I was surprised to see this story. I thought all of the cases of Islamic terror fundraising for al-Shabaab by Somalis we brought to America through refugee resettlement (at your expense) had gone to trial and those convicted were safely tucked away in prison (at your expense). Oh, and adding insult to injury, it is surely your welfare dollars they are sending to Africa.
Surprise! Here is yet another case! One of the women is from Seattle, Washington and the other from Reston, Virginia. The story I first saw is this one from the Seattle Times via AP (thus the focus on Seattle’s alleged terrorist).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Washington state woman and four other people have been charged with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria announced the charges Wednesday. The two women, one from Kent, Wash., and the other from Reston, Va., are charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist network. The U.S. designated al-Shabab as a terrorist group in 2008.
Prosecutors say 44-year-old Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent and 34-year-old Muna Osman Jama of Reston were arrested in their homes. Dhirane faces an initial appearance Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Seattle.
Three others overseas have also been charged. One is in custody in the Netherlands; the other two are fugitives in Kenya and Somalia.
Prosecutors say the women raised money for al-Shabab using code words like “orphans” to refer to al-Shabab fighters.
According to the Department of Justice, Dhirane and Jama Jama are leaders of an al-Shabaab fundraising conspiracy operating in the U.S., Kenya, the Netherlands, Somalia and elsewhere. Jama was allegedly responsible for sending money to Kenya through overseas defendant Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, while Dhirane was primarily responsible for sending money to Somalia through another overseas defendant, Barira Hassan Abdullahi, according to the charges.
The Seattle area boasts the second-largest Somali population in the U.S., behind Minneapolis-St. Paul. Over the years, the FBI and federal prosecutors have attempted to make in-roads into the community. [I don't think "boasts" is the right word here, do you?---ed]
There is more, read on.
For energetic readers, click here for all of our previous posts (going back years) on the topic of ‘Somali terror funding.’
LOL! Watch for CAIR to come out of the woodwork!