Posts Tagged ‘Department of Homeland Security’


Getting the goods into Iran: the story of Amir Ardebili

September 21, 2010

Amir Ardebilli, an Iranian citizen and supplier for the Iranian military, wanted to secretly amass items for Iranian air defense.  In contradiction to U.S. export control laws, Ardebilli sought sensitive technologies like aircraft parts, communications equipment, and night vision devices. Now he’s serving a 60-month prison sentence.

In a speech to the Washington Institute on Sept. 2, John Morton, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Department of Homeland Security, outlined the role of ICE in export control.  Morton provided several examples of successful export control investigations such as the one into Ardebili’s activities.  This portion is 2½ minutes–take a listen: 


Cash smuggling update: Saudi Arabia taken at its word

March 9, 2010

Hadn’t you heard?  The Saudi assertion that they have cracked down on bulk cash smuggling is a fact.  Media outlets such as Forbes and Deutsche Welle have credited Saudi Arabia with progress in this area.

But according to a serious report from the Government Accountability Office last fall, the Saudis have never provided actual data on the numbers, for example, of cash seizures by authorities.  Read the rest of this entry ?


Will Clinton denounce Islamic imperialism in New Guinea?

January 12, 2010

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is on her way to Hawaii, Australia, and Papua New Guinea to “to strengthen U.S. relations with key partner nations in the western Pacific,” according to the New York Times.  Terrorism is said to figure prominently in her conversations with leaders from those countries.

Papua New Guinea, which shares half of the island of New Guinea with Indonesia, has resisted foreign attempts at colonization and conversion by Islam.  However, as noted at, attempts to Islamize all the Christian and animist islands of Melanesia have become more aggressive.

Specifically, Indonesian jihadist groups like Jemaah Islamiyah and Mujahideen Kompak have tried to use their foothold in the western part of New Guinea (Western Papua) to expand Islam’s reach.

Mujahideen Kompak is a radical Islamist group that funnels zakat intended for disaster relief into the coffers of Southeast Asian jihadists.  Read the rest of this entry ?