Bomb scare forces neighborhood evacuation Santa Monica Daily Press April 8, 2011
An explosion near a Santa Monica Jewish center prompted police to evacuate about 100 people Thursday morning, but investigators determined the blast was the result of an apparent underground mechanical failure and not a pipe bomb as had been initially feared. ...
The force of the explosion sent a piece of metallic debris onto the roof of a nearby residence, Trisler said. Police initially though the debris may be a pipe bomb. The bomb squad was called out and determined it was not.
|SM Chabad Rabbi Isaac Levitnasky (Photos: Dave Zentz, AP)|
Given the quick-turnover of reporters on the morning shift in L.A., none of the reporters I watched on TV displayed any knowledge of this history or propensity. (In fact, none could even pronounce "Chabad" properly). The apprehended plot, below, resulted in the targeted US Armed Forces recruitment center being relocated from a building adjacent to the St. John's Medical Center. Regardless, Los Angelenos concerned about Islamism voice little concern about the long-time, Islamist fraternizing of L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca. Sheriff Baca testified on behalf of American Muslims at Rep. Peter King's Homeland Security hearing on Muslim radicalization.
American-Muslim jihadists plead guilty in terror plot against Jewish-Americans, LAX Airport Terminal, Santa Monica Hospital office DemoCast, December 14, 2007
The plot was orchestrated by Washington, Patterson and Samana at the behest of Kevin James, a California State Prison, Sacramento inmate who founded the radical group Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, or JIS, authorities said.
Levar Haley Washington converted to Islam while imprisoned with James, then looked to recruit other members for the group, authorities said.
Washington, Gregory Patterson and Hammad Samana — who attended the same Inglewood mosque — allegedly conducted surveillance of military sites, synagogues, the Israeli Consulate and El Al airline facilities in the region as well as Internet research on Jewish holidays, prosecutors said in 2005.
James preached that JIS members should target for violent attack any enemies of Islam or "infidels," including the U.S. government and any supporters of Israel, according to court documents.
One L.A. judge sentences convicted terrorist off lightly; while another judge scotches J.D.L. Rubin widow's quest for restitution DemoCast August 18, 2009
On Monday, 17 Aug 2009, US District Court Judge Cormac Carney completed the sentencing of the remaining terrorist of the J.I.S. (translated from Arabic as meaning "The Association of True Islam") California jihadist group. Santa Monica College student, Hammad Riaz Samana, age 26, plotted terrorist bombings of the Los Angeles Airport, West L.A. synagogues during Jewish High Holidays, a US National Guard recruiting office, and the Israeli Consulate. Mr. Samana drove the armed robbery getaway car to steal to finance gang's terrorist actions.
He convinced the court that he had schizophrenia at the time. He was sentenced to just a fraction of his fellow collaborators' time, less than 2-years beyond time already served.
In August 2005, four men were indicted in Orange County, Calif. for a terror plot described by FBI Assistant Director of Public Affairs John Miller as "the one that operationally was closest to actually occurring" since 9/11.It was the subject of the October 2006 WGBH-PBS-broadcasted documentary "The Enemy Within: A case study of America's response to the threat of homegrown terrorism," produced by Lowell Bergman and Oriana Zill de Granados, (and viewable online as of today). This program challenges the government's handling of homegrown terror management and prosecution for political effect.
Democracy Broadcasting News reported in December 2007 that Mr. Samana worked at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, attended Santa Monica College, played cricket, and ran cross-country. He attended the same mosque in Inglewood (near Los Angeles Airport) as co-conspirators, Black American converts to Islam, Gregory Patterson (who is currently serving a sentence of 12.5 years in prison), and Levar Washington (currently serving a 22-year sentence). The organizer of the Muslim JIS group, Kevin James, 32, was sentenced in March to 16-years in federal prison.