Chicago: Muslim Uber driver arrested over Facebook death threats

via Glen Ellyn Uber driver accused of Facebook threats to shoot Emanuel, others – Chicago Tribune. h/t TROP

An Uber driver from Glen Ellyn was ordered detained Monday on federal charges stemming from a series of Facebook rants allegedly threatening to shoot Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others who had angered him.

Mohammad Waqas Khan, 29, was arrested May 14 after law enforcement officials had tailed him all night as he dropped off and picked up passengers in his 1995 Toyota Corolla, according to a federal criminal complaint. At the time, Khan had made threats on his public Facebook profile to kill numerous people before leaving for a scheduled trip to Pakistan in June, the complaint alleged.

“If I see a high value target Ima exploit it,” Khan wrote on his Facebook profile on May 7, according to the complaint. “I’m not killin sum bum on the street. I want a high net worth individual to shoot. I want this to be a real human tragedy. Much mourned.”

A week later, Khan singled out Emanuel, saying in a lengthy post the mayor and the “uppity aldermen have doomed Chicago to an early grave,” according to the charges.

“You shall be taught a lesson you will not forget! Rabid dogs!” the post allegedly warned.

Khan also ranted about the “noise pollution” around his house and threatened to end it with a “murderous night,” the complaint alleged. His Facebook profile also contained photos of firearms and one of Khan in a black mask holding a shotgun.

When DuPage County sheriff’s police pulled over Khan in his Toyota, they found a loaded Glock pistol in the car, according to the complaint. Shortly after his arrest on a firearms charge, Khan was accused of assaulting a police officer at the DuPage County Jail and was ordered held on $100,000 bail in that case, records show.

An arrest warrant on the federal charges was filed last week, records show. At a detention hearing Monday on those charges, Khan’s attorney, Ellen Domph, argued that Khan never intended to carry out the threats, likening them to provocative rap lyrics.

But prosecutors said Khan had become increasingly specific in his threats, discussing plans and taking “dry runs” to identify targets while out working for Uber. The violence was to unfold before his scheduled trip to Pakistan on June 8, according to the charges.

“The gun is cocked and ready to go,” Khan allegedly wrote on Facebook on the day of his arrest. “I’m not leaving America without my revenge even if it costs me my life. And that’s that.”

After his arrest, agents searched Khan’s home on Pleasant Avenue in Glen Ellyn and found hidden in his bedroom a semiautomatic handgun, a shotgun, ammunition and a 10-inch knife, according to the affidavit. A sword with a two-foot curved blade also was found in the basement, the complaint alleged.

Chicago: Muslim jihad suspect searched ‘suicide bombings’, “jihad is obligatory”

In other news, federal researchers discovered that the Earth is round. via Iowa/Illinois briefs – THonline.com: Iowa-Illinois-Wisconsin. h/t LUTB

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors say a 19-year-old Chicago-area man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group searched the terms “suicide” and “suicide bombings” on his phone before his 2014 arrest.

That new detail in Mohammed Hamzah Khan’s case came in a court filing in which prosecutors oppose a motion for his release pending trial. The late Tuesday filing seeks to show Khan would pose a serious threat if freed.

Prosecutors say Khan also searched the phrase, “jihad is obligatory.”

Defense attorney Thomas Durkin has told a judge that a psychiatrist determined Khan isn’t mentally ill. Durkin said it’s more an issue of poor critical-thinking skills.

Durkin said Khan could be released to get counseling and wouldn’t pose a threat.

Khan has denied attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

 

Illinois: FBI Ignores Evidence, Tells Police Chief No Link Betw N. American Islamic Trust and Muslim Brotherhood

via FEATURED: FBI Told Suburban Police Chief No Links Between North American Islamic Trust And US Muslim Brotherhood; We Disagree.

By gmbwatch

Local media has reported that the police chief of a Chicago suburb has asserted that he was told by the FBI that there is no investigative link between the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the US Muslim Brotherhood.”

The article goes on to cite a public safety message from the Village of Oak Brook Police Chief and although the link provided is inoperative, the message is still available on the Oak Brook Facebook page. In that statement, Chief Kruger claims that he was told by the FBI that “there is no investigative link between NAIT and the US Muslim Brotherhood.” This statement would appear to be contradicted on its face by a document released in 2007 by the US federal prosecution in the Holy Land Terrorism financing case naming NAIT as one of the entities that is part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, in 2009 a federal judge ruled that there was “ample evidence” to associate NAIT with Hamas.

GMBDW research also  indicates that there are many solid investigative links between NAIT and the US Muslim Brotherhood. The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) describes itself as:

…a waqf, the historical Islamic equivalent of an American trust or endowment, serving Muslims in the United States and their institutions. NAIT facilitates the realization of American Muslims’ desire for a virtuous and happy life in a Shari’ah-compliant way.

A research report on the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) authored by the GMBDW editor describes the origins of NAIT and the role that it played in the early development of the US Muslim Brotherhood:

The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) was established on May 23, 1973 and later became known as an affiliate of ISNA. According to the incorporation documents, the purpose of NAIT was to “serve the best interests of Islam and the Muslim Student’s Association of the United States and Canada” by establishing a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation to hold “investment property.” …: An Islamic scholar writes: “With its ability to raise funds, especially from overseas, MSA began establishing business and professional organizations useful in establishing off-campus institutions. The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) became instrumental in establishing masajid, student houses, Islamic centers, full-time schools, and literature publishing (under the American Trust Publications, International Graphics Press, and Islamic Book Service). Its members created the American Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE), the American Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), and the Islamic Medical Association (IMA).”

Local media has reported that former FBI special agent Robert Stauffer headed an investigation in the 1980s of Muslim Brotherhood finances and discovered that the Islamic Society of North America had received “Millions and millions of dollars” through NAIT which, he says, “served as a financial holding company for Muslim Brotherhood-related groups.” The money, he says, was wired into the United States from Islamic countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Egypt, Malaysia and Libya. The ISNA research report goes to describe how NAIT today has become the custodian of a large number of U.S. mosques and Islamic centers:

The NAIT website states that it “holds the title of approximately 300 properties” a figure consistent with a LEXIS/NEXIS search showing 332 properties in the real-estate related database and with a report by the Council on American Islamic Relations which says that NAIT owns about 27 percent of the estimated 1200 mosques in the United States. In a hearing before the United States Senate, witness testimony shows that NAIT holds the deeds to between 50% and 79% of American mosques.

The ISNA research report also describes examples of how NAIT played a role in the ideological takeover of two U.S. mosques, driving out moderate leaders and replacing them with those close to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Finally, another report on the history of the US Muslim Brotherhood authored by the GMBDW editor identifies Bassam Othman as both an early leader in the US Muslim Brotherhood as well as an officer of NAIT. The current NAIT website identifies Dr. Bassam Osman as a current NAIT Trustee and we believe this to be the same individual. In addition, current NAIT trustee Muzammil H. Siddiqi has also been a long-time leader in the US Muslim Brotherhood. The presence of these two individuals on the current NAIT board demonstrates an unbroken continuity from the early history of NAIT until the present time.


Read it all.

Illinois: National Guard member & cousin, both Muslims, arrested in plot to attack US military post, kill 100’s

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via National Guard soldier and his cousin arrested for traveling to join ISIS and ‘planning a Charlie Hebdo style’ attack on American soil

A US Army National Guard solider and his cousin have been arrested for attempting to join ISIS and planning a ‘Charlie Hebdo’ style terrorist attack on home soil.

Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, a U.S. citizen and member of the Illinois National Guard, was arrested on Wednesday at Chicago Midway International Airport by members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) while trying to fly to Cairo, Egypt, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, who is also a U.S. citizen, was arrested without incident at his home in Aurora, Illinois, on the same day.

The pair have posed for pictures together on Facebook, while Hasan has uploaded images of his tattoos.

The statement added: ‘Both defendants were charged in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois with one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.’

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In late 2014, Hasan came to the attention of the FBI. The investigation subsequently revealed that he and Jonas had allegedly devised a plan for Hasan to wage violence on behalf of ISIL.

Hasan, a current member of the Illinois Army National Guard, planned to use his military training to fight.

As part of their plans, Hasan booked an airline ticket to travel on Wednesday from Chicago and arrive in Cairo on Thursday, with layovers in Detroit and Amsterdam.

According to the criminal complaint, both defendants also planned for Jonas to carry out an act of terrorism in the United States after Hasan had left.

The pair allegedly met with an FBI undercover employee and presented a plan to carry out an armed attack against a U.S. military facility in northern Illinois, an installation where Hasan had been training.

The agent had reached out to Hasan and added him on Facebook.

Jonas asked the FBI undercover employee to assist in the attack and explained that they would use Hasan’s uniforms and the information he supplied about how to access the installation and target officers for attack.

According to the documents he saw a body count of between 100 and 150. Hasan said it would be closer to 120.

The FBI complaint added that the pair said: ‘Honestly we would love to do something like the brothers in Paris did’ – referring to the attack on the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Jonas already was convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and served five years in a Georgia prison between 2005 and 2010.


More: National Guard soldier and his cousin plotted to join ISIS, attack Illinois

Hasan Edmonds allegedly wrote “I am already in the american kafir army (back when I was still in this dunyah and not muslim) and now I wish only to serve in the army of Allah alongside my true brothers.” Kafir means infidel and dunyah means “of this world,” according to the feds.

“I joined the united states army national guard about 3 years ago. I still currently have 3 years left that I have no intention what so ever of fulfilling.”

In another Facebook chat he wrote, “I am no expert with our weapons but I can get the job done.”

“I pray to just one time step foot in the land ruled by the Law of the Quran but I am content to fight and die here in the cause of Allah whenever the target is set and the order is given. InshaAllah my brothers will march with me as well.”

The feds say Hasan Edmonds wrote that his cousin, who has served time in a Georgia prison, would “put the fear of Allah in their hearts and minds right here in the homeland.”

“I can own handguns shotguns and rifles but no automatic weapons or heavy machine guns,” he allegedly wrote in another online chat. “We have plenty people here who have them and hide them so we will do the same.”

“It would be hard to pull off a lager scale attack on the government but police stations and courts are pretty easy and it’s been done before by kufar sometimes just one person.”

He allegedly hoped that the attack in Illinois would have a similar effect to the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris earlier this year. “Honestly we would love to do something like the brother in Paris did,” he wrote in one message, the feds say.

And on Tuesday, both cousins met with the undercover agent and traveled to Hasan Edmonds’ National Guard base. “When they arrived, the three discussed, among other things, where soldiers at the installation trained,” the complaint states.

“Also during this meeting, Hasan Edmonds described the inside of the installation and which rooms they should avoid during the attack. Hasan Edmonds also entered the installation and retrieved a military training schedule, which he then gave to Jonas Edmonds.”

Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, the public affairs director of the Illinois National Guard, said that Hasan Edmonds reported to the guard’s Joliet base one weekend a month and that he did two weeks of active-duty training, typically in the summer.

He enlisted in August 2011 and had never deployed, but worked as a supply specialist that was part of a logistics unit that provides supplies and other services to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Leighton said. He added that Edmonds had last reported for duty earlier this month, but said that the guard’s focus was on “ensuring the safety of our soldiers, airmen and their families.”

In this courtroom sketch, Jonas M. Edmonds, left, and Hasan R. Edmonds, right, stand in front of an FBI agent as they appear at a hearing at federal court in Chicago, Thursday, March 26, 2015, following their arrests Wednesday on charges of conspiring with the Islamic State group. | (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)

In this courtroom sketch, Jonas M. Edmonds, left, and Hasan R. Edmonds, right, stand in front of an FBI agent as they appear at a hearing at federal court in Chicago, Thursday, March 26, 2015, following their arrests Wednesday on charges of conspiring with the Islamic State group. | (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)

If you have time, read through the Criminal Complaint.


Almost a year ago to the day: California: National Guard Reservist Arrested In Los Angeles Subway Jihad Plot

And surprising we haven’t seen more of this as Minnesota National Guard trying to recruit Somali Muslims.

Chicago Muslim Gets 18 Months, Then Deportation to Jordan for Lying About Terrorist Past

She was also an Obamacare navigator – where lying and fraud are key success factors.

via Rasmieh Odeh Sentenced to 18 Months In Prison, Then Deportation to Jordan :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

DETROIT – Rasmieh Odeh, a Palestinian woman who conceived of and led a deadly 1969 Jerusalem bombing plot that killed two civilians, has had her citizenship revoked and will serve 18 months in an American prison for naturalization fraud. Prosecutors had asked for her to serve five to seven years. Her defense maintains even her 18-month sentence in prison is “unjust.”

At Thursday’s sentencing hearing, both the courtroom and media overflow rooms were filled to capacity with over a hundred supporters from the larger Arab American community attending the hearing. Her support base anxiously tweeted a rolling commentary on the verbatim transcript of court proceedings being relayed to them online. “Just f..k the US justice system.” “The appellate judge(s) better be wiser than this douchebag” #RasmiehOdeh.

Odeh never would have been allowed into the United States, and never would have been naturalized as an American citizen, had immigration officials known about the 10 years she spent in Israeli prisons for helping bomb a Jerusalem supermarket, killing two Hebrew University students. But Odeh, 67, failed to disclose that history, checking “no” on her immigration and naturalization applications to questions that asked if she had ever been arrested, convicted or imprisoned.

Those false answers allowed her to live an idyllic life in America for 20 years. Her lies ultimately caught up with her, and the prosecutors, to their credit, initiated an investigation and prosecution that resulted in her conviction on one count of naturalization fraud last November.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism exposed Odeh’s terrorist history and spin strategy in a five-part video series, “Spinning a Terrorist Into a Victim.”

U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. Drain said Thursday that Odeh’s case was about “lying under oath” but had been “politicized” to make the Palestinian-Israeli conflict the “rallying point to engender sympathy.”

Regular naturalization fraud guidelines, in this case, recommend that Odeh serve 15-21 months in prison, but prosecutors urged Judge Drain to go far beyond those guidelines due to the nature of the crime she hid from authorities. A sentence of five to seven years fits the crime, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel argued, saying the original guideline range would fail to deter other terrorists who might consider seeking entry into the United States by failing to disclose their terrorist backgrounds.

Judge Drain cited the prosecution’s deterrence argument saying he wanted to “impose a sentence that will make people think twice before lying under oath to enter the country.” He chided Odeh saying, “you don’t have respect for the law.” He added that “people are watching this case” and he wanted to set a precedent that “promotes respect for the law.”

Judge Drain also said that Odeh not only committed perjury in how she filled out the application, claiming she thought it only applied to her time in the U.S., he also pointed out that she testified about her alleged “torture” and Israeli conviction despite repeated instructions by the court not to do so. For these actions, he not only revoked her citizenship, he sentenced her to 18 months in prison – still far below a prison term of five to seven years that the prosecution requested.

Read it all via IPT News.

Chicago: Muslim student arrested after sexually assaulting woman ‘Fifty Shades’ style

Fifty shades of sharia. via Sex assault charges tied to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie – Chicago Tribune.

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A University of Illinois at Chicago student leader has been charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in what Cook County prosecutors say was a re-enactment of scenes from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Freshman Mohammad Hossain, 19, appeared shocked after a Cook County judge set his bail at $500,000, walking back to the lockup with his mouth wide open.

The judge was taken aback after Hossain’s lawyer, assistant Cook County public defender Sandra Bennewitz, said Hossain had been involved with several UIC leadership programs, was a student ambassador to the alumni association and was on the triathlon team.

“Sandra, how can someone involved in all that let a movie persuade him to do something like this?” asked Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.

“He would say that it was consensual,” she replied.

Prosecutors said Hossain and the woman went to Hossain’s dorm room about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The two had “previously been intimate” but were not dating, said Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Karr.

Once inside his dorm, in the 900 block of West Harrison Street, Hossain allegedly asked the woman to remove her clothing and she did, keeping on her bra and underwear, Karr said. He then bound her hands above her head and to a bed with a belt, used another belt to bind her legs and stuffed a necktie into her mouth, Karr said.

Hossain used a knit cap to cover the woman’s eyes, Karr said, and removed the woman’s bra and underwear. He then began striking the woman with a belt. After hitting her several times, the woman told Hossain he was hurting her, told him to stop “and began shaking her head and crying,” said Karr.

Hossain continued striking the woman — including with his fists, according to an arrest report — and she managed to get one arm, and then another, free. But he then held her arms behind her back and sexually assaulted her as she continued to plead for him to stop, according to Karr.

Hossain’s roommate came home soon after the assault and, prosecutors said, Hossain held the door shut to prevent him from entering. The woman then left and told another person what happened, then called police.

Police arrested Hossain later that night in another dorm building in the 700 block of South Halsted Street, according to an arrest report. He was interviewed by UIC detectives and, according to Karr, admitted assaulting the woman and “doing something wrong.” He allegedly told police he and the woman were re-enacting scenes from “Fifty Shades of Grey.”


More: Answering Muslims has filled in where the media has failed, via Muslim Student Mohammad Hossain Arrested for Torturing Woman in “Fifty Shades of Grey” Re-Enactment at University of Illinois:

At 5:30 PM on Saturday, Mohammad Hossain arrived at his dorm room with a female student, whom he proceeded to torture and sexually assault. Later that evening, he posted on Facebook that he was “finally satisfied.”
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Hossain doesn’t post much on Facebook, but it’s clear from his “likes” that he considers himself a Muslim.

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He also “likes” Reza Aslan, Russell Brand, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and he’s vocal about “Islamophobia”…


More at the link.

 

Chicago: Imam resigns, flees U.S. after sex-abuse allegations

via Sex-abuse allegations against Chicago Muslim religious leader roils community – The Washington Post. h/t TROP

Allegations of sexual abuse by the longtime president of a leading Chicago-area Islamic school have roiled the region’s Muslims and raised questions about the reporting of sexual abuse in a close-knit religious community.

The allegations that Abdullah Saleem of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, a Chicago suburb, sexually abused an adult female school employee surfaced in December, when a leading Muslim scholar referred to them in a blog.

Elgin police confirmed Saturday that they are conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the school, but spokesman Cmdr. Ana Lalley said she could provide no further details.

Saleem, who has been a respected Muslim leader in Chicago for decades, has not been charged with any crime.

Mohammed Kaiseruddin, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago , the region’s most influential Muslim umbrella group, said Saleem has resigned from his post and been replaced by his son. He said Saleem left for his native India after the allegations surfaced, and he did not know if he had returned.

“I’ve known him for a very long time; it came as a shock to me,” Kaiseruddin said. “Many people found it unbelievable that he would be accused of something like this. I found it unbelievable, too, until I talked to a few other people and got the same story from all of them. Sometimes our weaknesses lead us to do unbelievable things.”

Numerous attempts to reach school officials for comment were unsuccessful.

While the allegations against Saleem are nowhere near the scale of the sexual-abuse scandal faced in recent years by the Roman Catholic Church, they have raised similar painful questions about the relationship between religious communities and law enforcement officials.

How could one imams actions near the scale of the entire Roman Catholic Church?

Junaid Afeef, a lawyer and Muslim leader in Chicago, said religious and community leaders, especially among the older generation, initially had a “circle-the-wagons” response to the allegations. He said at first they largely ignored them, then chose to investigate them themselves rather than go immediately to the police.

“That’s not their job,” Afeef said. “I wasn’t surprised, but I was a little disappointed.”

“This isn’t the ’80s or the ’90s anymore,” he said. “For a while we insisted on believing that sex abuse and rape don’t happen in our community, because we are Muslims and Muslims don’t do that. But now we know that whatever social ills exists in the broader world, exist in our community, too.”

Odd, imams around the world can be readily found on Youtube stating beating your wife is permitted in Islam as is forcing her to have sex (i.e., rape).

And this guy was as revered as they come in the “Muslim community.” The scale is getting heavier, via the ultra pro-Islam, terorr-defender at the NY Crimes, Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Imam Stir Rifts in Insular Illinois Community:

Over time, she said the touching became more aggressive, reaching a point that she did something almost unheard-of in her community. She told people: her family, a social worker, an Islamic scholar. Recently, she went to the police. As word spread of what she had told them, three other women came forward, telling detectives that as young girls they had been molested by Mr. Saleem.

[….]

The accusations are particularly jarring because of Mr. Saleem’s stature. “In the South Asian community, he is like Billy Graham. He’s the archbishop of Chicago,” said Omer Mozaffar, an Islamic scholar who serves as the Muslim chaplain at Loyola University Chicago and who acted as a mediator between Mr. Saleem and his first accuser last year.


 

Same thing happened in Florida: Head of Islamic school accused of raping middle school girls leaving one needing ‘surgical repair’.

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