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    [b][u][SIZE=3]'Buffalo Six' Yielded 'Valuable' Information [/SIZE][/u][/b]

    AP - Tuesday, November 25, 2003

    BUFFALO, N.Y. Six Yemeni-Americans recruited to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have filled the government in on Al Qaeda leaders, their training methods and other topics, according to federal authorities.

    Since pleading guilty to providing material support to Usama bin Laden's organization, the so-called "Lackawanna Six" have provided "substantial assistance and information deemed highly valuable" to government terrorism investigations, prosecutors said in court papers reviewed by The Associated Press.

    During several interview sessions lasting from two hours to full days, the men, obligated by plea deals to cooperate, detailed:

    -- Al Qaeda recruiting methods, including "how to identify potential recruits from among the American population."

    -- Means by which recruits were transported from their home countries to training camps abroad.

    -- How recruits are indoctrinated to identify America as an enemy.

    -- Descriptions of "a number of Al Qaeda leaders, trainers and recruits."

    -- Weapons and explosives training at the al Farooq camp in Afghanistan, and the availability of "additional, advanced terrorist training" offered by Al Qaeda elsewhere.

    -- The location of Al Qaeda "guest houses" and routes taken in and out of Afghanistan.

    The U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo outlined the findings to support sentencing recommendations for Shafal Mosed, 25; Mukhtar al-Bakri, 23; Faysal Galab, 27; Sahim Alwan, 30; Yahya Goba, 26, and Yasein Taher, 25.

    The men face between 7 and 10 years in prison when they are sentenced over the coming weeks, beginning with al-Bakri on Dec. 3. They could have faced up to 15 years if convicted at trial.

    The government, citing the "highly sensitive nature" of the information, provided few details. Besides Buffalo-area investigators, the six have been interviewed by U.S. military officials, FBI agents and other investigators.

    "The debriefing in this case has been extensive, more extensive than in my 28 years of practicing law," said Galab's attorney, Joseph LaTona.

    The "Lackawanna Six," so named for the working-class city where they lived, were arrested in September 2002 after an anonymous letter tipped investigators to their travels to Afghanistan in the spring of 2001.

    A seventh man, Jaber Elbaneh, remains a fugitive, believed to be in Yemen. The FBI has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

    Although authorities said there was no evidence the group was involved in imminent terrorist plans, the case has been used by the Bush administration as a model in pursuing and prosecuting terrorism suspects.

    Relatives have written to U.S. District Judge William Skretny seeking leniency and painting portraits of loving husbands, community leaders and brokenhearted fathers who struggle to explain to young children why they cannot come home.

    Friends say the six men were manipulated into going to the camp by high-pressure recruiters who came to their mosque with a message of religious service -- then were pressured again by the government to plead guilty.

    "Everyone once in their life have that moment where they wish they could turn back the hands of time," wrote Amira Nasser, Mosed's wife, in the court papers.

    Taher's attorney, Rodney Personius, described his client as forthright, but left it to the government to characterize whether what he had to say to authorities was valuable in the fight against terrorism.

    "From where I sit, I don't know that Yasein knows an awful lot," he said. "He certainly wasn't by any means an insider."

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Spirit of Weeb[/i]@Nov 25 2003, 10:46 AM
    [b] [b][u][SIZE=3]'Buffalo Six' Yielded 'Valuable' Information [/SIZE][/u][/b]

    AP - Tuesday, November 25, 2003

    BUFFALO, N.Y. Six Yemeni-Americans recruited to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have filled the government in on Al Qaeda leaders, their training methods and other topics, according to federal authorities.

    Since pleading guilty to providing material support to Usama bin Laden's organization, the so-called "Lackawanna Six" have provided "substantial assistance and information deemed highly valuable" to government terrorism investigations, prosecutors said in court papers reviewed by The Associated Press.

    During several interview sessions lasting from two hours to full days, the men, obligated by plea deals to cooperate, detailed:

    -- Al Qaeda recruiting methods, including "how to identify potential recruits from among the American population."

    -- Means by which recruits were transported from their home countries to training camps abroad.

    -- How recruits are indoctrinated to identify America as an enemy.

    -- Descriptions of "a number of Al Qaeda leaders, trainers and recruits."

    -- Weapons and explosives training at the al Farooq camp in Afghanistan, and the availability of "additional, advanced terrorist training" offered by Al Qaeda elsewhere.

    -- The location of Al Qaeda "guest houses" and routes taken in and out of Afghanistan.

    The U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo outlined the findings to support sentencing recommendations for Shafal Mosed, 25; Mukhtar al-Bakri, 23; Faysal Galab, 27; Sahim Alwan, 30; Yahya Goba, 26, and Yasein Taher, 25.

    The men face between 7 and 10 years in prison when they are sentenced over the coming weeks, beginning with al-Bakri on Dec. 3. They could have faced up to 15 years if convicted at trial.

    The government, citing the "highly sensitive nature" of the information, provided few details. Besides Buffalo-area investigators, the six have been interviewed by U.S. military officials, FBI agents and other investigators.

    "The debriefing in this case has been extensive, more extensive than in my 28 years of practicing law," said Galab's attorney, Joseph LaTona.

    The "Lackawanna Six," so named for the working-class city where they lived, were arrested in September 2002 after an anonymous letter tipped investigators to their travels to Afghanistan in the spring of 2001.

    A seventh man, Jaber Elbaneh, remains a fugitive, believed to be in Yemen. The FBI has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

    Although authorities said there was no evidence the group was involved in imminent terrorist plans, the case has been used by the Bush administration as a model in pursuing and prosecuting terrorism suspects.

    Relatives have written to U.S. District Judge William Skretny seeking leniency and painting portraits of loving husbands, community leaders and brokenhearted fathers who struggle to explain to young children why they cannot come home.

    Friends say the six men were manipulated into going to the camp by high-pressure recruiters who came to their mosque with a message of religious service -- then were pressured again by the government to plead guilty.

    "Everyone once in their life have that moment where they wish they could turn back the hands of time," wrote Amira Nasser, Mosed's wife, in the court papers.

    Taher's attorney, Rodney Personius, described his client as forthright, but left it to the government to characterize whether what he had to say to authorities was valuable in the fight against terrorism.

    "From where I sit, I don't know that Yasein knows an awful lot," he said. "He certainly wasn't by any means an insider." [/b][/quote]
    Meanwhile the Rats, led by NY Senator Hypocrisy Clinton, are looking into the civil rights of these animals!

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    Does it ever occur to anyone at INS that allowing single young men (and in this case, young marrie dguys)from Arab countries to enter into this country for no apparent good reason(like claiming to be a "student") is a bad idea?These guys have zero intention of becoming Americans. They won't assimilate. there is a world of difference between these guys and Asians,Europeans and Carribean folks who come here to actually become American.

    Stop giving us your dregs!

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Bugg[/i]@Nov 25 2003, 11:07 AM
    [b] Does it ever occur to anyone at INS that allowing single young men (and in this case, young marrie dguys)from Arab countries to enter into this country for no apparent good reason(like claiming to be a "student") is a bad idea?These guys have zero intention of becoming Americans. They won't assimilate. there is a world of difference between these guys and Asians,Europeans and Carribean folks who come here to actually become American.

    Stop giving us your dregs! [/b][/quote]
    [Sarcastic post]

    Oh Bugg, that is so politically incorrect and racist. Not to mention how that will offend our friends at the UN and around the world.

    What will the french think -- what will they think?

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    If the French want to invite an Islamic "Republic" to take over and dump their precious wine in sewers, that's their own stupidity. There's such a rich history of pluralistic politics and respect for the individual in Muslim culture that the frenchies will be overjoyed. Then again, they took to the Nazis like ducks take to water.

    Some cultures are better than others. Most of the immigrants ( again, Asians, Carribean people and Europeans today) who come here realize that and embrace it. They know for all it's faults America is the best opportunity that Western culture has to offer. We should be much more careful asto who we let in. That's simple common sense self-defense.

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    I totally agree.

    If you want to come here, then you have to show you have a skill that benefits America and are willing to live and work here, pay taxes and speak the lingo (English for you liberals). None of this catering. You can't speak English -- adios amigos!

    There should also be a five year probation period. If you screw up, you go back to the motherland.

    And you're right, VISAs should be issued on a very limited basis. "Education" VISAs should be outright banned.

    Unlike our grandparents, this new breed of immigrants are nothing more than leeches and/or security risks.

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