New Jersey: Muslim pleads guilty to Islamic terror charges

via ISIS-supporter from N.J. pleads guilty to terror charges |

NEWARK—A second man tied to a close circle of friends who were arrested on charges of secretly planning to join ISIS pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court of planning to help the terror organization.

Alaa Saadeh, 24, of West New York, who has been in custody since June, admitted he conspired to provide material support to the Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL, by helping his younger brother fly to the Middle East.

Alaa Saadeh, 24 (Essex County Correctional Facility)

Alaa Saadeh, 24 (Essex County Correctional Facility)

According to court filings, Saadeh had discussed efforts to join ISIS with his  brother, Nader, who left the country for Jordan earlier this year, allegedly to join up with ISIS. He was sent back in August and is now awaiting trial on similar charges.

“Alaa Saadeh is the second defendant in this case who has admitted trying to provide material support to a known terrorist organization,” said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. “That organization, and others who share its goals, are intent on recruiting people in this country and around the world to join their campaign against our security.”

Samuel Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, who went to Fort Lee High School with Nader Saadeh, pleaded guilty in September in the same courtroom to conspiring to provide services and personnel to ISIL. He faces 20 years in prison.

Three others tied to the case include Munther Omar Saleh, a 20-year-old engineering student from Queens who the FBI said it believes was planning on building a deadly pressure cooker bomb; Fareed Mumuni, 21, of Staten Island, who is charged with attacking federal agents who came to arrest him with a kitchen knife; and an unnamed 16-year-old from Queens charged as a juvenile.

The group first came under investigation by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force after Topaz’s mother apparently went to authorities to express fears that his friends were pushing him to “do something stupid,” according to Topaz’s attorney,Ian Hirsch of Hackensack.

Topaz, who is cooperating with authorities, told his lawyer some of those connected with the group had plans to stage an attack on the lawn of the White House because they were unable to leave the country. Federal prosecutors have not commented beyond the charges outlined in a string of indictments filed in Newark and Brooklyn.

The Saadeh brothers, who are both American-born, grew up in Fort Lee after their parents were deported to Jordan over a credit card fraud case, say law enforcement sources.

According to court filings, Nader Saadeh grew determined to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS. By April of this year, a government informant told the FBI he was speaking mostly in Arabic, had stopped using the computer in the house, and turned to his smartphone for most communications. He told friends he was heading to Jordan and left in May. However, Jordanian security officials took him into custody after his arrival in Amman.

In court Thursday morning before U.S District Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark, Alaa Saadeh admitted assisting his brother with his travel plans by letting him purchase airline tickets using his credit card and by removing the SIM card from Nader’s smartphone and resetting the smartphone in an effort to avoid detection. Saadeh also admitted that Munther Omar Saleh assisted Nader Saadeh by giving him a contact who would facilitate Nader’s travel from Turkey to ISIL in Syria.

After learning that Topaz and others had been arrested, Alaa Saadeh told a friend in a secretly recorded conversation to “just play stupid,” “pretend it never happened,” and “keep it honest up to a point,” according to a criminal complaint.

He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he returns to court for sentencing in February. His attorney, Maria Noto of Matawan, said later outside court that Saadeh was prepared to serve his sentence for the crime he committed, had deep regrets for his involvement.

“He has no history of violence, no history of being involved in anything like this,” she said.

The father of the brothers, Khaled Saadeh, who works as a project manager in the Gulf state of Oman, said they had encouraged Nader to come to Jordan to keep him from traveling to Turkey and joining ISIS,which controls a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq.

“I did what I have to do like a father to protect my sons, but the government is not doing enough to protect our kids from this kind of group, who try to brainwash our kids,” he said in email.

Nationwide, at least 70 men and woman have been charged with conspiring to aid ISIS since March 2014, many lured by social media, according to the Center on National Security at Fordham School of Law. More than 80 percent were U.S. citizens, the center found. The vast majority were charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Their average age was 26. Three who actually made it to ISIS-controlled territory were reported killed.

Again, it all leads back to immigration. The parents were Muslim immigrants who caught in a credit card fraud racket. Had they not been allowed into the U.S., these particular jihadis would not have been our problem.


New Jersey: Terror-linked CAIR demands Sheriff withdraw from terror training seminar


Islamo-bullies. via: FFA – CAIR demands that Sheriff withdraw law enforcement academy from terror training seminar.

The Council on American Islamic Relations sent out the following news release in part:

CAIR Asks NJ Sheriff to Reject Training by Islamophobe

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/27/15) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today announced that it has asked a sheriff in that state to disassociate his department from a November 2 training program featuring notorious Islamophobe Walid Shoebat.

[NOTE: CAIR-NJ sent similar requests to other local law enforcement agencies asking that officers not be reimbursed for the cost of Shoebat’s training or be allowed to take the training during working hours.]

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Walid Shoebat

CAIR says the training event, “Know Your Enemy,” is offered “for law enforcement only” by Courses Offering Police Specialization (C.O.P.S.) and is being advertised with Ocean County Police Academy contact information.

SEE: ‘Know Your Enemy’ Screen Shot

The academy is operated by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office in Toms River, N.J. A number of those associated with C.O.P.S. are also employed by local law enforcement agencies.

In a letter to Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, CAIR-NJ Executive Director James R. Sues wrote in part:

“I respectfully request that your academy publicly disassociate itself from this event and that no in service training credit should be offered to any New Jersey law enforcement personnel who attend the event on their own time.

“Shoebat is perhaps the nation’s most notorious Islamophobe….

Click here to read the full press release.

Is there any counter terrorism training seminar that CAIR would support or not have a problem with?

Sheriff Mastronardy currently serves as the Second Vice President of the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey (SANJ.) He is past president of the Ocean County Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Association.

It is most troubling that the Council on American Islamic Relations is attempting to bully Sheriff Mastronardy and other law enforcement agencies to withdraw from a seminar that will provide valuable information to law enforcement to protect the public.   It is truly ironic that CAIR is so aggressively challenging the Ocean County Police Academy seminar given CAIR’s history and agenda:

Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to Sheriff Mastronardy, Ocean County Police Academy and Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey to show support for the seminar.

To send your email, please click the following link, enter your name and email address then click the “Send Your Message” button. You may also edit the subject or message text if you wish.

Click here to send your email to Sheriff Mastronardy, Ocean County Police Academy and Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey to show support for the seminar. 

Contact information:

Sheriff Mastronardy

William J. Dikun, Chief Police Instructor
Gerald LaStella, Chief Police Instructor
John Tate, Chief Police Instructor

Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey
520 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08101
Phone: (856) 225-5514
Fax:      (856) 225-5595

Sheriff Charles Miller, President
Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey

Sheriff Michael Strada, First Vice President
Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey

New Jersey: Judge grants Fort Dix Muslim terrorists right to challenge convictions

h/t Jihad Watch who notes:

Frivolous challenges like this one just eat up the Infidel’s time and resources. And that’s the idea.

via Judge: Dix terrorists can return to Camden

CAMDEN – Three Cherry Hill brothers, found guilty of plotting a terror attack on Fort Dix in 2008, can return to South Jersey to challenge their convictions, a federal judge has ruled.

The men – Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka – are serving life terms for their roles in a conspiracy to assault the Burlington County military base. A federal jury in Camden found the brothers and two co-defendants guilty after hearing they engaged in military-style training, viewed videos of jihadist beheadings and sought out illegal firearms, including machine guns.

The brothers are challenging their convictions on the grounds that their defense attorneys were ineffective.

U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler said Wednesday the men can return to his Camden courtroom Jan. 6 for separate hearings on their claims.

Kugler initially set a Nov. 4 date for the hearings, but delayed it after the brothers’ current attorneys said they needed more time to consult with their clients. The brothers currently are in separate federal prisons in Colorado, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The brothers, who came to this country illegally from Albania as children and worked together as roofers, were convicted of conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel and other offenses.

Also convicted were Mohamed Shnewer, 30, formerly of Cherry Hill, and Serdar Tatar, 32, formerly of Philadelphia. They are pursuing separate appeals.

All five defendants were arrested in May 2007 after Dritan Duka, now 36, and Shain Duka, 34, arranged to buy machine guns and semiautomatic weapons from a cooperating witness in Cherry Hill, Kugler’s ruling said.

Authorities had launched an investigation in January 2006 after receiving a video that showed the suspects at a firing range in the Poconos, shooting guns and shouting  “Allah Akbar” and “jihad in the states.” The FBI obtained the video from a clerk at a Mount Laurel electronics store after the suspects asked him to make a copy.

In a Sept. 30 ruling, Kugler rejected six claims that the trial lawyers were ineffective, including one based on attorneys’ failure to question a juror who reacted angrily to violent videos viewed by the suspects.

Among other points, the judge noted the Dukas were acquitted of some charges. For instance, Eljvir Duka, now 32, was found not guilty of possessing or attempting to possess a weapon in furtherance of the group’s conspiracy.

But the judge called for the Dukas and their former attorneys to provide evidence about a claim that the brothers were improperly denied their right to testify.

According to Kugler’s ruling, the brothers must show their trial attorneys’ actions “fell below an objective standard of reasonableness” and likely influenced the trial’s outcome.

The Dukas assert they wanted to testify in their defense, but could not because their attorneys claimed to be unprepared for that possibility. That so-called “attorney coercion” violated their constitutional rights, the men assert.

In response, federal prosecutors say the brothers’ current claims contradict “assurances they gave the court during trial regarding giving up their right to testify.” They also say the defense attorneys have denied the brothers’ allegations.

The attorneys — Michael Riley of Mount Holly, Troy Archie of Cinnaminson, and Michael Huff of Philadelphia — did not respond to requests for comment.

The government also sought to prevent the brothers’ return to South Jersey, arguing the men could give testimony in their prisons.

But Kugler accepted the Dukas’ argument that “fundamental fairness” required their presence in the courtroom so the judge could assess their credibility and the brothers could assist their current attorneys with cross-examination of their former lawyers.

They are illegal aliens – aka citizens of another country. What rights do they have under the U.S. Constitution?

If for some reason they get off, deport them ASAP.

New Jersey: School Bans Halloween Because it is Offensive to Muslims

via New Jersey School Bans Halloween For ‘Diversity’ Reasons | The Daily Caller h/t BNI

Yet another elementary school, this time in New Jersey, is cancelling Halloween because it is offensive to the school’s diverse student body.

Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood held annual Halloween activities including a student parade, but now the pressures of diversity mean these activities are no longer appropriate, school officials say.

“One of the strengths of Seth Boyden is that we are such a diverse community, with many cultures represented, and that we truly value each one,” Seth Boyden principal Mark Quiles and two Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) leaders said in a joint message to parents. “In the past, in-school celebrations of Halloween have made many of our students feel left out … [and as] a result, after careful consultation and deliberation, we have decided not to hold in-school Halloween activities.”

The letter claims in 2014 about 20 percent of the student body either stayed home on Halloween or refused to participate in activities.

 This is actually the second year in a row Seth Boyden is trying to eliminate Halloween. Last year, the school tried to call off festivities, but reinstated them a day later. At the time, Quiles described non-participating in Halloween celebrations as a kind of “segregation” he could not tolerate.

This time around, Quiles says Halloween festivities were simply never planned in the first place, which may be intended to ensure they can’t be easily put back in place.

Earlier this month, several schools in Connecticut upset parents by attempting to cancel Halloween activities, but then changed course following a major backlash.

What happened to the melting pot? Since when did diversity mean Americans have to give up their culture so others can retain their non-American culture?

Bonus, liberal on liberal smackdown:

New Jersey: Town Approves Mosque with Minarets That Will Tower Over Residential Neighborhoods

This is the same New Jersey town forced to pay $7.75 million to Muslims to build mega-mosque. Now they’ll have several hundred “mainstream Sunni Muslims” coming to their quiet neighborhood regularly…a number that will double very quickly. The town is so terrified of another round of litigation jihad it is bending the zoning rules every way possible to allow Muslims to do whatever they want on the land. Neighbors and traffic dangers be damned.

via Bridgewater Planning Board Approves Al Falah Mosque on Route 202/206 – Bridgewater-Raritan NJ News

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Despite concerns from residents about future planning and insufficient parking, the Bridgewater Township Planning Board unanimously approved an application Monday for an Al Falah Center mosque to be built on Route 202/206.

In December, the township approved a settlement with the Al Falah Center in regard to litigation concerning a proposed mosque on the former Redwood Inn site on Mountain Top Road.

The settlement agreement preserves the residential zoning on the Redwood Inn site, which was part of an ordinance approved in 2011 to remove houses of worship from sites in the township that do not front on a county, state or designated township road. In addition, the settlement settles all monetary claims related to the litigation.

In 2011, Al Falah sued the township after the ordinance was approved and while the application for a mosque was being heard by the planning board. Enacting the ordinance pushed the application to the zoning board for a variance to be on the Redwood Inn property.The settlement allows Al Falah to build a mosque on a site on Route 202/206, rather than the former Redwood Inn property on Mountain Top Road.

Hearings for the new mosque site began in late August with testimony from the applicant’s engineer, and indicated that the plans have changed from the original Redwood Inn application to actually include two buildings on 10.85 acres, one for the worship center and another for a school.

The applicant presented a few revised plans at Monday’s meeting, first determining that instead of the originally proposed five minarets on the building, there will now only be four. In addition, the applicant plans to lower the height of them by 8 feet, from 78 feet high originally to 70 feet.

West Foothill Road resident Robert Kurz said that still sounds too high for the area. He said he believes there is nothing in the area that will be as visible to residents as the minarets high above the trees.

“If I asked you what your impression of 70, 80 feet is, we would all have different impressions,” he said. “If I’m sitting in my backyard, I’m going to see four towers over the trees. I am asking you to consider not the physical details, but the aesthetic value of the neighborhood.”

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New Jersey: 17-year-old charged in ISIS threats targeting 9/11 Memorial

Soon they’ll be the majority in New Jersey. via: 17-year-old facing charges in N.J.; suspected in mult. ongoing local cases

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, officials from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in Hackensack, N.J. executed a search warrant that resulted in the detention of a juvenile suspect.

New Albany Chief of Police Todd Bailey said a 17-year-old juvenile is suspected to be involved in several ongoing local cases.

According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, the investigation revealed the juvenile was using the internet to send threatening messages towards the President of the United States and the White House. The Juvenile, according to police, also made threatening references to being involved in an attack at the 9/11 memorial, and to having “friends” in ISIS who were planning to attack New York City.

A separate and independent investigation, initiated by the New Albany, Indiana Police Department, identified the juvenile as a suspect in several “swatting” incidents in New Albany. New Albany’s investigation revealed the threats were being made from the suspect’s residence in Hackensack, N.J. “Swatting” is when a person tricks emergency responders into deploying a SWAT team to an unsuspecting person’s home under false means.

The 17-year-old was charged with the following: two counts of juvenile delinquency. The juvenile was subsequently released into the custody of his mother.

Additional charges may follow pending computer forensics of electronic devices that were seized during the execution of a search warrant at the juvenile’s home, Molinelli said.

The results of the New Albany Police Department’s investigation are pending at this time and charges related to crimes committed in that jurisdiction are expected to be filed shortly, according to Molinelli.

Jersey City, Home to 1993 WTC Terrorists, Rejects Closing Schools for Muslim ‘Holiday’

“We’re gonna be the majority soon” ~ Muslim settler in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Source: Jersey City School Board Meeting Gets Heated During Debate Over Closing for Muslim Holiday | NBC New York h/t Gary

A Jersey City school board meeting Thursday to vote on whether to close for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Sept. 24 turned contentious before the board ultimately decided not to close schools next week.

The Jersey City Board of Education had originally proposed to close schools next Thursday so that Muslim students could observe the holiday, and the City Council unanimously supported it a week ago. The academic year would have extended one day to June 23, 2016 as a result.

But during the nearly four hours of debate at the board meeting Thursday, some of the Jewish faith said they felt they were being discriminated against because they weren’t getting their own school days off for holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

“Many of our Jewish community members are feeling left out,” said parent Roy Tomargo.

As the debate wore on and it became clear that the school board would not close schools next Thursday, Muslim community members nearly walked out in anger and frustration.

“We feel alienated from the Board of Education, we feel alienated from this system,” said Omar Abouelkhair.

In the original resolution announcing the vote, the board said it was “committed to honoring the great diversity of our district, including our religious diversity,” and that it will “continue to engage our communities to explore ways to support its diverse communities and celebrate our many cultures and faiths.”

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is one of the most important Muslim holidays, along with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

The board ended the meeting Thursday by saying it ultimately could not disrupt the lives of others.

“Doing this at this point on six days notice for this upcoming holiday is going to cause undue hardship on 5,000 to 10,000 people who are going to have to scramble to get coverage for their children,” said board member Gerald Lyons.

The board emphasized that students can continue to take days off for religious purposes without penalty, and that it would revisit its religious holiday policy later this year.

There are approximately 27,000 students enrolled in the 38 public schools in New Jersey’s second-largest city, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

In New York City, schools will closed for those holidays for the first time under a new policy announced by Mayor de Blasio last March.


The speaker’s statement echoed a top Islamic preacher, Sheikh Muhammad Ayed, who said during a recent sermon at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque of Muslims taking root in America and Europe, “We will breed children with them, because we shall conquer their countries – whether you like it or not,” WND reported.

Jersey City wasn’t home to only the World Trade Center bombing Muslim terror cell. It was also where a Muslim shot, beheaded, and cut the hands off two Coptic Christians.  And the media was silent.

Regarding the so-called Muslim holiday. via Have you seen how Muslims ‘celebrate’ EID al-ADHA – the festival of sacrifice? (Viewer discretion advised)


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