Ex-Honor Student Gets 5 Years in Terrorism Case

Maryclaire Dale, Washington Times, April 17, 2014

An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid had earned a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University after just a few years in the United States, where his family was building a new life after leaving Pakistan.

As his parents and siblings worked to achieve the American dream, he retreated to his bedroom in the family’s cramped apartment near Baltimore, and joined radical Islamist chat rooms by the time he was 15. He was soon conversing with Coleen LaRose, a troubled Pennsylvania woman who called herself “Jihad Jane,” and other extremists.

“The upheavals of my life were distorted into a force of hate so strong that it wrapped me in its claws,” Khalid, now 21, told U.S. Judge Petrese B. Tucker. He said he had trouble speaking without being misunderstood.

Defense lawyers argued that Khalid was isolated and vulnerable because he was young, an immigrant and had Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder diagnosed since his arrest.

Federal prosecutors say Khalid used his “brilliance and eloquence,” along with his computer and video skills, to help them translate documents and try to recruit westerners. That got the attention of the FBI, which visited Khalid repeatedly.

“The FBI tried very sincerely to try to talk him out of his criminal conduct because of his youth. He wasn’t interested,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennfier Arbittier Williams argued. “It was his persistent desire to be an online hero in the world of Jihad” that got him into trouble, she said.

Since his 2011 arrest, Khalid has given significant help to U.S. officials pursuing various al-Qaida offshoots, assistance that took years off his potential sentence of 15 years for providing material aid to terrorists.

LaRose got a 10-year term in January for agreeing to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who drew a cartoon that had offended Muslims, while another American woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, got eight years. Both had moved to Ireland to join an alleged terror cell.


Khalid never left Ellicott City, Md., but he opened a box LaRose had sent him that contained a passport and money. He sent some of the items to contacts in Ireland.

In court Thursday, Khalid said he hopes to rebuild his life with his family in the U.S., but knows he could be deported.


Khalid was arrested just before he turned 18, becoming the rare juvenile charged in a federal terrorism case. He could leave prison in about 14 months, with time off for good behavior. The judge did order mental health treatment in prison and three years of supervised release.


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  • MekongDelta69

    “Coleen LaRose, a troubled Pennsylvania woman who called herself ‘Jihad Jane…'”

    Ya think?!

    • NoMosqueHere

      She’s probably a middle aged woman living in her elderly parents’ basement.

      • kjh64

        She is middle aged but not living in her parent’s basement. She is a real nut which isn’t surprising due to her background which involved sexual abuse by her father, mental problems, failed marriages and such. Not your normal, average person.

  • “COULD be deported”?

    I certainly hope so. The fact that Khalid turned state’s evidence will have earned him few friends in Pakistan.

    • evilsandmich

      I’ll take the under and that he’s arrested again for the same stunts in ten years.

    • IstvanIN

      The entire FAMILY should be deported. They no doubt agree with him.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      They will claim it is too unsafe for him there, much like the alleged gay Jamaican killer in the UK recently.

  • Truthseeker

    These Muslims don’t belong in the U.S., Ireland or any other White country. They belong in Muslim countries. The kind of radicalism that lies beneath the surface of even “moderate” Muslims is too big a threat to national security.

    • Kathy M

      You can take a Muslim out of the desert but you can’t take the desert out of a Muslim. Pakistanis are hard-core Third Worlders.

  • DREAMer?

    • Rhialto

      More like a nightmare for normal White men!

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Ship these Muslim animals back to wherever they came from and save a white life now. Massive third world immigration is white genocide.

    • IstvanIN

      Deportation isn’t part of the grand plan. Dead whites are. Who would have thought I would become a conspiracy theorist in my declining years.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        More like a lot of dead whites and Muslims too. After all, the grand plan is to kill off the white race, but the ruling class is made up of genocidal monsters who will turn their weapons on everyone else.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        It isn’t a conspiracy theory. It is an out in the open overt plan that is in motion.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “As his parents and siblings worked to achieve the American dream . . .”

    As his parents and siblings worked to achieve THEIR American dream, their mere presence in a White homeland proved to be a nightmare for all Whites in the country.

    Simply being in a White majority country and living on the dole is the American Dream for non Whites. They weren’t working to achieve the dream, they were already living it.

  • Romulus

    Curious…..? Diagnosed just before his arrest with autism?

    Baloney!! Even as the NYPD end it’s Muslim surveillance policies Harry Reid call C.Bundy a domestic terrorist!

    Let’s hope the FBI doesn’t start visiting other internet warrior/heroes!

  • 1stworlder

    Affirmative action honor student, that’s as good as they get.

    • mobilebay

      Affirmative action jihadist!

  • NoMosqueHere

    The muslims have 65 countries. The arabs have around 24. They have enough land to practice their diabolical religion without infecting the rest of us.

    • Kathy M

      Might even save a life or two.

  • MBlanc46

    Could be deported? He ought to be on the first plane to Pakistan after he’s served his time. Where he could rejoin his family.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Got a better idea, we can send him back there in 30 minutes or less, guaranteed, just force him to step into this here pointy shaped object before someone pressed the button marked “launch.” He will get a free cremation when he re-enters the atmosphere at 15,000 mph or more.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Whatever happened to the crime of treason? Shouldn’t these american jihadists be tried for treason and swiftly executed?

      • If he came to the US at 15 and was arrested at 17, that’s not enough residence time for citizenship. Non-citizens can not be tried for treason, because they owe the US no loyalty. They can of course be tried with espionage and terrorism offenses, but not treason.

        It would be a shame if Khalid was allowed to stay here rather than being deported, but even if he does stay, any career the former high school honor student who had won a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins thought he would someday have is now in the toilet due to his felony conviction.

        • DudeWheresMyCountry?

          So it will live on government handouts for the next 60 years, organizing jihad.

  • Ronald

    “… but *(he)* knows he “could” be deported.” (?)

  • kjh64

    Why do we waste a scholarship to an expensive, prestigious school like Johns Hopkins on foreign nationals? How about give it to an American? Oh wait, we can’t help Americans out now can we, especially White Americans.

    • Sloppo

      Are you suggesting that we don’t need mentally impaired worshippers of the pedophile-pirate’s moon-god to become our medical care providers?

      • Kathy M

        Be afraid. Be very afraid.

        • Q. How many of these cheated his way through medical school?

          1. All of them.
          2. All of them.
          3. All of them.

          Indian doctors should only be allowed to practice on Indians, and always remember that malpractice makes malperfect.

  • Sloppo

    It seems that he’s “brilliant” enough to become an “honor student”, but too mentally retarded to be fully responsible for his actions. It reminds me of that saying “diversity means always lowering the bar”.

    • He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, not mental retardation. Aspies are somewhat asocial but we have a very pronounced ability to focus on tasks which interest us. My best friend from high school is also an Aspie. Most of us neither need nor want to be “cured”.

  • Sangraal

    ‘Both had moved to Ireland to join an alleged terror cell.’

    Once upon a time, if one had wanted to join a jihadist terror cell, one would have to move to the Middle East, North Africa, or South Asia.
    But welcome to 21st century Occupied Europe, where one can join such a group in Ireland! Oh the opportunities that globalisation provides!