Phoenix: Mosque Attended by Garland Jihadis Spawned Two Other Terrorists

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Why is the media still talking about me? What aren’t we talking about what really incited the jihadists? Why isn’t the media talking about the jihadic doctrine? Sharia? The mosque?

The FBI should be surveilling this mosque, impounding their phone records. Was anyone from the mosque in contact with Muslim groups in Garland? Was there any communication between Phoenix and Garland?

The imam to the jihadis claimed he was “shocked “— that they were gentle fellows. We know he is a liar. There needs to be an investigation of what it is being taught at that mosque.

In the wake of our Freedom Conference in 2012, we unveiled an 18-point platform for preserving and defending free societies. Included in these 18 points:
— AFDI calls for immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in
the West and for new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in
non-Muslim nations illegal.

AFDI calls for surveillance of mosques and regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.

— AFDI calls for curriculum and Islam-related materials in textbooks and museums to describe the Islamic doctrine and history accurately, including its violent doctrines and 1,400-year war against unbelievers.

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“Phoenix: Mosque Attended by Garland Jihadis Spawned Two Other Terrorists,” By Patrick Poole . (thanks to Creeping)

Yesterday at PJ Media, I reported on conflicting stories offered by the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP) regarding former mosque attendees Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed this past Sunday in a gunfight outside a Dallas-area center where a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest was being held.

I noted the attempts by the mosque president, Usama Shami, to downplay the ties of the two would-be terrorists. This included Shami’s claim to the press that neither was a regular member. In fact, Elton “Ibrahim” Simpson had been featured in a mosque fundraising video posted on ICCP’s YouTube channel in 2012 identifying him as a member:

In fact, Simpson and Soofi were not the only two terrorists spawned from ICCP. Two other previous ICCP mosque attendees — Hassan Abu-Jihaad and Derrick Shareef — are currently in federal prison on terrorism-related charges.

There are remarkable parallels with Simpson and Soofi, including that Abu-Jihaad and Shareef were also roommates.

Further, Usama Shami attempted to downplay their association with ICCP as well. He told the Arizona Republic he never saw the pair – despite court records in both their cases stating they had attended the mosque.

Abu-Jihaad is currently serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for passing classified information to a UK-based al-Qaeda webmaster. According to the Justice Department:

In 2001, Abu-Jihaad was serving as a U.S. Navy signalman aboard the U.S.S. Benfold and had access to the future movements of his group of ships, led by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation. Six months after the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, and before leaving home port in San Diego for a deployment in the Persian Gulf, Abu-Jihaad transmitted then-classified information about his battle group’s itinerary, listing dates for anticipated port calls in Hawaii and Australia, and for the battle group’s transit through the Strait of Hormuz. Abu-Jihaad’s disclosure discussed the battle group’s perceived vulnerability to terrorist attack.

The leak did not come to light until well after Abu-Jihaad left the Navy, when an investigation into Azzam Publications led to the search of a London apartment associated with one of the website’s organizers, and authorities found a floppy disk containing the U.S. Navy information. Subsequent investigation uncovered several email exchanges from late 2000 to late 2001 between members of Azzam Publications and Abu-Jihaad, including discussions regarding videos Abu-Jihaad ordered from Azzam Publications that promoted violent jihad and extolled the virtues of martyrdom; a donation of money Abu-Jihaad made to Azzam Publications; and whether it was “safe” to send materials to Abu-Jihaad at his military address onboard the U.S.S. Benfold.

The FBI established a direct tie between Abu-Jihaad and Simpson according to court documents in the latter’s 2010 trial, as Simpson was first questioned by the FBI in 2006 when authorities believed he might be part of a terror cell:

In 2006, agents opened a criminal investigation of him based on his ties with an individual “whom the FBI believed was attempting to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona,” according to court documents.

Agents say Simpson knew Hassan Abu-Jihaad, an enlistee in the U.S. Navy later convicted of leaking classified information about upcoming movements of his battle group to an alleged terror cell in London. Simpson told agents he knew Abu-Jihaad, who was arrested in Phoenix in 2007, but did not tell them anything else about him.

Undoubtedly, what launched that 2006 investigation was the activity of Abu-Jihaad’s former roommate, Derrick Shareef.

Shareef was arrested in 2006 for his role in a plot to set off hand grenades at a Rockford, Illinois shopping mall during the holiday season. He later pled guilty on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

During his trial, the FBI provided video tapes of Shareef threatening Americans:

“You are the enemies of Islam, for the sake of Allah we are coming for you,” Shareef says in a tape that looks like it could have been shot somewhere in the Middle East. In fact, the camera was 90 miles from Chicago in a Rockford home where the 22-year-old and a friend each made several videos declaring their desire for destruction.

“We will target you in your homes. We will target you in your businesses. We will target you in your synagogues and your churches. We do not fear you Kafirs. I swear by Allah I am ready to give my life right now for the cause,” the tape says.

The mosque also came under scrutiny in March 2008, when a large group of men from ICCP began firing semi-automatic weapons in an open area frequented by runners and bikers near a residential area, as the Arizona Republic reported at the time:

Shortly before noon on a sunny Sunday in March, two Toyota SUVs rolled to a stop along a dirt road in north Phoenix.

About 20 young Muslim males climbed out, armed with assault rifles, a shotgun, a sniper rifle and handguns. The location near Happy Valley Road and 51st Avenue is a desert recreation site for off-road motorists, hikers and bikers, dozens of whom were enjoying the spring-like weather.

For more than an hour, the shooters blasted away at a granite rock and empty cans in front of a hill.

Officials estimate the fusillade totaled 500 to 1,000 rounds. Some shooters left before police arrived and detained 10 adults and five boys, including an 11-year-old.

The young men and boys told officers the weapons belonged to their parents. They said they were not aware it was illegal to use firearms in the residential area.

Six were arrested and charged with felony weapons violations in Maricopa County Superior Court. Among them were the 20- and 21-year-old sons of two imams at Phoenix-area mosques, as well as the 20-year-old son of Abdallah.

Needless to say, the usual suspects claimed the men were being targeted because of their Islamic faith, rather than their firing rifles in a prohibited area that endangered others.

ICCP officials would most likely claim that the case of the “Draw Muhammad” terrorists coming out of their mosque, as had a traitor betraying classified military secrets to al-Qaeda, and a man planning a terror attack on a shopping mall during the holidays, is a matter of bad luck.

But one of the main tools used by terror recruiters is the Islamic grievance narrative that Muslims are under attack from the West.

In fact, ICCP regularly hosts speakers pushing that Islamic grievance narrative, such as the February 2013 appearance of Lauren Booth:

As I reported here at PJ Media in 2012, Booth had been interviewed in a California mosque spouting Jew-hatred, making anti-American statements, and calling President Obama a murderer:

Interestingly, the man interviewing Booth in that video, my friend Tom Trento of the United West, was broadcasting live inside the “Draw Muhammad” event on Sunday when it came under attack by Simpson and Soofi, and he continued giving live video updates as the situation unfolded.

So while ICCP officials may call the four terrorists that have come from their mosque a tragic coincidence, others may call it a pattern. Or as my law enforcement colleagues would describe it, an “investigative clue.”

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  • chris wolf

    obama is the funniest president we ever had.
    You have everyone from Generals to CIA to Senators with they’re hair on fire over the threat level from ISIS like it was September 10, 2001, and then you have obama, looking around like “Who, me?”
    What a criminal.
    What a traitor.

  • chris wolf

    obama say:
    “It’s the police.”
    “It’s the Tea Party.”
    “It’s the veterans.”
    “It’s the Christians.”
    “It’s Talk Radio.”
    “It’s racist America.”
    While we’re passively waiting to be overrun by his brothers, the savages.

  • Cate

    Pamela – I trust this has been reported to the FBI. They need to get on it with this place. If it has spawned 4 terrorists, and a whole load of muzzies who thought it was okay to pop off 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a public place, then there is MUCH more than meets the eye. This is not a “tragic coincidence,” as the ICCP would like to say. Far from it.

    And for ALL of us who comment here – we really need to take it upon ourselves to monitor the mosques and Muslims in our local areas. PLEASE – make sure you are checking out the websites of each and every mosque. Make note of what’s happening in your areas – make note of who gets arrested, what rumblings are going on. If we don’t do it, no one will.

    • Lacouray Too

      Found this tucked away in a corner of one of the newspapers today.
      Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago are attempting to sneak sharia into the country.

      http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,211019.html

      Islamic scholar warns youths of ISIS
      Tuesday, May 12 2015

      FEAR of a militant approach to Islam in Trinidad and Tobago has prompted an Islamic scholar, Sheikh Faisal Abdur-Razak, to visit this country to deliver a series of lectures.

      Abdur-Razak, who heads the Islamic Forum of Canada, arrived in Trinidad on Sunday to begin a ten-day lecture tour aimed at curbing an apparent militarisation of Muslim youths. Abdur-Razak said the Muslim youth of today are losing the heritage of Islamic history and culture.
      Speaking with Newsday, the Islamic scholar who hosts a weekly programme on television and radio in Canada, said his lectures at mosques across the country, are aimed at inculcating, especially among the young Muslim population, the teachings of spirituality and significance of cultural practices.
      Abdur-Razak, who recently completed a lecture tour in Norway, contended that it seemed strange to the world, that the terrorist organisation ISIS, might be guilty of killing more Muslims, than those on whose behalf they claim they are fighting to protect. One such topic he would lecture on is, “Keeping the heart steadfast.”
      It will take place at the San Fernando Jama Mosque on Friday for the
      congregational Juma salaah. Abdur-Razak said one of the reasons for the growth of militant Islamic teachings is a school of thought which had abandoned the heritage of Islam which consists of rich cultural practices. “Without your heritage, what are you? And so, many of our youths are walking around like headless chickens,” he said.

      http://bcove.me/db9li334

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/…/canadian-muslim-cleric-stoning-…

    • William Dean Sr.

      The FBI is not allowed to investigate anything to do with Muslims or Mosque. Didn’t you know that? Obama’s orders

      • Cate

        Actually they are and they do. Many recent terrorist attempts have been thwarted by the FBI. And there are ongoing investigations of mosques. The manuals have been scrubbed, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t investigating.

  • Michael Copeland

    “I am a traitor to America because my religion requires me to be.”
    Samir Khan, of North Carolina.
    See: “Sedition” at LibertyGB
    http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/home/root/news-libertygb/6244-sedition

  • Charles Martel

    Oh Pamela! The contest in Texas should have made everybody jump to action. Instead, the MSM chose to crucify you, like if you were responsible for the madness of an idea. U N B E L I E V A B L E!!!! Rational people understand, those in the left never will, and some in the right are … dumb? I still cannot believe O’Reilley and Ingram …

    • Steve Brown

      In the book ”The art of war” Sun Tzu says that in order to understand your enemies, (”Ground= where and how is planning to attack you” You must constantly make your enemy MOVE.) Pamela Geller and the entire country must constantly offend muslims to expose the violent extremist cells within our nation. We also need to employ the 5 types of spies of ”The art of war”= Local-inward-converted-doomed-surviving. Whether we like it or not, or know it or not we are at war and under attack by an enemy that intends to overthrow our constitution and, one inch at a time, replace our government with Sharia Law. The term ISLAMOPHOBIA is in reality a propaganda weapon of war which is a manifestation of deep penetration by the enemy into the very core of our republic.

  • knowTheEnemy

    Why is the media still talking about me?

    Answer: Because the media knows that you are a safe target. That is, they know that you and those who agree with you will not be coming after them with guns, knives, and teams of thugs like CAIR.

  • 426 HemiCuda
  • This is probably the most important story you have posted. IT’S ABOUT THE JIHADIS! not Geller. However the FBI has become the Federal Bureau of Islam, so I expect no surveillance from them – probably the order handed down from our Moslem in Chief and his CAIR cabal on their prayer rugs in the Offal Office plotting our overthrow for the #LeftIslamicAxis.

  • ThisIsSparta

    Asking mosques and Imams to help de-radicalize at risk Muslim youth is like asking the SS to help radicalize Hitler Youth. . They are the very fountainhead of the problem not its antithesis. Here in Canada, our milquetoast politically correct liberal politicians keep saying they want to end radicalization of youth and so ask local mosques (with links to Saudi Arabia, ISIS and Hamas) to help youth find “the right path”. But youth keep running off to join ISIS, much to everybody’s big surprise.

    “Good golly gosh, Gee, How can this be? it must be our white christian heritage at fault for those young men who try to kill people because we all know true Muslims are so peaceful and huggable , and all such very nice people “

  • RalphB

    “— AFDI calls for surveillance of mosques and regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.”

    I may be slow but this one is confusing to me. Do you mean surveillance by private parties like journalists or that the government should do this. Should such Mosques be closed by shaming and public pressure or by government force? According to case law, as far as I know, the only pro-violence materials that are not protected by the First Amendment are those that somehow incite immediate violence. Correct me if I’m wrong, but if the KKK wants to say “we should hang all the blacks” that is protected speech.

    According to case law, as far as I know, the right to abort a fetus in the first trimester is constitutionally protected. So if a church advocates punishing those who perform constitutionally protected abortions, their religious advocacy conflicts with Constitutional freedoms and the church should be closed?

    Perhaps you mean that we are at war with Islamic Jihad and therefore the enemy propaganda may legitimately be censored for the duration of the war? If so, shouldn’t the first step and first demand be for a Congressional Declaration of War against the Jihad on America? I would support that. I can’t support the censorship and suppression of even the most offensive and blood-drooling advocacy of violence, because I may want to advocate violence myself in some circumstances, like maybe a war against the Jihad on America, if you get my drift.

    I cannot accept “free speech for me but not for thee.” I implore you to explain this proposal in depth.

  • Teresa Costanzo

    what can I do that can matter? this can’t keep happening while we sit and let it happen…

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