Despite the Democrats and media portraying Muslims as being victimized by a misguided President Donald Trump and his heavy-handed anti-terrorism strategy addressing Muslim refugees from seven nations that are terrorism hotbeds, a federal judge sentenced a radical Muslim conspirator to almost a dozen years.
A 27-year-old former member of the Army National Guard from Sterling, Virginia, will serve a prison sentence of 11 years plus five years supervised release for his attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mohamed Bailor Jalloh pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct. 27, 2016.
According to court documents, in March 2016, a now-deceased member of ISIS who was located overseas brokered an introduction between Jalloh and an individual in the U.S. who was actually an FBI “confidential human source” (CHS). The ISIS member was plotting an attack within the U.S. and his plan relied on the assistance of the convicted Jalloh and the CHS.
Jalloh personally met with the CHS on two occasions and boasted that he was a former trained soldier serving in Virginia’a Army National Guard. He confessed he decided not to ‘re-up” (re-enlist) after he was exposed to Internet lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), another American homegrown terrorist.
Jalloh confessed that he recently took a six-month trip to Africa where he had met with ISIS members in Nigeria and first began communicating online with the ISIS member who
later introduced him to the CHS. During their meeting, Jalloh also told the CHS that he was planning his own independent terrorist attack in his home country.
Jalloh informed ISIS members he was adept at shooting various firearms and he had praised the gunman who killed five U.S. military members in a terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July 2015.
The Muslim American also claimed that at one time he thought about conducting a terrorist attack similar to the one perpetrated by U.S. Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Hasan at Ft. Hood, Texas, in November 2009, a shocking attack that left 13 people dead and wounded 32 others.
According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement: [D]uring the May 2016 meeting, Jalloh asked the CHS about the timeline for an operation and commented that it was better to plan an attack operation for the month of Ramadan.
Jalloh also stated that such operations are, “100 percent the right thing.” He also asked if the CHS could help him in providing a donation to ISIS. Soon thereafter, Jalloh provided a prepaid cash transfer of $500 (U.S.) to a contact of the CHS that Jalloh believed was a member of ISIS, but who was in fact a FBI employee.
In June 2016, Jalloh traveled to North Carolina and but he failed to obtain firearms. In July 2016, Jalloh went to a gun dealership in northern Virginia, where he test-fired and purchased an assault rifle. Unbeknownst to Jalloh, the rifle was rendered inoperable before he left the dealership with the weapon. Jalloh was arrested the following day and the FBI seized the rifle.
According to the Justice Department report, Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Gibbs and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon L. Van Grack for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Trial Attorney Jolie Zimmerman of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted the case.