Follow the Money & the Stolen Cars, Al-Qaeda Masters Terrorism On the Cheap; In Germany, three Arab men were convicted in December on charges of attempting to raise $6.3 million for al-Qaeda by faking a death to collect on nine life insurance policies. In Switzerland and Spain in 2006, authorities broke up a cell that had stolen $2 million worth of computers, cars and home furnishings. Police said the group sold the goods on the black market and had couriers carry the cash, in $2,000 increments, to an al-Qaeda-affiliated network in Algeria.
U.S.-Based Stolen Car Rings Fund, Supply Terrorists ; Terrorists have been using stolen car rings inside the United States to fund and supply their operations for years, recent investigations reveal. Stolen cars are obtained inside the United States, particularly in Tampa, Fl., and shipped to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where they are then sold for profit or even used for car bombs in places such as Iraq.
WASHINGTON POST...LONDON -- Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, al-Qaeda has increasingly turned to local cells that run extremely low-cost operations and generate cash through criminal scams, bypassing the global financial dragnet set up by the United States and Europe.Although al-Qaeda spent an estimated $500,000 to plan and execute the Sept. 11 attacks, many of the group's bombings and assaults since then in Europe, North Africa and Southeast Asia have cost one-tenth as much, or less.
The cheap plots are evidence that the U.S. government and its allies fundamentally miscalculated in assuming they could defeat the network by hunting for wealthy financiers and freezing bank accounts, according to many U.S. and European counterterrorism officials.In an ongoing trial here of eight men accused of planning to blow up airliners bound for the United States two years ago, jurors have been told how the accused shopped at drugstores for ingredients to build bombs that would have cost $15 apiece to assemble.
Similarly, the cell responsible for the July 7, 2005, transit bombings in London needed only about $15,000 to finance the entire conspiracy, including the cost of airfare to Pakistanto consult with al-Qaeda supervisors, according to official British government probes.Investigations into several plots in Europe have shown that operatives were often flush with cash, raising far more than necessary through common criminal rackets such as drug dealing and credit card theft and stolen cars.
Testimony in the trial of the accused airliner plotters has shown that the defendants had enough money to buy a northeast London apartment for $260,000 shortly before their arrest, allegedly so they would have a safe place to mix liquid explosives for their bombs.
One of the July 2005 suicide bombers, a 22-year-old part-time worker at a fish-and-chips shop, left an estate worth $240,000 after he blew up a subway train. Neither his family nor authorities have explained where he got the money.In Spain, the cell responsible for the March 2004 train bombings in Madrid needed $80,000 to finance the plot, according to Spanish court documents. But they had access to more than $2.3 million worth of hashish and other illegal drugs that they could have sold to raise more money, the documents showed.
Even the 9/11 hijackers wired back about $26,000 in surplus funds to accounts in the Persian Gulf area a few days before the attacks.
More Information on stolen cars funding terrorism;
A). Shiite Used Car Dealers In Tampa, Florida To Iraq Via Dubai: Cars To Fund Terrorism
B). "USED CAR RACKET" FROM THE USA TO JEDDAH SAUDI ARABIA
C). TheAge.com (Australia): Police struggle to put brake on stolen car traffic
D). PAKISTANI "BUSINESS MEN" RUN THE DUBAI USED/STOLEN CAR SYNDICATE
E). NPR: Analysis: License Plates For Stolen Cars in Gaza
F). Vehicle crime profits can be used to support terrorist organisations, INTERPOL
F). Support Of Terrorism Via Vehicle Theft Can Go On Unabated
G). Boston.com: US car theft rings probed for ties to Iraq bombings
H). The Stolen Cars of Al Qaeda
I). Exposed: Criminals behind huge car fraud
J). Iraqi National News, The Iraqi Coast Guard seizes four tankers carrying smuggled cars
K). MUSLIM USED CAR SCAM IS THE NEW UPDATED VERSION OF THE HAWALA MONEY TRANSFER
L). Stolen Norway cars found in Iraq
M). Stolen Malaysian cars help terror funding - police
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