Thursday, June 13, 2013

Another convert to Islam misunderstands his new religion and finds himself behind bars for plotting to kill non-Muslims

Joking about jihad?

How does this keep happening?  Why do newbies to Islam find it so hard to get behind the mission statement that Islam is just a religion of peace?  Someone must be feeding them this "Islamophobic" propaganda,...but who?  Surely not the local mosque, or on the internet, or by listening to learned clerics of Islam, right?


From the Seattle Times June 12

Wash man sentenced for trying to aid terrorists

SPOKANE, Wash. —

A man who almost killed himself in an explosion three years ago was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for making a bomb and attempting to help terrorists.

Joseph J. Brice, 22, of Clarkston was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in September to manufacturing an explosive device and attempting to provide material assistance to terrorists, The Spokesman-Review reported (

Brice spoke at the hearing, saying he regretted his actions that resulted from a deep depression after he suffered life-threatening injuries in the bomb blast.

"I'm deeply remorseful and just want to go home," Brice said.

U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko said he could not take Brice at his word that the threats of violence were a joke.

"I can't sweep all that under the rug," Suko said. "We are judged by what we say and do."

Brice will get credit for two years already spent behind bars.

After the explosion, the FBI found that Brice had posted YouTube videos honoring Islamic jihadists and paying tribute to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Brice's lawyer, Matthew Campbell, said the statements were just jokes and the result of poor decisions, not an actual intent to harm anyone.

Campbell said Brice was "goaded" into providing an undercover FBI agent with bomb details. He also said Brice was no more an expert on bomb-making than anyone who read online encyclopedias and high school chemistry books.

Or reads the online jihadist magazine "Inspire" which had simple diagrams and instructions to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.

However, federal prosecutors said Brice was injured as he tried to copy McVeigh's complex bomb that killed 168 people in 1995.

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