Less than 4 years later on March 1, 1994, a Muslim identified as Rashid BAZ shot into a van carrying Hasidic Jews on the Brooklyn Bridge, murdering one of the Jewish occupants of the van. The FBI attributed the actions of Rashid BAZ as "road rage," and not terrorist related or religiously motivated.
Ten years ago this month, on February 24, 1997, a Muslim identified as Ali Abu KAMAL waged his own jihad from the 86th floor observation deck at the Empire State Building. KAMAL, a 69 year-old Palestinian from Ramallah "made some sort of statement about Egypt" before he began shooting at tourists killing one person and wounding six others. He then shot himself in the head and died 5 hours later at a New York hospital. Witnesses stated that during the shooting spree, KAMAL asked potential victims whether they were from Egypt. Then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani attributed the actions of the gunman to his mental state of mind, while police officials later concluded that KAMAL "acted out of rage at monetary loss."
On October 31, 1999 at about 1:50 a.m., EgyptAir Flight 990, a Los Angeles to New York to Cairo flight dove into the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, killing 203 passengers and 14 crewmembers. Investigation by the NTSB determined that relief pilot Gamil al-BATOUTI, a Muslim from Egypt who was at the controls at the time of the crash, turned off the autopilot and deliberately crashed the plane into the ocean. Cockpit voice recorders contained evidence that al-Batouti repeated recited "Tawakalt ala Allah" ("I put my trust in God") while plunging the aircraft into the ocean. Interestingly, it was this very same prayer that the six Imams from Minnesota chanted while aboard a US Air Flight on November 20, 2006 before being asked to leave the aircraft prior to departure.
On January 5, 2002, 15-year-old Charles BISHOP stole a small, single engine plane and crashed it into the side of the Bank of America building in Tampa, Florida. A suicide note was found in his pocket that stated:
"I have prepared this statement in regards to the acts I am about to commit. First of all, Osama bin Laden is absolutely justified in the terror he has caused on 9/11. He has brought a mighty nation to its knees! God blesses him and the others who helped make September 11th happen. The U.S. will have to face the consequences for its horrific actions against the Palestinian people and Iraqis by its allegiance with the monstrous Israelis who want nothing short of world domination! You will pay -God help you-and I will make you pay! There will be more coming! Al Qaeda and other organizations have met with me several times to discuss the option of me joining. I didn't. This is an operation done by me only. I had no other help, although, I am acting on their behalf. Osama bin Laden is planning on blowing up the Super Bowl with an antiquated nuclear bomb left over from the 1967 Israeli-Syrian war."
On July 4, 2002, a Muslim identified as Hesham Mohamed Ali HADAYET, an Egyptian limousine driver who immigrated to US 1992, opened fire at an El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people before being shot and killed by a security guard. The FBI reported, at least initially, that the shooting was not terrorist related or religiously motivated. They later reclassified the act as “terrorist related” when HADAYET’s ties to al Qaeda were exposed.
In October 2002, the entire population of the greater Washington, DC area was terrorized by "random" shootings that claimed the lives of 10 people in 18 separate shooting events. Dubbed by the media as "the beltway snipers," police, federal officials and the media blatantly ignored the fact that John MUHAMMAD and Lee MALVO were Muslim converts, despite finding drawings of Osama bin Laden among MALVO’s belongings, and his verbal rants about "jihad." Investigation has documented that John MUHAMMAD and MALVO received assistance from the terrorist organization Jamaat ul-Fuqra, led by Pakistani terrorist Sheikh SyeSyed Mubarik Ali Gilani.
On October 1, 2005, Joel Henry HINRICHS III, a college student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK detonated a large bomb made of TATP outside of a packed football stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The bomb was so large that it could be heard up to four miles away and shattered windows in a nearby building. Despite police and media reports to the contrary, evidence suggests that this was a failed "homicide bombing."
On December 18, 2005, in a carefully planned attack, Ali R. Warrayat, 24 crashed his car into the Home Depot in Chandler, Arizona where he once worked. Warrayat, a student at Arizona State University in Mesa, blasted his car stereo with Arabic music “to drown out the yells of employees he might ‘encounter,’” had a Palestinian flag and a Qu’ran in his car, and aimed for and successfully struck the store’s flammable paint section after driving through other parts of the store. Once there, he jumped from his SUV, ignited a fire with his lighter, and proceeded to the exit, swiping merchandise from store shelves as he walked toward the door. Once outside, Warrayat sat on the curb and waited for police to arrive. Among other things, Warrayat said that he was mad at the United States for proposing a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border and wanted to make the country "more free." Damage to the store was estimated at $1 million.
Additional: Police seized a computer at the house he shares with his parents, finding a number of pictures of Palestinian men and other Middle Eastern terrorists engaged in different levels of violence, and Arabic martyr prayers, flags and symbols.
On March 3, 2006 a Muslim identified as Mohammed Reza Taheriazar, 23 and native of Iran, rented a Jeep SUV – the largest SUV he could find - with the stated intent to kill as many pedestrians as he could to avenge the treatment of Muslims around the world by the U.S. He injured six before being stopped and taken into custody. A report of this incident can be found HERE.
On July 28, 2006, a Muslim identified as Naveed Afzal HAQ, 30, shouted "I Hate Israel" as he shot and killed one woman and wounded several others, including a pregnant woman at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, 2031 Third Avenue, Seattle, Washington.
On August 29, 2006, a Muslim from Afghanistan identified as Omeed Aziz POPAL, 29, killed one and injured over a dozen other people when he engaged in a murderous spree, using his vehicle to strike pedestrians in San Francisco. The media failed to report that POPAL was an orthodox Muslim, and that religious motivation could not be ruled out as an impelling force for his murderous rampage.
On December 8, 2006, a Muslim man identified as Derrick SHAREEF, a/k/a Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef planned to set off at least four and possibly more hand grenades and improvised explosive devices at the CherryVale Shopping Mall in Rockford, IL. Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef was arrested by FBI agents from the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force before he could make good on his attacks against non-Muslims on the last Friday before Christmas at the busy shopping mall.
On January 25, 2007, the Northeast Intelligence Network reported on the arrest of Juan Rafael DIAZ, 20, of Kissimmee, Florida. DIAZ threatened to blow up at least one Christian church other locations throughout the Kissimmee area. He left notes on vehicles parked at the Moose Lodge located on North Main Street and on a vehicle parked at the First Christian Church located at 415 North Main Street in Kissimmee. According to police sources, every note left at the various locations referenced al Qaeda along with the threats to detonate explosives at those locations, specifically stating:
"The city of Kissimmee is going to be bombed by al Qaeda, God willing."
Diaz was initially arrested in December 2006 for placing a written note threatening to detonate a bomb at SaveRite, 1532 West Vine Street in Kissimmee. He was out on bond at the time of his most recent arrest. Police have charged DIAZ with threatening to discharge a destructive device and making, possessing and using a destructive device and is now back in the Osceola County Jail.
The above incidents are simply some of the more ridiculously blatant examples of crimes motivated by individuals adherent to the Islamic ideology. The denials, alternative explanations, and excuses presented to the American public are completely inconsistent with reason, logic or common sense, and have become insulting to the American people who are paying attention to the events taking place around them.
The war waged by Islamic fundamentalists is - and has been - on American soil for some time. It is well past time for federal law enforcement officials, politicians, and the media to be honest with themselves, and to the American people.