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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:18 pm 
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https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local ... -569777009

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Man accused of planning July 4 terrorist attack in Cleveland

Authorities say the suspect talked about hitting targets like St. John's Cathedral and giving remote control cars packed with explosives to the children of military members.

Published: 6:32 AM EDT July 2, 2018

CLEVELAND – Federal authorities have arrested a man who allegedly planned a terrorist-style attack in downtown Cleveland on July 4.

The FBI said Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts -- aka Abdur Raheem Rafeeq -- was taken into custody Sunday around 10 a.m. on accusations of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

"He talked about wanting to target people watching fireworks over downtown Cleveland," United States Attorney Justin Herdman said.

NOTE: You can see a full copy of Pitts' affidavit at the bottom of this story.

Pitts will make his first court appearance at 2 p.m. Monday.

Last week, Pitts allegedly told an undercover agent: "I did tell myself that their holiday is coming up. The Fourth of July. Independence Day. What would hit them in the core? Blow up. Have a bomb. Blow up at the Fourth of July parade."

Authorities say Pitts talked about hitting targets like St. John's Cathedral and giving remote control cars packed with explosives and shrapnel to the children of military members.





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Volume 33 No. 9
Jihadists pursue insurgent and decentralized strategies after Islamic State setback
http://www.religionwatch.com/jihadists- ... e-setback/
The global jihadi scene may be quieter due to the decline of the Islamic State (IS), but this setback will likely be temporary as al Qaeda is being regenerated and the jihadist movement in general is being decentralized, write political scientists Colin P. Clarke and Assaf Moghadam in the foreign policy journal Orbis (Summer). The structure of global jihadists so far has been largely bipolar, divided between IS and al Qaeda, and the authors note that these two players are likely to continue to vie for power with each other, a contest determining the jihadist landscape of the near future. Al Qaeda is in a period of recovery after the loss of several key leaders, with new fronts opening in Tunisia and India, and affiliated groups operating in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. The group’s “long-game strategy,” which has prevented it from imploding like IS and allowed it to avoid such divisive tactics as using violence against fellow Muslims, has involved shifting from a terrorist to an insurgent group and achieving incremental territorial gains. The group’s successful operations in Yemen and Somalia illustrate its new approach, as it creates organizations under different names, such as al Shabab, and seeks to empower local leaders and tribes and to avoid enforcing harsh versions of Sharia (unlike IS). Eventually, the group can become a “shadow government,” as in the case of Somalia, promising to fight for the poor and disenfranchised.

Meanwhile, Clarke and Moghadam write that IS will likely regroup, still having a cadre of operatives providing the glue of the organization. The movement is seeking to co-opt Sunni tribes and threatening revenge in their former haunts in Syria. The staying power of jihadi groups around the globe seems assured since they still carry appeal and will likely decentralize further, drawing on an assortment of actors and actions, whether it be engaging in nonviolent da’wa (proselytizing) activities in Europe or becoming “digital warriors” in cyberspace. The researchers predict a more multipolar structure to jihadist groups, as they develop regional hubs of mobilization and use proxy organizations, such as in Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. Jihadists will also increasingly use “informal actors,” with some of them operating within the law. In Europe, there are informal jihadi networks represented by “Sharia4” movements that serve as important gateways for terrorism. The authors note that jihadists will look for areas and countries where Muslims are perceived to be under siege, such as India and Myanmar. For all their differences and conflicts, it is also possible that new forms of cooperation between jihadist groups will develop; for example, the most prolific actors share a belief “in the objective of establishing a Caliphate…There is already compelling evidence that the movement is invoking the nostalgia of the Caliphate to begin framing its future strategy,” Clarke and Moghadam conclude.

(Link to Orbis, https://www.fpri.org/orbis/current/)

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Gabriel pointing the finger at mow ham id ...

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Is that what pissed off the mow ham id ians against finger pointing !!?? :o

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There is no such thing as a "harsher version of sharia"

There is sharia, which is delineated with autistic precision in its original Arabic....or there is non-Islamic aposty.

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There is no such thing as a "harsher version of sharia"

There is sharia, which is delineated with autistic precision in its original Arabic....or there is non-Islamic aposty.
True, as Robert Spencer sez about Islam:

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"Graduate of Bezerkely High" plots to kill thousands in SF. Oddly his name happens to be Amer Alhagaggi or some such thing. Odd name for an Amish.

Fortunately, Amer seems not to have been valedictorian

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A graduate of Berkeley High School in California, who reportedly told authorities he wanted to help ISIS kill 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area, pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday, while his attorney claimed he was a victim of the “system.”





Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, 23, of Oakland, pleaded guilty to trying to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, possession of device-making equipment and identity theft, said officials of the state’s Department of Justice.






Authorities arrested Alhaggagi in November 2016 after he bought clothes online with a phony credit card, but he was held so federal authorities could continue to investigate him, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.





Alhaggagi allegedly opened several Twitter and Facebook accounts in 2016 for ISIS supporters. He then allegedly told an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to kill 10,000 people in the Bay Area with bombs and rat-poison-laced cocaine, the Chronicle reported, citing court documents.

He met with the undercover agent, pointed out locations for terrorist attacks and brought three backpacks to be used in a future attack to a storage locker, the paper reported. But Alhaggagi broke off talks with the agent after their last meeting.


“The government sent out an undercover agent to get Amer to actually do something, take a step toward a terrorist offense. He just wouldn’t do it.”
- Mary McNamara, defense attorney
His attorney, Mary McNamara, told the East Bay Times that Alhaggagi’s actions were “stupid mistakes” and he “had no intention to do anything.” She called the government’s action a “failed sting operation.”



“The government sent out an undercover agent to get Amer to actually do something, take a step toward a terrorist offense,” she said. “He just wouldn’t do it.”

He faces a maximum of 47 years in prison. But McNamara told the Chronicle her client was “being slammed by the system” and hoped to get the sentence down to just six to seven years.

“This is really a case about what the appropriate sentence should be, and here is a young guy who is immature, said some stupid things online, and the FBI sent out their best people to try to get a sting operation going,” she said.

Alhaggagi was being held without bail in Glenn E. Dyer jail in Oakland. His sentencing was scheduled for November.

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Even Fox does not mention Alhagaggi is Yemeni. This means that Trump is right. :lol:

Quite a good discussion of "FBI entrapment" by a tiny East Bay Newspaper. The ACLU alleges that the FBI is "targeting young South Asian men" :lol: It's the old "disproportionate outcome" argument. It can't be that young muslim men are drawn to radical islam because they are fucking losers. The FBI did not make this shitbird put up pro-ISIS social media sites. THAT"S HOW THEY IDENTIFIED THE GUY! This is the MO of ISIS. Now, admittedly, this guy was particularly inept, but how is the FBI supposed to know that? All he needs is a U-Haul truck.

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Terror or Entrapment?

Five recent Bay Area terrorism cases by the FBI raise questions as to whether the bureau has enticed young, troubled Muslim men to attempt acts they wouldn't have otherwise committed.

By Darwin BondGraham @Darwinbondgraha


When news broke last July that a federal grand jury indicted an Oakland man on terrorism charges, the case had a familiar ring to it. The U.S. Justice Department tipped news media to the case and reporters scrambled to obtain freshly unsealed court records in which prosecutors described a startling, if unlikely, plot: 22-year-old Berkeley High School graduate Amer Alhaggagi was accused of conspiring to bomb gay bars in San Francisco and UC Berkeley's dorms, scheming to distribute strychnine-laced cocaine at nightclubs, and even planning to light fires in Tilden Regional Park.

The alarming story saturated local media for a day. The unmistakable message was that the FBI had prevented deadly attacks.

But then, like other Bay Area alleged terrorist plots, the story disappeared. So, too, did the defendant, locked away in Alameda County's Glenn Dyer Jail in downtown Oakland awaiting trial. Was an attack really averted? Or is there more to the story?





Since Alhaggagi's indictment was unsealed five months ago, there's been no new information available. This is partly because his family and attorney are reticent to speak to the media (they declined interview requests from the Express). But it's also because the government obtained a gag order to keep secret information about the FBI's counterterrorism operations through the regional Joint Terrorism Task Force — a multi-agency effort that includes local police forces.

Information relevant to "ongoing national security investigations and prosecutions" might fall into the hands of foreign powers or terrorists, warned prosecutors in a gag order issued in December 2016, one month after the FBI first arrested Alhaggagi and seven months before his case would become known to the public. If anyone involved in Alhaggagi's case divulges confidential materials, they could be criminally prosecuted.

A side effect of this secrecy is that the public is only presented with the government's shocking allegations at the outset. More complicated questions about the FBI's methods typically go unanswered.



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But what is known about Alhaggagi's case fits a pattern. His was one of five Bay Area terrorism prosecutions in the past five years, according to the Express' search of federal court records. Like the defendants in the other four cases, Alhaggagi had not committed a violent crime prior to his arrest. In fact, all of the Bay Area's accused terrorists have been charged only with attempted crimes — four with attempting to provide "material support" to a terrorist organization and one with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Three suspects were heavily assisted by undercover FBI agents posing as terrorists.

And all five of the Bay Area's terror suspects share something else in common: They're young and Muslim, and each of them had been struggling with mental health issues and family problems.

This has led civil rights groups to question whether the FBI is unfairly entrapping Muslim youths, especially those experiencing depression or psychosis. "These cases are built around the fact that they're young, Muslim men," said Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in San Francisco. "And they're literally getting charged and punished for something they've never done."

"It's a tactic that's been aimed almost exclusively in recent years at the Muslim and South Asian communities," said John Crew, a retired ACLU attorney from the Bay Area who spent years researching the FBI's counterterrorism activities. "If you're a mouthy, troubled young Muslim, you're much more likely to be targeted, and you'll end up dealing with FBI JTTF agents in an entrapment scenario."

The San Francisco Joint Terrorism Task Force is one of more than 100 such task forces in the country. It's led by counterterrorism agents in the FBI's San Francisco field office, but local police departments, including Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, and BART, participate in it.

The JTTF's most recent bust was of a 26-year-old Modesto man who, after a divorce, lost custody of two children in a series of events that his father described to reporters as having "crushed him." He allegedly planned to attack San Francisco's Pier 39 on Christmas.

The Bay Area's terrorism cases are also similar in that after the initial frenzy of media coverage, the cases disappear from sight. Defendants face tough laws, mounting legal bills, and even a lack of access to the warrants used to implicate them. Courts routinely side with prosecutors and withhold government materials and evidence, ruling that they're national security secrets.

But JTTF agents say they can't afford to second-guess whether a person is simply joking or fantasizing about acts of violence they would otherwise never commit.

"Where there is an expressed intent, there is not a choice for the government," said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair. That means using undercover agents, sophisticated ruses, local police resources, and powerful surveillance tools to keep close tabs on those who express support for using violent tactics against non-combatants to advance a political ideology.


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"If you're a mouthy, troubled young Muslim, you're much more likely to be targeted, and you'll end up dealing with FBI JTTF agents in an entrapment scenario."


Fixing that:
"If you're a mouthy, troubled young Muslim who is posting stuff on social media exhibiting support for jihadist and calling for violence, you're much more likely to be targeted, and you'll end up dealing with FBI JTTF agents in an entrapment scenario."

Will/should such a person be brought to the attention of law enforcement?
“If you see something, say something”.
That’s not racist.

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Exactly, it's not as if the FBI brass was at lunch one day and said "Hey guys, why don't we take those 500 agents we have redecorating HQ and form a Joint Terrorism Task Force"?

More likely the lunch conversation would be: "Hey, Andy, why don't we use that bullshit Clinton "dossier" on Trump to get a FISA warrant and spy on his campaign?"

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