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Monday, September 01, 2008

QUEENS MOSQUE, MASJID AL-FATIMA, CONTINUES AS A MEETING PLACE FOR ISLAMIC RADICALS AND LINKS TO ABDUL TAWALA ALISHTARI ARRESTED SUPPORT OF TERROSIM


Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari (arrested 2/15/2007), also known as Michael Mixon, is a bank underwriter and resident of Ardsley, New York, charged in Manhattan federal court with terrorism financing, material support of terrorism, and international money laundering, as well as additional charges of conspiracy and wire fraud.

Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari gave $15,250 to the NRCC (Republicans) since 2002, according to FEC records published on the Web site opensecrets.org. Alishtari ran a company, GlobalProtector.net Inc (in Florida), which was bidding on multiple government contracts — including ones with the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security — around the same time Alishtari was cutting checks to the NRCC. Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GlobalPtotector.net Inc a Florida Corporation, Aqeel Kahn (the founder and president of Masjid Al-Fatima Mosque Queens NY-VIDEO) was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of GlobalProtector.net Inc.
See Justice Department Press Release on Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari Click Here, and see Federal Indictment on Alishatari Click Here.

Abdul Tawala Ibn ali Alishtari has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to a number of terrorism-related charges. Specifically, the indictment accuses Alishtari of accepting an unspecified amount of money to transfer $152,000 to Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide night vision goggles to terrorist training camps. The international money laundering charge arises from the prosecution's allegation that Alishtari transferred $25,000 from a bank in New York to a bank in Montreal, with the intent that the funds be used to train and equip terrorists. Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari owns homes in New York State and in Orlando Fl and was a director, with Aqeel Khan (who links to property in Queens NY and Orlando Fl) the president and founder of the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY, in a Florida Corporation called GLOBALPROTECTOR.NET, INC..
Florida Division of Corporations Foreign Profit
GLOBALPROTECTOR. NET, INC.

Name & Address......................................Title
ALISHTARI, ABDUL-TAWALA I MR.
E. CENTRAL BLVD SUITE 2301
ORLANDO FL 32801 US...........................CEO
KHAN, AQEEL MR.
MACALISTER AVENUE
HICKSVILLE NY 11801 ...........................CFO
SAMI, ABDUL RAHEEM MR.
EDGECOMBE AVENUE
NEW YORK NY 10030 .............................SEC
To learn more, visit GlobalProtector.Net Press release click here
For more information, visit: A.R. Sami Press Secretary
Tel: 1. 917. 567. 1659.....Fax: 718- 601- 1379
http://www.GlobalProtector.Net (website shut down)

Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari is the CEO of GLOBALPROTECTOR.NET, INC. www.globalprotector.net in Orlando FL, the CFO of this company is Aqeel Khan of MACALISTER AVENUE HICKSVILLE NY 11801 US (East of Queens). There is no indictment or arrest warrant for Aqeel Khan in Hicksville NY who is the founder and president of the Masjid al-Fatima Queens NY, which is currently being renovated. Aqeel Khan, the founder and current president of the Islamic Center of Queens aka Masjid al-Fatima on 37th Ave Woodside Queens has an apartment on 56th St Woodside, Queens which is right around the corner from the Mosque. Aqeel Khan has admitted direct links to Islamic Radicals from al-Muhajiroun and Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT) at the Masjid al-Fatima in the past 10 years, Aqeel Khan is seen in the photo above wearing a white shirt with members of al-Muhajiroun from Baltimore MD, CLICK ON PHOTOS ABOVE FOR BBC VIDEO ON AL-MUHAJIROUN.

LOS ANGELES FBI examining firm of woman fatally slashed in Century City garage; Bullion companies owned by slain Camarillo woman and her estranged husband were focus of inquiry before the slaying and linked to Abdul Tawala ibn Ali Alishtari. By Catherine Saillant,, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers August 1, 2008. Detectives investigating the stabbing death of a woman in a Century City high-rise parking garage earlier this week are looking for possible links to an ongoing FBI fraud inquiry of the international gold trading company that she and her estranged husband owned, law enforcement officials said. The FBI examination of Goldfinger Coin & Bullion Sales and an associated Internet firm, e-Bullion, was underway before the killing, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the murder investigation was ongoing. On Monday evening, a man with a knife killed 45-year-old Camarillo resident Pamela Fayed in the garage of the high-rise where she had been visiting a lawyer, investigators said. Among Goldfinger's customers was a man later accused of funding terrorist organizations and defrauding investors, according to court documents. Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari was indicted last year in New York (and links to the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY) and is awaiting trial on charges of funneling money through a Goldfinger account in Los Angeles several years ago as part of the fraud scheme, according to federal prosecutors and securities regulators. The hitman, by using a knife to slaughter Pamela Fayed, was sending a message to any other potential Cooperating Witnesses (CW) in the Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari case.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, co-founded the British branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir in 1986,(and links to the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY) By Adrian Morgan; Bakri Mohammed gave a revealing interview to the Jamestown Foundation in March 2004. Bakri said he had been actively involved in the Muslim Brotherhood from age 15 to 17 in his native Syria, and then joined Hizb ut-Tahrir in Lebanon.. In 1979 he went to Egypt for six months, before going to Saudi Arabia where he established a branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), which by 1983 had 38 members. In 1983, HT in Kuwait expelled him from the group, but he continued to operate a group which called itself "Al Muhajiroun".

Bakri arrived in Britain and was approached by the German head of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) who persuaded him to rejoin HT. He co-founded a British branch of HT in 1986 but this was, he claimed, not part of the official structure of international HT. Bakri stated that he had left HT UK voluntarily on January 16, 1996. It would be a month later that he would form his own group, which he called Al Muhajiroun. The original emir of Hizb-ut-Tahir America (HTA), Iyad Hilal, is a US citizen of Palestinian-Jordanian origin, he was also the Imam at the Masjid Al-Fatima in Queens NY-(VIDEO). He is the author of several books - "Studies in Usul ul-Fiqh". This treatise on Islamic jurisprudence can be found online in an edited version. This book is a required part of course material in the Fiqh course at the Qatar-based Islamic Studies Academy.

In August 2005 Stratfor stated that Hilal had been in the US for 20 years. He had been involved in HT since his youth. Hilal would travel between Orange County in California and New York's Masjid al-Fatima (Aqeel Khan founder) from the 1980s onward while he was establishing the group. HT had offices in these locations between 1991 to 1995. Iyad Hilal was imam of a Mosque in New York, the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY, founded by Aqeel Khan who also acted as the president of the Mosque.

By 1995, the HT chapter at the Masjid al-Fatima New York lost members in rows over ideology and leadership. Stratfor states that by 2000 many members of the New York branch at the Masjid al-Fatima had defected to Omar Bakri's more radical group Al Muhajiroun at the same Mosque.

BBC journalist Richard Watson stated in a recent report (video) that at the end of the 1990s, Omar Bakri Mohammed wanted to expand into the US at the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY. The information on what had happened in New Yorks HT chapter was made more clear by private investigator Bill Warner. In 2005 Bill Warner had taken BBC reporter Richard Watson to the Masjid al-Fatima on 37th Avenue, Woodside in Queens. Here, the BBC filmed Aqeel Khan (video), the founder and secretary of the Queens Islamic Center at the mosque, while Bill Warner interviewed him (see photo above). During the mid 1990s, the mosque had been infiltrated by radical members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, much as they had tried to take over the Croydon mosque in London.

LOS ANGELES (AP) Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - The FBI has launched an inquiry into the activities of a grocery store owner, Iyad Hilal, who is allegedly the U.S. leader of a radical Islamic group banned in parts of Europe and the Middle East, authorities said. Iyad Hilal, an Islamic author and philosopher who owns an Orange County market (he was also the Imam at the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY), hasn't drawn much attention to his writings or his role in the group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which means Party of Liberation. But since the July 7 bombings in London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair banned the group (HT) there... FBI Investigation into Iyad Hilal and HT began in 2005 and appears to be ongoing. Aqeel Khan the founder and president of the Masjid al-Fatima (VIDEO) said: "They (HT) had their own programs, which were not the directions of the mosque... There were five times (a day) prayer, but then they had their own meetings here and we - the general public - were not invited." The Hizb ut-Tahrir members were officially ousted from the Queens mosque after $400,000 went missing from the masjid funds, but they continued to frequent the mosque. It appears to be at this mosque, where radical Hizb members already worshipped, that Al Muhajiroun developed its first US presence.

The ideology of Hizb was similar to that of Bakris Al Muhajiroun, but the latter groups direct methods appealed to young radicals. Individuals such as Syed "Fahad" Hashmi from Flushing, Queens, had became involved in Al Muhajiroun. Hashmi, who formerly belonged to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is thought to have introduced Mohammed Junaid Babar to Al Muhajiroun. Babar had been a student at St Johns University. Both attended the Masjid al-Fatima in Queens NY (VIDEO).

In 2004, Junaid Babar was convicted of setting up a terror training camp in Malakand, Pakistan, and assisting Al Qaeda. One of the individuals that attended this camp was Mohammed Sidique Khan, leader of the cell that killed 52 people in London on July 7, 2005. Babar gave evidence at the "Operation Crevice" trial: on April 30, 2007, five British individuals from Al Muhajiroun were given life sentences for plotting terror attacks in the UK. After the convictions, it was revealed that Omar Khyam, the leader of the Operation Crevice cell, had met and discussed jihad operations with Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, another 7/7 bomber, on several occasions in 2004. Their meetings had been monitored by MI5.

Al Muhajiroun was officially disbanded by Omar Bakri Mohammed in October 2004 (this was ploy for the media). Using a tactic employed by HT, he continued to guide his followers who then belonged to new groups, operating under new names. In the UK, Al Muhajiroun members operated in groups called Al Ghurabaa, the Saviour Sect, (which changed its name to the Saved Sect) and these also founded a group called Ahlus Sunna Wal Jammah. Members of the US Al Muhajiroun group reformed as the Islamic Thinkers Society.

With its membership plundered by Al Muhajirouns more radical sect, the US branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir appeared to be in poor shape. Iyad Halil, a greengrocer by trade, had gone back to Orange County (FBI Investigation). Hizb continues to operate in North America, but its profile until recently has been low. Hizb ut-Tahrir frequently mounts anti-US demonstrations. In Britain, HT has 10,000 active members.

HT, regarding itself as an intellectual movement, is keen to indoctrinate its recruits in the intricacies of Islamic law and thought before they can reach positions of influence. According to a report by Madeleine Gruen of Columbia Universitys School of International and Public Affairs, because HT America members "have been raised on a steady diet of pop culture, they are endowed with the unique ability of being able to export HT and jihadist ideology to a world that dislikes America but loves its entertainment industry." She noted that after 2003, "public mention of HT in the US became scarce."

In a report Gruen explains that while Iyad Halil had operated in Orange County and NYC, another leader called Mohammed Malkawi set up operations in Chicago and Wisconsin. Malkawi, of Palestinian-Jordanian origin, had been a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He had recruited Naveed Butt, who is the spokesman of Pakistan HT, into the group when they had both worked for Motorola. Mohammed Malkawi has written on high-speed software architecture. His video lectures can be found on YouTube.

The arguments on banning or accepting HT are still current. The group has openly allowed anti-Semitic literature to be published. It was on account of its anti-Semitic attitudes that the group became outlawed in 2003 in Germany. In Denmark (and in the UK), HT is legal, but it has come into conflict with the authorities. In March and April 2002, HT Denmark was responsible for distributing copies of a leaflet in a Copenhagen square which, according to the BBC: "makes threats against Jews, using a quote from the Koran urging Muslims to kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have been turned you out. The leaflet also said, The Jews are a people of slander...a treacherous people... they fabricate lies and twist words from their right context. And the leaflet describes suicide bombings in Israel as "legitimate" acts of "Martyrdom"."

Five years ago, most Western observers did not consider Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT) much of a threat—its goal of overthrowing governments in order to replace them with a caliph who would implement Sharia law seemed unrealistic and unlikely to resonate with Muslims raised in the West. Even though HT did manage to exploit political circumstances to gain a foothold in certain regions, such as in Central Asia, overall it was perceived as stagnant. During the last five years, however, turbulent world events and the changing tide of public opinion toward the United States has given HT a framework to advance its agenda. Five years ago, scholars estimated HT had a presence in approximately 40 countries.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir America (HTA) is enjoying a similar pattern of progress.In its first 13 years of development, HTA was perceived as being too small and ineffective to present any kind of serious threat (Orange County Register, August 25, 2005). Its founders, most of whom immigrated to the United States from the Middle East as adults in the early 1980s, had a hard time overcoming cultural differences with their young American target audience, and they were sometimes unable to compete with other extremist groups with more money, more aggressive strategies and better established operations.

Chief among them were Palestinian-Jordanian Iyad Hilal, an Orange County, California-based grocer Iyad Hilal, who was most actively engaged in HTA's development from the late 1980s to the beginning of 2000, and Mohammed Malkawi, a computer engineer based in the Chicago area (Spotlight on Terror, March 23, 2004). Both had been long-time members of HT in their home countries. Hilal and his associates initiated HT activities in New York at the Masjid Al-Fatima Mosque in Queens NY (Aqeel Khan founder and president) and in Orange County simultaneously, while Malkawi and his associates established party roots in Wisconsin and Chicago.

Turf battles have been an ongoing issue throughout HTA's development. Sometimes HTA wins control over the mosque, Islamic community center, or student association it has set its sights on, other times it has been stymied by its inability to compete for recruits with better-funded organizations that have had a long-term presence in the United States, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hilal's first base of operations, the Islamic Society of Orange County, was rife with conflict between extremist factions vying for control over the mosque, including associates of al-Qaeda (Adam Gadahn and Khalil Deek).

Hilal did have better luck in Queens, New York, where his counterparts took over a small, out-of-the-way storefront mosque, Masjid al-Fatima (Aqeel Khan founder and president), which was used as a base for their front operation, group meetings, conferences and editorial offices of their HT primer, thinly disguised as a news magazine called Ar-Raya.

Hilal moved to his current base of operations, the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, in light of the ongoing impediments at the Islamic Society of Orange County. There are informal indications that Hilal continues to use his weekend classes to present HT ideology, although he denies any ongoing ties to HTA (Orange County Register, August 25, 2005).

There have been several cases of individuals passing through the HT ranks and then moving on to more militant organizations, as was the case with Tel Aviv pub bomber Omar Sharif, and Dhiren Barot aka Abu Issa al-Hindi, who plotted to attack several New York-based financial targets (New Statesman, April 24, 2006).


Bill Warner
Private Investigator

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