Holy Cow! Now 40 young Somalis are missing in Minnesota!

Note to new readers:  This post, originally written in November 2008, has now become my archive for all the posts we have done on this topic .   The number of missing men is now generally to believed to be about 20.  If you would like to learn about the missing youths, begin reading at the bottom of this post and work your way to the most recent update below. 

 *I’ve got more updates since July 19th, 2009, just haven’t gotten them linked in here—sorry!

Update July 19th:  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) says US should consider retrieving the Somalis who left the country to join the Jihad, here.

Update July 16th:  Counterterrorism blog:  this is about the international jihad, here.   Youtube clip of American Al-Shabaab telling Obama his charisma won’t work on them, here.

Update July 15th:  Indictments unsealed in this case, here.

Update July 14th:   We hear from Zakaria Maruf’s sister, here.  What do you know, the same thing is happening in Kenya too! 

Update July 13th:  4th Somali-American (Zakaria Maruf) dead in Somalia, the NYT called him the recruiter, here.    See also Judy’s post today about the cultural problems Somalis face in the US, here.

Update July 12th:   New York Times publishes front page story on missing Somali youths, here.   It is all about Allah, here.

Another Somali-American missing boy is found dead in Somalia, here.  Shot in the head.

Update July 11th:  Al-Shabaab leader mocks Obama, here.

Update July 10th:  More on Somalis standing up to CAIR and the Imams, here

Update July 9th:  We do it for Allah, here.

Update July 4th:  Another anti-CAIR demonstration scheduled today in Minneapolis, here.

Update July 2nd:  Fox News is reporting that indictments are imminent, here.

Update June 24th:  MN Somali leader confirms criticism of CAIR directly to RRW, here.

Update June 21st:   Somali community activists defend CAIR, here.

Update June 12th:  Unbelievable!  Somalis tell CAIR to butt out!  See also this excellent overview of the whole story of the missing Somali youths.

Update June 9th:   More on the death of that Somali youth at AP, here.

Update June 7th:  One Somali youth found dead in Somalia, believed to have been killed by al Shabaab, here.   Omar Jamal says US must bring the body back to Minnesota, here.

Update April 16th:   Somali youths have been missing from Minneapolis since 2007!

Update April 10th:  CAIR tries to hamstring questioning of students in Minnesota, here.

Update April 8th:  Canadian missing Somali arrested in Somalia, here.

Update April 6th:  Some missing youths hold press conference in Somalia, here.

Update April 5th:  Does an American play a significant role in recruiting the missing Somali youths, here?

Update April 2nd:   Somali terror recruitment film found by FBI here.

Update March 31st:  MPR reports that relatives of the missing youths are working their contacts in Somalia, here.

Update March 30th:  NPR reported that four missing men have returned, but have disappeared from sight again, here.

Update March 27th:  Canadian youths missing too, here.

Update March 23rd:  Jamal says missing youth spotted at the mall, here.

Update March 20th:  Fox News is reporting that the missing youths have been found, here.

Update March 19th:  Osama Bin Laden encourages Al-Shabaab to fight on and capture Somalia, here.   This links our “youths” to international jihad.

Update March 12th:  My view from the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing yesterday on terrorist recruitment here.

Update March 11th:  Grand Jury hears testimony in case of missing Somalis, here.  Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing.

Update March 8th:   Jamal: He could have blown himself up here just as well.

Update March 7th:  Recruitment methods explored at Minnesota Public Radio here.

Update March 6th:   Senate panel to hold hearing March 11th on missing youths.

Update Feb. 28th:   AP tells us more about how the missing Somali men were part of a terror scare on inauguration weekend, here.

Update Feb. 27th:   Minneapolis mosque holds open house to assure community they are good guys.

Update Feb. 24th:  More on FBI director Mueller’s speech about the Somali youths, excellent reporting at the Washington Times .

Update Feb. 23th:   You gotta laugh!  The New York Times finally gets to this story  3 months after it began.

Update Feb. 17th:  Jerusalem Post reporting today that 500 could be missing!

Update Feb. 16th:   UK fears its missing Somali youths are returning, here.

Update Feb. 15th:  CAIR crying about ‘religious profiling’ as FBI steps up questioning of Somalis.

Update Feb. 12th:  More indepth coverage of the press conference from Dinah Lord.  My post here.

Update Feb. 11th:   Mystery deepens about whether jihadists captured in Somaliland are our missing boys.

Update Feb. 10th:  Press conference held and mosque denies role in missing youths case.

Update Feb. 9th:   Another missing youth story with lots of inflamed commentary here.

Update Feb. 5th:  Somali press conference called and cancelled in Minneapolis.

Update Feb. 3rd:  NPR says missing men are victims, here.

Update Jan. 31st:  Somali writer blames FBI for not spotting this terror recruitment sooner.

Update Jan. 28th:  FBI looking for missing Somali refugees in Atlanta, here.

Update Jan. 27th:  Arrest of Somali man trying to get into Canada may be linked to the missing men and the plot against the inauguration.

Update Jan. 26th:  Well what do you know!   American “terrorists” arrested in Somaliland today.  Could they be some of our missing Somali youths?

Update Jan. 25th:   Newsweek joins the crowd today.  Boy these news magazines are slow!  It is almost exactly two months after we first reported the story.

Update Jan. 18th, 2009:  Los Angeles Times fills in more details.

Update Dec. 30th:   Washington Times puts story on front page here.

Update Dec. 29th: The FBI is paying attention to Somalis in U.S.

Update Dec. 26th:  Scrutinize mosques in the US in wake of missing Somalis investigation.

Update Dec. 23rd:  Financial Times of London is reporting this story now.  Hat tip:  Jerry Gordon.

Update Dec. 21st:   UPI reported that the FBI might be taking a harder look at the local mosque, here.

Wall Street Journal reports that Somali youths are missing from other US cities, here.

Update Dec. 12th:  CNN gets on the Somali missing men story bandwagon here

Indepth reporting by Patrick Poole here at Frontpage magazine.

Update Dec. 8th:  More on missing men in US and Denmark

Update Dec. 4th:   Somali men missing all over the world tonight.  And, missing Somali American man who became suicide bomber buried in Minnesota.

Update Dec. 1st:   Minneapolis mosque leaders not allowed to leave country, here.

Update Nov. 29th:   News Busters says this is not West Side Story.

Update Nov. 28th:  Somali Jihadists say they are coming to get us!  At Jihad Watch today.

Update Nov. 27th:  AP story has gone everywhere, on FOX News here.

Update a couple hours later:  The story is movin’ on up nationally—to ABC now.

Thanks again to the Baron at Gates of Viennawho just sent news that 40 (four-0) Somali young men have disappeared from the Twin Cities recently.   Two days ago we reported the number at about 20. From 5 Eyewitness News today:

Forty young Somali men from the Twin Cities are missing and federal investigators believe they may be back in Somalia training as terrorists.

“We have active Al Qaeda cells recruiting these people,” said Omar Jamal with the Somali Justice Advocacy Center.

Unless he has had some sort of conversion, I wouldn’t trust this Omar Jamal as far as I could throw him!  He has proven in the past to be a master news manipulator (see my post linked above).    Don’t ask me what his game would be in directing the blame to Al Qaeda?   AQ just seems a logical target, so what might he be steering authorities away from?  Be sure to watch Jamal in action on the KSTP-TV film clip.

The big question for us is, are the 40 missing men coming back to share their new found knowledge here in the US.  

CIA Director Michael Hayden acknowledges a growing tie between Al Qaeda and Somali terrorist groups. Federal investigators believe these missing men are training for terrorist attacks overseas, but can’t be sure they won’t return the the Twin Cities someday to carry out an attack.

Or, here is another thought, maybe, just maybe they haven’t left the US.  What if they are still here and our spinmeister supreme is leading authorities astray?  Kind of convienent that the Twin Cities “recruiter” can’t talk (having already been blown to bits).

See yesterday’s post with suggestions for the Homeland Security to check a few other US cities.

Khat shipment intercepted outside of Nashville, TN

Update:    Listen to Omar Jamal defend Khat to NPR—creating a feeling of Little Somalia in MN!

Yesterday local, state and federal law enforcement intercepted a shipment of Khat in the town of LaVergne, less than 20 miles outside of Nashville and only about 40 miles from Shelbyville.    A favorite drug of Somali (and a few other) immigrant groups, khat is illegal in the US.  From News 5 in Tennessee:

A massive and mysterious wooden crate delivered to Middle Tennessee Tuesday night contained something that could generate money for terrorism.

Someone sent 300 pounds of khat, a little-known drug. It’s estimated worth is $250,000.

Law enforcement set up a sting, but no one was home.  Bummer.

La Vergne police knew busting the buyer behind the delivery required careful planning.

Police DEA agents and SWAT team members mapped out a worst-case scenario, but hoped for the best outcome.

The delivery driver and undercover sergeant found no answer at the address provided.

Just another one of those wonders of diversity brought to the US compliments of the do-gooders in the State Department and the volags.

Police said money used from khat sales often goes to pay for vehicles used in car bombs and other forms of terrorist attacks.

Dear law enforcement, there is a problem in the Nashville Somali community.   I suggest checking first if there are any missing Somali young men.

Iraqis jobless in Roanoke, VA

Yet another unhappy Iraqi refugee story, this one from Roanoke, VA.  By the way, we have written about Roanoke before because it was the location of an American blacks conflict with Somali refugees.

Anyway, the primary subject of this article in the Roanoke Times, Haidar Khairallah, is not unhappy.  He is an injured interpreter who was resettled here after a long wait and appears to be on his way to fitting in to America.   Obviously, from the story he is a secular Muslim who spent some years as a child in England and speaks English well, and that helps. 

Now he uses his English by helping Roanoke’s Refugee and Immigrant Services (a Catholic resettlement agency) to calm down some unhappy Iraqis—professionals who want jobs other than cleaning.   Same old story just another state.

In the crowded conference room of Roanoke’s Refugee and Immigration Services, Haidar has been asked to broker a sit-down with his fellow refugees. Resettlement coordinator Jasminka Traylor has heard complaints about some of them turning down manual-labor jobs. She’s asked for help from Haidar, now working as a part-time translator for the office while he looks for full-time work.

Unlike most refugees who come to America from harsh refugee-camp conditions, these immigrants were professionals in Iraq — engineers, teachers and the like. They lived in metropolitan cities in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria while awaiting security clearance and refugee status.

The Iraqis will even take a job at non-Union-still-profiting Walmart if they can get out of cleaning!

Unlike Haidar, most of the new Iraqis in Roanoke aren’t yet fluent in English and don’t qualify for white-collar work here — which Traylor explains repeatedly in the meeting.

“We don’t want cleaning job,” one man gripes. “You can’t find job in Wal-Mart instead? How about another mart?”

Growing frustrated, Traylor asks: “Who cleans in Iraq?”

“People from Sudan.”

“No,” Haidar interjects. “Iraqi people clean in Iraq.”

Traylor asks the question again. The men and women whisper among themselves but say nothing.

She throws up her hands. “You have to find something to do here to pay your bills until you’re ready to find something you want to do!”

And, Refugees International is telling do-gooders to write to Obama and push for over 100,000 more Iraqis in this fiscal year?  It’s nuts!

Start at this post to find more unhappy Iraqi refugee stories, or just go to our Iraqi Refugee category.

Alinskyism (Day 10)

Radicals have no fondness for liberals!  In fact, they appear to hate them almost more than they hate conservatives.   From Saul Alinsky’s “Reveille for Radicals;”

Liberals have distorted egotistical concepts of their self-importance in the general social scheme.  [I guess Alinsky should know about ego, his egotism exudes every page.]  They deliberate as ponderously and as lengthily as though their decisions would cause the world to shake and tremble.  Theirs is truly a perfect case of the mountain laboring and bringing forth a mouse—a small, white, pink-eyed mouse.  The fact is that outside of their own intimate associates few know of or give a hang what these liberal groups decide.  They truly fit the old description that “A liberal is one who puts his foot down firmly on thin air.”

Alinsky calendar filed in “community destabilization.”