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Jury: Somali-Born Bombing Suspect Guilty of Terrorism After Portland Bombing Attempt

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Somali-American who claimed the FBI manipulated him to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a Christmas tree ceremony in Portland in 2010 was found guilty Thursday of terrorism-related charges, the Associated Press reports.

The Mohamed Mohamud, 21, who did not testify, will be sentenced May 14.

Prosecutors were able to convince jurors that Mohamud intended to kill a lot of people in the name of radical Islam and that he was not entrapped by FBI agents who offered to help him create a bomb, the AP reported.

“Mr. Mohamud made a series of choices over a period of several years – choices that were leading him down a path that would have ended in violence,” said Greg Fowler, who leads the FBI office in Portland. “His actions showed little regard for the rights and responsibilities that come with being an American or respect for the lives that he was prepared to take.”

Mohamud’s attorney, Steve Sady, said he plans to appeal after sentencing on May 14.

“We are disappointed with the verdict,” Mohamud’s attorney, Steve Sady, said. “We obviously though he was entrapped.”

Islamic Group: FBI Agents Intimidate Somali Man; Bureau Investigates

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Minneapolis office is investigating claims that two agents pressured a Somali man to work as an informant in the Somali community, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group, requested the probe last week.

The man claims the agents were “intimidating and threatening” him in an attempt to get him to cooperate with an undercover investigation, the Pioneer Press reported.

The FBI pledged to take the allegations seriously.

“We’re just trying to determine what happened, and appropriate action will be taken, or not, depending on what we discover here,” FBI Special Agent Kyle Loven told the Pioneer Press.

 

 

Father Testifies Son Was Brainwashed by Overzealous FBI Agents During Terrorism Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of a young man charged with terrorism testified during his son’s trial Monday that his son was brainwashed and manipulated by the FBI, the Associated Press reports.

Osma Barre, the father of Oregon terrorism suspect Mohamed Mohamud, was the first witness for a defense that plans to portray Mohamud as an impressionable, troubled teenager caught up in an overzealous FBI operation, the AP wrote.

Prosecutors allege Mohamud was an extremist bent on killing people.

He’s accused of attempting to detonate a bomb what turned out to be a phony bomb during a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in 2010.

New Book: FBI Manufactures Terrorism Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, the FBI has blundered the war on terrorism, manufacturing cases to create the appearance that the country is safer, Trevor Aaronson alleges in his new book, “The Terror Factor: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.”

The book claims the FBI has arrested 500 so-called terrorists since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a review by Blog Critics.

Most of those cases were against disgruntled or confused Muslims who had no ability to carry out an attack, according to the book.

The author – through interviews with current and former FBI agents – alleges that undercover agents create the illusion that the suspects were on the verge of killing people.

FBI: Teen Accused of Trying to Detonate Bomb in Portland Also Wanted to Live Regular College Life

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A teenager on trial for trying to blow up what he thought was a bomb at an event in Portland, Oregon was “conflicted and manipulable,” the FBI acknowledged in an early assessment of the suspect, the Associated Press reports.

Mohamed Mohamud’s attorney has been trying to paint the suspect as a naive, harmless teenager who was manipulated by overzealous FBI agents.

But prosecutors Wednesday sought to depict him as an extremist bent on killing.

One email assessment by FBI Special Agent Isaac DeLong said Mohamud “wants to have it both ways” – as an extremist and binge-drinking college student, the AP wrote.

Defense: FBI Terrorism Sting Went Too Far and Targeted ‘a Kid’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The defense attorney for a man accused of plotting to bomb a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Oregon said his client was coerced by over-enthusiastic undercover FBI agents who were bent on getting a terrorism arrest, the AP reports.

The trial continued Thursday in the case of Mohamed Mohamud, who thought he was detonating what turned out to be a phony bomb devised by the FBI. 

The prosecution’s narrative of the case was hammered by the defense who had pointed to recorded conversations between the FBI and Mohamud.

“We are fortunate in this case that the government forgot to turn off its microphones,” federal public defender Steve Wax said, the AP reported.

The case continues today.

Defense Attorney: Terrorism Suspect Was Coerced into Detonating Fake Bomb

court Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mohamed Mohamud was a naive teenager manipulated by the FBI to detonate what he thought was a real bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting event in Oregon, his defense attorney argued in the terrorism case Wednesday, the AP reported.

The FBI agent who posed as an al-Qaida terrorist admitted during cross-examination that Mohamud had trouble with the simplest of tasks – renting a storage shed and buying bomb-making ingredients, the AP wrote.

Mohamud, now 21, flipped the switch on what turned out to be a phony bomb during the tree-lighting ceremony in 2000.

Mohamud “didn’t have much money until you came into his life,” the defense attorney, Lisa Hay, told the agent, the AP reported.

Hay said Mohamud received financial assistance from the FBI.

Would-Be Portland Bomber Made Good Bye Video Before Pulling Trigger

Mohamed Mohamud

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before pulling the switch on what he thought was a bomb at a tree-lighting event in Portland, Mohamed Mohamud posed before a camera wearing a camouflage jacket and red scarf, saying his goodbyes, the Oregonian reports.

The video was shown during the second day of testimony in the trial of Mohamud, who is accused of trying to ignite a weapon of mass destruction on Nov. 26, 2010. 

“Did you think you could invade a Muslim land and we would not invade you?” Mohamud asked, according to the Oregonian.

His attorney claims the government entrapped his client, who never would have considered detonating a bomb if it were not for the prodding of FBI informants, the Oregonian reports.