A federal judge thinks one exists in Minneapolis.
In nine hearings over three days before a courtroom packed with the families of the [nine] young men who sought to give their lives to ISIL, [U.S. District Judge Michael] Davis repeatedly underlined a clear message: There is a terrorist cell in Minneapolis and it is still alive today.
Each day, Davis sought to extract acknowledgment from the young men that they were “terrorists,” and left no doubt as to his thoughts on whether they were simply misguided youths.
“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” Davis said one day, then, raising his voice: “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”
Saying the Minnesota public had “danced around” the issue, Davis described the cell’s size as being between nine to 20, including those sentenced last week and others killed abroad.
Later in the week, he raised eyebrows in the courtroom by telling one defendant that he noted “six to 10” supporters who attended previous hearings and insisted that “some defendants gave them signals.”
“I know they’re out there,” Davis said. “The community knows they’re out there.”
Federal prosecutors seemed to share Davis’ conviction. In an unusual development on Wednesday, they asked that two defendants, Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud, be returned to the courtroom after their hearings were finished.
Prosecutors said both men flashed index fingers pointed upward as they faced the gallery on their way out, an apparent symbol of “tawhid” that symbolizes an Islamic concept of “oneness of God” but is also a popular symbol used by ISIL supporters.
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“It’s on the record. There’s no denying of it,” Davis said. “Your own voice is on those tapes. Your voice here today is admitting to me what you have done. The litany of things that you did, the lies that you told should be published so there is no doubt about what is happening here today.”
The judge later explained his forcefulness — so direct that it surprised some attorneys — before sending Daud to prison: “We have to incapacitate this cell.”
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I'll be very surprised indeed if there isn't more than one such cell in Minneapolis (given the numbers of Muslim refugees who've been resettled in and near that city), and several others scattered around the country. Given the number of 'refugees' accepted into the USA without adequate background checks or investigation, thanks to the laxness of the current administration's programs, I suspect there are several hundred active ISIL supporters in this country by now. It's more than likely that some of them - perhaps a few dozen - are sufficiently motivated to become active domestic terrorists at any moment. The rest will raise funds, provide safe havens, and do other things in their support.
We live in dangerous times. Admitting so many untested, unverified refugees has made them even less safe. We may all pay the price for that.