Utah: Burmese Muslim in U.S. one month brutally killed 7-year old Christian girl

The crime from 2008 was brought to light in a Daily Caller interview with the Refugee Resettlement Watch blog. The excerpt:

Background posts from RRW on the Burmese Muslim who brutally raped and murdered a 7-year-old Christian girl, here, including these nuggets:

“This would have been excruciating pain…This was a homicide, a death due to an intentional action by another person.”

Yet:

Because of the extreme language barrier the case has presented, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill decided not to seek the death penalty in the case.

Esar Met was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Muslim refugees aren’t held to the same standards of punishment and justice as Americans are.

Full video interview here.

Muslim who deserted Marine Corps back in U.S. custody

via Cpl. Wassef Hassoun, Marine Cpl. accused of desertion, back in US custody – CSMonitor.com.

In this July 19, 2004, file photo, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun prepares himself as he waits to make a statement to a large crowd of media outside the gates to USMC Base Quantico, Va. (Dylan Moore / AP)

In this July 19, 2004, file photo, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun prepares himself as he waits to make a statement to a large crowd of media outside the gates to USMC Base Quantico, Va. (Dylan Moore / AP)

 A US Marine corporal who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq under mysterious circumstances is back in military custody and will face charges.

Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, turned himself in and was flown Sunday from an undisclosed location in the Middle East to Virginia. He is to be moved Monday to his original home base of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to a spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, Capt. Eric Flanagan.

Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Lejeune, will decide within days how to adjudicate the case, which could mean a court martial, Flanagan said.

A written statement Sunday by Marine Corps headquarters said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service “worked with” Hassounto turn himself in, return to the United States and face charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It provided no details about where Hassoun was when he made these arrangements.

Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq’s western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon, and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He was returned to Lejeune and was about to face the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing when he disappeared again.

Flanagan said the Hassoun case is unrelated to the matter of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his post in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009 under unexplained circumstances. Members of Bergdahl’s unit have said he walked away on his own and should face desertion charges.

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.

A short time later Hassoun was been placed on a Navy list of “most wanted” fugitives. A mug shot of him appeared on a Navy criminal justice website, which claimed the missing corporal used the alias “Jafar.”

In a February 2005 interview with The Associated Press in Salt Lake City, Hassoun’s brother, Mohamad, said Wassef AliHassoun was a victim of anti-Muslim bias in the US military. The Marine Corps denied this.

The brother also said the pressure of facing desertion charges was partly to blame for Hassoun’s decision to flee while in Utah.

“Instead of them giving him medals and making him feel good about his service and what he was doing for his country, they gave him an Article 32,” Hassoun said of the military court proceedings that his brother was to have faced in January 2005.

Family members have said they last saw him on Dec. 29, 2004.

 

Utah: Muslim on student visa arrested on three counts of lewdness involving a child

Utah – Police have arrested a man in connection with several reports of lewd behavior in the East Bench area of Ogden.

Ogden police arrested 23-year-old Hassan Habib A. Alrashed on February 24.

According to a press release from the Ogden Police Department, police increased patrols in the area of 28th street to 36th street. A detective noticed a vehicle that matched the description given by an alleged victim, and Alrashed was found inside. He was arrested after police established probable cause.

The man was booked on three counts of lewdness involving a child and one count of lewdness. According to the press release, Alrashed is in the United States on a student visa. ICE officials have put a hold on his immigration status, which means bail has been revoked pending the results of his immigration hearing.

via Man arrested in connection with lewdness case in U.S. on student visa

Could the Kenya mall attack happen here? It already did

But law enforcement, the government and media coordinated a media blackout.

via Could the Kenya attack happen here? It did | New York Post.

After Islamic gunmen attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, the collective reaction from the US media was to speculate whether such terror could happen here, as if a jihadist assault on a mall inside America had never before been tried.

CNN was typical: “Can it happen here? Yes, say security experts, but it hasn’t.”

News flash: it did.

On the evening of Feb. 12, 2007, a young Muslim man walked into the Trolley Square mall in Salt Lake City with a pistol-grip, 12-gauge shotgun and a 38-caliber revolver and opened fire on shoppers, killing five and wounding four others, including a pregnant woman.

Police say he “sought to kill as many people as possible.” He had a backpack full of ammunition, enough firepower to massacre dozens of innocent people. But fortunately, an off-duty cop returned fire and eventually, with the help of other police, put an end to the terrorist’s life and grand plans.

Twice as many people were killed at the Utah mall than the Boston Marathon. Yet the attack garnered few national headlines.

Local media wrote it off as the act of a madman, parroting the quick conclusion of law enforcement.

Officially, the FBI declared the mass shooting was not an act of terrorism.

“We were unable to pin down any particular motive,” said Tim Fuhrman, then-special agent in charge of the bureau’s field office in Salt Lake City. “Unfortunately, his motivations went to the grave with him.”

But the FBI ignored much of the shooter’s background. Continue reading

Utah: Self-described “Islamist jihadist” who terrorized Mormons & Catholics arrested

via Police arrest self-described “Islamist jihadist”.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police have arrested a former Utah junior college basketball coach who law enforcement officials say has described himself as an “Islamist jihadist.”

Police in Price, Utah arrested Christopher Craig on Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor drug possession.

Capt. Bill Barnes says Craig is facing additional misdemeanor charges after officers found marijuana and a pipe in his car.

Police in Colorado issued a warning to church leaders last week about Craig, a former head coach at Utah State University Eastern in Price, Utah.

The alert said he had been going around saying Mormons and Catholics “would be destroyed’ in the coming weeks.”

Barnes said Craig was still being held in Carbon County Jail on Friday morning and did not yet have an attorney.

Previously:  The man apparently told police that these religious individuals “would be destroyed” in the next two weeks.

More Christopher Craig, Utah Jihadist: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Multi-million dollar Muslim food stamp fraud busts in Illinois, Nevada and Utah

Three separate cases mind you, all courtesy of the invaluable Refugee Resettlement Watch website.

First up Utah, 12 food stamp fraud arrests linked to 2 Ogden stores

OGDEN — A pair of federal indictments unsealed Tuesday allege a dozen people linked to two Ogden convenience stores participated in an elaborate food stamp scam that netted about $8.6 million in USDA benefits.

The stores named in the indictment handed down by a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City are Westside Valley Market, 873 W. 24th St., and 9th Street Corner Market, 1390 9th St.

Individuals arrested in connection with Westside Valley Market include:

• Zia Atta, 38, of Ogden.

• Aweas Akbar Al-Quadri, 21, of Ogden.

• Naseer Hamad Durani, 39, of Rocklin, Calif.

• Farad Said Farani, 36, of Ogden.

• Mariana Navarro Farani, 29, of Ogden.

• Seraj Ghasem Pour Babakandi, 23, of West Haven.

•  Shershah Lodin, 39, of Pittsburg, Calif.

Those arrested in connection with 9th Street Corner Market include Atta and:

• Masood Aziz, 36, of Elk Grove, Calif.

• Diana Funez, 19, of Ogden.

• Fidel Funez-Limon, 18, of Ogden.

• Sharara Haidari, 30, of Elk Grove, Calif.

• Siavosh Sabri, 41, of Salt Lake City.

The stores are also named as defendants in the indictment.

The defendants face multiple counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; wire fraud; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits Program fraud; access device fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering; and money laundering.

The defendants from Utah will make their first appearance in federal court today. If convicted, they face prison sentences ranging from five to 20 years on most of the charges and fines of $250,000.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the seizure of homes in Elk Grove, Thornton and Marysville, Calif.; a home and commercial property in Ogden; several bank accounts; and judgments totaling $7.7 million.

Next up Nevada, Bath salts sales and food stamp fraud earn Reno business owner a trip to prison

A local college student has surrendered to federal authorities to begin serving a six-month prison term related to selling illegal bath salts out of his family’s Reno liquor store and engaging in food stamp fraud at the business.

Nevada U.S. Chief District Court Judge Robert C. Jones sentenced Asowadur Khan, 30, in October. Jones ordered Khan to pay $120,000 in restitution for the money he scammed from the government in the food stamp fraud between 2009 and 2011.

Khan was arrested in February during an undercover investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration investigators at Nahar Food and Discount Liquor, 600 South Virginia St. Khan owned the store with family members.

Khan was booked into the Washoe County jail on Friday and is awaiting transport to federal prison.

Third, in Illinois, Waukegan Grocery Owners Admit Food Stamp Fraud

CHICAGO (CBS) – The owners of a Waukegan grocery store have admitted to stealing nearly $850,000 from the federal food stamp program.

Next up, sentencing for Khaled Saleh and his wife, Fatima, who ran the Sunset Food Market, 1501 Sunset Ave.

 Federal prosecutors are pushing for 2.5 years in prison.

On thousands of occasions, the couple illegally provided cash to customers who made fake purchases on their LINK food stamp cards.

The store owners typically split every dollar 50-50 with the customers — and kept the rest as profit, prosecutors said.

The pair ran the scheme between August 2009 and April 2011, prosecutors said.

More details on all these arrests and many more at RRW.

Utah Christians buy, donate Korans

O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends… ~Holy Koran 5:052

Dhimmitude is bliss. via Quran giveaway fortifies Utah Christian, Muslim bond | The Salt Lake Tribune.

At a time when Muslim and Christian relations are again in the world’s spotlight, Utah women in the two faith traditions are beginning a friendship they hope will lead to greater understanding.

Over platters of falafel, biryani rice, hummus and baklava, the women of Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Presbyterian Church and eight women from the Muslim community on Thursday traded hugs, personal stories, recipes and email addresses.

The luncheon — prepared in Muslim homes and shared at the church — was a thank-you from the Muslim women, who were delighted by Wasatch’s giveaway earlier this week of free copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

“You,” said Angela Young, a convert to Islam, “extended the first hand.”

What are the chances any of the Muslim women risk death by apostasy and convert out of Islam?

The giveaway of nearly 70 books resulted from a suggestion two weeks ago by Wasatch’s new pastor, the Rev. Scott Dalgarno, that church leaders put money behind their belief that education informs faith. It also was a response to a Florida preacher’s burning of the Quran in March, an act that triggered riots and dozens of deaths in Afghanistan.

Church leaders chipped in $600 and ordered copies of the Quran through The King’s English Bookshop on Salt Lake City’s east side. They asked the store to give them away.

The books were gone within 90 minutes of being placed on the shelf Monday morning, just hours after the world learned of the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden, whose legacy has led to suspicion, isolation and even bigotry against Muslims.

The timing was serendipitous, said Anne Holman, manager of the bookstore, who had decided last Friday to begin the giveaway Monday morning.

The Muslim women will be buying Bibles and Torah’s and distributing in Dearborn shortly. /sarc off

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