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FTR #773 The Boston Marathon Bombing, the Third Position and the Leaderless Resistance Strategy

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Introduction: Polit­i­cal come­dian Mort Sahl (who worked for New Orleans Dis­trict Attor­ney Jim Gar­ri­son) asked in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy; “How many lies can you allow your­self to believe before you belong to the lie?”

Analyzing the Boston Marathon bombing in light of the failed investigation into the 9/11 attacks, we ask if the United States belongs to the lie. Had the Operation Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002 been fully investigated, we would not be in the position in which we find ourselves vis a vis the Boston marathon bombing.

The individuals and institutions that were the focal points of the Operation Green Quest loom in the background of the environment of the Boston Marathon bombing, as do Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood-linked to the milieu of Al-Qaeda.

In a pre­vi­ous post, we high­lighted some of the con­sid­er­a­tions to be weighed in eval­u­at­ing the Boston Marathon bomb­ing. After an ini­tial report of the arrest of a Saudi national, we are told–rightly or wrongly–that he is con­sid­ered a wit­ness not a suspect.

Sure enough, the ele­ments we cited in the above-linked post are com­ing into view, high­lighted in the sto­ries linked and excerpted below.

We advise strongly against sim­plis­tic analy­sis of the Boston bombing, as we warned in our first post on the sub­ject. The prob­a­bil­ity is very strong that we are deal­ing with a sit­u­a­tion involv­ing dou­ble and triple agents–a sit­u­a­tion that will be impos­si­ble for an out­side observer (and some of the inside observers) to fig­ure out, past a point.

What is becom­ing obvi­ous is that we are  deal­ing with an intel­li­gence milieu involved with the Chechen gueril­las and the com­plex, deadly real­i­ties con­nected with The Earth Island Boo­gie. The pol­i­tics in the back­ground of the bomb­ing over­lap the inter­sect­ing milieux of neo-Ottoman power pol­i­tics and what we have termed “Turk­ish Taffy”–the cos­metic pre­sen­ta­tion of Turkey’s Islamist gov­ern­ment of Erdo­gan as “demo­c­ra­tic” and “moderate.”

The Tsarnaev brothers exist[ed] in an environment deeply enmeshed with intelligence-connected elements, evidently CIA, “ex”-CIA, or (perhaps) an off-the shelf intelligence operation along the lines of the Safari Club. Evidently run by Western, petroleum-linked and Saudi elements, this milieu continues to pursue Islamic jihadist forces as proxy warriors.

This intelligence milieu appears to be an extension of the forces operating in the Afghan and Balkan theaters against the former U.S.S.R. and the former Yugoslavia. At present, their focus appears to be prying the oil-rich Caucasus away from Russia.

Somewhere along the line, they became imbued with third position ideology and struck on April 15th–tax day–which is a focal point of domestic fascist terrorists.

Key Points of Discussion Include: 

  • The Boston bomb­ing sus­pects’ uncle appears to have worked both for AID (a fre­quent intel­li­gence cover) and for a sub­sidiary of Halliburton–Dick Cheney’s old company.
  • Uncle Ruslan also was married to the daughter of a very important former CIA officer, Graham E. Fuller, with whom Ruslan co-founded a Chechen organization that may well have been an intelligence front.
  • Dhokar Tsarnaev’s tutor Glyn Williams had a background in the CIA, serving in Afghanistan.
  • The alleged bombers wor­shipped at a Mus­lim Brotherhood-connected mosque in Boston that was once admin­is­tered by Abdu­rah­man Alamoudi–a pro­tege of Grover Norquist and among the focal points of the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002. Norquist’s pro­tege Alam­oudi proved to be a senior financier of Al Qaeda. The mosque had numer­ous links to ter­ror­ist inci­dents over the years.
  • Both the FBI and CIA, as well as the Russ­ian author­i­ties had inves­ti­gated Tamer­lan before. As noted by Dave Gaubatz, U.S. law enforce­ment has relied on the Broth­er­hood and its front orga­ni­za­tions such as the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Society.
  • The al-Taqwa/Operation Green Quest milieu heav­ily over­laps indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions involved in train­ing chap­lains for both prison pop­u­la­tions and the mil­i­tary. With that kind of ide­ol­o­gized preach­ing find­ing its way into those milieux, we should not be sur­prised at a recur­rence of “lone wolf” jihadis, sim­i­lar to and–perhaps–overlapping the “lead­er­less resis­tance” tac­tic long pur­sued by neo-Nazi and fas­cist elements.
  • A major focal point of Chech­nyan jihadism is in Boston, evolved from the Al Kifah orga­ni­za­tion, renamed CARE (not to be con­fused with the UN char­ity.) That milieu is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.
  • In turn, some of the Al Kifah/CARE oper­a­tives pur­sued by the gov­ern­ment were employ­ees of the PTech cor­po­ra­tion, that devel­oped crit­i­cal soft­ware for numer­ous fed­eral agen­cies with juris­dic­tion in the 9/11/21001 attacks.
  • As dis­cussed in FTR #467, PTech is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the over­lap­ping milieux of Oper­a­tion Green Quest and the Bank al-Taqwa.
  • Reviewing information from FTR #710, we note the continued operation of jihadist proxy warriors by elements of the petroleum/GOP/Underground Reich faction of U.S. intelligence.
  • We note that Tamer­lan Tsar­naev was in possession of white-supremacist, far right-wing lit­er­a­ture and was appar­ently influ­enced by it. We have seen col­lab­o­ra­tion between white supremacists/neo-Nazis and Islamists before. (See text excerpts below.)
  • Fur­ther reportage on Tsarnaev’s Nazi/white supremacy links reveals that among the influ­ences on him was “The Amer­i­can Free Press,” pub­lished by Willis Carto. (See text excerpts below.) Carto is best known as the edi­tor of The Spot­light, a neo-Nazi news­pa­per that achieved con­sid­er­able cir­cu­la­tion. Carto has been alleged to have been the ghost­writer for Eddie the Friendly Spook’s Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of choice Ron Paul.
  • Note, also, the appar­ent influ­ence of the “Zeit­geist” film on Tsar­naev. A fas­cist “Truther” film, it is filled with Jew­ish banker con­spir­acy the­o­ries and exem­pli­fies the sort of fas­cist ide­ol­ogy that has influ­enced the so-called Truther move­ment. Jared Lee Laugh­ner also appears to have been influ­enced by the film.
  • The beliefs exhibited by the Tsarnaevs manifest the Third Position, a fascist construct that incorporates traditional fascists in alliance with leftist and Third World elements. Two Miscellaneous Archive Shows detail this ideology: M19: “The Fas­cist “Third Posi­tion”, The Far Right and Their Attempt to Co-opt Pro­gres­sive Forces” (7/3/’88)   Side a, Side b, Side c. M21: “The Fas­cist ‘Third Posi­tion’ Part 2″  (7/24/’88)  Side a, Side b
  • Within hours of the Boston bombing, an attack on a PG & E power substation took place, with indications that it, too, was a terrorist attack. Were both attacks manifestations of the “leaderless resistance strategy”?

1. Daniel Hopsicker has noted that Uncle Ruslan (the Tsarnaev brothers’uncle) worked for AID in Kazakhstan. AID is a frequent cover for U.S. intelligence activity.

Uncle Ruslan’s milieu also runs in the direction of a former subsidiary of Halliburton, Dick Cheney’s old company.

“Was Boston Bombers ‘Uncle Rus­lan’ with the CIA?” by Daniel Hop­sicker; Mad Cow Morn­ing News; 4/22/2013.

The uncle of the two men who set off bombs at the Boston Marathon, who struck the only grace note in an oth­er­wise hor­rific week, worked as a “con­sul­tant” for the Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID) a U.S. Gov­ern­ment Agency often used for cover by agents of the CIA, in the for­mer Soviet Repub­lic of Kaza­khstan dur­ing the “Wild West” days of the early 1990’s, when any­thing that wasn’t nailed down in that coun­try was up for grabs. . . .

. . . . The pur­chase of the Prince’s [Andrew of Great Britain] estate was put together, accord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors in Italy and Switzer­land, by a group of oil exec­u­tives who com­prise “a net­work of per­sonal and busi­ness rela­tion­ships” allegedly used for “inter­na­tional cor­rup­tion,” reported The Lon­don Telegraph.

Tsarni, called “a US lawyer who has had deal­ings in Kazakh busi­ness affairs,” by the Sun­day Times, clearly appears to be a mem­ber of that net­work.

The Sun­day Times reported, “A state­ment by Rus­lan Zaindi Tsarni was given in the High Court in Decem­ber, claim­ing that Kulibayev bought Sun­ninghill and prop­er­ties in May­fair with $96 mil­lion derived from a com­plex series of deals intended to dis­guise money laundering.”

“Tsarni alleged that the money came from the takeover of a west­ern com­pany, which had been used as a front to obtain oil con­tracts from the Kazakh state.”

The “west­ern com­pany” used to laun­der the money which the Sun­day Times referred to is Big Sky Energy Cor­po­ra­tion, where Rus­lan Tsarni was a top executive.

Big Sky, which used to be known as China Energy Ven­tures Corp, is a now-bankrupt US oil com­pany run by S.A. (Al) Sehsu­varoglu, a long-time exec­u­tive of Hal­libur­ton, which had oil leases in Kakakhstan’s Caspian Basin.

Tsarni was Big Sky’s Cor­po­rate Sec­re­tary and Vice Pres­i­dent for Busi­ness Devel­op­ment. He joined Big Sky in 2005. . . .

2a. In addi­tion to his past employ­ment by the Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment and a sub­sidiary of Hal­libur­ton, the alleged bombers’ uncle was mar­ried to the daugh­ter of a for­mer CIA officer–Graham E. Fuller, a for­mer sta­tion chief in Kabul.

It was Fuller who was quoted in FTR #513 (among other pro­grams) advo­cat­ing a U.S. alliance with the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, a posi­tion that was appar­ently real­ized dur­ing the Arab Spring gambit.

“Boston Bombers’ Uncle Mar­ried Daugh­ter of Top CIA Offi­cial” by Daniel  Hop­sicker; Mad Cow Morn­ing News; 4/26/2013.

The uncle of the two sus­pected Boston bombers in last week’s attack, Rus­lan Tsarni, was mar­ried to the daugh­ter of for­mer top CIA offi­cial Gra­ham Fuller.

The dis­cov­ery that Uncle Rus­lan Tsarni had spy con­nec­tions that go far deeper than had been pre­vi­ously known is ironic, espe­cially since the main­strean media’s focus yes­ter­day was on a fever­ish search to find who might have recruited the Tsar­naev brothers.

The chief sus­pect was a red-haired Armen­ian exor­cist. They were fin­ger­ing a sus­pect who may not, in fact, even exist. . . .

. . . . Rus­lan Tsarni mar­ried the daugh­ter of for­mer top CIA offi­cial Gra­ham Fuller, who spent 20 years as oper­a­tions offi­cer in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Ara­bia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. In 1982 Fuller was appointed the National Intel­li­gence Offi­cer for Near East and South Asia at the CIA, and in 1986, under Ronald Rea­gan, he became the Vice-Chairman of the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil, with over­all respon­si­bil­ity for national level strate­gic forecasting.

At the time of their mar­riage, Rus­lan Tsarni was known as Rus­lan Tsar­naev, the same last name as his nephews Tamer­lan and Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, the alleged bombers.

It is unknown when he changed his last name to Tsarni.

What is known is that some­time in the early 1990’s, while she was a grad­u­ate stu­dent in North Car­olina, and he was in law school at Duke, Rus­lan Tsar­naev met and mar­ried Saman­tha Ankara Fuller, the daugh­ter of Gra­ham and Pru­dence Fuller of Rockville Mary­land. Her mid­dle name sug­gests a ref­er­ence to one of her father’s CIA postings.

The cou­ple divorced some­time before 2004.

Today Ms. Fuller lives abroad, and is a direc­tor of sev­eral com­pa­nies pur­su­ing strate­gies to increase energy pro­duc­tion from clean-burning and renew­able resources.

On a more omi­nous note, Gra­ham Fuller was listed as one of the Amer­i­can Deep State rogues on Sibel Edmonds’ State Secrets Priv­i­lege Gallery,. Edmonds explained it fea­tured sub­jects of FBI inves­ti­ga­tions she became aware of dur­ing her time as an FBI translator.

Crim­i­nal activ­i­ties were being pro­tected by claims of State Secrets, she asserted. After Attor­ney Gen­eral John Ashcroft went all the way to the Supreme Court to muz­zle her under a little-used doc­trine of State Secrets, she put up twenty-one pho­tos, with no names.

One of them was Gra­ham Fuller.

“Con­gress of Chechen Inter­na­tional” c/o Gra­ham Fuller

A story about a Chechen oik exec/uncle pair­ing up with a top CIA offi­cial who once served as CIA Sta­tion Chief in Kabul sounds like a pitch for a bad movie.

But the two men may have been in busi­ness together.

In 1995, Tsar­naev incor­po­rated the Con­gress of Chechen Inter­na­tional Orga­ni­za­tions in Mary­land, using as the address listed on incor­po­ra­tion doc­u­ments 11114 Whis­per­wood Ln, in Rockville Mary­land, the home address of his then-father-in-law.

It is just eight miles up the Wash­ing­ton National Pike from the Mont­gomery Vil­lage home where “Uncle Rus­lan” met—and appar­ently wowed, the press after the attack in Boston. . . .

2b. Fuller also authored a paper that has been viewed as the genesis of what has come to be known as the Iran-Contra scandal. CORRECTION: The date of the story below was incorrectly stated as “2013.” It was published in 1988.

“Wash­ing­ton Talk: Brief­ing; C.I.A. Secrets”; The New York Times; 2/15/1988.

. . . . Mr. Fuller’s name came to pub­lic atten­tion last year when it was dis­closed that he was the author of a ”think piece” cir­cu­lated in the intel­li­gence com­mu­nity in May 1985 sug­gest­ing the pos­si­b­lity of pur­su­ing open­ings in Iran.

The study was instru­men­tal in per­suad­ing some top-ranking Rea­gan Admin­is­tra­tion pol­icy mak­ers to begin con­sid­er­ing covert con­tacts with Iran­ian lead­ers. It even­tu­ally led to the covert sale of United States weapons to Teheran in what became the Iran-contra affair. . . .

3a. Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s tutor was Brian Glyn Williams, who had a background in the CIA, dealing with jihadists, Chechnya and suicide bombers. He spent time in Afghanistan. One wonders if he was merely a tutor or did he play a part in recruiting Tsarnaev?

“I Hope I Didn’t Con­tribute To It” by Mark Ames; nsfwcorp.com; 5/8/2013.

. . . . For now, I want to start with one of the biggest “What The Fuck?!” in the bomb­ing story, a detail so far com­pletely over­looked: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s high school project “men­tor,” Brian Glyn Williams. Brian Glyn Williams hap­pens to work for the CIA, on Islamic sui­cide bombers, Chech­nya, and jihadi ter­ror­ism. Williams is also an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, the uni­ver­sity where 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsar­naev was enrolled, and where he spent many of his last free hours between the Boston Marathon bomb­ing on April 15, and his arrest on April 19. . . .

3b. More about the Williams-Tsarnaev relationship:

“As Man­hunt Ends, New Ques­tions Emerge in Boston Bomb­ings” by Kevin John­son, Donna Lein­wand Leger and Gary Strauss; USA Today; 4/19/2013.

. . . . The New Bed­ford Standard-Times reported that Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, who teaches Chechen his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts at Dart­mouth, said he had tutored Dzhokhar in the sub­ject when he was in high school.

“He was learn­ing his Chechen iden­tity, iden­ti­fy­ing with the dias­pora and iden­ti­fy­ing with his home­land,” Williams said, adding that Dzhokhar “wanted to learn more about Chech­nya, who the fight­ers were, who the com­man­ders were.” . . . .

3c. Williams dismisses the notion of a Wahhabi-Chechen connection, which–as we shall see–is a “less than complete” analysis.

“Thoughts on the ‘Jihad­i­fi­ca­tion’ of Boston Bomber Tamer­lan Tsar­naev” by Brian Glyn Williams; Huff­in­g­ton Post; 4/25/2013.

. . . These arti­cles sys­tem­at­i­cally demol­ished the mis­guided notion that the out­gunned, Sovi­etized, Sufi-mystic Chechen rebels defend­ing their moun­tain home­land from the mighty Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion had some­how devel­oped a for­eign pol­icy which bizarrely led them to become the evil hench­men of the Saudi Ara­bian Wah­habi fun­da­men­tal­ist ter­ror­ist Osama Bin Laden and his Pash­tun tribal Tal­iban allies in Afghanistan. I myself per­son­ally trav­eled to Afghanistan in 2003 and inter­viewed numer­ous Tal­iban pris­on­ers of war held by North­ern Alliance Uzbek Gen­eral Dos­tum to see if they had ever seen a real Chechen fighter of the sort reported to be the van­guard of their armies (see my pho­tos here). None of them had ever seen or heard of Chechens; it was like look­ing for the Chechen Big Foot. . . .

4a. The mosque attended by the Tsarnaev brothers was founded by Grover Norquist’s protege Abdulrahman Alamoudi.

“Mosque that Boston Sus­pects Attended has Rad­i­cal Ties” by Oren Dorell; USA Today; 4/23/2013.

The mosque attended by the two broth­ers accused in the Boston Marathon bomb­ing has been asso­ci­ated with other ter­ror­ist sus­pects, has invited rad­i­cal speak­ers to a sis­ter mosque in Boston and is affil­i­ated with a Mus­lim group that crit­ics say nurses griev­ances that can lead to extremism.

Sev­eral peo­ple who attended the Islamic Soci­ety of Boston mosque in Cam­bridge, Mass., have been inves­ti­gated for Islamic ter­ror­ism, includ­ing a con­vic­tion of the mosque’s first pres­i­dent, Abdul­rah­man Alam­oudi, in con­nec­tion with an assas­si­na­tion plot against a Saudi prince.

And its sis­ter mosque in Boston, known as the Islamic Soci­ety of Boston Cul­tural Cen­ter, has invited guests who have defended ter­ror sus­pects. A for­mer trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advo­cates treat­ing gays as crim­i­nals, says hus­bands should some­times beat their wives and calls on Allah (God) to kill Zion­ists and Jews, accord­ing to Amer­i­cans for Peace and Tol­er­ance, an inter­faith group that has inves­ti­gated the mosques.

The head of the group is among crit­ics who say the mosques teach a brand of Islamic thought that encour­ages griev­ances against the West, dis­trust of law enforce­ment and oppo­si­tion to West­ern forms of gov­ern­ment, dress and social values.

“We don’t know where these boys were rad­i­cal­ized,” says the head of the group, Charles Jacobs. “But this mosque has a cur­ricu­lum that rad­i­cal­izes peo­ple. Other peo­ple have been rad­i­cal­ized there.”

Yusufi Vali, exec­u­tive direc­tor at the Islamic Soci­ety of Boston Cul­tural Cen­ter, insists his mosque does not spread rad­i­cal ide­ol­ogy and can­not be blamed for the acts of a few worshipers.

“If there were really any worry about us being extreme,” Vali said, U.S. law enforce­ment agen­cies such as the FBI and Depart­ments of Jus­tice and Home­land Secu­rity would not part­ner with the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety and the Boston mosque in con­duct­ing monthly meet­ings that have been ongo­ing for four years, he said, in an appar­ent ref­er­ence to U.S. gov­ern­ment out­reach pro­grams in the Mus­lim community.

The Cam­bridge and Boston mosques, sep­a­rated by the Charles River, are owned by the same entity but man­aged indi­vid­u­ally. The imam of the Cam­bridge mosque, Sheik Basy­ouny Nehela, is on the board of direc­tors of the Boston mosque.

Dzhokhar Tsar­naev and his brother, Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, attended the Cam­bridge mosque for ser­vices and are accused of set­ting two bombs that killed three peo­ple and injured at least 264 oth­ers at the April 15 Boston Marathon.

The FBI has not indi­cated that either mosque was involved in any crim­i­nal activ­ity. But mosque atten­dees and offi­cials have been impli­cated in ter­ror­ist activity.

Abdul­rah­man Alam­oudi, who signed the arti­cles of incor­po­ra­tion as the Cam­bridge mosque’s pres­i­dent, was sen­tenced to 23 years in fed­eral court in Alexan­dria, Va., in 2004 for his role as a facil­i­ta­tor in what fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors called a Libyan assas­si­na­tion plot against then-Saudi crown prince Abdul­lah. Abdul­lah is now the Saudi king.

Aafia Sid­diqui, who occa­sion­ally prayed at the Cam­bridge mosque, was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 while in pos­ses­sion of cyanide can­is­ters and plans for a chem­i­cal attack in New York City. She tried to grab a rifle while in deten­tion and shot at mil­i­tary offi­cers and FBI agents, for which she was con­victed in New York in 2010 and is serv­ing an 86-year sentence.

Tarek Mehanna, who wor­shiped at the Cam­bridge mosque, was sen­tenced in 2012 to 17 years in prison for con­spir­ing to aid al-Qaeda. Mehanna had trav­eled to Yemen to seek ter­ror­ist train­ing and plot­ted to use auto­matic weapons to shoot up a mall in the Boston sub­urbs, fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tors in Boston alleged.

• Ahmad Abousamra, the son of a for­mer vice pres­i­dent of the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety Boston Abdul-Badi Abousamra, was iden­ti­fied by the FBI as Mehanna’s co-conspirator. He fled to Syria and is wanted by the FBI on charges of pro­vid­ing sup­port to ter­ror­ists and con­spir­acy to kill Amer­i­cans in a for­eign country.

• Jamal Badawi of Canada, a for­mer trustee of the Islamic Soci­ety of Boston Trust, which owns both mosques, was named as a non-indicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foun­da­tion ter­ror­ism trial in Texas over the fun­nel­ing of money to Hamas, which is the Pales­tin­ian wing of the Mus­lim Brotherhood.

What both mosques have in com­mon is an affil­i­a­tion with the Mus­lim Amer­i­can Soci­ety, an orga­ni­za­tion founded in 1993 that describes itself as an Amer­i­can Islamic revival move­ment. It has also been described by fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in court as the “overt arm” of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, which calls for Islamic law and is the par­ent orga­ni­za­tion of Hamas, a U.S.-designated ter­ror group. . . .

. . . . The lead­er­ship of the two mosques is inter­twined and the ide­ol­ogy they teach is the same, Jacobs says. Ilya Feok­tis­tov, direc­tor of research at Amer­i­cans for Peace and Tol­er­ance, says much of the money to cre­ate the Boston mosque came not from local Mus­lims but from for­eign sources.

More than half of the $15.5 mil­lion used to found the Boston mosque came from Saudi sources, Feok­tis­tov said, who cites finan­cial doc­u­ments that Jacobs’ group obtained when the mosque sued it for defama­tion. The law­suit was later dropped. . . .

4b. We review the Alamoudi/Norquist/Rove/Bush nexus.

“Count­down with Keith Olber­man” for Oct. 23; MSNBC News; 10/23/2003.

JOHN LOFTUS: Well, you know, it’s a funny story. About a year-and-a half ago, peo­ple in the intel­li­gence com­mu­nity came and said-guys like Alam­oudi and Sami al-Arian and other ter­ror­ists weren’t being touched because they’d been ordered not to inves­ti­gate the cases, not to pros­e­cute them, because they were being funded by the Saudis and a polit­i­cal deci­sion was being made at the high­est lev­els, don’t do any­thing that would embar­rass the Saudi gov­ern­ment. So, of course I imme­di­ately vol­un­teered to do it and I filed a law­suit, against al-Arian charg­ing him with being a major ter­ror­ist for Islamic Jihad; most of his money came from Saudi char­i­ties in Virginia.

Now, Alamoudi’s head­quar­ters were in the same place, he was raided the same day, on March 20. An hour after I filed my law­suit, the U.S. gov­ern­ment finally got off its butt and they raided these offices. And, the stuff that they’re tak­ing out of there now is absolutely hor­ren­dous. Al-Arian has now, finally been indicted, along with Alam­oudi, today. But, who ws it that fixed the cases? How could these guys oper­ate for more than a decade immune from pros­e­cu­tion? And, the answer is com­ing out in a very strange place. What Alam­oudi and al-Arian have in com­mon is a guy named Grover Norquist. He’s the super lob­by­ist. Newt Gingrich’s guy, the one the NRA calls on, head of Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers. He is the guy that was hired by Alam­oudi to head up the Islamic insti­tute and he’s the reg­is­tered agent for Alam­oudi, per­son­ally, and for the Islamic Institute.

Grover Norquist’s best friend is Karl Rove, the White House chief of staff, and appar­ently Norquist was able to fix things. He got extreme right wing Mus­lim peo­ple to be the gate­keep­ers in the White House. That’s why mod­er­ate [Mus­lim] Amer­i­cans couldn’t speak out after 9/11. Mod­er­ate Mus­lims couldn’t get into the White House because Norquist’s friends were block­ing their access. . . . .

5a. A major focal point of Chech­nyan jihadism is in Boston, evolved from the Al Kifah orga­ni­za­tion, renamed CARE (not to be con­fused with the UN char­ity.) That milieu is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

“Boston’s Jihadist Past” by J.M. Berger; For­eign Pol­icy; 4/22/2013.

When Boston Marathon run­ners rounded the bend from Bea­con Street last week, they were in the home stretch of the race. As they poured through the closed inter­sec­tion, they ran past a non­de­script address: 510 Com­mon­wealth Avenue.

The loca­tion was once home to an inter­na­tional sup­port net­work that raised funds and recruited fight­ers for a jihadist insur­gency against Russ­ian rule over Chech­nya, a region and a con­flict that few of the run­ners had likely ever given any seri­ous thought. . . .

. . . . (The most impor­tant Chechen jihadist group has dis­avowed the attack, but has not unequiv­o­cally ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of some kind of con­tact with Tamerlan.) . . .

. . . But if the lead pans out, it won’t be Boston’s first brush with that far­away war. Dur­ing the 1980s and into the 1990s, Islamist for­eign fight­ers oper­ated robust recruit­ing and financ­ing net­works that sup­ported Chechen jihadists from the United States, and Boston was home to one of the most sig­nif­i­cant cen­ters: a branch of the Al Kifah Cen­ter based in Brook­lyn, which would later be rechris­tened CARE International.

Al Kifah sprang from the mil­i­tary jihad against the Sovi­ets in Afghanistan. Through the end of the occu­pa­tion, a net­work of cen­ters in the United States helped sup­port the efforts of Afghan and Arab muja­hedeen, solic­it­ing dona­tions and recruit­ing fight­ers, includ­ing at least four from Boston who died in action (one of them a for­mer Dunkin Donuts employee). When the war ended, those net­works did not dis­ap­pear; they refo­cused on other activities.

In Brook­lyn, that net­work turned against the United States. The center’s lead­ers and many of its mem­bers helped facil­i­tate the 1993 World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing, and they actively planned and attempted to exe­cute a sub­se­quent plot that sum­mer to blow up the Lin­coln and Hol­land Tun­nels in New York, which would have killed thousands. . . .

. . . . When the FBI thwarted the tun­nels plot, the Brook­lyn Al Kifah office and most of the other satel­lite loca­tions were shut­tered. But in Boston, the work con­tin­ued under a new name and with a new focus: sup­port­ing foreign-fighter efforts in Bosnia and Chechnya.

The fol­low­ing nar­ra­tive is derived from inter­views and thou­sands of pages of court exhibits, includ­ing cor­re­spon­dence, Al Kifah and CARE Inter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions, and tele­phone inter­cepts devel­oped over a years-long series of FBI inves­ti­ga­tions into the char­ity that were made pub­lic as part of mul­ti­ple terrorism-related prosecutions.

Estab­lished in the early 1990s, the Boston branch had emerged from the World Trade Cen­ter inves­ti­ga­tion rel­a­tively unscathed. Lit­tle more than two weeks after the bomb­ing, the head of the Boston office, Emad Muntasser, changed his operation’s name from Al Kifah to CARE Inter­na­tional (not to be con­fused with the legit­i­mate char­ity of the same name). . . .

. . . . It took longer to build a case against CARE. In 2005, pros­e­cu­tors in Boston went after the charity’s direc­tors using the Al Capone strat­egy. Muntasser and fel­low Boston-area CARE offi­cials Samir Al Monla and Muhamed Mubayyid were charged with fil­ing false tax returns and related crimes, hav­ing mis­rep­re­sented their polit­i­cal and mil­i­tant activ­ity as relief for orphans and wid­ows in order to obtain a non­profit tax exemption.

The strat­egy was not as suc­cess­ful as it was with Capone. The defen­dants were con­victed but received min­i­mal sen­tences after years of appeals and legal dis­putes. Muntasser and Al Monla have since been released from prison and are liv­ing in the United States, accord­ing to pub­lic records data­bases. Mubayyid was deported after a short sen­tence and was last reported to be liv­ing in Australia. . . .

5b. In turn, some of the Al Kifah/CARE oper­a­tives pur­sued by the gov­ern­ment were employ­ees of the PTech cor­po­ra­tion, that devel­oped crit­i­cal soft­ware for numer­ous fed­eral agen­cies with juris­dic­tion in the 9/11/21001 attacks.

As dis­cussed in FTR #467, PTech is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the over­lap­ping milieux of Oper­a­tion Green Quest and the Bank al-Taqwa.

“US Says Firm Hid Ter­ror­ist Saudi Backer: Shrews­bury Man Worked at P-Tech” by Lee Ham­mel; Worces­ter Telegram and Gazette; 7/19/2009.

. . . . He was con­victed Jan. 11, 2008, in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Boston after the Jus­tice Depart­ment alleged that he and two other offi­cers of Care Inter­na­tional — both for­mer Worces­ter res­i­dents — had ille­gally con­cealed from the gov­ern­ment that the char­ity sup­ported the world­wide Holy War and the muja­hedin who fight it.

Mr. Mubayyid, 44, was sen­tenced to 11 months in prison and fined $1,000 on charges of con­ceal­ing mate­r­ial facts from the gov­ern­ment, obstruct­ing the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, and three counts of fil­ing a false tax return.

Mr. Mubayyid has since been deported to Aus­tralia, where he had pre­vi­ously lived, accord­ing to his lawyer, Michael C. Andrews of Boston, who said that Mr. Mubayyid’s appeal to the 1st Cir­cuit Court of Appeals is pending.

The U.S. Attor­ney is appeal­ing the deci­sion of Judge F. Den­nis Say­lor IV to reverse jury con­vic­tions of Mr. Mubayyid’s codefendants—all of the charges against Samir Al-Monla of Brook­line and some of the charges against Emaded­din Z. Muntasser of Brain­tree, the two for­mer Worces­ter res­i­dents who were for­mer pres­i­dents of Care Inter­na­tional. Mr. Muntasser, a founder of Care Inter­na­tional, was sen­tenced to a year in prison and fined $10,000 for lying to an FBI agent. . . .

7. The FBI was requested to put the Tamerlan Tsarnaev on the terror watch list. We wonder if “Bandar Bush” or his current attorney (former FBI chief Louis Freeh) may have helped frustrate that effort.

“CIA Sought to Have Boston Bomb­ing Sus­pect put on Ter­ror­ist Watch List” by Greg Miller and Sari Hor­witz; Wash­ing­ton Post; 4/24/2013.

The CIA asked the main U.S. coun­tert­er­ror­ism agency to add the name of one of the sus­pected Boston Marathon bombers to a watch list more than a year before the attack, accord­ing to U.S. officials.

The agency took the step after Russ­ian author­i­ties con­tacted offi­cials there in the fall of 2011 and raised con­cerns that Tamer­lan Tsar­naev — who was killed last week in a con­fronta­tion with police — was seen as an increas­ingly rad­i­cal Islamist and could be plan­ning to travel over­seas. The CIA requested that his name be put on a data­base main­tained by the National Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Center.

That data­base, the Ter­ror­ist Iden­ti­ties Data­mart Envi­ron­ment, or TIDE, is a data store­house that feeds a series of gov­ern­ment watch lists, includ­ing the FBI’s main Ter­ror­ist Screen­ing Data­base and the Trans­porta­tion Secu­rity Administration’s “no-fly” list.

Offi­cials said Tsarnaev’s name was added to the data­base but it’s unclear which agency added it.

The CIA’s request came months after the FBI had closed a pre­lim­i­nary inquiry into Tsar­naev after get­ting a sim­i­lar inquiry about him from Russ­ian state secu­rity, accord­ing to offi­cials, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity because they were not autho­rized to dis­cuss the matter.

Law enforce­ment offi­cials said that the request to the FBI in 2011 orig­i­nated from fears by the Russ­ian gov­ern­ment that Tamer­lan was a threat to Rus­sia and would com­mit a ter­ror­ist act in Rus­sia — not the United States. The request came from Russ­ian fed­eral police to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

“There was a con­cern he might have some kind of ties to ter­ror­ism,” said FBI spokesman Paul Bres­son. “We did every­thing legally that we could do with the lit­tle bit of infor­ma­tion we had. After we did, we found no deroga­tory information.” . . . .

8. The pro­gram high­lights a fright­en­ing arti­cle about appar­ent U.S. sup­port for a Georgia-based jihadi con­fer­ence. (This article was a major element of discussion in FTR #710.) Rich with fos­sil fuels, the Cau­ca­sus region has long been the focal point of hos­tile activ­ity by for­eign inter­ests look­ing to secure those resources for them­selves, wrest­ing the area away from Rus­sia and/or the for­mer Soviet Union. In FTR #646, we looked at the Bush administration’s close national secu­rity con­nec­tions to the Geor­gian repub­lic, result­ing in a secu­rity agree­ment with that state, con­cluded on the eve of Obama’s inauguration.

One can but won­der if petro­leum con­stituen­cies in the West are look­ing to use Mus­lim Brotherhood-connected ele­ments to foment the inde­pen­dence of those regions. The areas are also piv­otal in the tran­sit of heroin, in addi­tion to logis­ti­cal sup­port for the war in Afghanistan.

In turn, it can be safely sur­mised that Rus­sia will not give these areas up. In past dis­cus­sions with Daniel Hop­sicker, we have noted the pres­ence of Russ­ian orga­nized crime fig­ures in the Huff­man Avi­a­tion milieu through which Mohammed Atta and other 9/11 hijack­ers infil­trated. The pos­si­bil­ity that Rus­sia might retal­i­ate by uti­liz­ing some of these crim­i­nal ele­ments is also one to be seri­ously considered.

“Gorin: More Details on the Georgia-Hosted Jihadi Con­fer­ence Emerge” by Julia Gorin; Jihad Watch; 4/12/2010.

An analy­sis pub­lished Mon­day by Defense & For­eign Affairs offers some cor­rob­o­ra­tion for the Georgia-hosted, U.S.-approved jihadi con­fab in Decem­ber, the men­tion of which seemed to upset some readers.

Here are the rel­e­vant excerpts from the 16-page analy­sis, which is subscription-only and there­fore not linkable:

Mean­while, Geor­gia is actively seek­ing to exploit the spread of jamaats [jihadist mini-societies] in the North Cau­ca­sus in order to go after the Russ­ian pipelines in hope of ensnar­ing the US into actively sup­port­ing a new con­fronta­tion with Rus­sia. In early Decem­ber 2009, Tbil­isi orga­nized a high-level meet­ing of jihadists groups from the Mid­dle East and West­ern Europe in order “to coor­di­nate activ­i­ties on Russia’s south­ern flank.” The Geor­gian Embassy in Kuwait, for exam­ple, arranged for travel doc­u­ments for jihadists from Jor­dan, Saudi Ara­bia and the Gulf States. (There is a large and very active Chechen/Circassian com­mu­nity in Jor­dan since the 19th Cen­tury that is heav­ily rep­re­sented in the intel­li­gence ser­vices and the mil­i­tary.) In Tbil­isi, Deputy Min­is­ter of Inter­nal Affairs Lord­kipanadze was the host and coor­di­na­tor. The meet­ing was attended by sev­eral Geor­gian senior offi­cials who stressed that Saakashvili him­self knew and approved of the under­tak­ing. The meet­ing addressed the launch of both “mil­i­tary oper­a­tions” in south­ern Rus­sia and ide­o­log­i­cal war­fare. One of the first results of the meet­ing was the launch, soon after­wards of the Russian-language TV sta­tion First Caucasian.

The jihadists of the North Cau­ca­sus — includ­ing the Arab com­man­ders in their midst — came out of the early Decem­ber 2009 meet­ing con­vinced that Tbil­isi is most inter­ested in the spread of ter­ror­ism. The meet­ing was attended by, among oth­ers, Mohmad Muham­mad Shabaan, an Egypt­ian senior com­man­der who is also known as Seif al-Islam and who has been involved in Cau­ca­sus affairs since 1992. He took copi­ous notes. Accord­ing to Shabaan’s notes, the Geor­gian gov­ern­ment wants the jihadists to con­duct “acts of sab­o­tage to blow up rail­way tracks, elec­tric­ity lines and energy pipelines” in south­ern Rus­sia in order to divert con­struc­tion back to Geor­gian territory.

Geor­gian intel­li­gence promised to facil­i­tate the arrival in the Cau­ca­sus of numer­ous senior jihadists by pro­vid­ing Geor­gian pass­ports, and to pro­vide logis­ti­cal sup­port includ­ing the reopen­ing of bases in north­ern Geor­gia. Russ­ian intel­li­gence was not obliv­i­ous of the meet­ing. Seif al-Islam and two senior aides were assas­si­nated on Feb­ru­ary 4, 2010. The Rus­sians retrieved a lot of doc­u­ments in the process. Moscow sig­naled its dis­plea­sure shortly after­wards when the pres­i­dents of Rus­sia and Abk­hazia signed a 50-year agree­ment on a Russ­ian mil­i­tary base in order to “pro­tect Abkhazia’s sov­er­eignty and secu­rity, includ­ing against inter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups”.

A major issue still to be resolved is the extent of the US culpability.

The same analy­sis recalls when this mis­guided approach was used in the Balkans, and out­lines how, in order to not alien­ate Mus­lims while we tried to con­tain ter­ror from the Mid­dle East, we for­ti­fied ter­ror in the Balkans and jump-started the global jihad:

Ini­tially, the US-led West­ern inter­ven­tion in the for­mer Yugoslavia was aimed first and fore­most to sal­vage NATO (and with it US dom­i­nance over post-Cold War West­ern Europe) from irrel­e­vance and col­lapse. As well, the sup­port for the Mus­lims of Bosnia became the counter-balance of the US con­fronta­tion with jihadism in the Mid­dle East. Anthony Lake, US Pres­i­dent Bill Clinton’s National Secu­rity Adviser, for­mu­lated the logic for the US-led inter­ven­tion on behalf of the Mus­lims. The US national inter­est “requires our work­ing to con­tain Mus­lim extrem­ism, and we have to find a way of being firm in our oppo­si­tion to Mus­lim extrem­ism while mak­ing it clear we’re not opposed to Islam. If we are seen as anti-Muslim, it’s harder for us to con­tain Mus­lim extrem­ism. And if we stand by while Mus­lims are killed and raped in Bosnia, it makes it harder to con­tinue our pol­icy,” Lake argued. That in the process the US would end up part­ner­ing with, sup­port­ing and arm­ing, the very same jihadist forces Clin­ton was seek­ing to con­tain meant noth­ing to Wash­ing­ton. The only thing Wash­ing­ton cared about was the image of a US ral­ly­ing to the res­cue of a Mus­lim cause.

Note that in the 90s the U.S., like Britain, per­mit­ted and facil­i­tated ter­ror­ist net­works to oper­ate in Bosnia and Kosovo for the pur­pose of Serb-killing, and along with Ger­many we trained Alban­ian and Mid­dle East­ern ter­ror­ists in Alba­nia. Sure enough, the same decade saw U.S. offi­cials par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Decem­ber 1999 meet­ing in Azer­bai­jan very sim­i­lar to the Decem­ber 2009 meet­ing in Tbil­isi, where “pro­grams for the train­ing and equip­ping of muja­hedin from the Cau­ca­sus, Cen­tral and South Asia, and the Arab world were dis­cussed and agreed upon.” The men­tion of this meet­ing comes in as the analy­sis gives back­ground on how we decided to sup­port ter­ror­ism against Russia:

By 1999, the US had given up on rec­on­cil­ing Azer­bai­jan and Arme­nia in order to con­struct pipelines to Turkey, and instead Wash­ing­ton started focus­ing on build­ing pipelines via Geor­gia.

For such a project to be eco­nom­i­cally viable, the Russ­ian pipelines would have to be shut down. Hence, in early Octo­ber 1999, senior offi­cials of US oil com­pa­nies and US offi­cials offered rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Russ­ian “oli­garchs” in Europe huge div­i­dends from the pro­posed Baku-Ceyhan pipeline if the “oli­garchs” con­vinced Moscow to with­draw from the Cau­ca­sus, per­mit the estab­lish­ment of an Islamic state, and close down the Baku-Novorossiysk oil pipeline. Con­se­quently, there would be no com­pe­ti­tion to the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. The “oli­garchs” were con­vinced that the high­est lev­els of the Clin­ton White House endorsed this ini­tia­tive. The meet­ing failed because the Rus­sians would hear noth­ing of the US proposal.

Con­se­quently, the US deter­mined to deprive Rus­sia of an alter­nate pipeline route by sup­port­ing a spi­ral­ing vio­lence and ter­ror­ism in Chechnya….The Clin­ton White House sought to actively involve the US in yet another anti-Russian jihad as if reliv­ing the “good ol’ days” of Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, seek­ing to sup­port and empower the most vir­u­lent anti-Western Islamist forces in yet another strate­gic region.

In mid-December 1999, US offi­cials par­tic­i­pated in a for­mal meet­ing in Azer­bai­jan in which spe­cific pro­grams for the train­ing and equip­ping of muja­hedin from the Cau­ca­sus, Cen­tral and South Asia, and the Arab world were dis­cussed and agreed upon. This meet­ing led to Washington’s tacit encour­age­ment of both Mus­lim allies (mainly the intel­li­gence ser­vices of Turkey, Jor­dan, and Saudi Ara­bia) and US “pri­vate secu­rity com­pa­nies” (of the type that did Washington’s dirty job in the Balkans while skirt­ing and vio­lat­ing the inter­na­tional embargo the US for­mally sup­ported) to assist the Chechens and their Islamist allies to surge in spring 2000. Cit­ing secu­rity con­cerns vis-à-vis Arme­nia and Rus­sia, Azer­bai­jan adamantly refused to per­mit train­ing camps on its soil.

Now, just to keep our — includ­ing my — heads straight, let’s remind our­selves that this exer­cise that Robert Spencer was good enough to let me engage in on these pages was not a defense of Rus­sia; it was not meant to start an argu­ment about how bad or how not-that-bad Rus­sia is. The point is that for­eign rela­tions in a mad world require find­ing enough com­mon ground with not-so-great states so that we can work together where we can work together. It’s to min­i­mize the messi­ness of things. Why, when we had Rus­sia in its his­tor­i­cally most maleable form, did we insist on pro­vok­ing and pro­vok­ing and pro­vok­ing? Why did we make a bad sit­u­a­tion like Rus­sia worse when we had an oppor­tu­nity to make it bet­ter? As with all prob­lem­atic coun­tries that we nonethe­less find areas of coop­er­a­tion with, we nar­rowed even those areas by deal­ing with the Rus­sians in the bad faith that had been their trade­mark. Simul­ta­ne­ously, we moved away from pick­ing the lesser evil in a given con­flict, and started sid­ing with the greater.

It’s a sur­real sit­u­a­tion indeed when the actions of my sav­ior coun­try put me in the posi­tion of hav­ing to “defend” Rus­sia, whose peo­ple my par­ents thank their lucky stars to not have to live among any­more. I myself am a self-proclaimed Rus­so­phobe; I just had no idea how much more patho­log­i­cal America’s Rus­so­pho­bia is. So for some­one who is loath to visit even Brighton Beach, I find myself in a sur­pris­ing posi­tion here, point­ing out where we went wrong and shoved Rus­sia back into old behaviors.

Infu­ri­at­ingly pre­dictably, one of the com­ment posters sug­gested that the line I’m tak­ing here is one that’s paid for by Rus­sia. The same “tip” was offered to Robert by a fel­low blog­ger — in that tone of pro­vid­ing “some friendly, pro­fes­sional, and cau­tion­ary advice.” The likes of which I’m all too famil­iar with by now. (One Wall St. Jour­nal fix­ture advised me, “Your views on this [the Balkans] are deeply misjudged…You’re not doing your career any favors.” Thanks. Good thing I don’t have a career, then.) It cer­tainly would be nice if any­one paid me for any­thing I do, but it wasn’t to be in this lifetime.

Regard­less, it shouldn’t seem strange for some­one to be point­ing out that our for­eign pol­icy is being guided by peo­ple with a stronger anti-Russian agenda than anti-jihad agenda. And notice where this kind of think­ing has got­ten us. Take the past two decades of West­ern pol­icy and media cov­er­age in the Balkans, which were based on infor­ma­tion that made its way into reporters’ note­books directly from the Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion of the Bosn­ian Gov­ern­ment run by the fun­da­men­tal­ist Mus­lim wartime pres­i­dent Alija Izetbe­govic. The tem­plate was used again when politi­cians, reporters, NGOs and human rights orga­ni­za­tions duti­fully repeated what was com­ing out of the KLA-run news­pa­pers and other pro­pa­ganda organs of the Kosovo sep­a­ratists. And so in ser­vice to con­sis­tency, hav­ing got­ten into this hole, we’ve kept dig­ging. With our Yugoslavia inter­ven­tion, as the Defense & For­eign Affairs analy­sis points out, we’ve ended up “demo­niz­ing the Serbs and the world of East­ern Chris­tian­ity as a whole.” Such that we’ve arrived at a place where the word “Byzan­tine” is now used to mean prim­i­tive or unciv­i­lized. While the Mus­lim world and Islamic her­itage rep­re­sent the height of cul­ture, tra­di­tion, her­itage and civilization.

One inter­est­ing thing about the reac­tions to call­ing the U.S. on its aggres­sive alien­ation of Rus­sia via, for exam­ple, the use of jihadists is the sense of out­rage and shock at the sug­ges­tion that Amer­ica would sup­port these vio­lent groups, fol­lowed imme­di­ately by a defense or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of such tac­tics (e.g. “we *should* help the Chechens against the Rus­sians”). Mean­while, these oh-so-incendiary alle­ga­tions hap­pen to coin­cide with overtly stated inten­tions and poli­cies. (See the late Sen­a­tor Tom Lan­tos and his ilk applaud­ing the cre­ation of a U.S.-made Mus­lim state in Europe, which the jihadists should “take note of,” Lan­tos hoped.) . . .

9. Prince Bandar–nicknamed Bandar Bush because of his close relationship to the Bush clan–is now the head of Saudi intelligence. In discussions to persuade President Putin to drop his support for the Assad regime in Syria, Bandar noted that the Chechen guerillas who had threatened the Olympics in Sochi were “controlled by us.” The remark might be construed as a veiled threat.

This would appear to negate Brian Glyn Williams’ statement excerpted above.

In light of Bandar’s alleged statement about the Chechen jihadists, we wonder if a Saudi national injured in the Boston attack was really the “witness” he was alleged to be.

“REPORT: The Saudis Offered Mafia-Style ‘Pro­tec­tion’ Against Ter­ror­ist Attacks At Sochi Olympics” by Geof­frey Inger­soll; Busi­ness Insider; 8/27/2013.

. . . . Buried inside a Tele­graph post about secret Russ­ian and Saudi talks was a strange passive-aggressive alleged quote from the Saudi head of intel­li­gence about ter­ror­ist attacks at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

The talks — divulged in leaked doc­u­ments — were allegedly about an oil deal that would sta­bi­lize Russia’s mar­kets, if Saudi Ara­bia cur­tailed the amount of oil it put on the global mar­ket. In exchange for their global price fix­ing — the Tele­graph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writes that Rus­sia “relies on an oil price near $100 to fund the bud­get” — Rus­sia would back off its sup­port for Assad.

But there was a threat allegedly hid­den in there right along with the fruit.

From The Tele­graph [empha­sis theirs]:

[Saudi intel chief] Prince Ban­dar [bin Sul­tan] pledged to safe­guard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is top­pled, but he also hinted at Chechen ter­ror­ist attacks on Russia’s Win­ter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. “I can give you a guar­an­tee to pro­tect the Win­ter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the secu­rity of the games are con­trolled by us,” he allegedly said.

Along with Saudi offi­cials, the US allegedly gave the Saudi intel­li­gence chief the thumbs up to con­duct these talks with Rus­sia, which comes as no sur­prise. Ban­dar is American-educated, both mil­i­tary and col­le­giate, served as a highly influ­en­tial Saudi Ambas­sador to the U.S., and the CIA totally loves the guy. . . .

10. We note that Tamer­lan Tsar­naev was in possession of white-supremacist, far right-wing lit­er­a­ture and was appar­ently influ­enced by it. We have seen col­lab­o­ra­tion between white supremacists/neo-Nazis and Islamists before.

This appears to indicate that the elder Tsarnaev–perhaps both–had gravitated to the Third Position.

“Tamer­lan Tsar­naev Had Right-wing Extrem­ist Lit­er­a­ture” by Hilary Ander­s­son;  BBC News; 8/5/2013.

One of the broth­ers sus­pected of car­ry­ing out the Boston bomb­ings was in pos­ses­sion of right-wing Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture in the run-up to the attack, BBC Panorama has learnt.

Tamer­lan Tsar­naev sub­scribed to pub­li­ca­tions espous­ing white supremacy and gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy theories.

He also had read­ing mate­r­ial on mass killings.

Until now the Tsar­naev broth­ers were widely per­ceived as just self-styled rad­i­cal jihadists.

Panorama has spent months speak­ing exclu­sively with friends of the bombers to try to under­stand the roots of their radicalisation.

‘Gov­ern­ment conspiracies’

The pro­gramme dis­cov­ered that Tamer­lan Tsar­naev pos­sessed arti­cles which argued that both 9/11 and the 1995 Okla­homa City bomb­ing were gov­ern­ment conspiracies.

Another in his pos­ses­sion was about “the rape of our gun rights”.

Read­ing mate­r­ial he had about white supremacy com­mented that “Hitler had a point”.

Tamer­lan Tsar­naev also had lit­er­a­ture which explored what moti­vated mass killings and noted how the per­pe­tra­tors mur­dered and maimed calmly.

There was also mate­r­ial about US drones killing civil­ians, and about the plight of those still impris­oned in Guan­tanamo Bay. . . .

11. Fur­ther reportage on Tsarnaev’s Nazi/white supremacy links reveals that among the influ­ences on him was “The Amer­i­can Free Press,” pub­lished by Willis Carto. (See text excerpts below.) Carto is best known as the edi­tor of The Spot­light, a neo-Nazi news­pa­per that achieved con­sid­er­able cir­cu­la­tion. Carto has been alleged to have been the ghost­writer for Eddie the Friendly Spook’s Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of choice Ron Paul.

Note, also, the appar­ent influ­ence of the “Zeit­geist” film on Tsar­naev. A fas­cist “Truther” film, it is filled with Jew­ish banker con­spir­acy the­o­ries and exem­pli­fies the sort of fas­cist ide­ol­ogy that has influ­enced the so-called Truther move­ment. Jared Lee Laugh­ner also appears to have been influ­enced by the film.

“Boston Bomb­ing Sus­pect Was Steeped in Con­spir­a­cies” by Allan Culli­son; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 8/6/2013.

Extrem­ist U.S. news­pa­pers and other pub­li­ca­tions found in the apart­ment of Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect Tamer­lan Tsar­naev reveal a broad inter­est in far-flung con­spir­acy the­o­ries, well beyond the Islamist rad­i­cal­ism author­i­ties allege moti­vated the attack.

Mr. Tsar­naev dis­cov­ered some of the rad­i­cal pub­li­ca­tions by chance. He had worked car­ing for a 67-year-old man who passed on the news­pa­pers and his fringe beliefs long before Mr. Tsar­naev and his brother allegedly set off explo­sives that killed three peo­ple and injured hun­dreds more. . . .

. . . .

Mr. Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubei­dat Tsar­naev, had tried to make ends meet for her fam­ily by work­ing as a home health aide after the fam­ily arrived in the U.S. in 2003. One of her clients in 2010 was Don­ald Lark­ing of New­ton, Mass., who was dis­abled after he was shot in the face nearly 40 years ago in the rob­bery of a con­ve­nience store where he worked.

Mr. Lark­ing mirac­u­lously sur­vived, but peo­ple close to the fam­ily said his fac­ul­ties didn’t. He was intrigued with far-flung con­spir­a­cies, they said. He sub­scribed to news­pa­pers and jour­nals that doubted the Holo­caust and described the attacks of Sept. 11, Okla­homa City and the New­town school as plots by unseen elites, and the U.S. and Israeli governments. . . .

. . . .  The papers included The First Free­dom, an Alabama-based news­pa­per that espouses “equal rights for whites” and whose web­sites fea­tures a Con­fed­er­ate flag. Another was The Sov­er­eign, a New York-based pub­li­ca­tion that alleges the U.S. is under the sway of Israeli lob­by­ists, and that Israel and the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity were “deeply involved” in the Boston bomb­ings. Nei­ther paper returned requests for comment.

Mr. Tsar­naev got his own sub­scrip­tion to Amer­i­can Free Press, a paper that the South­ern Law Poverty Cen­ter said pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. A spokes­woman for the paper denied it had such an agenda, say­ing the paper pub­lishes “news that the estab­lished media won’t.” She con­firmed that some­one bought Mr. Tsar­naev a “get acquainted” 16-week sub­scrip­tion in Decem­ber. It expired in April, at about the time of the Boston Marathon attack. . . .

. . . . His for­mer brother-in-law, Elmzira Khozhugov, said Mr. Tsar­naev in 2008 was seek­ing out a copy of the Pro­to­cols. That year he took a sharp turn toward Islam, drop­ping his box­ing career and telling friends and fam­ily that it was un-Islamic to punch any­one in the face, fam­ily and friends said.

Mr. Khozhugov recalled how that year Mr. Tsar­naev vis­ited him at col­lege in Wash­ing­ton state and they spent a week together. They watched the movie “Zeit­geist,” which called the Sept. 11 attacks a plot of power-hungry elites against the U.S.

Mr. Tsar­naev was inter­ested in the so-called techno-utopian Zeit­geist move­ment, whose adher­ents believe in the com­ing col­lapse of money-based soci­ety and the advan­tages of an econ­omy man­aged by com­put­ers inca­pable of corruption. . . .

12. Within hours of the Boston bombing, an attack onPG & E power substation took place, with indications that it, too, was a terrorist attack.

We wonder if this indicates a manifestation of the “Leaderless Resistance” strategy embraced by Nazi and white-supremacist groups.

“Assault on Cal­i­for­nia Power Sta­tion Raises Alarm on Poten­tial for Ter­ror­ism” by Rebecca Smith; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 2/4/2013.

The attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16 last year, when some­one slipped into an under­ground vault not far from a busy free­way and cut tele­phone cables.

Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tion. Shoot­ing for 19 min­utes, they sur­gi­cally knocked out 17 giant trans­form­ers that fun­nel power to Sil­i­con Val­ley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shoot­ers dis­ap­peared into the night.

To avoid a black­out, electric-grid offi­cials rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Sil­i­con Val­ley to pro­duce more elec­tric­ity. But it took util­ity work­ers 27 days to make repairs and bring the sub­sta­tion back to life.

Nobody has been arrested or charged in the attack at PG&E Corp.‘s Met­calf trans­mis­sion sub­sta­tion. It is an inci­dent of which few Amer­i­cans are aware. But one for­mer fed­eral reg­u­la­tor is call­ing it a ter­ror­ist act that, if it were widely repli­cated across the coun­try, could take down the U.S. elec­tric grid and black out much of the country.

The attack was “the most sig­nif­i­cant inci­dent of domes­tic ter­ror­ism involv­ing the grid that has ever occurred” in the U.S., said Jon Welling­hoff, who was chair­man of the Fed­eral Energy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion at the time.

The Wall Street Jour­nal assem­bled a chronol­ogy of the Met­calf attack from fil­ings PG&E made to state and fed­eral reg­u­la­tors; from other doc­u­ments includ­ing a video released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Depart­ment; and from inter­views, includ­ing with Mr. Welling­hoff.
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Q&A: What You Need to Know About Attacks on the U.S. Power Grid

The 64-year-old Nevadan, who was appointed to FERC in 2006 by Pres­i­dent George W. Bush and stepped down in Novem­ber, said he gave closed-door, high-level brief­ings to fed­eral agen­cies, Con­gress and the White House last year. As months have passed with­out arrests, he said, he has grown increas­ingly con­cerned that an even larger attack could be in the works. He said he was going pub­lic about the inci­dent out of con­cern that national secu­rity is at risk and crit­i­cal electric-grid sites aren’t ade­quately protected.

The Fed­eral Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion doesn’t think a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion caused the Met­calf attack, said a spokesman for the FBI in San Fran­cisco. Inves­ti­ga­tors are “con­tin­u­ing to sift through the evi­dence,” he said.

Some peo­ple in the util­ity indus­try share Mr. Wellinghoff’s con­cerns, includ­ing a for­mer offi­cial at PG&E, Metcalf’s owner, who told an indus­try gath­er­ing in Novem­ber he feared the inci­dent could have been a dress rehearsal for a larger event.

“This wasn’t an inci­dent where Billy-Bob and Joe decided, after a few brewskis, to come in and shoot up a sub­sta­tion,” Mark John­son, retired vice pres­i­dent of trans­mis­sion for PG&E, told the util­ity secu­rity con­fer­ence, accord­ing to a video of his pre­sen­ta­tion. “This was an event that was well thought out, well planned and they tar­geted cer­tain com­po­nents.” When reached, Mr. John­son declined to com­ment further.

A spokesman for PG&E said the com­pany takes all inci­dents seri­ously but declined to dis­cuss the Met­calf event in detail for fear of giv­ing infor­ma­tion to poten­tial copy­cats. “We won’t spec­u­late about the motives” of the attack­ers, added the spokesman, Brian Swan­son. He said PG&E has increased secu­rity measures.

Util­ity exec­u­tives and fed­eral energy offi­cials have long wor­ried that the elec­tric grid is vul­ner­a­ble to sab­o­tage. That is in part because the grid, which is really three sys­tems serv­ing dif­fer­ent areas of the U.S., has failed when small prob­lems such as trees hit­ting trans­mis­sion lines cre­ated cas­cad­ing black­outs. One in 2003 knocked out power to 50 mil­lion peo­ple in the East­ern U.S. and Canada for days.

Many of the system’s most impor­tant com­po­nents sit out in the open, often in remote loca­tions, pro­tected by lit­tle more than cam­eras and chain-link fences.

Trans­mis­sion sub­sta­tions are crit­i­cal links in the grid. They make it pos­si­ble for elec­tric­ity to move long dis­tances, and serve as hubs for inter­sect­ing power lines.

Within a sub­sta­tion, trans­form­ers raise the volt­age of elec­tric­ity so it can travel hun­dreds of miles on high-voltage lines, or reduce volt­ages when elec­tric­ity approaches its des­ti­na­tion. The Met­calf sub­sta­tion func­tions as an off-ramp from power lines for elec­tric­ity head­ing to homes and busi­nesses in Sil­i­con Valley.

The country’s roughly 2,000 very large trans­form­ers are expen­sive to build, often cost­ing mil­lions of dol­lars each, and hard to replace. Each is cus­tom made and weighs up to 500,000 pounds, and “I can only build 10 units a month,” said Den­nis Blake, gen­eral man­ager of Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­former in Pitts­burgh, one of seven U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ers. The util­ity indus­try keeps some spares on hand.

A 2009 Energy Depart­ment report said that “phys­i­cal dam­age of cer­tain sys­tem com­po­nents (e.g. extra-high-voltage trans­form­ers) on a large scale…could result in pro­longed out­ages, as pro­cure­ment cycles for these com­po­nents range from months to years.”

Mr. Welling­hoff said a FERC analy­sis found that if a sur­pris­ingly small num­ber of U.S. sub­sta­tions were knocked out at once, that could desta­bi­lize the sys­tem enough to cause a black­out that could encom­pass most of the U.S.

Not every­one is so pes­simistic. Gerry Cauley, chief exec­u­tive of the North Amer­ica Elec­tric Reli­a­bil­ity Corp., a standards-setting group that reports to FERC, said he thinks the grid is more resilient than Mr. Welling­hoff fears.

“I don’t want to down­play the sce­nario he describes,” Mr. Cauley said. “I’ll agree it’s pos­si­ble from a tech­ni­cal assess­ment.” But he said that even if sev­eral sub­sta­tions went down, the vast major­ity of peo­ple would have their power back in a few hours.

The util­ity indus­try has been focused on Inter­net attacks, wor­ry­ing that hack­ers could take down the grid by dis­abling com­mu­ni­ca­tions and impor­tant pieces of equip­ment. Com­pa­nies have reported 13 cyber inci­dents in the past three years, accord­ing to a Wall Street Jour­nal analy­sis of emer­gency reports util­i­ties file with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. There have been no reports of major out­ages linked to these events, although com­pa­nies have gen­er­ally declined to pro­vide details.

“A lot of peo­ple in the elec­tric indus­try have been dis­tracted by cyber­se­cu­rity threats,” said Stephen Berberich, chief exec­u­tive of the Cal­i­for­nia Inde­pen­dent Sys­tem Oper­a­tor, which runs much of the high-voltage trans­mis­sion sys­tem for the util­i­ties. He said that phys­i­cal attacks pose a “big, if not big­ger” menace.

There were 274 sig­nif­i­cant instances of van­dal­ism or delib­er­ate dam­age in the three years, and more than 700 weather-related prob­lems, accord­ing to the Journal’s analysis.

Until the Met­calf inci­dent, attacks on U.S. util­ity equip­ment were mostly linked to metal thieves, dis­grun­tled employ­ees or bored hunters, who some­times took pot­shots at small trans­form­ers on util­ity poles to see what hap­pens. (Answer: a small explo­sion fol­lowed by an outage.)

Last year, an Arkansas man was charged with mul­ti­ple attacks on the power grid, includ­ing set­ting fire to a switch­ing sta­tion. He has pleaded not guilty and is under­go­ing a psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion, accord­ing to fed­eral court records.

Over­seas, ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions were linked to 2,500 attacks on trans­mis­sion lines or tow­ers and at least 500 on sub­sta­tions from 1996 to 2006, accord­ing to a Jan­u­ary report from the Elec­tric Power Research Insti­tute, an industry-funded research group, which cited State Depart­ment data.

To some, the Met­calf inci­dent has lifted the dis­cus­sion of seri­ous U.S. grid attacks beyond the the­o­ret­i­cal. “The breadth and depth of the attack was unprece­dented” in the U.S., said Rich Lor­dan, senior tech­ni­cal exec­u­tive for the Elec­tric Power Research Insti­tute. The moti­va­tion, he said, “appears to be prepa­ra­tion for an act of war.”

The attack lasted slightly less than an hour, accord­ing to the chronol­ogy assem­bled by the Journal.

In a news release, PG&E said the sub­sta­tion had been hit by van­dals. It has since con­firmed 17 trans­form­ers were knocked out.

Mr. Welling­hoff, then chair­man of FERC, said that after he heard about the scope of the attack, he flew to Cal­i­for­nia, bring­ing with him experts from the U.S. Navy’s Dahlgren Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter in Vir­ginia, which trains Navy SEALs. After walk­ing the site with PG&E offi­cials and FBI agents, Mr. Welling­hoff said, the mil­i­tary experts told him it looked like a pro­fes­sional job.

In addi­tion to fingerprint-free shell cas­ings, they pointed out small piles of rocks, which they said could have been left by an advance scout to tell the attack­ers where to get the best shots.

“They said it was a tar­get­ing pack­age just like they would put together for an attack,” Mr. Welling­hoff said.

Mr. Welling­hoff, now a law part­ner at Stoel Rives LLP in San Fran­cisco, said he arranged a series of meet­ings in the fol­low­ing weeks to let other fed­eral agen­cies, includ­ing the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity, know what hap­pened and to enlist their help. He held a closed-door meet­ing with util­ity exec­u­tives in San Fran­cisco in June and has dis­trib­uted lists of things util­i­ties should do to strengthen their defenses.

A spokesman for Home­land Secu­rity said it is up to util­i­ties to pro­tect the grid. The department’s role in an emer­gency is to con­nect fed­eral agen­cies and local police and facil­i­tate infor­ma­tion shar­ing, the spokesman said.

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  1. Regarding the Metcalf power plant attack, here’s another unexplained incident that took place at 2 am on April 21, 2013 at a Tennessee nuclear plant:

    WBIR
    Shots fired at TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant
    11:26 PM, Apr 21, 2013

    Update 6:30 p.m.

    A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m.

    The security incident happened on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area, which houses its reactor and power production facilities.

    TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property. When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat.

    “We’ve seen instances where everyday events can be used by those who want to do harm, we all need to be on the lookout for unusual events and then respond appropriately when those things happen,” said Hopson.

    At least one bullet struck the patrol vehicle, but the officer was not injured in the incident.

    TVA officials labeled the incident as an “unusual event,” which is the lowest level of its four emergency classifications.

    In a press release, TVA confirmed the area was under a heighten level of security until about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Plant officials said the incident didn’t threaten the plant’s security.

    FBI, TVA and NRC officials are investigating the incident, and authorities have not named a suspect at this time.

    NRC staff from its Atlanta office are monitoring the event, along with its resident inspector who responded to the site.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 17, 2014, 6:24 pm
  2. A picture is emerging of Mohammod Abdulazeez, the militant Islamist radical who murdered four marines and a sailor during two attacks on Chattanooga military recruitment offices on Thursday. And, not surprisingly for someone that grew up in the US but came from a deeply fundamentalist family, it’s a a rather conflicted picture: Abdulazeez was arrested for a DUI back in April and was due to appear in court July 30th and, by some accounts, his turn towards religious militancy started after the arrest. But On the other hand, it appears that Abdulazeez made multiple trips to Jordan and according to some that knew him, those trips changed him. , according to some that knew while others say nothing changed.

    So, like many of these cases where someone unexpectedly goes on a violent religious/ideological/cult-inspired murder spree after adopting a simple-minded approach to life and morality, it’s a complicated situation:

    The New York Times
    Family Troubles Before Killings in Chattanooga

    By RICHARD FAUSSET and MANNY FERNANDEZ
    JULY 18, 2015

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — It was a quiet spring night in East Tennessee when a police officer noticed the old gray Toyota Camry rolling slowly through the downtown streets, swerving out of its lane and stopping for green lights.

    Mohammod Abdulazeez — a dark-haired 24-year-old, about six feet tall with a sturdy wrestler’s build — was asked to step out of the car. A second officer who had arrived noticed, according to court records, that Mr. Abdulazeez’s eyelids were droopy, that he smelled of alcohol and marijuana, and that a “white powdery substance” was dusted around his nostrils. Mr. Abdulazeez told them that he had snorted crushed caffeine.

    Less than three months after the April 20 drunken driving arrest that followed this traffic stop, Mr. Abdulazeez would exhort readers of his blog to put their “desires to the side” so that Allah might guide them “to what is right.” And on Thursday, the authorities say, he fatally shot four Marines and a Navy petty officer here, then died in a gun battle with the police. The sailor, Petty Officer Second Class Randall Smith, 26, died early Saturday. Petty Officer Smith, a logistics specialist in the Navy, suffered three gunshot wounds and underwent surgery after the attack.

    In the aftermath of the shootings, many of the people who knew Mr. Abdulazeez — classmates, neighbors, fellow athletes, fellow Muslims — spoke of the nimble way he and his Chattanooga-area family navigated both the secular, suburban world here and the more conservative reality of the Middle East, where he was born and his parents, Jordanians of Palestinian descent, still have relatives.

    But there were also problems in their lives, and tensions among them, that roiled their existence beyond neighbors’ sight. A July 30 court date for the D.U.I. charge loomed over Mr. Abdulazeez, even as he calmly attended prayer services at the local mosque. Mr. Abdulazeez was dismissed from a job at an Ohio nuclear plant in 2013 just 10 days after starting, possibly after failing a drug test.

    Nearly a decade ago, his father was added to, then eventually dropped from, a terrorist watch list after the authorities began an investigation, later closed without charges, into whether he had given money to an organization with possible ties to Hamas. In what might have been a wry reference to that investigation, the son wrote on his high school yearbook page: “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?”

    And soon after Mr. Abdulazeez’s high school graduation, court records say, his mother sought a divorce in early 2009, alleging that her husband physically abused her and their children and, citing Islamic law, wanted to take a second wife. The couple, now married over 30 years, reconciled.

    Federal authorities said they were in the early stages of an investigation and had yet to ascribe a motive to the shootings or find evidence of ties to terrorist groups. They were looking closely at the young man’s overseas travel, which included several trips to Jordan and Kuwait, where he had relatives, most recently for seven months last year.

    But while Mr. Abdulazeez had been trained to fire a gun by his father and had talked recently on his blog of submitting to Allah, friends, neighbors and fellow worshipers said they had not seen evidence of radicalization. Their most enduring image is of an accomplished family that, in this city of increasing diversity, seemed to be fitting in.

    “If I were his dad, I would be trying to find out who radicalized my child,” said Charles Jones, a neighbor. “Somebody got to that young man somewhere.”

    For 14 years, Mr. Abdulazeez’s parents, Youssuf and Rasmia raised their five children in Colonial Shores, a handsome, middle-class subdivision in Hixson, Tenn., near the banks of the Tennessee River.

    Mr. Jones and his wife, Karen, who have lived next door to the family for all that time, said that when they invited the family to their home for dinner, they responded in kind. And when the Joneses were struggling to remove an old hot tub from their deck, Mohammod and a friend “just walked over and volunteered to help.”

    The elder Mr. Abdulazeez is a soil engineering specialist in Chattanooga’s Public Works Department. But he often worked weekends selling cosmetics and perfumes at a flea market, neighbors said, causing him to neglect his overgrown lawn. A regular at prayer services at the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, which includes a popular mosque on the east side of town, he said on his Facebook page that he was from Nablus, a town in the West Bank; United States officials confirmed that he and his wife are of Palestinian descent. Citizens of Jordan, the couple also lived in Kuwait, where Mohammod was born in 1990.

    Dean McDaniel, who lives two houses down from the family’s aging, two-story, light-green house, said two of Mohammod’s sisters wore headscarves in the traditional Muslim style and babysat for his children.

    He also joined the wrestling team and proved his talent. In an interview with CNN, his coach, Kevin Emily, called him “one of the guys” who would occasionally miss practice for religious reasons, and whose parents often showed up to cheer him on.

    Mr. Jones said the father taught the son to shoot with pellet and BB gun practice sessions in the backyard, sometimes using bottles and cast-iron pans as targets. Youssuf came by to ask Mr. Jones if he would mind.

    “He says, ‘In my country, every young man of age has a gun,’ ” Mr. Jones recalled. “I said, ‘OK.’ He says, ‘My son and I, I want to teach him to shoot a gun.’ ”

    Mr. Jones said father, son and friends had most recently practiced last week.

    Mr. Jones would often tell Youssuf Adbulazeez that he must be proud of the accomplishments of his son and four daughters. The oldest child, a daughter, is a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. who lives on the East Coast, the Joneses said. The second child lives in Kingsport, Tenn. The third-oldest, Dalia, is a teacher. And Yasmeen is in graduate school at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, they said.

    But by 2009, Youssuf and Rasmia Abdulazeez’s decades-long marriage had reached a crisis point, court records show.

    In a divorce complaint filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, Ms. Abdulazeez outlined what she called a pattern of “inappropriate marital conduct” that included frequent abuse and assault, including a beating that prompted her to go to a crisis center, as well as her husband’s nearly total control of the household and its finances.

    The couple’s children, the complaint said, were sometimes targeted, and Mrs. Abdulazeez accused her husband of “striking and berating them without provocation or justification.” (In the same filing, though, she said her children had “a fairly good relationship” with their father.)

    According to his wife’s complaint, the elder Mr. Abdulazeez also declared that he had intended “to take a second wife, as permitted under certain circumstances under Islamic law, in the parties’ native state of Palestine.”

    She had sought the divorce even after her brothers came from Kuwait and Washington, D.C., to try to resolve the couple’s differences.

    Within weeks of the filing, however, the couple reconciled, and signed a postnuptial agreement in which Mr. Abdulazeez agreed not to “inflict any personal injury, harm or insult upon” his wife or their children. The couple also agreed to enter counseling, while Mr. Abdulazeez would pay his wife a monthly $200 stipend.

    An additional stipulation was that if the couple wanted a divorce, Mr. Abdulazeez would “promptly seek” one under Islamic law.

    The lawyer who represented Mrs. Abdulazeez during the divorce proceedings, John R. Meldorf III, did not respond to a message. Mr. Abdulazeez did not hire a lawyer and could not be reached for comment.

    The Joneses had also heard that one of the daughters objected to an arranged marriage supported by her father. “She didn’t want to do that, so she fled and went to England,” he said. But he said that the father had ultimately “mellowed out” over the issue. She returned home from England, and he did not force her to marry the man.

    Mr. Jones talked about it with Youssuf Adbulazeez. “He said, ‘That’s a tradition in our country,’ and things like that, and I said: ‘Yeah, but you know this is the U.S.A. Our Constitution does have a little different opinion of that.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I understand that.’ ”

    Mohammod Abdulazeez, who had been a good student in high school, landed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he earned an electrical engineering degree and took an internship at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    His love of wrestling evolved into a love of competitive mixed martial arts — a sport his father did not view as appropriate for a Muslim. “Youssuf is a pretty strict, straight-line Muslim guy,” Mr. Jones said.

    A video uploaded in July 2009 to GoFightLive, a YouTube account that collects video of mixed martial arts fights, showed Mr. Abdulazeez in camouflage shorts, participating in a cage fight with a man identified as Timmy Hall. Mr. Abdulazeez dominated the fight, pinning his opponent to the mat early and pummeling him.

    Chet Blalock, former owner of mixed martial arts gym in Chattanooga where Mr. Abdulazeez trained, said Mr. Abdulazeez, would allow himself to be choked while fighting until he lost consciousness. Several times, he recalled, the young man would be out cold, revive himself, then take a brief breather before continuing to train.

    “It’s a bit on the extreme side, even for mixed martial arts,” Mr. Blalock said. He now thinks that Mr. Abdulazeez may have been testing his threshold for pain.

    Mr. Abdulazeez worked briefly at an Ohio nuclear power plant in 2013, but was dismissed after just 10 days after the company determined “that he did not meet minimum requirements for ongoing employment.”

    A company spokesman did not elaborate. But The Associated Press, citing an unnamed federal official, reported that he had failed a drug test.

    At the time of the shooting, he was working in Franklin, near Nashville, at Superior Essex, an Atlanta-based wire and cable manufacturer.In 2014, he took a seven-month trip to Jordan, saying he was visiting an uncle on his mother’s side. He had made several other trips to Jordan and Kuwait before that. Back home, his only known arrest involved the D.U.I. charge.

    Three days before the shootings, Mr. Abdulazeez posted two entries on a personal blog, both of them religious in nature. One of them retold the parable of the blind men who feel the parts of an elephant, but are unable to grasp the whole.

    “As Muslims, we often do this,” he wrote. “We have a certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is.”

    Muslims, he wrote, speak of fasting, reading the Quran and performing other devotional acts. By contrast, he noted that the original followers of the Prophet Muhammad were people of action, with “almost every one” becoming “a political leader or an army general.”

    “Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah,” he wrote, adding that they had a “comprehensive” understanding of Islam and “applied what they knew.”

    “We ask Allah to make us follow their path.” he concluded. “To give us a complete understanding of the message of Islam, and the strength the live by this knowledge, and to know what role we need to play to establish Islam in the world.”

    Some have said that they saw a change in Mr. Abdulazeez after his return from Jordan, but others, like Ali Shafi, who attends prayers at the Islamic Society, said he did not observe much change in Mr. Abdulazeez’s demeanor upon his return from Jordan. Mr. Shafi, 16, said he was a longtime family friend of the Abdulazeezes. Mohammod sometimes led religion classes at the Islamic Society. At times, the two young men played basketball in the gym next to the prayer rooms.

    When he began coming to the mosque after his time away, Mr. Abdulazeez was the same as ever, Mr. Shafi said: That is to say, he was serious about religion yet easygoing.

    During this year’s monthlong celebration of Ramadan, which just ended, Mr. Shafi said Mr. Abdulazeez was a regular at the Islamic Center. On Wednesday night, he stayed with other faithful to read the Quran late into the night.

    It was early Thursday — just hours before the shooting began — when Mr. Shafi saw his friend for the last time. He was leaving the mosque in the old gray Camry.

    Mr. Shafi asked how he was doing. Fine, Mr. Abdulazeez responded. “Alhamdulillah,” he added — Arabic for “thanks be to God.”

    Then Mr. Abdulazeez drove off into the darkness.

    Let’s try to break this down: So Abdulazeez was apparently not super-pious as of April of this year:


    Less than three months after the April 20 drunken driving arrest that followed this traffic stop, Mr. Abdulazeez would exhort readers of his blog to put their “desires to the side” so that Allah might guide them “to what is right.”

    But there were also problems in their lives, and tensions among them, that roiled their existence beyond neighbors’ sight. A July 30 court date for the D.U.I. charge loomed over Mr. Abdulazeez, even as he calmly attended prayer services at the local mosque. Mr. Abdulazeez was dismissed from a job at an Ohio nuclear plant in 2013 just 10 days after starting, possibly after failing a drug test.

    At the same time, he was apparently still pretty religious, and may have become even more religious following his trips to Jordan and Kuwait in recent years, including a seven month trip to Jordan last year:


    Federal authorities said they were in the early stages of an investigation and had yet to ascribe a motive to the shootings or find evidence of ties to terrorist groups. They were looking closely at the young man’s overseas travel, which included several trips to Jordan and Kuwait, where he had relatives, most recently for seven months last year.

    At the time of the shooting, he was working in Franklin, near Nashville, at Superior Essex, an Atlanta-based wire and cable manufacturer.In 2014, he took a seven-month trip to Jordan, saying he was visiting an uncle on his mother’s side. He had made several other trips to Jordan and Kuwait before that. Back home, his only known arrest involved the D.U.I. charge.

    Some have said that they saw a change in Mr. Abdulazeez after his return from Jordan, but others, like Ali Shafi, who attends prayers at the Islamic Society, said he did not observe much change in Mr. Abdulazeez’s demeanor upon his return from Jordan. Mr. Shafi, 16, said he was a longtime family friend of the Abdulazeezes. Mohammod sometimes led religion classes at the Islamic Society. At times, the two young men played basketball in the gym next to the prayer rooms.

    When he began coming to the mosque after his time away, Mr. Abdulazeez was the same as ever, Mr. Shafi said: That is to say, he was serious about religion yet easygoing.

    This really seems to capture everything we’ve seen so far about Abdulazeez and his religiosity: “That is to say, he was serious about religion yet easygoing”. At least until recently.

    But as we’re also learning, his home life with anything but easygoing when it came to religion:


    Nearly a decade ago, his father was added to, then eventually dropped from, a terrorist watch list after the authorities began an investigation, later closed without charges, into whether he had given money to an organization with possible ties to Hamas. In what might have been a wry reference to that investigation, the son wrote on his high school yearbook page: “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?”

    But by 2009, Youssuf and Rasmia Abdulazeez’s decades-long marriage had reached a crisis point, court records show.

    In a divorce complaint filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, Ms. Abdulazeez outlined what she called a pattern of “inappropriate marital conduct” that included frequent abuse and assault, including a beating that prompted her to go to a crisis center, as well as her husband’s nearly total control of the household and its finances.

    The couple’s children, the complaint said, were sometimes targeted, and Mrs. Abdulazeez accused her husband of “striking and berating them without provocation or justification.” (In the same filing, though, she said her children had “a fairly good relationship” with their father.)

    According to his wife’s complaint, the elder Mr. Abdulazeez also declared that he had intended “to take a second wife, as permitted under certain circumstances under Islamic law, in the parties’ native state of Palestine.”

    So we’re still left with the question of just how radicalized this young man was up until recently and who contributed to the radicalization. Was this all done overseas during his trips to the Middle East? If so, why was he willing to consume drugs and alcohol upon his return? Was a militant seed planted overseas that grew only after the severe legal repercussions of a DUI threatened to derail his career path? And given his age, 24, was there an undiagnosed mental illness emerging that made him all the more susceptible?

    Those are all possible, but it’s also worth keeping in mind that, while radicalization overseas or online is going to be an obvious area of interest, we also can’t ignore the fact that the mosque regularly attended by Abdulazeez, the the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, is own by the Nation American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

    At the same time, as the report from the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch below points out, we also can’t simply infer that, because Abdulazeez attended a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated mosque, that was where he was radicalized due to the fact that the NAIT owns about 27 percent of the ~1200 mosques in the United States alone and it is simply not credible that every random attendee is a secret Muslim Brotherhood member. Yes, as a young engineer/mixed martial-artist, Abdulazeez would have been a prime Muslim Brotherhood candidate for recruitment and yes, he was apparently worshiping at that mosque late into the night before the shooting. But, alone, that’s not enough to implicate that mosque’s leadership in playing a role in this (beyond the standard roles that any deeply conservative fundamentalist religious figure of any religion tend to play in distorting people’s perceptions of reality and ethics).

    It’s all a reminder that when it comes to trying to figure why so many young men are deciding to effectively commit suicide for religion, trying to find the culprit isn’t easy because, in today’s crazy world where toxic ideologies are given the highest-level of state-sponsored and private support and the vast majority of the global Muslim youths have severely impaired socioeconomic prospects, there are so many possible culprits:

    Global Muslim Brothood Watch
    FEATURED: Chattanooga Shooter Attended US Muslim Brotherhood Mosque

    By gmbwatch on July 17, 2015

    US public records and media reporting indicate that Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the man accused of killing four Marines at Navy-Marine training facility, had regularly attended a mosque owned by an organization associated with the US Muslim Brotherhood. A New York Times article states that Abdulazeez:

    …had begun showing up fairly regularly at Friday Prayer at the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, a large mosque and cultural center, said Dr. Azhar S. Sheikh, a founding member of the center’s board.

    Local media had reported in August 2012 that the mosque now occupying one part of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga (ISGC) is the former Masjid Annour, previously located at another address. In turn, Hamilton County, Tennessee property records indicate that North American Islamic Trust is registered in care of the Masjid Annour.

    The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) has described itself as “a waqf, the historical Islamic equivalent of an American trust or endowment, serving Muslims in the United States and their institutions”. NAIT facilitates the realization of American Muslims’ desire for a virtuous and happy life in a Shari’ah-compliant way.” A research report on the  Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) authored by the GMBDW editor .describes the origins of NAIT and the role that it played in the early development of the US Muslim Brotherhood:

    The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) was established on May 23, 1973 and later became known as an affiliate of ISNA. According to the incorporation documents, the purpose of NAIT was to “serve the best interests of Islam and the Muslim Student’s Association of the United States and Canada” by establishing a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation to hold “investment property.” …: An Islamic scholar writes: “With its ability to raise funds, especially from overseas, MSA began establishing business and professional organizations useful in establishing off-campus institutions. The North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) became instrumental in establishing masajid, student houses, Islamic centers, full-time schools, and literature publishing (under the American Trust Publications, International Graphics Press, and Islamic Book Service). Its members created the American Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE), the American Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), and the Islamic Medical Association (IMA).”

    The report goes to describe how NAIT today has become the custodian of a large number of U.S. mosques and Islamic centers:

    The NAIT website states that it “holds the title of approximately 300 properties” a figure consistent with a LEXIS/NEXIS search showing 332 properties in the real-estate related database and with a report by the Council on American Islamic Relations which says that NAIT owns about 27 percent of the estimated 1200 mosques in the United States. In a hearing before the United States Senate, witness testimony shows that NAIT holds the deeds to between 50% and 79% of American mosques.

    Former FBI special agent Robert Stauffer headed an investigation in the 1980s of Muslim Brotherhood finances and reportedly discovered that the Islamic Society of North America had received “Millions and millions of dollars” through NAIT which, he says, “served as a financial holding company for Muslim Brotherhood-related groups.” The money, he says, was wired into the United States from Islamic countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Egypt, Malaysia and Libya.

    The ISNA research report also describes examples of how NAIT played a role in the ideological takeover of two U.S. mosques, driving out moderate leaders and replacing them with those close to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. One of those mosques was the Bridgeview mosque who imam, Jamal Said, is one of the Allied Asset Advisers trustees listed above. A document released in 2007 by the prosecution in the Holy Land Terrorism financing case names NAIT as one of the entities that is part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

    As the GMBDW noted at the time of the May 2015 shootings outside an event in Garland, Texas devoted to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, what we called “the usual parties” were engaged in doing their best to connect the Muslim Brotherhood in the US to the attacks, chiefly though the Islamic Community Center (ICC) of Phoenix and its ownership by the NAIT. As we also pointed out, since NAIT is thought to be the owner of about about 27 percent of the estimated 1200 mosques in the United States, there are likely many many thousands or hundreds of thousands of individuals attending those mosques and that it is beyond any credibility to suggest that every Muslim worshipping at a NAIT-owned facility is somehow also tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood. Far more credible links would be demonstrable and substantial connections to the mosques’ leadership or that the shooters were somehow radicalized at the mosques themselves. However, the GMBDW does note that this is the second time that a shooter has been found to have been attending a NAIT affiliated mosque and even though in both cases the mosque leadership has condemned the shootings and denied any connection to the mosques, we believe that perhaps it is now the time for a more serous investigation of NAIT to be undertaken by the US government.

    As they point out, “Far more credible links would be demonstrable and substantial connections to the mosques’ leadership or that the shooters were somehow radicalized at the mosques themselves”. And in the age of ISIS-inspired attacks through online propaganda, that’s certainly true.

    It’s all part of one of the grimmest aspects of the 21st century: it almost makes no sense to ask “who” radicalized someone like Mohammed Abdulazeez because, in a world were where high-level sponsorship of radical fundamentalism is present everywhere (and not limited to Islam) and messages about the glory of militant suicide for tribalist reasons disguised as “faith” or “principle” are pretty ubiquitous. So anyone that ends up joining one of these death-cult ideologies was probably encouraged to do so from a myriad of different sources over the course of many years. And now, once an individual hits a “breaking point” (like maybe a DUI that they feel will destroy their life), committing suicide by going off to join for ISIS or violently attacking “society”, “the West”, or “[insert ‘others’ here]” is just the the default thing to do.

    For those intent on suicide, as this young man certainly was, blowing your brains out after writing a manifesto about why you’re so unhappy with the world is now passé (even though that would be far more effective a “parting shot” for someone with major grievances against society and intent on ending their life ). As far as tragic social dynamics go, it’s hard to get darker than that.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 18, 2015, 1:29 pm
  3. Investigators continue looking into the motives of Mohammed Abdulazeez, the gunman that shot and killed four marines and a navy sailor in Chattanooga earlier this month, and it’s looking more and more like the killing those soldiers was part of a warped attempt to absolve him of his sins of drinking and drug use. At the same time, he also clearly was not a fan of ISIS. He was also facing bankruptcy and struggling with sleeping pills while working 12 hour overnight shifts. So it would appear that Abdulazeez was basically pushed to a breaking point and, while not a fan of ISIS, was still quite susceptible to a a more “moderate” interpretation of radical Islam that considers suicidal attacks on strangers a great way to wash away your sins:

    ABC News
    Chattanooga Shooter Researched Religious Justification For Violence: Official
    Jul 20, 2015, 6:58 AM ET
    By BRIAN ROSS, DOUG LANTZ and JAMES GORDON MEEK
    Brian Ross More from Brian
    ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent
    James Gordon Meek More from James
    Investigative Producer
    via Good Morning America

    The gunman who killed five American troops in a Chattanooga shooting spree last week did online research for militant Islamist “guidance” on committing violence that he may have believed would wipe away in the afterlife his sins on earth including drug and alcohol abuse, an arrest and a lost job, officials said on Monday.

    The Internet searches were discovered on electronic devices such as his smartphone analyzed over the weekend by the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia, several counter-terrorism officials confirmed to ABC News.

    But there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez, 24 — whose family insists he was deeply troubled and mentally ill — was inspired by or directed by ISIS to carry out a bloody attack on U.S. military targets of the sort the Syria and Iraq-based terror group has publicly called for over the past year, the officials said.
    M
    “I don’t think that there is any evidence it was ISIL-inspired. He may have been seeking some religious guidance to conduct an act. He could readily find that anywhere online,” a senior official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

    Some of Abdulazeez’s friends, who often partied with the young engineering graduate and went shooting together at local ranges, may have known he was seeking answers in his religion but they do not appear to have been aware he was about to take lethal action that he may have become convinced would earn his place in Heaven, the officials said.

    “We may never know what his ultimate motivation was,” the senior official added.

    The Reuters news agency reported on Monday that some officials said Abdulazeez had been inspired by “general propaganda” by jihadists and not specifically by ISIS, al Qaeda or other militant groups. One friend James Petty, told ABC News that Abdulazeez actually loathed ISIS for its brutality “ He believed that ISIS was not a group to go towards” and did not think that “ISIS was even Islamic” said Petty.

    Many jihadis who oppose killing innocent civilian “disbelievers” still view the military as a legitimate target because U.S. troops are the nation’s blunt instrument of foreign policy.

    With more than 30 FBI agents arriving in Chattanooga to go through leads generated in the massive counterterrorism investigation, a diary belonging to the gunman and FBI interviews with his parents may be the key to unlocking his motives. The diary and interviews paint a picture of a disturbed, suicidal young man using drugs, preparing for bankruptcy and facing an appearance in criminal court, according to a representative of the shooter’s family.

    With more than 30 FBI agents due to arrive today in Chattanooga, a diary belonging to the gunman and FBI interviews with his parents paint a picture of a disturbed, suicidal young man using drugs, preparing for bankruptcy and facing an appearance in criminal court, according to a representative of the shooter’ s family.

    Four days after the shooting, the FBI has not found any connection to overseas terrorist groups, but Mohammod Abdulazeez’s diary says that as far back as 2013, he wrote about having suicidal thoughts and “becoming a martyr” after losing his job due to his drug use, both prescription and non-prescription drugs, the family representative said.

    In a downward spiral, Abdulazeez would abuse sleeping pills, opioids, painkillers and marijuana, along with alcohol, the representative said.

    Most recently, the 24-year-old was having problems dealing with a 12 hour overnight shift, and had to take sleeping pills, according to the representative. The young man was also thousands of dollars in debt and considering filing for bankruptcy.

    Three months before the shooting, Abdulazeez was arrested on April 20 — a day celebrated annually by marijuana users — and charged with drunk driving. The arresting officer noted a smell of marijuana in the car.
    The discovery of the diary comes as investigators also work to solve the mystery of Abdulazeez’s actions in the days leading up to the deadly shooting. The family representative told ABC News Abdulazeez rented the silver Mustang Tuesday, showed up at the local mosque and took a friend on a “joy ride” until 3 a.m. He did not sleep at his parents’ home for the next two nights and the FBI is seeking to retrace his steps.

    “He bragged about [the car], and was showing it off to friends about how fast it would go,” the family representative said Sunday.

    On Thursday, Abdulazeez shot and killed four Marines and fatally wounded a Navy sailor after opening fire on two unguarded military facilities in Chattanooga.

    The family representative said Sunday that the family told the FBI there were no outward signs of radicalization but added Abdulazeez “was susceptible to bad influences” and would be affected by watching news accounts of “children being killed in Syria.” For all his struggles with drugs, the representative said, Abdulazeez also struggled with being a devout Muslim.

    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.

    A seven-month trip to Jordan last year was an effort to “get him away from bad influences in the U.S.,” not part of a path to radicalization, the family told agents.

    Abdulazeez’s family released a statement Saturday saying that there are “no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief.”

    “The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved,” the statement said. “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.”

    Part of what’s so stunning about the picture of Abdulazeez’s life up to the shooting is that it appears that he was driven to act largely from a sense of personal humiliation about the string of setbacks he’d recently faced and yet those setbacks are the kind that people face all the time. Losing his job failing a drug test and getting a DUI, while very unpleasant, aren’t the types of life challenges a 24 year old with no family to take care or becomes suicidal over. Yes, the DUI is certainly something he should have genuinely been ashamed of since that really did put other lives at risk, but he wasn’t going to go to jail. And assuming marijuana was the reason he lost his job at the nuclear plant, that isn’t exactly a reason for personal humiliation unless he genuinely thought pot use was a bad thing, it’s a reason for loathing the US’s insane and immoral drug laws.

    That’s all part of why it’s going to be very interesting to see what investigators find in terms out external influences that drove him to do what he did. As many article about Abdulazeez point out, the guy seemed genuinely conflicted between the deeply conservative teachings of Islam he grew up with vs living his own life in a society that doesn’t share those theological hangups. And while it’s possible that his DUI was the finally life challenge that made him “snap” on his own, it’s also hard to ignore the fact the guy was turning to religion in order to deal with his psychological stress and the answers he found in his search apparently led him to conclude that committing suicide by killing unarmed soldiers was the way to wipe away his sins.

    With all that in mind, it’s worth noting that the attorney representing Abdulazeez’s the uncle, who was detained in Jordan after the shooting, just asserting that shooting was no act of terrorism because there were was no religion or ideology behind it:

    Chattanooga Shooter Abdulazeez Was ‘Against Terrorism’: Family Lawyer

    by Alastair Jamieson and Nader Salman
    Jul 24 2015, 4:29 pm ET

    AMMAN, Jordan — The Chattanooga shootings that killed four Marines and a Navy sailor was “not an act of terrorism,” a lawyer for the shooter’s uncle said Thursday.

    Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez had downloaded audio recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-Yemeni cleric who was a recruiter for al Qaeda, according to law enforcement officials.

    But relatives in Jordan believe last week’s gun attacks were not motivated by ideology or religion. The rampage ended when the 24-year-old was killed in a shootout with Tennessee police.

    “What happened shocked the family,” lawyer Abdul-Qader al-Khateeb told NBC News. “Mohammad wasn’t a political person, or religious. It wasn’t a planned act and not an act of terrorism.”

    “Maybe it was a mental breakdown,” he added. Family members in Tennessee said earlier that Abdulazeez had been battling depression and drug abuse for many years.

    Al-Khateeb is representing the shooter’s 40-year-old uncle, Asa’ad Ibrahim Asaad Abdulazeez, who U.S. law enforcement officials believe is “radical.” The gunman’s uncle is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kuwait, and is a business owner who moved to Jordan in 2010 to help take care of his parents.

    He has been detained in Jordan since the day after the attack but hasn’t been charged.

    U.S. officials believe the uncle may have influenced his nephew during a recent extended visit between April and November last year.

    “He was depressed in the USA, that’s why he came to Jordan to rest,” al-Khateeb said. “He lived with his uncle, worked with him that’s all. He was against terrorism and against [ISIS] … he was far from extremism. He is a normal person and like any other person he was concerned with his family and work.”

    Update: Abdul-Qader al-Khateeb .was the court-appointed attorney for Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s uncle at the time of the original publication of this report. The uncle, Asa’ad Ibrahim Asaad Abdulazeez, has since been released by Jordanian authorities, and al-Khateeb no longer represents him. The Abdulazeez family based in the United States said the attorney does not speak for the family and does not represent the family’s views.

    So the court appointed attorney for the uncle, Abdul-Qader al-Khateeb, suggests that there was no ideological motive behind the attacks at all and maybe he just had a mental breakdown. Also, “Mohammad wasn’t a political person, or religious.” That’s the spin from Jordan!

    It’s also interesting that the Abdulazeez’s family in the US said the attorney does not speak for them or represent the family’s views. Especially since Abdul-Qader al-Khateeb is a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood:

    Associated Press

    The Chattanooga shooter’s uncle has been detained in Jordan

    Karin Laub and Eric Schelzig

    Jul. 22, 2015, 3:14 AM

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attacks on two military sites, a lawyer said Tuesday.

    Abed al-Kader Ahmad al-Khateeb told The Associated Press that he was barred from seeing his client and that family members were also prevented from visiting the detainee.

    Computers and cellphones were taken from the man’s home, but he has not been charged with anything, the attorney said.

    Al-Khateeb identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Chattanooga attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

    A Jordanian official said Tuesday that he is sure the uncle and “other relevant people” in Jordan were being questioned, but he would not elaborate and or confirm that the uncle was detained. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case with the media.

    Abdulazeez spent several months in Jordan last year under a mutual agreement with his parents to help him get away from drugs, alcohol and a group of friends they considered to be a bad influence, according to a person close to his family. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity, out of concern it would have business repercussions.

    Relatives turned to Jordan after their health insurer refused to approve an in-patient treatment program for Abdulazeez’s addictions to drug and alcohol, the person said.

    An FBI spokesman has declined to comment on that information.

    Jordan is one of the most Westernized countries in the Middle East, with alcohol sold openly. However, the kingdom has also seen the spread of Islamic militant ideas in recent years, especially following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

    Abdulazeez stayed with the uncle in Jordan, but only to help him with his small cellphone business, the attorney said. Neither Abdulazeez nor his uncle was religious or belonged to any sort of political organization, al-Khateeb said.

    “The uncle is a regular person, he has a company, he is a businessman, he has no relation with any militant group or organization,” al-Khateeb said. “He cares about his work and his family, and Muhammad is just his relative, the son of his sister. That’s it.”

    Al-Khateeb is a prominent attorney and member of the Freedom Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest and largest opposition group in Jordan. The Brotherhood is part of a regional movement of the same name. In Jordan, it has distanced itself from the Islamic State extremist group.

    In the U.S., authorities are struggling to understand Abdulazeez’s motive. Investigators have described their search as a domestic terrorism probe.

    So the court appointed lawyer for the Jordanian uncle, who US investigators suspect is a radical, asserts that religion played no role in the attacks and it was just mental illness. And he’s a prominent member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood.

    It’s going to be an interesting investigation.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 25, 2015, 4:44 pm
  4. Dave, do you think that Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş was the West’s stooge?
    After all, Obama had vowed retaliation…

    Posted by Uncle Grody | December 20, 2016, 9:42 am
  5. @ Uncle Grody–

    Probably not in the sense that you are implying.

    Obama was talking about cyber-retaliation, I suspect.

    Altintas may well have been an Al-Qaeda, ISIS or Grey Wolf sympathizer or participant.

    It is interesting that the Turkish police killed him. They almost certainly could have taken him alive. That he may have been part of the Turkish “Deep State” is a possibility to be considered and investigated.

    The latter may overlap the first two.

    The mess in Syria is many sided.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | December 20, 2016, 10:43 pm

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