He believed that if he murdered infidels whom he thought had insulted Muhammad, he would go to heaven. This is a clear and vivid illustration of how jihad attacks are motivated by the texts and teachings of Islam — not by poverty or disaffection or any of the fashionable explanations.
“‘We’re here to go to Heaven so why not get shot?’ Chilling recorded conversations of American Muslim who opened fire on anti-Islam event in Texas,” by Lydia Warren and Rob Crilly, Dailymail.com, May 4, 2015:
The former terror suspect shot dead by police on Sunday after he and another gunman stormed an anti-Islam art contest in Texas had said he intended to ‘fight to the death’ for Allah.
Elton Simpson, 30, and his roommate Nadir Soofi, 24, were killed outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland after a security guard was shot during a controversial competition for the best caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
Court documents have now revealed that Simpson, who was born in Illinois before moving to Phoenix, Arizona and converting to Islam, was well known to the FBI.
In 2010, he was convicted of lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Somalia, where they suspected he planned to join a terror group.
‘The defendant falsely stated to special agents of the FBI that he had not discussed traveling to Somalia, when in fact he had discussed with others traveling to Somalia for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad,’ a complaint reads.
A judge ultimately ruled it could not be proved that he was heading there to join a terror group – but court records reveal how he believed democracy was a threat to the Muslim way of life.
In 2005, the FBI employed an informant who knew Simpson from his mosque and asked him to record their conversations, which he did between 2006 to 2009, according to court documents.
In one recording from 2008, Simpson told the informant that Allah loves people ‘out there fighting [non-Muslims]’ and making sacrifices, such as living in caves and sleeping on rocks.
The documents state: ‘Mr. Simpson said that the reward is high because “If you get shot, or you get killed, it’s [heaven] straight away”…. “[Heaven] that’s what we here for…so why not take that route?”‘
He added that in countries, such as Palestine, Iraq and Somalia, ‘they trying to bring democracy over there man, they’re trying to make them live by man-made laws, not by Allah’s laws’.
He went on: ‘That’s why they get fought. You try to make us become slaves to man? No we slave to Allah, we going to fight you to the death’, according to the court papers.
He said that only ‘a small group of brothers’ could understand why there needed to be fighting.
‘Some people they don’t believe that they should be over there fighting,’ he said. ‘That’s the problem. That’s like a disease in the heart, man.’
In another recording from 2009, he allegedly told the informant that it was time they went to Somalia – both because of the treatment of Muslims and because he was tired of living under non-Muslims.
‘It’s time,’ he said, according to the court papers. ‘I’m tellin’ you man. We gonna make it to the battlefield… It’s time to roll…
‘People fighting and killing your kids, and dropping bombs on people that have nothing to do with nothing. You got to fight back you can’t be just sitting down… smiling at each other…’
Simpson said he would say that he was attending school in Africa as ‘a front’ but would leave ‘if I am given the opportunity to bounce’, according to court papers.
He was finally hauled in for questioning by federal agents in January 2010. In interviews, he denied plans to go to Somalia or telling anyone about these intentions.
He was indicted days later, on January 13, 2010 and a bench trial was held in October 2010.
In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Mary H. Murguia, found him guilty of lying to agents but said the government had failed to show enough proof that he had intentions of engaging in terrorism.
He was placed on probation due to the lack of terror evidence.
According to other court documents from 2010, Simpson was born in Illinois and then moved to Phoenix, where he ‘converted to the Muslim religion at a young age’.
Ahead of Sunday’s attack, he is believed to have posted several tweets. The last one was shared just half an hour before the attack.
It featured a cover picture of the radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who rose to become a senior propagandist with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and is frequently cited as an inspiration by Western jihadists. He died in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
About half an hour before the attack began, Simpson described making a pledge of loyalty to Amirul Mu’mineen, the commander of the faithful – better known as the self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Bahgdadi, the head of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. His tweet ended with the chilling hashtag #texasattack.
It read: ‘The bro with me and myself have given bay’ah to Amirul Mu’mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen. Make dua #texasattack.’
During the day he had offered an apparent justification for his actions, tweeting about atrocities that he claimed had been carried out by U.S. forces.
And in the recent past, the account had also described his experiences at the hands of American law enforcement officials.
‘When they come to your home and take you to their prisons they humiliate you,’ he wrote last week.
‘When I got arrested in 2010 I had to hear an agent say while on her cell phone “I made my first arrest”.’
He and Soofi drove to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Sunday evening and shot a security guard in the ankle. The man has since been released from hospital.
A traffic officer then shot the two gunmen dead. They are also searching Simpson’s Phoenix home and the home of the other suspect for any further devices or evidence.
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