At least 40 “Americans” actively waging jihad with Muslim terror group Al Shabaab

“American recruits principally come from Minnesota, there’s also a small band of recruits constantly coming from Maryland, and other states…”

All-American boys no doubt. via: African terror group Al Shabaab finds American recruits to aid jihad missions

There are at least 40 Americans – far more than previously believed – actively serving in the Islamist terror group Al Shabaab, including dozens of radicalized killers from Minnesota’s prominent Somali-American community, experts told Fox News.

Approximately 40 Americans are actively serving in the ranks of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group responsible for dozens of attacks and hundreds of deaths in East Africa, multiple experts confirmed. The number is at least 10 times previous estimates, and underscores a grim radicalization threat that has operated largely in the shadow of ISIS’ recruiting.

“In Minnesota, you have a very large Somali-American community, so Al Shabaab is attracted to potential recruits there,” said David Ibsen, executive director of the U.S.-based Counter Extremism Project, a nonprofit co-founded by former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. “They have the ethnic, national ties, and they can feed on first-generation or immigrant individuals, feelings maybe of aloofness or being disaffected or marginalized, and can entice them to come back to their home country to have a sense of belonging.  Quite frankly, have adventure.”

Americans in Al-Shabaab fill a variety of different positions, whether it’s recruiting, leadership, commandos, suicide bombers.”

– David Ibsen, Counter Extremism Project

American recruits are mostly in Somalia and Kenya, fighting for the U.S.-designated terror group behind the September 2013 attack at the Westgate Shopping Center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where 67 people were killed and more than 175 wounded. The group also is suspected of causing an explosion aboard a passenger jet over Somalia Tuesday which killed one and forced an emergency landing.

Omar Shafik Hammami, an Alabama-born radical who joined Al Shabaab in 2006 and adopted the nom de guerre Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, was one of the highest-profile Americans in the terrorist group before fellow fighters executed him in 2013 for what they considered his selfish pursuit of glory. Another American, Jehad Serwan Mostafa, or Anwar al-Amriki, is a commander in the terror group and is believed to specialize in the training of foreign recruits.

 

 

Kansas: Muslim Pleads Guilty in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Fort Riley

Aka, Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, although the DOJ and most media outlets conveniently omit that detail.

Booker told the FBI informant he “joined the United States Army” and “was going to go in there and kill the American soldier…”

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Source: Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Fort Riley in Manhattan, Kansas | OPA | Department of Justice

John T. Booker Jr., 21, of Topeka, Kansas, pleaded guilty today to attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb on the Fort Riley military base in Manhattan, Kansas.

Booker pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia of the District of Kansas to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion.  Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.  The parties have stipulated to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison.

In his guilty plea, Booker admitted he intended to kill American soldiers and to assist ISIL’s fight against the United States.  His plan called for constructing a bomb containing 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate.  Booker intended to trigger the bomb himself and die in the process, and filmed a video he intended Americans to see after his death.

“You sit in your homes and think this war is just over in Iraq,” he said in the video.  “Today we will bring the Islamic State straight to your doorstep.”

Unbeknownst to Booker, the bomb that he constructed was made with inert materials, and the two men working with him were undercover informants for the FBI.

The FBI began investigating Booker in March 2014 after he posted on his Facebook page that he wanted to commit jihad.  Booker admitted that he tried to enlist in the U.S. Army in order to commit an insider attack against American soldiers like the one at Fort Hood in Texas, but his deadly plans were thwarted when he was denied entry into the Army.  In October 2014, Booker began communicating with an undercover FBI informant.  He told the undercover FBI informant that he dreamed of being a fighter in the Middle East, and proposed capturing and killing an American soldier.

In March 2015, Booker was introduced to another FBI informant who he believed would help him plan an attack.  Booker said he wanted to detonate a suicide bomb because he couldn’t be captured, all the evidence would be destroyed, and he would be guaranteed to hit his target.  On March 10, 2015, Booker made a video filmed at Freedom Park near Marshall Army Airfield at Fort Riley in which he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL.  That month, he rented a storage unit in Topeka where the bomb would be assembled.

On April 10, 2015, Booker and the informants drove to an area near Fort Riley that Booker believed to be a little-used utility gate where they could enter Fort Riley undetected.  He was arrested when he made the final connections on the device that he believed would arm the bomb.

 

South Carolina: Syrian Muslim teen who plotted jihad on U.S. military base denied parole

“That’s one of the scariest individuals we’ve ever encountered. He’s a terrorist,” ~ York police chief

Carolina may have lost the Superbowl but they are champs when it comes to being home base for Muslim terrorists (see Creeping Sharia posts on South Carolina and North Carolina).

Also note yet another case of a Muslim who plotted jihad but was not charged with any terror-related crimes. Why? In this case because the feds – Obama or Loretta Lynch – have chosen not to charge the Syrian Muslim. Hush hush sheeple.

via SC teen suspected of wanting to join ISIS denied parole

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) – A South Carolina teenager who police say plotted to join ISIS and attack U.S. troops was denied parole by the Board of Juvenile Parole this week.

The teenager, who was 16 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to a gun charge in 2015. He was sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

He had a parole hearing on Monday. Results of the hearing weren’t made public until noon Wednesday.

The director said the board decided not to grant parole to the teen after the hearing.

York police officers involved in the investigation attended the hearing and urged the board not to release the teenager.

“We just told them that he was a true and legitimate threat to the safety of Americans,” said York Chief of Police Andy Robinson.

The teenager, whose name is not being released because of his age, lived in York County but his family is originally from Syria.

At the time of his sentencing, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett said the teen was communicating with another person in North Carolina through social media and text messages.

York Police initially went to the teen’s home in February 2015 after getting reports that he had a pistol, which is illegal for a minor in South Carolina. When they executed a search warrant, they found the firearm, ammunition and a rifle.

The teen initially told investigators that he had the gun to protect his family since his father’s passing. He later admitted that the story was made up.

Brackett said the teen told investigators that he and the person from North Carolina were planning to rob a gun store in NC and steal guns and ammunition. The pair then planned to attack a military installation in retaliation for military air strikes on ISIS.

They then planned to leave for Syria, where the teen has been several times, to join the organization.

During the search of the teen’s home, investigators said they found an ISIS flag in his bedroom.

Authorities said the investigation shows he was involved in “some radical Islamic activities” and associated with people in “radical Islamic groups.”

“We take that very seriously,” Chief Robinson said. “He had the means, the ability to carry out his plan, and it definitely concerned us that he may be coming back to our community.”

The teenager pleaded guilty in family court to possession of a pistol by a minor, which is the only law that he broke in South Carolina.

There’s no state terrorism statute, the conspiracy, anything to do with that would have had to be federal,” said Robinson.

The chief said his officers remain in contact with the FBI, but was unsure about any investigation at the federal level.

The teenager’s court-appointed counsel at the hearing said the now 17-year-old has been making strides.

“In this case, this young man has done very well. He has not been a disciplinary problem,” said Tom Elliott Jr from Columbia.

Elliott made it clear that he was not second guessing the board’s decision, but believed the presence of law enforcement officers influenced the outcome.

“I believe that that was a concern of board members, in my opinion, that they didn’t see that often, and wanted to take that into account,” Elliott said.

The teen’s lawyer said he could remain at DJJ until he turns 21, or until he’s granted parole by the board.

He is scheduled for another hearing in three months.


More via: York teen accused of terror plot up for parole | www.wsoctv.com

The now 17-year-old was arrested after York police and federal agents found two guns in his home, along with ISIS flags. They believed he was recruiting for the terrorist group.

During the investigation, the FBI said it connected the teen to a plot to kill military personnel on a North Carolina base.  Agents believe he planned to then travel to Syria and join ISIS.

The guns police said were found in the 16-year-old’s rooms were a loaded .25-caliber pistol in his night stand and an unloaded .22-caliber rifle. The teen was charged with possession of a weapon, but nothing related to terrorism because South Carolina does not have a state terrorism charge.  On the federal level, the government does not charge minors with terrorism, leaving the gun charge as the only case police could make against the teen.

On Monday, York Police Chief Andy Robinson testified before the juvenile parole board, urging them to keep the teen locked up.

“That’s one of the scariest individuals we’ve ever encountered. He’s a terrorist,” Robinson said.  “If this can happen in York, South Carolina, it can happen anywhere.”

Parole board members did not ask the teen any questions about terrorism or ISIS. They focused on the guns, which the teen said he paid $200 each for, using money he’d saved up from a job working at a restaurant.

Federal agents said they linked the teen to a man in the Raleigh area through social media who helped plan the military base attack. There was no word about whether that man has been arrested, though the investigation is still ongoing.

York police Lt. Rich Caddell said the teen told him he was serious about killing Americans and wouldn’t be stopped by police or anyone else.

Robinson said it was a real threat.

“I am 100 percent convinced that if we had not intervened when we did, this plan would have been carried out,” he said.

…the teen could be back before the board again by summer.  At that time, he will have served the maximum sentence for the gun charge.

Terror-linked Muslim Groups Vetting U.S. Prison Imams

They’re placing imams in the military too. via: Radical Groups Picking Prison Chaplains | The Daily Caller (what kind of non-descript title is that Peter Hasson?)

America’s federal prisons are a “breeding ground” for potential Islamic terrorists — and have been so for years. Despite this disturbing trend, the Obama administration has enlisted Islamic organizations with known terror ties to review and endorse chaplains to work in federal prisons.

In response to an inquiry from Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Federal Bureau of Prisons provided a list of Islamic Chaplaincy Endorsers, which Grassley has since posted online. Included on the list is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has long-standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case.

In an open letter to the director of the Bureau of Prisons Thomas Kane, Grassley pointed out that “A 2009 federal district court ruling concluded that ample evidence exists showing the Islamic Society of North America’s ties to Hamas, which is designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization.”

Writing about ISNA, Grassley noted: “It appears, therefore, that the BOP is relying on an organization with associations to terrorist organizations and one that the DOJ named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing case to confirm credentials of those attempting to provide religious services to federal inmates. If accurate, this information is deeply troubling.”

And ISNA isn’t even the only organization with radical ties on the list of chaplaincy endorsers. The Islamic Education Center, located in Walnut, Calif., also has ties to terror organizations through its founder, Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr.

In addition to founding the Islamic Education Center, Sakr — originally from Lebanon — was a founding member of both ISNA and the World Council of Mosques, the latter of which has “a long history of providing financial support to terrorist groups,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. Sakr, who passed away just a few months ago, is listed as the contact person on the BOP’s list of chaplaincy endorsers.

“It is imperative that the BOP take every measure possible to ensure the safety of its personnel within federal prisons and take all reasonable measures to ensure that Islamic extremism is stopped at the gates of each prison,” Grassley noted in his letter to Director Kane. “Currently, it is not clear whether the BOP is doing so.”

As a result of the apparent shortcomings, Grassley is asking the Bureau of Prisons to provide further information about “the process by which someone becomes a religious endorsing organization,” in addition to an explanation for why the BOP chose ISNA as a chaplaincy endorser.

Grassley is also seeking the number of currently employed religious contractors from the 2014-15 year with still incomplete background checks.

According to a 2013 article from the Huffington Post, anywhere between 35,000-40,000 inmates convert to Islam every year, presumably with the assistance of the chaplains provided by the prisons. In a 2014 op-ed in The Daily Caller, author Joy Brighton argued that the nation’s prisons have been churning out thousands of radicalized inmates every year. Brighton’s calls were echoed in a Fox News article just last month that cited experts on the subject who called federal prisons a “breeding ground” for potential terrorists.


Related posts over the years no Senator has paid attention to:

Feds BOP Failed To Conduct Check On Prison Imam Who Called for Apostates Death

Islamic Indoctrination in U.S. Prisons

U.S. Prisons Churning Out Thousands Of Radicalized Muslims

DoD’s Muslim chaplain program – birthed by convicted terrorist

U.S. military’s Muslim chaplains – trained & ‘vetted’ by Islamists

U.S. Military Hires Chaplains from Muslim Brotherhood Entity

Yale Muslim Chaplain: Muslims will win final victory in the West

Harvard’s Muslim chaplain sees wisdom in killing apostates

NYC: Dept of Corrections Muslim chaplain who smuggled blades into jail is convicted murderer

Terror cleric al-Awlaki trained Muslim chaplains at DoD

 

Dearborn Heights Muslim planned jihad attack on Detroit mega church

Source: Dearborn Heights ISIS supporter planned to attack Detroit church

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Federal authorities arrested a Dearborn Heights resident for his allegiance to ISIS by monitoring his twitter account and gun purchases.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 22, is being held on gun and drug charges.

The arrest comes after twitter announced it suspended 125,000 ISIS-related accounts over the past six months.

The Feds said they’ve been watching Abu-Rayyan since last May.

Abu Rayyan was having online conversations with an undercover FBI agent.

“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” Abu-Rayyan posted. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading.”

The complaint filed in federal court doesn’t specify which Detroit Church he was allegedly planning to attack, only that is was close and could seat 6,000 members.

The complaint quotes Abu-Rayyan saying:

“It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

The complaint also says that he told the agent he had armed himself with a large knife and would behead people if he needed to.

“It is my dream to behead someone,” he told the agent.

The complaint can be viewed here.


Yet, once again, and here too, a Muslim in the U.S. plotted to kill Americans yet was NOT charged with any terror-related crimes.

 

 

DHS ordered agent to delete records of 100’s of Muslims with terror ties

So much for vetting. via: DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties | TheHill

By Philip Haney

Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.

Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”

Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack.

Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.”  Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.

A few weeks later, in my office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records. And I was well aware that, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially beforean attack occurs.

As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015).

It is very plausible that one or more of the subsequent terror attacks on the homeland could have been prevented if more subject matter experts in the Department of Homeland Security had been allowed to do our jobs back in late 2009. It is demoralizing—and infuriating—that today, those elusive dots are even harder to find, and harder to connect, than they were during the winter of 2009.

Haney worked at the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years.


Some interviews with Haney below the fold.

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Minnesota: 5 Muslims petition court for ‘combatant immunity’ over ISIS support (updated)

Source: Alleged ISIL recruits from Twin Cities argue for ‘combatant immunity’ – StarTribune.com

Five Twin Cities men accused of plotting to go to fight alongside ISIL in Syria are asking a federal judge to drop murder conspiracy charges on grounds that they have “combatant immunity” under both common and international law.

They say combatants are immune from criminal prosecutions for acts of war, including murder, against military targets.

The five — Hamza Ahmed, brothers Adnan and Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar — are scheduled to appear in federal court in Minneapolis next week for a hearing on that and other motions in the case, which is set to go to trial May 9.

The men were charged last year with conspiring to leave the United States to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In October, the government filed a new indictment that added a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, which attorneys for the men say should not apply.

“ISIL has engaged in atrocious acts,” attorneys for the five said in one motion. “But however one might describe it as an entity, it has an organized professional army engaged in traditional military warfare — an army with which the defendants are alleged to have intended to join in ‘combat.’ ”

Federal prosecutors who brought the case argued in a court filing last month that the men were “grossly mistaken” in claiming ISIL fighters are combatants as part of a regularly constituted military force.

The government considers ISIL a terrorist organization that does not meet the criteria “set forth in the Geneva Conventions by which a regular army is known,” the prosecutors said. That includes being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates, wearing a distinctive uniform, openly carrying arms and conducting operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.

Prosecutors also wrote that the current fighting in Syria has been determined a noninternational armed conflict — a battle between a nation-state and an insurgent group or between two rebel groups within the borders of a single country — which would invalidate any claims of combatant immunity. And even if the fighting in Syria were considered an international armed conflict, they said, the men can’t be considered combatants anyway.

“They are, if they must be categorized within the international law of armed conflict, best categorized as aspiring war criminals,” the prosecution said.

Two other defendants caught up in the federal probe, Zacharia Abdurahman and Hanad Musse, pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Another, Abdullahi Yusuf, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in February and agreed to testify for the government. A tenth man, Abdirizak Warsame, was indicted in December.


Update: Federal Judge Denies Request to Dismiss Count in Minnesota Terror Case

A federal judge presiding over the case of five men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group says he won’t dismiss the most serious charge against them.

The men—Hamza Naj Ahmed, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Abdirahman Yasin Daud and Guled Ali Omar—face counts including conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States. Defense attorneys tried to get that count dismissed, arguing that since the Islamic State group engages in combat, its members should have combatant immunity.

The doctrine of combatant immunity protects soldiers from being prosecuted for lawful acts committed during war.

Judge Michael Davis says the doctrine doesn’t apply because the group is a designated terrorist organization and the men are charged in the context of terrorist activities.

The men are friends in Minnesota’s Somali community who prosecutors say planned to go to Syria. They face trial in May.

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