Long Island: Muslim Sentenced To 25 Years For Plotting To Help Al Qaeda

An update we missed last April. Source: Marcos Alonso Zea Sentenced To 25 Years For Plotting To Help Al Qaeda « CBS New York

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island man who was thwarted in his attempt to fly to Yemen to join a Middle Eastern terrorist group and then admitted continuing to plot with others to assist them was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Marcos Alonso Zea, 26, of Brentwood, pleaded guilty in September to attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as Ansar al-Sharia, and obstruction of justice.

Federal prosecutors said Zea flew to London on his way to Yemen in January 2012. He was rejected by customs officials in London and returned to the United States. Once home, prosecutors say, Zea continued participating in the conspiracy. He was arrested in October 2013.

U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein rejected an appeal for lenience from Zea’s attorney, Marc Bogotin, who argued that despite the guilty plea, his client had not actually committed any violent acts that would require him to receive the maximum penalty. Had he gone to trial, Zea could have faced up to life in prison. Bogotin suggested that Zea be sentenced to about 10 years in prison.

Feuerstein appeared dubious at that contention, noting that Zea admitted wanting to assist the terror group.

“Why, if not to support them?” she asked. “Then why was he going there?”

Bogotin countered that there “was no evidence that he intended to fight.”

Zea declined to comment when given an opportunity by the judge to make a statement.

Later, the judge told him his sentence should serve as deterrent. “I think there has to be a message to others that this is conduct that is absolutely unacceptable,” she said.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement that Zea “presents a chilling reminder of the danger presented to the United States by homegrown terrorists. Born, raised, and schooled in the United States, the defendant nevertheless betrayed his country by attempting to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, assisting a co-conspirator’s attempt to join that terrorist group, and, after learning he was under investigation, attempting to destroy evidence of his guilt.”

Prosecutors said Zea, who converted to Islam several years before his arrest, gave money to and instructed co-conspirator Justin Kaliebe, also of Brentwood, on how to evade electronic surveillance by law enforcement as he discussed Kaliebe’s plans to wage jihad.

Zea, who worked as a clerk at a home improvement store, was inspired by terrorist propaganda, according to the FBI.

Among Islamic extremist materials found on Zea’s computer were issues of an al Qaeda publication that promotes violent jihad, authorities said. The publication contained articles such as “Which is Better: Martyrdom or Victory?” “Why did I choose al Qaida?” and “What to Expect in Jihad?”

Zea had tried to destroy his computer harddrive, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

Investigators said they also found a video produced by al Qaeda depicting detonation of an explosive device on a vehicle carrying Western military personnel.

Zea also admitted giving money to and instructing Kaliebe on how to elude law enforcement surveillance.

Kaliebe, 20, pleaded guilty in a secret federal court proceeding in 2013 to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He faces a sentencing hearing next month. His attorney has said Kaliebe was diagnosed with a form of autism as a child and did not understand the gravity of what he was doing.

Both men appear to have been swept up in the New York Police Department’s ongoing investigation into the activities of Muslims throughout the region.

About nine relatives and friends of Zea’s sat stoically in the courtroom during the sentencing and declined to speak with reporters after the proceeding. They waved and blew kisses as he left the courtroom.


It seems the converts get more time than the natural born Muslims. As noted in our post on Zea’s co-conspirator:  New York: Another Muslim Pleads Guilty al Qaeda Support Case

According to court filings, on January 18, 2013, Kaliebe reaffirmed his commitment to jihad, telling an NYPD Intelligence Division undercover officer in a recorded conversation that he understood “there’s a way out, but for me, the only way out is [martyrdom].” Additionally, Kaliebe paid homage to several terrorist leaders, telling the undercover law enforcement officer:

“[My] standard is Abu Dujana. [M]y standard is Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi. My standard is Sheik Anwar Al-Awlaki and Sheik Osama, both who bore witness to the truth for their blood.”

Finally, Kaliebe stated, “Oh Allah, please allow me, please allow me and my brother…to fight jihad in your cause, oh, Allah. Oh, Allah, please give us one of the two victories, victory on the ground or victory through [martyrdom.]”

Muslim group kills American hostage Luke Somers after U.S. military rescue attempt

The sister of an American photojournalist held by Al Qaeda militants in Yemen says he has been killed in a failed rescue attempt.

 

 A South African, who had his release negotiated for Sunday, was also killed. via Korkie would have been released on Sunday

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South African Pierre Korkie, who was held hostage by al-Qaeda militants, has been killed, the Gift of the Givers confirmed on Saturday.

“He was killed in an attempted hostage release in Yemen early this morning [Saturday],” founder Imtiaz Sooliman said.

Sooliman told eNCA they had reached an agreement with al-Qaeda that Korkie would be released on Sunday.

“We received with sadness the news that Pierre was killed in an attempt by American special forces … Our heartfelt condolences to his family in this hour of difficulty.”

US-backed jihadists working with US-banned al Qaeda jihadists in Syria

All funded and armed by Barrack Hussein Obama – who, with the help of Democrats and Republicans, continue to plunder America. via US-backed Hazm Movement, Muhajireen Army working together in Aleppo – Threat Matrix. h/t NER

The US-backed Harakat Hazm, or Hazm Movement, has joined several groups, including Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, a Chechen-led jihadist group, and the Islamist Jaish Mujahideen (Army of Mujahideen) in fighting the Assad regime in the Handarat District of Aleppo. In the video posted above, one can clearly see Hazm fighters use a US-supplied BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile to destroy a regime tank. Hazm has also posted a video on its YouTube account showing the destruction of a regime BMP in Handarat.

Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (the Army of the Emigrants and Helpers), also known as the Muhajireen Army, is an al Qaeda-allied jihadist group that is populated by commanders and fighters from the Islamic Caucasus Emirate as well as a large number of Syrians. The group is considered to be the Caucasus Emirate’s branch in Syria. After the death of Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov, the Muhajireen Army swore allegiance to his replacement, Ali Abu Mukhammad. The jihadist group often fights alongside the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria. The Muhajireen Army was just recently added to the US State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. [See LWJ report, State Department adds Chechen, Moroccan-led jihadist groups to terrorist list.]

The Hazm Movement is also known to fight alongside the Al Nusrah Front. A Los Angeles Timesarticle in early September quotes a Hazm fighter as saying, “Inside Syria we became labeled as secularists and feared Nusrah Front was going to battle us. But Nusrah doesn’t fight us, we actually fight alongside them. We like Nusrah.”


Al Nusrah was also designated by the U.S. as a terrorist group.

So why is Obama still training, funding and arming jihadists with American tax dollars?

More evidence:

This video shows excerpts from videos belonging to Harakat Hazm (Hazzm Movement or Steadfastness Movement), which operates with US-backing

NYC: Judge Accepts Muslim’s Guilty Plea in 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings

…that killed 224 people. via Judge Accepts Guilty Plea in 1998 Embassy Bombings – NYTimes.com.

A federal judge in Manhattan said on Tuesday that he would accept a guilty plea from a terrorism defendant who would face a maximum 25-year prison sentence for charges stemming from Al Qaeda’s 1998 conspiracy to bomb two United States Embassies in East Africa.

The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District Court, had recently questioned the wisdom of a deal in which prosecutors allowed the defendant, Adel Abdul Bary, 54, to plead guilty to three counts that carried the maximum 25-year sentence.

Mr. Bary, who was arrested in Britain in 1999 and brought to the United States in 2012, could spend less time in prison if credited with the roughly 15 years he has already served, largely during his unsuccessful extradition battle.

In his ruling, Judge Kaplan said his initial concern was that 25 years “may be too lenient.” But he said prosecutors had suggested that their ability to win a conviction on the charges relating specifically to the embassy bombings — in which 224 people died — was uncertain, and the evidence was “not as strong” as evidence establishing Mr. Bary’s participation in a conspiracy to kill Americans, one of the counts to which he pleaded guilty.

The judge also wrote that if Mr. Bary received credit for the earlier prison time, he would serve until he was in his 60s. “By that time,” Judge Kaplan noted, “he will have spent a substantial amount of his adult life in prison.” He said the government’s decision “was a reasonable one.”

Prosecutors have said Mr. Bary once led the London cell of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group led by Ayman al-Zawahri, now the leader of Al Qaeda. They say Mr. Bary helped Osama bin Laden pass messages to the news media claiming responsibility for the bombings and containing future threats. He is to be sentenced on Jan. 12.


It’s also believed he may be the father of the ISIS beheader: Father of ‘Jihadi John’ suspect extradited admits terrorism charges in New York

New York: Muslim plotted to kill returning U.S. troops, arrested

The absurdity of it all. An FBI sting here and there as we allow unfettered immigration of like-minded Muslims. via Feds: Man supportive of ‘terrorist’ groups plotted to kill troops.

Through the 140 characters allowed on Twitter, Mufid spelled out again and again his ideological hatred toward the United States, federal authorities allege.

In one Tweet, he announced his allegiance with al-Qaida, writing, “al-Qaida said it loud and clear; we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people,” authorities say.

Other Tweets encouraged the donation of money for jihadists, and, while advocating martyrdom, Elfgeeh claimed al-Qaida and jihadists are the world’s true Muslims.

On Saturday afternoon, FBI agents and members of the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Elfgeeh in the parking lot of the Walmart at 1490 Hudson Ave. They allege that he’d planned to buy firearms and he wanted to use them to kill returning American troops as well as Shi’a Muslims living in the region.

Elfgeeh is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen who managed a convenience store on North Clinton Avenue.

At the Walmart, Elfgeeh, 30, met with an FBI informant who provided him firearms and silencers, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Albert Zenner.

A swarm of law enforcement officials arrested Elfgeeh around 3 p.m. as shoppers wandered in and out of the store. The weapons the informant gave Elfgeeh immediately before the arrest had been rendered inoperable beforehand, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Harvey, a prosecutor in the case.

“At no time was there a risk to the public this weekend,” FBI Special Agent Brian Boetig, who heads the agency’s western New York region, said about the large show of force for the arrest.

Elfgeeh is charged with two counts of illegally receiving and possessing unregistered firearm silencers, but the investigation is continuing, U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said at a news conference Monday.

At a court appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman, Elfgeeh was appointed lawyers from the Federal Public Defender’s Office. A bail hearing is scheduled for June 16.

Federal prosecutors have requested that Elfgeeh stay jailed pending trial.

Using confidential informants, the FBI has been investigating Elfgeeh since early 2013, according to the affidavit from Zenner.

In early 2013, an individual who has occasionally worked as an informant for the FBI “first reported information about Elfgeeh.”

The informant, records show, has helped the FBI since around 2000. He has been paid about $21,700 by the agency, and the FBI assisted him in receiving visas for family members.

A second informant, who also has been paid by the FBI, began a series of conversations with Elfgeeh in late 2013. Those broad talks about terrorism in the Middle East and American politics morphed into Elfgeeh’s stated intent to do harm to Americas, authorities allege.

In the aftermath of the December terrorist attack on a mall in Kenya, Elfgeeh told the second informant that, “I’m thinking about just go buy a big automatic gun from off the street … and just put on a vest or whatever and just go around and start shooting,” the affidavit states.

Elfgeeh indicated he already had a bulletproof vest.

Elfgeeh discussed buying weapons from that informant, saying “I don’t have … no plan whatsoever,” the affidavit alleges. He said he wanted weapons “for personal use.”

He also allegedly said he would “try to do as much as we could before we get, get captured,” and that he wanted to do video messages after the attacks.

In March, Elfgeeh apparently narrowed his plans to killing returning soldiers, authorities allege. He noted how a French-Algerian man had killed three French military members.

Elfgeeh told the informant, who’d indicated he could buy him firearms, that he could figure out who returning military members were from online searches.

Negotiations over possible weapons purchases continued into April and May. The conversations were recorded. Elfgeeh also inquired about prices for hand grenades, “the type that one would throw at someone as you are driving a car.”

On Saturday, the FBI gave the informant a “Walther PPK .32-caliber handgun with a functional silencer affixed to the barrel, a Glock 26, 9-millimeter handgun with a functional silencer affixed to the barrel, two boxes of .32-caliber ammunition, and two boxes of 9-millimeter ammunition,” the affidavit states.

The informant gave Elfgeeh the box carrying the weapons in the Walmart lot, moments before the arrest.

After the arrest, police and FBI agents executed a search warrant at Elfgeeh’s home and a convenience store, MoJoe’s, that he runs at 1193 N. Clinton Ave. The store, decorated in candy stripe red and white, advertises pizza, chicken and groceries, and fronts the residence where Elfgeeh lived.

Neighbors said agents searched the store and house for two hours or more Saturday evening.

Video shows largest al Qaeda meeting in years

While the U.S. was busy stealing a rancher’s cattle, al Qaeda was meeting and plotting.

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via Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen – CNN.com.

(CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”

U.S. officials believe the highly produced video is recent. With some fighters faces blurred, there is worry it signals a new round of plotting.

“The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn’t notice,” said Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst.

“His message to the United States,” Cruickshank said, “was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden’s: ‘We’re coming after you.’ “

 


‘Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America…yearning to fulfill duty of jihad’

In the latest supposed al Qaeda propaganda…via Al-Qaeda Calls for Car Bomb Attacks on American Cities, Targets Abroad.

The latest issue of Al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine contains an article about using car bombs in U.S. cities as well as abroad during election seasons, both presidential and congressional, as well as on Christmas and New Years Eve.

The cities and areas listed in the piece include Washington, D.C., New York, Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Quote from Inspire:

Many Feisal Shahzads are residing inside America, and all they need is the knowledge of how to make car bombs. They are all yearning to fulfill their duty of Jihad.

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Parts of the magazine come across as written by over educated analysts sitting in office buildings somewhere.

One article mentions a Jose Mante (Muslim name: “Khosleah Mantieh”) who was supposedly arrested by the FBI in NY for plotting to bomb three military targets. Web searches for either name show no results. Any sleuths out who can run those names?

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