Aug 042010
 

Civil liberties groups accuse the U.S. government of issuing kill orders on American-born Anwar al-Alwaki without trial.

Tracking fugitive American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. CNN’s Deborah Feyerick looks at Anwar al-Awlaki, the cleric some believe to be Osama bin Laden’s heir apparent.

A U.S.-born Muslim cleric has appeared in a video released by al Qaeda. CNN’s Paula Newton reports.

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Aug 032010
 


~DOJ release

BROOKLYN, NY—Following a six-week jury trial, Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir were convicted today in the Eastern District of New York of conspiring to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, by exploding fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport. The defendants believed their attack would cause extensive damage to the airport and to the New York economy, as well as the loss of numerous lives. Both defendants face sentences of up to life imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 15, 2010.

The convictions were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York.

The evidence at trial established that Defreitas, a naturalized United States citizen from Guyana, originated the idea to attack JFK Airport and its fuel tanks and pipelines by drawing on his prior experience working at the airport as a cargo handler. Beginning in 2006, Defreitas recruited others to join the plot, including Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur, during multiple trips to Guyana and Trinidad. Between trips, Defreitas engaged in video surveillance of JFK Airport, and transported the footage back to Guyana to show to his co-conspirators. Nur pleaded guilty before trial to supporting the plot and faces a sentence of up to 15 years. A fourth member of the plot, Kareem Ibrahim, faces trial on the same charges as Defreitas and Kadir.1

According to the trial evidence, the plot members also attempted to enlist support for the plot from prominent international terrorist groups and leaders, as well as the government of Iran, including Abu Bakr, leader of the Trinidadian militant group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, and Adnan El Shukrijumah, an al Qaeda leader. In February 2007, Defreitas recruited Kadir to join the plot because Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese parliament, was an engineer and had connections with militant groups in Iran and Venezuela. During cross-examination at trial, Kadir admitted that he regularly passed information to Iranian authorities and believed himself bound to follow fatwas from Iranian religious leaders

Defreitas was arrested in New York on June 2, 2007. Kadir was arrested in Trinidad aboard a plane headed to Venezuela, en route to Iran. Ibrahim and Nur were also arrested in Trinidad. All three were subsequently extradited to the United States.

The specific charges Defreitas and Kadir were convicted of are: Conspiracy to Attack a Public Transportation System, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2332f; Conspiracy to Destroy a Building by Fire or Explosive, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(n); Conspiracy to Attack Aircraft and Aircraft Materials, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 32; Conspiracy to Destroy International Airport Facilities, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 37; and Conspiracy to Attack a Mass Transportation Facility, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1992(a)(10). Defreitas was also convicted of Surveillance of a Mass Transportation Facility, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1992(a)(8).

“The defendants intended to send a message by killing Americans and destroying the New York City economy,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “Today, the only message is that those who engage in potentially deadly plots against the United States will be stopped and punished.” United States Attorney Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York for its role in investigating and prosecuting the case, as well as to the Guyanese and Trinidadian law enforcement authorities who assisted with the investigation and apprehension of the defendants.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Marshall L. Miller, Jason A. Jones, Berit W. Berger, and Zainab Ahmad.

The Defendants:

RUSSELL DEFREITAS, also known as “Mohammed”
Age: 67

ABDUL KADIR, also known as “Aubrey Michael Seaforth”
Age: 58

ABDEL NUR, also known as “Compton Eversley”
Age: 60

The charges against Ibrahim are only allegations, and Ibrahim is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Aug 022010
 

What this map represents

1. The “Court Cases” section is pretty self explanatory. The cases involve terrorist plots or financial and other forms of material support for terrorists. They are listed by the primary defendant in each case.
2. Some of those cases are referenced again under “Radical Activities,” which involve multi-player criminal cases of terrorist plots or financing. In some cases, those activities have tentacles in more than one city.
3. Mosques and Islamic centers listed at one time were home to radical clerics or to conspirators in a terrorism-related investigation, or had other connections to radical individuals or terrorist organizations.

Their inclusion should not be interpreted as a sign that all who attend share the radical views or were aware of the activities.
In most cases, the summaries include links to court records and other information for readers seeking additional information.

Interactive Terror History Map

The IPT’s new interactive terror history map highlights cases of terror plots, terror financing and other radical activities in the United States during the past 20 years. Some of them are infamous, including the case of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and the Hamas-supporting Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development , both in Texas.

Others attracted less notoriety, like the plot by California prison inmates to attack Jewish and U.S. military targets.

You’ll see three categories across the top of the map that can be turned off or on, depending on what you’re interested in seeing.

One category identifies several mosques and Islamic centers. Given today’s debates over mosque construction it is important to be clear about what the map represents. There are hundreds, if not thousands of mosques in the United States. We list but a few dozen.

The mosques and centers listed share one thing in common. It is not that all are radical, and many have not been involved in criminal activity. Rather, all have had contact with radical individuals and organizations at some point in the period covered.

At some locations, radical views have been espoused, extremists have spoken, or terrorist acts or groups have been supported.

One institution was home to an imam convicted of providing support to a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). At another mosque, a future mastermind of a successful terrorist plot worshipped alongside other unknowing congregants. People at one mosque even helped the future 9/11 hijackers obtain Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses. At others, imams have espoused rhetoric that is just plain violent .

In some of these examples, we learned about the activity only through the work of undercover law enforcement agents, informants and cooperating witnesses who helped root out extremists, foil terrorist plots and intercept terrorists’ financial transactions.

Established Islamist groups have heatedly attacked law enforcement officials, casting their use of informants as part of a plot to set up Muslims. Though a staple of criminal investigations of all kinds, undercover operations should not breach the doors of a mosque, they say.

In the case of Dar Uloom Institute in Pembroke Pines, Florida, an undercover FBI agent foiled a plot by attendees to blow up a nearby energy facility. One individual who attended the mosque regularly, Imran Mandhai, recruited another mosque attendee, Shueyb Mosaa Jokhan, to carry out the plot. Both men pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy property affecting interstate commerce. The FBI informant’s work in this mosque uncovered another lead. Mandhai told the undercover agent that another man who attended the mosque, Adnan El-Shukrijumah, was a potential recruit for Osama bin Laden’s plans to destroy more targets in South Florida. Shukrijumah was recently indicted in the ongoing prosecution of a subway bomb plot in New York City.

Another informant’s work in a Brooklyn mosque led to the conviction of Mohammad Ali Hasan Al-Moayad for conspiring to providing support to Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization. Al-Moayad bragged to an FBI informant about his work providing money, recruits and supplies to Hamas. According to the informant, Al-Moayad claimed that he received money for jihad from collections at Al Farouq mosque in Brooklyn, but officials were not sure that those giving money knew it would go to terrorists.

A cooperating witness at Dar us-Salaam Mosque in Seattle, Washington helped FBI agents nab Oussama Kassir , whom they suspected was trying to establish a terrorist training camp in nearby Bly, Oregon. The witness described Kassir’s travels to Bly to inspect property designated to house the camp. Kassir also told the witness that he had trained for jihad in Afghanistan. In May 2009, Kassir was found guilty of providing material support to Al Qaeda.

Despite these examples, leaders of national Islamist organizations have balked at the use of informants. This message was made crystal clear by Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Los Angeles last year at an Anaheim, California mosque:

“We’re here today to say our mosques are off limits. Our Koran is off limits. Our youth, who they [the FBI] try to radicalize, are off limits. Now is the time to tell them, ‘We’re not going to let this happen anymore.'”

On Monday, a jury in New York convicted two men who plotted to blow up fuel tanks at JFK airport. One of the conspirators planned to use a bank account for his mosque to store money for the plot. An informant played a key role in taping the conspirators discuss their plans and motivations.

These examples do not serve as a green light for the government to launch unconstrained investigations into Muslim communities, but rather show that Islamic religious institutions, just like any other institutions, are vulnerable to having contact with radical individuals and organizations.

FBI Informants in Mosques

In 2009, tensions between Islamist groups and the FBI came to a head when a coalition of organizations announced they considered cutting off ties with the FBI. One reason cited by that coalition, the American Muslim Task Force (AMT), was concern that the FBI is unfairly targeting American mosques for investigation.

The Muslim American Society (MAS) issued a press release reaffirming the AMT coalition’s concerns regarding the “Infiltration of mosques and systematic manipulation of Muslim religious affairs,” and the “Use of agent provocateurs to trap unsuspecting Muslim youth.”

MAS Freedom Foundation leader Ibrahim Ramey said that , while his group rejects terrorism:

“…we also want law enforcement to understand that this should not be a pretext for demonizing an entire community or trying to turn the community against itself…”

Ayloush is one of the FBI’s most outspoken critics. He has claimed that the FBI is “paying convicted felons to ‘infiltrate’ mosques to radicalize Muslim youths and instigate talks about terrorism.” In an interview with Southern California Public Radio, Ayloush said the FBI has been “hiring shady characters and individuals to try to instigate against the Muslim community. And instigate acts of violence to ruin the reputation of the Muslim community.”

At Masjid Omar Al Farouk in 2009, Ayloush reminded his audience that, “Just because there are bad apples, there are bad apples in our community, there are bad apples in the FBI, we should not start suspecting each other.”

A new set of FBI guidelines issued in 2008 have been at the center of debate over informants. Critics claim the guidelines allow the FBI to send informants in without any purpose or predicate. The guidelines are stricter than detractors describe.

Current and former FBI officials also argue that the guidelines leave no room for the types of unwarranted investigations into mosques described by critics.

“Sending an asset into a mosque is not considered lightly, even in today’s world,” said Robert Blitzer, former Chief of the FBI’s Domestic Counterterrorism Planning Section. Informants go where the suspects go:

“It really boils down to this, if the mosque is being used by individuals and groups who are the subjects of full counterterrorism investigations then the FBI has the authority to collect intelligence on the activities of the group or person while in the mosque.”

Blitzer’s assessment is pretty close to one given by current FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2009:

“We [the FBI] don’t investigate places, we investigate individuals. To the extent that there may be evidence or other information of criminal wrongdoings, then we will … undertake those investigations.”

Steve Pomerantz, former assistant director of the FBI, told the IPT that some informants may not follow their handlers’ very detailed instructions despite the guidelines. “That’s the way it’s supposed to work,” he said, referring to the guidelines. “Can it break down? Yes, if the informant doesn’t follow the instructions.”

The FBI devotes a lot of time and resources to try to prevent these issues. Blitzer described “stringent vetting processes and procedures” to make sure that the information received from informants is reliable:

“These processes include many steps and tests, background investigations, and constant checking and double checking of information provided against records and other forms of reporting including human and technical source, other agency reporting, and foreign agency reporting.”

Informants provide critical help for “the intelligence community [to] understand the intentions and actions of our enemies,” said Blitzer. “Without them, we would be partially blind.”

Pomerantz described informants as “the single most effective and useful investigative tool” and stressed that “a lack of [human intelligence] will only lead to more bad things happening.”

The IPT accepts no funding from outside the United States, or from any governmental agency or political or religious institutions. Your support of The Investigative Project on Terrorism is critical in winning a battle we cannot afford to lose. All donations are tax-deductible. . The Investigative Project on Terrorism Foundation is a recognized 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 012010
 

* Thanks you Green Eyes *

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that detail a two-day meeting on January 27 and 28, 2010, between DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian “community leaders.” The documents include a list of participating individuals and organizations, some with controversial radical ties, including:

* Imad Hamad, Midwest Regional Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. According to investigative reporter Debbie Schlussel, Hamad is connected to the Marxist-Leninist terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and has financially supported the Islamist terrorist group Hezbollah. In a television interview in 2002 on Fox’s Detroit affiliate, Hamad supported a Palestine Authority TV program that urged children to become suicide bombers, calling the program “patriotic.”

* Salam Al-Marayati, Founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC): According to press reports, Al-Mayarati has long been criticized for his extremist views and statements. In 1999 former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) withdrew his nomination of Al-Mayarati to the National Commission on Terrorism because of Al-Mayarati’s extremist politics. Al-Marayati once said, “When Patrick Henry said, ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ that statement epitomized jihad [Islamic holy war].”


One of the organizations that attended the meeting, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), was named as an unindicted co-conspirator by the federal government in a plot by the now-defunct Holy Land Foundation to fund the terrorist group Hamas.


In addition to the attendee list and biographies, the documents also included internal DHS email correspondence, talking points for Secretary Napolitano and a meeting agenda. Among the highlights:

* A Thursday, February 4, 2010, email from David O’Leary, DHS Office of Legislative Affairs, to David Gersten, Acting Deputy Officer for Programs and Compliance, DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: “Gordon Lederman of Sen. Lieberman’s Staff called me asking about the 2-day HSAC meeting last week with American Muslim and Arab groups. He was called by a reporter who told him MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council), ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and Muslim American Society “rejected the ideas” of soliciting their help with countering violent extremism and were “angry and indignant.”

* A Friday, January 29, 2010, email from Muslim Advocates Executive Director Khera Farhana to Arif Alikhan, DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Development: “The commitments Secretary Napolitano made to these community leaders include…Regular quarterly meetings with the Secretary…An honest and full discussion of legitimate grievances from members of these communities about DHS policies that are ineffective and have a deleterious, humiliating impact on Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian American communities.”

* An internal DHS “talking points” document entitled “Community Stakeholder Meeting” that states: “Communicate that DHS understands the need for enhanced partnership with the Muslim, Sikh, South Asian and Arab groups, including those present at the meeting…You should note the importance of sharing information from a policy perspective and on threats to specific Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities.”

“I fail to see how consorting with radicals helps the DHS protect the United States,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Obama administration is bending over backward to cater to radical Muslim organizations in the name of political correctness. This is a dangerous political game that could put American citizens at risk. Some of these meeting participants have no business helping Janet Napolitano establish our homeland security policies.”

–Source Here

Docs uncovered…

* Numerous emails

* More emails (redacted)

* Various other emails

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Jul 312010
 

*Gratitude to Green Eyes for literally being my eyes for GSN/NTI.

I would not ever print anything from or about Wikileak if it was endangering our military. But here’s the paradox friends, it seems the ones endangering our troops is this administration. They will deny it but think, have they once said anywhere that Julian Asange is a liar?

They denied Agent Orange for decades. They would not compensate Gulf War “Syndrome” (an insult in itself considering what the word ‘syndrome’ truly is.), through their denials of its existence.

Now, when someone I have used for years, GSN, in the fight on the war on terror, have always been dead on, then I have to post this. We shouldn’t put our heads in the sand, it seems, over Wikileak. Maybe that’s precisely what the government hopes we will do. I know I am guilty of it.

My passion for our military was played on, was yours?

The minute I felt it was “Loose Lips”, I was outraged at the leaking. I still am, for there are thousands of docs that are in fact harmful to our military. But without going through them all, how will we know what is harmful to the administration even more? Then we owe it to ourselves to be informed.

Information gleaned from this week’s giant unauthorized release of tens of thousands of U.S. military documents suggest soldiers in Afghanistan might have been exposed to a chemical weapon, Wired magazine reported (see GSN, March 18).

(Jul. 27) – U.S. troops under fire from Taliban militants run for cover in Kandahar, Afghanistan, last March. Soldiers last year might have been exposed to a chemical-weapon agent, according to classified U.S. military records disclosed this week (John Moore/Getty Images).

On Sunday, the organization WikiLeaks released more than 91,000 documents on the war in Afghanistan. The majority were based on communications from front-line personnel, according to the Web site.

One document addresses a special operations forces effort to clear an area of multiple improvised explosive devices and battle insurgents on Feb. 14, 2009. After one bomb was detonated “a yellow cloud was emitted and personnel began feeling nauseous,” according to the combined Joint Special Operations Task Force field log. Dust samples were gathered and the team went back to its base.

“A total of 7x US MIL, 1x Interpreter and 1x K-9 dog reporting symptoms,”according to the document. “Will inform if chemical attack is confirmed.”

A subsequent document, issued six hours afterward, stated the team was undergoing medical care and examination.

“Initial medical assessment is that none of the personnel are currently experiencing symptoms …. CJSOTF surgeon assessed no need to MEDEVAC (medical evacuate) any personnel,” the report said. “The individuals have been placed on 24 hour stand down. SSE Team from KAF (Kandahar Air Field) will fly to FB Cobra on 15FEB09 to conduct testing for any residual chemicals or materials on personnel and equipment. The results of this testing will confirm or deny this event as a CBRN [chemical biological radiological nuclear] attack.”

No reports from the WikiLeaks data dump indicate the military concluded the soldiers had been subjected to a chemical strike. While such an incident appears unlikely, previous reports have pointed to concerns regarding Taliban or al-Qaeda chemical-weapon efforts, Wired reported.

The terrorist organization sought nuclear and other WMD materials as early as 1993, according to one time line by former CIA and Energy Department intelligence officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen. Former al-Qaeda operative Abu Khabab al-Masri, now deceased, was assigned to militarize biological and chemical agents for use in terrorist attacks.

Another military field report stated that in June 2007 U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan reported being tipped off to an extremist plot to contaminate the food supply of allied troops in the country by stealing coalition food trucks.

“The plan is to inject the bottles or the packages of food with unidentified chemicals, or recreate the same type of packages with contaminated versions of the same product,” the report said, adding “the source “supplied no further information.”

A separate military log report from two years ago described the arrest of a woman in Ghazni province. A search of her purse revealed multiple documents on constructing bombs and employing chemical weapons, along with quantities of unidentified chemicals, according to the field report. An update to the report described how she managed to acquire a weapon which she turned on investigators before being shot.


Wired reported that the woman is likely Aafia Siddiqui, (someone who anyone on the lines of fighting the WOT is very familiar with)who at one point was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorist fugitives. Siddiqui was convicted of the shooting attempt but has not faced any terrorism charges (see GSN, Feb. 4; Noah Shachtman, Chem Weapons Scare, Osama Clue in WikiLeaks’ War Docs * By Noah Shachtman Wired I, July 26).

Please note Another unverified WikiLeaks military report stated that al-Qaeda was plotting to produce chemical warfare agents to be disseminated by rocket-propelled grenades, the London Guardian reported.

A source told U.S. forces that Mohammad Hamzah Ahmadzai was looking into acquiring uranium for undetailed explosive uses. While the nuclear material could be purchased from an undisclosed facility in Lahore, Pakistan, the scientist found the asking price — $538 for 10 grams — too expensive, the source said.

“Hamzah was thus seeking alternative means of creating a large explosion,” according to the source (Simon Tisdall, London Guardian, July 26).

A U.S. intelligence document, also not verified, indicated that North Korea sold rockets to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Washington Post reported.

“On 19 November 2005, Hezb-Islami party leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (sic) and Dr. Amin (no last name), Osama Bin Ladin’s financial advisor, both flew to North Korea departing from Iran,” according to the document.

“While in North Korea, the two confirmed a deal with the North Korean government for remote controlled rockets for use against American and coalition aircraft,” it added.

Weapons were expected to arrive in early 2006. In mid-2007, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was brought down by a missile “shortly after crossing over the Helmand River,” another document said.

“Based on description of launch, size of round, and impact force of the projectile,” the report said, “it is assessed to be bigger then an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) and possibly a Surface-to-Air Missile,” according to that May 30, 2007, report.

“Witness statements from (troops) suggest (it) was struck by a MANPAD and is consistent with MANPAD event described by Arrow 25.,” it stated (Jeff Stein, SPY TALK Washington Post, July 26).

A spokesman for the NATO command in Afghanistan, though, Wired that ”we have no reports of any aircraft being damaged by” surface-to-air missiles (Spencer Ackerman, Wired II, July 27).

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Jul 302010
 


~This is the “Goal” Map.

About 3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The closed off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Fox News that violence against law enforcement officers and U.S. citizens has increased in the past four months, forcing officers on an 80 mile stretch of Arizona land north of the Mexico border off-limits to Americans.

Friends, it is Aztlan-Reconquista.

The refuge had been adversely affected by the increase in drug smugglers, illegal activity and surveillance, which made it dangerous for Americans to visit. “The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent,” said refuge manager Mitch Ellis. “It’s literally out of control, said Babeu. “We stood with Senator McCain and literally demanded support for 3,000 soldiers to be deployed to Arizona to get this under control and finally secure our border with Mexico.“

~ Fox News–

“ We need action. It’s shameful that we, as the most powerful nation on Earth, … can’t even secure our own border and protect our own families

Bit by bit our Nation soil is being taken by the butchers of the Mexican Drug Cartel Warlords and La Raza! What do you expect when you have corrupt Politicians, Atzland/La Raza, and 5th Columnist Open Border Pukes that are hell bent on trying to destroy our beloved Nation!! WTF Over?!! Has our once Superpower Nation gone mad?!! What is it going to take?!! Will it take a Terrorist group that will be help by the butchers of the Mexican Drug Cartel to sneak them in with WMD?!! And then when they wreak havoc on our nation our stupid Politically Correct Government might try to secure or borders and enforce our Immigration Laws?!! Is that what it’s going to take! A terrible terrorist attack(s) on our soil with tens of thousand of innocent people DEAD?!!

I want my Country back…..NOW?!!

U.S. Army & Calif Army Nat Guard Retired Feb 2010
Active Duty: Oct 1972 to 75 and April 1982 to Nov 1994
CAANG Duty: March 1976 to April 1982 and Nov 1994 to Feb 2010

Army Div I have served: 2 Inf Div, 7 Lt Inf Div, 9 Mot Div, 40 NG Div, & 101 ABN

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning that illegal aliens may have gained access to a U.S. Army installation in Arizona that also serves as the nation’s largest military intelligence-training center.

“I have deep concerns that people who come into our country illegally have managed to gain access onto an active U.S. military installation,” Arpaio said in a statement today. “This cause for concern goes well beyond the argument that people are only committing the crime of wanting to work in this country.”

Arpaio’s detectives raided Valley View Building Services in central Phoenix today, searching for 25 people suspected of identity theft and fraud.

The company employs 100 people in three states and is contracted to clean newly constructed buildings at Fort Huachuca, an Army post located only 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. At least one of the suspects had worked on the military installation.

The deputies took five women into custody today. Four are suspected illegal aliens arrested for identity theft and fraud. One is a U.S. citizen wanted with an outstanding warrant.

“When we went in there, one of the ladies was hiding her Mexican ID in an enchilada, trying to conceal the identification,” Arpaio said.

He said authorities are still searching for other illegal aliens who may be working for the company.

“We did serve another search warrant on the residence of the owner and, going through the papers, we’re going to determine which work sites that the others may be working at,” he said.

Arpaio told KTVK-3 TV, “One thing I want to find out is how many more illegals have been hired [to work at] Fort Huachuca. That’s a high-intelligence installation. I don’t think people should go on that installation to work if they’re in this country illegally.”

Valley View Building Services released a statement on the arrests today.

“In May of 2010 a manager for Valley View Building Services was detained on the Fort Huachuca military base for a baseless charge made by a disgruntled employee,” explained Joel Votaw, owner of the company. “This charge has since been dropped. During that investigation, it came to light that he was working in the United States illegally, even though he presented a valid Arizona drivers license and social security card. He was allowed on base (entering through the main gate and having to present his ID each time) during the entire duration of this 3-month-long project.”

Votaw said his company fired the manager immediately and that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a company-wide investigation into Valley View’s hiring practices. He said today’s raid was for ID theft issues and not due to violation of the employer-sanction law.

Most of the company’s workforce is Hispanic, according to news reports. Votaw said he has always verified identification of its employees through E-Verify, strictly complying with local, state and federal rules.

The Tucson Weekly reported one rancher just west of Fort Huachuca answered his door in 2004 when a female illegal alien asked to use his phone.

According to the report, the call was to Libya.

As WND recently reported, thousands of illegal aliens apprehended along the 2,000-mile border stretching through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas aren’t even from Mexico. Many are citizens of countries that are known sponsors of terrorism, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Iran.

Arpaio’s crime sweep took place just before a federal judge blocked some of the toughest provisions in Arizona’s illegal-immigration law, S.B. 1070.

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Jul 302010
 

~Human Events-by Elisabeth Meinecke


(~MY) Sen. Jeff Sessions pressed FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday on the Obama Administration’s policy of trying terrorists arrested in the U.S. in civilian courts rather than the military system. 



Sessions (R.-Ala.), ranking member of the committee, expressed concern during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over the Justice Department’s policy that terrorists arrested in the United States aren’t presumptively held in military custody. 

Sessions called the current policy “unwise” and asked Mueller if he had the authority to change the policy.



“We would follow the policies as set by the attorney general in pursuant to the legal policies set by the President,” Mueller said. “We do believe the President has the authority to make the decision as to where an individual will be tried.”




“So that’s where the responsibility lies, with the President of the United States, and they’re persisting in an unwise policy, in my view” Sessions said.



Sessions referred to a previous discussion with Mueller where the director said the attorney general has lead responsibility for terrorist acts committed within the U.S. and that the FBI would conduct an investigation compliant with the attorney general’s guidelines for domestic FBI operations.

Sessions also quoted Mueller, “The FBI has no legal authority to proceed against a terrorism suspect who is arrested within the United States in any venue other than an Article 3 court” (civilian court).





Sessions argued there’s more flexibility for the U.S. government in dealing with a suspected terrorist in the military system than the civilian system.



“I am every bit as interested and concerned that we get intelligence as soon as possible with regard to other potential attacks,” Mueller said. “In each of the instances that have reached the newspapers recently, there has been a variety of positions taken early on as to whether to Mirandize or not. In each case…we have gotten the intelligence we have needed.”

“I’m not worried what has happened anecdotally in some individual case,” Sessions said. “Clearly, the policy, in my judgment, would be better if you took the other view and they were presumptively held by military custody.”

In his written statement to the committee, Mueller detailed several of the other challenges facing the FBI, including cyber-security and the Southwest border. Mueller said that in the past ten years, al Qaeda and its affiliates “have created a potent online presence” and the FBI is trying countering these and other cyber-threats through cyber squads in each of the agencies 56 field offices. 

Mueller also warns in the statement that traditional agent networks, such as the recent case of ten Russian spies, are being complimented by new methods.

“Foreign adversaries, however, do not rely exclusively on such traditional agent networks, as they increasingly employ non-traditional collectors—such as students, visiting scientists, scholars, and businessmen—as well as cyber-based tools to target and penetrate United States institutions,” Mueller said.

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Jul 302010
 

CNS By Edwin Mora

(CNSNews.com) – Some Mexican drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) are involved in smuggling potential terrorists across the southwestern border, according to the Government Accountability Office.

“Aliens from countries of special interest to the United States such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan (known as special-interest aliens) also illegally enter the United States through the [southwest border] region,” Richard Stana, the GAO homeland security and justice issues director, said in a report on alien smuggling issued July 22.

Stana told CNSNews.com that the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center’s (NDIC) 2008 National Drug Threat Assessment and “other reports” corroborate his comments, although he did not elaborate on what other reports he was referring to.

When asked to provide evidence of any recent cases involving Mexican DTOs bringing in individuals from countries of special interest, Stana said, “(I) haven’t seen any specifics that are not ‘law enforcement sensitive.’”

According to the 2008 NDIC: “Hundreds of undocumented aliens from special-interest countries illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border annually.”

The drug-threat assessment echoed Stana, saying, “Mexican DTOs specialize in smuggling special-interest aliens into the United States.”

According to the GAO report, alien smugglers are more likely now than in past years to use violence against U.S. law enforcement officers as they bring groups of aliens across the southwest border.”

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Jul 292010
 

Two bylines that are very telling are:

* Bin Laden spotted in meeting with Taliban chief in 2006
* Al Qaeda boss ‘had hand’ in plot to poison UK troops

Secret files leaked about the war in Afghanistan have revealed tantalising glimpses of Osama Bin Laden despite public CIA claims that they are clueless as to the whereabouts of the Al Qaeda boss.

The claims are among 91,000 U.S. military records obtained by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Note that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, said last month that there have been no firm leads on Bin Laden’s whereabouts since the ‘early 2000s’.

This ‘threat report’ from the International Security Assistance Force regional command (north) on suicide bombers in August 2006 contradicts this & has suggested Bin Laden had been attending regular meetings in villages on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It said: ‘Reportedly a high-level meeting was held where six suicide bombers were given orders for an operation in northern Afghanistan. These meetings take place once every month.’

THIS is important friends,The Guardian, which has received the documents, the report went on: ‘The top four people in these meetings are Mullah Omar [the Taliban leader], Osama Bin Laden, Mullah Dadullah and Mullah [Baradar].’

If in fact this is true, it could mean forces came close to having the opportunity to wipe out the senior leadership of the Afghan insurgency that has so far claimed the lives of 320 British soldiers.

The war logs also show that Bin Laden had a hand in a plot to poison coalition forces by adding a powder to food and drink consumed by troops as they passed through villages.

Then we have this today, which is infuriating to me…

Bradley Manning, 22

This ‘traitor’ may be a freckled-faced looking innocent, but could very well & mostly likely IS, responsible for leaking a massive file of secret military documents revealing chilling details of the Afghanistan war and civilian deaths.

He was a U.S. Army intelligence expert (Bradley Manning, 22,) who boasted he had downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents, according to computer hacker Adrian Lamo.

He has been purported to is said to have contacted Lamo out of the blue and then claimed he had saved high-security files onto CDs, ready to hand to Wikileaks, while pretending to listen to Lady Gaga.

‘Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,’ he apparently told Mr Lamo.

The hacker got in touch with the U.S. military and later met with them in Starbucks to hand over a printout of his conversations with Manning.

Manning has already been charged over a separate leak of a classified helicopter cockpit video earlier this month.

He was picked up in Iraq, where he was working.

Manning is said to be locked up in a military prison after being shipped across the border to Kuwait.

He faces trial by court martial and, if found guilty, a heavy jail sentence.

Mr Lamo believes Manning did not work alone, saying he did not have ‘the technological expertise’ to carry out the gathering and leaking of the documents.

‘I believe somebody would have had to have been of assistance to him,’ he said.

~ I am putting together all that Blackie SM has sent me in a cohesive piece to give you more bakground & updates you will only read here, after the original sources of course ~JP

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