June 13, 2005

TerrorCamp Director with Ties to Lodi al Qaeda Cell Goes Into Hiding

You will recall that the original affidavit used to obtain an arrest warrant for Hamid Hayat claimed that he attended a terror training camp run by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. This article from the SF Gate notes that the FBI may have mistaken Maulana Fazlur Rehman for Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, who was recently released from jail in Pakistan after doing eight months--that's right eight months--on terrorism related charges.

Reading the SF Gate article is like reading a press release from the ACLU, isn't it? Notice all the meme-like qualities of the article? The way the FBI is made to seem like they screwed the pooch, how very few terrorists have been convicted, yada, yada.

But even as the SF Gate goes out of its way to discredit the arrests of the al Qaeda suspects in Lodi, this news from Pakistan. Tell me, if the FBI simply mixed the names up, what is the real Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil doing on the run?? Pakistan Daily Times:

Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, former chief of Jamiatul Ansar (JA), has gone into hiding after the arrest of Hamid Hayat and Umer Hayat who told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they received training from a Pakistani Al Qaeda camp allegedly run by Khalil.

Security agencies have begun efforts to arrest Khalil after Hamid Hayat and Umer Hayat were arrested in Lodi, California.

Sources said he was earlier released by security agencies after eight months’ detention. “Khalil was released on the condition that he separate himself from his militant activities but after this new development security agencies have resumed efforts for his arrest,” sources said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:33 PM | Comments |