Federal Probe Identifies Cracks in ICE

Passport fraud, money laundering and potential terrorist findings from the inside

Ahmed Adil ABDALLAT

Posted By Newssleuth: The federal Indictment is below the fold.

By Douglass J. Hagman, Northeast Intelligence Network,  March 7, 2011

There is a major national scandal involving multiple breaches of national security by Muslims working in federal law enforcement positions that you are not hearing about. Through a combination of blatant stupidity and calculated design, we’ve let our enemies inside our “house” and access to our security, which is a situation that is purposely being downplayed by this administration and the complicit corporate media.

The very people who embrace the ideology that caused the mass slaughter of 3,000 people nearly ten years ago has infiltrated nearly all agencies of our government, from the White House to various law enforcement agencies. A glimpse into the realm of corruption and the “impossible allegiance” by practicing Muslims to their job and country is illustrated by a recent case involving an intelligence analyst working for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It should provide an indication of just how bad things really are.

Last week, testimony in a Texas courtroom disclosed that an investigation of “alleged misconduct” by a “small number of employees” of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is in progress. By all accounts, that is an understatement that is being reported by the corporate media. According to sources close to this author, the number of government employees under suspicion is growing, and most involve Muslims working in positions of law enforcement authority and oversight.

The corporate media is reporting this story as a case of passport fraud or misuse by an official within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but it’s a much larger story that involves high-ranking officials, alleged monetary kickbacks, blackmail and potential money laundering for Middle Eastern terrorists.

Washington, DC ICE Deputy Director Placed on Administrative Leave

On 4 February 2011, the deputy director of intelligence at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington, DC, James M. WOOSLEY, was escorted from his desk and the building by internal security officials. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of allegations that he helped an employee submit fake travel expense reports and received financial kickbacks from the employee for his efforts. As of this date, he has yet to be charged with any crime.

As WOOSLEY was being escorted from ICE headquarters, FBI agents were raiding the El Paso, Texas home of WOOLSEY subordinate ICE Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Ahmed Adil ABDALLAT, 63, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan and a devout Muslim. The FBI seized nearly 30 boxes of evidence from ABDALLAT’s residence.

A federal detention hearing for ABDALLAT was held last week, who is also accused of using a diplomatic passport to make eight (8) unauthorized personal trips to Jordan since 2007. The trips are at the center of the allegedly fictitious travel reimbursements.

In March 2007, ABDALLAT was issued a diplomatic passport to perform various temporary duties in U.S. Embassy’s in several foreign countries. The indictment alleges that on eight different occasions since October 2007, ABDALLAT used his official diplomatic passport for the personal purposes to travel to and from Amman, Jordan. Half of those trips occurred after ABDALLAT was permanently assigned to duty in El Paso and no longer had any official embassy, mission or related activities which required overseas travel on a diplomatic passport.

During last week’s detention hearing, FBI Special Agent Shannon N. Enochs testified that WOOSLEY,  ABDALLAT ‘s supervisor for over ten years, approved ABDALLAT‘s bogus travel expenses that totaled about $123,000.  WOOSLEY and another official reporting to him were reportedly paid about $58,000 as part of the plan. According to the FBI agent’s testimony, ABDALLAT would compensate WOOSLEY by personal checks, wire transfers to his bank account, and left him cash at his DC headquarters. ABDALLAT also allegedly paid some of WOOSLEY’s mortgage and utility bills.

ABDALLAT, meanwhile, reportedly made three wire transfers to Jordan totaling over a half-million dollars during a six-month period. An investigation being headed by the FBI has also linked ABDALLAT to Jordanian bank accounts containing an additional $1.2 million.

According to sources close to this author, the investigation involves additional officials within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and financial transactions that exceed the total amounts identified to date.

Here is the complete “SEALED” INDICTMENT

Abdallat, Ahmed Fed Complaint

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26 responses to “Federal Probe Identifies Cracks in ICE

  1. Is the name Woolsey?

  2. ICE intelligence chief suspended in fraud probe
    The Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A top U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement intelligence officer has been suspended amid allegations he helped a subordinate file bogus travel expense reports and took some of the cash they generated, an FBI agent testified in a Texas courtroom Wednesday.

    James M. Woosley was ICE’s deputy director of intelligence at headquarters in Washington until he was placed on administrative leave Feb. 4. His suspension came the same day the FBI raided the El Paso home of Ahmed Adil Abdallat, a supervisory ICE intelligence analyst, and seized at least 29 boxes of evidence.

    Abdallat is accused of using a diplomatic passport to make eight personal trips to Jordan since October 2007, and receiving about $123,000 in reimbursements from phony travel expenses. He is also the subject of a larger money laundering investigation after he made three wire transfers worth a combined $570,000 to Jordan over a six month period, according to the FBI. Authorities also linked Abdallat to an additional $1.2 million in Jordanian bank accounts.

    Abdallat, 63, is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Jordan. He appeared at a federal detention hearing in El Paso that stretched well into the evening. Magistrate Judge David C. Guaderrama did not immediately rule late Wednesday on whether he would be eligible for bail.

    During the hearing, FBI Special Agent Shannon N. Enochs said determining how Abdallat obtained the money in Jordan is “a priority,” saying “the only thing we’re sure of is there is more than $1 million waiting for him in Amman,” that country’s capital.

    “We have no idea how he got that much money,” said Enochs, though he noted that Abdallat had until recently been receiving an annual salary of over $100,000 at ICE.

    Enochs testified that Woosley approved Abdallat’s phony travel expenses and that he and another federal official who worked for Woosley were paid about $58,000 as part of the scheme. He said Woosley was Abdallat’s supervisor for “over 10 years.” He said Abdallat mailed Woosley checks, wired him money, paid his utility and mortgage bills, and sometimes even traveled to Washington to leave his boss cash in drawers.

    The FBI agent said scrutiny of Abdallat’s personal e-mails revealed evidence that Woosley tried to arrange for an official trip to Jordan for Abdallat “around 2009,” after Abdallat’s mother died. That trip was not approved, and Abdallat ended up paying his own way.

    Abdallat’s attorney, Mary Stillinger, said after the hearing that her client was facing “worst case scenario, a couple years in prison.” She said he had cooperated fully during interviews with FBI investigators — most of which focused on Woosley. She said there has been no discussion about lessening the punishment Abdallat might face for cooperating in any larger investigation.

    Abdallat was issued a diplomatic passport between 2005 and 2007 after being detailed to the ICE attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Enochs said. About 10 FBI agents raiding his home found 31 stamps in a diplomatic passport that was still valid, and Enochs said that while he didn’t know how many of those stamps might have represented authorized travel, Abdallat never got clearance to travel to Jordan on official business.

    Authorities also seized a personal U.S. passport that had no entry stamps or visas in it, and two expired Jordanian passports, Enochs said.

    Enochs said Abdallat admitted to investigators that he had produced fake receipts as part of the expense-report scheme. But he also said Abdallat became “very evasive” when investigators asked about national security concerns that sending so much money abroad might raise.

    Abdallat had secret security clearance but had been denied past requests for additional access because ICE authorities determined he had made misstatements during past routine background checks, including about how he ended his service in the Jordanian Air Force, Enochs said.

    Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  3. Something about this whole thing seems fishy to me. A setup?

    • Maybe not Miri. Alot of Saudi and Jordanian connections floating around these days…alot of money too..

    • You know why I thought it was a setup? I was confusing Woosley with James Woolsey. In the back of my mind, I remembered that he was what passes for a conservative among libs. If that’s possible. He worked CIA for Rep. and Dem. administrations. My bad. I thought it was THAT guy, when it’s really Woosley Dum.

      Figures that Barry shut down the investigation. I wonder how it even got as far as it did? They’re covering up that gun story, too, how agents allowed guns to be run to Mexico. What a joke of an administration. And Americans die and will die because of it. When is Congress going to get their butts in gear?

        • Robert James Woolsey Jr. (born September 21, 1941) is a foreign policy specialist and former Director of Central Intelligence and head of the Central Intelligence Agency (February 5, 1993 – January 10, 1995).

          Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he graduated from Tulsa Central High School. In 1963 he received his BA from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), and in 1965 his MA from Oxford University — where he was a Rhodes Scholar — and an LLB from Yale Law School in 1968.

          Woolsey was founder and president of Yale Citizens for Eugene McCarthy for President from 1967 to 1968. He was prominently active in the anti-Vietnam War movement.

          [edit] CareerWoolsey has been known primarily as a neoconservative Democrat — hawkish on foreign policy issues but liberal on economic and social issues. He endorsed Senator John McCain for president and served as one of McCain’s foreign policy advisors. He has called himself a “Scoop Jackson Democrat” and a “Joe Lieberman Democrat”, with “social democratic” domestic views. He regards the label ‘neoconservative’ as a “silly term”.

          Woolsey has held important positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations. His influence has been felt during the administrations of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Woolsey is known as well recently for clearly articulating the national security argument in support of moving away from fossil fuels and towards distributed generation. He also advocates for measures to fight global warming and against global warming skeptics.

          Woolsey has served in the U.S. government as:

          Advisor (during military service) on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT 1), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970
          General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–73
          Associate, Shea Gardner law firm, 1973–77; partner, Shea Gardner, 1979–89, 1991–93

          Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979
          Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST), Geneva, 1983–1986
          Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991
          Director of Central Intelligence, 1993–1995

          James Woolsey with Reginald Victor Jones and Jeanne de Clarens (field officer, source of scientific intelligence, captured by Nazis) in 1993.He is currently a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) Board of Advisors, Advisor of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, Founding Member of the Set America Free Coalition, and a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton for Global Strategic Security (since July 15, 2002). He is a Patron of the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank based in Cambridge. He was formerly chairman of the Freedom House board of trustees.

          Woolsey is also a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and was one of the signatories to the January 26, 1998 letter sent to President Clinton that called for the removal of Saddam Hussein. That same year he served on the Rumsfeld Commission, which investigated the threat of ballistic missiles for the US Congress.

          Within hours of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Woolsey appeared on television suggesting Iraqi complicity. In September 2002, as Congress was deliberating authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq, Woolsey told The Wall Street Journal that he believed that Iraq was also connected to the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In July 2006, he called on the US to bomb Syria.[citation needed]

          On a January 14, 2009 interview by Peter Robinson in the program Uncommon Knowledge, Woolsey described the CIA’s intelligence about alleged Iraqi chemical and biological weapons as a “failure” before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He criticized the Bush administration for lumping together many different materials with different capabilities under the broad category of ‘weapons of mass destruction’. He also stated that the Iraqis engaged on “red on red deception” in which Generals were led to falsely believe that their rival Generals had weapons, and he described the American intelligence failure as a reasonable mistake rather than an act of incompetence.

          Woolsey is supportive of current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta, whom he has compared to Kennedy-era CIA head John McCone.

          Along with six other former directors, Woolsey was one of the signatories to the September 18, 2009 letter sent to President Obama[9] urging The President to exercise authority to reverse Attorney General Holder’s August 24 decision to re-open the criminal investigation of CIA interrogations.

          Relationship with President ClintonAs Director of Central Intelligence, Woolsey is notable for having a very limited relationship with President Clinton. According to journalist Richard Miniter:

          Never once in his two-year tenure did CIA director James Woolsey ever have a one-on-one meeting with Clinton. Even semiprivate meetings were rare. They only happened twice. Woolsey told me: “It wasn’t that I had a bad relationship with the president. It just didn’t exist.”

          Another quote about his relationship with Clinton, according to Paula Kaufman of Insight on the News:

          Remember the guy who in 1994 crashed his plane onto the White House lawn? That was me trying to get an appointment to see President Clinton.

          David Halberstam notes in War in a Time of Peace that Clinton chose Woolsey for CIA director because the Clinton campaign had courted neoconservatives leading up to the 1992 election, promising to be tougher on Taiwan, Bosnia, and human rights in China, and it was decided that they ought to give at least one neoconservative a job in the administration.

          U.S. energy policyMain article: U.S. Energy Independence
          Woolsey was a keynote speaker at the EELPJ symposium on wind energy and biofuels in Houston, Texas on February 23, 2007, during which he outlined the national security arguments in favor of moving away from fossil fuels. In a July 2007 interview with The Futurist magazine he argued that U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil ranks “very high” as a national security concern.

          Woolsey is featured in Thomas Friedman’s Discovery Channel documentary Addicted to Oil, and in the 2006 documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car? addressing solutions to oil dependency through the development of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and use of biomass fuels such as cellulosic ethanol. He is a founding member of the Set America Free Coalition, dedicated to freeing the United States from oil dependence. He is also on the board of directors for the electric vehicle advocacy group Plug In America and an advisor to The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, which promotes the Robert Zubrin plan for the elimination of tariffs and subsidies related to ethanol, sugar, and corn, and the Flex Fuel Mandate.

          Woolsey also wrote the foreword to 50 Simple Steps to Save the Earth from Global Warming (Freedom Press, 2008). In 2008 Woolsey joined VantagePoint Venture Partners as a venture partner.

          McCain adviserJohn McCain hired Jim Woolsey as an advisor on energy and climate change issues for his 2008 US Presidential election campaign.

          Public ServiceWoolsey is a member of the International Advisory Board of NGO Monitor.

          Controversies Steve Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation think tank, has accused Woolsey of both profiting from and promoting the Iraq War. Melvin A. Goodman, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and former CIA division chief, told the Washington Post that “…Woolsey was a disaster as CIA director in the 1990s and is now running around this country calling for a World War IV to deal with the Islamic problem.”

          In 2010, Woolsey supported the Oklahoma ban on Sharia law, recording a message aired for thousands of Oklahomans. The law is controversial because it involves government intrusion into religion. Woolsey, along with co-authors such as former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin and neoconservative activist Frank Gaffney, Jr., released a book entitled “Shariah: The Threat to America,” published by the Center for Security Policy. The book “describes what its authors call a ‘stealth jihad’ that must be thwarted before it’s too late,” and argues that “most mosques in the United States already have been radicalized, that most Muslim social organizations are fronts for violent jihadists and that Muslims who practice sharia law seek to impose it in this country.” According to the Washington Post, “Government terrorism experts call the views expressed in the center’s book inaccurate and counterproductive.”

          Woolsey was also criticized for his participation in the controversial films The Third Jihad and Iranium produced by the Clarion Fund.

          See also
          Project for the New American Century
          Committee on the Present Danger
          Henry Jackson Society
          World Affairs Council of Washington, DC

  4. splat.

    The press is complicit here.

    proof.

    This article should be a Headline under the Banner. Another great article, newssleuth!

  5. Homeland Security Intelligence Chief Helped Muslim Run Palestinian Money-Laundering Ring w/ DHS $s! (ICE Limits Probe of Agencywide Scam)

    By Debbie Schlussel
    March 4, 2011, – 12:41 am Snips – A lead up to the story posted!

    And that’s what happens when federal law enforcement agencies recruit Arab Muslims, putting their religion and ethnicity on an undeserved pedestal, ahead of the scrutiny and suspicion that their religion and ethnicity should generate. Abdallat was recruited as an intelligence analyst for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This means he had high-level security clearance and access to classified information. Abdallat was running a multi-million dollar money-laundering ring, involving bank accounts in Jordan, to which he was transferring money out of the U.S. We have no idea where the money went after that, but we know that a number of Palestinian and other Islamic terrorist groups are in Jordan and use the money laundered to them from the U.S. in terrorist attacks on Israelis and other innocent civilians.

    It’s simply incredible that Woosley, who had top secret security clearance and access to the most vital intelligence information, was not only a criminal but was helping funnel nearly $2 million–a good deal of it fraudulently-obtained Homeland Security dollars–to Palestinian-Muslim-controlled bank accounts in Jordan. If that can happen, anything can happen, and neither ICE nor Homeland Security should be trusted with any national security functions. Don’t believe the press reports that this guy is “Jordanian.” Like 95% of Jordanians, he’s a Palestinian Muslim. Period.

    The entire ICE Intelligence management team at ICE headquarters and around the world is infected with Woosley cronies, many of whom apparently got where they are because they did his bidding, which many ICE agents believe involved the same phony expense scam. Honest, decent agents are happy that the FBI acted as their Serpico and actually pursued this. But they tell me that John Morton, Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped the ball from rolling any further beyond Woosley, thus preventing the apparent massive exposure of the rest of the ICE intelligence management team.

    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/33798/wow-top-homeland-security-intelligence-official-helped-muslim-run-palestinian-money-laundering-ring-w-dhs-s-ice-limits-probe-of-agency-wide-false-receipts-ring/

  6. Here’s a very short uninformative article from the Washington Post:

    Former ICE intelligence chief is among immigration agents under investigation
    By Andrew Becker, The Washington Post, February 23, 2011

    Several agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including the former head of the agency’s intelligence office, are subjects of an internal inquiry into alleged personal misconduct, sources say.

    James M. Woosley, who was ICE’s assistant director for intelligence, was relieved of his position, according to a Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing. Several other mid- to low-level ICE employees are also subjects of the investigation. The probe surrounding Woosley has to do with travel receipts and a subordinate, sources said.

    Woosley’s departure precipitated a shuffle of ICE leadership, with a new intelligence director and a new chief of immigration enforcement and removal operations quickly named. ICE officials announced the changes to employees earlier this month.

    ICE spokesman Brian P. Hale said the agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general initiated the probe of alleged misconduct “involving a small number of employees,” but he declined to comment further until the investigation is complete.

    “Agency programs are unaffected by the investigation, and the office in question will continue normal operations,” Hale said in a statement.

    Woosley could not be reached for comment.
    . . .
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/22/AR201102

  7. Rosemary Woodhouse

    Allen West for President!

    • Wow! Doesn’t that say where he is coming from! West is definitely an American and he sure says things I like hearing. Will he take this a step further and initiate a hearing in the House? I expect that he will be labeled a birther and the Left will be out to destroy him!

      Question to Allen West. ” If you had the opportunity to site down with Pres. Obama right now, what question would you ask him?”

      West: I would ask him one simple question, “What passport did you use to go to Pakistan? “

    • I’m actually surprised

    • He gets it! I like Herman Cain, too. He knows how to deconstruct biased questions and show the audience HOW they’re biased. He’s a straight talker and very smart. He could defeat Barry. So could West.

  8. Rosemary Woodhouse

    They would be out to destroy him anyway as there is a groundswell of grassroots support encouraging him to run for POTUS and he is fearless. Neil Cavuto asked him at least three times tonight if he would run. He again stated he wanted to prove himself as a Stateman first. But after the third or fourth query, he said Neil should ask his wife. West also said something negative about Obama and Cavuto said words to the effect of “ought oh”-you’re saying something negative about Obama, to which the Congressman replied: as per his Army training, he fears no man.

    Allen West for President!

    • I’d love to see a showdown between him and Obama. With his military training, Obama’s looking down on him wouldn’t affect him one iota. Can you imagine the eye contact? See Obama shriveling up and pools beneath his feet! Can you see what might happen if Obama points his finger at him like he does? There is a reason that Obama fears the military, wimp that he is.

  9. Rosemary Woodhouse

    Why the surprise, Anoni?

  10. wow, I love these on Cain and West . Hadn’t heard West speek this much. Can’t imaging how Baracks going to dodge these guys, but something catstrophic will surely happen just before the debates, like he had an accident playing basketball with Reggie Love or Michelle wouldn’t let him leave the 7th graders bully forum. I hope they both run or at least as running mates.It actually becomes a little promising when you listen to these guys. Thanks, I needed that.

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