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National Guard Enlistee Who Allegedly Plotted to Bomb LA Subway Charged With Attempting to Aid Al-Qaida
The California college student allegedly talked about "hitting" Los Angeles subways with a targeted attack over the New Year's holiday
By Christina Cocca
Mar 25, 2014
A California college student and National Guard enlistee was captured Monday after an FBI investigation revealed a foiled plot to attack the Los Angeles subway system and plans to help al-Qaida, officials said.
Nicholas Michael Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was arrested near the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash. and charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said in a news release.
Teausant is a student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, officials said.
An enlistee with the National Guard based in Stockton, Teausant went to the Canadian border in hopes of traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or al-Qaida, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Teausant's National Guard "training was minimal," and "due to his lack of required academic credits, he never attended basic training," the complaint alleged. He was in the process of being released by the National Guard, but he has not yet been officially released and remains a reservist with the rank of "private," according to the complaint.
An earlier version of this story identified Teausant as a National Guardsman based on the description contained in the complaint, but a spokesman for the Guard took issue with that characterization. Teausant enlisted with the Guard in 2012 but "never trained or served as a solider in the California National Guard," Capt. Will Martin, chief of media relations with the California Military Department wrote in a statement.
Teausant allegedly said in a phone call that while on a post-Thanksgiving camping trip, his group discussed "hitting" Los Angeles subways with a targeted attack on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, according to the complaint.
According to prosecutors, Teausant made inquiries about buying fireworks "with the biggest boom" and subsequently texted a friend advising, "Don’t go to LA Anytime soo Akhi Please trust me on this… and if you do don’t use the subway."
When asked about what happened to the plan, Teausant said "they had been tipped off" and the plan was off, the complaint alleged, adding that he met his "contacts regarding the subway plan on Facebook" and "all these red flags are like popping in my head."
A five-month investigation found Teausant had "explored ways of supporting violent extremist activities and providing material support to various terrorist organizations, culminating in his attempt to join" al-Qaida, the complaint alleged.
Teausant allegedly told a confidant that "his goal was maximum fear and a maximum blow to the US government so he could watch it tumble and fall in the wake of a civil war," according to the complaint.
Teausant was making preparations to fight in Syria and told his confidant he planned to “train fighters in Syria to shoot properly,” according to the complaint. His plan allegedly involved first going to Canada via Greyhound to maintain a low profile.
Prosecutors allege that he confided to his source that he planned to travel during a school break, telling his mom he would be snowboarding at Mount Whistler in Canada, which would ease any concerns over his need for a passport.
If convicted, Teausant faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"American Taliban" Lindh says ban on prison group prayer absurd
By Susan Guyett
Mon Aug 27, 2012
(Reuters) - John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban" captured in Afghanistan and imprisoned in the United States after the September 11, 2001, attacks, testified in federal court on Monday that a ban on group prayer for Muslim prisoners was absurd.
Lindh joined a complaint filed by two other Muslim prisoners challenging a ban on daily group prayers at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he has been incarcerated since 2002. He was captured in Afghanistan during the fighting after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The bearded Lindh, 31, who is serving for fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, wore ankle chains in the courtroom on Monday and his hands and arms were tightly bound as he was led out after two hours of testimony.
With the help of a glossary for court officials, Lindh guided the court through a series of lessons on Muslim prayer traditions.
The prison warden halted daily group prayers in 2009 and allowed them only on the holy day of Friday after some incidents among the Muslim prisoners.
Lindh said group prayers should be allowed because inmates in the facility are free to congregate for other reasons most of the day. He testified that there are no conversations or sermons during the prayer sessions and that attendees do not speak for most periods of the prayer service, which is led by an imam.
"If something is wrong you oppose it. If something is right you praise it," Lindh said. "Muslims can't be neutral. That is the course I am taking."
Lindh's parents were in the courtroom, according to ACLU of Indiana attorney Ken Falk, who is representing Lindh.
Lindh was born in the United States and his parents have said he made a mistake in going to Afghanistan, where he joined the Taliban.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan before the September 11, 2001, attacks and allowed al-Qaeda to plan the attacks from within the country. They were overthrown by U.S.-led forces but still are fighting an insurgent war in Afghanistan.
Hilton Hotel faces protest for hosting Muslim 'terror co-conspirator'
Tables turned on CAIR as its banquet features defender of 'blind sheik' behind 1993 WTC bombing
November 04, 2011
1:00 am Eastern
By Art Moore
Amid threats by Muslims that have prompted hotels to cancel conferences warning of the encroachment of Islamic law in America, a group called DefendChristians.org is countering with a call to protest the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., for hosting the annual fundraising banquet for the Los Angeles-area branch of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations.
DefendAmerica.org points out that the featured speaker for CAIR-LA's event Saturday night is Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by the Justice Department as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that killed six Americans. CAIR itself was named by the Justice Department as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land Foundation probe in Texas, the largest terrorism-finance case in U.S. history.
Wahhaj also urges the violent overthrow of the "filthy" U.S. government and the establishment of Islamic law.
The imam testified as a character witness for convicted WTC terrorist mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as the "blind sheik."
"CAIR is showing its true colors by aligning with such a notorious anti-American radical," said Gary Cass of DefendChristians.Org. "We're shocked that the Hilton Hotel will allow such an event on their property."
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Cass said his group is inviting "fellow patriots" to gather at 4 p.m. Saturday in front of the Anaheim hotel to "expose the public to Hilton's association with CAIR and Siraj Wahhaj."
"Hilton Hotels must hear from thousands of patriots," said Cass. "Muslims have successfully threatened and pressured other hotels to cancel conferences that tell the truth about Islam. Its time we tell Hilton to stop doing business with CAIR or we will stop doing business with Hilton."
As WND reported last week, a Nashville hotel canceled its contract to host a conference on radical Islam after management said it had received "veiled threats that there were going to be protests that could easily erupt into violence." The Preserving Freedom Conference, scheduled for Nov. 11, will now take place at a megachurch in a Nashville suburb, Cornerstone Church.
Meanwhile, a former Democratic state lawmaker in Maryland pressed a hotel in Annapolis to cancel a similar event, charging in an open letter backed by Islamic groups that the speakers include "the nation's leading Islamophobes." In addition, WND reported that the Hyatt Place Hotel in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston, canceled an anti-Shariah event after complaints reportedly by CAIR.
CAIR has sued the co-author of a WND Books expose, "Muslim Mafia," which uses primary source material to document CAIR's founding as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent of terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas.
Wahhaj also was a featured speaker last month at the annual banquet of CAIR's national organization along with Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia.
Wahhaj's presence at CAIR's 2009 annual banquet prompted an activist group to launch a campaign to urge the hosting hotel, the venue for this year's event, to cancel. As WND reported, Wahhaj, a regular CAIR fundraiser and a former member of its advisory board, initially was a featured speaker at that banquet but ended up giving only a short fundraising appeal at the banquet.
Wahhaj is one of many Muslim leaders affiliated with CAIR who have been named or prosecuted in U.S. terrorism-related investigations.
An imam at Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn, Wahhaj is on record urging a violent overthrow of the "filthy" U.S. government assisted by jihad warriors armed with Uzis.
'In a videotaped May 8, 1992, sermon obtained by the authors of "Muslim Mafia" titled "Stand Up for Justice," Wahhaj makes it clear that, contrary to CAIR's media guide, he believes jihad means "holy war," not merely a "struggle to better oneself."
"If we go to war, brothers and sisters – and one day we will, believe me – that's why you're commanded [to fight in] jihad," the Brooklyn-based Wahhaj says. "When Allah demands us to fight, we're not stopping and nobody's stopping us."
Wahhaj preaches that Islam teaches violent insurrection in "infidel lands" such as America, points out the "Muslim Mafia" co-authors, counterterrorism investigator Gaubatz and "Infiltration" author Paul Sperry.
"Believe me, brothers and sisters, Muslims in America are the most strategic Muslims on Earth," Wahhaj says in the 1992 sermon, arguing the government can't drop bombs on warring Muslims in the U.S. without causing collateral damage.
The American government's "worst nightmare is one day that the Muslims wake these people up in South Central Los Angeles and other inner-city areas," he says in the video.
Wahhaj exhorts the faithful to go into the "hood and the prisons and convert disenfranchised minorities, and then arm them and train them to carry out an Uzi jihad in the inner cities."
"We don't need to arm the people with nine-millimeters and Uzis," he says. "You need to arm them with righteousness first. And then once you arm them with righteousness first, then you can arm them [with Uzis and other weapons]."
CAIR tells the public in its media guide, however, "There is a common misperception among Westerners that the Quran teaches violence."
Wahhaj makes it clear, nevertheless, he sees Islam as a uniquely militant religion.
"We don't have a turn-the-other-cheek philosophy" like the Christians, he says. "Allah has given us permission to fight them" so that "the word of Allah can be uppermost."
Wahhaj also was recorded telling New Jersey Muslims in 1992 that if only Muslims were more clever politically, they could take over the U.S. and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate, according to Islam and Middle East expert Daniel Pipes.
"If we were united and strong, we'd elect our own emir and give allegiance to him," Wahhaj was quoted as saying. "[T]ake my word, if 6 to 8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us."
Counterterrorism expert Steven Emerson obtained a video of a Wahhaj speech in Toronto Sept. 28, 1991, titled "The Afghanistan Jihad" in which the imam declared:
Those who struggle for Allah, it doesn't matter what kind of weapons, I'm telling you it doesn't matter! You don't need nuclear weapons or even guns! If you have faith in Allah and a knife! If Allah wants you to win, you will win! Because Allah is the only one who fights. And when his hand is over your hand. whoever is at war against my friends, I declare war on them.
Citing Emerson, "Muslim Media" notes Wahhaj once likened the U.S. to a trash bin and prayed it would "crumble" and be replaced by Islam.
"You know what this country is? It's a garbage can," Wahhaj said. "It's filthy."
Dozens of 'incubators' for jihad found in U.S.
'More than 80% of mosques advocate or promote violence'
By Bob Unruh
Dozens of mosques around the United States have been identified in a new study as incubators for jihad against America, with more than 80 percent of those surveyed advocating violence.
"Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51 percent had texts on-site rated as severely advocating violence; 30 percent had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19 percent had no violent texts at all," said the survey compiled by Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi and published by the Middle East Quarterly.
"How's this for a wake-up call?" asked Frank Gaffney, chief of the Center for Security Policy in a commentary today in the Washington Times.
"America's most cherished civil liberties and the Constitution that enshrines them are enabling Muslim Brotherhood operatives and other Islamists who have the declared mission of destroying our freedoms and government 'from within … by [our] hands.' Specifically, our enemies are using our tolerance of religion to create an infrastructure of mosques here that incubate the Islamic holy war called jihad."
Among the findings in the study, "Shariah and Violence in American Mosques," by Kedar, an assistant professor at Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Yerushalmi, the general counsel for Center for Security Policy, were that:
Mosques identified as being more Shariah-adherent, that is, their imams wore beards, they segregated men from women and the like, were more likely "to feature violence-positive texts on-site."
In 84.5 percent of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts.
Of the 51 percent of the mosques with texts severely advocating violence, 100 percent were led by imams who recommended that worshippers study texts promoting violence.
Nearly three in five of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad.
"Such findings strongly suggest that Shariah-adherence is a useful predictor of sympathy for – and, in some cases at least, action on behalf of – jihad, to include both the Islamists' violent or stealthy forms of warfare aimed at supplanting the U.S. Constitution and government," Gaffney said. "Indeed, the study confirms the anecdotal reports by Muslims themselves and earlier, less rigorous empirical studies of Saudi hate-filled literature permeating mosques in the United States."
He told WND that "this empirical study demonstrates that under the guise of religious freedom and our tolerance for it, newcomers to our country have built an infrastructure for our destruction."
He said the data reveals that "most mosques in the United States are actually engaged in – or at least supportive of – a totalitarian, seditious agenda they call Shariah. Its express purpose is undermining and ultimately forcibly replacing the U.S. government and its founding documents."
The survey dispatched people and asked them to "observe and record selected behaviors deemed to be Shariah-adherent" such as women wearing head coverings, gender segregation during prayers and enforcement of straight prayer lines.
The authors noted when U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., held congressional hearings on the question of the danger of extremist violence, he was characterized as Joe McCarthy and the hearings were called a witch-hunt.
"Yet the larger dilemmas outlined by both the congressman and some of his witnesses remain: To what extent are American Muslims, native-born as well as naturalized, being radicalized by Islamists? And what steps can those who are sworn to the protection of American citizenry take that will uncover and disrupt the plots of those willing to take up arms against others for the sake of jihad?"
The goal then, was to determine empirically whether there is a correlation between observable measures of religious dedication to Shairah and the presence of violence-positive materials.
Among the violence-positive texts found was "Jihad in Islam" by Abul Ala Mawdudi, which instructs followers to employ force in pursuit of a Shariah-based order.
Another was by Sayyid Qutb, whose "Milestones" "serves as the political and ideological backbone of the current global jihad movement. He sanctioned violence against those who would stand in the way of Islam expansion.
The survey looked at 100 mosques around the U.S., with worshiper totals ranging from 10 or fewer to 1,700. They were found in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
"The study found a statistically significant association between the severity of violence-positive texts on mosque premises and Shariah-adherent behaviors. … Mosques that segregated men from women during prayer service were more likely to contain violence-positive materials."
Also, those mosques that displayed strict alignment of men's prayer lines "were more likely than their less observant counterparts to contain materials from both the moderate and severe categories."
"Whether a mosque's imam or lay leader wore a traditional beard was also predictive of whether the mosque would contain violence-positive materials on premises. Of the mosques led by traditionally bearded imams, 61 percent contained literature in the severe category."
"A disturbing 98 percent of mosques with severe texts included materials promoting financial support of terror. Those with only moderate-rated materials on site were not markedly different, with 97 percent providing such materials. These results stand in stark contrast to the mosques with no violence-positive materials on their premises where only 5 percent provided materials urging financial support of terror," the survey said.
"The fact that spiritual sanctioners who help individuals become progressively more radicalized are connected to highly Shariah-adherent mosques is another cause for deep concern. In almost every instance, the imams at the mosques where violence-positive materials were available recommended that worshipers study texts that promoted violence," the survey said.
Man, 26, charged in model airplane plot to bomb Pentagon
By the CNN Wire Staff
September 28, 2011
CNN) -- A 26-year-old Massachusetts man with a physics degree was arrested and charged Wednesday with plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model aircraft, authorities said.
Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen from Ashland, Massachusetts, planned to use model aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives, authorities said.
As a result of an undercover FBI investigation, Ferdaus, who has a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston, was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda for attacks on U.S. soldiers overseas, authorities said.
His federal public defender couldn't be reached immediately for comment.
A law enforcement official said Ferdaus posed no immediate danger to the public because the undercover operative kept in close contact with him.
"There is no information to indicate he was connected to a foreign terrorist organization. It appears he was radicalized watching videos on the Internet. He was given the opportunity to back down, but he never wavered" from his intention to carry out the attacks, the source said.
The investigation also involved a cooperating witness, and authorities began recording conversations between that witness and Ferdaus in January, authorities said.
Ferdaus began planning a violent "jihad" against America in early 2010, authorities said, and he began supplying the FBI undercover agents with cell phones rigged to act as electric switches for improved explosive devices, intended to be used to kill U.S. soldiers overseas.
Undercover federal agents also gave Ferdaus 25 pounds of fake C-4 explosives. Only a very small amount of it was the real thing, the source said.
The FBI agents also gave Ferdaus six AK-47 assault rifles and three grenades, but they weren't functional, the source said.
Between May and this month, Ferdaus also ordered and acquired a $6,500 remote-controlled aircraft, a F-86 Sabre, that he kept in a rented storage facility in Framingham, Massachusetts, that he maintained under a false name, authorities said.
Despite coming into possession of the plane, another law enforcement official said, "The person was never really a threat."
Ferdaus is unmarried with no children, authorities said.
Ferdaus was scheduled to make his first appearance in a Worcester, Massachusetts, court Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
5 Americans detained in Pakistan raid
ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police on Wednesday arrested five American men believed to have gone missing from the Washington, D.C. area last month, officials from both countries said.
The men were picked up in a raid on a house in Sarghoda in the eastern province of Punjab, police officer Tahir Gujjar said, adding that three of the men are of Pakistani descent, one is of Egyptian descent and the other is of Yemeni heritage.
Regional police chief Mian Javed Islam told The Associated Press that the men were between the ages of 18 and 20 and had spent the past few days in the city, which is near an air base about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of the capital, Islamabad.
He said they were being questioned and it was premature to discuss the reason for the detentions.
But two U.S. officials familiar with the case said the five are believed to be young men from the Washington area who went missing at the end of November.
The FBI has been searching for the men since their families reported them missing and expressed fears they may have gone to Pakistan, according to the two U.S. officials. The two are familiar with the case and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
One of the men was a dental student at Howard University, according to the officials.
The officials said one of the group — they did not say which one — left behind what investigators believe was a farewell video message, in which he talks about defending Muslims and shows images of U.S. casualties.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Rick Snelsire said officials there were aware of the reported arrests, but could not confirm them.
A report on the Web site of the Pakistani newspaper The News said one only one of the men was American.
Quoting a senior police officer, the report said it "was quite a possibility that they (the five men) were engaged in acts of terrorism."
Pakistan has many militant groups based on its territory and the U.S. has been pressing the government to crack down on extremism. Al-Qaida and Taliban militants are believed to be hiding in safe havens in lawless tribal areas near the Afghan border.
Khan reported from Islamabad; Barrett from Washington.