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Tapes Exposed
WPVI ^ | 5/6/2003 | David Henry

Posted on 05/06/2003 6:36:56 AM PDT by sjersey

Action News has obtained three tapes of what appears to have been a much larger collection. They may reveal what law enforcement agencies have long believed, that there are al-Qaida sleeper cells out there casing large metropolitan areas like Philadelphia. The tapes were found in a North Philadelphia rooming house after 9/11. The man who found them only recently looked at them. He was alarmed by what he saw and brought the tapes to Action News. We turned them over to the FBI.

Linda Vizi/FBI: "It is obviously something we would have loved to take a look at early on." The FBI would only confirm that his first name is Hany. We've learned that his full name is Hany Hassanin, and he's originally from Egypt. If it knows, the FBI isn't saying what Hany was up to. We showed the tapes to a terrorism expert. He says Hany was up to no good.

Ed Turzanski/terrorism expert: "This is sort of straight out of the terrorist handbook if you will." At the time of the September 11th attacks, Hany lived with a group of Middle Eastern men. Neighbors say they were frequently on the roof with video cameras, taping nearby buildings on the campus of Temple University, and the towers of Center City on September 11th. But Hany was here long before September 11. A year and a half before the attack on the twin towers, Hany appears to embark on a mission to make a road map of the Delaware Valley.

He has a friend tape the occasion when he started living in his car with a camera mounted on the dashboard.

With no visible means of support, Hany spends countless hours driving around the Delaware Valley. The tape is rolling as he drives through the Main Line, through rural parts of Bucks County, through North Philadelphia, just about everywhere, providing a running narration.

Hany then turned his camera on specific targets. He goes to shopping centers like Quakertown Plaza, and, for hours at a time, takes pictures of people coming and going.

In the tapes, he goes to a parking lot at night and focuses on the license plates of two vehicles parked outside a building.

He checks maps, and moves on.

Hany hides the camera when he's stopped by the police for an expired inspection sticker. But, since it's before 9/11, when Hany tells him he's homeless, the officer lets him go with a warning.

At first Hany's video odyssey may seem random, until a disturbing pattern emerges. He turns his camera on a public water supply, 30th Street Station, and this power plant.

Ed Turzanski/terrorism expert: "These are what you would consider high profile, or high value targets. Where you could either kill a large number of people or cause a great deal of panic or disruption." Hany drives right through the security gate of PECO's Cromby power plant outside Phoenixville. He circles the lot and then parks. He then videotapes various parts of the plant. What was Hany up to at that power plant?

We now know more about him and where he's been, living in at least five Delaware Valley communities.

What became of him and his associates?

The surprising answers to those questions, and a look at Hany's curious behavior on 9/11 in our next report tonight at 11, only on Action News


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaedainamerica; hanyhassanin; jihadinamerica

1 posted on 05/06/2003 6:36:56 AM PDT by sjersey
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To: sjersey
I'd appreciate being "pinged" on any follow-up to this story.

Thanks!

2 posted on 05/06/2003 6:42:53 AM PDT by big gray tabby
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To: sjersey; Grampa Dave; Dog Gone; mware; Miss Marple; hchutch; Angelus Errare
Ping me to any follow up stories......please.
3 posted on 05/06/2003 6:48:14 AM PDT by Dog (You are here -->.<-- ereh era uoY)
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To: sjersey
I'm guessing that the terrorist organizations have these guys driving all over our communities doing the scouting for targets. We need more vigilantes.
4 posted on 05/06/2003 6:49:43 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: big gray tabby; sjersey
He appears in this document from a court case...

Hany Hassanin

5 posted on 05/06/2003 6:53:13 AM PDT by Dog (You are here -->.<-- ereh era uoY)
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To: sjersey
My take is this is a form of perpetual wanna-be-ism. Real planning and real follow-through are philosophical aspects of personality that run counter-current to the suicidal, victimology thinking of the hate-filled "muslim terrorist". I put that in quotes, because it is rare for this wanna-be-ism to actualize, outside of dry-humping, toyish, play-acting like these tapes -- and many others of similar nature indicate.

The kind of haters that finally do carry through -- in a strange land to them -- are exceedingly rare. Mohammed Attas are one in a million or more.

They are all a bunch of mommy boys who have no spunk. All indulgent wanna-bes.

6 posted on 05/06/2003 6:53:27 AM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw
They do a "fine" enough job in Israel.
7 posted on 05/06/2003 7:09:44 AM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: The Red Zone
Yes..even come from England for the purpose of killing innocents and themselves.I believe vigilance is necessary.
8 posted on 05/06/2003 7:15:37 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: sjersey
Good Morning sjersey,
If you are creating a ping list for this, please put my name on it.. This is very close to home.
Greg
9 posted on 05/06/2003 7:24:26 AM PDT by gwmoore (As the Russian manual for the Nagant Revolver states: Target Practice, "at the deserter, FIRE")
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To: Dog
Thanks for the ping!
10 posted on 05/06/2003 7:27:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, where leftist liars are exposed 24/7!)
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To: The Red Zone
Three things there ... (1) they are closer to home, to familiar things, (2) they are in denser, closer groups, (3) their hatred is incessanty, constantly reinforced.

Even then there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from reports that many terrorists on a "mission" fizz out in will and go home unexploded.

The victimology psychology is poison to getting things actualized. It's like a steady diet of salt-peter, Gives a lot of gas, heartburn, internal aches and pains, yet it makes one limp and flaccid.

11 posted on 05/06/2003 7:28:14 AM PDT by bvw
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To: sjersey; yay; Tribune7; Temple Owl; Mo1; All
Saw this on Action News last night. Since it is May - sweeps month - they will drag it out for a few nights.

In light of 9-11, it is an unsettling story. But, I'm optimistic that we are much better prepared for terrorist attacks than we were pre 9-11. Nothing in life is 100%, so, we just have to be vigilant, and keep praying...
12 posted on 05/06/2003 7:34:05 AM PDT by baseballmom
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To: Bitwhacker
Pingeroonie
13 posted on 05/06/2003 7:41:05 AM PDT by Neets (Ciao)
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To: baseballmom
Saw this on Action News last night. Since it is May - sweeps month - they will drag it out for a few nights.

I watched Channel 10 last night and didn't see this.

I don't remember hearing this story before .. but I do remember right after 9/11 the police stopped a truck that was hanging around The Pizza Uno at King of Prussia. There were two middle eastern men and a women. In the truch they found video tapes of landmarks. The last I remember hearing was that they were released, and there were never any other follow ups about the tapes they had

14 posted on 05/06/2003 8:22:30 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: sjersey
Ping me on the updates on this situation.

Thanx, The Tarheel

15 posted on 05/06/2003 8:56:53 AM PDT by Tarheel
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To: baseballmom
I hope Hany took pictures of the tall white building at 400 N. Broad St. aka the Inquirer Building.
16 posted on 05/06/2003 9:24:56 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Dog; Grampa Dave; Miss Marple; Tribune7; Temple Owl; baseballmom; Neets; gwmoore
Here is the video of the Action News broadcast .. Just click on where it says "VIDEO: David Henry has the tapes"

Action News6

17 posted on 05/06/2003 9:41:00 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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Those tapes had a real eerie quality to them, especially the ones of him shooting video of 1 Liberty Plaza and the malls.

Now, right after 9/11, I seem to recall some arrests were made in connection with this kind of videotaping, but I don't have any idea of the disposition of the cases.

I do remember a thread here at FR about a carload of Middle Eastern types who were arrested for videotaping the Holland tunnel in NY, and they were found to have a whole bunch of passports in different names, but, as you may have suspected, they had Diplomatic Immunity, were from the UN, and the cops had to cut them loose..

This is the tip of the iceberg.

Keep the Faith for Freedom

Greg

18 posted on 05/06/2003 9:51:22 AM PDT by gwmoore (As the Russian manual for the Nagant Revolver states: Target Practice, "at the deserter, FIRE")
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To: gwmoore
The Phoenixville Plant and riding thru Chester & Bucks county were a bit eerie also

BTW .. do you remember the stories of the pipe bombs that were showing up at different shopping centers .. what ever happened with that story?

19 posted on 05/06/2003 9:57:17 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: Mo1
Thanks. Too many Freepers and others who want to see these tapes so I can't load the video's now.

This reminds me of a couple of personal experiences after 9/11 that I posted.

There is a lake, a good one hour drive from my home. It is in the middle of nowhere and is not a tourist thing. Usually the only people you see on the road besides the few who live there are boaters and fishers like me.

About two months after 9/11 I noticed several times middle eastern appearing people on the dam, which is just off the road, taking pictures. In over 25 years of going to up to that area, I never saw foriegn tourists taking pictures of the dam and the lake below the dam.

I mentioned this to a deputy sheriff that I knew who worked that big area. He had heard similiar reports and suggested that I carry a camera and to take pictures of those suddenly interested in the photo ops from the dam.

So I bought a disposable camera. About one week later on my trip home from fly fishing down stream. There were 3 middle eastern appearing guys taking pictures.

I pulled up behind in my big OJ Simpson Bronco, got out with my camera and placed my cell phone on the hood, and said "Let me take you picture, gentlemen!" They were in the car and took off in seconds. I took a picture as the vehicle was leaving and the little camera did not get the license plates.

About a month later, again on a trip home after fly fishing, there was another car and two couples who appeared to be middle eastern. When I parked behind them and got out, they got in their car and took off.

Since then, the officials have prohibited anyone from going within a quarter of a mile below the dam. They are watching the lake a lot closer. One day a small plane got very low over the lake and was doing some weird flyovers. Within minutes 2 jets from Travis AFB were there and basically in the face of the pilot. He took off and left.

Maybe the picture takers were just there for the scenery inspite of the scenery not being on any tourist map. Maybe not!
20 posted on 05/06/2003 10:11:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, where leftist liars are exposed 24/7!)
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To: Mo1
Mo1, that story just disappeared. I have no idea if anyone was arrested in that deal, same as the deal with the Chester PHS director, where the FBI, etc raided the house, with possible bioterror connections, same deal, disappeared.

It's disturbing, because these stories just fade from the news cycle, and it is like they never existed. No outcome.

Greg

21 posted on 05/06/2003 10:46:38 AM PDT by gwmoore (As the Russian manual for the Nagant Revolver states: Target Practice, "at the deserter, FIRE")
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To: gwmoore
It's disturbing, because these stories just fade from the news cycle, and it is like they never existed. No outcome.

I agree, I have noticed this happen many times

22 posted on 05/06/2003 10:56:27 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: sjersey; yay; Tribune7; Temple Owl; Mo1; Tarheel; gwmoore; baseballmom; Dog; big gray tabby
Here is Part 2 of the Tapes .. if you want to see the video of the reporting, just click below

VIDEO: David Henry reports from 30th Street Station - Part 2

There is new information on Hani Hassanin and his video tapes of the Delaware Valley.

On this report, a woman who new him and an eerie connection between his tapes and the recent shut down of a local water tank. Tonight, part two of our exclusive reports on a man who may have been scooping out terror targets in the Delaware Valley. He came to this country eight years before the 9-11 terror attacks and, as we'll see, he over stayed his welcome. He also alarmed people with his views on Ossama bin Laden.

The man who made the tapes is Hany Hassanin, originally from Egypt. He entered the country through New York on a visitor visa in August of 1992, just six months before the first World Trade Center bombing.

He managed to get a social security card. During the three years before 9-11 he lived at various addresses in the Delaware Valley.

In Philadelphia, Langhorne, Bensalem, Perkasie, Levittown, and again in Philadelphia, in this rooming house along with several other Middle Eastern men.

For a while he lived with a woman. She says before 9-11 they watched a television report about Ossama bin Laden and Hany made it clear he was a firm supporter of the terror leader and his anti-American hatred.

"You know, if you hate our government, if you hate it so much, what are you doing? What are you here for?
Another women tells us after 9-11 Hany was fired from his job at a diner for arguing with coworkers about bin Laden. In the months leading up to 9-11 he made a video road map of the Delaware Valley, taping specific public facilities.

Ed Turzanski/CENTER FOR TERRORISM & COUNTERTERRORISM:

"It's chilling because, certainly, this is not benign. There's a purpose behind this, and the purpose is not a good one." Hany turns his camera on, what Turzanski calls, high profile targets of opportunity; shopping malls, a power plant and transportation hubs. In this case, Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County.

It is a direct water source for a nearby community and feeds into the Delaware river ... which supplies water to Trenton, Philadelphia and other municipalities.

Coincidentally, the Lake Nockamixon Park was shut down last week when a ranger discovered the locks on this water tower had been broken open in four places, including the locks on the hatch on top.

Investigators, so far, have no evidence to connect this incident to Hany's activities, but the FBI has been contacted.

Testing shows the water was not contaminated. Just before 9-11 Hany launches a physical transformation. He turns the camera on himself, hours of exercising, eventually showing off his new physique.

And there's Hany on 9-11, the day of the terror attacks. He spends a restless night. He's up at just before 2 AM taping police activity on the street below.

The camera is rolling again around three in the morning. Then at 12:30 in the afternoon, hours after the first planes hit the World Trade Center, Hany seems to want evidence that he's in Philadelphia.

He has a friend take his picture and check on the date stamp.

They then take the camera outside to shoot Philadelphia landmarks, including the towers of Center City. We turned the tapes over to the FBI.

"Once we were able to do some investigation and identify the individual, it turned out we were already familiar with him." One month after 9-11 Hany was arrested here at 30th Street Station. He had been videotaping interiors of the building. The authorities investigated and found he had overstayed his visitor's visa by eight years. Hany was turned over to the INS and deported. Unfortunately, that was before the FBI knew about these videotapes.

Ed Turzanski/CENTER FOR TERRORISM & COUNTERTERRORISM:

"It's tragic that they did not have these tapes when INS picked him up, because this man ought to be in custody." By the time the authorities paid a visit to Hany's rooming house, his associates were gone. Neighbors say they bolted out the back door. Turzanski believes they may have been an Al-Qaida sleeper cell, possibly planning a second wave of attacks. If the FBI knows who they are and what they were up to, they're not saying.

They say they have no evidence that Hany and his associates were members of a terror cell. But that may be because they knew too little too late without these videotapes.

We don't know where Hany is now. But, the FBI is concerned enough to have placed him on an international watch list. Authorities are on the lookout for him in 40 countries. And he's been red flagged if he tries to reenter this country.

David Henry, Channel 6 Action News.

23 posted on 05/07/2003 12:34:35 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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bump
24 posted on 05/07/2003 6:08:51 AM PDT by Tribune7
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