Knoxville, TN: Jihadist or Jokester?

I’m headed out shortly to go to Washington and the Code Red Rally, but wanted to get this up quickly.  There is a lot I could say about it, but one question right off the top of my head is, what’s up with Tennessee and Muslim immigrants?  Has the word gone out to ‘go to Tennessee young man?’   Hat tip: Jerry Gordon (Update: Gordon’s post here).

Is a Northwest Knoxville convenience store operator a jihad jokester or a terrorist-in-waiting?

That was the question U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton faced Monday as federal prosecutors Jeff Theodore and Will Mackie pushed for the detention pending trial of Hazam Ali Ahmed.

The 35-year-old Ahmed was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms after authorities last week found two guns inside the Central Convenience Store on Keith Avenue that he operated.

However, testimony at Monday’s hearing shows Ahmed has been on the radar screen of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least January 2006.

FBI Agent Mark D. Murphy testified that an informant clandestinely recorded chats with Ahmed in early 2006 during which Ahmed allegedly tried to recruit the informant into the terrorist network al-Qaeda.

Note to FBI:  If you are looking for more to get this guy on, check his food stamp transactions.  These Muslim convenience stores are notorious for buying food stamps from people in need of cash for 50 cents on the dollar and then being reimbursed by the taxpayer for the full dollar.  Use our search function for key words ‘food stamp scams.’   The fact that he owns nothing in the US and has a family in Yemen tells me he is likely sending those funds back ‘home.’

Albany: Iraqi refugee charged with attempted rape

Here is the story from the Times Union:

An Iraqi refugee charged with trying to rape a woman behind the Capital Repertory Theatre on North Pearl Street last month is being held in the Albany County jail on $60,000 bail.

Nehma Walid, 26, appeared today before Judge Thomas Breslin in Albany County Court after being indicted Friday on a charge of attempted first-degree rape, which carries a possible 15-year prison sentence.

Court papers allege Walid struck the 27-year-old woman in the face, forced her to the ground, tore her pants open and tried to rape her as she screamed for him to stop. The incident allegedly happened in a parking garage behind the theater, 111 N. Pearl St., about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 21.

The apparently unemployed Iraqi was sponsored by a church group.  I wonder which of the Top Ten Federal Contractors the Unitarians are affiliated with?

In a motion filed on her client’s behalf, Manley noted Walid came to America in May as a United Nations refugee. She said he has been sponsored by the First Unitarian Society congregation in Schenectady, several members of which were in court to support him Monday.

O.K. so attempted rapes happen all over the place by all sorts of men, but my interest in this was the location—Albany, NY.  We have written on many occasions about how Albany, a preferred resettlement community, is overloaded with refugees.  Check out earlier posts here and here, and see Judy’s post on the unemployment situation for Iraqi refugees in Albany here.  For fun, go to the unemployment map and watch New York turn deep purple.

Incidentally, in this post on Albany, I asked why we were bringing fighting aged young men to America when our young men and women of the same age are fighting for Iraq to be free!

Just an aside:  In benevolent Sweden mobs didn’t wait for the legal system and instead tried to run an alleged refugee attempted rapist out of town, here.

US Unemployment map is astounding

Judy received this link to a map entitled the Georgraphy of a Recession.  It depicts over time how unemployment has progressed since the Democrats took over Congress.  Click on it and watch large swaths of the country turn from sunny yellow, to red, to deep purple and finally to black (10% unemployment).   No wonder refugees don’t have work!

By the way, note the bright spot in Northern Virginia and Maryland—-federal workers.