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  • A terrorism case that went awry

    11/22/2004 11:07:43 AM PST · by JohnathanRGalt · 35 replies · 2,167+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Nov. 22, 2004 | Maureen O'Hagan
    A terrorism case that went awry By Maureen O'HaganSeattle Times staff reporter, Monday, November 22, 2004 Sami al-Hussayen, a Saudi Arabian, faced terrorism charges in Idaho. John Ashcroft called Sami al-Hussayen part of "a terrorist threat to Americans that is fanatical, and it is fierce." Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne said al-Hussayen is proof that terrorists are hiding in the heartland. Yet al-Hussayen, a 34-year-old doctoral candidate at the University of Idaho, didn't exactly fit the profile when he was arrested in February 2003 and likened in court documents to Osama bin Laden. Instead, al-Hussayen's alleged crimes occurred at his...
  • Saudi America

    02/20/2004 2:03:17 AM PST · by kattracks · 20 replies · 294+ views ^ | 2/20/04 | Joel Mowbray
    To those who worry about the extremism that Saudi influence can foster here in the United States, the joint Muslim community at Washington State University and the University of Idaho—just nine miles apart—might provide a classic case study. It also happened to be the home of detained National Guardsman Ryan Anderson, aka Amir Talhah, when he converted to Islam five years ago.Anderson, who was nabbed while allegedly trying to pass secret information on to al Qaeda through an Internet chat room, graduated from Washington State University in 2002.  Though the strength of his ties to the local Muslim community is...
  • FBI says Idaho graduate student tried gaining access to lab with radioactive material

    12/07/2003 7:51:57 PM PST · by witnesstothefall · 52 replies · 1,109+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 07, 2003
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A University of Idaho graduate student who is under investigation for suspected terrorism ties obtained unauthorized access to a campus lab containing radioactive material, court documents allege. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a Saudi national working on his computer science doctoral degree, quietly moved his student office from the Computer Science Department into the school's engineering isotope lab, apparently without his adviser's knowledge, according to the documents. "The investigation of Sami Al-Hussayen has, from its outset, been focused on suspected material support to terrorism, particularly to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network," FBI agent Michael Gnecknow said in the...
  • FBI investigates spread of radical Islam in U.S.

    10/04/2003 5:41:22 AM PDT · by Fzob · 27 replies · 1,303+ views
    AZ CENTRAL ^ | 10/03/03 | Susan Schmidt
    <p>WASHINGTON - On Aug. 20, 2001, Saleh Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen, a man who would soon be named a minister of the Saudi government and put in charge of its two holy mosques, arrived in the United States to meet with some of this country's most influential fundamentalist Sunni Muslim leaders.</p>
  • FBI investigates spread of radical Islam in U.S.

    10/03/2003 6:16:38 PM PDT · by Brian S · 22 replies · 303+ views
    Oct. 3, 2003 12:30 PM WASHINGTON - On Aug. 20, 2001, Saleh Ibn Abdul Rahman Hussayen, a man who would soon be named a minister of the Saudi government and put in charge of its two holy mosques, arrived in the United States to meet with some of this country's most influential fundamentalist Sunni Muslim leaders. His journey here was to include meetings and contacts with officials of several Saudi-sponsored charities that have since been accused of links to terrorist groups, including the Illinois-based Global Relief Foundation, which U.S. authorities shut down last year. He met with the creators of...
  • Hijackers In Same Hotel As Saudi Minister (9-10-2001)

    10/02/2003 7:37:13 PM PDT · by blam · 66 replies · 3,785+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-3-2003 | David Rennie
    Hijackers in same hotel as Saudi minister By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 03/10/2003) A senior Saudi Arabian official, now minister for the holy places, stayed at the same hotel as three September 11 hijackers the night before the suicide attacks. American investigators are trying to make sense of the disclosure that Saleh Ibn Abdul Rahman al-Hussayen, who returned to Saudi Arabia shortly after the attacks, stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn in Herndon, Virginia. Three of the attackers stayed at the hotel that night and crashed a plane into the Pentagon the following day. His nephew's American lawyer, David...
  • A Bad Day for CAIR

    09/24/2003 12:36:53 AM PDT · by kattracks · 23 replies · 554+ views ^ | 9/24/03 | Evan McCormick
    September 10th, 2003 will forever be remembered as a grim day for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). On that day, the eve of the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, CAIR faced up to its own terrorist connections. It ran away from testifying before an influential Senate panel that heard a barrage of incriminating evidence about the group and its connections. It saw one of its former officials plead guilty to terrorist-related crimes in Federal Court. And, it was stood up by two Department of Justice officials at an immigration symposium in Florida. CAIR should find it hard...
  • Suspects linked to bin Laden, Iraq: Arrests of Arabs in Idaho, New York target terror financing

    02/28/2003 12:06:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 494+ views ^ | Friday, February 28, 2003 | By Art Moore
    The Saudi man arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force yesterday in Idaho has ties to close associates of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and to four Arab men charged at the same time with channeling funds to Iraq. Sami Omar Al-Hussayen – a University of Idaho doctoral candidate supported by the Saudi government – was a terrorist bagman, according to a federal criminal justice source quoted by a Seattle newspaper. Saudi student Sami Omar al-Hussayen "He's in touch with people who could pick up the phone, call [bin Laden], and he would take the call," the source told the...
  • Former Idaho football player arrested as material witness in Islamic charities probe

    03/18/2003 4:30:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 545+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-18-03 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    <p>SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A former University of Idaho football player has been arrested as a material witness in an investigation of Islamic charities with possible links to terrorism, FBI agents said Tuesday.</p> <p>Abdullah Al-Kidd, 30, was arrested Sunday at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., according to two FBI agents who separately spoke on condition of anonymity. He was carrying a one-way ticket to Saudi Arabia, court documents show.</p>
  • Al-Kidd: 'I'm not a terrorist'

    04/01/2003 2:18:41 AM PST · by miltonim · 23 replies · 532+ views ^ | Monday, March 31, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BELLEVUE -- A former University of Idaho football player said he is not tied to terrorists and is shocked at the way he's been treated by federal agents the past two weeks. Abdullah Al-Kidd was arrested as he prepared to board a jetliner at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. He is jailed in Boise, Idaho, as a material witness in an investigation of an alleged terrorist group with links to the university. "Basically, don't believe the hype," Al-Kidd told the King County Journal during a jailhouse interview on Sunday night. "I'm not a terrorist. I'm as American as apple...
  • Judge rules Saudi student could be deported

    04/26/2003 10:13:47 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 276+ views
    Judge rules Saudi student could be deported 04/25/2003 Associated Press BOISE - An immigration judge in Boise decided today that University of Idaho graduate student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen could be deported. But the Saudi Arabian national allegedly linked to Islamic radicals will remain in the Canyon County Jail as his case moves along two legal tracks. Immigration Court Judge Anna Ho decided Al-Hussayen was "removable," meaning he could be deported for violating the terms of his student visa into the United States by being paid for creating Internet pages for groups including the Islamic Assembly of North America. But...
  • MSA Figure Seized By FBI

    05/29/2003 12:01:46 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 659+ views ^ | Thursday, May 29, 2003 | By Paul Barrett
    <p>In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, Sami Omar al-Hussayen led fellow Muslims as they joined an emotion-charged candlelight march remembering the dead. The Saudi graduate student in computer science at the University of Idaho helped organize a blood drive for victims. He issued a press release on behalf of the Muslim Students Association, stating that the small town of Moscow's Muslims "condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious acts of terrorism against innocent citizens."</p>