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Two men are charged with smuggling Middle Easterners for $20,000 each
Associated Press ^ | 9/14/02 | Associated Press

Posted on 09/15/2002 8:24:29 AM PDT by browardchad

Two men from Pakistan and Sri Lanka were held without bail Friday on charges that they smuggled Middle Easterners into the United States through third countries for $20,000 each.

Iqbal Munawar and Chelliah Sri Kajamukam were arrested late Thursday at Miami International Airport on charges filed in New York, federal authorities said.

They made federal court appearances Friday and were ordered to return to court for bond hearings Thursday.

An Indian businessman led the smuggling ring, which illegally flew people to Miami and New York and carried them to the United States by boat, FBI agent Timothy Ryan wrote in a court affidavit.

Nathu Babu Dhamelia, allegedly the head of a five-member ring, has issued more than 1,500 Cuban visas to people trying to reach the United States, according to an anonymous tip, the affidavit said.

His whereabouts were not immediately known. Dhamelia was described by the tipster as an honorary Cuban consul.

The Customs Service in Miami intercepted a DHL package addressed to Dhamelia in New Delhi last month, Ryan's report said. The package contained 55 blank Cuban tourist visas and two blank Jamaican immigration cards.

Kajamukam, 37, is a Canadian citizen born in Sri Lanka. He was arrested after flying Thursday from the Bahamas to Miami, after a U.S. immigration inspector in the Bahamas found several blank Canadian immigration forms for sponsoring the arrival of immigrants in the United States.

Munawar, 40, a Pakistani national, was arrested Thursday night at the Miami airport. He initially denied it but later told airport agents that he and Dhamelia traveled together in Ecuador on import-export business this year.

An Ecuadorean flight manifest showed Dhamelia and Munawar were assigned to seats next to each other on a domestic flight last April 30.

The investigation was based on an anonymous letter received at the U.S. consulate in Bombay, India, in June 2001.

The letter said Dhamelia and Kajamukam were involved in an attempt to smuggle 29 people by ship from Ecuador through Panama to the United States, Ryan's affidavit said.

Interviewed Tuesday in Mahwah, N.J., Dhamelia's wife told Ryan and other FBI agents that her husband smuggled people by air from Jamaica and by boat.


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1 posted on 09/15/2002 8:24:30 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad
I always suspected those DHL vans were targeted by Arab terrorists for hijacking and being flown into major skyscrapers ;^0
2 posted on 09/15/2002 8:28:50 AM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Dog; kcvl; Grampa Dave; Dixie Mom; antidisestablishment; ladyinred; Miss Marple
I did an extensive search for this and didn't see it posted. Fox News had a scroll this AM that a "Munawar Iqbal" (identified in this story as "Iqbal Munawar"), arrested at Miami Airport on Thursday, had been charged with "money laundering for terrorist organizations."

Munawar Iqbal is the Pakistani who was turned up as registered agent for Intrigue Jewelers, the stores that were raided and shut down by the Feds in Philadelphia and Florida some months back, as researched on this thread:

Al-Qaeda Threat in Philadelphia?

3 posted on 09/15/2002 8:34:38 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad
Thanks!
4 posted on 09/15/2002 8:45:48 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: browardchad; Grampa Dave
Thanks for pointing this out!!

Grampa Dave, the Intrigue Jewelers story pops up again!!

5 posted on 09/15/2002 8:52:18 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: browardchad; Miss Marple; Ranger; Shermy; Mo1; Clovis_Skeptic; ladyinred; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Amazing how some of the same players and fronts keep popping up.

This is why they don't want racial profiling or to allow Mr Ashcroft's groups to be effective.

With good investigations and profiling, some of these Islamakazi supporters over here make an used jock strap or a rock look like Mensas versus them.

This is why the CAIR Islamakazis are so upset. Good investigations, police work and profiling will lead right back to the communities that have fostered and nutured Jihad in America.
6 posted on 09/15/2002 9:00:03 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
Just saw the scroll again; it seems that Iqbal was "on the terrorist watch list," described as "40-year-old resident of Brandon, Florida."
7 posted on 09/15/2002 9:13:40 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad
"An Indian businessman led the smuggling ring, which illegally flew people to Miami and New York and carried them to the United States by boat, FBI agent Timothy Ryan wrote in a court affidavit."

What am I missing here?

8 posted on 09/15/2002 9:18:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Poor writing. I THINK it means they either illegally flew people into the country, OR they illegally brought them by boat.
9 posted on 09/15/2002 9:26:17 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: browardchad
The problem with the name, "Iqbal Munawar", it is apparently a very common Arabic Name. Just a simple search on Yahoo.com, came up with 11,700 references.

You would need a Cray computer to weed out the chaf to get to the real Iqbal Munawars who are Islamakazi supporters or Islamakazis.
10 posted on 09/15/2002 9:29:35 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Cvengr
I always suspected those DHL vans were targeted by Arab terrorists for hijacking and being flown into major skyscrapers ;^0

I always wondered why some people would make light, or jokes about something like this. Are they just being cute, sophomoric? Does this issue bother and scare them so bad they feel a need to be comical about it? Kinda like a security blanket?

Do people like you attempt to minimize this, to push an agenda? Do you think that our out of control immigration "free for all", compounded by the millions upon millions that are out right invading this county, is some kind of a funny, humorous joke?

11 posted on 09/15/2002 9:32:43 AM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: browardchad
We are fighting a different kind of war. Then enemy soldiers are being smuggled into this country for covert operations. They might take over communities, similar to the Hindu cult in Oregon (or was it Washington state), where the first bioattack on this country occured, sending over 700 people to the hospital.

This apparently was a practice run, the plan being to keep enough people sick on election day so that they could vote their own slate into power.

I agree with Bill O'Reilly -- we need to have the military patrol our borders since the present system is too ineffective and just kick out all illegals without a fuss.

12 posted on 09/15/2002 9:36:44 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Joe Hadenuf
No, I simply found it sychronistic that the major DHL advertising scheme is of a flying van, which is known to be false, and a bunch of bumbling yet devoted Muslim terrorists also happened to employ DHL services. It wouldn't surprise me if the same profile of the hijackers were attracted to DHL had no desire to learn how to land a jet, they merely wanted to learn how to fly. Likewise, I wouldn't be too surprised if that type of arrogant, ignorant person would also devote themselves to attempting to hijack a DHL van by packaging themselves and getting themselves loaded into a van they believed would also fly.

I don't find their actions humorous. I find their net worth to be rather pathetic and sick,....not much more redeeming than a hypothetical hijacker of a DHL van seeking to fly it into a skyscraper.

13 posted on 09/15/2002 10:08:40 AM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Say Joe, what kind of out of control immigration "free for all", allowed our ancestors into this great land?
14 posted on 09/15/2002 10:10:48 AM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Cvengr
what kind of out of control immigration "free for all", allowed our ancestors into this great land?

The out of control "free for all" that detained people on Ellis Island until they were met by relatives? (My grandmother had to stay in that hellhole overnight, with six kids, one a babe in arms, because my grandfather didn't get there in time, as noted on the ship's manifest; and he, before her, was not allowed to leave until picked up by his brother-in-law). The same "out of control" immigration that sent heartbroken immigrants back to their country of origin if they didn't pass a physical? The same "out of control" immigration which allowed people fleeing starvation and war to come here, but didn't give them a dime of the public dole to earn their keep?

The same "out of control" immigration that, in spite of the hardships, discrimination and poverty made our ancestors determined to become "Americans," and not some hyphenated multi-culti with divided loyalty to the "homeland?" -- or worse yet, arriving here with thinly-veiled hatred for their adopted land, and determined to use their new-found freedom to subvert freedom?

Shall I go on?

15 posted on 09/15/2002 10:28:30 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: Grampa Dave
IMHO all these @ssholes should be charged and brought to justice as accessory to murder with 2801 counts regardless of what rock they hide under.

personally I'd like to see justice dealt on the spot when they are smoked out.

Stay Safe !

16 posted on 09/15/2002 10:41:25 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: Squantos
I like what you posted, and I will re arrange it a little:

Personally I'd like to see justice dealt on the spot when they are smoked out if they even act like they are resisting.

RE those cowards who surrender, IMHO all these @ssholes should be charged and brought to justice as accessory to murder with 2801 counts regardless of what rock they hide under.

I really like that accessory to murder with 2801 counts. That is what all of this about.

17 posted on 09/15/2002 10:47:29 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
This is why the CAIR Islamakazis are so upset. Good investigations, police work and profiling will lead right back to the communities that have fostered and nutured Jihad in America.


Right you are!
18 posted on 09/15/2002 10:53:24 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: browardchad
Excellent answers to the "out of control" challenge question!
19 posted on 09/15/2002 10:57:21 AM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: Grampa Dave
if they even act like they are resisting

Do go soft on me at this late stage Grampa :o) Gotta show these toads no mercy. Just like they do on those who are innocent and killed as they go about their life of just being Americans......

Stay Safe, Stay Tough !

20 posted on 09/15/2002 10:58:29 AM PDT by Squantos
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To: Grampa Dave
The problem with the name, "Iqbal Munawar"

And these given names/surnames are obviously interchangeable. There is some hope on the technology front, with the development of software such as the Name Reference Library , which "analyzes name origins, tells the user whether or not multiple middle and last names are in the right order (Egyptian- and Saudi-born citizens often use multiple generational names), and provides a list of the top 10 spelling variants as well as gender associations" -- as well as a similar breakthrough with phenome indexing software.

The problem is that this expensive technology is unlikely to filter down to the front lines -- local LE -- anytime soon.

21 posted on 09/15/2002 11:06:10 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: browardchad
Thanks, now that NSA and the CIA are using this new tech help, maybe the Former Bureau of Investigation can free up the money used to investigate White Christian Conservatives to purchase some of this tech.

Then each state can stop some welfare programs for illegal aliens to pay for this tech.

We know that the left wing mayors/city councils of the Rat infested inner cities would never purchase this tech. It might be used to root out the evil ones living in their cities and their voters.
22 posted on 09/15/2002 11:15:21 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Squantos
Okay, I getting soft in my old age. I have problems wasting an Islamakazi unless he glares at me, frowns or does the famous gesture. Of course, I'm forever looking at the way to get more intel out of them to get the next group of Islamakazis. I also, like the concept of using Personalized Tombstone Pizza Delivery for Ahmed or Iqbal!
23 posted on 09/15/2002 11:20:04 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Bigg Red
We have at least two decades of these Islamakazi bent communities creating these Islamakazis. When we start to check out the financing of the Mosques, the communities and their "Scholarship programs to send Achmed or Mohamad to Pakistan to learn how to kill us, this will get very embarrasing. So CAIR has to prevent this at all costs!
24 posted on 09/15/2002 11:22:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Cvengr
Say Joe, what kind of out of control immigration "free for all", allowed our ancestors into this great land?

Oh, that was the American Indian immigration control. Do you think they regret not having better, more adequate border control?

25 posted on 09/15/2002 11:32:04 AM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Grampa Dave; *JIHAD IN AMERICA; Clovis_Skeptic; ladyinred; veronica; Travis McGee; Shermy; ...
I also, like the concept of using Personalized Tombstone Pizza Delivery for Ahmed or Iqbal!

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26 posted on 09/15/2002 12:29:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: browardchad
While this is wrong, what gets me is that our very own government admitted over 100,000 middle easterners into this country in the aftermath of September 11. Smart, huh?
27 posted on 09/15/2002 2:38:51 PM PDT by FreedomFriend
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To: browardchad
Thanks--I've not been around FR much lately and missed your ping to this info. I also saw the scroll on Fox over the weekend, but couldn't find anything further. The name jumped out at me, and I just knew it was the same guy. I pointed it out on another thread without realizing you had already made the connection!
28 posted on 09/16/2002 6:52:44 PM PDT by Dixie Mom
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Mostly because they have nothing intelligent to add.
29 posted on 09/16/2002 6:58:00 PM PDT by cynicom
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To: cynicom
Agree....
30 posted on 09/16/2002 6:59:50 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Hey, Joe!!! That was a good one!!

I was going to say I don't know about the other poster, but my ancestors came by whatever means were LEGAL and became productive, law-abiding Americans - some to fight in the Revolutionary war, others later.

Now my husband's ancestors were some of the ones with the original 'out of control immigration' you referred to--------

31 posted on 09/16/2002 7:08:41 PM PDT by nanny
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To: nanny
I noted that he never replied back. Thanks....
32 posted on 09/16/2002 7:27:10 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe Hadenuf
I was telling my husband (of Indian ancestry, American that is) about your post.

He tells me there is some stories that the Indians at the time of the first white man's coming were strenuously questioning letting them come and stay. It seems the leaders told them not to worry, these were hard-working, God-fearing people and they were bringing them beads and other gifts and they could only add to the economy.

He says if we continue to allow the unlimited immigration, the Indians will try to make room for everyone on the 'Reservations'.

33 posted on 09/16/2002 8:07:37 PM PDT by nanny
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To: nanny
Tell your husband, that Joe said, Good point!
34 posted on 09/16/2002 8:11:37 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: aristeides; thinden; honway; piasa; Wallaby; Grampa Dave
Nathu Babu Dhamelia, allegedly the head of a five-member ring, has issued more than 1,500 Cuban visas to people trying to reach the United States, according to an anonymous tip, the affidavit said.

The Customs Service in Miami intercepted a DHL package addressed to Dhamelia in New Delhi last month, Ryan's report said. The package contained 55 blank Cuban tourist visas and two blank Jamaican immigration cards.

after a U.S. immigration inspector in the Bahamas found several blank Canadian immigration forms for sponsoring the arrival of immigrants in the United States.

The letter said Dhamelia and Kajamukam were involved in an attempt to smuggle 29 people by ship from Ecuador through Panama to the United States, Ryan's affidavit said

I colored this red for the PRC...(Panama and Cuba would be too dangerous for Chinese trying to escape, I would think.)

35 posted on 09/16/2002 11:10:13 PM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: browardchad
excellent response!!!! A+
36 posted on 09/16/2002 11:27:36 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: Lion's Cub
This is a perfect and classic deal for Fidel. Smuggling potentially dangerous illegals into the US would make Fidel money and could harm the US. That is why Cuba has been one of the keys in smuggling drugs into America.
37 posted on 09/17/2002 6:28:42 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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bttt
38 posted on 10/11/2002 8:05:56 PM PDT by piasa
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