Yet another. This woman is Turkish, not Pakistani. That makes it likely that the only interest she would have in sending money to Pakistan to pay for attacks on U.S. forces was motivated by Islam’s jihad doctrine. But that will once again be glossed over or ignored entirely by investigating authorities. “California woman faces terrorism-related charge,” from the Associated Press, December 21 (thanks to Kenneth):
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman was indicted Wednesday on charges accusing her of sending money to Pakistan to help fund terrorist attacks against U.S. military personnel, authorities said.
Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 39, of La Palma, faces three counts of providing material support to terrorists and one count of making a false statement. If convicted of all counts, Mihalik could face up to 53 years in prison.
Mihalik funneled about $2,000 to a person in Pakistan over a three-week period beginning late last year, knowing the money would be used to prepare for and carry out attacks against the U.S. military and others overseas, federal prosecutors said….
Mihalik, who worked as a pharmacist, has been in federal custody since she was arrested in August after she attempted to board a flight to Turkey, her native country….
Mihalik lied to federal agents during an interview at Los Angeles International Airport following a six-month trip to Turkey by telling them she never used an alias to wire money overseas and she had only sent funds once, authorities said.
She told investigators the money was meant for a family friend who was having financial problems, according to an affidavit. Authorities wouldn’t elaborate about how they know the money Mihalik wired overseas was going to be used for terrorist attacks.
However, court documents reveal Mihalik’s arrest is “related to national security investigations in other areas of the United States.” As of August, Mihalik had been cooperating with investigators, records show.
“The charges are based on the defendant’s intent to cause harm to U.S. military personnel,” said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. “We have not alleged any attacks that may have resulted from the funding because the legal issue is the defendant’s intent as to what the money would be used for.”…