Saturday, November 10, 2012

Oregon jihadist prosecutors ask judge for permission to use the words "jihad" and "terrorism" in reference to defendants actions

As Mohamed Mohamud has stated about himself, he is a jihadist and a terrorist and expected to die during his attack in Pioneer Square in Portland a few years back.  The fact that the prosecutor must ask the judge for permission to use the words in trial is a sign of the times; you cannot say anything insulting or demonizing about Muslims, even if they themselves use it to describe their actions and beliefs.  The blinders are on, let the trial begin.

From The Republic November 7 by Nigel Duara

'Terrorist,' 'violent jihad' among words prosecutors want to use in Portland terrorism trial

PORTLAND, Ore. — Prosecutors want to call an Oregon man a terrorist while referring to violent jihad and martyrdom, words his defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to forbid.

Federal prosecutors preparing for the January trial of Mohamed Mohamud said in a motion filed Tuesday that the court should let them use the terms because they accurately characterize Mohamud's "conduct and the nature of his case."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight notes in the motion that Mohamud himself allegedly used the terms "terrorism" and "jihad" when speaking with undercover agents, though records of such conversations have not yet been made public.

Knight also seeks to refer to Mohamud's occasional dispatches for the jihadist magazine "Jihad Recollections," reports that Mohamud's attorneys say are protected speech done while Mohamud, 21, was a minor.

Mohamud is accused of conspiring with men he believed were Islamic radicals to detonate a car bomb near a 2010 Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The bomb was a fake provided by the government and the men were undercover agents.

Defense attorneys Steve Sady and Steve Wax argued in a motion that such words will "blur and dilute the specific elements of the offense and distort the facts of the case."

In other words, to use jihad and terrorism would imply a religious aspect to Muhamud's actions, and we just can't have that.  Dhimmi knuckleheads, Sady and Wax.

Prosecutors responded that such a prohibition should be measured, if used at all.

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