Ohio: Muslim charged with plotting jihad massacre in Cleveland wanted to behead President Trump’s children

His statements about Trump show that after Abdur Raheem Rafeeq gets out of prison, he has a bright future ahead of him as a Democratic Congressman.

Abdur Raheem Rafeeq

“Man who allegedly planned Cleveland terror attack indicted for threatening to kill Trump and family,” by Drew Scofield, 23ABCNews, February 13, 2019:

A Maple Heights, Ohio man who was previously indicted on federal charges for allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Cleveland last summer has now been charged with additional crimes, including threatening to kill President Donald Trump and his family.

The new indictment supersedes the previous one from January that charged Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, 49, with attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida….

Pitts is a U.S. citizen who uses the aliases Abdur Raheem Rafeeq and Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed. Authorities said they learned about Pitts in January 2017 following comments he posted on photographs of a possible jihad training camp, according to court documents….

According to the indictment, in June 2018, Pitts threatened to kidnap the president and cut off his head and hands. He also allegedly threatened Trump’s family. The indictment states Pitts said he would, “Kill his kids. Kill his daughter, son-in-law. Kill ‘em all. He (the president) come out ‘cause you start killing his kids, chop their heads off… you send his kids back.”

The false statements to law enforcement charges came down because authorities say Pitts allegedly lied to the FBI about not having knowledge of a planned terrorist attack on Cleveland last year. Pitts also allegedly denied talking with an undercover agent who he believed was a member of al-Qaida.

Authorities say Pitts talked extensively about his plans to carry out an attack with an undercover agent he believed was an al-Qaida “brother.”

“I’m trying to figure out something that would shake them up on the Fourth of July,” Pitts said. “What would hit them at their core? Blow up in the, have a bomb blow up in the Fourth of July parade.”

According to authorities, Pitts said he wanted to park a van loaded with explosives somewhere in downtown Cleveland.

During the undercover operation, Pitts turned over a cellphone to the agent that contained photos and videos of reconnaissance of possible target areas in Cleveland.

Pitts claimed he would “take targets such as St. John’s Cathedral off the map,” according to authorities. Pitts also allegedly discussed giving remote control toy cars armed with explosives to children of military uniform members.

When authorities said they reminded Pitts that his plan would kill people, he responded that he didn’t have any regrets or care.

Authorities said Pitts told them, “And I’m gonna be downtown when the – when the thing go off. I’m gonna be somewhere cuz I wanna see it go off.”

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“Are you serious? What’s wrong with you?”: Ilhan Omar yells at reporter who asked about her anti-Semitic tweets

The reporter was from CNN, so she was probably astounded that he wasn’t behaving as her adoring sycophant.

“Omar Snaps at CNN Reporter for Asking More Questions About Anti-Semitic Tweet Controversy,” by David Rutz, Washington Free Beacon, February 13, 2019:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) grew angry with CNN reporter Manu Raju on Wednesday after he repeatedly asked her questions about her latest Twitter controversy.

Omar was forced to apologize Monday by Democratic leadership for using anti-Semitic tropes after tweeting that politicians who support Israel are paid off by AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying firm. Omar’s apology included another knock on AIPAC for having too much influence in politics.

President Donald Trump called her apology “lame” and said she should resign or at least be taken off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

According to Raju, Omar first declined to comment on Trump’s latest rejoinder. When he saw her again, according to Raju and fellow CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, she yelled, “Are you serious? What’s wrong with you? Yes, I tweeted and there’s a response. You can run that. Have a nice day.”…

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Convicted New England Pain Doctors had Ties to Egypt

“Mr. Aboshady helped Dr. Mashali operate one of the most dangerous pain management practices in Massachusetts.” – United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

This story from The Global Dispatch looks to be directly quoting a Dept. of Justice press release.  The story is much worse than its title,

New England Pain Management Physician Sentenced to Prison for False Billing Scheme

A physician at the now-defunct New England Pain Management Associates Inc. was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for conspiring to falsify patient medical records in order to obtain payments from Medicare and commercial insurers for medical services that were not performed.

New England pain doc
Dr. Fathalla Mashali

Moustafa Moataz Ibrahim Aboshady, 36, of Lake Forest, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 75 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,852,459. In September 2018, a federal jury convicted Aboshady of one count of conspiracy to make false statements in connection with health care benefit programs and two counts of making false statements in connection with health care benefit programs.

In March 2018, co-conspirator Dr. Fathalla Mashali was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and 16 counts of money laundering.

“Mr. Aboshady helped Dr. Mashali operate one of the most dangerous pain management practices in Massachusetts,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Dr. Mashali routinely dispensed large quantities of powerful narcotics to addicted patients.

Mr. Aboshady assisted Dr. Mashali’s illegal behavior by using his training as a doctor to fabricate patient records, with the goal of duping Medicare and other insurers into paying Dr. Mashali for his fraudulent conduct. Moreover, Aboshady later lied about Mashali’s medical practices to regulatory authorities.”

“Dr. Aboshady engaged in unlawful, unethical, and unprofessional conduct. He used the Medicare system as his own personal ATM, cheating taxpayers and private insurance companies out of thousands of dollars by billing them for medical services that were never performed. The FBI is committed to protecting government and private health care programs and stopping those who steal from them,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.


Aboshady conspired with Mashali, other members of NEPA (New England Pain Management Associates), and members of a satellite office in Cairo, Egypt, to falsify medical records and urine drug test results to support claims for payment to Medicare and insurers for services that Mashali did not render.


Continue here for more of the gory details of the fraud this pair was perpetrating on US taxpayers, and for the harm they were bringing to their drug addicted patients.

The photo (above) is from a very cool website I just discovered called The Bad Doctor Databasesee it here.  Dr. Mashali appeared for his trial in that ‘get-up’ in the photo on the right.  My first thought was that it was a ploy to gain sympathy of the court.  Although not charged for any deaths, when you read about Mashali you learn that eight of his patients died of opioid over doses.

question markWhat are you going to do?  Check out your doctors very carefully especially if they are of the ‘new American’ variety! And, keep a watchful eye on loved ones who you suspect of being over-medicated and risk addiction!  Knocking off infidels while getting rich is a pretty sweet deal for creeps like these.

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Texas teen converts to Islam, uses social media to recruit for jihad terror group

Still another example of a convert to Islam getting the crazy idea that his new religion required him to commit treason and mass murder. If these were converts to Christianity, it would be all over the New York Times and CNN, but of course that would never happen anyway.

“New York man on way to Pakistan to join LeT arrested at US airport,” Press Trust of India, February 9, 2019:

A 29-year-old New York City man has been arrested while he was about to catch a flight to Pakistan to join the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in a dangerous sign that the Pakistan-based terror group, which carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has expanded its tentacles in the US.

In another instance of growing influence of the LeT in the US and radicalisation of American youths, a teenager in Texas was charged by the FBI with using social media to recruit people on behalf of the terror group and send them to Pakistan for terrorist training….

In the southern state of Texas, 18-year-old Michael Kyle Sewell was charged by the FBI with using social media to recruit people on behalf of the LeT and send them to Pakistan for terrorist training.

The arrest of the New Yorker and the charges against the Texas teenager – who do not appear to be of South Asian origin as has been the case in previous such arrests – has set the alarm bells ringing among the law enforcement agencies in the US.

The arrests have thrown the spotlight on issues of homegrown terrorism and radicalisation of American youths, a situation that authorities have dreaded post Mumbai-terrorist attack.

Based out of Pakistan, the LeT is a UN and US designated global terrorist organisation and has carried out several terrorist attacks inside India, including the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008 that took the lives of 166 people including several Americans.

“These organisations are using the internet and social media to appeal to the most barbaric impulses in people, and train them to kill,” Sweeney Jr added….

Meanwhile, Sewell, who encouraged and recruited an individual to join the LeT hails from Fort Worth city and met the man.

“Sewell allegedly used social media to recruit and encourage an individual to travel overseas to join a foreign terrorist organization and conspired with that person to provide material support to that organisation,” Demers said.

According to the criminal complaint, Sewell provided the co-conspirator with contact information of an individual he believed could facilitate the travel to Pakistan.

Unbeknownst to Sewell and his partner, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent, the federal prosecutors said….

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Family forces woman to sleep with father-in-law to fulfill Islamic law

A Muslim woman from the Bareilly district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was forced to sleep with her father-in-law for nikah halala, after her husband gave her instant triple talaq (“I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you” said thrice, and the wife is out in the cold). The Bareilly woman, as if not humiliated enough by the divorce, then had to go perform nikah halala with her father-in-law, so as to be allowed to return as a wife to her husband.

Nikah halala is an Islamic law that “requires a woman to marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her first husband.” Islam allows a Muslim man to “remarry the same woman twice.” If he divorces her a third time, “he can only remarry the same woman if she first marries another man, consummates the marriage, and only if the man dies or willingly asks for divorce, can the woman go back to her first husband and remarry him.”

Note in the article below how sickeningly abusive the husband and his family were to this lady. The husband’s family even forcibly sedated her to complete the nikah halala ritual with her father-in-law.

Nikah halala is yet another example of the inferior status of women in Islam. Others include the triple talaq itself, polygamy, inheritance matters (a woman’s inheritance is half that of a male), and the devaluing of women’s testimony (two women = one male, so her testimony is worth half that of a man), female genital mutilation (stipulated in Islamic law, Umdat al-Salik e4.3, and by Muhammad himself, Sahih Bukhari 7:72:777), wife-beating (Quran 4:34), and full covering — otherwise she may be abused (Quran 24:31, 33:59).

Many Islamic scholars are making money off one-night stands with divorced Muslim women in the practice of nikah halala.

The silence of Western feminists and media is deafening.

“Bareilly woman claims serial ‘halala,’” Times of India (thanks to The Religion of Peace), February 7, 2019:

BAREILLY: A woman in Bareilly was forced to perform the ritual of ‘nikah-halala’ with her father-in-law after her husband gave her instant triple talaq. The matter came to light on Tuesday during the hearing of a maintenance case that the woman had filed against her husband after he divorced her again in 2017 and was forcing her to perform halala with his brother.

The victim’s sister stated in her affidavit filed in the court of Judge Ajay Singh that her sister was married to a resident of Qila, on July 5, 2009.

“After her marriage, two years went well but my sister’s husband and in-laws started torturing her as she couldn’t give birth to any child. They started calling her sterile and would keep her without food for several days. Beating up my sister over petty issues had been a routine. On several occasions, my sister faced sexual abuse by her husband,” she stated in the affidavit.

According to case details, the woman was first divorced on December 15, 2011. But when her family requested her husband to reconsider his decision, he agreed on the condition that she would have to undergo ‘halala’ with his father.

“When my sister refused to undergo ‘halala’, her in-laws forcibly administrated sedative injection on her and completed the ritual with her father in-law. For next 10 days, the elderly man raped my sister and gave her triple talaq so that she could remarry her husband. But, in January 2017, he again divorced my sister and then the family started pressing her to undergo ‘halala’ with her husband’s younger brother,” she said. It was then that the family moved family court for maintenance. The court has fixed February 15 for the next hearing in the case….

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VIDEO: New Jersey Imam says Muslims should reject ‘freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press’

Mateen Khan also explains how the “clever” Jews fooled the Europeans into thinking they were “one of them.” Does Mateen Khan believe in violent jihad, and that non-Muslims should be subjugated under Islamic law as dhimmis, and that Sharia should ultimately replace the U.S. Constitution? What do you think?

“NJ-Based Imam Mateen Khan: Liberals Are Trying To Force Muslims To Adopt Liberalism And To Allow Them To Insult Muhammad; The Jews Convinced The Europeans To Hate The Arabs Instead Of Them,” MEMRI, December 30, 2018:

New Jersey-based Imam Mateen Khan said during a lecture at the Muslim Center of Middlesex County, NJ, (MCMC) that liberalism is a philosophy that requires everybody to adopt it, and that holds that those who don’t accept liberalism are a threat. Giving the example of Afghanistan, which he said the U.S. invaded under the pretext of empowering Afghani women, Khan said that those who don’t accept liberalism are forced to accept it with the pretext of women’s rights, LGBT rights, and combating intolerance. He said that liberals want Muslims to allow them to exercise their freedom of speech to insult the Prophet Muhammad. Later in the lecture, Khan said that the Jews in Europe had been hated and used as a scapegoat because Europeans were antisemitic. He then claimed that some Israeli psychologists had written that the Zionists had successfully convinced the Europeans to hate the Arabs and Palestinians – who he explained are also Semitic – instead of the Jews, by telling them that the Palestinians are the backwards, monotheistic Semites who should really be hated. The lecture was uploaded to MCMC’s YouTube channel on December 30, 2018.

Following are excerpts:

Imam Mateen Khan: When we talk about liberalism we are talking about a political and moral philosophy. The people who are its proponents say it is built on liberty and equality. So what liberals say… They espouse a wide variety of views, depending on their understanding of principles. Like I said, it is a philosophy. It is a world view, it is how you think. So generally, they support the concept of civil rights, democracy, secularism, gender equality, racial equality, internationalism, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press… Now I know most of us are listening to these words and thinking: “What’s wrong with that?” We will get there.


For those of us old enough to remember when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan: Why did they invade Afghanistan? What was the reason?


It was the empowerment of women. [They said that] the Taliban are not letting the women get an education, and that the Taliban are not letting the women walk in the streets like they used to. And they would show pictures from the 1940s and 1950s, of Afghani women in skirts, walking around freely… [They said:] ‘We need to save these women.’ [They told] the women in this country: “You need to save your sisters. The way that you are living here – don’t you want them to have the same?”


It is a cultural war. It is a philosophy that they want to spread. If you don’t want to adopt [liberalism] on your own… [They say:] “If you as a Muslim people do not want to adopt our philosophy on your own, then we will bring it to you with the excuse of women and LGBT, and the excuse of the intolerance that you have in your land.”


Liberalism, by its core, is meant for everyone. Therefore, everyone must accept it, and if there are people aren’t [accepting it], then that is a threat to [liberals’] core identity. And they need to find a way to get rid of it.


They want you to take on the philosophy of liberalism, and in doing that, you will leave the philosophy that Islam brings with it.


[They say:] “You have to adopt what we believe in, as far as freedoms go. It is our ideology that we should be free to say whatever we want, so you need to let us curse the Prophet Muhammad, because if you don’t, then you are backwards – you are not liberal, and you are not meant for the 21st century.” This is what you are being converted to. [They say:] “You can have Muhammad. He was a great man, but he should not have done what he did to [the Jews of] Banu Qurayza. No one did in history what he did – but he should not have married Aisha.”


Look at the Jews. Historically, the Jews were hated in Europe. They were blamed for all kinds of problems. They were the scapegoat. When something went bad, the Jews [were blamed]. [They said:] “We have a plague? [It’s the fault of] the Jews. There is a recession? [It’s the fault of] the Jews.” This is what they did with them, no matter how long they stayed in Europe. No matter how much they tried to be European, they were still the “other.”


[The Europeans] were antisemitic. But historians tell us, and we know, the Semites are the Jews and who else? The Arabs, the Semites are the Jews and the Arabs. The same way they held bad feelings towards the Jews, they held them towards the Arabs as well. For them there is no difference between an Arab and a Muslim from another land.


So the Jews could never escape their origin. No matter how European they became, they still were in origin, in culture, in background… They remained Jewish to them. They were always the “other.” Israeli psychologists wrote about Zionism. The Zionists were very clever. When they started petitioning Europe for the State of Israel, one of the tactics that they used, is that they tried to convince the Europeans – and they were successful in doing this… [They said:] “We are one of you, and the Semites that you dislike are the Palestinians.” Right, the Semites are two peoples: the Jews and the Arabs. So what they did, they said: “The Semites are two peoples, two groups. In reality, the group that you dislike – that is the Semites, those are the Arabs.” That is Palestine. But the Jews… [They said:] “The Semites that you should like, that is – we are the Jews. You should like us, we are like you. We believe in democracy. We are Western, just like you are.” In fact, most Jews today are secularists. So even in philosophy they are just like they are. But the Palestinians? No, these guys are backwards. These guys still believe in monotheism. They still believe in the Prophet Muhammad. The Israeli psychologists point out that one of the amazing things that the Zionists did is that they convinced Europe that they were one of them, and they convinced Europe that the real Semites are the Arabs. [They said:] “These are the ones you should be against.”

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Muslim organization caught helping migrants cheat on citizenship test

The “hidden earpiece,” as you can see in the photo, is actually rather large. This indicates that those who are giving the test are completely indifferent to the cheating. In some cases, of course, the earpiece would be hidden under a hijab or niqab, and no non-Muslim in Britain would dare ask a Muslim woman to take off her headscarf so as to ensure that no cheating was going on. That would be “Islamophobic.”

“UK citizenship tests: Gangs help cheating candidates pass,” by Guy Lynn, Matt Bardo and Syed Fayaz, BBC, February 4, 2019 (thanks to Paul):

Gangs are helping foreign nationals cheat their UK citizenship application test with the use of earpieces, a BBC investigation has revealed.

For a fee of up to £2,000, criminals secretly listen in and, via a hidden earpiece, give the answers to those taking the Life in the UK test.

Such an operation was secretly filmed by a BBC journalist, who was given help to pass.

The test is failed by about one in five would-be British citizens.

The Home Office said it took any cheating “extremely seriously”.

A pass in the test, which assesses candidates’ knowledge of UK laws, history and society, is usually required as part of the process to secure UK citizenship or indefinite leave to remain.

The number of applications for citizenship made by EU nationals rose by 32% last year and the BBC heard some were paying criminals to cheat the Life in the UK test, as anxiety grows over citizenship rights post-Brexit.

One woman told the BBC she decided to cheat after failing first time around, saying she “felt so much panic” about her situation….

The test, which is taken on a computer and has a pass mark of at least 18 correct answers, is supposed to be held under strict exam conditions….

BBC researchers were able to access organised cheating when they went undercover at training academies in and around London, where candidates take classes to prepare for the test.

Masoud Abul Raza runs the Ideal Learning Academy in east London.

He was filmed telling an undercover researcher that he could guarantee a pass.

“You have to spend nearly £2,000. This is the business, it’s completely hidden. But you are getting a result,” he said.

Mr Abul Raza and his gang later provided the undercover researcher with a hidden two-way earpiece, linked wirelessly through a Bluetooth connection to a concealed mobile phone with an open line. This meant the gang outside could hear the audio feed of the test questions and provide the answers.

“Everything will be arranged. He will give you the answer,” Mr Abul Raza told the undercover journalist.

Tony Smith, the former director general of the UK Border Force, was shown the secretly recorded footage and described it as “clear and blatant cheating by an organised crime gang”….

The BBC heard reports of other training academies doing the same thing, with the same method of cheating having been used at testing centres around the UK.

At the English Language Training Academy (ELTA) in east London, Ashraf Rahman told the BBC’s undercover researcher that he had arranged cheating in Birmingham and Manchester, as well as London.

“I’ve been here for five years and no-one gets caught,” he said.

Mr Rahman later denied he arranged cheating, claiming he was just discussing what others did….

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Muslim who fired multiple shots at vehicle, injuring a woman driving by, flees to Saudi Arabia

The Saudis have a longstanding practice of spiriting Saudi citizens accused of crimes in the United States (and Canada) out of this country. After all, what respect should Muslims have for Infidel laws? But the U.S. government should realize that whatever the pragmatic considerations may be for continuing the sham alliance with Saudi Arabia, this is not the way a friend and ally behaves.

Saudi government helps five Muslims accused of crimes in Oregon elude prosecution, flee the country

Saudi government helps Muslim accused of sexual assault in Canada elude prosecution, flee the country

Rod Al-Ruwaily

“Man suspected in shooting of motorist near Georgetown thought to have fled country,” by Noelle McGee, The News-Gazette, January 29, 2019:

DANVILLE — Vermilion County authorities believe a Georgetown man who’s wanted in an incident earlier this month where a passing motorist was struck by a stray bullet has fled to the Middle East.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Hartshorn said an arrest warrant with a $10 million bond has been issued for Rod Al-Ruwaily, 20, in connection with the Jan. 16 shooting of a woman who was hit while driving on Illinois 1 north of Georgetown….

The shooting occurred around 6 p.m. and stemmed from a dispute at a residence in the area.

Hartshorn said investigators determined that Al-Ruwaily fired multiple shots toward a vehicle in the driveway of his residence in the 1700 block of North Main Street, one of which hit an unrelated vehicle heading south on the state highway.

A 28-year-old female in the passing vehicle was struck by a bullet. Hartshorn said she remains in the hospital, recovering from her injuries.

He added that investigators think Al-Ruwaily fled the country after the incident and is currently in Saudi Arabia.

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Muslim plotted jihad massacre at synagogue, said authorities in Northwest Ohio “wouldn’t even expect it”

Abdullah Ali Yusef, formerly known as Damon Joseph, likely thought that authorities “wouldn’t even expect” his jihad attack on a synagogue because all their attention regarding antisemitism is focused on “right-wing extremists” and neo-Nazis. Islamic antisemitism goes unnoticed not only among law enforcement officials, but largely in Jewish communities as well. Yet it continues to proliferate in the U.S. and Western Europe. Good thing authorities in Northwest Ohio got lucky this time.

Abdullah Ali Yusef (a.k.a. Damon Joseph)

“Ohio man indicted, accused of plotting attack on synagogue in support of ISIS,” by Eric Heisig, Cleveland.com, January 29, 2019:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Toledo-area man was indicted on federal charges Tuesday, following his arrest in December for what federal authorities said was a plan to carry out a mass shooting at a synagogue in the name of the Islamic State.

Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime a violence.

The FBI arrested him Dec. 7 after he grabbed a duffel bag with two disabled semi-automatic rifles from the car of an undercover agent. Following his arrest, he detailed his plans for the attack and “his intent to cause mass casualties in support of ISIS,” according to an affidavit written in December by FBI agent J. Troy Amundson.

Authorities have not named the synagogue Joseph targeted….

The FBI said Joseph was radicalized and went by the name Abdullah Ali Yusef. He shared photographs of guns and knives on social media, as well a pictures originally distributed by ISIS’s media arm, according to the affidavit. He also produced his own videos, authorities say.

The FBI became aware of his social media postings in May, and an undercover agent started talking with him in September, court filings show.

In October, following a mass shooting in Pittsburgh in which a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Joseph told the agent that “my opinion is the Jews are evil and they get what’s coming to them,” according to the affidavit.

“I don’t feel bad at all considering what they’re doing in Palestine,” Joseph continued, according to the affidavit.

He said he admired the shooter and said he could see himself carrying out a similar attack, because authorities in Northwest Ohio “wouldn’t even expect it,” the affidavit said.

Joseph said over the next month that he wanted to commit an attack. He said he planned to escape after the attack, not die in martyrdom. He narrowed the target of his attack down to two area synagogues and said he would choose based on the number of people, the time and day, the affidavit said.

“Go big or go home,” Joseph said, according to the affidavit.

Joseph continued to research the attack until his arrest on Dec. 7, according to the affidavit. He wrote down the name and address of the synagogue he planned to attack for an undercover agent and detailed how he wanted the attack to go down, officials said….

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Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar called for lighter sentences for Muslims who tried to join ISIS

And her basic premise was that jihad terrorism is all the fault of non-Muslims:

“Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment: ‘Americans do not accept you and continue to trivialize your value. Instead of being a nobody, be a martyr.’”

So you see, all we have to do is accept the poor dears, and jihad violence will disappear. This is a foolproof jihad-enabling argument, because when non-Muslims advocate for tough measures against jihadis, Rep. Omar can say that those measures will just “radicalize” more Muslims, and that the better way is simply to do nothing. This will, of course, allow jihad activity to continue unimpeded, since it doesn’t actually stem from “alienation,” but from imperatives within Islamic texts and teachings.

“Rep. Omar Called for Lighter Sentence for Men Who Tried to Join ISIS,” by Aaron Bandler, Jewish Journal, January 24, 2019:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called for a more lenient sentence for nine Somalian men in Minnesota who were convicted of attempting to join ISIS in November 2016.

Omar, then a Minnesota assembly member-elect, wrote in a letter to the judge presiding the case, Michael Davis, about “the ramifications of sentencing young men who made a consequential mistake to decades in federal prison.”

“Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to be 50 or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion,” Omar wrote. “Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment: ‘Americans do not accept you and continue to trivialize your value. Instead of being a nobody, be a martyr.’”

Omar advocated for “a system of compassion” as a response to “fanaticism.”

“If we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation,” Omar said. “A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty. A restorative approach to justice assesses the lure of criminality and addresses it.”

Omar added that such violent fanaticism stems from “systematic alienation” resulting from being barred from the instruments needed to induce change.

“If the guilty were willing to kill and be killed fighting perceived injustice, imagine the consequence of them hearing, ‘I believe you can be rehabilitated. I want you to become part of my community, and together we will thrive,’” Omar wrote. “We use this form of distributive justice for patients with chemical dependencies; treatment and societal reintegration.”

Omar’s letter concluded by stating, “The restorative approach provides a long-term solution – though the self-declared Islamic State may soon suffer defeat, their radical approach to change-making will continue as it has throughout history – by criminalizing the undergirding construct rather than its predisposed victims.”…

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