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  • Closed Church gets New Life as Islamic Center (Yes, that's the headline)

    06/29/2014 6:36:59 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 37 replies
    Winona Daily News (Minnesota) ^ | June 29, 2014 | AP Staffer
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One of the oldest Catholic churches in St. Paul had to close down because of a dwindling congregation, but it's been given new life as an Islamic community center. The Church of St. John parish, built in 1886, closed in 2013. It reopened Friday as the Darul-Uloom Islamic Center, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1z0o5In ). "There are a lot of East Africans in the area, and we want to give them a place to worship, a place to be educated, a community space," center spokesman Feisal M. Elmi said. The former church held...
  • Somali-Americans leave homes, friends in Minnesota to fight alongside ISIS jihadis

    06/19/2014 8:20:45 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 46 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 19, 2014 | Staff
    <p>As many as 15 Somali-American men have left their homes in Minnesota in recent months to travel to the Middle East and join up with ISIS, the jihadist army at war with Syria and Iraq, according to Minnesota Public Radio.</p>
  • FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria

    06/03/2014 3:07:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | KMSP
    The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria. Investigators believe Somalis who left to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism. The FBI asking the Somali community in the Twin Cities for more information on anyone who may have left to fight overseas. If you know anyone who is planning to and/or has traveled to a foreign country for armed combat or who is being recruited for such activities, please contact www.fbi.gov/fttips or call (763) 569-8020. All information will be kept completely...
  • Carr: PC backstory on Tsarnaev falling apart

    05/14/2014 12:10:38 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/14/14 | Howie Carr
    The Politically Correct narrative of the Boston Marathon bombing is sinking faster than Barack Obama’s poll numbers. Remember Tamerlan Tsarnaev, aka Speedbump. The Boston Globe tearfully informed its moonbat readers that Speedbump was “a stay-at-home dad.” When he died at the age of 25, Speedbump was a “person of interest” in seven murders in Massachusetts, so apparently the stay-at-home dad got out of his (Section 8) house every once in a while. Now we find out that his 9 mm came from a “Maine gang,” two words I never thought I’d type in the same sentence. But then, Vacationland has...
  • A look at Minnesota's Somalis, but not too close

    09/30/2013 10:18:10 AM PDT · by MN.Gruber06 · 25 replies
    The Power Line ^ | 30 SEP 2013 | Scott Johnson
    With the horrendous terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Somali al Qaeda affiliate al Shabab is back in the news. We still don’t know the identity of the perpetrators, or whether any of them had made their way to al Shabab from Minnesota or points elsewhere in the United States. I trust that time will. For now we have the New York Times visit to Minneapolis to pass on the fears of Somali residents that they will be stigmatized and (good grief!) and scrutinized. And the Star Tribune is on the case to transmit the avowals of local...
  • Somali militants attack UN base in Mogadishu, killing 15

    06/19/2013 9:10:51 AM PDT · by MrDaddyLongLegs · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/19/2013 | Abdalle Ahmed
    Somali militants attack UN base in Mogadishu, killing 15 Al-Shabaab says its fighters were responsible for suicide attack on compound that killed 15 people including UN personnel
  • Mosque knifeman stabbed policeman and 3 others...AFTER he had been Tasered [UK]

    06/16/2013 6:44:08 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 16 2013 | SAM WEBB
    A knifeman shrugged off being hit with a Taser and stabbed a police officer and three other people at a mosque in Birmingham last night. The male police constable was responding to reports that three men had been stabbed inside the Madrasah Qasim ul Uloom mosque in the Ward End area of Birmingham when he was attacked. The four men are being treated in hospital for their wounds and are described as 'stable'. A 32-year-old man, believed to be of Somali extraction and a local, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody, a police...
  • Police: Joggers Attacked At Random In Fridley (By Somalis)

    05/28/2013 2:39:01 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 5/28/13 | WCCO
    Police are looking for as many as six or seven Somali men after two joggers were randomly attacked in Fridley. Authorities said two joggers were the victims of what are being labeled as random attacks on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. The joggers, both men, were on a path near East River Road and 37th Avenue NE when the attacks took place. Police said one man suffered a bloody nose in the attack and the other has a sore throat. Authorities said these attacks were not robbery attempts and that the suspects randomly approached them and assaulted them....
  • Arabian Sea piracy suspects appear in Norfolk court

    03/10/2011 5:58:06 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 10, 2011 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thirteen Somalis and one Yemeni captured after four Americans were killed aboard a yacht last month are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this afternoon on piracy, kidnapping and gun charges. The men were brought into the federal courthouse in downtown Norfolk this morning. The group was turned over to the Justice Department on Wednesday after being held aboard the carrier Enterprise since the Feb. 22 shooting deaths of the Americans. A Navy spokesman said the Somalis were removed from the ship by Department of Justice officials. A federal grand jury indicted 14 suspected pirates, the...
  • Mohamed Now One of the Most Popular Boy Names in Minnesota

    04/12/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Burnsville Patch ^ | April 11, 2013 | Kevira Voegele
    Mohamed has made the list of most popular baby boy names in Minnesota, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).Mohamed was the 98th most popular boy's name in 2011 in the state. The SSA says Minnesota parents named 73 boys after the founder of Islam in that year.This is the first time the name has appeared on the list the SSA releases each year. Are you surprised Mohamed is now one of the 100 most popular boys names? Are you surprised it wasn't on the top 100 list prior to 2011? Mohamed's place on the list is not surprising considering...
  • San Diego jury convicts 4 Somali immigrants of providing to support to terrorist group

    02/22/2013 9:33:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 2_22 | AP
    Those convicted Friday include 40-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, who prosecutors said used his connections as a popular imam at a mosque in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood to raise money for the group. The other defendants were two San Diego taxi drivers, 36-year-old Basaaly Saeed Moalin and 56-year-old Issa Doreh, and 37-year-old Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud of Anaheim, whose financial transfer business Shidaal Express was used to route the money, prosecutors said. Government attorneys played tapes of telephone calls, many of them between Moalin and the late Aden Hashi Ayrow, who was among the top leaders of al-Shabaab until he...
  • Food Fight Turns Into Melee At Mpls. South High

    02/14/2013 3:31:05 PM PST · by BBell · 24 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | February 14, 2013
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A number of police cars responded to Minneapolis South High School Thursday after an alleged food fight escalated into a melee involving 200 to 300 students. The school posted a note on its website stating the high school was placed on a precautionary code yellow lockdown due to “a food fight that escalated into a physical fight.”Sgt. William Palmer, of the Minneapolis Police Department, said no weapons were involved in the incidents. However, four people were taken to the hospital following the melee. Those taken to the hospital were a school staff member, who was hit in...
  • Vanloads of Somalians driven to the polls in Ohio

    10/27/2012 4:47:31 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 22 replies
    Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process. No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers...
  • A changing landscape as immigrants transform Main Streets

    07/24/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 19 replies
    StarTribune ^ | 7/21/2012
    A changing landscape as immigrants transform Main Streets Once the henna artist arrives, business will really take off, Yonis Hajisaid said. One of downtown Willmar's newest entrepreneurs, he owns the Nuura Shop, the latest Somali-owned business to open in downtown Willmar in the past five years. The change from a barber shop to a henna and perfume parlor is a sign of how new immigrants are transforming business districts outstate just as they have along some main streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Drawn to Willmar because of jobs at the Jennie-O meatpacking plants, a growing number of Somali immigrants...
  • Delusion guided accused shooter of soldiers at Little Rock recruiting center (Muslim Muhammud)

    07/23/2011 6:26:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/23/11 | Kristina Goetz
    Delusion guided accused shooter of soldiers at Little Rock recruiting centerPsychiatrist says reality was lost on Muhammad By Kristina Goetz Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted July 23, 2011 at midnight LITTLE ROCK -- The star defense witness in the capital murder trial of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad said Friday that the defendant believes he is persecuted because he's Muslim and that his actions are more important than they really are -- all because he suffers from a delusional disorder. "Saying you're an operative of a major terrorist organization is grandiose," said Dr. Shawn Agharkar, a psychiatrist who examined Muhammad three times in...
  • Somali Workers Walk Off Southern MN Job in Dress Code Dispute

    06/06/2012 7:40:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/6/12 | Leslie Rolander/AP
    A new dress code at a southern Minnesota company prompted some Somali workers to walk off the job because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. SNIP The company's new owner, Mike Knowles, says there was an incident recently in which a woman's long dress got caught in a footwear washer.
  • 23 Somalis on Trial in Tennessee for Sex Slavery

    03/06/2012 12:23:12 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    The New American Magazine ^ | 05 March 2012 | Cort Kirkwood
    Twenty-three Somalis will go on trial this month in connection with operating a sex slavery ring that sold little girls into slavery in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nasvhille, Tennessee; and other cities. ... authorities busted the Somali gang while some of its members were leaving a parking lot with one of its victims in the car. “One victim, Jane Doe One,” the newspaper reported, “was first taken from Minneapolis to Nashville in December 2005 to sell for sex. She was 13 at the time.” ... Another victim, who had run away from home, suffered terribly at the hands of the men. “The...
  • Eden Prairie (MN) grad funded terror group in Somalia

    02/06/2012 8:34:17 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 2+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/6/12 | Dan Browning
    An Eden Prairie High School graduate pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support to Al-Shabab, a Somali group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, 27, now living in Westerville, Ohio, admitted to raising up to $1,500 under false pretenses to help send Al-Shabab recruits from the Twin Cities to Somalia. He also admitted that he and two co-conspirators wired $200 of those funds to Somalia so someone he knew there could buy guns. Mahamud, a Somali native and naturalized U.S. citizen, faces up to 15 years for his role in the conspiracy when he...
  • Minn. Somalis Close Well Fargo Accounts In Money Transfer Protest

    01/13/2012 4:48:20 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies · 1+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/13/12 | Edgar Linares
    At a mid-town Wells Fargo bank a large group of Minnesota Somalis gathered Friday to remove their money from the bank and protest. The group says Wells Fargo has been unwilling to work with them to get money to Somalia. Last December more than a dozen Twin Cities businesses known as Hawalas stopped offering money transfers to the east African Country. They stopped because of provisions aimed at keeping funds out of the hands of terrorists. “This is a humanitarian crisis,” said Abdirahman Muse, a former Wells Fargo customer. “Hawalas are the only way we can send money to our...
  • Somalis fear blocking of US wire transfers will lead to hardship; officials seek solution

    12/23/2011 3:08:03 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/23/11 | ABDI GULED and AMY FORLITI/AP
    Somali officials said Friday they are pleading with U.S. authorities to persuade banks to reconsider a decision to block money transfers from Minnesota's Somali community to relatives in this Horn of Africa nation, where anarchy has given safe haven to an al-Qaida linked terror group. The institution that handles the bulk of money transfers from Minnesota to Somalia — Sunrise Community Banks — has said it will discontinue the service at the end of December over fears it could be at risk of violating government rules intended to clamp down on the financing of terror groups. Minnesota political leaders Rep....
  • Girl gang who kicked woman in the head while yelling 'kill the white slag' freed after judge hears '

    12/06/2011 8:04:18 AM PST · by wazoo1031 · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/6/2011 | Rob Cooper
    A gang of Muslim girls who repeatedly kicked a young woman in the head walked free from court after a judge heard they were 'not used to being drunk' because of their religion. The group screamed 'kill the white slag' while kicks raining in on 22-year-old Rhea Page as she lay motionless on the ground, the court heard. The attackers - three sisters and their cousin - were told by a judge that normally they would have been sent to jail. However, he handed the girls - all Somalian Muslims - suspended sentences after hearing that they were not used...
  • 2 Arrested In ‘U’ Area Robbery Attempt (MN)

    11/09/2011 10:56:25 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/09/11 | WCCO Staff
    Two men have been charged in connection with an attempted robbery at gunpoint in the University of Minnesota area. According to the criminal complaint, Abdulkadir Ahmed Farah-Hassan and Tarambi Abdi Dahir, both 28, were arrested on Nov. 6 along with a third person. Police said they were called to the 700 block of 8th Avenue Southeast on report of a robbery. The criminal complaint says the victim was walking in the area when three men approached him, asking for directions to McDonald’s. They followed the victim and asked for directions multiple times. Eventually, once the victim arrived at his residence,...
  • Guilty verdicts for both women in terror case in Minneapolis (Somalis)

    10/20/2011 11:44:30 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/20/11 | Allie Shah
    A federal jury Thursday convicted two Rochester women of conspiring to help an Al-Qaida affiliate in their native Somalia under the guise of raising money for the poor. Amina Farah Ali, 35, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 64, were the first people to go on trial in connection with a sweeping federal investigation into alleged recruitment and fundraising activities in Minnesota for Al-Shabab -- classified by U.S. authorities in February 2008 as a foreign terrorist organization. Under U.S. law, it is illegal to support a foreign terrorist group. Both were found guilty on all counts. Al-Shabab and other militia groups are...
  • Al-Shabab prevents food aid from reaching 2.2 million Somalis, famine zone soon to expand

    07/23/2011 6:59:38 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/23/11 | JASON STRAZIUSO , Associated Press
    The World Food Program can't reach 2.2 million Somalis in desperate need of aid in militant-controlled areas of Somalia, WFP's director said Saturday, meaning refugee camps in nearby Kenya and Ethiopia are likely to continue seeing thousands of new refugees each week. SNIP Al-Shabab signaled in early July that it would accept aid groups it had previously banned, but changed course on Thursday, saying groups like WFP are not welcome. The group's refusal to accept aid from Western and "Christian" aid groups means millions could starve — or be forced to begin the hike to help to Kenya, Ethiopia or...
  • Minneapolis man pleads guilty to recruiting for Al-Shabab (Somalis)

    07/19/2011 4:26:40 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/18/11 | James Walsh
    To Omer Abdi Mohamed, raising money to send other young men to Somalia, to train and arm them with assault rifles to fight there, had nothing to do with terrorism. In late 2007, he said, it was about defending his homeland against Ethiopians. One problem: It was still illegal, federal officials say. On Monday, Mohamed agreed, pleading guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to a single count of conspiracy to "murder, kidnap or maim" Ethiopian and Somali troops. His plea came of the eve of his trial. He would have been the first of 21 local people of Somali descent...
  • Prosecutors: Secret meetings, commitment tests part of recruiting US Somalis to fight at home

    07/15/2011 6:48:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/15/11 | Amy Fortli, AP
    A group of Minneapolis-area Somalis, including some who traveled to their homeland to allegedly take up arms against the Ethiopian army, held secret meetings in 2007 to plan the trips, created fake itineraries to fool family members and challenged one another about their commitment, prosecutors contend in a court filing. The document was filed this week in advance of a trial for one man accused of being part of the conspiracy. It sheds new light on how the recruiting operation worked in Minneapolis and how some of the men arrived at safehouses in Somalia, where they received AK-47s and weapons...
  • Somali-Americans from Minnesota Leave to Wage Jihad with Al-Shabaab Terror Group

    07/14/2011 5:19:41 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 13JUL11 | Patrick O'toole
    A Minneapolis man, Omer Abdi Mohamed, is scheduled to go on trial next week in federal court on charges that he aided a group of young American Somali men in their travels to Somalia to fight with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist organization. Two of the men that Mohamed helped leave the country conducted suicide bombings, the most recent last month which I reported on exclusively here at PJMedia. In fact, over the past few years more than two dozen Somali men from the U.S. are known to have left for the fields of jihad in Somalia. But just as that...
  • Who was terror plot mastermind? (MN Somalis)

    06/18/2011 8:57:05 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/18/11 | ALLIE SHAH and JAMES WALSH
    Nearly three years ago, a Minneapolis man blew himself up oceans away in Somalia. His death put Minnesota at the heart of a still unfolding multinational counterterrorism probe that has seen 20 Minnesotans indicted on terror-related charges, at least another nine killed in fighting overseas and a handful more arrested and convicted. Others have been charged with fundraising or wiring money to a terror group in Somalia, and one of the men charged is scheduled to go on trial next month -- a first in the case. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Minneapolis last month to reaffirm his office's...
  • Spotlight on Shelbyville may cast shadow on city

    05/22/2011 3:54:42 PM PDT · by radu · 10 replies
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | May 22, 2011 | Brian Mosely
    Tuesday night the city of Shelbyville will be in the national spotlight when the film "Welcome to Shelbyville" is broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. Since last fall, the documentary has been screened across the country, including Nashville last Saturday and has been shown by the U.S. State Department in other countries. Said filmmaker Kim A. Snyder, "I was interested in something that would illustrate "the anatomy" of immigrant integration in one small town and how this was representative of demographic changes taking place across the U.S." This was the premise the filmmaker explained to the Times-Gazette and the...
  • Jihad Returns to America---The Arkansas Shooting as Islamic Jihad

    06/04/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,053+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | June 04, 2009 | Robert Spencer --Phyllis Chesler
    Jihad Returns to America By: Robert Spencer FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 04, 2009 Jihad came once again to American soil on Monday, when an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, began shooting at soldiers who were standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. Muhammad was charged with capital murder and – in a departure from authorities’ practically reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in virtually any act of violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act. Rather curiously,...
  • Rochester women face Oct. 3 trial on terror charge

    04/14/2011 6:07:02 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/14/11 | AMY FORLITI , Associated Press
    MINNEAPOLIS - While investigating whether two Rochester women were funneling money to a terror group in Somalia, FBI agents sifted through the trash of an apartment complex roughly 90 times, intercepted and recorded 30,000 phone calls and interviewed suspects more than once. Details revealed in court Thursday hint at the scope and complexity of the investigation into Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, two women who prosecutors say were part of a "deadly pipeline" routing money and fighters from the U.S. to al-Shabab. Ali, 34, and Hassan, 60, will face trial Oct. 3 on multiple charges, including conspiracy to...
  • Minnesota health officials move to contain measles outbreak

    03/18/2011 6:12:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/18/11 | Maura Lerner
    Two more cases of measles were confirmed overnight Thursday, as state health officials scramble to contain an outbreak of the disease among children who have not been vaccinated. So far, six cases have been reported in Minneapolis in the last two months, half of them in members of the Somali community, Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist, said Friday. Until this outbreak, only six cases had been reported in Minnesota in the past five years. As a result, health officials are working with leaders in the Somali community to try to head off any wider spread.
  • 5 Somalis Sentenced to Life Plus 80 Years for Piracy Against USS Nicholas

    03/15/2011 8:29:11 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Dept Of Justice ^ | March 14, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia
    NORFOLK, VA—Five men from Somalia were sentenced today to life followed by a consecutive 80 years in prison for engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. “Today...
  • Remains of Jean and Scott Adam Return to U.S. [Killed by Somali Pirates]

    02/26/2011 11:57:02 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 32 replies
    Santa Monica Patch ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Kurt Orzeck
    The remains of the other two Americans slain by Somali pirates have also arrived, a US Navy Central Command representative tells Santa Monica Patch. The remains of the four Americans who were slain by Somali pirates earlier this week have arrived back in the United States, a US Navy Central Command representative told Santa Monica Patch on Friday morning. The remains had been aboard the USS Enterprise off the coast of Somalia, a U.S. Navy Central Command spokesman said Tuesday. Meanwhile, also on Friday morning, Department of Justice spokesman Dean Boyd said, "The Justice Deptartment and the FBI continue to...
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 – Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced. U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said. Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately...
  • Unlikely pair kept sex case alive (MN...SOMALIS)

    01/01/2011 12:07:40 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 1+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/31/10 | JAMES WALSH and DAVID CHANEN
    A feisty prosecutor and passionate cop go after Minnesota-Somali gangs. It took a never-give-up attitude to build the case of a Somali runaway into a massive human trafficking prosecution.
  • Tyson denies death threat (update on Shelbyville, TN)

    12/30/2010 6:31:28 PM PST · by radu · 43 replies · 456+ views
    Times-Gazette ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | Brian Mosely
    A Tyson Foods spokesperson stated Wednesday that while graffiti was recently discovered at their Shelbyville facility, media reports about the details are not factual. However the spokesman also stated that federal authorities have been contacted about the matter. Late last week, Shelbyville police began providing an armed off-duty officer for the Tyson Foods facility after alleged threatening messages reportedly were made. Nashville television station WSMV reported claims made by an unidentified woman that someone wrote "all Americans must die" on a bathroom wall -- an act that was reportedly preceded by a fire in a woman's restroom inside the plant...
  • Residents Who Knew Christmas Tree Bomber Said He Would Make Anti-American Comments

    12/02/2010 4:06:46 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 9 replies · 3+ views
    HAP ^ | 12/2/10 | hap
    Residents who knew Mohamud say there might have been warning signs leading up to a Somali teenager’s arrest in connection with a plot to bomb the annual tree-lighting ceremony. "He would always talk about the movie ‘Black Hawk Down,’ saying, 'We beat your country, F white people' when he got mad"
  • 'All Americans Must Die' Written On Plant Wall (Tyson in Shelbyville, TN)

    12/23/2010 8:41:31 PM PST · by radu · 97 replies · 2+ views
    Channel 4 - Nashville ^ | Deanna Lambert
    The Shelbyville chief of police and a former Tyson employee confirmed that threatening messages surfaced this week, leading to extra security at the plant. "A couple days ago, they had a terrorist threat that was written on the bathroom walls that said 'all Americans must die,'" said a woman, who said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her relative, who works inside the plant. She said that she didn't see the writing herself but is aware of what's going on from others. "One day last week, someone set the women's bathroom on fire, and they finally put a security...
  • Muslim Immigrants Get Santa Cancelled in Minnesota

    12/20/2010 11:01:28 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 179 replies · 6+ views
    Getway Pundit ^ | 12/20/10 | Jim Hoft
    (CathNews) Santa will not be visiting students in St. Peter, Minnesota this year. Muslim immigrants got him cancelled. The MinnPost reported, via Pat Dollard: Santa Claus, as portrayed by Dennis Jackson, won’t be visiting students at the Head Start classes in St. Peter this year. Jackson has made appearances the past four years at the classes for students who need help preparing for school, but this year officials said, “No, no, no.” The reason: The classes have many immigrant children who don’t celebrate Christmas, says the Mankato Free Press. Santa’s a little frosted, the paper says. It kind of burnt...
  • Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 US Somalis live in Minnesota

    12/14/2010 1:16:40 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 30 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-14-10 | a[
    Nearly one in three people with Somali ancestry in the United States live in Minnesota, although some activists claim there are more. The 1 in 3 estimate comes from new survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau's American Community Survey says there are about 25,000 people with Somali ancestry in Minnesota and about 85,700 in the United States. The other states with large Somali populations are Ohio, Washington and California, but their communities are much smaller than Minnesota's.
  • Khat an illegal substance, Appeals Court reaffirms (MN)

    11/23/2010 8:55:54 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | November 23, 2010 | ROCHELLE OLSON
    Possessing the plant khat is illegal under Minnesota law, and prosecuting violators does not infringe on their religious freedom, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The euphoria-producing plant is popular in East African nations and among that region's immigrants in the Twin Cities. Some of their advocates say prosecuting them for possessing it unfairly brands them as criminals and makes them more susceptible to recruitment by terrorists. The ruling marks the third time that Minnesota's appellate courts have found khat (pronounced "cot") to be illegal, although it is unlikely to be the last word. The latest case started in...
  • Jury selected for Somalis facing piracy charges in Norfolk

    11/14/2010 1:08:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 10, 2010
    Five Somalis facing piracy charges were simple fishermen kidnapped, and at times blindfolded, by war lords and forced to take part in attacks on vessels in the Indian Ocean, their attorneys told a jury in federal court today. But to convince the jury that they’re innocent of trying to attack the Navy frigate Nicholas on April 1, they will have to somehow overcome their own words – confessions they gave to U.S. officials. Some wondered why the Somalis had the same rights as U.S. citizens... The Nicholas was on counter-piracy patrol more than 500 miles off the east African coast...
  • Indictment: Somali gangs ran sex ring in 3 states

    11/08/2010 1:48:18 PM PST · by george76 · 47 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | November 8, 2010
    Twenty-nine people have been indicted in a sex trafficking ring in which Somali gangs in Minneapolis allegedly forced girls under age 14 into prostitution in Minnesota, Tennessee, Ohio and other unnamed places, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment, unsealed in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee, said one of the gangs' goals was recruiting females under age 18, including some under age 14, and forcing them into prostitution in exchange for cash, drugs or other items. The indictment claims three Minneapolis-based gangs were involved _ The Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws...
  • Local News Station Uncovers Proof Terrorists Crossed Mexican Border

    11/08/2010 9:11:11 AM PST · by montag813 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona (YouTube) ^ | 11-08-2010 | Stand With Arizona (Facebook)
    Remember the news report in May about "Other Than Mexicans" (OTMs) who crossed the border, with the Feds denying ANY terrorists had come in? Now the same stalwart reporters from Atlanta's WFSB have uncovered proof: Somalis from the terrorist group Al Shabob, smuggled in by the hundreds and UNACCOUNTED FOR inside the U.S. No more coverups! The incoming House GOP must open hearings on this ASAP. And NO "comprehensive reform". No "DREAM" amnesty. NO immigration legislation can even be considered in the new Congress before border security is DONE.
  • Men plead guilty to fraud,wire transfer (those dang Amish again)

    10/19/2010 5:07:14 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    www.woodtv.com ^ | 10-19-10 | WOOD8 TV
    "Mohamed and Omar Sufi owned Halal Depot" GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Two brothers from Somalia who were accused of $400,000 in food stamp fraud and of illegally transferring money overseas from their western Michigan store pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges, prosecutors said. Mohamed and Omar Sufi, owners of the Halal Depot store in Grand Rapids, redeemed electronic food stamps for cash and nonfood items, taking 30 percent commissions, the government said. The men were accused of taking up to 50 percent from benefits under the Women, Infants and Children programs.
  • Mom accused of starving children to death wants privacy

    09/22/2010 4:08:18 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 32 replies
    WISH TV 8 (Indianapolis) ^ | 9/22/10 | AJ Colley
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis woman whose two children were found dead on Sunday is finally speaking out. Ebyan Farah, 28, spoke through her lawyers Wednesday night asking for privacy. “Ebyan Farah will have no public comment in this matter, except to say she is devastated by her children’s tragic deaths,” Farah’s attorneys said in a statement...
  • Report on homegrown terror highlights Minneapolis Somalis

    09/10/2010 7:58:36 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/10/10 | LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
    The United States was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals, and the government has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon, according to a new report compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission. The report says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated situation. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.
  • Al Shabaab (Somali Islamic group) bans women to wear bras

    09/02/2010 2:56:10 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies · 3+ views
    terror free somalia ^ | June 17, 2010 | TF SF
    Al Shabaab Terrorist banned women in areas under their control in Somalia to wear bra calling it as Un-Islamic, witnesses told TF.SF on Tuesday. The witnesses reported that al Shabaab young fighters were stopping women in Mogadishu especially areas under their control not to wear bra or they would face punishment from them.
  • EEOC: Blood, meat and bones thrown

    09/01/2010 4:34:12 PM PDT · by epithermal · 17 replies
    Denver Daily ^ | September 1, 2010 | Peter Marcus
    Federal officials file lawsuit against JBS Swift & Co. alleging discrimination against Muslims and Somalis Muslim and Somali employees at two JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in Colorado and Nebraska are alleging that the Greeley-based company fostered a hostile work environment that included blood, meat and bones being thrown at the employees because of their race, national origin and religion. Two lawsuits filed yesterday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the Muslim and Somali employees allege that in addition to having blood, meat and bones thrown at them by co-workers and supervisors, JBS Swift &...