Decapitation murder trial underway in Buffalo, NY courtroom

By Douglas J. Hagmann

The murder trial of Muzzammil “Mo” HASSAN, Muslim TV executive accused of stabbing and decapitating his wife, is underway in a Buffalo, NY courtroom. It began with jury selection on January 10th, with opening testimony starting last week. The trial resumes today.

The following contains information compiled from witness testimony provided last week and an exclusive analysis of the historical impact these proceedings will have as American jurisprudence intersects with Islamic doctrine.

Muzzammil Hassan, co-founder of Bridges TV

24 January 2011: The grisly process of stabbing his wife some 40 times, then cutting his wife’s head off, most likely while she was still conscious[i], while their three children waited inside the family’s minivan took a total of 47 seconds. The decapitation was so vicious and brutal that floor tiles under his wife’s body were damaged by the blade of the knife.

Security cameras at the Muslim television station Bridges TV in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, New York captured the 12 February 2009 brutal killing of 37-year-old Aasiya HASSAN, the wife of Bridges TV founder and murder defendant Muzzammil “Mo” HASSAN. Police found the body of Aasiya HASSAN in a hallway. Her head was resting against a wall several feet away. Following his statements to police after the killing, Muzzammil  HASSAN was charged with murder in the second degree by stabbing and or beheading.

Evidence of premeditation?

About an hour before the killing, at about 5:10 p.m. that evening, security cameras at the Wal Mart store in Hamburg, NY depict a calm Muzzammil  HASSAN buying two large hunting knives, carefully and deliberately testing their sharpness on a piece of cardboard at the counter. Apparently satisfied, he bought the knives and exited the store. [Read more...]

Muslim terrorists plotted attacks against Quantico marine base

Islamic terrorists inside the U.S.

20 June 2010:  Bajram ASLLANI, 29, a/k/a “Bajram Aslani,” or “Ebu Hatab,” a resident of Mitrovica, Kosovo, has been charged in a criminal complaint with providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons abroad. He was arrested last week by authorities in Kosovo in connection with a U.S. provisional arrest warrant issued in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Extradition from Kosovo to the U.S. is being sought so ASLLANI can stand trial in Raleigh. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted.

The case against ASLLANI originated last July when eight defendants were indicted in the Eastern District of North of Carolina on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad and other terrorist acts. Those charged in the indictment were North Carolina residents and U.S. citizens Daniel Patrick BOYD, his sons Dylan Boyd and Zakariya BOYD, Mohammad Omar Aly HASSAN, and Ziyad YAGHI. Also charged were Hysen SHERFI, a native of Kosovo and a U.S. legal permanent resident in North Carolina, Anes SUBASIC, a naturalized U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina, and Jude Kenan MOHAMMED, a U.S. citizen.

Last September, a superseding indictment added additional charges against Daniel Patrick BOYD, Hysen SHERFI and Zakariya BOYD, alleging, among other things, that Daniel BOYD and SHERFI conspired to murder U.S. military personnel as part of a plot to attack troops at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. They were also charged with possession of weapons in furtherance of a crime of violence and Daniel BOYD was further charged with providing a firearm to a convicted felon.

Last week, a criminal complaint dated 19 April 2010 was unsealed that charges that ASLLANI was a member of the conspiracy involving the defendants listed above. Specifically, the complaint alleges that he engaged in repeated communications with the conspirators, solicited money from the conspirators to establish a base of operations in Kosovo for the purpose of waging violent jihad, and tasked the conspirators with completing work to further these objectives and accepted funds from the conspirators to help him travel.

The complaint also alleges that SHERFI left Raleigh, NC for Pristina, Kosovo, on 30 July 2008, to “pursue violent jihad.”  He met ASLLANI in Kosovo where they formulated their plans of jihad.  ASLLANI provided SHERFI with videos related to violent jihad for the purposes of translating and distributing them. ASLLANI also directed SHERFI to collect money to buy land in Kosovo to set up an Islamic terrorist training camp where they could store weapons and ammunition and use as a base of operations for conducting Islamic terror attacks in Kosovo and elsewhere.  On 5 April 2009, SHERFI returned to the U.S. where he collected money for this purpose. In July 2009, he received a check for $15,000, although was arrested on 27 July 2009 before he could take the money back to ASLLANI in Kosovo.

ASLLANI, it was noted, was arrested by Kosovar law enforcement in 2007 and been placed on house arrest. Last September, ASLLANI was convicted in absentia by a Serbian court for planning terrorist-related offenses and was sentenced to eight years in jail.

“The facts as alleged in this complaint underscore the connectivity between extremists at home and abroad and the global nature of the terrorist threat we face. At the same time, the arrest of Asllani demonstrates how effective cooperation among international partners serves to address such threats. I applaud the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who helped bring about this important case,” said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

George E.B. Holding, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, reports, “Through Asllani’s arrest, the arm of justice is proven strong enough to reach those who would do us harm. We shall continue in our relentless effort against those aspiring to commit terrorist acts on U.S. citizens, whether here or abroad.”

“People who are plotting to harm America and Americans are no longer a world away from us. This case began in Raleigh, N.C., and now stretches across the globe, a circumstance no one would have thought possible less than 10 years ago,” said Owen D. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are meeting this new and grim reality head on, because if we don’t—the possible impact will reverberate in every corner of our society. Our mission is to keep that from happening.”

Two New Jersey Muslims indicted on terror charges

“If this can happen on a quiet little block in Jersey, it makes you wonder how many other terrorists are out there in the burbs.”- Terror suspect Carlos Eduardo ALMONTE

7 June 2010: Two New Jersey Muslims were arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport as they were about to board flights on their way to Somalia to seek terrorism training from al-Qaeda terrorists. Mohamed Mahmood ALESSA, 20, and Carlos Eduardo ALMONTE, 24, were arrested early Saturday before they could board separate flights to Somalia via Egypt. According to the federal indictment, the two men intended to wage jihad – commit terrorist acts in Somalia against U.S. soldiers and other non-Muslim targets.

According to federal authorities, the two men planned to join the Islamic terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia. Once there, they intended to target and kill U.S. service personnel and other non-Muslim targets.

According to the FBI, both two men were under the tutelage of with Islamic terror leader and former Virginia mosque Imam Anwar al-Awlaki (a/k/a Anwar Nasser Abdulla Aulaqi), currently of Yemen. Al-Awlaki is the Islamic terrorist thug who encouraged and inspired Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim and major in the U.S. army charged with killing 13 people and one unborn child at the Fort Hood military installation last year. He was also the inspiration behind the suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt and the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt.

In preparation of their trip, the two men engaged in informal training in the U.S. They practiced tactical maneuvers at local paintball fields and bought gear and apparel they would use to fight Americans overseas. They trained on first-person-shooter video games, hiked in mud in snow in difficult terrain, lifted weights, collected knives and a small machete, and watched terror training videos on their smart phones.

Carlos Eduardo ALMONTE is a naturalized citizen from the Dominican Republic, and ALESSA is the U.S. born son of Palestinian immigrants. They are scheduled to appear in Newark Federal Court today. The arrests are part of “Operation Arabian Knight,” a federal investigation of domestic terrorists. More arrests are anticipated.

Quotable quotes from the minds of suburban Muslim terrorists:

“A lot of people need to get killed, bro, swear to God. My soul cannot rest until I shed blood. I wanna, like, be the world’s known terrorist.” - Terror suspect Mohamed Hamoud Alessa (to undercover NYPD cop).

“I was born here, you know, raised here. I just want the troops to come home safely and cozily . . . in caskets.” - Terror suspect Carlos Eduardo Almonte

“Sliced up in 1,000 pieces, cozy in the grave, in hell.” –Terror suspect Mohamed Hamoud Alessa in response to Almonte.

“We’ll start killing here, if I can’t do it over there.”- Terror suspect Mohamed Hamoud Alessa

READ THE INDICTMENT (.pdf format)

By Kate Evans-Taylor

Texas Muslim indicted for supporting terrorism

6 June 2010: A federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas indicted Barry Walter BUJOL, Jr. 29, of Hempstead, Texas with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft.  The indictment charges BUJOL with  with attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) by providing personnel, currency, pre-paid telephone calling cards, mobile telephone SIM cards, global positioning system receivers, public access-restricted U.S. military publications, including one involving unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations and another involving the effects of U.S. military weapon systems in operations in Afghanistan, as well as a military-issue compass and other materials. The maximum statutory penalty for this offense is 15 years in prison.

Part II of the indictment charges BUJOL with aggravated identity theft, alleging that in furtherance of the material support to a designated terrorist organization charge, he possessed and used a false government-issued identification card. The indictment is the result of an investigation of BUJOL that began in 2008, at which time investigation determined that BUJOL was in communication with Islamic terror leader and former Virginia mosque Imam Anwar al-Awlaki (a/k/a Anwar Nasser Abdulla Aulaqi).  Al-Awlaki provided BUJOL with documentation that included “42 Ways of Supporting Jihad,” and other instructional materials advancing Islamic jihad.

BUJOL repeatedly expressed a desire to fight in violent jihad for al Qaeda. He was arrested by FBI agents on May 30 after he tried to board a ship docked bound for the Middle East at a Houston-area port.

READ THE INDICTMENT (.pdf format)

By Kate Evans-Taylor

Redefining our Muslim enemies

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

5 June 2010: Since taking office, Barack Hussein Obama has done much to change the administration of justice against Islamic terror suspects caught in the United States. First, the word “Islamic” was removed from the phrase “Islamic terrorism.” Now, the word terrorism is also being removed from that descriptor. The former is a consequence of a perverse mix of political correctness, deep pockets of the Saudi-funded lobby, and a presidential administration openly biased in favor of a global Islamic agenda. The latter is an example of the domestic side of that bias at work in the form of a regressive prosecutorial mentality of the Obama justice department, where enemies who are bent on the destruction of the United States are afforded the same rights as car-jacking suspects.

Smoke rising from American barbeques last week effectively covered two news items that at their core provided significant insight into our foreign and domestic approach to fighting Islamic terrorism. First, according to Barack Hussein Obama, the United States’ “war on terror” is officially over. Of course, political progressives will argue that this statement is a misinterpretation of the Obama foreign policy, and that it will actually foster international goodwill through its narrow specificity of enemy identification. Others, especially those in the intelligence world, will applaud the abandonment of a phrase that wages war on a tactic and not a target (and rightfully so).

Indeed, abandoning the phrase “the war on terror” makes sense, but the deliberate mischaracterization of the war waged upon us does not. Obama’s clever verbal shell game is able to withstand all of the scrutiny by the corporate media, but in reality it reveals an insidiously dangerous tactic that will imperil every American. By policy, Obama is redefining our enemies by removing the religious and ideological components as motives behind terrorist attacks against Americans and all Westerners. According to Obama through his senior counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, it would be wrong to “describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists” because that would “play into the false perception” that al-Qaeda and its allies were “religious leaders and defending a holy cause, when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers.”

Murderers indeed, but failing to acknowledge their common Islamic motives, Muslim ideology, their associations and their common agenda is to essentially deny the very existence and nature of our enemies. Such equivocations misrepresent the threat against every American and imperil our national security. It is political pandering at its worst.

Photos Courtesy New York Daily News

The second item that serves as a clear example of the Obama policy in action, to separate Islam’s influence or motive from acts or potential acts of domestic terrorism received scant media attention last week. That is the case of four Muslim men from Newburgh, NY, who were arrested just over one year ago.  The four men, James CROMITIE, Onta WILLIAMS, David WILLIAMS and Laguerre PAYEN are accused of plotting to bomb two Bronx Jewish synagogues and planning to use what they thought was a live Stinger missile against an aircraft at an Air National Guard base in Newburgh.

At a pretrial hearing last week, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin announced that the trial is “going to be about whether these guys were going to blow something up,” and not about terrorism or whether the suspects have any connections to terrorist groups. According to published news accounts, the fact that “terrorism” or the suspect’s alleged relationships to terrorist groups “appeared to sit well with the judge, who said she had been referring to the case privately as “the un-terrorist case.”

Just how “un-terrorist,” or disassociated with Islamic terror is the case against the four? Perhaps a few select statements from the indictment might provide some insight (Indictment in PDF format here):

CROMITIE stated… [he] would be interested in joining Jaish-e-Mohammed to “do jihad.” (On December 24, 2001, Jaish-e-Mohammed was designated by the United States Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. It remains so designated).

CROMITIE expressed interest in returning to Afghanistan and spoke to the CW about how if he, CROMITIE, were to die a martyr, he would go to “paradise.”

CROMITIE also expressed an interest in doing “something to America.”

Regarding the Jews, (enemies of Islam):  “I hate those mother*****s, those f***ing Jewish bastards. . . . I would like to get [destroy] a synagogue. “

In a reference to one of the Jewish community centers, located in the Riverdale Section of the Bronx, CROMITIE explained that bombing this community center would be a “piece of cake.” During this pre-operation surveillance, DAVID WILLIAMS suggested that they refer to the synagogues using the codeword “joints,” and CROMITIE and the CW agreed. Also during this surveillance, CROMITIE pointed to people walking on the street in the vicinity of a Jewish Community Center and said that if he had a gun, he would shoot each one in the head.

Obviously, this administration has learned nothing from the last thirty years of terror. We’ve decided to treat Muslim terrorists as criminals and acts of Islamic terrorism as generic criminal acts. Now, we’ve decided to omit the influence of Islamic ideology and Muslim terror organizations as causative factors as well.

Updated: Controvesy surrounds alleged American al Qaeda arrest

8 March 2010 UPDATED: Conflicting news reports suggest controversy surrounding the identity of “an American al Qaeda operative” captured in Pakistan, originally believed to be Adam GADAHN. American intelligence sources, initially confirming the identity of the individual captured, are now quickly retracting their confirmations. To be sure, this has happened in the past, but usually amid the fog of battle and when identification had to be made through DNA matching on a “High Value Target (HVT).”

This would not be necessary in the case of GADAHN, and the fact that retractions are the flavor of the day indicate something is quite amiss between and within U.S. Intelligence agencies and the Pakistani ISI, a relationship built on mutual distrust.

Regardless of the identity of the individual who was allegedly captured by the fully compromised ISI, the message issued this weekend by GADAHN must be understood in is proper context. It is definitely a “call to arms” for Muslims listening in America and should be treated as such. A comprehensive analysis of that 25 minute message (click HERE for important excerpt), should put all Americans on alert to possible “lone-wolf” style attacks against “soft targets” in the U.S.  Potential targets of particular concern include but are not limited to Jewish Synagogues and schools, Christian churches, retail and entertainment centers (American malls, movie theaters, etc.) and areas where groups of people frequently congregate.

It is important to note that a very significant rise in internet communications on password protected Arabic language Islamic message boards was noted immediately following the release of the GADAHN video. Many responses were motivational in nature, with promises of action consistent with the message from GADAHN.

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7 March 2010: Adam GADAHN, the U.S.-born Muslim terrorist and spokesman for al-Qaeda, was reportedly arrested by Pakistani intelligence (ISI) agents in the southern city of Karachi, according to one U.S. intelligence source speaking on the condition of anonymity to this agency. GADAHN, also known as Azzam al- Amriki, was born and raised in Riverside, California and was charged with treason in 2006 - the first American to be so charged in more than 50 years. His arrest, however, comes at the same time as the release of a 25-minute video featuring GADAHN calling on all Muslims to launch attacks against soft targets.

During his 25 minute diatribe, he lavishly praised the actions of U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik HASSAN, GADAHN and urged all Muslims to launch their own “lone wolf” attacks against targets “which epitomize Western decadence, depravity, immorality and atheism.”

Accordingly, investigators and analysts of the Northeast Intelligence Network are urging all citizens to be extremely cautious and aware of suspicious and potentially significant activity.

Significant excerpt from video (.avi format) HERE.

Video courtesy of Archangel

Food poisoning plot at U.S. base might be linked to wider network

By Douglas J.Hagmann, Director

19 February 2010: Reports are emerging that up to five Muslim Arabic translators who are part of an Arabic translation program identified as “09 Lima” at the Fort Jackson, SC U.S. Military training facility were questioned and detained last December regarding a plan to poison the food supply at the military base.  The program consists of individuals whose “first” language is Arabic. They are categorized, according to the U.S. Army Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code, as translators/interpreters.

News reports cite Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), speaking to Fox News and local affiliates that the investigation began two months ago although so far, “there is no credible information to support the allegations.”

According to a military source at the installation speaking to this investigator on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive and ongoing nature of this investigation, however, paints a somewhat different picture. According to this source, “hints of an alleged plot to poison the food supply at  the military installation was uncovered during the course of another, unrelated investigation into the disappearance of five Washington, DC area Muslims who went missing in late November, and who are believed to have traveled abroad for Islamic jihad training.”

Initially, one of the Arabic translators at Fort Jackson was believed to have been in contact with at least one of the five missing Muslim students. The investigation developed from there, and ‘some level of communication’ was discovered to suggest a plan to poison the food supply at the base. Although never put into action, the investigation widened as it appeared to involve at last three to four additional Arabic translators, all Muslims specifically recruited for the army’s translation program,” stated this source.

This source added that while the plan “was discovered in its most early stages, it is still a matter of grave concern.” News of this alleged plot comes at the heels of an extensive report of Islamic jihad infiltration within our prisons and military installations.

Popular U.S. Muslim singer indicted for alleged HAMAS role

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

26 January 2010: Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, 47, more well known as Abu Ratib, a popular singer of Islamic religious songs in the Muslim world, was arrested last week on charges of attempted naturalization fraud, making false statements to FBI investigators and immigration officials, and perjury. According to federal investigators in a press release dated 22 January 2010, the singer reportedly lied about his involvement with the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), an organization that was designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury on December 4, 2001, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist [organization]. According to federal investigators, Masfaka praised HAMAS during some of his international performances subsequent to the 2001 designation of HAMAS as a terrorist organization.

The indictment (PDF format) was unsealed on Friday.

Masfaka, is a native of Syria but has been residing in the suburban Detroit community of Farmington Hills, Michigan. He was arrested as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge. During a hearing held in federal court in Detroit on Monday, the singer pleaded not guilty to the charges. A detention hearing is scheduled for this Thursday.

In 2008, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas convicted the HLF and five of its employees of 21 charges, including providing millions of dollars in material support to the designated terrorist organization, Hamas.  Masfaka’s is alleged to have been employed by HLF in 1997 and 1998 and ran the HLF operations in the Detroit area to include organizing and participating in fund raising events for the HLF, according to federal officials.

If convicted, Masfaka faces up to 23 years’ imprisonment and $750,000 in fines.

Attack on U.S. Military installation averted by arrest?

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

26 January 2010: Lloyd R. WOODSON, 43, having a last known address in Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia was arrested early Monday after police responded to a “suspicious person” call to a Quick Chek convenience store located on  Route 28 in Somerset County, New Jersey. The caller to the police stated that a Black male, dressed in military fatigues, was acting suspicious at approximately 3:55 a.m. When police arrived and began to interview WOODSON, he ran from the officers, who found him hiding in the brush in a nearby trailer park. During a search of WOODSON, police found him wearing a bullet proof vest and was carrying a weapon modified to shoot .50 caliber ammunition under his coat.

What police investigators found next caused significant alarm among law enforcement and Joint Terrorism Task Force personnel, suggesting perhaps an attack on a U.S. military installation was being planned.

According to an interview conducted late Monday by this investigator with a central New Jersey law enforcement source familiar with this investigation, WOODSON checked in to the Red Mill Inn, 3400 State Route 22, Branchburg, New Jersey last week. A search of his hotel room found a large cache of weapons, ammunition and maps, along with other items that could indicate his ties to radical Islam and an Islamic group based in the U.S.

A search of WOODSON’s room found a second bullet proof vest, a 37-mm Cobray grenade launcher, a Bushmaster .308-caliber semi-automatic rifle with a defaced serial number, hundreds of.50-caliber and .308-caliber ammunition including hollow points, a rifle mountable night vision scope, a police scanner, a military-style backpack, and various military pouches and garrison equipment. Additionally, two maps, one of a U.S. military installation and a second map of an out-of-state “civilian” community were found. Among his personal belongings was a red and white traditional Middle-Eastern headdress.  Authorities officially declined to identify the military installation or the “civilian community.

According to the New Jersey law enforcement source interviewed by this investigator Monday, “the map of the non-military community and other personal effects” not only associate him with “radical Islam, but also with a “militant Islamic group.”

Authorities charged WOODSON with multiple offenses, including second-degree unlawful weapons possession and fourth-degree possession of prohibited weapons. WOODSON was jailed at the Somerset County jail, and additional charges could be forthcoming with the involvement of federal authorities.

According to media reports, WOODSON is a deserter from the U.S. Navy. He joined the service in February 1988 and served aboard the USS Orion, a submarine tender, before deserting in April 1989.  In 1997, WOODSON was returned to Navy custody, and was discharged in August of that year.

Additional information about WOODSON and his associates is being withheld at the request of our law enforcement source to avoid potentially compromising an ongoing and growing investigation. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Muslim TV Exec beheading & honor killing suspect: I was abused by my wife

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

25 January 2010: Muzzammil “Mo” HASSAN, the founder and chief executive officer of Buffalo, NY based Muslim station Bridges TV, and the man who is charged with the beheading of his wife, claims through his attorney that he was the victim of spousal abuse. According to his newly hired attorney Frank Bogulski, the petite victim, Aasiya Zubair (HASSAN), several inches shorter and at least a hundred pounds lighter than HASSAN, was allegedly abusive to her TV Exec husband, who is being portrayed as the actual victim in this case.

As initially reported, HASSAN, 45, was charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death and beheading of his wife at the offices of Bridges TV, an all-Islamic TV network co-founded by HASSAN in 2004, ironically to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims.  Buffalo based attorney Frank Bogulski was retained at HASSAN’s hearing in Buffalo on Friday, after HASSAN fired James Harrington, the attorney who had been representing him for the last year.  Bogulski plans an aggressive defense that will include both psychiatric and abuse issues.

News reports note that the allegations of abuse were countered with skepticism by Nancy Sanders, a former news director who worked with the couple at the TV station. She referenced the size disparity between Muzzammil HASSAN and his wife, stating that HASSAN stood over 6 feet tall and his body “filled a doorway.” Additionally, she stated that she “never ever heard her disparage him in the workplace at all. It just did not seem to be in her nature. She was very gentle.”

Psychiatric and allegations of abuse aside, perhaps HASSAN does, in fact, consider himself a legitimate victim in this matter. In order to accept that as plausible, it is necessary to temporarily abandon traditional Western mindset and understand the concepts associated with fundamental Islam.

HASSAN & the denial of honor killings

Clearly, the murder of Aasiya HASSAN was tragic. She was the mother of two young children born during her marriage to Muzzammil “Mo” HASSAN and two teenagers from a previous marriage. She lived with the suspect and her children in an upscale suburb of Buffalo and worked with him at the television station until the day of her murder. Despite appearances, however, not everything was rosy in the HASSAN household. A week before she was decapitated, she filed for divorce from her husband.

Even under normal circumstances, the strain of an impending divorce could be sufficient to cause those with a propensity for violence to react violently. Among Muslim families, the concern for one’s honor and the perceived shame cast by such actions could have exponentially worse consequences. Because it is a Muslim on Muslim crime, not fully understood by some members of law enforcement, and virtually ignored within the corporate media, honor killings are usually relegated to the broader statistical classification of domestic violence.

In the U.S. and Canada, law enforcement and prosecutors have been quick to limit the cause of the murder, rape, assault of a spouse, or even a child or sibling to the broader definition of domestic violence, even among families that adhere to the strict tenets of Islam. They have been proportionately slow to differentiate between incidents of murder or attempted murder, assault, rape and other crimes of violence in Muslim families against those of non-Islamic families. It is the form of domestic violence no one wants to acknowledge, yet honor killings in Islam serve as a contributing factor, if not the prime motive, in certain instances of domestic violence.

In many instances, including the case of Muzzammil HASSAN, the mere mention of honor killing within Islamic families as a motive for murder brings a visceral response and denials if its existence from some members of the Muslim community.

On February 19, 2009, this investigator was a guest on Tom Bauerle Show on WBEN AM 930 in Buffalo, a large radio station heard throughout Western NY, southern Ontario and western Pennsylvania. As reported by Canada Free Press the same day, there is always more to the story than authorities are willing to publicly admit and the media is willing to publish. The audio of the broadcast, compliments of Canada Free Press, can be accessed at this link.

During that show, we discussed the concept of honor killings in Islam, citing numerous instances of murder and attempted murder in North America that appear to be on the rise and that transcend the simple issue of domestic violence. Following that show, we received instant and rabid responses from some members of the Islamic community in Western NY that honor killings are not permitted in Islam.

Despite vociferous denials from Khalid Qazi, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) of Western New York, a report based on extensive research by Phyllis Chesler in The Middle East Quarterly (Spring 2009, Volume XVI, Number 2) into the act of honor killings was published shortly after the airing of that broadcast. Her report provides a sufficient rebuttal to Qazi and others who refuse to acknowledge the concept of honor killing in Islam.

The report titled Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence references the HASSAN case. The preface to the research contained in that report, written by the editors, perhaps offers the best summary of the denial related to honor killings [emphasis added by this author]:

On February 12, 2009, Muzzammil Hassan informed police that he had beheaded his wife. Hassan had emigrated to the United States 30 years ago and, after a successful banking career, had founded Bridges TV, a Muslim-interest network which aims, according to its website, “to foster a greater understanding among many cultures and diverse populations.” Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III told The Buffalo News that “this is the worst form of domestic violence possible,” and Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, told the New York Post that Islam forbids such domestic violence. While Muslim advocacy organizations argue that honor killings are a misnomer stigmatizing Muslims for what is simply domestic violence, a problem that has nothing to do with religion, Phyllis Chesler, who just completed a study of more than 50 instances of North American honor killings, says the evidence suggests otherwise. — The Editors

Following Friday’s hearing, the usual posturing between the prosecution and defense took place in front of reporters:

“The spouse was the dominant figure in this relationship,” attorney Frank Bogulski said outside the courtroom. “He was the victim. She was verbally abusive. She had humiliated him.”

“He chopped her head off. That’s all I have to say about Mr. Hassan’s apparent defense that he was a battered spouse.” - District Attorney Frank Sedita, Erie County, NY.

Admittedly, cases are not adjudicated on the steps of the courthouse of in the media. Nonetheless, the media’s deliberate unwillingness to address the issue of honor killings is not only disingenuous in this case, it is endangering the lives of other potential victims, such as the more celebrated minors like Rifqa Bary.

Fear of being labeled culturally or religiously insensitive is impeding the proper identification of motives behind domestic violence in Islamic households. Until such time as honor killings receive as much attention as other crimes of violence, the blood of those killed for the sake of honor will continue to be shed, and will continue to be on the hands on those who continue to obfuscate the truth.

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