Bohadana, along with many others, had been caught up in the biggest dragnet in U.S. history, a "crackdown on terrorism" in the wake of 9-11, directed by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
immigrant rights advocate whose last name is ironically, Ice. Attorney (Patricia) Ice said Bohadana had been in the country for less than six months on a tourist visa. Harry E. Moran, of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's state office at the time, recalled that the visa had expired at the time of Bohadana's arrest.
Look up Uzi Bohadana on any run of the mill people search engine (like USSearch.com) and this comes up. Does that 3rd address look familiar?:
If it does it's because 701 S. 21st Avenue in Hollywood, Florida is the location of the building rented in 2000-2001 by Mossad team leader Hanan Serfaty (sometimes spelled Serfati) as reported by Germany's Die Zeit in the article "Next Door to Mohammed Atta".
During 2001, officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration began assembling a report on activities of Israeli "art students" selling cheap looking paintings door-to-door, appearing frequently at the homes and offices of DEA and other government agency officials. Serfaty appears in the report as a "team leader" of the so-called art students, along with the names of dozens of other Israeli nationals. The html version of the report is at this link; the PDF version is here.
In a 2009 article on Infowars.com titled "Art Students in WTC Connected to Israeli Intelligence Service", author Jonathan Elinoff writes:
Hanan Serfaty was arrested by DEA agents in connection to the Israeli spy ring.
What makes him stand out, is that he was listed as being an art student who was part of the World Views program, which was in the World Trade Center on floors 90 and 91 in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council...
(ed. correction on above - Serfaty was NOT part of the World Views Program, as stated by Elinoff - all participants are found at this link. The following Elinoff quotes are backed up by the DEA report, including Serfaty's bank activity and proximity to Mohammed Atta).
Hanan was an “art student” who was a former Israeli military intelligence officer who rented two Hollywood apartments close to the mail drop and apartment of Mohammed Atta and four other hijackers.
Serfaty was moving large amounts of cash: he carried bank slips showing more than $100,000 deposited from December 2000 through the first quarter of 2001; other bank slips showed withdrawals for about $80,000 during the same period. Serfaty’s apartments, serving as crash pads for at least two other “art students”, were located at 4220 Sheridan Street and 701 South 21st Avenue. Lead hijacker Mohammed Atta’s mail drop was at 3389 Sheridan Street–approximately 2,700 feet from Serfaty’s Sheridan Street apartment. Both Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, the suicide pilot on United Airlines Flight 175, which smashed into World Trade Center 2, lived in a rented apartment at 1818 Jackson Street, some 1,800 feet from Serfaty’s South 21st Avenue apartment.
Uzi Bohadana was in the news in the past year because of an attack he suffered while in detention in 2001 in a Mississippi jail. Inmates at the jail had beaten him and in the process, broke his jaw. The beating took place after Bohadana allegedly made derogatory comments about the U.S., according to the Madison County Sheriff's department.
|From "The Day", New London, CT 12-10-2001|
One hundred twenty miles south of Madison County, in the Stone County Correctional Facility in Wiggins, Mississippi, Pakistani student Hasnain Javed was being held on similar charges of visa violations. Detained a few days after Bohadana's arrest, he also suffered assaults by prison inmates after he supposedly made derogatory statements about the US, according to the Stone County Sheriff's department, an accusation which Javed, like Bohadana, denies. Both Bohadana and Javed got a mention in the August 2002 edition of the journal Human Rights Watch.
In the FBI files on the Mossadnik "Dancing Israelis", it was reported by more than one employee of Israeli owned Urban Moving Systems that snide remarks concerning the US were common among the Israelis working there:
Had Bohadana made remarks that led to a jailhouse altercation, or was he simply a victim of the then 9-11 fueled anti-Middle Eastern zeitgeist? Was he really helping a relative move, or was he preparing to leave for Israel, mission accomplished? For now, all information on Bohadana's arrest and detention is in books, and articles such as this one by the UN High Commission on Refugees:
- On September 14, 2001, the FBI arrested Uzi Bohadana, a twenty-four-year-old Jewish Israeli, in Jackson, Mississippi. The INS charged him with an immigration violation for working while on a tourist visa.
The next day, he was taken to an INS office and interrogated by the FBI and the INS for one and a half hours while injured. Bohadana asserted that at the time of the interrogation he could hardly talk and was dizzy because of the painkillers he had been given. He said that he was informed of his right to contact a lawyer and the consulate of Israel, but he claimed that the agents told him that "if he talked it'd be quicker." He said he was in pain and agreed to talk without a lawyer. He was asked about the jail assault he had suffered and about the September 11 attacks.
Bohadana was later transferred to Concordia Parish Jail in Ferriday, Louisiana where the FBI interrogated him twice and the INS once. He said that at the first FBI interrogation there he was "overwhelmed with drugs," and could not answer the questions. The agents stopped the interrogation after ten minutes. Bohadana said that the day of his second interrogation jail staff told him that the FBI had ordered that he not be given any medication until after the questioning, so he was in pain all morning. That interrogation lasted for about two hours, during which he was asked about the terrorist attacks. Bohadana said he was not told he had the right to a lawyer during the interrogations at this facility, and he did not ask for one. He told Human Rights Watch that he did not need an attorney because he was innocent and had nothing to hide. Bohadana was released on bond on October 5, 2001.
Was Bohadana, like the "Dancing Israelis", in possession of a return ticket to Tel Aviv, dated just after 9-11-2001? Was he questioned by the FBI, as he claims, under duress? Did he really refuse to have an attorney present? We may not know until he drops dead. That is because official details on the Bohadana arrest are not readily available.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department no longer has any records as the case was handed over to the FBI and INS. The FBI will not release any information on Uzi Bohadana's arrest due to privacy concerns (letter at this link). The INS has since merged with the Department of Homeland Security. A call to DHS in Jackson, Misisissippi went nowhere: a befuddled staffer there did not know where to send me, as the INS had not transferred its old records to DHS.
And so it goes - another Mossad linked Israeli becomes a footnote in the "war on terror"; a prima facie study (if it's all true) on how not to treat a detainee, while any of Bohadana's connections to 9-11 slip down the memory hole.
Related - The Official FBI Documents on Urban Moving Systems and the 9-11 Dancing Israelis