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CA: Third man pleads guilty in homegrown terror case in Southern Cal. (more 'JIS' news)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/07 | Jeremiah Marque - ap

Posted on 12/17/2007 4:39:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge

A third man charged in a plot to attack Southern California military sites and other targets pleaded guilty Monday to a terrorism conspiracy charge.

Gregory Vernon Patterson, 23, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana to one count of conspiring to levy war against the U.S. government through terrorism.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiring to use a firearm during that offense.

Patterson could face up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 14, prosecutors said.

Two other men - Kevin James, 31, and Levar Haley Washington, 28 - pleaded guilty in the case last week. A fourth, Hammad Riaz Samana, has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial and is undergoing psychiatric care at a federal prison.

All except Samana, a Pakistani national, are American-born Muslim converts.

The men were indicted in 2005 for what authorities said was a plot to attack American military facilities, Israeli government offices and synagogues in the Los Angeles area.

Prosecutors said the plot was orchestrated by Washington, Patterson and Samana at the behest of James, an inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, who founded the radical Muslim group Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, or JIS.

Patterson has cooperated with authorities in the case, according his attorney, Winston Kevin McKesson.

"He volunteered to work for the government after finding out James lied," McKesson said. "James misled them in what the Quran says."

The plotters were within weeks of being able to carry out an attack before they were discovered about two months before the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, officials said.

Police uncovered the plot in July 2005 while investigating a string of gas station robberies that authorities say were committed to finance the attacks.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2005; 200507; baseplots; cacells; california; enemywithin; fifthcolumn; gasstations; hamidesamana; hammadsamana; homegrown; infiltration; jis; pleadsguilty; sacramento; samana; terrorcase; wot
Patterson has cooperated with authorities in the case, according his attorney, Winston Kevin McKesson.

"He volunteered to work for the government after finding out James lied," McKesson said. "James misled them in what the Quran says."

The plotters were within weeks of being able to carry out an attack before they were discovered about two months before the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, officials said.

1 posted on 12/17/2007 4:39:11 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
All except Samana, a Pakistani national, are American-born Muslim converts.

And he was the only one smart enough to play the crazy card.

2 posted on 12/17/2007 4:42:32 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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"James misled them in what the Quran says."

If James was leading them in mayhem and murder plot, he certainly was NOT misleading them about the Koran!

3 posted on 12/17/2007 5:26:13 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: NormsRevenge

bump


4 posted on 12/17/2007 5:27:39 PM PST by VOA
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