It has long been the Obama Administration stated position that no acts of international terrorism have taken place on U.S. soil during his watch. Yet as reported by the New York Post and also by the right-of-center NewsMax news portal that the mosque attended by the Islamic jihadist Tsarnaev brothers has been tied not only to ISIS, but a number of other terrorist plots and organizations.
Widely believed to be the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack on April 15, 2013 that killed three and injured upwards of 264 other innocent people, brothers Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev and the late Tamerlan Tsarnaev were tagged by federal investigators as so-called lone wolves and self-radicalized jihadists. Thusly, the Obama Administration was still able to claim with a straight face that no international terrorism has struck the homeland since his 2008 election. It was also widely circulated at the time that the Tsarnaevs were essentially just a couple of bad apples at the local mosque they attended.
However, now a number of news organizations are citing that the mosque operated by the Islamic Society of Boston was not only the spiritual home to the Brothers Tsarnaev, but a number of other individuals with ties to both domestic and international terror. Noteworthy among those named is one of the head honchos for the particularly savage ISIS terrorist group.
Among those that are tied to the Cambridge, Mass., mosque include Ahmad Abousamra, who is now in the ISIS hierarchy, serving as their top propagandist. The FBI suspects Abousamra of being behind the ISIS internet videos of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
The following were also cited by the New York Post of their affiliation with both the Cambridge mosque and various terrorist-related activities:
- Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque’s founder and first president who in 2004 was sentenced to 23 years in prison for plotting terrorism. In 2005, the Treasury Department issued a statement saying Alamoudi raised money for al Qaeda in the US.
- Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT scientist-turned-al Qaeda agent, who in 2010 was sentenced to 86 years in prison for planning a New York chemical attack. Known as “Lady al Qaeda,” she is related to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. ISIS has tried to trade her release for journalist hostages.
- Tarek Mehanna, who in 2012 got 17 years in prison for conspiring to use automatic weapons to murder shoppers in a suburban Boston mall.
- Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a mosque trustee and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader banned from the US after issuing a fatwa that called for the killing of US soldiers.
- Jamal Badawi, another former trustee who in 2007 was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plan to funnel more than $12 million to Palestinian suicide bombers.