Ohio Muslim sentenced in Capitol jihad plot yells: “Allah is in control, not this judge!”

aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah

aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah

Source: Man sentenced in Capitol plot yells: ‘Allah is in control!’

A 22-year-old man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group shouted out his support of Allah and called the court system “rigged” on Monday after being sentenced to 30 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith, who voiced doubts about Christopher Lee Cornell’s claims of remorse and commitment against promoting “jihadist” violence, also sentenced the suburban Cincinnati man to lifetime probation after his sentence with monitoring and sharp restrictions on his computer use.

As he was led out of the courtroom in shackles, Cornell, who earlier offered apologies while asking the judge to give him “a second chance,” criticized the court system and shouted: “Allah is in control, not this judge!”

The FBI arrested Cornell in January 2015. In August, he pleaded guilty to three charges, including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees. Court documents show Cornell said he wanted to attack during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Cornell’s attorneys argued for a shorter sentence, saying he has rejected “radical Islamic propaganda” while embracing peaceful Islamic religious philosophy. They said he wants to be a productive citizen.

They described Cornell as a lonely, depressed youth who became self-radicalized, living “a fantasy life behind a computer screen.” They say he was steered by a paid FBI confidential informant.

The attorneys also said Cornell’s plot was infeasible and likely reflected a mental condition that distorted reality. They said Cornell told the informant he planned to wear a turban, black camouflage and sandals, enter the Capitol building through the front door and take aim at Obama while he spoke.

The FBI arrested him in a western Cincinnati suburban gun shop parking lot, saying he had just bought two M-15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.

In their sentencing memo filed earlier, prosecutors said Cornell continued in jail to promote violence, trying to circulate his “Message to America” call for others to “fight against the disbelieving people of America.” Authorities said he was able to circumvent a security program on a jail computer terminal meant for legal research to make internet posts about his Capitol attack plan, to call for others to wage “violent jihad” and to seek retribution against the confidential informant.

A federal judge recently sentenced another suburban Cincinnati man, 22-year-old Munir Abdulkader, of West Chester Township, to 20 years in prison for a plot to behead a military veteran and then attack a police department in support of ISIS.

 

6 of 7 Nations With Worst Record of Christian Persecution Are Muslim

im-christian-and-i-love-the-quran

Source: Top 7 Nations With Worst Record of Christian Persecution: Report

Persecution watchdog group Aid to the Church in Need released its 2016 “Religious Freedom in the World” report on Thursday, highlighting the growing cases of intolerance around the world, particularly between the time period of June 2014 and June 2016 — coinciding with the rise of the Islamic State terror group.

The report included case by case studies of a number of different countries around the world, and the religious discrimination people of faith face. Some of the most extreme forms of oppression were experienced by people in Iraq and Syria, including Christians and Yazidis, who have been targeted in an ongoing genocide campaign by IS.

One Yazidi boy trained for jihad in Syria shared the chilling words his radical instructors told to him: “You have to kill kuffars [unbelievers] even if they are your fathers and brothers, because they belong to the wrong religion and they don’t worship God.”

The report revealed that 196 countries were examined, with 38 showing “unmistakable evidence” of significant religious freedom violations. Twenty-three of those countries were placed in the top level “Persecution” category, while 15 others in the “Discrimination” group.

Religious freedom conditions “clearly worsened” in 14 countries, the report added, and only three — Bhutan, Egypt and Qatar — showed signs of improvement since the last study in 2014.

The seven nations where persecution was branded so extreme that “it could scarcely get any worse” include: Afghanistan, Iraq (northern), Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Syria.

“A virulent and extremist form of Islam emerged as the number one threat to religious freedom and was revealed as the primary cause of persecution in many of the worst cases,” the report noted.

It added that “religious hyper-extremism,” such as the actions of IS in their quest to build a caliphate and kill off minorities, has been on the rise, characterized by mass killings, ‘horrific’ forms of executions, rape, and extreme torture such as burning people alive, crucifixions, or throwing victims off buildings.

The atrocities committed by Islamist radical groups in nations such as Syria, Iraq and Libya were called arguably some of the “greatest setbacks for religious freedom since the Second Wold War,” with victims being subjugated to a system which “insults almost every tenet of human rights.”

Other watchdog groups, such as Open Doors USA, have called on the global Church to resist being too self-centered, and instead reach out to help its brothers and sisters in need.

Open Doors President David Curry told The Christian Post in October that the factors that led to 2015 being the worst year for Christian persecution have stayed in place for 2016 as well.

“You still have rouge nations like Eritrea, North Korea, Sudan and others, who are not concerned about international justice laws, and are persecuting Christians within their government,” Curry told CP at the time, ahead of the International Day of Prayer.

“I’m not encouraged yet by the response of the global Church, but I’m hopeful that they are going to wake up and see what is happening,” he added.

‘O Allah, Kill the Despicable Christians’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, August 2016

by Raymond Ibrahim

Source: ‘O Allah, Kill the Despicable Christians’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, August 2016 – Raymond Ibrahim

Islamic hate for Christians was on constant display throughout the month of August.  Shortly after an 80-year-old Catholic priest in France was slaughtered by Muslims who stormed his church during mass, the 16-year-old Muslim son of an Islamic cleric living in Belgium made and posted a video on social media.  In the video he appears walking along the main street of the Belgian city of Verviers during recent Ramadan while making prayers to Allah, including: “Allah, kill the despicable Christians. Allah, kill each and every last one of them…”   According to Immigration Minister Theo Francken: “It’s obvious that his father, the imam, is promoting such ideas not just to fighters to join the battle in Syria, but also to his own children. The young man who appears in the video reflects the father’s views, and I understand and empathize with the great concern that city residents have over this.”  A deportation order was last reported as pending a court appeal.

Similarly, in the August edition of Dabiq, ISIS’ propaganda magazine, the jihadi organization urged Muslims to destroy the “arrogant Christian disbelievers” and urged them to “pray for Allah’s curse to be upon the liars.” ISIS also threatened Christians to “break the cross.”  Those who do and convert to Islam will “enter the Gardens of Paradise,” and those who reject Islam and cling to the cross will die in a “futile” war against ISIS.

As if the Christians of Nigeria weren’t persecuted enough by Muslim groups such as Boko Haram, the new leader of that terrorist organization, which was also known for killing nonconformist Muslims, announced that Christians are now its number one and primary target, and that Boko Haram will continue to “bomb churches and kill Christians while ending attacks on mosques and markets used by ordinary Muslims.”   Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the new leader, also spoke of “booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach, and killing all of those who we find from the citizens of the Cross.”

The experiences of Muslim converts to Christianity in Egypt continue to speak for themselves.  After Muhammad Hegazi’s nine-year long battle with authorities—that began when he asked that his religion be changed to Christianity on his Egyptian ID card and ended with him being arrested and tortured for years—Islam’s honor was restored, though in a way held suspect by many rights activists in Egypt.  Hegazi made a brief video announcing his return to Islam and praising Muhammad, adding “I say this out of my complete free will. I am not being held by any agency, nor am I under any pressure of any kind.”

And Majed el-Shafie, who was imprisoned and tortured for apostatizing years back in Egypt, wants the world to know that “ISIS is not the problem.”  As proof he recounted his experiences—not at the hands of ISIS but Egyptian authorities: “They shaved my head, they put my head in freezing cold water and then into boiling hot water.  They burned their cigarettes on me, they electrocuted me.  They cut me and put salt in my wounds.  I still wake with nightmares about it, even now 20 years on.”

The remainder of August’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians—all of which was not committed by ISIS—includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Muslim Slaughter of Christians

Nigeria: Muslim Fulani herdsmen, who are believed to be connected to the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, increased their murderous raids on Christian majority villages:

  • Between August 1-3, they killed 13 Christians, burned Christian homes and churches, and displaced many survivors, during raids conducted in separate Christian majority villages.
  • On August 13, the Muslim shepherds killed another seven Christians during another raid. Some of the victims were shot while others were slaughtered with machetes.
  • On August 16, the Muslim herdsmen attacked another Christian majority village and slaughtered ten people.
  • On August 25, a group of at least 50 Muslim herdsmen conducted a night raid into another Christian majority village. Among their victims was a six-month pregnant Christian woman whose stomach was ripped open.

According to one report,

Local Christian leaders are pleading with the Nigerian government to react with appropriate security measures in light of the ongoing crisis, which the state has so far left unaddressed. Since 2001, Fulani attacks of Christian-majority farming settlements across Nigeria’s central “Middle-Belt” region have grown increasingly violent as victims face their towns being literally wiped off the map in brutal raids. The militant group has murdered tens of thousands of Christians, amassing a body count larger than Boko Haram has inflicted, while attacks are expanding further into Northwest and Southeast Nigeria. To date, the Nigerian government has largely ignored the issue…

Such indifference reportedly stretches all the way to the president of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari.  According to prominent Nigerian thinker and politician Femi Fani-Kayode, despite the increasing violence against Christians, “the Muslim president has only awarded the murderers with impunity rather than justice and has staffed his government with Islamic officials, while doing essentially nothing to give the nation’s Christians, who make up half the population, due representation.”


Much more in the August report at ‘O Allah, Kill the Despicable Christians’: Muslim Persecution of Christians, August 2016

‘Muhammad dog’ artist’s life’s work burned to the ground in Sweden

LarsVilks

Source: Notorious Lars Vilks artwork burned down in Sweden – The Local

Police are investigating suspected arson after a fire in southern Sweden saw much of, equally famous and infamous, artist Lars Vilks’ life’s work burned to the ground on Thursday evening.

Internationally, Swedish artist Lars Vilks may be most known for his controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007, which has made him the target of a string of assassination plots, forcing him to live in a secret location and national security service police to guard him round the clock.

But in Sweden, he is also closely associated with Nimis, a maze-like wooden rebel land art installation culminating in huge statues erected on the north-west peninsula Kullaberg of southern region Skåne.

Around a fourth of the construction was completely destroyed in the Thursday blaze.

“The tower closest to the water has burned down completely. But around 75 percent of the artwork is still there,” Mattias Johansson of the Fire and Rescue Services, who were called to the scene shortly before 7pm, told the TT news agency.

Vilks himself said that the destruction of the sculpture was all part of the art.

“I have my motto ‘everything is an advantage’. You always have to find something optimistic and art that’s subjected to violence always benefits from it, you have to comfort yourself with that,” he said.

“It gets interesting when things are happening. When you attack artworks it gets interesting. A work of art that nobody cares about, it disappears. This is tough action and a rather brutal form of art critique.”

Nimis has been destroyed before – burned down in other attacks or blown down in harsh storms – and Vilks has kept maintaining it for the past three decades. However, he has lived under police protection since a shooting at a Copenhagen cultural centre last year, and now gets help from volunteers.

“I can’t get out the way I have done before. I live under protection and Nimis is a risk target, and after this fire I assume it’s considered and even greater risk, so I have to rely on my assistants,” he told TT.

Vilks said he believed the fire was started by either those opposed to Nimis itself or those opposed to his cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. Police have not commented on this, but are treating it as suspected arson.


Check out our Lars Vilks collection here.

Christmas party triggered Muslims to slaughter 14 in San Bernardino, 1 year ago

More likely they were motivated by Muhammad, the party gave them the opportunity to wage jihad and strike terror. Source: Holiday party may have motivated San Bernardino terrorists – NY Daily News

One of the terrorists who slaughtered 14 people at a California office’s holiday party was furious that her Muslim husband had to attend the festive luncheon, which was studded with Christmas decorations, police said.

Days before San Bernardino health inspector Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, launched their grisly terror attack on the county health department’s holiday celebration, Malik wrote online that she didn’t feel it was appropriate to mix work and holidays.

“She didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan told ABC News of Malik’s online terror prelude.

Friday marks the first anniversary of the shooting rampage. The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health scheduled a training session for its health inspectors on Dec. 1, 2015, and followed up the work meeting with a holiday luncheon.

Farook attended the training session, and even posed with coworkers in front of the conference room Christmas tree before abruptly leaving the office.

He came back as the holiday party was kicking off — and he brought Malik and weapons with him, police said. The pair opened fire on the merry coworkers, killing 14 of them and injuring 22 more. The couple fled, but were shot dead four hours later in a gun battle with police.

In the year since the shooting, police have struggled to determine an exact motive for the shooting, although officials quickly labeled it an act of terrorism. Malik’s online gripes about the holiday party have helped investigators determine what sparked the violence.

Police who are struggling with a motive should be re-assigned.

“That really is one over the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, ‘That probably is a motive in this case,’” Burguan told ABC News.

Federal investigators are still trying to determine if anyone knew about the pair’s meticulously planned shooting plot. In the months before the attack, Malik and Farook gathered a cache of guns and made bombs inside their home, police said.

“There are unanswered questions in this case,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told the Los Angeles Times.

North Carolina: Muslim convert pleads guilty in jihad plot to kill 1,000 Americans

As noted previously:

Sullivan told him [undercover agent] he had converted to Islam, and was a “mujahid.”

Sullivan wrote the undercover officer, “500 is an incorrect body count.” He said 1,000 was correct, “I’m thinking about using biological weapons … coat our bullets with cyanide … and then set off a gas bomb to finish the rest.”

Sullivan_3


Source: Charlotte area terrorism suspect pleads guilty in federal court | The Charlotte Observer

Justin Sullivan, a 20-year-old Morganton man accused of plotting a mass killing in support of the Islamic State, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in federal court to a terrorism-related charge.

The formal offense: Attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Translation: Sullivan planned to kill, assault or maim one or more persons – crimes that would have affected interstate or foreign commerce.

According to new documents unsealed after the sentencing, Sullivan faces life in prison. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Sullivan entered his plea during an appearance in Asheville before U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger. Sullivan had previously pleaded not guilty to an array of federal charges related to his alleged plot to kill in behalf of the terrorist group known as Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS or ISIL.

While Sullivan dreamed of killing hundreds at a local nightclub or concert in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on ISIS positions, his June 2015 plan to kill his parents or have someone else do it brought FBI agents speeding to his house, the documents indicate.

On June 19, Rich and Eleanor Sullivan had intercepted a homemade silencer sent to their son by an undercover FBI agent posing online as a jihadist. When Rich Sullivan pressed Justin to explain the contents of the package, the son “became aggressive,” documents say. Rich Sullivan called 911.

Minutes later, Justin Sullivan emailed the undercover agent. “If they don’t stop, I’ll probably have to do something about them then (escape to the Middle East),” documents say.

Two hours later, Sullivan emailed again, telling the undercover agent to be patient. “I’m gonna get rid of my problem. Can’t be having people calling the police on me.”

Later, according to documents, Sullivan asked the undercover agent to “get rid” of his parents for him a few days later while Rich and Eleanor were visiting a Buddhist friend.

The agent wrote: “is there another way? u couldn’t just leave them when they leave?”

“No,” Sullivan replied, according to documents.

He was arrested that night.

George Washington University political scientist Seamus Hughes says 112 Americans have been charged with ISIS-related crimes since March 2014. Sullivan is the only one facing the death penalty.

In their email exchanges leaving up to the big June 2015 attack, Sullivan pressed the undercover agent to prove his loyalty by killing a few people before he and Sullivan met.

“Our attack needs to be as big as possible,” he told the undercover FBI agent, seven months after Clark’s death. “We can do minor assassinations before the big attack for training.”

The undercover agent pushed back: “I’m pretty sure at the time I kill anyone I would be (martyred).”

“People kill people all the time and get away with it,” Sullivan responded. “… just shoot then leave. wear a mask and do it at night.”

German intel officer converts to Islam, recruits Muslims to attack spy HQ “in the name of Allah”

"Merkel + Islam = 3rd World War" (EPA/FILIP SINGER)

“Merkel + Islam = 3rd World War”  (EPA/FILIP SINGER)

Source: German intelligence officer ‘arrested over Islamist plot’ raising fears the spy agency has been infilitrated

A German intelligence officer has reportedly been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency’s headquarters in Cologne.

The 51-year-old official was said to have made a “partial confession” to the plot, according to Der Spiegel.

The suspect attempted to pass on “sensitive information about the BfV (Germany’s domestic security agency), which could lead to a threat to the office”, an official told the newspaper.

“He is accused of making Islamist remarks online under a false name, and offering internal information during chats,” a BfV spokesman said.

The BfV said the man “behaved inconspicuously” prior to his arrest. He had, since April, been engaged in gathering intelligence on Islamist extremists in Germany, Der Spiegel said.

Online chats were apparently found between the suspect and other Islamists in which he attempted to recruit them to the intelligence agency to mount an attack on “non-believers”, carrying out a bomb attack on the spy HQ “in the name of Allah”.

He used several different names online and his activities were uncovered about a month ago.

The man’s family reportedly knew nothing of his conversion to Islam two years ago and subsequent radicalisation.

The suspect was thought to have pledged allegiance to Mohamed Mahmoud, the Austrian leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group.

The BfV estimates there are about 40,000 Islamists in Germany, including 9,200 ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists, Hans-Georg Maassen, who leads the agency, told Reuters in an interview earlier this month.


Presumably those numbers don’t include the more than one million – mostly fighting age male – Muslims Angela Merkel has allowed into the country in just the last year.


From Der Spiegel (via Google translate) – Wurden die Späher selbst ausgespäht? Nach SPIEGEL-Informationen ist im Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz ein islamistischer Maulwurf aufgeflogen.

“The spies themselves were spied for mirror information, an islamist mole was found in the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution”

The man has now filed a partial confession. According to him, his goal was to infiltrate the Federal Office and gather information for an explosive strike on the main building in the Cologne district of Chorweiler. It is therefore against him because of the suspicion of the preparation of a serious state-endangering violence.

The man, a bank clerk and a family father, had not been stopped by the constitutional protection until April 2016 in order to observe the Islamic scene in Germany. According to the authorities, he was “inconspicuous” in the application process, during training and in his application.

At the same time, however, he obviously meticulously combined his secrecy. In his possession the investigators found storage media with corresponding information, for example, on assignments and deployments. This he revealed on the Internet under different alias accounts against a chat partner, as the public prosecutor Düsseldorf informed the SPIEGEL.

In the chat, he is to be recognized as a BfV employee and have offered to invite like-minded to the Federal Office, in order to be able to attack the “unbelievers”. This is “safe in the sense of Allah.” What he did not know: his chat partner was himself a member of the constitutional protection. There are so far no indications that he could be open to other like-minded people.

According to SPIEGEL information even the family of the accused knew nothing of its conversion to Islam, which is to be done in 2014 by telephone.

%d bloggers like this: