Brooklyn: Muslim pleads guilty to conspiring to kill U.S. troops

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via Yemeni national Saddiq al-Abbadi pleads guilty – CNN.com.

A Yemeni national has pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, authorities said Tuesday.

Saddiq al-Abbadi also admitted to providing material support to al Qaeda, federal prosecutors in New York said in a statement.

He could receive a life sentence.

“The defendant was a high-level al Qaeda operative with ties to the terrorist group’s senior leadership in both Pakistan and Yemen,” said acting U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie. “He fought in battles against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, tried to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan by luring them to a compound rigged with explosives, and helped an American citizen gain entry to al Qaeda.”

Al-Abbadi, 40, was among two men arrested in Saudi Arabia and then transferred to U.S. custody. Al-Abbadi had already served more than five years of a 12-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia before he was handed over.

Prosecutors say al-Abbadi traveled from Yemen to Iraq, where he fought from 2005 to 2007 with al Qaeda-linked forces against American soldiers. He went to Pakistan in 2008, worked with senior members of al Qaeda and then traveled to Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces there, according to the complaint.

After that, he went to Afghanistan. In June 2008, he attempted to booby-trap a compound, but U.S. forces noticed the wiring and also saw ordnance lying around. No one was killed as the troops left, and the area was destroyed later.

Al-Abbadi also helped American Bryant Neal Vinas join al Qaeda.

Vinas, a native of New York, pleaded guilty in January 2009 to charges of aiding al Qaeda and helping attack a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, but his case was kept secret until July 2009. Authorities accused Vinas of firing rockets at the base along with others in September 2008, and of providing al Qaeda with information about the New York transit system and the Long Island Railroad. Vinas had been arrested in Pakistan late in 2008.

Ali Alvi, the other man who was arrested with al-Abbadi, has pleaded not guilty, according to media reports.

 

New York: Muslim Brutally Beats Gay Couple in Restaurant (VIDEO)

via NY Daily News, h/t Atlas Shrugs who writes:

In the notoriously leftwing media, Muslim trumps gay.

NYPD identifies ‘career criminal’ as suspect in brutal anti-gay attack in Chelsea

Cops are hunting for a “career criminal” who bashed a gay couple over the head with a chair at a Chelsea barbecue joint, officials said Tuesday.

Police said Bayna El-Amin, 41, was wanted in connection with the May 5 beating at the Dallas BBQ at 261 8th Ave.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said El-Amin is believed to be on the run.

“He is a career criminal,” Boyce said. “We believe he has fled the state.”

Video from the eatery shows a man smash a wooden chair over a gay couple, knocking them both to the ground.

Bayna Lehkiem Elamin

Bayna Lehkiem El-amin

 

NYC: Mohammed fleecing tourists with $30 hot dogs outside 9/11 Memorial

via NYC Hot Dog vendor charged tourists $30 outside 9/11 Memorial | Daily Mail Online h/t TROP

A crooked New York City food vendor has been caught on camera as he successfully rips off tourists.

Ahmed Mohammed is seen charging individuals anywhere from $3 to a whopping $30 for a hot dog, and as much as $15 for a pretzel.

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Crook: Ahmed Mohammed (above) was caught on camera selling hot dogs for $30 to tourists in New York City outside the 9/11 Memorial

 

What’s more, he is doing this just outside the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan.

‘I just felt like I was getting ripped off, and it’s just making the 9/11 grounds like a big tourist trap,’ one woman told NBC 4.

Another man said the price of his hot dog kept changing, going from $15 to $10, prompting the man to hand back the food to Mohammed even though he had already taken a bite.

‘To rip-off somebody, to charge them $35 for a hot dog and a pretzel, that leaves a terrible impression,’ said Jessica Lappin of the Alliance for Downtown New York.

She became aware of the situation when fights began breaking out because of Mohammed’s prices.

That’s not the only problem either, as other customers say the vendor will shortchange them after their purchase.

When a reporter for the network confronted him about his prices, he suddenly declared he did not speak English, though he did offer to sell them a hot dog for $3, which is still far steeper than the normal $1 charged by most vendors in the city.

Mohammed is currently under investigation by the Alliance.

 

NYC: Sheen Center Enforces Sharia, Cancels Event feat Play About ‘Mohammed’

via Sheen Center Cancels Event Featuring Neil LaBute Play About ‘Mohammed’ – NYTimes.com. [“Mohammed” Gets A Boner by Neil LaBute]

A downtown Manhattan performance center has canceled an event featuring a new play by Neil LaBute with a title making reference to “Mohammed,” on the grounds that the play is offensive to Muslims.

The event, called “Playwrights for a Cause” and featuring four new short plays about censorship in the arts, was set to take place on June 14 at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Greenwich Village, as the opening of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity, a monthlong arts festival at various locations.

On Tuesday, the Sheen Center canceled the contract for the event, which was organized as a benefit for the National Coalition Against Censorship.

William Spencer Reilly, the executive director of the Sheen Center, said in an email that the play and its title was not in keeping with the mission of the center, which opened last year with funding from the archdiocese of New York and is named for former Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

“When an artistic project maligns any faith group, that project clearly falls outside of our mission to highlight the good, the true, and the beautiful as they have been expressed throughout the ages,” Mr. Reilly said, referring to the center’s mission statement, which describes it as serving Catholic and non-Catholic audiences alike.

The Sheen Center, he added, “will not be a forum that mocks or satirizes another faith group.”

Mr. LaBute’s one-person play, which was written for the event, is about an actor asked to perform in an offensive satire. A description posted online reads: “The prophet ‘Mohammed’ stands on a barren stage, recalling the first time he made love to a white woman. Is this reality or a theatrical convention? Where do the lines between ‘satire’ and ‘censorship’ intersect or is nothing sacred when it comes to the theater?”

The play’s title refers to “Mohammed” as having an erection. In an email, Mr. LaBute said that the play did not depict “the actual prophet ‘Muhammad’ (spelled differently than my title),” but declined to say more, citing his desire to preserve the audience’s sense of surprise.

In an email, Glory Kadigan, the founder of Planet Connections, described the play as “a discussion of whether or not it’s all right to poke fun at religion or religious figures.” She said the group did not have titles or scripts for the plays when the contract was signed. “None of us knew what the writers would write,” she said. The group is seeking another stage, she said.

Mr. Reilly said he had signed the contract in February but had only become aware of the play’s title earlier this week, after a staff member noticed it on the Planet Connections website. After seeing the script, he decided to cancel the event in light of what he called the play’s “clear offense to Muslims.”

The other plays written for the occasion — by Erik Ehn, Halley Feiffer and Israel Horovitz — treat censorship issues relating to race, gender and sexuality, which were also set to be discussed in a panel discussion following the performances.

Mr. LaBute, in a statement, said the Sheen Center was “was absolutely within their right” in canceling the contract but said he was saddened by the decision.

“This event was meant to shine another light on censorship and it was unexpected to have the plug pulled, quite literally, by an organization that touts the phrase ‘for thought and culture’ on their very Web site,” Mr. LaBute said. “Both in life and in the arts, this is not a time to hide or be afraid; recent events have begged for artists and citizens to stand and be counted.”


Remind the staff at Sheen Center of that very point. Staff emails here.

NYPD & DHS meet Muslim leaders to counter jihad – Muslims say ‘stop monitoring us’

Not just any NYPD and DHS minions, but the top dogs. Buried in this article about ISIS, via ABC News.

NYPD Deputy Director of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller echoed the secretary’s message that the community should be more involved in countering extremist messages.

“This can’t be a government effort, if a government effort that’s countering a call for violence that’s clothed in religion is coming from the government it’s already poisoned,” Miller said on “This Week.” “This needs to come from those credible voices in the community.”

Miller said he and Johnson met with Muslim community leaders in New York last week. Some members of those communities said the federal government has not done enough to stop surveillance and investigations that target Muslims. Miller said he understood their concerns but still hopes community leaders will be more engaged in the counter-message.


Hope is not a good strategy John.

NYC: Muslim Cabbie Gets Life For ‘Honor Killings’

via NYC Cabbie Gets Life For Pakistan ‘Honor Killings’ – NBC News.com.  h/t religionofpeace.com

A New York City cab driver was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for orchestrating the “honor killings” of two members of a family in Pakistan who helped his daughter escape a forced marriage.

“If our daughter will not come back to the home, we will kill all five of you,” Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry told one the victims in a phone call before the slayings.

Choudhry, who lived in Queens, had ordered relatives to hold his daughter Amina Ajmal, a U.S. citizen, against her will in Pakistan — where she was forced into an arranged marriage, prosecutors said.

In January 2013, Ajmal managed to return to the United States with the help of a Pakstani man, Shujat Abbas — enraging her father, who vowed revenge.

Weeks later, Choudhry’s brother and other family members lured Abbas’ parents outside their village and opened fire on their car.

The couple escaped, but Choudhry made it clear the feud was not over.

“We will find your son and we’ll kill him,” he told them in a phone call. “This time we shoot on your car. It was threatening. But next time we will shoot in the chest all five of you.”

The Abbas family took to sleeping in a storeroom in the hopes that containers of wheat would shield them from bullets during an attack in the dead of night, prosecutors said.

“Every night I went to bed with fear in my mind, terrified that Ajmal’s family would find Shujat or kill my parents,” one of the Abbas daughters, Seemab, said in a victim impact statement. “I wept silently and asked myself, why is this world being so unfair to me and my family?”

Choudhry’s daughter remained in hiding but was in telephone contact with her father and recorded their chilling conversations.

“Now let me make it clear to you: If you don’t come back, I will kill each and every one of them,” he said during one call.

Prosecutors say he soon made good on the threat.

On Feb. 25, 2013, Abbas’ father and 21-year-old sister were shot and killed in their village, and Choudhry’s relatives were seen with guns, desecrating the bodies. The rest of Abbas’ family soon moved to the United States in fear for their lives.

“My father and sister were brutally killed right in front of my eyes,” Seemab said later. “I can never forget that moment.”

Choudhry, 62, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and other charges last June.

In a pre-sentencing memorandum, his lawyer argued for home confinement, citing his poor health and history of supporting his family. She called the conviction “an aberration in an otherwise upstanding life.”

U.S. District Judge William Kuntz gave him the maximum — and blasted him as “cold-blooded.”

“You were an egomaniacal force who revealed yourself to be self-absorbed and merciless in your pursuit of evil,” Kuntz said.

 

On cowardly authors boycotting the Charlie Hebdo PEN award (video)

h/t AlohaSnackbar

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