Archive for August, 2006

“Bad Feeling” by State Senator, CAIR board member, kept him off doomed Flight

31 August 2006: Kentucky State Senator Larry Shaw, a member of CAIR’s National Board and a prominent member of the NC Legislative Black Caucus, was supposed to be the keynote speaker at the annual Council on American Islamic Relations of Kentucky (CAIR-KY) banquet on Saturday, August 26 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Due to schedule considerations, he was also supposed to be a passenger aboard Comair Flight 5191 on Sunday morning, a flight arranged by Shaw’s longtime friend, Dr. Ihsan A. Bagby. Dr. Bagby is a Muslim scholar and associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, and the chairman of the Kentucky chapter of CAIR. According to Senator Shaw, his itinerary was set until the plot to blow up airliners was discovered in the UK on August 10. That discovery changed his mind against flying to that event.

According to an exclusive interview with The Carolinian and Wilmington Journal newspapers this week, Senator Shaw said he canceled out of the engagement this time because he sensed something was wrong. That premonition saved his life. In the worst plane disaster in the United States since November 2001, the commuter flight he would have taken Sunday morning crashed on takeoff, killing all 47 passengers, and two of the three crew members.

In a published interview, Shaw stated, “When this piece came down with the London terrorist plot, something just came over me, and said, ‘Leave this alone. Don’t fly, just leave this alone and sit for a while.” Senator Shaw said that he notified his friend about his change of heart. Asked by Dr. Bagby to reconsider, Shaw took time to think about it, but called his friend just days before the engagements saying, “Brother, I just can’t do this. I just don’t feel comfortable.”

Bagby learned of the airplane crash that day, looked at Shaw’s unused ticket and confirmed that he would have been on that flight. On behalf of CAIR-KY, Dr. Bagby issued a statement of “heartfelt condolences” to the families of the victims of Flight 5191.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the crash, and are still searching for answers why the plane took off from the incorrect runway, in the crash that caused an explosion and fireball that killed all but one of its 50 occupants. The co-pilot was pulled from the wreckage, and continues to be listed in critical condition. It is still not known why the sole air traffic controller on duty that morning in the airport’s control tower didn’t realize the runway mix-up immediately and instruct the plane to abort its takeoff.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Saudis released 700+ “rehabilitated” al Qaeda terrorists over the last 3 years

31 August 2006: Within the last 3 years, the government of Saudi Arabia has released more than 700 suspected terrorists described as having ties to al Qaeda or accused of being sympathetic to the terror organization.

Saudi Interior Minister Mansour al-Turki claimed that a counseling program administered by the Saudi government for the terrorist suspects had been successful in changing the minds of the terrorists and persuaded them to abandon their terrorist tendencies. Those who are still considered a threat will be put on trial, stated al-Turki.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

NY College student from Trinidad caught with Fake DHS, FED IDs, Equipment

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

kishore

Charged: Stephan M. KISHORE

31 August 2006: A college student from Trinidad was stopped near JFK airport in New York by police on Monday afternoon for a minor traffic infraction. Police pulled over Stephan M. KISHORE, 20, of 1155 Croes Avenue, apartment 3, Bronx, NY as he was driving his minivan. His vehicle was equipped with red and blue strobe lights and two U.S. Department of Homeland Security parking placards on the dashboard, and had a large police decal on the rear door of the van.

When asked for identification, KISHORE showed the officer a phony Homeland Security ID card and badge, according to prosecutors. When asked if he was a police officer, KISHORE replied, “Yes, and I’m on duty.” The officer became suspicious when he read on the back of the shield: “CopShop.com, Collectible Badge, Not For Official Use.” He is being charged with violating the city’s Administrative Code relating to firearms, using police uniforms or emblems and placing state seals and insignia on private vehicles. KISHORE has also been charged with changing the expiration date of his temporary visitor’s status on his driver’s license from August 2005 to 2006 with a red pen.

As a result, police searched his apartment and recovered a cache of weapons including two stun guns, two pellet guns and two starter pistols, a laptop computer, a laminator, blank ID cards. and forged law enforcement paraphernalia. According to prosecutors, police found 32 federal police identification cards, including ID cards for the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and badges for city departments, including police and correction.

KISHORE later admitted he was not a police officer and had made the ID card on his home computer, prosecutors said. He reportedly obtained his badge CopShop of Umatilla, Florida., an online mall for law enforcement selling sheriff’s office badges, state trooper patches, collectible pins and law enforcement apparel.

KISHORE, a student at York College in Queens, was arraigned Tuesday night in Queens Criminal Court on charges of criminal impersonation, forgery and criminal possession of a weapon, a forged instrument and forgery devices, stated NY District Attorney Richard Brown. He is being on $50,000 bail while awaiting a September 5 court date. If convicted on all chares, KISHORE could face up to seven years in prison.

Screen capture: Website of suspect

Screen capture: Website of suspect

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

IT’S RACIAL PROFILING & BIAS AGAINST MUSLIMS, NOT THE EXPLOSIVE RESIDUE…

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

qysm

31 August 2006: In the event you missed the account of Rima QAYYUM, the 28 year-old, four-month pregnant Pakistani national who encountered “pre-flight turbulence” at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West Virginia, her situation is outlined in a previous article we previously published on this web site.

Continued investigation conducted by the Northeast Intelligence Network has found that Rima QAYYUM, the alleged “victim” of “racial profiling” is herself not talking about the incident where liquid containers she was carrying through the security checkpoint at the airport tested positive for explosive residue. Instead, she is leaving the public relations and the media manipulation to the professionals – namely to her mother and the executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on Arabic Islamic Relations (CAIR). They have crafted a single-page typed statement that appears to be filled with contradictory statements and baseless accusations.

Meanwhile, our investigation is continuing as we are developing additional leads that appear to be quite inconsistent with information made to the public.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Islamic Rampage in San Francisco - 13 Seriously Hurt, 1 Dead

A Necessary Dose of Perspective: Omeed Aziz POPAL is responsible for as many deaths in a 12 square block area as “Hurricane” Ernesto was for the entire state of Florida. Where’s the media?

Exclusive: Suspect has at least two Arabic aliases and recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan.

Exclusive: “…there is a suspicion that Omeed could have received some type of orthodox indoctrination while in Afghanistan…the bride’s family did not want Omeed to return to the US, and attempted to exert pressure and influence against him to abandon his ‘westernized ways.’” - Federal agent, speaking on condition of anonymity

The driver struck two people in front of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on California Street, just blocks from where the rampage ended. IDENTIFIES HIMSELF TO POLICE AS TERRORIST

A very special “Thank you” is extended to the highly respected Hugh Hewitt for his rapid exposure and coverage of this incident.

Investigative Report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director
director@homelandsecurityus.com

popal

Omeed Aziz POPAL

30 August 2006: 0215 ET One person was killed and at least 14 more were injured, several seriously, when a man appeared to intentionally target pedestrians with his vehicle on both sides of San Francisco Bay Tuesday afternoon.

Omeed Aziz POPAL, 29, (also known as Omeed K AZIZ, Omeld K AZIZ, Ohmeed Aziz POPAL according to an investigation conducted by the Northeast Intelligence Network), a native of Afghanistan, began his murderous spree around noon in Fremont, where he hit a man at Fremont Boulevard and Ferry in Fremont. Upon arrival, officers found a deceased male who had been walking northbound on Fremont in the bicycle lane, when he was struck from behind by a dark-colored Honda Pilot The victim was thrown off the road and pronounced dead at the scene, Fremont police said. Witnesses said the driver did not slow down.

The carnage continued as the driver crossed the bay into San Francisco, where he continued striking pedestrians, injuring at least 14 more people in a series of intentional hit and run incidents that spanned several neighborhoods. The suspect was ultimately boxed in by police officers near Spruce and California, and was ultimately arrested shortly after 1:00 pm at the intersection of California and Laurel after a short chase on foot.

According to several witnesses to the incident, the driver appeared “like a madman. After striking one person at one location, he returned to run over two others trying to assist the first. Witnesses stated that “the driver, this man came back and tried to run over all three of them.” According to one witness at that location, the driver “was kind of saying I am going to get somebody.” Omeed Aziz POPAL, a/k/a Omeed K AZIZ, 29 lives with his parents, a younger brother and two younger sisters in a beige stucco, single-family tract-style dwelling located in the 35000 block of Cabrillo Drive, Fremont, California.

According to press reports, he worked at a Fremont tire store on nearby Mowry Avenue, and also worked with his father selling household items at Bay Area flea markets. According to Hamid NEKRAWESH, 43, a first cousin of the suspect, Omeed had recently returned from Afghanistan “to participate in an arranged marriage.” A female identified as Zarghona RAMISH of San Jose, who also identified herself as Omeed’s cousin, said he had been having strange dreams since returning a month ago from Afghanistan.

According to information obtained from a federal police source who spoke to the Northeast Intelligence Network on the condition of anonymity, authorities are looking into the other activities of Omeed AZIZ, or Omeed AZIZ POPAL while he was in his native Afghanistan. “He was gone for quite a while, longer than usual than is customary for a traditional wedding. We are searching through his computer, his media collection and other items, including ‘his writings” that were found in his house.” It was determined that Omeed traveled to Afghanistan three months ago and married into a very fundamentalist Islamic family. According to published accounts and confirmed by our source, “the bride’s family didn’t allow the couple to meet or talk before the wedding.”

The federal agent told this agency that there is a suspicion that Omeed could have received some type of orthodox indoctrination while in Afghanistan. He added, “based on our interviews, the bride’s family did not want Omeed to return to the US, and attempted to exert pressure and influence against him to abandon his “westernized ways.’”

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Bomb scare aboard US commuter flight

29 August 2006: U.S. Airways Express Flight 3441, operated by Republic Airways, left Philadelphia at 10:20 a.m. ET Monday, bound for Houston. The plane was carrying 56 people including the crew when it was diverted to a Tennessee airport after a threatening note was found on board, according to authorities. None of the passengers were injured, and no bomb was found. The plane landed without incident at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in eastern Tennessee about 11:30 a.m.

While initial reports suggested that more than one note was found aboard the aircraft, federal authorities are now claiming only one note was found; it was written in English and “placed in such a location [in the cabin] that it would most likely be found ‘during flight.’” Details about the note’s contents were not released.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Yes, there ARE clear answers to the WV Airport Incident

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

29 August 2006: A news article in the Herald Dispatch today titled “No clear answer on airport scare” provides a basic outline about what is known to have taken place at the Tri-State Airport on August 17, 2006. According to the article, it has been more than a week and authorities still lack a clear answer for exactly what tested positive as an explosive in the carry-on baggage of Rima QAYYUM, who, in spite of a known ban of liquid substances, the presence of warning signs everywhere, and many opportunities to discard the contraband, opted instead to attempt to board an aircraft with liquids and a gel-like substance that was allegedly “face cream.”

Now, QAYYUM, along with her mother from Jackson, Michigan, and the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Michigan, Dawud Walid, are using the media to portray “victim status” and threatening to sue everyone from the airport to the airline.

Well, before believing what has been said or printed, there are some things you should know. Better yet, there are some questions that the media should be asking, for instance: Exactly how were the containers packaged in her carry-on luggage? On the date of the incident, was a search of the QAYYUM’s Barboursville, WV residence conducted and if so, exactly what was found?

QAYYUM’s one-way ticket was purchased the day before the scheduled flight, and two days following a 9-1-1 call to her residence. What prompted the 9-1-1 call and exactly where is QAYYUM’s husband?

Facing an army of federal agents and state law enforcement officers who had a LOT of very serious questions for her as a robot carefully transported the liquid substances to a remote area of airport property for additional testing, what was her overall demeanor – as described from a law enforcement perspective, and why is that so important?

The flight had a scheduled layover in Charlotte, NC. Who was waiting for QAYYUM in Charlotte, NC but left when it was learned that she was detained in West Virginia? EXACTLY how and under what conditions did QAYYUM get from West Virginia to Jackson, Michigan?

There ARE answers, it’s just that people are not asking the correct questions.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Maryland ex-teacher gets 15 years for supporting terrorism

28 August 2006: Ali Asad Chandia, a former third-grade teacher at a Muslim school, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday for providing support to a terrorist organization.

Chandia, 29, who taught at the al-Huda school in College Park, Maryland, was arrested in September, 2005, one of 11 Muslim men convicted in what prosecutors called a “Virginia jihad network” and was convicted in June on charges that he provided material support to the foreign terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group fighting for control over the Kashmir region on the India-Pakistan border.

The network involved a group of men who played paintball in the Virginia woods in 2000 and 2001 as a means of training for global holy war. At his sentencing hearing, Chandia maintained his innocence and said he would exact revenge against prosecutors in the afterlife.

Chandia was convicted of assisting Mohammed Ajmal KHAN, one of the top military leaders of the group Lashkar-e-Taiba, by acquiring military equipment, sheltering him when he visited the United States and serving as his driver. Lashkar-e-Taiba was designated as a terrorist group in 2001.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Fox News Journalist, Cameraman Released Unharmed

“The best news I may have ever reported…” Shepard Smith

27 August 2006; 0545 ET : Fox News Channel Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig have been released late in the morning Sunday, Jerusalem time. Prior to their release, they appeared in a propaganda video, appearing to “convert” to Islam. Mr. Centanni stated, in an interview with Fox News immediately following his release, that they did so at gunpoint.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter

Delta ComAir Flight 5191 Crashes on Takeoff - 49 Dead, 1 Critical

27 August 2006: Flight 5191, a Comair Delta connections flight, went down at 6:07 a.m. about a mile west of Lexington Bluegrass airport, Comair said. The non-stop flight was scheduled to leave at 6 a.m. and arrive at Atlanta’ Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 7:18 a.m.

Although the cause of the crash is not yet known, this agency confirmed that the FBI is enroute to the crash site.

UPDATE: 11:35 AM 27 August 2006
Sean Osborne
Associate Director, Senior Analyst, Military Affairs
sosborne@homelandsecurityus.com

Based upon my carefull review of Bomardier CRJ-100 regional jet specifications, and having seen a live streaming video feed from a Lexington, Kentucky television station, as well as detailed satellite composite imagery of the Bluegrass Airport, it seems certain and is my assessment that Comair Flight 5191 executed its takeoff from the incorrect runway.

Facts I cite in making this assessment are as follows:

The ground impact markings and final site of the aircraft on the ground are consistent with an east to west departure from Runway 26/8.

Comair Flight 5191 impacted the ground a very short distance and in a straight line from the end of Runway 26/8, which on its western end is designated as runway 8 and is the nearest point to the impact site.

The length of this runway, which appears to be undergoing improvements of its surface, is approximately 3500 feet.

The primary runway at Bluegrass Airport, Runway 22/4, is 7,000 feet in length.

This Comair Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jet aircraft requires a minimum takeoff distance of 5,800 feet at the maximum takeoff weight of 51,000 lbs.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
  • Get Adobe Flash playerPlugin by wpburn.com wordpress themes