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Government representatives, one of whom said he was from the United States Department of Agricultures compliance unit were at 6260 Kinsman Road in Kinsman on Monday after a reported FBI raid on a meat processing facility.  (Liz Wilkinson Allen/Staff Photographer)Government representatives, one of whom said he was from the United States Department of Agricultures compliance unit were at 6260 Kinsman Road in Kinsman on Monday after a reported FBI raid on a meat processing facility.  (Liz Wilkinson Allen/Staff Photographer)

Kinsman, IL - Federal agents conducted a raid Sunday afternoon at a goat meat processing plant near Morris, Illinois. The secretive operation was led by the Chicago FBI office, the Feds are being very tight-lipped on what they found and why they were even there.

Spokesman Ross Rice confirms agents were at 6260 Kinsman Road, in Kinsman, Illinois. The business is called First World Management. Rice would not say why agents were there but said nobody was taken into custody.

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The FBI said the raid began Sunday morning and ended in the late afternoon. They were at the plant about nine hours total.

According to sources, the plant provides goat, beef and lamb meat which is prepared in the Halal way in accordance with Muslim custom.

The government workers inside First World Management meat packing plant in Kinsman Monday wouldn’t say why they were there or why scores of FBI agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were there Sunday.

The trouble is the FBI isn’t saying much about what happened at this rural Grundy County plant. A spokesman confirms that the plant, which has a Muslim prayer room, was raided as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Several witnesses reported that the Grundy County Sheriff’s office was involved, as well, saying sheriff dept. vehicles were visible at the scene. The Sheriff’s department denies it was present.

When asked if the raid had something to do with undocumented aliens, the person wouldn’t say. A neighbor suggested that undocumented immigrants live in a trailer behind the facility and work there.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the agency assisted in the raid, but had no further comment. According to sources, many of the FBI and ICE agents were armed.

Several USDA criminal investigators were on site at the plant on Monday, but they would not comment on the situation.

One man who was talking about the raid was Jim Cavaness. He’s a handyman who occasionally works at the plant where goats, sheep and cows are slaughtered. On Sunday, he witnessed the raid and says he was questioned by FBI agents.

Cavaness says the FBI asked him if he had seen anything unusual at the plant. He says he’s never seen anything unusual, but, he says, judging by the amount of firepower on the scene, the FBI wasn’t just working an immigration case.

“Way too much overkill for immigration,” Cavaness said.

Neighbors who saw the raid on Sunday told CBS 2 it was a huge operation, involving more than 100 agents, police officers and even what one believed to be National Guard troops.

Sources say during the raid, the driveway was filled with more than 50 government vehicles. There was a helicopter flying overhead and a command center set up. On top of it were government sharpshooters with rifles at the ready.

George Jackson III is an attorney hired by one of the plant operators, Dr. Syed Hamid. Jackson and Dr. Hamid spoke briefly while on their way to a meeting with the federal prosecutor Monday.

Jackson says it’s too early to say why there was such a huge show of force at the plant.

“Obviously, it was more than what was needed here, but why they felt the need to come forward with that much manpower allegedly, it’s too early to say,” Jackson said.

Jackson said federal agents confiscated the company’s computers, effectively shutting down the business. Dr. Hamid chose not to weigh in Monday.

“I don’t want to comment at this point,” Dr. Hamid said.


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 Oct 20, 2009 at 08:10 AM Reality Says:

It is already about time they picked on someone else

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 08:35 AM Big Masmid Says:

It's not surprising that the FBI is doing this, because they have to off-set the Rabashkin situation

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 08:32 AM Hoply Says:

Reply to #1  
Reality Says:

It is already about time they picked on someone else

What do you maen by that ?

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 08:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Reality Says:

It is already about time they picked on someone else

If the raid is wrong you should speak out as if they were raiding your house. Cause if you don't there won't be anyone to speak out when they do.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:06 AM formally Says:

Reply to #2  
Big Masmid Says:

It's not surprising that the FBI is doing this, because they have to off-set the Rabashkin situation

that is a good one you thought of that all by youselve.

Again the Jews are not the center of the world or the center of FBI tactics.

you are not in the ghetto anymore there is no pogroms against Jews just against people who do illegal activities even they are Jews

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:16 AM Anonymous Says:

What?? But I thought the only reason they raided Rubashkin's was cause they are antisemitic and were picking on the Jews. You mean they're actually enforcing the law? What a shanda!!!

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:47 AM Hypocrite? Says:

Reply to #5  
formally Says:

that is a good one you thought of that all by youselve.

Again the Jews are not the center of the world or the center of FBI tactics.

you are not in the ghetto anymore there is no pogroms against Jews just against people who do illegal activities even they are Jews

Why don't you jump to condemn the plant owners for their illegal activity as you do many times??
Oh, forgot, they are not Jewish, they are Muslim, no need to bash and condemn them..

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:49 AM Anonymous Says:

No, wonder why they can't find Bin Laden. They are too busy searching for goats and cows.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Maybe this had nothing to do with immigration, but the Feds had a tip that sleeper-cell terrorists were there -- maybe using jobs at the plant as their official daytime "cover" so people would think they are just minimum-wage dopes doing menial labor, while actually plotting some jihadi stuff. I would not put that past OBL.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:41 AM Aharon Says:

Reply to #2  
Big Masmid Says:

It's not surprising that the FBI is doing this, because they have to off-set the Rabashkin situation

That is a Judeocentric paranoid comment

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:27 AM the real Joe Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

If the raid is wrong you should speak out as if they were raiding your house. Cause if you don't there won't be anyone to speak out when they do.

u are 100% correct and trust me I am no Muslim lover when the GOV is in a bad mood they will go after anyone whether the people are innocent or not entrapment and fancy raids is the name of the game

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 09:24 AM Albert Einstein Says:

Time for a Muslim Hechsher Tzeddek!!

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Big Masmid Says:

It's not surprising that the FBI is doing this, because they have to off-set the Rabashkin situation

do your homework before u make a bigger foool of yourself. there were raids at other plants before rubashkin as well after rubashkin.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 11:43 AM formally Says:

Reply to #7  
Hypocrite? Says:

Why don't you jump to condemn the plant owners for their illegal activity as you do many times??
Oh, forgot, they are not Jewish, they are Muslim, no need to bash and condemn them..

I was not commenting on the article I was commending on a statement, I guess I hit a nerve and you do not know how to answer the question so you try to attack me.
I do not know what the halal guy was accused of to say anything, it ws just raided, maybe for animal abuse, maybe for illegals, or maybe for terrorist activities or who knows what.

Cannot comment on things until some fact get leaked out..
Ps I look at thing the way they are I do not become blind, stupid, and idiot whenever a frum gets accused of a crime. And yes one should live with halacha but we are I hope proud US citizens and should not just push aside their laws, because halache, does not mention it. And then we decide its ok for us to do.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 11:44 AM Anonymous Says:

This obviously has nothing to do with immigration or illegal aliens. wake up ppl.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 11:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe this had nothing to do with immigration, but the Feds had a tip that sleeper-cell terrorists were there -- maybe using jobs at the plant as their official daytime "cover" so people would think they are just minimum-wage dopes doing menial labor, while actually plotting some jihadi stuff. I would not put that past OBL.

Or that FBI is in overkill to diminish the appearance that the administration is being weak on security and that all terrorist concerns can be dealt with locally. Any chance the FBI can fly over the Iran and take care of the nuclear facility? You know, just a police action.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 01:34 PM Krewz Says:

Ok, So it seems that because VIN News reported this it makes that the feds are trying to Off set the spot light on the Rubashkins,

Do you even realize that there were 10's of raids in between that were larger and weren't reported here??

Uh the Howard Industries raid "hauled" away 600 illegals!

you dont know about it because the antisemitic government only pressed criminal charges at the JEW

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 02:17 PM berel Says:

Reply to #14  
formally Says:

I was not commenting on the article I was commending on a statement, I guess I hit a nerve and you do not know how to answer the question so you try to attack me.
I do not know what the halal guy was accused of to say anything, it ws just raided, maybe for animal abuse, maybe for illegals, or maybe for terrorist activities or who knows what.

Cannot comment on things until some fact get leaked out..
Ps I look at thing the way they are I do not become blind, stupid, and idiot whenever a frum gets accused of a crime. And yes one should live with halacha but we are I hope proud US citizens and should not just push aside their laws, because halache, does not mention it. And then we decide its ok for us to do.

he knows what he is saying . you are always on the 'other side' with your postings all over

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 03:17 PM More To It Says:

It sounds that they conducted a anti-terror raid. Perhaps the slaughter house was a cover for a bio lab or chemical lab. Of course this Muslim investigation is confidential. All Yiddish related ones are front page news...

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 02:57 PM Harav Hagaon Says:

The same people who want to stop Kosher shechita also want to stop halal slaughtering.

I wouldn't be surprised if the same people who pused the government to go after Rubashkin are involved here.

Don't fool yourselves, the Rubashkin case was not about illegal immigrants. The illegal arrests etc. Were just a means of furthering PETA's goals.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 05:11 PM formally Says:

Reply to #20  
Harav Hagaon Says:

The same people who want to stop Kosher shechita also want to stop halal slaughtering.

I wouldn't be surprised if the same people who pused the government to go after Rubashkin are involved here.

Don't fool yourselves, the Rubashkin case was not about illegal immigrants. The illegal arrests etc. Were just a means of furthering PETA's goals.

hello wake up


The SMR trial now is for bank fraud and not the illegal immigrants

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 05:07 PM Anonymous Says:

so obvious they were afraid for their own lives

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 08:20 PM Harav Hagaon Says:

Reply to #21  
formally Says:

hello wake up


The SMR trial now is for bank fraud and not the illegal immigrants

No one's arguing about what they were charged with at Rubashkin's. My point is the motive in going after them.

There are millions of business that do the same stuff. Why did they target them?

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 06:34 PM formally Says:

Reply to #18  
berel Says:

he knows what he is saying . you are always on the 'other side' with your postings all over

most but not all

it is very simple I am not a blind man, who think frum=innocent like many on these board.

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 Oct 20, 2009 at 10:27 PM Annomous Says:

If you google Kinsman Illinois, you may note that this so called slaugter house is only five miles away from a Nuclear Power Plant.

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 Oct 21, 2009 at 04:31 AM Think again Says:

Reply to #5  
formally Says:

that is a good one you thought of that all by youselve.

Again the Jews are not the center of the world or the center of FBI tactics.

you are not in the ghetto anymore there is no pogroms against Jews just against people who do illegal activities even they are Jews

Out of 360 meatpacking plants 90% employ undocumented workers, ICE chose the Jewish Shop as #1

Not to mention every resturant kitchen in the contry! The list of illegal sites are well known

But ignored by the FBI

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 Oct 21, 2009 at 05:14 PM Anonymous Says:

You are right! I've been to Kinsman, know the area well. Pretty scary knowing that our possible enemy was there out in the middle of nowhere. I for one am GLAD that Grundy County & the FBI are on top of things. We sure can't take any chances. I live in communities where there are many Arabs & Mosques...I sure hope the FBI is watching them also, but when you find them in rural farm communities such as Kinsman, makes you wonder.

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 Oct 21, 2009 at 10:11 PM LocalTech Says:

Lets think about this realistically. There is no profiling, no racism and no other BS you all speak of. There are Muslim that work there. When you take the fact that there were 100+ officers, and snipers, wouldn't you think this might have something to do with Terrorist connections? Or maybe the fact that they process meat here. Meat that is eaten by people all over this country and others. Get over yourselves and your stupid "Race Card" tactics and think of our security. There are never that many agents unless national security is jeapordized. People from the surrounding areas aren't going to take the FBI not commenting too much longer. Eventually the down home people of the surrounding area will make up their own minds and take action.

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 Oct 22, 2009 at 02:27 AM me Says:

Reply to #26  
Think again Says:

Out of 360 meatpacking plants 90% employ undocumented workers, ICE chose the Jewish Shop as #1

Not to mention every resturant kitchen in the contry! The list of illegal sites are well known

But ignored by the FBI

You're not exactly correct. The feds in fact raid several meatpacking facilities on a regular basis (ICE.GOV) because it infinitely easier to pick up 300 people working 9-5 in one place then it is to go look for one machine gun wielding drug dealer or gang member. The feds in fact raided Swift Beef and Pork and Dec 12, 2006 and arrested almost 1300 illegals. That displayed prominently on their website until the Rubashkin raid netted 389 illegals at which point ICE deleted the Swift "operation wagon train" story and made rubashkin public enemy number one. The problem is ICE is grandstanding and making easy mass arrest that do nothing to improve the safety of the country by arresting simple working people. furthermore it forces food production AND JOBS out of America, and from a national security standpoint i can think of nothing more dangerous than a country that does not control it's own food supply. Unfortunately it's not me that makes those decisions, it's some bureaucrat with excrement for cebral matter that makes the calls.

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 Oct 23, 2009 at 01:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Just to clear up a few matters. They do not slaughter cows there, only sheep and goats. There were only 6 or so employees there so it was no immigration raid. The plantt is a very small operation and the people there do not mingal with the locals at all. There were 2 not one helicpters dangling mini guns present plus a spotter plane. The Santa fe railroad track that passes the plant, a major track was shut down for hours during the raid. There were snipers on top of the comand post motor home and among the 100 or so agents present many were in swat gear and armed with M16s. Lasalle power plant is about 5 miles away and visible from Kinsman. I know of this because I live between the power plant and Kinsman and know many people who were eyewitnesses.

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 Oct 24, 2009 at 05:59 PM Anonymous Says:

There are 3 nuke plants within a 28 mile radius of Kinsman.

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 Oct 27, 2009 at 06:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Anonymous Says:

Just to clear up a few matters. They do not slaughter cows there, only sheep and goats. There were only 6 or so employees there so it was no immigration raid. The plantt is a very small operation and the people there do not mingal with the locals at all. There were 2 not one helicpters dangling mini guns present plus a spotter plane. The Santa fe railroad track that passes the plant, a major track was shut down for hours during the raid. There were snipers on top of the comand post motor home and among the 100 or so agents present many were in swat gear and armed with M16s. Lasalle power plant is about 5 miles away and visible from Kinsman. I know of this because I live between the power plant and Kinsman and know many people who were eyewitnesses.

If you are going to clear up matters you better have your facts right.. I cant disclose who i am but I can tell you that you are dead wrong when you say they dont slaughter cows there and beleive me when I tell you this because for the last 4 years I have been tot this plant more then ANYONE.

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 Oct 29, 2009 at 07:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #33  
Anonymous Says:

If you are going to clear up matters you better have your facts right.. I cant disclose who i am but I can tell you that you are dead wrong when you say they dont slaughter cows there and beleive me when I tell you this because for the last 4 years I have been tot this plant more then ANYONE.

my mistake. yes they do slaughter cows there.

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 Nov 04, 2009 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Anonymous Says:

Just to clear up a few matters. They do not slaughter cows there, only sheep and goats. There were only 6 or so employees there so it was no immigration raid. The plantt is a very small operation and the people there do not mingal with the locals at all. There were 2 not one helicpters dangling mini guns present plus a spotter plane. The Santa fe railroad track that passes the plant, a major track was shut down for hours during the raid. There were snipers on top of the comand post motor home and among the 100 or so agents present many were in swat gear and armed with M16s. Lasalle power plant is about 5 miles away and visible from Kinsman. I know of this because I live between the power plant and Kinsman and know many people who were eyewitnesses.

Remeber, Kinsman would be a perfect little sleepy town to set up shop. As far as nuke plants....they are very difficult to damage. One must be on the inside to do so. Not saying this impossible, but the plants are very tight on security. Now with the RRs right there and many of trains comng through day and night might mean something significant. I'll tell you this though, this was no sting for illegals! Read between the lines, and you can decide for yourself.

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 Nov 24, 2009 at 04:00 PM I says Says:

lets see,,,nuke plants in area,,,,lasalle,braidwood and dresden and i think 3 more that are less than a days drive away

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 Jun 19, 2011 at 09:04 AM scb2211 Says:

Reply to #33  
Anonymous Says:

If you are going to clear up matters you better have your facts right.. I cant disclose who i am but I can tell you that you are dead wrong when you say they dont slaughter cows there and beleive me when I tell you this because for the last 4 years I have been tot this plant more then ANYONE.

It is a slaughterhouse, people!!! Why are we arguing about WHAT is being slaughtered? It is only illegal to slaughter humans there.

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