*Jihadist Tactics 101 - Going on the Dole*

*by Patrick DunleavyIPT NewsOctober 17, 2016*


[image: Description:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/pics/large/1869.jpg]Milking the system
for all they can get now appears to be a strategy employed by radical
Islamic extremists. While counter terrorism investigators were busy
searching for the funding terrorist organizations used to plan attacks and
get out their message of violence against all non-believers, there is one
place nobody thought to look: the social welfare line.

We now know that some of the individuals involved in the terror attacks in
Paris and Brussels were supported by benefits
supplied by Europe's social welfare net.

Some of the money came from unemployment claims and some came from student
assistance claims submitted by the terrorists while they were planning the

"We've identified that the benefit system is vulnerable to abuse for
terrorist financing purposes," Tom Keatinge, director of the Centre for
Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute
in London said. And then he posed the question, "What are we going to do
about that?"

One of those who received benefits was Anjem Choudary
the radical Islamic preacher who for more than 20 years proselytized and
recruited people to a radical form of Islam that encourages jihad as a
necessary tenet of the faith. He did it on street corners, mosques, and in
front of television cameras.

Choudary received more than £25,000, or roughly $40,000 a year, in social
benefits.  He had the audacity to call those payments "Jihad Seeker's
He described it to his flock of potential jihadists as a form of *jizya*

According to the Quran and the Hadiths, the *jizya* is a per capita yearly
tax historically levied by Islamic states on certain non-Muslim subjects
permanently residing in Muslim lands under Islamic law. Choudary taught
that milking the social welfare system was another form of collecting the
payment that was owed to Muslims.

Sly like a fox, he avoided prosecution for years because no direct contact
between him and a terrorist organization could be proven. But then British
authorities uncovered a video of Choudary pledging allegiance to ISIS
leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. He was convicted of providing material support
to a terrorist organization and was sentenced to a mere 5½ years in a
specialized maximum security unit.

A similar case is taking place right here in the United States. Suleiman
Anwar Bengharsa
has been an Islamic cleric in the Baltimore area for more than 10 years.
During that time he has drawn FBI attention for his fiery sermons, which,
like Choudary's, walk right up to the legal line of incitement. But it has
yet to be proven that he crossed it.

[image: Description:
http://www.investigativeproject.org/pics/large/1871.jpg]Bengharsa founded
the Islamic Jurisprudence Center, which calls for the death
of homosexuals. He has also been implicated in the case of Sebastian
Gregerson, a Muslim convert who was arrested in July
for possessing explosive devices. According to the *New York Times*, an FBI
affidavit from last year that was mistakenly filed publicly said that
Bengharsa gave Gregerson $1,300 in June 2015. Gregerson, who also goes by
the name Abdurrahaman Bin Mikaayl, then used the money to buy grenades and
other weapons.

The reason for them, according to the agent who wrote the affidavit was
clear: "Based on the totality of the aforementioned information and
evidence, there is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are
engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of
the Islamic State."

And yet Bengharsa, like Choudary did for so many years, has avoided being
charged with any crime.

Bengharsa is a former civil servant employed by both the federal government
and the state of Maryland. He worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce as
an international trade specialist, a position that paid over $80,000 a year.

Bengharsa resigned in 2006 after admitting to plagiarism, records show. He
filed for unemployment compensation, which was contested by the Department
of Commerce and upheld by a D.C. administrative judge. From there Bengharsa
applied to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional
Services to be a prison chaplain. He worked in the state prison system
until 2009 when he filed for worker's compensation, alleging he was hurt
lifting a box of books.

The more alarming fact is that someone like Bengharsa, who holds radical
Islamic views and preaches a message of hate, was even considered to work
in the prison environment.

Authorities have known for quite some time that prisons are fertile soil
for recruiting potential Islamic terrorists, and that one of the catalysts
in the radicalization process is the presence of clergy or religious
volunteers holding extremist views. Bengharsa's dismissal from that
sensitive position should have occurred before he was able to apply for a
financial benefit from Maryland taxpayers. The social safety net was
designed to help those in our society who truly need a hand up. Not a
radial Islamist who wants a handout.

*IPT Senior Fellow Patrick Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General
for New York State Department of Corrections and author of* *The Fertile
Soil of Jihad*
He currently teaches a class on terrorism for the United States Military
Special Operations School*

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