via Colorado woman who married jihadist in Ireland gets 8 years in global terror plot
A Colorado woman who found love and Islam online was sentenced to eight years in prison for supporting the work of her husband, an Algerian terror suspect.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 35, got a break after helping the FBI investigate the al-Qaida-linked figure and others, including a Pennsylvania woman who called herself “Jihad Jane.”
Prosecutors sought a 10-year term, chiefly because Paulin-Ramirez took her 6-year-old son to join a terror cell in Ireland, where he was taught to be a warrior and hate non-Muslims. The boy also endured physical abuse during the four-month stay. A video played in court Wednesday showed him reciting inflammatory verses and thrusting a toy weapon as his mother, laughing, says, “Go attack the kafir,” or non-believers.
“I hope he actually forgets this, what I put him through,” Paulin-Ramirez, of Leadville, Colo., told the judge. “I didn’t want my son to think like that. I only wanted to help my son so he wouldn’t get punished.”
Paulin-Ramirez had led a troubled life before she fled to Waterford along Ireland’s southern coast in 2009 to marry Ali Charaf Damache, whom she had met online as she researched and converted to Islam.
A defense expert testified that she had a twisted view of the religion, culled from extremist postings.
Who was the defense expert? A Muslim? Was her view any different than what is taught in the Koran or the example set by Muhammad himself?
Paulin-Ramirez also came to know Colleen LaRose, who called herself “Jihad Jane” in YouTube videos and was looking for other American women to help the cause. They were sought for their Western looks and passports, which enabled them to travel more freely around the world.
Another chat-room contributor, high school honors student Mohammad Hassan Khalid of suburban Baltimore, became entangled with them. A Pakistani-American, the FBI arrested him at 17, as he was preparing to accept a prestigious college scholarship. Now 20, he remains in custody awaiting his sentence and could be deported.
LaRose, 50, of Pennsburg, Pa., was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for her role in the plot. She had agreed to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, whose drawings depicting the prophet Muhammad as a dog had offended Muslims.
Vilks has called the assassination plot “low-tech,” and LaRose never got within 300 miles of him. However, Chief U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker said she didn’t doubt LaRose’s commitment.
The judge found it stunning that the two lonely women ran off to join strangers in search of a holy war.
“I, like the government, can’t get past the fact that you took your son (there),” Tucker told Paulin-Ramirez. “You don’t know where you’re going, or what you were going to face when you got there.”
And she called it “unforgiveable” that he was indoctrinated into terrorism.
The boy’s life has apparently remained difficult. He was placed with his grandmother but was removed over a 2012 abuse complaint. Her husband has since been convicted, and the boy again resides with the grandmother, according to defense evidence.
Damache, known as “Black Flag,” remains in custody in Ireland, fighting extradition on the Philadelphia indictment.
Prosecutors believe he is affiliated with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, an al-Qaida offshoot with a presence in Algeria. The group has never attempted an attack on the United States.
However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Williams said that defendants like the pair sentenced this week exacerbate security fears.
“It (also) hurts the Muslim religion she claims to love so much,” Williams said of Paulin-Ramirez. “It creates fear. It creates bias.”
The Koran and Islamic texts create bias. Islam creates bias. It separates the world into two groups: Muslims (believers) and non-Muslims (kafirs). Assistant attorney’s like Williams exacerbate the problem by pretending Islam is something it’s not.
As we posted in Jihad Jamie friends with convicted terrorist Zazi, Jihad Jane; stepdad a Muslim convert:
The 6-year-old son of a Colorado nursing student who ran off to Europe to join a terrorist murder cell was brainwashed into a hate-filled Islamic fundamentalist zombie, his family said yesterday.
“He said that Christians will burn in hellfire,” the child’s grandmother, Christine Mott, told The Post. “That’s what they are teaching this baby.”
Paulin-Ramirez changed her son’s name from Christian to the Islamic name Walid after enrolling him in a fire-breathing Muslim school in Ireland.
He said they taught him how to shoot a gun,” Christine Mott said. “They taught him how to kick and fight . . .
“The boy was not allowed to associate with non-Muslim children, and he gets beat up by the Muslim kids because they know he’s not one of them,” she added.
George Mott, is himself a Muslim convert who speaks Arabic. He said that once as he talked to the boy on the phone, he could hear a Jihadi recruitment tape playing in the background talking of death to Zionists and America.
Before the boy left, he was like any other 6-year-old, George Mott said. He was into normal things like cartoons, cars and dinosaurs. “I figured him to be a paleontologist,” he said.
“He has not been in school since they left there,” George said. “He’s in an Islamic school. They’re teaching him hate.”
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