Pre-crime Reports

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • How an American ended up accused of aiding ISIS with gift cards

    Source: The New York Times. The prosecution of Nick Young, the only law enforcement officer among more than 100 Americans who have been accused of helping the Islamic State, offers a revealing look at the F.B.I.’s shadowy cat-and-mouse efforts to identify possible Islamic extremists. He is charged with providing “material support” to the Islamic State, in the form of $245 worth of Google Play gift cards. The authorities say he gave the gift cards to a Muslim friend named Mo — in reality, an undercover informant — to support recruitment for the terrorist group. Mr. Young’s lawyer claims that the F.B.I. entrapped him, with undercover operatives popping in and out of his life for at least six years.

     
  • 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.