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  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • 'Driving certificates' for illegal immigrants unveiled

    07/05/2004 3:33:09 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 29 replies · 1,357+ views ^ | July 5, 2004
    A new law that went into effect last month means Dina Guirguis, an Egyptian in the United States on a temporary student visa, can't renew her Tennessee driver's license when it expires in a few years. The law allows only U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents to get a Tennessee driver's license. That rules out illegal immigrants and temporary visitors such as Guirguis. But Tennessee is offering a unique compromise -- a "certificate of driving" that illegal immigrants won't be able to use for official identification but that will allow them to drive. The certificate guarantees the person knows the...
  • Prison, fine for certifying driving tests

    03/18/2004 4:37:47 AM PST · by archy · 14 replies · 358+ views
    The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN] ^ | March 17 | Pamela Perkins
    Prison, fine for certifying driving tests By Pamela Perkins Contact March 17, 2004 A retired Memphis police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for taking money for falsely certifying test results at her driving school - clearing the illegal aliens to apply for Tennessee driver's licenses. "I'm just sorry," said Charlotte Creasy, 57, before U.S. Dist. Court Judge Jon McCalla sentenced her. She pleaded guilty in November to mail fraud conspiracy. Federal prosecutor Steve Parker, member of the U.S. Attorney's anti-terrorism section, asked McCalla to pass a sentence that would send a message...
  • Deal struck on licenses for illegal immigrants

    08/19/2003 6:37:51 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 48 replies · 568+ views
    dailybreeze ^ | 08.19.03 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO — After striking a deal over contentious security safeguards, embattled Gov. Gray Davis has offered unqualified support for divisive legislation that would give illegal immigrants the right to drive. While the measure targets the state’s burgeoning immigrant population, many Californians — regardless of citizenship or immigration status — could be affected. The compromise would require every applicant for a driver’s license to submit to a technologically advanced identification system to ensure the name matches the fingerprint. License fees, now $12, could double to raise the approximately $70 million for the Department of Motor Vehicles to move toward biometric fingerprinting....

    12/06/2002 10:26:23 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 4 replies · 238+ views
    AP Breaking News ^ | 6 December 2002
    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan couple and two employees of the Secretary of State's office were accused Friday of selling forged driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and wanted criminals, officials said. According to police reports, Rogelio Gonzales took payments and steered undercover officers posing as illegal immigrants to the Secretary of State office in Pontiac. At the office, Gonzales' wife acted as an interpreter while two employees issued fraudulent driver's licenses, said Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca. Secretary of State employees Andrea Cortez, 23, and Melinda Garrison, 37, were charged with conspiracy to sell forged driver's licenses and selling...
  • Bogus Documents Linked to East Brunswick DMV Office

    12/05/2002 11:43:36 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 8 replies · 467+ views
    EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Hundreds of fraudulent documents were issued at a Division of Motor Vehicle's office here, but no criminal charges have been filed because the agency cannot link the fraud to specific employees. A recent state police audit of about 800 fraudulent documents found that 722 of them came from the East Brunswick office, DMV Director Diane Legreide said Wednesday. She said Rita Lambert, the office's former director who was among several DMV officials dismissed earlier this year, apparently was unaware of the fraud committed by staffers. Speaking with editors at the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick,...
  • 4 from Seattle area accused in theft ring (Possible terrorism connection?)

    11/23/2002 1:23:14 AM PST · by twntaipan · 9 replies · 282+ views
    At least four Seattle-area men were swept up by investigators of a multimillion-dollar auto theft ring that stretched from the Canadian border to Arizona.An indictment announced yesterday accuses 18 people from Washington, California and Arizona of conspiring for the past nine years to steal the vehicles and forge new documents for them in Arizona. More than 500 vehicles are believed to have been stolen, including some from the Seattle area. The total worth: more than $15 million.Fifteen of those charged have been arrested. Three remain at large, although one has begun efforts to surrender, according to Patrick Schneider of the...
  • Two Bodies Found Inside Burning Car At Jersey City Business

    11/01/2002 6:54:08 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 27 replies · 321+ views
    WABC-News New York website ^ | November 1, 2002 | Marcus Solis
    (Jersey City-WABC, November 1, 2002) — There is a murder mystery for police in Jersey City. Firefighters putting out a car fire made a gruesome discovery on Friday morning. Two bodies were found in a burned out car in Jersey City. The Hudson County Prosecutors office is investigating this incident along with the Jersey City police. It is a crime that rarely eludes firefighters but this morning, police were aiding them. This happened in the parking lot of a Laid law School Bus Company. This morning, employees arrived at work surprised that a murder investigation was underway. It started around...
  • Farrakhan says sniper suspect was a member of Nation of Islam

    10/27/2002 8:19:55 AM PST · by Asmodeus · 35 replies · 739+ views
    CHICAGO - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan acknowledged that suspected sniper John Allen Muhammad is a member of the religious group. But Farrakhan said Saturday the man would be ousted from the Chicago-based group if he is convicted in the series of shootings that left 10 people dead and three wounded. "He has not formally been kicked out of the Nation of Islam, but certainly if he's found guilty of something like this he would not be considered at all a member," Farrakhan said. Farrakhan said he "grieves for the senseless loss of life" caused by the sniper shootings...
  • Privacy and Security Risks in Driver's License Proposals

    09/05/2002 4:44:21 PM PDT · by backhoe · 4 replies · 470+ views
      ----- Original Message ----- From: <> To: <> Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 2:01 PM Subject: Policy Post 8.17: Privacy and Security Risks in Driver's License Proposals > > CDT POLICY POST Volume 8, Number 17, September 5, 2002> > A BRIEFING ON PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING CIVIL LIBERTIES ONLINE> from> THE CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGY> > CONTENTS:> > (1) Privacy and Security Risks in Driver's License Proposals> (2) CDT Calls for Moratorium on New Uses of Driver's License> (3) Fraud Common at State DMVs> (4) Japanese Privacy Protests Offer Lesson for U.S.> (5) Congressional Proposals on Driver's...
  • TN (State) Legislator (Ronnie) Davis indicted on federal chages (15)(selling diplomatic passports)

    08/30/2002 10:51:35 AM PDT · by GailA · 44 replies · 931+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | 8/30/02 | Scheri Smith
    <p>State Rep. Ronnie Davis was indicted today on 15 felony counts in federal court, including allegations that he and a Murfreesboro woman tried to sell fake diplomatic passports to two Texas men and tried to defraud First Tennessee Bank.</p> <p>Davis, a Republican from Newport in East Tennessee, is charged along with Diana D. Burton of Murfreesboro, federal prosecutors said in a statement this morning.</p>
  • GOP Homeland Security bill prohibits national ID card, 'citizen spy' programs

    07/18/2002 7:38:53 PM PDT · by RCW2001 · 15 replies · 446+ views
    Associated Press / SFGate
    CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press WriterThursday, July 18, 2002 ©2002 Associated Press URL: (07-18) 14:34 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's plan for uniform national drivers' license standards would be killed and a year-end deadline for anti-terrorism screening of airport baggage would be postponed indefinitely under legislation unveiled Thursday by House Republican leaders. The fine print of the 216-page bill creating a new Homeland Security Department, sponsored by House Majority Leader Dick Armey, also would scrap a Bush administration program that critics say encourages Americans to spy on each other and would give some technology companies involved in national security...
  • Fraudulent-license seekers sentenced to time served (Tennessee)

    06/28/2002 12:58:11 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 33 replies · 840+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | June 28, 2002 | Bill Dries
    Four members of a fraudulent driver's license ring were sentenced Thursday to the nearly five months they've spent in prison awaiting trial on the federal conspiracy charge. Khaled Odtllah, head of the scheme to get the New York City men Tennessee driver's licenses with a phony Cordova address, was released hours after being sentenced by U.S. Dist. Judge Bernice Donald. But his three co-defendants - Mohammed Fares, Abdelmuhsen Mahmid Hammad and Mostafa Said Abou-Shahin - remained in custody to face deportation, a process that could take a year. They were in the country illegally at the time of their arrest...
  • Attorney slain in 100 North Main parking garage in Memphis

    06/21/2002 8:51:37 AM PDT · by honway · 150 replies · 3,776+ views ^ | Jun 21,2002
    Attorney slain in 100 North Main parking garage June 21, 2002 An attorney was shot to death just before 9 a.m. today as he was getting out of his car on the fourth floor of the parking garage of the 100 North Main Building. Early reports said he was shot four times by a well dressed man sporting braids. The shooter then fled on foot and got onto a Memphis Area Transit Authority bus.
  • Clement critical of state's security efforts [TN]

    06/05/2002 5:39:59 PM PDT · by archy · 5 replies · 315+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | June 5, 2002 | Tom Humphrey
    Clement critical of state's security efforts Sundquist spokesman calls lawmaker's remarks 'nonsense' By Tom Humphrey, News-Sentinel Nashville bureau June 5, 2002 U.S. Rep. Bob Clement, campaigning for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, on Tuesday attacked Gov. Don Sundquist for "ridiculous" shortcomings in the state's homeland security efforts. However, the man in charge of those security efforts seems somewhat baffled by Clement's remarks and overtures to help him gain security clearance. But what might be even more baffling is why a former Army brigadier general is still waiting for security clearance from the feds. Clement's position was labeled as "nonsense" by...

    06/03/2002 5:16:38 AM PDT · by GailA · 54 replies · 2,711+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/3/02 | Yolanda Jones
    Medical examiner ambushed Bomb, barbed wire, acid used in attack on Smith By Yolanda Jones June 3, 2002 An attacker ambushed Shelby County Medical Examiner Dr. O. C. Smith Saturday night, wrapped him from head to toe in barbed wire and strapped a bomb to his body. Police said Smith left his office at about 10 and was headed to the parking lot when someone threw an acid-like substance in his face to subdue him. For nearly three hours, he was unable to move or shout for help because of the barbed wire in his mouth. A security guard...
  • Medical Examiner Attacked, Tied to Bomb Outside Office [Memphis, again!]

    06/02/2002 11:46:11 AM PDT · by willieroe · 71 replies · 993+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | June 2, 2002 | Yolanda Jones
    An unknown assailant attacked the Shelby County medical examiner late Saturday, wrapping him with barbed wire and strapping a bomb to his chest before leaving him in a stairwell outside his downtown Memphis office. Dr. O. C. Smith received minor injuries from the attack that included chemical burns. His attacker threw an acid type substance on Smith's face as he left work at 1060 Madison around 10 p.m. Smith was found by a security guard shortly after midnight. This is the second time in the last three months an explosive device or bomb has been found at the Shelby County...
  • 4 admit fraud amid questions on death of license examiner

    05/21/2002 12:37:50 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 16 replies · 366+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | May 21, 2002 | Lawrence Buser
    After four men with ties to the Middle East pleaded guilty Monday in a Tennessee driver's license fraud case, new questions arose about a central figure in the case - a state driver's license examiner who died in a mysterious, fiery car wreck just days after her arrest. The case drew national attention earlier this year because of the still-unsolved death of Katherine Smith and the revelation one of the defendants, a naturalized plumber from Jordan living in New York, had been in the World Trade Center days before the twin towers were destroyed by hijacked airliners. In a hearing...
  • Three defendants plead guilty in driver's license fraud case (Tennessee Drivers License Scandal)

    05/20/2002 4:00:34 PM PDT · by Shermy · 36 replies · 2,378+ views
    MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Three of four men charged in a Tennessee driver's license fraud case pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Mostafa Said Abou-Shahin, Khaled Odtllah and Sakher A. Hammad each admitted before U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Donald that they tried to obtain the licenses illegally. The fourth defendant, Abdelmuhsen Mahmid Hammad, was to appear in court Monday afternoon. Each of the four men, three from New York City and one from the Memphis suburb of Cordova, had ties to the Middle East. The men were charged with operating a scam in which driver's license examiner Katherine Smith would provide...
  • License plot suspect pleads guilty: Will likely testify against 4 co-defendants

    05/11/2002 4:45:55 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 27 replies · 328+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | May 11, 2002 | Bill Dries
    One of five men charged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain driver's licenses in Memphis pleaded guilty Friday to the federal conspiracy charge. And the federal prosecutor handling the case said in court that Mohammed A. Fares of New York will probably testify against his four co-defendants at their trials. Fares was to have been the first of the five suspects to be tried before U.S. Dist. Judge Bernice Donald starting May 20. Fares and three other men with ties to the Middle East who lived in New York allegedly came to Memphis in February to illegally get Tennessee licenses...
  • Police identify burning body found near Wethersfield (Connecticut) Dumpster

    05/03/2002 9:24:04 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies · 573+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2002 | AP
    WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A burning body found near a strip mall Dumpster was 40-year-old Philip Hurley of Rocky Hill, Wethersfield police said Thursday. Hurley's body was found in a trash bin behind a video store on the Silas Deane Highway Wednesday night. Wethersfield police and firefighters responded to a call about the Dumpster fire just after 8:30 p.m. They soon determined that it was a body that was on fire. Hurley was a 13-year employee of the state Department of Information Technology and a part-time employee at a liquor store in the strip mall. The body was burned beyond...
  • 3 Arabs Seen in Automobile hanging around water supply

    04/01/2002 2:23:35 PM PST · by MusicDude_Rep · 50 replies · 479+ views
    Police Scanner | 04-01-02 | MusicDude_Rep
    Heard on the local police scanner in Lawrenceburg, TN. Three men, who appeared to be of Middle East origin, were in a maroon Plymouth sitting by the cities water supply.

    03/14/2002 4:28:37 AM PST · by GailA · 17 replies · 649+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/14/02 | Yolanda Jones
    'No hoax' - bomb found outside county morgue By Yolanda Jones A bomb and two smaller explosive-type devices were found Wednesday morning in the stairwell outside of the Shelby County Regional Forensic Center on Madison, which houses the morgue and the Medical Examiner's Office. "This was no hoax," said Gene Marquez, resident agent in charge of the Memphis federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office. "This was the real deal." A cleaning man found the devices sitting in an aluminum pan on the west side of the building at 1060 Madison about 10 a.m. He said he thought it was...
  • Three bombs found in morgue building [ongoing sweep of building]

    03/13/2002 10:42:30 AM PST · by willieroe · 32 replies · 554+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | Wednesday, March 13, 2002 | Yolanda Jones
    A janitor found three explosive devices late Wednesday morning at the Regional Forensic Center building at 1060 Madison.The devices #151; a primary device and two secondary devices #151; were found in a stairwell about 10 a.m.Officials said the devices were not a quot;hoax.quot; The devices were in an aluminum pan. The janitor initially thought someone had left his food in the stairwell.The police Bomb Squad was called to the building. Employees were evacuated, and Madison Avenue and the Interstate 240 Madison exit ramp was blocked to traffic.Also on the scene were units from the Fire Department and federal ATF agents.A...
  • 5 Plead Innocent in Tenn. ID Case (Middle Easterners)

    03/06/2002 7:13:00 PM PST · by Dallas · 4 replies · 174+ views
    (AP) ^ | March 6, 2002, 10:38 PM EST
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Five Middle Eastern men pleaded innocent Wednesday to federal charges that they tried to illegally get Tennessee driver's licenses. The defendants were arrested Feb. 5 along with Katherine Smith, 49, a Tennessee driver's license examiner who died five days later in a car fire authorities say was intentionally set. A medical examiner's report on the cause of her death is pending, and authorities are still investigating. Kahled Odtllah, 31, Sakher Hammad, 24, Mostafa Said Abou-Shahin, 25, Abdelmuhsen Mahmid Hammad, 31, and Mohammed Fares, 19, are charged with conspiring to illegally produce identification documents. They face up ...
  • Patrol says examiner's death not due to crash (Tennessee)

    03/05/2002 11:21:20 PM PST · by sarcasm · 6 replies · 234+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | March 6, 2002 | Bill Dries
    Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators found no evidence that driver's license examiner Katherine Smith tried to stop her car or take any evasive action Feb. 10 as her car veered off U.S 72. THP investigators reconstructed the fiery crash that killed Smith the day before she was to appear at a detention hearing in U.S. Magistrate Court on charges that she and five New York City men conspired to fraudulently obtain Tennessee driver's licenses. Smith, 49, was driving a 1992 Acura Legend registered to Khaled Odtllah, one of the men arrested on Feb. 5. Federal investigators have said the fire was ...
  • Tennessee State Highway Report Confirms Crash Did Not Kill Woman Who Died In Flaming Car

    03/05/2002 6:42:48 PM PST · by RCW2001 · 45 replies · 611+ views
    Associated Press / SFGate
    Tennessee State Highway report confirms crash did not kill woman who died in flaming car WOODY BAIRD, Associated Press WriterTuesday, March 5, 2002 ©2002 Associated Press URL: (03-05) 19:27 PST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A state Highway Patrol report released Tuesday confirmed a driver's license examiner charged in a bogus license scheme was not killed by the impact of her car ramming into a utility pole last month. Investigators are still awaiting a coroner's report on the cause of Katherine Smith's death. Smith, 49, was found Feb. 10 burned beyond recognition in her car about 20 miles from her ...
  • Hispanic illegals also involved in fake driver licenses, activist asserts (Tennessee)

    03/03/2002 12:31:13 AM PST · by sarcasm · 16 replies · 2,089+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | March 3, 2002 | Marc Perrusquia
    The head of a Hispanic civil rights organization says she knows of six or seven incidents over the past two years in which illegal aliens paid an unidentified state driver's license bureau employee in Memphis to obtain fake identification. The assertion by Dilka Roman, Tennessee director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), comes as authorities continue to investigate the mysterious death last month of a driver's license examiner linked to a license-selling scheme. Roman said she reported some of what she knew to Memphis police several months before the FBI opened an investigation this winter into an ...
  • Driver's Licenses To Be Easier For Foreigners (good idea or bad???)

    02/28/2002 8:26:17 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 15 replies · 500+ views
    Driver's Licenses To Be Easier For Foreigners Governor Plans To Sign Bill Thursday Posted: 8:53 a.m. MST February 28, 2002SANTA FE, N.M. -- It will soon be easier for Mexicans and other foreigners living in the state to get a driver's license. A measure to allow the Motor Vehicle Division to accept documents other than a Social Security number as identification when someone applies for a New Mexico driver's license is before Gov. Johnson. Johnson plans to sign the bill Thursday during a ceremony in his office. Supporters said the measure will help people from Mexico who are living and ...
  • 5 men with Mideast ties indicted in license scam (Tennessee)

    02/28/2002 12:27:42 AM PST · by sarcasm · 12 replies · 622+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | February 28, 2002 | Bill Dries
    Five New York City men with ties to the Middle East were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for their part in an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain Tennessee driver's licenses. In the indictment on one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, federal authorities shed no new light on the death of state license examiner Katherine Smith. Smith and the five men were charged in a Feb. 6 criminal complaint on an identical conspiracy charge. Smith died Feb. 10 in a fiery car crash on U.S. 72 in Fayette County, the day before she was to appear at a ...
  • NJ Man Charged in Bogus ID Ring Linked to 9/11 Hijackers

    02/27/2002 12:27:29 PM PST · by kattracks · 31 replies · 733+ views ^ | 2/27/02 | Jeff McKay - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a New Jersey man identified as a part of a fake identification ring that included two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.The FBI has charged Abdel Rahman Omar Tawfiq Alfauru, an illegal immigrant from Jordan, with producing false identification. It is alleged that Alfauru, who was living in Clifton, N.J., had obtained bogus identification similar to that of Hani Hanjour, one of the suspected hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center.The FBI has released information that it had interviewed Alfauru on Oct. 1. ...
  • Caution: Driver license rule-makers at work

    02/24/2002 2:11:24 AM PST · by sarcasm · 28 replies · 2,503+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | February 24, 2002 | James W. Brosnan
    WASHINGTON - Mohamed Atta, who piloted the first plane to hit the World Trade Center, was able to get a Florida driver's license by showing authorities his Egyptian driver's license. In Virginia, Hanji Hanjour and Khalid Almihdbar, two other hijackers, got driver's licenses after paying $100 to a stranger who swore they were Virginia residents. And according to the testimony of a Memphis FBI agent, at least one of the New York men recently arrested on charges of bribing a Tennessee driver's license examiner picked Tennessee because it no longer required aliens to show any proof they were in the ...
  • FBI investigating ‘mass destruction’ inquiry:MIDDLE EASTERN MAN ASKING QUESTIONS!!

    02/23/2002 7:39:19 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 40 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Helmsman ^ | February 21, 2002 | By Rick Russell
    FBI investigating ‘mass destruction’ inquiry By Rick Russell Senior Reporter February 21, 2002 Federal and local authorities are investigating a man who approached a University of Memphis professor last week seeking information about weapons of mass destruction. The professor, who wished to remain anonymous, said a man of Middle Eastern descent approached him while he was in his office Feb. 13 and asked for a “crash course in the physics that deals with mass destruction.” In return, the man told the professor he would pay him money for the requested information. “He told me that money was no object, and ...
  • State Immigrant I.D. Llicense for Disaster, Foes Say [Tennessee License Scandal - Business as Usual]

    02/20/2002 1:09:18 PM PST · by Shermy · 73 replies · 1,157+ views (The Memphis Commercial Appeal) ^ | February 20, 2002 | Tom Bailey Jr.
    Proposed legislation requiring more documents from immigrants applying for Tennessee driver's licenses would make roads more dangerous, licensing centers more stressful and the nation no more secure. That's the position of the Department of Safety, said Roland Colson, executive assistant to Commissioner Denny W. King. "We do not have any legislative effort at this point in time directed toward changing any of the rules," Colson said. The General Assembly last year passed a law making it unnecessary for immigrants applying for a driver's license to show a Social Security number. But opponents are pushing for repeal this year, often citing ...
  • Mourners remember the good deeds of license examiner, not how she died

    02/18/2002 10:28:39 AM PST · by archy · 26 replies · 448+ views
    The Commercial Appeal [Memphis,TN] ^ | February 17, 2002 | By Clay Bailey
    Mourners remember the good deeds of license examiner, not how she died By Clay Bailey By A. J. Wolfe The body of driver's license examiner Katherine Smith is carried to a waiting hearse following her funeral at the Family Funeral Care Summer Avenue Chapel Saturday. Mourners filled the Family Funeral Care chapel Saturday to talk about the good deeds and Christian life of Katherine Smith, balancing the publicity surrounding her fiery death last week and the charge that she sold fraudulent driver's licenses. About 175 people created a standing-room-only arrangement in the chapel, at times swaying and singing ...
  • FBI checking 5 in illegal-license cases for possible al-Qaida links

    02/16/2002 3:57:37 PM PST · by testforecho · 23 replies · 575+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | Feb. 15, 2002 | LENNY SAVINO
    FBI checking 5 in illegal-license cases for possible al-Qaida links By LENNY SAVINO Knight Ridder Newspapers MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The FBI is investigating whether four New York men and one from Tennessee who are in custody here for illegally purchasing Tennessee driver's licenses may be members of an al-Qaida terrorist cell that helped survey New York's World Trade Center for the Sept. 11 hijackers. When one of the men, Sakhera "Rocky" Hammad, was arrested, FBI agents found a security pass from the Trade Center dated Sept. 5. Agents also have learned that Hammad drove from New York to Memphis on ...
  • Terrorism Eyed (In) Mysterious Death

    02/16/2002 11:45:58 AM PST · by kattracks · 38 replies · 831+ views
    AP | 2/16/02 | ALLEN G. BREED
    MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb 16, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Shortly before 1 a.m. last Sunday, witnesses saw flames erupt from the back seat of a 1992 Acura Legend as it crawled along a two-lane road skirting farm fields in the little Tennessee town of Piperton. The driver breathed in the flames, her lungs searing, as the car veered off the road and came to rest against a utility pole near the Mississippi state line. There were no skid marks or furrows in the grass to indicate the driver had hit the brakes. A witness rushed up and pulled ...
  • Flaming death no accident, FBI says: Gasoline found on clothes of license examiner

    02/14/2002 12:26:45 AM PST · by sarcasm · 76 replies · 1,108+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | February 14, 2002 | Bill Dries
    The fiery death of a driver's license examiner at the center of a federal fraud investigation was not an accident, an FBI agent said here Wednesday in federal court. Federal and state investigators found gasoline on the clothes Katherine Smith was wearing when she died Sunday in a car crash on a stretch of U.S. 72 in Fayette County, FBI agent J. Suzanne Nash told U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Daniel Breen. Nash also testified that investigators found evidence of some kind of accelerant in the burned-out interior of Smith's car. "Katherine Smith obviously lived two lives, maybe more. She may ...
  • FBI Investigating Fiery Car Death Of Woman Charged In Driver's License Scheme

    02/13/2002 9:19:19 AM PST · by RCW2001 · 45 replies · 417+ views
    <p>The focus of an investigation into a fraudulent driver's license scheme with possible terrorism ties has shifted to the mysterious death of a chief suspect, whose car went up in flames a day before her court hearing.</p> <p>Katherine Smith, 49, was found burned beyond recognition early Sunday in a car crash that a prosecutor described as "most unusual and suspicious." Her arraignment in federal court was scheduled for Monday.</p>
  • U.S. Muslim group probed for terrorist ties

    02/13/2002 10:08:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 64 replies · 1,468+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/14/02 | Steve Miller and Jerry Seper
    <p>Federal authorities have "ratcheted up" an investigation into suspicions of money-laundering, weapons violations, and other aiding and abetting of terrorist groups by a militant sect of black Muslims that is operating out of rural communes throughout the United States.</p> <p>The investigation is based on surveillance of activities between a Muslim settlement in southern Virginia and a suspected Middle Eastern terrorist leader.</p>

    02/14/2002 4:19:33 AM PST · by GailA · 78 replies · 2,459+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/14/02 | Bill Dries
    Flaming death no accident, FBI says Gasoline found on clothes of license examiner By Bill Dries The fiery death of a driver's license examiner at the center of a federal fraud investigation was not an accident, an FBI agent said here Wednesday in federal court. Federal and state investigators found gasoline on the clothes Katherine Smith was wearing when she died Sunday in a car crash on a stretch of U.S. 72 in Fayette County, FBI agent J. Suzanne Nash told U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Daniel Breen. Nash also testified that investigators found evidence of some kind of accelerant ...
  • Body in car identified as license examiner - Update on Memphis, Tennesse License Examine

    02/13/2002 2:42:31 PM PST · by Shermy · 57 replies · 1,280+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | February 13, 2002 | Bill Dries
    By Bill Dries, A Memphis woman allegedly at the center of a scheme to sell fraudulent Tennessee driver's licenses was identified Tuesday as the person whose burned body was found early Sunday in the wreckage of a car in Fayette County. L icense examiner Katherine Smith was probably alive when her car hit a utility pole on U.S. 72 near the Mississippi state line, said Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Mark Fagan. Smith, 49, died the day before she was due to appear before a federal magistrate judge for a detention hearing on a charge of conspiracy to obtain ...
  • Tennessee finds a cost to easing driver's license rules Some other states, airlines no longer accept

    02/12/2002 1:02:49 AM PST · by sarcasm · 20 replies · 795+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 11, 2002 | D.F. Weyermann
    <p>EMPHIS - Tennessee expected resistance when it relaxed its requirements for obtaining a driver's license last year. But concerns about proper forms of identification after the Sept. 11 attacks have thrown the state's licensing system into turmoil.</p> <p>Four states - Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, and Arkansas - have rescinded reciprocity agreements, meaning they will no longer accept Tennessee licenses as a primary form of identification.</p>
  • Car fire set off suspicions as crew fought it (Smith Tennesee License Scandal)

    02/15/2002 1:35:24 PM PST · by weegee · 139 replies · 2,017+ views
    GoMemphis ^ | 15 Feb 2002 | By Bill Dries
    The first firefighters at a fiery car wreck Sunday in Fayette County that killed a Memphis driver's license examiner thought it was suspicious even as they put out the flames. Investigators began an immediate search for a device that might have triggered the intense fire, said the chief of the Piperton Fire Department. The fire killed Katherine Smith, the examiner at the center of a federal investigation of an alleged scheme to issue driver's licenses fraudulently to men with Middle Eastern ties. Smith died one day before she was due to appear before a federal magistrate judge for a detention ...
  • Six [ARABS] Charged in Tenn. License Plot [Courtesy of the Tennessee DemocRAT Party]

    02/08/2002 11:08:19 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 21 replies · 620+ views
    YAHOO/AP ^ | Feb 7, 2002 | None listed
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A driver's license examiner and five others, including three alleged illegal aliens, were charged in a plot to buy phony Tennessee licenses for $1,000 apiece. According to an FBI complaint filed Wednesday, illegal aliens Mohammed Fares, Mostafa Said Abou-Shahin and Abdelmuhsen Mahmid Hammad drove from New York to obtain licenses. The complaint said the trio were met outside a testing center Tuesday by Sakhera Hammad and Khaled Odtllah, alleged middlemen who filled out the necessary paperwork, charging them each $1,000. Testing center examiner Katherine Smith then issued the licenses under the names of Fares and two others, ...

    02/11/2002 4:38:08 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 177 replies · 1,372+ views
    WLAC RADIO NEWS | 2-11-02 | SELF
    Katherine Smith, a Memphis driver's license examiner who was arrested for selling Tennessee driver's licenses to 5 Middle Eastern men is apparently dead. Ms. Smith's family had not heard from her in two days when they received word that her car had been involved in a fatal one car accident near the Mississippi/Tennesse state line. The victim inside was burnt beyond recognition and the body was transported to the Memphis medical examiners office in an attempt to identify the body. At this point it is assumed that the body is indeed of Katherine Smith.
  • Memphis death tied to terror? Investigation into phony driver's license scheme, 9-11 ties

    02/14/2002 12:10:06 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 267+ views ^ | Thursday, February 14, 2002
    A woman allegedly at the center of a phony driver's license scheme linked to Middle Eastern men prosecutors say have connections to the World Trade Center disaster has turned up dead. Tennessee license examiner Katherine Smith's burned body was found Sunday in the wreckage of a car that appears to have been torched, say authorities. She was to testify the next day before a federal magistrate judge for a detention hearing on a charge of conspiracy to obtain fraudulent identification documents. Smith and five co-defendants were arrested Feb. 5 after they left a state driver testing station. Prosecutors said ...
  • Feds fear license examiner is dead

    02/12/2002 5:49:00 AM PST · by testforecho · 49 replies · 316+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | February 12, 2002 | Tom Bailey Jr.
    Feds fear license examiner is dead Woman's co-defendants tied to 9/11, judge told By Tom Bailey Jr. A missing Tennessee driver's license examiner charged with conspiring to provide licenses fraudulently was probably the victim of a "most unusual and suspicious" death, a federal prosecutor said Monday. Asst. U.S. Atty. Tim Di Scenza also raised the possibility in court that Katherine Smith's five codefendants are involved in terrorism against the United States, citing "connections" to Sept. 11 and the World Trade Center. A defense attorney, however, protested that the only reason the prosecutor raised the issue of terrorism is that ...
  • Feds fear license examiner is dead - Memphis Woman's co-defendants tied to 9/11, judge told

    02/11/2002 10:19:36 PM PST · by Shermy · 107 replies · 1,673+ views ^ | February 12, 2002 | Tom Bailey Jr.
    A missing Tennessee driver's license examiner charged with conspiring to provide licenses fraudulently was probably the victim of a "most unusual and suspicious" death, a federal prosecutor said Monday. Asst. U.S. Atty. Tim Di Scenza also raised the possibility in court that Katherine Smith's five codefendants are involved in terrorism against the United States, citing "connections" to Sept. 11 and the World Trade Center. A defense attorney, however, protested that the only reason the prosecutor raised the issue of terrorism is that the defendants are from the Middle East. DiScenza told the court that the same car Smith drove when ...
  • F.B.I. Says Arson Killed Woman Accused in License Scheme

    02/14/2002 9:07:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 115 replies · 1,190+ views
    New York Times ^ | Friday, February 15, 2002
    February 15, 2002 F.B.I. Says Arson Killed Woman Accused in License Scheme By REUTERS EMPHIS, Feb. 14 — A deliberately set fire caused the death of a driver's license examiner who had been accused of illegally selling licenses to five Middle Eastern men who were being investigated for possible ties to terrorism, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has said. Gasoline was poured on the clothing of the examiner, Katherine Smith, before she burned to death on Sunday in an automobile accident, J. Suzanne Nash, an F.B.I. agent, said on Wednesday. Ms. Smith died one day before she was to ...