Pre-crime Reports

  • Trial delayed for former Metro Transit police officer facing terrorism charges

    Source: The Washington Post. Nicholas Young spoke to The Washington Post about the allegations in an article that ran in Sunday’s paper, saying he is being unfairly painted by authorities as a supporter of both the Islamic State and neo-Nazism. Because of Young’s interview in The Post, as well as disputes over documents, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on Tuesday said jury selection would not begin as planned that day and instead the trial would start on Dec. 11.

     
  • He tried to stop his friend from joining ISIS. But then he lied to the FBI.

    Source: The Washington Post. When the FBI came to Amri’s Fairfax, Va., gaming center and asked whether he knew anyone who had expressed support for the Islamic State or tried to join the group, Amri decided he could not expose a close friend. Amri asked his business partner, Michael Queen, to lie as well. Now they are both convicted felons, sentenced this month to two years in prison.

     
  • Indictment of FBI informant complicates West Palm terrorism case

    Source: Palm Beach Post (10/21): No one familiar with how federal law enforcement officials flush out alleged terrorist plots is surprised that a confidential informant was involved in last year’s arrest of the three men — Gregory Hubbard, Dayne Christian and Darren Arness Jackson — who are accused of supporting the Islamic State. But that the informant was indicted? “That’s a little unusual to say the least,” said Miami defense attorney Albert Levin. That the government is invoking the classified procedures act is also unusual, Levin said. He said he suspects Abgareia, who has been convicted of charges in the United States and Canada for defrauding dozens of Muslim groups, worked for the FBI for years and the agency is worried about the impact his arrest could have on other cases.

     
  • Mass. man convicted of plotting to kill for ISIS

    Source: Boston Globe. A federal jury Wednesday found David Daoud Wright guilty of plotting to kill Americans on behalf of the Islamic State, capping a terrorism conspiracy trial that pitted free speech rights against security interests. Wright, 28, faces a potential life sentence after he was convicted on all five of the charges against him: conspiring to support a terrorist organization; conspiring to commit acts of terrorism beyond national boundaries; conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice; and two counts of obstruction of justice. During her closing arguments Tuesday, Hedges accused prosecutors of exploiting “the fear that ISIS inspired,” and said that Wright had the right under the First Amendment to collect propaganda, no matter how disturbing, and disseminate it. In an unusual move, Wright took the stand in his own defense last week, describing himself as an overweight, unhappy man who pretended to be an ISIS combatant in a desperate bid for attention.

     
  • “You Have the Way Out”

    Pre-crime Reports October 10, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. For two years, the FBI has followed and harassed Refaie as part of an apparent effort to recruit him to become an informant or cooperate in some way with counterterrorism investigations. The FBI has more than 15,000 informants today, many working because they have been coerced or threatened by criminal prosecution or immigration enforcement. What’s unique about Refaie’s interactions with the FBI is that he recorded and documented the conversations and events that led to his indictment.

     
  • Bin Laden son-in-law’s conviction upheld; U.S. says ‘justice done’

    Source: Reuters. A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld the conviction on terrorism charges of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti-born cleric who was a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and spokesman for the al Qaeda leader. Abu Ghaith, 51, who is serving a life sentence, had claimed that the evidence did not support his conviction for conspiring to murder Americans, and that the indictment failed to detail how he had provided material support of terrorism. But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan found “overwhelming” proof that Abu Ghaith knew of al Qaeda’s goal of killing Americans and intended to participate, even if he did not know details of any specific planned act of terror. Abu Ghaith is serving his sentence at the “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado.

     
  • In Geller beheading plot, men ‘hoped to achieve martyrdom’

    Source: Boston Herald. An Everett man dismissed by his own lawyer as a fat, failed loner was the mastermind in a plot to behead conservative columnist ­Pamela Geller, his alleged co-conspirator testified yesterday. “We hoped to achieve martyrdom,” Nicholas Ro­vinski testified in Boston federal court, referring to himself, defendant David Wright, who is facing terrorism charges, and Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim, who was shot and killed as he brandished a knife in a confrontation with police and federal agents in Boston. Wright, 28, of Everett is charged with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, among other charges, and could face up to life in prison if convicted. On cross-examination, Wright’s attorney, Jessica Hedges, tried to show the group more as bumblers than lethal jihadists. Hedges pressed Rovinski on other ideas he had come up with to cause havoc, including taking over a battleship, unleashing an electromagnetic pulse, or overloading the U.S. with opiates and then suddenly cutting off the supply. Rovinski, who has cerebral palsy and walks with a limp, acknowledged that he and Wright, who weighed 500 pounds at the time of his arrest, did not have the means to carry out these attacks.

     
  • The Unlikely Jihadi

    Source: The Intercept. The FBI Pressured a Lonely Young Man Into a Bomb Plot. He Tried to Back Out. Now He’s Serving Life in Prison.

     
  • Queens man Is charged with trying to enter Syria to join ISIS

    Source: The New York Times. A 22-year-old Queens man was charged on Tuesday with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, after he flew from New York to Saudi Arabia this spring with the intention, federal prosecutors said, of entering Syria to join the terrorist group. The man, Parveg Ahmed, flew to Saudi Arabia in early June with a friend, the prosecutors said, ostensibly to celebrate the fasting holiday of Ramadan. But according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, the two men actually planned to travel to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State, or ISIS.

     
  • Conviction upheld in Tampa terror plot

    Source: Fox News (8/18): Conviction upheld in Tampa terror plot
    A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction and 40-year prison sentence of a man convicted in a plot to carry out terror attacks in the Tampa Bay area. Along with supplying the car bomb, the undercover agent also provided non-functional grenades, an AK-47 automatic rifle and a suicide vest. The appeal focused, in part, on whether Osmakac had been improperly denied access to materials related to the FBI surveillance. Prosecutors did not provide some FISA materials to Osmakac’s attorney because the documents contained classified information, Friday’s ruling said.