Friday, February 20, 2009

Suspected Terrorist Arrested in My Town

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.

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 also has family ties to Al-Haq.

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.

But, still...

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Indigo Rose said...

What a lucky man to be imprisoned in a US Federal prison. Perhaps he will be sent to my neighborhood, where the terrain is enough like Afghanistan that the military does special training here. He should feel quite at home.
It is a shame that we must distrust our neighbors... and not just of Middle Eastern heritage. There are Americans who have become terrorists in the name of their new found religion... Many inmates in our prisons convert to Islam. Prison is not a peaceful place. It is sad when everyone must become suspect.

Indigo Red said...

It is indeed sad. But had we been more suspicious of our neighbors on 9/10 maybe we woulddn't be in such a situation.

The Griper said...

hate to say this, Indigo, 9/11 was bound to happen sooner or later. I'm just glad we had a leader such as Bush when it did happen.

Indigo Red said...

Yeah, I know, Griper. And I'm glad Bush was there to handle the crisis. As for "sooner or later", I would have been okay with later - much later.

suek said...

And just _happens_ to live under the flight pattern of the John Wayne Airport.


Indigo Red said...

Hmmm is right, suek. At this point in landing, the planes are only 1000-1500ft off the groung and maybe 20 secs from landing. One just can't miss.

dcat said...

I remember when you talked about this Indigo. You told me your suspicions. Glad that it was followed through!

How many others are still there?

Keep up the good work Indigo!

Indigo Red said...

Oh, that's right. I did tell you about the M.E. population growing here in an e-mail. Yeah, I'm glad someone else with authority was also watching and thinking.

dcat said...

It's here too Indigo!

I just snubbed a head to toe cashier at Penney's yesterday. I wouldn't allow her to check me out and I went to another woman and the other woman knew what I was doing.

The other woman and I had a pleasant attribute. I told her to have a great day. As for the head to toe glair back at me I laughed as I walked away!

This is how I will be with all of them!