Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) gave a speech earlier this month to a Horowitz Freedom Center Texas Weekend in Dallas.
Gohmert is one of the strongest defenders of freedom in Congress. His sometimes-relaxed style can belie his toughness, knowledge and courage (last fall speaking about Obama’s legacy in building a second Ottoman Empire). He has gone after members of the administration for their comfy relationship with hostile Islam, as he did last week when he questioned AG Eric Holder during a hearing [Watch]. The Representative’s request was for Congress to be allowed to see the documents about the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial which were given to the accused contributors to Hamas terrorists but have been kept from the public.
The Congressman is also a defender of American sovereignty who stood with a handful of House conservatives on May 14 to speak against amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. He understands that immigration enforcement is integral to national security, remarking near the end of his Texas talk, “There are consequences to giving citizenship and to letting anybody in.”
Bad consequences, as we saw in the Boston bombing.
Frank Gaffney: I’m very pleased to present to you all tonight a great American, a great Texan, one of my personal heroes and a man I’m very proud to call a great friend, Congressman Louie Gohmert.
Louie Gohmert: Oh, gosh. Thank you. Well, I’m so glad you did that before I talked. That’s really good. Now, I don’t know what you’ll do when I finish.
You’ve heard from three of our best experts earlier today, and then the ultimate expert did the introduction of me tonight. Boy, what a juxtaposition that was. But thank you, Frank, and I appreciate your kind comments. You know, I’m not a household name other than with people that work at the Huffington Post –
– and I tell my family, “Just don’t Google my name. You won’t recognize what you see.”
Back in East Texas, all three networks have stations in my hometown of Tyler, and for a town that small, 85,000, to have all three networks, they all have their own news programs, six and 10, and they’re always looking for news. Back when I was a judge, they were constantly coming to the courthouse and asking for comments. Yeah, Andy is an ultimate expert, having prosecuted the blind sheik that we really need to let go …
… or at least that’s what the people visiting the White House on a regular basis have been saying.
But anyway, so in East Texas, I’m better known. You spend a couple million dollars running for Congress, people get tired of seeing your face. And I was coming home back to Tyler one night, stopped at a — it was about two-thirty in the morning. I stopped at one of the fast fuel places. I like to travel in jeans because I don’t want to wallow around in my suit, you know? They cost too much. Jeans are comfortable. So I had on my jeans. I had my shirttail out. I prefer boots except I’ve got some Brookstone moccasins that are so great to drive in.
And so it’s two-thirty. I shuffle into this place, and I go get my Dr. Pepper and some chocolate, and I see a girl like in her 20s go over to an elderly man who was back stocking something, and she kind of pointed in my direction. Obviously seen the commercials. And I put my stuff on the counter, and she says, “Can I ask you something?” I said, “Sure.” And she said, “Are you James Taylor?”
And so I started to try to sing “Sweet Baby James,” but it wasn’t any use. I couldn’t pull it off, not talking like that, but I thanked her. But anyway, so you never know.
You know, I’m so envious of Frank’s beard. He looks so distinguished. I grew a beard one time for about six weeks before I was a judge or chief justice, and I got ready to try a case in federal court, and I was going to pick the jury that Monday.
My daughter was five. Heard me tell my wife that in East Texas, there’s some people that don’t like beards. So I was going to shave my beard before I went to pick the jury, and anyway, I was tucking our five-year-old daughter in, and she said, “Daddy, are you really going to shave your beard?” And I said, “Yeah, you like it?” And she said, “Yeah, it helps you not look like a clown.”
So, Frank, you don’t look like a clown, buddy. You look really distinguished, and I appreciate that so much.
But anyway, all of those lessons are still muddled around in my mind. I talked to Andy earlier about the things that had been discussed because you’ve had ultimate experts before you. But you hear all the talk about the Muslim Brotherhood, and sometimes — well, I’ve run into so many people that say, “When did it get started? What was it about?” And some of you may have heard me challenged in some of the small networks, you know, those that you add up all of their ratings and they don’t quite add up to Fox News viewers. But when you don’t have as many viewers as C-SPAN, it’s time to check it in. But CNN, MSNBC, they’re still hanging in there.
But anyway, they raised some cane back when I said, “This president has really jumpstarted a new Ottoman Empire.” Now, I don’t know why they had never heard about the Ottoman Empire before. Continue reading this article
The relatives of those killed in the November 2008 terror attacks expressed relief over the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, who was hanged by the Indian authorities Wednesday morning in Yerwada jail. Justice has finally been delivered, many said.
Ragini Sharma, the widow of S. K. Sharma, a railway ticket collector: She expressed gratitude to the president and said, though it was delayed, but “we did get justice,” according to Samay Live, a television news station.
“I am happy that it was done secretly, otherwise some human rights people would have opposed it,” said Ms. Sharma, who lost her husband in the terror attacks. [. . .]
It’s good that the victims are satisfied that some justice was achieved by a mass murdering jihadist being hanged. A horrific crime requires the ultimate punishment.
Perhaps the execution will inspire the fearful, politically correct US Army to move forward with the trial of Fort Hood mass murderer Maj Nidal Hasan. The trial for the 2009 crime has been postponed for months over silly arguments about whether Hasan must be shaved to appear in court, with predictions that the “trial could start in 2012″. What’s the holdup here? Get on with it.
India secretly hanged the lone survivor of the Pakistan-based militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people, sparking celebrations days before the fourth anniversary of the assault on the financial capital.
Pakistan national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the enduring image of the bloody assault, which traumatized India and raised fears of copycat attacks on foreign cities. Pictures of the boyish gunman wearing a black T-shirt and toting an AK-47 rifle as he strode through Mumbai’s train station were published around the world.
Kasab was executed on Wednesday morning amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.
“All the police officers and personnel who lost their life in the battle against the terrorists have today been served justice,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said after Kasab was hanged in a jail in Pune, southeast of Mumbai.
Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state, in a charge-sheet running to more than 11,000 pages.
It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004. There was celebration on the streets of Mumbai and other cities as news of the execution spread, but militant groups in Pakistan reacted angrily, as did residents of his home village of Faridkot.
People set off fireworks and handed out sweets in Indian cities. Some held up photos of Kasab with a rope noose superimposed over his head.
Attack survivor Vishnu Zende, who was working at Mumbai’s train station where nearly 60 people were killed, said the execution brought it all back.
“When I heard the news of Kasab’s execution today, I remembered those horrifying moments of the attack,” Zende said.
“My eyes were filled with tears.”
An effigy of Kasab was hung by the neck from the entrance gate of the station by a right-wing local party. A crowd of about 30 shouted “Pakistan murdabad” (death to Pakistan) as they beat the effigy, which had shoes hung around its shoulders.
In Pakistan, a senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, which India blames for the assault on Mumbai, called Kasab a hero and said he would inspire more attacks. Continue reading this article
It’s too bad so many of the numerous domestic terror cases get settled by plea deals because real trials can be quite illuminating about the activities of hostile Muslims residing in the United States. In the current case, even with minimal information released to the public, we learned that Khalifi was an active music fan and club kid until explorations on the internet about his religion convinced him to follow the murderous jihadist ideology.
The example of Khalifi shows once again how Islamic immigration is deeply unwise, if even an apparently assimilated Muslim can self-radicalize using the web.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man convicted of plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the U.S Capitol was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under a plea deal he struck.
Amine El-Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria expressed no remorse for his actions at Friday’s sentencing hearing.
“I just want to say that I love Allah. That’s it,” he told U.S. District Judge James Cacheris.
He was arrested in February in a parking garage near the Capitol, wearing what he thought was an explosive-laden suicide vest. In an undercover sting, agents posing as al-Qaida operatives had supplied him with an inert explosive vest and an inoperable gun.
Under El-Khalifi’s guilty plea, the judge could only sentence him to a range from 25 to 30 years.
Public defender Kenneth Troccoli argued for the minimum sentence. He said that El-Khalifi “bore no ill will to the American people.”
“His motivation was simply to do what he thought God called him to do,” Troccoli said.
Troccoli said his client, an illegal immigrant from Morocco, embarked on a largely self-taught rediscovery of his religion after a misdemeanor assault conviction in 2007. Before that, he had been active in the D.C. club scene, taking drugs and occasionally producing music.
Plea deals diminish distasteful details about how Muslim immigrants and aliens routinely plot to mass-murder Americans. The media and government don’t want to disillusion the public about the reality of diversity, namely how the infatuation with the ideology has endangered national security and public safety.
In this case, El Khalifi entered the US on a visitor’s visa at age 16 with his parents and never left, making him an illegal alien after some period. CBS reported (2/17/12) “occasional minor scrapes with the law, including a marijuana charge and traffic infractions” but there was no deportation, obviously.
El Khalifi was arrested last February in a sting operation where he thought he was working with al Qaeda jihadists to blow up the capitol, but they were actually fellows affiliated with the FBI.
Note the characterization from the Associated Press of the jihadist as a “Virginia man” even though his citizenship is Moroccan. Furthermore he is described as a “home-grown” terrorist, even though his personality and belief system were certainly well formed by age 16 when he arrived. Presumably the idea is to blame America for the bad behavior rather that point an accusing finger at permissive, unwise immigration.
A Virginia man will spend at least 25 years in prison after admitting he tried to conduct a suicide bomb attack against the U.S. Capitol.
Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant from Morocco living in Alexandria, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court, admitting that he plotted with men he thought were Al Qaeda operatives to attack the Capitol. In reality, El Khalifi was the target of an undercover FBI operation.
He was arrested in February in a parking garage near the Capitol, wearing what he thought was an explosive-laden suicide vest. The vest, provided by undercover operatives, was actually inert. A gun he planned to use to shoot his way past security in the building was also inoperable.
Friday’s plea deal requires the judge to sentence El Khalifi to a term of between 25 and 30 years when the sentencing is held Sept. 14. In the plea deal, prosecutors state they will ask for a 30-year sentence.
Prosecutors said El Khalifi had revealed his intention to kill Americans to an undercover FBI operative he thought was a member of the Al Qaeda terrorist group. He spoke of wanting to attack a synagogue and kill Army generals, prosecutors said, before settling on a plot to blow himself up inside the U.S. Capitol as an act of martyrdom. Officials have said the public was never in danger.
El Khalifi admitted in Friday’s hearing that, in preparation for the planned attack, he detonated a test bomb at a quarry in West Virginia and told the undercover operatives that he was hoping for an even larger explosion when he attacked the Capitol. He told the operatives he would be happy if he could kill 30 people. He also asked his handlers to remotely detonate the suicide bomb at the Capitol if he were incapacitated. Continue reading this article
The recent news of the plea deal of Gitmo prisoner Majid Khan (pictured) provides an interesting window into the infiltration of hostile Muslims into America.
Interestingly, Khan discarded his jihadi duds for his court appearance and showed up wearing attire favored by the hated infidel, as reported by Fox News:
[. . .] Eleven guards accompanied Khan as he entered the high security courtroom. He was not shackled and wore a navy blue suit, crisp white shirt, and gold rimmed glasses. He was clean shaven except for a goatee. Unlike other-high value detainees who have worn prison garb to the hearing, Khan’s appearance was very Western or American.
A former Baltimore County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and conspiracy in plots to kill former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, to bomb a hotel in Indonesia and to blow up gas stations in the United States.
Majid Shoukat Khan, a 1999 graduate of Owings Mills High School, entered the plea before a war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held with other high-value detainees.
News reporters watched the arraignment from Fort Meade via a secure video feed.
Khan, 32, was charged this month with murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, spying, providing material support to terrorism and conspiracy.
Col. James L. Pohl, the military judge presiding over the arraignment, accepted Khan’s guilty plea to all charges.
Under an unusual plea agreement, his sentencing is to be delayed for four years, during which he apparently will testify against other terror suspects.
If he gives prosecutors his “full and truthful cooperation,” he would be sentenced to no more than 15 more years in prison.
He could still be detained as an enemy combatant after his sentence is complete, but would be allowed to petition for his release. Continue reading this article
On Friday, Kareem Ibrahim (pictured), a Shiite imam from Trinidad, got a lifetime room in the Big House for his part in a terror scheme. He was convicted in Brooklyn last May.
The plan was to blow up fuel lines and tanks at Kennedy Airport in order to create a murderous firestorm that would “rival the horrors of 9/11.” The conspiracy was cooked up by a Guyanese immigrant, Russell M. Defreitas, who worked as a cargo handler at the airport and was given a life sentence earlier along with another Muslim.
Elite media don’t appear very interested in this story. When I looked a little while ago, the New York Times carried only a blog item even though the plot was local. Terror trials involving Muslims are strangely overlooked by the liberal press despite their going on all the time — something I’ve learned from having “Muslim terror trial” as a heading on my Google News page. For example, three North Carolina Muslims were sentenced on Friday to terms from 15 to 45 years for terror plots.
The dinosaur media is simply too politically correct to run stories suggesting that Muslim immigration threatens Americans and should be ended.
A Trinidadian man who was convicted of plotting to blow up fuel tanks at Kennedy International Airport was sentenced Friday to life in prison.
“No one can doubt the seriousness of this crime,” said Judge Dora L. Irizarry of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who compared the bomb plot to the Sept. 11 attacks as she handed down the maximum sentence to the man, Kareem Ibrahim, 66.
Mr. Ibrahim was one of four men accused in 2007 in what federal authorities said was a plot to cause a chain reaction along a pipeline that would damage vast areas of New York City.
Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Mr. Ibrahim, an imam and a leader of the Shiite Muslim community in Trinidad, had provided operational support to the group plotting the attack. Mr. Ibrahim was extradited from Trinidad and Tobago for the trial.
Crucial evidence came from a convicted drug dealer and paid informer who contributed financial and logistical support to the plotters and secretly recorded their conversations.
Two of the conspirators, Russell M. Defreitas, a Guyanese immigrant and former cargo handler at the airport who prosecutors said conceived the plan, and Abdul Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese Parliament, were convicted in 2010 and were sentenced to life in prison. Another man, Abdel Nur, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Mr. Ibrahim waived his right to make a statement during the sentencing hearing on Friday. When the sentence was announced, he remained calm as one of his relatives in the courtroom told him to stay strong.
Mr. Ibrahim’s lawyers said they planned to file an appeal on his behalf.
“Kareem Ibrahim abandoned the true tenets of his religion and plotted to commit a terrorist attack that he hoped would rival 9/11,” Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement. “But law enforcement detected and thwarted the plot, saving lives.”
Funny how US attorney Lynch thought she was qualified to lecture the imam about the true nature of Islam, i.e., that it’s the religion of peace. She must not have read the Koran which is full of admonitions to kill the infidels.
It was announced this week in Chicago that a plea deal has been worked out between prosecutors and would-be terror bomber Sami Samir Hassoun (pictured), a Lebanese citizen. He had deposited a backpack containing a bomb (he thought) near Wrigley Field during a Dave Matthews concert in 2010, hoping to murder hundreds (Plea deal in works for Wrigley Field bomb suspect, Chicago Tribune, Dec 20).
It’s troubling that so many terror crimes are swept under the rug via plea deals. The usual explanation is that it saves the government money to forego the costs of a full-blown trial. The report below notes that only five percent of federal cases actually go to trial.
But trials are public events in which citizens learn more about the nefarious activity occurring in their communities. Terror trials in particular are vital to reveal the extent of the mostly immigrant fifth columnists who endeavor to mass-murder Americans. The Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007 uncovered a network of jihadists posing as Muslim charities, and the organization’s founders were given life sentences.
Two high-profile terrorism cases in Chicago are headed toward plea bargains, according to court records obtained by the I-Team and attorneys for the accused.
The terrorism cases are unrelated and both men were arrested by the FBI at different times last year. Raja Khan was a cab driver the feds say was connected to top foreign terrorists. Sami Hassoun was the so-called “Wrigleyville bomber.”
Now with Khan and Hassoun cutting deals, the men and the government will avoid lengthy and costly prosecutions.
The Dave Matthews band was playing in Wrigley Field on September 19th, 2010. That is the night federal authorities claim Sami Samir Hassoun chose to detonate a bomb in Wrigleyville.
The 22-year old Lebanese national was charged with placing a backpack inside a trash can outside Sluggers sports bar across from the ballpark.
According to prosecutors, Hassoun thought it was a fully functional bomb in his pack, capable of leveling the city block.
“His intent was to kill as many people as he could in an area of town that was highly populated at that time of night, to create as much destruction as possible,” said the FBI’s agent in charge, Robert Grant. Continue reading this article
I have my Google News page set up with several topics of interest, mostly having to do with immigration, diversity and crime. One of the most revealing topics has been Muslim Terror Trial, which has a constant level of activity revealing how jihadists are busy bees trying to turn America to totalitarian sharia.
Like other immigrant crimes, most of the Islamic terror cases are reported locally only and don’t get national attention which would show the pattern of increasing incidence. As analyst Walid Phares noted last year, “According to open-source reports, between 2001 and 2008, U.S. agencies stopped one or two terror attempts a year. However, from 2009 until today, the government has been uncovering one or two cases a month, a troubling growth in jihadi activities.”
Interestingly this uptick corresponds with the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. Do our jihadist enemies believe Americans are weaklings ready to surrender to Islam, shown by their election of a man who is at the least a grandson of Muslims? (His grandmother went on the hajj a couple years ago and has wished her grandson would become a Muslim.)
The opinion of Muslims about Americans is far more important than whether Obama is a secret Muslim. (He’s not, in my opinion, although Obama has shown a undue friendliness toward Islam in comparison to his regard for western and Christian values.)
Anyway, here’s a terror trial update, this one from Seattle where some Muslim guys were inspired by Col. Hasan’s massacre at Fort Hood and thought they would blow up a recruiting station.
One of the two men accused of attempting to blow up a military recruiting station in Seattle pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.
Walli Mujahidh, 32, of Los Angeles, was indicted last July on charges that he planned to use assault rifles and grenades to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle.
Authorities allege that Mujahidh conspired with Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 33, of Seattle, to kill US military recruits in a surprise attack aimed at inspiring other radical Muslims to carry out terror operations in the US.
Under a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to sentencing guidelines of 27 to 32 years in prison for Mujahidh. He is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Court Judge James L. Robart on April 16.
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mujahidh admitted in court Thursday that he intended to carry out the plot and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder officers and agents of the United States, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and unlawful possession of a firearm. Continue reading this article
In 2009, an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Muhammad (pictured), drove to a Little Rock Army recruiting office where he shot and killed Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.
In his trial last week, the defense attorneys hoped to convince jurors that Muhammad had a delusional disorder — a common ploy in Islamic crimes of violence, because the actions often look like those of a crazy person.
On Monday, however, he arranged a plea deal with the prosecutor in which he pleaded guilty to murder in return for life in prison, to avoid the death penalty.
In Peter King’s hearing last March about the radicalization of Muslims residing in America, one witness was Melvin Bledsoe, the father of the convicted killer, who was originally named Carlos Bledsoe. (Read his testimony.) He told the committee how his son had been ensnared by Islamists in college in Nashville and brainwashed with the hateful ideology of Muslims against the world. In 2007 Muhammad traveled to Yemen to learn about his adopted religion, where he absorbed more of the hate-America belief system. When he returned to this country, he wanted to retaliate against the military for what he considered to be American wars against Islam, leading to the jihadist attack on US soldiers.
An interesting sidebar of the trial is how it supposedly has stirred up the dread fear of “backlash” against Muslims among the local slaves of Allah. There is a problem though: the complaint from Muslims is that they are being beaten up and robbed, but nobody has reported a crime to the police. Perhaps a few unkind glances have been magnified by fertile imaginations. Actual hate crimes against Muslims are rare, according to FBI research, but Muslims plug away at their victim fantasy regardless.
Here are more details about the crime and sentence:
(CNN) — A man accused of shooting two soldiers at a military recruiting center in 2009 pleaded guilty Monday to the crime and received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Abdulhakim Muhammad, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, was charged with killing Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. The attack happened June 1, 2009, outside a recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Muhammad faced 12 charges in total — capital murder, attempted capital murder and 10 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle — according to Stephanie Harris, a spokeswoman with the state court system.
In Arkansas, defendants cannot plead guilty in a case in which the death penalty is a possibility.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the death penalty in exchange for Muhammad’s plea, Harris said.
A Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, Muhammad was 23 at the time of the fatal shooting. He was angry at the U.S. military because of “what they had done to Muslims in the past,” Little Rock homicide Detective Tommy Hudson has said.
Remember the Muslim immigrant in Buffalo who beheaded his insufficiently submissive wife? The couple, Muzzammil and Aasiya Hassan, had founded an Islamo-informative television station (Bridges TV) designed to combat negative impressions about Islam, e.g. that it fosters violence and misogyny.
The precipitating action of the murder was apparently Aasiya’s filing for divorce, and a few days later Muzzamil Hassan met her at their TV station with two new hunting knives and stabbed her dozens of times before dismembering her body in a way that would prevent her entrance to paradise. A Muslim wife is supposed to be an obedient doormat under the husband, not an independent individual.
It’s been nearly two years since the heinous murder, and the trial has finally started. Hassan is being tried for second-degree murder, which seems an insufficient charge given his obvious planning of the crime. Are District Attorneys afraid of maximum prosecution of Muslim criminals because they fear personal threats from other hostile sons of Allah? Remember that a plea deal was offered to the Arizona honor killer Faleh Almaleki, although it didn’t work out.
Hassan is claiming he was a battered spouse, which is ridiculous on the face, since he is a rather large man. The crime was a standard-issue Islamic honor killing with extra gore added. I take Hassan’s characterization of being a battered spouse as his statement of disrespect to American values of gender equality.
The case is yet another example of why Muslim immigration is a big mistake for our country, because our Western values are antithetical to those of Islam. The culture of honor killing does not enrich America.
As he waited in a minivan for his stepmother on the evening of Feb. 12, 2009, outside the Bridges television station on Thorn Road in Orchard Park, Michael Shazad Hassan began to fear that something terrible had happened.
Within minutes, he learned that his worst fears had been realized.
Michael Hassan, now 19, was the key prosecution witness this morning in the murder trial of his father, Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan, who stands accused of killing his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan.
Hassan, 46, a former local bank executive who founded the Bridges cable television station with Aasiya Hassan, his third wife, has been jailed since he surrendered at Orchard Park police headquarters within an hour or so of the murder. According to testimony Tuesday and this morning, authorities believe Hassan stabbed and beheaded his wife while three of his children sat in a minivan in the parking lot outside.
Under questioning from prosecutor Paul E. Bonanno, Michael Hassan told Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk and a 12-person jury that he was with his stepmother when she drove to the cable television station to drop off a bag of clothing for Mo Hassan, just six days after she began divorce proceedings and obtained court orders barring Hassan from harassing her.
Michael Hassan, a sophomore computer science major at the University at Buffalo, said he was unaware that his father was inside the station when his stepmother went in. As the time passed, he said he began to get more nervous.
“I’m beginning to fear for Aasiya,” he testified.
As he and Aasiya’s two younger children waited in a minivan outside, he heard a loud screech, but thought it was a car on the road. He looked up from a game he was playing on his cell phone, but saw nothing.
A few minutes later, he said he saw two lights go on and off and saw his father emerge from the building. His father then drove up in his Mercedes, handed Michael Hassan an M&T Bank envelope with cash in it, and left.
He told the jury the luxury car was not parked in the station’s lot when his stepmother drove him to deliver the bag of clothing for him. He said he was shocked to find his father walk out of the office alone moments later.
Michael Hassan said he grew worried and tried to call his stepmother. He said he tried to get into the station but the door was locked. He peered into two windows, he said, but it was dark. His younger brother and sister, Aasiya’s children, sat in car seats in the back of the minivan.
When the police arrived, he said, he knew something had gone terribly wrong.
“I’m assuming at that point that Aasiya had been killed,” Michael Hassan said.
Michael Hassan, who was 17 at the time, described how his father had periodically assaulted Aasiya Hassan as well as himself and his sister, Sonia, now 21, both born of his first marriage to the now Janice Haller. Continue reading this article
Indeed, Shahzad used the sentencing to bash America in a hostile outburst of Islamist belief.
Keep in mind that Shahzad came to this country on a student visa, stayed legally, got an MBA and became a citizen. He had an unremarkable lifestyle in the suburbs with a job and a wife — an apparent success story of immigrant assimilation. Yet he went to Pakistan for terrorist training so he could kill dozens of Americans.
The failed Times Square bomber was jailed for life today for his plot to bring carnage to the heart of New York.
Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad had packed explosives into the back of an SUV, but the detonator failed, sparing crowds of tourists.
Calling himself a Muslim solider, Shahzad had pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts.
Today, as he was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole, he defiantly warned the court: ‘Brace yourself, the war with Muslims has just begun.’
He added: ‘The defeat of the U.S. is imminent, inshallah.’
During in a five-munite outburst, the 31-year-old thanked the judge for the sentence and said he was ‘happy with the deal that God has given me’.
Shahzad, a former finance worker from Connecticut was arrested two days after his attempted bombing on May 1.
He had parked a sport utility vehicle full of explosive materials in the crowded area and attempted to set the bomb off as he fled.
But the bomb fizzled before it could do any harm, doomed by faulty wiring and ingredients such as a low-grade fertiliser that couldn’t explode.
For greatest impact, he chose a crowded section of Times Square by studying an online streaming video of the so-called ‘Crossroads of the World’, prosecutors said.
He lit the fuse of his crude, homemade bomb, then fled on foot, pausing along the way to listen for the explosion that never came, court papers said.
A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the vehicle and alerted police, who quickly cleared the area.
The bomb attempt set off an intense investigation that culminated two days later with investigators plucking Shahzad off a Dubai-bound plane at a New York airport.
Despite pledging allegiance to this country when he became a citizen, Faisal Shahzad tried to mass murder dozens of Americans because of his dedication to jihadist Islam. Yet Washington continues to admit Muslim immigrants when there are millions from more agreeable cultures who would like to enter.
You have to wonder at the ignorance of government intelligence agents who are supposed to protect us from mass-murdering jihadists. The point of the article noted below about the Somali al-Shebaab jihadist group is that authorities didn’t think it was a big deal and didn’t pose a threat. Officials now admit they dropped the ball.
EVERY jihadist worth his Koran is committed to Islo-revolution with the aim of creating a sharia planet entirely ruled by the 8th century tenets of Mohammed.
Some groups are better organized or may have more resources than others, but they all have the same goal. Even a handful could create havoc, such as the Fort Dix Six, who planned to shoot up an army base. In November 2009 one man, Nidal Hasan, shot more than 50 people at Fort Hood, killing 13, in order to express his loyalty to Islam.
Perhaps the brilliant cops thought that Somalis were too primitive to organize an effective terrorist group. Hey, they don’t have to invent guns and bombs, they can buy them with their pirate swag and “religious” donations from loyal Somalis to kill infidels.
One of the nation’s top intelligence officials was stunned by what he heard in that secret, underground facility.
Jack Tomarchio, the Department of Homeland Security’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the time, had flown from Washington to Ohio earlier that spring day for a briefing on the Buckeye State’s latest efforts against terrorism. Now, as heavy winds battered the streets above, two Ohio Homeland Security officials told him how the capitals of Ohio and Minnesota had become havens for refugees of war-torn Somalia.
“Get out of town!” Tomarchio remembers saying in surprise. “Why did they go to Minnesota? It’s freezing up there. Why don’t they go to Arizona, where it’s desert-like?”
Then the two briefers told Tomarchio they were becoming increasingly concerned about “radical mosques” in Columbus, Ohio, where imams “considered to be a little fiery” would come from Somalia and preach anti-Western messages to the growing Somali community, Tomarchio recalls about that day in 2006.
It marked one of the first times a U.S. counterterrorism official was warned that Islamic extremists in Somalia could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland — not just a threat to the Horn of Africa or U.S. interests there.
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