ISIS Complicating Al Franken’s Dem. Reelection Bid in Minnesota

“Look at what happens when WE show up. Look at what WE did in 2008. WE elected Al Franken” ~Asma Mohammed

“Look at what happens when WE show up. Look at what WE did in 2008. WE elected Al Franken” ~Asma Mohammed

via How ISIS Is Complicating Al Franken’s Reelection Bid – ABC News. h/t matheny

The threat posed by ISIS has invaded the campaign ads and speeches all across the U.S., but the issue has had special resonance in Minnesota where an unusual number of people have left to join the terrorist group.

More than a dozen of the nearly 100 Americans believed to have joined ISIS, including several women, hail from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, according to federal authorities. Many are recruited from the area’s large Somali population, but the recruits are not confined to Somalis.

Douglas McCain, the first American killed fighting for ISIS, was also a Minnesota native. McCain’s friend, Troy Kastigar, also died this year while fighting with ISIS.

Mike McFadden, the Republican Senate candidate in Minnesota, is aggressively seizing on the closer-to-home terror threat in his uphill quest to defeat Democrat Sen. Al Franken.

Hours after the release of the ISIS video showing the execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff on Sept. 2, McFadden blasted Franken for his support of the president’s “foreign policy blunders.”

He later said Franken was “asleep at the wheel” after the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on a federal grand jury investigation of an attempt to convince 20 to 30 Somali men to leave Minnesota and join ISIS.

“This is a very, very serious issue, and it has not received the attention from Sen. Franken it deserves,” McFadden told ABC News. “We’re sitting here today six years after Sen. Franken and President Obama were elected, and the world is a more dangerous place.”

And Franken has aligned himself with at least one leader of a campus MSA, pictured above. The MSA is a vile organization that holds Hitler Youth Week, supports Hamas and more. Watch.

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Obama Bans FBI from Using Religion in Identifying Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits in U.S. Mosques

Not only ISIS but al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Hamas, CAIR, etc. It’s prime recruiting ground for Democratic voter registration too. via The Investigative Project on Terrorism. h/t American Thinker

Judge Jeanine Pirro: And with me now, the founder of The Investigative Project, Steve Emerson. Alright Steve, ISIS has Americans worried. How justified are those fears?

Steve Emerson: Very justified. Look, Judge, the problem here is that it’s not just a regional issue. ISIS definitely is a threat in the region in the Middle East, it’s a threat to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, to Jordan, it’s a threat to Israel, they’ve made statements now they’re going to attack Israel, but they’re also a threat to the United States. There are nearly 300 to 400 American volunteers with U.S. passports now fighting for ISIS. They can return to the United States anytime they want. The FBI has been handcuffed in terms of investigating religious extremists in mosques, as a result of guidelines put out by the attorney general earlier this year. And so therefore, there is… a definite problem now in investigating those militants in the United States who are either recruiting for ISIS or have returned from Syria or Iraq having fought for ISIS, and are ready to carry out freelance or directed terrorist attacks on behalf of ISIS against the United States. That’s the first problem that we’re facing that’s not being met or being handled properly because of the constraints put on law enforcement by this administration.

Pirro: Tell me, Steve; tell the audience exactly what you mean by the restraints being put on the FBI by the Department of Justice.

Emerson: The FBI [has been constrained by] the Department of Justice [which] put out guidelines that restricted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from using religious factors in identifying threats, national security threats to the United States in the homeland. That is so if someone was a religious extremist, though they didn’t plot to carry out an attack, that [indicator] could not be factored into an investigation, into an intelligence investigation, into identifying them as a potential threat to the United States. Therefore, they [law enforcement] would have to wait until they actually plotted to carry out an attack. Well that’s too late. And unfortunately, what we’re seeing right now is the fact is that we’ve seen massive numbers, increasing numbers of volunteers going over not just from Europe, from Asia and Africa, but we’re seeing ISIS recruiting biophysicists, engineers, social media types, people who have expertise in really carrying out sophisticated terrorist attacks coming back to the United States. And look, if you remember 20-, I got an email from an FBI agent just yesterday, he said, ‘Steve, nobody remembers what happened in the 1980s when all the jihadists were recruited, went over to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets, then came back, and then what happened?’ In February, 1993 they plotted, they almost took down the World Trade Center bombing, [the World] Trade Center at that time; they didn’t, they failed, they [Al Qaeda] returned again in 2001. So the reality is, Judge, that with the handcuffs put on by this administration, there’s a disconnect between what we’re not doing against ISIS, [which is that] we should be decimating them. The president said it may take one, two, three years; we don’t have that kind of time to wait. Within three years –

Pirro: Steve, you know what’s amazing to me, I mean it’s just like the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston bombers, I mean you get, they’re telling us not once, but twice, these guys are terrorists. We’re letting them go in and out of the country, I mean and you know not calling the Fort Hood shooter a terrorist, but instead it’s workplace violence. Steve Emerson, really fast, these recruiters where are they going to get these potential jihadists, American jihadists?

Emerson: Well they’re going– I mean there’s one recruiter that [had been]… picked up [in the past], well identified, in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Al Farooq Mosque. There are recruiters going around the country in other mosques, where they identify potential volunteers. They test them out to see if they’re willing to die on behalf of martyrdom of the cause for Allah. Then they give them cash, they provide money for their families in case they die. They give them tickets to go to Turkey. Turkey has allowed them, hundreds, to go through to Syria, then to Iraq. And we [the U.S.] count Turkey as one of our top allies. We haven’t put [many of] them on the terrorism watch list, which we should. So there’s a major disconnect, Judge, here between what we should be doing to protect the homeland protect American citizens versus what the president is doing, in not stopping ISIS on the ground in Iraq, versus what he’s not doing here in the homeland itself.


 Commandeer in Chief:

Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles focus of govt plan to slow ‘U.S.-Jihad pipeline’

As we suggested in a previous post, this is less about stemming the flow of jihadis as it is a distribution of more resources to Muslims and Muslim groups…who won’t do a damn thing about stopping imams from preaching jihad or Muslims from going to wage jihad. via Boston a focus of government’s crackdown on ‘U.S.-Jihad pipeline’

 The federal government is targeting Boston and two other American cities to shut down what they are calling the U.S.-Jihad pipeline to ISIS in an attempt to stop Americans from joining the terrorist organization, ABC News reported Monday.

Efforts to shut down the pipeline will focus on Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles; cities from where a number of young recruits for ISIS training originated.

Ahmad Abousamra, a dual American-Syrian citizen, who was born in France but grew up in Stoughton and attended Xaverian Brothers Catholic High School in Westwood before transferring to Stoughton High School during his senior year.

Abousamra has been on the run from the FBI for years, and is suspected of joining ISIS and using his computer skills to spread ISIS’ messages on social media, according to ABC News.

ISIS released new videos in which they are calling on Muslims to kill people in countries that belong to the anti-ISIS, United States-led coalition.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or Canadian or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,’ an ISIS spokesman said.

U.S. officials said Monday that confronting the threat from ISIS is now of the highest urgency, ABC News’s Brian Ross reported.

“We are working very closely with our international partners to try and mitigate this threat,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “And to try and keep eyes on individuals and to monitor their movements.”

Out of the other side of their mouth, they are importing thousands of Muslims of which there are undoubtedly jihadis and certainly sharia supporters.

Fewer Muslims and fewer mosques and deportation of entire clans is the only way to reduce the jihadi flow from America.

PS: Today is National Voter Registration day. Most readers here are likely registered but make it your duty to get at least five of your friends, colleagues or strangers to register. As much as you dislike the options, we must leverage the system. Use the link or one find your local city/state voter registration website.

Minnesota: Muslim Group Pushes for Taxpayer-funded Sharia-Compliant Food Bank

Islamic beggars can’t be choosers. But they are. Demanding free food that meets sharia standards. via Somali Group Pushes For Non-Pork Food Shelf « CBS Minnesota.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger.

But many in the Somali-American community say finding a food shelf that caters to their religious dietary restrictions is almost impossible.

“Some food shelves are trying to meet the need, but some of them already got canned beans that have already been mixed with pork — and there is a literacy issue here,” said community activist Fartun Weli.

A group of first-generation Somali Americans says they need help in developing a food shelf that specializes in healthy foods that do not contain pork or pork byproducts.

“It’s about human rights also, basic human rights to get the proper food and also healthy food,” said Imam Hassan Mohamud.

With signs in hand, they marched to the Hennepin County commissioners’ office to ask Peter McLaughlin for help. Most live in his district and feel he can help them help themselves.

McLaughlin and the group disagree over the availability of halal or kosher food at food shelves in Minnesota.

He did say they would need to petition all county commissioners for the money to make this food shelf a reality.

“The place to deal with this is going to be within the budget … our budget for next year,” McLaughlin said.

To get the food shelf up and running will cost $150,000, but McLaughlin says there is no plan on how much would be needed to sustain it.

The group hopes to present a proposal to the county commissioners during its budget meeting on Nov 13.

We suspect that the numbers of Somali’s easily trumps the numbers of Iraqi imports who are unemployed, refuse to integrate into American society and simply live of the tax dollars stolen from working Americans. And we know Somali Muslims are prime candidates for waging jihad.

 In a previous Taxation for Islamization installment, we told you the massive government waste Farm Bill included amendment ensuring halal food for poor Muslims (and kosher for Jews).

 

Minnesota: At least three young Muslim women left U.S. to aid ISIS jihadis

At least three should never be allowed to return to the U.S. And at least one mosque shut down. via At least three young Minnesota women have traveled to Syria to aid ISIS jihidis | Mail Online.

At least three young Minnesota women are now believed to have traveled to Syria to give aid to the ISIS terror group responsible for the brutal beheadings of American journalists, MailOnline has learned.

The trio left some three weeks ago, Omar Jamal, a leader of the Somali community in the state capital, St. Paul, tells MailOnline. They said they intended to become nurses tending to fighters injured in ISIS’ violent surge in Syria and Iraq.

The news comes as 19-year-old suburban Denver woman Shannon Conley who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty to trying to help the Islamic State militant group in Syria.

The case of one of the Minnesota girls, a 19-year-old, has already been widely reported, after the girl’s family called the FBI, but Jamal said he believes at least two more girls have gone to the Middle East hotspot.

‘Their identity is not known because their families have not contacted the authorities,’ said Jamal. ‘They have gone to Syria but as there are no official reports of them we do not know who they are.’

The shocking new revelation comes as MailOnline can reveal that the FBI has subpoenaed the 19-year-old girl’s family to appear before a Grand Jury later this month, as authorities attempt to discover who bought her ticket, gave her money and provided her with a false passport.

There is no suggestion that the family is under criminal investigation, said one law enforcement source with knowledge of the subpoena.

‘They are looking for evidence on exactly what the family knows,’ said the source. Included in the subpoena is a demand for cell phone records as the girl called her brother from Turkey and later, after she crossed the border, from Syria.

However, Jamal said the girl’s family is worried about what may happen at the Grand Jury hearing and feels ‘betrayed’ by the FBI’s action as it believed it had done the right thing by contacting authorities in the first place while the families of the two unidentified girls do not have to appear.

FBI’s Minnesota spokesman Kyle Loven told MailOnline he ‘is not in a position to comment’ on the subpoena because the case of the missing girl is an ongoing investigation. ‘I cannot confirm and will not deny its existence,’ he said.

The teen, who turns 20 next month, was about to start nursing classes at St. Paul College but decided to leave to give aid to wounded fighters. Jamal said he is sure she will not be placed into front line battle but it is possible she would be married off to one of the ISIS fighters.

She is the middle of five children brought up by a single Somali mother, living off St. Paul’s Selby Avenue.

She had recently started taking classes at al-Farook Youth and Family Center in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, said Bob Fletcher, a former sheriff in St. Paul, who has dedicated himself to helping the Twin Cities’ large Somali community since being defeated in an election in 2010.

Al-Farook has been at the center of claims that Amir Meshal, an alleged recruiter for ISIS, had been talking to youngsters on its site. The mosque kicked the New Jersey-born man off campus, but now the Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox TV station has raised questions of whether Meshal is actually an FBI mole rather than an ISIS recruiter.

‘What we don’t know is whether al-Farook is part of the problem or part of the solution right now,’ said Jamal. ‘And who is Amir Meschal? Where did he come from? Did he recruit these girls?’

Meshal sued the FBI in federal court in 2009 claiming he was tortured and held for four months in three different countries after being apprehended crossing the Somali border into Kenya.

The young woman who is known to have gone to Syria traveled on a ‘borrowed’ passport. However the passport holder did not report it was missing until the girl had already entered Syria, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

In the family’s only comments, a male relative asked in the Star-Tribune: ‘How many more kids have to die before we do something about it?

‘Those animals who are taking our children are what we’re concerned about. We love this country more than anything else. I love America. We don’t want to see anything bad happen here. This is the most dangerous thing happening to this country.’

Islamophobe.

Despite the violent imagery, Fletcher, the retired sheriff, said recruitment to ISIS is appealing to young Muslims because they get the feeling they are in at the start of something new, an Islamic state, hat they believe can offer them a future they fail to see in America.

‘Many Somalis are struggling as their transition to the American life has been difficult. They have been here a shorter time than most immigrants and their arrival coincided with a downturn in the economy so many have not been able to find work.

You know who’s not struggling? The Catholic Charities and other organizations who make tens of millions of dollars importing jihad and sharia supporters, knowing there are no jobs and no future for most of them.

‘Many also came here without fathers, who had either been killed in the war or did not make the trip, so on occasion the extremist religious leader becomes their father-figure.’

Extremist religious leaders in America? Where? Again, shut the mosque down. Deport the imams.

He said that going to be a nurse in an ISIS stronghold like Raqqa in northern Syria is also attractive because it is portrayed as relatively stable away from the frontline battle and a place where volunteers can start to build the infrastructure of a new city.

 

Muslim Terror Group al-Shabaab Video Seeks Recruits in Minnesota

The Islamic terror group that Obama elevated in status and has grown under Obama’s watch. via Al-Shabaab Video Seeks Recruits in Minnesota :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism. by John Rossomando

Al-Shabaab, al-Qaida’s Somali affiliate, wants Muslims from Minnesota to sign up. A new video released last week by the terrorist group’s media arm, the Al-Kataib Foundation, urges Minnesotans along with jihadists from Great Britain, Germany and other non-Muslim nations to join its jihad.

Four Somali fighters appear in the video with their faces digitally obscured sitting while sitting with their AK-47s.

“Those that are living in the U.S., especially Minnesota, Great Britain, Germany and many parts of the kuffar (unbelieving) world, you have a decision to make today,” one of the fighters says in slightly accented English.

Al-Shabaab already attracted numerous foreign Muslims from abroad to its ranks, including British-born Samantha Lewthwaite, aka the “White Widow,” and Omar Shafik Hammami (AKA Abu Mansour al-Amriki), an American-born jihadist. Hammami, an Alabama native and Muslim convert, served as a leading propagandist for the group before being killed in September 2013.

At least 40 Americans, mostly from the Minneapolis area, have joined the terrorist group, along with 20 to 25 Canadians.

Several Americans died fighting for the terrorist group – including one as a suicide bomber.

“If you choose to not make this decision and not answer the call of Allah, note that there is a clear evidence against you on the day of judgment in the court of Allah,” the man in the video said. “For what are you still living in Dar al-kuffar [Land of disbelief] for? Is it the schools, the jobs and the settlements you have? Know that this world is only temporary and the hereafter is eternal.

“So save your souls from the great punishment of Allah … and make Hijrah,” he continues. “Come join us.”

In a direct verbal attack against the United States, the masked man reminds Americans of the defeat they suffered in Mogadishu in 1993 when the bodies of their soldiers were dragged through the streets.

He also celebrates last year’s attack against the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya that left 67 people dead. U.S. forces launched a drone attack against Al-Shabaab Tuesday in an effort to kill the Ahmed Abdi Godane, the group’s leader widely believed to have been behind the mall attack.

“Know that our war against you is not based on geographical borders or securing tiny strips of land, but between truth and falsehood” the masked man said. “You should know that this war will continue until the last drop of your blood is spilled.”

Minnesota: Muslim Teen Girl from St. Paul Left to Join ISIS

As we told you earlier in the week in this post: Dozen Muslims from Twin Cities fighting with ISIS, teen girl recruited last week

via St. Paul Woman Leaves Minnesota to Fight for ISIS | KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The latest person to leave Minnesota and travel to Syria to fight for ISIS is a 19-year-old Somali woman who had been living in St. Paul. It’s a troubling development considering recruiting in Somali communities has been limited to men in the past. Now, women appear to be the new targets.

Kyle Loven with the FBI in Minnesota says the Bureau is working closely with the local Somali community to prevent this from happening.

“We are very actively engaged within the Somali community,” Loven said. “We’re engaged with religious leaders. We’re engaged with community leaders, and we’re engaged with concerned members of the public who are abhorred by what they see with respect to their young people and want to put a stop to it.”

The FBI says their investigation is ongoing, and they continue to look for connections between the young people on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul and ISIS in Syria. The community is trying to help.

The FBI is failing Americans. They claimed to have halted jihad recruiting in Minnesota years ago, but the jihadi pipeline appears stronger than ever.

CAIR flyer advising Muslims not to work with FBI

CAIR flyer advising Muslims not to work with FBI

Little Mogadishu is just like the real Mogadishu. Full of jihad sympathisers, full of jihad preaching imams, and full of slick suit-and-tie Muslims who lie to law enforcement and the media. More via Latest ISIS Recruit From Minn. Is A 19-Year-Old Woman

Somali-American leaders say they know of at least two other young women who have also left, and they believe at least 15 Minnesotans are among at least 100 Americans who have joined ISIS from around the world.

No one is quite sure when the 19-year-old woman left Minnesota for Syria. Two weeks ago distraught family members reached out to community activist Abdi Bihi.

“They told me they were missing a young girl for about a week, and that young girl made a call to them from, allegedly, Egypt,” Bihi said.

The next night, the family got another call.

“They told me that she called from Syria,” Bihi said. “She basically told them that she’s going to help the wounded in the war as a nurse.”

Nurse, jihadist, sex slave?

The family members have reported what they know to the FBI, but that they have no idea when or how she was recruited.

Bihi said someone on the ground in Minnesota is giving these young people money.

“Somebody in here is buying a ticket these children cannot afford,” Bihi said. “They do not know where Syria is, someone is guiding them.”

Bihi believes ISIS is luring some recruits with a sophisticated media campaign.

That campaign is led by a well-educated affluent Muslim from Boston.

And as usual, the latest Muslim contribution to America – more Islamic terrorism – will lead to a loss of liberty for Americans. via Mpls. City Council Member Demands Answers about Military Helicopter Training

The training went on for four nights in both downtowns, scaring and angering more than a few neighbors. The helicopters came without warning, and under cover of darkness.

“There were a lot of black choppers running around the city. It was like an action movie. Nobody knew what was going on,” said Marcus Naramore, who lives in downtown Minneapolis.

Several military helicopters spent hours slicing and dicing their way through the Minneapolis and St. Paul skylines.

The training exercises raised questions from all corners. That now includes the Minneapolis city council.

“I think the one question that came out of it was, ‘Why didn’t we know?'” said Minneapolis council member Blong Yang, the chair of the public safety committee.

It’s no coincidence that the St. Paul-Minneapolis area is ground zero for Islamic jihad recruitment in the U.S.

Obama has yet to ban Muslim jihadis from returning to the U.S.

In fact, they won’t even arrest Muslims who admit attending jihad training camps, as the link below details.

Fox 9 has learned some of the travelers to Syria for ISIS had occasionally attended Al-Farooq, including a 19-year old St. Paul girl who left for Syria two weeks ago.

Could this be a second Muslim teen girl who left for ISIS? Police Search For Missing Faribault Teen

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