Mohamed Mohamud sentenced to 30 years in prison for tree-lighting bomb plot | OregonLive.com.
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Mohamed Osman Mohamud to 30 years in prison for his attempt to set off a bomb at the November 2010 holiday-tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland.
Just before the sentence was announced by Senior U.S. District Judge Garr M. King at 11:25 a.m., Mohamud stood and apologized to the court.
“The things I said and did were terrible,” he said. “I want to apologize to everyone, to the community.”
He also apologized to the Muslim community, saying he wants people to know that Islam does not preach hate.
Technically that’s true. Islam doesn’t preach. Muslims do the preaching and they preach the hate mandated in the Koran…against all non-Muslims.
Mohamud, now 23, was found guilty in January 2013 of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The federal jury rejected the defense’s theory that Mohamud was entrapped, agreeing with the government instead that he was predisposed to commit the crime.
Mohamud’s mother, Mariam Barre, said she was very disappointed with the sentence.
“We are Muslim, and our religion does not to kill innocent people,” she said to a group of reporters and photographers outside the courthouse.
Key word: INNOCENT. Muslims do not consider any non-Muslim innocent nor any Muslim who does not abide by the sharia and believe in jihad.
She denounced the government’s actions, saying agents advised her son not to tell his parents anything, gave him money to move away from friends, and isolated him as they ran their sting operation.
Did she denounce her son’s actions? Did she denounce jihad? No. Fewer and fewer Americans trust their own government but most have the wherewithal to alert authorities when strangers discuss killing thousands of Americans.
Mother of thwarted jihadist
“I am so disappointed because I came here to have the dream every American person should have,” she said. “We have here to live peaceful” lives.
Lisa Hay, one of the attorneys representing Mohamud, noted that Mohamud’s parents reached out to the government when they feared he was becoming radicalized. “It’s hard to imagine any family” making that choice after this, she said.
Muslims who won’t abide by U.S. laws should not be permitted into the U.S.
The sentencing caps four years of court battles challenging not only the government’s role in planning the sting, but also the constitutionality of its surveillance tactics and the secrecy that shrouded the operation. Undercover agents testified under pseudonyms and defense attorneys were denied access to large swaths of information considered classified.
Mohamud could have faced a life term. His lawyers pressed for a 10-year sentence, saying he was a confused, conflicted and easily manipulated young man and had not been planning an attack until government agents came along. They also argued that he feels deep remorse and shame for what he has done and can be a productive member of society.
“His life is worth saving,” defense lawyers Stephen Sady, Steve Wax and Hay wrote in a recent court filing.
As Wax walked toward a throng of reporters on Wednesday, he was asked about the length of the sentence.
“It’s a long sentence,” he said with a sigh.
Future generations will ask why we allowed this to happen
Prosecutors argued that Mohamud should serve at least 40 years in prison. Mohamud had dreamed of a violent attack against the United States or its allies since he was at least 15, they said, citing the testimony of one of the undercover agents. He was given numerous opportunities to back out of the plot and expressed enthusiasm for the deaths and injuries that would result, wrote Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ethan D. Knight, Pamala Holsinger and Ryan Bounds.
“This is a sad case, but a 30-year sentence captures its severity,” Knight said after the sentencing. “And hopefully it will deter the insidious role that violent extremism plays in our communities.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamala Holsinger noted that Judge King had a hard job.
“The was not an easy sentence for Judge King to impose,” she said. “I think it was the right sentence. … “There’s got to be some deterrence out there. “These people are in our communities.”
There’s only one thing that will deter them. Begin deporting them and their families: Danish Psychologist: “The one thing Muslim immigrants fear is being deported”
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