Somali Muslims in Minnesota Charged With Terrorism – Lawyers Say They’re “Government Volunteers for ISIS”

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Minnesota has a huge Somali Muslim population and they are a constant problem. Somali cab drivers have refused fares (pre-Uber) for people who have been drinking, are carrying alcohol containers, or have dogs with them. And then there’s the terrorism thingy.

Seven of Minnesota’s finest community minded Muslims have been arrested by the FBI and charged with supporting ISIS. They were on their way to San Diego to get fake passports, go into Mexico, and fly to Syria where they were going to join ISIS.

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They’re currently being held in Minneapolis and their trial is schedule to start on September 1st.

This story is being sparsely reported by the local newspaper in Minneapolis, the RedStar Tribune and nary a peep in the major media who are currently too concerned with Megyn Kelly’s periods to report on Muslim terrorism in the heartland.

One of the seven arrested is apparently an informant to whom the FBI paid $41,000. He tape recorded conversations with others involved in the terror plot and those recordings are key evidence against the group.

Needless to say, the “Muslim community” – or at least parts of it – are outraged at the arrests.

The document was filed on the same day several Twin Cities Muslim leaders delivered a new critique of Countering Violent Extremism, (CVE), a federal pilot program designed to counter terrorist recruiting of young Muslim Americans.

Speaking outside a Minneapolis mosque, they said it is alienating Somalis and Muslims, as well as stalling efforts from within the community to combat terror recruiting. Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota, said the program could subvert their privacy and religious freedom.

CAIR is a Muslim extremist group founded by the Muslim Brotherhood and they were named an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist funding trial several years ago.

We’re expecting CAIR and the wannabe terrorists’ attorneys to move that the audio recordings be thrown out as evidence because that technology wasn’t available in the 7th century when Islam was founded and it violates their freedom of religion.

Speaking of the accused terrorists attorneys, they’ve been a busy group of boys. (I’m just assuming they wouldn’t want to be represented by “women.”)

They’re actually making the case that their clients are just good Muslim citizens who were on their way to Middle East to offer their government service skills to “the government” of ISIS.

Defense attorneys for seven suspects charged with supporting terrorism are arguing that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is not a terrorist organization because it operates a government and regulates services for citizens living under its control in Syria.

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In one of several motions filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the attorneys argued that despite its reputation for brutality, ISIL carries many characteristics of a government that tends to day-to-day business and that therefore criminal charges against the defendants are too broad.

“While the group has adopted harshly violent and repressive tactics, and engages in military and insurgency attacks against the Syrian and Iraqi armies, it has also embarked on a systematic process of civilian governance over the 8 to 10 million people with the territory it controls,” attorneys said.

If you read that again it won’t change. Even alcohol won’t change it.

And you know that’s not all their attorneys are concerned with. There’s too much security in the court room and it will prejudice the jury against their clients.

Other motions included a request to dial back a heavy security presence at the trial because the attorneys said it could negatively influence a jury. Current hearings have a large contingent of police and Homeland Security officers, and at least one bomb-sniffing dog.

If allowed, this extraordinary display of security would be present from the moment jurors arrive at the courthouse until after they leave, serving as a constant reminder, not just of the fact that Defendants are accused of a crime, but of the fact that they are accused of a crime related to terrorism,”

I’m pretty sure those motions won’t fly EVEN in the notoriously Progressive state of Minnesota.

I’ve got absolutely no problems with a constant reminder of just who Muslim terrorists are. And don’t forget, the seven Somali Muslims currently on trial in Minneapolis are just good, solid, misunderstood members of the Muslim community.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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