Muslim terrorist arrested for 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 Americans

…and wounded almost 500 people.  via Ahmed al-Mughassil, suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, arrested

A man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Ahmed al-Mughassil, described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah, is suspected of leading the attack that killed 19 U.S. service personnel and wounded almost 500 people. The June 25, 1996, bombing at Khobar Towers, a military housing complex, was the deadliest such attack targeting U.S. forces since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen.

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Saudi paper Asharq Alawsat, which first reported the development, said he was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh.

The Saudi Interior Ministry had no immediate comment. The U.S. official spoke on grounds of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, is one of 13 people named in a 2001 indictment in Alexandria, Virginia, in connection with the bombing. Charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death. None of the 13 has yet been brought to court to face charges, according to court documents.

The lead prosecutor listed in court records from 2001 is James Comey, now the FBI director.

In the Khobar attack, militants parked a fuel trailer truck just outside the shallow perimeter of the apartment complex, 85 feet away from one of the eight-story buildings. The blast demolished one side of the building, leaving a massive crater.

The U.S. later moved its Air Force contingent to the Prince Sultan Air Base, a vast compound in a remote stretch of desert south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

A U.S. federal grand jury indictment named 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man in connection with the bombing, saying they were part of the Saudi Hezbollah extremist group. That group was founded by members of the desert kingdom’s Shiite minority who fled into exile in the 1980s to escape what they said was persecution by the kingdom’s Sunni majority.

The 2001 indictment placed heavy blame on Iran for nurturing the attack but stopped short of mentioning any Iranians by name or linking them directly to Khobar. However, in 2006, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled the Iranian government financed the bombing, ordering it to pay $254 million to the attack’s victims. Iran repeatedly has denied being involved.

Michigan: Lansing mayors September 11 Ramadan celebration rescheduled

Thanks to readers and Twitter followers of Creeping Sharia.

via Ramadan Unity Dinner hosted by Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett | Facebook

Notice how big and bold they made the new date? In blood red font.

The cities of Lansing and East Lansing announce that the 9th annual Ramadan Unity Dinner, co-hosted by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, will be rescheduled to Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.After due deliberation, the event organizers have decided that the community’s remembrance of the tragic events of 9-11 and the celebration of diversity and inclusion embodied in the Ramadan Unity Dinner should be held at separate times.All tickets purchased for the original event date will be honored for the rescheduled date.


The party was originally scheduled on the anniversary of September 11 as we posted and asked, “Where are the citizens of Lansing?”

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Thanks also to a reader who informed us of his/her interaction with one of the sponsors of the event (full comment here), as well as Biz Pac Review for picking up the story here and here:

Meanwhile, a local hospital sponsoring the event tried to bully a protesting group out of using its name and logo, according to an email thread obtained by BizPac Review on Monday. (With the dinner being rescheduled, it wasn’t clear if the protests would still be held.)

In the first email to Lansing-based Sparrow Health Systems, protesters promised to make sure the hospital’s sponsorship of the event was well publicized – complete with replicas of the World Trade Center decorated with Sparrow “iconography,” and grisly scenes of the human cost of the 9/11 attacks.

Thank you for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th. We will be attending, myself and 14 other friends with tickets we have bought, just to see how things go. We are right now designing our art project to be displayed in the public space outside of the venue. Right now our idea is to make replications of the Twin Towers with Sparrow health iconography on the sides of the building. We might even have little jumpers who jump out of the building has it is burning falling into the sparrow health facilities. It should be fun for all. Again, thank you very much for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th.

In response, Sparrow’s Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate Lori Adams Simon wrote the protester and ordered the group not to use the company’s imagery in any way. (Adams referred questions Monday to Sparrow’s marketing department, which did not return a call.)

My name is Lori Adams Simon and I am the Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate for Sparrow Health System. Sparrow’s Marketing team received your email below in regard to The City of Lansing Ramadan Dinner.

Please note: Under NO circumstances can you use the Sparrow logo or any Sparrow “iconography” for other purposes including this art project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

The protesters were having none of it.

Under the fair use doctrine for protests as defined by Supreme Court cases, we will use your logos in our protest. You cannot stop us by any kind of prior restraint. If you try to take us to court the judge there will let you know that we have the right to use your logo in protest of your sponsorship.

Your logo will be on one of the twin towers that we will have being hit by one of the other sponsor’s planes. You wanted to sponsor a 911 Ramadan dinner. That was your choice. Now you’re going to live with it.

At least they’ll be able to “live with it.

That’s something thousands of Americans couldn’t do on Sept. 11, 2001.


And celebrating Ramadan on the taxpayer’s dime is something no U.S. mayor should do.

Contact them using the form at:

http://www.lansingmi.gov/Contact_Us

or Ph: 517-483-4141

or  Lansing.Mayor@lansingmi.gov

@NathanTriplett

Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan ()

 

Minnesota: Group With No Jihadi Experience Rehabs Muslim Terrorist

Are these the fruits of the “new” FBI?

This particular Muslim Terror Suspect Was Already Re-Arrested Once for violating terms of his previous release and being caught with a box cutter. 

via Group With No Jihadi Experience Rehabs ISIS Recruit – The Daily Beast.

An American citizen who pleaded guilty to supporting ISIS was ordered by a federal judge to leave jail—and go to a halfway home instead. That rehab program is run by a group that had no prior experience with would-be Islamic terrorists, The Daily Beast has learned.

Abdullahi Yusuf of Minnesota was allowed to depart from jail and stay at a halfway home after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS in January. (Yusuf was stopped at the airport trying to fly to Turkey in May 2014, at age 18.) Once inside the halfway home, Yusuf was to be “de-radicalized” through regular meetings with a counselor whose curriculum looked more like a high school civics course than religious deprogramming.

His attorney proposed the de-radicalization program and Judge Michael Davis approved it over prosecutors’ objections. In a memorandum, the assistant U.S. attorneys trying Yusuf’s case reiterated their concerns about this program for Yusuf, because they said he had evaded his parents’ supervision and lied to authorities. Nevertheless, Judge Davis released him with an electronic monitoring device around his ankle.

Yusuf was assigned a bed at a halfway house in St. Paul where he could only leave for approved activities—like meetings with his mentors from a civics group called Heartland Democracy.

Heartland director Mary McKinley said she was not exactly sure why Yusuf’s proposal was granted, other than maybe it “just made sense.”

“On the other hand, it was also a surprise that any kind of access was given,” she said. “But I think it says a lot about what the U.S. attorney and the community were trying to do.”

Heartland had no experience with de-radicalizing jihadis, and it was carrying out the government’s first foray into deradicalizing ISIS sympathizers.

McKinley in court documents proposed adapting Heartland’s existing civics program for gangs to Yusuf.

McKinley said one of the first objectives is to “coach our youth in deep and sustained civic empowerment and ‘real’ civics made accessible, experiential, and multi-dimensional through the Empowering U curriculum and coaching method,” which is the program Heartland Democracy previously used.

In other words: civics for jihadis.

“This is the first time actually, as far as we can tell, that somebody has had the opportunity to be part of something like this,” McKinley told The Daily Beast, though she added that she was reluctant to call what her program does “de-radicalization.”

“I don’t call it that because that’s not what my background is in,” she said. “I guess people could label it as such.”

The judge approved Yusuf’s release in late January. He and a Somali-American mentor began to work through an extensive reading list, which included Richard Wright’s Native Son, a novel about growing up poor and black in the 1930s, and an article by Native American author Sherman Alexie about how poetry freed him from the “reservation” of his mind.

McKinley would not say how often Yusuf met his mentor.

“We met with him regularly, I don’t know the number of times a week,” she said. When pressed on whether they met weekly, biweekly, or at a different pace, McKinley would not clarify. “We met with him regularly.”

Court documents also reference Yusuf meeting with religious leaders, but McKinley wasn’t sure about that.

“I don’t know if he’s met with any religious leaders,” she said in response to a question about meeting with imams. “I mean, he’s an adult, he can get any visitor he wants.”

In April, the halfway house’s inspection of Yusuf’s room turned up a box cutter, which got him kicked out of the home—but not out of rehab.

“He has been continuing with his reading and his writing and his studying in the jail, and now we’ve gotten approval for his mentors to go into the jail to meet with him one on one,” Yusuf’s lawyer, Jean Brandl, told The Daily Beast.

The proposal for Yusuf did not say how anyone would determine whether he’s been de-radicalized.


Minnesota’s Muslim Congressman Wants Somali’s Arrested on ISIS Charges Released to Families, Mosques. So guess who those so-called religious leaders are he is meeting with and what they might be telling him. 

Not the first time a Muslim terrorists in Minnesota was released to a halfway house – as we noted in 2009.

ESPN Suspends Former MLB Star For Nazi-Terrorist Tweet

And Curt Shilling apparently really wants his gig at the left-leaning E$PN so he quickly deleted it and apologized.

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via ESPN Removes Little League Broadcaster Curt Schilling For Nazi Meme.

ESPN has removed Curt Schilling from the Little League World Series broadcast after the former baseball star tweeted a meme that appeared to compare Muslims to Germans during the Nazi regime.

The tweet, which has since been removed, featured a graphic that showed Adolf Hitler next to text reading: “It’s said only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. how’d that go?”

ESPN condemned the tweet and announced Schilling would be removed from the broadcast. “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a press release. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Schilling responded with an apologetic tweet, saying it was “100% my fault.”

I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.

— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) August 25, 2015


Bad choice, bad decision, but the math is staggering.

 

Muslim group blows up World Heritage site ‘destroying ancient temple’ at Palmyra

via Islamic State release pictures after ‘destroying ancient temple’ at Palmyra – Telegraph.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have destroyed one of Palmyra’s most well-known ancient temples, according to Syria’s antiquities chief.

Carefully stage-managed photographs by Isil show the moment the terrorist group destroyed the Temple of Baalshamin at the country’s ancient city.

The images, released by Isil’s media wing in the central province of Homs, revealed the temple was littered with explosives before it exploded into a mushroom cloud on Sunday.

The United Nations condemned the demolition as a “war crime”, coming days after Isil beheaded Palmyra’s elderly antiquities director.

The extremist group seized the Palmyra archaeological site and the modern town of the same name in May, raising fears of its imminent destruction.

It was understood to remain largely untouched as the extremists instead repurposed the ruins as a stage for their brutal executions.

But Maamoun Abdulkarim, the director-general of Syria’s antiquities ministry, said on Sunday that the Temple of Baalshamin had been destroyed in a large explosion.

“Daesh placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin … and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for Isil.

The UN cultural watchdog Unesco called the destruction of the temple a “war crime” and an “immense loss for the Syrian people and humanity”.

“The art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilisations, is a symbol of the complexity and wealth of the Syrian identity and history,” Irina Bokova, Unesco director general, said.

“Extremists seek to destroy this diversity and richness, and I call on the international community to stand united against this persistent cultural cleansing.”

Dedicated to a Babylonian storm god, the temple is thought to have dated back to the year 17AD. It became one of the most important landmarks inside a city which once sat at the heart of the third century Queen Zenobia’s empire.

“When, in due course, the killing stops, the blood dries, and the Syrian people attempt to refashion something out of the rubble to which their land has been reduced, they will need symbols,” wrote historian Tom Holland in a recent article.

“To mutilate a country’s past is to cripple its future.”


Take heed America. Britain. Sweden. Every western nation being invaded by hordes of

Elsewhere, ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria.

Minnesota: Jailed ISIS Suspects Were Recruited by…Muslims in Minnesota

Yeah, they are called imams. via New documents: Jailed ISIS suspects were recruited by fellow Minnesotans.

Seven men now in jail pending trial on charges that they attempted to join ISIS were inspired and guided by Minnesotans who had joined militant groups in the Middle East and Somalia, prosecutors said Friday.

In a court document, prosecutors alleged that the defendants used the Internet to access ISIS propaganda and communicate with foreign fighters in Somalia and Syria.

In the Friday evening filing, which came in response to motions filed in the case by lawyers representing the defendants, federal prosecutors rejected many of the defense’s motions, including a number of arguments over vague definitions for terms like “material support” and “terrorist activity.”

In April, FBI agents arrested six of the seven men in multiple operations in Minneapolis and San Diego following a 10-month investigation. The seventh man, Hamza Ahmed, was arrested last November.

The documents filed Friday offer more details on how the men allegedly recruited each other. Defendant Guled Omar, for example, introduced Ahmed and Yusuf Jama into group meetings during which the men were allegedly planning their travels to Syria. Jama traveled to Syria in the summer of 2014 and is believed to be dead.

When federal agents intercepted Abdullahi Yusuf and Ahmed last year at airports and charged them with conspiring to assist a foreign terrorist organization, the other suspects were concerned that the two might cooperate with authorities and reveal their impending travel plans.

Omar, Abdirahman Daud and Adnan Farah then started attending Yusuf’s court appearances. About a month before their arrest, Friday’s filings said, Zachariah Abdurahman and Omar also discussed their concern that Yusuf was cooperating with law enforcement.

“Abdullahi told them there are meetings,” Omar told Abdurahman. “That’s the worst thing. I was mad as hell.”

The documents also reveal that, in the weeks leading up to their attempted April departures, the seven men allegedly expressed their desire to die in the battlefields of Syria to become martyrs.

“I personally think that, like, I will get shahada [martyrdom] quick,” Omar allegedly said, according to a short except of what is presumably a longer conversation among Omar, Zacharia Abdurahman and an FBI informant.

The conversation was recorded by the informant, who was friends with the men.

“Look at what I was doing at paintball, bro. What the hell? All right,” Omar said.

“Paintball was amazing,” Abdurahman said.

“We was literally treating it like it was real war, bro,” Omar added.

In May 2014, before he started working for the FBI, the informant — who at the time was part of the alleged conspiracy to join ISIS — had planned to travel to California with Omar and Jama, according to Friday’s filings.

The informant had intended to stay in California until he made contact with ISIS fighter Douglas McCain, a former Minnesota resident who died in Syria last August.

The informant, who went by the name “Rover”, was paid more than $41,000 for tape-recording his friends’ conversations, among other tasks.

Some of the ISIS suspects, according to the documents, were being tape-recorded while driving. One suspect was interviewed at his home in Columbia Heights. Another’s conversation was “overheard by FBI surveillance personnel” while at a state Department of Vehicle Services office.

The ISIS suspects hoped to become “foot soldiers” for Abdi Nur, one of their friends who left Minnesota and joined ISIS, according to the document.

“He’s already learning Arabic, Wallahi [by God],” Omar allegedly said of Nur. “I should have told him to speak Arabic to us. He does that sometimes. He speaks good Arabic now.”

The court documents say prosecutors could release the identity of the informant, who is already well known to the defendants, to defense attorneys. They say he will be a prosecution witness if the case goes to trial and that taped recordings and transcriptions will be available.

In their motions, defense attorneys objected to the heavy security presence at the hearings, which they said could influence jurors’ decisions.

Prosecutors, however, argued that security measures have been “appropriate and necessary.”

Court documents say that previous hearings were chaotic, the gallery packed with spectators — some of whom refused to follow simple courtroom decorum.

“Fist-pumping salutes have been exchanged between the defendants in the well of the courtroom and members of the public in the gallery,” the documents said.

Nonetheless, prosecutors said they will not object to the judge’s orders about appropriate security measures.

A motions hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2 in front of Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis.


End refugee resettlement of Somali Muslims. Shut any mosque found preaching jihad or recruiting for jihad. End foreign funding of mosques. 

Quadruple taxes on remittances to foreign countries. Deport all immediate family members of those caught attempting to wage jihad and defrauding U.S. taxpayers. 

 

 

Penn: Senator calls on Lincoln Univ. to discipline ISIS-defending Muslim professor

via Senator calls on university to discipline ‘rogue’ professor.

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams on Monday called on the administration of Lincoln University to discipline a rogue professor whose anti-gay, victim-shaming, and terrorist-defending social media posts have drawn international scorn to the university.

Sen. Williams

In a letter to Lincoln Interim President Dr. Richard Green, Williams said Professor Kaukab Siddique “continues to cross the boundaries, adding no value to the popular conversation on race, rape culture or LGBT rights” and, most shockingly, for defending ISIS against charges of terrorism by dismissing reports of rape and ethnic cleansing as “propaganda.” Siddique‘s 2010 statements denying the holocaust led to similar protest but were deemed protected by academic freedom.

Kaukab Siddique

Williams urged the university to conduct an inquiry to determine whether Siddique has violated the university’s professional conduct code. He pointed to Siddique’s repeated denial of historical facts as evidence of his professional incompetence, which could be grounds for his removal.

“Is it not professionally incompetent to deny historical fact, or to voice support for wholesale discrimination against large swaths of people? His words, broadcast widely, have created a hostile environment for all Lincoln University students, particularly during a time in which an increase in sexual assault cases coupled with recent media reports exhibiting persistent racial harassment on college campuses have led to a national demand for universities to address student safety and intolerance,” he wrote.

“It is my firm belief that Dr. Siddique has failed to maintain these standards, in that the publicity generated from his online discourse may cause a negative financial impact on Lincoln due to decreased enrollment and that students under his supervision may be discriminated against, or perceive they have been discriminated against, due to their gender, religion or sexual identity,” Williams wrote.

Lincoln University officials on Tuesday declined to comment on the Williams statement.

Lincoln University is the first degree-granting historically black university in the United States and boasts former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall among its graduates.

“This historic distinction of defending the rights of society’s most vulnerable and unfairly maligned groups is at the core of Lincoln’s mission, making Siddique’s comments all the more harmful,” said Williams in a separate statement. “Do we really want someone who rushes to the defense of terrorists or refers to rape victims and LGBT individuals in a derogatory manner shaping the minds of our best and brightest students?”

“Academic freedom is certainly important, but so is academic integrity,” Williams’ letter concluded. “Allowing a member of your faculty to continue spreading hateful, vile lies in the public arena is irresponsible; to protect him from any form of discipline for such actions is unconscionable.”

 

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