Al Qaeda in Yemen scams US donors
AP/CBS St Louis:
A Kansas City man and two other aspiring holy war combatants in the U.S. thought their contributions to al-Qaeda would buy them front-row seats in global jihad, but instead the money was divvied up among leaders in Yemen for their personal gain, according to court records.Their problem is and a demonstrated intent to facilitate terrorism by aiding the enemy. I would not be sympathetic to their plight. They are little different from defendants in a sting operation.
Hundreds of pages of court documents in Kansas City and New York illustrate how Khalid Ouazzani — a Kansas City used auto parts salesman and failed real estate investor — and two other naturalized American citizens were fleeced out of tens of thousands of dollars by al-Qaeda leaders who exploited their zeal to wage holy war, The Kansas City Star reported.
In a recent letter to a New York federal judge, a lawyer representing cell member Sabirhan Hasanoff — a Brooklyn accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers who moved to Dubai in 2007 — acknowledged that Hasanoff once dreamed about jihad glory but instead got taken by a Yemeni con man.
“The defendants never had any authentic access to terrorism networks or Islamic extremists, and were victims of a rudimentary fraud,” the lawyer wrote.