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US Air Force veteran convicted of attempting to join Islamic State
Tairod Pugh, 48, convicted after a week-long trial in Brooklyn federal court the first case of its kind
8:53PM GMT 09 Mar 2016
A US Air Force veteran was found guilty on Wednesday of attempting to join Islamic State, according to his lawyer.
Tairod Pugh, 48, was convicted after a week-long trial in Brooklyn
federal court. The case is the first in more than 75 Islamic
State-related prosecutions brought since 2014 by the US Department of
Justice to reach a jury verdict.
Prosecutors said Pugh immersed himself in violent Islamic State
propaganda for months before buying a one-way flight from his home in
Egypt to Turkey, where he hoped to cross the Syrian border into
territory controlled by the extremist group.
He was detained by Turkish authorities at an Istanbul airport and
eventually flown to the United States to face terrorism charges.
Pugh's defence lawyers argued that his only offence was to express
"repugnant" views about Islamic State in Facebook posts and to watch
dozens of the group's slickly produced recruitment videos. They said he
travelled to Turkey to find work, not to become a jihadist.
But prosecutors pointed to a letter he drafted to his Egyptian wife,
found on his laptop, in which he vowed to fight for Islam and declared
he had two options: "Victory or Martyr." The letter was written days
before he flew to Turkey, though it was unclear whether he ever sent it.
He also took with him to Istanbul a black face mask, a map depicting
Islamic State's strongholds in Syria and a chart of the border
crossings between Turkey and Syria.
Only one other Islamic State-related US prosecution has reached trial.
In Phoenix, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is on trial for plotting with
others to attack a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas. Two of
his alleged associates were killed in a shoot-out with police at the
Pugh served as an avionics specialist in the Air Force from 1986 to
1990 and later worked as an Army contractor in Iraq from 2009 to 2010,
In addition to attempting to provide material support to a designated
terrorist organisation, Pugh also was convicted of obstruction for
destroying four portable electronic storage devices after his detention
in Turkey, local media reported.
RAF 'foiled ISIS airline terror plot to bomb four UK cities after cracking pop song code'
24 JAN 2016
BY STEVE ROBSON
Two pilots, who were leaving Amsterdam's airport Schiphol for a Middle
Eastern country, used coded language which made reference to pop music,
it is claimed
The RAF foiled an Islamic State terror plot to bomb four UK cities
after intercepting suspicious chatter between commercial airline
pilots, it has been claimed.
The suspected jihadists made references to attacks on London, Brighton,
Bath and Ipswich in the days after the Paris massacre last November, it
The two pilots, who were leaving Amsterdam's airport Schiphol for a
Middle Eastern country, used coded language which made reference to pop
music, the Sunday Express claims.
But it was reportedly cracked by GCHQ experts who believed the pair were planning to smuggle in explosives or chemical weapons.
The pair used the emergency 'Mayday' frequency to discuss their plans, it was reported.
The Ministry of Defence said today it would not comment on matters of national security.
Government considered increasing the terror threat level in Britain to
'critical' from 'severe' in the wake of the attacks on the streets of
Paris last November 13 which left 130 dead.
It also emerged last year that defence chiefs have drawn up plans to
deploy more than 5,000 troops on the streets of the UK in the event of
a terrorist attack.
The plan, codenamed Operation Temperer, would see the army protect key targets alongside armed police.
It comes as France vowed to keep its state of emergency until a 'total and global war' against ISIS has been won.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the country would not relent in its
high-security strategy, while also warning Europe's migration crisis
was putting EU countries at risk.
The measures give police more power to conduct raids and impose house arrests.
Mr Valls said: "As long as the threat is there, we must use all the means.
"In Africa, in the Middle East, in Asia we must eradicate, eliminate
Daesh. It is a total and global war that we are facing with terrorism."
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and
being an AMERICAN in 1907
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in
good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be
treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to
discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American,
and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man
who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag.... We have room for but one
language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one
sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.