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2 Men Charged in NY With Helping Modernize al Qaeda

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Geek Squad these men were not, at least according to federal authorities in New York.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged two former Brooklyn men with conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda that included providing computer advice, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

The men, Wesam El-Hanafi, 33, is an American citizen who lived in Brookly and Sabirhan Hasanoff, 34, has dual citizen in the U.S. and Australia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

“As alleged in the indictment, Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff conspired to modernize al Qaeda by providing computer systems expertise and other goods and services,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

Authorities charged that El-Hanafi traveled to Yemen in February 2008 and met with two members of al Qaeda.

“While in Yemen, El-Hanafi swore an oath of allegiance to al Qaeda, received instructions from al Qaeda on operatational security measrues, and received assignments to perform for al Qaeda,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

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First Person Ever Extradited From UK to U.S. on Terrorism Charges Pleads Guilty to Supporting al Qaeda

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Pakistani born man raised in New York, who became the first person to ever be extradited from the United Kingdom on terrorism charges, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New York to providing material support to al Qaeda.

Syed Hashmi aka “Fahad” admitted providing air fare to help someone deliver protective gear like raincoats and sleeping bags to South Waziristan, Pakistan, authorities said.

The equipment was to be used by al Qaeda members fighting U.S. trooops in Afghanistan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Hashmi, 30, was arrested on June 6, 2006, at Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, before he was to board a flight to Pakistan, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He has been in custody for nearly four years.

Sentencing is set for June 7. He has agreed to serve 15 years in prison.

Former Associate Says bin Laden Was Surprised By Tough U.S. Response to Sept. 11

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A former Osama bin Laden associate is saying that bin Laden had no clue the U.S. would strike back as ferociously as it has since Sept. 11, 2001, WTOP radio  in Washington reported.

In what was billed as an exclusive interview, the radio station reported that Noman Benotman, who was the head of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the summer of 2000 said that al Qaeda thought the U.S. was a “paper tiger.”

“I’m 100 percent sure they had no clue about what was going to happen. What happened after the 11th of September was beyond their imagination, ” Benotman told WTOP.

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Column: Qatar Should Pay For Goofy Antics of Its Diplomat Aboard United Flight

Allan Lengel

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s really not enough that the goofy Qatari diplomat who caused a scare aboard a United Flight from D.C. to Denver Wednesday will voluntarily leave the country.

The country of Qatar, at minimum, should pay for the two F-16 fighter jets that were scrambled in response to the man’s stupidity and the cost of investigators who had to deal this nonsense.

Apparently, the diplomat Mohammed al-Madadi, who has immunity from prosecution,  was going to visit a jailed al Qaeda agent in prison in Denver, and while on board the United flight, decided to light up a cigarette in the bathroom. When confronted, he apparently made a joke about trying to light his shoe on fire.

Now, if the guy had been in 5th grade, perhaps the response might have been understandable. One thing is for sure: Qatar needs to raise the bar a little and send diplomats to the U.S. who exhibit the maturity of someone beyond elementary school.

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Column: Justice Dept. Should Be More Transparent About Its Lawyers Who Represented al Qaeda Suspects

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder/doj photo

By Marc A. Thiessen
Washington Post Op-Ed

Would most Americans want to know if the Justice Department had hired mob lawyers and then put them in charge of mob cases? Of course. They would rightly want their elected representatives to find out who these lawyers were and what roles they were playing at Justice.

Yet Attorney General Eric Holder hired former al-Qaeda lawyers to the Justice Department and has resisted providing Congress basic information.

In November, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested that Holder identify officials who represented terrorists or worked for organizations advocating on their behalf, the cases and projects they worked on before joining the administration, the cases and projects they’ve worked on since, and name officials who have recused themselves because of prior work on behalf of terrorist detainees.

Holder stonewalled.

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Ooops – Wrong al Qaeda Guy

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Adam Gadahn/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It seems after all that authorities did not capture California native Adam Gadahn, an al Qaeda spokesman listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The initial reports in recent days was that Pakistani authorities had captured him. But instead American and Pakistani authorities identified the man who was captured in Karachi as Abu Yahya Mujahdeen al-Adam, the New York Times reported.

The paper reported that he was born in Pennsylvania and linked to Al Qaeda operations involved in fighting in Afghanistan.

Adam Gadahn, a California native, has become known as an al Qaeda spokesman who has called for military strikes against the U.S., the Times reported.

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3 Charged with Narco-Terrorism to Support al Qaeda

ghana mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Three men arrested in Ghana this week arrived in New York on Friday to face charges of trafficking cocaine through Africa to support terrorist organizations including al Qaeda and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

It was the first time al Qaeda associates had been charged with narco-terrorism, the DEA said, and it was a disturbing reminder of the growing link between drug traffickers and terrorist organizations.

“These narco-terrorists do not respect borders and do not care who they harm with their drug trafficking conspiracies,” DEA acting administrator Michele Leonhart said in a statement. “Working with our narcotics law enforcement partners in Ghana and across the globe, DEA is making unprecedented progress in dismantling illicit drug networks in western Africa and around the world.”

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara added in a statement that the “allegations reflect the emergence of a worrisome alliance between al Qaeda and transnational narcotics traffickers. As terrorist diversify into drugs, however, they provide us with more opportunities to incapacitate them and cut off the funding for future acts of terror.”

The narco-terrorist suspects included: Oumar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abelrahman. They were arrested in Ghana on Dec. 16 at the request of the U.S. government, the DEA said.

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Feds Tie As Many as a Dozen to Suspected al Qaeda Bomb Plot

Federal authorities had hoped to wait to bust these guys once they started to look like they were actually kicking things in gear. But leaks forced them to act quicker. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.

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By Josh Meyer and Tina Susman
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have tied as many as a dozen people to a suspected Al Qaeda-linked bomb plot on U.S. soil as they continue to gather evidence to indict on terrorism charges the young Afghan immigrant at the center of the case, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Authorities said that they did not know the exact number of potential suspects or many of their identities, but that they had been connected through electronic intercepts, surveillance, seized evidence and interviews.

A federal law enforcement official and others, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the high level of secrecy surrounding the investigation, said the suspects appeared concentrated in the New York area, with possibly others in the suspect’s home state of Colorado and elsewhere.

Of particular interest are several individuals that Najibullah Zazi, 24, had met or communicated with on a trip to New York two weeks ago.

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