Local Muslims May Support Terrorists or Strive for Peace -- Depending on Whom You Ask

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Prosecutors say the six men supported the Taliban in Pakistan.
If you believe the feds, the group of local Muslims arrested across South Florida this past weekend were supporters of terrorism and worked to fund those who would kill and kidnap in the name of Islam.

The four-count indictment claims the six men conspired with Pakistani terrorists and provided $45,000 in support. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

"The indictment and arrests were based on the defendants' words, actions, and bank accounts," U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer told reporters. "They were providing anything the Taliban needed in Pakistan to sustain their effort."

Ask their families and friends, though, and these were men with nothing but peace in their hearts. "He has nothing to hide -- he's a wonderful guy," a parishioner at one of the
mosques told the Sun-Sentinel of one of the two imams arrested Saturday. One of the men's sons described his father's mosque this way to the New York Times: "It only does good things for people, and it only does the right thing."

Those are two very different descriptions, and it's not uncommon in these arrests of Muslims accused of aiding terrorist organizations. It's also not uncommon for these types of charges to end much differently from what the government had hoped. Proving that the money sent to Pakistan ended up in the hands of terrorists can be difficult in front of a jury, as the feds figured out recently in a similar case.

Last week, the feds dropped charges against South Florida head-shop owners of mostly Lebanese descent. The men were accused of selling cocaine and sending profits overseas for terrorism. A two-year investigation by the FBI ended without enough evidence to even charge the men with drugs, let alone aiding terrorists.

The U.S. Attorney's Office made the rare move of explaining why charges were dropped in that case, issuing a statement to the Miami Herald that said "new information surfaced that, in our discretion, made it appropriate to dismiss the charges."

It was odd timing considering the bust that would follow days later, arrests the feds are surely hoping don't end the same way.


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parkland man
parkland man

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RealLeader
RealLeader

 At least article is not as hateful as the first one was by BT.

glass slipper
glass slipper

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Allen Dulles
Allen Dulles

One thing is certain. Presently, we are engaged in a "full court press" against Pakistan. This started well before the UBL "narrative" and is linked to the discoveries of Raymond Davis. Tensions are very high now between our two nations. In fact, the Pakistani parliament just held an "in camera" session the other day where the issue of ending NATO's supply line into Afghanistan was discussed.

Afghanistan's Spy Chief asserted more pressure yesterday by announcing that he told Pakistan where UBL was hiding four years ago, but they ignored him. There has been a game of geopolitical chess that has been ongoing since January and it is reaching a crescendo. John Kerry is the latest of several high level officials that have visited-- or are scheduled to visit-- Pakistan in recent months.

Although the individual agents who have been working on this specific investigation found above are fine people, don't be surprised if they are being used by their superiors in a geopolitical game.

Keep in mind that ultimately, the value lies in the indictment, and the dissemination of that indictment, not in an actual conviction.

And this is.....the way of the world.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

I'm trying, I really am. Obviously there are two sides to every story and the Imams are beloved individuals by their flock. The same could be said for any number of clergy. How many parishoners would never believe the priest molested the altar boy or embezzeled cash out of the church?

Quite frankly I would be shocked if friends and family said (publicly), "Yes we were just counting the days until the FBI JTTF came kicking in the door" "Imam X would jerk off to images of the planes flying into the WTC every night" So the fact that friends and parishoners say good things, I'll put into the NO DUH file.

That said there is illegal activity in South Florida that I believe does finance middle eastern terrorists. That is the video gaming machines in the arab owned convenience stores.

Eric,

In the past, comments "Off Topic" have turned into stories. This site has been viewed by people in the know. They will post gold here. Sometimes you have to wade through a bunch of shit to get that gold nugget but it will be there. 

I am not going to tell you how to write your stories or what stories to write but this audience has a taste for local corruption from a rather non-partisan perspective.  

As I've said be yourselves (to the writers) write the stories that matter to you. But If you're just filling up bandwidth, I dont think you will maintain this audience much longer.

parkland man
parkland man

 A young lawyer was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of killing his wife for dowry by the sessions court at Jaipur on Saturday. The special court, which handed out the punishment, made a stern remark that the convict being a practising lawyer deserved no mercy since he committed a grave crime fully knowing the law and the legal procedures."The society expected him to get justice for the oppressed, but he killed his wife for dowry. He deserves no leniency," judge Ashok Kumar Vyas wrote in his order, giving the maximum punishment provisioned for each of the charge levelled against the convict,

Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean

You normally can not get an indictment without evidence. Sounds like you are saying they have none. Where the rest of the article?

parkland man
parkland man

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parkland man
parkland man

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Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Is that one of the local imams in the picture ? The background does look like Hollywood Beach.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Three new stories before 10 am. This must be the only blog where there are more stories than comments.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I've been in Deerfield Beach trying to buy a boat, but I cannot get any service because the owner sits in the back and bangs on his keyboard like a rabid monkey. That's when he's not getting sued for breaching contracts and failing to pay on his mortgages.  

parkland man
parkland man

I think what your trying to say is he needs to talk about lawyers,because when it comes to local corruption there is none bigger then lawyers,you can say commissioners are and i agree however the commissioners are either lawyers or put there by lawyers,and lawyers are the worst thing ever.Go Heat!

Guest
Guest

Another comment well put! 

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Parkland Man, while we appreciate a lively comments field here at New Times, the comments ought to be generally about the subject at hand.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Wow, Nucky, two comments on one item, and only one of them is nasty. Are you in a good mood this morning?

Parkland man
Parkland man

Lol I wish you would come by I'll buy you a cup of coffee and we can have a few laughs and if you look close at all the llc's you will see no mortgage on any of them it's a little over 20 million, so buying you a cup of coffee is no problem.don't judge a book buy the cover.I'm glad to see your ok.by the way you don't want a boat to many people might sue you if your having fun.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Eric, I don't think you are being fair to Parkland Man. Parkland Man, you should hire a lawyer. 

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

 Parkland Man !!!!

You just told Eric that you would comment ON THE STORY!!!!  Come on...everyone here will support you if you'd just stay on topic.  If all of these lawyers are as bad as you say, I'm sure that he'll come up with a few stories to make you happy.  In the meantime, consider what he IS writing about and offer your input.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Excellent mood  Eric, thank you for asking . I normally try and limit my comments to one per article. I am a firm believer in the philosophy that Robert Browning referred to in the poem , Andrea Del Sarto  - "less is more" .

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

 P.S.  I'm not judging you about your personal problems. Everyone has personal problems. I'm just breaking your balls. 

P.S.  I don't drink coffee, just water.

Guest
Guest

Keep em coming, Nucky.I always enjoy what you post!  

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