There is no indication in this article of any official interest in where or from whom Saleh and Mumuni learned their understanding of Islam. Probably such questions were, as always, waved away with the claim that they were “radicalized on the Internet.” Could they have picked up allegiance to the Islamic State in any New York City mosque? Preposterous! Unthinkable! Inconceivable!
“Two New York men plead guilty in ISIS-related terrorism case,” by Chandrika Narayan, CNN, February 11, 2017:
(CNN)Two New York residents accused of conspiring to support ISIS and plotting to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in the city have pleaded guilty to all charges, federal prosecutors and New York officials said.
Munther Omar Saleh, 21, of Queens, and Fareed Mumuni, 22, of Staten Island, were charged with “conspiring and attempting to provide material support” to ISIS and with assaulting and conspiring to assault federal officers, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.
Mumuni also was charged with “attempted murder of federal officers.” That charge resulted from an incident in which Mumuni repeatedly stabbed an FBI agent as law enforcement officials carried out a search warrant at his home about two years ago, officials said.
Saleh, a US citizen and a former aeronautics student, faces up to 53 years in prison. Mumuni’s immigration status is not clear; he faces up to 85 years in prison.
Both men are scheduled to be sentenced May 16.
“Today’s guilty pleas show just how close the threat of homegrown terrorism exists for New York City,” William F. Sweeney, Jr., assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said in a statement.
“From their respective homes in Queens and Staten Island, Saleh and Mumuni conspired to place a pressure cooker bomb in the New York metro area on behalf of ISIL,” he said, using another term for ISIS.
“Mumuni even attacked an FBI agent when a court-authorized search was being conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force at his home in Staten Island. Threats like this are exactly why protecting the United States from a terrorist attack remains the FBI’s No. 1 priority.”
FBI agent attacked
Saleh and another individual were taken into custody on June 13, 2015 in Queens after they charged at a federal officer who was performing physical surveillance of Saleh, according to Friday’s statement.
Both men were armed with knives, the statement said.
Mumuni was arrested in the same month after he repeatedly stabbed an FBI agent in the torso with a large kitchen knife after FBI agents arrived at his Staten Island home to execute a search warrant, officials said.
“During his arrest, Mumuni stabbed an FBI agent numerous times, but thankfully the agent’s body armor protected him from the defendant’s attack and the defendant was safely apprehended by law enforcement,” acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord said Friday….
Mumuni also said an ISIS fighter had sanctioned his planned suicide attack on law enforcement officials following him, according to the statement….
Electronic surveillance revealed that Saleh had emailed himself information about the construction of pressure cooker bombs and that he had also conducted Internet searches of notable New York landmarks and tourist attractions, according to a federal complaint.A pressure-cooker device was used in the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
Saleh and Mumuni werearrested [sic] in 2015, a year that saw a record 54 arrests in ISIS-linked cases in the United States. By contrast, there were 14 arrests in such cases last year and 13 in 2014….