Sharia law, now with more socks

October 31, 2009

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There are a lot of Somalis where I live, here because theirs is a failed state. Yet there have been attempts to follow Sharia law in the US; most notably the failed attempts of cabdrivers to force Sharia law on their passengers, which would be the result of allowing them to decide, in violation of established laws of common carrier, whether or not to accept a customer, based on carrying alcohol or having a guide dog.

Another unsuccessful attempt was in refusing to scan pork products at a local grocery/discount store.

The successful attempts, unfortunately, have been at state-owned schools, some of which have added footbaths to the restrooms and allowed Muslim-only prayer rooms, some of which were segregated into male and female areas and in manufacturing plants, some of which are pandering to their Muslim employees to the detriment of their non-Muslim employees.

In Somalia, Al-Shabaab, the losers who recruit immigrants from Minneapolis to go there and die, either because they belatedly caught on that Somalia isn’t all that and they’d rather be at Starbucks, or because they blew themselves up, together with their innocent victims, as a homicide attack, have recently taken to being the wardrobe police.

While headscarves have already been established as a requirement, here’s your checklist for other items:

Socks; required.

Bras; not allowed.

Because women are mere chattel in Muslim societies, though it isn’t okay to shake hands with a man, it’s perfectly acceptable that men would go around feeling up women they don’t know in order to determine whether their breasts really are firm or they’re wearing a wonderbra.

I’m not sure why socks are required; I have the impression that African countries are rather warm, so socks would be detrimental in the heat. The theory behind Somali women being all shrouded up when in public is to prevent men’s lust; does that mean that Somali men have a big foot fetish? Because that seems to be the only reason to ensure women wear socks.

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Go to Court like a Pirate Day

September 18, 2009

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse

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Last update: September 17, 2009 – 6:33 PM

NEW YORK – The prosecution of a Somali teenager accused of leading a pirate attack on an American cargo ship off the coast of Africa was taken off the fast track Thursday after a lawyer said more time will be needed to translate some Somali recordings into English.

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where he was brought after his arrest aboard the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama in April. Read the rest of this entry »


5th Somali with Minnesota ties killed in homeland

September 7, 2009

5th Twin Cities Somali man is killed in war-torn homeland

Mohamoud Hassan

Mohamoud Hassan, 23, was an engineering student who went to Somalia last November. He had been helping care for his grandmother.

By RICHARD MERYHEW, Star Tribune

A fifth Somali man from Minneapolis apparently has been killed in his war-ravaged homeland, a relative said Friday. Read the rest of this entry »


More on Tiza charter school; claim defamation

August 1, 2009
Naturally, Tiza can’t let a lawsuit go without countersuit; they allege that the ACLU interfered with contracts, employment, etc. I don’t see that the ACLU interfered with anything. What I think happened is that, given more information, prospective employees chose not to pursue employment with a questionable operation. They may also have withdrawn because they found another job. I doubt that the mere allegations as reported in the paper are sufficient to support interference. It wasn’t that long ago that people were alleging interference with contracts because Marian Gaborik bought a house in Vancouver.
They’re not alleging that educators under contract decided not to actually do the job; they’re alleging that people in the process bowed out and that threats were made as a result of the ACLU. Proximate cause anyone? Read the rest of this entry »

Second Somali suspect pleads guilty to aiding Terrorists

July 29, 2009

I was pleased to learn that both suspects have pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists; now if we only knew who funded them and recruited them. It’s like picking off the drug dealers and not knowing who they work for.

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Second Suspect pleads guilty to aiding Somali terrorists

Second terrorism suspect pleaded guilty today in Minneapolis.

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By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 28, 2009 – 4:14 PM

Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court today to providing material support to terrorists, according to his attorney.

Ahmed, a part-time security guard from Brooklyn Park, is accused of traveling to Somalia in December 2007, allegedly to train with al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group that federal officials say has links to al-Qaida. Read the rest of this entry »


Two Somali Men Indicted for Recruitment and Training of Terrorists

July 17, 2009

Two Somali men were indicted for aid to terrorists. Predictably, they approached the men at a mosque; so far, their other ties have not been revealed. It seems fairly certain that, as these men don’t have a network within Somalia, that they were not the instigators. The mosque has always denied involvement, and I’m not making any statements in that regard; clearly the mosque was the recruiter hunting ground for young men who could be radicalized and convinced to go to Somalia, as one might expect.

Hopefully we’ll be getting more answers soon.

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Court records, and the cooperation of one of two Somali men charged, detail recruitment and training.

By JAMES WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: July 15, 2009 – 9:24 AM

Abdifitah Yusef Isse
Salah Ahmed

First-ever details of Minnesota men training with terrorists in Somalia — learning to fire weapons, building training camps — came to light in court documents released Tuesday.

One of the two Somali men indicted for providing support to those terrorists pleaded guilty months ago and has been cooperating with the FBI, according to those same documents.

Papers filed by the attorney for Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 25, of Seattle also provide the first clue to how Isse and other young Somalis were recruited to fight, saying he was approached “at a house of worship.”

The motion provides no other details about the place of recruitment. Up to 20 Twin Cities men of Somali descent have disappeared over the past two years, and many of them worshipped or socialized at Abubakar as-Saddique, the largest Somali mosque in Minneapolis.

Farhan (Omar) Hurre, the mosque director, has consistently said that the mosque does not preach violence and didn’t play a role in the disappearances.

At least four of the missing men have died since returning to Somalia — three since early June — and community members say there are reports of other deaths.

Isse, who has family in the Twin Cities, has admitted to investigators that he trained with terrorists in Somalia, traveled and stayed in houses with Shirwa Ahmed, the Minneapolis man who blew himself up in a suicide bombing last October in northern Somalia. Isse even helped construct a terrorist training camp, according to a previously sealed federal response to motions filed by his attorney, Paul Engh.

The documents detailing Isse’s admitted involvement in terrorist training were unsealed after the first appearance in court Monday by the other man indicted on charges of supporting terrorists, Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, of Brooklyn Park.

The men are the first to be publicly charged in the sweeping probe — one of the most far-reaching U.S. counterterrorism efforts since 9/11. Special Agent E.K. Wilson said Tuesday that these initial indictments are just the beginning of an “ongoing investigation.”

Isse pleaded guilty April 17 to a single count of providing material support to terrorists.

In his motion to amend the conditions of Isse’s detention Engh writes: “Mr. Isse will not be the last defendant indicted. The individuals who recruited him to go to Somalia have been targeted for prosecution. Once charged, they will face a life sentence. Recruiting young men to blow themselves up while killing the innocent at a crowded marketplace is a definition of evil. And this recruitment happened at a house of worship.”

The motion was denied.

Engh has declined to comment on the case, other than to acknowledge that he represents Isse, citing national security rules.

Stephen L. Smith, an attorney who has represented five or six people who testified before the grand jury investigating the case, said though many of the missing men spent time at Abubakar, he does not believe anyone in a leadership position there recruited men to fight for al-Shabaab, the Somali group with links to Al-Qaida.

“There have certainly been questions along those lines,” Smith said of the grand jury investigation. “But every client I have represented has not in any way suggested there was any nefarious exposure to this kind of stuff, this type of ideology, from the mosque.”

Isse’s story

According to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney, Isse was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Feb. 24. He said he was on his way to Tanzania to participate in an internship with his uncle.

He had previously left Minneapolis in December 2007 for Somalia, traveling as part of “an agreement with several other individuals from the Minneapolis area to travel to Somalia and fight against Ethiopian soldiers whom they believed to be occupying the country.”

Isse traveled with one Minneapolis man and met with two others in Dubai.

While in Somalia, Isse “learned that his conspiracy was affiliated with al-Shabaab,” the U.S. Attorney’s office wrote. Al-Shabaab is considered a “militant jihadist organization” by federal officials that has waged war to impose Sharia, or strict Islamic law, in Somalia.

Isse and the others lived in houses provided by al-Shabaab, trained with weapons and traveled and lived with other al-Shabaab members. One of those men was Shirwa Ahmed. Isse even spent a couple weeks helping build a training camp.

After a week or two at the camp, the U.S. Attorney said, Isse decided he did not want to stay. He and another man from Minnesota left, while other Minnesotans stayed to continue their training.

After visiting family members in Somalia, Isse returned to the U.S. in May 2008. Even after Shirwa Ahmed’s death, Isse stayed in contact with “other individuals who had knowledge of the ongoing conspiracy to recruit al-Shabaab members from among the Somali-American population in Minneapolis,” according to court papers.

Ayan Isse, Abdifatah Isse’s cousin, said the entire family was shocked to hear of his arrest. Isse, an engineering student in his home state of Washington, was “always one of the good kids,” she said. “He never smoked, he never did anything.”

The family didn’t even know Isse had been arrested until a few months ago, she said. Until then, they had frantically tried to find him.

“When he came to America, he was willing to study to become somebody. He was willing to help his family, his brothers and sisters. Whoever talked him into this stuff, it’s no good, because now he is paying the price,” Ayan Isse said.

Maruf’s role

Zakaria Maruf, one of the Somali men said to have been involved in recruiting others in Minneapolis, was killed last weekend in Mogadishu. It is not clear how he died.

Somalis who grew up with Maruf recall an angry young man who seemed to mellow in recent years after getting involved at Abubakar as-Saddique, where he sometimes volunteered at mosque conventions.

A community activist who works with Somali youth said that although Maruf was prone to fights, he “had a leadership presence where people used to follow him.”

Gandi Mohamed, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Maruf and who worships at Abubakar, said he doubts Maruf acted alone.

Mohamed said Maruf was a hothead who often picked fights he couldn’t win. Although “he did calm down and mature” in recent years, Mohamed said, Maruf lacked the “personality, intellect and temperament” to mastermind an extensive recruiting effort.

“For me to go to Somalia right now, I would need my elders to get up there and make connections for me to be safe,” he said. “For him to get there and be connected and be a leader in al-Shabaab, he’d have to have someone influential to make the connection for him.”

Staff writers Richard Meryhew and Allie Shah contributed to this report. James Walsh • 612-673-7428

Source: Startribune


Burhan Hassan’s Mom speaks

July 16, 2009

BurhanBurhan Hassan

Burhan Hassan was the second Somali kid to leave Minneapolis and die in Somalia; he was shot in the head, most likely because someone overheard him on the phone with his mom, who wanted to send him money to return to the US.

He was just a baby.

I know that in Somalia and other countries, babies of this age are hardened warriors; this kid has more in common with Urkel than with any type of warrior.

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Tormented mother grieves son who heeded a fatal call

By RICHARD MERYHEW and ALLIE SHAH, Star Tribune staff writers

Last update: July 13, 2009 – 12:14 PM

In the dark of early morning, when heartache precludes sleep, Zienab Bihie grabs a pen and a journal and begins to write.

She writes of her youngest son’s passion for basketball and soccer. Of his dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer and possibly, attending Harvard. Of his love for the close-knit family he left behind.

“Sometimes, when I am writing, my tears are running into the book,” Bihie said the other day, wiping tears from her cheeks in the tiny high-rise apartment where she lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »