2 Arrested in Ohio on charges of supporting Terrorism…

From the Akron Beacon Journal 

Investigators in southeast Ohio said they were working to unravel how two Michigan men charged with supporting terrorism came to have airplane passenger lists and airport security information.

Osama Sabhi Abulhassan, 20, and Ali Houssaiky, 20, both of the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, were being held at the Washington County jail on $200,000 bond each, which could be raised at a Thursday afternoon court hearing. Each was charged Wednesday with money laundering in support of terrorism.

Deputies stopped the two on a traffic violation Tuesday and found the flight documents along with $11,000 cash and 12 phones in their car, Sheriff Larry Mincks said.

Abulhassan and Houssaiky admitted buying about 600 phones in recent months at stores in southeast Ohio, said sheriff’s Maj. John Winstanley. They sold the phones to someone in Dearborn, Winstanley said.

Debbie Schlussel has more

On Tuesday, Houssaiky, age 20, and his friend, Osma Sabhi Abulhassan (Osma is pronounced “Osama”), also 20 and also from Dearborn, were caught in Marietta, Ohio with several cellphones and about $10,000 in cash. They admitted to buying over 600 pay-as-you-go TracFone cellphones, removing the chips, and selling them to their “boss” for $5 (each) over the cost of the phones. The chips are used in bombs by Islamic terrorist groups and have been used to detonate many carbombs. And their “boss” is the subject of an open investigation by the FBI.

Houssaiky and Abulhassan had a map with Wal-Marts that sold the phones circled all the way to North and South Carolina. And they lied to police about why they bought the phones. And they admitted to smoking pot, the least of the circumstances of concern.

Most disturbing, the two had private flight information, passenger lists and information, and other information concerning airport security checkpoints and flights in the American skies. For now, they have been charged with “money laundering to aid terrorism,” after initial arrests for obstructing official business after lying to police.

Their travel path for purchasing the phones is similar to that of convicted Hezbollah cigarette smugglers, who also travelled by vehicle from Michigan to North Carolina and back to launder money and send it to Hezbollah. But this time, it appears that more than laundering was being planned.

You have to wonder if this is somehow connected with the Terror Plot the Brits busted today, or with the remaining 8 Egyptian students still missing, or reports of Hizbullah sleeper cells activated. Can it all be coincidence??? Somehow I doubt it.   

Others Blogging:

Michelle Malkin, Sticky Notes, Tai-Chi Policy, Homeland Security Watch OldWarDogs, wizbang

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