Man Who Shouted ‘Jihad’ While Rushing Cockpit Sentenced to 9 Months

Why are incidents of Islamic terrorism so often mentioned with mental illness? And if the correlation is so high, why are Muslims being imported to towns and cities across the United States in mass numbers? Source: Man Who Shouted ‘Jihad’ on Flight Senenced to 9 Months – ABC News

A New York man who forced a United Airlines flight to return to northern Virginia’s Dulles Airport after shouting the word “jihad” and rushing the cockpit has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old David Patrick Diaz of Poughkeepsie, New York, pleaded guilty earlier this year to interfering with a flight crew.

On a March 2015 flight from Dulles to Denver, Colorado, he was tackled by a group of passengers after shouting “jihad” and saying there was something in the belly of the plane.

His lawyer said Diaz has problems with mental illness and alcohol.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 21 months, but a judge at federal court in Alexandria imposed a nine-month sentence at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing.

Diaz also was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution to United.

In 2015, we posted video of the attack, via United Airlines passenger rushes cockpit screaming “jihad jihad”

Virginia: Muslim Supremacist Asks Obama to Support Libyan al Qaeda Group

Source: Islamist Activist Asks Obama to Support Libyan AQ Group :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

The revelation of his praise for Palestinians who chose “the jihad way” to liberation forced northern Virginia surgeon Esam Omeish to resign from a statewide immigration commission in 2007. But it hasn’t stopped him from enjoying red carpet treatment from Obama administration officials.

Omeish briefly drew national attention in 2007 when he was forced to resign from the Virginia immigration panel. The move resulted from Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) video showing him praising for Palestinians who chose the “jihad way” during a rally in 2000.

This was no slip of the tongue. At a different event two months earlier, Omeish congratulated Palestinians who gave “up their lives for the sake of Allah and for the sake of Al-Aqsa. They have spearheaded the effort to bring victory upon the believers in Filastin, insha’allah [God willing]. They are spearing the effort to free the land of Filastin, all of Palestine, for the Muslims and for all the believing people in Allah.”

Nonetheless, high-ranking Obama administration officials engaged with him despite this and his praise for Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. They consulted with him on Libya and included him in other events aimed at engagement with the Muslim community and countering violent extremism.


Now, Omeish is hoping those contacts will help him persuade U.S. officials to change gears in Libya, shifting support from a secular political figure to one with links to al-Qaida. He spelled out those ambitions in a Feb. 29 letter addressed to President Obama posted on Omeish’s Facebook page.

It is co-signed by Emadeddin Z. Muntasser, secretary general of the Libyan American Public Affairs Council (LAPAC). Omeish is identified as the LAPAC president.

Before he was affiliated with the LAPAC, Muntasser was convicted in 2008 of failing to disclose connections between a charity he worked with and jihadist fundraising when he sought tax-exempt status for the charity.

Muntasser ran the Boston branch of the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, which is considered a precursor to al-Qaida, Continue reading

Palestinian-Muslim from Virginia joined ISIS, captured by Iraqi Kurds

No virgins for him: Palestinian-American IS fighter surrenders to Iraqi Kurds

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) – A 26-year-old man fighting with the Islamic State group gave himself up to Iraqi Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday and when asked, said he is a Palestinian from the United States.

His driving license, posted on social media, had Alexandria, Virginia, as his home address and though U.S. authorities have yet to confirm whether he is an American citizen, the incident marked a rare voluntary surrender in Iraq of a militant fighting with the extremist group.

The IS fighter had been “lurking near the peshmerga lines” since late Sunday night, according to Maj. Gen. Feisal Helkani of the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces who play a key role – along with the Iraqi military and Shiite militia forces – in battling the IS extremists.

Helkani said his troops first tried to shoot the man, assuming he was a would-be suicide bomber.3230700800000578-3492140-image-a-10_1457990442416

“Then in the morning, he walked across and gave himself up,” Helkani said, adding the man is a Palestinian-American who was fighting with IS in Iraq.

The surrender took place on the front lines near the town of Sinjar, which was retaken by Iraqi forces from IS militants late last year.

Helkani identified the man as Mohammed Jamal Amin and said he was carrying with him a large amount of cash, three cell phones and three forms of identification, including a U.S. driving license. The IS fighter is currently being held by the peshmerga troops for interrogation, Helkani added.

The Iraqi Kurdish general did not provide further details or a hometown for the man but a photograph of an American driving license said to belong to the IS fighter was posted on social media, identifying him as Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, from Alexandria, Virginia.

The discrepancy between the fighter’s family name on the license and the one provided by the Kurdish general could not immediately be reconciled. His first name was also spelled differently.

In grainy cell phone footage, also posted on social media shortly after the surrender, the man is seen on a hillside, standing with his hands behind his back, head slightly bowed. He is surrounded by Iraqi Kurdish troops and responds to an officer’s questions. He says he is from the United States and that he is Palestinian. In response to the interrogator’s question, he says he was in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been under IS control since the jihadi group blitzed across Iraq to capture much of the country’s north and west in the summer of 2014.

In the Kingstowne neighborhood of Fairfax County, listed as Khweis’ home on the driver’s license, a man who said he is Khweis’ father said he was leaving to meet with authorities to find out what they knew. He became angry when a reporter tried to ask him about his son and suggested it was unfair to ask him to account for his grown son.

“He’s 26. Almost 27. He’s a grown man, just like you,” he told a reporter.

We know, we know. It’s a religion of disturbing the peace with a tiny minority of extremists. Poll: 60% of Palestinians support attacks

3230071400000578-3492140-Amin_reportedly_told_family_he_was_vacationing_in_Greece_when_he-a-11_1457990442451More via  American ISIS member mistakenly walks into Peshmerga hands

Muhammad Jamal Amin is a Virginia-born American citizen of a Palestinian father and Iraqi mother from Mosul.

According to the Peshmerga commander of the Shingal front who didn’t want to be named, the ISIS militant had mistaken the Peshmerga territory for the Turkish border.

The commander said that Amin had entered Syria from Turkey two months ago from where he had traveled to Mosul.

On his way back to Turkey he had mistakenly walked into the Peshmerga hands.

The Peshmerga commander said that a number of cell phones, some money and ID cards were seized from the militant.

The Peshmerga fired on him before he reached their base and later detained him.


More via Father of captured American-born ISIS fighter, 26, ‘hits camerawoman’ and scolds reporters outside family’s Virginia home

After the driver’s license was released, reporters showed up outside of the Fairfax County address listed on the license where they encountered an agitated man claiming to be the fighter’s father, Jamal Khweis.

One reporter for WUSA even claimed that Khweis hit a camerawoman.  Continue reading

Virginia: 1 Homegrown, 1 Muslim Immigrant Arrested Trying to Join ISIS Terrorists

  • Wanted Allah to destroy the Christians, “make their faces burn in hell’s fire”
  • Wanted to “chop their heads”
  • 1 originally from Pennsylvania, the other from Sudan
  • When told he might face U.S. forces Farrokh responded, “Honestly, this is the best.”


Did the mother go to the FBI? If not, why is she not charged? via: Two Virginia men charged in plot to travel to Syria –

Federal authorities have charged two Virginia men with terror-related offenses after one tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS, the Justice Department said Saturday.

Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 28, was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS. Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 25, is accused of aiding and abetting Farrokh’s efforts.

According to prosecutors, Farrokh has been trying to join ISIS since at least November. He met with someone Elhassan “believed maintained connections to individuals engaged in jihad overseas,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

On Friday, Elhassan drove Farrokh to Richmond, Virginia, where Farrokh went to the airport and cleared security in a bid to board a Chicago-bound flight, prosecutors said. From there, authorities say, he planned to fly to Jordan and eventually travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Authorities arrested Farrokh at the airport. Elhassan was arrested after returning to Woodbridge, Virginia, where the two live.

If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison. They are scheduled to make their initial court appearance on Tuesday.

More: 2 Woodbridge men charged with terrorism offenses, 1 wanted to join ISIL

Farrokh is a U.S. citizen originally from Pennsylvania and has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Elhassan, who is a legal permanent U.S. resident originally from Sudan, has been charged with aiding and abetting Farrokh’s attempt.

According to the DOJ, Farrokh has been attempting to leave the U.S. to join ISIL since at least November of 2015.

More: 2 Virginia men charged with attempting to support Islamic State

According to court documents, Farrokh had been planning to join the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, since late November and had allegedly met with a federal law enforcement informant, through Elhassan, who both believed to be associated with the terrorist group.

Prosecutors allege that Elhassan was aware of Farrokh’s plans to travel to join the Islamic State and was aware that his friend was attempting to mask his travel to Syria by telling family members that he intended to study in Saudi Arabia.

Elhassan allegedly picked up Farrokh on Friday morning for the drive to Richmond and a location about a mile from the airport. Farrokh took a taxi the rest of the way, checked in for the Chicago flight and cleared security before he was arrested by FBI agents.

Agents arrested Elhassan on Friday afternoon when he allegedly made “a number of false statements” to investigators.

via DOJ:

Virginia: Teacher of Islamic ‘Calligraphy Lesson’ Circulated Koran, Forced Girls to Wear Hijab

More on rogue teacher Cheryl LaPorte, via: Report: Virginia Teacher of Islamic ‘Calligraphy Lesson’ Circulated Koran, Excluded Bible – Breitbart

A ninth grade World Geography teacher who assigned students near Staunton, Virginia to hand copy the Arabic characters representing the shahada–the Islamic statement of faith–also circulated a Koran to her students while refusing to do the same with the Bible, according to reports from a parent meeting.

WVIR TV confirmed that students in Cheryl LaPorte’s class wore the hijab:

Last week, ninth-grade-students at Riverheads High School were asked to copy the Shahada for a school assignment.

“She told us the paper meant faith so we didn’t think anything of it,” said Laurel Truxell, a ninth-grader.

But after they found out what they translated, “There is no other God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.” Some students took issue.

“A lot of people got really upset and I refused to do the paper,” said Truxell.

Some students also put on a scarf part of the interactive lesson intended to teach about a religious article of clothing, the Hijab.

“When they asked me to dress up, I said no and the aide said okay, well the teacher pushed and pushed and pushed so I did it, and when she took a picture, I asked for it not to be in the yearbook and she said it was, so that’s when my parents called the school,” said Truxell.

“Students were also shown copies of the Koran, and female students were invited to try on a scarf as part of a lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress,” The Daily Mail confirmed.

Augusta County school administrators who “confirmed that this lesson was not in the Augusta School Division’s approved curriculum for World Geography” at the parents meeting on Dec. 15 later backtracked with after-the-fact language that suggested the lesson was consistent with Virginia’s state “Standards of Learning.”

It is hard to see how the three Islamic-centric exercises LaPorte assigned her students comply with this standard to show “religion as a unifying force.”

It is unclear if this was the first year LaPorte assigned the students these specific Islam-centric lessons.

However LaPorte came to introduce these Islam-centric lessons to her ninth grade World Geography students, one thing is clear: the lessons are not part of the curriculum approved by the Virginia Department of Education.

Back story and school contacts at Virginia: Students told to practice Islamic shahada, girls asked to wear hijab.

Virginia: Muslim immigrant sentenced, tried to sell Navy aircraft carrier secrets to Egypt


Treason used to be punishable by death. Another Muslim immigrant who was well-vetted by U.S. authorities. via York man sentenced to 11 years for trying to sell Ford aircraft carrier secrets to Egypt – Daily Press

NORFOLK — A 36-year-old Navy engineer was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison for attempting to sell designs for the nation’s newest aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson sentenced Mostafa Ahmed Awwad to the high end of the sentencing range — between eight and 11 years — that was spelled out in plea agreement Awwad signed in June when he pleaded guilty to attempted espionage.

Before his arrest last December, Awwad, a husband and father of two, lived in York County’s Coventry subdivision and worked as a civilian engineer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

He was accused of stealing thousands of design drawings for the $13 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, now in the final stages of construction at Newport News Shipbuilding, and turning them over to an undercover FBI agent he thought was an Egyptian spy.

Jackson noted that Awwad became a U.S. citizen in June 2012 — in a naturalization ceremony Jackson himself presided over at the same Norfolk federal courthouse. In an oath Awwad took that day, he “swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Jackson said.

Three years later, Jackson added, Awwad was being sentenced for trying to sell out that very country.

“You went out and you attempted to sell and convey secrets that are an … instrumental part of the national defense,” Jackson said. “This wasn’t an aberrational act. You took a series of steps, and but for being arrested, you probably would have continued with your conduct.”

Awwad’s wife, Dalia Elsherbeni, took the witness stand at the hearing. “The impact is huge,” she said, wearing a hijab and occasionally wiping tears from her eyes. “It still is and always will be.”

She spoke of how her husband often calls the family in Colorado — where she and the boys, ages 3 and 1, now live — from jail. He reads and sings to the boys, she said, and sometimes simply listens to them playing through the phone.

“They have a father who loves them,” Elsherbeni said, adding that Thursday was the 3-year-old’s birthday.

Awwad’s younger brother, Amr Awwad, an Egyptian who traveled to the United States with his father on Tuesday, also took the witness stand. He said Awwad and his four siblings were well-educated and grew up in a loving family.

“He came here for a better opportunity,” he said. “We all knew that the U.S. was a better place.”

Amr Awwad added that his brother tried to recruit him to come here, too. “It’s all what you like, it’s your character, you will love it,” he said Mostafa Awwad told him. “So here I am finally. The first time in the United States. In court.”

Several Newport News Shipbuilding managers were in the audience at Thursday’s sentencing hearing. So, too, were several Navy officials, including the commander of Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and many agents with the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Awwad was born in Saudi Arabia, but grew up as an Egyptian, and came to the United States in 2007. He graduated from Old Dominion University in December 2013, landing a job at Norfolk Naval Shipyard a few months later.

At a bond hearing late last year, prosecutors detailed several chilling statements Awwad made while meeting with the undercover FBI agent. He turned over some of the carrier designs at a clandestine drop spot at the Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton.

The drawings were generated by Newport News Shipbuilding, but Norfolk Naval Shipyard had the designs in preparation for maintenance work once the ship joins the fleet. Prosecutors said Awwad spoke of the critical parts of an aircraft carrier that could cause the warship to sink if they were struck.

“Even if we are not able to (construct) the carrier, you will be able to see how it can be hit and drowned,” Awwad told the FBI agent, according to prosecutors. “The bomb bay. The bomb storage area. That’s it. Bye-bye.”

Awwad also spoke of a part of the carrier that he called “the floater.” “You break the floater like this, it’s over,” Awwad told the agent on the recording, a prosecutor said at a hearing last December.

Prosecutors also said Awwad boasted of how he could install “bugs” on nuclear submarines when they come through Norfolk Naval Shipyard for routine maintenance.

A statement of facts that Awwad and prosecutors signed off on as part of the June guilty plea said the designs he attempted to turn over showed where “vulnerable” shipboard areas — such as nuclear reactors, weapons storage spaces and technology infrastructure — were located.

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Virginia: All schools shut down in Augusta county over Islam homework

Once again, the real Islamophobes and real Islam disrupt the lives of Americans. Terrorism works. If Muslims kill over cartoons, who is to say Muslims won’t kill innocent students over drawing the Islamic shahada?

Islam is the religion of disturbing the peace. That is undeniable. via All schools shut down in Virginia county over Islam homework |  h/t Jim

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. — After a teacher at a Virginia school handed out a standard homework assignment on Islam, such an angry backlash flooded in that it prompted officials to close every single school in the county as a safety precaution.

“While there has been no specific threat of harm to students, schools and school offices will be closed Friday, December 18, 2015,” Augusta County Schools said. Extracurricular activities were shut down Thursday afternoon.

And social media exploded over the school lesson — a simple drawing assignment — into a caustic discussion about religion and education.

When the world geography class at Riverheads High School in Staunton rolled around to the subject of major world religions, homework on Islam asked students to copy religious calligraphy.It read:

“Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic. In the space below, try copying it by hand. This should give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.”


The illustrative classical Arabic phrase was the basic statement in Islam. It translated to: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.”

When students took it home, it was like a spark hitting a powder keg. Some of their parents saw the homework as an attempt to convert their children to Islam.Calls and emails flooded the school. Some of them demanded the teacher be fired for assigning it.

Cheryl LaPorte had not designed the assignment herself, but took it from a standard workbook on world religions, local newspaper The News Leader reported.

No more shahada

The county school system reacted.

It removed the shahada from world religion instruction. “A different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future,” it said.

And it issued a statement saying no one was trying to convert anyone to any religion.

“Neither of these lessons, nor any other lessons in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” Augusta County schools official Eric Bond said in a statement to CNN affiliate WHSV.

But that hasn’t been enough for Kimberly Herndon, who kept her ninth-grade son home from school.“There was no trying about it. The sheet she gave out was pure doctrine in its origin,” she told WHSV.

“I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian,” she said.

By Tuesday, like-minded parents and residents of the town of nearly 24,000 gathered in the sanctuary of Good Will Ministries to voice their grievances, including against the teacher.

The anger may have had an effect. LaPorte told The News Leader that now her job involves getting students through Standards of Learning tests.

At the same time, former students have taken to Facebook to defend her.

“I’m against anyone getting steamrolled by convoluted logic and I’m very pleased to see that there is so many people around me that feel the same way,” a supporter wrote.

Security scramble

Back at the school, the sheriff and administrators had begun worrying about security.

On Monday, Augusta County issued a letter reassuring parents that schools in the county were safe. It did not reference the homework assignment but did say that parents had become worried about security.

“All doors are locked with the exception of one front door….Faculty and staff monitor all activities inside and out of the buildings.” Standard security procedures, the letter explained.

But as the week went on, officials got more specific about the source of concern — calls and email messages — and their target — the world geography class.

“The school division began receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area,” the school system said. And the “tone and content” were nasty.

The sheriff deployed more officers to county schools and began monitoring the communications. Then all the schools in the county shut down.

Overlooked in today’s story is the fact that girls were also asked to wear a hijab.


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