Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Mohamud Trial Day 4: Mo Mo’s Martyr Tape

Mo Mo made a martyr tape. Oh, yes, he did. While the would-be jihadi never said he wanted to be martyred, just ‘operational’ (see yesterday’s post here), the Oregon State University student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud made a tape to leave a message to his family and the world to bray about his clever plans to blow up thousands of Portlanders gathered to light “The Tree” on November 26th, 2010. His plan was to skip town after the mass murder.

The bomb didn’t go off, but Mo Mo’s plans did.

The tape was played in a sealed federal courtroom in downtown Portland this afternoon during testimony of an undercover FBI agent who was Mohamud’s “Al Qaeda” contact.

The undercover contact, “Youssef,” was asked about ways in which he and another undercover agent, “Hussein,” gave opportunity after opportunity for Mo Mo to back out, but he never did. 

“We made every attempt to scare, give him a chance to contemplate, give him a way out. He didn’t take any of them.” 

Federal prosecutor Ethan Knight led the FBI agent, “Youssef,” through a series of tasks they asked Mohamud to do to prove he was serious about  bombing Pioneer Courthouse Square. From buying parts for the bomb, figuring out where to park for the bombing, finding a storage locker and hotel room, sending emails and initiating phone conversations about operational plans, Mohamud continued to surprise the agents with his zeal for the bombing plan. The fact that Mohamud was “very, very excited” to do the bombing made the agent “very worried.”
On the 2-1/2 hour trip to test the bomb with Mohamud and fellow FBI undercover agent, “Hussein,” “Youssef” broached the idea of making a tape. He asked Mohamud if he wanted to do it, whether he wanted to do it that day or right before the bombing and what he would say.  He told him to pray to Allah for guidance because, “a bomb is a very serious matter.” “Youssef” also said he should include in the tape when Mohamud conceived of the plan and doing the tape must “come from the heart.” Youssef testified he wanted Mohamud to write down his thoughts to see if any of his answers–or his mind– would change.He agreed to do the tape.
Back at Mohamud’s apartment in Corvallis,  agents “Youssef” and “Hussein” set up a camera. Mohamud put on an red Muslim headdress and, wearing a white robe, seated himself on a prayer rug in front of white wall. He brought with him two pieces of paper. He smiled and studied what he wanted to say for a minute or so. Then he raised his head and flawlessly recited what sounded like a remonstrance to the world.
Mohamud left a message to Americans and the west saying we would “not remain safe” because the west had “invade[d] a Muslim land.” He upbraided Muslims for “living among the kaffir (the unclean–you know, us) claiming “living here is a sin” because it’s “better to be with brothers than living with the enemy [in a place] where they stop children from jihad.”
Mo Mo’s parents weren’t spared. He accused them of “making an alliance with the enemy” telling them there was “nothing you can do to hold me back.”
He told his sister to follow Allah and assured his brother that he (Mohamud) was “on the right path.”
He finished with a poem he’d written for Jihad Recollections for the “mujahadeen across the globe.” It’s quite lovely if you don’t count the part about assassinating the kaffirs and exploding people. 
Afterwards, agents told Mohamud to pray and ask Allah what he should do about the bombing. Mohamud slept on it, prayed about it and wrote in an email his dream was, “def a good sign for me,” affirming the plan was still on, the “traffic light is green 100%”
*Note to Portland media:
The bomb was not a ‘harmless’ fake. It was a weapon the bomber wanted to use to vaporize thousands of people. This was not a harmless crime.
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Oregon Lawmaker: One Nation, Under…"Love…"

I can handle one nation under a groove because it was a silly funk song back in the day, but if you’re a lawmaker and you’re leading the Pledge of Allegiance then stick to the script. But that was not to be as State Representative, Carolyn Tomei of Milwaukie led the Oregon House in the Pledge with these words,

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God  LOVE, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Oregon Catalyst blog pointed out the intentional slam to the God fearing of America here. Hear it for yourself here. 

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Guns: An Oregon Sheriff Takes On Obama Administration

And we thank him for having the intestinal fortitude to do the un PC thing in the state of Oregon. We appreciate it especially when people in law enforcement give citizens a little credit for having the brains to know how to use guns.

“In the wake of recent criminal events, politicians are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by advocating for laws that would prevent honest, law abiding Americans from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines. We are Americans. we must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact law that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broke no laws.
Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by

executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens hsall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County Oregon.

…I refuse to participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.”

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Mohamud Trial Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections

Background: Mohamed Osman Mohamud is on trial for trying to detonate a bomb to vaporize thousands of Portlanders during “The Tree” lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on November 26, 2010. Little did he know that the Al Qaeda terrorists he was working with were really FBI agents.

I saw about three hours of testimony today yesterday beginning with Special Agent Miltiadis Trousas, the co special agent in charge of the undercover op that captured Mo Mo who testified in the morning. In the afternoon I witnessed the testimony of the one of the undercover FBI agents known to  Mohamud as “Youssef.” A surveillance video was shown. 

Highlights of AM: 
Prosecutor asked him why FBI gave MoMo money for an apartment. Special Agent Trousas said it’s because of operational safety and that they wanted to keep Mo Mo away from OSU. Didnt say why. Wasn’t asked.


Quote,”he was helping us put together a bomb.”


Testified they became alarmed when Mo Mo reached out to a Saudi named Amro Alali, via email to discuss jihad. Alali is an Al Qaeda recruiter. It’s clear in testimony that the FBI wanted to intercept Mo Mo before he became too closely affiliated with Alali.

As Mo Mo, wearing a dark sweater over a crisp white shirt, 
looked on in the courtroom as Trousas testified that when MoMo was arrested in Portland he was there to see it and help. Testifies when Mo Mo was put into car to go to Portland Police Bureau, he kicked agents, twice kicking Trousas in the head, and started screaming, “Allahu Akbar!” (‘God is great’). 

On cross exam defense Attorney Stephen Sady tries to set a narrative that the FBI agent, Trousas, was inexperienced. He goes through classes Trousas took through college and the FBI academy to establish the FBI agent was targeting Muslims. 

He tried to establish that his client was “targeted,” which Sady knows is a law enforcement term of art that will look bad to a jury. Sady skillfully testifies inside of each of his questions, asking them multiple times, to embed his ideas in the jury’s minds.

Sady suggests via his line of questioning that Mohamud was a “conflicted” and “manipulable” kid. He tries to get out of FBI agent that they were investigating Mo Mo before he turned 18, but the agent spurns that notion several times. 

The jury sent a note to the judge asking him to give them a definition of the word “entrapment.”

This is an entrapment defense, after all. Both attorneys seemed to say it was OK, but the judge came back after recess and said no, the jury could have all instructions at the same time to get them in the full context. 

Trousas is asked by Sady about Mo Mo’s writing for the website run by Pakistani American Samir Khan. The website is “Jihad Recollections,” a magazine for radicals and jihadis to give them advice on life and tactics. Under the name Ibnul Mubarak, Mo Mo writes three or so articles. 

Sady testifies in his question that Mo Mo is trying to exaggerate about himself to Khan, telling him he wrote for magazines and was a college student when he really was a senior at Westview High School.

Trousas testifies that Khan “is a jihadi” who said, “I’m proud to be a traitor of America.” But Sady confirms he said that later, not before, he met Mo Mo.

It should be noted that Khan indeed was a very bad dude. His magazine was an effort to urge English speaking Brits and American Muslims to become terrorists and strike their homelands. 

The former high school cheerleader who believed 9/11 was an inside job, left his family and America in search of Jihad in Yemen. He was killed in 2011 in the same predator drone attack that killed Anwar Al Awlaki, the American born Imam who was a friend and mentor to some of the 9/11 hijackers, knew Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Shooter, and was a writer for Inspire Magazine, another jihadi how-to guide.

Afternoon highlights:

The courtroom is sealed to protect the ID of an undercover agent who posed as an Al Qaeda recruiter named Yousef to assess how serious Mo Mo is about doing something violent.

The two swap emails through a newly established hushmail account and set up a face to face meeting in downtown Portland. Mo Mo says he wants to meet him to determine if he’s a spy. Mo Mo offers to meet him at his Mosque but Youssef demurs because “part of FBI policy doesn’t allow us to go in places of worship.” Youssef is wired. They take about a ten minute walk to the Embassy Suites Hotel where they meet in the lobby. 

This is the conversation that was never recorded. Youssef testifies he didn’t find out the meeting didn’t record until two weeks later but testifies that immediately after the meeting, he debriefed his boss and a written record of the conversation was established.

Youssef says his job was to assess Mo Mo. He concluded at this point in the meeting that he ‘was all talk’ but asked him what his current plans were. He said he told Mohamud he couldn’t tell him what to do but said there were five options:

1. Pray 5 times a day
2. Get education, continue with engineering program or become a doctor for ‘the brothers.’
3. Raise money for jihad.
4. Become operational.
5. Be a martyr.

Within a minute Mo Mo said he wanted to become operational. Youssef told him he could hook him up with someone who was an explosives expert.

They set up a meeting which was recorded. Some of the tape is played in court. It features the three eating and getting to know Mohamud. 

More to come.

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Mohamud Trial Day 3: Mo Mo’s Jihad Recollections

Background: Mohamed Osman Mohamud is on trial for trying to detonate a bomb to vaporize thousands of Portlanders during “The Tree” lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on November 26, 2010. Little did he know that the Al Qaeda terrorists he was working with were really FBI agents.

I saw about three hours of testimony today yesterday beginning with Special Agent Miltiadis Trousas, the co special agent in charge of the undercover op that captured Mo Mo who testified in the morning. In the afternoon I witnessed the testimony of the one of the undercover FBI agents known to  Mohamud as “Youssef.” A surveillance video was shown. 

Highlights of AM: 
Prosecutor asked him why FBI gave MoMo money for an apartment. Special Agent Trousas said it’s because of operational safety and that they wanted to keep Mo Mo away from OSU. Didnt say why. Wasn’t asked.


Quote,”he was helping us put together a bomb.”


Testified they became alarmed when Mo Mo reached out to a Saudi named Amro Alali, via email to discuss jihad. Alali is an Al Qaeda recruiter. It’s clear in testimony that the FBI wanted to intercept Mo Mo before he became too closely affiliated with Alali.

As Mo Mo, wearing a dark sweater over a crisp white shirt, 
looked on in the courtroom as Trousas testified that when MoMo was arrested in Portland he was there to see it and help. Testifies when Mo Mo was put into car to go to Portland Police Bureau, he kicked agents, twice kicking Trousas in the head, and started screaming, “Allahu Akbar!” (‘God is great’). 

On cross exam defense Attorney Stephen Sady tries to set a narrative that the FBI agent, Trousas, was inexperienced. He goes through classes Trousas took through college and the FBI academy to establish the FBI agent was targeting Muslims. 

He tried to establish that his client was “targeted,” which Sady knows is a law enforcement term of art that will look bad to a jury. Sady skillfully testifies inside of each of his questions, asking them multiple times, to embed his ideas in the jury’s minds.

Sady suggests via his line of questioning that Mohamud was a “conflicted” and “manipulable” kid. He tries to get out of FBI agent that they were investigating Mo Mo before he turned 18, but the agent spurns that notion several times. 

The jury sent a note to the judge asking him to give them a definition of the word “entrapment.”

This is an entrapment defense, after all. Both attorneys seemed to say it was OK, but the judge came back after recess and said no, the jury could have all instructions at the same time to get them in the full context. 

Trousas is asked by Sady about Mo Mo’s writing for the website run by Pakistani American Samir Khan. The website is “Jihad Recollections,” a magazine for radicals and jihadis to give them advice on life and tactics. Under the name Ibnul Mubarak, Mo Mo writes three or so articles. 

Sady testifies in his question that Mo Mo is trying to exaggerate about himself to Khan, telling him he wrote for magazines and was a college student when he really was a senior at Westview High School.

Trousas testifies that Khan “is a jihadi” who said, “I’m proud to be a traitor of America.” But Sady confirms he said that later, not before, he met Mo Mo.

It should be noted that Khan indeed was a very bad dude. His magazine was an effort to urge English speaking Brits and American Muslims to become terrorists and strike their homelands. 

The former high school cheerleader who believed 9/11 was an inside job, left his family and America in search of Jihad in Yemen. He was killed in 2011 in the same predator drone attack that killed Anwar Al Awlaki, the American born Imam who was a friend and mentor to some of the 9/11 hijackers, knew Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Shooter, and was a writer for Inspire Magazine, another jihadi how-to guide.

Afternoon highlights:

The courtroom is sealed to protect the ID of an undercover agent who posed as an Al Qaeda recruiter named Yousef to assess how serious Mo Mo is about doing something violent.

The two swap emails through a newly established hushmail account and set up a face to face meeting in downtown Portland. Mo Mo says he wants to meet him to determine if he’s a spy. Mo Mo offers to meet him at his Mosque but Youssef demurs because “part of FBI policy doesn’t allow us to go in places of worship.” Youssef is wired. They take about a ten minute walk to the Embassy Suites Hotel where they meet in the lobby. 

This is the conversation that was never recorded. Youssef testifies he didn’t find out the meeting didn’t record until two weeks later but testifies that immediately after the meeting, he debriefed his boss and a written record of the conversation was established.

Youssef says his job was to assess Mo Mo. He concluded at this point in the meeting that he ‘was all talk’ but asked him what his current plans were. He said he told Mohamud he couldn’t tell him what to do but said there were five options:

1. Pray 5 times a day
2. Get education, continue with engineering program or become a doctor for ‘the brothers.’
3. Raise money for jihad.
4. Become operational.
5. Be a martyr.

Within a minute Mo Mo said he wanted to become operational. Youssef told him he could hook him up with someone who was an explosives expert.

They set up a meeting which was recorded. Some of the tape is played in court. It features the three eating and getting to know Mohamud. 

More to come.

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Oregon Environmental Anarchist Fans Flames of Sabotage

Oregon is home to every cockeyed bunch of people who spend their days and nights plotting destruction in the name of saving the planet.

From Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front, Anarchists, Earth First! to Tre Arrow’s buddies, Occupy, Laughing Horse Books and Craig Rosebraugh’s lackeys, anti social radicals have cultivated a home in the fertile soil of Oregon.

Their radical kin teach in our schools, camp with Occupy, sit on cop watch boards, occupy positions at Portland State University and populate Neighborhood Associations and community boards, their backpacks overflowing with socialist tracts and minds full of Utopian plans.

Now one of the more notorious radicals has emerged from the ashes of her favorite arson at a Vail ski resort ( her favorite T shirt being one which read, “I Torched Vail, Ask Me Why”) and has penned an essay extolling the virtues of sabotage as a political tool and urging others to embrace it.

If  “Pitch” the tree sitter was going for shock value she succeeded.

In the essay entitled, “My Name is Emma Murphy-Ellis and I Support Sabotage,” the Earth Liberation Front/Earth First! radical exhorts her compatriots to embrace sabotage.

Radical actions and radical movements grow out of supportive cultures. Let us once again build a strong supportive base for them. …It is not illegal to talk about how awesome the blockade and sabotage was and say proudly that you wish there were more like it. And,it should not be illegal to openly support and generally advocate the use of incendiary devices.

She apparently misses the good old days.

Murphy Ellis aka “Pitch” made the news in the early 2000’s when she and her buddy Tre Arrow aka Michael Scarpitti, occupied the trees in the Eagle Creek area of the Mt Hood National Forest. They and others slung hammocks and tree houses in an area whose timber was to be sold off. Murphy-Ellis made news by threatening to commit suicide by hanging herself from the trees when the Feds busted up the action. Scarpitti moved his protest to Portland where City officials —including Mayor Vera Katz–embraced him; refusing to order him down from the ledge of the U.S. Forest Service building where he slept, pooped and protested for days,

Earth First! /ELF Drawing

Scarpitti was embraced by the Liberatti of Portland even though he was suspected of–and later pleaded guilty to—torching three trucks belonging to the Ross Island Sand and Gravel Company (full disclosure: my boss, Dr. Robert Pamplin, owns Ross Island Sand and Gravel but the incident happened before I was an employee) and and two trucks and a front loader owned by Ray Schoppert Logging Company.

His buddy, Murphy Ellis, wants to go back to those bad old days before federal officials actually arrested people for terrorism,

[The] Green Scare, in which dozens of activists were incarcerated, our movement got seriously screwed with, and we have had some extremely hard times because of the repression we have faced for the last six years.

But she says it’s time to go back to embracing domestic terrorism in order to save the earth, the cops be damned,

It is not illegal to talk about how awesome the blockade and sabotage was… and say proudly that you wish there were more like it. And, it should not be illegal to openly support and generally advocate the use of incendiary devices….If there is a knock on your door by the agents of state repression (supposedly because of your undying, unabashed support of pouring abrasive compounds into gas tanks, loosening bolts that hold up power lines, or smashing computers at your local biotech facility.) So what. [emph mine]

And you (and your private property) don’t count,

 [W]e must not allow concerns about property rights to stop us from protecting the land, sea, and air…

It’s good to know as these same folks turn their attention to today’s issues: coal trains and fracking, they’ll say anything, do anything to sell their viewpoint. And they’re willing because as “Pitch” says,

 [T]here are no promises in love and eco-war. Long live the Earth Liberation Front!

And don’t you forget it.

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