Of Masters and Their Slaves

"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master." ―Ayn Rand

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bay Area-based Hezbollah Operative Rafic Labboun Released Again from Federal Prison

By Sam Bazzi

Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck; a.k.a. Raffic Mohammed Labboun Allaboun; a.k.a. Hajj Rafik), a leading Hezbollah cadre, convicted felon, fugitive, impersonator, and Imam with Saba Islamic Center of San Jose, California (Shia Association of Bay Area) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward, California, was released from a Northern California Federal prison on Friday, May 10, 2013, one day ahead of his originally scheduled release date.

Screenshot of the Federal inmate locator of Rafic Labboun
as of May 11, 2013, with the Mexican mugshot of Labboun
imposed on it.

Labboun was last incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California. Located 36 miles north of San Jose, CA, FCI Dublin is a low security prison housing mainly female offenders. The institution also includes a minimum security satellite camp housing adult female convicts and an adjacent administrative detention facility housing adult males on holdover or pre-trial status. Labboun was a holdover.


Labboun was released from FCI Lompoc on June 29, 2012, after completing a prison sentence for international credit card fraud. Soon afterwards, he disappeared and fled from the United States, violating his probation. The CIA tracked him in both Mexico and Belize. He was arrested in September 2012 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, by Mexican counterterrorism and local police forces when the CIA alerted Mexican authorities about his presence there. He was extradited to the United States and taken into custody by the FBI.

While in Belize, Labboun stole the identity of Wilhelm Dyck, a deceased Belizean-Mennonite infant who passed away in 1976. With help from fellow Hezbollah operatives, Labboun was able to obtain forged travel documents in the name of Dyck. It is not yet clear whether Labboun might still face charges in Belize for all the troubles he caused during his adventure there last year.