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ISIS In Michigan? Feds Investigate Muslim Cleric in Dearborn With ISIS Ties

November 18, 2015

In light of the recent attacks on Paris, there is more interest in supporters of ISIS, and we have an alleged ISIS supporter here in Michigan (https://unaskedadvice.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/isis-in-america-isis-in-michigan-radical-cleric-isis-supporter-living-in-michigan/)

Consider this chilling commentary the Muslim cleric made back in 2012

Just a few weeks after he was released from federal prison in March 2012 on fraud convictions, Dearborn cleric Ahmad Jibril told his followers in a fiery sermon posted online:

When your brothers in Syria speak, everyone today needs to shut their mouth and listen, because they’re proving themselves to be real men.”

Jibril’s talk was the beginning of a number of videos and online comments that have made him an internationally known inspirational figure for militants in Syria. Over the past two years, Jibril has become the most popular religious leader online for Westerners who’ve joined the battle against the Syrian government, according to a new report by a security center in England.

Considering that Syria is home to one of the last round of suicide bombers and has been the epicenter of ISIS activity, why is it that the information from the article below, published last May 2015, hasn’t been re-examined?

A U.S. citizen raised in Dearborn by Palestinian immigrants, Jebril has communicated with ISIS fighters and family members of opposition fighters killed in Syria, according to a report last year by the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. The report said Jebril is the most popular cleric worldwide for Western fighters who have joined ISIS, giving them the religious motivation to join ISIS and similar groups.

Prosecutors have said that Jebril has a history of radical statements stretching back twenty years that promote anti-American, anti-Shia views.

On a website he once operated, “Ahmad Jebril encouraged his students to spread Islam by the sword, to wage a holy war, to hate and kill non-Muslims,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.

As of May 5, 2014, the US knew that Syria was becoming a place of jihadist mentality, radicalized messages, and a danger to other societies, with Jebril always at its center:

A U.S. citizen raised in Dearborn by Palestinian immigrants, Jebril has communicated with ISIS fighters and family members of opposition fighters killed in Syria, according to a report last year by the London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. The report said Jebril is the most popular cleric worldwide for Western fighters who have joined ISIS, giving them the religious motivation to join ISIS and similar groups.

Prosecutors have said that Jebril has a history of radical statements stretching back twenty years that promote anti-American, anti-Shia views.

On a website he once operated, “Ahmad Jebril encouraged his students to spread Islam by the sword, to wage a holy war, to hate and kill non-Muslims,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.

Notice the trend? “Using social media sites…”

The man has his own website.

The Wall Street Journal published an article quoting a study about Jebril’s pervasive use of social media in his quest to support jihad, right from Michigan:

A London-based research center last year found Mr. Jebril the most popular religious leader among ISIS fighters from the West, based on an analysis of his social-media accounts.

Again using social media for terrorist activities. When does the social media come under scrutiny? Or when does a person no longer get access? When do the companies who sponsor social media have to take responsibility for inciting riots?

I don’t know if it’s a sick joke or a sad commentary about Facebook that Jebril has used it to encourage or “cheerlead” as some have said the jihadist movement:

“Thirteen days after his release from prison, he tweeted support for the rebels, comparing them to soldiers in one of Islam’s earliest and most important conflicts, the Battle of Badr,” the International Centre’s report said.

Today, Jibril has more than 23,000 followers on Twitter, a Facebook page with 211,000 likes and a YouTube account whose videos attract thousands of views.

Almost 21% of the Western fighters surveyed in the report liked Jibril on Facebook, the highest percentage of any Islamic leader, the report said. And 60% of the foreign fighters surveyed followed him on Twitter, also the highest of any cleric.

A majority of those fighters are with ISIS or Jabhat al-Nusrah, two groups fighting in Syria that are related to al-Qaida. About 78% of Jibril’s Facebook likes are with the two groups, as are 86% of the fighters surveyed who follow him on Twitter, according to the report.

“He has been directly in touch with a number of foreign fighters, even with the families of fallen foreign fighters,” said Neumann. “He clearly cares about this very much. A lot of the foreign fighters find him inspirational.”

In December 2013, Jibril sent a direct message on Twitter to a family member of a Muslim fighter from England who was killed in Syria.

Mark Zuckerburg, where are your brains? We can’t publish photos of women nursing because the content is offensive, but Facebook can be used to celebrate jihad and hate crimes?

As of April 8, 2015, Ahmad Jebril was no longer restricted on social media outlets by the federal government. His website encourages followers to join him on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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