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.”

NYC: Muslim gets 9 years for smashing gay guy with chair at BBQ joint

Source: Man gets 9 years for assault on gay couple at Dallas BBQ – NY Daily News

Bayna Lekheim El-Amin, 42, who had about two dozen supporters in the courtroom, may have been slapped by one of the victims with a canvas bag but had no right to react with the brutal beating, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg said as she handed down the stiff sentence to the remorseless brute.

“That you did not cause serious physical injury to them was only by luck,” Goldberg said.

El-Amin, who is 6 feet 6 inches and 280 pounds, is seen on cell phone footage from May 2015 getting whacked by a canvas bag carried by Jonathan Snipes, who said he thought he heard El-Amin refer to him and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams as “f—-ts.”

An enraged El-Amin then knocked Snipes to the ground and stomped on his head. After a long time passed and the incident seemed to be over, he picked up a chair and swung it at their heads.

A loud thud can be heard on the footage from the impact on York-Adams’ skull.

El-Amin, who faced 3½ to 15 years behind bars, complained he had been railroaded and did not apologize for his conduct.

He claimed Snipes had a “weapon,” which was disputed by evidence, and that discrimination was the driving factor in his fate.

“I feel like my race was involved in that … if the situation was reversed and I would have went up to them, it would have been different. It wouldn’t have come out the same,” he said.

He also insisted he never said the homophobic slur he was suspected of and pointed to his history of working as an LGBT activist.

Goldberg fired back that the fact the district attorney declined to prosecute Snipes for the bag swatting was irrelevant.

She also said she didn’t see a connection to his race in the scenario. “I just do not see there was any evidence of that,” she said.


Here’s the video from our post at the time: New York: Muslim Brutally Beats Gay Couple in Restaurant (VIDEO)

NYC Bomber Another ‘Known Wolf’, Father 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.

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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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Clinton Foundation Honors Wife of Convicted Palestinian Terrorist

Days after, and blocks away from the scene of multiple Islamic terror attacks in the U.S. Little more than a week after 9/11.clinton-foundation-crescent-logo

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Source: Clinton Foundation Honors Wife of Palestinian Terrorist | LifeZette

The Clinton Foundation is drawing intense ire for scheduling the wife of a Palestinian terrorist to speak at a Clinton Global Initiative dinner on Tuesday.

Hanan al-Hroub, this year’s winner of the Global Teacher Prize, is scheduled to speak at the dinner — despite the fact that her husband, Omar, served 10 years in an Israeli prison for providing chemicals used in a 1980 terror bombing attack that killed six Israelis. This was apparently no big deal to the Clinton Foundation — even as the U.S. investigates the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York, as well as the stabbing spree that occurred in a Minnesota mall.

“Today’s report that the Clinton Foundation is feting the wife of a Palestinian man convicted of helping bomb innocent Israeli citizens is deeply disturbing, especially in the wake of this weekend’s attacks,” Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign, said in a statement. “The decision to honor the wife of a terrorist by Hillary Clinton’s foundation shows a complete lack of judgment and a callousness that should disqualify her from holding the presidency.”

Raj Shah, the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee, blasted the tone-deafness shown by the Clinton Global Initiative.

In the wake of this weekend’s attacks, granting a platform to the spouse of a terrorist bomb-maker just miles away from where explosives were detonated days ago is an insult to the victims and makes a mockery of the Clinton Foundation,” Shah said in a statement provided to WSJ.

Trump has hammered President Obama and Hillary Clinton as responsible for the rise in global terrorist incidents and made the promise of security a key tenet of his campaign’s appeal.

“The threat from radical Islamic terrorism has only grown under Obama and Clinton, and ISIS has greatly expanded the number of countries where it is fully operational. Our enemies neither fear nor respect Hillary Clinton, and as a nation, that is dangerous, and it is disgraceful,” Miller said in a Monday statement addressing the past weekend’s attacks.


More via Convicted Palestinian Terrorist’s Wife to Speak at Clinton Global Initiative Dinner

Despite al-Hroub being one of the keynote speakers for the CGI dinner on Tuesday, her speech and name are not listed on the Clinton Foundation website, despite her winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize from the Varkey Foundation this year. The Varkey Foundation has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, the Journal noted.

The Varkey Foundation is the charitable arm of GEMS Education, a global for-profit K-12 education company that has paid Bill Clinton about $6.2 million since 2010 for consulting work, according to the tax returns released by the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.

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The award by the Varkey Foundation, named for the Varkey family that owns GEMS Education, recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession.

A Clinton Foundation spokesman also noted that the award to Ms. al-Hroub was announced via video by Pope Francis and afterward she was congratulated by Vice President Joe Biden, Prince William, and Bill Gates.


via WSJ:

“In the wake of this weekend’s attacks, granting a platform to the spouse of a terrorist bomb-maker just miles away from where explosives were detonated days ago is an insult to the victims and makes a mockery of the Clinton Foundation” said Raj Shah, deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee.

Mid-morning, after The Wall Street Journal reported Ms. Al-Hroub’s absence from the Clinton Foundation website, her name and photo appeared on the list of speakers at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Omar al-Hroub was convicted on charges that he was an accomplice in a deadly bombing attack in Hebron that killed Israelis walking home from Friday night Sabbath prayers. According to an Associated Press account at the time, Omar al-Hroub was a chemist who provided chemicals needed for making the bombs.


One can only imagine what she teaches and where the one-million dollars will go.

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.

Muslim Suspect in N.Y., N.J. Bombings in Custody After Shootout (updated)

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  • Ahmad Khan Rahami shot, taken alive earlier today
  • Rahami is suspect in bombings in New York City; Seaside and Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Friend says came back from Afghanistan “and he was real religious”
  • Allegedly posted on jihadist website
  • Rahami a deadbeat, hated America, says his baby’s mother
  • Tried to stab his sister; arrested on illegal weapons charge; served time

Source: Ahmad Khan Rahami in custody after shootout in New Jersey

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old suspect in the bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, N.J., on Monday morning, local officials said. At least one police officer was wounded during Rahami’s arrest.

ABC News captured images of the Rahami as he was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. He appeared to have been shot in the right arm.

More via Ahmad Rahami, Suspect in N.Y., N.J. Bombings, in Custody: Sources

ELIZABETH, N.J. — The 28-year-old New Jersey man wanted in connection with a series of blasts that terrorized New York and New Jersey over the last three days was taken into custody Monday after being shot, two sources told NBC News.

Ahmad Rahami of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was identified as a suspect after a fingerprint was found on one of the devices that failed to detonate, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.

They also found more information that pointed to Rahami on cell phones that were wired to the unexploded bombs, the official said.

“He certainly seemed to do virtually nothing to cover his tracks,” the official says.

But the official downplayed any talk of Rahimi being part of a “cell” and said at this point have no idea whether anyone else was involved.

Asked whether the bombings were ISIS-inspired or directed, the official said authorities have no idea: “We’re a long way from that.”


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A bar owner in Linden, NJ spotted a man sleeping in his doorway and called police. An officer confronted the man around 10:45 a.m., soon recognizing it was Rahami, officials said. Rahami pulled a gun and shot the officer — who was wearing a bulletproof vest — in the abdomen, and more officers soon joined in a running gun battle with Rahami. Rahami was shot at least once in the leg and eventually brought down and captured alive. News cameras showed Rahami being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher and he was taken to University Hospital in Newark, Fox News confirmed.

“Today I believe we’re going to find out that [the bombing] was influenced by foreign sources,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

Two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday that the bomb plot likely involved several individuals, a revelation that came hours after federal authorities on Sunday night conducted a traffic stop in Brooklyn of a “vehicle of interest” in the bombings. A law enforcement source told Fox News that a “number of individuals” who are possibly connected to the explosions were taken into custody. At least five men were being questioned, The Associated Press reported.

A weapons stash was found in the vehicle and investigators were trying to determine if the occupants were attempting to drive out of town or take a plane, The New York Daily News reported.


Updates below:

They also found a website where Rahami allegedly posted jihadist missives, sources said.

Investigators believe Rahami also planted a bomb in Seaside Park, N.J., which exploded without injuring anyone Saturday, according to the New Jersey State Police.


via ‘radicalised after visiting Afghanistan’

His older brother Qasim, is believed to have returned to Afghanistan after getting into a fight with police in New Jersey, while one of his sisters, Zobydha, is a student at Rutgers University, and volunteers on a committee to promote community cohesion among minority students.

In 2014 he was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault, but was never charged. The attacks quickly became political fodder.

Rahami was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly attempting to stab his sister, Peter King, a Republican congressman for New York, told CNN.

Police said he spent a little over two months behind bars at Union County jail on a weapons and aggravated assault charge in 2014.

He is thought to have made multiple trips to Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

Flee Jones, who grew up with Rahami, said that he thought the suspect had visited Afghanistan around four years ago. When he came back he had a beard and wore traditional Muslim robes. He started praying in the back of the family’s chicken restaurant.

“It’s like he was a completely different person,” Mr Jones told the New York Times. “He got serious and completely closed off.”

Maria, whose full name is being withheld by FoxNews.com, said her high school sweetheart, Ahmad Khan Rahami, didn’t pay child support and often railed against American culture. The 26-year-old, who spoke after her grandmother called her for a reporter who produced his press credential and identified himself at the grandmother’s home in Elizabeth, said she had not seen Rahami in two years.

“He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home,” she said. “How there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.

He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line,” she added.

One time, he was watching TV with my daughter and a woman in a [military] uniform came on and he told [their daughter], ‘That’s the bad person,'” she said.

The last time Maria knows that Rahami visited his homeland was nine years ago. He brought back a wife and another child, she said.

Maria did not say what prompted their breakup, and cut the interview short saying she did not want to speak to a reporter. But she did say she did not want Rahami around their daughter, whom she did not name.

“I didn’t want him to see my daughter,” she said. “If he loved her, he would have paid child support. My greatest fear is that he would try to take my daughter.”

Five men detained in connection with the probe after a traffic stop in Brooklyn were released Monday, and authorities said they do not believe the bombs were the work of a terror cell.

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