But now that it’s sentencing time, he’s changed. Source: Canadian who plotted ISIS attack in U.S. says ‘frustration’ turned him to violence | Globalnews.ca h/t religionofpeace.com
A Canadian who plotted terrorist attacks in New York City for the
so-called Islamic State said his frustration with the conduct of the United States and its allies had turned him towards “military jihad.”
In a lengthy letter to the U.S. judge sentencing him next month, Abdulrahman El-Bahnasawy described how he came to see terrorism as an acceptable response to “reckless airstrikes” and rejection of the “Islamic system.”
“With airstrikes and bombs they destroyed homes, killed the innocent and terrorized entire populations to make people abide by there [sic] terms and ways, the ways of corruption and enslavement to other than God,” the 20-year-old Mississauga resident wrote.
“Then through there [sic] media they blinded everyone by propagating falsehood and misinformation, that the Islamic System is ‘barbaric’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘abuse to human rights.’”
The Kuwait-born Canadian was arrested in New Jersey on May 21, 2016, but his case remained sealed until last Oct. 6. He has pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks that were to target Times Square, the New York subway and concert venues. He was 18 at the time.
Two alleged co-conspirators in Pakistan and the Philippines have also been charged. The arrests followed an FBI undercover investigation conducted in co-operation with the RCMP.
“These Americans need an attack … I wanna create the next 9/11,” El-Bahnasawy wrote to a man he thought was a co-conspirator but who was actually working undercover for police.
The attacks were to occur in June 2016, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, U.S. authorities said. El-Bahnasawy had purchased bomb-making materials in Ontario and sent them to the informant.
Amarnath Amarasingam, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, said the story El-Bahnasawy recounted in his letter was fairly typical of those told by other jihadists.
“All of their past behavior and all the corruption in society is explained by the fact that they themselves and society have deviated from the path of God. Once this truth is established, any threat to it becomes something that must be fought against,” Amarasingam said.
“At the very least, it sounds like he regrets the move he made into violence.”
El-Bahnasawy is to be sentenced on April 9.
His parents blamed everyone but themselves, their son and Islam including Canadian schools, drugs, and entrapment…but the aspiring jihadist said:
After moving back to Canada when he was 17, he said his parents “forced me to enroll in an Islamic school” although he did not identify as a Muslim. But he said he was happy because it was better than Kuwait and he soon became interested in religion.
“I realized Islam would fix all the problems in society,” he wrote. “This current system which is the rule of the people (or so called democracy and freedom) led men to the enslavement of everything but God, destroying society.”
He also described his view of how “the U.S. and its allies behave towards the Islamic System.”
“I was very frustrated as I seen [sic] the falsehood and terms the U.S. and their allies try to impose, but this led me to military jihad,” he wrote, emphasizing he was not justifying his actions but “merely explaining my thought process at the time.”
He said he was done with violence. He apologized and asked the judge for a second chance. He also urged the judge to “see the truthfulness of Islam and the falsehood of the current system.”
Remorseful or will he seek revenge after further Islamic indoctrination in jail?
No worries though, he just wants to be released back into Canada. Feel safer?