Pak-Born American Gets 23-Year Jail for Assisting Al-Qaeda Terrorists

Indian Express, April 12, 2011

A Pakistan-born computer engineer has been sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court after he pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to assist suspected members of al-Qaeda in planning bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington area.

A resident of Virginia, Farooque Ahmed (35) pleaded guilty to the charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organisation and collecting information to assist in planning an attack on a transit facility.

He was arrested by the FBI on October 27, 2010.

In a plea agreement, the defence and government jointly recommended a sentence of 23 years in prison. Following the acceptance of the guilty plea, Judge Lee immediately sentenced Ahmed to the agreed-upon jail term and imposed a 50-year term of supervised release.

Announcing the plea, officials emphasised that at no time was the public in danger during this investigation and that the FBI was aware of Ahmed’s activities from before the alleged attempt began and closely monitored his activities until his arrest.

“Mr Ahmed today admitted he was determined to kill as many people as possible through multiple bombings at the heart of our nation’s capital,” said US Attorney Neil H MacBride.

“It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn could admit to planning these acts of terrorism, and a 23-year sentence is a just punishment.”

Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said: “From his home in Ashburn, Virginia, believing that he was working for al-Qaeda, Farooque Ahmed plotted to carry out the simultaneous bombing of multiple Metro trains in the Washington DC area.”

While, James McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said: “This individual followed a twisted, radical ideology outside that of the mainstream Muslim community which led him to break the law. He now faces the consequences of his actions.”

According to court records, from April 2010 through October 25, Ahmed attempted to assist others whom he believed to be members of al-Qaeda in planning multiple bombings to cause mass casualties at Metrorail stations.

On April 18, 2010, he drove to a hotel in Dulles, Virginia, and met with a courier he believed to be affiliated with a terrorist organisation who provided Ahmed with a document that provided potential locations at which future meetings could be arranged.

On May 15, 2010, at a hotel in Herndon, Virginia, Ahmed agreed to watch and photograph another hotel in Washington DC and a Metrorail station in Arlington, Virginia, to obtain information about their security and busiest periods.

He participated in surveillance and recorded video images of Metrorail stations in Arlington, Virginia, on four occasions. On July 19, 2010, in a hotel room in Sterling he handed a memory stick containing video images of a Metrorail station in Arlington to an individual whom Ahmed believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda.

On the same day, he allegedly agreed to assess the security of two other Metrorail stations in Arlington as locations of terrorist attacks.

On September 28, in a hotel room in Herndon, he handed a USB drive containing images of two Metrorail stations in Arlington to an individual whom Ahmed believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda.

The same day, he also provided to an individual whom he believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda diagrams that Ahmed drew of three Metrorail stations in Arlington and provided suggestions as to where explosives should be placed on trains in Metrorail stations in Arlington to kill the most people in simultaneous attacks planned for 2011, the Justice Department said.

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  • whiteraven

    “Pak-Born American Gets 23-Year Jail for Assisting Al-Qaeda Terrorists”

    So, how does the brilliant DHS help prevent this sort of thing? Well, by groping young white children, grandmothers and fathers at airports.

    And, just remember, because they are targeting the wrong people is beside the point.

  • Jupiter7

    The larger ad very obvious point:9/11 and the earlier Nov 1993 attack on tht Twin Towers, was completely avoidable. In fact, niether attack would have occured-with probability precisely zero-if the America destroying 1965 Immigration Reform Act had never been passed..there would be no Muslim “Americans” in our America to kill us.

    How did this muslim foriegner get into our America? Well, Congressman “four-hour quikie congressional hearing on muslim terrorism” Peter King voted to allow him in our America..despite the fact that there had been two previous terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in 1993 and 2001…he most definitely voted for continuing Muslim legal immigration post-1993 and post-1993. And he also voted to allow the Muslim “American” doctor into our America who went on to slaughter over a dozen American teenagers deploying to Iraq at Fort Hood a year ago.

    If you voted for Ronnie Reagan, George H Bush and George W Bush,you voted for the expansion of Islam in America…and all the destruction-ecological variety included- and massive race-replacement that comes along with it. Don’t give me the lecture about the treasonous Democrats, I’m making a point about “conservative” White voters..for they are the ones who keep the game of treason going on and on..and on…

    Treason is the Reason.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the paranoid’s view:

    >>

    tried to assist suspected members of al-Qaeda

    >>

    That phrase is going to be repeated, with variations on the ‘assumed they were actual Al Qaeda operatives’ key phrase five more times in the rest of the article.

    So… WHY AREN’T THESE ‘OTHERS’ THE ONE’S WHOSE TRIAL RESULTS WE ARE HEARING REPORTED?!

    If they were actually Al Qaeda and skipped, we got the little fish.

    Here’s what makes me think the entire thing is manufactured:

    >>

    …and that the FBI was aware of Ahmed’s activities from before the alleged attempt began and closely monitored his activities until his arrest.

    …“This individual followed a twisted, radical ideology outside that of the mainstream Muslim community which led him to break the law. He now faces the consequences of his actions.”

    >>

    The only way they have that kind of leading intel is if they have full penetration of the Mosque system as combination internet cafe, extremist political cell and local men’s club, all in one.

    And if they have that kind of penetration, not only is this NOT an act of ‘radicals’ but it is also amazing that they didn’t get any more of the Real McCoy operators than they did.

    OTOH, if this is a counter-sting wherein all the actors are in fact Federal Agents (similar to the infiltration of so-called counter cultural movements in the 60’s where the various infiltrators had to be careful lest they ‘out’ the other two federal agents in a five man dissident group by pushing too hard for extreme acts) then this guy is a patsy who was taken for a ride and made an example of for OUR DELUSIONAL PSYOP ‘BENEFIT’.

    Al Qaeda as we understand it doesn’t exist. The Global Terrorist Octopus as a repeat of the 1920s ‘Anarchist’ (Jewish Communist scare) theme has been laughed at by Janes and a dozen other specialist defense publications in the counter-terrorist field.

    What made Al Qaeda -work-, to begin with, was the notion that a small community penetrated a huge but lax security system where they were hidden amongst a horde of their own red herrings and, via Hawala type alternate remittance systems which essentially minimized contact with the highly regulated U.S. banking system-

    Hawalaladars

    http://goo.gl/9OvOB

    Enjoyed freedom of movement to gain the expertise and geographic locations necessary to execute an insane but singular, act.

    Shutting down the Hawala network (or at least rendering it ‘transparent to oversight’) meant gaining dominant infowar communications control (Carnivore, then Echelon) over the system of verbal communications by which banking is done without actual movement of currencies, on a trust system (anathema to a ‘fees and services’ ridden Westerns banking system).

    After which, whatever ad hoc transfers between ‘Al Qaeda’ (The Base as in of pillar = strength, not database as in system) and it’s guerilla operatives largely ceased.

    Everything since 9/11 has been a function of wannabe immitators and other networks adopting the name to gain the gravitasse of the Big Kahuna of organized terrorism.

    And yet the fear of the AQ funds countless billions of dollars in fraudulent preparations on a state by state basis as ‘security driven’ provisions to disempower our national as personal sovereignity.

    It’s an industry. And this dumbt schmuck bought himself a oneway ticket to life imprisonment for playing the game of ‘let’s make a phantom menace’.

  • Anonymous

    Invade the world – invite the world. This seems to be the weird American strategy. Either tactic is bad and dangerous. BOTH ARE FATAL TOGETHER. If you are going to have wide open immigration, mainly from the third world, then you had better make damn sure you have a Switzerland-style foreign policy. Conversely if you are going to play the self-appointed role of global interventionist, then you better have zero immigration and tight borders. To me the real wonder is why we don’t have MORE things like this happening. 9/11 can basically be attributed to our crazy immigration laws. There were almost zero muslim Arabs here before 1965. All of the 19 hijackers were visa-overstayers. Had they not done what they did, they would probably all still be living here today. Of course, they never should have been here in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    “It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn could admit to planning these acts of terrorism, and a 23-year sentence is a just punishment.”

    One sentence, two obvious falsehoods and/or absurdities.

    Yes, a maximum-casualties assault on a DC subway station WOULD be “chilling” if the perpetrator were actually from Ashburn. But he was from Pakistan, home to some of the world’s wackiest and most violent Muslims. Which makes this perp’s “planning these acts of terrorism” not so much “chilling” as merely predictable.

    As for “a 23-year sentence is a just punishment,” I’m calling foul on that one, too. A just punishment would be a public execution on the White House lawn, simulcast around the world — including Pakistan — as a warning to what the West will do to ALL of Allah’s would-be “martyrs.”

  • Californian

    So, how does the brilliant DHS help prevent this sort of thing? Well, by groping young white children, grandmothers and fathers at airports.

    Indeed.

    For that matter, why can’t DHS direct the personnel, money and surveillance conducted at the airports to America’s borders to prevent illegal immigration and the pathologies that such causes? Or do something about the gang situation in America’s cities, which claims far more lives and wrecks far more havoc than does terrorism?

    But same old answer: Anarcho-Tyranny.

  • the Soviet Republic of New Jersey

    THAT STORY CANNOT BE TRUE

    99 percent of DC subway riders are black government workers or criminals.