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Posted on 05/09/2013 2:41:13 PM PDT by Cindy
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Tunisian Man Charged with Visa Fraud Related to Terrorism, Intended to Remain in U.S. to Facilitate an Act of International Terrorism
U.S. Attorneys Office May 09, 2013
Southern District of New York
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the city of New York (NYPD), today announced the unsealing of charges against Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian citizen, for fraudulently applying for a work visa in order to remain in the United States to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Abassi was arrested on April 22, 2013, and was presented and arraigned on May 2 before U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum. Judge Cedarbaum has scheduled a conference in the case for 3:00 p.m. today.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, As alleged, Ahmed Abassi had an evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United Statesto commit acts of terror and develop a network of terrorists here, and to use this country as a base to support the efforts of terrorists internationally. Thanks to the extraordinary vigilance of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners, Abassi has been thwarted and is being prosecuted for his alleged crimes. Protecting the residents of the Southern District, and all Americans, from terrorists is the number one priority of this office.
FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said, As alleged, Mr. Abassi came to the United States to pursue terrorist activity and support others in the same shameful pursuit. What Mr. Abassi didnt know was that one of his associates, privy to the details of his plan, was an undercover FBI agent. The FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Force partners will continue working tirelessly to protect the country from those who seek to do us harm.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said, The allegations in this case serve as still another reminder that terrorism has not abated, that we must remain vigilant, and that when we do, terrorist plots against us can be thwarted.
As alleged in the indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court and other documents filed in the case:
Abassi, who previously resided in Canada, traveled to the United States in mid-March 2013, where he remained until his arrest. While in the United States, Abassi, who was under surveillance by law enforcement agents at all times, maintained regular contact with an FBI undercover officer (the UC) and also met with Chiheb Esseghaier in New York City. Esseghaier, who was recently arrested in Canada and is currently incarcerated there on terrorism charges, was previously radicalized by Abassi. During Abassis discussions with Esseghaier and with the UC, which were recorded by the UC, Abassi discussed his desire to engage in terrorist acts against targets in the United States and other countries and his intention to provide support and funding to organizations engaged in terrorist activityincluding the al Nusrah Front, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of State as an alias for Al Qaeda in Iraqand to recruit other individuals for terrorist plots. In particular, Abassi discussed with the UC a number of individuals known to Abassi and/or to his associates, whom he described as like- minded and who, in his view, would be willing to engage in terrorist activity.
On April 12, 2013, Abassi and the UC discussed Abassis efforts to recruit others for terrorist plots and that he might be able to obtain immigration documents to remain in the United States, purportedly in order to work for the UCs U.S.-based company. In reality, Abassi made clear that he wanted to obtain immigration documents and to remain in the United States so that he could engage in projects relating to future terrorist activities, including recruitment. Thereafter, Abassi made false statements on two immigration forms, under penalty of perjury, and subsequently mailed those forms to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for processing.
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The indictment charges Abassi with two counts of knowingly making false statements in an application to the immigration authorities for a green card and work visa in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Each count carries a maximum term of 25 years in prison.
The charges and arrest of Abassi are the result of the close cooperative efforts of the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Forcewhich principally consists of agents and detectives of the FBI and the NYPDand U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mr. Bharara also thanked the National Security Division and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for their ongoing assistance.
The prosecution is being handled by the Offices Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys John P. Cronan, Michael Ferrara, and Benjamin A. Naftalis are in charge of the prosecution.
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Ongoing updates on this thread:
“Al Qaeda-linked plot to attack passenger train broken up by Canadian,US”
Fox - non State Media ^ | April 22 2013 | FNS
Posted on April 22, 2013 3:06:15 PM PDT by NoLibZone
A Look at Iran
Ongoing updates and additional info here:
Note: Includes links to news articles AND background.
Plot in Canada disrupted, AQ in Iran involved
(April 24, 2013)
Imagine 100,000 muslim jihadis with H-1B and L-1 visas working in power plants, fertilizer factories, refineries, chemical manufacturers, hospitals, utilities, dams, pharmaceutical formulators, web hub server farms, municipal water supply facilities, sewage treatment plants, driving HazMat trucks...
ADDING to post no. 3:
Alleged al-Qaeda-supported plot against Via train thwarted
Police say 2 accused were getting direction and guidance from al-Qaeda elements in Iran
CBC News Posted: Apr 22, 2013 1:44 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 22, 2013 10:36 PM ET
SNIPPET: RCMP officials said the two accused were plotting to derail a passenger train. Jennifer Strachan, chief superintendent of RCMP criminal operations in the province of Ontario, said the two suspects watched trains and railways in the Greater Toronto Area.
We are alleging that these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack, she told reporters.
SNIPPET: There was a specific route targeted, not necessarily a specific train, Strachan said, although she declined to reveal the route. According to a Reuters report, U.S. law enforcement and national security sources said the alleged plot targeted a rail line between Toronto and New York City.
The two men arrested are not Canadian citizens but were in the country legally, police said Monday.
SNIPPET: RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said the two accused were getting direction and guidance from al-Qaeda elements in Iran.
More info on the Al Nusrah Front:
"Abassi, who previously resided in Canada, traveled to the United States in mid-March 2013, where he remained until his arrest. While in the United States, Abassi, who was under surveillance by law enforcement agents at all times, maintained regular contact with an FBI undercover officer (the UC) and also met with Chiheb Esseghaier in New York City. Esseghaier, who was recently arrested in Canada and is currently incarcerated there on terrorism charges, was previously radicalized by Abassi. During Abassis discussions with Esseghaier and with the UC, which were recorded by the UC, Abassi discussed his desire to engage in terrorist acts against targets in the United States and other countries and his intention to provide support and funding to organizations engaged in terrorist activityincluding the al Nusrah Front, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of State as an alias for Al Qaeda in Iraqand to recruit other individuals for terrorist plots. In particular, Abassi discussed with the UC a number of individuals known to Abassi and/or to his associates, whom he described as like- minded and who, in his view, would be willing to engage in terrorist activity."
More info on Al Qaeda in Iraq and Al Nusrah Front:
LONG WAR JOURNAL: Results tagged Al Qaeda in Iraq
“Social Media Jihad: Cheerleading al Qaeda’s new ‘Islamic State’”
By THOMAS JOSCELYN
April 9, 2013 1:57 PM
SNIPPET: “Jihadist groups are already cheering on the announcement by al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi yesterday that his organization and the Al Nusrah Front in Syria will now operate under the same name, the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.” The Al Nusrah Front is a creation of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq and has been under al Baghdadi’s command from the beginning.”
Off Thread Topic, but interesting...showing Al-Qaeda/Iran connection — just one example:
I know where there's a kenyan that is doing the same - and getting away with it.
Note: Videos included.
“Via suspects discussed alternative plans to poison air/water to kill up to 100,000 people: Court docs
Third man arrested in plot to derail train”
BY JESSICA MURPHY, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, MAY 09, 2013 03:12 PM EDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 09, 2013 05:25 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
SNIPPET: “Court documents released by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York describe how Abassi and Esseghaier worked to hatch the alleged plan including that “the defendant noted that he had suggested an alternative plot — contaminating the air or water with bacteria in order to kill up to 100,000 people — but that Esseghaier was dismissive of that plan.””
SNIPPET: “Abassi’s next court date is set for June 11 in New York City.”
SNIPPET: “—with files from Daniel Proussalidis”
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