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Jaber Busted for Meth and “Terroristic Threat”—Et Tu, Smiling White Flag Wavers?

When a comely blonde woman unsafely waves a gun around on Facebook and makes clear her willingness to shoot, South Dakotans go, “Oh, yeah, right on, baby!” When an angry Muslim man does it, South Dakotans go, “Terroristic threat!

Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirm today that Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, 45, Sioux Falls, has been arrested by the Sioux Falls Police Department and charged with one count of terrorist threat, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000. During a search of Jaber’s residence law enforcement seized firearms as well as methamphetamine.

Charges stem from an alleged incident on April 9, 2017, involving Jaber at a hotel in Sioux Falls. He was observed to have been videotaping an ongoing event with his cell phone and carrying a handgun. He was escorted out of the event, but later was found to be live streaming terrorist threats to the public and brandishing a number of firearms and ammunition [Attorney General’s office, press release, 2017.04.21].

Lynne DiSanto FB photo, open carry march to Sioux Falls Starbucks in July 2013, and Ehab Jaber FB photo: next time, Ehab, smile more and carry a flag.

I have little sympathy for a guy with meth in house. But as I contended on The Greg Belfrage Show on Friday before the charges against Jaber were announced, brandishing a weapon, online or in public, inherently threatens violence. Picking up a gun says, “I’m ready to use deadly force.” Displaying a gun says, “Be afraid of me.”

If Jaber can get charged with making terroristic threats by showing how tough he and his arsenal are on Facebook, then folks marching to Starbucks with assault rifles should anticipate a visit from the Attorney General as well.

Ehab Jaber’s Facebook page is down, but as you can imagine, his April 9 video that got him worldwide fame and criminal charges persists. Watch and tell me whom Jaber is threatening:

Heck, he doesn’t even point his guns or put his finger on the trigger the way Lynne DiSanto does.

Rep. Lynne DiSanto taking aim, Facebook post, 2016.11.18.
Rep. Lynne DiSanto taking aim, Facebook post, 2016.11.18.


  1. John 2017-04-24 08:09

    Ah, the blatant bigotry, racism, and xenophobia contrast with the white, blonde, female privilege. Can’t wait for acquittal and federal civil rights suit.

  2. Porter Lansing 2017-04-24 09:29

    What reason did law enforcement give to the judge who issued the search warrant for meth? Assuming there was such a warrant. Not that the FBI or the cops would plant drugs to get a second amendment utilizing citizen they don’t like taken down. Never would they do that.

  3. jerry 2017-04-24 09:46

    Say, aren’t these the same coppers that gave a warrant for arrest to a tee vee station to deliver to the accused? Both men involved are men of color so it all fits. In South Dakota, if you are brown, you are going down. If you are white, you are right. As far as planting drugs or finding them for that matter, see above.

  4. Tyler Schumacher 2017-04-24 11:00

    He’s calling people out for being scared of him for being a Muslim with a gun. Not quite a ‘terrorist threat’. I wouldn’t necessarily say the color of his skin or religion influenced the decision to charge though. Profanities + “be scared” + showing off guns isn’t a good way to keep people from fearing for their lives.

  5. jerry 2017-04-24 11:35

    It turns out he is correct Mr. Schumacher. The picture shows several armed people marching up the street scaring the hell out of people because they want to instill fear. The only difference is the group of armed people are white and this dude is brown. To conveniently find drugs is the icing on the cake, I am sure they did a test to see if he was ingesting or had a history of that. I don’t see that report though. “This means that by 12-34 hours, the concentration of meth in your blood will be reduced in half. Time to leave the body = 2-10 days. Generally, the heavier the user, the longer it will take for meth to leave the body. Detection in urine tests = up to 72 hours”. I hope he has a good lawyer and gets to keep his guns.

  6. Tyler Schumacher 2017-04-24 12:04

    “The only difference”? His behavior, if not closely inspected, could be construed to be threatening. What was threatening about those participating in the march?

  7. jerry 2017-04-24 12:09

    The marchers were armed to the teeth and threatening the business through intimidation. Each one of them should have been arrested while the officers went to their homes and searched them.

  8. Tyler Schumacher 2017-04-24 12:14

    I’m sorry, I must be missing something. Threatening through intimidation? What was the threat, what were they trying to gain through their intimidation? My understanding was that they were more trying to raise awareness. The picture makes it look like no one was actually holding their weapons, they were safely holstered.

  9. jerry 2017-04-24 12:21

    Yep, just a bunch of white folks with assault rifles, and assorted pistols and shotguns out for a stroll. Where were they going? To have a cup of joe man and where would that be? The only place that had the balls to publicly declare their place would not be a place that would allow the threatening of patrons, gun carriers or not.

  10. Tyler Schumacher 2017-04-24 15:44

    You’re not helping clarify things for me Jerry. And you’re not answering my questions. Did that video scare you? Do guns in general scare you? Was there some confrontation at the coffee shop that was not mentioned in the article or the video?

  11. jerry 2017-04-25 15:36

    Nope, did not scare me. It is clear that you are not really a follower of the news. That always seems to be the problem, selective amnesia. Here ya go son, here was the reason they went to the coffee shop, this particular coffee shop. So you can play as dumb as you want to play, but to not remember something a few years back that you just saw a video of, shows how far through the looking glass trump folks have gone. You are in good stead though, so you have that going for you, which is a good thing.

  12. Tyler Schumacher 2017-04-25 16:33

    Four years ago, in my mid-twenties, struggling to support my small family, yes, I will admit I was not much of a news or politics follower. Nothing in the article indicated a purpose for the end location of the march. You still have not given any indication as to how they were threatening in any way. Are you arguing that Ehab should be prosecuted for a ‘terrorist threat’, and the marchers should too? I am arguing that neither should.

    I did not vote for Trump, so save your ‘insults’.

  13. Roger Cornelius 2017-04-25 17:11

    You really have to wonder how trump ever got elected with the number of people on social media that say they didn’t vote for him.
    Of course, if I voted for him I wouldn’t claim to either.

  14. Don Coyote 2017-04-25 17:15

    @Jerry: “Yep, just a bunch of white folks with assault rifles, and assorted pistols and shotguns out for a stroll. Where were they going? To have a cup of joe man and where would that be? The only place that had the balls to publicly declare their place would not be a place that would allow the threatening of patrons, gun carriers or not.”

    Au contraire Jerry. If you are going to school Tyler on the Sioux Falls open carry march make sure that you at least have your lesson plan correct. That march occurred in late July, a month and a half prior to September 18, 2013, in support (not against) of the then Starbucks policy of allowing open carry in their stores where it was allowed by local laws. Because of adverse publicity from increasing numbers of pro and counter demonstrations at their locations, Starbucks caved and banned guns from all their stores nationwide.

    As Tyler stated, the march was neither intimidating or threatening. Guns were holstered and carried in a safe and non-threatening manner. The march was orderly and peaceful. Ehab on the other hand displayed weapons in a threatening manner while claiming we should be scared, handled what I would assume were loaded guns in a rough and careless manner dropping them on the seat next to him and displayed and bragged about the number of loaded magazines in his possession. Your argument reeks of moral equivalence

  15. Porter Lansing 2017-04-25 17:37

    Hi, Roger. Well … I don’t wonder how Trump got elected. HE CHEATED! And, if I put on a Hubbel Hat I could say that several states voting machines were tampered with by Russia, the CIA is covering it up and it’s better to have an impotent Trump as President then to have a World War with Russia over their cyber invasion. Heh heh ho … I like that. “Hubbel Hat” That’s almost as good as Cory’s “squirrel attention span”.
    ~ And just for you gun huggers, Coyote. Starbucks is making cute little unicorn drinks to match your sparkly assault rifles.

  16. Don Coyote 2017-04-25 18:38

    @Porter: “And just for you gun huggers, Coyote. Starbucks is making cute little unicorn drinks to match your sparkly assault rifles.”

    Yeesh! Unicorn froo froo, yuck. Don’t frequent Starbucks much as I don’t much care for Howard Schultz’s (I know, I know he’s not CEO anymore) ramblings. I prefer to make my own lattes/cappuccinos/espresso. Mine are much better and much cheaper.

    Don’t open carry or possess a concealed permit. Don’t own an AR-15 either. Pistol yes.

  17. Porter Lansing 2017-04-25 18:58

    I dropped my first Black Hills buck in 1972 with a Colt AR-15. A Vietnam vet friend bought it when he got home. The FBI in Sioux Falls (probably old man Powers) drove up to Watertown and confiscated it because they thought it might have been altered to full automatic. It wasn’t and they wouldn’t drive it back to return it. My buddy said I could take it hunting (very lightweight for scouting around the mountains) if I went to the FBI and picked it up for him. What a dump! It was upstairs in some building and in major disarray. Papers all over the desks and floor. A closet like Fibber Magee’s. Two agents who made you wonder what they did wrong in the FBI to get stationed in Sioux Falls. lol Not the best weapon for deer because the projectile is so fast it’s likely to just go through and wound the animal. What kind of pistol do you use?

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-25 23:00

    Tyler, to be clear, my argument is that if Jaber’s brandishing of a weapon constitutes a threat, then so does the marchers’ Minnesota Avenue brandishing. If the marchers did not threaten, then neither did Jaber.

    I’m leaning strongly toward neither: see my analysis of the evidence presented in the Jaber arrest affidavit and its apparent failure to rise to the level of terrorist threat as defined in statute:

  19. Mark Brokman 2017-04-29 13:06

    Muslims belong in the middle east or the bottom of the ocean

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-29 13:35

    Wow, the utter hatred wrecking some people’s souls. You do ISIS’s bidding, Mark. Disgusting.

  21. Porter Lansing 2017-04-29 14:01

    Would that be Mark Edward Brokman?

  22. jerry 2017-04-29 14:15

    I guess Muslims belong in the Middle East along with their oil that we utilize by the second. Well played brokeman, well played.

    Why would anyone be so fearful that they would have to pack to go to Starbucks? How many guns does it take to feel safe enough to order a cup of joe?

  23. Porter Lansing 2017-04-29 14:42

    Oh, I see Jerry. I thought he was advocating for Iran, the House of Saud and Turkey to build more submarines.

  24. jerry 2017-04-29 14:59

    Yes, haters like our Brokeman fellow exist so the rest of us know how lucky we are not to be them. His ignorance is exactly what the other haters like ISIS want so we can send more American boys and girls to the meat grinder of shifting sands. His ignorance shows that since 2001, we still are loosing our people in Afghanistan, still in Iraq, recently in Yemen, Syria and who knows where else. The best progandana dude in the world for ISIS is Brokeman and his minions. As much as they blather on, you would think they get a paycheck for it…Do they?

  25. Porter Lansing 2017-04-29 16:24

    I guess he doesn’t know that that there’s now a government computer tracking him.

  26. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-04-29 17:21

    Somewhere in Iraq, some angry truck driver is saying, “Christians belong in Utah or the bottom of a coal mine.”

    Humanity, you’re doing a poor job of transcending your limitations.

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