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Can Parents’ Divorce Push a Teen to Join Al-Qaeda?

A jihadist's "Officer Krupke" defense.

Robert Spencer


July 15, 2013 - 8:50 am
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An 18-year-old convert to Islam from Long Island, Justin Kaliebe, has pled guilty to trying to join Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), a Yemeni group affiliated with al-Qaeda. He is facing a thirty-year prison sentence. But not so fast, says his lawyer, Anthony LaPinta. “Justin Kaliebe,” LaPinta insists, “is a gentle, misguided, autistic teenager who does not have the ability to fully understand the magnitude and consequences of his actions.” In other words, in the immortal words of the “Officer Krupke” song from West Side Story, he’s depraved on account he’s deprived.

According to Bilal Hito, who attends the same mosque Kaliebe has frequented in Bay Shore, Long Island, Kaliebe’s parents divorced when he was just three or four years old. A news report identified Kaliebe as hailing from “Babylon and Bay Shore, N.Y.,” suggesting a dreary home life shuttling back and forth between parents engaged in a polite cold war. And Hito said that the boy just wasn’t right: “There was something about Justin that made you feel you were around a little boy. Mentally he was very young. He was more like a kid brother.”

Kaliebe’s friend Ahmad Deib, who also knows Kaliebe from the Bay Shore mosque, vehemently dismissed the jihad terror charges against Kaliebe. “That, to me, is a bunch of garbage. This is a case of entrapment. This kid, he couldn’t hurt a fly. He is one of the most kindhearted kids you would ever know.”

As gentle and autistic, mentally young and kindhearted as he may be, Kaliebe certainly seemed to be fully aware of what he was trying to do. Undercover officers caught him pledging allegiance to al-Qaeda and jihad leaders: “I pledge my loyalty, allegiance and fidelity to the Mujahedeen of Al-Qaa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula and its leaders, Shaykh Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhayshi and Shaykh Ayman Al-Zawahiri, hafidhahum Allah [may Allah protect them]! May Allah accept this from me and may he allow me to fight in his cause til the day that I leave this dunya [world].”

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my buddy's mother makes $74/hr on the internet. She has been fired for nine months but last month her pay was $18251 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here's the site to read more
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Whatever his mental disabilities - and surely they need to be addressed - in no way dare a parent's divorce be used as a defense! Not only that, but most who join terror groups are more than aware of their main aim - to upend America and the west, regardless of any other disabilities.
There is every reason to believe that the onus belongs upon the mosques, which are deeply aligned with the Brotherhood Mafia/Al Qaeda/Wahhabi Islam. Therefore, isn't it about time to root out these mosques from American shores (western shores in general), if this scourge is to be beaten back?

As to the mantra of freedom of religion, well, when a political death cult, masquerading as religion, implants on ones shores, where is it written (certainly not in the Constitution) that said terror fronts should be allowed to destroy America from within? Nowhere and nowhere -

To wit, remove the mosques (only those compatible with western democracy should be allowed to remain) and the rest will take care of itself!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel
1 year ago
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Lets be sure of one thing....

Islamists specifically target those of weak will and low-intelligence to carry out their dirty work..they are NOT above strapping bombs to Retarded children and telling them they will get Ice Cream when they pull the cord.

Somebody, SOMEBODY, in that mosque saw this kid as vulnerable, and therefore maleable. He may indeed be guilty, but he certainly didnt "get there" on his own.
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As I see it, most Islamists are really members of the group with "weak will and low intelligence."
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