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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Judge Orders Release of FBI Records in Sarasota 9/11 Probe But Will Not Release Name of CI Who Could be Imam Muneer Arafat Paid $35,000 by FBI

'Cleric Testifies in Al Arian Trial' By MICHAEL FECHTER mfechter@tampatrib.com. In 2005 the Imam of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, Muneer Arafat, revealed in court that he declined Sami Al Arian's invitation to join Palestinian Islamic Jihad because he was a member of a different group ! Which begs the question as to why Muneer Arafat's former mosque - the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Brandenton -hosted Al Arian, and the his now deported brother in law Mazen Al Najjar if Arafat had the ideological differences with the PIJ as he claimed in court. Under cross-examination by Al-Arian's attorney, William Moffitt, Arafat admitting lying in the past on resumes, job applications and a voter registration form. He has falsely claimed to be an American citizen, and was deported at one point for overstaying his visa. He also acknowledged he was detained immigration officials in November 2002 in Sarasota and is no longer working at the Sarasota mosque and that he and Al-Arian had a dispute in recent years. Arafat also testified that the US government (FBI) has paid him a total of $35,000 since 2003 to cooperate with them, although it was not made clear the kind of cases in which he was involved in Sarasota Fl. He denied being paid for cooperating in the Al-Arian case but said he asked the government to help his wife get a work permit.

Judge Orders Release of FBI Records in Sarasota 9/11 Probe But Will Not Release Name of CI Who Could be Imam Muneer Arafat Paid $35,000 by FBI. Imam Muneer Arafat was linked to Hamas and Al-Qaeda agents before he came to Sarasota Fl in March of 2000. Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel who was Muneer Arafat’s roommate in St Louis and Columbia MO was/is a known Al-Qaeda procurement agent directly linked, at the time, to Osama bin Laden and the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Africa. On August 22, 2019 U.S. Judge Zloch ordered the release of FBI records in Florida Bulldog Sarasota 9/11 probe but refuses to release any information on Confidential Informant (CI). US Judge Zloch writes, "The pages also disclose an additional confidential source CI, other than the local law enforcement agency (Sarasota Police Dept), this source provided valuable information that is detailed and singular in nature. As discussed earlier, the disclosure of the identity of this individual is in direct contradiction to the interest of the FBI". According to the newly released documents in the Florida Bulldog Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on the Tampa FBI there appears to have been a Confidential Informant (CI) working along with local law enforcement (ICE & Sarasota Police Dept) in providing information to the FBI during the 2002 Secret Sarasota investigation into a support network for the 9/11 hijack pilots when they were in the Sarasota Fl area. 

In 2012, the Bulldog lodged a Freedom of Information request against the DOJ and the FBI after reporters Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers discovered Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, residents of Sarasota’s gated Prestancia neighborhood, had ties to hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan al Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah. The three hijackers lived in Venice and Nokomis Fl for six months in 2000 as they learned to fly at Huffman Aviation the Florida Flight Training Center in Venice and at Jones Aviation Service which had operated charter flights and a flight school at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
But their connections to the al-Hijji household, owned by prominent Saudi entrepreneur and Royal family consultant Esam Ghazzawi, went unnoticed in the 9/11 Commission Report published in 2004. In 2011, the Bulldog reported on a 2002 memo from an FBI field agent stating its Southwest Florida Domestic Security Task force had discovered “many connections” between the al-Hijjis — Anoud is Ghazzawi’s daughter — linked by phone, security camera and security gate records. Although the FBI refuted the agent’s credibility, Zloch ordered the release of an analyst’s note from 2011 that evidently comments on the 2002 memo. “The material is highly relevant to the plaintiff’s request,” Zloch stated.
From open court records during the Sami al-Arian terrorist trial in Tampa it has been revealed that Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat had become an confidential informant (CI) for the US Department of Justice (FBI) during a 2002 - 2003 investigation, and the FBI had paid Arafat $35,000. Imam or Muslim Holy Man Muneer Arafat, said he had spent months and months from end of 2002 to 2003 talking to a suspect and others in a case originating in Sarasota Fl at the request of the FBI, which collected much of the evidence in the Al-Arian terrorism case. Apparently Imam or Muslim Holy Man Muneer Arafat was wearing a wire and recording conversations, some in Arabic.

FDLE reports buttress key elements of the
Al-Hijji story, while providing new details: Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud said the two men (Al-Hijji) worked out together at Shapes Fitness in Sarasota and played soccer at the local Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton. Hammoud stated he met ALHIJJI through his own relatives in Sarasota, (the Kazbour’s) in 1996. He described ALHIJJI as a heavy drinker and smoker of cannabis, however very well schooled in Islam. Hammoud indicated that ALHIJJI’S wife ANWD GHAZZAWI (maiden name) had family that provided her with money. 

Muneer Arafat was the Imam at the Mosque in Sarasota where the  ALHIJJI’S attended. Wissam Hammoud told the FBI that Al-Hijji had said “Osama bin Laden was a hero of al-Hijji.” He added that Al-Hijji showed him a “website containing information about bin Laden,” and spoke of “going to Afghanistan and becoming a freedom fighter.” Al-Hijji also tried to recruit him, Hammoud said. According to Hammoud, al-Hijji also talked of “taking flight training in Venice.” He said he believed “al-Hijji had known some of the terrorists from the September 11, 2001 attacks” who were students at an airport there.
The Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center Mosque at 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl hired Al-Qaeda and Hamas linked Imam Muneer Arafat in March of 2000, he listed local address’s on Central Sarasota Pkwy and at Nature Circle Sarasota, FL during 2000 to 2001. From open court records during the Sami al-Arian trial in Tampa it has been revealed that Muneer Arafat had become an informant for the US Department of Justice and they had paid him $35,000, but was Arafat working both sides of the street at the same time? Arafat first began his career in the US in St. Louis and Columbia, MO. In St. Louis he became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid. They would butt heads over and over again about other issues including Arafat’s dishonesty about his religious education and immigration status. 
Jailed Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud said al-Hijji “entertained Saudis at his residence” at “pot parties” that he himself did not stay for because – unlike al-Hijji as he remembered him – he “did not drink or smoke cannabis.” One Saudi Hammoud identified as an al-Hijji “friend” he brought to a soccer game at the Sarasota mosque in 2000 or 2001 was Al-Qaeda boss Adnan el-Shukrijumah. Wissam Hammoud’s wife and sister-in-law confirmed during interviews that they too knew the al-Hijjis and are familiar with elements of Hammoud’s account. Mrs. Hammoud, who asked that her full name not be used, got the impression from comments al-Hijji made that he was “anti-American.” Hammoud himself, speaking from prison, said al-Hijji “had a lot of hatred towards everyone in America.” He said he had thought al-Hijji “nuts” when he asked him to go fight in Afghanistan. Wissam Hammoud’s 2003 charges were solicitation to commit murder, retaliating against a witness, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, he could have got LIFE. Wissam T. Hammoud is currently in the Federal Correctional Insititute in Milan MI, a low security federal correctional institution with a detention center, with a release date of 2023, he will be 57. Hammoud agreed to cooperate in unspecified investigations.
Muneer Arafat is an al-Qaeda operative he is paid member of the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (CDLR) same as Tarik Hamdi is a CDLR member and Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel, Muneer Arafat’s ex-roommate, was a CDLR member, same as Rafiq Sabir the “Doc” who pleged allegiance to Al-Qaeda and was arrested at the Boca Raton Mosque that Arafat was the Imam in 2003. Muneer Arafat the Sarasota Imam (Ziyad Khaleel’s prior roommate) was arrested by ICE on Nov 22nd 2002 in Sarasota Fl for overstaying his visa, (immigration charges) and shipped back to the St Louis MO area, he had registered his 2000 Isuzu Trooper SUV in East St. Louis IL to face a Grand Jury. Muneer Arafat, said he had spent months and months talking to a Sarasota suspect in a used car scam shipped to Middle East originating in Sarasota Fl, at the request of the FBI, which collected much of the evidence in the Al-Arian case, Muneer Arafat was paid $35,000 by the FBI.
On 20 FEB 2004, Special Agent Scott McAllister and FBI Special Agent Tom Baugher interviewed an individual (Muneer Arafat) who has agreed to testify at trial, who provided the following information: From 11/23/04 until 1/21/04 Muneer Arafat was in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) attempting to raise money for the Islamic Center of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB). The ISSB requested that Muneer Arafat travel to raise money for a new mosque that they hope to build in Sarasota (they did). For his efforts, Muneer Arafat was promised 20% of all monies raised. Muneer Arafat’s plane ticket cost $1,800 and the ISSB paid half of this amount. As a general matter, Muneer Arafat was unsuccessful in raising any money. Muneer Arafat explained that the UAE is making it extremely difficult for its citizens to donate money to Muslims in the United States due to a fear that this acts will be criminalized under new U.S. anti-terrorism laws and also out of a general sense of retribution for the U.S. restricting its citizens’ donations abroad. Husni Albarguthi is the current Imam of the ISSB.
Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat's best pal is “Khalil Ziyad” actually known in the United States as Ziyad Khaleel a.k.a. Ziyad Sadaqa, a.k.a Ziyad Abdulrahman, he is a core member of Al-Qaeda. Public records reveal that he was associated with a variety of addresses in Orlando Florida, Detroit, Columbia (Missouri), and Denver. Khaleel was also responsible for administering a variety of the most radical Islamic Web sites on the Internet from Orlando Fl in 2000. Ziyad Khaleel set up numerous web sites for the Palestine movement and especially Hamas in Orlando Fl, from 1999 to 2000 approx. Ziyad Khaleel was a Palestinian-American al-Qaeda member, based in the United States, primarily in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Missouri. He had been identified as a "procurement agent" for Osama bin Laden arranging the purchase and delivery of "computers, satellite telephones, and covert surveillance equipment" for the leadership of al-Qaeda, as well as administering a number of radical Islamic websites as webmaster, including the website of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Among the cities in which he resided at various times were Denver, Detroit, Columbia and Orlando. In 1991, while living in Denver, he was vice president of the Denver Islamic Society and linked to radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki. By 1994 he was residing in Detroit and his name and address were reflected in ledgers taken from the Al Kifah Refugee Center, a financial and strategic arm of al-Qaeda. Upon moving to Columbia, Missouri, he was known as Ziyad Khaleel, but began using the surname Sadaqa as early as 1996. That year he was a fundraiser with Imam Muneer Arafat and one of eight regional directors of the Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA), which the government later determined was a front for al-Qaeda and Hamas. Late in 1996 he bought a $7,500 INMARSAT satellite telephone at the instruction of senior al-Qaeda lieutenant Khaled al-Fawwaz in London. He sent the satellite telephone and a battery pack via London to bin Laden in Afghanistan in May 1998. Bin Laden used the phone to place phone calls around the world, directing al-Qaeda's operations and orchestrating the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In 1998 and 1999 and early 2000, Khaleel lived in an apartment in the eastern part of Florida's Orange County, near Orlando. The FBI investigated Anwar al-Awlaki, later linked to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter, and the Christmas Day 2009 bomber, beginning in June 1999 through March 2000, after it learned he had been contacted by Khaleel. On December 29, 1999, as he arrived in the Jordanian capital of Amman, local authorities arrested him on charges of being a procurement agent for bin Laden, but he was later released. In 2000 Khaleel lived in Manchester, Missouri, and attended Columbia College in St. Louis. Ziyad Khaleel also shows up in Sarasota Fl on several occasions to meet with Muneer Arafat at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB) during 2000 as Khaleel was living in Orlando to at least June 2000. At various points in the late 1990s, according to Internic/Network Solutions database records, Khaleel was the administrative and billing contact of the official Hamas Web site http://www.palestine-info.net/, the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) Web site http://www.fisalgeria.org/, the Web site of Liberty for the Muslim World http://www.lmw.org/, and the Palestine Times Web site http://www.ptimes.com/.

Muneer Arafat the Sarasota Imam and Al-Qaeda agent Ziyad Khaleel’s prior roommate was arrested by BICE on Nov 22nd 2002 in Sarasota Fl (6 days after I took the surveillance photo above of his vehicle in Sarasota) for over staying his visa on immigration charges, the FBI shipped Muneer Arafat back to St Louis MO to face a Grand Jury.
In January 2003 St Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Karen Branch-Brioso interviewed the then acting Imam at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton to obtain information about Imam Muneer Arafat for her article “U.S. Looks For Local Terror Ties, Sources Say“, this is where she obtained the timeline of Muneer Arafat coming to Sarasota Fl from the St Louis area in March of 2000: U.S. LOOKS FOR LOCAL TERROR TIES, SOURCES SAY; 2 MOSQUES, FUND RAISING DRAW  SCRUTINY OF FEDERAL GRAND JURY.(NEWS)..Article from: St Louis  Post-Dispatch (MO) | January 20, 2003 | Branch-Brioso,  Karen; Shinkle  St. Louis Post-Dispatch…Byline: Karen Branch-Brioso, And Peter Shinkle Of The Post-Dispatch   A wide-ranging federal grand jury investigation in St. Louis is looking into  possible terrorist connections in the Muslim community here, according to people  familiar with the inquiry. Among the subjects of the investigation are two small mosques, Muslim businessmen and fund-raising efforts for Palestinian groups.
Prosecutors also have asked grand jury witnesses about Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel, a former resident of Columbia, Mo., and the St. Louis area who bought the satellite telephone that al-Qaida leaders used to plot the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in  Kenya and Tanzania. Sadaqa aka Khaleel, who was never charged in the bombings, raised money  here for Palestinian groups. He reportedly was killed in an auto accident in  Saudi Arabia last year, but federal authorities apparently suspect he may still  be alive. “The feds thought that this Ziyad guy faked his death at hajj (the pilgrimage  to Mecca) to get out of legal trouble,” said a source familiar with the prosecutors’ questioning.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Fagan, who heads the St. Louis anti-terrorism  task force formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, would not discuss or  even confirm the existence of the investigation. One of the witnesses was Imam Muneer Arafat, who formerly lived in Manchester IL...Muneer Arafat is a Kuwaiti of Palestinian descent, Arafat was arrested in November 2002 in Sarasota Fl for overstaying his visa…a Sarasota Mosque official, Husni Albarguthi, filling in as Imam at the Sarasota Mosque in Arafat’s absence said Muneer Arafat came to the Sarasota Fl Mosque in March of 2000 from the St Louis area and moved into a apartment complex at Central Sarasota Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34238 on Feb. 25, 2000.
Before coming to the Islamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl in March of 2000, Muneer Arafat was the Imam at various Mosques in St. Louis and East St Louis. In the St. Louis area, from 1996 to 2000, Imam Muneer Arafat became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid.
Sarasota Herald Tribune Never Reported Arrest of Imam Muneer Arafat or His Testimony at a Federal Grand Jury Terrorism Investigation in St Louis or His Undercover Work For FBI in 2002. After his November 2002 arrest Muneer Arafat was required to give testimony at a Federal Grand Jury Terrorism Investigation in St Louis concerning links to the 9/11 attacks and information about his former Al-Qaeda linked roommate Ziyad Sadqua aka Ziyad Khaeel. “One witnesses was Muneer Arafat, who formerly lived in the St Louis area and moved in 2000 to Sarasota, Fla where he was the Imam of a mosque, Arafat is a Kuwaiti of Palestinian descent”
The Sarasota Herald Tribune never reported on the undercover work (wearing a wire) Muneer Arafat did for the FBI in 2002 regarding a group of Sarasota businessmen and their links to a terrorism support network. The Sarasota Saudi al-Hiijjii Family, LINKED TO THE 9/11 HIJACKERS, had been members of the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center Mosque, where Muneer Arafat was the Imam, from at least 1996 until their departure in August 2001. It would not be unreasonable to maintain that Muneer Arafat also visited the 4224 Escondito Circle house as he was the al-Hiijjii family’s Imam or Holy Man from March 2000 to August 2001 before they fled.


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