Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Yet another Yemeni connection

It is becoming increasingly apparent that Yemin is taking over from Afghanistan as "Terrorist Central." The Times Square Bomber, the Christmas Tree Bomber, the Parcel Bombs case, and the Fort Hood shooter all have ties to Yemin and to the rogue cleric Alwaki, who has made it onto the CIA's license-to-kill list. The interesting twist in the following item, taken from the FBI Newark Division's National Security Threat Awareness October Bulletin,is that this convicted felon was working on behalf not of Al Qaeda but the Yemini armed forces:

(U) CaliforniaMan Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Act as a Foreign Agent, to Receive StolenProperty and to Export Military Equipment (US Department of Justice Press Release,www.usdoj.gov/usao/cae, 07 OCT 2010)
(U) Amen Ahmed Ali, 60, of Bakersfield, also known as Ali Amin Alrowhani, or Ameen Alrohany, pled guilty in October to conspiracy to act as an illegal agent of a foreign government, to possess stolen government property, and to unlawfully export defense materials. The case was the product of a longterm investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which involved members of the FBI, Bakersfield
Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff's Office, and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
(U) According to the plea agreement, Ali admitted that beginning in about 1987, he conspired with others to act as an unregistered agent of the Government of Yemen, and that he received instructions and acted on behalf of the Armed Forces Department of the Republic of Yemen. Ali admitted that he took official actions on behalf of the Yemeni Government in Kern County, and that among other things, he issued
documents in 2002 ordering the arrest of a person upon his return to Yemen. Ali also admitted in the plea agreement that in 2003 he had conspired with another person to cause various defense articles to be exported to Yemen without a license, including bullet proof vests and chemical protective suits. Finally,Ali admitted in his plea agreement that in late 2005 and early 2006, he negotiated with an undercover FBI
agent to obtain and ship to Yemen materials that he believed were stolen US military equipment,including night vision goggles, satellite telephones and laptop computers.
(U) A US Attorney stated, “The Joint Terrorism Task Force and their allies in local law enforcement did a tremendous job in this case."

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