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Al-Qaeda Threat in Philadelphia?
ABC Channel 6 Action News - Philadelphia ^ | June 27, 2002 | David Henry

Posted on 06/27/2002 3:53:38 PM PDT by all4one

Al-Qaeda Threat in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia, PA June 27, 2002 — David Henry reports from the Action Newsroom.

An Action News investigation reveals that a chain of jewelry stores operating in the Delaware Valley is being investigated by the FBI for possible connections to the Al Qaeda terror network.

A series of raids were carried out yesterday in Philadelphia and across the state of Pennsylvania.

The stores are mostly kiosks in shopping malls operating under the name "Intrigue Jewelers." They are all owned by Pakistanis under franchise agreements with a company called Gold Concepts, based in Pennsacola, Florida.

Intrigue operates stores at malls in Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Harrisburg, and Monroeville. Until recently, they also had a kiosk at the Lehigh Valley Mall near Allentown. Owners and employees of the Intrigue shops at the Gallery in Center City and at the Plymouth Meeting Mall were questioned yesterday by agents from the FBI and INS. An employee at the shops in the Monroeville Mall tells us he was detained for hours yesterday.

Tariq Hussain says his home was searched and his computer was taken. He says the FBI accused him of funneling money to Ossama bin Laden's terror network. He says they questioned him about a photo he took two years ago of the NASDAQ building in New York, but he doesn't know how they knew about the photo.

The man in the photos taken at the World Trade Center just days before the attacks also worked at the Intrigue Jewelry store at the Lehigh Valley Mall. Two days before the attacks Ashar Iqbal Butt came to a photo shop in the mall looking for the pictures. The clerk says Butt seemed anxious to get them.

He was picked up on September 12th and was later charged with entering the country on a false passport just a month before the attacks.

Action News has confirmed that yesterday's sweep is part of a nationwide investigation involving at least 60 jewelry outlets. The justice department confirms that a number of people have been detained for questioning, but no charges have been filed yet.


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FYI, Time to make sure that American's are not helping fund the terrorists! Racial profiling of the way you spend your money, I am all for it! And I have been since September.
1 posted on 06/27/2002 3:53:39 PM PDT by all4one
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To: all4one; Miss Marple; Sabertooth
Miss Marple.....was right.... something is up.
2 posted on 06/27/2002 3:56:13 PM PDT by Dog
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To: all4one
These guys and their worker terrorists probably voted several times for Goron in the November 2000 election in the Philly area.
3 posted on 06/27/2002 3:57:29 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Dog
Please tell what Miss Marple said

This story is REALLY close to home

4 posted on 06/27/2002 3:57:42 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: all4one
Wouldn't be surprised if there was a lot to be found under rocks in Philly.
5 posted on 06/27/2002 3:59:37 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: AmusedBystander
Mall arrests......
6 posted on 06/27/2002 4:00:20 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog; Miss Marple; Howlin; Shermy
How long before the so called constitutionalists come out pleading for these bastards and condemning John Ashcroft, the Justice Department and the FBI as jack booted thugs.

When they do, bash the hell out of them. I have to go do some things.
7 posted on 06/27/2002 4:00:29 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave; Mo1
See my post 6......its a doozy
8 posted on 06/27/2002 4:01:23 PM PDT by Dog
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To: all4one
Nationwide sweep. Also in Florida:

Malls see arrests by FBI, INS
9 posted on 06/27/2002 4:03:40 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Mo1; Howlin
Tariq Hussain says his home was searched and his computer was taken. He says the FBI accused him of funneling money to Ossama bin Laden's terror network. He says they questioned him about a photo he took two years ago of the NASDAQ building in New York, but he doesn't know how they knew about the photo.

Whoa!!!

10 posted on 06/27/2002 4:03:47 PM PDT by Dog
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To: all4one; All
And if it is true that they are connected with Al Qaeda, and their shops are in malls that makes it very easy to see how they could pull off another large attack. Bring the explosives in as fake shipments, position them around the mall maybe in bathrooms or some other inconscipuous place with the bombs on timers and "no more mall". Since they are merchants in the mall they would not be likely to raise suspicion of mall security.

That is scary!

11 posted on 06/27/2002 4:04:26 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: TomGuy
I think someone is trying to head off something that is in the pipeline......
12 posted on 06/27/2002 4:05:14 PM PDT by Dog
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To: all4one; Marine Inspector
Jewelry is a good way to bring money in and out of the U.S. without raising suspicion and is highly liquid.
13 posted on 06/27/2002 4:06:23 PM PDT by PsyOp
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To: tutstar
Didn't I hear somewhere that since Al Qaeda's bank accounts are being closed down, they are now moving money around in precious gems and gold? This would help them.
14 posted on 06/27/2002 4:06:24 PM PDT by Inkie
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To: Chairman_December_19th_Society
Something for the morning opening...
15 posted on 06/27/2002 4:06:59 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Carl/NewsMax
fyi
16 posted on 06/27/2002 4:08:09 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
Freepers in Northridge, California, Las Vegas, and Oklahoma City also should check to see if there were raids. Intrigue Jewelers at malls in all those locations.

Hi, Dog. Hubby home late, so I am investigating!

17 posted on 06/27/2002 4:08:47 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: tutstar
Bring the explosives in as fake shipments, position them around the mall maybe in bathrooms or some other inconscipuous place with the bombs on timers and "no more mall".

Good point, but they would probably put the explosives in the kiosks, run up curtains, and leave. Bathrooms tend to be in remote places in the mall, and would kill far fewer people than bombs in kiosks, which are in the most heavily travelled areas.

18 posted on 06/27/2002 4:08:57 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball
true, but this still freaks me out......twilight zone music anyone?
19 posted on 06/27/2002 4:10:04 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: Dog
Also Talahassee, Florida and somewhere on Long Island in New York. There are a LOT of these Intrigue Jewelers.
20 posted on 06/27/2002 4:13:50 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Richard Kimball
If this what we all think this is.......this is very clever.....can you imagine the panic...would you want your family going to the local mall....

Very clever......we need to think outside the box......they won't hit us like before next time it will be aimed at the heartland ......you and me....not the high value target in DC and LA and NYC...

They want to wreck the economy....what better way than to blow up malls across America..

21 posted on 06/27/2002 4:17:08 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
Also Dayton, West Demoines, and San Francisco.
22 posted on 06/27/2002 4:18:40 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
Whoa......how many does that make???... we need a count!
23 posted on 06/27/2002 4:19:45 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Miss Marple
That's West DesMoines, Iowa.
24 posted on 06/27/2002 4:20:28 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos; harpseal; Clovis_Skeptic; ladyinred
Just more of your fun loving Islamic terrorists making a living in America, the American way!
25 posted on 06/27/2002 4:20:54 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Jeff Head
Jeff I think al-qaeda read your book....about the attacks on the mall.
26 posted on 06/27/2002 4:21:06 PM PDT by Dog
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To: all4one
Ashar Iqbal Butt

Is this a real name??

27 posted on 06/27/2002 4:21:34 PM PDT by Chairman Fred
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To: Dog
Sheet ... I my neighbor just recently quite her job at a different jewlry store at the mall .. wanted to ask her about this place but she is not home ...
28 posted on 06/27/2002 4:21:53 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Dog
I am only on page 2 of the google search. It takes a while because some of the malls have generic names, and I have to get directions from their sites to see what cities they are in.

And I haven't started searching that other store mentioned in the Pensacola paper yet.

29 posted on 06/27/2002 4:22:02 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Mo1
Tried to call my sister who works at a Simon Mall department store, but she isn't home yet.
30 posted on 06/27/2002 4:23:11 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
This got my attention one of those malls I go to all the time ..
31 posted on 06/27/2002 4:24:05 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mo1
OK...just went to the phone book and we have one in Indy.
32 posted on 06/27/2002 4:25:51 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Dog
Dog, I have to leave. Please keep people paying attention on this. I will be back in a couple of hours.
33 posted on 06/27/2002 4:27:38 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Chairman Fred
Suitable name...many illegals add generic first or last names, I guess he chose one that suited his intelligence the best. A big "way to go" to the clerk at the photo processing center for getting the pictures to the proper authorities.
34 posted on 06/27/2002 4:27:39 PM PDT by all4one
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To: Miss Marple; Mo1
Mail call both of you.
35 posted on 06/27/2002 4:28:22 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
Got it and right back at ya

Need to shut down the computer for a bit and nasty storm just rolled in and the lights are flickering

BBS

36 posted on 06/27/2002 4:35:47 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: all4one
He says they questioned him about a photo he took two years ago of the NASDAQ building in New York, but he doesn't know how they knew about the photo.

Uh....could it be because it was found in a cave in Afghanistan labeled "Submitted by Brother Triq Hussain of PA"?

37 posted on 06/27/2002 4:35:57 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Dog
Tariq Hussain says his home was searched and his computer was taken. He says the FBI accused him of funneling money to Ossama bin Laden's terror network. He says they questioned him about a photo he took two years ago of the NASDAQ building in New York, but he doesn't know how they knew about the photo.

Well, being "accused" can be a tool of inquiry. Pic of NASDAQ building? Same skill investigative skill as in fortune telling - or they knew he was there for some other reason. ..

38 posted on 06/27/2002 4:45:30 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Chairman Fred; dighton
Ashar Iqbal Butt

Is this a real name??

Perhaps a relative of Mr. Cukoo Butt?

39 posted on 06/27/2002 4:50:33 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Miss Marple
I don't find any in WA state.
40 posted on 06/27/2002 4:59:07 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Miss Marple
I just did a search on google and can't believe how many malls they are in. Just one breaking story on cnn and no more news. Please keep checking and posting local stories everyone.
41 posted on 06/27/2002 5:00:05 PM PDT by not-alone
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To: PsyOp
>Jewelry is a good way to bring money in and out of the U.S. without raising suspicion and is highly liquid.

That is why diamonds are called blood diamonds because the support dictators and terrorists. Some people try to buy diamonds certified to come from Canada.

42 posted on 06/27/2002 5:02:10 PM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: not-alone
I just did a google search too, couldn't believe it, they're everywhere. There was also an article I couldn't access that had been on McCall.com about arrests of Muslims at one of the stores in connection with 9/11. This didn't appear to be a recent article as it must have been archived.
43 posted on 06/27/2002 5:05:34 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: Chairman Fred
Butt is a common name in Pakistan....I sat on a British Airway's flight last year from London to Islamabad with a retired Pakistani Lt. General Hamid Butt in the seat next to me. Interesting guy, ran their railroad system...

NeverGore

44 posted on 06/27/2002 5:09:40 PM PDT by nevergore
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To: Miss Marple
Some more Mall locarions ...

Meadows Mall, Las Vegas

Aventure Mall, Aventura Mall is located near the beaches between Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Quail Springs Mall, Okahoma City, Oklahoma

Galleria at White Plains , White Plains, New York 10601

45 posted on 06/27/2002 5:12:11 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: nevergore
Interesting guy, ran their railroad system...

From a wide chair, no doubt.

46 posted on 06/27/2002 5:15:46 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: not-alone
I just did a search on google and can't believe how many malls they are in.

If anything, this indicates that they will not attack malls. The money/gemstone transfer and laundering connection sounds the most plausible.

Predicting where the terrorists will attack the U.S. next is, in my opinion, somewhere between hopeless and heartless. Hopeless, because we can't know. Heartless, because there are a handful of places which are the most obvious targets, and there is no need to further worry the brave people who still live and work there despite knowing the danger.

47 posted on 06/27/2002 5:16:07 PM PDT by Steve Eisenberg
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To: Dog
I think someone is trying to head off something that is in the pipeline......

Yup!

48 posted on 06/27/2002 5:17:45 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: all4one
The Jihadist might hate Jews, but they do seem to be following our steriotypes: Banking, diamonds, oil....
49 posted on 06/27/2002 5:20:27 PM PDT by rmlew
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To: Miss Marple
Just found one at University Mall in Tuscaloosa Alabama...60 miles down the road from me.
50 posted on 06/27/2002 5:29:37 PM PDT by 6ppc
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