The other terrorist manhunts
1/8/2003 12:00:00 AM - Michelle Malkin
So the FBI was apparently fooled into hunting for five
non-existent, Middle Eastern fugitives smuggled in from Canada. It now looks
like a weasel named Michael John Hamdani made the whole thing up to avoid
facing old document forgery charges.
Hamdani may have pulled a fast one, but our air, land and sea
ports of entry are still sieves -- and the continuing hunt for fugitive
terror suspects is no joke:
-- The FBI is still trying to find an Ottawa aid worker known as
"al-Kanadi" (Arabic for "The Canadian"). Ahmad Said Khadr is considered by
intelligence officials to be the highest-ranking Canadian within Osama bin
Laden's inner circle. Khadr had previously been in custody in Pakistan for
the 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad that killed 17 people.
But according to the National Post, after Canadian Prime Minister Jean
Chretien personally appealed for Khadr to "receive due process and fair
treatment," the suspected Egyptian Islamic Jihad terrorist was released.
Both Canada and the United Nations have now frozen the fugitive
Khadr's assets due to suspected ties to bin Laden. His teenage son, Omar, is
in U.S. custody for his alleged role in an ambush of U.S. soldiers in
Afghanistan last July. Omar is accused of lobbing the hand grenade that
killed Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Speer, a medic with the U.S. Special
Forces. Just days before his murder, Speer had courageously walked into a
minefield to rescue two wounded Afghan children.
-- The FBI is still trying to find Al Rauf Bin Al Habib Bin
Yousef Al-Jiddi, a Tunisian-born Canadian from Montreal, who vowed to become
a martyr in the "war against the infidels." The suicide threats were
recorded on a videotape found at an al Qaeda safehouse in Afghanistan owned
by bin Laden's military chief, Mohammed Atef. Al-Jiddi has been linked to a
Canadian-based al Qaeda cell that included Ahmed Ressam, the Algerian
terrorist plotter nabbed at the U.S.-Canadian border in Washington state
with a car full of explosives intended for use in a bombing attack at Los
Angeles International Airport during the millennium celebration.
Also on the martyrdom tape and still on the loose: A
Tunisian-Canadian named Faker Boussora, an associate of Al-Jiddi's. Last
seen in Canada in November 2001, both are considered extremely dangerous.
-- The FBI is still searching for Habis Abdulla Al Saoub, also
known as Abu Tarek, Abu Tariq and Habisabdulla Al-Saub. The Jordan-born
terror suspect is wanted in connection with a federal grand jury indictment
returned last fall in Portland, Ore., where the feds broke up an alleged al
Qaeda sleeper cell. Al Saoub is charged with conspiracy to levy war against
the United States, provide material support and resources to al Qaeda,
contribute services to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and possessing firearms in
furtherance of crimes of violence. Al Saoub, considered armed and dangerous,
is believed to have fled in October 2001 and hasn't been seen since.
-- U.S. intelligence officials have "occasionally" lost track of
approximately 15 cargo freighters around the world believed to be controlled
by al Qaeda for possible use to ferry operatives, bombs, money or
commodities by sea. According to The Washington Post: "U.S. officials do not
know precisely how each of these 'ships of concern' is being used, except
that some are generating profits for al Qaeda. Any of them could be used in
an attack anywhere in the world, officials fear."
-- A little-noticed report from the Justice Department's
Inspector General revealed last month that between September 2001 and March
2002, "a total of 253 ship jumpers throughout the country" disappeared and
have yet to be located. Moreover, the feds are still mum on the whereabouts
of 25 suspected Islamic extremists thought to have entered major seaports in
California, Florida and Georgia last year by hiding in cargo containers and
walking away undetected, dressed as stevedores.
Some complacent citizens are using Hamdani's New Year's Eve
swindle to dismiss our national insecurity as hype. Open your eyes. Feel the
hate. The continuing jihad against America is not a hoax.