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    Massive FBI Raid on Islamic Slaughterhouse Mystifies Tiny Illinois Town

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    At 8 a.m. Sunday the population of Kinsman, Ill., stood at 109. An hour later it nearly doubled, as upwards of 100 federal agents and police swooped in on the tiny, rural community. And no one seems to know why.

    The law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, immigration officials and state police, surrounded an Islamic meat plant in Kinsman, cordoning off the area and briefly detaining the plant's handful of employees.

    The FBI isn't saying much, and the county sheriff is mum too, leaving Kinsman's residents mystified. The bust, in a town that has no local police force, involved dozens of vehicles, a pair of snipers and a helicopter flying overhead, witnesses said but it ended without even a single arrest.

    "We're all baffled," Mayor Mark Harlow said. "You know, stuff like this doesn't happen in a small community."

    The unusual show of force has residents spooked and has left the mayor searching for answers.

    "The public reaction is ... are they safe? We don't know," Harlow said. "What are they doing? We don't know. Are they making bombs? We don't know."

    Harlow said residents of the town rarely see the five or six employees of the First World Management butcher shop, which provides ritually slaughtered and processed lamb and goat meat for Muslims living in Chicago, 50 miles to the northeast.

    Some of the workers were handcuffed during the raid, but they were eventually released, Harlow said. He said the workers are foreign-born and live in a trailer on the property behind the plant's meat locker, and they have never harmed anyone in town.

    "I've never seen them do anything out of the ordinary," he told Foxnews.com. The workers' residency status is unknown.

    Kinsman is a sleepy town carved out of a patchwork landscape of farms in the heart of the Grain Belt. Its few square blocks are home to a post office, church and bar, and there isn't a restaurant or gas station in sight.

    But the two men listed as the proprietors of the business appear to be under scrutiny. A staff member at the First World Management office in Chicago identified Syed Hamid, 51, as an employee, and confirmed that Tahawara Hussain Rana, 48, is the owner of the business.

    Residents believe Hamid lives in a house adjoining the shop in Kinsman and runs the slaughterhouse. Hamid, a doctor, has been in talks with a Chicago lawyer, George Jackson III, who told Foxnews.com he doesn't anticipate Hamid will be charged with a crime. Jackson said he and Hamid had spoken to investigators since the raid.

    Rana's case isn't so clear. Jackson said he could not comment, and phone calls to the Rana household in Chicago went unanswered.

    Law enforcement officials declined to comment on whether the massive raid was connected to a series of high-profile arrests orchestrated by the FBI in recent weeks that focused on terror suspects.

    "No one is in custody, no charges have been filed," said Cynthia Yates, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Chicago office. "There's not much to say."

    The sheriff of Grundy County, Ill., where Kinsman is located, said he was informed of the impending raid about two weeks ago, but his officers did not play a tactical role.

    "The only thing I can tell you is that it's an ongoing criminal investigation, and basically everything that's being done is through the FBI," Sheriff Terry Marketti said.

    Though Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were present at the raid, it's unclear what role they were playing. The Department of Homeland Security has recently refocused its efforts on employers who hire illegal immigrants, rather than on the immigrants themselves.

    And unlike the targets of similar sweeps that were the norm in the Bush administration, the Kinsman shop employed only a handful of workers, a fraction of the size of other plants that have drawn the attention of ICE officials. Also, unlike in past immigration raids, no workers were brought into custody.

    "It was crazy," said Grundy County Board Chairman Francis Halpin, who lives in nearby Morris, Ill. "I never thought I'd see anything like this in Kinsman."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    Islamic Slaughterhouse
    I'm not surprised.
    Ritual killing? Good practice.

    "I've never seen them do anything out of the ordinary,"
    I never saw a plane fly into a building until 9/11 either.

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    Somebody found out they were making bacon.

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    I'm not surprised.
    Ritual killing? Good practice.

    It is an halal slaughter house. Halal is Arabic for kosher.

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    An Islamic slaughterhouse would probably be a slaughterhouse that follows the rules of Halal. In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines, and are prepared in Halal fashion.

    I'd guess the owner or owners showed up in some FBI lists or lists of contributors to Islamic organizations that are considered a "no-no" as possible terrorist organizations.

    It'll be an interesting story to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig 210 View Post
    It is an halal slaughter house. Halal is Arabic for kosher.
    Kosher foods are those that conform to the rules of the Jewish religion, although similar in that the foods are prepared in accordance with a religious guideline(s), in the case of Halal, Islam.

    I don't know what the translation of Kosher is in Arabic though.

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    It is an halal slaughter house. Halal is Arabic for kosher.
    I am comforted by the knowledge that when they chop someone's head off, they do it in a kosher style.

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    Is this packing plant located close to a nuclear power plant?
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    As I remember, Dresden and LaSalle Nuclear Plants are in or near Grundy County.

    But I doubt that has anything to do with this.

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    A lot of resources expended to walk away empty handed.

    Or did they walk away empty handed? No arrests doesn't mean they didn't find what they were looking for.

    It is rather interesting.

    For a dozen years I lived on 60 acres in rural Missouri where the closest town (5 miles away) had a population of 144. I know folks would be pretty startled if a flock of Feds, State Troopers and County deputies, complete with snipers and helicopters descended on that small town without notice.
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    2 Chicago Men Charged in Terror Plot Over Muhammad Cartoons - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com


    Two Chicago men are charged with planning terrorist acts against overseas targets, including a Danish newspaper that sparked riots in the Muslim world when it published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    David Coleman Headley, 49, and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, were charged in separate complaints filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Headley told FBI agents that the initial plan called for an attack against the newspaper building in Copenhagen, but he later proposed just killing the paper's cartoonist and former cultural editor, according to an FBI affidavit released Tuesday.

    The charges were unsealed nine days after the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force conducted a massive raid on an Islamic butcher shop in the tiny rural town of Kinsman, Ill., that left residents stunned. The halal butcher is one of a few businesses owned by Rana.

    Prosecutors say Headley traveled to Denmark twice this year to identify potential targets for a terrorist attack, and that Rana helped arrange Headley's travel, concealing the true nature of his trips.

    Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006, is charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the United States, and could face life in prison if convicted.

    He and Rana are both charged with plotting to provide material support to a foreign terrorism conspiracy, a charge that could net Rana 15 years in prison. Headley is a U.S. citizen; Rana is a native of Pakistan and a citizen of Canada, though he resides primarily in Chicago.

    Headley was arrested Oct. 3 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on his way to Pakistan — where federal officials charge he was planning to meet with representatives of the Pakistan-based terrorist groups Lakshar-e-Taiba and Harakat ul-Jihad Islami (HUJI), a group tied to Al Qaeda.

    He told FBI agents following his arrest that he received training from Lakshar-e-Taiba while in Pakistan and had worked with Ilyas Kashmiri, a local chief of HUJI.

    On Oct. 18, two weeks after Headley's arrest, the Joint Terrorism Task Force searched four locations in Illinois and arrested Rana at his home in Chicago. The JTTF also searched Headley's home and Rana's immigration business in Chicago, as well as the halal butcher operation Rana owns in Kinsman.

    Prosecutors charge that Headley has "corresponded extensively" in coded communications with Pakistani terrorists regarding what he called the "Mickey Mouse Project" — planned attacks on the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, and its employees.

    The Danish Security and Intelligence Service, or PET, said it and the FBI worked together to thwart the plot and that an attack was not imminent.

    "PET and the FBI assess that the arrests and the uncovering of the terrorist plans have reduced the risk of an attack. PET and the American authorities however are continuing their intensive investigation in order to mitigate this threat," said agency head Jakob Scharf.

    Headley's attorney, John Theis, said he had no comment. Rana's attorney, Patrick Blegen, said that his client "is a well respected businessman in the Chicagoland community."

    "He adamantly denies the charges and eagerly awaits his opportunity to contest them in court and to clear his and his family's name," Blegen said. "We would ask that the community respect the fact that these are merely allegations and not proof."

    When federal agents arrested Headley on Oct. 3, they found a memory stick with 10 short videos of sites in Denmark, including the two offices of Jyllands-Posten, the inside and outside of Copenhagen's central train station and a nearby military barracks, according to their affidavit.

    Officials charge that Rana purchased plane tickets for Headley's frequent travels around Europe and Pakistan over the past year, helped him engage in e-mail contact to further his plans and employed Headley in what may have been a cover operation, as Headley appears to have done little or no actual work for Rana's immigration business.

    E-mails between Headley and a member of Lakshar-e-Taiba show that the terrorist group also asked him to visit India to help plan an attack there, the complaint says. Lakshar-e-Taiba was responsible for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed more than 170 people.

    Federal prosecutors said there was no imminent danger in the Chicago area, but the charges underscore the continuing threat of terrorism on U.S. soil and overseas.

    "This case is a reminder that the threat posed by international terrorist organizations is global in nature and requires constant vigilance at home and abroad," said David Kris, assistant attorney general for National Security.

    The cartoons that prosecutors say inflamed Headley appeared in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005. The 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad triggered widespread protests throughout the Islamic world and threats from extremist groups. Headley wrote online that the images "disposed him toward violence," the complaint alleges.

    One cartoon showed Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. Any depiction of the prophet, even a favorable one, is frowned on by Islamic law as likely to lead to idolatry.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    There is some follow up, there were some arrests made related to the raid.
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    Hmmm... Seems like Fox News is all over the story! Both of them.

    Too bad Fox isn't a legitimate news organization.!

    Well, like I said after the first article, Just because no arrests were made initially, didn't mean they didn't find what they were looking for.

    Hmmm... Now they are hatching plots for overseas right here on our soil instead of from a cave in Afghanistan.

    Probably because it's much safer for them here in our country. At least they thought they were safe!

    Now all they need is a good liberal lawyer and they'll be out of jail and back in business in no time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Too bad Fox isn't a legitimate news organization.!
    I guess they didn't get the memo from the White House:
    1. No bad stories about muslims.
    2. No bad stories about illegal aliens.
    3. No bad stories about Chicago.

    "CNN, check.
    MSNBC, check.
    NBC, check.
    CBS, check.
    ABC, "Stossel's gone", check.
    PBS, goes without saying, check.
    Fox? Nobody watches Fox."

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    I guess they didn't get the memo from the White House:
    1. No bad stories about muslims.
    2. No bad stories about illegal aliens.
    3. No bad stories about Chicago.

    No, they got a Home Run!

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    Interesting, not to far from my childhood home. Just goes to show you anything can happen anywhere.

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