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03-03-2003, 12:16
The tecnics of CIA, I found this in the internet:

By Peter Finn
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, February 28, 2003; Page A14
FRANKFURT, Germany -- When the Islamic cleric from Yemen stepped off a jetliner in Frankfurt in early January, everything went as promised. Waiting at the terminal was a helpful fellow countryman who showed him to a Mercedes and drove him to the airport's Sheraton hotel, where a room had been booked.
Sheik Mohammed Ali Hassan Moayad, 54, had come to Frankfurt to meet a wealthy American Muslim from New York said to be interested in donating funds to charities that Moayad oversaw in the Middle East. At the hotel, the man introduced himself as Said Sharif bin Turi and appeared to be an American-born convert to the faith.
Over the next three days the two men sat down together several times to discuss money that the American might provide -- $50,000 a month, and not all for charity. Some would go to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, the American proposed.
Then, on the morning of Jan. 10, as Moayad and two other Yemenis had just begun prayers in his room, German police burst in, put guns to their heads and quickly blindfolded them. "You are all terrorists!" someone shouted in Arabic, apparently a police interpreter.
The rich American Muslim was in fact an undercover agent, a key figure in an elaborate transnational sting engineered by the FBI to lure Moayad from Yemen. The operation is described here based on court documents and interviews with lawyers, German officials and Yemeni diplomats.
U.S. officials contend that the sting netted a major funder of al Qaeda and the militant Palestinian group Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas. According to sealed court documents obtained by The Washington Post, Moayad claimed in the talks at the hotel that he was one of bin Laden's spiritual advisers and had supplied al Qaeda with money and recruits.
Moayad is now in jail in Germany as German officials consider a U.S. request that he be sent to New York to face federal charges of providing material support to terrorist organizations. So far, the German officials say, the United States has not provided sufficient evidence to support the claim and has been asked for more.
Moayad denies the charges, according to his attorney, Achim Schlott-Kotschote, who also says the United States has provided no proof of its allegations. "I'm sure they tried to fool him, tried to force him to say things," Schlott-Kotschote said of the three days of bugged meetings at the Sheraton. "Let's hear these tapes."
The operation opens a window on aggressive counter-terrorism operations in which U.S. agents travel the world, working closely with local authorities and, in this case, employing a tactic of deception once associated with fighting the Mob at home.
It also underlines U.S. authorities' belief that Islamic charities are sometimes fronts for collecting money for terrorists. Moayad's supporters say that if he had accepted money from the American, some would have gone to his charities in Yemen and some to Hamas, but none to al Qaeda. Hamas has an armed wing and has organized suicide bombings against Israelis, but it also operates social services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including health clinics. The U.S. government officially classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization.
"This investigation has been a joint investigation with the Germans. This has been a cooperative effort from the start," said a Justice Department official, declining to comment further. U.S. officials said they view the German request for more information as a routine element in Moayad's extradition.
The arrest has strained relations between the United States and Yemen, a U.S. ally in the war on terrorism. "We want him sent back to Yemen and we will hand him over to be dealt with by the courts if the U.S. delivered proofs of these allegations," said Mohy Dhabbi, Yemen's ambassador to Germany, in a written response to questions.
Yemeni officials are skeptical that such proof exists. "Sheik Al-Moayad is a simple religious man, who is doing a lot of charity works," Dhabbi said. "He is beloved by the people he is dealing with."
According to the Yemeni Embassy and other accounts, Moayad is a prominent figure in Sanaa, Yemen's capital. In 1998, he co-founded the city's sprawling Al Ehsan Mosque and Community Center, which feeds about 9,000 poor families a day from its bakery and provides free education and medical care to the indigent. The sheik, who has long suffered from asthma and diabetes and was found to have hepatitis after his capture here, is also a high-ranking member of an Islamic opposition political party, Islah.
According to a Justice Department memo sent to German authorities, the FBI has long been interested in Moayad. Investigations have shown that for years he collected money from several individuals and a mosque in the New York borough of Brooklyn and channeled some of the funds to al Qaeda.
The sting began to take form last fall. Moayad was approached at his mosque in Sanaa by a man who said he had grown up in the sheik's neighborhood and now lived in New York. Identifying himself as Mohammed Aansi, he told the sheik that he had "connections to people in New York who want to support [charitable] things and are willing to donate," according to the transcript of a joint FBI-German police interview with Mohammed Moshen Yahya Zayed, the sheik's assistant, who was detained with him.
Aansi first tried to entice Moayad to travel to the United States to meet with these people, but the sheik was wary. After further discussions in Sanaa, Aansi suggested Germany as a place to confer with the American. He told Moayad that he also could get medical treatment there for his worsening diabetes. The cleric agreed to go.
Aansi, who claimed to have made a fortune in New York, bought airline tickets for Moayad and his assistant, booked them into the hotel in Frankfurt and provided about $500 for extra expenses, including visas from the German Embassy in Sanaa, according to German and Yemeni sources.
Just who Aansi is remains unclear. "We think that Al-Aansi is a pseudonym and that he used this name for this operation," said the Yemeni ambassador, Dhabbi, in his written response.
Sometime in 2002, U.S. authorities sought German cooperation. Late in the year, German police obtained a warrant to bug the hotel rooms. And on Jan. 5 this year, a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York issued a sealed warrant for Moayad's arrest, charging him with supporting al Qaeda and Hamas.
Two days later, the sheik and his secretary landed in Germany and were met at the airport by Aansi, who took them to the nearby Sheraton in the Mercedes.
According to German sources, the two Yemenis have said they thought their bags were searched after they left their room, but they did not dwell on it. Nor did they wonder why bin Turi, allegedly a millionaire, was sharing a room with Aansi instead of staying in his own suite.
The four met two or three times over the next three days. Bin Turi, apparently to establish his bona fides, recited a couple of verses from the Koran but otherwise could not speak Arabic, so Aansi interpreted, according to German sources. The content of what Moayad said in those conversations remains the subject of disagreement between the accused and U.S. authorities.
According to U.S. documents, Moayad told bin Turi that bin Laden regarded him as his religious guide and that Maoyad supplied al Qaeda and Hamas with money and recruits. A Justice Department submission to German authorities says that a document found in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, noted that a Yemeni recruit said Moayad had referred him to a terrorist training camp.
U.S. officials separately allege that Moayad is an associate of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, al Qaeda's chief of operations in the Persian Gulf region. He was apprehended in November in a Persian Gulf country and taken to a secret U.S. detention center.
But Zayed, the assistant, who is related to Moayad by marriage, told his interrogators, including an FBI agent, that Moayad rejected the methods of al Qaeda.
"Yes, he met bin Laden," said Zayed, according to a transcript. "It is true the sheik said something like that. But the sheik said more. As far as I can remember, he said he has more knowledge of Islamic theology than bin Laden. He taught bin Laden some things. But when he realized later, like other sheiks, that bin Laden no longer corresponded to Islam's teaching, he distanced himself from bin Laden."
Zayed also said: "I have heard nothing about a current relationship."
At the hotel, the American allegedly told Moayad that he was willing to give $50,000 a month for "jihad" and that he wanted the money to be split among the sheik's charitable work, al Qaeda and Hamas.
But Zayed said: "It was discussed whether the financial support should also go to the mujaheddin [holy warriors]. The sheik said he could only give [a share of] the money to Hamas."
In any case, it is a crime under U.S. law to provide financial support to Hamas, because of its status as an officially designated terrorist organization.
When the police burst into the hotel room to make the arrests, the man calling himself Aansi was also present and was hauled away. He has not been seen since by the Yemeni prisoners, nor has the American who played the part of the donor.
Staff writer Susan Schmidt in Washington and special correspondent Souad Mekhennet in Frankfurt contributed to this report.
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