On Thursday, the Clarion Project reported that the Islamic State also known as ISIS, IS or ISIL is taking advantage of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and exploiting the situation by using social media to encourage rioters to murder and behead police officers as well as elected officials and said they would send fighters to assist in the carnage. Since the verdict was handed down by a Grand Jury that did not indict Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who on August 9, 2014 shot Michael Brown in self-defense, Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project found and reported that a high-profile Islamic State operative said the group would send fighters to Ferguson if the rioters pledge allegiance to its caliph. Mauro said that an ISIS operative on Twitter along with several tweets by other terrorists posted a hand written note which has since been taken down as the ISIS Twitter account has been suspended.
In the written note posted on Twitter, it said, “We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr… and then we will shed our blood for you, and send you soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood and their play is carnage!”
Mauro also noted that several of the tweets by ISIS supporters and members that Mauro posted described the shooting death of Michael Brown as a terrorist attack and equate the police officers to U.S. and Israeli military forces. The terrorist group indicated that the objective was to make the rioters identify with jihadists as if their struggles are one in spite of religious differences. At the same time, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also sought to inject its own influence into the Ferguson case in which Zahra Billoo, the director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, in citing the grand jury’s decision against indicting Officer Darren Wilson said that the decision equated to a “tyranny” that must be challenged with resistance. Billoo tweeted and said, “Resistance is our immoral imperative. No difference between a night raid by police in Oakland and one by US military in Fallujah. The tyranny Athens imposed on other, it eventually imposed at home.”
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this month designated CAIR as a terrorist organization and on Wednesday, stated that it stands by its decision and has no plans to back down. Mauro reported that the UAE, despite heavy pressure and negative media coverage intends on standing by its decision to designate the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and other Islamist organizations as terrorist groups.
A top UAE official was quoted as saying, “The list is a clear message to the world about the UAE’s stance against terrorism, extremism and fanaticism, focusing on and putting a cordon around all subversive entities that seek to undermine the security and stability of the state and seeks to protect the community from extremist ideology. We cannot accept incitement or terror funding when we look at some of these organizations. For many countries, the definition of terror is that you have to carry a weapon and terrorize people. For us, it’s far beyond that. We cannot tolerate even the smallest and tiniest amount of terrorism.”
Mauro said on the UAE’s decision to not back down on its decision, “Two messages are being sent to the U.S. and Europe by the UAE. First, the West’s overlooking of the Islamist ideology and focusing on its byproduct, terrorism, is like a doctor treating symptoms instead of the disease. Secondly, Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the West are successfully presenting themselves as moderates while shutting down criticism of Islamism… For the UAE, the backlash from the pro-Brotherhood lobby in the U.S. only reinforces the necessity of what it has done. The UAE wants the West to wake up, but it isn’t going to sit around waiting for that to happen.”
The UAE issued a list in mid-November 2014 and designated 85 groups as terrorist organizations such as Al Qaida, Daesh and the Muslim Brotherhood, and its regional and local affiliates, as well as smaller regional and international groups that include CAIR. The terrorist organizations list were drawn up by the UAE after an anti-terror bill, Law No. 7 for 2014, was issued by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in August 2014.