MOBILE, Alabama – Amid tight security at the federal courthouse, an Alabama man pleaded guilty today to plotting terrorism overseas.
Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, who grew up in Mobile and Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Under his plea bargain, prosecutors have agreed to seek a 15-year prison sentence, while the defense is free to argue for less.
Defense attorney Dom Soto said his client wanted to take responsibility for inflammatory statements he made over the course of hundreds of hours of secretly recorded conversations and avoid risking what could have been a 35-year sentence.
“He just doesn’t have confidence that the legal defense would be able to overcome all of the emotions wrapped around this right now. Certainly, the last week hasn’t made it any easier,” he said, referring to the Boston Marathon bombing. “It was his decision to plea. I still maintain this is a free speech case. I have much more confidence in the jury system than he does.”
Courthouse security officials took no chances today, bringing a bomb-sniffing dog into the building during the plea hearing.
Soto said Wilson, 26, is willing to testify about his actions at the trial of co-defendant Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, which currently is scheduled for August. Such testimony may help him at sentencing, which U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose scheduled for Oct. 18.
It is unclear how the FBI learned that Wilson and Abukhdair were talking about traveling to foreign countries to wage violent jihad. Soto said he believes investigators stumbled upon the case because of heightened scrutiny brought about by Daphne-raised jihadist Omar Hammami, one of America’s most famous home-grown Muslim extremists, who left his native country to fight in Somalia’s civil war.
Soto said the FBI inserted an undercover agent into the community in October 2011.
“This case really is about Hammami,” Soto said. “Hammami brought a magnifying glass onto the Muslims of Mobile.”
War against ‘kufars’
At today’s plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Bodnar offered a lengthy summary of wiretaps showing that Wilson and Abukhdair discussed their plan for more than two years. He gave several examples indicating that the defendants understood that their defense of Islam would constitute violence, as opposed to the more benign meaning of jihad.
benign [bɪˈnaɪn]adj1. showing kindliness; genial2. (of soil, climate, etc.) mild; gentle3. favourable; propitious
This shows the fear, the ignorance, the refusal of even an Assistant U.S. Attorney to correctly define jihad. All pushed down from the top – Obama, Holder, Perez. All authentic Islamic scholars agree that jihad is physically fighting the unbelievers. There is no dispute. The Koran is clear. There is no benign meaning of jihad in Islamic texts as we’ve pointed out before. Jihad: The Highest Peak of Islam
So they use what they claim is a hadith, or saying of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), “We have returned from the lesser Jihad to the greater Jihad, that is the struggle against the evil of oneself.” This is in fact a fabrication and is known as Mawdu’ (spurious). Hafidh al Iraqi and Ibn Hajar al Asqalani, who were hadith masters and muhaditheen, who memorised one hundred thousand hadith by Isnad and were qualified to scrutinise hadith and their authenticity, stated that this was not a saying of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) but was in fact a statement that was made by someone in the later generation named Ibrahim ibn Abi Yabla. Hence, this is not considered an evidence in the Islamic Shari’ah.
Back to Big Country Jihad.
During one conversation on Nov. 9, 2011, Wilson described jihad as a war on “kufars,” or nonbelievers.
“It’s not a small war anymore,” he said, according to the plea document. “It’s either, we’re gonna kill them and defeat them, or they’re gonna kill us and defeat us.”
What mosque did he go to? Is it under surveillance? Who is his imam? What is he teaching?
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