December 30, 2014
Since we just posted about “welcoming” Sweden it seems like a good time to mention a couple of the charming new Swedes they are exporting!
From the New York Daily News (hat tip: crime investigator extraordinaire, ‘Pungentpeppers,’ who always finds the juiciest news!):
A reputed terrorist facing trial in Brooklyn likened killing innocent civilians in suicide bomb attacks to a “forgivable sin comparable to masturbation,” authorities disclosed.
Federal prosecutors opened a window into the twisted mind of al-Shabaab goon Ali Yasin Ahmed in papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, where he is charged with co-defendants Madhi Hashi and Mohammed Yusuf with providing material support to the Somalia-based militant group, which has merged with al Qaeda to wreak havoc throughout the world. [The implication here is that Ahmed is twisted but in fact his thinking is right in line with Islamic teaching—ed]
Conversations between Ahmed and Yusuf, who are Swedish citizens, were intercepted in November 2008. Yusuf is heard voicing doubts about traveling to Somalia to join al-Shabaab in light of a series of suicide bombing attacks in Africa targeting buildings operated by the United Nations and the Somali government that killed 26 people, according to court documents.
But Ahmed puts his comrade’s jitters to rest, according to the court papers. “Ahmed minimized the significance of suicide bombings against civilian targets and suggested that if such attacks were in fact a sin, they were an immaterial, forgivable sin comparable to masturbation,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shreve Ariail, Seth DuCharme and Richard Tucker wrote.
The three defendants joined al-Shabaab and served under the command of Arabi-American Jehad Mostafa, a San Diego native who made the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. Hashi, 25, was allegedly a member of a suicide bombing unit. Ahmed 29, and Yusuf, 31, allegedly received military training. [San Diego is an important Muslim refugee resettlement city***—ed]
If Yusuf once had second thoughts about becoming a foreign fighter, they were gone by 2010 when he starred in an al-Shabaab propaganda video called “Inspire the Believers” that sought to recruit jihadists, and also allegedly threatened to behead Danish cartoonist Lars Vilks for mocking the Prophet Mohammad, the feds stated.
Defense lawyers are seeking to dismiss the indictment, contending there is no basis to prosecute the trio in the U.S.
I don’t see anything about how the two charmers Sweden sent out into the world came into our custody, so if anyone sees more, please send a comment to this post and update us all.
*** By the way, back in 2008 and 2009 we learned that some of the Somali “missing youths” who were traveling out of the US were in fact driving to San Diego and from there crossing into Mexico en route to Somalia and Jihad training with Al Shabaab. Don’t have time this morning to search for those links.