Muslim U.S. Rep. Ilhan Resorts to ISIS Jargon In Press Briefings and Talk Show Interviews

Following the recent exposure of an interview of Muslim activist Ilhan Omar during the Obama administration first aired in 2013, the Hijab wearing Congresswoman mocked Americans’ fears exacerbated by Islamic terrorist organizations and ridiculed the heroic actions of American military, intelligence and law enforcement organizations, according to a report for the National Association of Chiefs of Police. 

During the the semester in which Omar participated in a terrorism course she took in college, she was being interviewed by fellow Islamist Ahmed Tharwat  for a podcast in which she stated that terrorist groups don’t have scary names, she and her interviewer laughed at people’s fear of terror cells, and blamed the United States for terrorism.

“Listening to her being interviewed should send shivers up and down the spines of American citizens who rely on some of the most dishonest Americans to provide them with information via the news media,” said former New York police detective and U. S. Marine Sidney Franes. “What should frighten Americans is the clear evidence that American politicians, especially the Democratic left-wing, allow these terrorists and terrorist sympathizers into the country and even into the White House,” Franes added.

During the interview, Omar is seen smiling as she implied that if terrorist organizations were an elected group instead of individual people of a nation executing terrorist activities, then their actions would be accepted and justified under law. “All these groups like Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda are not really legitimate and it is easier for you to say it is not ok because it’s not a legitimized action by laws,” She said.

At one point of the interview, Tharwat boldly claimed that Al-Shabab, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda are Arabic words that are characterized by Islamaphobes as being wrong or evil.  Omar replied while laughing, “These words don’t really mean anything evil, right?”

When the host said “Al-Shabaab” means the “Youth”, Omar laughed, implying that the terrorist organization that often recruits child soldiers and is responsible for killing thousands of innocent people in East Africa is harmless. In 2012, Al-Shabaab pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist organization founded in 1988 by Saudi Arabian Osama bin Laden.

Omar and the host continued with their pro-terror tirade in which she minimized counter-terrorism terminology. “Or Madrasa. No one wants to go to Madrasa anymore even though it means school” Tharwat said as Omar giggled and laughed.

Tharawt and Omar continued to disrespect the United States by saying Americans are “polluting the (Arabic) language!” and claimed that the `”news media are the people to blame for reporting that groups such Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, and Hezbollah are evil.

Adding to the absurdity, Omar said, “We don’t need to go on a witch hunt”, when investigating acts of terrorism. Omar’s comments ought to be viewed with tremendous concern given that her Somali district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is now the terrorist recruitment capital of the United States for ISIS.

“Terrorism is a reaction to a situation. We didn’t have terrorism before invasion or wall,” Tharawt said. But that statement is the easiest to refute since in the late 19th Century a Muslim Army led by a man calling himself the Mahdi (“the guided one”) who totally wiped out the city of Khartoum in the Sudan for not recognizing his authority. His jihad in North Africa prompted the intervention of British troops who fought the jihadists for nearly ten years.

Alarmingly, Rep. Omar is now serving on the U.S, House Foreign Affairs Committee, while holding pro-Islamic terror anti-Israel and anti-American sentiments.

“Usually most people want to not look into their actions that make another reaction,” Omar said as she continued to defend acts of Islamic terrorism. While discussing Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab, Omar said its members are “normal citizens” and that the organizations “don’t mean anything evil”.


Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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