2005 Los Angeles bomb plot

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The 2005 Los Angeles bomb plot was a 2005 effort by a group of ex-convicts calling themselves Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheed to bomb several military bases, a number of synagogues, and an Israeli consulate in California.[1]

On 31 August 2005, Kevin James and three other men were indicted on terrorism charges related to conspiracy to attack military facilities in the Los Angeles area and of attempting to fund their campaign by robbing gas stations in Southern California over the previous three months. Kevin James, a Muslim convert, was accused of founding a radical Islamic group called J.I.S (Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, Arabic for "Assembly of Authentic Islam") from his cell in Folsom Prison in California, and of recruiting fellow inmates to join his mission to kill infidels.[2]

The announcement of the arrests was made by the Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales in the presence of the director of the FBI Robert Mueller in Washington D.C.[3]Robert Mueller mentioned the incident in a "Major Executive Speech" in June 2006 on the day that the 2006 Sears Tower plot was announced.[4] The Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI outlined the case in his congressional testimony in September 2006.[5]

Background[edit]

The attack is one in a series of Islam-related attacks and failed attacks by Muslims on military installations in the United States, including the 2009 New York terrorism plot, the 2007 Fort Dix attack plot, the 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting, and the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon.

The culprits[edit]

  • Kevin James, 29, Muslim convert, a U.S. national, allegedly founded J.I.S. (Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh) in 2004 while in prison, recruiting fellow inmates, and then others after his release in December 2004.
  • Levar Washington, 25, Muslim convert, a U.S. national; arrested 5 July for armed robbery.
  • Gregory Patterson, 21, Muslim convert, a U.S. national; purchased a .223-caliber rifle and arrested 5 July for armed robbery.
  • Hammad Samana, 21, born Muslim, a lawful permanent U.S. resident originally from Pakistan; allegedly trained with firearms. Arrested on 2 August.[1]

Two of the culprits had converted to Islam in prison, where they formed a terrorist organization, calling themselves Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh.[6] About a month later, Washington was released from prison and recruited Patterson and Samana, neither of whom had a criminal record, at an Inglewood mosque.

Conviction[edit]

On 14 December 2007, Kevin James pled guilty to "conspiracy to levy war against the United States through terrorism" and faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Levar Washington also pled guilty to the same in addition to a weapons charge and could get 25.

Gregory Patterson is expected to accept a plea deal, and Hammad Samana is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment.[7]

In an interview with the prosecutor, the reporter remarked that "the cell appears to have been remarkably indiscreet about committing plans to paper. They even left the text of a press release Mr. James had written for use once they committed a successful attack. And one of the ringleaders, James, was in prison the whole time."[7] Documents such as these formed the basis of the evidence, since the group hadn't gotten to the point of gathering materials to make explosives.

A 2011 NPR report claimed some of the people associated with this case were imprisoned in a highly restrictive Communication Management Unit.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marquez, Jeremiah; Mark Sherman (1 September 2005). "Four indicted in alleged terrorist plot against LA-area targets". SF Gate. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Four Men Indicted on Terrorism Charges Related to Conspiracy to Attack Military Facilities, Other Targets" (Press release). Department of Justice. 31 August 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at the California Terrorism Indictment Press Conference" (Press release). Department of Justice. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  4. ^ Robert S. Mueller, III (23 June 2006). "Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Director Robert S. Mueller, III". FBI Major Executive Speeches (Press release). FBI. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  5. ^ Donald Van Duyn (19 September 2006). "Statement of Donald Van Duyn Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division Federal Bureau of Investigation Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Related Agencies" (Press release). FBI. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  6. ^ New York Times, Imams Reject Talk That Islam Radicalizes Inmates, DANIEL J. WAKIN, May 23, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/nyregion/24convert.html?ref=us
  7. ^ a b Murr, Andrew (15 December 2007). "Thwarting Terror". Newsweek. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  8. ^ DATA & GRAPHICS: Population Of The Communications Management Units, Margot Williams and Alyson Hurt, NPR, 3-3-11, retrieved 2011 03 04 from npr.org

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