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FBI Tests Show Sheik's Luggage Had No Explosive Residue

FBI Tests Show Sheik's Luggage Had No Explosive Residue, Lawyer Says; Will Seek Bail or Hearing. PJTTF Screws Up Again.
FBI Tests Show Sheik's Luggage Had No Explosive Residue, Lawyer Says; Will Seek Bail or Hearing
By Andrew Kramer Associated Press Writer
Published: Sep 23, 2002

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Tests that found explosive residue on the bags of a Muslim cleric arrested at Portland's airport on document fraud charges have been thrown out after they were reviewed at an FBI crime lab, the man's lawyer said.

Stanley Cohen, a New York civil rights attorney who took the case of Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, said the FBI tests showed the bags were free of explosives residues.

"I'm talking to the government about a bail package," Cohen said Saturday. If that doesn't happen, he said, the defense would request another detention hearing.

Kariye, who served as an imam at the Islamic Center in Portland, was arrested Sept. 8 as he tried to board a flight at Portland International Airport to the United Arab Emirates with his brother and four children.

Kariye, 41, is accused of using false information - including a changed name - while applying for and receiving three different Social Security cards between 1983 and 1995. The federal indictment also alleges Kariye used an altered birth date in a 1998 asylum application.

He has pleaded innocent to felony charges of unlawful use of a Social Security number and unlawful possession of a U.S. government document. He was ordered held without bail. A trial is scheduled for Nov. 5....Robert Ramos, a senior inspector for the U.S. Customs Service, testified that two bags carried by Kariye's party tested positive for explosives residue. Out of hundreds of bags he had tested, Ramos said Kariye's was the first to test positive for explosives.

Cohen, who took Kariye's case over the weekend, said the FBI sent a letter explaining the negative test results to the U.S. attorney's office Wednesday and was then forwarded to the judge.

Police have not said they suspect Kariye of terror-related offenses, other than to say that he was detained by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force. Kariye's supporters question why the task force was even involved, because Kariye has been charged only with Social Security fraud."

 http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAYGPRGG6D.html

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Sorry about the quick cut n' paste job debris 23.Sep.2002 10:25

Adam F. Smith

I was trying to get the news up as quick as I could. Please disregard the debris in the middle of the article. Ooops.

Interesting timing ... 23.Sep.2002 11:36

nasruddin

Today's Oregonian reported the same story, including the following paragraph:

Robinson said the FBI sent a letter explaining the negative test results to
the U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday and that the letter then was
forwarded to U.S. District Judge Donald Ashmanskas on Thursday.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force was approved, of course, on Thursday afternoon. No one bothered to sahre this further development on their most high profile "success" at the time. Will anyone be surprised when charges against the four forest activists are also quietly dropped for lack of evidence?

so why did 'reports' say they found... 23.Sep.2002 12:26

dizazt0r::blank1t

...traces of explosives were allegedly found on his belongings

 http://www.portlandtribune.com/archview.cgi?id=13911

(excerpt):

[updated 9-20-2002]

"The Southwest Portland mosque's religious leader, Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, was arrested by the task force at Portland International Airport on identity fraud charges Sept. 8. Although airport security also found traces of TNT in his luggage, he has not been charged with any weapons violations."

compare with the updated The Oregonian story

 http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/front_page/1032782122290110.xml

so is wording the issue here regarding the Tribune story? or is factual evidence the issue? was there trace evidence in the first place (or was it possibly a little bit of "fear mongering")? how could anybody who wasn't on the scene at the airport ever truly know what the hell the truth is? i doubt, if the criminal justice system is the same one i've been dealing with, that even Sheik Kariye has any information on his charges or any subsequent investigations (unless of course he might have been packing explosives).

hm, could this be more of the disinformation campaign that feds have supposedly started in order to bolster the effort for improving "homeland security"?

Truth 10.Oct.2002 22:18

Doc

At least they had the balls to come out and say there was no TNT residue in public.
If this was some secret conspiracy, as you so often tout, then why did they say they made a mistake?

response to doc 11.Oct.2002 09:38

fed watcher / media critic

you said: "If this was some secret conspiracy, as you so often tout, then why did they say they made a mistake?"

because the damage was already done. they can admit any "mistake" after the fact. what's important is the propaganda effect of the original story. and that worked -- people hear about the Iman and they think "terrorist with TNT".