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Beheading in OK – media fails the “facts”?

The Moore, OK beheading by Alton Alexander Nolen (aka: Jah’Keem Yisrael) has generated considerable media coverage – a stark contrast to reporting of the Ali Muhammad Brown  jihad murders.  At the time of this writing there are still a number questions to be asked, but Nolen’s Facebook page and reported witness comments leaves little doubt that his actions were linked to his embrace of Islam.

Unfortunately, some media outlets have taken the story to a disturbing level with unverified information – going “viral” on a number of websites.

The issue we bring to question: a reported “link” of Nolen to Boston Iman Suhaib Webb, the Boston Bombing, and in turn to al Qaeda.

This connection is based on the premise that  Iman Webb was associated with the same mosque that Nolen had attended – the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.   The reports appear to be based on a single article published by Breibart.    We did some quick research into dates to determine a proper timeline.  The result disclosed some problems with the claim  Nolen is “linked” with Iman Webb:

  • Iman Webb had been hired in the late 1990s as Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC).  The alleged “ties to al Qaeda” come from a speech Webb made in 2001 with radical American cleric Anwar al Awlaki. Webb’s involvement with ISGOC started in the 1990s after he converted to Islam in 1992.
  • From 2004-2010, Iman Webb left the U.S. with his family and studied Islam at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
  • From 2010 to 2011, Webb moved to the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society.
  • From December 2011 to March 2014 Imam Suhaib Webb served as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center’s Imam

Multiple reports confirm that Nolen converted to Islam sometime in 2011, apparently while in jail.  Iman Webb’s association with the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City had ended over ten years prior to that.  When Webb left ISGOC in 2001, Nolen was 17 years old and still residing in Idabel, OK, over 3 1/2 hours/242 miles  from Oklahoma City and ISGOC.

The chance that Boston Iman Webb had any direct contact or influence with Alton Alexander Nolen is extremely remote.

In our opinion, the loose reporting highlighted above only serves to spread rumors.   Ironically, it also provides ammunition to Islamists and bolsters claims of hysterical “islamaphobia” made by CAIR, MPAC and others …

 

U.S. Jihadi killings: why minimal media coverage?

Ali Muhammad Brown – Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

There was very little national news coverage regarding the arrest and charging last week of Ali Muhammad Brown a Seattle resident and Muslim convert.  Brown went on a killing spree that took place on the west and east coasts of the U.S. involving the murders of 4 people.

What coverage that could be found was primarily from local outlets.   Some of those tended to skit around that fact that Brown’s motives were based on his devotion to Islam.

Seattle man says he killed 4 in Wash., N.J. to gain revenge against U.S.

From: LA Times
By: James Queally, August 20, 2014

A Seattle man who confessed to killing four people in Washington and New Jersey this year said each shooting was part of a mission of vengeance against the U.S. government for its actions in the Middle East, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a New Jersey college student, was charged Wednesday with the April slaying of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, Wash., according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to a criminal complaint filed in King County, Brown took responsibility for each shooting and told investigators he carried out the killings to gain retribution for lives lost during U.S. military action in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

“My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That’s it,” Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. “My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.”

The La Times failed to mention that the complaint indicated that Brown had stated …

“… he strictly followed the Muslim faith and as part of his beliefs, he had become angry with “evil” that the government was allowing to take place in the United States …. “

Two of the murders occurred in Seattle and the local Fox News affiliate covered it with a headline of COPS: Self-styled jihadist admits to killing 4 people, calls it ‘vengeance’ for U.S. actions in Mideast.  The story  was void of the terms Islam or Muslim with the exception of this statement by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray:

“The charging documents reveal disturbing details about Brown’s motive for committing these murders, which appears to have based on anti-American sentiment and an extreme interpretation of the Muslim faith. While Brown invoked his faith, we must be clear that Brown’s views and his actions do not reflect the values of Muslims.

“In this moment of grief, we, as one community, across all faiths and religions races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, can and must renew our resolve to stand firm against violence and hatred of all kinds.”

Columnist Michelle Malkin points out that in contrast to the mayor’s statement, Ali Muhammad Brown appears to have plenty of company in Seattle:

Seattle alone has been a long-festering hotbed of anti-American, anti-Semitic jihadism.

In 2011, a Muslim terror ring led by Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh plotted “to kill officers and employees of the Department of Defense who worked at the (Military Entrance Processing Stations) located in the Federal Center South building in Seattle, Washington, and to kill other persons assisting such officers and employees in the performance of their duties” using “fully-automatic weapons pistols, and fragmentation grenades.”

In 2007, Seattle jihadist James Ujaama pleaded guilty to terrorism charges related to his plan to establish a terror-training ground in Bly, Oregon. He had previously pleaded guilty to aiding the Taliban.

In 2006, Everett, Washington Islamic revenge-seeker Na veed Haq shot six innocent women and killed one at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building while spewing anti-Israel hatred and Muslim diatribes.

In 2002, James Ujaama’s mosque leader, Abdul Raheem Al Arshad Ali of the radical Dar-us-Salaam mosque in Seattle’s Central District, was first arrested on illegal weapons charges. He had provided arms to fellow Seattle-area Muslim cleric, Semi Osman. The ethnic Lebanese born in Sierra Leone had served in a naval reserve fueling unit based in Tacoma, Washington. Osman had access to fuel trucks similar to the type used by al-Qaida in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers, which killed 19 U.S. airmen and wounded nearly 400 other Americans. Osman later pleaded guilty to illegal weapons possession.

Another militant Seattle jihadist, Muslim convert Ruben Shumpert (aka Amir Abdul Muhaimin) was arrested after an FBI raid in 2004 for his role in a terror-financing scheme. He skipped out on his sentencing hearing and turned up in Somalia, where he was killed fighting the U.S. military. Terror group al Shabaab hailed Muhaimin as a martyr.

Brown was part of the Muhaimin ring that were arrested by the FBI terrorism agents in 2004. He, along with several others, were convicted on federal bank fraud charges but prosecutors  were unable to prove the money was being used to finance terrorist operations.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  There have been similar spin efforts by the media and politicians to disengage any reported acts of violence by Muslims from Islamic teachings.  Prime example:  actions of Major Nidal Malik Hasan being related to workplace violence.  To deflect Islam’s influence like this is foolhardy and draws attention away from logical connections resulting in dangerous naivety.  Islamist  groups, such as CAIR and MPAC, have managed an extremely effective  PR campaigns leveraging western fears of  being politically incorrect — the fear of being labeled  an Islamaphobe.   Any phobia is based on an irrational or illogical fear.  With the murders committed by Brown, killings in Britain, killings in Europe and most recently acts of genocide by ISIS, one needs to ask if a fear of Islam  is actually  irrational or illogical.

 

 

Boston Bombing: Lone Wolf Theory Doubtful

 “These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others”
– U.S. Justice Department filing

 

FBI Feared Boston Bombers ‘Received Training’ And Aid From Terror Group, Docs Say

From: ABC News
By: James Gordon Meek, May 22, 2014

Prosecutors seeking a death penalty conviction of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday said the FBI at the time of his arrest last year believed he and his brother Tamerlan had been trained by a terrorist group because of the sophistication of their weapons and tradecraft.

The Chechen immigrants are alleged to have built the two pressure cooker improvised explosive devices that detonated Monday, April 15, 2013 near the race’s finish line, killing three Bostonians and wounding more than 260 other marathon spectators.

“These relatively sophisticated devices would have been difficult for the Tsarnaevs to fabricate successfully without training or assistance from others,” the U.S. Justice Department said in a filing that opposed defense lawyers’ efforts to have Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s hospital bed confessions tossed out of the case.

Could the Boston Bombers Have Been Stopped?

Counterterrorism sources have said that investigators have been unable to find any hard evidence of any training or assistance.

But ABC News reported last month that many senior current and former counterterrorism officials — including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and former Joint IED Defeat Organization director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero — remain skeptical that the Tsarnaevs built their bombs solely from instructions they found posted online.

Full Story: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fbi-feared-boston-bombers-received-training-aid-terror/story?id=23819429

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  One aspect to all this that tends to get glossed over is the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) connection.   A 2014 House Homeland Security Committee report mentions that the FSB had contacted the FBI and CIA several times in  2011 with concerns the older Tsarnaev brother, Tamerlan, had become radicalized.  The Russians advised that Tamerlan had expressed a desire to travel to the Palestinian territories to participate in Jihad but decided not to go since he did not speak Arabic.  FSB had requested that they be notified if Tamerlan attempted to travel to Russia. 

In January 2012, unbeknown to the FBI,  Tamerlan did travel to Russia, spending time with family in Makhachkala, Dagestan – an area that borders Chechnya.  Several sources told congressional investigators that Tamerlan had met with an Islamist insurgent recruiter in Dagestan, U.S. Embassy investigators in Moscow state there is no evidence to support any meeting. 

Tamerlan’s family in Russia has reported ties to a group known as “Union of the Just” – a regional formation of  Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT), a Sunni Muslim organization that seeks a unitary Islamic state or caliphate.   Outlawed in Russia and several other countries, HuT operates in North America as Hizb-ut-Tahrir America (HAT).

In 2009, The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported:

Hizb ut-Tahrir has not been designated a terrorist group by the U.S. government and it insists it is only interested in instituting radical change by nonviolent means. But HT’s alumni include 9/ll mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the late Iraqi terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi and would-be Hamas suicide bombers, and the group’s pro-jihadist rhetoric has led critics to label it a “conveyor belt for terrorists.”

The Russians obviously knew of the Tsarnaev family’s radical ties prompting the FSB request. 

Tamerlan returned to the U.S. in July 2012 and on April 15,2013, he and his brother Dzhokhar exploded 2 pressure cooker bombs that killed 3 and injured over 260 people during the Boston Marathon.

Some related links:

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MPAC’s Safe Spaces: the Trojan Horse Continues

Safe spaces are needed so that government informants and extremist recruiters are prevented from violating the sanctity of the mosque.
Salam Al-Marayati, president of the MPAC

Frank Gaffney recently wrote Unsafe Spaces: Islamist Mosques,  highlighting what he described as the contempt Islamists have for the United States and the roles many American mosques have for Islamist jihadists.   Coming on the 1st year anniversary of the  Boston Bombing, Mr. Gaffney’s article notes the roll out of the Safe Spaces Initiative“,  a program being pushed by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

The campaign/program’s premise: in order to keep America safe, the Muslim community needs to take a proactive approach to identify and intervene “individuals who may be susceptible to violent extremism.”    At first glance, this seems, well … almost patriotic.

The about page of the program’s website continues with this highlight:

MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative seeks to help communities create spiritual safe spaces for open dialogue and debate while also providing physical safe spaces by helping mosque and community leaders deal with any misguided individuals.

… and the actual motivation behind the “Safe Spaces” reference begins to come into focus –  to create “safe spaces for open dialogue and debate“. In other words, locations where Muslims can discuss matters without fear of being monitored by law enforcement, no matter the subject matter.  As confirmation, here’s an excerpt from an article written by Salam Al-Marayati, president of the MPAC:

Safe spaces are created for everyone entering our mosques to be able to have difficult conversations. People need to feel comfortable discussing politics or persecution of Muslims in places such as Palestine or Kashmir or drone attacks that harm the innocent in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Safe spaces are needed so that government informants and extremist recruiters are prevented from violating the sanctity of the mosque. In essence, we want to enhance both a spiritual safety and public safety.

To further understand the impetus behind the campaign, we just need to look at the agendas of the supporters.  The Safe Spaces website includes several videos, the first of which is titled, “Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities” (2013) featuring:

  • Rabia Chaudry – Founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a training program for law enforcement and American Muslim communities. Former president of Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) and former CAIR spokesperson.  She also has written in defense of CAIR.
  • Mohamed Elibiary – Founder of Lone Star Intelligence, LLC and listed as a Senior Fellow with the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  He was named in a PJ Media story by Patrick Poole for leaking sensitive intelligence reports to the media to push an islamaphobia story to the media.  The Dallas Morning News reported that in a letter, Elibiary defended the very anti-American and early Muslim Brotherhood leader/Islamic theorist Sayyid Qutb, stating: “I’d recommend everyone read Qutb, but read him with an eye to improving America not just to be jealous with malice in our hearts.”
  • Imam Suhaib Webb – currently with the Boston Islamic Society, Webb has very strong ties with the Muslim American Society (MAS)
  • Rashad Hussein – appointed U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation by President Obama, he has past ties with a number of MB organizations and called the  prosecution of terrorist financier Sami Al-Arian as being politically motivated.  He was one of six people named in a December 22, 2012 Egyptian magazine article that were Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy.  The article also named Mohammed Elibiary.

The second video, “Injustice Cannot Defeat Injustice” (2010) features appearances by:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb – see first video
  • Dr. Maher Hathout – founder and director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and co-founded the Islamic Center of Southern California.  His public statements have included support for Hezbollah terrorist acts.   He is also reported to be a member of the  Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood.  This 2010 video shows CA Law Enforcement officials giving tribute to the ISCSC
  • Ihsan Bagby – A professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, he is also General Secretary of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).  Bagby is a member of several U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Fiqh Council of North America, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).  In March of this year, the The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW) reported that these groups of US Muslim organizations, will be part of formation of the new US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).
  • Iman Mohamed Magid – President of the Islamic Society of North America, and Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS).  He was appointed in 2011 by President Obama to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.  According to a 2012 PJ Media article by Patrick Poole, “Mohamed Magid is the Obama administration’s go-to guy for Muslim outreach and advise on international affairs and counterterrorism. ”  Magid was also instrumental in having DHS erase from the  “Countering Violent Extremism” curriculum, any suggestion that Muslim terrorism drew its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam.
  • Iman Zaid Shakirs– A frequent speaker at CAIR,ISNA and MSA events.  According to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Shakirs, “… defends terrorist groups such as Hizballah and hopes for a day in which America is a Muslim country ruled by Islamic law” and he suggests that Zionists and the FBI were behind the 1993 Trade Center bombings.
  • Jamal Badawi – as noted by the GMBDW, Badawi is the leader in many of the most important Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations.  A  founding member of the Muslim American Society (MAS),  a 2004 Chicago Tribune story identified MAS as the Brotherhood’s U.S. organization.

*in watching this video, take note of the focus of Muslim “victimization”, especially after the 41 min mark.

The author of the “Safe Spaces Tool Kit” is Alejandro J. Beutel – the lead face in MPAC’s organized effort to move U.S. law enforcement towards a community oriented policing model that effectively allows the Muslim community to control the direction taken.   Mr. Beutel was a critic of the NYPD surveillance program that targeted New York City area mosques – the program was stopped this month.

In addition to working with MPAC, Mr. Beutel’s work history includes the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and he was a junior fellow with the Minaret of Freedom Institute.  ISPU is basically a Muslim special interest group.  According to the GMBDW, “The Minaret of Freedom Institute [is] a lesser known group tied to the U.S Brotherhood and whose leadership includes Omar Altalib, likely a relative of Hisham Altalib, one of the original leaders of IIIT and the SAAR Foundation“.

In April 2010, MPAC published an expanded version of a preliminary November 2009 report,  Building Bridges to Strengthen America: Forging an Effective Counterterrorism Enterprise between Muslim Americans & Law Enforcement.   The author was Alejandro J. Beutel and the MPAC website describes it as:

“… outline a “blueprint” for how Muslim American communities – from a Muslim American perspective – can be an asset to national security. At the same time, this report also provides practical recommendations for law enforcement to uphold civil liberties while maintaining their effectiveness.”

In November 2010, Marylin Stern published a report analyzing  “Building Bridges” and MPAC’s related efforts,calling them a “Trojan horse” with a goal to negatively influence U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies operations.  Her report reads:

Like the Trojan horse of ancient Troy, MPAC provides cover for jihadists by obscuring the subversive agenda of Islamists like Maher Hathout, Salam al-Marayati, ISNA and CAIR. Upon closer examination, research supports the thesis that contrary to MPAC’s claim to uphold civil liberties, MPAC has exhibited a consistent hostility towards U.S. law enforcement to undermine effective counterterrorism initiatives by placing themselves between the Muslim community and law enforcement. Examples in this research paper have been supported by objective documentation, historical facts, and quotations from original sources to support the following:

1. MPAC’s deceptive propaganda as a civil liberties organization is a facade to subvert U.S. law enforcement in order to further the global Muslim Brotherhood goals to destroy the West from within.

2. MPAC is waging an influence operation to infiltrate and subvert U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies as evidenced by their self-designation as the only voice for the Muslim community.

3. Law enforcement needs to be better educated and informed of the historical philosophy, tactics and strategies of the Muslim Brotherhood in America in order to establish benchmarks identifying and marginalizing front group operations. MPAC’s report, Building Bridges to Strengthen America, Forging an Effective Counterterrorism Enterprise between Muslim Americans & Law Enforcement, does not support MPAC’s claim to be a “trusted resource for decision makers in government, media and policy institutions.” Law enforcement should carry out due diligence before “going a bridge too far.”

Now four years later,  The Safe Spaces initiative expands on MPAC’s “Building Bridges” adding several dangerous concepts:

  • A system where the mosque/Muslim community makes the determination of  threat levels and when law enforcement is allowed to be involved.
  • Establishing a Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the local community for special handling of Muslims (report page 75)
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  • Introducing the term “Takfirism” as the politically correct replacement for “violent jihad”, “Islamic terrorism”, etc. (report page 106)

 A year ago we made mention in “Boston Bombing: cue smoke and mirrors” that Muslim special interest groups would be using the Boston attack to their benefit, pointing out how following the 9/11/2001 attacks,  “Muslim activists earned influential positions on advisory boards at Justice and other government agencies promoting “sensitivity” based initiatives that gutted many anti-terror programs.

note: we originally reported that the The Safe Spaces initiative included the concept of “Providing for an area that is off-limits to law enforcement unless the Muslim community grants permission“.   This is incorrect and unsupported and has been removed – 5/14/2015

Exclusive: Boston, Terror Funding and the MSA

Thirty plus years ago, mention terror funding in Boston and the discussion would most likely center around donation jars found in many Irish pubs labeled “Irish Relief”  –  dollars taking a roundabout route to the IRA.

Today, Islamic fund-raising has taken the Boston limelight with much of the money ending up in the pockets of various jihadist terror groups.  Instead of pubs, funding sources include zakah from the 19 plus mosques within a 5 mile radius of Boston proper along with charity entertainment events.  One of the fund raising organizers is Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA).

IRUSA’s activity in the Boston area is significant, with various events promoted as humanitarian relief efforts and coordinated primarily through the Islamic Society of Boston.

Founded in 1993, IRUSA is the U.S. branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW).  While claiming to be an independent affiliate of IRW, IRUSA sends a significant amount of raised capitol to IRW’s coffers.  Money Jihad and The Clarion Project offer some excellent research describing the relationship between the two groups.  The Clarion Project article by Ryan Mauro (Jan 2013) also details the connection between the Muslim Brotherhood and various terror support groups.

In a August 2006 posting, Debbie Schlussel describes one IRUSA event she attended, summer 2004 in Dearborn, Michigan:

An Islamic Relief fundraising dinner I attended in summer 2004 in Dearborn, Michigan, was chilling. It was just after Americans Nicholas Berg and Paul Johnson were beheaded by Muslims.

The evening’s “entertainment” consisted of young boys–some apparently as young as seven–simulating beheadings and shootings of other young boys who donned the American, Israeli, and British flags. Then they put red scarves over their heads to symbolize blood . . . and no head.

Afterward, they took off the flags and stomped on them.

Almost every Islamic leader in town was there, clapping in ecstasy. So was U.S. Congressman John Conyers, who will run the House Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain control of Congress.

In light of the recent Boston bombing, media speculation is intent on focusing on a “lone wolf” scenario or  direct foreign link to explain the reasoning and support.   As we noted in one of our earlier articles,  the Islamic jihad is not limited by sovereign borders.  It is a global movement with Islamic ideology being the common denominator.

With the recent arrest of two suspects from Kazakhstan, the “lone wolf” theory is not very credible and a very hard look at IRW/IRUSA needs to be made.  From an Oct 13, 2005 article in The Guardian:

Russia accuses Birmingham charity of aiding terror

The directors of Russia’s state security services have accused a Birmingham charity, Islamic Relief, of supporting terrorism in Chechnya and urged Britain to “surrender” two prominent figures who are living in London.

During the delegation’s first official visit to the UK, Arkady Yedelev, the Russian deputy interior minister, accused Islamic Relief of providing financial aid to terrorist groups. “We have specific documentary evidence of finances coming into Russia into the accounts of leaders of terrorist organisations in Chechnya.”

Mr Yedelev also said Moscow wanted Boris Berezovsky and Akhmed Zakaev to be “surrendered”. “We have factual evidence about their direct and indirect links to and participation in starting armed conflict and inspiring civilian unrest,” he said.

IRW/IRUSA’s activity in Boston and connection to terrorist groups, including those in Chechnya,  will hopefully have investigators scrutinizing the group against Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s travels and the involvement of  the two student suspects from Kazakhstan.   

As with most Muslim Brotherhood front/affiliated groups, IRW/IRUSA places a heavy emphasis on using youth groups such as the Muslim Student’s Association as volunteers. 

The below photo is of IRUSA youth volunteers from the 2011 “Songs for the Children event held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Dec 2001 - Songs for the Children - Boston

Among those in the group shot are:

Ahmad Nassri and Yousef Abdallah

LEFT – Ahmad Nassri, current President of MSA UMass Dartmouth*
RIGHT – Yousef Abdallah, Northeast Operations Manager of Islamic Relief USA

Ahmad Nassri is the same individual that we identified as being interviewed by multiple media outlets as a college friend/fellow student of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Nassri’s standing as President of MSA UMass Dartmouth is never mentioned in the interviews, with the exception of one with Reuters.

It is quite a coincidence that he and his cousin Bassel Nasri appear repeatedly as the “college friend/fellow student”.  Groups and organizations  maintain damage control by having a single source for media information.  Nassri stated in at least one interview that  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was not a member of the MSA, but Nassri’s multiple, controlled appearances indicate this may not be the case.

Nassri did provided a notable comment when interviewed  by “60 minutes” that makes one wonder about who his associates really are:

“If someone a few days ago told me that one of my friends was responsible for the bombs, bombing in Boston, I would’ve named off at least 90 percent of everyone that I know before I would’ve said Dzhokhar.”

Considering his photo with Yousef Abdallah, he may have a point.

Sidenote: as of this writing the MSA UMass Dartmouth Facebook page identified by the Daily Caller’s Charles C. Johnson was not available for viewing

Boston Bombing: MSA, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and media failure

The Daily Caller brings attention to a matter the vast majority of the media is ignoring

Media downplay Tsarnaev connection to Muslim student group

From: Daily Caller
By Charles C. Johnson, May 3, 2013

Coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing has ignored admitted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s connection to his college’s Muslim Student Association, a group that has close relations with both the Muslim Brotherhood and a local imam friendly with an al-Qaida operative.

Although a student leader and the mainstream media have downplayed Tsarnaev’s ties to the the group, Tsarnaev associated frequently with the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

The Washington Post on April 27 reported that Tsarnaev, who has admitted his role in the Marathon terrorist bombing to police, played intramural soccer with MSA members, contradicting earlier reports that the U. Mass-Dartmouth student spurned an invitation to join the controversial Muslim Brotherhood-linked student organization.

“For a time, Jahar played on an intramural soccer team composed of students involved with the campus Muslim Student Association,” explained the Post’s Marc Fisher, a fact that has since been missing from coverage.

In fact, Tsarnaev played soccer with the Muslim Student Association nearly every week, according to MSA Secretary Bassel Nasri in an interview with George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer on April 19, 2013. Nasri simply neglected to say they were MSA games. Although Stephanopoulos described Nasri as “a soccer buddy” of Tsarnaev, neither he nor Sawyer mentioned that they were co-religionists and that the soccer games were organized by the Muslim Student Association.

In other words – media failure.

Mr. Johnson continues by reporting the troubling past history of some MSA members:

In fact, several Muslim Student Association students have been brought up on terrorism charges. In April 2012, Muslim Student Association member Tarek Mehanna, who earned a doctorate at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, was sentenced to 17 and a half years for  conspiring to aid al-Qaida. Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki (a.k.a. Omar Hammani), a terrorist leader and former president of the University of South Alabama’s Muslim Students’ Association, was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List in 2012.

The Facebook page of the Muslim Student Association at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth has over one hundred members and routinely advertises speeches and seminars taught by radical imams and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)’s Todd Gallinger, who visited the campus in the days after the Boston bombing.

Mention is made of the U.S. Government labeling CAIR  as one of the many unindicted co-conspirators in a criminal conspiracy to aid Hamas (Holy land Foundation Trial).  The article continues with:

… U. Mass-Dartmouth’s MSA Facebook group’s members repeatedly advertise talks by radical imams like Suhaib Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Roxbury center. Webb, a convert to Islam who leads the largest mosque in New England, regularly preaches in the Cambridge mosque the two brothers attended.

Webb was an associate of Anwar Awlaki, an Al-Qaeda affiliated preacher killed in 2011 by a drone strike. Two days before the attacks of September 11, 2001, the two imams headlined a fundraiser [pdf] on behalf of Jamil al Amin (a.k.a. H. Rap Brown), who had murdered two police officers. Webb and Awlaki raised $100,000 to pay for Amin’s legal defense.

Full Article: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/03/media-downplay-tsarnaev-connection-to-muslim-student-group/

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: While all the details regarding the extent of  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s  involvement with MSA UMass Dartmouth is not currently known, inquires by investigators would be part of logical investigative leads.

An interesting coincidence in relation to the  media response at the UMass campus are the students interviewed.

  • April 19, 2013 –  Providence Journal report, Cousins Ahmad Nassri and Bassel Nasri are interviewed and described as “Two fellow students of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth”.
  • A CBS Boston video report also featured Ahmad Nassri and Bassel Nasri being interviewed regarding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  They opined that Dzhokhar “wasn’t capable” of the bombing and that “something must have happened in the last few weeks” maybe influenced by his brother or on drugs.
  • Apr 22 , 2013 –  ABC Boston reports: “I would say sibling influence is probably a big, big factor of that kind of thing. You’d be surprised at what an older sibling can get a younger sibling to do,” said Bassel Nasri, a friend of Dzhokar Tsarnaev. “We really don’t know how he was coerced, maybe, into doing this. So I’m looking forward to knowing more about this in interviews of him.”
  • Apr 22, 2013 – Wall Street Journal article quotes Ahmad Nassri, college friend, several times through the article
  • May 2, 2013 – Wall Street Journal article quotes Ahmad Nassri, who played indoor soccer with Mr. Tsarnaev every Monday in New Bedford. “One time I called him rich when he showed up in a BMW, and he was like, ‘No dude, this is my friends’ car,’ ” he said.

In all the above instances and with those referred to in the Daily Caller article, no mention that Ahmad Nassri and Bassel Nasri are President and Secretary, respectively, of the Muslim Student Association of Umass Dartmouth.

It will be interesting to see what additional links develop, including if the three students arrested are involved in the MSA.

While premature to point an accusing finger at MSA-Umass Dartmouth, ignoring the reality of  MSA’s foundation, history and promotion of Islamist ideology along with Boston area Islamic groups, is very naive.

A Media Response: personal attacks #shockedface

We’re making new friends on the internet !

During a review of recent news stories, this article from MLive.com came to our attention:

Detroit-area Muslims search for answers, understanding in light of Boston Bombings

Written by Jay Scott Smith, it contains only a few words regarding the bombing, some comments by Osama Siblani  and then becomes a PR piece for the Muslim American Society.  It closes with an interview of Dawud Walid, the Executive Director for the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who stated:

“Muslims are the greatest victims of violence in the world …”

As reported, CAIR’s response in the wake of the Boston bombing was easily predicted – take the focus away from the actual attack and paint Muslims as victims. Mr. Smith’s article promoted this agenda and we highlighted it with this tweet:

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 Mr. Smith responded with:

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followed by:

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Guess he told us!

Boston Bombing: Start the Islamic Apologist Tour

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International...

Fareed Zakaria

Several weeks ago we indicated that following the Boston bombing there would be calls to embrace the U.S. Muslim community to help prevent future incidents – implying Muslims are essentially victims.  CAIR has confirmed the agenda and now CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has contributed to the misdirection campaign.

In an Apr 24, 2013 Washington Post article (also in Lebanon’s Daily Star), Zakaria attempts to explain away the actions of the Tsarnaev brothers as “just two alienated youths who turned toward hate and then, allegedly, to murder.”  

Mr. Zakaria:

Since 9/11, foreign-inspired terrorism has claimed about two dozen lives in the United States. (Meanwhile, more than 100,000 have been killed in gun homicides and more than 400,000 in motor-vehicle accidents.) One crucial reason the number of terrorism deaths is so low is that America does not have large pools of alienated immigrants. Polls repeatedly have shown that Muslim immigrants to the U.S. embrace core American values. The American assimilation machine continues to function well.

Citing that alienation is a major factor in terror attacks, Mr. Zakaria practically dismisses any possibility that it was related to an Islamic jihad.  He also forgets to mention the effectiveness of our law enforcement efforts to thwart at least 50 Islamic based attempted terror attacks since 9/11.  These are the ones that are publicly known and at least 42 could be considered homegrown terror plots.

According to Mr. Zakaria, until fairly recently Europe’s problem with terrorism stemmed from a policy of indifference towards Muslims.  This has changed with governments engaging the Muslim communities and “creating Islamic councils, providing funding for cultural activities, offering representation in public forums and being mindful of religious practices and holidays.”  He points out:

And while it is premature to declare any great successes, it’s worth noting that attacks crediting radical Islam appear to have leveled off or declined in recent years.

Adding:

The lesson from Europe appears to be: Embrace Muslim communities. That’s a conclusion U.S. law enforcement agencies would confirm. The better the relationship with local Muslim groups, the more likely they are to provide useful information about potential jihadists.

This was a similar message promoted by Islamic special interest groups following the 9/11 attacks.  As we’ve noted in other articles, the bill of goods sold resulted in Islamists gaining considerable influence over U.S. Justice Department operations and foreign policy decisions.

In summary, Mr. Zakaria does not see the terrorist threat we face being driven by an  Islamic ideology.  It is the west’s failure to embrace the Muslim community causing them to feel alienated.  Versions of this theme will be heard in the media with increasing frequency over the weeks to come.  There are two objectives to this tactic:  provide distance in the relationship of how Islam influenced the Tsarnaev brothers and push the concept of victim-hood for Muslims to gain sympathy/influence with the populace.

Despite Mr. Zakaria’s attempt to paint Islamic terrorists as  misunderstood victims of society,  he has actually highlighted the true message behind Islamic terrorism:  

Appeasement  – submit to our concessions or we will kill you.

Boston Has Jihadi Terror History, report says

Jihadist activity has taken place in Massachusetts since at least 1993 and includes in-state fundraising for terrorism

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Jihadists use Beantown for base, report says

From Washington Free Beacon
By Adam Kredo, April 30, 2013

Muslim extremists with ties to al Qaeda have been using Massachusetts and the city of Boston as a jihadi headquarters since at least 1993, according to a recent report by a top terrorism analyst.

At least 26 residents were found to have ties to al Qaeda, according to the report by the Henry Jackson Society. The activity dates from before the Tsarnaev brothers, radical Muslim immigrants to the United States, were identified as the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Jihadist activity has taken place in Massachusetts since at least 1993 and includes in-state fundraising for terrorism, “those convicted of planning jihad, and even those who have been killed while fighting abroad,” according to the report by terrorism analyst Robin Simcox.

“The city [of Boston] and state of Massachusetts has a long history of ties to AQ [al Qaeda] and AQ-inspired militancy,” the report states.

Full Story: http://freebeacon.com/boston-harbors/

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Boston is only one of several financial centers/base of operations established in east-coast areas  by the Muslim Brotherhood.   Others were in Northern Virginia and the Tampa area of Florida.  The main organizational structure came primarily from planning conducted in the 1980s by a core group working for Ahmed Elkadi.

The media needs to move it’s focus more towards domestic ties to the Boston bombing and those involved.  As offensive and unbelievable it may be to western sensibilities, groups with an agenda to destroy our current society are well entrenched in the United States.

Boston Bombings: CAIR’s predicted response and real agenda

In Boston Bombing: cue smoke and mirrors,  we indicated that Muslim advocacy groups in the U.S. would deflect from the obvious Islamic link.  Increased focus on the victimization of Muslims would be seen in response to the bombing.

Since the bombers have been identified as Muslims and interviews have disclosed the attack was based on Islamic Jihad, the initial condemnation is now being replaced by measured media responses concerning “Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Rhetoric“.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) provided a response to the bombings on onislam.net through an interview with CAIR Florida’s Executive Director Mr. Hassan Shibly.  

Disturbing, but not surprising is, how Shibly focuses on perceived discrimination of Muslims,  stereotyping and Islamaphobia – not the condemnation of the bombers for killing in the name of Islam.  The last question to Shibly is most telling:

OI: If CAIR has the chance to formulate the US government anti-terrorism policy, what would its foundational philosophy be?

Shibly: To profile suspicious actions, not ethnicity or religion. To work with all communities to establish healthy relationships based on trust and mutual respect. To ensure our foreign policy does not radicalize new generations by making sure we do not engage in acts that lead to the deaths of civilians or violations of the sovereignty of independent nations and peoples.

The implication is that the U.S. holds the responsibility for radicalization.

This denial of any link to radical Islamic groups was further demonstrated in an interview of CAIR executive director Nihad Awad on the O’Reilly Factor.    The following transcript of the interview came from the Daily Caller:

O’REILLY: You just said, you just said that radical Islam is not the driving force of terrorism in the world, when that’s an absurd statement. It’s absurd.

AWAD: I think your statement is absurd because you are trying to redefine religion for me. You are trying to define my faith to me.

O’REILLY: No I’m not. I’m telling you that radical Islamists, under the banner of jihad, are causing the most intense terrorism the earth has ever seen and you are denying it. So either you are naïve or I mean, you are just way out of touch. Do you not have a television set?

AWAD: Bill, I think you are just making up some stuff.

O’REILLY: Making it up?

AWAD: I’m telling you Islam is a peaceful religion. Islam is my faith.

O’REILLY: Yeah, what about these jihadists then?

AWAD: Well, also you do not the know the word jihad, what it means. I’m telling you jihad is a legitimate struggle. Those terrorists who are using the word are trying to legitimize their attacks on innocent people.

O’REILLY: Do you know how many of them there are? You have a whole nation of Iran, a whole theocracy that is threatening the world.

AWAD: Let’s not play into their hands and legitimize their attacks.

O’REILLY: Not play into their hands and tell the truth, Mr. Awad.

In short, Awad – a CAIR official,  refused to acknowledge the link of terrorism to “radical” Islamists.

The deflection seems to be mirrored at CAIR local levels as well.  Muslims caution against stereotyping after Boston Marathon bombings  was reported on philly.com and Some Oklahoma Muslims voice concern about anti-Islamic rhetoric, counter-terrorism caucus on therepublic.com.

As CAIR and others circle the wagons, keep in mind that the tagline of “CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization” could also include mention of being  an Unindicted Co-Conspirator with Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation Trial“.  

CAIR’s real agenda can be found in it’s leadership and history. Only time will tell if the victim-hood card pays off as well as it did following the 9/11 attacks.

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