Scott Johnson of Powerline blog has done a ton of heavy lifting on the successful recruitment of terrorists and “soldiers of the caliphate” in the Twin Cities by ISIS and affiliated Muslim extremist organizations.
The terrorist incident that is not being called a terrorist incident at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul last week is the latest in an ongoing series of events to catch Johnson’s inquiring eye.
He has written an essential post about the deliberate arson attacks here.
It is well worth a full gander and contains revealing links to how the Local Media is dealing with The Inconvenient Truth of the case.
A quick summary:
A “Minnesota woman” went on an arson rampage at St. Kate’s this past Wednesday. Truza Jamal Hassan — a 19-year-old former student — set eight fires in seven building across the campus. All but one of the fires were set in trash cans inside bathrooms.
Hassan kindly explained that she did so in retaliation for American military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the criminal complaint failed in Ramsey County District Court. Her religious inspiration isn’t expressly stated, but she appeared in court yesterday wearing garb including a black face covering that exposed only her eyes and what appeared to be a large white sheet draped over her head. I think she was shooting to make a bold fashion statement with a makeshift niqab.
Hassan is a hard, hard case. She set one fire at St. Mary Hall, the school’s largest dorm. It houses first-year students (welcome to St. Kate’s!) and the Early Childhood Center, a day care facility. Hassan appears to have included St. Mary Hall on her rampage because of the day care facility. Thirty-three children and eight adults were at a day care in the building at the time, along with 10 to 15 students who were also evacuated.
Hassan did a lot of talking that will prove helpful to the prosecution of the case against her. She explained to police that “she wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people.” She said similar attacks happened on “Muslim land” and no one cared if Muslims were hurt. Hassan also told police that she had written a letter to her roommates containing “radical ideas about supporting Muslims and bringing back the caliphate.” And just to be clear, she also told authorities, “You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that.” Good to know.
It is particularity troubling that Hassan appears to be yet another homegrown terrorist and was radicalized in St. Paul. In the quote below Johnson provides a link to his previous work and provides a historical/contextual outline on ISIS recruitment in the Somali community, particularly in the South High School neighborhood of Minneapolis that borders Little Mogadishu:
Like the defendants convicted in the case of “the Minnesota men” that I covered for Power Line and the Weekly Standard, Hassan has been the beneficiary of the best Minnesota has to offer. She attended Highland Park Junior High School, a couple blocks from our old home in Highland Park. She graduated from Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul before moving on to St. Kate’s to go to college.
Minnesota has long been a AAA farm team for the Terrorism Big Leagues.
The Local Powers That Be tend (at least in their public positions) toward Willful Blindness.
At some point something’s gotta give.
All eyes will be on Minneapolis in two weeks when it hosts the Super Bowl.