The one thing that is very striking about the report on this homegrown and very dangerous ISIS cell in New York is the lack of information on the group accused of plotting an attack. Are they refugees…first generation?
PEW RESEARCH STATES:
81% of Muslim Americans say suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians is never justified in order to defend Islam
THIS SHOULD ALARM EVERY AMERICAN! THIS MEANS THAT THERE’S 19% OF THE MUSLIMS POPULATION THAT’S JUST FINE WITH SUICIDE BOMBINGS!
Queens, NY is a hotbed of Muslims and immigrants whether they be first generation or not:
New York is among the states in the United States with the highest Muslim population. In New York state, there are reportedly 175 mosques, a majority of them being located in the five boroughs. Although the census does not take religion into account, it is estimated that there are roughly 600,000 Muslims in the five boroughs. 65 percent of the Muslim-American population are first-generation immigrants, and 61 percent of the foreign-born arrived in the 1990s or this decade (2007 survey by the Pew Research Center).
We previously reported on a Queens pre-school teacher who planned an attack:
FLASHBACK: Female Terrorist Who Planned To Blow Up NYC Police Funeral Was A Pre-School Teacher [Video]
The big question is: What are the mosques teaching these young people or NOT teaching them?
NEW YORK — A New York City man who pleaded guilty Friday to terror charges was in contact with a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Syria in 2015, according to a federal prosecutor.
As part of his guilty plea in federal court in Brooklyn, Munther Omar Saleh admitted that he had sought to communicate with and support the group, “knowing that it was involved in terrorism.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Solomon told the judge that there was evidence that before his arrest in June 2015, the 21-year-old Queens resident was taking instructions from Junaid Hussain, a convicted British hacker who fled to Syria and became one of ISIS’ top online recruiters before his killing.
Solomon described Hussain as an “attack facilitator,” saying he encouraged Saleh and a co-defendant to use a pressure-cooker bomb for homegrown strike plot modeled after the Boston Marathon bombings.
At the time of his arrest in 2015, Saleh’s case was among several in the city and elsewhere involving young men and women allegedly radicalized by ISIS propaganda. Most have been accused either of trying to travel abroad to fight with the group or of talking about attacks on U.S. soil on the group’s behalf, but not getting far enough to put civilians at risk.
Court papers said Saleh had described himself as a “full-fledged” member of ISIS. Electronic surveillance revealed that he had researched how to build a pressure-cooker bomb and looked up New York City landmarks and tourist attractions on the internet, the papers said.
In one intercepted conversation, Saleh told a confidential source, “I’m in NY and trying to do an Op,” the papers said.
Saleh’s co-defendant, Fareed Mumuni, of Staten Island, pleaded guilty to similar charges on Thursday. Both are to be sentenced on May 16.