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    Minnesota: Muslims angered informant revealed local Muslims’ Islamic State plot

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    April 23, 2015 11:35 pm By Robert Spencer 30 Comments
    They’re angry that “some members of the community are looking at other members of the community [as] spying to [sic] each other and sending them, their kids, to jail.”
    But wait a minute — Muslim groups in the U.S. always insist they’re cooperating with police and the FBI and yet are still stigmatized. So why are they angry that someone was spying and discovered some jihadist activity? Aren’t they against the Islamic State?
    The obvious difference between the official line and reality — the elites.never seem to notice, or pretend not to.
    “Tension in court as 4 Minnesota men held on terror charges,” by Amy Forliti, Associated Press, April 23, 2015:
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group questioned the government’s use of a paid informant, and argued Thursday that the case against their clients is slim.
    But U.S. Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson found there was probable cause to believe a crime was committed, and ordered the four men to remain in custody while the case proceeds.
    They are among six men of Somali descent who were charged over the weekend with conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization and with attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization. Authorities allege some of the men made repeated attempts to get to Syria, and had developed a plot to get fake passports and travel overseas through Mexico.
    According to an FBI affidavit, the government’s months-long investigation was aided by recordings made by a man who once planned to travel to Syria himself, but then decided to cooperate.
    Thursday’s hearing was for Guled Omar, 20; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; and Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19. Two other men, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, and Abdurahman Daud, 21, faced hearings in San Diego, where they were arrested.
    In ordering the four men detained, Thorson said she was looking at the weight of the evidence and other factors. Her ruling prompted one community member in the courtroom to shout: “You cannot weight anything but evidence, ma’am. We are the community! You should ask us!” He was led from the courtroom.
    The hearing was tense for Somali community members. Afterward, Imam Hassan Mohamud said the community is angry, and some blame the informant. He criticized a Department of Justice pilot program designed to stop recruiting for terror groups before it starts, saying it will cause division.

    “Some members of the community are looking @ other members of the community (as) spying to each other and sending them, their kids, to jail,” Mohamud said. “That’s why they are all angry.
    These four, all of them, are innocent until proven guilty.”
    The U.S. attorney’s office said the pilot program is an outreach effort that “is and always has been completely separate from the investigative and prosecutorial responsibilities of this office.”
    In court, defense attorneys questioned FBI Special Agent Harry Samit about the government’s payments to the informant. Musse’s attorney, Andy Birrell, asked whether his compensation was related to the number of people charged.
    Defense attorneys also questioned how the FBI could take the informant’s word when he previously lied about his own involvement. They also asked why only some of his conversations were recorded, and whether it was the informant’s idea to pursue fake passports to get to Syria.
    Samit testified the informant was paid nearly $13,000 for expenses and “services” and the amount wasn’t related to the number of people charged. Samit said the informant was being asked to gather evidence against people involved in “the most violent terrorist group in the world.”
    “He’s exposing himself to a certain element of danger,” Samit said.
    Samit also said the investigation was broader than just the informant’s evidence, and agents verified some details through their own surveillance.
    As for why not all conversations were recorded, Samit said some early conversations happened before the informant was given recording equipment. He also said some conversations weren’t recorded because of equipment failure or poor sound quality.
    The fake passports were initially Abdurahman’s idea, Samit testified, but when that fell through, the FBI suggested the informant come up with his own way to get fake passports.
    When Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty asked Samit how the defendants responded to that idea, Samit said: “Very enthusiastically.”
    Monday’s announcement of charges threw Minnesota’s Somali community, the largest in the U.S., into familiar turmoil. Since 2007, more than 22 young Somali men have traveled from Minnesota to Somalia to join the militant group al-Shabab. Authorities have also said a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants in the past year.
    About 200 people from the Somali community packed the courtroom Thursday, plus an overflow room and spilled into the hallway.
    As the hearing began, Docherty told the court that several attempts had been made to contact the informant or members of his family, and there had been “ugly behavior” on social media. Docherty warned that such activities could lead to prosecution.
    Omar Jamal, a longtime activist, said the community has a hard time accepting that a Somali informant was involved, but he said local Somalis shouldn’t create an adversarial situation….
    If what we’re told about Muslim communities in the U.S. is true, that they reject jihad terror and are happily cooperating with law enforcement efforts, they should be thrilled that a Somali informant was involved
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    Exposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts

    San Diego Muslim accused of hiding links to Islamic State

    April 25, 2015 6:44 pm By Robert Spencer Leave a Comment
    “In a September 2013 Facebook email to a friend, he wrote he was working for the Sharia Authority at Hanano, describing the official body as ‘a government in the liberated area — being set up upon the Islamic religion — and governed by the Quran.'” Not that this has anything to do with Islam.
    “San Diegan accused of hiding ISIS links,” by Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 23, 2015:
    San Diego — A San Diego man who returned from Syria a few weeks ago was arrested in Rancho Bernardo Wednesday, accused of hiding from the FBI his participation in gunbattles alongside al-Qaeda-backed fighters, his role on a Sharia court and several other alleged connections to terrorist activity during his time overseas, according to a complaint filed Thursday.
    Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 24, was arrested by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force officers at his home near Caminito de la Gallarda and Pomerado Road and charged with making false statements involving international terrorism. He pleaded not guilty in a brief hearing in San Diego federal court Thursday afternoon and is set to appear again Tuesday, when the prospect of bail will be discussed.
    The arrest adds to a growing number of San Diegans accused of connecting with radical Islamic groups overseas. Prosecutors said the case is unrelated to a pair of arrests here Sunday that involved Somali-American men from Minnesota accused of preparing to cross into Mexico from San Diego and join the Islamic State.
    Saeed, born in Syria, came to the U.S. around 2001 and became a U.S. citizen through his father’s naturalization, according to court records. He lived in Charlotte, N.C., as a teenager and came to San Diego, where he has extended family, about six years ago.
    Saeed left San Diego in 2012 for Istanbul, Turkey — apparently in an unsuccessful attempt to fetch his mother and bring her to the United States. He was later deported from Turkey, where his family opened a sandwich shop, to Syria, a friend said outside court.
    Saeed tried to fly back to San Diego on March 5 but was turned away and told to visit the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, the complaint states. Five days later, Saeed spoke with an FBI agent and Diplomatic Security Services special agent there.
    Authorities allege Saeed lied when he was asked several questions about his activities in Syria, denying that he was a member of the Sharia court or had any affiliation with the Islamic State or al-Nusra — both terrorist organizations fighting the Syrian regime.
    He claimed that while he owned an AK-47, he was never involved in any fighting and had only shot it in the air a few times, the complaint states.
    Federal court documents say an investigation into Saeed’s Facebook communications, as well as statements he eventually made to FBI agents, revealed there was much more to the time spent in his war-torn homeland.
    In a September 2013 Facebook email to a friend, he wrote he was working for the Sharia Authority at Hanano, describing the official body as “a government in the liberated area — being set up upon the Islamic religion — and governed by the Quran,” according to the complaint.
    He told another friend he was the “media person” for the Sharia Authority, a job which apparently included posting news memos about court business, according to postings on his Facebook cited in the complaint….
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
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    Nickarama | April 26, 2015 12:48 pm | 56 Comments
    FBI Investigating Possible Islamist Terror Threat To LAX, Parts Of CA


    Via Al Arabiya:
    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible Islamist-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials.
    A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
    CNN said the investigation started after intercepted communication and other intelligence information that led officials to believe that a plot could be under way.
    The network quoted an official as saying the plot focused on parts of California and that officials there had stepped up security.
    The Transportation Security Administration had also alerted local law enforcement agencies responsible for security around airports in the state although the possible threat was not necessarily related to aviation, CNN said.
    It added that some U.S. cities had increased their security, but gave no further details.
    No one at the FBI was immediately available to comment. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also declined to comment on the reported threat to Las Angeles airport
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
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    FBI investigating? Oh good, I feel so much safer now.
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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."
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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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    News, USA | 2 Replies Somali Lives Matter — But Infidel Lives Don’t!

    Posted on April 27, 2015 by Baron Bodissey
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    A week ago six Somali-Americans were arrested in Minnesota and California for attempting to journey to Syria to join the Islamic State and fight in the jihad. Now their fellow Somalis back “home” in Minneapolis are protesting the arrest of the six, who they say are innocent.
    In the video below you’ll see the characteristic carrot-and-stick approach of Muslim demonstrators. The ones who get their faces on TV are earnest-looking, appealing to the American tradition of reasonableness and fair play. Watch the American flags come out. Can the teddy bears and candles be far behind?
    While all this is going on, other Somalis are on Twitter, issuing death threats and promising a “massacre”.
    This is the time-tested method used by Muslims against the infidel: shrewd co-opting on one hand, threats of violence on the other. The second makes the kuffar more tractable, so that the first is more likely to have an effect.
    Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for compiling and uploading this video:

    Below are excerpts from a series of news stories about the arrests and their aftermath. The first group of articles concerns the threats on Twitter (Mohammed Coefficient = 100%):
    From The Star-Tribune:
    Tweeted Threats Against Informant in Minnesota Terror Case, Officials Bring Federal Charges
    By Randy Furst
    A man who made death threats on Twitter against federal law enforcement officials in connection with the prosecution of six Minneapolis men charged with trying to join the Islamic State in Syria was charged Friday afternoon in federal court in Minneapolis.
    Mahamed Abukar Said was charged with two criminal counts for threatening “to assault and murder a Federal law enforcement officer.”
    The complaints said he posted on Twitter a photo of the government’s confidential informant in the case and threatened federal prosecutors.
    Included in the federal complaint filed Friday were copies of Said’s alleged tweets, including one that said, “Ima whack that us attorney general.”
    From TwinCities.com:
    Minneapolis Man Accused of Tweeting Photo of FBI Informant, Making Threats
    By Amy Forliti
    A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a “massacre” would happen if authorities did not free six Twin Cities men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group.
    According to an FBI affidavit, Mahamed Abukar Said used his Twitter account to threaten to kill a federal law enforcement official and demand that the men be freed. In one tweet on Wednesday, Said wrote, “the Feds are getting two choices. Either they gon free my bros or the gon have a massacre happen then they gon take me too,” the affidavit said.
    Said also used Twitter to retaliate against a man who cooperated with authorities, the affidavit said, and posted a picture of the informant on Thursday.
    […]
    Court testimony about the use of an informant, along with the judge’s decision to detain the men, prompted angry reaction from some of the roughly 200 local Somalis who attended Thursday’s hearing in St. Paul.
    The FBI affidavit in Said’s case says that as Thursday’s hearing was nearing an end, Said tweeted a picture of the informant. A message with that picture contained profanity and called the man a “snitch.” The tweet was visible for a short time before it was removed.
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    Senior female Islamic State recruiter is student from Seattle

    April 30, 2015 9:34 am By Robert Spencer 5 Comments
    She could still be in the country, and plotting to wage jihad here — or simply still recruiting for the Islamic State. In any case, from the description below, she doesn’t seem to have been suffering from notable poverty or deprivation or oppression. John Kerry, call your office!
    “Senior female Isis figure who helped recruit women from Europe to Syria is revealed as student from Seattle,” by Heather Saul, Independent, April 29, 2015:
    A senior female Isis figure who reportedly helped recruit women to join the extremist group in areas under its self-declared caliphate has been exposed as a student from Seattle, who may have been living in the city up until March this year.
    The person behind the influential @_UmmWaqqas Twitter account has been revealed by Channel 4 as a woman in her 20s who lived and studied in the US.
    Her Twitter account had a following of over 8,000 before it was suspended and shows that British recruits, such as Aqsa Mahmood, and other women from Europe were in contact with her in the days running up their departure. Mahmood goes by the name of ‘Umm Layth’ online and tweets from the @_UmmWaqqas account included: “Legit I talk to @ummlayth everyday” and “Umm Layth has more BALLS than most men & more heart/iman to have left her home for Allah’s sake.” She is also reportedly listed as a contact for recruits in a travel document explaining the best methods for reaching territories held by Isis in Syria.
    The investigation found her Twitter account was accessed by someone in Seattle as recently as March, but her friends insist that she has since moved away. One told Channel 4 she may have relocated to Saudi Arabia, while another suggested she could be living in Denver, Colorado.
    Some of her more extreme tweets justified the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot and other atrocities committed by the group, including one that read: “I now get why they caged the man & then poured concrete on him… Whenever the muslims are bombed in their homes they have nowhere to run.”
    However, her social media accounts also presented a passion for American football, the Super Bowl, eating takeout food with her friends and going to the gym, while photographs of her day-to-day life were found to show locations in and around Seattle….
    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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    Reza Aslan hypes “Islamophobia”

    April 29, 2015 4:59 pm By Cinnamon Stillwell 33 Comments
    At an April 13 lecture at the University of California, Riverside, UCR creative writing professor and self-styled expert on Islam and the Middle East Reza Aslan employed biased sources, isolated statistics, and ad hominem attacks to blame critics of radical Islam for the alleged rise in “Islamophobia” in post-9/11 America.
    “Islamophobia: The Real Enemy” was delivered before a student-dominated audience of some three hundred who laughed heartily at Aslan’s fashionably anti-American jokes, clearly responding to his personable, hip demeanor. Dressed casually in jeans, no tie, and an untucked shirt, he was, effectively, one of them.
    Aslan explained that, “as a Middle Easterner, as a Muslim,” Islamophobia was “a personal issue” that had been “brought home on a personal level.” The child of Iranian immigrants who came to California in the early 1980s at the height of the hostage crisis—or, as Aslan put it, “an era in which Iran, the Middle East, and Muslims were being demonized”—he described how “tough” it was to be “Iranian/Muslim.” Consequently, he tried to “separate himself from his heritage, culture, [and] religion,” by “pretending to be a Mexican,” which, he joked, “tells you how little I understood America . . . they don’t like Mexicans, either.” The audience responded with knowing laughter.
    Praising America as “a unique . . . country of immigrants” united by “adherence to a set of values,” Aslan claimed this unity is tested “in times of societal stress,” particularly after 9/11, when, he alleged, there was an “unprecedented surge of Islamophobia” and “every passing year, the numbers” got “higher and higher.” Citing alarming figures depicting a country awash in “mosque burnings” and anti-Muslim violence, he alluded to FBI statistics without acknowledging that, in 2013, sixty percent of religiously motivated hate crimes targeted Jews, while only eleven percent were directed at Muslims.
    The visual aids projected onto the large screen behind him revealed the bias of at least one of his sources. Relying primarily upon the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP)’s inaccurate 2011 report, “Fear, Inc. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” Aslan sought to blame the supposed rise in “Islamophobia” on:
    [A] well-planned, well-executed deliberate attempt to turn Muslims into an internal enemy by a very small cabal of individuals and organizations that have been funded to the tune of nearly 46 million dollars.
    CAP’s report explained, Aslan noted, why “after 9/11, there was a rallying around Muslims,” but “the further away we got from 9/11, the higher the anti-Muslim sentiment” grew. He contended that it was “not a naturally evolving process” based on Americans’ reaction to real world events, but the work of handful of “misinformation experts,” “pseudo-scholars,” and “hate groups.” He bemoaned that their “reports are cited” by the media, politicians, and the “average American” as “actual studies,” even as he quoted the vacuous CAP report to a university audience.
    One of the report’s targets, Middle East Forum president Daniel Pipes—whom Aslan dubbed, “the intellectual Islamophobe”—has pointed out that, in addition to CAP’s “predictable leftist-Islamist alarmism about those of us trying to warn the world of lawful Islamism,” its financial allegations are faulty, it has “a budget many times larger than all of the organizations it attacks,” and “its secret Business Alliance has a host of corporate donors.” Presumably, Aslan did no research into the four-year-old CAP report, nor into its second, equally tendentious iteration, before largely basing his lecture on its findings.
    Rather than rigorous critique, Aslan insulted those named in the report (Islam scholar Robert Spencer is a “moron,” blogger and activist Pamela Geller is the “screeching queen of Islamophobia”), took quotes out of context, and belittled such dissidents from the Muslim world as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brigitte Gabriel. Referring to the anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism of 1920s America, Aslan made an asinine comparison to two anti-Semitic figures of that period, Fr. Charles Coughlin and Henry Ford:
    The Charles Coughlins of today never tire of preaching about the Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was founded. . . . A generation from now, they will look back at this time the same way people look at the 20s—with disgust. They will be as disgusted with Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer as Coughlin and Ford.
    He then asked the audience:
    What kind of America do you want to live in? The divisive America that the anti-Muslim ideologues preach or the one that finds unity in diversity and celebrates differences?
    Aslan never defined “Islamophobia” beyond calling it “bigotry towards Muslims.” Avoiding reference to the authoritarianism, sectarian conflict, misogyny, persecution of religious minorities, and other human rights abuses emanating from the Muslim world, he provided no context for this purported fear. As for Islamic terrorism, he blithely declared, “None of you are going to die by a terrorist; you have more to fear from a Lazy Boy [recliner].
    To the obvious fact that it’s erroneous to accuse “anyone who criticizes Islam of being Islamophobic,” Aslan responded in typical profanity-laden style: “That’s bulls**t!” Asserting that criticizing Islam is tantamount to attacking all Muslims, he added, “If it involves an entire group of people, you’re a bigot.” He eventually chalked up such prejudice to a “problem with America . . . a crisis of identity,” concluding, “The problem isn’t with Islam, it’s not with Muslims.”
    By peddling this view to a broad audience, Aslan inoculates radical Islam from criticism. He claimed that, “Ninety percent of my efforts now are in the fields of film, pop culture, [and] fiction” and that, “the reason I teach creative writing . . . is that nothing I do will have as much influence as a sitcom.” Referencing the influence of the television show “Will & Grace” on Americans’ views of homosexuality, Aslan observed, correctly, that popular culture has the power to change the public’s beliefs on core issues.
    No doubt, Aslan will continue lecturing receptive young audiences on the perils of “Islamophobia,” and he won’t be alone. The 2015 annual conference of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley focused on developing a field of “Islamophobia studies.” The subject is all the rage in Middle East studies and throughout academe, which is doing its utmost to distract attention from the backdrop of supremacism, dysfunction, and bellicosity in the region. Americans should beware the protestations of Aslan and his fellow travelers, for they intend not to educate, but to mislead.
    Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org.

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