Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Another misunderstander of Islam convicted of attempted NYC subway jihad in 2009

Adis Medunjanin will have plenty of time to contemplate his place in the universe and read the Qur'an.  Prison da'wa awaits him now, possibly for up to the end of his life.

So sad for virgins or ever-flowing rivers of wine.  Just decades of 3 hots and a cot.

From MyWay May 1 by Tom Hays

NYC man convicted in thwarted subway bomb plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York man was convicted Tuesday of plotting an aborted suicide mission against New York City subways in 2009 - a case that featured the first-time testimony from admitted homegrown terrorists about al-Qaida's fixation with pulling off another attack on American soil.
A jury found Adis Medunjanin guilty of all counts for his role in a terror plot that federal authorities say was one of the closest calls since Sept. 11, 2001.
"This is Terrorism 101," Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger said in closing arguments in federal court in Brooklyn. "The goal of this conspiracy was to kill as many people as possible."
Medunjanin could be ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 7.
Outside court, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said the conviction demonstrated how U.S. authorities must remain vigilant about homegrown extremism.
"Disaffected youth can be drawn into all sorts of things," Lynch said.
Defense attorney Robert Gottlieb said he disagreed with the verdict and would appeal. But he also said the trial showed that the U.S. court system is the best place to prosecute terror crimes.
"The world and our national government including all our politicians should take note that this is the way crimes should be decided, not in a military commission, not in a star chamber, but in America," he said.
Medunjanin, who showed no visible reaction to the verdicts, afterward asked Gottlieb to "tell his family to be strong," the lawyer said. The defendant's mother and sister testified during the trial of terrifying late-night raids by federal agents before his arrest.
The defense had admitted that the Bosnian-born Medunjanin wanted to fight for the Taliban, but they insisted he never agreed to spread death and destruction in the city where his family put down roots.
Medunjanin, 27, went overseas to fulfill a "romantic version of jihad. ... His plan and intent was to join the Taliban and stand up for what he believes in," Gottlieb said in his closing. "That was his purpose."
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