Hossein and Najmeh Lahiji, a naturalized U.S. citizen and his wife, have been indicted for medical billing fraud in Texas, and for sending the illicit proceeds to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. Dr. Lahiji even accepted payments for medical treatment he claimed to perform in Texas while he was actually in Tehran.
The Lahijis funneled the dirty money through Espadana Exchange, an “unlicensed money remitting business”—ie, hawala business. Iran sanctions expert and D.C. attorney Erich Ferrari has previously advised Iranian-Americans to “Just Say No” to engaging in hawala, also called havaleh, transactions destined for Iran. Evidently, the Lahijis didn’t take his advice.
The couple’s trial was scheduled to begin yesterday. The U.S. attorney’s office has these details:
McAllen Urologist and Wife Charged in Heath Care Fraud Scheme and Conspiracy to Violate Iranian Sanctions
HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has returned a four-count, superseding indictment against urologist Hossein…
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“Their conduct is assuredly not protected by the First Amendment.”
— Prosecutor Christopher Bodnar.
Accused Alabama terrorist claims free speech; government releases new details of recordings
By Brendan Kirby, March 22, 2013
MOBILE, Alabama – To the defense, the terrorism charges against Randy “Rasheed” Wilson are an amorphous amalgam of vague allegations about conduct that never amounted to more than speech.
In asking a judge to throw out the charges, defense attorney Dom Soto asked if it is possible to “conspire to conspire.”
Federal prosecutors, in a written response this week, argued that the intent of Wilson and co-defendant Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukdair to maim and kill in the name of Islam was very real and that they took concrete steps to make it happen. The court filing includes new details of recordings made by an informant working with the FBI.
“Wilson and Abukhdair face serous terrorism charges not because they espoused their religious beliefs or their disdain for this country,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Bodnar wrote. “Rather, they are charged with forming an agreement to engage in criminal activity. Their conduct is assuredly not protected by the First Amendment.”
The issue now is in the hands of U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose, who must decide whether charges will stand against Wilson, a Mobile man who lived for a time in Birmingham and attended an Islamic school there.
Plan for violent jihad alleged
Federal agents arrested Wilson in December as he was about to board a plane in Atlanta bound for Morocco. Authorities alleged that he planned to travel from there to the African nation of Mauritania and meet up with Abukdair, who had moved to Mobile from Egypt after the two struck up a friendship online in 2010.
From Mauritania, according to authorities, the defendants planned to find a place – perhaps in neighboring Mali– to wage violent jihad.
Soto acknowledged that that Wilson made plenty of negative comments about the United States in the hours on conversations that the FBI recorded. But he argued that even objectionable speech is protected by the First Amendment. He cited a World War II-era decision prohibiting the government from revoking the citizenship of German immigrant Carl Wilhelm Baumgartner, who had espoused pro-Nazi views.
The case became a bit confusing when the FBI advised an affidavit it had submitted, claiming Wilson was a former roommate of Daphne-born jihadist Omar Shafik Hammami, was incorrect. The connection between the two forms the basis of the criminal complaint against Wilson, but even Wilson’s defense attorney admitted that the two did know each other. Daphne, AL is about 20 minutes away from Mobile, AL were Wilson grew up. Both locations are along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
When asked about where there are Muslim communities in the U.S., most people would point to major cities in the northeast, Northern Virginia, and areas in Illinois and Michigan. To the average American, the deep south brings up visions of staunch Baptists and families that have established American roots for many generations. Very few would associate it with Muslim immigrants, let alone Islamist radicals and terror related activity.
The Gulf Coast states are home to a number of influential Muslim communities. Many of the mosque’s and Islamic based schools are funded and controlled by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). Here are several examples related to radical Islamic activity:
- Holy Land Foundation, Richardson, TX
- Al-Shabaab terror group, Houston, TX
- Dr. Ahmed Elkadi, U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, Panama City, FL
- Mohammad Yunus, Islamic Circle North America (ICNA), Bonifay, FL
- Sami Al-Arian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Tampa, FL
- Iman Elkadi, Mercy USA, Tampa, FL
During the late 1970s/early 1980s, a number of young Muslim professionals (doctors, engineers, educators) moved to these southern locations, identified as areas that would welcome Muslims and provide an environment favorable for dawah. Most of these professionals were/are affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood groups such as the Muslim Students Association (MSA). As they became established, the local populations viewed these professionals and their families as outstanding members of the community, and usually above reproach. This view is still prevalent despite documented evidence that shows activity promoting the goals and agenda of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
- Second terrorism suspect in Mobile-based investigation pleads not guilty
- Prosecutors seek court order restricting non-classified information in Mobile terror case
- Federal grand jury indicts Mobile terrorism suspect; trial set for March
- 2 Alabama men arrested in Ga. on federal terror charges; allegedly planned violence overseas
- FIRST ON CNN: Bounty on two Americans tied to Somali terror group (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Accused Alabama terrorist claims free speech; government releases new details of recordings (al.com)
“Although little Jihad was, in fact, born on Sept. 11, the teacher saw an outrageous reference to Islamic war and the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.”
From The Washington Post.
By Edward Cody, March 23, 5:00 AM
SORGUES, France — A T-shirt worn by a 3-year-old nursery-schooler named Jihad has led to an unusual and politically charged criminal trial here that tests the limits of free speech — and common sense — in a France increasingly ill at ease with its growing Muslim population.
“I am a bomb,” the shirt said on the front. The back read, “Jihad Born Sept. 11.”
The prosecution and the defense both have predicted that the outcome is likely to become a legal precedent as the government and justice system handle recurring friction between France’s 8 percent Muslim minority and the majority of the country’s 65 million inhabitants who recognize their roots in an ancient Christian tradition.
The tensions have been increasingly visible as French soldiers combat Islamist guerrillas in Mali, in northwestern Africa, and anti-terrorism police scour the country’s poor suburbs in search of Muslim youths drawn by the call to jihad or revenge.
An Islamist cell broken up in nearby Marignane earlier this month, for instance, was preparing to construct bombs for terrorism attacks in French cities, authorities declared. In another sign of the strain, France’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, last week overturned a lower-court decision that endorsed the firing of a nursery school teacher who refused to remove the Islamic veil covering her hair.
The case in Sorgues, a small town just north of Avignon, where Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pursued their cubist art, began Sept. 25 at an unlikely place: the Ramieres de Sorgues municipal nursery. As she dressed the children after a lunch break, a teacher there became alarmed when she saw Jihad’s T-shirt.
Although little Jihad was, in fact, born on Sept. 11, the teacher saw an outrageous reference to Islamic war and the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed. Concerned, she spoke with the principal, who was equally upset and called in Jihad’s 35-year-old Moroccan-born mother, Bouchra Bagour.
Told of the indignation produced by Jihad’s shirt, the single mother, who works as a secretary, apologized for causing trouble and said she had no intention of conveying a political message via her toddler. The shirt, she pledged, would be put away for good.
But the issue did not rest there. The principal wrote a report to school district authorities. A copy of the report landed on the desk of Mayor Thierry Lagneau. The mayor, from the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, said in an interview that he regarded the T-shirt as a “provocation,” and he immediately stepped into action.
“I said to myself, we can’t let that go by,” Lagneau recalled. “I didn’t know what was behind it, but we could not let that go. We have to impose limits.”
Lagneau wrote a letter Sept. 29 to the region’s chief prosecutor, Bernard Marchal, asking for an investigation for possible criminal prosecution as well as a “thorough” investigation by child-welfare authorities to see if Bagour was a fit mother. If Jihad showed up again in the T-shirt, the mayor warned, the principal had orders to turn him away, “given the attitude of his parents, who cannot decently ignore the dramatic impact of their acts.”
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: An interesting case that will certainly pit the application of law against majority population at odds with the Muslim minority.
“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”
Islamic Center open house to feature
speakers on Islam and terroism [sic]
From Bangor Daily News
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted March 21, 2013
ORONO, Maine — A California marriage and family counselor will outline the “Psychology of a Terrorist” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the annual open house at the Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St.
Yassir Fazaga of Mission Viejo, Calif., will talk about what factors, including religion, shape a terrorist. He also will discuss “Misconceptions About Islam” at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.
The programs are sponsored jointly by the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association and the Orono mosque.
Fazaga was invited to speak in Maine after officers in the Muslim student group heard him lecture last year at a national conference.
“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”
Hashmi, who graduated from Bangor High School, said that the student group and members of the mosque were looking for a “hot topic” that would be relevant and entice people to attend the event.
Vice President Abdulraheem Sbayi, 20, of Lincoln said the Muslim Students’ Association is partnering with the Honors College in an effort to broaden students’ education and to bring more cross-cultural involvement to the Orono campus.
“There are many misconceptions about Islam, but a lot of them are minor details,” Hashmi said. “There is a lot of mixing between religion and culture. We want to be able to help students separate the religious form the cultural. It is also important to have a more intellectual discourse about Islam.”
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Yassir Fazaga is the religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) and has been featured as a speaker with Peace TV, a 24 hour Islamic satellite channel, along with a host of others such as:
- Dr. Jamal Badawi – Board member of ISNA and Muslim Brotherhood member and listed as an unindicted co-conspirator, in the Holyland Foundation trial. The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) states, “Badawi’s comments over the years show he views Islam as superior to democracy and that he defends violent jihad, including suicide bombings, as a form of martyrdom.”
- Zakir Naik (founder of Peace TV) – According to Toronto News www.thestar.com, he was quoted as saying: “If (Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden) is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him,” in a YouTube video titled “Zakir Naik — Specious explanation about bin Laden.” “If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist,” Naik says in the 2007 video. In other videos, Naik advocates death to homosexuals and to Muslims who leave Islam. In another, he lays out rules on how a Muslim man can beat his wife. He has been banned from Britain and Canada for his hate speech and calls for violent acts in the name of Islam.
- Imaam Siraj Wahhaj – Having a past with the Nation of Islam and also listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, he has frequently called for replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate. He has endorsed a violent Jihad and was quoted as telling a mosque congregation, “I will never ever tell people, ‘don’t be violent, that is not the Islamic way.’ The violence has to be selected…. Islam is the only answer because it is only Islam that we do it for Allah…. [We are] commanded to do jihad…. [W]hen Allah commands us to fight we are not stopping, no one will stop us.”
- Yusuf Islam – Formerly known as singer “Cat Stevens”, and in a New York Times article, reportedly called for Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ”The Satanic Verses.”
Mr. Fazaga was also a featured speaker at the 2012 Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention in Toronto, Canada. The convention was initially sponsored by the Muslim relief agency, IRFAN-Canada but their Canadian federal charitable tax status was revoked because of ties to Hamas. According to the federal audit, IRFAN-Canada used “deceptive fundraising” to support Hamas. RIS events have had a history of inviting speakers that promote violence in the name of Isam. Sharing the 2012 billing with Mr. Fazaga were Jamal Badawi (see above) and Imam Zaid Shakir, an apologist for Hamas and al Qaeda.
It appears the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association picked the appropriate speaker to discuss Islam and terrorism. Based on the company that Yassir Fazaga keeps, it is easy to see the association of terrorism with modern Islam.
- Pandering to extremists (canoe.tv)
An agreement to accept Saudi Arabian applicants into the Global Entry trusted traveler program drew little notice when it was announced in January. Now, some officials question why the country merits such a benefit – IPT News
From IPT News
March 20, 2013
Saudi Arabia, the nation which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, is about to become one of a handful of countries whose travelers can bypass normal passport controls at major U.S. airports. Sources tell the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) that this will mark the first time that the Saudi government will have a direct role in vetting who is eligible for getting fast-tracked for entry into the United States.
An agreement to accept Saudi Arabian applicants into the Global Entry trusted traveler program drew little notice when it was announced in January. Now, some officials question why the country merits such a benefit – which is similar to a theme park “fast pass” to avoid long lines – when other allies like Germany and France are not yet included. A program for Israeli travelers was reached last May but has not been implemented.
Travelers approved for the program can skip the normal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lines starting next year and enter the country after providing their passports and fingerprints at a kiosk. Only Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands currently enjoy the benefit, although pilot programs could expand it to a handful of others.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the agreement in January after meeting with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. It “marks another major step forward in our partnership,” Napolitano said at the time. “By enhancing collaboration with the Government of Saudi Arabia, we reaffirm our commitment to more effectively secure our two countries against evolving threats while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”
Details about how the plan will work with the Saudis have not been released. Nayef’s ministry, however, will be responsible for screening which applicants will be considered when the pilot program begins next year. It’s not known whether the Saudi ministry will share its raw intelligence about applicants with its American counterparts. What is known, based on information provided by a Homeland Security source, is that each individual who makes it into the program will have been vetted by both the CPB and by the Saudi Interior Ministry against various databases.
The Department of Homeland Security declined to make anyone available to answer questions about Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in the Global Entry program after repeated requests throughout last week, and after indicating someone would provide more details.
That is cause for concern, given lingering questions about possible Saudi support for some of the 9/11 hijackers and given the Ministry of Interior (MOI)’s inconsistent record on sharing its intelligence on suspected terrorists and terror financiers. Additionally, recent studies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified significant problems in the way DHS components use computer systems and process intelligence for posting watch list lookouts and overseas screening of foreign nationals.
Once accepted into Global Entry, travelers can enjoy the faster border entry for five years.
A memo obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism said Saudi applicants “must meet the individual vetting criteria of both CBP and the MOI, and successfully complete vetting by each side against information available in various law enforcement, customs, immigration, criminal, intelligence, and terrorist databases.”
That doesn’t bring confidence to those who have investigated Saudi Arabian connections to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., whose district lost more than 70 people during the attack on the Pentagon, called the pact a bad idea. He also stated that he had not previously heard about the deal.
“I think you have radical Wahhabism in certain elements in Saudi Arabia, and I think to be more lenient there than in other places would be a mistake,” Wolf said. “There were 15 [hijackers] from that country, and there is a lot taking place in that region.
“Some of the people who went back to Saudi Arabia through Guantanamo – we find that they are in battlefields in Afghanistan or some other place, so I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
Saudis have long been known for withholding information from their American counterparts. Wolf recalls that the Saudis obstructed former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s effort to investigate the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing by refusing to share information.
“I think there has been a history of not cooperating,” Wolf said.
The Saudis paved the way for 9/11 by funding the madrassas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, which adds to Wolf’s concern.
Steve Emerson (IPT) on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Discussing the expose:
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Saudi Arabia’s role in producing, financing, and facilitating Islamic terror is well documented. While the Saudi government claims to support anti-terror initiatives, radical elements based there pull many of the strings running the country, frequently hampering western efforts to combat terror.
Allowing politics and special interests to trump sensible security concerns is extremely dangerous. Permitting a system where the average air traveler is subject to often pointless security screening procedures while citizens from a country where 15 of the 19 terrorists responsible for the largest terrorist attack on our nation hailed from, is asinine and reckless.
The following 1982 movie clip was meant to be a comedic parody, but with this reported policy it is now a very somber glimpse of today’s “real world”:
GMBDR: U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas Support Leader Chosen By Syrian Opposition To Head Interim Government
“So far, U.S. media has completely failed to identify any of these positions held by Mr. Hitto who has now become the fourth U.S. Muslim Brotherhood figure to be identified as part of the Syrian National Council. According to an Al-Jazeera report, Hitto founded the Coalition of Free Syria activist group in 2011, and become a national board member of the Syrian American Council the following year. The same report says he is a member of the recently formed National Coalition.” – GMBDR,
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report EXCLUSIVE:
U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas Support Leader Chosen By Syrian Opposition To Head Interim Government.
GlobalMB @ March 19, 2013
U.S. media is reporting that Ghassan Hitto, known to have been a leader in several U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas support organizations, has been elected by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) as head of an interim government in Syria. …
At least half of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Legal Fund (MFLA) is comprised of individuals who are leaders in U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) which operates the Dallas Central Mosque that has been known to be tied to Hamas support. Perhaps the most notable of the MFLA board members is Hatem Bazian, President of the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and also part of the U.S. Hamas support infrastructure, …
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Having a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to head the interim Syrian government seems to be a logical progression considering the lead taken by the MB in supporting the Syrian Revolution. Logistics, funding and lobbying efforts have been orchestrated by U.S. based MB organizations. The issue that probably had the most weight is the U.S. government decision to financially/militarily support the SNC directly, thanks to the influence of American MB members and affiliated groups with the current administration.
The failure of the U.S. media to report the controversial past positions held by Mr. Hitto is not surprising considering the PR spin efforts of Muslim advocacy groups to label any reports of links to MB activity and documented terror fund-raising efforts as being “Islamaphobia”. This has been very effective, greatly facilitating MB efforts to sway U.S. domestic and foreign policy decisions.. Take the recent example of former Bush AG Michael Mukasey speaking at CPAC regarding the threat of the MB in America. Left-wing media outlets and blogs quickly applied dismissive labels and apparently, at least one report had been prepared prior to the speech.
- How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria’s Revolution (culturaljihad.wordpress.com)
- Rebels pick US citizen as Syrian prime minister (seattletimes.com)
“Investigations have confirmed the defendants manage a clandestine organisation belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. The organisation’s structure is similar to that of the country and has a Shura Council (parliament) consisting of 30 members, who are members of the General Assembly of the organisation.” – testimony of investigation officer, UAE state security
Defendants had set up Shura Council and plotted to overthrow UAE government
By Abdulla Rasheed, Abu Dhabi Editor
Published: 18:59 March 18, 2013
Abu Dhabi: A clandestine group, whose alleged members are being tried by the State Security Court, met a number of times in the past two years to discuss plans “to overthrow the government,” prosecution witnesses told the court on Monday.
The court, part of the Federal Supreme Court, adjourned the hearing to today to listen to more witnesses presented by the prosecution.
The trial, which started on March 4, is presided over by Chief Justice Falah Al Hajiri.
Ninety-four Emiratis, including two suspects who are still at large, are being tried on charges of threatening national security, forming a clandestine group aimed at opposing the political system of the country and overthrowing the government.
The hearing on Monday was attended by six representatives from civil society organisations, as well as 15 media representatives, six defence lawyers and five from the Public Prosecution.
Three Public Prosecutor witnesses told the court details of the investigation into the group’s activities, which started in 2010.
They testified that the defendants have formed and ran a secret organisation under the name of’ Al Islah Society’.
The organisation’s structure is similar to that of a state, a key prosecution witness said.
“They actually established a state within a state,” he added. It comprises a Shura Council that oversaw different committees including one that attempted to spread the group’s ideology within some expatriate communities especially the Asian community such as Indians and Bangladeshis, the court was told.
Members of the group have conducted at least three planning meetings in the first half of 2011, the witness said.
In those meetings, he explained, they drew plans to spread their ideas and overthrow the government.
“As the organisation grew bigger, the committee incharge of managing the wealth of the group decided to invest the money in various lucrative sectors,” another witness, who is the prosecution’s financial expert, told the court.
He explained an investment plan set by the group to finance the organisation’s activities, saying it invested assets in 15 different companies involved in real estate projects, fund management, private schools, training centres, and trading in foodstuff.
He alleged that the organisation used to take 5 to 7 per cent of each member’s income to finance the group.
The organisation has launched a satellite channel, Hayatona TV (Our Life) based in Beirut aimed at “promoting values and interests of the group and enhance the image of the members,” he added.
Al Islah was formally created in 1974. However, its origins date back to the 1960s, when a number of Egyptian teachers, members of the Muslim Brotherhood, came to work in the UAE and began to recruit young Emiratis. Al Islah was later created as a cover for their activities, which were, in reality, directly linked to the founding organization in Egypt.
- Hearing of UAE secret-group case adjourned to March 26 (gulfnews.com)
- UAE Tries 94 for Alleged Coup Plot (voanews.com)
- UAE puts scores on trial for ‘coup plot’ (aljazeera.com)
In an interview with American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, to be published this week in The Atlantic magazine, King Abdullah of Jordan states:
Stopping the Islamists from winning power was now “our major fight” across the region, he said. He repeatedly mocked the Muslim Brotherhood, the pan-Arab Islamist movement behind the largest opposition party in the Jordanian Parliament and Mr. Morsi’s governing party in Egypt, calling it “a Masonic cult” and “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” And he accused American diplomats of naïveté about their intentions.
Full article can be read at: King Abdullah of Jordan Has Criticism for All Concerned – NYTimes.com.
- His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan Holds an Audience. (royalcorrespondent.com)
- His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to Meet With President Barack Obama. (royalcorrespondent.com)
Reblogged from The Muslim Issue
A Feb 7, 2013 news report from France Channel 2 focusing on what is spreading through much of Europe. Sub-titled, but well worth the trouble of reading.
‘Islamization’ of Paris a Warning to the West (www..cbn.com)
France: 54% of French people believe “too much liberty” has been given to Muslims in their country (themuslimissue.wordpress.com)
- While the anti-Islamization movement in France gains momentum, Islamization advances even faster, funded by wealthy Gulf Oil states (beowulfjournal.wordpress.com)
When Muslims want to Islamize an entire area, a neighbourhood, a township, they use the same tactic you find in this video from French TV. Deliberate Islamization is happening all across the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Spain and so on. The intention of this is to create Muslim no-go zones in these areas. Muslim expect the areas to grow bigger and bigger until they become entirely run under Islamic law, the Sharia. Eventually they expect them to grow so big that the areas become a majority and entire townships and cities are run by Sharia. This is how Islam has taken over in countries that today are nightmarish violent Islamic societies.
The following news report from French TV celebrates the solution to the problem of “desertification”: more Islam!
That’s right: to end the intimidation, threats, violence, theft, and vandalism, let the Muslims themselves assume control, and then normal…
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From Voice of America
by Adam Phillips, March 11, 2013
NEW YORK — A coalition of American Muslims delivered to New York City police headquarters Monday a report that alleges widespread ethnic profiling by the city police department’s counter-terrorism and surveillance programs. The report calls for enhanced legislative and judicial protection from what Muslims allege is unconstitutional spying.
A group of about 40 Muslim Americans representing The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and other advocacy organizations gathered in downtown Manhattan to formally present a 51-page report called “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims.”
Attorney Diala Shammas spearheads a City University of New York project to promote accountability and transparency within the New York City Police Department. She says police surveillance of Muslims has been “extremely invasive” since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“We know that they’ve been sending informants into mosques, into places of worship,” said Shammas. “They’ve sent informants into Muslim student associations, into club rooms, into whitewater rafting trips, places that the NYPD has no business being.”
Shammas says no one knows the precise extent of the police surveillance program or its exact methods.
- The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) is a New York based group that came into existence sometime after 2007, primarily in response to the AP reports regarding the NYPD intelligence division program of monitoring mosques an Muslim student groups. MACLC is heavily influenced by CAIR-NY and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. According to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), both are “organizations that have repeatedly refused to condemn Hamas and other Islamic terrorist groups or have blamed the FBI for fabricating Islamic terror plots.” Since the U.S. government found CAIR to be a Hamas support group, it would seem fairly obvious why MACLC’s controllers are disturbed by the NYPD monitoring. CAIR also has a clear history of working to mold law enforcement/national security in a way that does not offend Muslims, with effectiveness taking a backseat to political correctness.
- Attorney Diala Shamas worked for both Adalah, and B’Tselem, organizations focused on Palestinian issues. The NGO Monitor criticized these groups for inaccuracy and having an anti-Israel political agenda.
- Linda Sarsour is the coordinator of MACLC and also served as director of the Arab American Association of New York. Additional background featuring her statements/positions was complied by IPT. The Militant Islam Monitor, reported her links to Hamas with:
“In a 2004 article Sarsour revealed that Arab men pictured in an Arab newspaper recruiting suicide bombers for martyrdom were relatives and friends – one of them was her brother in law who is serving a 12 year sentence for his involvement with Hamas. Sarsour’s husband is facing deportation and she was “questioned by US authorities”.
- Muslim Students Association was formed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. According to an IPT report:
… the Muslim Students Association (MSA) is the most visible and influential Islamic student organization in North America. As reflected in the extensive information presented in this dossier, MSA has gained legitimacy on American campuses as a benevolent collegiate faith club; however, under this moderate veneer MSA advances a different agenda among impressionable college students. Through conferences and events, publications, websites and other activities, MSA has disseminated and promoted militant Islamic ideologies on college and university campuses throughout North America.
A very interesting play book.
There have been a number of reported attempted terror attacks targeted for New York City since September 11, 2001 – all linked to radical Islamists, with many involving al Qaeda. A question that could be posed:
Would the NYPD be negligent in not instituting the surveillance program?
As one blogger put it, “NYC mohammadans upset they can’t conspire in secrecy“.
A New York Post editorial gets to the heart of the matter — the MACLC report calls for imams and other Muslim community leaders to “announce to your congregations or membership that informants will not be tolerated in your communities.” This contradicts the much reported claim by Islamist apologists that the Muslim community wants to cooperate with counter-terror efforts and expose those that work to radicalize Islam.
side note: Of course the political correctness spin would not be complete without having the media using such terms as “devastating” an “traumatized” as the below related articles demonstrate. Placing an image of the downtrodden can work wonders in the battle for the “mind” of the populace.
- NYPD surveillance had ‘devastating’ impact on Muslim communities: report (rawstory.com)
- Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities (newamericamedia.org)
- The Frightening Effects of the NYPD’s ‘Mapping Muslims’ Program (theatlanticcities.com)