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Who’s afraid of ‘Rocky Mountain Heist?’

by Michelle Malkin on Sunday, October 19th, 2014

This is article 72 of 72 in the topic Book & Movie Reviews

Who’s afraid of ‘Rocky Mountain Heist?’
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Free at last! I’m silent no more. Now, the story can be told.

Democrats here in my adopted state of Colorado did not want the new political documentary I hosted to see the light of day. They lost. This week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency injunction declaring that our movie deserved the same free-speech rights as a “traditional” (translation: old-guard liberal) news organization.

Rocky Mountain Heist,” produced by David Bossie’s Citizens United and directed by Jason Killian Meath, tells the story of how a wealthy quartet of liberal millionaires and billionaires in Colorado — known as the “Gang of Four” — took over the once-red state of Colorado in the course of a decade.

As a conservative journalist in both “old” and “new” media for more than two decades, I’ve used my First Amendment rights to follow the radical left’s money and connect the dots for readers and viewers. The media marketplace has been too long dominated by liberal corporate statists allied with Big Government, cloaked in the pretense of institutional objectivity.

The 10th circuit panel of three judges unanimously rejected speech-stifling arguments that our expose was somehow an “electioneering communication” subject to onerous disclosure requirements — from which the likes of the Denver Post or Colorado public radio are arbitrarily exempt. It’s “government putting its thumb on the scale,” Citizens United super-lawyer Ted Olson argued in court — treacherously elastic and prone to abuse.

A six-year resident of Colorado, you can imagine my amusement, sitting in court last week in Denver, listening to government officials capriciously attack our film (which they hadn’t seen) as a “drop-in attack ad” from nefarious, out-of-state interests.

Reality check: The nearly-hour-long film illustrates how the Gang of Four coordinated their campaign targets and spending behind closed doors. We report on how they drafted up elitist plans to “educate the idiots.” With commentary from journalists, local and state Republican lawmakers, and even one political science professor (who ironically testified against Citizens United’s right to equal media treatment!), “Rocky Mountain Heist” traces how the liberal scions and their “Colorado Democracy Alliance” captured the governor’s mansion, the state legislature, and two Senate seats.

As I’ve reported previously, CODA spawned the national Democracy Alliance. “Over the past nine years,” the organization brags to potential contributors, DA has “aligned leaders in the progressive movement and political infrastructure” to “achieve victories at the ballot box and in policy fights.” Their agenda spans “social justice,” “climate change,” “voting rights,” gun control, illegal alien amnesty, campaign finance and sustained “strategic investment” to turn red states blue.

Colorado activists in our movie inform voters how Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper pandered to his wealthy patrons and out-of-state special interests. Interviewees enlighten viewers on how Hickenlooper imposed radical laws and regulations restricting economic and personal freedoms on energy businesses, gun owners and entrepreneurs. The deep-pocketed progressive donors funneled gobs of undisclosed money to astroturf groups and a network of liberal non-profits — all while screaming about the need for “transparency” and the “people’s right to know.” “Rocky Mountain Heist” shows how the “Colorado model” is migrating to Texas and Virginia, and highlights how liberty-loving Coloradans have been fighting back.

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The Media at War With the Obama Administration?

by Roger Aronoff on Friday, August 29th, 2014

This is article 568 of 571 in the topic Media

While the media are usually doing the bidding of President Obama and the Democrats, and are deep in the President’s pocket, there are cases in which they are very unhappy with his actions. New York Times reporter James Risen has become famous not only for his ongoing Espionage Act case, but also for his willingness to call President Obama the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

In the case of Fox News reporter James Rosen, the government “monitored Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department,” according to CBS News. They also “searched his personal emails and combed through his cell phone records.” Risen received similar treatment: his computer was subjected to forensic analysis and his phone calls were investigated.

Yet President Barack Obama’s press secretary recently had the temerity to joke to another Fox News White House correspondent that “We are always watching.” Rosen was labeled a “criminal co-conspirator” alongside Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, who recently went to jail for his crime. Clearly, the Obama administration has either not learned from its mistakes—or doesn’t care.

As I mentioned in an earlier article about Obama’s ongoing war on journalists, Risen appealed to the Supreme Court to carve out special immunity for reporters in the courts. But his bid to be heard by the Supreme Court failed, leaving him no more legal options.

Now, he has “exhausted all his legal options against the Justice Department’s pursuit of him under the controversial Espionage Act,” reports The Guardian this month. If pursued, Risen could end up in jail for his act of “journalistic defiance” as early as this fall, reports the Guardian.

Journalists are rallying to Risen’s side as he becomes a media darling for his defiance in the face of Obama administration pressure. Fourteen Pulitzer Prize winners have issued statements in support of him, 100,000 petitioners have voiced their concerns about his case to the Department of Justice, and The Washington Post editorial board has come to his defense.

But one of the disturbing developments of the Risen case is the push for a media shield law to create special protections for journalists. “The Risen case, [Gregg] Leslie [of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press] said, provides a clear picture for why a federal shield law is needed to complement similar laws in 49 states,” reported Business Insider on August 27. “The Supreme Court’s dismissal of his petition, Leslie said, is more evidence of what he called a ‘disturbing’ trend—federal courts have been less and less willing to side with reporters’ arguments.”

This is not the first time the media have called for a shield law. Back in 2008 Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid called the proposed law what it really is: not the Free Flow of Information Act, but the “Special Rights for Journalists Act.” “The bill puts in the hands of federal politicians and judges the ability to define a ‘legitimate’ journalist or blogger who is deserving of federal protection,” wrote Kincaid in 2008. “As such, it restricts First Amendment rights to a certain group of people currently in favor with federal authorities.”

The legislation could create an unhealthy relationship between the media and the federal government.

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Convicted HHS cyber security chief says he fantasized raping, slaying children

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This is article 335 of 339 in the topic Criminal Activity

A federal jury in Omaha, Nebraska, on Tuesday convicted a former cyber security chief at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of child pornography charges, according to the Justice Department. The prosecutor said that the suspect had even proposed meeting a fellow pedophile in person to indulge their shared fantasy of raping and murdering children.

Timothy DeFoggi, who served in the Obama administration as the acting cyber security director for the HHS, was convicted in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska in Omaha for his involvement in an Internet-driven conspiracy to market child pornography and for his membership in a for-profit pornography website that specialized in “kiddie porn.”

The 56-year-old Defoggi was just one suspect in an ongoing investigation involving three kiddie porn websites. According to Justice Department officials, the webmaster for the child pornography websites has already been convicted by a federal jury for running the online forums.

According to observers who attended the trial, the prosecutor’s case against DeFoggi was shocking in its details regarding his plotting to go through with violent sexual acts against children.

According to the testimony and evidence heard and seen during his four-day trial, DeFoggi registered on his home computer as a porno website member in March 2012, and kept his membership until Dec. 8, 2012, when the website was shutdown by FBI agents.

While visiting the website, DeFoggi was able to view the website’s gallery of child pornography and it allowed him to trade his own child pornography with other site members. He and his fellow pedophiles also exchanged private messages with one another and he communicated to one of his contacts that he was interested in violently raping and slaying young children.

DeFoggi is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 7 and he faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison..

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Illegal alien kills 2 female children and not deported as Obama ‘Dreamer’

by Jim Kouri on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 456 of 464 in the topic Immigration

An illegal alien from Mexico who was convicted of killing two young girls is still being protected by President Barack Obama’s“Dreamers” amnesty decree which stipulates that illegal aliens “brought to the United States through no fault of their own as children will not be deported,” according to an “Inside the Beltway” watchdog that investigates and exposes government corruption and criminal activity on Wednesday.

According to Judicial Watch’s Corruption Chronicles, the “Dreamer” in this case — 19-year-old Cinthya ­Garcia-Cisneros — had been convicted of felony hit-and-run after killing two little girls who were playing innocently in a pile of leaves on Jan. 17, 2014, in the town of Forest Grove, Oregon, near Portland. She was sentenced to three years probabtion.

­Garcia-Cisneros has been living illegally in the U.S. since she was four years old. She is considered a prime beneficiary of President Obama’s executive order — which created the so-called “Dreamers” — known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive. His order allows illegal aliens were brought illegally into the U.S. when they were children a temporary deferment from deportation for up to two years.

In addition to DACA as signed by Obama in June 2012, Oregon is known as a “sanctuary state” for illegal aliens and therefore state and local law enforcement agencies are banned from helping the federal immigration agents to capture illegal aliens or notifying the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when the cops arrest a suspect for a crime and discover they are “undocumented immigrants,” a euphemism favored by activists and the Democratic Party to describe lawbreakers, according to former police officer Iris Aquino, herself a Hispanic American citizen.

As expected, DACA allowed the teenaged Garcia-Cisneros to legally apply for, and obtain, a work permit, a driver’s license, a Social Security card and other documents that were at one time only available to U.S. citizens or legal immigrants who possessed the appropriate documents including a passport and visa.

According to Judicial Watch, while driving a sports utility vehicle, she crashed into a pile of leaves, struck and killed 6-year-old and 11-year-old stepsisters, and then she fled the scene of an accident. With the help of her boyfriend she covered up the crime. Garcia-Cisneros was nabbed by police the day after she killed the children, while her boyfriend was imprisoned for hindering prosecution.

After her trial, the jury delivered guilty verdicts for two counts of felony hit-and-run and she was placed on probation. Because she was an illegal alien she was taken to an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington, in order to be face removal proceedings.

Garcia-Cisneros this week saw her deportation case vanish thanks to an immigration judge who dismissed her case. “The judge gave no reason for dismissing the deportation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has declined to say why the case was dropped,” according to Judicial Watch.

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Still fighting: The Delphi workers Obama robbed

by Michelle Malkin on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

This is article 59 of 61 in the topic Courts

Still fighting: The Delphi workers Obama robbed
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and “workplace innovation.” But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support — and inching toward justice.

It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their plight must not be forgotten.

Remember when Washington rushed to nationalize the U.S. auto industry with $80 billion in taxpayer “rescue” funds and avoid contested court termination proceedings? Behind closed doors, the Obama administration’s auto team schemed with labor bosses from United Automobile Workers to preserve union members’ costly pension funds by screwing over their nonunion counterparts. The federally backed Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which had the fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of all the Delphi workers, helped sacrifice the nonunion employees at the UAW altar. While union pensions were topped up with tax-subsidized auto bailout funds, nonunion pensioners were left high and dry.

In addition, the nonunion pensioners lost all of their health and life insurance benefits. The abused workers — most from hard-hit northeast Ohio, Michigan and neighboring states — had devoted decades of their lives as secretaries, technicians, engineers and sales employees at Delphi/GM. Some workers saw up to 70 percent of their pensions vanish.

Last year, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program confirmed what Delphi workers maintained from the start: They were victimized because, in the words of the IG, they had “no leverage.” No crony ties. No deep pockets. No legal representation during President Obama’s closed-door negotiations with Big Labor donors.

As GOP Rep. Mike Turner put it, the IG report gave lie to the White House claim that it did not influence the bankruptcy process. “The administration thwarted the bankruptcy process for a politically expedient outcome,” Turner said. Treasury used “their influence to make certain that the outcome was politically desirable to the administration, and the Delphi salaried retirees (lost) their pensions.”

The Delphi workers have fought for five cruel years to force Treasury and the PBGC to disclose the full truth. The scheming feds have defied the workers’ public records requests and withheld more than 7,000 pages of critical emails and documents from the workers, who’ve been mired in time-consuming litigation that has cost millions of dollars.

“For more than four years, U.S. taxpayer-paid government lawyers have taken advantage of every procedural roadblock the law allows to hide emails and other evidence that the court has ordered be given to us,” the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association explained. “President Obama has ignored our direct appeal that he order a review of his Auto Task Force’s handling of our pension plan during the expedited GM bankruptcy directed by Treasury.”

But here are some glimmers of hope: Last month, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington ordered Treasury to cough up documents from Obama’s auto team leading up to the termination of the Delphi workers’ pensions.

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The ‘it’s the law’ crowd blames ACA ‘typo’ for big blow to Obamacare

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This is article 686 of 693 in the topic Healthcare

First, three flashbacks just to set the mood:

John Conyers: “I love these members that get up and say, Read the bill! Well, what good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you’ve read the bill?”

Nancy Pelosi:

The White House rubbing it in last year:

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With those in mind, Obamacare was dealt a bit of a blow today:

In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped nearly 5 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal.

A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov.
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The Obama Administration is certain to seek a reversal of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which does not immediately have the effect of law.

Many Dems are complaining that Obamacare has been “defunded” just because of a “glorified typo” while blaming conservative judicial activism for refusing to recognize the law’s “intent” (“intent” defined as “not necessarily the way we wrote it”).

A glance at the explanation for the ruling disintegrates the “judicial activism” charge (screen cap via Hot Air):

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Judging a law based on how it’s actually written and not attempting to ascertain the “intent” of its authors? How quaint!

Charles C. W. Cooke         @charlescwcooke

Halbig is a victory for the idea that we write down our laws for a good reason and that words have real and concrete meanings.

And we can have lots of fun picking on the Dems for not reading or properly proofing the bill, but the language was in fact that way for a reason.

The game-playing simply came back to bite them, and, during the appeals process, the Obama administration, Pelosi, Reid and others will blame Republicans and “judicial activism,” and the MSM will dutifully run with that ball.

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Court battle continues in L.A. over illegal alien drivers’ privilege

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, May 4th, 2014

This is article 428 of 464 in the topic Immigration

A top “Inside-the-Beltway” public-interest group, which created a quite a stir earlier this week by exposing a Benghazi memorandum emanating from the Obama White House, filed a brief on Thursday in the California Court of Appeals following the appeal by the Los Angeles, Calif., city government to overturn a state Superior Court decision that Special Order 7 is unlawful. Special Order 7 is a city ordinance that prohibits police officers from impounding vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers.

Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan government watchdog, had brought a lawsuit on behalf of taxpaying Californians and obtained a favorable decision from the Superior Court last year. The court ruled that the Special Order 7 regulation violated both the state’s constitution and its Motor Vehicle Code.

“The Appeals Court should uphold the Superior Court’s decision and protect and defend California’s Constitution against LAPD regulation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

“Special Order 7 is illegal and dangerous. Unlicensed drivers – whether they are illegal aliens or not – are a menace to public safety. Los Angeles should not put immigration politics above the public safety,” he added.

According to Judicial Watch’s announcement on Thursday:

The primary argument raised by the City and Interveners in defense of Special Order No. 7 is that the City’s regulation is only guidance and municipalities must be allowed to provide guidance to their police officers … The lower court agreed that Special Order No. 7 is not mere guidance, “But this Special Order 7 is much more than just guidance. It’s much more than just training. It actually changes. It changes the law. It changes the outcome” … In the words of the lower court, Special Order No. 7 is a “game changer” … No. 7 does not guide officers in the exercise of their discretion; it re-writes the law.

Meanwhile, in its own lawsuit, the Los Angeles Police Department’s union, the Police Protective League (PPL), claimed that Special Order 7 could lead to police officers “being held legally liable” if a driver with no driver’s license was allowed to keep driving illegally and got involved in an automobile accident.

“LAPD officers were caught in the middle of a legal controversy over whether they must impound vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers as required by the state vehicle code or follow LAPD Special Order No. 7,” Tyler Izen, president of the PPL.

“The LAPPL felt strongly that it was unreasonable and unacceptable to place our membership in this position,” he said.

According to former police detective and airlines security director, Benny Cardoza, in essence the special order gave illegal aliens a privilege not enjoyed by American citizens.

“If a police officer in L.A. stops a U.S. citizen and tows that person’s auto, the officer will have it impounded for a number of offenses such as a DUI or driving without car insurance or other moving violation. That American will have to pay the traffic summons’ penalty and pay more than a hundred dollars to retrieve his or her car. But an illegal alien doesn’t have to worry about that even if he or she has no driver’s license, auto registration or insurance card,” noted Cardoza.

“Are these [political] fools trying to make citizenship irrelevant? Or are they trying to create a new protected class of lawbreakers?” he asked.

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Mexican mobster gets life sentence for murdering U.S. consulate worker

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This is article 321 of 339 in the topic Criminal Activity

A Mexican crime gang lieutenant, who directed his underlings to kill a U.S. consulate employee and two other Americans in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, will spend the rest of his life in federal prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday.

Arturo Gallegos Castrellon — a/k/a, “Benny,” a/k/a “Farmero,” a/k/a “51,” a/k/a “Guero,” a/k/a “Pecas,” a/k/a “Tury,” a/k/a “86,” — the 35-year-old lieutenant of a major organized crime gang, had been convicted of murder, drug trafficking and money laundering by a federal jury in February. Besides the life sentence, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone ordered Castrellon to pay more than $1.5 million — $998,840 in restitution and $785,500 in forfeiture.

One of the leaders of a Mexico-based drug gang known as theBarrio Azteca, Castrellon had been extradited to the United States more than 24-months-ago for the 2010 murder of a U.S. State Department worker named Leslie Ann Enriquez, her husband and the husband of another consulate employee.

The three victims were followed by Barrio Azteca gang members after they left a children’s party to drive home. The three victims were killed in separate attacks on their automobiles. Ms. Enriquez was expecting a baby at the time of her assassination by the mobsters.

Evidence presented during his trial revealed that Gallegos Castrellon headed a “crew” of assassins, whom he helped create and directed between 2008 and 2010. The prosecution proved that Castrellon’s assassins murdered up to 800 persons between January and August 2010, with a total reaching close to 1,600 deaths in a multi-year period. The drug routes through Juarez, which is known as the Juarez Plaza, are important to drug trafficking organizations because it is a principal illicit drug trafficking route into the United States.

According to Thursday’s Justice Department statement, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart said: “The DEA is committed to ensuring cold-blooded criminals, like Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, who murder innocent victims, traffic huge amounts of drugs worldwide, and incite violence are taken off the street and remain behind bars.”

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Homegrown jihadist sentenced to federal prison for threatening American Jews

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This is article 749 of 794 in the topic Terrorism

A homegrown Islamist on Friday in Alexandria, Va., learned he will spend two-and-a-half years in federal prison for his creating a radical Muslim website devoted to instilling fear in American Jews on the Internet through threats of violence, according to an FBI and U.S. Department of Justice press statement on Friday.

Yousef Mohamid Al-Khattab, who changed his name from Joseph Cohen when he converted to Islam after being an Hasidic Jew, was sentenced in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom to federal prison for using his position as a leader of the “Revolution Muslim” to cause American Jews to fear serious bodily injury from Muslims who visited Al-Khattab’s websites. The websites he helped create also encouraged Muslims to support al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

According to the Justice Department, Al-Khattab, who lived in Atlantic City, N.J., and his colleague, Younus Abdullah Muhammad (a/k/a Jesse Curtis Morton) started Revolution Muslim in December 2007 in order to operate Internet message boards and websites with the purpose of encouraging Muslims in the United States and other nations to support Osama bin Laden, who was still alive at the time.

Al-Khattab and Muhammad also encouraged Muslims to give their support to American jihadist Anwar Al Awlaki, the al-Qaida terrorist network, the Taliban fighting the U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and other groups or individuals engaged in violent terrorism, the prosecutors said.

On Jan. 8, 2009, Al-Khattab posted a video on the Revolution Muslim website that urged viewers who supported the Palestinians in Gaza to assist them by locating the leaders of the Jewish Federation in the U.S. and face them directly where they and their families lived. For example, Al-Khattab posted the names and addresses of synagogues in New York and the location of another Jewish organization in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Al-Khattab’s website also contained a hyperlink to the website that posted “The Anarchist Cookbook,” which is a manual for building improvised explosive devices (IEDs). On Jan. 23, 2009, Al-Khattab’s Revolution Muslim website displayed a video that accused the Jewish Federation of funding Israeli military operations against innocent Palestinians and called on viewers search for leaders of Jewish organizations in the United States, according to the Justice Department.

On June 22, 2012, Revolution Muslim founder Younus Abdullah Muhammad was sentenced to more than 11-years in federal prison. On Feb. 24, 2011, Revolution Muslim administrator Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25-years in prison. Muhammad and Chesser were arrested for making terrorist threats against the producers of the “South Park,” a hit animated television series that poked fun at Muslim terrorists, according to an Examiner news story.

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Jihad Jane’s partner sentenced to prison for plotting to kill artist

by Jim Kouri on Friday, April 18th, 2014

This is article 746 of 794 in the topic Terrorism

A Pakistani national, who pleaded guilty to a federal terrorism charges, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison for his partnering with the woman known as “Jihad Jane” — Philadelphian Colleen LaRose — in a plot to murder a Swedish artist, according to the FBI.

The 20-year-old homegrown terrorist, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, has been in custody for three years due to his involvement in the “Jihad Jane” conspiracy. Judge Petrese Tucker of the federal district court in Philadelphia ruled that Khalid will be credited for three-years time served and therefore will only spend two years in prison to complete the five-year-sentence. In addition to the prison term, Judge Tucker sentenced him to three years of supervised release, with limited access to computers.

“I believe this will not be the last time we hear about Mohammad Hassan Khalid. His total sentence of five years is a slap-in-the-face to all Americans who are battling these Muslim terrorists. Limited access to computers? How does one do that? It’s a joke in the era of Obama’s non-war on terrorists,” said former New York police detective, Sid Franes.

Khalid was arrested in 2011, when he was 17-years-old, and charged with providing material support to terrorists. He worked with another homegrown Islamist named Colleen LaRose, a housewife living in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She was dubbed “Jihad Jane” by police and news reporters.

In January 2014,LaRose got a 10-year prison sentence for plotting to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had created the cartoon of the head of Muslim Prophet Mohammad atop a dog’s body.

While the prosecutors requested a tougher prison sentence for Khalid, the judge appeared to side with the defense attorney who said the case was much-ado about nothing and claimed Khalid suffered from Asperger’s Sydrome, a high-performing type of autism.

Meanwhile, LaRose admitted to taking directives from alleged members of al-Qaida. She had flown to Ireland in 2009 to meet with Ali Damache, an Algerian national. Damache is now fighting extradition from Ireland to the United States to face terror charges.

Prosecutors had argued that Khalid helped Damache recruit others and helped LaRose in her destroying of evidence. The FBI also uncovered evidence that Khalid helped LaRose and Damache in translating violent Islamist videotapes from Urdu into English.

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