Virginia: Muslim teen who ran ISIS propaganda, recruiting gets 11 years

Source: ISIS supporter Ali Shukri Amin sentenced to 11 years in prison | Daily Mail Online

A Virginia teenager who ran a pro Islamic State Twitter account and encouraged a friend to join the terrorist group has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.Ali Shukri Amin, 17, from Woodbridge stood motionless as the sentence was handed down to him by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.Members of Amin’s family had packed out the courtroom to hear him sentenced and they too were silent after the jail term was read.

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His sentence was less than the 15-year term that prosecutors had pushed for because the judge took his age into consideration.

But prosecutors argued that it was important to send him to prison to show that the U.S. government is committed to punishing pro ISIS supporters who spread propaganda.

Amin was stoic as he read out a statement to the judge which said that he ‘did not expect sympathy’ and was ‘ready to accept any sentence given to him’.

He said: ‘I made my decisions, and I am prepared to bear their fullest consequences.’

According to The Washington Post the teen pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

They described the teen, who used to be on the honor roll at Prince William County’s Osbourn Park High School as a sophisticated Islamic State supporter.

He was accused of furthering ISIS agenda online by promoting them on social media sites.

It was also alleged that he was ready to die for the group and sent a friend to fight for them on the front lines.

His family, however, dispute these claims.

They claim Amin was a troubled kid who lost himself while seeking acceptance online.

But evidence showed that he was very forthright when tweeting from account @AmreekiWitness.

In more than 7,000 messages, he voiced controversial views and unwavering support for ISIS to more than 4,000 followers.

And he even recruited on behalf of ISIS, helping a friend, Reza Niknejad, 18, to join the terrorist group in Syria, setting Niknejad up with his overseas contacts.

He then took his friend to the airport and sent picture messages as his friend arrived and made his way over the border, according to The Washington Post.

Prosecutors said he affected ‘worldwide security’ and alleged that Amin radicalized Niknejad to fight abroad. He is believed to still be overseas.

They said: ‘It likely, unfortunately, that he will accomplish the goal that this defendant set out for him; martyrdom in the name of ISIL.’

Niknejad was charged with conspiring to kill or injure people abroad and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and the Islamic State.

Amin wrote that he now believes he was wrong to support ISIS saying: ‘I became lost and caught up in something that takes the greatest and most profound teachings of Islam and turns them into justifications for violence and death,’ he wrote.


Clearly he’s either lying or doesn’t understand Islam.

Minnesota Gives Muslim Terror Suspect on ‘No Fly’ List Commercial Trucking License

The Muslim terror suspect has applied to drive a school bus!
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Source: A Terror Suspect on the ‘No Fly’ List Just Got His Trucking License in Minnesota

A Minnesota terror suspect may be on the “No Fly” list, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting his Class A trucking license.

Back in 2007, the FBI arrested Amir Meshal on suspicion of leaving a terror training camp in Somalia. But this month, Meshal was granted a license to drive semi-trucks after he passed his road test. He also applied for a school bus endorsement.

Meshal was asked to leave two different U.S. mosques due to suspected radicalization of other members.

Read more from FOX9.com:

In May 2014, Meshal was removed and trespassed from a Bloomington, Minn. mosque, Al Farooq, after he was suspected of radicalizing young people who would later travel to Syria. According to the police report, religious leaders said, “We have concerns about Meshal interacting with our youth.”  Meshal had previously been asked to leave an Eden Prairie, Minn. mosque for similar reasons.

The ACLU recently sued TSA and Homeland Security to have Meshal removed from the “No Fly” list.  But Homeland Security responded in a letter obtained by the FOX 9 Investigators that Meshal, “..may be a threat to civil aviation or national security,” adding that, “It has been determined that you (Amir Meshal) are an individual who represents a threat of engaging in or conducting a violent act of terrorism and who is operationally capable of doing so.”

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The FOX 9 Investigators asked the Minnesota Department of Public Safety why they issued a Class A license for someone who Homeland Security believes has the “operational capacity” to carry out a terror attack. We have not heard back.


More: Taxpayers funded his training.

The $4,000 tuition was paid for through the state workforce program.

And he wants to drive a school bus.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety confirms he was granted the license after passing a road test on August 8. A spokesperson said Meshal has also applied for a school bus endorsement, pending the outcome of a criminal background check.


Former Terror Suspect Kicked Out of MN Mosque for Proselytizing Radical Views

Federal Grand Jury Probing Suspected Terrorist Pipeline in MN

Arizona: Informant in Garland attack says 50-80 more Muslim terrorists out there

via FBI informant breaks his silence months after Garland, Texas shooting – ABC15 Arizona

PHOENIX – An FBI informant who tape recorded hours of conversations with one of the suspects involved in the Garland, Texas shooting is breaking his silence months after the incident in an exclusive interview with ABC15.

In May, agents said Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi left Phoenix and headed to Garland armed with guns. Investigators said they opened fire on the convention center where the contest was being held. Both men were killed.

Dalba Deng, a paid FBI informant involved in a 2010 case against Simpson, said he spent four years working undercover helping the FBI build a case prior to the attack in May.

The FBI was aware of the Garland terrorist for four years prior to that 2015 attack and didn’t stop him.

Agents asked him to pose as someone who wanted to know more about Islam.

Deng befriended Simpson, but admitted he felt uneasy about it.

“I was kind of a little nervous.”

Deng said the reason he became involved was to save lives.

“I did it from my heart,” he said. “I was trying to help because they were trying to kill some people.”

Using hundreds of hours of conversations recorded by Deng, the feds built a case.

“He (Simpson) said he was going to kill people,” Deng said. “No matter what, he wanted to kill people.”

In the end, there was not enough evidence to convict Simpson of being involved in international terrorism, but Deng said he wasn’t surprised when he found out that Simpson was one of the shooters at the cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas.

“That’s what he was trying to do,” he said.

Weeks later, the FBI arrested another Phoenix man linked to Simpson for his alleged role in the attack. Deng said that arrest won’t be the last.

When asked if he thought there were more people in Simpson’s group that the community should be worried about, Deng simply answered, “Yes.”

“There is more than that. We are talking about like 50, maybe like 80 people.”

Sources said the FBI has at least seven people on their radar connected to Simpson, but the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office are not confirming or denying that information because it is an ongoing investigation.


50-80 more Muslim terrorists lurking? Not hard to believe at all.

But why would the FBI allow an informant to go to the media? To stir fear? To portend a coming attack?

UPDATE: Pamela Geller, the intended target of the Garland jihad attack writes:

Why haven’t the media and political elites gone after these jihad terrorists with anything like the venom (let alone the same amount) they have displayed in attacking me and anyone who refuses to submit to the most extreme, savage system of governance?

And speaking of the media, the political elites, and law enforcement, why is this “paid informant” speaking directly to the media? Why the heads-up to the other jihad-plotting Muslims?

The FBI would do well to stop targeting those who oppose jihad terror and start monitoring the mosques tied to the hundreds of American Muslims who plan, plot, and seek to wage jihad.

Arizona: Muslim Arrested for Recruiting New York Student to Islamic State

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Presumably the college student was also a Muslim. via Arizona Man Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIL | OPA | Department of Justice

Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, aka Jammie Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was indicted today for providing and conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, as well as for aiding and abetting the receipt of military-type training from ISIL and conspiring to receive such training.

“Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal is charged with conspiring to provide and providing material support to ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”

“As alleged, Ahmed Mohammed el Gammal actively touted online his support for ISIL and its terrorist ways, ultimately meeting and assisting a New York college student to travel to Syria to obtain military training from ISIL,” said U.S. Attorney Bharara.  “Individuals like Gammal who allegedly serve as facilitators for ISIL fuel the hatred and radicalization that keep terrorist organizations like ISIL alive.”

“As alleged, Gammal helped a college student in New York receive terrorist training in Syria through a contact in Turkey, in order to support ISIL,” said Assistant Director in Charge Rodriguez.  “These relationships were allegedly made and solidified through the internet while Gammal was in Arizona.  This is another example of how social media is utilized for nefarious and criminal purposes around the world.  The identification of the conspiracy, and arrest today, demonstrate how federal and local law enforcement continue to work together to mitigate such threats globally and protect the United States.”

As alleged in the indictment returned today and the complaint unsealed yesterday in the Southern District of New York:

In August 2014, a 24-year-old New York City resident (CC-1) learned via social media that El Gammal had posted social media comments that supported ISIL.  Minutes later, CC-1 contacted El Gammal.  Over the next several months, CC-1 and El Gammal continued corresponding over the Internet, although CC-1 deleted many of these exchanges.

In the midst of these communications, in October 2014, El Gammal traveled to Manhattan, New York, where CC-1 was enrolled in college, and contacted and met with CC-1.  While in New York City, El Gammal also contacted another co-conspirator (CC-2), who lived in Turkey, about CC-1’s plans to travel to the Middle East.  El Gammal later provided CC-1 with social media contact information for CC-2.  Thereafter, El Gammal and CC-2 had multiple social media exchanges about CC-1 traveling to the Middle East.  In addition, CC-1 began communicating with CC-2, introducing himself as a friend of “Gammal’s.”

In late January 2015, CC-1 abruptly left New York City for Istanbul.  After CC-1 arrived in Turkey, El Gammal continued to communicate with him over the Internet, providing advice on traveling toward Syria and on meeting with CC-2.  After CC-1 arrived in Syria, he received military-type training from ISIL between early February and at least early May 2015.

On May 7, 2015, CC-1 reported to El Gammal that “everything [was] going according to plan.”

El Gammal is charged with one count of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and one count of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of receiving military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison; and one count of conspiring to receive military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as the defendant’s sentence, if any, will be determined by a judge.

El Gammal was arrested on Aug. 24, 2015, in Avondale, and presented in federal court in the District of Arizona, pursuant to a criminal complaint.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York.

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Minnesota: State and city taxpayers lose big on Somali-Muslim daycare fraud

Source: Minnesota state and city taxpayers lose big on Somali-run daycare fraud | Alpha News. h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch

Since the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) fully-staffed their new child care fraud investigative unit in the spring of 2014, they’ve worked with the FBI to shutter daycare centers around the state.  Of the cases that have hit the news since then, all have involved Somali-run businesses.

Khadra Abdisafad Hirsi, 47, was the director and co-owner of Ace Daycare Center in Eden Prairie.   In February, Hirsi pleaded guilty to knowingly submitting fraudulent claims to the state of Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program. From November of 2011-May of 2013, Hrisi inflated the number of children using her daycare’s services and fraudulently obtained $300,000 in payments from the state of Minnesota and the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services. Earlier this month Hirsi was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution.

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Hirsi, who also goes by the name of Khadra Duale, was employed by the City of

Eden Prairie as a part-time community services technician, also known as the immigrant liaison, from October 2003-September 2011, she was also part-time staff at the Eden Prairie community center.  Hirsi was paid $284,944 in salary and $35,806 in health and dental benefits by the city during that time.  She co-owned the Ace Daycare in Eden Prairie with her husband Mohamed F. Arab, although there were no charges against him.   The Eden Prairie news called Hirsi and her husband “leaders in the Somali community” in a 2009 video interview featuring the couple.  They filed for bankruptcy this summer according to public records.

The Ace Daycare building was leased to to Hirsi by the city of Eden Prairie starting in September 2010, while she was still working for the city. The lease was transferred in October of 2013 to Roda Farrah Moahmed, owner of Light House Daycare.  In March of 2015, the city renewed the lease to Lighthouse which will run through October 2020. Lighthouse is licensed with the state of Minnesota, and was fined $400 in March of this year by the state for failing to submit background studies for multiple staff members

Deqo daycare center, which had three locations in Apple Valley, St. Paul, and Minneapolis was shut down in 2013 due to licensing violations and prosecutors charged  husband and wife Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Yasmin Abdulle Ali for bilking the state out of nearly $3.7 million, $3.1 million of which was collected from April 2012-January 2013.  The duo had recruited more than 100 parents to enroll their own children in the program.

Salama Child Care Center in Minneapolis was raided in May of this year by the FBI and state agents. Salama is run by Ardo Diriye whose daughter Farah Adid is the Director of Operations and is “also licensed to provide standardized day care and preschool curriculum.” Per KSTP News, the search warrant indicated that there was a large discrepancy between the number of children attending and the number receiving state funds.  The investigation is ongoing and includes suspicion of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of public money.

Yasmin Muhina Salim, owner of Kind Heart Day Care Center in Mankato, was arrested in June of 2014 for defrauding the state for $12,000 over a three month period.

DHS’s Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report for 2014  stated that “The OIG is seriously concerned about a pattern of child care fraud activities that involves deception and exploitation. It begins with recruiting parents as child care center employees with the condition that they enroll their children in a child care assistance program (CCAP) to ensure public funds revenue for the business; the scheme ends with exploiting four sets of victims: the children, parents, those on the Child Care Assistance Program waiting list and taxpayers.”

The prevalence of Somali-run daycare providers being found guilty of fraud by the new investigative unit may be a coincidence.  Ongoing investigations by the child care investigative unit are not public information.  The $4 million + in fraud that’s been discovered so far represents just 1% of the estimated $418 million in child care payments made by the state in 2014-2015.

 

Minnesota: Group With No Jihadi Experience Rehabs Muslim Terrorist

Are these the fruits of the “new” FBI?

This particular Muslim Terror Suspect Was Already Re-Arrested Once for violating terms of his previous release and being caught with a box cutter. 

via Group With No Jihadi Experience Rehabs ISIS Recruit – The Daily Beast.

An American citizen who pleaded guilty to supporting ISIS was ordered by a federal judge to leave jail—and go to a halfway home instead. That rehab program is run by a group that had no prior experience with would-be Islamic terrorists, The Daily Beast has learned.

Abdullahi Yusuf of Minnesota was allowed to depart from jail and stay at a halfway home after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS in January. (Yusuf was stopped at the airport trying to fly to Turkey in May 2014, at age 18.) Once inside the halfway home, Yusuf was to be “de-radicalized” through regular meetings with a counselor whose curriculum looked more like a high school civics course than religious deprogramming.

His attorney proposed the de-radicalization program and Judge Michael Davis approved it over prosecutors’ objections. In a memorandum, the assistant U.S. attorneys trying Yusuf’s case reiterated their concerns about this program for Yusuf, because they said he had evaded his parents’ supervision and lied to authorities. Nevertheless, Judge Davis released him with an electronic monitoring device around his ankle.

Yusuf was assigned a bed at a halfway house in St. Paul where he could only leave for approved activities—like meetings with his mentors from a civics group called Heartland Democracy.

Heartland director Mary McKinley said she was not exactly sure why Yusuf’s proposal was granted, other than maybe it “just made sense.”

“On the other hand, it was also a surprise that any kind of access was given,” she said. “But I think it says a lot about what the U.S. attorney and the community were trying to do.”

Heartland had no experience with de-radicalizing jihadis, and it was carrying out the government’s first foray into deradicalizing ISIS sympathizers.

McKinley in court documents proposed adapting Heartland’s existing civics program for gangs to Yusuf.

McKinley said one of the first objectives is to “coach our youth in deep and sustained civic empowerment and ‘real’ civics made accessible, experiential, and multi-dimensional through the Empowering U curriculum and coaching method,” which is the program Heartland Democracy previously used.

In other words: civics for jihadis.

“This is the first time actually, as far as we can tell, that somebody has had the opportunity to be part of something like this,” McKinley told The Daily Beast, though she added that she was reluctant to call what her program does “de-radicalization.”

“I don’t call it that because that’s not what my background is in,” she said. “I guess people could label it as such.”

The judge approved Yusuf’s release in late January. He and a Somali-American mentor began to work through an extensive reading list, which included Richard Wright’s Native Son, a novel about growing up poor and black in the 1930s, and an article by Native American author Sherman Alexie about how poetry freed him from the “reservation” of his mind.

McKinley would not say how often Yusuf met his mentor.

“We met with him regularly, I don’t know the number of times a week,” she said. When pressed on whether they met weekly, biweekly, or at a different pace, McKinley would not clarify. “We met with him regularly.”

Court documents also reference Yusuf meeting with religious leaders, but McKinley wasn’t sure about that.

“I don’t know if he’s met with any religious leaders,” she said in response to a question about meeting with imams. “I mean, he’s an adult, he can get any visitor he wants.”

In April, the halfway house’s inspection of Yusuf’s room turned up a box cutter, which got him kicked out of the home—but not out of rehab.

“He has been continuing with his reading and his writing and his studying in the jail, and now we’ve gotten approval for his mentors to go into the jail to meet with him one on one,” Yusuf’s lawyer, Jean Brandl, told The Daily Beast.

The proposal for Yusuf did not say how anyone would determine whether he’s been de-radicalized.


Minnesota’s Muslim Congressman Wants Somali’s Arrested on ISIS Charges Released to Families, Mosques. So guess who those so-called religious leaders are he is meeting with and what they might be telling him. 

Not the first time a Muslim terrorists in Minnesota was released to a halfway house – as we noted in 2009.

FBI to Put Muslim Terrorists in Counseling, Not Jail

“This new FBI is totally different.’’

Indeed. via FBI to Seek Counseling, Not Handcuffs, for Some Islamic State Suspects – WSJ.

Faced with a wave of potential homegrown Islamic State supporters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is embarking on a new approach with some suspects: putting them in counseling rather than handcuffs.

Federal and local officials working on counterterrorism say the logistical challenges posed by Islamic State’s propaganda—its slick online messages are readily available to anyone—make it difficult to address the problem solely through traditional investigations.

Proponents of the intervention model say it provides a possible “off ramp” from radicalization and addresses a hard truth: The FBI cannot effectively investigate all of the thousands of Americans who are believed to be interested in Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

The challenge is particularly acute for teenage suspects, because the federal criminal justice system is poorly equipped to prosecute minors, officials said.

“Nobody wants to see a 15-year-old kid go to jail if they don’t have to,’’ said one official working on the effort. That official said that when the FBI recommends a potential suspect for counseling, the criminal investigation will continue and agents will be prepared to make an arrest if they believe the person becomes more dangerous.

The issue has sparked an intense debate inside federal law enforcement, where many fear deadly consequences if they misjudge a suspect who is sent to counseling instead of being arrested.

“I get the principle, but there are a lot of potential problems with this, and I think it’s a wrong move,’’ said Peter Ahearn a former FBI counterterrorism agent. “I’m not saying it shouldn’t be done but it shouldn’t be done by the FBI. That’s not the mission.’’

In Dearborn, Mich., Police Chief Ronald Haddad’s officers were contacted about a month ago by a family worried their son might try to join Islamic State. Police ended up steering the teen toward psychiatric help, the chief said.

Such an intervention doesn’t stop a criminal investigation, but Mr. Haddad said the goal is to avoid any potential violence or arrest, if possible. In a city where roughly a third of the population claims some Arab heritage, several counterterrorism officials said Dearborn’s police department is better equipped than most to do such outreach and intervention.

The chief said that if someone is plotting an attack or a crime that person will be arrested. His hope is that police can catch individuals before they reach that stage and set them on another course.

The teenager’s case is still being worked out. “But I can tell you what didn’t happen—he didn’t harm anyone here,’’ said Mr. Haddad, who is one of the country’s biggest proponents of intervention.

In Dearborn, an intervention case typically starts when authorities, often local police, are tipped about a person’s behavior that worries family, friends or acquaintances.

“We can refer it to a school counselor, where appropriate, clergy, a psychiatric ward, and part of the intervention on the part of the police is to thoroughly research—not investigate but research—to make sure there are no weapons, no previous assaultive behavior,’’ Mr. Haddad said.

The approach is increasingly embraced by the Obama administration as part of a broader initiative federal officials call countering violent extremism, or CVE—which focuses on countering terrorist propaganda and spotting problematic behavior early.

Don Borelli, a former FBI counterterrorism official, noted the approach has been used in Europe for years, and said that with proper legal guidance and training, could work here.

Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff Richard Stanek also attended the FBI gathering last month. He said intervention isn’t much different from what police have long done to lure young men away from street gangs.

Mr. Stanek said he was encouraged by the move but cautioned that the federal government has a long way to go because it lacks a coordinated effort. Nevertheless, the sheriff said, he sees a distinct change within the FBI.

In past years, he said, “there was a lot of resistance’’ to the idea that the FBI play a role in interventions, Mr. Stanek said. “This new FBI is totally different.’’


This is what you get when the Muslim Brotherhood Takes Charge of FBI Counterterrorism Training and the FBI Partners With Jihad Groups.

The Creeping Sharia archives are full of posts on the FBI and their submission to Islam.

 

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