Daily Archives: January 29, 2013

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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Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: "Al Qaeda Gave Him Something To Do." Father: "I Love Him More Than Anyone"

The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction–a van filled with six 55 gallon barrels filled with fertilizer and diesel fuel–to blow up thousands of Christmas revelers at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the lighting of “The Tree.” The bomb was a phony–constructed by FBI bomb experts who intercepted the then 19 year old as he conversed via internet with known members of Al Qaeda.

The defense bookended the day’s testimony with Mohamud’s parents and in between called a favorite teacher from Westview High School, a friend from school and former co-workers to testify about Mohamud’s good character.

In tearful testimony, the parents described a panicked response when learning their son threatened to leave the country, claiming he had a ticket, visa and his passport. Mohamud wanted to go to Yemen to attend an

Islamic university.They talked of fear of him being spirited away to Somalia where he would take up arms for Al Shabaab, the Somalian franchise of Al Qaeda, the radicals responsible for the Black Hawk Down attack in 1993.

Osman Barre and his estranged wife Mariam Barre both testified yesterday afternoon that they knew of other Somalians in Minneapolis, home to a large Somalian community, whose sons have been radicalized–brainwashed they called it–given airline tickets and sent off to war back home. Both testified a woman they knew found out her son had died from an online video showing his shot up body.

They told Mohamud he could go to Yemen when he graduated college in America because American universities ‘were the best in the world.’ They testified that Mohamud agreed with finishing school. His father said he wanted Mohamud to grow up and mature before making a decision to study there.

Osman Barre told of how he had to leave Somalia to escape the war, found his way to Kenya and eventually making to the U.S. as a refugee. Haltingly and breaking down in tears, he described that his wife and three year old Mohamed were “malnourished and suffering” when they arrived to meet him in America after a year and a half. As his father testified about the ordeal, Mohamud reached for the tissues and dabbed at his eyes and cheeks.

Barre testified Somalian born kids have difficulty living their traditional lives and their new American ones. He called it an identity crisis and said it was typical of kids in Somali American homes. Both parents said they had no idea of Mohamud’s terrorist proclivities or connections.

When asked by attorney Lisa Hay if, despite everything, he still loved his son, Barre responded, “I love him more than anybody I know of.”

Barre’s testimony was followed up by a nurse who interviewed Mohamud while he was on suicide watch the day after he was arrested.

Christina Barnes testified Mohamud told her that he was connected with some people that made him feel ‘cared about; gave him direction and purpose.’

“The Al Qaeda gave him some direction and something to do.”

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Mail Bag! Immigration, Abortion, Guns

From Sani:
Today, a customer in Key Bank Clackamas was held up by a Hispanic male holding a big knife to her throat and demanded money from the teller.
Victoria, we don’t need to wait until we got dead bodies in banks. We need to write to Obama and order him to make Executive Order to reclassify big knives as military style assault weapon and ban them!!

From Donald:

This case of a girl [Yashanee Vaughn] buried in a shallow Grave at Rocky Butte really disturbs me to no end, What are we going to find out next Terri Horman’s attorneys know where Kyron was pitched.
Shame on us and our system

From Jim:

Our Clark County Congresswoman has made a statement “no” on gun bans. This is great news. She calls guns “home protection devices”.
http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/20/herrera-beutler-no-on-light-rail-gun-bans/

From Bob:
This guy [St Rep Mitch Greenlick] is such a moron, and he ought to be kicked out of office for putting forth such an ill-conceived proposal that isn’t even legal.
First of all, the Attorney General of the US is the only one who can add or remove a substance from a Schedule (21 USC 811). Does this flake fancy himself to be the AG?
Additionally, the federal law that governs placement on a CSA Schedule requires certain findings. 21 USC 812(b)(3)(B) states, in part, that a required finding for a Schedule III substance include “The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Do Camel straights have a “currently accepted medical use” that I haven’t heard about?
How much is this colossal waste of time costing the taxpayers of this state? I’d like to see a “Stop Wasting Our Time” law be enacted.
http://www.kptv.com/story/20662618/bill-proposed-in-oregon-would-make-cigarettes-prescription-only-drugs

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: "Al Qaeda Gave Him Something To Do." Father: "I Love Him More Than Anyone"

The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction–a van filled with six 55 gallon barrels filled with fertilizer and diesel fuel–to blow up thousands of Christmas revelers at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the lighting of “The Tree.” The bomb was a phony–constructed by FBI bomb experts who intercepted the then 19 year old as he conversed via internet with known members of Al Qaeda.

The defense bookended the day’s testimony with Mohamud’s parents and in between called a favorite teacher from Westview High School, a friend from school and former co-workers to testify about Mohamud’s good character.

In tearful testimony, the parents described a panicked response when learning their son threatened to leave the country, claiming he had a ticket, visa and his passport. Mohamud wanted to go to Yemen to attend an

Islamic university.They talked of fear of him being spirited away to Somalia where he would take up arms for Al Shabaab, the Somalian franchise of Al Qaeda, the radicals responsible for the Black Hawk Down attack in 1993.

Osman Barre and his estranged wife Mariam Barre both testified yesterday afternoon that they knew of other Somalians in Minneapolis, home to a large Somalian community, whose sons have been radicalized–brainwashed they called it–given airline tickets and sent off to war back home. Both testified a woman they knew found out her son had died from an online video showing his shot up body.

They told Mohamud he could go to Yemen when he graduated college in America because American universities ‘were the best in the world.’ They testified that Mohamud agreed with finishing school. His father said he wanted Mohamud to grow up and mature before making a decision to study there.

Osman Barre told of how he had to leave Somalia to escape the war, found his way to Kenya and eventually making to the U.S. as a refugee. Haltingly and breaking down in tears, he described that his wife and three year old Mohamed were “malnourished and suffering” when they arrived to meet him in America after a year and a half. As his father testified about the ordeal, Mohamud reached for the tissues and dabbed at his eyes and cheeks.

Barre testified Somalian born kids have difficulty living their traditional lives and their new American ones. He called it an identity crisis and said it was typical of kids in Somali American homes. Both parents said they had no idea of Mohamud’s terrorist proclivities or connections.

When asked by attorney Lisa Hay if, despite everything, he still loved his son, Barre responded, “I love him more than anybody I know of.”

Barre’s testimony was followed up by a nurse who interviewed Mohamud while he was on suicide watch the day after he was arrested.

Christina Barnes testified Mohamud told her that he was connected with some people that made him feel ‘cared about; gave him direction and purpose.’

“The Al Qaeda gave him some direction and something to do.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Mail Bag! Immigration, Abortion, Guns

From Sani:
Today, a customer in Key Bank Clackamas was held up by a Hispanic male holding a big knife to her throat and demanded money from the teller.
Victoria, we don’t need to wait until we got dead bodies in banks. We need to write to Obama and order him to make Executive Order to reclassify big knives as military style assault weapon and ban them!!

From Donald:

This case of a girl [Yashanee Vaughn] buried in a shallow Grave at Rocky Butte really disturbs me to no end, What are we going to find out next Terri Horman’s attorneys know where Kyron was pitched.
Shame on us and our system

From Jim:

Our Clark County Congresswoman has made a statement “no” on gun bans. This is great news. She calls guns “home protection devices”.
http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/20/herrera-beutler-no-on-light-rail-gun-bans/

From Bob:
This guy [St Rep Mitch Greenlick] is such a moron, and he ought to be kicked out of office for putting forth such an ill-conceived proposal that isn’t even legal.
First of all, the Attorney General of the US is the only one who can add or remove a substance from a Schedule (21 USC 811). Does this flake fancy himself to be the AG?
Additionally, the federal law that governs placement on a CSA Schedule requires certain findings. 21 USC 812(b)(3)(B) states, in part, that a required finding for a Schedule III substance include “The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Do Camel straights have a “currently accepted medical use” that I haven’t heard about?
How much is this colossal waste of time costing the taxpayers of this state? I’d like to see a “Stop Wasting Our Time” law be enacted.
http://www.kptv.com/story/20662618/bill-proposed-in-oregon-would-make-cigarettes-prescription-only-drugs

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com