Posted by: chronicler55 | April 30, 2009

Two different terrorism cases result in conviction

Firstly, the three “homegrown” terrorists who had plotted and trained to attack Fort Dix and kill as many soldiers as possible.

Michelle Malkin has a tribute to the whistle blower who reported the behavior of these guys to the FBI.

Just a reminder that this would not have been possible without the bravery of Brian Morgenstern, the Circuit City employee who blew the whistle on the terror plotters after seeing one of their training videos, which they had dropped off at the store for DVD conversion.

Three of the terrorists were sentenced to life.

Three Muslim brothers will spend the rest of their lives in federal prison for their roles in the terror plot to kill soldiers on American soil, with their sights set on Fort Dix.

The Buck’s County Courier Times reports today:

The final two co-conspirators in the plot to attack Fort Dix and kill soldiers in a heavily armed, jihad-inspired attack were sentenced Wednesday in federal court, with the “ringleader” receiving life plus 30 years in prison, while the man who provided the group with the map of the sprawling base was spared a similar fate.

Serdar Tatar, 25, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to 33 years in prison. He was the last of the Fort Dix Five to be sentenced this week and the only one of the foreign-born Muslims to be spared life behind bars.

Secondly, in Illinois,

Ali al-Marri, 43, admitted to one count of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. A second charge of providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization was dropped.

Al-Marri faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his July 30 sentencing…

Al-Marri admitted he trained in al-Qaida camps and stayed in al-Qaida safe houses in Pakistan between 1998 and 2001, where he learned how to handle weapons and how to communicate by phone and e-mail using a code.

He also admitted meeting and having regular contact with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and with Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, who allegedly helped the Sept. 11 hijackers with money and Western-style clothing.

The Bush administration declared al-Marri an “enemy combatant” in 2003 and held him without charges for more than five years at a Navy brig in South Carolina. ..The “enemy combatant” designation was dropped when he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Illinois. He was moved to a federal prison in Pekin, Ill., just outside Peoria, in March, and remains there.

Yahoo News

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