He lied to obtain citizenship, a U.S. passport. He lied about a trip to Pakistan. Many believe he falsified information to hide alleged connections to terrorists and terrorist organizations abroad. It sounds like a description of Barack Obama, but it's not.
Federal authorities arrested Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, a 34-year-old man from Tustin, CA this morning in the 13000 block of Charloma Drive. My home is in the 15000 block of Pasadena Avenue - only 2.44 miles away. And both homes are beneath the landing pattern for John Wayne Airport with hundreds of passenger flights everyday. I watch the planes in wonder and amazement that such a large craft is airborne. What does Niazi see when Alaska Air and United Airlines fly over?
The Orange County Register writes that the international terrorism suspect, Ahmadullah Sais Niazi,
... is facing several charges, ranging from perjury to naturalization fraud, misuse of a passport obtained by fraud and making a false statement to a federal agency. Court documents also show that Niazi and his wife, Jamilah Amin, had been investigated by federal authorities since at least June 2008, for several suspicious financial transactions in the Unites States and financial transfers to Pakistan and Afghanistan.Niazi also has family ties to Al-Haq.
While Niazi is not facing any terrorism-related charges, officials said he made several false statements to cover up what they allege are connections to organizations such as al-Qaida, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin and the Taliban.
According to a federal indictment unsealed today, Niazi hid his alleged connections with terrorist groups when he applied for residency, citizenship and a U.S. passport. The arrest comes after months of investigation conducted by the Orange County Joint Terrorist Task Force, said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI.
According to the unsealed indictment, on Feb. 24, 2004, Niazi lied in his naturalization application by not stating other names he used in the past and lying about being associated with terrorist organizations.
“In truth, and in fact, as defendant Niazi then well knew, he was associated with one or more terrorist organizations, namely al-Qaeda, HIG, and/or the Taliban,” the indictment reads.
In 2005, Niazi is also believed to have traveled to Pakistan, where he met with Dr. Amin al-Haq, who has been identified by the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control as a global terrorist, according to officials. Al-Haq, according to the indictment, is believed to be Osama bin Laden’s security coordinator.
Niazi identified al-Haq as his sister’s husband. According to the search warrant affidavit, al-Haq was a member of the Afghan mujahedeen who fought the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Niazi said his family disapproved of his sister’s marriage and that he knew al-Haq was a member of Hezb-e-Islami, but that he didn’t know if he was a member of al-Qaeda.The Jawa Report (h/t Gateway Pundit) has this and a copy of the Federal indictment -
I did a little Googling, and there's an Ahmadullah Niazi in Orange County -- the county just south of LA that the Niazi in the story lives in -- that has a company in Tustin called "T & A Trading Group". The contact is "Ahmad Niazi". Niazi's company apparently in the wholesale computer and electronics business.If convicted, Ahmadullah Sais Niazi could be in a federal prison for a maximum 35 years.
We tend to protect ourselves in a cloak of imagined safety that says bad things happen to other people and bad people don't live in my town. The fallacy was brought home to me today. Islamic terrorism isn't just on the other side of the planet, it's on the other side of the street, and very well be in the home next door. How does one know? I do know that one of my immediate neighbors is from Afghanistan and is Muslim. She's an old lady, a cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a very good cook.
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