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Man was arming for 'war,' FBI says
St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 02/02/2007 | Robert Patrick

Posted on 02/02/2007 8:59:28 AM PST by Mount Athos

A St. Charles man obtained fully automatic weapons and tried to buy as many explosives as possible in preparation for what an associate called "war," the FBI says in court documents.

He bought three rifles and a Claymore anti-personnel mine and negotiated for a case of hand grenades, documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch show.

Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, of Franjoe Court, was arrested Dec. 29 and charged on complaints accusing him of three counts of illegal possession or distribution of a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun statutes.

Abuelawi, a Palestinian immigrant free on $50,000 bond, could not be reached. His brother declined to comment on his behalf. His lawyers, Scott Rosenblum and Gil Sison, did not return calls.

The context of the word "war" was not explained in court filings; the FBI declined to comment.

The man to whom the word was attributed, Thaer Abde Sumad, said in an interview Thursday that the purchases were not intended for terrorism but to make money supplying street gangs in a St. Louis turf war.

Sumad, 23, is not charged, although he is identified in an FBI affidavit as being present for one of the transactions.

He told a reporter he had no role in handling the firearms or explosives. He said he was at a meeting between Abuelawi and a federal informer outside a St. Louis gas station where Sumad works only because he knows both and wanted to say hello.

Sumad suggested that he and Abuelawi attracted special attention because of the sound of their names and their Arab ethnicity.

Abuelawi's lawyers have said he is a Palestinian immigrant.

Sumad is of Palestinian descent but was born in Indiana and raised in St. Louis, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at stltoday.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; US: Missouri; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 5thcolumn; enemywithin; jihadinamerica; terrorism; wot

1 posted on 02/02/2007 8:59:32 AM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos
Abuelawi, a Palestinian immigrant free on $50,000 bond, could not be reached. His brother declined to comment on his behalf. His lawyers, Scott Rosenblum and Gil Sison, did not return calls.

Lawyers, Guns and Money - - What a mix.

2 posted on 02/02/2007 9:00:54 AM PST by Loud Mime ("She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon." - Groucho Marx)
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To: Mount Athos
Sumad suggested that he and Abuelawi attracted special attention because of the sound of their names and their Arab ethnicity.

Good, and apparently that special attention was warranted.

3 posted on 02/02/2007 9:01:54 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Mount Athos
Mousa M. Abuelawi a Palestinian

Why are these people living here? Why doesn't his cult mentioned in the headline? I fear I know the answer...

4 posted on 02/02/2007 9:02:05 AM PST by SolidWood (Sadr lives. Kill him.)
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To: Mount Athos

He was just exercising his 2nd amendment rights. These knee-jerk over-reactions are getting old. What, a Pakistani can't enjoy the freedoms of the second amendment?

/tone of FR as of late.


5 posted on 02/02/2007 9:02:11 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Loud Mime

Sounds like profiling to me. (sarcasm)


6 posted on 02/02/2007 9:03:16 AM PST by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: SolidWood

They hate the West. Why are they here ?


7 posted on 02/02/2007 9:03:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Mount Athos
"Abuelawi, a Palestinian immigrant free on $50,000 bond, could not be reached."

Could not be reached and will not be found. Why do they let people like this out on bail? Insane.
8 posted on 02/02/2007 9:06:18 AM PST by mad puppy ( 2007 is going to be great)
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To: Mount Athos
free on $50,000 bond

Are they insane???

9 posted on 02/02/2007 9:06:45 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Mount Athos
Abuelawi, a Palestinian immigrant free on $50,000 bond

WTF, over.

10 posted on 02/02/2007 9:07:22 AM PST by wizecrakker (Trying to behave)
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To: mad puppy

Who paid for his bond is what I want to know.


11 posted on 02/02/2007 9:08:11 AM PST by wastedyears ( "Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: SolidWood
Why are these people living here?

Because he was born in Indiana, maybe?

12 posted on 02/02/2007 9:10:39 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Mount Athos

"the purchases were not intended for terrorism "

Okay.


13 posted on 02/02/2007 9:11:48 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily. Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Mount Athos
were not intended for terrorism but to make money supplying street gangs in a St. Louis turf war.

One mans' terrorism is another mans' turf war.

The so called "palistinian's" MO.
Hello Arafat...PLO. Take what you want by intimidation...er... turf war... oh, terrorism.

14 posted on 02/02/2007 9:11:53 AM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Mount Athos
He bought three rifles and a Claymore anti-personnel mine and negotiated for a case of hand grenades, documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch show.

And $5,000 sets him free. The bond amount should have much higher or non existent as there is no purpose for those other than inflicting mass casualties.
15 posted on 02/02/2007 9:12:12 AM PST by kinoxi
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Why are they here ?

Think real hard ... you know the answer to that ... I know you do. ;*/

16 posted on 02/02/2007 9:13:12 AM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Mount Athos

What the hell are Palestinians doing immigrating to our country?


17 posted on 02/02/2007 9:13:16 AM PST by Lazamataz (You are not your mind. You are not your emotions. You are not your pain. All you are is love.)
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To: Mount Athos
The Prez just committed Americans to millions more to give to the Palestinians, while at the same time he's opening the door for thousands more Muslims to immigrate to America!! I honestly believe that it's us that needs to be arming ourselves for a war, because Muslim terrorists are going to bring it to our neighborhoods!!
18 posted on 02/02/2007 9:14:21 AM PST by NRA2BFree (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008! HE IS AN HONEST CONSERVATIVE!!)
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To: mad puppy
Could not be reached and will not be found. Why do they let people like this out on bail? Insane.

Hopefully, they track this person and see who he leads to.

Hopefully....

19 posted on 02/02/2007 9:15:48 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Lazamataz

How does one go about buying a claymore?


20 posted on 02/02/2007 9:16:12 AM PST by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71 US Army 75-79 3d Inf Old Guard)
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To: Lazamataz
What the hell are Palestinians doing immigrating to our country?

Israel won't give them what they want. So they figure we will.

21 posted on 02/02/2007 9:17:05 AM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Mount Athos
Abuelawi, a Palestinian immigrant free on $50,000 bond

Our broken immigration system in a nutshell

22 posted on 02/02/2007 9:18:28 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Celebrate Monocacy!)
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To: NRA2BFree

I couldn't agree with you more. Palestinians are the absolute dregs of muslim society, the cannon fodder, suiciders, who will do anything for their stupid islam. I become increasingly afraid that we will never wake up to the fact that we are at war.


23 posted on 02/02/2007 9:20:01 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Mount Athos
He bought three rifles and a Claymore anti-personnel mine and negotiated for a case of hand grenades….Thaer Abde Sumad, said in an interview Thursday that the purchases were not intended for terrorism but to make money supplying street gangs in a St. Louis turf war.

Well, that's a big difference, isn't it? It's only the street gangs that were going to be using the rifles, anti-personnel mine, and hand grenades (he says), not terrorists. (/sarc)

Sumad suggested that he and Abuelawi attracted special attention because of the sound of their names and their Arab ethnicity.

And it's only a coincidence, I'm sure, that the "attention" they attracted based on the slim evidence of their names and ethnicity, actually led to pay dirt.

24 posted on 02/02/2007 9:20:24 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Mount Athos
"His lawyer...Scott Rosenblum..."

Oh, the irony.

25 posted on 02/02/2007 9:22:43 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: SolidWood
Mousa M. Abuelawi a Palestinian

Why are these people living here? Why doesn't his cult mentioned in the headline? I fear I know the answer...

It's hard to tell these *Palestinians* apart. For instance, there's Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian terrorist murderer, and Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian assassin involved in the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. It's so confusing!

26 posted on 02/02/2007 9:23:44 AM PST by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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To: Just A Nobody
You'd be surprised at the responses I get by asking...
27 posted on 02/02/2007 9:24:12 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Mount Athos

This is pretty insane...

The rifles, well, that is whatever as far as I am concerned... but a claymore and a box of grenades, thats a little more serious.....

Since when do gangs utilize claymores in a turf war????


28 posted on 02/02/2007 9:25:44 AM PST by OhioLibertarian
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To: Mount Athos
Abuelawi's lawyers have said he is a Palestinian immigrant.

Sumad is of Palestinian descent but was born in Indiana and raised in St. Louis, he said.

Who to believe? A palestinian or a lawyer?

29 posted on 02/02/2007 9:26:44 AM PST by b4its2late (Liberalism is a hollow log and a mental disorder.)
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To: Loud Mime
Lawyers, Guns and Money - - What a mix.

I'll always be partial to the original mix by Warren.

"I went home with a waitress...the way I always do."

30 posted on 02/02/2007 9:29:21 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Res firma mitescere nescit)
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To: Mount Athos
free on $50,000 bond

::slapping forehead::

31 posted on 02/02/2007 9:31:59 AM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: Emmett McCarthy
I couldn't agree with you more. Palestinians are the absolute dregs of muslim society, the cannon fodder, suiciders, who will do anything for their stupid islam. I become increasingly afraid that we will never wake up to the fact that we are at war.

There are those who sit in high places in America who are under a delusion, believing that ISLAM is a religion of peace, and will only believe/admit it when one of them slashes their throat. Unfortunately, there will be a lot more innocent Americans who are going to die because of their stupidity!

32 posted on 02/02/2007 9:32:09 AM PST by NRA2BFree (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008! HE IS AN HONEST CONSERVATIVE!!)
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To: Mount Athos
Sumad suggested that he and Abuelawi attracted special attention because of the sound of their names and their Arab ethnicity.

And, guess what? In the case of Mr. Abuelawi, it worked!

33 posted on 02/02/2007 9:33:23 AM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Mount Athos
Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, of Franjoe Court, was arrested Dec. 29...

Undoubtedly one of those fundamentalist evangelical Christians the left-wingers are so scared of.

34 posted on 02/02/2007 9:35:44 AM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: wastedyears

Who paid for his bond is what I want to know.


Probably some one who CARES ( did I spell that wrong?) /sarc

Besides I don't see what all the fuss about I have heard claymores are really good for gophers,stray cats,pesky raccoons digging up your lawn etc


35 posted on 02/02/2007 9:38:23 AM PST by Polynikes
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To: Just A Nobody
The context of the word "war" was not explained in court filings

What, the FBI is unwilling to use the Moslem word for Holy War, i.e., "Jihad" anymore?

Pretty darned easy to figure out the context from a plain reading of this story to me. Of course, I am probably too stupid to figure out the nuances and grey areas of a moslem buying machine guns, claymores, and hand grenades...

36 posted on 02/02/2007 9:39:22 AM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat [This is some nasty...])
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To: r9etb
Because he was born in Indiana, maybe?

That being true, he would be an American not a Palestinian then right?
37 posted on 02/02/2007 9:41:19 AM PST by Just sayin (Is is what it is, for if it was anything else, it would be isn't.)
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To: L,TOWM

And you have to wonder how many more are out there preparing for jiha...er, war.


38 posted on 02/02/2007 9:41:37 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Just sayin

Actually, I misread. It's the un-charged accomplice who was born in Indiana.


39 posted on 02/02/2007 9:42:04 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The excitable boy was unique. Rock's version of Edgar Allan Poe


40 posted on 02/02/2007 9:54:13 AM PST by Loud Mime ("She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon." - Groucho Marx)
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To: Mount Athos

I hope he posted his own $50,000 bond. Any Bondsman who would take $5,000 and put up $45,000 for this guy must be crazy to think he is staying around for the trial.


41 posted on 02/02/2007 9:54:36 AM PST by moonman
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To: NRA2BFree

As a matter of principle, I refuse to capitalize the word islam, although I understand your caps as emphasis. Yes, you are correct in that our so-called "leaders" refuse to name the enemy and refuse to take the steps necessary to at least help insure our common good and safety. The borders are open, the mosques throughout the country preach against us, the convenience stores are all too often fronts and money laundries for our enemies. It's as if the government thinks that if we show all these people some "good ol' American hospitality" they'll change their minds about slitting our throats.


42 posted on 02/02/2007 10:02:28 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Loud Mime
Rock's version of Edgar Allan Poe

And, oddly, about as under-rated as Poe in his day.
Niether one got their props until after they passed on.

43 posted on 02/02/2007 10:03:54 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Res firma mitescere nescit)
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To: Vic3O3; cavtrooper21

Gee, nothing to see here....

Does Beslan ring any bells?

Semper Fi


44 posted on 02/02/2007 10:19:01 AM PST by dd5339 (A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path.)
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To: chesty_puller

"How does one go about buying a claymore?"

Apparently you have to stand outside a gas station...

(blood for oil barf / s)


45 posted on 02/02/2007 10:55:09 AM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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To: L98Fiero

(Precisely my same thought. Another case of "gun-grabbing.")


46 posted on 02/02/2007 11:17:36 AM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Hello EM,
You are 10000000000000000000000000000000000% correct. It is apparent many of our "leaders" have sold us out from the top to the bottom. The truth is, they will not be safe in their protected enclaves when the jihadists come a calling.
The PC traitors and feel good liberals will be easy prey for the moslems still living in the 7th century.
Myself I would love to see all the moosleems and illegals deported on a one way ticket. P.S that would include all their sympathizers & enablers as well.
To me, "They ain't nothin, but a thang just another islamic chicken on a strang."
Respectfully,
NSNR-CSAOTL


47 posted on 02/02/2007 11:27:01 AM PST by No Surrender No Retreat (Xin Loi My Boy!!!!)
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To: Mount Athos

Guy is an immigrant, no wife, no kids, and he gets out on a $50,000 bail.

Anyone wanna bet he's gone in the wind? Next stop Pehawar or Kandahar.


48 posted on 02/02/2007 6:02:16 PM PST by wildbill
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To: Emmett McCarthy
As a matter of principle, I refuse to capitalize the word islam, although I understand your caps as emphasis. Yes, you are correct in that our so-called "leaders" refuse to name the enemy and refuse to take the steps necessary to at least help insure our common good and safety. The borders are open, the mosques throughout the country preach against us, the convenience stores are all too often fronts and money laundries for our enemies. It's as if the government thinks that if we show all these people some "good ol' American hospitality" they'll change their minds about slitting our throats.

You know, the sad thing about it is that whenever there is another attack on America, even if it happens 5 years from now, it's going to be blamed on President Bush because he refused to close the borders. He did it all because he wanted to advance his global agenda.

49 posted on 02/02/2007 6:25:05 PM PST by NRA2BFree (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008! HE IS AN HONEST CONSERVATIVE!!)
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To: NRA2BFree

You're right, but I don't think it's unfair to hold him responsible. I mean, we hold Clinton responsible for his failure to act after the '93 WTC attack, the embassy bombings, etc., don't we? All those thing led to 9/11 and Bush's failure - his arrogant refusal - to close the borders will cause problems and he should be blamed.


50 posted on 02/02/2007 7:05:21 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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