MacArthur Foundation awards $425,000 to Sharia project at Harvard Law

Clearly, the MacArthur Foundation is failing at its most basic of principles, as stated on their website:

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights…

Sharia law does just the opposite. Let them know the truth.

via: MacArthur Foundation awards $425,000 to SHARIAsource project led by Intisar Rabb – Harvard Law Today h/t TROP

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $425,000 over two years for the development of SHARIAsource—an online Islamic law resource founded and directed by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabb, who is also a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

SHARIAsource is built on a model of broad collaboration, calling on the resources of the Harvard Law School Library, other educational institutions, and expert scholars of Islamic law around the world to build a clearinghouse that collects the research and highlights the expertise and scholarship of each. The initiative is housed at Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program and operates in partnership with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, bringing together the substantive and technical expertise of both communities with an “expert crowd-sourced model” with contributions from experts in Islamic law as well as scholars of comparative constitutional law, legal history, and other related fields.

The SHARIAsource team of legal experts, scholars, and developers is led by Editor-in-Chief Intisar Rabb. She shared the major news of the MacArthur award at a project convening conference last month, at which some thirty scholarly, policy, and media experts met to chart the future of SHARIAsource. This grant is in addition to $400,000 from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, announced late last spring.

“Professor Rabb’s vision and commitment are the driving force behind this important effort to share primary sources of Islamic law and expert commentary from around the world,” said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School. “SHARIAsource is a flagship project for ILSP, and this superb grant will ensure its effective development.”

“Never has it been more important to present the public with accurate, well-documented historical evidence about Islamic law. With misconceptions abounding, Professor Rabb’s impressive project has much to teach us all,” said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute. “I congratulate her on this endorsement of her pathbreaking work and am proud to have her as a Radcliffe Professor at Harvard, in residence as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute this academic year.”

“The Berkman Center is committed to rigorous scholarship, developing innovative tools, and facilitating public discourse in its many forms,” said Urs Gasser, Berkman’s executive director. “SHARIAsource, with its entrepreneurial spirit, is a great example of this, and the MacArthur Foundation’s generous support will help sustain this important endeavor.”

The MacArthur Foundation Grant will allow SHARIAsource to further facilitate advanced scholarship and policy analysis relating to Islamic law, and to grow its online repository of primary source material. SHARIAsource is in an intensive growth and development phase with a public launch expected in 2016.

Intisar Rabb said: “We were delighted to receive this funding from MacArthur because it ensures that the vision I and many of us have for SHARIAsource can take shape in ways that will inform important academic, policy, and public conversations about Islamic law. We are so excited to move forward together with the network of scholars, students, coders, and other contributors to this effort.”

Rabb is your run of the mill socialist/leftist turned Muslim. Discover the Networks on Rabb:

According to her biographical sketch, Rabb’s academic interests include Islamic law, American constitutional law, and American criminal law.

…she blames America for doing too little to address the hardships created by Katrina; she chides America for spending too little money on “fair and affordable housing measures, small business incentive programs, public welfare and social security plans, educational reforms and healthcare initiatives”; and she urges lawyers to provide pro bono legal services to criminals in American jails.

She’s profiting handsomely from her sharia.

Massachusetts: Saudi national arrested, terrorized 15-year old girl for sex

Likely a Muslim student visa scofflaw – with other victims. via Saudi national allegedly used lewd pictures to blackmail Danvers teenager – The Boston Globe

A Saudi national who attended college in Indiana is facing charges that he posed as a female online to obtain nude photos of a Danvers teenager and later threatened to distribute the pictures unless the girl agreed to have sex with him, officials said.

Abdulrahim Altalhi, 20, was indicted Wednesday on charges including attempted extortion, enticement, electronic enticement for prostitution, and posing a child in a state of nudity, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office.

His Superior Court arraignment has not been scheduled, and he remains held on $750,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month in Salem District Court.

According to authorities, Altalhi contacted the alleged victim online in January and persuaded the 15-year-old girl to send him nude photos. He allegedly used the pictures in an effort to blackmail “the victim to agree to have sex with a man, later identified as the defendant,” said a spokeswoman for Blodgett.

The girl’s family contacted police, and Altalhi was arrested before any sexual acts occurred, authorities said.

His lawyer, John Salsberg, said Altalhi was traveling back to school when he was taken into custody at a Chicago airport. The date of his arrest was unclear Friday.

Salsberg declined to discuss the allegations, except to say that Altalhi will plead not guilty in Superior Court.

Officials identified Altalhi as a student at the University of Evansville in Indiana, but a school spokesman said he did not enroll this semester.

Salsberg said Altalhi attended the university on a scholarship and comes from a “modest background” in Saudi Arabia.

“His parents were just here this last week,” Salsberg said. “He has their full support and love.”

Danvers police referred questions to Blodgett’s office.

More via  Abdulrahim Altalhi indicted on several charges


 DANVERS, Mass. —A Danvers teenager was blackmailed into sending nude photos and videos of herself, leading to the arrest of a Saudi Arabian national, police said.
Police said Abdulrahim Altalhi, who was posing as a teenager from London, convinced the 15-year-old Danvers girl to send pictures and videos online.
He then threatened to send the pictures to friends and family if she didn’t send more, police said.According to court documents, he told the teen, “Don’t say anything you will regret.”

Police said they were able to use Facebook to track him down.

The teen went to police after he followed through with one of the threats, and sent pictures to her sister, police said.

That’s when the girl and her father went to police.

Altahli is now in jail and has been indicted by a grand jury on several charges.

Boston Globe in Cover-up of Islamist Network in New England

Source: Peace and Tolerance

We at APT have met with Globe journalists many times, and with the entire Globe Spotlight Team consisting of top reporters and editors. We showed them documents linking the Islamic Society of Boston to terror groups and we played for them videos of hateful sermons against Jews, Christians and America. The Globe has a PC narrative that simply will not abide facts that contradict it. They still refuse to tell the citizens of Boston what they know about radical Islamists in the Hub.

Frank Gaffney’s piece proves the point decisively and with eloquence:

Having now become a city seemingly synonymous with homegrown jihadists, Boston’s paper of record continues to go back to the very enablers who recruit and indoctrinate young men and women as the go to source for all things Muslim in Boston.

We’re talking about the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), a network of mosques and Islamic organizations, founded and managed by Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups, that have been the incubators for more than a dozen known terrorists and radicals, including Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Consider the Boston Globe’s recent piece, by religion reporter Lisa Wangsness, on a “new generation” of Muslim leaders for the Boston area leading the charge for “civil rights.” But in reality all appearances suggest that this new generation is the same as the old, which means tied to Muslim Brotherhood outfits.

Americans have been repeatedly instructed to “See something, say something,” when it comes to terrorism activity. Yet when it comes to the jihadist record of the Islamic Society of Boston, CAIR, and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, the Boston Globe seems to prefer the slogan, “hear no evil, see no evil.”

Read the whole thing here.


Muslim Organizations in U.S. Protest Toothless Counterterrorism Measures

via New English Review.

Rose Nguyen writes in the Boston Globe:

Islamic and civil rights groups in Boston and two other cities spoke out Thursday against a federal government initiative to counter violent extremism, saying it unfairly targets the nation’s Muslim communities.

Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis were chosen last fall as sites for the program known as Countering Violent Extremism, which is designed to reduce the risk of young people being recruited by extremist groups. The organizations that convened Thursday on City Hall Plaza — including the Council on American-Islamic Relations Massachusetts Chapter, the Muslim Justice League, and other social justice organizations — said the federal program is pocked with shortcomings.

“There’s no evidence programs like this are effective,” said Liza Behrendt, organizing consultant for Jewish Voice for Peace, an antidiscrimination group. “It’s a federal program that singles out Muslim communities and reinforces false notions of the link between Islam and terrorism.”

Nadeem A. Mazen, a Cambridge city councilor, called the program “authoritarian.” He urged an alternative approach that would increase community engagement and community policing, rather than using “violent practices like surveillance and racial profiling.”

Shannon Erwin, cofounder of the Muslim Justice League, said the program could rely on false indicators to identify potential at-risk youths, targeting people who grow beards, express interest in foreign policy, and adhere to strict religious beliefs.

But community organizations participating in the campaign to combat extremism denied that the initiative engages in discriminatory practices.

“I’m not aware of a checklist of indicators people are supposed to follow,” said Robert Trestan, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Boston. The initiative to counter extremism “is relatively new in this country. It’s not fair to judge it yet and be overly critical.”

According to Trestan, the Boston program is inclusive, “informed by all segments of society,” and incorporates the voices of community organizations, faith-based groups, neighborhood associations, Muslim organizations, and law enforcement officials.

Said Ahmed, founder of United Somali Youth, disagrees, saying the conversation between the government program and members of the community has been limited. The initiative, he said, “is not open to all people. Our community cannot give feedback,” said Ahmed, whose group aims to empower immigrant youths.

The office of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz rejected assertions that the Boston program is singling out groups.

“The local effort does not focus on any one form of violent extremism, and does not identify a particular community as being more vulnerable or at risk of engaging in violent extremism,” said Brandy Donini-Melanson, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office, in an e-mail.

Therein lies the problem. It SHOULD be targeted at Muslims. DHS was created to prevent MUSLIM terrorist attacks after the MUSLIM terror attack of 9/11.

Since this CVE charade was created, Muslim terror plots and attacks have increased significantly.

It should be noted that terror-linked Muslim groups have never supported stopping jihad in the U.S.:

Boston Muslim Leaders Boycott Obama’s Plan to Counter Violent (Islamic) Extremism


Boston: Muslim in jihad plot indicted on weapons charges, but not terrorism

This was the great July 4th ISIS threat? And not even a single terrorism related charge (despite the incorrect WWLP article title)? Was all the July 4 terror hype just government fear-mongering to obscure Obama’s other agendas? via Adams man indicted on terrorism charges |

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP/WWLP) — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts.

Federal prosecutors said a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Massachusetts. The indictments had been expected after Ciccolo’s arrest July 4.

Authorities said Ciccolo plotted to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and was arrested after he received four guns he ordered from a government witness. Prosecutors said Ciccolo also stabbed a nurse with a pen at a jail after his arrest, resulting in the assault charge.

Ciccolo’s lawyer, David Hoose, says his client denies all the allegations and will plead not guilty next week.

He’ll get maybe ten years of sharia-compliant, jihadist ideology training…at taxpayer expense. By then the jihad in America should be in full swing.

Click Here to read the full indictment.

BOSTON – An Adams man has been charged in an Indictment in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIL. A grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield indicted Alexander Ciccolo, a/k/a Ali Al Amriki, 23, on one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and one count of assault with a deadly weapon and causing bodily injury to a person assisting an officer of the United States in the performance of official duties. The latter charge stems from Ciccolo’s alleged attack of a nurse during a jail intake process after his arrest.


Ali Al Amriki

Ali Al Amriki

Son of Boston Police Captain Converts to Islam, Arrested in ISIS-inspired Jihad Plot

What is it with libs and Islam? via Son of Boston Police Captain Arrested as Possible Terrorist – ABC News.

The estranged son of a respected Boston police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., was taken into custody on gun charges after buying two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI confidential informant, federal officials said.

In a search of his apartment, officials reported they found it loaded with possible bomb-making equipment including a pressure cooker, a variety of chemicals, an alarm clock, along with “attack planning papers” and “jihad” paperwork. FBI agents said he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki and neighbors said he was a recent convert to Islam.

“This is a very bad person arrested before he could do very bad things,” one senior federal official briefed on the arrest told ABC News.

According to the FBI, Ciccolo attempted to stab a nurse in the head with a pen during a routine screening, “leaving a hole in the nurse’s skin.”

An FBI affidavit said Ciccolo initially planned to travel to “another state” and use a pressure cooker bomb “to conduct terrorist attacks on civilians, members of the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel.” The FBI said the attack location was later changed to a town with a state university and would be concentrated on “college dorms and cafeteria, to include executions of students, which would be broadcast live via the internet.”

Ciccolo’s father is Boston police Captain Robert Ciccolo, a veteran commander assigned to Operations at Boston Police headquarters who was one of those to respond to the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. According to the FBI, the younger Ciccolo said he was “inspired” by the Marathon bombing and the use of pressure cooker bombs, and told the FBI undercover operative, “Allahu Akbar!!! I got the pressure cooker today.”

Law enforcement officials said Capt. Ciccolo alerted counter-terrorism authorities about a year ago that his son, with whom he had had minimal contact for several years, “was going off the deep end” and “spouting extremist jihadist sympathies.”

According to the affidavit of an FBI agent, the younger Ciccolo recently stated that he is, “not afraid to die for the cause,” and that he characterized America as ”Satan” and “disgusting.”

Capt. Ciccolo did not respond to a request for comment but late Monday the Ciccolo family posted a statement on the Boston Police Department’s website.

“While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son’s intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others,” the statement reads. “At this time, we would ask that the public and the media recognize our grief and respect our desire for privacy.”

According to the FBI affidavit, Ciccolo posted a photo of a dead American soldier and wrote, “Thank you Islamic State. Now we won’t have to deal with these kafir back in America.” Kafir is a reference to non-believers of Islam. In a meeting with an FBI cooperating witness, Ciccolo praised the recent terror attack on a beach resort in Tunisia that killed 39 people, according to the FBI affidavit. “Awesome. Awesome, you that ah, that brother in Tunisia was impressive,” Ciccolo allegedly said.

The younger Ciccolo is scheduled to be in court in Springfield, Massachusetts Tuesday morning for a detention hearing. He was quietly arraigned last Monday on the gun charges, according to documents filed in federal court today. Ciccolo has been held at the Wyatt federal lockup in Rhode Island since his arrest.

What mosque did he attend? Who helped him convert?

It should be noted that again we see the non-Muslim parents reporting their jihad-espousing Muslim child to the authorities. Conversely, when Muslims are arrested, Muslim parents deny, defend, deflect and blame the authorities.

Massachusetts: Afghan soldier who deserted training in U.S. granted “asylum”

There’s a ready-made Muslim refugee city in Ohio waiting for him. via Carr: Dependence Day celebration for Afghan deserter | Boston Herald. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

Afghan army deserter Jan Arash hit the jackpot last week — he’s been granted “asylum” in the U.S., which means he can now go on welfare, bring his entire family over from their Third World hellhole and put them on the dole, too, forever.

“He’s overjoyed,” said his lawyer.

And why wouldn’t he be?

This is what millions of Third Worlders aspire to — a permanent vacation at U.S. taxpayer expense. Call it the Tsarnaev lottery, only it’s not a lottery because there’s no element of chance. The illegals always win — and America loses.

You may recall that this yellow traitor to his country was one of three Afghan soldiers who came to Camp Edwards on Cape Cod last year, purportedly to study emergency planning. They quickly fled to Zachary’s Pub, a local strip club in Mashpee. It didn’t take more than one or two lap dances to decide to remain here in the Great Satan forever.

How you gonna keep ’em down on the jihad once they’ve seen Zachary’s? And once they find out that … everything’s on Uncle Sam, including the “back rubs”?

They deserted and took a cab to Niagara Falls — $1,600! Then they demanded asylum. One was allowed to stay in Canada, which is Canada’s problem. The other two, including Arash, were jailed after they claimed asylum on the grounds that they were afraid of the Taliban.

Arash’s lawyer, Matthew Borowski, defended his client Friday, telling my producer, “These men really fought side by side with Americans.”

Yes, right up until the moment they deserted.

“We owe them a duty to protect them.”

Protect them from what exactly? I could have sworn we won the war in Afghanistan.

Last December Obama bragged that he had brought the conflict to a “reasonable conclusion,” and that “we are safer, and our nation is more secure.”

It must be true, because Obama never lies. After all, if you like your doctor …

The first immigration judge apparently took Obama at his word, because he ordered the two deserters deported. But there’s a saying that the immigration process is never over until the illegal alien has won. Sure enough, an appeals court has handed this first foreign freeloader a get-out-of-jail-free card.

I asked Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies which welfare bennies this bum is now eligible for.

There isn’t room enough here to list every handout spelled out by the official fact sheet of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The Arash family will get eight months of instant money called Refugee Cash Assistance, and eventually they will be transitioned to state welfare programs. (Jobs? You’re kidding, right?)

Vaughan said Arash’s reward for desertion may include SSI, SNAP, TANF, Medicaid and 
Section 8 public housing.

The full Tsarnaev, in other words.

Oh, and here’s a bonus. Once the freeloader gets settled in on the dole, he can get “advanced parole,” as Vaughan calls it, which enables him to go on vacation back to the country where he was being “persecuted.” This was what Speedbump Tsarnaev did — use welfare cash to journey back to his Muslim homeland and learn how to become a terrorist and kill the Americans who had taken him in and given him and his crime family a free ride forever.

Arash can only bring in his wife and family immediately, and they of course will be eligible for welfare from the moment they arrive. But the rest of his relatives can apply for visas (and they’re handing them out at the U.S. embassy in Kabul like M&M’s on Halloween). Once they get to the U.S. they, too, can demand “asylum” — from work.

“That’s how the Tsarnaevs got here,” Vaughan said. “Only 30 percent of the stories these people tell check out.”

I would have guessed it would have been more like 3 percent.

The government has decided that gender is based solely on “self-identification.”

Ditto, race — just ask Sen. Elizabeth Warren. So can U.S. citizens now “self-identify” as asylees or refugees and go on the full Tsarnaev, getting everything for free, up to and including “briefings on their entitlement to publicly supported refugee services”?

Yesterday was Independence Day. Today, I guess, is Dependence Day, at least for Jan Arash and tens of millions like him. And now there’s only one question left for this newest foreign leech on the dole.

Does Zachary’s accept EBT cards for lap dances?



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