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Unread postPosted: October 10th, 2018, 8:34 am 
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Limo Owner’s Past: F.B.I. Informant, Recruiter of Terrorists, Fraudster

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/li ... ailsignout
In 2001, a 45-year-old gas-station owner from Pakistan named Shahed Hussain walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany and obtained a driver’s license using fake documents for a would-be taxi driver who paid him $1,000.

Mr. Hussain was caught, faced federal charges and, to avoid deportation, began a secret career that led him to pose as a recruiter of terrorists, including involvement in cases that brought accusations that he had entrapped defendants.

He continued to run a series of businesses with his family, despite bankruptcy and legal issues — including, eventually, a limousine service that often ran afoul of state inspectors.

Now, Mr. Hussain’s improbable journey — from asylum-seeking immigrant to petty criminal to trusted ally of government prosecutors, has taken yet another turn. His complicated past is central to the investigation of the nation’s deadliest crash in years.

On Saturday, a stretch limo operated by Mr. Hussain’s company, Prestige Limousine, ran a stop sign on a rural highway in Schoharie, an hour west of Albany, plowed into another car and left 20 people dead.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the limo had failed inspections for problems with its brakes, suspension and chassis last month, and was being driven by a man lacking the proper license to operate a commercial vehicle. The car was also not certified to carry the 18 people riding in it when it crashed.

“There is a ton of information that’s got to be processed — forensic information, witness statements and other materials,” a law enforcement official said of the investigation into the crash.

State Police have made clear that they would like to interview Mr. Hussain, 62.

But his exact whereabouts was unknown on Tuesday. The law enforcement official said investigators believed he was in Pakistan and had been there for several months. But the manager at a motel that his family owns said he had been abroad for a year and was in Dubai.

[The victims were friends and relatives — including four sisters from one family and newlyweds — on their way to celebrate a 30th birthday.]

An examination of Mr. Hussain’s history, based on court records and interviews with those who have crossed his path, shows a man who has spent the better part of two decades crossing back and forth from one side of the law to the other.

His work helped convict two leaders of an Albany mosque in a 2004 plot to import a missile and assassinate a Pakistani diplomat, and four other men in a 2009 conspiracy to bomb synagogues in the Bronx. In both cases, the attacks never took place because they were part of a sting operation.

In one of those terrorism trials, Mr. Hussain described five years of solid work for the F.B.I.

“We did about 21 cases, including money laundering, human trafficking, drug trafficking, credit card fraud, stolen identity and D.M.V. officials — corrupt D.M.V. officials,” he said.

But a federal defender who represented one of the men whom Mr. Hussain helped lure into the terror plot in 2009 offered a darker assessment of Mr. Hussain’s character.

“If Wikipedia did a definition of fraudster, they could put his picture in,” the lawyer, Susanne Brody, said on Tuesday. “He lies about everything.”

Still, federal prosecutors during the two trials portrayed him as a trustworthy witness. In the bomb plot case, for example, the prosecutors said his testimony was corroborated by other evidence.

“Despite trying to turn over every single rock in this man’s life in a desperate attempt to find a worm, they were never able to call into question his basic account of what happened in this case,” a prosecutor, Jason P.W. Halperin, told the jury.

Mr. Hussain arrived in the United States in about 1995 with considerable legal and extralegal adventures already behind him.

He testified in the 2009 terrorism trial that in Pakistan, he had been active in an opposition political party, arrested and tortured and charged with murder in the 1990s, freed after his father bribed the police, had fled to Moscow, Mexico and finally Texas on a fake passport and was granted asylum in Albany.

While working in and later owning gas stations, he developed a sideline helping people get driver’s licenses. He worked for a company that provided interpreters for people taking driver’s license tests at the D.M.V. and would give his customers the correct answers while ostensibly translating the questions to them.

In 2003, he used his illegal expertise in driver’s licenses in his first terrorism sting.

Under the alias “Malik,” he met with the Bangladeshi owner of an Albany pizzeria who said his brother needed a learner’s permit. For $100, no problem, Mr. Hussain said.

The men discussed religion, politics and jihad. Over time, Mr. Hussain, acting on orders from the F.B.I., convinced the pizzeria owner and another man that he was helping plan an attack on a Pakistani diplomat in New York and would be importing a surface-to-air missile from China for the purpose.

They joined the plot, were arrested and, ultimately, convicted, despite their lawyers’ complaints of entrapment.

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Unread postPosted: October 10th, 2018, 9:52 am 
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Yes. Have read some on this guy. Nothing "fits".

Would be interesting to know if driver was a convert - islamics ALWAYS hire islamics

Of course cops wouldn't say that

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Unread postPosted: October 10th, 2018, 11:40 am 
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Operator of New York limo company in deadly crash arrested, charged with criminally negligent homicide

Nauman Hussain, the son of Prestige Limousine’s owner Shahed Hussain, was arrested after a controlled traffic stop on Interstate 787 near Albany, state police said in a news release.

Hussain was charged with criminally negligent homicide, police said, adding that a 3 p.m. news conference has been scheduled.

Nauman Hussain worked as the day-to-day operator of Prestige Limousine while his father is currently in Pakistan, police said.


Aside: I have never got how so many (all I think) could have been killed - this side doesn't appear to have a scratch and roof appears unmarked.
Prolly no one was belted, but still
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Unread postPosted: January 16th, 2019, 7:46 am 
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Islamic State jihadi from Canada captured in Syria
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/01/isla ... d-in-syria
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Another alleged Canadian ISIS member has been captured in northern Syria, according to local Kurdish forces, who posted a video of the man.
In the brief video, the man identified himself as Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed and said he was an Ethiopian-Canadian.


Well they should bring him back to Canada quickly, so he can be a "powerful voice against radicalism" for Trudeau. :laugh3: :001_rolleyes:


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Unread postPosted: January 16th, 2019, 12:41 pm 
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Don't forget giving him mega bucks

The dastardly Kurds may have not treated him gently enough

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Unread postPosted: January 16th, 2019, 12:43 pm 
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cc wrote:
Don't forget giving him mega bucks
he deserves at least 10 1/2 million :laugh3:


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Unread postPosted: February 26th, 2019, 7:49 am 
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As is often the case Hungary is the lone voice of Sanity in Europe
https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/0 ... e-stopped/
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Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has warned that the European Union is pushing for more immigration at a time when radical Islamic extremists are returning from the ruins of the Islamic State caliphate “by the hundreds”, and this “must be stopped”.


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cc wrote:
Don't forget giving him mega bucks
he deserves at least 10 1/2 million :laugh3:

There are other cases pending like Omar Khadr's.


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900 Churches in Nigeria Destroyed by Boko Haram
https://www.christianpost.com/news/900- ... -48Oj-Lpj0

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Britain's Back-Door Blasphemy Law

The long-running dispute revolves — most recently — around an effort by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims, a cross-party formation of around two-dozen MPs in the British Parliament, to institutionalize the definition of Islamophobia in racial rather than religious terms.

The proposed definition has been opposed by many Britons, including British Muslims, who warn that it would effectively shield Islam from scrutiny and valid criticism.

"We have here a clash between two very different ways of viewing a society: broadly individualism and collectivism.... In a collectivist society the aim is for the rulers to determine how individuals should behave ... those in power lay down a detailed code and threaten punishment for non-compliance. And they do not welcome criticism as a device for mutual learning and holding power to account." — David Green, The Spectator.

"We are concerned that allegations of Islamophobia will be, indeed already are being, used to effectively shield Islamic beliefs and even extremists from criticism, and that formalizing this definition will result in it being employed effectively as something of a backdoor blasphemy law." — Open letter signed by 40 British academics, writers and public officials to Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The APPG, in a November 2018 report titled, "Islamophobia Defined," proposed the following one-sentence definition of Islamophobia:

"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness."

The definition, the result of six months of consultations, was endorsed by hundreds of Muslim organizations, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, as well as several political parties, including Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Conservatives.

Proponents of the definition say that while it is true that Islam is not a race but a religion — a set of beliefs and ideas — and that Muslims are a set of believers from different races, ethnicities and nationalities, many Muslims experience prejudice, discrimination and a form of racism, which, they say, is structural. The director of the anti-racism think tank Runnymede Trust, Omar Khan, explained:

"Defining Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism properly locates the issue as one in which groups of people are ascribed negative cultural and racial attributes which can lead to a wide range of experiences, either as an unconscious bias, prejudice, direct or indirect discrimination, structural inequality or hate incidents."

During a parliamentary debate at the House of Commons on May 16, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire rejected the APPG's definition — described as a "backdoor blasphemy law" — on the grounds that it is too vague and has "potential consequences for freedom of speech." He said that the definition is not in conformity with the Equality Act 2010, which defines "race" as comprising color, nationality and national or ethnic origins — not religious practice.

A government spokesman said that the APPG's definition had "not been broadly accepted" and needed "further careful consideration."

The proposed definition has been opposed by many Britons, including British Muslims, who warn that it would effectively shield Islam from scrutiny and valid criticism.

Speaking in the Commons debate, Conservative MP Sir John Hayes noted:

"The [APPG] report essentially identifies Islamophobia as an exercise in racism, which presumes that the Muslim peoples of this country, or any country, are a race. Given that Islam is a religion, that proposition is of itself contentious, and has been described as such by some critics of the report.

"People who ascribe to that religion come from all kinds of places, are all kinds of colors and creeds, and adopt all kinds of different practices. Rather like Christians, some take a more fundamentalist view of their faith than others. To describe them as a race is, of itself, a bold, and some would argue contentious, view, yet that is what the report does by identifying Islamophobia as a matter of anti-racism....

"Existing legislative arrangements on incitement to hatred, discrimination and a panoply of other measures allow the police, if they so choose, to pursue people who behave in a way that is unacceptable and, much more seriously, illegal — there is a perfectly proper argument that the police do not do that enough. I do not make that argument, but others might. It is certainly right that the police should pursue those people, who should be questioned, charged and, where appropriate, prosecuted. However, the argument that we are starting from a blank sheet of paper belies the fact that all kinds of anti-discrimination and anti-racism laws exist that allow us to protect those who might be victims of such prejudice."

Writing for The Spectator, David Green, the founder and chief executive of Civitas, a non-partisan public policy think tank based in London, warned:

"If this definition becomes law, no one would be sure which forms of words could land them in court. It is precisely such uncertainty that makes the difference between a police state and a free society. Historically the term 'rule of law' was used to describe the political system in which everyone knew when the law could be used against them and when they were free to act as each believed best. As John Locke put it, in England there was a 'standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society' which meant 'a liberty to follow my own will in all things, where the rule prescribes not; and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another'....

"Using words with the intention of stirring up racial hatred is not protected [under British law] and — no doubt for this reason — the APPG definition claims that criticizing Islam is a form of racism. But race and religion are very different....

"We have here a clash between two very different ways of viewing a society: broadly individualism and collectivism. Individualism sees the primary aim of the state as being to facilitate development of our personal qualities....

"In a collectivist society the aim is for the rulers to determine how individuals should behave ... those in power lay down a detailed code and threaten punishment for non-compliance. And they do not welcome criticism as a device for mutual learning and holding power to account.

"We have encountered these authoritarian ideas throughout the history of Europe and thought we had advanced beyond them.... The APPG definition is an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the past....

"There is wide public support for freedom of speech and it is unlikely to be officially ended by an act of parliament, but it can be chipped away bit by bit. Giving official recognition to the APPG definition of Islamophobia will be a giant step towards an arbitrary police state."
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Unread postPosted: June 9th, 2019, 6:15 pm 
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Islam is NOT a race.

It's a belief system, designed primarily to control people living under it's authority...just like every other religion.

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Unread postPosted: June 9th, 2019, 6:18 pm 
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Bricktop wrote:
Islam is NOT a race.

It's a belief system, designed primarily to control people living under it's authority...just like every other religion.

I'm a Christian, but it certainly isn't my race.


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Progtards want to remake Muslims into a racial group instead of a religious groups, that way they can yell waycism waycism waycism at anyone who criticizes the IDEOLOGY behind Islam.

Identity politics plus silencing dissent another toxic disgusting mix courtesy of the modern totalitarian left.


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Unread postPosted: June 11th, 2019, 12:44 pm 
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Wazzzup wrote:
Progtards want to remake Muslims into a racial group instead of a religious groups, that way they can yell waycism waycism waycism at anyone who criticizes the IDEOLOGY behind Islam.

Identity politics plus silencing dissent another toxic disgusting mix courtesy of the modern totalitarian left.

They can try to conflate the two, but criticizing Islam, Christianity or Judaism is not racism.


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Boston Sued For Booting Christian Flag, While Allowing Islamic Symbols

https://dailycaller.com/2019/07/15/bost ... dium=email

The city of Boston is facing a federal lawsuit after officials refused to allow a Christian flag to be flown at city hall.

Camp Constitution, a Judeo-Christian advocacy group, requested that the city of Boston fly the flag back in September of 2017 and again in 2018 as part of Constitution Day. The city refused, despite approving 248 other flags, according to a Fox News report.

The city’s application policy refers to the flagpoles as a ‘public forum’ open to ‘all applicants,”’ Shurtleff said in a statement, “City officials have never denied the ‘messages’ communicated by Boston Pride and the pink and blue ‘transgender’ flag, and even the flags of Communist China and Cuba, but will not allow the civic and historical Christian message of Camp Constitution.

Boston has allowed the pride flag, Turkish flag, communist Chinese flag and Cuban flag — among others — to fly high and proud above city hall. Their reason for disallowing Camp Constitution’s Christian flag: no non-secular flags permitted, the lawsuit filed by the group says.

However, the Turkish flag is not secular. Turkey is one of 21 different nations with an Islamic symbol on their flag.

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