September 22, 2006, - 12:13 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the Muslim-dominated trucking school run by Missouri’s West Plains School District? We wrote about it back in February, when the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force raided one of the schools.
Knight-Ridder Wire reports that, Wednesday, indictments against the Muslim operators of that school and others in Kansas City were handed down.
Here’s an excerpt of what we wrote about the school:
Are potential Islamic terrorists trying to get commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and hazardous materials hauling certificates? You bet, they are. In droves.
The latest, as reported by Kansas City media, is the South Central Career Center Truck Training Program in West Plains, Missouri, in South Central Missouri. A whopping 60% (SIXTY PERCENT!) of those who took a CDL test there from May 2004 to December 2005 had Mid-East names. Hello? . . .
And, as usual, your tax dollars probably paid the bill. That particular truck driver’s school is run by Missouri’s West Plains public school district, as part of vocational training. . . .
The school district has suspended the director of the truck school AND one of the CDL testers. Previous, similar investigations in other states, like Utah, have uncovered testers helping illegal aliens pass the test.
We’ve noted multiple times that two members of Detroit’s alleged Al-Qaeda cell also took CDL tests and tried to get HazMat hauling certificates. A tax-funded Arab welfare agency, dominated by Muslims, paid thousands in “job-training” money to get the men the lessons. When FBI agents raided the men’s apartment after 9/11, they found a pre-printed cheat sheet with answers to the test.
More from yesterday’s KRT report:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The operators of truck driving schools in Kansas City and southern Missouri conspired to help more than 70 Somali and Bosnian nationals illegally obtain commercial driver’s licenses, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday.
Many of those students went on to obtain certification to haul hazardous materials on the nation’s highways, authorities said in announcing the 62-count grand jury indictment charging 15 defendants with mail fraud, making a false writing and illegally causing identification documents to be produced. . . .
The defendants included Ernest A. “Mustafa” White, 49, of Kansas City, who owned the Muslim Brothers and Sisters trucking company in Kansas City, Kan., and Howard E. Schneider, 39, of Overland Park, owner of H.E. Schneider Trucking Company and co-operator of Muslim Brothers, according to officials. . . .
Also charged were Dean P. Proffitt, 71, superintendent of the South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School in West Plains, Mo., and Orbin Dale May, 63, a truck driving tester from West Plains.
White, who spent time in prison for second-degree robbery more than a decade ago, was also charged in the indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Individuals seeking a commercial driver’s license, referred to as a CDL, are required to pass both a written test and a comprehensive two-hour driving proficiency test.
White, however, provided answers to the written test to his students in exchange for money, according to the indictment. Many of the students spoke little or no English and utilized interpreters to take the test, officials said.
White then allegedly arranged with Profitt to have Muslim Brothers and Sisters students take the driving test at the facility in West Plains, South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School, a division of the West Plains R-7 School District. May was authorized by the state of Missouri to give the test as a “third-party tester,” according to the indictment.
Students paid the defendants amounts “far in excess” of the state’s licensing fee, and White’s students were given abbreviated tests, had someone else take the tests for them or, in some cases, did not even travel to West Plains for the testing, prosecutors alleged.
May then allegedly submitted documents to the Missouri Department of Revenue falsely reporting that the students had successfully passed the test.
“This fraud became quite lucrative for May and White,” Schlozman said Thursday.
Profitt allowed May to conduct testing on weekends – a violation of state law – and also assisted him in testing more than the four students per day allowed by the state, the indictment alleges.
Schlozman said that White gained a reputation among those seeking trucking licenses without having to take the test. Students traveled from a number of states, including Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Maine, Tennessee and Texas, to link up with White.
Although the indictment refers to about three dozen test applicants by name, White and May have told investigators that between 200 and 300 students fraudulently got their CDLs through the conspiracy, officials said Thursday.
Of those, 150 to 200 later obtained certification to haul hazardous materials. . . .
The investigation leading up to the indictment began in the fall of 2004 when a confidential informant “reported suspicious activity” at South Central Career Center, Keathley said. Another tip came from the Missouri Department of Revenue, which noted the school’s extraordinarily high pass rate of 99 percent, compared with a statewide average of 83 percent. . . .
Information obtained by the Associated Press under Missouri’s open records law indicated that more than 300 of about 520 people who did not train at the school but took the test there between May 2004 and December 2005 had names that could be Middle Eastern in origin.
“I’m not saying we stopped a terrorist act from occurring,” Debby Stafford, an FBI official, said at the news conference. “But this is a clear example of our preventive efforts and of what we do to make our territory safer.”
FBI agent Mark Wagoner said White converted to Islam while in prison.
“Many of the people he came in contact with were Somali nationals,” he said.
Schlozman said that the awarding of licenses to individuals “from an area as dangerous as Somalia was a matter of particular concern to the community.”
Prosecutors said the other defendants named in the indictment generally helped in the conspiracy by driving students to West Plains for testing or helping to arrange the fake tests. Those other defendants are:
Hiram C. Oliver, 33, Raytown; Osman Abdullahi, 30, a Somali citizen living in San Diego; Elias Mohamed, 25, Ahmed Muhidin Sharif, 27, Abdulfatah Osman Farah, 24, Abdirizak Abdi Mohamed, age unknown, and Yusuf Kalmole, 34, all citizens of Somalia living in Kansas City; Abdiwahab Mohamud Mohamed, 37, a Somali citizen living in Minneapolis; Adil Majlovic, 19, and Mersud Kajtazovic, 31, both citizens of Bosnia living in Kansas City; and Samir Hasanovic, 22, of Arnold, Mo.
Incredibly the FBI is yet again issuing its giant lying echo–”not terrorism related.”
Although the Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force handled the investigation, Bradley Schlozman, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, emphasized that the indictment does not allege any of the defendants were involved in terrorism.
Uh-huh. That’s why the JTTF was involved. And the Muslims just wanted CDL’s and HazMat Hauling Certificates for their health.
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