Public Companies - Terrorist Networks
Asked by: poete-ga
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15 May 2002 09:28 PDT
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Question ID: 16386
"Which publicly traded companies (US and/or foreign) have operations which may directly or indirectly support terrorist networks?"
Re: Public Companies - Terrorist Networks
Answered By: adiloren-ga on 15 May 2002 20:43 PDT
Thanks for the question. It is a little vague, but I'll take a stab at it, I'm assuming that you want a list of companies which have been implicated or suspected of contributing to terrorist activity. Terrorism is a broad term, so I will defer to the state departments lists. Also, your use of the word "indirectly" makes the search almost infinite, as is evident by the recent comercials implicating teenage pot-smokers with terrorist attacks. I'll stick within the parameters of the state departments investigations. Here is a list of some of the major offenders that are publically traded companies: Mamoun Darkazanli Import-Export Company Rabita Trust Al-Hamati Sweets Bakeries Jamyah Taawun al-Islamia (aka: Society of Islamic Cooperation) Al-Shifa Honey Press for Industry and Commerce Aaran Money Wire Service, Inc Al-Barakaat Bank Al-Barakat Bank of Somalia (BSS) Al-Barakat Finance Group Al-Barakat Financial Holding Co Al-Barakat Global Telecommunications Al-Barakat Group of Companies Somalia Limited Al-Barakat International (AKA Baraco Co) Al-Barakat Investments Al-Barakat Wiring Service Al Taqwa Trade, Property and Industry Company Limited, ASAT Trust Bank al Taqwa Limited Baraka Trading Company Barakaat Boston Barakaat Construction Company Barakaat Enterprise Barakaat Group of Companies Barakaat International Barakaat International Foundation Barakaat International, Inc Barakaat North America, Inc Barakaat Red Sea Telecommunications Barakaat Telecommunications Co Somalia Barakat Bank and Remittances Barakat Computer Consulting (BCC) Barakat Consulting Group (BCG) Barakat Global Telephone Company Barakat International Companies (BICO) Barakat Post Express (BPE) Barakat Refreshment Company Barakat Wire Transfer Company Barakat Telecommunications Company Limited (BTELCO) Barako Trading Company, LLC Global Services International Heyatul Ulya Nada Management Organization Parka Trading Company Red Sea Barakat Company Limited Somalia International Relief Organization Somali Internet Company Somali Network AB Youssef M. Nada & Co. Gesellschaft MBH Beit El-Mal Holdings Al-Aqsa Islamic Bank From: U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/fs/2001/6531.htm Of course, there are likely terrorist networks that have not yet been tracked. Below are some additional quotes on the subject: "The two men ran Barakaat North America Inc. in Dorchester, Mass., a foreign money exchange, without a state license, according to a U.S. Customs Service affidavit. The business moved over $2 million through a U.S. bank from January through September, the government said." Terrorist money targeted, Online Athens, 11/7/01 http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/110801/new_1108010064.shtml "Also watching federal agents seize evidence from Barakaat Enterprise in Columbus, Hassan Ali, 20, a Somalian who has lived in the United States for a decade, said Somalians often used the business to send money to their relatives in Africa." Terrorist money targeted, Online Athens, 11/7/01 http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/110801/new_1108010064.shtml Additional Links St. Petersburg Times, Tracking of terrorist money puts government to the test, ROBERT TRIGAUX, 11/18/01 http://www.sptimes.com/News/111801/Columns/Tracking_of_terrorist.shtml Ernst and Young, Tracking terrorist networks: Smart banks are using technology to break the new money laundering cycle http://www.ey.com/global/gcr.nsf/UK/Forensic_Services_-_tracking_terrorist_networks Al Qaeda has complex terrorist networks, analysts say October 5, 2001, CNN http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/02/inv.binladen.friends/ Google Search Terms Used companies OR corporations terrorist network http://google.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=companies+OR+corporations+terrorist+network&hc=0&hs=0 "public companies" terrorism http://google.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=%22public+companies%22+terrorism&hc=0&hs=0 I hope this helps. I'll be happy to clarify if necessary. -Anthony
Re: Public Companies - Terrorist Networks
From: calebu2-ga on 15 May 2002 09:54 PDT
It is probably worth checking out the following urls : http://www.treasury.gov/terrorism.html - the official list of individuals and organisations linked to terrorism by the White House. While this does not list only publicly traded companies, it is probably as good a list as you will get. Other useful information is available at : http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2001-115.txt and www.ustreas.gov/ofac. Now if google would speed up their processing of my application, I could actually reply to this!
Re: Public Companies - Terrorist Networks
From: wordsmith-ga on 19 May 2002 13:19 PDT
Hi Poete, I just wanted to add the comment that list of offenders provided here was produced in the heated days following Sept. 11. Since, some of the companies listed here have been cleared of involvement. While I'm not sure which ones specifically, I believe that, ethically, we should approach this list with some caution. If you're looking for a list of offenders that is up-to-date and accurate, you will probably need to go off-line. Give the US Office of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network a call (Switchboard: (202) 647-4000; Main address: U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520). If that doesn't get you anywhere, then check the Canadian RCMP. Their web site has a phone number Canadians can call to report terrorist financing. Perhaps you can contact their communications department by phone or email for the information you need. They would have an updated list of the FBI's current suspects. Contact info is provided at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/news/nr-01-22.htm I am in no way claiming to know what companies are involved in supporting terrorism. And I have never knowingly supported terrorism myself. I simply feel that, to be fair, we should consider the rush and fear that came into play when this list was created, and the misrepresentation that may have occured at this time. For example, I live in Ottawa Canada, where one of these companies, Barakaat North America, Inc., is based. Since the hearing has taken place in the USA it has been publicized that the owner of this company was not involved in the activities as described through this list. Rather, the company is the *ONLY* operating banking service in Somalia, and is, in fact, quite necessary for the sharing of funds with family members who are struggling in the homeland. (sorry, I can find no recent news articles online to share with you, so I can't give more specific information about the final outcome with this company or others). It's also worth noting that many of the suspect companies run commodity scams through local convenience stores, for example, the Baby Formula scam reported shortly after the terrorist tragedy in New York. So it seems very hard to tell how we may 'shop for Osama' without even knowing it. Is a baby forumula scam helping fund terrorist activity? http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/40402_news_babyformula.html Health & Safety Dangers Posed by Counterfeit Products http://publish.iacc.org/teampublish/109_476_1674.cfm I hope this is helpful for you! Cheers, Gina M. For more information, please see: Yahoo's complete terrorism news source for Canada: http://ca.fullcoverage.yahoo.com/fc/Canada/TerrorismCA/ Remarks On Financial Aspects of Terrorism at Office of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network USA: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2001/5979.htm Background on suspect banking systems known as "Hawala": http://cbc.ca/news/indepth/background/hawala.html An article in French about the Ottawa Barakaat situation (translate to English using Babel Fish at http://world.altavista.com/): http://www.cyberpresse.ca/reseau/politique/0111/pol_101110033773.html RCMP Press Release on Reporting Financial Terrorism: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/news/nr-01-22.htm Regulations Amending the United Nations Suppression of Terrorism Regulations (released November 2001): http://canada.gc.ca/gazette/part2/ascII/g2-135x5_e.txt Search Strategies using Google: barakaat + ottawa terrorism + ottawa terrorism + financial terrorism + financial + un "baby formula" + scam
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