Five Ongoing and Successful Terror Prosecutions in NYC-Area Civilian Courts

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07/08/2010 3:31 PM |


Yesterday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced charges against the high-ranking Al Qaeda planner Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah; he’s still at large, but the charges pertain to last summer’s foiled plot to attack the city subway system; two of Shukrijumah’s alleged conspirators have plead guilty and are cooperating with law-enforcement and intelligence officials (another awaits trial in Brooklyn). This is one of several recent and ongoing terrorism-related trial proceedings, encompassing material support and planned attacks, involving intelligence gathered from federal services and acts committed here and overseas.

-In late June, Faisal Shahzad appeared in Federal District Court in downtown Manhattan to plead guilty to 10 counts relating to his failed attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

-Earlier this June, two young New Jersey men were arrested at JFK and brought before a federal judge in Newark to answer to charges that they planned to travel to Somalia to join the Somalia-based Islamist group Al Shabab; they and their court-appointed lawyers currently await trial.

-This spring, two Baruch graduates with backgrounds in the financial industry were charged in Manhattan’s federal district court with conspiracy to provide material support to Al Qaeda—to which one of them allegedly swore allegiance in Yemen in 2008—”by providing computer systems expertise” from their homes here.

-This April, at Manhattan’s Federal District Court, the Pakistani immigrant and Brooklyn College graduate Syed Hashmi reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to charges relating to his actions in London in 2004, when he allowed an Al Qaeda supplier to stay with him, and lent him money to carry supplies to Pakistan. He was arrested attempting to fly from Heathrow to Pakistan in 2006, and extradited to the United States.

Since 9/11, the Justice Department has successfully secured hundreds of convictions and guilty pleas in terrorism-related charges. A New York civilian trial for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (pictured above) is still opposed by people who have apparently never heard of any of these cases, or of Ramzi Yousef.