California: Palestinian Muslim who ‘wanted to die a martyr’ gets 30 years

“What is striking to this court is the fact you were willing to die,” [Judge] Carter said.

It’s more striking that fifteen years after 9/11 and thousands more killed or injured by Muslims since then, including many Americans, that the judge is struck by that fact – laid out in the Koran.

Nader Salem Elhuzayel, left and fellow Muslim terrorist

Nader Salem Elhuzayel, left and fellow Muslim terrorist

Source: Anaheim man who tried to join ISIS gets 30 years in prison – The Orange County Register

SANTA ANA – An Anaheim man who tried to fly out of the country to join the Islamic State was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for conspiring to aid the foreign terrorist group.

Nader Salem Elhuzayel, who was also convicted of running a banking scheme to bankroll his planned trip to the Middle East, looked down, stretched and then glanced at his family as U.S. District Judge David O. Carter handed down his sentence at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana.

“There is no remorse,” Carter said of Elhuzayel. “There is just death and destruction.”

The judge particularly noted Elhuzayel’s apparent aim to become a martyr. Even after his prison sentence, the judge ordered that Elhuzayel must remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.

“What is striking to this court is the fact you were willing to die,” Carter said.

Elhuzayel’s family reacted with disbelief to the judge’s decision. His mother, Falak, exclaimed “there is no justice in this country, no justice whatsoever” as she left the courtroom.

“He is a peace-loving human being,” said Nader Elhuzayel’s father, Salem, outside the courtroom. “We experienced a miscarriage of justice.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Judith Heinz painted a much darker picture of Elhuzayel’s actions during her comments before the judge.

“The seriousness of these offenses cannot be overstated,” she said of Elhuzayel’s support of the Islamic State. “It is the most lethal, it is the most brutal, it is the most heinous organization on the face of the earth.” Continue reading

FBI: NYC/NJ Bomber’s Father Never Contacted Us, “At No Time” Discussed Son’s Interest in Jihad

Remember all those headlines and video snippet’s of Ahmad Rahami’s father last weekend claiming he reported his son to the FBI?

The media never bothered to fact-check the claim and according to the FBI, the father was lying. h/t @paulsperry_

It was the FBI who initiated contact with the bomber’s father, as the facts slowly trickle in midway through an AP article praising the father’s imam. Source: Associated Press 

A senior FBI official pushed back against Mohammad Rahami’s claim to have warned agents about his son.

FBI agents interviewed the father in 2014 after Ahmad Rahami’s arrest on charges — later dropped — that he stabbed one of his brothers in the leg. The FBI initiated contact because the father had expressed concern to someone following that episode over his son’s internet use and some of his associates.

But in interviews with agents, Mohammed Rahami “at no time” discussed his son’s radicalization or potential interest in al-Qaeda, the Taliban or their propaganda, according to the FBI official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case by name and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When Ahmad Rahami was arrested, prosecutors said he was carrying a journal that praised Osama bin Laden and other Muslim extremists, fumed about what he saw as the U.S. government’s killing of Muslim holy warriors and declared, “Death to your oppression.”


More from the NYT:

When agents first interviewed the elder Mr. Rahami on Aug. 26, they asked him about his comments to the local police, according to some of the officials.

The father told them that he was referring to gangsters and criminals, not terrorists, the officials said.

But Mr. Rahami’s father told the F.B.I. that he had walked by his son’s room and observed him watching a YouTube video of explosions, the officials said. It was unclear what kind of explosions were in the video.

On Sept. 12, 2014, the F.B.I. returned and told the father that his son had been cleared of any connection to terrorism, and on Sept. 19, the review was formally closed. The father said he was not surprised by the F.B.I.’s findings. He repeated that his son was not a terrorist but had been hanging out with “bad people,” officials said.

When told on Thursday that law enforcement officials contradicted his version of events, he said, “It’s a lie,” and that he stood by his account.

Philadelphia: Mom pleads guilty, admits planning to abandon kids for ISIS

Her kid’s lives don’t matter. Source: North Philly mom admits to planning to abandon kids for ISIS   h/t TROP

A North Philadelphia mother of two admitted Tuesday that she planned to abandon her children and travel to Syria to pursue “martyrdom operations” with an ISIS fighter she married over the internet.

Keonna Thomas, 32, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization during a brief hearing in federal court. She acknowledged her plans were derailed last year only when federal agents raided her home the day she was scheduled to leave the country.

“I believe that I’m guilty of this charge,” said Thomas, dressed in a head scarf and green prison jumpsuit, when asked by U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson why she was changing her plea.

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Federal authorities had couched the case as the latest in a string of prosecutions to combat what they describe as a “more decentralized, more diffuse, more complicated” homegrown terror threat from U.S. citizens radicalized over the internet.

Since the fall of last year, more than 250 Americans have either traveled to Syria and Iraq or tried to do so in an effort to join ISIS. Nearly 60 were arrested and charged in U.S. courts last year for ISIS-related activities.

But Thomas’ decision to admit her guilt just weeks before she was set to take her case to trial came as something of a surprise.

Up until earlier this month, her lawyers – Kathleen M. Gaughan, Elizabeth Toplin, and James J. McHugh of the Federal Defender’s Office – were aggressively challenging the government’s case in court filings that questioned the tactics used to surveil her and the very charge under which her case had been brought.

Earlier, they had maintained that Thomas was being prosecuted for statements she made on the internet that should be protected under her First Amendment rights.

Gaughan offered little explanation Tuesday for the about-face.

“It was Ms. Thomas’ decision after careful consideration of this case,” she said. “She’s accepted full responsibility for her behavior and conduct. She looks forward to putting this behind her and being a mother to her two young children.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer A. Williams declined to comment after the hearing.

When and how Thomas became radicalized remains unclear.

Through months of court proceedings, glimpses of her private life emerged, but there was little to explain why she would agree to leave behind 7- and 9-year-old daughters so she could die for ISIS.

As FBI agents arrived at her North Philadelphia house to arrest her in April 2015, they found her cooking breakfast for the children.

Thomas was born in Pittsburgh but came to Philadelphia as an infant. She was raised here, has local family ties, and has lived in the same house with her mother for a decade.

Before her arrest, she had been unemployed for a few years but previously worked as a home health-care aide, like her mother.

According to a plea memo filed Tuesday with the court, Thomas was circulating terrorist propaganda, under the online monikers Fatayat Al Khilafah and YoungLioness, as early as August 2013.

One of her early postings on Twitter pictured a young boy holding weapons. The caption read: “Ask yourselves, while this young man is holding magazines for the Islamic state, what are you doing for it? #ISIS.”

Another, posted in April 2014, contained images of a skull, flames, and a gun. Thomas purportedly wrote: “I need a permanent vacation that can only mean one thing.” Another Twitter user, court filings say, responded with a word that means “martyrdom.”

At some point, Thomas’ plans went beyond simply voicing support for terror groups online. She communicated directly with a radical Jamaican cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, and sought his assistance in finding a jihadist to marry.

She later struck up a relationship with Abu Khalid al-Amriki, an ISIS recruit newly arrived in the organization’s Syrian headquarters, and married the man in a ceremony conducted over Skype.

When Amriki contacted her in February 2015 to ask whether she was willing to take part in a suicide attack, Thomas responded: “That would be amazing. . . . A girl can only wish.”

Thomas has remained in custody since her arrest last year, five days after she missed a flight she had booked to Barcelona, Spain, with plans to travel from there to Syria. Amriki is believed to have been killed last year.

Thomas faces up to 15 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 17.


The federal criminal complaint

 

 

NYC Bomber Another ‘Known Wolf’, Father Lies to Media & Claims Reported Him to FBI in 2014 (updated)

Update: Investigative reporter Paul Sperry responded to our auto-tweet of this post with a ‘no no no, not true.’ The media is running with the headline that the bomber’s father reported him to the FBI but there is no evidence or confirmation that the father contacted the FBI. Conversely, it was pointed out to us that:

“In August 2014, the FBI initiated an assessment of Ahmad Rahami based upon comments made by his father after a domestic dispute that were subsequently reported to authorities,” the bureau said in a statement. “The FBI conducted internal database reviews, interagency checks, and multiple interviews, none of which revealed ties to terrorism.”

So the father called the police regarding his son stabbing his other son or daughter and police contacted federal authorities based on comments heard during their investigation.

See our updated post here: FBI: NYC/NJ Bomber’s Father Never Contacted Us, “At No Time” Discussed Son’s Interest in Jihad

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via ‘The sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets’: A journal found with New York bombing suspect

Rahami, a naturalized American citizen, grew a beard, married a woman from Pakistan, and watched jihadist martyr’s anthems on YouTube, investigators say.

In 2014, after Rahami was accused of stabbing one of his brothers in the leg, his father said he contacted the FBI with concerns that Rahami was becoming a terrorist.

“Two years [ago], I called the FBI — my son, he’s doing very bad, OK?” Mohammad R. Rahami said outside his New Jersey home Tuesday morning. “But they check it almost two months. … They say, ‘He’s not a terrorist.’ I said, ‘OK.’

“Now they say he is a terrorist,” he continued. “I say, ‘OK.’”

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged the younger Rahami with planting several bombs around New Jersey and New York City last weekend, including the device that detonated on a street in Chelsea and wounded 31 people with flying glass, shrapnel and ball bearings Saturday night.

Rahami, 28, was also charged for a separate explosion earlier Saturday — a pipe bomb triggered by a cellphone — along the route of a Marine Corps charity 5-kilometer race at Seaside Park, N.J.

According to the charging document, when police captured and arrested Rahami on Monday after a gun battle in Linden, N.J., investigators found a notebook in his backpack with the following entry:

“Inshallah [God willing] the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death To Your OPPRESSION.”

Rahami began shopping for bomb components on eBay in June, according to a federal complaint, which charges him with four counts related to bombing a public place.

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Illinois: Muslim National Guard soldier, cousin get prison in jihad plot on Joliet armory

Jonas Edmonds (left) got 21 years, Hasan Edmonds (right) got 30 years

He was active at the time of his plot and arrest.

Source: Aurora men who plotted National Guard base attack sentenced to prison – Story | WFLD

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIREHasan Edmonds, the second of two cousins who were sentenced Tuesday for plotting to attack a National Guard base in Joliet, was handed a 30-year prison term.

Hasan Edmonds’ cousin, Jonas Edmonds, had faced up to 23 years, but he pleaded guilty in December to charges of supporting terrorism and lying to the FBI. That plea agreement called for a 21-year sentence. U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee accepted that deal, telling Edmonds he displayed “utter hatred and disdain for this country, her citizens and those who live here.”

Despite his guilty plea, Jonas Edmonds admitted little when he spoke to the judge Tuesday. He claimed he was set up by the FBI and denied that he would have attacked the base. He admitted simply that he dropped his cousin off at Midway Airport so his cousin could go join Islamic State terrorists overseas.

“The person they’re trying to make me into, I’m not that person,” Jonas Edmonds told Lee.

But in a plea agreement he signed on Dec. 9, 2015, Jonas Edmonds admitted that he intended to wear his cousin’s National Guard uniform during a planned attack on the base.

Prosecutors say the cousins were caught on tape as they hatched their plot with an undercover FBI employee posing as an Islamic State recruiter. Jonas Edmonds claims the undercover fed encouraged the plot. Had it not been for that, Jonas Edmonds said he “would still be a normal person living a regular life” and “smoking weed.”

Hasan Edmonds was a guardsman assigned to the Joliet armory with fellow members of the 634th Brigade Support Battalion; authorities say that gave him inside knowledge he shared with his cousin in planning an attack on the base. Both cousins are from Aurora.

Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Midway Airport in 2015 as he prepared to board a flight to Cairo en route to Syria, where he planned to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, or ISIL. He left behind uniforms for his cousin to use to sneak onto the base.

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Relatives of NYC Bomber Posted Jihadi Images on Facebook; Wife Left US Days Before Attack

Jihad – it’s a family affair. Just like the Muslim who slashed a NYC cop days earlier.

Source: Relatives Of Bombing Suspect May Have Posted Jihadi Images – Vocativ By Jacob Steinblatt

Two people who appear to be related to Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man arrested in connection to Saturday’s bombings in Chelsea and New Jersey, shared images in support of Islamist militancy on Facebook, according to Vocativ analysis. The posters share the suspect’s surname and seem to have lived in the New Jersey apartment raided by police on Monday morning.

Mohammad Khan Rahami, who said online that he lived above the chicken restaurant run by the suspect’s family, shared an image around three years ago that appears to support jihad. The picture shows foreign fighters training in Syria, with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad. “I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life,” reads the quote, which is often shared on social media by jihadists. A reverse image search leads to a forum affiliated with Islamist and jihadist sympathizers.

That user, Mohammad Khan Rahami, checked in on Facebook more than two years ago at First American Fried Chicken, which is run by the bombing suspect’s family, telling a friend that he’d lived there. On Monday morning, the apartment above the restaurant was raided by law enforcement, after a bomb went off at a nearby train station.

Mohammad Khan Rahami’s Facebook profile shows connections with other possible members of the Rahami family. A second possible relative, known as Nasim Rahami, tagged in a family picture shared on Mohammad Rahami’s profile, as well as to other members of his family. Nasim shared an image in 2012 displaying the word ‘Jihad,’ a masked figure, and Arabic script often displayed on the Black Standard commonly employed by jihadist groups.

The text on the black image is the Shahada or Muslim declaration of faith, a phrase that while not necessarily radical itself also appears on the ISIS flag.



The bomber apparently praised fellow Muslim asylum seekers – the Boston bombers:

A handwritten note found with the unexploded bomb contained ramblings, including references to previous terrorists including the Boston bombers, an unnamed law enforcement official told CNN.


The note was in Arabic.


More via Chelsea bombing suspect’s wife left US days before attack

The wife of the Afghan immigrant suspected in the New York and New Jersey bombings left the US for Pakistan just a few days before the attacks, according to reports.

The woman, who has not been named, has been intercepted by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Officials are working with authorities in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to question her about what she knew about her husband’s plans, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized US citizen, made at least three months-long trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2014, officials said.

He stayed in Pakistan for a year between April 2013 and March 2014, spending time in a Taliban stronghold, CNN reported.

Rahami has clammed up and is refusing to cooperate with authorities, a source told The Post.

“We are looking into who may have helped him in training, with money” and with other means, the source said. “His family is being looked at, too.”

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said there was “no indication” of an active terror cell in the New York area — but evidence suggests Rahami was not acting alone, sources told CNN.

“They’re going to look at friends, family, go through all of his records and social media, his phones and we’ll see if he acted alone,” New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Tuesday morning on CBS’ “This Morning.”


More via: New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami was class clown who ‘found religion in Afghanistan’ | Daily Mail Online

Ahmad Rahami was an ‘Americanized’ asylum seeker who moved to the United States aged seven with his family in 1995.

The 28-year-old was arrested Monday after a shoot-out with cops for planting a series of explosives that injured 29 people, police say.

Rahami made ‘multiple’ visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan CNN reported, although it’s not clear whether this was before or after his transformation.

He also married a Pakistani woman, CNN’s Situation Room reported.

And a person who appeared to be related to Rahami and apparently shared his home posted pro-Islamist militancy images on Facebook, AOL reported.

The site said someone of the same name as Rahami posted an image of foreign fighters training in Syria along with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, named in the Koran as a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad.

The quote reads: ‘I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.’

Ahmad and the other men working in the shop had largely worn Western clothing – although Mohammad’s wife wore the hijab – until recently, one local, who did not wish to be identified, told Dailymail.com.

‘Up until recently they wore regular clothes like us and then they started dressing in their culture’s clothes,’ they said.

The Rahami family is made up of Mohammad snr, 53, his wife, two adult sons, Ahmad and Mohammad Qasim, 25, apparently known as Qasim, and two adult daughters, Aziza, and Zobyedh.

Zobyedh is a student at a nearby campus of Rutgers university, studying towards a B.S. in public health.

She is a writer on the university newspaper, the Daily Targum, and had previously worked as an assistant at the Asian American Cultural Center at the university, and had posted anti-Donald Trump material on social media.


A previous post noted that Rahami tried to stab one of his sisters.

And finally, what Religion of Peace attack would be complete without Muslims celebrating the NYC bombing on Twitter.

Muslim who slashed NYPD cop faced deportation; wrote of martyrdom, wife approved

Just days before this weekend’s Islamic terror attacks in New York City, New Jersey and Minnesota, a Palestinian Muslim facing deportation attacked an NYPD cop with a meat cleaver in broad daylight. Law enforcement and the media claimed he was just a crazy man. The facts, once again, prove otherwise.

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Cop attacked on Sep. 15th by Palestinian Muslim who sought martyrdom

Source: Meat cleaver madman was in Midtown to appeal deportation notice – NY Daily News

The meat cleaver maniac who hacked an off-duty cop is a Palestinian busted two months ago while screaming in Arabic outside a Brooklyn synagogue.

Suspect Akram Joudeh was only in New York for Thursday’s Midtown rampage because he was appealing a deportation notice — with a hearing set for Oct. 14, a high-ranking NYPD source told the Daily News.

Cops found two knives inside Joudeh’s car after answering the July report of an erratic man on Shore Parkway in Brooklyn shout “Allahu Akbar!” — or “God is great” in Arabic.

But the source said investigations by the NYPD and FBI showed Joudeh, 32, was emotionally disturbed and not a terrorist threat.

They should have checked his Facebook page. (below)

Joudeh was selling perfume out of his illegally parked car Thursday near Madison Square Garden when he attacked NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell on a W. 32nd St. sidewalk, cops said.

Joudeh, a career criminal who was likely living in his nearby parked car, went berserk when two police officers approached the vehicle — and went after the pair with the cleaver, police said.

Joudeh’s rap sheet included busts for larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Before he began sleeping in his car, Joudeh lived for a while with his uncle in Elmhurst, Queens.

“He wasn’t the best tenant, I’m not gonna lie,” said Donna Frazer, 37. “He did give his family problems.”

Frazier said Joudeh would often fight with his uncle and that the cops were called to the building more than once.


That’s where the media, CAIR, mayor de Blasio and those controlling NYPD talking points would have you believe the story ends. But that’s just the beginning as Shoebat.com once again reports what the rest won’t. Note: The attacker’s Facebook page has now been flushed down the memory hole.

Source: What The Media Is Not Telling YOU About The Muslim In New York Who Hacked An Officer With A Cleaver. Read His Own Confession To Become A Muslim Jihadi Martyr | Walid Shoebat

What the media is not revealing should stun every police officer. He was deranged by a Jihad wish telling his wife he desired martyrdom on his Facebook. He concealed his messages in Arabic which Shoebat.com translated. In Arabic, Joudeh writes on his timeline quoting his wish from the Quran:

“Fight them [the infidels] so there is no tumult and all religion is Allah’s”.

The translation from English does not serve the true picture, it is again “Fight them [the infidels] so there is no tumult and all religion is Allah’s”. This is a fight that calls for literal violence. He even desired martyrdom. He writes quoting from the Quran again:

“Do not think that the ones who are killed in the path of Allah [in Jihad] are dead but are alive with their lord [Allah] receiving [His] blessings”.

To be absent of the body, killed in Jihad, is to be present with Allah.

His wife writing from abroad, Ibtisam Joudeh, responds on Feb 9th, 11:58 P.M sending her approval:

“Nasron min Allahi wa-Fathun Qareeb”. English: “A victory from Allah and a soon to be [Muslim] invasion”.

Shoebat.com captured the horrific communication:

He responds to Ibtisam, “I love you so much. What do I lose if I spread it all over” pointing with an arrow down towards an image of the Quran, Surat Al-Ikhlas adding: “and I will receive rivers of glory”:

The chapter in the Quran is the call for unitarianism, Islam’s rejection of the Christian Trinity. “Say that Allah is Ahad (an absolute one). Allah Al-Samad (Self-Sufficient). He did not beget [Jesus] and was not begotten”.

It is obvious, Joudeh is an Islamist Jihadi desiring martyrdom by his own confession, his desire for martyrdom is written on his own Facebook and the images of Islam is sprinkled throughout.


The Ministry of Truth will not publish the facts and that puts all Americans at risk.

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