Last week, two women, including Noelle Velentzas, were indicted in a Jihad plot in New York City.
What is particularly interesting to us is Velentzas’s apparent affiliation with ICNA Relief, an Islamic charity affiliated with the Islamic Circle of North America.
Note in the video associated with this news article are her arrest:
A screen capture of her appearance in a ICNA Relief video appears above.
From the article:
Velentzas allegedly praised the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and declared that she and Siddiqui were “citizens of the Islamic State.”
An undercover operative reported that Valentzas said “being a martyr in a suicide attack guarantees entrance into heaven.” A picture of Osama bin Laden with an AK-47 allegedly decorated her cell phone. She also allegedly turned her interests to pressure cookers after the Boston Marathon bombing:
“You can fit a lot of things in [the pressure cooker], even if it’s not food,” Velentzas told the undercover operative, apparently referencing explosives.
She evidently told the undercover operative, “If we get arrested, the police will point their guns at us from the back and maybe from the front. If we can get even one of their weapons, we can shoot them. They will probably kill us but we will be martyrs automatically and receive Allah’s blessing.”
Velentzas was allegedly also friends with U.S. airman Tairod Pugh who, last month, was indicted on terrorism charges after allegedly plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.
Less than two weeks ago, Velentzas was reportedly asked whether she had heard the news about the recent arrest of Pugh and replied that she did not understand why people were traveling overseas to wage jihad when there were more opportunities of ‘pleasing Allah’ in the United States.”
In that same meeting, Velentzas said she needed to learn the science behind bomb-building to avoid being like Faisal Shahzad, the man who drove an SUV full of explosives into Times Square on a warm Saturday night in May 2010. He wasn’t able to detonate the bombs.
If it does turn out that Velentzas was associated with ICNA Relief, it’s a huge story.