Thursday, May 03, 2007

FBI agent testifies he posed as al-Qaida recruiter in terror case

"Could you just say what you want to blow up into this innocent little button on my shirt."

An FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaida recruiter in a terrorism investigation testified Thursday at a doctor's trial, recalling that a key conspirator in the case showed him how he could strangle somebody with his prayer beads.

Nothing shows your faith in God like sending someone to meet him with your holy paraphernalia.

The agent, Ali Soufan, is a key witness in the terrorism trail against the doctor, Rafiq Abdus Sabir, 52, who was charged two years ago with pledging to provide material support to al-Qaida by offering to treat the group's injured fighters.

That just goes to show you should know who you're talking to when you're trying to join forces with a global terrorist network in order to wreak havoc upon the civilized world. Best bet? Only tell your mother.

Most of Soufan's testimony in nearly a day on the witness stand revolved around conversations he had with Tarik Shah, a martial arts expert and jazz musician who said he wanted to introduce him to Sabir. Several taped conversations from a meeting between the agent and Shah in Plattsburgh, N.Y. were played for the jury.

Wow, he had a lot to offer to al-qaeda. He could provide medical assistance to wounded terrorists, teach them hand to hand combat techniques and, with the lights down low, he could lighten the mood with some excellent jazz tunes. Wait, don't fanatical Islamist hate music?


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