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Club Questioned over terror suspect


Source: Radio New Zealand
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411749/746452

Jun 10, 2006

An aero club used by a man linked to the September 11 attacks says police alerted them to their investigation about a month ago.

The government says Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali was deported at the end of last month because he posed a threat to national security.

The US government says Ali trained as a pilot with the man believed to have flown a passenger jet into the Pentagon.

Since arriving in New Zealand in February, Ali had been flying light aircraft at the Manawatu aero club.

The club says it questioned Ali about his background, but had no reason to believe he had fundamentalist views.
The Yemeni man was living in Palmerston North.

A US report says Ali trained as a pilot in Phoenix, Arizona, with the man believed to have flown an airplane into the Pentagon, during the 2001 attacks.

The 9-11 Commission Report says Ali reportedly gave extremist speeches at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Phoenix.

On May 29, New Zealand police and immigration officials raided his house in Palmerston North and sent him back to Saudi Arabia the next day.

Immigration Minister David Cunliffe says Ali posed a threat to national security because of his direct association with those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and the nature of his activities in New Zealand.

Cunliffe says Ali undertook English language training in Auckland before moving to Palmerston North to build up his flying hours.

Ali came to New Zealand in February.

Cunliffe says the man's identity only became apparent after he arrived in New Zealand because he used a variation of his name when applying for entry.
19 posted on 06/10/2006 5:02:51 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter; DaveLoneRanger; Cindy; piasa

Ping!

(Test-driving the "Ping" thing -- I'm still learning the ropes on FR, so if I got it wrong, let me know).

This is an issue that is growing arms-and-legs by the minute in New Zealand. I posted a couple updates, earlier in this thread (dunno if I did this right, appreciate feedback by FReepmail).

I shall watch our media sources with interest and post further germane updates as-and-when available.

I resent Terrorists using New Zealand as a safe-haven to learn flying lessons. What do they think we are? A soft-touch??? Our cops are pretty good: they can catch spies with ease: if in doubt, ask the French, ask the Israelis. And now, ask al Qaeda.


21 posted on 06/11/2006 3:07:53 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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