Herald Tribune Never Reported 2002 Arrest of Sarasota Mosque Imam Muneer Arafat and His Links to Al-Qaeda But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Did, WTH?

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Its not difficult to see the obvious flaws in the slanted news reports of the Sarasota Herald Tribune which is so far left and liberal it should be based in Berkeley, California! But to ignore the arrest of Jihad preaching Imam Muneer Arafat in Sarasota by Federal Agents in November of 2002 and his links to a roommate who acted as a procurement agent for Al-Qaeda and Osama bin-Laden is inexcusable. Jihad preaching Imam Muneer Arafat came to Sarasota in March 2000, Mohamed Atta and two other 9/11 hijackers followed him in June of 2000, gee small world. The Herald Tribune and the Miami Herald and others are currently involved with a Federal Lawsuit filed against the DOJ and the FBI seeking them to reveal information from a Secret Sarasota investigation that took place starting in 2002 that links to the 9/11 Hijack terrorists. This is so ludicrous, as one of the major players in the 2002 FBI secret Sarasota investigation was Muneer Arafat and the Herald Tribune ignored his arrest and subsequent testimony before a Federal Grand Jury in St Louis in December 2002 that was published on the Front Page A1 of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, how stupid.

SARASOTA INVESTIGATION: Moroccan National Leaves Behind Calendar Glorifying 9/11 Terror Attacks He Links To Jihad Iman Muneer Arafat at Local Mosque. PRAISE ALLAH; S.WAT, as seen on calendar above, is a shortened version of “subhanahu wa ta’ala”, which in Arabic means Glory to His name, it is used exclusively for God, I gave the FBI the original with any and all fingerprints. The Moroccan national seen in the surveillance photos above was in Sarasota Fl prior to the 9/11 terror attacks, he was living on Bee Ridge Rd, he met with other like minded Muslim individuals at a house on Beneva Rd that was frequently visited by Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat who was the ‘holy man’ at the Sarasota Bradenton Mosque where Saudi National Abdulaziz al-Hijji attendedThe Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center Mosque at 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl hired Al-Qaeda and Hamas linked Imam Muneer Arafat in March of 2000, he had been preaching Jihad about Muslim suicide bombers in the St. Louis area up to the end of 1999.

Sarasota Herald Tribune Never Reported Arrest of Imam Muneer Arafat or His Testimony at a Federal Grand Jury Terrorism Investigation in St Louis or His Undercover Work For FBI in 2002. The Sarasota Herald Tribune never reported that after his November 2002 arrest in Sarasota Muneer Arafat was required to give testimony at a Federal Grand Jury  Investigation into terrorism in St Louis concerning his links to the 9/11 attacks and information about his former Al-Qaeda linked roommate Ziyad Sadqua aka Ziyad Khaeel. “One witnesses was Muneer Arafat, who formerly lived in the St Louis area and moved in 2000 to Sarasota, Fla where he was the Imam of a mosque, Arafat is a Kuwaiti of Palestinian descent”. The Sarasota Herald Tribune never reported on the undercover work (wearing a wire) Muneer Arafat did for the FBI in 2002 regarding a group of Sarasota Muslim businessmen and their links to a terrorism support network. The Sarasota Saudi al-Hiijjii Family, LINKED TO THE 9/11 HIJACKERS, had been members of the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center Mosque, where Muneer Arafat was the Imam, from at least 1996 until their departure in August 2001. It would not be unreasonable to maintain that Muneer Arafat also visited the 4224 Escondito Circle house as he was the al-Hiijjii family’s Imam or Holy Man from March 2000 to August 2001.

muneer arafat linked to terrorism

SOURCE: Karen Branch-Brioso, And Peter Shinkle
Of The Post-Dispatch
PUBLICATION: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
DATE: January 20, 2003

A wide-ranging federal grand jury investigation in St. Louis is looking into possible terrorist connections in the Muslim community here, according to people familiar with the inquiry. Among the subjects of the investigation are two small mosques, Muslim businessmen and fund-raising efforts for Palestinian groups. Prosecutors also have asked grand jury witnesses about Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel, a former resident of Columbia, Mo., and the St. Louis area who bought the satellite telephone that al-Qaeda leaders used to plot the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Sadaqa aka Khaleel, who was never charged in the bombings, raised money here for Palestinian groups. He reportedly was killed in an auto accident in Saudi Arabia last year, but federal authorities apparently suspect he may still be alive.


“The feds thought that this Ziyad guy faked his death at hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca) to get out of legal trouble,” said a source familiar with the prosecutors’ questioning. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Fagan, who heads the St. Louis anti-terrorism task force formed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, would not discuss or even confirm the existence of the investigation. The inquiry appears to be a broad one. Ziyad Sadaqa: Prosecutors have asked at least two grand jury witnesses about their involvement with Sadaqa in St. Louis, sources said. One of the witnesses was Muneer Arafat, who formerly lived in Manchester with Ziyad Sadaqa and moved in 2000 to Sarasota, Fla., where he became the Imam of a mosque. A Kuwaiti of Palestinian descent, Muneer Arafat was arrested in November 2002 in Sarasota for overstaying his visa. A federal official from St. Louis was present for Muneer Arafat’s arrest, according to Husni Albargauthi, who is acting as Imam at the Sarasota mosque in Arafat’s absence. 

Just as his immigration hearing came up in Florida, Muneer Arafat was transported to St. Louis to testify before the grand jury Dec. 18 2002, sources said. He is now being held at the Jennings City Jail, awaiting return to immigration authorities’ custody in Florida, it appears he was back in Sarasota on December 20th, 2002, see surveillance photo above. In an interview with the Post-Dispatch in October, Muneer Arafat said he had met Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khaleel at a mosque in Columbia MO in 1996 where Arafat was giving a speech. Later, in 2000, the two men rented rooms at a home in Manchester in west St. Louis County. There, they began working on an effort to raise money to send to Palestinians in the Middle East, said Muneer Arafat, who said he is no relation to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Minutes of fund-raising meetings prepared by Sadaqa state that Sadaqa, Arafat and others met repeatedly to plan a fund-raiser at a Denny’s restaurant on North Hanley Road. The Post-Dispatch obtained copies of the minutes, which show that the money was intended for the Islamic Association for Palestine, a Chicago-based group (SUPPORT OF TERRORISM). The association has been accused by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service of having links to Hamas, the militant Islamic group that runs social service programs in the West Bank and Gaza and which also has claimed responsibility for many terrorist attacks. Rafeeq Jaber, president of the association, said it did receive some money as a result of the St. Louis fund-raiser, though he couldn’t remember how much.

Muneer Arafat said the $20,000 raised at the event went not to the association but to a different organization, the Holy Land Relief Foundation for Relief and Development, in Texas. “It went directly to the orphans and the needy in Palestine and Gaza (TERROR SUPPORT) for their education and medicine,” he said. The foundation’s use of money has come under scrutiny. In December 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department froze its assets, claiming that the foundation’s leaders were members of Hamas. The department charged that the foundation was Hamas’ main funding arm in the United States and that it funneled money to terrorists. The foundation has disputed the claims and has sued the Treasury Department in federal court in Washington to regain use of its money. Last month, a federal grand jury in Dallas indicted the foundation’s head, Ghassan Elashi, and his four brothers on charges (CONVICTED) that they illegally sold computer equipment through their Dallas-based company to Syria and Libya and laundered money. Also indicted was a Hamas leader, Mousa Abu Marzook (TERRORIST), who allegedly made a $250,000 investment in the company. Muneer Arafat said he opposed terrorism and had no reason to believe that the money Sadaqa sent to the Holy Land Relief Foundation(TERROR SUPPORT) went for anything other than orphans and medical care.”

Mosques draw scrutiny: The FBI investigated Anwar al-Awlaki, later linked to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter, and the Christmas Day 2009 bomber, beginning in June 1999 through March 2000, after it learned he had been contacted by Ziyad Khaleel the roommate of Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat. The FBI says Ziyad Khaleel’s role is to “procure computers, satellite telephones, and covert surveillance equipment” for al-Qaeda leaders largely dropped off authorities’ radar screens after he moved to Saudi Arabia in late 2000, although they did inquire about him after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But two to three months ago, FBI agents and then a U.S. Marshals Service agent returned to ask Driss Ziadi, Sadaqa’s former tenant, more about him – how they had met, where he might be, the people he associated with in St. Louis. Ziadi said he was not asked to appear before the grand jury. The week before Christmas, prosecutors asked more questions about Sadaqa at the grand jury of at least two witnesses, including Muneer Arafat. 

They asked questions about other associates of Ziyad Sadaqa like Muneer Arafat, according to sources familiar with the proceedings, and they showed witnesses photographs of people leaving a St. Louis prayer room as well. The prayer room, run by a group that calls itself Unity Refugees Welfare, is in an apartment building at 925 Allen Avenue and is called al Qubaa mosque. The source also spoke of Muneer ARAFAT as the Imam of the local Sarasota mosque and that ARAFAT was a member of the Islamic (Muslim) Brotherhood, who follows a radical belief and teachings of ALBAZ, and wishes harm to the United States. According to the source, ARAFAT is reported to be in the Middle East raising money for the local Sarasota mosque. (FBI SA Thomas Baugher verified this information regarding ARAFAT being out of the country at this time).

Wissam Hammoud, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohammed Mezroub Link To Sarasota Mosque on Lockwood Ridge Rd and Al-Qaeda Linked Imam Muneer Arafat Prior to 9/11. According to Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud, Mohammed Mezroub in Sarasota Fl was one of Abdulaziz al-Hijji pals in June of 2000 to August 2001, they had talked of going to Afghanistan and fighting for the Mujahedin against US Forces. Mohammed Mezroub was arrested numerous times by Sarasota County Sheriff’s office with multiple Battery Charges, see just one at link https://cms.sarasotaclerk.com/BenchmarkwebCAPS/CourtCase.aspx/Details/944680?digest=j7Qbq7ksYYwguSe3Ns5Icg . Wissam Hammoud, (currently in prison), Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohammed Mezroub all link to the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center on Lockwood Ridge Rd when Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat was there. See FDLE report https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/785160-wissaum-hammoud-interview-2004-about-sarasota.html

SARASOTA Fl was terror central during the year 2000 with known Al-Qaeda operatives repeatedly visiting the home of wealthy Saudi businessman Esam Ghazzawi and his son-in law Abdulaziz al-Hijji at 4224 Escondito Circle Sarasota Fl who appear to have provided a support network and base of operations. 9/11 Hijack Pilot Mohamed Atta shows up in the Sarasota Fl area in the month of June 2000, Atta and his partner in mass murder Marwan al-Shehhi set up shop in a small pink house about 10 miles south of Sarasota on West Laurel Rd in Nokomis Fl. 

Ziad Jarrah and Mohamed Atta, photo above taken in January 2000, were two of the 9/11 hijackers who purchased a vehicle in the Sarasota Florida area. In mid-September 2000, Mohamed Atta and Marwan Shehhi applied to change their immigration status from tourist to student, stating their intention to study at Huffman until September 2001. In late September 2000, Mohamed Atta and Marwan Shehhi decided to enroll at Jones Aviation in Sarasota, Florida which is located at the Sarasota Bradenton Airport on University Prkwy. In early October 2000, they took the Stage I exam for instruments rating at Jones Aviation in Sarasota and failed.

Ziad Jarrah pays for phone number 941-960-0434 from Alltell Communications in Sarasota Fl most likely from cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud. Jarrah opened a bank account at West Coast Guaranty (First National), in Sarasota, Florida, with a $2,000 cash deposit. Ziad Jarrah buys a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Fl tag T92QBT in Sarasota Fl in November 2000, he sells this car on the 6th of September 2001.

Within 30 days of Mohamed Atta arriving in the Sarasota area, he purchased a 1989 red Pontiac Grand AM from a Venice Fl car dealer and had the vehicle registered with the Sarasota County Tag office with plate number D79DDV. The 1989 red Pontiac Grand AM that Mohamed Atta purchased on July 17, 2000 had 62,696 miles on it and had VIN #1G2WKI4W7KF262689. 

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at http://www.wbipi.com

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