Massachusetts Governor’s problems may be bigger than previously thought

This is a bit of a continuation from a post from yesterday. Before continuing, you may want to check this out first. Upon doing so, take note of the relationship between Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick – a Democrat – and the Muslim American Society (MAS).

That relationship, when viewed in the context of the video below only makes Patrick’s relationship with the Muslim community in Boston all the more troubling.

With that as a foundation, let’s take a look at another story of terrorism in Boston. In October of 2010, a would-be Muslim terrorist from Sudbury, MA – a suburb of Boston – named Tarek Mehanna was arrested before he could carry out his plot to gun down shoppers in a mall. Stories like these don’t get nearly the attention that successful attacks do but in this case, Mehanna’s intent and connections are quite newsworthy in light of the marathon bombings.

In fact, Mehanna’s co-conspirator – Ahmad Abousamra – is really the ‘person of interest’ in this case. As you’ll see in the video, Mehanna met Abousamra at the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE), an entity linked to the broader Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has long been identified as a Muslim Brotherhood group in the U.S.

ICNE has a history of hosting and promoting ISNA leaders. In a 2011 newsletter, the ISNA reported that its secretary-general would be conducting a seminar at ICNE:

Nevada Professor of Management Strategy Dr. Rafik Beekun and ISNA Secretary General Safaa Zarzour and University of will present a seminar tomorrow on leadership development. This seminar will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon, Massachusetts and will follow with a community banquet at 6:00 PM.

This event is a part of a series of workshops and training sessions ISNA offers to local communities catered to assisting them with specific needs related to leadership, fundraising, and management of Islamic centers.

The event is co-sponsored by the Islamic Council of New England and the Islamic Center of New England. To learn more about this leadership training or the dinner, please click on “read more” below.

In October of 2011, ICNE encouraged its members to travel to Rhode Island and watch the ISNA President speak:

Healthy Families Initiative (HFI) and Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancment (RICMA) are honored to host nationally renowned Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Executive Director of ADAMS center, for a community dinner and insightful lecture.

As you’ll see in the video, Mehanna’s alleged co-conspirator – Abousamra – fled the U.S. in 2007 after the FBI interviewed him. Abousamra’s father was at one time the President of ICNE.

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Moreover, Mehanna had a slew of Muslim supporters after he had been arrested. Among those supporters was the MAS. This would be the same MAS that Governor Patrick showed support for in May of 2010, seven months after Mehanna’s connections to the group should have been quite known to the Governor.

Something else that took place during Patrick’s tenure as Governor were the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Again, as you’ll see in the video, the dots connecting Mehanna’s colleague – Abousamra – to those attacks appear to be quite worthy of further investigation.

Let’s also not forget that up until DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano named Juliette Kayyem as Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Programs, Kayyem was working for the Massachusetts Governor:

Juliette N. Kayyem was appointed as Massachusetts’ first Undersecretary for Homeland Security by Gov. Deval L. Patrick in January 2007. When appointed by Governor Patrick, she became the first Arab-American to serve as a homeland security advisor at the state level. As undersecretary, she has been responsible for developing statewide policy on homeland security and specifically focused on preventing, protecting, responding to, and recovering from any and all critical incidents. Undersecretary Kayyem focused much of her time on coordinating efforts across local, state and federal entities.

Though Kayyem does not appear in this video, it is noteworthy that CNN has relied on her as an expert and contributor during its coverage of the Boston marathon bombings. This reliance has been quite illuminating as Kayyem has gone out of her way to downplay any Islamic connection to the attacks, at one point even making this ridiculously outrageous claim:

“We have not had (even) a small-scale terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.”

With all of this as a backdrop, have a look at this video from 2010. You may find yourself having to watch more than once to fully take in the scope of events and connections but make no mistake, there is something very significant going on in Massachusetts.

h/t Andrew Bostom

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