Within hours of the news that the Iranian Quds force commander, Qassem Soleimani, was killed there were over 200 US-wide pro-Iran demonstrations. These well-attended events were organized exclusively by the Red Green Alliance, an amalgam of communist/socialist/black militant and Muslim organizations. The bulk of the red part of this alliance was represented by the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). The green element of the alliance included a number of Islamic organizations such as CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and several of its affiliate Muslim Brotherhood groups, Nation of Islam, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Black Lives Matter, and representatives Rashida Tlaib, Keith Ellison, and Ilhan Omar.
Image 1: A map of some of the January 4, 2020 Pro-Iran demonstrations in the US: Source MoveOn.org Civic Action
Evaluating the demonstration timeline, it is remarkable just how quickly the activists responded to the call to hit the streets. In the 24 hours between the news of Soleimani’s death on January 3rd and the early morning of January 4th, when the boots were on the ground, the organizers pulled all-nighters, printing and mounting thousands of signs and banners. They also solved complex logistic problems of transportation, food, and communications—all hallmarks of an efficient bureaucracy and well-funded organization.
Running a people count analytic on dozens of videos from these rallies showed large crowds in most of the rally locations. In the event outside of the White House, there were about 1,000 demonstrators; in Boston, around 500; in New Haven, Connecticut, about 150; in Las Angeles, about 450.
In most of these demonstration, their pre-event activity on social media indicated that the ANSWER Coalition had coordinated these rallies with CAIR and other US Muslim affiliates. The analysis of the content of the speeches shows that the majority of the speakers promoted a pro-Iranian political agenda (despite the fact that many of organizations claimed to be non-profits and dedicated to US civil rights activity). The common theme across these events was “the need to fight the unlawful actions of the United States Middle East” and “US withdrawal from Iraq”. From the content of the speeches, it seems that these and other foreign policy demands were more aligned with the role of foreign agents than domestic civil rights activists.
Image 2: US-wide pro-Iran demonstrations began immediately after Soleimani’s death
The Mystery Behind the Activists and their Motivation
Despite the wealth of evidence about the organizations behind these rallies, very little is known about the actual individual activists and organizers and their motivation for attending these events. For example, what can possibly bind an extremist Muslim female who wears a hijab, prays 5 times a day, leads a strict monogamous life style, and affirms the supremacy of Allah and his prophet to a fellow female atheist demonstrator who takes selfies on the toilet, participates in orgies, and worships Satan?
Image 3: Two activist types sharing the stage during the pro-Iran demonstrations
There are a number of possible explanations for the pervasiveness of these pro-Iran rallies. One could be that there is indeed a nationwide population that genuinely spends their days worrying about the wellbeing of Iranian mullahs and the leadership of the revolutionary guard. Every few weeks they become overwhelmed by the need to take a few days off from school/work and march in sub zero temperatures waving Iranian flags and chanting their support for an arch terrorist like Soleimani. On the other hand, these rallies could be influence operations that are being orchestrated by foreign governments using front US civil rights organizations (which they formed/took over, finance, and control) to do their political bidding.
It is a difficult problem to crack because just evaluating the swarms of people in these events doesn’t provide the deep context and only shows a random mixture of individuals and what on the surface appears like a genuine grassroots movement.
A Note About Using AI Based Analytics
I received a number of comments about the invasive nature of AI and face recognition. Just like any other form of advanced tech, AI based analytics can be a double edged sword. The weaponization of AI by Google and the social media platforms to purge content and users and promote false information via their affiliated ‘fact checkers’ is already common practice. The continuation of this trend and its autocatalytic reinforcement by MSM has the real potential of ushering a dystopian age. This would be a terrifying hybrid of Orwell’s vision of 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World where only a small cast of the privileged control information and knowledge. But at the same time, AI democratizes intelligence gathering and analysis and gives us the power to stop this process and expose the bad actors and their influence networks. AI is also very efficient in identifying information warfare campaigns by accurately pinpointing their sources, methods, and perpetrators.
It is said that sarcasm is an effective tool in striping the thin veneer of hypocrisy. AI based analytics can have the same ‘disinfecting’ effect on our justice system, politics, and public discourse, it all depends on how we choose to apply it.
Winning this information battle may seem impossible, but Ecclesiastes teaches us that “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong”. As 1 Samuel 17:1-51 suggests, faith and the ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome can be the pebble in the ultimate technology slingshot against giants the likes of Google and MSM.
The Search Strategy
My strategy for uncovering the sources of the pro-Iran demonstrations was to conduct detailed video analytics on these rallies and then use a variety of OSINT, CYBINT/DNINT, FININT and data enrichment methods to develop a comprehensive dossier about the individual participants and their social and professional networks. Once I had this data, I could then derive some of the ideological, financial, and motivational drivers for participating in these events.
AI based video, audio, and big data analytics can help answer these types of complex questions by automatically and efficiently performing massive linkage based searches and by breaking-down the anonymity that comes with swarming crowds and masked activists. The wealth of footage and imagery on social media and news coverage of the current and previous demonstrations makes it possible to perform extensive amount of machine learning (ML).
Based on these factors, my approach was to first perform a comprehensive classification of the people and objects in each crowd. Once I had the inventory and a catalog of these objects, I then broke the swarm of protesters into sub-groups using a variety of analytics such as ethnicity, age, and gender classification. Following this sub-grouping, I identified each individual using face recognition and several other fusion techniques.
Image 4: Sample classification of “20-30 year old male” activists
Image 5: Sample ‘body type’ classification of female activists. Duplicates detections are the result of using multiple image sources for the same event
Image 6: Sample classification of “20-30 year old female” activists
Next, I compiled profiles for each individual using enrichment from multiple data sources. This collection was fed into a data warehouse and was then cleaned and given a canonical form. After that, I used various business intelligence tools to produce a dossier for each actor and their networks. The final product was groups and individual profiles that included political affiliation, social, and professional network, financial and socioeconomic indicators such as wealth, education, criminal background, political and sexual orientation, lifestyle, and a high level personality type classification.
Image 7: A few samples of the 62 types of image classification categories derived from the video and imagery of the pro-Iran demonstrations in the US
The Search Objectives
My objective in this search was not to unmask any specific activist. The goal rather was to identify ‘prototypes’ of individual and their organizational linkages. During the search, the AI cataloged the identity of about 517K individuals made up of the activists and their family, social and professional networks. For illustrative purposes, I only used a handful of the results in this post as case studies. Certain content like sex acts, drug use, and violence that relates to the entities presented here has been either masked or excluded from the imagery.
The Solution Framework
Illustration 1 contains details about some of the system components and solution architecture that I’ve used in this project. You can also find more information about two similar projects in my posts: Military Romantic Scams – The Theory and Practice and the Mechanics of Deception.
Illustration 1: System components and solution architecture
To conduct the video analytics and the data analytics, I’ve utilized the following tools:
- XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, facial Indexing, OCR, LPR, image reconstruction, object classification and detection
- IBM Watson – Speech to Text
- IBM Cognos – Business Intelligence and data analytics
- Cyber Engine – Metasploit Framework with custom payloads
- Big Data Stack – Hadoop, Zeppelin, Kafka, Storm, and Spark frameworks
- Scripting and Integration – VisualBasic.Net, C#, and Python
- OSINT and Forensic Tools – Maltego, and Metagoofil
- Web Crawler and Scraper – RCrawler with an R package
- Network link analysis and Graph – Open Sementic Search with a Neo4J plugin
The Analysis Process
A note about the statistics: the numbers provided in the following summaries are based on specific data points. For example, the criteria to determine the number of individuals who consumed alcohol was that they had to appear in imagery holding a drink, consumed a drink, or have references in writing (by themselves or others) to their drinking habits. There was no attempt to derive their alcohol consumption habits from sources like a group photo at a bar. That said, all of the figures provided have a margin of error and could be either higher or lower. The utilization of statistical sampling in this case was done for the purposes of general trend identification.
The search results yield over 13K directly linked individuals to the demonstrations, about 517K individuals in total that comprise their social and professional networks, and about 64K video objects (hats, banners, megaphones, etc.). The record of each individual and organization was enriched form multiple online sources such as the ones found in Table 1:
|#||Enrichment Data Sources|
|1||WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype, Telegram, Viber, MeetMe, Discord|
|2||News and media archives, Quora, Ask, Spreely|
|3||Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Pinterest, Flickr|
|5||Tik Tok, YouTube, Meetup, vine, Tout, Vero|
|6||Ashley Madison, PornHub, Tinder, POF, SeekingAgreement, OkCupid, Zoosk, Victoria
Milan, Badoo, Craigslist, eHarmondy, Elite Singles, Parship, eDarling, Be2, Blendr,
CoffeMeets Bagel, Meetic, Lovoo, SpeedDate, Tagged
|7||LexisNexis, D&B, Background, Public and Court Records|
|8||Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Amazon|
|9||Reddit, Google+, Ask, Foursquare, StumbleUpon, The-dots, Kiwibox, Delicious, Snapfish,
Flixster, Care2, CafeMom, Ravelry, Nextdoor, Wayn, CelluFun, Classmates, MyHarritage,
LiveJournal, Friendster, GaiaOnline, We Heart It, Buzznet, DeviantArt, Twitch, Github, Imgur
Stack Overflow, Discord, Steam, Medium, IGN Boards, MyLife
Table 1: Sampling of the data enrichment sources used in searching and building individual and organization profiles and dossiers
To be considered as a valid entry in the database, the record had to comply with the following enrichment roles:
- Record that could not be enriched (for the lack of matches) was ignored in the final report.
- Duplicate records (e.g. same individual with two different names) were consolidated into the ‘richer’ of the two record.
- To be considered valid, each record had to be cross matched through face recognition, phone number, and/or address.
- The criteria for reporting about an individual was that they first had to be positively identified with at least 89% certainty or higher.
Analyzing the data yielded a well structured organizational hierarchy. What on the surface seems like local grassroots organizations with a random mixture of activist race, gender, age, and vocation turned out to be a hub and spoke enterprise with well defined roles and responsibilities. The centralized nature of the leadership of these rallies is supported by a wide range of evidence. These include: instructions when to initiate a protest, the messaging that should be promoted, specifications for props (signs, banners, masks, etc.), contacts with MSM to arrange media coverage, and coordination with local and national supportive politicians.
Regardless of the rally location and the makeup of the local demonstrators, the speeches and messaging was uniform and had identical talking points. As can be seen from the following word cloud comprised of speeches from 6 different rallies across the US, some of the reoccurring topics were: “Impeachment”, “American Aggression”, “Trump Wants War”, “No War with Iran”, “Occupation of Iraq”, “War for Oil”, “Imperialism”, “American Aggression”, “US out of the Middle East”, and “Islamophobia”.
Image 8: The word cloud of the pro-Iran speeches in 6 rallies across the US
The Organizational Hierarchy
Despite the varied geographical locations of the rallies, the hierarchy and structure of the organization responsible for the demonstrations was identical and can be roughly divided into these three categories:
- National Leaders – Dictates the ideology and political orientation of any rally
- National and Local Organizers – Mobilizes the troops, handles the logistics, and interacts with the media and politicians
- Local Activists – The human biomass and boots on the ground
Image 9: A sampling cross section of the Red Green alliance Leaders, Organizers, and Activists
The overwhelming number (93%) of the Leaders that ordered the mobilization of the Organizers and Activists and dictated the agenda for the rallies came from US based Islamic organizations. The leading one was CAIR.
These Leaders have family connections in the Middle East and periodically travel there on pleasure and business. Over 87% of the Leaders are engaged in some form of US lobby activity on behalf of a Middle Eastern country. The nature of the lobbing is mostly related to promoting the interests of an Islamic fundamentalist party and is associated with either Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Libya, and Algeria.
All of the members of the leadership team are salaried employees with incomes ranging from $140K-$350K. The Islamic organizations they belong to are overwhelmingly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and a few have a US Shiite connection. The Leaders are also the ones that mobilize, direct, and script the messages for representatives like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and fully control the narrative.
All of the Leaders are tightly connected to their local congressional or senatorial representatives, with an overwhelming 96% of them having democratic political affiliation. They also frequently travel to DC and visit these representative. Under the Obama administration, many of the Leaders visited the White House and met with the president, his cabinet, and his senior staff. Many of the national politicians associated with the Leaders frequently appear in various Islamic organizational and social events as speakers and guests. They also lead and promote pro-Islamic legislation.
This form of Islamic political activism is a family business and in many cases (71%) the children of the Leaders engage in the same line of work and work for the same organization after graduating college. Some of the children also run for public elected office and leverage the political resources of the Muslim Brotherhood network and funding.
All of the Leaders, regardless of their location, promote the following agendas:
- Open borders and unrestricted immigration
- Elimination or reduction of ICE scope of responsibility
- Immigration reforms for Muslim travel and visas
- Strict gun control laws
- Sanctuary Cities
- Anti-Israel policies and the promotion of BDS
- Woman’s rights with emphasis on abortion rights
- Black Lives Matter
- Sharia law as an alternative to common law
About 24% of the Organizers had some run-in with the law and were previously arrested or have served time in jail. Most of the offenses were not associated with political activism (typically misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct), they were felonies related to drug, theft, violent crimes, and fraud. Over 68% the ‘native’ black American demonstrators were converts to Islam and participated in the events as part of their mosque related activity.
77% of the black Muslim Organizers have some irregularities with their religious education and/or credentials (i.e. claiming to hold a religious degree). These ranged from claiming to attend schools that did not exist at the time of their stated degree date to the school denying that the individuals had ever studied there.
Image 10: The first documented instance of time travel – Imam Siraj Wahaj, a pro Iran Organizer and one of the leading black American Islamic clerics and his claim of obtaining a degree from the Saudi Umm Al-Qura University in 1978 when the university was only established in 1981
The majority (89%) of the Organizers came from the communist socialist alliance. This group consists of two distinct age groups: 20-40 and 40-70 year olds. Many of the Organizers (44%) in blue cities like Chicago and New York have Latin American roots. None of the Organizers identified in this search participate in this activity on a purely voluntary basis. They are ‘professional’ employees with incomes ranging from $70K-$110K.
Several of the Organizers have direct connections to Russian officials and the Russian government controlled media. They regularly contribute to Russian state propaganda publications in the US and professionally appear on the RT and sputnik channels. In several instances, their Russian contacts were affiliated with the Russian intelligence eservices. About 26% of the Organizers were DACA.
Many Organizers like as Brian Becker also maintain a long term relationship with MSM outlets such as MSNBC and New York Times. These have historically provided them with very sympathetic coverage and a platform for their ‘anti’ event of the day.
Image 11: Brian Becker, the leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Director of ANSWER and his long running business engagement as a propagandist for the Russian government’s RT and Sputnik media outlets
The Activists constituted the bulk (83%) of the demonstrators. This group was comprised of retired individuals (a hybrid of teachers, labor organizers, and public sector employees) who have been life long members of various communist organizations. The second part of this group were college students, professionals, and non-vocation individuals and their immediate family members. Within the activist body there were also pockets of veterans (about 5% in the larger cities). Close to 78% of the younger (20-40 year olds) Activists were affiliated with Antifa.
The majority of the ‘white’ students attended liberal arts schools and majored in humanities related fields. In some cases, the teachers in these schools also mobilized their students to attend these demonstrations as part of the school’s political activism. The opposite was the case with the Muslim students; many of them majored in science/engineering. The average student debt for the ‘whites’ was between $40K-$80K. Many of the Muslim students attended schools on some sort of a scholarship or grant.
Image 12: A sample listing of grants/prizes of one Muslim student Activist at Harvard.
Over 32% of the Muslim Activists that took part in the rallies are in the US on student visas. 95% of the Muslim Activists participating in the rallies belonged to a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated organization like the Muslim Students Association (MSA). The majority (47%) of the male Muslim Activists openly dated non-Muslim women. No Muslim female Activists openly dated non-Muslim men, although, about 11% had one or more hidden sexual relationships.
Many of the Activists also take part in other forms of progressive political action. These include causes like women’s rights, BLM, animal rights, climate change, and sex/gender related rights.
Image 13: Eve Clarice and Aiden Cook and their underground chicken railroad
Over 98% of the Activists previously participated in various BDS and anti-Israel activities. About 14% of the Activists were Jewish, 24% were Christians, and 41% were Muslims. Very few (4%) of actual undocumented/illegal immigrants showed up to these events.
Image 14: Frater Dracomagus, the profile of a Party for Socialism and Liberation Activist
More than half of the (54%) of the activists had some form of substance dependency (i.e. AA activity or multiple previous instances of drug rehab). A large number of male and female activists (34%) smoked cigarettes, vaped, or used a hookah. Close to 10% percent of one of their parents or caregivers either committed suicide or had attempted to.
Image 15: Candice Pugh, the profile of a Satan promoter, PSL, and Bernie Sanders activist
Over 36% of white male and female activist had tattoos (excluding the Muslims). This population was also engaged in the occult and different forms of paganism. About 35% of the female activists and 19% of male activists had one or more indication that they were sexually abused in childhood.
Image 16: Jodi Applegat Cooper, a profile of a pro-Iran Activist
The sexual orientation and practices varied among this population and included: heterosexuals, bi-sexuals, trans-genders, cross-dressers, various fetishes, exhibitionism, sadomasochism, and BDSM.
Image 17: The drinking, hookah smoking habits and political theory of Fakava Laulu AKA “OfDerek”
Lifestyle And Habits
When not busy with profiting from the ‘revolution,’ most of the Organizers live a quite bourgeois lifestyle. They own real-estate in the better part of town, take their kids to soccer practice, own imported SUVs, send their kids to private schools, own stocks, invest in collectible art, buy expensive wine and beer, vacation overseas, engage in expensive hobbies (like carbon fiber-built mountain bikes), dress in fashionable branded clothing, and purchase season tickets for sporting events.
Image 18: Comrade John Beacham an Organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation and coordinator at ANSWER and his very non-worker-like lifestyle
The Muslim Brotherhood Connection
The Leadership of the Red Green Alliance is entirely comprised of Islamists who are either open or crypto members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. Some are first-generation Americans born to immigrant Arab parents; others came to the US to study in the nineties and became naturalized citizens by marrying an American. It is noteworthy that some of these marriages ended soon after the spouse became naturalized which could be an indication of marriage fraud. All of these senior members belong to mosques with a strong fundamentalist orientation and promote themselves and their families as being extremely pious and devout Muslims. The men, for example, tend to post pictures of themselves praying and wearing traditional garbs.
Image 19: Social media virtue signaling, a Red Green Alliance Leader posting images praying in his living room and with his good friends congressman Don Beyer and the convicted felon turned Muslim civil right activist Mahdi Bray
The public photographs of female family members always show them wearing a hijab, however, in multiple instances, these family members also maintained ‘shadow’ accounts on various online platforms where they posted and consumed sexually explicit content and/or pornography.
The Leadership team is also actively engaged in a variety of foreign political organizations such as the Libyan American Alliance that promote strict Islamic doctrine and the interests of Qatar and Turkey (who are also funding these efforts). All Leadership members have strong political connections to various democratic congressmen and senators–whom they support financially and electorally. All Leadership has extensive family or business interests in the Middle East and travels there regularly.
During the Arab Spring, a few participated or supported various regional jihadi armed conflicts. A few of the Leaders even made it to various terror watch lists as a result of this activity. The Leaders and many of their family members are also the leading organizers of movements like BLM and anti-Israel and BDS activities. All of the individuals within this group speak Arabic as a first language. Many, depending on the message and intended audience, post on social media in both Arabic and English. The Arabic language content tends to be incendiary, anti-Israel, and anti-American in nature while the English content deals with ‘progressive’ social and political ideas. Many of the comments on the content openly call for waging jihad against the US and seizing political power by some surreptitious means.
Several of the Leaders have a long history of preaching jihad in the US and overseas. They and some of their affiliated Islamic organization like the Islamic Relief have also been tied to raising money and providing other forms of support to US declared terror organization such as Hezbollah, Hamas, or the Islamic Jihad.
Leadership Case Study 1 – Esam Omeish
Esam Omeish is good case study for a typical Leader in the Red Green alliance. He was born in Tripoli, Libya in 1967. In 1982 at the age of 15 he immigrated to the US with his family. They settled in Falls Church, Virginia, where he attended J. E. B. Stuart High School. He and his brother started the first Muslim Friday prayers in the high school. Following his graduation, he attended Georgetown University. Graduating in 1989 with a double major in government and biology, Omeish attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. As a student, Omeish was president of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Georgetown. The MSA group was founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States—a worldwide Islamic fundamentalist religious/political movement that seeks to replace the constitution with strict Islamic law.
From 2004-2008, he served as president of the Muslim American Society (MAS), another Muslim Brotherhood funded organization. Recently, Omeish served as director of the Libyan Emergency Taskforce and several other foreign fundamentalist Islamic organizations.
Image 20: Esam Omeish and Mongi Dhaouadi two leaders in the Red Green alliance and a few samples of their linkage and political influence networks
Omeish is affiliated with CAIR and with The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), another terrorist linked US based Muslim organization. Due to his polished western look, Omeish has become the darling of MSM outlets like NPR which promotes him as a moderate and affable progressive.
Image 21: From fundamentalist jihadi to your everyday patriotic American politician: Esam Omeish and his extensive lapel pin collection
The Dar al-Hijrah Mosque, AKA the ‘Nest of Vipers’
Omeish served on the board of directors of the radical Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Fairfax, Virginia. Since its founding, this mosque has had numerous links to terrorists and Islamist radicals. US Department of Treasury records state that Dar al-Hijrah
“is a mosque operating as a front for Hamas operatives in US,” that it “is associated with Islamic extremists,” that it “has been under numerous investigations for financing and proving aid and comfort to bad orgs and members,” that it has “been linked to numerous individuals linked to terrorism financing,” and that it “has also been associated with encouraging fraudulent marriages.”
The following is a short sampling of just a few of the ‘regular suspects’ at this fine religious institution:
- Esam Omeish, an Imam at the mosque. He publically stated that “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land.” He advocates that the US should support the “Revolutionary Shura Council,” or the “Mujahideen Shura of Derna,” (an al-Qaida affiliate), which in 2017-2018 conducted multiple attacks against Coptic Christians. In 2017, the Libyan government placed him on their terror list.
- Anwar al-Awlaki, the Imam at this mosque in 2001 and close friend of Esam Omeish. He was the spiritual inspiration for Omar Mateen the terrorist from the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre of 49 and his close friend Moner Abu-Salha, the first American suicide bomber in Syria. Al-Awlaki was also the advisor and guide to two of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi. Awlaki was in contact via email with Nidal Hasan, the US Army Major who in November 2009 murdered 13 soldiers at the Fort Hood military post near Killeen, Texas. Abut a year after the attack, Awlaki referred to Hasan as a “hero.” Awlaki was involved in an October 2010 plot to blow up a US cargo plane flying from Yemen to the United States. The bomb, disguised as an ink cartridge, was built by AQAP’s chief bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri and was timed to detonate as the plane flew over the eastern seaboard of the United States. The bomb was removed by British police after a tip from Saudi intelligence. In 2011, Awlaki instructed British citizen Minh Quang Pham to carry out a suicide bombing at London’s Heathrow International Airport. Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in 2011.
- Abdulhaleem al-Ashqar, served as a board member of the mosque. Ashqar was indicted in August 2004 for participating in a 15-year racketeering conspiracy to finance Hamas’ activities. Ashqar was subsequently convicted of contempt and obstruction. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in November 2007.
- Ismail Elbarasse, one of Dar al-Hijrah’s founding members. Elbarasse was the assistant Hamas #2 leader Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook. The two shared a joint bank account from which Elbarasse wired $735,000 to Hamas operative Mohammad Salah, who was indicted with Ashqar and Marzook in 2004. In 1998, Elbarasse was jailed for refusing to assist a grand jury investigation of Hamas’ US activities. Elbarasse was also named as a co-conspirator in two Hamas-support trials. He was again arrested in August 2004 after his wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat of his car, was caught videotaping the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A search of Elbarasse’s home turned up the “Anarchist Cookbook,”.
- Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, convicted of plotting to assassinate President Bush an a regular worshiper at Dar al-Hijrah.
- Ali al-Tamimi, an Islamic teacher who frequented the mosque, was convicted of inciting terrorism in connection with the Virginia Jihad Network, and sentenced to life in prison.
- Imam Shakir El-Sayed, the current Imam at Dar al-Hijrah. He regularly uses extremist rhetoric in sermons to condone the use of violence in a variety of unfavorable situations for Muslims, emphasize that Islam forbids allegiance to the secular state, and support female genital mutilation to prevent ‘hypersexuality’.
- Sami Al-Arian, attended the mosque and lectured there. He pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiring to provide goods or services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
In 2007, Omeish was forced to resign from the Virginia immigration panel after a video surfaced showing him praising those who chose “the jihad way” to liberate their land (Omeish considers the US to be an Islamic land). Another video showed Omeish congratulating Islamic martyrs for “giving up their lives for the sake of Allah.”
Video 1: Esam Omeish calling for jihad in the US
In an April 2004 speech at a MAS conference, Omeish referred to Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, killed in an Israeli drone strike one month earlier, as “our beloved Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.” In that same appearance, he urged the audience to integrate rather than assimilate. Omeish said it was time to take the bull by the horns in “making sure that I will not accept the evils of this society.” He said it was important to “perfect” society “so it can carry the light of Allah so it can establish a presence of what a perfect society under the guidance of Allah is.” He also said that Islam will either “become the dominant religion of the next century,” or, “we may be forcibly rejected from the West because of forces of intolerance, racism and bigotry are present and grow larger.”
In a January 2009 sermon at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, Omeish called for “an American Islamic movement that transforms our status [to that of a constitutional republic], that impacts our society, and that brings forth the change [implementing an Islamic state and Sharia law] that we want to see.”
In 2011, Omeish traveled to Libya to participate in the revolution. His visit was sponsored by several hardline Salafi jihadist organizations. While in the frontlines he met, worked with, and supported a number of jihadi militias.
Image 22: 2011 Esam Omeish’s visit to Libya and his affiliation with several Islamic fundamentalist militias
Omeish visited the White House on several occasions and met president Clinton, president Obama, John Kerry, and Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN. He met twice with Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement on March 9, 2011 and March 30, 2012. In April 15, 2011, Omeish played the ultimate role of a fox guarding the hen house, when he met with Karen Richardson, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and advised her on strategies to combat Islamic extremism.
Image 23: Sampling of Esam Omeish’s political influence network in DC and his close relationship with the likes of President Clinton, Turkish president Erdogan, president Obama, and Samantha Power, Obama’s US Ambassador to the UN and the ‘Unmasker in Chief’ who unmasked hundreds of Americans’ names in secret intelligence reports during the 2016 election
In 2016, Omeish wrote a letter to President Obama in which he officially pledged his supported for the Mujahideen Shura Council of Derna, a group linked with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Image 24: Sample materials in Arabic showing that Omeish is affiliated with multiple Islamic fundamentalist and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations
Omeish has politically endorsed, financially supported, and worked closely with notable democratic politicians such as Keith Ellison, Senators Blumenthal, Senator Mark Warner, Congressman Jim Moran, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Governor Ralph Northam, Congressman Don Beyer, and Congressman Nick Rhall. With CAIR’s guidance, he spearheaded the development of a number of pro-Islamic state and federal programs that support Islamic expansion in the US.
Image 25: Copy of Esam Omeish’s FEC donation form to Keith Ellison’s election campaign
Foreign Funding and Support for US Islamic Politicians
The Muslim Brotherhood in the US as well as the Turkish and Qatari governments have financially floated political Muslim candidates the likes of Ilhan Omar. We can gain some insight into this funding mechanisms from an article entitled “Media flak directed at Ilhan Omar no surprise at all”, published by the pro-Turkish government Anadolu news agency on April 2, 2019. In this piece, the author, Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui, stated “Lastly, since the [anti-Ilhan Omar] campaign was fixated on making an example of Ilhan Omar, donating money to Omar’s campaign fund would be an adequate way of denying powerful organizations the power to censor alternative voices.”
Some of resulting political ‘favors’ for floating the Islamic friendly congressional representatives, senators, and governors can be gleaned from proposed programs such as the removal of restrictions on Syrian refugee vetting and entry to the US and easing/eliminating immigration and the elimination of visa restrictions for foreign family members of Muslim individuals who immigrated to the US.
Image 26: Esam Omeish’s Islamist power network, foreign political activity, and his long term relationship with Brian Becker, a Director at the Party for Socialism and Liberation and ANSWER
It is evident from Omeish’s writings, lectures, and social media postings that he doesn’t view his close relationships with the fundamental Islamic institutions, organizations, or jihadi militias as problematic. Nor does he believe that his association and work with Qatari and Turkish agents in the US and abroad will put him in trouble with US authorities.
Image 27: Esam Omeish pimping Libyan Muslim Brotherhood politicians in the US
Omeish is not alone in this practice. An analysis of his social and professional network yielded multiple instances where his colleagues and associates, some of whom work for various federal government agencies like the State Department, are posting jihadi content or stating in Arabic that their loyalties are to a foreign government. Some even openly call for the overthrowing of the US government.
Image 28: Ibrahim Beshir, a long term State Department employee and a friend of Esam Omeish, posting jihadi content in support of Qasem Soleimani and declaring his political loyalty to Turkey and Erdogan
Welcome to the Libyan Government Terror List
In 2017, the Libyan Defense and National Security Committee published a terrorist list that included 75 Islamist Libyan lawmakers, politicians, military officers, clerics, activists and journalists all of which opposed “Operation Dignity”, the government campaign against jihadi militias in Libya. The list also included Muslim Brotherhood groups like Ansar al-Sharia in Libya. Esam Omeish and other senior members in these jihadi militias were named individually. Of note is that the Defense and National Security Committee also sent this list to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain so that they could append it to their own terrorist lists.
Image 29: Esam Omeish on the Libyan Government Terror List
In 2009, Omeish ran unsuccessfully for the state representative office in Virginia. He sold himself as a patriotic progressive American candidate. Omeish’s campaign was fully backed up and supported by CAIR’s senior executive Nihad Awad and the political leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US.
Image 30: The Omeish jihadi family activity, their political network, and some insight into their profiles. Many of the conversations within Omeish’s social and professional network exhibit the most vile forms of anti-Semitism, the general tune is one of disgust towards western values and the concept of a constitutional republic
Omeish’s Magical Appearing and Disappearing Jihadi Sword Trick
One of Omeish’s fundraising events took place in his 7000 square foot Virginia mansion and was attended by Congressman Keith Ellison. The activity started with socializing and refreshments for the dignitaries. It was followed by group prayer and political speeches. The TV crew started recording the event just prior to the political speeches. Running video analysis on some still images that were taken by Omeish family members in the room prior to the political segment yielded an anomaly. The AI picked up the presence of a large Islamic sword on one of the walls, the anomaly resulted from the AI finding the same sword again partially hidden on a table in the edge of the room. After evaluating the footage manually, it became clear that for some reason, Omeish took the sword down just prior to the video recording of his rally and stashed it away.
The presence of the sword on the wall in Omeish’s home was loaded with symbolism for his Islamist audience. The sword with Koranic verses represents the subjection of all non-believers (Sura 47:4) to Islam. But Omeish was also fully aware of the negative western perception of having the ‘Sayfullah sword of Allah’ in the background so he—very shrewdly—removed it from the wall just prior to the media coverage of his public facing activity.
Image 31: Esam Omeish’s magical appearing and disappearing sword act
This crafty inward and outward image management is standard practice for the Muslim Brotherhood operations word-wide. On one hand, preaching to their followers the most vile forms of anti-Semitism, extreme violent jihad, and the subversion of the US constitution, and on the other hand, shrewdly presenting themselves to the general public as progressive social activists.
Video 2: “Douse the flames, my dear. Kill the dragon (America), and know that no matter how many burns mark the once-upon-a-time of your story, the castle is yours, too.” Anwar Omeish, Esam Omeish’s Harvard grad daughter delivering award winning jihadi poetry
Leadership Case Study 2 – Mongi Dhaouadi
Mongi Dhaouadi was born and raised in Tunisia. He came to the US when he was 19 to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at school, he became involved with the Muslim Students Association (MSA). After graduation, he worked as the head administrator in the Islamic Salma K. Farid Academy. He quickly rose through the ranks and joined CAIR-CT as an executive director. Dhaouadi’s propaganda role included conducting civil rights workshops under the title “Know Your Rights”. He also lead public workshops and discussions on Islamophobia and the Muslim experience before and after 9/11.
Dhaouadi lead multiple large scale fake news media campaigns and press conferences falsely alleging discrimination against the Muslim community. Dhaouadi is the MSM go-to person for Islamic related issue and has participated in dozens of interviews. He is also a favorite with pro-Islamic and bleaching outlets like Al-Jazeera, Voice of America, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Democracy Now.
In 2018, as part of the never ending Muslim Brotherhood shell game of spawning complex organizational networks and changing R&R of their management he showed up as a director of an entity called United Muslim Voices and as the senior program officer at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID).
Image 32: Mongi Dhaouadi and Esam Omeish Leaders in the Red Green Alliance in their own words: “My Dear Respected Brothers and Sisters, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akaber, Allahu Akbar, Allah His Most High, Jihad Way is the Only Way…”
Senator Blumenthal, the Mouthpiece of the US Muslim Brotherhood
Over the past 10 years, Dhaouadi and fellow Muslim Brotherhood leaders have come to practically control politicians like Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut. This was achieved via a combination of donations, fundraisers, and a guaranteed Muslim voting block.
Blumenthal and Dhaouadi’s love affair began around 2011 when the senator appeared as a keynote at a CAIR fundraising banquet. At the time, Dhaouadi was the chapter’s executive director. Blumenthal knew that the 2011 CAIR event included a long list of Islamic extremists such as Imam Siraj Wahhaj—a friend of Dhaouadi and a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing who testified as a character witness for Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh”.
The Brooklyn based Siraj Wahhaj is a fanatical jihadi who demands the implementation of Sharia law in the US, stating that: “Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen.”
He also supports stoning for adultery and cutting off of hands for thievery, stating that: “If Allah says 100 strikes, 100 strikes it is. If Allah says cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to death, through the Prophet Muhammad, then you stone them to death, because it’s the obedience of Allah and his messenger—nothing personal”
Keeping in line with all Muslim Brotherhood leadership’s psychotic propensity towards violence and abuse, it is not supervising that in 2018, three of Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s kids (Siraj Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, and Subhanah Wahhaj ) were arrested in New Mexico on terrorism and child abuse charges. It turns out that his older son, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, killed his own child because he thought that the 3 year old boy was possessed by demons (he had epilepsy) and that he was effectively dead but only able to walk because the demons kept him alive.
After burying the little boy in one of the tunnels under the armed compound, he told the members of his strict Islamic community that the little boy will soon be resurrected as Jesus and would come back to identify corrupt institutions and people in the US so that commune members would be able to attack and kill them. On the kill list were teachers, military and law enforcement officials, and financial institutions.
In-line with the Muslim Brotherhood strategy to revoke the second amendment for the general population while they stockpile firearms, it is not surprising that when the FBI raided the compound they found that children had extensive tactical firearm training and an arsenal of an AR-style rifle, a five-shot Smith & Wesson revolver, a 9mm Kimber semiautomatic pistol, 2 9mm Gluck pistols, a .308 sniper rifle, a .30-30 lever-action rifle, and body armor.
Image 33: The armed New Mexico compound where Imam Siraj Wahhaj’s kids lived and abused 11 of their own children and Wahhaj’s linkage to the CAIR and the US Muslim Brotherhood leadership
It is noteworthy, that Blumenthal knew exactly who was present in the room during the 2011 CAIR fundraising banquet and who Siraj Wahhaj was. The evidence shows that his staffers compiled a detailed dossier about each participant, but apparently, Wahhaj’s involvement in 9/11, calling for the replacement of the constitution with Sharia, associating with known terrorists, and supporting Iran wasn’t a disqualifying condition for Blumenthals attendance.
Blumenthal also attended Dhaouadi’s April 2013 lecture on “compassion in Islam” and the CAIR Connecticut’s 9th annual banquet with Dhaouadi in December 2013. This banquet speaker’s list just like the 2011 one, included Islamic extremists like Wahhaj and CAIR Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly, another Islmaic radical who defended Hizballah and opposes FBI sting operations.
Image 34: Hassan Shibly armed with an AK-47, a hand gun, and a sampling of some of the fine personalities of the Florida chapter of CAIR and the affiliated Fort Piece Muslim Brotherhood terrorist breeding mosque
In 2016, Blumenthal spoke at CAIR Connecticut’s 13th annual banquet with the jihadi Islamist Linda Sarsour. A few months later, Blumenthal participated in a joint press conference with Dhaouadi and announced a plan to accelerate the entry of Syrian refugees into the US. Blumenthal again stood with Dhaouadi and CAIR Connecticut on November 21 calling for stronger hate crimes laws (classified as speech that criticizes Islam or makes fun of the Prophet).
In 2017, Blumenthal held a joint press conference with Dhaouadi to protest President Trump’s proposed travel ban and demanded drastic changes to security screening protocols for Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees and the expansion of the P-3 (fraud ridden!) family reunification program.
Its obvious that Dhaouadi, played a much bigger role than just being Blumenthal’s go-to guy for Islam related issues. From the areas of focus, frequency, and quantity of Blumenthal’s Muslim related legislative work, it appears that Dhaouadi controlled Blumenthal’s Muslim policy.
Image 35: The profile of Daryl Finizio, one of dozens of local politicians that are being ‘managed’ by their Muslim Brotherhood benefactors
Walks Like a Foreign Agent and Quacks Like a Foreign Agent
From all of the evidence, Dhaouadi appears to be a foreign agent. He reposted a pro-Qatar video on his Facebook page by Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani, a designated terrorist and Osama bin Laden loyalist. A 2004 Treasury Department statement calls Al-Zindani one of bin Laden’s “spiritual leaders”. He also helped buy arms for al-Qaida and other terrorists. Al-Zindani also appears on the United Nations list of specially designated terrorists. Dhaouadi now works for the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), a group linked to Tunisia’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement and the hardline Islamist Ennahda party. His social media and public speeches are dedicated to promoting propaganda that closely aligned with the political objectives of Turkey, Qatar, and hard core Tunisian Islamists.
Image 36: A sampling of Dhaouadi’s anti-Trump and anti-Semitic propaganda mill
Islamophobic Fake News 101
On March 21, 2012, Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi Muslim and mother of five, was found brutally beaten with a tire wrench at her home in El Cajon, a community east of San Diego. A note left next to her read, “go back to your country you terrorist.” Shaima died from her injuries a few days later at the hospital. Her daughter and husband said that her mother had dismissed a previous threatening note found outside the house, thinking it was a prank. According to family, that note read, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.”
During her memorial service, Alawadi’s husband Kassim al-Himidi, with tears running down his cheeks, told the somber crowd in Arabic:
“We want to let everyone know how innocent our mother, this woman, was.” He then addressed his wife’s murderer and said: “The main question we would like to ask is, ‘What are you getting out of this, and why would you do this?’”
Within hours of the murder, the CAIR fake news and propaganda machine was in full swing. Mongi Dhaouadii, their executive director was busy organizing nationwide demonstrations promoting Black Lives Matter and denouncing Islamophobia and the police profiling of Muslims.
Video 3: Mongi Dhaouadi leading demonstrations and issuing a nationwide calls for Muslims to Join rallies to stop the widespread islamophic murders like the one of Shaima Alawadi
The ensuing police and FBI investigation uncovered evidence that Shaima was in fact planning to divorce her abusive husband Kassim Alhimidi and move away because she discovered that he was cheating on her. There were also other family issues of her daughter’s refusal to proceed with an arranged marriage to her cousin and her dating a non Muslim man. In November 2012, the husband was arrested and charged with her murder. The trial was delayed by two years until 2014. In the end, the husband was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to 26 years to life.
Analyzing the media coverage of this murder, shows just how extraordinarily effective is the CAIR fake news machine and the willingness of the MSM to collude in transmitting this fake narrative. On April 01, 2012, Jamie Reno from the The Daily Beast published an extensive article titled “Shaima Alawadi’s Brutal Murder Highlights Anti-Muslim Activity in San Diego”. Both, the title and the content of the article stated with almost certainty that this was a hate crime that was perpetrated by an Islamophobe. Running linkage analysis on the various media sources and individuals that were involved in this media stunt shows that a significant amount of coordination took place between Mongi Dhaouadii and other CAIR executives and various media outlets that reported this news. It is not surprising that a rent-a-reporter like Jamie Reno and his close friend Michael Isikoff show up in this linkage and other large scale fake news projects. Michael Isikoff, for example, is the reporter that originally gas lighted the Steele Dossier and vouched for its credibility with his life.
Image 37: Mongi Dhaouadi the professional CAIR propagandist, his linkage to foreign jihadi Islamists, and his very devout activist family on and off camera
The Qatari Influence Network
The analysis of the leaders, organizers, and activist who participated in the pro-Iran demonstrations and their social and professional networks strongly suggests that a number of these individual are foreign agents who receive foreign funding. This is further reinforced when we supplement the video analytics with secondary sources like court documents and FININT.
Image 38: Emails, bank records, money transfer receipts, and official government correspondence showing that the Qatari government is supporting a large number of overseas Muslim Brotherhood organizations with hundreds of millions of dollars
One recent case can shed light on this question is a lawsuit that was filed in federal court against Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani—the brother of the emir of Qatar. The details of a action revolve around Khalid Bin Hamad allegedly ordering his American bodyguard to murder two individuals and of the holding an American citizen hostage in Qatar.
Sheikh Al-Thani resided in the US in 2015 before escaping back to Qatar to avoid prosecution. His life seems to be a wanabee reenactment of the Fast and Furious movie series. While in the US, he spent his time in residence at the Beverly Wilshire hotel where he rented a whole wing for over 60 people in his entourage. When not illegally street racing his yellow Lamborghini in LA, he was doing cocaine, hiring dozens of prostitutes (male and/or female, and/or underage) and concocting various murder plots.
This is certainly not an isolated incident, the Al-Thani royal family of Qatar is teeming with documented instances of debauchery and vice. Several years ago, Sheikh Al-Thani’s cousin, Sheikha Salwa was picked up hosting an orgy.
Image 39: Sharia Qatari style, the royal Princess Sheikha Salwa’s (Sheikh Al-Thani’s cousin) Little Orgy and her DC and Hollywood power network
An illustrative example of the Qatari influence and the underground railroad of drugs, money and political influence of Muslim Brotherhood in the US is the case of Mustapha Mohamed Atat, a Lebanese American from Detroit. He is a wanted fugitive for the 2001 Detroit murder of a young mother of two. He escaped from the US to Qatar, where Al-Thani provided him and his family with a safe haven, a life of luxury, and employment as a driver at his Al-Anabi drag racing team.
Image 40: Qatari Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, his US drugs, prostitutes, and illegal street racing hobbies, and his harboring a US fugitive wanted for murder
At the time of the crime, Atat was a known member in the Detroit Arab community. He was on welfare but owned several expensive homes (that were paid for in cash), raced expensive cars, and owned a number of luxury vehicles. It was common knowledge in the community that he was a drug dealer/trafficker–the source of which was likely Hezbollah related. Prior to his escape, Atat received a visa from the Qatari government–who was fully aware of his plan to flee the US to avoid persecution. Since his relocation to Qatar, Sheikh Al-Thani has not only harbored this fugitive, but also continued to support him financially and shield him from justice.
Al Thani commented about his his involvement with Atat, in a letter published by his US legal firm. He wrote that he was unaware of Atat’s murder in Detroit and was not familiar with American law. He hoped that Atat will resolve his legal issues, expressed sorrow for the victim, and hoped that “rest of us” can now “return our focus to racing”.
An Insider View of US Qatari Influence Operations
Analyzing Sheikh Al-Thani’s communications and imagery indicates that there is a large paid-network of Qatari agents and contractors who live and work in the US. Recently, a Kuwaiti-born Canadian businessman named Alan Bender testified on October 23, 2019 in a deposition made by video in Florida District Court. As a matter of record, Bender has proven deep ties to the Qatari royal family. In his statement, he alleges that Qatari officials asked him to recruit American politicians to become Qatari assets. When he voiced concern, he was told that several US politicians were already on the Qatari payroll, including Ilhan Omar.
This is an interesting statement, because Omar’s election campaign financials are an anomaly. Over 87% of her contributions came from outside her district and less than 9% came from her state. Also, over 80% of the contributors are members of Muslim Brotherhood organization like CAIR, ISNA, MAS, MANA, NAIF, AMP, MSA. Some of these organizations are funded directly or indirectly by Qatar. This aligns with Bender’s claim that the Qatari government is using some of these organizations as an insertion point and funding front for its activity in the US.
Image 41: Ilhan Omar campaign contributor by geography
Bender’s affidavit also provides details about Ilhan Omar’s early political timeline and rise to prominence. He alleges that Qatar’s secretary to the Emir for Security Affairs, one Mohammad bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Masna, told him that Qatar “recruited Ilhan Omar from even way before she thought about becoming a government official … They groomed her and arranged the foundation, the grounds, for her to get into politics way before she even showed interest. They convinced her.”
Image 42: Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Masnad advisor of the Emir of the state of Qatar for national security affairs and Qatari ambassador to Georgia Mubarak Bin Nasser Al-Khalif
Bender claims that Omar cooperated with Qatar’s request, received cash payments, and used her position in the House of Representatives to access sensitive information which she relayed to Qatar and through them to Iran. Bender goes on to say that the Qatari officials claimed credit for Omar’s meteoric rise from a minimum wage part-time social worker to a congresswoman, saying: “If it wasn’t for our cash, Ilhan Omar would be just another black Somali refugee in America collecting welfare and serving tables on weekends,”
Bender also testified about his meetings with Al-Masnad and other Qatari officials in which they discussed the lawsuit against Sheikh Al-Thani.
Many of the details provided in the testimony appear to match Omar’s MO. For example, she has already been found to have broken campaign finance laws. The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board ruled that she violated state campaign finance rules by improperly using campaign money for out-of-state travel while serving as a state representative. Additionally, it is certain that she committed some form of immigration/marriage/college funding fraud. Omar also paid close to $230K to a political consulting group that is managed by Tim Mynett. Omar, in character, has vehemently denied that Mynett is her lover, but recent divorce papers by Myent’s wife indicate that this was indeed the case.
Iranian Sleeper Cells in the US
In June 2017, a Bronx man named Ali Kourani was charged with conducting reconnaissance of JFK airport in New York for a potential Hezbollah attack. Around this same time, another Dearborn, Michigan man named Samer El-Debek was arrested and charged with traveling to Panama to conduct surveillance of some targets and the Panama Canal. In February, a third Cedar Rapids, Iowa man named Fadi Yassine was arrested and charged with weapon shipments to Hezbollah.
The American public reacted to these arrests with shock. No one expected that Hezbollah—an Iranian proxy—was fully operational on US soil. These arrests should not have come as a surprise, Hezbollah has been active inside the US and South America for decades, engaging in a range of activities that include bombing, fundraising, and money laundering. But despite these activities, the three arrests and detailed confessions that followed about their membership in Hezbollah’s black ops group indicated a significant escalation in the Iranian terror strategy.
Historically, Hezbollah-run charities such as the Mahdi Scouts, the Shia schools and the Martyrs Foundation have been entities that supply charitable funds to the families of Hezbollah fighters and are an extension of Hezbollah. The Martyrs Foundation operates in different countries under different auspices. In the US its satellite is called the Goodwill Charitable Organization. It is based in Dearborn and it is responsible for funneling contributions from members and supporters directly to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Hezbollah also operates a large fraud network which includes operatives in at least ten states including Michigan, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia. It has also established legitimate businesses in the US including a perfume distribution company that is as front for money laundering.
Another scheme involves purchasing used cars in the US and reselling them in Africa, part of a global money laundering network that also involved the Lebanese Canadian Bank and the mingling of funds Hezbollah garnered from cocaine trafficking to the US.
Image 43: The Hezbollah US-Lebanon-South America used cars, drugs, and money laundering connection
Considering all of Hezbollah’s counterfeiting, smuggling, and trafficking operations, among the most lucrative scams the group executed was a cigarette smuggling ring based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cartons of cigarettes purchased in North Carolina for $14 could be sold in Michigan for twice as much. The group is believed to have earned tens of thousands of dollars by transporting and selling untaxed cigarettes throughout the United States.
The most alarming case that relates the existiance of Iranian sleeper cells in the US took place in 2017. According to US federal prosecutors, two US-based Hezbollah Islamic Jihad operatives–Ali Kourani (AKA Ali Korani Samawar) and Samer El Debek (AKA Samer Ahmad Eldebek were tasked with carrying out operational surveillance for Iranian sponsored Hezbollah attacks in the US. Kourani, who was born in Lebanon, lawfully entered the US in 2003 on a student visa; he has over 120 relatives in the US. In 2009, Kourani got a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering degree from the City College of New York. In 2012, he married a Canadian-Lebanese dual citizen, and then promptly separated from his wife. In 2013, he got a Masters degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School. He traveled to Lebanon every year from 2005 to 2015 to visit his family.
After getting his MBA and his citizenship, he completely disappeared into the woodwork. He worked as a mid-level manger in various New York area companies making about $100K a year. He was completely westernized, owned a number of apartments, had an American flag on the porch, supported various civil rights causes, and by all accounts was the paragon of a successful Muslim immigrant to the US.
Image 44: Ali Kourani and Samer El Debek -The perfectly Americanized Muslim immigrants
But it turns out that he lived a double life. In 2000, Kourani, had attended Hezbollah weapons training in Lebanon when he was only 16 years old. In February 2008, the Islamic Jihad recruited him. When Kourani submitted an application for naturalization in the US in August 2008, he already was an active Hezbollah agent. In April 2009, Kourani became a naturalized citizen and was issued a US passport. In May 2009, Kourani traveled to Guangzhou, China; the purpose of the trip was to develop relationships with local vendors in order to obtain ammonium nitrate and other chemicals that could be used as explosives.
The Islamic Jihad assigned Kourani a handler and mentor, regularly debriefed him and arranged for his training. Kourani communicated with his handler via coded email and a messaging service for the purpose of instructing him when to return to Lebanon. When Kourani arrived in Lebanon, he would call a telephone number associated with a Islamic Jihad pager and provide a secret passcode. After contacting the pager, the handler would contact Kourani and set up an in-person meeting by calling one of Kourani’s relatives. The Islamic Jihad also provided Kourani with additional training in spycraft, weapons, and sabotage tactics. In 2011, Kourani attended a weapons training camp in Lebanon, where he trained on an RPG, an AK-47 rifle, an MP5 submachine gun, a PKS machine gun and a Glock pistol.
Both, Debek and Ali Kourani were directed by Hezbollah to find people in the US from whom they could purchase weapons which they were planning to stockpile in the New York area. Kourani also conducted surveillance of New York and Toronto airports as well as of FBI, Secret Service and US military facilities in New York City.
The Kourani/Debek case offers insight into just how organized and professional the Iranian operations are in the US and when and how Iran will use the Hezbollah and the Islamic Jihad cells to carry out attacks. During one of Kourani’s interviews with the FBI agent, Kourani freely confessed that “I am a member of 910, also known as Islamic Jihad or the Black Ops of Hezbollah. The unit is Iranian-controlled.”
Officially, Hezbollah’s unit 910, reports directly to Hassan Nasrallah but according to Kourani, it is Iran that oversees the unit’s operations. Kourani described his and other members of his team’s role to the FBI as a “sleeper cell“.
It is noteworthy that MSM has been exhibiting an extreme political bias against this case and had refused to dig into the details. Apparently, drawing attention to the clear and present danger of Hezbollah attacks in the US might undermine the MSM false narrative: that Islamic terror is less of a threat than the racist bigoted, and Islamophobic ‘white alt-right’ domestic terrorists which are just waiting for the sign from the conspiratorial dog-whistling Donald Trump.
From the comprehensive media searches that the AI evaluated for or this project, not even one investigative reporter has interviewed El Debek’s or Kourani’s neighbors, relatives, friends, or co-workers. Not one MSM outlet has attempted to follow-up on this national security precedent-setting case. Reading the following list and severity of charges against the suspects makes one wonder why the media is going out of its way to ignore it:
- Providing material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
- Conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
- Receiving military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a sentence of 10 years in prison or a fine).
- Conspiracy to receive military-type training from a designated foreign terrorist organization (carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison).
- Possessing, carrying, and using firearms and destructive devices during and in relation to crimes of violence (carries a maximum sentence of life in prison).
- Making and receiving a contribution of funds, goods, and services to and from Hezbollah, in violation of IEEPA (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
- Conspiracy to make and receive a contribution of funds, goods, and services to and from Hezbollah, in violation of IEEPA (carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison).
The one report from the New York Times—the mother of all Islamic terror whitewashing services—was a puff piece by Benjamin Weiser entitled: “He Wanted to Be an Informant. The FBI Arrested Him Instead.” The article purposefully overlooked large amount of evidence showing direct Iranian involvement. Instead, Weiser focused on the regular excuses for Islamic terrorists, i.e. the criminal angle and FBI’s coercion of a confused innocent man to admit guilt. Nothing about Iranian sleeper cells in the US.
Through the mid 1990s, the Muslim Brotherhood in the US and abroad believed that they would be able to sway American public opinion and foreign policy in their favor through direct military action. The first 1993 attack and the second 2001 attack against the World Trade Center were the culminations of this shock and awe strategy.
Image 45: The masterminds of the 1st World Trade Center bombing were all members of the Muslim Brotherhood
The anti-Muslim backlash that followed 9/11 convinced the Muslim Brotherhood leadership that large internal US violent assaults were unlikely to succeed. So, instead of only focusing on these types of terrorist attacks (there are still plenty of smaller cell actions like the Fort Hood and Pulse Nightclub shootings), it shifted its strategy to infiltrating various civil rights and communist organizations and slowly taking over them.
By 2002, the Muslim Brotherhood was in full control of the agenda and operations of organization like PSL and ANSWER—which they helped form in 2001. By 2004, they lead national anti-war, pro-Palestinian demonstrations. By 2006, they spearheaded nationwide rallies against the Israeli response to Hamas firing rockets from Gaza. By 2013, they became the main force behind the Nation of Islam’s becoming a mainstream Muslim organization—this was done by legitimizing the movement as Muslim (The nation of Islam doesn’t adhere to Islam’s core tenants, Its core belief revolves around a Japanese made giant golden UFO). That same year, they were also behind the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. By 2015, they supported and lead the mobilizations of the 25th anniversary of the Million Man March. In 2017, the two co-chairs of the Woman’s March were the Muslim Brotherhood and Nation of Islam affiliated organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. By 2018, the Muslim Brotherhood managed to get several congresswoman elected. Since then, they have hijacked the Democratic party and the US political discourse through their agents Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tliab, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…who naturally promote a wide-range of Islamist, communist, and socialist agendas.
As a classic foreign agent, one of The Muslim Brotherhood roles was to identify areas of internal social contention and to exploit it. From this organization’s last 20 years of activity, it is obvious that they have been phenomenally successfully in doing so as they have now become both the driving force and the face of almost every civil right organization in the US.
Currently, the strategy of the green Islamists and the red progressives has been to use agitation and occasional violence, particularly on university campuses and through Antifa intimidation riots in ‘revolution friendly’ urban enclaves like San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, and NYC. But the Red-Green Alliance understands that it is unlikely that it will be able to gain and retain power under the current constitutional system. One workaround this obstacle is to capture power by disabling parts of the safeguards in the system or by carrying out a coup d’état. A few of these tactics have already been demonstrated though actively trying to revoke the second amendment, stop the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court, removing Trump from office on some bogus Russian collusion Ukrainian malfeasance charges, and promoting unrestricted immigration.
In what seems to be another example of life imitating art, the Red Green Alliance fifth column is now marching at full speed executing Huxley’s dystopian vision. Yes siree, the cast is all here, each with its pre-determined roles and responsibilities. The lower Deltas acting as the drone Antifa activists who get their marching orders from the more intelligent and charismatic Betas, the professional (and well paid) revolutionary organizers. The Betas, in turn, report to the elite Alpha caste, the progressive US Muslim Brotherhood leadership which, in turn, is the bootlicking agent of a despotic and debouched Qatari sheikh and Turkish tyrant who fantasizes about the re-birth of the Ottoman empire.
Cultural subversion and destructive foreign political influence on our elected officials are difficult problems to solve. During WWII, the German American Bund and it’s Nazi network in the US operated in an identical fashion to the Muslim Brotherhood. They organized mass rallies, created pro-German front organizations, and had agents working the halls of congress. Yet, once this massive threat was identified and prioritized, the FBI dismantled it in record time.
Image 46: May 17, 1934, a 20K German American Bund Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden New York
Image 47: Brooklyn then and now: A German American Bund 1930s vs. the Muslim Brotherhood MCP 2018
For the past 244 years we found ways to safeguard our constitutional republic through defensive legislation such as the Alien and Sedition Act, the Espionage Act of 1917, and the McCarran Internal Security Act. Perhaps the time has come to start work on the next safeguard, the ‘Religious Subversion act of 2020’.
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification
Pro Iran Demonstration in New England – Party for Socialism and Liberation and CAIR
Iranian Regime-Linked Cleric Protests Soleimani Killing with CAIR/NIAC – John Rossomando
H.R.3892 – Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015
The CAIR Dossier and Operational Profile – Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)
Esam Omeish – On the Libyan Government Terror List
Esam Omeish – The Investigative Project On Terrorism
Abrar Omeish – The Virginia jihadi princess
Abrar Omeish – Transcript of Third Space Thoughts to Policy, Education in Muslim Societies
Islamist Wins Virginia School Board Seat – The Investigative Project on Terrorism
The Islamic Society of North America – The Investigative Project on Terrorism
Mahdi Bray – The Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
Mahdi Bray – Verdict and prison sentence
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Louis Farrakhan the Leader of the Nation of Islam discussing his teacher’s description of the sacred UFO said:
“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the Original scientists. It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this Mother Wheel, which is a half mile by a half mile [800 m by 800 m]. This Mother Wheel is like a small human-built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said these planes were used to set up mountains on the earth. The Qur’an says it like this: We have raised mountains on the earth lest it convulse with you. How do you raise a mountain, and what is the purpose of a mountain? Have you ever tried to balance a tire? You use weights to keep the tire balanced. That’s how the earth is balanced, with mountain ranges. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that we have a type of bomb that, when it strikes the earth a drill on it is timed to go into the earth and explode at the height that you wish the mountain to be. If you wish to take the mountain up a mile [1.6 km], you time the drill to go a mile in and then explode. The bombs these planes have are timed to go one mile down and bring up a mountain one mile high, but it will destroy everything within a 50-square-mile [130 km²] radius. The white man writes in his above top secret memos of the UFOs. He sees them around his military installations like they are spying.
That Mother Wheel is a dreadful-looking thing. White folks are making movies now to make these planes look like fiction, but it is based on something real. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that Mother Plane is so powerful that with sound reverberating in the atmosphere, just with a sound, she can crumble buildings.”
The Muslim Community Patrol (MCP): by Karys Rhea and Benjamin Baird
”MCPS, which bills itself as a civilian patrol organization acting as a liaison between New York police and the local Muslim community, typically patrols Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge and Sunset Park neighborhoods. One MCPS leader called the group a “neighborhood community patrol on steroids,” and residents have complained about its overzealous nature. Besides driving around in patrol vehicles that look remarkably similar to New York Police Department cruisers, MCPS recruits have been accused of harassing residents for minor offenses, and they are allegedly involved in a feud with the local Gates Avenue Bloods, a violent street gang. (MCPS head of security Ali Karim denied this altercation, referring to the sources of the allegation as “human devils.”)
Staffed by amateur volunteers, MCPS may not seem like Erdogan’s best option for supplemental security. However, by employing MCPS, the Turkish regime is expanding its base of overseas Islamist loyalists, who can subsequently be called upon to support his political objectives. While cementing his authoritarian reign at home, Erdogan has long been leveraging his international ties to Islamists. He openly backs the Muslim Brotherhood. His regime has provided financial support for Hamas, a designated terrorist group, and is accused of supporting affiliates of terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda.
On the American front, Erdogan and his advisors regularly attend conventions organized by Islamist groups with extremist ties, such as the CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America. Recently, Turkey invested $110 million in building a 20,000 square foot mosque in Maryland. In response, Islamists openly pledge their support to the Turkish president, treating him “like a Sultan” in exchange for increased financial and political support.
With documented ties to terrorism and extremism of their own, MCPS leaders apparently harbored no reservations about lending their support to a foreign Islamist leader. In fact, MCPS security chief Ali Karim claimed that he “witnessed” the 2017 Sheridan Circle assault “first hand,” but still felt at ease working in September with the Turkish president’s violent security detail.
Karim is the spokesman and head of security for extremist preacher and senior MCPS leader Siraj Wahhaj’s At-Taqwa mosque, where Karim hosts self-defense workshops offering paramilitary-style training and instructions on how to disarm law enforcement officers. Several workshop participants have referred to themselves as “jihad warriors,” and one trainee pleaded guilty in 2011 to plotting an attack on the Washington D.C. Metro System. In a 2013 social media post, Karim wrote, “Allah made it obligatory for the Muslims to fight in Jihad against the evil of the enemy who transgress against Islam . . . Jihad is required from every person.”
According to official NYPD documents, local law enforcement maintained a special interest in Karim and Wahhaj, secretly monitoring them for years. Wahhaj’s speech at the September TASC event praised the Turkish president. “We need a centralized leadership. I have a feeling that the leadership is coming from Turkey,” Wahhaj said, adding, “We love you here in New York.”
Wahhaj, the MCPS deputy director of operations, was listed as a potential co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. During the late 1980s, Wahhaj began recruiting Muslims from prisons and homeless shelters to eradicate crack dealers from Brooklyn. “We are willing to fight, willing to die and willing to kill,” Wahhaj told the New York Times.
Wahhaj’s men were eventually absorbed into SSI Patrol Services, an armed private security firm frequently in trouble with the law. At least three SSI guards were charged with serious criminal offenses, including second-degree murder. The defendant in that case, Ali Mustapha, was acquitted after one key witness was murdered and another refused to testify. Mustapha currently serves as MCPS’s recruitment officer and supervisor.
Impetuous and extreme, MCPS members make for poor public safety officers. Perhaps for these reasons it was selected to reinforce a Turkish presidential security detachment with its own history of brutality and contempt for U.S. laws.
The presence of uniformed Muslim American guards deployed in service to a foreign leader sends a clear message to the world: a growing number of American Islamists are fiercely devoted to Erdogan as the Caliph of an Islamic state that has transcended national borders.”
Muslim fraternitati fieri delenda est!
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Very thorough. Splendid research.
The Siraj Wahaj “compound” was in New Mexico not Arizona.
I’ve made the correction. Thanks Chip for catching the error and letting me know.
hadn’t he been detained in connection with that network, or is it like moazzem begg in the uk, or sabir lamar in france, (both were involved in bosnia, both were in Guantanamo,
Hi Miguel, thanks for your comment. Who are you referring too?
wihaj, seeing as he was at least the inspiration for the new mexico terror camp
Hi miguel, which one, Sr. or Jr?
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Fantastic blog, thank you so much for the post
I just read your article, very interesting. I found something very similar in the Bible. I have a YouTube on it: https://www.youtube.com/c/IslamChristianity/videos