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Criminal Proceedings: A Timeline of U.S. Terror Cases RULE Criminal Proceedings in 2009

Posted: March 9, 2010


Introduction
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Criminal Proceedings in 2011
Criminal Proceedings in 2010
Criminal Proceedings in 2009
Criminal Proceedings in 2008
Criminal Proceedings in 2007
Criminal Proceedings in 2006
Criminal Proceedings in 2005
Criminal Proceedings in 2004 and 2002

The following is a list of American Muslim extremists charged, convicted or sentenced in 2009 on terrorism-related offenses, ranging from providing material support to foreign terrorist organizations to plotting violent attacks in the U.S. The list also includes other Americans involved in terrorist plots and activities with terrorist organizations whose ideologies are rooted in radical interpretations of Islam. Those who were charged and later acquitted of terror-related offenses are not included in the list.

  • December 7, 2009 – New York – Zeinab Taleb-Jedi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran, pleads guilty to providing material support to terrorists for attending a People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran training camp. 

  • December 7, 2009 – Illinois – Additional charges are filed against American citizen David Coleman Headley and a Canadian citizen for helping plan the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and planning another terrorist attack against the offices of a Danish newspaper that printed controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. 

  • November 24, 2009 – Pennsylvania – Moussa Ali Hamdan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Lebanon, and three other men are indicted for conspiring to provide material support to Hezbollah for attempting to export machine guns and generate funds for the Lebanese terrorist organization.  Hamdan is arrested in Paraguay in June 2010.  

  • November 23, 2009 – Minnesota – Unsealed court documents charge eight men from Minnesota with terror charges relating to their associations with an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia.  The men include Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, six U.S. permanent residents – Mahamud Said Omar, Ahmed Ali Omar, Khalid Mohamud Abshir, Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, Mustafa Ali Salat and Zakaria Maruf – and Minnesota resident Abdiweli Yassin Isse.  Mahamud Said Omar, who was arrested in the Netherlands on November 8, 2009, is the only defendant in the case in custody.

  • November 20, 2009 – Florida – American citizen Narseal Batiste is sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison for plotting to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI headquarters in Miami and other U.S. buildings. 

  • November 19, 2009 – Florida – American citizen Stanley Phanor is sentenced to eight years in prison for plotting to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI headquarters in Miami and other U.S. buildings. 

  • November 18, 2009 – Florida – American citizens Burson Augustin and Rotschild Augustin are sentenced to six and seven years in prison, respectively, for plotting to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI headquarters in Miami and other U.S. buildings. 

  • October 7, 2009 – Illinois – Michael Finton, an American citizen who attempted to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, is indicted for attempted murder of a federal officer or employee and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property owned by the United States.

  • September 29, 2009 – New York – Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, an American citizen who attempted to funnel thousands of dollars to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, pleads guilty to terrorism financing.

  • September 24, 2009 – North Carolina – A superseding indictment charges American citizen Daniel Patrick Boyd and Hysen Sherifi, a U.S. permanent resident from Kosovo, with conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel in connection with Boyd's alleged surveillance of a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.  Boyd and Sherifi are among seven men indicted on July 22, 2009, for engaging in weapons training and conspiring to carry out "violent jihad" overseas

  • September 23, 2009 – Illinois – Michael Finton, an American citizen who attempted to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, is charged with attempted murder of a federal officer or employee and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property owned by the United States.

  • September 20, 2009 – New York – Ahmad Wais Afzali, a U.S. permanent resident from Afghanistan, is arrested and charged with lying to federal authorities in an ongoing investigation of a terror plot to detonate explosives in the U.S.

  • August 7, 2009 – Texas – Kobie Diallo Williams, an American citizen who conspired to join the Taliban and fight against U.S. forces, is sentenced to four years and five months in prison.

  • July 22, 2009 – North Carolina – Six American citizens – Daniel Patrick Boyd, Zakariya Boyd, Dylan Boyd, Ziyad Yaghi, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan and Anes Subasic – and Hysen Sherifi, a U.S. permanent resident from Kosovo, are indicted for engaging in weapons training and conspiring to carry out "violent jihad" overseas.  The men are arrested five days later.  Jude Kenan Muhammad, an eighth suspect who is also an American citizen, is still at large.

  • June 23, 2009 – New York – American citizen Saleh Elahwal is sentenced to 17 months in prison for distributing broadcasts of Al Manar, Hezbollah's TV station, and for providing material support to Hezbollah.

  • June 2, 2009 – New York – American citizens James Cromitie, David Williams and Onta Williams and one Haitian national are indicted for plotting to attack two synagogues in the Bronx and to shoot down planes at a military base in Newburgh, New York.  The men were arrested on May 20, 2009, after planting what they believed to be bombs in cars outside of the synagogues.

  • May 27, 2009 – Texas – Shukri Abu Baker, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Brazil and raised in the Palestinian Territories, and three other naturalized U.S. citizens of Palestinian origin – Ghassan Elashi, Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulraham Odeh – are among the five leaders and former fundraisers of the Holy Land Foundation, once considered the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., handed down prison sentences ranging form 15 to 65 years for funneling money to the Hamas terrorist organization.

  • May 12, 2009 – Florida – American citizens Burson Augustin, Rotschild Augustin, Stanley Phanor and Narseal Batiste are convicted of trying to ally themselves with Al Qaeda and levy war against the United States by plotting to attack the Sears Tower in Chicago, the FBI headquarters in Miami and other U.S. buildings. 

  • April 30, 2009 – Illinois – Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, a U.S. permanent resident and dual national of Qatar and Saudi Arabia who attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and conspired to further the terrorist activity of Al Qaeda in the U.S., pleads guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to Al Qaeda.

  • April 29, 2009 – New Jersey – Ibrahim Shnewer, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, and Serder Tatar, a U.S. permanent resident from Turkey, are sentenced to life and 33 years in prison, respectively, for conspiring to attack the Fort Dix army base in New Jersey.

  • April 23, 2009 – New York – Javed Iqbal, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, is sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for distributing broadcasts of Al Manar, Hezbollah's TV station, and for providing material support to Hezbollah.

  • February 26, 2009 – Illinois – Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, a U.S. permanent resident and dual national of Qatar and Saudi Arabia who attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan, is indicted for providing material support to Al Qaeda





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