1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 11, 2001 00:00
Portland Police Officers, Oregon State Patrol Officers and federal authorities also searched Steitiye’s home. During the search, officers found fraudulently obtained Social Security cards, credit cards and an immigration green card. He was also in possession of $20,000 in cash, a calendar highlighting September 11, 2001, and a plaque identifying the terrorist group Hamas. Steitiye admitted that in the past, he had trained with guerilla groups in Lebanon. Steitiye is now in federal custody and has been indicted on federal weapons charges.
The continued investigation revealed that Steitiye obtained his U.S. citizenship through fraudulent means. There are now several ongoing investigations based on information obtained through the execution of the search warrants.
I am revealing this information today to explain to our citizens that the Portland Police Bureau continues to fully cooperate with each and every ongoing criminal investigation. The JTTF was involved in several investigations of this type before September 11, and they have continued since.
The Portland Police Bureau is only one of several organizations that was involved in this investigation. We are not making this information public to highlight the Portland Police Bureau’s contribution over that of the FBI, the ATF, Oregon State Patrol or any other law enforcement agency. Rather, this investigation points out that we are all committed and stand together for the safety of all Americans.”
Sgt. Pete Simpson