behind scenes, informer\'s path led u.s. to 20 terror cases
When federal agents arrested two men at JFK airport, the ruins of the World Trade Center were still burning, and two men were found hiding in cartons containing honey cans destined for Yemen, worth more than 140,000
For agents who know that terrorists are said to have used honey transportation to hide money, this faint lead cannot be ignored.
If the world was suddenly different at the time, in October 2001, federal agents and prosecutors were properly warned and suddenly under pressure to bring terrorism cases, they still rely on old technologies developed in mafia and gang cases generation after generation.
They need a mouse. An informer.
With this help, law enforcement officers after 9/11 think they may be able to better achieve their pressing goals ---
Destruction, prevention, so that they can under what circumstances.
Then, in the public opinion, they apply the tested technology to new challenges.
They soon had a witness, a Yemeni, who helped agents start an investigation into the black bear. -
A large reference to the honey jar that started it.
From the point of view of the relationship with the whistleblower, the prosecutor brought the case, and the apparent investigation did not appear to have a clear relationship with terrorism.
But because of these cases,-
They are suspected of unauthorized remittances and false statements to investigators. -an F. B. I.
The agent of the investigation center quickly found another Yemeni who seemed very valuable, who lived in the country and was willing to help.
Advertising in a timely manner, along with new informants, the Brooklyn-centric black bear investigation led prosecutors to say it could be the country\'s largest terrorist financing case, A Yemeni chief raised money for al-Qaida in Brooklyn.
This week, when central informant Mohammed aransi set himself on fire outside the White House, the case was shocked by the public.
At present, cases against chiefs will continue to be heard, whether damaged or not. The little-
A known story about the way investigators lead to Mr.
Alanssi and they used him to sue more than 20 people, including chiefs, on various charges in Brooklyn, collected through interviews, court filings and testimony.
It provides a snapshot of one of the government\'s most aggressive anti-terrorism efforts since the trade center attack, and the risks involved ---
Perhaps the best example of danger is the use of informants who, by definition, operate in a tough, sometimes secret law --
They know little about the law enforcement world.
Defense lawyers often complain that the Brooklyn federal prosecutor has only rounded up Arab men on technical charges, hoping that the Nets will ease the pressure on agents to achieve results in the domestic war on terror.
But this week, Sir.
The strange action of Alanssi also fully demonstrates the high-
Stress investigation: tensions that are often the basis on which investigators deal with informants can suddenly get out of control.
In a letter to F. B. I.
Not long before he lit his clothes on Monday.
Alanssi casually said that the agents who handled his case had been breaking the promise and did not care about his fate.
So, the narrative part of the black bear is about many cases now. troubled Mr.
His work included involvement in a classic covert operation, which he helped to gather evidence against Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al of Yemen
Attorney General John Ashcroft said he acknowledged funding for Osama bin Laden. Mr.
Lawyers for Moayad strongly denied the allegations.
On January, the chief and his assistants, who had been extradited from Germany a few months ago, will be tried.
But the results of the black bear survey are also a story of F. B. I.
Now a reserve agent in Iraq, he is a central player in the Brooklyn case network and a key figure in applying traditional law enforcement techniques in the new fight against terrorism.
In testimony last winter, agent Brian Murphy described these efforts by federal prosecutor Kelly Moore, who oversees the Brooklyn case.
He said that, like many other agents at the time of the terrorist attack, he was re-assigned full time to investigate the terrorist incident.
He said he had been investigating drug and gang cases until 2001.
Murphy, an advertising agent, a healthy person with a close relationship
He testified that he and other investigators focused on the flow of funds, in part to keep terrorists out of support.
But, as he explained from the witness box, another goal is to keep track of the money.
\"This will lead you to terrorists who may or may not attack us . \"
Murphy told the Brooklyn jury that a New Jersey man was accused of making false statements to investigators about his role in helping another Yemeni Chief visit the Brooklyn mosque. From Mr.
Murphy\'s testimony, dozens of publicly filed court documents, interviews and court evidence can collect a rough schedule of investigations showing the use of the agent of the informant ---
Or try to make.
Yemeni honey transmitter first accused of currency violationexporting laws.
But in the heat of the post-terrorist attacks, there was soon news of arrests.
This clearly complicates the agent\'s attempt to turn a man arrested into a whistleblower\'s target.
Solution: The allegations were publicly withdrawn and then resumed in a closed procedure so that the man\'s Yemeni neighbor would not know that he had any further dealings with the prosecutor.
Later, court testimony showed that one of the honey transmitters began working with agents who turned their attention to a group of Yemeni businessmen in Downtown Brooklyn, near Atlantic Avenue.
They know from studying bank records and other financial documents that these people often ship large amounts of money abroad in the Arab handshake remittance system ha pull.
\"I recruit people to infiltrate these organizations . \"
Murphy said in testimony last winter.
Court records show that the first collaborator helped bring 16 federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.
It is illegal to remit money without a license.
A man was convicted after trial;
Others pleaded guilty.
There are no allegations that these people are part of any terrorist network.
The defense lawyers again complained that prosecutors used fear of terrorism to attack businessmen who were basically harmless.
Prosecutors and joint agents-Mr.
Especially Murphy. -
The court documents make it clear that the court has been working. Inside the F. B. I.
He is sometimes called \"T-
1000, for a robot
People who know him will say, just like persistence.
In his testimony, he said that the case of ha la directly led to the next whistleblower, who is now referred to as Mr. ha laAlanssi. Mr.
Murphy never mentioned his name at the time, nor did he provide details on how he signed up to help the government.
Few details are taken from public documents.
Advertising, but the case of ha la caused outrage among Yemeni people in Brooklyn, which is no longer a secret --
Federal agents are seeking help.
Law enforcement officials said this week they have paid
Alanssi\'s work cost about $100,000.
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Due to the incident at the White House, it is now possible to review Mr.
After Alanssi became an informant.
Under the cover of the anonymous law enforcement label \"CI1\", court documents tell a large part of the story.
According to the affidavit submitted by another F. B. I.
Mr. Robert Fuller\'s agent
Alanssi has lived in the country since 2001.
Married, there was a wife who did not join him, who used to live in Sana, Yemen, where he was a neighbor of Sheikh al. Moayad.
In Yemen, the affidavit says, he is \"often in al-Mosque in Moyad
The affidavit describes Mr.
Alanssi plays in the case of ha la.
But it\'s just a prelude.
Soon, according to the testimony of Moffitt, what is now known is Mr. Murphy.
Alanssi was sent to Yemen to start Mr. al-Moayad.
Federal prosecutors claimed in court documents
Alanssi will soon take Mr. al-Moayad. They say Mr. al-
Moayad discussed the secret code that the two could use and described the close relationship with Hamas and Osama bin Laden.
Al Moayad allowed him to obtain an invoice showing the purchase of items such as monitoring equipment and \"watch Transmitter.
The defense lawyer said.
The description of Alanssi is exaggerated and modified.
According to the court documents submitted by the prosecution, the two are closely related.
Prosecutors say they were in Yemen in 2002
Moayad invited Mr.
The prosecutor suggested that Alanssi attend a group wedding in preparation for the martyrdom of the married man.
Prosecutors say it appears that the gathering group has noted in advance the terrorist attacks that have occurred almost at the same time in Israel.
Next, according to the testimony, sir.
Alanssi reported the situation to Mr. Murphy.
There was a plan, Mr. Jean.
Moyad and German assistants who may be the target of a classic law
Law enforcement sting
According to instructions, sir.
Alanssi told Mr. al-
He knows an American Muslim who wants to contribute to the cause of Muslims.
The second person is part of the sting.
German law enforcement officials said this week that the second man was actually an American intelligence officer. In Germany, Mr. al-
Moyad and his assistant, Mohammed Mosen Yehya Zayed, were secretly recorded in a conversation with Mr. Zayed.
Alanssi and should be contributors.
The Minister of Justice, Ashcroft, referred to these conversations when he announced the charges on March 2003. He said Mr. al-
Moyad boasted that he provided $20 million to Osama bin Laden.
However, court documents show that the career of \"CI1 ---Mr. Alanssi --
Far from the end.
After returning to Brooklyn, he helped agents deal with a series of new cases.
Prosecutors say they areal-
Name of Yemeni in Moayad\'s address book-
Born man with Park Slope ice cream shop and deli and French carnival ice cream shop.
Soon Abad Elfgeeh, the owner of the ice cream shop, and a nephew faced charges of illegal remittance.
Prosecutors said they sent about $20 million overseas during the period from 1996 to 2003, when the store reported no more than $200,000 in annual revenue.
Yesterday at the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, where he opposed the charges.
Mr. Elfgeeh recalled that prior to his arrest on January 2003,
With the close attention of federal agents, Alanssi walked into his store twice and is now clear. Mr.
He said Alanssi talked about sending money to suspicious organizations in Yemen. Mr.
Evger said he refused.
But he told Mr yesterday.
Alanssi, suggesting that his apparent attempt to commit suicide may have been due to guilt.
He said: \"I think you feel like you\'re doing something wrong when you hurt someone.
\"Back to Brooklyn, sir. al-
Mr. Moayad\'s case is going well.
According to prosecutors, Murphy and other agents are busy searching for other clues related to Yemen, as well as carnival ice cream in France.
Among them were Numan Maflahi, the owner of a New Jersey cardboard packaging box station, 31, Yemeni.
Born American citizen
Two years before the terrorist attack.
Murphy said in court that federal agents had been spying on another Yemeni chief, Abdullah Satar, who was a member of the Yemeni parliament and had visited Brooklyn.
Prosecutors say he came from the mosque to the mosque in 1999, apparently raising money. Mr.
The prosecutor who was later indicted, Maflahi, was his driver, and the two stopped at least one stop at the carnival French ice cream shop.
How extensive the legal documents are about Mr a\'s role is not clear
Alanssi in this case, if any.
But he said several important areas of the survey overlap.
After the terrorist attacks, federal agents received old surveillance from 1999 visits by chief Satar. In 2003, Mr.
Mr. Murphy visited. Maflahi.
The case exposed traditional and hard law enforcement techniques introduced in terrorist investigations. Mr.
Mr Murphy asked when looking for information, or, perhaps, when looking for a new informant.
News of the visit of chief Satar.
He clearly did not know that he was seen in 1999.
Mr. Maflahi denied that he was the driver.
The federal prosecutor accused him of making false statements. Mr.
Maflahi did not become a whistleblower.
He filed a lawsuit.
He was convicted on last February.
On July, he was sentenced to five years\' imprisonment.
He is still fighting the case.
The final solution to Mr\'s caseal-Moayad --a high-
Prosecution of interests starting from harmless
Enough honey three years ago. -
Still to be seen. Mr.
Alanssi is recovering at a Washington hospital. -
Isolated, protected, not identified as a patient by a public name.
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A version of this article appeared on page B00001, the national edition, in November 18, 2004, with the title: Behind the scenes, the informant\'s path leads the United StatesS.
20 terrorist cases
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