Pre-crime Reports

  • “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.

     
  • Suspect in terrorism sting was ‘set up’ by FBI informant accused of fraud in Palm Beach County, defense says

    Source: Sun Sentinal. Charges against a Palm Beach County man arrested in a terrorism sting last year should be thrown out because of “outrageous conduct” by the FBI and federal prosecutors, the defense team says. Gregory Hubbard, 53, a former U.S. Marine and sculptor from West Palm Beach, has been locked up for a little more than a year on allegations that carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to help Islamic State terrorists and tried to go fight with them in Syria. The defense team alleges Hubbard was “set up” by at least one informant who worked undercover for the FBI and that the prosecution team was “not only aware but complicit” in the informant’s “vendetta.” The informant came up with the entire plot which he “masterminded with the FBI,” the attorneys wrote.

     
  • FBI alleges Berkeley High graduate, ISIS sympathizer, planned to set fires, plant bombs Berkeleyside

    Pre-crime Reports July 27, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Berkeleyside. A 22-year old graduate of Berkeley High School who sympathized with ISIS planned to kill tens of thousands of people by detonating a car bomb near a San Francisco gay nightclub, placing backpack bombs around UC Berkeley dorms, setting a fire in the Berkeley Hills, and lacing cocaine with strychnine, according to federal officials. Amer Al-Haggagi, who graduated from Berkeley High in 2013, allegedly talked about those plans online with an undercover informant who worked with the FBI, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Waqar Hasib, who detailed the government’s findings at a Dec. 14 closed hearing.

     
  • Feds hoping to cloak terror trial witness

    Source: Boston Herald. Federal prosecutors want to protect the identity of an FBI informant who is prepared to testify in an upcoming Boston terrorism trial, arguing that the defendant in the case — accused of supporting ISIS — has made threats against the source. The informant is expected to testify against David Daoud Wright, formerly of Everett, who is accused of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, conspiring to commit acts of terrorism and obstruction of justice. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young said that he was not prepared to make any decisions on the issue because he was “blindsided” by prosecutors.

     
  • Don’t release Uzbek terror suspect pending Denver trial, court says The

    Source: The Denver Post. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a federal judge’s decision to release an Uzbek terror suspect on bond and instead ordered he be detained pending his trial. Jamshid Muhtorov, who has already been held for more than 5 1/2 years, will be detained until his trial in 2018, the appeals court has ruled. The 10th Circuit previously issued a temporary stay of Muhtorov’s release pending a formal review.Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Kane had previously ordered Muhtorov be released on bond with a list of conditions including that he be required to wear an ankle monitor. Muhtorov stands accused of providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union and is being held without bond at the GEO Aurora Detention Center, 3130 N. Oakland St. in Aurora. Muhtorov had sought his release claiming extraordinary trial delays violate his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.