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AP: Four "Californians" Charged In Terror Plot

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER [sic] | November 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

Notice how much the AP stresses that these are Californian men. In fact, buried in the last paragraph of the article we will learn that one was born in Afghanistan. another in Mexico, another in the Philippines. Only one of the men, Gojail, is said to be a US citizen, and we aren’t told where he was born.

But they are all "Californian."

The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in "violent jihad," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a release.

A federal complaint unsealed Monday says 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader. Kabir served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001.

The other two — 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland — converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content to Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments.

They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside…

The trio made plans to depart in mid-November to carry out plots in Afghanistan, primarily, and Yemen, after they sold off belongings to scrape together enough cash to buy plane tickets and made passport arrangements.

In one online conversation, Santana told an FBI undercover agent that he wanted to commit jihad and expressed interest in a jihadist training camp in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The complaint also alleges the men went to a shooting range several times, including a Sept. 10 trip in which Deleon told a confidential FBI source that he wanted to be on the front lines overseas and use C-4, an explosive, in an attack. Santana agreed.

"I wanna do C-4s if I could put one of these trucks right here with my, with that. Just drive into, like, the baddest military base," Santana said, according to the complaint.

Santana added he wanted to use a large quantity of the explosive. "If I’m gonna do that, I’m gonna take out a whole base. Might as well make it, like, big, ya know," he said.

According to the complaint, at the shooting range that day both Santana and Deleon told a confidential FBI source they were excited about the rewards from becoming a shaheed, which is Arabic for martyr…

Federal authorities said the trio and the FBI’s confidential source bought airplane tickets last week for a Sunday flight from Mexico City to Istanbul, with plans to later continue to Kabul…

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison. Kabir is being detained in Afghanistan…

Which means he will be set free.

Again, as we have noted, the AP puts this information in the last paragraph of their piece:

Kabir is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan. Santana was born in Mexico, while Deleon was born in the Philippines. Both are lawful, permanent U.S. residents. Gojali is a U.S. citizen.

The ‘gorgeous mosaic’ at work.

Still, the only surprising thing here is that the AP hasn’t accused the FBI of ‘entrapment.’ But that will come.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: Four "Californians" Charged In Terror Plot”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Yup, just a coupl’a blond-headed surfer dudes, disillusioned with the capitalist world. They decided to break out some gnarly C4 and like, blast some soldier dudes, like, shaaa. Totally.

    Honestly, someday the whole thing will come undone. If there’s one thing that’s been proven throughout history is that nothing lasts forever and that includes the media’s inability to recognize the truth.


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