After ISIS Arrests, Brooklyn Borough President Plans Outreach…to Muslims

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via Brooklyn Borough President Plans Muslim Outreach After ISIS Arrests. h/t Islamist Watch

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with Muslim community leaders (Photo: Will Bredderman/New York Observer)

A day after federal authorities arraigned three young [MUSLIM] men in Brooklyn on charges of plotting to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Borough President Eric Adams announced his office would launch a new effort to help integrate Muslim youth into New York and American society.

Mr. Adams joined with heads of local immigrant groups from ex-Soviet republics in the Central Asia, which is the birthplace of the three men arrested for allegedly seeking to detonate a bomb in Coney Island, assassinate President Barack Obama and hijack a plane and take it to Syria. The Brooklyn leaders warned that many under-30 Muslims—like the three arrested yesterday—feel alienated in the United States, and find camaraderie and community in militant Islamic websites.

“We actively reached out to these communities so we could start a process of identifying their young men, bringing them in cross-communication with other young people throughout the borough,” Mr. Adams said.

The borough president said he intended to expand his Digital Dialogue program, which uses Google Hangout to allow high school kids to take part in citywide conversations, and said he would work with community groups to incorporate potentially disaffected and impressionable Muslim males.

“Many of these young men don’t understand how to be part of the American culture, and someone is not there showing them that process,” he said, suggesting that the Digital Dialogues would be an alternative to becoming involved in extremist online forums. “We want to be pro-active: go into these communities, establish relationships with the communities, identify their young people and have them talk to young people from America, from Brooklyn, so they can understand that the hate that they were hearing online, that the hate is not what America is.”

Mr. Adams, a former NYPD sergeant, said he did not favor reviving Giuliani and Bloomberg era police surveillance programs on Muslim communities. But he called upon local business owners to report suspicious activities to the authorities.

“Many who are seeking to hurt America are using legal businesses to accomplish that task, and businesses must play a role in assuring to identify with the police department, and must maintain open dialogue with the law enforcement community,” he said.

He warned that the Internet poses both a danger and an opportunity in dealing with the terrorist threat.

“It is extremely challenging, because you’re talking lone wolves, and you’re talking individuals who are basically getting their information from the wrong source, and because of the Internet and the ability of getting information globally, it’s a challenge,” he said, though he added that he believed law enforcement was managing the problem well. “But aggressive actions of the NYPD, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI, they are really keeping their finger on the pulse and identifying those patterns.”

Two of the men arraigned yesterday were current Brooklyn residents, the third was a former Brooklynite living in Florida.


Once again we see how terrorism pays. Taxpayers in New York – possibly nationwide – will now be funding Islamic assimilation when we should be funding deportation. How about checking visas in Brooklyn, visiting the mosques and the money changers?

This will backfire and we’ll be reading about non-Muslims who were radicalized by Muslim youth who are raised to be skilled at dawah while American youth are taught how bad America is.

 

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. 

 

NYC: Halal Mafia flexing muscle in midtown food-cart war

Another Muslim contribution to America. via Kosher food-cart vendor says he’s blocked by ‘halal mafia’ in NYC | New York Post.

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There is no peace in the Mideast — or Midtown.

A Jewish kosher-food purveyor says he’s being prevented from settling in the heart of Manhattan by the “halal mafia.”

Yisroel Mordowitz insists he just wants to peacefully peddle sandwiches piled high with brisket or pastrami from his Holy Rollers cart in the lucrative Rockefeller Center area, 48th Street off Sixth Avenue.

But a group of irate Egyptian competitors block the kosher vendor from setting up on the sidewalk, literally squatting on the curb or placing umbrellas and beverage cartons to cordon off the space.

“This guy is hungry — hungry for money,” bellowed 48th Street Sabrett-slinger Mohamed Mossad, who along with nearly a dozen others successfully kept Mordowitz off the block. “I have a family, too!”

“Why doesn’t he go to 47th Street?” Mossad shouted, referring to the Hasidim-heavy Diamond District. “He’s just coming to this particular spot, and he wants to grab it from me — and kill me, actually. Kill my business.”

The Holy Rollers adhere to strict kosher guidelines, and their Muslim rivals sell halal food prepared in accordance with Islamic law. For both, pork is a no-no, but there are differences in how meat must be slaughtered and prepped.

Escalating tensions so concerned Avram Wolpin, the mash­giach — or on-site supervisor who certifies food as kosher — that he feared a veritable falafel fatwa. He told Mordowitz he was worried he would “disappear.”

After two unsuccessful attempts to work on Sixth, Mordowitz made his exodus southwestward to 35th Street and Ninth Avenue, near B&H Photo, the Hasidic-run electronics megastore.

“I thought I could bring peace to Midtown,” lamented Mordowitz, 30, of Queens. “I’m not an enemy — I’m a friend.”

The Holy Rollers opened without incident on 48th Street on Monday, raked in about $2,000 on Tuesday from tourists and Midtown office workers, but were under blockade by Wednesday.

“This is not Palestine!” one vendor shouted, according to Mordowitz.

The kosher vender said, “They’re trying to say that the Jews in Israel are pushing people out, so don’t do it here.”

Mordowitz said one rival even followed managing partner Yosef Salzbank around in a Jeep Cherokee, making sure he parked the cart far enough away.

“I said, ‘Why are you terrorizing me?’ ” Mordowitz recalled.

But the halal hawkers say they’re not the haters.

“He said I am a terrorist. He says I bombed the Twin Towers. That’s racist,” recalled Mossad, who insisted his objections have nothing to do with religion.

“To me, it’s not about him being a Jew.”

Licenses granted by the city do not specify where vendors must locate, but the city can force vendors to move for a variety of reasons, including being parked too close to a subway entrance.

Intense competition prompts vendors to arrive with their carts by 3 a.m. to claim a spot, with some camping out overnight.

Even though customers who eat strictly kosher food can’t eat halal — let alone a boiled wiener — a peace agreement, for now, seems remote, leaving the cart to wander the Midtown desert.

“Running corner to corner like this,” Salzbank said. “It’s crazy.”


This can’t be what the founding fathers imagined for America.

 

NY: Muslim Gets 25 Years for 1998 Embassy Bombings; Could be Out in 8

224 people were killed in the attacks. via Egyptian Gets 25-Year Term in 1998 Embassy Bombings; Judge Calls Plea Deal Generous – NYTimes.com.

An Egyptian man who admitted to helping Osama bin Laden issue threats and make claims of responsibility for terrorist bombings was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday, a result of a deal that the judge said was generous.

“You are the beneficiary of what in my mind is an enormously generous plea bargain made by the United States attorney’s office,” the judge, Lewis A. Kaplan, told the defendant, Adel Abdul Bary, in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Mr. Bary, 54, was arrested in Britain in 1999 and extradited to the United States in 2012. The judge said Mr. Bary would most likely receive credit for the time he had served and could be eligible for release in just over eight years.

The plea agreement also states that if Mr. Bary applied to serve his sentence in Britain, the United States attorney’s office would not take any position on the matter, and such a decision would ultimately be up to the Justice Department. But the judge made it clear he did not believe that Mr. Bary should be allowed to serve his sentence outside this country.

“This was as serious a crime against American citizens as I can imagine,” Judge Kaplan said, “and the punishment, in my view, ought to be served in the United States, and more particularly under the control of the United States.”

Mr. Bary pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill Americans and two other counts related to making threats.

He once led the London cell of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization that was headed by Ayman al-Zawahri, now the leader of Al Qaeda, prosecutors have said.

Mr. Bary had been charged with more than 280 counts, including murder, stemming from the nearly simultaneous attacks on Aug. 7, 1998, on the embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 224 people and wounded thousands.

Prosecutors allowed Mr. Bary to plead guilty to the lesser counts, saying in court papers that he had “limited” direct involvement in and foreknowledge of the bombings and that his primary role was that of a “communications facilitator.”

The judge had held up approval of the plea agreement, asking the prosecution and the defense to explain why the deal, which resulted in a maximum sentence of 25 years, was justified in a case that involved so many deaths.

On Friday, Mr. Bary’s lawyer, Andrew G. Patel, noted that his client had made public statements opposing violence, but a prosecutor, Sean S. Buckley, said such a portrayal was belied by the record.

In pleading guilty last September, Mr. Bary said he had knowingly agreed with Mr. Zawahri and others to “kill American citizens anywhere in the world, either civilian or military.”

Mr. Patel, in sentencing papers, also cited a period largely in the 1980s when his client was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured by the Egyptian government. If that happened, “it was horrific,” Judge Kaplan said, adding that “there is too much horror in this world” and people “doing unspeakable things” to people.

“We can’t as a human race seem to put it behind us,” the judge said.

Mr. Bary spoke briefly through an Arabic translator, apologizing to the victims.

A family member of two victims, Edith L. Bartley, addressed the court before the sentence was imposed. Ms. Bartley’s father, Julian L. Bartley Sr., the consul general in Nairobi, and her brother, Julian L. Bartley Jr., a student working as an intern at the Kenya embassy, died in the blast there.

Ms. Bartley, with her mother, Sue, watching from the spectator section, described how hard it still was for victims’ families almost 17 years later. Looking at Mr. Bary, she said, “We want to ensure he has to think about his responsibility for these murders for the rest of his life.”

 

Brooklyn: Muslim immigrant in court, orchestrated truck bomb that killed 5 U.S. soldiers

via Faruq Khalil Muhammad ’Isa To Appear In Court In Iraq Truck Bombing « CBS New York.

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A defendant has been extradited and was set to appear in court in Brooklyn on Saturday, on charges that he helped orchestrate a terrorist attack that killed five servicemen in Iraq in 2009.

Faruq Khalil Muhammed ’Isa, also known as Faruq Khalil Muhammad ’Isa, Sayfildin Tahir Sharif and Tahir Sharif Sayfildin, was extradited to the United States from Canada and was to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Court documents said ’Isa was charged in connection with his support for a multinational terrorist network that was blamed for several suicide bombings in Iraq. A complaint filed back in 2011 accused ’Isa of helping orchestrate an attack on the U.S. Military Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul on April 10, 2009, prosecutors said.

A truck full of explosives pulled up to the gate of the base, and those inside exchanged gunfire with Iraqi police officers guarding the base and with an American convoy exiting afterward, prosecutors said.

The truck blew up alongside the last vehicle in the U.S. convoy and left a 60-foot crater in the ground, prosecutors said. Five American soldiers were killed – Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky; Sgt. First Class Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, California; Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, Missouri; Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport Iowa, and Army Pfc. Bryce E. Gaultier, 22 of Cyprus, California, prosecutors said.

“Today’s extradition demonstrates to those who orchestrate violence against our citizens and our soldiers that there is no corner of the globe from which they can hide from the long reach of the law,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a news release. “We will continue to use every available means to bring to justice those who are responsible for the deaths of American servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price in their defense of this nation.”

If convicted, ’Isa faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, prosecutors said.

 

New York: Imam tells kids, ‘Don’t trust the cops? Call me’

Rehashing a 2013 post via Muslim imam: ‘Don’t trust the cops? Call me’ | New York Post. h/t Islamist Watch.

Don’t trust the cops? Call the “peace” patrol.

A Muslim preacher in The Bronx is behind the Community Peace Patrol Officers — a neighborhood-watch group that helps teenagers who don’t want to listen to police.

“There are lots of times where kids don’t like law enforcement because they were born and raised in a situation where ­[police] are their enemies,” said Sheikh Moussa Drammeh.

Since his patrol doesn’t wear NYPD badges, the imam says, neighborhood kids “are more ­inclined to listen to us and to talk to us.”

“The kids know us, and they can relate to our background,” he said. “Law enforcement cannot do it. By the time [police] come to them, it’s to enforce the law . . . You cannot build a cordial relationship.”

The imam’s crew is part of a number of citizen patrols launching citywide. Some private groups — including Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Asian Safety ­Patrol — are sanctioned by the NYPD and even have their own patrol cars.

Drammeh launched his ­11-member group to improve community relations with cops and to stop crime before it starts. It is based out of his mosque, Masjid Al-Iman, in an Islamic enclave of Parkchester.

While the Peace Patrol has no official NYPD standing, Drammeh hopes to get its blessing. The activist preacher also wants to procure his own fleet of patrol cars and for volunteers to do twice-monthly shifts. Currently, they patrol on foot.

For the last few years, Drammeh, 52, has handed out fliers with his phone number at nearby subway stations and housing projects. Many people in need have called him.

Drammeh allegedly stiffed an 84-year-old grandmother on a $52,000 loan that was supposed to be used for a new day-care center. Drammeh declined to comment on whether the center was built.

The Peace Patrol is his next passion project.

“For [Police] Commissioner [Bill] Bratton to be successful, he needs to have different voices,” Drammeh said.

“There needs to be a third party in the room. That’s what we provide. We are for a peaceful New York.”


Bronx imam swindled wheelchair-bound grandma out of $52,000

 

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