Ohio: Feds seek to revoke citizenship of immoral, Somali-born Muslim cleric

With Obama and Loretta Lynch at the helm, good luck. Source: U.S. seeks to revoke citizenship of Somali-born Muslim cleric | The Columbus Dispatch

The federal government says a man considered by Somali immigrants as the most important Muslim cleric does not have the “good moral character” to remain a U.S. citizen.

The U.S. attorney’s office wants the citizenship granted to Mohamed Idris Ahmed in 2003 revoked. Prosecutors say he lied on his naturalization application by not mentioning that he had two wives and had traveled outside the United States.

A two-day nonjury trial in Ahmed’s case ended last month in federal court in Columbus; attorneys have until May 27 to file briefs with U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson.

Somalis in the United States fear for Ahmed’s safety if he is deported to Somalia, said Abshir Haji, vice president of Ibnu Taymiyah mosque on Mock Road on the North Side. The mosque is home base for Ahmed.

Radicals hate Ahmed for speaking out against terrorist groups such as Somalia’s al-Shabab and for encouraging immigrants to embrace their new homeland, Haji said.

“He gives a lot of sermons nationwide, and the topic he addresses is integration, to be thankful for what we have in this country and to be part of the society here, especially the youths,” Haji said.

The Justice Department sued Ahmed in 2012. By not revealing the second wife and 13 trips outside the United States in the five years before becoming a citizen, he demonstrated a lack of “good moral character,” prosecutors said.

Ahmed, 38, testified that he has a “legal” wife from a civil marriage living with their children in Kenya and a “religious or cultural” wife and family in Saudi Arabia. He said a U.S. consulate official in Saudi Arabia advised him to bring only the legal wife and children to the United States. Because of that, he believed he did not need to mention the religious marriage.

Ahmed, the father of 11, acknowledged traveling to the Middle East and Africa to visit his families, including to Syria to see a son in college long before the civil war there began. He also traveled to speaking events around the world.

He said he had presented his Somali passport to officials at what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Because no one asked him about the trips stamped, he didn’t mention them.

“So you didn’t lie?” asked Timothy M. Belsan, a Justice Department attorney from Washington, D.C., who led the prosecution team in Columbus.

Ahmed said he didn’t lie, but he acknowledged that the answers on the form are inaccurate. However, he added that “it’s accurate according to my understanding.”

Translator Khue Truong, who signed Ahmed’s application, said she was careful about questioning applicants and having them review the documents before forwarding them to the INS. Ahmed said no one showed him the finished document.

Yvonne Jarrett, a former INS official who reviewed and signed off on Ahmed’s application, said records show he did not have a passport with him.

One of Ahmed’s attorneys, D. Wesley Newhouse, asked Jarrett why she wouldn’t press an applicant who didn’t have a passport about travel.

“It’s face value,” she said. “They’re under oath.

“If any applicant tells me they’ve been out of the country 13 times, to the Middle East and northern Africa, that would definitely raise a red flag,” Jarrett said.

Newhouse argued that a backlog of cases in 2003 could have led to overworked employees rushing interviews and misplacing documents.

Citizenship revocations are rare, although government officials could not provide figures. Whether Ahmed is deported would be up to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officials did not answer requests for interviews .


Ohio: Muslim pleads guilty to supporting Islamic State

Recall this fine Muslim Was Ready to ‘Cut Off the Head of His Non-Muslim Son’ and Wanted an Attack in U.S.

Source: Man charged with supporting Islamic State pleads guilty – Times Union

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge.

Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi, formerly Robert McCollum, pledged his support online to the Islamic State group, authorities said.

Al-Ghazi, 39, pleaded guilty in federal court in Akron to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.

A message was left with Al-Ghazi’s attorney.

Federal prosecutors say Al-Ghazi faces up to 16 years in prison. Sentencing was set for June 23.

Al-Ghazi legally changed his name from Robert McCollum last year, and agents found a sword and an Islamic State flag during a search of McCollum’s apartment in the Cleveland suburb of Sheffield Lake.

An affidavit alleged Al-Ghazi began using social media sites in July 2014 to pledge his support for the militant group and its leader and to recruit people to join the group.

He also made various references while chatting online with FBI sources that he wanted to stage terrorist attacks in the U.S., including the derailment of a train, according to the affidavit.

He initially told one FBI source that he wasn’t interested in becoming a martyr, but did say he’d be willing to cut off the head of his non-Muslim son if Muslims were to go to war in the U.S., the affidavit said.

Later, he told a source that he wanted to kill non-Muslims and wrote in an online chat, according to the affidavit: “You don’t fear death anymore its like walking thru a door for a martyr u know.”

From July 2014 to June 2015, Al-Ghazi made multiple statements trying to persuade others to join the Islamic State group, according to the government. Al-Ghazi also tried to buy an assault rifle in his desire to attack the United States and tried to create Islamic State propaganda videos, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.


Ohio Machete Attacker Shouted, “Allahu Akbar”

And he was a well-vetted Muslim immigrant. The Tower must have forgot to edit that bit of info out of their story.

via: Ohio Machete Attacker Shouted, “Allahu Akbar” | Frontpage Mag

What could possibly have been Mohamed Barry’s motive in attacking people in an Israeli Arab Christian restaurant in Ohio with a machete? It’s a mystery.

“He had a look on his face that was [indescribable],” Gerald told NBC affiliate WCMH. “And it was just a lot of hate and anger, and I have no idea where the rage is coming from.”

I believe it’s known as the Koran. Specifically, “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush” (Quran 9:5).

But Let’s not jump to any conclusions.

The assailant, identified by police as Mohamed Barry, a 30-year-old of Somali heritage, “came in and asked where I was from,” Baransi told The Tower. While Baransi was at home nursing a headache at the time, one of his employees– a young waitress– told Barry that the owner is from Israel. The man left after he determined that Baransi wasn’t at the restaurant, only to return around 30 minutes later with a machete and start hacking people.

“He came to each table and just started hitting them,” Karen Bass, who was in the restaurant at the time, told WBNS. “There were tables and chairs overturned, there was a man on the floor bleeding, there was blood on the floor.”

“He yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ and then he attacked them with the machete and that’s when they shot him and killed him,” Baransi said.

But there are so many reasons he could have been shouting, Allahu Akbar while trying to murder non-Muslims.

Ohio: Muslim with machete attacks diners at “Nazareth” restaurant

No one, except the intended target, can figure out why a Somali Muslim would attack an Israeli-owned establishment.


we added some context

Source: Ohio machete attack: Man injures 4 at restaurant in Columbus – CNN.com

(CNN)A man wielding a machete stormed a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and attacked several people before he was killed by police, authorities said Thursday.

The suspect was the only one killed. Nobody inside the Nazareth restaurant and deli said they knew him, according to police.

“(He) immediately began swinging a machete at customers and employees inside,” Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. “There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after as soon as he walked in, according to some of the witnesses.”

Police have tentatively identified the suspect but would not reveal his name or age.

“Right now there’s nothing that leads us to believe that this is anything but just a random attack,” Weiner said.

Karen Bass was inside the restaurant when it all happened.

“He came through the front door and then started just systematically hitting people,” she told CNN affiliate WSYX. “I thought it was a personal thing, and then he just started down the row hitting everybody.”

Four people were injured and transported to the hospital.

One victim who was in critical condition underwent surgery and is now “stable,” Weiner said.

The suspect was seen 30 to 45 minutes earlier entering the restaurant and speaking with an employee. Police would not discuss details of that conversation.

He left, came back at around 6 p.m. and then attacked a man and woman at a booth just inside the door, Weiner said.

Two men immediately ran out and called 911 while another engaged in a “physical altercation” with the suspect. Some patrons started throwing chairs.

An employee then “grabbed something from behind the register” and stopped the attack, according to Weiner.

“There’s blood all over inside the restaurant,” Steven Bass, Karen’s husband, told WSYX.

Witnesses were able to give authorities enough information about the suspect’s vehicle that another officer spotted it soon after, and a chase began.

Once authorities were able to get the suspect off the road, he tried to exit from the passenger side of the vehicle and an officer unsuccessfully tried to use a stun gun on him, Weiner said.

The suspect eventually made it out of the vehicle with a machete and another knife in hand.

Then, “he lunged across the hood at the officers,” Weiner said. “Another officer in a cruiser fired a couple shots at him and put him down.”

The FBI is helping local police with the investigation, which includes trying to determine the attacker’s motive, a U.S. law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.


More via Machete-Wielding Man Injures 4 at Ohio Restaurant, Is Killed By Police

Investigators are looking into whether the machete-wielding man who slashed four people in a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant attacked the eatery in the mistaken belief that the owner was Jewish, sources told NBC News on Friday.

The owner, Hany Baransi, is actually an Arab Christian from Haifa, Israel, his daughter said.

The attacker — identified by several NBC News law enforcement sources as Mohamed Barry — had asked a worker at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli where the owner was from, investigators said.

“Obviously we were targeted because there’s a whole bunch of businesses around here,” Baransi told the Columbus Dispatch. “I’m the only foreigner.”

Update: Man Who Allegedly Attacked Ohio Restaurant With Machete Was Known to FBI, Sources Say

The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism, sources said. Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.

Four victims — three men and one woman — were hospitalized after the attack, police said.

William Foley, 54, was in critical but stable condition today, police said, while Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43, were in stable condition today. The last victim, Neil McMeekin, 43, has been treated and released, police said today.

A Twitter user from Ohio posted there was a Potential 2nd attack linked to machete attack.

Unverified photo via @danpearlman

Unverified photo via @danpearlman


The suspected attacker has a Somali background, and it is believed he might have traveled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2012, CBS News reported. In addition, law enforcement officials are concerned that ‘this incident has the hallmarks of the type of so-called ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attack that they have been working to stop,’ CBS News reported.

The only way it can be stopped is banning Muslims from coming into the U.S. Vote wisely.

More:  Machete attacker who stormed Israeli-owned Ohio restaurant and slashed four was investigated by FBI for radical Islamist views four years ago

Now it has been revealed Barry was investigated by the FBI four years ago over concerns about his radical Islamist views, NBC 4 reports.

The 30-year-old had moved from Guinea to the United States in 2000. Originally living in Philadelphia, he moved to Ohio two years ago to look for work

Ohio: FBI probes Kent State professor for ISIS ties

Source: Terror 101: FBI probes U.S. prof for ISIS ties

The FBI is investigating a college professor for possible ties to terrorist groups. He maintains that he is just a Muslim convert who happens to call Osama bin Laden “the greatest.”

Julio Pino, an associate professor of history at Kent State University in Ohio, is suspected of having ties to the Islamic State group and using his class as a recruitment hub. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed to the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday that it is looking into Pino, who also goes by the name Assad Jibril Pino.

The agency said there was no immediate threat to the university.

“From a legal standpoint, I’m not aware that they’re going after me or charging me with anything,” Pino told Kent Wired on Tuesday. “I’m not aware of any kind of criminal investigation or charges or anything of that sort. “I’ve not broken the law.”

Kent University spokesman Eric Mansfield said in a statement released Tuesday that officials are cooperating with the FBI.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment,” said Mansfield.

The Clarion Project, a New York-based research institute, examined Pino’s social-media presence and found instances where he applauded deceased al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden and heaped praise on the “brave warriors” of ISIS. Its researchers captured screenshots of pro-terror messages before they were deleted.

“Sheik Osama (May Allah be Pleased with Him) was the greatest, and desrves [sic] praise for kicking off this jihad,” the Cuban-born Muslim said May 25, 2015.

Fox News reached out to Kent State for comment and was told the professor is still teaching classes.

Sophomore Brianna Wise told Kent Wired that Pino’s situation scares her.

“It freaks me out. It’s actually really scary. I’m kind of shocked,” she told the newspaper.

As Jawa Report notes, the dhimmis at Kent State has had twelve years and hasn’t fired him yet. He was even raided by the Secret Service in 2009 and nothing happened.

Secret Service raids Kent State professor of “little jihadists”

Ohio: Court Rules Against Muslim Teacher Who ‘Blatantly Violated’ School Policy

A rare victory against Islamic supremacists in 2015. Via Appeals Court Rules Against Muslim Instructional Aide in Ohio District

A federal appeals court has ruled against a Muslim cleric who was dismissed from his job as an instructional assistant in an Ohio school district after he disregarded orders to stop leaving school early to conduct prayer services at his mosque.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati, ruled unanimously against the instructional assistant even though it found he had made a facial case of First Amendment retaliation over comments he had made about the district.

The plaintiff, Abdurahman Haji, was hired as an instructional assistant at a Columbus middle school and worked in an English-as-a-second-language classroom that mostly served Somali students.

Haji claimed that district officials retaliated against him after he spoke out at his mosque and elsewhere about practices at middle school that offended him, court papers say. In 2007, he gave a lecture at his mosque complaining that the teaching of Greek mythology at the school was exposing Muslim students to a polytheistic belief system. The lecture was uploaded to YouTube, and school officials became aware of it by March 2008.

In another incident, Haji complained to a parent that he had seen a teacher hugging a Somali girl in a way that was inappropriate for a Muslim female.

School officials had given Haji permission to leave early on Fridays to conduct religious services at his mosque. But in April 2008, they rescinded the permission, telling Haji he could no longer leave the campus early without permission.

Haji left school early on two occasions after the change, and he was dismissed by the district.

He sued the school district on claims of First Amendment retaliation and religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

He lost in a federal district court in Columbus, and in a July 16 decision in Haji v. Columbus City Schools, the 6th Circuit court affirmed.

The appeals court said Haji made out his facial case of retaliation over his speech because district officials had clearly changed their tune about accommodating his early departures from school soon after they learned of his lecture critical of the school.

“The temporal proximity between the defendants’ discovery of the YouTube video and Haji’s termination, combined with the rescission of the [early-departure] agreement, could lead a jury to conclude that the video and Haji’s termination were causally connected,” the court said.

But that was not the end of the matter, the court continued, because even if an employee establishes that his protected conduct was a motivating factor behind his termination, an employer is not liable if it can show that it would have made the same employment decision even if the employee had not engaged in the protected activity.

The record clearly shows that the defendants terminated Haji for blatantly violating the attendance policy,” the court said. “The defendants warned Haji several times to follow the policy in April 2008, but Haji continued to leave early without signing out each Friday.”

On the religious bias claim, the 6th Circuit panel said Haji failed to make out a facial case that the district treated him differently based on his Muslim faith.

More via Muslim Teacher Loses Claim School Violated His Free Speech Rights and Discriminated Against His Religion :: The Legal Project

Briefly, Haji’s practice was to leave school early every Friday in order to lead prayers at his mosque.  On his departure, he would not sign out from school.  Usually, he would return to school after services, but if they ran long he would not return.

In 2007, Haji gave a lecture at his mosque in which he identified himself as a school employee and expressed “concern that the school was exposing Muslim students to the polytheistic belief system of Greek mythology.”  The video was uploaded to YouTube, and school officials learned of it from a student who told them Haji was “saying bad things about the school.”

Haji also complained to parents because female Somali students were not covering, were filmed dancing, and because he had observed a teacher (presumably male, although the opinion does not say) hugging a female Somali student “in a manner that he deemed inappropriate for a Muslim girl.”  Haji was suspended for a day for insubordination.

Around this time, school officials began to complain that Haji’s early departures were interfering with his job.  Haji was told he could no longer leave early without obtaining prior permission.  He ignored this requirement and was fired.

Haji filed a wrongful discharge suit claiming violations of his First Amendment rights (protected by Section 1983 of Title 42), Title VII, and Ohio state law.  The lower court granted summary judgment in favor of the school and dismissed Haji’s claims.  He appealed.

Last Thursday, the appellate court issued an unpublished opinion upholding the decision of the trial court.  Basically, the court said even if the school were retaliating for Haji’s comments, that’s ok, because the school had legitimate grounds to fire him, namely, his failure to comply with the attendance policy.  That was true even though the school had not enforced its policy before Haji made his comments.  Haji’s claim of religious bias under Title VII also failed, because he could not show that non-Muslim critics of the school were treated more favorably than he.

The opinion is, as noted, unpublished, which is a device courts often use for opinions on which they spend less time and attention than published opinions, and they often may not be cited as support in later cases.

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Ohio: Middle school allows students to opt out of Islamic propaganda lessons

via Lesson on Islam considered optional for Wapakoneta students – LimaOhio.com – limaohio.com

WAPAKONETA — The Wapakoneta schools became the subject of national discussion this week after students in Wapakoneta Middle School’s seventh-grade social studies class had the option of opting out of a portion of the class that deals with Islam.

According to the Ohio Department of Education’s curriculum guidelines for this class, one lesson “focuses on the impact of Islamic civilization as it spread throughout most of the Mediterranean in the period following the fall of Rome and its later impact on the European Renaissance.”

Wapakoneta superintendent Keith Horner issued a statement Friday, supporting the minimal standards set forth by the department but recognizing that some topics may cause consternation.

“We do not recommend that students opt out,” Horner said. “We do, however, recognize that some curriculum topics are sensitive, and we work with our parents to work through these respective issues.”

Horner noted there have been some emails and calls made to the district in the wake of the national coverage, but its main focus, he said, is on the students.

“If they are from local folks, we are very sensitive to that, and if they’re not local, we’re just getting back to helping kids,” he said.

Toby Lichtle, assistant director of communications and outreach for the Ohio Department of Education and a Wapakoneta graduate, noted that creating the curriculum and making decisions about them is made at the district level. When asked about the reasoning for including this topic in the guidelines, Lichtle referred to the department’s learning standards philosophy.

“Social studies helps students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for themselves and the common good,” Lichtle quoted. “It prepares students for their role as citizens and decision-makers in a diverse, democratic society. It enables students to learn about significant people, places, events and issues in the past in order to understand the present, and it fosters students’ ability to act responsibly and become successful problem solvers in an interdependent world of limited resources.”

Here are some resources for those Ohio parents and their children:


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