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The Terrorist Next Door--A "mild-mannered" D.C. teacher gets 15 years for supporting al-Qaeda group
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | August 31, 2006 | Paul Sperry

Posted on 08/31/2006 5:37:46 AM PDT by SJackson

The recent terror case of a "gentle" third-grade teacher from the D.C. suburbs shows the danger is at once closer and harder to ID than you think. The enemy is hiding not in the shadows, but in plain sight, and may even wear a smile.

Hundreds of Muslims last week flocked to a federal courtroom to show their support for the affable and soft-spoken Ali Asad Chandia of Maryland as he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for supporting terrorists. Friends say anti-Muslim prosecutors railroaded a "law-abiding" and "peaceful" brother.

"He is a dedicated teacher," said one. "A great family man," said another.

Another told the judge Chandia's so gentle he wouldn't hurt a tree branch in his yard. "I said to Ali that I may need to cut the branch (but) he asked that I not hurt the tree," the friend, a landscaper, said in a letter. "I was touched by Ali's insistence that the tree not be harmed in any way."

But prosecutors tell a different story.

They showed evidence that Chandia, 29, trained at a jihad camp in Lahore, Pakistan, run by the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, an al-Qaida subcontractor that also trained some of the London bombers. He helped Lashkar ship 50,000 paintball pellets, unmanned aerial vehicles, night-vision gear and wireless video cameras from the U.S. to Pakistan for paramilitary training. He even chauffeured a Lashkar lieutenant around Washington on trips the officer made here after 9-11.

Within months of the attacks, Chandia joined the so-called Virginia jihad network dedicated to preparing for holy war against U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan. The gang's ringleader was the civil-rights coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, a Washington-based nonprofit leading the charge against airport and subway terror profiling.

Chandia, who graduated from the University of Maryland and once worked at Costco, also worked as a former personal assistant to the jihad gang's spiritual leader -- imam Ali al-Timimi, a native Washingtonian convicted last year for soliciting the Muslim men to levy war against the U.S. Al-Timimi praised the hijackers who carried out the 9-11 attacks and even cheered the crash of the space shuttle Columbia. Chandia helped al-Timimi schedule his sermons.

In Chandia's car, not surprisingly, federal investigators found a CD-ROM containing videos that glorified Osama bin Laden and the 19 hijackers.

All this took place in the shadow of the U.S. capital. And yet members of the large Muslim community there, many of whom work for the government, were unfazed by the evidence aligned against Chandia. After his conviction, some 350 Muslims including Islamic scholars, activists and other leaders, as well as government employees and contractors, donated generously to his defense fund.

"We ask Allah to reward everyone who supported this cause," gushed the head of the Ali Asad Support Committee. "We ask Allah to raise their ranks and to grant them goodness in this world and in the hereafter."

The local Muslim luminaries also wrote letters to the judge complaining of a U.S. witch hunt against "Brother Ali" and other "principled" Muslims who support "mujahideen" groups. And they mobbed the federal courtroom in Alexandria, Va., hoping for a lenient punishment.

But the judge wasn't buying it, and he imposed a fairly stiff sentence. Chandia, for his part, was unrepentant to the end. Upon his sentencing, Chandia lashed out at prosecutors, warning "their judgment is on the way."

U.S. marshals then led away a terrorist -- not a mild-mannered teacher or loving father -- but a terrorist.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
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1 posted on 08/31/2006 5:37:49 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Just what is this trojan horse monster teaching? Hatred, murder, genocide, always blame others, and suicideforsex???


2 posted on 08/31/2006 5:40:23 AM PDT by tkathy (Einstein: Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.)
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Another told the judge Chandia's so gentle he wouldn't hurt a tree branch in his yard. "I said to Ali that I may need to cut the branch (but) he asked that I not hurt the tree," the friend, a landscaper, said in a letter. "I was touched by Ali's insistence that the tree not be harmed in any way."

To muslims, infidels are below insects.

All this took place in the shadow of the U.S. capital. And yet members of the large Muslim community there, many of whom work for the government, were unfazed by the evidence aligned against Chandia.

Now THAT is scary

But the judge wasn't buying it, and he imposed a fairly stiff sentence. Chandia, for his part, was unrepentant to the end. Upon his sentencing, Chandia lashed out at prosecutors, warning "their judgment is on the way."

His true heart shows...

3 posted on 08/31/2006 5:40:56 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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Whew! He may not want to harma tree...but that does not translate into valuing human life in his baliwick. Too bad the stiffest sentence is only 15 years. He will come out madder than ever...he might even chop down a tree.


4 posted on 08/31/2006 5:41:19 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: SJackson
The recent terror case of a "gentle" third-grade teacher from the D.C. suburbs shows the danger is at once closer and harder to ID than you think. The enemy is hiding not in the shadows, but in plain sight, and may even wear a smile.

Oh, I see one big red flag. Of course, that's profiling.

5 posted on 08/31/2006 5:41:38 AM PDT by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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Friends say anti-Muslim prosecutors railroaded a "law-abiding" and "peaceful" brother.

Peaceful and gentle?

Upon his sentencing, Chandia lashed out at prosecutors, warning "their judgment is on the way."

Yea, sure.

6 posted on 08/31/2006 5:42:47 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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Another told the judge Chandia's so gentle he wouldn't hurt a tree branch in his yard.

So he recruited someone else to do it...
7 posted on 08/31/2006 5:42:54 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: SJackson

The enemy is absolutely among us. The question is, what should we do about it?


8 posted on 08/31/2006 5:43:16 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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9 posted on 08/31/2006 5:47:23 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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Too bad the stiffest sentence is only 15 years. He will come out madder than ever

And how many other prisoners will he convert in those 15 years?
10 posted on 08/31/2006 5:47:42 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx
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"...e was sentenced to 15 years in prison for supporting terrorists."

Is that all? Behead those who plot against America!

11 posted on 08/31/2006 5:48:02 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arss - We need a maintenance Crusade)
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Hundreds of Muslims last week flocked to a federal courtroom to show their support for the affable and soft-spoken Ali Asad Chandia of Maryland

Hundreds of Muslims last week flocked to a federal courtroom to show their support for Islamic terrorism

Fixed it...

12 posted on 08/31/2006 5:48:18 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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"And yet members of the large Muslim community there, many of whom work for the government, were unfazed by the evidence aligned against Chandia."


I think those who believe in the good Muslim-Bad Muslim dichotomy, may need to reexamine their thinking.


13 posted on 08/31/2006 5:49:00 AM PDT by David Isaac
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Start by getting a hold on the threat that C.A.I.R. presents to this country. These radical jihadist Muzzies need to be tracked down and removed. The academics who espouse the destruction of our country need to be tracked down and removed. They are at war with us and we only use BB guns. It will take real resolve and courage to fight and win this war but it must be done.


14 posted on 08/31/2006 5:49:58 AM PDT by shankbear
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"Chandia, for his part, was unrepentant to the end. Upon his sentencing, Chandia lashed out at prosecutors, warning "their judgment is on the way."

There you have it folks....enough said.

15 posted on 08/31/2006 5:52:51 AM PDT by oust the louse
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Upon his sentencing, Chandia lashed out at prosecutors, warning "their judgment is on the way."
Looks like somebody should have an appointment set up for the interrogators.
It probably won't happen and what ever this guy knows is coming will happen.
Nothing new. It's Zacharias Moussaoui all over again.
16 posted on 08/31/2006 5:53:09 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: SJackson

The Broad Strata of Society.


17 posted on 08/31/2006 5:54:15 AM PDT by angkor
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To: SJackson

He's going to be someone's wife in prison.


18 posted on 08/31/2006 5:55:36 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Dudoight

What worries me is how many inmates will this terrorist try to convert while in prison? Half the time I think they want to go to jail, what fertile ground to spread this filthy cult.


19 posted on 08/31/2006 5:56:15 AM PDT by asp1
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To: YellowRoseofTx

LOL! I should have read the entire thread before commenting. Those were my first thoughts, too. :O)


20 posted on 08/31/2006 5:59:55 AM PDT by asp1
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