Florida: Appeals court unanimously affirms jury conviction of Miami terror imam

Your daily Florida jihad article, via Terrorism conviction of Miami imam upheld | Miami Herald.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the jury’s conviction of Hafiz Khan, 80, on four terrorism support-related charges in 2013. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, who called the evidence “overwhelmingly clear.”

The case against Khan, an imam at a Miami mosque before his 2011 arrest, was built on hundreds of FBI recordings of both telephone calls and Khan’s face-to-face conversations with an undercover informant. In the calls, Khan discussed details of numerous wire transfers to Pakistan over a three-year period that totaled about $50,000.

Khan also was overheard praising deadly attacks by the Taliban in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, including a 2009 bombing at a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan. In another call, Khan was heard wishing for the deaths of 50,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

In his appeal, Khan’s lawyers claimed the judge erred three times at trial, including allowing a U.S. government translator to add certain words to translations of intercepted phone calls and permitting an FBI agent to testify as an expert witness. Khan also claimed Scola abused his discretion when he denied a trial continuance after an Internet connection supporting a live video feed of defense witnesses from Pakistan failed.

The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which noted that the 29-day trial in Miami was “challenging,” rejected the defense claims.


The “Santa” imam was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending money to finance the Taliban.

 

 

Miami: Muslim ‘Lone Wolf’ for Islamic State Sentenced to 10 Years

Muslim terror stories are becoming a daily event in Florida. 

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via FBI — Miami Resident and ISIL Sympathizer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm.

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Azizi Al Hariri, just another lone wolf

Miguel Moran Diaz, 45, of Miami, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard of the Southern District of Florida to the statutory maximum term of 120 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, following his guilty plea for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“Miguel Moran Diaz was an armed, convicted felon who harbored sympathies for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” said Special Agent in Charge Piro. “He called himself a ‘Lone Wolf’ for ‘ISIS.’ This is not a scenario where law enforcement can afford to wait and see what happens next. The FBI and our partners in the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated and disrupted this threat to South Florida.”

According to court documents and statements made in court, in late January 2015, Diaz came to the attention of the FBI due in part to Facebook postings in the name of “Azizi Al Hariri,” a photo of Diaz possessing a firearm and articles regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Thereafter, during a subsequent undercover operation, Diaz told an FBI confidential source that he was a convicted felon and could not purchase a firearm. Diaz asked the confidential source to purchase him a “baby Glock” (a small concealable semi-automatic firearm) and other weapons, in exchange for $500. Diaz proposed that he would arrange to have the guns “stolen” from the confidential source’s vehicle.

Diaz also advised that he already owned a number of weapons, including a rifle, handgun and a Ket Tec 2000 with a collapsible stock that he would use to conceal the firearm. Diaz showed the confidential source photographs of him holding firearms and also displayed a gun that was concealed in his vehicle.

On Jan. 30, 2015, during a meeting with the confidential source in Miami, Diaz described himself as a “Lone Wolf” for ISIS. Diaz indicated that he wanted to acquire a .308 caliber bolt action rifle and intended to scratch “ISIS” into the shell casings. Diaz claimed that after he killed people, authorities would find the shell casings and put the city on lockdown as they attempted to locate the sniper. Diaz also used his iPhone to view Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP’s) Inspire Magazine website in order to learn how to build bombs.

On Feb. 8, 2015, the confidential source again met with Diaz in Miami in order to conduct target practice with loaded firearms.

On March 20, 2015, the confidential source asked Diaz if he would like to purchase any additional ammunition. Diaz stated that he had approximately 500 rounds of ammunition at his residence, but wanted to purchase 500 additional rounds if the price was good.

On April 2, 2015, the FBI executed a warrant and found Diaz driving a vehicle while in possession of a .40 caliber handgun loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition and a magazine containing 15 addition rounds. A search of Diaz’s residence revealed an additional Kel-tec 2000, .40 caliber rifle and approximately 200 to 300 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.


Some reports identify him as an Uber driver.

 

New York: Islamic State recruiter arrested, associate of Lackawanna 6 terrorists; threatened to behead daughter

New jingle: Like a good Muslim, jihad is there. Like it?

via Accused ISIS recruiter had threatened to behead daughter, sources say – The Buffalo News.

FBI agents arrested a Lackawanna man they say was trying to recruit local people for ISIS and who was about to leave the country.

Arafat Nagi, 44, was preparing to leave Lackawanna, and agents believed he was headed to the Middle East to fight with ISIS, prompting agents to take him into custody, according to a source.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. at a news conference Wednesday said Nagi has on two separate occasions traveled from Lackawanna to Turkey to try to join the terrorist organization, which also is known as ISIL. [ISIS]

Nagi had bought body armor, boots, Islamic headband, a face mask, night vision goggles and burn kit, federal authorities said.

He was known to local as he was involved in a domestic incident in 2013, according to law enforcement sources, who said he threatened to behead his daughter with a knife.

Law enforcement officials also said Wednesday that Nagi was a friend and associate of several members of the Lackawanna Six.

Nagi was arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, who ordered him held without bail, pending a felony hearing Friday morning.

Beginning in August 2012 and up to the present, Nagi is accused of attempting to “provide material and resources” to a designated terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also called ISIS.

Scott told Nagi he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted.

Nagi, who was born in Buffalo, said he has not worked since 2009, when he was injured. He told the judge he previously worked delivering medication to pharmacies for Prestige Delivery Systems, but was fired. He also described himself as disabled, though he never has filed for disability benefits. Nagi said he relies on family members to pay his bills.

Nagi said he is divorced and the father of a son, 23, and daughter, 21.

Assistant US Attorney Joseph Trippi said he moved for continued detention of Nagi because he is “a risk of flight and danger to the community.”

Scott assigned attorney Jeremy Schwartz to defend Nagi.

“It’s very early in the case to make any comments about the evidence or charges,” Schwartz told reporters outside the courtroom.

Federal officials said Nagi had been on their radar “for about a year.”

“The FBI had been watching him for some time and arrested him because he was planning to take action today, preparing to leave and go fight,” a source familiar with the investigation said.

Nagi, formerly of Detroit, had been interviewed by agents and, when questioned, was vague about a 10-day period that remains unaccounted for, a source said.

Agents believe that Nagi attempted to recruit local people for the terrorist organization, according to a source with knowledge of the arrest.

When the man tried to recruit people in Lackawanna, his efforts were spurned, according to another source familiar with the arrest.

This isn’t the first time terrorism has touched Lackawanna. One year and one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, eight Lackawanna men were accused of visiting an al Qaida training camp in Afghanistan.


Wow. Bad reporting or intentionally bad reporting? Were they found guilty? What happened to them?

Another article clarifies: Nagi was friend of some Lackawanna Six members, police sources say

The men all went to prison after taking guilty pleas in Buffalo’s federal court and admitting that they had trained with al-Queda and met Osama bin Laden, the man behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.

Nagi was a “friend and supporter” of the Lackawanna Six, one of the sources told the Buffalo News today.


So the Lackawanna Six all went to prison. That is, until the U. S. gave half of the Lackawanna Six new identities. Witness protecton. No one knows where they are today.

Canada: Muslim Couple Wanted to Infiltrate Synagogue, Kill Jewish Children

 via Daniel Greenfield | Frontpage Mag.

Islamophobia is a serious threat and must be defeated no matter how many non-Muslim children must be killed to make it happen.

Amanda Korody, a Canadian woman found guilty of taking part in a terrorist bomb plot, also wanted to infiltrate a synagogue and kill Jewish children, according to a report in the Western Canadian newspaper, the Times Colonist.

Both Korody and co-defendant, John Nuttall, her husband, are self-described Muslim converts.

Police notes presented in British Columbia (B.C.) Supreme Court on Monday described how Korody’s husband John Nuttall told an undercover officer that his wife believed she would be doing Jewish children a favor by sending them to paradise, since she believed “grown-up Jews” go to “eternal hell” when they die.

“I asked Nuttall how he thinks he will have access to Jewish kids and he said they were both white and could pass for Jewish,” according to the undercover officer’s notes, dated from March 2013.

They will be regulars in the synagogue. They will gain the trust of everybody. And once they have everything they will get enough guns and ammo to go ahead with their mission.”

The Times Colonist added that Nuttall acknowledged that Jewish children were non-combatants but explained that their killing was justified since they would be raised to hate Arabs and Muslims. However, he eventually conceded that to the officer that “you never know, they may convert (to Islam) in their adulthood.”

The plot is rather similar to Dylann Roof’s, with the gruesome twist that the Jihadist couple were targeting kids, except we won’t be banning anything Islam-related over it. That would be Islamophobic.

 John Nuttal was really into social justice. So he was obviously inspired by the mass murder of Americans.

Accused terrorist John Nuttall told an undercover officer in the weeks leading up to his alleged Canada Day plot to attack the British Columbia legislature that he converted to Islam because he wanted “jihad,” his trial heard Wednesday.

“I wanted jihad before I became a Muslim,” Nuttall says in the video, which was played for the jury. “I just wanted justice. … When 9/11 happened, I became really interested with these people.”

“The first thing I said when I converted is, ‘How do I worship my God?'” Nuttall says in the video. “And my second question was, ‘Where is my gun? Let’s go do jihad.”

The Crown alleges Nuttall and Korody, who were recent converts to Islam, built pressure-cooker bombs and then placed them on the front lawn of the legislature in Victoria hours before Canada Day festivities. The RCMP ensured the bombs were inert, the Crown says.

But you know Islamophobia is the real problem.


Post script:

A jury found the Muslim couple guilty of plotting to set off pressure-cooker bombs outside British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day 2013 when thousands of people were expected to be there.

Florida: Muslim Planned to Detonate Nail Bomb on Key West Beach; Behead Christians

Florida Muslims and their sympathizers can’t stay out of the news. via Harlem Suarez Planned to Blow Up Key West Beach in ISIS-Inspired Attack

Harlem Suarez wanted to bring terror to the Conch Republic, according to the FBI. The 23-year-old, also known as Almlak Benitez, was arrested after the feds claimed they uncovered a plot in which he planned to build a bomb and plant it under the sands of a Key West beach. After attacking the Keys, Suarez also wanted to plant bombs in South Beach.

Suarez came to the FBI’s attention this past April after making Facebook posts promoting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a terrorist organization also known as ISIS. Someone tipped off the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after receiving a friend request from someone using the name “Almlak Benitez.”

“Be a warrior, learn how to cut your enemies head and then burn down the body learn how to be the new future of the world Caliphate,” he wrote in one such posting.

“I need some emest from any brother. How to make a bomb send me a video or something, and what do I need to make it,” he wrote in another.

The PBSO then tipped off the FBI, and the agency then tracked back the “Benitez” page to Suarez’s profile that he kept under his real name.

That other profile
 remains mostly private with little information available to the public other than that he liked some pages, including those of Waka Flocka Flame and the Poltergeist movies. Though, Heavy.com found that according to an update on a friend’s page, Suarez, who lived at home with his parents, was at Bare Assets strip club in Key West and wrote, “I’m ready to make it rain while I’m blowing up.”

The Facebook profile also indicates Suarez is a Key West native.

An FBI confidential human source located in West Palm Beach (the complaint does not make it completely clear whether it’s the same person who originally tipped off the PBSO) made contact with Suarez, and the suspect divulged his plot to blow up a beach. He allegedly planned to use a weapon known as a “timer bomb,” a device that is filled with nails and able to be concealed easily in a backpack. Suarez planned to bury the bomb under the sand on a public beach and then detonate the device via cell phone.

“We can make it with a phone because if one day I get a day off, I can go to the beach at nighttime… put the thing in the sand… cover it up. So the next day, I just call and the thing gonna, is gonna make… a real hard noise from nowhere, and like people are gonna be like what, where this shit came from?” Suarez said during one phone discussion with the source.

Suarez also claimed to be in possession of two Glock handguns but also implied to the source that he was interested in obtaining a rifle, a bulletproof vest, and grenades.

Eventually, Suarez and the source met in person, and Suarez talked about wanting to make an ISIS recruiting video. The two would eventually meet at a Homestead motel to do so. Suarez showed up and, dressed in tactical gear while holding weapons, made his pitch before the camera. He also talked about eventually going to a Miami-area mosque to possibly recruit new members for the cause.

The source and Suarez would later come to an agreement that if Suarez provided the supplies, the source would have someone build the timer bomb Suarez wanted. Suarez provided the material July 19. When he went to pick up the bomb yesterday, he was arrested.

Suarez had also discussed with the source the possibility of placing bombs in Marathon and South Beach during July 4 in terrorist-style attacks, though those ideas had not been as well-planned-out.

He has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction within the United States. The crime is punishable by life in prison.


Read or download the Complaint here.

“We are the islamic state We are isis Muslims, “HAnd soon we will the rest of warrior will come to here us @from Canada and mexico and bring the caliphate here And start fighting who are agints Muslims,” and “We are you behad cristians isis.”

More on the rapid demise of Florida here.

Georgia: 15 years for Muslim who tried to join Islamic State

Abdul Wakil Khalil aka Abu Hurairah Al Amreekee

via ‘I am an American’ says Georgia man who tried to join Islamic State | Savannahnow.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Georgia man who wrote he was “ready for jihad” before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, “I am an American.”

Leon Nathan Davis III of Augusta was sentenced to 15 years, the maximum punishment allowed. A pale, bearded man with a Southern accent, the 38-year-old Davis pleaded guilty in May to seeking to help a known terrorist organization.

He was arrested at the Atlanta airport last October trying to board a flight to Turkey. Davis later said his plan was to be smuggled into Syria so he could join the Islamic State group as a recruiter and an English teacher.

During his sentencing Tuesday, Davis told the judge he had been “brainwashed” by writings and online propaganda of radical Muslims not long after he converted to Islam while imprisoned for cocaine trafficking a decade ago.

“I allowed myself to stray away from the truth of my religion, which is peace, love and humility,” Davis said. “They brainwashed me into thinking that hatred and death were the way into heaven.”

Despite his apologies and acknowledgement of wrongdoing, prosecutors insisted Davis was far from harmless.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlton Bourne showed the judge a photograph Davis posted online of himself holding a shotgun and surrounded by other weapons. Bourne said Davis added the caption: “ready for jihad.”

About a year before buying his plane ticket, Bourne said, Davis posted online: “One of my greatest desires is to kill Zionists and bring down Israel and the United States of America.”

Despite being a convicted felon, Davis owned six rifles, four handguns and two shotguns, according to prosecutors who originally charged him with illegal gun possession. That charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Davis posted “stupid things” on social media, said his defense attorney, Michael Loebl. But with no military training and a bad back, Davis posed “a low-level threat, if any,” Loebl said.

Davis underwent a genuine religious conversion while in prison from 2005 to 2008, Loebl said, and became so dedicated that he taught himself to read and write Arabic. He said Davis’ interest in radical Islam peaked when he left prison and was able to access writings, videos and other materials online.

Davis and his attorney insisted he never meant harm, particularly to Americans. Davis was born in Augusta and had a father who served in the military. At the time of his arrest, he was selling dietary supplements. He told the judge that because of his actions, his wife, an Iraqi citizen, has been barred from returning to the U.S.

“I love my country and I am an American,” Davis said through loud sobs. “This is the best country in the world and it deserves better.”

Authorities have charged several dozen people in the last year with trying to fight alongside the Islamic State and other militants or with lending them material support.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall said he chose the maximum punishment for Davis in hopes that it might deter others, though he also voiced concerns Davis might use prison to recruit more Islamic State supporters.

“In light of the clear evidence of their savagery and brutality, he chose to travel there and join them,” Hall said. “This is a serious offense against our nation. We need to impose a serious sentence.”

More:  15 Years For Attempting To Help ISIS

In 2005 when Davis went to prison for trafficking cocaine, he converted to Islam. He taught himself to read and write Arabic and he taught the tenets of the religion to others, Loebl said. He said Davis began to read and study radical Islamic views in 2006 and gradually became brainwashed over the years that the only way to an Islamic utopia on Earth was through the Islamic State.

Davis apologized to faithful Muslims for falsely believing terror and hatred was the path to heaven, and for leaving another black stain on the religion. He apologized for the pain and shame he brought to his family.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlton R. Bourne Jr. asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence. Davis is not the peace-loving man he claims – claims belied by his posts on social media such as “ready for jihad,” with a picture of himself surrounded by a dozen weapons, Bourne said. Davis was fully prepared to join the Islamic State and it was only through the proactive work of federal and state law enforcement officers that his plan was foiled.

Davis bought his airplane ticket just weeks after the Islamic State publicized the beheadings of American journalists Steve Sotloff and James Foley, Bourne said.

More:

In one piece of evidence against Davis, he can be seen posing in a picture surrounded by weapons with the caption “ready for jihad.”

Now he’ll go back to prison ready to teach others jihad.

DHS Head Reveals Policy: ‘Critical to refrain from calling Islamic terrorism Islamic’

via DHS: Calling Islamic Terrorism ‘Islamic’ Offends Muslims – Investors.com. h/t Eye on the World

After a Muslim terrorist gunned down unarmed Marines in Tennessee, the head of Homeland Security revealed a policy to downplay any Islamic role in such terror. The feds are now blindfolding each other on the threat.

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson refuses to call Islamic terror “Islamic,” arguing it’s “critical” to refrain from the label in order to “build trust” among Muslims.

In jaw-dropping remarks Friday at Aspen Institute’s annual security forum, Johnson said the government will call such attacks “violent extremism” over “Islamic terrorism” out of respect for the Muslim community.

The policy explains why the U.S. prosecutor and lead FBI investigator in the Chattanooga case still insist on calling Mohammad Abdulazeez a “homegrown violent extremist,” though he blogged about his religious motivations for the attack, and he and his family attended a local mosque controlled by a terror-tied Islamic trust.

Johnson says that dismissing the religious dimension of the widening homegrown Islamic terror threat is part of a strategy to gain the “cooperation” of the Muslim community. He says that if officials called Islamic terrorism “Islamic,” they’d “get nowhere.”

Even the moderator was dumbfounded: “Isn’t government denying the fundamental religious component of this kind of extremism by not using the word Islamic?” “I could not disagree more,” Johnson retorted, arguing that Islam “is about peace.”

Earth to Johnson: You already are “nowhere.” The FBI director warns that he can’t keep up with all the homegrown Muslim terrorism cases cropping up now in all 50 states. Chattanooga is just the latest tragic example of the FBI and DHS missing plots in the pipeline.

And what fruit has pandering to local Muslim leaders produced? U.S. Attorney Bill Killian helped dedicate Abdulazeez’s mosque at its grand opening in 2012, even befriended its leader. Did Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga president Bassam Issa tip him off about Abdulazeez’s radicalization? Did he stop him from driving down the street and opening fire on two military sites?

An internal PowerPoint document shows that mosque leaders were busy invoking the names of radical Muslim Brotherhood leaders to raise money for the mosque, leaders like Sheikh Qaradawi, who once issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill U.S. soldiers.

Instead of investigating the mosque and its leaders, the feds have stepped up their groveling.

The notion that Muslim leaders are helping us is totally bogus. In one Islamic State hot spot, Minneapolis, the local Muslim leaders are “cooperating” by demanding that the FBI release jailed IS terrorist suspects. In Boston, congregants of a mosque attended by the Boston marathon bombers are “cooperating” by holding fundraisers and rallies for convicted al-Qaida- and IS-tied terrorists.

Johnson, like his boss, are delusional: Their strategy of “winning hearts and minds” already has failed. So now it’s up to state and local authorities to take this fight from the feds and put down this growing insurgency themselves. They can start by passing a law that allows authorities to press legal action not just against terrorists but also any of their supporters in the Muslim community.

A Tennessee senator frustrated over the slow pace of the federal investigation in Chattanooga introduced a bill that passed implementing Andy’s Law, named after Pvt. Andrew Long, the Little Rock Army recruiter murdered by terrorist Abdulhakim Muhammad.

Arkansas, Louisiana and Kansas have also passed the anti-terror law, and North Carolina is on the verge of doing so. Letting victims of terrorism seek damages from individuals and organizations that provide material support to terrorists will go a long way to filling the investigative void left by PC-paralyzed Washington.


More: Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security ‘We Must Give Voice To The Plight of Muslims In This Country’

“We in the administration and the government should give voice to the plight of Muslims living in this country and the discrimination that they face. And so I personally have committed to speak out about the situation that very often people in the Muslim community in this country face. The fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and the Islamic faith is one about peace and brotherhood.”

Right, the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

Johnson is supposed to be committed to protecting Americans from Muslim terrorists. That’s precisely why the DHS was created. Johnson must be removed ASAP and DHS disbanded!

April 2015: DHS Secretary Lauds U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and Islam

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