Houston area man charged with trying to help Al Qaeda
Jun 03, 2010 (Houston Chronicle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A Houston area man was charged today with attempting to provide the Al Qaeda terrorist group with an array of support, including such items as cash, mobile phones and a restricted military publication on the effects of U.S. military weapons systems in Afghanistan.
Barry Walter Bujol Jr appeared briefly before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy where he was told he was charged with two counts in a federal indictment that had just been unsealed.
Bujol, a towering, bearded man who was shackled at the waist and ankles, was ordered to remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending the outcome of further hearings in the case.
The indictment lists 11 names for Bujol, including some as ordinary sounding as Pat, Paul or Michael and others like Abu ABudha Al Farnasi and Abu Najya.
He is accused of knowingly attempting to provide material support or resources to Al Qaeda, including personnel; currency: pre-paid telephone calling cards; mobile telephone SIM cards; global positioning systems.
Federal authorities had no immediate comment on Bujol, including what steps hed allegedly taken to actually outfit Al Qaeda with the goods as well as whether those items were procured in the Houston area.
Also unknown so far is how Bujol made alleged contact with Al Qaeda or federal agents posing as the organizations operatives or contacts.
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