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Subject: FBI Needed No Extra Power to Infiltrate Mosques in 2000
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 04:45:32 -0400
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FBI Needed No Extra Power to Infiltrate Mosques in 2000
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[The buffoons of Fabulous But Incompetent have blown it again. They
can't even lie competently. They've made an enemy of one of the gang
of sociopathic provocateurs they routinely employ as "informants" who
infiltrated a Florida mosque in 2000, and who's now singing like a
canary to the press. Federal indictments, which the US finally
managed to obtain in May, 2002, seem to back up his story.
So why is it, again, that the FBI needs MORE police-state powers? So
they can monitor religious institutions and chat rooms and the
internet, "like ordinary people," which they supposedly haven't been
doing right along? Give us a break. Only members of Congress may be
dumb enough to swallow that one.
Enemies of the State? George W, the FBI and the CIA seem to be the
biggest enemies of the state we have to worry about. With these guys
in charge, who needs terrorists? Georgie, his handlers, and his
secret police are taking the country down all by themselves, starting
with the economy, which dives a little lower every time Georgie needs
to ratchet up the panic index to head off another media disaster.]
source - "AMC Media Dept."
AMC MEDIA DIGEST - June 13, 2002
FBI informant says he infiltrated Pembroke Pines mosque
Associated Press - June 12, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A man says he was dumped by the FBI as
an informant after leading the agency to a Pakistani Muslim who was
eventually arrested on charges of plotting to bomb electrical
transformers, a National Guard armory and Jewish businesses.
Howard Gilbert said he infiltrated the Darul Uloom Institute in
Pembroke Pines for more than a year as part of an FBI-sanctioned
effort to expose Islamic militants.
Gilbert, 33, did alert the FBI to the extremist leanings of Pakistani
immigrant Imran Mandhai but was later taken off the case, federal
authorities told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for Wednesday editions.
Mandhai, 19, and Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, 24, were both indicted May 17,
charged with conspiracy to damage and destroy property by means of
fire and explosives.
Mandhai is also charged with soliciting Jokhan to commit a crime of
violence. They face up to 20 years in prison.
FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said Wednesday she could not comment
on the case, or whether Gilbert served as an informant. Gilbert's
phone rang unanswered.
Gilbert, a Canadian Jew who dreamed of becoming a CIA agent, said
he befriended Mandhai after posing as an eager convert to Islam.
The FBI ordered him to cease all involvement two months before it
opened a criminal investigation against Mandhai in March 2001.
Gilbert said he received up to $6,000 for his work between 2000
A second informant, referred to only as "Mohammad," was put in his
place, and it was Mohammad's wiretap information that was cited in
the indictment, the newspaper said.
Gilbert is not alluded to in the indictment and he has not been
contacted about testifying in the case.
Gilbert says he met with an FBI special agent who liked his plan
to attend mosques to seek out extremists.
He became known around Darul Uloom as a gun-toting security
expert with his own company, Risk Management International.
He took the Islamic name Sayif Ullah, which translates as "Sword
of Allah," and became a mosque regular.
In late 2000, Gilbert gave an impassioned speech there about the
Palestinian struggle. He said Mandhai soon approached him, asking
for weapons and tactical training.
"That was truly the night that launched me into the terrorist
umbrella of South Florida," Gilbert said.
Gilbert said he took Mandhai to shooting ranges to practice with
a pistol and rifle, that he taught him to swim after Mandhai
expressed interest in "military scuba," and that he coached him
in hand-to-hand combat in a Hollywood park.
The relationship between Gilbert and the FBI began to deteriorate
around January 2001, the newspaper reported. Gilbert wanted $3,000
a month, but the FBI refused. The FBI asked him to wear a recording
device and testify as part of a criminal case, but Gilbert said
that would jeopardize his work as an operative.
A federal source familiar with the case told the Sun-Sentinel that
Gilbert was let go in January 2001 because he revealed his
identity as a government operative to non-FBI sources.
Gilbert said he was fired after he complained to Department of
Defense officials about FBI supervisors. He said they declined his
request for back-up on a trip to Melbourne, where he said Mandhai
had invited him to meet with "brothers from all over Florida."
Gilbert said he was alarmed because Mandhai asked him to bring his
weapons and military equipment to Melbourne, within an hour of
Mandhai's father, Muhammad Farooq Mandhai, said Gilbert and Mohammad
set up his son.
Federal public defender Robert Berube, who briefly represented
Mandhai, has suggested Gilbert concocted key evidence, including
two documents listing the requirements for jihad, or holy war, that
were presented at Mandhai's detention hearing in May.
Leonard Fenn, appointed to defend Mandhai last week, said it appeared
Gilbert played a younger Mandhai "like a fiddle."
Gilbert said that following the Sept. 11 attacks, he wanted to
"reinfiltrate" South Florida mosques, but the FBI ignored his
"I've had to sit back and watch this war on terrorism," he said.
"I wanted so very badly to be in it, and it was very, very hard
Copyright 2002. The Associated Press.
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