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Witness: 4 Sought to Help Terrorists

The chief prosecution witness in the trial of four men accused of providing material support to terrorists testified today that they sought his help to raise money, ship weapons and forge documents as part of an unspecified terrorism plot that could have involved civilian targets in the United States and abroad. Youssef Hmimssa, an immigrant from Morocco, said he met the defendants at a café in Dearborn, Mich., in June 2001 after relocating to the Detroit area to escape federal authorities. On the run for allegedly bilking former taxi and restaurant customers in Chicago out of thousands of dollars, Hmimssa, 32, said he welcomed the offer of a place to stay and moved in with three of them. But Hmimssa said he soon realized that the men adhered to a strict brand of Islamic law that considered as “infidels” nations and people not sharing their ideology. Their goal, he said, was to operate covertly and pave the way for other like-minded “brothers” to make their way into the United States using illegal passports. Full Story

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