~Ch 5 news Congressional Candidate Says She’s Target Of Death Threats
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro detectives are investigating alleged death threats made against a candidate for the U.S. Congress.
This comes as tensions escalate over a proposed new Islamic Center in Rutherford County. http://www.icmtn.org/
Republican candidate Lou Ann Zelenik is running for the 6th district Congressional seat and said she and her staff are dealing with some scary phone threats.
“They’re saying things you wouldn’t want to hear,” said Zelenik.
According to Zelenik, the threats target her, her staff and some supporters.
The alleged calls started coming late last week after Zelenik issued this statement critical of the proposed new Islamic Center: “This Islamic Center is not part of a religious movement; it is a political movement designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of middle Tennessee.”
The comment made news not just here, but across the country. Zelenik still stands by what she said,
“Those who know me know I’m not the politically correct candidate,” said Zelenik.
Zelenik and her staff have filed a report with the Murfreesboro police department.
“We always take that very seriously,” said Major Clyde Adkison.
Adkison said police were aware the proposed new Islamic Center has polarized the community. Already, someone vandalized the proposed center’s sign at the new site. And now there are alleged threats against Zelenik.
“You’re entitled to have your opinion, but violence? That’s no way to solve any problems at all,” said Adkison.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro hosted an open house this past weekend to help educate the public and clear up misconceptions. Members told Newschannel5 on Monday they do not condone violence or threats. Police say there is no evidence anyone local is responsible for the threatening phone calls.
Zelenik conceded many of the threatening calls appear to be coming from out of state. She said she’ll still take precautions while on the campaign trail.
“We have added patrols,” said Zelenik. “And we’ll watch our backsides a bit more.”
The recent confession by David Headley, a Chicago Pakistani-American, that he scouted targets for Lashkar-e Tayyiba’s deadly attacks in Mumbai, India provides just the latest evidence that the Pakistan-based terrorist group has expanded into a worldwide threat — and increasingly is recruiting U.S. residents as participants in its murderous campaign.
While still described as a “farm team for al Qaida,” the Pakistani group is rapidly honing its own credentials in the major leagues of Islamic terrorism.
A new analysis of Lashkar’s history prepared by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) documents the group’s evolution since its 1989 founding as a proxy of the Pakistani government’s conflict with India, providing recruits to push the Islamic insurgency in Indian Kashmir.
Early on, it notes, Lashkar’s focus was broadened to include a generalized campaign of terror against the West. By 2003, a founder of the group, Hafiz Saeed (pictured above), urged his followers to “fight against the evil trio: America, Israel, and India.” Broadening its base of operations, today the group has coordinated attacks on Western forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The report discusses increased cooperative efforts by Lashkar with al Qaida and other terrorist groups — the Afghan Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban (the Pakistani Taliban), Harakat-ul-Jihadi-Islami and Jaish-e-Muhammad. Meanwhile, Pakistan has been slow to act against the group and its various fronts, with some government ministers offering unabashed praise.
Moreover, the IPT analysis details the shift to expanded recruitment in the West. Among those who passed through Lashkar training camps it cites an Australian-born al Qaida operative named David Hicks, convicted “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, and Dhiren Barot, who planned a failed gas-cylinder bombing in London.
The report focuses most closely on four recent successful efforts to shut down homegrown U.S. jihadists like Headley — terrorists who journeyed overseas to Lashkar training camps, and participated in operations starting with those of the so-called “Virginia Paintball Jihad Network” and culminating in the 2008 attacks on train stations, hotels, restaurants and other public sites in Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans.
When G-8 leaders sat down to weekend talks in Canada prior to G-20 meetings this week, Silvio Berlusconi wasn’t designated the official group spokesperson. But when he was quoted in the press as saying the G-8 “fully believes” Israel will attack Iran, the Italian prime minister was echoing a sentiment most leaders are publicly furrowing eyebrows over and privately anticipating expectantly.
“Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders outside Toronto.
G-8 leaders met for two days of talks focused on Iranian and North Korean nuclear aims and growing concern over continued development despite renewed sanctions. Referring to a fourth round of UN sanctions handed down against Iran last week, Iranian President Ahmadinejad termed the measures a “used handkerchief” fit for the trash.
In the face of Ahmadinejad’s open defiance and alarm over continued arms development, are European and other world leaders truly concerned over a potential Israel strike that might cripple Iran’s nuclear capability?
“Iran’s nuclear weapons program is something everybody else hopes someone else will take care of,” says Mark Heller, Tel Aviv University’s principal research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies. “And it’s a tacit admission on Berlusconi’s part that they — Europe, the U.S. and all the rest – are not really designed to stop an Iranian nuclear weapons program. I’m guessing that he and maybe many others in the G-8 and elsewhere — including in the Arab world — are hoping Israel will do that.”
The sense of urgency is growing because of increasing levels of uranium enrichment Iran is achieving, bringing the rogue state closer to having a nuclear weapon.
A U.S. National Intelligence report assessed that Iran suspended weaponization in 2003 but continued with enrichment. “They were turning enriched uranium into a nuclear weapon — essentially transforming a huge, unwieldy mass into a usable nuclear weapon,” Heller continues. “When that report was issued, everybody else including the Europeans — who are not normally given to hysteria — made light of the assessment and said they didn’t understand the basis for it.
“It is slowly dawning that there’s no chance of getting the ‘crippling sanctions’ Hillary Clinton once called for to threaten the stronghold of power in the Iranian regime. Conventional wisdom has become: either bomb Iran or there will be an Iranian bomb.”
So when an argument for more time to resolve the issue is put on the table, comments like Berlusconi’s indicate time is neither a luxury nor a neutral factor at this juncture.
“Attempting to put together sanctions packages prepared by Brazilians and Turkish prime ministers trying to appeal to the better sense of the Iranian regime … well let’s just say I don’t think Israel can do anything without close coordination with the U.S. and that’s the universal assumption. And if it happens, Israel will be condemned publicly and congratulated behind closed doors,” Heller concludes.
Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic extremist group working for uniting the world under Sharia law, is scheduled to hold its second annual conference on July 11 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook. The theme of the event is, “Emerging World Order: How the Khilafah Will Shape the World.” The organization has chosen the home of President Obama, the leader of the free world, to pursue its anti-democratic agenda by taking advantage of the freedoms it seeks to vanquish.
“HT recruiters use religious language to pull the confused Muslim youth to their side in an effort to undermine American democracy. The danger of this conference is that it legitimizes HT as a mainstream organization and allows it to further spread its hate-filled message that divides Muslims and non-Muslims,” Zeyno Baran, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, told FrontPage.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has accurately been described as “a conveyor belt to terror” by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the moderate Muslim leader of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Although the group condemns terrorism and doesn’t publicly support violence, several of its members have gone on to become major terrorists, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The group may not embrace the tactics of Al-Qaeda but their goals are the same. Hizb ut-Tahrir’s first conference in the U.S. was held last year in Chicago and was titled, “The Fall of Capitalism & the Rise of Islam.” It was attended by between five and six hundred people, and one speaker openly called for throwing out the U.S. Constitution and putting Sharia law in its place.
~I JUST finished watching this & although I would never post a full length video, I felt this one was important for anyone one of us who has either fought the War on Terror following 9/11 or is JUST wondering how on earth we are producing so very many American Jihadists. I felt this episode was an important one to watch, as I hope you do also. I also felt it was important for those of you not familiar with Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, that you do to get to know him & all those who wish to take down our country. This episode will be a great asset for your knowledge on how their minds work, how they twist islam from a religion to extremism & what makes them tick. It is our goal at JUST Piper to inform. ~JP
~Background on Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki
Omar Hammami (born May 1984), known by the nom de guerre Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, is an American-born member of the Somali Islamist paramilitary group al-Shabaab.
Article delves into story of suspected terrorist Omar Hammami of Daphne, Ala., calling him ‘the Jihadist next door’ Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 7:00 AM Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010
A New York Times Magazine article published on the publication’s Web site this week tells the story of Omar Hammami, a Syrian-American Muslim who grew up in a Daphne, Ala., subdivision, and has been linked in news reports to al-Qaida terrorists in Somalia. Hammami is known now as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, translated as “The American,” according to the reports.
Fox Newsreported last fall that the 25-year-old former Daphne High School and University of Alabama student faces a secret indictment in Mobile’s federal court on a charge ofproviding material support to terrorists.
Published: January 27, 2010
The Alabama Jihadist
How did a popular kid from a small town in Alabama wind up connected to Al Qaeda?
Omar Hammami’s journey has taken him from a Bible Belt town in America to the terrorist training camps of Somalia. To his fellow jihadists, he is a charismatic leader. To his friends in Alabama, he is a tragedy. To counterterrorism specialists, he may shed important new light on how an American becomes radicalized.
~A fascinating depiction to me to see how this man developed into a radical extremist ~JP
Accused terrorist Omar Hammami showed signs of religious extremism at Daphne High, teacher says
Published: Sunday, September 06, 2009 by Mike Brantley, Press-Register
This still photo is taken from examiner.com. The Web site identifies the man at right as Abu Mansour al-Amriki. Fox News has reported that al-Amriki is a former Daphne High School and University of South Alabama student whose given name is Omar Hammami. Fox News also reports that al-Amriki has been secretly charged in Mobile with aiding terrorists.
MOBILE, Ala. — A suspected al-Qaida-linked terrorist from Daphne began to show an anti-American streak as far back as high school, one of his former teachers said Saturday.
Cynthia McMeans, who taught Omar Hammami in an international studies class and a Model United Nations program, said the teenager affected a Middle Eastern accent almost overnight during his junior year at Daphne High School.
As a teenager, Hammami had turned from the Baptist beliefs of his mother to the Muslim religion his father practiced, McMeans said, and in the spring of 2001, he expressed sympathy toward hard-line Islamic regimes.
“He was just starting on that path, when he was in the 11th grade,” McMeans said. “It wasn’t the religion part of it that was scary, it was supporting Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida and the Taliban and the Sharia law.”
Citing a confidential source, Fox News reported Friday that a federal grand jury has issued a secret indictment against Hammami on a charge of providing material support for terrorists. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mobile have declined to comment on Hammami, who has appeared in several Internet videos from war-torn Somalia using the battlefield name Abu Mansour al-Amriki.
Jan 4th, 2010 TORONTO STAR….One of the most visible leaders of an Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist militia in Somalia spent a year in Toronto ingratiating himself into the Somali immigrant community as a convert to Islam. Omar Hammami – known to followers as Abu Mansour “Al-Amriki” (the American) – ate at Somali restaurants and prayed in Somali mosques. He married a Toronto woman of Somali origin and had a daughter with her.
Then, after learning Somali ways, he left to join the Horn of Africa’s top terror group, Al-Shabaab, to wage Islamic jihad and recruit other foreign nationals to the cause, say former friends and relatives speaking publicly of the terrorist’s Toronto connections for the first time. “He betrayed us,” says a former friend who worked with Hammami at a Weston Rd. pizzeria. “For a man to be saying that, Islamically, it is okay to be killing innocent people – and yesterday you fed him bread and welcomed him into your houses – it kind of shatters you.”
SAN DIEGO — The son of a Hamas founder who became a Christian and an Israeli spy will be granted U.S. asylum after he passes a routine background check, an immigration judge ruled Wednesday.
Mosab Hassan Yousef got the news during a 15-minute deportation hearing after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney said the government was dropping its objections.
The agency denied Yousef’s asylum request in February 2009, arguing that he had been involved in terrorism and was a threat to the United States.
Attorney Kerri Calcador gave no explanation for the government’s change of heart.
The immigration judge, Rico Bartolomei, ruled that Yousef will be allowed to remain in the United States after he is fingerprinted and passes a routine background check.
Yousef, who has been living in San Diego, was cheered by supporters as he left the hearing.
He said he loves living in California, wants to become a U.S. citizen and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in history and geography.
“I will keep fighting the ideology that is behind terrorists because I know how they think,” he said outside the courtroom.
Yousef, 32, said he could not explain the government’s abrupt decision, but said authorities may have had second thoughts after reviewing his case more closely.
“For 10 years, he fought terrorism in secret, hiding what he was doing and who he was,” his attorney, Steven Seick, wrote in a court filing. “He deserves a safe place away from violence and fear.”
March 3, 2010 file photo, Mosab Hassan Yousef speaks during an interview in New York. Yousef says he will be killed if he is deported from the United States to the West Bank. The oldest son of one of Hamas' founders, he was an Israeli spy for a decade, and he abandoned Islam for Christianity, further marking him a traitor. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
Hamas spy finds home in California, seeks asylum By ELLIOT SPAGAT (AP)
SAN DIEGO — Mosab Hassan Yousef says he will be killed if he is deported from the United States to the West Bank. The oldest son of one of Hamas’ founders, he was an Israeli spy for a decade, and he abandoned Islam for Christianity, further marking him a traitor.
He is scheduled to plead his case Wednesday to an immigration judge in San Diego, four months after publishing memoirs that say he was one of the Shin Bet security agency’s best assets and was dubbed The Green Prince, a reference to his Hamas pedigree and the Islamists’ signature green color.
Yousef’s case seems straightforward: Helping Israel find and kill members of the militant group would make him a marked man back home. Nearly two dozen members of Congress wrote Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano this week that Yousef would be in “grave danger” in the Middle East. Former CIA Director James Woolsey says his deportation would discourage other potential spies.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that such an action would set us back years in the war on terrorism,” Woolsey wrote in a letter released by Yousef’s attorney. “Mosab’s deportation would be such an inhumane act it would constitute a blight on American history.”
But the Department of Homeland Security isn’t convinced and wants him gone, calling him “a danger to the security of the United States” who has “engaged in terrorist activity.”
Yousef, 34, settled in Southern California after stepping off a plane in Los Angeles with a tourist visa in January 2007. He remains free while his application for asylum is considered.
“Exposing terrorist secrets and warning the world in my first book cost me everything. I am a traitor to my people, disowned by my family, a man without a country. And now the country I came to for sanctuary is turning its back,” he wrote on his blog last month.
When I wrote about creeping Sharia in America back in January in my article “One Nation under Allah” I was called an “Islamophobe.” In March I co-wrote “Are we financing our own demise” with Joy Brighton, an expert in Sharia finance. For that, I was called an “alarmist.” Also in March I wrote an article in which I told the truth about the treatment of women who live under Sharia law and I was called a “racist”. In April I wrote about the amount of terror that stems from Islam. I was called a “hate monger”. Last week in my article “You’re doin’ fine Oklahoma” I wrote about the ban of Sharia in Oklahoma and was told I was “crazy” to believe that Sharia could ever happen here in America.
Well, to all my critics, welcome to Dearborn, Michigan.
According to the Thomas More Law Center news:
“ANN ARBOR, MI – In what some have described as police enforcement of Sharia law at the annual Dearborn Arab International Festival, last Friday night Dearborn Police Officers arrested four Christian missionaries and illegally confiscated their video cameras which were recording the events surrounding their arrests. The Thomas More Law Center, a public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced it is representing all of the Christian missionaries.
Arrested on charges of Breach of the Peace are: Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, and David Wood. Mayel, an eighteen year old female, whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was approximately 100 feet away and videotaping a discussion with some Muslims when her camera was seized.
~ Continue the read…but note–
“Two thirds of Dearborn, Michigan is Muslim.”
The last time I checked, The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
For purposes of comparison, under Sharia law:
“Non-Muslims are not allowed to proclaim their beliefs to Muslims and Muslims are forbidden to leave Islam, leaving Islam is “apostasy” with the possible penalty of death”.
The hypocrisy of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has been on display in full force since last month’s flotilla incident off the Gaza coast. In Washington, D.C., the organization’s government relations liaison denounced Hamas as a terrorist organization, while in California two days later, a senior advisor omitted any mention of Hamas’ complicity in the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip.
We at the Investigative Project have repeatedly called upon MPAC to condemn Hamas and Hizballah as the terrorist organizations that the United States and the international community have recognized them to be. Typically, MPAC has skirted the issue by condemning “terrorism and any act of violence against civilians, including suicide bombings,” while refusing to associate Hamas or Hizballah with those actions. Surprisingly, at a June 17 event on Capitol Hill titled, Perspectives on Countering Violent Extremism & Radicalization, Alejandro J. Beutel went the extra mile.
During the question and answer session, Beutel was asked whether MPAC considers Hamas and Hizballah to be terrorist organizations. At first he gave his organization’s stock condemnation of “attacks against civilians,” but then he was pressed further.
Audience Member: But in terms of their organization, not individual acts?
Beutel: Again, like I said, you can go to our website. It’s been very clear what our stance is and we have condemned them as terrorist organizations.
There are two immediate take-aways from this exchange. The first is clear: Beutel should be commended for condemning the deliberate targeting of civilians by Hamas and Hizballah, and for calling them out as terrorist organizations. This one exchange, however, appears inconsistent with the public comments and actions of MPAC leading up to, and since, the event in Washington.
Beutel’s comments cannot be viewed in a vacuum. He claimed:
“Our stance has been very clear for a number of years. You can go check out our website…you can just go through it and do a simple search on it and you will be able to find that.”
CBN News traveled to London to talk with Anjem Choudary, a leading Muslim radical who says Islamic teachings are what shaped his pro-jihad message.
Hear in his own words that Islam is NOT a “religion of peace”, but rather that Jihad and the killing of Christians and Jews is authorized by the Koran.
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Kosovo Arrests Eighth Suspect in North Carolina Terror Case By IPT News
* Updated Jue 21:
A judge has rejected the U.S. extradition request for Asllani. European Union Judge Agnieszka Kolowiecka-Milar ruled that Kosovo does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S. For details, click here.
An eighth suspect in a North Carolina terrorism case was arrested in Kosovo, Thursday.
Original post begins here:
The government alleges that several men, headed by ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd, were planning to attack Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia and arranging travel plans to wage violent jihad abroad. The trial was originally set to begin in this fall, but has been postponed to September 2011 after several defendants requested more time to prepare. The case features an enormous amount of evidence, including 30,000 pages of documents, 750 hours of audio and video clips, and 5 million pieces of potential evidence.
According to the criminal complaint, the recently arrested suspect, Bajram Asllani, participated in the North Carolina-based conspiracy to wage jihad abroad when he “repeatedly tasked another co-conspirator with performing acts in support of the criminal objectives, solicited funds from the conspiracy to carry out concrete plans for the establishment of a base of operations in Kosovo” and “accepted money from the conspiracy for the purpose of enabling him to travel so that he could pursue the conspiracy’s objectives.” The complaint does not allege Asllani was involved in the plans to attack Quantico.
The complaint details that another defendant, Hysen Sherifi, established a relationship with Asllani when he visited Pristina, Kosovo in July of 2008. Asllani sent radical videos to Sherifi, asking him to translate them into English and distribute them to others. One video showed a suicide bomber attacking a convoy of American vehicles. Asllani also allegedly urged Sherifi to raise money to buy land in Kosovo which would be used as a base of operations for jihad. In April 2009, Sherifi came to the United States and collected $15,000 for the land.
But Sherifi was arrested before he could return and deliver the money to Asllani.
Letter Suggests Kansas Charity Had Yemen Connection by IPT News
The NEFA Foundation has published an original copy of a letter written by Ronald Rose, attorney for the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW), a charity that once featured jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on its board of directors.
In recent statements, officials from CSSW’s head office in Yemen denied any link to Awlaki or an affiliated organization he managed in Kansas. A far different picture emerges from Rose’s 1995 letter to the Internal Revenue Service:
“A similar organization exists in the nation of Yemen whose goals are the same. In many cases, application for benefits will be submitted through the organization in Yemen and contributed funds will be routed through this organization to the ultimate recipients.”
Rose later continued:
“The role of the charitable organization in Yemen will be to act as an agent or facilitator for the distribution of benefits from the Society.”
In the letter, he added that decisions by CSSW’s U.S. branch about who is to receive benefits would be made by the group’s board of trustees “with assistance from representatives of the charitable organization in Yemen as well as representatives of various boards of directors of Mosques throughout the United States.”
The organization’s Form 990 filing, seen here, lists Awlaki as a vice president of CSSW. The charity is reported to have been founded by Shaykh Abd-al-Majid al-Zindani, named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the Treasury Department.
Group challenges Muslim chaplain’s dismissal from force
~by Chuck Goudie WLS-TV, Chicago
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint against the Illinois State Police after they rescinded an offer to a prominent imam who was to become the department’s first-ever Muslim chaplain.
It has been six months since Muslim cleric Kifah Mustapha was trained and certified by the Illinois State Police as the department’s first and only Islamic chaplain.
In March, the I-Team reported on certain aspects of Mustapha’s background that prompted state police officials to put a hold on his chaplain duties. Now, Mustapha has been told that he is permanently banned as a state police chaplain.
“Imam Kifah Mustafa is beyond reproach. His track record is not only clear it is transparent and omnipresent. He has been an Imam since 1994. He has served his community with dignity and honor,” said Ahmed Rehab CAIR-Chicago executive director.
Despite strong backing Wednesday from Muslim leaders, Mustapha has been ordered to turn in his state police ID card and bulletproof vest and will no longer be on the roster of three dozen Illinois State Police chaplains, who many times ride-alongs with troopers and serve as the spiritual backbone of the force.
“Today we are filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Comission or EEOC on behalf of Imam Mustapha against the Illinois State Police,” said Christina Abraham, CAIR-Chicago civil rights director.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it blames Steve Emerson for Mustapha’s removal as a police chaplain. Early this year, Emerson’s terrorism research project began posting videos and documents critical of Mustapha and questioning his appointment as a chaplain. Emerson, a national security expert who has testified before Congress, posted public justice department documents that cite Mustapha as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, an organization that federal prosecutors say raises money for Hamas and is “committed to the globalization of Islam and violent jihad.”