Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Choudary said Christmas was 'the pathway to hellfire'. Photo: PA. The lawyer, who recently praised the Mumbai terror attacks, urged all Muslims to reject traditional Christmas celebrations, claiming that they are forbidden by Allah.
The 41-year-old shocked Christians and even those of his own faith by branding yuletide festivities as "the pathway to hellfire".Choudary, who is chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers, ruled out all celebrations, including having a Christmas tree, decorating the house or eating turkey.
In the sermon posted on an Islamic website, he said: "In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas. "Many take part in the festival celebrations by having Christmas turkey dinners.
"Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah. "Many still practise this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the birth of Jesus.
"How can a Muslim possibly approve or participate in such a practice that bases itself on the notion Allah has an offspring? "The very concept of Christmas contradicts and conflicts with the foundation of Islam. "Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. Protect your Paradise from being taken away – protect yourself and your family from Christmas."
Choudary is Principal Lecturer at the London School of Shari'ah and a follower of the Islamist militant (al-Muhajiroun) leader Omar Bakri Mohammed. Earlier this year, he led a meeting at the heart of the area where the liquid bombers lived, which warned of a British September 11.
See my prior post, Sunday, September 21, 2008, Al-Muhajiroun Islamist sect banned as security threat 'is recruiting teenagers' again, just like in Queens NY.
See my Prior Post, Monday, September 01, 2008, QUEENS MOSQUE, MASJID AL-FATIMA, CONTINUES AS A MEETING PLACE FOR ISLAMIC RADICALS AND LINKS TO ABDUL TAWALA ALISHTARI ARRESTED SUPPORT OF TERROSIM
See my Prior Post Wednesday, June 11, 2008, WHAT IS AL-MUHAJIROUN ? WHO IS AL-MUHAJIROUN? WHERE ARE THE AL-MUHAJIROUN SLEEPER CELLS IN NY?
See my Prior Post, Sunday, May 18, 2008, SYED FAHAD HASHMI EXTRADITED TO US, HE IS A MEMBER OF AL-MUHAJIROUN FROM QUEENS NY
See my Prior Post, Sunday, June 08, 2008, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER EXPOSES TERROR CELL AT MASJID AL-FATIMA MOSQUE IN QUEENS NY LINKED TO MOHAMMED JUNAID BABAR.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
TERROR COPS FEAR 'MUMBAI ATTACK' IN UK, ANJEM CHOUDARY HAS AL-MUHAJIROUN TERROR CELLS IN LONDON AND QUEENS NY
RANTING Anjem Choudary (Al-Muhajiroun) launched an astonishing anti-British tirade as terror experts warned yesterday of a Mumbai-style massacre in Britain.
The hate preacher called for apartheid in the UK just days after backing the killers in India. And his supporters threatened to unleash “blood on the streets”. Experts said the chance of a terror attack here has increased since last week’s gun rampage in Mumbai left nearly 200 dead.Choudary, 41, spoke at a packed public meeting called “Not So Great Britain”.
It was held at a council-owned arts centre in Southall, Middlesex, by Islam4UK.com – a website he founded with banned hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammad. Filthy, He branded Britain “filthy”, accused children of being “prostitutes” and demanded non-Muslims wear signs like the Nazis forced on the Jews in WWII. Crazed Choudary said: “In Britain there are 230 rapes every day, that’s 10 per hour. Supermarkets are selling poles for little children so they can become prostitutes when they grow up. There’s no comparison between our way of life and theirs. “In an Islamic state, non-Muslims will have to wear a sign to show what they are – it should say Kaffir. We won’t discriminate on height, race or appearance but we will discriminate on faith.”
See my prior post, Sunday, June 08, 2008, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER EXPOSES AL-MUHAJIROUN TERROR CELL AT MASJID AL-FATIMA MOSQUE IN QUEENS NY LINKED TO MOHAMMED JUNAID BABAR.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
CAIR-NY COAUTHORS CRITIQUE OF NYPD TERROR REPORT WITH MACLA GROUP, APPEARS NYPD STRUCK A NERVE LAST YEAR WITH THEIR SPOT-ON REPORT !
Page 72 of the NYPD terror report. Al-Muhajiroun and Islamic Thinkers Society Al-Muhajiroun was founded by Syrian militant Omar Bakri as an affiliate of the local branch of the transnational Hizb-ut-Tahrir movement. Although al-Muhajiroun has since disbanded in the U.K., a number of offshoot organizations have emerged.
The Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) is an organization primarily composed of 2nd and 3rd generation college-age Americans of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent and espouses the same extremist worldview as al-Muhajiroun.
Islamic Thinkers Society claims that the worldwide Muslim community is under attack by a hostile West.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hizb ut-Tahrir America May Be Ready for Its Public Debut, private Investigator Bill Warner first exposed Hizb ut-Tahrir in America (HTA) in Oct 2005
CLICK IMAGES TO PLAY BBC NEWS VIDEO FROM THE HIZB ut-TAHRIR AMERICA BIRTHPLACE AT THE MASJID AL-FATIMA IN QUEENS NY ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 9TH 2005
A leaflet credited to HTA was posted today to khilafah.COM, one of the few official Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) web sites.
It is the first time that the global organization has formally acknowledged the existence of HTA. The leaflet, originally dated October 28, 2008, is titled "Cooperate in Piety or Sin? Participation in the American Election." It calls for American Muslims not to participate in the U.S. presidential election.
The official acknowledgment of HTA's existence, as demonstrated by the publication of the leaflet on the Khalifah web site, possibly shows that the HT leadership perceives HTA is solid enough to withstand public knowledge of its existence and the potential for additional scrutiny that comes with that knowledge. ...Hizb Ut Tahrir or HT is an Islamic splinter group, which is banned in many countries around the world. It operates freely in Britain. But BBC News Newsnight has discovered that its website promotes racism and anti-Semitic hatred, calls suicide bombers martyrs, and urges Muslims to kill Jewish people.
Private Investigator Bill Warner first exposed the existance of HTA in Queens NY at the Masjid al-Fatima and Orange County CA on Sunday Oct. 9th 2005 ! Islamism: Hizb ut-Tahrir: A Danger To The West?
The original emir of Hizbut-Tahir America (HTA), Iyad Hilal, is a US citizen of Palestinian-Jordanian origin. He is the author of several books - Treaties in Islam, Gull Crisis, Palestinian Quest, Masiiahah in Islamic Activities (all in Arabic) and also Muslims in the West, in English. He is better known for his book "Studies in Usul ul-Fiqh". This treatise on Islamic jurisprudence can be found online in an edited version. This book is a required part of course material in the Fiqh course at the Qatar-based Islamic Studies Academy.
In August 2005 Stratfor stated that Hilal had been in the US for 20 years. He had been involved in HT since his youth. Hilal would travel between Orange County in California and New York (from the 1980s onward) while he was establishing the group. HT had offices in these locations, and between around 1991 to 1995, Hilal was imam of a mosque in New York. By 1995, the chapter in New York lost members in rows over ideology and leadership, a situation made worse in 1997 by the splintering of the Jordanian "Camp 2" from "Camp 1". Stratfor states that by 2000 many members of the New York branch had defected to Omar Bakris group Al Muhajiroun.
BBC journalist Richard Watson stated in a recent report (video) that at the end of the 1990s, Omar Bakri Mohammed wanted to expand into the US. The information on what had happened in New Yorks HT chapter was made more clear by private investigator Bill Warner.
On Sunday October 9th 2005 (see date stamp on photo above) private investigator Bill Warner had taken BBC reporter Richard Watson to the Masjid al-Fatima on 37th Avenue, Woodside in Queens. Here, the BBC filmed Aqeel Khan, the founder and secretary of the Queens Islamic Center at the mosque, while Bill Warner interviewed him. During the mid 1990s, the mosque had been infiltrated by radical members of Hizb ut-Tahrir (Iyad Hilal), much as they had tried to take over the Croydon mosque in London. Iyad Hilal lists address's near the Masjid al-Fatima Woodside Ave Queens NY during the 1990's.
Aqeel Khan said: "They had their own programs, which were not the directions of the mosque... There were five times (a day) prayer, but then they had their own meetings here and we - the general public - were not invited." The Hizb ut-Tahrir members were officially ousted from the Queens mosque after $400,000 went missing from the masjid funds, but they continued to frequent the mosque. It appears to be at this mosque, where radical Hizb members already worshipped, that Al Muhajiroun developed its first US presence.
The ideology of Hizb was similar to that of Bakris Al Muhajiroun, but the latter groups direct methods appealed to young radicals. Individuals such as Syed "Fahad" Hashmi from Flushing, Queens, had became involved in Al Muhajiroun. Hashmi, who formerly belonged to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is thought to have introduced Mohammed Junaid Babar to Al Muhajiroun. Babar had been a student at St Johns University. Both attended the Masjid al-Fatima.
An Orange County grocery store owner has been questioned by the FBI in connection with his membership in an Islamic group (Hizb ut-Tahrir) banned in parts of Europe and the Middle East for its radical views, according to FBI and Islamic Institute of Orange County officials.
Bakri Mohammed, a cleric who has praised the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, fled the United Kingdom in August after British Prime Minister Tony Blair proposed banning Hizb ut-Tahrir in connection with the London bombings. Bakri Mohammed identified Iyad Hilal as the head of the U.S. branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir in an interview he gave to The Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C..
Iyad K. Hilal, 59, an amateur writer and philosopher on Islamic themes was accused by a Fox News commentator, John Loftus, of being the head of the California-based faction of Hizb ut- Tahrir, or Party of Liberation, a fragmented group of Muslim scholars and activists in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. No charges have been filed against Hilal.
The FBI declined to describe its inquiries as a formal investigation. "We're looking into the matter," said FBI spokeswoman Cathy Viray. The Fox News allegations sparked media interest into the California group's activities and writings, which espouse, among other things, the incompatibility of Islam and democracy, and the return to the ancient Caliphate political system in Muslim countries. "They oppose the integration of Muslims into and their participation in the political process here in America."
Hilal, who was seen praying and talking with members of the Islamic Society of Orange County on Wednesday, did not return calls. His Garden Grove duplex was shuttered while staff at his small grocery off Cerritos Avenue in Stanton said he had not come to work. Officials at the Islamic Society of Orange County who talked with Hilal told the officials that the FBI had quizzed him about his involvement in any terror attacks.
The Islamic Society of Orange County Mosque and Garden Grove CA were also the breeding grounds for Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn and Khalil al-Deek the author of Al-Qaida's killing manual."The Encyclopedia of Jihad" was found in 1999 in the home of Khalil al-Deek when he was arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb Jordan's main airport in the capital, Amman, on the eve of the millennium.
See my prior post, Wednesday, October 08, 2008, ADAM GADAHN FROM GARDEN GROVE CA JAIL IN 1997 TO SPOKESMAN FOR AL-QAEDA IN 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
My dad's not a monster and I'm not a pole-dancer, says al-Muhajiroun firebrand preacher Omar Bakri's daughter, Yasmin Fostok
In allegedly choosing to lead a secret double life stripping for money in seedy London bars and nightclubs, Yasmin Fostok appeared to have rejected her father's views in the most extreme way possible. She's kinda attractive, if you like the "Stripper/HairDresser- Drama Queen" type.
Yet while 'friends' described her passion for flaunting her cosmetically enhanced figure in front of men, and her colourful love life, to the Press in September 08, Yasmin was overwhelmed by the sudden onslaught of publicity and terrified by a slew of messages on the internet from extremists angered by her lifestyle and threatening to harm her.
Now the 27-year-old single mother of three has spoken out for the first time in an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday to claim that, contrary to what has been written about her, both her Muslim faith and her father's opinion are still extremely important to her. While she admits rebelling against her strict upbringing, she denies pole-dancing or taking her clothes off for money and says the allegations have left her so devastated that she attempted suicide.
She says: 'For weeks now I've read lie after lie about myself and the experience has shattered me. At one stage, I even thought I wanted to die, but I feel much stronger now. 'When I was younger, I danced in nightclubs, but I've never taken my clothes off or danced around a pole to get men going (so who is in the stripper pic ?).
'I danced in the big clubs like Equinox and the Hippodrome in Leicester Square, (In London al-Qaeda has targeted Tiger Tiger nightclub in The Haymarket and the Ministry of Sound nightclub in central London) standing on a podium or the stage,' she says. 'I wore combat trousers and little vest tops and sometimes I'd be on stilts or even fire-breathing. 'I loved it and although I knew it was a long way from the way I'd been brought up, I didn't care. 'But I was never nude and the dancing was never around a pole, or lap-dancing. I've never even been to a gentleman's club, only to normal nightclubs.'
Yasmin was so frightened for her safety that the police moved her to a safe house. She also received her first phone call from her father in years. Far from being angry, she says he was worried for her, and supportive. 'He told me he loved me, and to stay strong. I apologised but he said I didn't need to seek his forgiveness, only God's. 'He said the papers had run the story to get back at him and to attack our religion. Part of me feels angry with him for bringing this on me, but part of me agrees with him that he's been attacked unfairly.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Haniffa Bin Osman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to The Terror Organization "Tamil Tiger"
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "Haniffa Bin Osman conspired with others to provide material support to the Tamil Tigers, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and attempted to illegally export arms, including state of the art firearms, grenade launchers, night vision devices, surface to air missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. We will use all available legal tools to prevent terrorism, including undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain military weapons in violation of American law."
According to the plea agreement, from April to September 29, 2006 Osman conspired with Haji Subandi, Erick Wotulo and Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa to provide state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns and ammunition, surface to air missiles, night vision goggles and other military weapons to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) operating within Sri Lanka, to be used to fight against Sri Lankan government forces. The conspirators contacted an undercover business in Maryland about the sale of military weapons, requesting price quotes and negotiating the purchases.
Osman arrived in Guam on September 26, 2006 and inspected various machine guns, sniper rifles and ammunition. He also inspected two surface to air missiles and agreed to communicate with others within the Tamil Tigers about the availability and pricing of the missiles. After the inspection was completed, Osman agreed to arrange for the transfer of additional monies into an undercover bank account in Maryland as further payment for the arms and munitions. On September 28 an additional $452,000 was wired from Malaysia to the undercover account in Maryland as a further down payment on the $900,000 worth of weapons ordered by the Tamil Tigers.
At the time of his arrest, Sriskandarajah was a student at the University of Waterloo. Canada added the Tamil Tigers to its official list of terrorist organizations in April. The U.S. added the group to its own list in 1997.
Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, age 38, a citizen of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 57 months in prison for the conspiracy and attempted arms exportation.
Subandi, age 71, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, money laundering and attempted exportation of arms and munitions.
Wotulo, age 60, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, and a retired Indonesian Marine Corps General, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the conspiracy and money laundering.
Tamil Tigers rep arrested in NYC April 2007. Last year I reported on the Tamil Tigers in New York City and how they were raising funds for the purchase of military equipment, see following; NEW YORK -- The top U.S. representative of the Tamil Tigers, a rebel group designated as a foreign terrorist organization, orchestrated a covert campaign to finance its escalating conflict with military forces in Sri Lanka, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Karunakaran Kandasamy, 50, was ordered held without bail in New York on charges of providing material support to terrorists. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Experts say Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers' recent attempts to buy weapons in New York either show the group's desperation or a possible precursor to international terrorist attacks. Tamil Tigers link to al-Qaeda.
Karunakaran Kandasamy the suspected head of the U.S. branch of Sri Lankan rebel group the Tamil Tigers aka LITE was arrested in Queens New York on Wednesday 4/25/2007 and charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. As the director of the U.S. branch of the Tamil Tigers, which is based in Queens, New York, Kandasamy oversaw the organization's activities, including its fund-raising, prosecutors said. Last year, its emissaries were charged in Brooklyn with conspiring to buy surface-to-air missiles. Prosecutors also alleged the defendants tried to bribe U.S. officials to remove the group from the terrorism list.
In its early days, experts say, the LTTE trained with the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the group may still come into contact with other terrorist organizations through the illegal arms trade.
Khawaja guilty on terror charges, Khawaja links to Mohammed Junaid Babar and the "Network" of al-Muhajiroun in Queens NY and London UK.
Mr. Khawaja and co-conspirators, the day after Khawaja’s arrest in Ottawa, Khyam and five others, Anthony Garcia, Shujah Mahmood, Waheed Mahmood, Jawad Akbar, and Salahuddin Amin were arrested in London (see photo above) they had had interactions with “core” al-Qaeda figures. The testimony of three witnesses, Mohammed Junaid Babar, Ms A. and Ms Zeba Khan, sheds this light on the term ‘Jihad’ in the Muslim world.
The evidence makes it clear that in the case of Momin Khawaja and those he associated with in the London area Khyam group, and those he connected with in relation to the northern Pakistan training camp, ‘Jihad’ meant a violent struggle with the objective of establishing Islamic dominance, wherever possible. Khawaja’s ideology emerges in detail in a number of his email communications, a number of which are seen below.
Mohammed Junaid Babar, it should be noted, was brought to Ottawa to testify, in custody, by U.S. federal authorities. He was arrested in the U.S.A. following the arrests in Operation Crevice in the U.K., and entered ‘guilty’ pleas in District Court in New York to 5 counts of providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, namely, al Qa’eda. Facing a maximum possible prison term of 70 years, and even the possibility of being extradited to face trial in Pakistan in relation to a conspiracy to assassinate its President, Babar agreed to truthfully and completely disclose all his information concerning the inquiries made by the Department of Justice, and to truthfully testify before any grand jury and court that the Department requested. Babar was still facing sentencing under this arrangement when he testified before this Court. He (Babar) said his most optimistic hope was that he might be freed from custody sometime next year, but knew there were no guarantees. Not withstanding these circumstances under which he presented his evidence, he was not seriously challenged by the defense on any material fact, nor was it argued that his evidence is unreliable.
Mohammad Momin Khawaja is a trained terrorist, a terrorist financier and terrorist bomb-builder, a judge ruled this morning, but there was not sufficient evidence to find the suspect knowingly plotted to blow up British targets.
Following a landmark legal marathon, Mr. Justice Douglas Rutherford convicted Mr. Khawaja, laying out the reasoning in a 58-page verdict. The Canadian-born al-Qaeda sympathizer was found guilty of the seven terrorist offences he was charged with, though not always to the full extent of what the Crown had alleged.
Mr. Khawaja, a 29-year-old Ottawa resident, was arrested in 2004 while working at his day job of fixing computers for Canada's Foreign Affairs Department. He is only the second man to be convicted under the Anti Terrorism Act, which was passed specifically to cast a wide prosecutorial net after 9/11..... Read: The judgment (pdf)
“One wonders why terrorists like [the British cell members of al-Muhajiroun, see photo above ] would share details of such a fertilizer bomb plot with a foreigner like Khawaja, unless it was necessary to do so, and it wasn't,” writes Judge Rutherford in his ruling. “He seemed willing to help any way he could. Ask him to send money? He did. Ask him to take supplies to … Pakistan? He did. Ask him to build a remote detonator device? He did, or was well into a work in progress.
Another read: “When the kuffar amreekans invaded Afghanistan that was .. the most painful time in my whole life … it would tear my hear knowing these filthy kaafir dog Americans were bombing our muslim bros and sisters … Shaykh Usama bin laden is like the most beloved person to me in the whole world, after Allah.”
Such emails were exchanged with members of a U.K. terrorist cell (photo above) whom Mr. Khawaja fell in with first on the Internet (al-Muhajiroun), using terms borrowed from Gangsta rap as they expressed common hopes of kicking out what they saw as infidel armies from what they saw as Muslim lands. See my prior post, Tuesday, September 09, 2008, Prosecutor: Canadian Man Involved in British Terror Plot was 'Mortal Enemy' of the West. Mohammed Babar of Queens NY gives testimony on Momin Khawaja.
On March 29, 2004, as British police prepared to raid addresses in the U.K., RCMP officers stormed the Khawaja family home in Orleans, Ont., seizing three assault rifles (one scope and one bayoneted), 640 rounds of ammunition, $10,000 in cash and literature with titles such as Defence of the Mulsim Lands, Decisive Battles of Islam, and The Martyrs of Bosnia.
Also seized was the “Hi-Fi Digimonster” (click to see photo)– a prototype circuit-board detonation device built by Mr. Khawaja that was intended to remotely set off a bomb. The defence immediately sought a publication ban on this evidence, as several members of Mr. Khawaja's family publicly complained the Mounties were racists and that the family was wrongfully targeted simply because they were Muslims.
Eighteen months ago, five members of the British cell were sentenced to life in prison for plotting bombings. During that verdict, it was publicly revealed that Scotland Yard had noted some unarrested co-conspirators, who went on to become the suicide bombers who killed 52 people riding trains and subways in London. He was found guilty of contributing to a terrorist group, by building the Hi-Fi Digimonster and showing the British cell prototypes of it during his three-day trip to London.
He was also found guilty of what Judge Rutherford called the “basket charge” of facilitating terrorism. Despite all of this, the judge parsed the two counts involving allegations Mr. Khawaja wanted to blow up Londoners.
Monday, October 27, 2008
US holds terror suspect from Queens NY, Syed "Fahad" Hashmi, in harsh conditions says lawyer Sean Maher, "Fahad" is a member of al-Muhajiroun.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) - An American student who became the first person extradited to the United States from Britain on terrorism charges is being subjected to inhumane prison conditions, his lawyer argued on Tuesday. Syed Hashmi, 28, arrested in June 2006 at London's Heathrow airport and extradited to New York, is being held in solitary confinement, including a 23-hour-a-day lock-down in his cell (similar to SuperMax conditions).
He is awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to supporting al Qaeda ( Hashmi was a member of the Queens NY group "The Islamic Thinkers Society") by holding items such as ponchos, raincoats and waterproof socks in his London apartment for use by al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan.
"Syed Hashmi aided the enemy by providing military gear to al-Qaida," said Mark Mershon, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI's New York office. Syed Hashmi was a member of the "Network" click here for CBS news story. One law enforcement official said the arrest of Mr. Hashmi reinforced investigators' belief that New York was a link in a web of worldwide terrorist activity.
Mr. Hashmi had an address in Flushing, Queens, until 2003, the official said. The official said Mr. Hashmi was a member of Al Muhajiroun, or the Emigrants, a London-based group, that praised the 9/11 attacks and was active in New York, as the Islamic Thinkers Society.
Hashmi, also known as Fahad, faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted. In a letter dated Tuesday 10/21/08, his lawyer asked U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey not to renew restrictions that include limited family visits and a ban on listening to broadcast news programs. The conditions are due to lapse next week. "We are very concerned about the effects that complete isolation has on a person. This is sensory deprivation over an extended period of time (torture)," Hashmi's lawyer Sean Maher said in a telephone interview.
"Tortured", a common defense of all al-Qaeda captives right out of the al-Qaeda play book, click to see here, please note; 1) . "At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators ]before the judge". 2). Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.................
The letter was supported by two U.S. legal advocacy organizations (would one be the "National Lawyers Guild" of which Sean Maher is a member ?) that also wrote to Mukasey. While it is not unusual for terrorism suspects in the United States to be held under such conditions, Maher said Hashmi's case was less serious. "The allegation is he let someone stay in his apartment and that person had a suitcase with raincoats and ponchos. He is not alleged to be a member of al Qaeda," Maher said. "We are talking about socks here."
From The Times, June 8, 2006.....An American who held a British student visa has been remanded in custody on terror charges after being arrested at Heathrow. Syed Hashmi, 26, is wanted by the FBI on a charge of supplying military equipment (a law enforcement official said it included night-vision goggles) and currency to al-Qaeda fighters in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was arrested on Tuesday night carrying a large amount of cash as he tried to board a plane to Pakistan. Dressed in white Muslim robes, he appeared at a brief extradition hearing at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in London. He was indicted on May 24 by a New York grand jury on charges of aiding al-Qaeda between January 1 and March 1, 2004....(NOT JUST SOCKS).
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan had no comment. Prosecutors say the case against Hashmi is "extremely serious" and that he had been a member of Al-Muhajiroun, a defunct group (still active under different name).
Al Muhajiroun was officially disbanded by Omar Bakri Mohammed in October 2004 (this was ploy for the media). Using a tactic employed by HT, he continued to guide his followers who then belonged to new groups, operating under new names. In the UK, Al Muhajiroun members operated in groups called Al Ghurabaa, the Saviour Sect, (which changed its name to the Saved Sect) and these also founded a group called Ahlus Sunna Wal Jammah. Members of Queens NY, US Al Muhajiroun group reformed as the Islamic Thinkers Society.
They say Hashmi held the gear on behalf of his former friend turned government informant Mohammed Junaid Babar, knowing Babar was passing it and money on to senior al Qaeda commander Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, who is now held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WHO IS SYED "FAHAD" HASHMI & AL-MUHAJIROUN.
Syed Fahad Hashmi, a 29-year-old US citizen and former student at Brooklyn College NYC , is in solitary at the Federal Pen NYC on charges of providing material support to Al Qaida. Fahad Hashmi was a member of the Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) in Queens NY led by "Nussrah", see the ITS website Click Here, were they seek to "Free Fahad". The Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) in Queens NY links to several arrested and convicted members of Al-Qaeda, such as Fahad Hashmi arrested, Mohammed Junaid Babar arrested convcited and Shahawar Matin Siraj who was arrested and convicted for plot to blow up a busy Manhattan subway station as revenge for wartime abuses of Iraqis. "Nussrah" the leader of the ITS in Queens NY has left numeous threatening messages on this blog and seeks to silence the blog of "Private Investigator Bill Warner".
Hashmi grew up in a Pakistani-American family living in Queens, New York City. He majored in political science at Brooklyn College, graduating in 2003. He then studied international relations at London Metropolitan University, earning a Masters Degree in 2005. The evidence against Hashmi is based on the plea bargain of Mohammed Junaid Babar, another US citizen from Queens NY arrested on five counts of aiding Al Qaida and a member of al-Muhajiroun.
Mohammed Junaid Babar and Syed Fahad Hashmi were members of the terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun in Queens NY, Hashmi was a senior figure in Al Muhajiroun's US network. Investigations by private detective Bill Warner have been crucial in piecing together the links between the British membership of Al Muhajiroun with their counterparts in New York, and their combined links with terrorism. The Operation Crevice terrorism trial in the UK, which concluded in London on April 07 had heard testimony from former Al Muhajiroun member turned supergrass Mohamed Junaid Babar.
In 2005, Bill Warner took BBC journalist Richard Watson to the Masjid al-Fatima on 37th Avenue, Woodside, Queens NY, which had been taken over by radicals from Hizb ut-Tahrir in the mid 1990s. BBC's Richard Watson video-taped Bill Warner's interview with Mosque Founder Aqeel Khan, who spoke of the problems of radicals at the mosque.
SEE BBC News video with all the current updates click here.
Mr Warner's sleuthing managed to show that Junaid Babar, who was an Al Muhajiroun member from Queens, had attended the Woodside mosque, and here in 1999 had first met Sajil Shahid. Shahid had founded the Al Muhajiroun office in Lahore in Pakistan, which became a center for ferrying British jihadists (including the five men convicted of the Operation Crevice plot, and also Mohammed Sidique Khan, leader of London's 7/7 bombers) from Lahore to the regions bordering with Afghanistan, where they met Taliban and Al Qaeda controllers.
Bill Warner's investigations also showed that a meeting took place at the Masjid al-Fatima mosque in Queens NY from June 2 to 4, 2000, with lectures given by Sajil Shahid. This three day convention was also attended by an individual called "Brother Fahad", who is Syed "Fahad" Hashmi.
Babar, the main informant, is cooperating with prosecutors after pleading guilty in New York in 2004 to smuggling money, night vision goggles and sleeping bags to al Qaeda (and being a member of Al-Qaeda). Babar also testified as an informant against five Britons convicted in London in April of plotting bomb attacks on targets such as nightclubs and trains.
Several parts of his court proceedings have been closed to the public and reporters after U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled some of the evidence in the case was classified.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Al-Muhajiroun Islamist sect banned as security threat 'is recruiting teenagers' again, just like in Queens NY.
Same Ugly Mugs (see photo) same Al-Muhajiroun, same tactics recruiting teenagers for terror attacks just like they were doing in Queens NY at the Masjid al-Fatima, click here for video or click on the Ugly Mugs image above.
See Prior Post, Monday, September 01, 2008, QUEENS MOSQUE, MASJID AL-FATIMA, CONTINUES AS A MEETING PLACE FOR ISLAMIC RADICALS AND LINKS TO ABDUL TAWALA ALISHTARI ARRESTED SUPPORT OF TERROSIM
See Prior Post Wednesday, June 11, 2008, WHAT IS AL-MUHAJIROUN ? WHO IS AL-MUHAJIROUN? WHERE ARE THE AL-MUHAJIROUN SLEEPER CELLS IN NY?
See Prior Post, Sunday, May 18, 2008, SYED FAHAD HASHMI EXTRADITED TO US, HE IS A MEMBER OF AL-MUHAJIROUN FROM QUEENS NY
See Prior Post, Sunday, June 08, 2008, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BILL WARNER EXPOSES TERROR CELL AT MASJID AL-FATIMA MOSQUE IN QUEENS NY LINKED TO MOHAMMED JUNAID BABAR.
A militant Islamic sect banned by the Government as a threat to national security has launched a campaign to radicalise teenagers in east London, the Evening Standard can reveal. Al-Muhajiroun, headed by exiled cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed (photo above on R), tonight begins a recruitment drive targeting young Muslims - despite being outlawed under terror laws introduced in the wake of the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks on London.
Several members of the sect have been jailed in recent years for terror-related offences (Mohammed Junaid Babar, Fahad Hashmi) but there are fears the group is thriving again under a new name (so what, they never went away). The group has launched a website, www.Islam4uk.com .
It is advertising its first youth conference, entitled Muslim Youth: "The Spark of the Fire", at a community centre in Walthamstow - close to the homes of six men who face a retrial over a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners. www.Islam4uk.com is a reincarnation of al-Muhajiroun in all but name. It is headed by Bakri Mohammed, now living in Lebanon, and his deputy Anjem Choudary, its official spokesman. (Al-Muhajiroun still meets in Queens NY, members from Baltimore MD come into the city on weekends)
The two have kept a relatively low profile since the 7 July attacks on London in 2005 but have become emboldened in recent weeks. The youth conference tonight is being addressed by two notorious extremists, Abu Uzair (photo above on L) and Abu Waleed. Uzair, 40, who was a follower of jailed preacher Abu Hamza at Finsbury Park mosque, sprang to prominence when he praised the 9/11 hijackers as " magnificent 19" and claimed that if he knew terrorists were planning a suicide attack, he would not alert police.
Having laid low for the past three years - since Bakri was forced to live in exile in Lebanon - there is concern al-Muhajiroun is growing in strength. At a meeting last Thursday - as first reported by the Standard - almost 100 Muslims attended to hear a live video link-up with Bakri.
Andrew Dismore, the Labour MP for Hendon, who first called for al-Muhajiroun to be banned 10 years ago, said today: "This new group needs to be banned. www.Islam4uk.com is clearly just another side of the same coin. "This shows the real difficulty with these splinter groups. The fact they are now getting 100 people to their meetings is very alarming."
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