Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility via its official radio station for the attack on an anti-Muslim event in Texas over the weekend showcasing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

“Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Mohammed,” the jihadist group said on Tuesday.

“We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger and more bitter, and that you will see the soldiers of the Islamic State do terrible things,” the group announced.

It was the first time Isil claimed to have carried out an attack in the US.

The FBI was under increased scrutiny last night as it emerged the agency has closely monitored Elton Simpson–one of the men suspected of the shootings–since 2006, but failed to prevent the Isil-linked attack.

Agents had recorded the young man from Phoenix talking about fighting non-believers for Allah, about plans to travel to South Africa and link up with “brothers” in Somalia, and about using school as a cover story for travelling overseas.

Simpson was arrested in 2010, one day before authorities say he planned to leave for South Africa. But despite more than 1,500 hours of recorded conversations, the government prosecuted him on only one minor charge–lying to a federal agent. Years spent investigating Simpson for terrorism ties resulted in three years of probation and $600 (£400) in fines and court fees.

Then, on Sunday, two men whom authorities identified as Simpson and Nadir Soofi opened fire in a Dallas suburb on an unarmed security officer stationed outside the contest.

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Joe Harn, Garland police spokesman, said on Monday that a single Garland police officer subdued the two gunmen but that after his initial shots, Swat officers nearby also fired at the two men.

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Simpson, described as quiet and devout, had been on the radar of law enforcement because of his social media presence, but authorities did not have an indication that he was plotting an attack, said one federal official familiar with the investigation. {snip}

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A convert to Islam, Simpson first attracted the FBI’s attention in 2006 because of his ties to Hassan Abu Jihaad, a former US Navy sailor who had been arrested in Phoenix and was ultimately convicted of terrorism-related charges, according to court records. Jihaad was accused of leaking details about his ship’s movements to operators of a website in London that openly espoused violent jihad against the US.

In the autumn of that year, the FBI asked one of its informants, Dabla Deng, a Sudanese immigrant, to befriend Simpson and ask for advice about Islam. Mr Deng had been working as an FBI informant since 2005 and was instructed to tell Simpson he was a recent convert to the religion.

Over the next few years, Mr Deng would tape his conversations with Simpson with a hidden recording device accumulating more than 1,500 hours of conversations, according to court records.

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Less was known about Soofi, who appeared to have never been prosecuted in federal court, according to a search of court records.

Sharon Soofi, his mother, who now lives in a small town southwest of Houston, told The Dallas Morning News that she had no idea that he would turn to violence.

She said her son was “raised in a normal American fashion” and “was very politically involved with the Middle East. Just aware of what’s going on.”

“I don’t know if something snapped,” she said.

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  • dd121

    Given our system of laws and punishments why would anybody think the cops should catch bad guys before they commit the crime?

    • Jason Lewis

      With all the bad press on the police I’ll be suprised if they don’t start responding only to calls after something has happened.

      • They do that anyway. My mother’s neighborhood had some break-ins by a 19 year-old greaserito, a C.U. Boulder student, and he finally got someone who was home. Mrs. Wright called 911, but in the meantime, the criminal invader had grappled Mr. Wright, who shot him stone-dead. The greaserita mother was on TV saying “He didn’t need to be shot” (oh, yes he did!).

        The police can’t possibly get there fast enough, so you’re just going to have to take care of business yourself.

        Doubtless the University of Colorado will sorely miss an “Aztlan Studies” major.

        • A Freespeechzone

          Per the SCOUS in 2005, police have NO OBLIGATION to protect you or your family; they are charged with keeping ‘order’.

          We’ve seen how well they have done that at Ferguson and more recently Baltimore.

          Be armed and prepared.

          • Weisheit77

            I was about to say that. Disarming yourself and expecting the police to help you; well I hope your 911 connects to god and he sends angels really quickly.

            You would be surprised how many people don’t know about that ruling. Want to have a good time in a bar? Tell people this and watch their reactions.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          I am dreaming of the opportunity to use my S & W .500 Magnum against a felonious intruder…

          • rebelcelt

            That really is not something you should post in a public forum. God forbid it happened and the civil attorney (or prosecutor) brings it to trial. It would be extremely damaging to your defense.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Thanks: I’ll use my .45 Auto…

      • Lexonaut

        “With all the bad press on the police I’ll be suprised if they don’t start responding only to calls after something has happened.”

        In Detroit the 911 police murder response time is up to something like 29 minutes now.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          If I were a cop, I sure wouldn’t put myself at risk to interrupt some violent crime in a nigro neighborhood, nowotimsayen?

          • Lexonaut

            I do know what you’re saying.

            I think that all white cops should be pulled out of minority communities and redeployed in the suburbs. This will result in further white flight, and further business flight, but that’s just too bad because the riots will stop and at this point that’s all I care about.

            Let’s give the people what they want — white-free minority communities policed by, and governed by, only minorities. I’m not advocating forced separation of the races. Instead, under my proposal all people would be free to live anywhere they like that they can afford.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Give them butcher knives and vodka, says I…

          • Earl P. Holt III

            They DO seem to want to follow us everywhere, despite all of our shortcomings, which they bloviate about on a daily basis…

          • Lexonaut

            And when they can’t afford to follow us, HUD sues to force the creation of Section 8 housing. That’s fine, there are plenty of places where whites can move to achieve voluntary separation of the races.

            I’m reminded of a new definition of the word integration that some wag posted recently, I forget where. It goes like this …

            Integration is the period between the first black moving in and the last white moving out.

    • Light from the East

      Should we just set a trap (a false Islam cartoon event) like this to attract Islamic extremists to be shot by hidden snipers?

      • dd121

        Be alright with me but our political leaders like Obama lecture us saying muzzies shouldn’t be judged and they’re just like us. Don’t think that could happen.

  • Jason Lewis

    “She said her son was “raised in a normal American fashion” ”
    I don’t know her definition of normal American. What goes for American these days is losing it meaning.

    • Lexonaut

      “… raised in a normal American fashion”

      If this were the Reconstruction period following the Civil War the meaning of the word raised might be a lot clearer.

    • Weisheit77

      Raised by TV and popular culture, in other words.

  • Luca D.

    Low IQ blacks are ripe, low hanging fruit for Islamic jihad. Must be that 72 virgin thing that has them worked up.

    • Lexonaut

      Those virgins are white, by the way, at least when they’re for the US market. They certainly wouldn’t be big-butt Hottentot women — no status at all.

    • They are frequently indoctrinated in US prisons, as the Wahhabists in Saudi Arabia send lots of religious material into the hoosgow. What society receives later on is a stupid, violent black ex-con who is now also a white-hating Muslim.

  • Exuberant Auditor

    “… Simpson attracted the FBI’s attention because of his ties to Hassan Abu Jihaad.”

    Now that’s a suspicious name if I ever saw one. Nothing good can come from a person who “has ties” with someone named “Hassan Abu Jihad”.

    • Lexonaut

      “Nothing good can come from a person who “has ties” with someone named Hassan Abu Jihad. Ever.”

      Replace that name with Barack Hussein Obama and your statement continues to be true.

  • And I still don’t believe that “ISIL” or any group really had anything to do with it, other than taking “credit” for it after the fact just to nose in on the “glory.”

    That’s because you don’t need groups in our media and connectivity era. Just a bunch of lone wolves responding to eliminationist propaganda.

    • BillMiller66

      And why the heck would anyone want to take credit for this botched operation?

      • Ordinarily, it’s dumb thing to do. However, they probably want to put on like they have that much power and reach and pull, for image and propaganda purposes.

        • Lexonaut

          “… they probably want to put on like they have that much power and reach and pull, for image and propaganda purposes.”

          And if we don’t stop them in their tracks domestically then Hey, Presto! they get the power, reach and pull by default.

  • I Islam were really “The Way, the Light and the Truth”, wouldn’t it be completely irrelevant how someone portrayed a “Prophet”? My understanding of that cult is that portrayals of Mohammad were intended to prevent idolatry, Cartoon drawings of a murdering pedophile – or any other historical figure – are not “idolatry”; quite the opposite.

    • Lexonaut

      It’s a distortion of the Old Testament no-graven-images-of-god concept.

      • That brings us straight back to Muslim theology, which holds that Mohammad was not Divine, but merely a prophet. A picture of him therefore can not possibly be a blasphemous graven image.

        As a lifelong agnostic, I have little use for religions, but as a scientist and engineer by training, any religion really does need to be self-consistent. Which way do the Muzzies want it?

        • Lexonaut

          They want it both ways as so many religions do. The Ancient Egyptians were particularly adept at waving their hands to gloss over mutually contradictory beliefs, each of which was required dogma.

          I too am an agnostic and I want nothing to do with anybody’s organized religion. That said, I often look up at the sun and think about the Laws of Physics.

    • Weisheit77

      The protestants went through this, too. Many churches in northern Europe were defaced for portraying Jesus or God or whatever. Iconoclasm. I’ve seen their handy work personally.

  • TruthBeTold

    If you mock Muslims, you’re guilty of Islamiphobia.
    If you mock Jews, you’re guilty of Anti-semitism.
    If you mock Christians, you’re guilty of _________?

    Is there a word for mocking, demeaning, insulting Christians?

    Watch a week of The Daily Show. Read Reddit, Democratic Underground, Daily Kos, etc and take note of all there anti-Christian mocking and memes.

    • listenupbub

      You are right. And, once again, this is really a race issue.

    • Lexonaut

      “Is there a word for mocking, demeaning, insulting Christians?”

      Yes. Deredneckization.

    • Weisheit77

      As a non-Christian, ex-Christian basher I totally get your point.
      I’m not a Christian, but I almost feel compelled to support them out of my sympathy for the underdog. They are truly piling on these days.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Not unlike the mothers of teenage thugs like Michael Brown, mothers of Islamic terrorists never seem to know how bad their children are, even when it is right in their face.

  • MekongDelta69

    The mother: “He was a good boy. He was just turning his life around. He was an aspiring rapper… uhh.. I mean, imam.”

    Blah blah blah

    • Lexonaut

      Maybe it’s time for a new pancake mix, one featuring Uncle J’imam.

    • Epiminondas

      His mom was a white woman who obviously did not have much intelligence either.

  • Lexonaut

    “It was the first time Isil claimed to have carried out an attack in the US.”

    But it won’t be the last thanks to their sympathizers and enablers right here in the Good Old USA. As shown by the Garland incident, we don’ t have the guts to stop them and they know it.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Seems like it would be very cheap and easy to open a Isil franchise in America or anywhere.

  • One of the fatal flaws to the concept of a Terrorist Watch List is the desire on the part of authorities to frivolously add more and more names to it. They then wind up unable to prioritize the folks they would like to watch: the proverbial “needle-in-a-haystack” problem. This completely defeats whatever original purpose the program may have had.

    Idiotic pronouncements by unelected career bureaucrats in the Department of Homeland Security about how native-born, white, former servicemen are the main terrorist threat exacerbates this issue. Timothy McVeigh fit that description, but that was 20 years ago. This would be akin to President Roosevelt determining Kaiser Wilhelm II (then in exile in the Netherlands) to be a dire, ongoing threat in 1939, or Lyndon Johnson deciding that Emperor Hirohito’s work in marine biology in 1965 represented a menace to US security.

  • The scary part is that the FBI is now saying that they didn’t give Elton Simpson any special credibility is because “there are so many like him.”

    God/Allah/Gaia/Odin/fate/YHVH help us all.

  • guest

    This posting might be somewhat relevant to some comments made under the April 21 AR
    posting involving “Free Speech…Texas license plates”. One dainty little reason the FBI
    can appear to be “Ostrich” or otherwise asleep at the wheel is that more often than most taxpayers realize, the FBI can get orders from higher up in the U.S. national security system
    to “see nothing, hear nothing, and do nothing”. But in such instances when the pudding hits
    the propellers, the Bureau is not in a position to exonerate itself. I doubt that records in the
    Dallas Field Office back in late 1985 failed to note matters relevant to the April 21 comments.
    And in this current matter? Don’t rush to judgment. At its best, the FBI is an excellent organization. And the Society of Former FBI Agents stands even taller.

  • nordicman

    Both communists and muslims love to use blacks and browns as a proxy against whites.