A Virginia man accused of attempting to travel to Somalia to join the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab appeared in federal court Thursday, requesting that an attorney be appointed for him.
Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, did not speak except to answer the magistrate judge’s question regarding the attorney. He was dressed in a short-sleeved blue shirt and gray cargo pants. Chesser will remain in custody, Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan ruled. A detention hearing is set for Friday.
APRIL 22nd, 2010 ADL …Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee: An Extensive Online Footprint
An online blogger who has targeted the creators of South Park for satirizing issues surrounding the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, has distributed jihadist materials and promoted violence against non-Muslims through a variety of online platforms for at least a year.
Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, the username of the blogger who identified himself as Zachary Adam Chesser in January, publicizes terrorist propaganda, endorses suicide attacks and espouses hatred against Jews, Israel and Shi’a Muslims through a variety of Web sites, blogs and social networking sites.
“The jihad movement has moved from the mountains and caves to the bedrooms of every major city around the world,” Chesser wrote in a March 2010 post to the Web site of Revolution Muslim (RM), a fringe anti-Semitic Muslim organization that justifies terrorist attacks and other forms of violence against non-Muslims. Chesser appears to be an emerging member of the group.
On April 15, the morning after the episode of South Park aired, Chesser made his first comment about the program on his Twitter feed. “May Allah kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker and burn them in Hell for all eternity. They insult our prophets Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses…”
Chesser posted a similar entry to his Mujahid Blog on the same day (the post was later added to the RM Web site). The post included a picture of the assassination of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by a Muslim extremist in 2004 with the caption: “Theo Van Gogh – Have Matt Stone And Trey Parker Forgotten This?” In the post, Chesser provided the address to Stone and Parker’s offices, telling readers to “contact them” or “pay Comedy Central…a visit.” Chesser also noted: “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh if they do air this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
On April 18, Chesser posted a comment to Revolution Muslim’s Web site, calling on supporters to help in the “defense of the Prophet campaign.” The post included a purported lecture of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. born Muslim cleric living in Yemen who distributes radical sermons online, retelling a story about a Jewish leader who was assassinated for defaming the Prophet during the 7th century. The post ends with the message by Revolution Muslim: “Join us in this campaign to let Matt Stone & Trey Parker know that…the dust will never settle down.”
Reader comments in response to Chesser’s recent posts include threatening language. For example, “I wish i [sic] could slit their throats with a rusty knife,so [sic] it be more painful….” and, “So the options we have to deal with these two kafirs… Killing and annihilating them… Crucifying them… Cutting off from opposite sides their hands and feet with axes.”
Chesser, who described himself as a “Muslim revert” and former student at George Mason University, lives in Virginia, according to Facebook profile operated by an individual identifying herself as his wife (the profile also included many of Chesser’s posts).
Chesser’s online history includes numerous posts to a variety of blogs, Web sites and social networking sites. Among them is the Revolution Muslim (RM) Web site, on which Chesser is a contributor and has posted jihadist propaganda. For example, after the March 2010 subway bombings in Moscow, which killed at least 40 people and wounded 60 others, Chesser praised the two female suicide bombers.
During an online discussion run by RM in February 2010, Chesser wrote: “May Allah blow up the Jews and the Rawaafidh [shi'a].” Chesser, who appears to be an emerging member of the group, has indicated that he is seeking people to help him start a RM chapter in D.C., closer to his apparent home in Virginia.
Chesser has also posted on a Web site run by Samir Khan, a North Carolina-based blogger who also distributes jihadist propaganda. In addition to extremist sites, Chesser uses mainstream social networking sites, like Facebook and YouTube, to post many of his comments and materials. In April 2010, administrators disabled his Facebook account, according to his wife.
WBTV Channel 3 Charlotte NC..Pro Al-Qaeda Web site Run by a Charlotte Man; Private investigator Bill Warner is in Florida studying Jihad-ist websites across the world. WBTV traveled to Sarasota to interview him because he says Charlotteans need to recognize someone in their backyard is helping the enemy, that is Samir Khan.
WBTV Channel 3 Charlotte NC..Radical Website Blogger Responds to WBTV, Samir Khan a 22-year old in north Charlotte running a radical website promoting Al-Qaeda, is responding to our Monday night story. Samir Khan, is using his blog to criticize WBTV. He writes that WBTV is spreading lies about his website.
The following is a sampling of Zachary Chesser’s recent posts on a variety of sites;
The Mujahid Blog,
Chesser’s Mujahid Blog, “dedicated to those who give their lives for this religion,” includes both original materials as well as reposts of various terrorist propaganda. In a March 21, 2010, post titled “Counter Counter Terrorism #1,” Chesser gives instructions on how to counter counterterrorism efforts and proposes advertising the successes of the mujahideen with a “clear bias.” He suggests using terms like “5 Western pigs sent to Hellfire in sha’a Allah,” when talking about non-Muslims who have been killed.
The Mujahid blog, operated by wordpress, also has a forum that allows others to post materials. In a January 25, 2010, post to this forum, he identified his full name as “Zachary A Chesser.” He also said, “I am a revert to Islam and I was a student at George Mason University. Feel free to go to GMU’s [Muslim Student Association] page on facebook and ask them about me if you are seriously worried about that.” The Mujahid blog appears to have been suspended by wordpress on April 22 for violation of terms of service.
Youtube Jihad Blog;
The Youtube Jihad Blog consists of Chesser and five other contributors. The contributors – who post videos containing fatwas, lectures, nasheeds (Islamic songs) and other materials – also operate YouTube channels that include the same videos. One video posted by Chesser on February 22, 2010, titled “America Tuta Fika,” shows several militants pointing their guns at the screen as Chesser sings “America, America, America here we come, we come to please our lord, and jihad is all we know.”
YouTube – Al Quran Wa Al-Ahadeeth Channel;
Chesser maintains a YouTube channel under the name “Al Quran wa al-Ahadeeth,” where he posts numerous terrorist videos, sometimes shortly after they are released elsewhere. In addition, he posts English translations of Arabic sermons. One of these sermons, titled “The Permissibility of Self-Sacrificial Operations” by Shaykh Yousuf Al-Uyayri, tells Muslims that in order to expel Jews from Israel, “the best treatment and the greatest medicine that we apply to the brothers of monkeys and pigs (i.e. the Jews) is that we perform these martyrdom operations.”
Chesser also posts comments to other YouTube channels. In April 2009, in response to a video of a speech by Israeli diplomat Mark Regev, he commented: “Ya Allaah! Destroy this vile nation… we will crush these vile devils like bugs.”
Chesser’s Facebook profile, which was disabled in April, included many of the same videos, sermons and other materials that he posts on his blogs. For example, Chesser posted dozens of sermons by Anwar al-Awlaki. His wife reposted the majority of these materials on her Facebook profile as well.
Chesser has two Twitter accounts, one under the name Mujahid Blog and the other under his alias Abu Talhah. He uses his accounts to direct followers to the materials he posts elsewhere online and to make other statements. On March 22, 2010 he tweeted: “United States still the slave of Israel. Hillary Clinton declares relationship with the genocidal regime ‘Rock solid.'”
Chesser’s scribd account is filled with various extremist documents. One document that he wrote in conjunction with Younus Abdullah Muhammad, a spokesperson for Revolution Muslim, is an article that refutes a West Point study claiming that Al Qaeda kills mostly Muslims.