In a rapidly developing story, disgraced California State Senator Leland Yee has been tied to various Muslim terrorist groups in Mindanao, among those being investigated the groups involved in the infamous 2009 Maguindanao massacre.
Dignitas News (h/t Lah) In the 137 page affidavit, Yee is a suspected middle man between terrorist groups in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, supplying high caliber weaponry (including machine guns and rocket launchers) to Chinese-American organized crime figures in the United States.
The affidavit spoke of an elaborate multinational effort involving criminal elements in North Africa and Sicily, as well as US gangsters in New Jersey.Yee is also accused of introducing prospective campaign donors (undercover FBI agents, unbeknownst to Yee) and state legislators who had influence over medical marijuana legislation. In exchange for his services, Yee received cash campaign donations that far exceeded legal limits — and were paid by the FBI.
The affidavit says that in August 2013, a prominent California political consultant who had been working to raise money for Yee’s campaigns told a prospective donor — an undercover federal agent — that Yee “had a contact who deals in arms trafficking.”
n exchange for campaign contributions, according to the affidavit, Yee would “facilitate a meeting with the arms dealer” so that the donor could buy a large number of weapons. The firearms would be imported through a port in Newark, N.J. At one meeting, the affidavit said, Yee and the prospective donor discussed “details of the specific types of weapons.”
Yee and his cohorts were accused of participating in an international crime ring that, that in addition to weapons smuggling, traded in cocaine and other drugs, illegal marijuana “grows” and transporting stolen liquor and other goods to China.
Yee has extensive connections in the Philippines. Among those suspected in involvement are the groups responsible for the infamous 2009 Maguindanao (also referred to as Ampatuan) Massacre. While the 58 victims were on their way to file a certificate of candidacy for Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan town, they were kidnapped and brutally killed.
Mangudadatu was challenging Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr., son of the incumbent Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. and member of one of Mindanao’s leading Muslim political clans, in the forthcoming Maguindanao gubernatorial election part of the national elections in 2010. The people killed included Mangudadatu’s wife, his two sisters, journalists, lawyers, aides, and motorists who were witnesses or were mistakenly identified as part of the convoy.
While the investigation and subsequent trials will determine the level of Yee’s involvement, if any, he did offer his sentiments of condolence at a Fil-Am memorial for the victims of the tragedy.
“Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice that these journalists made for the public good,” said Yee. Yee paid tribute to the journalist victims of the massacre and the four who died during the recent typhoon. “They died in the line of duty,” said Austin Baul, president of the the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles. “They knew full well that their mission was fraught with peril yet they persisted to fulfill their duty to the people.”
Dignitas News Service has also discovered his involvement with Philippine News, a news source with offices in both the United States and the Philippines. On their web site, he is listed under the “Columnists and Contributors” list.