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FBI says Idaho graduate student tried gaining access to lab with radioactive material
AP ^ | Dec 07, 2003

Posted on 12/07/2003 7:51:57 PM PST by witnesstothefall

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A University of Idaho graduate student who is under investigation for suspected terrorism ties obtained unauthorized access to a campus lab containing radioactive material, court documents allege.

Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national working on his computer science doctoral degree, quietly moved his student office from the Computer Science Department into the school's engineering isotope lab, apparently without his adviser's knowledge, according to the documents.

"The investigation of Sami Al-Hussayen has, from its outset, been focused on suspected material support to terrorism, particularly to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network," FBI agent Michael Gnecknow said in the documents.

"I have yet to see any piece of evidence, when viewed as part of the totality of information developed, that would dissuade me from believing that Sami Al-Hussayen is supporting terrorism," Gnecknow said.

FBI agents say they were worried the nuclear waste could be used in a "dirty bomb." Such devices involve the use of conventional explosives to spread around radioactive waste.

Al-Hussayen is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 20 on charges of student visa fraud. He remains in custody without bond.

Although he has only been charged with visa fraud, authorities claim Al-Hussayen raised money that was funneled to Islamic charities including the Islamic Assembly of North America, which is under investigation for suspected terrorist ties. Al-Hussayen has denied the allegations.

Defense attorneys were unavailable for immediate comment Sunday.


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And just this week we abandoned the program to track Middle Eastern males of terrorist age.

This is some scary stuff.

1 posted on 12/07/2003 7:51:58 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: witnesstothefall
And just this week we abandoned the program to track Middle Eastern males of terrorist age.

Well, now, we can't hurt someone's feelings. Better that hundreds, thousand, or even millions should perish than for non-citizenry to have their feelings hurt.

2 posted on 12/07/2003 7:55:34 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: Paul Atreides
This couldn't happen in Idaho could it?
3 posted on 12/07/2003 8:04:58 PM PST by Delphinium
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To: Delphinium
JUST HANG HIM NOW.
4 posted on 12/07/2003 8:09:06 PM PST by jocko12
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To: witnesstothefall
Virtual open borders with millions of illegal aliens strolling over the borders since 9/11, no tracking of visa violators, who is supposed to be watching for possible terrorists?
5 posted on 12/07/2003 8:09:16 PM PST by janetgreen (President Bush, why won't you close the borders?)
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To: witnesstothefall
Sad to say, but it appears that it will take an incident 10 times as bad as Sept 11 to make this country finally abandon its PC insanity
6 posted on 12/07/2003 8:09:58 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: jocko12
good idea.
7 posted on 12/07/2003 8:13:21 PM PST by Delphinium
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To: witnesstothefall
"And just this week we abandoned the program to track Middle Eastern males of terrorist age."

Is that true? WHOA!
8 posted on 12/07/2003 8:14:13 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: witnesstothefall
surprise, surprise
9 posted on 12/07/2003 8:22:33 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
As I understand it, we are no longer fingerprinting them. I hope someone is keeping track of them, but frankly I have very little confidence in our clintonoid intelligence services, in Tenet, or in Sessions.

They are still probably devoting more resources to peaceful abortion protestors than to Muslim terrorists.
10 posted on 12/07/2003 8:25:21 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
Area Muslims cheer end of registration
Border watch system to replace post 9/11 program

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1203/04muslims.html

Immigration and border security are two issues Bush is failing on, IMO. And I'm a Bush supporter.
11 posted on 12/07/2003 8:31:19 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: witnesstothefall
"Immigration and border security"

I totally agree...it's been a problem for so long, I can't figure out why we can't get SOMEONE on top of it. I had a friend who has since passed away, that said we need to put a wall up along the border... Now it doesn't seem like a bad idea.
12 posted on 12/07/2003 8:33:45 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Cicero
I have little confidence too... It makes me wanna puke. What in the world has to happen for someone to get it taken care of?
13 posted on 12/07/2003 8:34:24 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: WackyKat
" ... an incident ten times as bad as Sept 11th ... "

I fear that is exactly what al Qaida is planning next. I doubt they intend to waste their assets on individual suicide shoe bombers. If it happens, there will be massive round-ups and deportations, and border security will finally get serious.
14 posted on 12/07/2003 8:35:25 PM PST by AngrySpud (Behold, I am The Anti-Crust ... Anti-Hillary)
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To: witnesstothefall
As soon as I saw the headline, I figured the student would have a middle eastern name. The fact that he did further emboldens me to predict that all the elderly women on campus have therefore been shaken down by the security police.
15 posted on 12/07/2003 8:42:14 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
What in the world has to happen for someone to get it taken care of?

It's like the question, "How many people does OJ have to kill before he is a murderer?"  Answer- more than two, evidently.

"How many skyscrapers have to be brought down before America is serious about fighting domestic terrorism?"  Answer- more than two, evidently.
16 posted on 12/07/2003 8:45:12 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; witnesstothefall; All
A Link of Interest:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1016076/posts

"Prosecutors take issue with lawyer for Al-Hussayen" (terrorist/saudi gov link)
idaho statesman ^ | 11/5/03


Posted on 11/06/2003 8:34:02 AM PST by knak
17 posted on 12/07/2003 8:48:05 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Wife of Sami Al-Hussayen Agrees to Leave United States

Prosecutors take issue with lawyer for Al-Hussayen (terrorist/saudi gov link)

Al-Hussayen's wife shared terrorist views, FBI claims

Al-Hussayen may be deported

Saudi Student in Idaho Isotope Lab Probed

Another U. of Idaho Terrorist Link Suspected

18 posted on 12/07/2003 9:08:06 PM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: Mrs Zip
ping
19 posted on 12/07/2003 9:16:01 PM PST by zip
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To: AngrySpud
It seems to me if these Islamists want tomake a big splash and do something really nasty they would pick Christmas day to do so ( or maybe Christmas Eve if they want lots of death)...I just think we aren't soing enough to be vigilant and take care of people who are obviously out to destroy us
20 posted on 12/07/2003 9:26:44 PM PST by jnarcus
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To: jnarcus
Not Christmas Day-people are at home and the media has skeleton crews.

They'll try to do it a day of two before Christmas, when lots of people are shopping and traveling

21 posted on 12/07/2003 9:30:10 PM PST by WackyKat
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To: witnesstothefall
And just this week we abandoned the program to track Middle Eastern males of terrorist age.

If they hit us again, using a dirty bomb, every muslim in the US will be deported for their own good. Because they will all be killed otherwise.

22 posted on 12/07/2003 9:37:45 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: janetgreen
Virtual open borders with millions of illegal aliens strolling over the borders since 9/11, no tracking of visa violators, who is supposed to be watching for possible terrorists?

My suggestion: Buy lots of guns and ammo. You'll need it in due time.

23 posted on 12/07/2003 9:40:28 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
they will all be killed otherwise.

You are mad, Tom. Quite so.

24 posted on 12/07/2003 9:43:57 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: witnesstothefall
Gratitude towards the country that provided a college education to this Jihadi "warrior"....
25 posted on 12/07/2003 9:45:35 PM PST by tracer
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To: witnesstothefall; Cindy
From the Spokesman-Review (Morlin is Excellent)

Access to lab part of UI terrorism case In court papers, FBI worries about N-waste use for `dirty bomb'

Bill Morlin Staff writer

Newly filed court documents say a University of Idaho graduate student, under investigation for suspected terrorism ties, obtained unauthorized access to a campus lab containing radioactive material.

Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national working on his computer science doctoral degree at the Moscow university, quietly moved his student office into the school's engineering isotope lab, according to the documents.

He moved from the Computer Science Department, where he was enrolled, apparently without his adviser's knowledge, the documents say. It's not clear in the records when he did so.

Al-Hussayen, arrested in February on the Moscow campus, is scheduled to stand trial in January on charges of visa fraud and lying to federal agents. He remains in custody without bond. His wife, who was in the United States illegally, is to voluntarily return to Saudi Arabia soon.

His trial likely will be postponed if he is charged with additional, more serious charges of providing material support to terrorists.

"The investigation of Sami Al-Hussayen has, from its outset, been focused on suspected material support to terrorism, particularly to Osama bin Laden's alQaeda network," FBI agent Michael Gnecknow said in the court documents.

"I have yet to see any piece of evidence, when viewed as part of the totality of information developed, that would dissuade me from believing that Sami Al-Hussayen is supporting terrorism," Gnecknow said.

Sami Al-Hussayen was the Web master for the Islamic Assembly of North America and another Internet site where two radical Saudi sheiks, Salman Al-Awdah and Safar al-Hawali, espoused violence against the West, investigators say.

At the time of his arrest, University of Idaho officials downplayed the significance of Al-Hussayen's access to a campus building containing radioactive material.

The engineering building houses the university's defunct nuclear engineering department, and its radioactive waste is kept "under lock and key awaiting disposal," said university spokeswoman Kathy Barnard.

But in the newly filed court documents, FBI agents say they were worried that the nuclear waste at the university lab could be used in a "dirty bomb."

Such devices involve the use of conventional explosives, such as dynamite, coupled with nuclear waste material to spread radioactive contamination.

The documents were drafted by federal prosecutors and made public last week in response to defense attorneys' challenges of the validity of FBI search warrants used in Moscow.

Al-Hussayen moved into the engineering lab while he was under surveillance by agents assigned to the Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force, the documents disclose.

"The fact that Al-Hussayen moved his work station from a Computer Science Department laboratory to a facility for which he had unauthorized access and that houses radioactive isotopes was of immediate concern," Gnecknow said in an affidavit.

Surveillance teams determined Al-Hussayen primarily used the engineering isotope lab after hours. The documents say he obtained access to the engineering lab through the help of another Saudi national enrolled at the university.

Al-Hussayen "had little or no contact with individuals who might question his right to access that facility," Gnecknow said in the affidavit.

"This pattern of clandestine activity was of concern to terrorism task force members," he said.

The document also offers additional details surrounding Al-Hussayen's uncle, Saleh Al-Hussayen, who lives in Saudi Arabia.

He was visiting the United States, and checked into the same Herndon, Va., Marriott Inn on Sept. 10, 2001, as some of the 9-11 hijackers, including Nawaf Al-Hazmi. Al-Hazmi is suspected of piloting the hijacked American Airlines jet that crashed into the Pentagon.

After 9-11, Saleh Al-Hussayen "feigned a seizure" as he was being interviewed by two FBI agents from Washington, D.C., the documents say. Saleh Al-Hussayen subsequently returned to his native Saudi Arabia, out of the reach of FBI agents.

Saleh Al-Hussayen, like 15 of the 19 hijackers, is from Saudi Arabia, the documents say.

Sami Al-Hussayen's uncle also has ties to AL-WAQF, a foundation that promotes radical Islamic thought, including acts of violence against the West.

One of its "most famous graduates" is Mohammed Atta, the terrorist credited with planning and carrying out the 9-11 attacks.

The uncle's trip to the United States was sponsored by the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA) and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

The latter organization's office was raided in March 2002 and shut down for suspected money laundering for three known terrorist groups: Hamas, al Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

A former employee of the IIIT, based in the United States, has been identified by federal agents as an alQaeda operative.

Bill Morlin can be reached at (509) 459-5444 or billm@spokesman.com

26 posted on 12/07/2003 10:27:33 PM PST by tubavil
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To: tubavil
That is interesting.
27 posted on 12/07/2003 10:39:32 PM PST by Cindy
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To: AngrySpud
>I fear that is exactly what al Qaida is planning next. I doubt they intend to waste their assets on individual suicide shoe bombers. If it happens, there will be massive round-ups and deportations, and border security will finally get serious.

What's the govt waiting for? Someone to knock down the Twin Towers and attack the Pentagon.

28 posted on 12/07/2003 10:40:02 PM PST by Dialup Llama
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To: Dialup Llama; tubavil; All
http://www.klewtv.com/x5781.xml?ParentPageID=x5649&ContentID=x49095&Layout=KLEW.xsl&AdGroupID=x5781

December 6, 2003
KLEW TV.com: "Motion to Dismiss Al Hussayen Case Denied"
29 posted on 12/07/2003 10:44:04 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy; All
Just a reminder, this terrorist's lawyer is bought and paid for by the arab/muslim terrorist saudi arabia, birthplace of islam: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1016076/posts
30 posted on 12/07/2003 10:54:22 PM PST by tubavil
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To: flutters
Thank you flutters.
31 posted on 12/07/2003 10:59:26 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All
And a link of interest courtesy of Tubavil:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/attack/81080_investigation02.shtml
32 posted on 12/07/2003 11:00:25 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Your second sentence is accurate. Your first is not; the gov't is 500% TOO PC to deport this subgroup of generally anti-Americans.
33 posted on 12/07/2003 11:13:55 PM PST by SAJ
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To: WackyKat
Sadly I also believe you are 100%correct in your assesment of the situation.
34 posted on 12/08/2003 7:02:28 AM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 "reach out and thump someone " & .50 cal Browning "reach out & CRUSH someone")
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To: witnesstothefall
Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national ...

Golly, that's odd. An Arab and a Saudi involved in terrorism?

35 posted on 12/08/2003 7:04:29 AM PST by Principled
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To: witnesstothefall
Sami Omar Al-Hussayen

A popular name in North-Idaho?

36 posted on 12/08/2003 7:07:54 AM PST by alaskanfan
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To: witnesstothefall
Why, we thank you. And me too. And so do I.
37 posted on 12/08/2003 8:52:49 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: jnarcus
It has been awfully quiet the last week or so...
38 posted on 12/08/2003 8:58:47 AM PST by null and void (The meek shall inherit the Earth. The Stars belong to the bold.)
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To: null and void
re your post no.38: "It has been awfully quiet the last week or so.."

Nope -- Not in the jihadi and other interesting chat rooms and discussion forums.

LINKS OF INTEREST
http://www.truthusa.com/LinksOfInterest.html
39 posted on 12/08/2003 4:08:19 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/156104_idahoterror10.html
Saturday, January 10, 2004

"Student indicted in terror inquiry
Saudi allegedly used Web skills to help groups"

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "BOISE, Idaho -- A Saudi graduate student at the University of Idaho was indicted yesterday on charges he supplied his computer expertise to terrorist groups.

Prosecutors said Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, 33, put together Web sites to recruit members and raise money for Muslim terrorist activities.

He was charged with providing material support to terrorism."
40 posted on 01/10/2004 2:12:57 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All
WorldNetDaily.com: "SAUDI STUDENT INDICTED FOR TERROR From Idaho School Set Up Website to Recruit Holy Warriors" (January 10, 2004) (Read More...)

41 posted on 01/10/2004 7:31:07 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/156371_idahoterror13.html

"Idaho student denies terror charge
Saudi held nearly a year over visa fraud allegation pleads not guilty"


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "BOISE, Idaho -- A University of Idaho graduate student held for nearly a year on visa fraud charges pleaded not guilty yesterday to the additional charge of supporting terrorism.


Sami Omar Al-Hussayen appeared only briefly before U.S. Magistrate Mikel Williams. Williams postponed Al-Hussayen's trial date from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17."
42 posted on 01/13/2004 1:05:52 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1057404/posts

"Charges laid over jihad web site Was based in Montreal"
National Post ^ | Tuesday, January 13, 2004 | Stewart Bell


Posted on 01/13/2004 6:58:13 PM PST by Calpernia
44 posted on 01/13/2004 7:59:29 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All
To: JohnathanRGalt; piasa; backhoe; Jeff Head; tubavil; PrivateIdaho; All

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/2004/01/000718print.html

"US wants major Islamic charity group to be branded terrorist"


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Several Islamic charities in the U.S. have already been closed for terrorist links. Charities collect obligatory zakat donations from Muslims, which are then distributed to radical groups -- apparently unbeknownst to many of the donors. Now the Saudis, anxious to improve their anti-terror credentials, have joined the U.S. to go after another. This from the Hindustan Times, with thanks to Jean-Luc.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have jointly appealed the United Nations to declare a major charity group, Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation's branches in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia as terrorist organisations.

US Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, top State Deprtment officials including Counterterrorism Coordinator Cofer Black, and Adel Jubeir, Chief Foreign Policy Adviser to Crown Prince Abdullah held a joint press conference yesterday at the US Treasury to make the appeal to UN.


US Officials said these four countries have resisted action, though it has been tarred as terrorist in both in the US and Saudi Arabia for some time, "in part out of fear of appearing to do the bidding of the United States."'


"We are working closely with our Saudi friends. I have personally seen great improvement in the cooperation," Black said.


Al-Haramain figured prominently in the indictment earlier this month of Sami Omar Hussayen, a University of Idaho doctoral student in computer science, on charges of conspiracy to promote material support to terrorists. It raises millions of dollars for its charities every year. The charge is that though it has genuine charities, Al-Haaramain also funds terrorism."


Posted on 01/25/2004 4:28:12 PM PST by Cindy
45 posted on 01/25/2004 4:33:19 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Jeff Head; tubavil; PrivateIdaho; MamaDearest; All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1081854/posts

"Saudi America"
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 2/20/04 | Joel Mowbray

Posted on 02/20/2004 2:03:17 AM PST by kattracks

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Still at large, though, is Saudi national Abdullah Aljughaiman, who was a lecturer at UI and received his religious training King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Investigators have been unable even to speak with him, however, because he is most likely in Saudi Arabia, where he’s off-limits to U.S. authorities.

At the center of the probe is Sami Omar al-Hussayen, a graduate student and computer whiz at UI who was also seen as a leader in the local Muslim community.  The Saudi national, who goes to trial this spring, is charged with visa fraud, making false statements, and providing material support of terrorism. 

The terrorism charge does not seem to have adversely affected al-Hussayen’s popularity in the local Muslim community.  Several Muslims in the Pullman-Moscow area contacted by phone spoke favorably of the alleged abettor of terrorism.  One who had attended the preliminary hearings opined, “The evidence against him doesn’t seem that strong.”

In addition to allegedly designing web sites for two radical sheikhs with direct contact with Osama bin Laden, al-Hussayen is charged with handling financial and administrative functions for supposed charities that allegedly supported terrorism.

The most chilling part of the indictment, though, is a section describing an e-mail list managed and edited solely by al-Hussayen, in which an appeal was made for information from Muslims in the U.S. armed forces that would help in a terrorist attack on American military personnel:"

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GOOGLE Search Term: "Aljughaiman"
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Aljughaiman%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=0
46 posted on 02/20/2004 1:14:26 PM PST by Cindy
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To: witnesstothefall
At least campuses are gun-free defenselessness zones, for all except terrorists.

Mein Koran commands devout muslims to kill us. Their Haddith tells them how. Some holy scriptures.
47 posted on 02/20/2004 1:21:04 PM PST by SevenDaysInMay (Federal judges and justices serve for periods of good behavior, not life. Article III sec. 1)
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To: Cindy
Thanks for the update.

In the good news department, it looks like a major terrorist hangout here is abandoned. I haven't seen any activity for a couple weeks.

Hah! Maybe they were brewing a batch of nerve agent in the 'mosque' upstairs and met their virgins early. One can hope.
48 posted on 02/20/2004 1:48:04 PM PST by tubavil
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To: All
THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS AN EXACT QUOTE:
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http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2004/March/04_crm_137.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2004
WWW.USDOJ.GOV

CRM
(202) 514-2007
TDD (202) 514-1888

SAUDI NATIONAL CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO HAMAS AND OTHER VIOLENT JIHADISTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General John Ashcroft, Assistant Attorney General Christopher A. Wray of the Criminal Division, and U.S. Attorney Tom Moss of the District of Idaho announced today that Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a graduate student from Saudi Arabia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to HAMAS, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and to other violent jihadists.

A superseding indictment returned at U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho this morning adds additional charges of providing and concealing material support to terrorists to the indictment already lodged against Al-Hussayen. Al-Hussayen had been previously indicted on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, seven counts of visa fraud and four counts of false statements. His trial is scheduled to begin on April 13, 2004.

“Terrorists increasingly use the internet to communicate their evil plans and to garner recruits, money and other material support for their violent activities,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft. “We will aggressively pursue and prosecute those who use their specialized computer skills to knowingly and intentionally support such terrorist conspiracies.”

The indictment cites two websites created and controlled by Al-Hussayen and others that included pages devoted to violent jihad - or holy war - in Israel. One of them, , included a section urging Muslims to contribute money to HAMAS to “assist their brothers in their honorable jihad against the dictatorial Zionist Jewish enemy.” Both sites also included links to the official HAMAS website where such donations could be made, according to the indictment.

Altogether, the indictment alleges that Al-Hussayen operated more than a dozen websites on behalf of: the Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA) in Detroit, Michigan; the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation; a Saudi-based company called Dar Al-Asr; and two radical Saudi sheikhs. It alleges that Al-Hussayen knew and intended that his computer services and expertise would be used to recruit and to raise funds for violent jihad in Israel, Chechnya and elsewhere and that he conspired to conceal the nature of his activities.

Among the specific allegations is the charge that Al-Hussayen moderated an e-mail group for people who wanted to participate in violent jihad. The group allegedly solicited “those who cannot physically engage in holy war,” and ultimately grew to more than 2,400 members. Its first posting came from Al-Hussayen on Feb. 2, 2000, according to the indictment. It allegedly was a “Cry and Call” to Muslims, exhorting them to “fight the idolator with your money, your selves, your tongues and your prayers.”

The indictment alleges that Al-Hussayen and others sent numerous postings to the group, including one in which he forwarded materials entitled “Virtues of Jihad,” glorifying those who die in holy war. Postings by others to the e-mail group included an “urgent appeal” to Muslims in the U.S. military asking them to identify potential U.S. targets in the Middle East.

According to the indictment, the various websites with which Al-Hussayen was involved published a variety of violent jihad materials, including graphic videos of mujahideen, or holy warriors, intended to recruit fighters and financial supporters of violent jihad. The indictment charges that several articles extolling the Chechen warriors and glorifying martyrdom were found on the server for IANA’s www.al-multaqa.com website and on the defendant’s home computer.

Al-Hussayen is also alleged to have received and disbursed out of his bank accounts more than $300,000 in excess of the study-related funds he received from his home government, much of which was paid to IANA for salaries, travel and other operational expenses.

The new charges allege that Al-Hussayen conspired with others to provide money and communications equipment to the Islamic Resistance Group, or HAMAS, which was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on Oct. 8, 1997, and redesignated again in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Al-Hussayen has been a graduate student at various universities in the United States for more than nine years. Most recently, he has been seeking a PhD in computer security from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

The investigation, which is ongoing, is being conducted by the Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force; the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Division and its offices in Couer d’Alene, Boise and Lewiston, Idaho; the FBI’s Seattle Field Division and its Spokane, Washington office; the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Boise, Spokane; IRS offices in Boise and Spokane; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Spokane; the Secret Service, Spokane; the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Spokane; the Idaho State Police; the Washington State Patrol; the Moscow, Idaho, Police Department; the Spokane Police Department; the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office; the Spokane Criminal Intelligence United, the Latah County Sheriff’s Office; the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Boise and Spokane; and the Counterterrorism Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

The prosecution team consists of Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Lindquist of the District of Idaho; David Deitch, Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section; Todd Hinnen, DOJ Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section; and Terry Derden, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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49 posted on 03/04/2004 2:16:06 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.klewtv.com/x5781.xml?ParentPageID=x5649&ContentID=x54158&Layout=KLEW.xsl&AdGroupID=x5781
June 10, 2004

"AL-HUSSAYEN NOT GUILTY"

(BOISE-AP)


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http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040610/NEWS01/40610004

"Juror: Government showed no evidence of Al-Hussayen's guilt"
Edition Date: 06-10-2004


50 posted on 06/10/2004 3:06:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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