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Interesting Twists in the Case of Two Middle Eastern Men from Dearborn, MI

Posted By Douglas J. Hagmann On August 10, 2006 @ 8:33 am In Domestic Terrorism,Douglas J. Hagmann,Suspicious Incidents | Comments Disabled

UPDATED 10 August 2006: Two men were charged with money laundering in support of terrorism at a hearing Wednesday after authorities said they found airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints in their car. They are currently in jail and being held on $200,000 bond. How did they possibly obtain the non-public airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints? Could it be that the mother of Ali Houssaiky works for Aircraft Services International Group at Detroit Metro Airport? Additional details:

*The suspects possessed $11,000 in cash & a dozen pre-paid cellular telephones in their vehicle.

*The men admitted buying more than 600 phones in the last few weeks;

*The duo possessed a map marking various Wal-Mart locations from Dearborn, Michigan through Ohio and into North and South Carolina;

*Dearborn is home to a large Lebanese population, has been the site of Pro-Hezbollah rallies since the start of the war in the Middle East.

9 August 2006: For the last 18 months, investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network have been actively informing the public, store-owners, managers and law enforcement about the nexus between the bulk purchases of pre-paid cellular telephones and international terrorism.

Extensive documentation has been provided to the visitors of this website about suspicious bulk purchases of the pre-paid cellular phones. More store owners and managers are becoming instrumental in assisting authorities by alerting them to these transactions, most which are made by Middle Eastern men espousing militant Islamic views. In many cases, subsequent investigations have found numerous suspects to have connections to known terrorists outside of the United States, and are themselves suspected of being part of a larger support network of Islamic terrorists operating inside the U.S. and Canada.

Today’s case involves two men identified as Osma Sabhi ABULHASSAN, 20, and Ali HOUSSAIKY, 20, both of Dearborn, Michigan; the men admitted purchasing more than 600 pre-paid cellular telephones in retail outlets in the Mid-Ohio Valley area within the last few weeks. When stopped by police in Marietta, Ohio on a traffic violation, officers found 12 pay-as-you-go cellular telephones and $11,000 in cash in their vehicle.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. yesterday, the Washington County Sheriff’s office was notified by employees at a Marietta, Ohio Radio Shack store. According to the employees, Abulhassan and Houssaiky were acting suspicious and that they refused to give their names when attempting to purchase nine of the phones.

According to Washington County, Ohio Sheriff Larry Mincks, the men lied about their reasons for purchasing the phones, which led to misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business. Both ABULHASSAN and HOUSSAIKY are being held in the Washington County, Ohio jail and are expected to appear for an arraignment today in Marietta Municipal Court.

“Eventually they indicated they would sell the chips inside the phones to another individual in the Dearborn, Michigan area for $5 more than they pay for the phone,” stated Sheriff Mincks.

Major John Winstanley said the sheriff’s office has received notices from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warning individuals are purchasing the phones for terror related activity. “It’s their belief that they send these TracFones overseas, and they use (the chips) against the troops, detonating bombs,” said Winstanley.

Additional information is contained in an article by reporters Evan Bevins and Roger Adkins The Marietta Times [1]

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