Pre-crime Reports

  • A radical idea for sentencing terrorism suspects

    Source: Boston Globe. A federal judge in Minnesota is about to hold a series of hearings to determine whether four young supporters of the Islamic State can be deradicalized, a first-of-its-kind review that could change the way federal courts handle terrorism sympathizers, including in Massachusetts, according to legal and counterterrorism analysts. The men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to support the terror group and face 15-year sentences, but the analysis ordered by US District Judge Michael J. Davis could have a say in whether it would be more suitable to supplant some of that prison time with educational programs.

     
  • Judge weighs mental state of terror suspect

    Source: ABC News. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman will rule this week on the mental fitness of suburban terror suspect Adel Daoud, who has sent the I-Team a new letter asserting his belief the government is composed of aliens. Daoud’s attorneys argue such statements prove the Hillside native should be found unfit for trial. The 21-year-old is charged with plotting to detonate a bomb outside a bar in Chicago’s South Loop. Defense attorneys say Daoud suffers from delusional disorder which worsened in recent months, especially after one of his cellmates at the MCC committed suicide in January. “I think the argument is that he has seriously deteriorated since he’s been in custody. That that deterioration has been since he’s been housing that sp

     
  • Terror suspect says he was paid FBI informant and ‘baffled’ by charges

    Source: The Charlotte Observer. Terror suspect says he was paid FBI informant and ‘baffled’ by charges A Charlotte man accused of recruiting for the Islamic State claims that he worked for years with the FBI to identify potential terrorists. Erick Jamal Hendricks, 35, is charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. In Hendricks’ case, that group is ISIS.

     
  • Teenager accused of planning terrorism acts in Arizona

    Pre-crime Reports July 2, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: CBS News. A Tucson man, Mahin Khan, has been arrested for threatening to commit acts of terrorism on Arizona government buildings. Khan, who just turned 18, was ordered held without bond in Maricopa County Jail. Khan faces two counts of conspiracy to commit terrorism and terrorism. No additional suspects are being sought.

     
  • Police captain’s son charged with plotting ISIS-inspired attack

    Source: Boston Globe. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was initially charged last summer in federal court in Springfield with unlawfully possessing guns in connection with a plot to carry out an attack at an unnamed state university. On Thursday, a grand jury indicted him on additional charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist group, as well as the attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. Ciccolo is the son of Boston police Captain Robert Ciccolo, who set the FBI investigation in motion in the fall of 2014 when he told agents that his son has a history of mental illness and had expressed a desire to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria.

     
  • F.B.I. steps up use of stings in ISIS cases

    Source: The New York Times. The F.B.I. has significantly increased its use of stings in terrorism cases, employing agents and informants to pose as jihadists, bomb makers, gun dealers or online “friends” in hundreds of investigations into Americans suspected of supporting the Islamic State, records and interviews show. The increase in the number of these secret operations, which put operatives in the middle of purported plots, has come with little public or congressional scrutiny, and the stings rely on F.B.I. guidelines that predate the rise of the Islamic State. While F.B.I. officials say they are careful to avoid illegally entrapping suspects, their undercover operatives are far from bystanders. In recent investigations from Florida to California, agents have helped people suspected of being extremists acquire weapons, scope out bombing targets and find the best routes to Syria to join the Islamic State, records show.

     
  • Terrorism convictions will serve as a warning across the country

    Source: Star Tribune. Terrorism convictions will serve as a warning across the country
    The resounding guilty verdicts and the prospect of life sentences for the three young Somali-American men convicted Friday in Minnesota’s ISIL recruitment trial will likely serve as a stark warning to the 50 or so defendants in similar cases pending across the country: Better not go to trial. The three defendants — Abdirahman Daud, 22; Mohamed Farah, 22, and Guled Omar, 21 — were found guilty Friday of conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit murder abroad. In ISIL-related cases elsewhere, defendants who pleaded guilty before trial received an average sentence of 10 years in prison.
    But the three Twin Cities men who fought the charges and were found guilty Friday are expected to pay a steep price, perhaps life in prison for the attempted murder convictions.

     
  • Man whose name surfaced in Minnesota terror trial was real recruiter, says FBI informant

    Source: Joseph Sabroski. A former FBI informant wants to know why the FBI hasn’t arrested the man he believes was the mastermind recruiter in Minnesota’s ongoing prosecution of men accused of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, or ISIS. Tony Osman says he was assigned by the FBI to spy on Amir Meshal — a mysterious man to many in the Muslim community of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area — whose name surfaced last week in the ongoing trial for three Somali-American men in the District of Minnesota.

     
  • Alleged Islamic State sympathizer arrested on terror charge

    Source: Associated Press. Sajmir Alimehmeti, a onetime plumbing assistant who has studied funeral services, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he tried to support the terror organization, Islamic State. Law enforcement undercover operatives posed over the last half year as men eager to support the Islamic State. Assistant Federal Defender Sylvie Levine said her client was not unusual, and that “in many ways, he’s just like any other 22-year-old, college-age student”. She noted there was no conspiracy charge and said he had not conversed with anyone who was not a member of law enforcement. “None of these statements appear to be followed by any action,” Levine said.

     
  • FBI is manufacturing terror plots against Jewish-Americans, driving divisions between Jews and Muslims

    Alternet (5/11): FBI Is Manufacturing Terror Plots Against Jewish-Americans, Driving Divisions Between Jews and Muslims
    Since 9/11, the FBI and NYPD have solved dozens of terror plots that its own agents and assets manufactured, including some against synagogues. Even if the plots were less than real, the foiled “attacks” have greatly impacted both the defendants and their alleged victims, spreading fear among Jewish-Americans and triggering panicked reports about heightened threat against Jews. It’s a startling image: a group of cops or FBI agents sit around an office table and plot the details of an “attack” on Jews. The idea sounds implausible, even conspiratorial. But the FBI has previously made calculated decisions before to exploit anti-Semitism as a means of managing perceived national security threats.