Monday, July 21, 2008

Radical Islamist Gets 12 Years in California Bomb Plot

Who knows, somewhere in the next eight to ten years, maybe President Obama will issue a pardon for this
practitioner of Islam.
A member of a radical Islamic group accused of plotting to bomb Israeli and US military facilities in California was on Monday jailed for 12 years and seven months, justice officials said.

Gregory Patterson, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to wage war on the United States and possession of a firearm for his role in the plot, which involved three co-conspirators who have also been caught.

Last month another plotter, Levar Washington, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty. Another member of the group, Kevin James, faces sentencing in early 2009, while a fourth man -- Hammad Samana -- was declared unfit to stand trial and is in psychiatric care.

According to prosecutors, the men were part of Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS), which was founded by James in 1997 while he was in prison.

Justice officials said although there was no evidence of links to Al-Qaeda or other foreign Islamic groups, the accused men had adopted their cause.

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