Sunday, June 29, 2014

Links Between Crime, Gangs and Terrorism

Links Between Crime, Gangs and Terrorism ---

Crimes that look like terrorism are dismissed as gang related, but many gangs are directly connected to terrorists, and could be and have sometimes been recruited to attack domestic targets by terrorist organizations and states like Libya.

Gangs and Terrorism The the Counter Terror Expo in Washington D.C. offered perspectives from prominent experts in the field of counter-terrorism. May 24, 2012 | by Richard Valdemar:  If you've attended any of my law enforcement training in the past few years, you've heard me refer to the "unholy trinity." I borrowed the term from an article in the August 2009 issue of Homeland Security Today to describe the alliance of American street gangs, drug and human trafficking cartels, and international terrorists.
this "unholy trinity." It means that traditional street gangs born in our urban jungles are not just a local problem. Increasingly this American-spawned phenomenon can also be linked to international or transnational gangs and drug trafficking organizations. They are potentially a vicarious surrogate army to be used by international terrorists. To continue to deny that this nexus exists is to ignore valuable clues to the prevention of larger more serious criminal activity and possibly the next 9/11, Mumbai, or Beslan. Shortly after 9/11, as a member of the FBI Los Angeles Multi-Agency Metropolitan Violent Gang Task Force, I pointed out Los Angeles MS-13 leader Nelson Comandari's activities and travel suggested that he was more than just a local gang leader. He had international ties. But the FBI agents only laughed at any suggested narco or terrorist conspiracy involving Los Angeles street gangs and pointed out that young Latino gang members are from a Catholic culture, and that they have little in common with radical Middle Eastern Muslim terrorists.

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  • GangsTerrorism, and Radicalization — The College of ...

    copp.asu.edu › News & Events › News Items

    Our central thesis is that there is no evidence of a direct or even indirect link between terrorist groups and street gangs, and that very few gang mem- bers  ...



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    The Crossover of Urban Gang Warfare and Terrorism

    Small Wars Journal National Strategy Forum Review • 

  • Fall 2008. Special Essay: A New Threat: The Crossover of Urban Gang Warfare and Terrorism. Robert Killebrew. 



  • I can't show you a smoking gun between MS-13 latino gangs, and Iran, but there is enough circumstantial evidence to believe it exists - black muslim gang helped in 1993 World Trade center bombing ....To summarize, sufficient smoking guns exist to show a crossover relationship between criminal gangs and terrorist organizations, specifically jihadi or Iranian-backed groups. A supporting  network of state-sponsored terrorist sympathizers and training camps has developed in the Western Hemisphere, chiefly through Venzuelan efforts to promote FARC and other such organizations. 






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    Differences and Similarities Between Gangs, Cults ... - cides

    cides.fryshuset.se/files/2012/07/differences_and_similarities.pdf

    by AM Doughten - ‎Related articles
    funded studies attempt to link gangs with terrorist groups although there are ...correlation between baseline conduct disorder (persistent behavioral pattern  ...



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    The Relationship between Criminal and Terrorist ...

    www.thecre.com/ccsf/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Lanzante.pdf

    by JA Lanzante - ‎2009 - ‎Cited by 2 - ‎Related articles
    relationship forming between criminal and terrorist organizations in terms of .....Individually, the criminal organizations, criminal gangs, and terrorist affiliated.



  • Criminal gangs work in tandem with terrorists, Senate body ...

    www.dawn.com/news/1037496

    Dawn
    Aug 22, 2013 - “The more serious problem in Pakistan is that terrorists and anti-state ...Tell the committee about coordination between the gangs of Khyber  ...













  • *Contents

    • **al-Fuqra - tied to attacks on Indians, Afghan mujahideen recruitment, 1993 New York bomb plot and WTC bombing, DC sniper John Allen Muhammed, shoe bomber Richard Reid and Daniel Pearl murder
    • **Armenian gang - members sent to Syria to defend pro-Iran government of Assad
    • **Black gangs Crips street gangs on the east coast operated as a support cell for suspected PLO members in the United States. Proceeds were sold for cash that was body carried overseas to the Middle East. 
    • **El Rukns converted muslims planned on blowing up American commercial airliners for the Libyan government.
    • **El Salvador Nelson Comandari was of Lebanese and Palestinian decent and politically connected to the Salvadorian Revolutionary Party
    • **IRA Irish Republican Army (Catholic) trained together with the PLO and Muslim terrorists in Libya and the Bekka Valley.
    • **Iran
    • **Mexican gangs work for Hezbollah
    • **Multi-ethnic 
    • **Syria Rebels





    *Topics

    **al-Fuqra - tied to attacks on Indians, mujahideen recuitment, 1993 New York bomb plot and WTC bombing, DC sniper John Allen Muhammed, shoe bomber Richard Reid and Daniel Pearl murder

    Jamaat al-Fuqra - Arabic for "community of the impoverished" - founded in the 1980s by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, a religious figure from Pakistanirst bombmaker - was Stephen Paul Paster, who converted from Judaism to Islam. Paster was convicted for his role in the 1983 bombing of a Portland, Ore., hotel owned by the Hindu Bhagwan Rajneesh cult from India.  U.S. government claims that al-Fuqra members were involved in 13 bombings and arsons during the 1980s and 1990s and were responsible for at least 17 homicides targeting Indian and mainstream muslims.  many al-Fuqra members have fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Lebanon, Bosnia and Chechnya. Clement Hampton-el provided weapons training the Brooklyn Jihad Office and Hampton-el was convicted along with several other men, including Nosair's cousin, Ibrahim Elgabrowny and Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as The Blind Sheikh, in the 1993 New York Bomb Plot Case, and sentenced to serve 35 years.

    investigators working on the D.C. sniper case tied convicted killer John Allen Muhammed to al-Fuqra. Rumors also surfaced that "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid was connected to the group. Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in fact, was investigating the Reid/al-Fuqra connection and was in the process of attempting to interview Gilani when he was abducted and killed.
    http://world-news-research.com/fringegroups.html

    **Armenian gang

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/la-gang-members-syria-organized-crime-terrorism-converge/story?id=22757254&page=2
    march 3, 2014 Two Los Angeles gang members appear to have emerged armed and dangerous in the middle of Syria’s civil war, a senior counter-terrorism official confirmed to ABC News,..subjects are gang members, one Armenian and the other Latino, -- not radicalized Islamist jihadis -- fighting with Hezbollah militias to defend the secular regime of Bashar al-Assad, and they are not U.S. citizens.  In a video posted recently on YouTube, a heavily gang-tattooed and camouflaged duo, who call themselves "Creeper" and "Wino," brandish AK-47s while saying that they're "in Syria, gangbangin'.”The Mexican mafia also is known to have ties to Hezbollah. In late 2007, counter-terrorism agents from the FBI and DEA in Operation Bell Bottoms busted several businesses in the Los Angeles area that were peddling cocaine and counterfeit designer clothing in a storefront operation run by the Mexican mafia that financially benefited Hezbollah, sources said at the time... displaying his "APX3" gang tattoos symbolizing the Westside Armenian Power gang and admits he was deported from the U.S. several years ago, leaving behind a child in Los Angeles.


    **Black gangs


    from http://www.corrections.com/articles/18629-ideological-connections-between-gangs-and-terrorists
    Gangs do the Dirty Work

    Bloods, and the Black Guerilla Family (BGF), a revolutionary anti-US government prison gang, have shared more than a jail cell together. Bloods street gang members have been recruited by the BGF to sell drugs, commit high-end burglaries and allegedly to commit contract murders. Crips street gangs on the east coast operated as a support cell for suspected PLO members in the United States by stealing mail and other property (credit cards, treasury checks, clothing), and fencing the stolen property at the PLO members convenience store. Most of the proceeds were sold for cash that was body carried overseas to the Middle East.

    In New York and Washington DC, a local street gang exists calling themselves the PLO and brag that they are the sons of actual PLO members. They are, however, heavily involved in the smuggling of untaxed cigarettes and other fraudulent activities (credit cards, counterfeit currency) which has been a lucrative funding source for terrorist groups in the US.





    ** El Rukns 

    converted muslims planned on blowing up American commercial airliners for the Libyan government. In 1986, the leader of El Rukns, Jeff Fort was incarcerated and masterminded a terrorist act against the United States. He and members of his gang planned to purchase anti-aircraft missiles and fire the missiles at passing airliners flying over Chicago in exchange for over 2 million dollars from Moammar Khadafy of Libya. Of course, thanks to local, state and federal law enforcement in Chicagoland, Fort and several members of El Rukns were arrested during the attempted purchase of the missiles. Several members of El Rukns fled to the Middle East and are believed to be living in Libya.


    ** El Salvador Nelson Comandari was of Lebanese and Palestinian decent and politically connected to the Salvadorian Revolutionary Party

    In 2003, Nelson Comandari was arrested at the border returning from El Salvador and extradited to New York where he was prosecuted for a unrelated multiple-kilo cocaine conspiracy. It turned out that Comandari was of Lebanese and Palestinian decent and politically connected to the Salvadorian Revolutionary Party—Farabondo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), as were many other MS-13 members. A statue of PLO leader Yasser Arafat stands in his honor in San Salvador dedicated to him for his assistance in the Salvadorian Revolution (from 1980-92). policemag.com

    **IRA Irish Republican Army (Catholic) trained together with the PLO and Muslim terrorists in Libya and the Bekka Valley. policemag.com



    **Iran











  • smallwarsjournal.com/documents/killebrewgangs.pdf

    Small Wars Journal
    gangsThere is also growing circum- stantial evidence of mutual support between .... fia, but the particular gangs that are the focus ... primarily Latino gangs like MS-13 and The .... briefer told the author, “I can't show you a 'smoking gunbetween Iran andMS-13 in the United States, but. I can give you enough circumstantial.







  • I can't show you a smoking gun between MS-13 latino gangs, and Iran, but there is enough circumstantial evidence to believe it exists - black muslim gang helped in 1993 World Trade center bombing ....







  • May | 2009 | Fairly Civil

    tomdiazgunsandgangs.com/2009/05/

    May 28, 2009 - There is more of interest from this report — especially about ... But, it wasn't just Prouty who was part of the alleged conspiracy. .... Evidence suggests that Hezbollah is developing ties to Mexican ...







    1. How Middle Eastern criminal gangs began establishing no ...

      1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/

      Jan 29, 2008 - In effect the Lebanese crime gangs were handed the keys to Sydney. The most .... I am fed up with these Iranian Persian males not making any  ...
    2. The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia IT WAS ABOUT 1995 to 1996 that the emergence of Middle Eastern crime groups was first observed in New South Wales. Before then they had been largely known for individual acts of anti-social behaviour and loose family structures involved in heroin importation and supply as well as motor vehicle theft and conversion. The one crime that did appear organised before this period was insurance fraud, usually motor vehicle accidents and arson. Because these crimes were largely victimless, they were dealt with by insurance companies and police involvement was limited. But from these insurance scams, a generation of young criminals emerged to become engaged in more sophisticated crimes, such as extortion, armed robbery, organised narcotics importation and supply, gun running, organised factory and warehouse break-ins, car theft and conversion on a massive scale including the exporting of stolen luxury vehicles to Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries - See more at: http://1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/#sthash.etDZY2Vu.dpuf
    1. impact that this leadership team had on day-to-day operational policing was disastrous. In many of the key areas that were experiencing rapid rises in Middle Eastern crime, these new leaders became more concerned with relations between the police and ethnic minorities than with emerging violent crime. The power and influence of the local religious and minority leaders cannot be overstated. Police began to use selective law enforcement. They selected targets that were unlikely to use their ethnic background and cultural beliefs to hinder police investigations or arrests. It was mostly Anglo-Saxons and Asians that were the targets, because they were under-represented by religious leaders and the media. They were soft targets… - See more at: http://1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/#sthash.etDZY2Vu.dpuf

    2. hundreds upon hundreds of incidents police have backed down to Middle Eastern thugs and taken no action and allowed incidents to go unpunished. Again I stress the unbelievable influence that local politicians and religious leaders played in covering up the real state of play in the south-west. - See more at: http://1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/#sthash.etDZY2Vu.dpuf

    3. Ryan-inspired OCR had just six crimes. And those six included domestic violence, random breath testing, theft, robbery, assaults and motor vehicle theft — no drugs, organised crime, firearms, shootings, attempted murders, homicides. The crimes that instil fear into the average citizen were ignored, and with plenty of innovative answers as to why. The OCR focused police attention on a limited number of crimes and allowed far more serious and deadly crimes to get out of control…

      With no organised crime function, no gang unit except for the South-East Asian Strike Force, the New South Wales Police turned against every convention known to Western policing in dealing with organised crime groups. In effect the Lebanese crime gangs were handed the keys to Sydney.
      - See more at: http://1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/#sthash.etDZY2Vu.dpuf
    4. most influential of the Middle Eastern crime groups are the Muslim males of Telopea Street, Bankstown, known as the Telopea Street Boys. They and their associates have been involved in numerous murders over the past five years, many of them unprovoked fatal attacks on young Australian men for no other reason than that they are “Skips”, as they call Australians. They have been involved in all manner of crime on a scale we have never seen before. Ram-raids on expensive stores in the city are epidemic. The theft of expensive motor vehicles known as car-jacking is increasing at an alarming rate. This crime involves gangs finding a luxury motor vehicle parked outside a restaurant or hotel and watching until the occupants return to drive home. The car is followed, the victims assaulted at gunpoint, and the vehicle stolen. The vehicles are always around or above the $100,000 mark and are believed to be taken to warehouses before being shipped interstate or to the Middle East…
      Australia’s racial vilification laws, along with the entire “multiculturalism” industry, worked together to keep the growing debacle concealed from public scrutiny.
      Tim Priest explained where this willful blindness would eventually lead:
      I wonder whether the inventors of the racial hatred laws introduced during the golden years of multiculturalism ever took into account that we, the silent majority, would be the target of racial violence and hatred. I don’t remember any charges being laid in conjunction with the gang rapes of south-western Sydney in 2001, where race was clearly an issue and race was used to humiliate the victims. But then, unbelievably, a publicly-funded document produced by the Anti-Discrimination Board called “The Race for Headlines” was circulated, and it sought not only to cover up race as a motive for the rapes, but to criticise any accurate media reporting on this matter as racially biased.
      - See more at: http://1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/#sthash.etDZY2Vu.dpufAre jihadis still operating in Australia?
      - See more at: http://1389blog.com/2008/01/29/mideast-gangs-no-go-areas-in-sydney/#sthash.etDZY2Vu.dpuf


    5. Unfortunately, yes, as shown in our other articles about events in Australia. As in the US, the legal system in Australia makes it difficult to curtail enemy jihadist activity. It’s time we all muster the political will to do something about that. See Islamic supremacist, pro-sharia conferences should be banned for more
    6. Nov 26, 2010 - IRANIAN drug gangs are turning Asia into a drug-trafficking dystopia, ...by the regional office of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
    7. www.smh.com.au › World

      The Sydney Morning Herald

    8. How Thailand's trade in fake passports fuels crime gangs ...


      www.theguardian.com › News › World news › Thailand


      The Guardian
      Mar 10, 2014 - (The counterfeiting gang's alleged ringleader, Iranian-born Seyed Paknejad, 45, was arrested but jumped bail and fled, on a fake Turkish  .
    9. www.thenational.ae/.../gang-member-who-abducted-british-...

      The National
      May 28, 2014 - Iranian man is one of three gang members in custody but three others are still ... to expose the perpetrators and unveil the details of their crime.
    10. Vancouver busts up gang led by Iranian | - Iran Times

      iran-times.com/vancouver-busts-up-gang-led-by-iranian/

      Vancouver police have filed drug and firearms charges against six people in a gang led by an Iranian-Canadian. The gang leader, Saeed Sajadi, 29, was  ...gang leader, Saeed Sajadi, 29, was caught earlier this month by US immigration just two days after a warrant was issued in Canada for his arrest... In Atlanta, US immigration identified him as wanted by Canada.  He was denied entry into the United States and put on the next flight to Toronto where police arrested him on landing... charged along with five others in a multi-ethnic gang.  From their names, the others charged are two Chinese, two Vietnamese and a Latina. Vancouver has a very eclectic gang movement centered on drugs.  Iranians have become very involved in that gang movement. 
    11. Iran's Cartel Strategy - War on the Rocks

      warontherocks.com/.../irans-cartel-strategy-the-islamic-revolutionary-gua...

      Aug 14, 2013 - On October 11, 2011, Iranian nationals Manssor Arbabsiar and ....Gang-cartel crime in Chicago, Texas, and yes, LA is on the rise as the cartels  ...n the Western hemisphere, traffic in illegal drugs to feed drug markets principally (but not exclusively) in the United States has led to the rise of powerful drug trafficking rings commonly called “cartels,” first in Colombia, but now also in Mexico.  The Mexican TCOs, allied with cocaine producers in the Colombian jungles, have extensive distribution networks throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the United States.  They provide “retail” distribution to gangs like MS13, the 18th Street Gang or the Crips and Bloods in every major American city and many mid-size and small ones.  Despite strenuous efforts by the Mexican government, among others, the cartelsare conducting what amounts to a successful insurgencyin Mexico and Central America, weakening and in some cases supplanting local governments with campaigns of corruption and unrestrained brutality and violence.
      The cartels, though, are not the only actors in the hemisphere’s drug trade.  Under the late Hugo Chavez, the government of Venezuela supported Colombian cocaine producers, while also opening the country to Iranian influence.  Chavez’ Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), which included states like Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, has forged close military ties with Iran.  In 2006, Iranian advisors of the Iranian Republican Guards Corps (IRGC) were embedded in the Venezuelan army.  Along with senior members of the Venezuelan government, the IRGC is involved in the illicit narcotics trade as well, which is consistent with its other function as a quasi-business enterprise.  In support of Iranian foreign policy, the IRGC acts as a flexible, ideologically committed military force that also manages a huge, semi-legitimate business empire in Iran.  The smaller Iranian Quds Force, which has fewer business associations, acts as a special operations force and a covert arm of Iran’s government.
      Hostility toward the United States is fundamental to the ideological outlook of Iran’s ruling theocracy, which considers itself at war with the U.S. Employment of the IRGC and Quds Force against America, whether in Iraq (where members of the Quds Force were captured by American troops) or in the Western Hemisphere, where the IRCG and Quds Force participate in anti-US training of local forces and in an illicit drug trade that weakens the United States at home. That Iran has relationships with TCOs with deep ties inside the United States is a fact; the question is what, if anything, the Iranians intend to do with this capability.
    12. How Iranians came to deal drugs in Japan | The ... - France 24

      observers.france24.com/.../20140228-iranians-deal-drugs-japan-yakuza

      Feb 28, 2014 - In Japan’s underworld of organised crime, there is of course the... A wave of Iranian immigrants headed to Japan after the Iraq-Iran war ... in Italy , Mexican drug cartels, Montenegrin gangs and much much more.In Japan, Yakuzas are at the top of the crime pyramid. The lowest rung is the chinpira, who are the street-level thugs. They started hiring Iranians to sell their drugs. No Iranians were ever allowed to become Yakuza members – they are very nationalist, and would never let any foreigners into their family. After a few years of this, the police caught on and started hiring Persian speakers to help them snag these criminals. 
    **Mexican gangs

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/la-gang-members-syria-organized-crime-terrorism-converge/story?id=22757254&page=2
    march 3, 2014 Two Los Angeles gang members appear to have emerged armed and dangerous in the middle of Syria’s civil war, a senior counter-terrorism official confirmed to ABC News,..subjects are gang members, one Armenian and the other Latino, -- not radicalized Islamist jihadis -- fighting with Hezbollah militias to defend the secular regime of Bashar al-Assad, and they are not U.S. citizens.  In a video posted recently on YouTube, a heavily gang-tattooed and camouflaged duo, who call themselves "Creeper" and "Wino," brandish AK-47s while saying that they're "in Syria, gangbangin'.”The Mexican mafia also is known to have ties to Hezbollah. In late 2007, counter-terrorism agents from the FBI and DEA in Operation Bell Bottoms busted several businesses in the Los Angeles area that were peddling cocaine and counterfeit designer clothing in a storefront operation run by the Mexican mafia that financially benefited Hezbollah, sources said at the time... displaying his "APX3" gang tattoos symbolizing the Westside Armenian Power gang and admits he was deported from the U.S. several years ago, leaving behind a child in Los Angeles.


    http://warontherocks.com/2013/08/irans-cartel-strategy-the-islamic-revolutionary-guard-corps-in-the-western-hemisphere-2/

     The Mexican TCOs, allied with cocaine producers in the Colombian jungles, have extensive distribution networks throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the United States.  They provide “retail” distribution to gangs like MS13, the 18th Street Gang or the Crips and Bloods in every major American city and many mid-size and small ones.  Despite strenuous efforts by the Mexican government, among others, the cartelsare conducting what amounts to a successful insurgencyin Mexico and Central America, weakening and in some cases supplanting local governments with campaigns of corruption and unrestrained brutality and violence.

    Mexican gangs and others, active in the Methamphetamine trade, purchase large quantities of Pseudoephedrine from Middle Eastern suppliers doing business in Canada. Many of these Middle Eastern Pseudoephedrine peddlers have been exposed as members of Hizbollah, a Lebanese terrorist organization. Additionally, much of the Pseudoephedrine supplied by Hizbollah ends up in the hands of Outlaw Biker gangs who run processing labs for Methamphetamine. These biker gangs purchase their psuedoephedrine from the Mexican street gangs, the Mexican Mafia, or the members of Hizbollah direct.


    **Multi-ethnic


    Gang led by Iranian-Canadian also has Chinese, Vietnamese and Latina
    1. Vancouver busts up gang led by Iranian | - Iran Times

      iran-times.com/vancouver-busts-up-gang-led-by-iranian/

      Vancouver police have filed drug and firearms charges against six people in a gang led by an Iranian-Canadian. The gang leader, Saeed Sajadi, 29, was  ...gang leader, Saeed Sajadi, 29, was caught earlier this month by US immigration just two days after a warrant was issued in Canada for his arrest... In Atlanta, US immigration identified him as wanted by Canada.  He was denied entry into the United States and put on the next flight to Toronto where police arrested him on landing... charged along with five others in a multi-ethnic gang.  From their names, the others charged are two Chinese, two Vietnamese and a Latina. Vancouver has a very eclectic gang movement centered on drugs.  Iranians have become very involved in that gang movement. 

    2. **Syria Rebels
    3. LA Gang members in Syria - Crime, Terrorism converge  fighters do not explicitly state their motivations for joining the Syrian conflict, the scarves Peeyakan and other fighters he's pictured with are wearing appear to show the face of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group that has joined the civil war on the side of Assad in the battle for Syria. Armenia and Iran enjoy close diplomatic ties, over U.S. objections. The Mexican mafia also is known to have ties to Hezbollah. In late 2007, counter-terrorism agents from the FBI and DEA in Operation Bell Bottoms busted several businesses in the Los Angeles area that were peddling cocaine and counterfeit designer clothing in a storefront operation run by the Mexican mafia that financially benefited Hezbollah, sources said at the time.


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