Florida: Imam who trained jihadist sentenced to time served, released

Another jihad-preaching & teaching imam defended by terror group CAIR.

via Man accused in jihad plot sentenced to time already served – Orlando Sentinel.

A federal judge Friday morning sentenced Marcus Robertson to time served and ordered his release, saying his time in jail was sufficient for both convictions of tax fraud and weapons charges.

Robertson, also known as Abu Taubah, was accused of teaching another man how to participate in jihad missions overseas.

On Friday, U.S. Judge Gregory Presnell sentenced Robertson to a total of 20 months for both convictions.

But Robertson has spent the last three and a half years in prison, according to his attorney Daniel Broderson, which is more time than his actual sentence.

He was convicted on the weapons charge in 2012 and tax fraud in 2014, the judge said.

As a condition of his release, Robertson was put on probation for three years.

“As the judge remarked, he should not have spent that much time in jail based on the crimes he committed,” Broderson said after the sentencing. “He’s going to go on with his life to the best of his ability.”

Robertson had faced increased sentencing of up to 20 years for allegedly promoting terrorism through these crimes.

According to federal prosecutors, Robertson falsified tax documents to fund recruiting efforts for an al-Qaida base overseas.

This allegation was based on seized books, court-authorized surveillance and the man who says Robertson trained him, Jonathan Jimenez.

Jimenez pleaded guilty in 2012 of lying to FBI agents and falsifying income-tax documents, records show.

He is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

Jimenez, who moved to Central Florida with a ninth-grade education, listed three of Robertson’s children as exemptions on tax documents, court records show.

According to prosecutors, the money was to pay for Jimenez’s overseas travel to learn about killing, suicide bombing and identifying military personnel.

Presnell determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the terrorism claim.

At Friday’s sentencing, Presnell said he had received hundreds of emails from people asking him to hand down a maximum sentence.

He read one email that said, “Islam must be stopped and redirected back to the Middle East.”

In his comments to the court, Presnell said the U.S. tolerates other religions and that the emails did not affect his decision.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida supported the judge’s decision.

The organization’s chief executive director, Hassan Shibly, spoke after the sentencing on behalf of Robertson and his family.

Robertson returned to Seminole County jail — where he was being held — to collect his belongings and be processed for release, Shibly said.

“The judge sent a strong message to the government that it cannot lock people up for preaching and teaching Islam by falsely misrepresenting possessing Islamic literature and teaching Islam as equating to sympathizing with terrorism,” Shibly said.


Back stories here. This is what CAIR defends with no qualms:

ORLANDO, Fla. — WFTV has uncovered an Orange Countyimam’s past ties to the so-called Blind Sheik, whose extremist group is blamed for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Channel 9’s Kathi Belich broke the story of Marcus Robertson’s arrest last year. On Monday, she obtained new documents in the case that detail even more disturbing information.

PDF: Read more on Marcus Robertson

Federal prosecutors said Orange County Imam Abu Taubah, aka convicted felon Marcus Robertson, has murdered people, attempted assassinations, took hostages and tried to kill police officers, all to fund attacks on U.S. soil.

So where are the charges?

Last year, months before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, prosecutors said Robertson planned an attack on U.S. military personnel overseas.

Authorities said Robertson was bodyguard to Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the Blind Sheik. Rahman’s extremist Islamic group was blamed for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Authorities said Robertson led a band of thieves who robbed banks and the government in the 1990s. He was even accused of giving Rahman $300,000 for a much bigger New York attack on the Washington Bridge, tunnels and government buildings.

 

Florida: Congresswoman Donates Radical Muslim Contribution to Charity

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & her intern

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & her intern (June 18)

via Congresswoman Donates Radical Muslim Contribution to Charity.

by Joe Kaufman

A little over one month ago, this author asked United States Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to distance herself from an Islamic extremist she seemed warm towards and to rid herself from campaign funds she received from the extremist’s radical associate. One month ago, the funds were removed and sent off to charity. It was a laudable gesture on the part of the Congresswoman, and she should be thanked for it. However, she needs to do more.

When it comes to the issues of terrorism and Islamic extremism, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is always one of the first people to stand up, speak out and vote the right way. When it comes to individuals and organizations which threaten America and her ally Israel, Representative Ros-Lehtinen is always there to defend what’s right. That is why it was so disturbing for this author to discover that the Congresswoman offered praise to someone and took money from someone else whom this author considers threats to the community.

On May 7, 2015, I sent an e-mail to Keith Fernandez, the Communications Director of the Congressional office of Representative Ros-Lehtinen, respectfully asking for the Congresswoman to do the following:

  1. Take back the kind words she tweeted about an Islamic extremist named Saif Ishoof;
  2. Formally drop Ishoof from her Young Leaders for Ileana Coalition;
  3. Return the money her Congressional campaign had received in 2010 from Ishoof’s radical Muslim colleague, Khurrum Wahid.

In my e-mail, I mentioned that I had asked something similar of United States Senator Barbara Boxer eight-plus years ago, and she graciously complied with my request. In December 2006, Senator Boxer’s office had presented an “Outstanding Service” award to Basim Elkarra, the director of the Sacramento, California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). After I educated Boxer’s staff about CAIR’s links to terrorism and Elkarra’s own extremism, Boxer rescinded the award. I was/am asking Ros-Lehtinen to do likewise.

Khurrum Basir Wahid is a South Florida lawyer, who has devoted a huge portion of his legal career to defending individuals who the U.S. government has charged with terrorism. His past clients include: Rafiq Sabir, who received a 25-year prison sentence for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was given a life sentence for being part of al-Qaeda and for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Hafiz Khan, a Miami, Florida imam who shipped $50,000 to the Taliban to kill American troops overseas.

Wahid has served as a legal advisor for the national office of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a director of CAIR’s Florida chapter. CAIR was founded, in June 1994, as part of a terrorist umbrella run by then-global leader of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. Along with ISIS and al-Qaeda, CAIR was recently labeled a terrorist group by United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the Miami New Times, Wahid himself was placed on a federal terrorist watch list in 2011.

Today, Wahid is the co-chairman of Emerge USA. He is also one of the founders of Emerge. The group attempts to dupe politicians into attending its events by seducing them with a “Muslim vote,” but in reality, Emerge is nothing more than a front for anti-American and anti-Israel Islamists.

In September 2014, Emerge held an event at the al-Qassam Mosque (a.k.a. Islamic Community of Tampa), the mosque established by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader and former client of Khurrum Wahid, Sami al-Arian. Al-Qassam is named after Izzedin al-Qassam, the individual who was the inspiration for PIJ’s founding. The event was organized by Laila Abdelaziz. In November 2012, when Israel invaded Gaza, following thousands of rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli citizens, Abdelaziz tweeted, “Don’t worry ya Gaza, we’re working hard for you in Florida.”


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Florida CAIR Pedophile Out On Bail

CAIR exec Ahmad Saleem

via Florida CAIR Pedophile Out On Bail.

Orlando-area residents, lock up your infants! Ahmad Saleem is out of jail. Someone paid the $100,000 bond (in two $50,000 installments) to give the 22-year-old Islamist “golden boy” turned pedophile a few weeks of freedom, before he gets sentenced. But life at home cannot be all roses, as he has already taken fire from his once friendly (radical Muslim) colleagues.

Ahmad Abrar Saleem, has been living a double life. On the one hand, he is an Islamist involved with groups connected to terrorism. On the other, he is a sexual predator, who targets minors. Of the two evils, it is the latter that has led to his arrest and incarceration.

Saleem has been around the media in the past, but this time the story is about him. Beginning on May 18th, the Lake and Polk County, Florida sheriff’s offices conducted two sting operations that would nab over 100 individuals, respectively 79 for involvement in prostitution and 22 for involvement in child-sex or pedophilia. Saleem was one of the 22.

Saleem, driving in a car with a specialty plate which read “Invest in Children,” drove to a house located in Clermont, Florida thinking he was going to have sex with a twelve-year-old girl who he met online. But when he opened the door to the house, there were no children inside. Immediately, he was brought to the ground by detectives and arrested.

A mugshot of Saleem grinning was on display, along with his fellow arrestees, during a news conference held on June 2nd and led by Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Indeed, Saleem was among the more high profile of arrests, as he has been a public figure in the local community.

It was only this past March that Saleem was representing the Florida chapter of CAIR as its Orlando Regional Coordinator, to announce on television news networks CAIR’s plans to sue the FBI over the death of Boston Marathon bomber associate, Ibragim Todashev. He was, as well, the Orlando Organizer for United Voices, the group run by former CAIR rep Ahmed Bedier.

CAIR or the Council on American-Islamic Relations was established in June 1994 as being part of the American Palestine Committee, an umbrella organization acting as a terrorist enterprise run by then-global Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook, who was based in the U.S. at the time. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the raising of millions of dollars for Hamas. In November 2014, CAIR was named a terrorist group by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Those who cannot divorce themselves from Saleem are Saleem’s parents, ironically a pediatrician and a school teacher. Both Saleem and his father, Pakistani-born Muhammad Abrar Saleem, are co-managers of Saleem Healthcare, LLC. Saleem’s mother, Samina N. Khan, has also been involved as a managing member of the corporation.

Saleem’s father is also an official of United Muslim Americans for Humanity (UMAH), an Orlando-area charity that partners with the Foundation of Lights radical mosque, whose imam, Ibrahim Habach, preaches that the United States helped perpetrate the September 11th attacks.

Furthermore, Saleem’s father and his father’s business, Central Pediatrics, are respectively the Registrant and Registrant Organization for Ahmad Saleem’s personal organization, Saleem Academy.

Was it Saleem’s parents who foot the bill for his bail? Today, they may be his only friends left.

The slogan for Saleem Academy is “Saving Our Youth, Saving Our Future.” One way to save the youth is to give Ahmad Saleem a harsh sentence, following his June 15 arraignment. And one way to save our future is to shut down the organizations he has been involved with.

Florida: Muslim brothers get 35 and 20 years for NYC jihad plot

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via South Florida brothers get 35 and 20 years in prison for terrorism plot in New York City – Sun Sentinel.

Two Broward County brothers were sentenced to the maximum punishment Thursday after admitting they planned a terrorist attack on New York City landmarks and later assaulted two deputy U.S. marshals in custody.

Raees Alam Qazi, 22, who played the lead role in the conspiracy and cycled around Manhattan looking for bomb targets was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. That is three years more than he expected under the terms of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

His brother, Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32, who provided support, was sentenced to a 20-year prison term, also three years more than expected.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom told the Pakistani-born men they had taken advantage of the benefits of U.S. citizenship to plot violence and hatred against their fellow-Americans.

“You are a terrorist, evil in nature and evil in your deeds,” Bloom told Raees Qazi in court.

The judge also chastised Sheheryar Qazi for supporting “your brother’s devotion to al-Qaida.”

The men’s involvement in the terrorist conspiracy was “evil and reprehensible,” she told them.

Dressed in beige prison scrubs and handcuffed and shackled, both men were quiet and polite in court but declined the judge’s invitation to speak before they were sentenced.

The brief court hearing in federal court in Miami was held under tight security, partly because of the men’s terrorist crimes but also because of their attack on two marshals in April 2012 in the Miami courthouse complex.

The brothers distracted the marshals in a locked room and placed one of them in a chokehold while the other marshal was struck in the face. The judge said those crimes were also very serious.

The judge emphasized to both men that the U.S. had welcomed them and provided them with many opportunities and benefits when they moved here with their family in 2000. They were living in an apartment in the Sailboat Pointe community on Oakland Park Boulevard, rented by Sheheryar Qazi and his wife, when the brothers were arrested.

The men took advantage of educational benefits by attending public school and college classes in South Florida, the judge told them said.

The older brother also received treatment at medical centers here and his young son has benefited from taxpayer-supported pre-school, the judge said.

It is expected that the men will be moved from the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami, where they have been detained in the highest-security section, to serve their punishments in the notorious “Supermax” federal prison in Florence, Colo.

A former prison warden called it “a clean version of hell.” Inmates there are held in much harsher conditions than in other U.S. prisons, with little human contact and very restricted access to anyone other than their guards.

Other “Supermax” inmates include Jose Padilla, another former Broward County resident who was convicted of terrorism conspiracy and support charges. He is serving a 21-year prison term.

 

Florida: CAIR Official – former President of Muslim Student Assc. – Arrested in Pedophile Sting

via Lake, Polk make arrests in undercover prostitution sting – Orlando Sentinel. Ahmad Saleem

Orlando community activist Ahmad Saleem drove to a Clermont-area house intending to meet a 12-year-old girl he had been chatting with online for sex in a vehicle with a specialty “Invest in Children” license plate, authorities said Tuesday.

But when the door opened, there were no children in sight. Instead, detectives quickly brought Saleem to the ground and arrested him. Saleem, founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization dedicated to empowering Muslim youths globally, was one of the 101 people arrested in an undercover cybercrime prostitution and child-sex sting by the Lake and Polk county sheriff’s offices.

Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spelled out details of the two-week sting, which started on May 18, at a Tavares news conference surrounded by large boards filled with suspects’ mug shots. Seventy-nine people were busted in the prostitution operation and 22 in the child-sex sting, officials said.

“Central Florida is now a safer place today because of the efforts of our deputies,” Borders said.

Saleem was also the Orlando regional coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to challenging stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defending civil liberties. The organization said he only worked there for a short time before abandoning his post.

Answering Muslims has more: CAIR Official Ahmad Saleem Arrested in Pedophile Sting

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Ahmad Saleem is the Orlando Regional Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He attended the University of Central Florida, where he was President of the Muslim Students Association. He later became the MSA National Service Director before founding the Saleem Academy.

Muhammad had sex with a nine-year-old girl, and he allowed his followers to rape their female captives. We’ve seen the horrifying results of Muhammad’s example and teachings in Great Britain (not to mention in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria). Now we’re seeing the results in the U.S.


Just yesterday we posted on another Muslim contribution to America, courtesy of possibly the most disastrous immigration policy in history:  Kentucky: Cops Have to Break Up Fights Between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

 

Florida: Sentencing delayed again for imam accused of jihad plot (updated)

via Sentencing delayed again for man accused of jihad plot – Orlando Sentinel.

The sentencing of an Orange County man accused of teaching terrorist beliefs and tactics was delayed Thursday because a federal judge needed more time to review the sentencing guidelines.

Marcus Robertson, also known as Abu Taubah, allegedly trained another man, Jonathan Jimenez, about various military and jihadi extremist tactics to commit violent crimes overseas.

Robertson, 46, is also accused of planning to use the false tax refunds to support an overseas terrorism movement.

He was previously convicted in 2012 of illegal firearm possession and in 2014 of conspiracy to file a false income-tax-refund claim.

If the judge finds Robertson was involved with terrorist activities, his sentence could increase from probation to 20 years in prison, according Robertson’s attorney, Daniel Broderson.

Jimenez is serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 for lying to FBI agents and falsifying income-tax documents, records show.

“The person who came down here was not an extremist,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg said Thursday during closing arguments. “He became an extremist because of Mr. Robertson.”

Jimenez moved from New York to the Orlando area in November 2010.

Federal agents learned about Robertson’s plan, Handberg said, by using a confidential source to get information out of Jimenez.

According to Jimenez, whom prosecutors described as a “parrot,” Robertson taught him how to shoot and use a knife and the benefits of being a martyr and suicide bombings.

Broderson said Jimenez’s account can’t be trusted because he is a known liar who is in prison for lying.

When Robertson took the stand, he told the court about the good things he’s done in communities across the country through the years — including his work from 2004 to 2006 in gang intervention in California for those who wanted to escape the gang lifestyle.

“I don’t believe I would be here if I were white and Christian,” said Robertson, who is Muslim. “How am I a threat to society when I have a white-collar crime? I’m not a bodyguard for no terrorist leaders.”


It’s been reported that he actually was a ORLANDO JIHAD” target=”_blank”>bodyguard for the convicted Muslim terrorist and mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the one-eyed Sheik Abdul Rahman.

More: Terror-linked Muslim group CAIR is defending the Muslim terrorist.

“They’re essentially trying to give an imam 20 years in prison simply for possessing literature, and that’s an assault on the First Amendment, and we’re very concerned about that,” said Muslim advocate Hassan Sibly.

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Gregory A. Presnell delayed sentencing date for Imam accused in jihad plot after CAIR testified and followers wrote letters to judge.

Click here to send your email urging Judge Presnell to give the maximum sentence to Marcus Dwayne Robertson aka Imam Abu Taubah.

Previous posts on Abu Taubah.

Florida: Boca Raton country club cancels Wilders keynote fearing Muslim violence

This is the type of Islamophobia that Muslims celebrate. Remember, Islam means submission, not peace. And Americans are submitting to the status of dhimmi at an alarming pace. via Safety concerns lead Boca club to cancel GOP event with Islam foe | www.palmbeachpost.com. h/t Nimrod

The Palm Beach County Republican Party will have to find another venue for a fundraiser featuring the Dutch politician and Islam critic who spoke at Sunday’s “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Texas.

The local GOP booked Boca West Country Club for the $125-a-plate “Lobsterfest” dinner on Aug. 15 featuring Geert Wilders, leader of a right-wing party in the Dutch parliament. But the country club announced Thursday it has canceled the event because of safety concerns.

Wilders’ criticisms of Islam have made him a target of extremist groups. He said that “Islam and freedom are totally incompatible” in his speech at the Texas cartoon contest. Shortly after he finished, two Muslim gunmen — one of whom was the target of a federal terror probe — began an attack but were shot and killed by police.

“At the time the reservation for the dinner was made no one in management or in the catering department at Boca West knew the identity of the keynote speaker,” said Bob Locke, the country club’s chairman of the board. “Due to potential safety concerns associated with Mr. Wilders’ appearance, we have elected to cancel the reservation for this private event.”

County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett was not immediately available for comment Thursday night.

Earlier this week, Barnett said Wilders travels with his own security detail and the local GOP planned, even before the Texas event, to arrange for extra security as well.

“I’ve heard him speak before and with everything in the world going on with regards to radical Islamic terrorism, I thought it would be good to hear his perspective,” Barnett said.


Boca is no stranger to sharia. has been Wilders in Garland:

 

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