Skip to comments.Swedish man set up al-Qaeda camp, US prosecutor says
Posted on 04/21/2009 10:55:10 PM PDT by Cindy
Oussama Abdullah Kassir, 43, who was extradited from the Czech Republic on terrorism charges in 2007, faces multiple charges including supporting al-Qaeda by attempting to set up the camp in rural Oregon from 1999 to early 2000 and later setting up websites on explosives and poisons.
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A good Swedish name!
Click on the link to read the threads regarding Kassir:
We have a lot of Swedish terrorists - one is languishing in jail in Bosnia, another is just standing trial in London, etc etc, and strangely enough, they all have funny sounding names.
What is really, really odd is that our government and our socialist opposition parties are the only ones who haven’t noticed. Odd, don’t you think?
Lebanese News site:
“Lebanese author of Al-Qaeda training manuals set to stand trial”
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
SNIPPET: “NEW YORK: Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of a Lebanese-born Swedish man accused of helping set up a militant training camp in rural Oregon and operating websites showing how to assemble bombs. Oussama Abdullah Kassir, 43, who was extradited from the Czech Republic to New York in 2007, faces multiple charges, including supporting terrorism and Al-Qaeda, by attempting to set up the camp in Bly, Oregon from 1999 to early 2000.
Prosecutors say Kassir and two others involved in the case were followers of Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, a one-armed Muslim cleric who is serving a seven-year sentence in Britain for inciting his followers to murder nonbelievers.
James Ujaama, a former community activist in Seattle, has pleaded guilty to trying to help Al-Qaeda militants and may testify at the trial in Manhattan federal court as part of a plea agreement.The other suspect in the case, Haroon Rashid Aswat, one of Masri’s chief aides, is appealing against extradition to the United States.”
SNIPPET: “Kassir, who was born in Lebanon but became a Swedish citizen in 1989, was arrested in Prague in 2005 during a layover while traveling from Stockholm to Beirut. Aswat, a British citizen, was arrested in Zambia. Masri, who also faces charges for helping plot the capture of 16 western hostages in Yemen in 1998, won an interim order in 2008 from the European Court of Human Rights blocking his extradition to the United States.
Masri and Aswat’s extradition appeals are pending before the court.”
Re Bly, Oregon:
He set them up the bomb.
“Swedish terror suspect worked for Al-Qaeda: prosecutors”
Published: 22 Apr 09 07:25 CET
SNIPPET: “Kassir, 43, is charged with conspiring with others to set up a “jihad” (holy war) camp in Oregon, in the northwest United States, that would offer military weapons training for Muslims interested in fighting in Afghanistan.”
SNIPPET: “Kassir arrived in the United States in 1999 and spent a year at an Oregon ranch, imparting religious teachings at a Seattle mosque before returning to Europe, according to the prosecution.
“You are going to see a knife that he used for training at the ranch,” Farbiarz told the jury as Kassir, in a red tunic, listened through an interpreter.
“You will see the bomb making manuals and the poison making manuals,” he added.
Farbiarz said next week he would call James Ujaama, a former activist from Seattle who has admitted supporting the Al-Qaeda network and is now a witness for the prosecution.
Kassir allegedly admitted before witnesses he supported Al-Qaeda and its boss Osama bin Laden.”
Note: Photo included.
April 21, 2009
“US: Swedish Man Charged With Setting up al-Qaeda Training Camp in Oregon on Behalf of British Cleric Abu Hamza.....”
ON THE INTERNET:
A Look at Ujaama:
“ABU HAMZA & GLEN JENVEY”
(Added June 11, 2007)
“Terror Tracker: An Odyssey Into Pure Fear” by Neil Doyle
“Terror Trial Of Oussama Abdullah Kassir Set To Begin In New York”
April 13, 2009
Terror Trial Of Oussama Abdullah Kassir Set To Begin In New York
April 13, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - T
SNIPPET: “An apparent associate of Kassir’s, James Ujaama, from Seattle, WA has already plead guilty to aiding al-Qaeda and is expected to testify for the prosecution.
An alleged accomplice, Haroon Rashid Aswat is fighting extradition to the United States.
Both of the suspects were disciples of the radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri, a one-armed, one eyed Muslim cleric who is serving a seven-year sentence in UK for issuing a fatwa justifying the murder of non-Muslims.
A Look at Haroon Rashid Aswat:
28 September 2007
Oussama Kassir reflux
Note: See graphics at link above.
ARTICLE SNIPPET: Shortly after these graphics were released, individuals were arrested in Bosnia and Denmark in connection to a plot to launch a terrorist attack in Europe. This was the same round of arrests that put Irhabi007 and Co. behind bars.
87 posted on September 29, 2007 6:25:39 PM PDT by Cindy
28 September 2007
“OUSSAMA KASSIR REFLUX”
December 15, 2005
“”YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE COPPERS!!””
SNIPPET: “The jihadist last heard promising to violently resist any attempt to capture him was capture without a fight after making the mistake of taking a flight from Sweden to Beirut by way of Prague. Too bad for Oussama...”
Note: The following text is a quote:
United States Announces Extradition
of Accused Terrorist from Czech Republic
WASHINGTON Oussama Abdullah Kassir, a/k/a Abu Abdullah, a/k/a Abu Khadija, an individual who is charged in the Southern District of New York with, among other things, conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda, has been extradited from the Czech Republic. The charges relate to his participation in an effort to establish a jihad training camp in Bly, Oregon, and his operation of several terrorist websites. Kassir was taken into FBI custody this morning in Prague.
The announcement was made today by Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Michael J. Garcia, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mark J. Merson, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Raymond W. Kelly, Police Commissioner of the City of New York.
On Dec. 11, 2005, Kassir was arrested by Czech authorities, during a layover in Prague, as he was traveling from Stockholm, Sweden, to Beirut, Lebanon. The arrest was based on a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, and a corresponding arrest warrant on file with Interpol. Kassir was thereafter detained in Prague, awaiting extradition to the United States. The superseding indictment was returned on Feb. 6, 2006 by a federal grand jury sitting in the Southern District of New York. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan. According to the complaint and the superseding indictment filed in Manhattan federal court:
Kassir conspired with Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a “Abu Hamza” (hereafter Abu Hamza) and Haroon Rashid Aswat, and others, to establish a jihad training camp on a parcel of property located in Bly, Ore. As it was used by the conspirators in this case, the term “jihad” meant defending Islam against its enemies through violence and armed aggression, including killing the enemies of Islam, if necessary, in order to expel non-believers from holy Muslim lands.
The purpose of the Bly jihad training camp was to provide a place where Muslims could receive various types of training, including military-style jihad training, in preparation for a community of Muslims to move to Afghanistan. Once in Afghanistan, the men in the community would have gained enough familiarity with weapons at the Bly jihad training camp to fight jihad or to continue with additional jihad training in Afghanistan. In a letter faxed from one of the co-conspirators to another, the property in Bly was described as located in a “pro-militia and fire-arms state” that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the author stated that the group was “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.”
In late 1999, Abu Hamza asked Kassir and Aswat to travel from London, England, to Bly, Ore., to assist with establishing the jihad training camp. Prior to their departure, Abu Hamza gave Kassir and Aswat approximately £4,000 to pay for expenses incurred while establishing the jihad training camp. Thereafter, on Nov. 26, 1999, Kassir and Aswat arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, after which they traveled to Seattle, Wash. and then to Bly, Ore.
In Bly, Kassir complained to a witness that there were only a few men available to train at the jihad training camp. Kassir also told witnesses that he supported Usama Bin Laden and al Qaeda, and that he had previously undertaken jihad training in Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Lebanon. A witness also saw Kassir in possession of a compact disc that contained instructions on how to make bombs and poisons.
Kassir’s terrorist Web sites, which he operated from approximately December 2001 until the time of his arrest, also contained instructions about how to make bombs and poisons. Kassir established at least three different websites, listed in the superseding indictment, which contained such instructions, including The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook and The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook, as well as other terrorist materials. At least one of these websites was located on an internet server that was at the time located in White Plains, N.Y.
The superseding indictment, which names Kassir as a defendant in 12 of its 19 counts, also charges Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a Abu Hamza, and Haroon Rashid Aswat, both of whom are presently detained in England awaiting extradition to the United States on the charges. The three men are charged together in four counts with offenses relating to their efforts to establish the jihad training camp in Bly, Ore. Kassir is charged individually in a separate count relating to the jihad training camp, and in seven counts relating to his operation of terrorist websites. Seven counts in the Superseding indictment charge Abu Hamza individually with conspiracy and substantive offenses relating to hostage taking in Yemen, in 1998, and facilitating violent jihad in Afghanistan and supplying goods and services to the Taliban, in 2000 and 2001.
Abu Hamza was arrested in May 2004 by the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard in London, England, on a warrant relating to these charges. Thereafter, Abu Hamza was charged with terrorism offenses by the U.K. authorities, which resulted in a conviction in the U.K. on Feb. 7, 2006. The extradition proceedings against Abu Hamza were stayed pending completion of the U.K. criminal proceedings. After Abu Hamzas U.K. conviction was affirmed on appeal, the United States immediately renewed its efforts to extradite Abu Hamza to the United States to face the charges in the superseding indictment. The extradition proceedings against Abu Hamza are ongoing and the next court appearances in that matter are scheduled for Oct. 22, 23, and 29, 2007 in the U.K.
Aswat was arrested in Zambia in July 2005, and then deported to England, where he was arrested on the extradition request related to this case. The U.K. High Court has affirmed an extradition ordered entered against Aswat, and he has recently appealed his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
The attached chart identifies the counts in the superseding indictment with which Kassir is charged, and provides the corresponding statutory maximum terms of imprisonment.
Kassir, 41, is a Lebanese national, and also a citizen of Sweden. His last known residence was in Stockholm.
Kassir is expected to be arraigned today by Judge Keenan in Manhattan federal court at 4:15 p.m.
Mr. Wainstein and Mr. Garcia praised the New York Joint Terrorist Task Force, which includes agents from the FBI and detectives from the New York City Police Department. He also expressed appreciation to the U.S. Embassy in Prague and the FBI’s Legal Attaché Offices in Prague; Copenhagen, Denmark; and London, for their assistance in this investigation. Mr. Wainstein and Mr. Garcia further expressed his appreciation to FBI Headquarters and the FBI field offices in Seattle; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Francisco, Calif., as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle and the Counterterrorism Section at the Department of Justice, for their assistance in the investigation of Kassir. Finally, Mr. Wainstein and Mr. Garcia also thanked the Office of International Affairs of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Interpol, the Department of Homeland Security, the Czech Ministry of Justice, the Police of the Czech Republic, and the Prison Service of the Czech Republic for their assistance during the arrest and extradition proceedings involving Kassir.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric B. Bruce and Michael Farbiarz, and Trial Attorney George Z. Toscas from the Counterterrorism Section at the Department of Justice, are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the complaint and superseding indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Not completely on topic, but interesting:
stepping back in time...
“EXCLUSIVE: Cover Organizations for Terrorists In US and UK Exposed”
Andrew Green - 1/3/2006
“Do Followers Of Exiled Radical Cleric Know About An Impending Attack In The UK?”
By Jeremy Reynalds
January 11, 2006
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “In fact, even as much of Europe began to take action against Islamists, at least at the intelligence level (West European political circles still prefer to blame themselves, the United States and Israel), London’s security forces ignored the terror threat. Former British spook Glen Jenvey was told in no uncertain terms that no action should be taken against radical Mosques and organizations. Multiple other sources claim that while the French intelligence pushed the UK to act, the British intelligence preferred to appease terror in hopes of winning favor from it. This, of course, is the opposite of what happened at the political level, where politicians in France refused to even discuss publicly the terror threat emanating from its immigrant population.
In recent weeks, the U.S. government has requested extradition of a British terror suspect Haroon Rashid Aswat, 31, and even reassured in writing the UK government that he would be tried at a U.S. federal court, not a military tribunal, and that he would not be designated an “enemy combatant,” and thus ineligible to be detailed in Guantanamo Bay.
Aswat is a follower of Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was caught by Glen Jenvey several years ago in an internet sting he set up. Prior to Jenvey’s operation, Aswat and Hamza conspired to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon. Aswat is also thought to be connected to the July 7, 2005 bombings in London. Both Aswat and Hamza are tied to al-Muhajiroun. Meanwhile, Omar Barki has been allowed to leave Britain, despite his involvement in the 7/7 bombings, which was reported in the Global Politician just hours after the attacks, as well as in other sources in later days.”
“The Inside Story Of How Abu Hamza Was Arrested
How One Person Made A Difference In The War On Islamic Terror”
By Glen Jenvey, special to PipeLineNews.org
(DOW JONES NEWSWIRE, April 21, 2009)
April 22, 2009
“Trial begins for accused Oregon jihadist; lawyer claims defendent just has a “big mouth””
“Swedish”? Nonsense...once a Lebanese Muslim - ALWAYS a Lebanese MUSLIM. When are people going to acknowlege that blood is thicker than water?
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