US and Canadian Domestic Threat Reports Omit Islamic Terrorism

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via FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism | Washington Free Beacon.

The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.

Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.

They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.

“Domestic extremist violence continues to be unpredictable and, at times, severe,” the report states.

A copy of the unclassified, 60-page National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, dated Aug. 14, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It warns that the threat of domestic-origin extremism was moderate in 2013 and will remain so for this year.

“Domestic extremists collectively presented a medium-level threat to the United States in 2013; the FBI assesses the 2014 threat will remain close to this level,” the report said.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the issue of not identifying Islamist-origin terrorism in the report “has more to do with how the FBI, from an organizational standpoint, distinguishes [domestic terrorism] and [international terrorism].”

“The intended audience of this bulletin understands how we make that distinction,” Bresson said in an email, adding that the FBI does not define domestic terrorism “the same way the media does.”

Another explanation for the omission of Islamist extremism in the report is provided in a footnote to a graphic describing an “other” category of domestic extremism not included in the report. “The ‘Other’ category includes domestic extremist [sic] whose actions were motivated by beliefs which fall outside the eight designated [domestic terrorism] subprograms,” the footnote stated.

The footnote indicates the FBI has separated Islamist terrorism from other domestic extremism.

The Bureau has limited its analytical description of domestic terrorism to groups and people connected to the eight subgroups outlined in the report that use force or violence to coerce or intimidate the population, he said.

“The FBI categorizes Islamic extremists and individuals inspired by Islamic extremist groups as International Terrorism,” he said. “Even though Ft. Hood and Boston were domestic incidents, the ideology and motivation of those behind them had international elements.”

Former FBI Agent John Guandolo said he was not surprised the report did not include any reference to domestic-origin Islamic terror.

“It should not surprise anyone who follows the jihadi threats in the United States that the FBI would not even include ‘Islamic terrorism’ in its assessment of serious threats to the republic in an official report,” Guandolo said.

“Since 9/11, FBI leadership—as well as leaders from Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, CIA, Pentagon, and the National Security Council—relies on easily identifiable jihadis from the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas, al Qaeda and elsewhere to advise it on how to deal with ‘domestic extremism.’”

Patrick Poole, a domestic terrorism expert, also was critical of the report’s omission of U.S. Islamist extremism, blaming “politically correct” policies at the FBI for the problem.

“At the same time we have senior members of the Obama administration openly saying that it’s not a question of if but when we have a terror attack targeting the United States by ISIL, we have the FBI putting on blinders to make sure they don’t see that threat,” Poole said.

“These politically correct policies have already allowed Americans to be killed at Fort Hood and in Boston,” he added

Guandolo said the failure to recognize the domestic Islamist threat had allowed domestic jihadist groups and their sympathizers to shape U.S. government create policies that do not acknowledge jihad as the root cause for the current global chaos.

An example, he said, is that the FBI has appointed a domestic Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas support organization leader to an FBI advisory council at the Washington headquarters.

Additionally, the FBI is failing to train agents and analysts on the Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States, Guandolo said.

“The FBI, no matter how diligent its agents are in their pursuit of ‘terrorists’, will never defeat this threat because its leaders refuse to address or even identify it,” he said. “This level of negligence on the part of the FBI leaders and their failure to understand the jihadi threat 13 years after 9/11 is appalling.”

Poole said the failure of the FBI to understand the domestic Islamist threat led to the U.S. government categorizing the 2009 Fort Hood shooting Army Maj. Nidal Hasan as “workplace violence.”

“In the case of Fort Hood, the FBI was monitoring Maj. Hasan’s email communication with al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki but the FBI headquarters dismissed it because they were talking about ‘religious’ subjects,” Poole said.

“In the Boston bombing case the FBI cleared Tamerlan Tsarnayev with nothing more than a house visit after receiving a tip from Russian intelligence, and never making the connection that he was attending a mosque founded by an imprisoned al Qaeda financier and previously attended by two convicted terrorists,” Poole added.

As a result “we have more than a dozen dead Americans killed here at home because of these politically correct FBI policies, and with threats emerging from all corners this doubling-down on political correctness when it comes to Islam is undoubtedly going to get more Americans killed,” he added.

The domestic threat assessment is the latest example indicating the FBI has been forced by Obama administration policies from focusing on the domestic terror threat posed by radical Islamists.

Guandolo said former FBI director Robert Mueller testified to Congress that he was unaware that the Islamic Society of Boston was the organization behind the radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers. “That tells you all we need to know about the FBI’s leadership about the threat here in America from the Islamic Movement—they are clueless,” he said.


And the same political cowardice has Canada paralyzed, via Blazing Cat Fur: The words Islam or Muslim are not found in the 2014 Public Report On The Terrorist Threat To Canada.

Nope, not once will you find the words Islam or Muslim mentioned in the government’s 2014 Public Report On The Terrorist Threat To Canada. You can download a pdf of the report here and do your own search, or read it here.

The word “Islamic” is mentioned a total of  9 times,  but solely in the context of terror group names. They couldn’t hide that fact.

Calgary: Another Muslim goes to fight with ISIS, ends up in body bag

Calgary is a breeding ground for jihadis.

via Farah Mohamed Shirdon of Calgary, fighting for ISIS, dead in Iraq, reports say – CBC News. h/t John

Multiple social media reports in Iraq say that a young Calgary man who appeared in an ISIS video four months ago has been killed in Iraq.

Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian fighting overseas with the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was seen in the video burning his Canadian passport and threatening to destroy Iraq’s oppressors.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of reports that a Canadian was killed in Iraq and is following the situation closely.farah-mohamed-shirdon

A man claiming to be Shirdon’s brother has been tweeting online — asking jihadi contacts for information on how Shirdon died.

Shirdon, who had been enrolled in the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology until at least 2012, came from a prominent and well-educated Somali family.

His father’s brother, Abdi Farah Shirdon, was a former prime minister of Somalia who has survived numerous attempts on his life by al-Shabab militants fighting for an Islamic state in Somalia under the banner of al-Qaeda.

Shirdon’s mother and sister currently live in Calgary and are deeply involved in the religious life of their community.

Attempts by CBC News to reach Shirdon’s family have so far been unsuccessful.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters following a news conference in London, Ont., he was aware of the reports but could not speak to the specific facts of the case.

“It’s a sad reality that, from time to time, a small number of Canadians — radicalized — participate in these type of activities,” Baird added.

The sad reality is that Canada does nothing about it – or the mosques that breed it – and keep claiming the never-ending supply of jihad-waging Muslims is just a small number. One way tickets for all who want to go and relinquish their passports. They’ll all meet the same fate eventually.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising Canadians “against all non-essential travel to Iraq due to the dangerous and unpredictable security situation.”

 

F16 fighter jets escort Florida bound plane back to Toronto after Muslim issues threats

via US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto – Yahoo News.

TORONTO (AP) — Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a Panama-City bound plane back to Toronto on Friday after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

Flight 772 turned around over West Virginia about 45 minutes after its 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) departure from Toronto Pearson International Airport, said Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman Janine Chapman. She said an “agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft” but did not elaborate on the threat.

NORAD Captain Jennifer Stadnyk said the two fighter jets from Ohio flew with the plane out of U.S. airspace as a “precaution.”

Toronto police said Ali Shahi, 25, has been charged with uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft. Police Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick said he’s Canadian.

Chapman said the flight, carrying 183 passengers and six crew, landed safely and no one was injured.

Chapman said the flight will depart again for Panama on Friday afternoon.

More:

Sharon Ramsay was on the flight, headed for a vacation with her two children. It was the first time they had been on a plane. Ramsay said she was crying while the arrest was taking place.

“It was extremely scary,” she said when the police stormed into the plane yelling “heads down hands up.”

“The kids were scared, I was scared.”

The plane was over West Virginia when it turned around.

There were 181 people, two infants, two pilots and four flight attendants on board.

Most passengers left on another flight for Panama City later on Friday.

 

Video: Muslims in Canada support Hamas

“The Nazis of our time.” ~ Doug Murray

Get educated: Hamas Covenant 1988

 

Canada: Another Muslim found guilty of 2 terrorism charges

via Misbahuddin Ahmed found guilty of 2 terrorism charges – Ottawa – CBC News.

Former Ottawa hospital technician Misbahuddin Ahmed has been found guilty of two terrorism-related charges by a jury.

Ahmed, 30, had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity, participation in the activities of a terrorist group, and possession of explosives with intent to do harm after his arrest in August 2010.

His eight-week trial began in mid-May and went to a jury on Tuesday. On Friday, the jury found him guilty of the first two charges but not guilty to the possession of explosives charge.

Conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, while participation in the activities of a terrorist group has a 10-year maximum term.

Ahmed will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

“I’m devastated by the verdict, it’s never easy to lose a case and it’s especially hard to see someone like this be convicted of these types of offences,” said Ahmed’s lawyer, Mark Ertel.

“He’s a good man, a family man, the jury obviously found that for a short period of time in his life he was misguided but the acquittal on the third count proves they realized if there was any danger to Canadians or anyone he put an end to it.”

Crown lawyers said during the trial that Ahmed was a “committed jihadist” with an eye on potential Canadian targets, pointing to a bag in his basement they alleged held bomb-making materials.

Ahmed and his defence said during the trial that he was trying to stop a planned attack and was planning to destroy the contents of the bag, which he got from a known extremist.

The jury heard how the RCMP had tapped Ahmed’s phone and videotaped him meeting with that same extremist, whose name is covered under a publication ban.

A verdict is expected in the trial for Khurram Sher, one of Ahmed’s alleged co-conspirators, on Aug. 19.

 If you weren’t aware, Ottawa is a major hotbed of jihadist activity and Islamization.

Canada: Edmonton’s honour killing cowardice

Enforcing the sharia in Canada. via Edmonton’s honour killing cowardice video h/t AlohaSnackbar01.

In 2013 a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) paid for five ads on Edmonton buses that read “Is Your Family Threatening You? Is There a Fatwa on Your Head?”

Then it showed the photos of deceased Canadian girls above the line “Muslim Girls Honor Killed by Their Families.”

The ad says “We can help” and directs the reader to FightforFreedom.us.

Yet within 48 hours of the ads going up, they were taken down. The city received, in their own words, a “handful of complaints.”

City councillor Amarjeet Sohi, who ordered officials to take them down, was quoted in the Edmonton Sun saying: “Honour killings is a very serious concern in every community and we need to speak up against it, but targeting one particular group, and singling out one particular group, does not help resolve it.”

But the evidence proves it’s not an equally serious concern for girls from every walk of life. And, even if you believe it is and want to help resolve it, doesn’t it then make sense to create more anti-honour killing ads rather than less?

On Monday the Canadian group Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announced it would represent AFDI in a court action.

They’ll argue in an Alberta court next February that AFDI’s freedom of expression was stifled by the city.

That this is even happening is chilling. Why were the ads taken down immediately following just a few complaints? What made Sohi and others feel emboldened to do so?

In response to my e-mail, Sohi wrote this: “Advertising on Edmonton Transit vehicles must meet all the requirements of Advertising Standards of Canada. Advertising Standards of Canada’s Canadian Code of Advertising Standards contains 14 clauses that set the criteria for acceptable advertising that is truthful, fair and accurate. The complaints the City received about the ads related to a breach in these clauses (in particular negatively singling out one particular religious group) and therefore warranted the removal of the ads.”

However no judge would read those clauses that way. Sure, they state an ad can’t “condone any form of personal discrimination, including that based upon race, national origin, religion, sex or age” nor can it “demean, denigrate or disparage one… group of persons.” But how does simply pointing out that there have been honour killings in some Muslim circles demean anyone?

Sadly, political correctness these days means the truth is no defence.

In early 2012 a study published in the Canadian Criminal Law Review found that honour killings were on the rise in Canada. There were three between 1954 and 1983, yet 12 between 1999 and the time of the study. The perpetrators were usually Muslim or Sikh.

In 2007 a study by Memorial University professor Amin Muhammad found that immigrants from countries where honour killing was more acceptable brought such views with them to Canada.

Pamela Geller, president of AFDI, explained in an e-mail why the ads didn’t just urge girls to call law enforcement: “Many times, law enforcement sends them back to their families. We refer girls to safe houses: law enforcement cannot and will not do that until there has been a crime. We help girls before they have to suffer or die for wanting to live free.”

Yet the City of Edmonton removed the ads. Their priorities are cowardly.

Calgary: Another Somali Muslim waging jihad, this one for ISIS

One way tickets for all who want to join the jihad. via Farah Mohamed Shirdon of Calgary fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Canada – CBC News. h/t jon

Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian in his early 20s, is fighting overseas with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBC News has learned.

Shirdon, who was enrolled in the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology until at least 2012, appears in an ISIS video released two months ago.

Before burning his Canadian passport, Shirdon, in full view of the camera lens, issues a threat to Canada, the U.S. and “all oppressors.”

“We are coming and we will destroy you by the will of God,” Shirdon says on the video.

He comes from a prominent and well-educated Somali family. His father’s brother, Abdi Farah Shirdon, was a former prime minister of Somalia who has survived numerous attempts on his life by al-Shabab militants fighting for an Islamic state in Somalia under the banner of al-Qaeda.

Shirdon’s mother and sister live in Calgary and are deeply involved in the religious life of their community. CBC News reached out to them repeatedly, but they would only say they are “confused and pained by Farah’s choice,” before asking for privacy.

Though it’s unclear how real his threats are, Shirdon is the latest young man from Calgary to be identified by CBC News as a Canadian fighting overseas.

In January, the CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault first reported on the death of Damian Clairmont, a 22-year-old Canadian-born Muslim who left Calgary for Syria in 2012 and was killed by rebel infighting there.

CBC News also reported on Salman Ashrafi, a Calgary man involved in a November 2013 suicide mission in Iraq under the banner of ISIS.

 As noted last week, Calgary is becoming a breeding ground for jihadi fighters (video).

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