by, Robert Salonga | Mercury News | h/t Heavy.com
SAN JOSE — The last Facebook post by the teen is easy to dismiss as typical teen angst.
“(Expletive) yeah to the kids who feel like they’re dying inside but still gather up the strength to roll out of bed, get dressed and leave the house. You are strong and beautiful and worth so much more than you know.”
But after he and his brother were arrested Wednesday in the slaying of their parents, trace bits like this from their social-media profiles and narrow glimpses offered by friends and relatives begin to form a sketch that hints at tension not readily apparent to many who knew the family.
Much is still unknown about the deaths of 59-year-old Golam Rabbi and 57-year-old Shamima Rabbi, who were found dead from gunshots wounds Sunday at their hillside Evergreen home. The discovery was made by relatives who hadn’t heard from the couple for days.
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A motive remains unclear; as does when they were killed. Still, there was enough evidence for San Jose police to arrest their sons, a lightning bolt that pierced what was already an inconsolable cloud of mourning.
“We are very shocked,” said Golam Mustakim, a nephew of the Rabbis who credits them with helping his family settle in the United States. “Emotionally, I’m broken right now.”
Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, the couple’s 22-year-old son and a San Jose State student who hadn’t been seen since the killings, was arrested in Tracy. His 17-year-old brother, an Evergreen Valley High School senior whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, was arrested in San Jose after initially being interviewed and released by police.
The case took on a national profile after it was revealed that next to the bodies, someone had scrawled a stomach-turning message: “Sorry my first kill was clumsy.”
Another cryptic message was written on a wall at the crime scene — “I can’t be like you telling a lie … I can’t love someone without telling them.”
Who wrote those messages remains a mystery; San Jose police have revealed few details about the case.
Scant clues remain as to why the brothers are suspects. Some of the teen brother’s schoolmates described him as pessimistic, but not extraordinarily so. There was a sense of surprise among peers that the 17-year-old was still attending school in the wake of his parents’ death; he was on campus Wednesday, hours before he was arrested.
“You would think he wouldn’t be able to function or go to school at all,” one student said.
The older brother, Golamrabbi, exhibits an aspirational air on social media, celebrating in one instance his admission to San Jose State, posting a photo of a dream house and hinting at a romantic crush.
A cousin who did not want to be named out of privacy concerns said she didn’t know of anything that would have caused a conflict between the brothers and their parents.
“The younger brother was quiet. He didn’t speak to anyone much. He had difficulty with social interactions,” she said. “The older one was more social.”
Hasan Rahim, who worshipped with the Rabbis at the Evergreen Islamic Center and knew them for more than 20 years, said nothing appeared to be amiss on the occasions he interacted with the brothers.
“This is the first time really when I came to know that things were not as placid as I thought,” he said. “I never saw any sign of trouble.”
Golam Rabbi was a hunter and owned at least one firearm, Rahim said. He recalled cautioning his friend, ‘Hey you better be careful.’ He laughed and said ‘Oh yeah, I am very careful,’ ” Rahim said.
The younger brother was interviewed by detectives Sunday and released. As recently as Tuesday, he was not identified as a suspect, as detectives sought to locate and question the older Golamrabbi, who also was not formally declared a suspect at the time. Police have not disclosed what led them to identify the sons as their parents’ alleged killers.
Golamrabbi is tentatively scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon. He is being held without bail in the Santa Clara County Jail while his brother is being held at Juvenile Hall.
Golamrabbi declined a jailhouse interview with this newspaper; court records show he has no adult criminal record in the county.
Golamrabbi hid in an unidentified friend’s closet in Tracy for 24 hours and confessed to shooting his father, according to KPIX 5, which interviewed the friend. The friend said he was scared and helped Golamrabbi, and called police after he left.
The Rabbis were well respected in the local Bangladeshi and Islamic communities, active at both the Islamic center and with the South Bay Islamic Association. They immigrated to the United States in the 1980s; Golam Rabbi worked as a quality-assurance engineer and Shamima Rabbi, who earned her degree from San Jose State, was an accountant for several large companies.
“For all purposes, I saw him to be a very humble, polite person just like his wife. They seemed to be normal people like the rest of us. There didn’t seem to be any outward sign of any kind of trouble,” Rahim said. “It’s a huge loss.”
East Side Union High School District Superintendent Chris Funk confirmed that the 17-year-old attends Evergreen and his brother was a graduate.
“It’s just a tragic incident, and we’re mourning with the community,” he said.
Attention now turns to laying the Rabbis to rest: The Janaza, or funeral prayer, is scheduled for Friday at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara and burial is planned at the Five Pillars Cemetery in Livermore. Religious custom calls for a prompt burial, but initial plans were held up because the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office was allowed to release the victims only to their adult son. Relatives will now take custody of the Rabbis’ remains.
“Everyone is in shock, but we are desperately looking for some closure,” Rahim said. “The fact that we can offer the final prayer for them gives us some kind of spiritual consolation.”
Staff writers Mark Gomez and Sharon Noguchi contributed to this report.
‘..The Commonwealth of Virginia is a Hub for Islamic Terrorism in the United States..’
by, Kellan Howell | The Washington Times
Three students at George Mason University in Virginia were arrested last week after police found bomb-making materials in a dorm room during a raid.
One of the students, who lived in the dorm room, was charged with possession of bomb-making materials while the other two were arrested on alcohol- and drug-related charges, according to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
Police went to the room Wednesday night after receiving a report of flames shooting out of the window.
Search warrants say police found a leafy green substance, matchbooks, shaved match heads, a mortar and pedestal, lighter fluid, hand sanitizer candles and a PVC pipe, according to AP.
Investigators reported the items could be used to make an explosive device. The students were not identified in the report and it was not clear whether they had any ties to or were inspired by terrorist organizations.
The arrests are the latest in a growing list of cases of radical activity in Northern Virginia. Last week, Mohamad Khweis, an Alexandria man who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State, was captured by Kurdish peshmerga fighters.
In January, two men in Woodbridge were charged with terrorism-related offenses. One of the men attempted to join the Islamic State in Syria.
In July, 17-year-old Prince William County native Ali Shukri Amin pleaded guilty to “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists,” when he helped an Islamic State recruit and another teen go to Syria.
Perhaps the Muslims know something we do “not” know…
Or, perhaps they know something we do.
by, AP | FNC | h/t Blazing CatFur
DUDLEY, Mass. – On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families — to the dismay of many residents of this quaint town in central Massachusetts.
In arguments cemetery developers and activists decry as thinly veiled bigotry, neighbors say they fear burial practices could contaminate groundwater because Muslims traditionally do not embalm bodies and bury their dead without coffins. They also cite concerns about noise, vandalism and increased traffic on the narrow road where the cemetery would be built. One resident said he worried he would have to put up with “crazy music” like the Islamic call to prayer.
Similar sentiments have been expressed by people in communities around the country where Muslim cemeteries have been proposed, including Farmervsille, Texas; Walpole, Massachusetts; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and Farmington, Minnesota.
In some cases, opponents have succeeded in defeating the new cemetery projects, while in others, Muslim groups have appealed and judges have cleared the way.
In Farmersville, near Dallas, some residents were openly hostile during meetings on a proposal to build a Muslim cemetery on a 35-acre site just outside the city. Farmersville is not far from Garland, where police fatally shot two Islamic State followers last year after they opened fire outside a cartoon contest lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.
Texas town divided over proposed Muslim cemetery:
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“People don’t trust Muslims. Their goal is to populate the United States and take it over,” Barbara Ashcraft said during a meeting in August.
“You’re not welcome here!” another man yelled, according to news accounts.
“People don’t trust Muslims.”
– Barbara Ashcraft
City leaders were so bombarded with complaints that they published an informational guide on the city’s website, assuring residents that there is “no training facility planned for this site … no terrorist activity associated with this site … no plans for a mosque at this site.”
Diane Piwko, a Farmersville resident and business owner, said she worries the cemetery — proposed for prime property overlooking a lake — won’t be maintained and will become an eyesore at the entrance to the city.
“I am not basing any of my decision on why I’m against the cemetery on religion,” she said. “I base it on bad business practices.”
Muslim leaders have been taken aback by the level of resistance.
“We were absolutely flabbergasted, to be honest, to see that kind of opposition,” said Ismail Fenni, a representative of Al-Marhama Islamic Burial, which wants to build a cemetery in Walpole, south of Boston.
“All we’re trying to establish is a place for a final resting place for the loved ones of the Muslim community members,” he said. “No other activity is going to be happening in a cemetery except what is customary for a cemetery.”
There are relatively few dedicated Muslim cemeteries around the country, so many Muslim communities use sections of other cemeteries to bury their dead.
In Dudley, the proposal from the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester has been met with angry comments at local meetings.
“You want a Muslim cemetery? Fine. Put it in your backyard, not mine,” Daniel Grazulis said during a zoning meeting in February, drawing a round of applause.
Jason Talerman, a lawyer for the Islamic Society, said he believes the opposition is rooted in Islamophobia.
“They like to say it under the guise of, ‘Oh, we’re just trying to protect our water supply,’ but it’s thinly veiled,” he said.
Desiree Moninski, who lives across the street from the site, once farmed by her grandparents, said she and other opponents have legitimate concerns that have nothing to do with Islam.
“I grew up here. It’s farmland, and I’d like to see it stay that way,” she said.
“A lot of people moved here because it’s peaceful and quiet. I just don’t want a cemetery here, period. Any kind of cemetery. It doesn’t matter what kind.”
In January, a Minnesota judge overturned a local board’s denial of a permit for a cemetery near Farmington. In his written ruling, Judge David Knutson called the denial “arbitrary and capricious.” The judge said the proposal was rejected despite a “lack of any justification based on the health, safety and general welfare of the local residents.”
In West Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, a local board rejected a plan for a cemetery proposed last year by the Bosniak Islamic Cultural Center of Carlisle. A judge quickly overturned that ruling.
Douglas Cwienk, a hydrogeologist who testified for the Muslim group proposing the Pennsylvania cemetery, said that Muslim burial practices are unlikely to contaminate wells or groundwater, and that not embalming is better for local groundwater in most cases. (Jewish tradition also prohibits embalming.)
In Dudley, Muslim leaders have agreed to bury bodies in coffins or concrete vaults to appease residents on contamination concerns. Muslim families in the area currently bury their dead in a cemetery in Enfield, Connecticut — about 60 miles away.
Amjad Bhatti, president of the Islamic Society, said some of the comments have hurt because he considers the U.S. his home after moving from Pakistan 20 years ago and raising his family here.
“They belong to this land now,” he said. “This is our country.”
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Could this simply be a back-door land grab? A subversive, well-calculated plan to acquisition even more land for ‘an alleged purpose today,’ that could later be used for another purpose down the road? Remember, once they purchase and own the land, they can use it for any purpose they desire. They could change their minds tomorrow. Could they not bury weapons, explosives, NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) agents.. even fissile materials for constructing WMD’s (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in those “grave sites”…knowing they would be safe from search, because we would never go there and disturb their dead? Maybe even build another mega-mosque. This could easily be a foreseeable ‘Pandora’s Box’ hidden inside a ‘Trojan Horse.’ – In this day and age, in the interest of National Security, this is too risky to permit.
One thing is safe to say..anytime Islam is concerned, there is ALWAYS an ulterior motive.
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by, Jürgen Freitag | Freie Presse | h/t jonah70757
A concerned grandfather voiced his concerns about the increasing incidents of sexual harassment of young girls on their way to school by migrants in a meeting in the German town of Bad Schlema. His own granddaughter has been victim of sexual harassment and he fears it will be much worse when girls will wear less clothing in the summer or dress for physical education. The mayor’s reply angered the over 100 citizens who were present: “It’s simple, don’t provoke them and don’t walk in these areas.”
The crowd went furious, some mocked the absurdity of not being able to walk to school in your own town, some demanded he step down immediately. Later the situation escalated and the Mayor threatened to call the police and clear the room because of incitement of hatred (sources below).
He said it’s “technically not necessary to walk near the refugee shelters, there are alternative routes.”
LISTEN to the crowd at this Town Hall Meeting when the Mayor of Bad Schlema had the audacity to blame the little German girls (under age 10) for sexually provoking the Muslim Immigrants: (NOTE: This is the EXACT SAME EXCUSE Muslim men use for raping little girls.)
Later the citizens went on how government actions leave them no other choice than drift off to the Right political spectrum. In many cases the so-called “refugees” receive more benefits, better housing and more legal protection than natives. They also face very little legal consequences for sexual harassment, theft and vandalism. Because of the refugee crisis, Germany’s new Right Wing Party “Alternative for Germany” went from under 4% to 12.5% in latest polls.
In Islam, any woman not wearing a headscarf or not dressing modestly is considered “fair game” and is therefore free to rape. The number of rapes has increased dramatically ever since Germany has opened the flood gates to millions of young Muslim men. Police are instructed to cover up the nationality of rapists – this tower of lies collapsed after the huge scale gang sex attacks in Cologne with over 500 women being attacked simultaneously.
Wijdan Yasir, a 28-year-old recently arrived Muslim Immigrant from Pakistan, charged with sexually assaulting 2 small female children and a woman in Lethbridge swimming pool. Photo courtesy of: Ezra Levant
by, The Calgary Sun | h/t Ezra Levant
A Calgary man is facing sex assault charges after a woman and two girls said they were groped in a Lethbridge swimming pool.
Police were called to a south Lethbridge hotel Saturday after receiving a complaint a strange man inappropriately touched a woman and two minors in the hotel pool.
A man was found by police and arrested without incident.
Wijdan Yasir, a 28-year-old Calgary man, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault and two charges of sexual interference with a minor.
Yasir was released on $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in a Lethbridge court on April 29.
Police say there may be other victims or witnesses who may not have been identified, given that the incident took place in a hotel pool. Police said anyone with information should call them.
by, Lydia Willgress | Daily Mail – UK and AP
Fresh information allegedly connecting the government of Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terror attacks has been released just as Barack Obama arrived in Riyadh to a frosty reception.
Officials have revealed that the flight certificate of Al-Qaeda bomb maker Ghassan Al-Sharbi was discovered hidden in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington when they arrested him in 2002.
Al-Sharbi is believed to have learned how to fly with the hijackers but did not take part in the attacks. Shortly before his arrest, he buried a bundle of documents, which is believed to have included the certificate.
The cache was discovered by US authorities and details, written in a memo known as Document 17 in 2003, were released without fanfare by investigators last year. They were only brought to the public’s attention when an activist discovered them and wrote about them on his website earlier this week.
The release has fueled concerns the Saudi government may have been linked to the coordinated attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people and come at a particularly sensitive time.
Video courtesy of: CNN
President Obama has just arrived in the country amid mounting pressure to declassify a 28-page section of a Congressional report which many believe will point to Saudi involvement in the 9/11 plane hijackings.
Victims’ families have been pushing Congress for the right to sue Saudi Arabia over the death of their loved ones.
Activist Brian McGlinchey claimed the details of the flight certificate would lead to people questioning the extent government individuals were involved, according to The Times.
He said: ‘The envelope points to the fundamental question hanging over us today: to what extent was the 9/11 plot facilitated by individuals at the highest levels of the Saudi government?’
Previous court decisions have ruled that there is insufficient evidence to find Saudi Arabia culpable in the terror attacks, which is why they are now calling for the release of 28 classified pages from the 9/11 congressional report which is believed to show a stronger connection to Saudi funding of the attacks.
This has put Obama in a difficult position, with 9/11 families accusing him of siding with the Kingdom and Saudi officials threatening to sell hundreds of billions of dollars of American assets if Congress passes a bill that would allow the government to be sued over the attacks.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said his country would sell up to $750 billion in US treasury securities and other assets before the bill puts them in jeopardy.
The administration has tried to stop Congress from passing the legislation, a bipartisan Senate bill. Earlier this week, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, indicated that President Obama would veto any such legislation.
The increasingly strained relationship between the two countries was laid bare in Riyadh this morning, when Mr Obama arrived at King Khalid International Airport, to be greeted by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh, as opposed to the king himself.
Saudi state television did not immediately air Obama’s arrival, which was unusual since right before Air Force One landed, State TV showed King Salman greeting other senior officials from Gulf nations arriving for the Gulf Cooperation Council summit.
Mustafa Alani, a security analyst at the Gulf Research Center, said the decision to send a lower ranking official to greet Mr Obama was intended to send a clear message that they have little faith in him.
‘He will find a leadership that’s not ready to believe him,’ he said. ‘The Saudis had disagreements with previous presidents. Here you have deep distrust that the president won’t deliver anything.’
Obama eventually did meet King Salman at Riyadh’s Erga Palace before the six-nation GCC summit opens on Thursday.
‘The American people send their greetings and we are very grateful for your hospitality, not just for this meeting but for hosting the GCC-U.S. summit that’s taking place tomorrow,’ Obama said, referring to the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council summit.
King Salman offered similarly gracious words through a translator, saying: ‘The feeling is mutual between us and the American people.’
Meanwhile Mr Obama and Ash Carter, his Defense Secretary, used the trip to appeal to other Gulf nations to do more to support Iraq economically and politically. Mr Carter asked them to help with the reconstruction of the cities of Ramadi and Hit as well as Anbar province, which have been left devastated by ISIS.
Obama on the 9/11 Secret Documents:
Video courtesy of: MEGANEWS
Fifteen of the nineteen men who hijacked four planes and flew them into targets in New York and Washington in 2001 were Saudi citizens, though the country has always denied having any role in the attacks.
A U.S. commission established in the aftermath of the attacks also concluded there was no evidence of official Saudi connivance. However, the White House has been under pressure to declassify a 28-page section of the report that was never published on the grounds of national security.
President Obama will decide whether to declassify the sealed documents by June. During an interview with Charlie Rose this week, he said that James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, was nearly done with a review of the documents to ensure that whatever is made public does not damage US national security interests.
‘I have a sense of what’s in there’, Mr Obama told Rose.
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, believes the pages should be released.
‘I think I know what it’s going to say,’ Mr Trump said on Fox & Friends. ‘It’s going to be very, very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center, and the attack.’
Former US Senator Bob Graham earlier this month said Saudi officials are against the bill that would make it easier for families to sue.
‘They are so fearful of what would emerge if there were to be a full trial, he said. ‘That says something about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11.