February 27th 2012 02:49:38 AM
I’ve been meaning to do an update on Sami Osmakac, the Albanian would-be Tampa bomber. Of course, now we know that the name “Osmakac,” which caused me to question whether the offender was Albanian at all, is actually “Osmankaj,” as this caption makes clear: “A general view of the house where naturalized American citizen Sami Osmakac, 25, was born, in the Osmankaj family compound in the village of Lubizde, Kosovo.” As we learn in the article below, “U.S. officials are using a different spelling for his last name.” Hmm.
(Alternate headlines used: ‘No better kid around,’ relative says of terror suspect; and Relatives react with dismay as Kosovo-born man charged with plotting US attack)
The 25-year-old Kosovo-born American suspected of plotting an Islamist-inspired attack in Florida came from a “very good family” that moved from place to place in search of economic opportunity and respite from conflict in the former Yugoslavia, an aunt said Tuesday.
The allegations against her nephew, Sami Osmakac, have left her in shock and disbelief, the aunt told The Associated Press in an interview.
“It felt very strange to hear what he was being accused of,” Time Osmankaj said. “I don’t believe he did what they accuse him of doing. There was no better kid around here.”
Then that ain’t saying much for Albanian kids.
…U.S. officials are using a different spelling for his last name — Osmakac — than what his relatives use here in Kosovo.
(One wonders why U.S. officials are using a different spelling. Is it a coincidence that the latter sounds less Albanian and more Slavic? One is impressed, however, that the article actually discloses this information, thanks most likely to the reporter not realizing the potential significance.)
Osmakac’s aunt lives in a two-story house in a remote hillside in Kosovo’s southwest bordering Albania. She said her nephew’s family left the secluded hamlet of Lubizde in the early 1990s for Bosnia where Sami’s father ran a bakery…
The family was caught in the whirlwind of Yugoslavia’s violent breakup during the 1990’s. They moved initially to Germany and then to the United States…
A police official in Kosovo told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Osmakac was “known to Kosovo authorities” and that “security agents were aware of his whereabouts during his last visit in Kosovo.”
He declined to disclose other details, including whether authorities tracked Osmakac at the request of the United States…
Drumroll for this next, requisite, insert-stock-Albanian pro-Americanism paragraph:
Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians are predominantly Muslim, while a small minority is Roman Catholic. The population is a staunch supporter of the U.S. because of America’s lead role in NATO’s 1999 bombing of Serb forces that drove them out of Kosovo and ended a brutal crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians.
Spoken like a true Albanian press release. (See from the 2007 Ft. Dix plot: “…as Albanians, we remain the most pro-American people in the world,” NAAC Executive Director Avni Mustafaj said in an official statement. )
But maybe, worded this way ( “…because of America’s lead role in NATO’s 1999 bombing of Serb forces”), the paragraph can help the journalists parroting it to notice they’re actually putting their finger on a very specific, non U.S.-centric, reason as to WHY someone likes us. Then they can ponder the question whether it’s a lasting reason for liking us.
FLASHBACK to the same, requisite Albanian shock-and-pro-Americanism paragraphs in Western news reports in the wake of the Ft. Dix arrests:
Three Muslim brothers who allegedly helped plot to kill soldiers at a U.S. Army base have roots in one of Europe’s most pro-American corners — a region that remains grateful to the United States for ending the Kosovo war.
Dritan Duka, 28, Shain Duka, 26, and Eljvir Duka, 23, who were arrested in New Jersey this week in what U.S. authorities said was a bungled scheme to blow up and gun down soldiers at Fort Dix, were born in Debar, a remote town on Macedonia’s rugged border with Serbia’s Kosovo province.
Relatives…expressed disbelief Wednesday that the three would attack the United States.
In Pristina…U.S. flags are commonplace. The main avenue is Bill Clinton Boulevard, renamed to honor the president who ordered airstrikes that halted former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic’s brutal crackdown in the province.
Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku wrote a letter to the U.S. mission in Pristina on Wednesday expressing the “extraordinary feeling that Kosovo’s people have for the U.S.” Ceku also denounced what he called “the disgusting idea” that Albanians could be involved in an attack “against a nation that has been very generous so far.”
The Duka brothers’ grandmother, Naze Duka, was visibly upset as word of their arrests spread….“America is good — you work, you earn money there,” the 88-year-old said. “I have no idea where this all came from. How did this happen?”
Even those in Debar who described themselves as devout Muslims denounced the Fort Dix plot.
“They must have been crazy. They shouldn’t dare throw a stone at America,” said Rrahmi Duka, 70, a distant relative of the brothers, as a loudspeaker blared Muslim prayers in Debar’s main square…
And here’s a FLASHBACK to the 2009 North Carolina Eight arrests:
…Sherifi’s grandfather and his neighbors said they could not believe the 24 year old could have been plotting terrorism in the United States, a country that is loved in Kosovo for leading the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia that ended its rule in Kosovo.
“I do not believe he is one of them,” Baki Sherifi, the suspect’s grandfather, told AP Television News. “This is something unbelievable. We live in this neighborhood for centuries, and the whole family never expected such news. We are all shocked. What more can I say?,” the tearful 70 year old said outside his mosque in Gnjilane, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.
“Everybody in the neighborhood is shocked. We feel sorry for the family. We cannot believe that has happened,” said Hakim Rasimi, who lives near Baki Sherifi in Gnjilane.
(As I wrote at the time, they live in Gnjilane — where the Gnjilane Group gave “How to Kill Serbs” lessons and abducted elderly peasants to be pulled apart by cars and others had their nails pulled out — and these ones are “shocked” by their kin’s behavior elsewhere.)
Another FLASHBACK from 2009:
[Betim Kaziu] was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists…The allegations shocked Mr. Kaziu’s family in Brooklyn. “This is totally unlike him,” said a sister, Sihana Kaziu, who added that he was never violent and had a “big heart.” Ms. Kaziu said her brother, a Muslim, did not grow up particularly religious.
One of four siblings, he played football in high school before dropping out, she said. He later got his high school equivalency diploma and around age 18 became interested in the Koran and said he wanted to dedicate his life to God, a prospect that pleased his parents, she said. He told his family that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, and kept in touch regularly by e-mail.
Now FLASHBACK to last year’s Frankfurt military killings:
…German police said [Arid Uka] was born in Kosovo…A cousin, Behxhet Uka…said he would be shocked if Arid Uka was behind the shooting, saying that like the vast majority of Kosovo Albanians, the family is pro-American.
The northern town of Mitrovica is best known for the ethnic division between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs. The former mining town has also been the focus of reports that it breeds Islamic extremists.
[And this of course had nothing to do with Serb-Albanian “tensions.”]
…Relatives of the alleged Kosovar gunman who killed two US soldiers in an attack in Frankfurt on Thursday said they were astonished about his reported extremist views.
“He himself only knows what he has done. I would never believe that he could do something like that,” the suspect’s grandfather, Avdullah Bejta, an imam in Mitrovica told Kosovo radio.
…Shock, anger, and dismay are palpable in the streets of Kosovo’s capital against the backdrop of today’s headlines: “Kosovar Kills Two U.S. Army Men At Frankfurt Airport.”
What is clear, though, is the anger and revulsion that Kosovars felt and continue to feel.
Candles were lit in Mitrovica, too, Arid Uka’s city of origin, where young people gathered and expressed their condolences to the American people.
The authorities were quick to react, claiming it was “a macabre act against the values of civilization and against the tradition of Kosovo people, to endlessly show gratitude toward the U.S. for its role in freedom of Kosovo.”
The president of the Albanian-American Democratic Club in New York, Alban Dega, wrote an open letter to Kosovo’s highest authorities…. “We are the most pro-American and most pro-Western nation on Earth. The Albanian Pro-Americanism is not only a value, but a national cult….”
Maybe I missed it with the Tampa plot, but unlike in the previous cases, I didn’t see one of those standard shocked-and-outraged-isolated-incident press releases from the Albanian American Civic League or National Albanian American Council. Did their wrists get tired from the last six times they had to write it?
The Osmakac article continues:
Kosovo authorities say they work closely with U.S. officials in tracking down potential Islamic radicals but are puzzled as to what has led some individuals to target Americans.
As always. Albanians puzzled about Albanians. They were also puzzled in 2007:
Kosovo Shocked at Arrests of Albanian Terror Suspects: “Kosovo has been shocked by the arrest of four Islamic radicals of Albanian origin who were allegedly plotting to attack the US military base at Fort Dix, close to New Jersey…News of the arrests has caused something of a furore in Kosovo, with politicians and institutions strongly condemning the alleged plotters and offering to help the US government with their enquiries.”
Of course, Albanians are used to feigning shock over their own terrorism:
Kosovo officials arrested after huge weapons haul (December 2006)
PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) - Two officials of Kosovo’s governing coalition have been arrested after police found a minibus packed with heavy weapons and ammunition.
A police source said the haul included a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun and more than 100 rocket-propelled grenades.
Local media reports said the find, made late on Wednesday in the Drenica region of central Kosovo, was the largest in Kosovo since the 1998-99 war and the deployment of NATO peacekeepers.
Three men were arrested, including a senior adviser to the Kosovo labor minister and a member of the governing Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), which emerged from the guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army.
The Kosovo government issued a statement expressing regret for what it said was an isolated case. The AAK, a junior member of the governing coalition, said it was “surprised” that two of its members were involved.
Don’t even try squaring all the shock and outrage with the fact that, elsewhere, Albanians protest the arrests of Albanian terrorists (and of course war criminals) — and recruit American politicians to free them. Then they act surprised when an Albanian is caught being a terrorist in America.
But back to the current Albanian-terrorist-against-America story. The opening item about Osmakac had the following closing paragraphs:
A 21-year-old ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, Arid Uka, is on trial in Germany for killing two and wounding two more U.S. airmen at the Frankfurt airport last year.
Another Kosovo-born man, Hysen Sherifi, faces up to 15 years in jail in the U.S. for allegedly being part of a group that raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military targets and others they deemed enemies of Islam.
A FIRST. LET THE RECORD SHOW IT. As lacking as this standard report is, it’s the first mainstream news article to reference other specifically Albanian-related attacks or plots against Americans. Usually, you get just some scribble about the current episode and that’s it — no one puts any of it together. As perfunctory and incomplete as this list is, it’s a first. Maybe one day others will see that these particular Muslims (from the Balkans) are deserving of their own category, given that it’s blowback.
One must also add: Thanks to all the Albanian attackers and would-be attackers, I’m rather getting a kick out of Americans having to read obscure, hard-to-pronounce location names like Lubidze, Gnjilane, Mitrovica, Drenica, Pec and Urosevac/Ferizaj, considering they didn’t even remember hearing the word “Kosovo” after bombing it. Before we’re through, we’ll have learned Kosovo geography in detail, 13 years after we infiltrated it with jihadists, organized crime, and Saudi “charities.” It reminds me of a corollary situation: Like other Americans, I only started learning Israeli geography because of Muslim genocide bombings introducing the place names to us one by one as they were blown up.
Pamela Geller wrote on the Tampa/Osmakac matter last month:
And the U.S. still supports an independent Kosovo state, a militant Islamic state, in the heart of Europe. That is our policy. America refuses to own up to the terrible mistake we made in Europe — worse still, we continue to prosecute the Christian Serbs.
Media reports said that Osmakac, a devout Muslim, was “self-radicalized.” You have to wonder if Western dhimmis stay up nights thinking up new terms for jihad. Pathetic. Soon after his arrest, video emerged that showed how pious and violent Sami Osmakac really was, as he attacked and bloodied Christian street preachers. The pious Osmakac, who was completely the aggressor, then cried victim to the police, saying that he had been “insulted”…
The police, in what has become standard practice in dealing with Islamic supremacists, treated the perpetrator and the victim with equal contempt, actually charging the bloodied Christian with battery. This was in the same town, Tampa, that classified what was obviously an honor killing of a Muslim woman, Fatima Abdallah, as a “suicide.”
Even worse, after the terrorism arrest, Hassan Shibly, director of the Florida chapter of CAIR, cried “entrapment.” This is, of course, typical of jihadis, but what is really outrageous is that the FBI briefed Shibly prior to Osmakac’s arrest. Hamas-CAIR was briefed? Was Qaradawi briefed, too?
“The weapons and explosives were provided by the government. Was he just a troubled individual, or did he pose a real threat?” Shibly asked. Hey, Shibly, he was a devout Muslim. […]
The news item where Shibly said this went as follows:
Leaders in the local Muslim community urge caution, saying it is important for the courts to determine if Osmakac posed a real threat or was just a big talker entrapped by the FBI.
“Would there have been any real plot without the support and assistance of the FBI?” asked Hassan Shibly…who had been briefed by authorities before the arrest was announced.
Avni Osmakac told Bay News 9 that his brother is not a terrorist and wouldn’t have had money to put toward buying any such weapons…
So now Shibly is defending Osmakac, whom on the previous day this same CAIR professional had called “very disturbed” and “very angry” and encouraged area Muslims calling in about him to “contact the authorities as soon as possible.”
In answer to Shibly’s question — from another update:
“When a person’s got an AK-47 which he believes is operable, when he has explosives which he believes are real, and when he has an explosive pack and a car bomb which … he is going to utilize against Americans, that makes it a crime,” Robert O’Neill, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, told reporters. “Was it real? It was very real.”
Two law enforcement officials…said the suspect does not appear to have any ties to al Qaeda, and early information indicated he was “self-radicalized.”
“We arrested him when the attack was imminent,” O’Neill said. […]
Let’s pause a moment, however, on the brother’s denial, which is like being in the movie “Groundhog Day,” where we get the same thing over and over: an Albanian Muslim loner growing increasingly pious, eventually “shocking” his relatives by trying to kill Americans now instead of mere Serbs. FLASHBACK to 2007:
Eljvir Duka’s lawyer stood in U.S. District Court in Camden this morning and told the judge his client wanted a Koran.
All six of the [Ft. Dix] suspects are immigrants in their 20s. And by most accounts they had been typical teenagers. But at some point between high school and adulthood, the men became radicalized and adopted the violent and extreme philosophy of jihad, authorities said.
Some of their relatives differ, saying the men are victims of religious persecution.
“We all have been supporters of America. We were always thankful to America for its support during the wars in Kosovo and Macedonia,” a cousin, Elez Duka, 29, told The Associated Press.
“These are simple, ordinary people and they’ve got nothing to do with terrorism. I expect their release and I expect an apology,” [cousin Elez Duka] said, waving his hands. “I see injustice. These are ridiculous charges.”
His indignation captured the mood among Muslims in Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania — places that have repeatedly expressed gratitude to the United States for intervening in the 1998-99 Kosovo war and a 2001 ethnic conflict that pushed Macedonia to the brink of civil war.
…Elez Duka [said] his cousins told him they had grown long beards and had become more devoted to Islam, but he insisted they were incapable of involvement in a terrorist plot. “They live in America and grew up in the American culture. How can you say they are anti-American? These accusations are totally unfounded,” he said.
Compare with today’s case: Friends: Fla. bomb plot suspect was radical, loner (AP, Jan. 15)
The Kosovo-born American citizen accused of plotting bomb attacks around Tampa was a loner who had grown increasingly radical in his Muslim faith and publicly railed against Jews and Christians in videos he posted on the Internet, according to relatives and friends.
Sami Osmakac’s life in the U.S. began about a dozen years ago, when he was 13 and his family immigrated to the U.S., according to a video he posted on YouTube. Those who know Osmakac said he mostly kept to himself as a high school student who loved rap music and rapped about bombs and killing in a song he made with a friend. As he grew older, they said, he grew increasingly confrontational: One Tampa-area activist said Osmakac physically threatened him, and Osmakac was jailed on charges that he head-butted a Christian preacher as the two argued over religion outside a Lady Gaga concert.
His family in Florida has said the charges are untrue.
…Lajqi used racial slurs in describing Jews and talked of wanting to “slaughter the enemies of Islam.” He also discussed getting a D.C. hotel room where he could watch the landmarks blow up, the prosecutor said.
Three of Lajqi’s siblings were in the courtroom Monday, telling The Washington Examiner after the hearing that Lajqi is not a terrorist but instead a garrulous man who never intended to carry out attacks.
“He’s a dreamer,” said Richard Sica, a friend of Lajqi’s from New York. “He’s a talker.”
Now back once more to the current Albanian terrorist:
Family members told The AP that Osmakac was born in the village of Lubizde in Kosovo, a tiny hamlet of scattered houses near the Cursed Mountains, a row of snowcapped peaks that divide Kosovo from Albania…
Osmakac spent his early years in a home shared by his father and two uncles, but difficult living conditions and simmering ethnic intolerance sent the family searching for prosperity elsewhere…
Osmakac’s family was in Bosnia during the bloodiest of the ethnic wars of the 1990s, which left more than 100,000 dead, and eventually fled to Germany and then the U.S. [Read between the lines to see this for the trace-the-crime-back-to-Serbs caveat that it is.]
As a child, Osmakac was “a quiet and fun boy,” said his aunt, Time Osmankaj. She said his family regularly sent money home to relatives trying to eke out a living as the wars left those who remained extremely poor.
Osmankaj said the family returned to Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, for visits during the summer months. But in recent years they noticed a change in Sami, who grew a beard, donned religious garments, and was frequently accompanied by two devout Muslims from Albania and two from Bosnia. He also began to shun his relatives during his trips to Kosovo.
His aunt said she learned of his last visit in October 2011 through neighbors and that she did not meet with him. Authorities in Kosovo have said he used those visits to meet with Islamic radicals there.
Islam came to Kosovo with the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans in the 15th century, but it had not grown political until more recently. For instance, hundreds of Muslims have taken to the streets to protest a ban imposed by Kosovo authorities on wearing headscarves in schools. Protesters also have demanded that new mosques be built to accommodate a growing number of faithful after a Roman Catholic cathedral was built last year in the center of the capital, Pristina.
The increase in religious tensions has raised concerns that U.S. soldiers serving as part of a NATO-led peacekeeping force could be targeted in attacks.
REALLY? Gee, this eminently foreseeable scenario when one is playing for the enemy’s team isn’t what I’ve been warning about for 13 years at all, is it? And yet when I brought the issue up in 2007 in American Legion magazine, I was accused by two National Guard “information officers” of “trying to scare the troops’ loved ones.” But here we have a mainstream AP writer finally connecting Islam to Kosovo and, gee, twying to scare the twoops and their famiwies.
The mainstream is finally catching up to what a Kosovo vet warned about in 2008, letting us know that saying “soldiers could be targeted” ain’t exactly the whole story:
Islamic extremism is on the rise in Kosovo. KFOR soldiers have been attacked in Gjilan [Gnjilane], Ferizaj, and Prizren when I was there. You just won’t see or hear about it in the news. More Mosques have been built in Kosovo in the last five years than schools, roads, health clinics, and all other [sanitation] projects combined. Compliments of Muslim charities from the Middle East.
So now the question is: Are they finally going to use the body armor that the Command previously had them boasting they patrolled without? (Incidentally, mentioning the no-armor factoid got me compared by the same PR duo to a New York Times reporter who publicized our problematic armor in Iraq — despite this DoD press release advertising in 2005 that our troops patrol Kosovo without armor.)
Back again to Osmakac:
Avni Osmakac told WTVT-TV in Tampa that his brother had tried to travel to Saudi Arabia last year so he could study Islam, but that he had problems with his visa and never got farther than Turkey. Sami Osmakac wanted to become an imam and teach Islam in the Middle East, his brother said.
Osmakac’s family had settled in Pinellas Park, Fla., where his father opened a bakery and bought a home. There, Osmakac attended at least two high schools and was mostly a loner, classmate Alan Stokling wrote in an email to The AP.
Stokling said the two did have something in common: a love of rap music… “Sami’s part came on and he was talking about murder and bombing and stuff,” Stokling recalled. “I wasn’t surprised by that. It wasn’t anything different from regular hip-hop songs.”
What was different was the song’s ending: Stokling said Osmakac rapped about killing Jews.
“The weirdest ad libs I’d ever heard,” Stokling said. “They were so beyond the realm of what was accepted back then as far as what was a consistency in the realm of a rap song that it was comical.”
The two discussed religion only once, when Osmakac asked about Stokling’s religion. Stokling recalled that when he said he was a Christian, Osmakac “got kind of quiet then started laughing to himself under his breath in a smug fashion. In his own mind he seemed to be an elitist. That’s the vibe I got from him.”
Osmakac’s run-in with the preacher outside the Lady Gaga concert in April 2011 was far less subtle. According to police accounts of the fight, which the preacher recorded on video, Osmakac said, thumping his heart with his fist for emphasis: “My message is, if you all don’t accept Islam, you’re going to hell.”
At the mosque where Osmakac began worshipping in 2010, he mostly kept to himself. However, he occasionally had run-ins with other area Muslims. At the mosque, he and another man were cited for trespassing in November of that year after a heated discussion with Ahmed Batrawy, vice president of the Islamic Society of Pinellas County.
In another instance, he accused the Council on American-Islamic Relations of being an “infidel organization,” said Hassan Shibly, executive director of the council’s Tampa office. And Ahmed Bedier, a Muslim community activist and radio host, said Osmakac had threatened him because Bedier’s organization encourages minorities to get involved in politics.
“He thought I was taking people out of the faith,” Bedier said. “On at least one time, he got very close as if he was going to hit me, and someone held him back.”
Bedier reported Osmakac’s behavior to authorities more than a year and a half ago. However, he said Osmakac’s hatred was so overt that many people suspected he may have been a government informant.
Bedier asked: “What terrorist goes on YouTube?”
A lot. And this one went on “Canadian Idol.”
Some details about the youtube videos:
…In the first video clip, a man who appears to be Osmakac, confronted Christian protesters and assaulted one outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum - leaving the man bleeding from the mouth…In the second video with the title ‘Convert to Islam NOW! To all Atheist Christian (Non-Muslims)‘ a man who looks and sounds like Osmakac threatened members of other religions.
The message from Abdul Samia, believed to be one of Osmakac’s aliases, warns viewers to convert to Islam ‘before it is too late’. The YouTube videos were posted in December 2010 and in April last year…In the eight-minute video he is seen cross-legged on the floor with a pistol in his hand and an AK-47 gun behind him. […]
Another interesting Osmakac report — and note the caption under the photo conveniently reverting, as usual, to the resurrected-when-Kosovo-or-Bosnia-proves-embarrassing: “former Yugoslavia”:
Sami Osmakac, 25, from the former Yugoslavia, was charged in a plot to attack crowded locations in the Tampa area with a bomb, assault rifle and other explosives, federal authorities said Jan. 9.
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The man accused by U.S. authorities of plotting to bomb Florida nightclubs and a sheriff’s office met with radical Islamists during visits to his native Kosovo, a senior official in the country said Wednesday.
International agencies had alerted Kosovo authorities that Sami Osmakac could be linked to Islamist extremists, the official told The Associated Press. He said the 25-year-old, an ethnic Albanian and naturalized U.S. citizen, discussed “issues in support of radical elements” with the individuals he met.
So one goes to Kosovo to meet with Islamists? So Kosovo IS a jihad destination? That is, it IS what our officials say it isn’t and promised it wouldn’t be? The article continues:
…Some 1,000 American soldiers serve as part of the NATO-led peacekeeping force that is in charge of security in the country, where tensions persist because Serbia has refused to accept Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence.
So THAT’S why there are tensions. In case you didn’t know, the AP has explained it all to you. In case you had any doubt, it’s because of something Serbia isn’t doing. And not because Albanians terrorized Serbia into the position it finds itself in today: being pressured by the West to recognize our criminal-led narco-terrorist “pro-American” jihad-exploitable mafia state, to the world’s unanimous criticism when Serbia “stubbornly” refuses to.
…Osmakac arrived in the U.S. around 2000, when he as 13, according to a video he posted online.
That’s just after the war, making him one of the Clintons’ goodwill refugees — another “rescuee” from the Serbs, like the KLA sniper Agron Abdullahu, who provided the guns for the three Albanian brothers who wanted to kill “as many American soldiers as possible” at Ft. Dix.
…In Sept. 2003, he had his first brush with the law. According to a police report, Osmakac got into a fight with some other students and punched a teacher at Pinellas Park High School during the melee…
Really? An Albanian having brushes with the law before becoming a terrorist? That doesn’t sound familiar at all from this FLASHBACK:
Prior to their arrest on terror charges, the Duka brothers ran into trouble with the law on numerous occasions. Shain Duka has been arrested on charges of making physical threats, obstruction of justice, and hindering apprehension. He has also been cited for traffic violations five times. Eljvir Duka has been arrested on drug charges and amassed two motor vehicles citations. And, Dritan Duka was arrested for disorderly conduct, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moreover, he was ticketed for speeding or driving with a suspended license a total of six times.
Back to today:
At some point, Osmakac became deeply religious. In 2010, Osmakac began worshipping at a local mosque. [Again and again and again: If you’re not getting away with straight-up crime, give it a higher, religious purpose.]
In November 2010, Osmakac and another young man — an American convert to Islam — had a heated discussion with Batrawy at the mosque. The American convert, Batrawy said, was the one “radicalizing things.” Osmakac later started to “trash talk,” Batrawy said.
“We don’t condone that in our place of worship,” Batrawy said he told the young men. When they wouldn’t calm down, Batrawy called police, who cited Osmakac and the other man for trespassing.
A month later, Osmakac posted his first video on YouTube, ranting about Christians and Western life. It was titled “A Question For All Christians: What Are You Worshipping???” …CAIR said Osmakac was banned at two Tampa-area mosques.
Indeed. He was too volatile and risked blowing Jihad’s cover vis-a-vis the long-term goal. (Imagine, though: a non-Muslimy Albanian blowing the cover.)
Earlier in this post I mentioned Hysen Sherifi, one of the two Albanians in the 2009 North Carolina plot. There have been two updates on him. Last month he was “convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas,” plus “two counts of firearms possession, and conspiracy to kill federal officers or employees by discussing an attack on the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base with ringleader Daniel Boyd, who had lived on the base as a child with his Marine officer father.” The other update, which many readers have already seen, was on Jan. 24th:
[Hysen Sherifi] has been accused in a federal court document of plotting to kill witnesses who testified against him at trial.
An affidavit unsealed in federal court Monday accuses Hysen Sherifi of plotting against the witnesses from his jail cell. Authorities say an FBI informant posing as a hit man met with Sherifi’s brother and a female friend and accepted $5,000 and a photo of an intended victim.
FBI agents have arrested the brother, Shkumbin Sherifi, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, a school teacher. Now in federal custody at the New Hanover County Jail, each is charged with a felony count of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.
The informant soon befriended Sherifi, who requested help in hiring someone to kill three people who had testified against him at his trial, according to the affidavit. Sherifi specified that he wanted the witnesses beheaded and that he would be provided photos of the severed heads as confirmation of the deaths, according to the document.
FBI agents said in the document that they arranged for a second informant to pose as a hit man and monitored Sherifi during a series of jailhouse visits with Elshiekh.
Following a Dec. 21 visit at the jail, Elshiekh left a voicemail on the fake hit man’s cell phone, identifying herself as “Hysen Sherifi’s friend,” according to the affidavit. It added that the FBI observed and recorded subsequent meetings between Elshiekh and the fake hit man, during which she provided names, addresses and photos of those targeted and $750 in cash toward the first murder.
Agents also observed Elshiekh meeting with Shkumbin Sherifi, who met with the FBI’s fake hitman on Jan. 8, the court document said. According to the affidavit, the brother traveled from Raleigh to Wilmington to provide the hit man another $4,250 in cash.
The Sherifi brothers and other family members emigrated from Kosovo following the wars that ravaged the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. A call to the Sherifi family home in Raleigh on Tuesday was not returned.
What we have here is a Kosovo Albanian importing — at our invitation — the way Kosovo justice goes down. Witnesses are the ones who go down. This is why former “prime minister” Ramush Haradinaj is being re-tried at The Hague. His 2007 trial was plagued with witness deaths. The only difference between that documented criminal-slash-Kosovo leader and the current documented criminal-slash-Kosovo leader is American muscle keeping the latter (Hashim Thaci) out of The Hague. Witness death and intimidation are why Albanians are used to not going to jail. No wonder Sherifi’s family are in shock over his arrest. (Incidentally, witness safety is also a big stumbling block for Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty in the Albanians’ organ-harvesting operation.) I’ve been warning that America would be Kosovized, which is why it’s important to pay attention to America’s Kosovo. So now the U.S. is getting a taste of the beast it “saved.”
Note that Sherifi wanted the witnesses’ heads. The first point about this is, gee that’s strange for non-Muslimy Muslims like the “Kosovars,” no? (And note that his brother and the woman who was going to help him accomplish this didn’t even require radicalization themselves to get it done.)
Second point: We were told that the Albanian beef with Serbs was Serb-specific. We were told that this would not be happening in America or to Americans by our friends the Albanians. This was just a “Serbian problem”:
Enjoy, America. You’ve worked hard for it.
A few FLASHBACKs:
Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro serves the funeral for three murdered Serbian men of the village of Belo Polje, near Pec, June 1999
The body of Fr. Chariton Lukic found near Prizren, Aug 2000. Fr. Chariton was kidnapped by the KLA Albanian extremists on June 14th 1999 in the streets of Prizren. His body was found one year later on August 8th 2000 near Prizren. According to the post mortem report Fr. Chariton’s body was decapitated and severely mutilated. He was stabbed several times by knife. The perpertrators of this murder have not yet been found.
An Orthodox priest killed by an Albanian Nazi in WW2, Kosovo. Dozens of priests and monks were killed by Albanian Nazis including the Bishop of Raska and Prizren Rt. Rev Vladimir who was sent to prison in Albania and killed in a prison.
And so they did yet again in 1999, this time backed by the Red, White and Blue.
“The time has come to exterminate the Serbs. There will be no Serbs under the Kosovo sun.” — Ferat-bey Draga, Nazi-fascist Kosovar Muslim political leader, 1943
Mission just about accomplished.
An update to the update on Sherifi trying to behead witnesses: Man must stand trial in plot to hire hit man (Jan. 27)
A North Carolina man must stand trial in a plot to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses from his brother’s terrorism case, a federal magistrate judge ruled on Friday….
Sherifi, 21, was arrested last weekend after FBI agents tracked him to a Jan. 8 meeting in the parking lot of a Wilmington Food Lion grocery store with a government informant posing as the representative of a hit man. He is accused of paying the informant $4,250 toward the first killing while his mother waited nearby in a Honda minivan.
On Jan. 22, prosecutors said Sherifi met with the informant again, this time receiving fake photos that showed the blood-covered witnesses lying in a shallow grave and what appeared to be the man’s severed head.
Those targeted for death, according to the government, were three confidential informants who testified against Hysen Sherifi and his co-defendants….
The Sherifis are naturalized U.S. citizens who emigrated from Kosovo in 1999 following a bloody sectarian war. On Friday, one of their three sisters took the stand as a character witness and asked the judge to let her brother go home. Hylja Sherifi, 24, said her younger sibling was a primary caregiver to their ailing father, who has lung cancer.
Shkumbin Sherifi has also volunteered as a youth soccer coach and is an aspiring songwriter, she said. Several of his rap songs are available online on a website intended to promote his music.
“He has a lot of passion,” Hylja Sherifi said, a college student. She added that her family loves the United States. [THERE IT IS! Never mind the terrorism, Albanians are pro-American!]
“I have hope in the American government and support America,” she said. “I supported my boyfriend when he was fighting in Iraq for 13 months.” [And there’s the ubiquitous served-in-the-armed-forces card that’s supposed to be a conversation stopper in all cases.]
The soldier she spoke of sat with the family in the courtroom, along with about 25 other people who made the two-hour drive from Raleigh to show their support for the defendant. Many were members of the Islamic Association of Raleigh, the city’s largest mosque. [Similarly, see in the Jan. 13th AP report: “Dozens of members of Raleigh’s Muslim community made the five-hour drive to coastal New Bern to witness the fate of men their supporters believe were unjustly convicted.”]
Farris Barakat, a 21-year-old college student who attended the hearing, said Elshiekh was his second-grade teacher at the mosque’s school. At the time of her arrest, she was also teaching at a secular Montessori academy in suburban Morrisville. Elshiekh is charged with using interstate facilities for murder for hire.
Barakat stressed that he did not in any way support the type of violence of which the Sherifis are accused of plotting. Islam is a religion of peace, he said.
However, he questioned whether an overzealous government was seeking to prosecute Muslims for terror offenses using questionable tactics, such as using paid informants with criminal records.
Hylja Sherifi echoed those sentiments, suggesting the full story had not been told in the courtroom.
Asked on the witness stand if any of the evidence presented Friday changed her positive view of her younger brother, she replied: “Not at all.”
Closing with an update on Arid Uka, the Albanian from Kosovo who killed two U.S. servicemen in Frankfurt this time last year:
FRANKFURT — A German court sentenced a Kosovo man to life on Friday for killing two US soldiers and attempting to kill three more at Frankfurt airport last March in Germany’s first deadly jihadist attack.
[Again, note that Germany’s FIRST deadly jihadist attack was committed by a supposedly non-Muslimy Albanian from Kosovo. Germany having of course provided a Serb-killing training base in 1996 for the Kosovo Liberation Army.]
Presiding judge Thomas Sagebiel said 22-year-old Arid Uka — who was born in Kosovo but brought up in Germany — was found guilty on two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder when he opened fire on March 2 last year on a group of US soldiers on their way to serve in Afghanistan.
“The degree of guilt is particularly grave,” Sagebiel said, which means Uka is unlikely to be released early after 15 years.
“Yes, this is indeed the first Islamic-motivated terror strike to have happened in Germany,” the judge said.
US soldiers Nicholas Alden, 25, and Zachary Ryan Cuddeback, 21, were killed in the shooting. Two other soldiers were wounded. [One of whom lost an eye.]
Sagebiel told the court: “He would have shot at a third, but the weapon got jammed.”
The verdict had already been postponed twice since the trial opened with Uka apologising to his victims and their families.
[OK, that’s non-Muslimy, I’ll admit.]
“On March 2, I killed two people and opened fire on three others. Today I can’t understand myself how I could have acted this way,” he said.
He said he had been influenced by “lies” and “propaganda” after seeing a video on the Internet purporting to show US soldiers in Afghanistan raping a local woman.
[Notice that his Serbian-Orthodox enemy, which we grafted as our enemy, has yet to be influenced by any lies or propaganda leading to dead Americans.]
Defence lawyer Michaela Roth had not contested Uka’s guilt but argued that extenuating circumstances should allow him to be eligible for release after 15 years in jail.
“A jihadist would never have asked for forgiveness as Arid Uka has done from the first day of his trial. On the contrary he would have been proud of himself,” Roth told the court earlier.
Sagebiel also said the court had found no evidence that suggested he had accomplices or had been to ideological and military training camps.
The brother of one of the murdered soldiers was present for the verdict and the judge concluded his statement by addressing the court’s “commiseration” to the victims’ families.
“The attack was not only cowardly and perfidious, but also damaged Germany’s reputation,” Sagebiel said.
[So Germany’s reputation, such as it is, has been damaged by an Albanian Muslim, of all things.]
The court “hoped that by our bringing the perpetrator to justice swiftly, you can find some comfort… and will not harbour any rancour towards Germany,” he said.
A “saddened and outraged” US President Barack Obama said the day of the killings that Washington would “spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place.”
[How about: by marking the wrong enemy in 1999, and not regarding our new ‘friends’ with a tad bit of suspicion.]
…The September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were planned in part in the German port city of Hamburg by an Al-Qaeda cell led by Mohammed Atta, the hijacker of the first plane to strike New York’s World Trade Centre. […]
Note: In the course of doing research for his book Revenge of the Prophet, author Vojin Joksimovich learned that German investigators had discovered that Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-German citizen who was a senior commander of the Al Mujahid unit in central Bosnia, was assigned by Osama bin Laden to recruit the Hamburg cell consisting of Atta et al.
Note also that the sentencing had been delayed in light of possible new evidence by German reporter Franz Feyder, who testified that Uka had been recognized by several people as having attended a terror training camp in Zenica, Bosnia in the summer of 2010, under the name Abu Reyyan, the same name that Uka used on Facebook. Ultimately, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to satisfy either the defense or the prosecutors and the last-minute testimony was dismissed.
But what we do know is this:
Under his Islamist handle he spread jihadist hymns on YouTube online, professed hatred of Jews and Shiite Muslims and took part in violent computer games. Within just four or five weeks, Uka is thought to have established contact to radical Islamist preachers including the Moroccan Sheik Abdellatif and German Muslim extremist Pierre Vogel.
So yet another Albanian jihadist who doesn’t like Jews (See the aforementioned Lajqi who wanted to blow up Washington landmarks but was arrested in Maryland last March for visa fraud; see also the Albanian in Britain who had a bomb factory in his apartment; and of course see our Tampa guy, whose fondness for Jews is mentioned earlier in this post. Relatedly, let’s not forget that Jewish-cemetery-desecration business in December in Kosovo’s capital, which clueless Jewish students from Dartmouth had just cleaned up over the summer.) On this point, I would direct readers to note the names of Uka’s defense attorneys: Michaela Roth and Jens Joerg Hoffman. Roth and Hoffman. I guess Uka made the same exception that other Jew-haters make for lawyers and doctors.
In the Jihad Watch item citing the article about Sherifi having his brother and Elshiekh behead witnesses, were these two opening paragraphs by Robert Spencer about an unrelated case:
According to former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Green, Kifah Jayyousi was “a great guy, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” While Green was superintendent, Jayyousi oversaw the Detroit school district’s capital improvement program.
Jayyousi was charged, according to the Detroit Free Press, with “conspiring to kidnap, maim and murder by providing money, recruits and equipment for Islamic struggles in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya from 1993 to 2001.”
WHAT Islamic struggles in Bosnia and Kosovo?!?! We were told these conflicts had nothing to do with Islam beyond the Serbs targeting people allegedly for nothing more than being Muslim. Kind of like we and our judicial system are now targeting all these innocent Muslims like Sherifi, Osmakac, Uka and Duka. And in the years 1993-2001, no less! When jihad in the Balkans was perfectly OK — and often funded — by the West? Most confusing! Sounds like someone is being prosecuted ex post facto. Or at least ex post 20/20-hindsighto.
******And Huffington Post had this Feb. 10th update on the Uka case******
Arid Uka, Frankfurt Airport Shooter, Sentenced To Life
…Uka, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, killed Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia in the March 2 attack on the Afghanistan-bound servicemen as they were boarding a bus at the airport.
Judge Thomas Sagebiel ruled that Uka bears “particularly severe guilt,” citing the nature of his ambush on the soldiers, the fact he shot unarmed people from behind and the severity of the injuries he inflicted.
That means he won’t immediately be eligible for parole after 15 years as is usual in Germany.
“I’m satisfied. I’m at peace. There’s a huge weight off our shoulders,” Nicholas Alden’s brother, Joe, said in the courthouse after the ruling.
“I think justice has been served – I think he got what he deserved and I think the court did a great job,” said Alden, of Indianapolis. “I wish there was more they could do but he got the maximum.”
Prosecutors said Uka was an example of a lone-wolf extremist who became radicalized on his own by reading and watching jihadist propaganda on the Internet. During the trial, they introduced as evidence dozens of files containing songs and written material pulled from his cell phone, music player and computer.
Although Germany has experienced scores of terrorist attacks in past decades, largely from leftist groups like the Red Army Faction, the airport attack was the first attributed to an Islamic extremist.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there have been about a half-dozen other jihadist plots that were either thwarted or failed – including a 2007 plan to kill Americans at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base.
The airmen at Frankfurt airport were part of a security team traveling from an air base at Lakenheath in Britain.
As they loaded their bus in front of the airport, Uka approached the soldiers and asked for a cigarette, then asked if the group was headed for Afghanistan. Told that it was, Uka pulled a pistol from his backpack and shot the unarmed Alden point blank in the back of the head.
He then boarded the bus and fatally shot Cuddeback, the driver, before turning the gun on two more airmen, Staff Sgt. Kristoffer Schneider and Edgar Veguilla. The weapon jammed as he pointed it at Staff Sgt. Trevor Brewer, who testified that Uka had “hate in his eyes” and said “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great.”
Schneider, who testified by video link from an Air Force base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was shot in the right temple and lost the sight in one eye. The right side of his face had to be rebuilt with titanium and titanium mesh, and he testified he suffers continuing eye and head pain and has had a seizure. Part of his skull had to be removed after an infection.
Veguilla was hit in the jaw and arm and testified he has numb fingers because of nerve damage.