A U.S. court has sentenced an American al-Qaida member to life in prison for plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush in 2003.
Omar Abu Ali at U.S. District Court in Virginia after his son Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was re-sentenced to life in prison for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush, 27 July 2009.
A judge in the eastern U.S. state of Virginia had originally sentenced Ahmed Omar Abu Ali to a 30-year prison term. But a higher court ruled the punishment was too lenient and sent the case back for re-sentencing.The U.S.-born Abu Ali was convicted in 2005 of involvement in an al-Qaida plot to kill Mr. Bush and carry out other terrorist acts. Prosecutors said the 28-year-old joined al-Qaida while studying in Saudi Arabia in 2002.
Saudi authorities detained Abu Ali in 2003 in a crackdown on militants and jailed him for 20 months before extraditing him to the United States.U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said Monday he increased Abu Ali's sentence to a life term because of his refusal to renounce terrorism and the risk he would pose to the public if released.
Abu Ali says Saudi authorities tortured him into confessing. Judge Lee, a jury and an appeals court all rejected the claim.
A lot of the so-called conservative right wing Islamic Watch Dogs like Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs have completely overlooked the fact (or are ignorant of the fact) that Raed Al-Saif the Saudi born "Muslim on a Plane with a Knife" in Tampa was also a grad of the Islamic Saudi Academy high school.
The Story No-one’s Talking About: Another Arab Muslim “Student” Tries to Bring a Knife on a Plane in Tampa, story broke wide open by private investigator Bill Warner. And Bill notes that Alsaif is a graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy Alexandria, VA–an extremist school linked to Al-Qaeda and that the Alsaif family is prominent in Al-Qaeda. Let’s hear it for those Saudi Muslim student visas!
**** UPDATE: Bill Warner also points out that on the very same day (June 4, 2009) that Alsaif tried to sneak the butcher knife onto the U.S. Airways flight bound for Phoenix, Arizona, two other men, Roshid Milledge and Damien Young, were caught trying to do the same thing from Philadelphia–also on a U.S. Airwarys flight bound for Phoenix, Arizona. Both flights were scheduled to take off within 35 minutes of each other.
Coincidence? Or mass hijacking plan a la 9/11? Don’t bet against the latter. Posted by Debbie on June 17, 2009 10:41 AM to Debbie Schlussel.