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CAIR Poster and advisory not to talk to law enforcement or grand juries.

The grand jury proceedings are centered on trying to find out who is behind efforts to recruit Muslims in the Twin Cities to go overseas to wage jihad.

That question has stymied federal agents for the last year as they have struggled to build inroads and trust with the Muslim community in the Twin Cities in order to cut off a new pipeline of recruits.

Perhaps the feds are “stymied” because the Obama administration scrubbed all their counter terror materials of jihad and Islam. Perhaps the feds are stymied because they are so busy with “outreach” and worrying about “backlash” and “islamophobia.” Perhaps they are “stymied” because despite all their “outreach,” Muslim leaders refuse to cooperate. Perhaps the feds are “stymied” because they aren’t looking in the right places. Go to the mosques. One mosque that is heralded as having banned one terrorist recruiter only did so two months ago, years after his terror activity was made known.

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In 2007, terrorist Amir Mesha was arrested in Kenya for having received weapons training in an Al-Qaida camp and for serving as a translator for the terrorist group’s leaders in Somalia. So why did the Bloomington mosque only just ban him in June, well after young Muslims from the mosque left to wage jihad with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq?

The investigation is moving slowly because many of those subpoenaed are refusing to talk and have been instructed to invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, multiple sources said.

Why isn’t the Muslim community cooperating? Why aren’t they talking? Rep. Peter King said back in 2010, “When I meet with law enforcement, they are constantly telling me how little cooperation they get from Muslim leaders.”

…  jury proceedings have triggered a new sense of urgency among community leaders to engage families who have lost their children to terrorist recruiting. They are now urging these families to speak publicly about their experiences in the hopes of preventing other families from experiencing the same pain.

But when families did speak of this, they were attacked and smeared by Muslim Brotherhood groups like CAIR and Congressman Hakim Muhammad, aka Keith Ellison. Ellison made a series of personal attacks against three other Muslim witnesses  testifying at Rep. Peter King’s hearings on  jihad recruitment in America. He blamed grieving father  Melvin Bledsoe for the actions of Bledsoe’s son Carlos, who shot and killed an Army private after converting to Islam.

They stole my son,” Bledsoe said. “They raped his mind. They changed his thought, his behavior. They changed him from Carlos to Abdulhakim. I asked God to give me my son back.”

Hakim  Muhammad (nee Keith Ellison), said Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician who challenges the jihad narrative, simply is out to make a buck.

In his speech, Ellison expressed similar disdain for Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali American from Minneapolis who also testified. Bihi’s teenage nephew Burhan Hassan was shot to death in Somalia in June 2009. Burhan was one of at least 20 Somali men and teenage boys from the Twin Cities area who have traveled to Somalia since 2007 to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabaab. The “only reason” Bihi was invited to testify was “because he’s willing to diss the Somali and Muslim community in Minneapolis,” Ellison said.

As part of his testimony, Bihi described how Islamist leaders discouraged people from cooperating with the investigation into the missing men. Talking to the FBI could get you sent to Guantanamo Bay, they said. And, there are consequences in the afterlife by being damned with “eternal fire and hell.”

At those same hearings, a Somali-American who complained about interference from organized Muslim groups like CAIR while trying to learn about scores of missing young Muslim men who turned up with a jihad terrorist group in Somalia. They said he was there simply to “diss” the Muslim community in Minneapolis.

Committee Democrats criticized King and the hearing’s premise, with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas saying the proceedings placed the U.S. Constitution “in pain.” California Rep. Jackie Speier dismissed the witness testimony as anecdotal.


 

FrontPageMuslim recr.#1of2“Federal grand jury targets local terrorist pipeline,” Star Tribune, September 7, 2014 (thanks to Jim)

A federal grand jury in St. Paul is investigating a group of Somali-Americans who were allegedly conspiring to join terrorists fighting in Syria, according to sources with direct knowledge of the probe.

The proceedings, which have been going on all summer, appear to be centered on trying to find out who is behind efforts to convince 20 to 30 people that they should leave Minnesota to fight in the Middle East. That question has stymied federal agents for the last year as they have struggled to build inroads and trust with the Muslim community in the Twin Cities in order to cut off a new pipeline of recruits.

Seven years ago, about two dozen young Somali men from Minnesota were recruited to fight in Somalia with another terrorist group, Al-Shabab. As many as nine were reported killed, and after a series of indictments and high-profile convictions, federal authorities and community leaders believed that the recruiting had stopped.

Instead, it has shifted to a new region.

In June, investigators stopped a Somali teen just before he boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, his final destination believed to be Syria.

But federal authorities say upward of a dozen Somali men and three women from Minnesota have fled the country to fight alongside or aid extremists in the Middle East. They estimate as many as 100 Americans have gone to Syria and Iraq to join insurgents whose brutality, including mass executions and beheadings of American journalists, has prompted the U.S. and other countries to consider airstrikes against the movement. The departures also have heightened fears that some may try to return to carry out attacks in the U.S.

In late August, a Minnesota man became the first American recruit confirmed to have died while fighting in the Syria-Iraq area with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. A second Minnesota man is believed to have been killed in the same battle.

Earlier this month, a 19-year-old Somali woman from St. Paul, along with two other Minnesota women, left the state. A relative of the 19-year-old said she is now in Syria, reportedly aiding fighters there.

Arrested at airport

Early this summer, FBI agents and prosecutors questioned the father of a Somali teen about his son’s activities prior to the teen being arrested last spring at the airport. The youth was apprehended at the gate, as he prepared to board a plane. Agents reportedly made it clear to the family that they were less interested in the son’s involvement than in who recruited him.

The boy’s father had dropped his son off at school and hours later he was contacted by FBI agents, who told him they had picked his son up at the airport. Sometime between the school drop-off and the arrest, the boy had changed clothes and showed up at the airport with a suitcase, according to sources.

The investigation is moving slowly because many of those subpoenaed are refusing to talk and have been instructed to invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, multiple sources said.

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