(From KM, un-named source, summed up in my words. anything that sounds offensive or bad in any way is my fault)
ok, this guy(Pete Seda) is on trial for supposedly laundering money to terrorist organizations out of ashland, oregon. the judge decided to defer sentencing until sept. 10th. I-5 in the medford/ ashland area has an increased traffic of homeland security vans, a four-day disaster simulation excersize has just commenced in Portland as of yesterday, and the SOU campus in ashland has just had an influx of middle-eastern students (approx. 25 young men) all enrolled in the last few weeks. not saying anything bad about these young men, but it sounds like an easy set-up for a false flag attack.
- August 15, 2007
Pete Seda arrested on return to Oregon
By WILLIAM McCALL
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — The fugitive former director of a defunct Islamic charity was arrested Wednesday by federal agents when he arrived in the United States to face tax and money laundering charges, his attorney said.
Pirouz Sedaghaty, 50, also known as Pete Seda, was detained at the customs checkpoint after getting off a flight that arrived at Portland International Airport from Germany.
Federal prosecutors say Sedaghaty left for Saudi Arabia four years ago. His attorneys have so far refused to say where Sedaghaty, a native of Iran, has been living since then.
He was to appear later Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene. One of his attorneys, Tom Nelson, said prosecutors plan to ask a judge to keep Sedaghaty in custody until his arraignment next Wednesday.
Sedaghaty is accused of conspiracy, money laundering and tax fraud charges that claim he helped smuggle $150,000 out of the United States to Saudi Arabia through the charity, and then filed a false tax return to cover it up.
Sedaghaty, a U.S. citizen, decided it was time to confront the charges, Nelson told The Associated Press.
“He is voluntarily returning home to clear his name,” Nelson said. “He always said he would return and is now looking forward to working again in the community.”
Sedaghaty was co-director of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation chapter in Ashland, which the U.S. Treasury Department in September 2004 designated as a group supporting terrorism.
Sedaghaty, who left the country in 2003, founded the chapter with a Saudi citizen, Soliman al-Buthi, who returned to Saudi Arabia in 2001.
Unlike Sedaghaty, al-Buthi has been labeled a “specially designated global terrorist” and is considered an international fugitive even though he is working as a government official in Saudi Arabia.
The Al-Haramain foundation, based in Riyadh, was dissolved by the Saudi government in 2004.
The federal investigation of the Oregon chapter of Al-Haramain became public late in 2003, surprising many in Ashland, where Sedaghaty had attended Southern Oregon University and decided to launch a career as an urban forester. He was known for his work to save trees threatened by development, earning local media attention, and as a peace activist who worked to improve relations with Muslims.
The Ashland house where the chapter was based was sold in May 2006 at the direction of the Treasury Department.
The Treasury Department said the Oregon chapter of Al-Haramain was designated as a group suspected of supporting terrorism because a federal investigation showed “direct links between the U.S. branch and Osama bin Laden.”
Earlier this month, Nelson filed a federal lawsuit in Portland seeking to remove the chapter from the government list.
The lawsuit noted the Treasury Department’s allegation about links to al-Qaida came in a press release, and said the department has never provided the Oregon chapter with any information it used for the designation in order to rebut it, or responded to requests for reconsideration.
The Oregon chapter of Al-Haramain was charged in the same February 2005 federal grand jury indictment as Sedaghaty and al-Buthi. Sedaghaty was listed as the secretary of the chapter and al-Buthi as its treasurer.
The indictment said that “zakat,” the requirement that all Muslims donate to charity to help the poor and needy, “has been diverted by Islamic charitable foundations” to assist in “violent jihad,” or holy war.
A federal judge in September 2005 dismissed the charges against the foundation at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon after federal prosecutors argued it was a waste of time because the foundation chapter was nothing but a corporate shell.
Prosecutors, however, reserved the right to refile the charges against the foundation.
The chapter is at the center of a federal lawsuit challenging the Bush administration warrantless eavesdropping program.
The case, being heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, claims the National Security Administration illegally intercepted telephone calls without warrants between al-Buthi and his two American lawyers, Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor.
Attorneys for the chapter have offered a call log the Treasury Department mistakenly released to them as evidence. The log since has been ordered returned to the government, which has been keeping it under tight security, allowing it to be seen only by top government officials and select federal judges despite arguments by attorneys that it does not merit such protection.
Sedaghaty established the Oregon chapter of the charity in 1997 with support from the Saudi foundation. He distributed Islamic literature to prisoners and operated the chapter as a prayer house.
But a former worker at the Ashland chapter who wrote a book about his experience has said the chapter promoted Islamic radicalism with its literature.
Both Sedaghaty and Al-Buthi, in newspaper interviews, have denied those claims by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross in his book, “My Year Inside Radical Islam.”
*would be a great cover story for false flag attack on the West Coast*
This is an urgent advisory notice from concerned citizens of Oregon and Washington about an upcoming U.S. Joint Forces Command emergency management exercise known as NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 that will simulate terrorism or disaster scenarios in the Lower Columbia River Basin between Aug. 20th and Aug 24th, 2007.
NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 was designed and will be directed by U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) and the Department of Homeland Security. We are aware of no public notice concerning this exercise, but preliminary investigation has revealed that Oregon National Guard officials and federal officials will conduct the drill. Details from official sources are minimal.
This advisory is to document our concerns, raise public awareness and urge citizen action based on the following facts:
1. NOBLE RESOLVE is a computer-based simulation of a large-scale emergency situation (e.g. earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, or terrorist attack with nuclear weapon) in order to train for managing all aspects of the emergency response through comprehensive software.
2. Military exercises such as NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 have a recent history of coinciding with lethal “live” events. This occurred both at the start of Desert Storm in 1990 and on 9/11/01 when five or more major military or security exercises were in progress on the very day of the actual attacks. The same phenomenon occurred with the London Bombings of 7/7/05 during which a drill concerning multiple bomb attacks was being staged on that day.
3. Vice President Cheney, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff and former Senator Rick Santorum have all warned of a new 9/11 attack this summer, but are giving no evidence in support. Chertoff based his prediction on a “gut feeling”.
4. The May 2007 Presidential Directive NSPD 51 (HSPD 20) addressing “continuity of government” in the event of a massive emergency, includes secret “annexes” which are pertinent additional documents. Some US Congressional Committee on Homeland Security members such as Rep. Peter DeFazio have written to formally request permission to review these secret “annexes” and have twice been denied access by the White House.
5. This particular exercise, NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2, includes one scenario involving an unaccounted for, “loose,” ten kiloton nuclear weapon, exactly as Vice President Cheney hinted in recent interviews. Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff claims he fears the same.
6. The plummeting support for the GOP has triggered comments from its members and analyses of its current political strategy that point to a new 9/11 attack as a contributing factor to GOP political salvation. Moreover, it appears that legends or back stories are being disseminated to support just such an event.
Transparency concerning NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 is vital for the public safety of everyone in the Lower Columbia River Basin. We call on the planners, directors and participants in NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 to be vigilant and to maintain transparency with respect to these military exercises. We also urge citizens and our elected officials to monitor the activities of participants connected with the exercises and alert authorities to any suspicious behavior. These exercises have an established pattern of becoming “live” events. (Please read references below.) We recommend that officials of the Ports of Astoria, Longview, Vancouver and Portland on the Lower Columbia River take extra care in their monitoring and examination of all shipping on the Lower Columbia River while NOBLE RESOLVE 07-2 is in progress. Finally, we urge all concerned to voice that concern in letters and calls to elected officials and civil servants requesting full transparency and citizen oversight.
1. About Noble Resolve
“Four days of “simulated” nuclear terrorist scenarios in the US & Europe” http://tinyurl.com/ynq8oq
USJFOCM – 1 http://www.jfcom.mil/index.htm
USJFOCM – 2: http://tinyurl.com/328eoj
2. History of Military Exercises Coinciding with live events
Internal Look Simulation of Iraq Invading Kuwait Coincides with Start of Desert Storm
Norman Schwarzkopf: “We went ahead and did an exercise, what’s called a command post exercise, which is what Internal Look was to test our ability to deal with this particular scenario … Just so happened we were in the middle of conducting the Internal Look command post exercise at the same time the crisis developed in the gulf.” http://tinyurl.com/yt3v2k
NYC / Washington DC / Pennsylvania on 9/11/01
3. New 9/11 warnings
Cheney http://tinyurl.com/3bqxq4 (page
Al Qaeda http://tinyurl.com/2peoqb
4. NSPD 51 Grants Martial Law authority
Text of NSPD 51
DeFazio denied access to COG plans
5. Scenario Involving Nuclear Attack in Portland
Harvard Study Maps Results of 10 Kiloton Nuclear Blast in Portland, OR http://tinyurl.com/2fmtpl (Pg. 9)
Ten kiloton nuclear bomb fact sheet http://tinyurl.com/2q48qa
6. Associating terrorist act to revival of GOP
Republican Party of Arkansas http://tinyurl.com/27hgez (3rd para. from end)
Paul Craig Roberts http://tinyurl.com/38wn5v
Uncertain future (Portland, Oregon) Oregon gets terror drills http://tinyurl.com/26we5b
Portland Withdraws from Joint Terrorism Task Force http://tinyurl.com/2564to
Swan Island Networks is providing logistical support for Operation Noble Resolve http://tinyurl.com/ytza2a
Mobius & Swan Island http://tinyurl.com/2zsgsa
Maersk Lines now primary US military shipper http://tinyurl.com/23ssy8
Maersk Lines involved with NOBLE RESOVE http://tinyurl.com/2q48qa
SeaSecure & Mobius http://www.seasecure.com/
Is America Preparing for Martial Law? http://tinyurl.com/a3ot9
Martial Law is Now a Real Threat: Declaring the US a Battlefield http://tinyurl.com/2zg67l
BAE joins RAINS http://tinyurl.com/2g55y9
London Bombing Drill conducted by Visor http://www.visorconsultants.com/index.html
Guiliani in London on 7/7/05 http://www.prismwebcastnews.com/pwn/?p=969
Giuliani Security & Safety LLC http://tinyurl.com/2f3gke
Dirty Bomb Threat (backstory) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20221065/
New 911-style plot (backstory) http://tinyurl.com/2j7cxu
Al Qaeda cell may be loose in US (backstory) http://tinyurl.com/ytmfdm
Plot would have killed thousands (backstory) http://tinyurl.com/ynl6b8
Doubt cast on ‘liquid explosives’ threat, Al Qaeda network in UK Identified http://tinyurl.com/2c9654
(anyone with anything to add to help keep an eye out, throw it in the comments, I’ll blog it.-dd92103)