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An American Married to Al Qaeda : Woman Says Her Husband Helped Set Up Sleeper Al Qaeda Cell
ABC News ^ | Dec. 23, 2004 | BRIAN ROSS and DAVID SCOTT

Posted on 12/23/2004 12:46:26 PM PST by JeffAtlanta

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2004 — A California woman reveals to ABC News that she unknowingly married a Muslim extremist who helped set up what authorities say was one of the first al Qaeda sleeper cells out of their Orange County apartment complex.

Saraah Olson says she watched as her then-husband, Hisham Diab, and his group transformed local teen Adam Gadahn into an America-hating fanatic who she says is the masked man who promised in an al Qaeda video message released in Pakistan late October that the "streets of America will run red with blood."

Olson said she repeatedly tried to notify the FBI of her husband's suspicious activities, but that she was never taken seriously. "I'm in hell," Olson remembers thinking after she recognized Abdel-Rahman in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. "I have entered the bowels of hell and I'm going to be here forever. And I've only been married seven months. I've got a terrorist in my house."

The FBI said in a statement that counterterrorism is their top priority. "Whenever we receive credible information pertaining to terrorist threats against the United States, the FBI acts immediately to thoroughly pursue all such leads," the statement read.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1993; 1993wtcbombing; abdelrahman; adamgadahn; alqaeda; blindsheikh; diab; diabh; fbi; fbiwatch; gadahn; hishamdiab; jihadinamerica; muslimamericans; saraaholson
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Have to wonder how competent the FBI really is. They seem to be great at tracking down criminals after a crime has been committed, but don't seem to be very good at acting on proactive tips.
1 posted on 12/23/2004 12:46:26 PM PST by JeffAtlanta
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To: JeffAtlanta

Did this woman wake up and find herself married, after falling asleep at a poker table in Vegas? I find it hard to believe that her husband married her without making sure of her loyalty, or that she married this guy without really knowing him.


2 posted on 12/23/2004 12:51:34 PM PST by ross_poldark
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To: JeffAtlanta

The FBI, like too many other government agencies seems to be selectively compentent.


3 posted on 12/23/2004 12:54:26 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (A Merry Christmas to all ,and to all Panther foes............... meow.)
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To: ross_poldark
Did this woman wake up and find herself married, after falling asleep at a poker table in Vegas?

Her first husband was Dennis Rodman.

4 posted on 12/23/2004 12:54:44 PM PST by Mr Ducklips
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To: JeffAtlanta

1. She's from California
2. She married a Muslim.
3. 'Nuff said.


5 posted on 12/23/2004 12:55:04 PM PST by Conservative Canuck (The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness)
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To: ross_poldark

What about the Muslim terrorist who became engaged to the young Irish woman who was stopped by airport screening because she had a bomb in her bag? Turned out that the Muslim extremist hid the bomb in a secret bottom compartment of his fiancee's luggage, then sent her off to board an airliner alone. Nice, huh?


6 posted on 12/23/2004 12:55:24 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: ross_poldark

Single mom working in a college visa office and he needed new papers.

What a fool. She (and her son) paid for it in beatings.


7 posted on 12/23/2004 12:55:41 PM PST by Valpal1 (The constitution is going to be amended, the only question is by whom?)
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To: JeffAtlanta
Have to wonder how competent the FBI really is. They seem to be great at tracking down criminals after a crime has been committed, but don't seem to be very good at acting on proactive tips.

Of course, if one were under investigation for aiding and abetting, one might make claims similar to those in the article, regardless of the truth of the claims.

8 posted on 12/23/2004 12:56:29 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: ross_poldark
I find it hard to believe that her husband married her without making sure of her loyalty, or that she married this guy without really knowing him.

From what I understand from women I know that married Mulsim men, they act one way (western, logical, reasonable) before marriage, and then start transitioning to more traditional (read: scummy) Islamic ways quickly afterwards. Those that were able to get out before children were born consider divorce a blessing.

9 posted on 12/23/2004 12:57:17 PM PST by Yossarian (Remember: NOT ALL HEART ATTACKS HAVE TRADITIONAL SYMPTOMS)
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To: JeffAtlanta

Adam Gadahn = The English speaking masked raghead videotaped, calling himself "Azzam The American".


10 posted on 12/23/2004 12:59:52 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Merry CHRISTmas!!)
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To: Yossarian

I still cannot comprehend how any Western woman would be so stupid, but I'm not a woman and I guess I must think about implications and consequences more than most people.


11 posted on 12/23/2004 1:00:06 PM PST by ross_poldark
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To: ross_poldark
I find it hard to believe that her husband married her without making sure of her loyalty, or that she married this guy without really knowing him.

The deceiving of infidels in furtherance of jihad is permissible according to the koran.

12 posted on 12/23/2004 1:00:20 PM PST by Freebird Forever (MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!)
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To: JeffAtlanta

Well.... duh! That happens if you marry a Mohammedan. How come some people don't do background checks on their spouses-to-be?


13 posted on 12/23/2004 1:02:32 PM PST by Kurt_D
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To: Conservative Canuck

From reports that I've read, she's Catholic, and her husband is purportedly Jewish.


14 posted on 12/23/2004 1:02:49 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Merry CHRISTmas!!)
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To: ross_poldark

I've met many an American woman who swoons at the thought of a dark handsome Arab.

I don't get it...as I don't personally find Arab women attractive at all.


15 posted on 12/23/2004 1:03:09 PM PST by AnalogReigns
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To: ross_poldark

He tricked her to get a visa, then beat her. She was 22.


16 posted on 12/23/2004 1:03:43 PM PST by D-fendr
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To: Valpal1
But, but, but, ALL Muslims aren't beating their wives
and setting up sleeper cells
and slaughtering us infidels
and acting like seventh-century savages
and sexually mutilating little girls
and openly declaring their intention to dominate the world
and cutting women's fingers off for wearing fingernail polish
and lying to us as a Koranic "virtue"
and whipping little boys to death for eating in public during Ramadan
and shooting infants point blank in the head
and oppressing every other religion on their "holy" Muslim lands
and issuing fatwas on everybody who displeases them
and burning churches and destroying ancient statues
and taking school children hostage for rape and murder
and kidnapping people for slavery
and ravaging through civilized nations in rape gangs
and sniping innocent people in Washington D.C.
and fragging their American officers
and sabotaging their fellow Marine's parachute straps
and giving our military secrets to Al Qaeda
and declaring war on America and bombing nightclubs
and slitting the throats of aid workers
and dancing in the streets on 9/11
or murdering Muslims who convert to any other religion.

Until fully 100% of Muslims faithfully follow the Koran you can't criticize or be suspicious of Islam. Please be reasonable and wait until EVERY infidel is slaughtered before you call the Religion of Peace into question.
17 posted on 12/23/2004 1:04:05 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: ross_poldark
I still cannot comprehend how any Western woman would be so stupid

Lots of broads set the bar quite low. They just want someone who they believe cares about them. And they're easily fooled.

If it's not a muslim, it's some con man hustling them for their bank account.

18 posted on 12/23/2004 1:05:04 PM PST by Freebird Forever (MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!)
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To: AnalogReigns

Beats me why they would want an Arab.


19 posted on 12/23/2004 1:05:08 PM PST by ross_poldark
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To: JeffAtlanta

And yet there was an article on FR last week that some freepers thought was simply the best of its type, that there are NO sleeper cells in America. A bunch of us tried to persuade those misguided souls that there were definitely sleeper cells in America.


20 posted on 12/23/2004 1:05:53 PM PST by Peach
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To: JeffAtlanta; F.J. Mitchell
"A California woman reveals to ABC News ... "

No wonder of why Saraah Olson went to ABC "news" with this??

21 posted on 12/23/2004 1:09:23 PM PST by G.Mason (The replies by this poster are meant for self amusement only. Read at your own discretion.)
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To: ross_poldark

Whether she was clueless when she married him, is unimportant. She tried to do the right thing once she had a clue,-that is all that matters.


22 posted on 12/23/2004 1:11:24 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (A Merry Christmas to all ,and to all Panther foes............... meow.)
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To: Peach
A bunch of us tried to persuade those misguided souls that there were definitely sleeper cells in America.

Probably as close as the nearest neighborhood Masjid.

23 posted on 12/23/2004 1:13:03 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Merry CHRISTmas!!)
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To: JeffAtlanta

OK, a terrorist cell in Orange County, a nuke plant in San Diego and an open border

Anyone thing this MIGHT be a problem???


24 posted on 12/23/2004 1:13:24 PM PST by occutegirl ("She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott)
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To: JeffAtlanta

I think they have done things we will never hear of, perhaps stopped some terrorist attacks since 911?


25 posted on 12/23/2004 1:13:33 PM PST by Right in Wisconsin
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To: ross_poldark

My sister married an Iranian once who she later divorced.

They come off as charming, than once they are married to the women, they want to control their life, who they talk to and where they go.
It was like being in a prison.

I think with this lady, she fell in love with the false front this Iraqi gave, and after marriage saw the Spirit of Satan in him as he revealed himself and dropped the charm.

It does happen.


26 posted on 12/23/2004 1:17:08 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: JeffAtlanta

This is just coming out now? I am amazed at the stupidity of some people. And to put her son through that. Wife beaters and the like should have their balls cut off but the mothers need to pay a penalty for letting their children be hurt as well.


27 posted on 12/23/2004 1:17:35 PM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: AnalogReigns

In their burkas they don't look too bad. But once you see those big brown eyes without the mask to hide the rest of the face.................Burkas make good sense.


28 posted on 12/23/2004 1:17:39 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (A Merry Christmas to all ,and to all Panther foes............... meow.)
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To: G.Mason

ER........She thought Peter Jennings looked Arabic?


29 posted on 12/23/2004 1:19:27 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (A Merry Christmas to all ,and to all Panther foes............... meow.)
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To: occutegirl

"Anyone think this MIGHT be a problem???

Nah.......just the SOS.


31 posted on 12/23/2004 1:21:52 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (A Merry Christmas to all ,and to all Panther foes............... meow.)
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To: Ciexyz

"What about the Muslim terrorist who became engaged to the young Irish woman who was stopped by airport screening because she had a bomb in her bag? Turned out that the Muslim extremist hid the bomb in a secret bottom compartment of his fiancee's luggage, then sent her off to board an airliner alone. Nice, huh?"

And she was carrying something else, too.

His baby.


32 posted on 12/23/2004 1:26:53 PM PST by Sam the Sham
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To: JeffAtlanta

33 posted on 12/23/2004 1:27:59 PM PST by balk
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To: JeffAtlanta

The FBI has always been a forensics oriented group (after the fact), not a pre-emptive domestic intelligence service (before the act).


34 posted on 12/23/2004 1:28:38 PM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: Sam the Sham

Not surprising.

"Your woman is your dirt. Cultivate her." --The "holy" Koran.

He was cultivating her as an unwitting terrorist.


35 posted on 12/23/2004 1:28:38 PM PST by broadsword (When Islam creeps into a human society, oppression, misogyny and terror come hard on its heels.)
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To: F.J. Mitchell

Have you forgotten Miss Afghanistan? Some pics at this link: http://www.mabuhaybeauties.com/vida/vidaz.htm (they wouldn't allow copying of the pictures).


36 posted on 12/23/2004 1:29:24 PM PST by jdsteel ((burp))
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To: balk
That should be:


37 posted on 12/23/2004 1:32:51 PM PST by balk
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To: AnalogReigns

Yeah, they're complete dogs /sarcasm

38 posted on 12/23/2004 1:32:57 PM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: jdsteel

I had forgotten, thanks for the reminder. Yowser! Wrapping that lady in a burcka would be a crime against sanity.

I have not the least doubt though, that this swan was considered an ugly ducklin by the burka clad, wed foot waddlers among whom she grew to maturity.

Before you refer an old man to a set of pictures like that again, you should prepare him with a word of caution. I'm going to survive, but I have no idea when the palpitations will stop.


39 posted on 12/23/2004 1:46:35 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (A Merry Christmas to all ,and to all Panther foes............... meow.)
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"I still cannot comprehend how any Western woman would be so stupid,..."

It is not just western women. There are legal immigrants in this country who are from other areas of the world who also wed fanatics, and enable their spouses to get legal (sometimes) access here. The problem is very complex, and things are not getting simpler.

40 posted on 12/23/2004 1:53:19 PM PST by Radix (This Tag Line was prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded)
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To: JeffAtlanta

religion of peace, HUH?


41 posted on 12/23/2004 1:54:43 PM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens.)
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To: xrp

Julia Roberts is a Arab? Who'd have thought?


42 posted on 12/23/2004 1:54:59 PM PST by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: AnalogReigns
"I don't personally find Arab women attractive at all."

Personally, I find the beliefs of many to be revolting, but there are indeed many Arab women (and other nationalities) who are strikingly beautiful.

43 posted on 12/23/2004 1:56:32 PM PST by Radix (This Tag Line was prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded prerecorded)
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To: AnalogReigns

Probably because mustaches look better on men than women.


45 posted on 12/23/2004 2:07:12 PM PST by Hugin
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To: broadsword
A new life and creed Young woman takes precepts to heart, converts to Islam
46 posted on 12/23/2004 2:07:54 PM PST by 6323cd ("It is prohibited to make use of such emotional signs in a cellphone!")
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To: JeffAtlanta

Dear God, let us get serious about hunting those that want to kill us!
Please!

My Christmas prayer.


47 posted on 12/23/2004 2:09:29 PM PST by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands.....)
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To: ross_poldark

Have you ever read the book or seen the movie "Not Without My Daughter"?

After seeing that (waaay before 9/11) I wouldn't give an Arab the time of day. But, then again, I wouldn't latch onto any guy from another country. Kids are kidnapped to Anglo countries too.


48 posted on 12/23/2004 3:26:19 PM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance, have the least for my views.)
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To: gubamyster

I think most people missed the point. Sleeper cell in Anaheim? 2 hours from the open border?


49 posted on 12/23/2004 7:19:26 PM PST by occutegirl ("She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." ~ Louisa May Alcott)
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To: coloradan

You do know who that woman is don't you?


50 posted on 12/23/2004 10:43:49 PM PST by texasflower (Liberty can change habits. ~ President George W. Bush 10/08/04)
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