Blind Sheikh Dead But His Network Lives On in America

The “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman, best known for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has just died in prison, but his “work” lives on. He was not only a U.S.-based leader of the Gamaa Islamiyya terrorist group, but part of the connective tissue of an interconnected jihadist network that still operates today. The “Blind Sheikh” and his U.S.-based network were like a cornucopia of jihadist offerings. His Gamaa Islamiyya, Al-Qaeda, theMuslim Brotherhood/Hamas, Jamaat ul-Fuqra (now known as Muslims of America) and other jihadist entities all overlapped “in a sort of terrorist ‘Internet,’” as one congressional testimony explained.…
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5 Ways Islamists Set the Stage for the Orlando Attack

6/13/2016 The stage was set for the types of attacks we saw in Orlando a long time before the Islamic State (ISIS) showed up. Gays, just like Jews, are commonly scapegoated as vile, sin-bearing creatures whose mere presence decays societies. The stigmatizing of homosexuals inevitably leads to mistreatment and violence towards them, and we should not make the mistake of assuming this problem begins and ends with ISIS. Here are five ways that Islamists created the conditions for the Orlando attacks to happen even before ISIS was born: Supporting the Execution of Gays by Sharia Authorities All of the significant…
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