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Archive for July 8th, 2011

Another Somali terrorist going to trial in New York

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 8, 2011

This guy obviously isn’t a refugee, but when I noticed the FBI involved in his interrogation I figured they were fishing for information on America’s Somali missing refugee youths!  See ‘Al Shabaab capable of attacking inside the US,’ here.

From All Headline News (hat tip: Janet):

Nearly two months after secretly interrogating a Somali al-Qaeda suspect aboard a U.S. warship, military authorities have sent Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, who is believed to have worked with Somali Islamic insurgent group al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to New York for a trial.

Prosecutors have charged Warsame, who is in his mid-20s, with possession of weapons, his alleged link with the two groups and seven other offenses. Warsame is also charged with training militants and brokering an arms’ deal with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on al Shabaab’s behalf. If convicted, Warsame will face life imprisonment.

The Somali suspect was reportedly arrested two months ago while he was traveling between Yemen and Somalia on a fishing trawler. Military authorities took him to the U.S. ship for interrogation, where he was also questioned by FBI agents.

I’m all for putting these terrorists on trial in full public view in the US (not the 911 mastermind though) as I said here the other day about the Iraqi refugee alleged terrorists in Kentucky.  It’s important for the public to see what we are doing in the “war on terror”—put it on TV too!

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Portland, ME Somalis want non-citizens to have voting rights

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 8, 2011

This is a story I found more than a week ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting until now (cleaning out my queue before going away for a few days).

Buried in an article about yet another Somali Ethnic Community Based Organization (mini-ACORNS) forming in Maine, we learn that Somali community organizers are pushing for the right to vote for non-citizens.

By the way, the reason these Somali ECBO’s* keep popping up is that Somalis have brought their clan conflicts to American and they can’t get along with each other.  You can see by the tone of the critics of the latest political organizing group that is pretending to be a place for the youth to learn English and keep out of trouble.

From Maine Public Broadcasting Network:

According to the state, Portland’s Somali population now stands at around 5,000. Over the last decade a handful of grassroots groups have cropped up to support that community. But a new group IS aspiring to overcome funding and political challenges to be the largest and most comprehensive of them all, and serve as the voice for the Somali community in its adopted city.

“The most important goal we have is to unify the community,”> said Mahmoud Hassan.

He is helping to lead the brand-new Somali Community Resource Center as vice-chairman of the board. The plan is to hold English and citizenship classes in a space newly-leased on Forest Avenue, to mentor troubled youth, and help people apply for jobs. But leaders also want to use the center to encourage more political participation, to use it as a place.

“Where you can get the word out in terms of what’s happening around us, what they can do to effect the political process, not only in the local level but also statewide and federal level,” Hassan said.

It seems so incredible to me to learn recently that here in Maryland, in Takoma Park the center of the socialist state of Maryland, non-citizens can vote in local elections.  Looks like someone is now teaching Somalis to go for that same idea in Portland.

The past year has seen a spike in political engagement by Portland’s Somali community. Somalis were on the forefront of a campaign to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections. Mohammed Dini, one of the leaders of that campaign, also ran for a state representative seat.

TB in Lewiston

Possibly related story in Lewiston, ME—a high school student has an active case of TB and now there will be a special meeting of parents and students who have had contact with him.  No word on the nationality of the student.

* Learn more about ECBOs which often get taxpayer funding and are community organizing outfits like ACORN but for immigrants—they teach their people how to get taxpayer-funded goodies and then get them engaged in Democrat Party politics in our category on ECBOs here.

Posted in Africa, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Ethnic Community Based Organizations, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, The Opposition | 7 Comments »

 
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