Tre personer er pågrepet i USA for å samle inn penger til terror mot amerikanere i utlandet. Det dreier seg om en imam ved en moske i Florida og hans to sønner.
Men det mest oppsiktsvekkende er at de arbeidet for Pakistans Taliban. Det er nok et bevis for at PT ikke er en lokal gruppe, men har spredt sine tentakler over hele verden. Det vil nok bekymre USA på mange måter.
Officials said the suspects raised up to $45,000 and were linked to the Pakistani Taliban, the same group that recruited the would-be Times Square bomber in New York last year.
They also are alleged to have been deeply involved in assaults against U.S. interests abroad, such as the December 2009 suicide attack on a U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan, that killed seven CIA operatives just across the Pakistani border, and the April 2010 suicide bombing at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, that killed six Pakistani citizens.
According to the indictment, the six were charged with soliciting, collecting and transferring money from U.S. to supporters of the Taliban in Pakistan. They used bank accounts and wire transfers to move the funds, with the money intended to purchase guns and other weapons to further the Taliban’s efforts to overthrow the Pakistani government and attack Americans there.
The alleged ringleader, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, a 76-year-old U.S. citizen and imam at the Miami Mosque, sent more funds to support an Islamic madrassa school he founded and controlled in the Swat region of Pakistan. He also allegedly used the school to shelter militants and teach the «children from his madrassa to learn to kill Americans in Afghanistan.»
Ali Khan var 76 år og borger av USA, men likevel konspirerte han for å drepe amerikanere. Han drev en madrassa i Swat der elevene ble lært opp til å hate amerikanere. Det gir unektelig perspektiver på krigen mot terror.
Han var ren religiøs leder, men brukte posisjonen til å oppfordre til drap på borgerne av landet som hadde tatt generøst mot ham.
Authorities also picked up Hafiz Khan on a recording in which he reportedly discussed the attack at Khost, and declared his «wish that God kill 50,000 more.»
Hafiz Khan, said U.S. Atty. Wifredo A. Ferrer in Miami, «despite being an imam or spiritual leader, was by no means a man of peace. Instead he acted with others to support terrorists to further acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming.»