Six individuals located in South Florida and Pakistan have been indicted on charges of providing financing and other material support to the Pakistani Taliban, the Department of Justice announced Saturday.
"Today terrorists have lost another funding source to use against innocent people and U.S. interests. We will not allow this country to be used as a base for funding and recruiting terrorists," said John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Miami Office.
Three of the charged are U.S. citizens. The four-count indictment charges 76-year-old Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan and his two sons Irfan Khan, 37, and Izhar Khan, 24, all U.S. citizens and Florida residents. Three other individuals residing in Pakistan, Ali Rehman, aka "Faisal Ali Rehman;" Alam Zeb; and Amina Khan, aka "Amina Bibi," are also charged in the indictment. Amina Khan is the daughter of Khan and her son, Alam Zeb, is Khan's grandson.
The defendants are originally from Pakistan. Hafiz Khan is the Imam at the Miami Mosque, also known as the Flagler Mosque. His son, Izhar Khan, is an Imam at the Jamaat Al-Mu'mineen Mosque in Margate, Fla. The indictment does not charge the mosques themselves with any wrongdoing, and the individual defendants are charged based on their provision of material support to terrorism, not on their religious beliefs or teachings.
All six defendants are charged with conspiring to provide, and providing, material support to a conspiracy to murder, maim and kidnap persons overseas, as well as conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically, the Pakistani Taliban.
Defendants Khan, Rehman and Zeb are also charged with providing material support to the Pakistani Taliban. FBI agents arrested Hafiz and Izhar in South Florida Saturday, while Ifran was arrested in Los Angeles. If convicted, each faces a potential 15 years in prison for each count of the indictment.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
ICE: Missing In Action VIII
Six immigrants, some of whom at sometime were naturalized, were arrested for financially supporting terrorism. It was, as usual, an FBI case. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was not involved. (h/t Jihad Watch)
Contrary to the claims of John Morton, ICE has nothing to do with investigating terrorism. The legacy U.S. Customs Service Office of Investigations lost Operation Greenback, a terrorism financing operation, to the FBI after the creation of DHS in 2003.
Of import though is that these terrorist supporters, and openly so, were allowed to immigrate to the United States and eventually were naturalized. This is another DHS and ICE failure. Open terrorist supporters had no problem with the immigration process. Clearly ICE Homeland Security Investigations is falling down on the job.