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.”

Boston: Somali Muslim immigrant livery driver arrested for rape

via Seaport rape suspect held | Boston Herald. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

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A second reported rape in the Seaport District by a livery driver in less than a year has the city’s taxi union and a South Boston state representative demanding a crackdown before another young woman is attacked in the trendy nightspot.

“This is a real public safety issue, particularly for women in my district,” said Southie state Rep. Nick Collins. “It’s something that we have to resolve and I’ll be looking to work with the city to come up with some new legislation.”

Said Said, 40, of 97 Doane­ St., Quincy, was ordered held on $35,000 cash bail yesterday at his arraignment in South Boston District Court after pleading innocent to charges of 
aggravated rape, unarmed robbery and receiving stolen property.

Police allege that at midnight Sunday, Said, who is of Somali descent, picked up a woman in a livery mini­van outside Legal Harborside restaurant on Northern Avenue and took her to a deserted South Boston location, where he raped her and stole her cellphone, cash and credit cards before dropping her off on State Street.

“This is sad, regrettable and unfortunate for this young woman but it would have been prevented if the city of Boston paid attention to our calls for the regis­tration of limos and the vetting of livery drivers,”­ said Donna Blythe-Shaw, a representative for the Boston Taxi Drivers 
Asso­ciation. “People deserve to know that when they’re getting into a taxi in Boston that it’s a safe taxi.”

Collins said he has set up a meeting with Boston police­ Commissioner William Evans to “lay out a plan for clarifying taxi regulations and concurrent jurisdiction on the waterfront.”

Collins recently co-signed a bill that would give joint jurisdiction to state and Boston police in the Seaport, over which the police departments have bickered about jurisdiction for years.

Police said they were able to track down Said after he was reportedly caught on surveillance camera using the alleged victim’s credit card to make a purchase at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Quincy.

The victim identified Said in a photo array set up by Boston police,­ according to court documents.

Sunday’s alleged assault 
was eerily similar to an attack that occurred Aug. 6, 2013, when a woman told police she flagged down a livery sedan in South Boston thinking it was a taxi and was instead driven to a secluded area in Newton, where she was raped and assaulted by the driver.

Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, said investigators have not yet found evidence linking the two assaults, but “haven’t ruled anything out.”

 

FBI Report: Boston Bomber Posed With Black Flag of Jihad at Local Mosque

“Behind every Islamic terrorist there is an Imam…” ~ the late Oriana Fallaci

And you can find them in the local mosque. via Before Boston Attack, Alleged Bomber Posed With Black Flag of Jihad at Local Mosque – ABC News.

Months before the 2013 terror attack on the Boston Marathon, accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed in front of a black flag often associated with jihad with a fellow worshiper at a Boston-area mosque, according to an FBI report obtained by ABC News.

The FBI report, which did not include the photo, describes Tsarnaev and his friend Khairullozhon Matanov as “seated in front of a black flag with a sword and a shadada phrase,” referring to the Muslim statement of faith, and adds that the photo was taken “at the mosque.” Similar flags have become symbols of jihad, used by al Qaeda and al Qaeda-linked extremist groups.Flag_of_Jihad

The FBI had been warned by Russian intelligence in 2011 that Tsarnaev may have become radicalized, but the bureau dropped its inquiry months before the photo was taken because it said it “did not find any terrorism activity.”

The FBI report says the alarming photograph was taken on Eid-Al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, the highest of Muslim holidays, but does not say exactly when. A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News it was taken during the August 2012 celebration. The FBI report does not identify the mosque where the photograph was taken.

Tsarnaev and Matanov prayed at a mosque in Cambridge, Mass., the FBI report says, but Yusufi Vali, the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Boston that opened the mosque told ABC News there were no reports of the black flag of jihad being at the 2012 Eid holiday, or at any other time.

Related:

Massachusetts: Governor and the Muslim Brotherhood-linked mega mosque (video)

Boston Bombings And Mayor “Menino’s Mosque”

 

Massachusetts mayor demands State Dept stop sending Somali Muslim refugees to Springfield

via Massachusetts mayor demands State Department stop sending refugees to Springfield | Mail Online.

A Massachusetts mayor is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line.

Mayor Domenic Sarno is the latest mayor to decry refugee resettlement, joining counterparts in New Hampshire and Maine in largely rare tensions with the State Department, which helps resettle refugees in communities across America.

The mayor is drawing criticism from those who say this country has a moral obligation to help the outcast and refugees who say they’re being scapegoated for problems the city faced long before their arrival.

Sarno, leader of the state’s third-largest city, first demanded last summer that the U.S. government stop sending refugees. But after recent inspections found Somali families living in overcrowded, pest-infested apartments without electricity and sometimes heat, he stepped up complaints, saying resettlement agencies are bringing in ‘warm-weather’ refugees and dumping them into cold climates only to leave them dependent on the city.

‘I have enough urban issues to deal with. Enough is enough,’ Sarno said in an interview. ‘You can’t keep concentrating poverty on top of poverty.’

The refugee population in Springfield of about 1,500 – around 380 of them Somali – represents about 1 percent of the city’s total of 153,000. And a 2014 report by the U.S. government found that Massachusetts ranked third in the nation for refugee employment, with 73 percent of refugees enrolled in state programs finding work.

Madino Idoor, a 35-year-old Somali with seven children, spent 12 years in a refugee camp before coming to the U.S. in 2004. She works two jobs — one at Goodwill at Springfield and another as a dishwasher at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in nearby Westfield.

‘I can work hard and provide for my family,’ Idoor said. ‘I do not need for the mayor to worry about me.’

Federal funding of about $1,800 per person helps resettlement agencies assist refugees for as long as eight months, but Springfield argues that is not enough time for some refugees to adjust.

Great, let her repay the $1,800 for her and each of her seven children. ASAP.

New Video Defending Hirsi Ali, Exposing Brandeis Hypocrisy

via Brandeis Unbecoming: A New Video Defending Hirsi Ali, by Chloe Valdary. h/t Jawa

Student activist Chloe Valdary expresses her outrage at Brandeis President Lawrence’s hypocritical decision in a short video produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

Who will defend the others? It won’t be liberals or feminists.

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Dem Senator & Ambassador Claim Muslims Killing for Sharia State are Not Islamic

Or as Pat Dollard so eloquently titled it: Brain-Dead Dem Sen On Boko Haram: ‘Don’t Confuse It With Islam’.

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

The other dhimmi, Robert P. Jackson, is the United States Ambassador to Cameroon.

Nothing to do with Islam? Over 2,596 Nigerians killed in three months

Boko Haram, which means ‘No to western education,’ has shunned several moves by the government to broker peace with it. The group had demanded for, among other things, the enforcement of Sharia law in the Northern part of the country and the Islamisation of Northern Nigeria.

More refutation: Boko Haram and the Dynamics of Denial.

Adult-Onset Islam

Over at New English Review they have a new series of posts on Adult-Onset Islam.

via Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam, Academic Division: Sheik Abdal Hakim Murad

You can watch the Cambridge lecturer Abdal Hamid Murad– who was formerly Tim Winter, and still is when he writes reviews in the TLS on Islamic themes and wishes to hide or de-emphasize his parti pris – here.

He’s very pleased with his new identity. It gives his life meaning.

And see if you detect, in his eyes, in his gestures, in his mien,in  his delivery, in his words — that something-not-quite-rightness, that quality of teeter-tottering on or over the abyss of the unhinged that some may agree are exhibited by many, by most,by  practically all of those who suffer from adult-onset Islam (Academic Division).

And the second reported case,  From The Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam (Academic Division): Joseph E. B. Lumbard > New English Review.

Head of the Islamic studies program at Brandeis University, Assistant Professor Joseph E. B. Lumbard helped gather faculty support, especially in his own department and in the Judaic Studies Department (some complacently rallying happily to the cause of their besieged, afffronted, hurt “Muslim brothers” which could be cured only by preventing Ayaan Hirsi Ali from being given a degree ex grege eundem, but extra-grex she is and always willl be). You can find out more about him here.

Hirsi Ali: Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis

via Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis – WSJ.com.

On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being “Islamophobic.” Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver.

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning. Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories. Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration. All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali-book

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed. You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing. And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it. The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus.

I read an article recently that said many adults don’t remember much from before the age of 8. That means some of your earliest childhood memories may well be of that September morning simply known as “9/11.”

You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. And you are not the only ones. In Syria, at least 120,000 people have been killed, not simply in battle, but in wholesale massacres, in a civil war that is increasingly waged across a sectarian divide. Violence is escalating in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt. And far more than was the case when you were born, organized violence in the world today is disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

Another striking feature of the countries I have just named, and of the Middle East generally, is that violence against women is also increasing. In Saudi Arabia, there has been a noticeable rise in the practice of female genital mutilation. In Egypt, 99% of women report being sexually harassed and up to 80 sexual assaults occur in a single day.

Especially troubling is the way the status of women as second-class citizens is being cemented in legislation. In Iraq, a law is being proposed that lowers to 9 the legal age at which a girl can be forced into marriage. That same law would give a husband the right to deny his wife permission to leave the house.

Sadly, the list could go on. I hope I speak for many when I say that this is not the world that my generation meant to bequeath yours. When you were born, the West was jubilant, having defeated Soviet communism. An international coalition had forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. The next mission for American armed forces would be famine relief in my homeland of Somalia. There was no Department of Homeland Security, and few Americans talked about terrorism.

Two decades ago, not even the bleakest pessimist would have anticipated all that has gone wrong in the part of world where I grew up. After so many victories for feminism in the West, no one would have predicted that women’s basic human rights would actually be reduced in so many countries as the 20th century gave way to the 21st.

Today, however, I am going to predict a better future, because I believe that the pendulum has swung almost as far as it possibly can in the wrong direction.

When I see millions of women in Afghanistan defying threats from the Taliban and lining up to vote; when I see women in Saudi Arabia defying an absurd ban on female driving; and when I see Tunisian women celebrating the conviction of a group of policemen for a heinous gang rape, I feel more optimistic than I did a few years ago. The misnamed Arab Spring has been a revolution full of disappointments. But I believe it has created an opportunity for traditional forms of authority—including patriarchal authority—to be challenged, and even for the religious justifications for the oppression of women to be questioned.

Yet for that opportunity to be fulfilled, we in the West must provide the right kind of encouragement. Just as the city of Boston was once the cradle of a new ideal of liberty, we need to return to our roots by becoming once again a beacon of free thought and civility for the 21st century. When there is injustice, we need to speak out, not simply with condemnation, but with concrete actions.

One of the best places to do that is in our institutions of higher learning. We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged. I’m used to being shouted down on campuses, so I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today. I do not expect all of you to agree with me, but I very much appreciate your willingness to listen.

I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally. And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight.

The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored. We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

So I ask: Is the concept of holy war compatible with our ideal of religious toleration? Is it blasphemy—punishable by death—to question the applicability of certain seventh-century doctrines to our own era? Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform. I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.

Is such an argument inadmissible? It surely should not be at a university that was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, at a time when many American universities still imposed quotas on Jews.

The motto of Brandeis University is “Truth even unto its innermost parts.” That is my motto too. For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes.

 Ms. Hirsi Ali is the author of “Nomad: My Journey from Islam to America” (Free Press, 2010). She is a fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard’s Kennedy School and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Brandeis Caves to Muslim Brotherhood Groups, Cancels Honorary Degree to Ex-Muslim

An apostate who is critical of Islam is persona non grata to the Ikhwan. via Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Critic of Islam – NYTimes.com.

Facing growing criticism, Brandeis University said Tuesday that it had reversed course and would not award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women’s rights and a fierce critic of Islam, who has called the religion “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.”

“We cannot overlook that certain of her past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values,” the university said in a statement released eight days after it had announced that Ms. Hirsi Ali and four other people would be honored at its commencement on May 18.

Apparently then can overlook the nearly dozen members of CAIR convicted of terrorism or deported for terror support and have no problem hosting a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood-founded MSA on campus.

The university said that the president of Brandeis, Frederick M. Lawrence, discussed the matter with Ms. Hirsi Ali on Tuesday, and that she “is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue.” Universities consider it important to make a distinction between inviting a speaker who may air unpopular or provocative views that the institution does not endorse, and awarding an honorary degree, which is more akin to affirming the body of a recipient’s work.

Attempts to reach Ms. Hirsi Ali late Tuesday by email and telephone were unsuccessful.

At first, it was bloggers who noted and criticized the plan to honor Ms. Hirsi Ali, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Within a few days, a Brandeis student started an online petition against the decision at Change.org, drawing thousands of signatures. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy group, took note, contacting its members though email and social media, and urging them to complain to the university.

On Tuesday, a student newspaper, The Justice, reported on the controversy, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence, referring to Ms. Hirsi Ali as a “notorious Islamophobe.”

“She is one of the worst of the worst of the Islam haters in America, not only in America but worldwide,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the group, said in an interview on Tuesday. “I don’t assign any ill will to Brandeis. I think they just kind of got fooled a little bit.”

In its statement, Brandeis said, “For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of” Ms. Hirsi Ali’s record of anti-Islam statements, though those comments have been fairly widely publicized.

“You would think that someone at Brandeis would have learned to use Google,” said Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, who said he thought Brandeis had arrived at the right position: not awarding a degree, but welcoming Ms. Hirsi Ali to speak.

Having drawn fire for inviting Ms. Hirsi Ali, Brandeis may now take criticism from other camps, whether for disavowing Ms. Hirsi Ali’s views, or for giving in to Muslim activists.

Even some of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s critics say they understand her hostility to Islam, given her experiences, though they think she goes too far. A native of Somalia, she has written and spoken extensively of her experience as a Muslim girl in East Africa, including undergoing genital cutting, a practice she has vigorously opposed, and her family’s attempts to force her to marry a man against her wishes.

She moved to the Netherlands as a young woman, and she was later elected to the Dutch Parliament. She wrote the screenplay for “Submission,” a 2004 film critical of the treatment of Muslim women. Shortly after its release, the director, Theo van Gogh, was murdered on an Amsterdam street by a radical Islamist, who pinned to the victim’s body a threat to kill Ms. Hirsi Ali as well.

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More than 85 of about 350 faculty members at Brandeis signed a letter asking for Ali to be removed from the list of honorary degree recipients. And an online petition created Monday by students at the school of 5,800 had gathered thousands of signatures from inside and outside the university as of Tuesday afternoon.

“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.

So there you have it. Hamas-linked CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood-founded MSA can force a university to silence any critic of Islam. And the NY Crimes gets comment from Former PLO operative Rashid Khalidi.

Hirsi Ali responds: They simply wanted me to be silenced.

I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me — just a few hours before issuing a public statement — to say that such a decision had been made.

What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. The “spirit of free expression” referred to in the Brandeis statement has been stifled here, as my critics have achieved their objective of preventing me from addressing the graduating Class of 2014. Neither Brandeis nor my critics knew or even inquired as to what I might say. They simply wanted me to be silenced. I regret that very much.

Not content with a public disavowal, Brandeis has invited me “to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues.” Sadly, in words and deeds, the university has already spoken its piece. I have no wish to “engage” in such one-sided dialogue. I can only wish the Class of 2014 the best of luck — and hope that they will go forth to be better advocates for free expression and free thought than their alma mater.

More via …how to contact Brandeis:

…you can leave a message with the President, Fred Lawrence. He has a public Facebook page, on which I’ve left the following message (you have to “like” the page first)

 His email address is also publiclawrence@brandeis.edu, and you can find a general email contact form (a box to fill in) here.

 Also at @BrandeisU on Twitter.

Feds Searching for Jihad-Image Posting Female Friend of Boston Marathon Suspect

via Feds Searching for Friend of Boston Marathon Suspect, ‘Concern’ Over Chechnya Trip – ABC News.

U.S. counter-terrorism officials are attempting to track down a female friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber after she traveled to Chechnya last year and is believed to have since posted “alarming” jihadi imagery online, officials told ABC News.

Officials are concerned that Heda Umarova, 23, may have been radicalized to Islamist violence — allegedly just like her friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the April 15 bombings, and his brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a police shootout — and could pose a threat to Americans overseas because her U.S. passport allows easy foreign travel.

Umarova left Boston with her family in July with a round-trip ticket to visit relatives in their native Chechnya, but she failed to return to Massachusetts with her parents at the end of August. Her family told federal authorities and ABC News she stayed behind to get married after she met a man there during Ramadan.

Her younger brothers, Adam, 20, and Junes, 18, were already under suspicion by some investigators because of their online support for the Tsarnaev brothers and social media postings that included tweets with Dzhokhar a day before the blasts. A photo of Junes Umarov and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lighting fireworks appeared on one social networking site in January 2013, an ABC News investigation found.

“No one is calling Heda a terrorist but her travel has certainly garnered some attention. People are concerned that a 23-year-old is in Chechnya, a country that she fled from… and now she is deciding to stay on her own,” a ranking law enforcement source involved in the Boston Marathon investigation told ABC News. The source said that her decision to stay in Chechnya also raised eyebrows because, at least until she is married, she didn’t seem to have any “obvious means” of support.

“We were already concerned about the social media exchanged with her brothers, who remain on the radar, especially the younger brother Junes, who was Dzhokhar’s best friend,” the source added.

And now, sources said, the FBI has been monitoring Heda Umarova’s apparent Internet posts recently, which include depictions of Chechen jihadis brandishing weapons and a photo-shopped image of a U.S. passport in a carry-on bag bearing the black flag of jihad.

Heda and her brothers did not respond to multiple attempts by ABC News to reach them through their parents and social media to comment on the sources’ allegations.

In a brief interview at his family’s home last month, Heda’s father Hamzat Umarov told ABC News that he spoke to the “FBI and CIA” about the photographs but refused to talk about whether he believes his daughter is becoming radicalized.

“What does it mean, pictures? Pictures can be anywhere. It doesn’t mean anything, the pictures. We don’t want to talk about it. We talk with the FBI, everybody. The FBI came, CIA, everybody’s come,” he said.

Boston University Caves to Islamic Supremacist Demands

via OUR LIBRARY CAVED IN :: Reader comments at Daniel Pipes. h/t Atlas Shrugs who writes, “Remember this is Boston, as in the Boston Marathon bombing.”

Submitted by Anne (United States), Feb 10, 2014 at 14:00

I work at a university library in Boston, Mass., and books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System, not by title or “importance”. Muslim students (most of them from abroad) told administrators that they were offended because the Koran wasn’t given a place of honor on a top shelf, as dictated by Islamic law and custom.

Library staff were then ordered to shift entire sections of books in the stacks so that the Koran could be “honored” appropriately.

This is absurd; we do not live in a Muslim country, nor is ours a religious school. We treat the Koran, the Bible, Hindu texts, Buddhist texts, etc. with the same respect we show to all our books, yet Muslim students miss the point. Non-Muslims are expected to follow local custom when visiting Muslim countries, which is fine, yet many Muslims insist that their ways be followed in non-Muslim countries too.

Boston Marathon jihadist to face death penalty, mother “feels nothing”

After the state of the dictator propaganda speech, some well-timed terrorist news was overdue to boost Obama’s plunging approval rating.  via Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarsnaev to face death penalty, prosecutors say – Boston.com.

US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused in the Boston Marathon terror bombings in April that killed three people, injured more than 260 others, and sent a wave of shock and fear through the region.

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement.

Prosecutors notified a federal judge in Boston today of the decision.

“We support this decision and the trial team is prepared to move forward with the prosecution,” Boston US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in a statement.

Miriam Conrad, who is leading Tsarnaev’s defense team, had no comment.

US District Court George A. O’Toole Jr. had given prosecutors until Friday to make the decision. With the authorization, the US attorney’s office can move forward in requesting a trial date. The death penalty can also now be a factor in any plea negotiations.

Tsarnaev, 20, faces 30 federal charges for setting off the April 15 bombs that plunged the region into terror for five days, until his arrest in Watertown. His older brother and alleged accomplice, Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a firefight with police.

Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Martin Richard, 8, were killed in the blasts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also faces state charges in the fatal shooting of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, whom authorities say the brothers murdered as they tried to flee the area.

Prosecutors said in today’s filing with the court they would seek the death penalty for 17 of the charges Tsarnaev faces, and they would prove the following factors, as required by law: that the killings and injuries were intentional, that Tsarnaev willingly took part in the acts that resulted in death, and that he knew they could end in death.

The prosecutors also cited other factors that would allow for the death penalty: that death occurred during the commission of another crime, that the crime itself created a grave risk of death, that there was planning involved, that there were multiple killings and vulnerable victims, and that there was a “heinous, cruel and depraved manner of committing the offense.”

Prosecutors also cited several arguments that they weren’t required to make by law, including “betrayal of the United States,” and the selection of the Marathon as the site of the bombings.

Tsarnaev “enjoyed the freedoms of a United States citizen [then] betrayed his allegiance to the United States by killing and maiming people in the United States,” prosecutors said, adding that Tsarnaev had “demonstrated a lack of remorse.”

Prosecutors in federal cases where the death penalty is a possibility are required to decide at the outset whether to seek it. As attorney general, Holder held the ultimate authority to make the decision.

Prosecutors from Ortiz’s office and defense lawyers were allowed to file confidential recommendations to Holder in recent months, stating their arguments for and against the death penalty. Ortiz has not said what her recommendation was.

Ortiz said in her statement today that “the process by which this decision was made is confidential, and I will not comment further about that process other than to say that it entailed a careful and detailed consideration of the particular facts and circumstances of this case.”

Judge O’Toole has appointed four defense attorneys to represent Tsarnaev, including Judy Clarke, who specializes in death penalty cases.

If Tsarnaev is convicted, prosecutors would still have to present their arguments for the death penalty to a jury in a separate sentencing trial. Assistant US Attorney William D. Weinreb has said in previous court hearings that a trial could last three months, and that the separate sentencing trial could last an additional two months.


How does moms feel about that?

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“How can I feel about this? I feel nothing,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said in her native Russian. “I can tell you one thing, that I love my son. I will always feel proud of him. And I keep loving him.”

FBI puts Boston-area Muslim, Ahmad Abousamra, on Most Wanted Terrorists list

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via FBI puts former Boston-area man, Ahmad Abousamra, on Most Wanted Terrorists list – Boston.com.

A former Boston-area man who allegedly conspired with convicted terror plotter Tarek Mehanna has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, the federal agency’s terror-related version of its famous most-wanted criminal list.

Ahmad Abousamra, who may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his family, is facing federal indictaments in Boston from 2009 on charges that include conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.

A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

In a podcast released by the FBI, Lowell Police Sergeant Thomas Daly said that Abousamra “has shown that he wants to kill United States soldiers’’ and that he has made at least three trips overseas, seeking terrorist training so he could fight American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama is funding Syrian rebels (with our tax dollars) who want to kill U.S. soldiers too. Why isn’t he on the Most Wanted Terrorists list?

Daly, who is assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, said Abousamra has a “high-pitched voice that would distinguish him from others.’’

Abousamra and Mehanna were childhood friends who allegedly traveled together to Yemen in 2004 in a bid to join a terrorist training camp. But they couldn’t find one that would take them, the Globe reported in 2009.

The Globe also reported that Abousamra grew up in Stoughton and attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood for three years before graduating from Stoughton High School in 1999. He also attended Northeastern University.

While Abousamra has been able to elude authorities, Mehanna, who spent much of his youth in Sudbury, was charged and convicted in December 2011 in US District Court in Boston on charges of terror plotting and providing assistance to terror organizations. Mehanna is currently serving a 17½-year federal prison sentence.

The FBI last year announced the reward for Abousamra, but it has now intensified its focus on him by adding him to the most-wanted terrorist list, which has 30 people on it.

“We believe the international exposure the Most Wanted Terrorists List provides will assist the FBI in Abousamra’s apprehension and his return to the United States to face justice,’’ said Vincent S. Lisi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office.

Abousamra, 32, is of Syrian descent and has dual citizenship in the United States and Syria. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and has brown eyes. At the time he fled, he weighed approximately 170 pounds, and had a slim build and dark brown hair. He speaks, reads, and writes fluently in English and Arabic.

He has a number of known aliases, including: Ahmad Abou-Samra, Ahmad Abou, Ahmad Abou Samira, Ahmad Samra, Ahmad Abu Samra, and Ahmad Abou Samra.

Previous posts mentioning Abousamra here.

Brandeis and Syracuse halt ties with Al Quds after Islamic Jihad rally, Bard College (NY) doubles down

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The jihad being waged on college campuses is quite literal in some instances. All posts today will expose what’s happening in campuses across America. via After Brandeis and Syracuse, a US school decides to stay with Al-Quds | JPost

Bard College in New York, has announced it will continue its partnership despite rally held by Islamic Jihad at Al-Quds.

The US university with the closest ties to Al-Quds University, Bard College in New York, has announced it will continue its partnership, despite two other American colleges severing ties with the Palestinian school.

The decision by Bard – announced late on Friday in a statement to The Jerusalem Post – came only days after Brandeis University and Syracuse University formally ended their ties with Al- Quds, after a rally held by Islamic Jihad on the Al-Quds campus, which its president, Sari Nusseibeh, did not initially condemn.

In the days following Brandeis’s decision to end its ties with Al-Quds, divisions have emerged on the Massachusetts school’s campus about whether the university overreacted to images from the protest, which showed people in military garb trampling on Israeli flags near posters of suicide bombers.

The protesters held up their right hands in a Nazi-style salute, but observers have pointed out that such a salute does not necessarily connote Nazi allegiance.

After news broke of the rally, Brandeis publicly called on Al-Quds to condemn the protest, while Bard remained silent on the issue until asked for comment more than two weeks later.

School officials said Al- Quds has held private conversations with officials from both Brandeis and Bard in the past few weeks.

The events of the past week have surprised even one of the top American scholars on higher education institutions’ overseas expansions. Kevin Kinser, the chair of the department of educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, said the decision to fully sever ties between universities is extremely rare. He also said he was surprised by Bard’s decision not to criticize Al-Quds’s actions.

“It’s the kind of thing that you don’t see that often; for a US institution to take that kind of principled stand against a partnership with another institution,” he said, adding that the Nazi-style of the salutes is a “fairly extreme event that also ties directly to the foundation of Brandeis as originally a Jewish university.”

When notified of the Bard response, Kinser wrote in an email that “I would have expected a more forceful rejection of the protest itself.”

MoreWhat Americans Don’t Know About Palestinian Culture

The rally was organized by the Al Quds branch of the Islamic Jihad group (though it was joined by much of the rest of the student body that joined the jihadi storm troopers in marching on an Israeli flag) and followed two other demonstrations sponsored by Hamas to honor suicide bombers at the school.

…If much of the discussion about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on college campuses and throughout the rest of the American liberal world seem so skewed it is not just because Israel is often unfairly smeared as an “apartheid state.” It is also because many Americans simply don’t know the first thing about contemporary Palestinian culture.

But the point about campus activities at Al Quds is that there is nothing exceptional about large groups of students demonstrating their hate for Israel and their devotion not to Palestinian nationalism but its extreme Islamist adherents such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad that call for the death of Jews. Such groups are not just welcome at Palestinian schools but an essential part of the fabric of student life as well as the general culture.

Thus, the shock here is not that Brandeis (if not Bard) has been alerted to the true nature of their partner and even a respected front man like Nusseibeh. Rather, it’s that it never occurred to anyone in authority at Brandeis that this was the inevitable result of any cooperation with Al Quds.

To wit: Brandeis University’s Partnership With Hamas Linked, Al Quds University Underwritten By Ford Foundation

It is common knowledge among counter-terror experts that Al Quds is a hotbed of Hamas support and activity to extent that it hosts the Abu Jihad Martyrs Museum, a celebration of Palestinian terrorism.

According to a 2007 report by Palestinian Media Watch:

Al Quds hosts student branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad on campus.Campus activities honor terrorists, past and present.

Campus activities advocate terror as legitimate “resistance.”

Al Quds University property is used for Hamas assemblies.

Al Quds administration members join in terror group events on campus.

Al Quds university participates in and sponsors off campus activities honoring terrorists.

The liberal, jihad sympathizing indoctrination is filtering down to high schools and grade schools now as well.

Massachusetts: School texts teach Muslim propaganda incl Neil Armstrong converted to Islam

via School officials called out over anti-Israel materials in Newton, Mass. — JNS.org.

(JNS.org) A new advertising campaign in Boston-area newspapers calls out officials in the public school system of Newton, Mass., over the alleged presence of anti-Israel materials in those schools.

The Boston-based nonprofit Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) took out the ads in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Newton Tab, Boston Metro, and Jewish Advocate. The ads cover research by concerned parents and students that has revealed the presence of anti-Israel texts in Newton schools including “The Arab World Studies Notebook,” which claims that Israeli soldiers murdered hundreds of Palestinian nurses in Israeli prisons; “A Muslim Primer,” which claims that astronaut Neil Armstrong converted to Islam, but that the anti-Muslim U.S. government warned him “to keep his new religion to himself or he could be fired” from his government job; “Flashpoints: Guide to World History,” which asserts that Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, is the capital of Israel, and that Jerusalem is the capital of “Palestine”; and other materials.

Newton School Superintendent David Fleischman “tried to charge the taxpayers $1,600” for a list of the anti-Israel teaching materials, while Newton School Committee Chair Matt Hills “told staff not to let citizens see the offending materials,” according to the ads. Fleischman and Hills both did not immediately return requests from comment from JNS.org.

Charles Jacobs, the head of APT, told JNS.org that the ads are “getting enthusiastic response” in the form of calls to his organization and letters to Setti Warren, the mayor of Newton. Warren’s office did not immediately return a request for comment. Jacobs added that since the ads’ have circulated, parents have sent APT more materials on texts appearing in Newton schools, and that APT is considering another ad campaign based on those materials.

Why is it ok for public schools to teach Islamic propaganda that the first man on the moon was Muslim but racist to state that Barrack Hussein Obama – born to a Muslim father, given a Muslim name, adopted by a Muslim man, raised in an Islamic country attending Islamic schools is or was a Muslim?

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