Robert Blake Johnson aka Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson, Source: US Attorney Office
Breaking story here in Pensacola in today’s Pensacola News Journal (PNJ) about the arrest of a local man who lied about his support for extremist Salafist groups, especially the Islamic State, “Pensacola man supports ISIS, faces charges.”
Here is an excerpt from the PNJ article:
In 2014 and 2015, Robert Blake Johnson, 31, allegedly made multiple Facebook postings expressing support for extremist terrorist groups and stating a desire to assist the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. When interviewed by FBI agents in June 2015, he reportedly denied the activities.
Jackson was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of making materially false statements in a federal investigation. He later made a first appearance in federal court.
According to Jackson’s warrant affidavit, the FBI’s San Diego Division began reviewing the Facebook profile of “Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson” in early October 2014 after becoming aware of pro-ISIL posts. On Sept. 19, 2014, the user posted a picture of the ISIL flag and an ISIL recruitment video. Another Facebook user posted the question “Are you isis?” to which Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson replied, “… l am not ISIS, though I wish I could help.”
Other information on the Facebook page indicated Jackson lived in Pensacola, and on Jan. 29, 2015, a local telemarketing business reported they had fired Jackson for viewing terrorism-related websites and videos on his work computer, the affidavit said.
On June 3, 2015, Jackson was interviewed by FBI agents in Pensacola. During the interview, reportedly Jackson stated he posted a picture of a black and white flag, but “not the ISIS flag,” according to the affidavit. Jackson reportedly told investigators “he never posted anything pro-lSIS, that he is not pro-lSIS and that he made no online comments espousing anything violent.”
However, the FBI wrote in the affidavit that Jackson had messaged another Facebook user, “I merely wanted to thank you for your valiant work against the vile and utterly evil yahudi scum. In shallah you sent as many Jews as possible unto the maw of the hellfire.”
None of this is surprising to this writer. Back in 2011, when I was associated with Former Muslims United as the only Jew on the board and its Treasurer and blogger. We undertook a survey of 47 Mosques here in Florida seeking Imams and the Boards to abjure a Sharia ruling or Fatwa on the killing of apostates; the so-called Freedom Pledge. As noted on the FMU website:
234 letters were sent to 102 organizations and agencies. For the first time, Muslim leaders in the executive branch of the U.S. government were included in the mailing.
Therefore: To support the civil rights of former Muslims, also known as apostates from Islam, I sign “The Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims”:
I renounce, repudiate and oppose any physical intimidation, or worldly and corporal punishment, of apostates who leave Islam, change their religion from Islam to another religion, or express unbelief in Islam, in whatever way that punishment may be determined or carried out by myself or any other Muslim including the family of the apostate, community, Mosque leaders, Shariah court or judge, and Muslim government or regime.
Of the 47 Muslim organizations like CAIR and Mosques in Florida who were sent certified letters in February 2010, there were no responses. At a March 10, 2010 news conference in Tallahassee, FMU executive director Nonie Darwish noted:
Overwhelmingly, Florida Muslim leaders do not honor freedom to choose one’s beliefs as guaranteed under our First Amendment. That is the only conclusion we can draw from the overwhelming ‘silence’ and non-response to 47 letters containing a Freedom Pledge sent to Florida Muslim leaders by our organization in February 2010.
Two of the non-responding Mosques were right here in Pensacola: The Islamic Center of Northwest Florida and the Al-Islam Dawah Center. We don’t know whether Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson attended either of these local Mosques or where he was converted to Islam. What we do know is that both Mosques do subscribe to Shariah law, hence their non response to the FMU Freedom Pledge. The only Muslims who signed the FMU Freedom Pledge we know of were Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Forum for Islam and Democracy and leader of the Muslim Reform Movement and Dr. Ali Alyami of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.
Abdur Rashid Bin Jackson, the self declared ISIS supporter, got nailed by the FBI for his taqqiya, religiously condoned lying to follow in the way of his god Allah, jihad.