May 3rd, 2011
The indictments link Hezbollah to a wide array of crimes, ranging from counterfeiting U.S. currency and money laundering to fencing stolen cars, (scam has been operating out of Tampa Fl since at least June 2002), cellular phones, laptops and Sony PlayStation 2 systems, all shipped out of the USA.These stolen goods included cellular telephones, laptop computers, Sony Play Station 2 systems and automobiles, which the conspirators caused to be transported to destinations outside Pennsylvania, including overseas.
The Stolen Cars of Al Qaeda: How a Private Detective in Florida (Bill Warner) discovered a new global terrorist connection research and background investigation by Bill Warner www.wbipi.com .
The list of stolen commodities includes honey, counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs, CD and DVD music disks, pirated copies of films, phony designer garments and handbags, baby formula supplements,”blood diamonds” and on and on.The Car Bomb Connection;Al Qaeda did not invent the stolen car smuggling system;they copied it from the Soviet Union.Saleh Al Oufi was a loyal follower, and in 1994 quickly established a used car dealership in Medina, Saudi Arabia, as his commercial cover for Al-Qaeda. Al Oufi and his clan were familiar with covert operations and were no strangers to terrorism. One of Al Oufi’scousins, Majid Moqed Al-Oufi, was one of the 9/11 hijackerson the plane that hit the Pentagon.
AL Oufi’s business partner in the innocent sounding “Holy Water” export company was Ramzi Yousef, a major terrorist planner in his own right.
Saleh Al Oufi knew that his partner Ramzi had planned the first twin trade towers attack in 1993, and then came up with the “Bojinka plot” with KSM to blow up dozens of US aircraft over the ocean. Al Oufi knew that Ramzi came by his terrorist talents naturally: Ramzi’s uncle was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, chief architect of the 9/11 attacks.For a humble used car dealer, Saleh Al Oufihad an unusually high percentage of terrorist friends and relatives.
Family members have publicly confirmed reports that Al Oufi was close to Usama Bin Laden, and had met with bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar shortly before the 9/11 attacks. Al Oufi told his family that he had met the two Al Qaeda leaders both in Augustand September of 2001, and Al Oufi himself went back to Afghanistan following the US led attack.In
1994-1995, Saleh Al Oufi used his commercial cover asa used car dealer to travel across Europe. Saudi government sources acknowledged that they could not rule out the possibility that AL Oufi could have used the trips to establish links to terrorist cells in Germany andthat AL Oufi’s used car business was a perfect cover for money laundering. One of his used car stops was Hamburg, Germany, where a young man named Mohammed Atta later found employment selling used cars in the open air car market on Feld Street.While it has been confirmed that Al Oufi’s cousin Moqed participated with Atta on the 9/11 attacks, it is not known if Al Oufi the car dealer ever met with Atta the car salesman during Al Oufi’s trips to the Hamburg car markets.
In 2003, Bill Warner, a private investigator from Sarasota Florida,began retracing Saleh al Oufi’s footsteps. That is notexactly what happened, but the exact method is confidential. The terrorist tracing technique that Warner invented was so unique that one federal agency hasasked us not to disclose it. Another agency told us that when they ran Warner’s list of suspected terrorist cells through a Defense Department database, the computer name matches “lit up like a Christmas tree.”
The debate about Warner’s stolen car theory first became an international controversy in November 2005, at the prestigious Wilton Park conference, in Sussex, England. In short, Warner alleged that Muslim car dealers around the world were exporting stolen vehicles to support Jihad. The older cars were usually shipped to Saudi Arabia or Jordan to be driven to Iraq and made into car bombs. Newer models were sold for cash in Dubai and the proceeds were wired to Karachi, Pakistan and given to Al-Qaeda.When Al Qaeda wanted to support a terrorist operation in a foreign country, they simply opened a used car dealership and shipped them cars stolen from another country to sell. Warner’s thesis was simple: “the cars are the cash.”
Four used car lots in Tampa had one other thing in common: they all had a connection to convicted terrorist Sami Al Arian. On one day in October 2004, one of Al Arian’s usedcar dealers made just one little mistake. They left four dock receipts on the dashboard of four cars about to beshipped overseas; a Chevy SUV, a Ford and two Mercedes.
Warner photographed the Dock Receipt in one of the Mercedes. The dock receipt laid out the details of the shipping connections. The document confirmed that this ten-year-old Mercedes was about to be shipped to the Middle East. This car does not appear to have been stolen, but purchased at auction. Not that it would really make much of a difference if this particular car had been stolen because there is no way to trace it.
Warner points out that two years after the Mercedes was shipped to Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Florida’s bizarre computer system continues to show that the car is still registered to a Finance Car Dealer in West Palm Beach. Warner says, “This is the used car dealer racket, the dealer is never shown as the registered owner of the car. There is nothing for an intelligence agency to trace.
It happens all the time. “Except that this time, Warner photographed the dock receipt. It showed that the old Mercedes was to be taken by truck transport to the Jax-Port in Jacksonville, and then by rail to Savannah, Georgia.
Why ship an old car all the way to Georgia to be placed on a ship, when the Port of Tampa has such a fine export facility?
“So does Miami,” Warner explained. Either port was a lot closer than Savannah. “Of course, the Tampa shipping lines might ask for extra documentation because the ships have to pass right under the nose of the Central Command Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, and the Miami port is the only one in the country that bothers to x-ray the export containers to see if there are undeclared cars inside. “For a ring of cautious car thieves, Savannah is the next,best place to go.
Once there, the cars can be placed on a container ship out to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On the Mercedes dock receipt, the typed-in destination of “Dubai” had been crossed out, and the word “Jeddah”written in. Chevy and Ford SUV’s may have been the vehicle of choice for transporting terrorists, but when it came to car bombs, AL Qaeda had a clear favorite, also American made: GMC Suburbans. These vehicles were strong enough to be packed with a heavy load of explosives with out flattening the springs and giving away the threat to an American sentry.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private investigator at www.wbipi.com