U.S. Terror Plot: Target: CherryVale Shopping Mall

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

8 December 2006: Regarding the article below, here’s a sampling of what you can expect… (First, note how the story “broke on Friday - the best day to “bury” news):

1. The leader of the mosque where Shareef attended will deny that he showed signs of “radicalization,”

2. CAIR to denounce this incident as not-representative of the Muslim Religion, and stress that we must understand Islam better to counter the recent, alarming rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes. They will stress that Muslims are unfairly characterized by the press, and use this incident to illustrate that the media is unfairly labeling Shareff as a Muslim.

3. The FBI to stress this was a “lone wolf” actor - and that he is not part of any terrorist cell. No mention of his associates will be made, and any affiliation with any mosque will be downplayed.

4. The accused parent’s and friends will characterize Shareef as “quiet” and religious, giving no outward indication of a violent demeanor.

5. There are others like Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef planning the same type of event. It might be another mall, another day, but count on it, it will happen here in America.

6. Most importantly, you can expect that the investigators and analysts of the Northeast Intelligence Network will be following this story closely, and will report on SHAREEF and all others involved in this plot against the men, women and children of America.

8 December 2006: A Muslim man identified as Derrick Shareef, a/k/a Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef planned to set off at least four and possibly more hand grenades and improvised explosive devices at the CherryVale Shopping Mall in Rockford, near Interstate 90 and Interstate 39, about 75 miles north of Chicago. Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef was arrested on Wednesday by FBI agents from the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force. The mall has about 130 retail stores and was one of “several potential targets” that included a list of federal buildings as well. According to authorities, he planned to detonate explosives at the shopping mall during the Christmas shopping season.

Indictment

Indictment of Derrick Shareef, a/k/a Talib Abu Salam Ibn Shareef