that we permitted ourselves to be sucker-punched on 9/11. Are we now allowing ourselves to be once again set up to take another hit simply to avoid allegations by such organizations as the ADC and CAIR that we are engaged in religious and racial profiling? It is important that such allegations are nothing more than a smokescreen and that this has nothing to do with religious or ethnic profiling, but it has EVERYTHING to do with CRIMINAL profiling.

When interviewed today on a cable news television station about his cell phone purchasing activities, a suspect recently arrested for terrorism related charges that were ultimately dropped, the suspect attempted to explain that he was involved in a legitimate business enterprise. The $10,000 in cash found in his vehicle was apparently his working capital. Perhaps his outspoken group of supporters, including his co-defendants, family, friends, and defense attorneys who are representing him on behalf of the ADC can and will produce evidence to support the legitimacy of their business at the appropriate time during a trial – if there is one. Perhaps they will produce the proper business licenses, including items such as Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) or articles of incorporation or LLC documents, and a legitimate set of financial ledgers to illustrate the lucrative nature of traveling across the country and purchasing prepaid telephones.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Intelligence Network can offer police departments and prosecuting agencies specific documents written by Arabic terrorists that have been posted to terrorist forums within the last 12 months. These Arabic language documents are detailed instructions describing the methods of using cellular telephones as timers and detonators for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Note, however, that NONE of the documents explain how to purchase and resell the phones at a profit.

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