Claim: An ISIS leader named “Rasheed Muhammad” has been arrested at JFK airport because of “heightened restrictions” from the recent executive order from President Trump.
Originated from: Time.com.mx
Date(s) active: Jan 2017
Claims that an ISIS leader was arrested at JFK International Airport due to “heightened restrictions” that resulted from President Trump’s controversial executive order banning residents from 7 countries are spreading across the Internet.
The earliest instance of the story can be traced back to an article on Time.com.mx that reads in part –
Terror suspect, Rasheed Muhammad, was arrested on Tuesday, January 30, at approximately 1:32AM EST at John F. Kennedy International Airport. This marks the first successful story following President Trump’s executive order to protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States. Muhammad, 32, was questioned due to the heightened security measures that resulted from the presidential executive order. The suspect attempted to enter the country with a tourist visa and claimed to be visiting family in order to attend this year’s Super Bowl LI.
Former Attorney General, Sally Yates, who was ousted by President Trump after failing to support the executive order, released a public apology via popular social media, Snapchat.
“I would like to express a sincere and utter apology to President Donald J. Trump. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is no way I could have predicted the outcome of the situation. If afforded the opportunity to continue my position as Attorney General, I would be more than ecstatic to comply.”
That original article soon went down as did the entire website but not before a variety of other websites simply copied and pasted the entire article.
However time.com.mx is NOT associated with Time.com. It’s an imposter website designed to fool visitors into thinking it belongs to the Time brand. As such, it’s articles cannot be trusted.
What’s more, the photo supposed to show “Rasheed Muhammad” actually shows Najibullah Zazi, a terror suspect who was arrested back in 2009.
Another giveaway is that the alleged public apology supposedly given by ex-attorney general Sally Yates is fake. There is no record of her ever issuing such as apology on her social media pages or elsewhere on the Internet.
Essentially, the story is fake, and should not be circulated.