BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – Last month, Colinford Mattis and Uroof Rahman, were two lawyers who were in the courtroom in a slightly different capacity. Mattis was usually in the courtroom doing Pro Bono work and Raham usually in the courtroom defending tenants facing evictions.
This time, however, the pair were the criminals.
The have been labeled as domestic terrorists and are having to defend their actions that resulted in their arrest after a rather violent end to a Black Lives Matter protest back in May.
It’s a far cry from their seemingly innocuous daily work.
The pair were part of the Black Lives Matters Protestors that took to the streets of Brooklyn to protest the death of George Floyd earlier in the summer. They were arrested for allegedly torching a police vehicle by setting it on fire with a Molotov cocktail.
Jonathan Tobin, a contributor from the National Review, explained the charges the pair faced federal charges due to the incident involving an explosive device.
They face “seven federal charges, including arson, conspiracy, and the commission of a ‘crime of violence’ employing what the law defines as a destructive device”.
The destructive device, Tobin explains:
“means that if they are convicted, they will have to automatically serve a sentence that is three times longer than if they had used a gun: a mandatory minimum term of 30 years. With the other charges thrown in each is looks at the possibility of ‘non-negotiable’ sentences of 45 years to life in prison.”
Back in 1980, the FBI formed a specialized task force called the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
This Task Force is made up of officers from the NYPD and the FBI and used to root out threats to National Security. Since Mattis and Rahman used an explosive device, this task force was activated to investigate their case.
According to a Buzz Feed article:
“FBI Agent Kyle Johnson filed a criminal complaint in federal court, and federal prosecutors informed local authorities that the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York was taking over the case” all before Brooklyn prosecutors had begun writing up their charges.
Even though the pair have gained sympathy throughout the mainstream media and the leftist media there appears to be little doubt as to the pair’s innocence.
The Daily Beast even wrote a lengthy piece earlier this week complaining about the charges the pair faced, and stating that the Trump administration was attempting to using the pair to “crack down on the Black Lives Matter Protestors and to deliberately blur the lines between the folks who peacefully protest and those who engage in destruction”.
Tobin further states, back in May, during a rather violent protest regarding the death of George Floyd, Mattis and Rahman “were caught on camera throwing a Molotov cocktail into an empty, already vandalized NYPD patrol car in Brooklyn”.
In addition to the police surveillance video of the pair throwing the firebomb, a photographer captured a picture of Rahman, leaning out of the window of a car, holding an unlit Molotov cocktail.
Further evidence reveals Rahman, giving a filmed interview, in a rage over George Floyd’s death, saying:
“This sh*t won’t ever stop unless we fu**ing take it all down. We’re all in so much pain from how f**cked up this country is toward black lives.
“This has got to stop, and the only way they hear us is through violence, through the means that they use. ‘You got to use the master’s tools’ That’s what my friend always says.”
This case will be an interesting one to watch, and hopefully one that will set a precedence for future cases that will inevitably stem from ongoing riots that continue to occur around our nation.
Here’s more of the backstory from June:
NEW YORK CITY- As more information is learned about the funding behind the insurrectionist violent protests across the United States, one name keeps coming up…America-hating billionaire George Soros.
Now, Law Enforcement Today has learned through Breitbart News that one of the lawyers arrested in connection with a Molotov cocktail attack on the New York Police Department has ties to a Soros-funded group.
Two New York attorneys, Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, were caught attempting to distribute homemade Molotov cocktails to protesters in Brooklyn who were involved in riots near the 88th Precinct in the Fort Greene section of the borough.
According to a witness, they said that “Rahman attempted to distribute Molotov cocktails to the witness and others so that those individuals could likewise use the incendiary devices in furtherance of more destruction and violence.”
The witness confided this to authorities and it was quoted in a detention memo from federal prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York.
The New York Daily News obtained a photo of Rahman, who was wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh, or scarf partially covering her face while holding a makeshift Molotov cocktail.
The keffiyeh, which has black and white checks, is typically identified as a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. The red and white version is typically worn by Islamic terrorists.
Rahman has ties to the Mada Al-Carmel Arab Center for Applied Social Research, which works in partnership with Palestine Works, a U.S.-based nonprofit which promotes human rights and development for Palestinians.
Rahman, who graduated from Fordham Law School held a summer fellowship internship at the center in 2014.
The Mada-Al Carmel center is heavily financed by Soros through his Open Society Foundations, according to the center’s website.
A group that monitors non-governmental organizations, NGO, which specializes the Arab-Israeli conflict, notes that Mada-Al Carmel maintains some radical political advocacy positions.
Among positions they take is co-authoring the Haifa Declaration, which apparently calls for a change in how Israel is defined, and it also accuses Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust to make Palestinians look bad.
Mada-Al Carmel wrote in 2011 in their journal Jadal a focus on, “Boycotting Israel: Between Theory and Practice.”
During her fellowship with the Soros-backed group, Rahman had spent a week with the radical Palestine Works organization.
“Each day includes presentations and workshops led by attorneys and human rights advocates, as well as field visits to human rights flashpoints, such as East Jerusalem, Hebron, the Jordan Valley” the website states.
While Rahman was in Palestine, it appears that was where she may have become somewhat radicalized. When she returned to the U.S. from her internship, she authored an article for Fordham’s human rights newsletter, in which she described attending protest rallies against Israeli troops.
In the article, which is entitled “Witnessing occupation, apartheid, and resistance in Palestine/Israel,” there is some indication, Breitbart notes, which “may be instructive in understanding her mindset and alleged criminal actions over the weekend.”
Following is what she wrote, in part with emphasis added:
“I witnessed this oppression quite vividly on my initial visit to the West Bank. I was greeted by heavily armed Israel Defense Force soldiers (aka the Israeli Occupation Force) ushering people through Qalandia Checkpoint, one of the main points of entry into Ramallah in the West Bank from Jerusalem and a potent symbol of Israeli occupation.
While taking part in one of the largest protests in the West Bank from Jerusalem and a potent symbol of Israeli occupation. While taking part in one of the largest protests in the West Bank since the second intifada this past July, I saw how peaceful protests at Qalandia (and other places) can turn into violent clashes when IDF soldiers provoke violence using tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and, often, live ammunition at civilians exercising their free speech.
Over 40,000 strong, this protest was composed of youth, families, women, men children and grandparents, all of whom marched together from the center of Ramallah to Qalandia checkpoint on the road to Jerusalem.
What started out as a peaceful demonstration of resistance to the occupation and in solidarity with fellow Palestinians in Gaza—who were at this time facing aerial bombardment while under occupational blockade with nowhere to escape—turned into an all-out clash.
Young Palestinians were forced to resort to throwing rocks, their only form of self-defense, as IDF soldiers fired tear gas and skin-penetrating bullets into a peaceful crowd.”
Breitbart said that Rahman had previously expressed similar feelings in speaking about the United States. For example, in 2015, she wrote an article for the same newsletter in which she claimed, “militarized over-policing goes hand-in-hand with the gentrification of neighborhoods in New York City and throughout the country.”
She continued that “the process of gentrification runs its course with the help of institutionalized racism,” and stated that this is aided by the targeting of black and brown communities by police.
She had further called for an “overhaul of policing in America to end “gentrification’s violent effects on communities of color.”
Of course, this is in part the central theme of the current violent protests taking place across the United States, calls which have seen politicians (primarily Democrats), overpaid athletes, and Hollywood elites jumping on the bandwagon.
As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, Rahman’s bail, set at $250,000, was posted by a woman named Salmah Rizvi, a former high-level official in the Obama administration. Connecting the dots yet?
Prosecutors appealed her release, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District revoked her bond, and she was returned to federal custody.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Rizvi held intelligence posts at both the State and Defense Departments under Obama, where she also was involved in assisting with Obama’s daily intelligence briefings.
Rizvi told the Gothamist news site that she had met Raman in 2014 while they were both in law school, and that both shared an interest in helping refugees. Rizvi referred to Raman as “the best friend anyone can ask for.”
She noted that Rahman had interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights and had attended protests in the past, however she allegedly believed in non-violent resistance.
“She’s never promoted violence and she’d never harm another human being,” she added.
Apparently, unless you’re a New York City cop.
Of course, the Soros web also weaves into the Center for Constitutional Rights—it is also heavily financed by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The Center serves as a major hub for anti-Israel activism, which seeks to undermine that country’s legitimacy.
Both Rahman and Rizvi have a long history of numerous anti-Israel events and organizations. The fact that Rizvi was so close to the Obama administration and was intimately involved in intelligence briefings serves as a gigantic red flag.
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