According to one Muslim. Updates on the busted imam the media won’t cover. via Feds: Orange County Imam had ties to accused group in 1993 WTC… | www.wftv.com.
ORLANDO, Fla. — WFTV has uncovered an Orange County
imam’s past ties to the so-called Blind Sheik, whose extremist group is blamed for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Channel 9’s Kathi Belich broke the story of Marcus Robertson’s arrest last year. On Monday, she obtained new documents in the case that detail even more disturbing information.
Federal prosecutors said Orange County Imam Abu Taubah, aka convicted felon Marcus Robertson, has murdered people, attempted assassinations, took hostages and tried to kill police officers, all to fund attacks on U.S. soil.
So where are the charges?
Last year, months before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, prosecutors said Robertson planned an attack on U.S. military personnel overseas.
So where are the charges?
Authorities said Robertson was bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the Blind Sheik. Rahman’s extremist Islamic group was blamed for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Authorities said Robertson led a band of thieves who robbed banks and the government in the 1990s. He was even accused of giving Rahman $300,000 for a much bigger New York attack on the Washington Bridge, tunnels and government buildings.
Rahman is in prison, and Robertson served four years, but federal prosecutors said he’s training others to kill overseas.
They said Robertson and Jonathan Jimenez committed tax fraud to send Jimenez on a jihad journey from Orlando to Mauritania to kill U.S. military personnel, possibly with a suicide bombing.
The FBI said Jimenez was worried they’d all get caught, because he said Robertson wasn’t just talking about the Quran here at the Masjid Al-Ihsaan mosque in East Orange County, he was talking about the military, and people were bringing weapons and ammunition.
The FBI said they worked on the plan in Robertson’s East Orange County home and said phone taps and confidential informants show that just months before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Robertson taught Jimenez to kill officers first and to kill Marines, because they’re “fighters and warriors on the battlefield.”
The feds won’t name the other suspects.
The FBI said Robertson was in a rush to get Jimenez to Mauritania last year, but he was arrested 19 days before Sept. 11, 2011.
Federal prosecutors said Robertson, a convicted felon, is telling people the name and description of the confidential informant in the case, and the information comes at a time when prosecutors said there’s a plot to kill the informant.
According to documents, during a recorded call, Jimenez told a confidential government source that Robertson told him “it was permissible or obligatory to kill members of the armed forces, specifically generals” and that Robertson showed him what a general’s stars look like.
Jimenez also was recorded saying Robertson told him suicide bombings were “permissible,” according to documents.
Now, federal prosecutors said Robertson “has in his correspondence from jail identified a confidential source” and spread information about the confidential informant’s identity.
And the obligatory legal jihad being waged, Orange Co. Imam, accused in alleged terror plot, sues Seminole Co. jail
Robertson is suing for $200,000 in damages, said he wants the jail to be closed and demanded a federal investigation.
Robertson said he’s fought off sexual offenders and now sleeps wearing shoes.
He said the lights are too bright too long, but complained about feeling like he’s “underground in a grave” because of what he calls a lack of sunlight.
Robertson claims religious discrimination because he said he’s not allowed to wear his religious cap.
He also said jail guards made discriminating comments.
When asked about the lawsuit, Eyewitness News Legal Analyst Bill Scheaffer said, “Certainly not the first to complain, won’t be the last to complain. You’re not at the Ritz-Carlton. You’re in a secured facility and most of the time, these complaints are found to be petty and baseless.”
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