In a rather alarming decision, a New Mexico judge recently ruled five alleged Muslim extremists accused of training children to conduct school shootings do not have to remain in jail while they await trial for child abuse.
40-year-old Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were arrested and all face child abuse charges after 11 children were found at a compound near the Colorado border, north of Taos, New Mexico. The children starving and living in filthy and squalid conditions. The compound was raided by federal authorities in early August after a months-long search investigating the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, Wahhaj’s son, who had been abducted from Georgia late in 2017.
The children discovered at an “extremist Muslim” compound in New Mexico earlier this month were both trained to use firearms and taught multiple tactical techniques in order to k-ll teachers, law enforcement and other institutions they believed to be corrupt. The makeshift compound was shielded by old tires, wooden pallets, and other garbage.
The remains of a 3-year-old boy were found buried at a tunnel near the compound wrapped in plastic and cloth. His identity has not yet been confirmed, but is believed to be Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. Wahhaj’s son was not among the children rescued. Wahhaj believed the boy suffered from a spiritual affliction that could be remedied through an Islamic ritual known as a “ruqya.”
According to the Taos News – “FBI agent Travis Taylor testified that one of the children now in state custody told him that before the boy died, prayers were said over him to remove bad spirits. Abdul-Ghani’s mother had reported to police in Georgia that he took medicine for seizures and had other medical issues.
Prosecutor John Lovelace said the boy died in February during one of the rituals. Taylor said he was told that the dead child was supposed to be resurrected as Jesus and identify for the group the institutions that were to be attacked. During such attacks, Taylor said, “When they approached the individual, they would tell them their message. If they didn’t believe the message, they would be k-lled or detained until they believed the message.’”
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe described the condition of the children ranging in ages from just 1 year old to 15 years old in heartbreaking detail stating they “looked like third world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.” The children were significantly malnourished and the only food located by investigators in the compound during the raid were some potatoes and a single box of rice inside a filthy trailer.
Prosecutors asked that Wahhaj and the four additional defendants be held without bail. Judge Sarah Backus refused that request citing their lack of prior criminal history. Despite assertions by prosecutors that one of the defendants was training the children to attack various institutions including schools with guns, Backus stated prosecutors failed to prove the defendants were any danger to the community or a flight risk.
Instead, she set a bond of $20,000 for each defendant and required GPS monitoring. The bond is what is known as a “signature bond,” meaning no money is required up front and would be due only if the defendants violate conditions of release. The defendants were also ordered to have weekly contact with their attorneys and cooperate with the state Children, Youth and Families Department concerning the care of their children. All 11 children are currently in state custody and defendants are only allowed supervised contact with the children at this time. Judge Backus further ordered defendants are required to obtain suitable housing rather than return to the filthy compound.
Backus states regarding her decision – “The state alleges there was a big plan afoot but the state has not shown to my satisfaction by clear and convincing evidence what in fact that plan was. The state wants me to make a leap and it’s a large leap and that would be to hold people in jail without bond based on — again — troubling facts but I didn’t hear any choate plan that was being alleged by the state.”
Defense attorney Tom Clark of Santa Fe stated – “The judge didn’t hear a single fact about child abuse,” which is the primary charge against the defendants currently. Wahhaj faces additional charges of being a fugitive from justice out of Georgia stemming from the kidnapping case concerning his son. Wahhaj never returned from a trip to the park with his 3-year-old son in December 2017. Morton was also charged additionally with claims of harboring or aiding a fugitive.
Wahhaj is the son of a prominent Brooklyn imam, also named Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The elder Wahhaj has close ties to Muslim rights groups like the Islamic Circle of North American, the Muslim American Society and the Center for American Islamic Relations and is the current head of the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque. He was also a character witness in the trial for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the notorious “blind sheikh” convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the United States.
“This was not a camping trip and this was not a simple homesteading, the kind that many people do in New Mexico,” prosecutor Timothy Hasson said. “The evidence as a whole suggests that this family was on a mission. And it was a violent one, and it was a dangerous one.”
Yet as the Albuquerque Journal reports – “Defense attorneys stressed that the g-ns found at the compound are readily available at retail stores and that the group made no aggressive moves when law enforcement officers raided the site on Aug. 3.”
“If these were white people of a Christian faith who owned g-ns, that’s not a big deal because there’s a Second Amendment right to own firearms in this country. If these were white Christians, faith healing is of no consequence because we have freedom of religion in this country. But they look different and they worship differently from the rest of us,” Thomas Clark said Monday according to CNN.
“When black Muslims do it there seems to be something nefarious, something evil,” he later said outside the courthouse.
President Trump Announced How He Just Got Mexico To Pay For The Wall
When President Trump said he would have Mexico pay for the wall on our southern border, he meant it. He just announced how they are going to do it too… through the USMCA (the revision of NAFTA). Which I suspect was the plan all along.
Very early this morning at about 4:38 am, Trump tweeted: “I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!”
Do you think Facebook should be regulated so they're forced to treat everyone the same, regardless of their political beliefs, considering their size and influence in society?
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) December 13, 2018
For those doubters on Twitter (and you will see some of them below), I highly doubt the plan was ever to have Mexico pay for the wall up front. We would fund the wall and recoup the funding from Mexico. I don’t see what is so hard to understand about that. But it seems to be a financial move many can’t seem to grasp and that is beyond their comprehension.
SIGN PETITION DEMANDING TRUMP BUILD THE WALL 75,000 HAVE SIGNED
I fully support that if Congress just won’t fund the wall, having the military build it through Pentagon funding and then reimbursing them for it. Why? Because it is a national security issue and always has been. That border is a clear and present danger.
Why shouldn’t Trump have Mexico pay through the USMCA? And why all the negativity from people who are obviously poorly informed and just politically biased? They let their hate for the president dictate all their thoughts and actions rather than looking at the mechanics of the move and the benefits from it. I just don’t get these people. They have not even given this a chance and already they are shooting it down. That’s a leftist for you.
Check out the moves on Twitter over this:
I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
The government didn’t spend or receive money from NAFTA. So unless you’re going to raise taxes, there is no money coming into the government from the new deal.
— pastajoe (@pastajoe5) December 13, 2018
Good, now you can stop bothering Chuck and Nancy about getting our money for it.
— S.Danielle (@sdanielle) December 13, 2018
I am losing faith in you, sir. Why are you asking us taxpayers for 5 billion dollars if the new deal will pay for the wall? You promised that we wouldn’t have to pay for it! Please keep your promise, a free border wall, or I will not vote for you again. #NoWallNoVote pic.twitter.com/eDopbpl7T1
— Ridgely Gibbs (@Patriots4Truth_) December 13, 2018
Also the deal still has to be ratified and approved by Congress which probably won't happen until the end of 2019 Or possibly mid 2020. So you're making promises using money you don't have and may possibly not get. What a shocker Mr. Bankruptcy
— Alan Volante (@VolanteAlan) December 13, 2018
Well wait until that money is coming in and build it then
— Caren Sykes (@misscsykes12) December 13, 2018
I've decided I'm not buying a Maga hat from you, but instead spend the money on drugs. So, now you pay for my drugs.
— Vincent Carmiggelt (@graphincent) December 13, 2018
Great so you don't need a penny from Congress or US Taxpayers then. Let us know when Mexico sends you the check for the $5 billion you want for the first payment on the wall. Until then don't bother Americans for the $.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 13, 2018
No, this means consumers will pay for the wall.
— Carolyn McClanahan (@CarolynMcC) December 13, 2018
If you buy something that normally costs $1000 on sale for $750, you didn't save $250. You spent $750.
— Cannie Ware (@CannieW) December 13, 2018
— ????????❌TrumpedUp❌???????? (@TrumpedUp20) December 13, 2018
Bait and switch
— Greg Stanton (@GregStanton) December 13, 2018
Jeez… I saw that one coming.
— Honest Abe (@honestpotus16) December 13, 2018
Most of these people don’t seem to get that a great deal of the funding for the wall was approved before Trump started all of this. I have never seen so many people so intent on leaving themselves open to attack. What a bunch of foolish, self-involved individuals. Just sad. Build the wall whatever it takes and do it fast before one of our many enemies gets a chance to severely cripple this nation once again.
Illegal Invader Collides With Major Karma After Leaving Church – Should’ve Listened!
An illegal alien was busted in North Carolina last week after leaving a church to meet for a scheduled appointment with immigration officials. Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, was evidently living for almost a year in the basement of a Methodist church while trying to get his deportation to Mexico delayed. ICE doesn’t make arrests in churches so they waited until he left this one.
Oliver-Bruno was asked to provide his fingerprints to move his petition forward. He was promptly arrested in the USCIS office when he arrived. To be fair, this guy is a convicted criminal and is not some innocent victim here. Clergy from the church formed a human wall around the vehicle taking him to detention, singing “Amazing Grace” and chanting “Let him stay!” Several were arrested. The Hill has more on this misguided intervention:
An undocumented man was arrested in North Carolina on Friday after leaving a church to meet for a scheduled appointment with immigration officials, The News & Observer reported.
Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, was living in the basement of Durham’s CityWell United Methodist Church for nearly a year while he petitioned for his deportation to Mexico to be delayed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not make arrests in churches.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asked Oliver-Bruno to appear in person to provide his fingerprints in order for his petition to be processed. He was then arrested inside the USCIS office, the paper reported.
“Mr. Oliver-Bruno is a convicted criminal who has received all appropriate legal process under federal law, has no outstanding appeals, and has no legal basis to remain in the U.S.,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson Bryan Cox told The News & Observer in a statement.
Faith leaders and church members who had accompanied Oliver-Bruno formed a human wall around the vehicle taking him to detention, singing “Amazing Grace” and chanting “Let him stay!” Several were arrested, according to CNN.
“It was presented as a legitimate appointment but ICE utilized due process as bait,” Cleve May, a pastor at the church, told CNN. “So we went to the appointment with him, to offer protection, knowing that ICE could not be trusted. We were thinking we would be in and out in 30 minutes.”
“Samuel’s sudden and inappropriate arrest in the middle of the Thanksgiving season reflects the callous and cruel approach we’ve come to expect from the Trump administration. As Members of Congress representing the Durham community, we will continue to do everything in our power to keep the Oliver-Bruno family together,” they said.
“In a call with us this afternoon, ICE has committed to allow Mr. Oliver-Bruno to remain in the U.S. in detention while his case is adjudicated. While this means he will not be immediately deported, we remain committed to fighting for his release.”
Oliver-Bruno was arrested in El Paso, Texas, in 2014 after using a Texas birth certificate to enter the U.S., according to CNN. He lived for 11 months in sanctuary at the Durham church, where he helped with renovations, including a bedroom and shower after CityWell agreed to take him in the facility.
Oliver-Bruno said he feared he will be deported, leaving behind his son and wife, who has lupus and depends on her husband financially, the News & Observer reported.
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