Muslim Imam Reveals A Terrifying Secret About Mosques In One Of America’s Largest Cities

A moderate imam formerly based in the Boston area recently reflected on being ousted from his position at one of the area’s most influential Muslim centers after warning about a radical shift in its theology for almost a decade.

In an interview with Fox News published Tuesday, Imam Talal Eid said increasing radicalism at the Islamic Center of New England, where he served from 1982 through 2005, pitted him against the center’s board of directors in the late 1990s. Eid had been in charge of religious teaching at the center’s mosques, but was ultimately forced out by Dr. Abdul-badi Abousamra, once a respected endocrinologist and president of the 1,500-member center. Abousamra now resides in Doha, Qatar, and is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terror watch list.

“At times, I was fearful for my safety,” said Eid, a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom who now leads a Toledo, Ohio, mosque. “When I would stand up for what I believed in, and there was a clash, you see how I could be scared.” The three mosques associated with the Islamic Center of New England have all had connections to several known and suspected terrorists, including Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev–the brothers responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing–and Usaama Rahim, the 26-year-old man slain by officers earlier this year after brandishing a knife in a parking lot and allegedly plotting to behead police.

Abousamra’s son, Ahamad, a graduate of Northeastern University, left the U.S. and began training in Middle Eastern terror camps and aiding al-Qaeda, according to law enforcement officials. The younger Abousamra was being investigated for terror-related charges which led to an indictment, but he left the U.S. altogether for Syria in 2006. It is believed he now runs the social media operation for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The elder Abousamra, who has a $50,000 bounty on his head, is rumored to have died in a recent airstrike. But the FBI did not confirm that. “Although aware of the reports, the United States government has not yet confirmed any change in the status of Ahmad Abousamra,” the FBI told Fox News. “He will remain on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List until the time a confirmation in change of status is made.” The outlet also breaks down what happened to Eid’s successor at the center, Muhammad Hafiz Masood:

A year after Eid left, Masood fled the U.S. after being arrested for visa fraud. He resurfaced in Pakistan, where he is now spokesman for the Pakistani terrorist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a group founded by his brother, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Saeed also founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terrorist group behind the 2008 coordinated bombings in Mumbai that killed 164 and wounded hundreds more. Law enforcement sources say the two groups are one and the same.

As for Eid, he hopes more like-minded people will speak up against the extremists. “Do we need to wait for a tragedy to happen?” Eid asked. “We need to allow more moderate Muslim voices so that life can go smoothly in our society.”

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What The FBI Just Uncovered Reveals Very Disturbing Things About Chattanooga Shooter

New details have shed some light on the Chattanooga gunman’s state of mind before he allegedly killed five servicemen. He was taken down after the attack by authorities.

A representative for the family of Muhammad Abdulazeez told ABC News that the now-deceased young man wrote in his diary as far back as 2013 about having suicidal thoughts and “becoming a martyr” after losing his job due to drug use, both prescription and non-prescription. The family representative also told the network that Abdulazeez had problems with sleeping pills, opioids, painkillers, marijuana and alcohol.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has not found any connection to any overseas terrorist groups, and Abdualazeez’s family told the FBI during the investigation there were no signs of radicalization–but said he “was susceptible to bad influences” and was affected by news of “children being killed in Syria.” Abdulazeez also reportedly struggled with being a devout Muslim. ABC News gives further details:

The family representative said Abdulazeez had a number of guns in his house and often used them to go hunting or for target practice with friends at nearby firing ranges. FBI agents recently focused on the Walmart in Hixson, where officials tell ABC News Abdulazeez bought ammunition for his guns on July 11. Two young men, seen with Abdulazeez in the store, are being sought for questioning although they are not believed to be accomplices.

The family representative said Abdulazeez’s family sought, without success, to get him treatment for his mental illness, and to keep him away from a group of friends with whom he would drink and smoke marijuana.

Abdulazeez’s family issued a statement after the murder. “The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved,” it read. “For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.”

We have cooperated with law enforcement and will continue to do so, as we understand there are many legitimate questions that need to be answered.

Having said this, now is the time to reflect on the victims and their families, and we feel it would be inappropriate to say anything more other than that we are truly sorry for their loss.

The four Marines who died on scene Thursday were: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Lance Cpl. Skip Wells and Sgt. Carson Holmquist. Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, an active-duty Navy reservist, died Saturday after sustaining injuries in the attack.

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BREAKING: FBI Reveals How Dylann Roof Got His Gun — It’s Not What People Thought…

On the same day that the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse where it had flown for decades, we learn how the suspect in the Charleston church massacre that reignited the flag debate got the gun authorities say was used in the mass murder.

According to a report from CNN, Dylann Roof was able to purchase the pistol that’s been identified as the murder weapon only because the “FBI made a mistake” in Roof’s background check. “FBI Director James Comey told reporters Friday ‘this rips all of our hearts out’ and ‘we are all sick this happened.’”

It was a “clerical error,” says CNN, that could be blamed in part on a paperwork snafu. If the background check had gone as it was supposed to, according to the head of the FBI, the 21-year-old man charged with gunning down nine people at a Bible study class inside the Emanuel AME church would have been denied the opportunity to purchase the weapon in April.

“Due to the fact that Roof’s background check took longer than three days to complete, the gun shop owner was allowed to sell the gun to Roof,” says the CNN post.

The New York Times‘ coverage of the admission by the FBI says the Bureau “failed to gain access to a police report in which [Roof] admitted to having been in possession of a controlled substance, which would have disqualified him from purchasing the weapon.”

The Times’ article goes on to quote FBI Director Comey expressing how upset he and other agents are at the apparent breakdown in the system that allowed the .45-caliber handgun to be sold to the suspect who has been roundly condemned for his racist views.

“We are all sick this happened,” said the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey. “We wish we could turn back time.”

An article in The Los Angeles Times on the system flaw that allowed the improper gun sale notes that the FBI is now working with the Justice Department in reviewing the three-day rule that reportedly let Dylann Roof purchase the murder weapon.

Comey said he has ordered a full review of the mistake and will make recommendations for improvements to background checks. He added that he was informed of the lapse Thursday night but that agents have been reviewing the matter for weeks.

h/t: CNN

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New Docs Just Revealed What The DOJ, IRS, And FBI Had In Store For Obama Opponents

Documents obtained by the government accountability group Judicial Watch reveal that the Lois Lerner IRS scandal is worse than originally believed, extending beyond the walls of the agency into the Department of Justice.

Judicial Watch sued both the IRS and the DOJ when both failed to comply with FOIA requests. What the newly released documents confirm is that the Obama administration not only targeted tea party and other conservative organizations for increased scrutiny, improper questioning (including lists of donor names), and delayed approval for their applications in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential elections–but also sought ways to criminally prosecute them.

To this end, an email reveals that Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS’ tax exempt organization unit, coordinated to have 21 discs containing 1.25 million pages of confidential tax information of these groups transmitted to the DOJ, for criminal investigation purposes.

According to a letter from then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, “This revelation likely means that the IRS – including possibly Lois Lerner – violated federal tax law by transmitting this information to the Justice Department.”

The DOJ apparently took the initiative to look into the criminal prosecution angle. Judicial Watch reports:

the new IRS documents include a October 11, 2010 “DOJ Recap” memo sent by IRS Exempt Organizations Tax Law Specialist Siri Buller to Lerner and other top IRS officials explaining an October 8 meeting with representatives from the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and “one representative from the FBI” to discuss the possible criminal prosecution of nonprofit organizations for alleged political activity.”

“These new documents show that the Obama IRS scandal is also an Obama DOJ and FBI scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a press release. “The FBI and Justice Department worked with Lois Lerner and the IRS to concoct some reason to put President Obama’s opponents in jail before his reelection. And this abuse resulted in the FBI’s illegally obtaining confidential taxpayer information. How can the Justice Department and FBI investigate the very scandal in which they are implicated?”

“No wonder the Department of Justice under Eric Holder [did] no serious investigation of the Obama IRS scandal,” Fitton claimed in an earlier statement. “These new documents dramatically show how the Justice Department is up to its neck in the IRS scandal and can’t be trusted to investigate crimes associated with the IRS abuses that targeted Obama’s critics,” he said. “Richard Nixon was impeached for less.”

Judicial Watch reports: “The DOJ documents also include a July 16, 2013, email from an undisclosed Justice Department official to a lawyer for IRS employees asking that the Obama administration get information from congressional witnesses before Congress does.”

One last issue. If any of your clients have documents they are providing to Congress that you can (or would like to) provide to us before their testimony, we would be pleased to receive them. We are…authorized and I can connect you with [the Treasury Department’s Inspector General] to confirm; we would like the unredacted documents…

“Following Judicial Watch’s lead, the House also found out about the IRS transmittal of the confidential taxpayer information to the FBI. Because of this public disclosure, the FBI was forced to return the 1.25 million pages to the IRS.”

When the IRS scandal originally broke in May, 2013, President Obama said: “I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable. The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS.”

However, several months later in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, he said that the notion that conservative groups were targeted is “absolutely wrong.” Rather, the IRS officials were confused about how to implement the law governing tax-exempt groups. “There were some bone-headed decisions,” Obama conceded. Asked whether corruption was in play, he responded: “…not even a smidgen of corruption.”

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FBI And Homeland Security Just Issued This Scary Warning To America For 4th Of July

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As Americans plan their weekend celebrations, intelligence officials are tracking potential terror threats leading up to the July 4th holiday. One source recently stated that local law enforcement agencies across the nation have received federal warnings instructing them to operate at a higher security level throughout the week.

A joint intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicated that terrorists could use the patriotic holiday as an opportunity to stage an attack. No specific threats were mentioned; however, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said his agency will be working with other federal and local departments – as well as the American public – to prevent a possible terrorist act.

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“We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season,” he said, “but always remain vigilant.”

The bulletin came ahead of Monday’s arrest of a suspected ISIS conspirator in Hudson County, N.J. According to WABC, 23-year-old Alaa Saadeh was arrested for allegedly offering his services to the terror network and attempting to pressure a federal witness to lie to the FBI.

A number of other recent terror-related arrests prove America remains a prime target for radical Islam. Johnson pointed out that terrorism is also on the rise in other nations around the world.

While the bulletin focused on Islamic terrorism, however, Johnson also worked in a reference to the recent mass shooting in South Carolina during his recent statement.

“The alleged killer sought to divide us,” he concluded. “instead, his actions appear to have had the opposite effect in South Carolina, where people of different races have come together to denounce the tragedy and mourn those killed.”

 

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