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Federal agents raid mosque in Albany
newsday.com ^ | August 5, 2004 | The Associated Press

Posted on 08/05/2004 4:07:09 AM PDT by The Mayor

August 5, 2004, 6:48 AM EDT ALBANY, N.Y. -- Federal agents and city police raided a Muslim mosque overnight Wednesday, with armed officers sealing off a block in downtown Albany for several hours.

Authorities declined to immediately discuss the raid at Masjid As-Salam mosque.

An FBI spokesman said a press conference was tentatively set Thursday afternoon in Washington. Some mosque members held morning prayers Thursday on a nearby sidewalk.

WTEN-TV reported two men were arrested and are suspected of providing material support for terrorism. Calls to the U.S. attorney's office were not immediately returned. On Tuesday, William Chase, special agent in charge of the FBI's Albany office, said there had been no terrorism-related arrests in the area and relatively few nationally since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"But I think as time goes on you'll start to see an increased number of prosecutions as law enforcement increases its level of activity and starts looking at some of the ancillary things like financing and those type of things, the things that feed into the system that supports the terrorism," Chase said.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsday.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; US: New York; War on Terror
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To: Happy2BMe; yall
Excerpt from the article:


U.S. officials have said that Ansar's members are thought to be linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant whose network is blamed for attacks on U.S. forces and their allies in Iraq.

The two arrests came as FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agents executed search warrants at the Masjid As-Salam mosque and two Albany-area residences late Wednesday and early Thursday, officials said. The men were identified as Yassin Aref, 34, the imam of the mosque, and 49-year-old Mohammed Hoosain, one of the mosque's founders.

According to law enforcement officials, the two are being charged with providing material support to terrorism by participating in a conspiracy to help an individual they believed was a terrorist purchase a shoulder-fired missile.

The individual was in fact working undercover for the government and no missile ever changed hands. Aref and Hoosain were allegedly involved in money-laundering aspects of the plot, the officials said.

The investigation has been going on for a year and is not related to the Bush administration's decision earlier this week to raise the terror alert level for certain financial sector buildings in New York and Washington, the officials said.



81 posted on 08/05/2004 7:21:09 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: The Mayor

Just heard this story on the local radio. They say the FBI moved in because one of the suspects baught an airline ticket. Wonder how long before the ACLU starts raising a stink.


82 posted on 08/05/2004 7:33:09 AM PDT by SAMWolf (Warranty void if tagline removed.)
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To: Sacajaweau

"Something's afoot, Watson!"


83 posted on 08/05/2004 7:36:38 AM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Imagine

Keep counting; you're still on the low side of it.


84 posted on 08/05/2004 7:38:28 AM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Guillermo

We should be doing MUCH MORE than that!


85 posted on 08/05/2004 7:39:35 AM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: The Mayor
If they're found guilty of supporting terrorists, do they lose their tax exempt status?
86 posted on 08/05/2004 7:44:24 AM PDT by keats5
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
They probably just wanted to fire them into the sky for a Muslim "call to prayer".

I don't think so... For prayer they holler at the top of their lungs over loud speakers... They were just planning a big wedding. The lawyers, ACLU, CAIR and the liberal judges will prove that. Watch and see.

87 posted on 08/05/2004 8:00:08 AM PDT by KriegerGeist ("Only one life to live and soon it is past, and only what was done for Jesus Christ shall last")
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To: The Mayor
Newsday has updated the story. Among the gems quoted:

"It's totally wrong and totally false and totally a lie," Hossain's wife, Mossamat, said in a phone interview.

She said more than a half-dozen agents stormed the family's apartment at about 1:30 a.m., just as her husband returned from New York City where he had gone to buy a plane ticket to Bangladesh for her mother.

88 posted on 08/05/2004 8:24:22 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: The Mayor


89 posted on 08/05/2004 8:32:30 AM PDT by mench
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To: FITZ
NOPE! ALLOFEM! EVERY DAMN ONE!

/rant

90 posted on 08/05/2004 8:49:34 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: OXENinFLA

They've done that in some of their storefront mosques in SoCal.


91 posted on 08/05/2004 8:54:01 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: The Mayor

was anyone eating a BLT in the lunch room when the raid occurred? (obscure reference to yesterday's news)


92 posted on 08/05/2004 8:56:20 AM PDT by Bobby777
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To: The Mayor

LOVE IT!


93 posted on 08/05/2004 9:17:11 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: The Mayor
Thought you may be interested in this

Thanks, Mayor. You bet I am!

I have to run some errands. I will be back! :)

94 posted on 08/05/2004 9:42:48 AM PDT by SheLion (The terrorist are here.......living among us. It's too late to close the borders.)
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To: SheLion

MSNBC is reporting raids relating to anthrax (2001) are being conducted in Newark NJ and Buffalo NY.


95 posted on 08/05/2004 10:13:37 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: OXENinFLA
Hummmmm Now why would they put paper over all the windows???

Because those who are in darkness hate the light, because their evil deeds would be exposed.

96 posted on 08/05/2004 10:45:01 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: JimRed
It has long been time for 24/7/52 surveillance of every mosque

They did not have a problem doing surveillance of Militia groups and the demonrats were NOT crying out against it.
97 posted on 08/05/2004 10:52:58 AM PDT by GeorgiaFreeper (Hitlery does not have fat ankles. That's where the hooves show through above the foot prosthetics.)
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To: ppaul

i live in the area because central avenue is a really large walking area... people walk by things all the time and its a neighborhood where ppl live and walk it. i wouldnt want people gawking at me when I was sitting in church saying the lors prayer thats for sure.

this is really really scarry omg... good for the fbi!!!! never knew it could happen here


98 posted on 08/05/2004 11:04:43 AM PDT by Renlea
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To: Taxman

You're right. All of them at least need investigating.


99 posted on 08/05/2004 11:44:57 AM PDT by FITZ
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To: Old Sarge

Thanks for the Ping!


100 posted on 08/05/2004 12:01:24 PM PDT by Calpernia ("People never like what they don't understand")
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