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posted by Fnord666 on Friday December 15 2017, @09:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the apparently-it-wasn't-clean-enough dept.

US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

A New York woman has been accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money to help the so-called Islamic State. Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering and is being held without bail.

Ms Shahnaz was born in Pakistan and worked as a lab technician in the US. Prosecutors say she took out fraudulent loans of $85,000 (£63,000) in order to buy the bitcoin online.

From the DoJ press release:

"Syria is a perilous and violent war-torn country, but the subject in this investigation was allegedly so determined to assist ISIS that she planned a covert, illegal entry into Syria," stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. "On top of which, she allegedly tried to launder virtual currency to bolster terrorists' dwindling financial support. The FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force kept this woman from her dangerous and potentially deadly goal. We will do all we can to stop the next person hoping to do the same. We want to thank our law enforcement partners Suffolk County Police Department, with whom we worked this case side-by-side."


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:46PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:46PM (#610491)

    We simply can't make a dent in the problem:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Friday December 15 2017, @11:06PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 15 2017, @11:06PM (#610533) Homepage Journal

      But, but, but - DAS RACISSSSSS!! Isn't it?

      Everybody in the world fucks to much, except Euros and Americans, doesn't that give all them fuckers some kinda right to come here and take what we have? Well, doesn't it? Shouldn't we just roll over, and allow everyone to take our jobs, our homes, our wimminz, and whatever else they want?

      From my point of view, if we don't have the balls to stand up and say "NO", then we deserve whatever we get. I've said before, when we find an illegal alien, we should sterilize him/her, and send that alien back where it came from.

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      alles in Ordnung
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @11:09PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @11:09PM (#610536)

      Don't forget part two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DFPKNdYFkE [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:26AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:26AM (#610597) Journal
      Saying that doesn't make it so. It directly helps those who immigrate. In turn, the immigrant workers can send money back to help their family and friends. According to the OECD [oecd.org], 135 million migrants currently reside in developed world countries (45 million in the US alone). That's a lot of people right there. That's almost 2% of the global population right there. If each person is helping two people on average, then that's more than 5% of the world being helped by immigration. It's not decisive, but it is definitely in the making-a-dent territory.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:52PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:52PM (#610493)

    However that is answered, we obviously fucked up.

    Just yesterday, soylentnews had an article about running out of jobs for people.
    https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/12/14/0122256 [soylentnews.org]

    So, we bring in more people with low qualifications while we're seeing automation take the simple jobs away? Just exactly who does this benefit? People coming in from the 3rd world are pushing wages down in the USA. Don't we want a living wage? Instead of trying to mandate a living wage, maybe we could stop driving wages down in the first place.

    There is zero reason to believe that a person like her would, on average, be beneficial to the average American.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:56PM (#610494)

      Wimminz are good for sum fuk for the patriarchy, and rarely commit violent crimes. She couldn't even do this crap right. FIB has all the coins.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:57PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:57PM (#610495)

      dey turk ur jerbs! (tukur jerb)!

      We should only allow good God fearin' (and hopefully) white folk enter this country because that was really what the founding fathers wanted; white utopia or whitopia!

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:26PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:26PM (#610509)

        Don't need white folk. Don't need black folk. Don't need any -- we have a populated land and no shortage of uteruses.

        Got a hatred for whites? OK, then chew on this: of all the people in the USA, black people are hurt most by immigration. They are the first to lose jobs.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:39PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:39PM (#610517)

          Got that right. Regions popular with Latino immigrants have them working the low level service jobs. In other places, it's blacks doing those jobs.

          It's replacement citizens. And why? Perhaps it is greater work ethic among the illegal immigrants and willingness to put up with BS. Perhaps it is because many blacks have been routed through the justice system, and personnel managers, insurance companies, and government regulations require an undocumented legal history to hire someone.

          • (Score: 2, Informative) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday December 15 2017, @10:50PM

            by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday December 15 2017, @10:50PM (#610523) Homepage

            In California's case, more like welfare votes paid for with taxpayer dollars. Everybody knows that Latinos vote only for handouts regardless of whether or not they are politically conservative.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:43PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:43PM (#610519)

        Hey retard - it isn't about white or black, it isn't even about "god-fearing". It's about idiots like you welcoming enemies of our nation into our country. Let me repeat what the other AC said - we have no shortage of people, so WTF are we allowing outsiders to come in, and take our jobs?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:46PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @10:46PM (#610521)

        Why do you hate America?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 15 2017, @09:59PM (#610496)

    On March 21, 1851, it became the utopian community named Modern Times. The colony was established on 750 acres (3.0 km2) of land by Josiah Warren and Stephen Pearl Andrews. In 1864, it was renamed Brentwood after the town of Brentwood, Essex, in England.

    By contract, all the land in the colony was bought and sold at cost, with 3 acres (12,000 m2) being the maximum allowable lot size. The community was said to be based on the idea of individual sovereignty and individual responsibility. Individuals were encouraged to pursue their self-interest as they saw fit. All products of labor were considered private property. The community had a local private currency based upon labor exchange in order to trade goods and services (see Mutualism (economic theory)).

    (Wikipedia [wikipedia.org])

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Friday December 15 2017, @10:51PM (4 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 15 2017, @10:51PM (#610524) Homepage Journal

    https://nypost.com/2014/07/20/newburgh-four-terrorism-case-was-fbi-entrapment-hbo-film/ [nypost.com]

    By all accounts, none of the Newburg four were smart enough to tie their own shoes, let alone plan a terror operation.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-is-manufacturing-terrorism-cases-2016-6 [businessinsider.com]

    The FBI has ramped up its use of sting operations in terrorism cases, dispatching undercover agents to pose as jihadists and ensnare Americans suspected of backing ISIS, aka the Islamic State, Daesh, or ISIL.

    On Thursday, roughly 67% of prosecutions involving suspected ISIS supporters include evidence from undercover operations, according to The New York Times.

    In many cases, agents will seek out people who have somehow demonstrated radical views, and then coax them into plotting an act of terrorism — often providing weapons and money. Before the suspects can carry out their plans, though, they're arrested.

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    alles in Ordnung
    • (Score: 4, Informative) by takyon on Friday December 15 2017, @11:00PM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Friday December 15 2017, @11:00PM (#610529) Journal

      There's no way to know. In so [theintercept.com] many [theintercept.com] ways [theintercept.com], the FBI is the agency that cried wolf.

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      [SIG] 10/28/2017: Soylent Upgrade v14 [soylentnews.org]
    • (Score: 5, Informative) by NotSanguine on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:01AM (1 child)

      by NotSanguine (285) <reversethis-{grO ... a} {eniugnaStoN}> on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:01AM (#610557) Homepage Journal

      I confirmed that your quote from Business Insider [businessinsider.com] was accurate:

      The FBI has ramped up its use of sting operations in terrorism cases, dispatching undercover agents to pose as jihadists and ensnare Americans suspected of backing ISIS, aka the Islamic State, Daesh, or ISIL.

      On Thursday, roughly 67% of prosecutions involving suspected ISIS supporters include evidence from undercover operations, according to The New York Times.

              In many cases, agents will seek out people who have somehow demonstrated radical views, and then coax them into plotting an act of terrorism — often providing weapons and money. Before the suspects can carry out their plans, though, they're arrested.

      Can't we at least get a whole week's data on this? If it was 67% of Thursday's investigations, that's one thing. What about Wedneday? Or even last weekend?

      Okay, The New York Times [nytimes.com] (which is what BI was paraphrasing) says:

      Only about 30 percent of the first few dozen prosecutions through late 2014 appear to have relied on evidence gathered through undercover operations. That number climbed to about 45 percent by early last year, with a string of undercover prosecutions in New York, Minnesota and Illinois. And since February 2015, about 40 of 60 Islamic State prosecutions, or 67 percent, have been based on undercover operations.

      That makes a bit more sense. Perhaps our editors could offer some help to Business Insider. It seems like they could use it.

      --
      No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. --Niels Bohr
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:02PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:02PM (#610762)

        Before the suspects can carry out their plans, though, they're arrested.

        That shows more competence than I've come to expect from out anti-terrorist activities.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:32PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:32PM (#610767)

      The fbi's main job is to create fake terrorists/mass shooters. Of course, it should be easy enough to find idiots like this without having to create them.

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