NYC Bomber Another ‘Known Wolf’, Father Claims Reported Him to FBI in 2014 (updated)

Update: Investigative reporter Paul Sperry responded to our auto-tweet of this post with a ‘no no no, not true.’ The media is running with the headline that the bomber’s father reported him to the FBI but there is no evidence or confirmation that the father contacted the FBI. Conversely, it was pointed out to us that:

“In August 2014, the FBI initiated an assessment of Ahmad Rahami based upon comments made by his father after a domestic dispute that were subsequently reported to authorities,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI conducted internal database reviews, interagency checks, and multiple interviews, none of which revealed ties to terrorism.”

So the father called the police regarding his son stabbing his other son or daughter and police contacted federal authorities based on comments heard during their investigation.

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via ‘The sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets’: A journal found with New York bombing suspect

Rahami, a naturalized American citizen, grew a beard, married a woman from Pakistan, and watched jihadist martyr’s anthems on YouTube, investigators say.

In 2014, after Rahami was accused of stabbing one of his brothers in the leg, his father said he contacted the FBI with concerns that Rahami was becoming a terrorist.

“Two years [ago], I called the FBI — my son, he’s doing very bad, OK?” Mohammad R. Rahami said outside his New Jersey home Tuesday morning. “But they check it almost two months. … They say, ‘He’s not a terrorist.’ I said, ‘OK.’

“Now they say he is a terrorist,” he continued. “I say, ‘OK.’”

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged the younger Rahami with planting several bombs around New Jersey and New York City last weekend, including the device that detonated on a street in Chelsea and wounded 31 people with flying glass, shrapnel and ball bearings Saturday night.

Rahami, 28, was also charged for a separate explosion earlier Saturday — a pipe bomb triggered by a cellphone — along the route of a Marine Corps charity 5-kilometer race at Seaside Park, N.J.

According to the charging document, when police captured and arrested Rahami on Monday after a gun battle in Linden, N.J., investigators found a notebook in his backpack with the following entry:

“Inshallah [God willing] the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death To Your OPPRESSION.”

Rahami began shopping for bomb components on eBay in June, according to a federal complaint, which charges him with four counts related to bombing a public place.

Over the next several months, Rahami bought citric acid, a circuit board, electric igniters for fireworks, and ball bearings, plus cellphones that could be used as bomb triggers, investigators said.

Federal authorities said they have recovered a cellphone video, shot two days before the Chelsea bombing, which appears to show Rahami blowing up a cylindrical container at or near his home in Elizabeth.

The video, recovered from a phone believed to belong to a Rahami family member, shows a fuse being lighted, then an explosion.

“The video depicts the lighting of the fuse, a loud noise and flames, followed by billowing smoke and laughter,” according to an affidavit from Special Agent Peter Frederick Licata of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. “Rahami then enters the frame and is seen picking up the cylindrical container.”

FBI agents said they found 12 of Rahami’s fingerprints on the bomb and related materials left in Chelsea. More of his fingerprints were detected in a backpack that contained another set of explosives found near the entrance to a New Jersey transit station in Elizabeth.

Agents said they also are relying on surveillance video that showed a man who appears to be Rahami walking near the scene of the Chelsea explosion, first pulling a small suitcase behind him, then walking away without the suitcase.

On Tuesday, the FBI defended its 2014 investigation of Rahami’s alleged radicalization, which was launched after Rahami was accused of stabbing his brother. (A grand jury declined to indict Rahami for the alleged stabbing.)

“In August 2014, the FBI initiated an assessment of Ahmad Rahami based upon comments made by his father after a domestic dispute that were subsequently reported to authorities,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI conducted internal database reviews, interagency checks, and multiple interviews, none of which revealed ties to terrorism.”

Rahami is believed to have traveled to Afghanistan through Pakistan at least three times for months-long visits from 2005 to 2014, a U.S. official said. He had married a Pakistani woman and brought her to the United States as his wife, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

The woman, identified by authorities as Asia Bibi Rahami, left the United States for Pakistan a number of weeks before the bombings and was stopped by officials Sunday or Monday in the United Arab Emirates on her way back from Pakistan, a second official said. She since has been questioned by U.S. investigators, and a U.S. official described her as being “cooperative.”

A third official said the wife had been scheduled to return in the coming days and did not believe she was delaying her return in response to the bombings.

Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), who represents the district including Elizabeth, said Ahmad Rahami had been in contact with his office in 2014, asking for help securing a visa for his wife. He said the request was complicated by the fact that her passport had expired and that by the time she replaced it, she was 35 weeks pregnant.

“He showed up at my office. The staff thought he was a little abrupt,’’ Sires said. “But there was nothing unusual about it. This district has a lot of immigrants. We do this all the time.’’

When Rahami returned to the U.S. from Pakistan, the pattern of his travel history was a red flag for border officials. Rahami was told by the officer checking his passport he would be asked additional questions about his time outside the U.S.

Information about Rahami from that secondary interview was entered into the TECS database, a repository of information about travelers maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to a U.S. official briefed on Rahami’s travel.

The official would not say what kind of details about Rahami were included in the database, but said the description of that interview was available to FBI agents looking into Rahami’s background later on.

Because Rahami is a U.S. citizen, customs officials who interviewed him in 2014 would not have had the power to deny him entry. If a U.S. citizen is wanted by law enforcement, the system is designed to notify authorities when someone with a warrant enters the country so that the person can be held at the entry point until arrested.


via Bomb suspect vowed ‘death to your oppression,’ feds say

Rahami, who came to the U.S. as a child, studied criminal justice for a time at a community college, and he worked as an unarmed night guard for two months in 2011 at an AP administrative technology office in Cranbury, New Jersey. At the time, he was employed by Summit Security, a private contractor.

AP global security chief Danny Spriggs said he learned this week that Rahami worked there and often engaged colleagues in long political discussions, expressing sympathy for the Taliban and disdain for U.S. military action in Afghanistan. Rahami left that job in 2011 because he wanted to take a trip to Afghanistan, Spriggs said.

AP spokesman Paul Colford said the news co-operative told law enforcement officials about Rahami’s work at the Cranbury facility.

Summit’s vice-president of security services, Daniel Sepulveda, said Rahami last worked for the company in 2011. Sepulveda said he was unaware of any complaints about Rahami’s conduct.


Source: New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami

Ahmad Rahami was an ‘Americanized’ asylum seeker who moved to the United States aged seven with his family in 1995.


Flagged Two Times in 2014, Ahmad Rahami Passed Scrutiny

Investigators are interested in learning more about both a three-week trip he made to Afghanistan and another trip he may have made to Ankara, Turkey, according to the law enforcement officials, who spoke about the continuing investigation under the condition of anonymity. The report by the targeting center did not mention any travel to Turkey, according to one of the officials.

Records the New York Police Department provided to customs officials indicate that Mr. Rahami traveled to Ankara for an unspecified length of time in January 2014, according to another law enforcement official and documents obtained by The New York Times.

That trip would have happened at a time when international authorities were concerned about the flow of foreign combatants to Syria to fight in the civil war there, but before the Islamic State became widely known as a source of global terrorism.

But now, the travel history of Mr. Rahami, who is accused of carrying out bombings in New York and New Jersey last weekend, has become a focus of investigators, a subject made all the more urgent by details contained in a notebook that suggests he drew inspiration largely from the Islamic State.

In particular, Mr. Rahami cites a founding member of the Islamic State who called on Muslims around the world to take up whatever arms they could find and spill the blood of nonbelievers.

The assessment of Mr. Rahami by the F.B.I. began in August 2014, and it once again reviewed the report by the National Targeting Center.


Oddly however, the Federal complaint against bombing suspect omits journal’s ISIS references!

Meanwhile, the FBI and NYPD are looking for these two individuals:

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The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating these two unknown individuals. Closed cir cuit television r ecordings indicate that these individuals allegedly located a piece of luggage on the sidewalk, r emoved an impr ovised e xplosive device fr om the luggage, and then left the vicinity leaving the device behind but taking the luggage.

The image shown was tak en on W est 27th Str eet between 6th and 7th A venues in Manhattan between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., on Satur day, September 17, 2016, in the same hour that an explosive device had detonated on W est 23r d Street.

The FBI is inter ested in speaking to these individuals and r ecovering the luggage.

If you have any infor mation concer ning this case, please contact the FBI’s T oll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL -FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office , or the near est American Embassy or Consulate .


6 Responses

  1. Our soldiers fought and died to keep us safe in our own country from these people and we were safe until the soldiers of islam were brought in and given quarter with our tax money.

    Now the citizens of the United States of America and the American military are being hunted and murdered in our country, on our streets, by our enemy. Understand this, they are killing our children in our own country. Why are they here?

  2. Democrat security policy isn’t worth shit! Hillary plans on making things much worse with her open borders policy. It’s the same in Canada, with the Emperor Justinian planning on bringing in another 25,000 militant migrants from Syria.

  3. Send them all back to their own country, if they want to be safe then fight to be safe, IN YOUR COUNTRY’S!

  4. isnt it funny all these muhammad’s are know to the fbi
    coincidence????? i think not

  5. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that there are NO ‘lone wolves’! These pervs are all connected–whether in some back alley or on the Web or whatever! To be sure they all connect at the local mosque, which is exactly why we need to declare all mosques as ANTI-AMERICAN and all imams as SUSPECT! What ever happened to the concept of “erring on the side of caution”? It’s pathetic how we literally aid and abet the enemy with our permissive policies toward these DESERT RATS! None of them belong here unless and until they PUBLICLY RENOUNCE all connections to IZZLAM! What the hell do they want here in a Christian country anyway??? It’s obvious they come here to cause TROUBLE–and our blind deaf and dumb politicians just open the doors wider and wider…..

  6. Of course the FBI didn’t find any connection that would suggest Rahami was connected to terrorism because all references to Islamic doctrine and terror have been scrubbed from all investigative procedures.

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