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  • How the F.B.I. Can Detain, Render and Threaten Without Risk

    11/03/2015 8:41:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Nov 2015 | Patrick G. Eddington
    At exactly 5 p.m. on March 13, 2007, just as I was preparing to leave my cubicle in Washington for the day, I got a phone call from the journalist Jonathan Landay of McClatchy Newspapers. To this day, I remember his exact words. 'One of your congressman’s constituents is being held in an Ethiopian intelligence service prison, and I think your former employer is neck-deep in this.' The congressman was Rush Holt, then a Democratic representative from New Jersey, for whom I worked for 10 years starting in 2004. The constituent was Amir Mohamed Meshal of Tinton Falls, N.J., who...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former terror suspect kicked out of Bloomington, Minn. mosque

    09/06/2014 5:52:16 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 46 replies ^ | 9/5/14 | Tom Leyden
    Amir Meshal has a fascinating history. He's originally from New Jersey, but back in 2007 he was detained and interrogated by the FBI in Kenya after escaping from Somalia. Somehow, his travels brought him to Minnesota, and to a mosque in Bloomington, which kicked him out this summer. Friday prayers bring hundreds to the Al-Farooq Youth and Family Center, which is perhaps the largest mosque in the Twin Cities. But not everyone is welcome -- not after Meshal began attending prayer and hanging out earlier this year. In June, the center called police and had Meshal, 31, removed and ticketed...
  • FBI serves terrorism warrants in Minn., Chicago

    09/24/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 80 replies · 11+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 9/29/10 | STEVE KARNOWSKI,
    The FBI said it searched eight addresses in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of a terrorism investigation Friday. Warrants suggest agents were looking for connections between local anti-war activists and terrorist groups in Colombia and the Middle East. FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago. "These were search warrants only," Warfield said. "We're not anticipating any arrests at this time. They're seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism." The homes of longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby were among those...
  • Union Terror Link?

    09/29/2010 6:06:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 29, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Labor Raid: The FBI raids the Chicago home of a local union leader looking for terrorist connections as the union's former chief is investigated for corruption. Why are we not surprised? Thuggery and corruption are not quite synonyms for unionism, but it gets very close when you consider the Service Employees International Union, formerly led by Andy Stern. From being involved in fraudulent voter registration in Texas to beating up Tea Party activists outside town hall meetings in Missouri, SEIU's reputation is well-established. Now we can possibly add a linkage to terrorism. On Friday, the FBI searched eight addresses in...
  • Alleged Somali recruiter arrested, linked to Minnesota

    11/11/2009 6:08:11 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 5 replies · 401+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 11/11/09 | JAMES WALSH and RICHARD MERYHEW
    A 43-year-old Somali man from Minneapolis was arrested this week in the Netherlands for allegedly financing the recruitment of up to 20 young Somali men from Minnesota to train and fight with terrorists in their homeland. The arrest appears to be the most significant development yet in one of the most far-reaching counterterrorism investigations since 9/11. The identity of the man, who was arrested Sunday at an asylum-seeker's center 45 miles northeast of Amsterdam, was not released. But Special Agent E.K. Wilson of the Minneapolis FBI office confirmed Tuesday that the man was arrested in connection with the ongoing counterterrorism...
  • American Imam Connected to Ft. Hood Shooter

    11/09/2009 7:24:35 PM PST · by jessduntno · 31 replies · 698+ views
    Published : Monday, 09 Nov 2009, 8:34 PM CST MINNEAPOLIS - An American-born Muslim radical, Imam Anwar Al Awlaki may be a man who connects the dots. On his web site Monday, he praised major Nidal Hasan as a hero for the killings at Fort Hood. The FBI confirms the Imam and Major had even exchanged emails. Imam Anwar also knew three of the 9-11 hijackers. With his videos on the internet, Imam Anwar's influence is reaching the Twin Cities too. Somali community activist Omar Jamal says those videos, calling for a global jihad against the west, motivated several of...
  • AFLCIO reps coordinated anarchists for RNC

    09/07/2008 9:08:38 PM PDT · by rogpits · 21 replies · 380+ views
    Examiner ^ | Sep 7, 2008 | Ray Robison
    University of Minnesota staff were key coordinators of the recent violent protests at the Republican National Convention (RNC). The university employees are also members of the local clerical union of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. The AFSCME is part of the AFL-CIO union. Protests turned violent at the 2008 RNC located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Police have arrested hundreds of demonstrators for violent attacks on police officers and bystanders and other more nuisance crimes. The Saint Paul Police have identified an anarchist group called the RNC Welcoming Committee as being at the center of the violence....
  • Man charged with lying in missing Somalis case (Another MN Terrorist)

    10/13/2009 3:24:59 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 783+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/13/09 | AMY FORLITI , Associated Press
    A 26-year-old man has been charged with making false statements to federal officials investigating the disappearance of as many as 20 Somali men from Minnesota. Abdow M. Abdow, a U.S. citizen of Somali descent, was arrested Friday and made his first appearance Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul. FBI spokesman E.K. Wilson says Abdow's case is related to the investigation of the missing men, who are thought to have gone to join a terrorist group fighting in their homeland.
  • Terror and the theatrical paradigm

    10/11/2009 12:53:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 720+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 11, 2009 | J.R. Dunn
    Pittsburgh was treated to an impressive show the week of the recent G20 conference. A nice assortment of military choppers of various types and missions, along with odder aircraft difficult both to identify and explain. Both police and the National Guard were out in force, with downtown nearly sealed off. None of this hardware was used against the "3,000 - 4,000" (more like a few hundred) anarchist demonstrators when they turned their righteous wrath on a dozen Starbucks and a Whole Foods store. No serious confrontation was expected and none occurred. Because all of it - the Guard troops, the...
  • Somalia Strike-Down

    09/16/2009 6:17:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 892+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Terrorism: At a time when the public is losing heart on the war in Afghanistan, a decisive strike on Somalia's al-Qaida chief Monday reminds us that victory is possible and President Obama is an able leader on this front.Ten days ago, Obama signed an executive order authorizing U.S. special forces to hunt down and blow away Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a ruthless Kenyan-born terrorist operating out of Somalia. In 1998, Nabhan had a role in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, which left 212 dead, including 12 Americans. The attack was so vicious, it put Osama bin...
  • Somali-Americans Accused of Al Qaeda Ties Indicted on Terror Charges, Sources Say

    07/03/2009 1:16:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,145+ views
    FOX ^ | July 2, 2009 | By Mike Levine
    SNIPPET: "A federal grand jury has indicted a group of Somali-Americans on terror-related charges after more than 20 young men from the Minneapolis area were recruited to join an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, according to two law enforcement sources. The indictments have yet to be unsealed, but an announcement is expected in the next few weeks. One law enforcement source told FOX News the grand jury already has handed up indictments against at least three people. Among those charged is a man from Minneapolis who went to war-torn Somalia and then, about four months ago, relocated to Seattle, according...
  • Word of 2nd death jolts Twin Cities Somalis

    06/08/2009 8:21:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies · 890+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 6/8/09 | ALLIE SHAH and JAMES WALSH
    He was a slight and sickly teen, nearsighted and, reportedly, confined to a room away from the fighting that raged throughout the city. But the reported death last week of Burhan Hassan, the second Minneapolis man of Somali descent believed to have died in Somalia, has jolted his family and the Twin Cities Somali community. Hassan, who should have graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School last weekend, was reportedly killed in Mogadishu, Somalia's largely lawless capital. He is one of up to 20 local men and boys of Somali descent to have disappeared over the past two years. Their disappearance...
  • Minn. terror suspect seeks release

    05/05/2009 6:49:01 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies · 563+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/5/09 | AMY FORLITI , Associated Press
    Attorneys for a Minneapolis man held in solitary confinement on terror charges for more than five years are asking he be released while he awaits trial, saying Mohammed Warsame's pretrial incarceration has gone on so long it has become punitive. After U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim said he would take the request under advisement, Warsame stood up in court and said, "This is unfair, sir. I've been here a long time." Warsame, a Canadian of Somali descent, is charged with conspiracy to provide material support and resources to al-Qaida and with one count of providing such support. He's also...
  • Feds investigate military info found in Mpls. apt.

    03/04/2009 7:01:28 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 55 replies · 2,054+ views ^ | 3/4/09 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    After detailed maps of local military operations and anti-government slogans were found in a south Minneapolis apartment, federal authorities are now involved in the investigation. The three tenants were evicted from the property this weekend, but what they left behind has caught the interest of the FBI and Homeland Security. A cleaning crew made the discovery shortly before 12 p.m. on Tuesday. One of the workers told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they noticed maps on the walls with government chains and commands. Inside a closet, they found numerous rolls of maps. Authorities said the details are disturbing. "We ran into a...
  • US Terrorist Group, CAIR, Tries to Stymie FBI Terrorism Investigation

    04/11/2009 8:24:19 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Post/KSTP/The Lid ^ | 4/11/09 | Yidwithlid
    The FBI has been poking around Minnesota High Schools and Colleges looking for more evidence of the Somali Terrorist Cells and as usual there is one group trying to stop them. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), "child" of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, sugar daddy for the terrorist group Hamas, and un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Terror trial feels that any attempt to stop terrorism in the US is wrong. Then again, maybe a group that supports homicide bombing would try to stymie an FBI terrorist investigation:
  • Were Shooters Unidentified in Press Because They Were Muslim? [muslim shooting rampage unreported]

    03/30/2009 8:12:51 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 39 replies · 2,955+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | March 30, 2009 - 05:38 | Warner Todd Huston
    Here is something that you NewsBusters fans can help me with because I am having difficulty deciding what is going on with this one. We have a shooting incident in Minnesota perpetrated by three Muslim Somali immigrants but for some reason almost every single media report about the incident omits the names of the shooters, names of obvious North African or ethnic origin. So, the question is, did the Old Media in Minnesota purposefully leave the names unreported so that they could cover up the fact that the criminals were Somali immigrants? And, if so, why would they do this?...
  • Somali man's return to Minn. has locals buzzing

    03/22/2009 10:31:38 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies · 779+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/22/09 | ABBY SIMONS and RICHARD MERYHEW
    A young Somali man from Minneapolis believed to have been recruited by a terrorist group to travel to his war-torn homeland has returned to Minnesota, a community leader said Saturday. Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, said Saturday that the 22-year-old man was recruited for jihad before a change of heart led him to return in recent months. Jamal wouldn't confirm the man's identity, saying that he and his family fear for their safety and are in hiding. Others identified him only as Kamal. The disappearances of perhaps a dozen young men from the Twin Cities...
  • FBI: Mpls. man likely first U.S. citizen suicide bomber (Duh..)

    02/23/2009 7:04:16 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies · 1,030+ views ^ | 2/23/09 | Becky Nahm
    The FBI now says a Minneapolis man may have been the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing. FBI Director Robert Mueller said Monday, Shirwa Ahmed, who killed himself in an attack in Somalia in October, was recruited in the United States, specifically in Minnesota. Mueller spoke in front of the Council on Foreign Relations. In November, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS broke the story of young Somali men, missing from the Twin Cities and their possible connection to Ahmed. Several months ago, the FBI and Justice Department began investigating cases of men of Somali descent who returned to...
  • Suicide Bomber From Minnesota Was Radicalized In America

    02/24/2009 4:08:48 PM PST · by stevelackner · 4 replies · 474+ views
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | February 24, 2008 | Steven W. Lackner
    Last November it was reported that a resident of Minneapolis had returned to his native Somalia to conduct a suicide bombing attack. It is now known that he was not radicalized upon his return to Somalia, but that his indoctrination into jihadism happened right here in the United States. The New York Times now reports that "the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, said Monday that a Somali-American man who was one of several suicide bombers in a terrorist attack last October in Somalia had apparently been indoctrinated into his extremist beliefs while living in the United States. The man,...
  • Minneapolis mosque leader denies link to Somali terror recruitment

    03/12/2009 7:14:18 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 523+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/12/09 | BOB VON STERNBERG
    A leader of a Minneapolis mosque today criticized testimony at a U.S. Senate hearing that indirectly linked it to a terrorist group's recruitment of young Somali men from the city. Farhan Hurre, director of the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center in south Minneapolis rebuffed what he called "finger-pointing and false allegations" at the hearing held Wednesday by the Senate's homeland security committee. Mosque leaders have repeatedly pushed back against rumors and news reports that have drawn a connection between it and the disappearance of as many as 20 Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities. During the hearing, a representative of the local...
  • Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention

    12/29/2008 3:43:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 141 replies · 4,105+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | nday, December 29, 2008 | Sara A. Carter
    Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention War at home seen as lure The FBI is expanding contacts with Somali immigrant communities in the U.S., especially in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, fearing that terrorists are recruiting young men for suicide missions in their homeland. FBI Special Agent E.K. Wilson, spokesman for the Twin Cities FBI field office, described the effort as community outreach. Many members of the Somali community are concerned over disappearances, he said.
  • Homeland Security Officials Report Possible Terror Threat on Inauguration Ceremony

    01/20/2009 7:47:36 AM PST · by deaconjim · 148 replies · 7,270+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- Authorities monitored a rush of intelligence leads Tuesday at the largest security operation in presidential inauguration history, including a possible threat from an East Africa radical Islamic terrorist group. Law enforcement and intelligence officials received information that people associated with a Somalia-based group, al-Shabaab, might try to travel to the U.S. with plans to disrupt the inauguration, according to a joint FBI/Homeland Security bulletin issued Monday night. The information had limited specificity and uncertain credibility, said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke. U.S. counter-terror officials have grown concerned in recent months about the threat posed by the militant al-Shabaab...
  • Exclusive: Did Immigration Fraud Have a Hand in Creation of Alleged Minnesota Terror Group?

    12/01/2008 8:08:18 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 564+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 12/1/08 | Michael Cutler
    A recent ABC report should be of concern to all Americans and to our elected leaders. It regards Shirwa Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is believed to have committed a suicide bombing in Somalia and – even more disturbing – may have been involved in the recruitment of young men of Somali descent here in the United States. The news report further states that more than a dozen such men, perhaps as many as 40 and mostly in their 20s, have "disappeared." Here are the most important questions: How did Shirwa Ahmed acquire citizenship through the naturalization process? Did...
  • FEDS: Twin Cities man behind Somalia bombing, investigating network

    11/25/2008 12:33:41 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies · 1,166+ views ^ | 11/25/08 | Sam Zeff, Assistant News Director; Bob McNaney, Investigative Reporter; Nicole Muehlhausen, Web Prod
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned that federal law enforcement sources believe that a Twin Cities man blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Northern Somalia last month. The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating whether Shirwa Ahmed had developed a terrorist recruiting network in the area. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS learned that Ahmed came to the Twin Cities in 1996 and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen. More than a dozen young men of Somali descent, mostly in their 20s, from the Minneapolis area have recently disappeared, U.S. law enforcement officials tell 5...
  • Imams ask magistrate for 10 years of bias complaints against US Airways ("Flyin' Imams!!)

    07/15/2008 4:34:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 417+ views
    PioneerPress ^ | 7/14/08 | David Hanners
    Lawyers for six Muslim prayer leaders removed from a US Airways jet at Twin Cities International Airport in 2006 told a federal magistrate Monday that they want the airline to divulge 10 years' worth of discrimination complaints so they could compare the airline's behavior before and after the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Attorneys representing the airline argued they should have to turn over just three years' worth of such data. The reason, said one: 9/11 changed everything. "The bottom line is we're in a post-9/11 world," US Airways attorney Dane Jaques told U.S. Magistrate Arthur Boylan. "Procedures changed. The world...
  • Zarqawi Associate Nabbed in Minnesota

    06/25/2004 7:44:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies · 279+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 25 2004
    Zarqawi Associate Charged with Lying to FBI Friday, June 25, 2004 By Catherine Herridge and Anna Stolley A Lebanese national with ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search), the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, was picked up in Minnesota and charged Friday in a New York court with lying to the FBI about his ties to terrorists, Fox News has learned. According to a federal complaint obtained by Fox, Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi (search), attended jihad training camps in Afghanistan in 1988 and ‘89, where he first met Zarqawi — who is believed to be directing the current attacks against U.S. and...
  • Zarqawi Associate Charged with Lying to FBI: Picked up in Minnesota (USA)

    06/25/2004 5:59:39 PM PDT · by WoodstockCat · 16 replies · 152+ views
  • Breaking: Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis

    08/01/2007 4:28:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 2,709 replies · 132,994+ views
    KSTP TV 5/ME | 8/1/07 | Me
    Just turned on the news. 35W bridge collapsed in the Mississippi River. Cars, trucks, semis..... Fires burning, tanker trucks, at least one school bus, more than ten cars...... Just now breaking.......
  • Lebanese National Charged in Terror Investigation

    06/25/2004 10:43:10 PM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 3 replies · 410+ views
    KARE 11 News ^ | June 25, 2004
    A federal judge in New York has ordered a Lebanese national transferred to Minneapolis to face two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. The U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis says Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi is charged with lying about his role in sending radio and communications equipment to Pakistan and elsewhere. He's also accused of lying about his role in helping another person illegally obtain a Massachusetts driver's license. That person was later convicted in Jordan in a bombing plot. The charges revealed Friday deal only with accusations of lying — not with the underlying crimes Elzahabi allegedly lied...
  • Al-Qaida Suspect Received Haz-Mat License in Minnesota

    06/30/2004 6:14:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 202+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/30/04 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS – A man who authorities believe might have been part of an al-Qaida "sleeper cell" obtained a license to haul hazardous materials months after he was identified as a suspected terrorist by the FBI, officials said. The FBI identified Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi as a suspected terrorist before the attacks of 2001, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday, citing unidentified law enforcement officials. Yet Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials said they did not know that Elzahabi was suspected of having al-Qaida connections when he applied in early 2002 for a commercial license to drive a school bus and haul hazardous...
  • U.S. Charges Man Who Shipped Comms Equipment to Afghanistan

    06/25/2004 4:43:47 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 24 replies · 594+ views
    AP ^ | 6-25-04 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Lebanese man who says he attended an al-Qaida training camp was charged Friday with lying to federal authorities about shipments of communications equipment seized by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi, 41, was charged in a U.S. District Court in Minnesota, one of several places he's lived in the United States. A federal judge in New York, where Elzahabi has been held since his arrest in May, held a hearing for Elzahabi and ordered him transferred to Minneapolis to face two counts of making false statements to federal investigators. A criminal complaint by FBI...
  • Iraqi arrested at Twin Cities airport indicted (Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh Update)

    07/29/2004 1:36:12 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies · 1,001+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 7/29/04 | David Chanen
    An Iraqi man arrested this month at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for immigration law violations was charged Wednesday with lying to authorities about his travels outside the United States and about anti-American material he was carrying. When Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh, 40, arrived at the airport on a flight from Amsterdam July 7, he told customs officers he had been out of the country for one month and had traveled to Syria, court documents said. But he actually had been gone for five months and had visited Iraq. He told officers that his digital video discs with images of...
  • U.S. Officials Probing Whether More Planes Hijacked

    09/18/2001 10:16:24 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 518+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2001 | By James Rowley, Anna Marie Stolley and William McQuillen
    <p>Washington, Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The FBI is investigating whether terrorists plotted to seize more than the four jetliners commandeered last week for deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said.</p> <p>The U.S. is broadening the largest criminal investigation in FBI history and is concerned about further attacks, he said. Authorities have detained 75 people on immigration charges, up from 49 as of yesterday, and investigators believe associates of the 19 hijackers may still be in the U.S. The FBI has received more than 96,000 tips, including many that are redundant or contradictory, Ashcroft said.</p>
  • Terror Suspect Pleads Innocent (Minneapolis Airport Arrest Update)

    08/03/2004 10:54:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies · 399+ views
    WCCO TV ^ | 8/3/04 | Associated Press
    A man arrested at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in July pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to federal authorities about his travels to Iraq. Ali Mohammed Abboud Almosaleh entered his plea Tuesday in federal court. He is charged with three counts of lying to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents. A public defender was appointed for Almosaleh. He also faces a detention hearing on Friday. Armed marshals had a heavy presence in the courtroom. Almosaleh, a slight, balding man, listened as he was informed of his rights through an Arabic interpreter. Almosaleh was arrested July 7 shortly after getting...
  • Woman Arrested Boarding Flight To Syria With $24,000 Hidden In Clothes (Al Qaeda mule fleeing USA?)

    08/11/2004 6:03:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies · 1,804+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/10/04 | Associated Press
    MINNEAPOLIS -- A woman was arrested after attempting to board a flight en route to Syria with more than $24,000 in cash hidden in her clothes, officials said Tuesday. Amneh Ahmad Abbas, 49, a Syrian citizen who lives in New Orleans, was charged Monday with trying to evade currency reporting requirements, the U.S. Attorney's office said. She was ordered held without bail. The U.S. Attorney's office declined to comment on whether Abbas, who has permanent resident status in the United States, is suspected of involvement in terrorist activity. However, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force was taking part in the...
  • Jackson warms up the crowd for Ellison (MN Muslim)

    07/01/2006 4:50:09 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies · 580+ views
    Red Star Tribune ^ | 6/30/06 | Rochelle Olson
    On the second day of his visit, Jackson told a crowd that Minnesota can send a message by electing Ellison to Congress. The Rev. Jesse Jackson let his star power shine on state Rep. Keith Ellison's congressional campaign on a sweltering Friday afternoon in North Commons park in Minneapolis. "What a statement from Minnesota to send Keith to Congress," Jackson said from the stage to a couple hundred faithful at the Ellison rally. "It's time to get the crooks out of office and put men in office who care." He spoke directly to Ellison, saying, "They're going to attack you....
  • One of 11 Missing Egyptians Found (UPDATE: he was found in Minnesota)

    08/09/2006 10:46:26 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 187 replies · 7,279+ views
    WMAL Radio, Washington, D.C. ^ | 8/9/06 (not on web site yet) | WMAL News
    In the bottom-of-the-hour news during Rush, WMAL reported that one of the 11 missing Egyptian students was found in Montana and is now being questioned by the FBI.
  • GOP's attack on Ellison focuses on U.S. Muslim (activist with ties to Hamas)

    09/18/2006 5:36:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 716+ views
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | September 16, 2006 | Sharon Schmickle
    When Nihad Awad flew to Minneapolis to attend a fundraiser for state Rep. Keith Ellison in August, following him was a simmering debate in American politics: What constitutes support for terrorism? Last week, Minnesota Republicans thrust that issue to the forefront after Ellison won the DFL primary in the Fifth Congressional District. In a letter to Republicans statewide afterward, state GOP chairman Ron Carey accused Ellison of trying to hide his backing from "a self-identified supporter" of the Palestinian group Hamas.
  • Ejected imam linked to Hamas, bin Laden

    11/21/2006 4:29:09 PM PST · by xcamel · 109 replies · 3,366+ views
    WND ^ | today | wnd
    Spokesman for 6 Muslim clerics barred from US Airways flight One of six Muslim imams pulled from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis last night by federal authorities is affiliated with a Hamas-linked organization and acknowledged a connection to Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. Omar Shahin, who served as a spokesman for the clerics, is a representative of the Kind Hearts Organization, which had its assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury pending an investigation, notes Islam scholar Robert Spencer on his weblog JihadWatch Treasury spokesman Stuart Levey in February said KindHearts "is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and...
  • How the imams terrorized an airliner (US Airways Flight 300)

    11/28/2006 12:21:30 AM PST · by xtinct · 92 replies · 3,517+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11-28-06 | Audrey Hudson
    Muslim religious leaders removed from a Minneapolis flight last week exhibited behavior associated with a security probe by terrorists and were not merely engaged in prayers, according to witnesses, police reports and aviation security officials. Witnesses said three of the imams were praying loudly in the concourse and repeatedly shouted "Allah" when passengers were called for boarding US Airways Flight 300 to Phoenix. "I was suspicious by the way they were praying very loud," the gate agent told the Minneapolis Police Department. Passengers and flight attendants told law-enforcement officials the imams switched from their assigned seats to a pattern associated...
  • How the imams terrorized an airliner (the whole story )

    11/28/2006 3:52:44 AM PST · by MRadtke · 82 replies · 2,956+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2006 | Audrey Hudson
    Muslim religious leaders removed from a Minneapolis flight last week exhibited behavior associated with a security probe by terrorists and were not merely engaged in prayers, according to witnesses, police reports and aviation security officials. Witnesses said three of the imams were praying loudly in the concourse and repeatedly shouted "Allah" when passengers were called for boarding US Airways Flight 300 to Phoenix. "I was suspicious by the way they were praying very loud," the gate agent told the Minneapolis Police Department. Passengers and flight attendants told law-enforcement officials the imams switched from their assigned seats to a pattern associated...
  • Federal agents raid Bloomington home (MN)

    02/26/2007 4:13:16 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies · 782+ views
    KSTP 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 2/26/07 | KSTP 5
    Authorities surrounded a home in Bloomington near the Southtown Mall Monday afternoon. The home, located on 84th Street and Knox Ave., was raided Monday afternoon by ATF agents and officials from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Officials told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that there was no immediate danger and it was more of precautionary measure. Bloomington firefighters evacuated homes in the neighborhood and used police tape to block off a large area. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with a neighbor who was evacuated from his home. "Bombs, bomb contaminants, explosives in the neighborhood and they got a call on… they wanted to...
  • Shariah in Minnesota? - Radical Muslim activists go fishing in troubled waters.

    03/25/2007 5:39:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 1,669+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 25, 2007 | Katherine Kersten
    MINNEAPOLIS--The land of 10,000 lakes and that welcoming attitude we call "Minnesota Nice"--is becoming a window on America's potential future. Here in Minneapolis, one of the nation's most livable cities, hard-line Muslim activists are injecting an element that is anything but nice. Troubling incidents began several years ago, when taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport--about three-quarters of whom are Muslim--started refusing to transport passengers carrying alcohol. One woman, returning from France with wine, was turned away by five cabs in succession. Refusals of service now number about 100 a month, and heated altercations have erupted. In September 2006,...
  • MN: More federal charges for terror suspect

    06/23/2005 9:27:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/23/05 | Chris Williams - AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal grand jury added four new charges against a man authorities say fought with the Taliban, shared a meal with Osama bin Laden and wired money to people he met in Afghan training camps. Mohammed Warsame, 31, was charged last year with conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida. Wednesday's new indictment added a count of providing material support to the terrorist group and three counts of making false statements to the FBI. Warsame has been held without bail since his 2003 arrest. An arraignment date on the new charges had not been set, said Karen...
  • Double Agent Plan

    02/13/2004 8:15:05 PM PST · by knak · 2 replies · 349+ views
    abc ^ | 2/13/04
    Mohammed Warsame seen in an undated photograph. (The photograph's background has been obscured to protect the source. ABCNEWS independently confirmed that the photograph shows Warsame.) U.S. Attempt to Turn Al Qaeda Suspect Into U.S. Informant Soured by Press Leak By Pierre Thomas Feb. 13 — When a Somali-born computer student was arrested in Minneapolis last December on suspicion of helping al Qaeda, federal counterterrorism officials thought they might finally have found what they desperately need — a way of getting inside Osama bin Laden's shadowy network. The counterterrorism officials developed a plan to turn the man, Mohammed Warsame, into a...
  • TERROR SUSPECT: Al-Qaida suspect taught English, fought for Taliban

    02/10/2004 2:40:17 AM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 2/10/04 | CHRIS WILLIAMS , AP
    MINNEAPOLIS — A man accused of providing support to al-Qaida trained in martial arts and with weapons, taught English to al-Qaida members and joined the Taliban front lines, according to an FBI affidavit. Terror suspect Mohammed Warsame, 30, twice saw combat with front line units of the Taliban while in Afghanistan and once sat next to Osama bin Laden at a meal, said the affidavit, which investigators said was based on interviews with Warsame. “The defendant stated that bin Laden was very inspirational,” according to the affidavit. Prosecutors argued Monday that Warsame, a Somali with Canadian citizenship, is a flight...
  • Accused Student Warsame in Court on Terror Charge {accused of supporting Al-Qaida}

    02/09/2004 10:52:11 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 2 replies · 157+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | February 9, 2004 | Pam Louwagie
    The public court file against Mohammed A. Warsame, the Minneapolis college student accused of supporting Al-Qaida, is conspicuously void of detail. It alleges that he conspired to provide "material support and resources" to the terrorist organization starting in 2000 and says that he admitted going to an Afghanistan training camp with Osama bin Laden. For a handful of defense attorneys near Lackawanna, N.Y., the case has a familiar ring. There, six men of Yemeni descent who also attended a training camp were charged under the same federal material support law in the fall of 2002. Though the cases contain key...
  • {Accused Student}Warsame Fought For Taliban {and Trained al-Qaida}

    02/09/2004 5:40:03 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 3 replies · 183+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 10, 2004 | Chris Williams
    A man accused of providing support to al-Qaida trained in martial arts and with weapons, taught English to al-Qaida members and even joined the Taliban front lines, according to an FBI affidavit. Terror suspect Mohammed Warsame, 30, twice saw combat with front line units of the Taliban while in Afghanistan and once sat next to Osama bin Laden at a meal, said the affidavit, which investigators said was based on interviews with Warsame. ``The defendant stated that bin Laden was very inspirational,'' according to the affidavit from FBI Special Agent Kiann Vandenover. Prosecutors argued Monday that Warsame, a Somali with...
  • Student Charged With Helping Al-Qaida

    01/21/2004 4:26:11 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 13 replies · 408+ views
    Star Tribune | January 22, 2004 | Pam Louwagie and Howie Padilla
    The Minneapolis student arrested as a material witness in a terrorism investigation last month has been charged by a Minneapolis federal grand jury with conspiracy to provide material support to Al-Qaida. A one-page indictment unsealed Wednesday gives no details about what the government suspects Mohammed Warsame of doing except to say that Warsame, who also went by the names Abu Maryam and Abu Zaynab, conspired starting no later than March 2000 through December 8, 2003. An affidavit released in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York says Warsame told FBI agents on Dec. 8 that he...
  • Man Accused of al-Qaida Ties Identified

    12/12/2003 10:37:27 AM PST · by TexKat · 153+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/03
    MINNEAPOLIS - The man arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of associating with al-Qaida has been identified as a Canadian citizen and college student of Somali descent, a newspaper reported. The man arrested Tuesday was Mohammed A. Warsame, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported in Friday editions, citing law enforcement officials who requested anonymity. Warsame is suspected of having knowledge of some of the activities of Zacarias Moussaoui — who is accused of being a Sept. 11 conspirator — when he was in Minneapolis. The newspaper said Warsame had been arrested as a material witness, but did not disclose whether he would...