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					           Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center
                    Washoe County, Nevada

              Private Sector Bi-Weekly Briefing
                                                     Knowledge is Power
                                                                                                                           Date: August 28, 2009
                                                                                                                            Number: 09-017-05


 Jury Selection Begins in Luxor Bomb Case
Two Las Vegas men face the death penalty if convicted of killing a Mexican
immigrant with a homemade bomb at the Luxor hotel-casino. Jury selection
began on August 17 in the case. Porfirio Duarte-Herrera and Omar Rueda-
Denvers were arrested in May 2007, after planting a bomb in a coffee cup that
was left atop Wiiebaldo Dorantes Antonio’s car at the hotel’s parking garage.
The 24-year-old, who worked at the hotel, was killed in the explosion.
Authorities said the attack was not an act of terror, but rather the deadly end to a
love triangle involving Antonio, Rueda-Denvers, and his former girlfriend.
When questioned about the bomb, Duarte-Herrera admitted responsibility for
another bombing case at a Las Vegas Home Depot store in late 2006. No one
was killed in that explosion, which damaged a truck in the store parking lot.
(http://www.fox5vegas.com/news/20430163/detail.html)

‘Terrorism’ Barred at Trial of Three Yemeni Men
Three Yemeni men accused of a willingness to support terrorist-linked
Hezbollah are being tried in federal court in a case which neither terrorism nor                                      National Threat
Hezbollah are likely to be mentioned. Instead, the trial is focused on whether the                                           )
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men illegally transferred money overseas. On trial are Yehia Ali Ahmed
Alomari, 28, Mohamed Al Huraibi, 52, and Saleh Mohamed Taher Saeed, 30.                                              Elevated – Yellow
Authorities allege the three men agreed to illegally transfer more than $100,000
to overseas accounts. Prosecutors claim that an undercover agent told the men                                          Airline Sector
that Hezbollah would control the money. A District Judge has ruled that because                                        Threat Level
the actual charges the men face are about money-laundering and not terrorist-
                                                                                                                       High – Orange
related, prosecutors cannot mention Hezbollah or terrorism at trial. The May
2008 indictment makes no mention of terrorism or Hezbollah. The Yemeni men
ran mini-marts and a restaurant in Rochester, NY. Their attorneys maintain the
men thought the money transferred overseas was to help fellow Yemenis. They
received commissions from the transfers. The investigation began in January
2005 after banking records showed that a social security number assigned to
Saeed was linked with 324 overseas currency transactions. The judge ruled that
prosecutors cannot mention those transactions unless the defense raises the issue.
(http://rocnow.com/article/local-news/2009908170319)
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  Man Sentenced for Role in Plot to Kill Jews, Attack Military Bases
 A man was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in a domestic terrorism plot to wage war on the
 United States by attacking Jewish synagogues and military bases. Hammad Riaz Samana is the fourth
 member of Jami’yyat Ul’Islam Is’Shaheeh, or JIS, a prison-founded group that wanted to make a political
 statement that also had plans to attack the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles and El Al Israel Airlines at the
 Los Angeles International Airport. Samana was 21 when he was charged in the case in July 2005, along
 with the cell’s mastermind, Kevin James, and members of Levar Haley Washington and Gregory Patterson.
 The group committed armed robberies of 11 gas stations, including two in Fullerton, to buy weapons and
 gear for the attacks. Authorities said gas stations were chosen as targets because of the symbolism of the oil.
 Samana had a similar role in the plot, and conducted computer research on the terrorism targets, and was the
 getaway driver for one of the armed robberies, according to US District Judge Cormac Carney at the
 sentencing hearing. Carney acknowledged he was imposing a substantially lighter sentence on Samana than
 given to the other men. Washington is serving 264 months in prison, while James was sentenced to 192
 months and Patterson was sentenced to 151 months, Carney said. But Samana warranted a lighter sentence
 because he suffered from mental health issues, the judge said. Samana suffered from schizophrenia at the
 time of the crime. Samana pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy.
 (http://www.ocregister.com/articles/samana-months-carney-2530952-sentenced-prison)

 Suitcase at Sacramento Airport Cracks ID Theft Ring
 A suitcase lacking a nametag at the Sacramento International Airport led to a major bust in an alleged
 identity theft ring, according to authorities. A baggage worker noticed that one of the pieces of luggage
 being loaded onto a Southwest plane bound for Phoenix on February 12 did not have a nametag. The
 Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said that Homeland Security rules allow bags without nametags to
 be opened, so the worker set the luggage aside and opened it, finding 25 fake credit cards and devices that
 can be used to “skim” credit card data from legitimate card holders. The cards and fake licenses all had the
 same name: Adam Constant. Investigators also found clothing that was fraudulently purchased with the
 fake cards at Macy’s and Nordstrom at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento. According to federal authorities,
 the suspect himself told officials his real identity. Joseph Hatfield called Southwest Airlines to report that
 his black suitcase didn’t arrive in Phoenix. Investigators say “Adam Constant” is actually Hatfield, and they
 have already arraigned him on state fraud charges. Federal charges for identity theft are also in the works
 against him. Sacramento International Airport officials say they will never search your bag, but the TSA, the
 airline and Sheriff’s officers can if it does not have a tag beyond the checkpoint.
 (http://cbs13.com/local/sacramento.airport.suitcase.2.1134482.html)

 LVCVA Hire will Combat Terrorism – Board OKs Cash for Intelligence Analyst
 The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority wants locals and tourists to feel safe along the resort
 corridor, and the agency could spend as much as $480,000 in the next three years meeting that goal. The
 authority’s board approved the funding during its monthly meeting. The money will finance the hiring of an
 intelligence analyst who will work for the Metropolitan Police Department in its Southern Nevada Counter-
 Terrorism Center. The analyst will read narrative documents and scrub suspicious activity reports to look for
 information on possible crimes and to seek out connections that could indicate terrorists are planning
 coordinated attacks. The authority conceived of the job two years ago in an effort to head off crime and
 terror before they happen.
 (http://www.lvrj.com/business/53216417.html)

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 US Firm to Build Soccer Stadium in Iraq
 A US-based sports architecture firm will build one of its newest structures in an unlikely spot – Iraq. Kansas
 City, Missouri-based 360 Architecture has won a contract to design a $500 million, 65,000 seat soccer
 stadium in Iraq’s second largest city, Basra. City officials there are hoping to land the Gulf Cup of Nations –
 a premier soccer tournament held in the Arab nations every two years. The city would like the stadium to be
 ready by 2013. Firm principal George Heinlein says he’s proud to share the company’s 25 years of
 architecture experience with Iraq. He also says he’s not nervous about the safety issues surrounding the
 project. The entire development will be surrounded by a protective wall, with rings of security checkpoints
 inside. While Basra hasn’t experienced the same level of violence as other Iraqi cities, it has seen its share
 of trouble. Troops seized a rocket launcher in Basra armed with Iranian-made missiles aimed at an
 American military base. Three US soldiers were killed last month in a rocket attack. The facility, which
 would include a 10,000 seat practice stadium, dormitories, and training facilities on a 360-acre campus, is
 the first major construction project to be funded entirely by the Iraqi nation.
 (http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1038099&lang=eng_news&cate_img=145.jpg&cate_rss=news_Sports)

 Bomb Attack Wounds 26 in Southern Thailand
 Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb outside a crowded open-air restaurant during lunchtime,
 wounding 26 people. The restaurant in the city of Narathiwat was packed with civil servants and civilians
 when the 110-pound bomb exploded. The explosive, packed in a gas canister, was hidden in a pickup truck
 outside the restaurant and triggered by a mobile phone. Twelve people were hospitalized. The rest suffered
 minor injuries. More than 3,700 people have been killed in Thailand’s three southern-most provinces –
 Narathiwat, Pattani, and Yala – since an Islamist insurgency flared in January, 2004. The provinces are the
 only Muslim-majority areas in the Buddhist-dominated country.
 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090825/ap_on_re_as/as_thailand_southern_violence)

 Nigerian Scam Targeting Hotels
 On August 20, 2009, the Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center (NNCTC) was made aware of a
 possible new trend in the Nigerian scam letter. The traditional Nigerian letter combines the threat of
 impersonation fraud with a variation of an advance fee scheme in which a letter, mailed from Nigeria, offers
 the recipient the “opportunity” to share in a percentage of millions of dollars that the author, a self-
 proclaimed government official, is trying to transfer illegally out of Nigeria. The recipient is encouraged to
 send information to the author, such as blank letterhead stationary, bank name and account numbers and
 other identifying information using a facsimile number provided in the letter. Some of these letters have also
 been received via e-mail. This letter was e-mailed from “Dr. Abdullah Rahman” using an msn.com e-mail
 account. The MSN accounts are free, and sometimes impossible to trace because personal information
 including true name, identifiers, and/or credit card information is unnecessary to open one of these accounts.
 The letter follows traditional Nigerian scam letter rules in that the author uses broken English, and the letter
 contains many spelling and grammatical errors. However, the author does not purport an advance scheme
 fee, but instead offers “negotiations,” leading one to believe that monetary transactions may occur at a future
 time. Also, the letter specifically targets the hotel industry, capitalizing on the industry’s fear of terrorism
 based on recent bombings internationally. If you receive a letter of this type, or of the more traditional type,
 do not reply in any manner. Send the letter to the U.S. Secret Service, your local FBI office.
 (NNCTC Advisory Bulletin, Number 09-041-02, August 25, 2009)


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 Simulated Terrorist Attack Alarms Residents
 Brunei simulated a chemical attack, an embassy bombing, and a mock hotel kidnapping in the capital in a
 move that alarmed residents who thought it was a real attack. Police staged the exercise to test counter-
 terrorism readiness following last month’s Indonesian hotel bombings. The exercise, which involved live
 explosives to simulate a chemical attack at a shopping mall in the capital’s main business district, caused
 some bystanders to make emergency calls thinking the attacks were real. A small explosive was also
 detonated in front of the American embassy to simulate a bombing attack, while a hostage-taking drama was
 staged at the Sheraton Utama hotel, where the mock terrorists demanded $10 million in ransom. More than
 1,000 police, elements of the army, and other related agencies took part in the exercise. The police said the
 public had been given notice that a counter-terrorism exercise involving government agencies including
 Hazardous Materials teams would be held before the start of the fasting month.
 (http://af.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idAFTRE57J2B520090820)

 September Terrorism Dates of Interest
 1     Russia: During 1-3 September, Chechen-associated terrorists attack Beslan school, killing at least
       330, wounding 776 (2004).
 1     Jordan: Palestinian guerrillas expelled from the country; Black September takes its name from this
       day (1970).
 2     West Bank: Palestinians sentence HAMAS bomb maker Mahmud Abu-Hanud to 12 years (2000).
 2     Sri Lanka: LTTE suicide bomber kills top Tamil militia leader who supported Sri Lankan Army
       (1999).
 4     Philippines: ASG commander Khadafi Janjalani dies in shootout on Jolo Island (2006).
 4     Russia: Bombing of apartment building in Dagestan kills 64 (1999).
 5     Denmark: Police arrest nine on charges of plotting terrorist attack; chemicals, materials for
       explosives seized (2006).
 5     West Germany: Israeli athletes held hostage at Munich Olympics by Black September; 11 killed on
       September 6 (1972).
 6     Turkey: ANO kills 21 in attack on Istanbul synagogue (1986).
 7     France: Car bomb explodes outside Jewish school in Lyon, wounding 14; GIA suspected (1995).
 7     US: Labor Day
 7     Islamic: Battle of Badr, 624 C.E.
 8     Russia: Bombing of Moscow apartment building kills 94; Islamic Dagestan Liberation Army claims
       responsibility (1999).
 9     Indonesia: Al-Qaeda attacks Australian Embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 and wounding 150 (2004).
 9     Israel: Suicide bomber kills eight persons, including two US citizens, near the Asaf Harolfe Hospital;
       no responsible group identified (2003).
 9     Afghanistan: Opposition leader Ahmad Shah Masood killed by two al-Qaeda suicide bombers
       (2001).
 10    Colombia: FARC leader German Briceno is sentenced in abstentia to 40 years for murder of three
       US activists (2001).
 11    US: Four passenger planes hijacked; two crash into World Trade Center in New York City; one
       crashes into Pentagon; fourth crashes into field in Shanksville, PA; nearly 3,000 killed; Osama bin
       Laden and al-Qaeda responsible (2001).
 11    US: Patriot Day

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 September Terrorism Dates of Interest
 12    Libya agrees to cooperate in the Berlin disco bombing investigation (2000).
 13    Israel and PLO sign peace agreement (1993).
 14    Colombia: ELN militants kidnap four Israelis, two Britons, one German, and one Spaniard (2003).
 14    South Korea: Bomb at Kimpo airport kills five and wounds 29; North Korea blamed (1986).
 15    Russia: Truck bomb attack on government security building in Moscow kills three (2003).
 16    Islamic: Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power, the night of revelation of Quran to Muhammed begins this
       evening)
 17    Yemen: Two car bombs detonate outside US Embassy in Sanaa, killing 19; group called Yemen
       Islamic Jihad claims responsibility but al-Qaeda in Yemen strongly suspected (2008).
 17    Germany: Four Iranian Kurds killed in Berlin’s Mykonos restaurant (1992).
 18    Egypt: Bomb attack on Cairo tourist bus by two Muslim militants kills nine Germans (1997).
 19    UTA Flight 772 to Paris explodes over Niger, killing 170; Libya held responsible (1989).
 19    Jewish: Rosh Hashanah (1st Day)
 20    Pakistan: Truck bomb attack against Marriott Hotel in Islamabad kills more than 60, wounds 200; al-
       Qaeda strongly suspected (2008).
 20    Iraq: Governing Council member Akila al-Hashimi killed in Baghdad (2003).
 20    US, EU pledge partnership against terrorism (2001).
 20    Lebanon: Islamic Jihad Organization responsible for truck bomb at US Embassy annex in Beirut; 23
       killed (1984).
 20    Rosh Hashanah (2nd Day)
 21    Islamic: Eid al-Fitr (feast of fast-breaking after Ramadan; lasts three days)
 22    Israel: Female al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade bomber kills two in Jerusalem (2004).
 23    Algeria: GSPC explodes two bombs near police vehicle, killing three (2003).
 23    UAE: Omani Gulf Aircraft bombed; 111 killed, including one US citizen (1983).
 23    Saudi Arabia: Unification of the Kingdom
 24    India: Militants attack Hindu temple, killing 31; LT suspected (2002).
 25    Pakistan: Militants kill seven at Christian charity in Karachi (2002).
 26    Syria: Car bomb kills HAMAS leader Izz al-Din Shaykh Khalil in Damascus (2004).
 26    France: Police arrest seven suspected Islamic extremists linked to bin Laden network headed by
       Djamel Beghal (2001).
 27    Greece: US commissary bombed, killing one; Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) responsible
       (1987).
 28    Philippines: ASG leader killed, two others wounded in military bid to rescue hostages (2000).
 28    Jewish: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
 29    Colombia: FARC motorcycle bomb explodes, killing 10 and injuring 54, including three police
       officers (2003).
 29    Sri Lanka: Lionair flight from Jaffina to Colombo shot down, killing 55; LTTE blamed (1998).




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