April 19, 2010, - 4:57 pm

So, NOW, They Worry about Terrorists’ Credit Cards (But Only b/c of Israel & the JOOS)

By Debbie Schlussel

For years, I’ve complained that pre-paid cards, whether credit cards or gift cards, are the money laundering method of choice for Islamic terrorists.  Federal agents and local police tell me it’s a tell-tale sign of drug-dealing or terrorism financing.  And, sadly, federal agents don’t really search those going back and forth to and from the Middle East for such cards.  This is how these cretins get around Patriot Act reporting of money transfers.

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The “Abu Abed” Hit Squad: If They Were Muslim No-One Would Care About Their Credit Cards

The Goose Creek terrorists, Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed–the University of South Florida Muslim alien students, who were caught with pipe bombs in their trunk and were headed to New York for a likely terrorist attack–were found with Walmart gift cards all over the dashboard.  The cards were loaded with untraceable cash.  The same happens with pre-paid credit cards with such vendors as Greendot.  The cards are sold at pretty much every drugstore and supermarket chain around America.

But no-one cared or did anything about it.  Because, hey, terrorists money laundering and financing terrorism . . . no problem.

Now, though, the assassins of HAMAS terrorist arms dealer and Iran conduit Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh a/k/a “Abu Abed” are linked to pre-paid credit cards bought from a U.S. vendor run by a former Israeli soldier.  And, because the evil Zionist JOOOOS are involved, America is taking notice.  Islamic terrorists and drug dealers–who cares?  Israelis that clean up the world from terrorists–ooh, time to worry. At least for the the Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal/Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal:

A five-year-old New York company run by a former Israeli special-forces soldier is embroiled in the controversy surrounding the slaying of a senior Hamas official in Dubai.

Police in Dubai say that Payoneer Inc. distributed some of the prepaid cash cards that have been traced to suspects sought in the January killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior leader in the Palestinian militant group. . . .

Reached by phone, Payoneer’s chief executive, Yuval Tal, said the company was “very surprised” to be mentioned in the Dubai police report.

Details of the case aren’t clear, but Dubai police have linked the Payoneer cards to accounts that they believe were used by 14 of the 26 suspects sought in the killing of Mr. Mabhouh. The police haven’t explained how they suspect the cards may have been used. Still, the connection of the cards to the case highlights concerns in the payment industry that such plastic can be misused.

“Misused”? Hmmm . . . where were the Wall Street Journal’s reports about “concerns in the payment industry” about such misuse, when terrorists and money-launderers use the cards. That’s the real misuse. Cleaning the world up from a murderous thug isn’t a misuse.

Founded in 2005, closely held Payoneer is one of a growing number of middlemen that are springing up to sell prepaid cards issued by banks. These middlemen act as the bank’s sales force, marketing the cards. Payoneer sells cards on behalf of MetaBank, a unit of Meta Financial Group Inc., of Storm Lake, Iowa. . . .

Branded with the MasterCard Inc. logo, Payoneer payroll cards can be used anyplace that accepts credit or debit cards for payment. It isn’t clear how the Payoneer cards got into the hands of the suspects in the killing or where they were used. Authorities in Dubai haven’t said if the cards were distributed to one of Payoneer’s customers or whether they came from Payoneer directly.

Banks that issue the cards are ultimately responsible for ensuring that firms like Payoneer are following various federal regulations, though once the cards are issued they can be easily passed on to other people, according to industry experts.

“Standardized steps were taken in accordance with applicable regulations and industry standards to validate cardholder identities prior to card issuance,” Meta said in a statement, adding that an internal review has found that the bank followed proper procedures.

The company added that the individual cardholders weren’t on a list of suspected terrorists and “no other readily apparent method existed for Meta to determine that identity theft had been perpetrated on valid governments and their citizens.” . . .

A spokeswoman for MasterCard, based in Purchase, N.Y., said card issuers “are required to have robust antimoney laundering and customer identification programs in place in accordance with the Bank Secrecy Act and U.S. Patriot Act, and in accordance with the MasterCard rules and standards.” . . .

Payoneer’s Mr. Tal described himself as a former Israeli special-forces soldier during an appearance as a commentator on Fox News during the 2006 Lebanon war.

PUH-LEEZE. Anyone can buy these cards in anyone’s name or even a fake name. All you need is a name, address, and social security number, and it doesn’t even need to be yours or be real. There are no programs to stop these.

But I love the concern, now that alleged Mossad agents (or whomever it was) killed an Islamic terrorist who deserved to be snuffed out.  And whoever killed Mabhouh may have specifically bought the Payoneer cards to pin it on Israel.  That’s not a mistake Israel would have necessarily made (unless they wanted to hint at the world that they did it, so Islamic terrorists will know they are never safe–a great message).

Like I said, when Islamic terrorists who kill innocent people use these cards everyone looks the other way. But when those who save the world from these terrorists, use the cards, time to freak out.

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17 Responses

And if all these bozos spent one-tenth the energy tracking real terrorists that they do trying to pin this on the Israelis maybe we would be winning the war on Islamic terrorism.

Little Al on April 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm

As far as I know Muslims use the hawala system which is far more effective then any credit card and no government can trace the chit used.

AY: I disagree. Since they’ve been arrested (although only occasionally) for using Hawalas and violating the Patriot Act that way, these cards are a much easier way to launder the money without getting caught. It’s very hard to trace these to an actual person, too. DS

Atlee Yarrow on April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

If we knew how afraid the radicals really were of truth…this war on terror would have been over in ’83. Remember Beirut!

Dubai Tizzy on April 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Looking at those eleven people suspected in the hit,I’d never guess any of them to be an assassin if I had met them on the street.

Just average,ordinary looking people.
Right on

ebayer on April 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Cash cards were also used by Barack Obama and his cat’s paw ACORN to launder their evil deeds.

Helianthus on April 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Will anything be done about this money-laundering by Islamic terrorists?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

NormanF on April 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

This is just another fine example of the anti-Semitic double-standard that can be found in the mainstream news media. Thanks for pointing it out, Debbie.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Debbie,

I’m usually on your side but you’re off on this one b/c the US Gov’t (or at least the border agencies) have been trying for years to have these cards classified as monetary instruments which would make them subject to border searches and seizures. Way before this assassination plot, we all knew about these things and have been fighting like hell to codify them so we can start taking the bad guys money.

JN: Not sure you actually disagree with me. I’m just saying that none of the authorities cared to do anything against these cards until alleged Mossad agents used them to kill a terrorist. As you, yourself, said, they aren’t currently classified that way b/c no-one cares (until Israel uses them). DS

Jimmy Neutron on April 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie. I also second what TINSC said at 8:27 pm.

JeffE on April 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Payoneer’s cards can’t be purchased at a store like greendot cards but rather must be acquired through a corporation who is payoneer’s client. If the client in this case was not a legit business and then provided these cards to the killers then there is a very big problem.

Matt on April 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Matt, the Dubai authorities have to prove the Payoneer cards were used to commit a crime and they were used contrary to company policy. Just because people used them in Abu Dhabi proves nothing. There’s really no problem and in any event do the transactions reported show any untoward purchase? This investigation is going to go nowhere.

NormanF on April 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Debbie, how is it possible for Dubai police to be able to get their hands on information like these? However modern Dubai may look from afar but their police force despite their shiny uniform and polished handguns, are just another third rate police of the thirdworld. I suspect that they must be getting preety good cooperation from Obama administration.

Rex on April 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm

You fart-sniffing, sorry excuse for a human, make us Americans look bad in front of the rest of the world. My advice to you is to go live in your money-grubbing and the reason why we are bankrupt, Israel. So the rest of us can breath easier!

American have no problems with Arabs and Muslims, in fact throughout history and until Israelis start taking over other people’s land, we enjoyed a very good relationship with the Muslim and the Arabic world. Many Americans know that an Arabic country that supported the US revolution and was first to recognize it.

Mark on April 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

No Where to Hide: Why the prepaid card industry must adopt ID
AUTHENTICATION!!!

SWORD, America’s new bank system for the unbanked also fights ID and Check Fraud PROACTIVELY before fake ID is passed, fraudulent checks used, prepaid accounts funded and money laundered.

For too long the prepaid card industry has skated on thin ice exposing us all to international and domestic terrorism by haplessly laundering money for criminals.

The World Bank states that 3-5% of all money transferred in the world is laundered money. The prepaid Industry will transferred $66 Billion in 2009 and a projected $440 Billion by 2017 which means CONSERVATIVELY $22 Billion will be laundered money for criminal activities.

Why did the prepaid card industry stop calling us 2 yrs ago? Their lawyers told them “if you make the claim to FinCEN that there isn’t a fix to authenticating prepaid card customers, leave us alone and do not interrupt American commerce and then peruse the SWORD authentication solution, you will have implicated the prepaid card industry and be complacent in any crimes using our cards”.

In the mean time The Federal Reserve Bank, US Treasury Dept and other notable publications are making claims that prepaid cards are candy for criminals to launder money and yet the Prepaid Industry goes along still unregulated to this day.

If you move money and act like a bank TAKING DEPOSITS (funding prepaid cards) you should be governed under the same rules as a bank, REGULATION E.

In 2008 I made an claim in an article that Authenticating Prepaid Card users should be law the same as the FAA and TSA has RULES to protect us and the planes in the air!

IT’S THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS!

SWORD is the cure!

Kevin Kerridge on August 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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