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NSA Says Surveillance Thwarted 50 Terror Attacks

From Reuters:

U.S. says surveillance thwarted NYSE attack, Somali funding

By John Shiffman and Mark Hosenball | June 18, 2013

(Reuters) WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday identified two of the more than 50 classified cases in which they say National Security Agency eavesdropping helped thwart terrorist plots including a planned attack on the New York Stock Exchange.

The other, a San Diego money laundering investigation tied to financing for a Somali militia, is among the 27 cases cited in a Reuters report Tuesday in which the U.S. government filed public notice that it used a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant…

What a coincidence that both of these incidents involved Muslims. Somehow we suspect that the other 48 cases do as well.

So how come nobody ever asks, ‘How come we are giving up so much of our freedoms because of Muslim extremists?’ Instead, Obama keeps importing more Islamists to our country. (Including Syrians, in the not too distant future.) Does Obama want to import more would-be terrorists so he has an excuse to take more control of our lives?

In the NYSE case, Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce told Congress that as the NSA monitored a "known extremist in Yemen," the agency learned that the suspect was contacting Khalid Ouazzani, a Kansas City used-auto parts businessman. Joyce did not cite dates, but court records place the time between 2008 and 2010…

Would it be cynical to wonder how many of these 50 plots occurred in the last couple of years? Even though Obama told us during his last campaign that the war on terror was over.

With that information, Joyce said, the FBI obtained a more tightly targeted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant and was "able to detect a nascent plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange."

Two law enforcement sources said that information led to the 2010 arrest of a New York accountant, Sabirhan Hasanoff, a dual U.S. and Australian citizen. Hasanoff pleaded guilty to providing material support to al-Qaeda in connection with the NYSE plot.

Working with an unidentified American and two co-conspirators in Yemen, Hasanoff conducted surveillance of the stock exchange in 2008 as a potential attack site, prosecutors said…

Joshua Dratel, a New York defense lawyer who represented both Hasanoff and the lead defendant in the San Diego case, criticized government assertions about the value of NSA surveillance.

Mr. Dratel has made a career out of defending Muslim terrorists.

"It really is outrageous if this is how they justify their eavesdropping," Dratel told Reuters. He said from his perspective, "there was no plot" in the Hasanoff case to attack the New York Stock Exchange.

Instead, he said, his client, through an intermediary, had forwarded to persons overseas information he got from public sources, including Google, and the overseas persons had replied that the information was worthless and "silly." …

And yet Hasanoff pled guilty to providing material support to al-Qaeda in connection with the NYSE plot. Go figure.

Ouazzani was arrested on February 8, 2010. He pleaded guilty three months later to bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. He pleaded guilty to providing more than $23,000 to al-Qaeda in 2007 and 2008.

According to his plea agreement, Ouazzani discussed plans with unnamed others to aid al-Qaeda by fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia. Ouazzani provided $6,000 to al-Qaeda, the pleading said, from profits related to sale of his auto parts business. In the plea document, Ouazzani also admitted that he pledged an oath to al-Qaeda…

Ouazzani … faces a maximum prison term of 15 years. Hasanoff [faces] a 20-year sentence.

In the San Diego case, four defendants were charged in 2010 with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists – taxi drivers Basaaly Saeed Moalin and Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, Mohamed Mohamud who worked at a money transmitting business and Issa Doreh, a local imam…

At the San Diego trial in February, a jury found that the four provided money to al Shabaab, a Somali militia designated by the United States as a terrorist organization. Dozens of recorded calls were played for the jury, including conversations between Moalin and Aden Hashi Ayrow, an al Shabaab leader, prosecutors said. The U.S. government said Ayrow died in a 2008 drone attack…

Dratel, who represents Moalin, said that in the San Diego case, the government had kept information about NSA eavesdropping "secret to protect their secret, illegal operations" and that, based on recent revelations about NSA, defense lawyers were likely to file new motions in the case before sentencing.

There is nothing illegal about ‘eavesdropping’ on the enemies of our country when you have a court order.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NSA Says Surveillance Thwarted 50 Terror Attacks”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Exactly, Steve. Exactly.

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