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April 26, 2013

ADL Terrorism Update Newsletter Focuses On Boston Marathon Bombing

The April edi­tion of Ter­ror­ism Update, ADL’s newslet­ter pro­vid­ing news and analy­sis on inter­na­tional ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their fol­low­ers in the U.S., is now available.

The feature article highlights the use of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula magazine Inspire by domestic extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam. Authorities reportedly confirmed that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, used bomb making instructions found in the pages of Inspire.

The profile examines the Tsarnaev brothers’ social media profiles and online interests, including their apparent fascination with militancy and Islam. Par­al­lels between Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, the dead Boston Marathon bomb­ing sus­pect, and an Aus­tralian preacher named Feiz Moham­mad are also explored.

This edi­tion also includes infor­ma­tion on recent terror-related arrests in Illinois, Oregon, and Virginia, as well updates to ter­ror pros­e­cu­tions in Wash­ing­ton, Florida and New Jersey

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April 25, 2013

Parallels Between Boston Bomber And Australian Preacher

The online activity of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect, reveals a fascination with militancy and Islam, including an Australian preacher named Feiz Mohammad whose life has some interesting parallels to the bomber.tamerlan-tsarnaev-feiz-mohammad-youtube-boston-bomber

While it remains unclear to what degree Tsarnaev was influenced or radicalized by any of the materials he was viewing online, he apparently added at least two videos of Feiz Mohammad, who is known for his extreme anti-West views, to his YouTube channel.

Mohammad, who blames non-Muslims in the West for Muslim victimhood and has glorified “martyrdom,” has a large collection of English-language Islamic lectures available online. In a video posted to YouTube in 2007, he claims that Muslims today are not sufficiently dedicated to martyrdom and therefore are “the most humiliated nation on the face of this earth.” He adds, “It is not as appealing as it was to those ancestors – the great warriors.”

In a lecture posted on YouTube in December 2010, he teaches his students that followers of other sects of Islam, such as Sufi Muslims and Shite Muslims, are not true Muslims and according to Islamic law deserve execution.

In addition to promoting militant themes, Mohammad seeks to appeal to a younger generation of Muslim immigrants by sharing his personal story as a lost young immigrant who found an identity by strictly adhering to Islam.

Several of his lectures focus on warning Muslims living in the West of the dangers of adopting the lifestyle of non-Muslim Westerners. In a lecture posted on YouTube in April 2012, he warns Muslims against loving non-Muslims or befriending them: “Isn’t this why we are a slave by them [non-Muslims]? Because we are loving their ways, we are mixing in their ways. We are being a Kafir [infidel] ourselves by enjoying their lifestyles.”

An interview with Tamerlan Tsarnaev published while he was training for the 2009 Golden Gloves boxing competition revealed Tamerlan’s difficulty assimilating into American culture. He is quoted in the interview saying, “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”

Like Tsarnaev, Mohammad’s family emigrated from a war-torn country. Mohammad’s family immigrated to Australia from Tripoli in northern Lebanon. Also like Tsarnaev, Feiz Mohammad spent his teenage years boxing, which he later denounced. The names he acquired as a boxer included “Frank the Killer” and “The Beast.”

At the age of 19, Mohammad reportedly decided to embrace a conservative form of religious teachings known as Salafism and became popular among the Salafist groups in Sydney. After pursuing an Islamic education in Medina, Saudi Arabia, he returned to Australia. He then founded the “Global Islamic Youth Centre” (GIYC) and opened a Madrassah, a traditional Islamic religious school.

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April 25, 2013

Director of White Supremacist Organization Tied to Anti-immigrant Groups

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Roan Garcia Quintana

Roan Garcia-Quintana, a director of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), is closely tied to anti-immigrant organizations in the United States. Garcia-Quintana is a well-known leader in the CofCC, a group descended from the White Citizens Councils, which opposed desegregation of schools during the Civil Rights era.

He is a frequent speaker at CofCC regional events and national conferences. The CofCC has called mixed-race marriage “the mongrelization of the races” and is openly hostile to immigration. The CofCC statement of principles says, “We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime.”

In a recent post on his Facebook wall, Garcia-Quintana wrote about attending an event sponsored by the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  The event, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” which took place April 17 and 18 in Washington, DC, brought together anti-immigrant activists, figures, radio hosts and immigration restrictionist members of Congress in an effort to influence the immigration debate. This year’s event focused on trying to derail immigration reform by discussing what FAIR sees as problems with the new immigration reform bill proposed by a bipartisan group of senators.

Participants in the event presented their views on conservative talk radio and lobbied members of Congress to vote against the bill.  On his Facebook page Garcia-Quintana said, “Attended the Federation for American Reform’s annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire to lobby our SC Congressional Delegation to stop the Rubio-McCain-Schumer Amnesty bill.” A photo on FAIR’s Facebook wall indicates that Garcia-Quintana also attended FAIR’s 2011 “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event.

Garcia-Quintana’s relationship with anti-immigrant organizations dates back a number of years. He is the founder of the South Carolina-based anti-immigrant group Americans Have Had Enough Coalition. He also appeared in a 2009 video titled “Immigration 103—American Trauma: Jobs and the Economy,” produced by the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA.

There are well-documented ties between the anti-immigrant movement and the CofCC beyond Garcia-Quintana. Roy Beck, the founder of NumbersUSA and Rick Oltman, a former FAIR field organizer, both addressed CofCC national conferences in the past. In addition, other well-known figures in the anti-immigrant movement, such as Wayne Lutton, the editor of the anti-immigrant journal The Social Contract, have also spoken at CofCC events.

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