A Muslim so-called multicultural relations officer for Ohio’s Office of Homeland Security claims in court that Internet bloggers defamed him and cost him his job by posting that he was an “Islamist mole” who sympathized with terrorists.
Courthouse News Omar Alomari sued the City of Columbus, Todd Alan Sheets, Stephen Coughlin, John Guandolo, Patrick Poole and a John Doe known on the Internet as “Rusty Shackleford,” (The Jawa Report) in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Alomari was hired as a full-time multicultural relations officer in 2006 by the Office of Homeland Security (OHS), and was in charge of building relationships between the state agency and the Muslim community.
After he published two articles on Islamic culture and radicalization in 2007, Alomari says, “defendant Poole began writing a series of articles condemning individuals and organizations within Central Ohio’s Muslim communities as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers.” Alomari claims Poole also began making public records requests for emails and other communications from the multicultural relations officer to Muslims in his area.
After the records requests, Alomari says, defendant Shackleford – who operates a blog called the Jawa Report – “began posting articles claiming that plaintiff had ties to terrorists, terrorist organizations, and/or organizations with links to terrorism.” (I know Rusty and The Jawa Report is very reliable)
The complaint states: “the Jawa Report (a) labeled plaintiff an ‘Islamist mole,’ a ‘radicalized fox,’ ‘a former agent of a foreign government,’ and ‘a lying scumbag,’ (b) alleged that plaintiff was an ‘information pipeline’ to terrorists, (c) asserted that plaintiff’s work ‘help[ed] encourage radicalization,’ and (d) alleged that plaintiff ‘escorted’ terrorists into OHS. “The Jawa Report alleged that plaintiff ‘liked to have sex with pretty blond-haired, blue-eyed infidel coeds,’ and labeled plaintiff ‘a serial sexual harasser.'”
From The Jawa Report
September 01, 2009
BREAKING: FLORIDA Rifqa Bary investigators were led around by CAIR’s Islamist Homeland Security mole
(BNI has several posts about the Rifqa Bary case HERE)
Two weeks ago Florida Judge Daniel Lawson directed the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement to investigate the Columbus, Ohio Islamic community to provide him sufficient information to accurately assess the potential threat to Rifqa Bary if she were returned to her family in Ohio.
We can now report that those FDLE investigators were led on a wild goose chase to avoid the unsavory and terror-tied elements of the Bary family mosque by CAIR’s Islamist mole in the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety, Omar Alomari, director of the ODPS Office of Multicultural Affairs.
As a result, those same FDLE investigators were sent reeling yesterday with the filing and release of an extensively footnoted 35 page brief by Rifqa’s attorney (which we noted here) documenting the terrorist ties of the Bary family mosque. Why were they not able to discover this information on their own during their visit to Ohio last week? Why couldn’t they discover any evidence of Islamic extremism in Central Ohio, home to the largest known Al-Qaeda cell in the US since 9/11?
When FDLE investigators traveled to Columbus last week, Alomari’s involvement in directing their investigation assured that they would never receive the information they had been sent to gather. You can get a glimpse of Alomari’s leanings in his booklet published by ODPS, Cultural Guide to Arabic and Islamic Cultures. Also of note are the sources he refers readers to on the back page of the booklet featuring some familiar names: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim American Society (MAS), etc.
Alomari’s close relationship with the terror-tied Noor Islamic Cultural Center at the center of this controversy was indirectly alluded to in an article published yesterday by the Orlando Sentinel on the release of the brief by Rifqa’s attorney, John Stemberger. Concerning the Noor mosque, the Sentinel reported:
It is one of the most liberal mosques in the city, according to Columbus-area Muslims. It sponsors blood drives, a food pantry and next month, a health clinic.Earlier this month, it hosted a day-long interfaith session on homeland security that was sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Who organized that ODPS event last month at the Noor Center, the focus of the FDLE’s investigation? Omar Alomari.
Another glimpse at the close relationship between Alomari and the extremist elements in the Central Ohio Islamic community were seen when ODPS announced his hiring and the creation of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at a press conference in April 2006. As you can see in the ODPS press release below the fold, one of the speakers was none other that the director of CAIR-Columbus, the organization responsible for getting him him position at ODPS:
Alomari claims that defendant Sheets – a member of the Columbus Police Department’s Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEWG) – organized a police training session on weapons of mass destruction and “included a photo of plaintiff and labeled plaintiff as a potential terrorist and/or stated that plaintiff had affiliations with terrorists and/or terrorist organizations.”
Alomari claims that during a 2010 training session titled “Understanding the Threat to America,” defendants “Coughlin, Guandolo and Poole accused plaintiff of being a ‘suspect,’ alleged that plaintiff used his position within OHS to ‘connect with terrorists,’ and promised to ‘keep digging’ into plaintiff’s background to ‘expose’ him as a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.”