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Boston: the good, the bad and the ugly

If it wasn’t for the surveillance video that showed Usaama Rahim charging JTTF members, Imam Ibrahim Rahim’s  claim that his brother was shot in the back  would have probably set off a repeat of what was seen in Ferguson and Baltimore.

As the trial and sentencing of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fades from the headlines, the shooting of suspected terrorist Usaama Rahim by Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members, brings the city of Boston and Islamic terrorism back into the spotlight. 

The old adage of “where there’s smoke there’s fire” seems to certainly apply with Islamic related terror activities and Boston.

The good . . .

The top brass overseeing the FBI/JTTF in Boston apparently learned a very expensive lesson in the wake of the 2013 Boston bombing.   Surveillance and collection activities in regards to suspected Islamic terrorists in the Boston area must be a priority.  It takes just one major terror incident to slip by to attract all the critics and have operations placed under a microscope for review.

In a report we made in 2013, reference was made to an article by Bill Gertz of the Washington Beacon where he wrote:

Critics said the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Tsarnaev was a repeat of the bureau’s lapse in missing advance signs of the Islamist radicalization of accused Fort Hood massacre shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Details about the shooting of Usaama Rahim and the Boston terror probe are still coming in, but it is obvious that the JTTF had obtained information about a potential threat  and was actively conducting surveillance of the subject.

The bad . . .

Some policy makers at the federal and local levels of government still want to embrace Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) progams such as the one promoted by the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) – Safe Spaces.    Such programs hamper proven counter-terror techniques, relying instead on Muslim community/mosque leaders to identify “misguided individuals” and contact the authorities when these leaders feel the threat warrants it.

The recent Boston incident provides an excellent example of why such CVE initiatives, like MPACs Safe Spaces, generally do not work:

  • Usaama Rahim’s brother, Imam Ibrahim Rahim, is a leading Islamic leader in Boston and claims he was not aware of his brother’s radicalization.  The Rahim family’s attorney told reporters that the family was completely unaware of any radicalization or ties to ISIS.
  • Imam Ibrahim Rahim claimed on twitter that his brother was shot three times in the back by authorities.  This has been shown to be a fabrication based on official reports and statements by community leaders that viewed surveillance footage of the incident.

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  • Another Boston Islamic community leader,  Imam Abdullah Faaruuq was quoted in the Boston Herald saying:

If they thought he was a very dangerous person, they should have taken precautions in approaching him. I would. I wouldn’t approach a wild animal or anything I thought was dangerous without being fully prepared if I wanted to capture him and keep him alive. I don’t think they wanted to keep him alive.

As was shown with Boston Bombing case, Islamic community leaders are probably not the best source of to be relied on to identify radical elements and notify authorities.   If it wasn’t for the surveillance video that showed Usaama Rahim charging JTTF members, Imam Rahim’s claim that his brother was shot in the back would have probably set off a repeat of what was seen in Ferguson and Baltimore.

 The ugly . . .

As we have noted in the past, expect an apologist and misinformation campaign by Islamists that spins the shooting into a victim-hood portrayal of Muslims.   Since Usaama Rahim was black, race will be highlighted to gain sympathy from minority communities.

In short – the facts be damned.

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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 …

 

Islamic Society of Boston … again

In short, the history/background of the leadership of the Islamic Society of Boston makes it fairly clear why there might be some radical elements roaming the hallways.

Islamic Society of Boston Condemns Claims that Alleged ISIS Cohort Attended Mosque

They’re refuting a recent New York Post report that said Ahmad Abousamra prayed in Cambridge regularly.

From: Boston Magazine / Boston Daily
By: Steve Annear,  September 8, 2014 5:43 pm

A Cambridge mosque is denying claims made by the New York Post that a man from Massachusetts who allegedly has ties to the Islamic extremist group ISIS, the same organization responsible for the beheading of a New England journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012, ever attended their religious quarters.

The Islamic Society of Boston said in a statement that the Post’s recent story claiming that Ahmad Abousamra, a Boston College graduate from Stoughton, who is reportedly linked to the Islamic State, was a “regular worshipper” at their mosque, along with others tied to terrorist activity, was full of “half-truths,” and the newspaper never reached out to them for comment or verification of the facts.

“We would like to now clarify this issue,” the center said in their statement. “According to our records, Ahmad Abousamra never came to or had any relationship with our mosque.”

The Post also said in their report, titled “Boston Bomber’s Mosque Tied to ISIS,” that at one time Abousamra’s father held a prominent position with the Muslim organization that runs the mosque, another claim the ISB denied.

“His father was never appointed to any leadership or board position at the mosque,” the ISB said.

A recent ABC News report shed light on the possibility that Abousamra, who is wanted by the FBI, has been running social media campaigns for ISIS, helping to promote or create videos of the beheadings of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley as the terrorist cell continues to expand its territory overseas.

Full Article: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2014/09/08/islamic-society-of-boston-mosque-cambridge-new-york-post/

The New York Post article cited above, wrote:

Now it can be revealed that another regular worshipper at the Islamic Society mosque was Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the top propagandist for ISIS.

Abousamra’s father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son.

The FBI suspects Abousamra now operates ISIS’s sophisticated media wing promoting the group’s beheadings and other atrocities through slick videos posted on the Internet. The brutally effective English-language propaganda campaign has helped attract thousands of Western jihadists, including at least 300 Americans.

The FBI says Abousamra, 32, traveled to Pakistan and Yemen to train to kill Americans while enrolled at Boston colleges. He justified murdering civilians because “they paid taxes to support the government and were kufar [nonbelievers],” Boston FBI Agent Andrew Nambu testified in an affidavit.

The interest in Abousamra and his Boston ties came from an  ABC report  that stated the FBI suspected him of joining ISIS and using his computer skills to spread the group’s propaganda on social media.

The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) gained media attention in the wake of the 2013 Boston Bombing when it was reported that one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been removed from the mosque after he created a disturbance three months prior to the bombings during prayers.  The New York Post article notes that worshipers at the Islamic Society have included:

  • Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder and first president, who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison for plotting terrorism. In 2005, the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Alamoudi raised money for al Qaeda in the US.
  •  Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT scientist-turned-al Qaeda agent, who in 2010 was sentenced to 86 years in prison for planning a New York chemical attack. Known as “Lady al Qaeda,” she is related to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. ISIS has tried to trade her release for journalist hostages.
  • Tarek Mehanna, who in 2012 got 17 years in prison for conspiring to use automatic weapons to murder shoppers in a suburban Boston mall.
  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a mosque trustee and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader banned from the US after issuing a fatwa that called for the killing of US soldiers.
  • Jamal Badawi, another former trustee who in 2007 was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plan to funnel more than $12 million to Palestinian suicide bombers.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  As was previously pointed out in Boston Has Jihadi Terror History, since 1993 the Boston area is no stranger to Islamic jihadi activity. This has ranged from fundraising to being the jumping off spot for the 9/11 attacks.  The ISB, according to the Boston Mag article, said they can’t be held accountable for people passing through and stopping to pray at the Cambridge mosque, since Muslims are required to pray five times a day, and the facility is “open to all people.”  A valid point, but it doesn’t explain away the Islamist influences that have impacted the ISB since it’s inception  – it’s founding and management by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) operatives.

The ISB was incorporated in Massachusetts by Abdurahman Alamoudi in 1982.  A prominent member of the MB, Alamoudi focused on MB funding operations. The ISB most likely acted as the base of operations, a  focal point for MB financial operations in the north eastern United States.  In the mid-1990s, the arrest and deportation of Mousa Abu Marzook resulted in Alamoudi coordinating Middle East financial support activities in addition to his U.S. based operations – answering directly to the MB economic director, Panama City Dr. Yahia Rahim

In 2002, MB leadership directed Dr. Osama M. Kandil to Boston to assist Alamoudi.  Kandil was part of MB leader Dr. Ahmed Elkadi‘s core group out of Panama City, FL.  Prior to moving to Boston, Kandil had been involved in the Safa/SAAR group of charities out of Virginia that federal investigators had tied into terrorist funding.    When he arrived in Boston, Kandil was appointed president of the ISB.  During their time at ISB, Alamoudi and Kandil were also listed as directors of the Taibah International Aid Association, a Muslim charity.  In 2004 Taibah International was designated by the U.S. Treasure Department as a terrorist entity for funding al Qaeda

In short, the history/background of the leadership of the Islamic Society of Boston makes it fairly clear why there might be some radical elements roaming the hallways.

 

The Pluralism Project – rewriting history at Harvard

… that Muslims actually discovered America.

The Pluralism Project of Harvard University was started in 1991,with the stated mission, “… to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.”  It tends to focus on interfaith and non-Christian religions, featuring a sizeable amount of research and information pertaining to Islam.  A section titled, “The First American Muslims” includes:

The historical roots of Islam in America are complex and contested. Some historians argue that Muslim explorers may have come to this continent long before Christopher Columbus, with the earliest estimates dating to the 12th century. Many contend that Muslims played a vital part in numerous European expeditions to the Americas, both as mapmakers and as guides: Estevancio of Azamor, a Moroccan guide who landed in Florida in 1539, is often cited as the first documented Muslim in America. By the late 1700s, historical records indicate the presence of “Moors” living in South Carolina, many of whom were expelled from their homeland under edict of the Spanish Crown.

It appears the Pluralism Project did not find it very contested.  Its Islam in America timeline shows:

1178 CE Muslims Sail to America
A Chinese source known as the Sung Document records that Muslim sailors journeyed to a land known as Mu-Lan-Pi, which some Muslims identify as the American continent. This document is mentioned in the publication The Khotan Amirs, 1933.

1300s CE African Muslims to the New World
According to some scholars, Abu Bakari, a king of the Muslim state of Mali in West Africa, initiated a series of sea voyages to North America beginning in the early 1300s. About the same time, Mandingo Muslims from Mali and other parts of West Africa are said to have arrived in the Gulf of Mexico and traveled up the Mississippi River to explore the interior of the North American continent.

The listed sources are vague and the authenticity of the Sung Document is in question.   While these claims are repeatedly listed on a number of Islamist websites as “proof” that Muslims actually discovered America, it  is rather odd to have them included in a publication from a mainstream academic research group associated with Harvard.

So why claim Muslim’s discovered America?  It could simply be a pride issue or an attempt to bolster Muslim history.  Research author Frederick William Dame believes the motive is a bit more complex and states in The Muslim Discovery of America:

… this assertion is important for Muslims because in conjunction with the relevant verses from the Koran and quotes from Mohammed it establishes the claim of Muslims that Allah intended America to be Islamic.

Dame’s claim may certainly apply to the material posted by the Pluralism Project.  At the end of the posted timeline is a thank you to Fareed Numan and the American Muslim Council for assistance in compiling it.  The list in it’s original format, was written by Numan in 1992 while he was working as a research analyst for the American Muslim Council.

The American Muslim Council was founded in 1990 by Abdurahman Alamoudi – a leader of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.  From the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch:

The Hudson report goes on to explain how Alamoudi played a role in important U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations such as the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and  Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) before going on to form the American Muslim Council (AMC) which would play a leading role in U.S. Brotherhood affairs:

ISNA announced in November 1987 that it had formed is own PAC (ISNA-PAC), with Abdurahman Alamoudi as the “leading force” of the ISNA-PAC. Alamoudi had been the ISNA regional representative for the Washington, DC, metropolitan area (and was previously president of MSA and executive assistant to the president of SAAR). He would later go on to form the American Muslim Council (AMC) with Elkadi’s father-in-law Abu-Saud in July 1990. The AMC was designed to encourage Muslims to become involved in politics and other civic activities. Alamoudi immediately began serving as the group’s director.

The AMC largely disappeared after Alamoudi’s conviction.

Pushing the notion that “Allah intended America to be Islamic” certainly fits within the ideology of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and having a Muslim Brotherhood organization assist in compiling the timeline should raise some questions.     Whether those questions fell on deaf ears, or were even voiced, is another matter.  Harvard University, home to the Pluralism Project, is also home to The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (AISP).   The program was established after Harvard received $20 million from the Prince Talal in 2005.  We referred to Prince Talal’s interest in Universities and associations with the Muslim Brotherhood in this report about a new Islamic Studies Center at the University of Florida.

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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:   Alamoudi’s conviction was for illegal finance transactions with Libya and implicated in a plot to kill a Saudi prince.  In 2012, Alamoudi provided sworn testimony that the Muslim American Society (MAS) was created as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in America and had also stated, “”Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood”

Another page of the  Pluralism Project site that drew our attention was Islam in America Post 9/11.   The theme is heavy on Muslim victimhood and  almost seems to have been written through the offices of CAIR or MPAC.    One section the sacrifices historical fact in favor of promoting a positive Muslim image reads:

Muslim organizations and individuals suddenly came under scrutiny. Several prominent and trusted American Muslim charities such as the Holy Land Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation were shut down by the American government, charged with having ties to terrorists. Muslim Student Associations on college campuses across the country came under secret surveillance by American police. Muslims continue to be singled out by federal security. The FBI continues to closely monitor Muslim communities at mosques.

There was nothing “sudden” about the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) and Global Relief Foundation.  HLF was being investigated by the FBI since 1994 concerning it’s ties to Hamas.   Global Relief  was being investigated over a year prior to 9/11.  From a January 6, 2000 FBI memo:

Although the majority of GRF funding goes toward legitimate relief operations, a significant percentage is diverted to fund extremist causes. Among the terrorist groups known to have links to GRF are the Algerian Armed Islamic Group, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Gama’at Al Islamyia, and the Kashmiri Harakat Al Jihad El Islam, as well as the Al Qaeda organization of Usama Bin Laden. . . . In the past, GRF support to terrorists and other transnational mujahideen fighters has taken the form of purchase and shipment of large quantities of sophisticated communications equipment, provision of humanitarian cover documentation to suspected terrorists and fund-raising for terrorist groups under the cover of humanitarian relief.

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:

For Boston Marathon related articles on Cultural Jihad – CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

Boston Harbors

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 Investigation: FBI impacted by Islamic Influences

“Critics said the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Tsarnaev was a repeat of the bureau’s lapse in missing advance signs of the Islamist radicalization of accused Fort Hood massacre shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan.”

Blind Eye  

Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers, experts say

From The Washington Free Beacon
By Bill Gertz, April 23, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s failure to recognize political Islam as a driver of jihadist terrorism is partly to blame for the FBI not identifying one of the Boston Marathon bombers in 2011 as a security risk, according to U.S. officials and private counterterrorism analysts.

The FBI revealed last week that it was warned by a foreign government in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed Friday, was tied to “radical Islam” but the FBI was unable to confirm the links.

“The fact is religion has been expunged from counterterrorism training,” said Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “The FBI can’t talk about Islam and they can’t talk about jihad.”

Added Patrick S. Poole, another counterterrorism specialist, about FBI policies on Islam: “I have zero doubt it affected their investigation of Tsarnaev.”

A U.S. official said FBI policies of playing down Islamic links to terrorism resulted in the FBI not identifying Tsarnaev, 26, or his brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who was charged with last week’s bombing, as Islamist terrorists.

Instead, the FBI is limiting its description of the two men as ethnic Chechens who became “radicalized” prior to the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 200 injured in the attack using two homemade bombs placed in pressure cookers and remotely detonated.

Full Article: http://freebeacon.com/blind-eye/

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  This type of report is disturbing but not new.  Post 9/11 reorganization of federal law enforcement has included elements of “sensitivity training” that has had a substantial negative impact on anti-terror capabilities.  One of our sources, a former lead FBI counter-terror investigator, described the Bureau’s counter-terror section as being “gutted” with practically all experienced personnel being moved to other assignments or forced out.

Question: How has this happened?  

Answer: From a very dangerous policy of appointing Islamic “experts” and community leaders to advisory positions.  

As noted in our Apr 22 Boston Bombing report,   Islamic special interest groups have gained considerable influence in determining how U.S. agencies handle matters involving Muslims.  As a result, training  and operational policies have been modified to be culturally sensitive and politically correct.  In many cases this outright appeasement has taken priority over common sense and investigative logic.

The most disturbing aspect is that many of the Islamic groups and/or their representatives have been linked to terrorist organizations.  CAIR. maintained considerable influence over FBI investigations involving Muslims.  Ties were reported to be “severed” in 2008/2009 when it became embarrassingly clear that being in bed with a group tied to Hamas was probably not in their best interests.  

Despite this official claim, it appears that some local field offices have maintained ties.  The impact CAIR made on agency operations is still felt.

The attempts by Islamic groups to influence policies and investigations are not limited to just the federal level.  State and local police agencies have found themselves targeted in campaigns to make them more culturally aware to the sensitivities of Muslims in their respective communities.

Example – FLORIDA: In 2012, CAIR Florida attempted to have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)  block training provided by CTOC to agencies throughout the state, citing that it was teaching anti-Muslim bigotry“.  In reality, the CTOC seminars were providing police officers and investigators practical tools and intelligence to help recognize and deal with Islamic jihadist threats at the street level.  In a prudent move,  FDLE rejected CAIR’s position.

The situation in other states is not as clear.  CAIR, and affiliated Islamic groups, continue to work on agendas that would place them in advisory roles to influence law enforcement agencies.  To accomplish this, they push for the removal of all Muslim related training, except for the programs they endorse.  This year, CAIR-MN put substantial pressure on local agencies to drop training they found offensive.  Last year, CAIR-LA provided a law enforcement training conference that implied endorsement by Homeland Security.

There is substantial evidence and documentation linking CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups to terror organizations.  It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that their efforts to influence law enforcement agency polices and procedures simply clouds investigative effectiveness and presents an unacceptable operational security threat.

Videos: Experts interviewed on the Boston Marathon Terror Attack

C.J. Note:  Excellent compilation of reports. Steve Emerson, Frank Gaffney and others have been sounding the alarm regarding Jihad organizations and activity in the U.S.. Erick Stakelbeck interview points towards the Islamic Society of Boston without “naming names”.  The beginning of the Dr. Jasser segment actually hits the nail on the head.

Problem is that their message is something much of the American populace/media does not want to hear.

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