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    NYC Mayor calls Terrorism “vanishingly rare,” calls for more Muslim migrantsSeptember 20, 201612:55 pm By Robert Spencer 10 Comments
    How rare is “vanishingly” rare? What level of jihad terror is acceptable as far as de Blasio is concerned? If people were being poisoned by candy bars, and the candy bar company dismissed the incidence of poisoned bars as “vanishingly rare,” would you buy those candy bars?
    De Blasio would rather see New Yorkers murdered by Islamic jihadis than offend his Muslim constituencies.

    “NYC Mayor Says Islamic Terror ‘Vanishingly’ Rare,” by Brendan Kirby, LifeZette, September 20, 2016:
    In the wake of a radical Islamic terrorist attack on New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling citizens not to worry about the threat of jihadist violence and pushing for even more questionably vetted migrants to be resettled in the United States.
    De Blasio and the mayors of London and Paris co-wrote an op-ed in which they said terrorism committed by refugees is “vanishingly rare.”
    The comments are not likely to go over well in a city on edge after the explosion. Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami after a shootout in New Jersey Monday. Authorities allege he is responsible for planting bombs in New York and near the site of a charity run in New Jersey.
    Rahami is not a refugee — he is a naturalized citizen, having moved with his family to the United States from Afghanistan. Acquaintances say he returned from a trip to Pakistan a changed man, suddenly devout in his faith and wearing traditional Muslim robes, according to The New York Times….
    At least 100 citizens of convicted of terrorism-related charges became naturalized citizens after entering through one of America’s immigration programs. At least 24 of the convicts were refugees and 17 were the U.S.-born children of immigrants. At least 33 came on visas and remained after they expired….
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir of Enfield (1875-1940): Author and Diplomat

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    Father of NYC jihad bomber called FBI on his son in 2014; Marine says father was jihadi in Afghanistan

    September 20, 201612:32 pm By Robert Spencer 4 Comments
    Ahmad Khan Rahami lived with his father. His father never noticed the pressure cookers, the bomb parts — none of it? He should be closely questioned.

    “‘I called the FBI 2 years ago!’: Chelsea bombing suspect’s dad,” by Kevin Sheehan and Yaron Steinbuch, New York Post, September 20, 2016:
    …After closing his New Jersey fried chicken restaurant, Mohammad Rahami was asked by reporters whether he had called the feds on his son.
    “Yes, I called the FBI,” he said as he drove off in his Chevy Suburban after speaking with FBI agents in Elizabeth, where he lives above his First American Fried Chicken joint.
    He also said he didn’t think his son is a terrorist. Asked why, he said: “Because the FBI — they know that.”
    The cryptic response followed one he made earlier, when he yelled, “I called the FBI two years ago!”…
    A day earlier, the elder Rahami said he had “no idea” about his son’s alleged bomb plots in New York and New Jersey.
    “My heart is very, very…,” he said before trailing off.
    Asked if he been aware of what his son was up to, he told NBC News: “No idea.”…
    A neighbor and former Marine who served in Afghanistan told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that “the father used to be a mujahedeen in Afghanistan.”
    “He is from the same city where I was deployed as a Marine,” Jonathan Wagner told Haaretz, adding that the father used to say the Taliban were ruining Afghanistan.
    An agent has confirmed that Mohammad Rahami really did call the feds, but then retracted his claims about his son: “Ahmad Rahami’s dad accused son of being a terrorist in 2014,” by Kevin Johnson, USA Today, September 20, 2016:
    New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami surfaced on the FBI’s radar about two years ago when Rahami’s father allegedly referred to his son as a terrorist, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY on Tuesday.
    The reference came during a domestic dispute involving the family, prompting the FBI to review the father’s claims, according to the official who was not authorized to comment publicly.
    The official said the matter was closed in part because the father recanted his claim, and there was nothing to substantiate it.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
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    Ten times in past two years jihad terrorists slipped through immigration process into U.S.

    September 20, 20161:40 pm By Robert Spencer 6 Comments
    How long must Americans be endangered in order to satisfy politically correct fantasies about “diversity” and “multiculturalism”?

    “Ten Times in Past Two Years Terrorists Slipped Through Immigration Process into U.S.,” by Matthew Boyle, Breitbart, September 20, 2016:
    NEW YORK CITY, New York — In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Minnesota during the weekend, the focus of the national debate has again shifted back to America’s enemies exploiting weaknesses in U.S. immigration screening processes to get into the country to attack the United States.
    While President Barack Obama’s administration, and his would-be successor, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, have promised to increase the amount of people they bring into the United States through immigration, refugee, and asylum programs, the Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has promised to put the brakes on allowing potential terrorists into the United States.
    Below is a by-no-means comprehensive list of at least ten times in the last couple years—there are certainly many more instances—that terrorists have exploited the Obama-Clinton immigration weaknesses to get into the United States. This is the first in a series of stories that will examine specific examples on this front.
    1.) Eritrean Plans Terror in Ohio
    Twenty-one-year-old Munir Abdulkader of West Chester, Ohio, pleads guilty, according to the Department of Justice, “to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.”
    According to the Columbus Dispatch, Abdulkader is a “native of Eritrea in east Africa,” who “became a citizen of the United States in September 2006.”
    He hit law enforcement’s radar while a student at Xavier University in Cincinnati when he was posting messages on Twitter that the Columbus Dispatch said were “seen as sympathetic to Islamic State fighters.”
    “On a Twitter account that began in July 2014 and continued into 2015, Abdulkader posted an IS training video, lamented that his cousin had died fighting for IS and expressed his desire to travel and join the terrorist insurgency,” James Steinbauer wrote in the Columbus Dispatch in July. He added:
    Abdulkader also stated his wish to attain martyrdom. From March to mid-April 2015, Abdulkader began speaking with a confidential source about his intentions to travel to Syria and fight for the insurgency. He secured a passport, saved money for the trip and began making travel plans, but postponed the trip until May 2015 because of increased arrests of individuals traveling to join IS. During May 2015, Abdulkader communicated with one or more people overseas who were tied to IS. One, a member of IS identified as Junaid Hussein, encouraged Abdulkader to commit terrorist attacks in the United States before going to Syria. IS has advocated for lone-wolf jihadis and extremists to conduct attacks in their home countries.
    In his communications with Hussein, the Islamic State recruiter encouraged the Eritrean immigrant—according to the Justice Department—“to plan and execute a violent attack within the United States.”
    “Abdulkader communicated with Hussein and the CHS [confidential human source] about a plan to kill an identified military employee on account of his position with the U.S. government,” the Justice Department said in a press release. “The plan included abducting the employee at the employee’s home and filming the execution. After killing the employee, Abdulkader planned to perpetrate a violent attack on a police station in the Southern District of Ohio using firearms and Molotov cocktails.”
    None of this would have been possible if the United States government had not let this Eritrean man into the United States in the first place.
    2.) Virginia Man? Not Quite.
    Also back in July, The Washington Post’s Rachel Weiner and Joe Helm detailed the story of Mohamed Bailor Jalloh—an immigrant from Sierra Leone—who was caught plotting a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State in Virginia.
    “When Mohamed Bailor Jalloh walked into the Blue Ridge Arsenal gun store and indoor target range in Chantilly, Va., on Friday to purchase a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, he had no idea that his every move was being monitored by the FBI,” Weiner and Helm wrote on July 5. “Jalloh, 26, spent about 10 minutes in the shop before attempting to buy the assault weapon, but he was told that he did not have the required three forms of identification to make the purchase, said Earl Curtis, the store’s owner. Jalloh told employees that he would return.”
    Jalloh had apparently been a former member of the Virginia National Guard—and that was how The Washington Post’s headline identified him. What the leading newspaper did not say until 16 paragraphs into the article is that Jalloh is not from the United States.
    “Jalloh, a native of Sierra Leone, is a U.S. citizen,” the Post wrote.
    That’s all the nation’s capitol’s major newspaper said in that story about his immigration history.
    According to Justice Department documents, Jalloh was born in Sierra Leone—a West African nation that is predominantly Muslim—and actually after becoming naturalized later as a U.S. citizen traveled back to Sierra Leone in 2015. In addition to disclosing that he listened to lectures from Anwar Al-Awlaki, Jalloh—according to court records available of the Department of Justice’s website—told a confidential human source for federal law enforcement he is “originally from Sierra Leone and has been a Muslim his entire life.” During his trip back to his home nation of Sierra Leone, federal authorities—according to the court records—believed he had contact with representatives for the Islamic State. He was gone for months.
    “A review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection travel records indicated JALLOH departed the United States on or about June 11, 2015 via John F. Kennedy International Airport with a final destination of Sierra Leone,” the court document, filed by an FBI agent, says, continuing:
    On or about January 16, 2016, JALLOH returned to the United States from Sierra Leone via John F. Kennedy International Airport. Based on the length of time JALLOH was overseas for this trip and the comments made by JALLOH to CHS1 [confidential human source number one] on or about April 9, 2016, I believe it was during this overseas trip that JALLOH met ISIL members in Nigeria and first established contact with UCCl [un-indicted co-conspirator number one].
    But it all started, of course, when the U.S. government decided to let this guy into the United States in the first place.
    3.) Kenyan Somali ‘Refugee’ — Or Minnesota Man? — Convicted on Terrorism Charges
    Guled Ali Omar, a Somalian born in a refugee camp in Kenya but later admitted into the United States as a refugee and subsequently granted citizenship by the U.S. government, was one of three “Minnesota Men” convicted in June of conspiring to join the Islamic State and “commit murder in Syria.”
    “Guled Ali Omar, Abdurahman Yasin Daud and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah were convicted by a federal jury today of conspiring to commit murder in Syria on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization,” the Justice Department announced on June 3. “Omar was also convicted of one count of attempted financial aid fraud, and Farah was also convicted of one count of perjury and providing a false statement.”
    Omar’s case is particularly interesting. His family, in the wake of his conviction, was given fawning coverage by local Minnesota media. In a large profile in the Minneapolis StarTribune, his mother Fadumo Hussein was described as “heartbroken” and portrayed as having her “home” being “shadowed” by “the question of terrorism” for years.
    The local newspaper paints the FBI agents who raided their home as jackbooted thugs who disrupted their life.
    “On Sunday morning, that question once again stormed into her life, when FBI agents crashed through the door of her south Minneapolis house in search of her youngest son, Guled Omar,” Paul McEnroe wrote in the Star Tribune on April 21, 2015, adding:
    Rousting her from sleep, the agents had surrounded the house about 9 a.m. and then stormed in to arrest her 20-year-old son. The young man, who works as a security guard for Target and attends community college part-time, is now charged with leading a secret life centered on plotting with five friends to leave the United States in order to fight with terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
    Deeper in the story, though, the StarTribune lets it slip: Omar was not just any typical “Minnesota Man.”
    The newspaper quotes the mother as saying, “Guled was born by myself under a tree” during their time “spent in a Kenyan refugee camp.” Never mind that this is Hussein’s second—not her first, her second—son who has been connected with radical Islamic terrorism, the Minneapolis StarTribune focuses on how Hussein, about Omar, was “protesting his innocence.”
    “Still reeling from the weekend’s trauma, a tearful Hussein sat on her couch Monday morning and tried to come to grips with now losing her second son to the nationwide investigation of terrorist recruitment among Somali-Americans,” McEnroe wrote:
    Omar is the youngest brother of indicted fugitive Ahmed Ali Omar, who left the U.S. in late 2007 as part of the first wave of Somali-Americans in the Twin Cities to fight for Al-Shabab in Somalia. Hussein said she hasn’t heard from Ahmed since — that he’s simply disappeared off the family’s radar. Now, she faces the prospect of losing Guled too, through a terrorism trial or a guilty plea that, either way, could put him in prison for decades.
    While the StarTribune article, even further down, tells readers finally that Hussein is a “naturalized U.S. citizen,” it says nothing of the immigration status of Omar. For that information—whether or not Omar was granted U.S. citizenship by the government after coming to the United States—readers need to turn to another newspaper: The Chicago Tribune. More than ten paragraphs into that article from the Tribune wire service, readers finally learn: The United States government gave this man citizenship.
    “All six are of Somali descent. Daud is a permanent resident, and Guled is a naturalized citizen,” the paper wrote of the six charged men. “The others were born in the U.S.”
    To the wire service’s credit, though, it does—a few paragraphs deep—admit there is a problem in Minnesota:
    The Minneapolis area is home to the largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S. Since 2007, more than 22 young Somali men have also traveled from Minnesota to Somalia to join the militant group al-Shabab, which is also listed by the U.S. State Department as fomenting terrorism. Authorities have said a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants in the past year, and at least one has died.
    4.) Legal Permanent Resident Abdurahman Yasin Daud Moves In Next Door
    One of the others charged in the case in the third example—Abdurahman Yasin Daud—is a native Somalian who wound up in Minnesota, thanks to the U.S. government. But not only was he allowed into the country, according to the Tribune wire service piece in the Chicago Tribune, he was granted “permanent resident” status by the U.S. government.
    Maybe if federal policy did not let people like this into the United States in the first place, FBI agents would not have to chase people like Daud and his buddies across the country as they plot to leave the United States to join the Islamic State in Syria.
    In fact, federal law enforcement agents spent years—years—building this case.
    Omar and two other members of the conspiracy also made an attempt to join ISIL by traveling across the U.S.–Mexico border near San Diego in May 2014, but failed when members of Omar’s family prevented his travel.
    “In October 2014, members of the conspiracy communicated with ‘Antar,’ a self-described member of ISIL in Syria, about how best to travel to Syria to join ISIL,” the Justice Department said in a press release, adding:
    Members of the conspiracy met with one another to discuss routes, methods and the timing of leaving the United States to join ISIL in Syria. Omar again attempted to join ISIL in Syria on Nov. 6, 2014, by flying from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to San Diego, crossing the border into Mexico and traveling onward to Syria. Before he could board the flight in Minnesota, Omar was stopped at the airport and prevented from boarding the plane. In order to fund this second attempt to join ISIL in Syria, Omar intended to use federal financial aid provided to him by the U.S. Department of Education to attend college. Also in November 2014, Farah and three of his co-conspirators, Zacharia Abdurahman, Hanad Musse and Hamza Ahmed, took a bus from Minneapolis to New York City and attempted to board flights to Europe with an eventual destination of Syria. Federal agents in New York prevented the four from traveling abroad. In April 2015, Daud and Farah drove from Minneapolis to San Diego, where they intended to purchase fake passports, cross the border into Mexico and travel to Syria to join ISIL. Unbeknownst to them, the individual from whom they purchased the fake passports was a law enforcement officer and both were arrested by federal agents immediately after obtaining the phony travel documents.
    5.) Sudanese Man Caught in Virginia Conspiring to Join Islamic State
    While the January 16 press release from the Department of Justice was headlined “Two Virginia Men Charged with Terrorism Offenses Related to Attempted Travel to Syria to Join ISIL,” it turns out one of these “Virginia men” was actually an immigrant from the great nation of Sudan.
    Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan—whom the DOJ admits “ is a legal permanent U.S. resident originally from Sudan,” but was living in Woodbridge, Virginia—was “charged with aiding and abetting [his friend Joseph Hassan] Farrokh’s attempt to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.” Farrokh was born in Pennsylvania.
    Elhassan, the Sudanese man, according to a later release from the DOJ announcing his indictment on May 27, was a taxi driver who used his taxi to try to help Farrokh get to Syria to join the Islamic State.
    “In furtherance of the conspiracy, on Jan. 15, 2016, Elhassan drove Farrokh to Richmond in order to enable Farrokh to fly to overseas to join ISIL,” the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced in the indictment press release:
    According to the indictment, Elhassan also attempted to provide material support or resources to ISIL by aiding and abetting the attempt of Farrokh to join ISIL. Elhassan’s aiding and abetting included introducing Farrokh to an individual that Elhassan believed could facilitate Farrokh’s travel to the Islamic State; driving Farrokh from Farrokh’s home to Richmond in Elhassan’s taxi cab so that Farrokh could embark on his travel to join ISIL; and making false statements to the FBI about Farrokh’s travel in order to hinder the government’s investigation of Farrokh’s travel. According to the indictment, Elhassan knowingly, unlawfully, and willfully made material false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter involving international terrorism, including: On Jan. 15, 2016, Elhassan falsely stated to FBI agents that Farrokh had flown out of Dulles Airport earlier that day on a flight to California to attend a funeral; that Farrokh had said that he would be back in about two weeks; that neither he nor Farrokh supported the ISIL; and neither he nor Farrokh ever tried to find someone to help them get to ISIL.
    Sudan is a northeastern African nation that is run by a legal system operating based on Sharia law, something that has been a source of controversy for the nation as it has handed out death sentences to those who engage in “apostasy.”
    “Twenty-five Muslim men, including three teenagers, are facing the death penalty in Sudan after being charged with apostasy for following the wrong version of Islam,” The Guardian reported last December.
    That is where Elhassan came from, before the U.S. government allowed him into America.
    6.) Iraqi in Texas Sentenced to Four Years in U.S. Prison on Terror Charges
    Bilal Abood, a 38-year-old Iraqi man who lives in Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced to 48 months in prison on May 25 for lying to the Feds about terrorism.
    In this case, the Justice Department notes right up front that he was born in Iraq—but is now a U.S. citizen. Abood had traveled to Syria from Texas—and then back—and had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Badhdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.
    “Abood admitted that on March 29, 2013, he attempted to depart the United States at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, but was not allowed to board the international flight,” the Justice Department press release said. It continued:
    While at the airport, FBI special agents asked Abood about his planned travel and he stated he was merely planning to travel to Iraq to visit family. During a subsequent interview, Abood admitted to FBI special agents that his intent was to travel to Syria to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad. On approximately April 29, 2013, Abood left the United States through Mexico and traveled through various countries into Syria. On Sept. 16, 2013, Abood returned to the United States and admitted to FBI special agents that he had traveled to Syria, but he denied supporting any terrorist groups. A search warrant was executed on Abood’s computer on July 9, 2014. A review of that computer revealed that on approximately June 19, 2014, Abood stated, while using his Twitter handle @ibnalislaam, “I pledge obedience to the Caliphate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” Abood admitted that he knew that al-Baghdadi is the self-proclaimed leader of ISIL and was designated as a specially designated global terrorist on Oct. 4, 2011, and remains so to date. Abood also admitted that on April 14, 2015, FBI special agents advised him that lying to a federal agent is a crime. He further admitted that on that date, he falsely told FBI special agents that he had never pledged allegiance to al-Baghdadi and that he was aware that the agents were investigating a matter that they suspected could involve international terrorism.
    What the Justice Department doesn’t say in this release, or a prior one, is how this Iraqi man got into the United States—and obtained U.S. citizenship—in the first place.
    For that, we turn to The Dallas Morning News, which details how Abood helped U.S. armed forces in Iraq as a translator during the Iraq war—and then took advantage of a special program for such translators.
    “Abood, a translator for American forces during the Iraq War, left Iraq in 2009 to take advantage of a rare opportunity for U.S. Army interpreters to become American citizens,” The Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Krause wrote on May 25, 2016, continuing:
    Abood, who speaks Arabic, said during testimony Wednesday that he was offered the interpreter job after warning U.S. troops that large weapons caches were being kept inside Iraqi schools. He said he also worked as a U.S. military contractor on civil affairs projects, such as building schools and roads. He joined the Army in 2010 and went through basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Abood said he trained U.S. troops on how to deal with Iraqi culture and customs. He said he left the Army because it wouldn’t allow him to return to Iraq to see his sick mother. Abood said he settled in an apartment in Mesquite around 2010 where he lived with his common law wife and worked two jobs — one for UPS and the other as a security guard. He said he saved enough money to buy his mother a house in Iraq.
    There is much more. Read the rest here.
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    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir of Enfield (1875-1940): Author and Diplomat

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    GEORGIA: In a state that has banned the wearing of face-concealing hoods, Muslim student fights for the right to wear a face-concealing Islamic hood…and WINS!

    When Georgia’s anti-mask laws were scrawled into state code some 60 years ago, supportive legislators sought to curb anonymous violence by hooded Ku Klux Klansmen. But apparently, when a group as racist as the KKK is also posing as a religion – Islam – the law goes out the window.


    Signal Georgia State student Nabila Khan (above) never guessed such a law would bring into question her niqab, a veil worn by some Muslim women which covers everything but the eyes. On Aug. 25, during Khan’s first week of college, one of her teachers held her after class to request she not conceal her face. Khan refused, claiming such an ask violated her right to freely exercise her religious beliefs.

    Khan said she feels proud and “protected” when wearing her black headbag. “This is the only way I can practice my religion the way I believe it’s meant to be practiced,” she said. (Crap, there is NOTHING in Islam that forces women to cover their faces. Only misogynistic Muslim men do that)


    However, Georgia’s anti-mask law states any “device which conceals the identity of the wearer” is only allowed when used for physical protection or on certain holidays.

    The teacher, who will remain unnamed in this article at Khan’s request, noted on the class syllabus that students should not “obscure the face” in class. The teacher also gave Khan a copy of the state law when she declined the request to take off her niqab.

    But under threat of legal action from designated terrorist group CAIR, the university quickly caved. University spokeswoman Andrea Jones told The Signal, “The university is public property and there is nothing in the code of conduct that specifically addresses Muslim face covering,” she said.


    Edward Mitchell, chapter president for Georgia’s Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said he’s glad that university officials quickly directed the teacher to allow the niqab, but he understands that “here in Georgia, [a niqab] can make for a very unusual sight.”

    Cue state Sen. Vincent Fort, a legislator representing Atlanta. “I’m going to call the legal council about it,” he told The Signal. “It seems ironic that a bill or a law passed to restrict the activity of a group that has its core beliefs in hatred toward diversity would be used to restrict the religious freedom of people who are expressing [their constitutional rights],” he said.

    (Hey Vincent, Muslims have the same hatred toward diversity as the KKK. Ask them what the word for ‘slave’ is in Arabic – It’s ‘black.’ Or ask them what the quran tells them to do to all non-believers like Christians and Jews – it says to convert or kill them)

    What’s the difference?
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir of Enfield (1875-1940): Author and Diplomat

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    NY/NJ MUSLIM TERRORIST BOMBER suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, started buying bomb components on eBay in June

    Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old devout Muslim jihadist who was apprehended Monday after a shootout with police, purportedly began plans for a bombing in mid-June when he purchased more than 200 round lead and steel balls designed as slingshot ammunition.


    ABC News “Ball bearings can be used in improvised explosives to increase fragmentation and thus to increase the lethality of the device,” FBI agent Peter Fredrick Licata said in a criminal complaint filed late Tuesday in New York. Elsewhere the complaint notes that the bomb that detonated in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood was “packed with ball bearings and steel nuts.”


    According to Licata, Rahami began buying bomb ingredients as far back as June 20. His shopping list allegedly included electronic circuit boards and “electric igniters” intended to be used “for fireworks,” as well as 200 “hardened lead milling balls” and two packages of .50 caliber “sling shot ammo.” Those items, Licata wrote, were used as detonators and shrapnel in the pressure cooker bombs that Rahami placed in Chelsea.


    Over the next several weeks, Rahami used eBay to purchase several other components that Licata wrote can be used in bombs, including citric acid, a “precursor chemical commonly used in improvised explosives,” the complaint says.


    The dud bomb, which may have been disabled by two unwitting thieves, reportedly had Rahami’s fingerprints all over it, including on duct tape, a cell phone that was used as a timing mechanism, and on the pressure cooker itself. Rahami’s fingerprints were also found on evidence collected from a backpack full of pipe bombs discovered Saturday night near the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, not far from Rahami’s home.

    Other evidence — including another cellphone that was used a timing mechanism — links Rahami to three pipe bombs that were taped together and placed inside a trash can along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, on Saturday morning.

    Though authorities have not described a motive in the attack (Say WHAT?), the complaint revealed that Rahami allegedly wrote anti-American screeds in a journal and praised al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the gunman in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, Nidal Hasan.

    “You (USA Government) continue your [unintelligible] slaught[er] against the mujahidean [Islamic jihadists] be it Afghanistan, Iraq, Sham [Syria], Palestine…” part of the journal reads, according to the complaint. “[“Inshallah” God willing] the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your OPPRESSION.”

    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
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    Rhode Island: Muslim convert pleads guilty in plot to behead anti-jihad blogger Pam Geller

    Posted on September 21, 2016 by creeping

    Source: Man pleads guilty in ISIS plot to behead conservative blogger | New York Post
    A Rhode Island man charged with conspiring to help the Islamic State group has decided to plead guilty to charges he plotted with others to kill conservative blogger Pamela Geller.
    Nicholas Rovinski is charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
    Prosecutors say the Warwick man plotted with two Massachusetts men to behead Geller. She angered Muslims when she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in 2015. The plot wasn’t carried out.
    A document filed in court Tuesday says a change-of-plea hearing for Rovinski is scheduled for Thursday.
    Rovinski’s lawyer said Rovinski was a vulnerable man who “fell deep into a rabbit hole of extremist ideology” but now renounces any sympathy for the IS group.

    From our previous post on Rovinski:
    In his arrest affidavit, Rovinski is not named but described as attending a meeting on May 31 with Rahim and Wright on a beach in Rhode Island, where the three discussed “their plans,” including the idea of beheading Geller.
    In March, Rovinski had shared with CNN his Islamist extremist beliefs and motivation to act on them.
    A producer exchanged messages with Rovinski, and during the conversation, the Rhode Island resident described exchanges with an alleged ISIS fighter who urged him to come to Iraq and Syria and join the terrorist group.
    The communications were part of research into Americans identifying with jihadists online. Rovinski told CNN he considered following the fighter’s call.
    On his Twitter account, the Rhode Island resident spoke out against the United States: “Living amung (sic) the enemy.”
    “Who wishes to see flag of tawheed upon white house,” he wrote on March 28. Tawheed, a fundamental principle and saying of Islam, is also a favorite inscription on jihadi flags — namely ISIS and al Qaeda.
    In an online conversation, he said, “I am not violent at heart but push the wrong button and its (sic) not pretty.”
    On his Twitter account were messages directed at people connected with ISIS, including Mujahid Miski, the online alias of Mohamed Abdullahi Hasan, a former Minnesotan believed to be fighting with Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
    Miski also had been in direct contact with Alan Simpson, one of the two shooters in the Texas attack on Geller’s “Draw Your Own Mohammed” event in May.
    Rovinski told CNN in the online exchanges that he would attend services at a mosque near his home but said he never shared his fundamentalist interpretation of Islam with his imam. Prior to his conversion to Islam, he said he was agnostic, but sought “truth and guidance” and found Islam.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
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    Muslims surpass atheists as most unpopular group in US

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by creeping
    They should have included Congress in the survey. Source: Muslims surpass atheists as most unpopular group in US | Religion News Service
    (RNS) A new study finds atheists and Muslims still top the list of the least trusted Americans.
    Americans’ disapproval of Muslims has jumped to 45.5 percent from just over 26 percent 10 years ago, the last time the question was asked.
    And “nones” — those who say they have no religious affiliation, but may also have spiritual or religious beliefs — are also unpopular. This is significant because nones now make up one-third of the U.S. population.
    The study found:

    • Almost half of those surveyed — 48.9 percent — said they would disapprove of their child marrying a Muslim, up from 33.5 percent in 2006.

    The study’s authors — sociologists Penny Edgell, Douglas Hartmann, Evan Stewart and Joseph Gerteis — describe the jump in disapproval of Muslims as a major change and are focusing now on identifying reasons for it.
    “Religion becomes a signal and a marker, an easy shorthand for Americans’ moral judgment,” Hartmann said. “But that is not the only thing going on with Muslims. It’s more complicated.”

    Is it really more complicated? via Islamic Terror on American Soil:

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    Philadelphia: Mom pleads guilty, admits planning to abandon kids for ISIS

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by creeping

    Her kid’s lives don’t matter. Source: North Philly mom admits to planning to abandon kids for ISIS h/t TROP
    A North Philadelphia mother of two admitted Tuesday that she planned to abandon her children and travel to Syria to pursue “martyrdom operations” with an ISIS fighter she married over the internet.
    Keonna Thomas, 32, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization during a brief hearing in federal court. She acknowledged her plans were derailed last year only when federal agents raided her home the day she was scheduled to leave the country.
    “I believe that I’m guilty of this charge,” said Thomas, dressed in a head scarf and green prison jumpsuit, when asked by U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson why she was changing her plea.

    Federal authorities had couched the case as the latest in a string of prosecutions to combat what they describe as a “more decentralized, more diffuse, more complicated” homegrown terror threat from U.S. citizens radicalized over the internet.
    Since the fall of last year, more than 250 Americans have either traveled to Syria and Iraq or tried to do so in an effort to join ISIS. Nearly 60 were arrested and charged in U.S. courts last year for ISIS-related activities.
    But Thomas’ decision to admit her guilt just weeks before she was set to take her case to trial came as something of a surprise.
    Up until earlier this month, her lawyers – Kathleen M. Gaughan, Elizabeth Toplin, and James J. McHugh of the Federal Defender’s Office – were aggressively challenging the government’s case in court filings that questioned the tactics used to surveil her and the very charge under which her case had been brought.
    Earlier, they had maintained that Thomas was being prosecuted for statements she made on the internet that should be protected under her First Amendment rights.
    Gaughan offered little explanation Tuesday for the about-face.
    “It was Ms. Thomas’ decision after careful consideration of this case,” she said. “She’s accepted full responsibility for her behavior and conduct. She looks forward to putting this behind her and being a mother to her two young children.”
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer A. Williams declined to comment after the hearing.
    When and how Thomas became radicalized remains unclear.
    Through months of court proceedings, glimpses of her private life emerged, but there was little to explain why she would agree to leave behind 7- and 9-year-old daughters so she could die for ISIS.
    As FBI agents arrived at her North Philadelphia house to arrest her in April 2015, they found her cooking breakfast for the children.
    Thomas was born in Pittsburgh but came to Philadelphia as an infant. She was raised here, has local family ties, and has lived in the same house with her mother for a decade.
    Before her arrest, she had been unemployed for a few years but previously worked as a home health-care aide, like her mother.
    According to a plea memo filed Tuesday with the court, Thomas was circulating terrorist propaganda, under the online monikers Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness, as early as August 2013.
    One of her early postings on Twitter pictured a young boy holding weapons. The caption read: “Ask yourselves, while this young man is holding magazines for the Islamic state, what are you doing for it? #ISIS.”
    Another, posted in April 2014, contained images of a skull, flames, and a gun. Thomas purportedly wrote: “I need a permanent vacation that can only mean one thing.” Another Twitter user, court filings say, responded with a word that means “martyrdom.”
    At some point, Thomas’ plans went beyond simply voicing support for terror groups online. She communicated directly with a radical Jamaican cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, and sought his assistance in finding a jihadist to marry.
    She later struck up a relationship with Abu Khalid al-Amriki, an ISIS recruit newly arrived in the organization’s Syrian headquarters, and married the man in a ceremony conducted over Skype.
    When Amriki contacted her in February 2015 to ask whether she was willing to take part in a suicide attack, Thomas responded: “That would be amazing. . . . A girl can only wish.”
    Thomas has remained in custody since her arrest last year, five days after she missed a flight she had booked to Barcelona, Spain, with plans to travel from there to Syria. Amriki is believed to have been killed last year.
    Thomas faces up to 15 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 17.

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    Maryland imam being investigated for funding Detroit ISIS supporter

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by creeping
    Imam laughs off allegations of plotting with Michigan suspect
    Imam Suleiman Bengharsa aka Sheikh Suleiman Anwar

    Source: FBI probes Md. terror link in Detroit case
    Detroit — FBI agents are investigating an alleged conspiracy involving Detroit terror suspect Sebastian Gregerson and believe he was plotting violent jihad with a Maryland imam, The Detroit News has learned.
    The conspiracy angle is revealed in more than 200 pages of sealed federal court records obtained by The News that offer new details about an FBI counterterrorism investigation spanning at least three states. The investigation emerged July 31 when Gregerson of Detroit was arrested in Monroe after allegedly buying fragmentation grenades from an undercover FBI agent and amassing an arsenal of weapons.
    Maryland Imam Suleiman Bengharsa allegedly helped finance the arsenal, which included two AK-47s, handguns, seven rifles, a shotgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to the court records. It is unknown whether the imam was financing weapons purchases in other parts of the country.
    “Based on the totality of the aforementioned information and evidence, there is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of (the Islamic State),” an FBI agent wrote in a Jan. 7 search warrant application.
    The scope, targets and number of people involved in the investigation are unclear, but the case also involves Virginia.
    Bengharsa, 59, of Clarksburg, Md., laughed away most of the FBI’s allegations, which he called “ridiculous,” and denied being an Islamic State supporter.
    “No, no, no, that is absolutely untrue,” Bengharsa said during a phone interview with The News on Wednesday. “It might appear that way. I am an advocate of the United States and the West getting the hell out of the Middle East and the Muslim world.
    “It’s ridiculous. All I can say is it’s ridiculous,” he added. “If this was the case, why haven’t they come to arrest me?
    Bengharsa, who also is known as Sheikh Suleiman Anwar, has not been charged with a crime during the ongoing investigation.
    “It feels like McCarthyism,” Bengharsa said.
    The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment about the allegations and investigation.
    Search warrant affidavits that disclosed the focus on the imam were briefly unsealed recently in federal court. The records were obtained by The News before a federal magistrate judge resealed the filings.
    The affidavits reveal FBI counterterrorism agents have spent months analyzing bank records, social media accounts, phone records, emails and messages involving Gregerson, 29, and the imam.
    Gregerson, aka Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, is being held without bond and faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of unregistered possession of a destructive device and unlicensed receipt of explosive materials.
    He has not been charged with a terror-related crime amid the ongoing investigation.
    Gregerson’s court-appointed lawyer David Tholen declined comment about the allegations involving Gregerson and the imam.
    FBI agents likely are investigating whether the imam bankrolled weapons purchases for anyone else and if there are plans underway for attacks, said Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor.
    “With terrorist financing, there is so much money flowing around the world that it’s hard to find the transactions,” Henning said.
    Bengharsa is the founder and director of the Islamic Jurisprudence Center, an independent legal resource center near Baltimore that promotes understanding of Sharia law.
    “(Islamic Jurisprudence Center) management firmly believes and propagates that Islamic law is divine law, and therefore, unequivocally superior to man-made laws,” according to the center’s website.
    Gregerson and the imam met about five years ago in Maryland, the FBI alleges.
    “Suleiman Bengharsa is the former imam of a mosque Gregerson attended while living in Maryland,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.
    Gregerson lived in Windsor Mill, Md., from 2011 to 2014.
    During that time, Bengharsa was imam at the Masjid Umar mosque in Woodlawn, Md. – less than three miles from Gregerson’s apartment – according to the imam’s LinkedIn page.

    The mosque is located in an industrial building between a body shop and an insurance agency.
    Bank records obtained by the FBI showed the imam wrote a $1,300 check to Gregerson on June 24, 2015.
    In the memo line on the check was the word “zakat,” a word referring to the Muslim obligation to give charity, according to the FBI.
    Gregerson cashed the check days later and deposited $800 in his checking account, the FBI said. It was the largest deposit Gregerson had made since opening the account.
    “An analysis of Gregerson’s bank account reveals that the $800 provided by Bengharsa financed several of the purchases …,” including tactical knives, dummy rounds and Japanese swords, the FBI agent wrote in court records.
    The imam said he frequently gives money to needy people, particularly former members of his mosque.
    “If that individual turns around and wants to use that money for something else that’s illegal, the person who gave the money cannot be held responsible,” Bengharsa said. “It’s pathetic if they are making those connections. If that’s what this country has become, I’d rather be in jail.”
    The bank transaction described by the FBI lacks sophistication, Henning said.
    “This is not out of the terrorist playbook,” he said. “It’s a little on the amateurish side. You generally don’t write personal checks to buy weapons for an attack.”
    The imam had substantial assets, records show.
    From January 2014 to August 2015, Bengharsa received 12 wire transfers into his bank account totaling $902,710, according to the FBI. The source of the funds is not identified in court records.
    The imam made several “substantial” cash withdrawals during that period and wired money three times to an individual in Sana’a, Yemen, according to the FBI.
    “I cannot comment,” Bengharsa said, adding that he has been “blessed with money.”
    Social media postings by both men led the FBI to conclude Gregerson and the imam support the Islamic State.
    The FBI drew the conclusion after obtaining a search warrant in October for Gregerson’s Facebook account. Gregerson only had eight Facebook friends at the time, including the imam.
    “Christians are not believers they are kafirun (infidels) and will enter hellfire,” Gregerson wrote in an August 2014 post on Facebook.
    In February 2015, Gregerson allegedly wrote on Facebook: “Ignorant kuffar (infidels) will target those who cannot defend themselves. If they see strength they will run like the cowards they are…”
    Gregerson also was interested in Ahmad Jibril, a Dearborn cleric cited as an inspirational leader for Syrian militants, according to court records.
    After reviewing Facebook posts, the FBI also concluded Bengharsa was “an avid (Islamic State) supporter and disseminator of (Islamic State) propaganda,” an FBI agent wrote in a court filing.
    On June 10, 2015, Bengharsa posted video from the Islamic State and a photo of a soldier having his throat cut with a knife, the FBI said.
    Days later, Bengharsa posted a link to a story about Egypt’s top prosecutor being killed in an attack.
    “Bengharsa commented ‘Allahu Akbar!!’ (meaning, God is great),” the FBI agent wrote in a court filing.
    Bengharsa, who worked as a prison imam for the Maryland prison system from 2008-09, also linked to an Islamic State video of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage, court records allege.
    “Yeah, well, journalists do that all the time,” Bengharsa said Wednesday. “Are they being investigated?”
    The imam questioned the FBI’s motives for pursuing the investigation.
    “At the end of the day, they have to have something and if they don’t … they will look like an idiot in front of the system,” Bengharsa said. “We Muslims, especially those of us in a public forum … know this is part of the deal. Part of the game is to scare you into submission.”

    Here’s a post from Woodlawn, Maryland at about the same time the imam ran a mosque there: Muslim wanted to kill U.S. soldiers in Maryland.
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