Immigration Case Soon to be Featured in the NYTimes
NEW CLIENT WHO USED TO WORK FOR THE FBI AND THE CIA
Three weeks ago, I was retained to represent a man who is detained by ICE at the Bergen County Jail, which is located in Hackensack, New Jersey. An article about this man will appear in the New York Times in approximately eight to ten days. Until that article comes out, I will not mention my client’s name in my website.
My client, a Muslim from Kosovo, was in federal prison on September 11, 2001. The next day, his counselor at the prison called him into his office. There was someone on the phone for him, an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), whose initials are SL. SL asked my client if he would be willing to spy on suspected terrorists in the prison. My client agreed. Over the next two years, my client’s work in the New York prison led to the arrest of a number of terrorists in the United States.
Incredibly, SL then advised my client to write to George Tenet, who was then the Director of the CIA. He did. Director Tenet and he exchanged several letters. My client was then transferred to another federal prison in Pennsylvania. While he was there, for four years, my client worked on behalf of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit. He was placed among individuals who were known to have ties to terrorist groups. All of the information that he learned from these men he passed on to the FBI.
Despite everything that my client did for the United States, no one within the U.S. government made any effort to shorten his prison sentence. When his sentence was completed, the U.S. government also failed to honor the agreement it had made with him previously, that is, that he be allowed to remain in the United States with his U.S. citizen wife and children. On December 11, 2007, he was deported to Kosovo.
Within a week, he signed up to work for the CIA. My client received various kinds of training in Macedonia. In addition, my client studied Islam in an effort to improve his understanding of his religion. He then infiltrated many terrorist networks and groups. It helped that he speaks several languages. He traveled throughout the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and western Africa. In Kosovo, he bought arms and weapons directly from high-ranking officials of that country’s government, who knew that the transactions were illegal. When he did this, he immediately transferred the arms and weapons to the CIA. During the years that he worked for the CIA, my client always updated the CIA concerning his whereabouts, activities, and what he had learned.
In 2009, the CIA flew his family to Turkey so that the four of them could finally have a vacation together. My client and his family were put up at a top resort. Unfortunately, in the middle of that vacation, one of my client’s CIA handlers called him. The next day, my client had to leave on a mission. The mission was successful. It stopped a terrorist plot.
On March 31, 2010, my client entered a residential building in Macedonia. The CIA maintained a “safe” apartment in that building. Inside that building, someone shot my client before he could reach the safe apartment. The CIA then abandoned him.
A little over a year later, my client made his way to Canada. His family joined him there. He worked hard, in Québec, and eventually started two successful businesses, a car wash, and a restaurant. A third child was born, in Canada, in 2013. My client’s Canadian idyll was interrupted when he began to receive international telephone calls from terrorists. He managed to learn about some plots against the United States, in particular, New York City. He wanted to give this information to the United States government. He decided to return, illegally, to the USA. He arrived in New York City in the middle of November, 2014. Several days later, his family joined him.
In New York City, my client, with an attorney by his side, met with FBI Special Agents and high-ranking members of the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Division. Although each of these agencies found my client to be credible, and his information reliable, in the end, neither one wanted to engage his services. While my client was speaking with these law enforcement agencies, he received calls regularly from persons in Syria who were seeking to recruit him to join ISIS. Occasionally, individuals from other countries, such as Uzbekistan, participated in these Skype conversations. My client passed on to law enforcement everything that was said during these conversations.
On March 1, 2016, my client was arrested by federal agents and charged, in the Eastern District of New York, with illegal re-entry into the United States. He could not get bail. But, six weeks later, the U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss the charge. The Court granted the motion. Instead of going home to his wife and children, and his job, ICE took my client into custody, and he remains in ICE custody. The law says that my client cannot mount a challenge in Immigration Court to his detention by ICE. Before the Immigration Judge, my client has made a request for protection under the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture. The final hearing on that request has been scheduled for September 13, 2016.
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