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Father of Seattle terrorist founded mosque and worked at nuclear reservation - mosque and family spokesman clears nuclear waste

July 30, 2006

MIM: The arrest of Naveed Afzal Haq, whose father worked in the nuclear sector, illustrates the pressing need for employers to screen Muslim job applicants and workers to see if they have radical Islamist connections. A simple Google search could investigate if the mosques and Islamic centers they are affiliated with have links to radical Islamist organisations. In addition businesses could check into the schools which foreign applicants attended abroad.

As America faces global Jihad and with the recent call for Muslims to rise up and kill Americans and attack United States interests both here and abroad screening Muslim applicants is a necessity. Recent examples of Muslims tied to terrorism shows that there business and family connections would give them access to places and facilities which could be sabotaged , be used for, or become targets of terrorist attacks

* Mike Hawash, the Intel engineer earning nearly 400,000 a year who was jailed for planning to wage Jihad in the United States. He had a Christian wife and two children.

*Omar Abu Ali American born Jihadi who was jailed for plotting kill President Bush and launch attacks in the United States. He was the valedictorian of his Saudi funded high school in Virginia. His father works at the Saudi embassy.

*Ali Al Tamimi, American born student at a Virginia Tech University student who was going for a doctorate in oncological biology.

*Rafiq Dhafir an oncologist jailed on terrorism related charges.

*Sami Al Arian professor at the University of South Florida, for over a decade. He used USF to set up the U.S.branch of Palestinian Islamic Jihad using the facilities of the University to finance and coordinate suicide bombings. He brought over Ramadan Shallah, as a professor of political science,who is the president leader of PIJ in Damascus. To their shame USF refused to fire him until he was arrested in 2003, 10 years after his terrorist connections had been exposed. Al Arian is now in jail awaiting deportation.

Seattle on alert after Jewish center shootings

In a suspected hate crime, a gunman killed a woman and wounded 5. Security was tight at mosques and synagogues.

By Curt Woodward

Associated Press

SEATTLE - The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity's foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head, authorities said yesterday.

Security was stepped up at synagogues and mosques as authorities investigated the shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which killed an employee and wounded five others, including a pregnant woman.

Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, was held on $50 million bail pending formal charges of murder and attempted murder in Friday's shootings.

Haq entered a courtroom wearing handcuffs, chains and leg shackles, and a white jail jumpsuit that labeled him an "ultra security inmate." He briefly glanced at rows of news media but showed no emotion.

Police said Haq barged in and opened fire with a handgun. According to a statement of probable cause, Haq told a 911 dispatcher: "These are Jews and I'm tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East."

Pam Waechter, 58, an assistant director at the federation, died at the scene, said Nancy Geiger, the federation's interim chief executive.

Five other women were shot, including a 37-year-old who is five months pregnant and was hit in the forearm. She was in satisfactory condition, along with a woman who was shot in the knee. Three others were shot in the abdomen and were hospitalized in serious condition.

In a statement, the Islamic Center of the Tri-Cities offered condolences to the shooting victims and said that "we disassociate this act from our Islamic teachings and beliefs."

Haq's father, Mian Haq, was a founding member of the center in 1979 and has been active for decades, said Muhammad Ullah, a senior member and family friend.

Ullah is a retired engineer from the Hanford nuclear reservation, one of the region's largest employers. Mian Haq also works as an engineer for a company emptying Hanford's underground tanks of radioactive waste.

Ullah described Naveed Haq as a loner who had a gift for writing, winning an essay contest as a teenager. Haq moved to the East Coast to study dentistry after graduating from Richland High School in 1994. He completed a few years of the program before dropping out.

The decision frustrated his accomplished parents and strained their relationship, Ullah said.

Haq went on to complete an engineering degree at Washington State University, Ullah said.

In March, police arrested Haq for exposing himself at a mall and he called Ullah to bail him out of jail.

"He was too embarrassed to call his parents. He was in enough trouble with them already," Ullah said. "Because we were the closest friends to the family, he probably sensed he could trust me."

Ullah did not see Haq again until he attended Friday prayers at the mosque two weeks ago.

"I shook hands, and he walked away," Ullah said. "He didn't seem to be the one I know of, but I didn't really pay much attention because I was busy with other things."

Haq's parents, originally from Lahore, Pakistan, are devastated and unable to understand how their son strayed so far from Islamic teachings, he said.

"I couldn't find in any religious book any justification for such heinous acts," he said. "It has no place in Islam."

Mayor Greg Nickels and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said officers were moving to protect synagogues and mosques around the city, but said there was no evidence of a broad conspiracy.

"This was a purposeful, hateful act, as far as we know by an individual acting on his own," Nickels said.

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