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Suburban man says hes stuck in Egypt thanks to terrorist watch list mistake
Chicago Sun-Times Southtown Star ^ | Oct 8, 2012 | Frank Main

Posted on 10/09/2012 6:14:49 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Suburban man says he’s stuck in Egypt thanks to terrorist watch list mistake

BY FRANK MAIN

Staff Reporter Last Modified: Oct 8, 2012 07:22PM

A southwest suburban man — a convicted felon required to return to Chicago under the conditions of his federal probation — says he’s stranded in legal limbo outside the United States because he’s apparently on a U.S. terrorist watch list.

Enaam Arnaout pleaded guilty in 2003 to funneling money to Islamic fighters in Bosnia and Chechnya.

The former director of the Benevolence International Foundation in Palos Hills was sentenced to 10 years in prison for defrauding contributors to the charity.

He admitted he siphoned a portion of the charity’s $20 million in donations to buy equipment for soldiers, even though the money was intended for widows and orphans.

Arnaout, 50, a Bridgeview resident, denied he was ever associated with al-Qaida, and prosecutors dropped terrorism charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea.

Arnaout, who was placed on supervised release last year, received permission this summer from U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon to travel to Saudi Arabia and Jordan to visit family members. He was allowed to stay for 41 days before returning to the Chicago area.

In a letter to the judge, Arnaout’s brother in Saudi Arabia had begged for her to approve the trip so Arnaout could see his ailing mother.

In court papers filed Monday in Chicago, Arnaout said he’s been stuck in Egypt because he is apparently on a U.S. no-fly list maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center and administered by the FBI.

(Excerpt) Read more at southtownstar.suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; islam; muslim; terrorist Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: KeyLargo

It sounds as if he’d be happier in Egypt, doesn’t it?


2 posted on 10/09/2012 6:20:18 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: KeyLargo

Good. F him. Schadenfreude. How is that said in barbarism?


3 posted on 10/09/2012 6:20:46 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: KeyLargo

It looks like that is where he belongs...absorbing mega-doses of lead.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 6:22:01 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: KeyLargo

Here’s a compromise. Bring him half-way back and cut him loose over the Atlantic.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 6:27:37 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: KeyLargo

At least he’s not stuk inn Irak.


6 posted on 10/09/2012 6:28:17 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KeyLargo

He doesn’t need to be breathing our air. He shouldn’t be breathing any air.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 6:28:24 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: muir_redwoods

Wrap him in bacon first.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 6:30:22 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: KeyLargo

Good riddance.


9 posted on 10/09/2012 6:34:24 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: KeyLargo

Ok he is on the no-fly list so take a boat.l


10 posted on 10/09/2012 6:36:07 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: KeyLargo

Actions have consequences.

Now, back to your camel, Enaam.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 6:40:21 AM PDT by moovova
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To: BykrBayb

Another one:
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9STRTAG0.htm

A Libyan-American who says he was forbidden from returning to the United States and questioned by FBI agents in Tunisia after visiting neighboring Libya insists he has done nothing wrong.


12 posted on 10/09/2012 6:42:00 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Bon mots

He was most likely on his way back to Chicago to help in the Obama campaign. Sarc.

Some background on this terrorist:

Islamic Charity Chief Chargedwith Supporting Terrorists
October 10, 2002|By Pedro Ruz Gutierrez and Jim Leusner Florida Correspondents

A former Titusville resident who ran a U.S.-based Islamic charity accused of aiding al-Qaida and other terrorist groups was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on racketeering, conspiracy, money-laundering and fraud charges.

Enaam Arnaout, 40, executive director of Benevolence International Foundation Inc. in the Chicago suburb of Palos Hills, Ill., was accused in a wide-ranging indictment of defrauding thousands of donors by secretly supplying money and weapons to terrorists and rebels instead of humanitarian aid to war-ravaged nations.

The charity’s founders opened a Plantation office in 1993 and folded it the next year. The general manager, Adham Hassoun, was detained in South Florida by the INS earlier this year and is awaiting deportation.

The charges are the U.S. government’s most sweeping action yet against an official of a charitable organization since the war on terror began.

“It is sinister to prey on good hearts to fund the works of evil,” Attorney General John Ashcroft said at a Chicago news conference. “... We will find the sources of terrorist blood money.”

Tax returns show that Benevolence raised more than $12.3 million from 1996 to April 2001. Officials did not disclose how much allegedly went for illicit purposes, and the charity itself was not charged.

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2002-10-10/news/0210100097_1_benevolence-international-foundation-enaam-arnaout-terrorist-groups


13 posted on 10/09/2012 6:44:19 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon should have to serve out his time.

It was totally stupid to let a man like this out of the country.

She has waste for brains.Or she is just another liberal idiot. Probably a bit of both.


14 posted on 10/09/2012 6:45:22 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: KeyLargo

Sounds like for once the govt got it right.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 6:47:19 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: KeyLargo
I see no problem here. Let him stay in Egypt.
16 posted on 10/09/2012 6:51:44 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: KeyLargo

Perhaps he can get a job in the Embassy.


17 posted on 10/09/2012 6:55:37 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: BykrBayb

Why waste the bacon when pig crap will work just as well and is much more appropriate?


18 posted on 10/09/2012 6:57:57 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Venturer
It was totally stupid to let a man like this out of the country.

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It would be even more stupid to let him back in.

19 posted on 10/09/2012 6:59:49 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: KeyLargo

the article doesn’t mention if he is a citizen or not, so I’d assume he isn’t, in which case he can just bloody well stay in egypt, where I’m sure he’ll fit right in with all the other goat molesters.


20 posted on 10/09/2012 7:30:34 AM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: KeyLargo
I am just as happy to have him stay in Egypt.

BTW is he a nationalize citizen? If so why hasn't his citizenship been stripped?

21 posted on 10/09/2012 7:33:52 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: zeugma

I wondered about that also, other articles say he is a US Citizen. Kind of hard to not allow a US Citizen back in the US, he should just take a boat trip or fly into another country (Canada/Mexico) and then drive back.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 7:35:01 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: KeyLargo

Revoke his passport and leave him there.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 7:43:05 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: trisham

Amen to that Brother.


24 posted on 10/09/2012 7:48:22 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: KeyLargo

> A southwest suburban man — a convicted felon required to return to Chicago under the conditions of his federal probation — says he’s stranded in legal limbo outside the United States because he’s apparently on a U.S. terrorist watch list.
> Enaam Arnaout, former head of the Chicago-based Islamic charity Benevolence International Foundation

He’s a convicted muzzie felon. he knew that if he left the USA there’d be problems getting back in.

LET HIM ROT IN EGYPT.
We don’t want him back.


25 posted on 10/09/2012 8:22:36 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: KeyLargo

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


26 posted on 10/09/2012 8:49:59 AM PDT by Boogieman
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