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Federal Agents Raid Mosque in Albany
Fox News ^ | Thursday, August 05, 2004 | Anna Stolley and The Associated Press

Posted on 08/05/2004 6:18:03 AM PDT by Lady GOP

ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal agents and Albany police raided a Muslim mosque overnight Wednesday and arrested two men for helping someone they thought was a terrorist, a law enforcement official confirmed to FOX News on Thursday.

A block of downtown Albany (search) was sealed off with armed officers for several hours after the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agents executed search warrants at the Masjid As-Salam mosque (search) and two Albany-area residences, officials said.

Yassin Muhhiddin Aref, 34, the Imam of the mosque, and Mohammed Mosharref Hoosain, the 49-year-old founder of the mosque, were arrested early Thursday morning. They are accused of reaching out to someone they thought was a terrorist trying to get a shoulder-fired missile to down planes in the United States.

FOX News learned from a law enforcement official, however, that that person was not a terrorist, and actually it was all a sting operation. The two men are accused of agreeing to help launder money to pay for the missile.

The men have ties to a group called Ansar al-Islam (search), which has been linked to Usama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terror network, two federal law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


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1 posted on 08/05/2004 6:18:03 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP

"The men have ties to a [terror] group called Ansar al-Islam "

This is the same group that had a training base on northern Iraq before the war.

The article should note that it is a terror group, not just a group. What a singing group?


2 posted on 08/05/2004 6:24:53 AM PDT by stockpirate (Kerry and Morris have mentioned the terrorist attack on TWA flight 800, what do they know?)
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To: Lady GOP

For God's sake lock em up and then get them out of here!


3 posted on 08/05/2004 6:25:01 AM PDT by DooDahhhh
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To: Lady GOP

Two down but how many more to go? Oh well chalk one up for the good guys!


4 posted on 08/05/2004 6:25:47 AM PDT by Conservative_boy_in_Bangkok
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To: Lady GOP

This should have gone unreported. Now this sting will be harder to use.


5 posted on 08/05/2004 6:26:07 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: stockpirate
This is the same group that had a training base on northern Iraq before the war.

Interesting.

6 posted on 08/05/2004 6:27:11 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP

Religion of Peace Alert!!!


7 posted on 08/05/2004 6:27:47 AM PDT by datakcy (I Pledge Allegiance - is that TOO MUCH to ask? If so, then go back to your tents & mud huts NOW!!!)
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To: Lady GOP

good find miss!


8 posted on 08/05/2004 6:31:04 AM PDT by RaceBannon (God Bless Ronald Reagan, and may America Bless God!)
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To: Lady GOP

"Federal agents and Albany police raided a Muslim mosque..."

If you're going to get rid of an infestation, you have to get rid of the nest. A mosque isn't a holy place, it's a nest. So, I guess RAID is appropriate.


9 posted on 08/05/2004 6:33:44 AM PDT by brownsfan (Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he'll be warm the rest of his life.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
This should have gone unreported. Now this sting will be harder to use.

They will just accue Bush of lying if some of this stuff isnt reported.

10 posted on 08/05/2004 6:34:08 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP

I know. But covert activities need to be covert.


11 posted on 08/05/2004 6:35:37 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: brownsfan
If you're going to get rid of an infestation, you have to get rid of the nest. A mosque isn't a holy place, it's a nest.

Well they were caught but there is always a chance someone will be doing something and not get caught.

12 posted on 08/05/2004 6:36:24 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Conspiracy Guy
No, every time they do this, that is use undercover stings to catch bad guys trying to buy weapons (missiles, nukes,nuke parts, nuke fuel, machine guns, whatever) and then publicize it, you make every bad guy looking to buy think twice that his "supplier" might be working for the US. It prevents buyers and sellers for advertising publicly and, just like we learned from eBay, the web and infomercials, advertising helps sales.
13 posted on 08/05/2004 6:37:19 AM PDT by NYFriend
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To: Lady GOP

Solution: Place panties over their heads and hang their @$$ from a light post in front of the mosque. Let them rot there.

It is time to get very serious with these perps.


14 posted on 08/05/2004 6:37:22 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Lady GOP

And Jerold Nadler is on Fox still proclaiming the suspect timing of the terror alert...


15 posted on 08/05/2004 6:37:27 AM PDT by hope ( Let no man deceive you!)
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To: Lady GOP
"The Mosque of Peace" ... The Masjid As-Salam mosqe in downtown Albany, N.Y., is seen Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004. Federal agents and Albany police raided the mosque Wednesday night, Aug. 4. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)
16 posted on 08/05/2004 6:38:36 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggiefluffs

17 posted on 08/05/2004 6:40:48 AM PDT by maggief
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To: hope
And Jerold Nadler is on Fox

Jabba the hut

18 posted on 08/05/2004 6:41:10 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Lady GOP; eastsider; Liz; 1Old Pro

Reporting *LIVE* from Albany. The governor is headed up to the Capitol to give a news conference later this morning.


19 posted on 08/05/2004 6:41:30 AM PDT by NYer (When you have done something good, remember the words "without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).)
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To: NYFriend

Two sides to every coin. I like covert myself. Probably the Cold War Warrior in me.


20 posted on 08/05/2004 6:41:34 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: maggiefluffs

21 posted on 08/05/2004 6:44:08 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Comuter files from AQ laptops have indicated that they use attacks to raise money. It's like they fight among themselves over scraps for living expenses and then when they attack a target, contributions skyrocket thru mosques and thru the community.

Sick people.

22 posted on 08/05/2004 6:44:23 AM PDT by blackdog (Hell is an endless hayfield needing to be raked, baled, and put up.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Fair enough. Let's split the difference and say that they should have leaked information indicating that a whole bunch of actual bad-guy arms dealers and buyers were really working for the US, and let their customers/suppliers kill them for us.


23 posted on 08/05/2004 6:44:43 AM PDT by NYFriend
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To: Conspiracy Guy
This should have gone unreported. Now this sting will be harder to use.

True, but it will also make it harder for the bad guys to launder money.

24 posted on 08/05/2004 6:45:09 AM PDT by finnman69
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To: Lady GOP

This can't be! Islam is a peaceful religion...

Tell me it ain't so! And an Imam to boot!


25 posted on 08/05/2004 6:45:33 AM PDT by TSgt (What have you done for your country today?)
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To: maggiefluffs

Looks like an ideal location for a Chinese restaurant!


26 posted on 08/05/2004 6:45:37 AM PDT by Tinman93
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To: NYer
Yep, it's all over the local radio and I guess CBS and FOX have it too. Unbelievable, these "cells" are all over the country, it's appalling that Kerry thinks we are over blowing the threat.

This brings back my memories of 9/11, it's unbelievable that the Dems have already forgotten about this horrific tragedy.

27 posted on 08/05/2004 6:45:43 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Lady GOP
Masjid Al Salam = Mosque of Peace

Sure, you bet, OK, uh huh.

28 posted on 08/05/2004 6:47:36 AM PDT by katana (That'll be the day)
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To: Lady GOP

According to John kerry, we are not safer under Bush.


(snicker)


29 posted on 08/05/2004 6:50:00 AM PDT by finnman69
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To: finnman69

Islam is a religion of Peace.


30 posted on 08/05/2004 6:51:29 AM PDT by Area51 (RINO Hunter, Big Time)
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To: NYer
Ansar al-Islam (Supporters of Islam)

Jund al-Islam

Soldiers of God

Strength

About 700 members.

Additional Info

According to some reports, the group has received $600,000 from al-Qaeda, and a delivery of weapons and Toyota Land Cruisers. There are also reports stating that Ansar al-Islam received $35,000 from the Mukhabarat branch of Iraqi Intelligence Service, in addition to a considerable quantity of arms. The leader of Ansar al-Islam, Mullah Krekar has been captured in September of 2002.

31 posted on 08/05/2004 6:51:59 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Conspiracy Guy
This isn't the first sting that has gone down:

Three arrested in missile-smuggling case

August 13, 2003

excerpt:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A man who authorities say plotted to sell a surface-to-air missile to what he thought was a Muslim extremist is expected to appear in a New Jersey courtroom today after being nabbed with two others Tuesday in an elaborate FBI sting operation.

32 posted on 08/05/2004 6:52:21 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: DooDahhhh

Send them to Cuba


33 posted on 08/05/2004 6:54:16 AM PDT by dila813
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To: blackdog

Vermin.


34 posted on 08/05/2004 6:57:18 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: NYFriend
Let's split the difference and say that they should have leaked information indicating that a whole bunch of actual bad-guy arms dealers and buyers were really working for the US, and let their customers/suppliers kill them for us.

Damn. You have an evil mind. And I mean that as a compliment.

35 posted on 08/05/2004 6:57:31 AM PDT by Modernman ("I have nothing to declare except my genius." -Oscar Wilde)
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To: Lady GOP

Check out the video link:

WATCH THE VIDEO
More Information

Mosque raided, two arrested

The FBI has arrested two men after an overnight raid of a Muslim mosque on Central Avenue in Albany. FBI officials will hold a news conference this afternoon in Washington, DC regarding the Albany raid.

http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=87602


36 posted on 08/05/2004 6:57:58 AM PDT by maggief
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To: NYFriend

Hey you have a covert mind too. But now you leaked the plan! ; )


37 posted on 08/05/2004 6:58:19 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: Lady GOP

Gee, I hope we're not making the muslim community FEEL badly again.


38 posted on 08/05/2004 6:59:56 AM PDT by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: 1Old Pro

Every Mosque is a terrorist cell.


39 posted on 08/05/2004 7:00:31 AM PDT by Guillermo (John f'n Kerry is an f'n punk)
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To: katana

Well, "peace" (according to Mohammedans) means submission to Mohammedanism.

When they say "we want peace" they're saying "You better convert."


40 posted on 08/05/2004 7:02:14 AM PDT by Guillermo (John f'n Kerry is an f'n punk)
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To: DooDahhhh

after the branding irons and jumper cables!!


41 posted on 08/05/2004 7:02:24 AM PDT by Coroner
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To: Lady GOP

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=273076

Mohammed Hossain


Last updated: 9:18 a.m., Thursday, August 5, 2004

Editor's note: As part of its recently published special report on Albany's Central Avenue, the Times Union featured a profile of Mohammed Hossain, one of the suspects arrested Thursday during an FBI raid of the Masjid As-Salam mosque in Albany. Here is the text of that story.

Mohammed Hossain's journey to owning Little Italy pizzeria began in an unlikely place: Bangladesh.

Hossain and his wife, Mossamat, emigrated with their 1-year-old son, Abuhamza, from Bangladesh in 1985 in search of opportunity to lift themselves out of grinding poverty.

Their native tongue is Bengali and they arrived in this country knowing little English. Hossain worked as a dishwasher in diners, where he learned Greek and English. He gradually moved up to a position in the kitchen, with throwing pizzas being part of his repertoire. Nine years of saving allowed the family to rent a small storefront and open a pizzeria he called Little Italy in 1994. Adapting the menu to the neighborhood, they added fried chicken, hamburgers, beef patties, gyros and sweet potato pie. They eventually bought the building and moved into an apartment above the pizzeria with their five children.

When the kids -- who attend Annur Islamic School in Schenectady -- aren't using booths in the pizzeria as study tables, they do small jobs for their parents.

Except for a brief post-Sept. 11 backlash, business has grown steadily, and the couple has bought at public auction and fixed up income properties off Central Avenue.

''I'm proud to be an American,'' Hossain says. ''When I was in high school in Bangladesh, I looked at a map of America and I dreamed of coming to this great land. Since I've been here, opportunity has kissed my feet. Hard work has done the rest.''

Hossain has one regret he hopes to rectify soon.

''I'd like to sell the pizza shop and the houses and let my wife go back to college to get her Ph.D.,'' he says. She arrived in this country with a graduate degree in sociology but couldn't find work in that field, he explains.

''I feel guilty every day of my life,'' Hossain says. ''She has a master's degree and she works all day in a pizza shop. She should be out helping someone. Or teaching. I want to give her the chance to continue her education.''


42 posted on 08/05/2004 7:06:02 AM PDT by maggief
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To: finnman69

I use extra starch on my laundered money. Makes the bills nice a stiff like ATM money.


43 posted on 08/05/2004 7:06:16 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: maggiefluffs
That is a scary addtion you've added there. Adds a whole new dimension to the usual understanding of a "sleeper". I usually don't think of the honest business owners trying to make their way in our great country of opportunities as someone trying to traffic shoulder fired missles.

This could get up close and personal any time and any where - guess I knew that, just didn't want to think it.
44 posted on 08/05/2004 7:12:17 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: cyncooper

There will be more.


45 posted on 08/05/2004 7:15:55 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

That was my point. This wasn't the first and it won't be the last.


46 posted on 08/05/2004 7:18:18 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: cyncooper

Many more!


47 posted on 08/05/2004 7:21:09 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (They are where you least expect. Look around and you'll see them too.)
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To: maggiefluffs

Holy cow.

That place is literally two blocks from the neighborhood in Albany where I used to live (Washington Square).

I used to walk by that place all the time. Its on Central Avenue. I used to kinda get the willies every time I walked by it. Its pretty much an empty room where I assume Muslim men gather to do their 5 times a day prayer rituals.

I believe the store next door (with the yellow sign) is an Arab grocery store, which I think is connected with the mosque next door. The 'mosque' is literally an empty store in a commercial district, with apartments above it.


48 posted on 08/05/2004 7:21:37 AM PDT by BaBaStooey
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To: maggiefluffs

Wow thats very informative. Thanks for the video link.


49 posted on 08/05/2004 7:22:14 AM PDT by Lady GOP
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To: Guillermo
The two Arabic words "Salaam" and "Islam" actually have very different roots. Salaam has (more or less) the same meaning as the English noun "Peace". Islam on the other hand derives from the verb "aslama" meaning to submit. It's the imperative form of the verb (think about it).

Whenever I point this out to people who've never studied the language (I minored in Arabic in college about thirty years ago and have forgotten most of whatever I knew - but this little factoid stuck in my mind) I feel a lot like the guy at the end of the Twilight Zone episode shouting "It's a cook book!".

50 posted on 08/05/2004 7:22:20 AM PDT by katana (That'll be the day)
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