Pre-crime Reports

  • Arizona man accused of terrorism changes his plea to guilty

    Source: Associated Press. Mahin Khan, 18, pleaded guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons, Maricopa County Superior Court officials said. Under a plea deal with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Khan reportedly will serve a prison term of no less than five years and no more than 10 years and three months on the conspiracy to commit terrorism charge. Khan wanted to attack a motor vehicle office in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa and allegedly instructed an undercover FBI employee to start building homemade grenades, authorities said. Khan’s parents later sent a letter to a Tucson TV station stating that their son is autistic and doesn’t have the mental capacity to carry out any of the acts he was accused of planning.

  • Held on charges of supporting ISIS, he says the FBI trapped him in its own terror plot

    Source: The Washington Post. The man at the Maryland shooting range introduced himself as a native of Iraq. He tried to be friendly with Nelash Das, telling the young man that he, too, was Muslim, by Das’s account. As weeks went by, they spent more and more time together, going to the shooting range, sharing meals and celebrating the holy holiday of Eid. Eventually, federal officials say, they also plotted to kill a member of the U.S. military. But when law enforcement intervened in suburban Washington on Sept. 30, the day of the planned attack, Das was arrested and held on charges of supporting terrorism, while the man who had befriended him went free. The purported Iraqi from the gun range, according to Das and federal court papers, was a paid confidential source working for the FBI. Nelash Das told The Washington Post he thinks he was unfairly set up and badgered into a scheme by the U.S. government. In a phone call Wednesday, Das said the informant manipulated his emotions, showed him videos sympathetic to the Islamic State and hounded him into taking part in a supposed terrorist plot targeting the military

  • 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.