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Bail denied Padilla- Al Qaeda training camp application released -Broward County cites outstanding traffic warrants

January 16, 2006

MIM: The idea of Jose Padilla being released on bail and meeting with his terrorism cronies in South Florida was seemed as unthinkable as Sami Al Arian's aquittal. Luckily even ater Al Arian's aquittal on several charges, he is being held pending deportation proceedings.

Fortunately the judge denied bail for dirty bomber wannabe and street thug Padilla, - and citizens can rest easily that if Padilla ever does get out - Broward County can still nail him on the charges stemming from two traffic warrants.

Alleged al Qaeda application released
Prosecutors in Jose Padilla's terror case have released an entrance document from an al Qaeda camp they say was filled out by the defendant.
Associated Press

The application to join an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan purportedly filled out by alleged terror operative Jose Padilla was released Friday by federal prosecutors in Miami, one day after defense lawyers questioned its authenticity.

The "Mujahideen Data Form," which begins with the salutation "Brother Mujahid," bears the signature of Abu Abdallah al Muhajir, which the FBI says is the Muslim name that Padilla adopted after he converted to Islam. He was also known as Abu Abdullah the Puerto Rican, according to the FBI.

It was this form that Padilla completed to begin training in Afghanistan on July 24, 2000, according to prosecutor Stephanie Pell.

It was found by U.S. forces in late 2001 in a binder that contained between 80 and 100 other terror camp applications, she said.

Padilla is accused in a federal grand jury indictment with four others of being part of a North American terror support cell that provided material, money and fighters for Muslim extremist causes around the world.

Padilla, who has pleaded not guilty, is specifically accused of going to Afghanistan to become a terror operative.

"He was recruited to travel overseas to engage in jihad or armed confrontation," Pell said at a hearing Thursday. The form was released after prosecutors filed it with the court.

Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was charged with those crimes in November after more than three years in military custody as an "enemy combatant."

U.S. officials have said he was plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" or blow up apartment buildings in an American city, but those allegations are not part of the criminal case expected to go to trial in September.

The form, which was translated from Arabic by the FBI and has been declassified, reads a bit like a standard job or school application, with bureaucratic questions on level of education, languages spoken and marital status.

It also has a series of questions about religious training and whether the applicant has any other military experience.

In answer to one question, Padilla allegedly said that he traveled to "Egypt, to study -- Saudi Arabia for Hajj [the Islamic religious pilgrimage] -- Yemen, as a way to go through for Jihad."

Under skills, the applicant said "carpentry" and that he spoke English, Spanish and Arabic.

The applicant reported that he was referred by someone named "Abu al Feda," who is not further identified. Under occupation, the application said "student."


Padilla pleads not guilty; judge denies bail


MIAMI - Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who was held for more than three years as an "enemy combatant," pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges alleging he was part of a secret network that supported Muslim terrorists.

The plea, followed by a judge's refusal to set bail for Padilla, came one week after he was transferred from military to civilian custody. His trial was set for September.

"Absolutely not guilty," said Michael Caruso, one of Padilla's lawyers. Padilla did not speak during the hearing, other than to confirm the pronunciation of his name.

In denying bail, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Garber sided with prosecutors who said Padilla likely would flee and that the charges - including allegations that he attended an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan - made him dangerous.


Padilla had two Florida warrants


FORT LAUDERDALE - Alleged terror operative Jose Padilla racked up two Florida warrants for driving with a suspended license in 1997, authorities said.

Padilla, who grew up in Plantation, was charged by officers from the then-Cooper City Police Department in October and November of 1997 after being stopped in a 1985 Subaru. Warrants issued weeks later after he failed to appear in court have been open since.

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