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8/22; 11 Egyptians; Brit. Explosives Plot; Now This

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/09/AR2006080902073.html

Investigators: Pair with passenger info, phones linked to terror
Associated Press

MARIETTA, Ohio - Investigators in southeast Ohio said they were working to unravel how two Michigan men charged with supporting terrorism came to have airplane passenger lists and airport security information.

Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, were being held at the Washington County jail on $200,000 bond each, which could be raised at a Thursday afternoon court hearing. Each was charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism.

Deputies stopped the two on a traffic violation Tuesday and found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in their car, Sheriff Larry Mincks said.


It wasn't clear what significance the airline information might have. Assistant County Prosecutor Susan Vessels declined to comment on whether the manifests were for upcoming flights or those that already had flown. She also would not give the origin or destination of the flight or flights.

FBI spokesman Mike Brooks in Cincinnati said federal agents were in contact with Washington County authorities. He said at this point he knew of no connection between the case and the alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound planes that British authorities say they have thwarted.

Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff's Maj. John Winstanley. They sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, Winstanley said.

Vessels declined to say how the phones, cash or flight information involved terrorism.


Investigators going through the car after the pair were pulled over in Marietta also found a map that showed locations of Wal-Mart stores from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee and into North and South Carolina, Vessels said.

"We got them at the beginning of their trip," she said.

Vessels did not say why the pair headed to southeast Ohio from Dearborn.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday evening with Ray Smith, a public defender who represents Abulhassan. Houssaiky did not yet have an attorney, Vessels said.

Houssaiky's family members said he and Abulhassan work in the cell phone trade and were on a business trip, according to Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn, who said he met with Houssaiky's relatives Wednesday.

"I hope this is a case where the government is not overreacting, overreaching and over-reading," Hamad said. "This is sensitive and serious. Nobody should rush to judgment."

At their brief court appearance Wednesday, the defendants did not address the terror charges. Abulhassan said he is a junior at the University of Michigan and Houssaiky said he is a student at Wayne State University.

The fourth-degree felony charges allege the two laundered between $5,000 and $25,000, Vessels said. A conviction carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The men were charged Tuesday with obstructing official business. Winstanley said they initially lied about why they bought the phones.

Those charges were dropped Wednesday when the money laundering charges were filed.

Marietta, with about 14,000 people, is about 90 miles southeast of Columbus and 12 miles northeast of Parkersburg, W.Va.
 

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All Muslims may not be terrorists, but all the terrorists seem to be Muslims
 

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Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff's Maj. John Winstanley. They sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, Winstanley said.

600 phone purchases to launder money, or for 600 bomb triggers?
 

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600 phone purchases to launder money, or for 600 bomb triggers?

Where is Murtha, Pelosi, Kery, Gore, and the rest of the peace niks today?
 

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Looking for a place to hide.

NY Times, Washington Post, and LA Times will provide the cover

Headline tomorrow:

24 Hours After Crushing Defeat In Primary Bush Scares World With Terror Alert!
 

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Are the libs still going to oppose the NSA program, the Patriot Act, and following the terrorist money?
 

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Are the libs still going to oppose the NSA program, the Patriot Act, and following the terrorist money?


No one ever opposed following terrorist money. In fact, your fave, John Kerry, was instrumental in setting that up. As for the "Patriot" Act and violating the FISA laws by wiretapping American citizens....yup. Because those have nothing to do with the WOT.

How would you feel if a Pres. Hillary was listening in?
 

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No one ever opposed following terrorist money. In fact, your fave, John Kerry, was instrumental in setting that up. As for the "Patriot" Act and violating the FISA laws by wiretapping American citizens....yup. Because those have nothing to do with the WOT.

How would you feel if a Pres. Hillary was listening in?


Considering the Brits used "sneek and peek" to foil this plot - we should step it up

Did Kerry vote for following the terrorist money before he voted against it?

The Red Queen will never be President. She would never win the Electoral College
 

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600 phone purchases to launder money, or for 600 bomb triggers?

The libs is London are shocked over this..........

http://newsbusters.org/node/6897#comment
Where Are We Going Wrong Helping Homegrown Terrorists Integrate Society?
Posted by Mark Finkelstein on August 10, 2006 - 15:45.
Made-in-the-UK Islamic radicals are trying to murder people - and it's the UK's fault for not doing a better job integrating them into society.

That was the view expressed on Fox News this afternoon by Angela Corpe of Sky News - Fox's UK sister network. Fox's Page Hopkins asked: "Given that you had 7/7 and we in New York know what it was like after 9/11. [Is it] still very fresh in Londoners' minds that these were home-grown would-be terrorists?

Corpe: "It was a problem even before 7/7 happened last year. . . We are not facing foreign terrorists but people bred here in the UK. Something our politicians have been discussing today. Not only [must we] be more tolerant of the Muslim faith and realize these few do not speak for the Muslim faith. These people born here, brought up here, going to our schools and still feel the need to blow up planes to, to plot to explode buildings and tube stations.

Continued Corpe: "We have a real job to do here in the UK to try to reintegrate these people and find out where we are going wrong in helping these people realize that if they want to stay in this country they have to accept the freedoms we have here and respect human life in the same way we do."

With that kind of attitude, should Angela ever want to 'cross the pond' she should have no problem finding employment in our MSM.

Update: Demonstrating that the UK doesn't have a monopoly on journalists concerned not to trample Islamo-fascist sensitivities, Alison Stewart of MSNBC this afternoon referred to the 'alleged' plot to plant bombs on planes. This is the same MSNBC that yesterday, on Tucker Carlson's show, decided to extend air time to a controlled-demolition nutjob arguing that the Bush administration was behind 9/11.
 

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anyone explain the 8/22 thing to me
 

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Just related:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZjgyMTM3YjQxMmJhZDI2OTZiNGZhNGNkZDFjZWJmN2E=

8/22 [Michael Ledeen]
The more I look at it, the more I am convinced that the plot in London is indeed connected to the much-discussed August 22nd Iranian "response" to our latest final proposal on their nuclear program. Metaphorically, it fits: lightning bolts in the skies, an epochal, world-changing event, as befits the terrorists' celebration of Mohammed's ride to heaven.

And notice that the Iranians have now backed off that date, blaming, of course, us.

I think that other events were and are planned around the same date, in several different countries. Hardly anyone has noticed that the Germans found some bombs on their trains a few weeks ago. And I expect that other allies will either find, or be subjected to, terrorist acts.

Why? Because the Iranians believe their moment has come, and they are reinforced in believing that by the abject failure of their regime. This combination of the realization of their failure in Iran and their belief that they can truly win their 27-year old war against us, is a very potent psychological force, and I think they are going to go all out to win, fast.

They think they have won, or are winning, in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Why has nobody noticed the advance of the fanatics in Somalia, by the way? Look at a map. Find Somalia. You see its strategic importance. Then ask yourself what we will do when our ships are attacked by the same Iranian missiles that hit the Israeli gunship off the coast of Lebanon...

And then ask yourself why in the world a president who correctly insists that we are at war with Islamic Fascism cannot manage to support freedom in Iran and Syria?

If you've got an answer, I'd love to hear it. It beats the bejeezus out of me.
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Ok what's up with the cell phones? Let's see, 11 Egyptian 'kids' go missing, because well 'boys will be boys...' Now we are seeing repeated arrests for more than a 'few' cell phones...

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005708.htm

Late-night tracfone shopping sprees
By Michelle Malkin · August 11, 2006 01:15 PM

Just thought you'd find these news items interesting (hat tip: reader Dave and reader PD):

WNEM TV in Michigan - Three Middle Eastern Men Found With 1000 Cell Phones

Around 1:00am August 11th three men purchased cell phones from the Wal-Mart store on M-81 near the corner of M-24 in Caro. Wal-Mart places a limit on the number of cell phones that can be purchased at once, that number is three. The three men allegedly bought 80 by purchasing them three at time so that an alert wouldn't be triggered by the cash register. They also paid cash.

An alert clerk grew suspicious and called Tuscola County central dispatch. The Caro Police Department sent a unit and stopped the rented van on M-81 just east of Caro. The suspects were headed towards Bad Axe on M-81 where there is another Super Wal-Mart.

The three men were described as being of Pakistani descent but live in Texas. Police say the three, ages 19, 22, and 23 appear to be naturalized citizens. One man was driving while the other two were in the back opening the phone packages with box cutters throwing the phones in one box, batteries in another and the packaging and phone charger in another container. The suspects had 1000 other cell phones in the van. There was also a bag of receipts showing that someone was in Wisconsin the day before.

The phones were Nokia Tracfones selling for $20 at Wal-Mart. For your twenty dollars you receive a phone charger and 40 minutes of airtime. The phones do not have to be registered with a name. Also discovered was a laptop with store addresses and store logos.

The men have been "cooperative, upfront, not hiding" anything according to police. They also told officers they get stopped frequently and say they buy the phones for $20 and sell them elsewhere for $38. They sell them without the packaging or charger.

The Caro Police Department, the FBI and the Homeland Security Terrorism Taskforce are involved in the case.

The Caro Police Department is holding the suspects property while awaiting arrival of the FBI. FBI wants to talk to the three men who are not in custody.
And this via WTAE-TV:

Foreigner Found With Prepaids, Cash In Murrysville Is Held By Feds

A man from the Republic of Georgia is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison after he and another man from that country were found with 15 prepaid cell phones and $4,200 in cash, police said.

The Tribune-Review reported that Malkhaz Zakutashvili, 53, was held through the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Murrysville police said the federal agency told police not to hold the second man, Zurabi Maisuradze, 25.

Police said the men were questioned just before 8 p.m. Saturday because their van, which did not have a permanent registration plate, was stopped in a lane of traffic in the Franklin Plaza parking lot.

The men said they were immigrants, but each displayed Michigan driver's licenses, police said.

Zakutashvili told police he was in the country illegally, Tappe said. Maisuradze claimed to have a visa, but he said he had forgotten to bring it with him.

The prepaid cell phones, which the men had recently purchased in Monroeville and Murrysville, were found inside the van. Also in the van were a laptop computer and global-positioning software.

 

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