Texas ISIS-Linked Jihad Plot on AFDI Muhammed Art Exhibit Contest Trial to Begin

ByPamela Geller on February 15, 2016
Garland shooting

Jihadists found guilty of sedition and war crimes in the cause of Allah should be given the death penalty. These devout Muslims would have waged jihad elsewhere, on a less protected target, and killed more people.

Kareem’s brother, James Newman, told the AP news agency that his brother never expressed a radical political or religious view to him.

Mr Newman said his brother was a victim of guilt by association with the two gunmen.

He said: “It probably wasn’t the smartest decision to hang with these guys, but he was probably just building his faith.”

Yes, plotting to kill people for perceived insults  is “building his faith.”

Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law. Violence that arises over the cartoons is solely the responsibility of the Islamic jihadists who perpetrate it. Either America will stand now against attempts to suppress the freedom of speech by violence, or will submit and give the violent the signal that we can be silenced by threats and murder.

We cannot submit to the assassin’s veto.

If we surrender on that point and stop drawing Muhammad, we’ve established a precedent of surrendering to violent Sharia enforcement, and once established, we will be made to reinforce it again and again.

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“Texas ISIS-Linked Muhammed Cartoon Contest Trial to Begin,” By Lucy Westcott, TIME Magazine, 2/15/16:

The trial of the lone survivor accused of helping to plan a mass shooting at a Muhammed cartoon contest in Texas in May is set to begin later this week, in what is believed to be the first federal trial of someone accused of supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group in the U.S.

What Happened?

On May 3, 2015, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44, and two other men arrived at a cartoon contest and art exhibit at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas—located around 18 miles northeast of central Dallas. The men, intending to attack the event, brought with them semi-automatic rifles and an ISIS flag. Two of the attackers, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, opened fire on a security guard and died in a shootout with police, while Kareem was arrested.

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Why Did They Target the Contest?

The Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was billed as an event highlighting free speech, and involved drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed and other subjects, whose representations  are deemed offensive to Muslims. The event was meant to be hosted by Pamela Geller, a prominent blogger and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which a decade after the 9/11 attacks campaigned against a proposed Islamic cultural culture near Ground Zero in New York City, and believes in the “Islamization” of America.

People and organizations with a history of drawing the Prophet Muhammed have previously been targeted by armed Islamists. In addition to the high-profile example of the shootings in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo offices in early 2015, Molly Norris, a cartoonist formerly based in Seattle, went into hiding after she organized an “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” on her Facebook page in 2010— which included images of Muhammed as a cup of tea and a spool of thread.

garland texas muhammed shooting_0215 A police officer directs the evacuation of attendees of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest following a shooting outside the Curtis Culwell Center where the event was held in Garland, Texas, May 3, 2015. Mike Stone/Reuters

Kareem, Soofi and Simpson became radicalized and researched ways to travel to the Middle East to join and fight with ISIS, according to authorities. They also watched violent videos made by jihadists and attempted to procure pipe bombs.
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ISIS claimed responsibility for the attempted attack several days afterwards during a radio broadcast from Raqqa, Syria, the group’s de facto capital. It remains unclear whether the men were inspired by ISIS or responded to direct orders from the group to carry out an attack.

What Charges Does Kareem Face?

Kareem, the owner of a moving company, faces charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and will appear in a Phoenix court for the first day of his trial on Tuesday. He’s accused of hosting the two deceased gunmen at his house, with whom he allegedly went shooting in the Arizona desert, and supplied the guns that were found at the contest.


Prosecutors also allege that Kareem encouraged the other two men to carry out attacks in the name of ISIS, and looked into buying explosives to attack the University of Phoenix stadium where the Super Bowl was held in 2015.

Prosecutors say that Simpson accessed a list of addresses of U.S. military service members six weeks before the planned attack. The list was allegedly created by ISIS militants, and contained the names of those they wanted to attack. Simpson and Soofi also scoped out Arizona military buildings and discussed the possibility of attacking a base.

Simpson also contacted jihadists belonging to ISIS and other groups through social media and exchanged messages with one person in the days leading up to the attack, FBI Director James Comey said in December. However, the 109 messages sent between Simpson and his contact couldn’t be accessed because they were encrypted, he added.

By the end of 2015, more than 60 people were charged with terrorism-related offences by the Justice Department—a record number.

What Does Kareem Say About All This?

Kareem denies the allegations against him. His defense lawyer, Daniel Maynard, previously attempted to get evidence against him thrown out, saying that he was distressed from diabetes when he spoke with FBI agents in two voluntary interviews in 2015.

Maynard also said evidence found on Kareem’s computer should be disregarded, as it was illegally collected from a search warrant pertaining to Kareem’s roommate, and not Kareem. The case, Maynard argued, is largely based on information provided by an unreliable and confidential informant.

Kareem changed his name from his birth name, Decarus Lowell Thomas, to his current name in 2013 and has been a Muslim throughout his adult life, according to the Associated Press. He was previously known to law enforcement, having first been interviewed in a 2011 terrorism investigation. Authorities found al-Qaeda material on Kareem’s laptop and on a flash drive, although he denied the latter belonged to him.

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  • Mahou Shoujo

    Give him a fair trial, then toss him in jail, toss away the key. He is lucky he won’t be hung like the rag he is.

    • Bradley Lexvold

      I was at Garland and I don’t want to feed or house him. Trade him to ISIS for Yazidi sex slaves and when girls safe distance away, well you know.

      • Pray Hard

        Don’t trade him for anything. Trading only encourages kidnapping. Just put a bullet in his head.

        • Mahou Shoujo

          That would work, but as trade goods, terrorists might have some currency.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        That is a very good idea. If the u.n wasn’t such a bunch of toadies to islam, it could come up with a legitimate “adopt a Yazidis” type of program of something similar to actually help victims of islam’s senseless perverted violence.

    • Pray Hard

      I say give him the same “due process” he’d give one of us, none.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        What’s good for the shite, is god for the sunni.

        • Ron Cole

          Which is it*?

          * {it}:
          le perpetual curtsying barbie hussien the over aliased muslim fascist terrorist paperless alien.

          Do the mu%%ies know about it’s
          bath house activities?

          • Mahou Shoujo

            The antics of the white mosque’s imam are well known and condoned by the islamic “clergy”. In order for hussain to be effective wt what he is doing, he is allowed to practice the tenets of islam that pertain to lying and deceit, very likely with emphasis on: • Darura: deceit through necessity (to engage in something “Haram” or forbidden).[9]
            • Muruna: the temporary suspension of Sharia in order that Muslim immigrants appear “moderate.” So through the principle of Hijra (Muslim Immigration), the early Muslims are a “red herring” or a Trojan Horse. The Kafir or Kuffar community gets the false sense that the early immigrants are not a threat, at least until the Muslim community has gained strength.[10]

  • EJO

    Hopefully no one will mind if I put this here.
    Is Europe finally waking up?

    EXCLUSIVE: ‘Forget decency, fight the sex jihad!’ The moment the most powerful woman in far-Right Pegida launches vicious attack on Muslim migrants, telling the public to ‘grab your pitchforks and protect Europe’

    * Tatjana Festerling, Pegida’s deputy, claims western Germany is ‘caliphate’

    * Far-right activist rants that Muslims are ‘twisted’ in hate-filled interview

    * MailOnline video of the 51-year-old shows extent of her extremist views

    * Festerling calls on ordinary people to fight the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe

    * Says migrants should be forced to register at police stations on arrival

    * Those crossing the border illegally should be arrested or shot, she said

    * Comes after Pegida led demos around world, some of which turned violent

    * Video rant exposes far-Right views that are gaining currency in Germany

    For more on Germany’s migrant crisis visit:

    By Jake Wallis Simons In Dresden, Germany

    Published: 03:43 EST, 15 February 2016 / Updated: 05:30 EST, 15 February 2016

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3443786/Forget-decency-fight-sex-jihad-Femme-fatale-extremist-Pegida-group-accuses-Muslims-targeting-Western-women-gay-men-calls-public-grab-pitchforks.html#ixzz40HJJyeCp

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Please encourage europeans to reclaim there ancestral homelands from muslim invaders. By whatever means necessary.

  • EJO

    Also! What do you think of this?
    Is the U. K. waking up?

    UK Government Plans to Block Boycott of Israeli Goods and Products

    By Breitbart Jerusalem15 Feb 201654

    The International Business Times reports:

    A senior UK minister is expected to announce plans of a government attempt to prevent local authorities from
    participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel.

    Under the new guidance, NHS trusts, councils, universities, student unions, and other public bodies will be prevented from boycotting foods and products from Israel.

    Matthew Hancook, Cabinet Officer Minister, will provide details of the new regulations during a visit to Israel this week.

    The new legislation will reportedly make it easier for the government to challenge organisations that boycott Israel, with the plans first being announced in October 2015 ahead of the Tory Party annual conference.

    Read more at: The International Business Times.


    • Dr. Doomsday

      EJO? As in “Hijo de puta” ?

      If I wanted to read those, I’d go read them. Try leaving a real comment instead of pasting articles into the system.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        It is very helpful for articles to be re-posted so as to give them the greatest exposure possible.

    • roger

      Great news.

    • joe1429

      Strange…. Is the uk coming out of libtartdness???

  • J. Neville Groff

    We need many, many more events that assert our right to free speech while ridding the world of these vermin. Set the brush fires of liberty and flush the rats to a storm of shot and shell.

    • Bradley Lexvold

      I don’t know if AFDI is going to have another contest at Garland, but if so, I will be there again with cartoons submitted again. LIBERTY
      Don’t forget freedom to assemble. Actually everything in the constitution is important as we are all becoming more aware of as government takes away rights faster than we can organize and combat.

    • Steve

      The continuing accusations by the apologetics that we should not affront the religion of pi$$ over events to support our first amendment in the face of intimidation must be held for and as soon as we back down because of that intimidation the very reason to hold an event becomes clear.

  • Annie

    One thing this Jihadist creep should definitely be charged with is
    Accessory to Attempted Murder. Any Jihadist, whether in a group or
    alone, who kills or even attempts to, should receive upon conviction
    Life n Solitary Confinement Without the Possbility of Parole.

    • Pray Hard

      Incarceration costs the tax payer huge sums of money and serves no purpose with Muslims. Muslims only understand one thing. It’s a permanent sort of thing.

      • Jeff Ludwig

        I agree but it won’t happen.

  • Drew the Infidel

    Remember that 80s group Culture Club and their hit “Church of the Poisoned Mind”? Diabetes had nothing to do with anything surrounding this mayhem.

    • Steve

      The scumbag lawyers that hook up for a buck with these lowlife “lone wolves” to defend them should be interrogated as to who is paying them.

  • Bradley Lexvold

    Coming up on a year ago I started drawing cartoons for this contest. Since then I’ve seen Planned Parenthood sell babies for parts, Jihadi terrorist attacks all over, and a patriot just slaughtered by FBI. I read and hear people stay safe. We’re going to have to get beyond that and go where angels fear to tread, and realize the only security is in where your eternal soul will reside. Political parties are a joke. The militia, or 3%ers, are having members join fast as they see this as only solution, and I agree. Depending on where you live in the world will determine your best course of action, or group to join. The problems seem insurmountable, as are many, and its going to take fighting on many levels to achieve success. Everyone wants to have a single platform, but this leads nowhere. If you aren’t versed in the diversity of problems, you get labeled and ignored, and put in a box. Britain First’s speakers just got arrested for handing out leaflets. You put your own shoes on in the morning, and you have to walk in them. Be prepared to suffer more at the hands of evil doers, just remember that is the only way to smoke them out. The 3%ers look after each other, and that is what is necessary. Hope Pam and Robert put on another contest I can go to again. Brad

    • Bradey, I have a single platform and it is explained in the following:

      This Was Your Life




      • Bradley Lexvold

        Christianity is not a single platform. It exposes evil that can come from many fronts, and how to deal with it when it rears it head.

    • Pray Hard

      “Be prepared to suffer more at the hands of evil doers”

      Nothing personal, but that attitude is what we need to reverse. Chuck Norris had an attitude of winning. He didn’t think about what his opponent would try to do to him. All he thought about was what he was going to do to his opponent. Chuck Norris was ranked #1 in the world in point and full contact karate. Maybe there’s something we can learn from that.

      • Bradley Lexvold

        You’re right in the aspect of forward motion. You’re right in the aspect of not worrying about what the other side’s propaganda is. I don’t think I worded what I meant very well, I meant there is going to be conflict, and loss until we regain upper hand. That turn around is just beginning, and will take some time to organize. Apparently there is a difference between 3%ers and iiipercenters. I’m trying tom figure it out, but 3%ers seem to be passive and stationary and iiipercenters are proactive. Any help sorting this out would be appreciated by all watching. Proactive is what is necessary, but some seem a little over the top. Its going to take a lot of integration to achieve results on a broad spectrum. I’m dialoging with Act for America groups, but they just legislate and leave the carrying out to others. This isn’t going to work as law enforcement is selective in its approach. There is an old saying from the 1960’s protests that I’ve never forgotten, Don’t Send Someone Else To The Front Line Of A War Your Not Willing To Go And Stand On That Same Front Line. It was a way of exposing armchair warriors, something we haven’t seen the end of. Knights Templar International is gaining ground and others are as well. If anyone has direct experience, I hope they share so we all will be able to decide best approach to forward progress. Brad

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Do not suffer for your beliefs, make the other bastard suffer for theirs. The meek shall inherit the earth, from those who earned it for them.

        • Ron Cole

          Lieutenant General George Smith Patton is pleased you remember his speech.
          Me too.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            General Patton was a brilliant leader, patriot, philosopher, and soldier. A successor to him is urgently needed today.

        • Bradley Lexvold

          Meek doesn’t mean weak. I seen an explanation that was an hour long and the jist of it was meek meant a big strong horse that was willing to be led properly. That’s not a very good condensed version, but it was nothing like what I thought it meant. See your still slaying dragons, Mahou Shoujo. Keep up the good work.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            There is a bit of room for discussion on “meek” and “week”, your explanation is very good. Will use it on the next orc that it is appropriate for. Thanks. As I have an oriental mindset, to me, dragons are nice. Sort of like kittehz.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      It is time to stop being the “suffer’er” and make the bullies of islam suffer for their violent arrogant but cowardly actions. Muslims are loud, obnoxious and belligerent, it will be necessary to fight fire with fire. Being a lamb lead to slaughter is not working, you know what muslims do to farm animals.

  • drummie

    When dealing with ISIS, we demand the truth.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      12 volts is a bit low, hook his nuts up to the spark plug wires, accelerate the engine to speed up interrogation. One wire to each nut and one wire to each ear, tends to stimulate conversation.

      • Ron Cole

        I am glad we are friends.

        • Mahou Shoujo

          One finds that enemies become less hostile when communicated with, in ways they can understand.

    • DVult

      I always liked Don Cherry.

    • joe1429

      Excellent… but in traudeaus canada.. he must be being villified!!

  • Pray Hard

    So, where’s Loretta on Muslims HATING AND KILLING us Infidels and Jews?

    Remember, Loretta, hate is hate and hate causes ALL the problems … that’s what you liberals say so it must be true. So, what are you waiting for?

  • Pray Hard

    I think I can already hear the bleeding heart leftist and Moslem whine rising …

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Kareem is an accomplice.

  • imwithstoopid
    • Luigi Valentino

      You got it! Signed.

  • Mr Paul Middleton

    Teenagers sentenced to death for “blasphemy” or adultery, execution of apostates and those born gay, women stoned to death for running from abusive husbands, countless terrorist attacks, constant beheadings and stonings – Muslims remain silent about such crimes; yet somebody draws a cartoon of Muhammad and they’re on the streets rioting. Annihilate Islam – it IS a fricking cartoon.

  • joker

    A normal American response should have been, after this attack in Garland, to wipe out the capital of ISIS Raqqa. To have bombed them so silly that the one still standing could not have uttered anymore allah o’snackbar.

  • Luigi Valentino

    Here’s a winner!

    • Mahou Shoujo

      That is short, sweet, and to the point. Nicely done.

  • Steve

    Ninety percent or so of these “lone wolves” are designated as such with all the implications of plausible deniability and appeal of random acts of violence by the odumber administration and leftist media and yet the perpetrators and their benefactors have no trouble identifying themselves as orthodox islamists or those who follow islamic sharic and jihad to the “t” as stated in their kookran and simply doing what it says – kill or subjugate non-muslims.

    Many of these perpetrators also are disaffected black criminals who also hate the united states and go to a mosque a short time and maybe even train there, change their name to mohammed or shafiq, and proceed to deal death and violence to the best of their cult ability. Most of them are ignorant lowlifes and/or career criminals and easily brainwashed into committing violence against the west and also in most cases, its not that different from their past lives of crime – just more focused in killing guided by their cult theocracy. If they do realize the fallacies of the kookran they simply use it to suit their criminal lowlife purposes.

    Thus, both sides, “lone wolf” lowlifes and islamics, use each other in the name of the islamic cult attempting to cause insurrection and commit terrorism towards the west but they continue feeding the “legality pc game” with the term “lone wolf”.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Islam does not attract quality people to it, violent submission is the only way it can keep any thinking person to continue being a muslim.

  • joe1429

    Go Trump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DCW16

    Trudeau restores funding to UNRWA
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau restores funding to group formerly defunded for financing Hamas by previous government. http://www.therebel.media/trudeau_restores_funding_to_unrwa
    Some are asking “is Justin a convert”?