Breaking: Terror charges in Minnesota, California, Alabama

posted at 12:45 pm on August 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The connections between terrorism in Somalia and expatriate communities in the US have hit the news again today.  The federal government announced charges against people, including US citizens, for supporting the Islamist terror organization al-Shabab in Somalia.  The defendants live in California, Alabama, and in Minnesota — where dozens of young men disappeared in the last couple of years:

A number of people in Minnesota, California and Alabama are being charged with providing support for the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia, two U.S. officials said Thursday.

Most of the people are U.S. citizens, with some supporting the terrorist organization from the United States and others traveling to Somalia to do so.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in the investigation which is culminating in several indictments.

The charges in Minnesota are the latest development in an inquiry in that state which has been under way for some time.

These appear to be additional to the indictments announced last November against eight men in Minnesota.  This followed the news that a former Minneapolis resident, Shirwa Ahmed, had conducted a suicide bombing in Somalia after being recruited and radicalized in the Twin Cities.  It turned out that around two dozen young men from the Somali ex-pat community had disappeared after joining the same mosque, and the FBI has been working ever since to determine their fate and their connections.

It’s also worth noting that the Somali community has been very cooperative in that effort, hoping to rescue their sons before they meet with Ahmed’s fate.  They even protested against CAIR, after the organization attempted to intercede to limit their cooperation.

The wide geographic range of indictments shows that al-Shabab attempted to extend its reach far outside of the Twin Cities.  Hopefully, this announcement means that they have rolled up most of the network, if not all of it, and that the law-abiding Somalis in the US won’t have terrorist radicals preying on their sons any longer. (via Andrew Malcolm)

Update: It seems some commenters think I should have noted that al-Shabab is an Islamist terror network.  Actually, I thought that was pretty well known; it didn’t occur to me that it needed specification, but now it’s included.


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including US citizens

Who should get a fair trial and a fair hangin’.

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Those “U.S. officials” must be going rogue. Not sticking to the script, IYKWIM.

Bat Chain Puller on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Good!!

How long tho,before Holder does a Black Panther toss out!!

canopfor on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

The ACLU will defend their families in 3, 2, 1….

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I’m looking forward to hearing AG Holder discuss what their motives might be. There are no doubt many possibilities.

Drained Brain on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Unless I missed it, the word “Muslim” doesn’t appear on this page yet. Not even “Islamist.”

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Preying on their sons here in Minnesota? Bah, we are the home of Somali cabbies who refused to take fares from gays, people with seeing-eye dogs, and passengers who had bottles of liquor with them.

Bishop on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

What’s our racist govt got against Somalis?

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Unless I missed it, the word “Muslim” doesn’t appear on this page yet. Not even “Islamist.”

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

That would be insensitive.

carbon_footprint on August 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

It’s the Refugee Resettlement Program that is actively inmportingh this jihadi cancer into our neighborhoods under the guise of ‘diversity’.

Well. It’s diverse alright.

Our government is staffed with idiots.

chalons on August 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

I’m looking forward to hearing AG Holder discuss what their motives might be. There are no doubt many possibilities.

Drained Brain on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I’m sure they will all be found in video of Tea Party gatherings….

CC

CapedConservative on August 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Unless I missed it, the word “Muslim” doesn’t appear on this page yet. Not even “Islamist.”

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I think they are all Amish.

VegasRick on August 5, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Alabama? They’re recruiting rednecks now? That’s genius.

faraway on August 5, 2010 at 12:55 PM

So now the radicals are all moving to a new mosque at ground zero. You know, to be closer to the target.

Christian Conservative on August 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Are any of them Tea Party people or returning vets….?
I heard those people were very violent.

NeoKong on August 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 5,2010

Fourteen Charged with Providing Material Support to Somalia-Based Terrorist Organization Al-Shabaab
Two Arrested in Minnesota in Connection with the Charges

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/August/10-ag-898.html
===================================

http://www.justice.gov/

canopfor on August 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

DOJ drops charges in 5………4………..3…….

PappyD61 on August 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

They’re from diverse backgrounds, and their motives? A mystery.

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Ward Cleaver on August 5, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Those “U.S. officials” must be going rogue. Not sticking to the script, IYKWIM.
Bat Chain Puller on August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

So, there are actually ADULTS hidden in the bowels of the DOJ ?
I salute these efforts, but it sure does surpise me to see anything good coming outta there. Rogues ? No doubt !!

pambi on August 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Related story: Shortage of Taxi Drivers in Minneapolis

Blind people with seeing-eye dogs relieved.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

…so?

ernesto on August 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

DOJ drops charges in 5………4………..3…….

PappyD61 on August 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM

PappyD61: Yup!:)

canopfor on August 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Obama signed an Executive Order for Palestinians to resettle in the U.S. Wasn’t it a previous President, that signed a similar Executive Order for Somalians?

Dr Evil on August 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

How dare the DOJ target these poor Somalis who are living in this country. It’s clear they have been racially profiled and have had their civil rights violated.

faraway on August 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

So are these Christians, Buddhists, or Mormans we’re talking about?

Hening on August 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Don’t forget another one was picked up in Obamatown yesterday.

JammieWearingFool on August 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Uh oh…Keith Ellison is losing some more voters…

BigWyo on August 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Maybe they’ll stop disappearing when Obama pays off their mortgages.

JammieWearingFool on August 5, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Salad bowl failure. Can we get back to melting pot… please?

WitchDoctor on August 5, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Attorney General Holder did mention the word Muslim. As in, innocent Muslims are being killed by Al-Shabab’s actions. He also seemed to declare war on Somalia. He said people could face justice in American courts or die on a Somali battlefield. (I’m paraphrasing.) Last time I checked, there are no American troops in Somalia or Yemen for that matter.

nogooddeed on August 5, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM
…so? ernesto on August 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

So… we’re left to guess if they’re Baptists of Methodists, Che.

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Lawyers from AG Holder’s old firm will probably represent them.

kingsjester on August 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Maybe they’ll stop disappearing when Obama pays off their mortgages. JammieWearingFool on August 5, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Really, I mean, the Times Square Bomber was distraught about his mortgage being foreclosed after he stopped paying on it so he could be trained as a terrorist in Pakistan.

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM

It was Bush “Presidential Determination” He signed the order.

Presidential Determination No. 2007–19 of
May 10, 2007—Unexpected Urgent
Refugee and Migration Needs Related to
Somalia, Sudan, Chad, Other Parts of
Africa, and the West Bank and Gaza

http://www.scribd.com/doc/2775364/Administrative-Order-Migration-and-Refugee-Assistance-Act-of-1962-availability-of-funds-Presidential-Determination-No-200719-of-May-10-2007

Obama really is Bush’s 3rd term :)

Dr Evil on August 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM

They protested CAIR? Kudos to them!

AshleyTKing on August 5, 2010 at 1:13 PM

They are still on the lookout for this man. In this picture, he has been traveling near the Somali border. In the past, he spent several unexplained weeks in Pakistan. He is also known to blend in on golf courses.

faraway on August 5, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Unless I missed it, the word “Muslim” doesn’t appear on this page yet. Not even “Islamist.”

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I am pretty sure they are all Baptists. You know how dangerous the Baptists are.

bopbottle on August 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Presidential Documents
29427
Federal Register
Vol. 72, No. 101
Friday, May 25, 2007
Title 3—
The President
Presidential Determination No. 2007–19 of May 10, 2007

Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related to Somalia, Sudan, Chad, Other Parts of Africa, and the West Bank and Gaza
Memorandum for the Secretary of State

By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including sections 2 and 4(a)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the ‘‘Act’’), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601 and 2603) and section 301 of title 3, United States Code:

(1) I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act, in an amount not to exceed $29.5 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund, for the purpose of meeting unex- pected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and non-governmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to: (a) humanitarian needs resulting from conflicts in Somalia, Sudan, and Chad, (b) breaks in the food pipeline for refugees in Africa, and in the West Bank and Gaza; and

(2) the functions of the President in relation to this memorandum under section 2(d) of the Act, and of establishing terms and conditions under section 2(c)(1) of the Act, are assigned to you, and you may further assign such functions to any of your subordinates.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I am pretty sure they are all Baptists. You know how dangerous the Baptists are.

bopbottle on August 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Hey, watch it. Or we’ll give you some fried chicken and clog your arteries.

kingsjester on August 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

…so?

ernesto on August 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

.
.
What if we thought they were part of the cult of atheist Govt cheese eating welfare cases from Yonkers?

LincolntheHun on August 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Yeah we need to import a bunch of Qat Chewers into the interior of the United States. We didn’t have enough diversity among our drug addicts and terrorist/SARC.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Unless I missed it, the word “Muslim” doesn’t appear on this page yet. Not even “Islamist.”

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

They left out the fact they were all registered democrats too.

Inanemergencydial on August 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Let’s not jump to conclusions just because they’re plotting to kill Americans and blow up stuff.

Felonious Monk on August 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Somalia…isn’t that the place this guy was talking about?

Jocundus on August 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Grow Fins, if your lurking, here is an example of “peaceful” Muslim parents whose children have been infected with the “germ” of Islam they brought with them. Do you understand now?

BL@KBIRD on August 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM

There’s a large Somali population in the Lewiston-Auburn ME area too. Not saying that there’s a problem, but after this perhaps they should be kept and eye on? I know, Raaaacist!! Islamaphobe!! etc etc Now ask me if I care.

jeanie on August 5, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Didn’t Al-Shabab claim responsibility for the hideous bombing in Uganda that killed an American citizen and wounded several others? This should be included in the article so people understand who we are dealing with here.

rockmom on August 5, 2010 at 1:26 PM

am pretty sure they are all Baptists. You know how dangerous the Baptists are.

bopbottle on August 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Must be those foot washing Baptists. The WORST!

katy the mean old lady on August 5, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Unless I missed it, the word “Muslim” doesn’t appear on this page yet. Not even “Islamist.”

Akzed on August 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

…so?

ernesto on August 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Because we need to be reminded that Islam is a religion of peace. And, for that matter, we need to be able to distinguish them from all the international Christian and Jewish terrorists.

Then again, I suppose that at this point any time we see, hear, or read reports of these kinds of crazy shenanigans, we can assume that it’s those whacky Islamic terrorists up to their old hijinks.

BuckeyeSam on August 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Huh there’s a familiar trend occurring here. Immigration, Border Security, Drug Dealers, Terrorist….Jan Brewer is trying to secure the Arizona border but Obama can’t bring himself to make anything but a political decision in regard to OUR border security. Although it’s not even a popular political decision…I don’t care if Mexico doesn’t want us to secure our border. Sometimes Security has to trump Commerce otherwise there won’t be any Commerce.

The Rangers fought the Somalis back in 1993 they were hopped up on Jeed. We found out later it was Al Qeada, who had trained and funded them. The Military’s final assessment of what went wrong was Mission Creep. So George W Bush signs a Presidential Determination to import them into the U.S….sure why not.

What is our Mission in Afghanistan? Win the Hearts and Minds of the Afhganis…..sounds a lot like Mission Creep to me.

Dr Evil on August 5, 2010 at 1:30 PM

So it doesn’t say if they’re in custody, just they were charged.

scalleywag on August 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

I heard those people were very violent.

NeoKong on August 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Must be my 90 year old grandmother. She hijack a plane with nothing more than polident, glaucoma glasses,and a package of depends. Watch your back, Jack.

Laura in Maryland on August 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Mexico – the next Somalia.

scalleywag on August 5, 2010 at 1:42 PM

They must have voted against the emperor.

notagool on August 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

The casual, everyday level of family violence in Somalia is discussed in detail in Hersi Ali’s two books…especially the second one. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and the matter of fact way in which she presents what, to me, is horrifying.

jeanie on August 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Al Franken to complain that his voters are being disenfranchised…

KeepOhioRed on August 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM

They must have voted against the emperor.

notagool on August 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on August 5, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Al-Shabaab isn’t just Islamist, it’s had ties to Al Qaeda for years. Its beef with America is identical to the injuries always alleged by Al Qaeda, just shifted a few hundred miles to the south and west.

Al-Shabaab has declared brotherly support for AQ on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is part of the present internal fight in Yemen. Al-Shabaab started flooding Yemen (it’s a rickety boat ride across the Gulf of Aden) when the US dramatically expanded our special forces counterterrorism footprint there in early 2009.

Al-Shabaab also believes firmly that the US is arming everyone AS hates in Somalia. It spends its “me-time” making up grievances against America.

J.E. Dyer on August 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Bopbottle:

They must be Southern Baptists, being from Alabama and all.

Dhuka on August 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM

And we are letting more of them into the country! There will be hell to pay! Morons!

GFW on August 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

It’s the Refugee Resettlement Program that is actively inmportingh this jihadi cancer into our neighborhoods under the guise of ‘diversity’.

chalons on August 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Our entire immigration system is a joke. Today ICE agents unanimously voted “no confidence” in the amnesty-shilling head of ICE, and issued a scathing indictment of the turn-your-head-and-pretend-you-don’t-notice-the-lawbreaking policies that govern the entire operation.

The U.S. is being overrun by foreign criminals, wannabe terrorists, and moochers coming here to take advantage of our fraud-ridden welfare state, and the federal government is actively aiding and abetting this invasion. If Americans don’t stand up soon and start demanding an end to this crap, it won’t be long before we no longer have a country worth protecting.

AZCoyote on August 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Wasn’t this an episode last season on NCIS: Los Angeles?

Methinks somebody knew something about a year ago…

March Hare on August 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Any word on motive?

ronsfi on August 5, 2010 at 3:55 PM

He praised the American Muslim community for being “strong partners in fighting this emerging threat,” saying its members “have provided critical assistance to law enforcement in helping to disrupt terrorist plots and combat radicalization.”

F A K E Only two were arrested. the other 12 are all elsewhere in the world.. Way to go, Bambi. All the time symbols ’cause real action is above your courage level.

Have learned how to read leftist propaganda: last paragraph first, then first then look for scattered information. It’s mostly there.

In this case, d’rats wanna look tough but don’t dare offend any black segment. End of message. Pitiful effort.

Caststeel on August 5, 2010 at 4:25 PM

I don’t know why, but Columbus, Ohio, is a hot bed of Somalian activity. Explain to me, again, why we are allowing Somalian immigration as a priority? These folks have what skills we are in desperate need of?

Dandapani on August 5, 2010 at 8:14 PM