North Carolina: Hearing set for Muslim who deserted USMC twice

via Hearing set for US Marine accused of desertion; claimed extremists kidnapped him in Iraq | Fox News.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Military officials have scheduled a hearing this week for a Marine accused of faking his own kidnapping in Iraq as well as failing to return to his base after visiting relatives in Utah.

A statement from Camp Lejeune on Tuesday said the hearing for Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is scheduled for Thursday. A Marine Corps spokesman says the results of the hearing will determine what action will be taken.

Hassoun disappeared twice from the military — first in June 2004 in a purported kidnapping by Islamic extremists, and in January 2005 when he failed to return to Camp Lejeune.

Hassoun turned himself in to military authorities in June and is in custody pending an investigation and decisions on the charges against him.

As was reported in July, Muslim who deserted Marine Corps back in U.S. custody:

It is unclear where Hassoun, 34, has spent the past nine years after disappearing during a visit with relatives in Utah in December 2004. Nor is it known why he chose to turn himself in now. He was born in Lebanon and is a naturalized American citizen.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2002 and was trained as a motor vehicle operator. At the time of his disappearance from a Marine camp in Fallujah in western Iraq in June 2004 he was serving as an Arabic translator. That was a particularly difficult year for the Marines in Iraq. In April they launched an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic extremists but were ordered to pull back, only to launch a second offensive in November that succeeded in regaining control of the city but at the expense of dozens of Marine lives.

Seven days after his June 2004 disappearance, a photo of a blindfolded Hassoun with a sword poised above his head turned up on Al-Jazeera television. A group called the National Islamic Resistance/1920 Revolution Brigade claimed to be holding him captive.

On July 8, 2004, Hassoun contacted American officials in Beirut, Lebanon, claiming to have been kidnapped. He was returned to the US and eventually to Camp Lejeune. After a Navy investigation, the military charged Hassoun with desertion, loss of government property, theft of a military firearm for allegedly leaving the Fallujah camp with a 9 mm service pistol, and theft of a Humvee.

Shortly after his return to the US, Hassoun said in a public statement that he had been captured by insurgents in Iraq and was still a loyal Marine.

In the initial months following his return to Lejeune, Hassoun was not held in confinement because charges had not yet been brought against him. He was considered non-deployable until the case was resolved, but he was allowed to make personal trips. Prior to his disappearance in December 2004 he had taken leave twice without incident after he returned from Lebanon.

A January 2005 hearing on the matter was canceled when Hassoun failed to return to Camp Lejeune from his Utah visit. His commanders then officially classified him as a deserter, authorizing civilian police to apprehend him.

California: Muslim Mafia – CAIR, Outs Secret FBI Informant in Jihad Case

Hamas-linked CAIR would rather defend Muslims accused of plotting jihad and killing Americans than defend a Muslim who was willing to expose potential jihadists (i.e., an apostate).

As one commenter mused:

…this looks exactly like what the Italian Mafia was doing from the 1950s through the 1980s. Identifying informants to protect a specific group’s actions, especially in suspect circumstances. Fatima Dadabhoy, senior civil rights attorney for the Los Angeles office of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, noted, “It will come down to what is in the best interest of our community.” One must wonder exactly what he considers a “community?”

The American community, in which terrorism and killing Americans is wrong? Or some extremist Muslim communities, in which terrorism and the killing of Americans is supported and praised?

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Last week it was reported that, Former Inland defendants now expected to testify for government:

Tuesday, [U.S. District Judge Virginia] Phillips said she was concerned that a protective order had been violated when an amount allegedly paid to secret FBI informant in the case had made its way into a news release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations-LA – the local office of a national Islamic rights organization.

The organization said in the release it was seeking information about the informant, and an attorney for the group said CAIR-LA “can’t say/we won’t” expose the identity of that person, if it comes across verifiable information.

And this week the evidence that Hamas-CAIR has fully infiltrated the U.S. government and exposed an FBI informant, via TERROR TRIAL: Informant ID’d in Inland conspiracy case – Press Enterprise.

Nine days after an Islamic terrorists rights group called for help to identify the undercover FBI informant in an Inland terrorism conspiracy case, his name was mentioned in open court Tuesday.

Jeffrey A. Aaron, a deputy federal public defender representing Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, of Pomona, asked about the status of the informant before testimony resumed in the trial before U.S. Distict Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside Federal Court.

Aaron posed his question in court, outside the jury’s presence.

Aaron identified the informant as Mohammad Hammad, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan De Witt confirmed the name when shown a 2002 federal criminal drug case with Hammad named with 41 other defendants.

De Witt told Phillips on Tuesday that Hammad was hospitalized with an undisclosed condition and may face surgery. She declined to give additional details after the court hearing.

The Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (LA-CAIR) claimed the informant was used to entrap the defendants, and issued a public appeal Aug. 10 for help in identifying him, saying he was paid more than $356,645 by the government for his work.

Without being identified, Hammad had earlier been described by defense attorneys in court papers as a convicted drug felon who should have been deported for his offense. Filings did not mention his country of origin.

Court records show Hammad was sentenced in Los Angeles Federal Court on Aug. 2, 2007, to 42 months of prison and five years of supervised release for possession of pseudoephederine with knowledge that it would be used to make methamphetamine.

“It is interesting that his name has been revealed, we will see if other information is generated from this,” said Fatima Dadabhoy, senior civil rights attorney for LA-CAIR.

“We understand when informants are important to use, but when they become agent-provocateurs, that becomes a problem,” said Dadabhoy.

The government has said the payment amount claimed by LA-CAIR was misleading, because the Kabir case was not the only one for which Hammad was being paid.

It’s not clear whether Hammad will testify in the Inland case.

“We are waiting to see if we need to call him at all,” De Witt told Phillips on Tuesday . Hammad is believed to be 41 years old, based on previous trial testimony.

Government prosecutors said the alleged plot by the case’s four original defendants to travel to Afghanistan in the late fall of 2012, join al-Qaida and kill American service personnel was a serious endeavor that began in 2010. It was well underway, they said, before the informant infiltrated the group in February 2012.

Kabir, along with Ralph Deleon, 25, of Ontario, are on trial on five conspiracy counts that allege they plotted along with Arifeen David Gojali, 23, of Riverside and Miguel Santana, 23, of Upland to join the Taliban and al-Qaida and “engage in violent jihad” against American military personnel and bases overseas.

One report stated Gojali and Santana have plead guilty, another stated they were no longer listed on the indictment. Multiple sources stated they would testify against the remaining two jihadis:

Two Inland men who faced charges in a homegrown terrorism case are now expected to testify against the two remaining defendants on trial in Riverside Federal Court for conspiracies that include plotting to murder Americans overseas.

The disclosure came Tuesday as defense attorney Jeffrey A. Aaron complained during a morning court session to U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips that prosecutors waited until the last minute to give him a large file of recorded jailhouse conversations and emails generated by Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside and Miguel Santana of Upland.

Tennessee: Judge dismisses lawsuit, allows Islamic cemetery at mega mosque

Laws don’t really matter to Muslim immigrants. They had already buried at least one Muslim before the mosque was even approved. And kept building after a court order to stop. via Judge dismisses mosque cemetery lawsuit | WBBJTV

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a permit that was issued allowing a Middle Tennessee mosque to build a cemetery on its property.

A group of residents filed the suit after Rutherford County officials approved the request from the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/Ummi0o) reports senior Judge Paul Summers, who sat on the case after local judges recused themselves, issued his opinion on Thursday. He ruled that the Board of Zoning Appeals properly approved the permit.

ICM attorney John Green said he was pleased with the ruling.

A lead plaintiff in the case, Bonnie Golczynski, and her attorney, Duncan Cates Cave, declined to say whether they would appeal. The plaintiffs had cited concerns about possible water contamination and traffic problems in their lawsuit.

The mosque was Built on a Foundation of Lies. It was illegally approved and forced on citizens by Obama’s Dept of inJustice.

One Judge ruled Murfreesboro mosque construction must stop. And a Judge blocked the occupancy permit for Murfreesboro mosque. Many more truths can be found in our archives.

After hearing about the government approvals, many people complained and filed a lawsuit about the county approving a larger mosque that included long-term plans for the cemetery without giving enough public notice about it.

 Or no notice at all.

The mosque recently Hosted a Prominent Muslim Brotherhood Leader.

Obama negotiated for Muslim Deserter Bergdahl, but not for American Journalist

Telling. via Jihadists sent Foley’s boss an email ‘full of rage’ a week before killing | New York Post.

The jihadists who savagely took the life of an American journalist sent his employer an e-mail a week earlier threatening the execution.

“We received an email from the captors on Wednesday night of last week stating their intention to execute Jim,” Philip Balboni, the founder of the online news service site Global Post, told WCVB Boston. “The email was full of rage.”

The White House knew about the threat against Foley’s life and did not engage in negotiations with the terrorists, Balboni said.

Balboni said he had been working behind the scenes since James Foley’s capture in 2012 to try to free him, spending millions of dollars in search efforts. The Global Post and the Foley family paid for most of it, with some help from the White House, State Department and FBI.

The ISIS militants did not make any demands in the email and would not listen to Balboni’s pleas to spare the innocent reporter’s life.

“It could have been a bluff and we had to believe it was a bluff,” Balboni added. “You know when you kidnap someone and hold them for almost two years, you don’t do it unless you believe there is value in those hostages.”

But Tuesday evening, they exacted their revenge for continued US airstrikes in regions where ISIS is fighting for control.

Balboni learned that the video was authentic Tuesday night and mourned the loss of a “wonderful, warm, funny, gregarious person.”

He believes the US needs to do more to put an end to this kind of violence, with reporter Steven Sotloff’s life currently in danger, as he was seen in the video and an ISIS militant warned that he was next if airstrikes continued.

“”It warrants a stronger response,” Balboni said. “I would leave that to people who know more than I as to what that should be.”

Obama on his illegal deal – breaking at least 2 laws according to the federal GAO – to release five terrorists for the Muslim deserter Bergdahl:

“We had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity.” On Thursday, U.S. officials said the Taliban had threatened to kill Bergdahl if word of the deal leaked out.

No chance that was a bluff.

If you’re Muslim, Obama will go the extra mile. If you’re rotting in a Mexican prison or about to be beheaded, continue praying.

Update: ISIS offered to swap Foley for ‘Lady al Qaeda’

Orlando Muslims rally in support of terrorist Hezbollah (video)

via Orlando Muslims rally in support of Hezbollah – AllenBWest.com.

Political correctness will be the death of America, and indeed western civilization. Why are we afraid to stand up to this clear and present danger?

The death of America will be immigration – not just illegal immigration but immigration of Muslims who have no intention of integrating and living peacefully with non-Muslims.

Missouri: Ferguson protesters hoist ISIS sign, jihad group urges sharia for town

via @EdisWorldView

Obama’s post-racial America…bringing jihad to the streets of America. Obama is content to let ISIS creep into the U.S. and let blacks be the dupes to test martial law in the U.S. – it’s the perfect distraction to his importing of millions of illegal aliens. Soon, there will be hundreds of Ferguson’s on fire with groups like La Raza joining with Hamas, ISIS, CAIR, ISNA, Hizbollah, etc.

Reporter Jake Tapper better be careful.

Australia: Muslim Students Assoc invites honor-killing supporter, university forces cancellation

To save the MSA and Hizb ut Tahrir from having to commit blasphemy and reject Islamic sharia. via Cancelled: proposed speech by Muslim activist Uthman Badar at UWA.

A speech by a controversial Muslim activist planned to be held at UWA [The University of Western Australia] has been cancelled by organisers, who claimed they were misled by an outside party.

The MSA was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood. They invited Hizb ut Tahrir to speak. They weren’t misled, they were caught.

On Tuesday morning, UWA’s Muslim Students Association cancelled the speech by Uthman Badar after Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson declared the activist had to renounce his alleged view that honour killings were morally justified.

Mr Badar attracted significant media attention earlier this year when he was booked to speak on morally justifying honour killing at Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Negative feedback forced the seminar to be called off.

Now the Australian spokesman for Hizb Ut-Tahrir - an international Islamic group that advocates sharia law – Mr Badar had been invited to speak at a forum at UWA held by the university’s Muslim Students Association titled “Gaza Crisis”.

Hizb ut Tahrir is terrorist organization.

The university’s Muslim Students Association cancelled the forum, shortly after Mr Johnson said he required a written undertaking that Mr Badar abide by the university’s code of ethics and conduct and renounce his views on honour killings “in all contexts”.

Muslim Students Association executive officer Nazim Khan, an assistant professor at UWA’s Department of Applied Statistics, said the association had been misguided by a party outside the university.

Vice-Chancellor Johnson had earlier labelled Mr Badar’s purported views to be incompatible with UWA principles.

“Mr Badar has been reported to hold the view that so-called honour killings are morally justified,” he said in a statement.

“This view is completely incompatible with the university’s principles.

“[Mr Johnson] requires Mr Badar to give an explicit, written public assurance that he is opposed to the cowardly and barbaric act of so-called honour killings.”

Will Mr. Johnson require the MSA to make the same written statement? Will he dare make all Muslim students make the same pledge against Islamic honor killing?

They MSA has infiltrated nearly every university in the U.S. and Canada to spread their ideology. 

Muslim group ISIS beheads American journalist, threatens to behead a second

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via Islamic State claims to have beheaded American journalist | New York Post.

Bloodthirsty militants in Iraq released a horrific video on Tuesday that shows the apparent beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley — with the execution aimed at forcing President Obama to put an end to US airstrikes.

Foley, a 40-year-old photojournalist kidnapped in 2012, was forced to recite anti-American hatred from his Islamic State in Iraq and Syria captors as his final words before a masked killer put the knife to his neck.

The video — which was posted on YouTube until the site yanked it down — shows Foley dressed in prisoner orange and on his knees in the desert area. His head is shaved. Behind him is a man covered head to toe in black. It’s titled “A Message to America.”

A stone-faced Foley — who was last seen on Thanksgiving 2012 while working for Agence France-Presse — then bravely reads a clearly coerced statement.

 “I call on my friends family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government. My message to my beloved parents: Save me some dignity and don’t accept any meager compensation for my death from the same people who effectively put the last nail in my coffin,” he said.

 “I call on my brother who is in the Air Force. I call on you, John. Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq. Who did they really kill? Did they think about me you and our family when they made that decision? I died that day, John. When your colleagues dropped that bomb, they signed my death certificate. I wish I had more time. I wish I had the hope of seeing my family one more time.”

 As a final insult, his last forced words were, “I guess all-in-all I wish I wasn’t American.”

The video then shows another American — Time journalist Steven Joel Sotloff — and the group says he is next unless the US backs off.

 He is being held by the collar as he kneels in the desert, also wearing prisoner orange and a shaved head.

Sotloff was abducted in Syria in August 2013.

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ISIS is essentially one of Obama’s own creations. He stood down in Iraq, blundered in Afghanistan, funded, armed and trained future ISIS wings in Syria and allowed them to fester in Libya and elsewhere. So what does Obama do after stoking racial tensions in Missouri, Obama went back to vacation.

America was warned about Obama’s hope and change, twice, and chose not to listen.

Full video here. (Warning, very graphic – coming to America soon)

As expected, Muslims on Twitter Defending Execution of James Wright Foley.

It should also be noted that Muslims like CAIR, the ACLU and many others who do the bidding for terrorists like ISIS want to prevent law enforcement from being trained about this Islamic threat.

Michigan: Lansing mayor’s to host Ramadan dinner…days before 9/11

Ramadan ended in July, according to the Sharia Council of North America (did you know there was one?). Why then are the mayor’s of Lansing, Michigan holding a Ramadan dinner  – at taxpayer expense – just days before 9/11? Could it be that classless and clueless mayor’s prostrate themselves for Islam and take advise from Muslim coordinators, as noted on the flyer below?

Mayor Virg Bernero (left), and Mayor Nathan Triplett (right)

Mayor Virg Bernero (left), and Mayor Nathan Triplett (right)

via Ramadan Unity Dinner hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett | Facebook. h/t D

The mission of the Ramadan Unity Dinner to demonstrate the importance of diversity and the Muslim culture.

1044684_634689426629239_1096442485392545248_nWhat’s so great about Muslim culture? There’s no love, no humor, no music, no beauty. The only people flocking to Muslim countries are Muslims who want to wage jihad. In fact, most aspects of Muslim culture are antithetical to American culture and should be kept far away. It’s why, we’re told, so many Muslims emigrate to America. Maybe the mayor’s could provide some examples of Muslim culture – not Arab – that they so enjoy.

Oregon: Terror-funding Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud

Barack Hussein Obama and Eric Holder exonerate a Muslim convicted of funding al Qaeda. via Oregon Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud | KOIN.com. h/t Money Jihad.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a plea agreement that includes dropping criminal charges against the foundation’s former head, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall announced Tuesday.

Pete Seda is the former head of the U.S. branch of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation based in Ashland. A federal appeals court last summer overturned his 2010 conviction on charges he smuggled money out of the country to help Chechen rebels fight Russian forces.

On Tuesday, the charity pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Eugene to one count of filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. The group was placed on probation for three years, and it agreed during that time not to resume operating as a tax-exempt charity in the U.S., prosecutors said.

The charity failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service that a $150,000 donation in 2000 went overseas to Saudi Arabia and was meant to be sent to Chechnya, prosecutors said. The charity falsely reported on its tax return that the money was used partly to buy a building in the U.S.

The foundation was disbanded after the U.S. government declared it was a terrorist organization and froze its assets.

The charity doesn’t even exist anymore so how can it be placed on three years probation? Or does it exist and has it been operating funding jihad as a designated terrorist org all along? In fact, the terrorist-loving, patriot-hating IRS is only banning the terror-funding Muslim charity from operating as a tax exempt org. Apparently it can operate otherwise.

A message left Tuesday evening with a lawyer representing the charity was not immediately returned.

Also known as Pirouz Sedaghaty, Seda worked for many years as a tree surgeon in Ashland, where he operated the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and was an outspoken proponent of the peaceful aspects of Islam.

A jury convicted the Iranian-born U.S. citizen in 2010 of using the foundation to help smuggle $150,000 to Saudi Arabia in 2000 and signing a fraudulent tax return to cover it up. During the trial, Seda blamed the tax return on his accountant and maintained the money was for humanitarian aid.

At Seda’s 2011 sentencing, a federal judge said there was no proof directly linking him to terrorism, but the judge said he had no doubt the money went to Islamic fighters in Chechnya, as the prosecution maintained.

In August 2013, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned the conviction, saying the government turned what was really a tax fraud case into a terrorism case. The court said the defense was given incomplete versions of classified documents.

Eric Holder, the 9th Pillar Sharia Court, and the IRS – infidels don’t have a chance against them.

Chicago: Burqa bank robbing trend continues, this time at Chase

At least one thief called it the ‘perfect disguise’. Another contribution Muslims have made in America – the perfect disguise to rob banks. A hot trend in Philly (18 incidents in 7 years), Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, California and now Chicago, via Man disguised in burqa attempts to rob La Grange bank: reports | mySuburbanLife.com.

LA GRANGE – Federal agents stopped a bank robber’s plan to steal nearly $168,000 in cash early Thursday morning at a La Grange Chase Bank, according to media reports.

Gildardo Lopez Jr., 31, of Chicago and suspected getaway driver Douglas Pineda, 31, of Chicago were both arrested after Lopez allegedly exited the bank disguised in a Muslim woman’s garment, reports said.

Lopez reportedly was an ATM technician at the bank and had a key to access the bank at 14 S. La Grange Road. Pineda worked as a Transportation Security Administration airport screener, according to reports.

A judge on Friday placed both men on house arrest. If convicted, they could each face up to 10 years in prison.

A New Mega Mosque Rises…in Alaska

via A New Mosque Rises—in Alaska | WSJ.

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On the edge of this northern outpost an unfamiliar sight is emerging: twin minarets. Alaska’s small but growing Muslim community is building the state’s first newly constructed mosque.

All too familiar for anyone watching the death and destruction Muslims are bringing wherever they go.

“This is our future,” said Osama Obeidi, one of the Muslim-Americans leading the building effort for the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage. “We have second-generation Alaskans now, and new people coming all the time. We need a place to call home.”

The 15,000-square-foot mosque, taking shape near a Sons of Norway Viking Hall, will eventually include a Sunday school and a community center. Heated floors will make worship in the bitter winters more comfortable.

The mosque is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Islam in the U.S. is rapidly pushing beyond traditional population centers such as Detroit and Los Angeles. As the number of American Muslims grows through both immigration and higher-than-average birthrates, domes and minarets are sprouting in areas as varied as the eastern mountains of Kentucky and Louisiana’s parishes.

The building boom reflects American Muslims’ desire for a sense of permanence as their religion shifts from one mainly imported by immigrants to one practiced by their American-born children and grandchildren, Muslim leaders say.

The Muslim population in the U.S. is expected to more than double by 2030, to 6.2 million, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center study. By then, Muslims are expected to represent 1.7% of the U.S. population, making them as numerous as American Jews or Episcopalians today, the study says.

By 2030 it’s likely to double that estimate with Obama’s preference for Muslim refugees and illegally importing millions of people from the Middle East and Africa. The Muslim population has grown it’s fastest since Muslims attacked America on 9/11.

A 2011 survey of U.S. mosques found a 74% increase in the number of Muslim congregations established between 2000 and 2011, rising to 2,106 from 1,209. About 30% of those congregations built new mosques, said the report sponsored by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research and a coalition of Islamic organizations.

Where did the money come from to build all these mosques, many of extravagant size and cost. And what’s being taught in them?

In 2000, the study counted 314 “purpose-built” mosques; by 2011, that number had more than doubled to 632.

Even as their presence grows, Muslims continue to struggle to find their place in American society. A Pew Research study released in July showed Americans view Muslims “more coldly,” or negatively, than any other major religious group—including atheists—on a so-called “feeling thermometer.”

Though there is at least one other congregation in Alaska worshiping out of an existing space, Anchorage, with a population of about 300,000, has been one of the few sizable U.S. cities that lacked a purpose-built mosque, U.S. Muslim leaders said.

So far the mosque, which has its minaret bases but not yet its towers, hasn’t been met with much opposition, as projects have in some other parts of the country, say local Muslims and police. The only incident of note was when some Bibles were left at the construction site. They were donated to a Catholic school.

Fifteen years ago, Anchorage’s Muslim community was small enough to gather in an apartment for services. About seven years ago, the congregation began renting a 1,200-square-foot storefront in a strip mall. Over the last five years, its numbers have risen, mostly due to refugee-resettlement programs.

The congregation finally scraped together enough money to break ground on the new mosque in 2010. So far, the project has cost roughly $2 million; completion is expected to require another $1.5 million.

The Anchorage congregation also is yet to woo an imam. So some in the congregation take turns giving sermons.

 The last time we checked in on Alaska they were banning sharia law and had caught a local Muslim whose jihad hit list included members of media, military.

 

Landmark Terror Financing Trial Begins in New York

via The Tower.

The terror financing trial of the Arab Bank, based in Amman, Jordan, began yesterday in Federal District Court in Brooklyn.

The New York Daily News reports:

The plaintiffs suing Arab Bank for facilitating money transfers to charities controlled by Hamas and suicide bombers are 300 victims and family members of 24 terrorist attacks in Israel between March 2001 and September 2004.

“We intend to prove the bank knowingly provided financial services to senior Hamas leaders and operatives and to the families of suicide bombers,” said Gary Osen, attorney for the plaintiffs.

According to the report in The New York Times the case will revolve around how much officials of the bank knew that they were knowingly providing services to Hamas, a designated terror organization. For example Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan maintained an account at the bank and ” at least three wire transfers” made to his account “were earmarked for Hamas” and were approved by officials at the bank.

The plaintiffs allege that charities like the Saudi Committee sent payments to terrorists and their families that the bank processed, pointing to a Saudi Committee spreadsheet that listed “the names of martyrs and their beneficiaries, as well as the martyrs’ causes of death,” according to an order from Judge Gershon.

The plaintiffs also have as evidence ads like one that ran in an Arab-language newspaper in 2002: “The relatives of the martyrs, whose names hereby follow, are requested to head for the Arab Bank branches in their places of residence in order to receive the tenth payment from the honorable Saudi Committee — a sum of 5,316.06 USD for each family.”

Payments of $5316.06 were typically made to families of “martyrs.”

In pre-trial proceedings the Arab Bank refused to turn over a number of documents demanded by the court leading Judge Nina Gershon to rule that she would instruct the jury that due to the refusal the jury “’may, but is not required to, infer’ that the bank provided financial services to designated terrorist organizations and individuals.”

Last month The New York Times reported on the dubious tricks major banks have used to continue doing business with Iran in violation of existing sanctions.

In his profile of Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, The Woman Who Makes the Jihadis Squirm that appeared in the February 2014 issue of The Tower Magazine, editor David Hazony explained the difficulty of suing banks for terror ties, “Yet the biggest challenge has clearly been fighting against corporations and banks. Suddenly you find yourself facing massive teams of well-heeled lawyers who have long ago mastered the tactics of high-stakes litigation on behalf of wealthy clients who exist only to preserve and build their wealth.”

Minnesota: Mustafa Crime Family Busted in Multi-Million Dollar Theft Racket

via FBI — Mustafa Family Crime Ring Indicted for Using Thousands of Stolen Identities to Steal Cellular Telephones and Tablet Devices Worth Millions of Dollars. h/t Denise

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According to the indictment and documents filed in court, from at least 2006 through 2014, JAMAL MUSTAFA directed the Organization to use stolen identity information to obtain cellular telephones and other mobile devices for the purpose of trafficking them throughout the United States and internationally. JAMAL MUSTAFA, KANAN MUSTAFA, NASER MUSTAFA, EDWAN MUSTAFA, NIZER MUSTAFA, BILAL MUSTAFA, TALAL MUSTAFA, and MOISES NAVARRO-CAZALES, owned and operated 13 mobile device stores in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Organization used these storefronts to buy devices that they knew had been illegally obtained, including purchasing thousands of cellular phones from runners and other persons who got the phones through robberies, burglaries, shoplifting, and fraud and identity-theft schemes.

With the assistance of AHMED SUNOQROT, the Organization moved inventory and money between their stores, which the Organization used as fronts to funnel the illicit proceeds of their criminal activity.

According to the indictment, the Organization paid runners who stole mobile devices or obtained them fraudulently by other means. CEDRIC CHAPPELL, DEANTRE-RICKEY-RENE SQUALLS, BLANYON TOE DAVIES, VICTOR TOMBEKAI DOE, YOLANDA COOMBS, CASWANA MILES, TIARA LIGON, MARQUIS TERELL MAGGIESFIELD, MARCUS PHILLIP COLEMAN, ROBERT RICHARD COLEMAN, and DANIELLE YVONNE COLEMAN, were each paid by the Mustafas to steal or fraudulently obtain mobile devices by contract or subscription fraud. They targeted stores like Best Buy, WalMart, Verizon outlets, T-Mobile stores, and online Apple stores.

As charged, various members of the Mustafa Family provided stolen or fraudulent identity information to the runners, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card numbers, passport information, and driver’s license numbers of victims. Some of the runners operated solely within Minnesota, while others travelled to Arizona, Idaho, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Utah to obtain devices. The Organization arranged out-of-state travel for the runners and paid their expenses. One runner was arrested in Utah in 2013 with more than 80 counterfeit identification documents and genuine victim-information documents. This runner used those documents to open lines of credit at various retail outlets to make fraudulent device purchases.

The runners were instructed by the Mustafas to obtain phones by contract-fraud and subscription-fraud schemes. In such schemes, runners used real stolen identities to obtain cell phone contracts. At times, the runners obtained “family plans” or “business accounts.” In so doing, runners were sold phones at deeply discounted prices by the legitimate retailers. The full retail price of an iPhone 5s in the United States is approximately $648. Under a two-year contract, the same phone is sold for approximately $200. Runners then opened accounts entitling them to obtain as few as one discounted phone, and as many as 30. The runners then shipped or delivered the phones back to the Mustafas, via one of the thirteen Twin Cities storefronts, or shipped the phones to wholesalers in other states for sale overseas. A new iPhone 5s retails for between $1,000 and $1,200 overseas.

Other runners engaged in street-level violence or burglary to obtain phones. The Sunrise Group, a burglary ring that traveled throughout the Upper Midwest for the purpose of breaking into WalMart stores to steal cell phones, iPads, and other electronic devices, provided electronic devices to the Mustafa Family on several occasions. The Mustafa Family made requests of the Sunrise Group for large quantities of new phones, and would act as a fence for the stolen merchandise.

Defendant Information:

  • JAMAL TALAL MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Jimmy,” D.O.B. 6/17/1972 Apple Valley, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • KANAN M T MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Kenny,” D.O.B. 6/16/1977 Rosemount, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • NASER MOHAMAD MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Nasty Nas,” D.O.B. 1/6/1991 Rosemount, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • EDWAN T MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Eddy,” D.O.B. 11/14/1974 Apple Valley, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • NIZER M MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Shaggy,” a/k/a “Mike,” D.O.B. 8/27/1978 Savage, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • BILAL MUHAMMED MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Billy,” D.O.B. 6/25/1984 Minneapolis, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • TALAL M MUSTAFA, a/k/a “Tommy,” D.O.B. 4/19/1971 Burnsville, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • MOISES NAVARRO CAZALES, D.O.B. 11/15/1992 Bloomington, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count
  • AHMED RD SUNOQROT, a/k/a “Abu Shanab,” D.O.B. 6/2/1955 St. Paul, MN Charges: Conspiracy to Engage in Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods, 1 count

Read it all for more info and defendants.

The Powerline blog notes:

I find the FBI press release leaves a lot of questions hanging. The Star Tribune story by Paul McEnroe does likewise.

Having found a fertile source of cell phones on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Mustafa family victimized a lot of Minnesotans. And that’s not all! It appears to me that the indictment leading to yesterday’s roundup will be amended to add to the catalogue of crimes these people committed far and wide over “at least” an eight-year period

Muslim Family Values via Gaza (video)

h/t Twitter follower @ElLatinArabia

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