From committed Christian to devout Muslim to apparent suicide bomber wannabe: A woman who intentionally crashed into a Broward Sheriff’s Office building with accelerants in her car is facing charges of arson and burglary. It was easy for the media to ignore her Islamic ties, because she still uses her Christian name – Lasandra Johnson (photo below).
Ironically, Johnson crashed her car into the Broward County Sheriff’s office which recently made headlines for failing to stop the Parkland high school shooter who killed 17. It’s also where Sheriff Scott Israel panders to radical Muslims and hires a Muslim deputy, Nexar Hamze, who is a leader of designated terrorist group CAIR. In his position as deputy sheriff, he visits mosques and teaches them about guns.
FRONTAGE MAG What would cause 34-year-old mother Lasandra Johnson to attempt to turn her red Toyota Camry into a car bomb targeting local law enforcement? She had been in trouble with the law before. Was this a way to get back at authority? Or was it related to her newfound association with a radical mosque? Given the Islamic Center of South Florida’s ties to extremism, the latter is a very likely scenario.
Shortly before 11:30 am, on Monday, March 21st, Lasandra Lavette Johnson drove a red Toyota Camry loaded with accelerants and a full tank of gas into the Pembroke Pines, Florida district substation of the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO). Following impact, a fire erupted from the car. According to a worker on the scene, Johnson was “engulfed in flames.” Johnson was hospitalized with burn wounds and later charged with “arson and burglary.”
News reports about the attack did not mention the fact that Johnson was a devout Muslim, thus omitting a potentially crucial aspect of the story.
In May 2017, as evidenced on her social media, Johnson had gone through a major transformation. She went from being a committed Christian, posting images of Jesus on the cross, and professing her wholehearted belief in him, to being a fundamentalist Muslim, wearing the hijab (head covering), and attending mosque.The mosque that she chose to attend was the Islamic Center of South Florida (ICOSF), based in Pompano Beach, Florida. Not surprisingly, that mosque has significant links to terror and bigotry.
Up until the beginning of 2015, ICOSF’s Pompano address was 507 NE 6th Street. The address was, at the time, and is presently owned by the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), a group that the US Justice Department named an (unindicted) co-conspirator in the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
The imam of ICOSF is Hasan Sabri. Previously, Sabri taught a weekly class on Tafsir (exegesis of the Quran) at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), a mosque whose founders include Syed Khawer Ahmad, a web designer for Hamas, and Bassem Alhalabi, who in June 2003, was charged by the US Commerce Department with illegally shipping a $13,000 military-grade thermal imaging device to Syria.
ICBR’s founding imam, Ibrahim Dremali, who made an appearance at ICOSF in August 2017, has spent time on the federal no-fly list. While Sabri was with ICBR, ICBR promoted an article on its website, titled “Why can’t the Jews and Muslims live together in peace?” which labeled Jews “people of treachery and betrayal” and “enemies.”
ICOSF actively partners with the Muslim American Society (MAS) for a number of functions at the mosque, including activities directed at Muslim youth. MAS has, in the past, used the internet to propagate material praising Hamas and calling for the murder of Jews and violence against the West.
The National Executive Director of MAS, Mazen Mokhtar, was a US-based administrator for qoqaz.net (‘Jihad in Chechnya’), an al-Qaeda recruitment and financing site, and has been quoted as calling Hamas operations “heroic” and suicide bombings “an effective method of attacking the enemy and continuing jihad.”
In January 2018, ICOSF hosted an event featuring the imam of Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen (MJAM), Izhar Khan. In May 2011, Khan was arrested and spent the next 20 months in a federal detention center in Miami on charges of terrorism.
Mahamad may very well have performed Lasandra Johnson’s conversion. If so, it speaks volumes, given Johnson’s action at the Sheriff’s office.
Apart from his association with ICOSF, Mahamad is the Vice President of the American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA). AMANA is the brainchild of anti-Semite and Hamas supporter Sofian Zakkout. Zakkout regularly refers to Jews as “monkeys and pigs.” In February 2016, he circulated on social media a report claiming “the Holocaust was faked.” In July 2014, Zakkout organized a pro-Hamas rally in downtown Miami, where rally goers repeatedly shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.”
It is ironic, given Johnson’s attack on the Broward Sheriff’s Office, that both Mahamad and Zakkout have been photographed together with Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. What is not ironic, though, is the fact that Johnson took this action, after being involved with ICOSF.
ISIS has repeatedly called upon Muslims to use their cars as weapons against non-Muslims (“Run over them without mercy”) and to commit attacks on law enforcement (“Strike their police.”) The assault on the BSO was not unlike those that have taken place in Iraq and Afghanistan targeting Americans and others.
Johnson’s sudden transformation from ardent Christian to fanatical Muslim did not occur in a vacuum. Johnson’s connection to ICOSF must be thoroughly investigated. Members and leaders of ICOSF need to be made prime suspects in the preparation and the carrying out of this crime, and anyone who was involved in Johnson’s conversion must be viewed as an accomplice.