USA: 12 Minnesotans indicted in terror probe
Oh America – when are you going to learn that being democratic doesn’t mean allowing your sworn enemies to live amongst you and build their places of worship in your cities? America’s brand of democracy is going to come and bite them in the behind, and of course the rest of the world will follow suite as they try to keep up with what America does…
A massive terrorism investigation reached deeper into Minnesota Thursday.
Federal officials in Washington, D.C., announced the indictments of 14 people — including 12 Minnesotans — for allegedly providing support to a Somali terrorist organization with ties to Al-Qaida. That number includes two Rochester women who were arrested at their homes Thursday morning.
Amina Farah Ali, 33, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 63, both naturalized American citizens, are the first women to be charged in what has been called one of the most sweeping counterterrorism investigations since the attacks of 9/11. They have been charged with fundraising for Al-Shabab, which the United States has classified as a terrorist organization.
Attorney General Eric Holder said of the charges: “These indictments and arrests — in Minnesota, Alabama and California — shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to Al-Shabab from cities across the United States.”
That pipeline has led directly to Minnesota, where at least 20 young local Somalis have been recruited by Al-Shabab to go overseas and fight. Five have since died in Somalia’s civil war. Another Minneapolis man, a convert to Islam, was killed. Five others have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to the case. Another sits in jail in the Netherlands, awaiting extradition.
According to the indictments unsealed Thursday, Hassan and Ali communicated by phone with members of Al-Shabab in Somalia and then worked to raise money for the group here in Minnesota.
Advertising that their fundraising was to help the poor and needy in their homeland, the women went door-to-door to raise funds. They also tapped into teleconferences — group chat lines used by the Somali community to share news. Sometimes, investigators said, the women were more brazen, openly appealing for money to support Al-Shabab and its work to further violent jihad, or holy war.
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