Oct 22 2009
Unfortunately, they didn’t get put away for life. So they’ll probably be out in 3 years.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Three (MUSLIM) men convicted of plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq were sentenced in federal court Wednesday to more than eight years in prison.
Mohammad Amawi, 29, received a 20-year term, with credit for three years he has already spent in custody. He will remain under lifetime supervision upon his release, U.S. District Judge James Carr said.
Both men had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison. “This isn’t a capital ‘T’ terrorism case,” Carr said. (No, but wherever you find the word terrorist, there’s always a capital “M” for Muslim next to it)
Amawi, El-Hindi and Mazloum, all of Middle Eastern descent, met in Toledo about five years ago and began plotting and training to help insurgents in Iraq, the FBI said during their trial last year.
Wednesday, the judge said that while the informant played a huge role in the case, his actions did not amount to entrapment. Carr said Amawi could have backed out, but instead talked about plans to help the insurgency in Iraq and watched jihadist videos. Talk of killing troops isn’t protected by free speech, the judge said, and is not just “idle chatter or fantasy.”
Prosecutors described El-Hindi as the leader among the three. “His role was to recruit, encourage and facilitate his proteges,” federal prosecutor Thomas Getz said.
An attorney for El-Hindi, who has lived in the United States for 25 years, said his client never took any action toward harming U.S. soldiers. And El-Hindi said his only mistake was speaking with a man who turned out to be a government informant. (Sounds like a CAIR loiyah)
The judge determined that El-Hindi tried to recruit two Chicago-area cousins into the group’s plot.
Amawi and El-Hindi are U.S. citizens. Mazloum came to the U.S. legally from Lebanon. El-Hindi was born in Jordan. Amawi was born in the U.S. but also has Jordanian citizenship. ONN TV
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