The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) community lost a battle when President Obama chose to believe the words of terrorists over the words of his own citizens who have repeatedly said “jihad can never be used to justify terrorism.” The usage of language is of critical importance in trying to win this “battle of wills and ideas” as President Obama referenced in his Counterterrorism Strategy address at NDU on May 23,… Read More »The Importance of Language in Winning the Battle of Wills & Ideas
The recent arrest of Mohamed Mamdouh and Ahmed Ferhani on charges of plotting to attack a New York synagogue has received much media attention, not because of the crime being planned, but because the FBI NY JTTF opted to not be involved in the case. There is much speculation about the politics of the FBI/NY JTTF/NYPD working relationship, and anonymous law enforcement sources have suggested that the case will not… Read More »Ferhani and Mamdouh- Hate Crime or Terrorism?
Statement by Carie Lemack, founder of the Global Survivors Network on the death of Osama bin Laden, on May 1, 2011. "While we are still in shock and need time to digest the news that we have waited far too long to hear, my family can only express relief that the man who murdered my mother, Judy Larocque and thousands others can no longer harm another living soul. We hope… Read More »9/11 Family Statement on Osama bin Laden Death
Suhail Khan, Board chairman of Muflehun spoke on a panel about “Integration as a National Security Asset” at a day long conference on “America the Inclusive: Building Robust Community and Interfaith Partnerships.” The event was hosted by Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program and the Interfaith Youth Core, led by Eboo Patel. Keynote speakers at the event included the Honorable Jane Harman and Director Michael Leiter (NCTC). Several speakers made… Read More »Muflehun Chairman Speaks at Aspen Institute: “Integration as a National Security Asset”
Imam Magid, Board member of Muflehun, spoke on the topic of “Islamophobia: The Rise of Intolerance and Discrimination Against Muslims” to members of ADL’s Young Professionals Division on March 24, 2011. Issues covered included homegrown radicalization and his trip to Auschwitz and Dachua in 2010. More coverage of the event can be read at the ADL website.
In 2004, Mohammed Junaid Babar was arrested for helping set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Pakistan and logistical support. He pled guilty and cooperated with law enforcement agencies. Acting as a witness in indictments of ten more people in the US, UK and Canada, he was finally sentenced in December 2010 to time served (a mere 4 years 8 months), 10 years supervised probation and a $500 fine; he… Read More »Mohammed Junaid Babar- Donnie Brasco or Frank Lucas?
The Congressional Research Service report “American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat“ by authors Jerome Bjelopera and Mark Randol has been updated as of Dec 10, 2010 to include several new incidents that took place between October and November 2010. The new version of the report can be downloaded from the FAS website.
On January 4, 2011, 21 year old Emerson Begolly was arrested in his mother’s car on charges of carrying a loaded gun1 and biting two FBI agents when they tried to question him; his defense claims that he has autism and the agents opening the car door and reaching for him caused his biting response that drew blood. Mr Begolly was being investigated by the FBI due to his online… Read More »The Curious Incident of Emerson Begolly in the Car
Muflehun board member Imam Magid recently wrote a short piece for the Washington Post about the deviant theology of violent extremists. Some excerpts from the piece: In the history of Islam (as with other religions), a group called the “kharijites” adopted overly radical ideas, killed innocent people and turned against fellow Muslims. This group was anti-establishment, anti-law and order and anti-social norms. The kharijites were ultra-rigid, and misused theology to… Read More »Deviant Theology of Violent Extremists
Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan participated in the ICSR Peace and Security Summit as a member of the working group on “Homegrown Radicalization in the West”. The event took place from June 30-July 1, 2010 in New York City. Proceedings from the groups deliberations are available from the ICSR summit website. Some excerpts from the summary are given below: Homegrown radicals generally lack a deep understanding of Islam – their… Read More »Muflehun Director at ICSR Peace and Security Summit 2010