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  • Appeals court rules against Ashcroft in 9/11 case

    09/04/2009 2:47:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,784+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/09 | Rebecca Boone - ap
    BOISE, Idaho – A federal appeals court delivered a stinging rebuke Friday to the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 detention policies, ruling that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after 9/11. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government's improper use of material witnesses after Sept. 11 was "repugnant to the Constitution and a painful reminder of some of the most ignominious chapters of our national history." The court found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism...
  • American on US no-fly list stranded in Egypt

    06/16/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT · by too_cool_for_skool · 56 replies · 966+ views
    AP ^ | 06/16/2010
    CAIRO — A Virginia man, stuck in Egypt for the last six weeks living in a cheap hotel and surviving on fast food, said Wednesday his name was placed on a U.S. no-fly list because of a trip to Yemen. Yahya Wehelie, 26, who was born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Somali parents was returning with his brother Yusuf from 18 months studying in Yemen, when Egyptian authorities stopped him from boarding his flight to New York saying the FBI wanted to speak with him. Wehelie said he was then told by FBI agents in Egypt that his name was on...
  • FEIZ MUHAMMAD: PRO-JIHAD IDEOLOGUE WITH INFLUENCE IN THE U.S.

    03/21/2010 8:19:57 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 196+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | March 19, 2010 10:39 AM | By Madeleine Gruen
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "Feiz Muhammad is an Australian citizen now residing in Malaysia. He has been labeled Australia's "most dangerous sheikh" due to the number of connections he has to known and suspected terrorists. Muhammad’s target audience is young Muslims who feel disaffected and disassociated from local Muslim communities, where mosque clerics show "a lack of interest toward the youth." His lectures frame the United States as the enemy of all Muslims, including those living in the United States and Americans living in other Western countries. He emphasizes that Muslims should regard Western culture as corrupt and immoral, and...
  • TERRORISTS IN THE MAKING? Egypt Pursues Europeans Taking Arabic Classes

    10/02/2009 1:05:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 510+ views
    SPIEGEL.de ^ | September 25, 2009 | This article has been provided courtesy of NRC Handelsblad.
    SNIPPET: "Arabic language schools in Nasr City are doing well and many Salafists come to Egypt in to learn the language of the Koran. Many deeply religious students from Europe come to Egypt to learn Arabic. The question is: are these European Salafists coming to study the language of the Koran or to prepare terrorist attacks?" SNIPPET: "In addition to language lessons, they usually follow courses in Islamic law offered by teachers ranging from the renowned Al-Azhar University to clandestine imams without permits. "Religious fanatics want to be taken seriously," says Walid al-Gohari, founder and director of the Al-Fajr institute,...
  • New Jersey jihadist arrested in Yemen worked at nuclear power plants

    03/12/2010 12:50:52 AM PST · by Cindy · 33 replies · 1,184+ views
    (NBC Philadelphia by Vince Lattanzio) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted by Robert on March 11, 2010 11:59 PM | n/a
    "New Jersey jihadist arrested in Yemen worked at nuclear power plants" SNIPPET: "The South Jersey man who Yemini officials are calling a terrorist with links to al-Qaeda previously worked at three local nuclear power plants. Sharif Mobley, 26, is being held in a jail in Yemen after he allegedly killed a police guard and seriously injured another during a shootout at a hospital on Monday. The Buena, N.J. native has also been accused of taking part in several acts of terrorism, Yemini officials say. He also purportedly has ties to the same branch of al-Qaeda who are suspected of attempting...
  • Nigerian May Have Used Course in Yemen as Cover

    12/31/2009 12:23:57 PM PST · by UAConservative · 5 replies · 288+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 31, 2009 | Steve Erlanger
    SANA, Yemen — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb an airplane last week, already spoke fluent Arabic by the time he arrived here in Yemen for classes last summer, impressing his instructors with his command of the language he had supposedly come to improve. Then, after six weeks in and out of class, the school got him an exit visa, and on Sept. 21 even arranged for a car that took Mr. Abdulmutallab to the airport, the director said. “After that we never saw him again, and apparently he did not leave Yemen,” the director,...
  • Arabic study may have been cover for bomb suspect

    12/31/2009 12:41:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 282+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009 | AHMED AL-HAJ
    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - The Nigerian suspected of trying to bring down a U.S. airliner with explosives might have used Arabic studies as a pretext for entering Yemen before disappearing for months, perhaps into one of the lawless country's al-Qaida strongholds, fellow students and teachers said. Interviews with staff and students at the Institute for the Arabic Language this week have revealed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was frequently absent from classes and spent at most one month at the school in Yemen's capital, San'a, starting in late August before vanishing. Authorities say he didn't leave the country until December and...
  • S.F. STATE: Professor of Arabic barred from returning to U.S. from Canada

    09/12/2006 7:54:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 978+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/12/6 | Tanya Schevitz
    S.F. State scholar's visa gets canceled; case under review - An assistant professor of Arabic at San Francisco State University has been stranded in Canada for three months, unable to return to campus, after the U.S. State Department canceled his visa and began reviewing his security status. Mohammad Ramadan Hassan Salama's troubles began in June, when he arrived in Canada for what he thought was a two-day stay to change his temporary scholar visa, which was due to expire. He planned to exchange it at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto for the more coveted O-1 visa, granted only to...