The Alabama terrorism sentencing made this week against a pair of men includes the maximum imprisonment time of 15 years for each, but a new update on this breaking story reveals that their plan may have not only been to support African Islamists, but were willing to kill Americans in order to do so. Both suspects plead guilty to these terroristic charges and a conspiracy to potentially attack the U.S., directly or indirectly, while out of the country. The CS Monitor shares what new details have been made public at this time this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
An Alabama terrorism plan has given a 15-year jail sentence to 29-year-old Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and 26-year-old Randy Lamar Wilson this week. A U.S. court judge deemed that the men deserved the maximum prison term behind bars due to their apparent lack of remorse for the lives they could have taken in choosing to support extremist African Islamists.
In her extensive review of this case of terrorism, the judge cited numerous emails and phone conversations where the duo came together in their agreement upon the Islamist jihad, and made explicit mention of killing Americans “as necessary” as part of their pro-African holy war plot.
According to prosecutorial statements and court documents in the Alabama terrorism trial, the two men met while on an Islamist site over the Web, and had become “associates” in planning to join the anti-American support group in Africa. The two were arrested while trying to leave the country late last year.
“Federal prosecutors portrayed Wilson as an Islamic radical who wanted to reunite with Omar Hammami, an Alabama native who became a jihadist in Africa … Somali rivals killed Hammami in September … The two men were arrested separately last year in Georgia. Abukhdair was taken into custody at a bus station; Wilson was arrested as he was about to board a flight to Morocco.”
The U.S. judge concluded that FBI agents and other major investigators believed the two men had ultimately been willing to take human lives in their conspiracy to travel to Africa, support African islamists, and take part in a violent jihad of their own.