Posts tagged ‘Zachary Chesser’

YouTube Jihadi Mohammed Gul Gets 5 years in Her Majesty’s Prison

He’s young – I’m sure the old boys who’ve been in a while will love having him around.

From Undhimmi.com:

A ‘YouTube terrorist’ who put Islamic extremist videos online is jailed for five years.

Videos included images of Osama bin Laden, bodies of children and a coalition Jeep being blown up
Police say conviction is one of the first for spreading terrorist publications via the internet

A law student dubbed the ‘YouTube terrorist’ who posted Islamic propaganda on the internet after becoming radicalised was jailed for five years today.

Mohammed Gul was ‘pouring petrol on the fire’ and his actions could have spurred others to commit acts of terror, the Old Bailey heard.

Gul, 23, of  Hornchurch, Essex, who has since graduated, was found guilty of five counts of disseminating terrorist publications following a retrial at the Old Bailey.

Word to the wise:  you think that just because you post inflammatory stuff on the internet and don’t actually, you know, kill anyone yourself that you’ll get off Scot free?  The wheels of justice grind VERY slowly it seems – especially to those of us who are taking notice and documenting what you do.  But it looks like the law enforcement agencies are seriously paying attention finally!

So who’s next?  Smackdown Crew has dozens of potential candidates.  And we’re considering every one of them.  If you’ve been engaging in similar activity, maybe you should quit while you’re ahead.

Zackie Boy gets 25 years

From The Washington Post:  (Emphasis mine)

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a 21-year-old Northern Virginia man to 25 years in prison for trying to join an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia and making threats to the creators of TV’s “South Park” show over their depiction of the prophet Muhammad.

Zachary Adam Chesser of Oakton pleaded guilty in October to charges of providing material support to terrorists, communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence in his case, which is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The government had asked for the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. As part of his plea, Chesser agreed to request no less than 20 years.

During an hourlong hearing, Chesser – who wore a beard and a green prison jumpsuit – told Alexandria U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady he was remorseful. “Your honor, I accept full responsibility,” he said.

But O’Grady called Chesser an “extraordinarily energized traitor to your country.” (Darn straight.)

The defense had asked for some leniency in sentencing, suggesting that Chesser was a teenager when he committed his offenses. O’Grady, however, told Chesser “it’s amazing how quickly you became a danger. If anyone had been harmed, we’d be talking about a life sentence.”  (He should count his blessing that he wasn’t convicted of treason.)

The sentencing bookends the tale of a suburban Washington man friends described as “freakishly intelligent” and who became known to the FBI as a prolific Internet propagandist for al-Qaeda.

He was arrested in July, days after he and his wife drove with their infant son to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. He was stopped there after he tried to board a flight to Uganda before heading to Somalia, where he planned to join al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist group trying to oust Somalia’s government.

Chesser also admitted to making threats from April to July over the Internet to “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, saying they would “wind up like Theo Van Gogh.” The reference was to a Dutch filmmaker gunned down in 2004 after he attacked the treatment of women in Islamic society.

Chesser said his targets included a Florida man known as “JG,” a teenager in Mississippi and a young man from Texas who participated in an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” group on Facebook.

Chesser also confessed to posting a link to 200 books on jihad and warfare, and to encouraging “fake operations” – such as placing bags that appear to be suspicious packages in public places – to desensitize federal agents to actual attacks.

How Chesser changed is something he and his family still seem to be grappling with, according to court filings. His father, stepmother and Chesser wrote letters to the judge in an attempt to influence his sentencing and explain his change in behavior.

As a kid, Chesser drifted from “one obsession to another,” according to court papers. At one time he was a vocal antiwar pacifist who grew his hair long and listened to heavy metal music. His interests varied, as he later studied Japanese and Buddhism. He joined a largely ethnic Korean breakdancing team.

In a Feb. 11 letter to the court, Chesser’s father, David, an economist and contractor for the U.S. Transportation Department, described him as an “intellectual, athletic and artistic” person who was “impulsive, impractical, naive and obstinately single-minded.” (Ok, it sounds to me like he was making a case against his son, not for him.  People with no self control who are out of touch with reality are not the type of people we can trust.)

At Oakton High School in Fairfax County, Chesser joined the freshman basketball and football teams and was involved in crew. In his spare time, his stepmother said he liked to play Xbox games and watch TV, including “South Park.”

In 2008, Chesser became a Muslim and, as a student at George Mason University, isolated himself from anyone who wasn’t Muslim at the college. He spent hours each day studying Islam, according to court papers. Chesser grew a beard, donned a traditional robe and later married the daughter of a Ugandan diplomat who had been raised as a Roman Catholic but converted to Islam three days after he met her through a local mosque. In November 2009, the couple had a son.  (Well that answers some of my questions.  I really feel for her parents.)

From his small apartment in Northern Virginia, Chesser – who became known online as “Abu Talhah” – spent hours on the computer, posting on radical Islamic Web sites, forums and blogs. He wrote about “Destroying the West” with a list of ideas that included filling tanker trucks with Ricin.

His blog, titled “themujahidblog.com,” was “dedicated to those who give their blood for [Islam] and “primarily devoted to spreading knowledge regarding Jihad and the Mujahideen,” according to court documents.

In a Dec. 10 letter to the court in which he takes responsibility for the allegations, Chesser describes himself as someone who felt like he had to “do everything to the fullest extent, whether it was how I dressed, who I spoke to, or how I prayed.” He goes on to say that after “about three months of being a practicing Muslim,” he was given a copy of lectures by the U.S.-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi.  (So that excuses him, how exactly?)

The cleric has been linked to last year’s massacre at Fort Hood and an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day. Chesser said in his letter to the court that the “element of radicalism” in the papers “served as a gateway for me to other more extreme beliefs.” According to the FBI, Chesser exchanged e-mails with Aulaqi.

But Chesser said he’s since had a change of heart. In the Dec. 10 letter, he wrote that the jihad ideology he was drawn into “was contrary to everything I had grown up thinking and believing.” He noted that he was for a while, “both a practicing Muslim and a vegetarian.”  (Convenient to have a change of heard AFTER he was busted.  Just sayin’.)

He reconciled his beliefs, he wrote, “by convincing myself that if I went to fight jihad, I would be saving more lives even if it meant that others died. I understand now how preposterous that sounds, and I completely reject the idea that killing can be justified in the name of Islam or any religion.”

He said he was “ashamed and bewildered” by the allegations and described his 18 months of following a radical version of Islam as “a missing puzzle piece in my life.”

“I know that I will spend many years trying to understand why I followed the path that has led me here,” he wrote. “I only hope that through my actions now and in the future I can make up for what I have done.”

Seriously, I hope his change of heart is sincere.  Only time will answer that question.

Zackie Boy wins an award

2010 Dumbass of the Year

And the runner up?  Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita.

Two years ago, in 2008, when he was in his senior year at Oakton HS, he supposedly started dating a Muslim woman and started getting into it. But much like other psychopaths and sociopaths of his ilk, he didn’t do it reasonably. He went from 0-to-120 in less than two years, from being not interested in Islam at all to advocating war against non-Muslims.

Go read it all – good stuff.  A warning for some of my more sensitive readers – language is dicey, but hilarious.

Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita will find out just how fun Uganda is after all!

And it looks like she’s most likely going alone, although I have not been able to turn up information on what the custody status of her son is.  I would sincerely hope that her parents get custody – I can only imagine what kind of upbringing he would have at her hand!   I’m still on the fence about her deportation.  I’d prefer that she cool her niqab covered face in a Federal Penitentiary like her super-smart hubby will be doing.  Isn’t sending her to Uganda like sending her to do what she wanted to do in the first place? I will be interested to read the details of her deportation hearing early next year.

I keep reading that her father is a diplomat.  I’ve been digging around and found the man who I believe is her father – if someone has info to the contrary, I welcome it!  Anyway – it looks like he’s an Engineer of many years experience and has spoken to the UN on behalf of the African Development Bank. It’s interesting to me that the press picked up on “Diplomat” but not “Engineer.”

Like I’ve said before, I feel for her parents, but I hope Proscovia gets the fullest extent of punishment afforded by the law.  Same goes for Zackie boy.

Zachary Chesser’s Treason: True remorse or Taqiyya?

WTOP

His attorney, federal public defender Michael Nachmanoff, said Chesser is “deeply remorseful” for his actions.

“This case is very different from some of the recent terrorism cases that have been in the news,” Nachmanoff said after the hearing. “Mr. Chesser has renounced violent jihad and he’s accepted responsibility.”

Who knows?  Seriously.  I ask that question.  It’s one I struggle with a lot.  As a westerner, I’d like to believe that he’s seriously sorry.  But I can’t help that needling doubt about it, especially since I know that Islam permits lying to kafir (which our government most certainly is!) to further the cause of Islam.  It’s called Taqiyya – you can read about it here and here.  I am sure that Zackie boy is well-versed in the teaching.  So how the heck are we to trust him?  Simply put, we can’t.  I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but when you are known to teach that lying is ok, anything that comes out of your mouth could be a lie.

I actually feel sorry for his parents and for his wife’s parents as well.  All indications are that they were not in agreement with the behavior of their children.  Proscovia’s mom took her daughter’s passport so as to prevent her from going to join Al-Shabab.  No doubt the woman actually cares about her grandchild and understood the implications of what her idiot daughter was planning to do.  More power to you, mom!

So anyway, in this story from WTOP, the story seems to imply that Zachie boy pled guilty in order to lessen the penalty to his wife.  Maybe he’s still more westernized than I gave him credit for.

The plea bargain spares Chesser’s wife, Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita, from being prosecuted as Chesser’s accomplice, although she is expected to plead guilty to lesser charges of giving false statements to authorities.

Chesser’s parents, who were in court for Wednesday’s hearing, declined comment.

I sincerely hope that the judge throws the book at both of these kids.  A strong message needs to be sent.  Zack spent many, many hours posting all sorts of threats and implied threats on the internet – many of them documented here.  The FBI watched him patiently for quite a while and built quite an extensive library of these threats I would think.  The evidence is overwhelming, and hopefully the court will remember this when it comes time for sentencing.  I would also hope that Zack spends his time behind bars in solitary confinement, so that if this is taqiyya, he will not be able to further poison the already tumultuous prison population with his violent jihadism.

In reality, Zack should be being tried for treason.

Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen‘s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].”

There is little doubt that Zack’s intentions were to instigate acts of war in our country and/or seriously injure our nation by way of killing it’s citizens.  This is the US Law on Treason:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

From the original article:

In a statement, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil MacBride said: “Zachary Chesser seriously endangered the lives of innocent people who will remain at risk for many years to come. His solicitation of extremists to murder U.S. citizens also caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out _ even in jest _ lest they also be labeled as enemies who deserved to be killed.”

If that’s not treason, I don’t know what is.  From Wikipedia again:

…the United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381 states “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

Treason should most definitely be added to the charges – specifically.  People who betray our country need to know that we don’t take it lightly.  20 years imprisonment is an understandable at a minimum – and it needs to be fully served out.  Otherwise we just invite others to play Zack’s game with our laws.

Ahhh! Umm Talhah’s Islamic Parenting

So….sounds like Zachie-boy’s wifey (aka “hag in a bag” as named by a friend) is headed for some jail time, at the very least.  Apparently, in December 2009 she tried to get some parenting advice online.

I wonder if they told her it was ok to let her idiot husband take their infant son to go join up with As-Sahab.  One can only speculate.  Maybe she needed some ideas for Christmas gifts for her kid.  Oh – wait.  Maybe not.

 

American Terrorists

Was doing some research for Internet Antropologist and found this very informative article.

We (and that’s a collective “we” including many different people and many different websites) have been saying this for a LONG time.  The violent postings of terrorist wannabe’s on the internet need to be taken seriously.  That’s why we’re so adamant that YouTube, Facebook and other social networks abide by their posted TOS.  The less outlets the terrorists have to congregate in, the more likely than can be caught.

Jihad’s Ugly American Face

…On July 10, Chesser was barred from boarding a flight New York to Uganda. According to an affidavit filed in the case, he admitted his intention was to travel to Somalia to fight for al-Shabaab. Chesser also said he brought his infant son with him as a cover “to avoid detection of his intention to join Al-Shabaab in Somalia,” the affidavit said.

Brachman calls would-be terrorists who graduated from posting jihadist rhetoric on the Internet to attempting to carry it out “jihobbyists.”

It is a fallacy to believe that such people don’t constitute a security threat. “There are so many [jihadists] that have a big online footprint before they go violent,” Brachman told the IPT.

For example, Faisal Shahzad, who pled guilty in the May Times Square plot, reportedly blogged on jihadist websites dating back to 2006. Hasan corresponded with Awlaki and other radicals via the Internet prior to the Fort Hood killings. Colleen LaRose, AKA “Jihad Jane,” posted frequently in favor of jihad prior to her arrest on charges of providing material support to terrorism and plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist for depicting the prophet Muhammad.

The trend of American jihadists moving from advocacy to armed violence is likely to accelerate. For years, jihadists had accepted the concept that some of them would engage in violence while others could help with online advocacy, Brachman said. But he senses that this outlook is shifting dramatically. The turning point was a December 30 suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan which killed seven CIA officials and a Jordanian official. The bomber was Humam al-Balawi, a double agent and a prolific jihadist blogger.

“That was a definitive moment for how jihobbyists thought of themselves,” Brachman told the IPT. In the wake of Balawi’s suicide attack, “the new mindset we’ve seen is that it’s no longer acceptable just to support violent jihad online.”


Jihad using the Internet and social media is now regarded “as a staging ground and not an end in itself,” Brachman said.

Go read the entire thing – it’s a who’s who of American terrorists.  And how they got there.

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