Posts Tagged ‘New York’

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Dialing for terror dollars: recommended reading

July 3, 2014
  • The disembowling of Iraq by Al Qaeda (ISIS) is being funded by Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia… more>>
  • ISIS’s annual report is more than a balance sheet or summary of operations.  It’s actually an appeal to potential investorsmore>>
  • The Taliban taxes poppies and blackmails businessmen.  But the dirty little secret behind most of the Taliban’s wealth lies with Arab sheikhs, say Afghan reporters… ground truth>>
  • An Arab interest group in New York opposed to NYPD tactics turns out to be funded by Qatar, the de facto sponsor of the global Muslim Brotherhood… more>>
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Money and jihad: recommended reading

May 22, 2014
  • Boko Haram‘s rise to prominence might be explained by foreign funding to the tune of $70 million… more>>
  • Witness:  A mosque in Long Island funded a militant jihadist group called Supporters of Shariamore>>
  • Saynab Abdirashid Hussein perjured herself before a Minnesota grand jury about money she raised for jihad in Somalia. Her sentence? Just probation… more>>
  • CAIR is furious that banks have closed risky accounts with Iranian students in the U.S….more>>
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The money man behind Ramzi Yousef’s terror

January 6, 2014

Looking back at the financing the Bojinka plot

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing killed six people—a disappointment in the perspective of bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef.  He sought something grander and more devastating, but to pull it off he’d need more money.

The 2006 television miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” (one of the best films ever depicting terror finance methods) dramatized this historical development by showing Yousef meeting with his uncle and future 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad.  In the scene below, KSM says he may be able to obtain financing for Yousef’s next attack—a cluster of onboard airplane explosions that would become known as the “Bojinka plot”— with help from “a wealthy Saudi,” Osama bin Laden.

Bojinka was foiled after the night of Jan. 6, 1995, when a chemical fire in Yousef’s apartment bomb lab 19 years ago today caught the attention of Philippine authorities.  But the audacity of the plan, the financial commitment of Osama bin Laden, and the logistical involvement of KSM remained as elements that would evolve into the 9/11 attack itself.

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Bill would let S. Arabia be sued for funding 9/11

August 27, 2013

Saudi Arabia financed the 9/11 terrorist attacks through a combination of government-funded “philanthropy,” private zakat donations by Saudi royals and elites, and front charities—some of which was funneled through Saudi banks.  But Saudi Arabia (and Jordan) has steadfastly resisted lawsuits in the U.S. to force their bankers to disclose documents which will prove their culpability (see here, here, here, and here).

A bipartisan bill aiming to allow such lawsuits to proceed will be reintroduced in Congress shortly by members of New York’s delegation.  Litigation should be part of a broad strategy to bankrupt terrorism and its state sponsors.

Here’s the latest from Steve Emerson writing for Newsmax:

9/11 Group Supports Terror Finance Legislation

Thursday, 22 Aug 2013

By Steve Emerson

A petition urging Congress to pass new terror financing legislation is being circulated by a group of 9/11 victims’ families and survivors of the attacks.

Three New York lawmakers plan to introduce the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act when Congress returns after Labor Day. The bill would allow American victims to sue foreign people and entities for financing terrorist attacks. Courts have blocked such claims against Saudis alleged to have aided the 9/11 plot.

It has a bi-partisan group of co-sponsors, including Democrat Charles Schumer in the Senate, Republican House member Peter King and Democrat Jerrold Nadler, all from New York.

While Americans widely support law enforcement actions to prevent terror attacks and curb terror financing, this is at least the third time the bill is being offered.

“No individual or country should be shielded from being held accountable for their role in the most heinous act of terrorism to ever occur in the United States,” Schumer said in announcing a similar 2011 effort. “This bill will send a clear message to Saudi Arabia and other sponsors of terror: if you attack the United States, you will be held accountable. It will also allow the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to receive some justice for the losses they experienced on that fateful day.”

The petition drive by 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism aims to show Congress a broad base of support for the bill…

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Feds disclose plot against stock exchange

June 27, 2013

It turns out that busted jihadist Khalid Ouazzani wasn’t just financing Al Qaeda.  He and his associates participated in a previously undisclosed, aborted scheme to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and send shock waves through global financial markets in the process.  This revelation came to light in the course of recent congressional testimony about the results of federal intelligence programs.

Kevin Freeman rightly says this case shows that “Our economy is the real target.  The motive is to destroy our economy. So, if our enemies have the means and opportunity to destroy our market, should we be surprised if they try?”

From The Blotter page of ABC News:

Al Qaeda’s Abandoned NY Stock Exchange Plot Revealed

Top U.S. security officials revealed today that the government’s recently exposed surveillance programs led them to an al Qaeda cell that plotted, scouted, but ultimately abandoned a plan to bomb the Wall Street in 2008.

“We found through electronic surveillance that they were actually in the initial stages of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,” FBI Assistant Director Sean Joyce told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Joyce was testifying alongside high-level U.S. officials, including National Security Agency head Gen. Keith Alexander, before the House Intelligence Committee to defend the NSA’s practice of collecting vast amounts of telephone and internet usage data – programs revealed last week by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden…

The NYSE plot, which had until today been unknown to the public, was centered around an auto parts dealer in Kansas City, Missouri, named Khalid Ouazzani, who pleaded guilty in 2010 for his role in a conspiracy to provide funding to al-Qaeda. At the time of his plea, the complex case against Ouazzani seemed to have little to do with the famous NYSE headquarters on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, except for a vague reference in his plea agreement that said, “Over a period of years, [Ouazzani] and others discussed various ways they could support al Qaeda.”

The FBI now says Ouazzani was talking to an extremist in Yemen about a terror plot that would strike at the symbolic heart of America’s capitalist system – an attack on Wall Street.

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Cigarette smugglers linked to terrorists

May 24, 2013

Sixteen Palestinian immigrants have been arrested for a cigarette smuggling ring, and at least three of the men have ties to terrorists (h/t El Grillo).  Officials are “very seriously concerned about where the profits of this enterprise went,” suggesting that revenues may have been transferred to fund terrorist groups overseas.  The smuggling investigation itself originated from a counter-terror probe into the suspects’ activities.

From New York News 12:

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Islamic Relief accepted £60K from Al Qaeda front

May 15, 2013

Financial statements show that Islamic Relief Worldwide has received over £62,000 (nearly 100,000 U.S. dollars) from the Al Qaeda-linked, Yemen-based Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) over the past 10 years.

CSSW donated funds to Islamic Relief in 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008, mostly for “Palestinian relief” activities.  The 2004 funds transfer was recently discovered by Stand for Peace (with a h/t to Money Jihad reader and IMED research fellow Jacob Campbell for alerting us).  A review of Islamic Relief’s annual statements by Money Jihad revealed the subsequent donations:

CSSW donations to Islamic Relief

Year Amount given Project
2008 £13,060 Gaza Strip Emergency
2007 £9,999 Lebanon Water and Sanitation Programme
2004 £11,265 Palestine Relief
2003 £28,100 Palestine Relief and Emergency Projects
Total £62,424

The CSSW came under FBI surveillance in 1999.  In 2004, CSSW’s Brooklyn branch chief Numan Maflahi was convicted for obstructing the FBI investigation into the charity’s fundraising.  In 2008, the Washington Post revisited the matter, writing that “federal prosecutors in [the Maflahi] New York terrorism-financing case described the charity [CSSW] as ‘a front organization’ that was ‘used to support al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’.”

In 2010, IntelWire revealed that the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $3.5 million grant for a partnership that included CSSW.

CSSW has previously denied terrorist connections by claiming mistaken identity, despite evidence to the contrary from the Maflahi prosecutors and IntelWire.

Islamic Relief itself has previously been under fire for receiving $50,000 from a Bin Laden front in 1999, for financing Hamas in 2005-06, for cooperating with pro-Hamas Union of Good charities on an ongoing basis, and for its leadership being dominated by Muslim Brotherhood officials.

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