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Federal agents raid local Islamic relief group
Columbia Missourian ^ | 10/14/04 | Jennifer Meyers

Posted on 10/14/2004 6:03:13 AM PDT by Augie

Federal agents seized cars, scores of boxes and more than a dozen computers in what appeared to be a well-planned raid on the Islamic American Relief Agency near Providence and Broadway that began Wednesday afternoon and ended roughly six hours later.

No arrests were made.

FBI Special Agent Jeff Lanza said the raid was part of a long-running, ongoing investigation of the Islamic American Relief Agency. The U.S. Department of Treasury said in a release Wednesday that the name Islamic American Relief Agency is one of the names used by some of the 40 organizations worldwide with links to the Islamic African Relief Agency, which is alleged to have links to Osama bin Laden, Al Qaida and the Taliban. The Treasury Department blocked “all accounts, funds and assets” of the Islamic African Relief Agency and its affiliates in the United States on Wednesday.

The Treasury Department alleged that the overseas branches of the Islamic African Relief Agency provided “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to Bin Laden in 1999. Treasury also believes that as early as 2003, the group was responsible for moving money to the Palestinian territories to support terrorist activities and served “as a conduit to Hamas in one Western European country.”

FBI, IRS criminal investigative division and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents along with state and local police and highway patrol surrounded the organization’s office in a small, nondescript brick building at 201 E. Cherry about 2:30 p.m. At least two vans were searched and towed from the scene while the nearly 30 agents worked inside the building, removing filing cabinets, binders, PCs, a fax machine and sealed paper bags and boxes. One box was marked “posters of Iraq” in black marker.

The documents were seized under a warrant obtained by the FBI and other federal, state, and local agencies under the authority of the Office of Foreign Asset Control.

“The warrant is being executed pursuant to an ongoing federal investigation,” Lanza said. “It’s a federal criminal investigation and the affidavit in support of the warrant is sealed.” Lanza would not say what agents were seeking but would only emphasize the warrant authorized a search, not arrests.

FBI agents were also searching a Columbia home, Lanza said. He wouldn’t elaborate.

Attempts to reach any of the individuals listed as directors on the agency’s 2002 tax form were unsuccessful.

Lorenzo Vidino of the Washington, D.C.-based The Investigative Project, a counter-terrorism research agency, said the Islamic American Relief Agency has been “used by the Sudanese government” to spread radical Islam, and “still is.” The agency also has provided employment and financial support to Somali fundamentalists, he said.

Vidino said members of the agency’s board are involved with other charities whose assets have been frozen, and some are under investigation themselves.

“We’ve been watching this charity for a long time, but we never had a smoking gun,” said Vidino. “I suppose [the government] did.”

Agents moved in and out of the building while police officers from various local, state, and inter-state agencies provided security around the scene Wednesday.

Jeff Westbrook, of the Columbia Police Department, said he arrived at the scene around 2 p.m.

“We’re basically providing security,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going on inside.”

Officers with the Federal Air Marshals, the U.S. Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Postal Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were also involved. The Mobile Response Unit of the Columbia Police Department and one other large police vehicle were used as temporary operation bases while police cars closed off all entrances, including shutting off access to the Walgreens drive -through pharmacy window.

Lanza would not comment on whether the search was connected to the January request by the Senate Finance Committee to turn over IRS files on the Islamic American Relief Agency.

Ninth District Rep. Kenny Hulshof, who had asked the FBI to divulge any information it had about terrorism cells in Columbia before Sept. 11, 2001, said he was not given advance notice of Wednesday’s raid.

"There hasn't been any information exchanged between then and today and that's what's troubling--this was out of the blue," Hulshof said.

Hulshof said he would contact FBI officials today to find out what motivated them to act Wednesday.

Bernell Dorrough, Kate Moser, Jennifer Oladipo, Mike Burden, Robbie Ketcham, Heather Olson, Nadia Afifi and the Associated Press contributed to this report


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Missouri; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; binladen; goldenchain; hamas; iara; iraq; jihadinamerica; moneytrail; napalminthemorning; osamabinladen; religionofpeace; sudan; taliban; wot
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1 posted on 10/14/2004 6:03:13 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Augie

That was the first article that I've posted. Please be gentle...


2 posted on 10/14/2004 6:04:28 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Augie
Looks good to me. Ofcourse I'm not the best authority on posting.HEHE

Glad to see the HLSD is at work.

3 posted on 10/14/2004 6:06:25 AM PDT by marty60
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To: Augie; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

PING...
4 posted on 10/14/2004 6:06:39 AM PDT by OXENinFLA (http://sorosloser.com/)
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To: Augie
Well, we'll be going to Columbia this Sunday. Nice to hear it's probably moved a good bit closer to the 'Bush' category...
5 posted on 10/14/2004 6:06:49 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: Augie

I'm no expert. Indeed, I post articles willy-nilly.


6 posted on 10/14/2004 6:06:55 AM PDT by gunnygail (Founding member of the VRWC. --Black Helo crewman. (I operate the Liberal tinfoil hat scanner.)
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To: Augie

Thank you!


7 posted on 10/14/2004 6:08:12 AM PDT by listenhillary (We are defending the peace by taking the fight to the enemy.GWB)
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To: Augie; zip; bluesagewoman

"That was the first article that I've posted."

Looks fine to me. Also, it's of interest since I'm down the road in St. Louis and we have a pretty good FReeper contingent there.


8 posted on 10/14/2004 6:10:57 AM PDT by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: Augie
The authorities should check them ALL out!


9 posted on 10/14/2004 6:15:54 AM PDT by SheLion (PLEASE vote! We can't afford to be silent!!!! Do we really want FnKerry to run our Country?!)
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To: Augie

With this band of handsome ruffians about, the terrorists probably weren't safe in those parts anyway.

10 posted on 10/14/2004 6:16:35 AM PDT by bad company (Global test? Damn I forgot to study.)
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To: Bahbah

The Columbia ACLU office will file a complaint by noon today...


11 posted on 10/14/2004 6:18:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Bahbah

It was posted on the state board last night. This should get interesting.


12 posted on 10/14/2004 6:19:29 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Bet on it.


13 posted on 10/14/2004 6:19:55 AM PDT by marty60
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To: bad company

Yeah, they've grown a bit since that picture was taken.

Now they've got guns, cars, girlfriends and hickeys. LOL!

They still like the old tractors though.


14 posted on 10/14/2004 6:20:31 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

"The Columbia ACLU office will file a complaint by noon today..."

I'm surprised to hear it will take that long.


15 posted on 10/14/2004 6:21:27 AM PDT by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: Augie
"Ninth District Rep. Kenny Hulshof, who had asked the FBI to divulge any information it had about terrorism cells in Columbia before Sept. 11, 2001, said he was not given advance notice of Wednesday’s raid."

"There hasn't been any information exchanged between then and today and that's what's troubling--this was out of the blue," Hulshof said."

"Hulshof said he would contact FBI officials today to find out what motivated them to act Wednesday."


Why should Kenny Hulshof want to know or be given this information? It's highly sensitive and involves an ongoing investigation of terrorism. If the authorities gave it to him, the first thing he'd do would be blat it all over and make sure the terrorists got it. End of productive investigations, and that many more dead innocent Americans, Russians, and Israelis.
16 posted on 10/14/2004 6:21:33 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Augie
"radical Islam,"Redundant
17 posted on 10/14/2004 6:22:10 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (I have the biggest organ in my town {;o))
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To: SheLion
Have you ever seen an update to this map? I know it has been around for a year or more.

I just wonder how many of these groups have gone underground or metastasized.
18 posted on 10/14/2004 6:24:50 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Augie

Awwww, heck! Now who's gonna pay for Achmed's bomb-belt???


19 posted on 10/14/2004 6:24:54 AM PDT by TomGuy (His VN crumbling, he says 'move on'. So now, John Kerry is running on Bob KerrEy's Senate record.)
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To: libstripper

Why should Kenny Hulshof want to know or be given this information?

I live in Columbia and the place raided is about a block from my husband's office. Hulshof is particularly interested in what the authorities may know because, following 9/11, Columbia, MO was named as one of 5 or 6 places in the US where a cell had been known to be connected to OBL. We are a University town with a very large muslim population and a very active mosque. A student at one of the local colleges had purchased the cell phone that was used to authorize the Kenya embassy bombing. This town is very much aware of the possibility of terrorist support and Husholf is our congressman.


20 posted on 10/14/2004 6:28:37 AM PDT by Another Thought
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To: TomGuy

So many of them are operating out in the open because they appear to be "charitable" organization or child care facilities. Donors don't always know who they're givine money to and what it's being used for.


21 posted on 10/14/2004 6:36:27 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: reformedliberal
I just wonder how many of these groups have gone underground or metastasized.

This map is two years old and I haven't been able to get ahold of Steven Emerson as yet.

The Mosque's have metastasized. There are quite a few more that popped up across the United States since this map was published. Scary, isn't it?!

22 posted on 10/14/2004 6:39:00 AM PDT by SheLion (PLEASE vote! We can't afford to be silent!!!! Do we really want FnKerry to run our Country?!)
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To: Augie; BOBWADE; Mrs Zip

Great post. First post? Give me quality over quantity every time.


23 posted on 10/14/2004 6:40:19 AM PDT by zip ((Remember: pingDimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of Americans))
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To: Another Thought

All the more reason to withold the info from him.

Break break.

Great post, Augie!


24 posted on 10/14/2004 6:44:38 AM PDT by MadJack
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To: zip

Thanks. Heard the story on KFRU as I was driving to work this morning. Was surprised to see that it hadn't already been posted.


25 posted on 10/14/2004 6:45:53 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Bahbah

They'll stand in line at Kinkos with everyone else.


26 posted on 10/14/2004 6:52:32 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Another Thought
The point remains that these investigations, to be effective, must often be secret. In WWII we and the Brits had the Ultra secret that allowed us to read German communications and defeat the U boats. We had also cracked the Japanese codes on our own and were reading their communications, one of the main things that allowed us to win the battle of Midway and run an effective submarine offensive against the Japanese. If the Japanese or Germans had gotten any inkling of the fact that were were reading their communications, they'd have changed their codes and we could have lost the war.

Highly sensitive law enforcement data involving terrorist suspects is the same. The more information that's released to the public on the progress of investigations, the more chance there is of compromising sources and methods, thereby allowing the terrorists to change their tactics and continue their plots.
27 posted on 10/14/2004 6:52:53 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

That was a stupid thing to say. Did the Feds need his permission ?


28 posted on 10/14/2004 6:54:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Augie

This location is reeaallly close to our Infinite FReep site. With the interest shown currently (and in te future) this gives me the opportunity to invite all of the "locals" to join us in our Troop supporting/counter demonstration against the anti American useful idiots every Saturday morning, 10 to 11 AM across from the Post Offfice on Walnut.


29 posted on 10/14/2004 6:59:09 AM PDT by zip ((Remember: pingDimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of Americans))
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To: zip

One of these days I'll make it down there to join you. I've seen the pics that have been posted and it looks to be a whole lot of fun.


30 posted on 10/14/2004 7:14:05 AM PDT by Augie
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To: Augie
Nothing to see here. . .

Keep moving. . .

Just another nuisance.

31 posted on 10/14/2004 7:19:05 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: Augie
Good job, it's a VERY interesting article. It's also encouraging to know that a lot of these people are under surveillance.
32 posted on 10/14/2004 7:33:38 AM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: Augie

Allahu Fubar!


33 posted on 10/14/2004 7:47:58 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Another Thought
I live in Columbia and the place raided is about a block from my husband's office. Hulshof is particularly interested in what the authorities may know because, following 9/11, Columbia, MO was named as one of 5 or 6 places in the US where a cell had been known to be connected to OBL. We are a University town with a very large muslim population and a very active mosque. A student at one of the local colleges had purchased the cell phone that was used to authorize the Kenya embassy bombing. This town is very much aware of the possibility of terrorist support and Husholf is our congressman.

There's a darn good reason why Congresspeople shouldn't get the first wiff of Intel because they (regardless of party) cannot keep their politically motivated mouths shut. Case in point:

[snip]"The day of the 9/11 attacks, Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, told the Associated Press that intelligence agencies "have an intercept of some information that includes people associated with [Osama] bin Laden who acknowledged a couple of targets were hit." He made similar comments to ABC News and said the information had come from officials at the CIA and FBI. White House officials were more than mildly displeased with the Hatch at the time. [snip]
A Brief History of Classified Leaks by Jim Geraghty for NRO

After Hatch's statement to the MSM, AQ stopped using satphones completely and started using very hard to track runners to communicate.

I don't know your Congressman; however there's plenty who would love to get face time with a camera and damn the consequences.

34 posted on 10/14/2004 7:50:12 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Augie

Very good first article. You have paragraphs and a working link. Cool.


35 posted on 10/14/2004 8:02:15 AM PDT by barker (I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, Zell Miller on GWBush)
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To: jriemer

don't know your Congressman; however there's plenty who would love to get face time with a camera and damn the consequences.

Husholf is a good guy. I suspect -- although I don't know, of course -- that his intent was to simply see what he could find out so that he could respond to constituents "I'm in contact with authorities. Information is classified." He has not struck me as a grandstander.


36 posted on 10/14/2004 8:41:45 AM PDT by Another Thought
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To: libstripper

Hulshof must be unaware of the need to know basis. Advance notice for him to thwart the raid and help his muzlimb bloods out. Glad to see the FIBs' being pro-active rather than reactive. I guess I will have to stop calling them the First Bunch of Idiots, now that we have a real President in Office.Bush/Cheney 2004


37 posted on 10/14/2004 12:18:19 PM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (These Colors Never Run( 7.62) "See Ya"ll At The VA Clinic" "Xin Loi My Boy")
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To: bad company

Hey, I didn't realize it was your pic, before I saw that it was your posting I thought, what a great pic. I was raised on a farm and it was a good way to grow up. Mar


38 posted on 10/14/2004 12:47:00 PM PDT by marmar (Faith is a beautiful thing.....)
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To: marmar; Augie

The pic belongs to Augie. It's from his home page. I just thought a proud papa should have his kids with him on his first posted thread.


39 posted on 10/14/2004 12:52:25 PM PDT by bad company (Global test? Damn I forgot to study.)
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To: No Surrender No Retreat

Absolutely. There's a great deal of material law enforcement should never reveal to the public in the war on terror because revealing it will make winning the war impossible.


40 posted on 10/14/2004 1:41:29 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Exiling people like kerry, kennedy, klintoon and the rest of the Ratpack would also help our cause. Bush/Cheney 2004


41 posted on 10/14/2004 2:45:59 PM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (These Colors Never Run( 7.62) "See Ya"ll At The VA Clinic" "Xin Loi My Boy")
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To: joanie-f

I read the story headline and of course immediately took it to mean that the Feds had raided some local Democrat Party a.k.a. People for the American Way a.k.a. Southern Poverty Law Center a.k.a. Americans for Separation of Church and State if it feels good tax it "exchange center."


42 posted on 10/14/2004 4:27:24 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Augie

Another Islamofascist charity scam down. Too bad these bastards aren't getting the death penalty.


43 posted on 10/14/2004 4:44:38 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Gun-control is leftist mind-control.)
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To: zip; bluesagewoman; THE SNOWFLAKE; GulfWar1Vet

Ping. Did you guys hear about this? (Our Saturday friends?????)


44 posted on 10/14/2004 4:51:39 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: Bahbah

I wonder if any of these people are among our "Saturday friends"....


45 posted on 10/14/2004 4:55:20 PM PDT by Prov3456 ((Another proud member of the pajamahadeen))
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To: Another Thought

Also, Dr. Germ was a student, and later a teacher, there (if I remember correctly).


46 posted on 10/14/2004 4:58:10 PM PDT by Prov3456
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To: Prov3456
LOL...

Prolly so ;)

Waves at Prov and all the Friends

47 posted on 10/14/2004 5:10:05 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (God is in control, despite the bad circumstances in life...Do you belive that?)
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To: Prov3456

Yep, Snowflake and I watched them loading up the van yesterday from the FReep. Pretty interesting!!!


48 posted on 10/14/2004 5:17:18 PM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: Augie
That was the first article that I've posted. Please be gentle...

Great post, local news of national interest!

49 posted on 10/14/2004 5:41:30 PM PDT by Enlightiator
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To: Prov3456
Dr. Germ was a student, and later a teacher, there

Yep, MU must be proud. For those FReepers not aware of Missouri University's love of the left, on 9/12/01 the management of THE MU OWNED TV STATION prohibited their on- air staff from wearing or showing red, white and blue items including label flag pins. Real Americans. NOT

50 posted on 10/14/2004 5:57:54 PM PDT by zip ((Remember: pingDimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of Americans))
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