Philly: DOJ sues school district for bearded Muslim

Dept. of Jihad is on it. via U.S. Justice Dept. sues Philly school district over beard-length rule. h/t Islamist Watch

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia, claiming a rule regulating the length of employees’ beards constitutes religious discrimination.

According to the suit filed Wednesday, the district in October 2010 instituted a new grooming policy preventing school police officers and security guards from having beards longer than a quarter of an inch.

School police officer Siddiq Abu-Bakr maintained an untrimmed beard for the 27 years he worked at the district, the suit states. Abu-Bakr is a member of the Islamic faith, which he says requires that he not cut his beard.

When Abu-Bakr notified his supervisor his religious beliefs precluded him from complying with the new policy, he was allegedly issued a written reprimand cautioning that continued violation of the rule would result in “further disciplinary action.”

Though, according to the suit, Abu-Bakr provided district officials with a letter from his imam confirming his religion prohibited him from trimming his beard, the district allegedly responded his request was outweighed by “the integrity of the policy.”

The lawsuit claims the district failed to consider Abu-Bakr’s request for “reasonable accommodation” to its grooming policy. The district instead denied the request without showing that complying would cause undue hardship, according to the suit.

Prosecutors said Abu-Bakr filed a religious discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which referred the matter to the Justice Department after determining there was reasonable cause to support the allegation.

Through the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States is seeking that the district be required to create new grooming policies that don’t discriminate against employees. The lawsuit is also seeking monetary damages for Abu-Bakr and others who are similarly situated.

“No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living,” Spencer Lewis Jr., district director of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office, said in a statement. “Modifying a dress or grooming code is a reasonable accommodation that enables employees to keep working without posing an undue hardship on the employer.”

Except when it means serving cakes to homosexuals or being forced to use your earnings to pay for abortions and birth control. Then it’s ok to violate religious beliefs.

Not the first time the DOJ has sued to force sharia law on American institutions.

Pennsylvania: Shippensburg Univ provides segregated mini-mosque for Muslim women

And it only took four days to get it. via The Slate Online :: Muslim women find a place for prayer on campus. h/t LUTBOI

Muslim women at Shippensburg University used to pray between rows of books in the library, empty lounges in the CUB or wherever they could find a quiet space.

The diversity committee of Student Senate and some of the CUB staff joined together this past week to address the needs of Muslim students looking for a place to pray during the day. Practicing Muslims pray five times a day facing Mecca, and Muslim women are not supposed to pray around men.

In a mosque, women and men can pray together, as long as women are in the back. This arrangement is for the sake of modesty, so the women do not need to bend over in front of men.

Muslim women and men can pray together…as long as they are segregated.

As a result, the female students of Islamic faith were in need of a private place to pray on campus.

Didn’t they just tell us they could pray together?

Four days later, the 16 women seeking a place to pray were given a room of their own.

“We were so happy with it, so thankful to them… because they said they were going make this their priority and it didn’t take much time,” Bouhmam said of Student Senate.

The women keep a small Quran, prayer rugs and a garment to cover themselves within the room — in addition to a few desks and chairs supplied by the CUB.

Hamas-linked CAIR reps leading UPenn Sharia Law Conference

Universities have been infiltrated by terror-linked organizations and terrorist defenders. Sent from a reader via Penn Law Calendar of Events / February 22, 2014.

Eighth Annual Muslim Law Students Conference

Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA

Eighth Annual Muslim Law Students Conference:
Muslim Obligations in Promoting Justice

Sponsored by:
  

The Penn Muslim Law Students Association and National Muslim Law Students Association invite all students, academics, and professionals to join us for this exciting event!

Our Conference will feature stimulating discussions from renowned speakers, offering a great opportunity for attendees to inform themselves of pressing legal issues.  As the implementation of justice becomes increasingly difficult, the obligations of Muslim professionals evolve in nature and complexity.  We hope to provide insight on how Muslim professionals can better prepare to meet these obligations and impact our local and global society.

The Conference will also feature a networking reception for attendees to meet and mingle with other professionals.  Penn MLSA is proud to continue the tradition of fostering important connections between professionals from around the country!

Register Below!

Registration online is FREE (includes hor d’oeuvres, dinner, and refreshments)

Registration at the door is $10

CLE Credit:

This program has been approved for 1.5 substantive law credits and 1.5 ethics credits for Pennsylvania lawyers.  CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well.  Attendees seeking CLE credit must bring separate payment in the amount of $30.00 cash or check payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.”

Speakers

Faisal Kutty

Assistant Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law

Mr. Faisal Kutty is a Canadian lawyer, academic,writer, and human rights activist.  Professor Kutty has been a vocal spokesperson and advocate on human rights and the excesses of anti-terror legislation and policies.  He co-founded the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association in 1994, for which he currently serves as general counsel.  He is also a former vice chair of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN).  He has been included in The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World for the years 2010-2013. 

Amara Chaudhry-Kravitz

Of Counsel, CAIR Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Chapter

Visiting Professor, Villanova University

Mrs. Amara Chaudhry-Kravitz has devoted her entire professional career to the representation of historically marginalized populations in both criminal and civil proceedings.  Ms. Chaudhry-Kravitz has represented the indigent accused, low income persons, persons of color, juveniles, the mentally ill, and members of the LGBT community.  She has demonstrated her leadership in the emerging field of “Muslim civil rights law” through her most recent publications – “Is Brown the New Black?: American Muslims, Inherent Propensity for Violence, and America’s Racial History” & “The New Facially Neutral ‘Anti-Shariah’ Bills: A Constitutional Analysis.”

Ramzi Kassem

Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York

Mr. Ramzi Kassem represents prisoners of various nationalities presently or formerly held at American facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, at so-called “Black Sites,” and at other detention sites worldwide.

Another sharia-teaching event in Canada at the University of Alberta Law School (https://www.facebook.com/events/704450002920484/?notif_t=plan_user_joined)

Pennsylvania: American ‘Jihad Jane’ gets 10-years

…to study the Koran and spread Islam amongst other women. via

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‘Jihad Jane’ gets 10-year term.

The Montgomery County woman whose support for violent jihadists led her to Amsterdam with plans to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Monday.

While acknowledging the woman’s crimes were “gravely serious” U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker noted that Colleen Larose, better known by the online screen name “JihadJane,” had cooperated extensively with U.S. counterterrorism investigators since her 2009 arrest and struggled with a troubled past that left her vulnerable to manipulation by men.

The sentence was a significant variation from the potential life sentence LaRose faced and the decades in prison sought by federal prosecutors, who said she still remained a danger.

For her own part, LaRose, dressed in a green prison jump suit and dark headscarf, insisted to Tucker that she remained a devout Muslim but no longer supported violence.

She’s either lying to the judge or she is lying to herself about being a devout Muslim who no longer supports the violent Holy Koran.

“I don’t want to be into jihad no more,” she said, in a deep Texas twang. “I don’t think like I used to think.”

LaRose’s case made international headlines after her 2009 arrest as much for the audaciousness of the assassination plot as for the way it changed people’s vision of the homegrown terrorism threat.

With her blonde hair, green eyes and pale skin, LaRose could not have appeared more different from the Arab and South Asian men typically brought to U.S. courts on terrorism charges.

But that, said prosecutors Monday, is what made her such an attractive candidate to Ali Charaf Damache, a Ireland-based terrorist cell leader accused of recruiting LaRose through the Internet.

“As an American woman, she could do tremendous things for violent jihad,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said in court Monday. “She really did change what people thought of as a violent jihadist.”

One of the men she tried to kill responded:  SWEDISH CARTOONIST LARS VILKS: “SET THE AMERICAN JIHADIST WHO TRIED TO KILL ME FREE”.

Philly: Prosecutors say ‘Jihad Jane’ deserves lengthy sentence

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Aka Colleen LaRat. via Prosecutors say ‘JihadJane’ deserves lengthy sentence – Philly.com.

Despite her “very significant” cooperation in terrorism investigations in the United States and abroad, a Montgomery County woman arrested in 2009 for working with terrorists under the moniker “JihadJane” remains a danger and should spend several decades behind bars, federal prosecutors say.

In documents filed before a sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday, government lawyers described Colleen LaRose, 50, as an “aggressive, hardworking” force in the online extremist community.

Her sentencing provides an opportunity to “send a strong message to other lonely, vulnerable people who might be enticed by online extremists promising fame and honor,” Jennifer Arbittier Williams and Matthew F. Blue wrote.

In their filings, the lawyers cited prison letters from as recently as 2012 in which LaRose referred to Americans as “filthy kafir pigs,” and described her assignment to kill a Swedish cartoonist whose work offended some Muslims as an honor.

“LaRose’s sincere efforts at cooperation do not erase the harm that she has caused, nor the government’s grave concern that she remains a danger,” they wrote. “The world is watching, and this sentencing presents an important opportunity to send a strong message.”

LaRose’s attorney, Mark Wilson, did not return calls for comment Thursday. His client faces up to a life sentence after pleading guilty in 2011 to providing material support to terrorists.

With LaRose’s blond hair, green eyes, and deep southern twang, the case garnered international attention and changed U.S. officials’ expectations of what to fear from homegrown extremist threats, prosecutors said.

In online forums, she spewed violent anti-American vitriol and recruited other extremists for training in South Asia. She boasted of the ability her American background and looks gave her to fly beneath the radar of counterterrorism investigators.

She was arrested in Philadelphia soon after returning to the United States in frustration over the slow pace of the conspirators’ progress.

Almost immediately, LaRose began cooperating “diligently, candidly, and tirelessly” with federal counterterrorism investigators, prosecutors said in their court filings this week. Her testimony before a grand jury in 2011 led to charges against Ali Charaf Damache, her alleged handler in Ireland, and others.

Damache remains imprisoned in Ireland, fighting extradition to the United States.

Throughout, though, she has rarely appeared remorseful, Williams wrote.

“LaRose seemed to take pleasure and even pride recounting her glory days as ‘the hunter,’ ” she said. “Her demeanor continued to grow wistful – despite the passage of time – when speaking with government agents about some of her coconspirators and their plans.”

Two of LaRose’s convicted codefendants also face possible sentencing next week, including Jamie Paulin Ramirez, a Colorado mother who uprooted her young son and moved to Ireland to join LaRose’s cause, and Mohammad Hassan Khalid, an 19-year-old Maryland teen who in 2012 became the youngest person ever convicted on a U.S. terrorism charges.

Prosecutors are seeking sentences of less than 10 years for both. Their lawyers have indicated they intend to cite the troubled psychological histories of their clients as mitigating factors.

Philly: Another burka robbery

Burkas are all the rage in America, particularly among the criminal.

via Teens in Muslim burkas try to rob Delco gun shop.

Most teenagers do dumb things. But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb.

Who is Joe Galiano? He’s the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale Borough, Delaware County. He is surrounded by guns, including the one on his hip. Like his .45-caliber pistol. Can’t miss it.

Despite this fact, police say two teenagers dressed in burkas walked into his store this afternoon, pulled a gun on Galiano and tried to stick him up. Galiano, less than thrilled about having a man in female Muslim garb pointing a silver handgun at him inside his own store, decided not to comply, but instead to make use of his own gun.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Chief Robert Adams said of the attempted robbery. “He carries a gun and it’s right out there in the open.”

Cops say Galiano fired one shot at the teens, ages 15 and 17. Neither was struck, but they apparently saw the error of their ways and fled the store. One hopped onto a SEPTA bus and tried unsuccessfully to hide in the back, the other was apprehended behind a trolley stop. Muslim clothing and other evidence was found between the scene and the trolley stop, police said.

The teens’ parents are at the police station right now, Adams said. He is not releasing their identities at this point because they are juveniles. Charges pending include robbery, possession of an instrument of crime and drug possession.

This actually isn’t the first time juveniles have targeted the Suburban Armory. In 2008, five people, including an 11-year-old boy, broke in overnight and stole 14 semiautomatic weapons and 250 rounds of ammunition. Adams said the 11-year-old’s mom thought he was home asleep in their Philadelphia home at the time.

Philly: Afraid of ‘bridenapping’ by Muslims, apostate woman seeks asylum in U.S.

Islam – the real war on women – championed by Obama and the media.

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via Afraid of ‘bridenapping,’ Kyrgyzstan woman seeks asylum – Philly.com.

IF ALBINA Kurmanbekova returns home, she has many prospects for marriage.

Not marriage as we understand it, however. More than a dozen Muslim men have threatened her with “bridenapping,” forcible marriage that is indistinguishable from kidnapping, rape and slavery.

Welcome to Kyrgyzstan, where “bridenapping,” a gross violation of human rights, is the national sport played by men and endured by women.

That’s not what Albina wants, that’s what she fears – and that’s why she has filed for asylum in the U.S. She’s living with the family of her aunt Mira Kasymkulova on a quiet Holmesburg street. Kasymkulova has been in the U.S. for 15 years and translated for Albina, whose English is weak.

Bridenapping occurs in scattered parts of the world, usually in patriarchal societies. Even where it is against the law, as it is in Kyrgyzstan, enforcement is nonexistent, said Kurmanbekova, something I verified. Where bridenapping exists, it is usually a tribal “tradition.”

I asked the aunt if a bridenapped young woman wouldn’t get help from her father.

She laughed. No, because most likely the father was a bridenapper himself. In Kyrgyzstan, a stunning 50 to 75 percent of marriages follow bridenapping. Suicide has been reported among some of those bridenapped.

In Albina’s case, there is an overlay that makes it more terrifying: She is a Christian.

Albina arrived in the United States in June on a work-and-travel visa, and when that became known, 13 Muslim men, posting on Russian Facebook, threatened to bridenap her if she ever returned, one of them vowing to snatch her right at the airport.

Albina decided never to return, even if that meant not seeing her parents and three younger sisters again. In America, she had seen a way of life in which women are not chattel.

She also saw another freedom here: freedom of worship.

Kyrgyzstan is a largely rural nation in central Asia with a population of 5 million, about 80 percent Muslim. Although Albina was born Muslim, after she visited a Christian church with her grandmother, something took hold of her heart.

She saw something in Christianity she had not seen in Islam and was the first in her family to convert, in 2003.

“I saw how Christian families were different; I had friends who were Christian and they were different,” said Albina, who turns 21 on Thursday. “In Muslim, the man does not put his family first. He makes the decisions on his own; a woman isn’t as important as a man.”

As her family migrated toward Christianity, a local mullah visited her father and lectured him against it. “The mullah said he had to go to the mosque,” Albina said. “My father told him he believed in Jesus.”

Soon after, her father was struck by a car and left for dead. An accident?

The family moved to another part of Bishkek, the capital, and later moved to a rural area where there are no nearby neighbors and no one knows they are Christian. The area is so remote that there is no Internet access, so Albina can reach her family only by telephone.

She may never see them again, because returning would be too dangerous. The threats against her are real.

She sought an extension of her visa and applied for asylum in the United States, where she wants to complete her university education. She finished three years in Kyrgyzstan.

Albina’s plea for asylum was heard by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which will decide her fate in about a week.

I can’t believe that USCIS would send her back to the disgusting hell of a “tradition” that awaits her.

Believe it. She left the favored and joined the persecuted. Like the home-schooling family fighting deportation, Obama would have no qualms sending her back to teach a lesson to her and all Muslims who might seek freedom rather than submission.

Pennsylvania: Pakistani Muslim on FBI terror watch list kidnapped, killed 7-month-old baby

For starters, ban all immigration from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Stat. via Man on terror watch list may have killed 7-month-old baby, police say – Philly.com.

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A PAKISTANI NATIVE who a source said is on the FBI’s terrorist-watch list kidnapped his girlfriend’s baby from an Upper Darby home Sunday and may have killed the 7-month-old and buried his lifeless body along a rural roadside in York, police said.

Ummad Rushdi, 30, has been charged with kidnapping and related offenses after he was arrested early yesterday at his home in York. The baby, Hamza Ali, was last seen alive Saturday night and hasn’t been found, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

“Our hope is that the child is alive, but the reality of the investigation thus far . . . is that the baby is probably dead,” Chitwood said.

The baby’s mother, Zainab Gaal, 20, who was born in Somalia and raised in Yemen, began dating Rushdi just three or four weeks ago, police said. Gaal and her son were already living with Rushdi and his brother at their home in York, police said. Authorities didn’t immediately know when Gaal came to the United States, and did not know the whereabouts or identity of her child’s father.

Last week, the three adults and baby Hamza traveled to Upper Darby to stay with Rushdi’s parents at their well-kept stone rowhouse on Chestnut Street near Powell Lane, police said.

Several days before the kidnapping, Rushdi allegedly hurt the baby’s shoulder, Chitwood said. Gaal wanted to take Hamza to the hospital because she feared his shoulder may have been broken, but Rushdi and his parents wanted to “self-medicate” the boy, Chitwood said.

On Sunday morning, Gaal and Rushdi’s family awoke to find Rushdi and Hamza missing, police said. Rushdi’s brother began to relay calls between Rushdi and Gaal, saying that the baby was fine and that Rushdi would return him to Upper Darby, Chitwood said.

In one conversation, Rushdi’s brother allegedly told Gaal that Rushdi was taking the baby to live with Gaal’s parents in Maine because the boy was “interfering” with the couple’s relationship, Chitwood said.

Several of Rushdi’s family members went to look for him and the baby in York, but Gaal remained in Upper Darby, police said.

Finally on Tuesday, Rushdi’s brother told Gaal that Rushdi had awakened before everyone in the house in Upper Darby on Sunday and went into a room by himself with the baby, where he had “some type of interaction” that led to the child’s death. Gaal called police about 8:30 p.m. that night.

“Rushdi did not want to share with the mother that the baby had died, so he drove the baby out of that location,” Chitwood said.

Police believe that Rushdi drove with the dead baby in his car nearly 100 miles to a rural area off Route 30 near York, where his car was found abandoned by police.

“We believe that Rushdi then buried the child somewhere up there,” Chitwood said.

Rushdi was arrested in York about 2:30 a.m. and was taken to Upper Darby to be arraigned on charges of kidnapping, reckless endangerment and related offenses.

According to a law-enforcement source, Rushdi is on the FBI’s terrorist-watch and no-fly lists.

“He was planning to go to Canada or Mexico, because he knew he couldn’t fly,” the source said.

Authorities found a knife, handcuffs and $800 in cash on Rushdi when he was arrested, police said.

Philadelphia FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski could not confirm or deny whether anyone was on the terrorist-watch list.

It’s not clear when Rushdi came to this country from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, why he is allegedly on the watch list or how long he has lived in York. The source said Rushdi’s parents had previously lived in York but had recently moved to Upper Darby.

Rushdi was arrested twice in the York suburb of Springettsbury, once in 2008 for driving without a license, accidents involving damage and resisting arrest, and again in 2011 for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

He also was arrested in May 2012 in West Philadelphia after he got into a fight on Chestnut Street near 47th and allegedly threatened police officers who responded. When police told him and the other men to disperse, Rushdi allegedly refused and began to yell threats at the officers.

“He said, ‘You don’t want to f— with me’ then proceeded to say, ‘I will kill you and your family,’ ” Chitwood said, reading from the police report.

Philadelphia police searched a backpack that Rushdi was carrying and found a knife, Chitwood said. While cops had him up against a wall trying to place him under arrest, Rushdi allegedly told another man who was there to remember the name of the arresting officer because “we will take care of this,” Chitwood quoted Rushdi as saying.

Rushdi was charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct for the incident. According to court records, he represented himself at trial and was found guilty. He was ordered to serve a year of probation, police said.

Now, Rushdi sits in Delaware County Prison on kidnapping charges, held on $750,000 bail.

He is not cooperating with authorities, police said. York police and the FBI spent yesterday searching for the tiny boy’s body to no avail.

Pittsburgh-born Muslim killed in Syria praised killer of Dutch filmmaker, jihad

More details on the US passport found in Syria last week. via Pittsburgh man reportedly dead in Syria

An American-Egyptian man born in Pittsburgh is missing in Syria and reported dead in fighting between Islamic militants and Kurdish militia.

If true, Amiir Farouk Ibrahim, 32, would be the second American known to have been killed in Syria’s civil war.

Family members said he traveled to Turkey in February or March and later crossed into Syria, where Syrian rebels and foreign Islamist fighters have battled government troops for more than two years.

Ibrahim told his parents that he was providing humanitarian assistance there, although his father said he did not believe that.

Contacted at their Cairo home by the Tribune-Review, Ibrahim’s family said they were unaware of the Internet postings. They appeared shocked and devastated at the news.

One of his brothers later called a Trib reporter to say that a friend told him that Ibrahim was killed in Syria.

State Department, Homeland Security and other federal officials in Washington declined to comment or said they were unaware of Ibrahim’s status or whereabouts.

Ibrahim was born Oct. 30, 1980, in Pittsburgh, according to his U.S. passport and his family.

His father, Farouk, worked for Pullman Swindell, a Pittsburgh-based steel-industry engineering firm now known as Swindell-Dressler. The elder Ibrahim attended the University of Pittsburgh, and the family had lived in Western Pennsylvania for 14 years, he said.

They moved to Saudi Arabia two years after Ibrahim was born, as the steel industry began to falter, and returned to Egypt eight years later.

Ibrahim lived with his parents and other family members in Heliopolis, a middle-class to upscale section of Cairo.

In 2003, he returned to the United States to attend Columbus State Community College in Ohio. He enrolled at Tallahassee Community College before transferring to Florida International University in Miami. In 2008, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, according to school officials.

His father described him as intelligent — graduating from FIU with a 3.4 grade-point average — and as very involved in Islamic activities.

He wanted to stay in Florida; he wanted to spread the Dawa,” or the call to Islam, the elder Ibrahim said. “We played a trick on him and brought him back here.” Continue reading

Pennsylvania: “Abu Nancy” gets 8 1/2 years for promoting jihad against Americans

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via Muslim terrorist from Armstrong County gets 8 1/2 years in plot | www.wpxi.com. (video at the link)

PITTSBURGH — A judge has handed down an eight-and-a-half-year sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to promote terror attacks against American military and civilian targets.

Prosecutors said he promoted attacks in posts he made on an Islamic extremist web forum he moderated.

Emerson Begolly, 24, of Redbank Township, Armstrong County, also pleaded guilty to having a loaded pistol when he allegedly bit two FBI agents who tried to question him before his arrest in January 2011.

U.S. attorney David Hickton said, “Today, Emerson Begolly was sentenced to eight and a half years in federal prison for soliciting like-minded radical jihadists to commit atrocities and murder, and for using a concealed firearm during his assault on FBI agents.”

Begolly, whose Internet nickname was Abu Nancy, faced a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison on the weapons charge and up to 10 years on the one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

Hickton said he believes Begolly was “ready to kill.”

“Begolly boasted that if police came for him he would make Waco look like a tea party. He espoused it was acceptable to kill hostages,” said Hickton.

Begolly apologized “for the things I said on the web. I shamed my family. I want to follow a path of peace.”

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U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill pronounced the sentence at the end of a lengthy hearing that was delayed by an hour while attorneys met with him in chambers. Neither the judge nor prosecutors explained why the sentence was significantly shorter than the 15 years called for by federal guidelines.

Because he will be credited for time served, Begolly can expect to be released before he is 30 years old.

“Besides providing specific direction, such as using propane tanks tied to the front of a truck to create a car bomb or using a pry bar to derail trains, Begolly emphasized detail on how to maximize the carnage or focus on specific types of vulnerable victims to enhance the success of the terror,” Mr. Kitchen wrote. He also provided a bombmaking manual to followers, the prosecutor wrote.

…according to Mr. Kitchen, Begolly “was claiming that when he was released from prison, he intended to kill his mother because she cooperated with the government in his apprehension.”

Back in May Begolly threatened to kill witness but the government did not charge him.

Protesters shooed away from Islamic center in Pennsylvania

via Protesters shooed away from Islamic center in Saylorsburg, hold rally in field | PoconoRecord.com. h/t Yucel

Protesters first streaming into Saylorsburg Saturday found they had no where to stand to voice their anger.

State troopers directed early arrivals away from the area in front of the Islamic center where controversial Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen has lived for more than a decade along Mount Eaton Road, which has no shoulder. Several nearby neighbors blocked their driveways with caution tape and cones.

Eventually, about 130 protesters made their way down the road, past Mount Eaton Church and to a field belonging to Tricia Bauer by the T&R Farm Shack.

Bauer said she was pulling weeds earlier Saturday when the group came by to ask if they could use her property, about two miles from the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center.

She directed about 50 cars and buses as they arrived, collecting $10 per vehicle to park in her field and assemble there. State troopers directed traffic into the field and were stationed along the roadway to keep traffic moving.

“This is America,” Bauer said of the group’s right to protest, though she personally had no opinion on the issue.

Protesters came from across the U.S. to draw attention to Gülen’s residence in Saylorsburg. He is a polarizing figure in Turkey whom critics accuse of trying to turn the country into an Islamic regime from a secular democracy.

Men, women and children waved Turkish flags, often emblazoned with the face of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the republic and secular hero in Turkey. Some also held American flags and posters with slogans in English and Turkish.

USA wake up, sharia is here,” read one, warning of sharia law.

“Stop stealing our taxes for your jihad,” another said.

Birgul Oncu, of New York, said she hoped the protest would make Americans more aware of who Gülen is and his influence in Turkey and in America through charter schools affiliated with the Gülen movement.

We just don’t understand why the American people are letting him stay here,” she said.

Protesters said they were in favor of a secular Turkey, and in solidarity with protesters on the streets of major Turkish cities over the last few weeks who have criticized Turkey’s leader for what they see as an Islamization of the country.

These secularists were all waving Turkish flags with the Islamic crescent and star. Just sayin. Check the pics at link above.

Huriye Altan, of Long Island, said she is an American citizen of Turkish origin whose husband fought in the Vietnam War. She said the protesters were not anti-American, but fighting what she said is Gülen’s misuse of tax dollars from charter schools connected with the Gülen movement.

Mary Addi, who is not of Turkish origin, spoke to protesters as well. She said she came from Cleveland and was fired from a charter school connected to Gülen five years ago. Since then, she has worked with authorities to prove Gülen’s misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Why hasn’t the United States government done something about it?” she asked.

Edward Hoke, commanding officer of state police Troop N, stood by the field where the protesting continued. He said he appreciated the protesters peaceful cooperation. One protester came to thank him for his efforts, explaining that police in Turkey are violent.

“Their safety is paramount to us to make sure no one gets run over,” he said, adding that troopers were working to keep traffic moving.

Many posts on the Gulen Islamic charter schools, many of which have are involved in shady financial dealings. Here.

Philly: Former Synagogue Transforms into Mosque, ‘Literally Overnight’

via Former Synagogue Transforms into Mosque | NBC 10 Philadelphia. h/t halalporkshop

First it was a synagogue, then a church and now the property at 7401 Limekiln Pike will be transformed into a mosque.

The former West Oak Lane Church of God complex in Northwest Philadelphia has a new owner. Masjidullah Inc. (pronounced Mass-jid-Allah) purchased the church building and office annex for $1 million last month.

“All of us are in shock we were able to pull it off,” said Nafeesa Malik, Masjidullah assistant treasurer and Sunday school director. “I find it very exciting. It literally happened overnight.”

The Muslim population continues to grow throughout the greater Philadelphia area and the new mosque will be the largest center in the region for Muslims to gather.

According to Temple University’s Khalid Blackinship, there are about 30,000 Muslims and 50 mosques in Philadelphia. Blackinship says those numbers double when considering the suburban population.

“Fifty plus years ago there weren’t any Muslims in Philly. The purchase of the building is a major step and it will be a showcase building,” said Blackinship.

The prayer area can hold 1,500 people. The building has 14 classrooms, a banquet hall, a playground, gym and a separate office building with space available for lease.

“This facility will allow us to educate our children by providing a safe, Islamically-based education program,” said Rashid.

“The new facility will enable Masjidullah to serve as a city-wide masjid or ‘grand mosque’ that works for the unity of the Muslim community; and be a unifying force in building alliances with other faith and community groups.”

Related: Salafi group building mosques in Philly and Jersey (video)

Pennsylvania: Muslim Threatens to Kill Mom, Boyfriend over Pork

#MyJihad via Police: Death Threat Prompted By Pork Dinner | The Smoking Gun. h/t Jawa Howie

JUNE 19–A Pennsylvania man allegedly threatened to kill his mother because he believed she tried to “poison” him by serving pork, “which was against his Muslim religion,” investigators report.

Joshua Lee Coffey, 25, confronted his mother Sherri last week in the family’s home in St. Marys, a central Pennsylvania city.

Coffey accused his mother of “attempting to poison him,” noting that “the meat he was given to eat was pork, which was against his Muslim religion,” according to a probable cause affidavit. A criminal complaint alleges that Coffey “did threaten to kill his mother…due to his displeasure with the dinner served to him.”

During the ensuing argument, Coffey allegedly threatened to kill his mother and her boyfriend (with whom she had been eating dinner in her bedroom).

At one point, Coffey went to the kitchen and retrieved a 10-inch kitchen knife. He then returned to the bedroom and “held the knife in a threatening manner,” prompting his mother to “flee out the window of the bedroom onto the roof.” Sherri Coffey subsequently called 911 and then went to a neighbor’s home to await the arrival of officers.

Pennsylvania: Muslim inmate threatened to kill witness, government not charging him

Three Muslims in North Carolina were just sentenced for plotting to behead a witness. Why not this one? via Government defends recording Armstrong County man’s jail conversation | TribLIVE.

The government on Monday denied using an inmate to target Muslim inmates and record them speaking with their attorneys.

“There were no recordings made (or any other gathering or reporting) of any attorney-conversations ever,” said U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tamara Collier.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kitchen, one of the attorneys prosecuting Emerson Begolly, 24, of Redbank, Armstrong County, said in a court document filed on Friday in Pittsburgh that the informant began working as a porter in the visiting area of Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, where attorneys meet with inmates, but only after he recorded Begolly threatening to kill a witness.

Begolly pleaded guilty Aug. 9, 2011, to soliciting terrorist acts on a pro-jihad website and to carrying a firearm during a scuffle with federal agents who arrested him in January 2011.

He was scheduled to be sentenced May 29. Assistant Federal Public Defender Marketa Sims filed a motion May 9 asking for a delay in the hearing, in part so that she could investigate whether the government used the inmate to record privileged conversations.

U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill on Monday granted Sims’ motion and rescheduled Begolly’s sentencing hearing for July 10.

Bruce Antkowiak, a former federal prosecutor who is a St. Vincent College law professor, said it is unlikely that another inmate would be in a position to overhear or record a conversation between an attorney and inmate.

“That’s a big deal — if you actually were listening in through any devices to attorney-client conversations,” Antkowiak said.

Kitchen said in court documents the government does not object to delaying the hearing but denies any wrongdoing. The informant reached out to prosecutors because he was seeking a deal with the government and offered up several pieces of information that included Begolly’s threats, he said.

Before that Oct. 12 meeting, “neither undersigned counsel nor any member of the prosecution team involved in this case against the defendant Emerson Begolly was aware of the existence of the confidential informant, nor what information he/she might provide,” Kitchen said.

The government does not plan to charge Begolly with making the threat, but it may offer it at his sentencing as evidence that he shows no remorse for what he did, Kitchen said.

 Previous posts on the Penn State jihadist here.

Salafi group building mosques in Philly and Jersey (video)

Three in Philly, at least one in Camden, one in Asbury Park, and others in New Jersey, North Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland and more.

Start listening at 5:15 via The Salafi Marakiz in the United Kingdom & America – YouTube.

Germany has banned three Salafi movements who want to implement sharia law. What Muslim group doesn’t want that?

As Robert Spencer posted recently, Mosques are the battleground of the war between Islam and the West. We haven’t had a chance to watch the video but if you have time check it out.

If you live in one of the affected areas, contact your elected officials.

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