UPDATED: ICE Agents raid IIIT Think Tank in Herndon VA in March of 2002 which is suspected of laundering money for terrorist operations around the world, 14 years later and the IIIT Federal Grand Jury Investigation in Herndon VA is still ongoing. In June of 2002 I became involved in a ICE investigation of a financial support of terrorism network in Sarasota Fl. The government assembled a team of financial sleuths to cut off terrorists from their lifeblood – money in October 2001, Feds Launch ‘Operation Green Quest’. Under Operation Green Quest, ICE law enforcement people with financial expertise will investigate how terrorists move their money and where. The government would use the findings to freeze financial assets, seize money, impose fines and launch legal proceedings, including criminal prosecutions. Using undercover operations, electronic surveillance and other techniques, the special investigative team from ICE closely examined underground financial systems, illicit charities and corrupt financial institutions. I would not be surprised that the reason the FBI is holding back on releasing 28 pages of it’s secret 2002 investigation in Sarasota Fl that was not released to the 9/11 Commission is that it directly links to the IIIT Federal Grand Jury Investigation in Herndon VA.
ICE will target other funding mechanisms for terrorists, including counterfeiting, credit card fraud, cash smuggling and drug trafficking. “The lifeblood of terrorism is money, and if we cut the money we cut the blood supply, I got to be a part of this investigation in June 2002 working as a CI for ICE in Sarasota and Tampa Fl. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat and Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa were fund raisers who gathered up $20,000 for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) in Texas. On May 27th, 2009, U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions by a federal jury in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas a designated terrorist organization. Tariq (Tarik) Abdulmelik Hamdi (a/k/a Tariq Hamdi Ismael Azami) – Employed by IIIT, Hamdi delivered a satellite telephone battery to an aide to Bin Laden in May 1998, that enabled Bin Laden to communicate with his followers in preparation for the US Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Tarik Hamdi had also worked for terrorist supporter Sami al-Arian in Tampa Fl with the PIJ.
Ziyad Khaleel – A Designated Terrorist. Purchased a satellite telephone and the battery for Osama Bin Laden that allegedly facilitated the Al-Qaeda attack on the 1998 U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Muneer Arafat the Iman at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton and at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton and a frequent visitor in Sarasota Fl afterwards is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Muneer Arafat the Iman at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton was a roommate to al-Qaeda agent Ziyad Khaleel AKA Ziad Sadaqa in Columbia MO.
This Sarasota Saudi family cover-up goes far beyond the suppression of the crucial 28-page chapter from the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11, concerning Saudi support for the 9/11 hijackers, the concealment of which has continued under the Obama Administration to this day. During 2002 there was an investigation by the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) that I initiated in Sarasota into a network of Muslim men in the used car business directly linked to convicted terrorist supporter Sami al-Arian, who were sending vehicles to the Middle East for resale, this all happened BEFORE Sami Al-Arain was arrested on February 20th, 2003 and appears to have links to the ongoing grand jury investigation focusing on a Herndon, Va.,-based organization called the International Institute of Islamic Thought, in Alexandria, Va., Eastern District of Virginia.
The investigation into the Sarasota Muslim support network in 2002 and Sami al-Arian directly links to the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) ‘Operation Green Quest” raid of IIIT and the SAAR Foundation. Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is yet another institution funded by Saudi Arabia. The IIIT Institute’s Herndon, VA, headquarters, located at 555 Grove St., were subject of a March 20, 2002 raid, along with 19 other Saudi funded business and non-profit entities allegedly related to an umbrella corporation known as the SAAR Foundation, as part of a joint FBI-ICE program known as Operation Green Quest. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report also noted that at the same time that the Bosnia raid occurred, in March 2002, the FBI was also raiding the Northern Virginia offices of the SAAR Foundation, a front for the Al-Rajhi group, linked both to the Muslim Brotherhood and other hard-core terrorist cells around the globe. “Operation Green Quest” targeted SAAR and the affiliated Safa Group of charitable and business fronts, all tied to the Saudi Arabia regime. Ziyad Khaleel AKA Ziad Sadaqa, received $6,000.00 from Yasser Arafat and the Palestine National Liberation Movement–Nablus Movement, to further his University studies (computer studies). Ziyad Khaleel AKA Ziyad Sadaqa was at the Univ. of Missouri and was a roommate of Sarasota Fl Imam Muneer Arafat in the St. Louis MO area during 1996 to 1999. Ziyad Khaleel set up numerous web sites for the Palestine movement and especially Hamas in Orlando Fl, from 1999 to 2000 approx.
“Holy Man” Muneer Arafat shows up in Sarasota/Venice Fl area in March of 2000, Mohamed Atta and some of the 9/11 Hijackers show up in the Sarasota/Venice area in June 2000, small world, did Muneer Arafat have prior knowledge of the 9/11 attack! From open court records in Tampa it has been revealed that Muneer Arafat had become a paid Confidential Informant (CI) for the US Department of Justice (FBI) and they had paid him $35,000, but was Muneer Arafat working both sides of the street at the same time? The two al-Qaeda operatives, Ziyad Khaleel and Tarik Hamdi, have been involved with both the CDLR and the ARC. The Advice and Reformation Committee (or “ARC”) and the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (or “CDLR”) are both Saudi-dissident groups in London with ties to Osama bin Laden.
Tarik Hamdi’s former employer the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) – IIIT is a core member of the Safa Group. IIIT employs Tariq Hamdi who corresponded directly with Al-Arian’s groups in Tampa. International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) – “Safa Group” corporation located at 555 Grove Street, #116, Herndon, Virginia, operated by Muhammad Ashraf, Ibrahim Hassaballa, Yaqub Mirza and Mohieldin Mohamed. Safa Group – A complex coalition of overlapping companies in Northern Virginia controlled by individuals who have shown support for terrorists and or terrorist fronts. The primary business addresses associated with these individuals are 500 and 555 Grove Street, Herndon, Virginia; and 750-A Miller Drive, SE, Leesburg, Virginia.
The IIIT Institute’s Herndon, VA, headquarters, located at 555 Grove St., were subject of a March 20, 2002 raid, along with 19 other business and non-profit entities allegedly related to an umbrella corporation known as the SAAR Foundation, as part of a joint FBI-Customs Service program (ICE) known as Operation Green Quest. Operation Green quest, a Customs Department investigation (ICE); Serious tensions develop between the FBI and Operation Green quest investigators in the wake of the Green Quest raid on the SAAR network in March 2002 (see After March 20, 2002) FBI wants to take sole possession of the SAAR network investigation because it pertains to Terrorism. The Customs Department (ICE) launched Green Quest, an investigation into the financing of al-Qaeda and similar groups, weeks after 9/11. In June 2002, the Washington Post will headline an article, “Infighting Slows Hunt for Hidden al-Qaeda Assets.” [Washington Post, 6/18/2002]
FBI Wants Control of Green quest – With the creation of the new Department of Homeland Security (see November 25, 2002), the FBI and its parent agency the Justice Department are given a chance to gain total control over Operation Green Quest. Newsweek reports, “Internally, FBI officials have derided Green Quest (ICE) Agents as a bunch of ‘cowboys’ whose actions have undermined more important, long-range FBI investigations into terrorist financing (bull-crap).” In November 2006, the IIIT was under investigation for financing terrorist organizations. According to an anti-terrorism trial, prosecutors alleged that Sami Al-Arian, who pleaded guilty to providing services to a terrorist organization from Tampa Fl received money from the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The IIIT is still under investigation by a Federal Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. The IIIT has been subject to federal investigation at least since March 2002, when federal agents raided the think-tank’s Herndon, VA offices as part of Operation Green Quest. At that point, the investigation targeted a web of charities known as the SAFA Group, of which IIIT was a component.
While the leaders of IIIT and Safa have not been charged, the investigation did lead to the 2004 guilty plea by American Muslim Council founder Abdurahman Alamoudi, who is serving a 23-year sentence for illegal transactions with the Libyan government and assisting in a plot to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
Former Florida professor Sami al-Arian declined to answer questions before the IIIT federal grand jury in Alexandria in 2006, according to documents unsealed in federal court in Tampa. Convicted terrorist supporter Sami Arian, who was acquitted in one of the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases but then pleaded guilty to a single charge, believes his life would be in danger (Sami al-Arian would be killed) if he testified his attorneys told a judge. Federal Prosecutors want Sami al-Arian to reveal what they believe are his ties to the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, a Herndon think tank that is one of the key organizations under investigation. The probe, which federal officials have called the nation’s largest terrorism-financing investigation, is focused on a Herndon-based network of Muslim charities (IIIT), businesses and think tanks.
Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria have strongly defended the raids, saying during a 2004 court hearing that they would file charges against some or all of the IIIT Herndon-based network, possibly under racketeering statutes once used to target the Mafia. The government believes al-Arian could help untangle the money trail, court documents indicate. In an affidavit filed in support of the search warrants and unsealed in 2003, Homeland Security agent David Kane laid out alleged ties between Arian and IIIT, writing that IIIT was once the largest contributor to what he called a Palestinian Islamic Jihad front group run by Sami al-Arian in Tampa Fl.
Tariq Hamdi emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 1988, and before moving to Herndon, Virginia, lived in Tampa, Florida for several years, where he closely associated with PIJ front groups and representatives including WISE, Al-Arian, al-Najar, FBI most wanted terrorist Ramadan Shallah. Payroll records seized during the Tampa search warrants in 1995 confirm that Hamdi was employed by WISE. Records of Autotrack, a commercial database, reveal that, from 1990 through 1993, Hamdi maintained a Tampa mailing address with AI-Arian. Florida corporation records establish that Hamdi, Al-Arian, al-Nujar, and FBI most wanted terrorist Ramadan Shallah all served as trustees of the same mosque in Tampa.
Tarik Hamdi worked for Sami al-Arian in Tampa Fl. A NY Times story places Hamdi in Tampa at the Islamic Committee for Palestine from 1989 to 1992. (front for PIJ terror group). During that period, the committee, known as the ICP, frequently hosted Islamic Jihad spiritual leader Abdel Aziz Odeh at its conferences and events. During one such appearance in Cleveland, a local mosque leader called ICP the Jihad’s “active arm.”
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is listed among the leading terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department. At the time the “active arm” comment was made, ICP’s leadership included Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, who left Tampa in 1995 and emerged a few months later as the new head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. ICP’s founder, University of South Florida engineering professor Sami Al-Arian, disavows any involvement with terrorists. He has said the ICP was created to tell the story of the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israeli occupation in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Beginning in or about May 1994 TARIK HAMDI became the North American contact and representative for the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights in Saudi Arabia (“CDLR”), an organization he believed to have been founded by two Saudi dissidents living in London, England, to oppose the government of Saudi Arabia. TARIK HAMDI was paid approximately $2,000 a month for his services on behalf of CDLR.
The Advice and Reformation Committee (or “ARC”) and the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (or “CDLR”) are both Saudi-dissident groups with ties to the late Osama bin Laden. Both organizations seek to overthrow the Saudi government to replace the regime with an even more strict brand of Islam. The ARC in London was headed by Khalid al-Fawwaz (or “al-Fawwaz”), and the CDLR in London is headed by Mohammed al-Massari. The ARC branch in the United States was set up by al-Massari’s wife, Lujain al-Iman, providing a link between ARC and CDLR.
These two organizations have disseminated al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s propaganda throughout their existence and served to further the violent goals of radicals and terrorists against the United States. Khaled Fawwaz, his photo above, has been indicted in the U.S., and the United States has requested his extradition for his prominent role in setting up the al Qaeda infrastructure that allowed the embassy bombings in East Africa to occur in 1998, he was, and he was convicted and sent to prison. According to an official statement in court, on 08/09/2005, Tarik Hamdi was located in the Iraqi Embassy in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, as an employee of the Iraqi Foreign ministry. Equating mortgage fraud with terrorism is not an FBI scare tactic. In 2005, a grand jury charged Tarik Hamdi with mortgage and immigration fraud, but it’s not Hamdi’s white collar crimes that raise the most serious suspicions. In 1998, Hamdi delivered a satellite phone battery to Afghanistan in order to coordinate an interview between ABC News and Osama Bin Laden.
The phone is suspected to have been used to coordinate the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Additionally, Hamdi and Bin Laden appear together as co-defendants in Burlingame, et al v. Laden, et al, the case filed against the alleged perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. Hamdi has not been held on any of the charges because he left the United States before he could be arrested. Tarik Hamdi was unindicted co-conspirator 9 in the Sami al-Arian Federal case regarding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror cell in Tampa Fl.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CLERK, COURT CASE DISMISSED 6/23/09, ABDUL R. DABUS V. BILL WARNER dba WBI INC PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY. On April 26th 2007 Abdul Raouf Dabus filed suit against William Warner and WBI inc Private Detective Agency and the http://www.wbipi.com website for posting what he felt was a defamatory article on Mr. Dabus linking him and his used car lot to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization in Tampa and in Gaza (where he is from). At the time of the lawsuit, Abdul R. Dabus was the owner VIP Motors a used car lot on N. Florida Ave in Tampa Fl.
When the lawsuit was filed against me, Bill Warner, I had been working as a confidential informant (CI) for the Bureau of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a support of terrorism case out of Tampa that involved shipping used cars to the Middle East for re-sale, the FBI has since taken over the case as there are obvious links to support of terrorism. Abdul Raouf Dabus is a long time associate of convicted terrorist supporter (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) Sami Al-Arian, they ran a business called “copy time” that printed flyers for solicitations in Tampa for the families of suicide bombers in the West Bank and Gaza.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad operated in the U.S. under the guise of organizations created by Sami al-Arian including ICP (Islamic Concern Project, a/k/a/ Islamic Committee for Palestine), WISE, and then also used subsidiaries Islamic Fund for Palestine, Muslim Women’s Society, while purportedly being charities for families of suicide martyrs and terrorism detainees in Israel prisons.
TAMPA- Appearing reluctantly and with a court-signed grant of immunity, a close friend of Sami Al-Arian testified Monday that he gave Al-Arian a status report on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) after a 1994 visit to the Gaza Strip. Abdel (Abdul) Dabus’ Jan. 9, 1994, phone conversation with Al-Arian was among the first that federal agents (FBI) intercepted using secret warrants to monitor the then-University of South Florida computer scientist. “On or about January 9, 1994, SAMI AMIN AL-ARIAN had a telephone conversation with a male ( Abdel (Abdul) Dabus’ Jan. 9, 1994, phone conversation with Al-Arian ) about several topics concerning the PIJ: (a) the unknown male indicated that during his recent trip to the Occupied Territory, he was unable to see Muhammad Al-Hindy because Hindy was in custody, and SAMI AMIN AL-ARIAN asked if that was the result of the PIJ terror attack of December 13, 1993 by Anwar Abdel Aziz Aziz; (b) the unknown male said the PIJ financial condition was bad in the Occupied Territory and that the PIJ regretted that it did not exploit the situation which had existed in 1987, and, if they had the PIJ would have become the dominant organization; (c) the unknown male said the PIJ members had a good plan to have members active underground and above ground; (d) SAMI AMIN AL-ARIAN said the PIJ had previously determined they could not pay students’ fees at a university; and (e) SAMI AMIN AL-ARIAN said MUHAMMED TASIR HASSAN AL-KHATIB had not been removed from the PIJ and was not moving to Iran”.
The situation in Gaza was miserable, Abdul Dabus’ told Al-Arian. “The guys” (PIJ) needed an arrangement. Al-Arian “is a Palestinian Muslim leader,” Dabus told Assistant U.S. Attorney Walter E. Furr. “We are talking about the Muslim organizations there.” Specifically, he said, they discussed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Dabus verified a number of code words prosecutors have said the defendants used in their conversations. Among them, “the guys” is a reference to Islamic Jihad members, “the interior” means the occupied territories and “Moussa’s group” refers to rival terrorist group Hamas. Regardless of Sami Al-Arian’s continued separation from the Islamic Community of Tampa, Inc (ICT) Mosque and the American Youth Academy (AYA) Muslim school, the school and mosque are still very much connected to one another beyond their physical vicinity. On different internet forums, AYA uses the address of ICT in place of its own. The AYA contact on these forums is Ibrahim Khader, a former director of ICT. According to courtroom documents, in December of 1999, Khader gave $1900 to PIJ operative Sameeh Hammoudeh, who told Khader the money was going to “orphans” (i.e. families of suicide bombers).
In February of 2000, Khader, along with Al-Arian, incorporated Baraka Group, L.L.C. the organization was dissolved in September of 2001, 17 days after the attacks. One of the directors of AYA is Ayman Nazie Barakat, a used car dealer (Vulcan Auto Imports), whose vehicle inventory has suspiciously made its way to far away places such as the Port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Showing that support for the PIJ leader is still strong in the community, Barakat signed a petition asking for Al-Arian’s release. The Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF) was an elementary/secondary private school for Muslims based in the Temple Terrace suburb of Tampa Bay. IAF was one of Florida’s major recipients of taxpayer-funded vouchers. (The voucher program is a statewide government initiative that seeks to improve the education of underprivileged students in underachieving schools.) As of July 2003, IAF had received more than $350,000 in vouchers, the majority of which came from Florida PRIDE, an organization that funds scholarships.
That month, however, IAF was suddenly suspended from receiving any more of these vouchers because of a 50-count indictment charging that the school was actively supporting the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). According to the indictment, IAF had helped “to raise funds and provide support for the PIJ and their operatives in the Middle East, in order to assist its engagement in, and promotion of, violent attacks designed to thwart the Middle East Peace Process.” IAF’s former Chairman, Sami Al-Arian, was the leader of the enterprise. The school’s former Treasurer, Sameeh Hammoudeh, was using IAF as a fundraising base for Palestinian Islamic Jihad. One of IAF’s former teachers was the high-level PIJ operative Ramadan Shallah, who was also a founding member — along with Sami Al-Arian, Mazen al Najjar, and Khalil Shikaki — of the World Islam Study Enterprise. And one of IAF’s former Directors was the aforementioned Mazen al Najjar, who eventually would be deported from the United States because of his ties to PIJ. Sami Al-Arian, and Mazen al Najjar were frequent guest speakers at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton Fl.
FBI Most Wanted Terrorist Ramadan Abdullah Shallah makes no secret of Iran’s involvement in Islamic Jihad activities: “The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is another fruit of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fructuous tree,” he said during a 2002 visit to Tehran. Back in Tampa the American Youth Academy (AYA), the Muslim children’s school founded by Sami Al-Arian used to go by the name Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF), until the state pulled its taxpayer funded student vouchers (where Ramadan Abdullah Shallah was linked) away from it, following the U.S. government’s designation of Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF) as a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) front. After their vouchers were cut off in July 2003, IAF’s administrators devised a way to regenerate those lost funds. Specifically, the school began doing business under a different name — the American Youth Academy which was first incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of Florida shortly after the voucher payments to IAF had been discontinued. Under its new name, the American Youth Academy was soon receiving more taxpayer-funded vouchers than any other school in the Tampa Bay area. In 2005 alone, Florida taxpayers furnished AYA with $332,500 for its elementary/secondary program, and $2,500 per child for its Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program.
Monday, January 11, 2010; Report: Radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki Detained at JFK Airport in 2002, He’s America’s Osama bin Laden and we let him go, al-Awlaki links to Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa in 1999 whose roommate was Muneer Arafat later the Imam at Sarasota Fl Mosque and 9/11 hijackers. Awlaki, 38, was born in New Mexico and raised as a teen in Yemen. Fournier, then a Diplomatic Security Service agent, discovered that he lied about his place of birth on an application for a US Agency for International Development grant, receiving $20,000 a year to attend engineering classes at Colorado State University in the early 1990s. Awlaki turned to radical Islam instead, preaching at mosques in Fort Collins, Colo., and San Diego.
Anwar al-Awlaki attracted the FBI’s attention in 1999, because of alleged contact with an al Qaeda agent who bought a satellite phone for Osama bin Laden, Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa purchased the phone for bin-Laden, in 1999 his roommate was Muneer Arafat who became the Imam at the Sarasota Fl Mosque in March 2000 just prior to Mohamed Atta and all the 9/11 hijackers showing up in nearby Osprey Fl. WHY THE HELL didn’t Al-Qaeda linked Muneer Arafat and Mohamed Atta and his hijacker pals attract the FBI’s attention in Sarasota Fl during 2000 maybe we could have averted the 9/11 attacks? But the investigation was closed the next year because of lack of evidence. Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa purchased a $7,500.00 satellite phone and 400 min. of time and had it sent to Osama bin-Laden for use in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In May 1998, Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel bought a battery pack for the phone, and shipped it to Bin Laden via a man in Washington (Tarik Hamdi), prosecutors said. Osama bin Laden uses the satellite phone to direct al-Qaeda’s operations world wide.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com