FBI: NYC/NJ Bomber’s Father Never Contacted Us, “At No Time” Discussed Son’s Interest in Jihad

Remember all those headlines and video snippet’s of Ahmad Rahami’s father last weekend claiming he reported his son to the FBI?

The media never bothered to fact-check the claim and according to the FBI, the father was lying. h/t @paulsperry_

It was the FBI who initiated contact with the bomber’s father, as the facts slowly trickle in midway through an AP article praising the father’s imam. Source: Associated Press 

A senior FBI official pushed back against Mohammad Rahami’s claim to have warned agents about his son.

FBI agents interviewed the father in 2014 after Ahmad Rahami’s arrest on charges — later dropped — that he stabbed one of his brothers in the leg. The FBI initiated contact because the father had expressed concern to someone following that episode over his son’s internet use and some of his associates.

But in interviews with agents, Mohammed Rahami “at no time” discussed his son’s radicalization or potential interest in al-Qaeda, the Taliban or their propaganda, according to the FBI official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case by name and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When Ahmad Rahami was arrested, prosecutors said he was carrying a journal that praised Osama bin Laden and other Muslim extremists, fumed about what he saw as the U.S. government’s killing of Muslim holy warriors and declared, “Death to your oppression.”

More from the NYT:

When agents first interviewed the elder Mr. Rahami on Aug. 26, they asked him about his comments to the local police, according to some of the officials.

The father told them that he was referring to gangsters and criminals, not terrorists, the officials said.

But Mr. Rahami’s father told the F.B.I. that he had walked by his son’s room and observed him watching a YouTube video of explosions, the officials said. It was unclear what kind of explosions were in the video.

On Sept. 12, 2014, the F.B.I. returned and told the father that his son had been cleared of any connection to terrorism, and on Sept. 19, the review was formally closed. The father said he was not surprised by the F.B.I.’s findings. He repeated that his son was not a terrorist but had been hanging out with “bad people,” officials said.

When told on Thursday that law enforcement officials contradicted his version of events, he said, “It’s a lie,” and that he stood by his account.

Relatives of NYC Bomber Posted Jihadi Images on Facebook; Wife Left US Days Before Attack

Jihad – it’s a family affair. Just like the Muslim who slashed a NYC cop days earlier.

Source: Relatives Of Bombing Suspect May Have Posted Jihadi Images – Vocativ By Jacob Steinblatt

Two people who appear to be related to Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man arrested in connection to Saturday’s bombings in Chelsea and New Jersey, shared images in support of Islamist militancy on Facebook, according to Vocativ analysis. The posters share the suspect’s surname and seem to have lived in the New Jersey apartment raided by police on Monday morning.

Mohammad Khan Rahami, who said online that he lived above the chicken restaurant run by the suspect’s family, shared an image around three years ago that appears to support jihad. The picture shows foreign fighters training in Syria, with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad. “I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life,” reads the quote, which is often shared on social media by jihadists. A reverse image search leads to a forum affiliated with Islamist and jihadist sympathizers.

That user, Mohammad Khan Rahami, checked in on Facebook more than two years ago at First American Fried Chicken, which is run by the bombing suspect’s family, telling a friend that he’d lived there. On Monday morning, the apartment above the restaurant was raided by law enforcement, after a bomb went off at a nearby train station.

Mohammad Khan Rahami’s Facebook profile shows connections with other possible members of the Rahami family. A second possible relative, known as Nasim Rahami, tagged in a family picture shared on Mohammad Rahami’s profile, as well as to other members of his family. Nasim shared an image in 2012 displaying the word ‘Jihad,’ a masked figure, and Arabic script often displayed on the Black Standard commonly employed by jihadist groups.

The text on the black image is the Shahada or Muslim declaration of faith, a phrase that while not necessarily radical itself also appears on the ISIS flag.

The bomber apparently praised fellow Muslim asylum seekers – the Boston bombers:

A handwritten note found with the unexploded bomb contained ramblings, including references to previous terrorists including the Boston bombers, an unnamed law enforcement official told CNN.

The note was in Arabic.

More via Chelsea bombing suspect’s wife left US days before attack

The wife of the Afghan immigrant suspected in the New York and New Jersey bombings left the US for Pakistan just a few days before the attacks, according to reports.

The woman, who has not been named, has been intercepted by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Officials are working with authorities in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to question her about what she knew about her husband’s plans, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized US citizen, made at least three months-long trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2014, officials said.

He stayed in Pakistan for a year between April 2013 and March 2014, spending time in a Taliban stronghold, CNN reported.

Rahami has clammed up and is refusing to cooperate with authorities, a source told The Post.

“We are looking into who may have helped him in training, with money” and with other means, the source said. “His family is being looked at, too.”

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said there was “no indication” of an active terror cell in the New York area — but evidence suggests Rahami was not acting alone, sources told CNN.

“They’re going to look at friends, family, go through all of his records and social media, his phones and we’ll see if he acted alone,” New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Tuesday morning on CBS’ “This Morning.”

More via: New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami was class clown who ‘found religion in Afghanistan’ | Daily Mail Online

Ahmad Rahami was an ‘Americanized’ asylum seeker who moved to the United States aged seven with his family in 1995.

The 28-year-old was arrested Monday after a shoot-out with cops for planting a series of explosives that injured 29 people, police say.

Rahami made ‘multiple’ visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan CNN reported, although it’s not clear whether this was before or after his transformation.

He also married a Pakistani woman, CNN’s Situation Room reported.

And a person who appeared to be related to Rahami and apparently shared his home posted pro-Islamist militancy images on Facebook, AOL reported.

The site said someone of the same name as Rahami posted an image of foreign fighters training in Syria along with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, named in the Koran as a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad.

The quote reads: ‘I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.’

Ahmad and the other men working in the shop had largely worn Western clothing – although Mohammad’s wife wore the hijab – until recently, one local, who did not wish to be identified, told Dailymail.com.

‘Up until recently they wore regular clothes like us and then they started dressing in their culture’s clothes,’ they said.

The Rahami family is made up of Mohammad snr, 53, his wife, two adult sons, Ahmad and Mohammad Qasim, 25, apparently known as Qasim, and two adult daughters, Aziza, and Zobyedh.

Zobyedh is a student at a nearby campus of Rutgers university, studying towards a B.S. in public health.

She is a writer on the university newspaper, the Daily Targum, and had previously worked as an assistant at the Asian American Cultural Center at the university, and had posted anti-Donald Trump material on social media.

A previous post noted that Rahami tried to stab one of his sisters.

And finally, what Religion of Peace attack would be complete without Muslims celebrating the NYC bombing on Twitter.

New Jersey: 5 IED’s found near Elizabeth train station, no injuries

There’s a war going on, but only one side is fighting. elizabeth-bomb-1-large-169

Source: 1 of 5 devices near train station explodes; no injuries

ELIZABETH, N.J.: A suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said.

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said the FBI was working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag in a trash can by two men at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday near the Elizabeth train station. The men had reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, Bollwage said.elizabeth-nj

There was no immediate report of injuries or damage. The mayor warned that other explosions were expected.

FBI agents and police converged on an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant near the train station before 6 a.m. Monday, but it was not clear whether their search of the dwelling was connected to the explosion.

New Jersey Transit service trains resumed service on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line at 5:30 a.m. Monday, but they faced residual delays because service was suspended after the devices were found.

Amtrak was operating on a modified schedule.

Train passengers reported being stuck on Amtrak and NJ Transit trains for hours Sunday night, while some trains moved in reverse to let passengers off at other stations. Amtrak said 2,400 passengers were affected and trains were being brought in to other stations for people to get other transportation.

It wasn’t clear when the Elizabeth station would be open, a threat to cause major issues on the Monday morning commute into New York.

The discovery of the suspicious package came a day after an explosion in Manhattan injured 29 people, and an unexploded pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away in New York City. Also Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded about an hour from the Elizabeth train station in Seaside Park, New Jersey, forcing the cancellation of a military charity 5K run. Officials said it didn’t appear that those two incidents were connected, though they weren’t ruling anything out.

Investigators didn’t immediately comment on whether they thought the Elizabeth incident was connected to either of the two blasts.

Bollwage said that he wasn’t willing to say that Elizabeth had become a target and that it was possible that someone worried about the authorities was trying to get rid of the package.

“I’m extremely concerned for the residents of the community, but more importantly extremely concerned for everyone in the state and country where someone can just go and drop a backpack into a garbage can that has multiple explosives in it,” Bollwage said. “You have to wonder how many people could have been hurt.”

An Afghani born Muslim is being sought by the FBI in connection with the bombings in NYC Saturday. Coincidentally, he resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

New Jersey: Terrorism probed in bombing at Seaside Park Marine Corps race (updated)

One of three terror attacks that occurred Saturday.

Source: UPDATE: Terrorism probed in Seaside Park blast; residents return home

SEASIDE PARK – A pipe-bomb-style device detonated in a garbage can at the start of the route of a Marine Corps charity race Saturday morning, injuring no one, but sparking a massive law-enforcement response and suspicions of terrorism.

The FBI said it was “unaware of any known threat” to public safety, in an early-evening press conference that lasted about two minutes. Brad Cohen, the special agent in charge of the Newark FBI office, said the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was taking the lead in investigation into the explosion. He said the agency was working to make sure there was “no stone left unturned” in the probe.


Multiple agencies are investigating the incident and whether the motive was terror, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office..

“You would have to assume that at a military-type event, the U.S. Marines, a device is placed along the route of a charity event, it would be hard to think it would be anything else,’’ Della Fave said.

The device went off about 9:35 a.m. at Ocean Avenue and D Street, where the Seaside  Semper Five 5K race had been scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., Della  Fave said.

Problems with registration for the race delayed its start and possibly spared people from injury, he said.

“When it went off, there was nobody in the area,’’ Della Fave said.

Della Fave said multiple explosive devices were enclosed in the trash can, designed to send shrapnel flying, but because only one of them detonated, “it appears it didn’t do the damage it was supposed to.’’

Police sources say there were as many as three inside the trash can.

Remnants and residue from the bomb are being sent to an FBI lab for analysis, a law-enforcement source said.

A number of questions remain unanswered as of Saturday night: how the bomb was detonated; what type of explosive was used; and if any surveillance camera caught a suspect planting the device.

Della Fave said there were about 3,000 people assembled at the registration area for the race when the pipe-bomb detonated.

If it is proven to be terrorism, the Jersey Shore would join other communities that have experienced acts of terrorism.  For some, it evoked disquieting memories of the Boston Marathon bombing more than three years ago, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three and wounding more than 260.  Several officials publicly acknowledged how lucky it was that the Seaside Park race was delayed, possibly sparing runners from any injuries in the blast.

An earlier fun-run for children had already started, however, and people participating in that reported hearing the explosive detonate, Howath said.

“The nine o’clock race – the one mile – did not go off on time, it went off at about 9:15,” he said. “And the 5K was supposed to be going off at 9:30 which would’ve been delayed. But at that point in time, when they found (the) backpack, they announced that its owner come and get it. They made that announcement on numerous occasions and when nobody claimed it, they evacuated us all out.”

Bombings also took place in New York City yesterday evening. NYC mayor is refusing to call it terrorism.

8.30 PM EST New York City

AN explosion in New York has injured 29 people after it was “intentionally” detonated, with a second device found close-by in Chelsea.

…device detonated outside a shop called The King David Gallery, in the heart of the bustling district, and is believed to have been concealed in a dumpster.


New York Police Department then found a second device on 27th Street, which was made from a pressure cooker connected to a cell phone with wires attached.

A piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby.


This is the alleged pressure cooker device found by police on 27th street, New York

Update: Manhattan Bombs Built for Carnage

Late on Sunday, two senior law enforcement officials said they had a “person of interest” in the bombing, though they did not refer to that person as a suspect.

Senior law enforcement officials also said that they were increasingly focused on the possibility that the attack was connected to a bombing that took place 11 hours earlier in New Jersey, but the authorities still needed to compare all the bombs before drawing any conclusions. There, three pipe bombs were tied together, placed in a trash can and also employed by a flip cellphone as a timing mechanism, according to officials. Only one of the three pipe bombs detonated and no one was injured. Officials said the explosive in that device appeared to be black powder.


New Jersey 2nd Graders Taught: ‘Allah loves those who make themselves clean’

Worksheet with quote from the Koran given to New Jersey 2nd graders

Source: Barnegat school health handouts: Allah loves cleanliness  h/t Blazing

BARNEGAT – The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims – and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.barnegat-edu-hijab2

The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student’s hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.

The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read “Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.”

At first, Sharpe said he feared the school was indoctrinating his daughter. Other parents were equally alarmed, he said.

“Everybody was up in arms,” Sharpe said.

On Wednesday morning, Sharpe said Barnegat school officials apologized to parents and explained that it was a simple mistake of a teacher quickly downloading health worksheets online and not carefully reviewing their content.

Superintendent Karen Wood said Wednesday afternoon that she was not immediately prepared to make a statement on the matter. Sharpe said the teacher who distributed the worksheet wasn’t his daughter’s regular instructor.

Sharpe said he was satisfied with the explanation and the school’s professional management of what started as a contentious situation.

“Obviously you would hope that they were review everything a little bit more, but it happens,” he said. “I’m very happy to chalk it up as one of those things that just sort of happened.”

Others were more skeptical: Source: NJ 2nd grade health class: ‘Allah loves those who make themselves clean’ | EAGnews.org

“It was no accident,” Bob Johnson wrote. “Democrats across the country are pushing Islam on us.”

“I am a Muslim and I say that worksheet belongs in an Islamic school, not a public school,” Rida Chishti posted.

“Leftists have allied with Islamists because they both share a common enemy; Western Civilization,” John Sorger added.

Barnegat Township School District Superintendent Karen Wood told Fox News the “novice instructor” had “downloaded a worksheet from the online sharing site Pinterest and utilized it during a lesson.”

“This worksheet – which was neither carefully reviewed by the teacher nor approved by an administrator – contained a religious reference, in clear violation of district policy,” she said.

“We recognize the significance of this error,” Wood continued. “Our parents have been extremely supportive as we take measures necessary to ensure that this remains an isolated incident.”

Some locals, however, believe the district should take the situation a little more seriously.

“If this had the name of Jesus on it, there would be an even bigger outrage,” a local identified as “Mrs. Erskine” told Fox News. “I hope that proper precautions are made to prevent further indoctrination of Islam.”

Rob Russo, parent of a child in the district, believes school officials should send a message.

“While I understand that mistakes happen, I am seriously disappointed to learn that a teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn’t follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans and chose to promote what seems to be their own agenda,” he said.

For some reason, Asbury Park Press reporter Amanda Oglesby, @OglesbyAPP or her editor chose a completely unrelated picture of the terrorist-named and Hamas-linked CAIR at the top of the article with a sympathetic description about the supposed difficulties facing Muslims since 9/11. 


This is intentional media bias in favor of all things Islamic.

Later in the article she included two small and hard to view images from Mr. Sharpe well below the CAIR image and caption that is completely unrelated to this story…unless the teacher is a Muslim and/or member of CAIR. If anyone has a Pinterest account and can find the full image we can post it.

The reality is, since 9/11, Americans have had their liberties taken away, their incomes plundered to pay for wars and “homeland security” – that has failed with deadly results as Muslims continue to slaughter Americans on American soil and public schools continue to subject students to Islamic indoctrination at all levels. Most often by design and with intention. See our Education category or search the archives.

In the Koran, just a few verses after the verse taught to New Jersey six and seven-year olds, it reads:

they fight in Allah’s way, so they slay and are slain

They, the Muslims, are fighting for sharia and slaying those who oppose it. And if they do, Allah promises them the garden (heaven), according to the Koran.

Over-Hyped Muslim-American Olympian’s Hatred & Bigotry Exposed


Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad mocks victims of Islamic terror

via Driving Ms. Muhammad

If the mission is to find an American who does not support American greatness, [Ibtihaj] Muhammad is an excellent choice. To say she’s not a fan of the United States is to put it mildly. Part of her “role model” behavior is denouncing this country. The Daily Beast headlined her claim: “I’m Not Safe In The U.S.” She denounced a “climate of anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States” and said she “had someone follow me home from practice and try to report me to police … right on 28th and 7th in New York City.”

That kind of blame-America thinking resonates with the elites.

Like other journalists, NBC’s Morgan Radford played up the Islamophobia angle, saying, “But while she suits up for the red, white and blue, she’s faced with the painful reminder that some don’t think those stars and stripes belong to her.”

On CBS, reporter Elaine Quijano explained, “Muhammad says she owes it to her community to use her platform as an Olympic athlete to speak out against hate.” Muhammad claimed, “I had a man encounter me on the street and told me that I looked suspicious, and that I looked like I was (going to) blow something up.”

Here’s what all these glowing stories omitted:

Columnist Pamela Geller displayed a 2008 social media post in which Muhammad posted a picture of another Muslim woman, Leila Khaled, who made history as the first female hijacker of an airplane, working with the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In the photo, Khaled is holding a gun and smiling. Next to the photo, Muhammad wrote in a comment, “me with a gun.”

In that same spirit, Muhammad’s Twitter page carried a series of #FreePalestine hashtags and nasty headlines against Israel, including “Israel accused of war crimes by UK Parliament,” “Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state” and “Israel Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid, Says UN Rapporteur.”

More from Geller: Muslim Poster Girl for Olympics Ibtihaj Muhammad’s Vicious Anti-American Posts

This hater should carry our flag of freedom?


Leila Khaled  is and an airline hijacker — a terrorist with the ‘Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’ (PFLP). Leila Khaled participated in the multiple hijacking of five jetliners in 1970.

If Ibtihaj Muhammad is a poster girl for anything, it’s how the enemies of freedom have seized the narrative — demonizing the good and exalting the evil. Continue reading

New Jersey: Muslim who threw firecrackers at synagogue and shouted ‘allah akbar’ gets…probation

Source: Man accused in synagogue incident is admitted to probation program – News – NorthJersey.com

PATERSON – A Clifton man accused of throwing lit firecrackers outside a synagogue this spring has been admitted into a rehabilitation program for first-time offenders.

Rizek Musheisen, who was charged with bias intimidation, harassment and criminal mischief, made a brief appearance in state Superior Court in Paterson on Friday to formalize his entry into the pre-trial intervention program.

His lawyer, Harley Breite, said in an interview that Musheisen would be on probation for 18 months and must perform 20 hours of community service. After he completes the program, the fourth degree charges will be dismissed.

Officials at the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office were unavailable for comment.

The New Jersey chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish civil rights group, condemned the April incident at Ahavas Israel Synagogue in Passaic as “hateful and despicable.”

Breite said that Musheisen is a college graduate and “anything but a racist.

“He was a young person who did a stupid thing, who has learned from his mistakes,” Breite said.

Police say Musheisen was riding in a 2012 black Nissan with tinted windows with three other men, from Passaic, Linden and Jersey City.

Musheisen got out of the car, tossed a bunch of lit firecrackers in front of Ahavas Israel and yelled “Allahu Akbar,” according to a witness. “Allahu Akbar” is an Arabic phrase that Muslims use that means “God is great.” [Allah is greater…than your god]

Breite said his client did not use that phrase.

From the beginning, Musheisen has apologized for his actions, the lawyer said.

Judge Scott Bennion on Friday signed the pre-trial intervention agreement between prosecutors and Breite. If Musheisen fails to complete the program, the charges against him would proceed and he’d face up to 18 months in prison.

Leave some bacon near a mosque and you get 5-10.

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