Seattle Muslim confesses to murder spree: “vengeance” for military ops in Islamic world

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via National security expert on N.J. teen’s alleged killer: He could be charged as a terrorist

The man accused of killing a New Jersey teenager and three other men as retribution for U.S. military action in the Middle East could eventually be charged with terrorism offenses, according to a national security expert.

William C. Banks, Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University, said that if the details of a confession by Ali Muhammad Brown described in court papers filed in Washington state Wednesday are accurate, he could face additional charges at either the state or federal level.

“If he’s got the motivation that he announced he has, which is to extract revenge for the U.S. killing of Muslims in that part of the world, he’s a terrorist,” Banks said. “It’s a matter of motivation.”

Brown, 29, has been in custody at the Essex County Jail in Newark since July 18 on charges related to the murder of Brendan Tevlin, a 19-year-old college student from Livingston who was shot eight times as he drove through West Orange on his way home June 25.

Authorities in Washington have also charged him with a trio of slayings, including the shooting deaths of two gay men in Seattle on June 1, and the death of another man whose body was found on a highway in an unincorporated area outside the city April 27.

Court documents detailing the charges in the April killing, made public on Wednesday, include statements from Brown indicating that he carried out the killings as “vengeance” for the loss of innocent lives killed as a result of American military operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other parts of the Islamic world.

“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” he said, according to the documents.

Banks said that direct references to political motivations could provide prosecutors with adequate grounds to lodge a terrorism charge, though it is unclear if they would be motivated to do so.

New Jersey has a terrorism statute, punishable by up to life in prison for cases resulting in death, which includes crimes intended “to influence the policy or affect the conduct of government by terror.” Washington maintains a similar law, though the existing murder charges against Brown are already sufficient to draw a maximum sentence in either state maximum sentence, including, in Washington’s case, death.

The alleged murders also likely qualify under federal terrorism statues, Banks said. Though the U.S. Department of Justice recently reinstated its Domestic Terrorist Executive Committee, it is generally more focused on obtaining and sharing information on subversive organizations, rather than individuals like Brown, who appears to have acted alone in the majority of his crimes, he said.

Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutors have not engaged in any discussions with federal authorities regarding Brown’s case.

The office is currently in discussions on whether to extradite Brown to stand trial in Washington state before beginning proceedings in the Tevlin case. No timeline for a decision has been offered.

via Skyway slaying linked to suspect in 2 Seattle killings | Local News | The Seattle Times.

Ali Muhammad Brown, the convicted sex offender charged with killing two men in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood on June 1, is now suspected of fatally shooting a Skyway man about one month earlier.

Brown, a Muslim who law-enforcement sources say claims to be a jihadi, served federal prison time for conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a plot to defraud several banks.

In that case, between January 2002 and November 2004, Brown and three other men defrauded U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Key Bank, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo and Boeing Employees Credit Union by depositing counterfeit and fake checks, then withdrawing funds before the checks were returned, according to charging documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Authorities determined that many of the men involved were supporting terrorism in Somalia.

Previously post on Ali: Seattle: Muslim ex-con executes 2 gays, wanted in Jersey armed robbery

His confession below:

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Seattle: Mere 10 years for Muslim who attempted mass murder at packed Seattle gay club

And prosecutors only wanted 5. via 10 years in prison for Seattle gay club arsonist – seattlepi.com.

The Seattle man who set fire to a popular Capitol Hill club during a New Year’s celebration was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison - twice as long as the term requested by prosecutors.

Facing federal charges in the dangerous but non-injurious blaze, Musab Masmari admitted to starting a fire inside Neighbours Nightclub during the first minutes of 2014.

Masmari was caught on camera setting fire to a rear stairwell at Neighbours, a large, decades-old gay nightclub.

About 15 minutes after midnight, Masmari poured gasoline in a stairway to Neighbours’ balcony and lit the pool of fuel. The fire was quickly doused with a fire extinguisher; there were about 750 people in the club at the time.

Masmari, a California native also known as Musab Musmari, was arrested days later on his way to Sea-Tac Airport after buying a one-way ticket to Turkey.

In a letter to the court, Masmari, 31, explained he’d consumed a bottle of cheap whiskey in the hours before he set the fire. He claims not to remember setting it, though he recognized himself on a surveillance video.

“I do not believe that I am a bad man but when I get drunk I have done bad things,” Masmari said in a letter to the court. “I swear that it is my intent to never drink again.”

Prosecutors offered another motive for the arson – homophobia.

Writing the court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg said evidence suggests Masmari was motivated by an “intolerable hate.”

“One of Masmari’s close associates was interviewed by investigators and reported that Masmari confided in him that he ‘burned a gay club’ and that he did it because ‘what these people are doing is wrong,’” Greenberg said in court papers.

Greenberg said another person close to Masmari said he had a “general hostility towards homosexuality.”

Attorneys for Masmari Charles Swift and Jeffrey Cohen noted that prosecutors were unwilling to try to prove that hate motivated the arson.

The defense attorneys said the assertion is based on statements made by witnesses who’ve not been identified to the defense. The allegation, Swift and Cohen told the court, has never been proven to reasonable degree.

“Mr. Masmari does not agree that his criminal conduct was fueled by hate,” the defense attorneys said in court papers. “He does, however, agree with the government that his conduct was fueled by substance abuse, and in particular alcoholism.”

Prosecutors and the defense agreed to request a five-year prison term for Masmari. But U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez doubled the term to 10 years in Thursday’s sentencing hearing at the Seattle federal courthouse.

In a statement issued following the sentencing hearing, U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Jenny Durkan said Masmari acted out of “ignorance and intolerance.”

“The Court sent a clear message: this conduct cannot be tolerated,” Durkan said.

Surveillance video showed Masmari entering a bar linked to Neighbours by an interior door carrying a one-gallon gas can in a bag. Masmari headed straight into Neighbours, set the fire and then fled through the bar. He was identified as a suspect after police released photos taken from the surveillance video.

The child of well-educated Libyan parents, Masmari was born in Los Angeles while his father was studying film there. He lived most of his life in Libya before coming to Washington in 2008.

As Gil Scott-Heron sang, “There’s people sho’ nuff in the bottle” but anyone in their right mind knows that’s not what caused this Libyan Muslim to firebomb a gay nightclub. The bottle may have only gave the coward the courage to do what Islam teaches.

Washington: Muslim caught raising funds for jihadists called Boston bombing “a blessing”

And “‘talked gleefully” about a mall attack in Kenya that killed 67 people.” 

via Washington woman suspected of funding terrorists calls Boston Mar | www.ajc.com.

KIRO on Wednesday went to the home of a Washington state woman suspected of funding a terrorist group linked with al-Qaida.

Hinda Osman Dhirane was scheduled to be released from custody on Tuesday evening, and when KIRO’s Nick McGurk knocked on her door, a woman answered and then slammed the door.

Federal prosecutors say the Dhirane led a fundraising conspiracy by funneling money to a terrorist group called Al Shabaab, which has ties to al-Qaida in Somalia.

As part of the investigation, Dhirane had been wiretapped.

And KIRO found out that, in court Tuesday, prosecutors say she called the Boston Marathon bombing a “blessing.”

In another phone conversation she had allegedly “talked gleefully” about a mall attack in Kenya that killed 67 people.

A judge says Dhirane has to give up her passport as a condition of her electronic home monitoring and her next court date is in Virginia.

 She was scheduled to be released from custody? WTF?

Background via Muslim women in Virginia & Washington arrested, led al-Shabaab jihad fundraising network.

 

Muslim women in Virginia & Washington arrested, led al-Shabaab jihad fundraising network

via FBI — Three Defendants Arrested on Charges of Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization. h/t TROP

WASHINGTON—Three defendants were arrested today on charges of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia. Two additional defendants are fugitives in Kenya and Somalia.

A superseding indictment was issued on June 26, 2014, by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, charging the defendants with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and 20 counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The indictment was unsealed after the following arrest warrants were executed today:

  • Muna Osman Jama, 34, was arrested at her home in Reston, Virginia;
  • Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, was arrested at her home in Kent, Washington;
  • Farhia Hassan was arrested at her residence in the Netherlands;
  • Fardowsa Jama Mohamed is a fugitive in Kenya and the subject of a pending arrest warrant; and
  • Barira Hassan Abdullahi is a fugitive in Somalia and the subject of a pending arrest warrant.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on each count in the indictment.

The Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin, commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a terrorist group conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia. In 2008, the U.S. government designated al-Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization, and in February 2012, the leaders of al-Shabaab and the terrorist group al-Qa’ida publicly announced the merger of the two groups.

According to court records, defendants Muna Osman Jama and Hinda Osman Dhirane were the leaders of an al-Shabaab fundraising conspiracy operating in the United States, Kenya, the Netherlands, Somalia and elsewhere. Jama and Dhirane allegedly directed a network composed primarily of women who provided monthly payments that were coordinated, facilitated and tracked by the defendants to their conduits in Kenya and Somalia. According to court records, Jama was principally responsible for sending money to Kenya through her conduit, defendant Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, while Dhirane was primarily responsible for sending money to Somalia through her conduit, defendant Barira Hassan Abdullahi.

According to court records, the defendants would refer to the money they sent overseas as “living expenses,” and they repeatedly used code words such as “orphans” and “brothers in the mountains” to refer to al-Shabaab fighters, and “camels” to refer to trucks needed by al-Shabaab. The money transfers often were broken down into small amounts as low as $50 or $100, and the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia.

 No word on their immigration status, what mosque they attend nor who they were collecting money from in the U.S. to fund jihad around the world.

Reread “U.S. dollars flow to fund jihad” posted just days ago.

Nationwide manhunt underway for Seattle Muslim using Grindr app to target, murder gays

An update on yesterday’s post. Will the national media cover this story? Will the gay mafia speak out against the Islamic sanctioning of murder for gays? Earlier this year in Seattle, a Muslim attempted to burn down a crowded gay club on New Year’s Day. Media blackout ensued.  via Ground Zero Mosque.

SEATTLE — Ali Muhammed Brown, charged with killing two men in Seattle on June 1, is a radical jihadist who targeted his victims using an app popular among gays, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.

Investigators believe Brown, 30, used Grindr — an app that enables gay men to use their cellphone’s GPS locator to meet other gays in the area — and met up with Said and Anderson-Young after they left R Place, a popular gay bar on Capitol Hill, on the night of May 31.

No motive for the killings was listed in the charging documents.

Detectives say Said was shot multiple times in the face at close range and also in the back, as was Anderson-Young. There was no evidence of a struggle, the victims were not armed, and there`s no evidence it was motivated by robbery, drugs or any other crime.

However, sources tell Q13 FOX News that Brown underwent jihadist training in California in April and they believe the two men were attacked simply because their sexual orientation offended what police say are Brown’s radical Muslim beliefs.

A nationwide manhunt is now under way for Brown, who is now the prime suspect in an armed robbery at a coffee shop in New Jersey.

Seattle: Muslim ex-con executes 2 gays, wanted in Jersey armed robbery

He is still on the loose. via Death penalty on the table in Leschi ‘executions’ – seattlepi.com. h/t LOOK UNDER THE BURKA

A Kent man now accused in what prosecutors are calling an execution could face a death sentence under charges filed Wednesday in the Seattle double slaying.

Now charged with aggravated first-degree murder, Ali Muhammad Brown is alleged to have executed two men on June 1 at a Leschi neighborhood home. Brown, 29, is currently at large.

Police contend Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young met Brown outside a Capitol Hill club after Said contacted Brown through an online search for sex partners. Brown is alleged to have left with both men and killed them minutes later using his girlfriend’s handgun.

Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Wyman Yip said Brown “essentially executed” Said and Anderson-Young during the “extremely violent, senseless, and seemingly unprovoked killings.”

“There was no evidence that any struggle preceded these murders, no evidence that the victims were armed, and no evidence that these murders were motivated by robbery, drugs, or any other crime,” Yip said in charging papers, asking that Brown be held without bail if he is apprehended.

If convicted as charged, Brown would face two possible penalties – life in prison without parole, or death. While Gov. Jay Inslee has said he won’t allow Washington prisoners to be executed on his watch, executions could resume after he leaves office.

A registered sex offender for crimes against a 6-year-old girl, Brown was previously prosecuted federally following an FBI probe into a radical group suspected of supporting jihadists overseas.

Brown was convicted of fraud following that FBI investigation. Agents determined that the men involved – presumably Brown – weren’t terrorists, though one prominent member of the group is thought to have been killed fighting in Somalia after fleeing prosecution in the United States.

Since the Leschi neighborhood slayings, Brown engaged in an East Coast “crime spree,” a Seattle Police Department spokesman said. He is suspected in an armed robbery at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

Said and Anderson-Young were discovered at 2:20 a.m. the morning they were killed near the intersection of 29th Avenue South and South King Street.

Called by a neighbor who heard the gunshots, police arrived to find both men dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Speaking with friends of the men, detectives learned Said and Anderson-Young had been at R Place, a gay nightclub on Capitol Hill.

Said had apparently set up a meeting using a mobile phone app that enables users interested in an impromptu sexual encounter to connect, according to charging papers. He, Anderson-Young and several other men were hanging around outside the club when the man Said had corresponded with arrived.

Said, Anderson-Young and the new arrival – since identified as Brown – left the area together. Brown is alleged to have killed both 17 minutes after leaving Capitol Hill.

Said was shot in the face several times, while Anderson-Young was shot in the back of the head. All their wounds were delivered at close range.

“It is evident that the murders were premeditated and unprovoked,” Detective Cloyd Steiger said in charging papers. “There is no evidence that any struggle preceded the murders.”

Police subsequently found surveillance video of the meeting. They also found Said’s car; the front passenger seat was soaked in blood.

Brown’s palm print was found on the car. According to charging papers, witnesses subsequently identified him as the man who’d met Said and Anderson-Young outside the bar.

According to charging papers, Brown’s girlfriend told police he may have taken her 9 mm pistol. A pistol of that caliber was used in the killings.

A decade ago, Brown was prosecuted as part of a federal investigation into a fraud ring thought by investigators to be linked to a terrorism funding organization.

In November 2004, federal agents swept through South Seattle and nearby areas, arresting 14 men in a series of searches. Chief among their targets was Ruben Shumpert, a Seattle barber suspected at the time recruiting men to join an extremist Muslim group funding fighters in Somalia and elsewhere. Continue reading

Global Mosque Report (USA): May 2014

A new series over at Gates of Vienna. Each report is significantly longer than what is below covering all countries, however we’ve excerpted only the activity in the United States.

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Seattle area mosques

Global Mosque Report: February 2014

This is the latest in a series of monthly reports by our British correspondent JP on the progress of worldwide Islamization, as represented by the building of mosques, and activities associated with mosques.

USA

California

Report on the $1.8 million, 18,000-square-foot, two-storey Islamic centre and mosque complete with minarets being erected in West Modesto.

Colorado

The Islamic Center of Fort Collins will host an open day on 1 March at its new mosque which features a 70-foot minaret and 50-foot dome, both topped with crescent moons.

Idaho

A variance request hearing ostensibly to focus on parking and public safety concerns over a proposed mosque in Pocatello was instead dominated by discussion of religious freedom and fear of Islam.

New Jersey

Traffic concerns of fire officials over the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s Liberty Corner mosque proposal were considered by Bernards Township planning board, but deemed legally irrelevant.

At a Bridgewater planning board, Yassir Abdelkader, president of the Al Fatah Center, spoke on behalf of his proposal to convert the former Redwood Inn into a mosque. He assured residents that there would be no services outside the mosque and no calls to prayer from the proposed mosque’s minaret.

Tennessee

Report that the lawsuit arising over Murfreesboro mosque approval has already cost Rutherford County $343,276, and the amount is expected to rise.

Global Mosque Report: March 2014

USA

Arkansas

In Lincoln a group of young Bosnian and Middle Eastern immigrants raised nearly $200,000 to purchase a long-empty church and convert it into a mosque.

California

Jamaal Diwan, imam at the Islamic Center of Irvine, interviewed by Orange County Weekly. A convert, his love of basketball and hip-hop led him to Islam.

Michigan

‘Questions about Islam’ event held at the Kalamazoo Islamic Center. “The main goal is to achieve a sense of understanding between those who practice Islam and those who do not,” said Farhan Igbal, a student at Western Michigan University.

New Jersey

Bernards Township: Islamic Society of Basking Ridge’s Liberty Corner mosque proposal met opposition from neighbours concerned about lights, noise, and traffic. Further hearings scheduled to take place in April and May.

Burlington County Muslim Association proposed a 22,745-square-foot building to house a mosque, elementary school, and day care center in Delanco.

United American Muslim Association Inc. filed an application to convert one of Clifton’s oldest buildings, erected in 1740, and latterly a funeral parlour, into a mosque.

New York State

North Side Learning Center purchased Holy Trinity Roman Catholic church in Syracuse for conversion into a mosque to be named ‘Mosque of Jesus the Son of Mary’ (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam). A petition was lodged with the Landmark Preservation Board to remove crosses from the steeples and grounds as these are not in line with the ‘worshipping practices’ of the new tenants.

Ohio

Shakila Ahmad became the first woman president of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in its eighteen-year history. The mosque sees up to 3,000 Muslims involved on holy days, and there are an estimated 25,000 Muslims in the region.

Tennessee

Memphis Islamic Center to launch the first of three phases required for the construction of a $6.5 million, 63,144-square-foot rabat in Shelby County this summer. In October 2012, World Relief Nashville/Memphis was awarded a Preferred Communities grant by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Virginia

State delegate Alfonso H. Lopez defended his praise of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church after being rebuked by counter-terrorism officials and media for sponsoring a successful resolution at Virginia’s General Assembly commending the center.

Global Mosque Report: April 2014

USA

New York State

Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board voted to approve a request by an Islamic group called the Northside Learning Center to remove crosses from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The group plans to turn the former church into a mosque.

Tennessee

All of Rutherford County’s Circuit Court judges eligible to hear the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro cemetery lawsuit recused themselves, according to court records.

Washington

Redmond residents concerned over plans for the proposed two-storey, 22,467 square feet Anjuman-e-Burhani Mosque.

Global Mosque Report: May 2014

USA

 Iowa

One of the founding members of the Clinton Islamic Center, Dr. Anis Ansari, elected president for the fourth time in the past twelve years.

New Jersey

Bridgewater residents jeered and disputed traffic expert testimony that suggested the proposed Al Falah Center mosque development would not have a negative impact on local traffic. The next planning board meeting at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School is scheduled for 30 June.

New York State

Report on plans by the Islamic Society of Central New York to build a $1 million mosque-community center on land it owns on East Seneca Turnpike in the town of Onondaga. “Our numbers are growing — we need more space,” said society President Mohamed Khater.

Oklahoma

A federal appeals court ruled that a Christian police captain from Tulsa was rightfully punished for refusing to enter a mosque for a police appreciation ceremony.

South Carolina

The Islamic Center of Columbia, also known as Masjid al-Muslimiin, held a ‘Share Islam Day’ for those interested in the area’s diverse spirituality.

Tennessee

Senior Judge Paul Summers of Davidson County appointed to hear a case over a county-approved cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after all other judges in Rutherford County recused themselves from the matter.

Washington

Redmond residents concerned over plans for the proposed two-storey, 22,467 square feet Anjuman-e-Burhani Mosque on empty land near Microsoft Corporation’s headquarters.

 

JP at Gates of Vienna and all our readers can also refer to our “mosque” category to see all posts about mosque activity.

 

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