FBI Turning Over Stones with Israelis Underneath
by Scott DaVault
On November 10th, the New York Times reported that America was cracking down on terrorism by toughening policies for immigration from Arab countries, hinting that people entering from any of those countries are suspect in our government's eyes. The full list is: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Oddly, although sixty Israelis have been taken into custody, it didn't make the list. Considering that the U.S. has stated that we are not involved in a "holy war" it is odd that we've been so lopsided with our immigration policy, especially since at least sixty Israelis have been detained in response to the September 11th attacks.
The Israeli's are not Arabs pretending to be Jewish, as multiple stories have been printed in the Jerusalem Post demanding their release. What is known, is that most of them are in their early twenties, and fresh out of the Israeli military. Any speculation as to their possible involvement with Israel's Mossad would be relatively groundless, but the organizations they've been linked to in the U.S. are notorious for being both clandestine and harmful to our citizens.
A Plantation, Florida police officer working closely with the FBI stated in a phone interview that at least five moving companies are currently under investigation. With nationwide allegations of incredible amounts of moving fraud and extortion by Israelis in the months before the September 11th attacks, it is no surprise that the government has taken interest. Unfortunately, the interest seems to be fleeting when faced with the lawyers and ambassadors that Israel has on its side. The young men from Urban Moving Systems who were detained after jumping up and down and laughing while taking pictures of the burning World Trade Center have already been deported, much to the chagrin of Rick Martin. Martin of Millennium Marketplace contracted New York-based Urban Moving Systems to move his company only to have lost everything but the company's name. All of his company's property, including its line of apparel and company records was last seen on an Urban Moving truck, and the FBI refuses to give him any information as to possible their whereabouts, according to the PRNewswire.
Another detail that should not be overlooked is that over a dozen computer hard drives were removed from Urban Moving Systems, according to the Associated Press. Michael Maffucci, an owner of a New York-based independent moving company and a member of the Long Island Moving and Storage Association stated that it is highly unlikely that that many computers would be needed to keep track of a small fleet of trucks. It is obvious that they were not used to operate the company's website, which is still operational, though the phone numbers listed on it are not. It is a closed shop that the FBI is evading answering questions about.
The questions about the moving companies which all appear to be under Israeli ownership are overshadowed, at the moment, by the questions of Bin Laden's whereabouts. It is understandable that the government would like to keep it that way. From collected written testimonials from defrauded customers and newspaper articles, a profile of the Israelis employed by the moving companies and another company, Quality Sales, Inc. has been established.
The testimonials added to statements from currently detained Israelis do not paint a pretty picture. After completing their national duty of serving in Israeli's army, the young men and women tour the world. Some end up here in the U.S. where a network set up in Miami affords them apartments and jobs in moving companies during the warmer seasons. When the weather gets colder, and the Christmas season comes around, they are given different jobs America's malls selling products in temporary mall kiosks. This holiday season, the product of choice is the Zoom Copter, a flying toy that sells on the internet for approximately five dollars on Yahoo and some on-line hobby stores. Although the copters are available in three styles, the kiosks are only selling red and white copters, and green versions with "U.S. Army" printed on the side. The third style, a black helicopter, is not displayed at the malls.
The Washington Post's November 22nd ran an article titled "60 Israelis on Tourist Visas Detained Since Sept. 11" that specifically states that employees of Quality Sales, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio and other Israelis in the U.S. have been detained in relation to our government's ongoing terrorism probe. Officials were tipped off to the existence of the foreigners by vigilant citizens who spied the suspicious characters living together in neighborhood apartment buildings. The Cleveland/Toledo detainees are, "the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into an individual or company who had agreed to pay living and travel expenses", according to FBI agents quoted by the Washington Post.
At the time the Washington Post article was written, all but two of the 11 employees of Quality Sales were released on bond. The remaining two are held in connection with the attacks, according to the Post. The Post also gives mention to David Leopold, a Toledo immigration lawyer representing the 11 Israelis and also Thomas Dean, the lawyer for Quality Sales in Miami. The Post fails to mention that Thomas Dean is also solely an immigration lawyer as evidenced by his website, american-immigration.com. Quality Sales, Inc. who lists it's Miami address as only a post office box across the street from Miami-Dade Community College, might soon be needing more than just immigration lawyers.
At the time this article was written, Quality Sales was also misusing another Miami company's name by placing a laminated sign presenting the name "MAGIFF" on a Quality Sales mall cart in the Cincinnati area. Mario Vargas of Magiff Nails was surprised by this news, stating that his company specializes in men and women's beauty products and does not offer Zoom Copters in their line of products. Vargas added that Magiff used to have a kiosk in the Tri-County mall, but does not do business there any longer. Vargas' statement is in direct conflict with the employee of the kiosk who said that he was under the management of Magiff. An empty kiosk in another part of the same mall displayed the name Magiff in permanent lettering on the cart and backs up Vargas' claim.
Last year, in the same mall, Quality Sales sold flying toys as well as operating another stand during the holidays that offered what appeared to be original paintings but were actually canvas transfers. In addition to selling the paintings in the malls, individual Israelis would visit businesses door-to-door selling the same paintings at over $200 apiece, a blatant rip-off of any buyers. Door-to-door Israeli art dealers of an identical nature were also spotted in the St. Louis area.
What can be said for sure, at this time, is that these men all seem to be organized out of the Miami-area, and are involved in less than legitimate businesses. From the actions of the Israelis who were illegally employed by Urban Moving who joked while two of our tallest buildings burned, we can be sure that their sentiments toward Americans are often less than compassionate. The money and property stolen by the moving companies added to the large profits made from selling fake art could have easily funded the terrorism witnessed on September 11th.
While we can be sure that the Israelis were all trained in the military, we do not know whether any of them have specific knowledge pertaining to flying aircraft or bomb-making. The FBI, it is known, is investigating these Israelis because, after seeing what has happened to two of the tallest buildings in the United States, we've learned that what we don't know can hurt us. The actual identity of Mohammed Atta may never be known, since the planes that tore into Manhattan surely disintegrated all passengers. Until details as to where the cash he used to pay for his Pontiac Firebird is discovered and made public, it is wisest to follow the lead of the Justice Department's spokesperson Dan Nelson and leave "no stone unturned".