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Islamic Circle of North America runs Young Muslims groups - Imam who spoke at ICNA camp linked to Heathrow bomb plot
April 7, 2005
MIM: Update: The latest reports indicate that the girls were cleared although officials found "associations" to what was termed a 'notorious London mosque' (Finsbury Park) which spawned terrorists like woud be shoe bomber Richard Reid.
The fact that one girl's family spokesman was Adem Carroll from the Islamic Circle of North America, an organisation which recently had one of their affiliates investigated with ties to a British Muslim involved in an Heathrow bombing plot raises further questions. The fact that their was enough reason to hold two juveniles on suspicion of 'being a threat to national security' further underscores the growing trend both in Europe and America vis a vis the radicalisation of Muslim youth in the United States.
According to a NY Times article on girl's father, an illegal Pakistani immigrant (who had been arrested on immigration violations), "watched as his daughter, now 16, became more and more drawn to the family's Muslim religion. At 14, she began wearing a full-length veil and teaching religion classes at mosques around the city.
A year ago, she withdrew from her Manhattan high school because, a school official said, she felt uncomfortable with typical teenage banter. She told her family she wanted to go to an Islamic all-girls school, and when they could not afford to send her, she chose to study at home."
Now that law enforcement has concluded that an essay found on one of the girls computers in favor of suicide bombing is 'open to interpretation' the question remains as to how many potential teenage suicide bombers could still be at large.
Update: 4/20/05 The Islamic Circle of North America which is closely linked to Al Qaeda is helping the family of one of the girls named Tasnuba . Information about Adema can also be found below as well as a recent press release on the case put out by an organisation for 'imprisoned Muslims' which supports and is raising money for the girls.
MIM: The notice about the hearing delay was found on a website for what was termed "caged Muslims". It appears that Tasnuba's family's Jew hatred trumped even that of Stanley Cohen's self hatred, since they turned down his offer to take the case.
Any defense lawyer from ICNA can argue the case with conviction since according to counter terrorism expert Steven Emerson, the group ;"openly supports militant Islamic fundamentalist organizations ,praises terror attacks, issues incendiary attacks on western values and policies, and supports the imposition of sharia, (Islamic code of law)." http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/216
(The 3 links which are connected to the ICNA announcement are Jewish themed websites which criticise Cohen, who is viewed as a traitor to his own people.)
It is also no surprise that the Islamic Circle of North America stated that it "Does not want Stanley Cohen to represent this case" . Steven Emerson wrote that "ICNA's hatred of the Jews is so fierce that it taunted Jews with a repetition of what Hitler did to them". The links which ICNA thoughtfully provided in the announcement , vilifying Cohen, no doubt reflect their own sentiments, and prove that even Cohen's skills in the service of dhimmitude are superceded by the groups anti semitism.
Hearing Delayed May 11
Thursday, 14 April 2005
We've just recieved news that the court hearing for Tashnuba will be delayed until May 11th. This means that Tashnuba will be held for another month.
This happened because the new lawyer which was provided by ICNA, needed more time to understand this case. He was unprepared to present himself at this time. We planned to have Stanley Cohen(Link 1, Link 2, Link 3) represent this case after the first lawyer failed. Now, Stanley Cohen who was ready to take this case, was turned down because the family decided to ask ICNA for help and one of the condition for ICNA helping the family out was that they(ICNA) has to provide them a lawyer. And ICNA does not want Stanley Cohen to represent this case.
Clear two girls of suicide bomb plot
BY JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Friday, April 8th, 2005
WASHINGTON - Two teenage Queens girls were picked up last month by federal immigration authorities who thought they might be suicide bombers, but the pair are not terrorists, government sources said yesterday.
"We've got a lot of dots that people shouldn't be connecting," an FBI official said.
The suspicions about the 16-year-olds from Guinea and Bangladesh arose when immigration authorities questioned the two - described by officials as illegal aliens - following a domestic incident.
Immigration agents searched the Muslim girls' belongings and discovered writings by one that were interpreted as advocating martyrdom bombings, the FBI official said.
But the girl's family denied to The New York Times that an essay she did for school was pro-terrorism, and the FBI official said her musings were "open to interpretation."
"Nobody here believes they are wanna-be suicide bombers," the official added.
Concern grew about the girls, whom officials wouldn't identify because they are juveniles, when "associations" were discovered with a London mosque notorious for drawing radicals such as would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid. Details were not available.
There also was uncorroborated intelligence in the past year that Al Qaeda considered dispatching female suicide bombers to the U.S., officials said.
Whatever the agents' suspicions were, senior officials in Washington downplayed them.
"We're not spun up about this case," said a Homeland Security Department source.
MIM: The spokesman for one of the girls families is Adem Carroll described as 'an activist' in the Islamic Circle of North America, group with documented ties to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.ICNA /MAS, consider themselves to be ' Muslim workers for Allah'. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/216
Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, a trustee of the ICNA/MAS sponsored Islamic American University, issued a fatwa endorsing female suicide bombers . http://www.meforum.org/article/646
(ICNA 'activist' Adem Carroll's advocacy on behalf of one of the suspects can be taken as further proof that the authorities may indeed have preempted a suicide bombing plot.Caroll's claim that the "investigation has gotten out of hand" should be 'dismissed out of hand' as an exercise in Muslim sophistry).
ICNA is endorsed by leading Saudi cleric Sheik Abdulrahman Al Sudais, who went on Saudi television and urged Muslims to "kill Jews and American worshippers of the cross". http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/216
ICNA, a Saudi funded Wahhabist organisation, works in tandem with MAS, and runs Youth Camps and an Islamic American University.
ICNA has organised Jihad and Afterlife camps (Akhira) camps for Muslim youth in the United States. Last year one of the speakers at an ICNA youth camp was New Jersey Imam Mazan Mokhtar who was linked to a UK terrorist suspect, who was charged with plotting to blow up Heathrow Airport and NY landmarks.
Mazen Mokhtar ran an Al Qaeda website called Minna.org. and was described as :"...a computer professional trained at Johns Hopkins University, is a familiar face to young activist Muslim men in New Jersey, often delivering what acquaintances describe as mild speeches extolling marriage and religious piety.But Wednesday, Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born American citizen, found himself issuing a statement denying government accusations that he has aided violent terrorists. Some of those who know him expressed surprise at allegations that he worked with a British man who is accused of soliciting funds for terrorism by operating jihadist Web sites".
"...News accounts of rallies where Mokhtar has spoken have also described him as an imam, or spiritual leader, at the Masjid al-Huda mosque in New Brunswick, N.J. He was scheduled to speak later this month in Pennsylvania at a summer camp run by Young Muslims, at a seminar titled "A Few Good Men.." http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/239
ICNA merged with MAS the Muslim American Society an extremist group which advocates the Islamisation of the United States by both armed Jihad and 'Jihad through conversion' . The organisation's aim is to turn America into 'A Muslim American Society'.http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/239
Two teens in New York accused of planning suicide bombing
NEW YORK Two 16-year-old girls reportedly are suspected of planning suicide bombings in the U-S.
The New York Times says the girls were arrested March 24th on immigration charges and remain in custody in Pennsylvania. One is from Bangladesh and the other is from Guinea The Times reports it obtained a government document that describes the teens as being an imminent threat to the United States "based upon evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement will only confirm that two juveniles are in custody on "administrative immigration violations." An Islamic community activist says one of the girls came under investigation for skipping school. When federal agents searched her home they found an essay about suicide and Islam on her computer. Now, Adam Carroll with the Islamic Circle of North America says he thinks the investigation has gotten "out of hand."..."
FBI Arrests Potential Teenage Suicide Bombers
Two 16-year-old girls have been arrested in the US after the FBI said they planned to become suicide bombers.
The teenagers were arrested on March 24 and were being held in a detention centre in Pennsylvania, The New York Times reported today, citing a government document provided by an FBI agent.
According to the document, the FBI found that the girls posed "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based upon evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers," the Times said.
The evidence was not described in the document.
Manny Van Pelt, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would confirm only that two juveniles had been arrested on "administrative immigration violations" and remained in custody.
The girls – one from Bangladesh, one from Guinea – were living in the United States illegally, the Times reported.
Adam Carroll, a community activist with the Islamic Circle of North America, told the Times one of the girls had been arrested after she stopped attending school in September. Immigration agents investigated her New York home and discovered an essay about suicide and Islam on her computer, Carroll said.
The case seemed to be "an investigation that's gotten out of hand, like a lot of other so-called terror investigations," Carroll said.
NY Teens Held, Authorities Say in Suicide Bomb Plot
Thu Apr 7, 2005 05:32 PM ET
By Christine Kearney
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New York teenage girls were arrested and are in federal custody after authorities said they planned to become suicide bombers on U.S. soil, law enforcement sources said on Thursday.
The two 16-year-olds, born in Bangladesh and Guinea, were arrested March 24 on immigration charges, and are considered a threat to U.S. security, the sources said.
One law enforcement source told Reuters that FBI investigators discovered the suicide bombing plot on a computer containing records of Internet chats between the girls. The source said other people were also being examined as part of an ongoing "serious" investigation.
The United States has been on alert for another attack since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
Adem Carroll, spokesman for one of the teens' families, denied that the girls planned to be suicide bombers, the New York Times reported. Carroll did not return calls for comment.
Marc Raimondi, spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau of the Homeland Security Department, said the two girls were being held in a facility in Pennsylvania. "They both remain in our custody," he said.
Raimondi declined to discuss the suicide bombing issue.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not return calls for comment.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that the two teens were both in the United States illegally. The girl from Guinea came to the United States with her family in 1990 on a visitor visa, and the Bangladeshi entered the country in 1994, and her mother unsuccessfully applied for asylum, the newspaper said, citing a document it obtained on the case
Excerpts from NY Times Article : Girl Would Be Suicide Bomber was Drawn to Islam
A few months later, when the teenager stayed out overnight for the first time, the father, fearing an elopement, went to the police for help.
It is a decision he regrets deeply. His daughter and another 16-year-old girl are now described by the government as would-be suicide bombers and are being held in a detention center for illegal immigrants in Pennsylvania. He is sure that his visit to the police set off the F.B.I. investigation that led to a chilling assertion, in a government document, that the girls are "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based on evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." Family and friends call that absurd.
The document, provided to The New York Times by a federal agent on Wednesday, did not describe the nature of the evidence. Yesterday, after repeated inquiries, officials from several agencies involved in the investigation, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the F.B.I. and the New York Police Department, would not comment on the case.
Little is known about the second 16-year-old. The mother of the Bangladeshi girl, conveying her daughter's account, said the two girls met for the first time at 26 Federal Plaza after her daughter's arrest. But when the other girl, a Guinean who was facing deportation with her family, noticed her daughter's veil, she gave her a traditional Muslim greeting, and federal agents seemed to think they were friends. The second girl ended up in the Pennsylvania detention center, too.
The only other information about the second girl, included in the government document, is that she and her parents have been living in the United States illegally since shortly after her birth, that she has four siblings, all United States citizens, and that her father had been arrested on immigration violations. Neither girl's name is being published because they are minors who have not been charged with any crime.
A bond hearing in the Bangladeshi girl's case is to be held this morning in York, Pa., but the government has asked that it be closed, based on an affidavit filed by a counterterrorism supervisor in the F.B.I.'s New York office. The case underscores the difficulties faced by anyone who is charged only with civil immigration violations, but is in fact being held in a counterterrorism investigation, lawyers said.
There are no firm time limits on immigration detention, so the burden is on the girls to prove that they are not potential suicide bombers, rather than on the government to prove they are.
Indeed, the evidence is withheld from the girls and anyone who represents them under a "protective order" that F.B.I. investigators obtained from the immigration court, according to an April 1 motion to continue the secrecy, signed by Jeffrey T. Bubier, assistant chief counsel for the Department of Homeland Security in Philadelphia.
MIM: This lecture by Sheik Tariq Suweidan was on the Muslim Youth page and was given at a 2000 ICNA
Islam and the West
Dr. Tareq Al Suwaidan
(Dr. Tariq Al-Saowaidan - ICNA Canada 2000 Conference held at Al-Falah Islamic Centre, Mississauga, ON Canada)
Dr. Tariq highlighted the following points:
MIM: The Islamic Circle of North America is involved in raising money helping the family of one of the girls who very likely was involved with Muslim Youth and by extension Al Muhajiroun and other groups which have been linked to Al Qaeda and suicide bombings.
|Information on Tashnuba|
|Monday, 11 April 2005|
Tashnuba Age 16.
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