Thursday, February 09, 2012

More Minneapolis ties to Shabaab - Threat Matrix

These stories never seem to make it into Chicago media.  If they do, they’re buried deep in the back some where.  Feel free to correct me with links in comments.

Today the Justice Department announced that Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, a 27-year-old man formerly from the Minneapolis area, has pled guilty to conspiring to provide money and recruiting personnel for Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked terror group in Somalia. Mahamud's conviction is the latest in an ongoing three-year investigation into links between Shabaab and the Somali-American community based in and around Minneapolis. From 2008 to February 2011, Mahamud, who was indicted on June 7, 2011, conspired to provide material support to Shabaab in aid of its fight against Somalia's Transitional Federal Government.

More Minneapolis ties to Shabaab - Threat Matrix

Consider Jim Durkin’s comments on a case that did make Chicago news a few days ago.  Durkin said of the choice of plea bargaining versus going to trial,

"I think it's impossible to get a fair trial on terrorism charges," said Durkin, a veteran criminal-defense lawyer who has defended several suspects charged with supporting terrorist groups in recent years.

Right, these guys belong in front of Military Tribunals, not civil courts.

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