Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

April 17, 2014

 

An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid had earned a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University after just a few years in the United States, where his family was building a new life after leaving Pakistan.

As his parents and siblings worked to achieve the American dream, he retreated to his bedroom in the family’s cramped apartment near Baltimore, and joined radical Islamist chat rooms by the time he was 15. He was soon conversing with Coleen LaRose, a troubled Pennsylvania woman who called herself “Jihad Jane,” and other extremists.

“The upheavals of my life were distorted into a force of hate so strong that it wrapped me in its claws,” Khalid, now 21, told U.S. Judge Petrese B. Tucker. He said he had trouble speaking without being misunderstood.

Defense lawyers argued that Khalid was isolated and vulnerable because he was young, an immigrant and had Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder diagnosed since his arrest.

Federal prosecutors say Khalid used his “brilliance and eloquence,” along with his computer and video skills, to help them translate documents and try to recruit westerners. That got the attention of the FBI, which visited Khalid repeatedly.

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Man who used Web site to “warn” ‘South Park’ creators sentenced to nearly 12 years

One of the men who had issued “warnings” to the creators of Comedy Central’s “South Park” back in 2010 — saying they risked death if they showed the prophet Muhammad in a bear costume — has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison.

Jesse Curtis Morton founded the now-defunct Revolution Muslim Website which he and another defendant, Zachary Chesser, used to deliver threats against Matt Stone and Trey Parker over their show’s 200th and 201st episodes, in which viewers were led to believe Muhammad was disguised in a bear suit — only it turned out to be Saint Nicholas in the costume

Comedy Central censored the episodes when they were telecast in April of 2010, clumsily wiping out the cartoon bear-suited Santa Claus from its scenes. This, in turn, caused Stone and Parker to issue an angry statement complaining of the censorship, which the Viacom-network did after Chesser and Morton posted that the cartoon satirists would likely be killed for their depiction (or not) of Muhammad.

Prosecutor Gordon Kromberg said Morton’s stiff sentence was necessary because his site inspired a variety of would-be jihadis, including “Jihad Jane” Colleen LaRose; Antonio Benjamin Martinez, who plotted to bomb a military recruiting station; and Jose Pimental, who plotted to assassinate members of the U.S. military returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the AP added.

Md. teen plans guilty plea in terror case in Pa.; charged with helping woman dubbed Jihad Jane

PHILADELPHIA — A Maryland teenager charged in a global terrorism plot plans to plead guilty in Pennsylvania.
Court papers filed Monday show 18-year-old Mohammad Hassan Khalid is due in court in Philadelphia for a change-of-plea hearing next month.

Khalid was an Ellicott City, Md., high school honors student when he became a rare juvenile arrested and detained by the FBI.

He’s charged with helping a Pennsylvania woman dubbed Jihad Jane raise money and recruits for a Muslim holy war. He pleaded not guilty in October.

His lawyer has declined to comment on the April 2 plea hearing. A prosecutor hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

Md. teen charged in ‘Jihad Jane’ terror plot pleads not guilty at first public court hearing

PHILADELPHIA — A high school honors student pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he helped the American terrorist dubbed “Jihad Jane” raise money and recruits for a Muslim holy war.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, of Ellicott City, Md., a Baltimore suburb, entered the plea at his first public court appearance since his July 6 arrest.

Federal prosecutors allege that Khalid tried to recruit men to wage a holy war in Europe and South Asia, and women with passports who could travel there. He had met a middle-aged Pennsylvania woman, Colleen LaRose, in online chat rooms when he was about 15, according to last week’s indictment. LaRose was being watched by the FBI after posting YouTube videos in which she dubbed herself “Jihad Jane” and vowed to kill or die for the jihadist cause.

LaRose, 46, has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims, and faces a possible life sentence. Khalid’s lawyer, Jeffrey M. Lindy, believes she helped the FBI build its case against the teenager.

‘Jihad Jane’ terror suspect pleads guilty in Pa.

A suburban woman who was the live-in caretaker for her boyfriend’s elderly father calmly told a U.S. judge Tuesday that she had worked feverishly online under the name “Jihad Jane” to support Islamic terrorists and moved overseas to further her plan to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims.

LaRose, who spent long hours caring for the father, also was building a shadow life online from 2008 to 2009. According to prosecutors, LaRose “worked obsessively on her computer to communicate with, recruit and incite other jihadists,” using screen names including “Jihad Jane,” “SisterOfTerror,” and “ExtremeSister4Life.”

Algerian woman – arrested on terrorist charges in Ireland in March 2010 – recounts her ordeal

Nabahet Moulay Slimane and her husband were arrested in their house in a suburb
of Cork, Ireland, for their connection with Colleen LaRose, an American convert
who became known as ‘Jihad Jane’. On 9 March 2010, the police detained seven
persons in Ireland for allegedly plotting to murder the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks
who depicted Muhammad in 2007. After three days of questioning by the police,
Slimane and her husband were released without charge. In this article, she tells her
story. LaRose spent time in Slimane’s house during her stay in Ireland in 2009, using
her phone and internet, until her sudden departure after a few weeks. LaRose was
introduced to Slimane and her husband by a family friend as an American convert,
maltreated by her own family due to her conversion to Islam. Slimane describes
the shock and horror the sudden arrest has brought to her family. She was forced
to shut down their small family business, her family has been stigmatised in the
local community and by the media, and she has been suffering from psychological
distress since then.
Irish Examiner
Wednesday 30 June, 2010, p. 19
‘Our Jihad Jane Link’
‘The Cork-based Muslim family arrested for links to ‘Jihad Jane’ in March have
decided to tell their story to Sharon Ní Choncúir’

Swedish artist attacked at university lecture

The controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who’s been threatened and attacked several times since he drew “Muhammad as a Roundabout dog” a couple of years ago, was attacked during a lecture at Uppsala University Tuesday, May 11. Vilks had been invited to Uppsala University to talk about “Art and the freedom of speech.” About ten minutes in to his lecture he showed the video “Allah hu Gaybar” by Iranian artist Sooreh Hera.

In the video, naked men appear in Muhammad-masks. This was too much for a young man in the audience who rushed forth and reportedly gave Vilks a “headbutt” before he was overpowered by body guards and police. Some teens in the audience began fighting, while others were shouting “allahu akbar.” One policeman is said to have been injured. Three men between 16 and 18 years old were arrested.

There are also reports of Muslims expressing anger against the attackers, trying to stop them from interrupting Vilks. Muslim bloggers and spokespersons have expressed their disappointment with the young men behind the attack.

Two days later someone hacked Vilks homepage and left a message where he promised to kill the artist. Earlier this year a group in the UK – amongst them an American woman called Jihad Jane – was revealed by police planning to kill Vilks.

Swedish artist attacked at university lecture

The controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who’s been threatened and attacked several times since he drew “Muhammad as a Roundabout dog” a couple of year ago, was attacked during a lecture at Uppsala University Tuesday, May 11. Vilks had been invited to Uppsala University to talk about “Art and the freedom of speech.” About ten minutes in to his lecture he showed the video “Allah hu Gaybar” by Iranian artist Sooreh Hera.

In the video naked men appears in Muhammad-masks. This was too much for a young man in the audience who rushed forth and reportedly gave Vilks a “head butt” before he was overpowered by body guards and police. Some teens in the audience began fighting, while others were shouting “Allahu Akbar.” One policeman is said to have been injured. Three men between 16 and 18 years old were arrested.

There are also reports of Muslims expressing anger against the attackers, trying to stop them from interrupting Vilks. Muslim bloggers and spokespersons have expressed their disappointment with the young men behind the attack.

Two days later someone hacked Vilks homepage and left a message where he promised to kill the artist. Earlier this year a group in the UK – amongst them an American woman called Jihad Jane – was revealed by police planning to kill Vilks.

Woman charged in “Jihad Jane” case

According to a new indictment, Colleen LaRose, 46, and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31, who traveled to Europe separately to engage in violent “jihad” were linked to each other. According to the officials, LaRose (who called herself “Jihad Jane”) had invited Paulin-Ramirez to attend a “training camp.” Paulin-Ramirez was arrested last month in Ireland along with six other individuals for alleged plots to murder a Swedish cartoonist who had offended many Muslims. She was then sent to the United States where both American women are now waiting trial.

Colleen LaRose pleaded not guilty to terror charges

In Philadelphia, Coleen LaRose, an American woman who dubbed herself “Jihad Jane” pleaded not guilty to four federal terror charges. She was accused of Jihadism and conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities say she intended to murder a Swedish artist who had offended the prophet Mohammad. Authorities alleged that LaRose contacted co-conspirators from around the world online.