Only ten years? Only one year per synagogue? Only ten years for plotting jihad mass murder on a large scale? Would it have been "Islamophobic" to give him a more just sentence, one more befitting his crimes? "10 years in temple bomb plot," by Laura Italiano in the New York Post, December 5:
He dreamed of blowing up 10 synagogues — simultaneously, on the same remote detonator — and grinned like a child when he bought what he thought was a live grenade.
Yesterday, Islamic bomb plotter Ahmed Ferhani pleaded guilty to 10 hate and terror counts — giving Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. the first state-level terror conviction in New York history.
In return for his plea, the mentally ill Algerian agreed to serve a 10-year prison sentence offered him by a Manhattan judge over the objection of prosecutors, who had asked for 14 years.
"Mentally ill"? According to whom? Or is the Post simply assuming that he must be because he wanted to commit jihad mass murder?
“We’ll blow all those motherf--kers up at the same time,” he was caught saying on tape. “Imagine that, bro. Imagine what that would be like.”
Yesterday, Ferhani admitted in court that, by targeting synagogues, he intended to “send a message of intimidation and coercion to the Jewish population of New York City, warning them to stop mistreating Muslims.”
The Jewish population of New York City is mistreating Muslims? Note the constant, everlasting victimhood posturing.
The sentence is a significant break for Ferhani, in light of the potential maximum of 32 years he had faced had he gone to trial and been convicted of the top counts.
After serving his 10-year term, he faces “inevitable” deportation, said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus.
Defense lawyers tried to portray Ferhani, 27, arrested in May 2011, as a stooge who was entrapped.
But surveillance cameras recorded him seeking specific weapons, calling himself a mastermind and “showing great excitement at handling a grenade,” prosecutor Margaret Gandy told the judge yesterday....
Entrapment is an extraordinarily flimsy defense in jihad cases. After all, could you be entrapped into agreeing to blow up synagogues? I didn't think so.