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Terror suspects found with passenger lists
The Repository (Canton, Ohio) ^ | August 10, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 08/10/2006 8:45:25 AM PDT by WmShirerAdmirer

MARIETTA Two men were charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism after authorities said they found airplane passenger lists and information on airport security checkpoints in their car.

Deputies stopped Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., on a traffic violation Tuesday and found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in their car, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said.

It wasn’t clear what significance the airline information might have. Assistant County Prosecutor Susan Vessels declined to comment on whether the manifests were for upcoming flights or those that already flown. She also would not give the origin or destination of the flight or flights.

FBI spokesman Mike Brooks in Cincinnati said his office was notified about the arrests and had an agent investigating.

Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff’s Maj. John Winstanley. The men said they sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb, Winstanley said.

Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism.

Investigators also found in the car a map that showed locations of Wal-Mart stores from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee and into North and South Carolina, Vessels said.

“We got them at the beginning of their trip,” she said.

Vessels did not say why the pair headed to southeast Ohio from Dearborn.

Abulhassan and Houssaiky did not speak at a hearing Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court in which a judge set their bond at $200,000.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abulhassan; airlines; houssaiky; terrorist; wot

1 posted on 08/10/2006 8:45:26 AM PDT by WmShirerAdmirer
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

This is why we need to be able to torture terrorists.

Clearly these guys are involved in something that is larger.


2 posted on 08/10/2006 8:47:52 AM PDT by Prysson
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

We'll be keeping an eye on the local mosques. Something is up in a big way. These turds are only the tip of the iceberg.


3 posted on 08/10/2006 8:47:57 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

"Deputies stopped Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., on a traffic violation Tuesday and found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in their car, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said."

John "Watergate Rat" Dean has already filed a law in their behalf for racial profiling.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 8:48:30 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Lotta $$ + lists + profile fits + today's news = BOOK'UM DANNO!


5 posted on 08/10/2006 8:48:30 AM PDT by Johnny Crab (Government:They're only here to "help" you.)
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To: numberonepal

Wow. Is anyone from the major media reporting this? The arrest was fortunate—based on a traffic violation and a very attentive street cop.

Surely the men were planning something.


6 posted on 08/10/2006 8:49:24 AM PDT by Stat-boy
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

More information on these two and their method:
Pre-paid phones favored by criminals, terrorists


http://www.mariettatimes.com/news/story/new22_810200682028.asp

Pre-paid phones favored by criminals, terrorists

By Paul Kita, pkita@mariettatimes.com

What is a TracFone?

n A pre-paid, disposable mobile telephone that works similar to a telephone booth or calling card. Customers purchase minutes, but are not charged for any additional wireless taxes or fees.

n Sold at over 60,000 retailers nationwide.

n 30 million use TracFones and similar phones in the U.S.

n Basic models start at $20 and include up to 20 minutes of pre-paid minutes.

n On the Net: www.tracfone.com
The bulk purchase of pre-paid phones, like the nine TracFones bought at a local Radio Shack Tuesday by two men now being held on terrorism charges, may be linked to criminal activity.

“These type of phones have always been used by people who want to disguise themselves,” said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Criminals may prefer to use these phones because their numbers are difficult to trace and when disposed of they usually carry no information of their former user, Mincks said.

Although many people use pre-paid phones for legitimate purposes, historical accounts point to their use in terrorist efforts.

Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden used prepaid minutes on a satellite phone in Afghanistan during the 1990s, assuming it would disguise his communications, according to past court testimony cited by CBS News.

Mincks said his office has heard several reports of the bulk purchase of pre-paid phones throughout Washington County, alerted by retailers who are encouraged to pass along such activities to law officials under recommendation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“In some cases, they’re (the suspects) taking the store’s entire stock,” Mincks said.

He said those purchasing the phones tend to travel in teams of five or six, hitting big-box stores like Wal-Mart and sometimes traveling throughout multiple states.

According to ABC News, six individuals attempted to buy about 60 phones from a Wal-Mart store in Texas on Dec. 18, 2005.

In a separate case, individuals purchased 150 disposable TracFones at a Target in California, according to ABC.

Both cases were reported to law enforcement officials, but a direct connection to terrorist activities was not immediately established.

Radio Shack spokeswoman Wendy Dominguz said it is company policy to only sell three disposable phones to one customer at any time.

“We’re trying to prevent possible fraud or resale,” Dominguz said, adding that the decision was in part determined by a fax the company received by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warning of the possible dangers of bulk sales.

The two men arrested Wednesday, Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of Dearborn, Mich., admitted to buying more than 600 phones in the Mid-Ohio Valley over the past few weeks, recently making purchases in Barlow, St. Clairsville and Woodsfield.

Maj. John Winstanley said the sheriff’s office has received notices from homeland security warning individuals are purchasing the phones for terror related activity.

“It’s their belief that they send these TracFones overseas, and they use (the chips) against the troops, detonating bombs,” Winstanley said.


7 posted on 08/10/2006 8:49:25 AM PDT by WmShirerAdmirer
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
Abulhassan and Houssaiky did not speak at a hearing Wednesday in Marietta Municipal Court in which a judge set their bond at $200,000.

Only $200,000?! I think their bond should be set at the cost of 9/11!

8 posted on 08/10/2006 8:49:51 AM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Watch list terrorists are going to steal or manufacture ID of legitimate passengers - that's what they're doing with the passenger lists.


9 posted on 08/10/2006 8:50:02 AM PDT by Jim Noble (I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

"Osama Sabhi Abulhassan", "Ali Houssaiky"

OK, I give up.

Why are the Omish so angry?


10 posted on 08/10/2006 8:50:49 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Chena
Only $200,000?! I think their bond should be set at the cost of 9/11!

F*** bail.

They should be on a plane to Gitmo right now.

11 posted on 08/10/2006 8:51:04 AM PDT by Jim Noble (I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.)
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To: Johnny Crab

These are just "isolated incidents." Nothing to see here, move along. /sarcasm


12 posted on 08/10/2006 8:51:27 AM PDT by CremeSaver (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: Prysson
This is why we need to be able to torture terrorists. Clearly these guys are involved in something that is larger.

The police in Chicago think that people who are "clearly involved in crime" should be tortured as well.

13 posted on 08/10/2006 8:51:33 AM PDT by Protagoras ("Minimum-wage laws are one of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of racists." - Walter Williams)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Round up everybody in Dearborn. Open the camps!


14 posted on 08/10/2006 8:51:58 AM PDT by toddlintown (IT)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer; Cindy; Calpernia
Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism.

When I was in Ramadi, these finds would have bought them deluxe accomodations at Abu Ghraib.

$11K in cash, 12 cel phones (betcha they were all one-time disposables) give eleven people untracable reservations with $1000 each for plane tickets, car rentals, etc.

These two guys were ( I speculate) a support team, a mobile cache for the action teams.

15 posted on 08/10/2006 8:52:36 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Goodbye, Momma...)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

AUGUST 22nd...........


16 posted on 08/10/2006 8:53:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer
airplane passenger lists

How the heck do you get a hold of those? AFAIK you need to work at an airline or have access to the computer reservation systems, i.e., travel agents.
17 posted on 08/10/2006 8:54:00 AM PDT by weef
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To: Stat-boy
Wow. Is anyone from the major media reporting this?

Because they're too busy trying to convince America that muslims happily assimilate into American society and are patriotic Americans forever more. Unfortunately it's a lie. I found a video interview with a former terrorist who was born and raised in Dearborn, he also said it's where he learned islamic radicalism. I'll see if I can track it down.
18 posted on 08/10/2006 8:54:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: nikos1121

PSSSTT.. don't tell anyone, but the info that led to these arrests as well as the British airline plot probably came from Muslims who hates jihadis as much as we do. There are good Muslims, but exposing them would be a death sentence.


19 posted on 08/10/2006 8:55:07 AM PDT by JeeperFreeper
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Passenger lists? The first question that comes to mind is are these scumbags linked in any way to the bunch rounded up this morning in London. Gee, do you think that tracking their telephone calls might help make that determination?


20 posted on 08/10/2006 8:55:19 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

ISOLATED INCIDENT. MOVE ALONG.


21 posted on 08/10/2006 8:55:39 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: WmShirerAdmirer

Terrorists are using cars to drive to places that they want to destroy.

We should ban cars.

Terrorists need oxygen to live.

We should ban air.


22 posted on 08/10/2006 8:56:26 AM PDT by Utahrd
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To: Chena
Only $200,000?! I think their bond should be set at the cost of 9/11!

Damn! Maurice Clarett's bond was set at $1.2 million.

I'll never understand the bonding process.

23 posted on 08/10/2006 8:57:18 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Closing in on 3000 posts, of which maybe 50 were worthwhile!)
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To: Straight Vermonter; Dog; Cap Huff; DevSix; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Wiz; GOPJ; Valin; nuconvert; ...
Third foiled terror plot today. Will we be seeing glowing headlines and breathless reports about "intelligence successes?" (Granted, this one appears to be simple luck, but you get my point.)

Kudos to all the law enforcement, government and military folks working so hard to keep me and my family safe. God bless America!

24 posted on 08/10/2006 8:57:55 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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