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October 18, 2013 0

Long Island Arrest Highlights Continuing Lure Of Terror Groups Abroad

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Mar­cos Alonso Zea arrested for attempt­ing to join Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Peninsula.

A Long Island man was arrested Fri­day for attempt­ing to join Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP). The arrest came exactly one week after an Orange County man was arrested for attempt­ing to travel abroad to join Al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Both arrests high­light the con­tin­ued trend of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens join­ing ter­ror­ist groups abroad and the con­tin­ued allure of Al Qaeda and its affil­i­ates. At least three Amer­i­can cit­i­zens or per­ma­nent res­i­dents have attempted to join AQAP in 2013 alone. And at least nine oth­ers have attempted to join for­eign ter­ror­ist groups this year.

Mar­cos Alonso Zea, also known as Ali Zea, is charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der in a for­eign coun­try, attempt­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to ter­ror­ists, attempt­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to AQAP, and obstruc­tion and attempted obstruc­tion of justice.

Zea, a 25-year-old Mus­lim con­vert from Brent­wood, Long Island, allegedly flew from New York to Lon­don with plans to con­tinue from there to the Ara­bian Penin­sula on Jan­u­ary 4, 2012. He was detained by cus­toms offi­cials and returned to the United States.

His own plans stymied, Zea allegedly encour­aged a co-conspirator from his mosque, 18-year-old high school senior Justin Kaliebe, to make the trip. Zea dis­cussed plans to fight abroad and pro­vided him with money to fund the trip, accord­ing to the indict­ment. Kaliebe was arrested at JFK Inter­na­tional Air­port on Jan­u­ary 21, 2013, and is sched­uled to be sen­tenced Decem­ber 6, 2013.

Zea’s com­puter report­edly con­tained a num­ber of mate­ri­als designed to encour­age rad­i­cal­iza­tion, includ­ing copies of Inspire Mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language peri­od­i­cal, and a video from Al Qaeda in Iraq depict­ing an attack on a mil­i­tary vehicle.

Since 2007, over 50 Amer­i­can cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents have been arrested or charged in con­nec­tion with attempts to join ter­ror­ist groups abroad, includ­ing Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula.

In addi­tion to Zea, eight oth­ers have attempted to join for­eign ter­ror­ist groups this year. They are:

  • Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Cal­i­for­nia, arrested on Octo­ber 11, 2013 for attempt­ing to join Al Qaeda.
  • Amir Farouq Ibrahim, of Penn­syl­va­nia, linked with ISIS and assumed dead in Syria in July 2013.
  • Justin Kaliebe of New York, arrested June 25, 2013 for attempt­ing to join AQAP.
  • Nicole Mans­field of Michi­gan, killed in Syria in May, 2013, report­edly fight­ing with Jab­hat al Nus­rah.
  • Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Illinios, arrested April 19, 2013 for attempt­ing to join Jab­hat al Nusrah.
  • Eric Har­roun of Ari­zona, arrested March 27, 2013, for trav­el­ing to Syria to fight with Al Qaeda linked rebels. He pleaded guilty to non-terror-related charges in Sep­tem­ber, 2013, and was sen­tenced to time served. That Har­roun fought in Syria is uncon­tested; how­ever, reports dif­fer as to whether he fought with Al Qaeda affil­i­ates.
  • Matthew Aaron Llaneza of Cal­i­for­nia, arrested Feb­ru­ary 8, 2013, for attempted domes­tic ter­ror­ism and plans to travel to join the Tal­iban in Afghanistan.
  • Shel­ton Thomas Bell of Florida, arrested Jan­u­ary 29, 2013 for attempt­ing to join AQAP.

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October 17, 2013 0

New Black Panther Party Announces New Chairman, Same Hateful Message

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Hashim Nzinga (right) at 2013 Mil­lion Youth March in Harlem, NY

Malik Zulu Shabazz announced that he is step­ping down from his posi­tion as National Chair­man of the racist and anti-Semitic New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) to focus on his career as a lawyer with the Black Lawyers for Jus­tice, an orga­ni­za­tion he founded in 1996.

Shabazz made the announce­ment on the NBPP’s online radio broad­cast on Mon­day. He noted that despite leav­ing his posi­tion as National Chair­man, he will con­tinue to serve the NBPP as a “spir­i­tual guide.”

His replace­ment is Hashim Nzinga, who pre­vi­ously served as the NBPP’s Chief of Staff and has been involved with the NBPP since 1994 when he met Khalid Muham­mad and served as his per­sonal assistant.

Like Shabazz, Nzinga has a long his­tory of racism and anti-Semitism. In a June 2013 online radio broad­cast, for exam­ple, Nzinga claimed that Jews con­spire to pro­mote a neg­a­tive image of Black youth through their sup­posed con­trol of the media, stat­ing, “The Jews’ news…shows us before the world look­ing like damn fools” and called for a boy­cott of com­pa­nies that “con­tinue to help the Jews’ news make our youth look like buf­foons before the world.”

In Jan­u­ary 2010, Nzinga accused Jews of hav­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate power over the media and enter­tain­ment indus­tries, which he asserted was achieved by exploit­ing alliances with Blacks dur­ing the Civil Rights era. Jews, he argued, “used us as can­non fire while they directed our lead­ers, they directed Dr. King, they directed the NAACP, they directed those who they control.”

Nzinga fur­ther protested what he sees as a Jew­ish monop­oly on suf­fer­ing, stat­ing, “If we men­tion our Holo­caust even the Jews get mad, but you say some­thing about their Holo­caust, they call you anti-Semitic.” Nzinga also claimed that Jews had fore­knowl­edge of Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks dur­ing a 2005 appear­ance on Han­nity & Colmes.

Malik Shabazz also announced that National Spokesman Chawn Kweli will take over Nzinga’s for­mer role of NBPP Chief of Staff. King Samir Shabazz, noto­ri­ous for rants in which he calls for vio­lence against whites and oth­ers, will remain in his posi­tion of National Field Marshall.

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July 1, 2013 0

New Black Panthers Respond To King Samir Shabazz’s Arrest

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Photo from Shabazz’s Face­book profile

Fol­low­ing the arrest of New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP) National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz for allegedly car­ry­ing a loaded, unli­censed firearm and ille­gally wear­ing body armor, the NBPP is claim­ing that Shabazz’s arrest is part of an “onslaught of attacks against the New Black Pan­ther Party…to derail the upcom­ing Mil­lion Youth March 15 year Anniversary.”

The “mas­sive rally,” planned for Sep­tem­ber 7 in Harlem, is part of a larger event (Sep­tem­ber 5–8), which the NBPP is call­ing the “National Black Fam­ily Convention.”

On July 1, the group plans to hold the “Stop the Attack on the Mil­lion Youth March: Free King Samir Shabazz Sup­port Rally” at Sylvia’s restau­rant in Harlem. Accord­ing to the NBPP web­site, the event will fea­ture New York City Coun­cil­man Charles Bar­ron and Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York as keynote speakers.

In a recent online radio broad­cast, National Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz told Jerry Jack­son, Chief of Staff of the NBPP’s Philadel­phia chap­ter, to refrain from rhetoric call­ing for vio­lence after Jack­son, in a dis­cus­sion about King Samir’s arrest, stated, “it’s a good day to slap a cracker. It’s a good day to put a cracker in your trunk!”

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Photo from Shabazz’s Face­book profile

Despite Malik Zulu’s Shabazz’s attempt to have NBPP lead­ers “say less than what you think,” he has not made any effort to curb their egre­giously racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. In the very next NBPP online broad­cast, National Chief of Staff Hashim Nzinga claimed that Jews con­spire to pro­mote a neg­a­tive image of Black youth through their sup­posed con­trol of the media.

Nzinga stated, “We don’t own the Jews’ news, and the Jews are not the friends of the African in Amer­ica.” He con­tin­ued, “the Jews’ news…shows us before the world look­ing like damn fools.” Nzinga explained that this will be a theme for the rally in Sep­tem­ber, dur­ing which the NBPP will call on its sup­port­ers to boy­cott the com­pa­nies that “con­tinue to help the Jews’ news make our youth look like buf­foons before the world.”

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