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Alabama terrorism: Two men get 15 years behind bars, terrorism 'support' foiled

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An Alabama terrorism plot has left two men, charged with attempting to wage a bloody holy war in support of terroristic causes, sentenced to 15 years behind bars today under a federal judge’s order. Both were convicted with such lengthy prison sentences because the judge said their overall attitudes and lack of remorse for the damage they could have left in their wake made it appear probable they would work to try and commit more violent acts in the future. Yahoo! News shares the details on the criminal judgment this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

The Alabama terrorism incident has charged Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson with the maximum jail sentence and punishment following the two men pleading guilty this year to accusations of conspiring to give “material support to terrorists.” According to U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose (who affirmed she spent hours of conversations, emails, and other forms of contact between the accused and found they had developed a carefully thought-out plot to support a violent jihad), the pair's plans were very real and calculated. The judge added that both had made mention of killing Americans to accomplish their aims.

Both individuals were previously working in Alabama and said to be in the midst of piecing together their terrorist plan while buying plane tickets to Morocco in order to leave the country. However, national security forces arrested them in late 2012 in Georgia before they were able to flee.

"Most people in this courtroom support people's right to have whatever beliefs they want," she said. "But when a religion requires you to murder, that is crossing the line."

According to the official report on the Alabama terrorism scare, both like-minded men met online, and their religious beliefs, as well as their camaraderie together, centered on their extremist Islamic opinions.

“Federal authorities said Wilson and Abukhdair, both in their mid-20s, met online in 2010. Abukhdair, a resident of Syracuse, New York, moved in with Wilson and his family in Mobile in 2011 after having been in Egypt, where he was jailed on suspicion of similar crimes.

Their friendship revolved around extreme Islamic views, prosecutors noted.

Several undercover FBI agents began watching the pair in early 2011 and recorded their discussions about what location they should visit to best defend Islam and incite an act of terrorism against the U.S. As cited in court documents, the two men eventually settled on the African nation of Mauritania, adjacent to Mali, which has seen a surge in Islamist violence.”

The 15 year prison sentence behind bars for both convicted attempted terrorists begins early this 2014. The court judge added that support of a terrorist organization could be perceived as dangerous as committing the killings or violent acts themselves.



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