Everyone except greasy Islamophobes knows that Islam is a beautiful Religion of Peace, yet somehow these three Muslims got the crazy idea that they should commit acts of violence against those they deemed “un-Islamic.” One of them even said in court, “You’re prosecuting Islam.” Yet we all know that what they wanted to do has nothing to do with Islam, and only greasy Islamophobes would think otherwise. Nonetheless, no one in the Islamic advocacy establishment is lifting a finger to explain either to them or to other Muslims in the U.S. how they can avoid misunderstanding Islam in a similar way. “Three Terrorists From Johnston County Cell Get Prison Sentences Ranging From 15 to 45 Years,” from WPTF, January 13 (thanks to Joseph):
Three men who conspired as part of a home-grown terror ring to plot attacks against targets they deemed un-Islamic are facing between 15 and 45 years in federal prison.
All three proclaimed their innocence Friday before being sentenced by U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan. Dozens of members of Raleigh’s Muslim community made the five-hour drive to coastal New Bern to witness the fate of men their supporters believe were unjustly convicted.
But Flanagan said the men were planning violence.
Hysen Sherifi will serve 45 years in prison for crimes including discussing an attack on the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base.
Ziyad Yaghi got nearly 32 years for conspiracy to support terrorism and conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas.
Mohammad Hassan was convicted of supporting terrorism and got 15 years.
An American-born Muslim was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for participating in a North Carolina terrorism ring that federal agents said plotted attacks on the Quantico U.S. Marine Corps base and foreign targets.
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 24, was convicted in October of providing material support to terrorists, but acquitted of a charge of conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas. Hassan used his Facebook account and Internet forums to post his own comments and videos by others encouraging Muslims to fight nonbelievers and Muslims who did not agree with their desire to establish mandatory religious law, prosecutors said..
Hassan also attempted to contact Anwar Al-Awlaki, a powerful American-born Muslim preacher and al-Qaida propagandist, and emailed a co-conspirator a copy of Al-Awlaki’s tract “44 ways to support Jihad,” Judge Louise Flanigan said. Al-Awlaki was killed in September in the mountains of Yemen by an American airstrike.…
Hassan and two other men at sentencing hearings Friday were part of a group of eight men who federal investigators say raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military targets and others they deemed enemies of Islam.
Defense attorneys for all three men argued for lesser sentences since they were convicted of discussions of terrorism rather than terrorist acts. Their convictions have stirred the Muslim community in the Raleigh area where they lived, and the courtroom Friday was packed by more than three dozen supporters.
Hassan protested his innocence of the crime.
“I did post some highly inflammatory things on the Internet, but I am no terrorist,” he said. He rejected Flanigan’s sentence, and his father Aly Hassan, accused the judge and prosecutors of targeting Muslims.
“You’re prosecuting Islam. The judge should be sitting here with the government,” Aly Hassan said, pointing to the prosecutors. Mohammed Hassan’s lawyer said he would appeal the conviction.
Ziyad Yaghi was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism and conspiracy to carry out attacks overseas. Hysen Sherifi was convicted for both crimes, two counts of firearms possession, and conspiracy to kill federal officers or employees by discussing an attack on the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base with ringleader Daniel Boyd, who had lived on the base as a child with his Marine officer father.
Hassan and Yaghi were accused of attempting to travel to Israel in 2007 to meet up with Boyd and his sons to look for avenues to join other militants and to scout targets for an attack. Defense lawyers and relatives said the young men traveled to tour holy sites, stay with relatives and, in Yaghi’s case, find a wife….