Trinidad and Tobago: Muslim women’s org rejects child marriages, except in Muslim marriages

Source: Muslim women’s organisation rejects its president’s view favouring child marriages | CCN TV6 | Rotator

MUSLIM women have now taken a position on the issue of child marriages.

The National Muslim Women’s Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (NMWOTT) says it does “not support support the marriage of twelve -year old children”.

The NMWOTT says it proposes eighteen as the recommended age for marriage.

Following is the text of a Media Release issued by the National Muslim Women’s Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (NMWOTT) on Tuesday:

Except in extenuating circumstances:

“• In a Muslim marriage, under the age of eighteen for extenuating circumstances applications must be made for a special License to a Judge in Chamber or a specially appointed committee by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Arguments under Islamic practices will be put forward by the Imam and parents of the claimants. Based on the findings, this will determine the circumstance and capability of each case.


So, under-age marriages to twelve-year-old girls is still ok in Muslim marriages.

Arizona: Somali Muslim tried to run over Border Patrol agents at checkpoint

h/t Jihad Watch who asks:

Why is a Somali citizen trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico in the first place?


Source: Documents: Somali citizen tried to run over border agents in southern Arizona – ABC15 Arizona

A Somali citizen tried to run over Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona after a high speed pursuit, according to federal investigators.

In April, investigators say Ahmed Elni Abdalla drove up to a checkpoint near Amado. When agents approached Abdalla’s car, he drove through the stop sign and tried to get away at a “high rate of speed.”

The high-speed pursuit continued up to Green Valley where agents were able to box in Abdalla’s car.

However, Abdalla allegedly refused to get out. When agents tried to break his car window, Abdalla drove right at agents who had to “jump out of the way in order to avoid being hit,” according to federal paperwork.

In December, another Somali citizen was detained by Border Patrol agents. Investigators say Omar Haji Mohamed was paid to help sneak people across the U.S. Border.

Video: Muhammad’s Early Jihad Raids

Source: Islam Watch: Jihad – Holy war or plundering raids? Muhammad’s early Jihad raids; first success at Nakhla

Muhammad’s initiation of Jihad in Islam. Bloodshed, murder, and capture of booty in Nakhla Jihad raid.

Kansas: Man Pleads Guilty To Aiding Muslim Bomb Plot at Fort Riley

Fort-Riley

Source: UPDATE: Kansas Man Pleads Guilty To Aiding Foiled Bomb Plot At Fort Riley | KMUW

A man accused of conspiring in a foiled plot to bomb a Kansas military base on behalf of the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Alexander E. Blair changed his plea to guilty on Monday in a Topeka federal court. Prosecutors say Blair helped 21-year-old John T. Booker in his plot to plant a 1,000-pound bomb at the Fort Riley military base to aid the Islamic State group. Blair admitted in court that he loaned Booker $100 to secure a storage space for the explosives and failed to inform law enforcement of the plot. Booker has already pleaded guilty in the case.

Booker, aka, Mohammed Abdullah Hassan.

Original Story

A court hearing was scheduled on Monday morning for a Topeka man accused of trying to help another man in a plot to bomb Fort Riley.

Today’s court hearing is for 29-year-old Alexander Blair, of Topeka. Prosecutors say he loaned 21-year-old John T. Booker $100 for storage space for explosives and failed to notify authorities. Booker is the man who intended to plant a 1,000-pound bomb at Fort Riley — and prosecutors think Blair knew about the plan and helped him.

John Booker already pleaded guilty and acknowledged the plot. Now, a federal judge will hear a change-of-plea request from Alexander Blair. Blair had pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier, but now, he’s changed his mind.

Court documents say Blair decided to change his plea because he believes the government has collected enough evidence to convict him of conspiracy.


Court document – Case No. 15 ‐ 40031 ‐ DDC.

Portland State Univ Students Offer To Donate to HAMAS Terrorists (video)

Source: Portland State University Students Offer To Donate To Terrorists Who Want To Blow Up Cafes And Schools

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz, posing as a worker for “American Friends For Hamas,” made a series of provocative statements to students walking on the campus of Portland State University recently, including:

  • “We’re not your father’s terrorist organization, we’ve kind of evolved beyond that.”
  • “We want to fund operations against Israel and the types of attacks we’re talking about are cafes and schools, you know, soft targets.”
  • “Cafes and schools — soft targets. You know, make them feel it.”
  • “The suicide bomber’s all we’ve got. It’s kind of like the poor man’s F-15.”
  • “We want to wipe Israel off the map.”

New York: Muslim who tried to enter UK charged with supporting ISIS terrorists

via DOJ: New York Man Arrested for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Sajmir Alimehmeti, aka Abdul Qawii, 22, of the Bronx, New York, was arrested today for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, as well as for making a false statement in an application for a U.S. passport.  Alimehmeti is expected to be presented later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein of the Southern District of New York.

“Alimehmeti was charged for his attempt to provide material support to ISIL by assisting a person who he believed was traveling to Syria to join ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.

“As alleged, Sajmir Alimehmeti, a Bronx man and an ISIL sympathizer, took steps to travel overseas to support ISIL’s terror campaign,” said U.S. Attorney Bharara.  “As the complaint alleges, Alimehmeti also bought military-type weapons and helped someone he believed to be a fellow ISIL supporter get travel documents, equipment and encryption technology purportedly to get to Syria to fight with ISIL.  Alimehmeti is charged today with actions that show a clear intention to support a terrorist organization that is hell-bent on murder and mayhem.  For that, thanks to the incredibly dedicated work of the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, Alimehmeti is under arrest and facing federal criminal charges.”

“The subject in this case was allegedly having a hard time getting overseas to fight with ISIL,” said Assistant Director in Charge Rodriguez.  “But when he couldn’t leave, he allegedly seemed more than willing to help others tread the same path to join an insidious and deadly terrorist organization.  Cases like this keep the FBI JTTF and our partners at the NYPD going day in and day out, protecting our city from individuals who plot to help murderers.”

“As alleged, Alimehmeti continued his quest to support ISIL’s deadly terrorist agenda, after being denied entry into Europe with a bag full of military gear,” said Commissioner Bratton.  “When he returned home, to the Bronx, he allegedly turned to helping others join the terrorist organization as he built his own arsenal of weapons.  Today’s case is the latest example of collaboration at its best, a case worked through the Joint Terrorism Task Force with undercover officers from the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau.”

As alleged in the criminal complaint, unsealed today in federal court:

In October 2014, Alimehmeti attempted to enter the United Kingdom but was denied entry after U.K. authorities found camouflage clothing and nunchucks in his luggage.  In December 2014, Alimehmeti was again denied entry into the United Kingdom, this time after U.K. authorities found that his cellphone contained images of ISIL flags and improvised explosive device attacks.  Further forensic examination of images on the cellphone and Alimehmeti’s laptop computer showed numerous indications of Alimehmeti’s support for ISIL, including a picture of Alimehmeti with an ISIL flag in the background, pictures of ISIL fighters in the Middle East, a picture of Alimehmeti making a gesture of support for ISIL and numerous audio files relating to jihad and martyrdom.

After returning to the United States, Alimehmeti continued to express his support for -ISIL by displaying an ISIL flag in his apartment in the Bronx, among other things.  In meetings with undercover law enforcement employees, Alimehmeti played multiple ISIL-related videos on his computer and his phone, including videos of ISIL decapitating prisoners.

Over the last 11 months, Alimehmeti made multiple purchases of military-style knives and other military-type equipment, including masks, handcuffs, a pocket chain-saw and steel-knuckled gloves.

In October 2015, Alimehmeti applied for a new U.S. passport, claiming his previous passport had been lost.  However, Alimehmeti later told an undercover law enforcement employee that his prior passport had not been lost and, instead, that he was applying for a new passport because he believed rejection stamps on his old passport, including rejection stamps from his attempted entries into the United Kingdom, would make it difficult to travel.

In May 2016, Alimehmeti attempted to assist an individual who was purportedly traveling from New York to Syria to train and fight with ISIL but who was actually an undercover law enforcement employee (UC).  On May 17, 2016, Alimehmeti met with the UC in Manhattan, New York, where the UC was purportedly en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport to take an overseas flight later that night in order to join ISIL.

Alimehmeti agreed to help the UC with several tasks before the UC went to the airport, including by locating stores so that the UC could purchase supplies to use while traveling to and fighting with ISIL, including a cellphone, boots, a compass, a bag and flashlight, among other items.  Alimehmeti provided the UC with advice and suggestions on the best boots to purchase and on which items to purchase.  The defendant also advised the UC on the use of different kinds of encrypted communications apps, including an app that Alimehmeti stated was currently being used by “the brothers,” and downloaded three encrypted communications apps onto the UC’s new cellphone.

Further, Alimehmeti assisted the UC in traveling from Manhattan to a hotel in Queens, New York, so that the UC could purportedly meet with an individual who was preparing travel documents that the UC would use to travel to Syria (document facilitator).  Alimehmeti, who had repeatedly expressed his own desire to travel to join ISIL, gave the UC a piece of paper with his name and contact information so that the UC could provide that information to the supposed document facilitator.  In voicing his interest in joining ISIL, Alimehmeti stated, excitedly, “I’m ready to . . . go with you man . . . you know I would.  I’m done with this place.”  After leaving the hotel in Queens, Alimehmeti brought the UC to Kennedy International Airport via public transportation.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If convicted, Alimehmeti faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for providing material support and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for making a false statement in an application for a U.S. passport.

Alimehmeti Complaint

U.S. Veterans’ Benefits Cut to Pay for Afghan Immigrant Visas

Source: Legislative Update: 5/24/2016

In last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, Congress cut benefits to veterans by increasing co-pays for prescriptions. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the increased co-pays saved the federal government approximately $1.5 billion. (See CBO Estimate FY2016 NDAA) However, it now appears that $336 million generated from the veterans’ cuts was used to pay for 3,000 additional Afghan interpreters to be resettled in the United States.  (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016)

Known as the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), this program was created by Congress in 2009 for Afghan employees and contractors who were employed by the U.S. government in Afghanistan any time after October 6, 2001, and who experienced an ongoing serious threat as a result of that employment. (See P.L. 111-8; 8 U.S.C. § 1101 note 26) Initially, the annual cap on SIVs issued was 1,500 but it was increased to 4,000 in the Fiscal Year 2015 NDAA before being increased again in the Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA to 7,000. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Dec. 9, 2014; Department of State SIV Guidelines)

While Afghan translators serve an important function in the ongoing war on terror, it is poor public policy to cut benefits to American citizen veterans to pay for these visas. “Military families shouldn’t be paying for the SIV program. The program should be funded outright because of the service our interpreters rendered,” said former Army combat veteran Alex Plitsas. (The Daily Caller News Foundation, May 16, 2016) There’s no reason to put veterans’ benefits on the chopping block, especially since there is overlap in jurisdiction with the State Department’s control of visa programs. (Id.)

Outrageously, it appears that several Senators want to cut veterans’ benefits again in the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA to pay for even more SIV. An unnamed GOP Senate aide told the Daily Caller, “I’ve been told by multiple sources that they’re trying to use the co-pay hike to pay for the visa increase again this year.” (Id.) “With so much wasteful government spending that should be cut, it is befuddling how some in Congress are so eager to put military and veteran benefits on the chopping block.” (Id.)

The Senate is working on the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA this week. Both Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have expressed a desire to increase the SIV cap but neither has explained how it would be paid for. (Id.)

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