Archive for March, 2006

19 Indicted For Funding Terrorism

Terrorism Funding from Dearborn, Michigan to Lackawanna, New York

31 March 2006: An indictment that was issued by a federal grand jury last April was unsealed Wednesday in the Eastern District of Michigan, charging 19 Arab Muslims with engaging in an international racketeering conspiracy that provided material support to the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah. While the Islamic “cell” had its roots in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit and the Windsor, Ontario, Canada area, its tentacles spread throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Arrested this week by members of the Detroit Joint Terrorism Task Force were Dearborn, Michigan residents Fadi Mohamad-Musbah Hammoud, 33, Jihad Hammoud, 47, and Ali Najib Berjaoui, 39. Residents of Dearborn Heights who were arrested were Majid Mohamad Hammoud, 39, Youssef Aoun Bakri, 36, and Imad Majed Hamadeh, 51. Mohammed Fawzi Zeidan, 41, of Canton, MI, and Adel Isak, 37, of Sterling Height, MI were also arrested along with Karim Hassan Nasser, 37, of Windsor, Ontario.

Also named in the indictment, but not immediately arrested because they currently reside outside of the United States were Imad Mohamad-Musbah Hammoud, 37 of Lebanon, formerly of Dearborn, Michigan; Hassan Ali Al-Mosawi, 49, of Lebanon; Hassan Hassan Nasser, 36, of Windsor, Ontario; Ali Ahmad Hammoud, 64, of Lebanon; Karim Hassan Abbas, 37, formerly of Dearborn, Michigan; Hassan Mohamad Srour, 30, of Montreal, Quebec; Naji Hassan Alawie, 44, of Windsor, Ontario; and Abdel-Hamid Sinno, 52, of Montreal, Quebec. Theodore Schenk, 73, of Miami Beach, Fla. was not arrested but will be voluntarily surrendering himself for arraignment on April 10, 2006.

The group is charged with buying untaxed cigarettes from the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in western New York (near the home of the “Lackawanna Six”), selling them for a profit nationally and internationally, and engaging in the sales of counterfeit merchandise. The group was engaged in this activity for an eight year period between 1996 and 2004. In addition to the United States, the enterprise was active in Canada, Lebanon, China, Brazil, and Paraguay. A significant portion of the revenue generated from this illegal activity funded the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

The Operation

The indictment alleges that Imad Hammoud, along with his partner, Hassan Makki, ran a multi-million dollar a year contraband cigarette trafficking organization headquartered in the Dearborn, Michigan area between 1996 and 2002. Makki pleaded guilty in 2003 in federal district court in Detroit to racketeering and providing material support to Hezbollah. Some of the cigarettes were supplied to the organization by Mohamad Hammoud, who was convicted in 2002 in federal district court in Charlotte, North Carolina, of, among other crimes, racketeering and providing material support to Hezbollah. Although Makki and Mohamad Hammoud were not charged in this indictment, they were identified as unindicted co-conspirators and are currently serving prison sentences relating to their activities in this matter.

The indictment charges that the group would obtain low-taxed or untaxed cigarettes in North Carolina and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in New York, transport them to Michigan and other areas within the State of New York for the purpose of evading tens of millions in state cigarette taxes. The group profited heavily by reselling the cigarettes in Arab owned markets in Michigan and New York. To avoid detection, the group also used counterfeit tax stamps on occasion to make it appear that the appropriate state taxes had been paid.

In March 2004, five men were convicted of federal charges for their role in a multi-state ring trafficking untaxed cigarettes. Found guilty after a trial that lasted three-and-a-half weeks in Buffalo, New York were Mohamed Abuhamra, 54 of Lackawanna, NY; Aref Ahmed, 27, of Niagara Falls, NY; Rmzy Abdullah, 52, of Buffalo, NY; Nagib Aziz, 31 of Cheektowaga, NY, and Azzeaz Saleh, 36, of Dearborn, Michigan. In this case, Aref Ahmed provided five members of the “Lackawanna six” with about $15,000 to fund their travel expenses and attendance at terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

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Shoulder-Fired Missiles Pose Serious Threat to Passenger Jets

30 March 2006: This week, ABC News World News Tonight ran a story about the possible threat of shoulder-fired missiles to commercial and passenger aircraft. In that article, reference was made to the incident involving American Airlines Flight 612 that departed from LAX last November, where the pilot reported seeing what appeared to be a rocket or missile narrowly missing his aircraft. According to official reports, it was determined that the pilot “most likely saw a hobby rocket” that posed no threat to the aircraft.

The Northeast Intelligence Network extensively investigated this incident, and determined that the official explanation was the most unlikely explanation. Bolstering the possibility that the LAX incident was probably NOT a model rocket is Senator Barbara Boxer who serves on the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation.

Stated Boxer: “We had a scare in Los Angeles. We’ve been told that they cannot rule out the fact that it was a shoulder-fired missile.”

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The Al Qaeda Threat to Washington, DC

27 March 2006: An anonymous source has informed the Northeast Intelligence Network of a possible terrorist threat to fairly specific locations within Washington, D.C. This threat originated with an anonymous caller to the Knoxville Tennesse Police Department approximately two weeks ago. The caller identified the weapons as rocket propelled grenades, how they entered the US and where they were to be fired. According to the Knoxville PD, the caller had a “middle eastern accent”. The FBI is investigating.The unimpeachably-vetted source states that an unspecified number of Rocket Propelled Grenade’s entered the United States via the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. It is unknown if just the RPG warheads entered the country or if they came with their launch tubes. The “middle eastern” caller to the Knoxville PD apparently made the call from a Kangaroo Mart gas station and convenience store in Knoxville, TN. The caller identified the Washington, DC targets as being on Pennsylvania Avenue, Constitution Avenue, F Street and K Street. Timing of the potential attack is unknown.

The potential symbolic and tactical terrorist targets on Pennsylvania Avenue include The White House, the FBI National Headquarters and the US Capitol Building. Potential Constitution Avenue targets are the Washington Monument, the Russell and Hart Senate Office Buildings, the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce. The F Street potential targets include the Department of Treasury and the Old Executive Office Building. K Street targets are currently unknown to this author.

It is my suspicion that this threat is directly related to the arrests in the UK on 21 and 22 October 2005 of Irhabi 007 (Terrorist 007). Terrorist 007 is now known to us as Younis Tsouli and his accomplices, Waseem Mughal and Tariq al-Daour. Younis Tsouli’s laptop reportedly contained images of the White House and the US Capitiol Building as well as other specific Washington DC landmarks. Waseem Mughal is charged with having a recipe for rocket propellants, and Younis with possessing an instructional Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device video tape.

Not reported at all in any other media sources that I am aware of is the fact that these three principle terrorist’s were in direct Hotmail/email contact with another Jihadi known by the alias of “Maximus”, a major Al Qaeda jihadi recruiter and handler. I have located sound confirmation in Bosnian news reports that “Maximus” real name is Mirsad Bektasevic. Both “Maximus” and Bektasevic concurrently worked from Stockholm, Sweden with a subsequent move to the Butmir district of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina. Maximus/Bektasevic was arrested in Sarajevo on October 19, 2005 – two days before the arrest of Tsouli, Mughal and al-Daouri. Moreover, it is further unreported that “Maxiumus” was in direct email contact with Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi and his Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist group.

There exists a direct link, a series of chain-like links, from the Washington DC terror plot of the Younis Tsouli’s terrorist cell in West London, UK to the Maximus/Bektasevic terrorist cell in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina to the Al Qaeda terrorist organization of Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi in Iraq. Is the current threat of potential terrorist action in Washington, DC as I describe above part of the same terrorist plot? In my assessment, absolutely, yes it is.

Stay tuned…

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