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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

America The Route Through Which Money For Terror Groups Like The Real IRA and Hezbollah Is Being Channeled, Organized Crime Gangs Criss Cross Terror G

America The Route Through Which Money For Terror Groups Like The Real IRA and Hezbollah Is Being Channeled, Organized Crime Gangs Criss Cross Terror Groups.

My posts over the last year have identified cigarette smuggling rackets in Tampa, New York City, St Louis, Ireland and Canada. The UK newspapers are pointing out the huge world wide problem with cigarette smugglers and "
Irish leaders lobby US President Barack Obama for peace process aid"

An American businessman has been accused of funding the Real IRA by masterminding a cigarette smuggling ring that has netted them hundreds of thousands of pounds.
U.S. businessman 'funded Real IRA soldier killers by smuggling cigarettes into Ireland'. The case highlights the criminal activities which underpin the funding of terrorism in Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
Roman Vidal, 57, in Miami Fl arranged for shipments of millions of cigarettes from Panama to Dublin where they were collected by contacts linked to the terror group. The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the murder of two British soldiers in Antrim on March 8th 2009.

During the presidential election, Mr Obama's campaign released a statement saying that “the crisis period for Northern Ireland has passed” and that he was considering whether it was still necessary to have a special US envoy for the peace process.

Security forces still have genuine concerns over the way America may be a route through which money for the Real IRA (and other terror groups) is being channeled. Vidal, a US businessman, is on trial in Miami FL accused of organizing a cigarette-smuggling ring that funded the terrorist group Real IRA.

The two British soldiers killed by the Real IRA were Mark Quinsey, 23, from Birmingham, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, from north London were gunned down as they waited by a pizza delivery car.

The killings have sparked fears of a resurgence in terror attacks as well as widespread revulsion at the return to violence. Roman Vidal is accused of sending two massive shipments of cigarettes to Ireland which were sold on the 'black market' at a fraction of the cost of other cigarettes.

U.S. customs agents told a Miami court they were able to trace the shipments, hidden under wood flooring and insulation material, to gangs linked to the Real IRA. Roman Vidal ran a Florida Limited Liability Company called VIDAL LLC in Miami among about 6 other inactive business's.

The connection to terrorism is no exaggeration. When
New York police cracked another smuggling ring in 2005, they uncovered a multimillion dollar flow of funds from New York City to unknown individuals in the Middle East. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly gave voice to the obvious conclusion: Terrorists probably got the money.
Just a few weeks before that 2005 bust, Buffalo-area businessman Aref Ahmed had been sentenced to three years and a month for cigarette smuggling. The feds said he'd used the racket to fund "scholarships" at terrorist training camps in Afghanistan during the spring of 2001.


New Yorkers who buy black market cigarettes in an effort to dodge high city and state taxes may be unwittingly supporting terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, according to a congressional staff report.

WNBC-TV reported April 28 that the report from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), ranking minority member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said that bootleggers who have immigrated from the Middle East are buying tax-free cigarettes at Indian reservations in upstate New York and resell them in New York City. Some of the profits are then funneled to terrorist groups, the report contends.
"No such thing as a free ride, a free meal or a free cigarette," said King. "You're getting that cigarette at a much-reduced price; be concerned the profits are going to fund America's enemies, Hamas and
Hezbollah."
"A motivated terrorist cell could generate sufficient funds to carry out another Sept. 11th style attack, which operational costs were estimated to be $500,000," according to the report, "Tobacco and Terror." King urged New York Gov. David Paterson to derail the bootlegging by collecting taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations.

Bill Warner
private investigator