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Defense Attorney: Terrorism Suspect Was Coerced into Detonating Fake Bomb

court Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mohamed Mohamud was a naive teenager manipulated by the FBI to detonate what he thought was a real bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting event in Oregon, his defense attorney argued in the terrorism case Wednesday, the AP reported.

The FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaida terrorist admitted during cross-examination that Mohamud had trouble with the simplest of tasks – renting a storage shed and buying bomb-making ingredients, the AP wrote.

Mohamud, now 21, flipped the switch on what turned out to be a phony bomb during the tree-lighting ceremony in 2000.

Mohamud “didn’t have much money until you came into his life,” the defense attorney, Lisa Hay, told the agent, the AP reported.

Hay said Mohamud received financial assistance from the FBI.

FBI Not Informed That Suspect in Libya Attacks Was Released from Tunisian Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Tunisian court released a leading suspect in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, without telling the FBI, Fox News reports.

Before the release of Ali Ani al-Harzi, the FBI interviewed the terrorism suspect last month for about two hours, Fox News wrote.

The interrogation was not sufficient to determine whether al-Harzi was involved in the attack, officials told Fox News.

An extremist group with ties to Al Qaeda posted a video purportedly of al-Harzi walking away from court Jan. 7.

“A lot of these groups are emboldened after Benghazi and after a series of basically missteps by the American government trying to investigate what happened in Benghazi,”  Tom Joscelyn, with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said. ”

He continued: “We’re still compiling the evidence on how these groups are interlinked,” Joscelyn said. “But here you have with al-Harzi, you have an individual who was involved in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. We know that members of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi were involved in that same attack and now we know that Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia has been celebrating and really urging for the release of al-Harzi in Tunis. Therefore you’re seeing this common interest in what happened in Benghazi and the individuals responsible.”

Would-Be Portland Bomber Made Good Bye Video Before Pulling Trigger

Mohamed Mohamud

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before pulling the switch on what he thought was a bomb at a tree-lighting event in Portland, Mohamed Mohamud posed before a camera wearing a camouflage jacket and red scarf, saying his goodbyes, the Oregonian reports.

The video was shown during the second day of testimony in the trial of Mohamud, who is accused of trying to ignite a weapon of mass destruction on Nov. 26, 2010. 

“Did you think you could invade a Muslim land and we would not invade you?” Mohamud asked, according to the Oregonian.

His attorney claims the government entrapped his client, who never would have considered detonating a bomb if it were not for the prodding of FBI informants, the Oregonian reports.

Somali-Born Man Accused of Plot to Bomb a Christmas Event in Portland

Mohamed Mohamud

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Somali-born man charged with pulling the trigger on what he thought was a bomb at a Christmas tree event in  Portland, Ore., first attracted attention from authorities by discussing martyrdom in email exchanges with Islamist extremists, according to opening testimony Monday in the trial, Reuters reports.

Supervisor of the FBI sting, Miltiadis Trousas, testified that agents intercepted communication between Mohamed Osman Mohamud and Islamist militants.

But under cross-examination from a defense that wants to show that Mohamud was entrapped, Trousas acknowledge there’s no evidence that the defendant sought bomb material until after he met undercover FBI agents, Reuters reported.

Mohamud faces up to life in prison on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland in November 2010 when he was 19.

Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizens and former Oregon State University student, Reuters wrote.

The second day of testimony begins today.

Records: FBI Knew American-born Muslim Cleric Provided Sept. 11 Hijackers Airline Tickets

al-Awlaki

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

At least three of the hijackers on Sept. 11, 2011, received advance airline tickets from an American-born Muslim cleric killed in 2011 by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, Fox News reports, citing newly released FBI records.

The cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, likely purchased the tickets within days of the terrorist attacks, likely to test security and surveillance, Fox reported.

Fox said the records suggest the FBI had evidence linking Al-Awlaki to the hijackers about two weeks after the attacks, much sooner than expected.

“We have FBI documents showing that the FBI knew that Al-Awlaki had bought three tickets for three of the hijackers to fly into Florida and into Las Vegas, including the lead hijacker, Mohammad Atta,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Fox on Thursday.

FBI Lists Top Terrorism Cases of 2012

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The threat of terrorism always looms, particularly since Sept. 11, 2001.

The FBI, which can take some credit for averting some potential terrorist attacks, has put together a list of of some of the top terrorist cases of 2012.

The following was posted on the FBI website.

Alabama men arrested on terrorism charges: Two U.S. citizens living in Alabama were arrested in December and charged with planning to travel overseas to wage violent jihad. The pair met online and later confided their plans to an individual who—unbeknownst to them—was a confidential source working for the FBI. Details

 Plot to destroy Ohio bridge: Four men were sentenced to prison in November for their role in a conspiracy to destroy a bridge near Cleveland. The men—all self-proclaimed anarchists—pled guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. The group allegedly planned a series of crimes in the Cleveland area. Details

 Conspiracy to provide support to terrorists: Four men were charged in Los Angeles in November with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists after they allegedly made arrangements to join al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill Americans, among others. Details

 Plot to attack Pentagon and U.S. Capitol: Also in November, a 27-year-old man was sentenced in Boston to 17 years in prison for plotting an attack on American soil and attempting to provide detonation devices to terrorists. The man built detonators for improvised explosive devices and provided them to FBI undercover operatives he believed were members of al Qaeda. Details

 Attempted bombing of New York Federal Reserve Bank: A 21-year-old Bangladeshi national was arrested in October for attempting to detonate a 1,000-pound bomb in Lower Manhattan to strike the U.S. financial system on behalf of al Qaeda. The man allegedly traveled to the U.S. in January 2012 specifically to conduct a terrorist attack. Details

Plot to attack U.S. Capitol: A 29-year-old Virginia resident was sentenced to 30 years in prison in September for attempting to carry out a suicide bomb attack at the U.S. Capitol in February 2012. Details

Plan to send weapons to Iraqi Insurgents: A former resident of Iraq residing in Kentucky pled guilty to terrorism charges in August for attempting to send Stinger missiles and other weapons to Iraq to be used against U.S. soldiers. Details

‘Revolution’ leader sentenced: A New York City resident was sentenced in June to more than 11 years in prison for using his position as a leader of the Revolution Muslim organization to promote violent extremism online against those he believed to be enemies of Islam. Details

 Violent extremists in Alaska: Also in June, the leader of an Alaska militia was found guilty of conspiring to murder federal officials and possessing illegal firearms including silencers and grenade launchers. Details

 Supporting terrorism: A 45-year-old Philadelphia resident was arrested in March and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, an extremist organization responsible for bombings and attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Details

 

Column: Shouldn’t We Do More to Avoid Mass Deaths By Crazed Gunmen?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

During my visits to Israel, the idea of security was never far off. At the train station, at the bus stop, I went through a metal detector. An armed guard checked through packages and asked if I was carrying a gun.

After Sept. 11, 2001, I thought the U.S. would have second thoughts about security in public places, particularly with the threat of terrorism looming here.

I figured maybe places like malls or movie theaters might consider screening customers.

But no. That hasn’t happened. Americans have a way of conveniently forgetting or deferring such concerns until the next tragedy.

All around the country, we’re seeing all too often crazed gunmen — homegrown terrorists if you will — open fire on innocent citizens. Each incident is a reminder that we probably aren’t doing enough.

To read more click here.  

 

Arizona Man Charged with Bombing a Government Office Had Ingredients for a Disaster

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

 An Arizona man charged with trying to blow up a Social Security Administration Office was researching how to build the type of powerful bombs used by terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 47, was charged in federal court Monday with maliciously damaging federal property by means of an explosive and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Despite evidence found at his home that suggested Aldosary was building a much more destructive bomb, the explosion was relatively small and injured no one at the Social Security Office in Casa Grande, about 50 miles south of Phoenix, the AP wrote.

ATF handed the investigation over to the FBI.