Federal prosecutors told a jury on Tuesday that an Uzbekistan refugee, 32-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov, had embarked on a “pathway to terrorism” after converting to Islam after our refugee program brought him into the U.S. from Central Asia.
The U.S. government charged Kurbanov with five felonies, and he has pleaded not guilty to them all, including one charge of attempting to support a terrorist organization. Federal authorities arrested Kurbanov in May of 2013—less than a month after Muslim refugees Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deliberated planted homemade bombs behind children at the Boston Marathon, killing three and maiming over 264 other victims.
Assistant U.S. attorney Aaron Lucoff pointed out that Kurbanov’s Internet searches for bomb-building instructions and communications with Muslim militants overseas pointed a finger at his back.
“The defendants’ digital pathway became a trail of evidence. All stem from his travels on the pathway to terror,” he said.
His defense attorney, Charles Peterson, said he “struggled” to speak English and find a decent job. Meaning, Kurbanov made no effort to assimilate, and taxpayers likely footed the bill for him, his wife, his kid, his two sick parents, and his sister.
Disappointed that Christians in America worship only on Sundays, Kurbanov converted to Islam after arriving in the U.S., according to Peterson. America finally managed to import a Christian refugee—only to have him become a self-styled mujahid.
After authorities convicted a friend of his with terrorism-related charges, Kurbanov’s interest was piqued. Instead of looking for a job, he decided to declare war on the country that welcomed him and began to learn more about the terrorist organization Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, while talking to another friend about how to build explosives. By now, the FBI had picked up the scent, and two informants regularly spoke to him.
Lucoff read Kurbanov’s online communications obtained by the FBI in court. Kurbanov planned to blow himself up and take out American troops with him in a suicide bombing.
“We are the closest ones to infidels. We have almost everything. What would you say if, with the help of God, we implement a martyrdom act?… There are military installations right here, targets, and vehicles are available as well.'”
According to an Associated Press report from 2013, Kurbanov taught unidentified people, likely fellow Muslims, how to build a bomb:
In count two, the indictment alleges Kurbanov provided material support to terrorists, knowing that the help was to be used in preparation for a plot involving the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The indictment also alleges that on Nov. 15, 2012, Kurbanov possessed an explosive device, consisting of a series of parts intended to be converted into a bomb. Those parts included a hollow hand grenade, a hobby fuse, aluminum powder, potassium nitrate and sulfur.
Meanwhile, in Utah, federal investigators said that for a 10-day period in January 2013, Kurbanov taught and demonstrated how to make an “explosive, destructive device, and weapon of mass destruction.”
Idaho can still expect to receive more Muslim refugees as churches and other humanitarian organizations receive hefty commissions from the federal government to dump them on American communities. While the State Department insists it conducts rigorous background checks on refugees, determining whether or not a Third World Muslim from a war-torn state has terrorist connections is difficult.
The Washington Times reports that a southern Idaho refugee center expects to receive 300 more Muslim refugees from Syria in 2015. Taxpayers will not be notified when the refugees, who will live off their money and strain school district budgets with their inability to speak English or perform basic academic tasks, arrive in their town. Why they should be expected to embrace an alien presence of Syrians who will soak up resources meant to take care of their children and vulnerable members of the community is never explained.
Federal agents pursue would-be terrorists like Kurbanov for trying to slaughter Americans but never question his supposed right to stay in the U.S. in the first place.
Though shamed by the media, Idaho residents balk at being forced to foot the bills for hostile Muslim refugees who view them as infidels.
“Bringing in Syrians, who are predominantly of Muslim background, may be opening the door to terrorists pretending to be refugees,” said Rick Martin, head of the Committee to End the CSI (College of Southern Idaho) Refugee Center, a private Facebook group with roughly 100 members. “We’re not against legitimate refugees. They need to be treated with dignity and respect. But it would be easy for someone to lie about their background.”
In Kurbanov’s case, as we have seen with many, many other Muslims who live in the U.S. while waging war against it, it’s also easy to use a host culture’s generosity against it. Tight-knit American neighborhoods are suddenly confronted with the same terror campaigns that make countries like Syria inhospitable, while unhappy refugees like Kurbanov are thrown into a civilization too complex for them to thrive in but gullible enough to sustain them while they plot against it.
Sowing the seeds of chaos might be profitable in the short term for greedy non-profits looking for lucrative contracts, but ultimately it wrecks the lives of both their charges and those whom they expect to foot the bill without complaint.
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