Obama Treasury Won’t Certify Boston Bombings an ‘Act of Terrorism’

Why? The jihad wasn’t big enough. via US Treasury: Boston Marathon Bombings Were Not ‘Act of Terrorism’ – Boston.com.

The Boston Marathon bombing attacks have not been certified as an “act of terrorism” by the US Treasury, an important point holding up some insurance payments.

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which created federally-backed insurance in cases of damage due to terrorism. Some Boston businesses were among those that bought the insurance.

Those purchases became relevant after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. Of the 160 companies located near the marathon’s finish line that submitted insurance claims, just 14 percent had purchased terrorism insurance, Insurance Journal reported.

But as of March 2014, many of those that held terrorism insurance had their claims denied. Why? The Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew has not certified the attacks as an act of terrorism for these insurance purposes, a requirement under the wording of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).

“The Secretary has not determined that there has been an ‘act of terrorism’ under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act,” a Treasury spokesperson emailed on Thursday.

Part of the reason for that ruling has to do with the amount of monetary damage done by the bombing. Under the federal law’s wording, a destructive act cannot be certified as terrorism if insurance losses total less than $5 million in aggregate. As of March, the state’s largest property and casualty insurers had issued $1.9 million in bomb-related insurance claims, The Boston Globe reported, well below the required $5 million amount. In addition, compensation is not paid out unless the aggregate losses total more than $100 million, according to the statute.

Still, the lack of a payoff hasn’t stopped Bostonians from buying the terrorism insurance since the bombings. As Boston-based brokerage firm William Gallagher Associates told Insurance Journal, about 80 percent of small and midsized customers own terrorism coverage, a jump from 50 percent before the marathon bombings.

Since the marathon wasn’t really a workplace, maybe they’ll classify this as a roadside hazard.

Regardless, another contribution by Muslims in America: terrorism insurance.

Shutting the city down under armed martial law and violating the rights of citizens surely cost more than $5M.

h/t Moonbattery who reminds everyone:

ISIS wannabe Nidal Hasan’s shooting spree at Fort Hood was workplace violence, not Islamic terror. Now it appears that the Boston Marathon bombing wasn’t terror either…

 

Boston bombers’ mosque tied to ISIS, at least 8 known Muslim terrorists

Boston strong. via Boston bombers’ mosque tied to ISIS | New York Post.

By Paul Sperry

When it was revealed that the Boston Marathon bombers attended a Cambridge, Mass., mosque, its leaders were quick to disavow their actions.

Elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s ideology was not their own, the leaders of the Islamic Society mosque claimed. In fact, he was admonished for an extremist outburst he made during one sermon.

So, one crackpot in a congregation. Who can blame the mosque?

But what about eight — including a prominent member of ISIS?

As it turns out, worshippers at the Islamic Society have included:

  • Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder and first president who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison for plotting terrorism. In 2005, the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Alamoudi raised money for al Qaeda in the US.
  • Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT scientist-turned-al Qaeda agent, who in 2010 was sentenced to 86 years in prison for planning a New York chemical attack. Known as “Lady al Qaeda,” she is related to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. ISIS has tried to trade her release for journalist hostages.
  • Tarek Mehanna, who in 2012 got 17 years in prison for conspiring to use automatic weapons to murder shoppers in a suburban Boston mall.
  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a mosque trustee and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader banned from the US after issuing a fatwa that called for the killing of US soldiers.
  • Jamal Badawi, another former trustee who in 2007 was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plan to funnel more than $12 million to Palestinian suicide bombers.

Now it can be revealed that another regular worshipper at the Islamic Society mosque was Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the top propagandist for ISIS.

Abousamra’s father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son.

The FBI suspects Abousamra now operates ISIS’s sophisticated media wing promoting the group’s beheadings and other atrocities through slick videos posted on the Internet. The brutally effective English-language propaganda campaign has helped attract thousands of Western jihadists, including at least 300 Americans.

The FBI says Abousamra, 32, traveled to Pakistan and Yemen to train to kill Americans while enrolled at Boston colleges. He justified murdering civilians because “they paid taxes to support the government and were kufar [nonbelievers],” Boston FBI Agent Andrew Nambu testified in an affidavit.

Another agent, Heidi Williams, says Abousamra, who has a $50,000 bounty on his head, was inspired by the 9/11 attacks and, in fact, “celebrated it.”

A federal indictment says he even plotted to randomly gun down shoppers, then emergency responders, in a Boston mall. But when he couldn’t obtain the automatic weapons for the attack, he abandoned the plan and moved to Syria where he could enter Iraq and kill US soldiers as part of “violent jihad.”

Where did he learn his views about Islam and jihad?

The Islamic Society insists it’s moderate — that these extremists were fed by online forums. But Charles Jacobs, head of Boston’s Americans for Peace and Tolerance, says the mosque has hosted pro-jihad speakers and has stocked its library with classic jihadi texts — including writings by Osama bin Laden mentor Syed Qutb.

And Islamic Society leaders have openly defended their worshippers convicted of terrorism — including Siddiqui and Mehanna — despite overwhelming evidence against them. At their hearings and trials, officials have sought their release or lenient sentences. They have also held fund-raisers and rallies for the terrorists.

Recently, investigators found a mosque prayer card for Mehanna tucked in a Russian dictionary in Tsarnaev’s Cambridge apartment.

Abousamra’s father, Dr. Abdulbadi Abousamra, was president of the Islamic Center of New England mosques until 2007, when he moved to Detroit. The FBI began questioning his son a year earlier. As mosque president, internal documents show, Dr. Abousamra hired Hafiz Masood, brother of a known Pakistani terrorist, to be the imam of a mosque in Sharon, Mass., which his son also attended.

Dr. Abousamra, now chief of endocrinology at Wayne State University in Detroit, did not return e-mails and phone calls seeking comment.

As for the Islamic Society, it insists it isn’t preaching hate.

But how many terrorists does it take before people are convinced it isn’t a coincidence?

Paul Sperry is a Hoover Institution media fellow and author of “Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington.”


Many more Creeping Sharia posts on the Boston mosque here, including this one: Boston Bombings And Mayor “Menino’s Mosque”.

Well-educated Boston Muslim is ISIS social media guru (video)

Middle to upper class too – once again debunking the poverty/lack of education myth. via Blog: Feds seek Boston man as possible ISIS social media guru.

By Thomas Lifson

Yet another American is suspected of joining ISIS and using skills acquired in this country to advance the goal of a global caliphate. Ahmad Abousamra, a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with a degree related to computer technology, is suspected of being the social media manager of ISIS and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

Abousamra comes from a privileged background, and is likely to be highly intelligent. His father is an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the very top medical facilities in the world, while Abousamra managed to get on the Dean’s List at Northeastern, not the most competitive or prestigious schools in the vast universe of Boston higher education institutions, but a school that emphasizes work/study programs, and which attracts upwardly mobile strivers.

According to Michelle McPhee and Brian Ross of ABC News:

Abousamra’s life changed drastically in 2004 when prosecutors say he and co-conspirators traveled to the Middle East with the goal of fighting and killing Americans in Iraq.

Once abroad, two alleged co-conspirators of Abousamra’s, Tarek Mehanna and another unidentified individual, worked as effectively the “media wing” of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), a 2009 indictment against Abousamra and Mehanna says. AQI later would evolve into the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Both eventually returned to the U.S. where Mehanna was arrested and later convicted. But after Abousamra was questioned by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2006, he fled the country for Syria. He was charged with terrorism-related offenses in 2009, and in 2013 the FBI added Abousamra to its Most Wanted Terrorists list.

The senior law enforcement official said it appears now that Abousamra may have taken up a similar job with ISIS as his co-conspirators had for AQI. Abousamra, the FBI says, has a “college degree related to computer technology and was previously employed at a telecommunications company.”

“There continues to be a worldwide search for Abousamra and he will be pursued until he is found,” another official, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kieran Ramsey, told ABC News. The government offers a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

This kind of rejection of America, the country which took in his Syrian immigrant family and provided educational opportunity to Abousamra, is very troubling. There are hints in his background that he may have rebelled against his father or parents, for, as Corrine Lestch of the NY Daily News reports:

His father was a prominent endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and enrolled his son at the private Xaverian Brothers Catholic high school, where he made honor roll.

He was later on the Dean’s List as a student at Northeastern.

 

h/t Jawa Report who writes:

Ahmad Abousamra is a long time participant in the Cyber Jihad.

He is a long time associate of convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna, who still maintains that he’s, you know, totally innocent, convicted, he claims, of “thought crimes.”

 

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.

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