1/21 Immigrant Rights Watch:Chinese Terror Story=Another Stupid American Hoax?
- Immigrant Rights Watch: Latest Chinese Terrorist Story = Another Latest
Stupid American Hoax?
From: National Immigrant Solidarity Network
January 21, 2005
At the latest twist on the widely reported story of 4 suspect "Chinese
terror gangs" on the way to attack Boston (which the Feds still cannot find them),
law enforcement officials now says it could be just a hoax!
Yesterday they were investigating whether the tipster who told authorities
about four Chinese nationals and two Iraqis plotting an attack on Boston had
labeled them terrorists to exact revenge for being cheated in a smuggling or
It just yet another stupid American terrorist hoax created by the government
to blow a smoke screen to justify the police state. Because anyone has
junior high school intelligence, can immediately figure out this story is too
crazy to be true.
But the most important, we need to confront the deepest root of racist
mentality in our society and in our minds, that: anyone who are not White
Europeans and/or a new immigrant, could be automatically assume as: terrorist, spy,
drug dealers, gangsters, union busting/job stealing workers, welfare queens,
or: restaurant waiters, Chinese delivery boys stupid little manual labors...
Lee Siu Hin
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
1) Revenge eyed as motive in terror tip (Boston Globe)
2) FEDS NOW HUNTING 14 'BOMB' SUSPECTS (New York Post)
Revenge eyed as motive in terror tip
By Shelley Murphy and Suzanne Smalley
January 21, 2005
Law enforcement officials said yesterday they were investigating whether the
tipster who told authorities about four Chinese nationals and two Iraqis
plotting an attack on Boston had labeled them terrorists to exact revenge for
being cheated in a smuggling or drug operation.
''Could it be a hoax? That's a possibility," said US Attorney Michael J.
Sullivan, who accompanied Governor Mitt Romney at a media briefing at the State
House yesterday. Both sought to assure the public that the tip remains
uncorroborated and that there is no cause for alarm.
''We can't even say for certain that they're in the country," Sullivan said.
On Wednesday, the FBI and Sullivan's office released the names and photos of
four Chinese nationals -- Zengrong Lin, Wen Quin Zheng, Xiujin Chen, and
Guozhi Lin -- who are being sought for questioning after they were identified by
an anonymous caller as terrorists who had plans to obtain nuclear material.
Investigators are also now seeking information on another 10 people
mentioned in documents the caller left for authorities, local law enforcement
officials confirmed yesterday.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, provided new details
yesterday about what set off the investigation.
The tipster called the California Highway Patrol from Mexico late Monday
night and said he had helped smuggle the four Chinese nationals, along with two
unidentified Iraqis, into the United States and that they were expected to
arrive in Boston, via New York, in four days, the officials said. The caller
said that ''nuclear oxide" or ''nuclear fiber" was going to be smuggled to the
group through a tunnel system in Mexico into lower California, they said.
The unidentified caller directed police to a package he had tossed over a
border fence into California with three visas that had been issued to three of
the Chinese nationals by the Mexican embassy in Beijing and a Chinese identity
card for the fourth, the officials said.
According to one official, inside the package were airline ticket stubs
indicating that the four had flown from Beijing to Mexico City. Some documents in
the package, including baggage claim tickets, contained 10 additional names,
but it was unclear what their connection was to the six or whether they are
aliases for them.
The Associated Press reported last night that nine of the additional names
are Chinese: Yu Xian Weng, a woman either 40 or 41; Quinquan or Quiquan Lin,
21; Liqiang Liang, 28; Min Xiu Xie, 27; Xiang or Xing Wei Liu, 22; Mei Xia
Dong, 21; Xiuming Chen; Cheng Yin Liu; and Zao Yun Wang. The 10th name is Jose
Ernesto Beltran Quinones, of unknown age or national origin, according to the
AP. The FBI said that none of the 10 appeared previously on any kind of watch
list, the AP reported.
Authorities say it's common for smugglers to seize travel documents from
their human cargo and keep them until they are paid for their services.
The threat about nuclear material, along with the tipster saying that the
four Chinese are chemists, prompted fear among some law enforcement officials of
a so-called dirty bomb: a conventional, or nonnuclear, explosive laced with
Romney, Sullivan, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino all downplayed the threat
yesterday, emphasizing that there was nothing to back up the caller's claims.
Romney said he canceled his plans to attend President Bush's inauguration to
return home Wednesday night and show the public there's no reason to panic.
''I was concerned that things would spin out of people's consciousness and
seem to become more serious than they actually are," he said. ''It's our hope
that this turns out to be an invalid hoax of some kind, and yet we take these
The tipster also gave police the names of a San Diego used car dealer and
his girlfriend, contending that they were involved in a smuggling ring and in
drug dealing, according to several law enforcement officials. The car dealer
has previously been investigated as a possible drug dealer by federal and state
officials in California, according to a member of Boston's Anti-Terrorism
Some investigators speculated that the tipster may have been seeking revenge
against the Chinese nationals after being cheated out of money for ferrying
them across the border; others said the mention of the used car dealer
suggests a possible link to drug trafficking.
''It is not uncommon to see people who are somehow or another disgruntled to
lob that allegation, particularly when it's anonymous," said one local law
enforcement official, noting that calling someone a terrorist is guaranteed to
bring swift attention.
The official said that even if the investigation ultimately shows that the
four Chinese have no terrorist ties, the caller could get revenge against them
by having their photos plastered throughout the country and perhaps being
Sullivan said that since alerting the public on Wednesday about the supposed
threat and releasing the names and photos of the four Chinese, the FBI's
Joint Terrorism Task Force has uncovered information about the backgrounds of
the people, but nothing to make them more alarmed.
None of the four Chinese nationals have criminal records, and their names
don't appear on any watch lists or databases that federal investigators have
searched, Sullivan said.
Nevertheless, Boston and the region remained on high-alert yesterday.
Massport officials are taking the terror threat seriously and have increased
security, including patrols, according to Dennis Treece, director of
''We're taking it pretty seriously," he said.
MBTA Deputy Chief of Police John Martino said T police have also increased
security in response to the threat. He said the T has activated radiation
detectors it uses whenever the city is on higher-than-normal security alert.
T personnel were also given pictures of the four Chinese nationals to
distribute to stations, which resulted in a couple of dozen tips. None have panned
out, Martino said.
''People have believed they have seen one or more of the suspects," he said.
And Bruce Cheney, director of the division of emergency services in New
Hampshire, said his office was asked to put the state's radiological response
teams on standby.
Authorities in Mexico, meanwhile, gave conflicting information about whether
the US government had sought help in the case from their Mexican
Government Secretary Santiago Creel, whose office oversees national
security, said yesterday that he had no information about the threat and had not been
asked for help from the US government.
But Agustin Gutierrez Canet, a spokesman for President Vicente Fox, said
Mexico had investigated it, as it does all such reports. There was no evidence,
he said, that any Chinese nationals had crossed over into the United States
And US officials in Mexico said an investigation involving agents from both
countries had been underway since Wednesday. Diana Page, a spokeswoman at the
US embassy in Mexico City, said that ''thanks to the full cooperation of the
Mexican government, we are investigating."
She said it was possible that US officials had not directed their request
for help through Creel's office, and had instead turned directly to Mexican
Residents and workers in downtown Boston yesterday were incredulous that the
four Chinese nationals would be involved in such a plot, saying they
couldn't believe that would-be terrorists would give their photographs and names to
a smuggler if they had such violent intentions.
''I can't say this is impossible, but it's unlikely," said Kenny Lu, a
native of Taiwan who owns DaDa Hair Studio on Essex Street.
Others said they are following the general advice of their local leaders: Do
what you usually do.
''I'm not afraid," said Anne Heffernan, an accountant from Essex. ''I think
officials would be far more adamant if this was true."
Donovan Slack and Patricia Wen and of the Globe staff, and correspondents
Marion Lloyd, Madison Park, and Janette Neuwahl contributed to this report.
FEDS NOW HUNTING 14 'BOMB' SUSPECTS
By MURRAY WEISS and ALY SUJO
New York Post
The number of Chinese nationals being sought for questioning in Boston's
potential "dirty bomb" attack has risen from four to 14.
The FBI added 10 new names to its manhunt list yesterday, based on
information from the same anonymous tip that led authorities on Wednesday to first
reveal details of the purported plot.
The tipster, calling from Mexico, told cops that he had smuggled the
would-be bombers into the United States, and that they had passed through New York
en route to Boston.
There, the tipster claimed, the terrorists planned to detonate a "dirty
bomb," an explosive laced with radioactive material. The tipster even named a
specific chemical he said the terrorists were bringing in.
But authorities later realized the chemical, "nuclear oxide," does not
They are stressing the tip remains uncorroborated and that no credible
evidence supports the plot.
"We're not certain exactly where they are," said Boston U.S. Attorney
Michael Sullivan. "We can't even say for certain that they're in the country."
The FBI said none of the 14 had appeared previously on any terrorist watch
In Boston, there were visible signs of stepped-up security, including
vehicle searches in some underground parking garages. The suspects' pictures were
posted inside subway fare booths.
Federal officials expressed surprise the information had received such
"The law-enforcement community routinely receives these kinds of reports,"
said one Homeland Security official.
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