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  • 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...
  • Al-Hussayen's wife shared terrorist views, FBI claims

    10/30/2003 10:26:29 AM PST · by BullDog108 · 10 replies · 167+ views
    Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) ^ | 10/30/03 | Bill Morlin
    Al-Hussayen's wife shared terrorist views, FBI claims She faces deportation hearing Nov. 7; ex-UI student's trial slated for January Bill MorlinStaff writer Agents are investigating whether money for terrorist activities was funneled through nonprofit, pro-Islamic charities set up in the United States. Sami Al-Hussayen, seeking his doctorate in computer science at UI, is accused of managing Web sites used by the charities and radical sheiks to further terrorism. Al-Hussayen's attorneys say he is far removed from terrorism, claiming he's a peace-loving family man who deplored the violence of Sept. 11, 2001. The declassified FBI documents say Maha Al-Hussayen "made statements...
  • 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...
  • 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>