Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ali Shukri Amin ISIS Twitter recruiter

Ali Shukri Amin ISIS Twitter recruiter --- ===

June 2014 propoganda war February 27, 2015 arrest Ali Shukri Amin ISIS Twitter recruiter Amin was a 17-year-old Sudan born student in suburban Virginia. He was impaired by Crohn’s disease. He spent his time on the internet where in June 2014 his Twitter account, @AmreekiWitness accumulated over 4,000 followers glorified ISIS and defended the beheadings of journalists, and used the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri to recruit for ISIS. FBI arrested Amin in Virginia on February 27, 2015. On June 11, he pled guilty in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In late August 2015, a federal court sentenced him to over 11 years in prison.

Ali Shukri Amin in undated family handout.


*Propaganda

US Turns Teen Into 'Terrorist' – OpEd – Eurasia Review  www.eurasiareview.com/04092015-us-turns-teen-into-terrorist-oped/Sep 4, 2015 - Ali Shukri Amin is 17-years old, a minor under American law, yet he was just sentenced to eleven years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced as an adult for providing material support for terrorists. This is a crime defined in any way the government wants it to be. Amin had a twitter account, @amreekiwitness, devoted to the group Islamic State, ISIS. He also helped a friend travel to Syria in hopes of joining ISIS. That is the substance of his crime, online opinion and facilitating travel.

The crime of providing material support for terrorists only came into existence with the Patriot Act passed in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. There are now people serving very long prison terms for providing humanitarian aid, translating documents, sending money abroad, or expressing views in support of nations or groups the United States classifies as terrorist. These crimes are vaguely defined and are often of little consequence to ISIS or any other organization the federal government designates as an enemy.

The Department of Justice would have us believe that a teenager tweeting about making donations to ISIS via bitcoin posed a serious threat. Of course, the United States government is the biggest threat to life in the world. It is the most violent organization with the largest number of kills.

 including protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

“They cower in fear of us whilst they massacre and oppress you! It’s time to strike fear into the hearts of the oppressors. #FergusonUnderIS”

“May be time to organize Muslims in America upon haqq and mobilize to #Ferguson. Defend the oppressed, start jihad here.”

While Amin and thousands of others expressed their outrage about deadly police brutality, t

When the would-be jihad deprogrammers pointed out that ISIS “slaughters innocent people,” Amin had a ready and accurate retort:

“slaughter innocents? You mean like AbdurRahman al-Awlaki, the 16 year old boy not involved with any militants? or what about the thousands killed in drone strikes weekly that make the news? The thousands that don’t? you are nothing more than criminals who betray the Muslims you claim to defend across the globe, butchering them 1.7 million in Iraq, hundreds of thousands in Afghanistan, left, right, everywhere. only an ignoramus who knows nothing about American foreign policy or any Muslim country could accept your lies.”

A few months after these embarrassing interactions, Amin’s mother and his imam unwisely reported him to the FBI in an effort to stop his online involvement with ISIS. He would not have been discovered otherwise.

federal government does not operate any juvenile facilities. Ali Shukri Amin is now in custody in an adult facility. One need not be a follower of ISIS to see that this is a gross injustice unworthy of a country which claims to be a democracy.

 AUTHOR

Margaret Kimberley
Margaret Kimberley
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR (http://www.blackagendareport.com), and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.


*Timeline

June 17, 2016 https://theintercept.com/2016/06/17/nine-lost-souls-the-fbi-charged-as-terrorists-while-letting-the-orlando-shooter-go/ Amin was a 17-year-old Sudan born student at Osbourn Park High School in suburban Virginia. Physically impaired by Crohn’s disease, he spent hours alone on the internet. In June 2014 he created Twitter account, @AmreekiWitness, which quickly accumulated over 4,000 followers  where  he glorified ISIS and defended the beheadings of several Western journalists.* In the summer of 2014, Amin tweeted actively in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, using the incident as a platform for recruiting for ISIS.* FBI arrested Amin in Virginia on February 27, 2015. On June 11, he pled guilty in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In late August 2015, a federal court sentenced him to over 11 years in prison. Amin apologized for his actions and renounced his support for the group. “Developing these relationships became very important to me,” he wrote of his online audience, “because several of these ‘friends’ treated me with respect and occasionally reverence.”

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Propoganda: US Turns Teen Into 'Terrorist' – OpEd – Eurasia Review
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Ali Shukri Amin | Counter Extremism Project
www.counterextremism.com/extremists/ali-shukri-amin
Ali Shukri Amin is a teenager from Manassas, Virginia, who recruited and propagandized for ISIS on several online platforms including Twitter, Ask.fm, and a ...

TYPE[S] OF ORGANIZATION:

Insurgent, territory-controlling, terrorist, violent IDEOLOGIES AND AFFILIATIONS:

Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Salafist, takfiri

POSITION[S]:

Propagandist, recruiter, financier
Place of birth Sudan
Place of residence
Manassas, Virginia, United States

Extremist Use of Social Media
Twitter
Education
High school (incomplete)
Citizenship
U.S.

Arrested
06/2015: material support
Executive Summary
Ali Shukri Amin is a teenager from Manassas, Virginia, who recruited and propagandized for ISIS on several online platforms including Twitter, Ask.fm, and a blog entitled, “Al-Khilafah Aridat.”* Amin’s online presence grew substantially in June 2014, when he created his now suspended Twitter account, @AmreekiWitness, which quickly accumulated over 4,000 followers.* Through @AmreekiWitness, Amin glorified ISIS and defended the beheadings of several Western journalists.* In the summer of 2014, Amin tweeted actively in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, using the incident as a platform for recruiting for ISIS.*

[Source: Daily Mail]

[Source: Daily Mail]

[Source: SITE Intelligence Group]


The FBI arrested Amin in Virginia on February 27, 2015.* On June 11, he pled guilty in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.* In late August 2015, a federal court sentenced him to over 11 years in prison.*


Amin garnered financial support for ISIS, directing followers to donate to the terror group through Bitcoin, an online payment system that allows for financial transactions to be conducted anonymously and without an intermediary.* Amin also posted several articles on his blog that demonstrated how to use Bitcoin to donate anonymously to ISIS.* He urged readers to use a specific Bitcoin wallet called “Dark Wallet,” which would mask the donor’s identity.* On his blog, Amin instructed his readers on how to use “security measures in online communications, [including] encryption and anonymity software,” according to the United States Department of Justice.*


Amin operated an Ask.fm account under the name AmreekiWitness, which, according to the Washington Post, Amin characterized as “dedicated to raising awareness about the upcoming conquest of the Americas, and the benefits it has upon the American people.”*


In September 2014, Ali Shukri Amin began radicalizing fellow Virginian Reza Niknejad, to which he admitted in his plea agreement.* Niknejad traveled to Syria on January 14, 2015. Amin accompanied Niknejad to the airport and put him in contact with unnamed ISIS militants with whom he had formed connections over social media.*

Also Known As

  • @AmreekiWitness



History Timeline


June 26, 2014

Amin creates a Twitter account, operating under the handle @AmreekiWitness.



Source: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ALI SHUKRI AMIN, Defendant,” United States Department of Justice, June 11, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/477371/download.

June 26, 2014 — June 30, 2014

Amin has published over 7,000 tweets and has gained more than 4,000 followers.



Source: Mike Levine, “Virginia teen Ali Shukri Amin allegedly admits radicalizing others to join ISIS,” ABC News, June 11, 2015, http://abcnews.go.com/News/virginia-teen-allegedly-admits-radicalizing-join-isis/story?id=31690153.

July 7, 2014

@AmreekiWitness tweets the link to “Bitcoin wa’ Sadaqar al Jihad,” a blog post written by Amin that encourages supporters to donate to ISIS through Bitcoin.



Source: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ALI SHUKRI AMIN, Defendant,” United States Department of Justice, June 11, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/477371/download.

August 1, 2014

Amin tweets about various ways to send money to ISIS and provides instructions for those who want to travel to join the militant group abroad.



Source: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ALI SHUKRI AMIN, Defendant,” United States Department of Justice, June 11, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/opa/file/477371/download.

Amin creates a Twitter account, operating under the handle @AmreekiWitness.

Amin has published over 7,000 tweets and has gained more than 4,000 followers.

@AmreekiWitness tweets the link to “Bitcoin wa’ Sadaqar al Jihad,” a blog post written by Amin that encourages supporters to donate to ISIS through Bitcoin.

Amin tweets about various ways to send money to ISIS and provides instructions for those who want to travel to join the militant group abroad.

Argues with the U.S. Department of State on Twitter about ISIS, tweeting “IS has flaws, but the moment you claim they cut off the heads of every non-Muslim they see, the discussion is over.”

@AmreekiWitness calls for the creation of an online information source for ISIS, through which the terror group might centralize news and media.

Amin begins radicalizing Virginia resident Reza Niknejad. Amin connects him with an overseas ISIS supporter to help him join the terror group.

Using the encrypted chat messenger app Surespot, Amin connects Niknejad to ISIS supporters abroad to organize his travel to Syria.

The FBI confiscates a package belonging to Amin, the contents of which include an internationally programmed Smartphone, a thumb drive, and a letter written in both English and Arabic.

Amin accompanies Niknejad to Washington Dulles International Airport, along with an unnamed driver, facilitating Niknejad’s travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Amin corresponds with the unnamed ISIS supporter abroad through Surespot, and confirms that Niknejad had completed his travel to Syria.

The FBI arrests Amin in Virginia for facilitating Niknejad’s travel to Syria.

Amin pleads guilty in a Federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

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Rhetoric
“I can’t imagine the reward of the brother who brings the jihad and the dawah to Latin America.” (Tweet)*
Ali Shukri Amin
Sep. 2014






In response to a question posted on his Ask.fm page, which asked about ISIS Spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani’s advocating of the killing of civilians:

“Killing men from the kuffar [disbelievers] is halal [permissible]. I don’t think it’s the wisest choice. Uthaymeen released a fatwa saying killing children of kuffar through qisas is halal [forbidden]. I disagree with that as well. Killing the men without a treaty is halal, this is well known from the Sunnah [tradition of the Prophet].” (Tweet)*
Ali Shukri Amin
Sep. 2014


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    Jun 11, 2015 - A Virginia teenager, Ali Shukri Amin, admitted today that he used Twitter to radicalize others to join ISIS in Syria, including a fellow Virginian ...

    Teenage ISIS tweeter Ali Shukri Amin gets 11 years in prison | Fusion
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    Sep 1, 2015 - A 17-year-old from Virginia was sentenced to more than 11 years on Friday for his prominent ISIS Twitter account and helping a friend join the .