Former police chief: Is New York City’s new mayor surrounding himself with radical jihadis?

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NEW YORK CITY- The newly elected mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, was heralded as someone who would be a vast improvement over the last guy, communist-supporting Bill de Blasio.

After all they reasoned, Adams was a former law enforcement officer who promised to get tough on out-of-control crime in New York City.

However a few of the early returns on Adams seem to indicate that he may be, in fact a Trojan Horse.

One of Adams’ supporters is someone named Talib Abdur-Rashid, an Imam from New York. According to Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag, Rashid appears to be a Muslim radical if statements he has made are any indication.

For example, Rashid has stated his belief that Muslims were in America before Christopher Columbus and spread their religion to Native Americans. He also has claimed that a California earthquake was Allah’s warning to the United States.

Rashid justified his refusal to celebrate the 4th of July by claiming the founding of the country, as long as Israel was akin to the US dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which effectively ended World War II.

Rashid has further claimed the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in France where Islamic terrorists killed 12 and injured 11 others was an example of “chickens coming home to roost.’ He made similar claims about the ISIS attack on a Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas.

Rashid has been an avowed supporter of a number of jihadi terrorists, and also defended former Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s call for the destruction of Israel and killing of millions of Jews as a “sentiment born of the legitimate anger, frustration, and bitterness,” while accusing Muslims working with the NYPD of being “collaborators” and “house negroes.”

Moreover, the site of Rashid’s Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood at one time reportedly featured the motto of the terrorist Muslim Brother hood, “Allah is our goal. The Prophet Muhammed ibn ‘Abdullah is our leader. The Koran is our constitution. Jihad is our way.’”

In Rashid’s endorsement of Adams for mayor of New York, he spent as much time attacking the United States and Israel as he did endorsing Adams. In other words, Rashid gives the appearance of an unhinged radical.

So what did Adams do? He named Rashid to his civic engagement transition committee.

As Greenfield notes, just 20 years after the Islamic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Adams has appeared to embrace a number of Muslims and their allies into prominent roles on his various transition committees.

Another Imam who is on Adams’ clergy committee is Umar Abdul-Jalil, one of the top clergy members in the city’s prison system and a former drug dealer who converted to Islam.

During the Bush administration, he claimed that “the greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House,” went on an unhinged rant about allowing “the Zionists of the media to dictate what Islam is to us,” and claimed that Muslims needed to be “compassionate with each other,” and “hard against the kuffar [non-Muslim].”

Jalil, according to an FBI memo said that he was paid “to be a good Muslim, but [was] propagating the true Islam through his job,” as a paid employee of the city of New York. The Bloomberg administration had temporarily suspended Jalil, yet here he is once again working with Adams on his clergy committee.

Another apparent radical serving on Adams’ transition teams is the former community affairs for CAIR (Council on American/Islamic Relations), Faizi Ali, who radical Linda Sarsour called a “close friend.”

Ali was previously with the Muslim Students Association, which along with CAIR is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ali was also involved in the group trying to get a mosque built on Ground Zero, and was involved with attacks on the NYPD, Greenfield said.

Yet another Islamic radical is Sarah Sayeed, who served as de Blasio’s Muslim liaison and who Adams appointed to the civic transition team.

She has claimed to be afraid of leaving her home on September 11, and has slammed the NYPD for trying to prevent further terrorist attacks by monitoring mosques suspected of harboring possible terrorists.

Sayeed defended Muslim anger at Mohammed cartoons, advocated heavily for the Ground Zero mosque, and blames the United States for killing Islamic terrorists, claiming the killings create “more radicalization and anti-Americanism.”

Other radicals Adams has named included Aniqa Nawabi, who has defended Hamas, Debbie Almontaser, who was caught up in a scandal at the Khalial Gibran International School, and Murad Awwawdeh, a “Palestinian” activist, who has accused American law enforcement of a “two-decades-long campaign of terror against Muslim, and has repeatedly slammed Israel, calling it a “racist, apartheid, hostile, terrorist state.”

There are actually several more, including some who advocate for Sharia law and pushed for an Islamic caliphate.

It is quite ironic that the site of the greatest Islamic jihad terror attack in the country if not the world has seen Islamists become part and parcel of the Democratic party in New York.

For example, Greenfield says that some are associated with the Muslim Democratic Club, while others who are affiliated with extremist Islamic organizations such as CAIR have been accepted into the mainstream of New York City Democrat politics.

Adams isn’t the first New York City mayor to embrace Islamists onto his team, with de Blasio having named some to official positions on his team, with others getting positions with influential members of the New York City Council, which has become increasingly radical over the past twenty years.

Greenfield notes that in the ten years after the September 11 terror attacks, Islamic “outrages” in the city gained a great deal of media coverage, as well as investigations, however as the Islamists became more accepted into the mainstream of New York’s political scene, the media began to grow silent, including the New York Post, the only conservative local media outlet in the city.

Fortunately there are some “counter-jihad” investigative groups, Greenfield reported, such as the Middle East Forum, Center for Security Policy, Jihad Watch and the Investigative Project.

Greenfield warns that due to changing demographics in America’s largest city, Islamists have turned into “political power brokers.” He noted they joined in with the “anti-Trump resistance,” and also affiliated with anti-Israel leftists of Jewish descent.

In the twenty years since 9/11, there have been only a series of smaller Islamic terror plots, many unsuccessful.

That means few are paying attention to what Greenfield calls “the ticking time bomb of Islamist influence,” least of all Adams.

This is, Greenfield infers, déjà vu, where we were at on September 10, 2001, which he refers to as “the silence before the storm.”

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UNITED STATES- According to terrorism experts, lone wolf killers are likely going to strike often and murder more innocent people as a result of the “defund the police” movement.

Former strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community, Phil Gurski, said in a recent interview:

“Security systems in Canada are being torn in all directions simultaneously and they’er understaffed to do what they are being asked to do.”

Gurksi, who is the president and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting, added:

“If you don’t have enough resources, then potentially there will be more of these attacks.”

Reportedly, the most recent lone wolf attack in Canada happened on June 6th in London, Ontario when 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman jumped the curb in his vehicle and struck a family of five, killing four of them and injuring one. 

Veltman is now facing terrorism charges. Lone wolf or lone-actor attacks are considered the most difficult to prevent and are usually the most shocking. A lone wolf attack is when an individual without formal ties to a terrorist organization goes on a murderous rampage. 

According to the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society, since the 9/11 attacks in New York, there have been several high-profile lone-actor terrorist attacks in Canada, the United States, France, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, amongst others.

Terrorism experts Mark S. Hamm and Ramón Spaaij, authors of “The Age of Lone Wolf Terrorism,” have documented 216 attacks by 83 lone wolves in the U.S. between 1940 and 2013; their research reveals that lone wolves are striking more often.

With the “defund the police” movement, some experts worry that police departments may soon be stretched too thin to effectively stop the growing number of lone wolf attacks. In the U.S. many police officers are quitting the force due to lack of leadership, violent protests, and defunding, which leads to less training.

In Seattle alone, more than 200 police officers have left their jobs since the violent protests began in summer 2020. In Louisville, Kentucky, nearly 190 police officers have quit the police force either through retirement or resignation. 

New York City’s police department is down by nearly 15 percent and Portland lost about 115 officers in the last year. In Canada, the number of police officers per capita is dropping. With the shaming of police officers on social media more and more officers that are still on the job are losing morale. Gurski said:

“Police officers I’ve heard of anecdotally are reluctant to answer calls because they’re afraid of what might happen. Everyone’s got a cellphone and starts recording them as soon as they come. One little statement and it’s on social media.”

In a paper published by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015, Hamm and Spaaij identified key traits common to many of these lone wolf killers. They wrote:

“The evidence indicates that most of them are unemployed, single white males with a criminal record. Compared to members of terrorist groups, lone wolves are older, less educated, and more prone to mental illness. When compared to members of al-Qaeda, American lone wolf terrorists are more likely to be unmoored from society.”

They added:

“In their social exclusion, lone individuals feel deprived of what they perceive as values to which they are entitled and form grievances against the government responsible for their unemployment, discrimination, and injustices.”

The two also noted that the lone wolf killers often tell others, either in person or on social media, what they intend to do. Researchers have suggested that a number of different technologies could be used to harvest and analyze information from the web to ferret out possible lone wolf terrorists.

The only issue is that they do not work very well. Gurksi explained that artificial intelligence systems that try to identify potential lone wolf killers before they act produce both too many false positives and false negatives. 

Artificial intelligence systems identify too many people though to be possible killers who never act out and they also fail to spot real threats because these don’t it the profile of those thought to pose a risk. Gurksi added:

“We did hundreds of investigations on people that were consistent with the decision to do something one day and most of them never did anything. Some of the were cowards. Some of them were just interested in being the big man on campus but never did anything.”

Reportedly, the greatest asset to law enforcement in finding and stopping potential lone wolf killers is neither the web nor confidential informants. It is friends and family of the lone wolf killers themselves. 

For example, the plan hatched by Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was foiled by a relative. Hamm said:

“The Unabomber was the subject of the largest FBI manhunt in history, but the FBI did not stop him. He was arrested because his brother noticed his writing style in a letter was very similar to the Unabomber Manifesto.”

He added:

“The average citizen can do more to stop these incidents than law enforcement.”

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Report: Top Hamas terrorist leader uses Twitter to incite violence while Trump remains banned

May 14th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Twitter has allowed the Twitter account of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyyeh to remain active while glorifying violence, despite former President Donald Trump’s account being “permanently suspended due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Ismail Haniyeh has been permitted to continue the use of Twitter as Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau and de facto head of the Gaza Strip to celebrate and encourage violence against Israel. Haniyeh has even published photographs of dead children he calls “Martyrs.”

As violence between Israel and Palestine flared, Haniyeh posted on May 12 a photograph of a young boy allegedly killed in Gaza by an Israeli rocket. Haniyyeh wrote in the post:

“The innocent Palestinian child Hamza Nassar 11y while he was on his way to buy vegetables to his family to eat it at Iftar time, he was hit by an Israeli rocket and died immediately. He was returned to his blind mother dead; Hamza is a martyr.”

The Gaza leader also posted a tweet celebrating the bombing of an Israeli oil pipeline while attaching a photograph of the resulting conflagration. He wrote (translated):

“The bombing of Tel Aviv and the oil pipeline facility between Ashkelon and Eilat. God is great and glory is to God alone.”

Violence between Israel and the Palestinians escalated this week as riots and confrontations between Israeli Jews and Minority Arabs erupted in several Israeli towns.

The uncommon violence inside Israeli communities came as Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, entered its fifth day.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the use of “a lot of force” to quell the violence. Yesterday, Israel announced the deployment of ground troops in an assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip after days of airstrikes aimed at the Palestinian militant group that has fired more than 1,500 rockets into Israel. 

With violence threatening to reach the intensity of the 2014 Israeli occupation of Gaza, Haniyeh posted an inciting tweet expressing hope for greater violence against the Israeli state while mocking efforts by European mediators to end the bloodshed:

“European officials contacted us and demanded an end to the short-range missiles, otherwise they would not participate in the reconstruction of Gaza. We told them: God willing, we will stop our short-range missiles and use long-range missiles.”

The tweets expressing hope for increased violence and the celebration of children losing their lives have not resulted in any action or suspension from Twitter, and the account remains active.

In contrast, former President Donald Trump has had his Twitter access permanently banned because of supposed incitement of violence. In January, following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter said in a statement:

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”

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Two tweets by the former president were singled out by Twitter as “inciting violence.” In one, he thanked voters who voted for him:

“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!!!”

A second tweet singled out announced he would not be attending President Biden’s inauguration:

“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

Although neither of the tweets express a call for or support of violent acts, Twitter said it reviewed them in the context of events occurring at the time when making its decision to ban the president:

“Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regard to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.

“After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”

In addition to allowing Palestinian leader Haniyeh to call for more violence against Israel, a U.S. ally, and celebrate the death of a child, the social media outlet has come under fire for permitting other hate speech to be broadcast from its site without suspension or removal.

The Twitter account of Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, has also been permitted to continue issuing anti- U.S. propaganda and calling for violence unabated by Twitter’s “Glorification of Violence policy.

Khamenei’s tweets have been so outlandish and dangerous, former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai highlighted some of them in a tweet calling out Twitter:

“Serious question for Twitter: Do these tweets from Supreme Leader of Iran @khamenei_ir violate ‘Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.’”

Twitter has not directly commented on the accounts. In a 2019 blog post, Twitter made a general comment about world leaders and what actions may result in enforcement action:

“We want to make it clear today that the accounts of world leaders are not above our policies entirely. The below areas will result in enforcement action for any account on our service (without consideration of the potential public interest value in allowing the Tweet to remain visible behind a notice):

  • Promotion of terrorism;

  • Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual (context matters: as noted above, direct interactions with fellow public figures and/or commentary on political and foreign policy issues would likely not result in enforcement);

  • Posting private information, such as a home address or non-public personal phone number;

  • Posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent;

  • Engaging in behaviors relating to child sexual exploitation; and

  • Encouraging or promoting self-harm.”

In response to the permanent Twitter account ban, former President Trump recently unveiled his own social media platform to communicate with his supporters. The platform, For The Desk of Donald Trump, allows him to broadcast messages he would have previously sent out on Twitter.

 

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