Over the course of the investigation into the used car racket in Tampa and Sarasota by CI Bill Edwards it became apparent that the majority of the vehicle exporters were Iraqi refugees and some of them helped organize the 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein in Iraq, others showed up in Tampa after an aborted CIA-supported Iraqi coup in 1996. Even with the influx of thousands of foreign fighters, almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi officers, including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes, according to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group. They have brought to the organization the military expertise and some of the agendas of the former Ba'athists, as well as the smuggling networks developed to avoid sanctions in the 1990s. The Tampa (Iraqi) used car dealers who were exporting vehicles, operated out of the Port of Tampa and the Port of Savannah, vehicles were purchased at salvaged auto auctions and or from street hustlers of recent stolen vehicles. Stolen vehicles were disassembled, the engine and transmission taken out and then shipped with the hull of the vehicle packed in shipping containers as "auto parts" and sent to Dubai UAE.
As car parts the U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the various U.S. Ports do not check the "VIN" (vehicle identification number) of exported "auto parts" and upon receiving the "auto parts" in Dubai (were whole industries exist to do just such work, including welding back together vehicles that had been cut apart) the vehicles are reassembled and sold at 2 to 3 times the retail that is obtainable in the USA, older vehicles are shipped into Iraq to be used as car bombs, see FBI report here that indicates that at least dozens of USA cars had been used as car bombs in Iraq. Funding for the purchase of the used cars in most part comes from the sale of drugs in the US. A long time Sami Al-Arian associate and used car dealer in Virginia is convicted terrorist bagman Abdurahman Alamoudi who also ran a used car dealership in Virginia.
ALAMOUDI WAS THE OWNER OF THE SHIRLINGTON AUTO MART-USED CAR LOT IN ARLINGTON VA, currently Alamoudi is doing 23 years at the Federal Transfer Center (FTC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for illegal financial transactions and for his involvement in a scheme to assassinate Crown Prince Abdullah (now King) of Saudi Arabia. Alamoudi was caught with $340,000 in cash, 34 bundles of sequentially numbered $100 bills to be used to pay terrorists to kill the Saudi Crown prince (now King), money indirectly from the same Jeddah Saudi individuals linked in the Iraq Study Report who are funding al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq. Alamoudi was brought to Tampa Fl in 2005 to testify against Sami al-Arian, Alamoudi was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on 7/19/2005 and stayed there until 11/01/2005, but never went to Court to testify against his buddy Al-Arian? The founder of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) Abdurahman Alamoudi was identified by the Treasury Department as an Al-Qaeda fundraiser who had operated inside the United States. After the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the speechwriter for the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman told the FBI that Alamoudi had been funneling $5,000 payments from Osama bin Laden to Rahman. Rahman is currently serving a life sentence on terror charges for his role in the "Day of Terror" plot targeting New York landmarks.
Evidence indicates that an additional source of Saudi government funding used to support the activities of 9/11 hijackers Hazmi and Mihdhar while in San Diego came by way of Bayoumi’s relationship with Osama Yousef Basnan a used car dealer, another agent of the Saudi government who was being groomed to replace Bayoumi in San Diego. Osama Basnan and Osama Sam Mustafa were both used car dealers in La Mesa CA and linked to terrorist hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. FBI sources further report that in September 2000, used car dealer Basnan was in phone and email contact with senior al Qaeda member and key facilitator for the September 11th attacks, Ramzi Binalshibh. Binalshibh himself confirmed his relationship with Basnan during interrogations by U.S. officials following his capture in Karachi, Pakistan on September 11, 2002.” [Ramzi Binalshibb is alleged to be the 9/11 plot coordinator, then located in Germany, and is currently awaiting trial by Military Commission at Guantanamo Bay alongside Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.]
TERROR SUSPECT SOLD USED CARS IN MIRAMAR FL/ST PETE TIMES TERROR SUSPECT ADNAN EL-SHUKRIJUMAH SOLD USED CARS WHILE IN MIRAMAR FL, NOW WANTED BY THE FBI; Adnan El Shukrijumah meet with Queens NY, Al-Muhajiroun organizer, Mohammed Junaid Babar and Dhiren Barot in March of 2004. Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, still on the run, his SSN is 109-84-0648.
MOHAMED ATTA WAS A USED CAR DEALER IN HAMBURG By Peter Finn Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, September 15, 2001; Page A15... At the university and in his work as a car dealer, 9/11 bosss Mohamed Atta gave no indication to casual acquaintances of having extremist beliefs. "He made such a friendly impression," said Abdullah Bozkurt, 59, a dealer who knew Atta from the open-air car market on Hamburg's Feld Street, where both traded. During the training of the 9/11 terrorists in the USA, funds were deposited to their Sun Trust ATM accounts via wire transfers from Banking houses/Money exchanges in the Dubai Trade Free Zone.
MAMOUN DARKAZANLI CAR IMPORTER/EXPORTER IN HAMBURG MET WITH MOHAMED ATTA/ PBS FRONT LINE. DARKAZANLI COMPANY a.k.a. MAMOUN DARKAZANLI--CAR IMPORT/EXPORT COMPANY; HAMBURG GR -(SPECIALLY DESIGNATED TERRORIST). LINKS TO FUNDING MOHAMED ATTA & 9/11 HIJACKERS, BUSINESS ASSOCIATE OF IMAD YARKAS IN SPAIN. STOLEN VEHICLES WERE IMPORTED INTO MADRID, HAMBURG, JEDDAH SA AND DUBAI UAE (Jebel Ali) FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The Spanish cell's alleged mastermind was 40-year-old Imad Yarkas, a Syrian-born used car dealer (importer) with a Spanish wife and five children. He was jailed in Madrid in November 2001, one of about 40 alleged Islamic extremists arrested in Spain since the 9/11 attacks. Yarkas was convicted and sent to prison in Nov 2006 for 27 years.
FOX NEWS TAMPA....Fast forward to Wednesday May 15th, 2012 and Khaldoun “Tony” Khawaja and Osama “Sam” Mustafa, have been charged with taking part in an $17 million tax fraud scheme. In a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, Osama “Sam” Mustafa, and Khaldoun ”Tony” Khawaja, along with Khawaja’s brother, Muawia ”Mike” Abdeljalil of Virginia, are accused of stealing Social Security checks, filing false tax returns and lying to the federal government, Sam Mustafa is good at it. "Mustafa's cousin, Willie Museitef, manages one of Osama Mustafa's businesses, BNA Automotive Used Cars on Linebaugh Avenue. Museitef said about six or seven agents from the FBI, the Treasury Department and U.S. Marshals Service showed up at the business and searched business records. He said the tax fraud allegations were "absolutely shocking." Museitef said he was aware of his cousin's name being mentioned in the 9/11 report. "What he was telling me is they think that one of the guys that was involved in that mess worked in the gas station." Osama Bassnan and Osama Sam Mustafa were both used car dealers in La Mesa CA and linked to terrorist hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Tampa Families Find Cars Gone, Osama Sam Mustafa Who Sold Them at Billy Nelson's Auto is Wanted by US Marshals.
INTERNATIONAL EXPORT OF STOLEN VEHICLES/ICE, US FEDERAL AGENCY WANTED ON AN INTERNATIONAL WARRANT BY I.C.E. OUT OF LOS ANGELES CA. Mohamad Reda Tabbara International Export of Stolen Vehicles ("Black Cars") to Dubai; U.S. Customs agents learned that Tabbara was attempting to ship stolen automobiles from California to the United Arab Emirates to be sold on the "Black Market". U.S. Customs also intercepted stolen automobiles shipped by Tabbara to Singapore, with Jordan the final destination. Mohamad Tabbara is a Lebanese National (Hezbollah), Tabbara has operated the following businesses in the Los Angeles area: the A-Z Trading Company; A-Z International; A-Z Wholesale; and A-Z Export/Import. He is also known as Mike Tabbara and has many connections in Dubai.
TERRORISM FINANCING WITH STOLEN CARS IT NEVER STOPS: Alpha Jalloh and 20 Others Indicted In New Jersey Statewide High End Carjacking Racket Shipping Cars to Tin Can City Nigeria, 5 of these 'Mooks' get prison time. “We are sending these ring members to prison, where they can no longer threaten residents with this dangerous type of street-level crime, said Attorney General Porrino ” Twenty-one people were arrested in connection with a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole luxury vehicles from across New Jersey and shipped them to West Africa in 2015 and 2016. Tyja Evans, 39, of Watchung, and Ibn Jones, 37, of Newark were the two alleged ring leaders who were charged with the second-degree crime of leading an auto theft trafficking network and Alpha Jalloh, 28, of New York, N.Y. was one of the Shippers and High-Level Fences.
Luxury cars such as various models of Range Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Maserati, Porsche, Jaguar and Bentley were stolen from suburbs along the Route 17 corridor and neighboring New York, as well as other suburban communities in northern and central New Jersey and then shipped to West Africa, according to the prosecutor's release. As a result of the bust 90 stolen luxury cars from across New Jersey worth more than $4 million were recovered. "Some cars were taken through carjackings, while others were taken in 'soft steals' from locations where the thieves were able to steal them with their electronic keys or key fobs, which are critical to the resale value of the cars," said Lougy.
Friday, December 05, 2008 UPDATED: Arrest Made in Sarasota Fl Car-Title Fraud Sergiy Zheleznyak Owned MS Autos Stolen Cars Shipped to Middle East. HERALD TRIBUNE- SARASOTA COUNTY — A man has been jailed and accused of filling out false vehicle titles so he could send cars to Russia. The man, Sergiy Zheleznyak, owned a North Port car lot, (MS Autos Inc.), and working for an associate in New York, he filed the fraudulent certificate of origin, paperwork, that acts as documentation for new vehicles. He received 36 titles for new or late model vehicles in the name of his dealership, MS Autos Inc, according to an arrest report, then he was paid by his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City $100 (each) for the phony titles which he sent to New York City were Alexksandr Mikhaylov now had a shopping list to go out and steal cars to match from the streets or new car dealers lots then “Re-VIN’d” the stolen cars matching the description of the phony titles and shipped the stolen cars overseas, BIG PROFITS NO PAPER TRAIL. The 36 re-titled cars would have a street value of well over $1 Million, there were Mercedes Benz’s, BMW’s , Sedans, SUV’s, and Ford F-150 pick-ups all with odometer readings of 5 to 50 miles, almost all black in color and no lien holders and all of them did not exist in Sarasota FL! see http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20081205/article/812050295
CI Bill Edwards was able to put together an international network of linking Car Importers & Exporters from around the world who in turn all shipped vehicles (sometimes stolen) to Dubai UAE and or Jeddah SA for re-export to Iraq for sale or to be used as car bombs, the "Cars Became The Cash" for terrorists in Iraq, no money needed to cross the borders. “Almost every time there is a Muslim plot to blow up and kill US and or British targets there is a Muslim car dealer involved in financing the project.” “Muslim used car scams are an updated version of the Hawala money transfer.”“The cars are the cash now. Vehicles sent to the Middle East from the US are funding terrorism, and a few have even been used as car bombs in Iraq.” CI Bill Edwards efforts were paid off in cash, by ICE agents in Bradenton Fl, totaling $2,900 and always in old $100 bills, possibly confiscated drug money.
As per a FDLE Report of 12/03/2003, Special Agent Scott McAllister Florida Department of Law Enforcement along with Special Agent Tom Baugher Federal Bureau of Investigation Sarasota, and Detective James LaPlante Sarasota City Police Department Criminal Investigations Division (CID) interviewed a confidential informant, under control of the Detroit office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The source spoke of Muneer ARAFAT as the Imam of the local Sarasota mosque and that ARAFAT was a member of the Islamic (Muslim) Brotherhood in Kuwait, who follows a radical belief and teachings of ALBAZ, and wishes harm to the United States. ALBAZ aka Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz was a Saudi Arabian Islamic scholar and a leading proponent of the Wahhabi radical form of Islam.
His endorsement of In Defense of Muslim Lands, principally written by Abdullah Azzam, was a powerful influence in the successful call for jihad. Abdullah Azzam the Palestinian who essentially created the notion of radical jihad, redefining what had been a personal struggle for righteousness as a fight against infidels. 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed also followed ALBAZ aka Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz and Abdullah Azzam. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat is a member of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood’s Lajnat al-Daawa al-Islamiya (“Islamic Call Committee”) which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by President George W. Bush on September 23, 2001. Imam Muneer Arafat and 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed both joined the terrorist group Kuwaiti Lajnat al Daawa al Islamiyya (LDI) aka Kuwait Muslim Brotherhood “Islamic Call Committee” in 1980, Muneer Arafat was 17 and 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was 16 years old.
Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat, DOB 05/10/1963, admitted in Federal Court Tampa Fl that he was a member of a terrorist group in Gaza. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat worked as a double agent for the FBI, he was paid $35,000 to gather information and wear a wire while meeting with Sarasota used car dealers who was suspected of shipping vehicles to the Middle East in support of terrorism, this was a ICE case in the beginning. Bill Edwards photographed Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat at a Sarasota used car dealer's house on at least two occasions. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat lived at a condo complex, Bella Villino, 4130 Central Sarasota Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34238 in 2000, just a few miles from the Sarasota Saudi Abdulaziz al-Hijji address at 4224 Escondito Cir, Sarasota, FL 34238.