Further proof — absolute proof — that the devout Muslims who attacked our free speech event in Garland, Texas had intended to kill American non-Muslims long before we even announced our event. If not for our event, Americans would have been slaughtered in the cause of Islam.
The roommate said of Garland jihadi Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, “he pushed Islam beliefs on others and expressed a desire to blow up nonbelievers.”
Their mosque, the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, should be shut, for good. For years, they have had a history of jihad-terror crime activity.
Former Roommate Testifies Against Phoenix Terror Suspect, By Jacques Billeaud , Associated Press, February 19, 2016:
A former roommate of a man charged with orchestrating a foiled attack on an anti-Islam cartoon contest in Texas testified Friday about the defendant’s increasingly radicalized statements about wanting to violently attack non-Muslims and seek revenge against people who portrayed the Prophet Muhammad in drawings.
Witness Stefan Verdugo said 44-year-old Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem watched jihadist beheading videos and news coverage of the January 2015 attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hedbo.
He said Kareem, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi became intent on making a stand for their Muslim brothers when they learned of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.
“They both pretty much agreed on some type of revenge,” Verdugo said of Kareem and Simpson.
The 25-year-old Verdugo is a key government witness in the case against Kareem, who also is charged with supporting the Islamic State terrorist group.
Kareem denies the allegations and claims the government is using guilt through associations to target him.
Verdugo is in police custody on sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault and other charges that are unrelated to the Kareem case. He wore an orange jail jumpsuit and handcuffs during his testimony.
Verdugo said Kareem told him about plans for the Texas contest during a car ride.
“He just said that they were going to do something over there. They didn’t tell me they were going to shoot it up,” said Verdugo, claiming he urged his friend not to carry out the attack.
Kareem later backed out of the attack but insisted to Verdugo that Simpson and Soofi would still follow through with the plan.
Verdugo said he called authorities after getting word of the May 3 attack in Garland, where Simpson and Soofi were killed in a shootout with police.
Kareem’s views got more radical in 2014 as he pushed Islam beliefs on others and expressed a desire to blow up nonbelievers, Verdugo said.
Kareem, Simpson and Soofi regularly went target shooting in the desert after observing Friday prayers at a mosque, said Verdugo, adding that he joined them on two such trips.
Verdugo said Kareem asked him about pipe bombs after Verdugo extracted gunpowder from fireworks and made a homemade explosive with a two-liter plastic soda bottle for the neighborhood kids to see.
Kareem “asked me if I knew anybody who made (bombs) and how much explosive they need to take down the (Arizona) Cardinals stadium,” Verdugo said.
Verdugo said Kareem also claimed to be part of the Islamic State.
“We thought it was kind of funny at first, then he got kind of crazy about it,” Verdugo said.
Kareem remained stoic throughout Verdugo’s testimony.
Verdugo said authorities haven’t promised him any favorable treatment for his testimony. He faced tough questioning from defense lawyer Daniel Maynard, who asked Verdugo how he learned to make bombs.
“I come from a military family. I guess it’s something I learned,” Verdugo said.
He also acknowledged that he didn’t call the authorities after he was asked for explosives.