Sunday, August 22, 2010

Minneapolis Somalis Played Key Role in al-Shabaab Investigation


Federal law enforcement officials are praising Somali-Americans for their help in an investigation which resulted in the indictment Thursday of 14 people on charges of providing money, services and personnel to the terrorist organization al-Shabaab. A large part of the credit goes to Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali community leader in Minneapolis who persevered despite opposition from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and hostile mosque leaders.Bihi, whose teenage nephew was killed after he went to fight for al-Shabaab last year, persuaded Somali families to cooperate with the FBI's investigation of al-Shabaab. He expressed hope that the legal process may provide answers about the disappearances of 20 teenagers and young men from the area who went to Somalia since 2007 to fight for al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al Qaida.In an interview with the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Bihi noted that two of those indicted Thursday - Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan of Rochester, Minn. - are accused of raising funds for al-Shabaab fighters while claiming it was money for humanitarian purposes.He said the indictments confirm what many local Somalis have long suspected: that al-Shabaab operatives have been raising money from them under false pretenses by "playing the victim card."Somalis have been approached in mosques and in their homes by women carrying pictures of sick people in Somalia and asking for donations to help them. These women claim they are soliciting funds "for Allah" or for purposes like building mosques in Somalia, Bihi said.Somalis have a tradition of volunteerism, he said, and are leery of giving money to charity. They were also suspicious of the fact that the solicitors did all of their business in cash, giving the community no way to verify where the money went.Bihi, who has lived in Minneapolis since 1996, told the FBI that for years, Somalis were intimidated into silence about jihadist fundraising in local mosques. The questionable activity has been taking place since 2003, he said, so it predates the rise of al-Shabaab and the Islamic Courts Union, which dominated the Somali government in 2006.The leadership at the Abubakar as-Saddique mosque in Minneapolis bears much of the blame for stifling would-be whistleblowers, Bihi said, because they ridiculed and discredited anyone who questioned fundraising practices there. The mosque leadership and its allies would talk to mainstream media outlets in the United States and appear on television in Somalia to accuse community members of lying when they raised the issue. They would also falsely accuse those speaking out of being "anti-Islam," he said.Mosque leaders also tried to discourage parents from speaking out when young Somalis began disappearing in 2007 - warning that if they talked to the FBI, their children will be incarcerated at a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay. Bihi singled out the local CAIR chapter for criticism, after the group discouraged families from cooperating with law enforcement."We were the first [Muslim community in the United States] to stand up to them," Bihi said regarding CAIR's objections to Somalis talking to the FBI without a lawyer. He was referring to this 2009 protest by Somali families outside a July 4 CAIR event.Bihi believes the tide has turned and Somalis in the Minneapolis area are willing to speak out against al-Shabaab and demand answers from the mosque leadership. Al-Shabaab used to be able to dominate community discussion of Somalia issues."There was a lot of fear. No one would speak up" against al-Shabaab, he said. But today, "the community is against al-Shabaab" and "people who used to attack us and call us names to discredit us" have gone silent.Three other indictments were unsealed Thursday in connection with al-Shabaab fundraising. In Alabama, prosecutors announced a superseding indictment of Omar Hammami, (AKA Abu Mansur al-Amriki), a U.S. citizen who has become a senior al-Shabaab military commander. Jehad Serwan, a U.S. citizen, was indicted in the Southern District of California and charged with providing material support to the group. And in Minnesota, authorities made public a superseding indictment charging 10 defendants with, among other things, providing material support to al-Shabaab and "conspiring to kill, maim and injure persons abroad." The indictments "shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to the al-Shabaab terror organization from cities across the United States," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "These arrests and charges should serve as an unmistakable warning to others considering joining or supporting terrorist groups like al-Shabaab: If you choose this route, you can expect to find yourself in a U.S. jail cell or a casualty on a battlefield in Somalia."False Advertising Used To Raise Money For Jihad?Ali and Hassan, the two Rochester, Minn. women indicted for raising money for al-Shabaab, have been under investigation for more than a year. In July 2009, when FBI agents searched their homes in connection with terror fundraising, both women denied supporting al-Shabaab. Hassan said she was only interested in providing "suffering people" in Somalia with food, clothing and shelter.Ali told Minneapolis Public Radio at the time that she sends money and "mails shipments of donated clothing to penniless refugees who are scrambling to escape the violence of her homeland." Declaring it was "my duty to help out the Somali poor people who left everything behind," Ali said she would never support any group that would carry out violent attacks in Somalia or the United States.The federal indictment unsealed Thursday paints a very different picture. It alleges that the pair raised money for al-Shabaab through door-to-door soliciting in Rochester and Minneapolis and elsewhere in the United States and Canada. It states that on October 26, 2008, Ali hosted an al-Shabaab fundraising teleconference in which a co-conspirator "told the listeners that it was not time to help the poor and needy in Somalia; rather, the priority was to give to the mujahidin [holy warriors]."Ali was involved in collecting funds from people who pledged money in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In January 2009, she allegedly directed an unindicted co-conspirator to "always collect in the name of the poor" so the funds could go to the mujahidin. On other occasions, she directed colleagues to send the funds in order to conceal that the money was going to al-Shabaab.The day after the FBI executed the July 2009 search warrant at her home, Ali contacted a co-conspirator to say that "I was questioned by the enemy here….They took all my stuff and are investigating it."Now, the legal system will determine whether Ali was telling the truth when she said her assistance to Somalia was purely humanitarian and that she would never support violence in that country.If the charges are proven in court, it will be the latest in a series of prosecutions showing that noble-sounding fundraising pitches are often used to raise money for terrorism.In both the Hamas-support case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the prosecution of former University of South Florida Professor Sami Al-Arian, the defendants claimed their work merely sought to help widows and orphans. "Feeding children is not a crime," read a banner displayed outside both trials.The presiding judges dismissed that argument in each case. At their sentencing, U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis reminded the defendants that they were being sentenced for supporting Hamas with more than $12 million after it became illegal.After Al-Arian agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to provide services to the PIJ, U.S. District Judge James Moody called the widows and orphans claim a lie.He noted Al-Arian used a brutal double-suicide bombing as a chance to solicit money for the PIJ. "And yet, still in the face of your own words, you continue to lie to your friends and supporters, claiming to abhor violence and to seek only aid for widows and orphans," Moody said. "Your only connection to widows and orphans is that you create them, even among the Palestinians."In the Minnesota case, the government alleges that the same play to humanitarian service may have helped al-Shabaab kill other Somalis.. ..investigative project
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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