April 15, 2014

Kansas City Shooting is Terrorism, Not 'Hate Crime'

What exactly is this mythical 'hate crime' that Frazier Glenn Cross, the man who opened fire at a Jewish center in Kansas, is going to be prosecuted for? The problem I have with 'hate crimes' is not that I don't think that what he did deserves a separate and distinct legal category from ordinary 1st degree murder, it's that we already have a legally distinct category. We call this category "terrorism".

Motive does actually matter in the committing of a crime. For instance, motive is what distinguishes murder from manslaughter. In the former you intended to kill the victim, in the latter you accidentally killed the victim through some act of negligence.

Mens rea is what lawyers call it -- the guilty mind.

The problem I and others have with "hate crimes" is that our betters in Washington have decided that hate as a motive for murder deserves more punishment than, say, greed as a motive for murder. I'll agree that if you accidentally kill someone I know I will be less angry than if you intentionally kill someone I know, but I can't see me being less angry or feeling less violated if you killed him because you wanted his money vs. killing him because he was Jewish.

If I may paraphrase my old skate-boarder buddies: hate is not a crime.

But terrorism is a crime treated differently than other crimes and much (but not all) of what passes for 'hate crimes' is actually just terrorism.

In this case for instance I have no problem calling this particular piece of excrement a terrorist. The fact that he actually killed no Jewish people in his murder spree only shows that he, like most terrorists, was an idiot. The point of his act of terrorism, like all acts of terrorism, was to kill people belonging to a particular class of people (in this case, Jews) in order to send a message to all people in that class: be afraid, be terrorized.

Hence, the oldest terrorist group in the US remains the Ku Klux Klan and those groups related to it. When the Klan would burn a cross on a black family's lawn, they did so not just to intimidate that particular family. No, they did it to intimidate (terrorize) all black families who might challenge the status quo.

Killing random Jews (or trying to kill Jews) is an act of terrorism in the same way that blowing up a pizza shop in Israel is. The perpetrators in both cases aren't targeting an individual out of jealously, greed, or avarice like the more common murderers. The perpetrators are instead randomly killing Jews (or in the Kansas case trying to kill Jews) in order to intimidate all Jews.

The best definition of terrorism is something like this: the intentional targeting of civilians by non-state actors in order to cause fear or intimidation in the furthering of political goals.

This is exactly what our suspect in Kansas City was doing. The fact that his larger political goal -- some sort of white supremacy -- is not feasible and based on delusional conspiracy theories of the ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government) really doesn't matter. In fact, many al Qaeda types would agree with the paranoid ZOG theories and would only replace white control with Islamic control.

Now you might argue that my objection to hate crimes is simply semantic, that in the end what matters is that we recognize that pieces of crap who commit crimes aimed at a race or class deserve prison sentences longer than ordinary criminals and so whether we call them 'hate criminals' or 'terrorists' the outcome is the same.

Maybe. But it seems to me that semantics actually matter a whole lot more than such dismissiveness.

By acquiescing to that am I not acquiescing to the very notion that hate is a bad thing? It seems to me that much of squishy modern thinking starts with that premise, but it is a premise that I cannot agree with. Hate, in my mind, can be a valuable emotion under certain conditions and in certain contexts.

I, personally, hate terrorists. I kind of count that as a good thing.


The suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller, is believed to have links to various hate groups. He was a former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

The hate crime designation means that Cross could face both federal and state charges in connection to the killings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom Retirement Center, both in Overland Park, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

“The U.S. attorney’s office will file hate crime charges against the defendant,” said Barry Grissom, U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas. “We will be presenting it to the grand jury in the not too distant future.” ...

Rabbi Herbert Mandl, chaplain for the Overland Park Police Department, told CNN that the shooter was shouting neo-Nazi slogans as he was taken away. Mandl also said he was asking people whether they were Jewish before he fired. And KCTV reported he was yelling “Heil Hitler” during the arrest.

None of the victims of the shooting were identified as Jewish, authorities said.

Also, I hate this guy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:04 AM | Comments |

April 14, 2014

Abu Hamza Trial Begins

Jury selection has started in the trial of the hooked handed Mustafa Kamel Musfa, the al Qaeda supporter better known as Abu Hamza. Let the fun begin:

Jury selection begins on Monday in the trial of a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher who was extradited from Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, in part by trying to create a training camp in Oregon 15 years ago....

Prosecutors say Mustafa conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, by arranging for others to attend an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan, and by ensuring there was satellite phone service for hostage takers in Yemen in 1998 who abducted two American tourists and 14 others.

Too bad we can't give this guy the death penalty.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:14 PM | Comments |

April 02, 2014

Fort Hood Pt. II -- Active Shooter, Ongoing Updates -- One shooter dead -- Self Inflicted -- Shooter was "Soldier" -- ID'd "Ivan Lopez" -- Live Press Conference Confirms Soldier Being Treated for Mental Health Issues

UPDATE: Picture changed:

(Daily Mail)

Reports of a shooter loose on Ft. Hood.

Ft. Hood on lockdown and reports of several wounded.


UPDATE by Rusty: I rushed to the computer as soon as I heard. As per the "related" link above, this came too close on the heels of reports earlier this week of a "Ft. Hood like" attack in the works. Only we were told that the suspect behind those threats was in a mental institution.

But as I've asked several times now, why would the FBI and military post a warning that bases might be under threat if that threat had been neutralized? And now this on the very same day that I posted said suspect was in a nut house? If this turns out to be a coincidence, then it will be an eerie one.

But John Thomas Jr, the guy who sparked the FBI alert, has been in custody for several weeks now and yet the alert went out any way. This suggests, possibly, that there was a worry that there were co-conspirators.


Fort Hood confirms that a shooting has occurred at the U.S. Army post near Killeen, Texas, “and injuries are reported.” No further details were released.
KGENT is saying that 8 have been injured, 1 dead.

Expect updates.

UPDATE: Let me quote my original post from yesterday:

Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations. [emphasis mine]
So, maybe this was a bigger plot? Of course, this is just speculation at this point. But the timing .....

Also, CNN reports that there may be more than one shooter.

UPDATE: KCEN just reported that one of the shooters dead.

UPDATE: The AP is upping that to 14 dead, but that there was only one shooter who is also dead (or one of the 14 dead, not sure)

UPDATE: Ed over at Hot Air has a report that the military now says that it was a single shooter, and that he's dead.

UPDATE: The AP is reporting that the Justice Dept. is already saying that the shooter died of a self inflicted wound:

Justice Department internal report: Fort Hood gunman dead of self-inflicted wound.
I don't have a link for that, but Tom Elia sent it to me and I just heard the same report on the TV station I'm watching.

UPDATE: The latest report is that the shooter was "in uniform" and that the DOD is saying it was "soldier on soldier".

But you know who else was a soldier in uniform shooting other soldiers? Nidal Hasan.

UPDATE: Fox News via Hot Air:

A shooting at Ft. Hood that reportedly left three injured Wednesday was a “soldier on soldier” incident without any terrorism link, a senior Department of Homeland Security source told FoxNews.com.
Given yesterday's alert about a "Ft. Hood style attack" on military bases, then an actual attack at Ft. Hood you can see why terrorism was the first thing to suspect.

But if this turns out to be anything but terrorism? You can expect in the next few hours that the narrative will turn to PTSD. And then the talking heads will begin to blame Bush.

Mark. My. Words.

UPDATE: The suspect is being ID'd on CNN right now as "Ivan Lopez". CBS:

Sources identified the suspect as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez.
UPDATE: I posted a photo of Spc. Ivan Lopez, who was stationed at Ft. Hood and attached to the 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade from this link.

So, does that mean he helped those having a hard time transitioning from a combat zone? Or does it mean that he was being treated because he was having a hard time transitioning?

Thanks to Tom Elia for that link.

We're also now hear that at least four are dead. Not sure if that's four victims + 1 shooter. --->Apparently that was four dead, including the perp. So, our prayers go out for the families of three of them.

UPDATE: I think Iowahawk nailed it

Update: Mediate has this:

According to KWTX-TV, Lopez was an active-duty soldier, who worked as a truck driver for the U.S. Army.
So, if he was a truck driver but last year was attached to the Warrior Transition Brigade ... yeah, the PTSD/blame Bush thing seems kind of inevitable.

UPDATE: The press conference has finally started at Ft. Hood. We'll see if we learn anything new.

He confirms that 3 are dead, and that shooter killed himself. Injured are being treated.

No evidence related to terrorism, but not ruling it out. <--well said, normally these guys automatically rule out terrorism even when they have no motivation.

Being treated for "mental health issues" and PTSD, although hadn't been diagnosed with PTSD (undergoing diagnosis process). Was being treated for depression .... not wounded in action, no record of purple heart

Let blame Bush begin!

Used small sidearm, .45 apc Smith & Wesson

In addition, 16 others injured

So, we've come full circle. Nidal Hasan was at Ft. Hood to treat returning soldiers with PTSD, this guy was at Ft. Hood being treated for PTSD. Both were mass murderers under Obama's watch, but Bush will be blamed.

Not that there's anything political about this -- at least, as far as we know -- but some people make everything political.

UPDATE: As for the picture above, I am not the source of it. This is. It may not be the shooter and some have suggested that since the shooter was only recently transferred to Ft. Hood, it couldn't be him. [Ed: Picture has been changed.]

Possibly. Except that nothing about this guy adds up. A bunch of MSM sources report that he was 34 and still an Spc. (example here). He also was deployed to Iraq for 4 months and saw combat. So that was years and years ago now. The fact that he's been in the military for some time now and was still an Spc. says something about this guy.

Moreover, given his length of service and Iraq deployment he could have been stationed at Hood a few years ago and then just recently came back.

Just a theory, and I'm not that invested in it. But saying that since the above photo is 4 years old, this can't be the shooter just misses some basic things.

By Vinnie at 05:05 PM | Comments |

UPDATE: Would-be Ft. Hood Copycat in Mental Institution

UPDATE 4/2/2014 PM -- Shooting at Fort Hood on the very day I posted this!

Ok, this explains why we were told that John Thomas Booker, Jr. (aka: Muhammad Abdullah Hassan) was "not a threat". Apparently the threat had been neutralized and he's in an insane asylum (presumably involuntarily):

But the FBI interviewed him in March and alerted the Army, which formally discharged him last week. He is now in an undisclosed mental health facility,
More here.

The real question is why the FBI and the military issued a security bulletin based on a plot from a guy who was first detained and then institutionalized?

One more note: insane and dangerous are not mutually exclusive categories and in fact often go together.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:11 AM | Comments |

April 01, 2014

*Bumped* Army Recruit Seeking Ft. Hood Style Attack on the Lam -- (UPDATE) *Exclusive* Suspect is John Thomas Booker, Jr. --UPDATE: No Immediate Threat

UPDATE 4/2/2014 PM -- Shooting at Fort Hood on the very day after I posted this!

Selfie of "Muhammad Abdul Hassan from his FB page

Critical above the fold update: The reason he's not a threat? He's been put into a mental institution! So, this kind of explains why the Feds didn't release his name. But then why the security alert on military bases if the guy making the threats was already at a funny farm? Collaborators maybe?

UPDATE: I've ID'd the suspect as John Thomas Booker, Jr. Scroll down to see how I found him.


The good news here is that the man, known only as "Booker", never showed up for basic training. So, this isn't an "imminent" attack of any sort. The news so far suggests that he planned to join the military, infiltrate the ranks, and only then follow in the footsteps of Nidal Hasan in committing mass murder against his fellow soldiers.

The bad news? Apparently, "Booker" is on the run:

On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.
There's a BOLO out on "Booker", but it's not clear to me if the FBI and military want to catch this guy why they don't publicly release his real name along with a picture? If he decided not to show up for basic training, then here are the reasons as I see them: a) he suspected that his plot had been detected so he ran (Update: I don't know how I overlooked this, but the FBI interviewed him in March so of course he realized they were on to him); b) he got cold feet, in which case was there really any crime committed since he may have decided not to carry out the original plot; c) he decided to commit some other act of terror.

One last thing that may be cause for worry:

Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations. [emphasis mine]
A bigger plot with multiple suspects on the loose?

So, it sounds like the military is treating this as a potential threat against bases within the US ... so we go with option "C", even if it is only a precautionary alert as to what "Booker" might do.

I'm a little late to this party, so has anyone heard anything else about this guy?

UPDATE: Apparently this guy's Facebook page was a treasure trove of information, but it's down now. The Heavy grabbed some photos before FB suspended his account. I've posted one of those pics at the top. This one is from his Linkedin account.


Apparently, the guy went to Topeka West High School and graduated in 2012 and was recently in the Job Corps. His phone number is an 816 area code, so he may have recently lived in the Kansas City area (Topeka looks like it's 785 to me).

So, with all these clues, can we put together this guy's real name?

UPDATE: The suspect the FBI and military are searching for is named John Thomas Booker, Jr. How do I know? Well, "Booker" graduated from Topeka West High School in 2012. According to this list of graduates, a "John Booker, Jr." graduated from that school in 2012. And a "John Thomas Booker, Jr." was in that school's ROTC program in 2011 as cited here. And since Cadet Booker is quoted in that article as celebrating Christmas, we can surmise that he is a convert to Islam.

Here's a pic of "Booker" wrapping Christmas presents with his ROTC group in high school.


Be on the lookout for --

John Thomas Booker, Jr.
Black, male
19 years old
b. Auguest 12, 1994
AKAs:"Booker", "Muhammad Abdullah Hassan"
If you encounter Mr. Booker contact your local FBI office

Also, email me if you see any more pics of this guy or have any more information.

UPDATE: Via @C1TYofFL1NT this looks like it's his YouTube account. Standard jihadi stuff, but he does post some comments in which he asks people to pray for him to become a martyr.

"I wanna be a martyr (shaheed)!!! YA, brothers and sisters. Make a dua for me asking Allah to make me a martyr, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! My name is above in blue"

He actually posted that same comment over and over on a bunch of videos. Apparently, the guy wants to be a martyr. That might make him a tad more dangerous.

Oh, and I forgot to mention this -- the one video he did upload and which plausibly could have been made by him? It's a CGI type edited video entitled "Muslim blows up House of a person in the Illuminati (Dajjal" [Dajjal means false messiah, kind of like the antichrist]. If he made the video with some sort of editing software then I'm guessing that's his voice we hear saying, "Allahu akbar" as the residential house blows up.

Another UPDATE: Maggie asks a good question: If the Feds are looking for this guy, why haven't they released a photo of him?

I don't have a good answer for that. Thoughts?

UPDATE: Uh, so it looks like this all may have been ... overstated. Here's an update from Fox News, who broke the story in the first place:

But although the reference was to the 2009 shooting on a Texas military base in which 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured, the FBI downplayed the threat on Tuesday and said it was not hunting for the man.

“We have interviewed this individual,” an FBI spokesman said. “There is not a manhunt and there never was one. There is no imminent threat to public safety, nor should the public be concerned that this threat exists from an individual at large."

Dudes, next time just say that at the beginning!

So, what's the deal with this then? Thanks to WTD for that last update.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:02 PM | Comments |

March 21, 2014

Guy Who Desecrated Christian Graves in Fla. Pleads Guilty, Tried to Join al Qaeda's Syrian Affiliate

Hello mom, I'm in jail. I like it here.

In my last post I was just musing about how common this is becoming:

A 20-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after authorities say he conspired to aid al-Qaida and traveled to the Middle East to join terrorist groups.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Jacksonville reports that Shelton Thomas Bell pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

H/T: Rantburg

Previously: Florida Man Tried to Join al Qaeda, Desecrated Christian Religious Statues

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |

FBI Arrests 2 in North Carolina Trying to go to Syria for Jihad

Their names are Akbar Jihad Jordan and Avin Marsalis Brown and they were arrested just as one of them was about to head to Syria. You know, we could have saved the taxpayers tons of money had we just let them go to Syria where they probably would have died anyway. They die and get their virgins, maybe kill a Hezbollah goon or two, we don't have to pay to incarcerate them, everybody's happy. It's win-win-win.

Interestingly enough, I did a Google News search of these guys and only WRAL has anything to say about them at all. No national news outlet is covering this (that I could find).

At what point did a couple of Americans wanting to go join al Qaeda become so common and mundane that it doesn't even merit a back page story at the Times or the WaPo?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:54 AM | Comments |

March 18, 2014

National Guardsman Arrested, Wanted to aid al Qaeda, Blow up LA Subway

Nicholas Teausant says, "I can has al Qaeda strong muscles?"

I know, I know, your first question is .... LA has a subway? I know I'm late to this one, but remember I have this thing called a "day job", so cut me some slack.

Apparently Nicholas Teausant was picked up on an Amtrak train heading to Canada en route to Syria, to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). From his many selfies posted at his Facebook page we can see that his extreme pencil-neckiness will help him fit right in. The other funny thing here is that his last post announces that he's en route to London, apparently getting on the Amtrak train near Tacoma Washington. This would be the same train he's arrested on so ... lulz.

His YouTube account has one video of himself discussing whether smoking is haram or not, but he has a bunch of other videos he links about Anwar al Awlaki and jihad in Syria.

The headline above is kind of misleading (but that's what most of the MSM newsies are running with) because apparently Teausant was in the process of getting kicked out of the National Guard. He was such a dumbass that he couldn't keep his grades up at a community college.

From the criminal complaint:

Beginning on October 3, 2013, and continuing to the present, there is probable cause to believe TEAUSANT, a United States citizen, has explored ways of supporting violent extremist activities and providing material support to various terrorist organizations, culminating in his attempt to join a foreign terrorist organization known as Al Qa'ida in Iraq, which has recently announced it was changing its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also translated as the Islamic State oflraq and Syria, as discussed below.
As for the subway angle:
On December 5, 2013, TEAUSANT texted CHS asking how he could acquire a .,firework" from China Town. CHS inquired what $,pe of fireworks and TEAUSANT responded "Mm the big loud one! With the biggest boom and the one that's also compact!! Lol or at least close to it." A later text from TEAUSANT to CHS stated: "Don't go to LA Anytime soo Akhi Please trust me on this...and ifyou do go don't use the subway."

During a phone call on the same date between TEAUSANT and CHS, TEAUSANT advised that he had been on a camping trip with seven people over the weekend
after Thanksgiving, who discussed "hitting" Los Angeles on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, specifically targeting the subway in Los Angeles.

So, he actually never got around to the subway plot but did try to make his way to Syria to join an al Qaeda affiliate so bad, that even al Qaeda disowned them.

This guy reminds me a lot of Zach Chesser. Maybe it's the scraggly beard.

Any thoughts?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:19 PM | Comments |

March 06, 2014

Tragedy: Iranian Grad Student at Georgia Tech Dies

Nothing to see here folks. He was just making Molotov Cocktails in his apartment. You know, normal stuff at Georgia Tech:

The Georgia Tech graduate student burned over 90 percent of his body last month died Thursday, the Institute said.

Saamer Akhshabi was burned in a Feb. 4 explosion inside his apartment, where investigators found a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene. Akhshabi, 26, was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died early Thursday, Georgia Tech shared with the campus.

The whole article is so rife with the subtlety you'd expect from people in denial but I don't think I can legally quote the whole thing.

Ah, who am I kidding? As if I care. Also, since my post is a criticism of the actual article -- fair use, baby! It continues (emphasis mine):

"We have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies during the investigation of this tragic incident," Robert Connolly, interim police chief for Georgia Tech, said in an emailed statement. "The FBI has relayed that, to date, they have not developed any information or evidence indicating criminal intent in this investigation."
Okay, so the FBI doesn't tell Georgia Tech anything and so the guy's clean? As if the new and improved Eric Holder beholden FBI doesn't have an agenda here.
Investigators determined that Akhshabi was not a threat to the Georgia Tech community, Connolly said. But no information was released regarding why Akhshabi had the explosive materials.
Not a threat. Of course he's not a threat ... he's was in the hospital and now he's dead!

I'd link more, but it's all just as mind boggling politically correct -- just as you'd expect.

Whatever happened to journalists doing, you know, journalism? We have an Iranian who explodes himself and what do the journalists do? File a report citing one source: the University.

I'm not sure if this is just a lesson on laziness or on bias? Either way, the American public is so boned.

I honestly am not trying to say that this guy is a terrorist and that we are being hoodwinked, although I know that it's kind of the way this post is coming off. What I really intend to say is that I just don't trust the media any more on reports on these so I'm with skepticism or a kind of agnosticism on the matter. I just don't know, and the amount of actual investigating these people do is so bad that I'm not sure we'll ever know.

Thanks to Laura

Related: Terrorist "Workplace Accident" at .... Georgia Tech? Iranian Grad Student Blows Self, Apartment Up (UPDATE: Media Declares 'Not Terrorism')

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:11 PM | Comments |

Natch: IRS Employs Cop Convicted of Tipping off Terror Suspects

I'd say I was surprised, but this is the IRS we're talking about. Nothing they do these days surprises me. Not even hiring a guy convicted of abusing his power as a cop so he could tip off his buddies who were being investigated for terrorism:

Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under which he was convicted), is currently employed as a financial management analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s Office.

In 2008, Russell/Rasool was prosecuted for his role in tipping off Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque. According to the Justice Department’s Statement of Facts filed at the time of Russell’s indictment, Alnoshan provided license plate numbers to Russell for cars he believed were conducting surveillance on him. Russell then checked those plate numbers in the FBI’s NCIC database, which came back to a leasing company which federal prosecutors claimed would have tipped off Russell to the bureau’s surveillance.

Wow. Just, wow.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:54 PM | Comments |

March 04, 2014

Where, Oh Where Did The Muslimah Go? Oh Where Can She Be?

Boston bomber's (alleged, lol) girlfriend travels to Chechnya. Stays.

US counter-terrorism officials are involved in a frantic search for a friend of the Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after she failed to return from Chechnya last year and has now posted 'alarming' pictures online of women in head-scarfs dressed as jihadi soldiers. Terrorist experts have become concerned that Heda Umarova, 23, may have become radicalized to commit Islamist violence and poses a threat to Americans at home and abroad because her US passport allows her relatively easy foreign travel.

Let's file this under: No Shit, Really?

Is there nothing that can be done about passport? Revoke her privilege to re-enter this country and let her take her chances with the Spetznaz. When they're done conquering Crimea, of course.

By Vinnie at 06:52 PM | Comments |

February 27, 2014

The Post Wherein I Declare My Love For Katy Perry

For this.

Well, that a brief love affair with the pop princess.

Looks like Katy can take the heat, unless it's a Muslim kitchen. She sure didn't get threats for this.

But, hey, leaving Christianity isn't a death sentence.

By Vinnie at 06:43 PM | Comments |

Convicted Terrorist & Marxist Worked As Obamacare Navigator

National Review Online:

A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills. Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe were killed by a bomb hidden in a candy box tucked on a shelf, which also injured nine or 10 others, according to a website maintained by the Israeli government to commemorate terror victims.

The Illinois Department of Insurance quietly revoked Odeh’s certification as a Navigator In-Person Counselor on November 24, explaining in a disciplinary report that the decision was "based on an investigation which revealed that she had been convicted in Israel for her role in the bombings of a supermarket and the British Consulate in Jerusalem and failed to reveal the conviction on her application."

So, the FBI and Eric Holder's Department of Justice had no clue about this woman's background. Of course not. Holder himself was a terrorist.

It took a state agency to uncover her past.

By DMartyr at 04:03 PM | Comments |

February 21, 2014

Judge Rules that Looking For Islamist Extremists in Mosques Doesn't Violate Constitution

It always makes me lulz when people are *shocked* to learn that the police might be looking for bad guys in those places where bad guys would logically hang out. It's as if they live in an alternate universe where principles they learned in college outweigh the obvious. In this case, isn't it obvious that people with terrorist sympathies might just hang out in mosques where people with known terrorist sympathies congregate.

For Muslims who find it *shocking* and *appalling* that the police might want to have some mosques under surveillance I answer:

A) Not all mosques were under surveillance so claiming that you feel violated as a Muslim because some mosque you don't go to was being watched isn't a valid point. This is the reverse corollary to guilt by association: you feel violated by association.

B) What harm was done other than your feelings being hurt? The normal legal remedy for a harm done by the police is the exclusionary rule. If evidence was gathered illegally, then that evidence would be quashed in court. In this case, there's not even the allegation that evidence was gathered illegally only that the plaintiffs felt all icky and stuff because a cop might have attended mosque.

C) Where should the police look for radical Muslims, among the Amish in Pennsylvania? Despite what you learned in college, discrimination is only bad if and when there is no rational basis for that discrimination. In this case, choosing to watch Muslim communities to see if there were any bad guys is actually quite rational given that the vast majority of terrorists are Muslim.

The fact is that not only are the problems of Islamist terrorist tendencies to be found in the greater Muslim community, but also the solution to it which is Muslims of good conscience ratting the bad apples out. A great corollary example to this would be the fact that from the 1920s to the 1980s a lot of organized crime was to be found in the Italian-American community. And one of the greatest prosecutors of organized crime? Italian-American Rudy Giuliani.


In a written decision filed in United States District Court in Newark, Judge William J. Martini dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought in 2012 by eight Muslims who said the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs were unconstitutional because they focused on religion, national origin and race. The suit accused the department of spying on ordinary people at several mosques, restaurants and grade schools in New Jersey since 2002.

The plaintiffs, including the former principal of a grade school for Muslim girls, “have not alleged facts from which it can be plausibly inferred that they were targeted solely because of their religion,” Judge Martini wrote. “The more likely explanation for the surveillance was to locate budding terrorist conspiracies.”

The judge added, “The police could not have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the Muslim community itself.”

“The motive for the program,” he added, “was not solely to discriminate against Muslims, but to find Muslim terrorists hiding among the ordinary law-abiding Muslims.”

Oh, and let me also point out that police generally do not need a warrant to do things which any citizen is able to do. "Surveillance" is just a fancy word we use which means to watch. Civil libertarians are often upset when they hear that the police have been "surveilling". You might as well accuse Vinnie of "surveilling" gay bars or Howie of "surveilling" Kate Upton (I'll grant that in the latter case "stalking" would be a more appropriate word). If I have the legal right to walk into a mosque and listen to a sermon then police have the same right. In fact, both of us could be doing "surveillance" yet neither of us needs a warrant to justify our actions as long as the meeting is open to the public.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:05 PM | Comments |

February 07, 2014

Terrorist "Workplace Accident" at .... Georgia Tech? Iranian Grad Student Blows Self, Apartment Up (UPDATE: Media Declares 'Not Terrorism')


UPDATE 2/07/2014: I saw this and thought I should update the post rather than start a new one. One of these things seems to contradict the other. From a news story yesterday:

Officials: No sign of terrorism in fire at Ga. Tech student’s apt.

Officials investigating an explosion at a Georgia Tech graduate student’s apartment that burned him on 90 percent of his body say there is no evidence of criminal intent, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV.

And the same day:
Channel 2 Action News now knows police confiscated several electronics from the apartment of the Georgia Tech grad student who set himself on fire....

The report also reveals investigators also took three laptops, three cellphones, two jump drives and homemade movies from Akhshabi's apartment.

And the "investigators" who removed the electronic devices? The Joint Terrorism Task Force. But, you know, "no sign of terrorism".

Like I said in the original post below, it could be that this guy was just a numbnuts who liked things that go boom and who, incidentally, is a big fan of the Iranian Islamist regime (and Obamacare, and gun control ... ).

But to say "no sign of terrorism"? That's what the media likes to call a "knee jerk reaction". Only, the funny thing is that no one in the media has an IQ high enough to get this. You see, "knee jerk reaction" is only applied to you wingnuts and 'phobes and not your more enlightened betters on the Left.

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Ok, we get a good laugh when some stupid terrorist blows himself up trying to make a bomb. It's funny when it's in, say, Gaza. The old adage goes that tragedy + time = comedy. I'd chime in that proximity can be substituted when time isn't available to make comedy.

Which is why the same thing possibly happening at Georgia Tech isn't quite as funny as when it happens in Gaza .... too close to home:

Federal authorities converged on an apartment building in Midtown Atlanta after a reported fire injured a Georgia Tech student Tuesday. Atlanta Police have identified the student as doctoral student, Saamer Akhshabi.

Late in the afternoon, fire authorities responded to an incident inside an apartment building. The male student reportedly suffered significant burn injuries. Authorities say Akhshabi suffered third degree burns over 90% of his body.

Atlanta Fire discovered "what appeared to be a molotov cocktail along with several other plastic bottles filled with liquid" during their investigation.

A neighbor in the above report claimed that Saamer Akhshabi was from Turkey, but I don't think so. He lists Tonekabon, Iran as his hometown on his FB account. Also, he did his undergrad work in ... Tehran. Here's his online CV:
I am a graduate student advised by Prof. Constantine Dovrolis. I am interested in Internet evolution, evolutionary network modeling, and adaptive video streaming. Before joining Georgia Tech in Fall 2009, I spent four wonderful years at University of Tehran completing my B.Sc. in computer engineering.
Not just 4 years in Tehran, four wonderful years.

Okay, so maybe this is just some numbnuts who was playing around at home for no other reason than he liked to make things that go boom. I get that sentiment. I like things that go boom.

Then again, I've heard Tehran described as a lot of things and the only ones who ever call it wonderful would be the ones on VEVAK's payroll.

The guy doesn't have much to say on his Twitter account, other than the fact that he follows both the current President of Iran and the former "reformist" President Khattami. His YouTube account is a single Iranian film.

Oh, and this would-be bomber is also a big, big fan of Obamacare. He also loves himself some gun control.

Gun control, yes: Molotov cocktail control, hell no!

So, big fan of Iran just happens to blow self up. Also, another story tells us that the feds who raided this guys house today? Joint Terrorism Task Force. Nothing suspicious here. Nevertheless, we'll keep an eye on this one. You know, because we're 'phobes and what not. Thanks to @pspoole

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:59 AM | Comments |

January 13, 2014

Court Upholds Underwear Bomber's Sentence to Life of Ass-Pounding

Sucks to be you:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who tried to set off an explosive hidden in his underwear while aboard a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, on Monday had his life sentence upheld by a federal appeals court.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Abdulmutallab, known as the underwear bomber, that the trial judge erred by letting him represent himself despite doubt about his competency and by admitting incriminating statements he made without having first been read his rights.

He also tried to argue that the life sentence was "cruel and unusual punishment" and that having his "junk scorched" by the faulty bomb was punishment enough.

I might have made part of that last bit up.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:30 PM | Comments |

January 10, 2014

What, Me Worry? US Vets of Syrian Civil War Being Recruited by AQ for Attacks Against Homeland

Or, the inevitable consequences of dozens of Americans going to Syria to fight. Add that to the thousands of Europeans who are there now, and eventually you have what we call in the business: a problem.

And if I have this right, then American jihadis who went to Syria and returned before the al Nusrah Front was designated a terrorist group, then they didn't do anything illegal.


Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to Al Qaeda are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home, according to senior American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

These efforts, which the officials say are in the early stages, are the latest challenge that the conflict in Syria has created, not just for Europe but for the United States, as the civil war has become a magnet for Westerners seeking to fight with the rebels against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. At least 70 Americans have either traveled to Syria, or tried to, since the civil war started three years ago, according to the intelligence and counterterrorism officials — a figure that has not previously been disclosed.

That's 70 Americans that we know of. One wonders if there are any more that we don't know of?

H/T: Hot Air's link thingamabob

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:15 PM | Comments |

December 19, 2013

Wanted: Ahmad Abousamra

Hat Tip: Creeping Sharia.

By Howie at 10:31 AM | Comments |

December 13, 2013

Feds disrupt plot to bomb Wichita Airport (UPDATED: Radicalized by Revolution Muslim website)

Hi, I'm Terry. I like al Qaeda. Beans and frank!

Suicide bomber is Kansas

A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita. In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to the airport terminal and that he was determined to trigger the bomb himself and die in the blast.

Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.

Another one goes over to the dark side..

UPDATE by Rusty: More like another retard goes over to the dark side. I added the photo above. This guy? Yeah, not so bright looking.

And, to quote Forrest Gump: stupid is as stupid does.

At what point do these morons stop believing the "al Qaeda" guy who's going to "hook them up with a bomb"? Isn't this like the 10th moron who was arrested using the same shtick? Oh well, I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Here's the federal complaint filed against the guy.

UPDATE II: Oh, this is ripe: he was a fanboy of Revolution Muslim and was sending money to Jess "Younes Abdullah Muhammad" Morton's family. From pg. 7 of the complaint:

I have considered supporting some of our brothers and sisters in prison, and have been sending money to the family of Younnus Abdullah Muhammad, one of the founder [sic] of the Revolution Muslim website, which is the first website that really helped me understand what obedience to Allah(swt) was. He is doing eleven and a half years over the whole South Park fiasco; isn't democracy great?
Also great? Your cornhole being violated by Younes Abdullah?

By Matt Damon at 05:00 PM | Comments |

November 20, 2013

Awesome: "Dozens" of Iraqi Refugees May be al Qaeda

The news that two Iraqi refugees who had been bombmakers in Iraq isn't news at all: These guys were arrested two years ago.

The only reason this is news is that the FBI admitted to ABC that they are investigating "dozens" of Iraqi refugees for links to al Qaeda:

"We are currently supporting dozens of current counter-terrorism investigations like that," FBI Agent Gregory Carl, director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC), said in an ABC News interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".

"I wouldn't be surprised if there were many more than that," said House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul. "And these are trained terrorists in the art of bombmaking that are inside the United States; and quite frankly, from a homeland security perspective, that really concerns me."

Dozens. That's more than one dozen, it's at least two dozen.

24 people, minimum.

That doesn't mean they'll find out these "dozens" of refugees are actually linked to al Qaeda, just that they could be and we don't know so we probably should devote some resources to finding out.

But still: dozens. 24.

How many people did it take to cause 9/11?


24 > 19

I just wanted to throw that out there.

Also, if these clowns can't be counted on to vet ten thousand or so Iraqi refugees do you really trust them to vet the 10 million illegal aliens they want to give amnesty to?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:08 PM | Comments |

November 15, 2013

Tea Partier Prime Suspect in String of Northwest Bombings

This guy's a right-winger, right? I mean, if the three bombings are related then it's definitely the Tea Party. Fits the profile.

They hate the government: check

They hate, er, ..... churches.

And they especially .... um ... hate Vietnam Vets:

An improvised explosive device blew out windows and ignited a small fire at the Jackson County prosecutor's office in Medford, Ore., Wednesday, but authorities said the damage could have been far worse had it ignited a large propane tank at the scene....

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible for leaving the devices in Coos Bay, which a source described as smaller propane tanks. One was found at the base of Vietnam War Memorial at a city park on Aug. 22.
On Sept. 3, someone placed another IED inside a church.

So, yeah, definitely someone from the Tea Party. Probably inspired by Ted Cruz.

This could not be some left wing Operation Wall Street type because as every one knows those people love the government, Christianity, and the military!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:07 AM | Comments |

November 11, 2013

North Carolina Man Arrested, Tried to Join al Qaeda Affiliate in Syria


His name is Basit Javed Sheikh, he's 29, was born in Pakistan, but is a permaneant resident and now he lives in a suburb of Raleigh, NC. On Facebook he used the handle "Abdul Basit" where he decided to chat up an undercover FBI agent:

Basit Javed Sheikh, of Cary, is suspected by the FBI of trying to provide support to al-Nusrah Front in the Syrian Civil War. His father, Javed Sheikh, on Monday said there “is no truth in that,” referring to the federal allegations. Basit Sheikh was being held by Wake County authorities on Monday, according to county records.

Law-enforcement intercepted Basit Sheikh on Nov. 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, an FBI affidavit states. He had told a confidential FBI source that he wanted to join the jihad, or holy struggle, in Syria, according to an agent’s affidavit. He said in August that he had secured a job “with a brigade in logistics, managing medical supplies,” the document states.

This wasn't the first time Basit went to Syria. He was already there last year with the Free Syrian Army, but apparently they weren't jihadi enough for him. He came home disappointed, then tried to go to Syria yet once more. He had a ticket to Turkey but for some reason never showed up at the airport. That's when he hooked up online with someone from al-Nusrah (a Syian al Qaeda affiliate) but who was really FBI. This guy apparently thought he was pretty hardcore.

The affidavit is here (note:it's the worst PDF of a federal complaint I've ever seen).

In it we learn that Basit was a serial Facebook user, who got kicked off the platform no less than seven times. All of the accounts listed in the affidavit are now defunct.

Except maybe this one which belongs to an "Abdul Basit II" (another handle used by Basit says the complaint), frequently posts jihadi material, and which mysteriously stops on Nov. 2, the day Basit was arrested.

So, yeah, I'm pretty sure this is his Facebook account. Let's look at it, shall we?

There's really too much to post about here. I mean, this guy spent a lot of time of Facebook. But I think this image pretty much sums up what this guy was all about, who his heroes were, and who he wanted to become. From a Nov. 2 post.

facebook image basit javed sheikh.jpg

The question on everyone's mind here is if he had an online relationship with Samir Khan or one of the other seven jihadis in federal prison for the Quantico plot? I can't say at this point, but I will chime in that some evidence suggests that he and Khan hung in the same social circles online.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:56 PM | Comments |

November 01, 2013

Shots fired at LAX -- UPDATE: Had Rifle, In Custody, 1 TSA Agent Dead


LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A TSA employee has been shot at a checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3.

The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

It's unclear if a suspect is in custody

UPDATE by Rusty:
The Los Angeles International Airport shooter "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in" Terminal 3 on Friday morning, airport police Chief Patrick Gannon told reporters....

A TSA agent shot Friday at the Los Angeles International Airport is dead, according to an intelligence source briefed by Los Angeles police and a federal source....

The shooter walked to the security checkpoint, pulled out a concealed assault rifle and shot the TSA agent; the shooter then went through the checkpoint, and a police officer shot the shooter.

So, the shooter killed a TSA agent with a rifle -- that they're calling an "assault" rifle, but the normal media rule applies here that no one in the media knows what an assault rifle looks like so they're all "assault rifles" to them -- was himself shot by a police officer on duty, but the Times is also reporting that a third victim was checked into the hospital.

Reports are that the suspect is in custody.

UPDATE: Make that one dead and three at the hospital. I just saw the presser on the local Fox affiliate.

The newsies are reporting that it was an "AK-47 type assault weapon", but a guy who was standing near the perp as he opened fire claims he didn't hear the rifle shot, and the guy claims he's a hunter heading back to Canada.

Over at Hot Air, AP has some photos of what looks like a rifle on the ground, and it doesn't look like an "AK type" of rifle to me. Maybe an AR lookalike chambered in a .22? That would explain why it didn't make that much noise.

Here it is.

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I don't know how tall that cop is, so hard to gain perspective on the rifle's size, but it looks about right for all those AR lookalikes you see at WalMart (outside of CA, of course). Most of them are .22s. Just a guess until we have something more than that.

Update Matt Damon: Shooter is from Southern Jersey...

By Matt Damon at 03:04 PM | Comments |

October 18, 2013

Long Island Man Indicted Attempted to Join AQAP

A Long Island NY man has been indicted for attempting to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Earlier this year his friend, Justin Kaliebe, plead guilty on a charge of also trying to join AQAP:

Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as "Ali Zea," was charged in a 5 count indictment with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, attempting to provide material support to terrorists, attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as Ansar al-Sharia (AQAP/AAS), and obstruction and attempted obstruction of justice.
Zea attempted to fly to Yemen through London last year, but the Brits didn't let him transit through and sent him packing back to the US. You'd have thought this would have sent up red flags and that Zea would have dropped his plans, but no, both and and Kaliebe kept trying. But the pair were under surveillance. After Zea learned his friend had been arrested, he tried to get another friend to erase his hard drive on his computer. Too late, the Feds already had that locked down too:
Despite Zea's efforts to thwart the investigation, investigators obtained the hard drives and conducted a forensic examination, which revealed an assortment of violent Islamic extremist materials. For example, the drives contained issues of Inspire magazine, an AQAP/AAS publication that promotes violent jihad, containing articles such as "Which is Better: Martyrdom or Victory?" "Why did I choose al Qaeda?" "What to Expect in Jihad?" and an interview with "Shaykh Abu Hurairah, The Military Commander of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula." The electronic media also included a video, disseminated by the propaganda wing of al-Qaeda in Iraq, depicting the detonation of an explosive device on a vehicle carrying western military person
I haven't been able to find the indictment or complaint online yet. If you see a link do me a favor and email it to me.

In the meantime, watch out for the cornhole.

UPDATE: And within seconds of asking, I receive. Here's the indictment.

Thanks to @webradius

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:58 AM | Comments |

October 11, 2013

California Man Charged With Material Support for al-Qaeda


A Garden Grove man was arrested Friday morning on federal charges that he provided support to the terrorist organization al-Qaida, according to the FBI.

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also known as “Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum,” 24, was taken into custody at a bus station in Santa Ana where he was attempting to board a bus headed for Mexico, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a brief statement emailed to news media.

Nguyen had been named in a two-count indictment returned Friday by a Los Angeles federal grand jury, the FBI stated.

He was charged with knowingly attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida and making false statements in an application for a passport.

Nguyen had been “radicalized” and wanted to become a “foot soldier” for al-Qaida, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Facebook has one Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum from Garden Grove.


Her lists himself as a member of California State University at Fullerton's Muslim Students Association.

He had attended a gun show on Nov 25th of last year.

Hat Tip: Twitchy

By Howie at 03:59 PM | Comments |

Two Charged in New York were "Building Small Army" to Help Taliban

The two are Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi, 27, from Pakistan and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, a naturalized U.S. who's family is Palestinian but who came here via Kuwait. They both lived in Queens and conspired to aid the Taliban fight the US in Afghanistan.

From the press release from the DA in Queens:

[T]he two defendants allegedly engaged in a plan to supply terrorist organizations in Afghanistan with warm winter clothing – which in the context of the fighting in Afghanistan is as serious as supplying the enemy with bullets and bombs. These supplies would have enabled the terrorists to endure the harsh Afghan winters and extend the fighting season. These defendants, as a result, were not merely conspiring to supply clothing items to people in Afghanistan, they were conspiring to make the enemy more effective in engaging and killing American soldiers.
If that's the case, then why wasn't Alsarabbi, an American citizen, charged with treason?

From the criminal complaint we learn that a confidential informant (CI) ratted the two out and that Nabi thought of himself as an "Osama bin Laden" like figure who was in the initial stages of forming his own army:

Nabi's plan was to open a non-profit charity from which he could divert money to those fighting the US in Afghanistan. When Nabi realized that sending money to Pakistan and Afghanistan would raise alarm bells he decided instead to send the Taliban warm weather clothing:


This is where Nabi brought in Alsarabbi who had connections in Pakistan. The pair then wired money to Pakistan which they thought would then be used to help the Taliban. They then set up a warehouse to collect the goods they wanted to send to Pakistan. The only problem? The warehouse was part of the sting operation.

So, the pair was nabbed. Oddly, the complaint mentions a third person named "Brother Mohammad" who wasn't arrested. I wonder if this guy has agreed to testify in return for immunity?

One more interesting thing from the complaint. In addition to hating their adopted country who else do you think the pair blames for the plight of Muslims around the world? The Juice, natch:

In any event we have yet another case in which people living here in the US conspire to help our enemies abroad. The press release is here. The criminal complaint here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:02 AM | Comments |

October 10, 2013

Airline Union Reports 9/11 Type "Dry Runs"

Yeah, I don't know what to do with this. I actually don't think dry runs are that common. The reason? Dry runs are an invitation to detection. The more you "practice" the more you draw attention to yourself and therefore the probability of getting caught.

That's espionage 101, so no, most "experts" won't tell you dry-runs are common before an actual attack.

At least, al Qaeda wouldn't use dry runs. Al Qaeda has learned since 9/11 and wouldn't do something so dumb. Al Qaeda is much more focused on encouraging homegrown lone-wolfs to act without any backup or coordination.

Again, the more people involved in a plot the more likely you will get caught.

But that doesn't mean other, less sophisticated, terror organizations wouldn't try dry runs.

But, again, it's pretty straight forward stupid to get the plotters on a plane, act strangely enough to draw attention, and then not actually carry out the plot. If you might get caught then the smart move is to go ahead and try to carry out the plot.

This doesn't rule out dry runs altogether, it just means that it's probably not the best explanation.

A better explanation might be either cultural misunderstandings or another "flying imams" case. You'll recall that in 2006 a bunch of Imams got on an airplane and did some unusual things prompting their removal from the plane. That wasn't a dry run, it was a bunch of assholes trying to get themselves kicked off a plane so they could cry "Islamophobia".

There are far more assholes in the world who want people to think Muslims are regularly victimized in the US than there are terrorists. CAIR, the MAS, and the ISNA have to have victims in order to "raise awareness" and, more importantly, funds. If Muslims aren't victims then there's no use for a Muslim "civil rights organization".

As much as I hate to say this, though, there is such a thing as an Islamophbe. Some people really do have an irrational hatred/fear of Muslims. But I think Islamophbia is like racism: there are actual racists, but so few of them them that to claim the phenomenon is widespread is absurd.

So we're left with the final explanation which is just that when Arabs or others who appear to be Muslim act out of the ordinary sometimes we try to make sense of it by thinking they are .... terrorists.

Now, this isn't necessarily Islamophobia. Because it is rational to fear Muslims being terrorists more so then any other group. (see here)

If you're Muslim, I'm sorry. I don't mean to taint you with the sins of others, but that's just how humans work. We group people together by common characteristics. You personally are not responsible for what others do and the bad name they give you, but it is simply human nature.

Do not mischaracterize my argument by claiming I am endorsing the mistreatment of people. I'm not, I'm simply saying that if an airline worker sees a bunch of Arabs acting strangely then of course they are going to process that information differently then if they see a bunch of white guys or black guys acting strangely.

You will be under heightened scrutiny while traveling on airplanes. There's nothing you can do about that short of a) reforming Islam to the point that violent factions within it are so rare that it won't taint you; b) changing human nature such that we no longer think of people in terms of groups, but always and exclusively as individuals. We've seen what regimes that try to change human nature have done in the past so that wouldn't be the route I'd recommend. Besides the impossibility of the project it would also render humans stupid.

The fact that some prejudices are irrational does not mean that all prejudices are irrational. And the fact an individual does not necessarily represent group views does not void the truthfulness of statistical information about groups. If this weren't the case then all modern social science theories would be vain.

Anyway, I've waxed on far longer than I wanted to. Here's the story:

A memo obtained by the 10 News investigators from the union that represents pilots for US Airways says that "there have been several cases recently throughout the (airline) industry of what appear to be probes, or dry-runs, to test our procedures and reaction to an in flight threat."

Koch says, "What most security experts will tell you that if a dry-run is occurring, the attack will shortly follow." ...

Crew members say that shortly after takeoff, a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion.

The witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach, toward the flight deck door. He made a hard left and entered the forward bathroom "for a considerable length of time."

While he was in there, the other three men proceeded to move about the cabin, changing seats, opening overhead bins, and "generally making a scene." They appeared to be trying to occupy and distract the flight attendants.

Like I said, this could be any number of things.

Thanks to Hot Air

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:14 PM | Comments |

October 01, 2013

NY Man Gets 18 Years for Funding al Qaeda

Despite the name, Hasanoff holds two passports: US and Australian. Some US papers claim he was "raised in New York", while Aussie papers claim he was "raised in Australia". So, your media at work. I don't have a full bio on the guy, but it looks like he spent his early childhood in Australia, then his parents immigrated to New York.

He did go to college in New York and spent much of his adult life there, until he move to the UAE as a stockbroker. It was there that he hooked up with al Qaeda and began raising money for them. He also apparently did "surveillance" for them in New York at the NYSE, but it's not clear exactly how much of this was "surveillance" and how much of it was "video of a part of Manhattan that is a tourist attracting, in fact, has it's own real time live streaming video right now should al Qaeda be interested".

But he did intentionally raise fund for al Qaeda, agreed to help them get detonators, and now he's going to be watching his cornhole for 18 years:

[Sabirhan] Hasanoff, who entered a guilty plea to a charge of providing material support, including financial support, equipment, and technical advice, to al-Qaeda associates in Yemen, was sentenced on Monday to 18 years' jail in federal prison.

Judge Kimba Wood showed little mercy, shaving just two years off the maximum sentence.

Ironically, the two years shaved off was because:
The chaplain described the “outstanding contribution that Mr. Hasanoff has made as an active member of Muslim Faith Community” at the jail, and said that he had been “a positive model for other Muslim inmates.”

That is a suggestion that the defendant has turned over a new leaf,” Judge Wood said.

Right, because being an active member of the Muslim Faith Community is a positive sign that a Muslim extremist has turned over a new leaf.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:33 AM | Comments |

September 26, 2013

American Sentenced to 25 Years in Plot to Supply Taliban w/ Missiles

It was a sting operation, but the fact that this guy wanted to sell missiles to the Taliban? They should execute him:

federal judge on Wednesday sentenced an American citizen to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell missiles, rifles and other weapons to the Taliban, the U.S. attorney's office for Manhattan announced.

The sentence for Alwar Pouryan -- which includes 10 years of supervised release after he leaves prison -- comes the month after he and a co-defendant were found guilty following a two-week bench trial by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.

The firing squad? Sure, I'd be first in line to volunteer.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:28 PM | Comments |

September 04, 2013

Human Rights Abuse! Fort Hood Terrorist Forcibly Shaved

Next time use a straight razor. Accidents, they happen:

The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an Army spokesman said Tuesday....

Now, Hasan is an inmate at the U.S. Detention Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., home to the military death row. Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday that Hasan had been shaved. He did not specify when or provide details, however.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:11 AM | Comments |

August 28, 2013

Hammer Time: Nidal Hasan Sentenced to Death!

This is the time at the Jawa that we dance:

A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

Hasan never denied being the gunman and has said the attack on unarmed soldiers was motivated by a desire to protect Muslim insurgents fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yeah, I know he'll have automatic appeals and that we might be facing a mistrial in light of his no-defense defense, but I'll take this as a small victory worthy of a party. Nidal Hasan was the most successful mass murdering terrorist on US soil since 9/11. The sooner he is in hell, the better we all are.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:44 PM | Comments |

August 24, 2013

Wait, an IMAM aided Taliban? That's Unpossible!

I'm so confused:

A 78-year-old south Florida imam was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a judge on Friday for funneling more than $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban....

A U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, Khan was the imam at the Flagler Mosque, one of Miami's oldest mosques. He was arrested in 2011 along with two of his sons.

Prosecutors said Khan sent money to family and friends in Pakistan between 2008 and 2010 that was funneled to the Taliban, which they say used some of the funds to buy weapons.

And the best part:
Hafiz Kahn was convicted in March on four counts of providing money and support to the group, which the United States considers a terrorist organization.
You see, people who blow up little girls for the crime of going to school aren't objectively terrorists. It's just that the US considers them terrorists.

Who needs al Jazeera when you have Reuters?

Thanks to Lou

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:50 PM | Comments |

August 21, 2013

Nidal Hasan Rests Case With No Defense

The good news? Nidal Hasan ended his trial today without calling any witnesses. The bad news? This is going to be appealed. You can't plead "not guilty" and then offer no defense. A trial, by definition, has to be adversarial. So, I see an appeal here and some appeals court ruling that Hasan didn't have adequate representation -- which, clearly, he didn't.

At first I assumed that Hasan wanted to represent himself in an effort to use the trial as a platform for anti-American diatribes. But I was wrong. In fact, Hasan seemed pretty restrained and respectful during the entire trial.

What I think now is that Hasan wanted to claim that he wasn't guilty of murder since he was an enemy combatant. He was a soldier of Allah, and since those he killed were also soldiers no crime was committed. Those he killed were casualties of war.

This is why in his opening statements he told the jurors that he had "switched sides" in the war on terror. And why his business cards had the acronymn SoA on them (Soldier of Allah).

And you know what? I actually think he's right. He's not a murderer. Or, at least, he's not a common murderer. A mere criminal.

He's much more than a common murderer, more than a mere criminal. He's a traitor. He should be on trial for treason. He should be on trial as a terrorist. You can charge a person with more than one offense:

The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood rested his case Wednesday without calling any witnesses or testifying in his own defense.

Maj. Nidal Hasan is acting as his own attorney but told the judge that he wouldn’t be putting up a defense as he stands accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others at the Texas military base. If convicted, the Army psychiatrist could face the death penalty....

He has sat mostly silent during the trial and questioned only three of the nearly 90 witnesses called by prosecutors. Several of those witnesses were shot during the attack and recalled hearing a shout of “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — inside a crowded medical building before Hasan opened fire using a laser-sighted handgun.

If this guy doesn't get the death penalty, then there is no justice.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:31 AM | Comments |

August 08, 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's College Pals Indicted


Two former UMass-Dartmouth students with ties to Boston Marathon terror bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were indicted today on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly trying to impede the Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.

Left to Right
Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
in Time's Square

Kazakhstan nationals Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, are accused of helping to get rid of incriminating evidence that Tsarnaev left behind in his college dorm room on April 18, three days after the terror bombing killed three and wounded 260 in downtown Boston.

The indictment is here (pdf).

By Howie at 01:13 PM | Comments |

August 07, 2013

Nidal Hasan Trial Day 2: Defense Attorney Claims Hasan Wants Death Penalty

We're only at day two and already the Nidal Hasan case is in the second day of the absolutely bizarre. As you'll recall, yesterday Hasan, acting as his own lawyer, admitted to being the man responsible for the greatest act of terror on US soil since 9/11. He even went further than that claiming that he was, indeed, an enemy of the United States fighting on the other side in the war on terror. In effect, admitting to treason.

But today it got even more bizarre as Hasan's "standby counsel" -- the guy responsible for advising Hasan, but not arguing on his behalf -- got up and objected to his own client's defense strategy. He claimed Hasan's defense so far proved that the traitor wants to die.

So, Hasan wants to die. We want him dead. Win - win, right?

Nope, the lawyer just had to be an asshole about it and try to save Hasan's neck:

The court-martial of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of carrying out the 2009 mass shootings at Fort Hood, was suspended Wednesday after a lawyer accused the defendant of deliberately trying to secure a death sentence....

Wednesday morning, one of [Hasan's standby attorneys] Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, offered to step in and represent Hasan.

Poppe told military judge Col. Tara Osborn that it is “clear [Hasan’s] goal is to remove impediments or obstacles to the death penalty and is working toward a death penalty.” ...

“I object. That’s a twist of the facts,” Hasan responded. He repeatedly asked the judge for permission to explain why Poppe’s claim was wrong, but refused to do so in writing.

The lawyer then asked if his part in the trial could be "minimized" if Hasan was just trying to get himself martyred. And by "minimized" read: get me away from this psycho before his stink messes up my otherwise promising career!

The thing is, I think the lawyer might be right. Hasan seems to want the death penalty so he can become a "shaheed" and he's bent on using the trial not to defend himself, but as a public platform from which he can air his grievances.

Which is fine by me. Let him air his grievances if that means we're one day closer to Hasan becoming the martyr he wishes to be. Only, let's get this over with as quickly as possible. We've already waited four years for a trial that could have and should have been over years ago.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:35 PM | Comments |

August 06, 2013

Nidal Hasan Trial Day 1: Hasan Admits "Yes, I am a Traitor"

Okay, so he didn't say those exact words. But his idiot lawyer claimed in opening statements today that: a) Hasan was the shooter; b) that Hasan had "switched sides" in the war on terror.

His lawyer concedes that Hasan was in a war. His lawyer also concedes that Hasan "switched sides" in the war.

Isn't that the very definition of treason?

Oh, did I mention that Nidal Hasan is defending himself? So, it was the defendant today admitting that he was a traitor. I don't quite get how this trial proceeds after the defendant admits to not only the crime he is accused of, murder, but worse -- treason:

In his opening statement Tuesday, Hasan said: “Evidence will show I was on the wrong side of America's war and I later switched sides. We in the mujahideen are imperfect beings trying to establish a perfect religion.… I apologize for any mistakes I have made in this endeavor.”

One of the prosecutors, Lt. Col. Steve Henricks, said of Hasan: “He didn't want to deploy [to Afghanistan] and he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder soldiers.” Hasan, Colonel Hendricks said, wanted to "kill as many soldiers as he could."

After his admission of guilt on all counts, the trial went ahead and eight witnesses were called already. Hasan only asked questions of two of them, and if the reports are to believed, the questions weren't that probing or exculpatory in any way.

In fact, when the store owner was testifying that the defendant had bought the weapon used in the act of terror from him, Hasan interrupted:

When the weapon was presented as evidence, Hasan said: "Your honor, that is my weapon."
Hasan claims he'll only call two witnesses, but we've no idea who they are quite yet.

The good news here is that this sounds like it's going to be a very short trial. The bad news is that the last time the military executed anyone was in 1961.

So, it might be awhile til we get some satisfaction.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:16 PM | Comments |

July 19, 2013

Indictment: Florida Man Tried to Join al Qaeda
UPDATED: Desecrated Christian Religious Statues

Shelton Thomas Bell mug shot.jpg

He tried to find his way to Yemen where he wanted to make participate in jihad. I don't understand why that's a crime. Doesn't jihad just mean peaceful inner struggle?

JACKSONVILLE, FL—Acting U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Acting Assistant Attorney General John Carlin of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and Michelle Klimt, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Jacksonville Division, today announced the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Shelton Thomas Bell, 19, of Jacksonville, Florida, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. If convicted, Bell faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison on each of the two charges. Bell is currently detained in the Duval County Jail on unrelated charges.

According to the indictment, Bell devised a plan to travel to the Arabian Peninsula to join Ansar al Sharia (AAS), an alias for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and participate in violent armed conflict that he termed “jihad.” AAS has taken responsibility for multiple attacks on Yemeni forces, including a suicide bombing during a parade in May 2012 that killed more than 100 Yemeni soldiers and a series of armed assaults in March 2012 that killed more than 100 people, including Yemeni soldiers.

The indictment alleges that between May 2012 and September 2012, Bell and others engaged in physical, firearms, and other training in preparation for armed conflict in the Middle East, which Bell described as “the actions of jihad.” Bell allegedly solicited other individuals, including juveniles, to travel overseas with him in furtherance of this conspiracy. Bell made video and audio recordings intended to be distributed to others once he arrived in the Middle East, for the purpose of soliciting and recruiting others there to participate in violent jihad. In September 2012, Bell and a juvenile traveled to Amman, Jordan, and made contact with an individual who could facilitate their travel to Yemen to participate in violent jihad.

The investigative project has a copy of the indictment here. I'm just reading it now, but it looks like at some point he fled arrest and crashed a car in the process.

You'll also notice that he's being charged as part of a conspiracy, and that many of the people he recruited were juveniles. Which means we can expect more indictments to be unsealed the day they turn 18.

UPDATE: Add desecrating a cemetery to the list of his crimes. You gotta wonder if Eric Holder is going to charge him with a hate crime? From the indictment:

On or about July 4, 2012 [Bell] and and another individual .... caused significant damage to religious statues at the Chapel Hills Memorial Cemetery.
The indictment also indicates he used fraud to fund his would-be jihadi escapades. He apparently told some unnamed victim that he was starting a used computer business, when really the money was for airline tickets to .... Israel.

Why any would-be jihadi would think it was a good idea to travel to their final destination via Israel escapes me. Perhaps this guy is one of those low information voters I keep hearing about?

Because when he and his unnamed juvenile friend arrived at the Tel Aviv airport the Israelis promptly denied them entry and sent them packing to Poland -- which was their previous layover point.

It's only at this time that the duo decided Jordan would be more accepting of would-be jihadis, so they fly to Amman instead. And they were right:

Between October ... and September [2012], in Amman, Jordan Bell and [his juvenile accomplice] approached an individual ... known as Shiek Yussef about going to Yemen and making contact with [AQAP].
They then purchased tickets to Oman, from which they would proceed to Yemen. Other than noting a lot of videos by Anwar al-Awlaki to help inspire each other, the indictment kind of ends the story there. So, it's not clear whether they ever got to Oman or not.

I also don't see anything in the indictment about other charges including a vehicle which I had seen in an MSM report, but I'm guessing those are state charges so naturally they wouldn't be in a federal indictment.

The story is still kind of new, so if any one sees any more details do me a favor and drop me a line.

UPDATE: Ah, I missed this over at the Investigative Project:

He has been in the county jail since January on an unrelated grand theft charge, a Jacksonville television station reports.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:55 AM | Comments |

June 22, 2013

Autopsy Confirms Boston Bombers the Laurel and Hardy of Terrorism


And now, more famous last words: Sure, Tamerlan, I know how to drive a stick shift:

The cause of death of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been determined to be "gunshot wounds to (his) torso and extreme blunt trauma to (his) head and torso," Team 5 Investigates Kathy Curran reported Friday....

Police said Tamerlan had been run over by his younger brother Dzhokhar during his escape in Watertown.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:47 PM | Comments |

June 21, 2013

Problem Solved

The judge in the Nidal Hassan trial noted she was "unaware of any threat to any individual or group." right before she denied Hassan's argument that he attacked soldiers at Ft. Hood to defend the Taliban.

Shortly afterward...

Someone threatened to bomb a county courthouse near Fort Hood unless officials met the “demands” of the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 shooting rampage on the Texas Army post, a sheriff said Wednesday.

After the Wednesday morning call that mentioned Maj. Nidal Hasan, law officers evacuated the historic courthouse and Bell County Justice Center, but found nothing after searching extensively with bomb-sniffing dogs, Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said. The jail was put on lockdown.

By Howie at 08:35 AM | Comments |

June 18, 2013

Cornhole Watch: Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, Khalid Ouazzani, Sabirhan Hasanoff

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi: A suburban Chicago teenager has pleaded not guilty to charges he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group fighting Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

Sabirhan Hasanoff: Australian accountant Sabirhan Hasanoff turned to al-Qaeda.

AUSTRALIAN accountant Sabirhan Hasanoff had a good life before he "threw that all away'' and became a jihadist.

For the first time since his 2010 arrest, the Adelaide-raised father-of-three has publicly revealed what turned him from a respected accountant to agreeing to conduct a surveillance operation of the New York Stock Exchange, hand over tens of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda associates and seek out how he could fight alongside other Muslims in war zones.

Related: Khalid Ouazzani who awaits his sentencing on terrorism charges was apparently found during the investigation of Sabirhan Hasanoff.
A Kansas City man supported a “nascent” plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, an FBI official said Tuesday at a Washington D.C. hearing.

Deputy FBI Director Sean Joyce said federal investigators used secret surveillance warrants to identify Khalid Ouazzani, who is awaiting sentencing in Missouri on terrorism-related charges, as part of the scheme.

Its unknown which if any programs resulted in these disruptions.

I would think a standard FISA warrant would have been sufficient as Hasanoff was in contact with known terrorists in Yemen.

Update: Damn its good to be a gangsta.

NSA Claim of Thwarted NYSE Plot Contradicted by Court Documents

By Howie at 03:48 PM | Comments |