Islamic Terrorists Love of Untraceable Cell Phones as IED Detonators

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Maruan Awad Muharab, 19; Adham Abdelhamid Othman, 22; and Louai Abdelhamied Othman, 23, (pictured L-R above) were charged today in Tuscola County (Michigan) with one count each of collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and one count each of surveiling a vulnerable target. Bond has been set at $750,000.00 each. According to recovered receipts some of their purchases were made in Wisconsin.

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs
sosborne@homelandsecurityus.com

12 August 2006: There is more disturbing reporting on the terrorist purchasing of IED detonators in the U.S. This activity has reached a scale many American adults would consider unimaginable, perhaps almost unbelievable. On a daily basis and virtually at any time of the day or night, we are seeing many, many multiple instances of Middle Eastern men purchasing large quantities of untraceable cell phones.

This activity is the “handwriting on the wall” for acts of mass terrorism and cold-blooded murder involving Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) on a scale America has never seen within her shores before. In Michigan there is a report by WNEM TV5 of one instance within the past 24 hours of three Middle Eastern men of “Palestinian” descent purchasing large quantities of such cell phones. The trio purchased three phones at a time, in cash sales, to avoid arousing suspicion or leave a financial trail of the transactions.

In one stop at a Wal-Mart in Caro, Michigan (due north up Route 24 from Islamist Dearborn) a total of 80 phones were purchased. When intercepted by local police following a tip from an alert Wal-Mart employee, the three were found to have 1,000 such phones in their possession along with a laptop computer containing data on additional store locations and the store’s particular logo’s for ease of recognition. The phones were removed from their packaging and placed in a single container. Battery re-chargers and batteries are also placed in two other separate containers.

According to one report made public, Maruan Awad Muharab, 19; Adham Abdelhamid Othman, 22; and Louai Abdelhamied Othman, 23, were charged today in Tuscola County (Michigan) with one count each of collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and one count each of surveiling a vulnerable target. Bond has been set at $750,000.00 each. According to recovered receipts some of their purchases were made in Wisconsin.

Please note: these phones do not require a battery re-charger as the phone and its battery are intended for a single terrorist IED usage. And the truly shocking data emerges when one considers the astounding numbers of these types of untraceable cell phones being purchased in America from sea to shining sea. Two of these phones can be used to detonate an IED remotely, or a single phone with its alarm clock function can also detonate an IED, this would be your atypical terrorist “time bomb”.

As this activity was occurring, WNEM also reported that just a little more than 12 hours earlier two other Middle Eastern terrorist plotters were active in Ithaca, Michgan (northwest of Islamist Dearborn) at the Dollar General Store attempting to purchase several disposable cell phones. When the sale was blocked the potential terrorists became irate. The sale was blocked because the store clerk became suspicious as these same Middle Eastern individuals had been in the same store all week long purchasing these phones enmasse. The clerk was unaware of the similar events occurring in Caro or in yet another nearby location in Alma, Michigan (just down the road from Ithaca, and also northwest of Islamist Dearborn).

The enmasse purchasing of cell phones is occurring all over the Continental United States. I have completed a search and survey which reveals these purchases are occurring in every state, from Michigan to West Virginia, Ohio to Georgia, Maine to California and New Jersey to Washington state. Besides the IED detonating function these phones can also be used to facilitate national and international terrorist communications.