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CAIR asks FBI not to probe mosques (whiny Moslem alert)
Jewish World Review ^ | Jan. 30, 2003 | UPI

Posted on 01/30/2003 3:15:12 AM PST by Alouette

(UPI) -- A prominent U.S. civil rights and advocacy group urged the Department of Justice Tuesday to rescind a new policy directive to the FBI to count local mosques for inclusion in performance goals in counter terrorism investigations.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations made that demand following the publication of an article in Newsweek magazine detailing the policy instituted by FBI Director Robert Mueller earlier this month.

According to Newsweek, FBI field offices nationwide are to develop demographic profiles of their regions, including the number of local mosques. The profiles will then be used to set specific numerical goals for investigations and wiretaps in each area. If field offices do not meet their goals, they may be subjected to special reviews by teams from FBI headquarters.

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1 posted on 01/30/2003 3:15:12 AM PST by Alouette
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2 posted on 01/30/2003 3:15:44 AM PST by Alouette
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To: Alouette; Michael2001
Grrrrrrr.

I feel a Billy Jack moment coming on.

4 posted on 01/30/2003 3:26:34 AM PST by happygrl (Sometimes kickin' ass makes me happy)
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Got something to hide?

Islam-list

If people want on or off this list, please let me know.

5 posted on 01/30/2003 3:37:55 AM PST by knighthawk
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To: Alouette
Why? The FBI, or any other law enforcement agency is welcomed at our church anytime. Are they hiding something, or is Islam a racist religion? Hmmm, just makes Islam even less attractive, like a secretive cult.
6 posted on 01/30/2003 3:43:45 AM PST by Russell Scott
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To: Alouette
A Matter of Faith: Islam is Fastest-Growing Religion in the U.S.


Abdullah Yusuf, center, prays at the Masjid As-Salam in Sacramento
on Friday. Yusuf says he was raised Catholic but converted to Islam
because he liked the teachings of the Qur'an.

Latino Muslims

In April, California State University, Sacramento, hosted a forum on the "Islamic Presence in Latin America" before and after Columbus. One of the speakers, Salvadoran-born AbdulHadi Bazurto (President of Latin American Muslim Unity), said the more he examined his roots, the more he questioned the validity of Catholicism in his life. "Since the day the Spanish arrived, we as people have suffered a lot," he said. "Christianity's 'white God' concept was harmful to our people, who were definitely not white."

Another speaker, Daniel Denton, a Stockton elementary school teacher who was born in Mexico, said he was a hard-drinking veteran of the Gulf War when he began to explore Islam in 1994. At the invitation of Muslims at Delta College, he went to a mosque. "There was a carpet on the floor, and the walls were bare. I wondered, 'Where is everything?' and then I realized that was everything. If you go to a Catholic church, every few feet they have an image or a statue, but in Islam, there is no association between God and any image."

Denton also was impressed by the Islamic belief that each individual will be judged by their deeds on Judgment Day. That night, he took the shahada, the Muslim vow that says "There is only one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger."

When he started fasting for Ramadan, "I heard my relatives in Stockton were calling my mom in San Diego and telling her I had become a terrorist and was doing drugs," Denton said. "When I went down to San Diego toward the end of Ramadan, I had lost 15 pounds and was starting to grow my beard. My mom was just in tears for days."

But, Denton said, his mother soon realized that instead of partying, he was staying home and talking to her as he had never done before.

"As she began to see the change, she came to accept it, and now she's happy. There's a saying in Islam that goes, 'Heaven lies at the feet of the mother. You have to treat her well at all times, take care of her.' "

Denton, 29, sees similarities between Islamic and Latino culture. "I've noticed that if you take away the crosses, the alcohol and the pork, the smells in my house are similar to Muslim homes..."

Link to article HERE.

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California State University, Sacramento, hosted a forum on the "Islamic Presence in Latin America" before and after Columbus. One of the speakers, Salvadoran-born AbdulHadi Bazurto (President of Latin American Muslim Unity), said the more he examined his roots, the more he questioned the validity of Catholicism in his life. "Since the day the Spanish arrived, we as people have suffered a lot," he said. "Christianity's 'white God' concept was harmful to our people, who were definitely not white."

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Saturday, July 13, 2002, 12:36 a.m. Pacific

Oregon sheriff: 'We had our suspicions'

By Hal Bernton, Mike Carter and David Heath
Seattle Times staff reporters

BLY, Ore. — This hard-knocks hamlet seems an unlikely place to search for clues to the al-Qaida terrorist network.

It sits on an arid plateau in Southern Oregon, about 50 miles east of Klamath Falls. With a population of about 250, it has a couple of cafes and small stores, an antique shop, and the razed foundation of an abandoned lumber mill.

But in late 1999, federal authorities and other sources say, the area had something far more unusual: militant Muslims scouting a ranch outside of town as a possible training camp for jihad fighters.

That aborted effort has now thrust Bly into the thick of a Seattle-based FBI and federal grand-jury investigation into al-Qaida's activities in the United States. Authorities suspect that a group of Seattle-based Muslims, mostly U.S. citizens, were operating as a "cell" in support of al-Qaida, and that opening a terrorist-training camp was part of their plans.

For about six months beginning in September 1999, Semi Osman — a cleric at a small Seattle mosque named Dar-us-Salaam — lived on the ranch, a few miles outside town. Osman is now in federal custody in Seattle, charged with immigration and weapons violations and under investigation for terror-related activities.

Sources say Osman's visitors on the Bly ranch included two members of a London mosque led by Sheik Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical cleric believed to be an al-Qaida recruiter, and militant members of Osman's Central Area mosque. Some of the visitors rode horses and fired automatic weapons, according to people in the area.

Police began to watch the ranch closely, said Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger.

"There were reports of gunfire and of a large group of suspicious, or unusual, people there," Evinger said.

Gunfire is common in rural Southern Oregon, where many residents carry arms and engage in target practice or hunting.

But this information concerned the sheriff enough that he turned it over to the FBI. He heard nothing again until after the Sept. 11 attacks, when the information gained new importance. His detectives were briefed about the federal investigation late last year, Evinger said.

"I think even before then, we had our suspicions about what this might be," he said. "You expect terrorist activity in the big cities. I think people need to realize this sort of stuff can happen anywhere."

Neighbors say Osman, now 32, kept a low profile, tooling around in a beat-up 1984 Toyota sedan and at one point commuting to Klamath Falls to work as a mechanic, according to neighbors and a former employer.

Still, he and his family got plenty of notice. In this community of bluejeans and boots, the balding, bearded Osman dressed in a tunic and skullcap. His wife, an American who converted to Islam, dressed in a long robe and headscarf in traditional Islamic fashion. A young daughter attended the local school.

Some Bly residents who knew Osman say that he was friendly and polite, and often spoke of his hopes to join the U.S. Army after he left the ranch. Osman, a naturalized British citizen with permanent U.S. residency status, was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

But at least one neighbor, retired carpet layer Perry Thompson, clashed with Osman.

Thompson said Osman was a high-strung man who didn't like unexpected visitors. On two occasions, Thompson said, an armed Osman confronted him. In one of the incidents, Thompson said, Osman forced him to stop his truck by driving up from behind and parking in front of him, then he jumped out of his car, ran to his window and pointed a semiautomatic handgun at his head.

"He had all kinds of guns," Thompson said. "And he was belligerent." A Bly tow-truck driver, Billie Livingston, also reports an unsettling visit to the ranch. Coming to jump-start a dead battery, she was surprised to find a half-dozen men, some of whom appeared foreign-born, intently watching her.

Among the men at the ranch in December 1999 were two men who federal investigators believe were sent by al-Qaida leaders to check out the ranch as a potential training camp.

The men's presence in Southern Oregon was documented in a speeding ticket issued that December in Klamath Falls. According to a source, the police officer became suspicious of the occupants of the car and checked their identification.

Later, federal agents would determine the men had arrived from Great Britain two weeks earlier.

"Those men," the source said, "were there for a bad purpose."

The two men were followers of Abu Hamza, leader of the North London Central Mosque in Finsbury Park, the heart of militant Islam in Europe.

Abu Hamza applauded the Sept. 11 attacks. His mosque had been attended by Zacarias Moussaoui, the only man charged in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, and by Richard Reid, the man accused of trying to blow up an American Airlines jetliner with explosives in his shoes.

Osman's attorney, Robert Leen, denies his client has any involvement with terrorism. Others who know Osman say that he was uncomfortable with the militancy of his visitors and that he sought to distance himself from them.

The Bly ranch had been owned by Esther Fisher Schneider, who died in August 1999 at age 82. She had moved from Washington state to Bly in the 1990s with a sheep rancher named Ivan Rule, known among Bly residents for espousing extreme right-wing political views.

The property is now listed as owned by the late Schneider and the Barraka Communal Corp., a nonprofit corporation created by Rule and an American Muslim woman who lived with him in 1999.

In February 2000, Osman and his family left the ranch. The daughter and son-in-law of neighbor Perry Thompson, Lona and Paul Azevedo, moved in. In walks on the property, the Azevedos have collected ammunition from semiautomatic and other weapons.

Rule, who no longer lives in Bly, was not available for comment. The IRS has a tax lien against him in Fremont County, Colo., in the amount of $10,041, dating from May 1994.

Lona Azevedo says she continues to pay rent to Rule through a Bly post office box, but she is not sure where he lives.

Meanwhile, yesterday in London, Abu Hamza denied any knowledge of a plot to set up a terrorist camp in Bly, or of a cell of al-Qaida supporters in Seattle.

"We have quite a good following in America, but we don't keep a structure because we are talking about principles," he told NBC.

"I have friends everywhere," he said. "When you are arresting people in America under suspicion, you might as well arrest the rest of the planet."

Link to article HERE.

7 posted on 01/30/2003 3:55:34 AM PST by ppaul
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To: Alouette
The terrorists believe that they have a "religious" right
to hid WMD in mosques.
G d help patients of Islamic doctors and victims of Islamic terrorists hiding in these mosques.
8 posted on 01/30/2003 4:18:02 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: DoughtyOne
I'll bet this guy was thrilled when the Torah was included in class study programs last year. And I'd be willing to bet he's spent half his life making sure the Bible couldn't be treated the same way.

The Torah IS the Bible (the first five books of the Bible, to be specific). You meant to say Koran, didn't you?

9 posted on 01/30/2003 4:18:57 AM PST by Alouette
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To: Alouette
What a stupid thing for me to say. You're quite right. It's late. What can I say. Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention.

I'm going to repost that comment and have the moderator remove the reference to the Torah. Sheesh!

10 posted on 01/30/2003 4:22:13 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Alouette
Ridiculous. It may be appropriate not to interrupt services, however.
11 posted on 01/30/2003 4:22:53 AM PST by a_Turk
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To: Alouette

It's truly amazing to watch a leftist jerk defend a religious institution. Wouldn't you know it would have to be one that reverences Allah. I'll bet this guy was thrilled
when the Koran was included in class study programs last year. And I'd be willing to bet he's spent half his life making sure the Bible couldn't be treated the same
way.

3 posted on 01/30/2003 3:24 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Looks like we found another member of Dupe University, Class of 2003.)

This is a repost of my orignal response under comment three.  There I made the humiliating mistake of inserting the word Torah for Koran.

Yikes.  Thanks to Alouette for bringing this to my attention.

12 posted on 01/30/2003 4:26:26 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Alouette
According to Newsweek, FBI field offices nationwide are to develop demographic profiles of their regions, including the number of local mosques. The profiles will then be used to set specific numerical goals for investigations and wiretaps in each area. If field offices do not meet their goals, they may be subjected to special reviews by teams from FBI headquarters.
There's nothing wrong with including the number of mosques in a profile of the region. There's plenty wrong with setting quotas for investigations and wiretaps....for the same reason that police departments shouldn't be setting ticket quotas.

-Eric

13 posted on 01/30/2003 4:30:35 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: Alouette
The poor widdle Muzzies wouldn't be having such problems if they didn't have a track record of using Mosques as armories. I read somewhere that Mosques serve as social centers a lot more than do churchs and synagogs.
14 posted on 01/30/2003 4:31:44 AM PST by dennisw (q1)
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To: Alouette
CAIR asks FBI not to probe mosques

That, all by itself, should be enough to set off coordinated no-knock raids on every single mosque anywhere.

15 posted on 01/30/2003 4:42:05 AM PST by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: dennisw
And don't forget NBC suits. Although I suppose CAIR would argue that those are religious vestments.
16 posted on 01/30/2003 4:43:00 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Alouette
The UPI story is literally nothing more than the press release posted on the CAIR website. If a conservative group were to issue a press release on this subject, do you suppose UPI would print it word-for-word, apparently without asking any questions?

Nowhere in the original Pipes article (posted here on his website) does he advocate surveillance of all Muslims in the U.S. He does advocate increased scrutiny of certain groups as indicated in the quoted paragraph, but that's a long way from "all Muslims in this country".

17 posted on 01/30/2003 4:43:19 AM PST by AzJohn
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To: Cachelot
bump for inspecting mosques, and to be inclusive, you can inspect our temple too, we have nothing to hide.
18 posted on 01/30/2003 4:47:13 AM PST by KC_for_Freedom
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To: Alouette
Sounds like the FBI is on the right track.
19 posted on 01/30/2003 4:47:31 AM PST by steveegg (I wonder how long this bout of sanity lasts in the Fed ranks)
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To: Diogenesis
Here is the differance. Some of these Mullahs use their pulpits as a base to stir the faithful to take up arms against the citizens of the US. They promise their faithful with matyr status in heaven and the famous 72 virgins for dieing in a jihad against innocent civilians. This has nothing to do with seperation of church and state, nor the first amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech. Hey it takes men and women in the armed services putting it on the line every day just to assure us of those rights. So, if you are in this country expecting to be protected by the bill of rights and the constitution, and than use your pulpit to stir your masses into action against our government. If, you preach to your followers to take up arms or bombs to kill; innocent persons than you are a terrorists who deserves to arrested and locked up for the rest of our life. If, due to your preaching and ranting someone follows your line about martyrs and all of that and that person injures of kills someone due to you than you deserved to be put to death.;
20 posted on 01/30/2003 4:50:41 AM PST by sharkdiver
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To: DoughtyOne
No problem, DoughtyOne. I get them mixed up too. I know which is which, but the names throw me off sometimes. Don't feel bad.
21 posted on 01/30/2003 4:51:28 AM PST by sneakers
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To: RnMomof7
Religion Of PeaceTM alert.
22 posted on 01/30/2003 5:05:26 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Alouette
Mosques should not be exempt from FBI scrutiny; these are bastions for Muslim extremists; there is no separation of 'church and state' or 'hate' for these people.

'NO' to CAIR. . .and a flying leap for all of them as well.

23 posted on 01/30/2003 5:11:48 AM PST by cricket
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To: sharkdiver
So, if you are in this country expecting to be protected by the bill of rights and the constitution, and than use your pulpit to stir your masses into action against our government. If, you preach to your followers to take up arms or bombs to kill; innocent persons than you are a terrorists who deserves to arrested and locked up for the rest of our life.

Correct. The Constitution is not a death pact.

T-44 days until the birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that Internet Explorer cannot.

24 posted on 01/30/2003 5:20:57 AM PST by rdb3 (Ain't no future in your frontin'. Never wuz, cuz.)
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To: Alouette
...and the FBI should listen to the professional whiners at CAIR, why?

They've already found six terrorists here in Oregon, associated with one of their "Islamic Centers."

25 posted on 01/30/2003 6:11:06 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: E Rocc
True. I don't like the quota idea.

I just get a bit ticked off at this idea from the likes of CAIR that "oh, there's no reason to look in mosques rather than churches or synagogues!" That's just flat-out false. Like it or not, many Muslims in the U.S. are associated with Wahabbism, which is basically treasonous in a country like ours.

26 posted on 01/30/2003 6:16:21 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: cricket
I doubt anyone at CAIR would report on terrorist acts being planned at any of their mosques. Of course they don't want any Arab investigated.
27 posted on 01/30/2003 6:20:59 AM PST by FITZ
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To: dennisw
CAIR should tell the Muslims here that they should return home to their Islamic paradises. They should want to live in their own countries since they have made them all under Sharia law ---they are a bit inconsistent by moving to a non-Islamic country like the USA in the first place.
28 posted on 01/30/2003 6:24:04 AM PST by FITZ
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To: Alouette
The left has no leg to stand on. They support bans and confiscations of what they dub "weapons of choice for criminals and terrorists" such as "Saturday night specials," "assault weapons" and .50 cal "military sniper rifles," Constitutional guarantees about the right to keep and bear arms notwithstanding.

Given that Islam is the religion of choice for criminals aand terrorists, on what basis can they argue some sort of Constitutional protection of Mosques or Muslims?

This is not to say that I endorse any infringement of Constitutional liberties - much the opposite, but they can't reasonable expect some rights to be held sacred while they earnestly shred others.

29 posted on 01/30/2003 6:38:57 AM PST by coloradan
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To: Alouette
I am sick and tired of Muslims in this country whining non-stop! The FBI can go in any church they like in this country and no one would complain if they had just cause to- the Muslims in this country don't deserve any special treatment. The FBI should tell them to shove it!
30 posted on 01/30/2003 6:47:09 AM PST by areafiftyone (The U.N. is now officially irrelevant! The building is for Sale!!!)
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To: areafiftyone
ONCE the USA places the Shari'a ABOVE our laws of the USA we will be DOOMED!

Islamic Law, or Shari'a, is held by Muslims to be a complete legal system that governs every aspect of individual and social life and is derived directly from the Quran and the Traditions and Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century of the Christian Era.

Make no mistake about it...CAIR wants to TRUMP our Constitution and Laws with their POS Shari'a

31 posted on 01/30/2003 6:53:51 AM PST by Caliban (Democrats multiply by dividing.)
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To: Caliban
Go here to educate yourself on Shari'a
32 posted on 01/30/2003 7:03:17 AM PST by Caliban (Democrats multiply by dividing.)
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To: knighthawk
Thanks for the ping!

Gee, you don't suppose the mo-slimes might possibly be doing something they shouldn't do you? Or maybe - just maybe - some mosques are being used as recruiting centers for jihadists?

Naw, that couldn't possibly be! (/sarcasm)

33 posted on 01/30/2003 7:21:49 AM PST by neutrino (Audaces fortuna juvat)
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To: Alouette
It is religious profiling of the worst kind and must be rescinded if America is to maintain respect for religious freedom and for equal justice under the law," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

And it's about bloody time that the FBI realized that Islam is the Enemy.

Since all moslem men between the ages of 12 and 55 or so have to be counted as terrorists (read the koran) then we had better be tracking them.

34 posted on 01/30/2003 7:35:48 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: ppaul
Denton also was impressed by the Islamic belief that each individual will be judged by their deeds on Judgment Day.

And since God is perfect He demands perfection from us. What's that mr moslem, you went 55 1/2 MPH in a 55 mph zone just once? Straight to hell with you sinner.

God demands perfection from us. And since only Jesus lived a perfect life we must get to heaven on Jesus' coat tails. John 3:16. There is no other way.

35 posted on 01/30/2003 7:39:08 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Alouette
You know something, any FBI agent is welcome in our church at any time. He would be treated with respect.

For the record I am not blind to my rights and to how LEO tend to abuse my rights. I respect LEO but treat them with respect and openess. It does help to live where I live. A couple of days ago I drove into a city park in Delta at 10:30 pm. There were 3 cars parked there. Before I saw what they were they all flipped on their lights at the same time. Turns out the cops were meeting there for break and just wanted to play a joke on me when I drove in. We all laughed and I drove off. Nice cops.

36 posted on 01/30/2003 7:42:03 AM PST by OperationFreedom
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To: Alouette
CAIR asks FBI not to probe mosques

That is one of the dumbest things CAIR has ever done.

37 posted on 01/30/2003 7:46:10 AM PST by zip
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To: coloradan
This is not to say that I endorse any infringement of Constitutional liberties - much the opposite, but they can't reasonable expect some rights to be held sacred while they earnestly shred others.

A very good point. Selective adherence to constitutional principles doesnt apply here. Another good point made on this thread is Why would Muslims want to move a secular country like ours in the first place?? The answer; to erode from within......

38 posted on 01/30/2003 7:47:04 AM PST by cardinal4 (Global Warming?? Its freezing outside!!)
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To: KC_for_Freedom
Memo to CAIR: Go ahead and inspect the protestant churches while you're at it, nothing too subversive in the basement. Tell you what, keep a tally of all the places of worship that house weapons and preach killing of infidels and death to Israel and to the USA, and we'll make up a bar graph. Then whichever faith has a problem will be fair grounds for profiling.
39 posted on 01/30/2003 8:02:25 AM PST by Sender
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To: Alouette
Do not the teachings of their Quran forbid whine?
40 posted on 01/30/2003 8:06:23 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: knighthawk
"Got 'thrax"?
41 posted on 01/30/2003 8:12:04 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: FITZ
They should want to live in their own countries since they have made them all under Sharia law ---they are a bit inconsistent by moving to a non-Islamic country like the USA in the first place.

Not really, if you look at it from a colonizing point of view.

42 posted on 01/30/2003 8:29:16 AM PST by xJones
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To: Alouette
Here's a story from the Chicago Tribune today that tells all. The Religion of Peace at work again.

Al Qaeda operative tied to local Islamic charity A photo released last spring purportedly shows Enaam Arnaout when he met with Osama bin Laden. Story collections The government vs. Enaam M. Arnaout

By Laurie Cohen and Kim Barker Tribune staff reporters Published January 30, 2003

A key Al Qaeda operative who tried to help Osama bin Laden develop a nuclear weapon was once a leader of an Islamic charity based in Palos Hills, federal prosecutors alleged in a court filing made public Wednesday.

Mohamed Loay Bayazid was president of Benevolence International Foundation in 1994, the government alleged. Around the same time, Bayazid sought to get uranium for Al Qaeda, prosecutors said.

The new allegation came in a 101-page filing in which the government details its evidence against Enaam Arnaout, the foundation's executive director.

Arnaout is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 10 on charges that he helped orchestrate a conspiracy to defraud donors by funneling money to militant groups, including Al Qaeda, rather than to humanitarian causes. Some of the donations came from corporations like Microsoft through matching gift programs.

The government filing portrays Benevolence as a group with a "core mission" of supporting Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, Sudan, Bosnia and Chechnya. It relies heavily on documents, including e-mails, memos and photographs, found in government raids on Benevolence's offices.

The charity publicly said it raised money for relief items but instead sent anti-mine boots to Chechnyan fighters, prosecutors alleged. The charity said it raised money for orphans, but far less than the amount intended actually went to orphans, the government said. The charity said its mission was humanitarian relief, but an internal mission statement said it aimed "to make Islam supreme on this Earth," according to the document.

A Benevolence memo warned employees to "NEVER VOLUNTEER ANY INFORMATION" to callers.

Attorneys for Arnaout and Benevolence criticized the government filing as an attempt to try the case in the press.

"The picture presented by the [filing] is inaccurate and totally misleading, and that's why we have a trial," said Joseph Duffy, an attorney for Arnaout. The filing "is nothing more than the government's version of what they would like the facts to be, and Mr. Arnaout is looking forward to his day in court."

`That's absurd'

Matthew Piers, an attorney for Benevolence, denied Bayazid was a leader of the charity. "That's absurd, ridiculous and false, and the government knows it," Piers said.

Although Benevolence isn't a defendant in the case, the filing focuses on the charity because the government is trying to establish the existence of a conspiracy so it can introduce certain evidence at Arnaout's trial.

The government originally submitted the filing on Jan. 6, but U.S. District Judge Suzanne Conlon agreed to seal it at the request of Arnaout's lawyers, who raised concerns that media coverage might prejudice the public and hinder jury selection. Arnaout's lawyers are trying to persuade the judge to exclude the alleged ties between Arnaout and bin Laden from the government's case.

Late Tuesday, Conlon ordered the document be unsealed in response to a request by the Chicago Tribune, which argued the 1st Amendment requires public access to criminal court records. The Tribune also argued that allegations about Arnaout's connections to terrorist groups have come to light in previous government filings.

Bayazid's name had previously come up because he used Benevolence's street address in Palos Hills on his Illinois driver's license. Bayazid allegedly was carrying the license in December 1994 when he was stopped--along with bin Laden's brother and brother-in-law--by authorities in San Francisco.

In the new filing, prosecutors cite internal Benevolence documents that allegedly show Bayazid was a leader at the charity. For example, the document quotes minutes of a Benevolence meeting on Sept. 15, 1994, stating that Bayazid as president ran the meeting. Arnaout also attended the meeting, prosecutors said.

Public filings with Illinois authorities don't list Bayazid as a charity official, and Piers said Bayazid never held such a post with Benevolence. He was in the Chicago area briefly in the mid-1990s and met with charity staffers about "the possibility of working there," Piers said.

Bayazid, also known as Abu Rida al Suri, allegedly tried to obtain uranium for a nuclear weapon for bin Laden in 1993 or 1994 in Sudan, according to testimony at the trial relating to the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Prosecutors said Bayazid was also present at the founding of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 1988, along with Mamdouh Salim, who allegedly traveled to Bosnia 10 years later with Arnaout's help. Salim is now in a New York jail awaiting trial on charges that he was a high-ranking participant in bin Laden's conspiracy to kill Americans.

Bayazid is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Syria, lived in Kansas City, Mo., in the early 1990s, and his current whereabouts are unknown, said Rita Katz, a terrorism expert at the SITE Institute. Arnaout, 40, was also born in Syria and is a U.S. citizen.

Other alleged militants were connected to Benevolence, the government said in the filing. The charity's officer in Chechnya was an Al Qaeda military commander, prosecutors said, and the Benevolence office in Azerbaijan was staffed by the local representative of Hezb e Islami, a military group based in Afghanistan.

Arnaout is also alleged to have his own ties with Al Qaeda, though there's no evidence he signed an oath of allegiance to the group, the government said. A computer file found in Benevolence's office in Bosnia-Herzegovina, labeled "Osama's history," allegedly contained newspaper articles and photographs showing Arnaout at bin Laden's first military camp in Afghanistan in the late 1980s. The document also said he occasionally drove bin Laden during the war against the Soviets.

Media concerns

While agreeing to unseal the document, Conlon wrote that she still worries "media coverage will make selection of a far and impartial jury a daunting task." Conlon said that task will be more difficult in the Arnaout case than in recent local cases involving allegedly corrupt public officials, including the ongoing trial of Scott Fawell, the former top aide to George Ryan.

"Those cases do not implicate the public trauma this country has suffered because of terrorism, deeply affecting our national and individual lives like no other event in recent history," Conlon wrote.

The judge also took prosecutors to task for filing 248 exhibits along with the document. At a hearing Tuesday, Conlon said she would return the documents to prosecutors. Filing them before they were admitted into evidence was a "curious and disturbing procedure," she said.

Assistant U.S. Atty. John Kocoras, who is prosecuting the case along with U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, told Conlon at the hearing that the government filed the exhibits to aid in her decisions. According to Conlon's order, the government has decided not to use 206 of the 248 exhibits in its case.

43 posted on 01/30/2003 8:50:29 AM PST by Chi-Town Lady
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To: xJones
Of course CAIR doesn't want to admit that quite yet.
44 posted on 01/30/2003 9:00:45 AM PST by FITZ
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To: knighthawk
CAIR should suggest that its constituents take a lesson from Sadam's playbook and retrofit their mosques so as to render them mobile.

A wise man once said: "A rolling mosque gathers no stones".....

45 posted on 01/30/2003 9:25:34 AM PST by tracer
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To: sneakers
Thanks.
46 posted on 01/30/2003 9:37:30 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! ;))
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To: E Rocc
Mosques have been used as recruiting stations for terrorists and have most certainly been used for the teachings of hatred of the USA. Mosques, should of course, be on the watch list for terrorism. Islam is at odds with democracy, and no mosque should ever have been built in the USA.
47 posted on 01/30/2003 10:53:44 AM PST by tessalu
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To: Alouette
Time to weed the Arabs out of the FBI, too.
48 posted on 01/30/2003 11:06:09 AM PST by Redbob
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To: tessalu
Islam is at odds with democracy, and no mosque should ever have been built in the USA.
How does one reconcile such an opinion with this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

?

-Eric

49 posted on 01/30/2003 11:59:00 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: rdb3
The Constitution is not a death pact.

You said it! As Supreme Ct. Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote, in a dissenting opinion (I think the case was Terminiello v. Chicago, but I might be wrong), that "the Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact."
50 posted on 01/30/2003 12:02:48 PM PST by eddiespaghetti
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