Revolution Muslim

Revolution Muslim (RM) was an organization based in New York City that advocated the establishment of a traditionalist Islamic state through the removal of current rulers in Muslim- majority nations and an end to what they consider “Western imperialism”. It was founded in 2007 by two American Muslim men Jesse Curtis Morton and Yousef al-Khattab.

They operate both on their website “RevolutionMuslim.com” and through street preaching and protests. They frequently protested outside the Islamic Cultural Center of New York , at a moderate Muslim mosque. [1] [2]

The website was eventually shut down on November 2010, shortly after the arrest of one of the leaders. One of the leaders has been reformed to a new organization called “Islam Policy”, to be a think tank on Islamic issues. [3] He was operating the website for Islam Policy from Morocco.

By November, 2013, Jesse Curtis Morton, Zachary Adam Chesser and Yousef Al-Khattab-the organization’s leaders-had all been arrested and convicted in US courts. [4] Jesse Curtis Morton BOP reg # 79274-083 became a government informant and was released before serving the mandatory 85% of his sentence. Near or around May 23, 2015 Jesse violated his probation and served another 3 months and was re-released on 04/21/2017. Although Jesse Curtis Morton’s blog postings from the prison, the arrests dismantled the organization. [4] On May 23, 2015, it was announced on the Jesse Curtis Morton had been released from imprisonment. [5]Zachary Adam Chesser BOP reg # 76715-083 is serving serving his full sentence at USP Florence with a release date of 06/16/2032. [6] Yousef al-Khattab BOP Reg # 83258-083 Served 85% of his 30 month sentence and was released on August 02, 2016.

History

The group of 5-10 members was co-founded in 2007 and run by two American converts to Islam, Yousef al-Khattab (born Joseph Leonard Cohen) and Jesse Curtis Morton (who used the pen-name) Younes Abdullah Mohammed, who said their spiritual leader was Abdullah al-Faisal . al-Khattab had been born to a secular Jewish family from Atlantic City, New Jersey. He later became an Orthodox Jew and moved to Israel , where he studied at an Orthodox Rabbinical School. The family converted to Islam and Moved to the Palestinian Territories as well as in East Jerusalem [7] [8] he is Said to-have Worked driving a taxi [9] operating a pedicab , [10]or running a restaurant. [11] At that time, he took the Muslim name, Yousef al-Khattab. Jesse Curtis Morton, Columbia University graduate, [12] was a friend of al-Khattab’s. As he embraced Islam, he used the pen-name Younes Abdullah Mohammed. The group promoted propaganda against the United States, Jews, Israel and others on its website, including moderate Muslims. Jesse Curtis Morton, aka Younes Abdullah Mohammed, has a New York resident, but other contributors were from outside New York.

In addition to propagandizing via the website and blogs, the group has distributed anti-Israeli literature and regularly published in New York City. [7] The mosques have called the police because of violence against the mosques. [13]The website also served as a source for threats against Jews and Jews, particularly from al-Khattab. [4] Legal and law enforcement officials in the US Monitored the group, and ict activities Described at the time as protected by the First Amendment . [7] The Anti-Defamation League has been monitoring the group and its members since 2006. [14]A Terry Lee Loewen , who attempted to bomb the Wichita, Kansas airport in December 2013. [15]

In December 2009, al-Khattab expressed support for the Nidal Malik Hasan , the US Army psychiatrist accused of the Fort Hood shooting in November of that year. [16] The Department of Defense classified the events as “workplace violence”, pending Hasan’s short-martial. On December 12, 2009 al-Khattab posted a video on the group’s website that he had retired and was moving to Morocco, and that the group would be run by Abdullah as-Sayf Jones. [17]According to a video Jones made, he was born David Scott Jones and grew up in Brevard County, Florida . He converted to Islam at the age of 16, taking the name Abdullah as-Sayf. After moving on the group online, in 2009, Jones moved to New York in 2009 and joined RM.

In April 2010, Abdullah as Sayf Jones publicly left the group; he has become a practitioner of Shia Islam . [16] He has been speaking frequently against Revolution Muslim and radical extremism. He has counseled Muslim youths against being attracted to extremist organizations. [16]

In April 2010, Revolution Muslim posted a statement on its blog from Anwar al-Awlaki , prominent American-Yemeni cleric then in hiding in Yemen. US officials have claimed that he was connected to various terrorists, including the 9/11 hijackers and the 2009 Christmas Day bomber. The Fort Hood shooter in the United States. Alwaki said in this statement, “America can not and will not win.” [18]

On October 30, 2013, al-Khattab pleaded guilty to using his position as a leader of the “Revolution Muslim” websites to use the Internet to place others in fear of serious bodily injury. This is related to postings made in January 2009, in which he encouraged visitors to the website to seek out the leaders of Jewish Chapters in the US and “deal with them directly to their homes.” Al-Khattab Gave the Names and Addresses of Synagogues in New York and Another Jewish Organization in Brooklyn. He also posted maps and directions to various Jewish institutions, and to the Anarchist Cookbook . Al-Khattab was sentenced to three years in prison in April 2014. [19]

Analysis

Mia Bloom , a political science professor at the Pennsylvania State University’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism, says Revolution Muslim may look like amateurs when compared to other extremist websites, but is still a threat. She has studied the process of its attracting dissidents to the website. “It can lead to more dangerous Web sites, such as those run by terrorist organizations, it said, or to terrorist actions. She characterized the RM as “narrow” and “misinformed” about Islam. [9]

Ibrahim Hooper , spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations , said about the Revolution Muslim group,

“[It is] an extreme fringe group that has absolutely no credibility within the Muslim community, they also cuss you out.” In fact, most Muslims suspect they were set up to make Muslims look bad. say such outrageous, irresponsible things that it almost seems like they’re doing it to smear Islam. ” [20]

Influences

Law enforcement agencies follow the website to keep track of others. Colleen LaRose , also known as “Jihad Jane,” said she frequently watched Revolutionary Videos on their YouTube channel. [21] The scholar Jarret Brachman , a specialist on terrorism and contributor to Foreign Policy magazine, said she was the type of person fascinated by jihad but not belonging to a terrorist organization; he coined the term “jihobbyist” for such people in his 2008 study of global terrorism. [22]He noted that activists may be motivated to take part in violence while not knowing much about religion. A number of other prominent and lesser known terrorists have been associated with the site, including Samir Khan, Jose Pimentel and Carlos Eduardo Almonte. [4]

In November 2009 CNN published an interview about the organization and a video of the Muslim protest, which showed Younes Abdullah Mohammed saying that US troops were “legitimate targets – until America changes its nature in the international arena.” He said that Osama bin Laden was a role model. [23] CNN aired the fortuitous program after the Fort Hood shootings ; No connection has been made between the Revolution Muslim statements and the shooting. [23] Nidal Malik Hasan , the US Army psychiatrist in the shootings, was not a follower of the website. quote needed ]

Threats

Revolution Muslim wrote threats against its website against Matt Stone and Trey Parker , the creators of the TV cartoon series South Park , because one of their episodes depicted Muhammad in a way they described as insulting. Zachary Adam Chesser , under the name of Abu Talhah al-Amrikee , wrote the article on the subject. [14] The Muslim Revolution threatened the world with violent retaliation and listed the addresses of the Comedy Central’s New York office and the Stone and Parker’s office production in Los Angeles. [24] [25]

The 20-year-old Chesser had a history of nearly two years of publicizing terrorist propaganda under his Muslim pen-name on websites and blogs, and promoting violence against non-Muslims. [14] A resident of Fairfax County, Virginia, The Fairfax Times and the Washington Post have published differing accounts. Friends and acquaintances said that in 2009, it has become more extremist, adopting more conservative views and traditional Islamic dress, and promoting them for others.

On July 21, 2010 Chesser has been arrested on federal terrorism charges. [26] Earlier that month he had been barred from boarding a flight to Uganda; he is going to fly to Somalia and join foreign “freedom fighters” with Al-Shabab . The World Cup semi-final in Uganda, Chesser called the FBI and said he wanted to report information on the group. [27] He pleaded guilty to all charges in October 2010 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Yousef Al-Khattab used the Muslim Revolution to post a series of threats against the Jewish community, going so far as to post lists of individuals and organizations, addresses, and suggested ways to harm them. [28] Al-Khattab pleaded guilty to using the web to threaten the Jewish community in October, 2013. [4]

Times Square car bomb

On May 1, 2010, has failed car bomb attempt Was Discovered by the New York City Police Department near the eastern corner of 1 Astor Plaza , the headquarters of Comedy Central Parent company Viacom . The New York Daily News reported that police were looking at a link between the attempted bombings and the threats against Comedy Central. [29] [30] It turned out to be an unrealized event by Faisal Shahzad , a naturalized American citizen with ties to Pakistani Taliban . [31] Shahzad was arrested, pleaded guilty to ten counts, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Muslim Revolution denied any involvement with the incident. Jesse Curtis Morton, aka Younes Abdullah Mohammed, the co-founder who still ran the group’s website at the time, was in Times Square speaking out against President Barack Obama . But he said of the failed car bomb, “What do you think, I commanded somebody to blow up a building in the middle of Times Square? […] It had nothing to do with the controversial ‘South Park’. not an attack targeting Viacom. ” [32]

Hacking and closure

In June 2010, Revolution Muslim’s website was hacked and redirected to an image of the Prophet Muhammed [33] The United States shut down the Muslim Revolution in the face of violence against British MPs; it posted the addresses of the MPs.

Chess had been arrested in July 2010 and pleaded guilty to all federal charges, receiving a sentence of 25 years in prison. Mohammed (Morton) was arrested in 2011, convicted and sentenced in 2012 to more than ten years in prison.

Former members

Prior to the closure of its website, most of the original members left the group late 2009 to early 2010. Some have publicly denounced the organization.

Yousef Al Khattab, co-founder, left the organization in December 2009 and went to Morocco . From there he has published important statements of it and its leaders. He said that he had become a Muslim misfits. [16] Hours after he pleaded guilty, he also posted a message on his Facebook page of his training as “disgusting” and not representative of Islam, and asking forgiveness for them. [4] He served 85% of his 30 month sentence and was released from federal prison on August 2, 2016. [34]While Yousef has not yet been published, he has not been asked to comment on the subject of his misunderstanding of Islam, and he has refused to be informed about it as soon as possible. [35]

Jesse Curtis Muslim co-founder was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in federal prison. He became a prison informant for the FBI and was released after serving only 3 years of 11 and 1/2 year sentence [36] After Jesse’s release he began work at a counter terrorism researcher at George Washington University and was seen as a shining example the CVE industry. [37] Since his giving advice and retweeting their website links which they call ‘True Islam’ [38]

David Scott Jones (pen-name Abdullah as-Sayf Jones), is another trainer who has left and denounced the organization. Jones left for religious reasons, saying he had become an Ash’ari Sunni Sufi [39] and then a few months later observing of Sh’ia Islam. [40] He realized that Islam was not all about hate. He later explained that he was concerned with the direction of RM and did not want to be part of it. Today, it is important that it behaves against the backdrop of these organizations. [16]

He had a series of online debates with Jesse Curtis Morton, aka Younes Abdullah Muhammad, who fled from New York to Morocco in November 2010. Morton was arrested in Morocco in 2011 and tried in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia , for soliciting murder through the Muslim Revolution website, as it was part of the threats against the South Park creators and published addresses related to them. He pleaded guilty to three charges. [41]

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