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INTERNET ^ | December 15, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd

Posted on 12/15/2009 2:30:16 PM PST by Cindy

Note: Telephone transcript and web posts included.

15 December 2009 "AMF X 2"

SNIPPET: "Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed were sentenced to prison yesterday in US District Court in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadequee got 17 years, and Ahmed 13 - both are subject to 30 years court supervision upon release. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the second link and read some of Judge Duffy's remarks to Sadequee).

• Terrorism Defendants Sentenced • Federal Judge Sentences 2 Muslim Americans for Conspiring to Aid Terror Groups

Sadequee and Ahmed were part of the global network of jihadis that coagulated around Younis Tsouli and Aabid Khan. While Sadequee may have been deserving of the longer sentence, it was Syed Haris Ahmed, together with his friend Zubair Ahmed (no relation), who publicly threatened to kill me and privately discussed the same - so I derive a certain sense of satisfaction from knowing the bastard will be locked up for quite awhile.

I was aware of the threat - they made sure I knew they were coming for me:

Threat posted on the al-Ansar forum, most likely by Zubair Ahmed For his part, Younis Tsouli was content to have a small part of my body as a kind of relic:

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: amfx2; chicago; deaththreat; deaththreats; globaljihad; internet; jihad; telephone; urdu

1 posted on 12/15/2009 2:30:17 PM PST by Cindy
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“Terrorism Defendants Sentenced in Atlanta”
US - - Press Release ^ | December 14, 2009 | n/a
Posted on December 15, 2009 1:14:34 AM PST by Cindy

2 posted on 12/15/2009 2:31:27 PM PST by Cindy
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“Terrorist 007, Exposed”
WAPO ^ | 03/26/06 | Rita Katz and Michael Kern
Posted on March 26, 2006 5:13:04 AM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

3 posted on 12/15/2009 2:32:10 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote:

Terrorism Defendants Sentenced

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee Receives 17 Years in Prison; Co-Defendant Syed Haris Ahmed Receives 13 Years

ATLANTA, GA—EHSANUL ISLAM SADEQUEE, 23, of Roswell, Georgia, and SYED HARIS AHMED, 25, of Atlanta, Georgia, were sentenced today in federal court following their convictions earlier this year in separate but related criminal trials.

“With their words and their actions, these defendants supported the wrongheaded but very dangerous idea that armed violence aimed at American interests will force our government and our people to change our policies. That is terrorism, and it will not succeed,” said Sally Quillian Yates, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. “The risk posed by men such as these defendants continues, both here and abroad. Hopefully, meaningful sentences such as these will make our citizens and our soldiers safer around the world as the message is sent that we will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who would ally themselves with terrorists.

In Washington D.C., David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, said, “This case serves as another reminder of the global nature of the terrorism threat and the importance of international and domestic cooperation in addressing it. These defendants, who conducted surveillance of potential terror targets at home and pursued terrorist training overseas, were part of an online network that connected extremists in North America, Europe and South Asia. I commend all those who were involved in this prosecution and the related investigations around the world.”

FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Greg Jones said, “The radicalization of U.S. citizens by jihadist recruiters abroad is a very real and growing concern that the FBI and the U.S. government as a whole must deal with. The FBI is charged with preventing terrorist attacks before they occur and we are committed to this task. Individuals engaged in such activities as these two individuals cannot successfully argue that such activities are constitutionally protected.”

United States District Court Judge William S. Duffey, Jr., sentenced SADEQUEE to a term of 17 years in prison, to be followed by 30 years of supervised release. Judge Duffey sentenced AHMED to 13 years in prison, also to be followed by 30 years of supervised release.

According to Acting United States Attorney Yates and the evidence presented during the trial: SADEQUEE was born in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1986. He attended school in the United States, Canada, and Bangladesh. In December 2001, while living in Bangladesh, he sought to join the Taliban, to help them in their fight against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

AHMED, a naturalized citizen born in Pakistan in 1984, came to the United States in the mid-90s.He attended high school in Roswell and Dawsonville, followed by college studies at North Georgia College and Georgia Tech.

SADEQUEE and AHMED began discussing their obligation to support jihad in late 2004. By this time, both SADEQUEE and AHMED had become active on several web fora known to support the cause of violent jihad. These discussions quickly grew into an active conspiracy with others to provide material support to terrorists engaged in violent jihad. The evidence indicated that the material support consisted of (1) SADEQUEE, AHMED, and other individuals who intended to provide themselves as personnel to engage in violent jihad, and (2) property, namely, video clips of symbolic and infrastructure targets for potential terrorist attacks in the Washington, D.C., area, including the United States Capitol, the World Bank headquarters, the Masonic Temple, and a fuel tank farm—all of which were taken by SADEQUEE and AHMED to be sent to “the jihadi brothers” abroad.

At trial the government presented evidence that SADEQUEE, AHMED, and their co-conspirators used the internet to develop relationships and maintain contact with each other and with other supporters of violent jihad in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and elsewhere. In support of the conspiracy, in March 2005 SADEQUEE and AHMED traveled to Toronto, Canada to meet with other co-conspirators, including Fahim Ahmad, one of the “Toronto 18” suspects awaiting a terrorism trial in Canada. While in Canada, SADEQUEE, AHMED, and their co-conspirators discussed their plans to travel to Pakistan in an effort to attend a paramilitary training camp operated by a terrorist organization, as well as potential targets for terrorist attacks in the United States. In April 2005, SADEQUEE and AHMED drove to the Washington, D.C., area to take the casing videos, which the government’s evidence showed they made to establish their credentials with other violent jihad supporters as well as for use in violent jihad propaganda and planning. SADEQUEE later sent several of the video clips to Younis Tsouli, a/k/a “Irhabi007” (Arabic for “Terrorist 007”), a propagandist and recruiter for the terrorist organization al Qaeda in Iraq, and to Aabid Hussein Khan, a/k/a “Abu Umar,” a facilitator for the Pakistan-based terrorist organizations “Lashkar-e-Tayyiba” and “Jaish-e-Mohammed.” Both Tsouli and Khan have since been convicted of terrorism-related offenses in the United Kingdom and are imprisoned there.

The government’s evidence additionally showed that SADEQUEE and Aabid Hussein Khan, the convicted U.K.-based terrorist, using a members-only violent jihadist web forum known as “At-Tibyan Publications,” recruited at least two individuals to participate in violent jihad. One, a self-identified 17-year-old American convert, was praised by SADEQUEE for his “capacity of fulfilling [his] largest obligations in [his] native land.”

The government also presented evidence at trial that in July 2005, AHMED traveled from Atlanta to Pakistan in an unsuccessful attempt to enter a paramilitary terrorist training camp and ultimately engage in violent jihad. While in Pakistan, AHMED met with Aabid Hussein Khan and the two discussed AHMED’s intention of joining a camp. The day before AHMED returned to Atlanta, SADEQUEE departed Atlanta for Bangladesh, carrying with him, hidden in the lining of his suitcase, an encrypted CD; a map of Washington, D.C. that covered all of the areas he and AHMED had cased; and a scrap of paper with Aabid Hussein Khan’s mobile phone number in Pakistan.

Once in Bangladesh, SADEQUEE began to conspire more closely with Younis Tsouli and Mirsad Bektasevic, a Swedish national of Serbian origin. Specifically, Tsouli, Bektasevic, SADEQUEE, and others formed a violent jihadist organization known as “Al Qaeda in Northern Europe.” The group was to be based in Sweden. The evidence at trial showed that in October, 2005, SADEQUEE sought a visa that would allow him to relocate from Bangladesh to Sweden.Bektasevic was arrested in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on October 19, 2005. He and a co-conspirator were found in possession of over 20 pounds of plastic explosives, a suicide belt with detonator, a firearm with a silencer, and a video recorded by Bektasevic demonstrating how to make detonators; showing an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons, grenades, explosives, and other arms; and depicting Bektasevic and others placing a grenade booby trap in a forest near Sarajevo. SADEQUEE had been in electronic and telephonic contact with Bektasevic as recently as three days before Bektasevic’s arrest, discussing the silencer and explosives Bektasevic had acquired for the group. Bektasevic has since been convicted of terrorism offenses in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meanwhile, after returning to Atlanta to resume his studies at Georgia Tech in August 2005, AHMED remained in contact with SADEQUEE, expressed regret at his failure to join violent jihadists, conducted Internet research on topics such as high explosives and defeating Special Operations troops, and discussed his intent to make another attempt to enter a violent jihad training camp. In March 2006, AHMED was approached by FBI agents and agreed to a series of voluntary, non-custodial interviews over the course of eight days. Amid efforts to deny his illegal activities and mislead the agents, AHMED made increasingly incriminating statements. Efforts by the FBI to obtain AHMED’s cooperation in the ongoing international terrorism investigation ended after the FBI discovered that AHMED was surreptitiously contacting SADEQUEE, who was still in Bangladesh, to advise him of the FBI investigation and to warn him not to return to the United States.

AHMED was arrested on March 23, 2006, in Atlanta, on material support of terrorism charges. He has been in custody ever since.

SADEQUEE was arrested on April 20, 2006, in Bangladesh, on charges arising out of false statements he made in an August 2005 interview with the FBI in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). SADEQUEE was indicted in this District on July 19, 2006, and transferred to Atlanta in August of that year, after the charges in EDNY were dismissed at the government’s request.

This case was investigated by agents and officers of the Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which is led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Atlanta Division.

Assistant United States Attorneys Robert McBurney, Alexis Collins and Christopher Bly prosecuted the case.

4 posted on 12/15/2009 2:34:21 PM PST by Cindy
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“Federal Judge Sentences 2 Muslim Americans for Conspiring to Aid Terror Groups”

R. Robin McDonald


SNIPPET: “The Internet prohibition followed testimony at the trials of Sadequee and his co-defendant, former Georgia Tech student Syed Haris Ahmed, that identified the duo’s forays into Internet chat rooms where they corresponded with self-proclaimed jihadists. Both defendants argued during their trials that their Internet conversations about jihad were idle, harmless chat and that these conversations were constitutionally protected speech.

But Duffey rejected that defense, telling Sadequee that he was misusing the tenets of his faith “to justify in your mind the crimes you have committed” and that he had taken advantage of U.S. laws and the Constitution’s free speech protections “to advance your self-interest and your distorted view of the world.””

5 posted on 12/15/2009 2:42:40 PM PST by Cindy
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Good news! Thanks for posting.

6 posted on 12/15/2009 2:52:47 PM PST by PGalt
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Yep and this thread is the rest of the story.

7 posted on 12/15/2009 3:01:03 PM PST by Cindy
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SNIPPET from the link in post no. 1 - telephone transcript: "Translation from Urdu"
8 posted on 12/15/2009 6:26:57 PM PST by Cindy
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06 December 2009

SNIPPET: “In the context of a jihadi forum, interest in learning Urdu is not a good thing.”

9 posted on 12/15/2009 6:30:39 PM PST by Cindy
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The Jihadists of Georgia, Part 1

They were a couple of young Americans with terror on their minds, two middle-class kids barely out of high school who lived seemingly normal lives in and around Atlanta while secretly taking up the mantle of violent jihad, who in the span of a year went from being extremist wannabes to trusted brothers of terrorist operatives across the globe.

Now, following their convictions in federal court earlier this year and sentencings this week, they are each headed to prison for quite some time.

Their names are Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed, and their story is indicative of both the evolving homegrown extremist threat and the FBI’s post 9/11 intelligence-driven investigations.

When Sadequee and Ahmed met at a midtown Atlanta mosque, neither was yet 21. Ahmed, who was born in Pakistan and moved to this country at about age 12, was a mechanical engineering student at Georgia Tech. Sadequee, a Bangladeshi-American born in Virginia, was working at an Atlanta non-profit while living at home with his mother and siblings in the suburb of Roswell.

The two soon became friends, finding that they shared a similar interest: violent jihad. They started spending hours online—chatting with each other, watching terrorist recruitment videos, and meeting like-minded extremists.

But they clearly wanted to do more than just stand on the sidelines. Fueled by their growing connections in cyberspace, Sadequee and Ahmed made a series of journeys that drew them further and further into a web of terror.

In late 2004, they traveled to rural northwest Georgia, shooting paintball guns and practicing attack techniques as part of basic paramilitary training.

The following March, they hopped on a Greyhound bus to Canada, where they spent a week talking terror with three jihadists they met on the Internet. One was an alleged member of the “Toronto 18,” a terror cell that later plotted to bomb the Canadian Parliament and other targets before being exposed in 2006.

In April 2005, Ahmed and Sadequee drove a pickup truck to the nation’s capital and cased a series of landmarks—including the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon—making more than 60 short video clips to help establish their extremist credentials. Sadequee sent several clips to Younis Tsouli—aka “Irhabi007” (“Terrorist 007” in Arabic), an al Qaeda webmaster, recruiter, and propagandist—and to Aabid Hussein Khan, a facilitator for two Pakistan-based terrorist groups. Both Tsouli and Khan have since been convicted of terror offenses in the U.K.

That summer, Ahmed and Sadequee took separate trips overseas. Ahmed went to Pakistan, meeting with Khan and asking to attend a training camp and engage in jihad (he was talked out of it by his family). Sadequee was off to Bangladesh, where he joined with Tsouli and a Swedish extremist named Mirsad Bektasevic to form a violent jihadist organization known as “Al Qaeda in Northern Europe.” In October, just a few days after being in contact with Sadequee, Bektasevic was arrested in Sarajevo armed to the teeth; he was later convicted of terrorism.

What Sadequee and Ahmed didn’t know was that for some time, they were being tracked by the FBI and its partners. In part two of our story later this week, we’ll talk about how our investigation unfolded and interview an Atlanta FBI agent and two Bureau execs.

- Press release

10 posted on 12/16/2009 5:31:51 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: Video included.

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The Jihadists of Georgia, Part 2

Mark Giuliano, former assistant special agent in charge of our Atlanta office and current head of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Strategic Operations Section, and other FBI officials discuss the case.

- Watch Video

It was a tip from a foreign intelligence partner that set the case in motion.

In the summer of 2005, we learned that a central player in a terrorism investigation in another country was in e-mail contact with someone in the Atlanta area.

With appropriate court orders, our Joint Terrorism Task Force in Atlanta quickly tracked down who that person was. It was a 19-year-old American named Ehsanul Sadequee, who was also exchanging regular e-mails, we discovered, with a 20-year-old Georgia Tech student named Syed Haris Ahmed.

Initially, our investigation—code-named “Northern Exposure”—was focused on finding out what the two young men were up to and why Sadequee was trading e-mails with a terrorism suspect. We began both electronic and physical surveillance on each one and began tracking their financial and travel patterns with the help of partner agencies in the U.S.

We soon uncovered two key facts. One, both Sadequee and Ahmed were in touch with terrorist suspects in nearly a dozen nations around the world. And two, a great deal of this contact was via the Internet.

With our new post-9/11 intelligence-driven mindset, the last thing we wanted to do at that point was to rush in and make arrests. It was far more important to tease out information on all the players who might be connected to Sadequee and Ahmed, to paint a larger picture of this online and offline network of extremists, and to share that information with our national and international colleagues.

“Sadequee and Ahmed never pulled a trigger or set off a bomb, but they were making plans and working with known terrorists worldwide.”

Gregory Jones
Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta FBI

As discussed in part one of our story, our investigation revealed that Sadequee and Ahmed ended up casing U.S. targets, supporting and sharing information with terrorists around the globe, and traveling overseas to act on their desire to wage violent jihad. Some of our intelligence came from our overseas partners, who discovered links from their terrorism suspects to Sadequee and Ahmed. And the FBI shared its intelligence on terror suspects uncovered during our investigation of the two Atlanta extremists.

In March 2006, we approached Ahmed to see if he would cooperate in the case. Though he tried to deny his illegal activities, Ahmed made incriminating statements and secretly contacted Sadequee to warn him of our investigation. We arrested Ahmed soon after, and Sadequee was arrested in Bangladesh the following month. Both were convicted in separate trials this year, and sentenced on December 14.

A satisfying end to the case, but this investigation had a far broader and more significant outcome: thanks to unprecedented global cooperation, governments in nearly a dozen nations have arrested more than 40 individuals and disrupted an untold number of terror plots.

“Sadequee and Ahmed never pulled a trigger or set off a bomb, but they were making plans and working with known terrorists worldwide,” says Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Gregory Jones. “By using an intel-driven approach, we not only stopped these guys from doing harm, we took out a larger web of extremists.”

In the end, a network of terrorists was brought down by another network: a determined group of law enforcement and intelligence agencies from around the world working in unison to share information, compare evidence, and disrupt terrorist plots.

- The Path to Terror, Part I
- Press release

11 posted on 12/18/2009 2:32:40 AM PST by Cindy
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