Oregon: Muslim who ran food stamp fraud from halal market sentenced to up to 16 years

via Beaverton food stamp fraud kingpin sent to prison for up to 16 years | OregonLive.com. h/t Dee

Mahmoud Tajgerdu came to court Friday with $35,000 that he hoped would help keep him out of prison.

It didn’t. And he still owes much more.

Tajgerdu, 42, ran a food stamp fraud scheme out of his two Beaverton businesses — a halal meat market and a gas station.

The theft, which authorities believe may have exceeded $1 million, occurred when Tajgerdu rang up phony transactions and charged his customers a fee to illegally exchange their food stamp benefits for cash.

As he bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal assistance program, he lived in a sprawling million-dollar home in the West Hills and drove a BMW 7 Series car.

He lived a lavish lifestyle funded in part by taxpayers, Washington County Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey told the court.

The business owner’s greed corrupted his employees and customers, who acted as conspirators in his scam, McKey said. Several employees have been charged and convicted.

His restitution amount and sentence will be finalized at the Aug. 21 hearing.

Tajgerdu was taken into custody after the Friday hearing. After the judge left the bench, he became indignant.

Tajgerdu said he would give nothing more.

“I want to go to jail forever,” he said.

All that’s missing is the “allah akbars”. 

Previously, Four defendants guilty in halal market food stamp fraud.

Oregon: Four defendants guilty in halal market food stamp fraud

And not one is going to jail after robbing American taxpayers. via OregonLive.com. h/t Diversity’s Darkside

Summary: Four of five suspects accused of food stamp fraud operated through a Beaverton ethnic market have been convicted and in Washington County Circuit Court.

The case: On Dec. 3, 2013, Beaverton police and federal agents arrested four people on accusations of aggravated theft and unlawful use of food stamps, and a fifth person was arrested on suspicion of perjury. The arrests came after an investigation that began in 2009 found evidence of fraud. Authorities said Mahmoud Tajgerdu, 42, of Beaverton, co-owner of Beaverton Halal Meat and Mediterranean Groceries, 11527 S.W. Canyon Road, charged customers to exchange their federal food stamp benefits to illegally obtain cash.

Tajgerdu, Bahman Hoshmand, 40, of Beaverton, and Aziz Darakhshani, 39, of Beaverton, were booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of aggravated theft and unlawfully obtaining supplemental nutritional assistance.

Rafik Korkut, 35, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of aggravated theft and unlawfully obtaining supplemental nutritional assistance.

Negin Tajgerdu, 23, Mahmoud Tajgerdu’s daughter, was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of perjury.

Sentences: Hoshmand was sentenced to five years of probation, 100 hours of community service, ordered to pay a total of $900 in fines and assessments and a compensatory fine of $20,000 to Food and Nutrition Services. Hoshmand is to have no contact with the victim.

Negin Tajgerdu was sentenced to two years of probation, 120 hours of community service and fined $300.

Korkut was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and sentenced to five years of probation, including no contact with his co-defendants. Korkut was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, a $100 probation fee, a $600 fine and a $12,000 compensatory fine.

What’s next: Aziz Darakhshani’s trial date will be reset to a yet-unknown date in fall 2014, according to Bracken McKey, senior deputy district attorney for Washington County.

Previously: Oregon: Halal grocer, 4 other Muslims arrested in food stamp fraud

Oregon: ‘Carloads’ of Muslims from mosque turned ranch into jihad training camp

via ‘Carloads’ of terrorists turned Oregon ranch into training camp | New York Post.

An Oregon woman says she thought she was opening up her family’s ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can veggies — and that her husband was even expecting a tax write-off.

But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that after the “carloads’’ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp.

“It wasn’t anything like I envisioned for the property,” insisted Hatley, testifying at the trial of one-eyed, hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Hatley, a two-time witness-protection-program flunky who prefers going by her Muslim name, Ayat Hakimah, said other Muslims from London would soon arrive on al-Masri’s orders.

Hatley’s then-husband, Ivan Rule, was temporarily out of town “shepherding” while his longtime ranch was being overrun with terrorists-in-training, she said.

According to al-Masri’s lawyer last week, the camp was similar to being in the “Cub Scouts,’’ with the men riding horses, tending to little lambs and telling campfire stories.

But Hatley said one of the arrivals, militant Oussama Kassir, boasted about previously running training camps in Afghanistan and being a “hit man” for Osama bin Laden.

She said Kassir told her that al-Masri was his “leader” and that al-Masri sent him and others to the Bly ranch to create a “training camp” where men would learn to shoot guns, throw knives and do calisthenics along open, spacious fields abutting a ravine and desolate dirt roads.

“He said he was there to train men for jihad,” she said. “He said that Abu Hamza sent him. He intended to train them to fight.”

The visitors, she claimed, said the ranch resembled Afghanistan.

She added that some had CDs with information on how to make poisons to “kill people” and regularly “talked” about “robbing and killing truck drivers” on nearby roads.

Kassir, she recalled, claimed there were plans to eventually dig a hillside compound at the ranch for al-Masri to hide out in.

“I was shocked,” said Hatley, who claims she fled the ranch in fear in December 1999, four months after moving in.

During cross-examination, al-Masri’s lawyer Jeremy Schneider painted the gun-loving Hatley as paranoid and having a shady track record.

She admitted to him under oath that she agreed to marry her husband after only their first encounter — and had tricked him into thinking she had money.

She claimed she feared that Rule — who was married four previous times and had 18 kids — wanted to kill her and had “suffocated” his previous wife to death.

When asked if Rule, al-Masri, Kassir or others who stayed at the ranch had ever threatened her, she said, “No, but I am still afraid.”

Hatley went into witness protection in 2004 but was kicked out years later for telling one of her new neighbors her secret.

She was given a second chance, but the feds booted her again after she violated multiple rules, including driving with a suspended license.

Besides setting up the training camp, al-Masri, 56, is accused of conspiring in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of four tourists and committing other terror crimes. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, was convicted in 2009 of plotting to help al Qaeda recruit by trying to set up a weapons training post at the ranch and distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet.

 

Oregon jihad training camp showed “how to properly slice someone’s throat”

via Witness recalls demo in ‘how to slit a throat’ as terror trial opens – latimes.com. h/t Atlas

On a ranch in rural Oregon, a radical Muslim holding a dagger with a curved blade yanked back the head of a kneeling young man and brought the metal to his neck.

He said he was going to show us how to properly slice someone’s throat,” the kneeling man’s sister testified Thursday as prosecutors began presenting their case against an Egyptian-born imam known as Abu Hamza Masri, the latest terrorism case to unfold in a New York federal court.

Masri, who also goes by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was not the man holding the knife, but a government indictment alleges that he sent the knife-wielding man from London to Oregon to establish a terrorist training camp.

It is one of 11 charges against Abu Hamza Masri, a naturalized British citizen who gained fame for his radical sermons in London’s Finsbury Park mosque and who was extradited to the United States in October 2012.

The prosecution’s first witness was Angelica Morris, who was living in a trailer on the Bly ranch with her husband, daughter, son and younger brother in December 1999, when two mysterious men speaking with British accents arrived unannounced late one night.

Both men had long hair and long beards, both dressed in black, and both regularly patrolled the sprawling ranch with guns late at night during their roughly monthlong stay, said Morris. The pair often led other men on their night patrols across the ranch and had them fire pistols, shotguns and rifles down the dry creek bed running through the property, she said.

One day, Morris said the man known as Abu Abdullah took her and her brother, who was 18, outside to demonstrate throat-cutting techniques.

He asked my brother if he would kill a kaffir,” Morris said, defining “kaffir” as a Muslim term for someone who rejects Islam. “I’ve killed sheep, so I don’t know why I couldn’t,” Morris recalled her brother replying.

At that point, Morris said, Abu Abdullah had her brother kneel in front of him and made a slicing motion across her brother’s neck without cutting the skin.

Abu Abdullah eventually left the knife with Morris, who years later turned it over to the FBI. In court, Kim drew the knife out of an envelope and held it up for jurors.

In addition to weapons, Morris said the two men brought British currency. Both said the money was from Abu Hamza Masri, Morris testified. Abu Abdullah specifically told her that “Sheikh Abu Hamza had sent him there to train the brothers,” she said.

Morris, who has left Islam and now lives in Louisiana, described phone calls between Abu Abdullah and Masri which took place in her family’s cramped trailer. She said Abu Abdullah appeared frustrated that there were not more guns or “brothers” on the ranch and felt it was not a suitable training situation.

 

Oregon: Convicted jihadist seeks NSA evidence

Politico’s Josh Gerstein fails to mention the convict is a Muslim who wanted to and thought he was about to kill thousands of Americans at a Christmas tree lighting. via Terror convict seeks snooping evidence – POLITICO.com.

Lawyers for an Oregon man convicted in an attempted terrorism case using evidence derived from one of the National Security Agency surveillance programs detailed by leaker Edward Snowden are demanding broad access to the top-secret surveillance conducted against their client and arguing that it will demonstrate that his conviction be thrown out.

In a motion filed Monday in federal court in Portland, attorneys for Mohamed Mohamud argue that information on the surveillance was deliberately withheld from the defense prior to a jury convicting him nearly a year ago on a count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud was arrested as part of an FBI sting in which he attempted to detonate a dummy vehicle bomb at Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 2010.

In apparent response to a complex string of events involving an inaccurate representation to the Supreme Court by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (a seemingly unintentional one on his part) and a later statement by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), prosecutors advised the Oregon federal court and the defense in November that evidence introduced at Mohamud’s trial was the product of surveillance under a 2008 law, the FISA Amendments Act. Under that law, such a notice was supposed to be provided to the court and defense prior to the trial, the defense argued.

“The Court should conclude that, based on the apparent provenance of the government’s belated disclosure, the government’s failure to comply
with the FAA notice requirement resulted from knowing and intentional conduct by government actors,” Mohamud lawyers Steve Sady, Steve Wax and Lisa Hay wrote in a legal memo supporting the discovery motion.

It appears that Mohamud’s communications with others abroad were acquired under FAA Section 702, a program that allows the NSA to obtain communications from Internet providers by requesting information about foreigners outside the U.S. Under some circumstances, data on Americans that shows up in such e-mail or social media feeds can be used to pursue a criminal case.

Mohamud, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, was scheduled to be sentenced last June but that sentencing was delayed to last December for unclear reasons that now appear to have been related to the surveillance issue. The December sentencing was canceled after the government filed the notice regarding evidence obtained by surveillance.

U.S. District Court Judge Garr King has ordered prosecutors to reply within a month to the motion the defense filed Monday.

Similar litigation is underway in at least one other case, in Colorado,where federal prosecutors recently disclosed surveillance-derived evidence to a criminal suspects charged with providing material support to a designated terrorist group.

Update: Judge denies search documents in bomb plot defense

Oregon: DOJ informs convicted jihadi’s lawyer of NSA surveillance, judge cancels sentencing

The Obama DOJ (and the majority of the administration at this point) are essentially foreign entities. via Judge Suspends Sentencing Of Would-Be Bomber After NSA Revelations

The sentencing of a Somali-American man convicted of trying to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010 has been put on hold indefinitely. That move comes just days after the Justice Department notified his lawyers that part of the case against him had been “derived from” secret NSA electronic surveillance.

Both sides met Tuesday in the chambers of U.S. District Judge Garr King to discuss next steps. The judge later issued a public order delaying the sentencing of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, which had been scheduled to take place Dec. 18.

“If sentencing remains appropriate, the court will reset the sentencing hearing,” after it rules on motions from federal public defenders Stephen R. Sady and Lisa Hay, the judge’s order said.

The move could foreshadow months or even years of legal wrangling, if the case becomes a vehicle to challenge the constitutionality of once-secret NSA monitoring of overseas email and social media accounts.

The Supreme Court this year turned back a challenge to surveillance law by a group of human rights workers, lawyers and reporters because they could not demonstrate they had been monitored or subjected to any harm. But the fresh disclosure to Mohamud and a series of other defendants in cases where U.S. prosecutors used secret surveillance could help overcome that hurdle.

Defense attorneys Sady and Hay will file court papers seeking discovery from prosecutors early next year. The defense lawyers had no comment on the latest developments in the case. But the heart of their arguments to the Portland jury that convicted Mohamud was that undercover FBI agents entrapped him using a phony fertilizer bomb.

Mohamud, 22, has been living in federal custody in northwest Oregon.

We know this is an NPR piece, but what exactly does “living in federal custody” mean? Other than taxpayer funded halal meals and free Korans.

More from Russian propaganda TV: Would-be bomber’s sentencing delayed due to warrantless wiretap-obtained evidence

The prosecution had filed a notice with the court last Tuesday, November 19, acknowledging for the first time that intelligence collected through a FISA-authorized warrantless wiretap was “offered into evidence or otherwise used or disclosed in proceedings,” which concluded this past January when a jury found Mohamud guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

FISA authorization – backed by Obama and Holder – negates the need for a warrant so this is likely to drag on into a bigger debate on surveillance.

The fact that another Muslim wanted to kill thousands of Americans in the name of Islam and Allah, and thought he actually was about to, will be lost in the legal fray.  The last-minute DOJ manipulation in this case – already nearly three years old – of an insignificant but willing jihadi pawn will result in either legitimizing the NSA run amok or freeing a Muslim to wage jihad again. Or both.

Oregon: Liberal judges toss terror financier’s conviction

The 9th Pillar aka the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals via Money Jihad.

Just four months after the Boston marathon bombing, two federal judges on a three-judge panel have overturned the conviction of the Oregon-based Islamic “charity leader” and terrorist fundraiser Pete Seda, who helped facilitate the transfer of $130,000 to Chechen terrorists in the early 2000s.

Seda’s conviction was overturned by Judge Mary Schroeder, who was appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Judge Margaret McKeown, who was appointed by Bill Clinton and considered for a Supreme Court appointment by Barack Obama, on the grounds of alleged unfairness during the Seda investigation and trial.

The two judges claim that the Seda trial began as a white collar crime case but ended as a terrorism case, that some information about a witness named Barbara Cabral was not shared with defense attorneys, and that the scope of a warrant served against Seda before the trial was exceeded by law enforcement.

Meanwhile, Judge Robert Tallman, a Republican who was appointed by Bill Clinton, delivered a vigorous dissent from the liberal judges’ opinion.  Oregon’s Daily Tidings summarizes Judge Tallman’s reasoning:

…A jury convicted Seda on tax-evasion and conspiracy charges for using his charity to help smuggle more than $150,000 from Ashland to Saudi Arabia in 2000 and later signing a fraudulent tax return to cover it up.

In his dissenting opinion, Judge Richard Tallman wrote that the majority judges in the appeal improperly failed to take into consideration that [trial court judge] Hogan held a separate hearing on the Cabral issues before ruling the evidence would not have changed the jury’s verdict.

Tallman wrote that the appellate judges should not reverse Hogan’s ruling without it being “clearly erroneous,” which was not the case.

Moreover, Tallman’s minority opinion argued that the scope of the search warrant was not breached by agents searching Seda’s computers and that the other issues do not rise to the level necessary for overturning the jury’s guilty verdict.

Tallman also took issue with the majority opinion’s apparent dismissing of the key evidence in the actual tax fraud and conspiracy charges that were at the core of the case against Seda.

Seda and his codefendant, a Saudi national named Soliman Al-Buthe, went to great lengths and expenses to convert funds wired to Al-Haramain into $130,000 worth of hard-to-trace $1,000 cashier’s checks that Al-Buthe then carried from Ashland to Saudi Arabia in 2000, according to Tallman’s opinion.

Al-Buthe, also known as Al-Buthi, did so in violation of federal financial-reporting rules that he had complied with on nine other occasions, Tallman noted.

Also, Al-Buthe carried with him and failed to report that he was carrying a cashier’s check made out to him at an Ashland bank for $21,000, which Al-Buthe deposited in his personal bank account in Saudi Arabia.

“A reasonable jury could have concluded on this evidence that this was Al-Buthe’s ‘cut’ for serving as the courier,” Tallman wrote.

The jury also heard plenty of evidence on what Tallman calls the “deceitful manner” in which Seda hid the smuggled money by falsely declaring on a tax return that the money went toward the purchase of a prayer house in Missouri.

Had the men’s intent been not to smuggle the money to the Middle East, Seda simply could have wired the money directly to Al-Haramain’s main office in Saudi Arabia for about $15, Tallman wrote.

“The jury obviously thought the entire handling of the money reeked of criminal intent, as evidenced by its verdict,” Tallman wrote.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Cardani, who was the lead prosecutor in the case, said he will have to review the 88-page opinion, as well as the classified opinion attached to the cases, before deciding how the government will proceed.

Options include asking the appeals court for reconsideration, appealing the ruling, going forward with a retrial or dropping its case.

Much more at the link above.

Who bankrolled Seda’s eight year appeal? The Saudi’s he funneled money to? Does their reach include the 9th Pillar?

Oregon: Lesbians claim Muslim cabbie kicked them out for being gay

Cabbie says they were rude and didn’t want to pay. via Broadway Cab driver suspended after allegedly forcing same-sex couple out on I-84 | OregonLive.com.

Shanako M. Devoll her partner Kate Neal say a Broadway Cab driver ditched them on the side of a Portland freeway around midnight Thursday because of their sexual orientation.

Devoll said she was showing affection to Neal when the cab driver started making inappropriate comments.

“I was holding her hand and we kissed a couple of times in the back seat, minding our own business,” Devoll said. “He made homophobic remarks that were very hurtful to us. We did not want to be in his cab.”

But the couple asked to be let off at a safe spot, Devoll said.

“This was an unsafe situation. We told him ‘we can’t get out on the freeway. We’re not getting out on the freeway,’ ” she recalled. “If people are working in customer service they need to be able to accept people for who they are.”

Neal said the driver was yelling homophobic remarks at them, and they offered to pay the fare of just under $40 if he’d just let them out at a safe spot, off an exit ramp of the freeway. But Neal said he refused.

“When this happened, you’re in shock and you’re not believing that it’s happening,” Devoll said. “There is no reasoning. You just need to get out of the situation.”

They ended up out of the cab, on the side of eastbound Interstate 84, just before 102nd Avenue.

Neal said their driver had radioed to another Broadway Cab driver, and a second cab pulled up alongside the freeway where they were let out. The second driver told the three on the side of the freeway to get into his cab, and they did, Neal said.

There was some communication between the first driver and the second outside of the cab, and suddenly the second cab driver told the group in his back seat to get out, according to Devoll and Neal.

“That second cab driver came back and ejected us from his cab,” Neal said.

Ryan Hashagen, a pedicab representative on the city’s Private for Hire Transportation Board of Review, said Devoll’s and Neal’s complaint follows similar concerns raised last week before the board. Hashagen said the board earlier in the week had received public testimony regarding other allegations of discrimination within the industry against the LGBT community.

So Hashagen said was enraged when he learned of the experiences of Devoll, an acquaintance he knows through the Rose City Roller Derby, from comments she left on her Facebook page.

“This is not the type of community we want to live in,” Hashagen said Saturday.

Gays don’t want Muslims – but are afraid to say so – and Muslims don’t want gays.

The Muslim cabbie has his own side of the story. Broadway Cab driver called 911, complained his passengers were drunk and did not want to pay

The Broadway Cab driver who called 911 last Thursday night gave an account of how his passengers ended up on the side of Interstate 84 that conflicted with the one by the same-sex couple who complained about him.

The driver called 911 at 11:53 p.m. Thursday. At first, he said of his customers, “They don’t want to pay.”

The dispatcher asked where the driver was, and he replied that he was on I-84 eastbound, almost to I-205.

“These people are real, real drunk and so mean. I’m tired of it, ” the driver told an emergency dispatcher. “They want to jump out of the car.”

He told the dispatcher that his customers kept telling him to stop.

Dispatch asked if he could pull over.

“Right now they told me keep going, keep going,” he replied.

The dispatcher advised, “You’ve got to do what’s best for you.” (Listen to the call at the link above)

The driver said he planned to be at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Prescott Street within five minutes. “I might need a cab up there, please,” he said.

Moments later, the driver is heard yelling, “These people they opened the door…They jumped out on the freeway!…They’re going to kill themselves here.”

On the emergency call, the driver alerted dispatch that another cab pulled up along the side of the freeway after his customers had left his cab. The cab driver told the dispatcher he was going to warn the other driver not to accept the passengers.

“Don’t take them, they don’t pay,” the first driver can be heard saying, before he hung up with 911.

The 911 call was obtained by The Oregonian through a public records request. According to dispatch notes, the driver’s name was Ahmed Egal, but dispatch was unsure of the spelling.

Gay Mafia versus Muslim Mafia. How’s this going to end?

Many more examples of Muslim cabbie jihad here.

Portland: Muslim thugs bully College Republicans out of own counter-jihad event

via Jihad Watch. Portland State University: Muslim and Leftist thugs bully College Republicans out of their own counter-jihad event

This is what happens anytime anyone tries to tell the truth about the global jihad and Islamic supremacism on an American college campus today: Muslim and Leftist thugs, the true heirs of the fascist brownshirts, shout them down and refuse to allow them to be heard.

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Oregon: Muslim arrested for aiding suicide bomber who killed 30, injured 300 more

via Oregon man arrested for aiding suicide bomber who killed 30 people in Pakistan – NY Daily News.

PORTLAND, Ore. — FBI agents on Tuesday arrested a Portland city worker on allegations that he provided support to a suicide bomber who participated in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed about 30 people and injured another 300.

Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, McCain, Rubio, and all the others are providing billions in support to Syrian, Pakistani, Libyan and other terrorists. Double standard?

Reaz Qadir Khan, 48, was arrested at his home and charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said. He pleaded not guilty later in the day in federal court, The Oregonian reported.

Khan is a wastewater treatment plant operator for the city of Portland.

The arrest “brings home the reality that worldwide headlines can resonate right here in Portland,” Mayor Charlie Hales said in a statement. The mayor urged people to remember that charges are only allegations and that Khan is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

Khan was jailed pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

If convicted, Khan faces a potential sentence of life in prison.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges the naturalized U.S. citizen provided advice and financial help to Ali Jaleel, one of three people who carried out the attack at Pakistan’s intelligence headquarters in Lahore.

Jaleel died in the attack. He took responsibility for the bombing in a video released by al-Qaida, and was shown at a training camp, Marshall said.

Dhimmitude alert from U.S. Attorney who is not permitted to say jihad.

“The events of May 27, 2009, remind us that terrorism is not defined by Muslims targeting non-Muslims, but is defined by violent extremists targeting anyone they perceive as a threat to their oppressive agenda,” Marshall said.

Jihad is defined that way though – by Muslim texts and scholars – isn’t it?

Khan’s attorney, Larry Matasar, declined to discuss the case.

“We just have to take this one step at a time,” he said. “We’re going to first try to get him released from custody (Wednesday).”

According to the indictment, Khan conspired with Jaleel and others starting in December 2005.

Jaleel allegedly emailed Khan in 2008 about his plan to travel to Pakistan. Two years earlier, Jaleel had been part of a small group from the Maldives that tried to enter Pakistan for training, but was detained, returned home and placed under house arrest.

Khan, the indictment states, instructed Jaleel on how to avoid detection and offered to help with financial arrangements.

In October 2008, Jaleel wrote that he needed $2,500. According to the indictment, Khan contacted someone in Los Angeles who arranged to have the money waiting for Jaleel in Karachi, Pakistan.

Jaleel wrote to Khan the following month, saying he was about to enter training camp and did not need all the money. Khan allegedly told Jaleel to keep the money so it could be sent to Jaleel’s two wives in the Maldives.

Shortly after the suicide attack, Khan wired almost $750 from an Oregon store to one of Jaleel’s wives, the indictment states.

 

Saudi official who founded jihad-funding Islamic charity in Oregon taken off UN sanctions list

via Founder of Islamic charity in Oregon taken off UN sanctions list for ties to al-Qaida | Fox News.

A Saudi Arabian government official who started an Islamic charity in Oregon has been taken off a United Nations list of people subject to sanctions for ties to al-Qaida but remains on a similar U.S. list.

The U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida removed Soliman al-Buthe, now a deputy minister in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipalities, from the list Monday.

Al-Buthe still faces arrest if he returns to the United States. A federal indictment alleges he smuggled $150,000 in cash collected by Al Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ashland to Saudi Arabia in 2000 to help terrorists in Chechnya. His co-defendant, Iranian-American tree surgeon Pete Seda, is serving 33 months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy and tax fraud.

Al-Buthe’s attorney Tom Nelson said the U.N. action is some vindication for his client, but al-Buthe is still trying to get off the U.S. terrorism list.

He and Al Haramain remain on the Treasury Department’s al-Qaida sanctions list. The foundation disbanded after the department froze its assets in 2004 for allegedly aiding terrorists in Chechnya and Albania. A federal appeals court upheld the listing, but not the assets freeze.

Nelson said Treasury has not responded to his application to be taken off the list since he filed it two years ago.

Treasury spokesman John Sullivan said people are taken off the list, but he did immediately respond to questions about whether al-Buthe’s request to be removed had been received or why Nelson has received no response.

The reasons al-Buthe was taken off the U.N. list were not given by the committee, which said in a statement only that it considered a request submitted through the committee’s ombudsperson, and the ombudsperson’s comprehensive report.

Kimberly Prost, ombudsperson for the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, said al-Buthe was the 21st applicant to be taken off the list, made up of more than 350 people and organizations. Two others whose cases have been reviewed were not. She said her report was confidential and she could not disclose its contents.

[O]mbudsperson for the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee? Seriously? h/t to Money Jihad who writes:

Working together with convicted terror money man Pete Seda, Soliman al-Buthe carried out a funding operation for jihadists in Chechnya in early 2000 by helping route money through the now closed Oregon chapter of the Saudi-based Al Haramain Islamic Foundation.  Al-Buthe personally cashed $130,000 in smuggled checks from this operation at the notorious Al Rajhi Bank for subsequent transfer to the mujahideen.

While Seda faced the U.S. justice system, al-Buthe eluded it, but remained under international sanctions—until now.  It may take a little arm twisting and payola at the UN, but even Al Qaeda financiers like this fellow, and Yasin al-Qadi before him, can get themselves removed from the blacklist if they lobby hard enough.

Using U.S. lawyers no less.

Portland: Muslim guilty in Christmas tree-lighting bomb plot

#MyJihad is killing thousands of Americans as they light a Christmas tree. What’s yours?

via Mohamed Mohamud found guilty in Portland terrorism trial | OregonLive.com.

A federal jury found Mohamed Osman Mohamud guilty Thursday of attempting to detonate a bomb during Portland’s 2010 holiday tree-lighting ceremony.

The jury handed up its verdict after less than seven hours of deliberations in a trial that began Jan. 10 in a downtown courtroom just a few blocks from the scene of the crime.

Mohamud, a 21-year-old Somali American, was convicted of the only charge confronting him: trying to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faces a potential sentence of life in prison. The sentencing hearing was set for May 14.

Chief defense attorney Stephen R. Sady said he will appeal and will seek a “substantially reduced sentence” for Mohamud.

“We’re disappointed with the verdict … we obviously thought he was entrapped,” Sady said. “We will pursue what remedies are available for him.’’

Lead prosecutor Ethan D. Knight thanked the jurors. “It was a difficult case,” he said. “We appreciate the jury’s deliberation … and we agree with the verdict.”

Trial testimony showed that Mohamud had written for an online jihadi magazine, traded emails with two accused terrorists and was in contact with another man who left the Northwest to fight against coalition troops in Afghanistan.

He was under watch by the FBI for nearly a year when agents got the “green light” to target him for investigation. The bureau sent in two undercover agents posing as al-Qaida operatives to befriend Mohamud and learn his intentions.

In his first meeting with one of the agents, on July 30, 2010, he expressed interest in taking part in a car bombing. Thus began an investigative courtship and a sting that would end on the evening of Nov. 26, 2010.

On that day, agents presented Mohamud with a fake but realistic looking fertilizer bomb secretly built by an FBI bomb tech. The massive explosive choked the cargo area of the van. Mohamud grinned and declared the device “beautiful.”

Later that night, from the passenger seat of an SUV parked about 1,000 yards from Pioneer Courthouse Square, Mohamud pressed the keypad of a cell phone to detonate the device. When nothing happened, one of the undercover FBI agents told him to get out and try it again.

When he did, a team of FBI agents rushed the van and arrested him.

Mohamud’s lawyers had throughout the trial laid grounds for appellate court filings.

Among the key points: U.S. District Judge Garr M. King, who presided in the case, ruled that Mohamud’s lawyers could not know the true identity of the undercover agents who helped make the sting; he said giving up their names would put the agents’ lives at risk and potentially damage ongoing national security cases.

By not allowing the defense to know the identities of the agents, who were allowed to use their pseudonyms at trial, the defense could make no inquiries about whether the agents had been disciplined or been found to have lied in previous cases.

In court doctuments, Mohamud’s lawyers acknowledged that Mohamud pushed the cell phone buttons and joined in the plot. But they said he realizes what he did was wrong.

“He deeply regrets his actions,” they wrote, “and is humiliated and ashamed for what he said and did.”

He regrets that he didn’t kill thousands of Americans as he thought he was going to do but was instead arrested and found guilty. From a previous post:

On Nov. 4, the court documents say, Mohamud made a video in the presence of one of the undercover agents, putting on clothes he described as “Sheik Osama style:” a white robe, red and white headdress, and camouflage jacket.

He read a statement speaking of his dream of bringing “a dark day” on Americans and blaming his family for thwarting him, according to the court documents:

“To my parents who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them … if you — if you make allies with the enemy, then Allah’s power … will ask you about that on the day of judgment, and nothing that you do can hold me back …”

Oregon Christmas bomber wrote for jihadi magazine

via Prosecutors highlight Ore. terrorism suspect’s contributions to ‘Jihad Recollections’ magazine – The Washington Post.

PORTLAND, Ore. — In a slow, dispassionate monotone, an FBI agent on Thursday read selections from an Oregon terrorism suspect’s contributions to a jihadi magazine as prosecutors attempted to establish Mohamed Mohamud’s mindset in the year before his arrest.

Mohamud’s federal terrorism trial is in its third week, and prosecutors have tried to show Mohamud was predisposed to committing terrorism before a monthslong sting operation culminated with his November 2010 arrest.

As a teenager in 2009, Mohamud contributed to the online, English-language jihadi magazine “Jihad Recollections.”

His contributions to the publication varied in focus and appeared alongside articles written by Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida higher-ups.

Establishing Mohamud’s state of mind before the FBI targeted him in a terrorism sting operation is key to the prosecution’s assertion that it did not entrap a then-teenager, as his defense claims.

Mohamud’s pseudonymous contributions to “Jihad Recollections” were made public soon after his indictment on charges that he attempted to detonate a bomb at Portland’s 2010 Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. The bomb was a fake supplied by undercover FBI agents.

Jurors heard at least one straight hour of content from the magazine, read by Dwyer. The articles, written by a variety of authors other than Mohamud, were aimed at radicalizing Muslims in the U.S. and included advice on bringing recent Muslim converts into a war against the West.

The issue was a significant one at the time Mohamud was writing — more than a dozen Somali teenagers left Minneapolis in 2009, apparently en route to join a global jihad. The magazine also tracked with terror cases in the U.S., praising both the massacre at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Texas, and an attempted bombing in Times Square.

Obama unilaterally targeted and drone killed several other Americans who wrote for the same magazine. By Obama’s rule of law or lack thereof, this kid should be feeling lucky he’s alive.

Oregon: Fed prosecutors have to ask judge’s permission to use terms jihad, terrorist in Islamic jihad plot on Americans

You can’t make this shit up.

Atlas Shrugs nails it:

So Muslims slaughter in the cause of jihad, but the kaffir is not allowed to speak of it.

It’s as if the prosecutors have to ask permission of the court so as not to …. blaspheme under the sharia. Seriously, this is sharia adherence in an American court.

‘Terrorist,’ ‘violent jihad’ among words prosecutors want to use in Portland terrorism trial

PORTLAND, Ore. — Prosecutors want to call an Oregon [Muslim] man a terrorist while referring to violent jihad and martyrdom, words his defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to forbid.

Federal prosecutors preparing for the January trial of Mohamed Mohamud said in a motion filed Tuesday that the court should let them use the terms because they accurately characterize Mohamud’s “conduct and the nature of his case.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight notes in the motion that Mohamud himself allegedly used the terms “terrorism” and “jihad” when speaking with undercover agents, though records of such conversations have not yet been made public.

Knight also seeks to refer to Mohamud’s occasional dispatches for the jihadist magazine “Jihad Recollections,” reports that Mohamud’s attorneys say are protected speech done while Mohamud, 21, was a minor.

Mohamud is accused of conspiring with men he believed were Islamic radicals to detonate a car bomb near a 2010 Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The bomb was a fake provided by the government and the men were undercover agents.

Defense attorneys Steve Sady and Steve Wax argued in a motion that such words will “blur and dilute the specific elements of the offense and distort the facts of the case.”

Prosecutors responded that such a prohibition should be measured, if used at all.

Dhimmitude.

More on the jihadist hopeful from this 2010 post, Somali Muslim arrested in sting to bomb city Christmas tree-lighting:

Mohamud made a video…putting on clothes he described as “Sheik Osama style:” a white robe, red and white headdress, and camouflage jacket.

He read a statement speaking of his dream of bringing “a dark day” on Americans and blaming his family for thwarting him, according to the court documents:

“To my parents who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them … if you — if you make allies with the enemy, then Allah’s power … will ask you about that on the day of judgment, and nothing that you do can hold me back …”

Oregon mosque led by convicted Social Security fraudster

Yet Helen Jung and others can’t seem to figure out why the terror-linked Oregon mosque is under FBI scrutiny. It takes 20+ paragraphs to find out the mosque is led by a convicted criminal. via Masjed As-Saber, Oregon Mosque Under FBI Scrutiny.

In September 2002, authorities arrested Kariye at Portland International Airport as he and family members prepared to fly to Dubai. He was charged the next day with Social Security fraud, but his arrest by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force signaled a more ominous suspicion.

The arrest was unusual. A federal prosecutor successfully argued to hold Kariye without bail, saying a customs official at the airport had found traces of TNT on his bags. Tests two weeks later concluded the initial findings were wrong and Kariye was released the following month.

Kariye pleaded guilty six months later to understating his income to qualify for Oregon Health Plan benefits and using a Social Security card with a false birth date to obtain the benefits. A judge sentenced him to probation and he paid $6,000 in fines and restitution.

But that didn’t end the FBI’s interest. An affidavit in August 2003 revealed that agents believed Kariye financially supported a group of Muslims — known as the Portland Seven — who had tried to reach Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban in September 2001. Most had regularly prayed at Masjed As-Saber and were turned in by an FBI informant at the mosque who recorded hours of conversations with two primary defendants.

Kariye was never charged. The FBI affidavit stated the informant failed to record a key conversation that allegedly described the imam’s support.

In March, Wells Fargo abruptly decided to close the bank accounts of the imam and the mosque. Both had accounts at the bank for several years.

A Wells Fargo spokesman, Tom Unger, said he doesn’t know the reasons for the bank’s decision, but maintained that “neither religion nor any other factors that could be considered discriminatory are included as part of that process” for closing the accounts.

But Unger advised doing an Internet search on the mosque’s name, which turns up various links to news stories as well as other websites including those that allege a connection to terrorism.

And unlike Helen Jung, we did an Internet search and found this:

Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye was a co-founder of the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), which the U.S. government shut down in December 2001 because of its ties to terrorism. For at least one year after GRF’s creation in 1991, Kariye was on the organization’s board of directors.

…federal prosecutors would argue that Kariye funded a trip to Afghanistan for a group of would-be terrorists, all of whom were worshipers at the Islamic Center of Portland. In an FBI affidavit, it was stated that Kariye gave six persons (known as the Portland Six) $2000 each, for the purpose of financing their travels to Afghanistan, where they were to join al Qaeda and Taliban forces in their fight against American troops.  One of the six, Jeffrey Battle, described the Islamic Center of Portland as being “the only mosque to teach about jihad.” Battle stated that he had “talked to Kariye about jihad,” that Kariye “had fought in the jihad,” and that “Kariye told his followers they should fight with other Muslims in Afghanistan against Americans.” Battle further stated that Kariye had provided “$2,000 for each of the men and the money was acquired from members of the mosque.”

More posts on Oregon here.

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