December 11, 2012

Abu Mansoor al-Amriki's (aka Omar Hammimi) Former Roommate Among 2 Charged In Terror Case

Al Shabaab in hiding, Hammimi, pops in now and then on Twitter. I wonder if he knows about this, or? He is on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list, just sayin.

MOBILE, AL—U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama and Stephen E. Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, announced that Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25, both U.S. citizens living in Mobile, were arrested today on terrorism charges filed in the Southern District of Alabama.
More via IPT:
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson (also known as Rasheed Wilson) met online in 2010. In August 2011 an FBI undercover agent met with Wilson who told the agent that he and Abukhdair were plotting to travel overseas to seek jihad. Wilson told the informant about his connections to Omar Hammami. He described Hammami as a "friend" and showed the informant "an al-Qaeda video on his laptop praising jihad and the downfall of the West."
Criminal complaint here[PDF] I haven't read it all yet,

Update [rest of original post is below fold]. I read some of the complaint and this is interesting:

Abukhdair moved to Cairo, Egypt in February 2007 to study Arabic. In February 2010, Abukhdair moved from Cairo to Alexandria, Egypt. In November 2010, Abukhdair and his roommates in Alexandria were arrested by Egyptian authorities on suspicion of being involved with a terrorism group in Egypt. Abukhdair was imprisoned in Egypt for two months and then deported back to the United States in January 2011. Upon his return to the United States, Abukhdair lived in South Carolina and Ohio, before coming to Mobile, Alabama in late October 2011.
The Hammimi connection:
12. On September 16, 2011, Wilson told the UCE about his connection to Omar Hammami, and explained that the FBI "has eyes" on people in Mobile because of Hammami. Wilson first met Hammami in 2002 and lived with Hammami in Mobile, Alabama from May through December of 2004.
Wilson also told the UCE he felt he would get special treatment in Somalia due to his personal connection to Hammimi.

Jihadi porn online:

13. Throughout the investigation, Wilson, Abukhdair and the UCE spent hours watching
videos depicting Islamic extremist propaganda, bqmbings, lectures on violent jihad, and videos of prominent Al Qaeda leaders including Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Aulaqi, and Ayman al-Zawahiri. They also viewed mujahideen guerilla training, nasheeds (Islamic themed songs) with violent themes,videos of prisoner beheadings and bodily mutilations of the dead including children, and adult soldiers. Wilson and Abukhdair's viewing habits have escalated in
frequency, intensity and graphic nature since the initiation of the investigation.
Thanks Google! YouTube is just swell for up and coming wannabe jihadis.

More via ABCNews

Two men from Alabama have been arrested in a terrorism case, including the former roommate of a man on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

Randy Wilson, a.k.a. Rasheed Wilson, and Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, both 25 years old were arrested today by the FBI for allegedly attempting to travel to Africa to engage in fighting with terrorists groups there. Both were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Abukhdair was also charged with passport fraud[...]

The criminal complaint alleges that Wilson, Abukhdair and the undercover employee spent numerous hours watching terrorist propaganda, including lectures by Osama bin laden and Anwar al-Alawki and that the men discussed ways to travel overseas to Somalia or to Sudan to engage in jihad.

According to the criminal complaint, during one Feb. 3, 2012, meeting Abukhdair stated that he was unsure whether he could leave the United States because of his time in Egypt and deportation.

“Abukhdair proposed that they conduct a terrorist attack in the United States instead. Abukhdair said he was losing patience, and inquired about the cost of buying six guns for a domestic attack,” the complaint alleged.

Wilson allegedly told Abukhdair to be patient and to wait for their passports to arrive.[a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/former-roommate-of-wanted-terrorist-among-two-charged-in-terror-case/">More...]

The FBI's full press release is below:
Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges

MOBILE, AL—U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama and Stephen E. Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, announced that Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25, both U.S. citizens living in Mobile, were arrested today on terrorism charges filed in the Southern District of Alabama.

A criminal complaint signed on December 10, 2012, charges Abukhdair and Wilson with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, knowing or intending that it be used in preparation for, or in carrying out a conspiracy to kill persons or damage property outside the United States. The complaint also charges Abukhdair with passport fraud. According to the complaint, the charges stem from Wilson and Abukhdair’s conspiracy to travel from the United States to Mauritania intending to prepare to wage violent jihad.

Abukhdair and Wilson were the subjects of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI. Wilson was arrested this morning in Atlanta attempting to board a flight that would ultimately take him to Morocco. Abukhdair was arrested in Augusta, Georgia, at a bus terminal. According to the complaint, Abukhdair was scheduled to fly to Morocco from outside the United States on December 13, 2012.

The complaint alleges that Wilson and Abukhdair met online in 2010. On August 27, 2011, an FBI undercover employee met Wilson, and Wilson told the FBI employee that he and Abukhdair had formulated a plan to travel together overseas for the purpose of waging violent jihad prior to Wilson meeting the FBI employee, according to the complaint. In preparation for their travel, Abukhdair applied for a new passport and falsely claimed that his previous passport had been misplaced, according to the complaint. In fact, the complaint alleges, Abukhdair was concerned that Egyptian stamps in his passport might raise suspicions and impede his travel plans.

The complaint further alleges that in July 2012, Wilson and Abukhdair also began meeting with a confidential source working for the FBI, and that Wilson and Abukhdair brought the source into their plans to travel overseas to wage violent jihad. According to the complaint, Abukhdair and Wilson planned to travel to Casablanca, Morocco, and from there to Mauritania, where they expected to be in a position to wage violent jihad in a nearby country or conflict.

U.S. Attorney Brown stated, “The top priority of the Department of Justice nationally, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office locally, is to deter, disrupt, and prevent acts of terrorism. We will continue to defend our nation against anyone who seeks to harm us by investigating and prosecuting national and international terrorist plots. The law enforcement actions of today should send a clear warning to those who would consider engaging in violent jihad, either at home or abroad, that their future is bleak: they may end up in a U.S. prison cell or a casualty on a foreign battlefield. This case should also generally serve as a reminder to all Americans to remain vigilant against terror threats. Thanks to the excellent work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, any threat posed by these individuals has been prevented.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richardson stated: “The efforts of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in this investigation represent our unwavering commitment to protect the United States against terrorist attacks domestically and abroad. Our resolve to protect our family, friends, neighbors, and community ensures that we work diligently using every resource available to identify, disrupt, and dismantle extremists who desire to do us harm.”

The Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI conducted the investigation and presented the case for prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Bodnar and Sean P. Costello and Trial Attorneys Clement McGovern and Annamartine Salick of the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism Section are handling the prosecution of the case on behalf of the United States.

A complaint is a determination by a U.S. Magistrate Judge that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until and unless he or she is proven guilty at trial.

Cornhole watch, again. Allahu Snackbar!!

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