Alright, Minneapolis, What's This About Somali Terror Rings?
When I'm looking to recruit "youths" to my cause, I always think Minneapolis too.
WTF? Is this getting weird for you all yet? Panzner tried to warn you in Financial Armageddon - I know I listened, fuck the rest of you if you weren't paying attention. Have fun at the gold for cash swap at the Hampton Inn, dumbass. Bwhahahahaha.
Young Somali Americans, many in Minneapolis, were lured to fight with an Al Qaeda-affiliated group, court documents allege. Eight suspects alleged to be part of that network face criminal charges.
Federal authorities unsealed criminal charges Monday against eight suspects alleged to be part of a U.S. recruiting network that sent young men to fight in Somalia -- one of the largest militant operations uncovered in this country since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The court documents disclosed how some older members of the Somali American community in Minneapolis are believed to have lured younger ones to fight in Somalia -- some as suicide bombers -- with an Al Qaeda-affiliated group known as Al Shabab, or "The Youth."
The charges include providing financial support to fighters who traveled to Somalia, attending Al Shabab training camps and fighting with the group against the U.S.-backed transitional government there, as well as against Ethiopian government forces and African Union troops.
The recruitment of young people from Minneapolis and other U.S. communities "has been the focus of intense investigation for many months," said David Kris, the assistant attorney general for national security.
The new charges bring the number of men accused in connection with the case in Minnesota to 14. Several of the newly disclosed defendants are believed to be outside the United States.
At least 20 men, all but one of Somali descent, are thought to have left the Minneapolis area and traveled to Somalia between September 2007 and October 2009, according to court documents and interviews.
Minneapolis is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, an estimated 60,000. Many arrived in the early 1990s as refugees, fleeing famine and a brutal civil war. A cluster of high-rise apartments and the surrounding neighborhood in eastern Minneapolis have come to be known as Little Mogadishu.
When I lived in Minneapolis, it was home to Semisonic and my Mom's creepy boyfriend. But a lot can change in 13 years I guess.
For the record, the "tattooed youths" in San Francisco still think Ben Bernanke is a big fat zero. As for whatever is going on in Minneapolis, those aren't the same "youths", sorry.