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Minneapolis Muslim Blows Himself up in Somalia Attack

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 09:25 PM CST

Less than two weeks ago it was reported that there are thousands of Somalians here illegally. Today it comes out that a Minneapolis Somalian named Shirwa Ahmed went back to Somalia and blew himself up as a homicide bomber. While this man was here legally, it was also learned that Somalians are recruiting in Minneapolis for the jihad in Somalia. This can be done much easier if our government does not know who is here. Recently over a dozen young Somalians from the Minneapolis area have not been seen. It is believed that they have went back to Somalia to fight the Islamic holy war.
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Virginia:Two Muslims Offer to Sell Missile to FBI Informant

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 07:03 PM CST

Two Muslim men from Virginia have been arrested in a FBI sting. They were caught trying to sell a missile that could reach the Pentagon. This comes from the same state where a Saudi school for children was busted preaching hatred towards non-Muslims. Virginia was also the home of the former Virginia Jihad Network.

Annandale man offers to sell missile to FBI informant
Fairfax County
By Gregg MacDonald
Source: Fairfax County Times
"You want to hit the Pentagon. You can put the bottle on it, the blue bottle, and hit the Pentagon."-- Amjad Hamed, as quoted in a U.S. District Court affidavit. Two Annandale men have been arrested in an FBI sting that uncovered visa fraud, gun smuggling and references to Lebanon, Yasir Arafat and bombing the Pentagon with a missile.
According to a recently unsealed U.S. District Court affidavit, an FBI informant met with Annandale resident Amjad Hamed, a Jordanian native, in April 2006.
Hamed provided the informant with six valid Palestinian passports and asked him to obtain U.S. visas for them.
According to the affidavit, Hamed revealed that he was part of an international visa fraud scheme. "I challenge anyone in the world who can bring so many passports without being inspected," he is quoted as saying.
Hamed is also quoted as saying he was a member of the Palestinian Authority who met regularly with Yasir Arafat.
Hamed's references to smuggling were also quoted in the affidavit. "Yes, I have connections to transport from America directly to the middle of Lebanon ... no one does anything through the airport ... the airport is hard. All the companies have to disclose their shipment. Do you know through what? ... via the port ... By the sea."
According to the affidavit, Hamed also sold the FBI informant an 8 mm semi-automatic handgun and a SKS sniper rifle on June 21, 2007.
During that transaction, Hamed is quoted as saying that he could obtain a missile that could reach the Pentagon. "You want to hit the Pentagon. You can put the bottle on it, the blue bottle, and hit the Pentagon," he is quoted as saying in the affidavit.
Hamed's cousin, Ibrahim Hamed, allegedly also sold the FBI informant an altered 9 mm handgun in August 2007, and offered to sell him other weapons that he said would come from a source in Florida.
According to the affidavit, Ibrahim Hamed said that his cousin did not have the connections to get the guns and the missile, but that he did.
Amjad Hamed is charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, and Ibrahim Hamed is charged with conspiracy to transport in interstate commerce a firearm with a serial number that was removed and obliterated.
Both men are being held without bond and will be sentenced on January 30.
"Some of the statements in the affidavit are overblown," said Attorney Gregory Stambaugh, who represents Ibrahim Hamed. "He said some things that probably didn't help him, but the charge against him is for the sale of a handgun. It's really a rather mundane case."

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Muslims Firebomb Church

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 02:09 PM CST

Most of the readers are probably thinking that this happened in the Middle East. But the hate of Islam is now across Europe as this was a Dutch Church. Is there a reason that we still allow Muslims to come into our countries?
Hat tip to Islam in Europe

Gouda:Church firebombed
Four teenagers of Moroccan origin were arrested Saturday evening for setting fire to the Vaste Burcht Reformed church in Gouda. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of the church, according to the police. The bottom part of the door and the doormat were damaged.
The four Gouda residents, three aged 14 and one aged 15, are suspected of arson. The fire was reported at 5:45pm and the directions given by the reporter led to the residence of one of them, where three youth were arrested. The 15 year old suspect was arrested later that evening.
Three of the suspects spent the night in jail. They will appear in court Tuesday. A 14 year old was released after interrogation since there was no evidence of his involvement. The police is continuing with the investigation.
A spokesperson of the church said that there are often fights there but this is the first time a Molotov cocktail was thrown at them. The administrator of the church said that they had windows broken in in the past which they put down to street youth.
The parishioners were informed of the events and were told that the police and mayor are taking the case seriously.

Florida:Volunteers Needed To Counter CAIR's con

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 08:18 PM CST

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that was just hit with racketeering charges yesterday is taking a page out the playbook of the Islamic Circle of North America . They are going to be using the Florida mass transit bus system to proselytize Islam to our fellow countrymen. The ICNA used the NYC subway cars to do the same back in September.
I had made up fliers to counter their campaign and they can easily be printed up to counter this Islamic ad campaign also. There will be two press conferences held on Tuesday November 25Th to announce this campaign. The addresses are listed below.
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S. Florida Muslims to Launch Bus Ad Campaign on Islam
Last update: 4:41 p.m. EST Nov. 24, 2008
MIAMI, Nov 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- On Tuesday, November 25, South Florida Islamic and interfaith leaders will hold two news conferences to launch an educational outreach project designed to dispel common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
Starting November 25, and continuing for eight weeks, the Dade and Broward County transit systems will display large, colorful banners about Islam on the sides of 120 buses. The project, called the "Bus Ad Campaign," is designed to invite Floridians of all faiths to call 1-888-ISLAM-55 or to log on to the website to find the accurate and objective information about Islam and Muslims.
A bus with the display will be present at both press conferences.
1st Press Conference:
WHAT: News Conference to Launch Bus Ad Campaign on Islam
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 11 a.m.
WHERE: 2775 SW 74th Avenue, Miami, FL
2nd Press Conference:
WHAT: News Conference to Launch Bus Ad Campaign on Islam
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 4 p.m.
WHERE: 4305 NW 183rd Street, Miami, FL

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Holy Land Charity Guilty on 108 Counts!!

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 05:06 PM CST

Over a year after escaping the first trial because of a declared mistrial the Holy Land Foundation was finally found guilty of 108 counts of funneling money to the Hamas terrorist organization in Palestine.

Charity convicted of financing terrorism
November 24, 2008
Associated Press
DALLAS — A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the retrial of the largest terrorism financing case since the attacks of Sept. 11.
U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis announced the 108 guilty verdicts on the eighth day of deliberations in the retrial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, once the nation's largest Muslim charity.
Relatives of the former leaders sobbed after the defendants were found guilty of all counts, and one crying woman screamed in the courtroom, "My dad is not a criminal!"
Holy Land was accused of giving more than $12 million to support Hamas. The seven-week retrial ran about as long as the original, which ended in October 2007 when a judge declared a mistrial on most charges.
Holy Land wasn't accused of violence. Rather, the government said the Richardson, Texas-based charity financed schools, hospitals and social welfare programs controlled by Hamas in areas ravaged by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The U.S. designated Hamas a terrorist organization in 1995 and again in 1997, making contributions to the group illegal.
Prosecutors labeled Holy Land's benefactors — called zakat committees — as terrorist recruiting pools. The charities, the government argued, spread Hamas' violent ideology and generated loyalty and support among Palestinians
It was a "womb to the tomb" cycle, prosecutor Barry Jonas told jurors during closing arguments last week.
Holy Land supporters told a different story. They accused the government of politicizing the case as part of its war on terrorism, while attorneys for the foundation said Holy Land's mission was philanthropy and providing much-needed aid to the Middle East.
They reminded jurors that none of the zakat committees are designated by the U.S. as terrorist fronts, and that Holy Land also donated to causes elsewhere, including helping victims of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
"No one here is engaging in acts of terrorism," Theresa Duncan, attorney for former Holy Land chief executive Shukri Abu Baker, said during closing arguments.
Government officials raided Holy Land's headquarters in December 2001 and shut it down. President George W. Bush even personally announced the seizure of Holy Land's assets, calling the action "another step in the war on terrorism."
A chaotic courtroom scene ended last year's original trial, which lasted nearly two months and kept jurors deliberating for 19 days. But they deadlocked on many counts, and when a judge polled the panel about other verdicts, some disavowed their vote.
The confusing finish led U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish to declare a mistrial, and leaders of the defunct charity rushed outside to celebrate.
Observers last year panned the government for presenting a bloated case too complicated for jurors to follow. Prosecutors responded this year by dropping nearly 60 charges in the trial and tightening their narrative to jurors, even offering a kind of road map to help the panel follow the money.
But nearly 15 boxes of evidence wheeled into court on a flatbed still impressed the size of the case, as did the more than one hour that Solis needed to read aloud the indictment.

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Chaos in Egypt as Coptics try to Build a Church

Posted: 24 Nov 2008 04:11 PM CST

The persecution of the Coptic Christian community in our so called ally Egypt has been going on for centuries and continues today. Them not being allowed to build or repair Churches is a common event in Egypt.

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 24 - Eight civilians and four policemen have been hurt, two cars have been set ablaze and an unknown number of arrests have been made during fighting in Matareya, a working-class area east of Cairo. The fighting was between police and Muslims who were protesting over the rumoured destruction of a half-complete building in order to build a Coptic church in its place. The skirmish took place yesterday evening, after evening prayers. At the exit of a mosque in the area, belonging to the Confraternity of Muslim Brothers, Mohamed Yussef Abu Hussein incited those present to protest against the construction of a church on soil that is not owned by Christians. Police troops gathered on the scene and arrested several people, unleashing a violent reaction from the people which eventually culminated in a full blown skirmish. Since the early hours of the morning the whole area has been watched over by security forces, but there have been no signs of gathering crowds. (ANSAmed).

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