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Former U.S. Army Soldier Charged With Trying to Provide Material Support to Terror Group Al-Shabaab
Fox News ^ | January 09, 2012 | Fox News' Mike Levine and NewsCore

Posted on 01/09/2012 3:33:32 PM PST by Pan_Yan

GREENBELT, Md. – A former U.S. Army soldier has been charged with attempting to provide material support to terror group al Shabaab, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Craig Benedict Baxam was arrested Friday upon return to his home state of Maryland after he was captured in Africa during an alleged attempt to reach Somalia, where the terror group is based.

Baxam, 24, joined the Army in 2007 and served in Baghdad and Korea. During his enlistment, he completed eight months of advanced intelligence and cryptology training, the Justice Department said in a press release.

According to court papers, Baxam secretly converted to Islam days before leaving the Army, one month ahead of completing his deployment in Korea. He returned to Maryland in July 2011 and reportedly sought to move to Somalia to join al Shabaab.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alshabaab; army; lowlife; scum; somalia; terrorist; traitor

1 posted on 01/09/2012 3:33:40 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
I just posted the same story, but from the BBC. 15 years is way too short of a max.
2 posted on 01/09/2012 3:36:48 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Pan_Yan
and there is no allegation that anyone assisted him. again trying to tell us he did this all by himself. It was a lone wolf...over and over again they tell us this drivel. I am so sick of it. Thank goodness they caught him. They only have to be lucky once we have to be good every time I read someplace else.
3 posted on 01/09/2012 3:41:52 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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4 posted on 01/09/2012 3:45:45 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Pan_Yan
Weird. From a news account:

According to court documents, Baxam, who previously had no religious affiliation, began reading about Islam on a website less than two weeks before leaving the Army in July 2011 [and converted secretly]."

The guy is black, but doesn't come from the usual place where Islam harvests its black converts (prison). His mother is an attorney.

5 posted on 01/09/2012 3:45:58 PM PST by livius
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To: DJ MacWoW

Wow! Love it!


6 posted on 01/09/2012 3:49:22 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Olog-hai
I just posted the same story, but from the BBC.

You beat me by 3 seconds. I guess I don't have to feel bad about not searching adequately this time. I wonder if he made any statements about wanting to attack the US, or he just wanted to help Al Shabaab take Somalia. My guess would be the former. He's lucky he's alive being arrested in Kenya trying to help a group Kenya is actively fighting. Ironically his American citizenship probably saved his life.

7 posted on 01/09/2012 3:52:45 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Well you can bet he wasnt Amish before the conversion.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 3:54:30 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Pan_Yan
He should be executed... but he will be pardoned and probably appointed to head the CIA by the kenyan fagot.

LLS

9 posted on 01/09/2012 3:56:10 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (obamao... ...the bastard son of a hippie slut and a drunk communist British Kenyan!)
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To: trisham

:-)


10 posted on 01/09/2012 3:59:34 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Pan_Yan

At least he wasn’t involved with El Kabong!


11 posted on 01/09/2012 4:15:20 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Concur.


12 posted on 01/09/2012 4:19:42 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
At least he wasn’t involved with El Kabong!
Or Dynamite Kaboom ;)
13 posted on 01/09/2012 4:26:08 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: bayouranger

Thank you!

LLS


14 posted on 01/09/2012 5:01:04 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (obamao... ...the bastard son of a hippie slut and a drunk communist British Kenyan!)
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15 posted on 01/09/2012 6:03:45 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Nonsense, Mien LLS, you deserve all the accolades!
16 posted on 01/09/2012 6:08:51 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: bayouranger

That is a great movie!

LLS


17 posted on 01/09/2012 6:12:26 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (obamao... ...the bastard son of a hippie slut and a drunk communist British Kenyan!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
He should be executed...

BUMP!

18 posted on 01/09/2012 6:18:26 PM PST by PGalt
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To: LibLieSlayer
Buddy, don't worry about the genocidal death cult...I got em by their camel balls!
19 posted on 01/09/2012 7:35:12 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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A lost soul. A pathetic, dumb fool. Are there no NCOs and junior officers in the Army today? How can a soldier convert to Islam without that being a red flag for his immediate leaders? And why was such an obviously troubled kid trained in sensitive areas like cryptography and intelligence? Anyone nutty enough to convert to radical Islam has a screw loose. How could those who live and work with him fail to notice?
20 posted on 01/09/2012 8:50:12 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Pan_Yan
Craig Baxam - Yearbook photo


21 posted on 01/09/2012 9:19:55 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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