U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “We may never know what drove Maalik Jones to travel to Somalia and pledge allegiance to al Shabaab, a terrorist organization that has vowed to destroy America.”

Yes, it’s a real mystery! Could it have anything to do with his adhering to a religion that thrice commands believers to “kill them wherever you find them” (cf. Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, and 9:5)? Could it be related to his revering as a prophet a man who waged war against those who did not accept his prophetic claim and commanded his followers to murder people who criticized him?

Nah, that couldn’t be it. It’s a religion of peace! Maybe he had a deprived childhood…

“United States Citizen Sentenced to 35 Years for Providing Material Support to Al-Shabaab,” Department of Justice, May 29, 2018:

Maalik Alim Jones, 33, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced today to 35 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization based in Somalia, conspiring to receive military training from al-Shabaab, and carrying and using an AK-47 machinegun, rocket-propelled grenades, and other destructive devices in furtherance of his support for al-Shabaab. Jones pleaded guilty on Sept. 8, 2017, to a three-count Superseding Information.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York made the announcement. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe imposed Jones’s sentence.

“U.S. citizens who travel overseas to fight with a terrorist organization – which is what Jones did – betray our country and pose a serious threat to our national security,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “The National Security Division remains committed to committed to identifying and stopping terrorists like Jones, and we will hold them accountable. Credit goes to all those who worked so tirelessly to bring Jones to justice.”

“We may never know what drove Maalik Jones to travel to Somalia and pledge allegiance to al Shabaab, a terrorist organization that has vowed to destroy America,” said U.S. Attorney Berman. “But we do know that with today’s sentence, Jones is no longer a threat to America’s ideals.”…

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

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