September 02, 2011

YouTuber Charged with Material Support of Terrorism
UPDATE: YouTube Account ID'd: AbuDujjana

Jubair Ahmad, a 24 year old immigrant from Pakistan living in the D.C. suburb of Woodbridge, has been arrested for providing material support for a terrorist organization. The material support in question? He produced and uploaded videos to YouTube on behalf of the Pakistanit terrorist group behind the Mumbai massacre, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

YouTube, your days are numbered. Can there be any doubt, now, that YouTube has become an important tool for the jihadis to spread their propaganda?

I'm pretty sure I remember this YouTube account, but I'll need to confer with the posse to see if we have anything on them that we saved.

Here's the FBI presser:

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Jubair Ahmad, 24, a native of Pakistan and resident of Woodbridge, Va., has been arrested on charges in the Eastern District of Virginia of providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and making false statements in a terrorism investigation.

The charges were announced by Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

If convicted, Jubair faces a maximum potential sentence of 15 years in prison on the material support charge and eight years in prison on the charge of making false statements in a terrorism investigation.

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Jubair received religious training from LeT as a teenager in Pakistan and later attended LeT’s basic training camp. Jubair entered the United States in 2007 along with other family members, and in 2009, the FBI launched an investigation after receiving information that Jubair may be associated with LeT.

The affidavit alleges that in September 2010, Jubair produced and uploaded a propaganda video to YouTube on behalf of LeT, after communications with a person named “Talha.” In a subsequent conversation with another person, Jubair identified Talha as Talha Saeed, the son of LeT leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. Talha and Jubair allegedly communicated about the images, music and audio that Jubair was to use to make the video. The final video contained images of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed, so-called jihadi martyrs and armored trucks exploding after having been hit by improvised explosive devices.

In October 2010, Talha allegedly contacted Jubair and requested that he revise the LeT propaganda video, giving Jubair specific instructions. Jubair allegedly revised the video and posted it on Oct. 16, 2010. In August 2011, FBI agents interviewed Jubair, where he falsely denied any involvement with the October 2010 video.

This case was investigated by the FBI Washington Field Office. The prosecution is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia with assistance from the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Criminal complaints are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Expect updates.

UPDATE: My memory may be failing, but if convicted wouldn't Jubair be the first person to be convicted based solely on his YouTube activities?

UPDATE: Here is the affidavit against him. His details are redacted, but they forgot to redact the name of the video he made on behalf of LeT. Even though the video had been removed, an archive existed of the user who uploaded it.

So, this is Jubair Ahmad's YouTube account where he goes by the handle "AbuDujjana".

Here is his Twitter account.

And his facebook account.

And his Scribd account.

It will be interesting to see which of his friends deletes their various social media accounts first.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:58 PM | Comments |