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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Extremist Imam Tests F.B.I. and the Limits of the Law

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, Suleiman Anwar Bengharsa has served as a Muslim cleric in Maryland, working as a prison chaplain and as an imam at mosques in Annapolis and outside Baltimore. He gave a two-week course in 2011 on Islamic teachings on marriage at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, where President Obama made a much-publicized visit this year.

But in the last two years, Imam Bengharsa’s public pronouncements have taken a dark turn. On Facebook, he has openly endorsed the Islamic State, posted gruesome videos showing ISIS fighters beheading and burning alive their enemies and praised terrorist attacks overseas. The “Islamic Jurisprudence Center” website he set up last year has condemned American mosques as un-Islamic and declared that homosexual acts should be punished by death.

That is not all. An affidavit filed in federal court by the F.B.I. says that Imam Bengharsa, 59, supplied $1,300 in June 2015 to a Detroit man who used it to expand his arsenal of firearms and grenades. The man, Sebastian Gregerson, 29, a Muslim convert who sometimes calls himself Abdurrahaman Bin Mikaayl, was arrested in late July and indicted on explosives charges.



Anonymous said...

I guess the clan needs to make re appearance and become a dominant political force. because obviously it doesn't matter blacks democrats and Muslims are allowed to preach hate why can't white people?

Anonymous said...

Vote Hillary and we will be over run by these people.

Anonymous said...

This is why America is no longer GREAT. Time to make America GREAT again. TRUMP!!!

Anonymous said...

Give me 5 min with the coward.

Anonymous said...

He must have some clout with the government and a very good lawyer because there are documented cases of Muslim Americans doing much less and being tried for providing material support. Glenn Greenwald has written widely about it.
They'll have to wait until he's on foreign soil and send a drone I guess. That "solution" has worked in the past.

Anonymous said...

Just issue the contract.