Son of Muslim Brotherhood-linked Official Wants DoD Job & Security Clearance Back


John Crane, left, and Muslim Brotherhood-linked father Robert Dickson Crane, right

Source: Should Family Affiliations with Foreign Islamist Movements Prevent a Security Clearance? – CounterJihad

BY Christine Brim

In 1980, Robert Dickson Crane converted to Islam. From that year to the present day, Crane has built a successful career as a high-level official in multiple Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas-affiliated organizations in the U.S. and Qatar. At the same time, from 1988 to 2013, his son John Ruedel Crane rose to similar prominence in the Department of Defense to the position of Assistant Inspector General and director of both the Department of Defense and NSA’s whistleblower programs. Crane’s position in the DoD Inspector General office came with high-level clearances and access to a broad scope of DoD information.  His tenure of twenty-five years within DoD also encompassed a time of multiple jihadist attacks against American targets, including the 1993 and 2001 World Trade Center attacks and the global war on terror waged in response.

In a recent phone conversation, John Crane confirmed that Robert Crane is his father and stated that, during background investigations throughout his career, he was never asked, nor did he volunteer, any information about his father’s affiliations. We don’t know if the relationship was, in fact, known and approved by the Department of Defense, the intelligence community or by political administrations during Crane’s over two-decade year career. But we can state that the relationship between Robert Crane and John Crane is being described for the first time to the general public in this investigative report.

In February 2013, John Crane was placed on “administrative leave” from his position as DoD Assistant Inspector General, his security clearances and pay were suspended, and he was forbidden to come to the office. He has resurfaced in the public eye in 2016 as the subject of numerous articles and interviews promoting the Bravehearts book in Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Government Executive, Democracy Now!, Russia Today, New York Times, The Intercept, and of course Hertsgaard’s Nation. Crane asserts in Bravehearts and in these interviews that Edward Snowden’s theft of U.S. classified information was simply an understandable reaction to the DoD’s prior treatment of whistleblowers, which discouraged Snowden from becoming a “whistleblower” himself inside the system.

John Crane is now appealing his removal from the Department of Defense and wants to return to his job. If he undergoes any future background investigation, he would be required to complete the new (as of 2010) security clearance questionnaire SF 86, which asks about the foreign affiliations of relatives – something prior questionnaires left off:

18. Is the relative affiliated with a foreign government, military, security, defense industry, foreign movement, or intelligence service? Describe the relative’s relationship with the foreign government, military, security, defense industry, foreign movement, or intelligence service. [Emphasis added.]

In interviews with journalists or with DoD personnel, John Crane never mentioned that his father, Robert Dickson Crane, has been an official in numerous Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas-affiliated organizations in America and Qatar for the last 36 years.

Focus for a moment on the “affiliated with a foreign movement” phrase in questionnaire SF 86. The Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated organizations are commonly recognized as a “foreign movement.” See for example the Muslim Brotherhood’s own website, Muslim Brotherhood documents submitted as court evidence, CNN, BBC, Pew Research, and numerous other sources.

But the Muslim Brotherhood is not just a foreign movement; it is a movement dedicated to Islamic supremacism and linked to terrorism. The Brotherhood has been designated a terrorist organization by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Russia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. Congress is considering a similar bill this year, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015 (S.2230, H.R.3892) currently with 7 co-sponsors in the Senate and 67 co-sponsors in the House.

The Muslim Brotherhood motto is “Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” They continue to be a revolutionary movement to impose strict Islamic (sharia) law in Muslim-majority countries and the world, using a mix of politics and violence. Al Qaeda emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas, designated a terrorist organization, considers itself the local branch of the Brotherhood in Gaza.

For a DoD official with top clearances employed during the three past decades of Islamic terrorism, having a father affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas-linked organizations should be considered a particular concern.  John Crane’s information access was extensive in his positions in the IG office, as he describes at his LinkedIn profile where he also lists “TS SCI Clearances” as one of his specialties:

As the Assistant Inspector General for Communications and Congressional Liaison at the Department of Defense, I developed, led, and implemented major operational strategies worldwide at over 50 locations within the United States and globally at offices in Europe, Southwest Asia and the Pacific Rim.

I was accountable for creating and executing the complex integrated communications strategy for sharing critical results of the Inspector General criminal and administrative investigations, audits, inspections and intelligence community oversight at both the national and international levels through media outlets, on camera interviews, background briefings and through social media….

… John was also the principal advisor to the Inspector General and responsible for Whistleblowing and Transparency and the DoD Omsbuds [sic] for Whistleblowing. In addition he was accountable for all strategic communications and public affairs to include the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act… John was accountable for all Congressional testimony before Congress, on topics ranging from financial management to the status of US efforts in South West Asia. He was also responsible for the content and structure of the intranet and internet.

According to Bravehearts, Crane was also responsible for “all whistle-blower allegations within the DoD, including from the NSA and other intelligence agencies.”

The DoD Inspector General office experienced problems with security during the time that John Crane was Director of Communication, according to the Washington Times. According to one report, a routine sweep of the office revealed a listening device “installed inside the wall structure leading to and from the ninth and tenth floors of the DoDIG (areas which comprise the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the personal office space of the inspector general).” A second report stated that “a Muslim who was employed as an auditor and granted a ‘top-secret’ security clearance was not an American citizen. ‘He possesses a Social Security number tied to multiple confirmed aliases,’” according to a May 2002 memo. The employee was reported to have been given an interim clearance and to have visited numerous installations with access to sensitive information.

On September 29, when directly questioned based on our research, John Ruedel Crane confirmed in a phone conversation that he is the son of Robert Dickson Crane. Robert Crane did not respond to a request for comment.

In 1980 Crane “became Muslim after seeing Sudanese leader Hasan al-Turabi preach and pray at an Islamic affairs conference in New Hampshire” (a variation on the conversion anecdote here). That Robert Crane would credit Hasan al-Turabi for his conversion is both surprising and concerning. Hasan al-Turabi became a leader of the Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood starting in the 1960s, was best known for inviting Osama Bin Laden to shelter his entire operation in Sudan from 1991-1996 and according to Human Rights Watch, imposed brutal sharia law as head of the National Islamic Front (the Muslim Brotherhood party) and in high office as Minister of Justice starting in 1979.

In 1980, the same year that his father converted to Islam, John Crane graduated from Northwestern University and immediately started two years of study of Arabic at the Arabic Language Unit at the American University of Cairo, from 1980 to 1982.

The current Department of Justice, now hearing John Crane’s appeal, could end up requiring the Department of Defense to reinstate him as Assistant Inspector General (and head of the whistleblower office for DoD and NSA). If they do, congressional oversight committees should take an interest in his case and ask a few key questions. If Crane undergoes a new background investigation, what answer will he give regarding his father’s affiliations to a foreign movement? Will it be the factual one, or the whitewashed one he provided for Bravehearts: Whistleblowing in the Age of Snowden? Would a factual answer bar a return to his old position – or facilitate it, in a future administration that may actively support the Muslim Brotherhood?

And finally: between 1988, when he joined the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office, and 2013, when he was dismissed, what did John Crane talk about with the IIIT Director of Publications, the Managing Editor of the UASR journal, the AMC Legal Director, the supporter of Turabi, Sudan’s sponsor for Bin Laden – or in other words, with his father?

Read it all.

Does anyone doubt the duplicitous DOJ will reinstate the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader?

Boston: Pakistani Muslim Immigrant Arrested For Bomb Threats, Assault at DC’s Reagan Airport


A Pakistani Muslim immigrant was arrested for bomb threats on a major airport last month and it is just making the news now? WTF?

Source: Man accused of D.C. bomb threat under evaluation in Mass.

A Pakistani immigrant wanted for threatening to blow up Reagan National Airport in Virginia last month has been committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day psychiatric evaluation after police say he left a copy of the Quran outside a state office building on Beacon Hill while wearing “traditional Islamic dress.”

Aziz Rehman Osmani, 22, of Virginia, a naturalized citizen with a U.S. passport, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Boston Municipal Court to fugitive from justice and local trespassing charges. In addition to Bridgewater, he was ordered held without bail by Judge Sally A. Kelly pending an Oct. 31 competency hearing.

Jeff Miner, a court psychologist, met with Osmani for about an hour yesterday to gauge his mental state at the request of Osmani’s attorney, Patrick Colvario, who voiced doubts about his competency.

“Mr. Osmani did appear to be having some difficulty following the conversation,” Miner testified. “There were long pauses … In my opinion, there do appear to be signs of mental illness.”

Osmani stood quietly in court yesterday, occasionally closing his eyes. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt over a long blue tunic and matching pants cropped at his calves.

Colvario said Osmani took a bus to Boston, but it was not stated in court why he was at liberty to travel with pending bomb threat charges.

Rob Yingling, spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told the Herald that Osmani was arrested and hospitalized Sept. 29 after creating a disturbance at Reagan at 4 a.m. that day by “making a series of threatening statements.”

Yingling said Osmani was in custody when he was taken to a hospital there. He said he was later moved to a Washington, D.C., jail, “which is out of our jurisdiction.”

Eight state warrants issued out of Virginia for Osmani’s arrest charge him with six counts of making bomb threats and two counts of assault and battery on Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officers.

Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Benjamin Megrian said Osmani was arrested Monday afternoon in an alleyway off Boylston Street “designated as a no-trespassing area” as he was shouting obscenities at another man.

Megrian said Osmani was the subject of a bulletin issued by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center earlier in the day after he allegedly made a scene in a Downtown Crossing jewelry store, and was allegedly seen later leaving the Quran at the McCormack Building.

More: Boston Police Arrest Man Wanted For Making Threats At DC’s Reagan Airport « CBS Boston

Boston Police said a series of concerning incidents led them to him on Monday.

First, they said Osmani got into an argument with employees at a jewelry store on Washington Street when he was looking at pieces of jewelry and then refused to return them.

Later, he was spotted leaving a suspicious package on the steps of the McCormack Building at 1 Ashburn Place on Beacon Hill, a state government building.

It turned out to be a Quran, the Muslim holy book.

The State Police bomb squad responded, and found that there was no threat.

On that same afternoon, police responded to a disturbance at a shelter, and recognized Osmani from security footage from the jewelry store.

Once he was in custody, police discovered Osmani had six warrants for his arrest out of Washington, D.C., some of which allege he made bomb threats.

Osmani is expected to be back in court later Tuesday on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. After that, he will be arraigned and possibly held for transport to D.C.

If it’s so obvious he has mental issues, why didn’t anyone discover that during his immigration and naturalization screenings and proceedings? Another vetting failure and more evidence the entire immigration system needs to be halted until further notice.

Clinton campaign emails: blacks and Muslims are “professional never-do-wells”

From last weekend’s Wikileaks release of Hillary Clinton emails. 


What makes for successful immigration?

It’s no brain surgery, but the media have long failed to provide a clear credible answer. They are unable to come up with an answer or don’t like the answer that’s staring them in the face. The main reason behind successful immigration should be painfully obvious to even the most dimwitted of observers: Some groups of people are almost always highly successful given only half a chance (Jews*, Hindus/Sikhs and Chinese people, for example), while others (Muslims, blacks** and Roma***, for instance) fare badly almost irrespective of circumstances. The biggest group of humanity can be found somewhere between those two extremes – the perennial overachievers and the professional never-do-wells.

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In a separate email to Clinton’s campaign chief: To: Date: 2016-02-21 00:51

Subject: Multikultistan: A house of horrors for ordinary Germans

Muslim Immigration and Multicultural Madness have left a trail of misery and mayhem across Germany – with far worse to come because of demographics · Muslims make up only 9% of Berlin’s population, yet account for 70% of young repeat criminals, revealed Berlin public prosecutor Roman Reusch To be more precise, 46% of Berlin’s juvenile serial criminals are of Arab descent, while 33% of them have Turkish ancestry

Muslim immigration is just one long tale of woe and misery for the long-suffering host countries, which are in for far worse to come in the decades ahead because of barely understood demographic realities. Incidentally, the same sad observation can be made of the Black Diaspora in Western Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean (see previous statistics-packed emails and upcoming info – you have yet to receive these!).

More examples this morning:

Hillary In Leaked Email: Saudi Arabia And Qatar Are Funding ISIS

Leaked Emails Expose Tight Link Between CNBC And Clinton Campaign

“she has begun to hate everyday Americans”

For those who want to search the emails, let us know what you find:

  1. The Podesta Emails (including 1190 new emails released today)
  2. Search the DNC email database
  3. Hillary Clinton Email Archive

No Screening for “Radical Views” in U.S. Refugee Vetting

The views aren’t radical to Muslims, they are the foundation of Islam. Semantics aside, the U.S. does not vet for sharia adherence. Hence, another Islamic honor killing in the U.S. this week.


Source: No Screening for Radical Views in U.S. Refugee Vetting | LifeZette

The United States runs the names of potential refugees through terrorism and law enforcement databases and conducts health screenings — but makes no effort to learn whether they harbor extremist views, an administration official acknowledged Wednesday.

Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, made the admission during testimony at a Senate hearing on President Obama’s Syrian refugee program.

Republicans on the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest have expressed concerns that Obama’s decision to admit more than 10,000 Syrian refugees over the past 12 months and his plan to increase that number in the coming 12 months is reckless in light of the threat posed by Islamic extremism.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who chairs the subcommittee, grilled Henshaw about the procedures for screening refugee applicants. “Do you make any inquiry about practices that we reject in the United States, like female genital mutilation?” he asked. “Do you say, ‘Do you believe in that and when you come to the United States will you comply with the laws of the United States on that kind of question?’”

Henshaw said U.S. officials explain American law and customs but do not inquire about refugees’ political beliefs.

“On all questions, we make it clear to refugees that we’re a nation of laws and that they need to comply with our laws,” he said.

Sessions pointed to a Justice Department report indicating that the United States last year experienced 27 “honor killings,” a practice that wins widespread approval in some Muslim-dominated countries that practice Sharia law.

Henshaw drew a distinction between Muslim refugees and other Muslim immigrants.

“I’m not sure those honor killings took place among the resettled refugee community in the United States,” he said.

Henshaw said the government operates a cultural orientation program and insisted that refugees make a smooth transition to Americanism.

“Senator, I see no evidence to show that refugee communities are bringing these values into the United States,” he said. “I see that they’re becoming good American citizens, members of the military, members of our police … people that have U.S.-American values.”

Sessions noted that the perpetrators of Muslim honor killings come from the same cultural backgrounds as refugees. He also noted that 40 refugees have been charged with terrorism-related crimes in the United States.

“So you’re not perfect in your admission, I have to admit,” Sessions said.

There is strong evidence that many Muslims hold views that clash with Western norms. In the U.K., police recorded more than 11,000 “honor” crimes between 2010 and 2014. A British think tank counted 18 honor killings in that country from 2010 to 2014.

A 2013 survey sponsored by Pew Research Center fond that 99 percent of Muslims in Afghanistan and 91 percent of Iraqi Muslims favored making Sharia law the official law of their countries. A 2011 Pew survey found that 40 percent of Pakistanis believed it is often or sometimes justified to kill a woman engaged in premarital sex or adultery in order to protect the family’s honor.

Aside from security questions, Sessions probed Henshaw about whether the education and language skills of refugees make them a good fit for the United States. Henshaw acknowledged that the government’s decisions to grant refugee applications “are based [exclusively] on their vulnerabilities.”

But he added, “I have to say, we receive many refugees with a high level of education, particularly from the Middle East.”

The government’s own statistics suggest that is an exaggeration, however.

Only 37.1 percent of Middle East refugees were working, compared with the overall refugee rate of 48.5 percent.

Video below the fold.

The FBI director admitted it cannot vet refugees for terrorist activity because there are no databases or paperwork in the war-torn countries they come from. The CIA Director Admitted ISIS Infiltrating West Through Refugees.

We also know that Muslim refugees are almost entirely funded by taxpayers, with More Than 90% of Middle Eastern Refugees on Food Stamps – for most if not all of their lives in the U.S.

And we know the health screenings are a joke: Wisconsin the Refugee Tuberculosis Capital of US

Twenty-seven recently resettled refugees were among the 117 cases of active tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed in Wisconsin in 2014 and 2015, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. That makes the Badger State the new refugee TB capital of the United States.

Wisconsin replaces Louisiana as the state with the most reported cases of active TB among recently resettled refugees in the country.

As Breitbart News has reported previously, twenty-one cases of active TB were diagnosed among recently resettled refugees in Louisiana between 2011 and 2015.

Six other states have reported recently resettled refugees have been diagnosed with active TB: Florida (eleven), Colorado (ten), Idaho (seven), Indiana (four), Kentucky (nine in one county), and North Dakota (four in one county).

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Only 37 Republicans back plan to eliminate funding for ‘refugees’ from terrorist hotbeds

That leaves 210 who are not living up to their oath of office and should be replaced. Source: Only 37 Republicans back plan to defund Muslim ‘refugees’

Only 37 Republican congressmen have signed on to a Texas lawmaker’s effort to eliminate funding for all refugees being sent to the U.S. from terrorist hotbeds like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, told WND Tuesday the attacks in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey over the weekend, combined with earlier attacks by Muslim immigrants or sons of immigrants on Orlando, San Bernardino and Chattanooga, have created a “clear and present danger” that Congress must address. Especially since the sitting president, Barack Obama, refuses not only to stem the flow of Muslim refugees but has been on a crusade to increase that flow before he leaves office in January.

Yet, when he tried last week to muster support for legislation that would do just that, Babin found very little support among his own Republican colleagues in Congress.

Refugees bound for the U.S. are selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, then screened by federal agents for ties to formal terrorist organizations like ISIS or al-Qaida, but without any questions about their loyalty to Shariah law.

That’s why Babin invited all 247 Republicans in the House to sign a letter calling for language to be inserted into an upcoming budget resolution that would cut funding for U.N. refugees coming to America from countries with active jihadist movements.

Babin could find only 36 congressmen who would sign his letter, which he sent on Sept. 15 to Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who are negotiating the so-called “continuing resolution” to fund the government for another three months.

Read Babin’s letter to Speaker Ryan asking for funding to be cut for refugee arrivals from terrorist countries.

“It may be the latter part of the week before we reach a vote on the resolution. I don’t know the time table. I just know this is our only chance to get included things that are such a crisis for our country and especially this refugee program,” Babin told WND.

The terrorist attacks on Minnesota, New York and New Jersey over the weekend make the issue even more critical, he said.

“My letter would stop the intake from the Middle East and North Africa and eliminate funding to bring those in,” he said.

Babin isn’t the only one getting worried about the rising number of refugees coming terror hot spots.

NumbersUSA, one of the largest immigration watchdog groups, sent out an email alert Tuesday calling for a moratorium on all resettlements from these danger zones.

As Babin was discussing his plan with WND to keep radical Islamists out of the U.S., President Obama spoke before the United Nations global refugee summit in New York, trying to convince the West to accept more refugees fleeing wars in the Middle East. He called on leaders not to give up on “global integration” and turn to isolationist policies.

Even among the members of the House Freedom Caucus, whose roster includes the most conservative members of the Republican majority, only 18 of the 41 caucus members signed on to the Babin plan to cut funding.

“At least these people should have been on our side,” said refugee watchdog Ann Corcoran, who blogs at “It’s maddening, unless they are getting some kind of money, from the Chamber of Commerce or somebody.”

Freedom Caucus members who have not signed Babin’s letter are as follows:

  • Jim Jordan of Ohio, Chair
  • Justin Amash of Michigan
  • Rod Blum of Iowa
  • Ken Buck of Colorado
  • Curt Clawson of Florida
  • Ron DeSantis of Florida
  • John Fleming of Louisiana
  • Trent Franks of Arizona
  • Scott Garrett of New Jersey
  • Paul Gosar of Arizona
  • Morgan Griffith of Virginia
  • Raúl Labrador of Idaho
  • Alex Mooney of West Virginia
  • Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina
  • Gary Palmer of Alabama
  • Steve Pearce of New Mexico
  • Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • Ted Poe of Texas
  • Bill Posey of Florida
  • Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania
  • Mark Sanford of South Carolina
  • David Schweikert of Arizona
  • Marlin Stutzman of Indiana

The 17 Freedom Caucus members who have joined with Babin, also a caucus member, to sign the letter to Ryan are as follows: Dave Brat of Virginia, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Andy Harris of Maryland, Jody Hice of Georgia, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Steve King of Iowa, Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Matt Salmon of Arizona, Randy Weber of Texas and Ted Yoho of Florida.

Obama picks Saudi’s over Americans, vetoes 9/11 bill

Meanwhile, Obama’s plan to sell $1 BILLION in weapons to the Saudi’s was approved earlier this week.  Source: Obama vetoes 9/11 bill | TheHill

President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S courts, setting up a high-stakes showdown with Congress.

“I recognize that there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured,” Obama wrote in his veto message. “Enacting JASTA into law, however would neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.”

Obama’s move opens up the possibility that lawmakers could override his veto for the first time with a two-thirds vote in both chambers.

Republican and Democratic leaders have said they are committed to holding an override vote, and the bill’s drafters say they have the support to force the bill to become law.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) unanimously passed through both chambers by voice vote.

But the timing of the president’s veto is designed to erode congressional support for the bill and put off a politically damaging override vote until after the November elections.

Obama waited until the very end of the 10-day period he had to issue a veto, hoping to buy time to lobby members of Congress against the measure.

White House officials also hope congressional leaders will leave Washington to hit the campaign trail before trying for an override, kicking a vote to the lame-duck session after the election.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the upper chamber will remain in session until the veto override vote is done.

“Now that we have received the veto message from the president, the Senate will consider it as soon as practicable in this work period,”  said David Popp, a McConnell spokesman.

Under current law, 9/11 victims’ families may sue a country designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, such as Iran. JASTA would allow U.S. citizens to sue countries without that designation, including Saudi Arabia.

The measure has touched a political nerve ahead of an election in which terrorism has emerged as a central issue. It has strong bipartisan support and is backed by 9/11 families’ organizations.

Those families have sought damages from Saudi Arabia, since 15 of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001 hailed from that country.

Critics have long been accused the Saudi government of directly or indirectly supporting the attacks, though a concrete link has never been proven.

In a statement, the 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism said they are “outraged and dismayed” by the veto and call his reasoning “unconvincing and unsupportable.”

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DC: Muslim pleads guilty to aiding Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

He’s not an American, but he’s in an American court. Source: Man pleads guilty to aiding Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan | Fox News

A Dutch-Turkish man has pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Federal officials announced Thursday that 58-year-old Irfan Demirtas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Officials say Demirtas was charged in a 2011 sealed indictment related to actions between 2006 and 2008 when he was a Netherlands resident and a fundraiser and facilitator for the group. The government says the militant Islamic group, formed in 1991, aims to overthrow Uzbekistan’s government and create an Islamic state. In his plea, Demirtas acknowledges providing funds to the group’s leader.

Demirtas was arrested in Germany in 2015 and extradited to the U.S. He faces a statutory maximum of 15 years and financial penalties at sentencing Nov. 30.

Why didn’t the Dutch or Germans try him? Why not the Afghans? What is he doing in a U.S. court where taxpayers will have to pay for his incarceration for the next ten plus years? The unconvincing answer is found in an FBI press release:

“His extradition to the United States is an important step forward in holding him accountable for his alleged role in fomenting terror across Europe and the Middle East. Demirtas is one of four defendants currently pending trial on international terrorism charges in separate cases in the federal court here in our nation’s capital. These cases highlight our resolve to find and bring to justice those who support terror around the world.”

“Demirtas was arrested and extradited to face justice in the U.S. because of his role as the European-based fundraiser and recruiter for a designated terrorist organization that directly worked against U.S. forces and our allies,” said Assistant Director in Charge McCabe.

So the better question is, where will he go when his sentence is over? He may be coming to your town.

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