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Saudi Arabian Man to Be Deported After Pleading Guilty to Punching TSA Officer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Saudi Arabian man will be deported after pleading guilty this week to punching a TSA officer in the face at the Orlando International Airport in January.

Mohammed Abdullah Alomaim, 43, was sentenced to time served and a two-year supervised release, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

“As a result of his conviction, Alomaim will be deported from the United States,” a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

In January, a TSA officer approached Alomaim for acting erratically and leaving his bag unattended. Alomaim responded by punching the officer in the face.

“Alomaim was immediately taken into custody,” the statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The FBI handled the investigation.

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Saudi-Born Naval Engineer Accused of Revealing Secret Documents to Undercover FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Saudi-born Naval engineer is accused of revealing secret documents about a new aircraft carrier to an undercover FBI agent, the Washington Times reports.

Mostafa Ahmed Awwad is facing federal charges for allegedly handing over the information about a carrier being built in Norfolk, Va.

The FBI arrested the 35-year-old on Friday, claiming he met an undercover agent at a remote hiking trail.

Awwad also is accused of offering to buy a secret camera to photograph restricted material.

The undercover agent was posing as an Egyptian spy named “Yousef” and said he wanted to information “to strike the vessel with a missile in order to sink it.”

Intelligence Research Specialist for ICE is ICED; Admits Ripping Off Agency and Misusing Passport

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former supervisory intelligence research specialist for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Tex. pleaded guilty Thursday to misusing his diplomatic passport and submitting fictitious expenses that amounted to at least $70,000.

Ahmed Adil Abdallat, 64, pleaded guilty in federal court in El Paso to two counts of misuse of a diplomatic passport and one count of conversion of public money.

Authorities say that in March 2007 Abdallat was issued a diplomatic passport in order to perform various temporary duties at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia and several other foreign countries.

Abdallat admitted he used his official diplomatic passport on two occasions for the personal purpose of travel to and from Amman, Jordan after he was permanently assigned to duty in El Paso and no longer had any official embassy, mission, or related activities.

Authorities said he also admitted that from Feb. 15, 2009 to , through Sept. 10, 2010, he submitted 13 vouchers for travel from El Paso to Washington, D.C. and received $116,392.34 in travel fund reimbursements.

Authorities said multiple vouchers contained fictitious charges for lodging, vehicle rental and parking. Authorities said the government was taken for at least $70,000, but the exact amount has yet to be determined.

Authorities said that Abdallat remains in federal custody pending sentencing. A sentencing date has yet to be set.

 

FBI-DEA Foil Iranian-Linked Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador to U.S.

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department on Tuesday afternoon announced that FBI and DEA agents had foiled a plot linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old Iranian-American, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran’s Qods Force– a unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) –said to be a sponsor of terrorn -were charged in New York, according to the Justice Department. Arbabsiar was arrested on Sept. 29 at JFK Airport, while Shakuri remains at large.

“As alleged, these defendants were part of a well-funded and pernicious plot that had, as its first priority, the assassination of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, without care or concern for the mass casualties that would result from their planned attack,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement. “Today’s charges should make crystal clear that we will not let other countries use our soil as their battleground.”

“The criminal complaint unsealed today exposes a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign Ambassador on U.S. soil with explosives,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a Justice Department statement.

ABC News reported that the plot also included plans to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in D.C.

Authorities alleged that Arbabsiar agreed to pay $1.5 million a DEA informant, posing as an associate of a violent Mexican drug cartel, to assassinate the ambassador.  The informant told him he would need four men to carry out the murder.

Arbabsiar allegedly told the informant that his cousin in Iran, who was a “big general” in the Iranian military, has asked him to find someone to carry out the assassination.

Authorities said when the informant noted that innocent bystanders could get hurt, “Arbabsiar made it clear that the assassination needed to go forward, despite mass casualties.”

“They want that guy [the Ambassador] done [killed], if the hundred go with him f**k ‘em.,”” Arbabsiar allegedly said.

Arbabsiar also allegedly discussed bombing a restaurant in the U.S. that the ambassador frequented. Arbabsiar allegedly said that killing others during the attack would be “no big deal.”

Authorities, citing the criminal complaint, said “Arbabsiar also admitted to agents that, in connection with this plot, he was recruited, funded, and directed by men he understood to be senior officials in Iran’s Qods Force.”

FBI Never Publicly Disclosed Saudi Couple Abandoning Home With New Car Right Before Sept. 11

Ex-Sen. Graham/meet the press

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Is there even more about the Saudi connection to 9/11 that we didn’t know about?

Well, ex-Sen. Bob Graham, former co-chair of a Congressional inquiry after the September 11, 2001, seems to think so and is calling for the U.S. government to reopen its probe in wake of a news report that says a Saudia Arabian couple in Sarasota, Fla., abruptly abandon their home two weeks before the attacks, leaving behind a full refrigerator, clothes, and a new car, Reuters reported.

Reuters reported that the report was published by BrowardBulldog.org., a nonprofit Internet news site and was simultaneously published on the news website of the Miami Herald.

Reuters said the report, if true, indicates the FBI never disclosed the matter to the public or the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks.

Reuters reported that the FBI office in Tampa issued a statement on Monday saying the Sarasota case was one of many leads that “were resolved and determined not to be related to any threat nor connected to the 9/11 plot.”

 

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