Much in the same way the White House described the attack on the Jewish deli in Paris as “random”, they described the attack on the Draw Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas as a probable lone wolf attack only two days after the shooting when that information couldn’t possibly be known.
We now know it was planned by a cabal of persons known and unknown, in other words, a cell.
On May 6, immediately after the Garland, Texas attack, the The White House said that the shooting in Texas for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility was consistent with a lone-wolf attack.
While cautioning that U.S. intelligence officials are still evaluating the Islamic State’s claim, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the attack by two gunmen in Garland, Texas, appears to have involved “two individuals that don’t appear to be part of a broader conspiracy.”
“Based on what we know now, and there’s still a lot more that we have to learn, this is consistent with what has previously been described as a lone-wolf attack,” Mr. Earnest said.
ISIS quickly moved to claim the attack in Texas as its own, while calling for the death of Geller, photo above, and suggesting they have 71 ‘trained soldiers’ operating within America.
Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Garland, we are increasing in number,” read the warning. “Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan.”
The FBI said they do not believe it came from ISIS leadership.
A third man with a long rap sheet, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem aka Decarus Lowell Thomas, pictured above, whom the prosecutor describes as “off the charts dangerous”, has been arrested in helping to plan the Garland attack with the two deceased shooters, Phoenix roommates Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson (photos below).
Like the shooters, he wanted to join ISIS. Kareem converted in 2013.
Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in early May a Twitter account linked to Simpson included images of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born radical cleric killed in a CIA drone strike in Yemen.
Among the hashtags used by the account was “#texasattack.” And one of the final tweets was: “May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” or holy warriors.
Rep. McCaul believes it was “inspired by ISIS” and doesn’t accept the claims by ISIS.
There’s not much difference is there? It sounds like semantics. These men were plotting and killing on behalf of ISIS and there are others involved which makes it a cell. What the public doesn’t know is if they are/were in contact with ISIS leadership.
ISIS sign at a Ferguson protest
What makes this all the more interesting is the indictment says there are others, perhaps dozens.
Usami Shami, president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix which was attended by Kareem and the two shooters killed in the attack told the Arizona Republic the FBI showed pictures of about two dozen men sought for questioning about the attack.
Abdul Kareem was the host for the two shooters and others as they planned the attack on the contest participants and Pamela Geller.
An FBI agent testified in court Tuesday that Kareem had ISIS related material on his computer, according to Mike Watkiss with KTVK-3TV.
ISIS is attracting every madman and criminal to their cause.
Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, who was gunned down by law enforcement while wielding a knife on on June 2nd, wanted to decapitate the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Pamela Geller, according to CNN. Another man, David Wright has been arrested for trying to destroy Rahim’s cell phone. Rahim decided to settle on killing the “boys in blue.”
Arizona has an ISIS-inspired cell that includes more than a lone wolf and might even be tied to an overseas network.
At the end of May, Junaid Hussein, an ISIS fighter, pictured below, was connected to the Garland shooting and also threatened former Marine Jon Ritzheimer who has since gone into hiding. He had been hacked and all his information had been stolen and sent to him with a message telling him to “die slowly in a dark hole alone”. Whoever did it also ran up $3,000 in charges on his credit card.
Ritzheimer, pictured above, organized a “Freedom of Speech Rally,” in sympathy with the targeted victims of the Garland, Texas attack. The rally was unfortunately characterized by U.S. media as an anti-Muslim rally.
People are worried about whether he is a bigot or not but ignore the fact that ISIS wants to kill him.
Hussein is the British man who hacked Tony Blair’s emails and then jumped bail to join ISIS in 2014.
An ISIS senior operative has called for Pamela Geller to be killed and tweeted her home address. People are attacking Pamela Geller for a cartoon contest but seem to find the terrorists a secondary issue, especially the media.