Friday, August 11, 2006

Rounding up "young Muslims"

From England to Pakistan to Italy, cops are busting adherents of the Religion O'Peace (gag me) who were planning to kill innocent people:

LONDON -- Arrests of young Muslims in a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound passenger jets soared yesterday, with Pakistan and Italy rounding up dozens of suspects. Britain froze bank accounts of 19 of 24 persons arrested a day earlier.
Pakistan said it was holding Rashid Rauf, a 35-year-old Briton with links to al Qaeda, whom it identified as operations manager of plans to destroy up to 10 planes crossing the Atlantic at the height of tourist season.
Links to Italy were less clear, where police raided Internet cafes, money-transfer offices and long-distance phone call centers catering to Muslims and arrested 40 persons.
The arrests in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples and other cities were "part of an extraordinary operation that followed the British anti-terrorist operation," the Interior Ministry said. ...

Pakistani officials said British information prompted the first arrests in Pakistan about a week ago of two British nationals, including Rauf.

Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said Rauf has ties to al Qaeda and was apprehended in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.

Muslims? What Muslims?

The London Telegraph says Rashid Rauf is only 26:

A statement released last night by the foreign affairs ministry named one of the British nationals as Rashid Rauf, 26.
Rauf's brother, Tayib Rauf, 22, was arrested in Birmingham and is one of 19 people on a list issued by the Treasury of terrorist suspects whose assets should be frozen.
The 19 are among 24 suspects arrested over the alleged plot, at least four of whom are converts to Islam. ...
Rashid Rauf is believed to be wanted for questioning by West Midlands police investigating the murder of his uncle.
The murder of his uncle! Ah, such family values ...
But you've got to love the Brits. With a Labour government leading the crackdown, and nothing like an ACLU to gum up the works with frivolous lawsuits, they're "profiling" like crazy:

Scotland Yard disclosed last night that almost 1,100 people have been arrested as terrorist suspects in Britain in the five years since the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Most have been Islamic extremist jihadis.
Between September 2001 and 30 June 2006, a total of 1,047 people were arrested for offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT). ...

Of the 1,047, a total of 158 have been charged with offences under TACT, while 174 have faced non-terrorism charges, some involving serious allegations such as murder, and 69 have dealt with under immigration law.

The Detroitistan News reports:
London's Evening Standard reported the plotters apparently chose next Wednesday as a target date, since they had tickets for a United Airlines flight that day, as well as ones for this Friday, apparently a test-run to see whether they could smuggle chemicals aboard in soft-drink containers. ...
The 19 identified ranged in age from 17 to 35, had Muslim names and appeared to be of Pakistani descent, although many were born and all were reared in Britain.

If U.S. officials want to round up some young Muslims, a good place to start would be in LaFayette Park today.

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