February 25, 2009, - 3:28 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I’m getting tired of using the words “stupidity,” “moronism,” and “imbecility” to describe completely dumbass moves like that of the latest soft-on-terrorism story, below. Those words seem like an understatement, so I’m making up a new word, “dumbass-ity,” which I think best describes the outrageous idiocy of our “justice” system vis-a-vis Islamic terrorists.
U.S. Magistrate Arthur Nakazato is letting the brother-in-law of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard out on bond, despite strong evidence he’s part of Al-Qaeda and sympathizes with the group. The man, Ahmadullah Sais Niazi (hmmm . . . the surname is is spelled almost exactly the right way), lied to authorities about it and committed immigration fraud, as well as several other crimes. Nakazato is requiring the man be kept on electronic tether, which, as I’ve noted on this site, worked quite well in the case of Hezbollah terrorist Fawzi Mustafa Assi (who, posing as a Muslim woman in hijab, fled Detroit to Canada to Lebanon while on electronic tether).
A federal magistrate on Tuesday set bail at $500,000 for an alleged brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard. . . .
Ahmadullah Niazi, 34, appeared in U.S. District Court on charges of lying about alleged ties to terrorist groups on his citizenship application. He has not yet entered a plea and will be arraigned next week.
U.S. Magistrate Arthur Nakazato ruled that Niazi must submit to electronic monitoring and home detention and surrender his passport and other travel documents. He cannot leave Southern California.
Niazi is not charged with terrorism, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Deirdre Eliot told Nakazato that searches of his home and computers yielded evidence that he sympathizes with terrorist groups and has ties to men who are globally designated as terrorists.
Niazi is an Afghan native and a naturalized U.S. citizen. Authorities allege his sister, Hafiza, is married to Amin al-Haq, identified in court papers as a high-ranking al-Qaida member. Prosecutors say al-Haq was believed to have been bin Laden’s bodyguard around and after Sept. 11, 2001.
Al-Haq also is suspected of working with Younis Khalis, who founded the terrorist organization Hezb-e-Islami, which fights against international and U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Khalis assisted in founding al-Qaida and helped bin Laden leave Sudan in 1996, Eliot said.
“In our eyes, this isn’t just an immigration case. In our view, the defendant is involved with the mujahadeen himself,” Eliot said. “Frankly, there is no amount of bail or equity in a home that can protect the citizens of this community.”
Niazi also falsely reported to the FBI that a man he and the mosque figured was an FBI informant (and was) was a jihadist and got a restraining order against him. That’s how they do it.
FBI Agent Thomas J. Ropel III testified that the convert Niazi reported was actually an FBI informant who had infiltrated several mosques in Orange County. Niazi was in charge of the convert’s spiritual education and taught him Arabic, Ropel said. . . .
Court documents show testimony by Niazi was instrumental in the mosque getting a restraining order against the convert.
Ropel said he believes Niazi reported the convert as a way to protect himself after realizing he might be an FBI informant. Niazi himself had been under surveillance since 2006 and subsequently lied during interviews with the FBI, Ropel said.
Niazi told agents that he and the convert had only discussed jihad once or twice, but secret recordings made by the informant showed the two had talked about it at least 20 times in conversations instigated by Niazi, Ropel said.
Niazi also called bin Laden “an angel” and referred to sending money to the Afghan mujahadeen, Ropel said.
Niazi told the informant it was his “duty to engage in violent jihad” and was preparing to send the informant to terrorist training camps in Yemen or Pakistan, Ropel said.
Predictably, this Al-Qaeda sympathizers has as his lawyer the preferred ethnicity of the Islamic jihad, a Jew–defense attorney Chase Scolnick said the FBI should have been grateful for Niazi’s cooperation.
Niazi is charged with perjury, procurement of naturalization unlawfully, passport fraud and making a false statement. He could face up to 35 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Yup, but we’re letting this guy out on bond. Definition of Dumbass-ity.
(Predictably, CAIR and its executive director, Hussam Ayloush, come to the rescue and defend this guy. Is there an Islamic terrorist CAIR hasn’t defended? Well, not really, unless you include their phony, belated condemnation of Bin Laden once he murdered 3,000 Americans.)