Ohio is home to a growing community of immigrants. While about 4 percent of residents are foreign-born, one in six Ohioans working in the sciences is an immigrant according to the American Immigration Council. The top countries of origin for immigrants were India (12.4 percent of immigrants), Mexico (8.7 percent), China (7.1 percent), Germany (3.5 percent), and Canada (3.2 percent). Half of all immigrants in Ohio are naturalized U.S. citizens and around 42 percent are college educated. More than 50,000 U.S. citizens in Ohio live with at least one family member who is undocumented. Thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in Ohio.
There are reported to be over 100 or so mosques and schools in Ohio. While of course not all are suspect in providing sermons that support radical movements, there are a few mosques or individuals who have made headlines at different times. For instance, West Columbus Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center made news in the last year from which supposedly sermons may have inspired the November 2016 attack by Abdul Artan at Ohio State University. Those attending the mosque though did not recall seeing the man. He had only been a legal permanent resident since 2014 after spending seven years in a Pakistani refugee camp. He graduated cum laude from Columbus State Community College before enrolling at Ohio State.
Back before the FBI began their downhill spiral influenced by Muslim Brotherhood infiltration and globalists, there was information in 2006 that they submitted in testimony by Donald Van Duyn to House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment that warns on this issue.
“…core al Qaeda remains committed to attacking the United States and continues to demonstrate its ability to adapt its tactics to circumvent security measures and reconstitute its ranks. Al Qaeda is also attempting to broaden its appeal to English-speaking Western Muslims by disseminating violent Islamic extremist propaganda via media outlets and the Internet.
The FBI defines homegrown Islamic extremists as U.S. persons who appeared to have assimilated, but reject the cultural values, beliefs, and environment of the United States. They identify themselves as Muslims and on some level become radicalized in the United States. They intend to provide support for, or directly commit, a terrorist attack inside the United States.”
While running for President, Kasich declared that Ohio should no longer continue to add refugees.
“There is no way that we can put any of our people at risk by bringing people in at this point,” Kasich said. “Should anybody come in here before the end of the year? The answer to that should be no. We should not jeopardize our people. And so it’s not just an issue of the heart. It’s also an issue of the head.”
The Dayton, Ohio mayor, Nan Whaley, disagreed with him saying that Dayton would be willing to take more if Obama requested their help.
So when we hear that two sets of brothers are residents there and have degrees from universities in Ohio, nothing really stands out as a problem. But then the story takes a more interesting and dangerous turn.
When we add that the FBI built a solid case against these four men and indicted them for raising money and providing other support to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the radical Islamic group then we should be alerted about them and about other such instances where allegiance and radicalization of the local residents might be fomenting. Apparently MSM did not think this was needed though or at least not worthy of more than a brief blurb.
Ohio Man Gets 27 Years for Terrorism
November 8, 2017
An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges as well as trying to murder a federal judge was handed a sentence of 27-and-a-half years in prison. Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, is a citizen of India and will be deported upon release. The sentence was part of a plea bargain that waived his right to a trial, where he would have likely been given a life sentence.
In addition to pleading guilty to conspiring to provide and conceal material support to terrorists, Mohammad also admitted to soliciting an undercover FBI employee who was posing as a hitman to kidnap and murder U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary. Zouhary was assigned as the judge in his case. Mohammad arranged the hit from jail and was willing to pay $15,000 to have the operation carried out. Even though his wife gave the undercover agent $1,000 as a down payment for the hit, she was not charged with any crime.
He was charged in the case with three other defendants – his brother Ibrahim, Asif Ahmed Salim, and Sultane Room Salim. All were indicted by a federal grand jury in late 2015. The other defendants pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Between 2000-2005, the four men lived in Ohio and studied at Ohio State University. According to information in the indictment, Farooq was always a citizen of India and studied engineering at the university. In 2004, he changed his residence to the United Arab Emirates though apparently not his citizenship. He did marry a US citizen in 2008 according to DoJ. His profile on LinkedIn says he was an IT Project Manager at Schlumberger.
According to The Indian Express, the two Indian brothers charged with providing support to al-Qaeda had discussed ideas for an Islamist insurgency in India, documents filed by United States prosecutors showed. The men also exchanged jihadist literature produced by al-Qaeda — among it, an interview with slain Pakistani Taliban commander Muhammad Illyas Kashmiri, hailing the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. India’s intelligence officials, government sources said, were informed four weeks ago that Farooq might seek to flee to this country, ahead of the indictment. Farooq has lived in the United Arab Emirates since 2006, first working for Advanced Technologies ME, and then information technology giant Schlumberger, where he was working as a project manager.
There appears to be differing information between the Indian Express news report and the indictment. The India report said:
“Away from the world of glowing pixels and dissertations on Proust there’s another world of people who know how to do stuff”, Farooq wrote. “If you want electric light, sewers, drinking water, cheap travel or X-rays, ask an engineer. If you want something knocked down or blown up, ask an engineer”.
The brothers are both Indian citizens. Zubair(?) is married to a US citizen of Indian origin, but chose not to seek citizenship there, since in their view the country was at war with Islam. Their co-conspirators, Asif Salim and Sultane Salim, are both United States nationals.
The DoJ news release noted that his brother, Ibrahim, was a Ohio resident who in 2006 married a US citizen and became a lawful permanent resident in 2007. The other two men were also lawful permanent residents but one lived in Overland Park, Kansas and the other in Chicago, Illinois. Also in the indictment, there appear to be two unindicted co-conspirators who lived outside the US.
The four men between January 2005 and January 2012 conspired to raise money, equipment, and other support to Anwar al-Awlaki, the late American-born, radical Muslim cleric whose English language videos and blog posts inspired a number of Western recruits to Al Qaeda, as well as acts of terrorism, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Farooq Mohammad in July 2009 traveled with two other people to Yemen in an attempt to meet with Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Sept. 2011.
“As part of his conspiracy, the defendant provided thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Awlaki in response to his calls to support violent jihad. Once detained, the defendant also solicited the murder of the federal judge presiding over his case. With this prison sentence, he is now being held accountable for his crimes,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Boente. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism and we will continue to pursue justice against those who provide material support to terrorists and those who seek to harm members of our judiciary.”
It’s interesting how the DOJ and the Indian Express versions don’t coincide. Is this two brothers? Or to whom was that “wife” referred to in the press release married? It’s also interesting that just before the trial, the justice group contacted people in India to alert that he might attempt to escape before the trial.
Even more interesting is that only BBC had much to say about this case, except for local news. CNN and NBC did one small piece in early July 2017 as only of passing interest.
Yet this SHOULD be mentioned and have people in Ohio or any state understand that while encouraging international students and supposedly hiring them for US positions, their assimilation and acceptance of US life still needs to be considered especially if they do not become naturalized citizens. It also opens up a wider range of questions.
-Whose information is most correct?
-Are these work/school visa students still lawfully in the US or have they simply been overlooked and due for return to their home countries?
-Are they using these skills they learn not so much to help earn them a better life as a means to an end for their religious doctrine?
-Why were these people allowed to remain as “lawful permanent residents” if they were under some kind of surveillance?
-Why would the Indian reporter believe the brother was also a citizen of India when the indictment notes he lived in the US, had a US citizen wife (naturalized?), and maintained employment in the US?
-Did Yahya Farooq Mohammad really have a US wife and if not then who was the “wife” mentioned in the press release?
By the way there is a difference between “naturalized citizen” and “lawful permanent resident.”
Lawful Permanent Resident: Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. Also known as “Permanent Resident Alien”, “Lawful Permanent Resident,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder.” USCIS – all permanent residents, or holders of green cards, are considered to be tax residents. The types of public benefits a permanent resident can receive depends, naturally, on the eligibility requirements of the specific program along with factors like when received status, if worked, etc. Permanent residents cannot apply for SSI benefits until they have lived in the U.S. for five years and have 40 quarters of work. But once that happens they CAN receive assistance. They can only vote in local and state elections. If one has a green card and a SSN then they can own a gun.
Naturalized Citizen: Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This assures unlimited access to all benefits of a citizen and being able to vote in all elections.
I don’t advocate painting every student, every Muslim, nor every individual by the same brush. At the same time, if we cannot talk openly with others either in media, in universities and government agencies who encourage foreign student enrollment, or work in immigration areas particularly, then how will we ever develop ways to stop jihadist incidents in our country or be able to encourage real assimilation through citizenship not just lawful permanent status? That is what I thought the whole purpose of immigration was supposed to be about.