Pre-crime Reports

  • 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.

     
  • Illinois man gets 3 years for seeking to join Islamic State

    Pre-crime Reports November 18, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Associated Press. A case involving a 21-year-old from suburban Chicago who wanted to go to Syria to join the Islamic State highlights the quandary of dealing with impressionable young Muslims in the U.S. who fall under the sway of the militant group’s online recruiters, a federal judge said Friday as he sentenced the man to just over three years in prison. With time served since his arrest at a Chicago airport in 2014, Mohammed Hamzah Khan will be released late next year, after which his attorneys say he intends to enroll in college. Kahn will also be subject to an exceptionally long 20 years of close monitoring that prosecutors characterized as among the strictest ever in the district.

     
  • 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.