Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the idea that Islam required him to wage war against unbelievers — an idea that the media and political elites would have us believe originates solely with greasy Islamophobes. How greasy Islamophobes came to be in charge of the instruction of converts to Islam, no one has bothered to explain.
“Michael Todd Wolfe man gets 82 months for attempt to aid terrorists,” Statesman, June 5, 2015:
Almost a year after his arrest at a Houston airport, a 24-year-old man was sentenced Friday in Austin to nearly seven years in prison on charges that he attempted to aid overseas terrorists.
Michael Todd Wolfe, a Houston native who authorities say lived in the Austin area, pleaded guilty last year to planning to travel to the Middle East to join the al-Qaida offshoot Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. He will be placed on five years of supervisory release following his incarceration.
In a plea last year, he admitted that he obtained a passport, went through physical training and practiced military maneuvers to prepare to engage in violent jihad, investigators said.
Federal court records show Wolfe had been communicating with an undercover investigator who told Wolfe he had helped people wanting to travel for jihad in Somalia and Syria. From August 2013 until this month, Wolfe had worked on preparing for the trip.
He obtained birth certificates for himself, his wife and two children. He asked an undercover agent for a pair of durable glasses with a head strap that would hold up on the battlefield, and he was running, doing Cross-Fit exercises and practicing martial arts, investigators said.
In early August, his wife told an undercover agent that her husband had said his heart yearned to join his Muslim brothers, that he was ready to die for his religion, that “he was ready to die for someone; for something,” according to a criminal complaint.
His plan was for him and his family to travel under the false pretext of going to a concert in Europe, and he bought airline tickets so that he could meet an FBI employee, whom he thought would facilitate his trip to Syria through Turkey, the complaint states….
Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, of Round Rock is accused of recruiting jihadi fighters through an online chat room. A separate indictment out of a Miami federal court obtained by the American-Statesman seems to share ties to the complaint against Khan and alleges possible co-conspirators had been funding three groups, designated by the United States as terrorist organizations, that have operated in Iraq, Syria and Somalia.