This Report Shows Why We’re Vulnerable to ISIS

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CounterJihad, Aug. 1, 2016:

The Center for National Security at Fordham Law has an annual report on cases involving the Islamic State (ISIS) that have appeared in US Federal court.  As of 2016, 101 such cases have been recorded.  That is a small number from which to draw statistical lessons, but it is comprehensive of the cases brought to trial.

Most of these cases — each individual involved is considered a separate “case” by the study — are still pending before the courts.  However, of the 45% of cases that have resulted in conviction, the average sentence is only 9 years.  This is in part because most of the defendants have no criminal history.  The fact that they have no criminal history before attempting to take up arms for the caliphate is a major reason why a free and open society like the United States is so vulnerable to these attackers.

Most of them are also American citizens.  Not all of them are.  12% are refugees, or have overstayed their visa on a visit, or otherwise are without legal residency.  But far and away most of them are American citizens who have no love or loyalty for their own country.  “Despite the fact that nearly 80% of the charged defendants are U.S. citizens,” the report says, “an identification with foreign conflicts rather than with American politics and society is apparent across the sample of indicted individuals.”  In other words, they don’t identify themselves as Americans.  They identify themselves as Muslims, loyal not to the land of the free but to foreign entities that they feel are under attack by America.

There are other strong similarities.  Almost all of them want the caliphate.  90% of them have never been found to be mentally ill.  90% of them do not use drugs.  Most are in their 20s.  They are mostly a young, clear-eyed, clear-headed generation of young Americans who have rejected their nation in favor of Islam.

They are also all over social media.  90% of the cases involve the use of the internet to try to connect with or understand ISIS.  In fully 60% of cases, ISIS was able to establish two-way communication with them.  It looks as though in most of the cases the initiative was on the part of these American Muslims, however.  ISIS is able to recruit them because, for the most part, they went looking to be recruited.

There are also a lot more of them that we have not heard from yet.  “Although there are only 101 publicly known cases,” the report adds, “the Director of the FBI, James Comey, has noted that over 900 investigations are open and that they span all 50 states.”  Adding that to the 101 we have already seen brought to court, and you have a thousand cases of ISIS infiltration or self-radicalization within the United States alone.  Nine in ten of those cases have not yet resulted in attacks.

Nor is the fact that the FBI aware of them a guarantee of safety.  The Orlando attacker was twice investigated by the FBI, and cleared both times.  He went on to murder dozens in the Pulse nightclub.

Finally, these are just the ones we know about.  There is no reason to believe that the FBI has eyes on every potential terrorist.

Until we figure out how to prevent the radicalization of American Muslims, our main line of defense is broken.  We keep talking about background checks for Muslim immigrants, to ensure that they are not themselves radicals.  However, as this study shows, the majority of the threat comes from born Americans.  That is in line with earlier findings, not just from here but from Europe as well, that show that second generation immigrants radicalize at twice the rate of first generation immigrants.

That a first generation of Muslim immigrants is often succeeded by a radical second generation has been documented by Foreign Policy, PBS, and by statisticians in Denmark.  The first generation came to America or to Europe for reasons they felt strongly enough to make the move.  They understood they were electing to move to a society that was less Islamic, and accepted the trade off.  Their children, born in the West, did not experience the realities that made their parents leave the old world.  They reject the laws and customs of their new society as being opposed to their Islamic identity.  The Danish statistics found that second-generation Muslim immigrants are 218% more inclined to crime than their parents’ generation.

That’s a huge problem.  Even if we get the background checks 100% right, the ones we really have to worry about is their unborn children.  Those are the ones who are most likely to grow up to adopt these violent forms of Islam.  Unless we can solve that problem, we are going to remain very vulnerable to terror from within.

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Why is Virginia a Haven for Would-be Jihadists?

jihad bby Abigail R. Esman
Special to IPT News
July 18, 2016

What is it about Virginia?

Already this year, six men from the “Cavalier State” have been arrested on terror-related charges – two of them in July alone. Another man has joined the Islamic State in Syria. Two of those charged were stopped from making a similar trip.

These most recent arrests, one on July 3, the other on July 8, were based on charges of planning to provide material support to ISIS. Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, a former member of the National Guard who was arrested July 3, allegedly discussed planning an attack against U.S. military in the homeland inspired by fellow Virginian Nidal Hasan’s 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. According to court documents, Jalloh quit the Guard and later attempted to obtain funds and weapons for a domestic attack after being inspired by Anwar al Awlaki’s videos on YouTube.

Five days later, Virginia law enforcement arrested Haris Qamar, following an extended FBI sting operation. According to an FBI affidavit, Qamar made statements to an informant such as, “By-bye, DC, stupid a— kufar [infidels], kill ’em all,” and posted to his Twitter account a prayer for “strength to the mujahedeen to slaughter every single US military officer.”

Earlier arrests this year – two in June and one in January – involved men planning to join the jihad in Syria, rather than waging domestic battles. In one case, Mohamad Jamal Khweis, who had already joined the Islamic State, surrendered to Kurdish forcesin Iraq in an apparent effort to escape the hell of life in the new caliphate. Now awaiting sentencing in the United States, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Why does this keep happening in Virginia? What makes its young Muslims more susceptible to the radical messages from Awlaki and ISIS social media?

Virginia has proved to be an active center for radical Islamist activity over the years and has bred more than its share of terrorists since 9/11. It was at the Hamas-linkedDar al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, for instance, that terrorist icon Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American whom counter-terrorism officials say inspired hundreds of other Muslims to take arms in violent jihad, once served as imam. Among his disciples: Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, convicted in 2005 of collaborating with al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; and several of the 9/11 hijackers.

And it was in Virginia that, in the still fragile and bewildered aftermath of 9/11, “Beltway snipers” John Allen Mohammed and Lee Boyd Malvo shot and killed more than 12 people, including an FBI analyst, in October 2002.

While internet and social media remain powerful weapons in the terrorist recruitment arsenal, personal connections remain the most potent tool. Honor student Ali Shukri Amin, charged with soliciting donations for ISIS, is also suspected of helping another Virginian, Reza Niknejad, travel to Syria.

While none of the recent cases implicate specific mosques, the influence of Dar al Hijrah and some of its imams appears to have been widespread.

To some extent, this could be thanks to its current imam, Shaker Elsayed. In 2002, hetold a conference hosted by the Muslim American Society and Islamic Circle for North America that deciding whether suicide bombers were martyrs was “an in house business” for Muslims.

In a dramatic speech available online since 2013, Elsayed rants against the West and calls for “the power of faith” and “the power of armament.” In the post-9/11 world, he observes, even world leaders have “bowed down” to the Western pressure. “We the Muslim masses should never bow down except to Allah!” he says, “and this will give us our dignity back.”

But other Virginia religious leaders have gone further. Ali al-Timimi, a cancer researcher, was the “spiritual leader” of a group of 11 men convicted of terrorism in 2003 and 2004, Al-Timimi is now serving a life sentence for recruiting Muslims to travel to Pakistan and train for holy war.

Shortly after 9/11, according to the New York Times’ coverage of his trial, al-Timimi invited a group of young Muslim men to dinner, where he told them they had a religious duty to fight with the Taliban against American forces. Prosecutors described that statement as “treason,” calling al-Timimi a “purveyor of hate and war.”

More than 10 years after his conviction, al-Timimi remains a figurehead among radical groups in Virginia and the Capitol district. The Peace and Justice Foundation, which defended al-Timimi and his followers, refers in online documents to a government conspiracy, while numerous web sites offer recordings of al-Timimi’s lectures. In addition, a Facebook page devoted to his appeal with more than 2,000 “likes,” has built a community in his support. (Followers even raised $12,000 for his mother’s medical care.)

The Saudi-sponsored Islamic Saudi Academy, which shut down abruptly last month,faced criticism for its textbooks that promote Wahhabism, an extreme version of Islam practiced by the Saudis. The textbooks contained passages “that extolled jihad and martyrdom, called for victory over one’s enemies, and said the killing of adulterers and apostates was ‘justified,'” the Washington Post reported. Those passages were found in school textbooks two years after U.S. officials, shocked by the texts in use in 2006, ordered they be revised. Pre-revision books included statements like, “It is said: the apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews. The swine are the unbelievers of Jesus’ table, the Christians.”

The school’s 1999 valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was convicted in 2005 for supporting al-Qaida and planning to assassinate the president. (Notably, he also taught Islamic Studies at Dar Al Hijrah.)

As Seamus Hughes of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Center or Cyber & Homeland Security told Fox News, “Northern Virginia has a disproportionate number of people that are drawn to this.”

Ramy Zamzam is a poster child for this observation. He was among five young men who disappeared from their northern Virginia neighborhood in late 2009, only to be arrested by Pakistani authorities who caught them trying to cross into Afghanistan to join jihadists there.

“We are not terrorists,” he said outside a hearing. “We are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism.”

Muslim groups expressed their horror over the incident and promised a program aimed at de-radicalization.

It’s not clear that any such plan ever emerged. If it did, it’s clearly not working.

Abigail R. Esman, the author, most recently, of Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West (Praeger, 2010), is a freelance writer based in New York and the Netherlands.

Did Hamas Inspire Muslim Mass Shooting Terror Plot in Milwaukee?

samy-770Frontpage, by Daniel Greenfield, Jan. 27, 2016:

Defending Islam, the Muslim religion, requires killing everyone who isn’t a Muslim. So far there have been Muslim terror plots against synagogues, churches and a Hindu temple. Now there was a Muslim terror plot against a Masonic temple.

Federal law enforcement agents said Samy Mohamed Hamzeh told secret FBI informants that “We will eliminate everyone” once inside one of Milwaukee’s grandest cultural landmarks — the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center.

According to the federal complaint, Hamzeh had originally planned to attack Israelis in the West Bank, but dropped those plans because of logistical problems and focused on leading an attack on a target at home in Milwaukee.

Masons, Jews. Who cares. Just kill some infidels.

The feds said Hamzeh is heard on undercover recordings stating how many Americans he wanted to shoot and kill in Milwaukee.

“Thirty is excellent” he allegedly said. They “will know that nobody can play with Muslims.”

Nobody can play with Muslims, because they’re sore losers.

Hamzeh apparently came to the U.S. from the West Bank about six years ago

Clearly we need more Muslim immigration. Just think of all the added terror arrests and shooting sprees.

“I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world … all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us,” Hamzeh said, according to the affidavit. “Such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase. … This way we will be igniting it. I mean we are marching at the front of the war.”

Hamzeh added that he hoped to kill 30 people. He also said his group was Muslims and they were “defending Muslim religion.”

“We are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that’s it, that is what our intention is,” he said.

But, according to the media, it has nothing to do with Islam. Not a thing. Just everything.

So why Masons? The media is pretending to be baffled, but Masonic conspiracy theories are popular in the Muslim world, largely because of the Muslim Brotherhood which has a particular obsession with them. The Hamas charter, in between calling for the extermination of the Jews and Islamic rule, has this wacky paragraph.

The Moslem woman has a role no less important than that of the moslem man in the battle of liberation. She is the maker of men. Her role in guiding and educating the new generations is great. The enemies have realised the importance of her role. They consider that if they are able to direct and bring her up they way they wish, far from Islam, they would have won the battle. That is why you find them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs.

Yes… rotary clubs. We’re lucky Muslims haven’t tried to shoot them up too.

I blame Muslim Masoniphobia. It’s really time we addressed the Muslim Masoniphobia crisis. Because this does look like Mohammed picked up a few ideas from the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

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Former FBI Military Intel Officer Steve Rogers, Fox News Military Analyst (Ret.) Maj. Gen. Robert Scales and former National Security Council Director Cathy Taylor on a mass shooting plot thwarted by the FBI:

Threat Knowledge Group Chairman Sebastian Gorka on efforts to prevent homegrown terrorism:

Islam and Islamism in America in 2015: Part I

Gatestone Institute, by Soeren Kern, January 23, 2016:

  • Representative André Carson (D-Indiana), a convert to Islam, was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Carson has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Officials at the Rocky Heights Middle School in Littleton, Colorado, ignited controversy when they told female students to dress according to Sharia law while visiting a mosque during a field trip.
  • Islamic politics “advocates the world’s greatest double standard: if you come to our country, we won’t let you worship the way you want, we won’t let you say what you want to say… However, we have come to your country, therefore we have the right to do whatever we want to do, including kill you if you make us mad.” — Former US President Bill Clinton.
  • Fouad ElBayly, an Egyptian-born imam who in 2007 said that Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali should receive the death penalty for her criticism of Islam, is now a Department of Justice contractor hired to teach classes to Muslims who are in federal prison. – The Daily Caller
  • “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under Allah….” – Arabic rendering of the Pledge of Allegiance, Pine Bush High School, New York.
  • Breitbart News revealed the existence of what is believed to be the first official Sharia law court in the United States, in Irving, Texas. The so-called Islamic Tribunal settles civil disputes among the growing Muslim population.

The Muslim population of the United States surpassed 3.5 million in 2015, according to demographic projections compiled by the Pew Research Center. In percentage terms, Muslims currently comprise roughly 1% of the US population.

As in Europe, Islam was an ever-present topic in American newspaper headlines during 2015. Most news items involved terrorism-related issues — including many cases of lone-wolf terrorists — closely followed by articles about Muslim integration and assimilation.

JANUARY 2015

January 6. Officials at the Rocky Heights Middle School in Littleton, Colorado, ignited controversy when they told female students to dress according to Sharia law while visiting a mosque during a field trip. Peter Boyles, a radio talk show host in Denver, said: “Public schools are forbidden from holding girls to different standards than boys. They’re holding these girls to a different standard, it’s a religious reason. Islam dictates many … repressive practices against women…. That’s their belief … but don’t apply it to public school kids.”

January 7. Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, a 41-year-old Muslim armed with two knives taped to his legs, attempted to buy a plane ticket at the Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. Abdul-Rasheed was shot after he lunged at a police officer. Police said his behavior was “consistent with someone who intended to hijack an aircraft.”

January 9. Abdalah Mohamed, a 19-year-old migrant from Kenya, was arrested after he threatened to kill the owner of a Jewish delicatessen in Portland, Oregon. Police said Mohamed entered the store asking for a single cigarette. When the owner replied that he did not sell individual cigarettes, Mohamed reportedly said: “I will blow up your store. I’m going to take care of you, you mother (redacted). I’ll call my people to take care of you to shoot you! I will blow up your store in the name of Allah, I will take care of people like you!”

January 12. ISIS sympathizers hacked the official Twitter account of the US Central Command, the Pentagon division in charge of the Middle East. One tweet sent from CENTCOM’s account stated: “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your backs.” Another tweet said: “ISIS is already here…. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now.”

January 13. Representative André Carson (D-Indiana), a convert to Islam, was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Carson, who has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, is the first Muslim to sit on the committee.

January 14. Christopher Lee Cornell, a 20-year-old convert to Islam, was arrested in Cincinnati, Ohio, for plotting to “wage jihad” by attacking the US Capitol. Cornell and his accomplice, who was actually an FBI informant, planned to detonate pipe bombs and gun down lawmakers. Cornell, whose Muslim name is Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, had bought two M-15 rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition. He had also posted messages and videos espousing support for ISIS.

carson2As part of his training, Bell conducted a late-night “jihadi training mission” that involved destroying religious statues in a multi-denominational cemetery in Jacksonville. He also uploaded training and recruiting videos onto the Internet, including one in which he makes homemade pipe bombs and another in which he burns an America flag.January 14. Shelton Thomas Bell, a 21-year-old convert to Islam from Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. According to court documents, Bell “conspired to train and prepare as a combatant for overseas violent jihad, then travel from Jacksonville to the Middle East for the ultimate purpose of providing the skills to terrorists, including members of Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen.”

January 15. Carol Swain, a prominent professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, penned an op-ed in The Tennessean titled, “Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam.” She wrote:

“What horrendous attack would finally convince us that Islam is not like other religions in the United States, that it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration?

“More and more members of the PC [politically correct] crowd now acknowledge that Islam has absolutely nothing in common with Christianity….

“It becomes clearer every day that Islam is not just another religion to be accorded the respect given to Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Baha’i and other world religions. The Jan. 7 terrorist attack resulting in 12 deaths at the Paris offices ofCharlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that committed the apparently unpardonable sin of lampooning the Prophet Muhammad, once again illustrates that Islam is a dangerous set of beliefs totally incompatible with Western beliefs concerning freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association.”

Vanderbilt’s Muslim Students Association said Swain’s “hurtful, inciting comments” had caused “a great deal of emotional distress and frustration.” Swain responded: “Why are today’s university students so fragile they need counseling and affirmation whenever they hear something that makes them uncomfortable? Learning how to deal with your emotions is part of growing up.”

January 15. Former US President Bill Clinton, appearing on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyerssaid Islamic politics “advocates the world’s greatest double standard: if you come to our country, we won’t let you worship the way you want, we won’t let you say what you want to say, we won’t let you do what you want to do. However, we have come to your country, therefore we have the right to do whatever we want to do, including kill you if you make us mad.”

January 15. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, canceled its plan to use the gothic bell tower of its chapel for the adhan, an amplified call to prayer for Muslims. The about-face followed criticism from many corners, including from Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, who wrote:

“As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism. I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”

January 17. A conference in Garland, Texas, aimed at “defeating Islamophobia,” featured several Muslim extremists who advocate the implementation of Sharia law in the United States. The conference, titled, “Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect,” was billed as “not an event” but the “beginning of a movement. A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message.”

January 18. The New York Post reported that Muslim groups are pressing the New York Police Department to remove a report about Islamic terrorism from its website. The groundbreaking, 90-page report, titled, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” angers critics who say it promotes “religious profiling” and discrimination against Muslims. Others argue that removing the report would send the message that the NYPD is backing down on its counterterrorism effort in the name of political correctness.

January 19. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, addressing the London-based Henry Jackson Society, warned that “non-assimilationist Muslims” pose a danger to Europe and the United States. He said:

“In America we are quite happy to welcome freedom loving people, regardless of religion, who want to abide by our laws allowing for freedom of expression and a host of other democratic freedoms. But we will never allow for any sect of people to set up their own areas where they establish their own set of laws.

“For example, Sharia law is not just different than our law, it’s not just a cultural difference, it is oppression and it is wrong. It subjugates women and treats them as property, and it is antithetical to valuing all of human life equally. It is the very definition of oppression. We must stop pretending otherwise.

“I favor robust debate on everything: on religion, on policy, on politics, on everything. It is called freedom. But when debate stops, and when a movement decides that they no longer want to debate their ideas, but rather they want to simply subdue, silence, and kill those who disagree … that is called terrorism, barbarism, and inhuman behavior, and it cannot and must not be tolerated.”

January 20. The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Arkansas corrections officials had violated the religious liberty rights of Muslim inmates by forbidding them to grow beards. The case concerned Gregory H. Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, who sought to grow a half-­inch beard.

January 20. Montana State Senator Janna Taylor introduced Montana Senate Bill 199, which establishes “the primacy of Montana law by prohibiting the application of foreign law when it violates a fundamental right guaranteed by the Montana or United States Constitution.” The bill is aimed at restricting the use of Islamic Sharia and other foreign law in the state.

January 21. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) complained that the movie “American Sniper” was spurring threats against American Muslims. ADC President Samer Khalaf said it did not make sense to call for a boycott of the film, given its box office success: “If we boycott it, it will only cause people to want to see it more.”

January 22. Malak Kazan, a 27-year-old Muslim woman, filed a religious discrimination lawsuit in Detroit, Michigan, accusing the Dearborn Heights Police Department of violating her First Amendment right to religious freedom when she was forced to remove her head scarf, after being arrested for driving with an expired license. Dearborn Heights Police Chief Lee Garvin said:

“Articles such as hats, caps, hijabs, can contain concealable items that could pose a threat or chance of injury to the cops or to themselves. Our procedure is to have them take the hijab off in the presence of a female. We don’t always have enough female officers present in the station. Our number one concern is security of our officers and the prisoners.”

Kazan’s lawyer, Amir Makled, disagreed:

“The main issue here is that my client’s constitutional rights, her religious liberties, can’t be stripped at the jailhouse door. She has an absolute right to maintain her faith. We hope this cause of action will bring to light a policy that is dated and needs to be amended…. We also hope to get some further diversity training for officers in the city. Hopefully this will be a learning experience for other law enforcement agencies.”

January 23. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Muslims should not be blamed for Islamic terrorism: “The biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes … [that] the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose.”

January 23. A federal judge in Denver, Colorado gave a four-year prison sentence to Shannon Maureen Conley, a 19-year-old woman who admitted to wanting to become an ISIS bride and join the jihad in the Middle East. Conley is one of the first Americans to be sentenced for conspiracy to support ISIS. Prosecutors hope her sentence has a deterrent effect.

January 23. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) filed legislation to ban American citizens who fight alongside ISIS and other terror groups from returning to the United States. The bill, known as the Expatriate Terrorist Act, seeks to strip those Americans who travel abroad to fight with ISIS of their US citizenship rights.

January 26. ISIS vowed to behead President Obama and “transform America into a Muslim province.”

January 28. The Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep, a public charter school in Sacramento,California, sponsored an official “Hijab Day” in cooperation with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). To concerns about why a public school would be hosting such an event, the school responded with charges that critics were motivated by “hatred” and “bigotry.”

January 28. The US State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood operatives for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to overthrow the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. A few days after the meeting, the Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt.

January 29. The FBI added a former Northern Virginia taxicab driver to the Most Wanted Terrorists list. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, a Somali-born naturalized US citizen, is accused of being a recruiter for al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization in Somalia.

January 30. The Refugee Women’s Alliance, one of the largest refugee and immigrant service providers in Seattle, Washington, was forced to close in anticipation of a protest against one of its head teachers, Deepa Bhandaru, who led a discussion about free speech and religious pluralism in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. A group of Somali immigrants demanded that Bhandaru be fired for showing some of the Hebdo cartoons in her class. Bhandaru, who has received an “excellence in teaching” award from the University of Washington, was placed on paid leave while the agency “investigates” the matter.

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Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. His first book, Global Fire, will be out in early 2016.

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The War Keeps Coming Home

 

Four Marines — Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist— were identified as of Friday morning. A Navy sailor, Randall Smith, who was hurt in the shooting, died from his injuries on Saturday. http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeednews/here-are-the-victims-of-the-chattanooga-shooting#.mpwENge38

Four Marines — Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist— were identified as of Friday morning. A Navy sailor, Randall Smith, who was hurt in the shooting, died from his injuries on Saturday.
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By Justin O. Smith:

“The war keeps coming home because we have filled our home with the enemy. It’s time to clean house.” __ Daniel Greenfield

In the rolling hills of east Tennessee, America snapped awake on July 16th around 10:40 am, when the peaceful morning silence was shattered, and Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez, a Muslim terrorist, opened fire on the Armed Forces Recruitment Center (Old Lee Highway) in Chattanooga, TN, with an AK-47 and several other weapons. Within minutes he traversed the seven miles to the Navy Operational Support Center, and he continued his murderous rampage, that left four brave Marines dead and America angry and grieving.

The Marines murdered that Thursday morning were Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, recipient of two Purple Haerts, Lance Cpl Skip Wells, Sgt Carlson Holmquist and Staff Sgt David Wyatt, from Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines. Several of these men had previously survived multiple tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq and the battles of Fallujah and Abu Ghraib; Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith died early Saturday, leaving behind a wife and three young daughters.

They all had families. They were fathers, husbands and sons, and they were friends.

Carolyn Taylor and Marilyn Hutcheson, both employees of Bingswater Glass across the street from the Navy building on Amnicola Highway, described hearing the gunfire. Taylor said she heard “at least 100” gunshots, while Hutcheson said “it was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow.” Both women noted the rapid response of the police and SWAT and federal authorities, with guns drawn, and medical emergency teams: How different things might have ended if only those Marines had been armed too.

Ray Mabus, Secretary of Navy, called the shootings “both devastating and senseless.” He added, “While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable,”

Ed Reinhold, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said, “We’re going to do an intense look at him … anybody who is associated with him to determine the cause or reason why he conducted this attack.”

More than an “act of domestic terrorism”, as asserted by U.S. Attorney Bill Killian, a known Muslim appeaser, it’s Islam stupid, for those who still need things spelled out for them. By its very nature, Islam is a radical and extreme ideology _ twisted, perverted, evil and violent _ and Abdulazeez was simply a devout adherent. He was not “radicalized.” He was practicing Islam just as it has been practiced from the days of the Prophet Mohammed, despite the numerous fallacies that suggest Islam is “a religion of peace.”

A founding member of the Islamic Center of Chattanooga, Dr Said Ayhar Sheikh asserts that Abdulazeez only heard messages of peace there. If this was the case, why didn’t he immediately reject the violent jihadists’ so-called “perversion” of Islam?

Abdulazeez was a Kuwaiti born in Jordan with family ties in Nablus in the West Bank, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen; and, while he was not on any terror watch list, his father had been investigated several years ago for giving financial support to Hamas, a terrorist organization. Mohammed Abdulazeez should have been on a watch list however, in light of his trip to Jordan in 2014, when he could have contacted jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS), who have regularly called for “lone wolf” attacks in the U.S. on military and police, especially during the month of Ramadan (July).

Three days before the attack, SITE Intelligence Group, a terror watchdog, found Abdulazeez had written online that “life is short and bitter” and Muslims should not miss an opportunity to “submit to Allah.” This has now been verified by Fox News.

The Daily Beast focused on Abdulazeez’s post, entitled ‘A Prison for Dunya’ that suggested he was seeking martyrdom, reading in part: “We talk about the Sahaba (disciples) and their lbada (worship) … But did you ever notice that … towards the end of the lives of the Sahaba, almost every one of the Sahaba was a political leader or an army general? Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah.”

After the attack, ISIS posted this message to Americans: “O American dogs, soon you will see … a fierce conflict … for your destruction, my sword has been sharpened … We have marched by night, to cut and behead … .”

On July 8th, FBI Director James Comey warned a Senate panel about the threat of a terror attack in America, stating, “This is not your grandfather’s Al Qaeda.” He noted that he could not stop ISIS “forever.”

“Lone Wolf”? __ There are hundreds of thousands of “lone wolf” Muslims in America, just like Abdulazeez. Anwar al-Awlawki and Nidal Hassan, who go to school here, sometimes first grade through graduate school, and have resumes that read like ordinary resumes similar to the one Abdulazeez sent to AAON requesting work as an engineer. They take advantage of all the liberty and benefits of our society, while their inner soul is filled with hatred for our society that gives them so much. And they finally reveal themselves through heinous terror, such as Abdulazeez committed; the record is replete with such cases from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 to the present.

Americans cannot continue allowing more Muslims into the U.S., since it will only ensure the same terroristic turmoil we witness daily in the Middle East and parts of Europe. As our Muslim population grows, we will bear witness to an ever increasing number of assorted terrorist attacks, exponentially broader in scope and size. Let’s hope that Iran doesn’t send along a nuke with an Islamic State or Hamas “immigrant.”

Why are we inviting the world’s terrorists into America, as they praise this recent act of terror?

Americans are allowing the nation to be invaded by Muslims, who do not wish to assimilate  and come from an Islamic culture where terrorism has become a way of life. They come here to change our fundamental culture and our values. They want to conquer and colonize us; that’s not immigration, and that’s precisely why we must deport all non-citizen Muslims and any Muslim with terrorist ties.

Let us do all we can to ensure that we do not lose more Americans to more despicable acts of terrorism. We must cast aside political correctness, profile the Muslim community here and abroad, and adopt a pro-American immigration policy. And wherever we find the terrorists, kill the hell out of them, until they understand that Allah isn’t with them.

TERROR IMMIGRATION TO AMERICA MUST STOP

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Frontpage, by Daniel Greenfield, July 16, 2015:

Tennessee is to Muslim refugees as New York is to Muslim hijacked planes. Chattanooga, the site of the latest Muslim terror attack against America, is a “preferred community” for resettlement along with Knoxville and Nashville.

Nashville was designated a “Gateway City” for Iraqis. Hundreds of Somali Muslims were dumped in Shelbyville and the Murfreesboro Mega-Mosque became national news because of its terror ties.

Over the last decade, middle Tennessee’s Muslim population tripled.  The rise of Islam in Tennessee as Muslims from terror zones like Iraq and Somalia flooded its towns and cities brought hate and violence.

In Memphis, Imam Yasir Qadhi was caught on tape calling Jews and Christians filthy and declaring that Muslims can take their lives and property.  Last year the FBI warned of an ISIS threat in Memphis.

This year it was Chattanooga’s turn.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the son of a Palestinian man and a Kuwaiti woman murderliving in the United States, killed four marines. One of his targets, a recruiting center, was a gun-free zone. Those inside had no way to defend themselves. Their overnment had welcomed in the enemy and left them unarmed and helpless against his Jihad.

Obama refused to use the word “Terrorism”. Hillary Clinton claimed that the attack was “senseless violence.” But there was nothing senseless about it. It was an act of war, one of many, in a conflict that stretches back to the founding of the United States of America.

The Marines first saw action abroad against the Barbary states who informed Thomas Jefferson and John Adams that they were entitled to attack American ships and enslave American sailors because, “it was written in the Koran, that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon whoever they could find and to make Slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

This is the “sense” behind Hillary’s senseless violence.

The last of the Barbary Wars ended on a July, two hundred years ago, with an American victory. Two hundred years later, Marines are murdered by the barbarians we invited into our own country.

As the government began filling it with immigrants from terror zones, Tennessee, the Volunteer State, fought back because it hadn’t volunteered for this.  In 2008, it pulled out of the Federal refugee resettlement program. But the resettlement continued. Tennessee taxpayers suffer and bullets fly.

Three days before the latest terror attack, Muslims in Chattanooga protested in support of Islamberg, a New York outpost set up by Mubarak Ali Gilani, who has said, “We are fighting to destroy the enemy. We are dealing with evil at its roots and its roots are America.”

That is what we are dealing with. Three days before a Muslim terrorist attack, supporters of Muslim terrorism were playing the victim. Their victimhood theater was aided and abetted by the media.

Every time the citizens of Tennessee attempted to stand up to terror immigration and the Murfreesboro Mega-Mosque , they were shouted down, smeared and lied about by the media. A day from now, the media will have shifted the focus of the story from the murdered Marines to local Muslims whining about the backlash. The perpetrators become the victims and the victims become the perpetrators.

It is all but certain that we will hear less about the stories of the heroes who died in Chattanooga  than we did about the Muslims killed in a parking dispute in Chapel Hill. Because Muslim lives matter and Marine lives don’t.

For that matter we will probably hear less about them than we did about the tragic tale of Tahera Ahmad’s opened Diet Coke because Muslim sodas also matter more than dead Marines.

Tennessee has not been allowed to stop the dumping of Muslim settlers in its borders because Muslim immigration matters more than the families of Tennessee. Instead if we do nothing Chattanooga will go on being a “preferred community” for the transformation of the country. More Americans will die and after every terror attack, the media will dig up another Imam complaining how afraid he is of a backlash.

If we really want to stop terrorism, the place to start is at the airport.  Not with TSA groping and scanners, but by ending the constant flood of terror populations into the country. The attacks of September 11 would never have happened if the United States hadn’t gotten into the habit of allowing in Saudis who couldn’t even be bothered to produce plausible paperwork. The World Trade Center bombing would not have happened if we hadn’t gotten into the habit of setting illegal immigrants loose.

The United States of America faces a simple choice. We can fill our towns and cities with populations from terror zones and then act surprised when they kill us, or we can shut the doors on them.

Inviting in the world’s terrorists to live here is not an act of kindness. Both Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, and Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga terrorist, were born to Palestinian Arabs. Their background was in a culture where terrorism is so widely accepted that it has become a way of life. The Americans they murdered would be alive today if we had a pro-American immigration policy.

It’s not just the people who send checks to terrorist groups who should be called terrorist supporters. Those who support the migration of terrorists into this country are the biggest terrorist supporters because without them most of the attacks we have experienced would not even be possible.

No war can be won as long as the enemy continues to gain fresh recruits. Every immigrant from a terror zone to this country is a potential terrorist making the War on Terror completely unwinnable.

We can end the bombings and the shootings. We can get rid of the TSA and the NSA. All we need is an immigration policy that puts the safety and security of Americans first.

The terrorist attack in Chattanooga will be swiftly swiped from the media’s digital pages with another story about celebrity misbehavior or a manufactured controversy. But it can become a wake-up call. The dumping of refugees in Tennessee must end. And it’s time for Chattanooga to stop being a preferred community for importing the terror zones of the world to Tennessee.

Every terrorist attack has the potential to wake the sleeping giant against the terrorists and those who have infiltrated them into this country in the name of human rights, humanitarianism and diversity.

The war keeps coming home because we have filled our home with the enemy. It’s time we clean house.

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, left, opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines and wounding three others before he was killed. At right is the recruiting center’s front door, which was pierced by bullets. (Facebook)

Heavy, by Tom Cleary, July 16, 2015:

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez has been identified by CBS News as the gunman who fatally shot four Marines and wounded a police officer on Thursday in shootings at two military recruiting and training centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Abdulazeez, 24, is also dead.

At least two others were injured, including one in critical condition. The officer is in stable condition. The shootings happened at separate military reserve centers on Lee Highway and Amnicola Highway.

Here’s what we know so far:

1. He Was a Naturalized U.S. Citizen Originally From Kuwait

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Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s mug shot from an April 2015 arrest for driving under the influence. (Hamilton County Jail via Chattanoogan.com)

NBC News reports that Abdulazeez is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Kuwait.

Authorities said the gunman lived in the Chattanooga area recently, but CBS News reports that he was from Phoenix, Arizona. The Associated Press says he lived in Hixson, Tennessee, which is a few miles from Chattanooga.

He was arrested in April for driving under the influence in Hamilton County, Tennessee,according to the Chattanoogan.com.

Police have not yet released a motive for why the gunman targeted the two military facilities and military personnel.

Authorities said he did not work at the military centers. The case is being investigated as possible “domestic terrorism” and the FBI is leading the probe.

CBS News earlier incorrectly reported he was a 41-year-old from Arizona.

2. An ISIS-Affiliated Account Tweeted #Chattanooga Just Before the Shooting Occurred Along With a Warning to Americans

An ISIS-related account tweeted “O American dogs soon YOU will see the wonders,” and used #Chattanooga, at 10:34 a.m., just about the same time police say the shooting began, according to JihadWatch.org.

The tweet is similar to one sent out moments before two ISIS-inspired gunmen opened fire outside the “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas, in May.

3. He Graduated From the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012

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Abdulazeez graduated from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012, according to posts on his mother’s Facebook page and a resume posted on Indeed.com.

CKEUdDdUAAAorqnYearbook photo: Youssuf Abdulazeez wrote between two pictures of himself: ‘My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?’

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Left-Wing Extremist Joins Islamic State

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Washington Free Beacon, July 13, 2015:

The FBI arrested the son of Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo in a counter-terrorism operation conducted to prevent an Islamic State-inspired plot.

ABC reported Adam Ciccolo was arrested on July 4 after he purchased four guns from an undercover FBI informant. The 23-year-old was a recent convert to Islam and went by the name Abu Ali al-Amriki.

Ciccolo previously participated in the “No More Fukushimas” Peace Walk in 2012.

“It has been proven time and time again that humans do not have the capability to control the long-term effects of nuclear power,” the left-wing group said in a statement. “Nuclear power is not sustainable from environmental, human rights, or economic standpoints.”

“Nuclear power and nuclear weapons for years have crippled societies. Native American societies, Asian societies, Middle Eastern, all of them are affected by nuclear weapons and nuclear power,”Ciccolo told a local paper. “All of us are affected by it. If we don’t stop using them then we’re not going to be able to live on this earth anymore.”

Despite his “peace” protest of nuclear bombs, the FBI found that Ciccolo was building a bomb of his own to use against Americans.

Bomb-making equipment, notes titled “jihad” and “attack planning papers,” partially constructed Molotov cocktails, and a “variety of chemicals” were found in his apartment. He reportedly told the FBI informant that the chemicals would “stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out.”

The FBI alleges Ciccolo originally planned to launch an attack on both civilians and U.S. military and law enforcement personnel before changing his focus to a state school cafeteria where he planned to broadcast the execution of students live on the Internet. Ciccolo told the FBI informant he was inspired by the Tsarnaev brothers’ use of pressure-cooker bombs.

Ciccolo’s father was one of the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. The police captain warned authorities that his estranged son “was going off the deep end.” He also warned his son was “spouting extremist jihadist sympathies.” The younger Ciccolo praised IS terrorist attacks and decried America to the FBI cooperating witness.

Ciccolo is expected to be in a Springfield, Mass., court on Tuesday.

Inside The ‘July 4th’ Terror Busts

1435975410011.cachedDaily Beast, by Michael Daly, July 3, 2015:

A pair of extremist groups, growing increasingly volatile. A double holiday—Independence Day and Ramadan. The FBI felt it had to pounce before things got out of hand.
As the Fourth of July neared, the White House and FBI headquarters decided to shut down two ISIS-inspired terror cells that appeared to be ratcheting up towards attacks, a senior law enforcement official told The Daily Beast.

This year’s Fourth of July was particularly worrisome because it comes during the Muslim holiday Ramadan, which ISIS has declared to be a time when jihad is all the more imperative.

“No acts of worship are equal to jihad, and jihad in Ramadan is not matched by jihad in other months,” ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said recently.

If you have been paying attention to the news in recent days, you have heard talk about a July the Fourth threat; CNN, in particular, has gone wall-to-wall with it. We are going from lone wolves to lone wolf packs and the increasing danger presented by cells like these two—combined with the obvious symbolism of Independence Day—goes a long way toward explaining the heightened alarm.

The more serious threat at the approach of this double holiday appears to have come from a cell based in the New York area that is said to have been researching the construction of pressure cooker bombs, complete with timing mechanisms.

Such bombs were used with devastating effect at the Boston Marathon and officials worried that the New York cell might seek to do the same in the crowds that gather for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display.

The criminal complaint filed against one member of the New York cell, 20-year-old Munther Omar Saleh of Queens, suggests that he may have been taking orders directly from ISIS. He referred to ISIS as “dawla”—Arabic for the “state”—when communicating with a confidential informant.

“I’m very sorry, but I was ordered by dawla officials not to talk to anyone,” Saleh said, according to the criminal complaint.

The other cell that worried officials as the holiday approached was comprised of two men from Boston and a third from Rhode Island. The three allegedly plotted at one point to behead anti-Muslim agitator Pamela Geller in New York.

One of the trio, 26-year-old Usaamah Rahim of the Boston area, obtained a 9-inch fighting knife on May 27, followed three days later by a second Marine fighting knife and a 13-inch “Spec Plus” fighting Knife, all via Amazon.com.

On May 31, Rahim met with a fellow Bostonian, 25-year-old David Wright, and 24-year-old Nicholas Rovinski of Providence on a deserted Rhode Island beach. Rovinski had originally connected with them through Facebook. His call to arrange the huddle was recorded by authorities.

“Like I said, I’ve been wanting to meet up with you to discuss some important aspects that I think you might, you might enjoy,” Rovinski said.

“Oh, that sounds so wonderful,” Wright replied.

Wright then had texted Rahim, saying that Rovinski “wishes to speak on some juiciness.”

“LOL,” Rahim replied.

The three allegedly stood in a rainstorm and discussed beheading Geller in New York.

At 5 a.m. on June 2, Rahim was recorded telephoning Wright to announce that he had decided not to join the “vacation” to the Big Apple. He suggested that he would instead be going after police officers close to home.

“I can’t wait that long, I can’t wait that long man,” Rahim said according to the complaint. “I’m going to be on vacation right here in Massachusetts… I’m just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue. ’Cause, ah, it’s the easiest target and, ah, the most common is the easiest for me.”

Rather than let the scheme play out any longer, the FBI and the Boston police approached Rahim on the street later that same day.

“Rahim took out one of the knives he had purchased from Amazon.com when he saw the officers and agents,” the complaint notes. “One of the officers told Rahim to drop his weapon and Rahim responded, ‘You drop yours.’ Rahim moved towards the officers while brandishing his weapon, and he was shot by law enforcement.”

The authorities scooped up Wright within hours and Rovinski ten days later. The two were charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

Down in New York, the local Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) prepared to shut down what appeared to be developing into a significant bomb plot.

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Number of Islamic Terror-Related Arrests in 2015 Surpass Previous Two Years Combined

Screen-Shot-2015-06-23-at-12.23.20-PM-800x442PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, June 25, 2015:

Last month I reported here exclusively at PJ Media on the rapidly escalating number of Islamic terror-related arrests this year, noting that we were on pace to surpass the number of arrests for 2013 and 2014 combined (48) before the halfway point of the current year next week.

In fact, that is exactly what has happened. At present 53 suspects have been arrested or involved in Islamic terror-related incidents with law enforcement since the beginning of the year.

This is top among reasons why Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said just a few days ago that this is “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country”.

Here are the additional cases since I reported last month, beginning with the most recent:

June 22: Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, of Morganton, North Carolina, was charged with attempting to materially support ISIS and two related weapons possession charges. According to local press reports, the teen intended to attack a bar or concert, and then kill as many as 1,000 victims. DOJ press release. Complaint.

June 19: Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi aka Robert C. McCollum, 38, of North Olmstead, Ohio, was arrested for attempting to provide material support to ISIS, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, and trafficking marijuana. Media reports indicate that Al-Ghazi had been known to the FBI since December 2012 due to his social media activity, and that in June 2014 he pledged allegiance to ISIS in a Facebook posting.  FBI press release. Complaint.

June 17: Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with conspiring with others to provide services and personnel to ISIS. DOJ press release. Complaint.

June 17: Fareed Mumuni, 21, of Staten Island, New York, an associate of Topaz, was arrested for attempting to repeatedly stab an FBI agent investigating his role in a possible domestic terror plot. In court documents, prosecutors said that “Mumuni espouses violent jihadist beliefs and is a fervent supporter of (ISIS).” Complaint.

June 13: Munther Omar Saleh, 20, of Queens, New York, an associate of both Topaz and Mumuni, was arrested for plotting to set off a pressure cooker bomb at a New York City landmark in support of ISIS. He was arrested when they lunged at a law enforcement surveillance vehicle that had been following his movements. According to the complaint, Saleh was active on social media, saying in September 2014 that Al-Qaeda was becoming too moderate, and expressing his praise for the Charlie Hebdo attack in January and the attempted attack in Garland, Texas last month. Complaint.

June 11: Akmal Zakirov, 29, an Uzbek national, was charged as the fifth member of a Brooklyn-based cell to materially support ISIS. Specifically, Zakirov had assisted in helping others plan to travel to Syria to join ISIS. DOJ press release. Indictment.

June 11: Nicholas Rovinski aka Nuh Amriki, 24, of Warwick, Rhode Island, was arrested for conspiracy to obstruct an investigation and conspiracy to materially support ISIS related to his role in an ISIS-inspired domestic terror plot with two Boston-based associates. FBI press release. Complaint.

June 10: Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem aka Decarus Thomas, of Phoenix, Arizona, was indicted by a federal grand jury for his role in the attempted Garland, Texas terror attack by his associates, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, in early May. According to the indictment, Kareem had taken the pair shooting, had supplied weapons to Simpson and Soofi, and hosted a gathering in his home to discuss the Garland “Draw Muhammad” event. He is accused of later lying to FBI agents after Simpson and Soofi were killed during the attempted attack. In a subsequent hearing in the case, the FBI said that Kareem had discussed attacking the Super Bowl. Indictment.

June 10: Reza Niknejad, 18, of Prince William County, Virginia, was charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and conspiring to kill and injure people abroad. He was charged in abstentia since he traveled to Syria in January to join ISIS. The charges were announced in conjunction with the plea agreement reached with one of his conspirators, 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin. DOJ press release.

June 2: Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, of Roslindale, Massachusetts, was killed in a confrontation with FBI agents and a Boston police officer after lunging at them with a large, military-style knife. The FBI wanted to speak to Rahim about his intended plan to kill police officers. One of Rahim’s conspirators, David Wright aka Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, 25, of Everett, Massachusetts, was arrested later that same day and charged with obstructing justice in the investigation. Wright and Nicholas Rovinski were later charged with conspiracy to materially support ISIS. FBI press release. Initial Wright complaint.

May 27: Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, was charged with trying to aid ISIS. The charges appear related to his October 2014 arrest at Atlanta Hartfield Airport and weapons charges filed in February. FBI press release.

May 26: Asher Abed Khan, 20, of Spring, Texas, was charged with conspiracy to materially support ISIS. As I reported here at PJ Media, Khan planned to travel to Syria through Turkey to join ISIS, but was lured back home by his family who lied and told him that his mother was dying. Khan apparently made it onto the FBI’s radar when his social media messages turned up in another investigation. According to the criminal complaint, one of Khan’s friends was successful in leaving the country and joining ISIS in Syria. FBI press release. Complaint.

It should be noted that every single case I’ve reported on here involves support for ISIS. This is undoubtedly the result of a directive from FBI headquarters for its field offices to “shake every tree” following the attempted terror attack in Garland, Texas in early May, much to the bureau’s credit.

Last week Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee told CNN that small scale ISIS attacks should be expected on July 4th, amidst an active hunt for ISIS supporters by the FBI ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. But with rising support for ISIS here and abroad, it remains to be seen whether these efforts will be sufficient.

Regardless, I’ll continue to provide updates on the Islamic terror-related arrests as 2015 looks to be an unprecedented year in domestic terrorism.

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President Obama at Ramadan White House Gala decries “very distorted impression” of Muslims

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By Pamela Geller on June 23, 2015:

Obama said this at his Iftar gala in observance of Ramadan: “Here in America, many people personally don’t know someone who is Muslim. They mostly hear about Muslims in the news, and that can obviously lead to a very distorted impression.”

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Alrighty then, let us review jihad in America in the past month alone:

Devout Muslims open fire on free speech event in Garland, Texas (Washington Times)

New Jersey: Samuel Rahamin Topaz’s arrest is the fourth terror-related arrest in the tri-state area in the past week. (NBC)

Second American Muslim arrested in ISIS-linked NYC bomb plot … Federal prosecutors charged a 21-year-old New Jersey Muslim on Thursday with attempting to help ISIS militants (CNN)

NY: The FBI arrested 21-year-old Fareed Mumuni on Wednesday as part of a larger ISIS-related terrorism investigation. (New York Magazine)

Fifth arrested in connection with Brooklyn ISIS plot (New York Post)

Muslim ISIS supporters from Minnesota arrested, feds say CNN.com

Virginia teen pleads guilty to supporting ISIS (CBS)

3rd Muslim in Boston in plot to behead Pamela Geller and kill police arrested (ABC News)

Georgia Muslim pleads guilty in attempt to aid ISIS (News 12-TV)

FBI Arrests ISIS Muslim in Cleveland (Breibart)

North Carolina Muslim teen planned Islamic terror attack to kill 1,000 (Business Insider)

Ohio: Muslim Was Ready to ‘Cut Off the Head of His Non-Muslim Son’ to prove his worth as a Muslim (source)

Feds: Phoenix Muslims who attempted Muhammad cartoon mass murder considered Super Bowl attack (source)

FBI agent knife-attacked by Muslim during ISIS investigation in NYC (source)

Houston-area man charged with planning to join ISIS (KSAT, Houston)

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And Patrick Poole over at PJM had this:

The arrest of two southern California men last week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40. (UPDATE: with the arrest of Houston-area Asher Abid Khan late Monday for supporting ISIS, the tally is now 41.)

This number highlights the metastasizing Islamic terror threat in the American homeland. At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48).

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Three Detained in Thwarted NYC Bomb Plot

omar-saleh-and-munther-355x350CSP, by Caitlin Anglemier, June 18, 2015:

20-year-old Munther Omar Saleh was appeared in federal court Saturday, June 13th after he was arrested the previous Saturday for charging an unmarked police car that had been following him. His arrest took place on the Whitestone Expressway in New York, and followed a three-month long FBI investigation. Saleh has been suspected of pursuing terrorist activity and planning an operation in New York, in support of the Islamic State.

Saleh is an American citizen who recently enrolled in Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, NY. His family’s apartment is located in Flushing, New York, which is not far from where Saleh attends school. Two men who identified themselves as Saleh’s father and brother were present at the house when officers arrived for questioning after the arrest.

A federal complaint in March began the investigation of Saleh. During the three months, investigators tracked Saleh’s movements, Internet searches, and social media commentary. He posted various disturbing tweets displaying sentiments “mocking Al Qaeda for being too moderate compared with ISIS”, supporting the vicious murder of the Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State, and supporting the attackers involved in the Garland, Texas incident.

Saleh also recorded information from the Internet on the construction of a pressure cooker bomb (the same type of device that was utilized in the Boston Marathon bombing) as well as information on how to obtain the components needed to build such a device. On May 28, Saleh “surfed for web images of New York landmarks and tourist attractions”, presumably to look for targets for his operation.

According to a post by the New York Daily News, a local community activist named Sherrell Jordan, noticed a strange shift in Saleh’s appearance and mannerisms over the past six months. “He shaved his head and grew a billy goat beard…He became gruff, dogmatic almost, like he got tunnel vision”, said Jordan.

Reportedly, a co-conspirator was with Saleh last Saturday, and also attacked the police car and was arrested with Saleh. His identity and personal information have yet to be released.

A third man wanted for his connection to Saleh was arrested yesterday “after lunging at federal agents with a knife”. The man has been identified as 21-year-old Fareed Mumuni. When forces from the Joint Terrorism Task Force came to Mumuni’s house to presumably question him, Mumuni grabbed a knife by his bed “specifically for the use in a confrontation with law enforcement officers” and tried to attack the officers. The officers were able to subdue Mumuni without firing any shots. He is currently being held without bail.

Frontpage Mag seems to be the only source reporting a significant component of this story. While many are expressing disbelief at the actions of “such a nice kid” in regards to Saleh, no one seems to be talking about Omar Saleh, Munther’s father. “Omar Saleh, the ‘Palestinian’ patriarch of a large family of Muslim settlers living in Queens, posted [in the past] Hamas propaganda from the Hamas-affiliated Shebab News Agency…”, writes Frontpage Mag. Omar Salah also reportedly, supported an ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel. Omar has not released any statements in regards to his son’s actions and alleged beliefs, other than expressing his own shock and disbelief.

Many are spending their time scratching their heads trying to pinpoint Munther’s inspiration and source of Islamic indoctrination. While there is no proven connection between Omar Saleh’s past beliefs and Munther Saleh’s action, one cannot help but wonder whether such a general tone of support for a jihadist group like Hamas didn’t carry influence over into Munther’s decision.

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Indictment Alleges Garland Cartoon Contest Shooters Had Help

by IPT News  •  Jun 16, 2015

An Arizona man has been indicted in connection with the May 3 attempted attack on a “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas. Elton Francis Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi opened fire on security personal outside the contest in hopes of attacking participants inside. Both were shot and killed by police officers at the scene.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, also known as Decarus Thomas, is charged with transporting weapons and ammunition across state lines with the intent to commit crimes and then lying about his involvement.

Between Jan. 7 and May 3, Kareem hosted Simpson and Soofi (and possibly others) to plot their attack on the contest, the indictment alleges. He also supplied them with firearms and went with them to a remote desert to practice shooting. Between May 1 and May 3, Kareem allegedly transported the assault rifles from Arizona to Texas. He also is charged with lying to FBI agents about his involvement with the planned attack denying he even knew the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was scheduled to take place.

The contest was in reaction to the massacre at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by radicalized Islamists who said they were avenging Islam’s prophet Muhammad after the magazine’s repeated caricatures of him. The winning entry shows an image of the Muslim prophet Muhammad brandishing a sword, commanding, “You can’t draw me!” The cartoonist’s hand responds, “That’s why I draw you.”

So far Kareem is the only suspect charged in relation to the foiled attack, but the indictment reveals the possibility of others involved in the planning of the attack.

The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, or IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks on its official radio channel, referring to Soofi and Simpson as “brothers” and “Al Khilafa,” the name ISIS gives its soldiers. Minutes before the attack, Simpson expressed his allegiance to the group in a Twitter post.

The Garland shooting was not the first sign of Simpson’s radical leanings. In 2010 he was charged with lying to the FBI about his intentions to travel to Somalia to fight with the terrorist group Al Shabaab. He was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to three years probation.

Muslim Convert Nicholas Rovinski Arrested in Plot to Behead Pamela Geller

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Answering Muslims, by David Wood, June 12, 2015:

Nicholas Rovinski used to be an agnostic. Then he converted to Islam. Now he’s in jail for being part of a plot to behead Pamela Geller. He was even in contact with Alan Simpson, one of the jihadists killed in Texas while attempting to storm Geller’s art exhibit.

As a Muslim, Rovinski enjoyed playing the guitar, studying outdoor survival, and watching The Deen Show. Any idea how a devout young Muslim convert could ever conclude that his religion commands him to kill critics of Islam? (Hint: Muhammad ordered his followers to kill critics of Islam.)

CNN—Authorities have arrested Nicholas Rovinski of Warwick, Rhode Island, in the Usaamah Rahim terror case, said Boston FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera. He is the third suspect in the case, sources told have told CNN.

Nicholas Rovinski was arrested at 8:16 p.m. without incident. His home had been previously searched, and he had been questioned by authorities.

Rahim was shot dead by Boston police and FBI agents on Tuesday last week, in a confrontation over an alleged Islamist plot to attack police with knives.

Rovinski was a friend of Rahim and of David Wright, who has been arrested and charged with obstruction.

Law enforcement believed Rahim, who officials think was radicalized by ISIS and initially planned to behead a conservative blogger, was planning to launch his attack the day he died or the following day. He had switched targets to police officers, because they were more accessible, the FBI had said. . . .

In March, Rovinski had shared his Islamist extremist beliefs and motivation to act on them with CNN.

A producer exchanged messages with Rovinski, and during the conversation, the Rhode Island resident described exchanges with an alleged ISIS fighter who urged him to come to Iraq and Syria and join the terrorist group.

The communications were part of research into Americans identifying with jihadists online. Rovinski told CNN he considered following the fighter’s call.

On his Twitter account, the Rhode Island resident spoke out against the United States: “Living amung (sic) the enemy.”

“Who wishes to see flag of tawheed upon white house,” he wrote on March 28. Tawheed, a fundamental principle and saying of Islam, is also a favorite inscription on jihadi flags — namely ISIS and al Qaeda.

In an online conversation, he said, “I am not violent at heart but push the wrong button and its (sic) not pretty.”

On his Twitter account were messages directed at people connected with ISIS, including Mujahid Miski, the online alias of Mohamed Abdullahi Hasan, a former Minnesotan believed to be fighting with Al Shabaab in Somalia.

Miski had also been in direct contact with Alan Simpson, one of the two shooters in the Texas attack on Geller’s “Draw Your Own Mohammed” event in May.

Rovinski told CNN in the online exchanges that he would attend services at a mosque near his home but said he never shared his fundamentalist interpretation of Islam with his imam. Prior to his conversion to Islam, he said he was agnostic, but sought “truth and guidance” and found Islam. (Continue Reading.)

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