More denial and willful ignorance. The Islamic State is not a mafia family, and jihad mass murder is not racketeering. This is a war, and the New York City truck jihad massacre was one battle in that war. Yet authorities continue to prosecute these jihadis as if they were a series of criminals committing separate and discrete criminal acts that are unrelated to one another. If we had arrested and tried separately in criminal court every German and Japanese soldier captured during World War II, which side would have won that war? This myopia is self-defeating at best, and as the jihad continues, that will become increasingly obvious.
“22-count indictment returned against suspect in New York City bike path terror attack,” by Aaron Katersky, ABC News, November 21, 2017 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
A federal grand jury returned a 22-count indictment Tuesday against Sayfullo Saipov in connection with the deadly terror attack on Manhattan’s West Side on Halloween.
The indictment treats the Islamic State, in whose name Saipov told police he carried out the attack, like a mafia family. It charges Saipov with murder in aid of racketeering, a charge federal prosecutors typically use in organized crime cases.
“Consumed by hate and a twisted ideology, Sayfullo Saipov allegedly barreled down a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path on a sunny afternoon on the west side of Manhattan, killing eight innocent people,” acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.
Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek native who had been living in New Jersey, has been in federal custody since the attack that killed eight people, including five Argentine men visiting New York to celebrate a high school reunion.
Saipov had previously been charged in a criminal complaint that accused him of two crimes, one of which made him eligible for the death penalty.
According to the indictment, Saipov allegedly told authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack by ISIS videos he had watched on his phone.
The indictment states “he decided to use a truck to inflict maximum damage against civilians,” federal prosecutors said. He rented the truck a little more than a week prior to the attack on Oct. 31 to practice driving it….
Saipov wanted to display ISIS flags in the front and back of the truck during the attack, but decided against it because he did not want to draw attention to himself, the indictment states.
He requested to display ISIS’s flag in his hospital room and stated that he felt good about what he had done, police said.