ISIS-Linked Jihadi on Trial for Muhammad Art Exhibit Mass Attack was “Just Building His Faith”

ByPamela Geller on February 16, 2016
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The media is calling it a “failed attack.” It was no such thing. It was an act of war, and they got killed. The good guys won.

Let’s review what the media didn’t tell you while they were frantically reporting that it was our fault that devout Muslims “with Islamic flags and semi-automatic weapons” tried to slaughter hundreds of people standing up for the first amendment in Texas at our free speech event. The media has thusly signed off on the death penalty for blasphemy under Islamic law.

The fact is — in defense of freedom, we saved lives.

— This jihad cell was planning a Super Bowl bomb plot two years ago.

— This jihad cell had been going to remote areas in the city for target practice early in 2014.

— They began conspiring with ISIS in June 2014 (the Garland attack took place in May 2015).

— One of the members of the trio exchanged more than 100 messages through social media with an overseas terrorist in the days leading up to the attack in Garland, according to FBI Director James Comey.

— “I believe the shooters were motivated by what they thought was the Islamic State, but I’m not sure they were directed by the Islamic State.” What’s the difference? The were conspiring with ISIS regularly days before the attack.

— Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem accessed an Islamic State database of U.S. military service members’ home addresses.

The bottom line is that these devout savages meant to carry out an unspeakable act of jihad. And they would have. But they attacked us, and we know who and what the enemy is.  We were prepared.

We saved lives.

“Trial begins for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, Arizona man charged with planning ISIS attacks at Super Bowl XLIX and Muhammad cartoon contest,” By Laura Bult, New York Daily News,  February 16, 2016:

What is believed to be the first federal trial of an American conspiring to carry out an ISIS-inspired attack began in Phoenix Tuesday morning.

Jury selection and opening statements began in the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44, who is charged with planning an armed attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Tex., in May and planning a Super Bowl bomb plot two years ago.

Kareem is charged with housing and assisting his co-conspirators, Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson, who were en route to the drawing contest with Islamic flags and  semi-automatic weapons before they were killed by an off-duty cop who thwarted the attack.

Kareem, a moving company owner from Phoenix, allegedly went to remote areas in the city for target practice with Soofi and Simpson, and had militant propaganda on his computer.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44, was charged with helping Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson carry out an attack on a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest in Garland, Tex.Uncredited/AP
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44, was charged with helping Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson carry out an attack on a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest in Garland, Tex.

Investigators say Kareem, born Decarus Thomas, began conspiring with who he believed to be ISIS militants in June 2014.

One of the members of the trio exchanged more than 100 messages through social media with an overseas terrorist in the days leading up to the attack in Garland, according to FBI Director James Comey.

It’s unknown whether the attack on the Muhammad drawing contest — organized by political activist Pamela Geller — was a direct order from ISIS or if the three were merely inspired by the radical group.

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I believe the shooters were motivated by what they thought was the Islamic State, but I’m not sure they were directed by the Islamic State,” said Scott Stewart, a vice president of the Texas-based global intelligence company Stratfor and former U.S. State Department investigator, told the Associated Press.

Prosecutors also allege that Kareem accessed an Islamic State database of U.S. military service members’ home addresses and inquired about getting explosives for an attack on the 2015 Super Bowl game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Kareem is also charged with lying about injuries sustained in a car accident in order to collect insurance money to fund the attack.

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Prosecutors say Kareem looked into obtaining explosives to carry out an attack at the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

Kareem has denied all of the charges.

His brother said Kareem has been a Muslim for most of his adult life, and became more religious in the past few years to cope with a drinking problem.

Yeah, right. He should have stuck with drinking.

He doesn’t believe Kareem’s interest in radical Islam meant he would actually carry out an attack.

MAY 4 2015 FILE PHOTOBrandon Wade/AP
Kareem’s alleged co-conspirators, Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson, were both killed by an off-cuty cop before they were able to carry out the attack on the Muhammad drawing contest in Texas.

“It probably wasn’t the smartest decision to hang with these guys,” his brother-in-law, James Newman, told the Associated Press, referring to roommates Simpson and Soofi.

“But he was probably just building his faith.”

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  • Pray Hard

    And, Richard Dawkins runs an article today on his website and G+ by Maajid Nawaz whining about PEGIDA and how Europe is again …

    https://richarddawkins.net/2016/02/europe-organizes-rationalizes-and-industrializes-hate-again/

    I really thought that Dawkins was smarter than that.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Dick Dawkins smart? No, he plays very well to a stupid audience.

    • Ichabod Crain

      I didn’t really understand that. I find it hard to keep up with the cast of characters these days…

      “anti-fascist counter-protesters”, “Regressive Left fellow-travellers of Islamism”, Progressive Left, Hard Right – I don’t know what all these terms mean (well I do know the “Progressive Left” are the enemy of we Islamo-Critics at least). I always thought of myself as a liberal, but I am reading that because I am strongly anti-Islam I am supposedly on the “Extreme Right”.
      And I thought they are accusing Merkel of being a Fascist, but from that article it seems the “anti-fascist” are against PEGIDA, who are right wing extremists?
      Wow – it is all too much to keep track of.

      • roger

        Me too Ichabod, Me too.

  • WarEagle82

    “The Battle of Garland” is the event that prompted me to purchase several pistols and get my concealed carry permit. I train regularly, am teaching my family to shoot, and we are getting prepared for the attacks our own government is busy guaranteeing by importing thousands of Jihadis from the Middle East.

    Everybody else should do likewise.

  • roger

    If devout faithful Muslims are stopped from incitement for violent death, the left says that it is a curtailment of their freedom of speech.
    If they are stopped during the planning stage, It’s “entrapment” by the FBI.
    If the attack doesn’t kill hundreds, it is a failed attack.
    If the attack does kill hundreds, then it is the fault of western foreign policy and Islamaphobia.
    We wont even start on the Jews.

    • Honkingeese Watchgoose lll

      Yes! You have it. Good points, at no stage is islam to blame.
      MUSLIMS are killing because of ISLAMaphobic foreign policy and it has nothing to do with ISLAM. Islam is peace! Behead those who insult the Pervert.
      It’s beyond insane!

  • roger

    So, I wonder how the old faith thing is going now with Kareem, with all that shooting, screaming and destruction he must be unshakeable by now.

    • ted

      He would be better off drinking.

  • dfw63

    I was there when the shots were fired, thank God for the Garland cop who was such an incredible shooter, taking out 2 AK’s with his service pistol. The Garland PD standing near me didn’t know that it was real, until the muzscum were bleeding out on the pavement.
    Close the border, stop the hijrah! Save the country.

    • joe1429

      That was amazing!! Hope this scum gets the death penalty!

  • Drew the Infidel

    For the media to label this a “failed attack” indicates they had chosen a side in it, the losing side. The constitutional liberties that allow Pamela to express her views are the very same liberties that allow the media to even exist in the first place.

  • atl slayer

    “building their faith” ,, nothing to do with islam,,,double talking liars :|

  • ljm4

    “Building their faith” is islamic speak for becoming active in jihad.

  • StanS

    “Just building his faith”?
    Is that what the CLOCK BOY was building too? His faith?

    • ljm4

      it was a test. A test of consequence. People made decisions and then were shamed for them. Think they will act so quickly next time if they are only scolded and shamed? Mission accomplished. Shariah compliant without a whimper.

    • joe1429

      and his wallet… now suing for 15 mil, lol

  • ted

    Of course its a failed attack. The enemedia would have been happy if it succeeded.

  • Mr Paul Middleton

    The brilliant Muhammad cartoon event (perhaps second only to the 9/11 mosque protest amongst infidels). How I LOVE that the (thank God, dead) jihadis contributed to the success of the coup! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!

  • joe1429

    Just wondering, if found guilty, he should get the death penaly in texas?? They dont play over there. One of the best states in the union!