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.

Bill Clinton Needed To Prove He Was Better Than…Osama Bin Laden

…at the expense of 2,996 American lives. Here’s the loathsome pos in his own words.   via Bosch Fawstin

With all due respect to Mr. Fawstin, the Clinton’s:

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New Hampshire: ADL Interfaith Summer Camp Infiltrated by Supporters of al Qaeda Terrorist

via Articles: ADL’s Interfaith Summer Camp Infiltrated by Supporters of Al Qaeda Terrorist.

By Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs

How would you feel if you sent your son or daughter to an Anti-Defamation League summer camp only to find out that the camp’s youth coordinators are supporters of a convicted Al Qaeda terrorist?

Brothers Bilal and Ammaar Mirza have been involved with Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) Camp Interfaith in beautiful Andover, New Hampshire since they were teenagers, first as campers and then as staffers. Yet at the very same time, they have also been active in a Boston area extremist Islamist movement that is viciously anti-American and tinged with anti-Semitism, a movement that has coalesced around the cause of a local jihadist celebrity, Tarek Mehanna.

Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury native, is currently serving a 23 year sentence in Federal prison for conspiracy to provide material support to Al Qaeda, conspiracy to murder in a foreign country, and lying to the FBI about his attempts to join up with Al Qaeda in Yemen. Tarek Mehanna liked to refer to himself as “the media wing of Al Qaeda in Iraq” and told his friends that he felt Osama Bin Laden was like a father to him. He and his co-conspirators had visited the 9/11 Ground Zero site in NYC, where he snapped photos of himself grinning and holding up the index finger salute used by Islamic extremists.

Inexplicably then, the ADL hired a man who considers someone who gloats over the vicious mutilation of American troops and the murder of 3,000 Americans on 9/11 “an endearing human being” who “exude[s] the qualities of intrinsic humanity.” And ADL hired him to work with and influence children entrusted to its care, If having his moral views doesn’t disqualify Bilal from becoming an ADL youth camp staffer, what would?

Bilal and Ammaar are not just random young men who happened to work summers at ADL’s camp: our research indicates that the entire Mirza family is as close to the ADL as it is to the Mehanna clan.

In fact, young Bilal and his father Farooq Mirza were prominently honored at the ADL’s 2013 Nation of Immigrants Seder. Farooq was given the honor of being a co-chair of the event together with such notables as former Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Newton Mayor Setti Warren.

Bilal Mirza was a member of the ADL Seder’s planning committee. ADL New England’s Executive Director Robert Trestan personally introduced Bilal at the podium and asked “those of you who came here with children, those of you who have kids at home” to consider sending them to the interfaith summer camp for some quality time with Bilal. After taking the podium, Bilal proceeded to quote a Quranic verse traditionally interpreted as rebuking Jews for deviating from divine truth.

Bilal seems to be advancing at ADL. In August 2013, he worked with the organization to expand the summer camp program into a year-long program called “ADL Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition.” The launch was held at Babson College, where Bilal is the campus Muslim chaplain. Northeastern University had to dismiss its own Muslim chaplain, Abdullah Faaruuq, after our organization exposed his own support of Tarek Mehanna. But given the “Jewish stamp of approval” provided him by the ADL, it’s no surprise to see Bilal remain in his perch at Babson and rise to such positions of influence where he can spread his views to New England’s Muslim youth.

As highly regarded as they are by ADL, Bilal and Farooq Mirza also seem much esteemed by the notorious Saudi-funded and Al Qaeda terrorist-founded Islamic Society of Boston (ISB). Farooq Mirza was given a place of honor right next to former Boston Mayor Menino at the ISB’s Roxbury mosque grand opening in 2009.

Bilal Mirza seems close with the Imam of ISB Cambridge, where the Boston Marathon bombers prayed and, according to the FBI, posed for pictures with the mosque’s Al Qaeda “black flag of jihad.”

Continue reading at American Thinker.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Video shows largest al Qaeda meeting in years

While the U.S. was busy stealing a rancher’s cattle, al Qaeda was meeting and plotting.

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via Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen – CNN.com.

(CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”

U.S. officials believe the highly produced video is recent. With some fighters faces blurred, there is worry it signals a new round of plotting.

“The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn’t notice,” said Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst.

“His message to the United States,” Cruickshank said, “was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden’s: ‘We’re coming after you.’ “

 


Bin Laden son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial

via Bin Laden son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial.

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group’s spokesman.

The verdict came after about five hours of deliberation in the case against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks. The Kuwaiti imam had testified during a three-week New York trial that he answered bin Laden’s request in the hours after the attacks to speak on the widely circulated videos used to recruit new followers willing to go on suicide missions like the 19 who hijacked four planes on Sept. 11, 2001.

“The storm of airplanes will not stop,” Abu Ghaith was heard warning in an October 2001 video that was played for the jury.

Also shown repeatedly to the jury during the trial were frames of a video made Sept. 12, 2001, that showed Abu Ghaith seated next to bin Laden and two other top al-Qaida leaders as they tried to justify the attacks.

On Monday, during closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Cronan underscored the importance of Abu Ghaith’s post 9/11 status.

“Going to that man was the very first thing Osama bin Laden did on Sept. 11 after the terror attacks,” he said. “The defendant committed himself to al-Qaida’s conspiracy to kill Americans, and he worked to drive other people to that conspiracy.”

He added: “During the most important period of time in al-Qaida’s savage history, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was Osama bin Laden’s principal messenger. … He used his fiery oratory to incite al-Qaida’s growing army of terror in this war with America.”

The jury returned a verdict on three charges: conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiring to provide support to al-Qaida and providing support to al-Qaida. The charges carry a potential penalty of life in prison.

Captured in Jordan last year and brought to New York, Abu Ghaith has actively participated in his trial. He listened to testimony and arguments through headphones linked to an Arabic translator.

 Many years in a U.S. prison eating halal food, reading Islamic texts, praying with and preying on other inmates fulfilling his dawah obligation.

It begs the question why he was even in a U.S. courtroom.

Because We Are at War

via UTT Blog.

“The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing the Islamic State.”
By-Laws of the International Muslim Brotherhood
 
“Killing is to continue until the unbelievers pay jizyah after they are humbled or overpowered.”
Islam and Modernism, Taqi Usmani (2006)
Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani
One of the leading Islamic Scholars alive today. 
Deputy Chairman, Fiqh Council for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Former Judge, Pakistani Supreme Court
 
“We do not disassociate Islam from war.  On the contrary, disassociating Islam from war is the reason for our defeat.  We are fighting in the name of Islam. Religion must lead to war.”
Qatar TV, February 25, 2006
Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi
Preeminent Islamic Scholar in the world
Leading Legal Jurist of the International Muslim Brotherhood
Chairman – International Union of Muslim Scholars
 
“This means that you wage war so that the evil sovereignty of beings other than that of Allah is wiped out and only the law of God operates in the world.”
U.S. Training Guide for Muslims published in approximately 2002 by
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS)
 
“To be true Muslims we must prepare and be ready for jihad in Allah’s way…The military education is glued to the faith and it’s meaning, and the duty to follow it.”
Islamic High School text book, Islamic Center of Oakland (and elsewhere)
 
“This country (America) will become a Muslim country.”
Former Islamic Advisor to President Clinton and convicted Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi
Islamic Association for Palestine (Hamas) 2006 National Conference (U.S.)

The civilian and military leadership in America, and much of the West, is strikingly blind to and grossly ignorant of the swiftly growing threat we face from the Global Islamic Movement.

Yet those inside government agencies, members of the military, and American citizens who have taken the time to get educated on this threat are horrified at the grand canyon size schism between the reality of the threat and the posture the United States government continues to take – a position which can only be characterized as “Aiding and Abetting” the enemy, Material Support for Designated Terrorist organizations (Al Qaeda and others), and Treason.

Patriots are asking themselves, “How can this be happening?

It is happening because we are at war – and we are losing.

In 2005, the current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri said “I say to you that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media. We are in a media battle in a race for the hearts and minds of our Ummah (global Muslim community).”
Al Qaeda understands the majority of this war is being fought in the Information Battlespace – propaganda, influence operations, and political subversion, are but a few of the tools.

When the Muslim Brotherhood states in their strategic memorandum they are waging Civilization Jihad to “destroy Western civilization from within” and they are going to do it by getting U.S. leadership to do their bidding for them – they mean it.

We are in a war against an enemy who states they are Muslims fighting Jihad in the Cause of Allah in order to impose Islamic Law and re-establish the global Islamic State (Caliphate). Al Qaeda says it, the Muslim Brotherhood says it, nation-states say it, martyrs say it on their videos, and all of the jihadis we have captured before or after the act (if they lived) all say they did what they did because it is a command to wage jihad until Sharia is the law of the land.

Yet, in the FBI, DHS, and U.S. military, all training on Islamic Law, specifically the requirements of Jihad and the Law of Jihad cannot be taught. Why?

Because we are in a war – primarily an information war – and we are losing.

100% of all published Islamic Law only defines “Jihad” as warfare against non-Muslims. Yet, at the leadership level of our civilian government and military, they are still “pondering” what the “root meaning” of Jihad really is.

How can something so objectively clear be so difficult for our leadership to grasp?

How can it be that the most prominent Islamic organizations in America have been identified as being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement, yet their leaders serve in advisory roles across the entire spectrum of our government – including the FBI, CIA, and DHS?

In 2012, five Republican Members of Congress layed out the evidence of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network in America and asked the Inspector Generals of key government agencies to consider opening investigations. These Members of Congress were not publicly blasted by Democrats or the media for this, but by John McCain, John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, and others.

Why?

Because we are losing in the Information Battlespace. As a matter of fact, we are not even engaging the enemy there.

Continue reading at Understanding the Threat.

‘Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America…yearning to fulfill duty of jihad’

In the latest supposed al Qaeda propaganda…via Al-Qaeda Calls for Car Bomb Attacks on American Cities, Targets Abroad.

The latest issue of Al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine contains an article about using car bombs in U.S. cities as well as abroad during election seasons, both presidential and congressional, as well as on Christmas and New Years Eve.

The cities and areas listed in the piece include Washington, D.C., New York, Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Quote from Inspire:

Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America, and all they need is the knowledge of how to make car bombs. They are all yearning to fulfill their duty of Jihad.

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Parts of the magazine come across as written by over educated analysts sitting in office buildings somewhere.

One article mentions a Jose Mante (Muslim name: “Khosleah Mantieh”) who was supposedly arrested by the FBI in NY for plotting to bomb three military targets. Web searches for either name show no results. Any sleuths out who can run those names?

CIA Head: Al-Qaeda’s Ideology a ‘Corrupt Interpretation’ of Qur’an, Fueled by ‘Lack of Education and Ignorance’

Keep in mind that John Brennan, the head of the CIA, is a convert to Islam. Thus, his defense of Islam is not at all surprising. Unfortunately, it’s not his job.

via CIA Head: Al-Qaeda’s Ideology a ‘Corrupt Interpretation’ of Qur’an, Fueled by ‘Lack of Education and Ignorance’ | CNS News.

Al-Qaeda’s ideology, built on “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an,” resonates in many parts of the world, and is often fed by political repression, economic disenfranchisement and “lack of education and ignorance,” CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday.

During an event at the Council on Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the “war of ideas” surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence.

In the course of his response Brennan said al-Qaeda has “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an. One of the things that I’m struck with when I travel throughout the Middle East and I meet with leaders, military and civilian – these are individuals who are Qur’anic scholars themselves and they are the ones who are most annoyed at how al-Qaeda has hijacked their religion and how they have really distorted the teachings of Mohammed, you know, for violent purposes.”

“Now, quite unfortunately, though, that ideology, that agenda of al-Qaeda has gained resonance and following in many parts of the world,” he continued. “It’s fed a lot of times by, you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement, by, you know, lack of education and ignorance, so there – there are a number of phenomena right now that I think are fueling the fires of, you know, this ideology.”

Assertions of a link between Islamist terrorism and poverty or lack of education have been called into question by some research.

A Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, found that, “Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.”

“Terrorists turn out to be more rather than less educated than the general population” according to a number of academic studies, one of the report authors noted.

Far from being impoverished or lacking economic opportunity, some of the most prominent jihadist terrorists have been well-educated. Osama bin Laden was the son of a billionaire businessman, his al-Qaeda successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a physician, and the 9/11 attack mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has an engineering degree.

In Singaporean study on combating radical ideology over the 2001-2011 decade found that key members of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror network were also well-educated. They included Yazid Sufaat, a Malaysian former military officer and businessman, who provided lodging to two of the 9/11 hijackers in 2000 and was later involved in a foiled Singapore bomb plot.

Democrats Invited Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist to Brief Them

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Beyond incompetent, these three are dangerous and need to be replaced ASAP. via Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy | Washington Free Beacon.

The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.

Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.

Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an al Qaeda-linked Yemeni political party, did not attend because of visa issues. The State Department said it could not comment on visa matters.

Several Al Karama officials have faced terrorism allegations. Al Karama’s founder and current president Abdul Rahman Naimi was designated as a terrorist and al Qaeda supporter by the U.S. Treasury Department in December, along with the group’s Yemen representative Abdulwahab Al-Humayqani. Al Karama’s legal director, Rachid Mesli, is currently wanted for terrorism charges in Algeria.

A spokesperson for Grayson said Ahmady did not actually attend the briefing and that the terrorist designation of Al Karama’s president was “not in place at the time of the briefing, so again, we had no reason to suspect any wrongdoing on the part of Mohammad [Al Ahmady].”

The meeting was scheduled 4 weeks before the terror designation, so somebody should have known.

According to the Treasury Department, last year Naimi “ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to al Qaeda via al Qaeda’s representative in Syria, Abu-Khalid al-Suri, and intended to transfer nearly $50,000 more.”

Funding jihadists in Syria, isn’t that what Obama is doing?

Naimi also “reportedly oversaw the transfer of over $2 million per month to al Qaeda in Iraq for a period of time” and “provided approximately $250,000 to two U.S.-designated al-Shabaab figures” in 2012.

 Republicans aid terrorists too.

Obama rushing arms to Iraq to fend off not-so-on-the-run al Qaeda

This outcome was predicted by many when Obama announced to al Qaeda his intentions to pull troops out of Iraq. Of course with record low and continually dropping approval ratings, Obama needs al Qaeda. Any lower, he’ll be needing an attack on the home-front soon. via U.S. Sends Arms to Aid Iraq Fight With Extremists – NYTimes.com.

The move follows an appeal for help in battling the extremist group by the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who met with President Obama in Washington last month.

But some military experts question whether the patchwork response will be sufficient to reverse the sharp downturn in security that already led to the deaths of more than 8,000 Iraqis this year, 952 of them Iraqi security force members, according to the United Nations, the highest level of violence since 2008.

Al Qaeda’s regional affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has become a potent force in northern and western Iraq. Riding in armed convoys, the group has intimidated towns, assassinated local officials, and in an episode last week, used suicide bombers and hidden explosives to kill the commander of the Iraqi Army’s Seventh Division and more than a dozen of his officers and soldiers as they raided a Qaeda training camp near Rutbah.

Bombings on Christmas in Christian areas of Baghdad, which killed more than two dozen people, bore the hallmarks of a Qaeda operation.

The surge in violence stands in sharp contrast to earlier assurances from senior Obama administration officials that Iraq was on the right path, despite the failure of American and Iraqi officials in 2011 to negotiate an agreement for a limited number of United States forces to remain in Iraq.

In a March 2012 speech, Antony J. Blinken, who is currently Mr. Obama’s deputy national security adviser, asserted that “Iraq today is less violent” than “at any time in recent history.”

In contrast, after a recent spate of especially violent attacks against Iraqi forces, elected officials and civilians, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday warning that the Qaeda affiliate is “seeking to gain control of territory inside the borders of Iraq.”

Pledging to take steps to strengthen Iraqi forces, Ms. Psaki noted that the Qaeda affiliate was a “common enemy of the United States and the Republic of Iraq, and a threat to the greater Middle East region.”

Except in neighboring Syria where Obama is funding, training and arming al Qaeda affiliates.

Head of a human-rights org also a financier for al Qaeda

The U.S. government this week said the head of a human-rights organization working on behalf of Islamist political prisoners was also a financier for al Qaeda.

Most of the world knows Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi as a Qatari history professor and human-rights activist. The Swiss-based organization he founded, known as al-Karama from the Arab word for dignity, has worked closely with the United Nations and American human rights groups, most notably Human Rights Watch.

According to the U.S. government, however, al-Naimi is also a major financier of al Qaeda. On Wednesday, the Treasury Department issued a designation of al-Naimi that said he oversaw the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to al Qaeda and its affiliates in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen over the last 11 years. In 2013, the designation says, al-Naimi ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to al Qaeda via the group’s representative in Syria. In the same notice, the Treasury Department also designated Abdulwahab Al-Humayqani, al-Karama’s representative in Yemen, as a financier and member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group’s Yemen affiliate. On Twitter, al-Naimi acknowledged that he and al-Humayqani, whom he calls by his first name, were designated for supporting terrorism. Al-Naimi has resigned as president of al-Karama’s board, but told the group’s senior leadership that he intends to challenge the Treasury Department’s designation.

If the Treasury Department’s allegations are correct, the story of al-Naimi, who until Thursday was the president of al-Karama’s board, illustrates how sometimes human-rights advocacy can also be used as political cover for jihadist networks.

Read it all via Terrorists for Human Rights – The Daily Beast.

Montreal: Charity status of al-Qaeda mosque finally questioned

The report is from 2008 old and seems to have gone public in early 2011. via CJAD 800 – News. Talk. Radio. :: Charity status of mosque questioned

Quebec wants Revenue Canada to take a closer look at a Montreal mosque that has come to the attention of authorities in the U.S.

Cabinet minister Bernard Drainville says Revenue Canada should review the charity status of the Assuna Mosque on Huchison Street.

It registered as a charity in 1999 and has held on to that designation even though it was named in WikiLeaks documents as one of the nine mosques worldwide considered by the Pentagon to be possible terrorist recruiting grounds.

“We are concerned, we are worried about fundamentalism,” Drainville says. He wonders what exactly the house of worship is doing to merit charitable status.

The mosque’s imam, Salam Elmenyawi, has said in the past that American interest in its activities was based on incorrect information.

More from 2011 reports, Montreal mosque ‘is a top Al Qaeda recruiting zone’:

A mosque in Montreal has been ranked in the world’s top nine Al Qaeda recruiting zones and linked to a terror cell planning attacks on Los Angeles airport, new released documents claim.

The WikiLeaks files, written by U.S. military chiefs, list the Al Sunnah Al Nabawiah mosque among nine houses of prayer worldwide considered as a place ‘Al Qaeda members were recruited, facilitated or trained’.

The mosque, which was also linked to the September 11 attacks, is the only Islamic prayer house in North America listed as a threat in the leaked report.

Hint number one that the report was flawed?

The classified documents claim the mosque’s former Imam and current Guantanamo inmate, Mohamedou Ould Salahi, was the leader of the Canadian-based Al Qaeda cell.

The Mauritanian man arrived in Montreal from Germany in November 1999 but left Canada after police began to question him about ties to Ahmed Ressam, the so-called ‘Millennium Bomber’ who planned to attack Los Angeles airport and other U.S. targets.

The documents, prepared by the U.S. defence department in 2008

DC: Holder imports another foreign jihadist to U.S. civil court

via Jim Kouri | Examiner.com.

An Islamist who served 12-years in custody after being arrested by police in Belgium is now in Washington, D.C., to face terrorism charges within the U.S. federal court system, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia on Thursday.

Nizar Trabelsi of Tunisian, after serving 12-years in prison in Belgium, where he served time for terrorist charges, was extradited and arrived on Thursday to answer to terrorism charges in the United States.

Trabelsi is charged with conspiracy to kill Americans outside of the United States; conspiring and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction; conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization; and providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The 43-year-old Trabelsi allegedly received his orders directly from Osama bin Laden, the iconic leader of al-Qaeda, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen.

According to European press organizations, Trabelsi played professional soccer in Germany for the Fortuna Dusseldorf team, but his drug use ruined his sports career and he turned to radical Islam.

The Tunisian Islamist had been arrested by Belgian police in Brussels on the day after the Sept. 12, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. The police officers captured Trabelsi before he was able to carry out his planned attack against Americans in European nations.

Trabelsi was originally indicted in 2006 by a federal grand jury in the in the District of Columbia, and a superseding indictment was filed in 2007 and the indictment was sealed. The terrorism charges were finally unsealed on Thursday once U.S. law enforcement took the would-be suicide bomber into custody.

The indictment claims that Trabelsi personally met with Osama bin Laden in the months prior to the 9-11 attacks in order to “volunteer for a suicide bomb attack against U.S. interests.”

According to the indictment, following his meeting with bin Laden, Trabelsi allegedly obtained chemicals in Europe and subsequently joined others to scout a potential target: a military facility that was used by the United States and the United States Air Force.

According to the indictment, he later spoke with Muhammed Atef, a high-ranking member and chief military planner of al-Qaeda, at bin Laden’s direction. Additionally, the indictment states, he met with others with whom he was to form a cell for the purpose of carrying out a suicide attack.

While in Belgium, Trabelsi bought the chemicals necessary to manufactured a 1,000-kilogram bomb, the indictment alleges. Additionally, according to the indictment, he traveled at night with conspirators to scout their target: a U.S. military base.

While many counterterrorism experts and policymakers applaud the “big catch,” many others are vocal about their disappointment that Trabelsi is not being detained in Guantanamo Bay or that he will not face a military trial in which he would face the death penalty.

The chances of the Obama and Holder Justice Department trying this case as a capital one are slim and none. That’s unfortunate,” said a former NYPD detective, Mike Snopes, who served on a special counterterrorism unit.

Why does Holder keep bringing foreign jihadists into U.S. prisons and civil courts in the U.S.?

Separate but related on the snatch & grab of another foreign jihadi over the weekend, former CIA agent Clare Lopez ponders, Why Now? U.S. Nabs Top Al-Qaeda Suspect Known for Years.

Al-Libi’s seizure now makes as little sense as did the apparent U.S. and UK indifference to his outstanding Nairobi indictment and his jihadist credentials for all the years that preceded it. (Despite the close relationship among former LIFG jihadis like al-Libi and Abu Sufian ben Qumu, until now, there has been no indication that al-Libi was involved in 9/11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.)

Still, al-Libi undoubtedly would be able to answer a lot of questions about events leading up to that assault, as well as questions about those individuals and militias involved. in its planning and execution. Reportedly, an FBI interrogation team is headed out to the USS San Antonio in the Mediterranean Sea (where al-Libi is being held) and plans to ask al-Libi about AQ operations in Libya.

Funny: If that’s what they’re after, seems they could have just read the cables Chris Stevens had been sending back for the last several years. “Die Hard in Derna” from June 2008 would have been a good one to start with.

And Gateway Pundit has this regarding al Libi, Unreal. Captured Al-Qaeda Mastermind to Be Read His Rights By Obama Administration.

NYC: Successful Muslim accountant gets 18 years for aiding al-Qaeda

via NYC accountant gets 18 years for aiding al-Qaeda.

NEW YORK (AP) — A successful accountant who admitted supporting al-Qaeda with money and supplies was sentenced to 18 years in prison Monday by a judge who said it was necessary to deter others from developing similar violent aspirations.

Sabirhan Hasanoff, 37, a citizen of the U.S. and Australia, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court, where he pleaded guilty last year to supporting al-Qaeda and conspiring with others. He was also ordered to forfeit $70,000.

The sentence was two years less than the maximum he faced after striking a plea deal with the government, though it was five years longer than what Probation Department officers recommended.

Prosecutors said Hasanoff provided extensive support to al-Qaeda from 2007 to 2010, including by purchasing an advanced remote control for explosives attacks and by reporting rudimentary information about the New York Stock Exchange. They said he also made regular cash donations to people he thought were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

The judge said the “most important factor” in deciding how much time Hasanoff must serve was the need to deter others from similar conduct.

The judge didn’t give him the full sentence because the convicted jihadist is working with other Muslims in prison.

In a letter to the judge, Hasanoff expressed regret for abandoning his life in America, where he lived in Brooklyn with his wife and three children after graduating from Baruch College in Manhattan and obtaining a job as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He was working as the chief financial officer for a large company based in Dubai when he was arrested there in 2010 and brought to the United States to face charges.

“I made a good living and my family and I enjoyed a very comfortable lifestyle,” he wrote. “And then, for reasons that I still have trouble confronting, I threw that all away.”

Inspired by radical clerics, he said his desire to strengthen his Muslim faith and fight atrocities committed against Muslims around the world mixed with guilt about his comfortable life.

“I completely renounce any view of Islam that says that violent jihad is in any way acceptable,” he said.

Hasanoff told the judge Monday: “I’m very sorry for my conduct. I should have known better, and I don’t have any excuses.”

An indictment alleged that Hasanoff and met with two men in 2008 to discuss aiding al-Qaeda. It said one of the men paid Hasanoff $50,000 to transfer money and do other tasks for the terrorist network.

The government said Hasanoff and his co-defendant used code words in Internet chats in 2009 about fighting jihad and finding other al-Qaeda contacts. In their coded language, “safari” was used in place of “jihad” and saying a friend was “hospitalized” meant that he was in prison.

Will he lose his citizenship and be deported?

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