“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells. We have a cell here in Minneapolis.” Davis said that “six to 10” jihad supporters had attended previous hearings and noted that “some defendants gave them signals.” Two defendants, Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud, “flashed index fingers pointed upward as they faced the gallery on their way out, an apparent symbol of ‘tawhid’ that symbolizes an Islamic concept of ‘oneness of God’ but is also a popular symbol used by ISIL supporters.”
What was happening was clear to anyone who is informed, but so few people are. Kudos to Judge Davis for telling it like it is.
“Terrorist cell is alive in Minneapolis, U.S. judge in ISIL case says,” by Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, November 19, 2016:
In sentencing nine young Somali-Minnesotans on terror conspiracy charges this week, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis closed a chapter in the federal government’s long, extraordinary investigation of ISIL recruitment in Minnesota.
But the full story is far from over.
In nine hearings over three days before a courtroom packed with the families of the young men who sought to give their lives to ISIL, Davis repeatedly underlined a clear message: There is a terrorist cell in Minneapolis and it is still alive today.
Each day, Davis sought to extract acknowledgment from the young men that they were “terrorists,” and left no doubt as to his thoughts on whether they were simply misguided youths.
“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” Davis said one day, then, raising his voice: “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”
Saying the Minnesota public had “danced around” the issue, Davis described the cell’s size as being between nine to 20, including those sentenced last week and others killed abroad.
Later in the week, he raised eyebrows in the courtroom by telling one defendant that he noted “six to 10” supporters who attended previous hearings and insisted that “some defendants gave them signals.”
“I know they’re out there,” Davis said. “The community knows they’re out there.”
Federal prosecutors seemed to share Davis’ conviction. In an unusual development on Wednesday, they asked that two defendants, Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud, be returned to the courtroom after their hearings were finished. Prosecutors said both men flashed index fingers pointed upward as they faced the gallery on their way out, an apparent symbol of “tawhid” that symbolizes an Islamic concept of “oneness of God” but is also a popular symbol used by ISIL supporters.…