Saturday, June 20, 2009

FBI investigates attempts to smuggle weapons on planes Raed Alsaif is a 2003 graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., a madrasa

The FBI is looking into whether there is any connection between two arrests - one here and one in Philadelphia - of men trying to smuggle weapons onto airplanes. The arrests both took place June 4. Both planes were bound for Phoenix.

In Tampa, federal authorities charged a 24-year-old man with trying to bring a 7-inch knife aboard a plane at Tampa International Airport.

Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif was arrested June 4 as he tried to board US Airways Flight 1077 to Phoenix and Portland, Ore., according to a criminal complaint.

Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif ,24,on the Tampa FL flight to Phoenix AZ, flight Number 1077 that was scheduled leave at 7:45am, attempted to smuggle onboard a 7 inch butcher knife.

Raed AlSaif of Saudi Arabia is on Facebook where he lists the University of Tampa '08. Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif was also a graduate of "Terror High" the Islamic Saudi Academy Alexandria (ISA), VA Class of 2003, see link click here. New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer has recently questioned whether the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria (ISA), Virginia, is another example of radical Islamic madrassas funded by and linked to terrorism here and abroad.

The ISA has repeatedly been accused of promoting terrorism. The tabloid Philadelphia Daily News nicknamed ISA 'Terror High'. On February 22, 2005, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va valedictorian in 1999, was indicted on terrorism charges.

Mohammed Osman Idris and Mohammed el-Yacoubi, both former students of the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va were denied entry to Israel in Dec 2001, under suspicion of planning to carry out a suicide martyr attack. The two were departing JFK International Airport when a letter was found in el-Yacoubi's luggage which was characterized as "a farewell letter...for a suicide mission in the name of Jihad."

Damien Young, 29, and Roshid Milledge, 38, do not appear to have links to the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia.

All of the men, Damien Young, 29, Roshid Milledge, 38, and Raed Abduhl-Rahman Alsaif, 24, are being charged under the same Federal violation, Title 49, United States Code, Section 46505(b)(1). See the Federal Complaint of Damien Young and Roshid Milledge, click here.

We definitely want to follow regular investigative measures to see if there is a connection," said FBI spokesman Frank Burton Jr. "We don't know if there is a connection, but we are checking it out."

The FBI will also see if these two arrests are connected to any other cases around the country, Burton said.

"We want to find out if there are any other similar incidents around the country that we can connect, in terms of whether people brought weapons on to airlines in general, because we had the one here and the one in Tampa," he said. "We want to see if there is a nexus here."

Bill Warner
private investigator
Sarasota Fl