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Terror Raid in Western New York
WGRZ.com ^ | Updated: 8/23/2006 7:06:52 AM | Lynne Dixon

Posted on 08/23/2006 6:13:01 AM PDT by freeperfromnj

The FBI says it's all part of an ongoing investigation into a group of Sri Lankans with terrorist plans. The FBI says there were no plans to attack Americans, but that the group, known as the "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam" was targeting their home country of Sri Lanka. Officials say that terror group is responsible for assassinating a former prime minister of India.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force raided the Amherst home. Neighbors say three men were taken out in handcuffs. They say the task force also removed files, a computer and suitcases.

While it's not clear what role the three men arrested in Amherst allegedly played, the FBI says they've been watching the entire group, the Tamil Tigers, for years. The FBI's Leslie Wiser Jr. says the group was trying to purchase ten shoulder-fired surface to air missiles that can be used to bring down airplanes, and at least 500 A-K 47 assault weapons. According to Wiser, the terror group also asked for other sophisticated devises used in military operations.

Again, the FBI emphasizes there's no indication the weapons were to be used on U-S soil and it's still not clear what role the three men arrested in Amherst allegedly played.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: amherst; buffalo; captured; counterterrorism; fbi; hindu; hinduism; jihadinamerica; jttf; ltte; newyork; nonterroristattack; sam; sams; srilanka; sting; tamiltigers
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1 posted on 08/23/2006 6:13:02 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: freeperfromnj

"there's no indication the weapons were to be used on U-S soil"

Uh-huh.

Death penalty.


2 posted on 08/23/2006 6:14:12 AM PDT by redstates4ever
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To: redstates4ever

WOW, terrorists that aren't muslims!


3 posted on 08/23/2006 6:19:18 AM PDT by Shimmer128 (Good people sleep peaceably only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf)
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To: freeperfromnj; Allegra; nuconvert; MikefromOhio
But....how can they be "terrorists" if they aren't Mohammedans? [/sarc]

-Eric

4 posted on 08/23/2006 6:20:10 AM PDT by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: Shimmer128

They are terroritsts, but their aim isn't world domination.


5 posted on 08/23/2006 6:21:57 AM PDT by Grig
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To: freeperfromnj

yup, nothing to see here...;)

"...the group was trying to purchase ten shoulder-fired surface to air missiles that can be used to bring down airplanes, and at least 500 A-K 47 assault weapons. According to Wiser, the terror group also asked for other sophisticated devises used in military operations."


6 posted on 08/23/2006 6:22:16 AM PDT by callthemlikeyouseethem (GWB: 12 Aug 06: "...I ask for your patience, cooperation, and vigilance in the coming days.")
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To: Shimmer128

I believe that the Tamil Tigers are Muslim.


7 posted on 08/23/2006 6:23:35 AM PDT by benjamin032
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To: benjamin032

Some are, some aren't. They do, however, use suicide terror tactics. I wonder if Hillary knows they set up shop in her state.


8 posted on 08/23/2006 6:31:27 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: benjamin032
I believe that the Tamil Tigers are Muslim.

Nope. They're overwhelmingly Hindu. Sri Lanka has a fairly small Muslim population and they often are attacked by the Tamil Tigers.

9 posted on 08/23/2006 6:38:15 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: benjamin032; Shimmer128; freeperfromnj; E Rocc

The Tamil Tigers are a military operation. Allegience is to the military leader and the military/political cause and goals, not religion.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2381015.stm


10 posted on 08/23/2006 6:43:29 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

That's for the info. Why do you think they would come to NY to purchase weapons?


11 posted on 08/23/2006 6:48:33 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: freeperfromnj; Nik Naym; Behind Liberal Lines; The Mayor

Why Amherst ?


12 posted on 08/23/2006 6:56:46 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: nuconvert; All
IIRC, the Tamil Tigers are fighting in Sri Lanka / India and thereabouts.

Maybe they're deciding since so many people from that area have come over here on H-1B visas, they're going to take the fight directly to the enemy ;-)

Full Disclosure: Yes, I had a boss from Sri Lanka once upon a time.

Cheers!

13 posted on 08/23/2006 6:57:15 AM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: freeperfromnj
Thomas Sowell, in his Affirmative Action Around The World: An Empirical Study, looks in part at the role affirmative action (in Sri Lanka) played in the rise of the Tigers. Well worth picking up for a little background on this, besides being a devastating indictment of AA in general.
14 posted on 08/23/2006 7:03:19 AM PDT by redbaiter
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To: grey_whiskers

Tamil Tigers have become a problem finally recognized in Canada. They seem to have quite a few. I think they were just recently put on their Terrorist List. (but I'd have to double check that)


15 posted on 08/23/2006 7:22:48 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: redstates4ever

Well How about Air India flying out of JFK or Logan?

I'll bet Logan, favorite of terrorists all over the world.


16 posted on 08/23/2006 7:51:49 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Keep watch for the Mahdi...... he's coming on 22 August!!)
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To: freeperfromnj

This is at least the second terror raid in the Buffalo area since 9/11. I find it hard to believe that Buffalo's proximity to the porous Canadian border is a coincidence.


17 posted on 08/23/2006 7:58:50 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: E Rocc; freeperfromnj; Allegra; nuconvert
But....how can they be "terrorists" if they aren't Mohammedans? [/sarc]

-Eric


I don't know. The IRA didn't really exist either.....
18 posted on 08/23/2006 8:31:32 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - Go Bucks!!!)
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To: All

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1676188/posts?page=1882#1882


19 posted on 08/23/2006 2:49:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: freeperfromnj

Bringing Int' Red Cross checks to sign over?


20 posted on 08/23/2006 2:51:54 PM PDT by txhurl (If you are kind to the cruel, you will end up being cruel to the kind.)
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To: E Rocc

The Tamil Tigers are radical Marxists (as I am sure you know). Their goals are exactly the same as those of Muslims, that is, world domination, which is why the IRA, ETA and most other Marxist terrorists have trained at Muslim facilities in the ME. BTW (as you also probably know, but are just too coy to state), many famous Marxist terrorists - ranging from Carlos the Jackal to the head of ETA in Mexico - have converted to Islam. It projects their desire for world domination and gives them the only thing they were lacking under Marx, which was a cultic form that took in this world and the next. Osama bin Marx? Karl bin Laden?


21 posted on 08/23/2006 2:58:26 PM PDT by livius
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To: george76

The Tamil Tigers are financed by their diaspora population. Those who succeed in leaving the island for better lands form cells, raise money and recruits. It is not difficult to envision a cell actively acquiring weapons overseas for delivery to their home. Amherst would be a safer base than New York City.


22 posted on 08/23/2006 2:58:52 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

I was also thinking that Amherst is close to the border.


23 posted on 08/23/2006 3:01:27 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: nuconvert

Well, I stand corrected.


24 posted on 08/23/2006 4:14:50 PM PDT by benjamin032
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To: george76

Plenty of money there and a growing Indian community.
That's all I can think of anyway.


25 posted on 08/23/2006 5:51:20 PM PDT by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

Thanks.

.


26 posted on 08/23/2006 5:53:19 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: R. Scott

Cumberland, MD paper today reports the search and seizure of e-mail and other records possibly impicating a doctor from Sri Lanka in illegal funds transmittal. Could be a happy ending in this one. Wealthy doctor goes to jail for supporting terrorists. Who would imagine a person who presumably has taken the Hippocratic oath, and pledged allegiance to maximum profit at minimum effort, would do something that would screw up the system upon which he thrives. Skin him slowly!


27 posted on 08/23/2006 6:09:24 PM PDT by mathurine (ua)
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To: Strategerist
Nope. They're overwhelmingly Hindu. Sri Lanka has a fairly small Muslim population and they often are attacked by the Tamil Tigers.

Good, see how the muzzies like bring on the other end of terrorism for a change.

28 posted on 08/23/2006 6:16:31 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam is a subsingularity memetic perversion : (http://www.orionsarm.com/topics/perversities.html))
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To: george76

Here is some more local info for you.

http://northcoastonline.typepad.com/north_coast_online/


29 posted on 08/23/2006 7:40:53 PM PDT by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I can't speak for any US/Canadian border crossings other than Peace Arch, Blaine, Anacortes ferry and Port Angeles ferry, but I have noticed that the mainland Southbound crossings have seemed far more perfunctory than the sea crossings. Northbound is quite another story.

After a 20-45 minute wait, the US Customs officials were polite, succinct in their questions, and efficient on the land crossings, even with my rather long hair.

Seaborne crossings, however, are quite another story. EVERY time I have gotten on a boat to the US, I've been among the first off the boat, but the VERY LAST to leave the Customs area, due to my triggering some unknown "search this dude" tripwire. 3 years ago, no less than 8 agents were interested in a bottle of (US packaged and manufactured) "Miracle Lube". It was all I could do not to laugh as they sprayed each other. My latest trip ( last month) the agent held me back so he could sniff the air in the tires!

Porous is NOT the word I would use to describe our mutual border. Misguided and inane is how I would describe how its integrity is being 'guarded', though.

I'll grant that the Port Angeles post is doing a damn good job (they did catch Ahmed Ressam!), but the 'thrill' of getting searched is turning into a PITP!

(pain in the patoot)


30 posted on 08/23/2006 11:44:36 PM PDT by Don W (Stoneage man survived thousands of years of bitter-cold ice. Modern man WILLsurvive global warming.)
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To: george76

With today’s transportation system, there isn’t much difference between 100 and 1000 miles.


31 posted on 08/24/2006 3:13:23 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: mathurine

Maybe the Hippocratic oath lost something in translation?


32 posted on 08/24/2006 3:14:55 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: mathurine

Maybe the Hippocratic oath lost something in translation?


33 posted on 08/24/2006 3:21:18 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

You are correct.

I was thinking that the Buffalo area has two Great Lakes that are handy for smuggling by boat and many bridges for access.


34 posted on 08/24/2006 6:45:34 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I think Chesapeake Bay may have a longer coastline and more useful inlets and rivers than Lake Erie and Ontario combined - and far better weather in the winter. The area is also accessible to more convenient air and water ports and major population centers.


35 posted on 08/24/2006 7:46:36 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: freeperfromnj

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1689230/posts

I just read this today.
Hummmm......


36 posted on 08/24/2006 7:53:58 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my Pardon with HIS BLOOD!!! Hallelujah!!! What a Savior)
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To: LadyPilgrim

Interesting. Thanks


37 posted on 08/24/2006 7:57:28 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: benjamin032

Overwhelmingly Hindu. Some Christians. Few Muslims.


38 posted on 08/24/2006 8:09:51 AM PDT by zimdog
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To: R. Scott
I agree that the terrorists are looking at all points of access to attack Americans.

To bring in stuff thru the Chesapeake Bay might involve an ocean operation with a mother ship offshore. The drug dealers do it, so terrorist could do it too.

Bombing our embassies or ships in Africa was relatively easy, they had local friendly populations. It is possible here, just somewhat harder.

Which is why we should be awake when some students/youths/muslims are driving from Detroit to Texas buying thousands of cheap, untraceable cell phones.
39 posted on 08/24/2006 8:12:09 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: MikefromOhio; E Rocc
I don't know. The IRA didn't really exist either.....

Don't forget the ETA, Spain's last Muslim holdouts...

40 posted on 08/24/2006 8:13:00 AM PDT by zimdog
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To: mathurine
Also, Congressman Danny Davis (D) as in Donkey-Dem of Chicago has been caught up in this, having a trip financed by Tamil Tigers, not reporting it, says he didn't know they were terrorists ( Quite likely true, he probably thought it was ordinary white-collar corruption, which is entirely acceptable to the Illinois electorate)
41 posted on 08/24/2006 8:13:00 AM PDT by cookcounty (Impeach President Ah-be-duh-mahdijihad now!)
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To: livius
ETA in Mexico

Huh? Why is the ETA operaing in Mexico?

42 posted on 08/24/2006 8:14:57 AM PDT by zimdog
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To: Centurion2000
Good, see how the muzzies like bring on the other end of terrorism for a change.

So you're objectively pro-terrorism. Thanks for letting the rest of know.

43 posted on 08/24/2006 8:16:08 AM PDT by zimdog
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To: Centurion2000
Against muslims ... you're damned right I am.

There's really nothing more anyone can say to this. Say hi to bin Ladin when you get to Hell.

45 posted on 08/24/2006 8:46:30 AM PDT by zimdog
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To: zimdog
There's really nothing more anyone can say to this. Say hi to bin Ladin when you get to Hell.

Pi$$ off weasel. Unlike the rest of the world the muslims have earned a little payback.

Show me the Amish, Memnonite or Shinto terrorists and we might have a debate. Till then you can take your 'some muslims' are ok attitude and sit on it.

When the muslim world starts cleaning up it's mess, or even condemning it and not supporting it financially, then I'll consider them civilized.

46 posted on 08/24/2006 8:55:55 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam is a subsingularity memetic perversion : (http://www.orionsarm.com/topics/perversities.html))
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To: Centurion2000
Show me the Amish, Memnonite or Shinto terrorists and we might have a debate.

You mean the Hindu terrorists that this thread is about aren't enough?

When the muslim world starts cleaning up it's mess, or even condemning it and not supporting it financially, then I'll consider them civilized.

When you condemn terrorism, I'll consider that you may be civilized. Until then, you're just a terrorist supporter to me.

47 posted on 08/24/2006 9:03:06 AM PDT by zimdog
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To: george76

Amhert is in the suburbs of the beautiful metropolis of Buffalo, NY. There are some radical groups in and around that city based on recent arrests.


48 posted on 08/24/2006 9:07:13 AM PDT by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel Rocks!)
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To: zimdog

So you are telling me there is a militant Hindu terror organization out there?


49 posted on 08/24/2006 9:53:47 AM PDT by benjamin032
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To: benjamin032

Ok, I did a little research.
1) That's not what you were trying to tell me, you were telling me the country is primarily Hindu.
2) The country is primarily Buddhist


50 posted on 08/24/2006 9:59:50 AM PDT by benjamin032
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