New York: bin Laden aide guilty in US embassy bombings that killed 224, incl 12 Americans

via Bin Laden aide found guilty in ’98 US embassy bombings | New York Post.

A one-time al Qaeda chieftain and aide of Osama bin Laden was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to kill Americans in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

Khaled al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by an anonymous Manhattan federal court jury for his role in the attacks that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

He led an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in the early 1990s and later served as bin Laden’s spokesman in London.

Wearing a white cloak and skullcap, al-Fawwaz was expressionless as the forewoman announced the verdict.

Before being led out of the courtroom, he smiled at his lawyer.

Judge Lewis Kaplan praised the jury following the verdict.

“All persons of this country owe you a debt of gratitude,” he said, calling the case “hard fought” and adding, “There is no doubt the defendant has received a fair trial.”

In a statement following the verdict, US Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As a unanimous jury has found, for nearly a decade, Khaled al-Fawwaz played a critical role for al Qaeda in its murderous conspiracy against America.”

Al-Fawwaz’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said outside the courtroom that she was “disappointed.”

“Trying a pre-9/11 terrorism case in a post-9/11 era within blocks from the World Trade Center ensured that Mr. al-Fawwaz could never receive a truly fair trial by a truly impartial jury.”

Al-Fawwaz “operated at the very heart of this conspiracy,” Assistant US Attorney Sean Buckley said in his closing argument.

The trial also showcased al Qaeda in its infancy, when its members numbered in the hundreds and it plotted terrorist attacks that eventually drew the attention of criminal investigators a world away.

Witnesses included an American former al Qaeda member who said bin Laden asked him in 1995 to kill Egypt’s president by ramming the president’s plane with bin Laden’s in midair. The New York Police Department’s counterterrorism and intelligence chief, John Miller, testified about meeting al-Fawwaz in London in 1998, when Miller was a TV news correspondent.

An al Qaeda roster of original members lists bin Laden first and al-Fawwaz ninth, and 18 copies of bin Laden’s 1996 declaration of war — signed by bin Laden — were found in al-Fawwaz’s London apartment, prosecutors said. US special forces found the roster in an al Qaeda leader’s home after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government said.

Al-Fawwaz made sure bin Laden’s declaration of war reached the world by communicating with the media and helping translate bin Laden’s words for multiple audiences, prosecutors said.

“Murderous words lead to murderous action,” Assistant US Attorney Nicholas Lewin told jurors.

Al-Fawwaz did not testify. Arrested in London in 1998, he was extradited from Great Britain in 2012.

New York juries have convicted five other people in the embassy attacks. Al-Fawwaz had been scheduled to stand trial with a co-defendant, Abu Anas al-Libi, but he died last month after a long illness.


He’ll get to preach jihad at U.S. taxpayer expense to a new generation of Muslim terrorists who will be set free on American streets.

 

Brooklyn: Three Muslim Immigrants Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIS

More Muslim immigrants, more terror. Ban them. via FBI — Three Brooklyn Residents Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL.

February 25, 2015

Earlier today, a criminal complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov, and Abror Habibov with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization. The initial appearances of Juraboev and Saidakhmetov are scheduled for later today before United States Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. Habibov’s initial appearance will be held later today at the U.S. Courthouse, 300 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, Florida.

As alleged in the complaint, Juraboev first came to the attention of law enforcement in August 2014 after he made a posting on an Uzbek-language website that propagates ISIL’s ideology. The investigation subsequently revealed that Juraboev and Saidakhmetov devised a plan to travel to Turkey and then to Syria for the purpose of waging jihad on behalf of ISIL. Saidakhmetov, a resident of Brooklyn and a citizen of Kazakhstan, was arrested early this morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey. Juraboev, a resident of Brooklyn and a citizen of Uzbekistan, had previously purchased a plane ticket to travel from New York to Istanbul and was scheduled to leave the United States next month. Habibov, a resident of Brooklyn and a citizen of Uzbekistan, helped fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts to join ISIL.

As alleged in the complaint, Juraboev was also prepared to engage in an act of terrorism in the United States if ordered to do so by ISIL, and Saidakhmetov intended to commit such an act if unable to travel abroad to join ISIL. In the August 2014 posting on the website that propagates ISIL’s ideology, Juraboev offered to kill the President of the United States if ordered to do so by ISIL. More recently, Saidakhmetov expressed his intent to buy a machine gun and shoot police officers and FBI agents if thwarted in his plan to join ISIL in Syria.

“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “As alleged in the complaint, two of the defendants in this case sought to travel to Syria to join ISIL but were also prepared to wage violent jihad here in the United States. A third defendant allegedly provided financial assistance and encouragement. We will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to travel to Syria to wage violent jihad on behalf of ISIL and those who support them. Anyone who threatens our citizens and our allies, here or abroad, will face the full force of American justice.” Ms. Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which comprises a large number of federal, state, and local agencies from the region.

“As alleged, the defendants looked to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant by flying to Turkey in a vain attempt to evade detection. And one of the defendants was prepared to commit acts of terror here—in America—if he could not travel, to include killing FBI agents. The defendants violated the true tenants of their faith in pursuit of their radical, violent agenda. We rely on help from the community, the public, and religious leaders to be mindful of those who could be radicalized. We cannot do this alone,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Rodriguez.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The charges in the complaint are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Defendants:

ABDURASUL HASANOVICH JURABOEV
Age: 24
Nationality: Uzbeki

AKHROR SAIDAKHMETOV
Age: 19
Nationality: Kazakh

ABROR HABIBOV
Age: 30
Nationality: Uzbeki


The three have something more in common than their names starting with A and ending in v. 

 

California: 2 Muslims get 25 years each, planned to kill American troops

via Inland Men Who Conspired ‘Violent Jihad,’ Joining Terror Cells Sentenced to Federal Prison | Banning-Beaumont, CA Patch.

Two Southern California men who planned to commit “violent jihad” against American troops by joining terrorist groups in Afghanistan were each sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison.

Sohiel Omar Kabir, 36, of Pomona and Ralph Kenneth DeLeon, 26, of Ontario, were convicted last September following a nearly monthlong trial at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside.

Kabir was found guilty of two counts of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count each of conspiring to kill American troops and conspiring to receive military training from al-Qaida.

DeLeon was convicted by the same seven-man, five-woman jury of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to murder or maim members of the armed services overseas, and conspiring to kill employees of the United States.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips sentenced the men separately in hearings that collectively lasted just over three hours.

In pronouncing sentence for Kabir, Phillips said it was “hard to understate the seriousness of the offense.”

“It wasn’t just talk,” she said. “We’ve seen all too often how little it takes for young men to cause havoc and loss of life. Just because his plan didn’t come to fruition — it doesn’t reduce the seriousness of what he intended to do.”

Kabir’s attorney, Federal Public Defender Jeffrey Aaron, argued for a 10- year prison term, citing mitigating factors, including what he said was his client’s low I.Q. Phillips was not swayed, pointing out that Kabir’s own family had acknowledged he was intelligent, though admittedly “lazy.”

The judge said Kabir had been given every break after his family fled to the U.S. as refugees and were given asylum.

“He is an example of someone who betrayed the hospitality extended to him by this country,” Phillips said.

Kabir, clad in a white jail jumpsuit and sporting a shaved head and chest-length beard, declined to address the court.

DeLeon’s attorney, David Thomas, also requested a 10-year sentence for his client, telling the judge that he had undergone a reformation since being jailed in 2012. Thomas said DeLeon embraced an “extremely warped religious fanaticism” out of a desperate, though perverse, desire to achieve something meaningful in his life.

“He allowed himself to be surrounded by the wrong types of influences,” the attorney said. “It made him want to be the best extreme Muslim he could be. He jumped right into the deep end, and he sunk.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Grigg countered that DeLeon had enormous family support, had been gifted a car and was less than two months shy of attaining a bachelor’s degree in business when he threw it all away in the interest of committing “unfathomable” acts of violence.

“He said he wanted to be on the frontlines,” Grigg said. “He eschewed the idea of being a suicide bomber because he said he wanted to be able to see the suffering of those he targeted.”

Phillips ordered that both men be placed on lifetime supervision, or parole, following their release from prison.

In a sentencing brief, the U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that Kabir was the “emir,” or leader, of the group and that he “converted DeLeon and (Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales) to Islam … (and) encouraged them to travel overseas to engage in violent jihad.”

“Kabir … encouraged the group to join him in Afghanistan, including by telling them about his connections to the Taliban and al-Qaida, discussing his physical preparations for fighting and warfare, and various ‘missions’ and operations he was asked by terrorists to participate in,” the document states.

Vidriales, 24, of Mexico and 23-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside both reached plea agreements with the government several weeks before DeLeon and Kabir went on trial last August. They’re in custody and slated to be sentenced March 16.

Gojali testified that he was persuaded to take up arms against the U.S., Britain and Israel after several conversations with DeLeon, a native of the Philippines who converted to Islam in 2011.

The government presented hours of secretly taped audio recordings between DeLeon and a “confidential source,” identified in court documents only as a Muslim man who worked for the FBI and won the defendants’ trust by pretending to subscribe to jihadist views.

DeLeon’s enthusiasm for “Holy War” was such that he felt killing in the name of Allah and the Prophet Mohammed would mean “guaranteed paradise,” according to a transcript of one recording.



As we asked here,

What do Californian Sohiel Omar Kabir, an Afghani immigrant, a Mexican immigrant, and a Philippino immigrant all have in common?

Texas: Muslim arrested for bomb threats…on North Austin mosque

via Man arrested following business, mosque bomb threats. h/t Atlas

AUSTIN — A man in his 50s is accused of making bomb threats at a Muslim business and the community center where he was staying Tuesday, according to a Travis County arrest affidavit.

According to the Austin Police Department, 54-year-old Azzam Ahmed Baytie made two bomb threats at a North Austin Muslim Community Center and a Middle Eastern-style food truck near the Arab Cowboy Cafe and Hookah Lounge. The community center is in North Austin, and the cafe is located in West Campus.

Staff at the community center called Austin-Travis County EMS just after 7 a.m. Tuesday. They said the man had some kind of medical issue, possibly psychiatric problems.

According to the arrest affidavit, police found Baytie rolling around the ground in front the community center. Baytie told medics he had taken five Ambilify to harm himself, a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

On the way to the hospital, police said the man told EMS workers he put bombs at the two locations. Investigators did not find explosive devices at either location.

Officers evacuated about 50 students from the apartment complex behind the cafe in West Campus.

Baytie is charged with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.

Baytie was previously found guilty of making a terroristic threat and criminal trespassing after a 2008 incident at the same mosque at the North Austin Muslim Community Center. Baytie reportedly told police he had a bomb in his backpack. Authorities scanned the backpack with an X-ray machine and found electronic parts inside, prompting them to destroy the backpack as a precaution.

More, with another misleading media headline, Man charged in bomb threat targeting Muslim community center

Police say Baytie initially told them there was a van at the International Food Market at 10901 North Lamar Blvd. that was going to blow up.

“Baytie then changed the location to the mosque located on North Lamar (which is the North Austin Muslim Community Center) stating it was chloride, ammonia, and C4 in a white, Ford F-150 van at the mosque,” documents say. “He stated the police needed to clear the area all the way to the Texaco station, which is located at 11331 North Lamar Blvd.”

Police say Baytie “committed the offense of terroristic threat and placed the North Austin Muslim Community Center in grave danger by reporting this bomb threat.”

The drive by media and the hate crime hustlers are silent on yet another Muslim crime.

Obama Appoints Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim to Combat Islamic State Propaganda

The third time Obama has appointed this Koran-memorizing stealth jihadist who previously claimed that Obama was America’s “Educator-in-Chief on Islam.” Hussain also stated that Islam is the Solution not the Problem.

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via Report: Anti-ISIS Propaganda Head Tied to Muslim Brotherhood.

The Obama administration is revamping its efforts to combat Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) propaganda. ISIS and its supporters produce “as many as 90,000 tweets and other social media responses every day,” reports The New York Times.

An empowered Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, currently a small component of the U.S. State Department, will spearhead the new campaign to fight the ISIS propaganda machine.

Rashad Hussain, a Muslim American with close ties to the White House, will replace Alberto Fernandez, the center’s director, according to The Times.

Hussain, who has reportedly participated in events linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, currently serves as Obama’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He will take over when Fernandez retires in April.

“Hussain, a devout Muslim, has a history of participating in events connected with the Muslim Brotherhood,” reported Cal Thomas in an article published by Townhall.

Citing Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that Hussain “maintained close ties with people and groups that [the magazine] says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America.”

“Other officials questioned whether even a newly empowered center at the State Department would be up to the task. Operating the center on a shoestring budget of about $5 million a year, Mr. Fernandez, a respected Middle East specialist and career Foreign Service officer, and his supporters have long complained that neither the State Department nor the White House fully supported or properly financed the center’s activities,” the article adds.


 

$5M a year? The anti-jihad blogosphere does it better for nothing.

Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch goes into the details on Hussain that the media fails to provide to the American people via, Obama appoints Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim to head “Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications”

Rashad Hussain was previously the Obama administration’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the thuggish international organization that is engaged in a full-scale campaign to intimidate Western governments into adopting hate speech codes that will effectively quash criticism of Islam – including jihad violence perpetrated in its name. Rashad Hussain is an apposite choice for this position, since several years ago he defended a notorious U.S.-based leader of a jihad terrorist group.

But someone doesn’t want you to know that, and made a clumsy attempt to cover it up.

In 2004, Rashad Hussain, then a Yale law student, declared that the investigation and prosecution of University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian, who ultimately pled guilty to charges involving his activities as a leader of the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was recently deported, was a “politically motivated persecution” designed “to squash dissent.”

Hussain’s remarks in support of Al-Arian were published in the jihad-enabling Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in November 2004. But now all that has gone down the memory hole. The Washington Report’s archived version of this November 2004 article lacks two paragraphs that were included in the original version: the ones quoting Rashad Hussain. Otherwise the article is unchanged.

The Washington Report editors, caught red-handed, decided to brazen it out, and blame their accusers – a tried-and-true tactic that is also frequently employed by jihadists in the West. They insist that there was no cover-up, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a venomous Islamophobe: according to CNS News, “WRMEA news editor and executive director Delinda Hanley denied there was a ‘cover-up,’ and implied that anti-Muslim discrimination was behind the fact this was now being raised.”

Sure. It’s just “anti-Muslim discrimination” to be concerned about Rashad Hussain’s support for Al-Arian, a vicious suicide-bombing supporter who chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and clearly meant it. When two Islamic Jihad suicide bombers killed eighteen people in Israel in 1995, Al-Arian called them “two mujahidin martyred for the sake of God.”

But there was no cover-up! It was all a mistake, you see: according to the Washington Report now, Sami Al-Arian’s daughter, Laila Al-Arian, actually said the words that were attributed to Rashad Hussain.

But this explanation doesn’t make sense, since the article was altered just to remove the quotes, not to change the name of the person quoted. Also, the author of the original story, Shereen Kandil, contradicts the Washington Report’s explanation, telling Patrick Goodenough of CNS:

“When I worked as a reporter at WRMEA, I understood how important it was to quote the right person, and accurately. I have never mixed my sources and wouldn’t have quoted Rashad Hussain if it came from Laila al-Arian. If the editors from WRMEA felt they wanted to remove Rashad Hussain from the article, my assumption is that they did it for reasons other than what you’re saying. They never once contacted me about an ‘error’ they claim I made.’”

Was the Washington Report covering for Rashad Hussain at its own discretion, or at the behest of someone else? Did Barack Obama himself know about this cover-up? Did  someone in the White House or the State Department find out about Hussain’s defense of Al-Arian, and act to cover for the bright young special envoy before this defense was discovered and he became known as a terror apologist? We will probably never know. And now Rashad Hussain heads up a key center supposedly devoted to “countering violent extremism.” What could possibly go wrong?


Also read Obama’s Special Envoy Spoke Out for More Terrorists (audio & video)

 

 

 

Michigan: Muslim “refugee” arrested after telling feds going to “conduct jihad” with Islamic State

He also claimed “he had been going to the shooting range.” Then recanted all of it. via FBI: Mich. Iraqi refugee lied about Islamic State ties.

An Iraqi refugee living in East Lansing is facing charges for allegedly lying to federal officials about returning to the Middle East to fight with Islamic extremists.

Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad, 29, who has a green card, was scheduled Tuesday to fly from Detroit Metro Airport to Amman, Jordan, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

When U.S. Customs and Border Protection interviewed him on the jet way, personnel “became alarmed when Jawad could not explain his future travel or why he purchased a one-way ticket one day prior to his departure.”

They escorted him to an interview room and contacted an FBI special agent, the court document said.

During an interview with the agent, Jawad initially said he was traveling to visit his mother, a professor in Amman, but within minutes acknowledged his ultimate destination was “Iraq to conduct jihad” since a childhood friend recruited him to “join, train and fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq,” the complaint said.

That friend “had a uniform waiting for him” and claimed to have “killed many Shia and Kurds in Iraq,” authorities wrote.

Despite having told the FBI that he had sworn allegiance to an ISIL leader in a video on his cell phone and had emailed the friend about training, Jawad couldn’t show evidence on the device, nor was any found on a thumb drive in his pants pocket, the affidavit noted.

The FBI agent called Jawad’s brother, who said “he did not think he was radical or a supporter of ISIL” and was unaware of the friend in Iraq.

Also, Jawad’s sister-in-law, who accompanied him to the airport, “is a Shia and … resided in Kurdistan for several years prior to arriving in the United States.”

Still, Jawad’s roommate told the agent that the refugee “had been acting strangely over the past several weeks,” the court filing said.

When pressed to support his account, Jawad said he invented it, the report said.

“Jawad could not provide an explanation for why he had fabricated this story, stating only that his home life was messy,” the criminal complaint read. “Jawad would not provide any further information.”

Federal officials said Jawad entered the U.S. as a refugee on March 18, 2013.

They claim he violated a U.S. code involving making false statements to a federal official.

Jawad is scheduled to appear Thursday in federal court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said.


The refugee vetting process was clearly broken and nearly useless even before Obama unilaterally changed immigration law, allowing immigrants who support terrorists to come into the US.

Whoever approved Jawad’s entry to the U.S. in 2013 allowed in either a terrorist or a mentally unstable person. Neither should have even made it passed the first round of screening. Deport him and halt all refugee resettlement of Muslims ASAP.

Read the complaint here.

Detroit Muslim knifes two non-Muslims but cops say it’s no hate crime

He asked if the victims were Muslims and when they said no, he tried to kill them with a knife. But just like in Florida, Muslims are apparently exempt from (nonsensical) hate crime laws.

via Detroit Muslim accused of stabbing victims over religion not charged with hate crime | MLive.com. h/t Dee

DETROIT, MI — Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper didn’t charge a Detroit man with a hate crime after it’s suspected he stabbed two people at a Southfield bus stop, possibly motivated by religious hate.

Nick Loussia, Deputy Chief of Police for the Southfield Police Department, said the suspect, 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas, “is Muslim, and asked the victims what religion they were” before allegedly attacking them.

He’s charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and possession of marijuana.

Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton said the evidence doesn’t support a 2-year felony charge of ethnic intimidation, although investigators are still interviewing witnesses.

Walton said an argument started over “bad breath and bad teeth” before it “deescalated to a physical altercation.”

“At this point … I’m not hearing anything that is going to monumentally change any of the charges,” Walton said.

The FBI is looking at the case also to see if any federal hate crimes were committed.

“We’re taking all of the logical investigative steps with regards to the sorts of violations we investigate,” David Porter, spokesman for the Detroit FBI field office, said Thursday. “There is no update to provide

“I’m not saying anything beyond we are investigating the matter.”

Thomas’s bail was set at $1 million cash or surety bond.

According to police, Thomas attacked the victims, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old man from Detroit, after he “made several comments about his religion and asked the victims about their religious beliefs just before the assault occurred.”

When police arrived to the scene Saturday night, they found that the 52-year-old victim had been stabbed in the head, neck and back. The 51-year-old victim had been stabbed in the hand.

Both men were taken to Providence Hospital by paramedics, and have since been released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Southfield police located Thomas “a short time after (the) incident” walking near Greenfield Road and Seven Mile Road Saturday night. According to police, he was taken into custody “without incident.”

Thomas had two knives on him when police took him into custody, according to police.

Police said the victims and the suspect did not know each other prior to the alleged stabbing and Thomas is believed to have acted alone.

Thomas’s pre-trial exam is scheduled for March 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the 46th District Court.


Worse, as noted in our first post, the media is intentionally trying to mislead the American public…either that or they are completely incompetent, as this blatantly false AJC headline clearly indicates: ‘Attacker Allegedly Targeted Muslims’.

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Guess who had the bad breath?

Muslim who stabbed two people at bus stop after they responded they were not Muslim

 

 

 

 

 

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