California: Palestinian Muslim who ‘wanted to die a martyr’ gets 30 years

“What is striking to this court is the fact you were willing to die,” [Judge] Carter said.

It’s more striking that fifteen years after 9/11 and thousands more killed or injured by Muslims since then, including many Americans, that the judge is struck by that fact – laid out in the Koran.

Nader Salem Elhuzayel, left and fellow Muslim terrorist

Nader Salem Elhuzayel, left and fellow Muslim terrorist

Source: Anaheim man who tried to join ISIS gets 30 years in prison – The Orange County Register

SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man who tried to fly out of the country to join the Islamic State was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for conspiring to aid the foreign terrorist group.

Nader Salem Elhuzayel, who was also convicted of running a banking scheme to bankroll his planned trip to the Middle East, looked down, stretched and then glanced at his family as U.S. District Judge David O. Carter handed down his sentence at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana.

“There is no remorse,” Carter said of Elhuzayel. “There is just death and destruction.”

The judge particularly noted Elhuzayel’s apparent aim to become a martyr. Even after his prison sentence, the judge ordered that Elhuzayel must remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.

“What is striking to this court is the fact you were willing to die,” Carter said.

Elhuzayel’s family reacted with disbelief to the judge’s decision. His mother, Falak, exclaimed “there is no justice in this country, no justice whatsoever” as she left the courtroom.

“He is a peace-loving human being,” said Nader Elhuzayel’s father, Salem, outside the courtroom. “We experienced a miscarriage of justice.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Heinz painted a much darker picture of Elhuzayel’s actions during her comments before the judge.

“The seriousness of these offenses cannot be overstated,” she said of Elhuzayel’s support of the Islamic State. “It is the most lethal, it is the most brutal, it is the most heinous organization on the face of the earth.” Continue reading

Muslim hacker gets 20 years for sending ‘kill list’ of US military members to ISIS

Well-vetted. Source: Ardit Ferizi, hacker who aided Islamic State, sentenced for helping terror group with ‘kill list’ – Washington Times

A 20-year-old computer science student from Kosovo described by the Justice Department as “the first terrorist hacker convicted in the United States” was sentenced Friday to two decades in prison for providing the Islamic State with a “kill list” containing the personal information of roughly 1,300 U.S. military members and government employees.

Federal prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema to sentence Ardit Ferizi to 25 years in prison after the hacker pleaded guilty in June to two charges brought as a result of his role with the terror group.

Mr. Ferizi acknowledged hacking an Illinois-based company in June 2015 and illegally obtaining the personally identifiable information of tens of thousands of its customers. He then parsed those records for individuals with military and government email accounts before providing their details to a Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State recruiter who administered the group’s cyber operations and had previously published a similar “kill list” containing the names and addresses of 100 U.S. military personnel, according to court documents.

Mr. Hussain was ultimately killed by a U.S. drone strike in August 2015. Two weeks prior to his death, however, he  took Ferizi’s hacked data and released it online in the form of a new list containing the information of approximately 1,300 U.S. government and military targets.

“[W]e are extracting confidential data and passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah, who soon with the permission of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands!” reads an excerpt from a statement that accompanied the second kill list when it was tweeted by Hussain in mid August.

Federal investigators soon after identified Mr. Ferizi as the perpetrator of the Illinois hack and arranged to have him arrested in Sept. 2015 in Malaysia where he had been attending college. He was formally charged the following months and was subsequently extradited to the U.S. where he pleaded guilty earlier this year to providing material support to the Islamic State and accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information in order to provide material support to the terror group.

In court Friday, Judge Brinkema said that “just having your name on a list, knowing that you’ve been identified by a terrorist group,” is a “terrorizing” experience, the Washington Post reported.

In a pre-sentencing memorandum, however, prosecutors said the hacker was well aware of the results his actions would have on the individuals whose names and sensitive information was widely shared among sympathizers of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, and agreed when Hussain told him that the data would help “hit them hard.”

“The threat to these 1,300 victims goes beyond the release of their private information,” U.S. Attorney Dana Boente wrote in a court filing earlier this month.

“They have now been marked as enemies of ISIL. Any ISIL member or sympathizer in the United States looking for a target now has the information belonging to 1,300 individuals who ISIL has specifically marked for attack. The victims have a permanent target on their backs. While the defendant may not have pulled a trigger, he told members of ISIL where to shoot.”

Mr. Ferizi will be deported to Kosovo upon completing his sentence and will be barred from reentering the United States.


More: Hacker Gets 20 Years for Sending US Hit List to ISIS

Prosecutors noted the psychological impact his actions had on those on the list. “This was a hit list,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Van Grack said. “The point was to find these individuals and hit them, to ‘strike at their necks’.”

 

Leaked FBI Data Reveal 7,700 Terrorist Encounters in USA…in One Year!

It’s a one issue election.terror-enountersSource: Leaked FBI Data Reveal 7,700 Terrorist Encounters in USA in One Year; Border States Most Targeted

by Brandon Darby

Leaked documents with sensitive FBI data exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in one year and that many of those encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border. The incidents are characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters.” Some of the encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border at ports-of-entry and some occurred in between, indicating that persons known or reasonably suspected of being terrorists attempted to sneak into the U.S. across the border. In all, the encounters occurred in higher numbers in border states.

Some of the documents pertain to the entire U.S., while others focus specifically on the state of Arizona. The documents are labeled, “UNCLASSIFIED/LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE” and contain data from the FBI-administered Terrorist Screening Center, the organization maintaining the Terrorist Screening Database, also known as the “Terror Watch List.”

The leaked FBI data are contained in a fusion center’s educational materials, specifically the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center’s (ACTIC) “Known or Suspected Terrorist (KST) Encounters Briefing” covering from July 20 2015 through July 20 2016. The leaked documents are composed of 10 individual pages, but Breitbart Texas chose to release only nine of them due to page 10 containing contact information for ACTIC.

Page Two of the documents contains a map of the entire U.S. with the numbers of encounters per state. The states with the highest encounters are all border states. Texas, California, and Arizona–all states with a shared border with Mexico–rank high in encounters.

Page Three shows a map of where the encounters occurred in the state of Arizona. The majority from this map occurred in Phoenix, a major destination point for people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The map also shows that encounters occurred at ports-of-entry, likely from persons either walking up and asking for asylum or from Sinaloa cartel attempts to smuggle them into the U.S. in vehicles. Most significantly, the map shows that many of the encounters occurred near the border outside of ports-of-entry, indicating that persons were attempting to sneak into the U.S.

Page Six shows a pie chart indicating that the majority of encounters in Arizona were with Islamic known or suspected terrorists, both Sunni and Shi’a. Eighty-nine encounters were Sunni, 56 were Shi’a, 70 were “Other International Terrorist Groups or Affiliates,” and only 52 were with “Domestic Terrorism.”

Page 7 contains definitions to help understand the maps.

Breitbart Texas provides the leaked documents and data…


The documents can be viewed on Breitbart here.

FBI: NYC/NJ Bomber’s Father Never Contacted Us, “At No Time” Discussed Son’s Interest in Jihad

Remember all those headlines and video snippet’s of Ahmad Rahami’s father last weekend claiming he reported his son to the FBI?

The media never bothered to fact-check the claim and according to the FBI, the father was lying. h/t @paulsperry_

It was the FBI who initiated contact with the bomber’s father, as the facts slowly trickle in midway through an AP article praising the father’s imam. Source: Associated Press 

A senior FBI official pushed back against Mohammad Rahami’s claim to have warned agents about his son.

FBI agents interviewed the father in 2014 after Ahmad Rahami’s arrest on charges — later dropped — that he stabbed one of his brothers in the leg. The FBI initiated contact because the father had expressed concern to someone following that episode over his son’s internet use and some of his associates.

But in interviews with agents, Mohammed Rahami “at no time” discussed his son’s radicalization or potential interest in al-Qaeda, the Taliban or their propaganda, according to the FBI official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case by name and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When Ahmad Rahami was arrested, prosecutors said he was carrying a journal that praised Osama bin Laden and other Muslim extremists, fumed about what he saw as the U.S. government’s killing of Muslim holy warriors and declared, “Death to your oppression.”


More from the NYT:

When agents first interviewed the elder Mr. Rahami on Aug. 26, they asked him about his comments to the local police, according to some of the officials.

The father told them that he was referring to gangsters and criminals, not terrorists, the officials said.

But Mr. Rahami’s father told the F.B.I. that he had walked by his son’s room and observed him watching a YouTube video of explosions, the officials said. It was unclear what kind of explosions were in the video.

On Sept. 12, 2014, the F.B.I. returned and told the father that his son had been cleared of any connection to terrorism, and on Sept. 19, the review was formally closed. The father said he was not surprised by the F.B.I.’s findings. He repeated that his son was not a terrorist but had been hanging out with “bad people,” officials said.

When told on Thursday that law enforcement officials contradicted his version of events, he said, “It’s a lie,” and that he stood by his account.

Maryland imam being investigated for funding Detroit ISIS supporter

Imam laughs off allegations of plotting with Michigan suspect

Imam Suleiman Bengharsa aka Sheikh Suleiman Anwar

Source: FBI probes Md. terror link in Detroit case

Detroit — FBI agents are investigating an alleged conspiracy involving Detroit terror suspect Sebastian Gregerson and believe he was plotting violent jihad with a Maryland imam, The Detroit News has learned.

The conspiracy angle is revealed in more than 200 pages of sealed federal court records obtained by The News that offer new details about an FBI counterterrorism investigation spanning at least three states. The investigation emerged July 31 when Gregerson of Detroit was arrested in Monroe after allegedly buying fragmentation grenades from an undercover FBI agent and amassing an arsenal of weapons.

Maryland Imam Suleiman Bengharsa allegedly helped finance the arsenal, which included two AK-47s, handguns, seven rifles, a shotgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to the court records. It is unknown whether the imam was financing weapons purchases in other parts of the country.

“Based on the totality of the aforementioned information and evidence, there is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of (the Islamic State),” an FBI agent wrote in a Jan. 7 search warrant application.

The scope, targets and number of people involved in the investigation are unclear, but the case also involves Virginia.

Bengharsa, 59, of Clarksburg, Md., laughed away most of the FBI’s allegations, which he called “ridiculous,” and denied being an Islamic State supporter.

“No, no, no, that is absolutely untrue,” Bengharsa said during a phone interview with The News on Wednesday. “It might appear that way. I am an advocate of the United States and the West getting the hell out of the Middle East and the Muslim world.

“It’s ridiculous. All I can say is it’s ridiculous,” he added. “If this was the case, why haven’t they come to arrest me?

Bengharsa, who also is known as Sheikh Suleiman Anwar, has not been charged with a crime during the ongoing investigation. Continue reading

Philadelphia: Mom pleads guilty, admits planning to abandon kids for ISIS

Her kid’s lives don’t matter. Source: North Philly mom admits to planning to abandon kids for ISIS   h/t TROP

A North Philadelphia mother of two admitted Tuesday that she planned to abandon her children and travel to Syria to pursue “martyrdom operations” with an ISIS fighter she married over the internet.

Keonna Thomas, 32, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization during a brief hearing in federal court. She acknowledged her plans were derailed last year only when federal agents raided her home the day she was scheduled to leave the country.

“I believe that I’m guilty of this charge,” said Thomas, dressed in a head scarf and green prison jumpsuit, when asked by U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson why she was changing her plea.

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Federal authorities had couched the case as the latest in a string of prosecutions to combat what they describe as a “more decentralized, more diffuse, more complicated” homegrown terror threat from U.S. citizens radicalized over the internet.

Since the fall of last year, more than 250 Americans have either traveled to Syria and Iraq or tried to do so in an effort to join ISIS. Nearly 60 were arrested and charged in U.S. courts last year for ISIS-related activities.

But Thomas’ decision to admit her guilt just weeks before she was set to take her case to trial came as something of a surprise.

Up until earlier this month, her lawyers – Kathleen M. Gaughan, Elizabeth Toplin, and James J. McHugh of the Federal Defender’s Office – were aggressively challenging the government’s case in court filings that questioned the tactics used to surveil her and the very charge under which her case had been brought.

Earlier, they had maintained that Thomas was being prosecuted for statements she made on the internet that should be protected under her First Amendment rights.

Gaughan offered little explanation Tuesday for the about-face.

“It was Ms. Thomas’ decision after careful consideration of this case,” she said. “She’s accepted full responsibility for her behavior and conduct. She looks forward to putting this behind her and being a mother to her two young children.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer A. Williams declined to comment after the hearing.

When and how Thomas became radicalized remains unclear.

Through months of court proceedings, glimpses of her private life emerged, but there was little to explain why she would agree to leave behind 7- and 9-year-old daughters so she could die for ISIS.

As FBI agents arrived at her North Philadelphia house to arrest her in April 2015, they found her cooking breakfast for the children.

Thomas was born in Pittsburgh but came to Philadelphia as an infant. She was raised here, has local family ties, and has lived in the same house with her mother for a decade.

Before her arrest, she had been unemployed for a few years but previously worked as a home health-care aide, like her mother.

According to a plea memo filed Tuesday with the court, Thomas was circulating terrorist propaganda, under the online monikers Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness, as early as August 2013.

One of her early postings on Twitter pictured a young boy holding weapons. The caption read: “Ask yourselves, while this young man is holding magazines for the Islamic state, what are you doing for it? #ISIS.”

Another, posted in April 2014, contained images of a skull, flames, and a gun. Thomas purportedly wrote: “I need a permanent vacation that can only mean one thing.” Another Twitter user, court filings say, responded with a word that means “martyrdom.”

At some point, Thomas’ plans went beyond simply voicing support for terror groups online. She communicated directly with a radical Jamaican cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, and sought his assistance in finding a jihadist to marry.

She later struck up a relationship with Abu Khalid al-Amriki, an ISIS recruit newly arrived in the organization’s Syrian headquarters, and married the man in a ceremony conducted over Skype.

When Amriki contacted her in February 2015 to ask whether she was willing to take part in a suicide attack, Thomas responded: “That would be amazing. . . . A girl can only wish.”

Thomas has remained in custody since her arrest last year, five days after she missed a flight she had booked to Barcelona, Spain, with plans to travel from there to Syria. Amriki is believed to have been killed last year.

Thomas faces up to 15 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 17.


The federal criminal complaint

 

 

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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