This is the man who attracted a lot of attention after 9/11 by claiming that his mother had safely gotten out of the World Trade Center on that day — and that he was going over to Afghanistan to join Al-Qaeda. He also says here that he helped with plots for bombings in the UK. From CNN, :
NEW YORK (CNN) — A New York man has admitted to smuggling money and military supplies to a senior member of al Qaeda in Pakistan, setting up a jihad training camp and assisting in a bombing plot in the United Kingdom.
Mohammed Junaid Babar, a naturalized American originally from Pakistan, pleaded guilty June 2 to five counts of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, as well as providing the support, according to a court transcript recently released.
Babar is being held without bail and faces up to 70 years in prison, but Federal Judge Victor Marrero indicated Babar will serve less jail time under a plea deal.
Babar has agreed to cooperate fully with any investigation or prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and he may apply to the witness security program, which would relocate his family under a new identity.
Babar told Marrero he provided night-vision goggles, sleeping bags, waterproof socks, waterproof ponchos and money to a high-ranking al Qaeda official in South Waziristan, a Pakistani region near the Afghan border.
Babar said he delivered the supplies personally in January and February 2004 and someone else transported the items in the summer of 2003.
“I understood that the money and supplies that I had given to al Qaeda was supposed to be used in Afghanistan … against U.S. or … international forces or against the Northern Alliance,” Babar said.
The Northern Alliance helped remove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan by joining forces with U.S. and British soldiers.
“I set up a jihad training camp,” Babar told the court, “where those who wanted to go into Afghanistan where they could learn how to use weapons, and also, you know, any explosive devices that they wanted to test out over there.”
Babar, 29, confessed he supplied people who attended the training camp with aluminum powder and attempted to buy ammonium nitrate for them “with the knowledge that it was going to be used for a plot somewhere in the U.K.”