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 | WWLP.com.

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?

 

Boston Bombers Twisted Statement To Victims: ‘I’m A Muslim, My Religion Is Islam’ ‘Praise Be To Allah’

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Muslim terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

via Militant Islam Monitor.

“Thank you, your Honor, for giving me the opportunity to speak. I would like to begin in the name of Allah, the exalted and glorious, the most gracious, the most merciful, ‘Allah’ among the most beautiful names. Any act that does not begin in the name of God is separate from goodness.

This is the blessed month of Ramadan, and it is the month of mercy from Allah to his creation, a month to ask forgiveness of Allah and of his creation, a month to express gratitude to Allah and his creation. It’s the month of reconcilliation, a month of patience, a month during which hearts change. Indeed, a month of many blessings.

The Prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings be upon him, said…”


bla bla bla bla bla bla bla. More dribble and Islamo-nausea at the link above.

Almost as nauseating, U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. said:

“Surely someone who believes that God smiles on and rewards the deliberate killing and maiming of innocents believes in a cruel god. That is not, it cannot be, the god of Islam,” O’Toole said.

Why can’t it and who is O’Toole to make that determination? Clearly he has not read the Koran or any other Islamic text.

Some of the victim’s families were closer to reality: Tsarnaev’s apologies hollow

Bill Richard, speaking in court, said Tsarnaev “chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death.”

Lynn Julian, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and permanent hearing loss in the twin blasts, called Tsarnaev’s “Oscar-type” speech “shocking.”

“I regret ever having wanted to hear him speak,” Julian said. “A simple, believable apology would have been nice, but there’s nothing simple in what he said … it seemed insincere.”

Peter Brown, the uncle to JP and Paul Norden — who both lost their right legs in the twin blasts — added: “It’s too little, too late. This cowardly, evil, diabolical plan had to be met with this sentence. This coward is now on death row.”

 

 

 

Boston imam denies radicalizing Muslims, despite his jihad-preaching videos

via Boston imam denies radicalizing faithful, despite video of fiery sermons

Several Boston-area terror suspects, including the man killed by police earlier this month as he allegedly sought to behead cops and two alleged associates, have frequently attended sermons given by firebrand imam whose message to the faithful doesn’t match the conciliatory tone he struck when contacted by FoxNews.com.

Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah in Roxbury, Mass., has been seen on videos of his fiery sermons exhorting worshipers to commit acts of violence in the name of Islam. In videos of Faaruuq preaching, the former Northeastern University chaplain appears to skirt the line between metaphor and incitement.

“You must grab onto the rope, grab onto the typewriter, grab onto the shovel, grab onto the gun and the sword,” he railed in one video reviewed by FoxNews.com. “Don’t be afraid to step out into this world and do your job.”

It is not known if convicted or suspected terrorists including the Boston Marathon bombers, Usaamah Rahim, who was brandishing a knife when police shot him on June 2 or two men who have since been charged in the same plot heard sermons like these, but all have attended prayers with Faaruuq. The imam has been on the radar of researchers at Americans for Peace & Tolerance (APT), a conservative group devoted to exposing Islamic extremism, since 2009. Ilya Feoktistov, director of research at the organization, says he first spotted Faaruuq at a rally in support of now-convicted terrorist, Tarek Mehanna, who was convicted for providing material support to Al Qaeda and conspiring to kill Americans.

“We knew he was a prominent Imam in the Boston Muslim community,” Feoktistov told FoxNews.com. “We were concerned as to what he might be teaching.”

Usaama Rahim, 26, who reportedly was obsessed with killing anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller, allegedly plotted with Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Warwick, R.I., and David Wright, 25, of Everett, Mass., to help ISIS by killing U.S. citizens. Rovinski was arrested Thursday, and appeared in court Friday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. Wright was arrested last week on a conspiracy charge and is due in court June 19.

In addition to preaching at the Mosque for the Praising of Allah, Faaruuq gave sermons at the mosque that Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended.

When FoxNews.com reached out to Faaruuq to ask about his teachings, including the sermon in which he mentions taking up the “gun and the sword,” the imam said he was simply advising his followers to learn to protect themselves.

“You have to do your job to maintain the peace,” he said. “We all need to pitch in to make this better, or our future will be increasingly gloomy. Get involved in the work you do to lift heavy oppression.”

Neither the Boston police nor the FBI would comment on Faaruuq. But one active member of Boston’s Muslim community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Faaruuq’s words were not ambiguous.

“There are two types of people in Islam; radicals, and those that are peaceful,” the man said. “We never talk of killing, and never talk of taking out our ‘swords,’ even as a symbolic measure.”

The man said sermons like those given by Faaruuq are calibrated to stoke rage and promote radicalism.

“For a young mind, these statements carry weight,” he said. “That young mind now thinks it can change the world with the sword.”

Still, in addition to attracting young men who gravitated toward killing in the name of Allah, Faaruuq has also defended known terrorists to his flocks. Americans for Peace & Tolerance provided FoxNews.com with another video in which Faaruuq told his congregation it must defend MIT graduate Aafia Saddiqui, known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” who is serving 86 years in prison for attempting to kill FBI agents in Afghanistan and planning a chemical attack on New York City. ISIS tried to trade American journalists Stephen Sotloff and James Foley for Saddiqui before beheading the men last year.

In the video, Faaruuq praises Saddiqui effusively.

“They say she took up a machine gun while they held her captive in the other room and was ready to attack her captors,” he said. “What a brave woman she is. And if my mother was in the same place, she would have taken her West Indian machete and cut her way through those kafirs (infidels).”

But when Fox News asked Imam Faaruuq about his relationship with Aafia Saddiqui, he explained that he never intended to defend the convicted terrorist, but rather look deeper into her situation.


Faaruuq is this guy > Northeastern U’s Muslim Chaplain Removed After Video Exposes Support for Terrorists and this guy > Boston U Muslim Chaplin Raising Funds for Al Qaeda.

 

Rhode Island Muslim convert charged in plot to behead Pamela Geller

via New charges for suspects in Boston terror case – CNN.com

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Federal prosecutors announced new charges Friday against two men accused in the Boston terror attack plot foiled last week when officers killed suspect Usaamah Rahim.

David Wright and Nicholas Rovinski are accused of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, the Department of Justice said Friday.

Rovinski and Wright are accused of plotting with Rahim to carry out violent attacks inside the United States in support of ISIS, the extremist Islamic group that occupies parts of Iraq, Syria and Libya and which has encouraged its followers to stage “lone wolf” terror attacks around the world.

Rovinski, of Everett, Massachusetts, was arrested Thursday night without incident, according to Boston FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera. He was scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate Friday afternoon. Wright, who is also charged with obstruction of justice, was arrested shortly after Rahim’s June 2 death. He is set for a June 19 court date.

The plot unraveled last week when authorities — who had been secretly listening in on Rahim’s telephone conversations — concluded an attack on police officers was imminent.

When officers confronted Rahim, he pulled a knife, and after they initially backed away from him, officers fired upon the attacker, killing him.

Law enforcement believed Rahim, Wright and Rovinski had been radicalized by ISIS and initially planned for Rahim to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller. But Rahim switched targets and decided to knife police officers instead, because they were more accessible, according to the FBI and prosecutors.

During questioning, Wright waived his Miranda rights and spoken openly with police, the FBI has said. In his arrest affidavit, Rovinski is not named but described as attending a meeting on May 31 with Rahim and Wright on a beach in Rhode Island, where the three discussed “their plans,” including the idea of beheading Geller.

In March, Rovinski had shared with CNN his Islamist extremist beliefs and motivation to act on them.

A producer exchanged messages with Rovinski, and during the conversation, the Rhode Island resident described exchanges with an alleged ISIS fighter who urged him to come to Iraq and Syria and join the terrorist group.

The communications were part of research into Americans identifying with jihadists online. Rovinski told CNN he considered following the fighter’s call.

On his Twitter account, the Rhode Island resident spoke out against the United States: “Living amung (sic) the enemy.”

“Who wishes to see flag of tawheed upon white house,” he wrote on March 28. Tawheed, a fundamental principle and saying of Islam, is also a favorite inscription on jihadi flags — namely ISIS and al Qaeda.

In an online conversation, he said, “I am not violent at heart but push the wrong button and its (sic) not pretty.”

On his Twitter account were messages directed at people connected with ISIS, including Mujahid Miski, the online alias of Mohamed Abdullahi Hasan, a former Minnesotan believed to be fighting with Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Miski also had been in direct contact with Alan Simpson, one of the two shooters in the Texas attack on Geller’s “Draw Your Own Mohammed” event in May.

Rovinski told CNN in the online exchanges that he would attend services at a mosque near his home but said he never shared his fundamentalist interpretation of Islam with his imam. Prior to his conversion to Islam, he said he was agnostic, but sought “truth and guidance” and found Islam.

h/t Answering Muslims who writes:

Nicholas Rovinski used to be an agnostic. Then he converted to Islam. Now he’s in jail for being part of a plot to behead Pamela Geller. He was even in contact with Alan Simpson, one of the jihadists killed in Texas while attempting to storm Geller’s art exhibit.

As a Muslim, Rovinski enjoyed playing the guitar, studying outdoor survival, and watching The Deen Show. Any idea how a devout young Muslim convert could ever conclude that his religion commands him to kill critics of Islam? (Hint: Muhammad ordered his followers to kill critics of Islam.)

Boston Muslims plotted to behead cops, anti-jihad blogger (video)

via Court documents: Boston suspect plotted to kill cops – CNN.com.

(CNN)Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.

But Rahim, a 26-year-old security guard who officials believe was radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, decided instead to target the “boys in blue,” a reference to police, according to court documents.

“I can’t wait that long,” he said of the original beheading plan, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

Geller drew national attention last month after an off-duty police officer working security thwarted an attack at her organization’s contest for Prophet Mohammed drawings in Garland, Texas. She’s president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which includes subsidiary programs Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamization of Nations.

“They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily,” Geller told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

“This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?”

Geller said that she’s had an “army of security” since last month’s thwarted attack.

“This is what is required just to show a cartoon in America, 2015,” she said. “It’s striking. It’s devastating, and people need to understand what’s at stake. I mean, if we surrender on this point, what will we surrender next?”

About two hours before Rahim’s confrontation Tuesday with officers on a Boston street, he allegedly told an associate he was “going to … go after them, those boys in blue. ‘Cause … it’s the easiest target,” the documents say.

Rahim’s alleged associate, David Wright, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday to face a charge of obstructing a federal investigation by destroying electronic evidence on Rahim’s smartphone. A detention hearing was scheduled for June 19 after prosecutors said he was a flight risk.

Wright allegedly attempted to destroy co-conspirator Rahim’s cell phone and conceal evidence of their plans, according to the documents. Wright faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted.

Rahim purchased three military fighting knives with blades longer than 8 inches on Amazon.com, the court documents said.

“I just got myself a nice little tool,” Rahim allegedly told his associate, according to the court documents. “You know it’s good for carving wood and … carving sculptures.”

In a recorded conversation, the two men are then heard laughing.

Rahim was not on the phone at the time of the shooting and was not shot in the back, as had been reported by a relative, according to clergy and civic leaders who met with authorities earlier Wednesday.

Authorities showed surveillance video of the incident during an unusual meeting with religious and civil rights leaders in an attempt to allay community concerns about the shooting.

“What the video does reveal to us very clearly is that the individual was not on the cell phone, the individual was not shot in the back and that the information reported by others that that was the case was inaccurate,” Darnell Williams, president and chief executive of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, said at a news conference with the police commissioner and others.

Rahim’s brother has posted on social media that the suspect was on the phone with their father Tuesday and was shot three times in the back during the confrontation with police.

Williams said prosecutors want Rahim’s family to see the video before showing to the public.

The religious and civic leaders said Rahim appeared to be shot three times — in the shoulder, abdomen and chest. Police had earlier reported that he was struck two times.

The FBI-led task force had been watching Rahim and two associates also believed to be radicalized, according to a law enforcement official. Rahim had been monitored for at least a couple of years. Investigators were talking to the associates, and various locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were being searched, officials said.

The Rhode Island raid was connected to a third person believed to be associated with David Wright and Usaamah Rasim, according to two federal law enforcement sources. The third person was connected by more than just an “Internet relationship,” one law enforcement source said. The sources did not provide a name for the individual they were investigating.

The FBI is still investigating whether more people are connected with the three.

More via: Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller blames mosque for radicalization of Boston terror suspect who was plotting to behead her

In a phone conversation recorded by the FBI, Rahim told Wright: ‘I’m just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue’.

A sworn affidavit from an FBI terrorism investigator also revealed on Wednesday that Wright and Rahim laughed about extremist beheadings as they plotted to carry out an imitation killing with a local cop. 

Wright appeared in federal court on Wednesday where he was ordered to be held on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct a federal investigation after allegedly conspiring to destroy Rahim’s smart phone.

The 25-year-old advised Rahim to destroy his computer and smartphone to ensure there was no record of the plot, the affidavit said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans defended Rahim’s fatal shooting, saying it “could have saved not only police officers’ lives, but who knows where it could have gone also.”

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