July 9, 2006, - 11:53 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Assem Hammoud, the ringleader of the Al-Qaeda plot to bomb several New York City tunnels and murder thousands of commuters, had strong ties to Detroit. And to Hezbollah.
Several of Hammoud’s relatives in Detroit–most of whom share his surname–have been indicted in a series of Hezbollah schemes, including money laundering, cigarette smuggling, black marketeering, and a series of other illegal activities all aimed at funding Hezbollah. Hammouds convicted in cigarette smuggling include Mohamad and Chawki Hammoud (see here, also), Bassem Hammoud, and others–all of them from the Detroit Hezbollah Hammoud syndicate.
Reportedly, Assem Hammoud had contact with some of his Detroit relatives over the years and more recently when he was in Canada, engaged in taqiyah (deception of Infidels) with his Canadian lovelies (note the Islam-prohibited alcohol in the pic), just like the Al-Qaeda training manual recommends. He had a Canadian girlfriend, holds a Canadian passport, and just “loves life and fun,” according to his mother. Sure, he does.
More might have been learned about Hammoud, his Al-Qaeda plot and its connection with his Hezbollah relatives in Detroit, were it not for the incompetence of U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III a/k/a “Abu Porno,” President Bush’s outrageous nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals. Murphy and his staff sat on an indictment of several Hammouds and their Hezbollah pot FOR TWO YEARS! after the indictment was brought, enabling most of the Hammouds to flee the country back to Lebanon, flight that Murphy deliberately did nothing to prevent.
Hammoud, a Shia Muslim and member of Al-Qaeda, was also active in Hezbollah. This is important because it gives lie to the long-held misguided convention of FBI and CIA officials that Shi’ite Hezbollah and Sunni Al-Qaeda are at odds and don’t work together. In fact, they have and they do, as we’ve detailed on this site. And this operation being planned for New York tunnels was also likely a joint Qaeda/Hezbollah plot, giving lie to claims from Hezbollah supporters like U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa a/k/a “Jihad Darrell” that Hezbollah is not a “global” terrorist group. It is and is a component of the Al-Qaeda network.
Among many other terrorist activities, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda worked together in:
* the Khobar Towers bombing;
* training insurgent terrorists in Iraq;
* production of IED explosives used by terrorists in Iraq.
It is also significant that Assem Hammoud trained at Ein El-Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. That is a Sunni camp, more evidence that Sunnis and Shi’ites are working in unison against the common enemy–us.
We might have been able to learn much more about Al-Qaeda’s and Hezbollah’s intertwinement . . . if U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III hadn’t wantonly let Assem Hammoud’s Hezbollah relatives flee the country over two years. Now, he’s being rewarded with a spot on one of the highest courts in the land for it.
So what was that President Bush was saying about how “you’re either on our side or the terrorists’ side?!”
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