Category Archives: 5th Column

Justice Dept Seeks Lengthy Sentences for Two Convicted Illinois Jihadis

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison sentence for Edward Schimenti and a 17-year prison sentence for Joseph D. Jones, two Zion, Illinois men convicted in June 2019 on terrorism charges, including conspiracy for provide material support for the Islamic State (ISIS).

Read about the details at the Chicago Sun-Times…

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/3/20/21188436/feds-seek-prison-time-zion-men-convicted-terrorism

Pakistani doctor who worked at Mayo Clinic Arrested in Minneapolis trying to join the Islamic State

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Muhammad Masood, a Pakistani physician, who at one time had been a Mayo Clinic research coordinator, was arrested on Thursday 19 March in Minneapolis on a terrorism charge, after he told FBI informants that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and intended to carry out individual jihad attacks here in the United States.

This certainly is yet another case that flies in the face of the discredited theory that terrorists are driven to jihad by poverty and lack of opportunity…

This is also certainly not the first case of a physician actively joining a Jihadist organization. After all, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is a physician by trade and a former medical school professor. Additionally on 30 June 2007, Bilal Abdullah, a British-born Muslim doctor took part in the failed attack on Glasgow airport, for which he was sent to prison for no less than 32 years.

Read more on this latest arrest…

https://www.twincities.com/2020/03/19/pakistani-doctor-working-in-rochester-accused-of-trying-to-join-isis/

No Way to Fight a War

posted by Christopher W. Holton

The left-wing Guardian in the UK has been focused on the so-called “air war” waged by the Royal Air Force in Syria and Iraq, with the emphasis being on accusing the RAF of covering up civilian casualties.

The Guardian essentially discounts the British official claim that RAF air strikes caused only one civilian casualty.

The RAF may be wrong. But to dispute the RAF claim the Guardian relies on “Airwars,” an NGO that in turn relies on local claims and reports in Syria and Iraq. Anyone who has served in the Middle East knows just how problematic it can be to get the truth out of locals…we’ll leave it at that.

Then there is “Airwars” itself. It’s staffed by a hodgepodge of leftists, mainly with journalism backgrounds. There is no mention among their staff of anyone with any military background at all, much less experience in bomb damage assessment.

The tragic and sad fact is that in war civilians die. That has always been the case and will probably always be the case. But focusing on the alleged mistakes of the side in this conflict that was clearly fighting on the side of human rights and civilization is misguided and clearly one-sided.

Why focus only on “air wars?” Isn’t it true that the Jihadists in Iraq and Syria have killed far more innocents than the coalition fighting them have? Why ignore those numbers? Is there a hidden agenda here?

A case can be made that air strikes inflicting heavy casualties on Jihadist terrorists actually prevent the barbarians from killing innocent civilians. Why isn’t that taken into account?

The forces of freedom have a distinct advantage over our Jihadist enemies in terms of air power. We should continue to exploit that advantage to minimize casualties to our side as well as to innocent civilians.

Some Reminders of the Enemies Within

by Christopher W. Holton

For a few reasons, the American public is often in a state of complacency when it comes to the threat from Jihad.

One reason is simply that Americans are busy, hard-working people who focus on their own lives and don’t obsess over threats and bad news on a daily basis.

But the other reason is that our national news media often fails to report on terrorism-related news stories because they are too obsessed with the fantasy of Russian collusion and American pop culture.

But the threat of Jihadist terrorism is still with us and local media around the country still report the threat. Here are some examples that you may not be aware of from just the past couple of weeks…

On 29 January, Abdullah Ali Yusef, aka Damon Joseph, was indicted on federal terrorism charges in Ohio after being arrested in December in a plot to attack a synagogue:

https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2019/01/ohio-man-indicted-accused-of-plotting-attack-on-synagogue-in-support-of-isis.html?fbclid=IwAR2S66aPzWe6bN2KZM6rpsvy26ynUuRhga6QRuL1Jjgt17ETMtyBh4l5-_k

On 30 January, Islamic State supporter Charlton LaChase of Fort Pierce, Florida, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervision, for making terroristic threats. (Just an aside: 18 months seems to be a ridiculously light sentence for an Islamic State supporter who made terroristic threats.) Fort Pierce clearly has a problem; the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Jihadi shooter, Omar Mateen, was from Fort Pierce and attended a mosque in Fort Pierce where his father, an avowed Taliban supporter, was a prominent congregant.

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/crime/st-lucie-county/2019/01/30/fort-pierce-man-sentenced-threatening-mass-murder-isis/2726075002/?fbclid=IwAR2Z9N8EH_vS5fZZ1646zBJ0KpXYgA51Lm-W-7co4_reP6U3ph-yIxlPpsU

On 8 February, Wesley Dallas Ayers of Anderson, South Carolina, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for building and placing improvised explosive devices in South Carolina and making threats to wage Jihad. Ayers is a convert to Islam who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State…

https://www.independentmail.com/story/news/2019/02/08/anderson-man-who-warned-jihad-sentenced-30-years-using-homemade-explosives/2811963002/?fbclid=IwAR3Gu3Q6UIyCGdrKMoQmWdEEYvBZd0y2dQ_D9YCFokNHjfOBmANV_95CTUA

Also on 8 February in Arlington, Texas, Michael Kyle Sewell was charged with conspiracy to provide material support for a terrorist organization after recruiting on behalf of Lashkar e Taiba (LeT), the Jihadist terrorist organization responsible for the horrific attack on Mumbai, India in 2008.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2019/02/08/arlington-teenager-online-recruiter-pakistani-terrorist-group-feds-say?fbclid=IwAR1Y4DpcRaYXbrLwnhbw6cCDKeqZG7cWbzQMNzXTCV4AMlxYHXIiEvFD_Mg

On the same day, Jesus Wilfredo Encarnacion, of New York City, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight bound for Pakistan so that he could join LeT and join the Jihad. He was also a convert to Islam who expressed a desire to behead people…

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/29-year-old-american-man-on-way-to-pakistan-to-join-let-arrested-at-us-airport/story-zFX4OFPAk14yMTtkIT53wN.html?fbclid=IwAR25QPkzHhcl72Jk9_8cj1UeqgPiJahO_i4NTpapBrQVl_GNdYc2Gsdr5NE

If you were not aware of these stories it’s not your fault. None of them received significant national news coverage here in the U.S. Only media in the localities where these men were arrested and sentenced covered the stories, with the exception of the story involving the LeT recruit in New York—that one was covered by news organizations in India, but you wouldn’t have seen much about it on CNN.

New York: More Evidence of Jihad in Mosques

posted by Christopher W. Holton

Both Jihad Watch and MEMRI have vital information right now on a Muslim cleric in New York who is clearly instructing his followers in violent jihad on his YouTube channel.

This activity should not be surprising. Inspiration for, and recruitment to, jihad in mosques has been documented over and over again.

The media narrative these days seems to insist that “radicalization” occurs over the internet exclusively. But jihads have been planned and launched from mosques since the time of Mohammed.

This is one of those facts that must not be ignored when it comes to investigating and combatting jihad in the West.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/12/new-york-muslim-cleric-trying-to-take-jihad-from-the-quran-and-the-sunnah-is-trying-to-take-sweetness-out-of-honey

https://www.memri.org/tv/ny-mufti-ibn-muneer-martyrdom-battlefield-highest-jihad-apologize-jews-christians

Human Trafficking, Child Jihad and Terrorism Training in New Mexico–with a Major Twist

posted by Christopher Holton

This story should be the biggest news story of the day, but, other than Fox News, the TV networks are either ignoring it or purposely omitting key facts in their reporting.

Late last week, a bold sheriff in Alamia, New Mexico, decided not to wait on the FBI to get out of its own way when he raided a compound in his jurisdiction, uncovering an Islamic terrorist training facility and human trafficking ring all rolled up into one…

The FBI was monitoring the site for two months but never searched it because they did not have an arrest warrant, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said on Monday.

On Friday, however, the sheriff’s office intercepted a message that was written either by one of the children or by one of their mothers which read: ‘We are starving and we need food and water.’

Authorities will not say how the message was delivered or who gave it to them but Sheriff Hogrefe said it meant he could not wait any longer for federal authorities to move in on the site.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6031379/11-children-New-Mexico-compound-living-extremist-Muslims-months.html

How long the FBI would have waited to move on the compound is anyone’s guess, but it’s a good thing that Sheriff Hogrefe decided to move when he did.

It turns out that the compound was being used to hold women and children against their will in horrible conditions and it was also allegedly being used to train Muslim children to conduct jihadi attacks on schools here in America.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/08/man-arrested-at-new-mexico-compound-was-training-kids-to-commit-school-shootings-court-documents-say.html

But here’s the really important part: the mastermind of this facility was none other than 39 year old Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.

“Who he?,” you ask?

He is the son of Brooklyn, New York Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a man with a checkered past, but also one that has been coddled by US politicians for years, despite his clear ties to bad actors.

The elder Wahajj has been quick to distance himself from his son, releasing a statement through his “Muslim Alliance of North America” (MANA):

MANA STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF SIRAJ IBN WAHHAJ

Today news stories have surfaced reporting the arrest in New Mexico of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj – son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, our beloved imam. The same stories cite the finding of several other adults and children, reportedly living in squalid conditions in what has been described as a “ramshackle bunker”, made from a partially buried house trailer.

Last December, Georgia police authorities issued an alert for a missing child, identified as three-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, a grandson of Imam Siraj. The little boy was described as suffering from a medical condition from birth, requiring medication to prevent emergency treatment. In conversation with fellow officials of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), imam Siraj verified this, and expressed his further concern for the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of some of his other family members – including his son Siraj Ibn Wahhaj (the boy’s father).

Law enforcement authorities stated at that time, that no criminal charges were pending against the child’s father. Their concern was the well-being of Abdul-Ghani’s health. Today however they stated that the child is still missing, and his father has been charged with abduction.

We at MANA have no greater details at this time . Considering a police force claim that several guns were found at the scene of the arrest of Ibn Wahhaj and another man, Lucas Morten, we are grateful to Allah that no violence occurred. We credit the arresting officers for their professionalism in a sensitive operation, even as we continue to pray for Abdul-Ghani and all of the members of the Wahhaj family. We encourage all people of good will to do the same.

This statement might be somewhat believable but for Imam Wahhaj’s past, about which much has been documented. That past makes this whole New Mexico facility and affair very suspicious indeed. Here’s a brief rundown of Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s past:

• Wahhaj was born a Baptist but converted to Islam while in college.

• He started as a member of Louis “Calypso Louie” Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam sect.

• Wahhaj became a Nation of Islam minister and preached a black separatist ideology that termed all white people as devils.

• Evidently, the Nation of Islam wasn’t what Wahhaj was really looking for because he left Nation of Islam and became a “mainstream” Sunni Muslim and, in 1978, traveled to Saudi Arabia to study Islam and especially Shariah. By 1981 he had returned to America and opened his first mosque. It was as Imam of his mosque that Wahhaj repeatedly invited Omar Abdel-Rahman (the Blind Sheik) to speak and fundraise.

Abdel-Rahman was a notorious terrorist who eventually died in prison.

Wahhaj had completely snowed the US government over the years and in 1991 became the first Imam to deliver the invocation at the US House of Representatives.

Wahhaj’s close ties to Jihad and Jihadists first became most clear when he was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing:

In 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named Wahhaj as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Soon thereafter, Wahhaj stated during one of his Al-Taqwa sermons, “I’m not frightened by no list, by no government! I thank Allah. I’m honored that they thought enough of me to put me on a list.”

Since that designation, Wahhaj’s extensive ties to known Jihadists and Jihadi organizations have been revealed, as detailed by Discover The Networks:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=716

Now we are asked to believe that Imam Siraj Wahhaj had nothing to do with his son running a terrorism training and human trafficking camp…NOT BUYING IT…

What is Being Preached in Mosques?

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by Christopher Holton

Here is a sample of what is being preached in some mosques these days.

From a recent sermon in Sydney, Australia:

“This nation [Muslims] should know that it was […] created to spread Allah’s religion and lead the nations, and this could only be achieved by Jihad for the sake of Allah!”

These words were not said somewhere in the war ravaged Middle East by a supporter of ISIS or other extremist groups. They were not whispered in a dark room, hidden from public sight. This call for holy war, or jihad, was voiced loud and clear to a large crowd in a Sydney mosque just a few months ago.

http://www.aijac.org.au/news/article/jihad-in-the-suburbs-redux

 

CAIR attempts to shut down valuable police training in Georgia

CAIR outposts across America

by Christopher Holton

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is up to its usual tricks.

This time, in the state of Georgia, CAIR is waging a disinformation campaign to end valuable counterjihad training that has been conducted by a military and law enforcement professional across the southeastern United States for years.

The thorough and authoritative training is led by a man named David Bores. Bores is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vietnam combat veteran who, upon retiring from the Army embarked upon a successful law enforcement career, rising to the rank of Major in one of Georgia’s sheriff’s departments, before becoming the chief of police in Woodstock, Georgia.

Since retiring from active law enforcement, Bores has, without compensation, trained dozens of law enforcement agencies on the state and local level from the Carolinas to Arkansas and Louisiana.

His training is certified and he has provided training at police academies, as well as to on-duty peace officers. His curriculum has been praised and endorsed by Georgia’s Association of Chiefs of Police.

CAIR held a news conference recently at a leftist union hall to call for an end to Bores’ training, not based on any specific content in the course, but because Bores is not an Islamic theologian.

Not surprisingly, the secretive and discredited leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, a close ally of CAIR, has piled on with it’s own disinformation campaign aimed at Bores, who can accurately be described as a true patriot and American hero.

Law enforcement everywhere would benefit from David Bores’ training. Any leader or member of the law enforcement community who is having second thoughts about Bores’ training should regard CAIR’s opposition as the equivalent as an endorsement of the training.

The opposition from CAIR to the training should raise a red flag, simply because of what CAIR is.

CAIR is a nefarious, subversive organization with a disturbing past and even more disturbing ties to Jihadist terrorism. The evidence indicating that CAIR is actually an anti-American, sharia-supremecist organization is overwhelming:

• The Federal Bureau of Investigation has suspended all formal contacts with CAIR due to evidence demonstrating a relationship between CAIR and HAMAS, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

• In the U.S. v the Holy Land Foundation, the largest successful terrorism financing prosecution in U.S. history, CAIR was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood front group and was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial…CAIR opened its first office in Washington, D.C. with the help of a grant from the Holy Land Foundation, a charitable organization that was shut down by the US Treasury Department for funding Jihadist terrorist organizations.

• In 2014, U.S. ally the United Arab Emirates officially designated CAIR as a terrorist organization.

• In March 2011, Muthanna al-Hanooti, one of CAIR’s directors, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for violating U.S. sanctions against Saddam’s Iraq.

• In 2006, the co-founder of CAIR’s parent organization, IAP (Islamic Association for Palestine), Sami Al-Arian, was sentenced to 57 months in prison on terrorism charges for financing Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated terrorist organization according to the US State Department.

• In 2004, CAIR-Northern Virginia director Abdurahman Alamoudi pled guilty to terrorism-related financial and conspiracy charges, which resulted in a 23- year federal prison sentence.

• In 2009, Ghassan Elashi, who served as a founding board member for CAIR’s regional chapter in Texas, was sentenced to a total of 65 years in prison after being convicted of 10 counts of conspiracy to provide, and the provision of, material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization; 11 counts of conspiracy to provide, and the provision of, funds, goods and services to a Specially Designated Terrorist; 10 counts of conspiracy to commit, and the commission of, money laundering; one count of conspiracy to impede and impair the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and two counts of filing a false tax return.

• Randall Todd (Ismail) Royer, who served as a communications specialist and civil rights coordinator for CAIR, trained with and set up an internet-based newsletter for Lashkar-I-Taiba, an al Qaeda-tied Kashmir organization that is listed on the State Department’s international terror list and was also indicted on charges of conspiring to help al Qaeda and the Taliban battle American troops in Afghanistan and was sentenced to twenty years in prison on April 9, 2004.

• In September 2003, CAIR’s former Community Affairs Director, Bassem Khafagi, pled guilty to three federal counts of bank and visa fraud and agreed to be deported to Egypt after he had funneled money to activities supporting terrorism and had published material advocating suicide attacks against the United States, illegal activities which took place while he was employed by CAIR.

• Ann Arbor, Michigan CAIR fundraiser Rabih Haddad was arrested on terrorism-related charges and was deported from the United States due to his work as Executive Director of the Global Relief Foundation, which in October 2002 was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department for financing al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

Opposition from CAIR to training designed to help America’s law enforcement heroes should be viewed as a foreign influence operation. Their opposition to counterjihad today is not unlike that of subversive activity from the German-American Bund in the 1930s.

Please Pray for Lt. Jeff Neville

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by Christopher W. Holton

Police officer LT. Jeff Neville was ambushed by a savage Islamic jihadi today at the airport in Flint, Michigan and is in critical condition fighting for his life.

Please pray for his safe recovery and for comfort for his loved ones.

https://bluelivesmatter.blue/jeff-neville-terrorist-attack/

 

 

The Term “Islamophobia” is Enemy Propaganda

by Christopher Holton

The global Jihadist movement relies heavily on information operations to advance their cause–to establish rule under sharia worldwide.

They have become very adept at conducting information operations, to the point that some experts have determined that they have information dominance over the West, and America’s bureaucratized countertterror apparatus in particular.

One of their key weapons in the information battle space is a term that has gained currency with the Left and the media in the West: Islamophobia.

Before we begin our commentary on the subject of Islamophobia, we must draw your attention to an excellent video on the subject just posted by the indispensable Robert Spencer of http://www.jihadwatch.com:

 

Spencer covers the history and use of the term Islamophobia with brevity and authority.

We’d like to focus a little more on the organization that hatched this misleading and outright damaging term.

Islamophobia was coined by the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), a northern Virginia-based Muslim Brotherhood think tank with a history of ties to terrorism. Here some facts about IIIT:

• IIIT was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood organization in the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history, the US v the Holy Land Foundation.

• IIIT was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, a prosecution in which all defendants were convicted on all counts for providing material support to Jihadist terrorists. It was the intention of the Dallas US attorney’s office to prosecute the unindicted co-conspirators in that trial, but the then-new attorney general, Eric Holder shut it down.

• IIIT was a major financial supporter–the largest donor in fact–of the Islamic Committee for Palestine, a front group for the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Islamic Committee for Palestine was founded by Sami al-Arian, who was convicted on terrorism charges and deported. The organization itself was shut down by the US government.

• According to terrorism financing expert Matthew Levitt, “Tarik Hamdi, an IIIT employee, personally provided bin Laden with the battery for the satellite phone prosecutors at the New York trial of the East Africa Embassy bombers described at the time as the phone bin Laden and others will use to carry out their war against the United States.”

• IIIT employed Bashir Musa Nafi, one of the original founders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Nafi was deported in 1996.

What all of this adds up to is that the term Islamophobia was invented as a weapon of Jihadist propaganda.

So, when you see a journalist, blogger, television network or politician in the West start accusing people of Islamophobia, they are in fact parroting enemy propaganda, helping the terrorists with their overall war effort.

 

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