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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.

U.S. Islamists pushback on U.S. counter terror efforts

The Muslim community has to realize that a lot of the responsibility lies with them to cooperate with law enforcement
– Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)

King: Muslim Groups Complain About Harassment, Surveillance When Asked to Help Fight ISIS

From: Pjmedia.com
By Bridget Johnson, May 11, 2015

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) charged that all U.S. Muslim groups are doing is “complain about the fact that they’re being harassed and they’re being surveilled” as they need to step forward and help stop jihadi recruitment on U.S. soil.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a brief statement Friday that the group “engaged with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson during two separate meetings focused on the Obama administration’s new countering violent extremism (CVE) program in New York.”

“CAIR officials met previously with the secretary on the same issue in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles.”

King said a source in the meeting told him Johnson was “asking for them to step forward and be more cooperative” as they complained about harassment.

“Well, if we keep that attitude up, we’re going to get nowhere. The Muslim community has to realize that a lot of the responsibility lies with them to cooperate with law enforcement,” King said this morning on MSNBC.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  We highlighted the new CVE program when it was rolled out with a DOJ announcement in September 2014.  In February 2015, CAIR  stated that the “CVE is not an effective use of public resources ” so the observed lack of cooperation should not be surprising. 

The push by Islamic groups in the the U.S. has been towards the MPACs Safe Spaces program announced last year.   Safe Spaces places an emphasis on two key points:

  • the mosque/Muslim community makes the determination of  threat levels and when law enforcement is allowed to be involved.
  • the sanctity of the mosque is a priority

In other words, the interests of the mosque and its community apparently take precendence.  This view was expressed by Salam Al-Marayati, president of  MPAC who wrote in 2014:

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.

As we indicated in “Islamist damage control – Safe Spaces revisited, the Safe Spaces Initiative can be tied into several front groups for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) such as CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS).   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 exercise considerable control and influence.  He was a junior fellow with the Minaret of Freedom Institute.   According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, “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“.

MPAC reported that during a June 2014 meeting of American Muslim and Syrian leaders in Chicago, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson applauded the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) for launching its community-based Safe Spaces Initiative.

RELATED:  In 2011 CAIR-California promoted a conference titled, ““FBI Raids and Grand Jury Subpoenas: Know Your Rights and Defend Our Communities.”  According to a Fox news report:

… the website of CAIR’s California chapter, features a sinister-looking FBI agent with the headlines “Build a Wall of Resistance” and “Don’t Talk to the FBI.” The poster was designed in the late 1970s or early 1980s and has been reproduced by various groups and activists since then in response to alleged harassment by the FBI and to protest grand jury subpoenas.

Islamist Propaganda: The Montgomery County Model, WORDE and the Muslim Brotherhood

In Islamist Propaganda – at taxpayers expense (March 2014) we noted how law enforcement and security organizations were replacing Islamic anti-terror training  with politically correct cultural awareness programs.  The impetus comes from Muslim Brotherhood (MB) front groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

At the end of that article were these comments:

Another player in the Muslim cultural awareness arena is the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE). This group apparently has no ties to Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups. There is some confusion in that WORDE is promoting what they call The Montgomery County Model – a partnership with the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department in developing a new, community based-model to increase public safety. If you viewed the Connecting Cultures DOJ/COPS funded film, you’ll note that the Montgomery County Police Department was the featured agency. I read one source that indicated the film was produced several years back. If so, one can only hope that the Montgomery County PD learned from their mistakes. Can’t say the same for Homeland Security and DOJ.

A recent report from Point de Bascule Canada led to information that changes our assessment of WORDE, specifically the lack of ties to MB groups.  While reviewing some linked Point de Bascule background items we came across another report from October  2014, where Point de Bascule wrote:

On October 8th, 2014, the International Cultural Center invited American and Canadian experts in Montgomery Village (Maryland) to talk about the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to the United States. The theme of the evening was Understanding the ISIS Threat to the Homeland.

An article published by Point de Bascule four days before the meeting highlighted that two of the guest speakers, Rabia Chaudry and Hussein Hamdani, were linked to the Hamas’s North American support network and, therefore, could not be counted as allies against the terrorist threat.

The International Cultural Center is a WORDE program established in 2011 and located in Gaithersburg, MD.   Rabia Chaudry is a former CAIR spokesperson and is frequently involved with  MPAC  programs and events.  Point de Bascule’s recent report concerns Hussein Hamdani, an advisor to a Canadian agency security agency, who has been suspended pending an investigation into his ties to Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas related organizations.

DOJ announces new counter-Violent Extremism programs – cue MPAC

It’s probably not a coincidence that the DOJ announcement comes within a week of MPAC’s new campaign push for Safe Spaces and the American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism: Press Conference

Attorney General Eric Holder (AP File Photo)

In a video message posted on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) website, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the DOJ is joining with the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center to ” launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the nation to help counter violent extremism.”   According to Holder, ” These programs will bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and United States Attorneys to improve local engagement; to counter violent extremism; and — ultimately — to build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe.”

A complete text of the message can be read HERE

Susan Jones of CNSNews.com reported:

Holder said the administration “will work closely with community representatives to develop comprehensive local strategies, to raise awareness about important issues, to share information on best practices, and to expand and improve training in every area of the country.”

He noted that since 2012, U.S. attorneys have held or attended more than 1,700 “engagement-related events or meetings to enhance trust and facilitate communication in their neighborhoods and districts.” The new pilot programs will build on that work, he said.

Holder also announced that the White House plans to host a “Countering Violent Extremism” summit in October.

Holder did not mention Islam or Muslims, and he used the phrase “violent extremism” to describe the “urgent” threat that the nation faces.

Josh Gerstein wrote on Politico.com:

The U.S. Government’s current efforts to stem terrorist recruitment and so-called “lone wolf” attacks by people receptive to extremist rhetoric have been criticized for being unfocused and underfunded. In addition, many experts have questioned whether U.S. Attorneys—the top federal prosecutors in various communities—are best-suited to lead the government’s anti-extremism campaign.

Many leaders in the Muslim community are reluctant to work with prosecutors because of deep concern over Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operations used to target potential terrorists. However, efforts in the U.S. to use means other than traditional law enforcement to intervene with individuals susceptible to extremist messages have been few, due to concerns about civil liberties as well as fears about what could happen if that kind of intervention failed in a specific case.

Holder’s statement Monday seemed to acknowledge some of those concerns. While the outreach efforts are expected to focus primarily on communities with large Muslim populations, his video message made no reference to the religion aside from his use of the acronym for the terrorist group which has grabbed attention for its brutal tactics assembling territory across Syria and Iraq.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Expect to see many of the names we mentioned in MPAC’s Safe Spaces: the Trojan Horse Continues to be involved with these new programs.  It’s probably not a coincidence that the DOJ announcement comes within a week of  MPAC’s renewed campaign push for Safe Spaces and the ADAMS sponsored American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism: Press Conference.   MPAC and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) have been tied to elements of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

Islamist damage control – Safe Spaces revisited

… a “Trojan horse” with a goal to negatively influence U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies operations. 

The threat posed by ISIS and recent news reports of Americans being recruited to join the jihad overseas has presented a major problem for Islamists in the United States – increased scrutiny of mosques.   Despite a successful campaign to hinder NYPD’s anti-terror efforts,  Muslim special interest groups, such as the Council on American–Islamic Relations CAIR and Muslim Public Affairs Council  (MPAC,)  are seeing ground lost as law enforcement and counter-terror agencies place their sights back on suspected mosques. 

Having American Muslims run off to be jihadis with a group that beheads  American journalists is a public relations nightmare for U.S. based Islamists.   The U.S. is the “cash cow” for Islamist fund raising – funds that frequently support terrorist activities in the Middle East.   Mosques in the U.S. are critical to the fund raising process.  They serve as venues to solicit donations, bases for regional collections, and locations for planning activities.   Undue attention is not always desirable.

This week,  MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart interviewed Salam Al-Marayati, president of  MPAC regarding  “a nationwide intervention program to prevent young American Muslims from being radicalized and joining the fight overseas.”

The referenced program is MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative that was introduced in April 2014, mostly in response to the Boston Bombing in 2013.  Following a quick overview of Safe Spaces,  the discussion focused on ISIS/IS (Islamic State).

The interview can be viewed HERE

We previously reported on the Safe Spaces Initiative and noted that while being pushed as an intervention program, it’s real purpose is to provide a mechanism that insulates mosques and Islamic center’s from the scrutiny of  law enforcement and counter-terror agencies.  In an article earlier this year, Mr. Al-Marayati stated:

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.

The Safe Spaces Initiative can be tied into a several front groups for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) such as CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS).   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 exercise considerable control and influence.  He was a junior fellow with the Minaret of Freedom Institute.   According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, “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 November 2010, researcher Marylin Stern criticized  MPAC’s special report “Building Bridges” and related efforts, calling them a “Trojan horse” with a goal to negatively influence U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies operations.  Stern notes:

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 counter-terrorism initiatives by placing themselves between the Muslim community and law enforcement.

Following the 2013 Boston Bombing, we warned that efforts such as The Safe Spaces Initiative would be initiated to protect Islamist self-interest.   It’s inevitable there will be more reports of American jihadi’s tied to mosques and law enforcement/related agencies would be foolish to embrace the “we’ll let you know since we know best” programs and ideology being pushed by MPAC.

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.

The U.S. Jihadi threats: San Diego and beyond

Moon’s article points out two important issues:  terror networks have a presence in cities across America and many are centered around Islamic centers

In a recent Breitbart article,  Michelle Moons brings additional attention to the San Diego area and its repeated ties to jihadi terror activites.   She writes:

Recent discovery of terrorist ISIS fighter Douglas McAuthur McCain’s body in Syria has spurred investigation into the radicalization of Muslims within the United States.

San Diego is fourth on a list of five cities with the most “known or suspected terrorists,” according to recently leaked classified government documents. Following the 9/11 attacks, investigations in San Diego uncovered terrorists and their links to terrorist organizations al Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and ISIS, among others.

 Classified government documents obtained by The Intercept include statistics on watch-listed individuals in the U.S. The 2013 document, prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), lists the top five cities with the highest number of known or suspected terrorists (KST) in the U.S. (in order): New York, New York; Dearborn, Michigan; Houston, Texas; San Diego, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

NCTC reports have noted the high level of terrorist activity in Somalia, as terrorist group al-Shabaab has intermittently controlled various key regions of Somalia. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention document cites Office of Refugee Resettlement statistics that list Minnesota, California, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. as locations where the majority of Somalis have settled in the U.S. Thousands have come to the U.S. as refugees under the banner of fleeing war and persecution in their home country. Current population estimates of Somali-born individuals living in the U.S. range from 35,760 to 150,000.

In fiscal year 2014 so far, October 1-July 20, 290 Somalis either turned themselves in or were caught trying to sneak into the U.S. undetected through official ports of entry, according to a leaked U.S. Customs and Border Protection report obtained by Breitbart Texas. In 2010, KPBS reported on circuitous routes taken by Somalis looking to cross into the U.S. over the southwest border. Those routes would take Somalis through locations including Cuba and Tijuana, Mexico before crossing into the U.S.

The full article can be found here.

Last week, we reported on how San Diego plays prominently with U.S. terror concerns.   Much of the news media has been slow to grasp this, rather focusing on the Twin City area.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Besides highlighting activity in the San Diego area, Moon’s article points out two important issues:  terror networks have a presence in cities across America and many are centered around Islamic centers.   These facts have been proven repeatedly yet Islamic groups such as CAIR and MPAC continue efforts to hinder investigations concerning suspicious activities and terror links to mosques nationwide.  As we pointed out, their motives are suspect at best. 

 

 

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.

 

 

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)
  • [removed – see note below]
  • 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

President Obama Meets With Muslim Public Affairs Council Prior To Middle East Trip

From the Global Muslim Daily Report
March 14, 2013

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has announced that the director of its Washington office met in an “intimate” meeting with President Obama to discuss issues pertaining to his upcoming trip to the Middle East, including Israel. According to the MPAC announcement:

March 11, 2013, MPAC along with other Muslim and Arab American leaders met with President Barack Obama to discuss issues that will pertain to his upcoming trip to the Middle East. Haris Tarin, the Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC, office, attended the intimate meeting with the President, as he prepares his agenda for this visit to Palestine, Jordan and Israel. The group discussed with the President and his senior advisers how his trip can be a catalyst for restarting the dialogue that will lead to the implementation of a comprehensive peace plan in the coming months. Ideas were also presented on how to engage the Palestinian people, especially the burgeoning youth population. Tarin and others shared with the President some of the important work being done by the Palestinian people in achieving their aspirations for an independent and viable Palestinian state. The group also made  recommendations on key messages and policy issues that must be considered by the Americans, Israelis, Palestinians and other people in the region to ensure a just and sustainable peace process. =‘This meeting is an important first step by the President and his administration in ensuring that reliable voices of Palestinians and other concerned group and people in the region are heard,’ Tarin said. We are heartened that the President is beginning his second term with a trip to the region, and we hope that we can build a constituency for peace-making here in the United States and ensure that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a zero-sum issue in our domestic discourse.”

Other media reports indicate that Presidential meeting also included representatives of the Arab American Institute, the American Task Force on Palestine, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine.

Full Article: http://globalmbreport.org/?p=8033

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This trend by the Obama administration to have face-to-face meetings with the groups  mentioned provides an air of legitimacy to them, their causes and goals.  This should be a major concern, considering past positions taken by said groups. Founded in 1988, MPAC has a history of defending supporters of terrorism and even co-sponsoring events advocating anti-Israel rhetoric and violence.  Far from being a supporter of law enforcement efforts to fight terrorism, MPAC has publicly labeled them a “war on Islam”.  It repeatedly dismisses investigations and convictions of U.S. terrorist fund-raisers as the “result of people who are against Islam and Muslims.”  The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), reports that MPAC has also held a past position of defending it’s representatives for praising Osama bin Laden.  The IPT site offers a  quick reference dossier on MPAC.

Other groups at the meeting were the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and Arab American Institute (AAI).  Both are supporters of Hamas and Hezbollah and very anti-Israel.  Having MPAC, ADC an AAI advise President Obama on how to deal with issues in the Middle East shows a very dangerous trend in U.S. foreign policy initiatives.

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