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No Choice but Guilty (Lackawanna Six were recruited by Bosnian War Muslims)
washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003 | Michael Powell

Posted on 07/30/2003 7:31:22 PM PDT by Destro

Prosecuting Terror

No Choice but Guilty

Lackawanna Case Highlights Legal Tilt

By Michael Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 29, 2003; Page A01

First of two articles

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. -- Even now, after the arrests and the anger and the world media spotlight, the mystery for neighbors in this old steel town remains this: Why would six of their young men so readily agree to plead guilty to terror charges, accepting long prison terms far from home?

The reality appears to fall between such disbelief and talk of sleeper cells. Two men who were veterans of the war in Bosnia and alleged recruiters for al Qaeda had passed through Lackawanna: Juma al-Dosari and Kamal Derwish. In early 2001, al-Dosari, a charismatic preacher based in Indiana, spoke at the Lackawanna mosque, housed in an abandoned Ukrainian Orthodox church. His militant tone troubled leaders enough that they did not invite him back. Derwish, husky, bearded and austere, invited kids to his apartment for pizza. But he annoyed adults with his rigid insistence on separating the sexes.

The six young men found themselves drawn to al-Dosari and Derwish.

"Derwish would tell them: 'You don't even know the prophets, you won't make it past Judgment Day,' " said Rodney O. Personius, a former federal prosecutor who represented one of the six defendants. "Juma said that Mecca wouldn't do, that they needed jihad training if they wanted to save their souls."

In April and May 2001, the six men journeyed to Pakistan, ostensibly to train in the religious schools known as madrassas. Their trip was no secret -- their families wished them well with their pilgrimage. But the men instead journeyed to a fundamentalist guest house in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and then to al Farooq, a training camp for beginning jihadists. That was before the Sept. 11 attacks, but after the attacks on U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and on the USS Cole in Yemen.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2001; afghanistan; aldosari; alfarooq; alfarouk; alqaeda; balkans; bosnia; buffalocell; campaignfinance; derwish; dosari; hoosierjihad; indianacell; jihadinamerica; jumaaldosari; kamalderwish; lackawanna; lackawanna6; lackawannacell; recruiting; terrortrials; trainingcamps
More links to Bosnia and al-Qaeda in America....what did Clinton know and when did he know it?
1 posted on 07/30/2003 7:31:23 PM PDT by Destro
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To: *balkans; Travis McGee; Angelus Errare
bump
2 posted on 07/30/2003 7:32:23 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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Just imagine how many more of them are still here and walking the streets........
3 posted on 07/30/2003 7:37:27 PM PDT by b4its2late (I am a partisan. Part right and the other part right.)
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To: b4its2late
How many were invited by Clinton as a thank you for helping out his administration in Bosnia?
4 posted on 07/30/2003 7:38:35 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
Scary thought.
5 posted on 07/30/2003 7:50:53 PM PDT by b4its2late (I am a partisan. Part right and the other part right.)
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To: Destro
Was "Lackawanna Six" part of the headline, or did somebody add it?

If it was part of the original, this means the Dems have decided to make these terrorist jerks their latest cause and are going to promote them as poor picked-upon little sweeties (sort of like the "children" of Saddam).

Remember "Los siete de la raza," the San Quentin Six, etc? You probably you don't, unless you lived in San Francisco in the 70s, where thugs always came in numbered groups.

Spare me the "Lackwanna Six."

I've got to go upchuck now.
6 posted on 07/30/2003 8:01:43 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Bosnia....focus on Bosnia....
7 posted on 07/30/2003 9:02:18 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
Thanks.

Frisk-free at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59245-2003Jul28.html
8 posted on 07/30/2003 9:29:45 PM PDT by Russian Sage
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To: Russian Sage
Sorry. Try http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&edition=us&q=washington+post+No+Choice+but+Guilty&btnG=Search+News
9 posted on 07/30/2003 9:31:48 PM PDT by Russian Sage
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To: Destro
Lackawanna 6: ??

Weren't they the Terrorists that were all "Registered Democrats"????
It seems the Media quickly hushed up about that part of the story.

10 posted on 07/30/2003 9:33:01 PM PDT by HP8753 (My cat hates static electricity....)
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To: Destro
Sooner or later, we're going to have to take out the trash.
11 posted on 07/30/2003 10:22:47 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Destro
Bush must know so much about how badly Clinton screwed things up but for various reasons can't tell us.
12 posted on 07/31/2003 6:19:46 PM PDT by Burkeman1 (If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.)
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