Texas: Saudi student gets life in prison, no parole in failed plot to kill Americans

Finally a judge who does his job. The Saudi jihadist would have killed Americans. And Muslims around the world would have cheered him.

via Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari sentenced to life in prison – KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Judge Donald Walter sentenced Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a Saudi Arabia man convicted in a failed bomb plot, to life in prison Tuesday. Aldawsari looked different than he did during his trial five months ago. His hair had grown out and he had clearly lost a significant amount of weight.

Jurors convicted the former Texas Tech University student in June of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in 2011.

It only took about thirty minutes for the judge to deliver the life sentence. However, Walter was clearly torn in his decision-making process saying, “I cannot remember a case in 27 years that has given me this much difficulty.” At one point judge Walter even said he “didn’t know what to do”.

The judge did deny the prosecution’s request to call a bomb expert to the stand and to show a video on explosives.

The defense, led by Dan Codgell, stayed to their argument that no weapon of mass destruction was actually ever created. They also made comparisons to other cases in which attacks had been executed and the defendants were issues a lighter sentence. The defense asked the judge to be fair in his sentencing.

The judge said that he wrestled with the fact that Aldawsari had no previous history of this type of behavior. He directly asked Aldawsari what happened to make him change.

Aldawsari addressed the judge quietly, saying that he was happy when he was a student at Vanderbilt and that life changed when he came to Texas Tech. “I did not have a friend. I was alone and was isolated for a long time,” Aldawsari said.

He apologized many times, but told the judge “at the end, none of the actions have caused harm to the United States.”

After listening to Mr. Aldawsari, Judge Walter said he considered all the factors and he understood the progression. But, he said, “bottom line, you would have done it.”

Aldawsari stood emotionless while he was sentenced to life in prison.

Aldawsari will not be eligible for parole. He does have plans to appeal the sentence but will have to do so with another defense team. Aldawsari will be transported back to the Lubbock county jail where he will await his assignment to a federal prison.

Video at the link above says the Saudi’s believe it was a fair trial but want him to serve his sentence in Saudi Arabia. Pretty sure this judge is not going to allow that. He should order the Saudi’s to pay for their exchange students incarceration costs though.

Apparently the KCBD editor was afraid to use the full quote:

“But the bottom line is that but by the grace of God there would be dead Americans,” Walter said. “You would have done it. In every step, it was you all alone.”

Prosecutors said other targets he researched included nuclear power plants and the homes of three former soldiers who were stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Potential targets he listed in emails sent to himself included hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, reservoirs in Colorado and California, and Bush’s home, which he referred to as the “Tyrant’s House.”

Aldawsari wrote in one journal entry, “And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad,” authorities said.

Prosecutors offered to show the judge a video of the possible damage Aldawsari could have done had he succeeded in assembling explosives. Walter declined.

“I’m fully aware of what 15 pounds of plastic can do,” he said.

The FBI said Aldawsari did Internet searches that suggested he was considering concealing explosives in infant dolls or targeting a nightclub with an explosive concealed in a backpack.

He bought other ingredients needed to make an explosive device as well as a soldering kit, glass beakers and flasks and emailed himself instructions for turning a cell phone into a remote detonator, authorities said.

He also wrote in his notebooks about the steps needed to stage a bombing, including renting cars using different driver’s licenses, setting up a remote detonation and planning a safe exit, the FBI said.

Back stories here.

And still online, Terror suspect’s blog gives insight to his plans.

23 Responses

  1. This should NEVER have been filed in a State Court.

    This was an act of war and should have gone before a “Military Tribunal.”

  2. Here’s the problem: these guys do not get killed at the onset – so they get sentenced, jailed, get to hang out with other inmates, they “radicalize” or as I say it CONVERT other inmates to Islam and this goes on like a hydra – cut off a head and it’s grows ten more, who then get out and spread this filth.

    I’d shoot them immediately – with extreme prejudice.

    • GENUG(@GENUG) — RIGHT!! SO WHERE’S ALL THE BRAVADO REGARDING HIS ULTIMATE REWARD OF 72 WHORES??? THIS GUY IS LIKE ALL THE REST OF THEM–THEY WANT TO IMPRESS THEIR moon god WITH SUCH “COURAGE” TO COMMIT ACTS OF JIHAD BUT ULTIMATELY THEY’RE NOTHING BUT COWARDS TO THEIR INNERMOST CORE BECAUSE SOMETHING ABOUT IT ALL “JES’ DON’ FEEL RIGHT”. A-HUHHH!!! I LOVE TO SEE THEM SQUEAL AND OINK WHEN THEY’RE CAUGHT RED-HANDED. IT SUITS THEM SO WELL–THEY DON’T EAT PORK BECAUSE ALL OF THEM ARE GREASY PIGS THEMSELVES–AND SO IS EVERY ‘DEFENSE’ LAWYER WHO REPRESENTS THEM!!!!

    • Actually, your idea is better. Texas spends a fortune on Healthcare for these people. That may sound cold but I really don’t care.

  3. “Finally a judge who does his job. The Saudi jihadist would have killed Americans. And Muslims around the world would have cheered him. ”

    Annnnd, all of that’s still going to happen. Why? Because he was put into an American jail, which are becoming Islamicized across the country and then imported into the ghettos. So this animal will set up his soldiers, set up his plans from the INSIDE now.

    Has justice been served? Most decidedly not. In order to prevent this scumbag Arab from CONTINUING his plans after being put in jail (because he will), the judge needed to put him to death immediately. Now we will see in the future that this Arab will continue his plans. Jail in America is like a palace compared to where he came from, what does he care!

    Really all the judge did was provide a fairly safe place, and more company! for the Arab to continue his plans!

    • What he did was more than many judges have done.

      And as we’ve posted numerous times over the years, many judges in this country and elsewhere would have given him a slap on the wrist and he’d be out in a few years plotting his revenge and more jihad.

      Maybe it will be safe maybe it won’t be. Maybe he’ll live long maybe he won’t. Maybe he becomes someone’s bitch maybe he doesn’t. Either way seems like some people will just complain about the outcome yet do little to change it.

  4. Without directly saying so, the judge hit the nail on the head. Islamism demands jihad against the non-moslem. With whatever means a moslem has he is to wage war. Would love to see, in a court of law, experts argue the koran and its teachings.

  5. I am really torn about this whole thing….hear me out, as I am in full support of America and this website. On the one hand this jerk was on the threshold of doing major damage to the US, this we all can agree on. BUT on the other, he never did it, nor was he TRAPPED by the fbi or nsa Etc,Etc,just SEARCHED, as a person of interest. SO, should he get life in prision with no parole? Think of the consequences. This case now leaves open the ability for a judge to throw the book at you for not even commiting a crime.
    Final thought is why, this guy in Texas (who just thought of killing people) gets life, but The crazy Army Phsych gets to be tried as a disgruntled worker (Obama called the Ft.Hood incedent workplace violence) after he killed 13 people while yelling God is Great (akbar, whatever he said).
    ME

    • Worse than that…what about the “family” that got “probation” for “beating their own daughter!!!”

      wtf?

      And NO! This “fool” got what he deserves…period! Actually, too lenient, s/b in “isolation!” so he can’t “recruit”

    • Good points Bill but we are all already subject to the same tyranny and unConstitutional searches every day whether by the TSA, NSA wiretaps, or govt searches of our internet activity and credit card use. The Patriot Act set the standard more than ten years ago so this case is by no means a precedent. A US Marine was arrested and placed in a mental institution for opposing Obama until a judge freed him after the outcry.

      He ordered the bomb materials. He wrote of his motives. He wrote of his targets. He had the instructions to make the bomb so it seems more than just a thought crime. People in the US are arrested for burning the Koran or have to go into witness relocation for making cartoons of Muhammad.

      As for Ft. Hood, it doesn’t matter what Obama calls it. But be sure he is influencing the case and probably ensured it did not take place before the election.

  6. The new normal under the Socialists in the Democratic Party is the addition of Muslim terrorists with America’s list of criminal elements. The Socialists are bringing these criminals to the USA in order to build a voter base among them through which they plan to take control of the US government and install their anti-Christian brand of Socialism in the USA. This is part of the fulfillment of Rev 18:2, whch foretold that Babylon the great, which Jesus revealed to me is the USA, would become a dwelling for demons and prison for every hateful bird, which includes the Muslim terrorists and their supporters.
    Rev 18:2 and he cried out with a mighty voice, saying “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.

    • James D — WHAT WERE THE CHANCES I COULD BE RELATED TO YOU??? DO YOU KNOW PAUL, WARD JR., CARL, MARGARET? THEY ARE 1ST COUSINS OF MINE. ANYWAY, NO NEED TO RESPOND IF THE ANSWER IS “NO”. I MUST SAY, HOWEVER, THAT YOU’RE BLOG (ABOVE) IS A REAL EYE-OPENER. IT SURE SHEDS A NEW LIGHT ON THE PROPHETIC ROLL OF THE GOOD OLE’ USA IN THE END TIMES! MAYBE YOU’VE FINALLY ANSWERED THE QUESTION: “SO WHERE IS THE UNITED STATES FOUND IN BIBLE PROPHECIES”?

  7. Bill T — TRUST ME. THERE’S NO NEED FOR SUCH CONSTERNATION ON YOUR PART–YOU’VE BEEN HANGING AROUND THE PC WATER STATION TOO LONG! NEVER MIND WHAT O-HAHMAD CALLED THE FT HOOD PSYCHO, LET’S JUST CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT AT LEAST FOR NOW, THIS DUMBASS IS OFF THE STREETS. I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM BECAUSE HE’S SO STUPID, BUT I’M SO GLAD HE’S AT LEAST TEMPORARILY OUT OF COMMISSION! OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR AMERICAN COURTS OF APPEAL WILL PROBABLY RELEASE HIM WITHIN 2 OR 3 YEARS SO HE CAN COMPLETE HIS MISSION!!!!

  8. OT Creeping, I see that there is creeping in my cupboard, and that I have unknowingly been ingesting halal for some time! liquimins tm dietary supplement Trace Mineral Drops we’ve been adding to filtered water we use for tea–just noticed the fine print–its certified halal by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Counci of America, and a check at their website shows their symbol is an M within a Crescent moon. The website says its for an “islamic lifestyle” Luckily it also says Kosher by the RCC on it. But this is a good example of creeping sharia and it can only get worse if we keep importing this evil ideology.

  9. The IFANCA Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America website also does dawa–it makes the claim that “. . . recording and authenticating the Haddith is one of the most precise sciences known to man.” Bwahhhhahahaha Nowhere do I see a statement that the halal foods are alahu-akbared over. The Kosher RCC of California site says there is no Rabbinacal blessing over Kosher foods, contrary to popular myth. But I have this sick feeling that the halal gets allahu-akbared over and it doesnt even tell us : ( that is just one of many reasons why we cannot trust persons who live by the “islamic lifestyle.”

    • Kosher has never meant prayed over. It means that the animal first of all must be a kosher animal which means permitted by God in the Jewish bible, the Torah.

      Then, the animal must also be slaughtered by following the instructions exactly, in Torah law as to how to do that.

      Then it must also be prepared according to Torah law, and then even served according to Torah law (such as no dairy at a meat meal, etc.)

      Kosher laws are many and very intricate. It’s very, very strict. Especially OU certification. It also applies to other things besides animal meat, like cheese or dairy or whatever, all of it has to come from kosher

      So if you’re eating food that is certified Kosher (esp. the OU), you are eating food that was slaughtered, cooked and prepared according to Torah law.

      Prayer doesn’t really enter into it until the food is at the table, and then it’s up to each family to say any blessings if they’re going to. It doesn’t need a Rabbi to bless the animal or the food or anything else at any point.

      Any Muslim could eat Kosher food and be more than covered for Halel, since Kosher is much stricter than Halal. If he needs to say an Islamic prayer over it to thank Allah for it before he eats it, he’s also able to do that and doesn’t need an Imam to do it for him.

  10. Putting him in prison for life means more expenses for his up keep in prison for us taxpayers, than hanging him.

  11. Intent to commit murderous mayhem is a crime. The guy was not even “encouraged” and supplied by the FBI. He is obviously a moron, but there are undoubtedly more in the slime pool where he came from who aren’t so dumb. Our security holes need more plugging.

  12. Have a wonderful holiday. Question-is Cornwall rural? I know the name from Norman Davies books and elsewhere, but no specifics come to mind. It was its own country for a while I think. Would have loved to visit England when I was stationed in FGR in the early 70’s.

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