Says Abu Bakr of his wife’s arrest on jihad terror charges: “I don’t believe any of it, period. We are all shocked, the whole community. That’s not who she is.” But back in 2007, Abu Bakr was photographed at the Muslim Day Parade in New York City with the black flag of jihad. He carried it at other parades as well.
Urban Infidel recognized him from this NY1 video and has the details, including more video, here. Urban Infidel writes to me: “He slips and mentions his ‘wives’ in that NY1 interview. I presume he has more than one.” Probably so.
“Queens woman suspected of plotting bomb strike worked at preschool,” by Erik Badia, Rocco Parascandola, and Larry Mcshane, New York Daily News, April 4, 2015:
…One of the two Queens women accused of plotting a homemade bomb strike on American soil worked at a preschool, where officials remained tight-lipped Friday after her arrest on terrorism charges.
Asia Siddiqui, a 31-year-old native of Saudi Arabia, was behind bars Friday, locked up with her best friend and accused sister in jihad Noelle Valentzas, 28.
“We have no comment at this time,” said a worker at 82nd Street Academics in Queens on the day after FBI agents arrested the two Al Qaeda-linked suspects at their homes….
Outside their South Jamaica home on Friday, Valentzas’ husband, Abu Bakr, defended his wife and her friend against the federal charges that carry a potential life sentence.
He was left at the home with their two kids, ages 5 and 11, after federal agents took Noelle (pictured) away in handcuffs. The 27-year-old Valentzas, a home health-care worker, was born in Florida, authorities said.
“I don’t believe any of it, period,” said the stoic Bakr. “We are all shocked, the whole community. That’s not who she is.”
He was left at the home with their two kids, ages 5 and 11, after federal agents took Noelle away in handcuffs. The 27-year-old Valentzas, a home health-care worker, was born in Florida, authorities said.
She and Siddiqui became close friends and co-conspirators united by a desire to “make history” through a terrorist attack in the U.S. Both women are American citizens.
“I can’t say anything bad about her,” Bakr said of Siddiqui. “She never showed anything to us like that. They were good friends — very good friends.”
But a federal criminal complaint said the two suspects were overheard repeatedly discussing violent activities with the undercover agent — including a plot to bomb a police funeral.
Siddiqui was arrested in possession of propane gas tanks and instructions on converting them into bombs. And authorities say Valentzas became obsessed with pressure cookers after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
“If anyone who had a pressure cooker in their house would be charged for it, a lot of people would be (arrested),” said Bakr. “It’s like having a butter knife.”
The federal complaint charged Bakr’s wife carried a far more menacing knife in her bra.