Pre-crime Reports

  • Federal judges reject bid for appeal in Ohio terror plot

    Source: Associated Press. A federal appellate panel has dismissed an Ohio man’s bid to appeal his 30-year prison sentence for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol. The three Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled recently that 22-year-old Christopher Cornell had waived his broad appeal rights when he pleaded guilty last year to three charges including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees in support of the Islamic State group.

     
  • 2nd guilty plea for man who voiced support for Islamic State

    Source: Associated Press. A Detroit man accused of amassing weapons and expressing support for the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to a gun crime in a separate case. Sebastian Gregerson pleaded guilty Tuesday to using a straw buyer to purchase a gun at a Chantilly, Virginia, gun show in 2014.

     
  • Islamic State defendant to remain in jail after watching documentary

    Source: Associated Press. A young man convicted of trying to join the Islamic State group will remain in custody until a judge decides whether he violated probation by watching a documentary on terrorism. Abdullahi Yusuf is one of nine men from Minnesota who were convicted and sentenced last year for trying to join the militant group in Syria.

     
  • Man arrested, accused of trying to fight for lslamic State

    Source: USA Today. Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton, states he was traveling to Syria via a flight to Turkey or Jordan to join Islamic State fighters against Syrian leadership. Alebbini has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. The FBI said it paid “confidential human source” $3,500 in this case. Agents said they previously had paid this person $15,000 during other cases. “The (source) hopes to receive immigration-related benefits for his/her cooperation,” the unidentified FBI agents stated in an affidavit.

     
  • Minneapolis woman gets probation in terrorism case — at prosecution’s urging

    Source: Associated Press. A Minneapolis woman who sent money to the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia was sentenced to five years’ probation on Wednesday after she cooperated with prosecutors, who said the light sentence would send a message to community members who shunned the woman yet supported other defendants who remained defiant. Amina Mohamud Esse, 43, pleaded guilty in 2014 to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. She faced up to 15 years in prison, but prosecutors sought probation because she provided substantial assistance to the government.

     
  • Keys bomb plotter Suarez gets life in prison

    Source: Miami Herald. Harlem Suarez, the 25-year-old convicted of buying a bomb and plotting to blow up a Florida Keys beach in allegiance to the Islamic State, deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Defense attorney Richard Della Fera, who was not court appointed, argued Suarez wouldn’t have had the aptitude nor the nerve to detonate a bomb in public among innocent beach-goers. Instead, Della Fera said, Suarez was swayed by the undercover agents and goaded into following through with his talk of buying a bomb. The only testimony Tuesday came from psychologist Dr. Alejandro Arias, who said in evaluating Suarez he found a naïve, gullible man desperate for approval.

     
  • Who is Mel? US terror case could unmask New York police mole

    Source: SF Gate. For years, a woman named “Mel” mingled with young Muslims in New York, telling them she was a Turkish convert to the faith looking for friends. In reality, she was a cop working for the New York Police Department. Her true identity and the full nature of her work remain a guarded secret, but, thanks partly to social media, she may be unmasked as part of an upcoming trial of two women accused of plotting a homemade bomb attack.

     
  • Lawyer: Why is white Muslim getting better deal than Arab Muslim?

    Pre-crime Reports April 5, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Detroit Free Press. On paper, Sebastian Gregerson and Khalil Rayyan sound a lot alike, if their alleged crimes are any indication. Both are accused of supporting terrorist groups. But one is a white Muslim convert, the other an Arab Muslim with immigrant parents — a difference that one attorney fears could lead to an injustice as the white suspect appears poised to get a much better sentencing deal. The government wants to lock up Rayyan for eight years; Gregerson could get less than half that. Under a plea deal, Gregerson, a married father of twins, avid hunter and gun enthusiast who converted to Islam after high school, faces three to five years in prison for possessing explosives. Rayyan, a single, 22-year-old pizzeria worker whose parents are Palestinian immigrants from Jordan, faces eight years for gun charges tied to marijuana use: He was trying to buy and use a gun while using pot at the same time.

     
  • U.S. judge orders Florida nightclub shooter’s widow to remain in jail

    Source: Reuters. The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida must remain in jail after prosecutors argued that she was a threat to the community and a flight risk, a U.S. judge on Thursday ordered. The federal judge in Florida stayed another judge’s order issued on Wednesday that would have released Noor Salman, 30, from a California jail. He put the release order on hold pending further arguments in the case.

     
  • Trump’s first terror arrest: a broke stoner the FBI threatened at knifepoint

    Source: The Intercept. The Department of Justice proudly announced the first FBI terror arrest of the Trump administration on Tuesday: an elaborate sting operation that snared a 25-year-old Missouri man who had no terrorism contacts besides the two undercover FBI agents who paid him to buy hardware supplies they said was for a bomb — and who at one point pulled a knife on him and threatened his family. Robert Lorenzo Hester of Columbia, Missouri, is now in federal custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. If convicted on the charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison.