Wisconsin: Muslim convert pleads guilty to trying to join Islamic State terrorists

Source: Madison local admits to trying to join ISIS · The Badger Herald

Madison native Joshua Van Haften pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State Thursday.

Van Haften was arrested in Turkey May 2015 and eventually deported and arrested in Chicago. Adam Stevenson, University of Wisconsin associate law professor, said Van Haften’s guilty plea means that he accepted allegations that he was trying to join ISIS.

Van Haften maintained a strong online connection with reported ISIS members. The 34-year-old traveled to Turkey, which is typically considered the entry point for people involved with ISIS, to meet a reported ISIS contact, Stevenson said. Van Haften, however, was unsuccessful and arrested.

Stevenson said the next stage in Van Haften’s case would be to estimate his sentence. In order to come up with a sentence, the federal court must further investigate the defendant and allows both sides to give their positions.

Every case follows the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which recommend a range for the sentence based on a point system. The defendant and the crime they committed will be assigned points based on different aspects of the case, Stevenson said.

Van Haften’s case is based on him providing material support to a terrorist organization. Stevenson said he estimates Van Haften’s sentencing range to start with approximately five years. In addition to this sentencing range, defendants may be required to serve 15 extra years as well.

Van Haften’s case will also be evaluated on the basis of other factors like his past criminal record. Stevenson said Van Haften has one prior conviction on his record, which could affect his case.

Van Haften will be sentenced in February 2017.


More on the sex offender who got played by Muslims in Turkey in our previous post on his arrest.

Wisconsin: Two Muslims arrested on way to join ISIS, take part in jihad

L-R, Jason Ludke (Photo from: Brown County Jail), Yosvany Padilla-Conde (Photo from: Tom Green County Jail, Texas).

L-R, Jason Ludke (Photo from: Brown County Jail), Yosvany Padilla-Conde (Photo from: Tom Green County Jail, Texas).

Source: Two Wisconsin Men Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL | OPA | Department of Justice

Jason Michael Ludke, 35, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Yosvany Padylla-Conde, 30, also of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged in the same complaint with aiding and abetting Ludke’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL.

Ludke and Padylla-Conde were arrested near San Angelo, Texas. The complaint alleges that the two were traveling from Wisconsin to Mexico where they intended to acquire travel documents necessary to travel overseas to join ISIL.

If convicted of these offenses both men face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.


More via Milwaukee men accused of trying to join Islamic State group

According to the complaint, Ludke and Padilla-Conde began corresponding on social media with an undercover FBI employee last month and said they planned to travel to Mexico, where they could get passage to Syria and join the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Ludke said he converted to Islam in 2003 and wanted to live under Shariah law. He also said he was tired of living under the infidel’s system and wanted to strive for paradise.

The undercover FBI employee received an email on Oct. 1 containing a video of Padilla-Conde and Ludke with a handmade Islamic State group flag in the background. Ludke said Padilla-Conde was striving to reach paradise as well, according to the complaint.

The undercover employee told Ludke that people in Mexico would be able to get them passports for Arab counties. On Oct. 5 Ludke told the employee that he and Padilla-Conde were in Texas heading toward El Paso. Police captured them near San Angelo later that day.

Ludke told FBI agents that he and Padilla-Conde left Wisconsin because they couldn’t pay their rent and he was looking to meet his brother-in-law in Mexico, although he couldn’t provide his brother-in-law’s name or information on his whereabouts. Ludke added he and Padilla-Conde discussed traveling to Yemen so Ludke could study Arabic, according to the complaint.

Padilla-Conde told agents he left Wisconsin because he was about to be evicted and Lude wanted to travel to Iraq or Yemen to take part in jihad, an Arabic term for holy war, and often spoke of joining the Islamic State, according to the complaint. He said he tried to talk Ludke out of it, the complaint said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the men had attorneys. The federal public defender’s office said no defenders were listed for them in Texas. Court records show Ludke appeared without counsel during an initial court appearance in Texas on Wednesday. Padilla-Conde was scheduled to make his initial appearance in Abilene on Monday.

Joshua Van Haften of Madison was charged last year with trying to travel to Syria through Turkey to join the Islamic State. His case is still pending in federal court. A plea hearing has been set for Tuesday.

Leader of Wisconsin’s largest Muslim org cited for improper sexual relationship

…with a client he was representing.

Source: Court reprimands lawyer for improper relationship with client  h/t TROP

The state Supreme Court publicly reprimanded the leader of Wisconsin’s largest Muslim organization Thursday for an ethical violation committed during his work as a private attorney.

Othman M. Atta, executive director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, had earlier pleaded no contest to eight counts of professional misconduct the Office of Lawyer Regulation charged in 2014, related to having a sexual relationship with a client he was representing in a divorce and immigration matters.

Atta has been licensed as a lawyer in Wisconsin since 1994 and has no prior disciplinary history. In addition to the public reprimand, he must pay the costs of the proceedings against him, more than $9,000.

Atta’s former client filed the complaint with the OLR, claiming he had delayed filing divorce documents after she broke off their relationship. Atta initially denied having a sexual relationship with the client, and told OLR investigators she had threatened to accuse him if he did not marry her.

In a dissent joined by Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Justice Ann Bradley said she would have supported a more severe sanction, “because the court appears to be too lenient for violations of this nature that undermine the trust relationship and truthfulness required of an attorney.”

The former client also has filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against Atta in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. That case is pending.

 

Video: Paul Ryan Congressional Challenger Takes on Sharia

Paul Ryan could be on the verge of being ousted in his home state.


Nehlen almost has it right and it least he knows sharia is a problem. Those who want to replace the Constitution with sharia law – CAIR, ISIS, ISNA, MAS, MSA, etc. – are the real problem and they are at war with us and have been for a long time.

Wisconsin: Paul Ryan’s Challenger Unveils Anti-Jihad Immigration Billboard

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Source: Brexit Comes to America: Ryan Challenger Mounts Immigration Billboard – Breitbart

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s primary challenger, Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen, seems to have taken a page from the playbook of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) with the launch of a new billboard campaign.

On Friday morning, Nehlen’s campaign went live with a new billboard in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin that is reminiscent of the distinctive UKIP-style campaign.

The ad reads: “Radical Islam Kills Americans. Vote YES for Immigration Control. Vote NO for Paul Ryan.”

The billboard then directs viewers to Nehlen’s campaign website, ElectNehlen.com.

“This is the first of many billboards our campaign will be launching to inform the voters about what’s at stake on August 9th,” Nehlen told Breitbart.

As Nehlen’s billboard suggests, Paul Ryan has a two-decade long history of pushing for open border immigration policies – including his 2015 effort to fund President Obama’s expansion to the U.S. refugee resettlement operation.

In speeches, Ryan has made the case for policies that would effectively dissolve U.S. borders — declaring that the U.S. “is more than [its] borders.” Ryan has even articulated his support for implementing an immigration system similar to the open borders policy of the European Union — calling for “an economic-based immigration system where… labor and supply can meet each other so we can help fuel our economy and create jobs.”

The phrase “labor supply and demand can meet each other,” is a centerpiece of open borders thought. Under this global, one-world theory, any willing employer should be able to hire any willing worker regardless of what country he or she lives in. This view, that America is an “idea” and not a “nation,” sees borders as an obstacle to commerce.

With regards to Islamic migration, Ryan’s controversial omnibus spending bill funded U.S. visas for nearly 300,000 (permanent and temporary) Muslim migrants in a single year.

While polling data shows that the Republican electorate overwhelmingly backs proposals to temporarily pause Muslim migration, Ryan has rejected such proposals.

He has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of making any cuts to Muslim migration— insisting that “that’s not who we are,” and that such a proposal is “not reflective of our principles.”

However, Ryan has not explained how importing hundreds of thousands of migrants from nations that hold sentiments that are anti-womenanti-gay, anti-religious tolerance, and anti-America benefits the United States or helps to protect our Western values.

As NumbersUSA president Roy Beck has explained, “Open borders is in his [Paul Ryan’s] ideological DNA … He’s an ideologue and has spent his whole life working for ideologues. Open borders seeps out of every pore of his being … Ryan is the heart and soul of crony capitalism.”


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Wisconsin: More Muslims reject corporate policy, get terminated

Source: WBAY – More Ariens employees terminated over break policy – h/t Free Republic

An additional four Ariens employees have been terminated for not following break policy, according to a company spokesperson.

In total, 11 employees of the Brillion company have been terminated over break policy and 14 have resigned over the issue.

The workers, all Muslims, say the break policy interferes with prayer.

In January, CEO Dan Ariens told employees the company would be enforcing the policy of two scheduled breaks lasting 10 minutes. The company said some non-Muslim workers had raised concerns about other employees taking unscheduled breaks to pray.  Ariens said the company needed to address the issue to minimize the impact on assembly lines.

In February, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced it was filing a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Milwaukee. CAIR says terminated workers should get their jobs back and receive back-pay.

Ariens said he was disappointed in CAIR’s actions and would rather work with his employees directly, not with an outside group.

Twenty-eight Muslim workers have chosen to stay on the job and abide by the break policy, according to a company spokesperson.

Ariens makes outdoor power equipment including snow blowers and lawnmowers.


Previously:

Wisconsin: Muslim prayer breaks result in declining production, company now has to enforce policy

Wisconsin Manufacturer Won’t Negotiate with Terrorist-linked CAIR

Milwaukee: Muslim arrested in temple jihad plot, “defending Muslim religion”

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Samy Mohamed Hamzeh

He’s only been charged with possessing firearms though. Source: Department of Justice

Milwaukee resident Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, has been charged with possessing machineguns and a silencer.

According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh had been under investigation since September 2015.  The investigation revealed that, in October 2015, Hamzeh planned to travel to Jordan, enter the West Bank, and conduct an attack on Israeli soldiers and citizens living in the West Bank.  Hamzeh later abandoned those plans and began to focus on conducting an attack in the United States.

According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh has engaged in extensive conversations with two confidential sources (referred to here as CS-1 and CS-2).  Those conversations, which were in Arabic, were monitored, recorded, and translated by the FBI beginning in October 2015.

During those recorded conversations, Hamzeh explained that he wanted to commit a domestic act of violence and, earlier this month, he settled on a Masonic temple in Milwaukee as his target.

On January 19, 2016, Hamzeh, CS-1 and CS-2 took a guided tour of the Masonic temple, during which they learned meeting schedules and where people would be located during meetings.  In a recorded conversation after they left the temple, Hamzeh, discussed his plans with CS-1 and CS-2.  In that conversation, Hamzeh reaffirmed his intention to commit an armed attack on the temple and discussed in further detail how they would carry out the attack.

Hamzeh said that they would need two machineguns so that they each would have one (Hamzeh indicated that one CS already had a machinegun), and also said that they would need three silencers:

  • “We want two machineguns, you now have one, so we want two more, and we need three silencers, that’s it.Find out how much all together these will cost, and then we will march.”
  • “We want two, like the machinegun you have. . . . And we need silencers. . . . Three, yes three silencers, and that’s it.”
  • “. . . each one has a weapon, each one has a silencer gun, the operation will be one hundred percent successful.I am telling you, to go without silencer gun, you will be exposed from the beginning.”

Hamzeh also explained to CS1 and CS2 that, when they executed the attack at the temple, one of the three of them would have to stay at the main door while the others went upstairs to kill the people who would be meeting there:

  • “one of us will stay at the door at the entrance and lock the door down, he will be at the main door down, two will get to the lift up, they will enter the room, and spray everyone in the room.The one who is standing downstairs will spray anyone he finds.We will shoot them, kill them and get out.We will walk and walk, after a while, we will be covered as if it is cold, and we’ll take the covers off and dump them in a corner and keep on walking, as if nothing happened, as if everything is normal.But one has to stand on the door, because if no one stood at the door, people will be going in and out, if people came in from outside and found out what is going on, everything is busted.”
  • “As long as the one on the door understands he has bigger responsibility than the others.For your information, he has to take care of everyone around him, the comers and the one that wants to go, he has to annihilate everyone, there is no one left, I mean when we go into a room, we will be killing everyone, that’s it, this is our duty, as for the one at the door, he must have 20/20 eye vision and always alert for all the traffic around him.”
  • “I am telling you, as I was saying, all three of us get in together, one will go, to the one that is staying at the reception . . . . If she was alone, it is okay, if there were two of them, shoot both of them, do not let the blood show, shoot her from the bottom, two or three shots in her stomach and let her sit on the chair and push her to the front, as if she is sleeping, did you understand?Then stay downstairs, the other two will take the lift to the third floor, go directly to the room, open the door, shoot everyone, move fast even avoiding the lift and take the stairs running down. . . . Using the stairs, the third one on the door will notice us coming down, we will go out together.No one sees anything and no one knows anything.We leave, as if there is nothing, no running, no panic, just regular walking.We’ll get three head covers with three holes in them. . . . we’ll get in all three of us together, the minute we get in, we shoot whoever is in front of us, and all have to be eliminated.One stays down and two will go up quickly.
  • “And we will eliminate everyone.”

Hamzeh also explained what his objectives were in committing the attack:

  • “I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world. . . . Sure, all over the world, all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us. . . such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it.The people will be scared and the operations will increase, and there will be problems all over, because more than one problem took place, and this will be the third problem, this will lead to people clashing with each other.This way we will be igniting it.I mean we are marching at the front of the war.”
  • “They are all Masonic; they are playing with the world like a game, man, and we are like asses, we don’t know what is going on, these are the ones who are fighting, these are the ones that needs to be killed, not the Shi’iat, because these are the ones who are against us, these are the ones who are making living for us like hell.”
  • Thirty is excellent.If I got out, after killing thirty people, I will be happy 100%. . . . 100% happy, because these 30 will terrify the world.”

Hamzeh made plans to purchase machineguns and silencers from two individuals who, unbeknownst to Hamzeh, were undercover FBI agents.  He met with them, along with CS-1 and CS-2, on January 25, 2016.  The undercover agents displayed the weapons and a silencer to Hamzeh, told him that the weapons were capable of automatic fire, and explained to him the functioning of the selector switch that allowed the weapons to fire automatically.  Hamzeh agreed to a price and paid it to the undercover agents, who then handed Hamzeh a bag containing two automatic weapons and a silencer.  Hamzeh carried the bag to the vehicle in which he had traveled to the meeting, and he placed the bag in the trunk of the vehicle.  He then was arrested and has been charged with illegally possessing machineguns.


Source: Washington Times

A criminal affidavit says the man toured a Masonic center in Milwaukee on Jan. 19 and was tape-recorded discussing his plans to attack it in the name of “defending Muslim religion.” The affidavit says he was arrested Monday after buying machine guns and silencers from two undercover FBI employees.


Citizens of the Badger State have been warned of the growing Muslim problem in their state for years.

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