California: Muslim Refugee Arrested in Sacramento, Lied About Terror Ties (updated)

Terror ties meaning he waged jihad in Syria. Top notch vetting. Defund refugee resettlement. Halt all immigration. Ban Muslim immigration. via: Iraqi immigrant arrested in Sacramento, suspected of lying about ties to ISIS | The Sacramento Bee

Federal agents have arrested an Iraqi immigrant in Sacramento on a charge that he lied to immigration authorities over his ties to the Islamic State and travel to Syria, and there are indications the investigation extends to Houston and Milwaukee.

Aws Mohamed Younis Al-Jayab is named in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento and unsealed late Thursday as word of his arrest began to spread through the media.al-jayab-jihadi

He is to appear in federal court on Friday at 2 p.m.

“Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said in a statement. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the nation from terrorism, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to join or aid the cause of terrorism, whether at home or abroad.”

Word of the complaint came amid reports of teror-related investigations in Houston and Milwaukee, but Al-Jayab was the only suspect whose arrest was annonued on Friday by the office of U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner in Sacramento.

“According to the allegations in the complaint, the defendant traveled to Syria to take up arms with terrorist organizations and concealed that conduct from immigration authorities,” Wagner said. “While he represented a potential safety threat, there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country. I commend the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for their dedicated work on this matter.”

The case came to light following an unusual closed hearing in federal court in Sacramento with U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan presiding behind closed doors.

No information regarding the hearing was posted on the court calendar or filed in publicly available court documents, and Sacramento FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said she could not discuss the matter.

“I can neither confirm nor deny any of the information in your email,” Swankie said in response to a request from The Sacramento Bee.

The Houston Chronicle reported that officials in that state had been briefed on the matter and that the Houston connection involved an Iraqi refugee living in the Texas city, although it was not clear whether that was a reference to Al-Jayab . The newspaper also said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement Thursday afternoon on the matter.

“This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists,” Abbott said in a statement. “I once again urge the President to halt the resettlement of these refugees in the United States until there is an effective vetting process that will ensure refugees do not compromise the safety of Americans and Texans.”

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office declined to comment and referred inquiries to the FBI.

California is the site of the latest and deadliest terror attack – the Dec. 2 slayings of 14 people in San Bernardino last month by two ISIS supporters – since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

That attack came one day after a Lodi-area [Muslim] man, Nicholas Teausant, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to a count of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors say Teausant, 22, tried to travel to Syria to join the group. He faces sentencing March 8 and could be given up to 15 years in prison.


Update: He actually fought with ISIS in Syria, so that apparently makes him a “Syrian refugee.” Correction from the DOJ press release and now unsealed complaint. He is an Iraqi refugee. Al-Jayab Complaint (Has Been Unsealed)

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Al-Jayab is a Palestinian born in Iraq, who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee in October 2012.  Between October 2012 and November 2013, while living in Arizona and Wisconsin, he communicated over social media with numerous other individuals about his intent to return to Syria to fight for terrorist organizations.  In those communications, according to the complaint, Al-Jayab discussed his previous experience with firearms and with fighting against the regime in Syria.  On Nov. 9, 2013, he flew from Chicago to Turkey, and then traveled to Syria.  Between November 2013 and January 2014, Al-Jayab allegedly reported on social media that he was in Syria fighting with various terrorist organizations, including Ansar al-Islam, a designated foreign terrorist organization since 2004.  He returned to the United States on Jan. 23, 2014, and settled in Sacramento.

The complaint alleges that on Oct. 6, 2014, Al-Jayab was interviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and responded in the negative to numerous questions, including whether he had ever been a member of any rebel group or militia; whether he had ever provided material support for any person or group engaged in terrorist activity; and whether he had ever been a member of a group, or assisted in a group, which used or threatened the use of weapons against others.  Al-Jayab also allegedly stated during the interview that he had traveled to Turkey in late 2013 and early 2014 to visit his grandmother.  The complaint alleges that all of those answers were materially false.


More via NY Daily News:

According to federal officials, Al-Jayab, 23, secretly crossed into Syria and fought alongside terrorist organizations in late 2013 and early 2014 and then covered up his double life when interviewed by U.S. officials.

While living in Arizona and Wisconsin, he bragged in social media messages that he previously fought in Syria, “executed” several soldiers in the Assad regime and liked to use a silencer on his Glock, the complaint unsealed Thursday said.

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“America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty. Only death will do us part. My only wish is to see you and start the action,” he wrote in April 2013 to an unidentified contact likely located in Syria, the complaint said.

That same month he and an unidentified man in Texas discussed weapons training and crossing the border into Syria together.

“O God, grant us martyrdom for your sake while engaged in fighting and not retreating,” he wrote in one message to the Texas man.

In August 2013, Al-Jayab communicated with someone known to distribute Islamic State propaganda and asked for money to return to Syria. “By God, I am trying,” he wrote.

Three months later in November 2013, he flew from Chicago to Turkey and then traveled to Syria, federal officials allege.

He revealed in social media communication that he was in Syria fighting with various terrorist organizations, including Ansar al-Islam, a designated foreign terrorist organization since 2004, officials said.

More via ABC with video, here: Feds say terrorism-related arrests made in Sacramento, Houston

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Phone records show imam at San Bernardino terrorist’s mosque knew killer’s, lied about it

“Behind every Islamic terrorist there is an imam…”   ~ Oriana Fallaci

Source: Cleric denies ties to San Bernardino killers as phone records surface | New York Post

The cleric acting as spokesman for the San Bernardino mosque where terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook worshipped claims he barely knew Farook and didn’t know his terrorist wife at all. But phone records and other evidence uncovered by federal investigators cast suspicion on his story.

The FBI has questioned the cleric, Roshan Zamir Abbassi, about his phone communications with Farook — including a flurry of at least 38 messages over a two-week span in June, coinciding with the deadly Muslim terrorist attack on two military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Jihadi Cleric Roshan Zamir Abbassi

Abbassi, a Pakistani, insists he had nothing to do with the shooting at a San Bernardino County government building five miles from the mosque. While he confirms the text messages with Farook, he claims they were merely discussing food donations for his Dar-al-Uloom al-Islamiya of America mosque.

Abbassi maintained at a press conference that he didn’t know Farook any better than he knew the reporters in the room. But members of the mosque say Farook was a fixture there. He had been coming to pray and study at least three times a week for two years. In fact, he memorized the Koran at there, something you cannot do without learning Arabic, a subject Abbassi teaches.

His other assertion that he never even saw Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, also strains credulity. Malik joined her husband in shooting 35 of his government co-workers at a Christmas party.

“No one knows anything about his wife,” assistant imam Mahmood Nadvi agreed. “She never came to prayer.

But longtime mosque member Gasser Shehata, who claimed to have prayed “shoulder to shoulder” with Farook, said Dar-al-Uloom prepared a chicken-and-rice dinner to celebrate the couple’s wedding last year. Reportedly, hundreds of congregants attended the walima reception, including the mosque leadership.

Asked if Farook was radicalized at the mosque, Abbassi snapped, “Never.” He said the mosque teaches only peace, insisting no one has even an “extremist idea.”

“In Islam,” he said, “we are against innocent killing.”

Abbassi recently posted a message on Facebook condemning the United States and other Western nations for their Mideast policies, arguing they are equally guilty of violence to achieve political and religious goals. His mosque’s Web page features a video claiming that the San Bernardino shooting was carried out by the US government in a “false flag conspiracy,” and that Farook and Malik were “patsies” assassinated “by government-sponsored perpetrators.”

Another person of interest is Abbassi’s brother, Mohammad Sabir Abbassi, a Muslim activist who serves as a trustee and English teacher at the San Diego mosque once headed by the late al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In his filing, Anderson says Farook studied the ultra-orthodox Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat. US officials say the cult, with 50,000 members, is rife with jihadists, and jihadi groomers are recruiting at mosques in at least 10 states.

“We have significant presence of Tablighi Jamaat in the United States,” said Assistant FBI Director Michael Heimbach, “and we have found that al Qaeda used them for recruiting.”

Homeland Security Department veteran Philip Haney said Dar-al-Uloom was among the mosques his agency was investigating as part of a probe of the Tablighi movement.

“Individuals who were already in the case in 2012 went to that mosque,” Haney claimed in a Fox News interview.

He said he ID’d some 300 jihadists and terrorists tied to the movement in the United States before the Obama regime pulled the plug on the investigation in 2012. Known Tablighi alumni include the Lackwanna Six, the American Taliban John Walker Lindh, shoe bomber Richard Reid, dirty bomber José Padilla and would-be Brooklyn Bridge bomber Iyman Faris.

“We have nothing to hide,” Roshan Abbassi asserted.

Investigators shouldn’t take his word for it.

California: Accomplice in San Bernardino Jihad Attack Denied Bail

Catching up on the details of the California convert to Islam who plotted with the San Bernardino jihadists who killed 14 Americans. via ‘A Danger’: San Bernardino Neighbor Enrique Marquez Held Without Bail – ABC News

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Saying that he remains a “danger” to the community, a federal judge ordered that Enrique Marquez, former neighbor of one of the San Bernardino shooters, be held without bail today.

Marquez, 24, appeared in court in a white prison jumpsuit, handcuffed and with shackles on his feet. He smiled occasionally but did not speak during the hearing.

Marquez stands accused of three crimes: plotting with San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to conduct two terror attacks in late 2011 or 2012, making so-called “straw purchases” of two assault rifles around the same time on behalf of Farook that were later used in the San Bernardino attack and, later, entering into a “sham” marriage with a woman who is a member of Farook’s extended family.

The charges came last week after Marquez was interrogated by the FBI for 10 days following the San Bernardino terror attack earlier this month that claimed 14 lives. Authorities say Farook and his wife-turned-accomplice, Pakistani national Tashfeen Malik, were responsible for that attack and they appeared to have been inspired by terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS. Farook and Malik were killed by police hours after the Dec. 2 mass murder.

Marquez was not charged in connection with the San Bernardino attack beyond the years-old purchase of the two assault-style rifles used in the shooting by Farook and Malik.

In a dramatic 911 call hours after the shooting, Marquez told the emergency operator he was considering killing himself, according to an FBI affidavit filed in a criminal complaint last week.

“My neighbor, he did the San Bernardino shooting,” Marquez purportedly said, according to a transcript of the call in the complaint. “He was the shooter… F*ing ahole used my gun in the shooting… They can trace all the guns back to me.”

Marquez told the operator he had given Farook the gun “only for safe storage” because he couldn’t have it at home with his little brothers around, the court documents say.

Friends described Marquez as a nice, but hapless young man who loved punk rock. The affidavit says Farook taught him about Islam and Marquez converted in 2007. Farook later exposed him to extremists beliefs like those of the late American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Marquez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2016. He has not entered a plea.


More, if not conflicting, information on Marquez, via Marquez also accused of planning a widespread attack in 2011 with Farook

A friend of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook who purchased two rifles used in the deadly shooting has been charged with conspiring to carry out further horrific attacks.

Enrique Marquez is accused of plotting to use pipe bombs and explosives with Farook on a Los Angeles highway and Riverside Community College in 2011 in a bid to create mass casualties.

The 24-year-old punk rock fan, who converted to Islam in 2007, is also believed to have been paid $200 a month to be in a sham marriage with the sister of the wife of Farook’s brother, Mariya Chernykh, so they could get immigration benefits.

The former security guard, who told the FBI he was radicalized by hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, allegedly made the explosives for another attack in 2012 and even went to a firing range to practice.

But the pair scrapped the plot after the arrest of four terror suspects in nearby Riverside, according to ABC.

IEDs found in the home shared by Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik after the attack in San Bernardino were filled with the ‘smokeless powder’ Marquez purchased in 2012, federal prosecutors said.

Officials also claimed Marquez legally bought two AR-15s three years ago for Farook as a favor because the US-born health inspector was worried that he would not pass a background check had he tried to buy the weapons himself.

The pair, who met in 2004, allegedly agreed Marquez should buy the high-powered weapons ‘because he was Caucasian, while Farook looked Middle Eastern’.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, Farook started showing and teaching Marquez about radical Islamic ideology, which included anger towards Muslims in the U.S. military, after 2007.

In August 2011, Farook allegedly told Marquez he wanted to join Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

They then began planning attacks in Southern California, the criminal complaint states.

The pair allegedly started buying firearms, ammunition and other tactical gear. In late 2011 and early 2012, Marquez purchased firearms twice from local sporting goods stores.

During FBI interviews, Marqeuz identified himself as the buyer of the two rifles but said he bought the rifles for Farook.

Marquez told FBI agents they discussed attacking the library or cafeteria area of the college, which they were both enrolled at, because they wanted to ‘maximize casualties’.

According to Marquez’s interview the pair would have started by throwing pipe bombs into the cafeteria from the second floor.

They then wanted to escape without detection so they could go on to start another attack on the SR-91.

The pair would have allegedly targeted the road during ‘rush hour’ on a section that had a small number of exits.

Marquez told FBI special agents the pair would have started their attack from the hills, throwing pipe bombs onto the road in a bid to disable or stop traffic.

He then allegedly told agents his priority was to shoot law-enforcement and gun down life-saving personnel such as paramedics.

Marquez, who had checked himself into a Los Angeles-area psychiatric hospital shortly after the San Bernardino shootings, quickly emerged as a key figure in the investigation of the attacks.

FBI agents raided his home three days after the mass shooting and questioned him for several days about his alleged involvement.

But Marquez told investigators he knew nothing of Farook and his wife’s deadly plans.

In interviews, Marquez also admitted he tried to distance himself from Farook because of the arrest of other terror suspects.

But in 2014, he married Russian citizen Mariya Chernykh, one of Farook’s relatives. In the criminal complaint she is referred to as MC.

She arrived in the United States on a J-1 exchange visa (for visitors) on on July 2, 2009. It expired in September but by marrying Marquez she was on the way to obtaining permanent resident status.

FBI agents discovered Marquez was receiving $200 every month for the marriage while MC lived in Ontario, California with her boyfriend and father of their daughter.


Update: Enrique Marquez Jr. indicted in connection with Dec. 2 terror attack

A federal grand jury today indicted Enrique Marquez Jr., the Riverside man already charged in connection with the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, adding two new charges of making false statements regarding the purchase of two assault rifles used in the shooting.

The five-count, seven-page indictment charges Marquez, 24, with conspiring with San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, to provide material support to terrorists; lying about the purchase of two assault rifles — a 5.56-caliber Smith and Wesson, model M&P-15 Sport, and a 5.56-caliber DPMS, model A-15 — that Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, used in the shootings; marriage fraud; and making a false statement on immigration paperwork regarding the sham marriage.

California: Muslim named Jihad arrested after bomb threat on cop shop

Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin

Source: Man named Jihad arrested after California bomb threat – NY Daily News

Cops in El Monte carried out a controlled explosion on the bag after Jihad Mufaddi Khalaf Haddadin claimed he had left a bomb outside their police station.

The 52-year-old told police he left a bomb in the backpack and reportedly made repeated references to “Jihad” Tuesday morning, according to Fox 11 News.

“Several officers that were working during that shift came out and confronted him,” El Monte police Captain Chris Williams told ABC 7 News.

“He was very cooperative, did exactly what we told him to do, but that backpack was concerning to us because we hadn’t looked inside of it.”

According to the sheriff’s department, the bomb squad quickly determined the backpack did not contain explosives and destroyed the bag.

It was later found to contain clothing, papers and some other personal items.

Haddadin is reportedly cooperating with the investigation, but has yet to disclose a motive.

The word “jihad” is an Islamic term referencing the struggle for maintaining religion.


Translating the NY Daily News’ Laurie Hanna:  struggle = use of violence, maintaining religion = for Islam.

Recall: Jihad Against the Kuffaar is of Two Types

California: Muslim indicted for attempting to join Islamic terror group

Whack-a-mole continues. One more caught but another 300,000 foreign Muslims on the way. via VIDEO: Fremont man indicted for attempting to join terrorist group | KRON4.com

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A Bay Area man is being accused of trying to join a terrorist organization, authorities announced Thursday.

Adam Shafi, 22, of Fremont, is charged with one count of attempting to provide personnel to al-Nusrah Front (ANF), an organization designated by the Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.

In an affidavit filed by an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with a criminal complaint details a number of phone conversations in which Shafi says he’s willing to die for the terrorist group.

In those phone calls, Shafi expressed to friends his love of “‘Jaulani,’ the amir of ANF,” and “his willingness to ‘die with them.’”

“His hope that ‘Allah doesn’t take [his] soul until [he has] at least, like, a couple gallons of blood that [he’s] spilled for him,’ his fear of meeting Allah ‘when [his] face has no scars on it,’ and his progress in saving enough money for his trip,” Shafi allegedly told friends in the days and weeks leading up to his trip.

Shafi knew ANF was a designated foreign terrorist organization and that the organization had engaged and was engaging in terrorist activity and terrorism, according to Stretch.

Shafi was stopped at San Francisco International Airport on June 30, as he was about to board a non-stop flight to Istanbul, Turkey, according to Acting United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch.

“Turkey is a common point of entry into Syria for foreign fighters hoping to join terrorist organizations such as ANF and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” the affidavit explains.

Shafi is currently in custody, and a bail hearing is scheduled for December 22.

Shafi faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.


More: Fremont Man, 22, Charged With Helping Terrorist Organization

The complaint, which was also unsealed on Thursday, alleges that Shafi tried to provide “personnel” to al-Nusrah Front, or ANF, an organization designated by the Department of State as a terrorist organization. Shafi was arrested on July 3 at San Francisco International Airport on his way to Turkey, a fact that was not publicized until Thursday.

In Shafi’s case, the FBI affidavit alleges that Shafi was stopped at SFO  for questioning as he was about to board a non-stop flight to Istanbul, Turkey. That country is a “common point of entry into Syria for foreign fighters hoping to join terrorist organizations such as ANF and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” the affidavit states.

Shafi had a one-way ticket and was acting “suspiciously,” according to the complaint. When he was stopped by agents, Shafi said he no longer wanted to live in the United States, and he disapproved of gay marriage, listing just one of the reasons he wanted to live in a country with people who thought like himself, the complaint states.

The affidavit details a number of alleged telephone conversations Shafi had with his friends in the days and weeks leading up to his trip and his willingness to “die with them,” his hope that “Allah doesn’t take [his] soul until [he has] at least, like, a couple gallons of blood that [he’s] spilled for him,” his fear of meeting Allah “when [his] face has no scars on it,” and his progress in saving enough money for his trip, the affidavit alleges.

In December 2014, FBI agents secretly watched Shafi leading his two younger brothers in “paramilitary style” exercises, including calisthenics and crawling through the mud in Fremont, the complaint states. “Adam appeared to take the training more seriously than his younger brothers did,” the complaint states.

Shafi is not the first Bay Area resident to be charged with terrorism.

In 2013, the FBI arrested 28-year-old Matthew Adam Llaneza of San Jose for being part of an Oakland bank “bomb plot.”

Llaneza was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year after striking a deal with prosecutors.

San Bernardino jihadists buried by mosque members in Islamic ritual

 

The media and Muslims keep telling us the jihadists weren’t “real” Muslims. They couldn’t be more Muslim. That’s why they got a Muslim burial (reportedly guarded by FBI agents).

via Exclusive: San Bernardino shooters buried in quiet funeral following Islamic rituals | Reuters

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who opened fire on a San Bernardino holiday [Christmas] party earlier this month, were buried Tuesday in a quiet, graveside funeral.

U.S.-born Farook, 28, and his Pakistani-born wife Malik, 29, killed 14 people and injured 21, in what U.S. officials have called a terrorist attack. They died later that day in a gun battle with police.

The funeral followed traditional Islamic rituals, said an attendee. At a Muslim cemetery hours away from San Bernardino, the bodies were cleansed according to Islamic rules, wrapped in white cloth and buried.

The funeral attendee and another person familiar with the situation, both of whom asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, said it took a week to find a graveyard willing to accept the bodies.

Neither source would say which cemetery refused to bury the couple, but a woman at the Islamic Cemetery & Masjid in Adelanto, Calif. – less than an hour from San Bernardino – confirmed the cemetery had refused to bury the bodies, in part out of a fear of backlash, but also for “other reasons”. She declined to give her name.

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino terrorist openly discussed jihad on social media – passed 4 background checks

By 5 agencies. Well-vetted is taking on an entirely new meaning under Hussein Obama. Just how many of the two million Muslims who’ve invaded the U.S. since 9/11 were vetted the same way?

California victims of Muslim terrorists

California victims of Muslim terrorists

Source: Tashfeen Malik discussed jihad on social media before San Bernardino shooting | Daily Mail Online

San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik, 29, underwent three background checks and had her K-1 fiancee visa approved even though she openly posted about committing violent jihad on social media.

Malik and husband Syed Farook killed 14 people earlier this month after passing through customs at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in July 2014 and getting married the following month.

If US officials had discovered the messages Malik posted before she applied for her visa from Pakistan last year, red flags would have gone up and she likely would not have been approved for entry.

Malik was screened by Homeland Security officials then the State Department before she entered the US and then faced a third screening after applying for a green card, the NY Times reported.

The trio of national security and criminal background screenings failed to find old postings on social media where Malik said that she supported violent jihad and that she desired to take part in it.

Her sister also made inflammatory comments on social media.

On the 10th anniversary in 2011 of the 9/11 attacks she wrote an anti-American remark next to a Facebook photo of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center.

The discovery of the postings has exposed an area law enforcement and immigration officials usually don’t investigate and has prompted the Obama administration to review the K-1 process.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday: ‘Somebody entered the United States through the K-1 visa program and proceeded to carry out an act of terrorism on American soil.

‘That program is at a minimum worth a very close look.’

Immigration officials may stop accepting new K-1 applications while the process is being reviewed and they are also looking into around 90,000 K-1 visas that have been issued in the past two years.

Homeland Security scrutinizes some applicants more than others and since Malik was a woman coming to the US to marry instead of a male scientist coming to work, she likely drew less attention.

More via CBS New:

Malik was not identified as a threat despite being interviewed at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan and vetted by five different government agencies that checked her name and picture against a terror watch list and ran her fingerprints against two databases.


And now we learn that Obama’s Dept. of Homeland Security Shut Down Investigation Into San Bernardono Linked Islamic Terror Group To Protect “Civil Liberties” Of Potential Terrorists.

Related: DHS Official Unable to Give Number of Syrians in U.S. or Number of Expired Visas

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