Judge: There is a terrorist cell in Minneapolis and it is still alive today

Source: Terrorist cell is alive in Minneapolis, U.S. judge in ISIL case says | Star Tribune

In sentencing nine young Somali-Minnesotans on terror conspiracy charges this week, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis closed a chapter in the federal government’s long, extraordinary investigation of ISIL recruitment in Minnesota.

But the full story is far from over.

Clinton-appointed Judge Michael Davis

Clinton-appointed Judge Michael Davis

In nine hearings over three days before a courtroom packed with the families of the young men who sought to give their lives to ISIL, Davis repeatedly underlined a clear message: There is a terrorist cell in Minneapolis and it is still alive today.

Each day, Davis sought to extract acknowledgment from the young men that they were “terrorists,” and left no doubt as to his thoughts on whether they were simply misguided youths.

“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” Davis said one day, then, raising his voice: “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”

Saying the Minnesota public had “danced around” the issue, Davis described the cell’s size as being between nine to 20, including those sentenced last week and others killed abroad.

Later in the week, he raised eyebrows in the courtroom by telling one defendant that he noted “six to 10” supporters who attended previous hearings and insisted that “some defendants gave them signals.”

“I know they’re out there,” Davis said. “The community knows they’re out there.”

Federal prosecutors seemed to share Davis’ conviction. In an unusual development on Wednesday, they asked that two defendants, Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud, be returned to the courtroom after their hearings were finished. Prosecutors said both men flashed index fingers pointed upward as they faced the gallery on their way out, an apparent symbol of “tawhid” that symbolizes an Islamic concept of “oneness of God” but is also a popular symbol used by ISIL supporters.

Davis had created the nation’s first terrorism disengagement and deradicalization program earlier this year, contracting a German terrorism scholar to evaluate defendants before sentencing, assess their risk of recidivism and recommend any release programs that could provide an “off ramp” from radical thought or action.

Other defendants proposed various release programs, but Davis made clear that there was nothing suitable to impose as an official release program, let alone as an alternative to prison.

“You’re talking to the person that started things,” Davis told one attorney. “I know there’s nothing there. We don’t have anything in the U.S., we don’t have anything in the district of Minnesota and it’s questionable whether any programs around the world are working. That’s where we are at.”

Davis’ courtroom exchanges with defendants continued to detail how Minneapolis’ ISIL conspiracy stood out among the nation’s terror cases. One lesson, revealed because the Twin Cities group of defendants was so large, is that peer-to-peer recruiting can play a powerful role in the radicalization of young people. Defendant Zacharia Abdurahman referred to one of their colleagues who actually left for Syria and is presumed dead.

“When Abdi Nur left, that’s what changed the tides,” Abdurahman said. “I went from just being interested … to this is what I’ve got to do now.”

During Farah’s sentencing hearing, the judge made clear how much he thinks the community learned from the case.

“It’s on the record. There’s no denying of it,” Davis said. “Your own voice is on those tapes. Your voice here today is admitting to me what you have done. The litany of things that you did, the lies that you told should be published so there is no doubt about what is happening here today.”

The judge later explained his forcefulness — so direct that it surprised some attorneys — before sending Daud to prison: “We have to incapacitate this cell.”


Unfortunately the judge also said this during the trial, as we noted last week:

“I will fight anyone who says Islam is a dirty religion or one of violence. It is not,” Davis said.

You can’t incapacitate the cell until you incapacitate the Koran…and the mosques who preach from it.

Minnesota: Judge sentences last of 9 Muslim terrorists to 30+ years prison, then defends Islam as non-violent

After sentencing 9 more Muslims for their Islamic terrorist activities, the judge said this:

“I will fight anyone who says Islam is a dirty religion or one of violence. It is not,” Davis said.

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WTF. Source: Leader of Minnesota ‘terrorist cell’ gets 35 years in jail for plot to join ISIS

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota man described as a leader of a group of nine who plotted to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State (ISIS) group was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge who said he didn’t believe the man’s tearful apologies and words of contrition.

Two other members of what U.S. District Judge Michael Davis repeatedly called a “terrorist cell” — Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud, both 22 — were sentenced earlier Wednesday to 30 years in prison apiece. But Guled Omar, 22, drew the longest sentence of the nine defendants who appeared before Davis this week.

“I understand the seriousness of what I’ve been convicted of, and I understand that I will not be able to go home anytime soon,” Omar told the judge as he awaited his sentence, which ended up being less than the 40 years prosecutors sought. “I always had energy for justice as a young man but I lost my way.”

Omar’s statement sent his mother in the gallery into sobbing uncontrollably while other family members left the courtroom to collect their emotions. Davis didn’t buy it.

“Everything you have said here, I don’t believe,” Davis said.

Prosecutor Andrew Winter said Omar’s tears could not be trusted.

“Only when backed into a corner, does he attempt to offer false contrition. You can’t fix manipulative. You can’t fix deceitful. And you can’t fix Guled Omar. He has blood on his hands,” Winter said.

A jury convicted Omar, Farah and Daud in June of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S. Prosecutors said the plot involved of a group of friends in the state’s large Somali community who inspired each other to join the militant group. Some of their friends made it to Syria, but the nine who were caught did not.

Six other defendants, who pleaded guilty instead of going to trial, were sentenced Monday and Tuesday to terms ranging from time served to 15 years, with long terms of supervised release for all. The two who cooperated with federal investigators got the lightest sentences.

An emotional Daud begged his fellow young Muslims not to be blinded as he was and fall prey to jihadist ideology.

“I’m certainly not being persecuted for my faith. I was certainly not entrapped,” Daud said, hanging his head. “I was not going there to pass out medical kits or food. I was going strictly to fight and kill on behalf of the Islamic State.’

Clinton-appointed Judge Michael Davis

Bill Clinton-appointed Judge Michael Davis

Farah, whose 20-year-old brother, Adan Farah, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, told Davis he now disavows terrorist groups and realizes they don’t stand for peace.

“We ended up on a road nobody expected,” Farah said. “Your honor, that’s the allure and the dangers of terrorism.”

Minnesota has the largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S. — 57,000, according to census data — and the community has been a target for recruiters. The FBI has said about a dozen people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria in recent years. Before that, more than 22 men were recruited to al-Shabab in Somalia since 2007.

Davis, who has handled all of Minnesota’s terror conspiracy cases, said the resilience and vibrancy of Minnesota’s Somali-American community has made the state stronger and that the sentences he handed down were not an indictment of the community.

“I will fight anyone who says Islam is a dirty religion or one of violence. It is not,” Davis said. “I’ve been stern and harsh in my sentencing for good reason, which is to incapacitate this cell.”


We believed most of what Judge Davis said…until that. Is Davis following Koran 8.039?

And fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah;


More for Davis to contemplate.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.

It is very significant that the Sira devotes 67% of its text to jihad. Mohammed averaged an event of violence every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life. Jihad was what made Mohammed successful.

It is time for so-called intellectuals to get down to the basics of judging Islam by its actual doctrine, not making lame analogies that are sophomoric assertions. Fact-based reasoning should replace fantasies that are based upon political correctness and multiculturalism.

Minnesota: Muslim tells judge “I am a terrorist” as 3 more Muslims sentenced

Silence from Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison who continues to allow sharia and jihad to fester and grow in Minnesota. Source: Minnesota man gets 15 years in Islamic State case

Three Twin Cities men were sentenced to prison Tuesday for plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, as a federal judge concluded the second day of sentencings in a case that shined a light on terror recruiting in the state.

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Adnan Farah, 20, and Hanad Musse, 21, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Hamza Ahmed, 21, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that count and another count of financial aid fraud.

Musse – “I am a terrorist”

 

All three were also given at least 20 years of supervised release.

They are among nine men in Minnesota’s large Somali community who prosecutors say were part of a group of friends who inspired and recruited each other to join the militant group. Some of their friends made it to Syria, but the nine who were prosecuted did not.

Their sentencings in Minneapolis come a day after three of their co-defendants were sentenced, including two who cooperated with authorities and were given lighter penalties. Farah, Musse, Ahmed and the other man sentenced Monday all pleaded guilty but did not cooperate with prosecutors.

Three men who went to trial and were convicted on a more serious charge of conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S. will be sentenced Wednesday. That count carries a possible life sentence, but prosecutors are seeking sentences of 30 or 40 years.

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At his hearing, Farah, whose older brother is among those to be sentenced Wednesday, criticized the Somali community for not taking radicalization seriously. But prosecutors said he was shifting blame.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis addressed the courtroom and said he has no doubt there is a jihadi cell in

Minneapolis. He also addressed Farah’s parents, telling them their children lied.

“I would never want to be in your place, having two sons that are going to go to prison,” Davis said.

During his hearing, Musse apologized for lying to his family and said he committed a serious offense. The judge asked Musse directly whether he was a terrorist, and Musse replied: “I am a terrorist, your honor.”

Musse, Ahmed and two other men took a Greyhound bus from Minneapolis to New York in November 2014 and were stopped by federal agents as they tried to travel overseas from JFK Airport, according to authorities. The men were being watched as part of an ongoing investigation into terror recruiting.

Ahmed told the court on Tuesday that he was grateful he was pulled off the airplane, acknowledging it probably saved his life. He also acknowledged that he has some work to do.

“I want you to understand I am not completely changed,” Ahmed told Davis. “I’m in the process, but nobody changes overnight. I’m trying every day. I want to reach that point.”


More:

When the judge asked Musse why he didn’t cooperate with the government, he replied that he felt he would have lost the support of the community.

Because the Muslim community supports jihad.

Minnesota: Three Somali Muslims sentenced for trying to join Islamic State terrorists

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The first three in this cell. Source: Three Minnesota men sentenced for conspiring to join ISIS

Three Minnesota men convicted of plotting to join ISIS received prison sentences Monday ranging from 10 years in jail to time served.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis gave the 10-year sentence to  Zacharia Abdurahman, who pleaded guilty but did not cooperate with the government against the other members of what Davis called a “terrorist cell.”

Prosecutors had sought 15 years in jail for Abdurahman, who said he wasn’t willing to testify against his former friends.

Davis told Abdurahman he was giving him less partly because his parents have become active in the campaign against terrorist recruiting in Minnesota’s large Somali community.

Earlier Monday, Abdullahi Mohamed Yusuf, 20, was sentenced to the 21 months he’s already served in jail plus 20 years of supervised release. Abdirizak Warsame, 21, didn’t fare as well, but his sentence of 2½ years in prison was two years less than prosecutors sought.

The judge said it didn’t make sense to jail Yusuf, who pleaded guilty to a terror charge and testified against several of the others.

“I think we’ll miss the opportunity to help this young kid,” Davis said. “I hope I’m not wrong.”

“I will not let you down, your honor,” Yusuf told the judge. Earlier, Yusuf said he was “not the same naive 17-year-old” who was drawn into the conspiracy, and said he now rejects ISIS.

“ISIL’s ideology is flawed,” Yusuf said, using another acronym for the terror group. “There is nothing Islamic about their so-called state.”

Prosecutors had asked for 42 months, but U.S. Attorney Andy Luger praised Yusuf for cooperating with their case and told Davis he accepted the shorter sentence.

Davis was sterner with Warsame, who told the judge he had been manipulated. Davis said he didn’t buy Warsame’s claims that he’s no longer a radical.

But the judge said he didn’t buy Warsame’s claims that he’s no longer a radical, suggesting he cooperated only because he could have faced 15 years in prison. Davis characterized Warsame’s contention that he’d abandoned his jihadist ideology as merely “another chess move” by a skilled player.

“The problem I have with you is everything has seemed so smooth,” the judge said. “… Extremist ideology based on religion doesn’t disappear overnight, and you can’t convince me otherwise. And that’s what you’re trying to do.”

 “For the next round of sentencings, it’s going to be a whole different ballgame, so count your blessings,” Davis said.

Davis will sentence all nine men in the conspiracy this week in separate hearings. The remaining six will be sentenced Tuesday and Wednesday.

The sentencings cap a long court case that shined a light on terrorism recruitment in Minnesota. The state, with the largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S., has struggled with the issue in recent years. The FBI has said about a dozen people have left Minnesota to join militant groups in Syria in recent years. Before that, more than 22 men were recruited to al-Shabab in Somalia since 2007.

Prosecutors said the conspiracy of the nine began in spring 2014, when a group of friends began inspiring and recruiting each other to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Some succeeded in making the trip, but others didn’t. Six of the nine pleaded guilty. Three went to trial and were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S., which carries a possible life sentence.

The sentences sought this week ranged from just a few years for defendants like Yusuf, who admitted wrongdoing and was cooperative, to 40 years in prison for Guled Ali Omar, who was described as a leader.

Davis, who has handled all of Minnesota’s terror conspiracy cases, had several defendants evaluated by a German scholar on deradicalization and was taking those findings into consideration as he passed sentence.

Several community members wrote to the judge seeking leniency for some of the defendants, including Ilhan Omar, just elected in Minnesota last week as the nation’s first Somali-American state legislator. She wrote that imprisoning the men for decades could backfire and urged Davis instead to focus on rehabilitation.


ISIS’ ideology is no different that Mohammed’s and the Koran. So Yusuf clearly punked the judge. And the US Attorney praised this Muslim terrorist.

And that newly elected Muslim legislator is already working on behalf of Muslim terrorists and suggesting imprisoning jihadis could lead to…jihad.

Update 1: There were at least 9 Muslims in this terror cell. Seven other Muslims awaiting sentencing for the conspiracy that prosecutors said began in spring of 2014.

Update 2: There are at least 15 other cases being investigated.

 

Minnesota Elects Nation’s First Somali Muslim Lawmaker (Who Married Her Brother)

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Source: Election Results: Minnesota Elects Nation’s First Somali-American Lawmaker to Public Office – Southwest Minneapolis, MN Patch

Minnesotans in state district 60B made history Tuesday by electing the nation’s first Somali-American lawmaker. Ilhan Omar, 33, won handily Tuesday according the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

The Pioneer Press reported that Omar will represent a district in Minneapolis that’s home to the largest Somali population outside of the east African country.

The Star Tribune reported that originally born in Somalia, Omar and her family escaped civil war and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to Minneapolis. Omar has lived in the Somali-American neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside for nearly 20 years.

Omar and her supporters campaigned on the need to elect someone with new ideas and a fresh face that better represents the community.


Update: She’s already working on behalf of convicted Somali Muslim terrorists:

‘Ilhan Omar, just elected in Minnesota last week as the nation’s first Somali-American state legislator wrote to the judge seeking leniency for some of the defendants’


Previously:

Minnesota: “Historic” Muslim Primary Winner Reportedly Married Her Brother

Feds refuse to investigate Muslim Minnesota House candidate’s immigration fraud, marriage to brother

Minnesota’s Twin Cities Are Lost (To Islamic Insurgency)

Source: In This War Minnesota’s Twin Cities Are Lost – Understanding the Threat

After spending all of last week in Minnesota, UTT’s professional assessment of the enemy situation is this:  the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota – known as the “Twin Cities” – are in enemy-held territory.  They are, at least for the time being, lost – meaning, they are under the control of a collaborative jihadist/marxist element there.

Background

The jihadi network in America is documented by UTT here, here and here, as well as in Raising a Jihadi Generation.

The Islamic jihadi network in the United States includes the most prominent Islamic organizations in America, as well as most of the 3,000+ Islamic Centers/mosques, all of the 700+ Muslim Students Associations (MSAs), all of the Islamic Societies and Islamic Associations (Hamas), and a large number of the Islamic non-profits created in 1993 forward.

The purpose of the Islamic Movement here – per their stated doctrine – is to wage Civilization Jihad until America becomes an Islamic State under sharia (Islamic Law).

One of the most popular junior high school text book in Islamic schools in the United States (Emmerick, Yahya, 1999, What Islam is All About, page 382) states:

“The duty of Muslim citizens is to be loyal to the Islamic State.”

Enemy Strength

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in America.  It is estimated that over 125,000 Somalis live there, most of whom are in the Minneapolis area.  This community sent at least 22 Islamic jihadi fighters overseas to fight for the terrorist group Al Shabaab, although some estimate the number is closer to four dozen.

The  Cedar Riverside neighborhood is also called “Little Mogadishu” in reference to Somalia’s capital.  Some Minneapolis residents feel parts of their city have become like a third world nation.

Inside a 10 mile radius of Minneapolis city-center, there are at least 29 Islamic Centers/mosques, and an unknown number of home-mosques.  The Twin Cities area is home to Hamas organizations including CAIR and Islamic Associations.  The Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Associations (MSAs) are on at least 21 Minnesota college and university campuses. There are MSAs in at least 11 Minnesota high schools recruiting jihadis and turning public opinion towards the Palestinian Cause (Hamas) and away from Israel.

Other Muslim Brotherhood (jihadi) organizations in and around the Twin Cities area include the Islamic Societies in Woodbury and Willmar, the Muslim American Society (MAS), and others.

The Twin Cities is home to the first official organization representing Al-Azhar University in Egypt -the Islamic University of Minnesota (IUM).  Al-Azhar is the oldest and most authoritative school of Islamic jurisprudence on the planet.  At IUM students are taught that killing Jews, waging jihad, and imposing sharia on the world are obligations for all Muslims.

Minneapolis and St. Paul are also home to the Minnesota Dawah Institute.  This Institute focuses on spreading Islamic Dawah, the call to Islam, a mandatory requirement before jihad can be waged.

As a result of this invasion of Minnesota, the average Muslim on the street wants to overturn U.S. law and live by sharia.  This includes the open support of killing people who mock Mohammad, Islam’s prophet.  For a realistic view, see the Ami Horowitz short video on the streets of the Muslim Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, also known as the “West Bank” of the University of Minnesota, HERE.

Elected Leadership

Without exception, elected officials in the Twin Cities’ area have not only surrendered to local Islamic leaders, they are using the force of their positions to silence and attack Minnesota citizens who want to keep their freedom. Continue reading

Minneapolis: Muslims riot, attack cops during protest of HBO series on jihad recruitment

Religion of disturbing the peace. Courtesy of the Cliton’s.

Source: Protests break out in Minneapolis over HBO production | Minnesota Public Radio News  h/t Bare Naked

Rapper and singer K’naan faced a hostile reception from dozens of Somali-American protesters on Saturday at a block party in Minneapolis. He had just begun performing on a stage on Cedar Avenue, the beating pulse of the East African community, when demonstrators essentially shut him down.

The source of their hurt is K’naan’s latest project, an HBO series that several media reports have described as a drama about jihadi recruitment set in Minnesota, which also involves director Kathryn Bigelow.

“Him being a Somali, I would expect more of him,” said Filsan Ibrahim, 27, one of the organizers of the protest. “He has such a big platform. He could use his name and celebrity to change that narrative and say, ‘There’s more to us.'”

On Saturday, Ibrahim donned a purple scarf and grabbed a bullhorn to describe to the crowd what she anticipated from the cable TV show. “It’s going to be talking about how the Somali kids in Cedar are terrorists!” she cried.

K’naan left the stage before making a comment about “ignorant” people.

On Twitter, some pressed him to be more transparent about the project.

“There’s only so much one could talk about, when the work is yet to be made,” he responded.

K’naan is teaming up with Bigelow, director of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” At one point, the working title of the series was reportedly “The Recruiters.”

On Saturday, a number of Minneapolis police were working off-duty to secure the event. Ibrahim, the activist, said some officers began pushing the demonstrators.

Mohamed said he observed some individuals in the crowd throw items at police, including a football and what looked to be a glass bottle. Officers sprayed a chemical irritant, sending people to flush their eyes with containers of milk.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Catherine Michal said some also hurled rocks and a chair at officers. A Metro Transit police officer was hit in the head with an unknown object and was treated and released at a nearby hospital before finishing his shift, said the agency’s spokesman Drew Kerr.

By the end of the day, Minneapolis police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman on suspicion of riot. As of late Monday, which was the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the woman was being held at the Hennepin County jail. She could face gross misdemeanor charges on Tuesday.

Abdi Mohamed, a 22-year-old from St. Paul, came to document the performance and demonstration. After Mohamed sent K’naan a video link to the chaos that ensued — including tense skirmishes between police and demonstrators — the musician replied in a series of direct messages on Twitter.

“K’naan told me he wanted to show the more humane side of Somalis,” Mohamed said. “He said these narratives are already out there — people are already trying to push a blanket image of Somalis, a one-dimensional image.”

The artist assured Mohamed he wanted to depict the community “as they are — as mothers, fathers, as students.”

On the other hand, Mohamed said, Somali-Americans are simply exhausted of seeing themselves on screen.

“Whether it’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ or ‘Captain Phillips,’ there’s always this kind of imagery as Somalis and Muslims being the bad guy in a Hollywood blockbuster,” he said.


Rioting in Minnesota and attacking the police in opposition to shedding a light on Muslim terrorists in your midst is not only more bad guy imagery – it’s your violent reality.

The HBO show should whitewash and excuse it all away though.

PS: What MPR called a protest, that resulted in rioting charges, happened back in September.

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