FBI monitors Detroit area for activity related to Hezbollah

From the Chicago Tribune 

DETROIT — Federal agents are keeping close tabs on activity related to Hezbollah in the area amid weeks of Middle East fighting, but officials said there is no evidence of any specific or immediate threats.

Eric Straus, chief of the counterterrorism unit at the U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit, said Wednesday that law enforcement authorities including the FBI are monitoring the effect of world events on such activity.

The FBI has renewed contacts with informants, held private meetings with Arab-American and Muslim leaders and voiced concern about public support shown for Hezbollah at rallies in Dearborn, the newspaper said.

At some rallies, demonstrators held portraits of Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, chanting his name and Hezbollah, the newspaper said. Law enforcement officials also have alerted local leaders in the Jewish community about potential security threats at synagogues.

“We find any support for murderous terrorist organizations like al-Qaida or Hezbollah very disappointing, if not disturbing,” Straus said.

The FBI is not the only Federal Agency that is working to address terrorism recruiters and financiers here in the US.

Treasury Designates Director, Branches of Charity Bankrolling Al Qaida Network

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated the Philippine and Indonesian branch offices of the Saudi-based International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) for facilitating fundraising for al Qaida and affiliated terrorist groups. Treasury additionally designated Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, the Executive Director of the Eastern Province Branch of IIRO in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil, a high-ranking IIRO official in Saudi Arabia, has used his position to bankroll the al Qaida network in Southeast Asia. Al-Mujil has a long record of supporting Islamic militant groups, and he has maintained a cell of regular financial donors in the Middle East who support extremist causes,” said Stuart Levey, Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). “Today we are holding him to account.”

From Counterterrorism Blog

IIRO is a sister organization of the Muslim World League (MWL), one of the principal Islamist groups operating in the United States. The IIRO, using the name IRO for the U.S. branch, was also part of the Safa Group, the cluster of Islamist charities raided in Herndon, Virginia in March 2002 on supsicion of funding terrorist groups, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

According to an affidavit filed Aug. 14, 2003, by Special Agent David Kane, the IIRO branch in the United States received $10 million from IIRO in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The money was to be invested by a company called Sana-Bell Inc. The proceeds were to go to fund the IRO’s U.S. activities.

“I have found evidence corroborating that IIRO/IRO has transferred funds to HAMAS through HAMAS fronts such as Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (“HLF”),” Kane testified. While the case against the group is going slowly, due to the complexity of the schemes used by the defendants to make tracing their money as difficult as possible, it is moving forward slowly.

Unfortunately it is not all good news domestically in the Global War on Terror. The 9th Circus recently released a top Fund Raiser for the Holy Land Foundation.

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  1. guest

    as a resident of detroit i can tell you that it is chaos here. security is very tight and the officers, agents and more have been patrolling all day-in fact they have been stationed right in front of my house. low flying helcoptors with spotlights, constant traffic monitoring the neighborhoods. this is unbelievable. the state of panic has me scared.

  1. 1 4thelittleguy.com

    Enemies from Within…

    By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Cross-posted at: NoisyRoom.net
    For years now, since 9-11, I have been writing and speaking on how great a danger it is to the United States for radical Islamofascists to have the absolute freedom to do their evil recruiting …

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