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  • Paper: Bush Considered Sending Troops Into New York

    07/24/2009 10:38:47 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 42 replies · 1,645+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 24, 2009
    The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, New York, suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects, the New York Times reported. WASHINGTON - The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, New York, suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power within the United States, The New York Times reported. Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush advisers at the time strongly urged that the military be used to apprehend men who were suspected of plotting with...
  • Paper: Bush Considered Sending Troops into Buffalo (But He Didn't)

    07/24/2009 9:02:43 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies · 913+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/24/2009 | Yahoo News
    WASHINGTON – The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power, The New York Times reported. Vice President Dick Cheney and several other Bush advisers at the time strongly urged that the military be used to apprehend men who were suspected of plotting with al Qaida, who later became known as the Lackawanna Six, the Times reported on its Web site Friday night. It cited former administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • U.S. gives half of the Lackawanna Six a fresh start

    06/16/2009 12:19:33 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 824+ views
    BUFFALO NEWS ^ | Updated: 06/13/09 07:11 AM | Lou Michael
    Note: Photos included. FOCUS:TERRORISM SNIPPET: "Faysal H. Galab, the first to take a plea deal, received the shortest sentence, seven years, and is now out of federal custody and living in the Detroit area under his own name. Shafal A. Mosed is out of prison and in a federal halfway house in Rochester working as a day laborer. He plans to move back to Lackawanna and rejoin his wife and child in September, according to members of the Yemenite community in Lackawanna. His brother, who refused to speak about Mosed’s upcoming return, pointed out that Galab has managed to succeed...
  • Only American Dead in Yemeni Terrorist Attack was Relative of Lackawanna Six Terrorist

    09/18/2008 12:24:22 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 13 replies · 324+ views
    Even though we know yesterday's Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen were targeted at Americans and America, it's ironic that the only American who died was a relative of Jaber El-Baneh, the fugitive seventh member of the Lackawanna Six Al-Qaeda terrorists--homegrown terrorists in Suburban Buffalo. I've written about Jaber El-Baneh--who, in 2005, was allowed to escape a Yemeni prison by Yemeni police and prison guards and who has never faced justice in America for training to foment terrorist attacks on our soil. Mr. El-Baneh trained at the Al-Farooq terrorist training camp run by Osama Bin Laden...
  • One of FBI most wanted appears in Yemen (appeared in a Yemeni court Saturday and then walked free)

    02/23/2008 7:07:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 266+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/23/08 | Ahmed Al-Haj - ap
    SAN`A, Yemen - A Yemeni-American who is among the FBI's most wanted terrorism suspects appeared in a Yemeni court Saturday and then walked free, an eyewitness said. Jaber Elbaneh, 41, attended a session of the trial for him and 22 others charged in connection with a series of attacks on oil facilities. "He entered the courtroom surrounded by four bodyguards, introduced himself to the judge then he left," an eyewitness said speaking on condition of anonymity because of security concerns. Footage of Elbaneh entering and leaving the court unimpeded also appeared on the Dubai-based pan-Arab satellite channel, al-Arabiya. Security authorities...
  • PA Man Convicted for Attempting to provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    11/15/2007 1:46:44 PM PST · by gandalftb · 7 replies · 158+ views
    COUNTY NC NEWS ^ | November 7, 2007 | Rob Cross
    COUNTY NEWS -- Michael Curtis Reynolds, age 49, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to a 30-year prison term for attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda and other related charges. According to Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Martin C. Carlson, the evidence at trial established that starting in October 2005, Michael Curtis Reynolds began an attempt to aid a foreign terrorist organization--Al-Qaeda. Reynolds' plan was to help Al-Qaeda units that he believed existed in Canada and this country to make an attempt to destroy fuel pipelines...
  • 3 in custody as raids focus on money trail to Yemen

    12/18/2002 7:01:32 AM PST · by twas · 5 replies · 552+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 12/18 | MICHAEL BEEBE
    Queen City Cigarettes & Candy, a Clinton Street warehouse owned by food broker Mohamed T. Albanna, is one element of investigators' picture of a money-transmitting business that sent large sums to Yemen. A leader of Lackawanna's Yemeni-American community and two other men were in custody today on charges they operated an illegal money-transmitting business that sent funds from Western New York to Yemen. Mohamed T. Albanna, vice president of the American Muslim Council of Western New York and a frequent spokesman for the defendants known as the "Lackawanna Six," appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Tuesday after...
  • Terror cell suspect described tense meeting with bin Laden

    01/23/2003 10:30:00 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 350+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 1/23/03 | AP
    <p>BUFFALO (AP) — A New York man accused of attending an al-Qaeda training camp recounted his one-on-one meeting with Osama bin Laden in court documents defense attorneys hope will fend off prosecutors' attempts to keep him jailed for failing to disclose the encounter earlier.</p>
  • Second N.Y. Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty

    03/24/2003 11:57:11 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 245+ views
    Reuters | Monday, March 24, 2003 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON
    Second N.Y. Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty By CAROLYN THOMPSON .c The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A second of six Yemeni-American men accused of training at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks pleaded guilty Monday to charges he supported al-Qaida. Shafal Mosed, 24, entered the plea to a charge of knowingly and unlawfully providing and attempting to provide material resources to a foreign terrorist organization, namely al-Qaida. Under a plea deal, he agreed to cooperate with investigators. In exchange, prosecutors dropped one charge and agreed to seek a lighter sentence of eight years....
  • A search for answers in the case against the Lackawanna Six (terrorists arrested 5 years ago)

    09/10/2007 3:33:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 9/09/07 | Mark Sommer
    A search for answers in the case against the Lackawanna SixBy Mark Sommer NEWS BOOK REVIEWER Updated: 09/09/07 6:29 AM The arraignment of the Lackawanna Six attracted national attention. Derek Gee/Buffalo News It was five years ago today that police apprehended the first member of what was quickly dubbed the Lackawanna Six. Headlines blared far beyond Western New York, as news stories raised the specter of homegrown terrorists training with al-Qaida in southern Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden, it would later be revealed, was present, too. President Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller quickly proclaimed the Lackawanna...
  • Last Of Lackawanna Six in Custody

    05/21/2007 3:51:19 PM PDT · by xcamel · 5 replies · 659+ views
    WHAM ^ | Last Update: May 21, 2007 6:40 PM | staff/ap
    Buffalo, New York - (AP) A Yemen newspaper is reporting that Jaber Elbaneh -- the fugitive associate of the so-called Lackawanna Six -- is in custody in Yemen. Elbaneh is wanted in Buffalo on a charge of providing material support to al-Qaida by attending a training camp in Afghanistan in 2001. Authorities say he attended the camp with members of the Lackawanna Six, but unlike the others, never came back to the United States. He was in custody in a Yemen prison before escaping with more than 20 other prisoners in February 2006. The US has a five million-dollar reward...
  • American-Born Muslims And The Lessons Of The Lackawanna, NY Terrorist Cell

    09/16/2002 10:03:20 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 52 replies · 3,203+ views
    toogoodreports.com ^ | September 16, 2002 | Alan Caruba
    It´s fair to say that most Americans were shocked to learn that five American-born Muslims were arrested in Lackawanna, New York, accused of aiding and abetting al Qaeda. They are alleged to have traveled to Afghanistan to train in one of Osama bin Laden´s camps and are said to have actually heard him address his terror troops. The lesson here is that, for "true believers", Islam demands total allegiance to the exclusion of all other loyalties. This is why a meeting of Muslims in England last week to celebrate 9-11 included remarks to the effect that they want to see...
  • FBI: American Among Escapees From Yemen (allegedly trained w/"Lackawanna Six")

    02/10/2006 4:17:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 648+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/06 | Carolyn Thompson -ap
    BUFFALO, N.Y. - An American wanted for allegedly training with the "Lackawanna Six" at an al-Qaida camp was among the 23 men who tunneled out of a Yemeni prison last week, the FBI confirmed Friday. Authorities earlier said they believed Jaber Elbaneh, 39, was probably among the escapees, but were not certain because of conflicting information, including a posting by the international police organization Interpol that pictured Elbaneh but described someone else. Elbaneh is charged in Buffalo with providing material support to al-Qaida by attending the al-Farooq training camp run by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan months before the Sept....
  • FBI in Lodi: Abusive or just assertive?

    07/23/2005 7:48:53 AM PDT · by w1andsodidwe · 19 replies · 767+ views
    Lodi News-Sentinel ^ | Jul 23, 2005 | Jake Armstrong
    They've interviewed people, followed people, arrested people and even, some say, directed planes to fly ceaselessly over the city. There is little doubt the FBI has been a powerful presence in Lodi in the days since the arrest of several local Muslims in what has been termed a terror investigation. Two former Lodi imams were also arrested on immigration charges: Shabbir Ahmed, 35, and Mohammad Adil Khan, 47, and Khan's son, Mohammad Hassan Adil, 19. Adil Khan and his son have agreed to be deported rather than face federal charges. The arrest drew a boisterous legion of media -- and...
  • LTC Joseph Myers to appear on Greg Allen's the Right Balance Tomorrow Friday 1006 EST

    07/14/2005 3:23:05 PM PDT · by Barbarian6 · 233+ views
    He is the author of: "Are Plans in Place if Schools attacked?" "Proliferation Terror Time for a New Deterrence Strategy" http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/05/breaking2453439.html "Does al Qaida have nukes?" http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44251 This program will restream every 2hrs from 1006 EST until Monday morning, listen at your convenience.
  • CA: A tale of two terror probes - Lackawanna and Lodi parallel?

    07/10/2005 8:27:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/10/05 | Dorothy Korber
    The young men were at loose ends in Lackawanna, a blue-collar town in upstate New York. Restless and curious about their Islamic heritage, they started meeting secretly with a charismatic Muslim fundamentalist who persuaded them to trek to Afghanistan to attend a military training camp. It's a long way from Lackawanna to Lodi, but there are parallels between the New York case and the unfolding federal probe in the San Joaquin County town. --snip-- The seven Lackawanna men headed for Afghanistan in the spring of 2001, according to news accounts of their case. They told their families and friends in...
  • Death at prison investigated

    07/01/2005 6:53:25 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 7/1/2005 | Josh Brodesky
    Lackawanna County Prison officials are investigating the Wednesday morning death of an inmate who family members say had emphysema and needed to receive oxygen 24 hours a day. About 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, Thomas Ogden, 51, of Archbald, complained to the prison’s medical unit that he was having trouble breathing, said Lackawanna County press secretary Jenine Ikeler. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital at 8:32 a.m., where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m, Ms. Ikeler said. Mr. Ogden died of pulmonary emboli — blood clots in the pulmonary arteries, said Lackawanna County Coroner Joseph Brennan, who ruled the...
  • Promise Keeper, by Bernie Kerik (America's 9/11 Police Commissioner)

    11/01/2004 6:23:11 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 1,542+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 1, 2004 | BERNARD KERIK
    ...I am voting for George W. Bush because he has shown me that he has the resolve and the strength to fight and win the war against terrorism. In this year's presidential election, the first held since the attacks of 9/11, the most important election in our lifetime, these qualities have never been more critical. I'm voting for President Bush because I was the commissioner of the New York City Police Department on 9/11 and I watched the planes crash into the World Trade Center, and take the lives of 23 of my cops, 37 Port Authority officers, 343 firefighters...
  • Raising the Profile of Islam

    09/12/2004 6:44:51 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 36 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Buffalo [NY] News ^ | September 12, 2004 | Jay Tokasz
    Muslims seek to refute cultural misunderstandings while they move into mainstream of WNY life In the shadow of the large mosque at the corner of Sycamore and Sobieski streets, fear of the unknown sometimes occupies residents. Muslims have bought dozens of homes, staking their property with tall, impenetrable fences. The women journey with groceries from the market in long, flowing dresses and burkas that cover everything but their eyes. The men wear loose-fitting robes, skull caps and untrimmed beards, and walk five times a day to the mosque, Masjid Zakaria, for prayer. Some of their non-Muslim neighbors wonder why they...
  • On a day filled with the Russian school horror, a photo shining with hope for us all

    09/03/2004 12:44:39 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 15 replies · 2,630+ views
    This is a photo of the massive crowd that greeted President and Mrs. Bush today. The Yahoo caption reads: President Bush, at podium center right, is surrounded by a sea of supporters at Lackawanna County Stadium, Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, in Moosic, Pa. Bush visited the battleground state of Pennsylvania as part of his post-convention campaign swing through three states he lost in 2000. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Yemen Refuses to Extradite Alleged Leader of Lackawanna Six

    02/12/2004 1:43:11 PM PST · by Shermy · 3 replies · 366+ views
    Yemen Observer ^ | February 14, 2004 | Abdul-Aziz Oudah
    SANA’A - Yemeni authorities have refused to extradite the American Yemeni-born Jaber Al-Banna, 39, to the United States on charges of being the leader of the Lackawanna Six. The US demanded the handover of Al-Banna after Yemeni security authorities captured him several weeks ago. He is now being interrogated to give more information about his link to Al-Qaeda and his leadership of the Lackawanna Six. Deputy Foreign Minister Muhyi Al-Din Al-Dhobbi said that the extradition of Al-Banna is impossible now. The deputy minister denied news that Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi proposed a prisoner swap during his visit to Washington...
  • Flood to subpoena records of Northeast Baseball Inc. (Red Barons - Phillies AAA Team)

    02/12/2004 6:04:12 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 190+ views
    Citizen's Voice ^ | 2/12/2004 | James Conmy
    Luzerne County Controller Steve Flood said on Wednesday he is planning to subpoena financial records from Northeast Baseball Inc., the non-profit corporation that is supposed to operate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. Flood wants to issue subpoenas within the next few days, unless Northeast Baseball, which he said has not had a board of directors meeting in "at least five years," submits the financial information he is requesting. Items like annual reports, balance sheets and possible profit margins are all on the controller's wish list. "We're frustrated," he said. "We don't even know who to contact. So we're going to subpoena...
  • Accused al-Qaida Member Caught in Yemen

    01/29/2004 7:08:13 AM PST · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 20 replies · 212+ views
    Chicago Tribune on-line ^ | January 29, 2004 | AP
    NEW YORK -- The last member of a group of Yemeni-American men from western New York sought by U.S. authorities for attending an al-Qaeda training camp has been taken into custody in Yemen, according to a newspaper report. Jaber Elbaneh was being held by Yemeni authorities, and negotiations are under way for extradition, The New York Times reported in a story for Thursday editions, citing unidentified officials in Yemen and the United States. Six men from Lackawanna pleaded guilty last year to aiding a terrorist organization by attending the camp in Afghanistan in 2001. In December, 31-year-old Sahim Alwan was...
  • First of U.S. 'Lackawanna Six' Jailed for 10 Years

    12/03/2003 3:29:31 PM PST · by Calamari · 16 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 03, 2003 6:04 p.m. ET | Grant McCool
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (Reuters) - A judge sentenced the first of six Yemeni-Americans who attended a military-style al Qaeda training camp shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.
  • Documents: Lackawanna Six revealed 'highly valuable' information

    11/25/2003 12:36:25 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 160+ views
    AP | 11/25/03 | CAROLYN THOMPSON
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Six Yemeni-Americans recruited to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have filled the government in on al-Qaida leaders, their training methods and other topics, according to federal authorities. Since pleading guilty to providing material support to Osama bin Laden's organization, the so-called "Lackawanna Six" have provided "substantial assistance and information deemed highly valuable" to government terrorism investigations, prosecutors said in court papers reviewed by The Associated Press. During several interview sessions lasting from two hours to full days, the men, obligated by plea deals to cooperate, detailed: --...
  • Ah, the misunderstood terrorist -- our new victim class (NYT & FBI collaborators)

    10/18/2003 2:19:30 PM PDT · by tubavil · 10 replies · 110+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10/16/2003 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sunday's New York Times story on six Yemeni Americans from Lackawanna, N.Y., who attended an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in May and June of 2001 featured the caveat that the Lackawanna Six presented "a profoundly ambiguous threat." Forget that the six men pleaded guilty to providing material support to Al Qaeda. The Lackawanna Six are victims now. As one of the six, Sahim Alwan, told the newspaper, he thought his trek to Afghanistan's Al Farooq terrorist training camp was part of a "religious quest." He has become the Lackawanna Six's poster boy because he left Al Farooq early....
  • Drug raids are latest blow to local Arab-Americans

    10/09/2003 1:37:42 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 6 replies · 789+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | October 8, 2003 | GENE WARNER,
    First there were the arrests of the Lackawanna Six. Then a kidnapping and extortion plot seeking $1 million in ransom money from a Lackawanna Six relative. And on Tuesday, the roundup that netted the arrests of about 20 suspected drug operators, almost half of them local Arab-Americans. Many members of the Arab-American community feel as if they've been hit with one of those battering rams used to break down the front doors of drug houses. "I know the Arab-American community in Lackawanna is under extra scrutiny, mostly from federal agencies," said Mohamed Albanna, vice president of the American Muslim Council...
  • Six Groups Said to Be Monitored in U.S. for Possible Qaeda Links

    08/22/2003 7:07:15 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 163+ views
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 22, 2003 | DON VAN NATTA Jr.
    LONDON, Aug. 22 — American law enforcement officials are monitoring the activities of at least six groups in the United States they suspect are linked to Al Qaeda, senior government officials in the United States and Europe said this week. Most of the individuals whose movements and communications are being closely tracked are believed to be sympathizers of Osama bin Laden who may be engaged in low-level support activities for the Qaeda terror network, like raising money, relaying messages and recruiting new members, American and European officials said. The officials insisted that no evidence had emerged that any of the...
  • Priest Used Inmate Labor

    08/19/2003 8:37:44 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 286+ views
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 8/19/2003 | Jessica D. Matthews and Lynne Slack Shedlock
    The use of Lackawanna County Prison inmates to work at personal residences has spread beyond prison and county officials. The prison chaplain used prisoners to help build his secluded Dalton dwelling, which is owned by the Diocese of Scranton, the Times-Tribune newspapers has learned. The Rev. William Pickard, who runs the Urban Ministries program at the prison and is an advocate for inmate rights, told the newspapers that prisoners helped construct the St. Joseph the Worker Hermitage on the grounds of St. Pius X Seminary. Father Pickard said he believes the inmate work, done in 1997, was a form of...
  • Warden at Lackawanna County Prison Fired

    08/01/2003 11:50:26 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 646+ views
    Newswatch 16 ^ | 7/31/03 | Danielle Schlesier
    The warden at the Lackawanna County Prison is out of a job. Thomas Gilhooley admitted to county commissioners he used inmates and officers to do work at his home. The prison board met Thursday to discuss the fall out from the firing, and they've asked the state to investigate management at the prison. The Lackawanna County Prison Board gathered for the first time since county commissioners fired Warden Tom Gilhooley on Wednesday. Commissioners explained Gilhooley admitted to them that he had prisoners and guards transport items to his home; for example, things for his pool that he stored at the...
  • No Choice but Guilty (Lackawanna Six were recruited by Bosnian War Muslims)

    07/30/2003 7:31:22 PM PDT · by Destro · 11 replies · 396+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003 | Michael Powell
    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...
  • No Choice but Guilty

    07/28/2003 9:01:30 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 198+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003; Page A01 | Michael Powell
    <p>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?</p>
  • Yemeni Connection

    12/19/2002 9:09:51 AM PST · by ganesha · 2 replies · 368+ views
    buffalo news ^ | 12/19/2002 | Michael Beebe and Sandra Tan
    Yemeni connection Arrests extend to Michigan in federal probe of money transfers By MICHAEL BEEBE and SANDRA TAN News Staff Reporters 12/19/2002 HARRY SCULL JR./Buffalo News Mohamed T. Albanna of Lackawanna leaves federal court in Buffalo after being freed from jail on $100,000 bond amid cheers and hugs from family and friends. HARRY SCULL JR./Buffalo News Defense lawyer Philip M. Marshall says the government is focusing on his client's lack of a license.(I don't know how to post photographs follow link to source to see these pictures.) The federal government continued its crackdown on illegal money transfers to Yemen on...
  • Man of the people-Arrested

    12/18/2002 5:27:03 PM PST · by ganesha · 22 replies · 545+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 12/18/2002 | Sandra Tan
    Man of the people - arrested By SANDRA TAN News Staff Reporter 12/18/2002 Mohamed T. Albanna, photographed in his Clinton Street store last July, is considered outspoken on issues crucial to Lackawanna. Business owner Andrea Haxton saw Mohamed T. Albanna several days a week. He was her main cigarette distributor and regularly dropped off boxes at her A&E Goods store on Ridge Road and Ingham Avenue on his way home from work. "He delivers them, we pay him, chit-chat, and he goes home," the Lackawanna business owner said. "We talk about politics all the time." Albanna came by Monday night...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 12/19/02-Holland,Kabul,NY,Taji,Al Nassr,HMS Cardiff,10thMt.Div

    12/18/2002 9:13:48 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 59 replies · 1,558+ views
    Yahoo, AP, Reuters, and the usual suspects | 12/19/02 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 12/19/02 - Amsterdam, Kabul, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Seibersdorf, Taji, Al Nassr, HMS Cardiff, Bethlehem, Denpasar, Gaza, Ramallah, Rotterdam, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum BREAKING: Amsterdam, terror against the IKEA home goods chain BREAKING: Kabul, Amir Mohammed and Gulam Saki BREAKING: Lackawanna arrests BREAKING: Lebanon - On $addam's "amnesty" Iraqi citizens head home BREAKING: Seibersdorf, Austria, laboratories of the International Atomic Energy Agency BREAKING: Taji, Al Nassr mechanical factories - Inspection BREAKING: Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Cardiff 10th Mountain Division train at Fort Drum, Bethlehem, Denpasar, Gaza, Ramallah, Rotterdam ========= Taji ========= In Taji,...
  • Another Lackawanna Arrest

    12/17/2002 9:34:35 AM PST · by ganesha · 6 replies · 297+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 12/17/2002 | Michael Beebe and Dan Herbeck
    Another Lackawanna arrest -Businessman will be charged with sending at least $3 million to Yemen By MICHAEL BEEBE and DAN HERBECK News Staff Reporters 12/17/2002 Federal authorities today are expected to arrest a Lackawanna businessman with ties to the Lackawanna Six on charges that he illegally sent at least $3 million to Yemen over the last several years. The investigation was conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Western New York, but sources said investigators have been unable to trace any of the money to terrorist activities. "These transfers have been made illegally and (are) unreported," a law enforcement...
  • Bin Laden announced US battles at training camp

    09/28/2002 3:36:52 AM PDT · by Ranger · 3 replies · 283+ views
    online.ie ^ | 28 Sep 2002
    Osama bin Laden declared before September 11 that there "is going to be a fight against Americans", at an Afghan training camp attended by suspected members of a New York terror cell, prosecutors said in court papers.   The papers, in the case involving six suspected terrorists in Lackawanna, said none of the men could give details regarding any of the mosques or schools that they visited for what they said was religious training in Pakistan.   The government documents, filed in federal court in Buffalo, New York, ask that the six men continue to be held without bail....
  • A Separate World (Lackawanna Muslims)

    09/23/2002 1:00:58 PM PDT · by ganesha · 13 replies · 869+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | september 23 2002 | Susan Schulman,Lou Michel,Charity Vogel,Jay Ray
    A separate world More than 1,100 people of Yemeni descent live in Lackawanna. Their culture and their faith set them apart from others in the city - and co-existence has had its rough edges. By SUSAN SCHULMAN, LOU MICHEL and CHARITY VOGEL and JAY REY News Staff Reporters 9/23/2002 A crowd of men, probably a dozen or so, sits on the sidelines, and a few more sit nearby in their cars, rooting for the Lackawanna soccer team and its mostly Arab-American athletes. No soccer moms in this crowd. Just the guys watching what turns out to be a close game...
  • Mystery shrouds group's oldest member

    09/22/2002 11:12:24 AM PDT · by ganesha · 12 replies · 411+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | september 22 2002 | Jerry Zremski and Lou Michel
    Mystery shrouds group's oldest member By JERRY ZREMSKI and LOU MICHEL News Staff Reporters 9/22/2002 Kamal Derwish isn't the only mystery man connected to al- Qaida's suspected "Buffalo cell." Like Derwish, the other alleged cell member who remains at large, 36-year-old Jaber A. Elbaneh, is believed to be on the run in Yemen. By far the oldest of the eight men involved in the group, Elbaneh was a longtime resident of Lackawanna's Yemeni neighborhood. And like the seven other purported members of the cell, he is a registered Democrat. Public records list three addresses for him: two on Wilkesbarre Avenue...
  • Sought-after al Quaida suspect leaves traces in Lackawanna

    09/22/2002 10:51:03 AM PDT · by ganesha · 8 replies · 469+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | september 22 2002 | Lou Michel and Jerry Zremski
    Sought-after al-Qaida suspect leaves traces in Lackawanna By LOU MICHEL and JERRY ZREMSKI News Staff Reporters 9/22/2002 Kamal Derwish cut a mysterious figure on his travels through Lackawanna. People remember little about the plump, pious visitor from the Middle East who prayed with young people in the local mosque. And he's more mysterious than ever, now that he's believed to be on the run in Yemen, a fugitive from U.S. justice and alleged to be the ringleader of what federal officials describe as al-Qaida's "Buffalo cell." Derwish, a 29-year-old Buffalo native of Yemeni descent, served as the link between the...
  • Judge will rule by Oct 3 on bail for terror suspects

    09/21/2002 10:04:32 AM PDT · by ganesha · 3 replies · 290+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | september 21 | Michael Beebe
    Judge will rule by Oct. 3 on bail for terror suspects By MICHAEL BEEBE News Staff Reporter 9/21/2002 Six Lackawanna men charged with providing support to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network will remain jailed at least for another two weeks, until a federal magistrate judge rules after conducting one of the longest bail hearings on record here. Both sides will submit written briefs on their argument to the judge, who said he will issue a written decision by Oct. 3. Government prosecutors offered little new evidence in their rebuttal Friday to defense claims that the accused pose no danger to...
  • With Arrests will come a test of terror laws

    09/20/2002 9:10:20 AM PDT · by ganesha · 8 replies · 236+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | September 20 2002 | Jerry Zremski
    With arrests will come a test of terror laws As the story of the Lackawanna suspects grows, attention is being paid to the legal grounds that will determine their fate. By JERRY ZREMSKI News Washington Bureau 9/20/2002 WASHINGTON - The law aimed at stopping another Timothy McVeigh instead ensnared six Yemeni-Americans from Lackawanna - even though it appears they never did anything so immediately dangerous as filling a Ryder truck with explosives. The men stand accused of violating the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, Congress' response to McVeigh's 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. If...
  • Two of 6 men admit to being at terror camp

    09/20/2002 9:02:25 AM PDT · by ganesha · 31 replies · 410+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | september 20 2002 | Dan Herbeck
    Two of 6 men admit being at terror camp By DAN HERBECK News Staff Reporter 9/20/2002 One of the Lackawanna sleeper cell suspects now admits that he trained with al-Qaida terrorists in Afghanistan, but insists that he left their camp in fear and disgust over the "crazy radical mentality" that he witnessed there. Sahim Alwan, 29, said he pleaded several times with al-Qaida leaders to allow him to leave the camp last year, and was allowed to leave only after faking an ankle injury. He also maintains that he never heard any "specific threats" of terrorism aimed at the United...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-War Endur.Freedom 9/20/02 Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Zaitoon, Djibouti, Buffalo, POW/MIA Day

    09/19/2002 11:54:11 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 44 replies · 469+ views
    Yahoo, Reuters, AP, IDF, many brave photographers | 9/20/02 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil after the 911 Atrocities
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 9/20/02 BREAKING: Tel Aviv homocidal bombing BREAKING: RESPONSE in Ramallah BREAKING: RESPONSE Zaitoon, Gaza, bomb-making factory deleted BREAKING: Karachi more arms recovered Djibouti Buffalo, New York, Lackawanna Yemeni six, POW and MIA Day ===================== Tel Aviv, Israel =================== BREAKING: TERROR STIMULUS In Tel Aviv, the lastest perverted homocidal bombing, with at least five people murdered, and more than 40 wounded. In Tel Aviv, CSI forensic experts take evidence, from homocidal murders funded by the UN, EU, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. ===================== Umm el-Fahm =================== In Umm el-Fahm, Israel, another perverted homocidal bombing,...
  • E-Mail Hinted at new attack

    09/19/2002 10:09:23 AM PDT · by ganesha · 32 replies · 362+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | September 19, 2002 | Dan Herbeck and Michael Beebe
    E-mail hinted at new attack U.S. prosecutors lay out evidence at bail hearing for six suspects By DAN HERBECK and MICHAEL BEEBE News Staff Reporters 9/19/2002 Federal prosecutors believe a Lackawanna man was writing about an impending terrorist attack on Americans when he sent an e-mail titled "The Big Meal" to a local friend two months ago. "The next meal will be very huge," Mukhtar al-Bakri wrote in the July 18 computer message. "No one will be able to withstand it, except those with faith." Prosecutor William J. Hochul Jr. said investigators believe the e-mail "related to a large explosion...
  • Overviews of Al-Bakri offer sharp contrast (suspect in Lackawanna al Quaeda cell)

    09/17/2002 11:32:01 AM PDT · by ganesha · 3 replies · 355+ views
    buffalonews ^ | september 17 2002 | Charity Vogel, Dan Herbeck
    Overviews of Al-Bakri offer sharp contrast By CHARITY VOGEL and DAN HERBECK News Staff Reporters 9/17/2002 Those who know Mukhtar al-Bakri say he is a man who was turning his life around. The 22-year-old Yemenite-American, a former Lackawanna High School student, had no money and no steady job for more than a year, but he traveled to the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain to meet and marry a Muslim woman in an arranged wedding, his family members said Monday. Federal agents, however, have a grimmer view of what al-Bakri was up to in Bahrain. Based on a phone call from...
  • worldwide manhunt

    09/17/2002 11:09:18 AM PDT · by ganesha · 3 replies · 279+ views
    buffalo news ^ | september 17 2002 | Dan Herbeck, Michael Beebe, Jeffrey Zremski
    Worldwide manhunt Former Lackawanna man is suspected of recruiting for sleeper cell By DAN HERBECK, MICHAEL BEEBE and JERRY ZREMSKI News Staff Reporters 9/17/2002 A worldwide manhunt is on for a former Lackawanna resident who is the suspected organizer and ringleader of the alleged al-Qaida "sleeper cell" that was broken up over the weekend. The Buffalo News has learned that authorities have identified Kamal Derwish, 29, as a prime suspect in the ongoing investigation. Derwish is a former resident of Holland Avenue, where one of the other "Buffalo Cell" defendants also lived. Allegations of terrorist-related activities against the former Lackawanna...
  • Terror suspect worked in Shelby, in charge of student discipline, accountability at Fed Job Center

    09/17/2002 7:50:29 AM PDT · by Fury · 3 replies · 207+ views
    The Batavia Daily News | 09/16/02 | Scot DeSmit
    One of the five men arrested Friday and Saturday for allegedly being part of an al-Qaida terrorist cell in Lackawanna worked at Iroquois Job Corp Center in Shelby. Sahim A. Alwan, 29, served as standards officer in charge of students discipline and accountability, Raymond Haley, the center's business community liaison said Sunday. Haley said he was unaware that Alwan was one of the five arrested by the FBI and charged with providing material support and resources to terrorist organizations. A sixth man was arrested this morning. "I'm caught off guard," he said when told of Alwan's arrest/ "He's a very,...
  • Lackawanna, NY Demonstration Defends Rights of All [Commies and Intifadahists shoulder to shoulder]

    09/17/2002 12:59:40 AM PDT · by syriacus · 8 replies · 355+ views
    Voice of Revolution ^ | March 15, 2002 | US Marxist-Leninist Organization
    On March 8, International Women's Day, a demonstration was held in Lackawanna, New York, just south of Buffalo, under the banner "Defend the Rights of All!" The demonstration, organized by the Lackawanna Discussion Group (LDG), was called under three main demands: No to racism and profiling of Arabs, South Asians and Muslims; No to disinformation and the demonization of Islam; and No to censorship and attacks on Arab youth.Participants in the action gathered around a large banner reading "International Women's Day 2002" and held placards and signs putting forward their demands: "No to State-organized Racist Attacks!" "Equality for All Languages...