California: Muslim Mafia – CAIR, Outs Secret FBI Informant in Jihad Case

Hamas-linked CAIR would rather defend Muslims accused of plotting jihad and killing Americans than defend a Muslim who was willing to expose potential jihadists (i.e., an apostate).

As one commenter mused:

…this looks exactly like what the Italian Mafia was doing from the 1950s through the 1980s. Identifying informants to protect a specific group’s actions, especially in suspect circumstances. Fatima Dadabhoy, senior civil rights attorney for the Los Angeles office of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, noted, “It will come down to what is in the best interest of our community.” One must wonder exactly what he considers a “community?”

The American community, in which terrorism and killing Americans is wrong? Or some extremist Muslim communities, in which terrorism and the killing of Americans is supported and praised?

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Last week it was reported that, Former Inland defendants now expected to testify for government:

Tuesday, [U.S. District Judge Virginia] Phillips said she was concerned that a protective order had been violated when an amount allegedly paid to secret FBI informant in the case had made its way into a news release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations-LA – the local office of a national Islamic rights organization.

The organization said in the release it was seeking information about the informant, and an attorney for the group said CAIR-LA “can’t say/we won’t” expose the identity of that person, if it comes across verifiable information.

And this week the evidence that Hamas-CAIR has fully infiltrated the U.S. government and exposed an FBI informant, via TERROR TRIAL: Informant ID’d in Inland conspiracy case – Press Enterprise.

Nine days after an Islamic terrorists rights group [CAIR] called for help to identify the undercover FBI informant in an Inland terrorism conspiracy case, his name was mentioned in open court Tuesday.

In Gaza, CAIR’s brother organization Hamas does what CAIR can’t quite do here in the U.S. yet: Hamas gunmen have executed at least 17 suspected informants.

Jeffrey A. Aaron, a deputy federal public defender representing Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, of Pomona, asked about the status of the informant before testimony resumed in the trial before U.S. Distict Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside Federal Court.

Aaron posed his question in court, outside the jury’s presence.

Aaron identified the informant as Mohammad Hammad, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan De Witt confirmed the name when shown a 2002 federal criminal drug case with Hammad named with 41 other defendants.

De Witt told Phillips on Tuesday that Hammad was hospitalized with an undisclosed condition and may face surgery. She declined to give additional details after the court hearing.

The Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (LA-CAIR) claimed the informant was used to entrap the defendants, and issued a public appeal Aug. 10 for help in identifying him, saying he was paid more than $356,645 by the government for his work.

Without being identified, Hammad had earlier been described by defense attorneys in court papers as a convicted drug felon who should have been deported for his offense. Filings did not mention his country of origin.

Court records show Hammad was sentenced in Los Angeles Federal Court on Aug. 2, 2007, to 42 months of prison and five years of supervised release for possession of pseudoephederine with knowledge that it would be used to make methamphetamine.

“It is interesting that his name has been revealed, we will see if other information is generated from this,” said Fatima Dadabhoy, senior civil rights attorney for LA-CAIR.

“We understand when informants are important to use, but when they become agent-provocateurs, that becomes a problem,” said Dadabhoy.

The government has said the payment amount claimed by LA-CAIR was misleading, because the Kabir case was not the only one for which Hammad was being paid.

It’s not clear whether Hammad will testify in the Inland case.

“We are waiting to see if we need to call him at all,” De Witt told Phillips on Tuesday . Hammad is believed to be 41 years old, based on previous trial testimony.

Government prosecutors said the alleged plot by the case’s four original defendants to travel to Afghanistan in the late fall of 2012, join al-Qaida and kill American service personnel was a serious endeavor that began in 2010. It was well underway, they said, before the informant infiltrated the group in February 2012.

Kabir, along with Ralph Deleon, 25, of Ontario, are on trial on five conspiracy counts that allege they plotted along with Arifeen David Gojali, 23, of Riverside and Miguel Santana, 23, of Upland to join the Taliban and al-Qaida and “engage in violent jihad” against American military personnel and bases overseas.

One report stated Gojali and Santana have plead guilty, another stated they were no longer listed on the indictment. Multiple sources stated they would testify against the remaining two jihadis:

Two Inland men who faced charges in a homegrown terrorism case are now expected to testify against the two remaining defendants on trial in Riverside Federal Court for conspiracies that include plotting to murder Americans overseas.

 

The disclosure came Tuesday as defense attorney Jeffrey A. Aaron complained during a morning court session to U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips that prosecutors waited until the last minute to give him a large file of recorded jailhouse conversations and emails generated by Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside and Miguel Santana of Upland.

 

Minnesota: Mustafa Crime Family Busted in Multi-Million Dollar Theft Racket

via FBI — Mustafa Family Crime Ring Indicted for Using Thousands of Stolen Identities to Steal Cellular Telephones and Tablet Devices Worth Millions of Dollars. h/t Denise

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According to the indictment and documents filed in court, from at least 2006 through 2014, JAMAL MUSTAFA directed the Organization to use stolen identity information to obtain cellular telephones and other mobile devices for the purpose of trafficking them throughout the United States and internationally. JAMAL MUSTAFA, KANAN MUSTAFA, NASER MUSTAFA, EDWAN MUSTAFA, NIZER MUSTAFA, BILAL MUSTAFA, TALAL MUSTAFA, and MOISES NAVARRO-CAZALES, owned and operated 13 mobile device stores in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Organization used these storefronts to buy devices that they knew had been illegally obtained, including purchasing thousands of cellular phones from runners and other persons who got the phones through robberies, burglaries, shoplifting, and fraud and identity-theft schemes.

With the assistance of AHMED SUNOQROT, the Organization moved inventory and money between their stores, which the Organization used as fronts to funnel the illicit proceeds of their criminal activity.

According to the indictment, the Organization paid runners who stole mobile devices or obtained them fraudulently by other means. CEDRIC CHAPPELL, DEANTRE-RICKEY-RENE SQUALLS, BLANYON TOE DAVIES, VICTOR TOMBEKAI DOE, YOLANDA COOMBS, CASWANA MILES, TIARA LIGON, MARQUIS TERELL MAGGIESFIELD, MARCUS PHILLIP COLEMAN, ROBERT RICHARD COLEMAN, and DANIELLE YVONNE COLEMAN, were each paid by the Mustafas to steal or fraudulently obtain mobile devices by contract or subscription fraud. They targeted stores like Best Buy, WalMart, Verizon outlets, T-Mobile stores, and online Apple stores.

As charged, various members of the Mustafa Family provided stolen or fraudulent identity information to the runners, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card numbers, passport information, and driver’s license numbers of victims. Some of the runners operated solely within Minnesota, while others travelled to Arizona, Idaho, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Utah to obtain devices. The Organization arranged out-of-state travel for the runners and paid their expenses. One runner was arrested in Utah in 2013 with more than 80 counterfeit identification documents and genuine victim-information documents. This runner used those documents to open lines of credit at various retail outlets to make fraudulent device purchases.

The runners were instructed by the Mustafas to obtain phones by contract-fraud and subscription-fraud schemes. In such schemes, runners used real stolen identities to obtain cell phone contracts. At times, the runners obtained “family plans” or “business accounts.” In so doing, runners were sold phones at deeply discounted prices by the legitimate retailers. The full retail price of an iPhone 5s in the United States is approximately $648. Under a two-year contract, the same phone is sold for approximately $200. Runners then opened accounts entitling them to obtain as few as one discounted phone, and as many as 30. The runners then shipped or delivered the phones back to the Mustafas, via one of the thirteen Twin Cities storefronts, or shipped the phones to wholesalers in other states for sale overseas. A new iPhone 5s retails for between $1,000 and $1,200 overseas.

Other runners engaged in street-level violence or burglary to obtain phones. The Sunrise Group, a burglary ring that traveled throughout the Upper Midwest for the purpose of breaking into WalMart stores to steal cell phones, iPads, and other electronic devices, provided electronic devices to the Mustafa Family on several occasions. The Mustafa Family made requests of the Sunrise Group for large quantities of new phones, and would act as a fence for the stolen merchandise.

Defendant Information:

  • JAMAL TALAL MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Jimmy,” D.O.B. 6/17/1972 Apple Valley, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • KANAN M T MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Kenny,” D.O.B. 6/16/1977 Rosemount, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • NASER MOHAMAD MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Nasty Nas,” D.O.B. 1/6/1991 Rosemount, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • EDWAN T MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Eddy,” D.O.B. 11/14/1974 Apple Valley, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • NIZER M MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Shaggy,” a/k/a “Mike,” D.O.B. 8/27/1978 Savage, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • BILAL MUHAMMED MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Billy,” D.O.B. 6/25/1984 Minneapolis, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • TALAL M MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Tommy,” D.O.B. 4/19/1971 Burnsville, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • MOISES NAVARRO CAZALES, D.O.B. 11/15/1992 Bloomington, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • AHMED RD SUNOQROT, a/k/a “Abu Shanab,” D.O.B. 6/2/1955 St. Paul, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count

Read it all for more info and defendants.

The Powerline blog notes:

I find the FBI press release leaves a lot of questions hanging. The Star Tribune story by Paul McEnroe does likewise.

Having found a fertile source of cell phones on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Mustafa family victimized a lot of Minnesotans. And that’s not all! It appears to me that the indictment leading to yesterday’s roundup will be amended to add to the catalogue of crimes these people committed far and wide over “at least” an eight-year period

Muslim groups demand jihad training purge & mandatory retraining of all fed, state, local law enforcement in U.S.

Blocking and tackling for ISIS and many other Muslim terror groups…this is the mythological “moderate” Muslim in America. And they coerce Jews, Sikhs, Catholics, gays and others into human shields. via American Muslim Organizations Pen Letter Against Surveillance of Islamist Groups. by Kyle Shideler

Fresh off the successful elimination of the highly respected NYPD intelligence program, the Islamist-left alliance which seeks to utterly neuter American intelligence and law enforcement has set its sights on the last line of defense: your local law enforcement.

Federal Law enforcement has already faced a complete purge of training materials, aiming to eliminate any vestige of information regarding how Jihadi terror groups draw their threat doctrine from Islamic sources. Long established specialists on political Islam, counterterrorism, asymmetrical warfare and counterinsurgency have lost their jobs, been publicly ridiculed, or, if they wish to continue to instruct, suffer through turning over their intellectual work products to a faceless committee to determine what can and cannot be said about America’s enemies. This review committee is so secretive that even Congressional staffers on the relevant committees have been denied information about their identities.

That purge was kicked off by a letter sent by 57 organizations, including multiple organizations with known ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

Now, another letter has been sent featuring 75 organizations, including many of the same Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups.  As in the first purge, the letter writers claim to be responding to a news story featuring leaked classified information. In 2012, it was a Wired.com story by Spencer Ackerman. This time around it’s Glenn Greenwald (of Snowden fame)’s piece on the -completely legal- electronic surveillance of several individuals with known Islamic extremism and terror ties.

In the letter, the organizations call for an auditing of all intelligence and law enforcement training materials, and mandatory retraining for any federal, state or local law enforcement official who has ever received the training the group finds objectionable. They also seek to extend the training purge to any federal, state or local law enforcement organization which has receives federal money.

This reeducation program, if enacted by the Obama Administration, will represent a final victory for Islamists seeking to control U.S. policy on dealing with the jihadist threats.

Tellingly, the day prior to the letter’s official unveiling, Mohammed Elibiary, himself instrumental in the first training purge, essentially declared “checkmate” on twitter saying, “With my 22+ yrs in @GOP, friends thru out 100s US security/policing agencies & academia; no future presidency will reverse reforms underway.”

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Kyle Shideler is the Director of the Threat Information Office at the Center for Security Policy

More from the letter below. In a sane world, none of the non-Muslim groups would join with the Hamas-terror linked CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood entities (as they are always the first targets of jihad-waging Muslim groups like Hamas and ISIS) and the subversive Islamic groups would be banned – as they are in Egypt and elsewhere.

We urge you to promptly under take the following steps:

(1) Audit all federal law enforcement and intelligence gathering training and educational materials to identify and remove information that is factually incorrect or exhibits bias against any race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin;
(2) Implement a mandatory retraining program for all federal, state and local law enforcement officials who have been subjected to biased and discriminatory trainings provided by the federal government or with federal funds;
(3) Pursue disciplinary action against those agents and officials engaging in discriminatory conduct and responsible for these training materials;
(4) Require federal agencies that provide law enforcement and homeland security funding to state and local governments to condition such funding on carrying out training or otherwise using federal funds in a manner that upholds our nation’s commitment to equal treatment and equal justice under the law and barring the use of trainers or materials that exhibit bias against any race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent and profoundly important problem.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Advocacy for Principled Action in Government
American Center for Outreach
American Civil Liberties Union
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Arab American Action Network (AAAN)
Arab American Association of New York
Arab American Institute
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Auburn Seminary
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for National Security Studies
Center for New Community
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR)
Defending Dissent Foundation
DRUM-South Asian Organizing Center
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Emerge USA
Franciscan Action Network
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers (GAML)
Human Rights Campaign
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
Imam Hussain Islamic Center
Interfaith Alliance
Islamic Information
Center of America
Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Jews Against Islamophobia
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Lambda Legal
Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan NY
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Michigan Muslim Bar Association (MMBA)
Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC)
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)
Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC)
Muslim American Community Association
Muslim Bar Association of New York
Muslim Bar Association of Southern California
Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
Muslim Peace Coalition USA
Muslim Progressive Traditionalist Alliance
Muslim Public Affairs Council
NAACP
NAACP New York State Conference
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Lawyers Guild
National Muslim Law Students Association
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA)
OneAmerica
Progressive Congress
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
The Hindu Temple Society of North America
The Interfaith Center of New York
The International Institute of Tolerance
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)
The Queens Federation of Churches
The Sikh Coalition
Transgender Law Center
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
UMMA Community Clinic
United Sikhs
Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA)
Women in Islam Inc.

If successful, telling the truth about Islam will be a punishable crime, and sharia law will be in affect.

Brooklyn: Muslim who pledged allegiance to ISIS arrested at JFK returning from Lebanon

via Suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to ISIS held without bail after being arrested at JFK – NY Daily News.

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A Brooklyn judge ordered a suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the terrorist leader of ISIS held without bail after he was arrested at Kennedy Airport, the Daily News has learned.

FBI agents nabbed Donald Ray Morgan, a 44-year-old ex-convict from North Carolina, on Aug. 2 when he returned to the United States after an eight-month stay in Lebanon, where his wife lives.

Morgan, who has a previous conviction for firing a gun, had allegedly been brokering deals for military-grade weapons and ammo in his home state and was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

But what caught counter-terrorism agents attention were his chilling Twitter rants from the Middle East under the alias “Abu Omar al Amreeki.”

Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Nadia Moore presented a sampling of the evidence to Magistrate Ramon Reyes at a bail hearing last week to support her argument that the alleged gun trafficker was too dangerous to return to North Carolina on his own.

“It’s possible that he traffics in guns to people in this organization (ISIS),” Moore said in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Besides pledging allegiance to chief ISIS thug Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, his tweets strongly suggested he may have been preparing for jihad in Syria, Iraq or possibly the states, law enforcement officials feared.

He also referred to himself as a mujahedeen, or jihad fighter.

Federal defender Peter Kirchheimer said there was no evidence Morgan is a member of ISIS or had provided material support.

But the judge said the tweets had “clearly implied to me that he is trying to go to Syria or Iraq as the next step and trying to be actively engaged.”

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 And more via, Donald Ray Morgan, the 44-Year-Old American Who Loved ISIS:

The attorney asked the agent if pledging allegiance to the head of ISIS is a crime.

“It depends how you can take his pledge,” the agent said. “I don’t have any evidence that he is currently a member [of ISIS] except that he’s pledging allegiance to it.”

The attorney asked, “Can you give me one example of one act that he committed to help ISIS? Like give somebody money, a plane ticket, how to shoot a gun?”

The agent said, “Not to my knowledge.”

The agent added, “He also indicated…that he was aware of how these interviews go and he would not in any way do anything to incriminate himself.”

The agent went a step too far in suggesting that Morgan’s penny ante gun dealing suggested he might be providing weapons to ISIS.

ISIS hardly has need of a couple of AK-47s and sniper rifles after acquiring untold quantities of abandoned weapons that we had provided to the Iraqi army.

The attorney maintained that Morgan’s beliefs did not make him a danger. The agent maintained that at least one of the tweets “implies to me an interest in trying to travel to Syria.”

The judge, Ramon Reyes, agreed about the tweet.

“That implies clearly to me that he is trying to go to Syria or Iraq,” the judge said. “I believe this is going to be the next step and trying to be actively engaged.”

He’ll do time for the gun charge and recruit more convicts to Islam and ISIS.

ISIS Supporting Muslims Flash Islamic Flag in Front of White House

via ISIS Supporters Flash Islamic Flag in Front of White House – Threaten America | The Gateway Pundit.

A photo posted to Twitter on Saturday by a supporter of the terrorist group the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) shows a cellphone screen with a large image of the black flag of jihad being held up so the White House is seen in the background. The Twitter account @mhajr93 posted the image.

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 The undated photo was taken at night from the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House. The brightly lit North Portico is clearly seen in the background of the photo.

Alongside the photo was the propaganda message, “we are here #America near our #target :) sooooooooooooon”. The #AmessagefromISIStoUS hashtag employed by ISIS and its supporters after President Obama launched airstrikes on ISIS forces in northern Iraq this week was used. The counter hashtag #AmessagefromUStoISIS was also used.

The photo was posted again hours later with the message, “we are everywhere”.

And the photo was posted again today with another threat.

Earlier this week The Gateway Pundit reported on ISIS’ vow to one day “raise the flag of Muhammad in the White House.”

Twitter is aiding and abetting Muslim terrorists and allowing them to recruit and terrorize using the Twitter service.

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Muslim women in Virginia & Washington arrested, led al-Shabaab jihad fundraising network

via FBI — Three Defendants Arrested on Charges of Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization. h/t TROP

WASHINGTON—Three defendants were arrested today on charges of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia. Two additional defendants are fugitives in Kenya and Somalia.

A superseding indictment was issued on June 26, 2014, by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, charging the defendants with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and 20 counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The indictment was unsealed after the following arrest warrants were executed today:

  • Muna Osman Jama, 34, was arrested at her home in Reston, Virginia;
  • Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, was arrested at her home in Kent, Washington;
  • Farhia Hassan was arrested at her residence in the Netherlands;
  • Fardowsa Jama Mohamed is a fugitive in Kenya and the subject of a pending arrest warrant; and
  • Barira Hassan Abdullahi is a fugitive in Somalia and the subject of a pending arrest warrant.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on each count in the indictment.

The Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin, commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a terrorist group conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia. In 2008, the U.S. government designated al-Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization, and in February 2012, the leaders of al-Shabaab and the terrorist group al-Qa’ida publicly announced the merger of the two groups.

According to court records, defendants Muna Osman Jama and Hinda Osman Dhirane were the leaders of an al-Shabaab fundraising conspiracy operating in the United States, Kenya, the Netherlands, Somalia and elsewhere. Jama and Dhirane allegedly directed a network composed primarily of women who provided monthly payments that were coordinated, facilitated and tracked by the defendants to their conduits in Kenya and Somalia. According to court records, Jama was principally responsible for sending money to Kenya through her conduit, defendant Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, while Dhirane was primarily responsible for sending money to Somalia through her conduit, defendant Barira Hassan Abdullahi.

According to court records, the defendants would refer to the money they sent overseas as “living expenses,” and they repeatedly used code words such as “orphans” and “brothers in the mountains” to refer to al-Shabaab fighters, and “camels” to refer to trucks needed by al-Shabaab. The money transfers often were broken down into small amounts as low as $50 or $100, and the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia.

 No word on their immigration status, what mosque they attend nor who they were collecting money from in the U.S. to fund jihad around the world.

Reread “U.S. dollars flow to fund jihad” posted just days ago.

Boston Bomber friend who disposed of evidence convicted of obstruction

via Tsarnaev friend convicted of obstructing bombings probe – CNN.com.

A federal jury on Monday found a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of obstructing the investigation into the 2013 attack.

The jury found Azamat Tazhayakov guilty of obstructing justice and conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with the removal of a backpack with potential evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the bombings.

Jurors indicated in a verdict questionnaire that they didn’t believe a separate allegation — involving the removal of a laptop computer from the same dorm room — amounted to obstruction or conspiracy.

Sentencing for Tazhayakov, who could get up to 25 years in prison, is scheduled for October. The verdict came in the first trial related to the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others.

Tazhayakov’s mother wept loudly in court when the verdict was read. Tazhayakov spoke briefly to his parents before he was escorted out of the courtroom.

Prosecutors accused Tazhayakov and his roommate, fellow Kazakh national Dias Kadyrbayev, of trying to protect Tsarnaev three days after the bombings by removing a backpack and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which Tazhayakov also attended.

Prosecutors alleged that Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov took the laptop to their apartment, and that Kadyrbayev, with Tazhayakov’s knowledge, tossed the backpack in a trash bin. Authorities eventually found the backpack — containing Vaseline, a thumb drive and fireworks — in a landfill.

Kadyrbayev is awaiting trial on the same charges and has pleaded not guilty. Another friend, Robel Phillipos, pleaded not guilty to making false statements. None of Tsarnaev’s friends is accused in the bomb plot itself.

Prosecutors told jurors Tazhayakov knew the identity of the suspected bombers — Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev — before the public found out, allegedly texting Kadyrbayev, “i think they got his brother,” hours before the public knew their names or their relationship to one another. [PS: The FBI knew the Boston bombing suspect too]

The friends recognized the Tsarnaev brothers after authorities released video and still photos asking for the public’s helping finding the two men, prosecutors said.

Kadyrbayev told his friends that he believed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “used the Vaseline ‘to make bombs,’ or words to that effect,” an indictment against him reads.

The government said Tsarnaev texted Kadyrbayev after the bombings and told him he could go to his dorm room and take what he wanted. Kadyrbayev showed that text to Tazhayakov, the government alleged.

Authorities alleged that the friends picked up the backpack and the laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room on April 18, 2013, shortly before Tsarnaev was taken into custody.

The FBI interviewed the friends as part of the bombing investigation, and lawyers for Tazhayakov said he did everything he could to help the probe when he spoke with investigators. Based on that information, authorities found Tsarnaev’s backpack in the landfill, his attorneys said.

Daniel Antonino, one of the jurors in Tazhayakov’s case, said the panel found him guilty of obstruction because “the backpack was simply taken and discarded like they were getting rid of evidence.”

Florida: New 9/11 records suggest FBI cover up on Sarasota Saudis

via New 9/11 records offer tantalizing puzzle pieces – Florida – MiamiHerald.com.

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers | BrowardBulldog.org

It was Halloween night, 2001. The horrors of 9/11 were still fresh on the the minds of Americans.

At a time when everyone was on edge, the sight of a man disposing documents in a dumpster behind a Bradenton storage facility aroused suspicion. Summoned to the scene, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies confronted the man, who had a Tunisian passport.

According to FBI records, authorities searched the dumpster and found “a self-printed manual on terrorism and Jihad, a map of the inside of an unnamed airport, a rudimentary last will and testament, a weight-to-fuel ratio calculation for a Cessna 172 aircraft, flight training information from the Flight Training Center in Venice [Fla.] and printed maps of Publix shopping centers in Tampa Bay.”

The Flight Training Center is where 9/11 hijack pilot Ziad Jarrah, who was at the controls of United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in Shanksville, Pa., took flying lessons.

This intriguing tale and at least one other are contained in a batch of partially redacted documents released this past week as part of ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by the online news site BrowardBulldog.org. The suit, filed in 2012, seeks the FBI’s files from a once-secret investigation into a family of Sarasota Saudis who left the country abruptly about two weeks before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars.

The main figures in the family were Abdulaziz al-Hijji, his wife, Anoud, and her father, Esam Ghazzawi, an advisor to a Saudi prince.

The report of the Bradenton incident is in some way linked to the al-Hijjis’ saga, although precisely how is unclear. The link might be spelled out in one of the many redacted passages. Nor is it clear in the unredacted portions who the man was or whether he was detained. An FBI letter accompanying the documents says the redactions have to do with national security and other exclusions.

The documents — the fourth batch released in response to the BrowardBulldog lawsuit — were located via court-ordered text searches using the names of the al-Hijjis and Ghazzawi. U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch in Fort Lauderdale is currently reviewing more than 80,000 pages of 9/11 records.

This release suggests that the FBI has covered up information that is vitally important to public safety,” said Miami attorney Thomas Julin, who represents BrowardBulldog.org. “It’s startling that after initially denying they had any documents they continue to find new documents as the weeks and months roll by. Each new batch suggests there are many, many more documents.”

“There needs to be a full-scale explanation of what’s going on here,” Julin said.

A second FBI document released last week, dated Feb. 2, 2012, is similarly tantalizing — and similarly murky.

On that day, according to the document, FBI offices in Tampa and Charlotte, N.C., received information from Washington stamped “secret” stating that a “person of interest” in the FBI’s massive 9/11 investigation had returned to the United States.

The person, whose name is redacted, was reported to be “traveling to Texas and LA for business/tourism.” The person apparently told authorities upon entering the country that he could be reached in Charlotte. He provided a telephone number “associated with furniture manufacturers in North Carolina,” the report states.

Details about that were blanked out. But the report also states, “Tampa is notified that a person of interest to Tampa regarding the PENTTBOMB investigation has a valid visa for re-entry into the U.S.” PENTTBOMB is the FBI’s code name for its 9/11 investigation.

Whether this person was ever detained, interviewed or allowed to go about his/her business is unclear in the unredacted passages.

In all, the FBI released 11 pages. They contain statements reiterating that the al-Hijjis had departed the United States in haste shortly before 9/11 and that “further investigation” had “revealed many connections” between them and persons associated with “attacks on 9/11/2001.”

Those statements flatly contradict the FBI’s public statements that agents found no connection between the al-Hijjis and the 9/11 plot.

Yet they dovetail with the account of a counterintelligence source who has said investigators in 2001 found evidence — phone records and photographs of license plates snapped at the entrance to the al-Hijjis’ Sarasota-area neighborhood — that showed Mohamed Atta, other hijackers and former Broward resident and current al-Qaeda fugitive Adnan Shukrijumah had visited the al-Hijji home.

None of that information, or even the fact that an investigation in Sarasota took place, was disclosed by the FBI to Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the attacks or to the 9/11 Commission, according to former Florida Sen. Bob Graham. Graham co-chaired the joint inquiry.

The documents are stamped secret. The portions that were not released are supposed to be kept under wraps until 2039.

The government has asserted the classification is necessary because the censored information pertains to foreign relations or foreign activities, including confidential sources.

“This could be about information considered embarrassing to Saudi Arabia,” said Julin. Fifteen of the 19 suicide hijackers were Saudi nationals.

The report on the man and the dumpster — although the encounter happened on Halloween 2011, the document is dated April 2002 — contains additional information, though the deletions make its full meaning difficult to discern.

It says the Tampa FBI office “has determined that [blank] is an antagonist of the United States of America. [Blank] resides in Jerusalem. [Blank] allegedly has held regular and recurring meetings at his residence to denounce and criticize the United States of America and its policies. [Blank] is allegedly an international businessman with great wealth.

“In November 2001, [blank] visited the United States for the first time. He traveled to Sarasota, Florida, opened a bank account and made initial queries into the purchase of property in south central Florida. [Blank] intends to establish a Muslim compound in Central Florida. [Blank] revealed that [blank] is fearful of [blank] and fears that [blank] intends to begin offensive operations against the United States if he is able to purchase property and establish a Muslim compound in Central Florida.”

Three follow-up lines are blanked out.

 

Ohio: Muslim working for Homeland Security re-sues Experts Who Exposed His Terror Ties

He already dropped the charges once. via Courthouse News Service. h/t Bare Naked Islam

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) – A Muslim “multicultural relations officer” for Ohio’s Office of Homeland Security claims in court that Internet bloggers defamed him and cost him his job by posting that he was an “Islamist mole” who sympathized with terrorists.

Omar Alomari sued the City of Columbus, Todd Alan Sheets, Stephen Coughlin, John Guandolo, Patrick Poole and a John Doe known on the Internet as “Rusty Shackleford,” in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Alomari was hired as a full-time multicultural relations officer in 2006 by the Office of Homeland Security (OHS), and was in charge of building relationships between the state agency and the Muslim community.

After he published two articles on Islamic culture and radicalization in 2007, Alomari says, “defendant Poole began writing a series of articles condemning individuals and organizations within Central Ohio’s Muslim communities as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers.”

Alomari claims Poole also began making public records requests for emails and other communications from the multicultural relations officer to Muslims in his area.

After the records requests, Alomari says, defendant Shackleford – who operates a blog called the Jawa Report – “began posting articles claiming that plaintiff had ties to terrorists, terrorist organizations, and/or organizations with links to terrorism.”

The complaint states: “the Jawa Report (a) labeled plaintiff an ‘Islamist mole,’ a ‘radicalized fox,’ ‘a former agent of a foreign government,’ and ‘a lying scumbag,’ (b) alleged that plaintiff was an ‘information pipeline’ to terrorists, (c) asserted that plaintiff’s work ‘help[ed] encourage radicalization,’ and (d) alleged that plaintiff ‘escorted’ terrorists into OHS.

“The Jawa Report alleged that plaintiff ‘liked to have sex with pretty blond-haired, blue-eyed infidel coeds,’ and labeled plaintiff ‘a serial sexual harasser.'”

Alomari claims that defendant Sheets – a member of the Columbus Police Department’s Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEWG) – organized a police training session on weapons of mass destruction and “included a photo of plaintiff and labeled plaintiff as a potential terrorist and/or stated that plaintiff had affiliations with terrorists and/or terrorist organizations.”

Alomari claims that during a 2010 training session titled “Understanding the Threat to America,” defendants “Coughlin, Guandolo and Poole accused plaintiff of being a ‘suspect,’ alleged that plaintiff used his position within OHS to ‘connect with terrorists,’ and promised to ‘keep digging’ into plaintiff’s background to ‘expose’ him as a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.”

Alomari says he informed his supervisor of the remarks made at the training sessions, and after the assistant chief of police was contacted, the TEWG destroyed all of the documents bearing Alomari’s name or picture.

Alomari seeks compensatory and punitive damages for invasion of privacy, tortious interference with business contract, negligent supervision and spoliation of evidence. He claims he lost his job with the OHS because of the false statements linking him with terrorists.

He is represented by Lauren Knoll, in Dublin, Ohio.

 Much more from previous posts on al-Omari. The Columbus Dispatch reported this in July, 2010, Ohio Homeland Security official fired for not disclosing previous firing:

An Ohio Homeland Security official has been fired for failing to fully disclose his background when he began working for the state in late 2006.

Omar Alomari, 59, was fired Tuesday for dishonesty stemming from his failure to list his prior employment at Columbus State Community College, where he was fired after an improper consensual sexual affair with a student.

Alomari also gave “false information” when he was interviewed by investigators, according to his discharge letter from Thomas Stickrath, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Jawa Report reported, Ohio Homeland Security had to destroy thousands of Alomari’s “anti-radicalization” brochures for promoting terror-linked groups:

Again from Jawa, Ohio Homeland Security multicultural affairs director Omar Alomari sued his sexual harassment victim. Read it all and see all Jawa Reports posts on Alomari here.

Seattle: Muslim ex-con executes 2 gays, wanted in Jersey armed robbery

He is still on the loose. via Death penalty on the table in Leschi ‘executions’ – seattlepi.com. h/t LOOK UNDER THE BURKA

A Kent man now accused in what prosecutors are calling an execution could face a death sentence under charges filed Wednesday in the Seattle double slaying.

Now charged with aggravated first-degree murder, Ali Muhammad Brown is alleged to have executed two men on June 1 at a Leschi neighborhood home. Brown, 29, is currently at large.

Police contend Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young met Brown outside a Capitol Hill club after Said contacted Brown through an online search for sex partners. Brown is alleged to have left with both men and killed them minutes later using his girlfriend’s handgun.

Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Wyman Yip said Brown “essentially executed” Said and Anderson-Young during the “extremely violent, senseless, and seemingly unprovoked killings.”

“There was no evidence that any struggle preceded these murders, no evidence that the victims were armed, and no evidence that these murders were motivated by robbery, drugs, or any other crime,” Yip said in charging papers, asking that Brown be held without bail if he is apprehended.

If convicted as charged, Brown would face two possible penalties – life in prison without parole, or death. While Gov. Jay Inslee has said he won’t allow Washington prisoners to be executed on his watch, executions could resume after he leaves office.

A registered sex offender for crimes against a 6-year-old girl, Brown was previously prosecuted federally following an FBI probe into a radical group suspected of supporting jihadists overseas.

Brown was convicted of fraud following that FBI investigation. Agents determined that the men involved – presumably Brown – weren’t terrorists, though one prominent member of the group is thought to have been killed fighting in Somalia after fleeing prosecution in the United States.

Since the Leschi neighborhood slayings, Brown engaged in an East Coast “crime spree,” a Seattle Police Department spokesman said. He is suspected in an armed robbery at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

Said and Anderson-Young were discovered at 2:20 a.m. the morning they were killed near the intersection of 29th Avenue South and South King Street.

Called by a neighbor who heard the gunshots, police arrived to find both men dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Speaking with friends of the men, detectives learned Said and Anderson-Young had been at R Place, a gay nightclub on Capitol Hill.

Said had apparently set up a meeting using a mobile phone app that enables users interested in an impromptu sexual encounter to connect, according to charging papers. He, Anderson-Young and several other men were hanging around outside the club when the man Said had corresponded with arrived.

Said, Anderson-Young and the new arrival – since identified as Brown – left the area together. Brown is alleged to have killed both 17 minutes after leaving Capitol Hill.

Said was shot in the face several times, while Anderson-Young was shot in the back of the head. All their wounds were delivered at close range.

“It is evident that the murders were premeditated and unprovoked,” Detective Cloyd Steiger said in charging papers. “There is no evidence that any struggle preceded the murders.”

Police subsequently found surveillance video of the meeting. They also found Said’s car; the front passenger seat was soaked in blood.

Brown’s palm print was found on the car. According to charging papers, witnesses subsequently identified him as the man who’d met Said and Anderson-Young outside the bar.

According to charging papers, Brown’s girlfriend told police he may have taken her 9 mm pistol. A pistol of that caliber was used in the killings.

A decade ago, Brown was prosecuted as part of a federal investigation into a fraud ring thought by investigators to be linked to a terrorism funding organization.

In November 2004, federal agents swept through South Seattle and nearby areas, arresting 14 men in a series of searches. Chief among their targets was Ruben Shumpert, a Seattle barber suspected at the time recruiting men to join an extremist Muslim group funding fighters in Somalia and elsewhere. Continue reading

Texas: Second Muslim, UT student pleads guilty to aiding Islamic terrorists

via Austin news: UT student pleads guilty to aiding terrorist charge | www.statesman.com.

A University of Texas student has pleaded guilty to a charge of providing material support to terrorists.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, of Round Rock, is facing up to 15 years in prison. No sentencing date has been set.

Investigators say he had been recruiting jihadi fighters through an online chat room. A separate indictment out of a Miami federal court obtained by the American-Statesman complaint seems to shares ties to the complaint against Khan and alleges possible co-conspirators had been funding three groups, designated by the United States as terrorist organizations, that have operated in Iraq, Syria and Somalia.

Khan was one of two men who made international headlines last month after they were charged with the rare federal offense. Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, pleaded guilty Friday, admitting he had planned to join an al-Qaida offshoot gaining force in Syria.

Khan waived a dentention hearing in request of bail this week.

“Rahatul Khan’s admissions during this morning’s guilty plea should serve as a sobering reminder that we need to remain vigilant in our efforts to detect and root out terrorism, even in our own back yard,” U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said in a statement. “Great credit is due to the dedicated law enforcement professionals whose tireless efforts contributed to the apprehension of Khan and Michael Wolfe, who pled last week in a separate case to similar charges. National security is, and will remain, the first priority of this office and our law enforcement partners.”

For more read these previous posts on the two Muslims arrested in Texas.

 

Colorado: Muslim woman arrested en route to join Islamic terror group ISIS

“She intended to use that [U.S. military] training to go overseas to wage Jihad.”

via 19-year-old Colorado woman, Shannon Maureen Conley, charged with aiding terrorist group, FBI says – TheDenverChannel.com.

DENVER – The FBI says a 19-year-old Colorado woman has been arrested while trying to board a flight at Denver International Airport with the goal of meeting with a terrorist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.

A federal criminal complaint states that between Sept. 7, 2013 and April 8, 2014, Shannon Maureen Conley, together with others, tried to provide material support and resources, including personnel and expert advice, to a foreign terrorist organization.denverhomelyjohadi

ISIS insurgents have been fighting to topple the governments of Iraq and Syria.

Authorities began investigating Conley on Nov. 5, 2013, when the pastor at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada called local police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to report a teen had been spotted suspiciously taking notes at the church’s main campus at 6120 Ward Road on several Sundays at October, according to a federal affidavit supporting the criminal complaint.

Church officials have a heightened awareness about security because Faith Bible Chapel was the scene of a shooting in December 2007 when a man named Matthew Murray opened fire at the church’s Youth with a Mission Training Center, killing two missionaries. A few hours later, Murray went on a shooting spree at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, killing two more people. He was shot by a church security guard and eventually took his own life.

So Faith Bible Chapel staff reacted quickly when they believed Conley was taking notes on various locations and the layout of the campus, the affidavit said.

Church staff approached Conley and asked to see her notes, but she refused.

Conley then became confrontational with FBC staff, citing her own Islamic religious views, church officials told federal investigators.

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“Conley made spontaneous statements to church staff to the effect of: ‘Why is the church worried about a terrorist attack?’ and, that terrorists are: ‘… not allowed to kill aging adults and little children,'” the complaint said.

Church officials told Conley not to return to the church campus.

On Nov. 7, 2013, an Arvada police detective and an FBI agent interviewed Conley, asking her why she has been visiting Faith Bible Chapel.

Conley said, “I hate those people.” She added that she initially started attending Sunday services and taking classes at FBC because she wanted to meet people of other faiths and learn about them.

But Conley said she did not share her Islamic religious views or wear her hijab, a head covering worn in public by Muslim woman.

Conley told the investigators she does not like Israel or FBC’s active and vocal support for Israel.

Conley said she noticed she was being followed by church staff on the campus and felt they treated her like a terrorist. Conley told the investigators that she reasoned that, “If they think I’m a terrorist, I’ll give them something to think I am,” according to the affidavit.

She started keeping a notebook and acted like she was diagramming the church to alarm them. Conley soon got into an argument with the pastor and was asked to leave.

Conley said that Jihad to her is war against “kafir” (which the affidavit describes as a derogatory Arabic term for non-Muslims) to protect Muslim lands.

The investigators asked her opinion about harming innocent people while waging Jihad and Conley stated that it depended on the circumstances.

“To Conley, it is okay to harm innocents if they are part of a target. She felt that if wives, children, and chaplains visiting a military base are killed during an attack, it is acceptable because they should not have been at a legitimate target. She repeatedly referred to US military bases as ‘targets,'” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit.

On Dec. 6, 2013, Conley was again interviewed by FBI Special Agent Karim Khomssi and another agent.

Conley told the FBI she joined the U.S Army Explorers to be trained in U.S. military tactics and in firearms. She said she intended to use that training to go overseas to wage Jihad, according to the affidavit.

Conley said she previously wanted to serve in the U.S. military but no longer wanted to because she felt the military would not accept her because of her religious beliefs and her wearing of a hijab and niqab.

Conley said she previously wanted to serve in the U.S. military but no longer wanted to because she felt the military would not accept her due to her religious beliefs and her wearing of a hijab and niqab.

“Conley stated she wanted to wage Jihad and would like to go overseas to fight,” the affidavit said. She added that if she’s not allowed to fight because she’s a woman, she would use her medical training, as a licensed nurse’s aide, to help Jihadi fighters.

“According to Conley, it is acceptable to attack westerners when engaged in ‘defensive Jihad.’ Conley stated that legitimate targets of attack include military facilities and personnel, government facilities and personnel, and public officials,” the affidavit stated.

When agents asked if her notion of legitimate targets includes law enforcement, Conley replied that it does, the affidavit said. Conley said, “Law enforcement is included because police enforce man-made laws that are not grounded in God’s law. Conley stated targets to be avoided include women, children, and the elderly,” the affidavit said.

Over the next five months, the FBI repeatedly interviewed Conley as she underwent U.S. Army Explorers training in Texas in early February.

During a March 27 interview, two FBI agents made an “overt attempt to dissuade Conley from violent criminal activity and give her the opportunity to turn away from her intention to participate in supporting terrorist activities.”

Special Agent Khomssi “admonished Conley twice in the conversation that travel with intent to wage Jihad may be illegal and result in her arrest. Conley told SA Khomssi said she would rather be in prison than do nothing” to help the Jihadi cause, the affidavit said.

Conley earlier showed the agents a book called “Al-Qaida’s Doctrine for Insurgency: Abd Al-Aziz Al-Muqrin’s A Practical Course for Guerilla War.”

“The book had several passages underlined by Conley, including motorcade attacks and waging guerilla warfare. Conley stated that attacking a motorcade in the US was not viable because security in the US is too good. Conley thought she could plan such an attack, but not carry it out,” the affidavit said. “Conley liked the idea of guerilla warfare because she could do it alone.”

“When asked if she still wanted to carry out the plans, knowing they are illegal, Conley said that she does,” the affidavit said. Continue reading

Brooklyn: International drug ring stored khat in NY mosque, 17 arrested

via 17 busted in international narcotics ring selling khat | PIX 11. h/t LOOK UNDER THE BURKA OF ISLAM

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FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) – State and NYPD investigators say it’s an addictive drug used in many countries, but many people in the New York area have never heard of it.

Those are not the people in the Tri-State who were using khat, a leaf whose juices have a stimulant effect similar to amphetamine. Enough local residents use khat, however, to have funded what cops call an international drug ring that they broke up on Friday.

The leaves, which users typically eat whole, emit a fragrant smell. Two plastic bags of them filled a display table at the New York State Attorney General’s Office on Friday afternoon, filling the press conference room with a nutty, grainy aroma. But the attorney general himself said that the bags of leaves were part of a large, illegal business that smells foul to law enforcement.

“We’re still tracking the funds,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, regarding the khat ring. “But we know it was millions of dollars.”

He said that officers from his agency and the NYPD arrested 17 people in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

According to the attorney general, the leader of the operation, Yadeta “Murad” Bekri, would ship khat in boxes to two UPS Stores in Manhattan. His two leaders in the U.S., Bayan Yusuf and Ahmed Adem, would pick up the boxes of leaves and send them to distributors, who would, in turn, store the boxes until they could make a sale, the attorney general said.

For example, according to investigators, two Flatbush, Brooklyn residents, Mustafa Sadeq Ali and Sadeq Hassan Ali, were seen on surveillance video storing boxes of khat in the Islamic Center of Flatbush, a mosque located right next door to their building.

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Attorney General Schneiderman confirmed that the surveillance was the result of an ongoing terrorism investigation at the mosque.   He said that the investigation did not yield any indication of terrorism.

It did uncover, however, a three layered international narcotics distribution ring, officials said, in violation of U.S. laws against khat sales and distribution, in place for two decades.

“It’s key to understand these networks and how the money flows,” said John Miller, the NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence.  He said that, in his travels to Yemen for his job, he had personally observed the devastating effect that khat can have on people who use it.  He declined to elaborate.

He and the attorney general did point out that the alleged khat ring they busted would ship the leaves from Yemen, Ethiopia and Kenya to the U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands and China.  From there, the leaves were shipped to New York, sometimes in boxes disguised to be carrying a more benign cargo.

“Some of the boxes had labels that said ‘tea,’” Attorney General Schneiderman said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.  “It should not be used as tea,” he said, sternly, but half seriously.

 In the video at the link above, the cops were quick to jump to conclusions and state there was no evidence anyone at the mosque was involved. Clearly, the mosque just happened to let two strangers load and unload boxes of strange smelling weeds in the mosque. If you’re stopped and frisked and someone in the car your riding in has weed, the car gets impounded and you all get harassed if not arrested. Not so much in a mosque.

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Syrian Brought to US for “Democracy Training” Endorses Jihadis

via The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

A Syrian immigrant being trained in a State Department program for prospective leaders has repeatedly praised some of the most radical elements in his country’s brutal ongoing civil war.

Qutaiba Idlibi came to the United States as part of the “Leader for Democracy Fellowship,” funded by the Middle East Partner Initiative (MEPI). MEPI is a State Department program which “offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to create positive change in the society.”

After completing the fellowship, Idlibi stayed in Washington, working as a program manager for a group called People Demand Change (PDC). According to its website, PDC formed last year to “to provide a better, more streamlined model for providing aid and support – on a long-term basis – to civil society actors” in the Middle East and North Africa.

But Idlibi’s social media activity indicates a much more radical viewpoint than PDC or the State Department claim to seek.

For example, he mourned the death of a senior al-Qaida operative who was killed in Syria in February. Abu Khaled Al Souri, considered a representative of al-Qaida head Ayman Al Zawahiri, died in a February suicide bombing. “They are going to call you a ‘terrorist.’ They can say whatever they want to say, The Levant and its people and its squares can testify about your Jihad and efforts,” Idibili wrote.

“Abu Khaled Al Souri was martyred. (see attachment Abu Khaled Al Souri)”

Idlibi has shared statements by another al-Qaida figure, Abu Maria Al Qahtani, the spokesman of Al Nusra front. Al Nusra pledged allegiance to al-Qaida last year. But that didn’t stop Idlibi from praising the group as “A liberation front” on March 25 and writing “Jabhat Al Nusra God praise you.”

Two weeks earlier, he prayed that “Allah grant our brothers in Al Nusra front the best award for their every day efforts in trying to liberate our hostages.”

Idlibi did not respond to a request for comment for this story. On social media, however, he also justified recruiting foreign fighters to join the Syrian jihad. “One way of obtaining American citizenship is via enrolling in the American army,” he wrote on March 29. “Thousands of people do that. Thousands of Jews from all around the world enroll in the Israeli army, but when Muslim fighters go to fight in another Muslim country to defend the land, the people, and the Religion, then all what we hear about is how dangerous is the risk of the foreign fighters.”

Idlibi also praised Ahmad Yassin, the former spiritual leader of Hamas.

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