Attack on U.S. Military installation averted by arrest?

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

26 January 2010: Lloyd R. WOODSON, 43, having a last known address in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia was arrested early Monday after police responded to a “suspicious person” call to a Quick Chek convenience store located on  Route 28 in Somerset County, New Jersey. The caller to the police stated that a Black male, dressed in military fatigues, was acting suspicious at approximately 3:55 a.m. When police arrived and began to interview WOODSON, he ran from the officers, who found him hiding in the brush in a nearby trailer park. During a search of WOODSON, police found him wearing a bullet proof vest and was carrying a weapon modified to shoot .50 caliber ammunition under his coat.

What police investigators found next caused significant alarm among law enforcement and Joint Terrorism Task Force personnel, suggesting perhaps an attack on a U.S. military installation was being planned.

According to an interview conducted late Monday by this investigator with a central New Jersey law enforcement source familiar with this investigation, WOODSON checked in to the Red Mill Inn, 3400 State Route 22, Branchburg, New Jersey last week. A search of his hotel room found a large cache of weapons, ammunition and maps, along with other items that could indicate his ties to radical Islam and an Islamic group based in the U.S.

A search of WOODSON’s room found a second bullet proof vest, a 37-mm Cobray grenade launcher, a Bushmaster .308-caliber semi-automatic rifle with a defaced serial number, hundreds of.50-caliber and .308-caliber ammunition including hollow points, a rifle mountable night vision scope, a police scanner, a military-style backpack, and various military pouches and garrison equipment. Additionally, two maps, one of a U.S. military installation and a second map of an out-of-state “civilian” community were found. Among his personal belongings was a red and white traditional Middle-Eastern headdress.  Authorities officially declined to identify the military installation or the “civilian community.

According to the New Jersey law enforcement source interviewed by this investigator Monday, “the map of the non-military community and other personal effects” not only associate him with “radical Islam, but also with a “militant Islamic group.”

Authorities charged WOODSON with multiple offenses, including second-degree unlawful weapons possession and fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons. WOODSON was jailed at the Somerset County jail, and additional charges could be forthcoming with the involvement of federal authorities.

According to media reports, WOODSON is a deserter from the U.S. Navy. He joined the service in February 1988 and served aboard the USS Orion, a submarine tender, before deserting in April 1989.  In 1997, WOODSON was returned to Navy custody, and was discharged in August of that year.

Additional information about WOODSON and his associates is being withheld at the request of our law enforcement source to avoid potentially compromising an ongoing and growing investigation. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Osama bin Laden audio: “is it live or Memorex?”

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

25 January 2010: The release of a one-minute audio message reportedly from Osama bin Laden obtained and aired on Al-Jazeera TV yesterday has many veteran intelligence insiders both concerned and somewhat at odds with each other about the authenticity and intent of the message.  The message bearing the title “From Osama to Obama” consisted of a voice purporting to be that of bin Laden accompanied by an older image of the top al Qaeda terrorist.  Osama bin Laden addresses US President Obama personally, taking credit for the Christmas day airline bombing attempt by Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab and warning of continued attacks as long as the U.S. continues to support Israel.

While at least one private intelligence agency believes the wording contained in the statement is possibly indicative of an impending attack by al Qaeda, others, including veteran U.S. intelligence contacts closely held by the Northeast Intelligence Network, express doubts that the message is any type of instructional command.

“The message was indeed out of the norm in content and length, and the timing is certainly a concern as is the reference to the Christmas Day bombing attempt,” stated one intelligence source in a telephone interview with this investigator Sunday evening. “We have no doubts whatsoever that Islamic terrorists are engaged in planning attacks against the U.S. domestically and abroad, and that includes continued attempts against U.S. flagged airplanes. But it certainly does not limit attempts against our commercial aircraft, and I would caution everyone to be vigilant not only while flying, but everywhere,” added this source. “We must be careful of tunnel vision, and not become too focused on any single target opportunity.”

When asked if the voice of bin Laden had been authenticated, this source stated that there is disagreement among analysts about the voice being that of bin Laden. “Certainly, it’s possible, but just because it’s possible, that doesn’t make it so.”

Investigators and researchers at the Northeast Intelligence Network are continuing their analysis, while communicating with sources inside the intelligence community. There is a level of distrust with regard to the authenticity of this and previous messages purportedly from bin Laden, especially when the best proof of life (of Osama bin Laden) is in a form that can be easily manipulated. We are not as easily convinced or prepared to state, as other agencies have already stated, that the audio statement “appears to be exactly what it purports to be, an audio message from bin Laden.”

Additional details will be forthcoming.

Text of Osama bin Laden’s statement:

In the name of God the most passionate the most merciful, from Osama to Obama.

“May peace be on those who follow the light of guidance. If our messages to you could be carried by words we wouldn’t have done that by planes. The message I want to convey to you through the plane of the hero, Mujahid Umar al Farouk [referencing Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab] reaffirms a previous message that the heroes of 9/11 conveyed to you and was repeated frequently.

The message is that America will never dream of peace unless we live it in Palestine. It is unfair that you should a safe life while our brothers in Gaza are suffer greatly therefore with God’s will our attacks on you will continue to (as long as you support) Israel. Peace be on those who follow the light of guidance.”

Muslim TV Exec beheading & honor killing suspect: I was abused by my wife

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

25 January 2010: Muzzammil “Mo” HASSAN, the founder and chief executive officer of Buffalo, NY based Muslim station Bridges TV, and the man who is charged with the beheading of his wife, claims through his attorney that he was the victim of spousal abuse. According to his newly hired attorney Frank Bogulski, the petite victim, Aasiya Zubair (HASSAN), several inches shorter and at least a hundred pounds lighter than HASSAN, was allegedly abusive to her TV Exec husband, who is being portrayed as the actual victim in this case.

As initially reported, HASSAN, 45, was charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death and beheading of his wife at the offices of Bridges TV, an all-Islamic TV network co-founded by HASSAN in 2004, ironically to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims.  Buffalo based attorney Frank Bogulski was retained at HASSAN’s hearing in Buffalo on Friday, after HASSAN fired James Harrington, the attorney who had been representing him for the last year.  Bogulski plans an aggressive defense that will include both psychiatric and abuse issues.

News reports note that the allegations of abuse were countered with skepticism by Nancy Sanders, a former news director who worked with the couple at the TV station. She referenced the size disparity between Muzzammil HASSAN and his wife, stating that HASSAN stood over 6 feet tall and his body “filled a doorway.” Additionally, she stated that she “never ever heard her disparage him in the workplace at all. It just did not seem to be in her nature. She was very gentle.”

Psychiatric and allegations of abuse aside, perhaps HASSAN does, in fact, consider himself a legitimate victim in this matter. In order to accept that as plausible, it is necessary to temporarily abandon traditional Western mindset and understand the concepts associated with fundamental Islam.

HASSAN & the denial of honor killings

Clearly, the murder of Aasiya HASSAN was tragic. She was the mother of two young children born during her marriage to Muzzammil “Mo” HASSAN and two teenagers from a previous marriage. She lived with the suspect and her children in an upscale suburb of Buffalo and worked with him at the television station until the day of her murder. Despite appearances, however, not everything was rosy in the HASSAN household. A week before she was decapitated, she filed for divorce from her husband.

Even under normal circumstances, the strain of an impending divorce could be sufficient to cause those with a propensity for violence to react violently. Among Muslim families, the concern for one’s honor and the perceived shame cast by such actions could have exponentially worse consequences. Because it is a Muslim on Muslim crime, not fully understood by some members of law enforcement, and virtually ignored within the corporate media, honor killings are usually relegated to the broader statistical classification of domestic violence.

In the U.S. and Canada, law enforcement and prosecutors have been quick to limit the cause of the murder, rape, assault of a spouse, or even a child or sibling to the broader definition of domestic violence, even among families that adhere to the strict tenets of Islam. They have been proportionately slow to differentiate between incidents of murder or attempted murder, assault, rape and other crimes of violence in Muslim families against those of non-Islamic families. It is the form of domestic violence no one wants to acknowledge, yet honor killings in Islam serve as a contributing factor, if not the prime motive, in certain instances of domestic violence.

In many instances, including the case of Muzzammil HASSAN, the mere mention of honor killing within Islamic families as a motive for murder brings a visceral response and denials if its existence from some members of the Muslim community.

On February 19, 2009, this investigator was a guest on Tom Bauerle Show on WBEN AM 930 in Buffalo, a large radio station heard throughout Western NY, southern Ontario and western Pennsylvania. As reported by Canada Free Press the same day, there is always more to the story than authorities are willing to publicly admit and the media is willing to publish. The audio of the broadcast, compliments of Canada Free Press, can be accessed at this link.

During that show, we discussed the concept of honor killings in Islam, citing numerous instances of murder and attempted murder in North America that appear to be on the rise and that transcend the simple issue of domestic violence. Following that show, we received instant and rabid responses from some members of the Islamic community in Western NY that honor killings are not permitted in Islam.

Despite vociferous denials from Khalid Qazi, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) of Western New York, a report based on extensive research by Phyllis Chesler in The Middle East Quarterly (Spring 2009, Volume XVI, Number 2) into the act of honor killings was published shortly after the airing of that broadcast. Her report provides a sufficient rebuttal to Qazi and others who refuse to acknowledge the concept of honor killing in Islam.

The report titled Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence references the HASSAN case. The preface to the research contained in that report, written by the editors, perhaps offers the best summary of the denial related to honor killings [emphasis added by this author]:

On February 12, 2009, Muzzammil Hassan informed police that he had beheaded his wife. Hassan had emigrated to the United States 30 years ago and, after a successful banking career, had founded Bridges TV, a Muslim-interest network which aims, according to its website, “to foster a greater understanding among many cultures and diverse populations.” Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III told The Buffalo News that “this is the worst form of domestic violence possible,” and Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, told the New York Post that Islam forbids such domestic violence. While Muslim advocacy organizations argue that honor killings are a misnomer stigmatizing Muslims for what is simply domestic violence, a problem that has nothing to do with religion, Phyllis Chesler, who just completed a study of more than 50 instances of North American honor killings, says the evidence suggests otherwise. — The Editors

Following Friday’s hearing, the usual posturing between the prosecution and defense took place in front of reporters:

“The spouse was the dominant figure in this relationship,” attorney Frank Bogulski said outside the courtroom. “He was the victim. She was verbally abusive. She had humiliated him.”

“He chopped her head off. That’s all I have to say about Mr. Hassan’s apparent defense that he was a battered spouse.” - District Attorney Frank Sedita, Erie County, NY.

Admittedly, cases are not adjudicated on the steps of the courthouse of in the media. Nonetheless, the media’s deliberate unwillingness to address the issue of honor killings is not only disingenuous in this case, it is endangering the lives of other potential victims, such as the more celebrated minors like Rifqa Bary.

Fear of being labeled culturally or religiously insensitive is impeding the proper identification of motives behind domestic violence in Islamic households. Until such time as honor killings receive as much attention as other crimes of violence, the blood of those killed for the sake of honor will continue to be shed, and will continue to be on the hands on those who continue to obfuscate the truth.

RELATED:

Beheading in Buffalo- at Muslim TV Station

7 January 2005 Inquiry to Mr. Hassan: Is Bridges TV – broadcasting al Manar?

Lackawanna, NY “good boy” in custody in Yemen

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

22 January 2010: Jaber A. ELBANEH, 43 year-old former resident of the Buffalo suburb of Lackawanna ,NY and one of the leaders of the “Lackawanna Six” group of young Yemeni terrorists is reportedly in custody again in Yemen, according to officials. In the spirit of cooperation with the Holder Justice Department and the Obama administration, he now wants to “lawyer up,” perhaps taking cues from 23-year-old Nigerian native Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Muslim terrorist who attempted to blow Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from the sky on Christmas Day. Abdulmutallab, who was reportedly trained in Yemen by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was read his rights and granted access to a lawyer.

ELABNEH was indicted in absentia in a federal criminal complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Buffalo, New York, charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda. He was added to the “FBI Most Wanted Terrorist” list with a $5 million reward offered for his arrest and conviction. Yemeni authorities have had ELBANEH in custody several times in the past seven years, but Yemen’s government has refused requests from the U.S. government to extradite him. [Read more...]

No mention of Islam in official Ft. Hood Report

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

20 January 2010: On 15 January, 2009, the U.S. Military released its 86-page report “Protecting the Force, Lessons Learned from Fort Hood,” an independent review by the Department of Defense of the causes behind the November 5, 2009 massacre by Islamic terrorist insider Nidal Malik HASAN. Thirteen were murdered, plus one unborn child and another 43 were injured.

Omitted from the report was any direct reference to Islam, Islamic terrorism, or the motives of HASAN, which were clearly influenced by his beliefs or interpretation of the Muslim ideology. These obvious omissions were explained by two of the report’s authors, former Army Secretary Togo West and former Navy’s Admiral, Vernon Clark, who spoke to reporters last week when the report was released. According to the investigators, they didn’t “drill down into HASAN’s motives.” Any person of reason would be compelled to ask why motive was not a factor in this investigation, when it must be considered as one of the primary factors in any normal investigation.

The reason is obvious and became abundantly clear from the minute Barack Hussein Obama addressed the nation on the day of the massacre. To address HASAN’s motives would require a level of honesty about the Islamic ideology this administration is unwilling to discuss: true believers in fundamentalist Islam cannot legitimately serve in our armed forces due to a conflict of ideological interest.

The fact that the authors intentionally omitted any doctrinal based assessment of the killings should be an indictment of not only the authors, but of our current administration. To purposely omit the Islamic motivation that was the sole basis of HASAN’s murderous rampage is not only disingenuous, but traitorous as it places our armed forces at risk for future killings, sabotage, and treason. Therefore, the report is either a clear exhibit of our senior leadership’s knowledge deficit pertaining to the ideology of enemy we are fighting, or illustrates just how deeply entrenched the enemy really is within our military infrastructure and political bodies of policy and oversight.

Perhaps even more disturbing than the reports omission of “Islam” or “radical Islam” within the report, the authors broadly imply that adherents to all religions are equally influenced to the possibility of radicalization. Recommendation 2.7 therefore suggests that Department of Defense (DoD) should “Promptly establish standards and reporting procedures that clarify guidelines for religious accommodation.”  To argue in favor of this possibility is to completely ignore that Islam is unique among all other religions as its fundamental doctrine requires its adherents to wage war against non-Muslims or unbelievers, a fact that is not a hijacking of the faith, but mandated by the Qur’an and Hadith that is currently supported by every school of Islamic jurisprudence[i].

Yet another disturbing recommendation is contained in section 3.8 of the report. The authors also recommend a policy directing the Department of Defense to “review the need for DoD privately owned weapons policy,” somehow suggesting private gun ownership by members of the most heavily armed organization in the world might have been a contributing factor to the Fort Hood massacre. The fact that this subject was even given consideration should be disturbing to every individual concerned with their Second Amendment rights and suggests an agenda well above the scope of this investigation.

To deny or fail to address our enemy’s motivation and their own stated doctrine is unacceptable and will only embolden their will and strengthen their abilities of infiltration. To incorporate all other religions and to state the need to review private gun ownership of military personnel into the Fort Hood threat assessment has more serious overtones of a shadowy agenda that is at war with democracy.


[i] Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, p 43,  Regnery Publishing

Flying the unfriendly skies: An extensive analysis of passenger air incidents

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

Note: Due to the length of this investigative report, it can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking here (Right click, choose “save as, save target as” or save page as” to save to your computer).

18 January 2010: Sometimes, a story can be told in a few paragraphs. When a matter of personal and national security is involved, however, it requires a deeper analysis rooted in historical perspective for proper insight. Consider what is at stake when you board your flight with your family, holding your child’s hand as you walk onto the plane for your next vacation, or anxiously await the arrival of your closest friend or family member at the airport terminal. Although many have seemed to already forgotten, war has been thrust upon us, with our enemy using this very conveyance on which we rely. Therefore, this analysis cannot be limited to a few paragraphs or sound bites. Those can be found in the major media and elsewhere.

Nearly all of the major media outlets, talk show pundits, and numerous bloggers have been reporting on the recent suspicious incidents aboard airlines over the last few weeks. The majority of those in the media, in lockstep with the mentality of our current administration, have categorized the incidents or perpetrators as “isolated incidents,” “isolated extremists.” They conclude they have “no connection to terrorism or “larger plots,” and assure  the public  that “no identifiable threat” was found in these instances, with the obvious exception being the near successful bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

Many of these incidents have been explained away by our government’s own security agencies as simple misunderstandings, including but not limited to situations caused by language barriers, physical illness, mental illness, and alcohol induced impairment by a passenger(s), or various other seemingly innocuous explanations. These public explanations are usually accompanied by the official and increasingly familiar rationale that an “abundance of caution” was merely exercised in each instance. Such explanations have allowed the majority of the passengers who engaged in the activity that interfered with commercial air travel to walk away freely without being criminally charged, despite federal laws that specifically prohibit interference with commercial air travel.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security institutes new and ineffective security measures that still fail to address the problem. Instead of effectively profiling passengers to identify those posing the greatest risk to air security before they enter the aircraft, we are allowing them to shamelessly and quite literally strip our wives, mothers, grandmothers and even children through the use of high tech imaging. Our present security system is not a security system at all, but a degrading annoyance that is systematically stripping away not only our clothes but our dignity, restricting our civil liberties, and eroding our freedoms and rights.

And not only are we allowing ourselves and our families to be subjected to this humiliation that does little for our actual security at 35,000 feet, many ordinarily sensible freedom loving Americans are actually encouraging and embracing these insulting draconian methods.

We insist on employing the most invasive methods to look for weapons on bodies of passengers but not at the passenger’s behavior, ethnicity, and religious affiliation, country of origin, prior travels, visas and passports, despite the latter having been proven much more effective than the former. We approve of having our bodies and those of our wives and children patted down and frisked, a tactic once reserved only for criminal suspects, and permit TSA officials to rifle through some of our most intimate belongings.

Passengers young and old, physically fit and obviously infirmed alike are already forced to remove their shoes at security checkpoints, which is an artifact of poor and ineffectual threat screening. We continue to be perilously myopic in limiting our focus for weapons, while being forced to believe that placing the same level of scrutiny on the passengers themselves is somehow violating their religious freedoms and civil rights. We are now being “virtually disrobed,” and it might not be long before we’ll be asked to grab our ankles before boarding a plane. It is sad that many are making jokes about the process and struggling to find catchy names for the types of bombing suspects (e.g. shoe bomber, crotch bomber) while it is the terrorists themselves who are laughing the loudest.

As we’ve seen after 9/11, the UK liquid bombing plot, and the most recent Christmas Day PETN and TATP explosive plot, our present air travel security system is becoming more progressively reactive rather than being preventative in nature. Based on this practice, it is likely that the next series of security measures implemented will be based on reconstructive forensic analysis of plane and body parts.

If we are truly concerned about the safety of our air travel the next time we board a plane or see our loved ones off on their next flight, we must understand how we arrived at this level of continued exposure and inefficiency. We must demand answers for the recent upsurge in suspicious airline incidents instead of accepting the convoluted logic of the heads of the DHS, TSA, administrative officials and career politicians who are supposed to represent us, and the major media, that is supposed to inform us.

Even as the security becomes proportionately more invasive and less effective, it seems too few Americans asking questions, having themselves and their loved ones resigned to being subjected to virtual nudity and shoeless entry. Ironically, it seems the only group of people that are objecting to this invasive technique are Muslims themselves. Equally ironic is that this investigator is in agreement with their objections, but for different reasons.

From an investigative perspective, I believe the answers to our air security problems can be found through a comprehensive analysis of the behavioral patterns of suspects involved in past events, combined by an honest assessment of the manner in which each incident and suspect was handled. Every aspect of these events should be subjected to professional investigative and behavioral analysis, from the first indication of trouble to the final utterance of federal officials to the liberally biased media.

Next, it is this investigator’s professional opinion that we must not discount the connection between the recent increases in air incidents (and other unrelated terror plots) with the controversial policy announced by the current administration involving the adjudication of Islamic terrorists though our criminal court system. I believe there are both obvious and obscure relationships between these seemingly unrelated events, as the primary aspect of the current threats facing us lies in the asymmetrical nature of the war they have waged upon us. I will point out where I believe the relationships exist.

The Bush administration and his predecessors failed us by acquiescing to the protests of well funded and deeply entrenched Islamic advocacy groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to avoid identifying our enemy by the religious and political ideology of Islam. We saw the residual results of this Bush instituted policy, reconstituted in a more aggressive fashion under Barack Hussein Obama, in the immediate aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting. A well known Fox News anchor interviewing a U.S. Senator refused to even mention the name of the suspect in custody despite both having complete verification of the accuracy of the information. This illustrates a willful failure to provide the truth to the American people.

The Obama administration and his supportive media have exponentially exacerbated these failures. Barack Hussein Obama has publicly emphasized our national defects as seen by other countries rather than focusing on their atrocities, while the media provides the reiteration. In his June 2009 Cairo speech, Obama unapologetically prostrated our country not only before the world in general, but the Islamic community specifically either through ignorance or with malice, neither of which is acceptable. Combined with the backward decision purportedly made by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, with the imprimatur of Barack Hussein Obama to adjudicate terrorists including terror kingpin Khalid Sheikh Mohamed in our criminal courts rather than treat them as the war criminals they are, the terrorists and those who facilitate and finance them have become emboldened in their ideology and actions domestically and abroad.

That decision by the current administration has essentially changed venues from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to the courtrooms of America. Worse, they have armed our enemies with legal tools once reserved only for citizens of America. And as if to further punish our country and our citizens who’ve been most traumatized and victimized by acts of war, they’ve changed the venue not only from the desert battlefield, but to Southern District of New York, where the buildings and survivors still bear the scars from the worst attack on America. While some rationalize this as proving our moral and ethical superiority over our enemies, one must ask whether those arguing in favor of this truly understand the tactics of our enemies, or whether they simply hate America.

What does all of this have to do with the recent increase of suspicious airline incidents? Plenty, if one connects the applicable dots. To do so, we must be able to identify a legitimate “dot” and to distinguish between true stupidity or honest mistakes and the evil that is confronting us. Before that can be done however, it is necessary to be have the courage and intellectual honesty to identify the evil as a dot of a larger picture Only then can they be connected, the evil confronted, and the fight properly engaged.

The dots

TWA Flight 847: How many Americans recall the horrific ordeal of the passengers of TWA Flight 847 that was hijacked by Muslim terrorists on 14 June 1985? Among the 153 passengers was 23 year-old U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem who was brutally beaten, executed and whose body was tossed by the Islamic terrorists onto the hot airport tarmac at the Beirut airport.

The ostensible reasons for the hijacking, supported by the behavior of the Shia terrorist perpetrators, focused on the actions of Israel and America’s support for Israel. The hijacking was planned and facilitated by Hezbollah with the assistance of Iran. That act of Islamic terrorism against a U.S. flagged commercial aircraft, including the murder of a U.S. serviceman, was seen throughout the world, thus giving the hijackers the global forum to pontificate their beliefs about America and Israel before a worldwide audience.

Compare this to bringing Kalid Sheikh Muhammad and four other Islamic terrorists to the United States Federal Courthouse in New York. The result will be similar, giving Mohammed and the others a global audience that will put America on trial. The trial will give the terrorists a forum to denounce America and Israel, already hobbled by Obama’s world posture.

Also, note that the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 was handled as a criminal act. Is it any wonder that as of today, almost 25 years after this horrifying ordeal, that three of the Muslim terrorists who were the murderous perpetrators and members of the Islamic terrorist organization Hezbollah remain at large and on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list? Rewards of $5 million for information leading to their arrests and convictions still are being offered by the FBI.

Pam Am Flight 103: Also of significant historical importance Pam Am Flight 103, scheduled to fly from London to New York when a bomb blew it from the sky on 21 December 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing its 243 passengers and 16 crew members, along with 11 people on the ground.

A few weeks before that bombing, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a rather specific warning about a planned bombing of a transcontinental flight from Germany to the U.S. The attack was successful despite the advance warning and assurances to ramp up passenger and cargo screening and security procedures.

That incident of mass murder, initially described by Scotland’s Lord Advocate as “the UK’s largest criminal inquiry led by the smallest police force in Britain,” was eventually supplemented by the FBI in a three-year joint investigation. That investigation eventually led to arrests and a controversial trial in a criminal court where one defendant was convicted, while a second was found not guilty.

While much controversy still surrounds the terrorist attack Of Pan Am Flight 103, including the recent release of the convicted bomber due to health reasons, a sealed letter was hand delivered to then President George Bush on 15 May 1990 by the chairman of the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism (PCAST). The letter included recommendations by the commission, along with this prophetic statement:

“National will and the moral courage to exercise it are the ultimate means of defeating terrorism. The Commission recommends a more vigorous policy that not only pursues and punishes terrorists, but also makes state sponsors of terrorism pay a price for their actions.”

That is a clear and ominous warning made nearly 20 years ago that is just as applicable today. Given the hindsight we now have at the cost of numerous lives and bloodshed, it is reasonable to question the not only the decision, but the motives behind the decision to handle such matters as instituted by the Obama administration. With the employment of hindsight, one might see this now 20 year-old recommendation as an ominous warning against handling each incident as “isolated” and ultimately downgrading obvious acts of war by terrorists to common criminal offenses.

TWA Flight 800: Six years after the ominous warning issued by the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism, on 17 July 1996, TWA Flight 800, flying from JFK Airport in New York to Rome crashed into the Atlantic near the Long Island community of East Moriches, New York, resulting in the deaths of all 212 passengers and 18 crew members. The “official” cause of the crash was the result of a freak explosion within the center fuel tank of the aircraft, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other government officials. To accept the official explanation is akin to believing that the events taking place aboard our aircraft today have little or nothing to do with Islamic terrorism. (Image below courtesy of Applewhite/AP).

It is extremely important to understand the investigative process involved in TWA Flight 800, from start to finish, as this incident appears to have established the current gold standard used by federal investigative agencies and politicians acting in oversight positions alike for all future investigations of airline incidents.

To fully understand the nuances of the investigation of TWA Flight 800, it is important to realize that the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) serves as the lead investigative agency for airplane accidents, although answers to the directives of the U.S. Attorney General when requested to surrender its jurisdiction in the event the accident turns out to be an act of terrorism.

Therefore, all potential acts of terrorism are removed from their immediate investigative jurisdiction and transferred to the Attorney General and FBI.

It is equally important to note that although it is supposed to be independent, the five members that make up the NTSB are appointed by the President, who also appoints the head of the NTSB. Accordingly, its independence, as well as its investigative powers, can be open to compromise by political agendas.

At the time of the TWA Flight 800 tragedy, the NTSB was under the direction of Jim Hall, who was appointed to the NTSB by then-President Bill Clinton in October of 1993. Less than a year later, Hall was appointed acting chairman, a position he held until his resignation in January 2001.  Despite his position, Hall had absolutely no investigative experience. In fact, he worked as a staff member for Senator Al Gore, Sr. (D-TN), and later served as a counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.  Within the context of the TWA investigation, Hall has been described as “arguably the least qualified and most political chair in NTSB history.”

Not to worry, however, as the investigation of TWA Flight 800 would be taken over by the FBI at the direction of the Attorney General. Some might be surprised to learn that the “liaison” assigned to handle matters between the NTSB and the FBI was none other than Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who later went on to become part of the 9/11 Commission.

It was her assignment to “reign in” the investigation. It should not be considered any coincidence that Gorelick has been identified as the individual ultimately responsible for the “wall” that contributed to blocking the sharing of intelligence information that is partially blamed for the failures leading to 9/11. That “wall” far exceeded the constraints of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and was ultimately responsible for preventing counter-terrorism investigators access to the contents of the computer owned by Zacarias Moussaoui in the months prior to 9/11. Although the restrictions she imposed on terrorism investigations from a criminal investigative position made her infamous, Gorelick was also involved mired in controversy over illegal campaign contributions to the Clinton-Gore campaign made via the likes of Charlie Trie and John Huang from foreign sources, the origins of which have yet to be fully disclosed. The relevance, of course, is to “follow the money” in criminal investigations. Gorelick was also appointed Vice Chairman of Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), a capacity in which she served from 1997 through 2003 and was handsomely rewarded.

It is also no coincidence that like Jamie Gorelick, Jim Hall would play a future role in maintaining informational control over terrorist events.

PETN: Then & Now

On page 118 of the official NTSB report pertaining to TWA Flight 800 dated 23 August 2000, signed by James Hall, it was noted that trace amounts of three types of explosives were found in the wreckage of Flight 800, including pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN. The following is excerpted from page 118 from that report:

“Examination of recovered wreckage revealed trace amounts of explosive residue on three samples of material from three separate locations in the airplane wreckage. These material samples were submitted to the FBI’s laboratory in Washington, D.C., with many other material samples for analysis. The pieces on which these traces were found were described by the FBI as a piece of canvaslike material and two pieces of floor panel; however, the exact locations of the traces were not documented. According to the FBIs laboratory report, [219] analysis of each of the three material samples revealed that they contained traces of different explosives: one contained cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX), one contained nitroglycerin, and one contained a combination of RDX and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).”

CNN also reported that investigators found traces of explosive on the plane, specifically between rows 15 and 25 in their article published on 23 August 2006. The NTSB report under Hall explains, however, that this particular aircraft was used for a dog-training explosive detection exercise at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport on June 10, 1996, and further suggests that one of the containers used for the explosives could have leaked some material onto the aircraft. Given the confluence of events in this case, many simply do not believe in this coincidence.

Looking at the TWA Flight 800 tragedy with the clarity of hindsight in conjunction with the more recent attempts to bring down our aircrafts using PETN, is it reasonable to so readily accept that the downing of this aircraft was the result of a freak disaster?

Egypt Air Flight 990: Next, consider the events of Egypt Air 990, a flight from Los Angeles to Cairo with a stop-over in New York. Shortly before 2:00 am on 31 October 1999, the aircraft crashed headlong into the Atlantic Ocean, just 60 miles south of the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 on board. While some continue to believe the cause of the crash remains in dispute, I would urge everyone to look at the “cast of characters” involved in this investigation, the diplomatic posturing, and the lengths involved ensuring that this crash was attributed to things unrelated to pilot suicide or an act of terrorism.

Although all evidence points to a deliberate act of Islamic terrorism by Egyptian co-pilot Gameel Al-Batouti for bringing down Flight 990 and murdering all on board, including many elderly Americans traveling to Egypt as tourists, we again find ourselves being admonished for making engaging in such reckless speculation by the NTSB under orders by the Clinton administration, despite the evidence.

Recall that the Gameel Al-Batouti, who was in sole control of the aircraft while the pilot left the cockpit, switched off auto-pilot controls and uttered a phrase in Arabic “Tawakkalt Ala Allah,” the meaning of which could be taken a number of ways. It is seeming clear, in this instance, that it was the intent of Al-Batouti to take down the aircraft, was his utterance was similar to the 9/11 hijackers Arabic rallying cries of Alluah Akbar. Investigation found reliable references to Al-Batouti being a member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, close in relationship to the Islamic Jihad Group.

Also consider what was taking place elsewhere at the same time. Lyne Stewart, an American activist and attorney representing Egyptian terror suspect Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (familiarly known as the blind sheikh), was acting as a go-between with her client and members of his Egyptian terror organization, for which she was convicted in 2005. At the time, however, there was intelligence information to suggest that Al-Batouti was assigned the task of taking down this aircraft and Stewart was complicit based on her illegal transfer of information and instructions. If one were to accept this as reasonable fact, this could be yet another reason to argue against the adjudication of terrorists in our court system.

Next, consider carefully the remarks of Jim Hall, again the “lead investigator” of the crash for the NTSB during a press conference held on 19 November 1999, less than three weeks into the investigation. The U.S. State Department under the Clinton administration was under extreme pressure from the government of Egypt to find a cause that did not involve the actions of Al-Batouti or any member of its crew. Responding to the political pressure he faced, Hall denounced speculation of any improprieties by Al-Batouti or the crew by saying that such talk had “done a disservice to the long-standing friendship between the people of the United States of America and Egypt.”

Bowing to the political demands to avoid a confrontation between Egypt and the U.S., the final conclusion about the crash reached by the NTSB in its final report dated 21 March 2002 was quite underwhelming:

“The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the EgyptAir flight 990 accident is the airplane’s departure from normal cruise flight and subsequent impact with the Atlantic Ocean as a result of the relief first officer’s flight control inputs. The reason for the relief first officer’s actions was not determined.”

A message – a wrong message - was being sent to the Islamic world by our own leaders. Throughout the investigation, sensitivities of the Egyptian government were placed well ahead of the facts of the investigation and the fate of the victims of a murderous Islamic terrorist. With the crash of Egypt Air Flight 990, there was a growing sense of the vulnerability of U.S. air travel by Islamic terror groups. Unsurprisingly, the tempo of dry runs and suspicious incidents aboard our aircraft began to rise exponentially.

The aforementioned events that suggested a vulnerability was not lost on the likes of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the planner of the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and a terror suspect with a keen interest in targeting airliners, and his nephew Ramzi Yousef, a key player in 1993 World Trade Center bombing that murdered six people and injured over 1,000 more.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed & airline bomb plots: Five years after Lockerbie, Islamic terrorists Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the latter, coincidentally, soon to be tried for his role in 9/11 in a New York City courtroom at the behest of the Obama administration, planned a large-scale terrorist attack intending to blow up twelve airliners while in flight as they were inbound to the United States.

In December 1994, Mohammed and Yousef conducted a “dry run” for Operation Bojinka or the Manila Plots, the names given to the above referenced airline plot. Facilitated by Mohammed both financially and logistically, Yousef planted an explosive device under a seat of Philippine Airlines Flight 434 that he assembled in the lavatory of the plane during a stopover. Yousef disembarked, and Flight 434 took off again with a Japanese national occupying Yousef’s former seat. The explosion killed the innocent passenger and almost brought down the aircraft.

Notably, the explosive components of bomb included liquid nitroglycerin that was disguised as a bottle of contact lens fluid, glycerin, nitrate, sulfuric acid, and other chemical concentrations. Also notably, the bomb was constructed in the lavatory of the aircraft, using components smuggled aboard.

Yousef, the nephew of Mohammed, is a current resident of the Supermax ADX Prison in Florence, Colorado after being found guilty of his involvement in the 1993 WTC bombing and later of seditious conspiracy. Meanwhile, Mohammed will be facing a criminal trial in New York City for his role in the 9/11 attack on the U.S., with his experience in airline attacks a mere footnote – nonetheless an important one – just a short distance from the buildings destroyed by the means of his interest.

As documented in a previous article, Terror probes – what you’re not being told,  practice runs of our airlines were in full swing at the dawn of the new Millennium and in the months prior to 9/11, including the well publicized account of actor James Woods who witnessed firsthand some of the 9/11 hijackers preparing for that fateful day.

Part II: Post 9/11 to the Present

American Airlines Flight 587 & American Airlines Flight 63: Americans have seen their share of suspicious incidents involving aircraft in the months and years following the attacks of 9/11, including the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 into a Queens neighborhood shortly after takeoff from the JFK Airport on 12 November 2001. All 260 passengers and crew on board and 5 people on the ground were killed in this crash that was officially attributed to the separation of the plane’s vertical stabilizer and rudder in flight. The assembly was reportedly found in Jamaica Bay, about a mile north of the main wreckage site.

On 6 December 2004, the NTSB released the full version of their Final Report on the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.The “probable cause” of that crash, according to the NTSB, was “the in-flight separation of the vertical stabilizer” after take-off that caused the pilot to lose control and crash. This determination was initially disclosed at their Final Report Meeting held in Washington, D.C., on 26 October 2004.

Some proponents of this explanation cite a previous, similar incident involving the same type of aircraft involving American Airlines Flight 903 in an accident in 1997 outside of West Palm Beach, Florida and some known “defects” of the vertical stabilizer.  This official cause of the crash of Flight 587 is not without its problems, however, and does not reconcile with a number of facts that definitely indicate a fire and/or explosion occurred aboard Flight 587 at least several seconds before the crash into a Rockaway, Queens neighborhood. Investigators note that there are well over 50 eyewitnesses who saw fire and smoke coming from Flight 587 during level flight and while the tail section was still attached to the aircraft.

Additionally, there are some interesting facts involving the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and transmissions by the pilot that suggest a catastrophic occurrence took place aboard the aircraft that does not comport with the separation of the tail stabilizer. There is also the problematic debris field that suggests that some type of tearing of the body of aircraft, possibly consistent with an explosion, occurred well before the crash. A thorough review of the NTSB report minimizes may of these facts and fails to adequately address others.

In addition to the physical evidence supporting a shoe bomb type of attack against Flight 587, speaking volumes is the FBI’s involvement in this incident and their statement that they continue to consider this “an ongoing criminal investigation.”

Shortly after the crash and in contrast with the official cause of the “accident,” a close associate of Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, identified as Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for a reduced sentence for his role in Islamic terrorist activities. According to Jabarah, American Airlines Flight 587 was brought down by Muslim terrorist Abderraouf bin Habib bin Yousef Jdey (or a close working associate) by using the same methods as attempted by “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.

Although there is always a question of credibility when dealing with terrorists making deals, information provided by Jabarah proved extremely accurate. While in FBI custody, Jabarah told U.S. investigators that an operative by the name of “Hambali” was planning to conduct bombings in bars, cafes, or nightclubs frequented by Westerners in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia. With 30 days, the world witnessed the terrorist attack in Bali on 12 October 12, 2002. According to an FBI source, additional valuable information has been gleaned through interviews with Jabarah.

Also of significant importance is the Verbatim Transcript of Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearing for ISN 10024 (Khalid Shaikh Mohammed) recorded on 10 March 2007. The following is an image of the top of that page that clearly illustrates Mohammed was in charge of “the Shoe Bomber Operation to down two American Airplanes” (highlight mine) as stated in point #4. Note that the target was “two American planes; REID was unsuccessful, so who or what is referenced by the second aircraft?

Based on my investigative review of this document as well as other evidence, it is my professional opinion that the second plane is a direct reference to AA Flight 587.

Although this reference could be associated with TWA Flight 800, it appears more closely associated with Flight 587 based on the information obtained from Jabarah and the overall timeline used within that document.

Richard Reid, of course, gained notoriety a month later on 22 December 21, 2001, when he attempted to detonate a bomb inside his shoe aboard American Airlines Flight 63 flying from Paris to Miami. More recent investigation appears to substantiate the allegations of Jabarah and makes a case that suggests direct involvement with Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

It is significant to note that the composition of PETN and TATP bomb used by Reid in his shoe on 22 December 2001 is the same, except for the quantity, as used by Abdul Farouk Abdul-Mutallab on 25 December 2009.  Also of note is that REID, known to be associated with Jamaat ul Fuqra and Pakistani Sheikh Mubarek Ali Gilani, reported directly to Khalid Sheikh Mohamed for the American Airlines Flight 63 bombing plot and attempt. Although Mohammed was obviously out of contact for the December 2009 attempted aircraft bombing, we are being made aware of Abdul-Mutallab’s travels prior to the 2009 incident with the potential for historical terrorist asset overlap extremely high.

Ample warnings for “body bombs”

Long before the placement of airport see-though machines, there were numerous “test runs” made by Islamic terrorists. Among the most publicized was the incident on 6 March 2007, when 35 year-old Iraqi national Fadhel al-Maliki was about to board a U.S. Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Alert TSA officials noticed odd behavior being exhibited by al-Maliki and conducted a more extensive investigation. What they found surprised them, and became the source of jokes among some within the intelligence community.

Fadhel al-Maliki was testing the system. Hidden in his rectum was a homemade device of electrical wires, chewing gum and a rock. During questioning, al-Maliki admitted to having the said items in his rectum to “relieve stress.” Perhaps feigning a bit of mental instability, he dubiously claimed that the rock contained special powers and was from another planet. After a determination was made by bomb squad officials that the “device” was inert, TSA airport security director Larry Fetters stated that al-Maliki never posed any threat.

What is not being disclosed that al-Maliki was not the first or the last man (or woman) to be caught with objects secreted in various areas. According to a bulletin distributed to law enforcement agencies dated 20 July 2007, TSA personnel have confiscated items “resembling improvised explosive device (IED) components” including but not limited to wires, switches, pipes and “dense clay-like substances” designed to resemble explosive material. These items were found at a number of airports, including Milwaukee, Houston and Baltimore. The bulletin stated that screeners have documented a significant “surge in recent suspicious incidents” of this nature, suggesting that terrorists are likely conducting “pre-attack security probes” or “dry-runs” at airports across the country.

In an article titled Better late than never published on 13 February 2008, I wrote about new methods terrorists were discussing smuggling bombs and their components aboard airplanes, including inside a false womb. Much like the crude assembly secreted in the rectum of Fadhel al-Maliki, some TSA officials and others, including some security Blogs posters, scoffed at such ideas and described them as “over the top alarmist.”

Part III: A select history: Lavatories and suspicious behavior

Reports by aircraft crew members have reported numerous incidents of Middle Eastern men showing extensive interest in aircraft lavatories, especially lavatories located near or adjacent to the cockpit. Additionally, inspection of the lavatories after suspects visited and spent inordinate amounts of time inside the bathrooms have found tampering of various fixtures, including and especially the wall mirrors, ceiling tiles and smoke detectors.

On 21 April 2003, US Airways Flight 1112 from Tampa to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: A man described as a clean-shaven Middle Eastern in appearance and about 25 years-old acted suspiciously  during the final 30 minutes of the flight and repeatedly violated a “thirty-(30) minute rule,” applicable to inbound Washington flights at that time. The rule states that all passengers must remain seated during the final 30 minutes of the flight.

According to the flight crew, the man, who was seated toward the rear of the aircraft, kept deliberately standing up during the final 30 minutes of the flight, despite warnings from at least one flight attendant. About five minutes before landing, the man rushed to the bathroom and remained inside as the plane taxied to the gate. Although the man did not appear ill, he refused to exit the lavatory to take his seat.

Upon arrival at the gate, the pilot instructed all passengers to remain seated until further advised. Shortly thereafter, two uniformed officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police boarded the aircraft and escorted the passenger from the plane. Two additional officers escorted the man from the gate to an area for questioning, although he was not charged and later released. A sweep of the plane for explosives turned up nothing, according to authorities.

A statement from Amy Kudwa, director of Media Relations for USAirways, told the media “There is not a security threat at this time.”

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On August 19, 2006, Delta flight 6492, a Boeing 737 from Atlanta with 46 passengers aboard landed at the San Antonio International Airport on schedule, but the suspicious actions of an unidentified man aboard the flight concerned the flight crew. According to media reports, a flight attendant became suspicious of a man who was spending an “inordinate” amount of time in the plane’s lavatory.

When the man emerged from the bathroom, an inspection by one of the flight attendants found that some ceiling panels apparently had been moved in addition to evidence of tampering with the mirror and the smoke detector. The flight attendant notified authorities and the plane was diverted to a far north corner of the airport. Two teams of bomb-sniffing dogs were brought to search the plane.

The suspect, described by one witness a middle-aged man of Middle Eastern appearance, was detained and interviewed by authorities. Although the passenger tampered with the bathroom smoke detector and other items in the lavatory, the FBI publicly stated that he was determined to be “not suspicious at all” and released.

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On Wednesday, 24 October 2007, crewmembers aboard a flight from Reagan-Washington National to Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport flight reported suspicious activity of four-(4) men of Middle Eastern origin. According to reports, one of the men entered and exited the rear aircraft lavatory three times, while two others entered and exited other lavatories aboard the aircraft. The fourth man waited to enter the front lavatory close to the cockpit while a second lavatory on the other side of the aisle was vacant.

Instead of using the vacant lavatory, the man waited for an extended period to use the lavatory “of interest” and remained inside of that bathroom for an extended period of time. Inspection of the lavatories found evidence of tampering of the fixtures by one or more of the four men.

Additionally, all four men changed seats repeatedly, moved about the cabin of the aircraft, and failed to obey specific instructions of the flight crew.

According to a TSA Office of Intelligence report, the possible tampering of the lavatory mirror in one of the lavatories could be indicative of an attempt to locate concealment areas for smuggling criminal contraband or terrorist materials. Additionally, their collective behavior suggests that the four passengers had a “specific, operational objective” and conformed to known elements of pre-operational terrorist planning.

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Annie Jacobsen, author of the must-read book Terror in the Skies, Why 9/11 Could happen Again, detailed her observations of 14 Syrian “musicians” behaving in a suspicious manner aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327 on 29 June 2004, flying from Detroit to Los Angeles. Having read her book, talked with her in detail about this and other matters, and conducting my own investigation to satisfy my own “due diligence” requirements, I am convinced that the events she witnessed were indeed internationally choreographed by the Middle Eastern men for multiple reasons on that flight. It is my professional opinion that the vicious disinformation campaign waged against her to refute her version of events is backed by an agenda and fueled by others who do not have or refuse to acknowledge all of the facts.

In addition to her reports of the events of Northwest Airlines Flight 327, Ms. Jacobsen has been at the forefront of pointing out other suspicious incidents aboard passenger flights, including a suspicious incident aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 623. On Sunday, 7 October 2007 a man of Middle Eastern origin traveling aboard a Denver-to-Detroit flight acted suspiciously, according to passengers and members of the flight crew who witnessed the man’s actions.

Based on witness statements, the man was engaged in what could be described as surveillance of the flight attendants, and made several trips to the aircraft lavatory. Additionally, the man locked himself in the first class lavatory of the aircraft nearest the cockpit and refused to exit, despite orders to do so from flight crew. The man was also found to be shaving in the lavatory. Although not an unusual act itself, there are religious and cultural implications associated with this activity when considered along with other suspicious actions.

Since 9/11, there have been dozens of suspicious incidents involving men confirmed to be Muslims who have exhibited a lot of interest in aircraft lavatories. There have been just as many FBI bulletins and advisories, just not for the eyes of the public.

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Coordinated activities aboard airlines

United Airlines Flight 925, Washington, DC to London: On 13 June 13, 2004, nine-(9) men of Middle Eastern origin appeared to arrive at the gate just before the doors to the aircraft were about to be closed. They presented their itineraries that indicated that nine-(9) of the men arrived from different countries in the Middle East on separate flights. At the time of boarding, none of the men gave any indications that they knew each other.

Once aboard the plane, some of the men began to speak to each other in Arabic. Under the scrutiny of the flight attendants, it became obvious that at least nine, if not all 12 of the men were indeed familiar with each other. Acting in a manner that suggested some level of pre-planning and co-ordination among the dozen Middle Eastern passengers, several walked to the mid-section of the aircraft and congregated in the aisle at a location near one of the emergency exits, blocking passage between the front and rear of the aircraft as well as blocking access to the exit. At that time, two of the Middle Eastern men who had remained seated in the far rear of the plane, began taking photographs of the aircraft interior.

At one point during this flight, a flight attendant noticed a duffle bag placed in the aisle near one of the Middle Eastern men.  When she asked the man if the bag was his, he clearly stated in English that it wasn’t, and denied knowing who placed the bag in the aisle or its owner. She then moved the bag to the front galley and made an announcement for its owner to see her in order to reclaim it. Shortly after she made the announcement, the same man she questioned admitted that it was his bag and requested it returned to him.

At another point during the flight, one of the men began walking up and down the aisle with a small hand-held mirror, occasionally using the mirror as if he was looking to see if anyone behind him was following or watching him.

By this time, air marshals on board had identified the men and had the flight crew notify the police a London. According to information obtained from investigative reports, all twelve-(12) of the suspicious Middle Eastern men were Muslims who were traveling to the same Islamic center in London. They were detained and questioned, but were released without charges.

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Northwest Airlines Flight 42 Amsterdam for Mumbai: On 23 August 2006, a DC-10 carrying 149 passengers, including twelve-(12) men, later confirmed to be Indian nationals and Muslims, engaged in a variety of suspicious activities during a flight from Amsterdam for Mumbai. The men, all of South Asian origin, made multiple attempts to use cellular telephones at a critical time during the flight. Specifically, some of the men began to use the electronic devices as the flight was taking off, disobeying orders by the flight crew not to do so. They also passed the cell phones back and forth between each other, and acting together, walked the aisles after being told to stay seated.

According to a report by witnesses and some members of the flight crew, their behavior was so disruptive that the crew reported a serious in-flight security emergency and was escorted back to Schiphol Airport by F-16 fighters at the request of the pilot. Once back at the terminal, all twelve Muslim offenders were taken off the plane and arrested for “attempted violence on board a plane in mid-flight thereby posing a threat to the aircraft.”

On 24 August 2006, Dutch prosecutors announced “they found no evidence of a terrorist threat” or any indication that they had “any terrorist intent.”

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Northwest Airlines Flight 720: On Saturday, 2 June 2007, two men from the Philippines engaged in what authorities, the flight crew and passengers have described as “suspicious.” The two men, acting together, began their suspicious behavior before the flight took off from Minneapolis en-route to Boston Logan Airport. The flight to Boston was completed, but not without incident.

Immediately before takeoff, one of the men stood up from his seat and shouted to other passengers “Your lives are going to change today forever.”

During the flight, according to witnesses, the men walked around the cabin of the aircraft after being told to sit down, and refused to buckle themselves into their seats. After finally being seated for a brief period once in the air, both men rose from their seats simultaneously. One of the men laid on the aisle floor and began screaming, while the second man stood over him, “mumbling and gesturing.”

Additionally, one of the two men kept walking the aisle of the aircraft during the flight, while the second man pulled his luggage from the overhead storage area and began to rifle through it. Passengers who witnessed this incident admitted being frightened and concerned about their motives.

Despite the objections of the flight attendants, both men also stood up as the plane descended into Boston. Once at Boston Logan, both men were escorted from the plane by state police. The plane was carrying about 150 passengers during that flight.

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American Eagle Flight 4518: On Friday. 21 September 2007, an Embraer ERJ-145 twin-engine jet carrying 27 passengers and three crew members reported a “serious disturbance” involving two men of Middle Eastern appearance that took place during the final 30 minutes of the flight from Jacksonville, Florida to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The flight left Jacksonville at 7:00 p.m. and was scheduled to land at RDU at 8:20 p.m. The nature of the incident was not initially disclosed, but was classified as “a terrorist threat” according to Raleigh-Durham International Airport spokeswoman Colleen Fischvogt in her initial reports to the media.

Upon landing at 8:40 p.m., emergency vehicles were dispatched to meet the aircraft, which was kept away from the main terminal, with police and armed agents surrounding the plane before federal authorities also boarded the plane. Police and the FBI ultimately boarded the aircraft and took the two men into custody. Authorities refused to say what was said or found that prompted the call from the aircraft to authorities, and also refused to release the names of the two people who were arrested by the FBI.

Police kept all of the passengers and crew aboard the aircraft for 90 minutes, before allowing them to exit the aircraft shortly before 10:00 p.m. After being permitted to exit the plane, police sent bomb detection personnel into the aircraft and inspected the luggage of all of the passengers. The passengers were permitted to pick up their bags and leave the terminal at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

The morphing from a “terrorist incident” to a simple “misperception of events”

After news of the incident began to circulate in the media, the FBI (Charlotte Field Office) denied that the incident was related to terrorism, although still would not say whether any arrests were made. According to FBI spokesman Newsom Summerlin, “there’s a difference between investigative detention and [someone] being arrested.” According to the FBI via their spokesman in Charlotte, their investigation determined that “the observed activity was misperceived.”

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USAir Flight 300, 20 November 2006: The gold standard: Perhaps the most notable “coordinated” airline incident involving any group of Muslim airline passengers involved the six imams flying on USAir Flight 300 from Minneapolis to Phoenix. On November 20, 2006, airline officials in Minneapolis removed the six imams from the aircraft after complaints of suspicious activity from several passengers and flight attendants. The six imams attended a North American Imams Foundation (NAIF) on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 November 2006, where Rep-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman elected in the U.S. spoke. At 7:00 pm on Sunday, 19 November 2006, the leader of the six imams, Omar Shahin, attended a private meeting with Ellison.

On Monday, 20 November 2006, the imams arrived at the Minneapolis terminal and were witnessed in a variety of activities that alarmed witnesses and passengers of Flight 300. Their activities can be read in the actual police report and witness statements. The civil action against the airline, flight crew, and even the passengers who reported the suspicious behavior and the authorities who responded are also available in PDF format.

Possibly the most disconcerting series of dots stems not just from the actions of the six Muslim leaders aboard USAir Flight 300, but the previously established relationships between Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the Council on American Islamic Relations and its co-founder, Nihad Awad, and the Imams themselves. Awad served as a major fundraiser for Ellison, and Ellison remains a very close ally of CAIR and its members despite its current classification as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief & Development – the latter a funneling mechanism for Islamic terrorism.

Smuggling: the obvious & not so obvious

On Thursday, 7 September 2006, 21 year-old Mohammed Ghanem was arrested at the Detroit International Airport for attempting to board a plane with a knife imbedded in his address book. Ghanem was attempting to board a plane headed for his native country of Yemen when the knife was discovered, according to authorities. A resident of Hamtramck, Michigan, a near exclusive community of Muslims, was reportedly traveling back to Yemen to get married.

The suspect retained defense attorney Nabih Ayad, a lawyer frequently used by the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), who stated that his client doesn’t know where the knife came from.

A trial for Mohammed Ghanem was held in 2006, and he was found guilty on 19 December in a jury trial. He was sentenced to one year in jail on the charges

On Sunday, 17 February 2008, 21 year-old Benjamin Baines, Jr., a resident of Clearwater, Florida was scheduled to fly Southwest Airlines Flight 338 from Tampa to Jacksonville at 7:45 a.m., and then transfer to a connecting flight to Las Vegas, ostensibly to visit his father. His travel plans were drastically altered when he reached the security screening at Airside C, where he attempted to take his backpack on its contents onto the airplane.

Screeners made Baines, who told security officers that the backpack just contained books, place the backpack though the x-ray machine. What the screeners observed surprised them. Along with a copy of the Quran, pages of violent rap music lyrics, the books Muhammad in the Bible, The Noble Quran, The Prophet’s Prayer, and the Bible, was the book Fear Itself, which had been hollowed out and contained a box cutter in the hollowed out area.

When caught with the knife, Baines told the screeners that he forgot the box cutters were in the book, a place he normally used to hide marijuana and money. He stated that he had no ill intent with regard to the knife. His relatives agreed. “He’s not militant,” said James Layne, Baines’ 28-year-old cousin. “He’s not a crazy blow-yourself-up kind of guy. It’s all a major misunderstanding.”

Ethean Butler, Baines’ uncle, also stated that it was all a misunderstanding and that he was arrested because “he was black and carrying the Koran.” Baines was charged with and pleaded guilty to carrying a concealing weapon. He served a 30-day sentence in the Hillsborough County lockup.

Part IV: Notable upsurge in airline incidents in 2009

1 January 2009 AirTran Flight 175 departing from Reagan National Airport to Orlando, Florida: Passengers became alarmed by a conversation they overheard between two other passengers, dressed in Muslim attire, talking about the safest place to sit on board an aircraft in the event a bomb was aboard. The two Muslim passengers were among a party of nine traveling together from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida to attend an Islamic conference.

According to one witness report at the time, the content of the conversation not only seemed suspicious, but “deliberately loud or at least loud enough to be over heard by a number of other passengers seated nearby. Those alarmed passengers reported their concerns to the AirTran flight crew, who subsequently caused all 104 passengers, including the 9 Muslims, to deplane while an investigation was conducted. All passengers were rescreened and permitted to re-board, except those nine-(9) Muslims at the center of controversy who were traveling together.

At that time, AirTran made a decision not to allow the Muslims back onto the aircraft. Although the FBI reportedly concluded their investigation of the Muslim passengers, the investigation into the incident itself was not yet fully complete.  Concurrent investigations were incomplete at the time, according to airline sources. To their credit, acting within their rights and in consideration to the safety of all of their passengers, AirTran denied the controversial party boarding back onto the already disrupted flight.

In the end, none of the remaining 95 passengers made it to their ultimate destinations on time, AirTran refunded some tickets and made other booking arrangements due to the incident, which cost the airline dearly in time, money, and passenger goodwill.

What happened next, however, just might serve to explain the alleged misrepresentation of facts and AirTran’s strong response to the most recent incident- Flight 297 just eleven months later.

Within hours of the incident, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release accusing the airline of violating the civil rights of the Muslim passengers and filed a complaint against the airline with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Under threat of litigation, CAIR, named in federal court documents as an unindicted co-conspirator in an unrelated terror financing case, demanded the airline apologize to the offended Muslims and undergo what can be described as sensitivity training to avoid such future incidents. (Click here for complete details of this incident).

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17 November 2009 AirTran Flight 297 scheduled to fly from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport to Houston was disrupted by a group of thirteen Muslim men. They were among 73 passengers who boarded AirTran Flight 297 on Tuesday, 17 November 2009, for a routine flight scheduled to depart Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, gate C-16 at 4:43 PM ET to Houston Hobby Airport.

As the aircraft began to taxi to the runway, a female flight attendant was beginning to issue the normal passenger advisories over the PA system. Almost on cue at the time passengers were told to turn off all electronic devices, one of the Muslim men seated in the front of the plane began to use his cell phone in a manner that was described by a flight attendant and passenger “as deliberate and obvious.” He was talking loudly in Arabic, nearly at the level of the flight attendant. Some reports suggest that this man actually called another Muslim passenger, although this has not been immediately confirmed. It is possible, however, as another passenger reported that a Muslim man seated toward the rear of the plane answered his cellular phone at the same time the man in the front began using his.

As if previously rehearsed, at least ten of the 13 Muslim men aboard the aircraft began to leave their seats at the same time. At least one passenger stated she observed one of the Muslim passengers using his cell phone to take photos of other passengers on the aircraft. (Click here for complete details of this incident).

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Delta-Northwest Flight 253: Abdul Farouk Abdul-Mutallab (a/k/a Umar Farouk Abdul Mudallad), a 23 year-old Nigerian national, attempted to detonate a PETN-TATP combination to bring down the aircraft on Christmas Day. (Click here for complete details about this incident).

Part V: In defense of suspicious behavior

Rewind back to 1997. William Jefferson Clinton was President, and it was four years after the first World Trade Center bombing by Islamic terrorists, and a year after the crash of TWA Flight 800. In 1997, Clinton appointed Mr. Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and as noted earlier, a major fundraiser for Congressman Keith Ellison, to a “Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the White House on Aviation Safety and Security.” That position permitted an enviable level of access to various aviation related security measures that not only influenced air security policy, but allowed for knowledge of the inner workings of the system to be obtained.

Subsequent to that appointment, Nihad Awad and CAIR have come under active investigation for their roles in the criminal conspiracy and ties to HAMAS terrorists. Additionally, as many as 15 CAIR officials, including AWAD, have either been convicted or otherwise implicated in federal terrorism investigations since the 9/11 attacks.

As I reported in 2006 and as referenced earlier, the case involving the six Imams removed from USAir Flight 300 on 20 November 2006 would be a watershed event in the history of airline travel and Islamic influence. And it was. As I accurately predicted and was quoted in The Washington Times article on November 21, 2006, I stated that the USAir Flight 300 event of alleged discrimination would be “…a watershed event in this country…and they are looking for this to be litigated ad nauseam.” And it was, and continues to be the gold-standard of litigation against airline security by Islamic travelers. It was CAIR and their legal staff who represented the now infamous case.

In the months following that event aboard USAir Flight 300, CAIR was at the forefront to change, through threats of litigation and ultimate litigation, airport security as it applies to Muslim travelers. And it worked. Witness the birth of the Flying While Muslim website, where Muslim passengers are well advised of their rights while traveling by air.

Shortly afterward, on 28 December 2006, I also reported that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provided special training to “sensitize” the 45,000 security officers working in the nation’s airports “to the cultural traditions of American Muslims,” according to the USINFO.STATE.GOV Website. This “training” was in part a response to the November 2006 USAirways incident and most certainly an artifact of the close ties between CAIR and the White House Panel of Aviation Security.

Based in part of the Council on American-Islamic Relations being named an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a group tied to the terrorist organization HAMAS, the FBI allegedly severed formal ties with CAIR. Apparently, the Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department have other ideas.

As detailed by Josh Gerstein in an article published on 9 November 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder agreed to give a keynote speech to a Michigan group that included the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The November 19, 2009 engagement was the first annual awards banquet of Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust, a coalition of several dozen law enforcement agencies and community groups. The agenda of CAIR appears to be as active as ever, despite the negative publicity and reported ties to terrorist groups.

Connecting the dots: How we arrived here

This report details a number of events that have taken place against our airline industry and our national security over the last 25 years. These events are only a fractional number of the terror-related incidents involving air travel as many more exist that remain outside of the public purview. Based on a review of the limited number of events listed in this report and our response to these events, it is no surprise that our airline industry remains under attack by Islamic terrorists. In fact, the attacks will continue until the Islamic terrorists are successful or until we change our methods of handling these threats to one of our most important national assets.

While some of the incidents are admittedly the work of unsponsored loners for the purpose of personal jihad, others are clearly coordinated efforts by groups of Islamists with specific goals. Such goals include but are not limited to:

  • Assessment of airline security procedures and response, from terminal to terminal;
  • Desensitizing the traveling public for the eventual acceptance of suspicious behavior as cultural nuances;
  • Creating victims and compensable events out of Muslims who engage in odd or suspicious behavior aboard airlines, which will have a cascading effect in other areas of mass transit;
  • Effectively using the U.S. and Western media as a conduit for cultural reform sympathetic to political Islam;
  • Softening air security by using key groups and personnel with direct or tangential ties to Islamic terrorist organizations to infiltrate our security agencies at key levels;
  • Using our own laws against us, specifically in civil rights cases as we witnessed in the case of US Air Flight 300. This tactic will usher in a parallel form of judicial reform that will extend beyond airline cases and ultimately result in the implementation of Islamic Sharia law;
  • Distract and deflect attention away from other Western and U.S. targets, including other forms of mass transit in the U.S., making them more vulnerable to attacks;
  • Compel individuals elected officials, political committees, security agencies, and others involved in oversight and policy making decisions to shape security policy around the culture of Islam.

During the last 25 years, we have seen the gradual infusion of Islamists into all areas of federal, state and local governments across the United States. Specifically in the air travel industry, our efforts to prove and maintain religious and cultural diversity have had permitted groups and individuals with known terrorist ties access to some of the most sensitive areas of airline security, and in many cases, permitted them to  shape policy that conforms to their larger agenda. We have witnessed the influence of politics over investigations, and seen the rewards in the form of more enviable political positions given to individuals who have become and remain politically compliant.

We have witnessed the influence exerted on the U.S. by Muslim countries, specifically involving the Egypt Air 990 incident and with the 9/11 Commission, ignoring the clear warning issued in 1990 following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Consider that warning through the hindsight of 9/11, where 15 of the 19 hijackers originated from Saudi Arabia. Much ado was made about the physical bow made by Barack Hussein Obama to the Saudi Royals, but he was not the first U.S. President to do so, just perhaps the most visible and unapologetic.

Over the last few decades, we have allowed ourselves to be marginalized from within at the expense of American citizens, who continue to exchange freedom for security and ending up with neither. Many otherwise sensible Americans have accepted the denials that all of the suspicious airline incidents have no nexus to terrorism while facts are withheld, changed or scrubbed completely. Such can only happen under the direction or with the approval of those in the highest levels of our government.

Concurrent with the stealth methods of attacks against air travel, Islamic terrorists are also intent on waging successful physical attacks against airlines, or mass murder on visible level. The murder of hundreds, if not thousands of innocent Americans in air attacks will serve to energize the Islamic jihad being waged while systematically causing irreparable economic damage to the air travel industry. The results of a successful attack (or attacks) will also serve to further restrict air travel, stripping away more rights of all Americans. This is being rapidly facilitated y our current administration, but certainly did not start there. If not soon recognized, acknowledged and stopped, it will not end here or end well.

The Naked Truth and Islam

Sean Osborne,  Associate Director

14 January 2010: I came across this spot-on piece by Bill Wilson (Word of Life Ministries) which illustrates in very tangible and meaningful ways how Islam impacts our daily lives and our God-given freedoms. Hence, the internationally recognized “Stop Islam” image above that I’ve associated with this blog entry.

The Naked Truth and Islam

When the president in June extolled the virtues of Islam during his Cairo Speech, he conveniently left out the one most important contribution it has made to the world-violence, death and destruction. From the time of Mohammed in the early 600′s to present, Islam has warred against Jews and Christians, and sometimes against its own. Mohammed, who Islamic tradition holds was a descendent of Ishmael, and Islam surely are fulfillment of the prophecy found in Genesis 16:12 of Ishmael, “And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

Islam has contributed to thousands of years of violence against humankind, beginning with Ishmael through his descendants and through to this present day by followers who hold Ishmael as the centerpiece of an ill founded political system using religion as its recruitment tool. Think about it. The entire airline industry has been retooled because of Islamic terrorism. Yassir Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization made airline hijacking popular in the 1960′s and from 1968 through 1977, there were 414 hijackings. Today, there are fewer hijackings-al Qaeda on September 11, 2001 the most notable-but travelers around the world are forced each day to bow to Islam by going through extensive security.

Our lives are drastically different because of Islam and its terror. Now, because another Islamist tried to blow himself up on a plane, we are faced with more privacy rights being taken away by governments around the world. A friend of mine traveling from Florida to Maryland, forexample, was subjected to one of the newest invasion of privacy tools-the nude scan. It scanned his image, sent the image to a control room somewhere, where security people searched the image for irregularities. They radioed back to the security guard that my friend had something in his left pocket. He was asked to show what it was-his drivers license. In his right pocket were credit cards, but the scanner missed those.

Because of Islam, anyone who uses mass transportation is subject to extensive searching and invasion of privacy. Anytime that security is heightened because of the threat of Islam, Islam has won the battle. Islam is in control, now down to the naked facts. The question is, ‘When will the world, and Americans in particular, wake up to the fact that their personal privacy is being taken away by Islam?’ There is no political system in the world that has enjoyed such success in controlling the masses at a mere threat or hint of violence. Perhaps it is time to recognize that the true religion of Islam is militancy and fascism and act accordingly.

How is it then, in our increasing anger, that some of us still wonder why the Western political Left supports Islam and its ambassadors around the world (a/k/a Islamic terrorists), why the Obama Administration refuses, as did the Bush Administration, to name the enemy we face, and why those within the so-called “moderate Islam” have thus far utterly failed to recall their “ambassadors” of Islam.

We wonder indeed.

Is it that our tolerance of this abominable situation is truly unlimited, or have we completely lost the will to defend the God-given, Constitutionally guaranteed rights that our brave citizen soldiers have died and continue to die defending for the past 234 years and counting?

Ask yourselves a question. How does all of this square with the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


New laws are being made with regularity, and as Bill Wilson points out above, these new laws are imperfect, add nothing in the way of real security and are the direct result of Islam imposing it’s so-called religious dictates upon us. Through these new laws we are being submitted to Islam against our will. Through these laws we are slowly committing national suicide.

Happy New Year and have a safe flight.

Another flight, another Muslim behaving badly

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

8 January 2010: Delta Airlines Flight 2485, scheduled to fly from Miami to Detroit at 5:45 pm Wednesday was disrupted just before takeoff by a 43 year-old Muslim passenger who told others seated nearby that “[he] wanted to kill all of the Jews.”Convicted Ohio felon Mansor Mohammed ASAD (a/k/a Mansor Mohammed ASSAB) became loud and disruptive, making threats in English and also speaking in Arabic. The 42 year-old ASAD, a resident of Toledo, Ohio also threatened police officers who removed him from the aircraft, stating that he had fights with police in Toledo.

A cursory background search conducted by this investigator found two felony charges filed against him in Lucas County, Ohio in September, 1999. He was charged with two felonious assault charges (F4) against police officers in that incident.

According to passengers aboard the flight, ASAD refused to heed the warnings of the flight crew before takeoff and became more belligerent to the passengers and crew. Although authorities claimed ASAD posed “no security threat,”  the  pilot returned to the gate where he was removed from the aircraft and arrested. According to airline and TSA officials, the matter will be handled by local authorities.

Speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League, Florida regional director Andrew Rosenkranz said it was “deeply disturbed by the alleged anti-Semitic rant by Mansor Mohammad ASAD. Such comments point out the fact that anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews is still very much a part of society,”, he said a statement.

Watch the courtroom drama unfold between Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jorge E. Cueto and Mansor Mohammad Asad:


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Previous Felony Charge:

LUCAS COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
J. BERNIE QUILTER, CLERK
700 ADAMS STREET
TOLEDO, OHIO
CASE: G -4801 -CR -199902586-000
TITLE: S/O V MANSOR MOHAMMED ASAD
JUDGE: JAMES D. BATES
FILING DATE: 9/24/1999 CASE TYPE: CR CRIMINAL

MONETARY AMOUNT: DOCKET/PAGE:
ORIGINAL COURT: TAX TYPE:
PREVIOUS CASE NUMBER: STATE OF OHIO NUMBER:

Party Counsel Prosecutor
DEFENDANT 1:
ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1216 N ONTARIO
TOLEDO, OH  43604
RICHARD C. HASBROOK

405 MADISON AVENUE
SITE 1000
TOLEDO, OH  43604

MICHAEL E. NARGES

COUNT PARTY DESCRIPTION ABBREV.
1 (D -1)ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER F4
2 (D -1)ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER F4

DATE SEQ EVENT
9/24/1999 1 Title : OPN:ORIG INDICT BOOKED
C-161-1482
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
9/24/1999 3 Title : FRM:CRIM SUMMONS/INDICT ISSUED
C03-01120 issued by CDD (6840) FRM:CRIMINAL SUMMONS ISSUED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
9/24/1999 4 Title : JRE:FOR CAUSE
REPLACEMENT CASE FOR RECUSAL OF CR99-2546
PARTY : -
9/24/1999 5 Title : HRG:ARRAIGNMENT SET
Oct 5, 1999 at 1:30 A.M.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/5/1999 1 Title : ——————————
772-19311 issued by LLG (GENERAL CONTINUANCE FOR CRIMINAL CA
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/5/1999 2 Title : MIS:CR, S/O, DEF PRESENT
M. Narges; K. Kohl
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/5/1999 3 Title : MIS:CASE CONT AT DEF REQUEST
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/5/1999 4 Title : HRG:ARRAIGNMENT SET
October 26, 1999 at 1:30 p.m.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/5/1999 5 Title : BND:S/OR BOND SET
Bond posted in TMC to be re-posted in our Court deft. is
given 5 days to post.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/5/1999 6 Title : ——————————
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/6/1999 1 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
RESCHEDULED ARRAIGNMENT C-162-911
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/7/1999 1 Title : RTN:SHERIFFS SUMMONS RETURNED
SERVED 10/5/99
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 1 Title : ——————————
772-19769 issued by KSH (GENERAL CONTINUANCE FOR CRIMINAL CA
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 2 Title : MIS:CR, S/O, ATTY, DEF PRESEN
Kohl/Narges
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 3 Title : ATTORNEY RETAINED
Richard Hasbrook
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 4 Title : REMITTAL SIGNED/ORDERED FILED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 5 Title : MIS:CASE CONT AT DEF REQUEST
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 6 Title : ORD:CDTC EVALUATION REFERRAL
pursuant to R.C. 2945.371(B)(3) - Competency
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 7 Title : HRG: COMPETENCY HRG SET
November 16, 1999 at 1:30 p.m.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 8 Title : BND:BOND CONTINUED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/26/1999 9 Title : ——————————
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/28/1999 1 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
DEFENDANT REFERRED FOR TESTING C-163-1357
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
10/28/1999 2 Title : EVT:REMITTAL FILED AND JOUR
C-163-1368
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/16/1999 1 Title : ——————————
596-00112 issued by DMS (OFF DOCKET CONTINUANCE REQUEST GRAN
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/16/1999 2 Title : MIS:CASE CONT AT COURT REQUEST
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/16/1999 3 Title : HRG:COURT DATE VACATED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/16/1999 4 Title : HRG: COMPETENCY HRG SET
11/23/99 AT 9:00 A.M.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/16/1999 5 Title : BND:BOND CONTINUED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/16/1999 6 Title : ——————————
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/17/1999 1 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
RESCHEDULED HEARING C-164-1266
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 1 Title : PLD:PLEA OF NGRI
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 2 Title : ——————————
801-01173 issued by DMS (ARRAIGNMENT)
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 3 Title : MIS:CR, S/O, ATTY, DEF PRESEN
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 4 Title : HRG:ARRAIGNMENT HELD
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 5 Title : NGRI PLEA ENTERED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 6 Title : ORD:CDTC EVALUATION REFERRAL
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 7 Title : JURY TRIAL SET
12/14/99 AT 9:00 A.M.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 8 Title : BND:BOND RESET
$15,000.00; NO 10% ALLOWED.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 9 Title : ORD:DEFENDANT REMANDED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 10 Title : ——————————
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 11 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
ARRAIGNMENT, OR BOND REVOKED AND RESET AT 15,000.00 NO 10%
C-165-97
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
11/23/1999 12 Title : BND:SURETY BOND ISSUED
$15,000.00
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 1 Title : ——————————
797-01646 issued by DMS (NO CONTEST PLEA ENTERED)
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 2 Title : MIS:CR, S/O, ATTY, DEF PRESEN
COURT REPORTER KIM KOHL
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 3 Title : PREVIOUS PLEA CHANGED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 4 Title : NO CONTEST PLEA ENTERED
ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER (COUNTS 1 & 2 OF THE INDICTMENT)
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 5 Title : SENATE BILL 2 (ALL CHARGES)
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 6 Title : PLEA ACCEPTED BY COURT
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 7 Title : ORD:PSI REPORT REFERRAL
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 8 Title : HRG:SENTENCING HEARING SET
1/18/2000 AT 1:30 P.M.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 9 Title : BND:BOND CONTINUED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 10 Title : NGRI PLEA WITHDRAWN
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 11 Title : ——————————
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 12 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
PLEA HEARING C-166-116
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
12/14/1999 13 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
PLEA FORM C-166-117
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/13/2000 1 Title : MIS:REC’D PSI/PV/CCV REPORT
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/13/2000 2 Title : BND:NO BOND POSTED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 1 Title : ——————————
782-01493 issued by DML (SB2 COMM CONTROL FOR A F4/F5)
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 2 Title : MIS:CR, S/O, ATTY, DEF PRESEN
M. Narges/K. Kohl
R. Hasbrook
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 3 Title : SENATE BILL 2 (ALL CHARGES)
Counts 1 & 2 Assault on Peace Officer 2903.13 (A)(C)(3) F4s
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 4 Title : DEFENDANT SENTENCED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 5 Title : ORD:COMMUNITY CONTROL
3 Years with the following conditions:
1) restitution
2) employment
3) continue taking all medications
4) continue any treatment deemed appropriate by Dr. Moosa
5) no municipal, state, or federal offenses
12 months if CCV
CC
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 6 Title : ——————————
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 7 Title : SNT:PROBATION
Count 1-1 Probation Sentence 3 yr 0 month 0 days
Count 1-1 Probation Served 0 yr 0 month 0 days
Count 1-1 Probation Agency: LUCAS COUNTY ADULT PROBATION.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 8 Title : SNT:PROBATION
Count 2-1 Probation Sentence 3 yr 0 month 0 days
Count 2-1 Probation Served 0 yr 0 month 0 days
Count 2-1 Probation Agency: LUCAS COUNTY ADULT PROBATION.
Count 2-1 Probation Sentence 3 yr 0 month 0 days
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/18/2000 9 Title : SNT:PROBATION
Probation (Condition) at LCA04 01-18-2000 to 01-18-2003.
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/19/2000 1 Title : EVT:J.E. FILED & JOURNALIZED
SENTENCE C-167-1310
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
1/24/2000 7 Title : EVT:FIFA FOR COSTS ISSUED
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
6/10/2002 1 Title : COMMUNITY CONTROL TERMINATED
PER REQUEST OF LCAPD
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
6/11/2002 1 Title : EVT:ORDER FILED & JOURNALIZED
COMMUNITY CONTROL TERM, JE, JE C-214-31 06 12 02
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
8/14/2003 1 Title : EVT:COLLECT TREAS NOTICE SENT
Posted By: ggarbers Event: ITEMIZED BILL - TR Type 4 Sent
Balance Due from Party: 17.50
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED
9/26/2003 1 Title : EVT:COLLECT TREAS NOTICE SENT
Posted By: ggarbers Event: NOTICE - TR Type 2 Bill Sent
Balance Due from Party: 17.50
PARTY : D1 - ASAD MANSOR MOHAMMED

CAIR Assaults Rifqa Bary’s Constitutional Rights

By Sean Osborne, Assistant Director

7 January 2010: Background: 17-year old Rifqa Bary is a former Muslim who converted to faith in Jesus Christ. Upon learning of Rifqa’s decision for Christ her devout Muslim parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, stood true to the totalitarian tenants of Islam and promptly threatened their daughter with death according to the dictates of Shari’a law for those who renounce Islam.

Rifqa, fearing for her life on the evidence of her fathers very violent reaction to her conversion, fled her parents Columbus, Ohio home in July 2009 to the Florida home of Pastor Blake and Beverly Lorenz and the case immediately became a national news sensation. Her parents, in true Islamic al-taqiyya fashion, deny any threat was made. However, it is a well established fact that apostasy from Islam is punishable by death. Florida child welfare authorities took custody of Rifqa and in October she was returned to Ohio under the care of Franklin County Children Services which hopes to have all legal issues resolved prior to Rifqa’s 18th birthday on August 10,2010. That date cannot come soon enough.

The Florida court proceedings also revealed that Rifqa’s parents are almost certainly illegal Sri Lankan immigrants to the United States. Rifqa’s parents promptly defied the court and refused to provide any documentation of their legal residence in this country. A “contempt of court” charge resulted and in a back-room deal attempt by David Colley, the former attorney representing Rifqa’a parents, to get the contempt of court immigration issue dropped on the condition that Rifqa would be allowed to live under foster care until her 18th birthday fell through. Colley was fired and CAIR-paid attorneys Omar Tarazi and Shayan Elahi entered the picture and Rifqa’s Constitutional rights went out the window.

The current situation: In the ongoing legal proceedings the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimuun (Muslim Brotherhood) and HAMAS terrorist front group CAIR became directly involved in appointing the above named lawyers to Rifqa parents. Omar Tarazi remains on the case and was instrumental in the further isolation of Rifqa from her firends and supporters. According to the The JAWA Report, Omar Tarazi has been supported by another CAIR Islamist within the Ohio Department of Public Safety office of Multicultural Affairs, one Omar Alomari. The linked JAWA report is a MUST READ!

Rifqa’s only contact with the rest of the world, Pastor Jamal Jivanjee, reports the following turn of recent events:

“Dear friends and supporters of Rifqa Bary,

As we begin this New Year, Iwould like to ask you to take a few minutes to remember in your prayers someurgent developments regarding Rifqa Bary’s situation. Even though many wereexpecting Rifqa to be a dependent of the state of Ohio by now, (and thus be protected from being returned to the dire situation that she fled from), that is certainly not the case. As you may know, Rifqa’s last hearing was held on December 22nd. During the hearing, dependency was not addressed, rather a trial to determine dependency was rescheduled for January 28th. The proceedings that occurred on December 22nd simply ensured that she would not be forced to meet with her parents (mediation) as her parents were demanding, and the motion to block people (3rd parties) from communicating with Rifqa was withdrawn. This seemed like good news for Rifqa, and I left the courthouse in Franklin County pleased with the outcome of the day’s proceedings. This quickly changed the next few days as we became aware of what actually transpired behind the scenes.

Since Rifqa has been back in Ohio, the heat has gradually been turned up against her. To be blunt however, after this latest hearing on December 22nd, it seems that all ‘hell’ has literally broken loose against Rifqa. As you may know, C.A.I.R. (Council on American Islamic Relations) is actively supporting Rifqa’s parents in this case. C.A.I.R. is a national organization which has a very precarious background whose roots are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. Without getting into the specifics regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and C.A.I.R.’s ties to them, you should be aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for every major terror organization that currently exists. C.A.I.R. has went to great lengths to put together a strategy to attack Rifqa Bary and her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. It seems surreal to think that such a powerful organization has decided to attack a 17 year old convert to Christianity with such hostility, but that is indeed what they have done. The strategy of their attack is centered around 2 major objectives.

Objective #1… Keep Rifqa Bary isolated and discouraged

This objective has risen to a new level as the Bary’s C.A.I.R. appointed attorney, Omar Tarazi, filed a motion to ban Rifqa from receiving all 3′rd party communications (Christmas cards, notes, messages, etc…) While this motion was basically withdrawn, there was an undisclosed agreement made with the C.A.I.R. appointed attorney to require all communications to be screened by the court appointed (GAL) for Rifqa. Before the hearing on December 22nd, Rifqa’s own attorney was the one screening communications for Rifqa. Apparently, this was not acceptable to C.A.I.R. They did accept the court appointed (GAL) to screen Rifqa’s communication however. They probably assumed that the court appointed (GAL) for Rifqa would see things more to the liking of C.A.I.R.

As a result, since the last hearing, Rifqa has been literally cut off from the outside world. Currently, Rifqa has absolutely no official visitors list even though in Florida she was permitted supervised visits, and I was told by Children’s services weeks ago in Ohio that a visitors list was being developed for Rifqa. Also, before the last hearing on December 22nd, Rifqa had one ‘approved’ contact that she was allowed to have phone conversations with. After the hearing in December, Rifqa has not been allowed to have phone contact with any of her friends! When I have inquired about the reasoning behind Rifqa’s isolation, I am told that foster children are not entitled to receive phone calls from friends, nor are they entitled visits from people. This still does not explain the fact that even since she has been back in Ohio foster care, she has been permitted to talk on the phone with a few people under supervision, but since December 22nd, she has been forbidden to actually talk on the phone to the people that she was allowed to talk to at all! Criminals are treated better because in prison, they have the ability to make phone calls and have pastoral visits. Not so with Rifqa Bary, and it is incredibly unjust.

Objective #2…Attack those who saved Rifqa’s life and destroy her testimony

In the state of Ohio, a child can become a dependent of the state simply by showing the court that there was a conflict in the home. Anyone who knew Rifqa Bary knew very well about the nature of the conflict that she faced at home. As a matter of fact, there are upwards of 50 people who, if allowed, could possibly testify to the fact that Rifqa greatly feared for her life long before she fled from her parents in Ohio. The evidence is actually overwhelming in favor of supporting Rifqa’s assertion that she was in tremendous fear for her life for quite some time.

As a result of this overwhelming evidence, the C.A.I.R. appointed attorney wants to take the attention off of the threats that have been made against Rifqa by her parents, as well as any criticism against the Noor Mosque in central Ohio. Remember, this is the same mosque that put tremendous pressure on Rifqa’s parents to punish and deal with her conversion to Christianity.

Instead, they have brutally attacked 3 individuals, (Brian Williams of Columbus, & Blake and Beverly Lorenz of Orlando Florida) who LITERALLY saved Rifqa’s life by helping her when she fled her home. The attack and character assassination against these people has been horrific to say the least. This attack has been carried out by C.A.I.R., the media, and even some in the church community! This attack against them is very intentional. The strategy of Rifqa’s parents and C.A.I.R. is to make theassertion that Rifqa was brainwashed by the Lorenz family, as well as by Brian Williams. They are saying that Rifqa had no conflict in the home with her parents before she met them. They have been billed as predators that lured a very impressionable new convert away from her home.

Not only has C.A.I.R. been making these allegations themselves, now they have purportedly either threatened, or persuaded a former employee of the Lorenz’s church community to lie and make the same allegations against them as well! Well, with all this untruth and slander that has been leveled against Brian Williams and Blake & Beverly Lorenz, I am compelled to tell the truth surrounding how they got connected to Rifqa Bary.

Modern Day Heroes…Brian Williams & Blake and Beverly Lorenz

I have had the privilege of knowing Brian for the last several years. Brian is a young man who is very passionate about his faith in Jesus, and has a tremendous heart for seeing people mobilized to pray to affect change in our nation. Brian has started several prayer groups online, one of which now has over 100,000 members. The specific prayer group that Brian started on facebook that I’d like to talk about here is a group called the ‘United States of Prayer.’ This prayer group is the specific group that Rifqa Bary joined with a collection of people from around the country, including Beverly Lorenz. This was simply a group of people who are passionate about prayer. Most of the members, Rifqa Bary included, did not know each other prior to joining the group, rather they simply heard about the group on facebook and joined. It was through this group that Rifqa developed relationships with many people, including Brian Williams and the Lorenz family.

I’ll share this story to give you an example of what the group was like. On a particular day in early 2008, Brian shared with the group a need for prayer regarding a woman whom he knew who was making plans to acquire an abortion. Brian set up a conference call for that specific evening and invited the group members to call in and pray over the phone for the life of this baby and for the mother who was considering the abortion. About 40-50 people actually called in and prayed over the phone for this baby and for the mother. Rifqa happened to be one of the people who called in and prayed. Remember, Rifqa is not a new convert to Christianity as C.A.I.R. and others are claiming. She has been a Christian for over 4 years!

Since she lived out her faith under great duress at home, Rifqa’s main outlet for her faith was simply prayer, and this has ensured that her faith is much stronger than the average institutional church member in America! There are not many 16 year old girls in America today who would call in to a prayer group to pray for a woman whom they didn’t know. As people would find out, Rifqa is a very strong person who is passionate about God and people. Those who got to know her were amazed at how strong her faith is in general, not to mention that she was only 16 at the time. This particular story has a beautiful ending as the woman decided not to abort her baby, and the mother herself discovered faith in Jesus as well.

As a natural result of this prayer group, friendships began to form and people began to get to know each other. Since Rifqa was forbidden to attend any institutional church, these relationships acted as her ‘church’ so to speak. Rifqa began forming close relationships with people like Abigal Dykema who spent hours on the phone mentoring Rifqa through extremely difficult times in her home. There were others like Shannon Psotta who got to know Rifqa as well through this group. The more that people got to know Rifqa, the more they realized the abuse that Rifqa had endured and the hostility that Rifqa was facing at home. Rifqa herself shared the threat that she was facing with her new friends from the prayer group.

When Rifqa fled her home, she chose to seek out Blake & Beverly Lorenz for help. Beverly was first informed about Rifqa’s situation from Shannon Psotta (a friend from the facebook prayer group). When Beverly heard about the serious situation that Rifqa was facing, she simply began to pray for Rifqa. It was shortly after that time that Rifqa herself reached out and contacted Beverly for help. I am convinced that by taking Rifqa into their home when circumstances developed that forced Rifqa to flee, they literally saved Rifqa’s life!

Once we look at the facts in this case, it is a preposterous idea to think that Rifqa was a recent convert to Christianity who was brainwashed to run away. This was clearly not the case as I also knew her and the seriousness of her situation. Brian Williams told me that before he met Rifqa, he knew nothing about Islam, honor killings, or apostasy. He had never even seen a mosque as well. It was Rifqa who informed him about all these things! Does that sound like brainwashing to you? This courageous decision by the Lorenz family, and Brian Williams to help Rifqa has come with a high cost, however. The media has ruthlessly attacked their character, they have been under investigation, and they have even been attacked and maligned by their own church community.

It is time for these lies to be exposed for what they are, and for the truth to be known about who these people are. By getting to know them better the last few months, I can personally tell you that these people are modern day heroes who have a tremendous love for people! I am convinced that it would do our nation well if we followed the courageous example of people like Brian Williams and the Lorenz family. If we commend and celebrate the actions of folks like Harriet Tubman and Corrie ten Boom in recent history, why are we attacking and persecuting those who follow in their example?

So what does this have to do with Rifqa Bary being in grave danger? EVERYTHING!

This case is simply about a young girl who has decided to become a follower of Jesus
(Christian) and leave Islam, and as a result of this decision, her life is on the line. This is the same story that happens all over the globe to other Muslims who leave Islam to follow Christ. Rifqa is simply one of millions. If C.A.I.R. is successful in keeping attention focused on the lies that are being leveled against Brian Williams and the Lorenz family, then they never have to deal with the real issue that this case centers around. Again, this case is about a girl who has decided to leave Islam and follow Jesus as the Messiah (Christ). This case is also about exposing the threat that people face when they leave Islam. I am also convinced that this is a wakeup call.

By creating a fictitious reality that states that Rifqa was a weak and impressionable young girl who was brainwashed, they hope to convince the court that there was no real conflict in the home. This would cause the court to dismiss Rifqa’s plea for dependency and thereby send her back home. If that were to happen, her life would be in extreme danger. As you may realize, this trial for dependency on January 28th is very important and the truth about this situation must be made known quickly as her trial date is fast approaching. If you are a Christian, I would again like to ask that you and your church communities pray for this precedent setting case in our nation. Pray for Rifqa’s encouragement, strength, and wisdom as well as for wisdom for her legal team. Please pray for Rifqa’s family as well.

In the past many of you have emailed Franklin County Children’s services. This may be necessary again because this isolation of Rifqa has gotten worse and simply cannot be allowed to continue. The director of Children’s services may be the best person to contact about the abusive restrictions that are being put on Rifqa. Emails should be polite, yet direct. His name is Eric Fenner, and he can be contacted at this address: edfenner@FCCS.co.franklin.oh.us

Thank you so much for your continued support and prayer for Rifqa Bary. There is much at stake in the next few weeks. “

U.S. flight diverted, escorted by F-15 fighters due to suspicious passenger

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

7 January 2010: A suspicious incident took place yesterday aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39 that is being incorrectly portrayed by some in the media, causing some people to claim that the airline crew over reacted due to the near bombing of a passenger aircraft on Christmas Day.  While the media’s handling of the incident is not the story, the “spin” could be, but I will leave that for a future topic. For now, let’s look at the incident.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39, a Boeing 767-300 carrying 231 passengers and 10 crew members, departed from Portland, Oregon to its destination of Kahului, Hawaii. About 90 minutes into the flight, an as-yet unidentified 56 year-old male passenger from Salem, Oregon, traveling with a female companion, allegedly refused to stow a large, carry on duffle bag when instructed by flight attendants, quietly passed a note to the flight crew, and made a number of “suspicious remarks” that were interpreted as threatening.

His behavior, the contents of the note, and his subsequent comments were enough to cause the pilot to not only turn the plane back to Portland, but cause the aircraft to be intercepted and escorted by two US F-15 fighter jets. That, my friends, is no small matter or the seemingly knee-jerk reaction to an “unruly passenger,” especially when those passengers seated near the suspect had no clue anything was amiss aboard their flight.

According to passengers onboard, the pilot announced that they were returning to Portland due to “mechanical problems.” Well over the Pacific, the pilot turned back to Portland and ultimately made an accelerated and bumpy landing at the airport about two hours and 50 minutes after takeoff. The plane was then met by fire trucks and emergency personnel well away from the gate, where it was searched thoroughly by law enforcement personnel, bomb detection devices, and through other means.

Back at the gate, the man and his companion were taken into custody by local police and questioned by federal authorities. Despite the enormous expenditures involving the use of military and law enforcement assets, airline flight crews and their security personnel, fuel, and other related costs   caused by his actions, the offending passenger and his companion were, of course, later released. At this point, no charges have been filed, although the incident is under review by the U.S. State’s Attorney’s office.

Once at the airport, there was a two-hour delay as authorities searched the aircraft before allowing the remaining passengers to re-board. Of the remaining 229 passengers, three decided not to continue on the same aircraft, stating that they were too shaken by the incident. Meanwhile, there is the typical administrative blackout about the suspect, other than assuring the traveling public that the offending passenger and the incident have no ties to terrorists or to terrorism. And of course, because no charges have been filed, the identity of the passenger at the center of this incident has not been released.

Given the well known probes of airline security and incident response that have seen a significant uptick in 2009, someone needs to be asking some very specific questions about this incident. While it could out to be “nothing,” my investigative instinct (along with two F-15 fighter jets to intercept and escort the aircraft) suggest otherwise.