At least 40 “Americans” actively waging jihad with Muslim terror group Al Shabaab

“American recruits principally come from Minnesota, there’s also a small band of recruits constantly coming from Maryland, and other states…”

All-American boys no doubt. via: African terror group Al Shabaab finds American recruits to aid jihad missions

There are at least 40 Americans – far more than previously believed – actively serving in the Islamist terror group Al Shabaab, including dozens of radicalized killers from Minnesota’s prominent Somali-American community, experts told Fox News.

Approximately 40 Americans are actively serving in the ranks of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group responsible for dozens of attacks and hundreds of deaths in East Africa, multiple experts confirmed. The number is at least 10 times previous estimates, and underscores a grim radicalization threat that has operated largely in the shadow of ISIS’ recruiting.

“In Minnesota, you have a very large Somali-American community, so Al Shabaab is attracted to potential recruits there,” said David Ibsen, executive director of the U.S.-based Counter Extremism Project, a nonprofit co-founded by former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. “They have the ethnic, national ties, and they can feed on first-generation or immigrant individuals, feelings maybe of aloofness or being disaffected or marginalized, and can entice them to come back to their home country to have a sense of belonging.  Quite frankly, have adventure.”

Americans in Al-Shabaab fill a variety of different positions, whether it’s recruiting, leadership, commandos, suicide bombers.”

– David Ibsen, Counter Extremism Project

American recruits are mostly in Somalia and Kenya, fighting for the U.S.-designated terror group behind the September 2013 attack at the Westgate Shopping Center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where 67 people were killed and more than 175 wounded. The group also is suspected of causing an explosion aboard a passenger jet over Somalia Tuesday which killed one and forced an emergency landing.

Omar Shafik Hammami, an Alabama-born radical who joined Al Shabaab in 2006 and adopted the nom de guerre Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, was one of the highest-profile Americans in the terrorist group before fellow fighters executed him in 2013 for what they considered his selfish pursuit of glory. Another American, Jehad Serwan Mostafa, or Anwar al-Amriki, is a commander in the terror group and is believed to specialize in the training of foreign recruits.

 

 

Kansas: Muslim Pleads Guilty in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Fort Riley

Aka, Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, although the DOJ and most media outlets conveniently omit that detail.

Booker told the FBI informant he “joined the United States Army” and “was going to go in there and kill the American soldier…”

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Source: Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Fort Riley in Manhattan, Kansas | OPA | Department of Justice

John T. Booker Jr., 21, of Topeka, Kansas, pleaded guilty today to attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb on the Fort Riley military base in Manhattan, Kansas.

Booker pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia of the District of Kansas to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion.  Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.  The parties have stipulated to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison.

In his guilty plea, Booker admitted he intended to kill American soldiers and to assist ISIL’s fight against the United States.  His plan called for constructing a bomb containing 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.  Booker intended to trigger the bomb himself and die in the process, and filmed a video he intended Americans to see after his death.

“You sit in your homes and think this war is just over in Iraq,” he said in the video.  “Today we will bring the Islamic State straight to your doorstep.”

Unbeknownst to Booker, the bomb that he constructed was made with inert materials, and the two men working with him were undercover informants for the FBI.

The FBI began investigating Booker in March 2014 after he posted on his Facebook page that he wanted to commit jihad.  Booker admitted that he tried to enlist in the U.S. Army in order to commit an insider attack against American soldiers like the one at Fort Hood in Texas, but his deadly plans were thwarted when he was denied entry into the Army.  In October 2014, Booker began communicating with an undercover FBI informant.  He told the undercover FBI informant that he dreamed of being a fighter in the Middle East, and proposed capturing and killing an American soldier.

In March 2015, Booker was introduced to another FBI informant who he believed would help him plan an attack.  Booker said he wanted to detonate a suicide bomb because he couldn’t be captured, all the evidence would be destroyed, and he would be guaranteed to hit his target.  On March 10, 2015, Booker made a video filmed at Freedom Park near Marshall Army Airfield at Fort Riley in which he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL.  That month, he rented a storage unit in Topeka where the bomb would be assembled.

On April 10, 2015, Booker and the informants drove to an area near Fort Riley that Booker believed to be a little-used utility gate where they could enter Fort Riley undetected.  He was arrested when he made the final connections on the device that he believed would arm the bomb.

 

South Carolina: Syrian Muslim teen who plotted jihad on U.S. military base denied parole

“That’s one of the scariest individuals we’ve ever encountered. He’s a terrorist,” ~ York police chief

Carolina may have lost the Superbowl but they are champs when it comes to being home base for Muslim terrorists (see Creeping Sharia posts on South Carolina and North Carolina).

Also note yet another case of a Muslim who plotted jihad but was not charged with any terror-related crimes. Why? In this case because the feds – Obama or Loretta Lynch – have chosen not to charge the Syrian Muslim. Hush hush sheeple.

via SC teen suspected of wanting to join ISIS denied parole

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) – A South Carolina teenager who police say plotted to join ISIS and attack U.S. troops was denied parole by the Board of Juvenile Parole this week.

The teenager, who was 16 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to a gun charge in 2015. He was sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

He had a parole hearing on Monday. Results of the hearing weren’t made public until noon Wednesday.

The director said the board decided not to grant parole to the teen after the hearing.

York police officers involved in the investigation attended the hearing and urged the board not to release the teenager.

“We just told them that he was a true and legitimate threat to the safety of Americans,” said York Chief of Police Andy Robinson.

The teenager, whose name is not being released because of his age, lived in York County but his family is originally from Syria.

At the time of his sentencing, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett said the teen was communicating with another person in North Carolina through social media and text messages.

York Police initially went to the teen’s home in February 2015 after getting reports that he had a pistol, which is illegal for a minor in South Carolina. When they executed a search warrant, they found the firearm, ammunition and a rifle.

The teen initially told investigators that he had the gun to protect his family since his father’s passing. He later admitted that the story was made up.

Brackett said the teen told investigators that he and the person from North Carolina were planning to rob a gun store in NC and steal guns and ammunition. The pair then planned to attack a military installation in retaliation for military air strikes on ISIS.

They then planned to leave for Syria, where the teen has been several times, to join the organization.

During the search of the teen’s home, investigators said they found an ISIS flag in his bedroom.

Authorities said the investigation shows he was involved in “some radical Islamic activities” and associated with people in “radical Islamic groups.”

“We take that very seriously,” Chief Robinson said. “He had the means, the ability to carry out his plan, and it definitely concerned us that he may be coming back to our community.”

The teenager pleaded guilty in family court to possession of a pistol by a minor, which is the only law that he broke in South Carolina.

There’s no state terrorism statute, the conspiracy, anything to do with that would have had to be federal,” said Robinson.

The chief said his officers remain in contact with the FBI, but was unsure about any investigation at the federal level.

The teenager’s court-appointed counsel at the hearing said the now 17-year-old has been making strides.

“In this case, this young man has done very well. He has not been a disciplinary problem,” said Tom Elliott Jr from Columbia.

Elliott made it clear that he was not second guessing the board’s decision, but believed the presence of law enforcement officers influenced the outcome.

“I believe that that was a concern of board members, in my opinion, that they didn’t see that often, and wanted to take that into account,” Elliott said.

The teen’s lawyer said he could remain at DJJ until he turns 21, or until he’s granted parole by the board.

He is scheduled for another hearing in three months.


More via: York teen accused of terror plot up for parole | www.wsoctv.com

The now 17-year-old was arrested after York police and federal agents found two guns in his home, along with ISIS flags. They believed he was recruiting for the terrorist group.

During the investigation, the FBI said it connected the teen to a plot to kill military personnel on a North Carolina base.  Agents believe he planned to then travel to Syria and join ISIS.

The guns police said were found in the 16-year-old’s rooms were a loaded .25-caliber pistol in his night stand and an unloaded .22-caliber rifle. The teen was charged with possession of a weapon, but nothing related to terrorism because South Carolina does not have a state terrorism charge.  On the federal level, the government does not charge minors with terrorism, leaving the gun charge as the only case police could make against the teen.

On Monday, York Police Chief Andy Robinson testified before the juvenile parole board, urging them to keep the teen locked up.

“That’s one of the scariest individuals we’ve ever encountered. He’s a terrorist,” Robinson said.  “If this can happen in York, South Carolina, it can happen anywhere.”

Parole board members did not ask the teen any questions about terrorism or ISIS. They focused on the guns, which the teen said he paid $200 each for, using money he’d saved up from a job working at a restaurant.

Federal agents said they linked the teen to a man in the Raleigh area through social media who helped plan the military base attack. There was no word about whether that man has been arrested, though the investigation is still ongoing.

York police Lt. Rich Caddell said the teen told him he was serious about killing Americans and wouldn’t be stopped by police or anyone else.

Robinson said it was a real threat.

“I am 100 percent convinced that if we had not intervened when we did, this plan would have been carried out,” he said.

…the teen could be back before the board again by summer.  At that time, he will have served the maximum sentence for the gun charge.

Terror-linked Muslim Groups Vetting U.S. Prison Imams

They’re placing imams in the military too. via: Radical Groups Picking Prison Chaplains | The Daily Caller (what kind of non-descript title is that Peter Hasson?)

America’s federal prisons are a “breeding ground” for potential Islamic terrorists — and have been so for years. Despite this disturbing trend, the Obama administration has enlisted Islamic organizations with known terror ties to review and endorse chaplains to work in federal prisons.

In response to an inquiry from Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Federal Bureau of Prisons provided a list of Islamic Chaplaincy Endorsers, which Grassley has since posted online. Included on the list is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has long-standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case.

In an open letter to the director of the Bureau of Prisons Thomas Kane, Grassley pointed out that “A 2009 federal district court ruling concluded that ample evidence exists showing the Islamic Society of North America’s ties to Hamas, which is designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization.”

Writing about ISNA, Grassley noted: “It appears, therefore, that the BOP is relying on an organization with associations to terrorist organizations and one that the DOJ named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing case to confirm credentials of those attempting to provide religious services to federal inmates. If accurate, this information is deeply troubling.”

And ISNA isn’t even the only organization with radical ties on the list of chaplaincy endorsers. The Islamic Education Center, located in Walnut, Calif., also has ties to terror organizations through its founder, Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr.

In addition to founding the Islamic Education Center, Sakr — originally from Lebanon — was a founding member of both ISNA and the World Council of Mosques, the latter of which has “a long history of providing financial support to terrorist groups,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. Sakr, who passed away just a few months ago, is listed as the contact person on the BOP’s list of chaplaincy endorsers.

“It is imperative that the BOP take every measure possible to ensure the safety of its personnel within federal prisons and take all reasonable measures to ensure that Islamic extremism is stopped at the gates of each prison,” Grassley noted in his letter to Director Kane. “Currently, it is not clear whether the BOP is doing so.”

As a result of the apparent shortcomings, Grassley is asking the Bureau of Prisons to provide further information about “the process by which someone becomes a religious endorsing organization,” in addition to an explanation for why the BOP chose ISNA as a chaplaincy endorser.

Grassley is also seeking the number of currently employed religious contractors from the 2014-15 year with still incomplete background checks.

According to a 2013 article from the Huffington Post, anywhere between 35,000-40,000 inmates convert to Islam every year, presumably with the assistance of the chaplains provided by the prisons. In a 2014 op-ed in The Daily Caller, author Joy Brighton argued that the nation’s prisons have been churning out thousands of radicalized inmates every year. Brighton’s calls were echoed in a Fox News article just last month that cited experts on the subject who called federal prisons a “breeding ground” for potential terrorists.


Related posts over the years no Senator has paid attention to:

Feds BOP Failed To Conduct Check On Prison Imam Who Called for Apostates Death

Islamic Indoctrination in U.S. Prisons

U.S. Prisons Churning Out Thousands Of Radicalized Muslims

DoD’s Muslim chaplain program – birthed by convicted terrorist

U.S. military’s Muslim chaplains – trained & ‘vetted’ by Islamists

U.S. Military Hires Chaplains from Muslim Brotherhood Entity

Yale Muslim Chaplain: Muslims will win final victory in the West

Harvard’s Muslim chaplain sees wisdom in killing apostates

NYC: Dept of Corrections Muslim chaplain who smuggled blades into jail is convicted murderer

Terror cleric al-Awlaki trained Muslim chaplains at DoD

 

Dearborn Heights Muslim planned jihad attack on Detroit mega church

Source: Dearborn Heights ISIS supporter planned to attack Detroit church

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Federal authorities arrested a Dearborn Heights resident for his allegiance to ISIS by monitoring his twitter account and gun purchases.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 22, is being held on gun and drug charges.

The arrest comes after twitter announced it suspended 125,000 ISIS-related accounts over the past six months.

The Feds said they’ve been watching Abu-Rayyan since last May.

Abu Rayyan was having online conversations with an undercover FBI agent.

“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” Abu-Rayyan posted. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading.”

The complaint filed in federal court doesn’t specify which Detroit Church he was allegedly planning to attack, only that is was close and could seat 6,000 members.

The complaint quotes Abu-Rayyan saying:

“It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

The complaint also says that he told the agent he had armed himself with a large knife and would behead people if he needed to.

“It is my dream to behead someone,” he told the agent.

The complaint can be viewed here.


Yet, once again, and here too, a Muslim in the U.S. plotted to kill Americans yet was NOT charged with any terror-related crimes.

 

 

Florida: Two arrested after illegal driver’s licenses distributed

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Source: Two arrested after illegal driver’s licenses distributed | WFTV

PALM BAY, Fla. —  Two Palm Bay Tag Office workers are accused of giving valid driver’s licenses to people who hadn’t earned them.

Florida Highway Patrol said it looked into this when the Hillsborough County Tax Collector Office tipped them off.

Investigators said 11 people from Hillsborough County received licenses with discrepancies.

Investigators arrested Misty Ziminsky, a tag office worker, and Ahmad Alhayajneh, an interpreter, on Friday.

Each person who received a fraudulent license was found to have used the Ziminsky and Alhayajneh, according to investigators.

Investigators said Alhayajneh gave answers to applicants on test and licenses were handed out without applicants taking the required physical driving test.

Investigators found nearly two dozen cases.

The Tax Collector’s Office said Ziminsky was fired. Alhayajneh has bonded out of jail.

More: State, federal investigation underway after 2 accused of handing out bogus licenses in Brevard Count

A county worker and an interpreter are accused of handing out bogus driver’s licenses to people who never took the exam.

There are new concerns they were helping people stay in the country illegally.

The fraud scheme attracted people across the state.

Channel 9’s Blaine Tolison spoke to the Brevard County tax collector, Lisa Cullen, who said she’s not sure  how far the scheme goes.

She said she believes the people who received fraudulent driver’s licenses overstayed their visas in the United States, but she’s not 100 percent sure.

A state and federal investigation is underway.

Cullen said Misty Ziminsky worked in her office for four years, but Cullen only realized in November that Ziminsky was handing out fraudulent driver’s licenses.

She reported it to the state.

“I think early on, it might have been one or two. It just escalated. I assure you, I take it serious and I will address every record,” said Cullen.

Last week, state investigators arrested Ziminsky, an examiner at the office, and Ahmad Alhayajneh, an interpreter who was not an employee.

Investigators found licenses from the Palm Bay office with discrepancies, including some without pictures or signature.

Last month, they discovered that Ziminsky and Ahmad were allegedly working together with Ahmad giving applicants answers on tests, and Ziminsky letting them skip physical driving tests altogether.

Cullen said it’s not clear what people were doing with the driver’s licenses.

“I have no idea. I can’t answer that, but I can tell you they won’t have them for long,” said Cullen.

She said she is working with the state to cancel any fraudulent licenses, but she admits they don’t know how many are out here.

The Florida Highway Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating, but neither agency would say if the people who received the licenses were being monitored by the government.

Cullen said changes have already been made to prevent any more fraud.

“I look at this as, we need to learn from it, and we’ll institute anything we learn throughout the county,” Cullen said.

Cullen has 170 employees and she said members of her staff at the main office are being interviewed as a precaution.

The office manager was suspended.

 

North Carolina: Muslim Convert Planned to Kill 1,000 Americans

With one gun and a silencer. via: Prosecutors: Islamic State Inspired N. Carolina Man’s Plan – ABC News

A North Carolina man killed his neighbor and stole the man’s money so he could buy an assault rifle to carry out an Islamic State-inspired shooting at a concert or club, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

The federal indictment also accuses Justin Nojan Sullivan of offering an undercover FBI employee money to kill his parents, who he believed would interfere with his plans for an attack.

The 19-year-old suspect, who was arrested in June, “planned to carry out his attack in the following few days at a concert, bar or club where he believed that as many as 1,000 people could be killed using the assault rifle and silencer,” the indictment said.

The indictment charges Sullivan with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and trying to use social media to have his parents killed. He also faces firearms charges.

A grand jury in Burke County also indicted Sullivan on Monday on a murder charge in the death of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark, who lived a few doors down from him, said District Attorney David Learner.

A lawyer representing him on the murder charge, Victoria Jayne, said “it’s far too early” to discuss how she expects the case to go. A defense attorney in the federal case declined to comment.

Sullivan, who lived with his parents in Morganton, a foothills town of about 17,000, converted to Islam and was watching videos of Islamic State beheadings by the fall of 2014, the indictment said. Authorities said he pledged his allegiance to the terror group.

In December 2014, he used a .22-caliber rifle stolen from his father’s gun cabinet to shoot Clark in the head, according to the federal indictment. A news release said forensic testing shows the rifle was used to kill Clark.

Sullivan hid the rifle, a black ski mask, muddy clothes and a lock-picking kit in his parents’ crawlspace, investigators wrote in the indictment, adding that he later told FBI agents that $689 in his possession had come from Clark. He believed the money was enough to buy a rifle and ammunition for the attack, the indictment said.

By the following June, investigators said, he was planning an attack in the U.S. He began having social media conversations with an undercover FBI employee whom he wanted to recruit, saying an attack in the U.S. was the best way to support the Islamic State because travel was risky.

He said during one of the conversations that he planned to buy “an AR-15 assault rifle” at a gun show, and he attempted to buy hollow point ammunition from a gun dealer, the indictment said. He researched how to make silencers and asked the undercover operative to make one for each of them.

“Our attacks need to be as big as possible,” Sullivan is quoted as telling the person.

The FBI then sent a silencer to his home, where investigators say his mother opened the package.

“When Sullivan’s parents questioned him about the silencer, Sullivan, believing that his parents would interfere with his plans to carry out an attack, offered to compensate the UCE to kill them,” authorities wrote, referring to the undercover FBI employee.

Federal authorities have said they began investigating Sullivan after his father called 911 in April saying his son was destroying religious items in their home. He was arrested at the family’s home without incident on June 19, and later told investigators that he planned to carry out an attack in the coming days when his parents were expected to be out of town, investigators have said.

He’s currently in federal custody awaiting trial later this month. Learner said he expects Sullivan to make a first appearance on the murder charge in the coming weeks.


From the DOJ press release and Indictment:

“During the course of our investigation evidence was uncovered linking Sullivan to John Bailey Clark’s murder six months earlier.  Any loss of life is tragic; due to the work of the FBI and our law enforcement partners, other planned attacks were thwarted preventing more violence.”

Sure, everyone’s glad an ISIS-supporter and murderer is now in jail, but wouldn’t it have been more prudent to book him on the murder and stolen weapon charges and allocate those FBI resources on real terror threats? What could he have attacked while behind bars? Too many questions here.

Note all the key buzzwords (read propaganda) used above. Smell an agenda?

  • ISIL – yep
  • AR15 – yep
  • assault rifle – yep
  • gun show – yep
  • silencer – yep
  • hollow point ammo – yep
  • gun dealer – yep
  • American convert to Islam (i.e., not a real, foreign, natural born Muslim) – yep
  • per the previous line, expect a quick trial and conviction unlike trials for natural born Muslims that take years

What makes this all the more curious is that we reported on this kids arrest back in June 2015.

North Carolina: Father Tips Off Police to Muslim-Convert Son’s Jihad Sympathies

 

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