NY: Another Muslim pleads guilty, tried to form ‘mini-al Qaida cell’

As long as their is Islam, there will be Muslims willing to wage jihad. via New Yorker accused of trying to form a ‘mini-al Qaida cell’ pleads guilty – The Washington Post.

NEW YORK — A New Yorker accused of trying to start what prosecutors called “a mini al-Qaida cell” pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy and providing material support to a terrorist organization.

An indictment had alleged that Wesam El-Hanafi pledged loyalty to al-Qaida and sought to teach the terror group how to evade detection on the Internet after he went to Yemen in 2008.

The Brooklyn-born El-Hanafi admitted in federal court in Manhattan to having conversations in 2009 with a co-defendant about “seeking out additional contacts within al-Qaida.” The co-defendant, Sabirhan Hasanoff, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month.

Prosecutors had portrayed the two U.S. citizens as a new, more sophisticated breed of homegrown terrorist: Both had earned college degrees and landed well-paying jobs before trying to share their expertise with al-Qaida.

El-Hanafi, 37, faces up to 20 years in prison. No sentencing date has been scheduled.

He was arrested in Virginia on April 30, 2010, after he was brought to the United States from Dubai, where he was being paid $170,000 a year to work in a government job safeguarding computers. According to the FBI, he told an agent and a police detective that he traveled to Yemen in February 2008 for two job interviews.

When he returned from Yemen, El-Hanafi “basically formed his own mini al-Qaida cell” by buying software that secured Internet communications and reaching out to others, including Hasanoff, who were sympathetic to the group, prosecutors said. He also was accused of supplying tens of thousands of dollars to al-Qaida and of buying seven Casio wristwatches that prosecutors claimed could be converted to detonation devices.

The investigation uncovered evidence that El-Hanafi and Hasanoff used code words on the Internet during 2009 about fighting jihad and making contact with al-Qaida. In their code language, “safari” was used in place of “jihad” and saying a friend was “hospitalized” meant that he was in prison.

His partner, also a Muslim (shocker) and a former PricewaterhouseCoopers CPA, plead guilty to giving technical support to al Qaeda.


4 Responses

  1. Don’t you know it is just the RADICAL moslems that does this? Yea right and monkeys will fly out of my arse too. Islam is islam and moslems are moslems, no difference. The question should be, why are people so blind and stupid to see and hear the truth about this? Get real people islam is just pure evil, the truth hurts doesn’t it but I say, So sad, to bad. Peace to all non-moslems who have a brain and can understand this concept, if you can’t then leave the country with the rest of the idiots.

  2. [...] NY: Another Muslim pleads guilty, tried to form ‘mini-al Qaida cell’  [...]

  3. [...] President told us Al Qaeda was dead, but we saw homegrown Jihad attempts increase. Some were even linked to HAMAS. Some were tied to Al Shabbab. Trials in NY and [...]

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