“There is an active terror cell in Queens NY with members of Baltimore al-Muhajiroun (pictured with beards) showing up in Oct. of 2005“, the surveillance photos were taken by private investigator Bill Warner, others, like Pamela Geller of the "atlas shrugs website", continue to take credit for this very important work, see original video shot by BBC news crew above, click on image for video, private investigator Bill Warner is seen at 7:58 into the video, in front of the Masjid al-Fatima Mosque in Queens NY with Richard Watson.
In 2005 Private investigator and self-styled "cyber vigilante" Bill Warner, currently based in Sarasota, Florida 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. 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.
In 2005 when Bill Warner took BBC journalist Richard Watson to the Masjid al-Fatima on 37th Avenue, Woodside, Queens NY which had been taken over by radicals from Hizb ut-Tahrir in the mid 1990s, Watson videotaped Bill Warner's interview with imam Aqeel Khan, who spoke of the problems of radicals at the mosque.
Mr. Warner's sleuthing managed to show that Junaid Babar, who was an Al Muhajiroun member from Queens, had attended the Woodside mosque, and here in 1999 had first met Sajil Shahid. Shahid had founded the Al Muhajiroun office in Lahore in Pakistan, which became a center for ferrying British jihadists (including the five men convicted of the Operation Crevice plot, and also Mohammed Sidique Khan, leader of London's 7/7 bombers) from Lahore to the regions bordering with Afghanistan, where they met Taliban and Al Qaeda controllers.
Mr. Warner's investigations (not Pamela Geller) also showed that a meeting took place at the Masjid al-Fatima mosque from June 2 to 4, 2000, with lectures given by Sajil Shahid. This three day convention was also attended by an individual called "Brother Fahad", who is Syed "Fahad" Hashmi.27-year old Hashmi was presented in United States Magistrate's Court on Tuesday May 29,2007 and on the following day he was indicted at Manhattan Federal Court before United States District Judge Loretta Preska. He was indicted on three charges, with the main count involving conspiracy to contribute funds, goods or services to the terrorist group. If he is found guilty at his future trial, he could serve 50 years in jail.
Mark Mershon, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI's New York office, said: "Syed Hashmi aided the enemy by providing military gear to al-Qaida." Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said: "This arrest reinforces the fact that a terrorist may have roots in Queens and still betray us.