As a follow-up to our earlier series on the New Year’s Day explosion and fire in Minneapolis, our English correspondent Seneca III presents some interesting additional discoveries about the 500 block of Cedar Avenue South.
Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave…
by Seneca III
“Why then a final note prolong, Or lengthen out a closing song,
Unless to bid the gentles speed, Who long have listed to my rede?
To Statesmen grave, if such may deign, To read the Minstrel’s idle strain,
Sound head, clean hand, and piercing wit, And patriotic heart — as Pitt!”
L’ENVOY – TO THE READER, from Marmion, by Sir Walter Scott’
L’Affaire Cedar Avenue resonates at many levels with many people. As with all such things, on occasion time and persistence can produce signs of a viable crop on what may have at first appeared to be fallow or — as in this case, I suspect — deliberately poisoned ground.
Even in the convoluted world of politically correct counter-terrorism that multiculturalism has thrust upon us, it is axiomatic that hasty denials on the part of the Executive, quietly overseen by Representatives of the Legislative — be those denials specific, implied or in the form of questionable attributions — carry with them serious risks in the presence of somewhat less than credulous enquirers. For such denials to succeed they must be predicated upon a precise appreciation of what can and cannot be extracted from information freely available in the public domain — or, if you will, what is not open to deniability.
So let us have a look at two events that preceded the descent of the actual circumstances surrounding the explosion/fire, and particularly its aftermath, into the smoke and mirrors of Minnesotan and Beltway politics.
1. The Adventures of Johnny Northside
Civic pride and activism can take many forms. For at least a decade now in Minneapolis a particular citizen has been waging a one-man campaign against the scourge of graffiti and blogging his efforts under the name of johnnynorthside. Whilst the problem of graffiti is not confined to any one locale either nationally or internationally, nor would it appear that this campaign is directly related to the happenings on 01/01/14 and immediately after, it does unknowingly raise a few questions in other respects.
Here are two of his photographs said to be dated 2008 or 2009…
…which show the same (armoured) door in the mosque next to 514-510…
…as in the Google Street View of June 2011, but which is now sans the instruction to use the back entrance.
What first drew my attention to the second of the photos above is that Fadlan, when used as a proper noun, is a male Somali name although it is not that much in common usage. However it eventuates that the verb fadlan means ‘please’ in Somali (it probably has its roots in the Arabic ‘min fadlik’, also meaning ‘please’) and after a bit of searching it turns out that Fadlan, Ka soo Albaabka Danbe does indeed translate directly to Please, Use [the] Back Entrance.
Nevertheless, there is a further item of interest on the door — the circular logo above the bi-lingual instructions on the white panel and which appears to be the logo of Dar Al-Hijrah…
…not of the Islamic Civic Society of America — unless, that is, they are the same thing.
In consequence this short sequence of photographs begs several questions, (in no particular order):
- Why is the door armoured?
- Why were visitors directed to the back door at that time?
- Why was the sign removed at some time between 2008/09 and 2011?
…and, most important of all,…
- What actually is Dar Al-Hijrah and what are its objectives? (see 4, below)
2. The Minnesota Martyrs
In august of last year (2013) there were a flurry of news reports focussing on a recruiting video** released by Al Kitab (in Arabic Al-Kitab means ‘The Book’) the propaganda arm of the Somali terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab, wherein the lives and deaths of three Jihadi recruits from Minnesota (via Cedar-Riverside?) was detailed and lauded. This video was also reported upon widely beyond Minnesota including in the UK Daily Mail newspaper, the recollection of which finally rang my bell. My review of the many news reports this video release prompted produced two the content of which caught my eyes and ears. The first was a CBS Local news broadcast here that at about forty five seconds in, either with intent or by happenstance, ran this street view of Cedar-Riverside showing the now well-familiar 514-510 building and its adjacent mosque followed by the reporter stating “For the past seven years federal agents have been investigating and prosecuting a Minnesota terror pipeline recruiting young Somali men here in Minnesota into Al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab training camps overseas.” Just prior to the reporter’s short on-screen interview with an FBI agent who confirmed this was indeed the case.
(**YouTube pulled the full version very shortly after its release.)
Another video on YouTube from the same period at 1:19 was explicit about the jihadi-recruiting activities that had long been taking place in the Cedar-Riverside Area here:
3. A Short Time Line
|January 2014||The Explosion/Fire at 514-510 Cedar Avenue South.|
|August 2013||The Minnesota Martyrs video was released by Al-Kitab.|
|June 2011||The first known date when the ‘Fadlan, Ka soo Albaabka Danbe’ plate with the Dar Al-Hijrah Cultural Centre logo was seen to have been removed.|
|2009||The year that the Minnesota Martyrs video alleges the ‘martyrs’ were recruited.|
|2008/2009||The period when the photograph showing the Cultural Centre logo was taken.|
|2006-2013||The period during which “…federal Agents have been investigating and prosecuting a Minnesota terror pipeline…”
4. Dar Al-Hijrah
|(a)||The Arabic word Dar means ‘House of’ and when coupled with ‘al’ and a noun means a major division either in a cultural/geographic or an ideological sense such as Dar al-Islam (House of Islam) or Dar al-Harb (House of War). The Arabic word for house in the context of being a home is Bayt.
Hijrah can mean immigration or flight in general but most particularly as is implied through the use of the related word Hegira it specifically means the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD marking the beginning of the Muslim era. (my bold)
To the Muslim mind, particularly those dedicated to the ultimate aim of Islam (global conquest) these words and the phrase Dar Al-Hijrah carry strong and impelling undertones of the eternal quest for Islamic hegemony through the various forms of Jihad.
|(b)||The Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque & Cultural Centre on Cedar Avenue is most probably either an ideological clone or a direct subsidiary of the main Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Centre located in Culmore, near Washington DC, (well inside the Beltway). It — the Washington incarnation — was/is substantially Saudi-funded and has an impressive track record of being fronted by and having as its Imams (amongst them the Al Qaeda recruiter and motivator Anwar al-Awlaki — from January 2001 to April 2002) an interesting collection of ‘integrationists’, a major percentage of whom have been indicted for or accused of or investigated for un-American activities, links to terrorism and the funding thereof, plotting to assassinate a US president (George Bush) and obstruction of justice to name but a few. Al-Awlaki has been linked to various terrorists including three of the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter and the Christmas day 2009 bomber.
[A comprehensive overview of the history, leadership and activities of this establishment would be too long to iterate here but, for once, Wikipedia does a good job of summarising it and it is well worth reading in full if you wish to get the flavour of the mind set of those who run and attend it and its sister establishment in Cedar Avenue.]
|(a)||The suburb known as Cedar-Riverside, wherein is situated 514-510 Cedar Avenue and its adjacent Islamic Civic Society of America & Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque(c), has long been known as a prime recruiting site for the international terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab and others. Not only did this information enter into the public domain in a blaze of publicity in the fall of 2013 but the reports (above) indicate that this information has been in the hands of the authorities, particularly the FBI, for significantly longer, probably as far back as 2006.
|(b)||The apartments above it (514-510) were apparently all occupied by single men, most if not all of them Somali immigrants, a prime target for jihadi recruiters and also an ideal audience for the on-line sermons of such as Ayman al-Zawahiri and Anwar al-Awlaki(c).
|(c)||Odds are that the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque & Cultural Centre on Cedar Avenue is either an ideological clone or a direct subsidiary of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Centre located in Culmore near Washington DC, an establishment which over many years has been caught carrying some very substantial Jihadi baggage.
|(d)||Somali political and cultural organisations appear to have a particularly strong influence in Minnesota; the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labour Party (DFL) has within it a strong Somali-American Caucus representing the Somali community, and a Somali-American chairs the Republican Party’s Immigrant Relations Committee in Minnesota. Also:
Cedar-Riverside, the building at 514-510 Cedar Avenue South, and its next door neighbour the Mosque appear to have been a locus of subversive/and or terrorist activity for many years and this simply cannot have escaped the attention of the authorities. In fact, the FBI agent who appeared briefly in the CBS Local report on the Minnesota Martyrs promotional video clearly observed that it had not.
The substantial Somali diaspora that has planted its roots in Minnesota and the Twin Cities has become politically powerful at a local and possibly a State level, and a significant proportion of these Politicals appear to be closely associated with or members of an organisation, the Dar Al-Hijrah movement, that has a track record of promoting terrorism and being closely associated with Jihadi organisations of all shades and affiliations.
Yet, despite or because of all of this there was a rush to judgement, a rush to deny any possible hint of (Muslim) terrorist activity, a rush to propose that a gas leak was responsible for the explosion and fire despite all of the contradictory evidence and, most of all, a rush to needlessly destroy any and all forensic evidence that might have enabled a thorough investigation and thus lead to an open, considered and expert analysis and conclusion.
This whole farrago stinks of a PC-motivated cover-up, and that stink will not go away no matter what dissembling establishment air-fresheners are sprayed over its carcass.
— Seneca III, Middle England, February 2nd, 2014.
|1.||More photos of 516 Cedar Avenue|
|2.||The Daily Mail|
Previous posts about the explosion and fire in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, on New Year’s Day 2014:
For links to previous essays by Seneca III, see the Seneca III Archives.