UTT Throwback Thursday: ISNA Was and Is a Jihadi Organization

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, July 20, 2017:

In 1963, the first US-based national Islamic organization – the Muslim Students Association (MSA) – was created by the Muslim Brotherhood at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

 

In the early 1980’s the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood created the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) as the next generation of the MSA – headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana – as the “nucleus” of their Islamic Movement to lead and coordinate all of the U.S. MB organizations created over those first 20 years.

The Fiqh Council of North America ensures the MB is compliant with sharia and their own website confirms ISNA’s relationship to MSA

In November 2001, the largest Islamic charity in America – the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) – was indicted by the U.S. government after a 15 year FBI investigation and convicted in 2008 in the largest terrorism financing and Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in American history for funneling millions of dollars to the terrorist group Hamas.

HLF was the largest Islamic charity in America and it was a terrorist organization.  Specifically, it was a Hamas front.  Hamas is an inherent part of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Hamas is essentially the Palestinian MB, and is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization per the U.S. government and several other governments.

In the HLF trial, ISNA is:  a named un-indicted co-conspirator; identified as a Muslim Brotherhood organization by the Department of Justice; and was identified as a funding source for Hamas.  Monies went directly from ISNA’s accounts to Hamas leaders and organizations overseas.

ISNA directly funds terrorists.

Yesterday, it was revealed the Canadian government pulled the charitable status from ISNA Islamic Services of Canada as well as another Muslim Brotherhood group – the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation. The two groups lost their charitable status for providing money to the Relief Organization of Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM), which is a charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a jihadi group.

Four years ago, Canada revoked the charitable status for the ISNA Development Foundation for funding Pakistani jihadis in the Kashmir region.

ISNA is the largest Islamic organization in North America and, coincidentally, the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization in North America.  The MB’s own documents identify it as the “nucleus” of their Movement here.  The Department of Justice identifies ISNA as a Muslim Brotherhood organization funding the terrorist group Hamas.

Up until recently ISNA was involved in certifying Muslim chaplains for the Department of Defense and Bureau of Prisons.  Under the Obama administration, ISNA’s previous President Mohamed Magid:  sat on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee and held a secret clearance; gave lectures at CIA headquarters; was given an award by the FBI’s Washington Field Office (2005); was given the FBI Director’s Award by Director Comey in 2016; worked, along with his senior directors, directly with several Secretaries of State, including Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Kerry; was publicly lauded by President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor/Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; was publicly praised by President Obama who made a congratulatory video for ISNA’s annual conference two years ago; and participated in President Trump’s Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral (see UTT’s video of that HERE).

Former ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid (r) with President Obama an others

ISNA President Mohamed Magid receives an award from FBI SAC (Washington, DC) Mike Rolince

Today, ISNA’s National Director Sayyid Syeed (from Kashmiri, India by the way) can be found walking the halls of Congress, meeting with national Christian and Jewish leaders, and helping drive the Muslim Brotherhood’s Civilization Jihad as far as he can.

Pastor Scott Prouty (1st Presbyterian Church, Redwood Falls, MN) & ISNA Director Sayyid Syeed

“Interfaith Outreach” with Sayyid Syeed (L) & Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres

Sayyid Syeed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Remember, the MB’s stated objectives – per their by-laws – is to establish an Islamic State under sharia. This is the same goal as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and all the other Islamic “terrorist” groups in the world.

ISNA has over 300 subsidiary Islamic Societies in the U.S. today that are necessarily hostile to the communities in which they exist.

At least ISNA-Canada is honest about their true intent.  Their website defines their mission as:  “Building an Islamic way of life in North America.”

Despite what they say, ISNA-Canada is directly aligned with the ISNA offices in the United States.  In case you missed it, they are the Islamic Society of North America.

Everyone who swears an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution has a legal and moral duty to oppose and shut down ISNA’s efforts by all means necessary.

Did the FBI “Egg On” Violent Jihadi Killers?

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CounterJihad, Aug. 5, 2016:

In Garland, Texas, an outgunned and off-duty traffic cop engaged and killed two jihadi killers wearing body armor and carrying rifles.  The killers had come under a vow to the Islamic State (ISIS), there to punish a collection of Americans for the crime of displaying cartoons depicting the alleged prophet of Islam, Muhammad.  Under common and longstanding interpretations of sharia, Islam’s understanding of the will of God for human beings, depicting their prophet is a kind of blasphemy that merits death.  The Garland event was organized by free speech advocates including Pamela Geller, who wanted to assert that their natural right to free speech was not limited by any religious law.

Now it turns out that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may have had eyes on at least one of these killers before the act — and, more than that, may have egged him on.

“Tear up Texas,” the agent messaged Elton Simpson days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit (pdf) filed in federal court Thursday.

“U know what happened in Paris,” Simpson responded…

The texts were included in the indictment, released Thursday, of Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. The 35-year-old tried to recruit other Americans to form an ISIS cell on secret compounds and introduced an undercover agent to one of the Draw Muhammad attackers, according to the FBI.

But Hendricks did more than make a connection. According to the court papers, he asked the undercover officer about the Draw Muhammad event’s security, size, and police presence, during the event, according to an affidavit filed in court.

The affidavit does not specify what the undercover responded to questions about size and security.

“If you see that pig [Pamela Geller] make your ‘voice’ heard against her,” Hendricks allegedly told the undercover agent[.]

A number of questions are raised by this indictment.  For one, it does seem as if the FBI was right on top of this jihadist plot against American lives — and yet took no steps to actually stop it.  Instead, a lone and outgunned police officer found himself face to face with heavily armed assassins.  It was his heroic actions that saved the day, but this took place in the context of a substantial risk to his life brought on by the failure of the FBI to move aggressively in spite of evidence of a planning process and stated intent.

Indeed, every major U.S. attack was linked to FBI investigation before it happened, according to Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

Another question that is raised is what the proper limits are for encouraging violence as an FBI agent.  “Tear up Texas” sounds like an incitement, but it is not clear precisely what is being incited.  Even leaving aside how blatant incitement to violence has to be to violate limits, there is a question about whether or not there even ought to be limits in FBI sting operations.  If it became known that FBI agents could not incite violence, for example, jihadist cells could simply make that a test for potential members.  The FBI needs broad leeway, potentially, in order to avoid having their undercover officers exposed.

There are additional concerns about whether entrapment itself is a valid way for investigations to proceed.  In Georgia in 2012, for example, the FBI arranged an entrapment sting targeting outlaw motorcycle clubs.  The charges would not have even been legal in Georgia itself, where the police are not allowed to charge you for committing a crime that you only committed because a government agent provoked it.  However, Federal law allows its agents to entrap people into crimes much more readily than Georgia’s state law.  Since the Department of Justice brought Federal charges, the entrapment itself was not problematic for the law.  Nevertheless, ultimately courts threw out all the charges on the grounds that the FBI was unreasonably involved in provoking the crimes.

Civil liberties activists, as well as Muslim groups, have raised concerns like this against the use of FBI stings in jihad cases.

[T]he FBI’s program has come under fire from American liberal organizations. According to the New York Times, “defense lawyers, Muslim leaders and civil liberties advocates say that F.B.I. operatives coax suspects into saying and doing things that they might not otherwise do — the essence of entrapment.”  The FBI says that it has a thousand open cases into homegrown radicals motivated by a foreign terrorist organization.

In the eyes of the organizations cited by the Times, that’s evidence not that the danger is great but that the FBI is overreaching.  Tom Nelson, a Muslim lawyer in Portland, had what they described as a blunt message for fellow Muslims.

“Avoid the F.B.I. like the plague,” he said. “They’re definitely not an ally.”

ISIS investigations are nevertheless best-case arguments for entrapment stings because they are marked by two additional concerns.  ISIS propaganda has proven able to radicalize people to violence very quickly.  There is not the same time frame as in a true entrapment case, in which the FBI is in control of whether the crime ever occurs or not.

Secondly, once people turn their hearts to jihadist murder, the world is full of targets and opportunities for them to carry it out.  As the recent truck attack in Nice, France shows, there is no guarantee that a radicalized agent won’t act even in the absence of access to guns, or bombs, or even things we ordinarily think of as weapons.  The most deadly attacks have often been carried out with vehicles, whether the truck in Nice or the airliners on  9/11.

Thus, the FBI’s program is dogged by serious questions, and yet arguably necessary in jihadist cases given these special concerns.  Stay tuned to CounterJihad, where later today we will have an analysis piece by a security expert exploring the proper limits.

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Trial Begins for Suspected Mastermind of Mohammad Cartoon Contest Shooting

prophet_cartoon_contest_shootingCSP, by Ryan Healy, February 23, 2016:

The trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is expected to last five weeks. Kareem is the supposed mastermind behind the attack on a free speech event and cartoon contest held in Garland, Texas. This is the first time in U.S. history a federal court will try an American for coordinating a terrorist act on behalf of the Islamic State (IS).

He is being charged with two counts of conspiracy, transporting firearms and ammunition over state lines, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and lying to investigators in regards to the Garland incident.

Born Decarus Lowell Thomas, Abdul Kareem reportedly has been a Muslim most of his life, and was not a recent convert. Kareem struggled with substance abuse, with two drunk driving convictions including one from 1998. In 1997, was charged with aggravated assault for pointing a gun at a woman.

Prosecutors told the jurors that Kareem along with fellow jihadist cohorts Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, watched violent IS images of beheadings and executions and made arrangements to travel to the Middle East and noted that Kareem downloaded a 55-minute IS recruitment called “Flames of War” that expresses the IS cause. Kareem reportedly also attempted to indoctrinate an 11-year old and 12-year old by showing them IS propaganda.

The prosecution believes Kareem served as the bank roller, trainer, and motivator for a terrorist team set on mass murder. After the horrific attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, Kareem was heard cheering and saying, “those are my people.”

Usama Shami, president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP), stated that Decarus Thomas had been attending his mosque for four years. In 2013, Decarus Thomas officially changed his name to Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem. ICCP has ties to the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organization with ahistory of involvement in financing the terrorist group Hamas. In addition ICCP has two other former members who were convicted on terrorism related charges, Hassan Abu-Jihaad and Derrick Shareef.

Additionally, ICCP members were also involved in an incident in 2008 where over 20 Muslim males were observed engaging in firearms training. Police were called because the activity involved illegally discharging weapons in a residential area.

Authorities first interviewed Kareem in late 2011 as part of a terrorism investigation when his roommate tried to use a phony Arizona State University degree to get into an Islamic University in Saudi Arabia. As authorities searched the premise they found al-Qaeda promotional materials on Kareem’s laptop and flash drive, which he denied were his.

78 Americans have been charged with attempting to commit acts of terrorism in the United States since March 2014.  While 24 have pled guilty to charges, no one has gone on trial for these crimes. The FBI is also currently conducting a nationwide probe into 900 suspected Islamic State supporters.

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Iraqi Immigrant Arrested in Texas After Pledging Allegiance to ISIS

Breitbart, by John Hayward, May 15, 2015:

A naturalized American citizen from Iraq named Bilal Abood was arrested by FBI agents in Texas on Thursday, on charges of lying to law enforcement about his formal pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abood worked as a translator for the U.S. military before moving to the United States.  He was living in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite at the time of his arrest, and was a licensed security guard, according to NBC 5 News in Dallas.

Abood has been on the counter-terrorist radar screen since 2013, when he was prevented from boarding a flight to the Middle East at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and interviewed by the FBI.  He initially claimed he wanted to visit his family in Iraq, but later admitted his intention was to make his way to Syria and take up arms against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.  At the time, he said his sympathies lay with the Free Syrian Army, a prominent “moderate” rebel group supported by the U.S. government.

The New York Times says that about a month later, an FBI informant said Abood was “watching videos about the Islamic State and had said that he wanted to support it.”  He made another attempt to reach Syria, this time traveling from Mexico to Turkey first, and was successful.

Upon his return to Texas in September 2013, he told the FBI he spent his time in Syria training with the FSA, but “became frustrated with a lack of action,” so he gave up and returned to the U.S.

At this point, the Abood saga assumes a rather… leisurely pace, considering he had all the telltale signs of a “lone wolf” jihadi.  Ten months after Abood came home from Syria, the FBI obtained a warrant, searched his computer, and found his oath of fealty to the Islamic State “caliphate,” delivered via Twitter.

NBC 5 says his browser history also indicated a taste for ISIS beheading videos, and he used Twitter to spread information about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Evidently the Bureau kept this discovery quiet, because nine months later, agents asked him about his pledge of allegiance to ISIS, which he falsely denied making.  Another month would elapse before Abood’s arrest on Thursday.

“It was not clear why agents waited nearly a year to arrest him,” writes NBC 5 News  “Abood does not face a terrorism charge, and there is no allegation he was planning any attacks in the United States.”

FBI officials told the New York Times the timing of the arrest “reflected increasing wariness about the possible threat posed by known devotees of the Islamic State inside the United States.”

The Dallas Morning News says that “if found guilty, Abood is looking at eight years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.”

The obvious reason for leaving Abood to his own devices for a year would be keeping him under surveillance and hoping he led agents to other suspicious individuals.  CNNsuggests the jihad attack on Pamela Geller’s Mohammed Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas prompted more aggressive action against “lone wolf” suspects already under observation, saying FBI Director James Corner “ordered counterterrorism investigators last week to reassess cases of people who the FBI was already tracking to determine whether more action was necessary against suspects.”

The emphasis now, according to what officials told CNN, is on “moving more quickly to take possible threats off the streets, instead of waiting longer to monitor and build an investigation against suspects.”

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ISIS Plots to Bring the “Flames of War” the US, UK and Australia

S-Flames-of-War-Propaganda-Video-02May 9, 2015 / ISIS Study Group /

Well, we’ve come full-circle. On 08 MAR 15 we came out with an article on the Islamic State (IS) establishing a foreign fighter unit known as the “Anwar al-Awlaqi Battalion” that consists of English-speakers (“The Increasing Role of Aussie Jihadists in ISIS Efforts to Expand into Southeast Asia and Strike the West”). We also discussed how that unit was tasked with getting the personnel within the ranks enough experience to be sent back to their countries of origin within the next 4-5 months. The specific countries our sources said that would be most at risk were the US, UK and Australia. The Successful attack in Kabul, Afghanistan and failed ANZAC Day plot in Melbourne, Australia (check out “Dropping the Hammer: Aussie Police Thwart ANZAC Day Attack Plot” for more details) were merely the opening shots for bringing the “Flames of War” to the west. Recently, a cell attacked a Muhammad Cartoon contest being hosted by Pam Gellar in Garland, Texas. IS claimed responsibility for the attack. We assess that none of this is a “coincidence,” and that these attack plots are part of a much larger campaign to take the fight to the west. Furthermore, we suspect that IS-linked cells will attempt to execute attacks in the US within the next 3-4 days with additional attacks being launched in the UK and Australia – yes, we’ve been saying that for a few months now that we would be seeing this around this time of year. More importantly, we’re seeing American and Aussie foreign fighters synching up their OPs for a coordinated effort – the largest projection of IS terror on the international stage.

The Increasing Role of Aussie Jihadists in ISIS Efforts to Expand into Southeast Asia and Strike the West
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5388

Dropping the Hammer: Aussie Police Thwart ANZAC Day Attack Plot
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=6339

FBI Alerted Garland Police About Elton Simpson Hours Before Shooting
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-says-it-alerted-garland-police-about-elton-simpson-n355526

Junaid Hussein Source: Central News

Junaid Hussein
Source: Central News

The US Department of Defense has announced that military installations are on “alert” for potential attacks while the professionally-bankrupt US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims that there isn’t a “specific threat” made to any particular installation. DHS’ statement isn’t completely accurate according to our sources. The individual coordinating the US OPs is Syria-based UK national Junaid Hussein, and he’s reported to have been researching US military installations in Colorado and Ohio, so despite what DHS is saying IS appears to be focusing on a base in one of those two states. Hussein first appeared on the US government’s radar when it was revealed that he was responsible for establishing IS’ cyber-warfare capability. Although most people know him as the leader of the “Cyber Caliphate,” he’s also a prominent recruiter who assisted Australian foreign fighter Neil Prakash aka “Abu Khalid al-Cambodi” in the establishment of the Anwar al-Awlaqi Battalion. Hussein has previously run afoul of the British government and previously jailed in 2012.

ISIS activity prompts threat level increase at bases
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/08/politics/isis-activity-prompts-threat-level-increase-at-bases/

Junaid Hussain: CyberCaliphate Leader And ISIS Member Was Behind CENTCOM Hack, Report Says
http://www.ibtimes.com/junaid-hussain-cybercaliphate-leader-isis-member-was-behind-centcom-hack-report-says-1782870

Hacker who stole Tony Blair’s details and bombarded anti-terror hotline with prank calls is jailed and claims his crime was no worse than those committed by Bullingdon members

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179969/Hacker-stole-Tony-Blair-s-details-bombarded-anti-terror-hotline-prank-calls-jailed-claims-crime-worse-committed-Bullingdon-members.html

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Cambodia
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Additionally, Hussein has been passing down guidance to cells operating in western countries on target selection and giving them advice on proper OPSEC procedures. Much of this is being done on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. We find it rather amusing that DHS and the American mainstream media is just now starting to notice how heavily saturated our nation is with IS propaganda. We wrote about this in our article titled, “al-Hayat Media Center Continues to Saturate North America With its Social Media Outreach to Jihadists” that was posted on 25 OCT 15. These cells are domestic in nature in that none of the personnel have traveled to Syria. However, these cells and lone wolves are only the first phase of this campaign as the Syria returnees are expected to start returning to their home countries by the end of the month. In fact, we’ve been hearing that some may have already started to trickle in. This presents a big problem in that these personnel returned with the knowledge and connections to set up their own networks and attack cells – and they will be traveling with western passports that won’t draw as much attention as someone with a Saudi or Pakistani passport.

al-Hayat Media Center Continues to Saturate North America With its Social Media Outreach to Jihadists
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=2523

The current attack plans appear to be a combination of IED attacks and shootings like what we saw in Garland or even the scenario we discussed last summer in “ISIS: Target America.” We suspect that they may opt to go with the pressure cooker IED design like the one used in the Boston Bombing. IS also took note of the response to he attack by local law enforcement and armed civilians and aren’t likely to make the same mistake. Instead, they appear to be looking at hitting soft targets in American cities in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles in addition to targeting military installations in Colorado and Ohio. Regarding the targeting of military installations on American soil, we assess that individual service members will also be targeted. Hussein and associate Riyad Khan were the guys who released the addresses, identities and photographs of 100 US military personnel in late-MAR that we covered in “Islamic State Urging Attacks on US Military at Home Publishes Personal Information.” This is yet another example of the coordination that’s taking place between Cambodia and Hussein. If you recall, the ANZAC Day plot called for the targeting of an individual police officer in the same manner as the murder of British Soldier Lee Rigby. That is not a coincidence. Hussein and Cambodia are working together.

Australian listed in Isis guidebook as go-to man for recruits
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/07/australian-listed-in-isis-guidebook-as-go-to-man-for-recruits

ISIS: Target America
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=1196

Target America: Hunting the US Military
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=2061

Islamic State Urging Attacks on US Military at Home Publishes Personal Information
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=5729

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Some of the identities exposed by Hussein and Khan
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Another example of the Hussein-Cambodi campaign can be seen through a militant we’ve identified as Shawn Parson, a Trinidian IS member who has maintained regular contact with Cambodi over the past few months. He’s been making several posts about “plotting revenge” for the arrest of IS sympathizer Keonna Thomas and has shown a preference for targeting US government officials. The threats were made through his Twitter account (@Amriki_Irhabi) but it was taken down. The threats he’s been making appear to be connected to the ongoing threat stream as he had made specific references to US Air Force installations located in Colorado prior to his first account being taken down. When one of our staff came across him through their network analysis, we came across posts that implied that he had prior knowledge of the shootings. We suspect he was privy to this information through his relationship with Cambodi. In fact there’s unconfirmed reporting that Parson was in a photograph with Cambodi that was published in issue 8 of Dabiq Magazine. We hope somebody with some common sense in DHS has already put two and two together – but we’re not holding our breath.

Philadelphia Woman Joins ISIS: How Keonna Thomas’ Alleged Plans To Connect With The Islamic State Group Unraveled
http://www.ibtimes.com/philadelphia-woman-joins-isis-how-keonna-thomas-alleged-plans-connect-islamic-state-1869434

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Parson’s new Twitter account @Irhabi_IS_187 (Note that he’s also following the UK’s Pied Piper of Jihad Anjem Choudray – which can be seen on the bottom right part of this screen shot)
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Shortly after setting up the new account more threats began to be posted. He’s quite the charmer, isn’t he?
Source: The ISIS Study Group

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The guy on the right is allegedly Parson – we’re still working to confirm/deny
Source: Dabiq Magazine issue 8

Meanwhile in Australia, the Australian security forces continue to drop the hammer on IS cells in the country with another series of raids targeting safe-houses in Melbourne and Sydney. The following individuals were paid a visit by the Australian Federal Police (AFP):

Melbourne:
Muhammad Hasan Kollab – The AFP confiscated material that was being used to produce IEDs.
Yassir Ali Bakhit

Sydney:
Ahmed Hussein (no relation to Junaid Hussein)
Isaac Majoub – This individual has been under investigation since November 14 and is described as a “young kid” between 15-17 yrs of age.

These individuals were planning to conduct attacks the Mother’s Day weekend. We have identified the Sydney Opera House as one of the primary targets for this series of attacks. Although the media reports are saying that its uncertain if this is connected to the failed ANZAC Day pot, we can assure you it is. Furthermore, All four individuals were in direct contact with Cambodi, who – along with close associate Muhammad Junaid Thorne – were overseeing that particular operation. We suspect that Thorne was also involved with the Mother’s Day plot. According to our sources in the country, this operation was within hours of being put into the execution phase. Our Aussie allies have once again demonstrated that they’re not professionally bankrupt like their American counterparts at DHS and ensured the safety of the civilian population. The Australian threat appears to have been blunted, for now. However, a key aspect of this strategy is to overwhelm western security forces to where something “falls through the cracks.” In fact With multiple threat streams spanning across multiple countries we see the scenario we discussed in the first installment of our Target America series on an international scale. The month of MAY is only the start with Syria returnees affiliated with the Anwar al-Awlaki Battalion beginning to redeploy back to their home countries. More will begin returning in JUN, at which time we can expect to see some of these personnel embedding themselves with the local cells comprised of individuals who didn’t go to Syria themselves. Hussein and Cambodi have been the main points of contact for linking these cells up with Syria vets. The Australian government “gets it,” but the US and British governments are still plagued with political correctness. In the case of the US, incompetence is another major factor that got us to the current situation. We assess that DHS will continue their reactionary posture which increases the likelihood of another IS attack. Not bad for the “JV Team,” huh?

Melbourne anti-terrorism raids: Police uncover explosive devices at Greenvale house in city’s north
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-08/victorian-police-uncover-explosives-during-anti-terrorism-raids/6456092

Police conduct anti-terror raid in Melbourne suburb
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32641549

‘Closest call yet’: Police say tip-off sparked Melbourne raids which found alleged improvised explosive devices
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/05/08/15/11/police-conduct-raids-in-melbourne-s-northern-suburbs

Looking for a conspiracy America? It’s NOT Jade Helm…

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Center for Security Policy, by Tommy WallerMay 7, 2015:

Background:

Recently, social media sites have been abuzz regarding an exercise known as “Jade Helm” – with people of many different walks of life claiming that this exercise is somehow tied to a conspiracy for the U.S. Military to impose martial law on behalf of President Obama. Citizens have been worked into such a frenzy that they are calling state lawmakers in nearly all of the states in which Jade Helm will be conducted. Celebrities such as Chuck Norris – patriotic as he is – have weighed in with their concern of the exercise because of their (rightly) deep seated distrust of President Obama. Even the Texas Governor has heard so much concern from the people in the Lone Star State, that he has issued guidance to the Texas State Guard to work with SOCOM to ensure the safety and security of TX citizens. For sure, the Governor of Texas has every right to distrust President Obama, who seems bent on destroying opportunity in that state for anyone other than illegal immigrants. But, do our citizens, legislators, and governors really need to be so worried about “Jade Helm?” The answer is no. They should be focused on the ACTUAL conspiracies that are firmly rooted here in America.

About the Exercise:

The exercise is NOT massive. It includes approximately 2000 special operators across 7 states over 5 months. In comparison, The Marine Corps conducts Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) numerous times a year with more than 4000 Marines involved during each one of these evolutions, which take place in the Mojave Desert.

The exercise is NOT unprecedented: these types of Special Operations training events have been conducted since the 1970s and there are towns in NC and VA that have had significant portions of their population role play for the military in the past. For example, “Robin Sage” – the culminating exercise for the unconventional warfare portion of the Special Forces’ Qualification Course – has, for decades, taken place in civilian towns outside of Fort Bragg. This was also done in Germany during the Cold War. Until the recent hysteria among American citizens about this event, most patriots valued the opportunity to take part as role players and “partisans” for our special operators to interact with.

This exercise is NOT an Obama Administration conspiracy: While America certainly has plenty of reasons to distrust the Obama administration, they should know that (thankfully) the President doesn’t get involved in planning military exercises. Similarly, (thankfully) the selection process for special operators has zero to do with politics.   The impact that the current administration HAS had on our military exercises taking place within the borders of our own country have to do with two significant failures of the administration, rather than a capability to direct our men and women and uniform to turn on their fellow citizens. Broadly speaking, some military exercises that used to take place overseas currently do not because of two failures of this administration:

  1. Cuts in military spending have diminished overseas training opportunities.
  2. Areas where the US military used to conduct training and exercises are now non-permissive for training. (Translation: under Obama’s “leadership” the world has become a MUCH more dangerous place.)

About Our Nation’s Service Members:

– The men taking part in SOCOM exercises are the Chris Kyle’s of America. These are the men who put their lives on the line every day in defense of our nation and our constitution. While the administration seems to be very adept at removing patriotic constitution-loving general officers and promoting generals who inspire essay contests about shariah-adherent Saudi kings, it has – thankfully – not yet brainwashed the men and women in uniform to turn on their own people. If you don’t think this is true, go out and thank a veteran for their service and ask him or her what they would do if given that order.

About Conspiracies:

We understand that people don’t trust Obama, but our military needs to train in realistic scenarios no matter who is president. Should the military cease all domestic training exercises just because Obama is president? Of course not.

About 6 weeks ago the British Army Parachute Regiment conducted joint exercises with the 82nd Airborne and the 2nd Marine Division in North Carolina. Some of the same people who are spreading hysteria about Jade Helm claimed that that exercise was the opening phase of imposing martial law and introducing foreign military forces into America. Well, the Paras went home and no martial law has been imposed.

A few months ago, a Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted an amphibious assault exercise near Jacksonville, Florida. Some ignorant individuals claimed that was a rehearsal for martial law too. These exercises are NOT unprecedented. In fact they are commonplace.

Every time a train carrying armored vehicles is seen transiting the US somewhere, some radio talk show hosts and others claim “something is up.” This nonsense has been going on for years. But the fact is, our military has routinely moved armored units by rail car since the 1930s.

Some Food For Thought:

Our nation’s enemies would love nothing more than to dislocate our citizens’ faith in their law enforcement and military. Make no mistake, there are groups of people around the world and within this country that want to see societal strife and conflict between our citizens and our government – but it is not our military.

For example, the Muslim Brotherhood has conspired for decades to attack our civilization from within – and they have succeeded immensely. The Brotherhood’s fingerprints are on everything from our nation’s failed foreign policies to Ferguson, Missouri.

If Americans want to be paranoid about anything, it should be Obama’s gutting of the military budget, his social engineering within the ranks, and his purging of DOD/DOJ education systems of any mention of Islam/Jihad/Shariah……not “Jade Helm.” Instead of the people of Texas pressuring their governor to “watch Jade Helm” they should be calling for him to ensure that the Texas State Guard and State Law Enforcement take steps to learn about the jihadist doctrine that compelled Jihadists Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi to attack the free speech event in Garland. Instead of Arizona’s citizens being worried about Jade Helm being a rehearsal for martial law, they should be calling for the investigation of The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP), it’s imam – Sheikh Mahmoud Abdul-Aziz Ahmad Sulaiman – one of the infamous “Flying Imams,” and how this institution instilled jihadist doctrine into hearts and minds of the Garland attackers.

Indeed, America has lots to worry about.   She should absolutely be concerned about the current administration and its embrace of both the proponents of and tenants of a doctrine that has crushed seven civilizations over 1400 years, at the expense of 270,000,000 human lives.   Rather than focusing on criticizing our military for conducting an exercise like the Jade Helm, let’s get them focused on the real threat – the threat from Shariah and its proponents – The Muslim Brotherhood.

Tommy Waller is Director of State Legislative Outreach at the Center for Security Policy. Tommy works with state and local level community organizations, law enforcement, media, legislators, and legislative staffs to educate them on the Center’s broad spectrum of national security topics. Tommy came to the Center after twelve years as an Infantry Officer in the Marine Corps and service spanning multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and South America. His assignments have ranged from conducting basic infantry operations, special operations and reconnaissance in combat environments to assignments in staff planning, logistics, training support and professional instruction. His formal education includes numerous military schools and colleges, a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tulane University and executive education in high stakes negotiation from the Wharton School.

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Dossier on Suspects in Garland, Texas Jihad Attack: Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi

Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi Perpetrators of Garland, Texas attack May 3, 2015

Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi
Perpetrators of Garland, Texas attack
May 3, 2015

NER, by Jerry Gordon, May 4, 2015:

Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi, both suspects killed in the Garland, Texas jihad attack have been identified from the Arizona vehicle registrations and driver photo IDs.   Simpson, 30, and Soofi, 34 were roommates in a central Phoenix condominium. The Phoenix condominium was the subject of an FBI and police bomb squad investigation early this morning

Simpson was the author of the tweets sent just before the attack.   He has been the subject of an FBI terrorism investigation since 2006 and was convicted in a Federal Court trial in 2011 for material support for terrorism, an attempt to travel to Somalia to Join Al Shabaab.   One of the two perpetrators is alleged as having connections to CAIR, the self-styled Muslim civil rights group, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood.

ISIS in a series of tweets,  sent prior to the May 3rd Muhammad Art Contest sponsored by Pam Geller’s American Freedom  Defense Initiative,   inspired brothers  in the US to undertake an attack on the event. ISIS social media claimed responsibility for the attack in which both perpetrators were killed and a security officer slightly injured. The pre-event ISIS tweets doubtless increased the security arrangements at the AFDI event. A purported Muhammad Art contest  that featured a speech by Dutch Freedom Party leader, Geert Wilders and appearances by Rep. Louie Gohmert, Geller and Robert Spencer and others.  200 attendees were in lockdown following the attack and vehicles impounded as evidence in the crime scene. The event was webcast yesterday by the team from The United West led by Tom Trento.

Trento will discuss his experience at the Garland, Texas Muhammad Art Contest event today at 4PM (CST) 5PM (EST) with this writer and Mike Bates, co-host of “Your Turn” on 1330amWEBY, Northwest Florida‘s Talk Radio.  You may listen live here.

Heavy.com has compiled a dossier on the perpetrators of last night jihad attack in Garland, Texas, “Elton Simpson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.”  The article reported:

Elton Simpson has been identified as one of the two gunmen who opened fire Sunday night outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas. An unarmed security guard was shot, but survived with a non-life-threatening wound, before Simpson and his accomplice were killed by police.

Simpson, 30, and the other gunman, his roommate, 34-year-old Nadir Hamid Soofi, are from Phoenix, Arizona.

Simpson was “well known” by the FBI and was the subject of a previous terror investigation, ABC News reports. He and Soofi were armed with assault rifles and wearing body protection, police said. They exchanged fire with a Garland police officer armed with handgun.

Simpson’s father, Dunston Simpson, told ABC News, “We are Americans and we believe in America. What my son did reflects very badly on my family,” adding that his son “made a bad choice.”

WFAA reports that FBI agents were searching the gunmen’s Phoenix, Arizona home.

Police also remain at the scene of the shooting, and have been examining the gunmen’s car. They were concerned about explosives being hidden inside it.

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The FBI began investigating Simpson in 2006, when they began recording conversations he was having with an informant. He was arrested in 2010.

According to court records, Simpson received a sentence of three years probation in 2011 after he was found guilty of making a false statement to the FBI.

Simpson told FBI agents he had not talked with others about traveling to Somalia, when he in fact had talked to others about traveling to the African country, according to court documents. Judge Mary H. Murguia found there wasn’t enough evidence to support the FBI’s claim that the travel was related to terrorism. He had elected for a trial by the judge, rather than a jury.

The FBI had claimed that Simpson was traveling to Somalia to engage in “violent jihad.” The FBI claimed he was planning to travel to Africa to join the al-Shabaab terror group, which has since been responsible for the deadly Kenyan terror attacks at the Nairobi mall and Garissa University.
Simpson’s probation ended in 2014.

The Volokh Conspiracy blog wrote about the case in 2011, calling it a “partial government victory / partial defeat.”

Read the court order explaining why Simpson was found guilty:

According to court documents, Simpson was born in Illinois and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he “converted to the Muslim religion at a young age.”

His attorney during the 2010 trial, Kristina Sitton, told ABC News that Simpson was on the no-fly list and the FBI had tried to convince him to cooperate with them, including after his conviction. Sitton said she thought Simpson was “harmless,” according to ABC News:

He grew up the most normal guy. Just a normal high school guy… Converting to Islam seemed like a good thing for him. He had been going down a bad path and then he found Islam. He never struck me as someone who would do this sort of thing. I’m not a bleeding heart, I’m a Republican. I’ve seen some pretty bad guys and he seemed pretty normal.

Simpson was working at a dentist’s office in Arizona, but had been on vacation prior to the shooting, his father told ABC News. Dunston Simpson said he last spoke to his son three weeks ago, but they “had not much to talk about, because we had some very serious differences.” Dunston Simpson said Elton was a “good kid.”

Here are some items from the Heavy.com dossier on Nadir Hamid Soofi,   “Nadir Hamid Soofi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”:

According to his Facebook page, Soofi spent a considerable amount of time with his little brother. He’s a graduate of the University of Utah and the International School of Islamabad in Pakistan. His page also shows multiple posts featuring Palestinian and anti-police propaganda. Frequently, he posts the phrase “Eid Mubarak” meaning celebration to the blessed. Soofi was the owner of Effinity Solutions, a carpet cleaning business in Phoenix. In July 2013, he called himself a “newbie to the carpet cleaning industry.”

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AZ Family reports that the two gunmen lived at an apartment on 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road (above) in Phoenix. The day after the shooting, FBI agents, some clad in bomb squad gear, searched the apartment. The car they drove to the attack in Garland was registered in Arizona. The car, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, was owned by Soofi. He tried to sell it back in March 2015 for nearly $9,000.

Police said prior Soofi’s name being released that the two had gone to the event with the intention of killing people. Both were armed with assault rifles. Garland cops stopped short of calling the attack a terrorist incident.