Skip to comments.Federal agents raid mosque in Albany
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.
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Got a link for that? Got family in NE and I am living in IA.
Never hurts to have a good cover story. The early local online updates by Albany Times Union had pictures of militant looking men wearing Fear Allah shirts but now change agents or the local progressives have morphed the emphasis onto what will happen to the wife and the children.
ON THE NET...
"ISLAM The Eternal Path to Peace Jannah.Org"
"In The name of Allah, The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Z Masjid As-Salaam Z
Official Website of the Central Mosque of Albany"
"Albany, New York Area Muslims Homepage"
August 05, 2004
"Jannah.org: home of the website of Masjid As-Salaam, Albany NY"
"Mosque raided in Albany, NY. Two arrested [the imam and the mosque's founder]"
"Two Men Arrested from Albany Mosque:"
"Two men suspected of being involved with an al Qaeda affiliate were arrested in Albany, New York, on Thursday in a scheme to launder money to buy a shoulder-fired missile, U.S. law enforcement sources said.
The sources said the arrests on Thursday night were unrelated to the raising of the terror threat level over the weekend on intelligence that al Qaeda was targeting financial centers in the United States.
Arrested were Ya Seen Arif, 34, and Mohammed Hoosain, 49, the sources said. Arif is the imam of the Masjid As-Salaam mosque in Albany, while Hoosain was the founder of the mosque, they said.
One of the men is a U.S. citizen but the nationality of the other was not immediately available.
Another source said the two were believed to be linked with Ansar al-Islam, an Iraqi militant group suspected of having ties to the al Qaeda network."
"Federal agents and city police raided a Muslim mosque overnight Wednesday, with armed officers sealing off a block in downtown Albany for several hours."
"Posted by aaron at August 05, 2004 07:23 AM"
U.S. National - AP
"Federal Agents Raid Mosque in Albany"
Thu Aug 5, 7:26 AM ET
"FRankly, every "Mosque" in America should be raided!"
I agree 100% but try doing that with the ACLU.
There was a thread on the incident, perhaps last Thursday or Friday. I'll try to search for it, and ping you if I find it.
Hold on to your hat! I think every Bee Hive in America is being stirred up!
They need to be raided by SWAT teams!
With Junkyard mean dogs!
Defendant Mohammed Hossain exits the rear of the federal courthouse in Albany, New York August 5, 2004. The FBI (news - web sites) raided an Albany, New York, mosque and arrested its founder and imam in a sting operation involving money laundering, a shoulder-fired missile and a fake plot to kill the Pakistani ambassador. (Chip East/Reuters)
Every Mosque in America should be under surveillance for next few months, until they can establish if terrorists are being harbored there.
Defendant Imam Yassin Aref exits the rear of the federal courthouse in Albany, New York August 5, 2004. The FBI (news - web sites) raided an Albany, New York, mosque Thursday and arrested its founder and imam in a sting operation involving money laundering, a shoulder-fired missile and a fake plot to kill the Pakistani ambassador. Imam Yassin Aref and founder Mohammed Hossain were arrested after overnight raids on houses and the Masjid As-Salaam mosque, Deputy Attorney General James Comey said. Authorities said the arrests were unrelated to the recently raised terror threat level about possible attacks on financial buildings in New York, Washington and Newark, New Jersey. REUTERS/Chip East
Thanks for posting those pics..
I just got home and this is the first glimpse I have gotten of them..
They look peaceful..........
Maybe we should keep these people out of our country from now on?
they need to stop picking on those poor Muslims...what's wrong with buying stingers?
liberals will call it harrassment...
Imagine if we'd arrested 19 Muslim males on Sept 10th, 2001...Those poor boys just wanted to fly. What a crazy conspiracy theory.
Nice outfit. heh!
Or even junkyard mean pigs and hogs.