Virginia: Muslim cabbie on FBI Most Wanted Terrorist list detained in Somalia

via Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia – The Washington Post.

A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list is in the custody of the Somali government, U.S. officials said.

Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was detained shortly after prosecutors unsealed a warrant for his arrest and the FBI added him to the wanted list in late January. It is unclear how he was taken into custody or how soon he could be brought back to the United States.

The former cabdriver is charged with providing material support and resources to al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization allied with al-Qaeda. He is suspected of having an operational role in al-Shabab and of trying to recruit people to join the group.

When FBI officials announced his inclusion on the most-wanted list, they said Mohamed was “an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” Officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, noted that he had detailed knowledge of potential targets in Washington.

Officials said efforts were being made to bring Mohamed back to Virginia, though there are significant logistical and diplomatic challenges. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Somalia.

U.S. law enforcement had been attempting to track Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen, before he slipped out of the country and into Mexico on July 12, 2012. The case had frustrated FBI agents who strongly believed Mohamed should have been charged with material support of terrorism while he was living in Fairfax County.

Some federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia were willing to do so, though they were overruled by others at the Justice Department, officials said.


In other words, Eric Holder overruled. He has turned the Justice Dept. into an enemy of the American people but the best friend any real terrorist could have.

 

Minnesota: Muslim Pleads Guilty to Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorists

At least the 5th Muslim occupying U.S. soil this week either charged or pleading guilty.

via Minnesota Teen Pleads Guilty to Trying to Support Terrorism – ABC News.

A Minnesota teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf, 18, admitted in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis that he had intended to go to Syria last May to join the Islamic State group. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. No sentencing date has been set.

Authorities say a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants in the last year. At least one Minnesotan has died there. In addition, at least 22 young Somali men have traveled from Minnesota to Somalia since 2007 to join the terrorist group al-Shabab.

Yusuf admitted in court that he learned about people who had traveled or wanted to travel to Syria to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad. Yusuf said he attended meetings in Minnesota last March and April in which participants discussed fighting.

Court documents show Yusuf, who was in high school at the time, applied for an expedited passport shortly after he turned 18 in April and lied about the nature of his travel, telling a passport agent he was going to Istanbul, Turkey, for vacation.

FBI agents stopped Yusuf at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on May 28, and he was arrested six months later.

Yusuf said Thursday that he actually had planned to meet another man, Abdi Nur, in Istanbul, and that the two of them planned to travel to Syria together. Nur, who is also charged in the case, is believed to be fighting with militants in Syria.

Yusuf said another person, who has not been publicly identified or charged, gave him money for his plane ticket. Continue reading

Ohio: Muslim Arrested for Supporting Terrorism, Money Laundering for Jihad

via Developing: Columbus Man Arrested for Supporting Terrorism – WSYX

 A 23-year-old West Columbus man is now facing terrorism-related charges. Abdirahman Mohamud was indicted on charges of soliciting or providing support for act or terrorism, and money laundering in support of terrorism.

Mohamud was arrested at his home on Dunlane Court Saturday. He is scheduled to be in court Wednesday morning.

The prosecutor’s office says Mohamud is a US citizen.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office is requesting a $2.5million bond.

In a release, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Gibson has been working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI, and US Attorney’s Office for the past week on the case.


Is the terrorist out of jail already?

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, was handed a $1,005,000 bond after he pleaded not guilty to charges of helping terrorist in a Franklin County court room Wednesday.

Mohamud was also ordered by the judge not to leave Franklin County, he had to surrender his travel documents and was not to have internet access.

California: 2 Muslims get 25 years each, planned to kill American troops

via Inland Men Who Conspired ‘Violent Jihad,’ Joining Terror Cells Sentenced to Federal Prison | Banning-Beaumont, CA Patch.

Two Southern California men who planned to commit “violent jihad” against American troops by joining terrorist groups in Afghanistan were each sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison.

Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, of Pomona and Ralph Kenneth DeLeon, 26, of Ontario, were convicted last September following a nearly monthlong trial at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside.

Kabir was found guilty of two counts of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count each of conspiring to kill American troops and conspiring to receive military training from al-Qaida.

DeLeon was convicted by the same seven-man, five-woman jury of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to murder or maim members of the armed services overseas, and conspiring to kill employees of the United States.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips sentenced the men separately in hearings that collectively lasted just over three hours.

In pronouncing sentence for Kabir, Phillips said it was “hard to understate the seriousness of the offense.”

“It wasn’t just talk,” she said. “We’ve seen all too often how little it takes for young men to cause havoc and loss of life. Just because his plan didn’t come to fruition — it doesn’t reduce the seriousness of what he intended to do.”

Kabir’s attorney, Federal Public Defender Jeffrey Aaron, argued for a 10- year prison term, citing mitigating factors, including what he said was his client’s low I.Q. Phillips was not swayed, pointing out that Kabir’s own family had acknowledged he was intelligent, though admittedly “lazy.”

The judge said Kabir had been given every break after his family fled to the U.S. as refugees and were given asylum.

“He is an example of someone who betrayed the hospitality extended to him by this country,” Phillips said.

Kabir, clad in a white jail jumpsuit and sporting a shaved head and chest-length beard, declined to address the court.

DeLeon’s attorney, David Thomas, also requested a 10-year sentence for his client, telling the judge that he had undergone a reformation since being jailed in 2012. Thomas said DeLeon embraced an “extremely warped religious fanaticism” out of a desperate, though perverse, desire to achieve something meaningful in his life.

“He allowed himself to be surrounded by the wrong types of influences,” the attorney said. “It made him want to be the best extreme Muslim he could be. He jumped right into the deep end, and he sunk.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Grigg countered that DeLeon had enormous family support, had been gifted a car and was less than two months shy of attaining a bachelor’s degree in business when he threw it all away in the interest of committing “unfathomable” acts of violence.

“He said he wanted to be on the frontlines,” Grigg said. “He eschewed the idea of being a suicide bomber because he said he wanted to be able to see the suffering of those he targeted.”

Phillips ordered that both men be placed on lifetime supervision, or parole, following their release from prison.

In a sentencing brief, the U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that Kabir was the “emir,” or leader, of the group and that he “converted DeLeon and (Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales) to Islam … (and) encouraged them to travel overseas to engage in violent jihad.”

“Kabir … encouraged the group to join him in Afghanistan, including by telling them about his connections to the Taliban and al-Qaida, discussing his physical preparations for fighting and warfare, and various ‘missions’ and operations he was asked by terrorists to participate in,” the document states.

Vidriales, 24, of Mexico and 23-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside both reached plea agreements with the government several weeks before DeLeon and Kabir went on trial last August. They’re in custody and slated to be sentenced March 16.

Gojali testified that he was persuaded to take up arms against the U.S., Britain and Israel after several conversations with DeLeon, a native of the Philippines who converted to Islam in 2011.

The government presented hours of secretly taped audio recordings between DeLeon and a “confidential source,” identified in court documents only as a Muslim man who worked for the FBI and won the defendants’ trust by pretending to subscribe to jihadist views.

DeLeon’s enthusiasm for “Holy War” was such that he felt killing in the name of Allah and the Prophet Mohammed would mean “guaranteed paradise,” according to a transcript of one recording.



As we asked here,

What do Californian Sohiel Omar Kabir, an Afghani immigrant, a Mexican immigrant, and a Philippino immigrant all have in common?

KGB Successor Attends, but FBI Chief Not Invited to Obama’s Summit on Countering Islamic Terrorism

Or more appropriately, Obama’s summit on countering those trying to counter Islamic terrorism.

via Obama has moved past Orwell and Kafka at this point and is heading toward Lewis Carroll | Vlad Tepes.

NY Times: F.B.I. Chief Not Invited to Meeting on Countering Violent Extremism

The White House did not invite the most senior American official charged with preventing terrorist attacks — the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey — to the three-day conference this week on countering violent extremism in the United States and abroad because the administration did not want the event too focused on law enforcement issues, according to senior American officials.

But Mr. Comey’s Russian counterpart — Aleksandr V. Bortnikov, the director of the Russian Federal Security Service, the post-Soviet K.G.B. — was at the meeting, even though international human rights groups have repeatedly accused the Russian security service of unjustly detaining and spying on Russians and others.

The service also declined to provide American counterterrorism and intelligence officials with information before the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that would probably have led to more scrutiny of one of the suspects.

Several other foreign law enforcement officials attended the conference, which was held in Washington. The meeting has been criticized as ineffectual and irrelevant, and not focused on immediate and tangible solutions to stop terrorists.


While the White House explanation is absurd, this is actually good news.

The last thing America needs is the FBI being submitted to more Islamic dawah.

In fact, FBI leadership has already submitted to Islam. Despite being created specifically to combat Islamic terrorism after 9/11 – the DHS has submitted to Islam as well.

PS: We cannot keep up with Obama’s bum-rush of pro-Muslim, pro-sharia, Islamic dawah against the American people so please send us links particularly local events and news happening in your cities, towns and schools that won’t make the nightly news.

Minnesota: U.S. attorney wines and dines imams, forces mosque on city, panders to Muslims

Terrorism pays in Minnesota. Big time.

Muslims have U.S., state and local governments bending over backwards, pulling the wool over the eyes of the FBI and others. Meanwhile, there are more Muslims from the U.S. waging jihad abroad than ever before and here at home, Muslims are getting more bold and more violent. Minnesota continues to lead the way. Trust that.

via Trust, action key in Minnesota’s fight against extremism | Star Tribune.

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Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, alongside Imam Ahmed Burale (right), had a warm greeting for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger before a Somali community meeting in Minneapolis.

 Andy Luger was on a listening tour in Minnesota’s Somali community last year, hearing a string of complaints that ranged from mistreatment at the airport to a Minneapolis suburb’s rejection of a proposed Islamic prayer center, when something clicked.

A young person stood up and told the state’s newest U.S. attorney that he was tired of telling government leaders about problems; he needed someone to actually solve them.

“That moment … it really crystallized for me,” said Luger, who was sworn into the job about a year ago. “We needed action.”

So Luger sued the north metro city of St. Anthony for denying the proposed Islamic prayer center. He settled the case and now the prayer center is being built. He also got U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials from Chicago to fly out to Minneapolis to hear directly from the Somali community about racial profiling at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, including from an imam who was double-screened every time he flew.

He encouraged the recruitment of youth workers in several Minneapolis Public Schools with large African populations and growing behavioral problems. Suspensions dropped by nearly half. To combat high unemployment in one Somali neighborhood, Luger lobbied the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs to hold a local job fair for their dozens of openings.

The White House is interested in these efforts. On Wednesday, Luger will present his work, along with community, religious and school leaders from Minnesota, at a Washington summit on countering violent extremism.

Much of Luger’s relationship-building occurs with imams and community leaders over dinner.

But Luger is mindful that he must walk a thin line between ingratiating himself with a historically distrustful community and hewing to his duties as a prosecutor. He also must overcome suspicion that his efforts to engage Somali leaders and youth will be seen as a backdoor effort to spy on the community.

To that end, Luger says Somali leaders have taken the lead on defining what they want from these outreach efforts. “Everyone agrees that this is the way to go forward,” he said. “There has to be a complete separation between law enforcement and what the community has asked us to do.”

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who has different teams of people meeting with communities and those investigating crimes, agrees. He acknowledges that until recently, Minnesota law enforcement was doing a “lousy” job on all fronts.

“Local law enforcement didn’t know what was happening and then in 2008 or 2009, a guy showed up dead in a suicide bombing and shame on us, so we doubled down, we tripled down on our efforts,” Stanek said. “Do we have an intelligence unit? Absolutely, but there’s a delineation of duties. Each and every day, I work with my federal partners, but I don’t cross over the two.”

From left, FBI Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Hotakainen, FBI Division Counsel Kyle Loven and Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble chatted before a Somali community meeting.

From left, FBI Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Hotakainen, FBI Division Counsel Kyle Loven and Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble chatted before a Somali community meeting.

All carrots, no sticks.

What Muslim has Andy Luger prosecuted? Convicted? Deported?

Pretty soon, CAIR might be in charge of terror investigations in Minnesota, via Minneapolis: Muslims demand anti-terror program be separate from FBI.

San Antonio: Feds disclose secret deal with Somali Muslim terror supporter, immigration fraudster

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via Feds disclose secret deal with Somali terrorist supporter – San Antonio Express-News. h/t RRW

A Somali man was sentenced in a San Antonio courtroom Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for lying to get into the U.S., as well as a never-before-disclosed admission that he had helped a terrorist group.

Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim, 43, previously admitted that he lied his way into the country or left out damaging details — such as his relationship to two people who made international headlines because of their reported ties to terrorist groups.

But the FBI, Border Patrol, acting U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin and a national security official disclosed Thursday that Ibrahim secretly also pleaded guilty in July to sending e-mails in support of al-Shabab and providing money to a friend affiliated with that terrorist group. The charges were made public at his sentencing Thursday, but officials made no mention of his cooperation that led to them keeping the details secret for more than six months.

The affidavit said Ayrow was the former leader of al-Shabab and was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2008. Aweys was affiliated with al-Shabab and al-Ittihad al-Islami, which the U.S. has placed on a list of specially designated global terrorist groups.

Ibrahim was granted refugee status in the U.S. and resettled in Emporia, Kansas, after coming through Hidalgo in May 2007. But the status was granted based on fraudulent information, the affidavit said.

He claimed he was of the minority Awer clan. He confirmed to FBI agents that he lied when he stated on his immigration forms that he fled Somalia in 1991 because militias killed his mother and that he never returned to Somalia after 1991.

The affidavit said Ibrahim also admitted to agents that he forged a close friendship with a man he knew only as “Hamza,” who joined al-Shabab around the time Ibrahim came to the U.S. Ibrahim sent $100 to Hamza through a U.S.-based hawala — an informal money broker — knowing Hamza was a member of al-Shabab, he acknowledged to agents.

Ibrahim, the affidavit said, knew that he was lying when he answered “no” on an immigration form asking him if he ever provided material assistance to any person or organization involved in sabotage, kidnapping, political assassination, hijacking or other form of terrorist activity.


Typical of late, sloppy reporting that leaves out what or who Ayrow and Awer might be.

A very tiny bit more information from the inJustice Dept website: Somali Citizen Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Al-Shabaab

Ibrahim admitted that from about May 18, 2010, to about Jan. 31, 2014, he knowingly conspired to provide material support and resources, specifically sending emails enlisting support for al-Shabaab and making a cash payment to a known member of al-Shabaab for the benefit of the organization.  Ibrahim knew at the time that al-Shabaab was designated by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization.

Ibrahim also pleaded guilty to making a false statement in an immigration matter.  According to the information, Ibrahim knowingly lied in his application for naturalization as he had previously lied on his request for refugee status, falsely claiming that he was of a member of the minority Awer clan in Somalia and subject to persecution by the majority Hawiye clan.  However, Ibrahim was actually a member of the Hawiye clan and not subject to persecution.  Ibrahim also admitted he had lied on his naturalization application by having previously lied on his refugee application by falsely claiming that he had not provided material support to a terrorist group, when he had in fact provided material support in the form of cash to an al-Shabaab member.

Update from Refugee Resettlement Watch:

Ibrahim did not come in the usual resettlement process, he entered the country illegally by crossing the border in Texas and asked for and received ASYLUM.

 

Texas is a big state and it’s got very big Muslim problems. Check the rapidly growing archive of posts using the Category drop down at the upper right of the page.

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