We told you in January that ‘Jihad Is Creeping in Alaska.’ We told you then it wasn’t good news and so . So it’s no surprise that arrests of Muslims, converts, for planning to wage jihad have occurred in Alaska. Again, kid glove treatment by the courts. Hat tip Atlas.
A King Salmon husband and wife are set to plead guilty in federal court today to lying to the FBI about an assassination list created by the husband to avenge alleged crimes against Muslim civilians.
The domestic terrorism case against would-be jihadist Paul Gene Rockwood Jr., a convert to Islam from Virginia, and his British wife, Nadia Piroska Maria Rockwood, is set to unfold this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline.
According to plea agreements filed this morning by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Paul Rockwood will enter a guilty plea in exchange for an eight-year sentence for lying to federal officials in a domestic terrorism case.
Until recently, Rockwood worked as a meterological technician for the National Weather Service in King Salmon.
His wife, Nadia Rockwood, charged with lying but not with terrorism, will get five years’ probation, which she can serve in the United Kingdom. The couple have a 4-year-old child and the wife is five months into a “high-risk pregnancy,” according to papers filed by her appointed attorney, Jim Wendt of Anchorage.
The couple have not been in custody but are expected to walk into the courthouse for their hearings this afternoon.
According to charging documents and their plea agreements, Paul Rockwood converted to Islam in Virginia in 2001 or early 2002. He soon became an adherent of the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born jihadist who met with some of the 9/11 terrorists before they hijacked the planes. Al-Awlaki has solicited jihadists over websites, and that’s how Rockwood came to know his ideology, according to the plea agreement.
“Rockwood became a strict adherent to the Jihad-promoting ideology of cleric Anwar al-Awlaki,” according to the plea agreement. “This included a personal conviction that it was his religious responsibility to exact revenge by death on anyone who desecrated Islam.”
The Rockwoods moved to King Salmon in 2006. Wendt said the National Weather Service provided the move.
It was there that Paul Rockwood developed a list of some 15 people that he targeted for assassination by mail bomb or gunshot. In April, Nadia Rockwood delivered the list to someone in Anchorage. The charges didn’t say who.
The couple were interrogated by the FBI on May 19 and denied knowing the purpose of the list or who drew it up, leading to a single count of lying to a federal official, a felony. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but with the domestic terrorism component, the penalty rises to eight years in prison.
Prosecutors said the couple can’t afford a fine.
Lock them up. Let them work off the fine. Charge them with sedition too – that is a capital offense isn’t it? via Jihadist hit list leads to terrorism-linked charges: Crime | adn.com.
This article states ‘Bilal’ Rockwood was in the U.S. Navy at one time.