Maryland: Muslim pleads guilty in multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling racket

A predominantly Muslim cigarette smuggling racket…that funded? via Ramadan brother pleads guilty in 2013 cigarette smuggling case | Coastal Point. h/t UNDER THE BURKA

One of the West Ocean City, Md., brothers indicted last year in a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring that stored some of its contraband in a Dagsboro location pleaded guilty June 27 to enterprise corruption.

Samer Ramadan, 40, pleaded guilty to the charge, the most serious one against him, was scheduled to be sentenced to two to six years in a New York state prison on Monday, July 7.

As treasurer, Ramadan was second-in-charge in the smuggling operation that he told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Foley was run by his brother, Basel, 43, who continues to be held without bond, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office. Basel Ramadan’s trial is expected to take place in October, but his next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 12.

When Homeland Security officers and New York authorities raided Basel Ramadan’s Oyster Harbor residence in May 2013, they found approximately $1.4 million in cash, some of which was in black trash bags. Many items, including three handguns, were removed from the house and vehicles and taken away. The vehicles were also taken away from the property.

The 303-page indictment gave details of the smuggling operation that involved purchasing cartons of cigarettes in Virginia, ostensibly to sell at Virginia businesses. That ruse permitted them to buy the cigarettes at a tax rate of 30 cents per pack. The cartons of cigarettes would be taken to storage facilities in Delaware. One of the storage facilities was in Dagsboro.

Several other people were allegedly involved in the lucrative cigarette smuggling enterprise. Adel Abuzahrieh, 43, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the alleged transporter who drove several times weekly from Brooklyn to Dagsboro, where he exchanged tens of thousands of dollars in cash for cartons of cigarettes. Then he would take the cigarettes — approximately 20,000 cartons per week — north to New Jersey, where he would hand them over to distributors, who would take them to storage facilities in New York City.

Four additional men, called “resellers” by the New York Attorney General’s Office, would deliver the cartons to Arab markets and grocery stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens, where they would sell them for huge profits. Some of the cartons were sold in Schenectady and Albany.

In addition to the Ramadan brothers, 14 other alleged participants in the cigarette smuggling enterprise were indicted. Ahmad Abdelaziz, also of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty June 25 to enterprise corruption and will be sentenced to one to three years in prison Aug. 12.

Yousef Odeh, one of the alleged distributors, 53, allegedly had ties with Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Muslim cleric now serving a life sentence for a conspiracy to blow up New York City landmarks.

One of the alleged resellers, Muaffaq Askar, was suspected of providing weapons to Rashid Baz, who was convicted of shooting at a van carrying Yeshiva students as it crossed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994. One student was killed in that attack.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said last year that the association of some of the suspects in the cigarette smuggling ring with terrorists was cause for concern. Similar schemes had been used in the past to help fund terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to a 2013 press release from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ramadans allegedly deposited “more than $55 million from their untaxed cigarette sales into small financial institutions in and around Ocean City.” Then they would allegedly use that money to purchase more cigarettes to sell in their illegal enterprise. The press release stated that they generated more than $10 million in profits in the smuggling operation.

During the year-long investigation by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the New York City Police Department, with assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, law enforcement seized 65,000 forged New York tax stamps that had not yet been affixed to packs of cigarettes, as well as nearly 20,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and more than $200,000, from suspects in New York City.

All of the suspects were charged with enterprise corruption, money laundering and related tax crimes.

Basel Ramadan and Youssef Odeh of Staten Island were also indicted in October 2013 in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot. They were allegedly conspiring from behind bars to murder witnesses against them in the cigarette smuggling case.

“These defendants sought to kill individuals they believed to be witnesses to their crimes,” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman stated in a press release. “This behavior is intolerable, and we are going to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. These two individuals cheated New York taxpayers out of millions of dollars in tax revenue and then tried to cover up their dangerous and lucrative smuggling operations, which hurt New York businesses, by committing the ultimate crime.”

Odeh pleaded guilty June 25 to enterprise corruption and conspiracy in the second degree (conspiracy to commit murder) and he faced sentences of two to six years in prison when he was sentenced Monday, July 7, according to the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Previously, Muaffaq Askar pleaded guilty to New York tax law 1814(a)(i), attempt to evade cigarette tax, and was sentenced to a conditional discharge, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

New York: Muslim accused of link to Canada train plot sentenced to time served, deportation

via U.S. judge sentences Tunisian accused of link to Canada train plot to time served – News – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM.

A Tunisian man who prosecutors said had ties to a man accused of unsuccessfully plotting to derail a Canada-U.S. passenger train was sentenced by a U.S. judge to time served on Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to immigration charges.

Ahmed Abassi, 27, will be deported to Tunisia following the sentence by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who made clear during a hearing in Manhattan federal court she viewed the 15 months he served as enough following his plea.

I hope you will think very seriously about the events of the last year and will decide always to abide by the laws of the United States,” the judge said. “And if you do that, I wish you good luck.”

He’s being deported, right? Is the judge suggesting he will permitted back in the U.S. in the future?

“Your honor, I agree,” Abassi, dressed in prison blue prison garb, said through an interpreter.

When charges were unsealed in May 2013, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Abassi had an “evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United States.”

But his plea deal in June appeared to mark a shift in the government’s stance. He pleaded guilty to making false statements to immigration agents and falsely filling out a green card application, without any reference to terrorism.

Prosecutors said Abassi had discussed various plots with Chiheb Esseghaier, another Tunisian charged in Canada last year with plotting to blow up a railroad track carrying passenger trains.

U.S. officials have said Esseghaier had a plan that involved blowing up a trestle on Canada’s side of the border as the Maple Leaf, Amtrak’s daily connection between Toronto and New York City, passed over it.

In a court filing Monday, prosecutors said in early 2013, Abassi, then living with his wife in Canada, went to Tunisia. While there, Canadian authorities revoked his visa because of the Esseghaier probe, without providing that explanation, prosecutors said.

An undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent claiming to own a real estate company called Abassi in Canada and invited him to the United States, offering to help get a visa, prosecutors said.

On arrival in New York in March 2013, U.S. immigration authorities, working with the FBI, questioned Abassi, who told them he planned to work for the agent’s company, a statement prosecutors said was false.

Abassi subsequently lived for free in an apartment the agent provided, meeting frequently with him or Esseghaier.

Abassi’s lawyer Sabrina Shroff in a filing before the sentencing said Abassi “steadfastly refused” to commit an act of terrorism, and prosecutors acknowledged he “repeatedly and flatly refused” to assist Esseghaier in attacks.

But prosecutors said his conversations suggested he had “dangerous, extremist views” and refused to participate in attacks “for the wrong reasons.”

Speaking after Wednesday’s hearing, Shroff called Abassi’s case “the worst kind,” where prosecutors sought to punish someone based solely on their opinions rather than their intention to act on them.

“His thoughts and opinions are extremely different than what he was willing to do,” she said.


Until he does it. 

Related: Suspect in VIA Rail terror plot trained with man ‘in direct contact’ with Al-Qaeda leader

 

New York: Muslim Couple Arrested for Terrorizing Hamptons Synagogue

Ramadan is not only the month of jihad, it’s the month of Muslims waging jihad against Jews. This is the third Muslim-on-Jew attack in the U.S. in a week…that we’ve heard of. Race-baiter Eric Holder and his terror pals at CAIR are silent accomplices. via Woman, Ex-Husband Accused of Sending Threats to Hamptons Synagogue | NBC New York. h/t Atlas

Police on eastern Long Island say a woman and her ex-husband have been arrested on charges they sent threats to an East Hampton synagogue.

Police say 44-year-old Asli Dincer and 31-year-old Melih Dincer allegedly posed as four acquaintances in the emails sent to the Jewish Center of The Hamptons — possibly to get the other people in trouble.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen Jr. says they were arrested Thursday night at Kennedy Airport after arriving from Turkey.

They were expected to be arraigned later Friday on charges including making a terrorist threat, falsely reporting an incident, menacing and conspiracy.

The name of their attorney was not immediately available.

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Buffalo: Mayor hosts Islamic Ramadan dinner at City Hall

For decades there has been a war on religion (read Christianity) in the United States, purging the most holy symbols and holidays from all things government. Yet repeatedly we see government promotion and celebration of the most intolerant ideology (White House, Pentagon, Gracie Mansion, etc.). Always at taxpayer expense.

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via City Hall hosts Islamic dinner marking end of Ramadan fast | WBFO. h/t TROP

In the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, daytime fasting ends at sunset with an Iftar dinner. On Wednesday night, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown hosted such a dinner in the lobby of City Hall.

Participants from many different Muslim communities in the area were present. Brown works with the Turkish Cultural Center and the Peace Islands Institute to arrange the meal. Local politicians and public officials were also invited, including County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Common Council member Joe Golombek.

Besides fasting, Muslims are supposed to help the poor and do good deeds.

Observant Muslims say Ramadan can be more difficult in a non-Islamic country, since in Muslim countries life slows down, a reflection of so many people going without food or drink during the day.

According to Muslims, Ramadan is the month of jihad and conquest and victory. So why all the celebrating among government officials across the U.S.?

 Click here to see the deadly affect Islam has had on Buffalo.

New York: Muslim who killed wife for cooking wrong food gets mere 18 years

Where he recites death to infidels the Koran “day and night.” via Man who killed wife over dinner prefers death to prison food | New York Post.

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The 75-year-old Pakistani immigrant convicted in Brooklyn of beating his wife to death because she served him lentils instead of goat should get the minimum sentence, his lawyer argued Wednesday — because the lack of Pakistani food behind bars will be a hardship.

“His inability to speak English and his inability to have Pakistani food will make his incarceration even more difficult than the average inmate,” defense attorney Julie Clark wrote in court papers seeking the minimum 15 years to life sentence for Noor Hussain.

But prosecutor Sabeeha Madni countered that Hussain should get the maximum 25 years to life, saying in court, “There are no mitigating factors. Not his age, not his inability to speak English and, certainly, not his dislike for the food in prison.”

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew D’Emic sentenced the wailing killer to 18 years to life behind bars, noting that because of his advanced age, “Whatever sentence I give is likely a life sentence at this point.”

In a lengthy speech before D’Emic pronounced sentence, a sobbing Hussain said, “I am true Muslim. I never fight with my wife.”

Through a Punjabi translator, ​he proclaimed, “In the name of Allah . . . There is no God but God,” before blaming his wife’s death on cancer and a heart attack and whining that he wanted to die.

“Please do me justice and hang me. Give me electric shock so I can die,” Hussain said as he raised his handcuffed hands to his face.

“There is no witness and no complainant in this case . . . they should bring some proof,” he said, adding, “I’m in jail for 40 months, and day and night I recite the Koran.”

Hussain was convicted of beating to death wife Nazar Hussain, 66, with a stick inside their Midwood apartment on April 3, 2011.

“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” court papers said.

Prosecutors said he beat her to death as she lay in bed, most likely starting the attack as she slept. “When her body was later examined by the Medical Examiner’s Office, it was determined that she had been struck more than 20 times about her head, face and arms,” DA Ken Thompson said in a statement after the sentencing.

Hussain was convicted May 29, 2014, in a non-jury trial.

It almost always leads back to the immigration problem.

NYC: Mayor bans press from Gracie Mansion Ramadan dinner

Who an what is de Blasio hiding? via The Gracie Mansion Ramadan Iftar dinner isn’t open to press after all: Updated – NY Daily News.

When Mayor de Blasio’s office first moved his public schedule for Thursday, it listed two very different events, both open to the press: The weigh-in for the Nathan’s Famous 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall, and the Ramadan Iftar Dinner 2014 at Gracie Mansion.

A short time ago, the press team re-sent Hizzoner’s schedule with an update: No reporters at the Ramadan gathering. No reason given.

I asked de Blasio Press Secretary Phil Walzak about the changeup. He quickly apologized via email for the “confusion,” and said the dinner “was always designed to be closed, but was erroneously listed as open last nite on the sked due to an internal miscommunication.”

My obvious next question (and maybe yours): Why bar the press in the first place?

Walzak described the occasion, a traditional breaking of the fast, as “solemn.”

He said reporters are barred because “it is a sit-down dinner and there also is a praying portion.

“Last year and the year before this event was closed press — it historically has always been closed.”

Update: Actually, no, not always. There was plenty of press coverage of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hosting of the annual dinner in 2010.

Since we are not permitted to enter (this time), a little more detail from Walzak: “There are 150 attending tonight, many of whom have been fasting. This includes religious leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and members of Administration.”

Naturally it’s not unheard of for these schedules to change. I note it here because:

a) Regardless of the event, it is always important to stay abreast of what the government would like to allow the media to see and not see;

b) We’ve written a lot about how de Blasio’s shop has handled its relations with the media (including Walzak himself, ICYMI). De Blasio, after taking heat for not disclosing some of his speaking appearances, said he would provide the press with transcripts of his remarks in the future. (Just Wednesday, the mayor spoke at a closed-press fundraiser for the state Senate Democrats. So far, no transcript, per our Erin Durkin);

c) The intersection of government and religion — any government, any religion — is worth watching and has been an issue for the de Blasio Administration on many fronts.

Brooklyn: Muslim cabbie convicted of arranging “honor killing” of daughter’s lover’s family

Will likely spend the rest of his life living a sharia-compliant lifestyle at U.S. taxpayer expense. via Brooklyn cabbie convicted of arranging revenge “honor killing” of daughter’s lover’s family   – NY Daily News.

A Brooklyn cabbie who felt humiliated because his daughter fled an arranged marriage, was convicted Thursday of directing the revenge murders of her lover’s family members in Pakistan.

The jury deliberated less than one hour before reaching a verdict against 61-year-old Mohammad Choudhry.

Choudhry was charged with murder conspiracy in the so-called “honor killings,” which were carried out to restore his honor.

The father did not show any reaction to the verdict and waved to family members with both hands then saluted Judge William Kuntz as he was taken from the courtroom.

Choudhry’s daughter Amina Ajmal, 23, fled to the U.S. in late 2012 shortly after she was forced to marry a man her father chose for her.

She later secretly recorded telephone conversations with Choudhry in which he vowed to kill members of her lover Shujat Abbas’ family “one by one” if she did not return to their home in Flatbush.

Defense lawyer Fred Sosinsky suggested that the murders of Abbas’ father and sister in February 2013 in their village have been tied to a land dispute.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Hector argued that was ridiculous.

“He had been threatening (Abbas’) family for years and lo and behold someone swoops in and takes care of the problem for him?” Hector said in her closing argument in Brooklyn Federal Court.

“Do you think anyone could be that unlucky?” Hector said.

Choudhry, who was also convicted of visa fraud on behalf of Amani’s groom, faces life in prison.

Previous posts on this Islamic honor killing ordered from Brooklyn, USA here.

Brooklyn: International drug ring stored khat in NY mosque, 17 arrested

via 17 busted in international narcotics ring selling khat | PIX 11. h/t LOOK UNDER THE BURKA OF ISLAM

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FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) – State and NYPD investigators say it’s an addictive drug used in many countries, but many people in the New York area have never heard of it.

Those are not the people in the Tri-State who were using khat, a leaf whose juices have a stimulant effect similar to amphetamine. Enough local residents use khat, however, to have funded what cops call an international drug ring that they broke up on Friday.

The leaves, which users typically eat whole, emit a fragrant smell. Two plastic bags of them filled a display table at the New York State Attorney General’s Office on Friday afternoon, filling the press conference room with a nutty, grainy aroma. But the attorney general himself said that the bags of leaves were part of a large, illegal business that smells foul to law enforcement.

“We’re still tracking the funds,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, regarding the khat ring. “But we know it was millions of dollars.”

He said that officers from his agency and the NYPD arrested 17 people in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

According to the attorney general, the leader of the operation, Yadeta “Murad” Bekri, would ship khat in boxes to two UPS Stores in Manhattan. His two leaders in the U.S., Bayan Yusuf and Ahmed Adem, would pick up the boxes of leaves and send them to distributors, who would, in turn, store the boxes until they could make a sale, the attorney general said.

For example, according to investigators, two Flatbush, Brooklyn residents, Mustafa Sadeq Ali and Sadeq Hassan Ali, were seen on surveillance video storing boxes of khat in the Islamic Center of Flatbush, a mosque located right next door to their building.

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Attorney General Schneiderman confirmed that the surveillance was the result of an ongoing terrorism investigation at the mosque.   He said that the investigation did not yield any indication of terrorism.

It did uncover, however, a three layered international narcotics distribution ring, officials said, in violation of U.S. laws against khat sales and distribution, in place for two decades.

“It’s key to understand these networks and how the money flows,” said John Miller, the NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence.  He said that, in his travels to Yemen for his job, he had personally observed the devastating effect that khat can have on people who use it.  He declined to elaborate.

He and the attorney general did point out that the alleged khat ring they busted would ship the leaves from Yemen, Ethiopia and Kenya to the U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands and China.  From there, the leaves were shipped to New York, sometimes in boxes disguised to be carrying a more benign cargo.

“Some of the boxes had labels that said ‘tea,’” Attorney General Schneiderman said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.  “It should not be used as tea,” he said, sternly, but half seriously.

 In the video at the link above, the cops were quick to jump to conclusions and state there was no evidence anyone at the mosque was involved. Clearly, the mosque just happened to let two strangers load and unload boxes of strange smelling weeds in the mosque. If you’re stopped and frisked and someone in the car your riding in has weed, the car gets impounded and you all get harassed if not arrested. Not so much in a mosque.

NYPD headquarters turned into pre-Ramadan taqiyya fest

He explained that the NYPD would be distributing a detailed guide to help officers understand Ramadan and the pillars of Islam.

Dhimmitude. Protecting the incubators and teachers of jihad via NY Police Vows to Protect Muslims Rights – Americas – News – OnIslam.net. h/t Iron Burka

Held at the police headquarters in Manhattan, the pre-Ramadan conference was attended by dozens of Muslim community leaders to discuss the local and international issues.

During the annual meeting, first held in 2001 after 9/11 attacks, Bratton promised not to discriminate against the Muslim community.

“You have my pledge as commissioner we will not to jeopardize that trust that all our efforts are geared toward increasing,” Bratton said to dozens of Muslim leaders at 1 Police Plaza, New York Daily News reported.

“You also have my pledge that we will continue to ensure policing is lawful, constitutional, effective and respectful.”

Using the meeting to share concerns, Muslim leaders rejected the use of informants, urging police to collaborate with leaders to collect information.

Along with praise for the police commissioner remarks, Muslims asked for “assurances” not to be spied and targeted by NYPD.

That would be an assurance to permit jihad and sharia practices to flourish.

“We want to weed out the bad eggs, but don’t recruit some of our members for spying,” said Imam Adebole Sanusi of Masjid Rahmatillah in Staten Island.

“We are peace-loving people. I always tell my people to tell me if there is something wrong. I will be the first to tell the police. We don’t need informants. Come to us,” the Imam added.

Peace-loving, kufr hating.

Revealing Ramadan’s security plan, Bratton said that heavy security measure will be applied around mosques areas along with boosting the police patrols and cars.

Responding to Muslims’ plea to hire sensitive and knowledgeable police officers, NYPD would be “distributing a detailed guide to help officers understand Ramadan and the pillars of Islam”.

“There has to be properly education to some of the police officials,” Mustapha Senghor, chairman of the Harlem Islamic Cultural Center, was quoted by NY1.

Dawah and more taqiyya.

Police Commissioner has made a pledge to protect the minority’s rights ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

“We are here to celebrate with you your most holy time,” Police Commissioner William Bratton addressed Muslim leaders during NYPD’s annual Pre-Ramadan Conference, Newsday reported on Wednesday, June 19.

“This is a time of self-reflection and connection with God Allah . . . safety and security are the best blessings, where faith flourishes.”

 

New York: Muslim terror plotter pleads guilty to visa fraud charges

Abassi made clear that he wanted to obtain immigration documents and to remain in the United States so that he could engage in “projects” relating to future terrorist activities, including recruitment.

via Tunisian train terror suspect pleads guilty to visa fraud charges – NY Daily News.

A Tunisian man accused of participating in an Al Qaeda-linked plot to derail a passenger train between New York and Toronto last year pleaded guilty on Tuesday to visa fraud charges.

Ahmed Abassi, 27, told Manhattan Federal Court Judge Miriam Cedarbaum he lied about why he’d flown to the U.S. when he filled out a green card application and when he was interviewed by a federal agent.

“I said I was going to work in the real estate field,” Abassi said. “It was not true.”

When he was arrested after landing at Kennedy Airport in April of last year, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said “Abassi had an evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United States — to commit acts of terror and develop a network of terrorists here.”

The feds said he’d plotted to derail a Toronto-bound train, or contaminate “the air or water with bacteria to kill up to 100,000 people.”

His lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, accused investigators of entrapment, saying an undercover agent lured him to the U.S. by promising to help him get a Canadian visa so he could reunite with his wife in Quebec.

“My entire purpose was to return to Canada and reunite with my wife,” he told Cedarbaum.

There was no mention of terrorism during his guilty plea. He faces up to six years in prison when he’s sentenced on July 23.

His lawyer is asking that he get time served for the year he’s already spent behind bars.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, he’ll be deported to Tunisia after he’s sprung.

New York: Muslim plotted to kill returning U.S. troops, arrested

The absurdity of it all. An FBI sting here and there as we allow unfettered immigration of like-minded Muslims. via Feds: Man supportive of ‘terrorist’ groups plotted to kill troops.

Through the 140 characters allowed on Twitter, Mufid spelled out again and again his ideological hatred toward the United States, federal authorities allege.

In one Tweet, he announced his allegiance with al-Qaida, writing, “al-Qaida said it loud and clear; we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people,” authorities say.

Other Tweets encouraged the donation of money for jihadists, and, while advocating martyrdom, Elfgeeh claimed al-Qaida and jihadists are the world’s true Muslims.

On Saturday afternoon, FBI agents and members of the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Elfgeeh in the parking lot of the Walmart at 1490 Hudson Ave. They allege that he’d planned to buy firearms and he wanted to use them to kill returning American troops as well as Shi’a Muslims living in the region.

Elfgeeh is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen who managed a convenience store on North Clinton Avenue.

At the Walmart, Elfgeeh, 30, met with an FBI informant who provided him firearms and silencers, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Albert Zenner.

A swarm of law enforcement officials arrested Elfgeeh around 3 p.m. as shoppers wandered in and out of the store. The weapons the informant gave Elfgeeh immediately before the arrest had been rendered inoperable beforehand, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Harvey, a prosecutor in the case.

“At no time was there a risk to the public this weekend,” FBI Special Agent Brian Boetig, who heads the agency’s western New York region, said about the large show of force for the arrest.

Elfgeeh is charged with two counts of illegally receiving and possessing unregistered firearm silencers, but the investigation is continuing, U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said at a news conference Monday.

At a court appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman, Elfgeeh was appointed lawyers from the Federal Public Defender’s Office. A bail hearing is scheduled for June 16.

Federal prosecutors have requested that Elfgeeh stay jailed pending trial.

Using confidential informants, the FBI has been investigating Elfgeeh since early 2013, according to the affidavit from Zenner.

In early 2013, an individual who has occasionally worked as an informant for the FBI “first reported information about Elfgeeh.”

The informant, records show, has helped the FBI since around 2000. He has been paid about $21,700 by the agency, and the FBI assisted him in receiving visas for family members.

A second informant, who also has been paid by the FBI, began a series of conversations with Elfgeeh in late 2013. Those broad talks about terrorism in the Middle East and American politics morphed into Elfgeeh’s stated intent to do harm to Americas, authorities allege.

In the aftermath of the December terrorist attack on a mall in Kenya, Elfgeeh told the second informant that, “I’m thinking about just go buy a big automatic gun from off the street … and just put on a vest or whatever and just go around and start shooting,” the affidavit states.

Elfgeeh indicated he already had a bulletproof vest.

Elfgeeh discussed buying weapons from that informant, saying “I don’t have … no plan whatsoever,” the affidavit alleges. He said he wanted weapons “for personal use.”

He also allegedly said he would “try to do as much as we could before we get, get captured,” and that he wanted to do video messages after the attacks.

In March, Elfgeeh apparently narrowed his plans to killing returning soldiers, authorities allege. He noted how a French-Algerian man had killed three French military members.

Elfgeeh told the informant, who’d indicated he could buy him firearms, that he could figure out who returning military members were from online searches.

Negotiations over possible weapons purchases continued into April and May. The conversations were recorded. Elfgeeh also inquired about prices for hand grenades, “the type that one would throw at someone as you are driving a car.”

On Saturday, the FBI gave the informant a “Walther PPK .32-caliber handgun with a functional silencer affixed to the barrel, a Glock 26, 9-millimeter handgun with a functional silencer affixed to the barrel, two boxes of .32-caliber ammunition, and two boxes of 9-millimeter ammunition,” the affidavit states.

The informant gave Elfgeeh the box carrying the weapons in the Walmart lot, moments before the arrest.

After the arrest, police and FBI agents executed a search warrant at Elfgeeh’s home and a convenience store, MoJoe’s, that he runs at 1193 N. Clinton Ave. The store, decorated in candy stripe red and white, advertises pizza, chicken and groceries, and fronts the residence where Elfgeeh lived.

Neighbors said agents searched the store and house for two hours or more Saturday evening.

NYT caves to Muslims, forces ad to modify use of “Islamist”

via Proving Our Point :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

A full-page ad by the Investigative Project on Terrorism in Wednesday’s New York Times, followed by a prominent ad Thursday on the Times‘ website, is generating attention and controversy.

That’s no surprise.

The ad called for the end of a prohibition on references to jihad and radical Islam in government publications and programs. It cited several examples of terrorist attacks motivated by radical Islamist ideology, and showed how organized groups try to bully anyone who calls attention to the connection. To do so, they argue, is inherently bigoted and blames all Muslims for the actions of a relative few.

Those critical of the ad cast it as anti-Muslim and Islamophobic.

That, too, is no surprise. If anything, it reinforces the ad’s message.

When the IPT writes that CAIR was founded as part of a Hamas-support network in the United States, it cites the official assessment of the FBI, reinforced by a written opinion from a federal judge who reviewed the evidence and found “at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas.”

Open-minded people who take the time to review the record, including the original source documents admitted into evidence in a 2008 Hamas-support trial, are left scratching their heads by CAIR’s ability to deny history.

“It is astonishing, given this history, that the mainstream American media should routinely describe CAIR as ‘a Muslim civil rights organization,'” Peter Skerry, a former legislative director for Rep. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and senior fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, wrote in an article for the Brookings Institution in 2011. “It is one thing for CAIR’s leaders to ritualistically deny and obfuscate the organization’s origins; it is quite another for America’s academic, political, and media elites to systematically ignore them.”

The Times said it would pull the ad from its website mid Thursday if the IPT refused to alter the text. The change demanded was fairly subtle. Originally, the ad said, “Stop the Islamist groups from undermining America’s security, liberty and free speech.” Now, it says, “Stop the radical Islamist groups…”

It’s a minor distinction. But it came after Times’ officials reviewed the ad in advance and found that it met their standards for publication. It was only after “being inundated with customer complaints” was the change ordered by publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

The Muslims – and the application of sharia – are winning. IPT should have replaced every instance of Islamist with Islamic. The only place such a distinction is made is in the West.

Read it all at IPT News.

Brooklyn: Muslim killed wife for cooking lentils for dinner instead of goat

via Man killed wife for making vegetarian dinner: prosecutors | New York Post.

A Pakistani immigrant beat his wife to death in their Brooklyn home after she made the mistake of cooking him lentils for dinner instead of the hearty meal of goat meat that he craved, according to court papers.

Noor Hussain, 75, was so outraged over the vegetarian fare that he pummeled his wife, Nazar Hussain, 66, with a stick until she was a “bloody mess,” according to prosecutors and court papers.

“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” the court papers indicated as Hussain’s murder trial opened on Wednesday.

“The conversation got louder and [his wife] disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf- -ker, and . . . defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.”

Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted Hussain beat his wife — but argued that he is guilty of only manslaughter because he didn’t intend to kill her. In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary.

“He comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”

Honor kill even. What kind of woman willingly defends such an animal? Furthermore, why do we allow such animals to immigrate to the U.S.?

Prosecutors, however, said Hussain meant for his wife to die.

“His intentions were to kill his wife,” Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said in court. “This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife.”

Madni said that Hussain “brutally attacked his wife as she lay in her bed” — leaving deep lacerations on her head, arms and shoulders, and causing her brain to hemorrhage.

He beat her with a stick that the family had found in the street and used to stir their laundry in a washtub, the court papers state.

He then tried to clean up the blood that had splattered onto their bedroom wall before calling his son for help, Madni said.

“I killed her. Hurry up and come over,” Hussain told his son, according to prosecutors.

Madni also said Pakistani women who lived in the same building as the Hussains would testify about the beatings Nazar received at the hands of her husband.

“They have told us about years of abuse they witnessed,” Madni said.

Hussain met his wife in Pakistan and the couple married before moving to Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

The trial continues Thursday before Judge Matthew D’Emic.

 More via Multicultural Mayhem in Brooklyn

In her opening statement at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial, Ms. Clark advocated on behalf of cultural diversity when she explained that her client “comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife.” 

While fleshing out her argument, counselor Clark forgot to mention that in Pakistan, abuse of women is “endemic in all social spheres.”  It is customary to genitally mutilate females, deform their faces with acid, rape them, kill them in the name of honor, and, for a lack of an adequate dowry, burn young brides alive in a “stove death.”

Yet Julie Clark does make an excellent point.  If America prides itself on embracing multiculturalism and our president feels it’s his duty to dispel negative stereotypes associated with Islam, how can America switch gears and justify prosecuting a Muslim man for exercising the diverse strength and beauty extolled by Maya Angelou and those like her?

NY: Imam who decried 9/11 museum film arrested in $140,000 tax fraud

via EXCLUSIVE: Imam who ripped 9/11 museum film could get jail in 140G tax scheme – NY Daily News.

An imam who made headlines for trashing a film shown at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is facing prison time in a tax cheat scam, the Daily News has learned.

Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, a retired NYCHA employee who also heads Masjid Manhattan, faces up to 15 years in prison for swindling at least $140,000 while working as a “tax preparer” at a Hell’s Kitchen Ethiopian restaurant in a side business, prosecutors said.

He also allegedly failed to clear the side gig with the Conflicts of Interests Board while working at the city Housing Authority.

Elazabawy, 60, did state tax returns for Queen of Sheba on Tenth Ave. under an alias between 2005 and 2009, bilking the state out of the six-figure sum, prosecutors said.

“There’s evidence that the defendant prepared the sales tax returns without any records at all although he was in the restaurant many times and had access to those records had he asked for them,” Assistant District Attorney Maurice Mathis said at the clergyman’s Feb. 5 arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to a transcript.

“It appears that he actually was making up the numbers of the sales tax returns,” Mathis added.

Queen of Sheba had allegedly been reporting less than a tenth of its sales but collecting sales tax from customers on all of the checks.

Elazabawy, of Gravesend, Brooklyn, worked at the New York City Housing Authority for 27 years before retiring as an analyst in the agency’s budget department on Jan. 31. Just days later, he was busted on second- and third-degree grand larceny charges.

He also cheated on his own taxes, raking in about $3,000 over two years, prosecutors said.

As Daniel Greenfield noted, Elazabawy is as bad as they get: Imam Who Claimed 9/11 Museum Defames Muslims says Jews are a “Cancer”

Elazabawy’s demands for interfaith sensitivity were absent during the 2008 sermon, which came during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead incursion into Gaza aimed at curbing Hamas rocket-fire toward civilian communities in Israel.

“And they use the hypocrites of the Muslims to help them, and the Muslim follow them, because they control the money, they control the weapons, they do everything.”

Jews were spreading mischief in Egypt, Sudan and Somalia, he said.

They are cancer in everywhere, in every generation as they get in power. People turn their face, and they know they are tyrants, they know they are oppressors. They know that they kill the children of Muslim[s] all the time. But everybody permits it because they controlling the money and the position in the whole entire world.”

 As Creeping Sharia noted here, tax fraud ain’t the only illegality going on at Masjid Manhattan: The other mosque at Ground Zero. Watch the video here.

 

Terror-linked CAIR wants to remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video

 

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via CAIR: Remove ‘Islamist Extremism,’ ‘Jihadism’ From 9/11 Museum Video | CNS News.

Days before the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is stepping up its campaign to urge organizers to edit a video presentation on al-Qaeda, to remove terms such as “Islamist extremism” and “jihadism.”

An earlier CAIR initiative – a letter last month co-signed by several other Muslim and Arab-American organizations, complaining to museum directors about what they called “academically controversial terminology” – met with no success.

On Monday CAIR’s New York chapter began asking “all Americans” to lobby national and New York leaders on the issue.

A “click and send” letter made available by the chapter calls for the short video entitled “The Rise of Al-Qaeda” to be edited to remove “anti-Islamic terminology,” before the museum opens to the public next Wednesday.

The appeal is addressed to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents lower Manhattan.

On Thursday the museum and memorial will begin a six-day “dedication period,” open to 9/11 families and survivors, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders from agencies that lost members in the 9/11 attacks,  and lower Manhattan residents and business owners. It then opens to the general public on May 21.

The museum’s website includes a question-and-answer section.

An entry entitled, “What is an Islamist extremist?” states: “‘Islamists’ see Islam as a guiding ideology for politics and the organization of society. That is, they believe that strict adherence to religious law should be the sole basis for a country’s law, as well as its cultural and social life. While some Muslims believe this, many do not. Islamist extremists believe violence is acceptable to achieve these ends. al-Qaeda is one of many Islamist extremist groups.”

 Don’t let the terrorists in suits rewrite history. Contact Your Elected Officials and museum officials and demand that history be told accurately for future generations.

There are numerous links on the left hand sidebar under Hamas-CAIR – send them with your email.

 

 

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