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.

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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.

Virginia: Students told to practice Islamic shahada, girls asked to wear hijab

Source: Virginia high schoolers assigned transcription of Muslim faith decree | The Schilling Show Blog

Parents of students at Greenville, Virginia’s Riverheads High School were shocked by a recent assignment given in World Geography class.

Classroom teacher, Cheri Laporte, asked students to practice “calligraphy” by copying the Muslim statement of faith, also known as the shahada, which translates as:

“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Recitation of the shahada is a fundamental step in conversion to Islam.

According to parents, students were not informed of the translation or of the specific meaning of the Arabic text the students were being asked to copy. In addition, parents confirm that female students were invited to don Muslim apparel and subsequently were photographed in costume by the teacher. (Reportedly, an administrator has since disposed of the photos.)

A post-assignment emergency meeting held with the teacher, a parent, and schools administration yielded the following additional information:

  • Teacher Laporte was aware of the translation of the text assigned and was unapologetic over the assignment itself
  • Apparel representing other religions was not presented in the lesson
  • Teacher Laporte previously had circulated a Koran in the classroom, but had intentionally declined to make a Bible available because “all of the students already have read or seen a Bible”
  • School administration confirmed that this lesson was not in the Augusta School Division’s approved curriculum for World Geography

After the meeting, one parent responded in reference to the teacher:

I do not trust her to teach my son and regardless of the outcome he will not sit in her classroom. I am in the process of forgiving her but I do not trust her.

Riverheads High School Principal, Max Lowe, did not directly acknowledge an inquiry requesting confirmation of the incident, clarification of policy, and disciplinary measures, if any, taken against Ms. Laporte.

A community meeting of concerned parents is scheduled for further discussion of the assignment and its aftermath.

More via Students practice calligraphy by writing There is no god but Allah

A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Female students at Riverheads High School in Staunton, Virginia, were also invited to wear Muslim clothing — a story first reported by The Schilling Show.

The school district convened a meeting on Dec. 11th to discuss the assignment with outraged parents.

“Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson 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,” the district said in a statement provided to Fox News.

The Muslim-friendly calligraphy assignment took place in a world geography class. The teacher had the kids copy the Muslim statement of faith, also known as the shahada.

Parents told The Schilling Show that their children were not given the translation of what they were writing.

In other words, there were more than likely a few Christian teenagers in that room who had no idea they were writing, “There is no god but Allah.”

But the school district doesn’t seem to think that’s a problem.

“The statement presented as an example of the calligraphy was not translated for students, nor were students asked to translate it, recite it or otherwise adopt or pronounce it as a personal belief,” the district stated.

They said it was all about the art — not about the theology.

“They were simply asked to attempt to artistically render written Arabic in order to understand its artistic complexity,” they stated.

And out of sheer coincidence — out of all the Arabic words and phrases the teacher could have selected, she picked the Islamic statement of faith?

The district said the assignment was consistent with the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning and the requirements for content instruction on world monotheistic religions.

And what about having the female students dressing up in Islamic garb — is that consistent with the state mandates, too?

The district said the students were taught about the “modest dress adopted by many in the Islamic faith and were invited to try on a scarf as a part of an interactive lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress.”

“The scarf used in the activity was not an actual Islamic religious hijab,” the district stated.

The district said they also cover other religions — including  Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism.

However, one parent told The Schilling Show that while the Koran was presented to students, the Bible was not. The teacher reportedly declined to provide a Bible because all the students have either read or seen a Bible.

The district said there’s really not a controversy here. They just wanted students to participate in “hands-on activities intended to give them a better objective understanding of the region and its culture (including its religions and to allow for interactive learning.”

Perhaps the next time the kids at Riverheads High School practice their calligraphy skills they can learn a new word — “indoctrination.” Continue reading

DHS Sec Goes to Terror-linked Mosque to Warn Americans Opposed to Muslim Terrorists

No one. Not a single elected official has warned Muslims in the U.S. or abroad to stop plotting or considering jihad or face some, any consequence. Nothing. The only warnings are to Americans who dare speak out and defend their loved ones from Muslim terrorists.



Source: DHS Secretary to Hold Press Conference at Mosque Tied to Muslim Brotherhood – Washington Free Beacon

Department of Homeland Security’s top official is slated to hold a press conference Monday at a controversial Muslim center that was reportedly raided by federal agents as part of an investigation into a terror organization.

Jeh Johnson, DHS secretary, will speak Monday afternoon at the Virginia-based All Dulles Area Muslim Society, also known as the ADAMS Center. The secretary will be joined by the center’s religious director, Imam Mohamed Magid, who serves as a leading member of an Islamic organization long suspected of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Johnson will speak at the ADAMS Center along with Magid about efforts to protect the Muslim community from hate speech in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that was allegedly carried out by devotees of the Islamic State terror group, according to an online invitation for the event and information from DHS.

“These horrific acts [in California] moreover should NOT be permitted to vilify and stereotype the peaceful and law-abiding Muslim, Sikh and other minority communities in America,” reads an invite for the event issued by the ADAMS Center. “We must all work together to prevent hate crimes and intimidation.”

The invitation goes on to reference a fatwa, or religious edict, issued by the ADAMS Center condemning terrorism.

The event comes just days after several Democratic lawmakers attended a prayer service at another Virginia-area mosque that has been accused of acting as a front for Hamas and that served as the home of an al Qaeda terror leader.

Federal agents raided the ADAMS Center during a 2002 terrorism investigation into organizations tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to court documents published by the Clarion Project.

“A government affidavit said the group is ‘suspected of providing support to terrorists, money laundering, and tax evasion through the use of a variety of for-profit companies and ostensible charitable entities under their control, most of which are located at [the ADAM Center’s offices at] 555 Grove Street, Herndon, V.A.,” according to the report.

Additionally, several accused terrorists have allegedly spent time at the ADAMS Center, including Farooque Ahmed, who was arrested for planning to bomb the Washington-area subway.

Magid serves as the president of the Islamic Society of North America, which has been accused of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to federal court filings published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a research and news organization.

The Islamic society also was listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a federal terrorism case investigating U.S. Muslim organizations attempting to finance Hamas.

Patrick Poole, a terrorism analyst and national security reporter who has written about the ADAMS Center, called the DHS secretary’s scheduled appearance concerning.

“The ADAMS Center has been a documented hub of extremism that even in the most generous interpretation has a poor record of dealing with terrorists in their midst,” Poole said. “It was no coincidence that the Attorney General of the United States was canceling outreach meetings due solely to the presence of Mohamed Magid.”

The fatwa mentioned in the invitation to the event was signed by at least one individual “who is currently in prison in Egypt convicted of terrorism charges,” Poole noted.

Meanwhile, Congress is set to approve this week a massive yearly spending bill that will fund the Obama administration’s immigration priorities.

Lawmakers critical of the spending bill say that it amounts to a “blank check” for the administration to permit some 10,000 Syrian refugees into America and boost immigration priorities in general.

“As currently written, this year’s appropriations bills—which will be combined into a catch-all ‘omnibus’ by December 11th—amount to a blank check for the President to carry out his refugee resettlement plans,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, said in a statement.

“Not only will the president be allowed to bring in the 85,000 refugees he has announced on top of current record immigration levels, but this will include at least 10,000 refugees from Syria who will subsequently be able to bring in their foreign relatives,” Sessions said. “All refugees are eligible for lifetime government assistance and can draw funds from Social Security and Medicare at Americans’ expense.”

Somewhere near 700,000 lifetime residency cards will be granted to migrants from Muslim-majority nations during the next five years, according to Sessions, who warned that this could pose a terrorism risk.

“Terror groups have demonstrated that they will recruit from among this inflow,” he said. “We have already identified nearly 30 foreign-born individuals charged or convicted of terrorism offenses in the last year—investigations which required the deployment of vast manpower, financial and legal resources.”


Johnson said, “In the current environment the answer can not be to vilify all American Muslims or to drive them into hiding in this country. Now more than ever we need to work with the Muslim community and it’s not just a monolith it’s communities across the country to encourage them to help us help them of they see somebody traveling the wrong direction in their own community. It is the case, almost always that when someone has self radicalized and is turning to violence there is somebody else that sees the signs. So we need to build bridges build relationships with Muslim communities across this country and not vilify them and not drive them in the exact opposite direction. I think that would be hugely counterproductive to our effort  ”

Day after Muslim jihad in California, Attorney General threatens to prosecute “violent talk”…toward Muslims

"Sold Out" - truer words could not have been written.

“Sold Out” – truer words could not have been written.

Back in 2010, this same radical Muslim group asked the DOJ to start enforcing sharia blasphemy laws. Five years later, they seem to have found an enforcer.

Let us reiterate, this Muslim event took place on December 3rd, less than 24 hours after a Muslim couple killed 14 Americans and wounded nearly 20 others. The attorney general of the United States was at a Muslim dinner pandering to Islamic supremacists and threatening Americans.

You were warned: What to expect from Loretta Lynch on jihad as next Attorney General

via: Loretta Lynch: “Actions Predicated On Violent Talk” Toward Muslims Will Be Prosecuted – BuzzFeed News


WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday warned that the Justice Department could take aggressive action against people whose anti-Muslim rhetoric “edges towards violence” and told the Muslim community that “we stand with you in this.”

Speaking at Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner, Lynch said since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, she is increasingly concerned with the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric … that fear is my greatest fear.”

Following the Paris attacks, there has been an uptick in violent attacks on Muslims and threats against mosques across the country. That, combined with heated political rhetoric such as GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump’s call to register Muslim Americans, has Muslim community leaders worried that they could be facing a new era of discrimination.

Lynch made it clear that she shares those concerns, but vowed to use the DOJ to protect Muslims from discrimination and violence. Noting the rise in violence against Muslims and mosques in the wake of the Paris attacks, Lynch added that, “When we talk about the First amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.”

“My message not just to the Muslim community but to all Americans is ‘We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on,’” Lynch said.

Watch the sad spectacle here:

Full video at the link below.

More on the radical Farhana Khera and her sharia-imposing group here.

Update: Former NY governor is challenging the Islamophile Lynch:




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