Detroit: Muslim cleric popular with ISIS terrorists faces new restrictions

Apparently preaching jihad and communicating with Muslim terrorists is not a violation of his probation. via Cleric popular with militants faces new restrictions. h/t Atlas Shrugs who asks: How many more imams are advocating for jihad in the cause of Islam? We ask, how many imams aren’t?

DETROIT — A federal judge has cracked down on the travel and computer activities of a Dearborn cleric popular worldwide with ISIS, the extremist militant group that announced last week the formation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered that Ahmad Jebril, 43, stay within the eastern half of Michigan and tell his probation officer about his activity on social media accounts, if requested.

(Photo: U.S. Probation Office for Eastern District of Michigan)

(Photo: U.S. Probation Office for Eastern District of Michigan)

Jebril, who is on probation until March after serving 6½ years in prison on fraud convictions, has become the most popular religious figure for Western fighters flocking to Syria to battle its government — and continues to gain fans online who sympathize with ISIS, the group that now calls itself the Islamic State.

The group has drawn increasing concern since it seized control of Mosul, Iraq, and declared last week an Islamic caliphate, telling Muslims around the world to come and support them. The Islamic State also is active in Syria; al-Qaida distanced itself from the group ISIS in February, saying it was too extreme.

The court order doesn’t restrict what Jebril can say online but requires him to get approval to use any computer equipment and to hand over his passwords for all accounts, among other restrictions. Rosen wrote that there will be zero tolerance of any infractions.

Rosen’s June 5 order came after a probation report in May that said Jebril violated the terms of his probation by lying about the location of a post office box in Dearborn Heights and not telling authorities he was speaking in November at two universities and a mosque in North Carolina.

The probation report, filed the week after a Detroit Free Press report detailed how Jebril is popular with Western fighters with the militant group ISIS, also noted that Jebril told his probation officer he was going to Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 21-23, 2013, “for a short vacation to visit friends.”

But the probation officer found out he was instead visiting to speak about Islam at East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and the Islamic Association of Raleigh. The officer said Jebril was unable to prove who paid for his trips.

The Islamic Association of Raleigh has been a source of jihad and terror for nearly three decades.

Rosen’s order now requires Jebril to be monitored using GPS technology.

The order also said Jebril “shall only access a computer approved by the U.S. Probation Department” and can be subjected to searches of his home and vehicles.

Among the Western fighters surveyed, 52% of Jebril’s followers on Twitter are with ISIS, and 56% of his Facebook likes are with the group, according to the report.

“He has been directly in touch with a number of foreign fighters, even with the families of fallen foreign fighters,” said Peter Neumann, a professor of security studies at King’s College in London who is director of the International Centre and one of three authors of the report.

In December, Jebril sent a direct message on Twitter to a family member of an ISIS fighter from England killed in Syria.

“When I read of him today, it made we weep,” Jebril wrote.

 

Video: Radical Islam in North Carolina

via Rowan Free Press h/t Diane

Dave Gaubatz speaks about Radical Islam in North Carolina.

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North Carolina: Muslim arrested, stabbed wife to death

Honor killing? via Rocky Mount man charged in wife’s death :: WRAL.com. h/t Diversity’s Darkside

Rocky Mount, N.C. — A man faces a first-degree murder charge after he allegedly stabbed his wife to death at their Rocky Mount home over the weekend, police said Monday.

Jihad Hamdan, 26, surrendered to authorities Saturday night after police were called to a condominium at 244 Pintail Lane, where they found Alia Harvi Odeh, 23, stabbed.

Investigators said the couple was married but “apart” at the time of the stabbing. They have not released a motive for the crime.

If they were apart, was he feeling shamed? Was this an Islamic honor killing? Will cops even entertain the possibility?

Sources say police responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home Friday night, and neighbors said they heard screams around 10 p.m. Saturday from who they believe was Odeh’s mother.

“We started hearing yelling – it sounded female – and my husband got up and looked out the front door and noticed that – I believe it was the young lady’s mother yelling hysterical,” said Sally Jones, who lives next to the couple.

Jones said the couple and their three young children moved into the home about six months ago and that the family was nice and pleasant.

Neighbors said they believe the children – all under age 6 – were home at the time of the crime.

Hamdan, who was being held without bond in the Nash County Jail Monday, worked at a local convenience store with his wife’s brother.

The brother said Monday that he was unaware of any marital problems and that he never knew Hamdan to be violent with his sister.

One of Odeh’s last Facebook posts in January asked friends: “If I died tomorrow, what is the one thing you would always remember about me?”

Her husband’s response: “Your beautiful heart. I love you always and forever, you’re my first love and my everything.”

North Carolina: Appeals court upholds terrorism convictions of 3 Muslims

via Appeals court upholds NC terrorism convictions :: WRAL.com.

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the convictions of three members of a North Carolina terror ring who plotted to attack the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., and targets abroad.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Hysen Sherifi and Ziyad Yaghi were convicted in 2011 after two FBI informants testified that they were part of a home-grown terror group that raised money, stockpiled weapons, took trips overseas and trained for jihadist attacks against perceived enemies of Islam. They were given prison terms ranging from 15 years to 45 years.

On appeal, the men argued that they never conspired to actually commit terrorist acts — they only talked about their beliefs, and such expression is protected by the First Amendment.

“Of course, their argument ignores that the jury found — as it was required to do in order to convict — that the appellants had, in fact, agreed to take action in furtherance of violent jihad,” appeals court Judge Robert King wrote in the unanimous opinion.

“Their convictions rest not only on their agreement to join one another in a common terrorist scheme, but also on a series of calculated overt acts in furtherance of that scheme,” King wrote.

Sherifi’s attorney, John Clark Fischer, said he disagreed with the court’s conclusion and expects to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We’ll see if the Supreme Court is interested in deciding the difference between talk and action,” he said.

Fischer, who described his client as “a terrorist wannabe,” said he believes attorneys for the other men also are likely to appeal. Those lawyers did not immediately return telephone messages.

The appeals court also found no merit in a claim that evidence against the men was insufficient.

“The evidence, though largely circumstantial, was nevertheless substantial,” the court said. “That evidence readily supports the determination that a rational finder of fact could (and in fact did) deem the evidence adequate to support each conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Yaghi was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas. Sherifi was convicted of both crimes, two counts of firearms possession, and conspiracy to kill federal officers or employees for plotting the Quantico attack. Hassan was convicted of providing material support to terrorists, but acquitted of a charge of conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas.

Sherifi was sentenced to 45 years in prison; Yaghi got nearly 32 years; and Hassan was sentenced to 15 years. They argued that the sentences were unreasonable, but the appeals court disagreed.

 WRAL forgets to mention this about Sherifi:

A judge gave four life sentences Friday to a man already facing decades in federal prison for his role in a North Carolina terror plot.

Hysen Sherifi lectured federal Judge Earl Britt about Islamic teachings and warned the judge he faced damnation at his sentencing hearing.

After Sherifi was convicted, prosecutors say he convinced his brother Shkumbin and former special education teacher Nevine Aly Elshiekh to help behead three confidential informants from his trial. He also wanted a fourth man killed who he said had defrauded his family out of more than $30,000.

Before Hysen Sherifi was sentenced, he lectured the judge about Islamic teachings.

Read more at North Carolina: 3 Muslims sentenced in plot to behead terror witnesses

North Carolina: Muslim arrested en route to Syrian jihad caught via FBI honeypot

An update to this post, via RALEIGH: Judge sets July trial for Cary man accused of attempting to aid terrorists | Crime | NewsObserver.com.

RALEIGH — Old-fashioned, gumshoe sleuthing was not what led the FBI to a Cary man accused of trying to aid an al-Qaida-linked militant group attempting to topple the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria.

Prosecutors said Friday that federal agents became suspicious of Basit Javed Sheikh, the 29-year-old awaiting trial on terror-related charges, only after he contacted an FBI-run Facebook page disguised as a forum for extreme Muslim views.

Sheikh was in federal court Friday in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle.

A Pakistan native who is classified as a lawful permanent resident in this country, Sheikh has been imprisoned since early November when he was arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Federal agents contend that Sheikh was on his way to Turkey, where he hoped to join up with Jabhat al-Nusra, a rebel force fighting Assad’s troops in the Syrian civil war. The U.S. government has declared Jabhat al-Nursa a terrorist organization, and over the past year has charged at least three U.S. residents with attempting to join the group also known as the Nusra Front.

Prosecutors proposed a trial schedule on Friday that was rejected by Boyle as too protracted. Boyle settled on July, a couple of months earlier than prosecutors had hoped, and urged the lawyers to fit their exchange of information and any plea negotiations into that time frame.

“It’s my opinion that a matter of sensitive national security needs to go to the front of the line, not the back of the line, for the court’s attention,” Boyle said.

Prosecutors had asked for more time so the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and other law enforcement organizations from around the globe could go through their data and intelligence.

Prosecutor Jason Kellhofer said the organizations needed time to comb their files with an eye toward protecting their intelligence-gathering methods and any sources who might be compromised if the information were revealed.

If they caught him on a honey pot website, what exactly do they need to comb through? The files on all Americans who are having their 4th Amendment rights violated all day every day?

After the arrest the U.S. attorney was busy pandering and defending Islam by reaching out to an al Qaeda recruited and trained Muslim.

North Carolina: U.S. attorney panders, defends Islam after another jihadist caught

An update on yesterday’s news of yet another Muslim living in North Carolina arrested on terror charges. That’s about a dozen in the last few years and the U.S. attorney there is bending over backwards to defend Islam. 

Worse, they are expanding outreach to terror-linked Muslims in the area and one Muslim in particular who was trained by Osama bin Laden’s mentor.

via RALEIGH: Cary man charged with attempting to aid terrorist group | Crime | NewsObserver.com.

Thomas Walker, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, which includes Wake County, stressed Monday that “this is an indictment for an individual for individual conduct, and should in no way be seen as a charge against anyone else.”

For the past year and a half, federal agents across the state have reached out to Muslim leaders in the Triangle and beyond in an effort to build a bridge of trust.

Khalilah Sabra, director of Immigration and Civil Rights at the Muslim American Public Affairs Council, confirmed Monday that federal agents had reached out to Muslims in the Triangle to try to foster a new mutual understanding, and to talk about the U.S. State Department’s list of suspected terror groups.

Why are federal agents reaching out to Khalilah Sabra? Shewas recruited and trained by Abdullah Azzam – the godfather of jihad and Osama bin Laden’s mentor, she was the Spokeswoman for the convicted ringleader of the Triangle 8 Jihadists, and she calls bin Laden a “Visionary”

Furthermore, Sabra works for a known Muslim Brotherhood entity so there is little doubt her conversations with federal agents are urging the removal of Hamas and possibly other Islamic groups from the terror list.

“From what I understand about the most recent case, it is an isolated incident,” Sabra said Monday.

The agents have been trying, in part, to defuse an atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust that developed in the local Muslim community following the arrests in 2009 of what prosecutors described as a home-grown terror cell based in Johnston County.

Muslims were caught plotting jihad and the feds are trying to defuse Muslim distrust? Every American alive should distrust Muslims pledge allegiance to the Koran and refuse to denounce sharia law and jihad.

Federal prosecutors contended that agents found almost two dozen weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition on the home of Daniel Patrick Boyd. A group of eight men were accused of trying to commit terror overseas and at a Marines base near Washington, D.C.

The case highlighted the government’s increasing use of confidential informants to build a slew of domestic terror cases since 9/11 that result in convictions, but raise questions for some Muslims about who they can trust.

Seven of the eight accused in that case are in prison now on a range of charges that include conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

There were also 3 Muslims sentenced in plot to behead terror witnesses in North Carolina. Mosques in North Carolina have been preaching jihad for decades. Isolate that.

North Carolina: Governor allows anti-sharia bill to become law

via N.C. governor allows anti-Shariah bill to become law

North Carolina became the seventh state to prohibit its judges from considering Islamic law after Gov. Pat McCrory allowed the bill to become law without formally signing it.

Muslims across North Carolina, with help from national organizations, are working feverishly to get Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that protect its citizens from the application of “foreign law.”

McCrory, a Republican, called the law “unnecessary,” but declined to veto it. The bill became law on Sunday (Aug. 25).

The state joins Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

It is not law in Oklahoma.

Supporters hailed the bill as an important safeguard that protects the American legal system from foreign laws that are incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, while critics argued that the bill’s only purpose is to whip-up anti Muslim hatred because the Constitution already overrides foreign laws.

“The intent behind this law is bigoted and it is intended to alienate the Muslim community,” said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte.

The North Carolina ban is limited to family law; bans in other states are broader, applying to commercial law, contract law and other types of laws.

Lawyers specializing in Islamic law said such legislation could make it harder for Muslim women married in Islamic countries under Shariah law to obtain alimony and child support payments because husbands will be able to argue they were never married. Judges will be prohibited from recognizing those Shariah marriage contracts.

“These bogus attempts to defile Islam have a negative effect on Muslim youth who feel marginalized and discriminated against,” said Khalilah Sabra, executive director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Muslim American Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.

In Missouri, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a similar anti-Shariah bill in June. Lawmakers there have until September to mount an override effort.

So let’s take a brief look at the two Muslims the media chose for comment on this bill. First, Jihad Jibril Hough recently said:

CBN News asked another Muslim convert from North Carolina whether his loyalty came first to Islam or to America.

My loyalty first is to Islam,” answered Jibril Hough.

And Khalilah Sabra, who was recently the spokeswoman for the leader of the North Carolina jihad cell. She Osama bin Laden a “Visionary”.

In high school, she invited a communist to speak to her Roman Catholic high school class. After graduating, she met a group of Muslims at the local mall. One month later — and much to her late parents’ chagrin — Christina converted to Islam and became Khalilah.

She soon met Muslims from Sudan, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East at a mosque near UCLA, and her eyes were opened to the cultural and historical circumstances of Muslims around the world. In 1988, Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, the godfather of jihad and onetime mentor to Osama bin Laden, spoke at her mosque.

Azzam came to the United States to recruit fighters and humanitarian volunteers to help the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in its war against the Soviet invaders. A charismatic leader, he was at the time supported by the U.S. government. Sabra was impressed and eventually agreed to go with him to Afghanistan.

How about a law banning those who abide by or espouse sharia law?

North Carolina Senate passes bill banning sharia law

via RALEIGH: NC Senate passes ‘Sharia law’ bill | State Politics | NewsObserver.com.

RALEIGH — The state Senate on Friday passed a bill that would keep courts from recognizing Sharia law.

While proponents of the legislation said it would keep people safe from foreign laws, critics derided the bill as sending a message of intolerance and bigotry to followers of Islam.

The Senate had already approved the measure when it was attached to a controversial measure that would impose stricter regulations on abortion providers in the state. But the foreign law provision wasn’t sufficiently critiqued because abortion overwhelmed the floor debate, said Sen. Floyd McKissick, a Democrat from Durham.

Now called House Bill 522, the provision’s contents haven’t changed. It reminds judges that the U.S. and N.C. constitutions are the law of the land and no foreign law can supersede them. Sometimes international laws are used in court as evidence before a judge, or in written opinions. But this bill would stop judges from considering foreign law when it violates a citizen’s constitutional rights.

“Unfortunately we have judges from time to time … that sometimes seem to forget what the supreme law of the land is, and sometimes make improper rulings,” said Sen. E.S. “Buck” Newton, a Wilson Republican and the legislation’s Senate sponsor.

Though the bill doesn’t specifically mention it, Newton was clear during Friday’s session that the legislation targets Sharia law, a legal system based on the religious and moral tenants of Islam. Few Muslim countries apply the entire body of rules, instead choosing measures relevant to them. More than 60 countries use at least part of Sharia law in their governance.

Its improper use has “worked to deprive” U.S. citizens and immigrants of their constitutional rights, Newton said. There have been 27 reported cases around the country in which Sharia law has been used, he added.

More than 20 states have introduced legislation banning Sharia law or foreign law in state courts. Many bills – including North Carolina’s – would apply only to cases in which the application of foreign law would violate a person’s constitutional rights.

 

North Carolina: Sharia ban resurfaces in Senate

via Sharia ban resurfaces in Senate :: WRAL.com.

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are once again weighing a bill to ban the “application of foreign law” in family law cases in state courts.

The new House Bill 522 does not specifically mention Islamic Law or “Sharia,” but it was the topic of a supporting handout provided to the panel by House sponsor Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania.

Whitmire said both the House and the Senate have already passed the language in the bill, which says courts, arbitrators, mediators and other state officials shall not recognize “foreign law” in family law cases if it would “result in the violation of a fundamental constitutional right of a natural person.”

“There are times when foreign laws in our courts have very demonstrably violated civil rights in our courts,” Whitmire told the committee. “We’ve had multiple cases around the United States – 27 that I’ve got in my bag here.”

Whitmire said his bill “undergirds the basis of our free market economy and our American legal tradition” by banning judges from recognizing such laws.

“There’s an ever-growing frequency of foreign laws under the concept of comity entering our courts,” he said. “The judiciary is being forced to legislate from the bench.”

Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, said she couldn’t see the need for the bill.

“Doesn’t the Constitution already guarantee this?” Wade asked. “I don’t see why we have to make another law. The Constitution is already the law.”

Good point. But the Constitution is now merely a guideline of convenient reference.

North Carolina has become quite the haven for Muslim infiltrators and jihadists. Back posts can be found by clicking the ‘North Carolina’ tag below.

Holder Confirms 4 American Jihadis Killed in Drone Strikes Since ’09

In case you missed this a few weeks ago, via U.S. Acknowledges Killing 4 Americans in Drone Strikes – NYTimes.com.

WASHINGTON — One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.

In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen.

al Awlaki was targeted, the other three were not.

The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki’s death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it.

The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.

These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States,” Mr. Holder wrote.

While rumors of Mr. Mohammed’s death had appeared in local news reports in Raleigh, N.C., where he lived, his death had not been confirmed by the United States government until Wednesday.

According to former acquaintances of Mr. Mohammed in North Carolina, he appears to have been killed in a November 2011 drone strike in South Waziristan, in Pakistan’s tribal area. Mr. Mohammed’s wife, whom he had met and married in Pakistan, subsequently called his mother in North Carolina to tell her of his death, the friends say.

But Mr. Holder’s letter went further in discussing the death of Mr. Awlaki in particular, an operation the administration had previously refused to publicly acknowledge. He said it was not Mr. Awlaki’s words urging violent attacks against Americans that led the United States to target him, but direct actions in planning attacks.

Mr. Holder alleged that Mr. Awlaki not only “planned” the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Dec. 25, 2009, a claim that has been widely discussed in court documents and elsewhere, but also “played a key role” in an October 2010 plot to bomb cargo planes bound for the United States, including taking “part in the development and testing” of the bombs.

 “Moreover, information that remains classified to protect sensitive sources and methods evidences Awlaki’s involvement in the planning of numerous other plots against U.S. and Western interests and makes clear he was continuing to plot attacks when he was killed,” Mr. Holder wrote.

He added, “The decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki was lawful, it was considered, and it was just.”

The evidence, methods, sources and process are secret. They make the rules, they keep the list. They can fabricate the evidence or lies. The Constitution and rule of law are passe.

Today it’s al Qaeda, tomorrow it’s patriots opposed to a corrupt government. They don’t even have to target you. You can be intentional collateral damage. No recourse.

A dangerous precedent has been set with almost no opposition from Americans nor elected officials.

More on Jihad Jude Mohamed, North Carolina Muslim Jude Kenan Mohammad at center of 9/11 anniversary threat.

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North Carolina: Bill banning foreign law heads to House floor

Why is the media so one-sided in favor of protecting Islamic sharia law and its expansion in the United States? via Anti-Sharia law heads to House floor :: WRAL.com.

Raleigh, N.C. — The version of a bill intended to protect the constitutional rights of North Carolinians from “foreign laws” is on its way to the House floor after a contentious hearing in the House Judiciary C Committee.

House Bill 695, entitled “Foreign Laws/Protect Constitutional Rights,” is the most recent iteration of legislation intended to keep courts from recognizing Islamic Sharia law in North Carolina.

Similar measures have been filed or considered in more than 30 other states, but only a few states have voted them into law.

The first version of the legislation was passed by ballot initiative in Oklahoma. It specifically named Sharia and was promptly blocked by a judge who declared it unconstitutional because it singled out a religion.

Since then, newer versions of the measure in states from Arkansas to Florida have been more carefully worded. House Bill 695 makes no mention of religion at all, and it wasn’t mentioned in committee.

In 2011, Rep. George Cleveland, R-Onslow, ran the same bill. It, too, passed committee but wasn’t taken up before the crossover deadline.

At that time, critics and legal experts warned that the broad language of the bill regarding contracts and foreign venues or courts could violate international treaties and admiralty laws and wreak havoc in international business relationships.

The same issues were raised again Wednesday by Kim Crouch with the North Carolina Bar Association, who said the association’s Business Law and International Law committees are opposed to the bill.

“This is not a necessary piece of legislation,” Crouch told the committee, adding that it would raise constitutional concerns.

The North Carolina Values Coalition spoke in favor of the bill. “We do want to protect our citizens,” said Laura McGee. “This bill re-clarifies that.”

After House Rules Committee Chairman Tim Moore signaled that the bill was unlikely to pass, Cleveland and co-sponsor Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania, agreed to amend it so that it would apply only to family law and child custody issues under sections 50 and 50a of state law.

Moore, R-Cleveland, who crafted the change, said it should reduce the chances of unintended consequences in the business community.

“I think this covers what the bill sponsors are trying to do. There’s no reason foreign law should be used in such matters,” he said.

After the meeting, Moore said he didn’t know of any cases in which North Carolina courts have allowed Sharia or any other foreign laws to infringe on anyone’s constitutional rights, but he said the sponsors were trying to prevent that from happening.

The danger of the encroachment of Sharia law is a popular topic on right-wing radio and blogs, but to date, there’s little evidence that it’s actually happening. Muslim groups say it’s a scare tactic used by anti-Muslim activists.

 There’s plenty of evidence for those willing to acknowledge it. Laura Leslie at WRAL.com doesn’t care to research the topic.

She won’t dare take a look at what’s happening across Europe, India, the Philippines, Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, etc. 

She surely won’t acknowledge the dozens of jihadists arrested in North Carolina plotting jihad and espousing sharia law. One North Carolina citizen deemed so dangerous due to his defense of sharia law that Obama killed him in a drone strike.

North Carolina: 3 Muslims sentenced in plot to behead terror witnesses

Pair gets just three years for plotting to behead witnesses. via Trio sentenced in plot to behead terror witnesses | abc7chicago.com.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge gave four life sentences Friday to a man already facing decades in federal prison for his role in a North Carolina terror plot.

Hysen Sherifi lectured federal Judge Earl Britt about Islamic teachings and warned the judge he faced damnation at his sentencing hearing.

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Prosecutors say Sherifi conspired with his brother and a female friend to kill witnesses who testified against him about a plot with five other men in the Raleigh – Johnston County area to attack the U.S. Marine base at Quantico and targets overseas. In 2012, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison in the original case.

After Sherifi was convicted, prosecutors say he convinced his brother Shkumbin and former special education teacher Nevine Aly Elshiekh to help behead three confidential informants from his trial. He also wanted a fourth man killed who he said had defrauded his family out of more than $30,000.

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The FBI learned of the plot through a jail informant and staged a fake hit on one of the witnesses. They even created bogus photos of the beheaded man to show to Hysen in his jail cell.

At sentencing Friday, Judge Britt said Hysen destroyed the lives of his brother and Elshiekh.

They were also sentenced Friday after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder for hire at Hysen’s urging. Shkumbin Sherifi was given 36 months in prison and 36 months probation. Nevine Aly Elshiekh was sentenced to 42 months in prison and 36 months probation.

Prosecutors offered Elshiekh and Shkumbin plea deals, agreeing to drop eight other counts in exchange for testimony against Hysen.

More: Man sentenced in N.C. plot to behead terror witness

Before Hysen Sherifi was sentenced, he lectured the judge about Islamic teachings.

“The Koran is the truth that invalidates all other religions,” said Sherifi, who declined a court-appointed lawyer and represented himself at trial. “If you do not submit, he will severely judge you, and on the day of judgment you will enter hellfire.” Continue reading

North Carolina: Muslim pleads guilty, wanted to rob & kill Americans to fund jihad

“Rios planned to fund his trip by committing violent robberies in North Carolina, leaving no witnesses alive.”

via Neighbor describes eerie feeling about terrorism-related suspect – WJHL-TV

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A 19-year-old from Fayetteville pled guilty to charges related to his plans for terrorist activities, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Erwin Antonio Rios, 19, of Fayetteville, pled guilty Tuesday to a charge of possession of a stolen firearm. He was arrested in February.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said that Rios wanted to take the gun overseas to carry out what he called “jihad” on non-believers in Islam, U.S. forces included. The DOJ said Rios explained jihad as various forms of violence against those he determined to be non-believers. The DOJ characterized the intentions as terrorist activities.

In a press release, the DOJ wrote that Rios planned to fund his trip by committing violent robberies in North Carolina, leaving no witnesses alive.

“Erwin Rios intended to commit violent acts against innocent people in furtherance of his extremist doctrine of hate,” said John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI.

According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) affidavit, Rios was arrested on February 7. Agents believe Rios was living or had spent some time at his father’s house on Oak Knolls Drive prior to his arrest.

People who live on the street said Wednesday they remember agents raiding the Rios home a few months ago – the day of, or the day after the arrest. One neighbor who did not give his name said he saw agents take computers from the home. The neighbor also said he had only seen Rios for a few weeks prior to the raid, and he said Rios was wearing a thobe or Islamic man’s robe.

The FBI affidavit said a confidential informant first met Rios at an Islamic house of worship in Hoke County in June 2012. According to the affidavit Rios talked to the informant over several more months. The affidavit said Rios talked about a desire to be soldier for Allah, and that Muslims would rule the world, and that anyone who killed in defense of his religion would be forgiven and guaranteed a place in heaven.

His father says it was an Islamic website that led his son to jihad. Why can’t a single reporter identify the website? And why did it take nearly three months for news of his arrest to hit the air?

More via WAPO, NC man pleads guilty in terrorism plot that included talk of attacks on Fort Bragg soldiers

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man who the FBI says spoke of killing U.S. Army soldiers as part of a personal jihad has pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm.

Erwin Antonio Rios, 19, admitted guilt Tuesday in U.S. District Court as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. The terms of the agreement have not been made public, but the felony charge to which Rios pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

In an affidavit filed with the court, FBI Special Agent Frank Brostrom said Rios holds extremist Islamic views and told a government informant he would like to kill Fort Bragg soldiers.

“Rios spoke of how Islam will rule the world soon, and that non-believers are guaranteed hell fire,” Brostrom said. “Rios stated that he would have loved to have been a soldier for Allah.”

Authorities said Rios, who is from Fayetteville, also plotted to travel overseas to commit violence against non-Muslims and devised a scheme to commit armed robberies to obtain money to buy weapons. The FBI set up a sting where Rios bought what he was told was a stolen handgun and was then immediately placed under arrest.

According to the affidavit, an FBI informant first met Rios in June 2012 at a mosque in Raeford. The young Muslim told the informant he wanted to fight non-believers oppressing the faithful.

Two month later, the informant and Rios were riding in a car past the gates of Fort Bragg, the sprawling home of the 82 Airborne Division. Rios told the informant they could easily gain access to the base and that he liked to observe the soldiers and watch their movements in case he ever had to make jihad against them, according to the affidavit.

When a military helicopter flew overhead, Rios “stated that he wished he had a ‘Stinger missile’ to take it out,” according to Brostrom.

In another conversation, Rios is reported to have told the FBI informant that the “most efficient way to kill them all would be to wear an explosive vest and blow yourself up for Allah,” according to the affidavit.

In September, Rios told the informant he had been talking to someone who could get him an AK-47 assault rifle and a .357 caliber handgun for about $500. When the informant suggested that the guns might be stolen at that price, Rios responded that he knew that but it was still a good deal, according to the affidavit.

The FBI said Rios feared arrest if he tried to buy guns from a licensed dealer. State court records shows he has prior convictions for breaking and entering and possession of a stolen firearm. In 2011, Rios had applied for a passport but was denied because he was on criminal probation, according to the affidavit.

After Rios expressed his desire to buy a gun, the informant offered to introduce him to a neighbor who broke into homes to steal weapons.

On February 7, Rios traveled with the informant to Lillington to meet with a second informant posing as an illegal gun salesman. According to the affidavit, the FBI informant offered Rios a 9mm handgun that had been stolen. Rios then paid a $100 for the gun, which had secretly had the firing pin removed, according to the FBI.

Rios then drove off with the first informant, but they were pulled over by FBI agents after traveling about a mile. Rios was taken into custody as he reached for a knife concealed in his pocket, according to the affidavit.

His guilty plea on Tuesday comes days after three Raleigh Muslims were sentenced in a plot to behead federal informants who helped the FBI foil another homegrown terror plot that involved plans to attack the U.S. Marine base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas.

 Anyone checking into the mosque, its imam, other members? The jihad-loving, article-scrubbing Fayetteville Observer is already defending the house of jihad mosque. Imams have been preaching jihad in North Carolina since at least  the 90′s.

Including the Muslim behind first accredited Islamic college in U.S. says OK for Muslims to attack Ft Bragg

A Council on American-Islamic Relations adviser and regular speaker at its events has suggested Islamic law permits Muslims to attack C-130 military transport planes carrying the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C., according to a stunning new book exposing Washington-based CAIR’s inner workings.

Radical Islamic cleric Zaid Shakir, a frequent guest speaker at CAIR events, tells his Muslim audiences: “Jihad is physically fighting the enemies of Islam to protect and advance the religion of Islam. This is jihad.”

“Islam doesn’t permit us to hijack airplanes filled with civilian people,” Shakir once told a Muslim audience. However, “If you hijack an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne, that’s something else.”

More than 60 posts on North Carolina, click the link below to see them all.

North Carolina Muslim Found Guilty In Witness Beheading Plot

2009 photo of Hysen Sherifi after his arrest in a Triangle-based terrorism plot. Courtesy WRAL

Apparently his “We fight for Allah” defense was not persuasive. Clearly not a jury of his peers. via Hysen Sherifi Found Guilty In Beheading Plot | digtriad.com.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man serving a 45-year sentence for a terror plot to attack a U.S. Marine base and overseas targets has been found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot to behead witnesses who testified against him.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said 28-year-old Hysen Sherifi was found guilty Thursday of nine counts related to the murder-for-hire plot, Sherifi will be sentenced in February, when he faces a maximum sentence of life behind bars.

Sherifi’s brother and a friend also were charged in the murder-for-hire case and testified against Sherifi after entering into plea agreements with prosecutors.

Sherifi has said that he was arrested because of his Muslim faith. He was sentenced in January to 45 years in prison for plots to attack the Marine base at Quantico, Va., and overseas targets.

Many previous posts on Sherifi and the eight Muslims from Raleigh, North Carolina arrested in terror plots on American soldiers.

Muslim in North Carolina beheading plot: “We fight for Allah”

His brother is set to rat on him. via Federal prosecutors play recordings, video in beheading plot :: WRAL.com.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jurors in the federal trial of a man accused of wanting to behead three people viewed videos and listened to recordings about the alleged plot on Tuesday.

Hysen Sherifi, 28, is on trial for charges stemming from accusations that he planned with his younger brother and a female friend to pay a hit man to carry out the killings.

At the time, he was already serving 45 years in prison after being convicted for plots to attack a Marine base at Quantico, Va., and targets overseas.

In court Tuesday, federal prosecutors claimed it is Sherifi’s voice on the recordings with a fellow inmate in which Sherifi allegedly talks about beheading two government witnesses in his first trial as well as another person who reportedly conned Sherifi out of money.

Sherifi, who is acting as his own attorney, has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors also showed a video of Nevine Elshiekh, the female friend, handing over photos of the people Sherifi allegedly wanted beheaded.

Elshiekh, one of two people who pleaded guilty last week to charges in the case, is expected to testify later this week.

In opening statements Monday, prosecutors said Sherifi was already in custody in the terror case when he asked another inmate in the same lockup to help him hire a hit man.

The fellow inmate contacted the FBI, allowing federal agents to set up a sting operation that included a confidential informant posing as the representative of a shadowy assassin named Treetop.

At Sherifi’s direction, his brother, Shkumbin Sherifi, 22, and Elshiekh spent the first week of 2012 rounding up $5,000 to pay for the initial hit on a government witness, said prosecutor Matthew Blue of the U.S. Justice Department’s counterterrorism section.

Elshiekh hocked her gold jewelry to help finance the beheading, he said.

In the sting, a middleman collected the money and later provided faked pictures appearing to show the targeted witness beheaded and lying in a shallow grave. His co-conspirators brought Hysen Sherifi a photo, holding it against the wire separation in the jail’s visiting area, Blue said. Sherifi told the inmate claiming to have murder-for-hire connections he wasn’t satisfied with the killing, Blue said.

“He had one complaint; ‘I wish you wouldn’t have wasted a bullet. I wish you would have just chopped his head off,’” Blue told jurors.

After opening statements by prosecutors, Sherifi read Quranic verses to jurors in Arabic and lectured them on their meaning in English.

“We fight for Allah. We have authority. Do you have authority to make laws for mankind?” Sherifi told jurors without describing who else he claimed to represent. “We do not make laws. We follow the laws that have been revealed by Allah.”

 Signed, sealed, delivered.

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