Hearing today for California man arrested for ties to Muslim terror groups

Orange County man is the brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden’s Security Coordinator

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

24 February 2009:  How did it get to our neighborhood? That was the question asked by Julie Galvan, a neighbor of Ahmadullah Sais NIAZI, who was arrested last week at his house located in a quiet suburban street in Tustin, California. Look closely; it is in many neighborhoods throughout the United States and Canada - a direct result of a determined enemy taking advantage of years of lax immigration enforcement, an active “fifth column” of Islamic fundamentalists who have been permitted to infiltrate nearly all levels of our government, acquiescence to demands of multiculturalism, and a convoluted understanding of our enemy. It will be coming to your neighborhood, if it is not already present.

Ahmadullah Sais NIAZI, (a/k/a Ahmadullah KHAN,  Ahmadullah SAIS, Ahmadullah Sais KHAN, Ahmadullah Khan SAIS) 34,of Tustin, California was arrested by federal authorities last week, charged with perjury, naturalization fraud, procuring a passport by fraud and making a false statement. The charges stem from an investigation that determined that NIAZI lied on his naturalization papers. He became a U.S. citizen about five years ago. NIAZI came to the U.S. on a tourist visa in 1998 but became a permanent resident after marrying his wife, Jamilah Romlas AMIN, who was born in Cambodia and became a U.S. citizen in 1992. Until his arrest, NIAZI lived with his wife and three young children at his Charloma Drive home in Tustin.

According to information developed from the investigation and presented in a federal indictment, NIAZI has direct affiliations with al Qaeda, the Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami, an Islamic terror group fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and is related to Dr. Amin al-HAQ (a/k/a Muhammad AMIN), the security coordinator for Osama bin Laden. According to the indictment, NIAZI traveled from LAX to Pakistan, where he personally met with al-HAQ, a known terrorist operative.

If convicted on all five counts, NIAZI could get 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $1.25 million, and/or face deportation.

NIAZI was arraigned in federal court Friday afternoon in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato. During the proceedings, NIAZI became upset when he learned that his private attorney “declared a conflict of interest” and would not be able to represent him. NIAZI declined representation by a federal public defender, prompting Judge Nakazato to order a brief recess. The nature of the reported conflict was not made public, but NIAZI was ultimately appointed counsel and the hearing was rescheduled for today.

Before the proceedings, NIAZI  appeared agitated and spoke loudly to his wife and reporters, saying “I need to reveal something to the court, just what exactly is really happening,” he said. “These are not my charges, these are all conspiracy.” His outburst was likely a reference to his allegations that the FBI had talked to NIAZI about becoming an informant, which is being alleged by Shakeel SYED, executive director of Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.  SYED is well known in Orange County and nationally for giving workshops and seminars to Muslims, teaching them about their civil rights. SYED has also been a Muslim chaplain in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and an outspoken critic against the Los Angeles Police Department’s efforts to map mosques and Islamic centers under their jurisdiction.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is closely following this case.

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Federal indictment of Ahmadullah Sais NIAZI

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