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Chicago Man (Sic) Plotted To Aid Al Qaeda

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

Chicago man accused of plotting to aid al-Qaida

By Don Babwin, Associated Press Writer Wed Aug 4, 2010

CHICAGO – A 26-year-old Chicago man who claimed to be inspired by a radical Muslim cleric was charged after the FBI uncovered his plot to go to Somalia to become a suicide bomber for al-Qaida and another terror group, federal prosecutors alleged in court documents unsealed Wednesday.

Shaker Masri was taken into custody Tuesday evening, hours before he was scheduled to leave the country for a trip to his ultimate destination, Somalia, prosecutors said.

It’s so reassuring that the authorities always seem to nab these guys barely moments before they are about to leave the country.

He was charged with trying to aid al-Qaida and al-Shabab, a violent extremist group in Somalia, and attempting to provide support through the use of a weapon of mass destruction outside the United States.

Masri’s arrest marks the second time in less than a month in which federal authorities have arrested someone suspected of plotting to join al-Shabab. Masri suggested to a confidential informant that he "personally knew" the man who was arrested in Virginia, according to court documents.

Last month in Virginia, Zachary Chesser, who was known for posting an online warning to the creators of "South Park" that they risked death by mocking the Prophet Muhammad, was arrested and charged with offering himself as a fighter to al-Shabab…

Masri also told an informant that he was an admirer of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born radical Muslim cleric who is believed to be hiding in Yemen, and hoped that the cleric would become an al-Qaida "leader," prosecutors said in court papers. Al-Awlaki is believed have helped inspire recent attacks in the U.S., including the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings, the fizzled Times Square bombing attempt and the failed Christmas Day bombing of a jetliner approaching Detroit.

As we noted yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights are currently do their best to protect and defend the noble Mr. Awlaki.

Masri, who faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for each charge, was ordered to remain in custody after prosecutors called him a flight risk and a danger to the community. He told the judge he was a U.S. citizen, and court documents said he was born in Alabama and spent years overseas before returning to the United States when he was 18

According to court documents, Masri started talking to a confidential FBI informant of his plans a little more than two weeks ago, asking that he help him find a job to earn money for the Middle East, as well as come up with money to buy guns.

In the court documents, prosecutors alleged that Masri told the informant that "he did not expect to reach the age of 30" and that he "hoped to become a martyr by wearing a suicide vest," and that he told the informant, "he only wanted one thing, ‘a suicide mission.’"

Obviously, Mr. Masri did not have any economic opportunities in his life. Perhaps he was afraid he was going to be foreclosed on.

Prosecutors also said in the documents that at one time Masri was employed by a nonprofit group that provided free English language translations of the Quran in the United States

We realize it’s crazy. But sometimes it almost seems as if there is some correlation between the ‘Religion Of Peace’ and violent terrorism.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Chicago Man (Sic) Plotted To Aid Al Qaeda”

  1. untrainable says:

    Wow. When I saw ,“Chicago Man (Sic) Plotted To Aid Al Qaeda” I thought it was going to be an article about our glorious leader. The explainer in chief. You know, that guy in the white house who thinks Iran having nukes won’t be a problem. The one who wants to talk to AhhmInForJihad without preconditions, but can’t talk to the president of BP because he’s one of “those guys” who tells you what you want to hear. Doesn’t that describe Obama’s entire regime? I guess that’s why he’s so out of touch. He doesn’t talk to them either… because they would just tell him what he wants to hear.

    At least this guy in off the street. Until the ACLU gets him off. Or maybe the SEIU. Or maybe ACORN is on the case. Who knows?

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