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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Something fishy in American teen's trip to Iraq...

Remember that snotty little American teen from Florida who went to Iraq without telling his parents? Well apparently it was all a lie. Not only did his parents KNOW he went to Baghdad, but that his father bought him the airline ticket!

Not only that but his father was arrested in 1985 for forgery and conspiracy charges in a scheme to print thousands of false Iraqi passports and military identification cards. Here is the text of the 1985 AP story, the kid's dad's name is Nouri K. Hassan:

May 7, 1985, Tuesday, AM cycle
SECTION: Domestic News
LENGTH: 472 words
DATELINE: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
BODY:
Four Iraqis, including a pro-Khomeini activist, were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday in a scheme to print false thousands of Iraqi passports and military identification cards, officials said.One of the four, Salah Jawad Schubber, 34, a doctoral student in New Orleans, is a Shiite Moslem and "self-proclaimed pro-Khomeini activist," said an FBI statement.

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's spiritual and government leader, has sworn he will destroy the regime headed by Saddam Hussein, Iraq's president. The two countries have been at war since September 1980.

The U.S. State Department took part in the investigation, said Michael Austrian, an agency spokesman.Austrian refused to discuss the possible target of the four alleged conspirators.

"Any time you have people trying to obtain false passports the possibility of terrorism raises its head," he said.

The Iraqi government had been informed of the affair, Austrian said, but he refused to give any further details, saying the case is now in adjudication.

The FBI "can't speculate" on possible political motivations in the case, said the agency's Miami spokesman, Joe Del Campo.T

he investigation lasted three months, the FBI said.

The four men were arrested on passport and conspiracy charges in Fort Lauderdale and were being held in the North Dade detention center pending a hearing before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday.

The men allegedly conspired to produce 2,000 false passports and the same number of forged military identification cards.

Also arrested were three brothers, Dr. Redha Hassan, 37, Nouri K. Hassan, 33, and Ali Hassan, 20, all of Fort Lauderdale.

The four were arrested "after Nori Hassan paid an undercover FBI agent $108,000 for the false documents," said the FBI statement.

The investigation began on a tip from Joel Feinstein, president of Printing and Marketing Consultants Inc. of Fort Lauderdale.The FBI said Feinstein told them he had been approached by Redha Hassan to print the false Iraqi passports and identification cards.

"Feinstein cooperated with the FBI throughout the investigation, to include introducing and working with an undercover FBI agent posing as a printer," the agency statement said.Schubber, an Iraqi citizen and a Shiite Moslem, was born and raised in Najas, Iraq, where Khomeini spent 15 years in exile from Iran between 1963 and 1978, the FBI said.

Redha Hassan is a naturalized U.S. citizen of Iraqi descent and a practicing anesthesiologist in Fort Lauderdale.

Nori Hassan is an Iraqi citizen and manages the Coconut Court Motel in Fort Lauderdale, and Ali Hassan is employed by a local food store chain.

All four were taken to the Fort Lauderdale FBI office and transported to the detention facility. The four were charged with a passport violation and conspiracy, the FBI said.

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