Michigan: Muslims suspected in brutal attack on U.S. veteran (video)

via 1389 Blog – Counterjihad! who writes:

Please have a look at the perps. Was this Muslims attacking a vet for serving US interests in Afghanistan?

Florida: Man arrested trying to steal plane, recently dishonorably discharged

In light of the FBI searching for a Kansas Muslim plotting jihad and recently discharged we found this of interest, via Atlanta man arrested in Fla. after trying to steal plane. h/t Rich

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Georgia man told police he wanted to fly home to see his mother.

But he decided to scale a barbed-wire fence at Pensacola International Airport and take a UPS cargo plane for his journey, Pensacola police said. Two officers found him Tuesday inside the cockpit of the plane with his hand on the controls.

The incident began about 1:15 p.m. CT Tuesday when Mahiri Hanif of Atlanta tried to enter the airport concourse through an exit lane, saying he needed to get to Gate 2, according to an arrest report. A police officer stopped him and told him he needed to go through the airport’s Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.

Hanif told the officer he did not have a plane ticket nor any money to buy one, according to the report. Hanif also said he recently had been dishonorably discharged from the military.

The officer said he directed Hanif to the airport’s United Service Organizations lounge and advised him to get a prepaid phone card to call his family. About 20 minutes later, Hanif was spotted climbing over a fence and running up portable steps leading to the unoccupied cargo plane.

He entered the aircraft through a door on its left side, police said.

Two officers found him sitting in the pilot seat. They took him into custody without incident.

Hanif was charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and battery of an officer. He is being held at the Escambia County Jail on $7,500 bond, and the Department of Defense has placed a hold on him that will keep him in jail for an undetermined amount of time.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 16, according to online records.

 

Kansas: FBI, military hunt ex-Army recruit suspected of plotting ‘Ft. Hood-inspired jihad’

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via FBI, military hunt ex-Army recruit suspected of plotting ‘Ft. Hood-inspired jihad’ | Fox News.

The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers,” FoxNews.com has learned.

The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his “intention to commit jihad.” Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.

 Both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.

 The alert, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, was sent out by the FBI’s Kansas City Division on Friday and distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps. The portion obtained by FoxNews.com did not include Hassan’s photo or age. It was also sent to the Kansas City Police Department, which could indicate authorities believe he may have remained in the area where he was recruited.

 The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”

 According to the alert:

 “On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”

 Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ty Balzer confirmed the alert’s legitimacy, but referred questions to the FBI. A spokeswoman with the Kansas City Division of the FBI — the same division responsible for sending out the alert and who, according to the alert, spoke with Booker on March 20 — said she did “not have any information to provide in regards to your inquiry.”

 Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations.

 A military source said it appeared the bulletin was provided by the FBI, then distributed by the Marine Corps under the normal protocol of sharing any information relating to a potential threat to U.S. military installations or personnel.

 A spokesman for the Kansas City recruiting station where Booker enlisted referred FoxNews.com’s questions to 902d Military Intelligence Group, which did not immediately return requests for comment.

 The Fort Hood shooting, referenced in the alert, took place on Nov. 5, 2009. U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist who had become a radical Muslim while serving in the military, killed 13 people and injured dozens more inside the Texas Army base. Hasan, who represented himself at a military trial after clashing with his appointed attorneys, was sentenced to death in August.

More via HEAVY.

Through postings on Hassan’s Facebook page, beginning on February 23, he posted al-Qaida propaganda materials. There are also photos of Osama bin Laden and a video of the 9/11 mastermind reciting the Quran. On March 15, Hassan posted:

Oh those of the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad(S). I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I am going to wage jihad and hopes that i die. I want to be with my lord so bad that I cry but I will miss you guys I am not going to lie. I wish I could give you guys more but I am just a guy who is so very poor.

I am telling you I am so broke that my pockets are sore:) I cannot wait to go the Prophet Muhammad’s(S) door and prank Isa bin Maryam and party so hard that it will rock Jannah to its core. Only Allah knows what the future has in store so that should make you fear Allah much much more.

 Remember, Chris Christie claims he knows nothing about jihad, yet wants to be president.

U.S. General: Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated Pentagon in “high security clearance” positions

via The Right Scoop and Atlas

Related: Muslim Brotherhood Leader Meets Obama in White House

U.S. Military Hires Chaplains from Muslim Brotherhood Entity

As Obama plans to reduce the size of the military, he’s simultaneously increasing imam’s in the military.

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via U.S. Military Hires Chaplains Endorsed by Brotherhood Entity By Ryan Mauro

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains for active-duty service after a 15-year lull.

ISNA has a well-documented extremist history. In 1991, the Muslim Brotherhood listed ISNA as one of its main fronts. Declassified FBI memos said ISNA is a component of the Muslim Brotherhood, who sees its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

In 2007, the U.S. government labeled ISNA a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism-financing trial involving the Holy Land Foundation funneling money to Hamas. The label was upheld in 2009 because of “ample” evidence linking ISNA to Hamas. Last year, ISNA’s Canadian affiliate lost its status as a charity because of its accounting discrepancies and links to Pakistani terrorists.

Here’s what’s really “problematic”: The U.S. government says ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood entity and labeled it an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism trial. That same government is using ISNA to pick military chaplains and is a top outreach partner of the U.S. government.

Read it all at Clarion.

Related:

U.S. military’s Muslim chaplains – trained & ‘vetted’ by Islamists

Air Force Recruits Chaplains From Muslim Brotherhood Front Group

DoD’s Muslim chaplain program – birthed by convicted terrorist

Fort Hood tears down site of 2009 jihad massacre

h/t Jihad Watch who writes:

And one thing is certain: whatever memorial is constructed there will say nothing whatsoever about why Hasan murdered these people — as if a Pearl Harbor memorial said, “Random airplane pilots spontaneously and for no discernible reason decided to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.”

via Mywesttexas.com.

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A Texas Army post has razed the building where a former psychiatrist carried out one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, with plans to put up trees and a memorial in its place.

Fort Hood officials said Tuesday that they have torn down Building 42003, the site of a 2009 massacre that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded.

The building was part of a processing center complex for soldiers deploying and returning from combat. On Nov. 5, 2009, then-Maj. Nidal Hasan carried two weapons inside, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — “God is great” in Arabic — and opened fire on soldiers waiting for vaccines and paperwork.

As soldiers and civilians tried to take cover, Hasan walked through the building, targeting anyone in a green Army uniform. He left pools of blood and spent ammunition in his wake. He was eventually confronted outside the building by Fort Hood police officers, who shot him and paralyzed him from the waist down.

Hasan was convicted in August of charges related to the massacre and sentenced to death. He is on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., while his case goes through a review at Fort Hood before it enters a series of mandatory appeals.

The building was sealed off for nearly four years until post officials announced in November that they would demolish it.

Fort Hood officials, who declined to be interviewed, plan to place trees, a gazebo and a memorial plaque at the site.

Not all victims and their relatives agree with them. Kathy Platoni, an Army reservist who saw her friend, Capt. John Gaffaney, bleed to death, was one of the people who called on Fort Hood to keep the building standing as a reminder of what happened.

Platoni found out about the demolition Tuesday in a mass email from the post.

While post spokesman Chris Haug said he believed family members and victims were consulted about what to do with the site, Platoni said Army officials had not asked her opinion.

Platoni mentioned other points of contention between the Army and the Fort Hood victims, including a prolonged fight for increased benefits and recognition due to what many victims say is a terrorist attack, despite the Army’s insistence that the shooting was an act of workplace violence.

“For the building in which this horrific event took place just to be wiped off the map before we have a say in what’s done with it seems like another slap in the face,” Platoni told The Associated Press Tuesday afternoon.

Will the memorial be hijacked by Muslim interests as the Flight 93 memorial has been? Will the site become a “chapel” complete with Islamic prayer room?

Related: The Flight 93 Memorial mosque

Colorado: Iraqi immigrant found guilty in brutal 2012 gang rape

An update on these previous posts on the Muslim gang rape of an elderly woman in Colorado, via Iraqi immigrant found guilty in brutal 2012 rape.

A 21-year-od Iraqi immigrant was found guilty Tuesday on multiple counts of sexual assault, but innocent on one count of 1st degree assault.

Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, was charged in the brutal rape of a Colorado Springs woman in July 2012 at a west Colorado Springs apartment complex.

Ramadon could face life in prison; he will be sentenced April 18.

Four other Iraqi immigrants were also charged in connection to the crime, which left a semiconscious woman nearly dead and bleeding internally.

Three of the four other men, all of whom, along with Ramadon, were brought to the United States after helping U.S. military personnel in Iraq, had been accused of lying to police about the rape. They ended up with misdemeanor convictions.

The other man, Sarmad Fadhi “Levi” Mohammed, 26, was convicted of placing his penis in the woman’s mouth and is serving 16 years to life in prison.

The woman apparently went to the men’s apartment in after they were involved in a fight with soldiers in the complex parking lot.

The four men told police that Ramadon had shoved his hand into the woman’s rectum, which caused the internal bleeding. As Ramadon’s trial began, the jury heard conflicting portrayals of his involvement in the crime.

Ramadon was tried as “Hendrix,” a name he took after being brought to the United States with the help of a soldier with the same last name, but spelled “Hendrex.” The soldier’s experiences giving safe harbor to Ramadon are documented in the book “A Soldier’s Promise.”

Diana West tackles the harsh reality of U.S. soldiers bringing back young Muslims to the U.S. (even if with the best of intentions) in The Aftermath of Iraq — in Colorado.

So, it seems, young Ramadon had to leave the Hendrex house because he was unable to act like a civilized human being in the presence of the wife of his great sponsor, his mentor, his life-saver. Or maybe it was that he, a Muslim boy, was unable to act like a Western-civilized human being. In other words, it may well be the case that the “difficulties” Ramadon had being in “a house run by a woman” fell within the norm of Islamic-Iraqi-civilization — within the norms set by sharia (Islamic law)…

Surely, there are other Iraq vets (A-stan, too) who took young Iraqis “under their wing,” got them out, and brought them to US towns and farms. When things don’t work out as envisioned, have they, too, lost track of their erstwhile charges as they slipped into the US population?

Obama sending more U.S. troops to Nigeria, Somalia

via U.S. troops boost forces in Nigeria, Somalia.

U.S. forces, winding down in Afghanistan, are finding new battlefronts in Africa.

According to published reports, a small team of U.S. advisors was sent “secretly” to Somalia to assist with operations against militants. Somalia has been at war with religious fundamentalists, called Al Shabab, but has made little headway against the group which still controls a large swath of the country.

“It is the first time U.S. troops have been stationed there since two helicopters were shot down and 18 American soldiers were killed in 1993,” wrote David Cloud in the Los Angeles Times.

Except back in 2010 when, US to help retake Mogadishu:

“It’s the Americans,” said Gen Mohamed Gelle Kahiye, the new chief of Somalia’s military, who said he recently shared plans about coming military operations with American advisers. “They’re helping us.”

…an American official predicted that American covert forces would get involved if the offensive, which could begin in a few weeks.

Back to the 2014 news.

“The U.S. soldiers assist a force of more than 18,000 under the auspices of the African Union, backed by the U.S. and other Western countries since deploying to Somalia in 2007 with logistics help, intelligence and planning,” officials told Cloud.

Although a small presence now, the number of advisors could expand in the coming year, a senior Defense Department official told the paper, and become a “permanent presence” on the Horn of Africa. He called it something “that’s been in works for a while.”

On the western portion of the continent, the U.S. and Nigeria have been working on a joint effort against insurgency and terrorism in that country.

Meanwhile, Obama is importing more Muslims from these Islamic hell holes into U.S. towns and cities, and down by the border,drug cartels are “killing each other” with .50-caliber machine guns and grenades near Fort Huachuca, Arizona…where only a “three-strand barbwire fence” is keeping any spillover of heavily armed cartel members out of the [U.S. military] compound’.

Missouri: Prosecutor drops charges against 2 foreign Muslims who tried to abduct 12-year-old girl for sex

via Enticement, harassment charges dropped against foreign military officers – The Rolla Daily News – Rolla, MO.

Two foreign military officers who were training at Fort Leonard Wood and charged in October of last year with enticement of a child and harassment had their charges dropped, Pulaski County Prosecuting attorney Kevin Hillman said Friday.

“The victim’s family and I discussed the situation, and they did not want her to go through the further traumatization of two trials,” Hillman said.

The two foreign officers charged were Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, of Jordan, and Antoine Chela, of Lebanon.

Hillman said the pair had the charges dropped as part of an agreement which required them to remain in jail for 90 days and pay for their incarceration costs, which were over $3,000 each.

“Right after the charges were dropped, the men were taken by Fort Leonard Wood officials and have to leave the country within 10 days. I expect them to be gone by Monday,” Hillman said.

“They can have no contact with minors and will not be allowed back in the country. The Department of Homeland Security will be tracking and monitoring the men until they leave the country.”

Hillman said dropping the charges was a tough call to make.

“This was a very difficult decision,” he said. “But the family did not want their daughter to be re-traumatizd, and I have to take that into consideration. If the men were convicted, the Missouri Department of Corrections could have deported them right after. It was not worth further ruining the young girl’s life.”

Hillman said Mefleh, who arrived in the U.S. in April 2013, was at the fort for the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Captains Career Course. Chela, arriving in October, was training at the fort for the Engineering Captains Career Course.

Why are we training Jordanian Muslims in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare? Are they using them to oust Assad?

According to court records, the two men allegedly approached the young girl, 12, at a bus stop in October 2013 and asked the girl to enter their vehicle.

Later, the men later allegedly showed up at the front door of the girl’s home and asked her to unlock it.

When the men left the residence, the girl got the attention of a passing fire truck and reported what happened.

Roughly half an hour later after the girl reported the incident, Mefleh and Chela were arrested.

More detail from previous reports: Grand Jury indicts two foreign military officers for attempted child abduction

The victim told police that she was waiting for her younger sister at the bus stop when two men approached her on several occasions in an attempt to lure her into their vehicle, allegedly asking for sexual favors. Court documents state that the men asked the victim to “get into a car to go to a party and have sex,” and yelled at her to get into their vehicle.

After the victim ran into her home, according to the probable cause statement issued by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the two men followed her to her home, banged on her door, and asked her if she “wanted to party,” and told her to unlock the door. After the men left, the victim ran outside and found a fireman in her neighbor to whom she reported the incident to.

This report was the latest of several reports over the past week of similar occurrences throughout the county in which men tried to lure girls into their vehicles.

Conclusion: Muslim immigration means sexual jihad.

Colorado: Iraqi immigrant on trial in brutal Muslim gang rape

Previous post with more details on the Iraqi Muslims who drugged and gang raped an American woman – 5 Iraqi immigrants arrested in Colorado gang-rape.

via Clashing portrayals in Colorado Springs trial for Iraqi immigrant accused in brutal rape.

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An El Paso County jury on Wednesday heard clashing portrayals of Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, a 21-year-old Iraqi immigrant accused of “shoving” his hand into the rectum of a semiconscious woman, causing severe internal bleeding.

Charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, Ramadon – also known as Jay Hendrix – could face up to the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

His trial, which is expected to last two weeks, comes after an 11-month delay during which the case was held up as the Colorado Supreme Court considered an evidentiary dispute between prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Charged in the July 2012 assault at a west Colorado Springs apartment complex were Ramadon and four other Iraqi immigrants, all of whom were brought to the United States with the help of military members after assisting troops in Iraq.

One co-defendant, Sarmad Fadhi “Levi” Mohammed, 26, is serving 16 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him last year of placing his penis in the woman’s mouth. Three others were accused of lying to police about what they knew of the rape and ended up with misdemeanor convictions.

During opening statements Wednesday, prosecutor Michael Allen identified Ramadon as the man who brutalized the woman – inflicting an injury so severe that doctors say she could have died without medical intervention.

He said the woman’s ordeal ended only when “the unmistakable odor of feces filled the room,” prompting Mohammed to demand that she and Ramadon leave their apartment.

But according to Ramadon’s public defenders, their client wasn’t present when the woman was injured.

While all four co-defendants lived together and looked upon each other as brothers, Ramadon was an “acquaintance” and an “outsider,” said attorney Kim Chalmers, arguing that her client became a suspect only after police allowed his four co-defendants to ride together in a car, without an officer present, on their way to be interviewed about what happened.

“Believe it or not, they came up with a story,” Chalmers said.

Prosecutors said witnesses will help tie Ramadon to the crime, including a neighbor who said Ramadon knocked on his door in the early morning hours after the assault with the bleeding woman at his side.

One of Ramadon’s co-defendants is expected to testify that he witnessed the attack and saw fecal matter on Ramadon’s hand as he withdrew it from her body, Allen said. He said the woman wasn’t drunk but has no recall of her ordeal.

Prosecutors didn’t mention a claim heard at previous court proceedings that the woman was drugged.

The woman didn’t know the men but went to their apartment after witnessing a fight between Ramadon and soldiers in the complex parking lot, prosecutors said.

Ramadon is being tried under the name Hendrix, which he adopted after being brought to the United States with the help of 1st Sgt. Daniel Hendrex, whom Ramadon helped hunt down insurgents, including members of his own family.


In December it was reported that, Colo. Supreme Court suppresses Iraqi evidence.

The Colorado Supreme Court says a judge correctly tossed evidence against an Iraqi man accused of violating a woman in a sex assault case.

Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, who helped U.S. soldiers hunt insurgents in Iraq, was among five Iraqi men charged after a 2012 attack on an unconscious woman. He is being held on $250,000 bond pending a hearing Tuesday after his trial was delayed pending the evidence review.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday a judge correctly suppressed evidence against Ramadon after police told Ramadon he could get sent back to Iraq and possibly killed if he lied to them. Ramadon told authorities he helped the woman after the assault, but did take part.

Ramadon’s attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.

3 out of 5 Mohameds. All Muslims. None yet deported. Three free and roaming the streets.

Maryland: 7 years for ex-soldier who tried to join al-Shabaab terror group

Craig Baxam

via Seven-year sentence for Laurel man who tried to join up with al-Shabaab terrorist group – The Washington Post.

A 26-year-old Laurel man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison after he admitted traveling to Africa to try to join the terrorist group al-Shabab and trashing his home computer so federal investigators could not track him, authorities said.

Craig Baxam was arrested by Kenyan authorities in December 2011, and he soon told FBI agents of his haphazard plan to elude them and connect with al-Shabab because he wanted to live somewhere that rigorously adhered to sharia, or Islamic, law, court papers say. He pleaded guilty to a charge of destroying records that might be used in a terrorism investigation and received the seven-year sentence as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, authorities said.

Federal investigators have long worked to root out so-called homegrown terror suspects, and Special Agent Stephen E. Vogt, who heads the FBI’s Baltimore division, said in a statement that Baxam’s case “highlights the FBI’s highest investigative priority, the prevention of terrorist acts.” But the resolution of the case seems to demonstrate that Baxam did not precisely fit the bill of a would-be terrorist.

Baxam was not convicted of the initial charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, and his attorney, Linda Moreno, said he never advocated specific violence, nor did he procure weapons or attend any terrorist training camps.

A 2005 graduate of Laurel High School who was born in Takoma Park, Baxam had experience in the Army and admitted to investigators that he was willing to commit violence, according to the criminal complaint against him. But he said that he felt offensive jihad was questionable, and his main use for violence would be to defend al-Shabab’s Somali territories from potential invaders, according to the complaint.

Moreno said that the violence he spoke of was only hypothetical, “based on interviews with the FBI where the FBI asked him what if this happened, what if that happened, what if the following.”

“Craig wanted to live and practice his religion in a country where he felt that Muslims were not oppressed,” Moreno said. “This was not a terrorism case.”

Linda Moreno is a jihadist tool. Her client wanted to join Al Shabaab – the group that even the like-minded Huffington Post reported Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility For Mall Attack In Nairobi, Kenya. That attack alone – on people shopping in a mall – killed at least 62 and injured more than 175, targeting non-Muslims.

Somalia ain’t where Muslims go to simply live a sharia-compliant life…unless it includes waging jihad. Moreno knows that.

Iranian Immigrant Arrested for Shipping Military Secrets to Tehran

via U.S.-Iranian Citizen Arrested for Shipping Military Secrets to Tehran :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

A criminal complaint charged Mozaffar Khazaee (aka Arash Khazaie) of shipping secret copyrighted documents relating to the U.S. Air Force’s F35 Joint Strike Fighter Program and military jet engines to Iran.

Khazaee, who became naturalized in 1991 and holds dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship, allegedly obtained the information from defense contractors with whom he had been employed as an engineer.

The investigation against Khazaee opened in November after investigators from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) noticed a shipment that Khazaee sent by truck from Connecticut to a freight forwarder in Long Beach, Cal. Although the documentation on the shipment said that it contained household goods, inspectors found “numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material relating to the U.S. Air Force’s F35 Joint Strike Fighter program and military jet engines,” an affidavit attached to the complaint said.

Khazaee, who recently moved from Connecticut to Indianapolis, was arrested in Newark before he could get on a connecting flight to Frankfurt on his way to Tehran.

He made an initial court appearance Monday. The charge against him carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if Khazaee is convicted.

Maryland: Ex-Army soldier turned Muslim facing terror charge to plead guilty

craigBaxanvia Ex-soldier facing terrorism charge to plead guilty – The Washington Post.

A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia after he left the military intends to plead guilty in connection with the case, court documents show.

Craig Baxam of Laurel, Md., was arrested in Kenya in late 2011, and prosecutors said he was on his way to neighboring Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab. Baxam was ultimately charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the group. Baxam’s trial in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., was set to begin Monday, but this week prosecutors filed a court document signaling his intention to plead guilty in the case.

The 1-page document, called an “information,” suggests Baxam will plead guilty to obstruction of justice, destroying records “in contemplation of a federal investigation.” Baxam, 26, destroyed his computer before leaving from Africa and, according to a court document, told FBI agents that he did so because he “did not want anything on his record and it would help him to keep a low profile.”

The information says Baxam destroyed computer records “with the intent to obstruct, influence and impede a terrorism investigation” he believed would be conducted after he left for Somalia. The document does not say what will happen with the terrorism charge, though it will likely be dismissed at a hearing Monday.

Baxam’s lawyer, Linda Moreno, confirmed the document’s filing but said she could not comment on what will happen in court. She said it was not her client’s intent to support terrorism and said what her client did was “a long way from material support” of a terrorist group.

“It’s a different universe,” Moreno said.

Court documents say Baxam served in the Army from 2007 to 2011 and received intelligence training before serving in Iraq and Korea. He converted to Islam shortly before leaving the Army. Months later, he cashed out his savings and left for Africa. He told FBI agents who interviewed him in Kenya that he set out with $600 and $700 and planned to give the money to al-Shabab. Asked what he thought his role would be with al-Shabab, he told FBI agents “he would just be another body there.” He also allegedly said he was “looking for dying with a gun in my hand.”

Baxam’s attorney, however, previously argued in court papers that he was traveling to Somalia because he wanted to go live in a place governed by Islamic law. She argued that the charge against him should be dismissed for a number of reasons, including that he never contacted or attempted to contact al-Shabab. A judge allowed the case to go forward.

Are cases like this why sting operations are needed?

Backposts here.

Report: U.S. fighting alongside Iran’s Al Qods Brigades in Iraq (video)

via Debka: US and Iran’s First Joint Military Venture: Fighting al Qaeda in Iraq.

Iraq is two weeks into a major offensive for cutting al Qaeda down – the first major military challenge the jihadists have faced in the past six years. Three armies are fighting alongside Iraq: the United States, Iran’s Al Qods Brigades officers and Syria.

via ABC News,

Former CIA Case Officer Robert Baer…describes the al Quds forces as the “bad guys … who 100 percent have American blood on their hands.”

Congressional Deal Clears Way For Release of Jihadis from Gitmo

From behind enemy lines… ThinkProgress.

A deal between the House and Senate is set to clear the way for the the transfer of more than half of the current detainees at the prison in Guantanamo Bay to other countries, a move that Congress has long prevented.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is one of the most closely watched bills to come out of the Congress each year, as it is considered one of the bills that a president is particularly loathe to veto. Each side of the Capitol’s initial draft of the Fiscal Year 2014 NDAA included a different view of what should be done with the 162 detainees remaining imprisoned in the United States’ outpost on Cuba. Within the Senate version, detainees would be allowed to be brought to the U.S. for trial in civilian courts. In the House’s draft, meanwhile, all current restrictions on prisoner transfers would remain in place.

In what’s being hailed as a compromise, the ban on moving detainees to the United States remains, while the president is given the authority to increase the number of detainees transferred to third countries. At present, 84 of the detainees set for release or transfer have yet to be moved; 55 of those would be reptriated to Yemen in the event they are given the green light from the Pentagon. President Obama in April pledged once more to make good on his campaign promise close the facility, with a boost in transfers included as part of the strategy.

“This is a bipartisan bill that meets our obligations to our men and women in uniform and their families and includes important reforms and authorities for the Department of Defense,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said. His Republican counterpart, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), agreed, urging his colleagues “to move quickly to pass this bill before we adjourn for the year.”

Transfers for those cleared to be sent overseas became one of the focal points of this year’s widespread hunger strike among the camp’s detainees. At its peak, more than 100 of the detention center’s occupants were on strike, refusing meals after their copies of the Quran were searched and their fellow inmates cleared for transfer remained in place. Gitmo authorities responded by force-feeding dozens of the strikers, in doing so drawing international condemnation for violating medical ethics. Army Capt. Jason Wright, a detainee lawyer, told ThinkProgress in March when asked about how to end the hunger strike that one step could be through providing hope to detainees, through the previously promised release of some of their co-inhabitants.

Several amendments were offered last year to aid in the closure of the base, but the only change to the NDAA that passed through Congress related to GTMO involved expansions of the prison, to the tune of $200 million. In recent months, however, Congress has finally begun to balk at the amount of money it costs to keep Guantanamo open. “The annual cost of holding a prisoner at the Supermax is $79,000,” CAP expert Ken Gude wrote at ThinkProgress last week. “At Guantanamo, that number is $2.7 million.”

Both costs are too high and too many in government are lining their pockets in the process.

The most recent transfer from Guantanamo took place on December 5, when two detainees — Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem — were sent to their country of origin, Algeria. Rather than being praised, however, activists are condemning the transfer due to Algeria’s record of human rights abuses. Instead, they would have preferred that the two had been transferred to a third country, such as Luxembourg who has offered to take in former detainees.

Send them all to their country of origin, with a bill, and let them be dealt with accordingly.

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