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Tag: Mohamed Mohamud

Jury: Somali-Born Bombing Suspect Guilty of Terrorism After Portland Bombing Attempt

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Somali-American who claimed the FBI manipulated him to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a Christmas tree ceremony in Portland in 2010 was found guilty Thursday of terrorism-related charges, the Associated Press reports.

The Mohamed Mohamud, 21, who did not testify, will be sentenced May 14.

Prosecutors were able to convince jurors that Mohamud intended to kill a lot of people in the name of radical Islam and that he was not entrapped by FBI agents who offered to help him create a bomb, the AP reported.

“Mr. Mohamud made a series of choices over a period of several years – choices that were leading him down a path that would have ended in violence,” said Greg Fowler, who leads the FBI office in Portland. “His actions showed little regard for the rights and responsibilities that come with being an American or respect for the lives that he was prepared to take.”

Mohamud’s attorney, Steve Sady, said he plans to appeal after sentencing on May 14.

“We are disappointed with the verdict,” Mohamud’s attorney, Steve Sady, said. “We obviously though he was entrapped.”

Fed Judge Deciding Whether FBI Improperly Gathered Evidence

Judge Garr M. King, photo Wikipedia

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Yet another instance of the war on terror infringing on personal freedoms? Or a case of bureaucracy standing in the way of justice?

Federal Judge Garr M. King has to make that determination.

Oregon Live reports that King has delayed ruling on whether the FBI improperly gathered evidence on Portland terrorism suspect Mohamed Mohamud, in which case significant corroborating evidence would not be admissible in Mohamud’s upcoming trial.

The Oregon State University student will stand trial October 2 for allegedly attempting to ignite a weapon of mass destruction in 2010, an incident both prevented by and baited by an FBI sting operation. The FBI’s investigation was triggered by concerns from the suspect’s father that his son was being brainwashed by Islamic jihadists, according to Oregon Live.

In an unrelated incident, 2009 date rape charges against Mohamud were dropped. This was after Mohamud volunteered his laptop and cellphone to State Police and came up clean. That’s where things got sticky: As part of their ongoing investigation, the FBI helped themselves to info the state cops got from these personal devices. Did the the FBI violate Muhamud’s rights by ‘sharing’ this info?

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FBI Started Following Portland Bomb Suspect When He Was a Juvenile, Defense Says

Mohamed Mohamud

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More details are emerging in the case involving a 19-year- youth who was caught up in an FBI sting which involved him plotting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony last year in Portland, Ore.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that the defense team for suspect Mohamed Mohamud stated in court papers filed on Wednesday that the FBI began building a case against their client in early as 2008 when he was a juvenile — 16 or 17 years of age — and claimed the agency violated his privacy rights.

The paper reported that the filing stated that the FBI started by “physically and electronically” surveilling him. The paper reported it was unclear why.

It said by Oct. 4, 2009, FBI agents were trailing Mohamud at Oregon State University and secretly collecting evidence against him. At one point, he was suspected of date rape, but was exonerated, the attorneys wrote, according to the Oregonian.

The paper wrote that  Mohamud had signed over his computer and a cellphone to local police to help establish his innocence in the rape case.  The police then turned around and shared the info with the FBI agents.

“Another unique aspect of the intrusions of privacy in this case is the parallel involvement of the federal government, which surreptitiously participated in the interrogations, searches, and seizures conducted by state and local authorities,” wrote defense lawyers Stephen R. Sady and Steven T. Wax.

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Judge Orders Feds to Turn Over FBI Recorder and Failed Battery in Portland Terrorism Case

Mohamed Mohamud

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Portland prosecutors in the 2010 attempted bombing of a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to hand over a  faulty FBI battery and recording device used in the case, The Oregonian newspaper reported.

The prosecution said it already had turned over 6,000 pages of documents.

The defense team for  Mohamed Mohamud,  the Somali-American teenager, claims its client was entrapped by the FBI in a sting.  The defense claims he was coaxed into the plot.

The defense is focusing on the recorder and the battery that failed to record a key meeting last July 30 when Mohamud allegedly brought up taking part in the bombing with an FBI operative posing as an Islamic terrorist, the Oregonian reported.  The failure could give the defense more wiggle room to interpret the conversation without the recording.

The Oregonian reported that prosecutors said the recorder failed because the battery had died before the meeting.  FBI agents did, however, listen to the tape and later write up a  report on what they heard, the paper reported.

Mohamud’s lawyer Stephen R. Sady told the judge he wanted an expert to examine the recorder and battery.

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FBI’s Tape Recorder Went Dead During Portland Terrorism Probe

Mohamed Mohamud

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite all the advances, human error can still trump  modern technology.

The Portland Oregonian reports that the FBI’s efforts last July to record Mohamed Mohamud  first talking about taking part in a terrorist bombing plot in Portland failed because the tape recorder went dead.

“Put simply,” the government wrote in court paper filed Thursday, “it was human error: the device was accidentally turned on hours before the meeting time and therefore ran out of battery power as the meeting began.”

Mohamud’s lawyers have claimed their client was entrapped into participating in a plot to kill and maim thousands at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland on Nov. 26.

The paper reports that the first utterances in the case could be very significant.

The paper reported that legal scholars say “the FBI’s botched recording will make for interesting arguments in court because first utterances of criminal intentions are pivotal in entrapment cases.”