Hezbollah Operative Arrested
A Hezbollah operative was arrested by Federal authorities. Alexei Saab was arrested in July and charged on September 19th with spying for Hezbollah and targeting several locations in the US, according to the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan.
Some of the locations he surveilled as a Hezbollah operative were “the New York Stock Exchange, U.N. building, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and local airports, tunnels and bridges.”
He is also known as Ali Hassan Saab, Alex Saab, and Rachid.
The US Attorney’s office stated:
“SAAB, 42, of Morristown, New Jersey, is charged with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; receiving military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a sentence of 10 years in prison or a fine; conspiracy to receive military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization to facilitate an act of international terrorism, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison; marriage fraud conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of five years; citizenship application fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years; naturalization fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years; and making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years. The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge.”
Saab is accused of attempting to murder an Israeli spy in Lebanon in 2003 and 2005. He was trained both in the use of arms, and picking targets that would cause the most destruction by the Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO), which is an arm of Hezbollah (‘have you ever been a member of a terror organization’ is on the immigration form).
ABC reported that his training included, “materials used to construct a particular target, how close in proximity one could get to a target, and site weaknesses or ‘soft spots’ that the IJO could exploit if it attacked a target in the future.”
So on top of spying for Hezbollah, he also did a scam marriage in order to obtain citizenship for someone else. He became a naturalized citizen in 2008 and was employed as an IT professional and college lecturer. He was living in New Jersey. It does not seem as though anyone follows up on statements made by immigrants…which could prove fatal one of these days.
Here is the actual indictment:
Featured photo: screenshot via Heavy.com of Alexei Saab.