Skip to comments.Breaking: A Utah link to terrorism?
Posted on 04/26/2006 9:18:48 PM PDT by jmc1969
Counterterrorist agents pounced on five men, one in Utah and four in California, Wednesday as part of an investigation into the U.S. connections of a suspected senior al-Qaida operative imprisoned in Iraq.
The Omar family has extensive ties in Jordan, where Shawqi Omar moved his family in 1995 and where he now stands accused of helping terrorist mastermind Abu Masab al-Zarqawi plot a chemical attack.
Federal investigators believe Shawqi Omar acted as al-Zarqawi's "personal emissary" in several Iraqi cities.
But back in Utah, Omar's brother Gus says there is no connection. "If you're a Sunni and from Jordan and in Iraq, then you're bound to meet somebody who has met Zarqawi, but Shawqi doesn't know him," said Gus Omar, who has not been implicated in the case against his brothers.
A document filed by Omar's lawyers this week, in which they have again requested access to their client, alleged that U.S. troops tortured Omar with electric shocks and beatings.
According to documents filed Friday in a Washington, D.C. federal court, Omar's attorney Susan Burke claims he is being tortured. She said she received an unexpected phone call from Omar on April 13, in which her Sunni client told her that, "Americans, claiming to be Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, beat him severely and applied electric shocks to his body."
"The agents claimed they could kill him if they wanted to," Burke wrote. "The American agents threatened to rape his son if Mr. Omar failed to provide information. A translator believed by Mr. Omar to be Moroccan threatened to rape Mr. Omar's wife, who was also in United States military custody at the time."
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I knew it. It's the Mormons.
Don't tick us off. We know how to use this green jello!!
I remember the deafening silence by the media when this Jordanian chemical plot was first announced. I doubt this story will change anything.
And funeral potatoes are a weapon of mass indigestion.
Omar and his brother, Gus.... "In their latest album, Omar and Gus Sing the Blues...." Sounds like a couple of nice young country boys just trying to get by, but that nasty boss wants to put panties on their heads. What a great idea for a television series!
Isn't it amazing though, this guy is being tortured within an inch of his life, but he gets to use the phone to call his attorney???!!!! Shame on our military, why are they letting terrorists phone attorneys?
--"If you're a Sunni and from Jordan and in Iraq, then you aint Shiite!" --
I ain't in the Mahmood for this Shi'ite!
Brothers Sharif and Bassam Omar.
Two nephews Ihab Ramadan Alaa Ramadanand and brother-in-law Ahmad Abudan.
The others Utahns named in the indictments for their role in an alleged mortgage scam - Rebecca Teece, James Gibbons and Teri Hansen - have been summoned to appear in court but have not been arrested, though Gibbons is currently in custody on unrelated charges.
Nevertheless, Shi'ite can happen!
The locust came to Utah again.
Sunna or later Shi'ite happens!
>>"Americans, claiming to be Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, beat him severely and applied electric shocks to his body."
Does anybody believe these guys any more? Especially when we've found their training materials, which explicitly train them to make these sort of unfounded accusations.
I hear they make you listen to old Donny & Marie 8-tracks for hours on end!
Lime Jello. Misrepresented in bad hospital torture flicks, manipulated by lunchladies and old world relatives, scourge of the bunny, ambrosia of the gerbil. Lime Jello is perfect, it is pleasing to all the senses. If you could fill a pool with it it would feel better that water, although a bit harder to swim in.
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