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Fears Raised Among Faith Community After Two Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Concerned about copycat attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is urging suburban mosques to be extra vigilant for suspicious people, the Daily Herald reports.

The call comes in response to the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and the arson of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. on Monday.

Some faith-based communities are hiring retired police for security, the Daily Herald reported.

“I don’t know if there’s any link between the two incidents,” said Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “Muslim and Sikh, and faith communities in general should be more vigilant and they should take precautions in identifying any suspicious individuals. Always when you have incidents like this, especially when you have a heightened atmosphere of Islamophobia, there is a concern of copycats.”

Texas Man Indicted on Bomb Threat at Mosque

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas man was indicted by a federal grand jury late last week on charges he violated the civil rights of Muslims when he threatened to blow up the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Tennessee, according to DNJ.com.

Javier Alan Correa, 24, is accused of leaving an expletive-laced voice mail at the mosque, threatening to blow up the building with a bomb.

Correa faces 10 years in prison on one count of intentionally obstructing by threat of force the free exercise of religious beliefs and one count of using an instrument of interstate commerce to communicate a threat to destroy a building by means of an explosive device.

According to authorities, Correa left the message, “On Sept. 11, 2011, there’s going to be a bomb in the building.”

Feds Join Investigation of Vegas Mosque Fire

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have joined in on an investigation into a fire at the construction site of a cemetery and funeral home intended to serve the Islamic community in Las Vegas, reports the Las Vegas Sun. But the leader of the Islamic Society of Nevada does not believe the fire was the result of a hate crime.

“I don’t think it was a hate crime,” said Khalid Khan, president of the society. “It’s my opinion.”

The fire occurred at 1 am on Wednesday, bringing a two-alarm response from the county fire department, according to the Sun.

The investigation team–consisting of the local fire department, the city police, the FBI and the ATF–has not yet determined a cause for the fire.

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Feds Charge “Christian Warrior” With Firebombing Oregon Mosque

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

There’s no shortage of hate. Take Cody Crawford, a self described Christian warrior.

The 24-year-old Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime for a November firebombing of a Mosque in Corvallis, Ore., the Associated Press reports.

Authorities allege that Crawford is a “potential major contributor” of DNA to a blue Maglite agents found near the mosque the morning of the firebombing, according to AP. The indictment out of Eugene, Ore. was announced on Thursday.

Crawford, a self-described Christian warrior, told an officer on his Dec. 14 arrest (for unrelated charges), “You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him. Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too.”

Authorities say the Agents believe the attack may have been in retaliation to a foiled bomb plot by a Muslim at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

Crawford has a history of trouble with the law. The December arrest was related to a ruckus he had caused at a gas station and then a Blockbuster store 40 miles from Corvallis, AP reported.

“Freedom of religion is essential to who we are as Americans,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Dwight C. Holton, in the FBI press release. “We will not tolerate attacks based on faith.”

Justice Wants to Withhold Info in Muslim Calif. Lawsuit

file photo/doj

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department feels it has good reason to hide info in a Southern California lawsuit filed by Muslims who claim the FBI monitored them because of their religion.

The Associated Press reports that Attorney General Eric Holder, in a court filing on Monday, invoked state secrets rules to try and  prevent information from being released in the case.

The filing argues that disclosure of the target of the 2006 surveillance at a mosque could hurt national security.

The story was first reported by Josh Gerstein of Politico.

In February, the ACLU of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued the FBI, AP reported.

FBI Investigating Vandalism at Phoenix Mosque Under Construction

phoenix-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The anti-Islam sentiment, triggered by the planned mosque in New York near ground zero, appears to be spreading around the country.

The FBI is investigating vandalism that occurred at a mosque under construction in Phoenix a few weeks ago, the Associated Press reports. The vandalism included broken glass and graffiti.

The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked the FBI to investigate the matter, AP reported.

Ex-FBI Agent Who is Muslim Says Opposition to Mosque Helping al Qaeda About War Against Islam

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former top FBI interrogator, who is a Muslim, says the opposition to building a mosque near ground zero is only helping al-Qaeda, the Washington Post’s Spy Talk column reports.

“It bolsters the message that radicalizers are selling: That the war is against Islam, and Muslims are not welcome in America,” ex-FBI agent Ali Soufan wrote in a piece in Forbes magazine, according to Spy Talk.

“There are many reasons for supporting the Muslim community’s right to build a cultural center and mosque on private property, not least of all the First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion,” wrote Soufan, who was a supervisory special agent with the bureau from 1997 to 2005.

“But from a national security perspective, our leaders need to understand that no one is likely to be happier with the opposition to building a mosque than Osama Bin Laden. His next video script has just written itself.”

FBI Raid in Detroit Where Imam Died Raises Concerns About Informants in Mosques

The use of FBI informants in mosques is causing a lot of tension around the country between Muslims and the FBI. Here’s one of those instances.

mosqueBY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — He called himself Jabril. Two years ago, a white man who claimed he was an ex-con and convert to Islam started attending a predominantly African-American mosque on a run-down street in Detroit.

He touted his Islamic ways while offering poor members of the mosque cash for odd jobs at an auto shop on the city’s west side. He told tales of sick family members and brought a young boy to the mosque who he said was his son.

Jabril soon became a brother in faith and a confidante of the mosque’s fiery leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shootout during an Oct. 28 raid by FBI agents to arrest men suspected of dealing in stolen goods.

Members now believe Jabril was an FBI informant who infiltrated their mosque.

“He built up trust in the community,” said Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons.

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