Monthly Archives: January 2013

GUILTY VERDICT IN MOHAMUD TRIAL

We got word at 2:40 that a verdict would be read at 3pm. By 3:07 the verdict was read. Guilty. Sentencing is set for May. 

Steven Wax told me they would appeal the decision. Failing that the defense is also hoping for leniency in sentencing. Prosecutors did not foreclose that possibility but said they’d wait to find out what the defense asks before hazarding an opinion.


Here are my posts from the trial:


Day 14: GUILTY

Day 13: Mohamud Trial Goes to Jury (Explainer of Case)

Closing Arguments: Guess Who Came to See Them?

Mohamud Trial Sidebar: Oregon Muslim Activist Kicked Out of Trial

Day 11: Al Qaeda Gave Him “Something To Do.” Father: “I Love Him More Than Anybody”

Day 10: I’m Having the Greatest Morning of My Life

Day 9: Champagne and a Blunt

Day 8: There’s a Portland Mosque That’s ‘Legit!’

Day 7: Dial It Again

Day 6: He Was Talking About Religion, Not Terrorism, Right?

Day 5: The Tree Is the Bait for the Fish

Day 4: Mo Mo’s Martyr Tape

Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections

Mo Mo Trial Starts Today

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Block Buster from Clackamas County: Commission Votes to Stop Light Rail at Sellwood

As Jim Pasero revealed to you on the program today, the Clackamas County Commission has voted to send Tri Met a letter asking ‘How the heck do we stop this light rail train at Tacoma?’ 

Leftist Martha Schrader must be reading the tea leaves. Kurt Schrader’s ex wife who was handed her seat on the Commission, joined Paul Savas, Tootie Smith and Chair Jim Ludlow in passing a measure to find out how to halt the budget sucking light rail. 

Jim Bernard voted ‘no.’

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Day 13: The Mohamud Case Goes to the Jury

At Oregon State University
Angry and Radicalized

The jury is now considering whether Mohamed Mohamud was enticed and entrapped into pulling off an act of homegrown terrorism or whether, as his attorney has stated, the FBI foiled its own plot. Jury deliberations began Wednesday afternoon after both sides gave their closing arguments.

Mohamud is the man who twice pushed in the numbers on a Nokia cellphone to detonate a bomb that would have blown up two square blocks of downtown Portland–in the target he picked: Portland Pioneer Square at the lighting of “The Tree,” as the city calls it, to kick off the holiday season. Had the bomb been real, thousands of children and others would have been vaporized in the blast.

The lead prosecutor in the case, Ethan Knight, gave an overview of the case in a time line to show jurors that Mohamud was radicalized and willing to commit an act of violent jihad well before the FBI ever got involved.
The defense argued Mo Mo was simply a talker not a doer and was enticed into pulling off the murderous plot only because the FBI gave him the opportunity.
Al Shabaab (Al Qaeda)
In Mogadishu
Mohamud was already contacting Al Qaeda bad actors before the FBI got there. He’d already written articles for Samir Khan’s magazine, “Jihad Recollections.” He was planning to make a run to Yemen for terror training and talked to a friend in Seattle who Mo Mo said was involved with Al Shabaab–the Al Qaeda affiliate responsible for the murderous attack on U.S. troops in the Black Hawk Down incident in Mogadishu (the family’s home town) in 1993. Furthermore, Mohamud’s parents were worried enough about their son’s radicalization that THEY called the FBI hoping to thwart any of his plans. See my previous posts about this.
The FBI agents testified they gave Mohamud options to get out. They told him he could chart another path, praying to Allah, for instance, to get into the global jihad. Or giving money to the cause. At every turn, Mohamud chose to go forward with plans to blow people up. In fact the FBI had to dial him back a little. They had to talk Mohamud out of becoming a martyr and driving the bomb laden vehicle INTO the crowd for maximum effect.
Mohamud Exchanged 150
Emails With Samir Khan and Wrote for
His Magazine Jihad Recollections

 

At every turn Mo Mo continued forward with the plan for violence. Agents told him to find the target, allowed him to detonate a bomb in a desolate coast range location to give him an idea of the magnitude of what he was doing. They reminded him that children would be at the tree lighting. They told him the sight would be tough to stomach. And he continued with the plan. The only time he showed emotion was when he cried in front of FBI agents lamenting a  friend who had already gone to fight and he wasn’t able to go.
Mohamud Kept in Contact
with Terrorist Amro Alali
This connection alarmed
FBI officials
In closing arguments yesterday, the prosecutor told jurors that Mohamud assumed the undercover FBI agents were Al Qaeda because that’s who he he’d already been talking to via email and terrorist chat rooms and forums. Mohamud even told the nurse at the jail the day after he was arrested and on suicide watch that ‘the Al Qaeda gave him purpose and something to do’.
The defense claimed that these moves were the acts of a vulnerable and impressionable kid who would do as he was told or encouraged. They claimed there was no real way out for Mohamud.
I’m not sure what this Portland jury of nine women and six men will do, but I ain’t buying it.
After all, what would it take to get you to murder ONE person? Could someone talk you into that? Could they talk you into murdering THOUSANDS? What words would it take to get you to do that?
Mohamed Mohamud in First Grade
in Portland

I’ve sat through many hours of testimony in the last two weeks on this trial. I feel great sympathy for his parents who desperately tried to keep their son on the straight and narrow. Parents have a tough enough time as it is when we try to guide our kids. Ideally it’s supposed to be like bowling with kiddie bumpers. We throw the ball as ably as we can and it bounces off one side, then the other until at some point it arrives at the right place. Success.

But not so in Mo Mo’s case. The Osmans had even harder problems. This family, who ironically left Mogadishu to get away from the radical extremists of Al Shabaab and their ideological kindred in Somalia’s civil war, now found out their son was one of them. They thought they had talked him out of it. By the time they called the FBI for help–Mohamud was already under surveillance for his terrorist proclivities. It was too late. He had already made his path.

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Day 13: The Mohamud Case Goes to the Jury

The jury is now considering whether Mohamed Mohamud was enticed and entrapped into pulling off an act of homegrown terrorism or whether, as his attorney has stated, the FBI foiled its own plot. Jury deliberations began Wednesday afternoon after both sides gave their closing arguments.

At Oregon State University
Angry and Radicalized
Mohamud is the man who twice pushed in the numbers on a Nokia cellphone to detonate a bomb that would have blown up two square blocks of downtown Portland–in the target he picked: Portland Pioneer Square at the lighting of “The Tree,” as the city calls it, to kick off the holiday season. Had the bomb been real, thousands of children and others would have been vaporized in the blast.

The lead prosecutor in the case, Ethan Knight, gave an overview of the case in a time line to show jurors that Mohamud was radicalized and willing to commit an act of violent jihad well before the FBI ever got involved.
The defense argued Mo Mo was simply a talker not a doer and was enticed into pulling off the murderous plot only because the FBI gave him the opportunity.
Al Shabaab (Al Qaeda)
In Mogadishu
Mohamud was already contacting Al Qaeda bad actors before the FBI got there. He’d already written articles for Samir Khan’s magazine, “Jihad Recollections.” He was planning to make a run to Yemen for terror training and talked to a friend in Seattle who Mo Mo said was involved with Al Shabaab–the Al Qaeda affiliate responsible for the murderous attack on U.S. troops in the Black Hawk Down incident in Mogadishu (the family’s home town) in 1993. Furthermore, Mohamud’s parents were worried enough about their son’s radicalization that THEY called the FBI hoping to thwart any of his plans. See my previous posts about this.
The FBI agents testified they gave Mohamud options to get out. They told him he could chart another path, praying to Allah, for instance, to get into the global jihad. Or giving money to the cause. At every turn, Mohamud chose to go forward with plans to blow people up. In fact the FBI had to dial him back a little. They had to talk Mohamud out of becoming a martyr and driving the bomb laden vehicle INTO the crowd for maximum effect. 
Mohamud Exchanged 150
Emails With Samir Khan and Wrote for
His Magazine Jihad Recollections

At every turn Mo Mo continued forward with the plan for violence. Agents told him to find the target, allowed him to detonate a bomb in a desolate coast range location to give him an idea of the magnitude of what he was doing. They reminded him that children would be at the tree lighting. They told him the sight would be tough to stomach. And he continued with the plan. The only time he showed emotion was when he cried in front of FBI agents lamenting a  friend who had already gone to fight and he wasn’t able to go. 
Mohamud Kept in Contact
with Terrorist Amro Alali
This connection alarmed
FBI officials
In closing arguments yesterday, the prosecutor told jurors that Mohamud assumed the undercover FBI agents were Al Qaeda because that’s who he he’d already been talking to via email and terrorist chat rooms and forums. Mohamud even told the nurse at the jail the day after he was arrested and on suicide watch that ‘the Al Qaeda gave him purpose and something to do’. 
The defense claimed that these moves were the acts of a vulnerable and impressionable kid who would do as he was told or encouraged. They claimed there was no real way out for Mohamud.
I’m not sure what this Portland jury of nine women and six men will do, but I ain’t buying it.
After all, what would it take to get you to murder ONE person? Could someone talk you into that? Could they talk you into murdering THOUSANDS? What words would it take to get you to do that?
Mohamed Mohamud in First Grade
in Portland

I’ve sat through many hours of testimony in the last two weeks on this trial. I feel great sympathy for his parents who desperately tried to keep their son on the straight and narrow. Parents have a tough enough time as it is when we try to guide our kids. Ideally it’s supposed to be like bowling with kiddie bumpers. We throw the ball as ably as we can and it bounces off one side, then the other until at some point it arrives at the right place. Success. 

 But not so in Mo Mo’s case. The Osmans had even harder problems. This family, who ironically left Mogadishu to get away from the radical extremists of Al Shabaab and their ideological kindred in Somalia’s civil war, now found out their son was one of them. They thought they had talked him out of it. By the time they called the FBI for help–Mohamud was already under surveillance for his terrorist proclivities. It was too late. He had already made his path.

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Former Clackamas County Commish Finds Life Working for Light Rail Company

Imagine that, a former Clackamas County Commissioner taking a job at a street car/ light rail company.


From the Portland Tribune:

Oregon Iron Works announced on Tuesday that former Clackamas County Commissioner Ann Lininger will join the company in February as general counsel and vice president for compliance and strategic initiatives.

“Ann brings expertise in contract negotiation, project finance, and construction and development issues to this role,” said Corey Yraguen, president of the Clackamas-based company that employs 400 people. 

 From the Zero:

Oregon Iron Works officials donated a combined $1,700 to Lininger’s 2010 run for commissioner. A company statement said she will not be working with Clackamas County or any advocacy with officials or staff.

Now I’m not saying it was a quid pro quo and I’m not saying she shouldn’t take a job, I’m just saying it seems odd that the light rail happy deposed members of the Clackamas County Commission find succor in the bosom of the things voters don’t want.
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Former Clackamas County Commish Finds Life Working for Light Rail Company

Imagine that, a former Clackamas County Commissioner taking a job at a street car/ light rail company.


From the Portland Tribune:

Oregon Iron Works announced on Tuesday that former Clackamas County Commissioner Ann Lininger will join the company in February as general counsel and vice president for compliance and strategic initiatives.

“Ann brings expertise in contract negotiation, project finance, and construction and development issues to this role,” said Corey Yraguen, president of the Clackamas-based company that employs 400 people. 

 From the Zero:

Oregon Iron Works officials donated a combined $1,700 to Lininger’s 2010 run for commissioner. A company statement said she will not be working with Clackamas County or any advocacy with officials or staff.

Now I’m not saying it was a quid pro quo and I’m not saying she shouldn’t take a job, I’m just saying it seems odd that the light rail happy deposed members of the Clackamas County Commission find succor in the bosom of the things voters don’t want.
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Day 12 Mohamud Trial: "Your Honor, the Defense Rests."

What would it take for
you to blow up thousands of people?

The defense has rested in case of Mohamed Mohamud in a downtown Portland court room. I was in the court room as the defense presented its last witness, a terrorism expert who claimed the accused terrorist wouldn’t have acted on his violent thoughts had it not been for the FBI’s involvement. The defense rested without calling the accused to the witness stand. 

The defense’s last witness was Marc Sageman, a former CIA officer and terrorism expert who’s published several books on terror networks. He worked in the field observing the mujahedin in Afghanistan during its war with the Soviet Union. 

Sageman testified he didn’t believe Muhamed Muhamad would have attempted any act of terrorism in the US if the FBI hadn’t greased the skids. Sageman, who’s also a forensic psychiatrist, said Mohamud was veering out of his radical phase by the time he got to Oregon State University. The defense witness said Mo Mo demonstrated this by drinking, taking drugs and having sex with girls while away at school. But he testified when the FBI began reaching out to Mohamud they “contaminated” him, causing to turn back to his radical ways.

Sageman testified by the time of the planned bombing on November 26, 2010, Mo Mo was a radical terrorist. 

That is the defense’s case in a nutshell, admitting Mo Mo helped plot the bombing and twice tried to detonate the bomb but the FBI enticed him to do.

Wednesday both sides will offer their closing statements, the jury will get their instructions from federal Judge Garr King and then the jury will deliberate. 

I’ll have more on the blog later and plan to be in the courtroom tomorrow AM. 

Listen to the Victoria Taft Show tomorrow for the latest. I’m one of the few media covering this trial daily and the only talk show host covering it.


See my previous posts on the case:
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mo-mo-trial-starts-today.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-3-mo-mos-jihad.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-4-mo-mos-martyr-tape.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mo-mo-trial-day-5-tree-is-bait-for-fish.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-7-dial-it-again.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-8-theres-portland.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-9-champagne-and-blunt.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-10-im-having-greatest.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-11-mo-mo-to-nurse-al.html







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Day 12 Mohamud Trial: "Your Honor, the Defense Rests."

What would it take for
you to blow up thousands of people?

The defense has rested in case of Mohamed Mohamud in a downtown Portland court room. I was in the court room as the defense presented its last witness, a terrorism expert who claimed the accused terrorist wouldn’t have acted on his violent thoughts had it not been for the FBI’s involvement. The defense rested without calling the accused to the witness stand. 

The defense’s last witness was Marc Sageman, a former CIA officer and terrorism expert who’s published several books on terror networks. He worked in the field observing the mujahedin in Afghanistan during its war with the Soviet Union. 

Sageman testified he didn’t believe Muhamed Muhamad would have attempted any act of terrorism in the US if the FBI hadn’t greased the skids. Sageman, who’s also a forensic psychiatrist, said Mohamud was veering out of his radical phase by the time he got to Oregon State University. The defense witness said Mo Mo demonstrated this by drinking, taking drugs and having sex with girls while away at school. But he testified when the FBI began reaching out to Mohamud they “contaminated” him, causing to turn back to his radical ways.

Sageman testified by the time of the planned bombing on November 26, 2010, Mo Mo was a radical terrorist. 

That is the defense’s case in a nutshell, admitting Mo Mo helped plot the bombing and twice tried to detonate the bomb but the FBI enticed him to do.

Wednesday both sides will offer their closing statements, the jury will get their instructions from federal Judge Garr King and then the jury will deliberate. 

I’ll have more on the blog later and plan to be in the courtroom tomorrow AM. 

Listen to the Victoria Taft Show tomorrow for the latest. I’m one of the few media covering this trial daily and the only talk show host covering it.


See my previous posts on the case:
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mo-mo-trial-starts-today.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-3-mo-mos-jihad.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-4-mo-mos-martyr-tape.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mo-mo-trial-day-5-tree-is-bait-for-fish.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-7-dial-it-again.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-8-theres-portland.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-9-champagne-and-blunt.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-10-im-having-greatest.html
http://victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/2013/01/mohamud-trial-day-11-mo-mo-to-nurse-al.html







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