Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23 years of age, was indicted on 6 counts in the case of planning to kill the President of The United States. If convicted he could do as much as 80 years in prison.
Let’s break this case down.
He was arrested in Saudi Arabia while going to school in that country on June 09, 2003.
On June 16, 2003 the feds searched is residence in Virginia and found the following:
A six page document describing various forms of surveillance techniques used by the Federal Government and private entities, and how to avoid such surveillance.
An undated 2 page document praising the Taliban leader Mullah Omar and terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and condemning U.S. military action in Afghanistan.
An issue of the magazine handguns with a subscription label in the name of Ahmed Ali.
Audio tapes in Arabic promoting violent Jihad, the killing of Jews, and a battle by Muslims against Christians and Jews.
A book written by al-Qaeda official Ahman al-Zawahiri, in which Zawahiri characterizes democracy as a new religion that must be destroyed by war, describes anyone who supports democracy as an infidel and condemns Muslim brotherhood for renouncing violent Jihad as a means to establish a Muslim State.
OK, that is some really scary stuff. Add to that he decided to leave the country to go to school in Saudi Arabia and you start to get a very troubling picture.
The indictment basically charges him with giving material support or resources to a terrorist organization; specifically al-Qaeda. This happened between September 2002 and June 2003.
He flew to Medina in 2000 to pursue religious studies and met with coconspirator #1.
In August 2000 he returned to the U.S. and kept in contact with coconspirator #1.
In September 2002 he flew back to Saudi Arabia. He met with coconspirator #1 and advised him of his desire to join al-Qaeda.
Between September 2002 and June 2003 coconspirator #1 introduced Abu Ali to coconspirator #2 in Medina.
It was the intent of Abu Ali to become a terrorist planner.
Between this time period Abu Ali discussed plans to kill The President George W. Bush. They discussed 2 plans: for Abu Ali to get close enough on the street to shoot the President and another involving detonating a car bomb.
He then met with coconspirator #3 about the assassination plans and received his blessing.
He was then introduced to coconspirator #4 and knew #2 and #4 were al-Qaeda.
He then tried to obtain a visa to fly to Iran with the intent of going to Afghanistan to join the Jihad against the American Military. But his visa was denied.
He then let them know he wished to further al-Qaeda’s objectives and moved in with a bunch of coconspirators. He then moved around using al-Qaeda lodging and was given money to buy a laptop, a cell phone, and books.
He then received training in guns, explosives and document forgery.
OK folks, I don’t know about you, but this seems like a bad guy to me. I don’t understand why we are not getting this picture from mainstream media. If this can be proved he is obviously a terrorist.
He was Arrested in Saudi Arabia and held there till August 2004. He confessed while under their care and is now indicted in the U.S. . The defense is now claiming that he was tortured so all the information attained under the torture is not admissible.