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Islamic Terrorism in the West ( Mega thread)

PuckChaser

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Plot twist: After all the gaslighting about far-right insider threats recently, ISIL is still an attractive cause to support to conduct domestic terror attacks. Article is unclear on whether Bridges was speaking to an ISIL member and the FBI intercepted the chats, or he believed the FBI agent was an ISIL member.

https://apnews.com/article/us-soldier-plot-blow-up-nyc-memorial-2b7225db9f47a21097b981ab0e5e3687

US soldier arrested in plot to blow up NYC 9/11 Memorial​

By LARRY NEUMEISTER


NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Army soldier was arrested Tuesday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plots to blow up New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and other landmarks and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, authorities said. Cole James Bridges of Stow, Ohio, was in custody on charges of attempted material support of a terrorist organization — the Islamic State group — and attempted murder of a military member, said Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for Manhattan federal prosecutors.

The 20-year-old soldier, also known as Cole Gonzales, was with the Third Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, when he thought he was communicating with the Islamic State online about the terrorism plots, Biase said. Unbeknownst to Bridges, an FBI employee was in on the chat as Bridges provided detailed instructions on tactics and manuals and advice about attacking the memorial and other targets in New York City, Biase said.

“As we allege today, Bridges, a private in the U.S. Army, betrayed our country and his unit when he plotted with someone he believed was an ISIS sympathizer to help ISIS attack and kill U.S. soldiers in the Middle East,” said William F. Sweeney Jr., head of New York City’s FBI office.
“Fortunately, the person with whom he communicated was an FBI employee, and we were able to prevent his evil desires from coming to fruition,” Sweeney said in a release.

“Our troops risk their lives for our country, but they should never face such peril at the hands of one of their own,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said.
Bridges was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Augusta, Georgia, on Thursday.
 

CBH99

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What the actual hell...

Not charged with a crime. Can’t present any evidence to suggest he was even involved. And yet taken into custody and sent to another country “just because they asked” — only to eventually be free’d from custody without charge. Then comes home.

If we ever asked a judge to sign off on a warrant for arrest for someone who we a) hadn’t charged with a crime, and b) had no evidence to result suggest he committed a crime... I would be in for some serious career troubles.

How on earth did we allow this??
 

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What the actual hell...

Not charged with a crime. Can’t present any evidence to suggest he was even involved. And yet taken into custody and sent to another country “just because they asked” — only to eventually be free’d from custody without charge. Then comes home.

If we ever asked a judge to sign off on a warrant for arrest for someone who we a) hadn’t charged with a crime, and b) had no evidence to result suggest he committed a crime... I would be in for some serious career troubles.

How on earth did we allow this??
And yet, we cannot get rid of a certain Chinese CEO....
 

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What the actual hell...

Not charged with a crime. Can’t present any evidence to suggest he was even involved. And yet taken into custody and sent to another country “just because they asked” — only to eventually be free’d from custody without charge. Then comes home.

If we ever asked a judge to sign off on a warrant for arrest for someone who we a) hadn’t charged with a crime, and b) had no evidence to result suggest he committed a crime... I would be in for some serious career troubles.

How on earth did we allow this??
The Extradition Act does not require that a charge be laid within the jurisdiction seeking extradition. S 3(1) of the act requires the extradition to be "for the purpose of prosecution" amongst other things. S 33(1) requires that the request for extradition to be accompanied by "a document summarizing the evidence available to the extradition partner for use in the prosecution".

You need to remember that in some civil law jurisdictions there is a criminal pre-trial process which may involve an examining magistrate/judge as part of the pre-trial and charging process. Individuals suspected of offences can be compelled to attend before an investigating magistrate/judge who determines if the individual merits trial by a court. If the magistrate/judge finds there is insufficient evidence then no trial is ordered. If more evidence is uncovered later the case can be reopened for further determination. In effect the investigating magistrate/judge is a part of the investigative and prosecutorial evaluation part of certain cases and is conducted prior to what we here would consider "laying a charge" however it is clearly within the ambit of "the purpose of prosecution"

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In the southern hemisphere ....
New Zealand police on Friday shot and killed a knife-wielding "extremist" who was known to authorities, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, after he stabbed and wounded at least six people in a supermarket.

The attacker, a Sri Lankan national who had been in New Zealand for 10 years, was inspired by the Islamic State militant group and was being monitored constantly, Ardern said.

"A violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders," Ardern told a briefing.

"He obviously was a supporter of ISIS ideology," she said, referring to Islamic State.

The attacker, who was not identified, had been a "person of interest" for about five years, Ardern said, adding that he had been killed within 60 seconds of beginning his attack in the city of Auckland ...
 

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60 seconds from starting his intended murder spree to being dead himself.

Bravo to all those involved. Truly.
 
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