Wisconsin: Two Muslims arrested on way to join ISIS, take part in jihad

L-R, Jason Ludke (Photo from: Brown County Jail), Yosvany Padilla-Conde (Photo from: Tom Green County Jail, Texas).

L-R, Jason Ludke (Photo from: Brown County Jail), Yosvany Padilla-Conde (Photo from: Tom Green County Jail, Texas).

Source: Two Wisconsin Men Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL | OPA | Department of Justice

Jason Michael Ludke, 35, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Yosvany Padylla-Conde, 30, also of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged in the same complaint with aiding and abetting Ludke’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL.

Ludke and Padylla-Conde were arrested near San Angelo, Texas. The complaint alleges that the two were traveling from Wisconsin to Mexico where they intended to acquire travel documents necessary to travel overseas to join ISIL.

If convicted of these offenses both men face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

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According to the complaint, Ludke and Padilla-Conde began corresponding on social media with an undercover FBI employee last month and said they planned to travel to Mexico, where they could get passage to Syria and join the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Ludke said he converted to Islam in 2003 and wanted to live under Shariah law. He also said he was tired of living under the infidel’s system and wanted to strive for paradise.

The undercover FBI employee received an email on Oct. 1 containing a video of Padilla-Conde and Ludke with a handmade Islamic State group flag in the background. Ludke said Padilla-Conde was striving to reach paradise as well, according to the complaint.

The undercover employee told Ludke that people in Mexico would be able to get them passports for Arab counties. On Oct. 5 Ludke told the employee that he and Padilla-Conde were in Texas heading toward El Paso. Police captured them near San Angelo later that day.

Ludke told FBI agents that he and Padilla-Conde left Wisconsin because they couldn’t pay their rent and he was looking to meet his brother-in-law in Mexico, although he couldn’t provide his brother-in-law’s name or information on his whereabouts. Ludke added he and Padilla-Conde discussed traveling to Yemen so Ludke could study Arabic, according to the complaint.

Padilla-Conde told agents he left Wisconsin because he was about to be evicted and Lude wanted to travel to Iraq or Yemen to take part in jihad, an Arabic term for holy war, and often spoke of joining the Islamic State, according to the complaint. He said he tried to talk Ludke out of it, the complaint said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the men had attorneys. The federal public defender’s office said no defenders were listed for them in Texas. Court records show Ludke appeared without counsel during an initial court appearance in Texas on Wednesday. Padilla-Conde was scheduled to make his initial appearance in Abilene on Monday.

Joshua Van Haften of Madison was charged last year with trying to travel to Syria through Turkey to join the Islamic State. His case is still pending in federal court. A plea hearing has been set for Tuesday.

Arizona: Woman plotted with Muslim convert husband to blow up state prison

Source: Court docs: Woman arrested on terrorism charge was helping impri – azfamily.com 3TV | Phoenix

Investigators believe the Florence woman arrested on charges of terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism was helping her husband, a radicalized member of the Islamic faith who is serving a life prison for first-degree murder, with a plot to murder a warden.

FBI agents arrested Michelle Bastian, 49, Wednesday morning at her workplace, a bakery in Chandler called Urban Oven where she was a bookkeeper. They also served search warrants at her Florence home.

michelle-bastianAccording to court paperwork released Thursday, this investigation goes back to May when “a known source” reported to the Arizona Department of Corrections that Thomas Bastian, Michelle’s husband, was a believer in Islam and had become radicalized.

In September, the same source told the FBI that Thomas “was planning to create an explosive device in order to kill people, to include the prison warden.”

Court paperwork indicates that the same source said Michelle was helping Thomas, who has been in prison since March 31, 2009.

“Further information from the known source revealed that Thomas had a plan in action to create an explosive device to either kill the warden or to plant it in a vending machine located within the visitor section of the prison,” the officer who arrested Michelle wrote in his probable cause statement.

Michelle has been booked on Arizona state terrorism charges.

According to Michelle’s court paperwork, this was not the first time Thomas has threatened members of the law enforcement community, nor was it the first time he mentioned using a bomb.

The Scottsdale Police Department investigated him in 2009 for “threatening the lives of the law enforcement personnel who assisted in his murder conviction and threatened the use of explosives.”

Thomas, according to court paperwork, is housed in a maximum security unit ASPC-Lewis but was working on transferring back into the general population, which would give him access to the vending machines in the area where inmates meet their visitors.

The source, who was not identified, said the idea was for Michelle to give Thomas, who is 10 years her junior, everything he needed to carry out his plan when she visited him.

According to court paperwork, the source’s information was corroborated by evidence discovered during a search of Thomas’ cell, including a publication called “Inspire,” which is put out by al-Qaida, and another called “Dabiq,” which is distributed by ISIS. Continue reading

Arizona: Woman arrested in Chandler on suspicion of terrorism

Source: Officials: Woman arrested in Chandler on suspicion of terrorism

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office along with the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation served two search warrants on a Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism Case.

Law-enforcement agents on Wednesday took a Phoenix-area woman into custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit terrorism, authorities said.

Agents from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Phoenix office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation served two search warrants Wednesday morning in Chandler and Florence, according to Mia Garcia, an Arizona Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman.

Michelle Bastian was arrested, Garcia said.

In Chandler, law-enforcement activity was evident Wednesday morning at Urban Oven, a locally owned bakery in the 2400 block of North Arizona Avenue.

Garcia said the investigation was continuing, and no further information was available.

This is the second prosecution of a state-level terrorism charge in Arizona.

In a deal made with prosecutors on Friday, Mahin Atif Khan pleaded guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and conspiracy to commit misconduct Involving weapons, court records show.

Unlike federal laws, Arizona statutes do not require an “overt act” to prove terrorism conspiracy, [Attorney General Mark] Brnovich said in a July interview.

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.

Arizona: Muslim who wanted to “take out marines and jews” pleads guilty

Khan described himself as an “American Jihadist” on Feb. 22 and sent a picture of himself, saying he needed guns to “take out marines and jews.”

Source: Arizona man pleads guilty to terrorism charges in planned attack

An 18-year-old Tucson-area man accused of planning jihad-style attacks in Maricopa and Pima counties has pleaded guilty to three felonies and faces up to 14 years in prison, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced Monday.

In a deal made with prosecutors on Friday, Mahin Atif Khan pleaded guilty to inciting or inducing terrorism, financing or managing terrorism, and to manufacturing, possessing or selling a prohibited weapon, court records show.

Khan’s sentencing hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

His was the first conspiracy to commit terrorism case to be prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, according to Mia Garcia, an office spokeswoman.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is working with the FBI to take a proactive approach to arrest and prosecute anyone plotting or planning a terrorist attack in our community, Garcia said.

Khan will be sentenced to the Arizona Department of Corrections for no less than five years, and no more than 10.25 years, for the crime of conspiracy to commit terrorism, court documents said. The crime of conspiracy to commit weapons misconduct carries a sentence of no less than two years in prison, the documents showed, and the two prison terms will run consecutively.

In regards to the terrorism crime, Khan agreed to be on supervised probation after his release from prison and will be prohibited from traveling outside of Maricopa or Pima counties, court documents showed. He will be required to hand over his passport to authorities.

Khan has been held without bond since his arrest July 1 after an elaborate investigation that included round-the-clock surveillance, undercover agents and communications on a “burner,” or disposable, phone.

At a hearing in July, FBI agent Benjamin Trentlage testified about how Khan unknowingly communicated with FBI agents over the course of several months, during which he detailed what he envisioned to be a “lone jihad attack.”

At various points, Khan said he was eyeing a Jewish community center and an Air Force recruitment center in Tucson for attacks, as well as the state Motor Vehicle Division office in Mesa, Trentlage said.

Once again begging the question, Should We Deport the Families of Muslim Terrorists?

62 ISIS attackers and ‘plotters’ in US in just a year – more than half are immigrants

Source: How 62 ISIS attackers and ‘plotters’ in just a year – more than half of them immigrants | Daily Mail Online

A DailyMail.com analysis reveals the growing scale of ISIS activities inside the U.S. A total of 62 people have launched attacks or been accused of taking part in the terror group’s activities in barely a year.

The growing scale of ISIS activities inside the United States is revealed in a DailyMail.com analysis.

A total of 62 people – overwhelmingly men – have launched attacks or been accused of taking part in the Islamic terror group’s activities in just over a year.

The 62 were responsible for 48 attacks or alleged ISIS-inspired activities – from mass stabbings to attempts to send money and munitions to Syria.

The DailyMail.com analysis of public records shows that six ISIS-inspired attackers have died and 54 have been arrested.

The figures also show that 34 of those ISIS attackers and alleged plotters were either immigrants or the children of immigrants.

They included six people who came to the U.S. as refugees from countries including Palestine and Somalia.

The number of people taken in as refugees and then accused of turning against the country which gave them sanctuary could be higher, as it was not possible to ascertain exactly how many of the alleged ISIS attackers or plotters entered America.

In total 64 people have been murdered and at least 121 wounded in the U.S. by ISIS-inspired attackers.

They included the 49 dead and 53 wounded of the Orlando nightclub attacks, as well as the 14 killed and 22 hurt by the San Bernardino shooters.

The analysis shows that 13 people linked to ISIS by the federal authorities were the children of immigrants from countries including Palestine and Pakistan.

And at least 13 were Americans who converted to Islam and took up its most extreme form.

They include a former cheerleader and the son of a senior Boston police officer, as well as an immigrant who was not deported after serving a four-year sentence for a firearms crime.

Many of those awaiting trial were caught by the FBI in stings, which the agency says is a crucial way of preventing and disrupting ISIS attacks.

Official documents reveal individuals obsessed with extremist propaganda and a myriad hate-fueled plans to slaughter fellow citizens.

The issue of how to handle the entry of immigrants and refugees has been a hot topic in the 2016 presidential race.

It shouldn’t be. There should be, and likely is, unanimous agreement that Americans don’t want Muslim terrorists and sharia adherents coming into the United States.

Of the 62 found by Daily Mail, two were not previously mentioned on Creeping Sharia.


Elias Gebreweit Isaac, a 27-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, had been out of prison for just two weeks when he was hauled before law enforcement once again.

Police said that Isaac had told them he wanted to join ISIS and threatened to confront them with a gun if he wasn’t deported.

Why he was not deported after the felony sentence is unclear – but Santa Rosa is the seat of Sonoma County, which has ‘sanctuary’ status, meaning it does not fully co-operate with federal immigration enforcement laws.

Isaac was born in Sudan but left as a four-year-old child.

He had just finished serving four years for illegally possessing a firearm, for which he was released in July.

Isaac is reported to have appeared in court shackled to a wheelchair in case of further outbursts.

‘They were pure thoughts,’ his lawyer told a judge. ‘No acts.’


Amin al-Baroudi, aka Abu al-Jud, is a Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen who wanted to overthrow the Assad government in his homeland.

The 50-year-old former resident of Irvine, California, spent thousands of dollars along with his co-conspirators on equipment including sniper rifle scopes and night vision goggles. He transported the goods to Syria by taking flights to Turkey.

He sent the equipment to Ahrar al-Sham, a group which is trying to replace the Assad regime with an Islamic state. But his supplies violated America’s sanctions against Syria.

He pleaded guilty in January to violating U.S. sanctions against Syria. In June he was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

Maryland: Muslim Immigrant Arrested in Plot to Kill U.S. Military Member


Source: Maryland Man Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL for Plan to Kill U.S. Military Member | OPA | Department of Justice

Nelash Mohamed Das, 24, a citizen of Bangladesh residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, has been charged by federal criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, in connection with a plan to kill a U.S. military member.

“Nelash Mohamed Das is alleged to have plotted to kill a U.S. service member on behalf of ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “Individuals intent on carrying out violence in the name of foreign terrorist organizations pose one of the most concerning threats that law enforcement faces today and stopping these offenders before they are able to act is our highest priority.”

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Das was admitted to the U.S. in 1995 and is a legal permanent resident.

The affidavit alleges that from Sept. 28, 2015 to early 2016, Das used social media to express his support for ISIL, including support for terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California.

On Oct. 26, 2015, Das tweeted the name of an individual and the city where they lived, stating that the individual “aspires to kill Muslims.” Das knew that the individual hoped to become a member of the U.S. military. ISIL members and supporters have posted identifying information about U.S. military personnel in hopes that those inspired by ISIL would carry out attacks against them. The affidavit alleges that Das was advertising the individual’s identity and whereabouts in order to inspire violence against that individual.

On Jan. 30, 2016, Das tweeted a picture of an AK-47 assault rifle along with the text, “This is more than just a gun. This is a ticket to Jannah.” “Jannah” is a reference to the Islamic concept of paradise.

According to the affidavit, on April 30, 2016, Das attended the Handgun Qualification License class at a firing range in Prince George’s County, Maryland. After the class, Das told another individual that he wanted to buy a Glock 9mm handgun and an AK-47. Over the next five months, Das returned to the firing range to practice firing weapons, and submitted his fingerprints to obtain a handgun permit.

During May 2016, Das met a confidential human source (CHS) working for the FBI. Das believed the CHS to be a like-minded supporter of ISIL. On May 24, 2016, Das told the CHS that he knew people overseas in Al Dawla (a common name for ISIL) and communicated with them through online communications.

On July 23, 2016, Das told the CHS that he wanted to kill a particular military member who lived in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and whose identifying information Das had obtained the prior year from a list posted online by ISIL. Das stated that he could acquire a firearm from an individual he knows and stated his desire to travel overseas for ISIL if he had the opportunity. On July 30, 2016, Das advised the CHS that he could no longer find the ISIL list from the year before and asked the CHS if he had any ISIL contacts who could re-send the list. Continue reading

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