Pre-crime Reports

  • Former National Guardsman gets 11 years for trying to aid Islamic State

    Source: Stars and Stripes. Mohamed Bailor Jalloh says he was looking to meet a Muslim wife when he reached out to an Islamic State recruiter he had met overseas. Instead, he agreed to take part in a terrorist attack on American soil. Jalloh, a former National Guardsman, was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for attempting to provide support to the Islamic State. Defense lawyer Joseph Flood argued that Jalloh’s behavior sprung not from radical fervor but from heavy drug use and untreated trauma from a childhood marked by rape, war and neglect. The man he thought would help him find a bride, was actually an FBI informant. Flood said that the informant pushed Jalloh toward terrorism.

     
  • Two linked to N.J. friends in ISIS conspiracy plead guilty

    Source: nj.com. Munther Omar Saleh, 21, a former student at an aeronautical engineering college in Queens, and Fareed Mumuni, 22, of Staten Island, admitted to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, also known as ISIL, and to assault a federal officer. Prosecutors said the two men talked of planting bombs in Times Square, the World Trade Center and the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, where Saleh was then a student. That plot never materialized.

     
  • Arizona man gets 30-year sentence in Texas attack inspired by ISIS

    Source: The New York Times. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, an American-born Muslim convert was convicted of conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization, interstate transportation of firearms and other charges. His friends Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were the only ones killed in the May 2015 shootout outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Tex. The authorities said Mr. Kareem had watched videos depicting violence by jihadists with the two friends, encouraged them to carry out a violent attack, and researched travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State fighters. “I had nothing to do with this crime,” Mr. Kareem told the judge. His lawyer acknowledged that his client had associated with people who had radical political views, but underscored that Mr. Kareem was in Arizona at the time of the attack.

     
  • F.B.I. prosecutes domestic violence victim for husband’s crimes

    Source: MLFA. Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a nonprofit constitutional rights organization, are calling the recent arrest and prosecution of Noor Salman, the battered wife of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter, a dangerous overreach of prosecutorial powers. According to media reports, the charge of “aiding and abetting” appears to be a result of Salman being in the family car when her husband drove to Orlando and being with her husband when he, a security guard and licensed gun owner, purchased ammunition at Walmart.

     
  • Wife of Orlando gunman is charged under antiterrorism laws

    Source: The New York Times. She fired none of the shots, she was nowhere near the bloody scene, and none of the evidence made public so far hints that she shared her husband’s violent jihadist ideology. Yet Noor Zahi Salman, the widow of the gunman who massacred revelers at an Orlando nightclub, stood before a federal judge on Tuesday as the only person charged in the attack.

     
  • 13 years for ex-high school student in plot to join al Qaeda

    Source: SFGate. Justin Kaliebe, who as a teenager was seen on surveillance video proclaiming his commitment to jihad was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years in prison despite his tearful pleas to a judge that he was a disillusioned and immature high school student at the time he plotted to join al Qaeda. Kaliebe was a 16-year-old high school student who had recently converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism when he landed on the radar of undercover agents on the hunt for would-be radicals on suburban Long Island. FBI agents and New York City police officers watched him for 18 months before arresting him four years ago. Kaliebe’s attorney argued he has Asperger’s syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum, and had developmental and psychological issues and a troubled home life.

     
  • Man accused of recruiting for Islamic State faces trial

    Source: Associated Press. U.S. prosecutors are counting on the social media postings of an Arizona man to help persuade a jury that he was a recruiter for Islamic State militants. Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal, who lived in Avondale, a Phoenix suburb, faces trial on charges that he helped a 24-year-old New Yorker link up with Islamic State fighters in 2015. El-Gammal was arrested in Arizona in August of 2015, and is charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

     
  • Suffolk man charged with trying to support Islamic State wanted shootout with FBI, feds say

    Source: The Virginian-Pilot. Lionel Nelson Williams, 26, was arrested last month and indicted Wednesday on one charge of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years. Assistant Federal Public Defender Keith Kimball argued that the FBI entrapped his client. He said the First Amendment allows Williams to express support for the Islamic State, and he questioned whether his client started talking about martyrdom only because the FBI led him that way.

     
  • Man who admitted to plotting US attacks to be sentenced

    Source: Associated Press. An Ohio man, Munir Abdulkader, faces sentencing after pleading guilty to charges that he plotted attacks against a member of the U.S. military and a police station in support of the Islamic State group. Court documents said 22-year-old Abdulkader pleaded guilty to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, providing material support of a foreign terrorist organization and to a firearms count. A former CIA operations officer who has written extensively about terrorist organizations has claimed that Abdulkader was unfairly set up. In a court filing, Marc Sageman argued that the FBI’s use of a confidential source gave Abdulkader means to commit an attack that he wasn’t able to carry out without the government’s involvement.

     
  • Decades in prison for final 3 sentenced in Minnesota ISIL conspiracy case

    Source: Star Tribune. Seeking to send an emphatic message that there is “no doubt” about the depth of terrorism recruitment in the Twin Cities, a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the final three of Minnesota’s ISIL conspiracy defendants to the sternest prison sentences yet handed down in a Minnesota terrorism case. Davis concluded three days of hearings by sending defendant Guled Omar to prison for 35 years, and sentencing two others — Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud — to 30 years each. The three were the only defendants to plead not guilty and go to trial, where a jury in June convicted them of charges including conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States. They were also convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the same charge on which six others pleaded guilty and were sentenced this week.