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Unambiguous Common Sense about ‘The War

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

15 June 2007: With the so-called “Main Stream Media” awash with news of HAMAS overwhelming, yet eminently predictable victory in the Gaza Strip, I feel the need to reiterate some long-known truths.

First, it is necessary to provide some definitions. The current conflict is defined simply as “The War”. The War is now and always has been engaged between the forces of a pluralistic and nominally democratic world and the ideology of expansionist Sunni or Shi’a Islam.

Secondly, whenever the word “Islam” is seen by an English-speaking person, that person must understand that the correct translation and meaning of the word is “Submission,” to mean the total submission of individual will to the Muslim god Allah. This is the difference between Muslim Submitters to Allah, and Muslim Apostates and the difference between Muslim Jihad’s and Arab Nationalists.

Third, a question: Why was this Hamas-Fatah war fought at all? The answer lies within the result of an ill-conceived plan known in Israel as “disengagement.” The Gaza Strip was territorially defined in the armistice lines drawn after the 1948 war between Egypt and Israel to delineate Egyptian and Israeli territory. Israel then conquered this land from Egypt in the subsequent Six Day War of June 1967. The disengagement from Gaza plan was executed in 2005 with the unilateral pullout of all Israeli civilians and the abandonment of their homes and settlements from what had been sovereign Israeli territory since the 1967 war. In fact, Gaza is Israeli territory won in battle from Egypt that is currently occupied by HAMAS.

With regard to current media reports on the documents reportedly captured by HAMAS and said to detail the CIA’s activities in this region, this is not news. Many of the CIA activities and assignments referenced have been covered in fairly good detail in the “main stream media” over these many years.

From the 1990’s Clinton Administration forward to the present the CIA was the agency-in-charge of bringing FATAH (Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini), which was the late-Yasser Arafat’s leading faction within the old PLO, up to all manner of standards required to implement certain protocols of the 1993 Oslo Accords, then the 1995 Oslo II Accords, and ultimately the 1998 Wye River Memorandum. These standards ran the gamut from assessing and mediating security matters between Israel and the PLO, to financial transactions and accounting, to distribution and receipt of weapons, etcetera, etcetera. Again, this is no great secret by any means, and has been an overt CIA responsibility as reported in world media numerous times.

Fatah and its allied factions, such as the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, nominally accepted those multiple and ultimately failed accords from the onset merely to serve as a vehicle to achieve their primary agenda objective: the total elimination of the State of Israel and establishment of a “Palestinian State” in its place. However, HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) rejected those accords outright.

What we had then and what we have today at each others throats are two distinct ideologies. Let me be perfectly clear on this critical point, BOTH are top-tier terrorist organizations. However, one is more correctly identified as a secular Arab nationalist set of factions within the Palestinian Authority, (Fatah, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades) who pretend to be Islamic jihadi’s, and the other a true Islamofascist jihad group (HAMAS). BOTH have the same ultimate agenda but hold to fundamental differences in timeline methodologies to achieve their objectives. For these differences as well as for the possession of absolute power over the Palestinian people they wage war and slaughter one another in gangland execution style. The HAMAS-FATAH conflict has occurred sooner rather than later due to the direct influences of Iran and their Syrian allies upon HAMAS.

With specificity to the documents HAMAS claims to have captured. It goes beyond all credulity to believe that the CIA kept its most classified and regionally sensitive files in the vaults of an organization the US government (the Department of State to be exact) has maintained in the alphabetical but number three spot on its official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations? (See: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/fs/37191.htm )

Clearly this exposes the fact that the US government will deal with some murder in cold-blood terrorist groups because it is politically expedient to do so. The government of Israel does the same, so too the European Union, Russia, all nations for that matter will deal with some terrorist groups and wage full-scale war on others. It’s the nature of the beast of this world be live and try to survive in.

Key Judgements

Most apparent and important with HAMAS’ total victory in Gaza is that the biggest loser is not really Fatah or the Palestinian Authority. The biggest loser is the USA followed by Israel. We’re the big losers due to our being forced since the Clinton administration to acquiesce to the hitching of our international wagon to a U.S. Government-acknowledged foreign terrorist organization. The CIA’s role in this scheme was to escort this Palestinian wagon across unknown territory and into the “Promised Land” of a Palestinian State. The problem is that it is the same territory upon which Israel has existed in its entirety since 1948, and then after enlargement in 1967. This politically expedient agenda of America’s has been morally bankrupt from the get-go. Apparently the words on our currency, “In God We Trust”, are not entirely accurate. How can we trust in the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob (Israel) when we are making deals with the very agents of evil who seek Israel’s ultimate destruction? We can’t. Period. However, we did, and as a nation we’ll rue the day we relinquished our responsibility to our God and His Sovereignty.

The difference between Fatah and HAMAS is clearly evident in the way HAMAS slaughtered the Fatah after taking the Preventive Security compound in Gaza City. The Islamist HAMAS fighters executed the secular and nationalist Fatah and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fighters because they are apostate Muslim’s in HAMAS theological view. The Fatah and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade fighters are not true Islamic Jihadi’s - they are secular Arab nationalists with Islamic nomenclatures. The same kind of summary executions have been occurring in Iraq for some time now. The same kind of summary executions occurred in Iran by the hundreds after the return of Ayatollah Khomeini in February 1979.

Both groups have the identical goal of the destruction of the State of Israel. For Fatah and Al-Aqsa terrorists this goal was long-term and thinly disguised with pretensions of peaceful coexistence with Israel, the “peace of Saladin”, if you will. For the Iran and Syria-aligned HAMAS terrorists this goal was and remains a short-term objective. It is apparently a goal they believe they can achieve in the next few months. Any reasonable forecast of this goal will foresee a much larger regional war now that control of Gaza has been achieved by the Islamofascists.

Therefore, unambiguous common sense about “The War” is that we are losing it because both America and Israel have not and are not fighting the war that needs to be fought in the Levant/Eastern Mediterranean or in Iraq. It’s all the same war. Is there any ambiguity in that what has befallen the people of Gaza will befall the people of Iraq should America cut and run? How is Israeli disengagement from the Islamofascist terrorists in Gaza any different from American disengagement from Islamofascist terrorists in Iraq? America as a whole did not see this fact prior to the congressional election of 2004. Hopefully hindsight is as 20/20 as the adage goes. Given the Iranian intent to launch an apocalyptic Middle Eastern war in the near-term, let’s hope we’ll be around to execute its lessons in November 2008.

Updated: Potential threat against Ohio nuclear power plant determined to be hoax

UPDATED; 14 June 2007: The purported threat against the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station was determined to be a hoax, according to a follow-up article by the Sandusky Register.

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13 June 2007: An alleged threat against the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station surfaced Sunday night, law enforcement officials reported.

The potential threat was viewed as serious enough for the Port Clinton Police Department to call in the FBI Monday night.

A restaurant employee called Port Clinton police reporting two Arabic men wrote a note on a napkin while at McCarthy’s Restaurant & Pub in downtown Port Clinton, Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said.

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JFK bomb plot links to murder, Iran & top al Qaeda terrorist-at-large

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

INVESTIGATION:

JFK bombing plot “more sophisticated” than presented - could have links to IRAN…

Plot suspect has loose ties to 2004 execution-style murders in Guyana…

Plot could be tied to top al Qaeda terrorist-at-large Adnan G. El Shukrijumah.

14 June 2007: At the time the JFK Airport bomb plot was announced, the Northeast Intelligence Network went on record stating that the plot was far more extensive than was being reported and more suspects were involved than initially identified. Now, investigation of those involved in the plot reveals ties to at least two murder victims, a money exchange business in Georgetown, Guyana with ties to Iran, and top al Qaeda terrorist-at-large Adnan G. El Shukrijumah. Other ties to officials of the government of Iran are also emerging.

El Shukrijumah was born in Guyana on August 4, 1975, and is the eldest of Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, a 44-year-old radical Muslim cleric, and his 16-year-old wife. He is identified as the top terrorist commissioned to unleash a nuclear attack on the United States, has long been the focus of investigative journalist Paul Williams, author of three books including his most recent work, The Day of Islam, and Judi McLeod, founder and editor of Canada Free Press, as well as the Northeast Intelligence Network. Based on recent investigation by the Northeast Intelligence Network, it appears that Adnan G. El Shukrijumah might have played a peripheral role in the JFK bombing plot, or at the very least, was closely associated with suspects – and murder victims – associated with the plot.

Abduction and murder, execution style with ties to the JFK bomb plot

It was just after 10:00 p.m. on the night of April 2, 2004 when Iranian national Mohamed Hassan IBRAHIMI, a Shiite Muslim cleric from Iran living in Guyana was kidnapped at gunpoint by two masked men as he was leaving the Georgetown, Guyana Islamic studies school he established.

IBRAHIMI was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Raymond ALI, a/k/a HALLEY, the administrator of the Islamic school established by IBRAHIMI. According to police reports, IBRAHIMI was called to the school on the evening of April 2, 2004 to inspect a “water leak.” As HALLEY and IBRAHIMI were leaving the school in their vehicle, two masked gunman stopped the vehicle and grabbed IBRAHIMI, allegedly shooting HALLEY in the foot during the abduction.

Several weeks later, the body of Mohamed Hassan IBRAHIMI was found in a shallow grave. IBRAHIMI was bound, gagged and shot twice in the head in an execution style murder. To date, no arrests have been made. At the time of IBRAHIMI’S abduction, there was an unprecedented level of interest and direct involvement by top Iranian law enforcement officials reported by Guyanese police.

Renewed interest in the case, along with numerous additional questions have now surfaced in the wake of the JFK Airport bombing plot, as IBRAHIMI was a close friend of Abdul KADIR, a former opposition member of the Guyanese Parliament and suspect in the JFK bombing plot. Continued investigation reveals that IBRAHIMI was also acquainted with another JFK airport bomb plot suspect - Abdel NUR, also from Guyana.

IBRAHIMI, who was 35 at the time of his death, was a Shiite Muslim cleric who established and operated the International Islamic Center of Advanced Studies, a private institution that received its funding from Iran. Not only was IBRAHIMI was a friend of bomb plot suspect Abdul KADIR, but two of KADIR’S children, Salim Ibn Abdul Kadir, and a daughter, both educated in Iran, taught at the school. In fact, KADIR’S son, AN Iranian cleric, became the school’s interim director until the school closed several months after the murder of IBRAHIMI.

IBRAHIMI obtained permanent residence status in Guyana sometime in the year 2000 through the assistance of Zenjibari ALI, a man from Tanzania who is believed to also have close ties to Iran. IBRAHIMI was married to an Iranian woman identified as Shabnaz IBRAHIMI, who was eight months’ pregnant with their first child at the time of her husband’s murder. Shabnaz IBRAHIMI returned to Iran after the death of her husband.

In murder, there are no coincidences

There are more twists in the execution-style of abduction and murder of Mohamed Hassan IBRAHIMI, far beyond anything coincidental. As the director of the International Islamic Center of Advanced Studies, IBRAHIMI received funds from Iran through a business called the Swiss House Cambio, a Georgetown currency exchange business where JFK bomb plot suspect Abdel NUR worked on a part-time basis. It was at this money exchange business were top al Qaeda terrorist Adnan el Shukrijumah frequented, and was reportedly seen there in 2003. But the twists and turns do not end there.

The owner of business, Swiss House Cambio, Farouk RAZAC, was found shot to death at his home on May 7, 2007 - less than a month before the JFK bombing plot was revealed. Although RAZAC’S wife, Carolan LYNCH - a former beauty queen - has been charged in his murder, there remain questions about her involvement.

Most notably, the U.S. embassy in Georgetown was reportedly notified that Adnan Gulgair El-Shukrijumah was a frequent visitor to Razac’s Swiss House Cambio. The now deceased RAZAC’S father knew El-Shukrijumah’s father when he was living in Guyana prior to him leaving for Saudi Arabia.

Questions about the potential involvement of top al Qaeda terrorist El-Shukrijumah with RAZAC remain front-and-center. According to our continuing research and investigation, those identified and arrested in the JFK bombing plot are only the tip of the iceberg. And that iceberg should send chills down the spine of every American, especially considering the timing and circumstances of the murder of RAZAC and his association with IBRAHIMI, El-Shukrijumah and the JFK bombing plot suspects.

All that needs to be said about Islam

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

14 June 2007: From the June 12 edition of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club:

ROBERTSON: The question would be, ladies and gentlemen, if a million Christians want to go to Saudi Arabia and say, “We want to pray,” you can’t pray in Saudi Arabia. You can’t have religious literature in Saudi Arabia. You can’t get together in Bible study groups in Saudi Arabia. As far as having special places for foot-washing and all that, no way. You will abide by Sharia law because they’re in control.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have to recognize that Islam is not a religion. It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world. And it is meant to subjugate all people under Islamic law. In the Qu’ran, it says it very clearly. There are two spheres. One is the Dar al-Harb, which is the realm of war. The other is Dar al-Islam, which is that part that’s under submission to Islam. There is no middle ground. You’re either at war or you’re under submission. Now, that’s the way they think.

Now, sure, over here, you’ve got Islam light and you’ve got all these various things, but the idea is we don’t want just accommodation, we want to take over and we want to impose Sharia on you. And before long, ladies are going to be dressed in burqas and whatever garments they would put on them, and next thing you know, men are going to be allowed to have wife-beating and you’ll be beheading adulterers and so on and so forth. That’s Saudi Arabia. We don’t want that here in America. If they don’t like it here in America, then let them go to Saudi Arabia, to Kuwait, to Yemen, to all those wonderful nations around the Middle East.

I can’t think of much more to add. What more is there to say?

FOX NEWS on Islamberg

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

12 June 2007: The headline on FoxNews.com reads: “Islamberg: A Terror Compound in New York … or Misunderstood Neighbors?” and is a comprehensive and well-balanced article written by reporter Michael Y. Park about the Islamic compound we have been investigating for quite some time. The article quotes some nearby residents who describe the enclave as an innocuous, but asks some important questions.

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORT * Updated summer 2006
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In 1980, a Pakistani cleric named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani began preaching against Western culture at a Muslim mosque in Brooklyn, NY. He promoted Islam as the path to a better life and called for fighters to join his holy war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With his new American recruits, Gilani established Islamberg, a 70-acre commune west of the Catskill Mountains near Hancock, NY.

Today, Jamaat ul-Fuqra has more than 35 suspected communes and more than 3,000 members spread across the United States, all in support of one goal: the purification of Islam through violence.

New article on Canada Free Press

Statement by terrorist Sheikh Mubarek Gilani about our investigative reportNote: Gilani outright denies any ties to the terrorist organization Jamaat ul Fuqra. Our undercover investigation, however, captured admissions by residents of Islamberg who have pledged their complete allegiance and support to the terrorist Sheikh. Notably, Gilani was a participant in a “terrorist summit” In Khartoum, in December 1993, at which time he rubbed elbows with Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, and other well-known and still sought Islamic terrorists. According to one government report, the Canadian Broadcasting Company filmed Gilani and the others shouting anti-U.S. and anti-Semitic chants such as “Death to the Jews, Death to America, Down, down USA, and down CIA!

“In this regard I am going to prove that Douglas J. Hagman and his group are the actual perpetrators of international terrorism, and racial and religious bigotry and their ceaseless campaign of hate, is more damaging to the U.S. than any other country. The U.S. has become a pawn of hidden hands that use America’s wealth and the innocent blood of their sons and daughters to wage their wars against Muslims…..”

“Now, here comes the latest aggressor, Douglas J Hagmann. In one breath he concocts so many lies that one wonders how a person with common sense can do such a thing. His statements themselves are self-contradictory, identical to his predecessor, Yusuf Bodenski.” –Sheikh Syed Mubarik ‘Ali Gilani

Source: http://www.iqou-moa.org/editorial/terror_roots.htm

Fox News on Islamberg

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

12 June 2007: The headline on FoxNews.com reads: “Islamberg: A Terror Compound in New York … or Misunderstood Neighbors?” and is a comprehensive and well-balanced article written by reporter Michael Y. Park about the Islamic compound we have been investigating for quite some time. The article quotes some nearby residents who describe the enclave as an innocuous, but asks some important questions.


Visit FOX NEWS for complete article
We just might have the answers - or at least some of them.

In 1980, a Pakistani cleric named Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani began preaching against Western culture at a Muslim mosque in Brooklyn, NY. He promoted Islam as the path to a better life and called for fighters to join his holy war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With his new American recruits, Gilani established Islamberg, a 70-acre commune west of the Catskill Mountains near Hancock, NY.

Today, Jamaat ul-Fuqra has more than 35 suspected communes and more than 3,000 members spread across the United States, all in support of one goal: the purification of Islam through violence.

New article on Canada Free Press

Statement by terrorist Sheikh Mubarek Gilani about our investigative reportNote: Gilani outright denies any ties to the terrorist organization Jamaat ul Fuqra. Our undercover investigation, however, captured admissions by residents of Islamberg who have pledged their complete allegiance and support to the terrorist Sheikh. Notably, Gilani was a participant in a “terrorist summit” In Khartoum, in December 1993, at which time he rubbed elbows with Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, and other well-known and still sought Islamic terrorists. According to one government report, the Canadian Broadcasting Company filmed Gilani and the others shouting anti-U.S. and anti-Semitic chants such as “Death to the Jews, Death to America, Down, down USA, and down CIA!”

“In this regard I am going to prove that Douglas J. Hagman and his group are the actual perpetrators of international terrorism, and racial and religious bigotry and their ceaseless campaign of hate, is more damaging to the U.S. than any other country. The U.S. has become a pawn of hidden hands that use America’s wealth and the innocent blood of their sons and daughters to wage their wars against Muslims…..”

“Now, here comes the latest aggressor, Douglas J Hagmann. In one breath he concocts so many lies that one wonders how a person with common sense can do such a thing. His statements themselves are self-contradictory, identical to his predecessor, Yusuf Bodenski.” –Sheikh Syed Mubarik ‘Ali Gilani

Source: http://www.iqou-moa.org/editorial/terror_roots.htm

Government unveils evidence linking Columbus, Ohio men in Islamic terror plots

In-depth investigative report by Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

“There are acts of terror being planned against the citizens of America, in America, by Islamic extremists who live, work and play among us. Most people don’t realize how serious the threat is, and they feel insulated against terror attacks since 9/11 has become not much more than a distant memory.” –Federal source

10 June 2007: Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southeastern District of Ohio filed an exhibit list with the court of 102 individual items that connects three-(3) Muslim men in a Columbus, Ohio Islamic terrorist cell. The evidence connects the three terror defendants pictured above (from left to right) Nuradin ABDI, Christopher PAUL (a/k/a Abdul MALEK), and Iyman FARIS (a/k/a Mohammad RAUF) to each other and to separate acts of planned terrorism inside the U.S.

According to one federal law enforcement source speaking to this investigator on the condition of anonymity, the unsealed indictments, previous testimony in the case against Iyman FARIS, and the planned acts of terror is “paints a disturbing picture of what is taking place in the U.S. today among radical Muslims in American mosques.”

According to this source, “there are acts of terror being planned against the citizens of America, in America, by Islamic extremists who live, work and play among us. Most people don’t realize how serious the threat is, and they feel insulated against terror attacks since 9/11 has become not much more than a distant memory.”

With regard to the Columbus, Ohio men, all three men are Muslims or Muslim converts. All three were active in activities at Columbus mosques, including Christopher PAUL, who taught martial arts training at a Columbus mosque to fellow members and conducted paramilitary training in rural areas of Ohio. All three have alleged connections to Islamic terrorism and al Qaeda that date back to the early 1990s. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has introduced exhibits that connect all three men in a web of plots that range from the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge to blowing up a Columbus area shopping mall with the intent on killing as many men, women and children as possible.

Of the three men, Iyman FARIS is the only conspirator who pleaded guilty to his role in providing material support and resources to al Qaeda and conspiracy for providing the terrorist organization with information about possible U.S. targets for attack.

Christopher PAUL, 43, a former roommate of FARIS was arrested on 11 April 2007 after being indicted for providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Nuradin ABDI, 35, an immigrant from Somalia was arrested in 2003 and charged with plotting to blow up a Columbus area shopping mall, is scheduled to stand trial in August. In advance of that trial, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed with the court of list of exhibits not only relating to those plans, but linking all three Columbus men to a variety of terror plots to be executed inside the U.S.

Partial list of government exhibits* Photo taken from Abdi’s computer, “Bin Laden is in our hearts;”

* Copy of airline schedules showing ABDI’s travels to Ethiopia in January 2000 and returning to the United States from Ethiopia in March 2000;

* Copy of an employment application dated 24 February 2001 in which ABDI used PAUL as a personal reference;

* Copy of e-mail from ABDI to Iyman FARIS dated 28 October 2002 titled “A Message to the American People,” supporting Islamic Jihad, or holy war against the U.S.;

* Copy of $11.25 receipt from Caribou Cafe in Upper Arlington in suburban Columbus on 6 August 2002. It was here where the government alleges ABDI discussed the shopping mall bombing plot with FARIS and PAUL;

* Copy of gasoline charge on 11 September 2002 for $16.80 charged at an Exxon station in Pittsburgh, PA for a trip the government alleges ABDI and PAUL took together;

* Copy of gasoline charge on 31 December 2002 for $17.80 charged at an Amoco station in Pittsburgh, PA for a trip the government alleges ABDI made to pick up PAUL in Pittsburgh and take him to the Columbus airport.

* Global positioning watch given to ABDI by Christopher PAUL and found in ABDI’s bedroom closet on 28 November 2003;

* Copy of phone records showing ABDI’s phone calls to Christopher PAUL and others on 28-29 November 2003.

The case against Iyman FARISIyman FARIS, a/k/a Mohammad RAUF, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced on 28 October 2003 by U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, at federal court in Alexandria, Virginia to 20 years in prison for providing material support and resources to al Qaeda and conspiracy for providing the terrorist organization with information about possible U.S. targets for attack.

FARIS, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kashmir, pleaded guilty on 1 May 2003, to casing the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City bridge for al Qaeda, and researching and providing information to al Qaeda regarding the tools necessary for possible attacks on U.S. targets. He admitted traveling to a training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000, where he was introduced to Osama bin Laden.

FARIS admitted that during a meeting in late 2000, one of bin Laden’s men asked him about “ultralight” airplanes, and said al Qaeda was looking to procure an “escape airplane.”  FARIS admitted that about two months later, he performed an Internet search at a cafe in Karachi, Pakistan and obtained information about ultralights, which he turned over to a friend for use by al Qaeda.
FARIS also admitted that during a visit to Karachi in early 2002, he was introduced to a senior operational leader in al Qaeda. A few weeks later, the operational leader asked what he could do for al Qaeda. FARIS said he discussed his work as a truck driver in the United States, his trucking routes and deliveries for airport cargo planes, in which the al Qaeda leader said he was interested because cargo planes would hold “more weight and more fuel.”

According to FARIS’ admission, the operational leader then told FARIS that al Qaeda was planning two simultaneous attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. The al Qaeda leader spoke with FARIS about destroying a bridge in New York City by severing its suspension cables, and tasked FARIS with obtaining the equipment needed for that operation. The leader also explained that al Qaeda was planning to derail trains, and asked FARIS to procure the tools for that plot as well.

FARIS admitted that upon returning to the United States from Pakistan in April 2002, he researched “gas cutters” - the equipment for severing bridge suspension cables - and the New York City bridge on the Internet. Between April 2002 and March 2003, he sent several coded messages through another individual to his longtime friend in Pakistan, indicating he had been unsuccessful in his attempts to obtain the necessary equipment. FARIS admitted to traveling to New York City in late 2002 to examine the bridge, and said he concluded that the plot to destroy the bridge by severing cables was unlikely to succeed because of the bridge’s security and structure. In early 2003, he sent a message that “the weather is too hot” - a coded message indicating that the bridge plot was unlikely to succeed.

Federal law prohibits the providing of material support and resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations. Al Qaeda was designated by the Secretary of State in 1999 to be a foreign terrorist organization, and redesignated as such in October 2001.
The FARIS case was prosecuted by attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, along with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. [U.S. D.O.J. PR 03-589]

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: Northeast Intelligence NetworkColumbus, Ohio Mall Bombing Plot More Extensive Than ReportedFederal authorities unsealed charges against a Columbus, Ohio, man alleging that he was involved in an al-Qaeda plot to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio using military grade explosives. The four-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, charges that Nuradin ABDI, 32 conspired with admitted al-Qaeda member Iyman FARIS and others to detonate a bomb at a Columbus, Ohio shopping mall. Iyman Faris, 34, an Ohio truck driver who met with Osama bin Laden and helped al-Qaeda plot a second wave of attacks on American soil pleaded guilty to felony terrorism charges. Based on federal court documents, Faris told authorities he was scouting ways to derail trains and bring down the Brooklyn Bridge by severing its suspension cables.

For well over a year, we have been providing details about the presence of terrorist cells in the US and their intentions and likely targets. This morning’s news conference by US Attorney General John Ashcroft, restating al Qaeda’s desire to strike at America again, further solidifies our previous intelligence.

25 June 2004: Following our report of the above, NEIN investigators learned that at least 2 other men were involved in the plot as detailed above, although other targets in the mid-west were selected in addition to the Columbus shopping mall. Based on information provided in an e-mail to this agency, investigator Doug Hagmann obtained additional information from a Columbus, Ohio area law enforcement official who admitted that there were plans to derail trains (open source confirmed), use tanker trucks as explosive devices on soft targets such as federal buildings, strip plazas and shopping malls. Interestingly, Columbus also has several large chemical and biological research facilities. According to the law enforcement official questioned, there was an indication that at least one chemical plants in the metro area was on the “short list” of targets by this group or one of their associates.

The greater Columbus area consists of approximately 1.7 million people and has the second largest Somali population in the US. (Subscriber BW assisted in this contribution).

Who is Iman FARIS?

Faris was born in Pakistan and became a U.S. citizen in 1999. Since his arrival in the United States in 1994, his primary occupation has been truck driver. Faris, who lived in Columbus, working as a trucker, also has used the name Mohammad Rauf. Faris’ last-known Columbus address was at an apartment complex on Riverview Drive. Last week, the terrorism task force searched an apartment complex on Riverview Drive linked to Faris and other unknown subjects. A statement of fact filed along with the guilty plea says that Faris, also known as Mohammed Rauf and a native of Kashmir, was instructed by an senior al-Qaida operative — identified as “C-2? in the documents and as Osama bin Laden’s “right foot” — to obtain “gas cutters” equipment that would enable him to sever the cables on “a bridge in New York City” believed to have been the Brooklyn Bridge. Faris was told to refer to the cutters as “gas stations” so that eavesdroppers would not get wind of the plot.

In addition, the senior al-Qaida operative told Faris that he should obtain tools that could be used to derail trains in the United States, the affidavit says. These tools were to be referred to in code as “mechanics shops.”

Faris is believed to have received instructions directly from senior al-Qaida leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who also is in U.S. custody overseas and has provided U.S. interrogators with valuable intelligence about the terror group.

Under an agreement with the Justice Department unsealed Thursday, Faris pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists and conspiracy to provide support. He also agreed to cooperate with government investigators. The agreement was actually filed with the U.S. District Court in nearby Alexandria, Va., on May 1, but was kept secret for over a month. These meetings occurred in 2000, 2001 and early 2002 in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the government statement says.

The statement says that Faris researched the bridge on the Internet and traveled to New York in late 2002 to examine the bridge, concluding that “the plot to destroy the bridge by severing the cables was very unlikely to succeed” because of its security and structure.

He sent a coded message back to al-Qaida leaders: “The weather is too hot,” meaning that the plot probably couldn’t go forward. Faris was also asked by bin Laden associates in late 2000 to look into ultralight aircraft that could be used as escape planes by al-Qaida operatives, prosecutors say. In addition, Faris helped al-Qaida obtain 2,000 lightweight sleeping bags that were shipped to Afghanistan for use by bin Laden and other al-Qaida members. His original contact with al-Qaida came through one of the senior operatives, who the government says Faris had known since the Soviet-Afghanistan war in the 1980s.

Faris’ last-known Columbus address was at an apartment complex on Riverview Drive. He was married in Columbus in 1995, and the marriage ended in dissolution in 2000, Burton reported. Records show he was married to Geneva Bowling and lived with her in a small home in Columbus.

The case against Christopher PAULChristopher PAUL, 43, born Paul Kenyatta Laws, a/k/a PAUL Abdul, Abdul Malek, Abdul Malik, Abdel Malek, Abdul Melik, Abdulmaled, Abdul Malek Kenyatta, Paul Kenyatta Laws, Paul Laws and as Abdulmalek KENYATTA

BACKGROUND

Christopher PAUL, 43, a convert to Islam and a former roommate of Iyman FARIS, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Columbus in April, charged with providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. He was arrested by FBI agents outside of his Columbus apartment on 11 April 2007 after a four-year investigation that encompassed 8 different countries on three continents.

According to a federal indictment, PAUL’S links to al Qaeda and Islamic terrorism dates back to the early 1990s, when he traveled to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan and later joined al Qaeda in Pakistan. He is also accused of conducting paramilitary training at Burr Oak State Park in Glouster, Ohio, in 1998 with several co-conspirators. In addition to conducting the paramilitary training, PAUL taught martial arts to fellow members of Columbus mosque.

According to one federal source close to the Northeast Intelligence Network who is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security speaking on condition of anonymity, the case of Christopher is not unique. “There are active al Qaeda members or facilitators inside the U.S. who are doing exactly what PAUL is accused of doing - training others inside the U.S. for future terrorist attacks. These plans are being made at local mosques under the protection of religious freedom that is offered by our country.”

Trilogy of Terror: al Qaeda, Jihad and Islam

By Randy Taylor Independent Analyst

9 June 2007: I remember as a child in school, the discussion of perpetual motion. For this editorial, I’ll stand by my belief that all motion has to have a starting point. True, it applies to objects but it also applies here as once this thing called Jihad was set into motion, it hasn’t stopped. It hasn’t even slowed down. Like unwanted weeds it is choking the lawn of freedom and democracy and squeezing the life out of what is good. But unlike weeds, this is going to be hard if not impossible to do away with.

Why? It’s because we refuse to identify the root cause of this Islamic terrorism problem.

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Trilogy of Terror: al Qaeda, Jihad and Islam

By Randy Taylor Independent Analyst

9 June 2007: I remember as a child in school, the discussion of perpetual motion. For this editorial, I’ll stand by my belief that all motion has to have a starting point. True, it applies to objects but it also applies here as once this thing called Jihad was set into motion, it hasn’t stopped. It hasn’t even slowed down. Like unwanted weeds it is choking the lawn of freedom and democracy and squeezing the life out of what is good. But unlike weeds, this is going to be hard if not impossible to do away with.

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Abdelaziz Bilal HAMZE: Profile of a Potential Islamic Terrorist?

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs

UPDATE 9 JUNE 2007

Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest webpage on Abdelaziz Hamze.

http://sheriff.org/apps/arrest/details.cfm?ID=180700813

Notice that this perp is rightfully charged with PREMEDITATED MURDER.

According to the 2006 Florida Legal Statutes, Title XVLI, Chapters/sections 782.04 and 775.082 predmeditated murder is murder in the first degree which is a capital felony. Conviction of a capital felony in Florida is a death sentence.

5 June 2007: To me, there is much more to the story which broke just yesterday of the vehicular homicide/murder in the first degree of Sandra Hall, 44, of Ft. Lauderdale by Abdelaziz Bilal HAMZE, a 24-year old naturalized American citizen from Lebanon.

UPDATE 10 June 2006:The Lebanese origin of HAMZE is according a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report citing Jaime Hamze, a family member married to his cousin:

Jaime Hamze said Hamze was probably trying to get to Lebanon. He and his brother left Lebanon to attend college in the United States, Jaime Hamze said. Their parents followed later.”

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/sfl-cdragging07jun07,0,5041951.story?coll=orl-home-headlines

There is enough here that my gut instinct is telling me there may be significant Islamic terrorist connections, and this man, his immediate family and associates need to be investigated and profiled extensively.

The following are the details I have been able to develop and confirm through intensive research over the past 12 hours. On Sunday night at about 10 PM, Abdelaziz Bilal HAMZE, a naturalized US citizen from the Middle East (Lebanon) rear-ends a Cadillac driven by Michael Williams with his white Dodge Caravan. Williams was in the process of pulling over to investigate a possible broken headlight when struck by HAMZE near Riverland Road on Route 441 while northbound in Ft. Lauderdale. Williams proceeds to follow HAMZE as he flees the scene of the fender-bender accident. The ensuing chase winds through at least one residential neighborhood before returning to Route 441 northbound. It is here, at a stoplight in heavy evening traffic, that Williams approaches HAMZE’s vehicle, he is joined by his fiancee and passenger, an incensed Sandra Hall.

HAMZE begins to flee again, but this time Hall latches onto the hood of the Dodge Caravan and refuses to let go even as Williams unable to pull her off. HAMZE then accelerates to a reported 70 MPH as Williams sprints after the vehicle on foot for the next two miles. Sandra Hall looses her grip during this segment of the incident and falls under the Caravan, becoming wedged under the vehicle chassis and is dragged for most of the next two miles. Her lifeless, horrifically wounded body deposited by HAMZE’’s vehicle in the middle of RT 441.

How does a routine fender-bender accident become a chase which then becomes a vehicular homicide of first degree murder? What significant impetus did Abdelaziz Bilal HAMZE have to avoid a simple police report?

Sandra Hall had her own share of serious run-ins with law enforcement, but had turned her life around and had plans to marry Michael Williams in August. For his part HAMZE had several motor vehicle violations in the past year: unsafe vehicle, driving without insurance, failure to properly display the Florida license plate, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and speeding. None of this appears to warrant fleeing the scene of an accident and vehicular homicide.

In fact, between 10pm Sunday night and early Monday morning HAMZE has decided he needs to get out of the United States immediately. So he books a seat on Delta Air Lines Flight 88, Ft. Lauderdale to New York JFK. He barely has time to make a connecting flight, Delta Air Lines Flight 132 from JFK to Athens, Greece. Athens is a hub for connections to his native land of Lebanon - where civil strife and war reign in perpetuity. That land he deems preferable to yet another motor vehicle ticket from the Broward Sherriff’s Office in Florida, USA. So HAMZE, in his panicked flight, passes through international flight screening at New York JFK unscathed. Well, almost, but not quite.

At 4:20 PM Monday afternoon Abselaziz Bilal HAMZE was pulled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from Delta Air Lines Flight 132 bound for Athens, Greece. The JFK ICE team had been tipped off by Ft. Lauderdale airport ICE who were notified by the Broward Sherriff’s Office that the man that HAMZE had purchased the Dodge Caravan murder weapon from stated he was attempting to flee the country. For a still unknown reason, having just committed cold-blooded murder and purchased his tickets out of the country, HAMZE had decided it was another imperative to call this individual.

Some other interesting details now seem pertinent. HAMZE has two brothers and two sisters living in the U.S., one of them in New York. A brother, Abdul HAMZE, lives very nearby in Coral Springs, FL. He stated yesterday he knew nothing of the hit and run or of his brothers arrest. The South Florida media had been in extensive coverage on the news of this murder. At this residence yesterday afternoon were six vehicles: two white minivans, a teal minivan, a teal SUV and two sedans. No response from inside the residence. Earlier Abdul had stated his brother worked at a flea market, but that he did not know where he lived in the area. Yet this same residence is about two miles from where Sandra Hall’s brutalized corpse was dumped in the middle of a highway. HAMZE had been fleeing northbound, in the general direction of his brother Abdul’s home in Coral Springs. Somehow, that bloody and human flesh soaked vehicle made it back to HAMZE’s residence in Dania where local law enforcement recovered it yesterday. The two residences are 15 miles or so as the crow flies from each other.

To recap: A simple Florida fender-bender turns into intentional vehicular homicide and an intended international flight from justice?

A Muslim Middle Eastern man is scrambling through the airport to board an international oceanic flight out of New York JFK. He passes through international flight screening with no red flags raised until a sequence of events and phone calls begun by the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Flordia result in the apprehension of this perp at the literal last possible moment?

Since Abdelziz Bilal HAMZE booked this flight at the last possible minute, I also ran a check for a last minute booking from Delta Air Lines for the same flight tomorrow. Coach Class Ticket Price: $2,357.20. Not bad for a guy working in a flea market on a spur of the moment need to get out of the USA. Did he purchase this ticket, or did someone aid and abet his flight?

HAMZE was in such a rush to get out of America that he did not realize that Delta Air Lines Flight 138 departs Atlanta, Georgia at 4:50 PM daily to Athens, Greece. $2,466.00 for a round trip coach class ticket. Just about the same time of departure and not as far or the ticket price of going to New York. Apparently HAMZE judged a requirement that he just had to depart the U.S. from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The investigation continues and details will be added as developed.