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.

Minnesota: At least 15 Muslims leave U.S. to wage jihad in Syria

Traitorous Keith Ellison has done nothing to stop the jihadi breeding going on in Minnesota. via American Muslims flocking to jihadist group | New York Post. h/t TROP

Radicalized young American Muslims — including as many as 15 Somali-born Minnesotans — have flocked to a jihadist group in recent months, lured by rap videos and hip social-media propaganda.

Security experts are calling it the “Jihad Cool” rebranding of terrorism, and say it’s highly effective in pushing Americans like Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a Twin Cities father of nine, to high-tail it to Syria to help the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“I give up this worldly life for Allah,” Muhumed said of joining the Islamic State in a Facebook message earlier this year. If people call him a terrorist, he’s “happy with it,” he added.

While not fighting, Muhumed has been busy posting images of himself online, showing himself smiling into the camera while holding an AK-47 and throwing the jihadi equivalent of a gang sign — pointing his index finger skyward. Another image appears to show the head of a deceased male.

The trend was first reported by Minnesota Public Radio.

The FBI would not name the 15 radicalized Minnesotans, except to confirm that Muhumed is among them, and that the agency is investigating how they were recruited.

 They were recruited by other Muslims in Minnesota, likely in mosques.

Texas: Two men charged with providing support to Islamic terrorists

 Meanwhile, the same Feds at Obama’s orders are allowing terrorists and gangbangers to freely enter the U.S. and receive immediate welfare.  via Feds charge two Texas men with providing support to terrorists | TheHill.

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Two men in Texas have been arrested and charged with providing material support to terrorists, including those in Syria, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, and Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, were arrested near Austin, Texas on Tuesday by authorities with the Central Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force.

While Khan was arrested at his home, Wolfe was about to board a flight to Europe at the George H.W. Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport.

In a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, Khan was charged with providing material support to terrorists. From early 2011 through Jan. 2012, “he conspired with others to recruit persons to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad,” the Justice Department said.

Wolfe has been charged with the same crime after planning to travel to the Middle East “to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict in Syria.”

The Justice Department did not specify which terrorist group Wolfe was working with. There are a number of radical groups operating in Syria, but Jabhat al-Nusra, a branch of al Qaeda, is the most prominent.

Khan and Wolfe could face up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 if convicted.

Both remain in federal custody, and have been scheduled to attend a detention hearing on Friday in Austin.

“Protecting the citizens of this community from the threat of harm both from within the United States and abroad is our highest priority, and we will continue to work with our partners to detect, investigate and prosecute those who seek to advance their ideology through acts of terrorism,” Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said in a statement.

The two young men were caught after an investigation conducted by a slew of local, state and federal agencies including the FBI, IRS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Army Intelligence and multiple police departments.

The news of the arrest comes just a day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) warned about the rise in people with Western passports going to fight in Iraq and Syria.

 Yes they are both Muslims.  2 Texas Men Arrested on Terror Charges

One of the men, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen named Rahatul Ashikim Khan, allegedly wanted to join al-Shabab, a Somalia-based terror group linked to al Qaeda. For the other, Michael Todd Wolfe from Houston, learning to fight in Syria was allegedly the goal.

According to charging documents, Wolfe’s wife met an undercover FBI agent in August 2013 and told the agent she and her husband wanted to “perform a violent form of jihad” outside of the United States. She said Wolfe “just wants to hop into Syria. He’s just ready to die for his deen [religion]. He’s ready to die for someone, for something,” court documents say.

In June 2011, Khan told the informant that his brain “starts bleeding” when he sees weak “bengalis” who have “no love for jihad” and “no love to shed blood,” authorities allege.

Khan became a U.S. citizen in 2002 and is a full-time student at University of Texas-Austin, which is now on summer recess.

 

Tampa Bay (FL) jihadist guilty of plotting terror attacks on Americans

via Tampa jury deliberating in federal trial of Sami Osmakac, accused of plotting terror attack – Story | abcactionnews.com | WFTS-TV.

TAMPA – Jurors in the trial of a Pinellas County man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in the Tampa Bay area have found him guilty on both counts.

Prosecutors said Sami Osmakac was acting on his extreme religious beliefs when he tried to launch a terrorist attack in Tampa. He was arrested in January 2012.

The jury found Osmakac guilty of having an unregistered automatic weapon and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The panel took less than seven hours to reach a decision.

Osmakac faces a possible life term.

Osmakac is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Kosovo.

Agents said possible targets included night clubs in the Ybor City area, the Operations Center of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City and a business in the South Tampa area.

Osmakac was placed under surveillance after an informant told authorities he had asked for al-Qaeda flags.  In November 2011, Osmakac and the informant discussed potential targets, according to authorities.

The informant ultimately introduced Osmakac to an undercover FBI agent.

The trial lasted three weeks.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7. Osmakac lawyers plan to appeal.

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Texas: Middle Eastern Men Are Getting Driver’s Licenses With Hispanic Names

via Middle Eastern Men Are Getting Driver’s Licenses With Hispanic Names. h/t Jihad Watch

PoliceOne warns officers that people of middle eastern ethnicity are changing their names or presenting themselves as hispanics in order to disguise their ethnicity and better blend into their communities. While this has been common practice among immigrants in the past, it presents a technique that possible terrorists or members of sleeper cells could use to escape notice.

The Texas Department of Public Safety informed the San Antonio Division Joint Terrorism Task Force that individuals of Middle Eastern descent are obtaining new Texas driver’s licenses with Hispanic surnames.

Approximately 20 individuals of Middle Eastern origin are utilizing the Travis County (Austin, Texas) District Court each week to change their names and driver’s licenses from Middle Eastern to Hispanic surnames.

The process involves submitting a form and fingerprints to the District Court. The Austin JTTF is investigating the applicants and application process with the Texas Department of Safety and investigators from the Travis County District Attorney’s office. At this time it is unknown as to how widespread these driver’s license changers are.

San Antonio has multiple concerns about these driver license changes. Foremost is the change in identity and ability to mingle in the predominantly Hispanic community without arousing suspicion, because of their darker skin tone, resembling local Hispanics.

Second is the lack of security afforded the fingerprint cards, allowing the possibility of substitution by individuals of concern by individuals who would not arouse suspicion. These driver license changes may not be limited to Hispanic surnames but might involve common names or other ethnicities.

Considering the current threat reporting and the frequent presence of President Bush within the State of Texas, San Antonio would like to determine how widespread this practice of driver’s license change is in border states and nationwide.

San Antonio Division will focus on determining the true identity, background and reason for those individuals of Middle Eastern descent who have changed their identity to Hispanic.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this report, please call El Paso I.C.A.T., 915-872-5775.

 

Minnesota: At least 12 Somali Muslims have left for jihad in Syria

It’s a mosque thing. via FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight in Syria – KMSP-TV.

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria. Investigators believe those who left Minnesota were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism.

SOURCE: 12 MINNESOTA SOMALIS HAVE LEFT FOR SYRIA

The FBI has not specified how many people are believed to involved, but a leader in the Minnesota Somali community told Fox 9 News a dozen men have left. The FBI confirmed they have “indications” that some recently traveled overseas. Now, they are reaching out to the large Somali population in Minnesota to learn more.

One young man — a 20-year-old Somali college student — left the Twin Cities as recently as last Thursday. He sent a text message to his family from Istanbul, Turkey, to say he was heading to Syria to fight in the holy war.

If you know anyone who is planning to and/or has traveled to a foreign country for armed combat or who is being recruited for such activities, please contact www.fbi.gov/fttips or call (763) 569-8020. All information will be kept completely confidential.

The request for tips comes about a week after an American from Florida died in a suicide bombing attack on Syrian government troops in the city of Iblib.

Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen involved in a suicide bombing in the civil war’s three-year history. His family thought he was in Jordan when he died.

Since 2007, at least 22 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab in Somalia. Some have died there, and some were even praised as “Minnesota Martyrs” in an elaborate video released last year.

 

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