Aussie Al Qaeda in NY: ''Big shock, Big shock.''

Where did we ever hear this before?

Nobody knew a thing, nobody ever suspected anything.

He was a senior accountant with Price-waterhouse Coopers. He has citizenship in two of the most prosperous, advanced societies on the planet. How ’bout that gratitude? More on this story. “Aussie on NY terror charges,” by Carly Crawford for the Herald Sun, via JW/Hat Tip Mullah

The tenant who occupies his townhouse in Flushing, Queens, described Hasanoff as a polite family man who, like his wife Wahida, is heavily into fundamentalist Islam.

“She’s very religious and her husband is too,” Fahima Rustam told News Limited at the neat split-level home yesterday.

“I’m scared – he was very nice, very quiet person,” she said.

Family’s shock at al-Qaeda arrest

From The Age (of stoopid)

THE Melbourne sister-in-law of an Australian facing terrorist charges in the United States for allegedly helping to ”modernise” al-Qaeda said she was shocked to hear of his arrest.

New York-based Sabirhan ”Tareq” Hasanoff, 34, who has both Australian and US citizenship, was one of two men charged with conspiring to supply material support to al-Qaeda.

Hadicha Hasanoff, who lives in Meadow Heights and is married to Sabirhan’s brother, Alimhan, said Sabirhan had grown up in Adelaide.

An indictment filed against Hasanoff and Wesam El-Hanafi alleged they had ”engaged in planning and perpetrating a federal crime of terrorism against the United States”.

Mrs Hasanoff said she and her husband had not seen Sabirhan for more than 12 years. He had moved to America many years ago and they lost contact.

When told Sabirhan had been arrested and accused of links to al-Qaeda, Mrs Hasanoff said: ”Big shock, big shock.”

”No, he never in trouble.

”I don’t know what’s happened now. He study at private school, maybe he change. I don’t know if he good person, bad person, because we not connected now long time.”  (Gee, and Willie Clitman is still running around telling us that poverty causes terrorism/ed)

Mrs Hasanoff said she did not know anything about reports that Sabirhan was a devoted follower of fundamentalist Islam.

US authorities said Sabirhan Hasanoff and Wesam ”Khaled” El-Hanafi, 33, had been arrested at an undisclosed location overseas and flown to the US before their court appearance in Virginia on Friday. They each faced one count of conspiring with al-Qaeda between November 2007 and March 2010 and face up to 15 years’ jail if convicted.

In court on Friday, both men waived their rights to a hearing and were ordered to be transferred in custody to New York for a bail hearing.

An indictment unsealed in the Federal Court in Manhattan claimed Hasanoff, who was a senior accountant with Price-waterhouse Coopers in New York from 2003 to 2006, had been paid $US50,000 in November 2007 by an unnamed co-conspirator before travelling to New York City nine months later to ”perform tasks for al-Qaeda”. The details of the tasks were not outlined in the indictment.

In July last year, El-Hanafi and Hasanoff were alleged to have discussed with the co-conspirator ”seeking out additional contacts with al-Qaeda”.

Public records showed Hasanoff lived in Brooklyn with his wife, Wahida, and the couple’s two young children and was a certified public accountant. (They make good money, those certified public accountants/ed)

US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement that El-Hanafi and Hasanoff had schemed ”to modernise al-Qaeda by providing computer systems expertise and other goods and services”. His office declined further comment.

Too funny!

He wanted to help “modernize” al-Qaeda — ironic, considering al-Qaeda’s thoroughly un-modern vision for society. “2 N.Y. men charged with aiding al-Qaida,” from the Associated Press

2 thoughts on “Aussie Al Qaeda in NY: ''Big shock, Big shock.''”

  1. Sabirhan ”Tareq” Hasanoff
    Now there’s a good Aussie name for you!!
    Rolls off the tongue just like John Smith!!

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